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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Farm to Ballet at Retreat Farm: Enjoy this full-length performance that reinterprets classical ballet pieces to tell the story of a Vermont farm from Spring to Fall. Bring your own picnic or purchase some farm fresh food to enjoy during the performance. Come early for our Children's Farm & Forest program, visit animals in the barn and on pasture, walk through the Children's Garden and Nature Trail, enjoy indoor/outdoor play spaces. See the pre-show performance.​. 6 p.m. Performance. Doors open at 4:30. Inclement weather - show will be cancelled. $20; free for children ages 12 and younger. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq. Parking, activities, food & drink. Tickets:,

Ideas and education

DOVER AmericanAncestors: Navigating the Online Portal for the New England Historic Genealogical Society: Jerry Carbone, genealogist of Whetstone Brook Genealogy and former director at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, will explore the valuable portal from the oldest genealogical society in the U.S. - the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. AmericanAncestors is the most-used genealogical society website in the world. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Pre-Concert Discussion: Harvard University Professor Avi Loeb talks about the significance of the moon landing, cosmic modesty, and the search for interstellar life on the moon. 6:45 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information:

Celebrations and festivals

WALPOLE The 1st Walpole Historical Society Summer Festival: Tour through the Museum's collection with historian and author Ron Patch. Tour of the architectural highlights of downtown Walpole led by author Bill Ranauro. Round Table discussion of the Good Old Days with a group of longtime Walpoleans. View the four new exhibits in the museum: "Life in the Valley," an illustrated documentary about life in and around the old Dodge Tavern about 1919; "Walpole Stories," a collection of amusing and telling anecdotes from the diaries of Edith Cole Tiffany; "Walpole Architecture," an historical/stylistic study of buildings in Walpole; and "BOOM!", a delightful collection of items and memorabilia from the '50s, '60s, '70s. At least 20 organizations and individuals from the Walpole area will be on the lawn with displays, info, items for sale. Walpole Fire Dept., Mazziott’s Savory Tarts , Pinnacle View 4–H , Girl Scouts, local Cub Scout Pack 299 will have grilled hot dogs and cold drinks for sale, 2 Chez will provide an eclectic mix of old-time American jazz, classic, folk music. 10 am - 4 pm (10 am Round Table, 11 am - 1 pm museum tours, 12 noon and 2 pm Architectural Tours in the village). Rain or shine. Walpole Historical Society Museum, 32 Main St. Information: 603-756-3449.

Film and video

BELLOWS FALLS "One Town at a Time" - A VT Documentary: This is the story of one young man's exploration of VT. Inspired by the 251 Club, Michael Leonard visited all 251 towns in the state back in 2006. Twelve years later, he did it again - returning to some of the same places and re-interviewing some of the same people he had met earlier. Learn how VT has changed, how it has stayed the same, and how a humble wayfarer's club shaped Leonard's identity. This coming-of-age film is firmly rooted in the community spirit that makes VT's towns so special, including diverse voices such as former Governor Jim Douglas and Ben & Jerry's co-founder, Jerry Greenfield. 10:30 a.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270,


PUTNEY Yellow Barn's Open House and Lunch: Spend an afternoon attending open rehearsals and sharing a meal with Yellow Barn musicians on campus at The Greenwood School. 12:30 p.m. $10 lunch; rehearsals are free and open to the public. Yellow Barn, 49 Main St. Lunch reservations: 802-387-6637,

WARDSBORO Wardsboro Curtain Call - The Stockwell Brothers: The Stockwell Brothers (Bruce, Barry, Alan, and Kelly) are a bluegrass and folk quartet spanning 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. 6:30 doors open; 7 p.m. music. $10. Wardsboro Town Hall, 71 Main St. Information: 802-896-6810,

MARLBORO Jorg Widmann featured as Composer/Performer on Marlboro Music's Second Weekend of Concerts: 7/20: Widmann's Octet for strings, clarinet, bassoon, and horn, the Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, and Tchaikovsky's 'Souvenir de Florence' for String Sextet. 7/21: Co-Artistic Dir. Mitsuko Uchida will close the program with the Schubert Piano Trio in E-flat Major with violinist Alexi Kenny and cellist Efe Baltacigil. 7/20: 8 p.m., 7/21: 2:30 p.m. Through Sunday, July 21. $15 to $40. Marlboro College Persons Hall, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILMINGTON 24th Annual "High Notes" Concert: New York City's Village Light Opera Group returns for the 24th consecutive summer. Performed by an all-volunteer chorus of 40 singers, the audience will enjoy songs from Broadway shows, Gilbert & Sullivan, operettas and old standards. Proceeds benefit the MHCA arts organization. 4 p.m. (doors open at 3:30). $25 (free for children under age 13). Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St. Tickets: 802-464-5404.

PUTNEY Yellow Barn Concert: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the program is: Harrison Birtwistle, "Crescent Moon over the Irrational"; Arnold Schoenberg, Pierrot Lunaire; Il mondo della luna. Libretto by Carlo Goldoni, works by Franz Joseph Haydn and Baldassare Galuppi. George Crumb, Makrokosmos II. The Beatles/Stephen Coxe, Across the Universe. 8 p.m. $30, $25 seniors, $15 students. Yellow Barn, 49 Main St. Tickets: 802-387-6637,

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO Body Autonomy/Equality - A Benefit Concert for Reproductive Rights and Liberty: The Yellowhammer Fund provides funding for anyone seeking care at one of Alabama's three abortion clinics and will help as much as possible with other barriers to access (travel, lodging, etc.). As a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds, Yellowhammer is also committed to collaborations, advocacy, and programming that further the goals of reproductive justice. Featured Bands: If Not I Than Who Then, I Love You!, Lahnah, Tough Guy, The Sad Joys, Faye Patrick and the Good Death Reverence Ride. 7 - 11 p.m. $6 to $25. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.


S. NEWFANE Olallie Garden Yoga with Newfane Village Yoga: Enjoy the summer weather and connect with nature to deepen your practice! Wendy Johnson, of Newfane Village Yoga, will be providing an evening of yoga amongst the palette of day lilies on Olallie Daylily Farm. Come and see the art displayed during the Rock River Artist Tour and walk the field before class begins. Then enjoy the tranquility, smells, and beauty this natural environment offers as you unwind with an all-levels yoga flow. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Walk the field; 6:15-7:30 p.m. Class. Rain date: 7/21 (Check Olallie Daylily Garden, 129 Auger Hole Rd. Information: 802-365-9642,,

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.

Art walks and tours

NEWFANE Rock River Artists' 27th Annual Open Studio Tour : Featuring 17 accomplished artists in a range of media from functional pottery to thread on fabric, inlay to collage: Christine Triebert, photography; Ellen Darrow, pottery; Dan Dewalt, custom furniture; Chris Ericsson, furniture and jewelry; Georgie, oil painting; Richard Foye, raku pottery; Steven Meyer, painting; Roger Sandes, painting and prints; Deidre Scherer, thread on fabric; Matthew Tell, pottery; T. Breeze Verdant, marquetry and inlay; Mary Welsh, collage. Back after a hiatus are Rich Gillis, metal smith and John Long, artist in wood. Creating a robust showing within the three villages are, new to the RRA scene, Diane Echlin, potter; Carol Ross, functional modern potter; and Peter Erickson, en passant painter. The Tour affords visitors an intimate look at the unique locations where each artist works - in rustic studios down county roads, high up in the hills with stunning views, amidst lush gardens and landscaping, tucked away in the woods, along the river's edge. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to start the tour at the Schoolhouse, where participating artists present a gallery exhibition and maps of artists' locations can be picked up. Then begin a self-guided tour of the studios, all within short driving distance. Through Sunday, July 21. Free. Old South Newfane Schoolhouse, Auger Hole Rd. and Dover Rd. Information: 802-348-7865,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Free Family Day: BIG INK: Mobile woodblock printmaking workshop will be up and running in the Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Gallery. Watch 8 artists pull huge prints from woodblocks they have carved in the months leading up to this event. Plus hands-on art-making activities for all ages available under a tent outside; artists/curators/docents will be on hand in the galleries to answer questions about the current exhibits. Thirsty? Choose your ingredients and pedal yourself a refreshing smoothie with one of two smoothie bikes on loan from our friends at Bellows Falls Community Bike Project. CATERPILLAR LAB: Eye-popping critters in terrariums. Educators offer fascinating insights into the lives of their tiny (and not-so-tiny) friends. ASK THE RIVER: Join artists Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett, Andrea Wasserman in making art inspired by the CT River. Sketch/paint alongside the river behind BMAC. Take part in a group cyanotype-making activity, which will become part of an exhibition at BMAC on water activism and stewardship. UNPACKING THE STATION: Artist Angus McCullough (Coincidence Control) and a local historian lead a tour of BMAC's Union Station building and immediate surroundings, aiming to understand how the layout and structure of the space have changed over time, defining different social, economic, and personal histories. Original blueprints, historic photos, railway maps inform a discussion of how the railway network cemented standardized time and profoundly impacted the evolution of the region and nation. LOCAL MUSIC, FOOD & SMOOTHIE BIKES: Hang out in the galleries or outside on Bob Boemig's Land Lift, John Tagiuri's Wrench Bench, Dan Snow's Rock Rest, or Jim Coles Duet for Dan and enjoy the music of Moxie and other great bands. Dosa Kitchen will serve their delicious, locally- and humanely-sourced South Indian specialties, and Andrzej's Polish Kitchen will offer up Vermont’s best golbki, pierogi, kielbasa, placki, and more. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Check times for activities that interest you.). Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

NEWFANE Hospice Roundtable: Representatives from the three local hospices will discuss their services and how to get involved as a volunteer. This is part of month-long series 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.


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music by Champagne Jam: 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.

Community meals

WILLIAMSVILLE Williamsville Hall Benefit BBQ Dinner: BBQ Plates, with chicken, pulled pork, beans, coleslaw, corn bread, and Vegetarian Plates with tempeh wrap, veggie beans, cole slaw, and corn bread. Food is courtesy the Top of the Hill Grill. 6 p.m. $12, $8 kids under 10 (dessert/beverages sold separately). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: Steve Levine:

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers hosts Pop-Up GIft Shop: Participating Vendors: Ann Marie Given Designs, Avera's, Brooks Heley (Potter), Cira’s Soaps, Ellen Howard Handmade, Granite State Baked, Our Corner Booth, Teta Hilsdon Stoneware Pottery, and more. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Repeats 8/3 and 8/17). Free. Strolling of the Heifers, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.



July 2019