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Performing arts

PUTNEY Next Stage Arts and Yellow Barn Music present Beowulf with Benjamin Bagby: In performing the 1st part of the epic poem Beowulf, Bagby transports us to the storytelling's roots, when aural tradition was paramount to sustaining culture, history, society. He retells the story, in song/speech, with a 6-stringed harp (crafted for him based on remains of from a 7th-century instrument). As in medieval courts, the audience becomes attuned to the finest details of sound and meaning, meter and rhyme, timing and mood. Bagby, descended from a Germanic clan who emigrated from Jutland to England ca. 630, where his family branch then emigrated to the colony of VA a millennium later. After 321 years of family wanderings, he was born on the Great Lakes, and at age 12 was captivated by Beowulf. After moving back to Europe in 1974, he co-founded the medieval music ensemble, Sequentia. Bagby and Sequentia are now based in Paris. In addition to being singer/harper/director of Sequentia, he writes about performance practice and teaches in Europe/North America. A discussion with Bagby, moderated by Yellow Barn Artistic Dir. Seth Knopp, follows. 7:30 p.m. $20 ($17 seniors; $10, students). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets: 802-387-6637, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4076291.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO "Writing as Witness to the Wonders of Creation in a Time of Environmental Change": Come to this nature writing workshop led by Fred Taylor. All levels of writing experience welcome. 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO New England Youth Theatre Celebrates 20 Years with Gala and Alumni Production: Revival of NEYT's 2007 production of "Scapin," written by Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell, adapted from Molière, and directed by NEYT founder Stephen Stearns with alumna Taylor Patno. Heralded as one of NEYT's funniest, fastest-paced, wildest, and most outrageous romps, it tells the story of Scapin and Sylvestre, servants enlisted by Octave and Geronte, whose wealthy, miserly fathers forbid them from marrying their penniless lovers. When Scapin and Sylvestre agree to aid the young men in their efforts to dupe their families and happily elope, deception, chaos, and comedy ensue. Suitable for all ages. The celebration also features an archival timeline installation highlighting memorable moments and shows through the years. 6/14: 7 p.m.; 6/15: 1-7 p.m. (gala celebration 3-5:30 p.m. includes food, music, face painting, cash bar); 6/16: 2 p.m. $15 ($13 seniors, $11 students). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Grant Peeples, Mark Russell, Ezra Veitch: Florida's unfiltered leftneck singer-songwriter Peeples and innovative violinist Russell open with local hero Veitch. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Limited seating (pre-pay to reserve). $10 suggested donation (all of which goes to the musicians). Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Twilight Music presents The Stockwell Brothers: Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns, and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals. Featuring 2005 Merlefest bluegrass banjo contest winner Bruce Stockwell, The Stockwell Brothers have performed alongside artists from Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Jonathan Edwards, Asleep At The Wheel, recorded with Mike Auldridge and Phil Rosenthal of the bluegrass supergroup The Seldom Scene, and toured throughout the US and in Canada and Europe. As a trio, they've released two albums, "Stobro" and "Leave My Dreams Alone." Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food available. 6 p.m. (Rain site: Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill. Series continues every other Sun. thru 8/25). Free (donations welcome). Putney Tavern Lawn, Downtown Putney on the lawn. Information: 802-387-5772, www.twilightmusic.org.

ROCKINGHAM Erik Johannson and Kathi Byam: Traditional tunes on harp and flute. 3 p.m. Free (free-will donations will go to the musicians). Rockingham Meeting House, Meeting House Rd. (off Rte 103). Information: 802-463-3964 x; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Music Center - Larry Allen Brown and the Acoustic Earth Orchestra: Showcasing world-renowned, local cellist Eugene Friesen, this is a memorial concert for Paul Waters who succumbed to brain cancer last year and was a good friend of and student of Larry's at BMC. Larry combines his solo acoustic guitar playing with the rich sounds of his chamber ensemble. The combination offers a unique version of a folk/Americana sound with hints of jazz and classical inspirations. For this concert he is joined by bassist Billy Martin and violinist Mark Baker. Paul's wife Dani and other family members will join the gathering in celebration of a loving man, father, grandfather, and son. 3 p.m. $15 general admission (additional donations welcome). All proceeds will fund scholarships in Paul's name. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

PUTNEY Putney Farmers Market: Featuring 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. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sundays. Through Sunday, October 13. Putney Farmers Market, Green Mountain Orchards, 130 W. Hill Rd. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

DUMMERSTON Dummerston Historical Society: Explore genealogies, review photographs of past exhibits, search scrapbooks, and discover the many artifacts in the Society's collection. Albums featuring Houses of Dummerston, Slab Hollow, Dummerston Center, West Dummerston Village, Artists of Dummerston, Authors of Dummerston and many others are available for viewing. This is a great opportunity for children, parents and grandparents to visit the Historical Society. 2 - 4 p.m. Free. Dummerston Historical Society, Dummerston Center. Information: 802-254-9311.

Kids and families

GUILFORD Father's Day Brunch: All-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelettes, any style, made to order. Also on the menu are pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup. Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting. A selection of juices will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk. 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. (No reservations necessary). $12, $10 seniors; $5 ages 2-12; free for under age 2. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.


W. BRATTLEBORO The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro: Self-help organization for families who have had a child die. Provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members are welcome including adult siblings. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (usually the 3rd Sunday of every month). Free. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. M. Beverly Miller: 802-490-2326.


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 Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Bobbi Bailin. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108, www.brattleborocircledance.org.



June 2019