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Performing arts

PUTNEY Next Stage Arts Project - Bread and Puppet Theater's "The Insurrection-Resurrection Service Circus": Bright, raucous melee of short acts governed by a brass band addressing the heart of the current moment using diverse puppetry styles and spanning many moods, from slapstick to the sublime. Founder/director Peter Schumann says the show is "a service for citizens, aliens and immigrants alike to demonstrate the ills that inspire uprising against callously incompetent government and the tragedies that result from that callous incompetence and call for resurrection.". 3 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for soccer-field seating in distanced pods and face masks to wear whenever you leave your pod. After the show, they'll serve their famous sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet's "Cheap Art" - books, posters, banners, postcards, pamphlets from Bread and Puppet Press will be for sale. (Rain date 10/14). $20, free for kids under 12. Forty Eight Hickory Ridge Road, 48 Hickory Ridge Rd. Advance tickets available: 802-387-0102,,

The written word

"Sharing Our Writing" (via Zoom): In this workshop, appropriate for beginning or experienced writers, we will share what we’ve written in response to the prompts provided. Led by Barbara Morrison. 4 -5 p.m. (Additional workshops: 10/17, 10/24, 10/31). $10 suggested donation. Zoom. Register:

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE "Land, Water and Sky" - Oil Paintings by Greg Moschetti: Moschetti, a member of Brattleboro West Arts, is primarily self-taught but has studied with tonalist painter Dennis Sheehan and with Jason Alden at the River Gallery School and The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro. "While some of my paintings are of places that exist in real life, most are imagined landscapes with atmospheric portent. These often involve sunrises or sunsets in open landscapes with reflective water. They have a sense of familiarity about them and, when successful, draw the viewer into a feeling of peaceful solitude. More recently, I've turned to simpler paintings of land masses at sea, some quite colorful and others using a primarily gray palette. For me, these paintings still have the feel of solitude and spiritual portent although they are visually quite different. This series started in the studio, but was later inspired by trips to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Newfoundland where the stark contrasts of stone, water and sky captured my imagination.". The Library observes Covid-19 guidelines and limits the number of patrons inside the gallery. Through Thursday, October 29. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: Library & Gallery Hours: Tues. 1 - 5 p.m, Wed. 2 - 6 p.m. , Thurs 1 - 5 p.m., Fri. 2 - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Farah Siraj (via Livestream): Named Jordan's "Musical Ambassadress," Jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the US, Europe, the Middle East. As a humanitarian, Farah focuses on raising awareness about the consequences of war and violence, and advocates for women's rights, refugee rights, animal rights. In recognition of her humanitarian efforts, she performed at the U.N. Humanitarian Awards, and her music was played before the U.N. Security Council before passing a legislation regarding the genocide in Darfur. Farah approaches music as a medium for peace and a way to amplify the voices of people around the world who need to be heard. In 2011 Farah internationally released her album entitled NOMAD, fusing her influences of arabic music, flamenco, jazz, bossa and pop, including over 30 internationally acclaimed musicians. In 2014, Farah released her latest album, Dunya. She currently leads an ethnically diverse quintet of Arabian Flamenco Jazz, with world-class musicians from Southwest Asia, Europe, the US, South America. 7:30 p.m. Link will be sent out 12-24 hours in advance to all ticket holders. $12 ($10 seniors) in advance. Purchase by 10/3 and save $2 per ticket. Livestream. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro - "Make-It-and-Take-It" Canning Workshop: 10/10, 1-3 p.m: Apples. Class held outdoors under the open tent w/ ample spacing between stations. Participants are required to wear masks and gloves (provided). Class size limited to 9. (Third session is tentatively scheduled for 10/17 to accommodate overflow). Free (donations accepted with gratitude). Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq. Pre-registration required: Email for more info.

Putney School Fall Programs - Visual Arts: Digital Photography (Online): Digital Photography workshop for teens taught by Zach Stephens. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for 6 weeks. Through Saturday, November 14. $300. Online. Register:, Info: 802-387-6297.

Putney School Fall Programs - Visual Arts: Painting (Online): Painting workshop for teens offered by teacher/artist Genevieve Cohn. 4 - 5:30 p.m. for 4 weeks (8 classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays). Through Saturday, November 14. $300. Online. Register:, Info: 802-387-6297.

Putney School Fall Programs - Visual Arts: Fashion Design (Online): Fashion Design workshop for teens taught by Theo Anastasato. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for 6 weeks. Through Saturday, November 14. $300. Online. Register:, Info: 802-387-6297.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market - "Shop and Go": 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (10 - 11 a.m. reserved for high-risk customers). Through Saturday, October 31. Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information:

Community building

GRAFTON Grafton Firefighters Fall Festival: Drive-thru Hot Dog lunch (by donation) and last chance to buy raffle tickets (drawn later in the day - winners need not be present). 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tickets also sold at Grafton Garage and MKT Village Store. Grafton Firehouse, 711 Rt. 121 East.

Weekly Community Conversation with State Representative Emile Kornheiser (via Zoom): "Join me to talk about what matters for our community and the type of government that will represent you and your needs. Open conversation format - come for the full hour or just stop by for a few minutes.". 10-11 a.m. and every Sat. Meeting ID: 850 6682 5128, Passcode: WestB One tap mobile: +13017158592,,85066825128#,,,,,,0#,,270507# US Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US Meeting ID: 850 6682 5128 Passcode: 270507. Zoom.

Arts and crafts

NEWFANE Rock River Artists - Art/Craft Festival: On Indigenous Peoples' Day weekend: Christine Triebert applies photographic imagery to functional objects such as ceramic coaster tiles and handmade lampshades designs; functional pottery by Diane Echlin; raku pottery by Richard Foye; marquetry/inlay artist T. Breeze Verdant crafts "earthy, but chic "jewelry using materials ranging from low places such as outhouse seats and ocean floors to mountaintop twigs and barn lofts; functional pottery by Carol Ross and pottery by Matt Tell. Plus custom lamps and shades with wooden bases by Chris Ericson. They and others will be joined by Iron Arts, known for fine handmade metalwork and by Sunmeadow Alpaca, raising alpacas in Putney to yield superior fleece. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Meet 10 artists/crafts people in safely-distanced booths in front of town's Gothic Revival courthouse. Through Sunday, October 11. No admission charge. Newfane Common, Main Street (Rt. 30) downtown.



October 2020