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Performing arts

DUMMERSTON Vermont Theatre Company - "Almost, Maine": Almost, Maine is a small community, a loose gathering of neighbors where nearly everyone knows nearly everyone else. On a single night, in the time between 8:50 pm and 9 pm, beneath the northern lights, nine pairs meet in various locales to discuss life, love, and loss. Within this single, mythical village exists the full spectrum of relationships: romantic, platonic, familial; old friends and new; tenuous and everlasting. Join us for an evening of face-to-face intimacy to explore all the ways we connect as fellow humans in our own little corners of this vast universe. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun. (Repeats 3/13-3/15). Through Sunday, March 8. $15, $13 seniors and students. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-254-1138.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO HCRS - Health Care & Rehabilitation Services 3rd Annual Art Show: This collaborative art exhibition comes from talented artists, both classically trained and outsiders, who are providers and clients in the HCRS community. We're honoring half a century of creating meaning, inspiration, and empowerment in our community and our world. . Through Thursday, March 26. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE "Bees, Beehives and Beekeepers of New England" - William Dixon: This photographer from the Brattleboro area, has applied his skill with the camera to capture the respect he and his fellow beekeepers have for these industrious insects. For two years, he's traveled through the rural and urban areas of New England and New York photographing honey bees. Fascinated by the efficiency of the bee colony and respectful of the vital role the bees play in our environment, he's put together an exhibit which depicts the cycle of bees, the honey they produce, and the dedicated beekeepers responsible for their survival - see photos of bees, apiaries, individual beekeepers working with their bees, plus the actual 'equipment' used by beekeepers such as smokers, a beehive without bees, an extractor machine, beekeeper clothing, and bee products (honey, soap, candles, etc.). Learn and become inspired. Families are encouraged to attend this interactive reception where there will be things to touch and see. 3/6: Artist reception, 5-7 p.m. (Open 1-5 p.m. Tues./Thur.; 2-6 p.m. Wed.; 2-8 p.m. Fri.; 10-2 p.m. Sat. Runs through 3/28). Through Saturday, March 28. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Gallery Walk - Downtown Brattleboro & Nearby Exhibit Venues: Artist receptions for new and continuing shows at 30 or more exhibit venues, many with refreshments and a few with live music. Most exhibits continue throughout the month. Printed guides available at participating venues - look for large number signs in merchant/eatery windows. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 1st Fri. of every month. Gallery Walk. Information: Listings and map:


MARLBORO Composer/Pianist Felix Jarrar: Felix and his collaborators Savannah Greene (soprano), Ryan Allais (tenor), and Miguel Vasquez (baritone), will perform a recital of his art songs for voice and piano, featuring the world premiere of his cycle "The Ulster County Songbook." A Brooklyn-based composer and pianist, Felix has performed at diverse venues. His works have been performed internationally by members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, and the duo Unassisted Fold. He wrote his first opera when he was 15. The score and libretto for "Mother Goose," his fifth opera and master’s thesis composition, won him the Lehman Engel Award from Brooklyn College for outstanding dramatic musical composition. Last season, Felix workshopped his newly-commissioned ballet based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes" for New York Deaf Theatre. He frequently works with Whitney George's The Curiosity Cabinet and is a staff vocal collaborative pianist at Mannes College. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Marlboro College/Ragle Hall in Serkin Center, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-251-7644; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

WALPOLE The Grand Resort Hotels of the White Mountains: Architectural historian Bryant Tolles will share the history and architecture of the grand resorts of the White Mountains from the pre-Civil War era to the present. This richly illustrated presentation will focus on the surviving grand resort hotels: The Mount Washington Resort, the Mountain View Grand, the Balsams, the Eagle Mountain House, and Wentworth Hall and Cottages. Extensive illustrations will document these buildings and others no longer in existence. 7 p.m. Sponsored by NH Humanities and the Walpole Historical Society. Free of charge and open to all. Walpole Town Hall, Elm St. Information: 603-756-3672.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. every Friday. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212,


WESTMINSTER WEST "Communicating with Nature Spirits" with Rev. Mary Francis Drake: The magical Irish countryside and the Hazelwood have restored Reverend Drake to a deep relationship with the natural world. Having grown up on a farm in the woods of rural NH, she had many such experiences as a child, but the busy life of work and family drew her attentions away for a few decades. Drake says "the Nature Spirits are available to us and awaiting our return. They need us to honor and protect the natural world. We need them to reclaim our natural selves and our rich spiritual nature. I'm happy to share stories of my experiences with the spirits of the Hazelwood and how I've brought home a new way of relating to the spirit of nature in each place I visit." Through story, guided meditation, music, we'll endeavor to reignite the wonders of relating to the Nature Spirits. Drake is an author, poet, counselor, minister, UMASS Psychology faculty, hospice worker, and spirit medium. She is working on a purposeful memoir, "Dancing in the Doorway: A Life's Journey Between Worlds," which will be published in May 2020. 5 - 6:30 p.m. Living Earth Action Group educates and inspires Earthlings to regenerate our planet. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: Caitlin Adair: 802-387-5779,

BRATTLEBORO The Magic of Reiki with Megan Littlehales: Discussion about the power and benefits of Reiki as it deeply soothes and supports the entire body, mind, and spirit. This will be followed by an opportunity to experience a short chair session for anyone interested. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with the Windham School Strummers followed by Ron BosLun: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. The Windham School Strummers are a group of young musicians playing a variety of songs on ukulele and other stringed instruments. Then Ron BosLun will play traditional and contemporary folk songs on guitar and mandolin. Pizza Night is a benefit for the West River Community Project. 5 p.m. pizza, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 suggested donation for pizza pie. Donations also appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.



March 2020