CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Sunday, February
GUILFORD Back Roads Stories -The Story Hour for Grownups: Come prepared to hear love stories just in time for Valentine's Day and to enjoy home-made desserts and a chance to mingle with your neighbors. Our storytellers are Susan Rosano, Dennis Waring, and Dot MacDonald, followed by a Valentine's songfest presented by the Green Mountain Strummers (and guests). Hosted by Don McLean, Back Roads Stories, a program of the Guilford Free Library, is free and open to the public. 2 - 3:30 p.m. Accessible facility. (Video of November program available at BCTV, www.brattleborotv.org/couch-potatoe-productions/back-road-stories-11119. Tickets for the library's Send a Kid to Camp 10th Anniversary raffle available for $10. Prize is $200 gift certificate to T.J. Buckley's Restaurant in Brattleboro). Free and open to the public. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: Lynn Green: 802-258-4833, firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEENE Cecilia Ensemble: Under the direction of Esther Rhoades, the Ensemble will perform two local send-off concerts in preparation for their upcoming Concert Tour of Rome, Florence, and Venice. The program include music by American composers Moses Hogan, Alice Parker, Gwyneth Walker, Lee R. Kesselman, and Italian composers Giuseppe Verdi, Jacob Obrecht, and Claudio Monteverdi, among others. This predominantly a cappella program also features Evatt on piano and organ. 4 - 5 p.m. in Cohen Hall. Donations gladly accepted and used as spending money for the singers while abroad. Keene Public Library, 60 Winter St. Information: 603-352-0157.
PUTNEY John Gorka - Contemporary Folk Singer/Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist: John Gorka is perhaps the quintessential iconic singer/songwriter of the 1980s folk scene. After releasing his first album with Minnesota-based Red House Records in 1987, he recorded five albums with Windham Hill's Will Ackerman's High Street Records between 1989 and 1996. Since then he has released seven more solo albums on Red House, plus one with label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe. Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O'Connell. Rolling Stone magazine calls him "the leading singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement.". Beer and wine cash bar. $22 ($25 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102, www.johngorka.com, www.nextstagearts.org.
BELLOWS FALLS Fear of Singing Breakthrough Workshop with Nancy Salwen: For "non-singers," beginners, or anyone who wants to become more confident and expressive with their voice. If you’ve ever wanted to sing in a chorus, wished you could sing along with friends, wanted to feel more comfortable singing "Happy Birthday" at a party, or just would like to get more out of singing by yourself, these workshops are for you: If you can talk you can sing! Learn in a way that's supportive, comfortable, fun. Discover your own natural voice. Become more confident - experience some singing success. Take home skills to start you on your way. Through a combination of games, improvisation and simple songs from around the world we’ll explore different aspects of the voice. We’ll create a tool kit of accessible techniques for you to take home and use as you develop your skills. Nancy Salwen is the author of "The Fear of Singing Breakthrough Program: Learn to Sing Even if You Think You Can’t Carry a Tune.". 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $130 (add $15 for optional catered lunch). Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Register: email@example.com, 603-721-1492, www.fearofsinging.com/bellows-falls-feb-2020 (register).
BRATTLEBORO Love Your Heart - A hands-on Vegan Cooking/Eating Experience: Join Edible Brattleboro chefs for a hands-on cooking experience celebrating heart-healthy foods in a three-course meal. We will prepare three oil-free courses including salad and several dressings/dips, a heart-lovin’ soup, and a healthy sweet treat for dessert. 4 - 6 p.m. (use Canal St. entrance). Free (donations accepted with gratitude). Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Reservations (space is limited): 802-257-0236, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Bobbi Bailin. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108, www.brattleborocircledance.org.