Brown Bag lunch features folk music, jazz and blues and electronic support


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, Feb. 22, experience a one-on-one session with Susan Hebson and Laurie Katz. Sukyo Mahikari aims to help people achieve personal spiritual growth and teaches the transmission of light energy through a practice believed to issue from the palm of the hand.

On Tuesday, bring your electronic device, such as smart phones, iPads, tablets, or laptops to receive assistance in getting set up with OneClick Digital. Library patrons with borrower cards have free access to thousands of downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks through OneClick Digital. Presented by Cal LaFountain, the library's Electronic Support Specialist.

On Wednesday, sing-along with Tina Olsen as she plays old time folk songs. Tina fell in love with folk music of the 60s and 70s when she was 12 and taught herself guitar. She is happy to sing folk favorites and take requests.

On Thursday, enjoy uplifting jazz and blues with Patti Smith, jazz vocalist, and Kate Parsons, pianist. Patti is a regular in the Southern VT Deerfield Valley music scene. Her influences include Billie Holiday, June Christy, Anita O'Day, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker. Katie was a founding trustee of the Open Music Collective in Brattleboro, and as an accomplished pianist, she enjoys responding to and rediscovering songs with jazz vocalists of a wide variety of styles.

On Friday, nestled in the hills and riverscapes of Southern Vermont, singer and songwriter Hannah Hoffman recently released her first album, Blur, consisting of songs written over the course of the past 6 years. Hannah draws inspiration from folksy songstresses like Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, and Regina Spektor, but explores an edgy soulfulness in her vocals.

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 February, The Gallery at the River Garden will exhibit "Cabin Fever" featuring oil and watercolor paintings by Crystal Bartlett and acrylics by Steven Meyer.


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