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The written word

BRATTLEBORO "Around the World in Fifty Years" with author Elayne Clift: Clift has visited almost 100 countries on every continent for work and pleasure. Her travel memoir shares personal stories, vignettes, photographs, and postscripts that range from poignant to hilarious. There are scenes from Indian railway stations to rural Romanian villages. Along the way readers meet the people who made her travel special, ranging from a professor in Jordan to a desert driver in Dubai to an elderly artist in France. 6 - 7 p.m. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Nancy Clingan: During her 50 year career in social services, furthering her higher education and raising children, Clingan took random art classes at local schools and workshops. Her first class was with Ric Campman at RGS and she participated in a group show for survivors of trauma. She didn't have time in those days to make her own art, but she used it in her work as an art therapist. She has always journaled, written poetry, and been a part of a life drawing group. This expanse of work covers days from grad school at Lesley College to her most recent in Oaxaca, Mexico, in a variety of media. The continuing theme of her work is the strength and vulnerability of women and nature. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Fri. Through Tuesday, July 30. River Gallery School: Gallery 34, 34 Main St. Information: 802-257-1577; Click for more info on Web in new window.

SAXTONS RIVER Photographs by Ea Maples and Marek Jagoda - "Hush of the Footlights": This couple have explored historic buildings, including abandoned theaters, throughout New England as they documented their architecture and captured the creativity of mezzanines, stages, powder rooms, balconies and foyers built in a time when beauty mattered more than functionality. Also on view are their photographs of Main Street Arts theater performances. 7/12: Opening reception, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Through Friday, August 16. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO United States Census 2020 Jobs : Chuck Johnson will give a brief overview of the U.S. Census history, purpose, and jobs for the Census in 2019 and 2020. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

SAXTONS RIVER Main Street Arts - Great River Theater Festival: Mix of traditional, edgy, comic, dance, social satire, puppets, plus an opening Great Tent Event with a Bake Your Art Out dessert contest thrown into the mix. Musical: "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and Loom Dance Ensemble's "What the Jellyfish Knows." Sandglass Theater "Tape Guy" rod puppet workshop, music by Christy Wendlandt and Brendon Thomas, Community Jam session, food for sale by Jamaican Jewelz. Gilbert & Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore". "Jellyfish," a tale of the natural world and the urgency of protecting the oceans. Moliere adaptation: "The Doctor and the Dowry" (Vermont Suitcase Company). Happenstance Theater. Fairy Tales and Fairy Houses workshop with Tracy Girdich; Teen Storytelling. Horowitz Performing Ctr. Some events happen at Main Street Arts. Varies. Vermont Academy, 10 Long Walk. Information: 802-869-2960,


DOVER Plaid Behavior: Greg Burnell on vocals and Chris Mays on guitar. 7 p.m. in the Community Room. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Yellow Barn Concert: Works by Andre Previn, Alexander Goehr, Antonin Dvorak, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. . $30, $27 seniors, $15 students. Yellow Barn, 49 Main St. Tickets: 802-387-6637,

BELLOWS FALLS Concert of Gypsy Jazz and Brazilian Choros: Stone Church Arts presents international violin sensation Jason Anick with cellist Eugene Friesen. Plus Cafe da Silva, percussion and Max O'Rourke, guitar . 7:30 - 9:15 p.m. In advance: $20/$15 seniors, Same day: $25/20 seniors. The Chapel, 20 Church St. Information: 802-460-0110; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Game Day: Wide range of boards games, card games, and more. If you have a favorite game you would like to play, feel free to bring it and teach others. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Computer Room on Fridays. Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-257-7570; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - By Kids for Kids: For NEYT's 20th anniversary they're having a revival of their very first production directed by alum Ben Stockman. One of Shakespeare's most-produced comedies, this is a festive and magical tale populated by lovers, fools, and faerie folk. Framed by the wedding of Athenian Duke Theseus to the former Amazon Queen Hippolyta, the story follows three interconnecting plots, with undertones of heartache, betrayal, and jealousy. Directed by Shakespeare & Company founding member John Hadden, they'll join the Senior Company onstage as the 'gnarly fairy squad.' Midsummer is a rollicking party play that creates a hilarious smorgasbord of enchantment, lust, heartbreak, and physical comedy, culminating in the quintessential comedic metadrama. 7/12: 6 pm; 7/13: 1 pm and 6 pm (NEYT's Junior Company will join the Senior Company); 7/14: 1 pm. Through Sunday, July 14. $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.

BRATTLEBORO "The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase" - TGIF Morning Matinee: Participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. This show has been performed over 500 times around the globe, for family theater audiences and school assemblies alike. From Kevin O'Keefe's suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer - an innocent trying to runaway and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience - a light-hearted collaboration. 10:30 a.m. in the Rotary Theater. Presented by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. Free. Living Memorial Park, Guilford St. Ext. Information: 802-254-5808.


NEWFANE Film Screening & Panel Discussion - "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande: Dr. Robert Backus and Dr. Anne Brewer of Grace Cottage Hospital join John Everest of Brattleboro Area Hospice to discuss health care at the end of life. This is part of a month-long series of events on death and dying. 6 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Bake Sale to Support Families at the Border: All proceeds go to RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services). 3 - 5 p.m. Putney Tavern Lawn, Downtown Putney on the lawn. Information: 802-387-5772.



July 2019