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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. 12/6-12/7: 7 p.m., 12/8: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 12/9: 2 p.m. (Continues 12/13-12/16). $15, $13 seniors/students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:,

The written word

NEWFANE "Writing to the Light" Writing Workshop: Deborah Lee Luskin will provide the prompts and teach a positive response practice that engenders both safety and synergy, where participants invariably write more, write better, and write with greater confidence. As the world tilts away from the sun, this writing circle offers an opportunity for participants to reflect on the year past, consider the year to come, and enjoy the support of telling stories in a safe and encouraging environment. Writers of all abilities are welcome. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free (donations in any amount will gladly be accepted to benefit Moore Free Library). Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Registration required. Type "Writing to the Light" in the message:

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Open House - New Work by Julia Zanes and Music by the Bluebird Orchestra: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. The Emblem Museum, 21 Elliot St., 2nd fl. Information: 802-380-2504; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Season Guest Concert: Glen Velez's Handance / Dunham Shoe Factory: Four-time Grammy winner Glen Velez is considered the founding father of the modern frame drum movement and regarded as a legendary figure. His combinations of hand movements, finger techniques, along with his original compositional style incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing), has resulted in a shift in modern percussion. Vocalist Loire Cotler is a world music stylist, composer, recording artist, educator, music therapist known for her Konnakol, scat singing, original world jazz standard interpretations. Percussionist, composer, arranger Shane Shanahan combined his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock, western art music to create his own highly style. Local ensemble Dunham Shoe Factory is a collaboration between Anna Patton, Mac Ritchey, Todd Roach, and Dave Haughey playing original compositions and influenced by world traditions. Combining the clarinet, oud, percussion, cello, their music draws from styles including Egyptian, Jazz, Brazilian, Turkish, Classical and Indian music. 4 p.m. $20 ($15 students). Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Fear of Singing Breakthrough Workshop with Nancy Salwen: Learn to sing even if you think you can't carry a tune. For "non-singers," beginners, or anyone who wants to become more confident and expressive with their voice. If you can talk you can sing. Learn in a way that’s supportive, comfortablem fun. Discover your own natural voice. Become more confident – experience some singing success. Take home skills to start you on your way. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $125 ($15 additional for catered lunch). Immanuel Retreat Center, 14 Church St. Register: 603-721-1492,

PUTNEY The River Singers: Led by Mary Cay Brass, The River Singers sing songs of joy, love, hope, and peace from around the world. 12/8: 7:30 p.m., 12/9: 4 p.m. $15 at door only (free for children under 11). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO "Liberty in a Soup" - Documentary Screening and Dinner to benefit Haitian Orphans: Windham World Affairs Council and 118 Elliot support the Haiti Orphanage Sponsorship Trust (HOST), a grassroots nonprofit based in VT whose mission is to meet basic needs for food, education, medical care, and other essentials for the children living at Foyer Evangelique Orphanage in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Since 2010, HOST has been helping to support the 35 children there. All are from impoverished families and most came to the orphanage in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake. Film: Haitian filmmaker Dudley Alexis tells the story of the Haitian Revolution in 1804 and the origins of the Haitian Independence Day tradition of Haitian families gathering to celebrate freedom and enjoy a meal of a pumpkin-based soup called Soup Joumou each year on January 1. Dinner: Homemade Soup Joumou, traditionally a mix of squash, potatoes and meat, but a vegetarian version will also be offered as well as bread, cheese, and beverages. 5 p.m. $10 suggested contribution (All proceeds will be utilized to support HOST's mission). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:

Farmers' markets

PUTNEY Putney Farmers' Market - 9th Annual Artisanal Marketplace : Over 30 local vendors. Live music, delicious food, fresh-picked greens, root veggies, mushrooms, herbs, preserves, chicken & duck eggs, pastured meats, grass-fed dairy, herbal remedies & body care products, fine woolens, hand-carved wooden utensils, functional ceramics, unique artisan creations, and more. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Through Sunday, December 23. Green Mountain Orchards, 130 West Hill Rd. Information:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO 20th Anniversary Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale: Cotton Mill artisans open their studios so the public can look behind the scenes of creative local businesses and meet the people behind them. Plus, seasoned and emerging artists from Windham County offer exquisite handmade products from jam, to fine arts, to functional crafts. Alongside holiday shopping, this event features live performances from the Vermont Jazz Center, circus arts from New England Center for Circus Arts, Sandglass Theater puppetry, local music, kids activities. Two cafe areas offer Titos Tacos and Vermont Crepes and Saxtons River Distillery alongside locally-produced artisan food items. This year, Cotton Mill Arts is partnering with Downtown Brattleboro Alliance to offer a free shuttle between the Cotton Mill, two downtown Brattleboro locations, and free parking at Brattleboro Union High School. Sponsored by Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, Vermont Public Radio, New England Center for Circus Arts, Sandglass Theater, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, True North Granola, WR Metal Arts, Storymatic Studios. 12/7: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.; 12/8: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 12/9: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cotton Mill Artisans Open Tour, 74 Cotton Mill Hill #300. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Linda Blake. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (snow date 12/16). Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Conscious Dance: Talk-free dance practice intended to enjoy and explore embodiment, physical expression, and your body's wisdom. After an unguided warm-up period, the facilitator leads a brief opening circle on a theme or guided practice, followed by a selected playlist of music — beginning spacious and mellow, gaining intensity, and arriving back into stillness. We close with a sharing circle in which you are welcome to speak about your experience in the dance. This time is meant to be reflective, sharing awareness and emotions that arise in the dance. Primarily offered for adults, children are welcome with adult accompaniment provided they can follow the talk-free and intentional structure and be mindful of their impact on others in the space. No experience or partner or shoes are needed. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Sun. of every month. $10. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information:,



December 2018