40th Anniversary Year! Vermont Top 10 Winter Event, State of VT Declares Thanksgiving Weekend, Putney Craft Tour Weekend

PUTNEY, Vt—From gourd art to custom-made bicycles, farm art, and hand-knitted mittens from old sweaters, you can’t go wrong venturing “over the river and through the woods” to find the 25 working studios on Putney Vermont’s artisan trail in search of fine art and craft – and yes, the quirky and unusual, too.

The 40th Annual Putney Craft Tour, the oldest continuing craft tour in the country and a Top Ten Vermont Winter event, timed to coincide with Thanksgiving and holiday shopping, (Nov 23, 24, 25, 10-5) offers visitors a chance to meet the artists in the setting where it all happens. This year the state of Vermont is honoring the tour by proclaiming Thanksgiving weekend Putney Craft Tour Weekend.


When I Put On Your Glove by Shoshana Bass at Sandglass Theater

On November 23rd and 24th at 7:30 pm When I Put on Your Glove by Shoshana Bass will play the stage at Sandglass Theater in Putney. Last year Eric Bass, Sandlgass Theater’s artistic director and Shoshana’s father, took Autumn Portraits to the Lizé International Puppet Festival in Taiwan then returned to Putney to play this signature piece at Sandglass Theater for the last time. This year Shoshana will bring her adaptation of the work in When I Put on Your Glove to the festival in Taiwan and return to play on the Sandglass stage during the Putney Craft Tour weekend.


Brattleboro Women’s Chorus Concerts: Keep Hope Alive

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will present their annual fall concerts, “Keep Hope Alive,” on November 17 and 18 at The Brick Church (formerly the Baptist Church). Joining the eighty women and director Becky Graber will be Cathy Martin on piano, Julian McBrowne on bass, and Lisa McCormick on guitar and with her ukulele orchestra.

Several songs will feature arrangements by local musicians – Andy Davis’s four-part arrangement of “Let the Life I’ve Lived” and Peter Amidon’s “Crossing the Bar.” Graber arranged the wondrous song by India Arie, “I Am Light.”


‘Smart Meters’ and Cell Phones

Smart meters use basically the same wireless technology as cell phones.

The FCC sets radiation standards, with which all manufacturers of smart meters must comply.

The frequency of cell phone radiation corresponds to a wavelength of approximately one foot. This wavelength is thousands of times larger than structures in the brain responsible for mental processes, and so claims that wireless radiation can cause maladies such as “dizziness” or “memory loss” are absurd.


A Drawing Season

We have 5 spots left in A Drawing Season, a “low-residency” drawing study from January to March 2019. With a mix of private lessons, small group workshops and in-studio drawing time you can re-learn drawing as a natural and connective activity. Children draw and are world makers when they do. As adults we, semi-consciously, agree to draw what something looks like rather than our experience of it. They are not the same thing!


BCTV Schedules – Week of 11/12/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/12/18

Monday, November 12, 2018

12:10 am Education and Enrichment for Everyone – Andrew Buchanan – World War II
1:25 am Ezlerh’s Random Videos – Homelessness in Brattleboro
1:30 am Humanities Lecture Series – The Perfect Weapon
3:00 am Talking Nerdy – Ep. 5 – A History Lesson with Senpai


Brooks Memorial Library Closed Saturday and Monday for Veteran’s Day

In observance of the Veterans Day Holiday, Brooks Memorial Library will be CLOSED on Saturday, November 1oth, and Monday, November 12th. We will open as usual on Tuesday morning, November 13th at 10 am!

Originally known as Armistice Day, in honor of the end of WWI , and the treaty that was signed on on 11/11/18 at 11 am, the holiday was renamed Veteran’s Day in 1954.


Alternative First Wednesday Fun!

Dear  First Wednesday  Afficionados,

Due to unforseen circumstances, this First Wednesday lecture will not be presented this month. Instead, consider Joining us instead for a sampling of independent films from KANOPY, our newest video streaming service!


Susan McDormand Exhibit Opening on Nov. 10

West Brattleboro, Vt. — “The Right Balance,” an exhibit of paintings by Guilford artist Susan McDormand, is showing through December in the foyer and other gallery spaces at All Souls Church UU (ASC). The public is invited to meet the artist and gain insights into her work at an artist’s reception on Saturday, November 10, from 2 to 4 pm.

McDormand began painting at the River Gallery School in Brattleboro more than 20 years ago. “Ric Campman and Lydia Thomson inspired and encouraged me. Today I continue to paint in oils, on beautiful papers, often implementing pencil and pastel. As the piece develops, I begin to have a mirror . . . it seems to be about intuition, color, and a language being written. For me, painting is so much about blending movements of color together.” The work reflects her goal of creating harmony in life as well as in artistic expression.


BCTV Schedules – Week of 11/5/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/5/18

Monday, November 5, 2018

12:30 am Connecticut River Conservancy – Source to Sea Clean Up 2018 – West River Trail
1:44 am Bookstock – Yvonne Daley – “Going Up the Country”
2:27 am Promos – Petey Trailer 2
2:30 am Female Founders Series – StartHere Challenge
4:24 am Caterwaul Productions – She-Cat


“Charles Henry’s Final Curtain” Original Musical Premieres at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – On the heels of its big splash productions of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Jesus Christ Superstar and its upcoming winter production of Chicago, Main Street Arts is mining into its own creative resources closer to home to offer an original, brand-new production opening Friday, Nov. 9 for a two-weekend run.
The world premiere of Charles Henry’s Final Curtain, an old-fashioned vaudeville musical, is a celebration of the creative spirit of a Vermont native whose own creativity took him all over the state with his performing family, leaving a legacy of entertainment and painted theater curtains in at least 16 towns.


Halloween Costumes 2018

One of the casualties of our move away from Cedar Street is that we can no longer provide you with the full report on Brattleboro halloween costumes as we’ve done before. I’m not happy about it. I loved the yearly lists of creative output by our younger residents.

It’s going to be up to you as individuals to make note of the costumes this year, and here’s your space to do it. If you see anything wild or wonderful, let us all know.