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Performing arts

BELLOWS FALLS "The Secret Garden": Frances Hodgson Burnett could not have imagined that the children's classic she penned in 1911 would resonate in 2019 with young and old who are concerned with climate change. Dir. David Stern and his crew of actors, set builders, costumers have created a magical world that jumps in and out of India and England as it tells the story of the healing power of the garden where Mary Lennox and the wheelchair-bound Colin Craven meet and find friendship. The large cast/crew includes about 36 actors ages 12-71 and an orchestra of 17 led by Ken Olsson. The musical tells the story of 11-year-old Mary, orphaned in India by an epidemic of cholera, who returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive Uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin on their estate. Among its wonders, she discovers a magic garden that beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers," spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. This is a Main Street Arts production. 7:30 p.m: 10/25, 10/26, 10/31, 11/1, 11/2. 2 p.m. Matinees: 10/26, 10/27, 11/2. Through Saturday, November 2. $7 to $45. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: 802-869-2960,

BRATTLEBORO "Halloween Horror - American Gothic": An Anthology of Terrifying Tales: ​In the tradition of The Twilight Zone, Creepshow, Dead Of Night, and Black Mirror, Shoot The Moon presents their Annual Halloween Show. The story focuses on Joe, who is called to a country house for a possible job. Once Joe arrives, he realizes he's been there before many times - but only in in his dreams. Oddly, the other guests each have their own strange and terrifying tale and relay it to Joe. As our evening barrels toward its conclusion, Joe can't help but feel that he's forgotten something, an important detail. Will Joe remember it in time? Or will his dream become the nightmare he fears? Tales woven through Joe's story showcase: a man who is stalked by Death, a harrowing night babysitting, a ghostly game of hide and seek, a nostalgic trip to Lover's Lane, and a ride on the ghastly Night Train. Starring: Elias Burgess, Terry Carter, Lionel Chute, Josh Goldstein, Fiona Goodman, Colin Grube, Dashiell Moyse, Jennifer Moyse, John Ogorzalek. Stage Manager: Alistair Follansbee, Director: Joshua Moyse. 7:30 p.m. (Repeats 10/26, 10/31-11/2). $13. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Isis Propaganda and the Captured Foreign Isis Fighters in Vulnerable Kurdish Jails: The Windham World Affairs Council presents this talk. Dr. Clare Morgana Gillis examines Isis propaganda and its afterlife in news and in the popular imagination and the effect of this propaganda on human rights issues surrounding thousands of captured Isis foreign fighters now held in Kurdish jails in eastern Syria. Western countries have refused to take responsibility for their citizens, in some cases stripping them of citizenship. Now, as the USA has abandoned its Kurdish allies, a Turkish military operation inside Syria raises the possibility of mass prison breaks and a resurgence of Isis. Dr. Gillis was educated at the University of Chicago and Harvard, where she earned a doctorate in history with a specialty in the early medieval Europe. She then worked as a foreign correspondent, covering protests and conflicts in countries such as Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Mali. Since returning to the USA in 2015, she has taught locally at Marlboro and Dartmouth Colleges. 7 p.m. coffee, tea, conversation; 7:30 p.m. presentation in the Parlor. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information:


W. BRATTLEBORO Benefit Concert for Community Asylum Seekers Project: Join Emma's Revolution for a #Resistance Concert to Benefit Community Asylum Seekers Project. 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. $20 ($25 at door). No one turned away for lack of funds. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: 802-490-2052,

PUTNEY Vermont Ukulele Harvest - Concerts, Workshops, Jam Sessions, Open Mic: Performers include Jim and Liz Beloff, Stu Fuchs, Ben Carr, Amy Conley, Ron Kelley, Veronica Stevens. Liz and Jim are known for breezy/close harmonies on standards and Jim's original songs. They perform throughout the US and overseas, playing their family-made Fluke, Flea and Fireflyukuleles. They believe in their company's motto, "Uke Can Change the World." Ben is one of the driving forces behind the formation of VT Ukulele Harvest, and performs throughout southern VT as a solo act, with The Ben Carr Music Project, and as a sideman in the Sunny Lowdown Band and Bayou X. Stuart is a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, sound healer, teacher. A lifelong minstrel, he plays many styles on acoustic guitar and ukulele. Amy directs Music Together of Milford/Nashua and started Ukulele Revolution. She presents ukulele workshops and singalong concerts with guitar/banjo/ukulele. Ron is a saxophonist who discovered the joys of ukulele and includes it in performances with his band, Ron Kelley and the Hot Noodles. Veronica is a musician, singer, actor and dancer. Concerts: 7 p.m. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Sat. Through Saturday, October 26. $20 for individual concerts, $150 workshops and concerts. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Registration recommended (space is limited):

W. BRATTLEBORO "Songs: The Voice of Resistance" - Singing workshop with activist songwriters Emma's Revolution: What are the songs that inspire you to take action? Share, discuss, and sing together as we discover strategies for using music to fuel today’s progressive movements. Learn to strengthen your voice as a tool for change and tap into the power of community. 1 - 3 p.m. $25. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Pre-registration required: 802-490-2052,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Open Gym & Game Room for All Ages: Free supervised program and a great way to spend time after school! Play with your children or leave them in the care of the Rec. & Parks Staff. Open Gym is for recreation basketball (sneakers must be worn on gym floor). The Game Room is open for bumper pool, foosball, ping pong, and air hockey. Other activities during Open Gym: homework, snack area, arts & crafts, board games, chess, Legos. . Through Saturday, April 25. Free. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808,

BRATTLEBORO 25th Forest of Mystery - "The Witch's Turn": This interactive performance with an environmental message, written and directed by James and Jessica Gelter, takes place in scenes staged along BEEC's candle-lit trail (about 1/2 mile) through mystical forest and meadows. We'll follow stories of witches through time. How has the witch been turned from a healer to a villain? How can we return to and reclaim the power we feel in connecting with nature and the intrinsic magic within it?. . Through Saturday, October 26. Bonfire in courtyard; refreshments by donation. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Tickets: $7 - $17 802-257-5785,

BRATTLEBORO Critical Mass Ride - Halloween Mass: Critical (and "Kidical") Mass rides have a unique way of energizing folks around bike mobility, transportation solutions, and amplifying our collective ability and power to begin reclaiming our streets and communities. Join 350 Brattleboro and VBike for solidarity in community. Costumes welcome!. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 5:30 Start and end at the Brattleboro Common. We'll begin by getting organized, signing in, decorating bikes, going over our route. 6 pm Begin Critical Mass ride (high-visibility downtown route). 6:30: End ride back at Brattleboro Common. Brattleboro Common, bet. Putney Rd. & Linden St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. every Friday. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212,


WILLIAMSVILLE Healing Walk at Manitou: Meditative walk, includes poems or other readings and chances to share. Led by Fred Taylor. 4 - 6 p.m. rain or shine. Meet at the parking lot. Free. Manitou Project, 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Information: 802-254-2675,

TOWNSHEND Hatha Yoga Class: Move through a series of standard yoga poses with coordinated breathing exercises for the benefit of mind, body and spirit. Mats and blocks provided. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. every Friday in the Heins Bldg. $5 per class. Grace Cottage Hospital Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd., Rte. 35. Information: 802-365-3649,

Community building

BRATTLEBORO "Benefits of an Inclusive Workforce" with Alex Tupper from Families First: This is a presentation about including people with disabilities in the workforce. We'll have some of our clients who are employed talk about their jobs and how meaningful employment is to them. Our hope is to show future employers and community members the benefit of an inclusive workplace. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 12 noon - 1 p.m. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Screening: "Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: New Stories for the Great Transition" & Launch of "Tell-a-Vision" Circles: Narrated by Sherri Mitchell, follow five remarkable stories of peoples and places transforming the world in this documentary directed by Vermonter Chris Wood. Followed by a deep dialogue and presentation by Wendy Webber of a new community local initiative: "Tell-a-Vision" Circles," under the impetus of the MIT Presencing Institute's U.Lab for profound societal renewal. 6:30 - 7:20 Film; 7:20 - 8:30 p.m. Circles. Free (donations welcome). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Protest Vigil at TD Bank: TD helps to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. What you can do in addition to attending the vigils: If you are a TD depositor, change banks. Founded in 2005, Post Oil Solutions is a 501c3 community organizing project in Southeastern VT whose mission is to help empower the people of the Central Connecticut River Valley bio-region in this era of global warming and climate change to develop sustainable, resilient, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self- and community-sufficient post petroleum society. 12 noon - 1 p.m. every Friday. Signs provided. TD Bank, 215 Main St.



October 2019