Depression author at Misty Valley; temporary digs for Rockingham Library; Weston opening & Cavendish Music Series.

Brattleboro author David Blistein will talk about his book, David’s Inferno, My Journey through the Dark Wood of Depression, at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at Misty Valley Books, 58 the Common, followed by a reception and book signing.David's inferno

With a forward by Ken Burns, David’s Inferno combines intensely personal reminiscences of the author’s two-year nervous breakdown, with contemporary insight on depression and its treatment and how the experience of deep depression has the potential to be transformative in unexpectedly positive ways.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 875-3400 or watch this trailer with Blistein and Burns:

Rockingham Library makes a temporary move

After being closed since mid-May, the Rockingham Free Public Library will reopen at 10 a.m., Monday, June 24 in a temporary location at the former Merchant’s Bank offices, 41 The Square in Bellows Falls. This will be the library’s home until late summer when the library building renovation will be completed.

The library will keep its regular hours, and offer many of the same services and summer programs. The Summer Reading Program and other youth offerings will be held at alternate locations throughout the community.

Library materials currently checked out are due back by July 15. Until that time patrons will not be charged overdue fines. Patrons may return library materials at either the new location or in the drop box outside the library building.

The temporary space will offer a small collection of new and high-demand books, a selection of children’s and young adult books and materials, DVDs, newspapers, magazines, public access computers with Wi-Fi Internet. The staff is working to create a friendly and usable space for the community.

For more information about the Rockingham Library, including hours and summer programs, call 802-463-4270, email or visit

Weston Theatre’s season kicks off with a terribly charming musical

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day launches the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s summer season at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 20 with a musical for the whole family at Weston’s OtherStages in the Weston Rod and Gun Club, 982 Main St. (Route 100), Weston. The production will continue through Sunday, July 7.  Show times are 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. In this adaptation of her popular children’s book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander’s very bad day to music and brings to life one of America’s feistiest characters.

Directed by Tim Fort, who celebrates 25 years as one of Weston’s producing directors, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day features Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s Young Company, a group of young actors from some of the country’s top conservatories and undergraduate training programs.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Performances last just over an hour with no intermission. For additional information and to reserve seats, call the playhouse box office at 802-824-5288 or visit its website at

Weston’s 2013 season continues with the MainStage opening on June 25 of the British comedy Educating Rita followed by the Vermont premiere of the Pulitzer and Tony winning rock musical Next To Normal (July 11 – July 27,) the Broadway blockbuster 42nd Street (Aug. 1 – Aug. 24,) and the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird (Aug. 29 – Sept. 11.) For more information about upcoming shows, visit

Cavendish Gazebo Music Series kicks off July 3

The town of Cavendish and the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association announced the lineup for this summer’s annual music series to be held at 6 p.m. on seven consecutive Wednesday nights at the gazebo on the Proctorsville Green.

Gypsy Reel opens the series 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. July 10 brings Rutland’s Voodoo Alien Blues and on July 17 Woodchuck’s Revenge. Chris Kleeman will play on July 24 and July 31 will bring the Cajun sounds of Yankee Chank with Cavendish’s Robert Naess. Then on Aug. 7 Sensible Shoes will perform followed by Rick Redington on Aug. 14th.

All concerts are free and open to the public and will start at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic and a cold drink.

The concerts will be held unless severe weather threatens. In case of rain, alternative plans will be announced on the Cavendish Facebook page. If you would like to help, CCCA would like to hear from you. Call Robin at 226-7736 to volunteer or for more information on the concerts.

— compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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