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Performing arts

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 - Submit Your Work: One of the biggest questions for writers is how to get their work published. Whether writing poetry, short stories, essays, a novel or memoir, there is a process for submitting work for publication. This introductory workshop will cover identifying a market for one's work (magazine, agent, publisher), submission guidelines, writing a query letter, and how to follow up. Sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. 3 - 5 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO United States Census 2020 Jobs: Overview of the United States census history. Discussion on purpose and jobs for the Census in 2019 and 2020. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; 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

GUILFORD Guilford Fair: Watch the horse draw, cattle and horse shows, and sheep shearing demos. Homegrown produce, flowers, handiwork, and hobbies. 8/31: Kevin Parry plays solo guitar and sings and offers a free workshop for all guitar players who wish to add to their musical skills. 9/1: The Incurable Semantics play roots driven originals and standards. The Green Sisters really are sisters and they sing bluegrass music in three part harmony and play a variety of instruments including fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass. The Lonesome Brothers are a Pioneer Valley trio who play their own brand of Hick Rock. 9/2: The Brattlyn Brothers are local favorites playing classic rock standards. Patty Carpenter and the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band are a Guilford mother and daughter combo with the rest of the family jamming out on rock, blues, and jazz. The Three Way Street trio plays fiddle, mandolin, and guitar including bluegrass, blues, Cajun and swing. 8/30: 1 p.m. Kevin Parry. 9/1: 10 a.m. Incurable Semantics, 12:30 p.m. Green Sisters, 3 p.m. Lonesome Brothers. (1 - 4 p.m. D&L Amusements will have ride bracelets for sale.) 9/2: 10 a.m. Brattlyn Brothers, 12:30 p.m. Patty Carpenter, 3 p.m. Three Way Street. Through Monday, September 2. $8, $5 seniors, $2 kids 6-12: free ages 5 and under, $20 per ride bracelet. Guilford Fair, Guilford Fairgrounds. Information: 802-257-7428,


GUILFORD Organ Concert: Featuring Robert Barney on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ with soprano Janna Maria Frohlich and flutist Amara Cunningham. "Bach: Friends & Family" repertoire includes selections by Buxtehude, J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, and Samuel Whitney. Dessert reception follows. 7:30 p.m. Free (donations welcome). Organ Barn, 158 Kopkind Rd. (off Packers Corner Rd.). Information: 802-254-3600,


DUMMERSTON Fresh Cheese Making & Heirloom Apple Pairing Workshop: Scott Farm joins Ashlyn Bristle of Rebop Farm to make butter and ricotta, stretch mozzarella, and learn about creme fraiche and yogurt, each paired and tasted with Scott Farm's heirloom apples. 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $50. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Register:


BRATTLEBORO Open House - Explore the NECCA Circus Facility: Play on Trapezes, Learn to Juggle, Balance on a Wire, and more: Student demos and staff will be on hand guiding sample activity stations. Windham Apparel will be on site with a pop up store offering clothing and shoes for dancers and movers. All ages. 8/31: 1-3 p.m. Fall sessions start 9/9 - starting at age 18 months - with over 24 beginner classes including an early morning fitness class with low trapezes, novice stretching, tots and youth classes, weekly juggle jams. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780,

BRATTLEBORO Nighthawk Sunset - A Retreat Meadows Paddle: Late August is the peak time for the common nighthawks' southward migration. If you're in the right place at the right time, it is possible to see dozens of them in one flock - but much depends on the weather in preceding days. Even if the nighthawks don't show, an evening paddle on the meadows is always rich in birds and beauty. We will paddle the channels looking for herons, muskrats, beavers, waterfowl, and wildflowers. Bring a canoe or kayak, binoculars, and a flashlight. 7 p.m. (on the Marina side). Free (donations welcome). Brattleboro Outing Club, 202 Cedar St. RSVP:

Kids and families

GRAFTON Antique Tractor Show: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the lawn. Free. Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Cmn. Information: 802-843-2404; Click to e-mail for more information.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Concert & Performance - Benefit for the Rockingham Free Public Library: This event caps off the annual library tour by David Rosane & The Zookeepers (2019 Tammie Award winner for best VT rock album), delivering humor, intellect, and drama in equal doses."In addition to fundraising, we really want to draw attention to the role that libraries play in our towns and villages. They aren’'t just a place for books - they're community centers, an open space for public events and life-long learning. Or people can just hang and socialize - a cool place for the lonely, the elderly, and special populations." VT has the highest number of libraries per capita in the US, ranging from beautifully historic to tiny, and from cutting-edge to make-do. All of them are pillars of the common good, a place to gather and network, access ideas and resources. In raising funds for libraries, the Zookeepers help answer needs ranging from the purchase of new computers, facility improvement, financing kid's programs involving health awareness and event-based citizen science, to the purchase of environmentally friendly materials. Also taking the stage: Chard diNiord, Owen Nied, Verandah Porche, Patty Carpenter, and World Under Wonder Playhouse (performing a medley from the steampunk-inspired musical adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast"). 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. Show. $20 suggested minimum donation. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Tickets:


PUTNEY Contra Dance: Traditional New England contra dance. Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. 7:30 - 8 p.m. beginner session, 8 - 10:30 p.m. dancing. $10 suggested donation. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

GRAFTON Silent Auction and More: Food, silent auction, raffle, collectibles, fall flowers, and Hardy's grill with hot dogs and cold drinks. This is a benefit for the Grafton Historical Society. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Grafton Historical Society, 147 Main St. Information: 802-843-2584; Click to e-mail for more information.



August 2019