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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Running on Top of the Water": A play of mania and mastery written by Charles Monette with words by Robert Lowell. 4/20: 8 p.m.; 4/21: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, April 21. $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-254-9276; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Bread and Puppet - "Diagonal Man: Theory and Praxis": "Diagonals are created from the leaning power of hurt verticals," says Peter Schumann, founder/director. We inhabitants of Western modernity are no strangers to verticality, from the architecture of our cities, to the "ladders of success" we're asked to scale, to the incessant wakefulness required of us, postponing horizontal pleasures of sleep. This new play presents the diagonal as a potent, promising opposition to the dominating verticality of our culture. Puppeteers long ago realized that the most aesthetically radical movements for puppets are diagonals because they can't be sustained by human actors/dancers for more than a moment. (Gymnasts upsidedown themselves frequently with ease, but diagonal positions remain inaccessible without the use of puppet.) Engage in the bewildering, beguiling, and downright funny possibilities/implications of diagonality to life with song, dance, magic, mechanism, cardboard, and paper maché puppets painted in Peter Schumann's exuberant, slapdash expressionist style." Afterwards B&P will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli, and offers for sale their "Cheap Art" – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets, banners from B&P Puppet Press. Bread and Puppet Practitioners-of-the-Pursuit-of-What String Band will welcome the public. 7:30 p.m. $15 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information:,

Ideas and education

ALSTEAD Beekeeping Workshop: Charles Andros, former NH/VT Apiary Inspector, will discuss early spring management: locating apiaries, equipment, handling bees, feeding syrup and supplements, making nuclei, reversing, and requeening. Bring a veil, if you have one, as we'll opening some colonies; a water bottle would also be handy. We'll be inside if it is a rainy day. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. $35. Bees, 18 MacLean Rd. Registration required: 603-756-9056,

NEWFANE Replanting our Rainforests: Join us for guest speaker Pamela Gale-Malhotra, co-founder of SAI Sanctuary, India's first private forest and wildlife sanctuary. Pam and her husband Anil are transforming abandoned farmlands into one of the most biodiversity-rich forests in India. Hear how our forests and wildlife are critical to the healthy, peaceful, and spiritual future of humankind, and how walking the path of life with Mother Nature as Guide and Guru will ensure we live in harmony and balance with all aspects of Creation. The talk will include time for questions and answers as well as thoughts on what we can do in our local community to help globally. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Donations accepted ($10 suggested to help with Sai Sanctuary's work). Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Children must bring a basket or container to collect eggs. In addition, we'll have six stuffed animals per age group for prizes (donated by Mary Meyer Toys). Make sure you stop by and see the Easter Bunny. This program is open to Brattleboro residents and sponsored by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. 9:30 a.m. (ages 4 and under ), 9:45 a.m. (ages 5 and up) on the Lower Softball Field. Arrive 15 min. early. (In case of rain/mud, event will be inside the Withington Skating Facility.). Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-254-5808,


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

NEWFANE Meet Rep. Emily Long : Rep. Long welcomes questions and looks forward to hearing from Newfane residents (and other residents of the Windham-5 District - Marlboro, Newfane, and Townshend) about what's on your minds, legislatively. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Book Arts Workshops: Open to older children and adults. No previous art or book-making experience is required and drop-ins are welcome. Offered by the River Gallery School and taught by teachers Lynn Zimmerman and Jess Weitz. Join us in making beautiful and unique handmade books, but most importantly, to have fun! All art materials will be provided free of charge. This program has been funded by the Thomas Thompson Trust and the Kahn Mason Foundation. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Repeats 5/18). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-257-1577,


DUMMERSTON Village Dance Series - Community Contra Dance: Andy Davis and Louisa Engle, callers; David Kaynor, fiddle; Becky Hollingsworth, piano; Louisa Engle, fiddle; Andy Davis, accordion. 'Sit in' musicians are most welcome. 5:30 p.m. potluck supper; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. dancing (every 3rd Saturday). $8, $5 kids, $20 families. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information:

Community meals

GUILFORD Guilford Volunteer Fire Dept. - Sugar on Snow Dinner: Seatings: 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $12, $5 for ages 6-12, $2 for ages under 6. Guilford Volunteer Fire Department, 108 Guilford Ctr. Rd. Reservations: 802-254-6841.

TOWNSHEND Free Community Breakfast: Think Belgian waffles, pancakes, omelets, coffee, tea, and warm community fellowship. Music will be provided by local acoustic guitarist, Ralph Sherman. Offered by Community Hope and Action and West River Valley Thrives. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4700,



April 2019