Events around Windham County

Contra dance at Pierce's Hall on Saturday

On Saturday there will be a contra dance with a band for live traditional contra music with Louisa Engle, fiddle, with friends and Jacob Le Grone, caller at Pierce's Hall,

Beginners' session from 7:30 to 8 p.m., then dancing until 10:30 p.m.

Pierce's Hall is located on East Putney Falls Road (off Route 5 two miles north of Putney Village.) Admission is a $10 suggested donation.

Beginners welcome. All dances taught and no partner necessary.

For more information call 802-387-0163.

'Inherit the Wind' open reading this Saturday

Rock River Players offer open reading of Lawrence and Lee's INHERIT THE WIND at the Williamsville Hall, Dover Road, Williamsville. All are welcome to join in the reading or to just listen.

From 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Potluck to share, Iced tea and snacks provided. Hear more about the Rock River Players from founding Players and the many ways to become involved.

From 7 to 9 p.m.: Reading of a timely play, "Inherit the Wind," which exhibits the power of independent thinking: to request a specific part, write in advance. Otherwise, or jump into a role spontaneously that night. Non-reading audience members are most welcome, too.

A Harry Potter release party at Bartleby's Books

Bartleby's Books is tholding a release party for a new Harry Potter story! The party will start at 10 p.m. on Saturday and books can be sold starting at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday The release party will feature Harry Potter trivia, viewing of the first Harry Potter movie, Horcrux scavenger hunt, house sorting and Harry Potter refreshments. Costumes are encouraged, but optional.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child "is the eighth Harry Potter story, and the first to officially be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London's West End on 30th July 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Bartleby's Books is located at 17 West Main Street in downtown Wilmington. To pre-order your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, call Bartleby's at 802-464-5425, email or visit Books can be pre-ordered and picked up any time after the release if you are unable to make the party.

African dance and drum classes on Wednesday

African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class with instructor Raoul Ombang on Wednesday, Aug. 3. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. a drum class; from 7:30 to 9 p.m., a dance class. at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. Cost is $10 for drum class and $15 for dance class.

All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. The Stone Church is air conditioned.

Raoul Ombang was born in Cameroon in central Africa. He started to dance when he was 11 with a dance group from his village, Bafia. He created a dance school where he taught traditional and modern dances from Cameroon and in 2002 gained notoriety as a choreographer. By 2004 he toured Chad, Nigeria, the Gabon and Togo. In 2011 he joined the Singo Dance Troupe as choreographer and percussionist. In 2013 he arrived in America with the Singo Troupe and currently resides in Brattleboro Vermont where he continues to promote the culture of Cameroon.

For more information visit and check out African Dance VT on Facebook.

Yankee Male Chorus returns to the First Congregation Church

The highly renowned men's singing group, the "Yankee Male Chorus," returns for its 63rd tour.

The four concerts they give each year consist of 30+ men singing in four-part-harmony songs from the sacred, popular, spiritual, Broadway, and novelty areas of music. All men are volunteers from choirs and choral groups throughout the New England region, New York State and other areas. Several local men are members of the chorus.

The chorus gets together on Wednesday afternoon for their only rehearsal and goes public that night for four consecutive evening concerts.

The wonderful sound this year will be heard first on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the First Congregation Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Main St. Brattleboro; Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Charlestownym Congregation Church, 71 Main St. Charlestown, N.H.: Friday, Aug. 12 the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St. Bellows Falls; and Saturday aug. 13, the finale, at the First Baptist Church, 80 Main St. Chester.

All concerts begin at 7:30 PM.

There are no tickets to be purchased. A free will offering may be taken during intermission at each location.

All four locations are handicap accessible.

Branch River Theatre is holding open auditions at the Community House

Branch River Theatre is pleased to be holding open auditions on Monday., Aug. 8 and Tuesday. Aug. 9, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Community House of Marlborough, 160 Main St., Marlborough, N.H. of "The House Of Blue Leaves", written by John Guarre and directed by Wendy Almeida.

Story overview: Zookeeper and aspiring songwriter Artie Shaughnessy has a dream – and a contact in Hollywood. He also has a crazy wife, a pushy girlfriend, an AWOL son and three uninvited guests from a religious order – who hog his TV and beer.

The place is Sunnyside, a working-class neighborhood of Queens just a bridge crossing (but an eternity) away from the glitter of Manhattan. The date is Oct. 4, 1965, when Pope Paul VI landed at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport for what was the first-ever papal visit to the United States.

Winner of Obie and Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best American Play, The House of Blue Leaves has been described as "mad, funny and sprawling," "suddenly heartbreaking" and "iconic"; and variously categorized as black comedy, farce, theatre of the absurd and paranoid realism. Whatever its category, John Guare's play brilliantly captures the optimism, pessimism, hunger for fame, anger and confusion of the American spirit.

Auditions consist of cold-readings from the script. The six performances are scheduled for Nov. 4 to 5 and 11 to 12 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. at the Marlborough Community House. For more audition and contact information visit and our Facebook page.

Characters: Artie Shaughnessy – male 40s to 50s; Ronnie Shaughnessy – male late teens to 20s; Bunny Flingus – female 30s to 40s; Bananas Shaughnessy – female 40s to 50s; Corinna Stroller – female 20s to 30s; Billy Einhorn – male 40s to 50s: Three nuns – female various ages; A military policeman – male 20s to 50s; The white man – male any age


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