Bookstock!

Woodstock’s annual book festival, Bookstock, starts up today, with an impressive lineup of authors and activities throughout the weekend.

Bookstock supports the cultural richness and diversity of the Upper Valley and celebrates authors and poets, both established and emerging, from our region. New England is home to many talented writers representing diverse genres, from national Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging young writers and those who have found their compelling voice at midlife. Bookstock encourages appreciation for good writing and other artistic endeavors by introducing residents and visitors of all ages to writers, musicians and artists in an intimate setting.

For a full listing of events, take a look here.

Geek Things for July 29th

  • Summer Book Sale, 8AM–4PM, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. Free. (Books)
  • Murder Mysteries Live!, 6PM at Wilson Castle, Proctor. $30; ages 18 and up only; formal or period costume preferred; preregister. (Mystery)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Bookstock Vermont, 5:30PM, Various locations, Woodstock. Free. (Books)
  • ‘Barnum’, 7PM, Vermont Children’s Theater, Lyndonville. $5-10. (Kids)
  • High School Book Group, 4:30–5:15PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • The Butterfly Guy, 1PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘The Little Mermaid and the Prince’, 7:30PM, Adamant Music School, Adamant. Free; reservations recommended. (Kids)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Two Headed Giant Sealed – $30 per team, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Leafcutter Ants, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Astronomy)
  • Friends of the Aldrich Summer Book Sale. 8am, 4pm, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. (Books)

 

Geek Things for July 26th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Time-Travel Tuesday, 10AM–5PM, Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock. Regular admission, $3-12. (History)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Iron Man 2, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Leafcutter Ants, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Who Sank the Boat?, 3pm, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Full Force – Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:40am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Science)

Geek Things for July 19th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Time-Travel Tuesday, 10AM–5PM, Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock. Regular admission, $3-12. (History)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – How to Train Your Dragon, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • Game Day, 9:30–10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Homestead Farming” – Contemporary take on the back-to-the-land movement. 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Paper Cup Telephone, 11:00, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fingerprints, 3:00, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, Willard Sterne Randall, 7:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (History)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Full Force – Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Science)

3rd Annual Bookstock!

This came to our attention last month – Bookstock will be returning to Woodstock Vermont again this year, Friday through Sunday, July 29th through the 31st. Here’s what their website says about it:

The 3rd Annual Bookstock, a Green Mountain Festival of Words, will include an expanded and spectacular format over three days, Friday through Sunday, July 29-31, 2011 in the beautiful village of Woodstock, Vermont.
Our community-sponsored day celebrates the diverse ways that books and authors, especially those connected with Vermont and the Upper Valley, help us explore a wide range of human experience for all ages.
Over twenty authors of national and local renown will speak, read from their work, offer interactive programs and mingle with the participating public.
Take part in workshops, and visit with exhibitors, new and second hand book sales, and diverse cultural events including art and music.
All events open and free to the public.

Vermont’s got a lot in the way of Book things, and this seems like it could be a fun couple of days. The keynote speaker this year will be Thomas Powers, who’s won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, and some other familiar faces, such as VT mystery writer Archer Mayor and Sally Ryder Brady will be speaking as well.

We’ll update with more as we get it!

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 March 25th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Burlington, 10AM–2PM, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Woodstock, 12:30–5PM, Woodstock Union High School, Woodstock. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Mud Season Book Sale, 9AM–9PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • Green Mountain Film Festival. Visit greenmountainfilmfestival.org for details. 11:30AM–10PM, Various locations, Montpelier. Various prices. (Film)
  • ‘Draw Comics!’, 3–4:30PM at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Family Movie – Despicable Me. 6:30–8:05PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids)
  • Science & Stories – Maple sugaring from sap to syrup, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Wii-tastic!’, 3–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Kids)
  • Dr. Timothy Whiteford – “Differences in Global Mathematics Education.” 3:45PM, Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Math)
  • Jan Reynolds – Record-setting expedition climbing and skiing all the peaks circling Mount Everest. Proceeds benefit the Vermont Ski Museum. 7PM, Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe. $5; $10 per family. (Exploration)
  • Mark C. Starrett – “Gardens as Living Laboratories,” 2PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $5. (Talk)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • “Through the Windshield: Transportation Practices and Dis/embodied Landscapes,” 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Billings Library, North Lounge B300, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • ConBust, Mar 25 – 27 2011, Northampton, MA (Conventions)
  • Steampunk Industrial Revolution, Mar 25 – 27 2011, Nashua, NH (Conventions)
  • Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, 7:30pm, American Repertory Theater, Boston, MA (Robots)
  • Star Party at GMO, (Call Jack St. Louis 802-658-0184 (H), 802-656-1287 or Paul Walker 802-388-4220 (H), 802-861-8640 (W)), 7:30pm-11:00pm, Observatory Road, Hinesburg (Astronomy)

Geek Things for January 7th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Williston, 10AM–2PM, DEW Construction, Williston. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Woodstock, 12:30–5:30PM, Woodstock Union High School, Woodstock. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • ‘The Social Network’, 7PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Film)
  • Comics Club, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids, Comics)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 9–10:30AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘The Wizard of Oz’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. (Theater)
  • Science and Stories: Snow!, 11:00 am, ECHO Center, Burlington. Free with Admission. (Kids)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington (Gaming)
  • Border Board Games, D&D Night, Derby Line Village Hall, Derby Line (Gaming)