In Acworth, N.H. ...
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Friends of the Acworth Meetinghouse will have their second Pancake Breakfast of this year on Saturday, June 30, at the Acworth Meetinghouse from 8 to 10 a.m. by donation. The menu will include pancakes (plain or blueberry), orange juice, fruit salad, sausage, bacon, coffee and tea, and homemade goodies.
The group will hold a festival on Saturday, July 28, on the Meetinghouse Common from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with vendors and basket raffles. Anyone interested in being a vendor that day should Call Pegi at 603-835-6000 for information. There will be a chicken barbecue at noon. Chicken halves will be sold, as well as dinners. An ice cream social will follow the barbecue.
Two more pancake breakfasts are planned for Saturdays, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.
The Friends of the Acworth Meetinghouse are raising money for the stewardship of the building and to help the United Church of Acworth renovate the inside of the Meetinghouse and make it a community building.
In Bellows Falls...
DAIRY DAY: Dairy Day will be Friday, June 29, at the Bellows Falls Farmers’ Market. An evening of entertainment is planned with The Milkhouse Heaters. Farm To Family Coupons will be available this Friday only. The farmers’ market runs Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Waypoint Center on Depot Street in Bellows Falls next to the Amtrak station.
In addition to Dairy
For complete listings of events, visit www.bffarmersmarket.com. The market accepts both EBT/debit and Farm to Family coupons, a program for low-income families that allows for purchases directly from farmers.
For more information, contact market manager Rachel Ware at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-463-2018.
DAY CAMPS: The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is hosting a Day Camp Program for children ages 5 to 11 at Living Memorial Park this summer.
The Day Camp Program runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and consists of arts and crafts, sports, games, archery, tennis, music, drama, hiking, special events, and swimming. The cost of camp per week is $80 for Brattleboro residents and $95 for non-residents. There is a $15 discount for the first week. After-camp care is also available from 4 to 5 p.m. for an additional charge of $5 per day per child. The first week of the camp starts July 2.
Space is still available. Call 802-254-5808 to check on what is available. Registration may be done at the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department at 207 Main St.
The department is hosting its Mad Science Camp: NASA Academy for Space Explorers, for children entering grades 1 through 6. The camp will take place at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main St. for one week, from July 9 through 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost of the camp is $170 for Brattleboro residents and $185 for non-residents. To learn more, visit www.madscience.org/westnewengland.
To register, stop by the office Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and noon or 1 and 5 p.m.
If special needs are required or information is needed, call the office at 802-254-5808 or visit www.brattleboro.org.
SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Old Ferry Road has begun its summer hours. The program will be 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: Styrofoam cooler, old Underwood typewriter, large tic-tac-toe game, plastic laundry basket, electric kettle, George Foreman grill, toaster oven, Waring blender, dog crate, Little Tikes beauty salon, desk chair, 4 ft. Christmas tree, mailbox, table lamp, bathroom sinks, plastic sleds, books, stuffed animals, three-ring binders, Kenmore sewing machine (no cord).
STRAWBERRY SUPPER: Dummerston’s old-fashioned all-you-can-eat church supper, with giant homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert will take place at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center on Saturday, June 30, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The supper is sponsored by the Dummerston Congregational Church. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. This meal is served family-style with continuous servings, and no reservations needed.
The same chefs who prepare the Dummerston Apple Pie Festival in October will prepare the menu, which includes rolled ham, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, and coleslaw along with banana, cranberry, and date nut breads.
The Grange Hall, at the intersection of Middle and East-West roads, is handicapped accessible. The village center offers ample free parking. For more information, contact the Rev. Susanna Griefen at 802-257-0544 or email@example.com.
COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Guilford will hold a town celebration on Saturday, June 30, at Broad Brook Grange in Guilford Center, which is sponsoring the day. Events begin at various times starting about 9 a.m. and are expected to run until 1 p.m.
This is the third year that this event has been held in lieu of the Independence Day celebration. There will be a 5K road race, whiffle ball, music, food, and fun for children, and a special unveiling and dedication of a Guilford 250th commemorative plaque at the Museum.
Registration for the 5K run begins at 8:30 a.m., with the race at 10 a.m. To pre-register, contact John Majonen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-257-4067 or register the day of the race. The $10 fee benefits the Building Fund of the 1896 Grange building, which serves as the town’s community center. A number of prizes will be awarded.
At 9:45 a.m., an American Legion color guard will post the colors. At 10 a.m. an informal whiffle ball game in the field between the Town Office and the Central School, on School Road. Other activities include: 11 a.m., strolling accordionist Bob Tucker with old time tunes and two-person string band, The Howling Kettles.
Children’s activities include tug-of-war, with prizes, free face painting; free books from the Guilford Free Library.
Free watermelon will be provided by the Guilford Historical Society. Those attending may bring a picnic lunch or visit Dick & Cindy’s hot dog cart, supplied by Blueberry Haus. Proceeds will benefit the Guilford Recreation Club. Friends of Music at Guilford will sell lemonade and ice cream, with sundae fixings, along with T-shirts and other FOMAG items.
Two different DVD souvenirs of the recent Guilford 250th celebration will be available for purchase.
Shortly after noon, those attending may take a short walk to the Guilford Historical Society’s Museum in the old Town Hall, for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque for the 250th. The bronze plaque has the well-known 250th logo designed by Joy Wallens-Penford, and will be set in a large stone, supplied by Eddie Clark and located in the front yard of the Museum.
Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Country Store.
In Hinsdale, N.H. ...
COMMUNITY LAWN PARTY: The Hinsdale Community Center is hosting a Community Lawn Party and Chicken Wing Cook Off on Saturday, June 30 (rain date July 7), at Heritage Park and the Town Pool. The day events begin at noon with free admission to the pool, followed by a free pizza party at 1 p.m. courtesy of the Hinsdale PTA.
At 2 p.m., there will be a bouncy house and free games for children and at 3 p.m. a vote will be taken to determine the best chicken wings in town.
At 5 p.m., the Hinsdale Selectmen will be grilling burgers and hot dogs courtesy of HCC and its partners. At 8:30 p.m. there will be a free outdoor movie showing of "We Bought a Zoo."
Other vendors such as the Kona ice truck will be available throughout the day. Raffles prizes, giveaways and refreshments will also be available.
This event is free and open to all.
Contestants should bring their chicken wing entries to Heritage Park by 2:30 p.m. To sign up for the chicken wing contest, call 603-336-6135.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Readsboro will be celebrating Independence Day on Saturday, June 30, beginning with a parade at 11 a.m. on Main Street. The theme for this year’s parade is "Show Your American Pride." Floats of all types can register the day of the event at 10 a.m. at Mack Bros. on Main Street.
The events will continue at the Readsboro Ballfield and will include a tough truck (and ATV) obstacle course, lumberjack competition, children’s activities, food, horseshoe tournament, music and more. The Readsboro Lion’s Club will be serving chicken barbecued dinners at 1 p.m. The day will finish with a fireworks display by Atlas Fireworks. Admission is $5 for the day’s events. For more information visit www.facebook.com/readsboro4th or call Charlotte Clark at 802-423-7080.
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: The annual Mountain Friends and Freedom Fourth of July celebration featuring fireworks, live music, barbecues, games and festivities for the whole family will be held at Stratton Mountain on Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1. Fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. on Saturday. Gondola rides will be offered both days from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday’s events include: Free live music in the village from noon to 4 p.m.; barbecue and pig roast from 4 to 8 p.m.; hayrides from 4-8 p.m.; hot dog eating contest at 4 p.m.; tug of war, sack race, horseshoes, tetherball or whiffle ball; fire eater, caricaturist and stilt walkers; pie eating contest at 6 p.m.; and a free concert by Adam Ezra in the Main Base from 4 to 9 p.m.
On Sunday, standup paddleboards (available from First Run); Sunday’s Courtyard barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WEST RIVER RAILROAD: Modeling the West River Railroad, a presentation and diorama by Doug Cox, sponsored by the Historical Society of Windham County, Saturday, June 30, at 3:30 p.m. at Townshend Town Hall. Railroad buffs and local citizens will be intrigued by the handcrafted models and diorama of this historic, local railroad that wound its way along the rivers and hills of Windham County and the West River from 1885-1936.
Cox became fascinated by railroads as a young boy growing up on a family farm in Plaistow, N.H. The Boston & Maine railroad crossed his family farm and forever left its mark on his imagination.
The event is being sponsored by the Historical Society of Windham County. The diorama is on display at the Historical Society’s museum, Route 30, in Newfane.