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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams: Presented by Shoot the Moon. Starring Elias Burgess, Josh Goldstein, Xoe Perra, Sean Fitzharris, and John Mack. Directed by Joshua Moyse. 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday, May 12. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

VERNON Reading Group: 5 p.m. (2nd Thur. of every month). Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

Visual arts and shows

S. LONDONDERRY Postage Stamps from Around the World: Italian stamps dated from 1863 to 1927, postage stamps of Pakistan, and U.S. Commemorative Stamps from 1971 to 1968. Presented by Bill Barclay of the Vermont Philatelic Society. . Through Thursday, May 31. Free. South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St. Information: 802-824-3371; Click to e-mail for more information.

Ideas and education

Artist Talk and Meet and Greet with Amirah Sackett and Others: Meet Amirah and hear more about her story and her art. Ask questions and dive deeper into her work and the importance of social awareness and justice in the arts. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. . Information:

Celebrations and festivals

PUTNEY Legacy Putney: This festival is a collaborative celebration of Putney history, arts, and culture. Featuring stories developed with support in listening and storytelling from the international company Narativ, and a range of works by/ about cultural figures/groups in our local history through the present that have shaped who we are today. These are shared in a range of formats: literary, film, music, theater, dance, culinary, visual arts. After Putney's General Store (a gathering place for the community) had a catastrophic fires--in 2008 and in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and subsequent national recession--the village economy was severely threatened. Out of these circumstances, the greater community came together to rebuild, revitalize, renew. Next Stage Arts Project was born out of the passion/perseverance of a community wanting a resource space to gather/celebrate. It would transform its historic center church into what is now the cornerstone of the greater community for music, theater, spoken word, film, educational programming, monthly community suppers, more. Putney businesses/restaurants will also welcome audiences with food and other services throughout the festival. . Through Sunday, May 13. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Schedule of events: 802-387-0102,

PUTNEY Legacy Putney: The Vermont Movie # 3 with special guest filmmaker Nora Jacobson: Plus Putney Historical Society short films. 7 p.m. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO The Soubrette Jazz Choir and six more Student Showcase Ensembles: This is a women's vocal ensemble based at the Vermont Jazz Center and led by Anna Patton. Each semester, the choir works up a set of richly harmonized arrangements of Swing, Jazz, and Blues numbers. They will perform a set including works by local songwriters Kris Delmhorst, Anna Patton, and Peter Siegel. Instrumentalists: Anna Patton on tenor guitar, Lucy Kahn on bass, and Rebecca Jones on pedal steel (also see 5/11). Plus: Youth Jazz Ensemble, Latin Jazz, Youth Jazz, 'Ukulele Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Blue Note Ensemble, and the VJC Sextet. 7:40 p.m. - 8 p.m. (7 VTC student showcase ensembles perform from 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.). $5 suggested donation. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Bring a "snack-potluck" if you wish to share. 802-275-2142,

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO Fifth Annual Handbags for HOPE Event Benefits Early Educators: Silent & live auction (preview: Food provided by local women-owned businesses, cash bar. This event features bags of all types, local goods, plus activities such as yoga, spa treatments, and woodworking. This benefit helps United Way of Windham County's continue its work on early education in the county. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. $35. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 Black Mountain Rd. Tickets: 802-257-4011,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Learn to Shop the Bulk Department at the Brattleboro Co-op: Take a tour with Jon to learn about how to save money, find what you need, and how to use your own containers. Plus get free samples. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Shareholders Service desk. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-246-2821,


PUTNEY Meditative Drawing Practice with Sadelle Wiltshire : Join Sadelle Wiltshire for a hands-on meditative drawing experience with simple tools. No drawing experience, simply an open mind and spirit. Drawing and mark-making is a soothing tool for the inner voice. Experience a creative process that helps one let go of the inner critic and focus on connecting with that space within. Presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Windham County. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Inner Fire: Join Beatrice Birch to learn about Inner Fire, a proactive healing community in Brookline, VT, offering people struggling with debilitating and traumatic life experiences, which typically lead to mental (soul) health and addiction challenges, the opportunity to reclaim their lives by tapering carefully off their psychotropic medications while strengthening themselves on a deeper soul, spiritual level. For some people the meds work, for others they make life hardly worth living. Learn about this program based on years of experience and work in Europe and the USA. 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.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Mother's Day Art Project for Kids: Make a paper crown to honor your Mom. Make it whimsical or regal--your creativity will reign! Moms will receive a complimentary pass to check out the exciting exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Free and open to all. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-246-2821,


PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593,



May 2018