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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Meet and Greet Author Archer Mayor (Outdoors): Get the lowdown on "Marked Man," the latest novel featuring Brattleboro’s famous fictional detective Joe Gunther. Readers will revel in the masterful storytelling as bestseller Mayor expertly juggles four plotlines, which may or may not be related, in Mayor's 32nd mystery. Copies will be available for sale and signing from Everyone’s Books. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the plaza in front of the library. Wheelchair accessible. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

BELLOWS FALLS Claire Adams Solo Show - "Painting with Light": Adams' most recent work uses the traditional techniques of reverse painting, enameling, and staining glass to depict a detailed view of the cycle of natural life on the farm and in the garden. Painted and stained entirely by the artist, artworks such as "Sunflower and Crickets" and "Dalias & Bees" use traditional materials and methods like silver stain, and the grisaille technique in which black paint is scratched away and color is applied on top. Starting with recycled window glass, this process requires numerous firings in Adam's solar powered kiln, and uses modern, nontoxic enamel formulas. Each artwork is composed of many of these hand-painted and stained pieces of glass soldered together in patterns inspired by quilts and are beautiful on a wall or in a window. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat., parties of 3 at a time. First arriving in VT as assistant in the glass studio of Robert DuGrenier, Adams continues to present an evolving and experimental practice using old world methods/lost art techniques and modern materials. She studied at the Corning School of Glass in NY and with masters of the techniques of reverse painting and enameling glass. "My patterns have been inspired by American quilts. I have been looking at traditional styles as well as the stunning asymmetrical styles of, specifically, African American quilts. To me each piece feels like a prayer. An earth prayer collecting light energy for healing and renewal!". Through Saturday, October 9. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: online, 802-289-0104,


PUTNEY Bandwagon Summer Series: Folk/Pop Singer/Songwriter Dar Williams and Crys Matthews (Outdoors): Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the 1990s. Her lyrics contain bouquets of optimism, delivered on melodies alternating between beguiling lightness and understated gravity. Singer/songwriter Crys Matthews opens the show. Already being hailed as "the next Woody Guthrie," Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers. 3 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting in socially-distanced pods on the field. Cash bar. Offered by Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music and sponsored in part by Barr Hill, Farrell Distributing, Oak Meadow, Landmark College. $25, free for kids under 12. Advance tickets available online. Cooper Field, Sand Hill Road. Information:


DUMMERSTON Learn the Basics of Hard Cider Making: Join Jason MacArthur (of former Whetstone Ciderworks in Marlboro) for this intro class on how to make your own hard cider. Learn about apple varieties, technique, equipment, yeast strains, fermentation, bottling and racking, and the steps that lie between fresh juice and a bottle of your own delicious homemade elixir. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Basic cider equipment and Scott Farm's fresh cider for fermenting will be available for sale. $50. Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Rd. Information: 802-254-6868; 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.

Art walks and tours

STATEWIDE Vermont Craft Council's Fall Open Studio Weekend (Indoors/Outdoors): Visitors will have the chance to see demos, purchase handcrafted items, talk to the professional artisans who made them, see the environment where their creative work happens. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wear face mask indoors. The tour coincides with the 12th annual American Craft Week - a nationwide celebration of handmade artisan work. Through Sunday, October 3. Brattleboro-West Arts. Information: Profiles of artists and interactive map:

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. on Saturdays. 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. Through Saturday, October 16. $5 donation requested for non-members (no charge for children); allow 30 min. for your visit. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BROOKLINE Historic 1836 Meetinghouse: To celebrate our acceptance in the National Historic Register we will have a bell ringing at 12 noon. Come see ongoing restorations happening at this historic Gothic Revival Baptist church now operating as a community center. Tours will also be offered at the Round School House just down the road. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brookline Meetinghouse, 632 Grassy Brook Rd.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO 2021 Brattleboro Buddy Walk - Hosted by the National Down Syndrome Society: "We are planning a safe, fun, in person celebration this year. In addition to a one mile walk through Brattleboro this celebration will include many fun activities, lunch, prizes, and games." All proceeds will go directly to Special Olympics of Vermont for Windham County. 10 a.m. check-in begins. Rain or shine. $10 adults, $5 children ages 1-12, free for children under age 1. Raise $50 and have registration fee waived. Brattleboro Common, btw. Putney Rd. & Linden St. Information: Register:


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Women's March: Mobilize to Defend Reproductive Rights: 12 noon - 2 p.m. March begins down Main Street at 1 p.m. from Pliny Park to Plaza Park (Malfunction Junction). Rally continues with speakers and singing at Plaza Park. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St. Information: Inquiries:



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