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Performing arts

GUILFORD "Alice - A Musical Play": This work is performed as a tribute to an iconic 1978 outdoor production in Guilford. Guilford Center Stage chose this play to celebrate the memorable work of The Monteverdi Players, which presented large-scale outdoor theater in Guilford from 1975-1981. John Carroll was the producer and director of those imaginative shows. Richard Epstein directs this production featuring a cast of 18 performing 36 roles. Music director is Evelyn McLean, who reprises her singing role from the 1978 production, and also is costume designer. John Carroll's script and Nicholas Humez' score are used, which consists of 40 minutes of songs and instrumental numbers. A few alumni of the earlier production are involved. The cast includes Evelyn McLean, Terry A. Carter, Jenny Holan, and Verandah Porche, all of whom appeared in the Monteverdi Players production. Also Jennifer Gagnon, Harral Hamilton, Ian Hefele, Julie Holland, Sheala Holland, Joel Kaemmerlen, Andrea Matthews, Aaron Morse, Michael Nethercott, Beth Kiendl, Maryann Parrott, Carolyn Taylor-Olson, Bob Tucker, and Robin Wolf. 4/26 - 4/27: 7:30 p.m., 4/28: 4 p.m. $12. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

GREENFIELD Silverthorne Theater - "Tales of the Lost Formicans": Life is not organized around a coherent narrative, despite how much we would like it to be. Life can be messy, jumpy, nonlinear, fragmentary and discordant, and we might find ourselves desperately trying to make sense out of it. This play by Constance Congdon and directed by Yagil Eliraz reflects this messiness and the effort to make sense of it, both in its content and in its form. It explores existential themes like adolescence, aging parents, lost love and divorce, fragile memory, and the strength of the familial unit. All this is being unfolded in a collage of moving and hilarious encounters between the three generations of this family, the people around them, and some curious aliens. 4/25, 7 p.m: Opening Night - Meet the Playwright & Benefit for the United Way of Franklin County. 4/26-4/27: 7 p.m.; 4/28: 2 p.m. 4/25: $30; $4/26 - 4/28: $20, $18 students/seniors. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Author Jill Lepore - "These Truths": Lepore, a Harvard professor and "New Yorker" staff writer, talks about her new book - a magisterial account of the origins and rise of our divided nation. She writes in her introduction, "The American experiment rests on three political ideas - 'these truths,' Thomas Jefferson called them - political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people," each a "self-evident" law of nature." Lepore places this topic of truths, and the people who set out to define them at the center of the American story, revealing how the ongoing tension in public life between fact and fiction - more relevant today than ever -has run through the tapestry of America's 500-year history like a long, dark thread. She reminds us that the manipulation of truth is not a new phenomenon bred of the digital age. Reaching back to the very beginning, "These Truths" commences with Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage to the New World to illustrate how the story of America has long been a tale of the struggle to control facts, truths, and even the historical record itself. 7 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Indie Bookstore Day: Bill Ranauro discusses his new book,"Frontier Elegance The Early Architecture of Walpole, New Hampshire 1750-1850." Blanch Nutting will talk about her book, "Wealth Beyond Riches." It tells the story of a dedicated father and mother of 10 children living in the mid-1900s and is reminiscent of the Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books. Plus activities/surprises during the day. 11 a.m. Ranauro; 1 p.m. Nutting. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Reservations: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO David Rohn - Watercolors: Working from observation, Rohn creates elegant paintings from ordinary objects by using form, color, symmetry and rhythm. Opening: 4/27, 5 - 7 p.m. (Artist talk: 5/18, 5 p.m.). Through Sunday, June 9. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

WALPOLE Plastics - What Can We Do Now?: The family-friendly program includes a video from Keefe Harrison of Walpole Recycling and presentations by others who have worked both locally and state-wide to decrease/eliminate use of plastics. Packaging alternatives to plastics will be displayed along with student posters on this topic. This event will conclude with a panel discussion and audience participation. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Free. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information:


BELLOWS FALLS The Revenants: Bluegrass Gospel Project alums Taylor Armerding, Andy Greene, and Kirk Lord play original, time-honored, and contemporary Americana music. Showcasing compelling, intricately braided vocals, richly textured instrumental work, and solid, innovative rhythm, the three band members bring decades of performing experience to the stage. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. $15 to $25. The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110,

BRATTLEBORO "Beauty Through Tragedy - The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Amy Beach: Amy Beach was the first American woman to publish a symphony and the first major American composer of any gender not to receive early training in Europe. She was seen in her time as a distinctly American voice. She is often compared to Brahms, especially for her rich harmonic language. Her Four Canticles op. 78 is a sumptuous setting of four psalms in English, leaning into their evocative descriptions of nature and music. As Beach was composing the Canticles, Williams was serving as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, driving an ambulance in France and Greece. He wrote Dona nobis pacem two decades later, in the years leading up to World War II, having witnessed firsthand the horror of "the war to end all wars." Presented by the Brattleboro Concert Choir. 4/26: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., 4/27: 3 - 5 p.m. $20 ($18 at door), $10 students, free for kids under 12. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GREENFIELD The Joe Belmont Experience / Special Guest Samirah Evans: The Joe Belmont Experience is comprised of accomplished veterans of the Northeast music scene Joe Belmont (guitars), Rudi Weeks (bass) and Eliezar Martinez (drums). They play a compelling yet cohesive blend of divergent elements of jazz, original compositions, funk, classic songs, Chicago blues, and jamming. Samirah Evans relocated from New Orleans following hurricane Katrina and has been delighting audiences across the Northeast, performing or sharing stages with the likes of Charles Neville, Allman Brothers drummer, Jamoie, Duke Robillard, Dr. John, John Sheldon and Evelyn Harris. Evans is a member of the visiting artist faculty at Williams College as well as the founder of the NOLABratts choir. 7 p.m. $15 ($10 at door). Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: https:

WEST BRATTLEBORO The Butterfly Swing Band: Joyous, good-humored, classic pre-1923. Ron Kelley, tenor saxophone; Walter Slowinski, clarinet; Robby Roiter, guitar; Don Baldini; bass; Joe LoMonaco drums. Dinner reservations recommended, or come for the second set for just the music. 7:15 - 10 p.m. (8:30 p.m. second set). No cover. New England House, 254 Marlboro Rd. Information: 802-254-6886.


BRATTLEBORO Introduction to Sand Casting: . 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $200 includes materials. Borters Jewelry Studio, 22 High St., #202. Information:

Local history

BELLOWS FALLS Where We Come From - The Lisai's of Russia: Join Ellen Howard as she traces the story of her grandparents' emigration from (what was then) Russia during the early 20th century, their establishment of Bellows Falls Cash Market in 1926, and the presence of close to 29 Lisai descendants still living in Vermont, with most still living in the immediate area. This program, part of an ongoing series, is co-sponsored by the Rockingham Library and Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission. Light refreshments will be served. 1 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Bernie 2020 Organizing Kickoff: Take part in the Bernie campaign's 2020 Global Organizing Kickoff Event. We 'll be one of thousands of events taking place today around the country as we continue to build our giant grassroots movement. Find out how to plug in locally as the campaign unveils its organizing strategy to win the nomination for Bernie and the Political Revolution. If you worked on Bernie's 2016 campaign, meet old/new friends. If you're new to the idea of volunteering on a presidential campaign and just want to see what it's all about, we want you, too. Hopefully we'll have a volunteer to supervise kids' activities in the small side room so this can be a more family-friendly event - the Political Revolution is for everyone! Snacks and beverages will be available; bring something to share if you wish. 4 - 6 p.m. (For those who can help with childcare/activities, contact Ann Z. at One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. RSVP:

Kids and families

WESTMINSTER WEST Windmill Hill Pinnacle Assn. - Vernal Pool Walk : Becky Chalmers, Wetland Ecologist for VT Agency of Natural Resources, leads a family-oriented walking program to examine some vernal pools and the fascinating creatures that depend upon them for survival and reproduction. She'll discuss the animals found in vernal pools and VT's rules to protect those special places and their inhabitants. All ages welcome. Wear waterproof boots. No bug repellent allowed on hands if you wish to handle creatures we find. 9:30 a.m: Meet to carpool to the vernal pool site. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Register: 802-869-1166,


WILLIAMSVILLE First Ever Williamsville International Dog Show: All dogs can participate and it will be a fun day for the whole family. One Stop Pet Shop is sponsoring this event and will be donating prizes. Does your BCF (best canine friend) know any tricks? Does she/he have a great wagging tail or just a lovable personality? This is a canine time to shine. 2 - 5 p.m. $10 per dog, $5 for all others. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Details/entry form:

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Climate Change Policy and Its Local Impacts: Windham County Democrats are sponsoring this panel discussion on climate change policy and its local impacts. The panel will present the perspectives of State House legislators Mollie Burke and Emilie Kornheiser along with representatives from the local farming and business communities. They'll discuss upcoming climate change policy from the state and what those policies mean for local agriculture and business. There will be a Q&A session at the conclusion. 10 a.m. - 12 noon in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Contra Dance: Traditional New England contra dance with Amy Cann and the All Comers Band. Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. beginner session, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. dancing. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.

WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music by Champagne Jam: Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served. 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $10 ($8 members). Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Tom Tourigny: 978-249-6917, 603-357-0794.



April 2019