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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Shakespeare's "As You Like It": This musical adaptation calls for a large diverse community in the forest of Arden - a welcoming group of exiles, refugees, and country-folk - who live, sing, eat, dance and give thanks together. Featuring an original folk-pop score by virtuoso Vermonter Shaina Taub, Dir. Rebecca Waxman has recruited members of the NEYT community - parents, alumni, faculty, and staff - to participate in the production and help illustrate the inclusive, joyous world of the play. 8/8-8/9: 7 p.m.; 8/10: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $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.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO The Business of Writing - Promotion 101: These days, all authors must help promote their books, and every entrepreneur must develop marketing skills. Beginning with the three questions that guide one's marketing strategy, participants will look at the marketing tools that work today and discuss the pros and cons of different promotional strategies. Among other things, various forms of social media and how to use them effectively will be explored as well as some time management tricks and tools. Sponsored by the Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library. 3 - 5 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Series continues 8/17, 8/24, 8/31. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

WILMINGTON Learn about Ferns: Are the ferns behind your house as enormous as ours this year? Frankly they all look the same to us but aren't you curious - What are the differences between ferns? How can you tell them apart? Lynn Levine, author of "Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide," has a new guide out on identifying ferns, "Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast." For the last 40 years, she's been an environmental educator, tracker, and a consulting forester to private landowners. Listen to her helpful tips and bring your photos of those giant ferns you brush past on your morning walks. 5:30 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DUMMERSTON VT Open Farm Week - Free Heirloom Orchard Stroll at Scott Farm: Join Orchardist Zeke Goodband for an informative walk through the heirloom orchards (otherwise not open to the public). Farm Market will be open. 10 - 11 a.m. No need to register. Through Sunday, August 11. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Information:

BRATTLEBORO Tracking Insects: A field excursion with Charley Eiseman: Author of "Tracks & Sign of Insects," Eiseman will take us into the woods and fields of BEEC and into the weird and fascinating world of insects. Join us for an up-close look at these overlooked lives. 2 - 4 p.m. $15 ($10 members). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Information: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: 2 - 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Sunday, October 13. $5 adults and teens, free for younger children. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information:

Celebrations and festivals

NEWFANE Seventh Biennial Windham County History Fair: Festival of vintage exhibits, demos, historic tours featuring Windham County's rich heritage. Southern VT Natural History Museum, VT Archaeological Society, VT Historical Society, and the VT State Archives join Windham County's historical societies with exhibits for all ages. Learn how to research your family's roots at the Jerry Carbone's Genealogy presentation. Bookbinding and Restoration presentations by the Chester Bookworm - bring your old books for a free professional evaluation. West River Railroad Museum will feature the lost art of telegraph operating. A presentation/exhibit of Old Maps of VT offers copies for purchase. Honorable Justice Carroll will present an insider's tour of the Windham County Courthouse. Tours of the County Jail, historic Village of Newfane, and the old Newfane Cemetery. Flintknapping, fire making, Native American pottery, carding, spinning, quilting demos throughout the day. Plus Antique Cars including the VT State Police cruiser "Old Monty," Antique Tractors, Fire Engines, Farm Animals, plus crafters, bargain table, and raffles. Food by NewBrook Auxiliary. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Newfane Common, Main Street (Rt. 30) downtown. Information: Schedule:


BRATTLEBORO Samirah Evans and Trailer Park hold "Leo Party": Since joining forces in 2018, Evans and Trailer Park have offered audiences a repertoire of infectious dance music drawing from New Orleans R&B, rock, blues and original songs. Evans, whose own birthday is August 17, began hosting Leo Parties in the 1990s when she was an up-and-coming singer in New Orleans. In addition to last year's Leo Party at the Stone Church, they've performed at area venues including the Shea Theater, Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, and the Green River Festival. Special guest pianist Peter Jones joins Trailer Park's regular quintet: Tom Mahnken, bass and vocals; James Robinson, guitar and vocals; Joe Fitzpatrick. drums; Greg Lauzon and Rick Page, saxophones. The group has been together for more than 20 years, releasing six CDs and sharing stages with the likes of Los Lobos, NRBQ, Little Feat, Bo Diddley, WAR and Rat Dog. In addition to the concert, Leos in attendance will be treated to birthday cake and additional surprises. 8 - 11 p.m. $15 ($18 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Debbie and the Downers: Known for her catalog of the American Country Music tradition - Loretta Lynne, Patsy Cline, Rosanne Cash, Patsy Montana - songwriter-vocalist Deborahanne Mayer has won contests in VT, MA, and KY. Mayer's woodwind voice and passionate connection to the material caught the eye of country legend, Hank Cochran. The Downers are a seasoned team of Windham County familiars. Ben Mitchell, Robert Schelling, and Noah Reed make up the rhythm section; and Jeff Desjardins, piano. 9 - 11:30 p.m. Free. P K Pub, 113 Rockingham Street.


BRATTLEBORO Dream Journals Workshops: Led by Angus McCullough, creator of the site-specific installation "Coincidence Control," and Jonathan Gitelson, curator. Participants (ages 12 and up) will be guided through the process of making simple books to use as dream journals. At the first workshop, McCullough and Gitelson will share tips and tricks for remembering dreams, using them in waking life, incorporating them into the creative process, and perhaps even utilizing techniques for lucid dreaming. Stating one's intentions in the dream journal increases the potential for activating these subconscious narratives. At the second workshop on 9/21, participants reconvene to discuss their individual dream journaling processes (successful or not), and new participants will make their own journals. 2 - 4 p.m. (Continues 9/21). $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for inability to pay). Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Registration required: 802-257-0124 x 101.

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

ATHENS Picnic and Concert - 2Bit 2Man Froggy Went a Courtin Orchestra: Fun, funky, folksy. Purchase hamburgs, hot dogs, and desserts at 5:30 for picnic on the lawn. Music starts at 6:30 inside the Meetinghouse. All proceeds go to support ongoing efforts to preserve the Meetinghouse - a historic gem. 5:30 p.m. picnic on the lawn, 6:30 p.m. concert inside. Athens Brick Meeting House, Rte. 35. Information: 802-869-2141.



August 2019