“Will Poole’s Island” – Book Launch & Reading w/author Tim Weed
Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm
"Will Poole's Island" - Book Launch & Reading w/author Tim Weed @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

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Please join us for a reading from a new book destined to become a classic — a story of adventure and discovery for young readers and old. We invite you to enjoy wine, cheese, and a book signing at the Gleanery immediately following the presentation.


New England, 1643. A meeting in the forest between a rebellious young Englishman and a visionary Wampanoag leads to a dangerous collision of societies, an epic sea voyage, and the making of an unforgettable friendship. Will Poole’s Island is a tale of adventure, mystery, and wonder in which a young man discovers that he is destined for more than the narrow existence his culture and upbringing led him to expect.

“Immersive . . . This riveting portrayal of early Colonial New England shines a speculative but compelling light on the time and authortimweed1place.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Tim Weed’s Will Poole’s Island is a doorway to an earlier world when the United States existed as a borderless tract of land whose dimensions could hardly be imagined. This is a superb novel, written with truth and daring at its core.” — Joseph Monninger, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and author of The World as We Know It

“It’s been so long since I felt like a little girl in love with books again. Treasure Island, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Yearling, lazing around on a spot of sunshine totally engrossed in this other, historical world, that’s how I feel about Will Poole’s Island.” — Suzanne Kingsbury, author of The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me

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Documentary Film THE HUNGRY HEART comes to Next Stage
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm
Documentary Film THE HUNGRY HEART comes to Next Stage @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project will present the Kingdom County Productions film, The Hungry Heart, a documentary film by Bess O’Brien, on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00pm.  Ms. O’Brien will conduct a Q & A following the screening. Tickets are $10 suggested donation at the door. This screening is sponsored by the Brattleboro Retreat.
The Hungry Heart provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease. Dr. Holmes prescribes suboxone to his patients struggling with prescription drug addiction.  Much like methadone, suboxone helps many addicts in their recovery process– for some taking suboxone is a crucial stepping stone to long term recovery, for others it is a crutch, for others suboxone is abused and diverted onto the street. Through the film we see Dr. Holmes struggling with these challenges and trying to make sense and keep the faith in the midst of many contradictions.

Most importantly however, as the film progresses we begin to see the simple but profound connection that Dr. Holmes creates with

Sponsored by The Brattleboro Retreat

Sponsored by The Brattleboro Retreat

each patient The film shines a light on the healing power of conversation and the need for connection that many of these young addicts yearn for but do not have in their lives.

In addition, the film interviews a number of older addicts who talk about their recovery process juxtaposed against Fred’s patients. The road to recovery is paved with both success stories and strewn with relapses, downfalls and tragic losses. However, through the movie we see the many faces and diverse populations of addiction, and their continued search for a life of recovery.

Next Stage Speaks: with Poet Verandah Porche, hosted by Chard DeNiord
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm
Next Stage Speaks: with Poet Verandah Porche, hosted by Chard DeNiord @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts will present a special literary event on Friday September 26, at 7PM with renowned poet, Verandah Porche, hosted by poet Chard DeNiord. There is a suggested donation at the door of $10.

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Verandah Porche, poet, performer, and writing partner from Guilford, Vermont is the author of two books of poetry, The Body’s Symmetry (Harper and Row, 1975) and Sudden Eden (Verdant Books, 2013). She has also edited several volumes of poetry and personal histories, including Ordinary Mystery, Infusion Musings from the Ontology Clinic, Springfield, Vermont and Broad Book Anthology, a Play of Voices, a collection of personal narratives that honor the lives of elders in Guilford, Vermont.

For the past 35 years Verandah has worked tirelessly  throughout southern Vermont as a visiting poet in the schools, literacy and crisis centers, hospitals, factories, nursing homes, senior centers, a 200 year old Vermont tavern, and an urban class neighborhood. The Vermont Arts Council presented her with its Award of Merit in 1998, and in 2012 Marlboro College honored her with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

About her most recent book, Sudden Eden, Maxine Chernoff, an esteemed critic and poet, wrote,

“Verandah Porche is a wise poet who knows her land and its neighbors and the deeper truths of living a rural life in which ‘Late fruit/ keeps its edge as frost/ fleeces the pasture.’ These poems are about the investments one makes in life, in its loves and causes, its earth and trees, its human community.”

Poet Chard deNiord will first interview Verandah Porche about her career, life, and recent works. The interview will be followed by a reading, then followed by a Q&A.

Chard DiNiord

Chard DiNiord

Chard deNiord is the author of four books of poems, The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), which was named one of the ten best books of poetry in 2011 by the Boston Globe, Night Mowing (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), and Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990). He is also the author of a book of interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Ruth Stone, Jack Gilbert, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Robert Bly) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on Contemporary American Poetry (Marick Press, 2011). His fifth book of poems, Interstate, is scheduled to appear from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2015. A co-founder of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry, he works as a Professor of English at Providence College and lives Westminster West.

Patty Larkin returns to Next Stage
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm
Patty Larkin returns to Next Stage @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project is delighted to present Patty Larkin, on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 general admission, or $24 at the door, available online at:, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and at Offerings in Putney.

Patty Larkin is a true phenomenon among singer/songwriters in the American folk music scene today. She has been described as PL_2807w“riveting” by the Chicago Tribune, “hypnotic” by Entertainment Weekly and a “drop dead brilliant performer” by Performing Songwriter.

Patty Larkin is part of the urban-folk/pop music phenomenon that spun off of the singer/songwriter explosion of the seventies, reinterpreting traditional folk melodies, rock, pop, bossa nova, drawing on anything from Dylan (Bob) to Dylan (Thomas). A self-described “guitar-driven songwriter”, Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry and imaginative lyrics. Her songs run from impressionistic poetry to witty wordplay.

Sierra Hull and her bluegrass quintet Highway 111
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm
Sierra Hull and her bluegrass quintet Highway 111 @ Next Stage | Whitefield | New Hampshire | United States

Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 pm

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull and her Tennessee-based bluegrass quintet Highway 111.

redsofawSierra Hull is a leading light in the new generation of bluegrass musicians.  Her phenomenal mandolin playing, eloquent vocals and musical maturity well beyond her years have drawn comparisons to Alison Krauss.  A seasoned performer, Sierra has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows, as well as at numerous music festivals including Merlefest, the Newport Folk Festival, Rockygrass and the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series.  She has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby McFerrin and Edgar Meyer.

“Sierra is a remarkably talented, beautiful human being. Success could not come to a more worthy person. I adore her.” – Alison Krauss

Tickets are $22 Advance / $25 At the Door.  For information, call 802-387-0102.  Advance tickets are available at, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney.  JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar at the concert.  For more information, visit and

Jonathan Edwards, Lisa McCormick, & The Stockwell Brothers
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm
Jonathan Edwards, Lisa McCormick, & The Stockwell Brothers @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present veteran folk/rock icon Jonathan Edwards plus singer/songwriter Lisa McCormick and newgrass/contemporary folk trio The Stockwell Brothers.  Southern Vermont-based Lisa and brothers Bruce, Barry and Alan have toured with Jonathan in the past, and will again add their voices, guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass to “Sunshine,” Shanty” and a handful of his other hit songs.


Jonathan Edwards

Since 1971, Jonathan Edwards has released fifteen albums, collaborated with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Cheryl Wheeler and The Seldom Scene, launched his own record label and shared the stage with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King to Jesse Colin Young and Don McLean.  He has also scored and starred in films and videos, including “Cruising America’s Waterways,” a pair of 13-week series produced by PBS, and “That’s What Our Life Is,” a documentary of his life and career.  Edwards is perhaps best known for his 1971 anthem “Sunshine,” a fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of young men and women, made its way to the top five on the national charts and earned Jonathan a gold record.  Almost 40 years later, the song and Edwards’ pure and powerful tenor voice continue to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.

“An Edwards performance is an unforgettable roller-coaster ride which combines his remarkable singing, storytelling, and wit” – Martha’s Vineyard Times

Tickets are $22 Advance / $25 At the Door.  For information, call 802-387-0102.  Advance tickets are available at, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney.  JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar at the concert.  For more information, visit,, and


Lisa McCormick


The Stockwell Brothers