CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, October
PETERBOROUGH "The Realistic Joneses": Two couples - both with the last name Jones - become neighbors and friends...sort of. Although at different stages in their lives, both couples deal with the challenges of communication, honesty, and illness. Will Eno, who elevates dialogue to poetry, strikes a balance of comedy and candor in this quirky play. Thur.-Sun. Through Sunday, November 18. $20. Firelight Theatre Workshop, Guernsey Bldg, 70 Main St. #204. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Open Mic: Kevin Parry hosts. Performers receive 50% off their meal. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Thursdays. Marina Restaurant, 28 Spring Tree Rd. Sign up for a 20-minute slot: 802-257-7563, www.kevinparrymusic.com.
PUTNEY "Red Scare in the Green Mountains: The McCarthy Era in Vermont 1946-1960" with author Rick Winston: Here are nine of the most gripping dramas played out in Vermont during "scoundrel time," including a high-profile academic firing, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, courageous newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy's tactics, and a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy. Winston explores what happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the "Red Scare" swept the country. We see how a small, rural "rock-ribbed Republican" state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Far from the klieg lights of Washington D.C., Hollywood, and New York City, the Green Mountain state challenged the national narrative with its own fascinating stories. Winston was co-owner of Montpelier's Savoy Theater for 29 years and was programming director for the Green Mountain Film Festival for 14 years. He's taught film history at Burlington College, Community College of Vermont, Goddard College, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and has made presentations throughout VT on film history. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY [FRAMED] - "Icarus": This 2017 Academy Award-winning documentary explores Bryan Fogel's exploration of the option of doping to win an amateur cycling race and happening upon a major international doping scandal when he asks for the help of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory. Q&A with the West Hill Shop follows. This film would also be of interest those concerned with the current international geopolitical climate. 7 p.m. (20% discount on entree at The Gleanery for those attending the film). By donation. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS Vipassana (Insight) Meditation Group: This is an ongoing, open group, consisting of silent meditation, dharma instruction, and discussion. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. for newcomers) twice a month in the Chapel. $12 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds). The Chapel, 20 Church St. Manny Mansbach: 802-490-4599, email@example.com.
WESTMINSTER Community Solar for Community Action Dedication: SEVCA is celebrating the achievement of a critical milestone in its new project, Community Solar for Community Action (CS4CA), and invites the public to its project dedication. The solar array is being installed at SEVCA's main office in Westminster, and the first phase of the project, the ground-mounted solar array, has been completed. When commissioned, the project is expected to produce 109.7 kW of renewable energy annually for at least the next 25 years. This will be provided to area low-income subscribers through virtual net metering credits on their electricity bills as a form of energy assistance, helping to keep homes heated and utilities on. This project, developed in partnership with the Minnesota-based Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), showcases a new, nationally replicable model of energy assistance that addresses energy poverty and environmental sustainability at the same time. CS4CA was developed by RREAL as part of the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a national competition sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy. 3:30 p.m. SEVCA (Westminster), 91 Buck Dr. Information: 802-722-4575, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUTNEY Free Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.