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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Circus in Place": Join the international circus company Nimble Arts in collaboration with Circus Minimus. This performance for all ages brings together community, artists, and the land that sustains us in a time of challenge and uncertainty. The lands that we call home in W. Brattleboro will be set up with multiple stages for audiences to enjoy the woods and nature alongside presentations of circus theater. Be welcomed by an Abenaki singer/songwriter sharing history of Ndakina place, marvel at an aerialist dancing in the trees alongside the story of the woods, and enjoy traditional and contemporary circus that blends the arts of aerials, acrobatics, balancing and juggling with storytelling, laughter, and entertainment. 12 noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Bring blankets for socially distanced seating and walking shoes for the path between stages. This outdoor event will happen rain or shine so dress accordingly. Suitable for all ages. Through Sunday, October 4. $15. Nimble Arts, 416 Meadowbrook Rd. Advance reservations required: 802-318-2639; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.". 10/3: 12 noon - 3 p.m. Reception outdoors. 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.

Ideas and education

"Improving Genealogy Results" (via Zoom): The genealogy websites and contain millions of documents that are necessary for creating a family genealogy. While it is easy to get started, sometimes finding the right source is tricky. The websites are like the super-sized big box stores: all sorts of documents are contained in hundreds of databases. Looking for cereal in the auto parts section is not helpful, but sometimes you can find the same information in more than one place. Bananas are usually in the produce section but they might also be found in the cereal aisle. By focusing on some of the tools built into these websites such as Ancestry's card catalog and Family Search’s wiki, we'll discuss ways to improve the results. We encourage those who join the meeting to share their tips for doing searches. Facilitators: Genealogists Jerry Carbone of Whetstone Brook Genealogy, and Wayne Blanchard, Genealogy Volunteer at Rockingham Public Library. Free. Zoom. Limited to the first 30 people who register: Info:


PUTNEY The Mammals plus Billy Wylder: Roots, old-time and Americana quintet The Mammals (Mike and Ruthy) are a party band with a conscience led by songwriting multi-instrumentalists Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar, with drummer Konrad Meissner and Will Bryant and Brandon Morrison of The Restless Age. Their live concerts are healing and inspirational. Billy Wylder (solo) weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert, with Mother Earth is at its center, surrounded by stories of love, conflict, change and dreams. 3:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for outdoor seating in distanced pods on ballfield and face masks to wear whenever you leave your pod. Rain date: 10/4. This Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project is sponsored in part by Putney Community Center, Rolling Home, Greenberg Associates Architects, with special thanks to Patrick Noyes. $20 (Infield), $15 (Outfield) in advance; $20 at door, free for kids 12 and under. Cooper Field, Sand Hill Road. Information: 802-387-0102,,


BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro - "Make-It-and-Take-It" Canning Workshops: 10/3, 1-3 p.m., Tomatoes. (10/10, 1-3 p.m., Apples). Classes 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.

Farmers' markets

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

Local history

NEWFANE "Community Memory Project" (in Person on the Lawn or Zoom): The Moore Free Library will collect audio recordings of stories, anecdotes, recollections, thoughts of people who live/have lived in Newfane, Williamsville, South Newfane, Brookline. Recordings (w/ scanned photos, diaries, letters) will be shared on Telling and listening to stories has a rich tradition in VT and is a way to connect with others during a time when many feel isolated and to preserve the words of loved ones. Community members can volunteer by becoming interviewers, speaking with/making audio recordings of friends and family members or people they've never met. Some may wish to be interviewed or to record themselves telling their own story without an interviewer; be involved on the technical level by scanning old photos, letters, diaries or working to upload audio/ photo files to the website. You do not have to be a longtime resident to participate. 10/3, "Intro to Oral History," 1-5 p.m. (This 2-year project. a partnership between the Library, Historical Society of Windham County, Senior Solutions, Brattleboro Area Hospice, and the VT Folklife Center, is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. In the case of strong rain, workshop will be held the next day. Continues 10/17 "Using the Website," 10/24 "Photography and Scanning," 10/31 "Audio Editing Basics"). Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Pre-registration required: 802-365-7948,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO New England Youth Theatre - "Reel Theatrics!": We are honoring all of our Summer Programming with video snippets from Retro Viral Radio, Toy Theatre and BYV Box, the R&J movie trailer, the Musical Theatre Intensive film, and an added bonus of our Pit Band collaboration. 6:30 p.m. (6 p.m. audience starts to arrive). Bring a chair or blanket to sit on outdoors and your mask. $5. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Leave your name, phone #, and number of people in your party: 802- 246-6398 x 103.


BELLOWS FALLS, March for Medicaid: Join us for a march and rally to demand Gov. Scott expand Medicaid to everyone and cut the state's contract with OneCare, a for-profit company siphoning off millions in Medicaid funding that should be spent on people's healthcare. This march will: Make visible a collective expression of anger and outrage at the state violence on a mass scale represented by the over 190k deaths and counting from COVID19, which are disproportionately impacting poor and dispossessed people, unhoused people, low-wage and essential workers, Black, Latinx, Indigenous people. Reject being treated as disposable by the ruling class while they maintain their profit as we are forced back to work and have austerity budgets, privatization and permanent elimination of jobs imposed upon us. Call attention to the crisis that preceded COVID with 700 people dying every day in this country due to poverty. 12 p.m. Masks and COVID protocols will be followed. Hosted by Vermont Workers Center, this march is part of a "Medicaid March" week of action with the National Nonviolent Medicaid Army across KS, PA, NC, VT, and elsewhere. One Hospital Court. Information: 802-257-4436,,



October 2020