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Performing arts

DUMMERSTON "Bell, Book and Candle": Set in New York in the 1950s, this is a romantic comedy about Gillian Holroyd, a modern witch seeking to sample human romance. She enchants her neighbor, Shepherd Henderson, who happens to be engaged to one of her enemies. First produced in 1950, it was later made into a movie starring Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart. Written by John Van Druten, this Vermont Theatre Company production is directed by Robert Wellington with Brenda L. Seitz as stage manager and Michelle Page and Jonathan Kinnersley as producers. "Bell, Book and Candle" is an American classic. 11/1, 11/2: 7:30 p.m. 11/3: 3 p.m. Repeats 11/8-11/10. $15, $13 students and seniors. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-254-1138.

BRATTLEBORO "Clown TV!": Written and directed by NEYT alum Doran Hamm, aided by Amy Majer, Putnam Smith, and all of the young comedians. Uproarius fun for the whole family. These 11 young actors learned from masters in clowning technique, experimenting with sound, pantomime, and movement to physicalize the telling of a story. Guest artists include NEYT founder and clowning extraordinaire Stephen Stearns; Nettie Lane, a circus arts expert; Shoshana Bass, NEYT alum and dance guru; Peter Gould, funnery master; and juggling wizard Tom Yahner. 11/1: 7 p.m., 11/2: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Repeats 11/8, 11/9). Through Saturday, November 9. $11, $10 seniors, $7 children. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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,

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: 802-281-3232; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

GUILFORD Back Roads Stories: Celebrate the spooky season with scary stories and delicious desserts at the Guilford Free Library's next story hour for grownups, hosted by Don McLean. Featuring Guilford residents Herb Meyer, Michael Nethercott, Ryan Dillon, and Dennis Waring revealing their scariest moments in their original stories. 7 p.m. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. You are invited to present your own story at a future event: Lynn Green: 802-258-4833.

BRATTLEBORO Gallery in the Woods Winter Holiday Show / Opening Reception - Karen Gaudette Animalia - "Welcome Yule": There has perhaps been no better time or place for artists to come forward with images intended to inspire us to conserve, protect, and appreciate nature. Gaudette offers black and white drawings dedicated to the celebration of Yuletide, inspired by medieval illustrations. Animal minstrels welcome back the sun with song and dance, surrounded by starry winter night skies. Included are the first in a series of Waterfowl and Raptor portraits, connected to her love of native New England birds. Her exploration of archetypal and mystical imagery is perfectly mated to scratchboard technique. The medium invites fine-line drawing with the feel of vintage black and white storybook illustration. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Moondogs celebrate with music. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Write Action Poetry in the Round" : Michelle Goodwin, Rolf Parker, and Henry Zacchini will take turns reading from and discussing their most recent works of poetry. Refreshments served. 6 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO ""isopodology" - New works in cardboard by Art Costa / Reception: This series of large scale sculptures is inspired by the amazing animals being discovered in our oceans. See the finer points of octopuses and cuttlefish portrayed in corrugated cardboard. 11/1: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Reception with Art Costa. Through Saturday, November 30. Gallery 34: River Gallery School, 34 Main St. Information: 802-257-1577; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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,

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:


BELLOWS FALLS E.T.E: Elisabeth Moquin, Thierry Clouette, and Elisabeth Giroux, offer a dynamic and modern vision of Quebec traditional music. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $20 to $30. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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,

Kids and families

GRAFTON Mighty Acorns Preschool Explorers Club - Forest Senses and Fort Building: With autumn chills turning into the first winter winds, the forest has a new look. We’ll experience the forest through testing some of our senses and other fun exploration activities. The forest is the perfect place to play in any season. We'll get creative and tinker through fort-building and free play. These programs are geared towards children ages 3-5, but older children are welcome. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $5 ($8 drop-ins). Free for caregivers and babes-in-arms. Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd. Pre-registration encouraged: 802-843-2111; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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,


BELLOWS FALLS Tai Chi Fall Prevention Classes for Beginners: Tai Chi has ancient origins and is about slow movements and deep breathing. It can help build strength and improve balance. Movements are gentle and suitable for all abilities. 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Fridays. Free. Bellows Falls Senior Center, 18 Tuttle St. Susan: 802-376-5173.

BRATTLEBORO The Healing Power of Sound with Donatella: Combining operatic vocalization and sacred chanting with crystal singing bowls and soothing instruments, Moltisanti Soul Singing transports you to a peaceful and deeply nourishing state. Donatella's pure, heart-centered voice swirls around you and through you, like a cleansing mist that permeates your very being, releasing energetic debris and awakening your core. Far beyond a mere performance, Moltisanti Soul Singing is a transformational event, invoking the power of music. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with The Buzzards: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. The Buzzards play bluegrass, country, and Americana. 5 p.m. pizza, 6 - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 suggested donation for pizza pie. Donations also appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Grand Opening for Harmony Collective (A New Artist-Run Art Gallery): The Collective is designed for each member to pay an initial $200 one-time membership fee and $60 a month towards rent. The Gallery collects 10% of the sales. Most importantly, each artist gives 4 hours a week of time to keep the Gallery functioning 7 days a week. With 31 members currently, this provides many hands to contribute and allow the Collective to succeed. 11/1: 5-8 p.m. Grand Opening. (Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily). Harmony Collective, 49 Elliot St. Information: 802-258-7470; Click to e-mail for more information.



November 2019