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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Words Book Project - Giant Book Sale: Find books that inspire, inform, entertain, and enlighten. Proceeds from this big book sale will support the publication of a book about Brattleboro’s 250+ years of printing and publishing history. The Book Project has overseen the writing, design and editing of this groundbreaking work. The book is being written by local authors, designed, and edited locally. It tells the fascinating story of the people, places, and businesses that caused Brattleboro to be known as a "Print Town.". Enjoy refreshments, meet authors, buy books. Grant support from National Endowment for the Humanities and local contributors. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "The Art of the Chop" - Collaborative Prints and Collages of the Sea: The Art of the Chop refers to the "chop" or seal, the embossed stamp pressed into the lower left corner of a print symbolizing where it was printed. Master printer Lisa Mackie presents this group exhibition of fine art prints chronicling 40 years of work produced at her studio in Manhattan. The exhibit features a diverse group of well-established artists and their largely experimental, innovative, and vibrant prints that each made in collaboration with Lisa Mackie. Mackie's philosophy is to be the catalyst for the creative process as she facilitates lithography, serigraphy, monotype, intaglio, and photo-based processes and encourages the artist to complete a print that mimics, but does not necessarily replicate their style. Featuring prints by Elba Damast, Marylyn Dintenfass, Amy Ernst, Mary Frank, Grace Hartigan, Darryl Hughto, Margo Humphrey, Wolf Kahn, Sol LeWitt, Alisia Mackie, Peter Mackie, Leo Manso, Emily Mason, Bill Murphy, and Jack Youngerman. 1/25: 5 p.m. Artist Talk. Through Sunday, February 9. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Wildlife in Winter - The Leggy League: Join Bonnyville Environmental Education Center's naturalist Patti Smith to learn about mammals in winter. The gray fox, red fox, bobcat, white-tailed deer, and moose all move through the winter forest with similar gaits and track patterns. Learn about their lives and how they manage the season of snow plus the fine points of distinguishing their tracks, including tracking by smell. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - some classes may run later. (Continues 2/22, 3/28). $30 per session/$20 BEEC members. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Register: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE "Planning for Spring Gardening": Join author and gardener, Celeste Longacre, for a Power Point presentation on planning for Spring gardening. This 130+ photographic display details most aspects for a home plot, including how to prepare the soil, adding soil amendments, companion planting for fewer bugs. 11 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Food Choices with Robin Mathathias - Overfishing and Sea Vegetables: Learn how to make sustainable choices when it comes to fish Learn about sea vegetables and their many health benefits. 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,

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival: This popular event, directed by Keith Murphy, showcases Northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English, and French Canadian. Concert with Peter Siegel and a family dance with Andy Davis. The day also features panels, workshops, mini-concerts, a dance band class, and concludes with a gala evening performance. 12 noon - 9 p.m. (3 pm: Peter Siegel concert. 4 pm: family dance. Also see 1/26). $10 to $45. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Info/Tickets:

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO The Great Composers: ""In Search of Beethoven": Developed by Seventh Art Productions, which also produces the popular Exhibition on Screen series. Written and directed by Phil Grabsky and narrated by Juliet Stevenson, the films explore each musician in phenomenal depth, including readings of their own letters and the insights of historians and musicologists. Each film is accompanied by performances of the composers' work brought to life by the world's leading orchestras and musicians. "In Search of Beethoven" addresses the romantic myth that Beethoven was a heroic, tormented figure, battling to overcome his tragic fate of deafness and who searched for his "immortal beloved" but remained unmarried. It delves beyond the image of the tortured, bad-tempered, unhinged personality to reveal someone quite different and far more interesting. 4 - 6:20 p.m. Through Sunday, January 26. $12, $6 students. Tickets available at door. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information:

BRATTLEBORO "Citizenfour" - Film and Discussion: This 2014 Academy Award documentary gives us unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald's encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency. Following the film will be a discussion, connecting 2014 events to today, surveillance and whistle-blowing. 5 - 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments. This is one of Spark Teacher Education Institute's monthly movie screenings. $5 to $10 donation goes to Epsilon Spires. No one turned away for lack of funds. Epsilon Spires (First Baptist Church), 190 Main St. Information:


SO. NEWFANE Blues Concert with the Seth Eames Band: Band members: Jason Sperling, Patrick Stevens, Pete Biolsi. 7 p.m. By donation. South Newfane School House, Dover Rd. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Spanish for Travelers: Planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country? This crash course for travelers (or those dreaming of travel) will get you ready for your trip in the fastest way possible. Eating in restaurants, shopping in markets, asking directions, navigating public transportation, as well as meeting people and making new friends are all part of the travel experience. Understanding and speaking basic Spanish will take you a long way on your adventure. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch: BYO or go to local restaurant). Includes all course materials, follow-up readings and audio recordings, coffee, tea, light snacks. Through Sunday, January 26. $215 (bring a friend new to Express Fluency and you'll each get $30 off (enter "referral" at check out). Express Fluency, 12 Flat St. Information: 802-275-2694; 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 the Incurable Semantics. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (music: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the cafe). Bring shopping bags or buy theirs. Through Saturday, March 28. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,,

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. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Bring shopping bags or buy ours. Through Saturday, March 28. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,,

Community building

BRATTELBORO Cellphone-monitored Ride-Sharing: Helpful for our community and for reducing automotive carbon emissions. 3 p.m. Brattleboro Common Sense, 16 Washington St. Information: 802-490-9363,

BRATTELBORO Brattleboro Justice Coordinator / Breaking the Chain of Command to Stop Trump War: We will organize to create a Justice Coordinator position to supervise Brattleboro antiwar and other social justice efforts. This is a planning session, not a protest demonstration. 1 p.m. Open to the public. Brattleboro Common Sense, 16 Washington St. Information: 802-490-9363,


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.



January 2020