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The written word

WILMINGTON "Preserving Old Barns" with author John C. Porter: Get your barn restoration and history questions ready. This new edition is a wonderful resource for barn owners to assess, care for, and celebrate their special structures. Porter writes from the vantage point of one who grew up on a dairy farm, working every day in 1850s barns. He spent his career working as a Cooperative Extension Educator, helping people retrofit old barns and build new ones to meet the changing demands of agriculture. 4:30 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers Presents - Fermented Food Fair (and more!): Winter is the time to appreciate all the ways we preserve food. From kombucha to kimchi, salsa to sriracha, pickles to preserves - if it's in a jar, can or bottle, you'll find it here. Learn about and purchase a wide array of fermented, pickled, and preserved food! A celebration of pickles, sauces, krauts, cultures, and more. Sponsored by Real Pickles. Participating vendors: Dosa Kitchen, Real Pickles, Kirk's Creations, Salsa Sisters, The Pretentious Pickle Co., Thirty Acre Farm, Artisan Beverage Cooperative, Adamah Farm & Fellowship, Vermont Fermenters. 11 - 3 p.m. (12 noon - 12:30 p.m: Probiotic Beet Shots by Leda Scheintaub of Dosa Kitchen. 1 - 1:30 p.m: Intro to Vegetable Fermentation with Real Pickles. 2 - 2:30 p.m: Fermented Foods and the Gut Microbiome presented by Ana Maria Moise). Free. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Food Choices with Robin Mathathias - Sugar: Learn about the history of cane sugar and how we have become so addicted to it, plus the refining process of sugar, the land-use issues, environmental impact, and diseases. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (use Canal St. entrance). Free for all. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


BRATTLEBORO Champian Fulton Quartet: Singer and pianist Champian Fulton was mentored by family friend Clark Terry. She's released nine records as a leader and played festivals and noteworthy venues throughout the world, including a two-year residency at New York's Birdland. She's also a master of the familiar and obscure repertoire from the Great American Songbook. Some awards/recognition she has garnered include: Rookie of the Year, The Village Voice, 2007; Top Ten Jazz Album listing - Champian Sings and Swings, New York Observer, 2013; Rising Star - Female Vocalist, Critics’ Poll, Down Beat magazine, 2014; Female Vocalist of the Year, Hot House Jazz Fan Decision Awards, 2017. "A charming young steward of the mainstream Jazz tradition." - New York Times. 8 - 10:30 p.m. $15 to $40 (sliding scale). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.


LONDONDERRY Level 1 Computer Workshop: What skills will you gain from this class? Feel confident using your laptop, organize your files and folders, add photos and videos to your computer, email your friends and family with confidence. The only requirement is that you bring your laptop with you. Matthew Sydorowich is the owner of Sydscompufix in Ludlow. 10 a.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Reserve your spot: 802-824-4343; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Lunch menu and live music with Lerna. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (music: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the cafe). Bring shopping bags or buy ours. Through Saturday, March 28. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,,

Community building

NEWFANE Visit with State Rep. Emily Long: Chat with Rep. Long about what’s on your mind and learn about what the VT legislature is doing, has done, and plans to do. All voters in Windham-5 are welcome (Marlboro, Townshend, Newfane). 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.


BELLOWS FALLS Wundergroove Dance Party: DJ D.V.A. will be spinning a diverse mix of funky dance tunes through the ages. Nightclub dance party atmosphere, loud music, flashing lights, bespoke cocktails and mocktails all made in-house, inclusive happy vibe. Come dance with us. 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. (9:30 p.m. kitchen closes - farm fresh local ingredients international tapas/small plate menu). Monthly dance party. No cover. Wunderbar, 22 Rockingham St. Information: 802-489-0289; Click for more info on Web in new window.



January 2020