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'Music Under the Stars' drive-in concerts sold out

Drive-in concerts by the BMC Pops and the VJC Seven with Wanda Houston this weekend have sold out, according to organizers.

The BMC Pops on Friday and the VJC Seven with Wanda Houston on Saturday are presented by "Music Under the Stars," a program organized by the Retreat Farm and the Brattleboro Music Center.

"We are certainly heartened by the community support and the popularity of these events," Brattleboro Music Center Executive Director Mary Greene said in a statement. "At the same time, we regret we could not accommodate more music lovers."

In keeping with required COVID-19 regulations, only those with reservations will be admitted. Attendees must be masked and arrive in vehicles.

Future events will be announced on the music center website, at

Youth theater hosts outdoor movies

Tickets are now on sale for "Reel Theatrics," a New England Youth Theatre outdoor movie experience celebrating its 2020 programs.

The shows will be presented in a socially-distanced setting on the lawn at 100 Flat St. Romeo and Juliet will be shown on Friday and Sunday. The Musical Theatre Intensive, Retro Viral Radio, Honey I Shrunk The Show and Brave Young Vaudevillians will be shown tonight and Saturday. The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring chairs, blankets and masks.

To reserve tickets, call 802-246-3698, ext 103. More information is available at and on Facebook, @NewEnglandYouthTheatre.


The Blue Dahlia Trio and Stu Fuchs to perform

Next Stage Arts Project presents The Blue Dahlia Trio and Stu Fuchs at its next socially-distanced concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 5.

The show will take place at 168 Westminster West Road (Greenberg Associates Architects), with parking at the Putney Central School Parking Lot. This is the fifth socially-distanced concert presented by Next Stage.

The Blue Dahlia blends cultures, with lyrics in English and French and the accordion, the sensual voice of jazz and French chanson and klezmer violin and rhythms of reggae, ska and Latin America. The music can be heard as both an acoustic trio and an electric big band.

Stu Fuchs is a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, sound healer and teacher. He plays folk, classical, jazz, rock, experimental, sacred and world music on acoustic guitar and ukulele, as well as Latin percussion, Bolivian charango, Australian didjeridoo, Native American flute and Tibetan singing bowls.

More information and tickets are available at


New poetry book award accepting entries

Rising Vermont poets are invited to submit their work to the new First or Second Book Award poetry contest.

Sundog Poetry Center in Jefferson has established a book award for a first or second poetry manuscript, in partnership with Green Writers Press in Brattleboro, which will design, print and distribute the book nationwide. The final judge is Vermont Poet Laureate, and award-winning poet, Mary Ruefle.

This contest is open to all Vermont poets. Submissions of manuscripts of a first or second book will open Sept. 1 and close Oct. 31. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded along with 50 copies. Sundog Poetry will provide assistance with promotion through a featured book launch and readings scheduled throughout the state. Manuscripts should be between 48 and 64 pages. Proof of residency will be requested along with a $20 application fee online via Submittable.

Poets Tamra Higgins and Mary Jane Dickerson founded the Sundog Poetry Center in 2014.

For more information, visit or email


Martin Sexton, Led Zeppelin tribute and fireworks come to drive-in

A drive-in concert series at the Cheshire Fairgrounds hosts Martin Sexton on Friday and a fireworks festival and a Led Zeppelin tribute on Sunday.

Martin Sexton is an American singer-songwriter and producer, and has released nine studio albums blending soul, gospel, country, rock, blues and R&B. His performance is set for 8 p.m.

Kashmir: The Live Zeppelin Show with a fireworks display by Atlas is set for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The show was originally planned for Saturday but was moved due to inclement weather.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now at Attendees purchase one ticket per vehicle. Cars will have 10 feet of space between them and will be parked in a staggered fashion for unobstructed views. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and sit in the empty spot to the left of their vehicle. Artists are live and in person, and performing on a festival style stage with a sound system, light system and video walls. Tickets range between $50 and $135 per vehicle. More information and guidelines can be found on the website.

Drive-In Live has also announced performances of Twiddle and Citizen Cope in September. Twiddle will be performing two dates, Sept. 10 & 11 at 7 p.m. Citizen Cope will be performing on Sept. 19. Tickets are on sale on the website now.

Drive-In Live is set to take place every weekend until Oct. 10 in the south parking lot of the fairground, adhering to the state guidelines for drive-in movie theaters.


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