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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO NEYT Production of "Rags" plus Your Family Immigration Stories: "Rags" tells the story of Jewish immigrants during the height of the great wave of immigration flooding into America from Eastern Europe in 1910. As they struggle to make a new life on Manhattan's Lower East Side, they are faced with inequality, intolerance, corruption. And while the city streets may not be paved with gold, they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism, hope in this inspirational saga of awakenings and disappointments, greed and power, strength and love. It examines the issues of prejudice, violence, hate that immigrants experienced upon arriving in this country and that still have relevance today. Whether your family has been here for generations, or arrived a few years ago; whether traveled many miles to set down roots or came from just over the border, NEYT wants to hear your story. If you have a picture or a short description of your family's immigration story, they can be emailed to, bring them to the theater weekday afternoons, or to a performance. Stories and photos will be posted on the "What's Your Story" Immigration Wall in the lobby for audience members to enjoy as a part of the theater experience. 12/13-12/14: 7 p.m., 12/15: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 12/16: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, December 16. $15, $13 seniors/students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:,

The written word

VERNON Reading Group - "Boys in the Boat" by David James Brown: This is a story about nine Americans and their epic quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 5 p.m. Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Men, Patriarchy, and Capitalism: From the European witch hunts of the 1300's to rape culture, male violence has been a troubling theme of modern history. Thanks to the visibility gained by social mobilizations such as the MeToo movement, one would be hard-pressed to argue that we have made much progress in decreasing it. In mainstream discourse, male violence is explained away as the actions of deviant individuals, "bad apples." This explanation avoids questions that implicate the system in which we live. In order to really understand where male violence comes from, we need to situate our understanding in a larger analysis of history. Grounded in readings from (but not limited to) Angela Davis, bell hooks, Silvia Federici, and Jackson Katz, we will focus on the following questions: Is male violence a men's issue for men to analyze, discuss and end? What are the connections within the current political climate to historical events? How do our thoughts and ideology shape our actions and interactions? Does capitalism affect how men act in the world?. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Men, please join us in doing this work. Readings provided. Refreshments served. Sign-up:

LONDONDERRY How the Trump Tax Law Affects You: If you are part of the 1%, you will love the new Trump Tax Law. If not, let Ron Theissen, CPA, CFA of the Chester office at Fisher Financial Advisors, tell you how the new tax law may affect you and some of the end-of-the-year planning opportunities. How will your itemized deductions be affected? What can you do about your investments? How will your retirement accounts be affected? Should you consider a Roth Conversion? What are the changes to Vermont's tax law? Light refreshments will be served. 5:30 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Michael Hertz and Bunny Macauley: Folk, Blues & Gospel, with Michael on acoustic guitar/vocals and Bunny on vocals/harmonica, covering artists from Blind Blake and Blind Willie McTell to Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, and more. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Renaissance Men: Male vocal chamber ensemble featuring traditional classical music for the season, original compositions. Cherished carols and seasonal songs, arrangements of Christmas favorites in close harmonies, and new favorites by today's hottest composers - Saunder Choi, Paul John Rudoi, Jan Wilke, and the return of a new work for men's voices by the composer-in-residence, Daniel E. Gawthrop. Visit 7:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "A Christmas Carol": Based on the magic of Charles Dickens' famous novella is a grand mixture of the familiar and the surprising. Directed by James Gelter. Presented by Vermont Theatre Company. 12/13 - 12/14: 7 p.m., 12/15 - 12/16: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Through Sunday, December 16. $15 ($13 seniors/students). Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information:


VERNON Boxwood Tree Workshop: Nancy Renaud of Barn Store Wreaths instructs. 6 p.m. $25 for materials. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Registration required: 802-257-0150.

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Words Project: Tim Weed discusses the legend of "Thunderbolt" and the unique Round Schoolhouse in Brookline. Refreshments served. Monthly Roundtables are a chance for the public and Project researchers to gather, swap stories, and progress creating audio for the Brattleboro Words Trail. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Free for Kids - Fun Foods from Around the World - Italian Pumpkin Pizza: Join Lizi to make pizza dough from scratch and top it with flavors inspired by the season - roasted pumpkin, spices and cheese. While we are making our pizzas, we'll learn about the culture and language of Italy. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

PUTNEY Preschool Story Time: Susan Hessey will read and tell stories, do pass-arounds, and lead crafts (ages 2 and up). 11 a.m. every Thursday. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


LONDONDERRY Combating the Winter Blues with Mindfulness: For many, these are especially hard times, burdened with negative thoughts and emotions. Mindful meditation can help relax our minds. Cheryl Wilfong, who teaches mindfulness at Vermont Insight Center and at Northampton Insight in Massachusetts will discuss mindfulness and lead short, guided meditations designed to help combat the winter blues. Visit 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Addiction and Recovery Resources: Susan Avery of Nar-Anon, Lt. Adam Petlock of the Brattleboro Police Department, Susan Walker of Turning Point of Windham County, and Kurt White of the Brattleboro Retreat share their perspectives on addiction and recovery resources in our community. Moderated by Geoff Kane, MD, Chief Addiction Services at the Brattleboro Retreat. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE How to Spot Scammers and Fraudsters: There are some wily characters trying to part you from your money. Email, phone, internet, and even door to door - scammers are out there! This workshop teaches you what to look out for to save yourself from scammers. Presented by The Community of Vermont Elders. 1:30 p.m. (after the Community Lunch at the Newfane Church next door). Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

GUILFORD Gazette Meeting: Planning the February (Town Meeting) issue. New members invited. 9 a.m. Guilford Country Store, 475 Coolidge Hwy. (Rte. 5). Information: 802-257-4603.


BRATTLEBORO Bop and Shop: We are designed to move our bodies! Only the best songs for dancing will be playing every Thursday evening through the whole month of December. Stop by for a dance or the whole evening. No purchase necessary. Water provided. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Windham Movement Apparel, 2 Elliot St. Information: 802-246-1223.



December 2018