rowcount: 0 Welcome to THE COMMONS -- News and Views for Windham County, Vermont
Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006

CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, July 

23

Performing arts

Sandglass: "One Way Street" (2002) with Ines Zeller Bass. Eric Bass and guest Merrill Garbus (Livestream): Music by Paul Dedell and performed by Garbus (now of the indi-rock group Tune Yards), about Walter Benjamin the German Jewish critic, philosopher and visionary. Summer Streaming is presented in part by Network of Ensemble Theaters, Next Stage, the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA) and UNIMA USA. Free. Livestream. Information: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/2/#inbox/FMfcgxwJWrhMssVlpDXPzrGjrjtcgzFB.

The written word

The Quarantine Sessions - Chard deNiord - Poetry (YouTube): Chard deNiord is an American author, Poet Laureate of Vermont and teacher. Offered by Next Stage Arts. . Through Thursday, August 27. Free. YouTube. Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_iHiTJCBRw.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Museum and Art Center - View 8 previously shuttered Exhibits: Alison Wright: "Grit and Grace, Women at Work," Roger Clark Miller: "Transmuting the Prosaic," Steven Rose: "For/While (2020.01)," "Postcards to Brattleboro: 40 Years of Mail Art," Wesley Fleming: "Silvestris, Wild and Untamed." Outside the Museum: John Gibson: "Jazz," a year-long installation in the five window bays extending across the front of BMAC's Union Station, and Bob Boemig's "Land Lift," Dan Snow's "Rock Rest," Jim Cole's "Duet for Dan," and Johnny Swing's "Idle Knot.". 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Face coverings and physical distancing required, maximum visitor capacity limited. Through Monday, October 12. Pay what you wish. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Canal Street Art Gallery: Vermont Summer Group Show - All Mediums, All Subjects, All Art (Virtual Gallery): Nineteen artists: Clare Adams, enamel painted glass; Penelope Arms, oil and acrylic painting; Zoee Blossom, cyanotype prints; Jean Cannon, oil and acrylic painting; Sloane Dawson, found object sculpture; Spaulding Dunbar, original photography; Carolyn Enz Hack, metal and mixed media sculpture; Nancy Fitz-Rapalje, oil painting; Kim Grall, painted mixed media sculpture; Felicity Haselton, mixed media painting; Deedee Jones, pastel painting; Carol Keiser, acrylic painting; Susan MacNeil, acrylic painting; Jeanne McMahan, oil painting; Lisa Eckhardt McNealus, acrylic painting; Charles Norris-Brown, ink drawing, ink wash, and watercolor painting; MC Noyes, oil painting; Rodrica Tilley, pastel painting; Kathleen Zimmerman, serigraphic prints. . Through Saturday, September 12. Canal Street Art Gallery. Information: http://canalstreetartgallery.com (In-gallery viewing appointments: 802-289-0104, artinfo@canalstreetartgallery.com).

NEWFANE "A Walk in the Park" (a look at Vermont's natural beauty): For over a decade, Tiffany Soukup and Chris Brader have worked in VT State Parks. Wildlife and nature photography is their passion and they take pride in having an active role in helping care for our state parks. They often spend their winters traveling abroad to photograph wildlife. Most recentl, they were in Brazil for two months photographing wild jaguars, giant anteaters, and the maned wolf, among other animals. Gallery hours. Tues. 1-5 p.m., Wed. 2-6 p.m., Thur. 1-5 p.m., Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Tuesday, July 28. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: See more of their work at www.vagabondway.net.

Ideas and education

LONDONDERRY Film Series on Race: RACE–The Power of an Illusion asks a question so basic it's rarely raised: What is this thing we call race? Since its release in 2003, the series has become one of the most widely used documentaries ever in formal and non-formal education in the US. Millions of people have used the film to scrutinize their own deep-seated beliefs about race and explore how our social divisions are not natural or inevitable. Now, in 2020, the series remains salient and timely. 4 - 6 p.m. Continues 7/30 and 8/6. Via Zoom or attend in person. A Q&A immediately follows each showing. View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/race. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the p.o.). Information: 802-824-4343, www.neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org/the-meeting-place.html.

Music

The Quarantine Sessions - Jed Blume performs "Spellbound" on Handpan (YouTube): Jed is a New Age & World music composer. Part of Next Stage Arts Project. . Through Monday, August 31. Free. YouTube. Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv_iN4G28W0.

Yellow Barn Summer Artist Residency Live-Stream Concert Series : "Composer Portrait: Mario Davidovsky Synchronisms." Mario Davidovsky, father of electronic music, passed away last year. He was a regular resident composer at Yellow Barn. Conversations between Yellow Barn Artistic Dir. Seth Knopp and Davidovsky, as well as with musicians who gave legendary premiere performances of his work, will be interspersed between live performances of his synchronisms for solo instruments and electronic tape. Each concert runs 60-90 minutes and airs on Yellow Barn's website at 7:30 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. the following day. Upcoming concert dates: 7/25, 7/30, 8/1, 8/7, 8/8. Through Saturday, August 8. Free. Livestream. Information: 802-387-6637, info@yellowbarn.org, www.yellowbarn.org.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Summer Meals for Kids and Teens - Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch: 12-12:30 a.m. (new time) Monday through Friday at back door. Pick-up can also be arranged at a different location. Questions: Ali West at 802-451-3558, bratfood@wsesdvt.org. Through Friday, August 14. Free (ages 18 and under). Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Complete survey to let us know you are coming and any dietary restrictions: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBV9R3YVfaQ70b4lkPo3qRG4KSg88VGuP1DcKkttk6KL9MIQ/viewform.

NEWFANE Children's Weekly Story Time: Join us for themed stories and more. Geared towards age 0-5, siblings and older kids are welcome. Great way to meet other parents of young children. 10:30 - 11 a.m. ongoing. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Story Time with baby Michael and his dad Vic: Songs, stories, cute baby time. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Ongoing on the Library lawn on Thursdays. Social distancing required. Livestream on Facebook for viewing later: Facebook.com/MooreFreeLibrary. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

NEWFANE Story Walk: Walk your way through a picture book on the library lawn. Each page is 12 feet apart. Get some exercise while reading a book. Different stories each month. 24/7 every day. Social distancing required. Thanks goes to WW Building Supplies for constructing this. Through Monday, August 31. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

Project Kitchen: Testing Storytelling Strategies and Tools in a Time of Social Distancing" (Zoom): Vermont Story Lab: "One thing is for certain: this has been a time to try new things. You and your organization have new voices to tell new stories, using tools that are new (or perhaps new to you). So here's an opportunity to ask for feedback from nonprofit peers on your in-process storytelling projects. In these dynamic and fun Project Kitchen exercises, we'll form small groups and follow an established protocol for giving and receiving feedback on projects that could use helpful input. Examples could include: a time-sensitive social media campaign raising awareness for your mission; an appeal to help funders understand why they should support a new program you've developed to meet the changing needs of those you serve; or a video thanking your donors and volunteers for partnering with you. Presenters and responders alike will come away with valuable tips, ideas, examples to put to immediate use in their own marketing and storytelling efforts." . Pick one of two sessions: 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. or 1:30-3:00 p.m. Lead Facilitators: Gin Ferrara, Regional Educational Television Network; Sarah Audet, Nonprofit Consultant. Free. Zoom. Information: www.vermontstorylab.org/where-are-we-going.

PUTNEY Putney Food Drop Distribution: All are welcome to come for free produce and some non-perishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf. Because of the coronavirus, we have switched to a drive-up model. Please stay in your car. Bags will be provided. Volunteers will put them in your trunk. Open to anyone in the community. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. (4th Thursday of every month - white building across from the Putney Co-op and Putney Fire Station). Free. Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way. Information: 802-387-8551.

Local Support and Community Action Team launches County COVID-19 Recovery Forums (Virtual): These forums will bring together community members and business and organizational leaders across the region to discuss challenges/share ideas for community response and equitable economic recovery, and connect to others working to respond and recover. They'll encourage and support local and regional efforts, share promising practices and models between counties, promote equitable access to financial, social and structural recovery, aid communities in accessing tools/resources to support their recovery work. Participants will join a brief opening session and then breakout into their choice of discussion topics chosen by a steering committee from each region. Recovery Visiting Teams of federal, state, regional, non-profit, and business leaders and experts will attend each forum to share recovery strategies from across the state and ideas for resources and support. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Topics for discussion could include Education and Childcare, Telecommunications, Business Support and Recovery, Building Community Unity, Addressing Racial Inequities, Developing Buy Local Campaigns, Housing, Food Access, more. Inquire about dates for other counties. Online. Information: Register: www.vtrural.org/recovery or contact info@vtrural.org or 802-223-6091 re: questions/registration assistance.

Community meals

GUILFORD Guilford Food Pantry: Curbside shopping from car. 5 - 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Free. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: Call Pat Haine for home delivery in Guilford: 802-257-4603 or 802-579-1350.

CALENDAR

CALENDAR

July 2020
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031