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Performing arts

Shoot the Moon Theater Explores Digital Voyeurism in Halloween Spectacular (Online): "What Did I Just See?" is inspired by the unintended digital voyeurism that has become common due to increased reliance on videoconferencing platforms for business and social gatherings. The lead character thinks that they've seen something. Maybe they did, or maybe they didn't? STM artistic director Joshua Moyse says the script updates themes previously explored in short stories such as H.G. Wells's "Through A Window" and Cornell Woolrich's "It Had to Be Murder," which was the source for Alfred Hitchcock's film "Rear Window." Performers include Elias Burgess, Josh Goldstein, Colin Grube, Jon Mack, and Jennifer Moyse. 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. By donation. Online. Information:

The written word

"Using Microtension" (Online): In this workshop, appropriate for beginning or experienced writers, we will practice adding microtension to keep your story moving. Led by Barbara Morrison. 4 - 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Zoom. Information: Register:

Ideas and education

Workshop/Training - Introduction to Restorative Circles (via Zoom): The only way to learn the meaning of circle is to try it! Sit in circle with us, listen deeply, speak from the heart, and learn how to be a member of a restorative circle. Facilitated by Claire Webb. 3 - 5 p.m. Free. Zoom. Information: RSVP for link:

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: This is one of the few indoor VT farmers markets open for in-person shopping this season (Shop-n-Go mode - limiting number of customers at one time). There is a new curbside pick-up option for those preferring completely touchless. Order and pay online for pick up on Saturday. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Snap food benefits, Cash Crop, and the market's own food boost bucks are welcome. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. Through Saturday, March 27. Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market, 153 Main St. Information: Sherry: 802-869-2141,, pre-order/info:


NEWFANE "Passions of Freedom" with Meg Mott: Voters and non-voters across the political spectrum are invited to consider the emotional costs of freedom in a constitutional democracy. For this post-2020 fresh-air election discussion, the focus will be on the political theory behind those fundamental freedoms. The first four Articles of the Constitution impede any concentration of power through a clever design known as checks and balances. How do our freedoms fit into this design? "The Framers," explained Mott, 'were aware that the experiment of self-governance could easily be corrupted by the passions. They attached the Bill of Rights in order to allay specific fears about political power. Too much fear and no one would engage with the new democracy. Too much hope and the experiment would collapse under unrealistic expectations. Democracy requires individuals to manage their hopes and fears.' ". 1:30 p.m. Wear a mask. Seating arranged according to "germ pods." While participants will have a chance to share some feelings about the election, focus will be on the habits needed to channel them into democratic engagement. How can we manage our hopes and fears for the good of the country?(In case of inclement weather, event will be 11/8 at 1:30). Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) - 5th Sustainable Home Tour (Online): Showcasing 4 homes and the design/construction teams whose work demonstrates commitment to high performance building, sustainable materials, durability, indoor air quality, renewable energy. Plus "Show & Tell" opportunity to see how these homes look/feel. Learn about processes and technologies that make these homes sustainable – including preserving the old! SEON's primary goal is to give the public an opportunity to learn about building processes, technologies, and products so informed decisions can be made about their projects – big or small. Secondary goal is to reach out to architects and builders about the latest innovations in design and construction. Line-up includes 2 new homes – one pursuing certification as a North American Certified Passive House and the other a Unity Homes' net-zero panelized home. Another is a high performance residential addition to an older house that will provide lodging to visiting artists and was designed to complete the owner's vision of an artistic campus. Plus, a deep energy retrofit and resurrection of an 1880s farmhouse will become the home and office of a local architect. 10 - 11:30 a.m. For the online Tour, each builder delivers a narrative to accompany photos/videos depicting process/key features of their work. Q&A follows about project goals and challenges. Builders/designers of these homes are members of SEON ( Free (donations appreciated). Online. Information: Reservations required:



November 2020