Jacksonville: The Jacksonville Community Church will be having its annual fall rummage, tag and bake sale on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 96 Vermont Route 112. There will be four rooms of clothing and home goods, plus a huge indoor tag sale. Make sure to stop by the bake sale for some delicious goodies.
Brattleboro: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Auxiliary's annual bake and tag sale is set for Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Brattleboro Elks Home, 75 Putney Road. Plenty of baked goods and apple pies for sale, as well as furniture, house wares, antiques, records, toys and tools, something for everyone. Proceeds benefit departments at BMH, high school scholarships, and more.
Brattleboro: A yard, tag and bake sale will be held at First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. (no bake sale) and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items include electric organ, piano, vintage sheet music, wardrobes, bookcases, children's books, children's play furniture, baby crib and dresser, and clothing for all ages,and much more. Baked goods include baked beans, pies, breads, cookies and brownies. For information, call 802-254-9566.
Alstead, N.H.: Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue, New England's only non-profit donkey and mule rescue, is holding its 8th Annual Donkey and Mule Fun Show and Benefit on Saturday at Milot Green from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come for donkeys and mules on parade, confirmation and showmanship, coon jumping and costume classes, obstacle courses and driving class. Mammoth, Standard and Miniature donkeys, as well as mules, will all be in attendance. There will also be a parade of rescue alumni. Come for lunch and purchase early holiday gifts at well-stocked merchandise table with wonderful, fun items for kids and adults. This year there will be craft vendors and a tack sale, music and face painting, and donkey kisses from Louise, SYA's resident social butterfly donkey.
Westmoreland, N.H.: Maplewood of Cheshire County will hold its annual indoor Craft Fair on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., featuring an array of handcrafted goods throughout the first floor rooms and hallways. Staffed by local artisans, tables offer handmade preserves, candies, soaps, jewelry, artworks, ornaments, fabrics, quilted, and knitted goods, pet toys, and a wide assortment of novelties and stocking stuffers. Hotdogs and home-baked snacks are available for purchase from the Maplewood Auxiliary Association to benefit Maplewood residents. For more information on the craft fair or to enter as a vendor, call Pam at 603-399-7375.
Newfane: The Sixth Annual Newfane Heritage Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including 90-plus juried arts, crafts and speciality products, homemade applie pie and crisp, a raffle, books and music. Free admission; on the common. For more information, call 802-365-4079.
Walpole, N.H.: On Saturday, the old Walpole Cemetery will once again be visited by spirits of years past. The Walpole Historical Society has been producing these tours since 2002, and each one has a different cast of characters from Walpole's past anxious to talk about their lives with the audience. The tour will meet at the Walpole Middle School front lawn at 2 p.m. There is no admission fee. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and come prepared for all weather — the tour goes on rain or shine.
West Brattleboro: On Saturday, the West Brattleboro Association will host its annual Columbus Day weekend chicken barbecue at 11 a.m. and lasting until gone. The event will be held in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue. There will also be a bake sale (and maybe more) sponsored by the Church. The half barbecued chicken, which uses a barbecue sauce recipe from the Guilford Fair Fireman's Barbecue, will be available with a pickle for $7. Proceeds from the event help the West Brattleboro Association with its many activities for the community.
Brattleboro: On Saturday at 7 p.m., there will be an Estey Organ recital by Hans Hielscher at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main Street. $15 donation accepted at the door.
Grafton: On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a tag sale to benefit the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department, with coffee, pastry and grilled food at the Grafton Firehouse, 711 Route 121 East.
Walpole, N.H.: Walpole Community CROP Hunger Walk will be Saturday. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and walk begins at 9:30 a.m. With the aim of "Ending hunger one step at a time," the Walpole Community CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 50 Walkers and hopes to raise $5,000 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised in Walpole will go to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. Registration and donation information is available at www.crophungerwalk.org/walpolenh or by contacting Ellie Shaw at 603-756-4866.
Guilford: A fall tradition, the Homemade Pie Sale of the Guilford Community Church will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Richmond's Auto, at the corner of Route 5 and Guilford Center Road. In addition to homemade apple, pecan, raspberry, rhubarb, pumpkin and specialty pies, the church's famous baked beans and potato salad will be sold. Proceeds go to support the work of the church in the community.
Putney: On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Grammar School will transform its campus into a medieval village. Enjoy the festivities while the King and his royal court preside over the Faire. Kids can ride a flying dragon, battle a knight, and watch a joust with medieval riding games. Fairgoers can also shop for goods in the village market and watch extravagant entertainment, including live music and a puppet show. You can even be knighted by the King himself. Other highlights this year include: Birds of prey from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum; fencing demonstrations; archery and slingshot ranges; climbing walls; Sir Lancelot's flying horse; pony rides; giant chess; games for younger children at Merlin's Midway; candy-throwing catapult; and a scavenger hunt. Admission is free. All-day ride passes and individual tickets are available. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. For more information, call 802-387-5364.
Comedy at the Moose
Bellows Falls: Wade the Great Entertainment presents Comedy at the Moose on Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster St. Five veteran comedians bring their own brand of humor to the stage. Crosby Kenyon is a hometown boy from Bellows Falls, Nicholas Sartini is Italian-born and influenced by stories from the old country, Naomi Stone brings her world traveler feminine sensibility, Andrew Mayer is a 12-year veteran in the comedy scene and has performed throughout New England, and Wade Garrett is the consummate host who knows how to make you smile. Food and drink will be served. Door at 6 p.m., show 7 to 9 p.m. Adults 19 and older. Tickets $10 at the door. For more information, contact Garrett at 802-757-6957 or W_garre@yahoo.com.
Townshend: there will be a book and bake sale to benefit the Friends of the Townshend Library on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Townshend Town Hall, Route 30.
Brattleboro: The Tri Town Coin, Postcard, Sports Card and Comic Book Collector¹s Club will hold its next show and collector meetings on Saturday, at the Holiday Inn Express on Chickering Drive in Brattleboro. Area collectors of all ages are invited to meet other collectors and various hobbyist. The event, which will offer door prizes, begins at 8 a.m. with a club business meeting during the show's start-up session. Dealers will join the Tri Town Numismatic Society at 2:30 p.m. for its monthly meeting. For more information, call Joe Fuller at 802-297-1274 or e-mail Pepsijoseph@yahoo.com.
Putney: The Putney School is hosting its annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Rain or shine. The schedule includes a 5k run at 9 a.m., mummersat 11:15 a.m., games and races at noon, a parade at 12:45 p.m., a contra dance at 1 p.m., an alumni photo at 1:30 p.m. and a sing at 2 p.m. All day long there will be a bounce house, kids' activities, games, food, farm and craft booths.
Dummerston: On. Sunday, from 7 to 11:30 a.m., the West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast, featuring plain, apple and berry panckages, Vermont maple syrup, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, applesauce, coffee, hot cocoa and cold cider, orange juice and milk. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Dummerston: Evening Star Grange will hold its annual Craft Fair on Sunday, rain or shine, in the Grange Hall in Dummerston Center. Nearly 30 crafters will be set up inside and out, selling everything from maple syrup to neckties, jewelry, handmade soaps and lotions to salsa, pickles and jam and homemade fudge. The doors open at 9 a.m., and crafters are there until the crowd thins or 3 p.m. comes, whichever is first! Lunch, consisting of hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, corn chowder soft drinks and water will be on sale by the grangers. Come to the fire station for breakfast, tour the crafters, have lunch and then trek over to the church for pie to finish off the day.
Walpole, N.H.: On Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Brook Farm & Milk House at 437 County Road, is hosting an open house. Great Brook is a member of the Cabot Creamery Co-operative and is opening its gates to show appreciation for their neighbor's support. Every participating farm features different activities, such as hayrides, scavenger hunts and games for families.
Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale Lions will be hosting a harvest breakfast on Sunday at the Mill Stream Center on Main Street. Serving time is from 7 to 11 a.m. and cost is $6 for advanced tickets $7 at the door, younger than 10 are free. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes juice, toast and coffee. Profits benefit the Hinsdale Lions Charities. Tickets may be purchased from any Hinsdale Lions Club member, or at the Mill Stream Center or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Brattleboro: First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, is hosting the first of the season free breakfasts on Sunday, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Includes a free hot nutritious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, orange juice, fresh fruit, and hot beverages for all. Please come to share community time over a hot meal. If you wish donations are gladly accepted.
Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St., led by Juniper Talbot. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, contact Parker Huber at 802-257-9108, or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.
Brattleboro: There will be a contra dance at 118 Elliot Street with music by the Dead Sea Squirrels (Cathy Mason, Craig Edwards, and Henry Yoshimura), with Bob Livingston calling, on Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. Newcomers welcome; all dances taught and called. Adults, $10 to 12; college students, $8; youth, $5. Come fragrance-free. For more information, visit brattcontra.org or call 518-561-2594.
Brattleboro: The Knights of Columbus will be offering a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, French toast and pancakes, with orange juice, coffee and tea, on Sunday with serving times at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle! In Msgr. Rand Hall at St. Michael School on Walnut Street.
Clearing for wildlife
Marlboro: On Monday, there will be Hogback Ski Slope Clearing for Wildlife from 9 a.m to noon. The concept is to increase habitat variety on the mountain by turning back the clock on forest regeneration. This will create more young woody growth that birds and other wildlife thrive in. Meet in the field behind the white A-frame building just west of the gift shop on Route 9. Bring your own favorite tool or borrow one of ours. For more information, email HMCA@hogbackvt.org or visit hogbackvt.org.