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Saturday, April 28th Events

Bird of the Boreal Forest with Avid Birder Dave Govatski

Time: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Place: Harris Center, Hancock, NH (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: Older

The boreal forest (also called the taiga) is the great emerald necklace that encircles the northern hemisphere – the largest terrestrial ecosystem in the world. 325 bird species depend on this ecosystem for breeding habitat. Over 5 billion birds migrate to and from it each year. Dave Govatski is a retired USFS Forester and Fire Service Management Officer, having worked in several of our national forests. An avid birder, and president of the Friends of Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge in NH’s North Country, Dave will discuss why some species irrupt in large numbers during the winter in search of food. He will also cover which species to be watching for as they migrate through our area at this time of year. 3 to 4 p.m. at the Harris Center. 

Early Learning Express

Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: Living Memorial Park, Upper Parking Lot, Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

The Early Learning Express (formerly known as the Bookmobile) will hit the road for the first time as part of Windham Child Care Association. Come see the new design, meet the new driver, Early Education Outreach Specialist Emily Walsh, hear a story, and enjoy a craft activity. All visiting children will receive a new book! More information: 254-5332.

This event is FREE and is part of the Month of the Young Child, which is sponsored by Windham Child Care Association, the Early Educators Network of Southeastern Vermont and Building Bright Futures of Southeastern Vermont 

The Muse Theater

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Marlboro College, Whittemore Theater, Marlboro, VT (about 29 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: 10+

Written and directed by senior Katherine Trahan. When a chance encounter brings together 17-year-old Eli with 25-year- old Stan, a unique friendship is born. Finding common ground, the pair bond over seemingly harmless and amusing interactions, yet when a sinister agenda reveals itself their relationship begins to unravel. Not recommended for children under 10.

Kids Fun Night

Time: 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Martial Arts Principles, Keene, NH
Price: $11
Ages: Up to 12

A night of fun and activity. Includes pizza and drinks. Register by calling Joanna at 352-2299.

May Day Basket - Afternoon Art Adventure

Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Place: Peabody Mill Environmental Center, 66 Brook Rd., Amherst, NH (about 44 miles from Keene)
Price: See below
Ages: All

In days of yore, gathering flowers and branches became a tradition and "bringing in the May" became a popular activity on May 1st. The giving of baskets became part of the festivities later in the evolution of May Day. Now you & your daughter can participate in this fun activity by making a special May Day basket together. Celebration (herbal) tea party included.

Who: Child & Parent/ Guardian
Fee: $30 Resident, $35 Nonresident (includes child & guardian)

Childhood Pop-Up Museum

Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Peterborough Historical Society, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free

Ages: All

On Saturday, April 28, everyone is invited to create a "Pop-Up Museum" in Bass Hall. Be a curator for a day! Bring an object that embodies the idea of "childhood" for you and share that object with other "curators" and visitors. Your object might be a toy, a book, a photograph, a letter, a song- let your imagination guide you! Objects need not be historic or antique but you will want to bring something that is easy to transport and can be displayed on a table. Children are encouraged to participate!

Materials will be provided to create your own museum label and to display your object. Pop-up curators should plan to bring their objects at 10 am and to take them home at 12 pm.
The community's Pop-Up Museum will remain on display until 12 pm. And of course, refreshments will be served!

Questions? Give a call at 603-924-3235, or send an email. 

White River Indie Film Festival

Time: 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Place: White River Junction, VT (about 60 miles from Keene)
Price: $9/$5 students
Ages: All

Films are selected for their recognized artistic and social merit. By broadening the audience for such films, hosting discussions, and partnering with local public interest groups, WRIF seeks to fill this void and stimulate greater citizen participation in political and cultural affairs.
Films presented will be recent prizewinners from major international film festivals and submissions from regional filmmakers.

Friday Evening (4/27):
– Indie pioneers John Sayles & Maggie Renzi bring their new film AMIGO for area premiere at WRIF gala benefit. They’ll be around during the weekend to participate in panels and John will be reading from his new novel! Meet and greet this fascinating pair.

Saturday (4/28):
– MILL & THE CROSS – Bruegel painting comes to life, literally. Stunning cinematic magic.
– RETURNING FIRE – Culture jammers wage peace inside violent video games.
– WE’RE NOT BROKE – Corporate tax dodgers vs. the Occupiers.
– PEARL and BRIEF REUNION – Short & feature, both shot in Upper Valley. Filmmakers Dan Butler, Richard Waterhouse; Ben Silberfarb, Jon Daschbach. Beautiful films. One touching; one a spooky thriller.
– HIPSTERS – Crazy, comrade, crazy! Soviet jazz kids underground in ‘50s Russia.
– W.A.R.: !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION – Stunning 40-year chronicle of feminist art & more.
– SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS – WRJ’s own Matt Bucy shot this doc about the oldest gay Mardi Gras crew in NOLA. (Followed by a live-band dance party. Laissez les bons temps rouler!)

Sunday (4/29):
– LOCAL FILMMAKERS’ BRUNCH – Nosh & watch. Bagels & films. New works. Made fresh right here.
– ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA – Living in the nuclear world with (among many others) Vermont Yankee, your neighbor.
– HASTA LA VISTA – A trio of young guys hits the road to… yep, get laid. You won’t expect who these dudes are & what they have to offer.
– FREEDOM & UNITY: THE VERMONT MOVIE – Sneak preview of a collaborative film about Vermont, instigated by Norwich filmmaker Nora Jacobson, and including the work of more than 40 Vermont filmmakers.
– WRIF WRAP PARTY – Our usual festival farewell at the Main St. Museum. A fun finale.
Also panels, workshops, readings, and parties!
Tickets are $9 unless otherwise noted. Student tickets are $5 and available at ticket outlets or at the door, but not online. Online tickets must be purchased no later than one day prior to the program and carry a $1 surcharge to cover processing costs.
Tickets will be available at the venue the days of the festival only. Door sales are cash or check only.
This year WRIF offers two passes: an all film pass that gets you into all films in the festival, and an all access pass that gets you into all the films plus the gala and workshops.

Music: Hungry Town

Time: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Place: Stone Church Arts, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls, VT (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: See below
Ages: All

“It is Rebecca Hall’s voice and her songwriting that make Hungrytown what they are. She sings gently and with a pure tone that reminds me a little of mid-60s folk/pop sounds; it’s the very antithesis of rock music and its attitudes. Ken Anderson is responsible for the arrangements that fit around her voice and contributes some seamless harmony vocals. If Rebecca is the nightingale, singing with a voice of captivating beauty, then Ken’s arrangements are a lacework of branches, a frame of natural beauty in itself… Contemporary American folk music is full of people trying to evoke times gone by and there seem to be almost as many ways of doing this as there are old-timey acts. Hungrytown have a distinctive slant on this whole idea and I think the quiet beauty of their music almost sounds like a prayer for calm in a febrile world.” – John Davy, Flyinshoes Review
Concert begins at 7:30 pm; doors open at 7:00 pm.

IN ADVANCE: $17.00 for adults; $13.00 for seniors over 60, and children under 12.
AT THE DOOR: $20 ($15 seniors & children).

Tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers (Bellows Falls), Toadstool Bookshop (Keene, NH), Brattleboro Books, Misty Valley Books (Chester), and at or available at the door.

Free Lunch at the Library

Time: 12:00 pm
Place: Gay-Kimball Library, 10 S. Main St., Troy, NH (about 8 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Free Lunch @ the Library!! (Yes, there is such a thing as a free Lunch!!)  Saturday, April 28th from 12pm - 2pm will be our 5th Annual Free Lunch @ the Library (formerly known as the Hot Soup Social).  We’ll have soup from Inn at East Hill Farm & Sunflowers, bread from Eva’s Bakery & Cafe , and beverages from Troy Minute Mart.  Embrace Spring and enjoy a hot meal with your neighbors.  The following sponsors make this event possible:  Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy Minute Mart, Eva’s Bakery & Café, Sunflowers Café.  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! 

Dancing of the Ladies

Time: 8:00 am
Place: Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Come to Stonewall Farm to see the cows go to pasture for the first time this spring!  They sing and jump for joy as they romp through the pastures.  Don't miss this free event.  
Stay for a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11am in the Program room (breakfast is $5/person, kids free).  
Stay until noon and see these new parts of the farm!
Farmstand: featuring the debut of our new Stonewall Farm yogurt.  
Micropasteurizing and Bottling Plant: see where the new yogurt is produced.
Discovery Room: try your hand at the miniature bottling plant, play at the Excavation Station and Worm Tunnel, and meet Aquinna, our new cockatoo in the Reading Room.  The Discovery Room will be open daily 8:30-4:30 with exhibits and activities for 3-8 year olds. 
We hope you can join us for one of these upcoming events!  If not, remember that you are welcome to explore the hiking trails and dairy barn and visit the small animals every day from dawn to dusk. 

Sy Montgomery Signing and Discussing her New Book

Time: 11:00 am
Place: The Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free

Ages: All

SY MONTGOMERY returns to sign and discuss her latest book, TEMPLE GRANDIN: HOW THE GIRL WHO LOVED COWS EMBRACED AUTISM AND CHANGED THE WORLD.  Written at a middle school reading level, Sy’s new book will introduce readers to this amazing woman and help them understand autistic people.

Railroad Field Trip

Time: 9:00 am
Place: Meet at Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, NH
Price: $14 members/$18 non-members
Ages: Older

The final Railroad Exhibit Program will be a field trip conducted by Brad Bloget and Dick Richards along the former Cheshire Branch line from Keene to Bellows Fall. One 15 passenger van will leave HSCC at 9:00 a.m. There will be frequent stops along the way, with one being for lunch at a restaurant or to enjoy your own brown bag lunch, and another to tour the Green Mountain Railroad facilities in North Walpole. Please wear good walking shoes. Cost for this fun day of viewing and visiting former railroad sites is $14 for HSCC members and $18 for non HSCC members. For further information or to reserve your seat in the van, please contact HSCC by email or at 352-1895.

Flea Market

Time: 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: Cheshire Fairgrounds, Swanzey, NH (a few miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Flea market at Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey. Contact: 603 357-4740.

Ymca Healthy Kids Day

Time: 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Place: Keene Family YMCA, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Keene Family YMCA invites kids and parents to attend Healthy Kids Day - a free community event that will help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities to improve health and well-being. Activities such as swimming, rock wall climbing, Family Zumba, open gym, photos with Ribby, and face painting will be featured.

Hodgerney Benefit

Time: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Place: Keene Hope Chapel, Keene, NH
Price: $10 15 and under/$15 adults
Ages: All

Spaghetti Dinner Hodgerney family benefit
Saturday, April 28th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
at the Keene Hope Chapel
There will also be a dance & silent auction all proceeds will go to the family of Pastor Ray who passed away on March 19th.
$15 for adults
$10 for ages 15 and under


Vernal Pool Exploration

Time: 9:00 am
Place: Meet at Olivia Rodham Memorial Library, 1 nelson Rd., Nelson, NH (about 11 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Kathy Schillemat, NCC member and Speaking For Wildlife volunteer, will lead a Vernal Pool Exploration on the Old Road To Dublin (the first trail prepared by the Nelson Trails Committee).  We will meet in the Library at 9:00 a.m. for about a half an hour just to go over what we might encounter then carpool over to the trail head for the short walk to the pools.  Bring buckets and water boots.  The trip will go rain or shine and return by noon.  For more information, call Kathy at 847-9785.

May Day Celebration

Time: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Place: High Mowing School, 222 Isaac Frye Hwy, Wilton, NH (about 32 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Celebrate Spring with Maypole dancing, live music and seasonal merriment for all ages!  High Mowing School presents May Day at the campus on Abbot Hill Road, in Wilton. Admission is free, and the entire community is welcome!

Maypole and Morris dancing begin promptly at noon.  The day also features a performance by the Flying Gravity Circus, children’s games and crafts, scrumptious refreshments for purchase and High Mowing’s eagerly anticipated annual pottery sale.
High Mowing School is a Waldorf high school for day and boarding students. The school, founded in 1942, is a place for young adults to grow intellectually, artistically and socially, while living and learning with students from across town and around the world.
Heather Carver, 603-654-2391 x135

Concert: A Tribute to Duke Ellington

Time: 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Place: Peterborough Town House, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: $5

Ages: All

Featuring selections from Duke Ellington's "Sacred Concerts" and other works by Duke Ellington, for families with children, April 28, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; April 29, 3 p.m. 

What's special about today?
National blueberry pie day
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture unveiled its first “food pyramid.” 1992
James Monroe's birthday, 1758
Jay Leno's birthday, 1950 

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