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Performing arts

JAMAICA Rusty DeWees: Rusty delivers an old-time traditional entertainment with iconic VT humor that is part comedian, part musician, all Yankee with a side of cussin to amuse everyone… almost. He's worked in every entertainment medium including 30 films and television shows. He's toured New England for over 20 years in "The Logger," his original one man comedy show - a hilarious combination of stand-up and theatre incorporating ad libs and a country kickin' music (guitar and vocals). Presented by the Jamaica Community Arts Council. 6 p.m. doors open; 7 p.m. show. BYOB. Seating is limited. $25. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Circus Cabaret - "Circus that Matters": This is an opportunity for guest performers from all over the country to show off their polished acts. Join Jenna Ciotta, Toby MacNutt, Rachel Rees, Cheya Potter, and others for a diverse spectacle of the circus arts. 8 p.m. $10. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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. 11/8, 11/9: 7:30 p.m. 11/10: 3 p.m. $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. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $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.

BRATTLEBORO The MET: Live in HD - Puccini's "Madama Butterfly": 1 p.m. $22, $20 MET Club Forever members, $10 students. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Tickets/Schedule: 802-254-1109 x 3,,

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "A Doll for a Day: Growing Up Post-War Korea": Join Shin Freedman for an introduction to her book, "A Doll for a Day: Growing Up Post-War Korea." Experience the story of a girl, born in the Year of the Ox, who grew up in Korea in the 1950s and 1960s and her unusual coming of age drama. Like an ox, she worked hard to be useful and worthy to all around her while accomplishing her lifetime goal of being educated. Kyung-Shin Choi (Freedman) vividly recalls the first student anti-government demonstration in Taegu and the military revolution of the 5.16 Coup D'etat. What were this young Korean girl's dreams? How did she learn to speak up? How did she support herself, stay in school and finish her education? We meet the people who influenced her early life: teachers and family members. 2 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290,

BRATTLEBORO "Contemporary Circus": Author and Concordia University professor Patrick Leroux, offers a book signing of his new "Contemporary Circus." In this volume, 24 creators come together with three scholars, bridging the divide between practice and theory in today's circus arts. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Chris Carter - "Collection of Inspiration and Solitude" Oils and Watercolor: . Through Friday, November 29. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Keynote Address and Q&A - "What does it mean to make circus that can help change the world?": Featuring author and Concordia University professor Patrick Leroux and performer Nicole Burgio (Almanac Circus Dance Theater). 9 a.m. Free to $5. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Rachel Kilgour - Songwriter and Performing Artist: Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC's Lincoln Center, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2019, Kilgour released her new EP, "Game Changer," which examines her tentative first steps into a new world, post-heartbreak. With a clear head, Kilgour touches on the complicated nature of romance and relationship, sets up a stunning defense of queer love, and reassesses her priorities as a citizen of a changing wider world. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $20 to $30. The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110; Click for more info on Web in new window.


SO. NEWFANE Advanced Herbal Tincture Making at the Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine: This class offers an in-depth look at making reliably great herbal tinctures at home. We will focus on important concepts such as solubility and energetics to make effective tinctures. Principles of formulation will also be discussed. Participants make and take home a tincture. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $100 (Work-trade and BIPOC scholarships available). Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. Information: 802-451-8499,

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 Arbo Doughty and Louisa Engle. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. music in the cafe) Bring shopping bags or buy ours. Through Saturday, March 28. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,,


NEWFANE All Levels Yoga: Teachers and yoga styles rotate. Beginners welcome. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. $5 suggested donation. Newfane Village Yoga, 599 Rte. 30. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Chinese Medicine Winter Attunement (Free Class for Adults): Learn to prepare for the coming winter season by relating what is happening in our natural world to what is happening in our bodies, minds, and spirits. Learn to care for yourself with food, self-care, and understanding. Adults and kids alike can benefit from traditional Chinese medicine teachings. There will be tastings of seasonal, nourishing foods. Instructor Michaela Carder is a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in Pediatrics. She is passionate about teaching others how to use Chinese Medicine principles in their daily lives for better health. 10 a.m. - 12 noon (use Canal St. entrance). Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


WINCHESTER Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music by Champagne Jam: 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.

Community meals

WILLIAMSVILLE Gumbo & Soup Fest: This fundraising event for Williamsville Hall features gumbo, squash, vegetable soups, assorted homemade breads, apple and pumpkin desserts, hot and cold cider, coffee and tea. 6 p.m. $8 suggested donation. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information:,

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

SAXTONS RIVER Women's Fellowship Church Bazaar Marks 63rd Year: Since its inception in 1956, this bazaar has been a hallmark of the beginning of the holiday season in the village. Proceeds go to various missions of the fellowship and the church. Featuring a Pantry Shelf Food Table with homemade apple pies and other food items; Arts and Crafts Table with handmade items such as holiday decorations, mittens, hats and scarves; jewelry table with recycled treasures; Time and Talents list offering goods and services donated by community members for a fee; and a Santa's Nook with special activities for children and holiday cookie decorating. A tea room known for its homemade cinnamon rolls also serves a lunch of corn chowder, sandwiches, Jello salad, pie, and beverages. A silent auction of donated items and a raffle of 150 gallons of fuel oil or propane donated by Cota & Cota round out the bazaar. 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Bazaar takes place in the large dining room in the basement. Enter from rear parking lot or side door. Christs Church of Saxtons River, 24 Main St. Information: 802-869-2340.



November 2019