Around Windham County


In Bellows Falls...

REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: The Rockingham Republican Town Caucus to select justice of the peace candidates for the Town of Rockingham will be held on Monday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Town Clerk's office in the Town Hall. George Kuusela is the Republican Town Chairman.

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.

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 Newfane...

COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE: Carol Anne Fitzgerald (Licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist) will be offering community acupuncture on Saturday, Aug. 2, from noon to 5 p.m. at Newfane Yoga Studio. Community acupuncture makes it affordable by offering it at a sliding scale of $20 to $40 per session.

Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. For more information, call 802-365-9565, e-mail or visit

In Saxtons River...

CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP: "Inventor's Workshop, a Cub Scout Day Camp for all boys who are 7 through 10 years old, will be held the week of Aug. 11 through 15 at the Saxtons Rivers Rec. Field. There will be daily activities of science themed games and challenges that are fun. This summer the Calvin Coolidge Inventor's Workshop Day Camp will bring the fun and adventure of discovery to Cub Scouts.

All activities are age appropriate where the boys will be engaged in daily activities all tying in with that day's science theme. Activities include arts and crafts, games, campcraft/nature, water games and a BSA certified BB gun range.

For further information or to sign up for the camp, contact Arlene Matheson at or call 802-244-5189. For more information, go to and search for Saxtons River.

In Townshend...

GRACE COTTAGE FAIR DAY: The Grace Cottage 64th Annual Hospital Auxiliary Fair Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, on the Common in Townshend from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free.

Activities planned include: 9 a.m., Auction preview; 9:30 a.m., Auction begins, Bagpipers march and play; 10 a.m., Birthday parade; four performances by Nimble Arts will be 11, 11:30 a.m., 12:45 and 1:30 p.m.; 1 to 3 p.m., Free pony rides; 5 p.m., Chicken dinner, raffle prizes, and concert by the Bills Band.

An art show will be held in the Townshend Church. All fine art and crafts pieces in the show will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Grace Cottage Hospital.

All day there will be bingo, homemade gourmet food, fried dough, costume jewelry booth, homemade ice cream, book sale, kids' corner and costumes, and face-painting; and bargain booths.

The Fair Day is a major fundraiser that helps the hospital purchase needed equipment. For information: 802-365-4455 or visit No dogs are allowed on the Common.

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 Walpole, N.H. ...

OPEN GARDEN: Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole and Alstead will be hosting an "Open Garden" on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors may stroll through the cultivated gardens, walk the narrow boardwalk across the quaking Cranberry Bog, and let the kids explore "White-Rock Woods," a work-in-progress nature-based play area.

From 10 a.m. until noon there will be a Tree Identification Walk led by Steve Roberge, the Cheshire County Cooperative Extension forester.

A suggested $5 donation per adult includes entry to the gardens and the Tree ID Walk. All proceeds will to toward completion of an accessible hiking trail, already under construction.

For directions and more information go to: or call 603-756-4179.

CONCERT ON THE GREEN: Brattleboro's American Legion Band will perform on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Green in Walpole. The concert is free and open to the public. The summer concerts are sponsored by the Savings Bank of Walpole.

Those attending should bring a blanket or lawn chair. In event of rain, the concert may be canceled.

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 Naitonal 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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