Color and Painting Workshop

Join us for a week at The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro and learn about yourself as a painter. We will explore color mixing, light, materials, composition and creativity in a clear and integrated way. During our lunch breaks, we will look at painters from art history who loved what we will be learning about.
For absolute beginners or painters looking to revisit the fundamentals in an inspiring and whole-hearted way.


Candidates Night: Library Edition

Join us on Wednesday, July 25th at 7 pm, as candidates who are on the ballot for Vermont State Senate and State House of Representatives discuss their favorite books. They will share everything from their childhood favorites to contemporary titles, and explain how those volumes helped to form their world view.

The list of candidates is: Becca Balint, Mollie Burke, Wayne Vernon Estey, Emily Kornheiser, Valerie Stuart, Tristan Toleno and Jeanette White for this unique perspective and a lively literary discussion at 7 pm, Refreshments will be served!


A Bit Agnostic

Astronomers agree that there are trillions, maybe quadrillions of stars. They further agree that many of these stars have planets circling them. Billions of these planets enjoy conditions capable of sustaining life as we know it (These are called “Goldilocks” planets).

Probability suggests that at least some of these may, in fact contain life. After all, there’s some form of life almost everywhere on earth no matter how harsh the conditions, from the ice in Antarctica to the deepest trenches of the oceans.


Brattleboro So-So For Tech

Brattleboro could do much better with technology, and as a result do better as a Town. There are some obstacles in the way, though:

Poor Internet Choices

Brattleboro choices for Internet are rather poor. Hardly anyone here gets 25 megabits down and 3 megabits up, a standard definition of broadband. To approach those speeds one must pay a small monthly fortune.


BCTV Schedules – Week of 7/9/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/9/18

Monday, July 9, 2018

12:47 am Live at ArtsRiot – Swale – Every Last One of Us
12:57 am The Rhema Word – The War Within America
1:44 am Vermont Youth Orchestra – Spring Concert – Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 22
2:00 am Vermont Youth Orchestra – Spring Concert – Tchaikovsky in Vermont: Celebrating Mastery
3:37 am Windham Regional Commission presents – Watershed Identity – Green River Watershed Alliance Panel Discussion


Former Brattleboro Rocker On The Magic of Brattleboro

King Tuff

Although this story came out (in Fodor’s of all places) almost a year ago, it’s an interesting read and especially so since it’s about our very own Brattleboro, Vermont.  “The Magic of Brattleboro, Vermont, According to King Tuff,” by interviewer Rachael Roth, describes our town through the eyes of a young musician who was raised here and still maintains strong ties to the area.  is his name, and he makes good music, if you haven’t heard him already.  He’s signed to the major indie label Sub Pop Records out of Seattle.


Oligarchs and Entrepreneurs

Ever notice how wealthy Russians are oligarchs and tycoons, but wealthy Americans are entrepreneurs and magnates?

Oligarch comes from the Greek, meaning “rule by the few”.

A Russian oligarch is a businessperson who rapidly accumulated wealth after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.


Brattleboro-West Arts: New Passage, Brooks House Atrium Hallway Gallery Opens July 6th

BRATTLEBORO: A new exhibit in the Brooks House, 130 Main St. will open July 6, spotlighting the artwork of three Brattleboro-West Arts members.

The show, titled New Passage, will feature paintings by Kay Curtis, Julia Eva Bacon and Cai Xi in the Atrium Hallway Gallery. The new works will be on view during Brattleboro’s July 6 Gallery Walk and through the summer.


BCTV Schedules – Week of 7/2/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/2/18

Monday, July 2, 2018

12:55 am Rocket Shop LIVE at ArtsRiot – J Bengoy
1:30 am Vermont Youth Orchestra – Spring Concert – Tchaikovsky in Vermont: Celebrating Mastery
3:07 am Chester Volleyball League – Chester Volleyball League: Free Rangers v. The Setting Ducks
4:00 am Vote for Vermont – Heidi Scheuermann


A Brattleboro History Exhibit

I thought it might be fun to tell you about a project (in-progress!) I’m working on with the Brattleboro Historical Society. It’s an exhibit all about Brattleboro that will be on display at the Vermont Historical Society in Montpelier, from August to January.

BHS hired me on to do exhibit design and project manage, two things I enjoy doing. I also love Brattleboro history.


BCTV Schedules – Week of 6/25/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/25/18

Monday, June 25, 2018

12:30 am Bear Pond Books Presents – “Going Up the Country” by Author Yvonne Daley
2:00 am Senior Moments – Mozart – Class 8
3:30 am Moccasin Tracks – Abenaki Women Speak on Culture and Leadership
4:30 am Chester Volleyball League – Chester Volleyball League: Tate’s Tots v. The Setting Ducks


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Free Concert Series – The Gaslight Tinkers on Sunday, July 1

Twilight Music continues its 16th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk rock, world beat, rock, country, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 1 with The Gaslight Tinkers.  The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 26.  All concerts begin at 6:00 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, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney area businesses and organizations.  The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.  For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.


Library Newsletter, Week of June 24th

Dear Library Community,

Did you know that the we send out a newsletter every week to let people know what will be happening at Brooks Memorial Library? This week’s news includes information about Summer Happenings for kids & teens, the weekly resource highlight, and a chance to vote on the newsletter style that you like best!

You can sign up for the newsletter on our home page.


BCTV Schedules – Week of 6/18/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/18/18

Monday, June 18, 2018

12:45 am Vermont Youth Orchestra – Spring Concert – Tchaikovsky in Vermont: Celebrating Mastery
2:22 am Ezlerh’s Random Videos – Dirty Waters By Ezlerh ft. Deep Sieze
2:30 am Plan V-TV – REAL vs FAKE News
3:30 am All Things LGBTQ – 6/9/18
4:30 am Mission to Learn (with NASA Uplink)


MGFA Feature Exhibit: Torin Porter’s “DayDreams”

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present DayDreams, an exhibition of steel sculptures by Torin Porter. The show opens Thursday, June 28 at 5pm, with an Artist Reception Saturday, June 30th from 5-7pm.

Torin Porter’s stylized figures reflect complex facets of humanity, creating modern world archetypes. As Porter speaks of DayDreams, “[These sculptures] exist externally but we experience them internally. When we behold them with our senses, feel their weight and texture and see their forms change in response to our movements, they come to life as they interact with the associations they bring.” Simplistic and playful at first glance, each sculpture in DayDreams holds layers of symbolism, easily accessible for the viewer to unfold.


Fair Housing and Freedom of Association

This essay is part of an ongoing dialogue with my nephew. It is a response to his contention that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 outlaw freedom of association, because  it force diversity on people. I had mentioned the history of lynching. Challenging the connection between lynching and the freedom of association argument, he responded: “The number of lynchings fell to essentially 0 well before LBJ was elected: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA03/faturoti/harlem/collage/lynchstats.html”

Dear Russell,

Lynchings were often not simply hangings:


NEYT’S Liam Johnson Featured In Equus at Great River Theater Festival

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – New England Youth Theatre alum Liam Johnson of Brattleboro has taken on the challenging role of the troubled boy Alan Strang in the Main Street Arts production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus.

The psychological thriller that is now considered a modern classic opens Thursday, June 28 for a two-weekend run as part of the Greater River Theater Festival. Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 28, 29, 30 and July 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the MSA theater, which has been reconfigured so the audience literally has a ringside seat.


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Free Concert Series – Brian Dunne Trio on Sunday, June 17

Twilight Music continues its 16th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk rock, world beat, rock, country, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 17 with Brooklyn-based, Americana and folk singer/songwriter Brian Dunne’s guitar, piano and violin trio. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 26. All concerts begin at 6:00 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, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney area businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.


Borters Jewelry Studio Planning Next Round of Jewelry Workshops

Borter’s Jewelry Studio is currently planning its next round of jewelry classes, and we welcome your input. Please take this quick survey to let us know what you’re looking for in a metalsmithing workshop. Your responses submitted over the next month will help us decide what classes to schedule for the end of summer and fall of 2018.