BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents its Ninth Annual Domino Toppling Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for audience members to choose their vantage point and inspect the fanciful, colorful domino course before it all comes tumbling down. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis — free for kids 8 and under, $3 for BMAC members, $5 for everyone else. Every audience member will have a chance to guess how many dominoes make up the course; whoever comes the closest will start the entire chain reaction.
A popular annual spectacle, BMAC's domino topplings began in 2008, when Mike and Steve Perrucci, brothers from Perkasie, Penn., traveled to Brattleboro to build and then topple a course created specifically for BMAC. The Perruccis returned to Brattleboro each of the next four years, creating bigger and more amazing courses each time. In 2011 the brothers enlisted the help of other domino-toppling enthusiasts, who eventually took the helm after the Perruccis retired from domino duty.
This year the course will be created by teenagers Nathan Heck of North Carolina, Lily Hevesh of New Hampshire, and Shane O'Brien of New York. All three have participated in the event previously. A high school senior, Hevesh has become an Internet sensation, thanks to domino toppling. Her YouTube channel has nearly 650,000 subscribers worldwide, and her self-produced videos of domino courses she has created have been viewed nearly 100 million times. Her video of last year's toppling at BMAC has been viewed over five million times.
The topplers will arrive in Brattleboro the Saturday before the event; it will take them at least 24 hours of solid work to fill the floor of the museum's Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Gallery. The toppling itself will last about five minutes.
The museum is located at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.