Geek Things for July 7th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘September 11, 1814: The Battles at Plattsburgh’, 7PM, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Plattsburgh. Free. (History)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • ‘Frankenstein and Friends’, 12–1PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Kids)
  • Teen Club, 4:30–5:30PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Teens)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • ‘We Walk the Woods!’. Meet at the Nature Center. 10AM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Water Striders. Meet at the Nature Trail. 2PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Kristin Kimball: Shelburne – The author of The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love. 7PM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Straw Oboes, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 8pm, Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier. $25-$30, Info. 229-0492. (Theater)
  • Plainfield Book Club. Discussing “Twilight” and “The Town That Food Saved.”, 6:30pm, Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield. Info. 454-8504. (Books)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 11:30-5:30pm, St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury. (Blood Drive)
  • Military Vehicle Show. Rte 2, 2 miles from Rte 100 intersection, follow signs, $3/$5 per family. http://www.gmmvc.org, Waterbury. (Military)

Geek Things for June 27th

  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Comics)
  • ‘The Future of Indie Films’ – Christine Vachon leads the discussion. 4–6PM, Goddard College, Plainfield. Free. (Films)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • 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)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Build a Hoopster Gilders, 11:00 a.m. Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)

Geek Things for June 20th

  • Village-Building Convergence. View vbc-vt.org for schedule. 9AM–9PM at Various locations, Montpelier. Free. (Sustainability)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 11:30am – 5:30pm, Vermont College, MOntpelier. (Blood Drive)
  • East Montpelier/Calais Historical Societies Meeting. Potluck picnic, bring your own place setting & chair. Martin Johnson speaks on the Martin Farm and its evolution into Goddard Coll. Meet at Goddard College parking lot, 5:30pm. Info. 454-7328. Plainfield. (History)
  • 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)
  • Come Learn About Our New NOOK Simple Touch, 5:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)

Geek Things for May 27th

  • SCA – Panteria XVI, Shire of Panther Vale, Through May 30th, Camp Farnsworth, Thetford, VT. (Renfaire)
  • Brake Night, 6–7:30PM, Onion River Sports, Montpelier. Free. (Bikes)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castles)
  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • 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. (Kids)
  • Science & Stories, Worms, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘The Tempest’, 12:30PM, 7PM, Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free. (Theater)
  • Slam Workshop, 4:30–6PM, FlynnSpace, Burlington. Free. (Poetry)
  • Spring Book & Plant Sale. 9am-5pm, Cutler Library, Info. 454-8504. Plainfield. (Books)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Presentation, Barton Public Library, Barton. (Books)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Public Star Gazing at the Ethan Allen Homestead, 8:00pm, Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for April 7th

  • Annual Research Day, 3PM, University of Vermont, Burlington. Free. (Talks)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • ‘Alice in Wonderland’, 7PM, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington. Free. (Theater)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • David Powers – “Muhammad Is Not the Father of Any of Your Men: The Making of the Last Prophet.” 4:30PM, Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Panel Discussion – “If You Lose Your Old-Fashioned Town Meeting, Are You Losing Democracy?” 7–8PM, Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • Robert Whitaker – “Anatomy of an Epidemic: History, Science and the Long-Term Effects of Psychiatric Medications.” 7PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Eurydice’, 8PM, Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Middlebury. $6-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Peter Pan’, 7:30PM, Middlebury Union High School Auditorium, Middlebury. $8-15. (Theater)
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’, 7PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Theater)
  • Book Club – Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Sara Gruen’s Ape House. 6:30–8PM, Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield. Free. (Books)
  • Poetry Alive! 2011 Poetry Display, Various downtown locations, Montpelier. Free. (Poetry)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Psychosocial Influences on Healthy Aging,” 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Davis Auditorium, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • The Future of Adaptive Optics, 12:15 – 1:30pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Science)
  • “The Dynamics of Nonviolent Power: Egypt, Tunisia and Beyond”, 4:30 – 6pm, Robert A Jones ’59 Conference Room, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Graphic Novel Readers and Creators, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Phoenix Books, Essex. (Comics)
  • CLiF presentation, Edmunds Elementary School, Burlington. (Presentation)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 12:30-5:30, Sharon Academy, Sharon. (Blood Drive)

Browsing Bookstores

7 Days has a great article up on bookstores in Vermont, looking at some of the smaller, independant ones that still live on in our communities, despite the introduction of ereaders and megastores like Amazon.com. The article looks to five stores: Rivendell, in Montpelier, Northfield Bookstore in Northfield, The Country Bookshop in Plainfield, the Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick and the Eloquent Page in St. Albans:

Tell that to local readers who love to browse. Even as new bestsellers go digital, the books of our collective past stick with us. And as long as elderly Vermonters continue to empty the contents of their attics into used bookstores, bibliophiles will have new realms to explore.
While Vermont boasts its share of strong independent book retailers, the state is also a mother lode for those in search of secondhand volumes. The Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association currently lists 58 members, quite a few of whom still do business from brick-and-mortar shops.
Like restaurants, these stores have distinct personalities, and sometimes their own microbestsellers. Want a shop that specializes in poetry and mysteries, with owners who are passionate about both and regularly bring authors from out of state? Try Kingdom Books in Waterford. Want to know which new books sell best in Caledonia County? Talk to the owner of the Galaxy Bookshop.

Read the full article here.

Most of the stores are ones that I’m familiar with: The Northfield Bookstore sits right across from my office, while Rivendell and The Country Bookshop are both stores that I’ve visted often, because of their prices and selection.

Small bookstores such as these, and others – such as the Crow Bookshop on Church Street, Bear Pond Books and the Book Garden in Montpelier, are fantastic places to stop by and spend a couple of hours in – I’ve done it on numerous occassions, generally because I can find what I want, or something interesting that I hadn’t known about, without the hassle of ordering something on the internet, where I’m unsure of its condition or whether it’ll come in at all. While I still order books online and from stores such as Barnes and Noble or Borders (both up in the Burlington and Lebenon areas), used and local bookstores hold a special place for me.

Geek Things for December 8th

  • Renewable Energy Workshop, 6:30–7:30PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free. (Energy)
  • ‘Weatherizing Your Home: From Top to Bottom’, 7PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Energy)
  • ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’, 7PM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $4-7. (Film)
  • Holiday Book Sale, 12–8PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Books)
  • 4-H Super Science, 3:30–5PM, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. Free, preregister. (Kids)
  • Homeschool Wednesdays, 1–3PM, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier. $3-5. (Kids)
  • Linda Elliott & John Schmeltzer (Cleanup at the now-closed Vermont Asbestos Group Mine in Eden), 4PM, Room 203, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, Johnson. Free. (Environment)
  • Plainfield Historical Society Annual Meeting, 6:30PM, Plainfield Community Center, Plainfield. Free. (History)
  • PFS Additional Game, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Game Lounge Burlington, (Gaming)
  • Magic Booster Draft, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington, $12 (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington, (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, 1 Glen Road #3, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Central VT Amateur Radio Club. 6:30pm, Steak House, Barre-Montpelier Rd.Info. 496-3566 or 496-2836. (Radio)