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The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, October 25-31


Published October 23, 2023 at 4:49 p.m.
Updated October 25, 2023 at 10:08 a.m.

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  • Mary Bonhag

We Run This Mother

Friday 27 & Sunday 29

Scrag Mountain Music presents Sacred Songs of the Mary's, an utterly unconventional early-music concert at St. Augustine Church in Montpelier and Warren United Church. Girls run the world in this program of medieval and Renaissance tunes about Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene, which includes the world premiere of a piece by Ruth Cunningham inspired by the noncanonical Gospel of Mary and performances by soprano Mary Bonhag and bass and violist da gamba Evan Premo.

Dance With the Devil

Saturday 28
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  • Skeleton's Soiree

Monsters mash and demons dance at Skeleton's Soirée, a ghoulishly glam shindig at Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. This merry, moonlit Halloween get-together features costume contests, cocktails tasty enough to tempt the dead, carnival-inspired bites and a devilishly fun dance party.

Word Up

Wednesday 25
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  • Ross Gay

Montpelier-area bibliophiles support their local library in the splashiest of ways by attending a reading by New York Times best-selling author Ross Gay at the Savoy Theater. This celebration of the launch of Gay's newest essay collection, The Book of (More) Delights, doubles as a fundraiser for the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. All ticket holders receive a signed book.

Dead Ball

Friday 27
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  • Halloween Costume Party + Ping Pong

Waterbury residents hit up the historic district's newest art gallery, the Phoenix, at its first annual Halloween Costume Party & Ping-Pong Tournament. The owners, dressed as Ken and Barbie and acting as bartenders for the night, keep the beer and wine flowing while guests compete for table tennis glory and nominate their friends in the Best Costume competition.

Chef Valley

Saturday 28
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  • Montpelier Strong

At Montpelier Restaurants Strong & Montpelier Alive Oktoberfest, a Bavarian bash supports Capital City restaurants in their rebuilding and recovery efforts. Farr's Field in Waterbury overflows with food and libations, with a list of participating vendors that includes restaurants, pubs, dessert joints and delis. All proceeds go toward rebuilding, equipment costs and recouping lost summer income.

Strike a Prose

Sunday 29
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Lit lovers and independent media enthusiasts flock to Burlington's Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center for Fomite Festival. The Queen City publisher goes hard at this eight-hour extravaganza, which features a book sale, an exhibition of art from Fomite Press authors and a marathon of readings by over a dozen local authors.

Oiled for Choice

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  • Cutline "Staying Connected" by Amy Schachter

ART, etc. in Randolph hosts a double billing exhibition of the works of Amy Schachter and Jan Fowler. Both artists present landscapes of Vermont's natural beauty — Schachter with her abstract acrylics and graphite on wood, and Fowler with her visually arresting oil paintings.



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