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‘Stay in Your Car’ Halloween parade

The 28th Annual North Bennington Halloween “Stay in Your Car” Parade begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed vehicles, cars, trucks, trailers, and motorcycles and passengers.

The parade route will be new this year. Starting at 3:30 p.m., participating vehicles will meet at Bennington College’s back parking lot near Greenwall Auditorium/VAPA, entering through the Harlan Road entrance where volunteers provide direction to the parade lineup. The parade will start at the college’s old stone gate at the top of Prospect Street, proceeding down into the village, turning right at Lincoln Square fountain and continuing up Main Street to end at the Train Depot. Costume prizes will be announced on VAE’s Facebook page and website on Monday morning.

Although staying in your car is the safest bet for those in the parade, organizers ask that parade spectators practice social distancing and wear face masks. If not wearing a mask as part of your costume, grab some Sharpies and decorate your cloth or disposable mask. The judges will be on the lookout for the best decorated “COVID” mask.

Organizers are asking parade participants to make a donation of $10-$20 per vehicle to help VAE put on this free, annual event. Donations will be collected on the way out.The Bennington Traditional Jazz Band will play live music from Lincoln Square. Free grilled hot dogs, courtesy of Powers Market, will be distributed by members of the Norshaft Lions Club.

Community Theater presents Shakespeare romp

Bennington Community Theater will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield for six performances, beginning Nov. 6 at the Bennington Center for the Performing Arts. This comedic tour de force combines classical theatre, side-splitting slapstick, ingenious improv, witty wordplay, colorful tights and a totally unrealistic timeline to create an evening of live entertainment.

Remounted from a successful Pre-COVID-19 Valentine’s Weekend run, the cast of Mike Cutler, Joe Mozer and Chris Restino, along with director Todd Hjelt, have dusted off their tights and frilly shirts in an effort to bring a little more joy and culture to Southern Vermont. All 37 Shakespearean plays will be presented, or at least mentioned, as the cast of overachievers creates an evening of infectious fun. The six performance dates for “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” are Saturdays Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, visit or call 802-447-0564.

COVID-19 NOTICE: Seating is limited to 46 seats and reservations are mandatory. The lobby and bar will be closed and masks are mandatory while in the theater and lobby area, with temperature checks upon entry. Run-time will be approximately 90 minutes.

‘Bennington in the Civil War” comes to BPACOn Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Bennington Performing Arts Center presents “The Great Rebellion—Bennington in the Civil War,” an original play about the Civil War written by local writer Bill Morgan and directed by Robert Ebert.

Although Bennington is best known for the Revolutionary War battle on the Walloomsac, many more soldiers from Bennington fought and died in the Civil War. This fictionalized account is based on historical letters written between the characters in the play during that time. Among the people discussed in their letters back and forth are Lt. Col. Newton Stone, Capt. Ransom Gore, drummer boy Norman Puffer and Capt. Hamilton L. Shields.

Morgan is known nationally for his many books about Beat Generation figures. But since coming to Bennington a decade ago he became interested in local history, served as president of the Bennington Historical Society, and authored a book for The History Press called “Bennington in the Civil War” that formed the basis for the script.

There were at least 337 men from Bennington who served in the Civil War and their names are all carved into the decorative olive leaves that form the border for the bronze marker honoring Civil War veterans in front of the museum.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 18, and can be purchased by visiting or calling the box office at 802-447-0564. This is an in-theater event at Bennington Performing Arts Center—The Home of Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St.

COVID-19 NOTICE: Seating is limited to 46 seats and reservations are mandatory. The lobby and bar will be closed and masks are mandatory while in the theater and lobby area, with temperature checks upon entry. Run time will be approximately 60 minutes.

Sandglass hosts Halloween weekend performances

Three generations of the Sandglass family will perform in “Footpath to the CIRCUS Puppets” this weekend.

The three-act performance takes audiences around the Sandglass grounds, with roaming guides, music and puppets emerging from behind shrubbery and an old trolley car — all in a manner that observes social distancing and audience safety. Costumes are encouraged.

“We have pulled some puppets out of boxes, dusted them off and restored their finery,” reads an event announcement provided by Sandglass Theater. “Step into another world and witness acts of daring, humor and wonder.”

There will be no bathrooms available. To ensure health and safety and maintain social distancing, audiences will be seated and move about in “pod” groups.

Ticket prices are on a sliding scale, starting at $10 per person. Show times are Friday at 4 and 5 p.m., Saturday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

To book a spot, call 802-387-4051 through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., or leave a message. All calls will be returned within 1 business day. There is a maximum of 16 seats at each performance, divided into no more than eight “pod” groups, so audiences are advised to book in advance.

Sandglass Theater is at 17 Kimball Hill, Putney. More information is available at

Art by Susan Parenti on display at Next StageA gallery exhibition now on display at Next Stage features the work of artist Susan Parenti.

“In each of the nine landscape paintings on view, physical accuracy is expunged, and what is revealed in its place is a phenomenological investigation of the truths awarded us by earth and sky: That all is ever-shifting and impermanent; that a journey down a path in a forest can lead to transformation; that the world we behold with our eyes is at once a shimmer of the ephemeral and a glimmer of the eternal,” wrote Muriel Wolf in a letter about the exhibit.

The exhibition is on display until Dec. 31, with the gallery open by private showing only. For a showing contact Parenti by email:

Parenti wrote, ““These paintings surprised me. I had been painting large grid paintings and decided I wanted to try painting on a smaller canvas. As I brushed the first layers of paint on the canvas there began to be left-right-center suggestions. I went with that and the iconic driving thru the winter landscape emerged. The subtlety of the winter darks is exquisite to me. The quiet, the pulling inward. The transition between the closely hued colors interested me.”

Next Stage is at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney.

Music center launches virtual open mic

A weekly, virtual open mic program is launching at the Brattleboro Music Center.

BMC Open Mic is for all musicians, for all genres, ages and abilities, and debuts Nov. 9.

The program allows performers to record a video of themselves playing music and submit it for viewing. Submissions will be compiled into virtual “open mic” sessions, to be shared on the Brattleboro Music Center Facebook page.

Participants can play original songs, covers or concertos, or use a music application like Acapella. All lyrics and performances must be family-friendly.

To participate, upload videos, no longer than 10 minutes, to WeTransfer or Dropbox. Then email the link to Those submitting a video will be notified when their performance will be featured.

For more information, contact the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523, visit the website at, or email


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