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Performing arts

SAXTONS RIVER "Momologues": A Mother's Day Weekend Comedy Show: Featuring 15 comics from around New England. 3:30 - 5 p.m. (doors open 3 p.m.). There will be vendors, refreshments, and gifts for every VIP (aka mom). Seating is limited. $10 in advance, $12 at door. Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: Tickets/more info:

The written word

Brattleboro Poetry Discussion Group: Adrienne Rich (via Zoom): No experience necessary. Copies of the poems provided. 12 noon - 2 p.m. Free. Zoom. Information: Register:

PUTNEY Poetry Workshop - "The Necessary Poem: Writing Oneself Out of Silence and Back Into Existence": Troung Tran is the author of "Book of the Other: small in comparison" (Kaya Press, 2021). This collection of poetry, prose, essays is a rebuttal to the idea of anti-Asian racism as a victimless crime. "Written with a compulsion for lucidity that transforms outrage into clarity, 'Book of the Other' resists the luxury of metaphor to write about the experience of being shut out, shut down and othered as a queer, working-class teacher, immigrant and refugee.". 5-7 p.m. "What emerges from Trans experiments in language and form is an achingly beautiful acknowledgment of estrangement from self, forced upon those seduced by the promise of color-blind acceptance and the rigorous, step by step act of recollection needed to find one's way home to oneself.". $50. Antidote Books, 120 Main St. Information: Register at


PUTNEY Next Stage Arts Bandwagon Summer Series Kickoff: Big Lazy and Mamie Minch: Two underground bands from the Brooklyn Barbes scene: Big Lazy's music is simultaneously noir and pastoral, gothic and modern. With a nod towards classic guitar instrumentals and a fiery performance style, their most recent album, "Dear Trouble," captures the essence of their legendary live shows. Mamie Minth is a longtime staple of NY’s acoustic blues scene. Listening to her sing and play is like unpacking a time capsule of American music that’s been stored in her 1930s National steel guitar for decades and filtered through a modern femme sensitivity. 5 p.m. $20 in advance. $25 at gate / Free for children under 12. Cooper Field, Sand Hill Road. Tickets and information:

Kids and families

TOWNSHEND Family-Friendly 13th Annual "Spring into Health 5K" Benefits Grace Cottage (In Person/Virtual): Complete your 5K by running, walking, rolling your wheelchair, pushing your baby in a stroller, riding your horse, or even on your treadmill. The goal is to get some healthy activity. Sponsored by People's United Bank and WEEI 93.5 FM Sports Radio. 8:30 a.m. (shot-gun start) or sign up at a time/place of your choosing. The ongoing support of the Vermont State Police and Rescue Inc. is greatly appreciated. Registration (in person or virtual) is $15 for each adult participant; free for ages 18 and under. Townshend Common. Information: Register: More info: 802-365-9109,


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).

Community building

Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association Annual Meeting (via Zoom): All are welcome to attend. Board president Silos Roberts will share news and updates on the nonprofit's conservation work and will present the Volunteer of the Year award. Featured speaker is Robert Zaino, State Lands Ecologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept. 4 p.m. Zoom. Information: RSVP for link:

NEWFANE SUSU Community Farm - Tree Planting and CommUNITY Potluck: "We'll provide some food and drinks but there's no better way to connect than over food! If you want to make it extra special by bringing a cultural dish or something of importance to you, we would be honored to share a meal with you.". 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wear appropriate clothing, shoes. This is a working farm - we care about your safety. Bring shovels and gloves if you can; wheelbarrows super appreciated. Sweat, laugh, connect! (Note: If driving using Google maps, use 94 River Road (not 94 West River Rd.). Through Sunday, May 8. Susu Community Farm, 94 River Rd. Information: 802-275-8723; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Tree Planting Demo/Workshop hosted by Edible Brattleboro: It's time to plant bare root trees before they emerge from dormancy. The tree-planting demo/workshop will take place at the Co-op garden located in the rear parking lot adjacent to the Whetstone Brook. 1 - 2 p.m. Free (donations accepted with gratitude). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: Email Marilyn to register:

BRATTLEBORO Fair Housing and Tenant Know-Your-Rights Workshop: Organized by CVOEO/VT Tenants, this workshop includes the fundamentals of tenant rights and responsibilities, leases, security deposits, repairs, health code violations, terminations, evictions, fair housing and disability law. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Community Room. (Will also be interpreted in Dari and Pashto.). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: More info: 802-660-3455 extension 109 or

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

BRATTLEBORO St. Michael's Episcopal Church hosts Huge Tag Sale (Indoors and Outdoors under tents): Linens, housewares, jewelry, books, sporting goods, furniture plus homemade food with live music by the Celtic band Tam Lin. "St. Michael’s has been well-known for its tag sales—for great deals and good-quality merchandise, since the 1970s," organizer Liz Vick explains. The motto is "Take what you need, give what you can!". 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Handicap accessible. Proceeds divided among two local refugee resettlement organizations: St. Michael's Interfaith Refugee Fund and the Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP) which are actively helping individuals and families who have fled violent/harmful situations in their home countries and are putting down roots in the more peaceful/supportive environment of Brattleboro/ surrounding towns. Customer decides on monetary donation for clothing, linens, books, housewares. Other items are reasonably priced. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-254-6048.



May 2022