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The written word

Windham World Affairs Council hosts author Imbolo Mbue at Brattleboro Literary Festival (via Zoom): Mbue's powerful second novel, "How Beautiful We Were," is set in the fictional African village of Kosawa. It tells of a people living in fear amid environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. The country's government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interests. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. Their struggle will last for decades and come at a steep price. 4 p.m. Mbue will be in conversation with Clare Gillis, Chair for WWAC's Board of Trustees, professor at Landmark College, international correspondent. Her book can be purchased from Antidote Books. By donation. Zoom. Information: Register:

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Christine Triebert Retrospective: 1990-2021: Photographer Christine Triebert’s work has evolved from traditional landscape prints made in the darkroom to abstract and still life imagery, personal narrative, handmade processes combining analog and digital imaging, and mixed media collaboration. This retrospective exhibit presents a selection from 18 bodies of work showing the range of Triebert's evolution over 31 years in Vermont. 5 p.m. Through Sunday, October 31. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

GUILFORD Getting Along with Beavers: Love them or hate them, beavers are part of our community. By creating ponds and wetlands, they help control flooding and enhance habitat for many other species. They also plug culverts, cut down prized trees, and raise water levels in places where water is unwelcome. Skip Lisle of Beaver Deceivers International has made a career of solving beaver conflicts. He's seen it all and has developed techniques to safeguard property while allowing beavers to do their good work. 1 p.m. Free. Soszynsky Farm, 1136 Guilford Center Rd. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Sunday Live Music with Tyler Atgood: Local live music, great craft beer and delicious food. 3 - 5 p.m. every Sunday in the Bier Garten. Whetstone Station, 36 Bridge St. Information: 802-490-2354.

Local history

VERNON Vernon Historians Annual Meeting and Program: After the meeting, Cynthia Burns Martin from New England College shares results of her exhaustive research to identify one of her Vernon ancestors. In a handwritten family tree found in a Vernon farmhouse, a note referring to the ancestor, born in 1781, simply says "forgotten name, probably Emeline." Tracing any person in public records from the late 18th and 19th centuries can be challenging. Many important records are not yet indexed, let alone digitized. Records may be misfiled, lost, and damaged, guarded by a gatekeeper, or geographically inaccessible. They may be found in multiple locations because town, county, and state lines have been moved. Records of one individual may appear under various surnames and given names. All of these challenges made "Emeline" elusive, and it took a multi-year quest to uncover her story. But now, Martin will share the story of her Vernon ancestor, no longer forgotten and no longer mistakenly called "Emeline.". 2 p.m: Meeting; if possible, bring a chair. Mask wearing expected. 2:30 p.m: Presentation by Cynthia Burns Martin. Free. Vernon Historical Museum, 4201 Fort Bridgman Rd. Information: 802-257-4675; Click to e-mail for more information.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Domino Toppling Extravaganza (In Person and Online): This annual spectacle returns to BMAC for the 14th year in a row. Veteran domino toppler and YouTube superstar Lily Hevesh and other domino artists will arrive in Brattleboro 48 hours in advance to begin setting up the big show. Correctly guess how many dominoes are set up, and you could start the entire chain reaction!. 5 p.m. doors open. Starting 5:15 p.m. watch via Facebook Live. Face coverings required inside the Museum. No backpacks or strollers. Free event parking available at 28 Vernon St. (Note: On Saturday, 10/16, in connection with this year's event, Latchis Theatre is hosting a film screening of "Lily Topples the World," and talkback after the film.). Free for children age 8 and under, $3 BMAC members, $5 all others. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Families Rise Up Meet-up (a project of 350VT): This month, we'll meet at Wild Carrot Farm - joined by farmers Caitlin, Jesse, and their awesome kids. We'll share gratitudes, do a somatic grounding exercise, talk about parenting amidst the climate crisis and the COVID pandemic, learn about ways to take action with 350VT's Just Transition campaign, and end with a song. We especially wish to engage young parents in this vital discussion of how we can make positive changes to protect our planet for our children's future. 10 a.m.-noon. Snacks and child care provided. Masks recommended when not eating or distancing. Wild Carrot Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Rd. Information and questions: 802-579-1261;

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro's Share the Harvest Stand: Help-yourself garden offers fresh local produce. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sundays. Volunteers needed to keep the stand operating through the season. If donating fresh produce, come at 10:30 a.m. if possible. Through Sunday, October 31. Donations (time, surplus from your garden, time trade hours, cash) not required but graciously accepted. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. More info or to volunteer, contact Marilyn:



October 2021