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Ideas and education

SAXTONS RIVER Talk about the production of Vermont Wagyu Beef at Spring-Rock Farm (Fireside Chat): Talk with Spring-Rock Farm owner Sheila Patinkin and supervisor and general farm manager Roger Osinchuk. These Fireside Chats are hosted by Main Street Arts and the Saxton's River Historical Society. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the dining room. Attendees are invited to share their experiences, photos, artifacts, stories related to the topic. Donations welcome. Saxtons River Inn and Restaurant, 27 Main St. Information: Reservations for dinner / weather cancellation: 802-869-2110.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "13th" - an Ava DuVernay Documentary: Examination of the criminal justice system in America as an extension of institutionalized racial injustice. The screening will be followed by presentations from groups confronting racial injustice in Windham County. sponsored by Windham Votes!, a program of the Windham County Democratic Committee. 4:30 p.m. Free. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio: Featuring original songs that span from the streets of New Orleans to the valleys of Appalachia; heartfelt music with stirring three-part vocals and earthy charm. Local up-and-comer Emily Lyons will open with Josh Maiocco. "Sliding from sweet acoustic Appalachian old-timey vibe with Patty Griffinesque lyrics to brassy New Orleans blues piano with a bone thrown to Bessie Smith." - Lone Star Music Magazine. 2 p.m. (doors open 1 p.m.) Seating is limited - advance tickets will have chairs reserved until 40 tickets are sold. If chairs behind the reserved rows are available on show day, they'll be available first-come first-served. Attendees can bring their own portable seating to set up behind house chairs, or use in place of their reserved chair. $10. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the musicians. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Naturalist Club Outing: These outings are not for those looking for a workout. We stop and look at whatever grabs the interest of the group and always make interesting discoveries! Admire the shoreline vegetation and tracks as we head across the frozen pond to explore the wild islands at the far side of the pond. With the right conditions, there will be many tracks. 2:30 p.m. Meet at the entrance to Lake Road on Sunset Lake Road. Head to the Eatery in Williamsville for refreshment afterward (optional). Free (donations welcome). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Register:


W. BRATTLEBORO The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro: Self-help organization providing personal comfort, hope, and support to families experiencing the death of a loved one. The Compassionate Friends is a national non-profit with more than 650 chapters in the United States and locations in every state. Chapters welcome immediate family members to attend including adult siblings. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (3rd Sunday of every month). Free. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. M. Beverly Miller: 802-490-2326.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Farm Stories Brings Photo Exhibit to Life: The Vermont Folklife Center, Brattleboro Words Project, and 118 Elliot present Brattleboro Farm Stories, a community storytelling event bringing together local farmers and residents to share personal reflections on our region's agricultural heritage. Set among the backdrop of Richard Brown's stunning photographic exhibit, "The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont’s Past," Brattleboro Farm Stories will explore the connections between Vermont's vital farming past and its living, breathing present. With Al Franklin, Helen Robb, Jay Bailey, Abbie Corse, Leon Corse, and Dan MacArthur. Andy Davis moderates the event that will allow for questions and dialogue. It's likely that a song and a recitation on the topic of farming will break out at some point. 3 - 5 p.m. Handicap accessible. Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: Andy Kolovos: 802-388-4964,,


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Juniper and Dan Talbot. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,

KEENE Monadnock Folklore Society - English Country Dance: Brad Foster teaches dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers. Lovely music will be provided by performers Carol Compton, piano, and Thal Aylward, violin. English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and "Pride and Prejudice," but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present. Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. 2 - 5 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. $10 at door. Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington St. Information: 603-876-4211,



January 2020