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The written word

Between The Lines: Poetry Moments For Vermonters, By Vermonters: VPR invites community members to submit recordings of themselves reading short, original poems in celebration of National Poetry Month. In every broadcast hour on VPR, a few minutes are set aside for practical community information. VPR will add a creative element to these short intervals as part of their participation in the 25th annual National Poetry Month, celebrating Vermont poets and their craft. Your submission should be of yourself reading your original work - no longer than 15-20 seconds (roughly 40-45 words, depending how fast you read). Include your name, town, text of your poem. This is a collaboration with the VT Arts Council and VT Humanities. Through Tuesday, April 20. VPR. More info and how to submit:

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Stephanie Nyzio: "Going, going, gone": For over two decades, Stephanie Nyzio has dedicated her time to teaching art in public schools. Recently, she spent time in Costa Rica, immersed in a tropical paradise observing and finding inspiration there. She describes her current work as a union of things held dear: love for the natural world, drawing as foundation, and environmental issues. Tues. 1-5 p.m., Wed. 2-6, p.m. Thur. 1-5 p.m., Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. "My wish is to inform the viewer on different topics affecting the ecosystem while evoking a visceral reaction. Maybe this work will evoke their desire to make small and big changes in the way they interact with the natural world. Often viewers feel helpless while facing facts around environmental issues such as plastic trash, pesticide use, and poaching, to name a few." Resources/info will be included in this exhibit so the public can take action. Through Friday, April 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.

BELLOWS FALLS Gretchen Seifert, "In Abstraction," Solo Show: Retrospective of nearly three decades including silver gelatin prints of photographs, multimedia works on paper, paintings, drawings. Her artwork is create to heal trauma through visually representing the relationships between sensations, feelings, memory. Using her training as a classical musician, Seifert is inspired by experimental music to create her mainly abstract visual work. In many ways, her journey begins with using art as a way to interact with the world. A camera enabled her to find the moment to release the shutter showing visually how she experiences life. She worked as a musician until the birth of her child at which time she was given a camera which jump-started her interest in visual art. She continued as a professional photographer, working mainly now in mixed media. "I see abstraction as an opportunity to be curious and to discover. There is an important imaginal quality, a dreamlike exploration that occurs. Abstraction has always, for me, been a doorway into the complex of individual-ness, or, how we relate personally to our unconscious. Not what is in thought, but what is embodied; felt.". 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Parties of 2 at a time. Through Saturday, April 3. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. Information: 802-289-0104; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "Children of the Sun": This is Jennifer Mack-Watkins's first solo museum exhibition. Curated by David Rios Ferreira, it's a beautiful and meaningful body of work inspired by W.E.B. DuBois's groundbreaking publication, "The Brownies' Book," and the remarkable life story of Vermont's Daisy Turner (1883-1988), who was born to former slaves. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Through Sunday, June 13. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Five New Exhibits at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: "All Flowers Keep the Light" explores ways flowers can represent both loss and hope. The latest edition of GLASSTASTIC features fabulous new creatures as well as a look back at a decade of this collaboration between students and glass artists. Adria Arch's sculpture installation mirrors the movements of the Connecticut River. Kenny Rivero's drawings speak to themes that include Afro-Caribbean faith, Anglo-Caribbean sensibilities, and Afro-Futurism. Jennifer Mack-Watkins's "Children of the Sun" uses images of dolls as a narrative framework to celebrate Black voices. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Walk-ins always welcome or make a reservation. If you can't visit in person, new 3D virtual tours are available on our website. Through Sunday, June 13. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

"The Gardener" - Architecture & Design Film Series (Virtual): This film that reflects upon the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and plantsman Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his 20-acre English-style garden and summer estate nestled amongst the rolling hills of Charlevoix County, Quebec. Created over 75 years and three generations, it is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, a horticultural masterpiece of the 21st century. Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, this film looks back at his personal story/artistic philosophy that gave birth to one of the greatest gardens in the world. A different film is offered each month by 118 Elliot, American Institute of Architecture VT + Burlington City Arts. Through Wednesday, March 31. Virtual. Preview:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept. - Parent/Tot Open Gym: Open Gym is an unstructured program for parents and preschoolers ages five and under. This is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with playhouses, cars, toys, tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls, and more. The parent is responsible for their child(ren). 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Masks are mandatory and temperatures are taken on arrival. Everyone must sign in daily. Everyone must complete a registration form and COVID-19 Release waiver. Anyone 18 years old or younger must have a parent sign both documents (found online at Note: If you're not a VT resident and wish to participate, you must reside in a green county according to the State of VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development Cross State Travel Information map: and is updated weekly. This may mean that you will not be able to participate weekly based on your county's color if you reside in a state other than VT. Through Thursday, April 22. $1.00 per child per day. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.


Women's Freedom Center Presents: Healthy Relationship Workshop (via Zoom): Lively conversation on intimate partnerships. Build skills for positive connections. This event is open to any relationship status. 7 - 8 p.m. Free. Zoom. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today and get the link: 802-257-7364.

Community building

Salamander Crossing Guard Training (Webinars): When temperatures climb toward a balmy 40 degrees on rainy nights, vernal pool amphibians make their annual trek to their breeding habitat. You can help them make it safely across roads. Whether you are new to salamander crossings or want to brush up on your salamander/frog IDs and enjoy some amphibian banter, join us. We will cover where to go and when, what to do when you get there, and how to identify the different amphibians you might encounter. 7 p.m. (also 3/30 at 7 p.m.). Offered by Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Free (donations welcome). Webinar. Register:

Community meals

PUTNEY Putney Monthly Free Produce Distribution: The Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf co-sponsor a monthly food drop of free produce and some non-perishables. All are welcome. Because of COVID, it is drive-up service. Bags provided. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Fourth Thursday of every month (white building across from the Putney Co-op and Putney Fire Station). Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

GUILFORD Guilford Cares Food Pantry Curbside Service (Everyone Eats Food Distribution): The Guilford Cares Food Pantry continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure food security for all our citizens and vulnerable populations. They're well stocked with staples you need for your family and are following viral guidelines to limit risk. 5 - 6 p.m. every Thursday. Guilford Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Rd. off Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Information: Questions, concerns, donations: 802-257-0626;



March 2021