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Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS Zero Energy Modular Home Open House: A durable, energy efficient home means lower monthly costs than a standard home. Extra insulation keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and improved air sealing reduces air leakage and protects you from the cold. These solar-powered homes have no or low energy bills, making them truly affordable. Even if you're not in the market for a new home, the model will give you ideas for energy improvements for your current home. Co-sponsored by Efficiency Vermont, Rockingham Energy Committee, Green Mountain Power, Neighborworks of Western Vermont, Vermont Energy Education Partners, Sustainable Energy Outreach Network, and the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce. 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays., 9-1 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, August 3. Waypoint Center, 17 Depot St. Brad Long: 802-540-7714,

DOVER FamilySearch: Navigating the World's Largest Free Genealogical Database: Jerry Carbone, genealogist of Whetstone Brook Genealogy, and former director at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, provides insight about getting the most from the giant database, Sponsored by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, FS offers users the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. 12 noon - 1 p.m. (Series continues 7/20). Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILMINGTON Remember and Resist: The Dutch Example: Contrary to the image that most Dutch people resisted the Nazis, only a small percentage actively participated - many of them women delivering messages or smuggling children to safety. What would they say if they could speak to us now? How are their decisions and struggles relevant today? Writer Mary Fillmore will explore how people decided to resist, what they actually did, and what the results were. We'll discuss how their courage can inspire people with a broad range of views. This is a Vermont Humanities Council event. 7 p.m. Free. Old School Community Center, 1 School St.

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,

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Mad Pride 2019: This is a march and celebration organized by psychiatric survivors, mental health consumers, mad people, and those the world has deemed "mentally ill." Mad Pride is about challenging discrimination, advocating for rights, affirming mad identities, remembering and participating in mad history, and having fun. Our lives and contributions are valuable and need celebration. Free t-shirts for first 100 participants. Hosted by Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Inc. 12 noon: Meet at Pliny Park, 12:15 - 1 p.m. March to the Commons; 1 - 4 p.m. Rally and speeches. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St.


PUTNEY Masterclass with Donald Weilerstein (violin) / Pre-Concert Discussion / Yellow Barn Concert: Masterclass: Audience members are invited to witness the interpretive process as Yellow Barn faculty and guests coach participants on a wide range of repertoire. Evening Pre-Concert Discussion: Cellist Bonnie Hampton talks about Johannes Brahms' Piano Trio in C Minor, Op.101. Concert: Works by Sandor Veress, Earl Kim, Johannes Brahms, and Ludwig van Beethoven. 2 locations: 10:30 am: Masterclass in the Big Barn. 7 pm: Pre-Concert Discussion, Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. 8 pm: Concert at Yellow Barn. Masterclass: $10, $7 seniors, $5 students; Pre-Concert Discussion: Free/open to the public; Concert: $30, $25, $15. Yellow Barn, 49 Main St. Tickets: 802-387-6637,

MARLBORO Marlboro Opening Weekend: Haydn: String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3, Hob. III:67. Alexi Kenney & Rose Hsien, violins; Jing Peng, viola; Peter Wiley, cello. Harbison: Woodwind Quintet, Giorgio Consolati, flute; Mitchell Kuhn, oboe; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Marlene Ngalissamy, bassoon; Trevor Nuckols, horn. Schubert: Psalm 23, D. 706. Lucy Fitz Gibbon & Kristina Bachrach, sopranos; Rebecca Printz & Sara Couden, altos; Lydia Brown, piano. Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1. Janos Palojtay, piano; Scott St. John, violin; Brannon Cho, cello. 8 p.m. (Also see 7/14). $15 to $40. Marlboro College Persons Hall, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333,

ATHENS Sunny Lowdown in Concert: Sunny sings the blues. There will be refreshments available before and during intermission. All proceeds go to support the restoration and upkeep of the Athens Brick Meetinghouse. Co-sponsored by the Meetinghouse Committee and the Athens Historic Preservation Society. 5:30 p.m. Purchase hot dogs and hamburgers for a picnic dinner on the lawn. 6:30 p.m. Concert. Athens Brick Meeting House, Rte. 35. Information: 802-869-2141.


MARLBORO Wildflowers of Mid-Summer on Hogback: Allison Turner will take us on a tour of the glorious mid-summer flowers. She has a deep knowledge of how these plants were used by early settlers and how they can still be used today, for things medicinal as well as practical. This is an easy ramble with lots of stopping to enjoy the blossoms. 10 a.m. - 12 noon (Meet at the Distillery). Free. Vermont Distillers, 7755 VT-9. Information:

Farmers' markets

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

BELLOWS FALLS The Night Sky: The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group (SoVerA) leads this presentation and lunar observation program for all ages. Learn about the moon, how it got there, how it does - and doesn't - affect our lives. Then we'll go outside to observe the moon and the night sky. Since part of this program will be outside, dress for the weather. Presented as part of the Rockingham Free Public Library's 2019 Summer Reading Program, "A Universe of Stories.". 6:30 p.m. Free. Rockingham Recreation Center, 10 Playground Rd. Information: 802-463-4270,


NEWFANE Creating an Advance Directive: Brattleboro Area Hospice Volunteer Suzanne Weinberg discusses how to put your health care wishes and guidelines in writing should you not be able to speak for yourself. Ideas and materials to help you move forward with writing an Advance Directive will be provided. This is part of a month-long series of events on death and dying. 1 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

WINDHAM Windham Community Organization's Annual Chicken BBQ and Raffle : Serving up Walter Woodruff's "Special Recipe" BBQ chicken cooked to perfection over a wood fire. Baked beans, potato salad, green salad, homemade sweet breads, corn bread, and homemade strawberry shortcake (gluten-free upon request) topped with fresh whipped cream. Get there early and try your luck on our raffle of crafts created by Windham artisans, and enjoy music by Windham musicians. All proceeds benefit Windham area residents. 5 p.m. Look for the big tent. $10, $5 child, $25 family. Windham Meeting House, 103 Stone Bridge Rd.

GRAFTON Seventh Annual Grafton Food & Spirits Festival: Over 25 vendors. Attendees will receive a coupon book featuring discounts on goods from those participating. Local flavor. New this year is a beer garden where four VT craft beers will be served alongside cans of cider. Lawn games, live music, raffles. Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery will have their food and beer truck. Dover Forge Restaurant have pork and ribs, and Nomad Chefs will be whipping up tacos with all the fixings. Featuring a special dinner afterwards with Mariano Gonzalez, Head Cheesemaker of Grafton Village Cheese Company (menu created by Grafton Inn's Chef Cal Hingston). 12 noon - 5 pm (Music: Ida Mae Specker and Will Seeders Mosheim 12-2 pm, followed by Easy Street Duo, 2:30-4:30 pm); 6:30 pm special dinner). $10 (free for children under 12); $75 Special Dinner (plus tax and gratuity). Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Vendors/Tickets: 802-234-8407,; 802-843-2248 to reserve a Dinner seat.



July 2019