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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "A Wrinkle In Time": Audiences young and old are invited to revisit this classic story about one of literature's most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, who again joins forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O'Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity, and find herself. Performed by young actors ages 9 to 12, this adaptation tells this story of adventure and discovery in a fresh, unexpected way, with special lighting effects and projections adding to the magical quality of the narrative. In the end, audiences will know two things for sure: Love can overcome evil, and there is such a thing as a tesseract. Adapted from the novel by Madeleine L'Engle and directed by Katrina Spenceman and Julia Tadlock. 3/8: 7 p.m., 3/9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Repeats 3/15, 3/16). $11, $10 seniors, $7 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BELLOWS FALLS 2nd Saturday Poetry Open Mic: Poets read from their works or a favorite book, sitting around a circle, taking turns reading poetry. Assisted by NH author and poet Jim Fowler of the River Voices Writing Group. 1 p.m. (2nd Sat. of every month). Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Reservations: 802-463-9404.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening of Six New Exhibits: Sandy Sokoloff: Emanation; Glasstastic 2019; Amy Bennett: Nuclear Family; Jackie Abrams & Deidre Scherer: Connections; Joey Morgan: Catch + Release (2) Précis; Joseph Diggs: Proud 2 Be American. Brunch reception. 11 a.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

GRAFTON Wild Eyes - An Exclusive Snowshoe Hike for Animal Lovers: The Nature Museum is teaming up with Vermont Fish and Wildlife Biologist Chris Bernier to offer this outdoor exploration which will include in-the-field education about black bears, moose, otters, beavers, muskrats, coyotes, red and gray foxes. Bernier will be accompanied by Jay DeGregorio, Sr. Environmental Educator at The Nature Museum. The group will explore the forests, fields, and wetlands of this winter landscape while learning about the habitats, behaviors, and winter adaptations of local animals. Bernier and DeGregorio will share animal tracking tips and tricks as well as conservation and forest management basics. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Indoor intro before carpooling. Moderately strenuous. Snowshoes/winter gear required (snowshoes can be borrowed by reserving when registering). Event is in remote location w/o facilities. Bring hearty snacks/water. Recommended for ages 13 and up. (3/10 snow date). $25. Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center, 783 Townshend Rd. Space is limited. Register early: 802-843-2111,

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Solidarity - Study and Discussion: Join Spark Teacher Education Institute for a study and group discussion on U.S. wars for profit. Our young are being taught through every means of media that war/violence are inevitable/normal. By its own admission in a unclassified White House report obtained early 2018 by the New York Times, the U.S. is officially fighting wars in seven countries - Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Niger. Spreading democracy and humanitarian aid are used as justifications. Along with these "official wars," the U.S. maintains 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and is the largest exporter of arms (to over 100 countries). Those that profit from war include defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing along with the Hollywood and the video game industry and the tech industry of Silicon Valley. What does perpetual war mean? What is the purpose of these current wars and interventions? How does it connect to our lives here in Brattleboro? How are our children being taught about these events and about the world and the human community?. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the Community Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

TURNERS FALLS Mardi Gras Party with Samirah Evans and Trailer Park: Together Evans and Trailer Park offer up an infectious combo of dance music that includes New Orleans R&B, rock, blues, and originals from both their respective repertoires. Audience members are encouraged to dress in costume or Mardi Gras apparel. The top three best Mardi Gras costumes will be rewarded with prizes contributed by the Shea Theater and event sponsors: River Valley Coop and Turn it Up records. Evans has headlined numerous Fat Tuesday celebrations since emigrating from the Big Easy to New England following hurricane Katrina and she performed at the 2018 Green River Festival. Trailer Park has been together for more than 20 years, releasing six CDs and sharing stages with the likes of Los Lobos, NRBQ, Little Feat, Bo Diddley, WAR, and Rat Dog. Their regular quintet consists of Tom Mahnken, bass and vocals; James Robinson, guitar and Vocals; Joe Fitzpatrick, drums; Greg Lauzon and Rick Page (saxophones). They will be joined by saxophonist Dave Trenholm and pianist Peter Jones. 8 p.m. $15 ($20 at door). Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A. Information: 413-648-7432; Click for more info on Web in new window.


W. BRATTLEBORO Early Music by Night's Black Bird - Benefit Concert for All Souls Church: This trio performs "Love's Harvest," a concert of airs, arias, madrigals, and tonos from the 16th and 17th centuries arranged for soprano, lute, baroque guitar, and bass viola da gamba. 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. $15 at door (includes gala reception). West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-9377.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Delicious lunch menu and live music with Daniel Sicken. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. music in the cafe). Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Winston Prouty Center Fundraiser - 5th Annual Par for the Cause Mini-Golf Classic: 3/9: Delicious food by Guilford Country Store, a cash bar by Hazel, and a silent auction of fun experiences. Proceeds support the many programs of the Center, serving over 600 local families every year. 3/10: The course will be open to families and offer kid-friendly snacks and activities. 3/9: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; 3/10: 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Through Sunday, March 10. 3/9: $25 per person. 3/10: $5 per player ($20 family). Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Dr. Tickets:


BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays), 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

WESTMINSTER WEST Cabin Fever Supper - 14th Annual Fundraising Dinner: Know a good story about life in this neck of the woods? Over a hearty meal provided by Tristan Toleno, owner/chef of Entera Catering, join your neighbors in celebrating our little patch of the planet. Bring a strong appetite and be prepared to share or enjoy short tales highlighting the quirky country life of our village and its environs. Menu: Salad Greens with Apples and Hazelnuts (V & G/F), Kale and Beet Salad, Dill and Dijon Vinaigrette (V & G/F), Vermont Grafton Cheddar Mac and Cheese (V), Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Chicken, (G/F), Baked Sweet Potato, Pear and Sweet Onion (V & G/F), Roasted Squash, Carrots and Parsnips (V & G/F), Red Hen and Orchard Hill Bread, Chocolate Mousse (G/F) and Lemon and White Chocolate Cheesecake w/ Raspberry Sauce (Gluten-Free Cookie and Almond Crust). 5:30 p.m. doors open (come early as event is often sold out). 6 p.m. dinner. No reservations. $16, $9 kids, free under age 4 ($45 household max). Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: 802-387-5694.

MARLBORO Meet Emily Long (State Rep in the House): Have an extended conversation with Emily about her work in Montpelier. She is eager to meet you. Donations of snacks and pastries welcome. 10 a.m. Free (coffee/tea by donation). Marlboro Community Center, 524 South Rd. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music by Borrowed Time: Refreshments served. 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $10 ($8 members). Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794, 802-722-9205.



March 2019