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Event listings for Saturday, June 16

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Richard Marshall Author Reading: "A Ramble Through Small-Town New England (Volume One)": Marshall went to each town, met the people there, wrote about what he saw and heard and, where possible, had the individuals write their own stories. He interviewed artists, farmers, store owners, entrepreneurs, factory owners in Brattleboro, Marlboro, Wilmington, Jacksonville, Whitingham, Readsboro, and Bennington. Where possible, those who wrote articles will be asked to read what they wrote. The photographs are as important a part of the story as the text. 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

PUTNEY "A Look at Natural Tree Art: The Work of Artist Dan Ladd": We will tour a property in Putney Village with unusual botanical manipulations that have created a special type of art form from trees. Ladd is an internationally recognized expert in the art of nature collaboration. He has devoted more than 38 years to observing, then utilizing suggestive interventions in the living world. The results are often startling: the creation of unfamiliar and unique art forms manifested from plants growing under his guidance. He is currently artist-in-residence at Smith College's MacLeish Field Station campus where he maintains an outdoor studio and a score of ongoing botanical architecture projects, including the grafting of trees and the unique molding of tree roots and hard-shell gourds. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (approx.) We'll carpool a short distance up Kimball Hill to the site, rain or shine. Free. Putney Town Hall, 127 Main St. Forester Bill Guenther: 802-257-7967 x 305, bill.guenther@vermont.gov.

Ideas and education

SO. NEWFANE Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine - "The Science of Solubility: Making Reliably Great Tinctures": Learn the secrets of making perfect weight-to-volume tinctures. We'll also discuss some foundational principles of herbal medicine, do a plant walk and harvesting, and more. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the forest classroom. $125 (work-trade and payment plans available). Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. Information: 802-365-0251; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Grand Opening of Vermont Hempicurean: Special sales, mystery grab bags, samples, a photo booth at this new store. (and a showing of "Reefer Madness" at The Latchis). 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Store Opening, 4 p.m. "Reefer Madness" at the Latchis. Film showing by donation. Vermont Hempicurean, 8 Flat St. Information: 802-246-4367; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO Meditative Vigil of Lovingkindness: With a banner that reads, "May All Beings Be Free Of Pain And Suffering, May All Beings Know Peace And Happiness," Post Oil Solutions hosts this Vigil for the peaceful, sustainable, and socially just society we are all seeking. Living as we do in a time when moral values are in decline, it is essential that we give expression to humanity’s potential for goodness - for love - as well as to encourage that we all act throughout our everyday lives with behaviors that are informed by our inherent heart values. Though silent, this Vigil is intended to give voice to these values - selfless love, personal integrity, service to others, moral courage, and a basic commitment to the sacredness of life - that are the foundation of a wholesome society, and to speak up for the compassionate alternative that they represent. Bring a chair, cushion, mat, whatever you're comfortable with. Stand, sit, or kneel. Stay for a few minutes or for the hour. 11 a.m - 12 noon on the lawn (Rain date: 6/17, same time). First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. Tim: 802-869-2141, bereal@vermontel.net.

Local history

NEWFANE The West River Railroad Museum and the County Museum: The Newfane Railroad Station has recently been restored as the West River Railroad Museum. It comprises the old Depot and Water Tank House both of which were built in 1880. It houses a large collection of artifacts, documents and photographs documenting the Railroad's impact over its 50 years of operation in the West River Valley. The Railroad Museum (on Cemetery Hill Road) is a short walk from the Historical Society's County Museum on Main Street (Route 30). The Historical Society of Windham County was founded in 1927 to preserve the history of Windham County. The brick federal style County Museum (on Route 30) was built in 1936 as a showcase for the Society's extensive collection. Two floors of exhibition space display impressive examples of early Vermont furniture, folk art, Civil War artifacts, clothing, toys, and tools all tell stories of Windham County's history. Its archives include early documents, records and photographs spanning three centuries of Windham County history. 12 noon - 5 p.m. Sat., Sun., Wed. or by appointment (both museums). Through Sunday, October 07. Free. West River Railroad Museum, Cemetary Hill Rd. Information: www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: See and play organs of many styles and sizes. Walk through a working pipe organ. Learn about Brattleboro's industrial past. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Through Sunday, June 17. $5 suggested donation. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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