Weekend Concert Series- Mumford and Sons, Netherlands, 2012

If you haven’t seen and heard the English Band Mumford and Sons perform you’re in for a treat. If you have, this is among their best performances. Mumford and Sons came into my life with their first Top 40 single, “Little Lion Man” from their debut album, “Sigh No More”. The album became a hot seller on the success of that first single and the band was launched worldwide. They went on to win Grammy nominations, and both the ARIA Music Award for Most Popular International Artists and  the Brit Award for Best British Album, 2011. An auspicious beginning.

AAUW To Hold Used Book Sale

Hundreds of used books will be on sale Thursday, Aug. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. to benefit the local scholarship fund of the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The sale takes place at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street in Brattleboro, Thursday until 5 p.m.,Friday until 6 p.m. and Saturday until noon, when all books are half price.

At Brattleboro Farmers Market: Zora Quartet Plays Bosnian Music; Free Plant Walk

Saturday, August 3rd, the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market hosts free live music by the Zora Quartet, playing Bosnian music from 11am to 1pm. Also at market this week, local herbalist Heidy Adams leads a free educational wild and medicinal plant walk. Participants are asked to meet at 11am at the center kiosk of the market and will walk the market grounds.

The height of summer bounty is rolling in from local farms and growers! Tree-ripened peaches, blueberries and raspberries, juicy tomatoes and the first corn on the cob is available, along with fresh veggies of all shapes and sizes. Globe-spanning cuisine and gorgeous crafts are available at the market; there’s something for everyone! Picnic spots and children’s play area are open for enjoyment.

BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/29/13

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 7/29/13

                   Monday July 29

12:00 am      Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       From the BCTV Archives: “Mesclun 2000”

6:10 am       Ghostmaker – A Myth for Voices

Monday Movie Matinees for Kids at Brooks Memorial Library

Monday Movie Matinees for Kids at Brooks Memorial Library
Monday July 29 at 1 pm

Bring a lunch and join us at 1:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room for a free feature length movie. All movies are rated G or PG and run approximately an hour and a half.

Save the date for the next Monday Movie Matinee on August 5 and August 12.

Call 254-5290 ext 110 for movie title, or download schedule at brookslibraryvt.org, click on “Kids and Parents”

Wake Up Call – Interview With Barb Sondag

Interview with Barb Sondag, exiting Brattleboro Town Manager on WVEW “Wake Up Call” Thursday morning July 2013.  “Wake Up Call” airs Thursday mornings 6am-8am bringing music, readings and local community persons.  Taped by Roland Boyden, BCTV.

Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents Simba on Sunday, July 28

Twilight Music continues its 11th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 28 with southern Vermont based funk and world beat band Simba. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 25. All concerts begin at 5:30 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Putney Food Co-Op, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Inn, Next Stage Arts Project, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations.  The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.

Young Ireland at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery July 28

Irish-American folk music duo Young Ireland presents a musical celebration of Irish history and tradition at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 pm. All ages are welcome to share this evening of inspiring, original songs and storytelling. Partial proceeds from the concert benefit Brattleboro Area Hospice.

Reflections in the Glass

It seemed not so long ago a terrarium was a common sight in a home. Also fish tanks, turtle boxes, even freeze-dried sea-horses that you sent away for were trafficked more heavily in the pre-computer age. Little patches of life, microcosms and personal plots and spaces. Handheld domains sustained by the attention we brought to them.

We now cultivate social globes. We tend our Digitariums populated by “friends and followers”, and fed by our crafted personas. We spend swaths of time in prescribed webspheres made of input boxes, upload buttons, and php scripts. These are technically vivariums too, miniature worlds, but the contents of the bowl are linguistic and iconic rather than purely organic.

Weekend Concert Series- Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Montreal, 1977

This concert is from the tour that nearly bankrupted the band and all but ended ELP.

In 1975, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer were starting to get itchy. Their 4 previous albums had made the musical statements they’d wanted to make and each member wanted to do something new. They each had also been working on their own music apart from the band. Eventually, rather than make solo albums, they made the “Works” albums. In Volume I each member took one side of the 2- record album and they all collaborated on the 4th side. “Works Volume I” wasn’t received well by the fan base from its release date of St. Patrick’s Day,1977. Unlike anything they’d done before, it was the beginning of the end. I like to think it was just the band growing up, as they were all about 30 years old at this point. But my love of the album wasn’t the opinion of the majority of fans.

No Daily Newspapers Printed in Brattleboro

Brattleboro no longer prints newspapers.

Neither the Commons nor the Reformer prints their papers in Brattleboro. I found this out after a reader asked if any papers were printed in town and I asked a few questions.

For over a century The Reformer and many other papers were printed in Brattleboro. With active news and book presses running around the clock, Brattleboro was a printing town.

The Apron Theater Company and Next Stage Arts Project present The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Apron Theater Company and Next Stage Arts present The Cripple of Inishmaan, directed by Karla Baldwin. The play opens Thursday, August 8th at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney and will run through Sunday, August 11th, and Thursday, August 15th through Saturday, August 17th. Evening performances are at 8 pm. The Sunday, August 11th performance is a 2 PM matinee. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased online at: www.nextstagearts.org. For reservations call: 802-387-0071.

Kurn Hattin Receives National Healthy School Award

Kurn Hattin receives USDA’s Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) Bronze Level of Distinction

MONTPELIER – New England Kurn Hattin Homes for Children joined an elite group of nationally certified HeathierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) schools. These schools are committed to promoting healthy lifestyle
choices and creating a wholesome school environment.

Sponsored by USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), HUSSC is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments by promoting nutrition and physical activity.

Teen Online Summer Reading Program Needs Readers!


We need more teen readers willing to take on the challenge of digging into reading this summer. 

Are you between the ages of 13-18?

Then join your fellow teen readers online for a reading challenge this summer and enter to win a great prize from Brown Computer Solutions.

Build Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes : A Dig-Into Reading Program

Date & Time: Tuesday Jul 23 2013 – 10:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Come create homes for our magical friends during our Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes workshop on Tuesday July 23 at Brooks Memorial Library. 

Choose from two sessions: 

Session 1 runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Session 2 runs from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Monday Movie Matinees for Kids at Brooks Memorial Library

Monday Movie Matinees for Kids at Brooks Memorial Library
Monday July 22 at 1 pm

Bring a lunch and join us at 1:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room for a free feature length movie. All movies are rated G or PG and run approximately an hour and a half. 

Save the date for the next Monday Movie Matinee on July 29, August 5 and August 12.

Tree Art

Trees threatening to crash down?  Too much thunder and lightning? 

I decided to calm my nerves by investing in a little paint.

I got out my ladder (July 21, 2013)  so I could reach the top of the 8 foot high arch created by a the first section of a long tree branch about 40 feet long that suddenly fell (July 17, 2013)  about 15 feet from where I was standing in my garden.