CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, May
BRATTLEBORO Book Lounge: Baron Wormser and Michael Fleming: Wormser is the author/co-author of 16 books and a poetry chapbook. His recent books include "Tom o' Vietnam," a novel set in 1982 about a Vietnam War veteran who is obsessed with King Lear, and Legends of the "Slow Explosion: Eleven Modern Lives," biographical pieces about eleven crucial figures from the second half of the 20th century. Fleming has edited literary anthologies for W. W. Norton for the past decade. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. The Lounge, 4 High St. Information: 802-254-4141.
GRAFTON Journey to the Bottom of the Earth: Antarctic Travelogue: Will and Laurie Danforth, board members of The Nature Museum, share their recent month-long expedition to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean through photography, personal stories, and a question and answer session. Immerse yourself in the overwhelming beauty and power of Earth's coldest, driest, and windiest continent. Refreshments from the Grafton Village Bakery will be served. 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. event in the Homestead Room. Suggested donation: $7, $10 at door. All proceeds support The Nature Museum's work. Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information: www.nature-museum.org.
PUTNEY "Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor": The Putney School and Putney Public Library are hosting events in observance of VT Reads and Labor History Month this May. For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool. In the U.S., the I.W.W (or Wobblies), which led the 1912 Bread and Roses strike, was especially known for its rousing and satirical songs, including the anthemic "Solidarity Forever." Using live and recorded music, Mark Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930s. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY Legacy Putney: This 10-day 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 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, www.nextstagearts.org.
BRATTLEBORO "Fraud, Scams, and Con Artists: Coming to a Computer Near You": Elliot Greenblott from AARP discusses the why, how and basic defense regarding scams perpetrated over the internet. This presentation is continuously revised to address the latest cyber threats and addresses how to recognize malicious emails and pop-ups as well as Wi-Fi issues arising from the increased use of tablets and smartphones. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Lunch Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "Finding Meaning in Our Shared Watersheds": Moderated by Gaye Symington, Pres. of the High Meadows Fund, this panel discussion will explore such questions as: Why do watersheds matter in our communities? How do watershed dynamics affect our lives, and vice versa? How can we promote place-based meaning and awareness within our shared watersheds? How would that impact flood resilience, ecological integrity, or community development? What does it mean to be a water protector in your own community? Panelists: Rhonda Anderson, indigenous and water rights activist and speaker; Peter Forbes, writer, conservationist, and co-founder of the Center for Whole Communities; Steve Libby, Exec. Dir. of the Vermont River Conservancy. This event is presented in connection with The Confluence Project, an experiment in creative placemaking organized by Vermont Performance Lab and Windham Regional Commission. 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.
BRATTLEBORO Women's Expo: Browse and shop--food, crafts, wellness, beauty, home goods, jewelry and more. Live Music by Singcrony. Participating businesses include: Amy's French Macaron's, Athena's by Brittany, Breath of the Heart, By the Dozen, Ceres Natural Remedies, Commonwealth Dairy, Curves, doTERRA, Forest Garden Farm & k.b. ceramics, Frabjous Fibers, Jaffra & Jewelry with Emily E, LuLaRoe, Sidney Gallery of Unconventional Art Jewelry, SeneGence International (LipSense), Sofia Wellness Journeys, Surfing Goat Soaps at Hames & Axle Farm, Thai Hut, Trisha Selbach Fitness, Vista Home Improvement. 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free. River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.