Geek Things for July 3rd, 2015

  • Book Sale, 4-6 pm, Gymnasium, Williston Central School, Williston. (Books)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Celebrate the Lake, 6-11 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $15-30; limited space. (Fireworks)
  • Get Pop-Cultured: Doctor Who, 7:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Doctor Who)
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • FNM: Tinker & Smithy, 6:30pm, Tinker & Smithy, Middlebury. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Superhero Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11 am, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. Free; preregister. (Kids)
  • Water Striders I, 1:30 pm, Meet at the Nature Trail, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 8 pm, Meet at the steps 10 minutes before start time, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $18; preregister. (Haunts)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, Triple Play Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • “Feature Presentation” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Saint Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm/ 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Saint Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • What’s Your Passion, 2:30pm – 2:45pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Saint Johnsbury. (Museums)

Shelburne Museum’s Night Circus!

This looks positively awesome: Shelburne Museum is hosting a Night Circus.
Come one, come all to the greatest show at Shelburne Museum — The Night Circus!
Mix and mingle under the big-top with acrobats, jugglers, magicians and more at this “grown-ups” only (21+) event!
Guests will enjoy food and drink inspired by Shelburne Museum’s famed circus collection while dancing to the sounds of DJ Disco Phantom. Guests will also enjoy tours of the Museum’s Circus Building and carousel rides.
Tickets for this unforgettable event are $35 for current Shelburne Museum members. Non-members can purchase individual tickets for $55. Semi-formal attire recommended… Masquerade attire encouraged! This is an outdoor event. We recommend that guests plan on wearing flat shoes.
Tickets can be purchased here, and benefit the Shelburne Museum!

Geek Things for July 2nd, 2015

  • Geek Mountain State Book Club – The Shining Girls 7-9 pm, Pierson Library, Shelburne. (Books)
  • Creative Writing Workshop, 6-8 pm, North Branch Café, Montpelier. (Writing)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Get Pop-Cultured: Throwback Thursday 1950s, 2:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Books)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 7 pm, Chandler Music Hall, Randolph. $12.75-19.25. (Theater)
  • Birds By Ears & Eyes, 11 am, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Summer Student Lake Research Presentations, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, ECHO, Burlington. (Research)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • 2-Player Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic EDH/Commander Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • “Feature Presentation” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm / 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • What’s Your Passion, 2:30pm – 2:45pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Museums)
  • Water Striders II, 1:30 pm, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Lego Club, 4-5 pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. (Legos)
  • Raptors in Residence, 1-1:30 pm, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. Regular farm admission, $5-8; free for members and kids under 3. (Kids)

Geek Things for July 1st, 2015

  • Tilt’s 1st Anniversary, 4:00pm, Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House, South Burlington. (Arcades)
  • ‘S’ is for Superhero, 10 am, Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center. (Kids)
  • ‘Robin Hood and Maid Marian’, 12-1 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Kids)
  • Wacky Wednesdays – Blasting Balloon, ECHO, Burlington. (Kids)
  • Short Fiction Workshop, 6:30 pm, 22 Church St., Burlington. (Writing)
  • Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen Solar Shine & Dine 5:30-7 pm, Cornerstone Pub, Barre. (Solar)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 7 pm, Meet at the History Hike parking lot. Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • LEGO Building Challenge, 1:15PM-2:30PM, Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. (Kids)
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounters, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Team Pingolf League, 7:00pm – 7:30pm, Pinball Co-op, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Dungeons & Dragons! 6-9pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic: The Gathering – Draft – $12 Entry Fee, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Feature Presentation” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm / 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • What’s Your Passion, 2:30pm – 2:45pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Saint Johnsbury. (Museums)

Nominate This: Allies and Enemies: Fallen

Vermont Author Amy J. Murphy has put her book up on Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. Users nominate books that they’d like to see published, and win a copy if the book wins. Here’s what her book is about:

Purpose-bred soldier, Commander Sela Tyron is as subtle as a hammer. To hammers, any problem can look like a nail, but the solutions aren’t always easy. Abandoned on a planet of hostiles, things are only starting to get difficult for Sela. Rescued by her captain, Jon Veradin, Sela risks everything to save him from a traitor’s death. Their careers as fugitives complicate further with the arrival of Erelah, Jon’s sister. Once brilliant, now mad, she warns of a monster dead set on reclaiming her.

Nominate here.

Rediscovering Shirley Jackson

Last week on Vermont Edition, the focus was on Vermont horror author Shirley Jackson. Somehow, we didn’t hear that there was an entire weekend devoted to her in Bennington!

If you’ve read only one thing by author Shirley Jackson, it’s almost definitely her short story “The Lottery,” a taut narrative about a yearly small-town ritual – with nasty twist. But Jackson had a productive, masterful career beyond “The Lottery.” Some might say, two careers.

She was an influential master of psychological horror with novels like “The Haunting of Hill House,” and “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” And she was the author of popular humorous accounts of raising four kids in North Bennington, Vermont.

Listen to the entire episode here.

Geek Things for June 30th, 2015

  • ‘Robin Hood’, 12 pm, Lawn. Rain location: Old Brick Church. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Kids)
  • Project MICRO, 7 pm, Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield. (Kids)
  • ‘The Terminator’, 7 pm, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. (I’ll be back.)
  • Gaming for Teens & Adults, 5-7:45 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Raptors in Residence, 1-1:30 pm, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. Regular farm admission, $5-8; free for members and kids under 3. (Birds)
  • Knights of the Mystic Movie Club, 8:30 pm, Main Street Museum, White River Junction. (Movies)
  • Casual Card Games, 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Magic the Gathering Commander, 2pm – 4pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Modern, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • “Feature Presentation” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm / 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Saint Johnsbury. (Astronomy)