Wednesday October 10, 2012

In Brattleboro...

BUDDY WALK: Brattleboro will host its 4th annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The Brattleboro Buddy Walk will be a celebration of the community’s accomplishments. It will include a special keynote address and a one-mile walk through town which will be followed by lunch, live music, games, prizes, vendors and other resource information. Check-in will begin at 10 a.m. on the Common in Brattleboro. Everyone is invited.

To register, join a team, or securely donate online, visit www.BrattleboroBuddyWalk.org or call Jim Nicholson at 802-258-4699.

CHAIR-ISHED AUCTION: Brattleboro Area Hospice will sponsor a Chair-ished Goods Auction on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the VFW, 40 Black Mountain Road, in Brattleboro. In addition to many interesting auction items, a creative, artistic event has also been added to the evening with specially selected chairs available for bidding that have been refurbished, hand-painted, and embellished by local artists.

The evening starts off with the silent auction which will include a number of donated services. The live auction follows with Kit Martin who will offer for bid high quality, antique and good condition furniture, jewelry, paintings, china, glassware, and decorative items in addition to the artistic chairs.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. All proceeds directly support the hospice care and bereavement services that are provided free of charge to the community by Brattleboro Area Hospice.

Hospice could still use good and antique furniture items in order to make this a successful event. Anyone with pieces to donate may call Gordon Bristol at 802-257-5594 or Greg Moschetti at 802-254-8714 for pick-up of the items. Smaller items may be dropped off at the Hospice office, 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro.

The auction will begin at 4 p.m. with a preview of the items available for bid. For further information, visit www.brattleborohospice.org. Tickets for the event are $25 and may be purchased by calling 802-257-0775.

VENDORS SOUGHT: Brattleboro American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 5 is now accepting reservations from crafters for tables for its Annual Christmas Craft Fair which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

The kitchen will be open for refreshments and a Chinese auction will be held.

For information or to make reservations, call Maureen Pinger at 802-257-5006.

HARVEST DINNER: The First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., in Brattleboro, will host a fundraising Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will include ham and scalloped potatoes with roasted vegetables, choice of salads, desserts and beverages. A donation of $9 per person is requested, children 5 to 10 are $5 and under 5 free.

The proceeds will benefit the church’s ongoing programs, including the Mission Program. For information, call 802-254-9566.

FALL RUMMAGE SALE: The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church will be holding its fall rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. New and used clothing will be featured. Prices are not marked. Customers may take what they need and pay what they can.

Monies received are given to both local and Methodist Mission needs, including the Brattleboro Drop-in Center, Brattleboro Pastoral Counseling Center, Women’s Freedom Center, Morningside Shelter, Hospice, Windham Child Care, CHABA, and others.

The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road, across from the Shell station. The entryway is handicapped accessible. For information call the church office at 802-254-4218 or e-mail fumc@sover.net.

SKATING RINK PASSES: Season passes to the Nelson Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park are currently on sale. The passes are only available at the Recreation & Parks Department office at 207 Main St. in Brattleboro. Discounted passes will be on sale through Oct. 18. The passes will not be sold at the rink this year

The skating rink is scheduled to open Saturday, Oct. 20, and close on Sunday, March 3.

For further information, contact the Recreation Department at 802-254-5808.

SOLAR WORKSHOP: Homeowners, landlords, small business owners, and other residents looking for ways to cut rising energy bills are invited to a free solar workshop presented by Brattleboro Climate Protection and the Brattleboro Energy Committee. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St.

Workshop attendees will learn the advantages of installing solar hot water and solar electric systems, and about the different types of systems that are available. Local solar installers will be on hand to offer real-life case studies of solar installations and to answer questions about solar and its affordability.

The workshop will feature a presentation by Nick Ziter of SunFarm Community Solar of Putney. Other workshop presenters and installers will include Southern Vermont Renewable Energy, Putney, Integrated Solar, Brattleboro, Solar Source, Keene, N.H., and Co-op Power, Greenfield, Mass.

The workshop is free, open to the general public, and is limited to 60 participants. Registration is required. To sign up, contact Paul Cameron at 802-251-8135 or at pcameron@brattleboro.org.

Light refreshments will be served.

The workshop is sponsored by Brattleboro Climate Protection, Brattleboro Energy Committee, Marlboro College Graduate Center, and River Valley Credit Union.

In Saxtons RiverŠ

TASTE OF THE ARTS: The sound of south Indian classical music and the aroma of curry will take over Main Street Arts on Thursday, Oct. 11, when Saxtons River residents Gordon and Jeanne Korstange share their love of the sub-continent.

The first of the four Taste of the Arts, Tales from a Community events of the season begins with Gordon Korstange on the bamboo flute, accompanied by Douglas Mackenzie on the mridangam, the south Indian drum.

The concert will be preceded by an Indian dinner prepared under the direction of Jeanne Korstange.

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting MSA at 802- 869-2960 or e-mailing info@mainstreetarts.org. Tickets are $50 for all four events or $15 per single event. Children accompanied by an adult are $5.

Further information is available at www.MainStreetArts.org.

In Townshend...

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: The 28th Annual Pumpkin Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, on the Common, in Townshend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival includes a Craft Fair with 70-plus vendors. There will also be artists displaying their works and antique and food vendors. Local non-profits and school organizations are also participating.

There will be many fun-activities for children such as a Kids’ Pumpkin Decorating Contest. A free pumpkin is given to each child to decorate with his or her own materials. Prize ribbons are awarded.

This is followed by a Halloween Costume Parade. Each youngster prepares a costume ahead of time and wears it in the parade. Prize ribbons are also awarded. The pumpkin decorating and the costume events are open to all school children, including preschool, nursery school and elementary school students.

The Scarecrow Decorating Contest starts at 10 a.m. with judging at 1:30 p.m. There are free pony rides from noon to 3 p.m. The events of the day will wrap-up at 4 p.m.

There are still spaces available for craft vendors at the Pumpkin Festival. For craft and art work vendors interested in a space or having questions, call Harold Kvitek at 802-348-7913.

Admission and parking are free. There will be locally grown pumpkins, apples and cider for sale.

The Pumpkin Festival is sponsored by the Townshend Business Association and is supported by donations from over 60 local businesses.