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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Poetry Reading - Charles Butterfield and Tim Mayo: Both poets will be reading from their respective new collections - "Morning Watch" and "Notes to the Mental Hospital Timekeeper" - as well as new poems. Butterfield, a retired teacher, is the author of three poetry collections. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO The Full Catastrophe: Andy Davis, Laurie Indenbaum, and Jim Fownes share the lively music found at a New England contra dance. Laurie on fiddle, Andy on accordion, and Jim on piano have decades of experience in town halls, granges, schools, and camps playing for country dances. The three musicians will be sharing some of the stories behind the music, anecdotes, and strange events in the travels of a rural dance musician. Who knows - maybe a dance will break out. Come and enjoy the music on a winter day. 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.

Local history

PUTNEY "Thunderbolt - A True History of a Scottish Highwayman in 19th Century Vermont": Weeks before his execution for highway robbery in 1821, a young immigrant wrote a confession detailing a series of robberies he'd undertaken in the company of a notorious Scottish outlaw known as "Captain Thunderbolt." Soon afterwards, a Scotsman calling himself Dr. John Wilson emerged as a leading citizen of the Brattleboro area and the suspicion arose - published in a pamphlet that became a national bestseller - that Wilson was none other than Captain Thunderbolt. Presented by Putney resident and novelist/ lecturer Tim Weed in partnership with the Vermont Humanities Council. 7 p.m. (Snow date: 1/23). Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Rhyme Time: Bring your little ones and join us to sing songs, do finger-plays, and play simple movement games. Rhyme Time is designed for children ages 5 and under and their caregivers. 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Meeting Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group: 5 - 6:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Wednesday monthly. Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. You must have one meeting with a bereavement counselor before participating: Lars Hunter: 802-257-0775 x 104.

Arts and crafts

GUILFORD Knitting Circle: Bring your own project or use some of our needles and yarn. 2 - 4 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-4603; Click for more info on Web in new window.



January 2020