Five events not to miss in Southern Vermont

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Puppets in Paradise: Sandglass Theater presents biennial fundraiser at Retreat Farm. Exciting roster of first-time and returning performers includes Sandglass co-founders Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass. Puppet, theater and music performances amidst fields, historic barns and animals. Food and refreshments available from local vendors. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12 adults, $10 children/students/seniors, $8 per person for families of four and up, EBT and Medicaid cardholders. More: sandglasstheater.org

Carriage Barn Concert Series: Bennington College presents "Jews and Sufis: Shared Music Traditions," a look at the musical and cultural connections between Jews and Sufi Muslims during the Ottoman Empire on Sunday at 3 p.m. The concert will feature D NYA, an acclaimed Boston-based Turkish ensemble whose members are faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, joined by a combined chamber choir of students and faculty from Bennington and Williams Colleges, as well as the choir of the Israel Congregation of Manchester. More: Bennington.edu

Sarasa Ensemble: Boston-based classical troupe presents "Music for 3 Cellos: Bach and Cervetto" on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro. Performers are Timothy Merton, Jennifer Morsches, and Phoebe Carrai. Tickets are $40 preferred seating, $20 general admission. More: bmcvt.org

Harvest Festival: Merck Forest & Farmland Center welcomes visitors for hands-on activities, live demonstrations and on-property explorations of the 62-acre farmstead and 3200-acre grounds from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. Area vendors will offer seasonal produce, value-added products from area farms and businesses, and locally produced crafts. Breakfast and mid-morning snacks will be available. Route 315, Rupert. More: merckforest.org

Trio Bourgas: Taconic Music presents chamber music ensemble of violinist Joy Tedford, cellist Petia Kassarova and pianist Sally Wave founded in Bulgaria and making its Vermont debut at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester on Saturday, September 21 at 4 p.m. Suggested donation of $10 at the door. More: taconicmusic.org

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