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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:

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: (In-gallery viewing appointments: 802-289-0104,

NEWFANE "Limitless" - Oil Paintings by Gianna Robinson: Robinson grew up in the green hills of VT, and this sense of place has been her greatest muse. Capturing the green hills, waterscapes, sunrises and sunsets alive with birds, trees and flowers inspires her brush to canvas. "I love being outside, but if I must be inside, it helps my soul to bring some nature with me." . 8/1 Reception: 12 noon-2 p.m. Gallery/library 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. The Library observes Covid-19 guidelines and will limit number of patrons in the gallery. Through Monday, August 31. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BrattleMasters (Toastmasters) Meeting - Learn Speaking Skills (via Zoom): Lisa Sieverts, Toastmaster, introduces the theme for the evening: "Summer Stories." Prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free. Zoom. Information: 603-762-0235,,

DOVER "That the People May Live: The Life & Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota": For this Dessert Social Fundraiser sponsored by the Dover Free Library and Vermont Humanities, Damian Costello explores the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (c. 1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book "Black Elk Speaks." Starting with Black Elk's Great Vision and his struggle to discern his calling during the events of the Great Sioux War. During his life, Black Elk lived out his vision in three overlapping roles: as a traditional healer, a Catholic teacher, and revivalist of indigenous traditions. Amid great tragedy, Black Elk wove these three strands into one beautiful life exemplifying survival, hope, and reconciliation. This talk is based on Costello's extensive historical research, extended residency in Indian Country, and continuing conversations with Lakota elders. 7 p.m. Bring your mask. Proper physical distancing required. Donations welcome. Dover Town Common. 50 people max. Pre-registration required: 802-348-7488.

"Seeing and Disrupting Racism: A Focus on White Fragility" (Online): This introductory-level workshop defines racism and white fragility, explores how white fragility perpetuates racism, and gives ways to disrupt that cycle. This workshop was developed for predominantly white audiences, but all are welcome. 1-2:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Peace & Justice Center. For more info:,, or call 802-863-2345 x 9. $10 suggested donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Online. Space is limited. Registration required:

LONDONDERRY "RACEThe Power of an Illusion" (Zoom or In Person): This film asks a question so basic, it's rarely raised: what is this thing we call race? Since its 2003 release, the series has become one of the most widely used documentaries in formal and non-formal education in the US. Millions have used the film to scrutinize their own deep-seated beliefs about race and explore how our social divisions are not natural or inevitable, but made. Now, in 2020, the series remains salient and timely. Q&A follows. 4 - 6 p.m. Trailer: (Series continues 4/20). Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the post office). Information: Register:


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:

Kids and families

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: 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

BRATTLEBORO Reclaiming Wantastegok: The Elnu Abenaki, in collaboration with Retreat Farm, invite you to join us for a safely-distanced gathering in honor of a renewal of relationship, in the traditional homelands of the Sokoki Abenaki. Convening at what has been known more recently as the Retreat Meadows, we will join in affirming our recognition of Wantastegok - the Indigenous name of this place. There are many stories living here, for which we are grateful. This action will serve as an initial declaration of our intentions to encourage their continuing resonance with all who are here now, those who have come before, and those yet to arise. "At the River Where Something Is Lost", we acknowledge that there is much to recover. Please join us to dedicate and present a new marker at the water's edge, reclaiming Wantastegok. This will be an informal, happy moment with a short welcoming ceremony, an unveiling, and an invitation to join in working with Retreat Farm and the greater Community. We will begin at the white tent in the Square behind the yellow farmhouse. In the days to come, there will be ample opportunity to learn, share, celebrate, and honor an Indigenous way of being in this Place. We invite you to join in the first step on this journey. Kchi wliwni (with great thanks), Rich Holschuh, on behalf of Elnu Abenaki . 4-6 p.m. Socially distant gathering. Masks required. In compliance with VT State regulations, attendees must pre-register and provide full name and email or phone for each attendee for contact tracing purposes. Handwashing and sanitizing stations available. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq. Information: 802-490-2270; Click for more info on Web in new window.



August 2020