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)

The Savoy Announces SciFi July Schedule!

The Savoy Theater is bringing back SciFi July, and they have just announced their lineup of films. Here’s what you can see:

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon: July 4th, 10:30pm / July 5th, 3:30pm.
  • Thing from Another World: July 10th, 10:30pm / July 11th, 3:30pm
  • 12 Monkeys: July 11th, 10:30pm / July 12th, 3:30pm.
  • Ghost in the Shell: July 17th, 10:30pm / July 18th 3:30pm
  • Back to the Future: July 18th, 10:30pm / July 19th, 3:30pm.
  • The Last Starfighter, July 24th, 10:30pm / July 25th, 3:30pm
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, July 25th, 10:30pm / July 26th, 3:30pm.

This looks like an incredible lineup. We can’t wait to stop by to watch several (all) of these.

Geek Things for June 26th, 2015

  • Library on the Lawn, 10:30 am-12 pm, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax. (Libraries)
  • ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’, 8 pm, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $34-44. (Spam)
  • Burnham Library Summer Book Sale, 5-8 pm, Colchester High School, Colchester. (Books)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 8 pm, Meet at the steps 10 minutes before start time, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $18; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • Creative Writing Workshop, 10:30 am, 22 Church St., Burlington. Free; preregister at; limited space. (Writing)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • The Little Mermaid, Jr. 3:00 PM / 6:00 PM, Flynn Theater, Burlington. (Theater)
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • FNM: Tinker & Smithy, 6:30pm, Tinker & Smithy, Middlebury. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic: Standard, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Expeditions! 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Rocket Punch Games, St. Albans. (Gaming)
  • 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)
  • Pinball Co-op open for fun night, 7pm – 10pm, Pin Ball Co-Op, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)

Kickstart This: PinBox 3000 Artcade System by Cardboard Teck Instantute

This is a fantastic kickstarter that you should back: the PinBox 3000 Arcade! Ben Matchstick of the Cardboard Teck Instatute has been working on this for a while, and I’ve been wondering how to get one of my own.

The Cardboard Teck Instantute is  pleased to bring you the Pinbox 3000 Arcade System! This is the first of its kind home pinball machine made entirely of recycled cardboard.  Its lightweight, durable, affordable, customizable, and FUN!

We think the best part about this game is that you can customize the play board.  We want to help you make your own fun with repurposed materials:  straws, popsicle sticks, chopsticks, dowels, spoons, wire, tape, cereal boxes, toys, and any other whirligigs and do-dads that may be kicking about in the junk drawer.  We offer PinBox 3000 as an empty palette, and with a little advice from our Ideas Book, we know that each individual player will come up with something unique and sweet.

$50 gets you the actual game, but there’s a bunch of cool prizes at lower tiers. They’re looking for $10,000 in funds – pledge here!