Bakuretsu Con Game Nights at the Brownell Library

A Game of Thrones board game. Photo by François Philipp.

A Game of Thrones board game. Photo by François Philipp.

Bakuretsu Con hosts a monthly game night at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction, starting June 10th. From the Facebook event listing:

Join us for a new Bakuretsu Con hosted event. The Bakuretsu Con Monthly Gaming Night! Come and play board games and card games. There will be plenty of games on hand or bring your own! This event is FREE to the public!

Bakuretsu has hosted anime- and gaming-centric conventions since 2002, when they came on the scene. Recently, they’ve begun sprinkling shorter events throughout the year, in addition to their big three day weekend anime convention in the fall. This latest event is wonderful news. Of late, Vermonters seem spoiled for choice when it comes to places and times to play tabletop games. That Bakuretsu’s partnered with a library is icing on the cake. When geekdoms align, wonderful things happen.

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Geek Things for August 1st

  • Build a Fairy House, 10AM–1PM, Lareau Farm Inn, Waitsfield. $5 suggested donation. (Kids)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series, Henry IV, Part I. 6:30PM, Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington. $15. (Theater)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Color Mixing, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Vermont Astronomical Association, Bit and Pieces, 7:30-9:00pm, Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Jct. (Astronomy)
  • Create Comics, Cartooning Studio August 1-5, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Comics)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 21st

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Castleton Historical Society Annual Picnic, 6PM, Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, Bomoseen. Free; bring a dish to share. (History)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Models)
  • Summer Reading Program Activity, 10–11AM, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • The Buzz on Bees, 10–11AM at Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per additional child. (Kids)
  • Bug Walk, 4–5PM, North Branch Nature Center Montpelier. $3; $5 per family. (Kids)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike. Meet at History Hike parking lot. 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • Water Striders. Meet at the Nature Trail. 2PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • ‘We Walk the Woods! Meet at the Nature Center. 10AM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • The Tempest.7:30pm, Unadilla Theatre, 501 Blachly Rd., $20/$10 kids 12 & under, Call for reservations, 456-8968 or http://www.unadilla.org. East Calais. (Theater)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Turtle Discovery, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Chromatography, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Behind the Scenes Tours, 3:00pm, American Precision Museum, Windsor. (Technology)
  • Northshire Mystery and Thriller Reading Group, 2pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Books)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 12th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Green Drinks, 6–8PM, The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Bus Tour of St. Albans Raid Sites – Historian Howard Coffin, 9AM, Brownell Library in Essex Junction. $10; space is limited; preregister; bring a bag lunch. (History)
  • Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Ham Radio Club Meeting, 7–9PM, O’Brien Civic Center, South Burlington. Free. (Radio)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Dispicable Me, 9PM at Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’, 8PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $29.50-38.50. (Theater)
  • Creative Writing Group, 10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Anne Stuart & Kristina Douglas – Paranormal Romance Signing, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Authors)
  • Hoopster Glider, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Author Appearance: George RR Martin, 7pm, Barnes and Noble Burlington, MA (Game of Thrones)
  • Explore the OmniGlobe, Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 11th

  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Bob DeVarney – Talk on bouncing signals off of the moon. 7:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Radio)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30am-5:30pm, Barre Elks Club, Barre. (Blood Drive)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Presentation – Telescopes, 11:00am-12:00pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)

 

Geek Things for June 6th

  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Eleanor Henderson – Ten Thousand Saints Reading. 7PM, Borders Books & Music, Burlington. Free. (Books)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Monthly Presentation-Open to the Public – History of Modern Astronomers, 7:30-9pm, Brownell Library, Essex Jct. (Astronomy)
  • “Falling Skies” Screening of the upcoming TV series, http://nescifievents.org/?p=25248pm, Boston, MA. (Television)

Geek Things for May 19th

I’m out of the country for the next week and a bit, so these lists might be a bit out of date. We’ve got a list of 30 or so websites that we check every morning – that list can be found here. (Let us know if there’s something that we have to add up)

  • Way to Go! Commuter Challenge – Visit waytogovt.org for details. 12AM–11:59PM, Various locations statewide. Free. (Environment)
  • Build Your Own Rain Barrel, 5:30–7PM, Public Works Building, South Burlington. $25. (Water)
  • Mt. Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Models)
  • All-Community Youth Art Festival, 8AM–9PM, Various locations, Woodstock. Various prices. (Youth)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Morning Bird Walk. Preregister, 7–9AM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $6. (Birds)
  • Media Maven Luncheon, 12–1:30PM, Channel 17 Studios, Burlington. $5-15; additional $5 for lunch. (Tech)
  • ‘Facebook 101 and More’, 8–10AM, Franklin Conference Center, Rutland. $20-25. (Tech)
  • Susan Morse – “Bobcats, Bears, Cougars, Moose … and More!”, 6–8PM, Library, Vergennes Union High School & Middle School, Vergennes. Donations accepted. (Nature)
  • ‘The Crucible’, 7:30PM, Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury. $5-10. (Theater)
  • The Moth – An evening of storytelling with a metamorphosis theme. 7PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $10. (Theater)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Author Signing: Jack McDevitt, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Flights of Fantasy Books and Games, Albany NY. (Author Signing)
  • Alan Benoit, Sustainable Living Series, 7pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester. (Environment)

Geek Things for May 12th

  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (BirdS)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Lunafest 2011, 6:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $14-20. (Films)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Karl Decker & Nancy Levine – “The Tour Buses Don’t Stop Here Anymore: The Impacts of and Responses to Social, Economic or Environmental Change on Small Vermont Towns,” 6PM, Pierson Library, Shelburne. Free. (Talk)
  • Keith Pillsbury – Vietnam War and 2008, 3:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (History)
  • Roberta Harold – “Vermont and New York in the Gilded Age,”, 7PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (History)
  • Tim Brookes – “Disappearing Alphabets and the Future of the Written Word,” 7–8PM, Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield. Free. (Language)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 12-5:30pm, St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury. (Blood Drive)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for April 8th

  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Films)
  • After School Book Discussion, 3–4PM, Hunt Middle School, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Alice in Wonderland’, 7PM, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Draw Comics!’, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘The Jungle Book’, 7PM, Rumney Memorial School, Middlesex. $2-4; $10 per family. (Theater)
  • Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski – “The Role of the Liberal Arts in a 21st-Century Education: Dreams and Values.” 2:30PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Short Clips of Great Trips’, Preregister. 6:15–9:30PM, Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington. $7 minimum donation; cash bar. (Talk)
  • ‘Eurydice’, 8PM, Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Middlebury. $6-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’, 7PM, Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School, Essex Junction. $4-6. (Theater)
  • ‘Peter Pan’, 7:30PM, Middlebury Union High School Auditorium, Middlebury. $8-15. (Theater)
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’, 7PM at McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Scaphondre’, 9–10PM, 4 West Center Street, Winooski. $5. (Theater)
  • ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), 7PM, Rochester High School, Rochester. $7. (Theater)
  • Graphic-Novel Readers & Creators, 5:30PM, Phoenix Books, Essex. Free. (Comics)
  • Tolkien Readings, 7:30–9PM, John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill Building, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Tolkien)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Books and Beyond, 10:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Biblical and Midrashic Models of the Islamic Foundation Narrative, 12:15 – 1:30pm, Robert A Jones ’59 Conference Room, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Laboring Justice: Land, Food, People, and Policy, 3 – 5pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Museum Lecture: Marking Time, 4:30 – 6pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Murder Mystery Theater – My Fatal Valentine, 6:00 pm, Bellows Falls Union High School. Bellows Falls Tickets $15 in advance. (Theater)
  • Final Admission Deadline for Odyssey Writing Workshop (http://nescifievents.org/?p=2131), Friday, Apr 8, 2011, Manchester, NH (Writing)
  • UBCon XXII (http://www.ubcon.org/), Apr 8 – 10 2011, Buffalo, New York (Conventions)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Youth Birding Program: Owl Prowl & Snipe Search. For pre-teens & teens. North Branch Nature Ctr, Montpelier. FREE, 7:30-9pm. Pre-reg. 229-6206. (Birds)

Geek Things for April 6th

  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • ‘Dead Poets Society’, 7PM, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. Free. (Film)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Libraries)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Libraries)
  • Science Magic. Preregister. 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘How to Compost’, 7–9PM, Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington. Free. (Composting)
  • ‘Tech Savvy’, 6–8PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Computers)
  • Chris Wren – “The Rule of Law and the Arab Revolt: A Journalist’s Perspective,” 5:30pm, Oakes Hall, Room 012, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free. (Current Events)
  • Dave Zirin – “Sports and Resistance in the United States: A Political Legacy,” 4:30PM, Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Politics)
  • Gordon Robison – “The Obama Administration and the Middle East,” 7PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Politics)
  • Haviland Smith – “Dealing With Instability in Today’s Middle East.” 7PM, Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport. Free. (Current Events)
  • Mark Stoler – Historical perspective on the United States and the war in Vietnam, 7PM, Cornerstone Community Center, Hartford. Free. (History)
  • Meg Brook – “World Without Borders.” 6:15PM, Burlington College, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Peter Schumann – Bread and Puppet Theater, 6PM, Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington. Free with museum admission, $3-5, or $10 per family. (Talk)
  • Robert Hager – “Courting Disaster: From the Vietnam War to 21st-Century Terrorism.” 7PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Current Events)
  • Shahan Mufti – “A World of Trouble: Reporting a Clandestine American War in Pakistan.” 7pm, Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. Free. (Current Events)
  • ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’: Dress Rehearsal for Senior Citizens – 3–5:15PM, Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School, Essex Junction. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’, 7PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Theater)
  • Poetry Alive! Various downtown locations, Montpelier. Free. (Poetry)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Book Talk: American Plastic, 5:15 – 7:15pm, 51 Main at the Bridge, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Books About Libraries, 10am, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, NH. (Gaming)
  • Touch the Sound at NU, Sullivan Museum, Northfield. (Museum)
  • Do Bats Really Attack Humans? All about bats, presented by Barry Genzlinger. 1:30pm, VT College of Fine Arts, Noble Hall, Montpelier. $5 for non-members. Info. 454-4675. (Bats)
  • April Showers Bring Salamanders. Preschool discovery program for kids age 3-5. Dress for a walk on the trails. 10-11:30am. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $5 per child, Info. 229-6206. (Kids)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 10:30am-3:30pm, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. (Blood Drive)