SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. It is a free outlet for materials that are still usable, but for which there is no traditional re-use program. People are asked to use all other available outlets before bringing items to the Swap Program. Items brought in may be passed along to other non-profit groups.
Items brought in must be in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left. Due to the need to close promptly at noon, large loads of donations may not be accepted after 11:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to bring in or take out materials. It is not necessary to do both.
Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle at www.freecycle.org.
Items available this week include: baskets, ironing board, books, end tables, plastic wading pool, umbrella stroller, baby swing, Christmas tree stands, bathroom sinks, windows, cutlery trays, dish drainers, microwave dishes, mops, artificial tree, television, and hanging file rack.
TRADITIONAL CRAFTERS: The Historical Society of Windham County invites traditional crafters to reserve booth space to sell their wares at the bi-annual Windham County History Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, on picturesque Newfane Common.
The fair, held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. will feature vintage exhibits and demonstrations by the county’s historical societies, walking tours of historic Newfane Village, the County Courthouse and County Jail, food, raffles, and more.
Admission to the fair is free. To request a booth application, contact Larry Robinson at 802-365- 7766. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be notified promptly of the jury’s decision. The Historical Society of Windham County, P.O. Box 246, Newfane VT 05345. www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.
SPORTS’ TALK: National Public Radio host and sports writer Bill Littlefield will speak on Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney. His talk is entitled "Only A Game, Except When It Isn’t," and will include questions and answers with the audience.
Littlefield, a nationally known author and veteran sports commentator, hosts NPR’s "Only A Game," produced by NPR member station WBUR in Boston. Since 1993 Littlefield has provided audiences with a weekly tour through the world of sports.
Tickets are $10, available at the door, and in advance at Offerings in Putney. For further information: email@example.com or 802-387-0102.
GARDEN TOUR: Putney’s first Earth, Roots, Petals and Paths Tour of perennial and vegetable gardens is set for Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The tour is a benefit for the Putney Public Library and the Putney Central School library.
The tour includes six private perennial and vegetable gardens in Putney, The Putney School gardens and farm, the Putney Central School garden and orchard as well as a four-acre garden created by Theodora and Peter Berg on Rice Mountain in Walpole, N.H., with the assistance of Gordon Hayward, garden designer, and Dan Snow, dry stone waller.
Other private gardens on the tour include Rod Payne-Meyer, John Burt, Jen Cragin, Deb Grey, and Susan and Marty Brennan-Sawyer. A picnic lunch, baked goods and beverages will be available at garden No. 2, Sun Ledge Farm.
Poets Verandah Porche and Toni Ortner will be reading their work at one of the gardens. Ismael Samad, the chef of Putney’s The Gleanery restaurant will be conducting a creative cooking workshop at the Putney Central School on Saturday morning. There will be a plant sale at The Putney Central School.
Tickets are $15 per person and are available now and on the day of the tour at the Putney Public Library and at Rice Mountain. Maps and a tour program will be provided with ticket purchase. For more details, visit Facebook, e-mail PutneyGardenTour@rocketmail.com or call 802-387-4407. Pets are not permitted on the tour.
SUNRISE PADDLE: Brattleboro Outing Club’s annual "Sunrise Paddle & Potluck" on Lake Whitingham will be held Saturday, June 15. Those attending should meet at 5 a.m. Saturday at Chelsea Royal Diner in West Brattleboro or at 5:30 p.m. at VIP Coffee Shop in Wilmington, at the junction of Routes 9 and 100 South to car and boat pool. Bring light breakfast snacks to share with others. Orange juice will be provided.
For further information about this event and other canoe and kayak trips, visit www.brattleborooutingclub.org, click on "Paddling" or call Larry at 802-254-3666.
HEALING WALK: The Manitou Project will hold a Healing Walk on Friday, June 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. This meditative walk on Manitou’s Sanctuary Trail will be guided by Kirsten Edelglass, including poems or other readings, and chances to share about the experience. Healing Walks will be held every second and fourth Friday until the middle of October.
The Manitou Project seeks to foster community with nature, on its 245-acre land preserve in Williamsville, located at 300 Sunset Lake Road. Directions: Go 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Road from Williamsville village, sign on right; or approximately 5 miles over the top on Sunset Lake Road from Route 9. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. For information, contact Kirsten at 802-579-4496.