Geek Things for August 21st, 2014

  • Honeybee Press Reading, 7-10 pm, The Psychedelicatessen, Burlington. $5 suggested donation. (Writers)
  • Summer Reading Program Finale, 10 am-12 pm, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. (Kids)
  • Junior Ranger Program: Life In a Log, 2:30-4 pm, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock. (Kids)
  • Social Hour at the Generator, 5:30-7 pm, Generator, Burlington. Free; preregister; cash bar. (Tech)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30-8:30 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Models)
  • Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation – What’s Up? The Sky at Night, 7:30-8:30 pm, Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield. (Astronomy)
  • Magic EDH Casual Play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • ‘Young Frankenstein/Ondine’, 7 pm, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. (Theater)
  • Greensboro Writers Forum – Different Planet. 7:30 pm, Town Hall Green, Greensboro. $5. (Theater)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Ghosts of UVM, 8 pm, Royall Tyler Theatre, University of Vermont, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • ‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’, 8 pm, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. $12.50. (Movies)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Reading Series, 4:15 & 8:15 pm, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. (Reading)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Lecture Series, 9 am, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. (Writing)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • NOOK Knowledge, 1:00 PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. (Tech)
  • MTG @ Rutland Collectibles, Rutland Collectibles, Rutland. (Gaming)
  • “Feature Presentation” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “My Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • 802MTG Randolph, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Kimball Library, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic EDH/Commander Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Teen Movie Night – Divergent, 5pm – 7pm, Milne Room, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. (Movies)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past, 3:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Stevenson Brookwalkers, 1:30 pm, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Writer’s Circle, 5:30-7 pm, The Wellness Co-op, Burlington. (Witing)
  • Sunset Aquadventure, 7 pm, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Dorset Theatre Festival: ‘The Mousetrap’, 8 pm, Dorset Playhouse, Dorset. $20-59. (Theater)
  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, 6-7 pm, North End Studio A, Burlington. $10. (Workout)

Game Day Alert: Games Parlour

There’s a new games gathering happening this weekend. Join The Games Parlour at the Samuel D. Champlain club this Sunday, August 24th, from 2-8pm.

Tabletop game enthusiasts are invited to the first gathering of The Games Parlour at the Samuel D Champlain Club in Burlington!

Join us for an afternoon of tabletop games of all kinds: board games, card games, strategy games, storytelling games, games of chance, and games of skill. Bring your favorite games to share with others, or come with an adventurous spirit and play something new!

Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of this venerable club established in 1892 in the Old North End. Snacks, beer, wine and non-alchoholic drinks will be available for purchase. Due to regulations, outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the premises. Donations for space rental are appreciated.

RSVP here.

Geek Things for August 20th, 2014

  • Magic: The Gathering – Draft – $12 Entry Fee, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Feature Presentation” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “My Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Board Game Day & Night, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30 am-5 pm, Richmond Congregational Church, Richmond. (Blood)
  • Manga Club Meeting, 5-6 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Comics)
  • Pop-Up Gastronomy: Trappist Beers, 6 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $65-75. (Beer)
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • H.P. Lovecraft Birthday Board Game Night! H.P. Lovecraft Birthday Board Game Night! Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounters, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Game Night at Local 64, 6:30pm, Local 64, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounters, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Rocks & Volcanoes, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Lab Coat Investigations, 3:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Technology Forum, 6 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Tech)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Reading Series, 4:15 & 8:15 pm, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. (Writing)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Lecture Series, 9 am, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. (Writing)
  • Dorset Theatre Festival: ‘The Mousetrap’ 3:00pm / 8 pm, Dorset Playhouse, Dorset. $20-59. (Theater)

Geek Things for August 19th, 2014

  • Tuesday Night Fights!, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic the Gathering EDH/Casual play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Feature Presentation” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “My Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • 802MTG and 802RPG Burlington, 5:00pm – 7:45pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Game Night in Danby, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Silas Griffith Inn, Danby. (Gaming)
  • MTG:Cubesday Tuesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hearthstone: Last Hero Standing #8/8, 7:00pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mesmerizing Moths, 8:30-10:30 pm, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $3 members/$5 non. (Moths)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Super Core Sealed! 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Leafcutter Ants, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Color Mixing, 3:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • FIRST® LEGO® Rookie Coaches Training, 6:30 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • NOOK “Apptivity”, 6:00 PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. (Tech)
  • Author Event, Sonya Cobb: The Objects of Her Affection, 6:00 PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. (Authors)
  • VAS Board Meeting, 7:30 PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Astronomy)
  • ‘RiffTrax Live: Godzilla’, 7:30 pm, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. $12.50. (Films)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Reading Series, 4:15 & 8:15 pm, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. (Writing)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Lecture Series, 9 am, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. (Writing)

Haunted Inns and Ghostly Getaways of Vermont

Thea Lewis, who runs the Burlington Ghost Tours, has a new book coming out tomorrow (August 19th) called Haunted Inns and Ghostly Getaways of Vermont! Here’s what it’s about:

Creaks and groans in the night remind guests that they might not be alone in Vermont’s inns. Discover the history behind some of the Green Mountain State’s spookiest places to spend the night. Loyal guest Mary Todd Lincoln enjoyed her annual respites at the Equinox Hotel in Manchester so much that death could not interrupt the tradition. Some still feel the presence of Al Capone in the underground bar he favored at Highgate Manor. The show goes on for the ghost of tap-dancing hero Boots Berry at Stowe’s Green Mountain Inn. Queen City Ghostwalk creator and author Thea Lewis shares chilling encounters and examines the spirits of the past that are not quite resting in peace. “Haunted Inns and Ghostly Getaways of Vermont” is the only bedtime story for a night in Vermont’s eerie lodgings.

Order your copy from Phoenix Books.

You can see Thea talk about her book in October when she stops by the Burlington store. Her event will take place on October 25th at 2:00pm.

Book Giveaway For The Providence of Fire

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Over on Goodreads, Brian Staveley is giving away a signed ARC (advance reading copy) of The Providence of Fire, his second novel in the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne trilogy, along with a signed hardcover of the first volume in the series, The Emperor’s Blades.

Here’s the plot:

The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.

Having learned the identity of her father’s assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace is search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire’s most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable.

Between Valyn and Adare is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with the help of two strange companions. The knowledge they possess of the secret history that shapes these events could save Annur or destroy it.

Enter here!

#Storyhack Registration Open

Registration for the Second annual #Storyhack contest is now open!

A StoryHack is a contest where we gather together many creative people with different talents, interests, and imaginations to tell a story in as many different ways as possible, all within 24 hours. The stories told surround one local community group. This year we’re partnering with the Vermont Department of Libraries to address their present day challenges and what their future might hold.
Here’s an idea of how the event happens:
We announce the challenge at the beginning of the event. The challenge is the specific story all teams use to craft their projects.
Teams need to use 3 or more digital story types to tell their stories (This is a change from last year). See “Digital Story Types” for examples.
Teams will need to fully execute one of the three digital story types. The other two can be concepts. Concepts can be shown with sketches, mockups, wireframes, screenshots – whatever you need to sell the concept.
This year we are going to have additional challenges and chances to win points during the 24 hours to mix things up a bit (and help keep everyone awake).
At the end of the event, each team will have 5 minutes to present their digital story projects, including all their concepts, and showcasing whatever additional challenges in which they participated.

Participant registration costs $21, while student registration will cost $11. Register here.

Geek Things for August 18th, 2014

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Reading Series, 8:15 pm, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. (Writing)
  • Casual Card Games, 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Summer Workshop: Cartoon Studio, August 18-22, 2014, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Comics)
  • “Feature Presentation” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Gaming)
  • “My Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • MTG:MNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • 3rd Monday GAME NIGHT at the Colatina Exit, 5:30pm, Colatina Exit, Bradford. (Gaming)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Mirror, Mirror, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Microscopic Investigations, 3:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)

Arcade serves up great food, fun

The Burlington Free Press has a great writeup of Tilt Arcade:

SOUTH BURLINGTON – Sebastian Thomas, 12, took a break from playing pinball Tuesday night at Tilt to talk about the appeal of the game.

“I like the pinball machines and Pac-Man and how it’s all sort of classic,” Sebastian said. “It’s just fun seeing my dad react. It’s like being a 10 year old again.”

His dad, Nick Thomas, is a geographer who grew up in Cornwall, England. He likes maps, and precision. Actually, Nick Thomas said, it’s like being 14 or 15 again.

Read the full article here.

Geek Things for August 15th, 2014

  • ‘Peter Pan Jr.’, 5 pm, Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier. $5-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Books on the Boat’ Cruise – Lake Champlain shipwrecks, 6-7:30 pm, Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes. $10; preregister; limited space; cash bar. (History)
  • Magic: The Gathering, 6-8 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • ‘Monty Python Live (Mostly)’, 7 pm, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $23. (Dead Parrots)
  • Chess Club, 3-4 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Reading Series, 4:15 & 8:15 pm, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. (Writing)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Lecture Series, 9 am, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. (Writing)
  • Water Striders I, 1:30 pm, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; free for kids under 4; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • The Magic of Bird Migration, 7 pm, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; free for children ages 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Dorset Theatre Festival: ‘The Mousetrap’, 8 pm, Dorset Playhouse, Dorset. $20-59. (Theater)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 8 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Froze Friday! Cool Off With Olaf! 7:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • Connecticut ComiCONN 2014, Aug 15 – 17, 2014, Bridgeport, CT. (Conventions)
  • “Feature Presentation” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “My Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • FNM at Heroes Kingdom, 6:00pm, Heroes Kingdom, St. Albans. (Gaming)
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • MTG:FNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • FNM at the Book Garden, 7:00pm, Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 7:30pm, Festival Theatre at Unadilla, East Calais. $20 adults/$10 kids. (Theater)
  • FNM – Draft, 6:30pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Flames of War Open Play, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic: Draft, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Tinkering Lab, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past, 3:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)