In Disguise! Undercover with Real Women Spies

IN DISGUISE! Undercover with Real Women Spies
Saturday March 30, 2013

12:00 PM until 2:00 PM

March is Women’s History Month and you don’t want to miss a lively, engaging presentation of In Disguise! Undercover with Real Women Spies at the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room, on Saturday, March 30, at 12 Noon.

Women have spied for a long time, and they’ve been good at it. They’ve dashed through enemy lines, sent secret messages under the nose of the enemy, and led prisoners in daring and dangerous escapes.  They went undercover, taking on new identities varying from apple sellers to crazy neighbors to stage dancers.  Often, it was enough of a disguise for women to just be themselves.  People didn’t expect them to have the strength or know-how to be spies.  Those people were wrong. 

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, from the Saturday Night Live Band

Christine Ohlman will perform on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 7:30pm, at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT.

Known as “The Beehive Queen” for her outrageous, mile-high hairdo, Christine is the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. Voted #7 on Alternate Roots’ list of top 30 Female Vocalists, this queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples. Teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process.

Who is Ida May Fuller?

Here is a bit of trivial history for Brattleboro.  I find this to be an interesting fact  I learned about when searching the internet for historical events of Brattleboro Vermont.   This is a direct quote from the Social Security Website. The link is offered below. The only credit I can receive is sharing this with you here on ibrattleboro.

David Blistein Event ‘David’s Inferno’ at 6pm, Thursday, April 4th

Local author David Blistein discusses his new book, ‘David’s Inferno: My Journey through the Dark Wood of Depression’ on Thursday, April 4 at 6pm.

“It takes us deep into the mysteries of depression,
and its power to transform our relationships, our creativity, and our
very selves—a remarkable achievement.”
Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker

“There is no hushed reverence, no self-aggrandizing, no simple
tried and true cures… just a shared battle and a stunning honest.”
Will Ackerman, Grammy Award winner and founder of Windham Hill Records

Gratitude for Beauty Lost

By Jonathan Stein, MA, RDT, CTP,
Contributing Editor, Collapsing into Consciousness


This essay is intended to be but a nudge in the direction of greater awareness, and not an in-depth exposition of the challenges that we face as a species. The crux of this short writing will, hopefully, direct my readers toward an awareness of one potential aspect of the solution to personal and global transformation. This facet pertains to gratitude and awareness of beauty.


Carnival! is coming to town! For four nights only, April 3-6, audiences will thrill to the dazzle and daring of B. F. Schlegel’s Grand Imperial Cirque de Paris at The Grammar School in Putney.

An amusing love story, set in a traveling circus, Carnival! brings us the popular theme song “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round,” and the whimsical, eccentric characters of Lili, an optimistic orphan; Marco, the magnificent magician; his partner the incomparable Rosalie; Paul Berthalet, a lonely, bitter puppeteer; and B.F. Schlegel, the demanding owner and ringmaster of “The Grand Imperial Cirque De Paris.”

BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules – Week of 3/25/13

BCTV Ch 8 Schedule for the week of 3/25/13

                          Monday March 25

12:30 am        From the BCTV Archive: Vermont Times with Luis Tijerina: feat. 3-Way Street

1:30 am          For the Animals: The Bottle Bill

2:00 am          FSTV Overnight

4:00 am          State House Coverage: Pre-Kindergarten Education Bill Pt 2

6:30 am          VT Home Energy Challenge: 2/13/13

Vacanza in Italia Film Festival

Escape to Italy this week with the Vacanza in Italia Film Festival. Last film in the series! Wednesday March 27, 2013 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

What causes people to travel to Italy? Is it the food, the pace of life, the sun? Or is it the civilizing influence of all of this. Do they always find what they think they should?

Please join fellow cinephiles at Brooks Memorial Library for a series of films that will make you want to “vacanza in Italia.”

Jane Austen Book Club: The Endurance of Jane Austen

Thursday, April 4 , 1:30 PM
Thursday, April 25, 1:30 PM  
Books are available at the Main Circulation desk.

The reading/discussion series Jane Austen Endures will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice and explore Austen’s publishing staying power. 

The two-book series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council will also examine Austen’s universal appeal, her talent for capturing the time she lived in, and her comic, satiric tone, among other aspects of her writing.

At the Library: One-on-One Computer Coaching

One-on-One Computer Coaching with Justin 
Tuesdays,6-8 PM 
Wednesdays,2 to 4 PM 
Saturdays, 12 to 2 PM 

Individualized Instruction Based on Your Needs 

Through the auspices of e-Vermont and a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, Brooks Memorial Library is able to offer one-on-one computer coaching with a skilled student intern from Community College of Vermont.

Lanced – A Poem


They let everyone out of the mental hospitals
because of budget cuts.
And they all became healers.

Today I asked a question, simple, not incisive,
Yet it pierced your psychic boil.
Toxic puss burst forth.

Weekend Concert: the Pretenders at Enmore Theater in Sydney, Australia, 2010

Last week’s band, the Buzzcocks barely made it out of the Punk explosion alive.

This week’s band got a late start (1979, when the punk movement was turning into the more polished New Wave), but hit the ground running with a smash single (Brass in Pocket) and hugely successful eponymous first album.

That album was produced by Chris Thomas and Bill Price who gave the Sex Pistol’s one studio effort its great sound and the duo gives the Pretenders a wonderful aggressive vibe here too.

Vandals, History, and Old Newspapers Death and Poetry

Recently I was walking down the sidewalk along South Main Street, and as I passed the cemetery, I noticed that a gravestone had toppled over. I presume that it did not topple on its own, but rather was toppled by vandals. Somethow this made me want to read the stone.

It recorded the death of of two boys, both wth the last name of Steers. They both died on July 18, 1884, and the stone said they shared one common grave.

After a Satori

A kick to the eye. The sudden illumination, awakening. Then what? We’re faced with a choice- act boldly, or obsequiously fall in line.

It’s often said, we are social creatures. But what does that mean? Our genome evolved over millions of years (over a hundred thousand for our exact species). We were formed and given form through hunter/gather/foraging methods. Small bands of people acting cooperatively, non-hierarchal power structures, harmonious interaction with the land and its lifeforms.

Then, yesterday, or a few thousand years ago, through agriculture and pastoral living- we became sedentary, fenced in by boundaries and ideologies, controlled. Our population mushroomed, territories were annexed. Horsemen were elevated to warriors, shamans and chiefs told us what was what, the conquering hero was set loose upon the world. While the amount of labor- and dull labor at that- increased exponentially.

Songwriter’s Roundtable w/ Lisa McCormick & John Sheldon, March 29

The Arts Block in downtown Greenfield, MA, announces a new musical series, the “Songwriter’s Roundtable.” 

The first show in the series takes place on Friday, March 29, at 8pm, and features guest stars Lisa McCormick and John Sheldon. 

The music will be presented in a “song circle” format where the artists trade songs during the sets. There will also be time for questions and open discussions about the songs and the process of songwriting and performing.