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Performing arts

SAXTONS RIVER Holiday Concert - Eugene Friesen and Elizabeth Rogers: Cellist Friesen and singer/songwriter Rogers bring a soulful collaboration to a repertoire of Celtic-infused holiday songs and instrumentals from their new recording "Down in Yon Forest," featuring such classics as "The Ivy and the Holly," "I Wonder as I Wander" and lesser-known songs of the season. Friesen has performed on six continents, playing his own blend of original and improvisational music. He is a four-time Grammy-award winner as a member of the Paul Winter consort and has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Martin Sexton, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Dar Williams, Will Ackerman, Dream Theater. Rogers sings original and traditional music that tells the stories of large and small themes that run through a life. Her voice has been compared to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, and her music has been described as "transformational folk." . 7:30 p.m. Reception for the musicians and light refreshments follow the concert. $20. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Sandglass Theater - "When I Put On Your Glove" : This performance is about belonging, memory and inter-generational dialogue. It's a puppetry, dance, and spoken word piece that explores a daughter's relationship to her father's work building upon a premise that puppets are containers of memory. What does it mean for her to slip into her father's art – and not just the form but the actual pieces? This work addresses universal questions of belonging, childhood, fear of loss, death, and the complicated nature of navigating generational artistic legacy. The passing of these puppets into new hands marks a pivotal moment of generational transition for Sandglass Theater. It's an engagement with what legacy means in the field of puppetry; how an art form endures/transforms as it is handed to the next generation; meeting the voice of the past with the voice of the present, and singing it into the future. Shoshana Bass, performer and creator; Eric Bass, concept and creator of the original Autumn Portraits; Gerard Stropnicky, director; Alison Mott, choreographer; Maria Pugnetti, sound design; Ines Zeller Bass, additional design and construction; Music by GlassDuo. 7:30 p.m. For ages 14 and up. This is part of the Putney Craft Tour Weekend ( $18, $16 students and seniors. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-4051,

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS Ben Z. Rose - author of "John Stark: Maverick General": This book brings to life the legendary hero of the New England Militia during America's War of Independence. John Stark survived Indian captivity and later fought alongside the British in the French and Indian War as part of Rogers Rangers, the forerunner to today's U.S. Army Rangers. Stark's first-hand exposure to second class citizenship in the British army fueled his intense desire to be among the first to enlist in the Continental army, and his surprise attack at the Battle of Bennington set the stage for American victories at the Battles of Saratoga. John Stark inspired the phrase "Live Free or Die-Death is not the greatest of evils" in a letter to the citizens of Vermont. As we live in an age when the pendulum swings between concerns over government intrusion into our lives and the need to confront our overseas enemies, Stark speaks to us today with the same relevance as he did more than 200 years ago. Ben and his writing have been featured in the Boston Globe, the Manchester Union Leader, and the Walloomsack Review. He's been a guest on Vermont and New Hampshire Public Radio. 1 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Event and book reservations: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

NEWFANE Can Restorative Practice Be a Balm for Troubled Times?: In these days of polarization, mistrust and faulty communication, can restorative practice be a way to navigate the roiling waters and even make an occasional landing on a friendly shore? Restorative Community Justice of Southern Vermont is sponsoring this talk about restorative practices: What are they? How can they help our cultural/political stalemates? Is it easy and possible for us to learn these practices and put them to use? Can a never-Trumper and a my- Trump-right-or-wronger have a disagreement and still remain friends? Dan DeWalt will host this discussion, along with introducing the notion of restorative practices and giving attendees a chance to put some of these precepts to practice. 1 - 3 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Antje Duvekot and Matt Nakoa - Folk Singer/Songwriter Twin Bill: Antje Duvekot is a German-born, American-raised folk singer/songwriter whose songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism, street-smart romanticism. Her bicultural upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her unique way with a song, giving her a startlingly original poetic palette - keys to the powerful, even revolutionary, empathy that informs everything she writes. She's won the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award, the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act. Since the release of her debut studio CD "Big Dream Boulevard," voted #1 Folk Release of 2006 by the Boston Globe and named to the Top 10 Releases of the Year by National Public Radio's Folk Alley. Antje's been touring extensively. Her fourth studio release, 2016's "Toward the Thunder," centers around themes of courage, resilience, striving for something better. Singer/songwriter Matt Nakoa tours internationally. His song craft has garnered a win at Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Competition. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($24 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Lunch menu and live music with Sunny Lowdown. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Bring shopping bags or buy ours. (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. music in the cafe). Through Saturday, March 28. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,,

Art walks and tours

PUTNEY 41st Putney Craft Tour: Putney and Saxtons River: Glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, painters, woodworkers, and other artisans invite visitors to come in to their studios to discover, ask questions, sip hot cider, and buy that one-of-a-kind gift direct from the artisan who made it: Jeanne Bennett, Caitlin Burch, Robert Burch, Ryan Burh, Nancy Calicchio, Tom Goldschmid, Kim Grall, Green Mountain Spinnery, Judy Hawkins, Deborah Lazar, Joshua Letourneau, Marcie Maynard, Peter Maynard, David Mischke, Fiona Morehouse, Dena Gartenstein Moses, Parish Hill Creamery, Ken Pick, Putney Mountain Windry, Pamela Simmons, Jeanette Staley. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Visitors may start at The Gleanery for info, maps, preview exhibition of artisans' works. Through Sunday, December 1. The Gleanery, 133 Main St. Information: 802-387-4032,,

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Open House Weekend (Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance): Over 60 shopping locations, plus events, throughout Bellows Falls, Rockingham, Saxtons River, and Westminster. . Through Monday, December 2. Bellows Falls 3rd Friday. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers presents Pop-Up Holiday Gift Shop: Start your holiday shopping and support local artists and artisans. Specialty foods, pottery, jewelry, woven/knit wear. Vendors: Barndoor Wreaths, Beautiful Things, Beeze Tees Screen Printing, Beverly Mittelstadt Dream Vacations, Brag Bags, Brothers Leather Co., Buddy's A Pet's Store, By The Dozen, Cabinfish Fiber and Art, Caitlin Burch Glassworks, Celeste Longacre (author), Cloverworks Farm, Designs By Diana, Earthen Herbal, Eclecticasia Creation, Extreme Concessions, Fashiopurse, FlatwareCreations, Gray Raven Farm, Harvest Mushrooms, Hooded Stranger by Shapeshifters, JM Fine Art Photography, Jabs Jazzy Nails VIP Color Street, Jaimie Scanlon/Ellen Tumavicus, Joy Farm Totes by Tracee, Knit Finery by Midge and Linda, Landmark College LEAP, Loved Ones (Names on Art Prints), Lukes Bee's Honey, Luminary Designs, Marisa Imon, Nova Luxe Studios, Owl Creek Farm VT, Parish Hill Creamery, Peaceful Snowfield Alpacas, Powderknits, Red Moon Artisans, Rolling Rock Salt, Saltbox Seasonings, Solus Studio, Steel Waters Healing, Stone Circle VT, Stowe Fabric & Yarn, SweetGrass, Sylvia Ryder, Taylored Design, Teresa Koziol T.O.P., Thicket, Touchstone Crystal by Linda Papineau, Vera Flora Farm, VT Country Candles, VT Mosaics, VT Weaving School, Who Framed Bob, Wild Hart Distillery, WildWood Acres Alpacas. 11/29: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 11/30: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Repeats 12/13, 12/14, 12/20, 12/21). The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Make-Your-Own - Carve A Clay Tile or Create a Glass Ornament: Spend an hour in the clay or glass studio working with the highest quality materials to create a work of art to give or keep. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Repeats 12/7 and 12/14). Glass: $45 per ornament. Clay: $35 per tile or $120 for set of four. Fulcrum Arts Center, Rte. 30, 485 West River Rd. Pre-registration recommended (walk-ins welcome) 802-257-2787; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Christmas Craft Fair: All proceeds are used to support programs for veterans and their families. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. American Legion Hall (Post 5), 32 Linden St. Information: Lori Nelson: 802-380-6179.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Christmas Bazaar: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. Information: 802-254-6731.



November 2019