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The written word

PETERBOROUGH Timothy Boudreau speaks on Writing Short Stories (In Person/Zoom): Boudreau's short stories are praised for their gritty portrayal of North Country characters and ability to capture fleeting moments of life's trials. His recent work appears in Monkeybicycle, New World Writing, Retreat West, Ellipsis and X-R-A-Y. He's been nominated for Best Microfiction and a Pushcart Prize. His collection, "Saturday Night and Other Short Stories," is published by Hobblebush Books. 9:45 a.m. Talks are offered monthly on the 3rd Sat. of each month by the Monadnock Writers' Group. Masks and proof of vaccination required at the Library. Free and open to the public. Peterborough Town Library, 2 Concord St. Information: Zoom link: email More info:

"Wake Up Your Creativity: Start Where You Are" (via Zoom): In this workshop, appropriate for beginning or experienced writers, artists or musicians, we will work on ways to renew your creative life. Led by Barbara Morrison. 4 - 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Zoom. Information: Register:


PUTNEY Walter Parks and Rob Curto present "The Swampalachian Trail" (In-Person/Virtual): With music and actual stories, this is a tribute to the many unheralded folks who did the heavy lifting to create the infrastructure for the country as we know it today. In this non-religious, non-political, but historical show, slave spirituals, work songs and the blues and jazz to which both gave birth, alongside hymns and the Appalachian reels and hollers that poor European-American homesteaders contributed are presented. These forms are tied together with contemporary music inspired by the aforementioned. Walter also includes some originals and a few Richie Havens classics to mark his 10 years with the Woodstock legend. 7:30 p.m. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours required for entry to indoor shows. Masks required. $18 in theater, $5 virtual. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: Info/Tickets:

GREENFIELD Jahdan Blakkamoore Feat. Members of Dub Apocalypses / DJ Iganic: Blakkamoore has long made a name for himself as a gifted and inspiring Reggae/Dancehall/Hip Hop/Dubstep artist - both nationally and internationally. His music has been described as "Urban World Music with a message" and his sense of melody, superb song writing skills and ability to effortlessly cross over genres has solidified his status as a relevant artist in the music industry. His album "Upward Spiral" was released in 2020. 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.). Suitable for all ages. $20 to $25. Hawks & Reed Ballroom, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps and more. SNAP/EBT shoppers turn $10 into $30. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Open every Saturday. Through Saturday, March 26. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-275-2835,

Kids and families

WILMINGTON Wilmington Works - Wilmington Festival 2022: Master Ice Carver Jeff Day will make an amazing creation. There will also be tools and blocks for community members to try their hand at this art. Boy Scout Troop 461 hosts a Duct Tape Derby- make a sled from cardboard and duct tape (with decorative elements allowed, i.e., paint, decals, etc.) and try it down the sledding hill. Prizes given for longest run and most creative sled! (No snow? We'll get creative with making a sledding surface!) Pettee Memorial Library kicks off a community Ice Castle building project. 12 noon ongoing: Ice Carving; 2 p.m. Duct Tape Derby (register for the derby,, to redeem "buy one get 2 free offer from WW Building Supply"); Community Ice Castle Building offered by Pettee Memorial Library. Games hosted by community groups run all day. Old School Community Center, 1 School St. Information:

MARLBORO Vermont Museum of Natural History - Kids' Exploration - Beavers!: Run wild through the untracked forests of the Pool Conservation Area on our new Marlboro property. Our goal will be to reach one of the properties beaver ponds. Along the way we'll investigate the natural world of a Vermont winter. 1 p.m. Meet at 117 Adams Cross Rd. Be sure to dress according to the winter weather. Donations welcome but not required. Vermont Museum of Natural History - Pool Conservation Area, 117 Adams Cross Rd. Information: 802-464-0048; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

Coffee with Coffey Hours (via Zoom): "The 2022 legislative session kicked off on 1/4/22 and convenes through mid-May. Communication with my Windham 1 constituents (Guilford and Vernon) is a high priority for me. I want you to know what I'm working on and I want to hear from you. A great way to stay in touch is by joining me at one of my monthly coffee hours." . 9:30-10:30 a.m. 3rd Sat. of every month. To receive emails from Rep. Sara Coffey, her newsletters, ask questions about legislation passed in 2021, or to talk about your priorities for 2022, email: Zoom. Information: Link:

BRATTLEBORO Merry Mulch Christmas Tree Collection Service offered to Brattleboro Residents: The B.U.H.S. Music Department is again offering this service. This program, in its 31st year, is endorsed by the VT Dept. of Agriculture as well as the New Hampshire/Vermont Christmas Tree Association. Members of the band and chorus will transport undecorated trees from homes to a community garden in West Brattleboro where they will be chipped into mulch to be used by the gardeners. Also offered Saturday, 1/22. Since Brattleboro does not offer curbside pick-up of trees, this service saves residents the hassle of transporting their own trees. $10 donation benefits future Music Dept. travel. Brattleboro Union High School. Information: All pick-ups must be prearranged by calling at least two days prior to your desired date: 802-380-4550 or 802-275-2480.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Make a 3-Legged Stool: Introduction to Turned Furniture: "We'll use the lathe, band saw, drill press, and router, to turn dried lumber into fun and functional 3-legged stools. The turned legs offer a great introductory exercise to those new to the wood lathe. Beginners welcome.". 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Sunday, January 16. $275 for both days. HatchSpace, 22 High Street, 3rd fl. Information:



January 2022