Around Windham County


In Brattleboro...

SWAP PROGRAM: The Windham Solid Waste Management District Swap Program on Ferry Road is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

This is a free outlet for materials that are still usable, but for which there is no traditional re-use program. Items brought in must be clean and in usable condition and must be accepted by a staff member before being left.

Items available this week include: Crib, baby swing, baby bouncer, basketball hoop and backboard, Nordic Track Walk Fit, hanging light fixture, table lamps, small ironing board, small tea kettle, dishes, televisions, lamp shades, child's play table, bathroom sinks, golf clubs, Wurlitzer organ.

Swap Program information is available at, e-mail questions to

LUNCH WITH THE GOVERNOR: Gov. Peter Shumlin and Patricia Moulton, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, will host a lunch on Wednesday, July 9, starting at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion at 32 Linden St. They will be discussing the Windham County Economic Development Program, which is the $10 million in economic development funding from Entergy as part of the settlement agreement between Entergy and the state of Vermont. This funding is being administered by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development specifically for Windham County.

This will be an opportunity to hear how the $10 million will be used to begin implementing this groundbreaking plan in the upcoming year.

For reservations, e-mail or call 802-254-4565. The cost is $15.

In Grafton...

ANTIQUES SALE: The Grafton Historical Society and the Grafton Inn are hosting a sale of old collectible items outdoors at 72 Main St. on Saturday, July 5, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. All proceeds will go to fund the renovation of the Grafton Brick Meeting House.

The Grafton Inn, owned by the Windham Foundation, will be offering a number of items from its recent renovations including some four-poster single beds, dressers, side tables, and chairs. Some unique items also included are a cobbler's bench, a 34-by-126 inch American style harvest table, an unusual 59-inch-long hall settee, and Paul Newman's favorite chair at the Grafton Inn.

For more information, contact the Grafton Historical Society or 802-843-2485.

In Halifax...

FIREMEN'S AUCTION: The annual Halifax Firemen's Auction will take place on Saturday, July 5, at 10 a.m. at the fire station in the village of West Halifax. There are items to interest for everyone from box lots to old furniture.

There will be refreshments on sale.

In Saxtons River...

SPANISH CLASS: Main Street Arts is offering a morning Spanish class this summer beginning Monday, July 7, for intermediate speakers and those who want to practice their conversational skills.

The seven-week class will meet from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at the community arts center's temporary location next door to its building, which is under renovation.

The class will be led by Greenough Nowakoski, a graduate of Marlboro College. The fee for the class is $70 for members of MSA and $88 for non-members. Registration is required. Scholarship assistance is available.

Further information is available by contacting at Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960,, visiting the Web site or on Facebook.

In Walpole, N.H. ...

BOG WALK: Distant Hill Gardens will be hosting a Bog Walk for children and adults on Saturday, July 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. On this guided walk, led by Michael Nerrie, the owner of Distant Hill Gardens, participants will experience walking on water on a quaking bog/fen by way of a plank boardwalk snaking across the wetland. They'll learn the difference between a bog and a fen, and get to see a number of native wetland wildflowers in bloom, including the Large Cranberry, the beautiful Rose Pogonia Orchid, and a native carnivorous plant called the Round-leaved Sundew. If there is time after exploring the bog, there will be a visit to a Black Ash Seep very near the bog to look for Swamp Beacons, an interesting orange fungi that grows in shallow water.

For those wishing to explore the wetlands or the extensive gardens on their own, the entire 58-acre property will be open all day from 9 4 p.m. Entry to the gardens is $5 per adult, which includes the Bog Walk. Visit for more information and directions or contact Michael at 603-756-4179.

CONCERTS ON THE GREEN: The Savings Bank of Walpole will sponsor the Concerts on the Green again this summer. The concerts are free and open to the public. All performances are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Those attending should bring a blanket or lawn chair. In event of rain, the concert may be canceled.

This year's schedule is as follows:

-- July 6, Westmoreland Town Band.

-- July 13, Keene American Legion Band

-- July 20, East Bay Jazz Ensemble.

-- July 27, The Temple Band.

-- Aug. 3, Brattleboro American Legion Band.

-- Aug. 10, Montague Community Band.

-- Aug. 17, The Jazz Express.

In Westminster...

STRAWBERRY SUPPER: The Westminster First Congregational Church will hold its annual Strawberry Supper on Saturday, July 5, with two seatings at 5 and 6:15 p.m. The menu includes Vermont baked ham, potato salad, cucumber salad, three-bean salad, and drinks. Dessert will feature fresh strawberry short cake. Takeout is available. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children. Under 5 eat for free.

BRADLEY LAW OFFICE REOPENS: In 1858, the William Czar Bradley Law Office was closed. On April 10, 2014, with much planning and hard work, the building was transferred to the Westminster Historical Society. The Bradley Law Office will reopen this summer to friends and visitors. The Law Office will be open Sundays from July 6 to Aug. 31, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Historical Society will have the shelves dusted, the floors swept and any cobwebs removed, all in readiness for visitors. A reproduction of Attorney Bradley's portrait will be on display. Help bring history alive again and learn what went on here so many years ago.

In Winchester, N.H. ...

BEAN SUPPER: The United Church of Winchester will hold a grand celebration for its 400th monthly Bean Supper on Saturday, July 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building on Main Street in Winchester.

Served family style, the cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. This special occasion will be include strawberries on angel food cake for dessert. The building is accessible to all and all proceeds help to fund the church missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465. There are no advanced ticket sales.


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