BRATTLEBORO >>Brown Bag Lunch Presentations for the week beginning Feb. 1 include a labyrinth, free mini Reiki sessions, and more.
All Brown Bag Lunch Presentations take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., and are free and open to the public.
On Monday, Feb. 1, Sadelle Wiltshire offers a brief historical look on labyrinths and will provide one for a group walking exercise in reflection and holding space. She will also provide "finger labyrinths" for those who want to participate but not walk. If you journal, feel free to bring it and a writing implement.
On Feb. 2, Margaret Mill, M.Ed., a Reiki Master at Jamaica Healing Arts and Wellness Center, is offering free mini sessions for your rejuvenation and relaxation. The body's inherent wisdom knows how to heal itself (mind and spirit) and a Reiki session supports that natural ability.
On Feb. 3, hear original songs, touching on both love and grief, performed by Kathleen Kennedy. Twelve years ago, Kathleen began performing music and attending massage therapy school. She continues to create her own expression in both fields. Through her wisdom, using her voice and hands, she creates presence for healing — herself as well as others.
On Feb. 4, Jim Esden, a forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, gives an update on invasive forest pests that are most on our radar — specifically the hemlock wooly adelgid, emerald ash borer, and Asian long-horned beetle. He will discuss the threat that each poses, how to identify them, report them, and the available control options. Jim will provide some specimens to look at, as well as handouts.
On Friday, Feb. 5, Douglas Page performs Avant-garde music on the piano. He plays an eclectic mix from jazz to rockabilly to rhythm to blues, and more. He started songwriting and playing piano, drums, and guitar at a young age. He is now a DJ on WVEW 107.7, Brattleboro's community radio station.
Performers as well as speakers of all kinds are invited to be a part of this series. If interested, please stop at the Stroll office at the River Garden, or call 802-246-0982. Stroll in during Gallery Walk (Friday, Feb. 5, 5 to 8 p.m.), to meet leaders of area non-profits and learn about their organizations; music by singer/songwriter/pianist Hannah Hoffman at our "Love Local!" event. During February, The Gallery at the River Garden will exhibit "Cabin Fever" featuring oil and watercolor paintings by Crystal Bartlett and acrylics by Steven Meyer. The gallery will also continue to show "Windham Grows" - photographic works by John Nopper and Jeffrey Lewis, depicting past winners of the Windham Regional Business Planning Competition sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Corporation, along with interviews with the subjects by Elizabeth Stoumen.