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Dummerston: Transition Dummerston is hosting a Community Picnic at Dutton Pines State Park, Route 5, on Aug. 26. The picnic begins at 6 p.m. Bring a dish for the pot-luck – local foods encouraged. From 7 to 7:30 p.m. there will be an update on Transition Dummerston programs. From 7:30 p.m. to dusk there will be singing around the campfire, led by Fred Taylor and Peter Siegel. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket. Co-sponsored by Transition Dummerston and the Dummerston Conservation Commission. For more information call Bill at 802-257-1020 or Fred at 802-387-2681. Transition Dummerston is part of the international Transition Town network of local initiatives building community resilience and well-being in the face of climate, energy and economic challenges.
Williamsville: The Manitou Project will hold a Healing Walk on Aug. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. This meditative walk on Manitou's Sanctuary Trail will be led by Mary Stowe, and will include poems or other readings, and chances to share about the experience. Rain or Shine. Healing walks will be held every second and fourth Friday of each month until October. The Manitou Project seeks to foster community with Nature, on its 235-acre land preserve in Williamsville, located at 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. For information, contact Mary at 802-246-1152.
Brattleboro: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road 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. The Swap Program is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Items brought in must be clean and 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. Items available this week include: shop vac, small frying pans, sauce pans, ironing board, chopper, bread pan, floor lamps, bike seats, ice skates, lamps, large plastic water container, tables, balls, large bird feeder, small pet carrier, training wheels, folding chairs, Coleman camp stove and dog crates.
Townshend: The Townshend Farmers Market is located on the lawn of the historic West Townshend Country Store and runs every Friday through Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. Music for Aug. 26 will be Celtic music with Antje Ruppert, Alan Partridge and Alison Schantz. Shop between 4 and 5 p.m. and receive a $2 discount on any purchase of $10 or more from participating vendors.
Putney: On Aug. 27, there will be a contra dance at Pierce's Hall, starting with a beginning session at 7:30 p.m. with dancing until 10:30 p.m. Live music from Amy Cann & the All Comers Band with caller David Kaynor. $10. Call 802-387-0163 for more information.
Grafton: On Aug. 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. on the lawn of the Grafton Library, The Wilderness will present a free concert to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. Bring a lawn chair, lunch and a picnic blanket and enjoy a free hour of neighborhood fun. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the White Church on Main Street.
Brattleboro: Whether you're thinking of building a tiny house of your own, just curious, or have building experience to share, Tiny House Fest Vermont brings the experts to the interested, with talks and panels on building technologies, off-grid living, wastewater solutions, zoning, and eight tiny houses to explore. Music, house tours, kids' teeny tiny maker station, and more. The all-day festival is Sept. 4 in downtown Brattleboro. Pre-fest tiny house building and design workshops Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. Local Tiny House Tours on Sept. 5. For full schedule go to facebook.com/tinyhousefestvermont. To buy a festival pass, local art and tiny house swag go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/tiny-house-fest-vermont.
Bondville: The Bondville Fair is the oldest continuously operating Fair in the state of Vermont. This year the Bondville Fair will take place on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26, 27 and 28. The Craft and Artisan section of the Bondville Fair also begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. As in the past, set-up time will be Friday morning from 8 until 10 a.m. when all vehicles must be in their parking spots. Anyone requesting a Thursday night set up, please contact me at 802-375-4831 before hand to arrange a time. The registration fee for the August Bondville Fair, for a 10-by-10 space is $65. If you desire electricity, there is an additional charge of $15 for the three days of the fair. An Application covering the Bondville Fair is immediately following this one. Space will be allotted on a first come first served basis. For an application, contact Estelle M. Schwartz at 802-375-4831.
Brattleboro: Local author Archer Mayor will soon release his 27th Det. Joe Gunther novel. On Aug. 27 a photographic scavenger hunt of many of the locales in Brattleboro, that are important characters in his books, will have its kick-off. This fun event will begin at the Brattleboro North KOA Campground in Dummerston at 9 a.m. with a complete pancake breakfast ($8 per person, $10 gluten free). Mayor will give one of his very entertaining talks with hints about his next Gunther novel and his real life experience over the last 30 years as firefighter/EMT, a constable, and a death investigator for Vermont's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. He'll also be signing books that will be for sale. Following the breakfast, participants will be given a Gunther map of Brattleboro to find the locales individually or with friends/family along with information about parking and 'friends of the hunt' businesses in Brattleboro. At the friends locations, they will be able to rest, enjoy an event-themed treat, or receive special gifts or discounts. After submitting digital photos of party members or selfies at the locales, participants will be entered to win one of a number of great prizes including Mayors' books, accommodations, meals, and gift certificates. There will be one drawing on Aug. 27 as part of the kick-off and then again on Oct. 3 for later participants. After the kick-off, maps will be available in downtown locations. Participating businesses include Altiplano, Artrageus1 Arts Collective, Beadniks, Brattleboro Books, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro North KOA Campground, Centered Healing Therapeutic Massage, Latchis Hotel and Theater, Mystery on Main Bookstore, Persimmon & Rose Holistic Skin Care, Renaissance Fine Jewelry, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, Vermont Artisan Designs, Vermont Center for Photography and The Works Bakery/Cafe.
Off the beaten path
Brattleboro: The Latchis Theatre's Off the Beaten Path film series, which showcases recent films which might have slipped under the radar but shouldn't have, continues this weekend with the acclaimed comedy, action and adventure "Hunt for the Wilderpeople." Presented in collaboration with the Brattleboro Film Festival, screenings take place this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28, at 4 p.m. "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is Rated PG-13 and runs 101 minutes. Off the Beaten Path continues the weekend of Sept. 3 and 4, with a reprise of "Maggie's Plan." For more information on Off the Beaten Path, visit theater.latchis.com.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 27 from noon until 5 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center will offer "climate-change divination readings," with "The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies," a traveling performance installation by artist James Leonard. Inside the tent, which will be set up on the museum's front lawn, Leonard will give free, private, climate-change divination readings, each one lasting about 15 minutes. Readings will be scheduled in 15-minute increments on a first-come, first-served basis.
Brattleboro: Two films about living deliberately and simply will be presented by donation at the Latchis Theatre on Aug. 27, at 4 p.m., as a prelude the upcoming Tiny House Festival in Brattleboro. Saturday's film program include's "Tiny: A Story About Living Small," and "Living The Good Life with Helen and Scott Nearing," by John Hoskyn-Abrahall, a 1977 film capturing the "parents of the back-to-earth movement" in their daily life at Forest Farm, the Maine homestead where they lived deliberately, denouncing all forms of exploitation, growing their own food, and hand-building their own stone house. For more information, visit www.latchisarts.org.
West Brattleboro: West Brattleboro Baptist Church at 979 Western Avenue hosts a community lunch on Aug. 28 from noon to 1:45 p.m. featuring grilled roasted pork, rice pilaf, garden veggies, watermelon, Italian bread, dessert, and beverage of choice. All are welcome.
Brattleboro: There will be a contra dance on Aug. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. at 118 Elliot Street with live music by the Irregulars (Eileen O'Grady, Oliver Scanlon, Dana Hartshorn, Chris Krag, and Mckinley James), with caller Luke Donforth. Newcomers welcome; all dances taught and called. Adults $10 to 12, college students $8, youth $5. Please come fragrance-free. For more information, visit brattcontra.org or call 518-561-2594.
Saxtons River: Main Street Arts is taking a "paws" at the end of the summer before fall activities start up with a Dog Days of Summer event Aug. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. The pooch-friendly gathering is a gift to the community and will feature an opportunity for doggie-and-owner photos and art in the tradition of Jackson Pawlick, with tail-wagger treats for canines and hot dogs for their human counterparts. More information is available at mainstreetarts.org or by calling 802-869-2960.
Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on Aug. 28 from 3:30 to 5:50 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St. Led by Linda Blake. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, call Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a Plant Pure Cooking Class featuring Watermelon Cucumber Gazpacho. Free, at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.
Coffee with a cop
Brattleboro: On Aug. 29 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Cumberland Farms located at 317 Marlboro Road, the Brattleboro Police Department is hosting Coffee with a Cop, which offers the opportunity for the public to meet local officers, discuss community issues build relationships, and drink coffee.
Guilford: Cub Scout Pack 447 will host its fall recruiting meeting on Sept. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Guilford Scout Cabin at the Guilford Fairgrounds. Boys 6 and up are welcome with their families. And on Sept. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Pack 447 will host a meeting at the First Congregational Church, West Brattleboro. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guilford: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place on Sept. 2, at the Guilford Community Church. The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad and bread, with cherry chocolate marble cake for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked. For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774 no later than Aug. 31.
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum class with Raoul Ombang on Aug. 31, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main Street. $10. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. For more information on dance and drum classes, visit www.africandancevt.com and or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 1 at 7 p.m., the Latchis Theater presents Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times," with soundtrack music composed and performed by Dan DeWalt on the piano. Admission by donation.
Brattleboro: At Everyone's Books on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m., local poet Tim Mayo reads from his new volume of poetry, "Thesaurus of Separation." Mayo's poems explore the taxonomies of loneliness, of memory, and of a past deep as a cave. As always, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-254-8160 or email email@example.com.
River of words
Saxtons River: The Connecticut River Watershed Council, in partnership with Art and Dialogue, has gathered river stories and hopes and dreams for the future of Vermont's rivers. Participants young and old wrote personal notes on sculpted pieces of colored paper that are transformed into a massive and inspiring community art installation. Assembled in a flowing wall display, it speaks of the Connecticut River being cleaner and hydropower greener. On Sept. 2, there will be an installation kick-off starting at 5:30 p.m. at the River Garden on Main Street. The installation will be on display through Sept. 30. Free and open to the public.
Community tag sale
Brattleboro: Morningside Commons Annual Yard Sale will be held on Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Morningside Commons is located on Royal Road. This will be a multi-unit sale. No early birds please.
Grafton: Nearly new and gently used books will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library green on Sept. 3. Come find great deals on books recently published as well as older gems for the book collector. Bags and boxes will be available for carrying home your finds. Prices with a few exceptions are $2 for hardbacks, $1 for paperbacks and $1 for audio-visual.
Walpole, N.H.: On Sept. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Distant Hill Gardens will host a geology-themed open garden weekend, featuring a talk on Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. by David Howell, "What Geology Can Tell Us About Climate Change." On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., Michael Nerrie of Distant Hill Gardens will lead a tour of the many interesting geological features of the 58-acre property. Suggested daily donation is $5. No registration is required. Visit www.distanthill.org for more information or call 603-756-4179.
Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its 426th monthly Bean Supper on Sept. 3, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children and is served family style. the building is accessible to all and some of the proceeds go toward outreach missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation about Brattleboro's Stephen Daye Press in the Brattleboro History Center at 196 Main St. This event is open to the public and admission is free. Founded in 1932 by John S. and Marion R. Hooper, the Stephen Daye Press published books about New England. It is considered the first in the field of regional publishers in the United States. Children of the SDP founders, John, Mary Ann and Steve Hooper, all formerly of Brattleboro, will give a talk about the Stephen Daye Press. In addition, there will be a display of SDP books, photos, tools of the trade, original promotional materials and other items. The Brattleboro Historical Society and the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are sponsoring the SDP presentation and exhibit. The event is part of the Historical Society and Friends collaboration to tell the story of Brattleboro's important and distinguished publishing and printing history.
Brattleboro: The Strolling of the Heifers is hosting an Evening of Cosmic Comedy with Swami Beyondananda, "the Mark Twain of our times." At the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Sept. 9. The show is a fund raiser for Strolling of the Heifers. Beginning at 8 p.m., seating is limited to 200. All seats are $15, but Strolling of the Heifers encourages you to consider purchasing a contributor ticket ($25) or sponsor ticket ($40). Sponsors will receive premium seating in front rows. Tickets are available at the River Garden (open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and online at www.swamibeyond.brownpapertickets.com.
Pancakes and issues
Dover: State Representative Laura Sibilia will be hosting a breakfast discussion on current and upcoming Vermont legislative topics on Sept. 10 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Dover Town Hall located at 183 Taft Brook Road. The discussion is free and open to the public. Donations to offset the cost of the breakfast will be accepted. For more information on Sibilia or her re-election campaign, visit www.laurasibiliavt.com.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 10 at 118 Elliot Street at 7:30 p.m., there will be a "barefoot boogie dance to help Rupa Cousins (www.rupacousins.com) with health care costs. DJ mix with guest musicians will play a super-danceable eclectic world beat. Kid friendly, bring your own refreshments to share. Suggested donation is $10 or more. For more information, contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alstead, N.H.: Third Congregational Church is hosting a turkey buffet on Sept. 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Takeout available. Adults age 13 and over, $10; children age 6 through 12, $5; children under 6, free. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, potato, peas, carrots, rolls, beverages, dessert. For information, call Joanne at 603-835-6734 or Myrna at 603-835-2939. Volunteers are welcome to help with serving, food prep, running industrial dishwasher and other kitchen duties. Volunteers may call Myrna at 603-835-2939. Food prep at the church Friday, day prior to supper, at 9 a.m.
Brattleboro: Sunrise Rotary will host Trivia Night to benefit the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Sept. 12 from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Brattleboro American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street. The Sunrise Rotary hosts a monthly trivia night at the Brattleboro American Legion the second Monday of every month. Teams of up to six players are invited to compete each month for a cash prize. The entry fee of $20 each (cash or check) includes a dinner entrée and donation to the charity as determined by the rotary club each month. This month's recipient is the Brattleboro Literary Festival. For more information or to register your team, visit email@example.com. For more information, visit rotary.org.
Bellows Falls: On Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., join a book discussion of "The Hobbit," by J. R. R. Tolkien at the Rockingham Library. Come prepared to play some icebreaking games and solve some riddles — all related to Bilbo's adventures. Dressing up as a favorite character is encouraged but optional. Make and bring along a troll home or an elf hut — just for fun. All ages are invited to attend. Pick up a copy of "The Hobbit" at the library's front desk today. Audiobook and graphic novel formats are also available. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email firstname.lastname@example.org, go to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Brattleboro: The 18th Annual River Valley Kids Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, on the Brattleboro Common from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The children's entertainment slate is now set, and one of the acts for this year's circus-themed Kids Fair is "On Her Majesty's Secret Circus." Representatives of non-profit organizations that would like to be a part of the Kids Fair, can have a space for free. Call Bob Furman at 802-251-3683 to reserve a space.
Wine and harvest
West Dover: Vermont wineries, distilleries, artisans, craft and food vendors will be tented at Mt. Snow Resort during the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year's Festival is book-ended by week-long events with the Wine Stroll-Soup Contest on July 15 and the Vermont Wildlife Festival on July 18. For more information, visit thevermontfestival.com.
Bellows Falls: It's a 70s flashback as the disco ball spins on Sept. 17 when Studio 33, WOOL-FM's first annual Disco Dance Party, complete with light show and Soul Train streaming video, comes to the wooden dance floor of the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster St. DJ Skar, direct from Chicago, will mix the beat of your favorite disco, funk, soul and hip hop classics. All proceeds support WOOL-FM, 91.5 Black Sheep Community. Cash bar, raffles and food available for purchase from the Moose Lodge and Jamaican Jewelz Catering. Dress to impress encouraged. Door opens at 7:30 p.m. for seating. Ticket cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 18-plus only unless accompanied by adult. For tickets and more information, visit www.blacksheepradio.org.
Christmas in September
Walpole, N.H.: The Walpole Historical Museum Gift Shop celebrates Christmas in September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 17. New Christmas cards and napkins from Caspari will be available as will be locally crafted note cards , ornaments, framed pictures, candles, Ray Boas' book about Walpole, mugs and wine glasses and little bags of sweet tiny candies.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center will feature a discussion of its exhibit, "Taking Stock of Guns," with Linda Bond, whose art is featured in the display. Bond's "A Gun Show" will be performed at the New England Youth Theatre on Sept. 23 and 24. Joe Quint, a photographer whose project, "It Takes Us," explores the impact of gun violence on survivors and friends and family of victims, will also discuss how guns influences his art. $5 for adults, free for BMAC members, students, youth 18 and under. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.
Bellows Falls: Bellows Falls Union High Class of 2017 will be hosting its 5k Paint Run/Walk on Sept. 24 starting at 9:30. Proceeds will benefit the classes Project Graduation which is a substance free celebration the night of graduation. The run will begin at the Waypoint Center at 17 Depot St. Free 5k Kid Fun Run for Children of registered runners/walkers at 8:45 a.m.. Entry fee is $10 for 9 and younger, $20 for junior high and high school students and $25 for adults. No Strollers allowed). Register by Sept. 10 to guarantee a T-shirt, sunglasses and color packet. Registration information at email@example.com or call 802-463-3944, ext. 233.
Brattleboro: On Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., Ann Braden of Gun Sense VT, Clai Lasher-Sommers of Everytown for Gun Safety, Game Warden and Vermont Hunter Safety Instructor Kelly Price, and a representative of the Brattleboro Police Department will share their perspectives on guns in our community at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
Putney: The Putney Food Co-op will hold an annual member meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Putney Community Center.