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Performing arts

PUTNEY Moliere's "Tartuffe": Controversial and popular from the time of its release, this play remains a biting satire aimed at religious hypocrisy. When the kind, yet dim, Orgon invites the religious zealot known as Tartuffe into his home, he has no idea that he has accepted a snake into his den. While Tartuffe acts like a kind minister, he is - in fact - a con man plotting to rob Orgon of everything he holds dear! While Orgon becomes hopelessly entranced by Tartuffe, his family rallies to expose Tartuffe for the rascal that he is. Will they be able to save the hapless Orgon from Tartuffe's clutches? It may take an act of fake seduction - and an obvious Deus ex Machina - to help defeat this lascivious hypocrite. Cast: Tartuffe: Jim Maxwell, Elmire: Gay Maxwell, Orgon: Michael Kennedy, Dorine: Christopher Coutant, Cleante: Lionel Chute, Valere: Aiden Meyer, Mariane: Ha Huynh, Damis: Ian Hefele, Madame Pernelle: Carolyn Taylor-Olson, Loyal/Officer: Patrick Lewis. Produced by Apron Theater Company. 7:30 p.m. (Repeats 8/22, 8/23). 15, $12 seniors/students. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST CHESTERFIELD "Moonlight and Magnolias": In Ron Hutchinson's wacky comedy, Sam Murphy as Hecht, Mark Tullgren as Selznick, and Gregory Lesch as Fleming disagree on just about everything. It's 1939. Producer David O. Selznick, unhappy with his efforts to bring Margaret Mitchell's blockbuster novel, "Gone with the Wind," to the silver screen, has halted production after three weeks of filming. Selznick moans that it's costing him $50,000 a day to idle cast and crew, but he wants to get it right. At the same time, he has to fend off the gossip columnists. In desperation, he calls in Ben Hecht, renowned screenwriter and script doctor, who, as it turns out, is the only person in America who hasn't read the novel. He calls in Victor Fleming, who's been directing "Wizard of Oz," and tells him he's now directing GWTW. Inspiration strikes! Selznick and Fleming will act out all the parts, including birthing babies, as Hecht types and commits it all to paper. Based on actual events, versions of this story have circulated to the point where it has become an accepted Hollywood legend. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Through Saturday, September 7. $12 (Thur.), $15 (Fri. or Sat.). Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Reservations: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

BRATTLEBORO The Business of Writing - It's Showtime! Giving a Successful Reading: Giving a reading is perhaps the most stressful and most rewarding part of being a writer. The connection with the audience and the reward from their reaction to one's work buoys the spirit of the most jaded writer. Yet many writers lack the performance skills to present a compelling reading. This class will look at how to choose and order the selections for a reading, go over basic oral interpretation techniques, and practice by reading pieces provided. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own work to practice reading. Sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. 3 - 5 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Series continues 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

DUMMERSTON Fern Identification Workshop with Lynn Levine: Lynn, consulting forester and forest educator, who was the spark that started the Dummerston Conservation Commission, has just written a new book called “Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast." She will give a short talk about ferns - the plants that have survived four extinctions - and then lead us on a fern walk in East Dummerston. 10 a.m. - 12 noon (Rain date 8/18). $10 (includes a free copy of the Guide). Dummerston Conservation Commission. Registration (limited to 12) required: 802-254-4717.

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:


BRATTLEBORO Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy: "Music Under the Stars" concert series is presented by the Brattleboro Music Center and Retreat Farm. Tracy and Murphy are dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France, and beyond. Tracy's fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Murphy's gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing/foot percussion. Combined, they produce a striking range and richness of sound for a duo. Their repertoire includes Murphy's original compositions (many are included in the Black Isle Music tune collection). He's a prolific tunesmith with a writing style based on traditional dance music. Series sponsors: Against the Grain Gourmet and Vermont State Employee Credit Union. 6:30 p.m. gates open; 7:30 p.m. concert. (Concertgoers can spread out blankets/lawn chairs on the green. Bring a picnic dinner or choose from an array of food truck fare from the Farm Shop. BYOB is not permitted; beer/wine available at Retreat Farm's new Thirsty Goat Bar.). Free. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq. Information: 802-490-2270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Larry Allen Brown - Acoustic Earth Orchestra: This Orchestra, created by Brown, features Bill Martin on acoustic bass, Matthew Thornton on cello, Mark Baker on violin, and Ted Mortimer on guitar. Brown's mesmerizing guitar and earthy vocals capture the original material in the group's repertoire, featuring all the songs from Brown's latest CD, "Covered Bridges." He's been heavily influenced by Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Townes Van Zandt. 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. concert. $17 ($20 at door). The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Drum and Dance Classes: Taught by Seny Daffe from Guinea. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Drums available. 3 - 4 p.m. drum class (drums available), 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. dance class (accompanied by live drumming). Drum class: $12 to $15 sliding scale; Dance class: $15 to $20 sliding scale. Inner Heat Yoga, 464 Putney Rd. Information:

DUMMERSTON Bud Grafting Workshop at Scott Farm Orchard: Join Orchardist Zeke Goodband to learn to graft 4 different varieties of heirloom apples onto one small apple tree you'll take home. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. $65. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Register:


MARLBORO Naturalist Club Outing - South Pond & Beyond: This month, the group that pokes around and looks at everything will paddle the shores of South Pond in Marlboro. Assuming we make it to the far side of the pond, we will then proceed on foot to explore the beaver meadows and wetlands along Pond Brook. 2 p.m. Meet at South Pond Boat Launch. Free (donations welcome). South Pond. Register/RSVP:

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.


SO. NEWFANE Medicinal Oils and Salves: Make infused oils and salves in the forest classroom. We'll also discuss medicinal foods, do a plant walk and harvesting, and more. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $100 (work-trade and payment plans available). Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. Information: 802-365-0251; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

NEWFANE Meet Representative Emily Long: Long welcomes questions and comments from constituents in the fifth Windham District (Newfane, Marlboro, and Townshend). 11 a.m. - 12:30 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 High Top: 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.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers hosts Pop-Up GIft Shop: Participating Vendors: Avera's, Brooks Heley (Potter), Buddy's A Pet's Store, Cira's Soaps, Dream Vacations, Earthen Herbal, Ellen Howard Handmade, Granite State Baked, Our Corner Booth, Silk City Hot Sauce at Levinsky's, Teta Hilsdon Stoneware Pottery, ResistxReason, Western Mass Natural Health and Wellness, Zen Bear Foods LLC, and more. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Strolling of the Heifers, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.



August 2019