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The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Jon Andersen & Ross Thurber Poetry Reading Plus Open Mic Poetry: Readings by New England poets Jon Andersen, author of "Augur," and Ross Thurber, author of "Pioneer Species." Many of Andersen's poems are charged with the energies of the natural world, including the patterns of bird flight the augurs once looked to - not as an escape but as a source of information and insight. Ultimately, we must inscribe the signs with meaning and reject the small priesthoods and corrupt officials who claim all vision (and power). Each section in Thurber's book represents a seasonal form of succession that is both literal and abstract. Ultimately the poems in this manuscript have been winnowed to represent a narrative that echoes the idea that, like a lyric poem, stability is only a moment in time - one to be cherished. Open Mic led by River Voices. 1 p.m., followed by Open Mic. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Winter Group 2019: This exhibit includes Josh Bernbaum's large, blown-glass vessels inspired by cacti of the Southwest, and Campbell's kinetic sculptures which let us orbit the night sky on a tabletop. Lyell Castonguay creates a signature world of imagined avian beings, whereas Liz Chalfin adroitly constructs her spaces by selectively eliminating or manipulating objects and surfaces. Jon Gregg's stylized and heavily impastoed figures float and march to an unknown pulse while Emily Mason surprises us with her lyrical sensitivity and characteristic, innovative use of a brilliant palette. Petria Mitchell leads us into a landscape defined by atmosphere, where night and day share a delicate balance. 1/12 Opening: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Through Sunday, February 24. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Free Class for Adults: Food Choices - Fat Facts: Get the real facts on fats - saturated and unsaturated, cholesterol, trans fats, and omega 3's, as well as their connections to disease. Learn how to make healthy fat choices and how to minimize the unhealthy fats. Easy ways to substitute healthy fats for unhealthy ones. Instructor: Robin Matathias, Adjunct Prof. of Environmental Studies at Keene State College. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


PUTNEY Will Ackerman - The Gathering, 4 Guitars: An intimate evening of acoustic music with renowned guitarists Will Ackerman, Travor Gordon Hall, Todd Mosby, and Vin Downes. Ackerman is the Grammy award-winning founder of Windham Hill Records and producer of over 70 artists. He's rated as one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years of age by Acoustic Guitar magazine. Over the course of his illustrious career, he has been awarded 27 Gold and Platinum records in the US and internationally. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $28. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Concert Choir - "Mozart, Beginnings and Endings": Jonathan Harvey, Asst. Prof. of Music and Dir. of Choirs at Fitchburg State University, named music director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir earlier this year, leads the Choir. The two pieces on the program are beautiful bookends of Mozart’s musical life. Allegri's Miserere mei, Deus holds a special place in the lore around Mozart's prodigious young talent. The piece was written by Allegri in the late 1630s specifically for worship in the Sistine Chapel where he was employed as a singer. According to legend, the piece was kept guarded there until a 14-year-old Mozart visited the Vatican in 1770. Upon hearing the piece once, and being stunned by its sublime beauty, he transcribed it perfectly and brought it to the wider world. From that early influence on Mozart, the program moves to his last and unfinished masterpiece - the Requiem. It contains some of his best-loved writing for the voice and takes everyone on a journey from the depths of violent hellfire to the heavenly softness of angel voices. The Brattleboro Concert Choir is the Brattleboro Music Center's oldest performing ensemble, and was created by Blanche Moyse, founder of the BMC. 1/11: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., 1/12: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. $20 ($18 students). Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO The Wyld Nightz Band (Benefit for Brigid's Kitchen): The Wyld Nightz Band will donate all its proceeds for the benefit of Brigid’s Kitchen in Brattleboro, an all-volunteer organization that has been serving over 100 free hot meals a day for the past 36 years. It also has a food pantry available to Seniors and Families on the last weekend of every month. Voted Best Local Band for three straight years, this dance band features rocking sax and dynamic vocals and an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic rock music. Band members include Jeff Brewer, Michael McKinney, Anthony Speranza, Tony Speranza Jr., Matt Martyn, and Fred Epstein. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. $10. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information:


MARLBORO Tracking - Following a Trail: Winter offers an intimate window into the lives of wild animals. Brattleboro Environmental Education Center's naturalist Patti Smith will take a group into her wild winter woods to see who has been doing what. We will pick up the trail of a wide-ranging mammal and follow it to learn the ways and activities of its maker. Possible guides include fisher, mink, bobcat, coyote, otter, and fox. Along the way we will likely encounter the tracks of many other denizens of the winter forest, and will learn what we can from them as well. Among these could be red squirrel, flying squirrel, snowshoe hare, porcupine, mice, grouse, turkeys, deer, and perhaps even moose. Patti will share the field tools she uses to help identify tracks and her knowledge of the species whose stories we read. This is an expedition for the hardy, and perhaps slightly foolhardy. Tracks could lead us anywhere-up hill and down, through thick and thin. Dress warmly in layers. Be prepared with extra socks and mittens, water and snacks. Snowshoes may be needed. 1 p.m. meet at P.O. - 4:30 p.m. Donations welcome. Marlboro Post Office, 510 South Rd. Program dependent on snow conditions. Register: 802-257-5785.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Delicious lunch menu and live music with Vermont Timbre in the cafe. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,


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 Saturday. $12 suggested donation. Setu Yoga Inn, 24 Quails Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Merry Mulch Christmas Tree Collection Service: The BUHS Music Dept. is once again offering the Merry Mulch Christmas tree collection service to Brattleboro residents. Members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro where they will be chipped into mulch used by gardeners. Since the town does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, this service saves residents the hassle of transporting them. Proceeds benefit future music department travel. This program, in its 28th year, is endorsed by the Vermont Dept. of Agriculture and the New Hampshire/Vermont Christmas Tree Assn. Pick-ups can also be arranged for 1/29. Call at least two days prior to your desired date. $10 donation. Brattleboro Union High School. Information: 802-275-4403, 413-992-7384.

BRATTLEBORO Yoga & Chocolate Supports Local Planned Parenthood: After each class in January, yoga students will receive an artisan chocolate nugget from Tavenier Chocolate and a chance to win a variety of gifts from Good Body Products. Hosted by Brattleboro's Reproductive Health Advocates. 1/12 - 1/29 Yoga Locally: Tuesdays and Saturdays. Sat. classes: 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.; Tues. classes: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Through Tuesday, January 29. $15 suggested donation for the new Brattleboro Planned Parenthood clinic opening mid-Jan. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE State Rep. Emily Long: Rep. Long looks forward to listening to constituents. VT state representatives do not have local offices, so this is a great way to meet your legislator and share your concerns. 11 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Wundergrove: Classic sounds and new beats. Multi-ethnic inspired tapas menu and signature cocktails. 9:30 p.m. kitchen closes; 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. dancing (Monthly). No cover. Wunderbar, 22 Rockingham St. Information: 802-489-0289; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community meals

GUILFORD Community Supper: Menu: beef and vegetarian chili, salad, cornbread/gluten-free cornbread, apple crisp, cold, and hot drinks. Live music will be performed by local musicians. This event is coordinated by the Broad Brook Community Center board members. Celebrate the new year in our recently renovated community building (formerly the Grange). 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Donations welcome. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Rich Cianflone:



January 2019