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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 that 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 Mgr: Alistair Follansbee, Dir: Joshua Moyse. 7:30 p.m. (Repeats 10/30-11/2). $13. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS Horses in Translation: Join Sharon Wilsie for a program on how to speak to horses in their language instead of expecting them to comprehend ours. Her progressive philosophy of horsemanship finds positive solutions to behavior and training problems and ultimately leads to fewer misunderstandings between horses and humans. She highlights her Horse Speak process with the clues that point to the best course of action, and the steps she takes to connect with the horses that have shut down, grown confused, or become sulky or aggressive for any number of reasons. Wilsie has enjoyed a professional career as a horse trainer/rehabilitation specialist, intercollegiate coach, and riding instructor. Her work now focuses on helping people learn the body language of horses and bridging the gap of communication that has existed for far too long. 10 a.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

WARDSBORO 17th Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival: Turnips are sold by the pound, Gilfeather seed packets. Turnip Contest, Turnip Soup Cart, Turnip Cafe, strolling troubadour Jimmy Knapp. Plus face painting and games sponsored by Wardsboro School Club and Wardsboro Library's annual "Best Raffle Ever." The festival raises funds for the Friends of the Wardsboro Library to support the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building. The Gilfeather turnip, designated the Vermont state vegetable in 2016, has the added distinction of being the only turnip included in Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste, a catalog comprised of only the best-tasting endangered foods. Wardsboro farmer, John Gilfeather, could never have imagined that one day his town and the state of VT would celebrate and honor his humble tuber that he first propagated in the early 1900s. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. rain or shine. Free (a donation is suggested for parking). Gilfeather Turnip Festival, Main St. Information: Vendor list:

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Screening/Discussion - "Accidents Can Happen: The Women of Three Mile Island": Filmmaker, professor, and ecofeminist Heidi Hutner speaks about women, gender, and nuclearity, and shows a short from her documentary about the silenced story of the women from the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. This is the tale of the mothers - Linda, Joyce, Beth, and Paula - ordinary American housewives who lived five miles from the nuclear power plant at the time of the meltdown. The accident turned their lives upside down and awakened them to the politics of the nuclear industry and the silencing of truth. They fought back. 1:30-4:30 p.m. (1:30 Refreshments, 2 pm New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution Members Meeting - also open to the public, 3 pm Break, 3:15 Dr. Hutner, 4:15 Wrap-up). One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 802-380-4462,,

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Solidarity Screening and Spark Teachers Institute - "The Great White Hoax": This film explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievance, and scapegoating people of color for decades to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support. It looks at race relations, white privilege, the intersectionality of race, class, and gender identities, presidential politics, and political propaganda. Discussion follows. 5 - 7 p.m. in the Community Room. Snacks provided. Free. Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main St. Information:


BELLOWS FALLS Stone Church Arts presents Pete's Posse: VT's own trad-roots power trio is composed of Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, and Tristan Henderson. Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies adding color to the Posse's sonic landscape. Their signature is variety: all multi-instrumentalists, playing a repertoire of folk-roots genres; songs and tunes, traditional and original. 7:30 p.m. $20 general, $15 seniors. Prices increase $5 at the door. The Chapel, 20 Church St. Tickets:, call 802-460-011.


BRATTLEBORO Woodworking Classes - Build a Bandsaw Box: Explore one of the most versatile machines in the wood shop. Each student will make a lidded box using only this machine and a few hand tools. Learn how to use the bandsaw for straight and curved cutting. We will learn to turn tapered, curved forms in functional and beautiful boxes. No experience necessary. With Greg Goodman. 9 - 12 noon. $40. HatchSpace, 35 Frost St. Registration required ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Basic Audio Storytelling Intro Workshop with the Vermont Folklife Center: Learn the ins-and-outs of turning audio interviews into rich digital stories with the Vermont Folklife Center and the Brattleboro Words Project led by VTFC's Associate Director and Archivist Andy Kolovos and VT Untapped TM Podcast Producer Mary Wesley. 1 - 5 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers Market (Western Ave.): Last day of the season. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. music with Sunny Lowdown). Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information: 802-254-8885; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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 a 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?. . Bonfire in courtyard; refreshments by donation. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Tickets: $7 - $17 802-257-5785,

BRATTLEBORO "Circus Spooktacular - A Recipe for Disaster": NECCA's first Halloween Themed Production: This is a creative cauldron for NECCA's instructors and special guests and features the school's elite level coaches as flying trapeze zombies, aerial vampires, acrobatic mad scientists and a juggling ghost, among other acrobatic conjurings shared with Halloween spirit. This high-energy circus romp of witches, monsters, and some surprisingly lively undead may not be appropriate for the youngest children. 7 p.m. Through Sunday, October 27. $10 age 12 and under, $15 adult, $25 VIP. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Tickets: 802-254-9780,

Community building

WEST DUMMERSTON Ask Your Representatives! - Nader Hashim and Mike Mrowicki (Windham 4): Discuss your legislative concerns. Refreshments available. 11 a.m. Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-254-2703.

SAXTONS RIVER Chili Cook-off: Attendees can sample all the chili they want, have a piece of cornbread, and vote for a winner in the individual and professional categories. There will be other refreshments for sale and live music to add to the festive air. This event is a fundraiser for the Saxtons River Rec Area and for its youth soccer program. 2 p.m. on the lawn. $5. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Contra Dance: Traditional New England contra dance. Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. 7:30 - 8 p.m. beginner session, 8 - 10:30 p.m. dancing. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.

BRATTLEBORO Wundergroove Halloween Costume Dance Party: DJ Boy Nun spins a diverse mix of dance tunes through the ages, spooky for Halloween. Costumes encouraged. Nightclub dance party atmosphere, great bespoke cocktails all made in-house, inclusive happy vibe, come dance with us. Kitchen: Farm fresh local ingredients - international tapas/small plate menu. 9:30 - 1:30 a.m. (9:30 p.m. kitchen closes). Monthly dance party. No cover. World Learning International Center, 1 Kipling Rd.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Winston Prouty Center "Campus Clean-out" Sale: Used items will be on sale: desks, office chairs, classroom tables, filing cabinets, shelving units, building materials, toys, games, baby gear, office supplies, sporting equipment, children's books, holiday decorations, and more. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. By donation (cash, checks, credit cards). Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Dr. Information: 802-257-7852.



October 2019