The Barbarians

Although on some level I must have known this already, somehow I was surprised to learn (in a book on Celtic history called The Ancient Paths by Graham Robb) that the ancestors of most white Americans were the same people we remember in history as “the barbarian hordes.”

BCTV Schedules – Week of 5/21/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/21/18

Monday, May 21, 2018

12:36 am Bear Pond Books Events – “Screwnomics” Book Launch
1:30 am Apollo Engineer Talk 4/11/18
3:30 am Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – Introduction to Islam
4:56 am Promos – 2nd SoVT Economic Development Summit on May 30
5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight – GMMT: Friday News Show
5:30 am Tap Into Film: ’48 Hour Student Film Slam’ 2018
7:27 am Promos – The BDCC & Six College Collaborative Internship Program

John Gorka at Next Stage on Sunday, May 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter John Gorka at Next Stage on Sunday, May 20 at 7:30 pm.  The concert celebrates the release of John’s brand new CD “True in Time.”

John Gorka is perhaps the quintessential iconic singer/songwriter of the 1980’s folk scene.  Hailing from New Jersey, he honed his craft and persona as a shy, wry and insightful singer/songwriter in the Greenwich Village “Fast Folk”  and Boston music scenes.  Gorka got his start at Godfrey Daniels, a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania, which is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions in the country.

Open Studio Thursday Nights (Families Welcome)

The Drawing Studio at 28 Williams Street hosts an ongoing Thursday Night Open Studio from 5 to 8pm. Each week is a different theme: Animals, Shoes, Mythical Creatures, Your Neighborhood, etc..). Bring a friend, a sister, your kids. All drawing materials provided and the Open Studio is supported by your donations.
Please email Jason at or visit the link for more info!

Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda


The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21 in

the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018 in the

WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Summer Book Sale!

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are hosting their 16th Annual Book Sale fundraiser. Stop by and you will find plenty of good books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, and puzzles!

The book sale will be:
Thursday & Friday from 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm

May 27: “Mostly Baroque” Organ Barn Concert


Guilford, Vt. — Friends of Music at Guilford’s 10th annual Spring Organ Recital is set for 3:00 in the afternoon on Sunday, May 27, in the barn at Tree Frog Farm, off Packer Corners Rd. in idyllic rural Guilford. The c. 1897 Tracker Organ was moved from Maine by FOMAG founder A. Graham Down (1929-2014), who invested in its restoration and improvements over the years, and performed the first concerts on it beginning in 1966.

By tradition, each FOMAG season opens with a concert in the barn on Labor Day Weekend, and for the past decade this May event has offered a second annual opportunity to celebrate the organization’s roots. This year’s featured performer is David Neiweem, college organist and carillonneur at the University of Vermont in Burlington, where he teaches vocal studies, conducting, and music education, and is director of choirs. He is also music director at the First Congregational Church of Burlington and director of Vermont’s Aurora Chamber Singers.

BCTV Schedules – Week of 5/14/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/14/18

Monday, May 14, 2018

12:20 am Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – Puzzling, Promising, Peculiar… Pluto
1:30 am Apollo Engineer Talk 4/11/18
3:30 am Dry Stone Art in Nature
4:30 am The FEED – 5/2/18
5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight – GMMT: Friday News Show
5:26 am Promos – 2nd SoVT Economic Development Summit on May 30
5:30 am Blanche Moyse Chorale Concerts – Reflections on the Passage of Time

Brattleboro Area Artists offer Open Studio Weekend May 26-27

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.: The Vermont Craft Council’s Spring Open Studio (Memorial Day) Weekend May 26-27 will include 12 artists in 10 studios and one gallery in Brattleboro, West Brattleboro and Marlboro. Of those artists, eight are members of Brattleboro-West Arts.

Participating studios will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with many sites offering demonstrations as well as the opportunity to purchase art and talk to the professional artists who made it.

Author Reading with Naima K. Wade

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7 pm as local author, poet, performer, businesswoman and community organizer Naima K. Wade reads selections from her first Chapbook, War is Over We Are Unbound. She will also share selections from her memoir, Elbow Dreams: Growing Up in Vermont During The Turbulent Late 1960’s.

Jeff Danziger: The Full Vermonty

On Saturday, May 19th at 2 pm, the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library proudly presents a reading of The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump, co-authored and read by syndicated political cartoonist, Jeff Danziger. Co-written with Bill Mares, it features writings from a host of local contributors who give their take on current themes of life in Vermont.

All Welcome: Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Annual Meeting

The public is invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library on Saturday, May 19, at 1:00pm. The meeting will be held in the meeting room on the top floor of the library next to the Children’s Room. The Friends of the Library are the main fundraisers for Brooks, and support many of our free, public events as well as our publicly accessible technology.

Memoir Writing: A Free Workshop With Author Barbara Morrison

On Saturday, May 12th from 12-3 pm, Barbara Morrison, author of “Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother” will offer a FREE memoir writing workshop. An experienced editor, writing teacher, and blogger, Barbara shares weekly book reviews at the Monday Morning Book Blog.

She won the IPPY Bronze Medal for Regional Memoir/Autobiography;and she was a finalist for ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year for Memoir/Autobiography, and also for the USA Best Book Award for Memoir/Autobiography. She received an honorable mention at the New England Book Festival for Memoir/Autobiography.

Charlotte Spins Her Web Again in Saxtons River

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – A beloved pig and his spider friend weave a beautiful friendship as E.B. White’s classic tale Charlotte’s Web makes a return visit to Main Street Arts after a 30-year absence.

Performances of Joseph Robinette’s adaptation will be Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m.

April Judd & Bev Larson Art Show Opens Sat., May 12

West Brattleboro – A two-woman show of paintings and sculpture by April Judd and Bev Larson has recently been installed in the foyer and other gallery spaces at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. While each artist was featured in group shows during college and in their respective home states, this first major gallery show for them both continues through June 30.

The Arts Committee at All Souls invites the public to meet the artists at an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. This gathering gives viewers a chance to enjoy both savory and sweet refreshments while discussing the creative process with Judd and Larson, who regard this collection as a history of their 13-year journey together. Both emerging artists, they fell in love with the unique and beautiful light and landscapes of Guilford, Vt., where they live and work as the Home Gnomes.

BCTV Schedules – Week of 5/7/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/7/18

Monday, May 7, 2018

12:30 am Apollo Engineer Talk 4/11/18
2:30 am Cutting Through the Noise – Successful Marketing Campaigns to Reach Consumers
4:00 am All Things LGBTQ – Bill Lippert
4:55 am Ski Bum Chronicles – Earning Spring Turns
5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight – GMMT: Friday News Show
5:25 am Promos – 2nd SoVT Economic Development Summit on May 30
5:26 am Promos – BDCC Instig8 Spring Workshops 2018

Extreme Cut Out Jeans and Gematria

I saw this article the other day and had to laugh. Carmar Denim just announced the “extreme cut out jeans”. It sells for $168 and is of course sold out. $168 is 123 pounds in English currency. . This story was posted on 5/3 the 123rd day of the year. “Extreme cut out jeans”=247 in Reverse Ordinal (22+3+7+9+22+14+22=99(extreme) 24+6+7=37(cut) 12+6+7=25 (out) 17+22+26+13+8=86 (jeans)=247. 247 is 19 x 13.