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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The War of the Worlds" Radio Play: (See 10/27). . Hooker-Dunham Theater. .. ..

BRATTLEBORO Green Mountain Mummers: Sword dance and music. Rain or shine. (Also see 10/29). 11am Samuel Elliot Apts., 11:45am Pliny Park, 1pm Brattleboro Common, 2pm Marlboro College dining hall (Marlboro). Free. Samuel Elliot Apartments, 107 Elliot St. Fred Breunig: 802-254-9019,

BRATTLEBORO "Clowntown's Newsreels of the 1930's": (See 10/27). . New England Youth Theatre. .

BRATTLEBORO The Forest of Mystery: "The Groovetastic Tale of the Phantom of the Forest": (See 10/27). . Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. .

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Susan Osgood Artist Talk--"Mapping the Unknown": Exhibition of monotypes, oil paintings, and collages. The exhibit showcases work featured in the book, "A Ghost of Water: Poems by GennaRose Nethercott Inspired by the Art of Susan Osgood.". 10/28: 5 p.m. talk. Exhibit runs through 11/5. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS The Fretless: Celtic and Folk String Quartet: The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is gaining acclaim around the world. This band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. Musically, the goals of the group are to expand the rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangement style of the many folk genres they play using only string instruments. There are countless fiddle styles that have been stagnating over time, and The Fretless is working to incorporate a new approach and a new audience. All four members have come from different traditional and contemporary backgrounds, however they are unified in their goal to continually develop their amalgamated sound in order to push traditional music as far as possible. 7:30 p.m. In advance: $20, $15, $45 reserved seats; $5 more at door. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY The Mammals: The Mammals are a high-octane Americana quintet from New York's storied Hudson Valley carrying on the work of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Featuring Mike & Ruthie and Brian Dunne. 7:30 p.m. $18 ($22 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO 2nd Annual Halloweeny Ukulele Flash Mob: Led by Lisa McCormick. Free, family-friendly, accessible. Music provided--no need to play--just come and enjoy. Dress for the occasion. Wicked fun guaranteed. 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium. Free. Brooks House, Crnr. Main Street and High Street. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Frank Richard: Folk and Blues Singer: Originals--politically correct and incorrect--and true love songs. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. No cover. Superfresh! Organic Cafe, 30 Main St. Information: 802-579-1751; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD Strangers Helping Strangers 20th Anniversary featuring The Alchemystics: Strangers Helping Strangers is a nonprofit which organizes and hosts food drives at concerts and festivals, then delivers the donations to local food banks nearest to the venues where they were collected. The Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban, and Trinidadian rhythms into an original new sound. They focus their energy on creating positive dance music. 9 p.m. - midnight. $10 ($15 at door). Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (The Arts Block), 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

Orchard Pageant at Green Mountain Orchards: Movement, large-scale puppetry, poetry, and music converge to explore the themes and small beauties surrounding this storied orchard. This pageant is an investigation of place. It explores the inter-generational transitions that family farms face, the people new and migrant and old and older who have animated Putney over the years, and the enduring commitment to live alongside the land. The hope is to offer a beautiful way to experience the orchard landscape anew and feel out the forces that are acting on this place. Directed by Michael Bodel; poetry by Chard DiNiord; choreography, puppetry, and performances by many others. Co-presented with Next Stage Arts Project. 5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m. Through Sunday, October 29. Free. .

Kids and families

PUTNEY Pierce's Hall Annual Halloween Festivities: Annie Frelich and Annie Quest (The Annies) will kick off a party for kids with not-too-scary songs. Kids can show off their costumes in the parade across the stage, followed by a scavenger hunt and games. Then comes the Halloween Contra Dance with the All Comers Band and Amy Cann. 4:30 p.m. The Annies, 8 p.m. contra dancing (7:30 p.m. lesson--no partner needed). $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Patrick Baker: 603-399-8361,

VERNON Annual Fall Hayride at the Miller Farm: Sundown vespers followed by a hayride and bonfire supper (food is provided). 5:30 p.m. vespers followed by hayride and supper (The Miller Farm is located at 1730 Fort Bridgman Rd. in Vernon). Free and open to the public. Mountain View Adventist Church, 1002 Ft. Bridgeman Hwy. Information: 802-380-3862,

BRATTLEBORO Happy Halloween Party: Dress up and play, take a family photo in the Ogre's mouth, make a Halloween craft, and enjoy an "all things pumpkin" potluck (bring a dish if you dare). There will also be a Super B performance--a fun/interactive dance performance, presented by Sobo Studios which will delight the big and little monsters alike and offer an opportunity to learn about "Showtime," sitting still, dancing wildly, and enjoying a show together in this casual, kid-friendly community space. 11 a.m. performance. Free all day. KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

SAXTONS RIVER Game Tile and Steampunk Jewelry Class: Participants will use different techniques to decorate dominos and other game tiles to make two necklaces, one with a Steampunk theme and the other of individual design. With Sloane Dawson. 10 a.m. - noon. $25 ($21 members) includes materials. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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 Champagne Jam: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 ($8 members) includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794,

PUTNEY Halloween Contra Dance: Traditional New England contra dance with live music with Amy Cann and the All-Comers Band. Tim Van Egmond, caller. Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. Costumes encouraged. 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. beginners' session, dancing till 10:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802 387-0163.

Community meals

DUMMERSTON On-the-Farm Heirloom Apple Harvest Dinner: Scott Farm and Vermont Fresh Network co-host the 10th annual 5-course harvest dinner showcasing our heirloom apples and heirloom cider, and other local foods prepared by Chef Tristan Toleno of Entera Catering. BYOB. 6 p.m. $50. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Reservations required: 802-254-6868; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Tag Sale: (See 10/27). . Centre Congregational Church. .

BRATTLEBORO Dinner/Dance/Cancer Auction: Dinner: Coleslaw, stuffed chicken breast, mashed potato, gravy, green beans and dessert. Chicken Wire band. Prizes awarded for best costumes. 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. (5 p.m. dinner, 6 p.m. auction). $10 dinner/dance ($5 per person for the dance after meal is over). Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 Black Mountain Rd. Reserve by 10/27: 802-257-0438.

WEST DUMMERSTON Rummage and Tag Sale: Items for sale include jewelry, Halloween costumes, books, games, kitchenware, clothing, footwear, bedding, and miscellaneous items. Money donations from the sale will benefit the Center's operating and maintenance cost. 9 a.m. - noon (rain or shine indoors). Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-254-9212.



October 2017