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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Marlboro Morris and Sword: Both the sword dance and mummer's play, traditionally performed on the streets in England near the winter solstice, were thought to bring good luck and assure the return of the sun. Preceding the dance is a death and resurrection play starring Mother Nature, Super Mom the Fool, a merry band of Old Crones, Mary Poppins, and a Registered Nurse, in which the Crones try to take Super Mom down a peg. Come laugh and celebrate the coming of winter, and assure the return of spring. 10:30 Holton,11:30 outside Bratt Food Coop,12:30 cnr.,Washington/Prospect, 2:15 Bratt Farmers Mkt.,3:15 Newfane Fest. Free. Holton Home, 158 Western Ave. Andra Horton: 802-254-2651.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Patricia Austin, author of "Patisserie Gluten Free--The Art of French Pastry": In celebration of the Brattleboro Literary Festival, meet this local author, owner/pastry chef of Wild Flour Vermont Bakery, while having your book autographed. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "White Fragility and the Racial Status Quo": Evangelina Holvino will discuss how white people can't tolerate even a minimum amount of racial stress. Talking about race/ism triggers a range of defensive moves such as anger, fear, guilt, arguing or withdrawing. These responses prevent dialogue and maintain racial inequality. How do we see this in our private and public life and what can we do about it?. noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.


SO. NEWFANE Bradford Loomis: Americana Music: Heartfelt ballads and driving roots rock. 7 p.m. Free; donations for the band welcome. South Newfane School House, Dover Rd. Information: 802-249-3628.


BRATTLEBORO Borter's Jewelry Studio: Beginning Silversmith Class: Bob Borter, who has been making and selling his jewelry in Brattleboro for more than 30 years, will co-teach the classes with fellow silversmiths Susanna Haas and Chris Lann in this two-day workshop. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (10/10 and 10/12). $150. Borters Jewelry Studio, 22 High St., #202. Information: 802-254-3452,

Local history

VERNON Vernon Historians Potluck and Quarterly Meeting: Bring a dish to share made from an "old-fashioned" recipe. Historical books will be on display. Business meeting follows. 6:30 p.m. supper, 7:30 p.m. meeting (downstairs). Free and open to the public. Vernon Town Offices, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Tom Rappaport: 802-254-6856.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Kids: Fun Foods from Around the World--El Salvador: Pupusas are what El Salvadorian kids eat when they crave "grilled cheese"--magical pockets of corn dough filled with cheese, beans or meat. They eat them plain or with curtido, a tangy cabbage salad. We will make masa dough, shape it, fill it, and design our own slaw using the Harvest of the Month Vegetable: Kale. Instructor: Lizi Rosenberg. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free for kids. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


BRATTLEBORO Free Medical Care: For individuals without insurance or a physician. Tuesdays. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic, 191 Clark Ave. Information: 802-251-8484; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO America in Transition Screening & Workshop: Forging Families that Work for Us: America in Transition is a web series, interactive documentary, and community engagement campaign taking a real look at social change from the perspective of trans people in marginalized communities. Each episode explores one person's story in depth, tackling intersectional issues such as HIV criminalization in Arkansas, black trans masculine (in)visibility in the media, and barriers facing trans Latina immigrants. With filmmaker Andre Perez. Forging Families Workshop: Many trans folks have conflicted relationships with our families of origin. There are often layers of trauma, misunderstanding, and frustration. Some choose to craft chosen families of our own design. How much should we change for our families and how much can we expect them to change for us? In this interactive workshop, we share personal experiences and strategize about how to navigate the complexity of family in order to build a network of supportive relationships that will nourish us. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Twenty-Eight Vernon Street, 28 Vernon St. Information:



October 2017