Nonprofit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006



Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO NECCA's Circus Spectacular Star-Studded Fundraiser (In-Person/Livestream): See some of today's most renowned high flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers. Enjoy guest ringmaster Jan Damm, a rising national star with the newly rebooted Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Bellows Falls native/ director for Circus Smirkus for 26 years, Troy Wunderle, joins the cast again for a zany act. Handbalancer and contortionist Fleeky Flanko shares what he learned from Chinese acrobatic masters, and NECCA grad/successful cruise ship entertainer Joel Herzfeld performs an LED Cyr Wheel act!. 3/4: 7:30-9 p.m. 3/5: 1-2:30 p.m. (3/5 in-person only). Ticket sales benefit financial aid student fund/circus programming for all ages. Through Sunday, March 5. $15 to $50. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: Tickets: More information: 802-254-9780.

The written word

Brattleboro Poetry Discussion Group (Online): This month we discuss A. E. Stallings. No experience necessary; copies of the poems provided. Led by Barbara Morrison. 12 noon - 2 p.m. Free. Zoom. Information: Register:

"Writing to Prompts" (Online): "In this workshop, appropriate for beginning and experienced writers, we'll share what we’ve written in response to the prompts provided." Led by Barbara Morrison. 4 - 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Zoom. Information: Register:

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Latchis Gallery hosts work by Patti Newton: "Dreamland Circus Tarot": This festive installation features large color images from "The Dreamland Circus Tarot" - a 100-card artisan deck and book. The artwork is a combination of beautiful vintage photographs from the 1800s/early 1900s, and Patti's own photographs taken at a nearby contemporary amusement park originally known as 'Gallup's Cove' circa 1840 located in Agawam, Mass. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. are the Saturday hours Newton will personally be on site. She looks forward to meeting you. The Gallery will be fully lit so the exhibit can be viewed from the outside window 24/7 through 3/31. To purchase a deck or book or for more information visit Through Friday, March 31. Latchis 4 Gallery, 50 Main St.

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Center for Photography announces Artist Talk: April M. Frazier in conjunction with her Solo Exhibition: "Frame of Reference" is the pictorial representation of familial influences and experiences which shaped Frazier's life. Using images and genealogical research, this exhibit serves to present an alternate narrative of the African American experience in Texas (where Frazier is from) and beyond. Images of accomplishment, celebration, and love are shown from as early as 1890 to present day including selected portraits from her family collection. 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. 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.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Folklife Center and the Southern VT Working Communities: Learn about Ethnography and Ethnographic Interviewing: This qualitative research approach values lived experience. Professionals from the Vermont Folklife Center facilitate this day-long training which teaches ethnographic interview techniques and best practices. This initial training hopes to encourage applicants to become involved in the "Finding Vermont" Research Project: Learn about the experiences of immigration (past and present) in Brattleboro and greater Windham County. Lunch is included for workshop registrants. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stipends available for research fellows and and selected project interviewees. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: Alex Beck: abeck@brattleborodevelment, 802-257-7731 ext. 214.

BRATTLEBORO Windham County Genealogy Interest Group: Finding Your Ancestors in Immigration Records (In-Person/Zoom): Jerry Carbone and Wayne Blanchard explore how to find ancestors in immigration records using ship manifests, border crossings, naturalization records and census records that asked citizenship questions. Except for those of Native American heritage, everyone in the U.S. had ancestors who arrived from other places. "Our goal is to assist genealogists and history enthusiasts in finding their ancestors and tracing their journey to the United States," said Blanchard. "By understanding how to access immigration records, attendees will be able to uncover the stories of their forebears and learn more about their family history." The presentations will show attendees how to use websites, such as and, to find Ellis Island records and other ports of entry to the U.S. to include Boston, Baltimore, Galveston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco. For those with ancestors who immigrated earlier than the Ellis Island era, other methods must be used. Using journals/court records, for example, it is possible in some cases to learn a lot about how English ancestors came to New England during the Great Migration of the 1630s. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. More information: Register: Zoom link will be sent shortly before the event.


BRATTLEBORO Rachel Bell & Andrew VanNorstrand - Original and traditional folk / roots music from VT: Andrew and Rachel have been performing together in many different configurations for nearly twenty years! Their shared repertoire has a lot of Celtic and French influences as well as dance music from New England and Quebec. Their early musical work together inspired much of the foundation of each of their careers. Although they are frequently busy with a wide range of collaborators (The Faux Paws, Eloise & Co, Alchemy, The Rear Defrosters, and more), their paths always manage to converge now and then, and their shared ideas about rhythms and textures and musicality always seem to be there waiting for them. They both love to dig in on tunes with energetic drive, but they also embrace beautiful melodies that have lots of space and sweetness. Andrew and Rachel have a particular fondness for the balancing act between interesting, intricate arrangements and wildly free improvisation. They enjoy building rich instrumental arrangements around songs as well as pulling diverse repertoire into coherent set lists. 7 p.m. in the Community Room in the Farm Store. Masking required, vaccinations encouraged. No smoking, no dogs. Carpool if possible - parking is limited. Hear their music:,, $10 to $20 sliding scale. Rebop Farm, 1320 Sunset Lake Rd. Information: RSVP to

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmer's Market: Weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, fruits, cider, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. SNAP shoppers turn $10 into $40 each week! . 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through 3/25 in the gymnasium. Through Saturday, March 25. Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market, 60 Austine Dr. Information:, 802-275-2835.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO 2023 Vermont Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony (In-Person/Zoom): Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is proud to serve as the Vermont affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a prestigious national program that offers exhibition opportunities and scholarships to young artists and writers. The exhibit culminates with an awards ceremony today featuring keynote speaker Will Kasso Condry. 12 noon (doors open 10 a.m.). Free and open to the public. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Zoom: / Facebook Live: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Free Workshops on Saturdays : Classes are for all-levels: "Stretching." "Sacred Dance." "Active Non-Violence.". 11-11:30 a.m: Stretching Exercise. 11:30 a.m.-12 noon: Beginners Sacred Dance. 12:30-2:30 p.m: Active Non-Violence. Offered by the Methodist/Baptist Beloved Community. Free-will donations are welcome and appreciated. Lunch is free as well. First United Methodist Church, 18 Town Crier Dr. Information: For more information contact Pastor Ralph Howe or Pastor Sue Andrews: 802-254-1234.

Community building

WEST TOWNSHEND Winter Tree Identification Walk: Join Michael Longo, Sally Newton and other folks for a walk in the woods. Share your knowledge, and/or become familiar with the local tree species. Learn how to tell them apart when they have no leaves. We are tentatively planning to walk near the old air strip on Ball Mountain in Jamaica. 2 p.m. Meet at West Townshend Country Store to carpool or caravan to location. If weather is bad on Sat., we'll go Sun. 3/5 instead, same time. Depending on the weather, snow shoes or micro spikes might be a good idea. This event is part of West River Community Project - a nonprofit community center promoting local agricultural, economic, social activities. Through participation/contribution, we seek to improve lives and strengthen our community as a whole.". Free. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: Call Sally if you have questions: 802-884-7141.

BRATTLEBORO Make Gift Bags for Women's Freedom Center: Give the gift of self-care to someone in crisis while earning shareholder hours at BFC! Brattleboro Food Co-op's Team Work Opportunity volunteers will create gift bags full of toiletries for the Women's Freedom Center during this event. They provide shelter and many other services to folks in Windham and Southern Windsor Counties who are moving forward after experiencing domestic violence. 3-4 p.m. Register by 3/3. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Ethnographic Interview Workshop: Exploring Newcomer Experiences from Past to Present: Learn about the "Finding Vermont" Research Project. In this workshop, you will learn about ethnography and ethnographic interviewing - a qualitative research approach that values lived experience. The Vermont Folklife Center is facilitating a day-long training to teach ethnographic interview techniques and best practices. This initial training hopes to encourage applicants for the "Finding Vermont" research project fellows. Lunch included for those registered for the workshop. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. "Are you curious/want to learn more about the experiences of immigration and resettlement, past/present in Brattleboro or greater Windham county? Are you a newcomer from outside the US wanting to share your perspective/ experiences? 'Finding Vermont' is a community-driven, collaborative research project focused on understanding immigrant and newcomer experiences in Brattleboro/Windham County. Trained community members can become research fellows, design a project that honors the theme of "Finding Vermont," and conduct ethnographic research. Stipends available for both research fellows and selected project interviewees. Hosted by VT Folklife Center and Brattleboro Development Credit Corp.". Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: Alex Beck:, 802-257-7731 ext. 214 for more info or to get involved.

Community meals

GUILFORD Guilford Sugar on Snow Supper: Meal features ham and the following homemade items: baked beans, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, rolls, donuts, and Guilford maple sugar on Guilford snow. Pickles accompany the snow. This event returns after a two-year hiatus during which the Community Center, with which the Grange is a partner, has undergone a full renovation. Three seatings: 5, 6, 7 p.m. At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled. This longtime annual fundraiser helps support Grange activities: this supper, brunches, community Thanksgiving dinner, pre-town meeting, community Guilford Center Stage productions. Grange organization also provides Christmas stockings for seniors and a college scholarship. Tickets for Supper: $15 adults; $5 children ages 5-12, $2 for kids age 4 and under. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Reservations: Email Thayer, (you'll get confirmation) or text 202-247-5251, call: 802-257-5359. Waiting list kept - those with reservations who can't make it should phone their cancellation. Usually unreserved seats are left for 7 pm for those showing up w/o a reservation.



March 2023