In the Gallery

Friday, December 2 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Opening Reception During Gallery Walk


Whimsical, joyful, witty and symmetrical paper cuts and collages featuring seasonal and nature inspired themes and others such as bodies in motion.

Gallery hours are weekdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, during events at the theater and by appointment.

Free and open to the public
For more information, call (802)254-9276

In the Youth Gallery


Gallery hours are weekdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, during events at the theater and by appointment.

Free and open to the public.
For more information, call (802)254-9276.

In the Theater:

Thursday, December 8 at 6:30 pm
Friday, December 9 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, December 10 at 6:30 pm


Snack Theatre presents a very dark Christmas comedy by Jeff Goode. A pre-show soup and bread snack will be served at 6:30 pm and the show will begin at 7:00 pm.

Are you looking for something different this holiday season - an adult show, perhaps? Well, if so, this may be just the entertainment for you. In this off beat holiday show, Santa's reindeer reveal a scandal at the North Pole, accusing their not-so-jolly boss of less-than-saintly behavior. Rumors are confirmed, secrets are revealed and Santa Claus will never seem the same again.

Richard Epstein, Jim Maxwell, Nan Mann, Shoshana Rihn, David Woodberry, Harry Bauld, William Stearns and Beth Kiendl appear as the eight reindeer.

Due to language and content, Snack Theatre suggests that no children attend the show.

Some quotes about the show:
"Excellent....thought provoking" - Dramalogue Magazine
"Arrestingly funny" - Village Voice
"Brilliant" - L.A. Weekly
"Delightful" - Chicago Sun Times
"Inspired" - Time Out/New York
"Wickedly topical" - The New York Times

Tickets : $8
Reservations and information: 802-254-9276


Wednesday, December 14 at 8:00 pm


The H-DT&G Acoustic Music Series continues with a CD releaase concert for a new “film noir folk” trio featuring Aoife O’Donovan, Ruth Ungar and Kristin Andreassen.

You might have heard the three women of Sometimes Why on stage or on the radio with one of their "other bands" (each plays in one of the rollicking stringbands that have taken the scene by storm recently with a new brand of old-time chic). But when Ruth Ungar (The Mammals), Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), and Kristin Andreassen (Uncle Earl) decided to carve out a few moments of their mutual spare time to create music together, the result was something entirely surprising, and different from what we might have heard them do elsewhere. Here, the sounds of fiddles, guitars and ukuleles sink gently into a velvety vibe of glockenspiel, wurlitzer, harmonica, piano and tambourine. Intense vocals, sparse arrangements and passionate lyricism remind you more of a Joni Mitchell or Tom Waits song than a hoedown.

"This project started with no expectation except to put on one little show last winter," says Kristin Andreassen, who makes her blues harmonica debut on the brand new, self-titled CD. "It was supposed to be a release from the hard work in the rest of our musical lives, and all we wanted was to have fun and maybe to sing songs that we felt didn’t fit in elsewhere in our careers. We kept everything simple. Most of the instruments fit in Ruth’s rolly-bag."

Most of the instruments except the piano, that is. So while rehearsing for their third-ever show this spring, the ladies needed to borrow a piano. Suddenly they found themselves in a large room with a grand piano ­ and divine acoustics. "The great hall at Allaire [the Woodstock studio where half of the record was made] is just too beautiful not to record there. So even though it was supposed to be a rehearsal, we put up a microphone just to see what would happen," says Ruth Ungar (who has sung with Aoife for years in the Boston-based band The Wayfaring Strangers). By the next morning, they had an album, and it sounded so good that friends insisted they release it.

The Sometimes Why record has a sense of intimacy and improvisation that will pull you in. Ruth, Aoife & Kristin take turns on lead vocals and sing mostly their own songs. They cover a song by Michael Merenda (of The Mammals) called "I’m Tryin’ to Remember What City I Know You From," a tragi-comedy describing the daily life of the touring musician, and "Hallowell," by Stephen Spitzer, from the shape note hymnal "Northern Harmony."

The first customer review of the record on CD Baby describes the record: "Full of lyrics dark and smoky, humorous, steaming, at times exuberant and even innocent. Down-and-dirty acoustic blues, lonely fiddle and harp, Celtic, traditional, folksy, strumming, kick-ass motowny soul."

Sponsored in part by the Brattleboro Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.


Friday, December 16 at 8:00 pm


The H-DT&G Acoustic Music Series continues with Vermont singer/songwriter, guitarist Diane Zeigler with Geoff Sather on bass and Adam Frehm on dobro.

With the release of her fourth CD, "December in Vermont," Diane Zeigler is established as an important voice in acoustic music. The winner of 8 national songwriting awards, Diane is also a skilled performer with a quick laugh and her live shows offer a full spectrum of entertainment and inspired musicianship. She combines a crystalline vocal style with distinctive open-tuning guitar work, crafting songs that have earned her respect among songwriters and critics as “one of the most talented singer-songwriters New England has produced.” - The Music Matters.

Her recordings have been consistently lauded by critics and have earned accolades including Best New Folk Album of 2004 (Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Hollywood, CA), Best New Folk Album of 2002 (Just Plain Folks Music Awards), and charting #1 on monthly playlists published at Her new Christmas collection "December in Vermont" sold out of its first pressing in just three weeks without Zeigler doing a single concert to promote it, entirely from online sales to her fan base.

Despite the acclaim Zeigler has received as a songwriter, her career has taken an erratic path that reflects the multiple challenges facing a mother trying to choose between career and family. Her 1995 debut CD on Rounder Records, "Sting of the Honeybee," was a favorite among critics of acoustic music, but before she could hit the road to support it, Zeigler learned she was pregnant with her first child. The CD, produced by Artie Traum and featuring musical guests such as banjoist Tony Trishka and drummer Jerry Marotta, was nominated for a Boston Music Award and placed on Top 10 album lists at both The Boston Globe and WUMB Radio. Globe critic Scott Alarik called it "a star-maker debut" but later dubbed it "the sleeper of the decade for the New England folk community," as Zeigler’s choice to stay off the road certainly affected CD sales. She took a 3 year hiatus from music, gave birth to two children and then re-emerged on the national folk scene in 1999, picking up where she left off by winning awards at Kerrville, Rocky Mountain Folks, and Telluride festivals.

Zeigler’s songs capture a sense of place and community, informed as they are by the unique landscape of Vermont. Her work is also rooted in her experiences with death and loss. Her 1995 debut CD was dedicated to her brother Jimmy, who died of cancer in 1984 at age 21. On "Paintbrush" she writes of the death of her sister’s husband in "It Grew In Front of Me", with harmonies provided by her brother, sister, daughter and husband. Zeigler’s songwriting reflects a personal life where the focal point is on family, place and community, highlighting the universal emotions we all work through. Says the Boston Globe, "She has a gift for penning reflective personal anthems that turn hard truths to life-affirming purpose."

Diane's work has been featured on dozens of compilation CD projects for many labels, including Rounder Records, Sony Music, Yankee Magazine and National Geographic Magazine, among others.

Tickets: $12 General / $10 Students and Seniors
Reservations and info: 802-254-9276
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Saturday, December 17 at 8:00 pm


Former Brattleboro resident Jason Wachtelhausen returns to H-DT&G with a new autobiographical monologue. “Hello, Goodbye” takes listeners on another darkly-comic trip through Wachtelhausen's warped hall of recollections. With pit-stops at a failed marriage, a nasty addiction, a unique mental breakdown and a tiny village high in Guatemala's Cuchumatanes mountains, this lively, touching monologue manages to be shocking, sad, laugh-out-loud hilarious and ultimately, uplifting.

Jason Wachtelhausen has written for magazines including Wired, Adbusters, ReadyMade, Skope and Bleed and has been performing spoken word since the early nineties. Recently he's shared the stage with novelist Elise Miller, gay, disabled wunderkind Greg Walloch and Comedy Central's Todd Levin.

He is currently at work on a new monologue which (with Maas and Rendina) he will be taking on a thirteen city tour this spring. Called “Always Coming Home,” this new piece is inspired in large part by the five years he spent in Brattleboro.

While living in Brattleboro, Wachtelhausen worked at Mocha Joe's, the Mole's Eye, the Winston L. Prouty Center and Meridians Music which he bought, renamed the Dog Museum and then promptly closed when it became apparent that he, in his own words, "Had no idea how to run a music store." He's also been a poultry factory worker, meat cutter, fish monger, preschool teacher, award-winning copy writer, bouncer, a doorman, a DJ and spent a few years drunk in Central America. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.

Also on the evening's bill are Jeremy Rendina, and Brattleboro's own Tyler Maas. Jeremy Rendina's films have screened in Los Angeles, Rome, at the Harvard Film Archive and on various walls in between. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Yvonne and their dog and is co-editor of the literary journal, “The NightJar Review.” Rendina spent a year in Underhill, VT, where he began work on his current project, “How Snowflakes Sat for their Picture,” a documentary of Wilson Bentley, Vermont's Snowflake Man. Born in rural Ohio, Tyler Maas has received the Thomas J. Benham award for effective speaking and in 1997, was selected to represent Hampshire College at the Glasscock poetry competition. Called, "The only living poet that doesn't make me want to punch somebody in the face," by Jason Wachtelhausen, Maas is currently serving a sentence of karmic dept in Brattleboro, VT. He may never leave.

Tickets: $7


Monday, December 19 at 7:30 pm


The Guild Players Touring Company of Bennington, VT presents a holiday production of the timeless theater event "Scrooge" to benefit the 2005 Reserve Heat Fund. This particular version of “Scrooge” combines a Victorian flavor with period costumes and a clarity of performance that makes it accessible to even the youngest children.

David Pal Simon, the touring company director, has played Scrooge for a quarter century and Judith Marie Dupree has played her assortment of dotty characters for nearly twenty years. In addition to these seasoned performers, the cast will also include seven local children who will be prepared for their parts using Simon’s unique “play in a day” rehearsal method that he has been using in schools throughout the northeast for many years.

This winter will be particularly difficult for our neighbors who will be unable to afford the increased cost of heating fuel. Estimates indicate that the average person will have to pay an additional $350 for the heating season. That amount could mean the difference between life and death for those living on fixed incomes and for those who live from paycheck to paycheck.

There are a variety of funding sources for heating fuel assistance and government agencies are trying to make an effort to increase their level of funding. However, most experts believe that whatever is available will be too little and that it will probably be available too late to make a difference.

Funds raised will be administered by the Windham County Help Fund. The fund is a group of representatives of local human service agencies who meet weekly to review applications for various types of financial assistance. They will link people with available fuel assistance programs and then offer funds from the 2005 Heat Reserve Fund when the individual need exceeds program assistance. There will be no cost to administer the new funds, meaning that all money raised will go directly to needy local people.

An account has been set up at the Brattleboro Savings and Loan. Donations are now being accepted. You can walk into the bank and make a donation. Checks can be made out to the 2005 Heat Reserve Fund or if there is a need for a tax deductible donation checks can be made out to the Help Fund, but indicate that the donation is for the 2005 Heat Reserve Fund. Mail checks to Richard Davis, 679 Weatherhead Hollow Rd, Guilford, VT 05301.

For more information contact
Richard Davis at 254-2240 or Daryl Pillsbury at 254-4285.
or e-mail:

Admission to the play will be $10 and donations will also be able to be made to the 2005 Reserve Heat Fund. Refreshments will be available. Tickets will be sold at the door or can be reserved by calling Richard Davis at 254-2240.



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