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Ideas and education

Artist Talk: M. Carmen Lane (via Zoom and Facebook Live): M. Carmen Lane discusses "Be Our Guest/Stolen" - examination through the personal histories of the artist's Afro-Indigenous family of the impact of Indigenous displacements, Black fugitive migrations, and unfinished business transmitted through intergenerational traumas of removal. Indigenous and Black bodies traverse place as a constant reminder to the other that the settler does not live in their rightful place. They will explore the host/guest relationship, family fracturing/splintering, and history of family displacement of Black and indigenous people. Lane is a two:spirit African American and Haudenosaunee (Mohawk/Tuscarora) artist and writer whose work integrates ancestry, legacy, spirituality and pursues expansion, experimentation, and play. 7 p.m. Offered by the Brattleboro Museum of Art Center. Free ($10 suggested donation). Zoom. A recording will be available afterwards.

Film and video

PUTNEY Director Nora Jacobson discusses her film: "Ruth Stone's Vast Library of the Female Mind": This film, 12 years in the making, combines verite footage of Ruth at different times of her life, reciting poetry and talking about her writing process, intertwined with lively and heartfelt observations by people who knew her. These include award winning poets Sharon Olds, Toi Derricotte, Major Jackson, Chard DeNiord, and Edward Hirsch, as well as those who knew her best: her daughters and grandchildren. 7 p.m. Film is enhanced with animation by her granddaughter - accomplished poet/artist Bianca Stone. Followed by Q&A. $10. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: Tickets:


Musica Franklin: Student Performance followed by a Concert with Abdou Sarr (via Zoom): Abdou, a dancer from Senegal, W. Africa, dances with performing groups in Massachusetts who do arts in education programming: Tony Vacca's World Rhythms and Bamidele Dancers and Drummers. He's a master teacher of sabaar and djembe dances. Kids will perform for 10-15 minutes followed by a presentation of dance, drum, and song by Abdou. 4 - 5 p.m. Free. Zoom. Information: Register:

Local history

The Great Falls and an Abenaki Relationship with Place (via Zoom): Join Rich Holschuh for a conversation around the significance of relationship with Place. He will focus on an Abenaki cultural worldview and its lasting implications while referencing a local site: Kchi Pontekw, the Great Falls in present-day Bellows Falls. 7 p.m. Holschuh, a resident of Wantastegok (Brattleboro) and an independent historic/cultural researcher, served on the VT Commission on Native American Affairs and is a public Liaison and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for Elnu Abenaki - members of the contemporary Indigenous community. Founder of the Atowi Project, his work draws upon indigenous history, linguistics, geography, culture to share beneficial ways of seeing/being in relationship with place. This program was made possible in part by the VT Division for (Rockingham) Historic Preservation and the National Park Service. Zoom. More info about the Atowi Project: For Zoom link:, 802-463-4270, or visit the Rockingham Library.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Parent/Tot Open Gym: This is an unstructured program where the parent is responsible for their child(ren). 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!. 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays in Gibson Aiken Center's 3rd fl. Gym. All equipment is disinfected prior to the program. Participants should wash hands before, during and after participating. Through Thursday, April 28. $1 per child per day (credit cards only for online registrations; cash or check only for in-person registrations). Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information, reservations, and Covid requirements: 802-254-5808;

Community meals

GUILFORD Guilford Cares Food Pantry: Fully stocked with our usual grocery items. We know supplemental food can make such a big difference in one's budget. All are welcome to come and take home fresh produce, staples, meat, dairy. Guilford Cares welcomes anyone in need of supplemental food for themselves or their families. Stay in your car. We'll give you a shopping list. If you can't come due to illness/high risk, call to arrange food delivery by a volunteer. 3-4 p.m. (time change) on Thursdays in the red "First Aid" building. Shoppers should park on the paved area in front of the tennis courts and follow the directions on the signs. At this time do not park on the field in front of the Pantry. Guilford Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Rd. off Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Questions, concerns, to donate groceries/monetary gifts, Covid requirements: 802-257-0626,



March 2022