Cheryl Wheeler and The Nields at Next Stage on Friday, September 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present folk singer, songwriter and comedienne extraordinaire Cheryl Wheeler plus folk/rock sister duo The Nields in concert on Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill in Putney, VT.

It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the microphone. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. As the poet and comic forces join, taking their separate turns and melding into the same artistic vision, Wheeler emerges as a delightful, gifted and openhearted performer.

150 Years Ago (1863 09/16)

Long Island, Boston Harbor

Sept. 16, 1863

 Dearest Abiah,

I thought I would write you a long letter today, but I do not know as I can, for I am on guard today. It is very hot here today. I cannot but think of you every moment, and tonight as I pass my lonely – what thoughts of you and the children will be on my mind. I was on from 11 A.M. Until 1 P.M., on again from 5 to 7. The guard are excused from all other duty until tomorrow at noon. I shall then have a good time to write but I wish this to be on the way to you.

Updating Our Config Files — A Dream About The Future

Last night, I dreamed I had to run around and update everyone’s config files.  Their settings were out of date.  I knew they would run better with new settings, and so I updated those files, one after another.  When I woke up, I realized that the dream wasn’t talking about literal config files — it was talking about something deeper, the underlying principles and rules by which most of us operate.  Something in our basic configuration as a society isn’t working anymore.

Before I lose you, a config file is really just an old school word for settings.  It’s the file where certain software stores the basic settings it needs to operate. But there’s a subtle difference. I work with web sites and I update settings all the time — but I don’t often update the config files which tend to stay the same except under unusual circumstances.  These are very basic settings that underlie everything the software does.  In a sense, they’re almost unconscious, which is what our own “configuration settings” tend to be.

Vermont Jazz Center Presents Steve Wilson/Louis Nash Duo with Bassist Nat Reeves

Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash to present a Musical Dialogue at the Vermont Jazz Center on September 21st, 2013 at 8:00 PM

The Vermont Jazz Center will kick off its 2013-2014 season on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 PM with a performance by two of the most highly esteemed musicians in jazz. Along with their myriad other projects, saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer, Lewis Nash have been performing together as a duo since 2001. At the VJC they will be joined by bassist, Nat Reeves.

BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 9/16/13

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 9/16/13

                   Monday September 16

12:20 am      TED Talks: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys: Bluegrass virtuosity from … New Jersey?

12:30 am      Health Exchange Info Session- 8/21/13 at BMH

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Instant Coffeehouse: Music Aboard the Ticonderoga

4:30 am       Danger Men Cooking Ep. 001

5:00 am       50 Years after the March on Washington: How Are We Doing?

150 Years Ago (1863 09/13)

Camp on Long Island, Boston Harbor

Sept. 13th, 1863

 Dearest wife,

I commenced a letter to you yesterday. I believe that I dated it the 11th by mistake for the
days have all been so mixed up since I left home that I can hardly tell whether September or October. I had just commenced writing, when there was a call for Co. to fall in, every man to bring his blanket, where we were standing sometime and then dismissed. The trouble was a careless fellow had lost his blanket, then calling out
every man with his blanket left a good chance to search the tents, it was found. The same this morning, some fellow lost his cap, but there was not time enough left to write.

5:45 Live: 9/13/13

5:45 Live delivers a Friday-the-13th edition that includes Thursday’s flash floods on Flat St, the new Park & Ride in Putney, BaBB’s Downtown Action Team forums, Windham Central’s school board redistricting, and plenty more.

Kurn Hattin’s Bianconi Makes List of Top 25 Semifinalists for Grammy Music Educator Award

Lisa Bianconi, Music Director at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, has been chosen as one of 25 semifinalists from across the U.S. for the first-ever Music Educator Award presented by the Grammy Foundation® and the Recording Academy®. The 25 semifinalists, music teachers from 24 cities across 15 states were officially announced on September 11. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. Bianconi is the only nominee from New England to make it to the semifinals.

Open Music Collective Added Class Times and Enrollment News

Added Class times and Enrollment news!

Monday Jazz Vocal Class almost full – 1 slot left! Still Will consider a Tuesday evening class if there is enough interest

Added Ensemble Classes for Saturday – at 11:45am – Bop Ensemble! Compositions to be chosen from the Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker and Similar Book!

Added Ensemble Class – Saturday 1:30pm – Beyond Ensemble – Limited Space – Piano, Drums and other considered

Sign up for these and other classes:

Wednesday Jazz Ensemble – 5 pm – drums, piano and other instruments still needed

Thursday Vocal Technique – 5 pm – Sign up now! With Ken and Julie Olsson – Group Vocal Lesson

Guitar Ensemble – email for details!

Weekend Concert Series: Black Sabbath, Live in Paris 1970

Black Sabbath are the pioneers and progenitors of Heavy Metal. Along with Deep Purple, Zeppelin and Judas Priest they created an entire genre of music.

Formed by Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward in 1968, Black Sabbath were light years ahead of their time. Their first album was written in 1969 and is a timeless masterpiece. The opening track “Black Sabbath” still sounds heavy, ominous, and ahead of its time in present-day. 

Black Sabbath tackled heavier and darker subjects than their counterparts at the time. In an era when people were singing “Are you going to San Francisco with flowers in your hair?” Black Sabbath were writing songs like: Children Of The Grave, War Pigs, and Hand Of Doom. 

Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda


53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, September 16 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The BUHS Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16 in the Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in the WSESU Central Office Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

Taking Power: Photographs from the People’s Movement to Shut Down VT Yankee

The work of three outstanding photographers’ is on exhibit through the end of October at the Elliot Street Cafe.  From Grace Paley confronting executives on Wall Street in 1977 to babies in the “Leaks, Lies, and Lawyers” parade in March 2013, the photos document decades of grassroots activism to shut down Vermont Yankee. The echibit is sponsored by the Safe and Green Campaign.

Poetry to the Earth: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Deerfield

Please join us on Wednesday, September 11, at 7 pm in the Library’s meeting room for a discussion by Suzanne Flynt, Curator at Memorial Hall Museum on her recently published book, Discussion with Suzanne Flynt, Curator at Memorial Hall.

A 1903 article in Gustav Stickley’s The Craftsman declared that “Deerfield is sending all over the country beautiful things…to bring back something of lost poetry to the earth.” This book will appeal to aficionados of American folk arts, decorative arts, textile history, and the Arts and Craft movement. Suzanne Flynt, curator of Memorial Hall Museum, has authored the story of this beautiful Massachusetts town that shows how Deerfield played a pivotal role in the American Arts and Crafts movement.

Fiction and Poetry: New Works by Wolf, Benoit, and Butterfield

Novelist Muriel Wolf, and poets Barbara Benoit and Charles Butterfield will read from their new works on Tuesday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at Brooks Memorial Library.

Wolf will read from her debut novel, “The Book of Gone.” Her book has received agent representation and is making the rounds of publishers.  Her short story, “The Chocolate Errand,” won Best Short Fiction Prize from Boulevard Magazine and was finalist in the Crazy Horse short story competition.  She is at work on her second novel.  A visual artist, Wolf’s monotype collages were on exhibit at the Catherine Dianich Gallery last winter.

BaBB Community Discussion on Revitalizing the Downtown- 5:45 Live Special 9/913

Developed by the VT Dept of Housing and Community Development, BaBB’s Downtown Action Team is gearing up for a series of community discussions, which kicked off in the Rivergarden this morning with a meeting themed “Government leaders and economic development,” with forum for the public slated for this Monday night (9/9/13) at 5:00 PM at the Latchis Theater.

5:45 Live: 9/6/13

5:45 Live returns for another full-sized edition of BCTV’s weekly news round-up, with Putney’s Solar RFP, the Colonel’s home-opener victory, and Obama’s plans for Syria among the top stories.

BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 9/9/13

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule – Week of 9/9/13

                          Monday September 9

12:00 am        Flotilla 2013 Protest of VY Thermal Discharge

12:46 am        50 Years after the March on Washington: How Are We Doing?

2:00 am          FSTV Overnight

4:00 am          Riverbank Church: Riverbank Church Live 8/25/13

5:00 am          History of Stenciling with Nancy McKeegan

6:00 am          Words of Peace: Most Auspicious

In Search of Brattleboro’s Avatar!

Brattleboro Vermont

A Sunday of September question.

In search of one word or short sentence that is a positive representation of Brattleboro.  Brattleboro is known for Estey organs, strong art community, nudism, sweet water, the first large town of Vermont, and the strolling of the heifers. 

If you were creating a profile for Brattleboro what would be the Avatar image you would choose to best represent Brattleboro?