Northern Roots Festival bigger and better than ever

The 2016 edition of the Northern Roots Festival will be the biggest, best ever, bringing together the largest, most impressive array of traditional music in the festival's nine years.

Presented by the Brattleboro Music Center Saturday, Jan. 30, and drawing on both Brattleboro's rich local scene as well as colleagues from across New England, Northern Roots presents the highest caliber of Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian and French Canadian music in intimate settings.

Daytime events are scheduled from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street in Brattleboro, with some afternoon sessions at McNeill's Brewery. An evening concert featuring the best of Northern Musical Traditions will be presented at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information and a complete schedule, contact the BMC at 802-257-4523 or visit

'Shadows Around the World' by Nappy's Puppets in Winter

On Jan. 23 at 1 and 3 p.m. Sandglass will kick off the popular Winter Sunshine series, with favorite shadow puppeteer, Jim Napolitano and his show "Shadows Around the World." This show will be the first of three fun family performances spaced throughout the winter. The performance is geared towards young audiences, but promises entertaining and enjoyable experience for adults as well. Napolitano calls shadow puppetry "the most magical and cinematic" form of puppetry, and considers puppetry a form of story-telling.


This year Sandglass will be introducing the Winter Sunshine puppet, handmade by co-founder Ines Zeller Bass herself. This lovable puppet will be raffled off through the duration of our series in order to help support the continuation of these events. Audiences can partake in hot chocolate and freshly baked concessions.

Tickets are $8 and available at, or at the door, payable by cash or check. .If you need assistance call the box office at 802-387-4051. Sandglass Theater is an accessible, 60 seat theater located at 17 Kimball Hill, Putney.

Verandah Porche interviews Chard DeNiord

Next Stage Arts will present a special literary event on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at their location, 15 Kimball Hill Rd., Putney. Vermont Poet Laureate, Chard DeNiord, will be hosted by renowned poet, Verandah Porche. There is a suggested donation at the door of $10.

The current Poet Laureate of Vermont and creator of the Next Stage Speaks Poetry series, deNiord is the author of five books of poems and the author of a book of interviews with seven senior American poets.

Porche, poet, performer, and writing partner from Guilford, will first interview DiNiord about his career, life, and recent works. The interview will be followed by a reading, then followed by a Q&A.

For more information visit or call 802-387-0102.