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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: 10/31, 11/1, 11/2. 2 p.m. Matinee: 11/2. Through Saturday, November 2. $7 to $40. Bellows Falls Opera House, Town Hall, 7 Square. Tickets: 802-869-2960, www.mainstreetarts.org.

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 11/2). $13. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Canal Street Art Gallery Night - "A World Suspended in Color": This year's show includes members of both The VT Glass Guild and the League of N.H. Craftsmen. The Gallery shares artwork by Clare Adams, Damon Bennett, Robert Burch, Robert DuGrenier, Nicholas Kekic, Jordana Korsen, Chris Sherwin, and Aaron Slater. Glass as a medium requires a large amount of energy to run furnaces and kilns. Especially notable this year is the use of renewable and alternative energy by over half of the artists to power their artmaking! Adams uses direct solar power to run her kilns. DuGrenier uses solar power for his furnaces and studio. Slater works in the Western Avenue Studio Complex, on the Pawtucket Canal in Lowell MA, a converted mill space renovated to include a full rooftop solar system. Sherwin and Kekic work within the location of 33 Bridge St. Both artists' furnaces and all equipment (except the torch) are powered by the hydro-electricity generated by the Bellows Falls hydro facility and dam. Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Through Saturday, November 9. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104, www.canalstreetartgallery.com.

BRATTLEBORO Gallery Walk - Downtown Brattleboro & Nearby Exhibit Venues: Artist receptions for new and continuing shows at 30 or more exhibit venues, many with refreshments and a few with live music. Most exhibits continue throughout the month. Printed guides available at participating venues - look for large number signs in merchant/eatery windows. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 1st Fri. of every month. Gallery Walk. Information: Listings and map: www.GalleryWalk.org.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO The 17th Annual Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Celebration and Community Altar: Inspired by the Latin American holiday when families gather to honor loved ones who have died, staff and volunteers from Brattleboro Area Hospice create an Ofrenda, or large community altar. You're invited to bring an item to lay on the Ofrenda to honor a loved one. Use photocopied pictures and objects of no great concern since items cannot be returned. Colorful papers and pens will be available to write memorial notes to leave on the altar. This celebration can be a way for children especially to express a connection with and memories of a loved one who has died. 5 - 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Light refreshments. Experienced Goods, 77 Flat St. Information: 802-257-0775, lars.hunter@brattleborohospice.org.

Kids and families

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, education@brattleborofoodcoop.coop.


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, gracecottage.org.



November 2019