Around Windham County

Friday September 28, 2012

In Athens...

PINNACLE 20TH ANNIVERSARY: The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association (WHPA) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Wild Shepherd Farm in Athens. The event honors two decades of partnership with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Vermont Land Trust, a collaboration that has created an extensive public access trail system radiating from Westminster to Grafton and preserved beautiful forest and farms in the area. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with optional guided walks through various sections of the Association’s conserved lands and proceed to a catered lunch and a food tasting of locally-produced bounty at a farm conserved by the partners and other donors, and conclude with remarks by special guest conservation leaders in Vermont.

The guided walks are free, lunch is $25 per person. Advanced registration is required. Registration forms are available at

For more information on the anniversary celebration, go to or call 802-387-6036.

In Brattleboro...

BCTV ANNUAL MEETING: Brattleboro Community Television (BCTV) will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

David Pakman of the David Pakman Show, which airs on BCTV, will talk about "Reaching the World through Public Access TV." Members will elect new board members and vote on any member business.

Those attending should notify

PLANT SALE: The Brattleboro Floral Arts and Garden Club will hold a fall plant sale on Saturday, Sept. 29, starting at 8 a.m., on the Brattleboro Common.

Available for purchase will be high-quality perennials that are well-suited for fall planting; chrysanthemums in a wide array of colors and sizes; coffee and baked goods; gifts from the Old Farmers’ Almanac; and tickets for a garden-basket raffle.

The event will take place rain or shine. For the best selection buyers should arrive early. For more information about the event or about the Brattleboro Garden Club, a member of the National Garden Clubs, contact Ann Newsmith, 802-257-4710,

MAKE AN INSTRUMENT: Dennis Waring will offer a variety of instrument-making workshops for children, accompanied by an adult, and all other age groups at the Estey Organ Museum on Birge Street, in conjunction with the new program called Estey Labs.

In keeping with themes of ecological awareness and recycling, Waring will show how to make instruments from materials which are usually thrown away as garbage.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, small drums will be made using industrial tubes and natural drum heads. Xylophones will be fashioned utilizing scrap wood and twine. Box banjos and hose pipe flutes were already made on the first two Saturdays in September.

Author of the books "Great Folk Instruments To Make and Play" and "Cool Cardboard Instruments To Make and Play," Waring is one of the most innovative instrument-makers in the United States.

Class fee is $15 per instrument; materials and tools are supplied. Class is limited to 15. To register:

3SQUARES APPLICATIONS: 3SquaresVT (formerly Food Stamps) is Vermont’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program designed to help people stay healthy by allowing them to spend more money on healthy, nutritious food.

3SquaresVT can help a person make ends meet by stretching the food budget and putting three square meals a day on the table, at the same time freeing up money for other living expenses. A person is eligible for 3SquaresVT if their children are eligible for free school lunches. For the elderly or disabled, special rules make it easier to qualify. An eligible senior can get their benefit directly deposited into their bank account.

A person may be eligible for 3SquaresVT even if they were turned down for Food Stamps in the past. Apply today by calling Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) at 800-464-9951 and ask for a 3SquaresVT application or set up an appointment for help filling out an application.

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

Items available this week include: Floor fan, televisions, stuffed animals, garden umbrella, baskets, Nordic Track, vases, Avon bottles, child’s push and ride-on toys, speakers, Styrofoam coolers, potty chair, and books.

Swap Program information is available at, e-mail questions to or call Stewart at 802-254-3555.

In Dummerston...

APPLE PIE MAKING: Apple pie making will continue today and next week, Monday through Thursday, in the kitchen of the Dummerston Congregational Church.

Anyone interested may gather to peel, quarter, core, and slice apples. Others will fill the pie shells, then top off with each baker’s own identifying crust to be baked and cold-stored for the annual Dummerston Apple Pie Festival on Sunday, Oct. 7.

The pie making takes place in the mornings from 9 until noon and in the evenings from 6 to 9. At each social gathering everyone gets to test a piece pie or two, along with a cup of coffee.

Pies will be prepared each weekday through Thursday, Oct. 4, during the hours listed above.

Gladys Miller is the chairman of the festival committee and can be reached at 802-254-9158 for information on the pie making.

TIN CAN TOURISTS: The Brattleboro North KOA Campground, 1238 Route 5 in East Dummerston, will be hosting a Vintage Camper Rally from Friday, Sept. 28, to Sunday, Sept. 30. This rally is part of the Tin Can Tourists Vintage Camper National Rally Weekend. Tin Can Tourists is an all make and model vintage trailer and motor coach club. First organized in 1919, its goal is to promote and preserve vintage trailers and motor coaches through gatherings and information exchange.

Local enthusiasts of vintage camper restorations are invited to attend the free open house on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. to view the work put into saving well-built wheeled treasures from 1940s-1990s.

For more information: 802 254-5908,,

In GraftonĊ 

FAIRY HOUSE TOUR: The Nature Museum at Grafton will hold its Fourth Annual Fairy House Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will follow a trail dotted with fairy houses, then return to The Nature Museum to create their own fairy dwellings in the Museum’s gardens.

There will be an opportunity to make fairy wands, fairy ear wings, or dragon ear wings; or to peruse the fairy books and crafts in the Fairy Marketplace. Those attending are encouraged to wear their own fairy wings and gossamer garb to the tour. Light refreshments will be available. The tour will benefit the Museum’s environmental education programs in the schools and the community as well as its natural history exhibits.

Tickets will be available at the door ($12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children). Children 2 and under attend for free. Information: 802-843-2111.


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