Brattleboro Brown Bag lunches feature magic, Tai Chi and live music


Brattleboro >> 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, Aug. 29, Patrick Cavanaugh will present an introduction to Tai Chi, a gentle way to help reduce stress and anxiety and increase flexibility and balance. Cavanaugh is a long-time student of Wolfe Lowenthal and is an instructor at Long River Tai Chi Circle in Vermont and New Hampshire.

On Tuesday, T. Breeze Verdant will play a wide selection of original tunes with an earthy spiritual message as well as creative takes on other folk's music that fit well. Guitar, Stompbox, and vocals.

On Wednesday, Jonas Cain, a magician, saxophonist, and storyteller, will present inspiring stories of perseverance, listen to sweet saxophone melodies, hear absurd jokes, and participate in amazing feats of magic, such as "I Don't Like Magic," "The First Trick I Ever Learned," "My Brother's Favorite Playing Card," "Why Magic Works," "Other Passions," "A Classic Piece of Magic," and "Something More Important."

On Thursday, Robin White will discuss our crazy, busy lives and how to slow down. White, a certified Life Coach, offers an introduction to living a balanced and compassionate life.

On Friday, explore the nature of the experience and how neuroscience views it and how to live it. Jack and Karen Sugden are Certified TM Instructors at the Vermont Transcendental Meditation Center.

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.

During August, The Gallery at the River Garden will exhibit the work of Steven Lloyd, who is returning to painting after a long focus on his architectural career. He says the luxury of time to paint and the input from his fellow artists in Brattleboro West Arts have encouraged him to explore new approaches. Color and composition play major roles in this group of representational and abstract acrylics and watercolors. Subjects range from imaginary landscapes to familiar local farms (reinterpreted) to abstract compositions reflecting the artist's architectural background.


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