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Performing arts

WEST CHESTERFIELD The 2019 Ten Minute Play Festival: Enjoy seeing the eight winners of the Playhouse's year-long National Competition. Over 600 scripts were submitted ranging from comedies to dramas. Ten minute plays have become a national phenomenon and are a delightful theatre-going experience. They are skillfully composed with complex characters and plots that challenge audiences to get to the heart of a conflict quickly. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Through Friday, June 28. $10. Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Reservations: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Opening of Six New Exhibits: "Ocean's Edge" (Graham Nickson, David Kapp, Isca Greenfield-Sanders), "Performative Acts" (Dona Ann McAdams), "Looking at Blue" (Barbara Takenaga), "Character Development" (Timothy Segar), "Coincidence Control" (Angus McCullough), "Bridges" (David Plowden). All are welcome to the opening reception. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery cash bar. 5:30 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Tour: Join River Steward Kathy Urffer for a talk about our migratory fish species in the Connecticut River and how they navigate the fish ladders on their journey to and from the sea. Sponsored by the Connecticut River Conservancy. 1 - 3 p.m. Free. Bellows Falls Fish Ladder and Visitor Ctr., 17 Bridge St. RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/bellows-falls-fish-ladder-tour-registration-60873994757.

NEWFANE "Identifying Ferns the Easy Way - A Pocket Guide to Ferns of the Northeast": Lynn Levine knows a lot about ferns and she'll talk about identifying ferny friends using information found in her newly published book, illustrated by Briony Morrow-Cribbs, and for sale by the author at this event. 11 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

KEENE Walldogs - Magical History Tour: The Mural Festival days will be filled with community activities: block party w/ food and music, an art market, community mural painting, family activities, docents at mural sites, Walldog Art Auction. The Walldogs will create 16 original vintage-style murals on exterior walls of Keene buildings. Each host town picks a unique moniker for their event. Keene's history is rich with stories of people, innovative products, momentous events - the Magical History Tour brings some of these stories to life through art and the Walldogs will be our storytellers. Once completed, the Tour lives on as a self-guided walking tour through historic Keene - promoting the city and its history. Varies each day. Through Sunday, June 23. Walldogs. Information: www.walldogsinkeene.com.


BELLOWS FALLS They - Oliver Esposito and AC Muench: This powerhouse duo consisting of two Berklee College of Music students (formerly known as "B") play poignant originals and funky fun covers. Esposito on mandolin, guitar, piano, and vocals, has played with Amos Lee, Langhorne Slim, Chris Thile, Mary Gauthier, and as a solo artist has released a CD of all original music produced by Neilson Hubbard. Muench on bass and vocals, has played as many styles as you can name, some things o note being their work at Berklee as a session musician for the Berklee Film Scoring Orchestra, a member of the house band for the Perfect Pitch Competition, and as the principal bassist of the Berklee Motion Picture Orchestra. They also played Jenni Rudolph's Momentum Album Release Concert and are featured on her upcoming album. 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Advance tickets: $20, $15 seniors, $35 premium. Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110, www.stonechurcharts.org.

JAMAICA Saints & Liars: Locals know Saints & Liars offer a foot-stomping good time as VT's own Roadhouse String Band with Jed Hughes and Mike Farkas on guitar and vocals, Chris Rogerson on double bass, and Nolan Rolnick on drums. Hosted by The Jamaica Community Arts Council. 6:30 p.m. $15. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Information: 802-874-4743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILMINGTON Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert Series: Pianist Chris Bakriges is joined by bassist Avery Sharpe (McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Pat Metheny) and drummer Billy Arnold (Zoot Sims, Teddy Wilson, Jr. Walker and the all-stars) in a benefit for Food 4 Kids, a program allowing participating schools to receive food and backpacks for chronically hungry children at no cost. 8 p.m. Freewill tax-deductible donation. Historic Memorial Hall of Wilmington, 2 E. Main St. Twice Blessed: 802-464-7500.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers Market (Western Ave.): 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. music by Decatur Creek). Through Saturday, October 26. Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information: 802-254-8885; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

WEST DUMMERSTON Modern Times Theater - "The Perils of Mr. Punch" (The Astro-Nut): Kicking off the summer reading program, "A Universe of Stories," Lydia Taft Pratt Library in conjunction with the VT Dept. of Libraries, we follow the travails of puppetry's favorite loudmouths, Punch and Judy, as Punch attempts to be the first puppet to go to space. Of course nothing ever goes right - his wife Judy is more than happy to see him go. His rocket ship is made of cardboard, crocodiles appear around every corner. The hand puppets are chock-full of surprises and tricks, as is the elaborate stage. The show is rounded out with live music played on a variety of instruments, from the ukulele to the bicycle pump. It's a low-tech old-time spectacle for people of all ages. Afterward, children can sign up for the summer reading program. 1 p.m. Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-254-2703.


BRATTLEBORO Breathe Better Live Better - Introduction to Somatic Breath with Kaiilama Morris: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $65. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Pre-register: www.breathoftheheart.com.

Arts and crafts

ATHENS Quilt Show & Craft Fair: Quilts will displayed inside and craft vendors will be on the lawn. Hamburgers and hot dogs for sale. Co-sponsored by the Athens Historic Preservation Society and the Athens Meetinghouse Committee. All proceeds will help with on-going maintenance of the Meetinghouse. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Athens Brick Meeting House, Rte. 35. Information: 802-869-2141, athensmeetinghouse1817@gmail.com.


GUILFORD Vermont Performance Lab Last Dance Party: Join Sara Coffey and the Guilford community at this summer solstice dance party bash. VPL was created 13 years ago with a mission to support artists and to connect the creation and presentation of contemporary performance with residents in the rural communities we serve in Southern Vermont. With Coffey's recent election to the VT House of Representatives, she and the VPL Board decided to wind down the organization this summer. She couldn't be more proud of everyone's collective efforts in creating a small rural-arts, research, and community-focused organization. 7:30 - 11 p.m. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music by Rachel & Western Partners (Hawaian Nite): 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.

BELLOWS FALLS Wundergroove, the Pride Edition: DJ Jade spins a diverse mix of dance tunes through the ages. Nightclub dance party atmosphere. Bespoke cocktails made in-house, inclusive vibe. International food menu with local ingredients. 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. dancing (Kitchen closes 9:30 p.m.). Wunderbar, 22 Rockingham St. Information: 802-489-0289; Click for more info on Web in new window.



June 2019