Five events not to miss in Southern Vermont

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Welcome back: Bennington College music faculty hosts a community concert at 7:30 pm. Tuesday at Deane Carriage Barn on the college campus, including classical compositions, jazz, improvisation, and original music. Free and open to the public. More: bennington.edu/events

Jazz at Oldcastle: Acclaimed jazz musicians and composers Michael Bisio (Bennington College faculty, above), and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm bring jazz to BPAC/Oldcastle Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. 311 Main St., Bennington. Tickets $25. More: oldcastletheatre.org, call 802-447-0564.

John McCutcheon: Grammy-nominated folk singer and multi-instrumentalist performs at Next Stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $24 advance and $26 at the door, available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and the Putney General Store. More: call 802-387-0102.

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens: Gospel-influenced grooves that bring to mind the uplifting message songs of The Staple Singers and Curtis Mayfield. Saturday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $22-$25, available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and the Putney General Store. More: call 802-387-0102.

Quiltfest: The 26th annual Bennington Quiltfest features 150 new quilts and quilted items, featured lecturer Beth Helfter (above), Guild Challenge wall quilts, vendors, demonstrations and more. Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Rd., Bennington. Admission $8, Children 12 and under free. More: benningtonquiltfest.com

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