In other local biz:

TOWN BRAINTAP is also an admirer/supporter of the new community and concert space
THE FLYING STAGE venue in Barre, Vermont.  To see info about the next event click here.

About Town Braintap  


Anais Mitchell, Musician, singer, Lyricist;and now Tony Award winner for best broadway musical!  
Leda Schubert
,  Award-winning Children's Book Author;
Stephen Morris, Book Publisher, Beer Scholar; 

Hollistic veterinarian
Lincoln Earle-Centers, Arborist-Philospher
Susan Abbott, Acclaimed Painter;
Rosemary Gladstar
Internationally renowned Herbalist; 
Andrea Carbonneau, Photo-portraitist
John Stark Bellamy
, Vermont Crime Chronicler;
Jeanne Haskell, Life coach and Enneagram sage
Fred Wilber, Musician, composer and Live Music Promoter/"madman": 
Ellie Blachly, Historic Furniture restorer, Upholsterer;
Lark Upson, Artist, Master Furniture and home builder 
Trevor Tait, Shop Master/dedicated teacherTom Blachly,  Joyful Shakespearean Scholar, Actor
Judy Cyprian, Experienced and Wise Conflict Resolution Expert;
Adam Woogmaster, Iconoclastic Chef

​See more details about these past presenters

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"It's fitting that one of the most innovative speaker's series around has the most unusual slogan you'll ever hear... "
​--Rick Kisonak , Seven Days Columnist, Film Critic / 3-11-15  

"Pithy evening classes with some of the most interesting and creative characters around..."
--Gayle Hanson, Correspondent, Times-Argus

Our consumer satisfaction    guarantee:


A great way to tap into knowledge and
know-how lurking in your community

you've spent any time around here, it can't have escaped your notice that many of our Vermont communities are awash in people with extraordinary talents and expertise, valuable old-fashioned  know-how and a love of studying, doing and creating all manner of interesting things. We love tapping into a little of what they know and bringing it to you.The Internet brought us stupendous tools for learning, sharing and expressing ideas. It also, ironically, brought on a kind of social disconnect, with more people living in isolated trenches of online vs. real human connectivity. Absent is the intimacy and vibrancy of the live learning experience.

* TOWN BRAINTAP requires no significant outlays of time to attend.
*  Events are cheap (or free) 
*  You get to meet your neighbors.  
*  You can learn something with others who share your curiosities.  
*  You can do something besides whatever your same-old-same-old is.
*  You can feel good about where your money goes. You'll be helping programs that enrich the lives of young people in your communities and kindle a love of reading in children at a formative age.    

Where the Money Goes
TOWN BRAINTAP is not a fundraising organization. Its primary purpose is to provide stimulating and unusual local talks and events in our rural area, and to bring neighbors together for a little quality face time. We do ask for a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door (or whatever you can comfortably toss in the box). At the end of each season we pay the proceeds (usually 90% of gross) forward to an organization of our choice that helps enrich the minds and lives of young people in our community. 

We are Ridiculously Grateful to our Presenters
Our presenters receive no pay for educating and entertaining you. We cannot overstate our thanks for their donated time and expertise in support of the aims of TOWN BRAINTAP.  Some presenters are experienced public speakers and/or educators by training. Some aren't, but they have knowledge about subjects they know and love, and are willing to share it with us. See some of our past presenters at right and more about them here:  

Other Operational Notes
TOWN BRAINTAP is a private, non-profit volunteer-operated entity, not connected to, funded by or governed by any other organizations.

Ricka McNaughton, Co-Creator, Operations Director, Web Content/Design    
Jeanne Haskell, Co-creator, provider of imagination, logistical support and other ongoing acts of generosity. Thanks will always go to Emily Johansen who has moved out of state but whose initial concept, sense of the possible and executive mindset were elemental to getting Town Braintap off the ground. We miss you Emily.