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Visual arts and shows

"Linking Us Fondly: Hairwork in 19th Century America" (Zoom and Facebook Live): Helen Sheumaker, author of "Love Entwined: The Curious History of Hairwork in America," speaks in connection with the exhibit "Rachel Portesi: Hair Portraits." In 19th century America, locks of hair were often woven into mementos and jewelry. Sheumaker's "Love Entwined" is the first book-length examination of the practice - one of the inspirations for Portesi's tintype photographs of women with their hair pinned to walls and other surfaces in elaborate designs. Sheumaker is an associate teaching professor in History and Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University, where she teaches courses in public history, American Studies, and history and memory. She is co-editor of "American Material Culture: An Encyclopedia." Her 2018 book "Artifacts from Modern America" reveals the histories of 50 objects of 20th century America, from voting machines to the Fordson tractor, from homemade "hippie" blue jeans to the TRS-80 personal computer. 7 p.m. A recording will be made available afterwards. Offered by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Free. Webinar. Information: Register:

BRATTLEBORO "Precarious Shelters: Houses that Hold Us" (Jackie Abrams) and "Deportees: A Tribute" (Erika Radich): Abrams' ongoing project is designed to help raise awareness of the extreme range of homes and shelters throughout the world, as well as in our own communities. It speaks to the connections between race, class, gender, poverty and more, and asks that we recognize the need for mutual learning, support, and social change. Radich offers a suite of 28 monotype collages addressing issues of social justice, equality, and human dignity. "In 1948 there was a plane crash in Los Gatos Canyon, California. Twenty-eight Mexican farmworkers died as they were being deported to Mexico. This may become 'personal' to each person experiencing the exhibit.". Exhibits available for viewing in person and online: Through Sunday, February 21. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BrattleMasters (Toastmasters) Meeting - Learn Speaking Skills (via Zoom): The speakers will be Putney resident Carolyn Handy and Lisa Sieverts from Nelson, NH. Each speech is assigned an evaluator to give feedback on how well the speakers fulfilled their project criteria. The emcee will be Drew Adam of Brattleboro, VT. The theme is "The Big Chill." Through its worldwide network of clubs, each week Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education level, profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. 6 - 7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. Free for visitors. Zoom. Information: 603-762-0235, Link available at

Film and video

"Qualities of Mercy" (via YouTube) - World Premiere Documentary (Online): Peter Gould: "In 2020, our VT youth camp took on actors from India. We tackled the problematic Shakespeare play, "Merchant of Venice," and used the text to confront prejudice, violence, and hate speech. We dealt with the pandemic lockdown, responded to the Black Lives Matter movement, and put on a play. From 8,000 miles apart, we recorded our discussions and rehearsals, our discomfort and our laughter, on our laptops and phones. The many hours of material were whittled down to an hour, by Burlington videographer Isaiah Palmeri and me.". 1/14: 7 p.m. Also, on 1/28 at 7 p.m., campers Gouri Bhuyan from Mumbai, Audrey Grant from VT, and Funnery veteran/VT Humanities Literacy Officer Jonny Flood will host a panel discussion about the film - a National Endowment for the Humanities "Night of Ideas" event. Audience participation encouraged: The Zoom invitation and registration for this free event is on the VT Humanities website: Free. Online. Information: Link for 1/14:

Business and economy

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation: Succession Planning - Matching Buyers, Sellers (via Zoom): Vermont is known for high levels of entrepreneurship. People ages 60 and older own nearly a third of private businesses in southeastern VT. Many lack a succession plan. If a business isn't ready for sale or a buyer is not identified and ready, succession can fail and result in stalled retirement plans or business closure. Preparation for ownership transition takes time and, often, expert assistance. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Potential business buyers are invited to join this training event. Participants include Don Jamison from the VT Employee Ownership Center, Tammy Richards from Country Business Inc. (the region's top business brokers), Attorney David Dunn of Phillips, Dunn, Shriver & Carroll in Brattleboro. "What's really special about this program is it's the first time BDCC has set out to support both sides of the deal.". Free. Zoom. Contact info:, R.T. Brown: rtbrown@, 802-257-7731 x 221 Register:

Community building

The Secret to Finding A Good Housemate (via Zoom): "This course helps folks have a road map for how to go about pursuing shared housing. Sometimes a new housemate works out great and sometimes it's a total disaster. So what’s the secret to finding a good housemate? It’s to Know Yourself. The most important step in the housemate selection process is taking the time to understand who you are and how you live at home. Do this part well, and you'll reap all the benefits of a good shared home!". 1 p.m. (ET) Jan 14, 21, 28 and February 4. With Annamarie Pluhar. Visit dWyOPHmnp4aAgW. Through Thursday, February 4. "Pay from your heart" pricing. Zoom.

Community meals

MARLBORO Marlboro Community Food Share: Fill a grocery bag with non-perishables and fresh local produce. No registration or eligibility needed. This weekly opportunity is available to anyone who could use an extra bag of groceries or knows someone who does. Food will be set up in the entry-way to the Marlboro Community Center. For proper social distancing, enter one person at a time. Bring a grocery bag or use ours. Masks required. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the entry-way on Thursdays. Deliveries will be made through Marlboro Cares for those needing assistance (call 802-258-3030 in advance). Non-perishable food donations should be left at the donation box at the Marlboro Post Office. Gardeners and farmers are welcome to donate produce. Wear masks and wash hands when harvesting and handling food. Fresh produce can be dropped off at the Community Center on Thurs. between 1 and 4 p.m. Leftover produce will be taken to FoodWorks the next morning. Free. Marlboro Community Center, 524 South Rd. Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

GUILFORD Guilford Cares Food Pantry: The Guilford Cares Food Pantry continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure food security for all our citizens and vulnerable populations. They are well stocked with the staples you need for your family and are following viral guidelines to limit risk. Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families. 5 - 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Remain in your car. A volunteer will give you a "shopping list" (fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy) for you to mark items you would like (bring a pen). Another volunteer will fill a bag (bring one) and bring it to porch where you will pick it up. Questions, concerns, donate groceries/monetary gifts, call Pat Haine: 802-257-0626. If you cannot come due to illness/high risk, call Pat to arrange for food delivery by a volunteer. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: More questions/info: 802-579-1350,



January 2021