Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006



Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Shoot the Moon Theater Company Annual Halloween Spectacular - "Frankenstein": The production is funny but combined with terror. Company members portray multiple characters in the show, but the principle roles are Dr. Frankenstein (Sean Fitzharris), the Creature (Josh Goldstein), Elizabeth (Jennifer Moyse), Igor (Elias Burgess), Henry (Colin Grube) and Dr. Waldman (Jon Mack). 7:30 p.m. Repeats 10/26-27 and 11/2-3. Through Saturday, October 20. $12. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Reservations recommended: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Artist Talk - "To Another Place" - with Emily Mason: Mason's paintings are distinguished by a sense of intriguing intimacy combined with uncompromising, though gentle, intensity. They evince a sense of structure within open, luminous space and juxtapose robust color harmonies with vivid contrasts that create an engaging optical vibration. 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Fermenting and Bottling Hard Cider: Slide show and talk by Alan Robertson, Tree Farmer and cider enthusiast from Sheffield VT. He will explain how to brew your own hard cider, from the selection of apple varieties to bottling and enjoying. We will have samples from Al's "famous" hard cider cellar. Presented by Windham Regional Woodlands Assn. 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. in Holton Hall, 4th fl. Free. Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Dr. Information:

BRATTLEBORO "Honoring the Victims of the Pincohet Years at Chile's Museum of Memory and Human Rights": Talk by Cohen Center Global Fellow Patricia Perez Valdes. She will focus on the legacy of Chile's military dictatorship from 1973-1990, the importance of memorialization in the construction of memory as a society, and the challenges faced by the museum since it was inaugurated in January 2010. She will address this topic drawing from her years of experience with the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, located in Santiago, Chile. 7 p.m. coffee, tea, conversation; 7:30 p.m. talk followed by Q&A. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Season Guest Concert Series - String Octets with the Sarasa Ensemble: Felix Mendelssohn's Octet is one of the most adored chamber music pieces in the string repertoire, composed by a precocious and nimble 16-year-old talent. Rarely performed on original instruments with gut strings, Sarasa offers a fresh view of this energetic work. The innovative program includes contrasting elements of sublime French Baroque music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Sonate à 8) with the soulful expanse of Schnittke's compelling "Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled with Grief," arranged for string octet. Rodolfo Richter, Christina Day Martinson, David Wish, Rebecca Huber, violins; Jenny Stirling and Jason Fisher, violas; Jennifer Morsches and Timothy Merton, cellos. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $25, $40. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Samirah & Evelyn Singing Together: Friends of Brooks Memorial Library present Jazz & Blues singer Samirah Evans and the diverse vocals of Evelyn Harris for an evening of dynamic music. They will be stylishly accompanied by the accomplished guitarist Joe Belmont and well-known bassist Wayne Roberts. This concert is a benefit for the Library with all proceeds going towards supporting technology, events, resources. 7 p.m. in the Reading Room. $15 to $25 sliding scale. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Twilight Music - Ellis Paul and Garrin Benfield: Contemporary folk singers/songwriters. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GRAFTON Kevin Parry - Guitar and Vocals: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-843-2248,

BRATTLEBORO Local Spotlight: The Jameson/Siegel Duo (members of Jatoba & The Gaslight Tinkers), The Eben Viens Band (VT), Hevvi Synthia (from Greenfield), & Sweet Pond (VT). 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $5 to $10 at door (sliding scale). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information:

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with And the Neighbors: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. Refreshments at the cafe. Enjoy this alt-country duo. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 pizza pie. Donations appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Fridays with Katherine at the Co-op - Try Before You Buy: Sample sale items including Fall Truckload products. (Continues 10/26). 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Tasting: Squash, Bacon & Apple Hash: Join Laurie Klenkel to sample some serious cool weather comfort food. She'll have both the meat lover version and vegan version (using Bac'uns). Free recipe. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the produce dept. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO New England Center for Circus Arts: Flight Night October - Monster Mash: Do you want to give flying trapeze a try, but not sure if you'll like it? Open to anyone ages 5 and up; no experience necessary. Each Flight Night has a theme, and we encourage participants to dress appropriately. Costumes are not required, but they certainly make it more fun. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. $10 for one turn, $20 three turns. No advance registration. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Creative Thinking: Laughter, Dance, and Gong Meditation: The process of creation and meditation requires one to relax. Through laughter yoga and the Indian art of Indian Bhangra dancing, participants will have a chance to let loose and enjoy, working out excess energy in preparation of a relaxing gong meditation with singing bowls. No experience necessary. All ages are welcome. 6:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Setu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Developing a Painter's Mindset - Gong Meditation for Creativity: The process of creating art requires one to relax, to focus, and to practice non-attachment - three attributes that are known to evolve through the practice of meditation. To create space for creativity, gong meditation with singing bowls will encourage deep relaxation. Following gong, participants will partake in a guided drawing/painting session. All materials provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS An Introduction to Celtic Shamanism with Jane Burns: This workshop will lead you into the hollow hills, the icy sea, and the splendor of the sky as they once were experienced by the ancient Celtic races. Through discussion and shamanic journeying, we will unravel their unique and poetic vision, their wild and courageous heart, and their deep reverence for the natural world, both seen and unseen. We will learn how to access, for purposes of divination and wisdom gathering, the Otherworld, and locate our spirit allies there. We will try our hand at shapeshifting, omen hunting and love-talking to nature. We'll make power bracelets and bring back a cloak of power from the Otherworld. We'll swim with the salmon and run with the deer, as the storied Fianna once did. We'll ignite, align, and draw inspiration from the three cauldrons of warming, motion and knowing. We'll explore the Celtic Medicine Wheel, Samhain and the dark time of the year, the spiritual intention of ordeal, and the transmigration of the soul. . Through Sunday, October 21. $365 to $510. Stone Church Center Retreat House, 14 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Chronic Pain and Recovery Group: Recovery-support group for people in recovery who also deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be a difficulty for many people in recovery. The severity and frequency of chronic pain can often lead to opioid dependence because of the medications prescribed. Finding ways to manage pain that don't interfere with the recovery process can be a challenge, but group members can share the approaches that have worked for them. Facilitator is Cecil McLaury, who has been in recovery for 33 years and has been in daily chronic pain since 2003. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. every Friday. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600,

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS "Bellows Falls 3rd Friday": Stroll through venues of Bellows Falls and vicinity for Art, Music, Literary Events, Food, and late-night shopping. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bellows Falls 3rd Friday. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Move and Connect - Interactive 'Playshop': Explore the foolish innocence and play of theatrical Clown, There will be games, there will be laughter, there will be silliness. Facilitated by Nettie Lane, this approach to clown is through a body-based movement process. Clown is a beautiful, poetic, generous, challenging, and often misunderstood art form. Nettie is committed to this celebration of our humanity as seen through the eyes of the Clown. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow you freedom of movement. Get your body moving in a fun, judgement-free zone. New instructors and styles each week. No experience necessary. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.



October 2018