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Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD Staged Reading of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike": In Christopher Durang's play, Vanya and Sonia are a pair of middle-aged siblings sharing their childhood home in Bucks County, PA, spending their days complaining about the state of their lives. A visit from their movie-star sister Masha along with her new boy-toy allows old resentments to flare. Add to the mix a sassy maid who can predict the future, a young aspiring neighbor actress whose prettiness worries the imperious Masha, and toss in a costume party, and you have the ingredients for a hilarious weekend. Cast: Gregory Lesch, Wendy Almeida, Katrina Spenceman, Susan O'Hara, Clare Margand, Sam Murphy. (Repeats 8/25). 7:30 p.m. $10. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Tickets: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "Voices" - A Selection of Zea Mays Printmakers: (See 8/16). . . Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts. .

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Exhibition on Screen - "I, Claude Monet": This screening offers a fresh look at the great painter based entirely on his 3,000 surviving personal letters, including correspondence with fellow impressionists Bazille, Manet, and Pisarro, and fiery exchanges with his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, revealing Monet's conflicted relationship with the art world. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Through Sunday, August 19. $12 ($6 students). Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Helen Hummel at Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market: . 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, Rt. 9, Western Ave., near the covered bridge. Information: 802-254-8885; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Samirah Evans and Trailer Park - "Leo Party": Evans invites all astrological signs to her celebration. Evans and Trailer Park have been joining forces of late and finding it to be a winning combination of infectious dance music, including New Orleans R&B, rock, blues, and originals from their respective repertoires. Joining Trailer Park's regular quintet of Tom Mahnken (bass, vocals), James Robinson (guitar, vocals), Joe Fitzpatrick (drums), Greg Lauzon and Rick Page (saxophones) is special guest pianist Peter Jones. The group has been together for more than 20 years, releasing six CDs and sharing stages with the likes of Los Lobos, NRBQ, Little Feat, Bo Diddley, WAR and Rat Dog. 8 p.m. $15 ($18 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Tickets: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Fermented Vegetables - Preserving and Enhancing Summer's Bounty: This workshop will provide an in-depth overview and demonstration of the process for the safe, simple, and effective fermentation of vegetables. Taught by Mark Phillips of Hosta Hill, a local producer of sauerkraut and kimchi based in Pittsfield, MA. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

Local history

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. (Weekends through mid-Oct.). Through Sunday, August 19. $5 suggested donation. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

WEST DUMMERSTON Turtles Rock!: Mike Clough presents this interactive, informative program featuring live Vermont wildlife. Refreshments available. Appropriate for all ages. 10 a.m. Lydia Taft Pratt Library, 156 West St. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Summer Nutrition and Recipes: Robin Matathias continues her "Food Choices" conversation - how the decisions we make about how we eat can have profound effects on the environment, economy, and our health. In this follow-up to the series she taught last winter, Robin will answer questions, provide further perspectives, and share summer recipes that make her garden's produce shine. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Community Radio WOOL Block Party: This 13th annual celebration features locals Ninja Money and Debbie and the Downers. Food, drinks, live music. Founded in 2004, Great Falls Community Broadcasting Company put WOOL on the air and gave it a boost in power ten years later to become one of the most powerful independent community-owned radio stations in New England. WOOL provides training to any member who wants a show and supports respectful freedom of speech and point of view on the rapidly disappearing public airwaves. This party celebrates the station’s independence and is one of its largest annual fundraising events. Run entirely by volunteers, WOOL has accepted no grant money and relies on small donations to fund its broadcasts heard up and down the Connecticut River valley and around the globe on the world wide web. 6 p.m. $10 (food and cash bar additional). Waypoint Center, 17 Depot St. Information:

DUMMERSTON 4th Annual VT Open Farm Week - Heirloom Orchard Strolls & Hard Cider Tasting: Join Orchardist Zeke Goodband for an informative and entertaining stroll through heirloom orchards, otherwise not open to the public, to learn about the history of Scott Farm's heirloom fruits, orchard ecology, how grafting was used to create the orchard, scout for pests, and discuss how we manage them. The Orchard Strolls, a celebration of Vermont farms, offer visitors a backstage pass to learn more about local food origins, authentic agritourism experiences, and the chance to build relationships with farmers. 10 a.m. Stroll (9:30 a.m. - 12 noon: Farm Market; 11 a.m. - 12 noon: sample hard cider by Whetstone Ciderworks). Through Sunday, August 19. Free. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Information: 802-254-6868; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Borrowed Time: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 ($8 members) includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794,



August 2018