CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Saturday, September
BRATTLEBORO Sandglass Theater - "Puppets in Paradise": First-time and returning Sandglass performers include Joshua Holden, Chad Williams, Finn Campman, Liz Joyce, Faye Dupras, Rose Friedman and Justin Lander, Honey Goodenough, Cynthia Parker-Houghton, Elena Day, and Sandglass co-founders Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass. "Puppets in Paradise" is a magical world that will enchant the whole family. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (last performance 3:45). A hay wagon facilitates accessibility options for most performance locations. Allow at least 2 hours to enjoy them all. Through Sunday, September 15. $12, $10 children/students/seniors, $8 per person for families of 4 and up, EBT and Medicaid cardholders. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq. Information: 802-490-2270; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WEST CHESTERFIELD "The Time of My Life": Do we ever really know when we are truly happy? That is the question beneath English playwright Alan Ayckbourn's fast-paced family comedy. He draws scathing portraits of people leading dull, mechanical lives, who every day somehow straddle the line between comedy and farce. At three separate restaurant tables, scenes continuously shift back and forth from Present to Past to Future, cleverly revealing all the family secrets and foibles. As seen through this filter of Time, this seemingly normal family's back-stabbing attacks on each other, their overbearing strengths and debilitating weaknesses/infidelities, and disappointing children are revealed through awkward fits, situational misconceptions, and flailing arguments as the audience pieces together a recognizable tale of a family's pride and prejudices. Cast: Mo Hart, Bruce Holloway, Heather Martell, Tyler Strickland, Harral Hamilton, Sadie Fischesser and Sherman Morrison. Directed by Sam Pilo. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays. Through Saturday, September 28. $15 (reservations recommended). Actors Theatre Playhouse, Corner Brook & Main St. Information: 877-666-1855; Click for more info on Web in new window.
PUTNEY Poetry - The Ruth Stone House and Antidote Books: Poetry, drinks, conversation. Airea D. Matthews is the author of "Simulacra," selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets. A Cave Canem Fellow and Kresge Literary Arts Fellow. Cynthi Arrieu-King, a former Kundiman Fellow, authored the poetry chapbook "The Small Anything City" and the poetry collections "People Are Tiny in Paintings of China," and "Futureless Languages." She co-wrote the collection "Unlikely Conditions" with the late Hillary Gravendyk. Marion Bell authored the poetry collection "Austerity" and chapbook "The Abjector." Her writing is concerned with queer kinship, lesbian affect, Philidelphia, anti-capitalist feminisms, utopian friendship, poets, and how we live out our ideas and our histories in daily life. Lee Briccetti is a poet and long-time Exec. Dir. of Poets House. Born in Italy, raised in the US, her writing explores issues of place, the natural world, community-building for justice. She's the author of "Blue Guide" and "Day Mark." She won a NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a Poetry Fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. 7 p.m. Free. Antidote Books, 120 Main St. RSVP: 802-387-2260.
NEWFANE Nancy Calicchio: Nancy Calicchio's latest work is focused on our Vermont landscape and its seasonal transformations. Included within this collection is a series of small paintings done in the spring of 2019 that embrace on-coming spring in studies that focus on color and form. 4 - 6 p.m. Reception. (Exhibit runs through 9/28). Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
NEWFANE Reception with Nancy Calicchio - "Vermont Landscapes: On the Edge": 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Exhibit runs through 9/28). Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
NEWFANE "Water Connections" - Author Talk: Join Jim Rousmaniere, former editor of the Keene Sentinel, discuss his new book, "Water Connections," about fresh water in New England. Hydropower, reservoirs, mill history and clean drinking water are all considered in this book. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO Steve Turre Quintet: Swinging jazz, Latin jazz (standards and originals). Steve Turre, trombone and shells; Bruce Williams, saxophone and flute; Oscar Perez, piano; Corcoran Holt, bass; Orion Turre on drums. 8 - 10:30 p.m. $40 (sliding scale pricing available). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "Celebrating Toni Morrison - A Memorial in Her Own Words": Robin MacArthur, writer and founder of Word House shares, "This time felt different. The loss of Toni Morrison in this world means no more Morrison novels, yes, but it also is the loss of one of our greatest public voices on the vital matters of racism in America, injustice, love, hope and the power of the literary imagination." How could we survive this era of terror and violence and a rise in white supremacy without Toni Morrison's bedrock and ferocious wisdom? Who would we turn to? It will perhaps be through remembering her strength of her words, depth of her insights, and continuing to spread the insights that she has passed onto all of us through her literary legacy. MacArthur, Desmond Peeples, Jessica Dolan, and Shanta Lee Gander have planned this local memorial and celebration. Community members will read selected pieces by Toni and discuss the influence she has had on their work. The floor will then open up to the audience and attendees to bring their favorite Morrison paragraphs, quotes, and/or thoughts to share. The reading portion of the event will be followed by a dance party. 7 p.m. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers Market / Kids' Day / Music by Pitchfork: Youth are invited today to vend their homegrown, handmade wares - no registration required. 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, email@example.com.
BELLOWS FALLS Rightfully Hers Pop-Up Exhibit with Local Connection: Writer and educator Nancy Olson shares her knowledge of Clarina Howard Nichols. Born in Townshend, VT in 1810, Nichols was an American journalist, lobbyist and public speaker involved in the women's rights movements of the mid-19th century. Her editorials in the Windham County Democrat (published in Brattleboro, VT) addressed many women's inequality issues without apology. Despite her prominence at that time, she has been largely overlooked by historians until recently. . 10:30 a.m. in the Biography Room. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.
WILMINGTON "Pete's Peculiar Pizza Party": It’s a party, a perfect pizza party! That's what Pete the Cat thinks as he piles the pie high with his favorite topping—pepperoni. But then his friends come over and add their own toppings to the pizza. Will Pete's perfect pizza be ruined? There’s only one way to find out. After we read the story, pile up your pizza with pepperoni, peas, pickles, or pop tarts, whatever you like, but you have to take a bite and punch to wash it down. 4 p.m. For kids of all ages. 4 p.m. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Please RSVP: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "The Selfish Giant": This performance is a classic tale about a giant who builds a wall around his garden to keep out the town's children out but, in doing so, plunges his garden into an endless winter. The show's creators, Jose Ignacio Vivero (Ecuador) and Susannah Dalton, instill a sense of urgency in the story by placing the storytellers themselves at a border wall. Traveling, depression-era hucksters transform their wares to tell a much-needed story to the audience they find waiting to cross. Funny, touching, and fun for the whole family. It's the recipient of both the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture's Artist Grant and The Queens Council on the Arts New Works Grant. PinProductions is currently celebrating its first decade of creating and producing theater in English and Spanish. 2 p.m. $12, $8 children. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398, www.neyt.org, to preorder tickets: www.pinproductionscompany.com).
NEWFANE Nuts & Bolts of State & Local Government Workshop: Join former State Rep. John Moran, Commons Reporter Olga Peters, and VT Press Association Exec. Dir. Mike Donoghue to learn more about state, regional, and local government: who does what, how do you know what they're doing, and whom should you talk to when you have an idea or issue, including the importance of the Open Meeting Law and public records. This series will help explain how your local and state government work and who does what. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of state or local government. Free childcare provided, and each discussion will be followed by a potluck dinner. 3:30 - 5 p.m. monthly. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO POW/MIA Dinner Dance: Menu: Applesauce, garlic roast pork, baked potato, roasted veggies, and blueberry dessert. Band: Rachel and the Western Partners. Open to the public. 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. dancing. $10 dinner and dance ($5 dance only). Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 Black Mountain Rd. Reserve your dinner reservation by 9/12: 802-257-0438.
PUTNEY Southern Vermont Audubon Society Field Trip for Annual Hawkwatch: Volunteers have been collecting information from August to November from Putney Mountain on the fall raptor migration since 1974 (Broadway Hawks and others as they migrate south for the winter) and counted about 16,000 of them last year. 10 a.m. Meet at the Firehouse to carpool to Putney Mountain. (Rain date: 9/15). Putney Firehouse, 14 Main St. Information: http://southeasternvtas.blogspot.com.
DUMMERSTON Village Dance Series Opens with Benefit Dance: Benefit for "Families First," a local non-profit organization that serves adults and children in our community who have diff-abilities. Founded in 1996, Families First serves nearly 100 families by providing services that promote independent living, enhance self-esteem, and cultivate community membership through caring and respectful relationships. Enjoy an evening of community contra and square dances while supporting a highly worthwhile cause. The band for this evening of contra dancing is The Full Catastrophe, a tongue-in-cheek reference to family life as expressed in the classic film "Zorba the Greek." Laurie Indenbaum fiddles, Jim Fownes on piano, with Andy Davis calling and playing the accordion. Andy specializes in making the dances fun and accessible for all levels. 5:30 p.m. Potluck, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Benefit Dance. Suggested donation: $8, $5 children ($20 family). All donations received at door go towards weekly peer group activities. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: Andy: 802-257-1819, firstname.lastname@example.org.