CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Sunday, October
CHESTER Vermont Voices - Joseph A. Citro: This Vermont author and folklorist, who has been referred to as the "Bard of the Bizarre" and "The Ghost-Master General," will offer insight into the folklore, hauntings, ghost stories, paranormal activity, and occult happenings of New England. Citro has written five novels on supernatural themes - four based on actual New England history. His commentaries are heard regularly on public radio. Copies of the featured titles will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. 2 p.m. Free. Phoenix Books Misty Valley, 58 The Common. Information: 802-875-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.
NEWFANE "The Benefits of Being an Octopus" with author Ann Braden: Reading and signing. Refreshments. 4 p.m. Free. Olde & New England Books, 47 West St. Information: 802-365-7074; Click to e-mail for more information.
WEST TOWNSHEND Harvest Festival: Chili cook off, cider pressing, and fun activities for kids including scarecrow creating, pumpkin painting, and wooden sword building. Live music provided by the Buzzards and the Windham Ukulele Kids. We will be baking pizza in the outdoor oven. This annual family event is presented by The West River Community Project. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.
W. HALIFAX Snake Mountain Bluegrass Band: This is a benefit event to help with the cost of upgrading the electricity in Halifax Community Hall. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. $10, $5 for ages 12 under, free for pre-schoolers. Halifax Community Hall, 20 Brook Rd.
BELLOWS FALLS The Northeast Fiddlers: Local fiddlers, musicians, and folks who enjoy listening, dancing, and socializing to traditional fiddle music are invited to join them. Fiddle meets begin with a jam that lasts for one hour. Fiddlers (or other instrumentalists) sign up on a numbered list when they arrive and then either join the jamming session or just socialize with old and new friends. Whistle, mandolin, banjo, guitar players are also welcome. 12 noon: Moderator calls fiddlers up to the stage. Event ends around 4 p.m. Free. Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster St. Jill Newton: 802-869-3515.
W. BRATTLEBORO The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro: Self-help organization for families who have had a child die. Provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members are welcome including adult siblings. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (3rd Sunday of every month). Free. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. M. Beverly Miller: 802-490-2326.
BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro: "Share the Harvest": The Share the Harvest stand is offering free produce, thanks to the generosity of local gardeners and farmers. We welcome donations from your garden. Bring your own bags. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sundays. Through Sunday, October 28. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Donations of fresh produce accepted at the stand or contact Marilyn to arrange a different time/location: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUILFORD CENTER Guilford Historical Society Annual Meeting - Open House and Tour of the Historic Guilford Mineral Springs Farm: Refreshments. Open to all. 1 p.m. business meeting, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. tour. Free. Guilford Center Meeting House, 4044 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603.
BRATTLEBORO A Community Forum - Choosing a Musical in a Canon rife with Sexism and Racism: The times they are a-changing but the classics of musical theater are not. What are we to do with these old Broadway classics that are riddled with sexist and racist tropes and stereotypes? As we strive to produce shows that tell the stories of individuals from diverse backgrounds, how should we approach the issues of casting? Can theater provide a way for our community to grapple with issues of race, ethnicity, and gender? Come share your thoughts, questions, concerns, and suggestions for the future of musical theater at NEYT. Cider and donuts provided. 4 p.m. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Diana Moore. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108, www.brattleborocircledance.org.