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Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Uncle Vanya": (See 10/13). . Actors Theatre Playhouse. .

BRATTLEBORO "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940": This is a classic "whodunit" (not a musical), full of confused identities and outlandish situations with a side order of mystery and intrigue mixed in. The story focuses on the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher." They assemble for a backer's audition, but as they prepare, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims into hiding, and accusing fingers point in all directions. Added to the chaos are a bumbling detective on snowshoes, Nazi agents, and a German maid who is apparently four different people--all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous "Slasher" makes his reappearance. Written by John Bishop and directed by Julia Tadlock. 10/14: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 10/15: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, October 15. $10 to $15. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILLIAMSVILLE Rock River Players: "I Used to Have a Cat" by writer/director Robert Fritz: (See 10/12). . Williamsville Hall. .

The written word

TOWNSHEND The Friends of the Townshend Library: Book and Bake Sale: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Townshend Public Library, 1971 Route 30. Information: 802-365-4039; Click to e-mail for more information.

WILMINGTON Vermont Authors Talk About American Secrets: Stephen Butz and Eileen Charbonneau discuss how a secret place and a secret language help illuminate important corners of American history. Did you know that Vermont provided home and protection for refugees from Shays Rebellion? Did you know that a secret code developed by patriots of the Navajo nation helped us to win World War II? Both American secrets will be discussed by Butz and Charbonneau who have authored books on their subjects. 6 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "Lucy Speaks" Exhibit in MILES (Mobile Interactive Literary Exhibition Space): Fun and informative pop-up mobile exhibit on the life and times of colonial-era Guilford resident, former slave, and America's first African American poet, Lucy Terry Prince. Presented by Peoples, Places and the History of Words in Brattleboro, Vermont (Words Project), launching during the Brattleboro Literary Festival. Live performances with local storyteller Shanta Lee. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (noon - 5 p.m. live performances on the hour) in front of the bank. Through Sunday, October 15. Key Bank, 185 Main St. Information:,

NEWFANE Reception with Jason Alden: Drawings and Paintings: Alden draws from nature and has developed ways of working that can encourage simplicity, directness and absorption in the activity. His paintings are attempts to bring together different dimensions of experience into pictures that hold abstract relationships and symbolic narrative with equal care. (Exhibit runs through 10/31). 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Social Justice in the Classroom" Presentations by Local Teachers (Indigo Institute): Local teachers offer classroom resources, materials, and lessons. Professional Development credits are available through the Spark Teacher Education Institute (certified by VT Dept of Ed). Followed by discussion on how to teach current events in the classroom with attention given to Hurricane Harvey and Irma and the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville late summer. We'll also talk about what's going on in our classrooms and walk away with concrete ideas to use in your teaching. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (9 a.m. - noon: presentations; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. discussion). Free. Twenty-Eight Vernon Street, 28 Vernon St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Sustainable Home Tour: Featuring six high-performance homes in Putney, Dummerston, Brattleboro, and Greenfield. Builders, architects and/or homeowners will be available at each home to answer questions and highlight sustainable features. The self-guided tour includes new homes, deep energy retrofits, and an addition. Experience, learn, and see what's possible. Of special interest are the homes of Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen, Inc., and Peter Yost, VP, Technical Services, BuildingGreen. Proceeds are a fundraiser for the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network, a nonprofit in Brattleboro, promoting and supporting renewable energy and high performance building. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. homes are open. $12 (2 for $20) in advance, $15 (2 for $25) on 10/14. Sustainable Energy Outreach Network, 532 Putney Rd. Tickets/locations:

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Cider Press Saturday Festival: Day-long celebration with cider pressing, farm animals, face painting, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, balloon animals, Abenaki storytellers, food trucks, craft beer and the infamous cider donut hang. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Includes all activities and day admission to the Children's Farm & Forest. $10, $8 children, free for children under age 2 ($3 members). Retreat Farm, 350 Linden St. Information: 802-490-2270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD 250th Anniversary of the Guilford Community Church: Book Release/Crankie Musical Theater Spectacular: The evening opens with a musical history of the Church-- tunes from the corresponding era have been used and lyrics written to illustrate something of historical note during each ministers' tenure. A 19th-century powerful tool for storytelling, a 'Crankie' has been made to illustrate a few parts of this history. A portion of these lyrics will be accompanied by a crankie and sung as the crankie (a long scroll in a box frame is slowly turned or cranked), reveals illustrations of the song or story. The effect is of an old-fashioned moving picture or a moving panorama. Church singers and musicians will participate and those listening will be invited to join in a chorus. The musical portion of the program will be followed by readings from the just-published "And Grace Will Lead Us," with a reception and book signing. 7 p.m. Free. Donations welcome. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-0994.


GILL 9 Horses: Mandolin, Violin, & Bass Jazz-Folk Trio: Joe Brent on acoustic and electric mandolin, Sara Caswell on violin and Hardanger d'amore (a 10-string fiddle!), and Andrew Ryan on upright bass. 7:30 p.m. Reception follows. $12 ($15 at door); ages 3-11: $6 ($8 at door). Antenna Cloud Farm, 25 Green Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Tom Harrell Quartet: Original jazz and choice standards performed by a world-class quartet. With Tom Harrell, trumpet and flugelhorn; Danny Grissett, piano and Fender Rhodes; Ugonna Okegwa, bass; Joe Dyson, drums. 8 p.m. $20, $15 students with I.D (inquire about educational discounts). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Nathan Kalish with Wooden Dinosaur: Nathan Kalish is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and touring musician. He performs with his roots rock band Nathan Kalish and the Wildfire and his country band Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers. Wooden Dinosaur is the songwriting project of Vermont guitarist, singer, and bandleader Michael Roberts. Their new album is "Working Weather.". 7:30 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information:

BELLOWS FALLS Dave Keller Band and the Mo' Sax Horns: Dave Keller Band: Soul and Blues. Ira Friedman, Hammond B3 organ and piano; Gary Lotspeich, bass; and Brett Hoffman, drums. The Mo' Sax Horns: Jessica Friedman, baritone and alto sax, and Joe Moore, tenor sax. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $45 premium reserved seats in advance ($5 more at door). Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SAXTONS RIVER Vermont Ukulele Harvest: This debut event in Southern Vermont includes multiple ukulele workshops, vendors, jam sessions, a healthy delicious catered lunch, Open Mic performance opportunities, and an all-star evening concert featuring national and regional performers. Workshop presenters and performers include Victoria Vox, Curt Sheller, Ben Carr, Lisa McCormick, Jane Davies, Veronica Stevens. Workshops range from beginner to advanced. 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. (7:30 p.m. concert). $125 for all workshops, catered lunch, concert. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Early registration encouraged:

BRATTLEBORO Benefit Concert for Green Mountain Crossroads: Namoli Brennet is a folk-rock artist whose music was featured in the film "Out in the Silence." Visit All ticket proceeds benefit Green Mountain Crossroads, connecting rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power. 7 p.m. $17 ($20 at door). Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Portraiture--A Drawing Class, with Jean Cannon: Learn the proportions of the human face--yes, there is a system! Using both pencil and charcoal, practice drawing the faces of your classmates, yourself, and people from photographs. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $50. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Business and economy

BRATTLEBORO Tri Town Collectors Club: Coin, Comic Book, Sports Card and Postcard Show: Coins, currency, comic books, and sports cards. Quiz for collectors at the coin club table with door prizes. This month, three new coin collectors will be present as well as a dealer with fractional civil war currency and other paper money. There also will be a collector with a large presentation of vintage sports cards. Fun for the whole family. 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free. Holiday Inn Express, 100 Chickering Dr. Joe Fuller: 802-297-1274,

Local history

NEWFANE West River Railroad Museum Grand Opening: The Historical Society of Windham County purchased and has been restoring the Station which includes the old Depot Building and its associated Water Tank House, both of which were built in 1880. The last train rolled down the West River Railroad in 1936. Grand Opening starts with ribbon cutting, followed by tours, exhibits of the West River Railroad, telegraph demos, refreshments, and music (by Colin Blazej and Friends). 12 noon ribbon cutting. Park around the Newfane Commons. Free. West River Railroad Museum, Cemetary Hill Rd. Information:

Kids and families

BELLOWS FALLS Sixth Annual Star Wars Reads Day: While the Empire would most likely be displeased, Star Wars Reads Day--a celebration of a galaxy far, far away and the joy of reading — is back! Star Wars Reads Day is an initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners to celebrate literacy and Star Wars. Reading and Star Wars have gone hand-in-hand since 1976, when the novelization of the original Star Wars movie was released. Over the years, many fans have discovered the joy in reading through Star Wars books. Costumes are encouraged during this event. There will be on-going activities for kids and families throughout the day along with special events. 11am-2pm. 11:Jedi Training Competition, 11:30:Wookie-Calling contest, noon:make lightsaber/Costume Contest). Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Introduction to Somatic Breath Therapy: Class includes three levels of the breath, breath anatomy, what is an open, healthy breath, connected breath description and demonstration, 30-minute facilitated connected breath session, and debrief with follow up instructions. 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $55. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Pre-registration required: 413-512-0470,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO A Meditative Vigil of Lovingkindness: Join us in providing a meditative presence for the loving, compassionate society we are seeking. All are welcome to join us for a few minutes or for the entire hour. These silent vigils will be held under a banner that reads "May All Beings Be Free Of Pain And Suffering, May All Beings Know Peace And Happiness." This vigil is intended to give voice to these values that are the foundation of a wholesome society, and to speak up for the compassionate alternative that they represent. Stand, sit or kneel; bring a chair, cushion, or mat. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the lawn. Free. Brick Church (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. Information: 802-869-2141,


PUTNEY Saturday Morning Zumba: Upbeat music and dance fitness with a Latin/world flavor. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. There are no mistakes in Zumba, it’s all about dancing, letting go, and having fun. Bring indoor dance shoes/low traction sneakers/shoes, a water bottle. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (no class 11/25). Through Saturday, December 30. $8. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Information: 802-869-3184.

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



October 2017