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



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. $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.

Ideas and education

SAXTONS RIVER The Mysterious Lives of Trees - How Trees Help Us Mitigate Global Warming": Tim Morton, VT State Forester, and Silos Robert from the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Assn., lead this walk in the woods. We'll visit the largest White Ash in Vermont and discuss factors that contribute to its success while identifying other trees on the way. We'll also talk about are ways trees affect local rain cycles, carbon sequestration, and how their roots communicate. 10 a.m. - noon. Free. Holden Trail Kiosk, Windmill Hill Rd. North (1 mile up from intersection of West Rd.). Register w/Tony Coven: 802-387-6650,

Celebrations and festivals

ROCKINGHAM Herricks Cove Wildlife Festival: An early morning bird walk led by expert birder Don Clark kicks off the festival. See migrating birds close up at the bird banding station of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Wildlife presentations, events, and booths. Expect to see live birds and wildlife, programs and exhibits, special programs for kids and a kids' activity tent, enjoy nature walks and demonstrations by local wildlife artists. Learn from and about local organizations doing work on wildlife and environmental projects. Enjoy local food vendors for lunch, snacks, and drinks. Presented by Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, Vermont Fish and Wildlife, and Great River Hydro. 7 a.m. bird walk, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. everything else. $2 ($5 family) requested donation for admission. Herricks Cove. Information:


BRATTLEBORO BMC Faculty Recital: Featuring Kathy Andrew on the violin, Judith Serkin on cello, and Bruce Griffin on the piano, with soprano Junko Wattanabe. The concert will include works by Turina, Beethoven, Handel, and Hayden. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. $20, $10 students, $30 patrons. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GUILFORD Guilford Conservation Commission Walk: We'll walk on an old road that starts at the Carpenter Hill Cemetery and daylights in an agricultural field high above Jacksonville Stage Rd. We'll return via the same route and detour through a field that has a small orchard and a bench. Take time to explore the cemetery which has some of the oldest graves in Guilford including that of the Honorable Benjamin Carpenter. The hike includes a steady uphill for a while but is mostly even underfoot. Plan on about 1.5 miles. 9:30 a.m. (Parking is very tight so carpool if you can. There are a few spaces at the cemetery and a few more on a pullout just east of the cemetery.). Free. Carpenter Hill Cemetary. Directions: 802-254-2103,

Kids and families

TURNERS FALLS Musica Franklin Fun Fest: Youth dance performance, Art in Motion; Puppet Theatre - Jana Zeller (Spybird Theater) presents Kasper the Cow and Tchokolino; juggler Tony Duncan; orchestra concert - Musica Franklin students play with orchestra members; juggler Tony Duncan; family dance with Peter Amidon (caller) and live music by Musica Franklin staff joined by Mary Alice Amidon; songs and step dancing by Musica Franklin students; concert - Mister G, the Latin Grammy-winning "kid-friendly bilingual rock star." . 12:15 - 5 p.m. Crafts, instrument petting zoo, bouncy house, sound wave demos, bake sale, food trucks on site, more. Sheffield Elementary School, 43 Crocker Ave. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Friday Samplings - Try Before You Buy: Try something new, something seasonal, something on sale. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (every Fri. in May at the Demo Counter). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Indigo Radio - 107.7 FM: Listen to a group of area educators seeking to learn through engaging with others in our community and throughout the world. They talk about educational and social issues both globally and locally and connecting them to our lives and Brattleboro community. 12 p.m. every Sunday. Brattleboro Community Radio. Information:

PUTNEY Putney Huddle - Candidates for Windham Southeast School District Board: Meet with the Putney candidates for the two available director positions on the newly formed Windham Southeast School District Board. One seat is contested. All candidates will be there to answer questions and chat. Local legislatures and town officials including the town clerk will also answer questions and discuss this important process. We will also have a Love Brigade and Sister District activity for folks to partake in. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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.



May 2019