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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Acting Workshop - Introduction to the Meisner Technique: The focus of the Meisner approach is for the actor to "get out of their head," so that the actor is reacting instinctively to the surrounding environment. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main Street. Information and registration: 802-218-3232;

Ideas and education

SO. NEWFANE Bark Harvest Intensive (In Person or Live Webinar): This class provides a rare opportunity to experience educational wildcrafting. Learn to identify and harvest a selection of the following trees: willow, prickly ash, witch hazel, birch, and/or cherry (based on seasonal availability). Wildcrafting methods and ethics will be discussed, as well as bark processing techniques and medicinal uses for your family's health. Take home plenty of processed bark. Instructor: Juliette Carr of Old Ways Herbal. 9-12 or 12:30. Rain date #1: 10/17, #2: 10/29. $100 in-person, $50 live webinar. Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine, 569 Dover Rd. Information: Register:

BRATTLEBORO Beavers in Autumn - with Patti Smith, naturalist at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center: We will visit a couple of beaver ponds at the headwaters of the Green River. Patti Smith, naturalist at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, is a longtime watcher of beavers. She will interpret the signs of autumnal beaver activity and will talk about the ecology and seasons of life of a beaver pond. They exist, in part, because of the flow devices installed to keep the beavers from plugging culverts. Biologist Skip Lisle has developed these systems for resolving beaver conflicts and will join us to talk about how the devices work and why he has dedicated his life to helping beavers to do their work. 4 p.m. Meet at the Marlboro Post Office. Free. Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Information: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

ROCKINGHAM 2nd Annual Southern Vermont Flannel Festival: Celebrate Fall the Vermont way: live music, pies, craft beers, food, flannel. 10/16: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 10/17: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Sunday, October 17. $6 a day, free for ages 12 and under. Wear your flannel for $1 off. Rockingham Hill Farm, 34 Meeting House Rd.


BELLOWS FALLS Guitarist David Rogers: Rogers, a highly pedigreed musician, performs an intimate listening event. He fuses classical, jazz, and world music into expressive, virtuosic performances. Josh Hall, a classically trained guitarist and music educator whose style owes as much to Barrios and Tarrega as Mustaine and Monk will open with original material in the spirit of Dylan, Cockburn, and Taylor. 3 p.m. Advance sales shut down at midnight the day before the show if it hasn't sold out. Limited standing room. Masks and social distancing required except when eating/drinking. David Rogers:, Josh Hall: $10 advance tickets (only 40 will be sold), $15 at door. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: 802-289-0148; Click for more info on Web in new window.

W. DOVER Kevin Parry: Parry plays a mixed bag of '60s and '70s blues and rock standards. 6 - 9 p.m. every Saturday. Free. Last Chair Bar & Grill, 267 Rte. 100. Information:, 802-464-1133.

BRATTLEBORO Musicians From Marlboro: Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano; Geneva Lewis and David McCarroll, violin; Zhanbo Zheng, viola; Marcy Rosen, cello; Kuok-Wai Lio, piano. Schubert's beloved "Ave Maria" will be heard alongside its more rarely performed companion songs from this German setting of Sir Walter Scott's "Lady of the Lake." Literary allusions continue with Janacek's bristling "String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata," taking after the Tolstoy novella of the same name. The performance concludes with "Schumann's String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1," composed in the spring of his incredible "chamber music year.". 3 - 4:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $10 to $25. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market: Shop locally for your fresh, local foods and crafts at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market. Safe, in-person shopping and offsite dining. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Saturday, October 30. Brattleboro Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information:, 802-254-8885.

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: The Engine House of the historic Estey Organ Company : The Engine House of the historic Estey Organ Company factory houses an impressive collection of pipe, electronic and especially reed organs manufactured by Estey between 1850 and 1960. Estey dominated the reed organ market largely due to the company's innovations in both design and marketing. The Museum showcases early Estey melodeons, ornately carved organs for the home and chapel, diminutive children's organs, and folding travel organs. 2-4 p.m. Walk through a pipe organ, view the new orientation video featuring historic photos of the Company's buildings and employees, learn about a significant slice of Brattleboro's history, play your favorite tunes on instruments that retain their heavenly tone years after their creation. $5 donation requested for non-members (no charge for children); allow 30 minutes for your visit. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Pumpkin Carving at the Brattleboro Food Co-op: Come out and celebrate the fall season and Halloween by carving your own jack-o-lantern with Ragan. All pumpkins and carving tools will be provided by the BFC. 10 - 11 p.m. on the Canal Street patio. Free (Registration requested by 10/14). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: Register (Questions: 802-246-2821).

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Got Abundance from your Garden? : Edible Brattleboro will distribute your surplus at weekly Share the Harvest Stand. 3 - 3:45 p.m. on Saturdays. Someone will be there to accept your donation. Through Saturday, October 23. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. If a different time is needed, arrange an appointment for drop-off with Marilyn:

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Community Walking to Fight Suicide: Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in young people Vermont, and the 10 leading cause of death across the US. The rate of suicide in VT is dramatically higher than the rest of the nation, yet suicide can be prevented. Walkers and volunteers from Brattleboro are joining the quarter of a million people who are walking in towns across the US to draw attention to the fight for suicide prevention. 9 a.m. This is the first Brattleboro Out of the Darkness Walk. Hosted by the VT chapter of the American Fdn. for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) that, with chapters in all 50 states, offers education/community programs, develops suicide prevention through research/advocacy, provides support for those affected by suicide. Brattleboro Common, btw. Putney Rd. & Linden St. Register: Heather White, AFSP VT Area Dir., 413-387-3770 or Info:

DUMMERSTON Dummerston Conservation Commission - Join our Ash Tree Survey One-Day Blitz! (Outdoors): We're holding an Ash Tree Inventory Blitz to offer training, re-training, info, camaraderie to support the official state efforts and relieve pressure on our town highway team as well as on our future town budgets. A year ago we launched Dummerston's official roadside Ash Tree Inventory - we're nearly half done already! The data collection process uses a simple, free app that helps accurately map the location of ash trees along our town roadways and record info about their size and health. Drop in btw.10 a.m.-3 p.m. Data collection can be done on your own but is also a fun/educational family/group activity (sign-up for a half mile of walking or opt for longer). Join us for easy data collection and learn more about ash trees in our town and the nature of the threat from the Emerald Ash Borer. If you've already been trained on the process and ready to start, claim a spot on Dummerston EAB Inventory Sign-Up Sheet; then stop by the town clerk's office for cider and snacks. Dummerston Conservation Commission, 150 West St. Information: 802-257-0012; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

SAXTONS RIVER Playing GorMatt StrangePeak - a Collage Workshop : Based on their evolving 7-year collage-making and label-writing experience, artist Matthew Peake and poet Gordon Korstange introduce the game-playing approach to creating with word and image. Participants will collaborate on making collages using readily available materials and then write museum labels about the works created. Using the skills, take the activity home with them and play it with friends and family. 3-5 p.m. Continues 10/23. Sign up for one or both sessions. $20 per session. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information and registration: 802-869-2960;

Community meals

DUMMERSTON Roast Turkey Supper: Menu includes roast turkey, mashed potato and gravy, mashed winter squash, green bean casserole, and pumpkin upside down pie for dessert. 4:30 - 6 p.m. Take-out and pick-up. Seating available inside for those who wish to eat on site. "Thank you for supporting the Grange and our fundraising efforts.". $12. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Reservations by 12 noon requested (reservations cannot be guaranteed afterward). Call 802-254-1138 and leave your name, number of meals you wish, your phone number.



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