Annual Fairy House Festival returns to The Nature Museum in Grafton

The Fairy House Festival returns to The Nature Museum in Grafton on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 14th annual celebration of nature, magic, creativity, and community brings together dozens of volunteers and builders to create a fairyland of small structures built from natural materials, including fairy playgrounds, castles, markets, gardens, and more.

Visitors of all ages will have an opportunity to enter the Fairy House Trail Portal and explore the creations through the meadow and forestland, as well as visit a craft tent, fairy house building station, games, bubbles, vendors, and local food.

The Fairy Royal Court will be welcoming all who enter the front gate, and fairy performers will be wandering the Chapman Meadow throughout the weekend. Many participants come in full fairy costume, complete with wings and sparkles.

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Boemig’s sculptural reliefs at C.X. Silver Gallery

Bob Boemig has been creating outdoor landscape installations across New England for more than 50 years, including "Landlift" at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, and "The Fiddlehead" at Retreat Farm. A new exhibition at (1)C X Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave., shows a collection of Boemig's interior works...

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Wardsboro Curtain Call hosts local duo The Barnstormerz

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Wardsboro Curtain Call presents a dance and concert with The Barnstormerz. Marvin Bentley (South Wardsboro) and Ned Phoenix (Townshend) play their original songs and tunes. Their fiddle, guitars, piano, organ, harmonica, and vocals groove in a variety of musical styles through a blues filter. They...

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‘Beaten up but not beaten’

As a headline in the June 7 issue of The Commons reported, "Hard-hit Windham County farms hope for federal relief for an overnight devastating loss of fruit, berry, and vegetable crops." Beneath a close-up photo of brown and shriveled buds on trees at Green Mountain Orchards in Putney, a caption elaborated: "Apple buds in orchards throughout Windham County and Vermont were damaged by freezing temperatures overnight on May 17–18, destroying much of this year's crop." The Commons reached out to...

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A community party for a farm in need

When Brattleboro residents and musicians Rachel Bell and Becky Tracy heard about Vermont's apple crop devastation, the fans of Scott Farm Orchard decided to do something about it. "We were so distressed to hear how they lost 90% of their apple crop this year due to the deep freeze in May [see sidebar, this issue], so we wanted to do something to help," notes Bell. The two members of the musical duo Eloise & Co. invite the public to Scott...

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Martin Sexton returns to Brattleboro on tour for new EP

Billboard calls him "the real thing, people." Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton returns to the Stone Church for the second time, on Friday, Sept. 15 with what Rolling Stone calls his "soul-marinated voice," along with his acoustic guitar and a suitcase full of heartfelt songs. His 2023 tour has taken Sexton across North America in support of his latest release, 2020 Vision, produced by three-time Grammy nominee John Alagía, whose work includes collaborations with Lukas Nelson, John Mayer (who guests on Sexton's...

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Jazz Center launches season with cutting-edge Cuban jazz

The Vermont Jazz Center kicks off its 2023–24 season on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. with exciting, cutting-edge Cuban jazz, featuring pianist Dayramir González and his Habana enTRANCé quartet, which includes James Robbins on bass, Juan Chiavassa on drums, and Taka Nikaido on percussion. With piano playing reminiscent of that of his Cuban compatriots Chucho Valdés and Alfredo Rodriguez, González developed blazing technique through rigorous practicing in the classical tradition. He's supercharged it by an embodied sense of internalized...

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A surprise sampler

Actors Theatre Playhouse (ATP) offers a "Pay-What-You-Like Season-Ending Celebration: Shakespeare to Durang" on Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 15 to Sept. 30, with a theatrical sampler of sorts. The show is designed as a dip-sticking into theater history with monologues, scenes, and one-acts by a host of playwrights and authors. While the Playhouse chooses to keep as a surprise the title of each work on the program, the range of writers tips a hand to the variety in store. •

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