Five things not to miss this week in Southern Vermont

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Composer talk: Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning partners with Manchester Music Festival to present a conversation on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. with composer Christopher Theofanidis, whose Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet will have its world premiere at MMF's season-opening concert Thursday. Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy, Seminary Avenue, Manchester Village. $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit

Dig: New play by Theresa Rebeck premieres starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Dorset Theatre Festival. Rebeck's synopsis: "A dying plant shop in a dying urban neighborhood receives a visitor from the past: Meghan, the neighborhood screw-up, whose suicide attempt followed a terrible tragedy. Roger, the store owner, wants nothing to do with this situation, but Meghan is improbably clinging to life. Can a soul beyond saving be saved? A play about courage, redemption and photosynthesis." Tickets: or call 802-867-2223.  104 Cheney Road, Dorset.

Grafton Food & Spirits Festival: Seventh annual event in Grafton Village next Saturday focuses on Vermont culinary scene, including craft beer and spirits, live music, and a special dinner with Mariano Gonzalez, head cheesemaker of Grafton Village Cheese Company. Festival noon to 5 p.m., $10 per person, kids 12 and under free; Four-course, reservation-only dinner ($75) at 6:30 p.m. Info: or 802-234-8407.

Music Under The Stars: Brattleboro Music Center and Retreat Farm concert series features the BMC Brass Quintet Saturday, July 13. The group will play a variety of music arranged for Brass quintet, ranging from classic Baroque to popular and jazz pieces and selections from "West Side Story." Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the free concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square (next to Grafton Village Cheese).

Wildflowers of Mid-Summer: Medicinal plant expert Allison Turner leads a tour of glorious mid-summer flowers on Hogback Mountain in Marlboro. Easy ramble, with lots of stopping to enjoy the blossoms; long pants are a wise idea. Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m., meet in the field behind the white distillery building on the south side of Route 9 just west of the gift shop. Info: email



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