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Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "Daydreams" - Steel Sculpture from Torin Porter - Artist Reception and Exhibit: Porter's thoughtful and playful creations are of this world externally but we experience them internally. We feel their weight and texture and see their forms change in response to our movements as they come to life. 6/30 reception: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (Open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.). Through Sunday, August 12. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

VERNON Picnic, Fireworks and Muster: Activities at the Library at the Town Office Building, Governor Hunt Road (10am-noon); Fire Muster: cheer the Vernon Fire Department as they compete against area departments at Huckle Hill Road field (10am-1pm); Now and Then Car Show at the Vernon Recreation Area, Pond Rd.,(10am-afternoon); Horse riding competitions at Cold Brook Stables, 88 West Rd. (10am-all day); Free swimming during normal Saturday pool hours, Vernon Recreation Pool, Pond Road (12 noon); Family Carnival, Vernon Recreation Area (2pm-4pm); Chili Cookoff, sponsored by Vernon Advent Christian Church, Vernon Recreation Pavilion, Pond Rd., with DJ Tim Arsenault (4pm-6pm); After dark: Fireworks display at Huckle Hill Road field (approx. 9pm). Plus food vendors. Bring a blanket, pack/buy dinner. . $1 per ticket; 6 tickets $5 (at the library or at event). Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO CineSLAM Film Festival - LGBT History - Kick Off for the 50th Anniversary Year of The Stonewall Uprising: Pride Film Festival of Shorts with Program Director John Scagliotti, sponsored by Kopkind Colony. Allen Young, '60s gay liberationist and local activist, opens up The Festival reading a short except from his new book "left gay & green, a writer's life." There will also be a tribute short film to the historians and archivists saving LGBT History. "We Started with an Old Shoe Box," a VT premiere, takes a look at how small and independent groups of gay/lesbian archivists began reconstructing the fragmented story of the LGBT past. In a piece from "Before Stonewall," we look at the '60s youth movement and see how important the "counterculture" was in building for the Stonewall Uprising. CineSLAM will show a clip from HB Lozito's Andrew's Inn Oral History Project, which looks at the history of Andrew's Inn, a disco, bar, hotel, and community space catering to the LGBTQ community in Bellows Falls which was in operation from 1973-1984. Also "Out Here," a documentary film, explores the hearts and hard work of queer farmers in the United States. It was made by local Green Mountain Crossroads board member, Jonah Mossberg. 4:30 p.m. $10. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information:,


NEWFANE Kevin Parry: Classic and not-so-classic Blues and Rock: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free. Ricks Tavern, 386 Rte. 30. Information: 802-365-4310,

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: See and play organs of many styles and sizes. Walk through a working pipe organ. Learn about Brattleboro's industrial past. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. thru mid-Oct. Through Sunday, July 1. $5 suggested donation. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

S. LONDONDERRY Balloon Creations: Linda Schroeder will make you a balloon animal of your choice to take home. While you are at the library, put your name in the jar for a drawing for free admission to the Rutland Fair (ages 6-12). Pick up free reading records, bookmarks, and "Libraries Rock!" tattoos. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Free. South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St. Information: 802-824-3371; Click to e-mail for more information.


PUTNEY Daoist Taiji Ruler/Stick Neigong: The Taiji Stick and Ruler Neigong is a classical method of mind-body cultivation. It uses a pair of wooden implements. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. $70. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Register:


PUTNEY Last Saturday Contra Dance: Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. There will be a workshop for new dancers. Also a jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians. Over the course of a contra dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. Bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary; traditionally dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening. Jim Fownes calling. Randy and Roger's contra music has been a favorite in the region for years. 6:30pm free jam session beginner/intermediate musicians, 7:30 workshop for new dancers, dancing 8-10:30pm. Suggested donation: $10, $7 students/seniors. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.

Community meals

W. HALIFAX Halifax Breakfast: Featuring a tasty "skillet breakfast" consisting of fried potato, eggs, ham or sausage & cheese. Vegetarian available. Also a buffet of ham or sausage; fried potato; blueberry, chocolate chip or plain pancakes; fruit; coffee or tea and juice. Eggs Benedict and scrambled eggs on request. 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. $7, $5 age 12 and under, free for pre-schoolers. Halifax Community Hall, 20 Brook Rd.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

WEST DUMMERSTON Rummage and Tag Sale: Items for sale include furniture, furnishings, kitchenware, footwear, books, toys, games, clothing and miscellaneous items - two rooms full. Some items priced, some by donation. Money donations from the sale will benefit the Center's operating and maintenance costs. 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-254-9212.


KEENE Building a Progressive Movement in 2018 and Beyond: Coffee/Conversation with Nina Turner and Andru Volinsky: Turner, president of Our Revolution, is joined by special guest Andru Volinsky (Executive Council, District 2). This Rights and Democracy fundraiser is hosted by the Monadnock Progressive Alliance. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. $15, $20 at the door, $27 "feel the Bern". Keene State College, Mabel Brown Rm., 83 Blake St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Not in Our Name: A Families Belong Together Solidarity Gathering: We'll gather in solidarity, hopefully with 2,000 pairs of children's shoes to represent the children of Asylum seekers that walked through our border seeking refuge only to find themselves torn from their parents and imprisoned without any contact. We are currently collecting children's shoes for the "empty shoes" visual exhibit. They can be dropped off at Everyone's Books in Brattleboro and at 7 West Street, (directly behind Putney Post Office). There is a bin in the drive with "Families Belong Together" postcards as identifiers. Organized by Everyone's Books, The Putney Huddle, and Brattleboro Rights and Democracy. 2 p.m. Brattleboro Common, bet. Putney Rd. & Linden St. RSVP:



June 2018