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Chris Smither w/The Suitcase Junket
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm
Chris Smither w/The Suitcase Junket @ Bellows Falls Opera House | Town of Rockingham | Vermont | United States

Chris Smither’s blues-drenched vocals and incandescent acoustic guitar stylings have made him a national treasure. Chris returns to the Bellows Falls Opera House to start the autumn off right!

“Bathed in the flickering glow of passing headlights and neon bar signs, Chris Smither’s roots are as blue as they come. There is plenty of misty Louisiana and Lightnin’ Hopkins in Smither’s weathered singing and unhurried picking.” – ROLLING STONE

Opening the show is Grafton’s pride – Mr. Matt Lorenz, aka The Suitcase Junket. Existing in the uneasy, delightful space between the grand and the solitary, The Suitcase Junket, who often collaborates with Chris on album, is brilliant and unique and impossible to describe.

Goodbye Party
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm

Goodbye Party is a evening-length physical theater show set in the offices of the going-out-of-business Earth, The Planet, LLC. As the corporation collapses, the multi-species staff congregate for a final farewell to the planet they call their office. The varied departments of this sprawling organization have each coaxed a representative to offer a presentation on behalf of their phylogeny, so prepare yourselves for an evening of acrobatics, dance, burlesque, and dark comedy. Despite the prospect of a dire future, the workers invite you to reminisce and relish millennia of employment at Earth, The Planet, LLC. Brought to you by Big Teeth Performance Collective, a Brattleboro based circus theater company born at the New England Center for Circus Arts and returning from a summer tour where they brought the party to theater and circus festivals across New England. Suitable for All Ages.

March for Health & Housing
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
March for Health & Housing @ Starting at Montpelier City Hall | Montpelier | Vermont | United States

Millions of people in Vermont and across the country are struggling with the interlocking crises of healthcare, housing, and poverty—crises made worse by this summer’s historic floods. In states cross the nation the Nonviolent Medicaid Army is mobilizing to demand an expansion of healthcare and an end to the Medicaid cutoffs currently underway. At the same time, a growing movement is demanding housing for all and an end to evictions.

Join us on Sunday, Sept. 24th to march from Montpelier City Hall to the State House to demand our human rights to healthcare and housing! March & really will be followed by a community meal courtesy of the People’s Kitchen. Register here to get connected with a carpool:

Sponsored by AFT Vermont, Another Way Community Center, Education Justice Coalition of Vermont, Green Mountain Self-Advocates, Migrant Justice, Northeast Kingdom Organizing, People’s Kitchen, Rights & Democracy, Rural Vermont, UE Local 255 Hunger Mountain Coop, Vermont Center for Independent Living, Vermont Just Justice, Vermont Poor People’s Campaign and the Vermont Workers’ Center.

Yom Kippur Services
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Congregation Shir Heharim (Brattleboro Area Jewish Community – BAJC) invites Jews and their families and friends to our Yom Kippur services. Rabbi Amita Jarmon will be accompanied by congregants on voice, cello, guitar and piano. Services will be held at the West Village Meeting House (All Souls Church), 29 South Street, Brattleboro, and are accessible via livestream. (See links below.)

Yom Kippur services begin on Sunday evening, September 24th at 7:00 with the beautiful and haunting Kol Nidre prayer, and resume at 9:30 Monday morning, September 25th. A Yizkor service to remember and honor departed loved ones will be held at approximately 12:15. We will break for a few hours at 1:30. The afternoon service begins at 5:00 with a reading of the Book of Jonah and a contemplative process about transgression, regret and forgiveness. Ne’ilah, the closing service, begins at 6:30, followed by a communal break-fast.
Childcare will be provided from 9:30-1:30 on Saturday, 9/16 and Monday 9/25.
BAJC hopes that guests will help cover the expenses of making the services available to all by contributing to our High Holiday Appeal through our website at: Contributions can also be mailed to BAJC, PO Box 2353, Brattleboro 05303. Contributions from guests will be applied toward membership if they choose to become a member at any time during the year. For more information, leave a message at 802-257-1959 or email or .

Livestream links:
Kol Nidre:
YK Morning service:

Recordings of the Rosh Hashanah services this past weekend can be accessed through these links:
Erev RH :
RH Morning service:

NECCA student demos at New England Street Food Festival
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm

The New England Center for Circus Arts will offer student demonstrations featuring aerialists and acrobats who train for fun and profession at Brattleboro’s own world class circus school. NECCA attracts students locally and from around the world and they will amaze and entertain as they share their high-flying and creative achievements! Performances at 1:45 pm & 3:15 pm

In-Sight Photography Project Youth Photo Contest and Fair
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In-Sight Photography Project Youth Photo Contest and Fair @ Latchis Theater | Brattleboro | Vermont | United States

In-Sight Photography Project invites youth photographers (11 to 18) to submit images for our first Youth Photo Contest & Fair! Submitted images will be printed and on display at the PHOTO FAIR on September 30th in the Latchis Main Theater. We invite the community to see the artwork on display, enjoy food, games and entertainment starting at 4pm. Awards celebration starts at 6pm.

It is FREE to submit contest images and you do NOT have to be an In-Sight student. You can submit one image into any or all of the submission categories: Analog/ Film, Artistic, People, Places, and The New England Experience. A jury of local and nationally recognized photographers will award prizes to the top images in each category.

For more information, visit or call 802-251-9960.

N.Ormes by Agathe et Adrien
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm

“N.Ormes is a circus show where the duo Agathe and Adrien push the limits and expectations of their own bodies and gender norms. Provocative, dysfunctional and tender, the piece brings the viewer to question their own assumptions.

The story features two protagonists and their relationship navigating between complicity and power struggles. Skilfully combining hand to hand, Icarian games and dance, the stage becomes an arena. One by one, the archetypes fall in battle, giving way to a quest for friendship and fairness through power and fluidity.

With minimal scenography, and the rich lighting of Claire Seyller, we follow their relationship through moments of frenzy and exhaustion. The original score by Simon Leoza takes us through the intimate and grandiose evolution of the protagonists, where the exchange of roles and lifts, like a new language, blurs all our preconceptions.”

Vermont Comedy All Stars Live Stand-up Comedy Showcase!
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Vermont Comedy All Stars Live Stand-up Comedy Showcase! @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

Gordon Clark and his Vermont Comedy All-Stars return for a night of stand-up comedy at Next Stage Arts! Featured performers will include several contest-winning and touring comedians most often seen in the Burlington area.

Featured performers include Jessie Baade, Austin Borg, Adison Eyring, Julia DiFerdinando, and Liam Welsh.

Orchard Aid Benefit Concert
Oct 1 all-day
Orchard Aid Benefit Concert @ Retreat Farm | Brattleboro | Vermont | United States

Support your local fruit growers while enjoying some spectacular local music and food! Like Farm Aid and Live Aid before it, Orchard Aid will harness the power of music and community for good.

Come out and support your local fruit growers while enjoying some spectacular local music and food! Like Farm Aid and Live Aid before it, Orchard Aid will harness the power of music and community in support of an important cause.

This past May 18th, all local orchards lost virtually their entire apple and fruit crop to a severe freeze. All ticket sales from the concert event will directly support 5 local orchards impacted by the frost: Scott Farm, Green Mountain Orchards, Dwight Miller & Son Orchard, Dutton Berry Farm, and Harlow’s Sugar House. By banding together, the event will provide a fun, family-friendly opportunity to show support to these farmers and their value to the local economy and food system.

Talented and renowned local musicians are lining up to play and perform at what promises to be a memorable event: Zara Bodi and Stefan Amidon (of Little Big Band), Pete Bernhard (of The Devil Makes Three), Slow Pony, Peter Siegel & Friends (of Gaslight Tinkers), Madame Sherri’s Bathwater Guzzlers, Jatoba, Hazelnuts, and Vermont Timbre.

Local food trucks and exclusive merch will add to the flavor and make for a fun-filled, don’t miss event.

John Elliott with Dylan Patrick Ward at Stage 33 Live
Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
John Elliott with Dylan Patrick Ward at Stage 33 Live @ Stage 33 Live | Town of Rockingham | Vermont | United States

California singer-songwriter John Elliott has been compared to artists from Paul Simon to Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, and called “the Andy Kaufman of folk music.” His songs have been prominently heard on Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and Californication. He’s been featured in PASTE Magazine and on NPR. Anaïs Mitchell invited him to play the role of Hades in a California tour of Hadestown. He’s been around long enough to have music industry people tell him that what mattered most was MySpace plays. Then it was getting 3,000 likes on the Facebook page. Then it was Spotify plays. He has performed in every state in the union except Hawaii.

Dylan Patrick Ward will open, folk misfit for these absurd times — equal parts compassionate and irreverent, his songs use catchy melodies and blunt, storytelling lyricism to weave tales of outcasts, loveable losers, and people on the brink. He’s drawn comparisons to the Mountain Goats, John Prine, and Randy Newman. A songwriter’s songwriter, he’s shared the stage with acts like Peter Mulvey, The End of America, Jeffery Lewis, and Cloudbelly.

Tickets for this Sunday, October 1, 2023, 3:00 PM matinee are $15 in advance through or $20 at the door. Limited seating; the event will be recorded and filmed. Stage 33 Live is at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Stage 33 Live is a casual and intimate industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performances and presentations of original material. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission; coffee / soda / juice / water and a variety of snacks are available by donation. More info about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and this and other upcoming events, online at

Stage 33 Live gratefully acknowledges the help of so many individuals without whom none of this would be happening, and institutional support this season from The Island Corporation, the Vermont Arts Council, the Bellows Falls Opera House, the Rockingham Arts & Museum Project, and WOOL-FM to help fund improvements and maintenance, and generally smooth out a lot of the rough edges. Stage 33 Live is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are deductible to the fullest extent. Volunteers run the thing from stem to stern.

Four Winters
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Four Winters @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

Torn from their families by the ravages of Hitler’s armies, men and women, many barely in their teens, escaped into the forests, banding together in partisan brigades; engaging in treacherous acts of sabotage, blowing up trains, burning electric stations, and attacking armed enemy headquarters. Against extraordinary odds, over 25,000 Jewish partisans courageously fought back against the Nazis and their collaborators from deep within the forests of WWII’s Belarus, Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

The last surviving partisans relive their journey in the documentary film FOUR WINTERS, sharing their stories of resistance. Director Julia Mintz shines a spotlight on their transformation from young innocents raised in closely knit Jewish communities and families, to becoming fierce partisan soldiers with enduring hope, grit, magnificent courage and deep humanity.

Featuring the photography of Faye Schulman, partisan photographer clad in her signature leopard coat, and through a fusion of inspiring and powerful first-person interviews with stunning archival footage, FOUR WINTERS uncovers secrets held for lifetimes, revealing a heartfelt narrative of heroism, determination and resilience.

The Value of Our Stories
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm
The Value of Our Stories @ Landmark College, Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, Lewis Academic Building

Each one of us has a story that is valuable. Rajnii Eddins utilizes spoken word as a tool for engagement in conversations about race, culture, equity and the richness to be found in each of our stories. In this presentation, Eddins will share his poetry and the historical context in which it was created. He will discuss how our stories can be used to confront racism and other injustices, affirm diversity and equity, and initiate community dialogue. He will conclude with a conversation about how attendees can share their stories as a way to create healing and to grow mutual understanding.

Landmark College: The Value of Our Stories is a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Landmark College. (Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or VHC.)

Priya Darshini’s Periphery and Alejandro Brittes Quartet
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Priya Darshini's Periphery and Alejandro Brittes Quartet @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

A double bill featuring the Hindustani and Carnatic-influenced New Age music of Priya Darshini, and the Argentinian Chamamé of the Alejandro Brittes Quartet.

Born in Chennai, raised in Mumbai, India, and based in New York, Priya Darshini’s distinct style takes inspiration from her diverse cultural and life experiences. Rooted in Hindustani and Carnatic Indian Classical music, her improvisational mastery, and vast knowledge of music from around the world, Priya’s music is elegant, tranquil, virtuosic, intricately layered, and pushes compositional boundaries while effortlessly weaving her distinct multi-cultural experience into a unique and timeless musical tapestry. As John Schafer of WNYC remarks “[Priya Darshini’s] music incorporates a world of influences and lives on the periphery, much like herself.”

Chamamé – just like tango – has been declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Argentine accordionist, composer and researcher Alejandro Brittes, on tour in the U.S. this September and October, has been declared one of the foremost contemporary chamamé ambassadors and innovators.

Brittes’s latest artistic work is focused on exploring, evoking, and innovating upon the ancestral heritage of chamamé, which has survived great challenges throughout history to flourish today. Interpreting historical repertoire created in the Missions, and original compositions, Brittes performs chamamé classics and original material with his Quartet. Based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, the Quartet is composed of: Alejandro Brittes (accordion), André Ely (7-stringed guitar), Charlise Bandeira (flute), and Carlos de Césaro (contrabass).

Heirloom Apple Day
Oct 8 all-day
Heirloom Apple Day @ Scott Farm | Dummerston | Vermont | United States

It’s our biggest event of the year! Every Year, the Scott Farm welcomes visitors of all ages, from near and far, for Heirloom Apple Day-a one-day celebration of apples of all shapes, colors, tastes and their histories!

Tastings and talks at 11am and 1:30pm
Featuring two well beloved apple lovers and social media stars:

Sean Turley is a lifelong fruit enthusiast and an amateur apple picker and sleuth. Every Fall, Sean dedicated himself to locating and devouring as many of Maine’s heritage and wild apple varietals as possible. Sean posts his finds on Instagram @therighteousrusset.

Additional presenter: Laura Siegel from the Maine Heritage Orchard At MOFGA’s Unity headquarters. Now, more than 300 types of heirloom apples and pears from around the state grow there.

Elizabeth Garofalo of UMass and more recently at Red Tomato will be giving a talk on climate change on orchards.

Guests will also learn about the enlightening history of Scott Farm orchard and some of its 130 varieties of ecologically grown fruits. There will be apple tastings after each talk.

After the talk and tasting, guests can fill totes with the heirlooms they like best, to purchase and take home, along with freshly pressed heirloom cider.

In the event room, we will display our traditional table displaying our collection of heirloom apples.

Farm Market and Pippin’s Café
Our Farm Market and Pippin’s Café will be open to the public starting at 10am and until 6pm.

Food trucks (Jamaican Jewel’s and Jaci’s BBQ Joint) and lots of farm baked goodies.
Food vendors will be cooking so that guests can enjoy lunch at picnic table overlooking the Farm’s scenic mill pond, barns, and stone walls.

Vendors and non-profits: Red Tomato, Food Connects, Side Hill Farm, The Landmark Trust USA.
New kids’ activities this year include pumpkin painting, corn hole, ladders, Jenga and more!

Bandwagon Summer Series: Soggy Po’ Boys
Oct 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bandwagon Summer Series: Soggy Po' Boys @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series and Twilight Music present an evening of brass-fueled, swinging music of New Orleans by the Soggy Po Boys. The jazz septet brings The Big Easy to street corners, clubs, festivals, and concert halls, celebrating the sounds and stories of New Orleans.

The Soggy Po’ Boys have spread the good news of New Orleans music across the northeast and beyond since 2012. Stu Dias (vocals, guitar), Eric Klaxton (clarinet, soprano sax), Josh Gagnon (trombone), Nick Mainella (tenor sax), Mike Effenberger (piano), Brian Waterhouse (drums), and Scott Kiefner (bass) explore the vast musical traditions of New Orleans, looking beyond NOLA jazz to include traditional Caribbean tunes, Meters funk, soul, and brass band/street beat music.

The Bandwagon Summer Series is a family-friendly outdoor cultural performance series running from early May through mid-October. More than 20 performances ranging from a diverse group of musical styles, circus arts, dance, and theater will take place at ballfields, farms, and parks throughout Windham County. Kids under 12 always get in for free, and a dedicated play area will be available at all shows. Refreshments are sold onsite, including the return of the hugely popular Barr Hill cocktails. Bring a picnic and a blanket or fold-up chair to enjoy our concerts.