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Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Uncle Vanya": (See 10/6). . Actors Theatre Playhouse. .

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Theatre Company: "The Receptionist": (See 10/6). . Hooker-Dunham Theater. .

BRATTLEBORO "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940": (See 10/6). . New England Youth Theatre. .

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Creative Writing Group: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, more. Bring original work to read and discuss. Newcomers welcome. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., top floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

NEWFANE 47th Annual Newfane Heritage Festival: Over 90 crafters, a chance for everyone to win at the Super Raffle, a huge Flea Tent, plus lots of food, apple pies (by the slice or whole), music, and more. This is a benefit for the Newfane Church. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, October 8. Newfane Common, Main Street (Rt. 30) downtown. Information: 802-365-4079.

GUILFORD Guilford Church Homemade Pie Sale: A fall tradition on this weekend, homemade apple, strawberry rhubarb, pecan, pumpkin and specialty pies accompany the church's famous baked beans and potato salad. A great addition to any holiday barbecue. All proceeds benefit the church, which actively supports over 15 local programs that serve the community including Hospice and Meals on Wheels. 9 a.m. - noon. Free. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-2776.


BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Re-Homing: Acquire surplus reed organs and parts from the museum’s warehouse. Beautiful instruments looking for new homes and new uses. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

JAMAICA The Stockwell Brothers and Bondville Boys: Bluegrass: Bruce, Barry and Alan Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms, and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns, and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare--Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals. The Bondville Boys have played hard-edged bluegrass since 1990 throughout Western New England. They are known for their sweet harmonies, excellent musicianship, good energy, and eclectic setlists. They play a huge assortment of music, including a ton of original tunes, and everything from Flatt and Scruggs to Blondie. The group has two live records, a studio album, and a new all-original record released in 2016. 7 p.m. $10. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Information:

BRATTLEBORO World Rhythm Ensemble featuring Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan, Joe Sallins: Free-flowing earthy fusion of Jazz, World Music, and Spoken Word. Combining elements of music from traditions across the planet with the American-born tradition of jazz innovation, they create a sound that is simultaneously elegant and slamming. They blend the hypnotic and powerful sound of giant West-African balafons with the dreamy lyricism of electric violin and the funk and magic of electric bass. All mixed with a touch of Spoken Word and some blow-your-mind spectacular percussion. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILMINGTON Christopher Bakriges Trio: Jazz standards and original music, this concert is a benefit the West River Habitat for Humanity--a local Habitat affiliate serving the towns of central southern Vermont, including thirteen towns from Jamaica to Readsboro. As of summer of 2013, they built four houses. Christopher Bakriges is a pianist and composer. Bassist Avery Sharpe brings decades of professional experience, playing with a variety of jazz legends including McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Pat Metheny, and Archie Shepp. Drummer Billy Arnold began his career playing with Motown recording artists Junior Walker and the All Stars. 8 p.m. Free-will donation. Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-8591.

Fundraising and awareness events

PUTNEY 14th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner: Southern VT comes together to fight hunger locally: This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Groundworks Collaborative's Food Shelf. Each ticket includes a simple meal of local homemade soup, bread, and cheese in a handmade bowl to keep. Guests will be able to choose from signature bowls made by many of the region's most talented potters. Over 15 local cafes and restaurants are donating homemade soups to the dinner. Live music will be performed by Jennie Reichman. 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (2 seatings). $25 ticket (provides a month's worth of supplemental food for a family of 5). Landmark College, 1 River Road So. Tickets:


WESTMINSTER Pinnacle Association Moonlight Hike at Bald Hill: Join Vanessa Stern, member of Bald Hill Conservation Committee and the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association Board, for a nocturnal adventure. The Bald Hill Reserve links to the Bellows Falls Union High School Forest lands, and together they offer over seven miles of trails readily accessible to hikers. Bring clothing for potentially chilly weather. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bald Hill Reserve (Covered Bridge Road) Trailhead, 232 Covered Bridge Rd. Registration required: 802-463-4948,

Kids and families

GRAFTON Kindred Spirits: "The Fortunes of Fall: A Time of Harvest in Field and Forest": This program will begin with a fun look at the changes that occur in the fall forest and field. Followed by a woodland walk of discovery and rounded out by enjoying a local harvest treat. Designed for all ages to share and explore nature's mysteries through hands-on activities, both indoors and out. By offering a shared experience that draws families together, participants will develop a stronger kinship with nature and each other. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. rain or shine. By donation. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Pre-registration requested, drop-ins welcome 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Medieval Faire: Enjoy the festivities while the King and his royal court preside over the Faire. Kids can ride a flying dragon, battle a knight, and watch a live joust on horseback. Fairgoers can also shop for goods in the village market, watch artisan demonstrations including blacksmithing, woodcarving, chain mail creation and more. You can even be knighted by the King himself. Other highlights: Birds of prey from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, Fencing demonstrations, Archery and slingshot ranges, Climbing walls, Fairy house making, Face painting, Sir Lancelot’s flying horse, Pony rides, Giant chess, Games for younger children at Merlin’s Midway, Candy-throwing catapult, Scavenger hunt. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Free admission ($20 unlimited day pass for rides and games). Proceeds help with financial aid. The Grammar School, 69 Hickory Ridge Rd. S. Information: 802-387-5364; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Laura Tabachnick leads this vigorous, all levels class. Accompanied by live gentle music. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on Saturdays. By donation (all monies given to area non-profits). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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. 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.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

GRAFTON Grafton Firefighters Tag Sale: The 36th year for this fundraiser benefits the volunteer fire department and is known for quality and bargains featuring furniture, toys, linens, books, housewares, small appliances, tools, and more. Sat. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sun, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Through Sunday, October 8. Grafton Firehouse, 711 Rt. 121 East.

JACKSONVILLE Annual Fall Rummage, Tag, and Bake Sale: Four rooms of clothing (bargains and Halloween costumes too) and home goods, plus a huge indoor tag sale. Make sure to stop by the bake sale for delicious goodies. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Jacksonville Community Church, Rte. 112. Information: 802-368-7626.



October 2017