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Performing arts

WILLIAMSVILLE David Mamet's "Oleanna": Inspired by the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill Senate hearings, yet well before the #MeToo era, this succinct 1992 play detonates the fury of sexual politics through a power struggle between a male college professor and a female student. Twenty-seven years later, the subject could not be more relevant. 8 p.m. Language and content unsuitable for ages 14 and under. $10, $8 students/seniors. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "D-Generation - An Exaltation of Larks": The final presentation of this full-length theater piece explores the rich creative potential/ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. It's based on stories written collaboratively by groups of people with cognitive disorders. Their words, images, and creative imaginations yield work that is poetic, humorous, mysterious. From these stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner lives of the characters creating a piece that reflects the stigma and the acceptance, the despair and the joy that is equally present and possible in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers/family members. Performed by three puppeteers (caregivers) and five puppets (residents of a care-facility) set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, the stories, which are associative and non-linear, were gathered by Sandglass performers during 20 visits to care facilities, as circles of people with dementia were guided through a collective story–making method called Timeslips. These stories reveal humor and playfulness as well as the dark reality of the disease. 7:30 p.m. $18 ($16 students/seniors). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:

Ideas and education

ROCKINGHAM "What the Dead Have to Tell Us - A Look at the Iconography of Gravestones": Rockingham Meeting House docent Walter Wallace discusses some of the early graves in the adjacent cemetery. Following his talk, participants will have an opportunity to wander in the graveyard and see the recurring symbols and motifs that grace many of the resting places of the town's earliest European settlers. Wallace has an interest in early American gravestones, both because of their artistry as well as their significance in historical research. "I see the graveyard, especially through its headstones and markers, as a reflection of the hearts and minds of its early residents. Headstones are as important an archival resource as a diary or letter or other historic documents." This program is sponsored by the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission. 12 noon. Free. Rockingham Meeting House, Meeting House Rd. (off Rte 103). Information: 802-463-3964 x; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS "Identifying Ferns the Easy Way - A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast": Discussion about how this beautiful and easy-to-use fern guide was conceived, its evolution, and the collaboration between Lynn Levine and Briony Morrow-Cribbs. Morrow-Cribbs will demonstrate her process for creating the illustrations, and Levine will explain how to use this field guide. Q&A. 11 a.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Zydeco & Gumbo - Planet Zydeco and Top of the Hill Grill: For the past 14 years, Planet Zydeco has been bringing the dance hall music of Louisiana to clubs/festivals throughout New England and New York. They are pleased to welcome Cannon Labrie, who also plays with popular Cajun band Yankee Chank, on accordion and vocals. Other members are Peter Petengill and Nick Keil on guitars and vocals, Alan Bradbury on bass and vocals, Doug Plavin on drums, and Suzanne Wozniak on rubboard. Zydeco music is characterized by nimble accordion playing backed by a driving rhythm section. 6 p.m. Dinner sold/served by Top of the Hill Grill, 7 p.m. Music. $10 suggested donation at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO African Drum & Dance Classes: Learn to play the high-energy dance music of West Africa. Ult Mundane has been studying traditional West African drumming for over 15 years. He learned from renowned teachers Famoudou Konate and Mamady Keita, and since 2010, he's studied with Namory Keita, master drummer from Guinea. He'll touch on the foundations of technique for playing the djembe and we'll learn phrases that go with a traditional song. Tara Murphy, for the past 20 years, has studied closely under many African and Afro-Caribbean artists in Washington, DC, NYC, and Boston. She recognizes the practice of African dance and drumming as a tremendous force for healing, meditation, empowerment and community. All levels welcome. Wear clothes you can move in and bring a water. 3 - 4 p.m. Ult; 4 - 5:30 p.m. Tara (accompanied by live drumming). Drum class: $10 to $12; dance class $15 to $20 (Sliding scales). Inner Heat Yoga, 464 Putney Rd. Information:

Farmers' markets

Brattleboro Area Farmers Market (on Western Ave.): 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. music by Peter and Mary Alice Amidon). .

Community building

WARDSBORO Annual Plant Sale & Bake Sale: Sponsored by The Friends of the Wardsboro Library as a fundraiser. A large variety of hearty perennials, colorful annuals, shrubs, Gilfeather turnip seedlings, vegetables, and herbs are all reasonably priced. Vermont Extension Master Gardeners will be present to answer gardening questions. A one-day-only raffle of select garden related prizes is scheduled with winners announced at the close of the sale. The Friends are also sponsoring their annual "Best Raffle Ever" featuring a handmade VT-themed quilt hand crafted by Wardsboro resident Christy Foote-Smith. The quilt will be on display at the sale. The Wardsboro Library trustees will also hold their annual bake sale. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (rain or shine). Free admission and parking. Wardsboro Public Library, 170 Main St. Information: 802-896-3416,

ATHENS 2nd Annual Fundraiser Plant & Bake Sale : Plants include perennials, annuals, vegetable starts, and herbs plus a delectable assortment of home baked goods. All proceeds will help with on-going maintenance of the 1817 Meetinghouse. Co-sponsored by the Athens Historic Preservation Society and the Town Meetinghouse Committee. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Athens Brick Meeting House, Rte. 35. Information: 802-869-2141,

MARLBORO Hogback Spring Trail Cleanup - North Side of Rte. 9: Spring trail cleanup continues. We've got about three miles of trails to cover. We'll be trimming back side branches that are growing into the trail as well as clearing out fallen limbs and blowdowns from winter storms. Bring your own favorite tool or borrow one of ours. 9 a.m. - noonish. Meet in the big parking lot north side of Rte. 9 just west of the gift shop. Hogback Mountain Conservation Area. Information:

GUILFORD Memorial Day Weekend Pie Sale: In addition to homemade apple, strawberry rhubarb, raspberry, pecan, pumpkin and specialty pies, the church's famous baked beans and potato salad will be sold, a great addition to any holiday barbecue or picnic. All proceeds benefit the church, which actively supports over 15 local programs that serve the community including Hospice and Meals on Wheels. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Guilford Community Church, Crnr Rte. 5 and Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-2776.

W. BRATTLEBORO Sowing the Seeds of a Food Forest - A Hands-on Workshop with Trevor Lohr: Join Edible Brattleboro volunteers to learn how to start and tend a Food Forest - an edible perennial garden that mimics our local ecosystems to provide food in the community over the long term, with minimal labor and cost. We'll focus on building a low-maintenance nursery bed for growing out young trees and shrubs, and also learn to make seed balls to sow understory plants that build soil, attract pollinators, and produce food. Trevor Lohr is a Regenerative Land Manager working to build community food forests around VT. If you're interested in permaculture, regenerative community-scale agriculture, soil health, local food security, you won't want to miss this series. Help Edible Brattleboro increase this community's food resilience for the coming generations by learning about gardening with nature, and how you can plant your own seeds for a small Forest Garden. 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (The first of 3 workshops this season on growing Food Forests). $10 suggested donation (no one turned away). Edible Brattleboro Demo Site, 1009 Hinesburg Rd. Register w/Marilyn Chiarello:

Arts and crafts

BELLOWS FALLS Crafts Council Open Studio Weekend: Participating artists include Robert McBride, paintings; Phyllis Rosser, paintings and wood sculpture; Chris Sherwin, collectible, hand-sculpted-blown glass; Cathy Tretler, Dellamano Glassware, handpainted functional glassware; Canal Street Art Gallery, cooperative gallery exhibiting local artists; Clare Sullivan Adams, printmaking and fused glass artist. This local effort is supported by the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Project Space 9 Gallery has brochures, maps, info about participating artists' studios.). Through Sunday, May 26. Project Space 9 Gallery/Exner Block, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-463-3252, (subject line "Open Studio Weekend).


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

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

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

JAMAICA Jamaica Town-Wide Garage Sale: The Jamaica Benefit Association is sponsoring this tag sale. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. outdoors. Jamaica Masonic Lodge, 3580 VT. Rte. 30.

BRATTLEBORO Tag Sale to Raise Funds for the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus: Hosted by The Root Social Justice Center, the BIPOC Caucus is a network of People of Color coming together to sustain our communities and organize collectively to build relationships, power, and systemic change for lives of POCs. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.). Through Sunday, May 26. . The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-380-5152,



May 2019