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Visual arts and shows

GREENFIELD Exploded View brings "BeeLines" to the Greenfield's Bee Fest: Immerse yourselves in the sweet, short lives of bees at "BeeLines," an interactive art installation with an observation hive; "Ask the Bees," an oracular hive experience; listening cells; button making; bee anatomy coloring pages; and some fun photo ops. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. [PREVIEW hour on Friday, 5/20, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for folks to stop in to the Pushkin installation.] Greenfield's annual Bee Festival is sponsored by Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, and with support from the Greenfield Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Donations encouraged (no one turned away for lack of funds). The Pushkin, 4 Federal St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Music Center: Season Guest Concert Series welcomes Trio Ad Libitum: Trio Ad Libitum is a newly-formed string trio with shared roots at the Marlboro Music Festival. Violinist Elizabeth Fayette, violist Jordan Bak, and cellist Timotheos Gavriilidis-Petrin are accomplished musicians who have made chamber music a central aspect of their careers and have appeared as soloists and chamber musicians in some of the world's most prestigious venues and collaborated with leading musicians such as pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss, and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Orion quartets and Beaux Arts Trio. 7:30 p.m. Trio Ad Libitum takes its name from the Latin phrase ad libitum - "at one's pleasure." In a musical setting this term gives performers certain freedoms, but also requires that such individuality is within the context of the composer's intentions. It's a reflection of the ensemble's ethos: three distinct points of view in service to the greater whole. Concert Includes Franz Schubert's String Trio in B-flat Major, D 471; Bohuslav Martinu's Trio a cordes n 2 H238; Jean Francaix's String Trio; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Divertimento in E-flat major, KV 563. (Note: Masks required plus proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.). $20. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: Tickets:

BRATTLEBORO Composer/Pianist Eugene Uman and the original members of the Convergence Project (in-Person/Livestream): Reunion concert performing high-energy original jazz compositions. This configuration of the Convergence project, with the Takeishi brothers' rhythm section, hasn't performed together since 2015. Uman has prepared new material and revised some old favorites in preparation for this exciting concert. He's a composer, pianist, and educator. Exec. Artistic Dir. of the VT Jazz Center since 1997, he's worked tirelessly to connect music and the local community and written over 200 jazz compositions, including three that appeared on Latin Jazz star Sammy Figueroa's 2005 Grammy Nominated CD, "In Walked Sammy". Michael Zsoldos, sax; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Stomu Takeishi, electric bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums and percussion. 8 p.m. Masks required in venue. $20 to $40 in person (general admission, sliding scale). Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Information: Tickets:

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO CORNSTOCK: Cornhole for a Cause: This fundraiser for Youth Services celebrates its 50 years building community. Presented by Chroma Technology, there will be live music, food trucks, the Thirsty Goat Pub and the Creemie Stand ($5 suggested donation). 12 noon - 6 p.m. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq. Information: To play cornhole, sign up at $25 ahead / $50 the day of event.


DUMMERSTON Trees for Good sponsors Deer Run Walk: Roger Haydock leads this tree walk on the Deer Run Trail in Dummerston. "We will pass through various forests types and tree species. Moderate to easy steepness levels." . 9 a.m. meet at the covered bridge parking lot on Rte. 30 to carpool to the location. "We aim to return hikers to the Rte. 30 parking area by 12 noon.". Deer Run Nature Preserve Trailhead, 940 Camp Arden Rd. Information: Paul LeVasseur:

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO The Brattleboro Farmers' Market is Open for the Season: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today enjoy contemporary folk music from Decatur Creek. Brattleboro Farmers Market, 570 Western Ave., Rt. 9, near covered bridge. Information: 802-254-8885; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO The Brattleboro Zen Center - Meditation (In-Person or wherever you may be): One way to engage with the ecological crisis: This group chants briefly and then sits in silence for a half hour. All are welcome to join this peaceful action. 1-1:35 p.m. on Saturdays. Wells Fountain, south side Windham County District Courthouse, Jct . Putney Rd. & Main St. (Rte 30). Information:

GUILFORD Laraaji: Laughter, The Best Medicine (Work/Playshop Outdoors): Laraaji invites us on a journey inward to refreshing states of Energization, Joy, and Meditative Attunement. Laughter as a cathartic release will be engaged as a way to enter deeper states of relaxation and reconnection to our beautiful inner child. Includes guided exercises for stimulating the brain, heart, abdominal organs, and immune system for releasing positive hormones to expand lung capacity, oxygenation, blood circulation, and reduce stress, tension, negative thought patterns. There will be creative movement, singing, and deep relaxation to live music. 4-5:30/6 p.m. in the gardens. Arji OceAnanda Cakouros (Sound Healer/Playshop collaborator) will assist Laraaji. Dress comfortably, bring a mat or blanket, expect to have serious fun. Consider carpooling and bringing a bathing suit to swim in the waterfall after the workshop. (Also see 5/20). $35. Green River Bridge Inn, 2435 Stage Rd. Information: RSVP:

Community building

GUILFORD Plant & Seed Swap and Beneficial Insects Workshop: Celebrate spring at the annual Plant and Seed Swap! We'll exchange our extra seeds, plant starts, and perennial divisions as we get ready for the new gardening season. After the swap, master gardener Emma Schneider will teach a workshop: "Recognizing and Attracting Beneficial Insects." Learn which insects are beneficial, understand how they help out in the garden, and find ways to encourage your allies to stick around. Come for the workshop, the swap, or both. 10 a.m. Swap begins; 11 a.m. Workshop. (Rain date: May 22, 1 p.m. Swap; 2:p.m. Workshop. Free. Guilford Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Rd. off Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Information: Registration not required but helps us in planning:

WESTMINSTER WEST Westminster West Public Library Community Plant Sale and Bake Sale: This year's featured plant is rudbeckia goldsturm (black-eyed susan). This hardy perennial blooms on sturdy stalks, producing a golden burst of 3-4" daisy-like yellow flowers with large seed heads from late July through September. An excellent cut flower for a fall bouquet. Perennials: peony, daylillies, hosta, phlox, echinacea, rudbeckia (black-eye susan), shasta daisy, creeping geranium, jacob's ladder, ground phlox, false solomon seal, lupine, lamb's ear, columbine, goat’s beard, dutchman's breeches, rhubarb, wild ginger, forget-me-nots, iris, sedum, lady mantle, coreopsis, lily of the valley, astilbe, creeping ranunculus, allium, and many specialties you must come and see. And others we don't know the names of! Come be surprised. Herbs: mojito mint, thyme, oregano, lemon balm, chive, catmint, feverfew, lovage. Shrubs/Trees: annabelle hydrangea, lilac, mock orange, Norway spruce, Balsam fir, rosa rugosa, forsythia, fantail pussywillow, black current, more. Special: potted dahlia (tender tuber-not perennial), assorted veggies, nasturtium . 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Most pots range from $5 to $15 each - discount for volume - buy more, save more. "All plants are carefully sourced to be pest-free. Field-grown, hardy, weed-free specimens - potted with love and care. Come early for best selection and get home-made wonderful baked goodies!" All proceeds go to the Library. Westminster West Public Library, 3409 Westminster West Rd. Information: 802-387-4682; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Meet and Greet with Nader Hashim, Candidate for VT State Senate: As a hobbyist photographer, Nader is grateful for the opportunity to meet with other artists at the VCP and discussing the value of the creative economy. Nader is also focused on supporting and discussing legislation related to housing, workforce development, and climate change. In his previous term as a state representative, Nader was a strong advocate for raising the minimum wage, paid family leave, criminal justice reform, and protecting reproductive healthcare. 2 p.m. Light refreshments and brief remarks at 3 p.m. (This event is paid for by the committee to elect Nader Hashim. VCP as an organization does not endorse candidates). Free. Vermont Center for Photography, 10 Green St., (right side of the 22 High St. building). Information: 802-251-6051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO AIDS Project 35th Annual AIDS Walk - Remembrance-Walk-Speakers: 10 a.m.-12 noon. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4444,


DUMMERSTON Village Dance Community Dance Workshop: All ages and abilities are welcome; all dances are taught. Music sheets available. Tune session for all-comers. Bring a music stand (and clothes pins!) and a tune to share. Local musicians and callers; storytelling and snacks at break. Sponsored by New England Dancing Masters. 5:30- 8 p.m. Tune session for all-comers features tunes written by women composers. Potluck supper outdoors during the session. Bring picnic food. We'll have a keyboard available. Insect repellant may be useful. The Grange will be open for use of restrooms and chairs. (Notes: We're paying attention to CoVid protocols and concerns about the 'numbers' in our area - vaccines required for ages 5 and up. Masks welcome. Air cleaners will be operating in the hall if we go indoors due to weather. Also: Village Dances have usually been the 3rd Sat. of every month). By donation. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. On the Dummerston Town Common (across the road from the Evening Star Grange) 802-254-1138.

WINCHESTER Dance to live Music by "NH Visitors": Everyone is welcome. 7-10:30 p.m. Refreshments served, 50/50 Raffle. $10 members, $12 non-members (admission price increase). Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: More info: Tom: 978-249-6917, Barbara: 802-722-9205.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro School of Dance announces return of their traditional Spring Show - "Hold On; Let Loose": (See 5/20). . New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.



May 2022