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Performing arts

PUTNEY Sandglass - 7th Annual Crankie Celebration Weekend: A crankie, known in the 19th century as a moving panorama, is an old storytelling art form that has found new audiences and enthusiasts. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. As the scroll is hand cranked, the unfolding story is narrated, sung, or accompanied by music. Includes performances by Sandglass founders, Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, and guest artists, plus a building workshop. 12/7: 2 performances - 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; 12/8: 3 p.m. Handicap accessible. $18, $16 students and seniors. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Actors Theatre Playhouse - Open Auditions for Ten Minute Play Festival: Read from the 10-minute plays that interest you. Directors may ask you to read for other plays too. Audition for as many plays as you like; you may be cast in more than one play. We may hold call backs on 12/11. Plays: "24 Minutes": Working in a 911 call center is stressful - even more so when the caller might be your own child. Woman 35-50, Woman 18-ish, young Man. "Better Place": Bouncing back from a breakup is easy when your ride-share driver has multiple pathways. 2 people, any age/gender. "Phoebe In Rain": What's real/what isn't gets muddled with PTSD and dangerous when guns are involved. Woman 20s-30s, Man 50s-60s. "Surprise": A creative marriage proposal crashes and burns. Man, Woman 20s, other any age. "The Closet": A shoe is never just a shoe. 2 women 40s. "The Lilac Ticket": Sam and Barb confront two crises threatening their 50-year marriage - one happening now in a doctor's office, the other, a long-buried secret. Man and Woman 70s. "The New Me": If all human cells are regenerated every 7 years, what becomes of us? Might we become a new person? Man and woman 20s-30s. "The Kevin": Which human qualities could harnessed to make the most lifelike Artificial Intelligence?. 2 p.m. in the Library. Performances 6/4-6/20 (Thursdays-Saturdays, one Sun., and not Memorial Day weekend). Green Street School, 164 Green St. To schedule your audition date and time email:, (play descriptions).

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Capitalism and Globalization: Lecture with renowned Marxian economist Richard D. Wolff, co-founder of Democracy at Work, an organization that produces media and live events that investigate capitalism's systemic problems. 7 p.m. Free. Epsilon Spires (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

TOWNSHEND 2019 Townshend Holiday of Horses Parade: Starting at Leland & Gray, bedecked horses and riders will go to Valley Cares and return. 1 p.m. weather permitting. Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School, 2042 VT Rte 30. Information: 802-365-7355.


BELLOWS FALLS Fear of Singing Breakthrough Program with Nancy Salwen: Singing workshop for "non-singers," beginning singers, and anyone who wants to feel more comfortable and expressive with their voice. Through a combination of games, improvisation, and simple songs from around the world, we'll explore different aspects of the voice. We'll create a tool kit of accessible techniques for you to take home and use as you develop your skills. Discover the joy of your unique voice and let go of that old idea that singing isn’t for you!. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $145 lunch included, $130 without lunch. Immanuel Retreat Center, 14 Church St. Register: 603-357-4693,

Farmers' markets

PUTNEY Putney Farmers' Market 10th Annual Season: 36 Vendors bringing the finest/freshest local goods. Lively live music. Community, Commerce, Celebration!. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Through Sunday, December 22. Putney Farmers Market, Green Mountain Orchards, 130 W. Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

SAXTONS RIVER Tree Lighting Welcomes the Holiday Season: The arrival of Santa, signals the start of the holiday celebrations in Saxtons River as the Jolly Elf leads the oohs and aahs when the village Christmas tree is lit in front of the historical society. After the lighting, Santa will visit with the children and hear Christmas wishes at Main Street Arts, with hot chocolate and cookies provided by the members of the Nature Club and other community members. There will also be a tractor-drawn wagon ride around the village, with Roger Dolloph at the wheel. The group Harmony Lot will sing seasonal songs, and there will be reindeer games to entertain the kids while they wait to bend Santa's ear. Afterwards, we'll gather at the Saxtons River Inn for a sing-along, with Richard Mitchell at the piano and hot cider on tap. 5 p.m. Santa arrives. 6 p.m. sing-along, piano, hot cider at Saxtons River Inn. Sponsored by Main Street Arts, the community arts center, Saxtons River Village trustees. Free. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

W. BRATTLEBORO The Blessing of Brattleboro: Dr. Patrick MacManaway will discuss how to heal, enhance, celebrate, and make the best of our Brattleboro community through loving attention and prayer. Communities around the world have found deep, inspiring benefits from a simple heart-centered blessing of their town and community. Dr. MacManaway is a 2nd-generation practitioner of the healing arts including earth acupuncture and geopathic stress remediation. Training first with his parents at their Healing and Teaching Centre in rural Fife, Scotland, he studied Medicine at Edinburgh University before taking apprenticeships in both Western and Eastern approaches to landscape energy and traditional Geomancy. Past-President of the British Society of Dowsers, Founding Member of 'Circles for Peace,' and design consultant for the Burlington Earth Clock, he is the author of books/CDs including: "Energy Dowsing for Health," "Cultivating the Light Body," "Keys to Grace," "The Practical Guide to Dowsing: How to Harness the Earth’s Energies for Health and Healing.". 1 - 3 p.m. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: Beverly: 802-254-9377.

BRATTLEBORO Cotton Mill Open Doors '19: Iron Arts, OWL Energy Bar, Pro Lingua, Liza Cassidy and Rebecca Gembarowski Painting Studio, Q Filmworks, Rosie’s Wonders, T. Breeze Verdant Marquetry and Inlay, Witri Knives, Buddy's - A Pet's Store, Vermont Jazz Center (Sunday), and more. This is a scaled-down version of the Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale which is in regrouping mode. 12/7: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 12/8: 12 noon - 4 p.m. Cotton Mill, 74 Cotton Mill Hill.


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Tai and Michael Summers-McGuinness. Songs and dances in honor of Pete Seeger. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Main Street Flea - Pop-Up: Showcasing great gifts from local makers: Pottery, jewelry, prints and cards, Vendors include: AkimbaMade, Henry Ireland Photography, K.B. Ceramics, Luna Roots Botanicals, Rob Cartelli Ceramic, Sarah Rice Art, Scoffs at Gravity, Tavernier Chocolates, Tiny Pony Apothecary, Vale Burns Art, and more. Gift-wrapping at select times. Plus Ezra Distler's photo booth. 12/5: 4-8 p.m., 12/6: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 12/7: 10 a.m.-6 p.m; 12/8: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (next to Shin La). Sixty-One Main St., 61 Main St. Information:



December 2019