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The written word

WILMINGTON "Hey, Hey, Hay!: A Tale of Bales and the Machines that Make Them" : A girl tells the tale of making hay as Mom uses a mower for mowing grass, then a tedder for aerating the grass, and eventually a baler. Told in rhyme and illustrated with art by Joe Cepeda, each part of the process is a celebration of summer, farming, and the mother-daughter relationship. Back matter includes a glossary. Reading, discussion, and signing with author Christy Mihaly. 2 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Reception: Fluxus Dialogue: Nye Ffarrabas (formerly Bici Hendricks and Bici Forbes) and Geoffrey Hendricks offer mixed media pieces documenting their time together and apart, a relationship and ongoing communication of 57 years. International, interdisciplinary and experimental, Fluxus has been an ongoing laboratory for artistic process and ideas since the 1960s. Both transcend neat categorization with their event scores (instructions for participants in group and solo improvisation settings), the visual arts, wall pieces, installations, everyday objects as art, everyday activities incorporated into ritual and performance pieces, ordinary objects seen anew, exploration that has been playful, contemplative, serious and with multiple meanings, both simple and complex at the same time. Nye/Bici started the Black Thumb Press, Bici and Geoff sending out event scores as postcards as mail art to their friends. They kept an ongoing joint journal during their road trips together called "The Friday Book of White Noise," conversation as art - the one not driving doing the writing down of the ideas and thoughts of both as they occurred. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. CX Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave. Information: 802-257-7898,

Film and video

NEWFANE "Won't You be My Neighbor?": About the life of the wonderful Mr. Rogers, as the movie's tagline says, "a little kindness makes a world of difference." Rated PG-13, this is a good family movie. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Independent Filmmakers' Horror Film Frenzy: The fourth annual Ax Wound Film Festival is a celebration of women horror filmmakers and the horror community. 11/9: 8 p.m.; 11/10: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. At door: $10, $20 for all-access-pass, 50% w/student ID. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO "Marnie": This is a new opera by Vermont-born composer Nico Muhly. Based on Winston Graham's haunting novel, which inspired the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, "Marnie" is the tale of a beautiful woman in late-1950s England running from a mysterious past, who assumes new names, identities, physical appearances. Marnie is caught in her deceit by businessman Mark Rutland, who blackmails her into marrying him. Stripped of her life of lies, Marnie is forced to face the truth and her future, without the deceptions on which she has relied for so long. The cast is led by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as Marnie. Baritone Christopher Maltman is her husband and rival, Mark Rutland, and countertenor Iestyn Davies is Mark's borther. Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is Marnie's mother, and soprano Janis Kelly is her mother-in-law. 1 p.m. $22 ($10 students, $20 MET Forever members). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Jatoba CD Release Party w/ The Gaslight Tinkers: 8 p.m. - 12 midnight. $12 to $15. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information:

GRAFTON Guitarist Kevin Parry: Listen to the blues and other related material. Featuring music by Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, David Bromberg, and more. 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Free. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: 802-843-2231; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Foggy Mountain Consort: This renaissance/bluegrass band is dedicated to performing music from a wide historical range – starting with plucked string music and songs from as early as 1600. While this music is very old, it still rings contemporary when approached in the right manner - mixing old instruments with newer ones, old styles with a fresh approach. Rich textures from the lute, banjo, violone (Renaissance double bass), violin, guitar, and voices. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $35 premium (prices go up $5 at door). The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO BMC Season Guest Concerts - Chamber Works by Robert Merfeld: Following a career concertizing worldwide, Merfeld is now concentrating his musical talents on teaching/composing. This will be the first time some compositions have been publicly presented. Performers include Bayla Keyes, Katie Lansdale, violin; Anya Shemetyeva, viola; Rhonda Rider, Paul Cohen, cello; Mary Cicconetti, oboe; Jayne West, soprano/narrator; Merfeld playing piano. Concert will be preceded by a talk by the performers and composer about what they do as teachers and what students hope to glean from teaching. The first piece on the program, "String Quartet," was composed by Merfeld when he was nine, four years after starting piano studies, and written for soprano and piano. He'll perform it with Jayne West. Also on the program, "Cricket and Piglet-A Fable," a story Merfeld wrote and then put to music for violin, viola, narrator. He'll play "Animal Miniatures" with his wife, Anya Shemetyeva. The final piece will be "Merfeld's 2017 Intervals for String Quartet." His book, "Is It So If You Think It’s So?: Thoughts on Playing & Teaching Chamber Music – An Anti-Manual" will be available for purchase. 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. talk; 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. concert. $20, $10 students, $40 preferred. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO Pizza Party to support Project Feed the Thousands: Against the Grain Gourmet and Strolling of the Heifers are teaming up to collect donations of funds and food for Project Feed the Thousands (PFT). Attendees will be given freshly baked pizza, a drink, and a dessert in exchange for a donation and/or a non-perishable food item for Project Feed the Thousands. This family-friendly event features several flavors of Against the Grain Gourmet's gluten-free pizzas and desserts, freshly baked in the River Garden's kitchen, as well as their newest product - vegan pizza. Local musicians will provide entertainment. There will be many allergy-free options including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan pizza, and desserts. Project Feed the Thousands was started in 1994 with a goal of filling a single tractor trailer with food donations for people in the Brattleboro area. Today, PFT collects 200,000 food and personal care items and distributes them to nine food shelves in communities in southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire. The Project also raises funds to purchase additional food for those in need. 12 noon - 3 p.m. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WESTMINSTER Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association - Bald Hill Hike: This guided Bald Hill Hike features woods, river, and falls on WHPA lands (50 acres) and lands owned by the Bellows Falls Union High School, which owns more property than any other public high school in Vermont (200 acres). Vanessa Stern will lead this moderate jaunt to explore area uplands and the path beside the Saxtons River that leads to the rock basins and Twin Falls. Participants should dress warmly, wear waterproof shoes, and bring water. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Bald Hill Reserve (Covered Bridge Road) Trailhead, 232 Covered Bridge Rd. Register: 802-463-4948,,

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: New location for this weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Delicious lunch menu and live music with John Hughes. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Cheese Tasting and Demo: Discover Schlossberg, a delicious Alpine cheese from Jumi, a fifth-generation artisanal Danish cheese collective. 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 Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays), 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Mantra, Pranayama, and Gong Meditation: Participants can expect to partake in call-and-response-style chanting featuring harmonium, talas, and tabla - pranayama exercises to settle the mind and connect with the breath, and a deeply relaxing meditation to the sound of gongs and singing bowls. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. every Sunday. $12 suggested donation. Setu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Luncheon and Sale: Menu: corn chowder or chicken vegetable soup, choice of finger sandwiches, chips, apple crisp, and beverage. A la carte menu available. Also offered are: food and baked goods, raffle for prizes, and theme baskets. Offered by the Women's Fellowship. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the hall (enter from back of building). $8, $4 kids under 12. United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St. Information: 802-463-4323.

WILLIAMSVILLE Gumbo and Soup Fest - Heat the Hall Fund Benefit: Gumbo, Soup, Homemade Bread, Hot and Cold Cider, Dessert. 6 p.m. $9. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DUMMERSTON "Ultimate Shopping Experience": Sponsored by the Dummerston PTFO, there will be all kinds of vendors as well as a raffle, luncheon, and bake sale. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dummerston Elementary School, 52 Schoolhouse Road (Cnr. Schoolhouse Rd. and Rt. 5). Information:


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music by Visitors: Refreshments served. 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $10 ($8 members). Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794, 802-722-9205.



November 2018