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The written word

NEWFANE CANCELLED: Author Talk - Local Author, Novelist and Short Story Writer Vincent Panella: CANCELLED Vincent's stories have appeared in several small magazines and his four published books are a memoir, "The Other Side" (subtitled Growing up Italian in America); a novel about young Julius Caesar, "Cutter's Island"; a story collection, "Lost Hearts"; and most recently the novel "Sicilian Dreams". He'll read from published and unpublished work and books will be available for sale. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Saxtons River Art Guild: The work of 15 members of the Saxtons River Art Guild is on display. 10/23: 1 - 4 p.m. Artists' Reception. 1-5 p.m. Tues. and Thurs., 12 noon - 6 p.m. Wed. and Fri., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sat. Through Saturday, October 30. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

"The Co-op Wars" Documentary and Discussion (Online): This documentary tells the story of the tumultuous early years of the Twin Cities' natural food co-op movement and touches on many issues that are still relevant in today's food co-op world. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Watch the film at your leisure and then participate in this online discussion with the film's producer and director, plus a special guest. Online. Information: Preview and register for the discussion: Questions: 802-246-2821.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO A Silent Vigil of Loving Kindness: Under a banner that reads, "Holding a Space of Loving Kindness for All Living Beings," we conduct a silent vigil. Our purpose is to serve as a living reminder of the inherent goodness of each of us, as well as our inextricable connection with one another. All are welcome to join us in extending sentiments of loving kindness to all living beings: to family and friends, neighbors and strangers, kindred spirits and adversaries, human and non-human beings, alike. And to ourselves, as well. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (for a few minutes or the full hour) on alternating Weds. and Thur. Choose to stand, kneel, or sit in a chair you bring (stone benches circle the Fountain). Please mask and observe appropriate distancing. Wells Fountain, south side Windham County District Courthouse, Jct . Putney Rd. & Main St. (Rte 30). For more info and to be on the mailing list for future vigils, contact: Tim Stevenson,

Local history

LONDONDERRY How did a Turnip become the Vermont State Vegetable?: Wardsboro resident and turnip-enthusiast Anita Rafael presents a lively and entertaining talk with illustrations, show-and-tell, and handouts about the origins of the Gilfeather Turnip and the life of Wardsboro Farmer John Gilfeather. Rafael is a writer who lives and works in a restored carriage barn. Her feature articles about people and places in VT have appeared in dozens of publications throughout the state. She's also been a guest on WCAX TV, Vermont Edition on VPR, and podcasts talking about the famous Gilfeather Turnip. 3 - 4 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the post office). Information: Sign up:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO The Forest of Mystery - "This Mad Future": This year's production, written by James Gelter, takes visitors to a dystopian future. Gelter uses the lens of science fiction to focus on the urgency of the climate crisis and other world problems and to ask "what does one generation owe to the next?" Recommended for ages 6 and older. Hour-long journeys every 20 min: 10/23: 6:15-7:35 p.m. 10/24 and 10/25: every 15 min: 6:15-8:30 p.m. The Forest of Mystery takes place each year in the Halloween Season with community actors, dancers, musicians, costume and set designers. This interactive theatrical performance takes place in scenes staged along BEEC's forest and meadow candle-lit trails. (Rain date 10/24). Through Saturday, October 23. Member rate: $7 to $18 (supports BEEC's school program, community events, wildlife rehabilitation). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Tickets and more info:,, 802-257-5785.


GUILFORD Tai Chi Classes for Beginners: 10:45-11:45 a.m. with Leah Gessner in the Cow Barn. Donations welcome. Guilford Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Rd. off Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Information: Leah Gessner at Guilford Cares:579-1350,

Community building

Dummerston Historical Society - Dry Stone Walling with Jared Flynn (via Zoom): Jared Flynn, a Dummerston resident, shares the art form of dry stone walling in which structures are built solely using stone. Jared has designed and built many structures in Dummerston and other states. In 2010, Flynn was one of the three founders (along with Zon Eastes and Dan Snow) of The Stone Trust - a non-profit at the Scott Farm in Dummerston which offers dry stone walling educational opportunities for all levels of interest. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear directly from Jared who as a master craftsman who has left a positive imprint on our local landscape, one that will last for generations to come!. 7 p.m. Zoom. Information: If not on Dummerston Historical Society email list and interested in attending, email gailsvt@gmail or call 802-254-9311.



October 2021