Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006



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. 8/2, 8/3, 8/6-8/10: 7 p.m.; 8/3-8/4, 8/10: 2 p.m. Through Saturday, August 10. $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.

WILLIAMSVILLE Rock River Players - "Nickel and Dimed": By Joan Holden, based on Barbara Ehrenreich's book of the same title. Vicky Santiesteban leads; John Moran directs. Ehrenreich chronicles her journey across America as she tries to live on minimum wage. Contains adult language. 8/1-8/3: 7 p.m., 8/4: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, August 4. $10, $7 seniors and students. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. 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

NEWFANE "Depth, Movement and Light": Exhibit by artist Valerie Takvorian and poet Mary Scriber. 8/3: 1 - 3 p.m., Artists Reception. Through Friday, August 30. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

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:


MARLBORO Marlboro Music 2019 Festival: Berg: Sieben fruhe Lieder - Kristina Bachrach, soprano; Jonathan Biss, piano. Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36 - Stephanie Zyzak & Scott St. John, violin; Jing Peng, viola; Sayaka Selina, cello. Shaw: Dolce Cantavi - Kristina Bachrach, soprano; Rebecca Printz, soprano; Sara Couden, alto. Copland: Appalachian Spring: Suite for 13 Instruments - Marina Piccinini, flute; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Catherine Chen, bassoon; Anna Polonsky, piano; Scott St. John, Alina Kobialka, Carmit Zori, & Rose Hsien, violin; Jing Peng & Rebecca Albers, viola; Yi Qun Xu & Brannon Cho, cello; William Langlie-Miletich, double bass. 8 p.m. (Also see 8/4). $15 to $40. Marlboro College Persons Hall, 2582 South Rd. Tickets: 802-254-2394,

PUTNEY Twilight Music's "Rising Star" concert series continues - Sam Reider and The Human Hands: Brooklyn-based bluegrass and jazz musicians, plus Brattleboro-based world fusion duo Aura Shards. Sam is an accordionist, pianist, composer, educator, singer/songwriter. He's been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR and has collaborated with pop, jazz and folk musicians around the world. Representing the U.S. Department of State as a musical ambassador, Reider has traveled to China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Estonia, Turkey, Azerbaijan. Since the 2018 release of their record "Too Hot to Sleep," Sam and the Human Hands have appeared at major festivals and venues throughout the US and the UK, and performed live on the BBC. Aura Shards is a world fusion project which explores the new and unique sound of the Hand Pan (aka Hang Drum) accompanied by a variety of ancient rhythmic and tonal instruments. With all original compositions, Aura Shards weaves a big sound that is at once harmonically and rhythmically complex and engaging, while at the same time soothing, unobtrusive and meditative. Aura Shards is Anders Burrows (hand pan, didgeridoo, djembe) and Jed Blume (hand pan, tabla, djembe). 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. $20 ($24 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). 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

BRATTLEBORO Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development 50 Anniversary Party: A highlight will be hot air balloon 'walkabouts' in which party-goers can walk inside a partially inflated hot air balloon. Live music by local band Hipfunk Associates. The Early Learning Express bookmobile will offer story times and puppet performances. Plus a bouncy-house, lawn-games, face-painting, and hayrides around campus. Food & Drink: Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie dogs will be served along with chips and a selection of side salads. Hazel will offer beer on tap and Vermont Gelato will sell their gelato. Cupcake contest - Categories: Taste, Presentation, Best in Show, Most Unusual. Prizes include gift certificates to Brattleboro Food Co-op, Beadniks, Sams Outdoor Outfitters, Hannafords. After judging, cupcakes and a birthday cake will be served. History: A Prouty History tent will be open to learning about how the organization has evolved since 1969. Tour the Early Learning Center and Community-Based Services spaces. The Austine Museum will be open. Learn about the rich history of the campus. Cupcake contest: Bring 12 decorated cupcakes by 5 p.m. (winners announced at 6 p.m.) Entry forms can be pre-printed online or filled out at the event. No fee. Free. Winston Prouty Center, 209 Austine Dr. Information: 802-257-7852,


BRATTLEBORO Petria Mitchell: "Light and Air": Petria Mitchell uses nature as an initial reference point in her paintings. "This allows me to play with limitless visual possibilities with a thorough appreciation for abstraction. When working with atmosphere and diffused light, I'm able to emphasize my interest in the plasticity of paint, rather than the physics of light. These paintings are a continuation of my exploration into the language of atmosphere and the ethereal world of light and place.". 8/3 Opening: 5 - 7 p.m., 8/25 Artist Talk: 5 p.m. Through Sunday, September 22. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

WEST DUMMERSTON Ask Your Representatives: With the completion of the 2019 legislative session, Windham 4 state Reps. Mike Mrowicki (mmrowicki@leg.state.vt.u), D-Putney, and Nader Hashim, D-Dummerston, are holding this gathering for local constituents. They welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions and will look ahead to what's coming up in 2020. This program is sponsored by Dummerston's Lydia Taft Pratt Library. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Free. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. Information: 802-254-2703.


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Live Music with Bushwhack: 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: 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 8/17). Free. Strolling of the Heifers, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.



August 2019