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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, July 

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Visual arts and shows

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 Public Reading of Frederick Douglass's 4th of July Speech (Preceding the Parade): Communal reading of Frederick Douglass's fiery 1852 speech, "The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro." On July 5, 1852, Douglass, a former slave and leading abolitionist, begged the "race question" at an event in Rochester, NY, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. "Fellow-citizens," he began, "why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?". 9:30 a.m. (prior to the arrival of the By the People: Brattleboro Goes Forth parade. Hosted by Community Equity Collaborative, Brooks Memorial Library, members of the public.). Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St.

Celebrations and festivals

SAXTONS RIVER Independence Day Celebration - "Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage": Grand marshals for the parade are Women in Government, featuring Susan Hammond, Ann DiBernardo, Carolyn Partridge and some future voters. In addition to the race and the parade, the day's activities include a street fair highlighted by the firefighters' water polo, a hula hoop contest and music on the bandstand. Miniature golf, an egg toss, a pie contest, face painting, and food vendors, {lus the World-Famous Musical Chairs contest. Afternoon activities move to the Saxtons River Rec Area and include swimming and picnicking, music for dancing with the Bayou X Cajun/Creole band led by Pete Simoneaux, all topped off with fireworks at dusk. Cotton candy and Glo-stix on sale plus hot dogs and hamburgers grilled by the Fourth committee. 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Saxtons River Independence Day. Schedule: www.facebook.com/srfourth.

WARDSBORO 4th of July Parade and Street Fair: New this year is a "Made in Wardsboro" room with items by local artists/craftspeople in the meeting room, 1st floor on the left as you enter Town Hall. Those who enter the first Wardsboro 4th of July Hot Dog Eating contest will enjoy six hot dogs for free. The first to finish all six gets a trophy. At the Street Fair, vendors show off handmade arts and crafts plus lemonade, baked bread, ice cream. Fresh Strawberry Shortcake in the vestry, with homemade pies and baked items inside Town Hall. White Elephant tables will be next to MacMichael Park. Parade has floats ready for display and judging for awards. If you'd like to join the parade, you can march in costume or not, drive your vintage car, create a float, ride a horse, show off your prize cow, emu, pet dog, cat, canary, or donkey. 9 a.m. Street Fair. To join the Parade, arrive by 9 a.m. at bridge on S. Wardsboro Rd., where someone will greet and guide you. 10 a.m. Parade goes up Main St. Sign up for the Hot Dog Eating Contest: 802-896-6188. Wardsboro Street Fair and Parade. Information: www.4thofjulywardsboro.com.

BRATTEBORO Brattleboro 4th of July Parade: Join the town of Brattleboro as we parade along Canal and Main Streets to the Brattleboro Common (Park Place, junction of Route 5 and 30). Participants include marching units, bands, veterans, civic, and youth groups. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Brattleboro 4th of July Parade.

Activism

BRATTLEBORO Carry the "Civil Rights for All" Banner in the 4th of July Parade: We are not saying anything new here. Our message will not change. We are calling for democracy, and we always will. Not the old democracy that serves a privileged minority, but the new democracy that represents and serves all people equally. We want true democracy! Forty of us marched with the banner in the 2017 & 2018 parades. We sang songs and carried signs praising democracy. For us it was a joyous experience, singing about something we truly cherish and believe in, right on Main Street. As it says on one of the signs we carry: "Democracy needs you. Democracy needs all of us." Marching in the parade is a powerful way to show that we want to fix our democracy. Let's stand up together, in public, and continue humanity's great work. Join us in the parade. We will update you on our songs, and signs and any changes on our "We Celebrate Democracy" Facebook page. 9 a.m. in the student parking lot. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information: RSVP: woodyandsusan@gmail.com, 802-464-3154.

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