CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, September
WEST CHESTERFIELD Staged Reading - "Women of a Certain Age": This contemporary story takes place around the kitchen table of the Gabrielle Family of Rhinebeck, NY, on Election Night 2016. Waiting for national election returns, they gather for a final meal at their soon-to-be-possessed old homestead, soon to pass into stranger's hands. Amidst the chaos, they recollect/reflect on the drifting nature of 'family' in a less and less comprehensible world. It's a play swollen near to bursting with sorrow and comfort, losses absorbed and yet-to-come, crushing disappointments but also stubborn strains of humor and humanity. Cast: James Bombicino, Saddie Fischesser, Peggy Rae Johnson, Carrie Kidd, Maggie McGlone-Jennings, Cris Parker-Jennings, Mark Ziter. (Repeats 9/15). 7:30 p.m. $8. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Reservations: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Playwright Caryl Churchill - "A Number" and "Far Away": (See 9/7). . Hooker-Dunham Theater. .
WARDSBORO "Uncivil Liberties" with author Bernie Lambek: Released in 2018, this legal mystery is an exploration of currently relevant cultural and legal issues with recognizable nods to local places. Set in a VT town, there is nothing simple about the mystery - the circumstances that led to the death of a young and promising gay high school student. Neither are the legal and moral principles and convictions that animate and divide the community as it deals with her death and the issues it triggers: hate speech and free speech, cyber-bullying and privacy, religious and sexual freedom. In the courtrooms and streets and bedrooms of Montpelier, the lawyers and their clients and loved ones work through their conflicting values and commitments - and uncover the shocking truths below the surface. The novel is imbued with a deep respect for the law as well as the passionate and irrational human beings who live within, and sometimes beyond, its constraints. 1 p.m. Free. Wardsboro Public Library, 170 Main St. Information: 802-896-6988; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BELLOWS FALLS Poetry Open Mic: Poets take turns reading from their works or a favorite book. Sitting in a circle, there is no need to be nervous about standing in front of a room for newbie poetry readers. 1 p.m. (every second Saturday). Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Reservations: 802-463-9404, www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/poetry-open-mic.
S. LONDONDERRY Kim Eng Yeo - Watercolors: Yeo grew up in Singapore and lived in Thailand for many years before moving to the U.S. She currently resides in Townshend. Many of her watercolor paintings were inspired by visits to gardens on her travels within the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has exhibited in shows worldwide. 9/15: Meet the artist, 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Through Wednesday, October 31. Free. South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St. Information: 802-824-3371; Click to e-mail for more information.
BRATTLEBORO Steve Spensley 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.
BRATTLEBORO The Fantastic Partnerz / Deep C Divers: The Fantastic Partnerz: Original music from southern VT. Deep C Divers: Blend of alternative and classic rock with elements of funk and reggae sounds tempered with a pop sensibility. All ages welcome. 8 p.m. $5 to $10 sliding scale. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: www.facebook.com/events/2015311778685499.
PUTNEY Lisa McCormick with Aura Shards: Though she's currently making waves as a prime local instigator of the "Ukulele Revolution," Lisa has long been known as an outstanding guitarist and singer/songwriter whose insightful lyrics, strong voice, and sophisticated arrangements have earned her many loyal fans. She's performed across the USA and her five CDs present a joyful mix of contemporary folk, jazz, pop and world music. Tonight, she celebrates her songwriting history and introduces her retrospective CD, "Snapshots: Songs from the Journey." Like the CD, this concert includes songs from every stop on her musical adventure. She'll be accompanied by bassist Julian McBrowne. Brattleboro world fusion group Aura Shards opens the concert. 7:30 p.m. $16 in advance, $18 at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WEST TOWNSHEND Operation Gelding: Gerda's Equine Rescue is hosting this free gelding clinic for owners who might not otherwise be able to afford the procedure. The VT/NY Veterinary Clinic and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University students and vets have volunteered their time and expertise to perform the gelding and microchipping. Funding is provided in part by the Unwanted Horse Coalition's Operation Gelding program based on a philosophy that the castration of a stallion will help prevent accidental or over breeding. Castration also produces calmer horses that are more rideable, trainable, and sellable, possibly enabling them to have multiple careers. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Gerdas Equine Rescue, Rte. 30 (south of Townshend Dam Diner). Pre-registration required: 802-874-7213, www.gerdasequinerescue.org.
PUTNEY Putney Community Cares - Open House and Dedication of the Laura Heller Community Barn: The Barn has been newly named and renovated. Hot and cold drinks with light refreshments. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Open House, 2 p.m. Barn Dedication. Free. Laura Heller Community Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-5593; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Shall We Dance? - Saturday West Coast Swing Dance Party: West Coast Swing lesson. Dancing - West Coast, Hustle, Nightclub, more. Refreshments. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. $12 lesson and dance party. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information: 802-579-9990, email@example.com.
GREENFIELD Slangpolska Workshop and Dance: If you have never experienced this wonderful Swedish dance, we'll teach you. If you've danced slängpolska before, we'll have tips for increasing your enjoyment of the dance. Dance instruction by Jeremy Carter-Gordon. Music by lydia ievins and Andrea Larson. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. workshop, 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. open dancing (with a break for delicious Swedish snacks). $10 to $25 sliding scale. Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. Information: 413-772-0501; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Windham County Rise for Climate - Rally & Ride: Today, hundreds of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world as part of the "Rise for Climate" to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil-free world that works for all of us. Join us. Followed by speakers: Representative Mollie Burke, youth, and more; Bicycle "petting zoo"; Creating a People's Transportation Plan; Bike stencils for t-shirts and canvas bags; Face-painting and kids activities; Tabling from local and regional organizations, and refreshments. 3 p.m: Bikers meet in the Brattleboro Farmers' Market parking lot, 570 Western Ave., to bike together. Walkers meet at "plaza park" across from the Brattleboro Food Co-op to march up Main St. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m: Both groups travel to the Brattleboro Common, between Putney Rd. and Linden St. Brattleboro Common. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, RSVP: 350.org/rise.