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Performing arts

MARLBORO Immigrant Storyteller Leng Wong performs "99 Facts" for Community Asylum Seekers Project Benefit: Leng emigrated from China at a young age and is based in Austin, TX, where she founded Lucky Chaos Productions and the People of Color Comedy Festival. "99 Facts" was born from her experiences leading what she calls her double (or triple) life. She wants to encourage the discussion of the small within communities, the mundane and sometimes boring stories of the individual behind the political status of 'immigrant'." Her performance will benefit the current six families of asylum seekers who are dealing with their own fears and doubts as they seek a safe haven in southern VT with the help of CASP volunteers - finding host homes, food, shelter and other daily needs, assisting in navigating the asylum claim process, and helping them achieve eventual independence. 6:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. performance. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. Coffee, cookies, discussion of how to help those seeking asylum follows. Raffles: Photographic triptych by local photographer Brent Seabrook; 2-night stay at the inn. $40 (advance purchase encouraged). The Colonial Williams Inn, 111 Staver Rd. Information: 802-257-1093; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead": The BUHS Players present Tom Stoppard's absurd comedy. 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. $5 at door. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information: 802-451-3762.

GUILFORD "It Can't Happen Here" (Staged Reading): 7:30 p.m. upstairs at Guilford Center Stage. $12. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Archer Mayor - Book Signing: Bomber's Moon is Mayor's latest Joe Gunther mystery. This event is open to all. 11:30 a.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILMINGTON Archer Mayor: "Bomber's Moon": Celebrating 30 years of Joe Gunther solving Vermont mysteries. The murder of a small-time drug dealer snowballs into the most complex case ever faced by Joe Gunther and his VBI team. Reading and signing. 5 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Lit Fest - Launch of Mount Island - "Touche!" It's a Game Show & You are Invited: Brattleboro's newest small publisher, Mount Island, is throwing a launch party and it will be no ordinary literary soiree but instead “Touche!” a tournament-style game show filled with several rounds of fun and friendly literary battle. Judges: Francis Cannon, GennaRose Nethercott, and Donald Mutebi. Desmond Peeples is creator and editor of Mount Island, a literary magazine challenging popular (mis)perceptions of rural communities by supporting the visibility and creative aspirations of rural LGBTQ+ and POC writers and artists. 7 - 9 p.m. $5 to $10 suggested donation (No one will be turned away for lack of funds). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Literary Festival - Write Action Spotlight Reading: Local writers read from their recently published books: Ea Burke, Charles Butterfield, Elayne Clift, Terry Hauptman, Christian McEwen, Lynn Martin, Charles Monette, and Toni Ortner. Plus the two first-place winners of this year's Write Action poetry and prose annual contest will read their winning pieces. Book sale and signing follow. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Each reading runs about 10 minutes. (For more events 10/19-10/20 see: wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Program-Bratt-Lit-10-2019.pdf). Free. Latchis 4 Gallery, 50 Main St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Fall Festival - Local Art, Crafts, Specialty Food, Jewelry, Clothing, more: Celebrate harvest season while browsing one-of-a-kind gifts, or pick up something for yourself: ARTbyYTY, Back Roads Granola, Bianchi Street Studio, Buddy's A Pet's Store, Dara Carleton Wildlife Photography, Dot Dot Smile, Jennifer O'Neil, Fahey Family Honey Farm, Feral Creations, Gaffron-Hargrove Art, Granola Food Co., Inner Wisdom Wellness DoTerra, Perfect Image Screen Printing and Embroidery, Propaganda Pastry, ReikiHearts Healing Center, Rocket LeatherCraft, Ryan Burch Ceramics, Solus Studio Jewelry, TouchStone Crystal w/Linda Papineau, Sandy's Tupperware, Strange Pine, Wood Thrush Farm. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information:


WARDSBORO Wardsboro Curtain Call's Final 2019 show featuring Rockabilly Hall of Fame recording artist Marty Wendell: Musically weaned on an old Philco radio, singer-songwriter Wendell grew up whetting an appetite for rockabilly, folk, country and pop to blues and gospel. Influenced by Sun Records artists, Wendell entered a church talent show where he sang in front of a live audience for the first time. Over half a century later, he continues to enjoy performing for enthusiastic audiences. He's shared the stage with some of the greatest artists in early rock and country music to R&B and folk. 6:30 door open, 7 p.m. show. $10 at door. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information: 802-896-6810,

BRATTLEBORO Trio Sefardi: Concert of Sephardic music sung in Ladino from a variety of sources, including songs from Balkan and Turkish Jewish communities as well as original songs and arrangements of traditional songs by National Heritage Fellowship honoree Flory Jagoda. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the performers, who have performed and recorded widely - vocalist/guitarist Susan Gaeta, lute and guitar player Howard Bass, and vocalist Tina Chancey. 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at door; $5 ages 18 and under. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Purchase at door, online, or call: 802-257-0124 x 101.

MARLBORO Eleanor (Nora) Rodes and Owen Kennedy - Young Traditional Musicians: At 16, Nora Rodes is a musician/aspiring ethnomusicologist developing a specialization in women folk collectors. She began learning folk music at age 10 and started visiting the American Folklife Center the next year. Since then, she's pursued her interest in folk music at Folklore Society of Greater Washington Getaways, TradMaD, Swannanoa, Youth Traditional Song weekends across the U.S. She combined her love of folk scholarship with her love of folk music by studying voice, ballads, claw hammer banjo, and she recently performed in the Library of Congress' Showcase at the Folk Alliance International in Montreal, and tied for first place in the 2019 Young Traditional Musicians Competition in VT. Owen Kennedy is a 14-year-old fiddler from Maine. He began playing the violin at age 4 as a Pineland Suzuki School student, learning music by ear; his first violin was a box with ruler stuck in it "played" with a wooden dowel rod. He continues to study classical violin and is a member of chamber and orchestral ensembles. However, his first love is fiddling. 7 p.m. (For more about Owen visit All donations go to the Vermont Folklife Center. The MacArthur House, 1112 Marlboro Rd. RSVP to hold your seat: ; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Building a Johnson-Su Bioreactor - Hands-on Workshop: Learn the basics behind this cold, no turning, composting method with Jim Stiles, a member of Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. Developed by David Johnson, molecular biologist and research scientist at the University of New Mexico, we will build several smaller versions of the bioreactor, with adaptations for our colder, wetter climate. 1 - 4 p.m. (rain date: 10/26) West Brattleboro address provided upon registration. Free (donations accepted with gratitude). Private Home in West Brattleboro. Information: Register:, Info:

BRATTLEBORO Street Medic Training : The training will cover some basic first aid, wound care, hypothermia, and Narcan. This is a Brattleboro Solidarity event held in conjunction with Groundworks. 12 noon - 4 p.m. in the Community Room. $0-$20 (sliding scale). No one turned away for lack of funds. Money goes to transportation/materials for trainers. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Sign up required (limited spots)


PUTNEY Putney Conservation Commission - Walk to Stone Chambers in Putney with Ann Kerrey: 10 a.m. - 12 noon Carpool. (10/20 rain date). Free. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Information: 802-387-5593.

Kids and families

DUMMERSTON Family Contra, Square Dance, Potluck: Special guest callers. Music by Laurie Indenbaum, fiddle, and Andy Davis, piano and accordion. All ages and levels of experience welcome. 5:30 p.m. potluck, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. dancing. $8, $5 for children, $20 families. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-257-1819,

BRATTLEBORO The Pumpkin Promenade, 5K, & Kids' Fun Run: Family-friendly. Prizes for fastest runners and best costume will be awarded. After the race, visit the Goat Playground at Retreat Farm, grab a maple creemee in the store, and enjoy pumpkin carving, face painting and lawn games. Honeycomb Coffeehouse will be on-site. 9 a.m. Timed 5K race and walk - meet at Retreat Farm Entrance. Then follow the West River on Rte. 30, traveling on Upper Dummerston Rd. and back. 10 a.m. Kids' Fun Run around Farm House Square (.10 miles) with each participant receiving a prize. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq. Information: Pre-register (costs vary) at On-site registration starts at 8 a.m.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Food Co-op Truckload Sale: Save up to 50% on cases of food. Order sheets available now. Pre-pay at any register by 10/18 and be guaranteed the product at the best sale price of the year. . Through Sunday, October 20. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

NEWFANE The Nuts & Bolts of Government followed by Potluck Dinner: This monthly series will help explain how your local and state government work and who does what. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of state or local government. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. followed by Potluck Dinner. Free childcare provided. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WINCHESTER Tri-State Dance Club - Rachel & Western Partners: Refreshments served. 50/50 raffle. 7 - 10:30 p.m. $8 ($10 non-members). ELMM Community Center, Durkee Rd. (off Parker St.). Information: 802-722-9205, 603-876-4469.

BRATTLEBORO Dance Party with Version 6 Band: 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. band starts. $10 cover charge. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 Black Mountain Rd. Information: 802-257-0438.

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Townshend Third Saturday Community Breakfast : Feel welcome to bring friends, family and neighbors, old and new. Open to people of all ages from all towns. Music provided by Ralph Sherman. This substance-free event is co-sponsored by Community Hope & Action and Mary Meyer Stuffed Toys. 8 - 10 a.m. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4700,



October 2019