Brattleboro Brown Bag series features cheese, music and more


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, March 21, nestled in the hills and riverscapes of southern Vermont, Hannah Hoffman recently released her first album, "Blur," consisting of songs written over the course of the past six years. She draws inspiration from folksy songstresses like Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, and Regina Spektor, but explores an edgy soulfulness in her vocals.

On Tuesday, Nan Stefanik, from Vermont Quince, explores ways to ensure that all your guests are delighted with your cheeseboard. Think color and texture as well as taste. Consider preserves, nuts, pesto, hummus, pickles, greens, charcuterie, dried and fresh fruit, mustard, hard boiled eggs, tuna salad, and even chocolate. Skip the crackers and add a sliced baguette to make it a meal.

On Wednesday, discover how focusing helps find new possibilities. By paying gentle attention to your senses, what was stuck, confused, or unclear comes into focus — creating new possibilities for understanding, communication, and action. Beatrice Blake specializes in teaching "Focusing and Thinking at the Edge."

On Thursday, Daniel Sicken plays original songs of non-violent direct action. From the early 1980s to now, Daniel has been writing songs about his experiences: non-violently resisting nuclear weapons, war taxes, and cooperation with endless war, plus courts, trials, county jails, and federal prisons. Daniel plays guitar and harmonica with a finger-picking blues style, and has a personal historical component he'll happily share.

On Friday, Gabbi Walton performs original songs with rock and jazz influences and covers classic rock and jazz favorites. She has been performing in the West River Valley and Brattleboro areas most of her life. Gabbi has performed at fundraisers and festivals such as Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Jamaica Old Home Days.

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 March, The Gallery at the River Garden will exhibit "High School 2D" — the Arts Council of Windham County's Student Art Month show of drawings, paintings, and photographs by students from several public and private schools.


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