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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Baker Street Readers bring Sherlock Holmes to life in a dramatic reading of "A Scandal in Bohemia": This is one of Arthur Conan Doyle's most well-remembered stories. In this one story, the great detective's female foe cemented herself as an enduring and beloved part of the Holmes legend. The Baker Street Readers include James Gelter as Sherlock Holmes and Tony Grobe as Dr. Watson with special guest Olivia McNeely as Irene Adler. 7 p.m. $5 at door. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information:;

The written word

PUTNEY Poetry Reading - Bianca Stone and Ruth Antoinette Rodriguez: Bianca Stone is a writer and visual artist. She collaborated with Anne Carson on "Antigonick," a book pairing Carson's translation of Antigone with Stone's illustration and comics (New Directions, 2012). Stone is the author of the several poetry collections and her poems, poetry comics, and nonfiction have appeared in many magazines. She left NY and returned to VT with her husband/collaborator the poet Ben Pease and their daughter Odette where they run the Ruth Stone Foundation and letterpress studio. Ruth Antoinette Rodriguez is a poet of Mexican descent. Her poems have appeared in jubilat. In 2017 she co-founded Antidote Books, an independent bookstore in VT bringing the community into conversation through poetry and literature with readings, workshops and discussions featuring emerging, under-represented and vital voices. Following the reading, the poets will speak about their work relating to the future vitality of poetry in VT. 6:30 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

SAXTONS RIVER Carrie Gelfan - Paintings: Gelfan describes her work as figurative, with many portraits and groupings of friends and family members, some from life and some from old photos. All her paintings are preceded by drawings. Although she often bases her paintings on photos, she sometimes groups individual photo subjects to "create an interesting dynamic between figures, an essence or atmosphere, and also some mystery, intrigue, or ambiguity about the situation or relationship." But Gelfan says the real subject of her paintings is the paint itself and the dance of painting, how the paint sits on the canvas, its consistency, the relationship of the colors and the spontaneity and rhythm of the brush strokes and lines. 5/23: 5:30 - 7 p.m. Opening Reception. Through Friday, June 28. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Recent Collages by Cathy Osman: A Marlboro artist, Cathy's work is collage based. She uses a printing press to layer surface textures/colors as raw material, creating a substrata made dense with an overlay of marks/color. In some (often honey bee renderings) she's included photographic materials. "The environmental and biological stresses affecting these bees are not merely emblematic but serve as a barometer reflecting the enormity of impact the loss of insect life will have upon the security of our world," she says. Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Through Saturday, June 29. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information:

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Toastmasters - Preparation is the Key to Success: Carolyn Handy emcees. Preparation is the theme. In addition to speeches and evaluations, members will give reports on the use of ahs, ums, and other filler words, grammar, keeping within time limits, and more. A topics master will run an extemporaneous speaking exercise. An 'ah' counter, grammarian and timer will give reports. Free refreshments. 6 - 7:30 p.m., Rm. 245, every 2nd and 4th Thur. Free and open to the public. Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Pl. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Union High School Pops Concert: Concert band opens, followed by the Jazz Workshop, followed by the Madrigals who set the stage for both of the vocal ensembles featuring all jazz or jazz-influenced music. 7 - 9 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd.

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Words Project - Daisy Turner and Community Storytelling: This roundtable discussion series presents Andy Kolovos, Vermont Folklife Center Assoc. Dir. and Archivist. He'll discuss place-based audio storytelling and VFC founder Jane Beck's work with VT storyteller Daisy Turner - the daughter of the formerly enslaved Alec and Sally Turner who settled in Grafton, VT, in the years following the Civil War. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. monthly. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: 802-451-0729,


BRATTLEBORO Nature Deficit Disorder with Bill Pearson: Connecting with Nature. Let's share thoughts about our personal connections with the natural world that make us healthier and happier. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Putney Community Cares - Medicare Fraud/Reading Your Medicare Summary Notices: Learn how to prevent Medicare fraud happening to you or to someone you care about. VT Senior Medicare Patrol and a representative from VT Community of VT Elders will answer questions specific to Medicare Fraud and how this can appear on your Medicare Summary Notices. 1 p.m. Free. Laura Heller Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Reserve your seat: 802-387-5593,

Community building

PUTNEY Free Food Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Open to anyone in the community. Please bring your own shopping bags. 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (4th Thurs. of every month). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.



May 2019