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Performing arts

DUMMERSTON Vermont Theatre Company - "Gaslighting": This psychological thriller by Patrick Hamilton is about a woman who is the victim of psychological abuse to the point where she believes she is losing her mind. Directed by James Gelter. 5/3-5/4: 7:30 p.m.; 5/5: 3 p.m. (Also 5/10-5/12). $15, $13 students/seniors. Dummerston Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-258-1344,

BRATTLEBORO New England Center for Circus Arts - "FRACTURED": FRACTURED is a circus production featuring solo and ensemble feats of human capacity. The performers are members of the 3rd and final year of the Professional Training Program (ProTrack). This production is the first time that NECCA is taking graduates on tour including a residency at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in New York and final shows at the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro, VT. FRACTURED takes its inspiration from the experiences of the students and is a performance about repetition and what it sometimes takes to break free from a cycle. The performers ultimately find themselves not running in circles, but spiraling out into the inspiring, beautiful unknown. "This is the most collaborative show I've been in at NECCA. It's about the transformative power of catastrophes," FRACTURED aerial performer Jenna Ciotta notes. 5/4: 7:30 p.m.; 5/5: 3:30 p.m. Through Sunday, May 5. $10 to $25. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Tickets: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Poetry Discussion Group: No experience necessary; copies of poems provided. 12 noon - 2 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information:

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Exhibition by Donald Fitzpatrick: "Pendulum Autographs - Drawing with Harmonic Motion": Fitzpatrick's "Pendulum Autographs" are expressions of the frequencies and movement of pendulums on paper. These drawings were produced using three different machines he designed. The images are dynamic, dimensional, abstract, and encapsulate movement. A harmonograph will be set up in the gallery throughout May. 5/4: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Reception. Through Thursday, May 30. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Opening Reception - "The Flow of Watercolor": This is an exhibit by nine members of the Connecticut Valley Hub of the Vermont Watercolor Society. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Exhibit runs through 6/28). Through Saturday, June 29. All Souls West Village Meeting House, 29 South St.

Ideas and education

DUMMERSTON Dry Stone Wall Tour and Presentation: Free guided tour of The Stone Trust Center at Scott Farm. Susan Allport's presentation, "Sermons in Stone," gives the history of New England stone walls. 6:30 p.m. tour, 7:30 p.m. presentation. $10 donation suggested for the presentation. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Information:

GUILFORD Discover iNaturalist: Turn your walks into something more - a chance to learn about the plants and animals around you and to contribute what you find to the Vermont Atlas of Life. With the click of a camera, an easy-to-use app, and an on-line community of nature lovers to assist with identification, each species you submit becomes a record that can help scientists learn more about the natural world. Nathaniel Sharp, outreach naturalist for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, leads this workshop. Co-sponsored by BEEC, the Guilford Conservation Commission, and the Green River Watershed Alliance. 2 - 4 p.m. If you have a smart phone, tablet, or laptop, bring it. Co-sponsored by Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Guilford Conservation Commission, Green River Watershed Alliance. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information:

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Music School Spring Celebration: Join us for student recitals, a plant sale, an epic CD sale and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY River Singers Hosts Gospel Legend Dr. Kathy Bullock: The River Singers, a multi-generational, 90-member, community choir led by Mary Cay Brass, sings music from diverse cultural and musical traditions. Brass will be joined by guest conductor/singer/gospel piano player, Dr. Kathy Bullock of Berea, KY. Dr. Bullock has been a Prof. of Music at Berea College for 27 years where she directs the Black Music Ensemble, a 70-voice choir specializing in performance of African-American sacred music. Having just returned from a European tour, this will be her eighth residency with the River Singers, where she will teach the choir a wide range of gospel songs that will then performed with the rest of the repertoire that the choir has studied this session. In addition to gospel, the choir will sing a cornucopia of songs from Eastern Europe, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa, a Cajun love song from Louisiana, early and contemporary shape note songs, more. This concert will benefit the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Program at the School for International Training in Brattleboro. 2 concerts: 3 - 5 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. $15, $10 for children age 10 and under at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO The Jacob Jolliff Band w/ Pinedrop: The Jacob Jolliff Band is the next generation of bluegrass supergroups led by one of the country's premier contemporary bluegrass mandolinists. Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band, Jolliff founded the New England roots band Joy Kills Sorrow - logging three records, hundreds of shows, and thousands of miles of worldwide touring. In 2012, Jolliff was named the National Mandolin Championship winner. The Jacob Jolliff Band features a rotating cast of some of the most virtuosic/innovative young pickers in the country, including Alex Hargreaves (Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Turtle Island Quartet, Jerry Douglass), Stash Wyslouch (The Stash! Band, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, The Deadly Gentlemen), Jeff Picker (Ricky Skaggs, Sarah Jarosz), Mike Barnett (Kentucky Thunder, Deadly Gentlemen), and others. Pinedrop's fresh Americana sound skillfully intertwines folk and bluegrass. This four-piece band from Brattleboro, Vermont has played venues and festivals near and far, including MASS MoCA’s acclaimed FreshGrass Festival. 8 - 11 p.m. $12 to $15. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Mister G: Multicultural family concert featuring Grammy Award winner Mister G. 11 a.m. in the Arts Barn. Hilltop Montessori School, 99 Stafford Farm Hill. Tickets: 802-257-0500,

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO "An Evening of Wishes": Dinner, silent and live auction and raffle for grand prize of $1,500 cash. This is a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Vermont. 6 p.m. in Vermont Hall. $50. Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Dr. Barbara Harris: 802 257-7803,,


WESTMINSTER WEST Spring Wildflower Walk: Libby Mills and Sarah Waldo lead this stroll to discover delicate ephemeral flowers of the hardwood forest. We'll carpool to the mystery site. Wear waterproof shoes. Meet to carpool before 9:30 a.m. Event ends 12 noon. (Rain date: 5/5). Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Registration requested: 802-387-6036,,

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Delicious lunch menu and live music with Andy Davis plus Traditional Maypole dance. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. music in the cafe) on Saturdays. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,


BRATTLEBORO Chinese Medicine - A Seasonal Attunement Journey: Prepare for the coming season by relating what is happening in the natural world to what is happening in your body, mind, and spirit. Then learn how to care for yourself with food, self-care, and understanding. There will be tastings of seasonal, nourishing food. Instructor Michaela Wood is an acupuncturist. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

VERNON "Coffee with Coffey": Sara Coffey, State Rep., Windham 1 invites you to join her for discussions among neighbors. "It's been nice to have some Vernon folks join on us at the Guilford Country Store in Guilford, and Guilford folks join us in Vernon," she says. (Also see 5/6). 9:30 a.m. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Women's Expo: Participating vendors include: Assir Studio Pottery, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Breast Care Program, Breath of the Heart, Cabot Creamery Co-operative, ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care, Color Street and Scentsy w/Edith Hough, DoTerra, Dream Vacations, Easeful Journey, Eclecticasia Creation with Diane Miller, Focal Jewelry Designs Foxtrot Herb Farm, Gray Raven Farm, Green Mountain Creamery, Hempworx with Dani Turner, Inner Wisdom Wellness, Kara Vita w/Linda Hoag, L'Bri Pure n' Natural Skincare w/Linda Alfonso, Lyss's Sparkly $5 Treasures, Mary Kay w/Tracy Stone Frechette, Mindful Connections w/Nicole Birkholzer, Monat Hair products w/Amanda Pughakoff, Monadnock Natural Health, Parnella Naturals, Rodan + Fields with Ashley Daigle, Seroya Pauline Crouch, Southwest Cabbage Arts, The Cabbage Cove. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Green Up Day Vermont: Green Up Day, always the first Saturday in May, was launched in 1970 by Governor Deane Davis. In 1979, the nonprofit organization Vermont Green Up Inc. (not a state agency) was formed to carry on the tradition of Green Up Day. It's an annual statewide event with over 22,000 volunteers coming together to remove litter from VT's roadsides/public spaces. For safety, wear bright colors, sturdy shoes, and gloves. All seven VT Subaru dealers are official sites for bag pick up and drop off, plus they host a BBQ. Note: Green Up Day Brattleboro:, 8 a.m. - 12 noon, pick up bags at: Brattleboro Co-op, Brown & Roberts, W. Brattleboro Fire Station Green, Brattleboro Subaru. Refreshments for volunteers. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Find your town coordinator:

BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro: Many hands make light work. Edible Brattleboro is getting ready for growing! Come to say hi or help out on either or both days. If you do come to help out, be sure to dress appropriately including a hat and garden gloves. We'll have tools and some extra gloves on hand. Some of the tasks at each garden include: tidy up and pile debris/trash for hauling, renew compost and soil layers on the sheet-mulched beds, lay down wood chips on the paths, replenish several container gardens, hand out brochures, and sign up new volunteers. 5/4: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. both days (come and go as you please): Turning Point, 5/5: Brattleboro Co-op (rear parking lot along the Whetstone Brook). Through Sunday, May 5. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600.


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music by Playin' Possum: 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.

Community meals

W. HALIFAX Breakfast: Menu: Pancakes (3 kinds), Sausage, Eggs Benedict, Scrambled Eggs, Hash-brown Casserole, Fresh fruit, Juice & Coffee. This is a benefit for Halifax Community Hall. 7 - 10 a.m. $8, $3 for ages 11 and under. Halifax Community Hall, 20 Brook Rd.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

WEST DUMMERSTON Tag/Craft Sale : Come and browse local crafts and goods while enjoying our cherished historic building. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-254-2703.



May 2019