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Family events

Bagels and Blocks ~ A Jewish-based drop-in playgroup

Date & Time: 
Feb 5 2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Make new friends while having fun with your child! 
Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is excited to offer a Jewish-based drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers (0-5 years).

Bagels and Blocks is a facilitated parenting group as well as an activity group for babies and toddlers. These fun and friendly gatherings feature songs, stories, crafts, snacks, and free play.

Our next playgroup is February 5th from 1-3pm. Our theme for February is Tu B'Shevat (Birthday for the Trees).

High School A Cappella Concert

Date & Time: 
Feb 3 2017 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Taking the stage on Friday, February 3, at 8:00pm, six regional high school a cappella groups will give a rousing concert at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Started more than a decade ago in anticipation of Saturday’s collegiate concert at the Latchis, the High School A Cappella Concert gets rave reviews each year. All proceeds benefit the In-Sight Photography Project. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door on a first-come first-served basis. Seating is limited, with some standing room available.

Sleigh/Hay Rides

Date & Time: 
Dec 31 2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy the outdoors by going on a sleigh/hay rides with your friends and family at Fairwinds Farm in Brattleboro. This is one of the many events as part of Last Night Brattleboro, a New Year's Eve Substance-Free Celebration.
Sponsored by Members 1st Credit union

$8 for adults and $4 children up to 12 years.
Please do not bring your dogs.

Holiday Break Movie Matinee

Date & Time: 
Dec 29 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks will be showing the movie "Secret Life of Pets" on Thursday, December 29th at 2pm at the Gibson Aiken Center. There will be popcorn and juice. This event is free of charge.

Holiday Break Bowling

Date & Time: 
Dec 28 2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Holiday Break Bowling at Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road from 10 am to 2pm for all ages; children under 10 must be with an adult. The cost is $7.00 (includes two games, shoes, hot dog & drink).
Call the Rec & Parks Office for more details 802-254-5808.
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Rogue One: A Geeky Star Wars Cosplay

Date & Time: 
Dec 16 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Star Wars costume party with models, a professional photographer, refreshments and more!

Come to Positive Geek on Flat Street from 6-8 pm on Friday, December 16 dressed in your best Star Wars-related attire, and you could win prizes!

Sandy Klein, noted costumer for New England Youth Theater (NEYT) will be our judge, selecting the best outfits in three categories:

Best overall Star Wars Costume wins a $20 gift card to the Latchis Theater

Most original Star Wars Costume wins a $20 gift card to Positive Geek

Most realistic Star Wars costume wins a $10 gift card to Positive Geek

Some of the area's top models will be here, showing off their outfits. We will also have a professional photographer, and refreshments. Admission is free!

Bagels and Blocks - A Drop-In Playgroup

Date & Time: 
Jan 8 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Make new friends while having fun with your child!

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is excited to offer a Jewish-based
drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers
(0-5 years).

Bagels and Blocks is a facilitated parenting group
as well as an activity group for babies and toddlers. These fun and
friendly gatherings feature songs, stories, crafts, snacks, and free

Our first playgroup is January 8th from 1-3pm
Playgroups will be on the 1st Sunday of the month thereafter from 1-3pm

Playgroups are free and open to all.
We look forward to meeting you!

151 Greenleaf Street in West Brattleboro

Bellows Falls Santa Express

Date & Time: 
Nov 20 2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Embark on a magical train ride filled with holiday cheer aboard the historic Green Mountain Flyer from Bellows Falls to the North Pole (Chester Station) and back again. On the train ride, kids and adults alike will be entertained by students from the Bellows Falls Middle School advanced band as they play and sing favorite holiday tunes! Other entertainment will include Troy Wunderle (circus and magic entertainment), Grinch & Cindy Lou Who, and Mrs. Claus joins us with reading the Night Before Christmas to the kids. At the North Pole each child will meet Santa as a small ensemble of hand bells from the Saxtons River Ringers will entertain with more holiday music.

The Phil & Mary Dunham Ski, Skate, Snowboard & Hockey Sale

Date & Time: 
Nov 5 2016 - 8:00am - 11:00am

The Annual Phil Dunham Ski-Skate & Snowboard Sale, directed by the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department and the Brattleboro Outing Club will be held Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 8:00am – 11:00am, at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street. If you are interested in selling or buying snowboards, skis, ski boots, poles, and bindings (both downhill and cross country), skates, all winter sports clothing and hockey equipment this is the event for you! People who wish to enter items in the sale must bring them to the Gibson Aiken Center, Friday, November 4th between 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm only. Any winter sport article can be listed for sale, but only twenty items per person will be accepted. Equipment brought in for the Ski-Skate & Snowboard Sale will be checked for DIN numbers.

Medieval Faire - The Grammar School

Date & Time: 
Oct 8 2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

On Saturday, October 8, from 10 am to 4 pm, The Grammar School in Putney, Vermont, will transform our campus into a medieval village once again as we host our annual Medieval Faire. This event has been a family favorite for more than 25 years!
Enjoy the festivities while the King and his royal court preside over the Faire. Kids can ride a flying dragon, battle a knight, and watch a joust with medieval riding games. Fairgoers can also shop for goods in the village market and watch extravagant entertainment, including live music and a puppet show. You can even be knighted by the King himself!
Other highlights this year include:

Birds of prey from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum
Fencing demonstrations
Archery and slingshot ranges
Climbing walls

Bicentennial Celebration - Centre Congregational Church

Date & Time: 
Sep 24 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Celebration of the first 200 years at Centre Congregational Church

Contra Dance on Saturday, September 24, 7-9 pm in Memorial Hall.  This is a family friendly event for all ages and levels and experience, taught and called by Andy David, with accordian and fiddle.  Refreshments served.  Admission %5.

Sunday Services, September 25, at 10;00 am, to feature the Kuirn Hattin chorus, followed by a cook-out and old-time games on the lawn. 

BEEC'S 25th Birthday fest: Celebration on the Summit

Date & Time: 
Repeats every day until Sun Sep 11 2016 .
Sep 10 2016 - 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sep 11 2016 - 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Celebration on the Summit
BEEC’s 25th Birthday Party!
Saturday September 10th from 5 to 9pm
Free and open to all!

Come one and all to celebration 25yrs of Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center.
Enjoy a Birthday Party with your family at top the Jewel of Bonnyvale Road, Heifer Hill, with spectacular 360 views. The theme of our gala celebration is all things celestial: the birds the winds and the stars.

The fun starts at 5pm kite making, sun prints bird puppets and more. A picnic at 6 (you can bring your own, or make a reservation on line to purchase a picnic). Cake will be provided for all.

KidsPLAYce Free Community Wednesdays!

Date & Time: 
Repeats every week until Wed Sep 21 2016 .
Sep 7 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Sep 14 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Sep 21 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Open 10am - 12pm, Free Play Time, all are welcome!
Volunteer run, Wednesdays mornings in September!
**SUMMER HOURS will continue on Fridays 10am-2pm through Friday September 23rd.
****KidsPLAYce will resume it's REGULAR SEASON on Saturday, September 24th, 10am-2pm. The 2016/2017 Season will run from September 24th 2016-May 2017, open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-2pm.

Celebration on the Summit

Date & Time: 
Sep 10 2016 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for BEEC’s twenty-fifth birthday party!
Saturday, September 10 on BEEC’s Heifer Hill
Free and open to all!

5 pm: Hike to the summit of Heifer Hill for kite making and flying (feel free to bring your own kites), a summer sound safari, and more. Pack a picnic and meet us on the hill!

6:30 pm: Words, Strings and Kids Take Wing - poetry by Lynn Martin, music by Gudrun Weeks, Peggy Spencer and Zon Eastes, and a BEEC camper ceremony.

6:45 pm: Presentation of the Stockwell Environmental Award and enjoy birthday cake.

Crickets by Moonlight at BEEC

Date & Time: 
Aug 18 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

As summer wanes, the calls of insects replace the songs of frogs and birds. BEEC naturalist Patti Smith will introduce you to the many musical insects of summer nights. We will begin the program listening to recordings of the performers and learning to recognize the most distinctive. We will then take an evening stroll to the top of Heifer Hill to look for singing insects, and enjoy their songs and the light of the full moon.

Grace Cottage Hospital Fair Day

Date & Time: 
Aug 6 2016 - 9:00am - 6:00pm

This annual event has been called “New England at its best” by the Boston Globe.

With free admission and free parking, the fair features activities to please the whole family: a live auction, bargain booths, bingo, pony rides, face painting, jewelry, kids games, a costume booth for kids, a dunking booth, and more. Yummy fair food includes BBQ chicken, cotton candy and good ol' fried dough.

For those born at Grace Cottage Hospital, join in the Baby Parade led by bagpipers and the Grace Cottage stork. The Baby Parade awards prizes for oldest, youngest, and to the person who came from farthest away.

Springfield's Market Madness Street Fair

Date & Time: 
Aug 20 2016 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Old-Fashioned Street Fair including Kids’ Corner, music all day, expanded farmers’ market, arts and crafts, quilt display and raffle, BBQ, Trout River and Harpoon Beer Gardens, classic cars, antique cars and tractors, motor sports, ice cream social, dunk tank, Humane Society’s Love Shack and Kissing Booth, and more! LOCAL FRESH, ARTSY, FUN! Sponsored by Springfield On the Move, 802-885-1527 som@vermontel.net, see our Facebook page!

Family Pool Party at Living Memorial Park

Date & Time: 
Jul 11 2016 - 3:00pm

Family Pool Party to be held on Wednesday, July 13th, from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Living Memorial Park Pool. This event is for all ages. The cost is $5.00 per person for Brattleboro Residents. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, salads, ice cream & drinks will be served. There will be fun water games and races to enjoy. There will be a DJ, clown and more. Prizes will be awarded! This year’s theme is “Winter in July”. Have some fun and dress for the occasion! For more information, call the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Office at 254-5808. Please see our website for a complete listing/description of events at www.brattleboro.org.

Alumni Dance

Date & Time: 
Jun 18 2016 - 7:30pm - Jun 19 2016 - 12:00am

The Brattleboro VFW will be hosting the Alumni Dance Saturday, June 18th. Doors open at 7:30 PM, and the "Turn Me Loose" band will be playing from 8 pm - 12 am. Cost is $10 per person, plus dues if you are an alumni. All are welcome to attend. Questions may be directed to Susan Strong at 802-254-3679.

Kids' Day at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market

Date & Time: 
Jun 11 2016 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

Kids are invited to vend their wares at the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market on Saturday, June 11. Just bring a table and chair and show up between 9AM and 2PM. All items must be hand-made, home grown and hand-crafted. No food mixes or craft kits, please. Email farmersmarket05301@yahoo.com for more information.

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