CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, September
WEST CHESTERFIELD "The Father": Florian Zeller’s internationally acclaimed play is an exploration of who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear. Each scene is an elliptical extended snapshot that seems to evoke a memory, but quickly the absurdist contradictions crowd in. We look inside the mind of Andre - an old man/retired dancer in his apartment with his adult daughter Anne, and her boyfriend. Or is it her first husband? And is she really moving to London? Laura, his new caregiver, the one he seems to like, keeps him company. So then why would she steal his watch? The play confounds expectations and works almost like a thriller as strangers keep turning up in Andre's flat. Whether he fully understands it or not, Andre is reaching the end of his time on this planet, and he's starting to lose grip on his sense of time and reality, starting to forget things both big and small. Sound grim? It’s not. Michael Fox Kennedy as Andre, along with Mo Hart, David Hiler, Jim Bombicino, Sadie Fischesser, Julie Holland. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Saturday, October 13. $15, $8 students. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.
NEWFANE Giant Book Sale: Categories: fiction (including classics and a large selection of mysteries), history, biography and memoir, essays, nature, travel, art and music, how-to, health, young adult, philosophy and religion, cooking, gardening, humor, Vermont and New England, children's literature, DVDs, CDs, and more. Sponsored by The Friends of the Moore Free Library, which is a private institution that functions as a public library but receives no local, state, or federal funding. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Union Hall, 2 Church St.
BELLOWS FALLS Writing Our Way to Resistance! with Elayne Clift: "May you live in interesting times." That well-known expression is relevant in many ways now, at a time in our history when raising our voices through artistic expression has become vital - and often therapeutic. Whether we paint, compose or literally speak out, giving voice to our feelings and values is necessary. Writers do this by way of creative expression through fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, including essays and commentary. Often these pieces are satiric, humorous or downright funny. Your pick. This workshop provides an opportunity for writers at all levels to craft personal expressions of resistance in their own ways and their own voices. Facilitated prompts and group discussion in a supportive environment will enable participants to share their thoughts via the written word. Come with laptop, pencil and paper, ideas, opinions and experiences. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. $25 fee for instructor. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404 (register), firstname.lastname@example.org (info).
WILMINGTON "First Generation - 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great": Celebrate the genius, diversity, and grit of immigrants and refugees in this illustrated guide to 36 American trailblazers. The men and women in this book represent nations from Somalia to Germany, from Syria to China, from Mexico to Sweden, and more. They are people like Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international singing sensation Celia Cruz, star basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, world-renowned physicist Albert Einstein, and influential journalist Jorge Ramos. And they are all immigrants or refugees to the United States of America. Their courage, their achievements, and their determination to change the world have helped make our country a stronger place. Perhaps after reading their stories, you will be inspired to make the world a better place, too. Signing and discussion with authors Sandra Neil Wallace and Rick Wallace. 4 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO SEON'S 3rd Annual Sustainable Home Tour: Visit six high performance homes, including new construction, additions, deep energy upgrades and renovations of existing homes. This is a self-guided tour and a great opportunity to see what makes a home sustainable. Builders and some homeowners will be available at each home to answer your questions. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15 ($2 for $25) on day of tour. Sustainable Energy Outreach Network. Information: www.seon.info/HomeTour.
CHESTERFIELD Chesterfield Old Home Days - Artisan Fair and Farmers Market: Parade featuring the Celebration Brass Band and kids on bikes. After things get officially started with Grand Marshall, Kevin White, stay for the Classic Car show, pie eating contest, corn hole tournament, sack race, Black Jack Crossing live music, and more. Chesterfield and Spofford Fire Depts. will be grilling up good food, and there will a pie sale by the Friends of Chesterfield Library. For the grand finale, choose your side and cheer at the tug-o-war between the Chesterfield Police Dept. and the Fire Dept. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (9:30 a.m. Kids on bikes: Check in at 9:30 a.m. at Winchester Road and 63). Rain date: 9/30. Chesterfield Old Home Days, Center of town.
BRATTLEBORO Incurable Semantics at Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, Rt. 9, Western Ave., near the covered bridge. Information: 802-254-8885; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS Vermont History through Song : Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. By donation. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS Stage 33 Live - Lake Superior w/ I Love You!: Gritty blues-influenced garage rock from Montpelier, and rising post-punk power from Brattleboro. All ages. 6 p.m. $5 suggested minimum donation. Thirty Three Bridge Street, 33 Bridge St.
BRATTLEBORO BrattRock - Third Annual Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival : Fifteen youth rock bands and solo artists from around New England will take the stage. Performances will take place on two stages, one indoor and one outdoor. The festival features food vendors, arts, crafts, games, and fun for all ages. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. $10, $8 students (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Youth Services). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Two Bachs Plus - Two performances by Juno Orchestra: Program: C.P.E. Bach, Sinfonia No. 2 in B-flat major, Wq. 182; J.S. Bach, Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055r; Felix Mendelssohn, Sinfonia No. 10 in B minor; Paul Hindemith, Eight Pieces, Op. 44. No. 3; Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 39 in G minor. Oboe soloist: Jennifer Slowik. Conductor: Zon Eastes. 9/29: 7:30 p.m., 9/30: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, September 30. $10 to $40. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: www.junoorchestra.org.
WARDSBORO Wardsboro Curtain Call's 2018 Music Series - Gail Wade Trio: Eclectic blend of Americana, Bluegrass, and Blues. 7 p.m. in the Cafe. $10 at door. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information: 802-896-6810, www.wardsborocurtaincall.net.
W. HALIFAX Halifax Celebration: Pancake breakfast, Kids Parade, Tractor Pulls, Bingo, Firemen's Water Polo, Taste of Halifax Marketplace, Birds of Prey, Children's Scavenger Hunt, Touch-A-Truck, and more. Hot lunches and food items will be available throughout the village. Music during the day by DJ Alex Montgomery; Groove Prophet live in the evening. 7 a.m. Pancake breakfast. 6 p.m. Pig roast; bring a dish to share. No motorized vehicles allowed through the closed-off section of Branch Road (without permission). Transportation provided for the mobility impaired. Halifax Community Hall, 20 Brook Rd. Information: email@example.com.
GRAFTON 10th Annual Fairy House Festival: Where else do knotholes become front doors, sea shells transform into bathtubs, and twigs get woven into ladders? Young and old are welcome to come connect directly with the environment. Express your creativity while finding the inherent magic of nature and spending time within it. Follow a nature path sprinkled with charming fairy houses, where the acorn cap dinnerware and shelf fungi table remind you to walk spritely on the earth. Back at the Museum, you'll build your own fairy dwellings in the gardens. Hands-on crafts, face painting, hula-hooping, costumes, local food vendors, music, and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments available for purchase; picnicking encouraged. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, September 30. $12, $10 seniors, $5 children. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Information: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Mantra, Pranayama, and Gong Meditation: Participants can expect to partake in call-and-response-style chanting featuring harmonium, talas, and tabla - pranayama exercises to settle the mind and connect with the breath, and a deeply relaxing meditation to the sound of gongs and singing bowls. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. every Sunday. $12 suggested donation. Se-tu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays), 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 917-239-8743; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Dance for Meals with Senior Solutions: Addressing food insecurity among the Brattleboro population and, in particular, our older Vermonters and those who are homebound, Senior Solutions is sponsoring this dance. Proceeds will help offset the growing demand on the Meals on Wheels program. With open enrollment for Medicare starting in October, folks will want to be prepared - so a Medicare/SHIP specialist will be available. Light refreshments, cash bar. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Ray and Lucinda of "Shall We Dance?" give a dance demo and group lesson. Then everyone dances. Remember to bid on Silent Auction items. 8:45 p.m: Announcement of Silent Auction Winners. 9 p.m. - 11 p.m: Popular local group Sweet Pond turns up the beat as we dance the night away. 10 p.m: Dress to Dance! Prize for the most creative outfit. $25 ($35 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO 10th Annual Brattleboro Buddy Walk: Developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, the Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 walks planned for 2018 worldwide. This year's Brattleboro Buddy Walk will be a celebration of our accomplishments and future goals for raising awareness and promoting inclusion in our community. Everyone is welcome. In addition to a one-mile walk, in which anyone can participate, there will be a keynote address, lunch, live music, games, prizes, raffles, and vendors that support inclusion for individuals of all abilities. This Walk will not only help raise awareness and promote inclusion for people of all abilities but will also raise important funds for Special Olympics programs here in Windham County. 10 a.m. check-in. 10:30 a.m. keynote address from Sue Minter (Special Olympics VT President and CEO). 11 a.m. walk. 12 noon: music, lunch, games, prizes, vendors. 1 p.m. Raffle prizes. Brattleboro Common, bet. Putney Rd. & Linden St. Register w/Jim Nicholson: 802-258-4699, www.BrattleboroBuddyWalk.org.
WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club with Champagne Jam: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10 ($8 members) includes refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794, jean@firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUTNEY Last Saturday Contra Dance: Traditional New England contra dance with live music Jim Fownes calling. Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. workshop for new dancers, dancing 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.