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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "RagTag: A Circus in Stitches": Join our RagTag group of thread-barren, yarn-spinning characters as they explore a new patchwork world. You'll be entwined with our group of mismatched artists as they stitch together a tapestry of talents - high-flying, knot-tying, gravity defying aerialists; loopy jugglers, musicians who pull your heart strings; comedy that leaves you in stitches. We gather stories that never got told. Can we find a common thread? Witness how six separate threads are inevitably intertwined. Featuring professional circus artist who got their starts in Brattleboro at NECCA's professional training programs. Our RagTag team is directed by Jesse Dryden, instructor at the National Circus School of Montreal and former creative director of Circus Smirkus. Based in MA, the Cirque Us team (designers, performers, collaborators) provides a perspective from their generation that resonates with all ages and brings high-level, affordable circus performances to different communities while sharing the values of teamwork, the importance of play, and a reminder to not take ourselves too seriously. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $25. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Tickets:

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Poetry Discussion Group: No experience necessary; copies of poems provided. 12 noon - 2 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information:

Visual arts and shows

W. BRATTLEBORO Sylvia Chun Yin Ryder - Oil Paintings and Watercolors: Florals, landscapes, and seascapes are included, as is a selection of Sylvia's hand-painted cotton t-shirts. Sylvia is a native of Taiwan. 7/6: Opening Reception: 2-4 p.m. (9 a.m.-12 noon weekdays, during public events, by appointment). Through Sunday, September 1. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Information: 802-254-9377; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS Southern VT Astronomy Group (SoVerA) - The Night Sky: Presentation and lunar observation program. Learn about the moon, how it got there, how it does - and doesn't - affect our lives. Then get ready to go outside to observe the moon and the night sky. Since part of this program will be outside, dress for the weather. This all-ages program is presented as part of the Library's 2019 Summer Reading Program, "A Universe of Stories.". 6:30 p.m. (Poor weather: Event will be held on 7/13). Free. Rockingham Recreation Center, 10 Playground Rd. Information: 802-463-4270,

NEWFANE How to Get Buried in Newfane: Jane Douglas, South Newfane Cemetery Trustee, discusses which cemeteries in Newfane have openings and how to get in. 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.

DOVER Genealogy 101 - Where You Confuse the Dead and Irritate the Living: Jerry Carbone, genealogist of Whetstone Brook Genealogy and former director at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, discusses some of the main genealogical resources he uses in his own research as well as touches on the use of DNA in genealogical research from the point of view of his own ancestor/relative DNA discoveries. 12 noon - 1 p.m. (Series continues 7/13 and 7/20). Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; 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 Center. Some events happen at Main Street Arts. (Continues 7/11-7/14). Varies. Vermont Academy, 10 Long Walk. Information: 802-869-2960,


JAMAICA Second Annual Tommy Fest - Peace, Love, and Three Part Harmony: Keeping the memory of Tom Morris strong, share his love and the power of music. Want to learn guitar? banjo? ukulele? tuba? "How're you gonna play music if you don't have an instrument?" Tommy Fest is collecting and distributing donated instruments so anyone can learn to play. Musicians - bring a working instrument to play or give away. Would-be musicians - we'll help match you to an instrument and get you started Friends and family have been generous with donations of time, money, and instruments to keep the music coming. Consider donating to the instrument library: Go to Tommy Fest 2019 on Facebook to find the link to the GoFundMe page of the same name. Enjoy Main Stage Bands: One Part Luck, Andy Avery, Windham Uke Band, The Gene Pool, Acoustic Crush, Sally & Mike, Gowan Brae, Buzzard Remnants, more. Wilcox Dairy is donating ice cream. Artist Konrad Fitzgerald donated the artwork. D&K's Market will provide food. 2 - 7 p.m. Tommy Fest, Pikes Falls Road. Information:

PUTNEY The Seamus Egan Project: Beginning with tunes from his groundbreaking 1996 album "When Juniper Sleeps," which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through music from his 20-year career with that iconic band, and adding some brand new tunes, Seamus, with Owen Marshall, Kyle Sanna and other musical friends, continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish tradition and beyond. Presented by Twilight Music. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. $22 ($25 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

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


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music: 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.



July 2019