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Out & About: Events for May 8-10

  • Julian Fellowes was an actor for 30 years before he became famous for writing the series, "Downton Abbey." His latest, "Belgravia," premieres on Epix Sunday. (Handout/TNS) Photograph courtesy of TNS

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/7/2020 9:48:34 PM
Modified: 5/7/2020 9:48:23 PM

As we enter another weekend under stay-at-home orders, we’ll also be facing an incoming polar vortex. (Did anyone else want to scream when they saw the snow in the forecast? I can’t be the only one.)

But as always during these times, Upper Valley organizations can be relied on to provide a variety of virtual events and activities. It seems like each day, there is more and more to do from home. I know I am not alone in my gratitude for organizations continuing there efforts and providing free/low-cost entertainment options during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s a roundup of events taking place over the next few days.


■The Vermont Institute of Natural Science will host a virtual program about the descendents of dinosaurs at 12:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. More information is available on its Facebook page, “Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS).”

■The Nugget Theaters in Hanover will once again be serving up freshly popped popcorn from 4-6 p.m. in front of the theater, located at 57 Main St. While the tub of popcorn is free, the theater, which is operated by the nonprofit organization the Hanover Improvement Society, will be accepting donations.

Patrick Ross, an winning Vermont fiddle player who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Paul McCartney, performs from 7-7:30 p.m. as part of Fairlee Community Arts Friday night concert series. Find the link at

■Patricia Norton is starting up another virtual singing group at the Upper Valley Music Center. Join Vocal Soundings, an improvisational singing group, that will meet via Zoom from 7-8 p.m. through Aug. 21. Cost is $10 for single drop-in, $50 for eight classes and $80 for 16. Learn more and sign up at

■South Pomfret’s ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Bridgewater’s Woolen Mill Comedy Club are teaming up for a one-hour comedy special titled “ ‘Socially Irresponsible’ Distancing: A Phony Phonathon with Collen Doyle and Friends” to raise money for the Woodstock Area Relief fund. The show features club owner Doyle, comic Bryan Muenzer, performances by the sketch group Socially Irresponsible, a “grand illusion” by Hickory the Drunk and Underwhelming and original music from Indigenous Entertainment, according to ArtisTree. The show will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on CATV Channel 8 and ArtisTree’s YouTube channel. For more information, visit

■It’s not too late to sign up for Hanover Parks and Recreation’s free Video Game Sports League. Use an XBox, PS4 or Switch to play FIFA, Madden, Mario Kart, NBA2K20 or Rocket League. There will be two divisions for each league, one for teenagers ages 13-17 and another for adults 18 and older. Registration closes at 8 p.m. on Friday. Learn more at


Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes will share his thoughts on why the show resonated so strongly with audiences, and will discuss his latest projects: Belgravia on EPIX and The English Game on Netflix. The conversation, which is part of the Hopkins Center for the Arts’ Hop@Home program series, will be broadcast live on YouTube at 10 a.m. Viewers can tune in and submit questions. For more information, visit

Jon Gailmor is hosting a virtual community songwriting workshop at 3 p.m. Join with others to write a collective song about the town of Fairlee and the community. Visit for details and a link to the online workshop.

■The Charlestown Congregational Church is hosting a takeout ham and bean supper, which includes baked ham, homemade baked beans, coleslaw, corn bread and dessert for $10. Pre-order dinners by calling 603-826-4105. Pick up begins at 4:30 p.m. at 71 Main St.


Admittedly, my choices for Sunday aren’t specific events: They’re activities you can choose to do at any time.

■Visit for a list of Vermont museums that you can tour virtually.

■Take a look at AVA Gallery and Art Center’s YouTube page for craft videos to do with children.

■Check out biographer Mark Dery’s Vermont Humanities Council presentation about author and illustrator Edward Gorey at

Editor’s note: Please submit Upper Valley-based virtual events at or via email to Liz Sauchelli can be reached at

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