Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006



Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Change the Channel/Channel the Change: This sketch comedy and improv collective is directed by local Toni Nagy and Patrick Donnelly. Change the Channel is the name of the show and the primary goal, with comic theater that poses questions about ourselves and society. Be prepared to think, cry, laugh, heal, and potentially have a moment where your brain buffers and you ask yourself with a contorted expression of utter confusion, "what is happening here?" A mind boggling existential play will be interspersed with improv comedy as well as original dance works by collective members and other local artists. This is a fundraiser for SoBo Studio scholarship fund. 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $15, $12 students (Fundraiser for SoBo scholarships). SoBo Studio, The Cotton Mill, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #346. Tickets at door or: 802-258-7378,

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Arlene Distler and Lynn Martin - Reading and Recitation: Write Action co-founder Arlene Distler's poetry has been published online, in print journals, and in five anthologies including "Freedom's Just Another Word" (1998, Outrider Press) and "A Taste of Poetry" (2015, Walt Whitman Fdn.). In 2014, Finishing Line Press published "Voices Like Wind Chimes," a chapbook. A full-length manuscript, "Just This Body," was a finalist for the 2017 Richard Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press. Lynn Martin writes and paints in Southern VT. Since 1990, her poetry has moved and delighted readers with its direct, elegant, no-holds-barred wordsmithing. Martin has published three books of poetry: "Visible Signs of Defiance" (1995), "Talking To The Day" (2009), and "Birds of a Feather" (2014). Her latest volume, "Living Diversity," was published in 2018. 4 p.m. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GUILFORD Friends of Music at Guilford - Spring Concert & Holiday Cookout: Featuring the 8-member Chamber Singers with songs set to poetry by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Blake, Moore, Foster, Teasdale, and others; Christopher Lewis performs "Peace Offering" on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ, with works by German Baroque masters Bach, Lubeck, and Walther, and French Romantic composers Boëllmann, Dupont, and Vierne. Optional meal includes grilling options for carnivores and vegetarians, sides, salads, sips, and sundaes. 3 p.m. $15 concert, $10 cookout (optional). Organ Barn, 158 Kopkind Rd. (off Packers Corner Rd.). Information: 802-254-3600,

GUILFORD Wendy's Jazz Soire - Sprague/Jaffe/Ennis Trio: 7 p.m. 7 p.m. Wendys Soiree, 2596 Tater Ln. $15 to $20 at door 802-254-6189.

Farmers' markets

PUTNEY Putney Farmers Market Celebrates Ten Years: Activities today for the whole family include creating a collaborative community art project, traditional Celtic tunes by Gowan Brae, birthday cake provided by the Putney Food Co-op, and more. The Market features an array of local farmers and artisans offering a variety of fresh produce, mushrooms, pastured meats, grass-fed dairy (including ice cream!), preserves, prepared foods, herbal remedies, body care products, as well as jewelry, cut flowers, pottery, handmade toys, clothing, shoes, and more. Please consider donating a non-perishable food item to the Putney Food Shelf. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sundays through 10/13/19. Putney Farmers Market, Green Mountain Orchards, 130 W. Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.). Project Space 9 Gallery/Exner Block, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-463-3252, (subject line "Open Studio Weekend").


BRATTLEBORO Paneurythmy, the Dance of Universal Harmony: An uplifting, energizing circle dance taught by Beinsa Douno of Bulgaria and danced around the World. 8 a.m. Wednesday and Sunday. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-490-2213.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Conscious Dance: We are a community of intentional beings who practice free-form dance for our individual and collective spiritual awareness, healing, growth, and insight. We collectively create a safe container for a talk-free, improvisational dance practice inspired by ecstatic dance and 5Rhythms. Children are welcome with adult accompaniment provided they are mindful of their impact on others in the space. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sun. of every month. $10. Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St. Information:,

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Dawn Dance: Contra Dancing - Nils Fredland calls with Faux Paws: Andrew VanNorstrand, guitar; Chris Miller, saxophones and banjo; Noah VanNorstrand, fiddle and feet. Couples Dancing and Contra Dancing - Jacqui Grennan calls with ET and Blue; Eric Boodman, fiddle; Emily Troll, accordion; Larry Unger, guitar, banjo. Contra Dancing - Steve Zakon-Anderson with Polaris; Jesse Ball, guitar; Rose Jackson, fiddle; Marta Bartholomew, fiddle; Sam Zakon-Anderson, piano. This is a 42-year twice-annual tradition. 8-11:30 pm: Contra Dancing; 11:30-11:50 pm: Couples Dancing, 12 midnight-3:30 am: Contra Dancing. Through Monday, May 27. $25 to $30 sliding scale, $20 to $30 students/seniors. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Tickets:

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

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.). . The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-380-5152,



May 2019