Advance Tickets Now On Sale for Guilford Plays


Advance Tickets Available for Guilford Plays

General Admission tickets are now available for the Guilford Center Stage premiere of two one-act plays by Guilford author Michael Nethercott.  Nocturne Titanica is a unique take on the sinking of the Titanic. The Lace Jury is based on the first American all-women jury of the 20th century.  Interestingly, the historic events on which the plays are based happened within 6 months of each other in 1911 and 1912.

There will be three performances: Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4 at 7:30 pm, and a matinee on Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm.

Last fall’s inaugural production at Guilford Center Stage played to full houses, so, advance ticket purchase is recommended.  General Admission is $10, with a small service fee for Brown Paper Tickets, through which advance tickets are being sold.  This is also the only way to use a credit card to purchase tickets.  Order online at, or call toll-free 1-800-838-3006.   As available, remaining tickets will be on sale at the door.

A cast of 20 area actors will present this fully-staged production, directed by the playwright.

Broad Brook Grange created Guilford Center Stage to bring theater to the stage in its historic building, emphasizing plays with local connections.

Please note that the theater is up a flight of stairs. Not recommended for small children.

Brunch This Sunday


Broad Brook Grange, drawing by Nancy Detra

Broad Brook Grange will present its 20th annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event support maintenance of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelettes, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices  will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.

The Grange hall serves as a community center for Guilford, hosting meetings, General Election polling, The Guilford Food Pantry every Thursday, Green-Up Day — the day before the brunch — and the new theater project, Guilford Center Stage.  The organization also provides an annual scholarship to a college-bound Guilford student, and a dictionary to every 3rd grader at the local school.

No reservations are necessary for the meal, which is priced at $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, and $5 for ages 2-12. Kids under two are free.

This event is the first of two brunches for 2016, and will be followed by a similar event on Father’s Day. Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store.  For more information, call (802) 257-1961.

Poetry Reading in Guilford Thursday

Preachers and Poets, the third collaborative poetry reading by Guilford residents Tom Ragle and Don McLean, will be presented on Thursday, April 21 at Guilford Community Church at 7:00 pm.  Admission is by a donation in any amount,  to benefit the work of the Church.

This program, the third in the series,  takes its title from the fact that four of the poets were also ordained ministers in three different denominations: Anglicans George Herbert and Robert Herrick, and, on very opposite poles, both strict in their particular ways, American Puritan Edward Taylor and English Jesuit, Gerard Manley Hopkins.  Another connection between the poets is that a majority of them did not see their poetry published in their lifetimes, and several were unknown to the public, including Emily Dickinson, who joins the lineup.  Completing the cast of three English and three American poets is Walt Whitman.  Numerous and interesting connections, in terms of both subject matter and technique amongst these poets, will be revealed during the evening.

Tom Ragle served as president of Marlboro College from 1958 to 1981. He holds an A.B. in ancient Greek history and literature from Harvard University and a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature from Oxford University. He served for many years on the board of Write Action, a nonprofit organization formed to nurture, encourage and promote the literary arts in the larger Brattleboro community, and has been featured on Brattleboro’s community radio station, WVEW-LP, reading poetry during the Write Action Radio Hour on Sundays, having given over 20 hour-long readings of classical English poets from the 16th into the 20 century.  His collection of poems, Take this Song, Poems in Pursuit of Meaning, was published in 2013 under his pen name, Lee Bramble.

Don McLean holds an A.B. with Distinction in English Language and Literature from Boston University.  He has taught courses in New England Literature at Community College of Vermont, and is known for his public readings of the works of Guilford Federalist-era poet, Royall Tyler.  For four decades he has annually read works of Hardy, Dickens, Truman Capote, Dylan Thomas and other authors on Friends of Music’s Christ Church Christmas program.  Last year, he organized Guilford’s celebration of the centenary of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’s birth, with readings and a performance of Under Milkwood.  In 2013, he published the book Sparks, the collected writing of his mother, Jean Stewart McLean, on the 50th anniversary of her death.

Theater & Library Camp in Guilford Center

Guilford Free Library and Guilford Center Stage are collaborating on Stage & Stream, a new, weeklong theater and library camp this August 15-19.  The session will be open to 5th-8th graders, and will be FREE to Guilford kids.  Those from other towns may attend for a fee of $50 for the week.

The camp day will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at a pair of adjacent 1890’s venues in the village of Guilford Center.

Mornings will take place at Guilford Center Stage in the Broad Brook Grange, with theater workshops, games, improv, and sketches.  Morning snacks will be provided.

Campers and teachers then take the 2 minute walk to the Library for brown-bag lunch and an afternoon of literature, writing, journaling, and outdoor time in the woods, stream, the new play-space and Weeks Trail.  Healthy snacks will be provided throughout the session.

The instructors will be New England Youth Theatre “alumni,” home from college for the summer, who will have taught similar classes at NEYT. (This program is not affiliated with NEYT.) Library staff and parent volunteers will also be part of the team.  On one or more afternoons, guest practitioners will join the group for indoor and outdoor activities.

Guilford Center Stage is a new theater project at the Grange, which had its first production — of the Vermont comedy Tourists Accommodated — last fall, and is now preparing for the premiere of one-act plays by Guilford’s Michael Nethercott in June, and a fall production by Guilford-born Charles Henry (1850-1918.)

The Town’s library is regularly open several days a week, and will be staffed on camp days. Guilford Free Library has a history of providing activities for the children of Guilford, including storytime and other workshops for older children and programs for adults.  For a number of summers it has provided two morning-session Library Camps — the summer reading program — free to Guilford children.  These camps, for younger children,  will continue this July.

Transportation will be arranged for any camper who requires it in order to attend.

For further information contact Cathi Wilken, Librarian of Guilford Free Library, 257-4603

Auditions for Titanic & Women’s Jury Plays

Auditions will be held for two upcoming one-act plays on Tuesday February 23rd (6 to 8 p.m.) and Sunday February 28th (3 to 5 p.m.) The production is a project of Guilford Center Stage. Written and directed by local author Michael Nethercott, both works will be premiered in June. “Nocturne Titanica” is a mythological take on the sinking of the Titanic. “The Lace Jury” is based on one of the first all-women juries in the country at the turn of the century. Rehearsals will be largely in May, and the actual performances are Friday June 3, Saturday June 4 (both evening shows), and Sunday June 5 (matinee). Rehearsals and shows take place at the Broad Brook Grange stage in Guilford, VT, about 10 minutes from I-91 Exit 1 Brattleboro. There are almost two dozen roles available, ranging from late teens to 60+. The Titanic play has a mixed cast, and Jury has an all-woman cast of six. Please prepare or bring a dramatic reading within a minute in length. Actors will also be considered for the October play (by Charles W. Henry.) Auditions will take place at the Grange, which is located at 3940 Guilford Center Road. Arrive at any of the scheduled times or call 802-380-2184 or email for further information.

Guilford Pre-Town Meeting Feb. 18


Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 18, 7:00 pm at the Grange hall.

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at the Town and School District Meetings, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard and school board all in one evening, in advance of Town Meeting.

In addition, candidates for town and school board offices are urged to attend to introduce themselves to the voters.  State law prevents any “campaigning” by candidates at Town Meeting, when an Australian ballot is used, as in this instance.  So this is the only time before the vote for the public to meet and hear the candidates all at once.

Those interested in declaring as a write-in candidate should take this sole opportunity to appear before a group of voters.

Town Meeting itself will be held, as usual, on the first Tuesday of March, which this year is March 1, commencing at 10 am in the gym of the Central School.

Broad Brook Grange is in Guilford Center, 4 miles west of the Country Store.   Refreshments will conclude the evening.

Benefit Supper & Dance Saturday

Andy Davis photo004Andy Davis

Broad Brook Grange will present a benefit supper and contradance on Saturday, December 5, beginning at 5:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds will benefit a local farm which suffered a barn collapse due to a weather event.

On Thursday, October 29, a rare “microburst” hit the town of Guilford, with unusually high wind gusts, bringing down the roof under construction on a new dairy barn at the Clark Farm, injuring a family member and carpenter Tom Henry of Guilford.  Saturday’s fundraiser will assist the Clark Farm, as well as Mr. Henry.

The evening begins with supper served from 5-7 pm, which will include homemade chili, spaghetti, breads, salads, dessert, featuring apple crisp, and beverages prepared by Grange and community chefs.

The supper is followed by a 7 pm dance, featuring contras and squares, with Fred Breunig, caller and fiddle; Andy Davis, caller, piano and accordion; and Laurie Indenbaum, fiddle.  The dances will be community friendly.  All are welcome.  Fred Breunig will be calling some classic southern Vermont squares that he learned from the legendary “Smitty.”  Andy Davis will be calling some contras and squares.  The evening will also include several waltzes and polkas.

Admission to the full evening of activities is $10, and $5 for kids under 6.

Granges were founded by and to support farm families, and thus the Guilford organization feels this is a most appropriate benefit fundraiser.

Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store.