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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, June 

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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Theatre Company - "Macbeth": VTC’s production of Shakespeare's masterpiece is directed by Cameron Cobane and brought to life by 23 actors. 6 p.m. Bring a picnic. $5 (free for children ages 5 and under). Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext.

BRATTLEBORO Alumni Anniversary Production - "Horse Drawn Yogurt Radio Hour": Written and directed by Peter Gould, his Vermont memoir is a collection of true-life stories of a young man's (his!) life on a farm commune at the height of the back-to-the-land movement. This newest public Horse-Drawn event will be in the form of a popular radio program with stories and songs and call-ins and will feature NEYT favorites Andrew Marchev as the show's host, with Putnam Smith and Jonny Flood as the show's regular weekly guests. Peter plays himself. Audience members will pretend to be a live studio audience. Learn how locals and newcomers helped each other out in a pivotal moment of history, and how young people, new to the land, learned how to take care of gardens, animals, fields, and each other, while staying involved in a national movement against the Vietnam war and for peace and justice around the world. 7 p.m. $6 (All proceeds go to NEYT's "Angels in the Wings" Scholarship Fund). New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

GREENFIELD Butterfly Swing Band: Fun, danceable, joyous music with a classic swing groove. Primarily drawing on tunes from the 20's and 30's, including music by Ellington, Basie, Cole Porter, Benny Goodman. Featuring the vocals of Kate Nicolaou. 7-8 p.m: dance lessons (choose between Lindy Hop w/ the Lindy League of MA, or East Coast Swing w/ Emily Fox). 8-10:30 p.m. dance to the music. In the ballroom. $10 to $15. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Kevin Parry - New and Used Blues and Rock Standards: 7 - 10 p.m. Ricks Tavern, 386 Rte. 30. Information: 802 365-4310.

PUTNEY Tribute to Joni Mitchell's "Blue": Julie Ness (vocals, dulcimer, piano), Dave Wysocki (bass) and Tristan Bellerive (guitar) perform Mitchell's album "Blue" Considered a groundbreaking album of the 20th century, "Blue" defined a generation with a ten song cycle, weaving a journey of hope, yearning, love, loss, heartbreak. In addition to singing all ten songs and playing piano on four, as Mitchell did, opera singer Ness learned to play an Appalachian dulcimer for "All I Want," "California," "Carey," They begin their performance with a discussion of Mitchell's musical language (open tunings, piano style), her poetry, her life, and the events that led to "Blue." . 7:30 p.m. (Tickets available at door starting at 6:45 p.m.). $20. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO 19th Annual Cut-a-Thon: Locks of Love in a nonprofit supplying children, who are financially disadvantaged and suffer from long-term medical hair loss, with hair prosthetics. Donate 10" for $10 (or be brave and shave). Or make a cash donation and enjoy door prizes, good food, great people. Shear Designs Hair Studio, 735 Putney Rd. Information: 802-257-5030.

Recreation

TOWNSHEND Tour de Grace Bicycle Rally - Backroads Benefit Ride: Cycle 19-miles, mostly downhill from Stratton Resort to Townshend. Free tees to first 100 who register. Rest stops provide riders with free beverages/snacks. All ages. This is a benefit for Grace Cottage Hospital. Start between 8 and 10 a.m, rain or shine. Bike rentals available when requested in advance. $30 ($25 in advance). Grace Cottage Hospital, 85 Grafton Rd. Registration: 802-365-9109, www.gracecottage.org/events.

PUTNEY Walk Along the Connecticut River - Putney to Dummerston Landing: This is a 1 1/2-mile level walk along a well-maintained dirt road with stops to look for remnants of the Connecticut River's flood plain forest, listen to birds in the shrubs along the railroad tracks, and to view the River. Sponsored by Putney Community Cares and the Putney Conservation Commission. 10 a.m. Park in the grass. (Rain date 6/30). West Hill Shop, 49 Brickyard Ln. .

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers Market (Western Ave.): 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (11 a.m. - 1 p.m. music by Bruce Freeburg). 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

BRATTLEBORO Jasper Hill Farm - Brattleboro Co-op Producer of the Month: Winner of national and international cheese awards, Jasper Hill Farm is our Producer of the Month. Taste their cheese, including Alpha Tolman, winner of BFC's Vermont Cheese Madness. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Cheese Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

VERNON Town Picnic: Swimming all day (rec center pool), Fire Muster (ball field), Bike decorating contest (rec center), Bike parade, Kids Carnival, Basketball Tournament, Patriotic Hymn Sing, Tornadoes jump rope show, Fireworks (ball field), Tim Arsenault is the DJ. Times vary day/evening. Have cash on hand for activities (donations will go towardsTown Picnic 2020). Vernon Recreation Dept. Hannah Gantt: 802-579-2279, http://tiny.cc/56nh8y.

Community building

VERNON Vernon Town Day: Featuring bingo, Romeo's music, crafting glass flowers for your garden by Debbie, donuts on a string race, pin the tail on the cow (udder enjoyment!), finger sandwiches at noon, pie eating contest in the afternoon (one for children and one for adults), pinata morning and afternoon. Presented by the Vernon Seniors for Vernon residents of all ages. 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. By donation for future events and fireworks. Vernon Recreation Dept. Carol Shippee: 802-254-4928.

Dance

PUTNEY Contra Dance: Traditional New England contra dance. Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. 7:30 - 8 p.m. beginner session, 8 - 10:30 p.m. dancing. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

NEWFANE Community Tag Sale: Sponsored by Friends of the Moore Free Library. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Newfane Common, Main Street (Rt. 30) downtown.

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