Thursday January 3, 2013

In Bellows FallsŠ

HISTORY CALENDAR: Rockingham Library publishes its 2013 local history calendar. Each year for the past five years, the history of Bellows Falls and Rockingham comes to life in a calendar showcasing historical photographs from the Rockingham Library’s collections. Emily Zervas, Reference and Historical Collections Librarian at the Rockingham Library, produces the annual calendar with a different theme using images from the Library’s archives. "This year’s calendar features historical group portraits, both formal and candid, with an emphasis on revealing the community that lived in the old townscapes," says Zervas. Calendars can be purchased at the Rockingham Library, Village Square Booksellers, and Town Hall in Bellows Falls. The cost is $10 with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Rockingham Library.

In Brattleboro...

FREE CIRCUS CLASS: On Jan. 5, the public is welcome to sample a class at the New England Center for Circus Arts. The studio will be open to visitors from 2 to 3 p.m. (age 1 1/2 to 7 with parents) and 3 to 4 p.m. (8 to adult).

Activities are geared for anyone who has ever been curious about circus and wants to try out the activities and see what might be a fit for them. All ages and all abilities are welcome. The fun will include trapeze, juggling, low wire, aerial silks, german wheel (for adults), and hula hooping.


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NECCA’s staff will be on hand to teach and answer questions.

All activities are free and no registration is required, but all children under the age of 18 must either have a parent present to sign a waiver, or download a waiver from our web site and bring it already signed.

For more information call 802-254-9780 or visit www.necenterforcircusarts.org. The NECCA studio is located at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, #300.

In Saxtons River...

HISTORICAL CHAT: The Grand Homes of Saxtons River is the topic of the first in another series of historical fireside chats that begins Monday, Jan. 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the parlor of the Saxtons River Inn.

Hosted by Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society, the series will also explore Civil War soldiers and former ski areas. There is no charge, and attendees are encouraged to bring photographs and memorabilia to share in the informal setting. Speakers for the first session on some of the village’s old homes are Nancy and Ron Tompkins, owners of the former Alexander house, Bob Campbell of Pleasant Street, and David Moore, who lives in the Starks Edson house.

Others sessions are Jan. 14, Saxtons River Soldiers in the Civil War with Richard Anderson, and Jan. 21, Lost Ski Areas in Southeastern Vermont with Jeremy Davis, founder of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project.

Information and updates on possible postponements due to inclement weather are available by calling Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960. Dinner at the inn is available after the chats, with reservations appreciated by calling 802-869-2110.