VSB News Sept 2011
Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square in Bellows Falls, is pleased to welcome T Namaya for a multi-media performance on Wed. September 7 at 7pm. The show is a collection of music, stories, and multimedia created by performance artist, storyteller and poet T. Namaya. Vermont My Home: A Celebration is an eloquent and, at times, humorous, show celebrating his home in the forest sanctuary of Blue Heron Pond.
T.Namaya – Is an international performance artist, jazz poet, story-teller, and humorist. He has performed around the world in theaters and clubs in Europe, Asia (Japan, Malaysia, Australia, & New Zealand), though out the USA, and in the past year Palestine and Syria. He has performed with his band “Jazz Beat Poetry Ensemble,” and as a solo artist with his show “GOD SEX POLITICS,” and “Imagine this” a show completely improvised with the audience in NYC. Described as, “The high wire performance artist of the spoken word.”
His 2011 show is based on his new CD “Vermont My Home: A celebration” is a multimedia performance based on Namaya’s stories, music, songs, and photographs. “It is a celebration of my home on Blue Heron Pond, characters like my neighbor Josiah, the wayward monk Li Pon, and this 5 season paradise we call Vermont.” It is a story about traveling around the world, but always coming home to Vermont. Namaya will have copies of his new book, as well as his new CD for sale. A portion of the sales of his work supports community projects at GRACE Cares such as Hurricane Irene Flood relief. T Namaya will be bringing books and CD's to the event, so call 802-463-9404 for book and event reservations.
Here's some more great reads- some e-Books to try out on your new e-reader (download to everything BUT a Kindle- an IPAD, IPOD, IPhone, Nook, Android reader or phone, your computer…) for all ages from Random House- fantastic authors like Lisa See, Alice Hoffman, books for the younger set like Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House Dinosaur Before Dark (book 1), Barbara Park's Junie B Jones and the Smelly Bus (book 1), Beyond the Deepwoods- the first book in the Edge Chronicle series. It's a great assortment of books- only $1.99-3.99. Once you have downloaded them, they are yours to read on your phone, e-reader, IPad, computer- all accessible through your Google account. Here's the link to check them out: http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/random-house-e-book-specials Set up your account at www.villagesquarebooks.com so that you can take advantage of these specials.
James Fowler is starting up his 6 Week Poetry Workshop starting Monday Sept 12th 9:30am - 12:30pm $100 payable to James Fowler (no relation to owners Pat & Alan Fowler) Jim gives a short lecture on some aspect of poetry and give examples, then everyone critiques the student's poems for that week. The workshop meets in the cafe. Coffee and tea are available for sale.
Poetry or Prose Open Mic Sat Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12- 2-4 pm, hosted by the River Voices Read your own poetry or short story (1-2 pages), read from a favorite book or just listen to poetry. Refreshments. Call for a reservation. 802-463-9404
Friday Sept 16 - BF3F- tentatively scheduled - James Gordon on the harmonica - Jim lives right here in Bellows Falls- we just received his new CD, "MS Blows"
Wed Sept 27 & Thurs Sept 28- Margaret Trost, author of On That Day, Everybody Ate: One Woman's Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti. There has been a one-book program at the Bellows Falls Union High School over the summer. The author will be appearing at the church in Saxtons River on Wednesday evening & at the school Thursday. Books available
Thursday Oct 6- Saxtons River Elementary School Book Fair
Friday Oct 21- BF3F- Jon Katz- Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die. Jon is well known for his Bedlam Farm dog stories. Katz has written seven novels and 12 works of nonfiction focused mostly on the lives of animals, particularly those on Bedlam Farm, where he lives in upstate New York. Now he offers a book on coping with a pet's dying. For the country's 77.5 million dog owners and 93.6 million cat owners, this account of the essential grieving process should be extremely helpful. This event will be a fundraiser for TARPS- The Animal Rescue & Protection Society in Chester, VT. We'll be inviting all of the local vets to participate. Jon visited our store this summer and insisted on Random House adding us to his book tour. More details later.
Friday Nov 11 - Archer Mayor - Tagman
Thurs Nov 17 Rusty Dewees - Scrawlins Too (book is here now)
Fri Nov 18- BF3F - Anna Dewdney - LLama Llama Home With Mama (book is here now)
Win an IPAD2 32GB with a $50 e-book gift certificate from Village Square Booksellers- Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce raffle $2 each or 3 for $5
SEVCA Raffle for $500 cash and prizes: $1 each or 6 for $5
Sat Sept 17- Walpole House Tour $25- Cash or Checks to Walpole Historical Society
Sun Sept 18, 2pm - JATOBA at the Rockingham Meeting House- Vermont Flood Relief Benefit $8 Cash or Checks to FUR
Sat Sept 24 - Sun Sept 25- Fairy House Tour at Nature Museum in Grafton Children $4, Adult $10, Sr/Student $8, Family $30 Cash or Checks to Grafton Nature Museum
Sat Sept 24, 7:30 pm: Alki Steriopoulos, Jazz pianist Stone Church Arts - Tickets at VS Books http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=216808921684348
Friday Sept 30 - Vermont Symphony Orchestra www.tix.com or at Village Square Booksellers - $2 fee - cash, check, charge. Pick your seats- http://www.villagesquarebooks.com/event/vermont-symphony-orchestra-made-vermont-music-festival-tour Patron Reception at Intermission & after the event.
Patron including Reception - $100.00 Individual - $45.00 Student/Senior - $35.00
Patron including Reception - $100.00 Individual - $30.00 Student/Senior - $20.00
Patron including Reception - $100.00 Individual - $20.00 Student/Senior - $10.00
Friday Sept 30- Final Friday Coffeehouse - Stone Church Arts - tickets??? http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=141752205916263
Other Community events:
Friday, September 9 at 7:00am - September 11 at 10:00am: Rockinghill Music Festival Barnaby Presents http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173747266027465
Sunday, September 11 · 4:00pm - 10:30pm GOODNIGHT IRENE Benefit Dance! Location: Stone Church, Main & Grove Sts. Brattleboro, VT http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=275904145769686
Thursday, September 22 at 12:00pm - September 30 at 12:00pm: 2011 Narrow Gauge Trip w/ Over The Rhine, Mary Gauthier, Richard Shindell http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170604012992417
Friday, September 23 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm: Living MindFULLY Festival http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=269911763036754
Saturday, September 24 · 12:00pm - 7:00pm Free Community Potluck & Live Music at Saxtons River Rec http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=281253571888669
Sat Sept 24- Farmers Rock at Cafe Loco- Harlows Farmstand-Ninja Monkey
Wednesday, October 12 · 5:00pm - 7:30pm CONNECT 2011 at Alysons Orchard, Walpole, NH http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=255866784438697
Sunday Nov 6 save the date- Our Place Empty Bowl
Box Girls from Melissa & Doug- Party & Family Games- great for party favors, parties, kids in the car. Don’t let the name fool you, The Box Girls conversation cards are perfect gifts for girls and boys. Each box contains 40-60 cards with questions that are intended to start fun, meaningful conversations. Each box has a different theme. We especially like the “Slumber Party” or “BFF” boxes for gifts.
We have also received lots of different stuffed animals and new Zoobies. 2012 Calendars are starting to show up too.
Hope everyone is recovering from Hurricane Irene. If there is anything Village Square Booksellers can do to help, please email me back. Happy to collect donations, donate raffle items for fundraisers, etc. Some non-perishable goods were collected Sunday at WOOL & made their way to Our Place. Our Place has seen their lunch traffic grow from 30 to 60 over the past week. Any donations are appreciated. TARPS has had 9 animals end up at the shelter since the hurricane hit, including a chinchilla - they can always use some help/donations caring for the animals.
Thanks to everyone for pulling together and helping their neighbors. Sadly, many farms, businesses and homes were destroyed. It will take time to heal our community.
Village Square Booksellers
32 The Square, PO 245
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
www.villagesquarebooks.com for books and e-books
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Pat * Alan * Nancy * Mitzi
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