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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind" - 30 Plays in 60 Minutes: 30 plays in 60 minutes? You bet! Written by the Neo-Futurists and directed by NEYT fan favorite Jane Baker, TMLMTBGB became the longest running show in Chicago and the only open-run Off-Off-Broadway show in NY. Starting in 1988, it ran 50 weekends of the year until 2016. The Neo-Futurist aesthetic demands that everything that transpires in their theater be non-illusory, which is to say that they pretend nothing; actors only play themselves. This large and vibrant cast of teens, ages 13-19, is an ensemble experiment, calling on the audience to participate in this interactive performance. each play is wildly different, touching on all tones and genres; they may be political, satirical, personal, tragic, comic, poetic, abstract, surreal or musical. 10/4: 2 p.m. Repeats 10/5: 2 and 7 p.m., 10/11: 7 p.m., 10/12: 2 and 7 p.m. Accessible theater with accommodations for wheelchairs and Assistive Listening Devices. This show was made possible through support from Experienced Goods. $15, $13 seniors, $11 children. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

NEWFANE Annual Book Sale - Friends of the Moore Free Library: Categories include Animals, Art, Auto/Biography, Business/IT, Christmas, Coffee Table, Cooking, Crafts, Fiction, Foreign, Gardening, History, Humor, Large Print, Local & New England, Music, Photography, Poetry, Signed, Sports, Travel, Wellness, DVDs, music CDs, audio books, and a large offering of books for young people. There will be a rare-book section that is sure to be of interest to dealers. "Blue Light Specials" will be offered throughout the day, and Library tote bags will be for sale: buy one and fill it for free. All proceeds go toward helping the Library to carry out its services to the community. To honor the late Targ Spicer, guiding spirit of the sale along with her husband, John, since its inception 27 years ago, the sale is now known as The Targ Spicer Memorial Book Sale. The Library is a private institution that functions as a public library but receives no State or federal funding. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All proceeds go toward helping the Library carry out its services to the community. Union Hall, 2 Church St. Information: 802-365-7948.

Visual arts and shows

WALPOLE Saxton's River Art Guild Annual Fall Arts Festival: More than a dozen artists and artisans will be showing and selling their work. Visit this showcase of fine art and craft while touring the beautiful Connecticut River foliage. Light refreshments available. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, October 6. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Donna Bascom Lund: 603-835-2387,


GUILFORD House Concert - Indian Music: Joel Eisenkramer on slide guitar and Mir Naquibul Islam on tabla. 7 p.m. $15 to $20 at door. Wendys Soiree. Directions: 802-254-6189.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers Market (Western Ave.): 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. music with Spike Dogtooth). Through Saturday, October 26. 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 Retreat Farm Harvest Festival: Cider pressing, Abenaki storytelling, campfire cooking, live music (Tom Caroll, Strangled Darlings, Low Lily, Wyld Nightz Band, Logan Boyd), goat bingo, food trucks, hay wagon rides, and more. 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. $15, free for children under age 2 and free for members. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq. Information: 802-490-2270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

HINSDALE Groundworks - Ninth Annual Hike for the Homeless: Assist in Groundworks' efforts to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Hike to the summit or walk the River Trail at the base of the Mount Wantastiquet. 9:30 a.m. check-in, 10 a.m. hike. Meet at the Mountain Road Trailhead. Individual participants encouraged to raise $50 min, Teams: $250 suggested min. Contributions are tax-deductible. Mount Wantastiquet, Mountain Road Trailhead. Information:, Questions/register offline: 802-490-2951,

SAXTONS RIVER Auction and Dinner to Benefit Main Street Arts: Silent auction followed by dinner catered by MKT:Grafton, and ending with a live auction - all to benefit the community art center's fund to reconstruct its education space and commercial kitchen. The latter suffered major damage in 2018 when a frozen sprinkler sent over 600 gallons of water underneath the theater stage, drenching floors below. Auction items include: canoe, oil painting by Charlie Hunter, handmade quilts, bowl by glass artist Chris Sherwin, sculptures by Barbara Baribeau/David Stern, dinnerware set by artist/potter Fiona Morehouse, acrylic painting lessons with MSA director Heather Geoffrey, tickets to a Weston Playhouse performance. Gallery exhibit "Black and White" - all proceeds go to MSA. Plus musical performances by members of MSA's upcoming production of "The Secret Garden," including Kyla White, Gavy Kessler, Mike Wright, Connie Bryan, Victor Brandt, Aspen Moriarty, Aidan Flower. Menu: Ham carving station, caprese skewers, coconut curry butternut squash soup and apple bacon blue cheese tartlets, angel food cake with vanilla bean pastry cream and fresh berries w/ whipped cream. Vegan options. Open bar. 5 p.m. $35. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILLIAMSVILLE Ramblin' on the Rock River: This Weekend Rambles series recalls the wonderful workshops of the fabled Old Dominion Folk Festivals created by the Ramblin' Conrad's Guitar Shop & Folklore Center in the '70s and '80s. Founded in 2016 by Tidewater Troubadour Bob Zentz and song historian Jeanne McDougall Zentz, The Ramblin' Conrad Folklife Institute seeks to provide opportunities for all folk to explore the transmission of tradition among people, for people; to preserve documents, images, books, recordings, and other artifacts of folk production; and to unite people of all cultures by sharing and exploring our rich diversity while celebrating our commonality. Faculty concert, song circles, workshops, meals. Through Sunday, October 6. $12 to $25 for Open Events, $40 Fri. or Sun., $80 Sat. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: 757-622-8918,

BRATTLEBORO Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) - 4th annual Sustainable Home Tour: A self-guided tour showcasing 7 high performance homes, all within reasonable driving distance, that will be open to the public. See the latest in energy efficiency, renewable energy, indoor air quality, etc. The builders and some of the homeowners will be available to answer questions. Take in the foliage along the way. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $12 or 2 for $20 ($15 or 2 for $25 at door). Sustainable Energy Outreach Network, 532 Putney Rd. Tickets: Theresa Spear, 802-289-2555,

Arts and crafts

SHELBURNE Learn Traditional Broom-Making: Learn the process of broom making and weave your own shaker combo broom. Make one broom through binding broom corn and then weaving broom stalks. That skill will be repeated three times and then the broom will be cut into three parts. There will be a cake tester, pot scrubber, and a hand broom. Cake testers were used to check the done-ness of a cake by removing one broom straw from the broom and inserting it into the cake. A pot scrubber is used on pots or cast iron to scrub away cooked on food. The hand broom is used to sweep away small messes. No experience necessary. Instructor Eva Gaultney brings her love of math, learning, textiles, and craft to you in this fun workshop. 1 - 3:30 p.m. $50 includes materials. Fabric of Life, 80 Bassett Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WINCHESTER Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music by Playin' Possum: 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.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

WALPOLE Rummage and Food Sale: Good quality fall and winter clothing, household and tag sale items. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (bag sale starts 11 a.m.) on the Common. First Congregational Church of Walpole. Information: Linda Smith: 603-756-4361.



October 2019