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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO The MET: Live in HD - Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov": After an absence of a year-and-a-half, THE MET: Live in HD makes its triumphant return. Bass Rene Pape, the world's reigning Boris, reprises his tremendous portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia. Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads Mussorgsky's masterwork, a pillar of the Russian repertoire, in its original 1869 version. Stephen Wadsworth's affecting production captures the hope and suffering of the Russian people, as well as the title ruler himself. 1 p.m. Masks required to enter Theatre; opera patrons will be asked to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test. $22, $20 Met Club Forever members, $10 students. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Questions, advance credit card purchases, Met Club Forever membership, season tickets: Jon Potter at 802-254-1109, ext. 3 or

The written word

NEWFANE Friends of the Moore Free Library - Final Book Sale of the Season: This sale - during the Newfane Heritage Festival - is larger than the "mini" sales previously held. The theme is "Everything Old and New" - Vermont and general history, classics, old books, and a generous smattering of everything else we have been saving upstairs. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the library lawn. Moore Free Library tote bags will be on sale for $15, or $20 stuffed with books. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information:

WILMINGTON Archer Mayor Book Signing: Mayor, author of the acclaimed Joe Gunther detective series, will be signing the 32nd in the series - "Marked Man.". 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Guilford Community Church Book Sale (Outdoors): "This is a Town-wide Yard Sale. We have a great selection of books so please join us to shop!". 8:30 - 3 p.m. Fill a "Bag 'O Books" for a donation of $5-$15, or more if you like. Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr. off Rte. 5. Information: 802-257-0994.


BRATTLEBORO Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra: Improvisational Music & Film: Ken Winokur of the world-renowned Alloy Orchestra shares his new film and live music project. Featuring Super-8 films by Ken Brown - used as projected light shows in the late 1960's during performances by Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and The Velvet Underground, newly revitalized with an energetic live musical score by Ken Winokur, Jonathan LaMaster, Russ Gershon. 8 - 11 p.m. $18. Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St. Trailer: Tickets:

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Remembering and Reckoning with Eugenics: Then and Now: QYA with Abenaki elder Judy Dow. For 35 years, Judy has been a visionary mentor, braiding into all of her educational work core concepts of the Wabanaki people of New England: Respect, Reciprocity, Relationships, Responsibility, Reverence. She was the recipient of Vermont Governor's Heritage Award for Outstanding Educator in 2004. Her current focus is reclaiming historical Indigenous stories and mapping these stories to provide youth with another perspective of history, science, and math. These tools will assist them in making meaning of their own lives. 2 p.m. Judy is Exec. Dir. for Gedakina - a multigenerational endeavor to strengthen/revitalize the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth and families across New England and to conserve our traditional homelands and places of historical, ecological, spiritual significance. Eugenics represent beliefs and practices aimed to identify those with defective, delinquent, dependent genes with hopes of producing a better human being. The ideas/propaganda of eugenics remain popular in many countries across the political spectrum and provide scientific concealment for practices and policy decisions targeting society's most vulnerable communities, including the large number of French Canadians and French/Indian descendants living in VT. These eugenic practices exist to this day - here too. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

NEWFANE Newfane Heritage Festival Weekend - Pop-Up Opening of Olde and New England Books: Though owner Mary Hill passed away in December, her daughter will open Olde and New England Books for the weekend to celebrate the 50th Newfane Heritage Festival. Stop in and buy curated new, used, and antiquarian books devoted to the British Isles and New England. 12 noon - 5 p.m. bookstore hours Saturday and Sunday. Through Sunday, October 10. Free. Olde & New England Books, 47 West St. Information: 802-365-7074; Click to e-mail for more information.


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.

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. 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.

Kids and families

WEST DOVER Mount Snow Academy Open House: Meet the coaches and staff and learn about Mount Snow Academy's flexible winter sessions and weekend programs for Alpine Ski Racing, Freeskiing, and Snowboarding. Light refreshments served. 4 - 6 p.m. Mount Snow Academy, 248 Route 100. Information: RSVP:

BELLOWS FALLS Family Fall Festival (Outdoors): Crafts, games, giveaways, and hands-on activities for children and their families will be featured throughout the festival. Kids can Touch-A-Truck with the Bellows Falls Fire Dept. and Golden Cross Ambulance and get a close-up and hands-on look at a fire truck and ambulance during the entire festival. 10 a.m.-1 p.m: Presented by WNESU's Early Education Ctr. and community organizations. Rain or shine. Masks requested. 11 a.m: Storyteller, author, musician Michael Caduto takes the stage with voices and expressions creating humorous and dramatic animals and human characters during his interactive performance. He'll share stories from traditional cultures worldwide - such as Africa, Europe, North America, Central America - for all ages. Free admission and parking. Waypoint Center, 17 Depot St. Information: 802-289-0091,


BRATTLEBORO Windham County Humane Society - 18th Annual Walk for Animals: Social, well-behaved dogs who enjoy crowds are welcome to walk - must be leashed (no retractable leashes). Pledge sheet can be downloaded at or donate at Top 10 fundraisers win prizes donated by local businesses; all participants raising $50 or more get a dog bandanna and insulated lunch bag. 10 a.m. Registration begins. 11 a.m. Participants and their canine companions walk a 2-mile loop through downtown. One Stop Country Pet Supply is sponsoring the event and has donated a $250 gift card as one of the prizes for top fundraisers. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq. Information:

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:

18th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser to benefit Foodworks (Virtual): This is the Food Shelf Program at Groundworks Collaborative. Funds raised from the sale of each $25 bowl can provide a two-week box of food for a family of five. 4 p.m. Broadcast premiere on YouTube and Individual bowls $25 each at: Brattleboro Food Co-op, Everyone's Books, The Kitchen Sync, Putney Food Co-op, Putney General Store, The Shoe Tree, Zephyr Designs. Host Your Own Empty Bowls with Party Packs - purchase online only at Packs include preselected assortment of preselected handcrafted bowls and a soup recipe booklet. Packs purchased online delivered for free within 30-min. drive of Brattleboro, otherwise arrange for pickup in Brattleboro. Virtual. Information:


WINCHESTER Mondanock Tri-State Dance Club - with Live Music by "Playin' Possum": Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served. 7 - 10 p.m. $8 members, $10 non-members. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: Tom: 978-249-6917 or 978-790-9322.

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

GRAFTON Annual Grafton Firefighters Tag Sale: Large selection of items including furniture, housewares, small appliances, books, recordings, toys, tools, linens, and much more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday (when most items will be half price). Through Sunday, October 10. Grafton Firehouse, 711 Rt. 121 East.



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