Around Windham County


In Brattleboro...

BLOOD DONOR DAYS: There will be two Blood Donor Days in Brattleboro during August: Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Both will take place at the Carl M. Dessaint VFW Post No. 1034 at 40 Black Mountain Road.

Healthy people ages 17 and older may donate. Positive ID is required. For further information, call the local Red Cross office at 802-254-2377. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended, call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule.

ARTS IN THE PARK: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, as part of the Arts in the Parks Program, will present the Butterfly Swing Band at the Brattleboro Common on Park Place, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. This, the final concert of the Summer Arts in the Park series for 2014, was rescheduled from July 8.

Trumpet player and singer Scott Sizer describes Butterfly Swing as "a swing band, specializing in tunes from swing era, with a bit of blues and bebop added."

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the American Legion, Post 5, at 32 Linden St. For more information, call the office at 802-254-5808.

DUCK DERBY: The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro and the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department are hosting its annual Duck Derby on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Living Memorial Park, starting at 4 p.m. There will be face painting, cardboard boat building and race, free swimming, music, dinner provided by The 99 Restaurant, and the Duck Pluck just before 6 p.m.

"Adopt" a duck at Brattleboro Savings & Loan, River Valley Credit Union and The Boys & Girls Club on Flat Street. Ducks will also be available to "adopt" that afternoon at the park. Ducks are $5 each, five ducks for $20 or 50 ducks for $100.

For more information, call 802-254-5990, ext. 4.

SUPPORT GROUP: A new eight-week Bereaved Parents Support Group for parents mourning the death of their teenage or young adult child will be held at Brattleboro Area Hospice. The group will meet Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cheryl Richards will be the facilitator.

Register by Aug. 12 by calling Richards at 802-257-0775, ext. 108.

In Dover...

CLASSIC MOVIE: The Dover Free Library will present the classic film, "All Quiet on the Western Front," start Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim and Slim Summerville on Monday, Aug. 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The film is 2 hours and 12 minutes long and is not rated.

"All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930) is the first major anti-war film of the sound era, faithfully based upon the timeless, best-selling 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque (who had experienced the war first-hand as a young German soldier).

This event is free and open to the public. For information, call 802-348-7488.

In Hinsdale, N.H. ...

COL. EBENEZER HINSDALE HOUSE: The Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale House is open every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. The house, built in 1759, is located at 609 Brattleboro Rd. this Colonial Home has seven fireplaces, wide pine floors and original wood paneling.

The public is invited to stop by for a tour. For group tours, contact Hinsdale Historical Society, P.O. Box 194, Hinsdale, N.H. 03451.

In Newfane...

GARDEN CLUB: The Newfane Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Newfane Congregational Church. This month, Bill Guenther, the Windham County Forester for the Vermont State Department of Forests and Parks, will speak about trees in the home landscape and their care.

Guenther will also speak about invasive plant species and insect threats to the hemlock, ash and other trees in the area.

Additional information about the Newfane Garden Club may be found at The public is welcome to attend.

In Townshend...

BRIDGE CLOSED: The Townshend Lake Bridge off of Route 30 will be closed for inspection on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Access to the lake during the closure can be made via State Forest Road.

In West Brattleboro...

YANKEE MALE CHORUS: The Yankee Male Chorus returns to the area on its 61st tour.

The four concerts they give each year consist of 40-plus men singing in four-part harmony songs from the sacred, popular, spiritual, Broadway, and novelty areas of music. All men are volunteers from choirs and choral groups throughout the New England region, New York state and other areas. Several local men are members of the chorus.

The chorus gets together on Wednesday afternoon for their only rehearsal and goes public that night for four consecutive evening concerts.

Their first performance will be on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave.; followed by: Thursday, Aug. 7, Charlestown, N.H., Congregational Church, 71 Main St.; Friday, Aug. 8, the Walpole, N.H., First Congregational Church, 15 Washington Square; and the final concert on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the White Church in Grafton.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

There are no tickets to be purchased. A free will offering may be taken at intermission at each location. All four locations are handicap accessible.

For additional information call Pete Harrison at 802-722-3080, 802-289-3776 or e-mail

In Winchester, N.H. ...

NIGHT OUT: The Winchester Police Department and the Winchester Neighborhood Watch, in conjunction with the National Sheriff's Association, will host National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5, to support the community in coming together to promote anti-crime and public safety efforts.

The event is scheduled on the Winchester Town Common from 3 to 9 p.m. and will feature a raffle of a 21-speed folding bike. Tickets are $1 each.

There will be children's games, non-alcoholic beverages, food, music, and demonstrations by the fire department, first aid squad and local and state police. Bring a lawn chair.


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