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BIKE DECORATING: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is hosting its annual 4th of July bike decorating event. Kids may bring their bikes and helmets to the Vermont Inn Pizza parking lot on Canal Street at 9 a.m., join Rec & Parks staff and to decorate bikes with a variety of decorations before walking in the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Rec & Parks will provide the decorations, tattoos and face painting for the participants. Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the parade. Parents of children over the age of 5 can meet at the Common at the end of the parade.
For more information, or if any special needs are required, call 802-254-5808.
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 email@example.com or 802-843-2485.
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...
FARMERS’ MARKET: The Bellows Falls Farmers’ Market will move its weekly Friday market to Main Street in Saxtons River for the Fourth of July celebration. Vendors who will be on hand in the morning are Walpole Creamery, Valley Cafe, Harlow’s, Guerrilla Grown (selling strawberry shortcake), Split Rock Farm, Kentfield Crafts, Rhine River Bakery, Precision Valley Coffee Roasters, Vermont Quince, Earth Creations Jewelry, and the Bellows Falls Bike Project with its smoothie bike. They will be offering produce, prepared foods and crafts.
FOURTH CELEBRATION: With a theme of "A Star-Spangled Fourth," Saxtons River will kick off its annual Independence Day celebration Friday, July 4, with a 5K Firecracker road race at 8:30 a.m., followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m.
In addition to the race sponsored by Pleasant Valley Brew Pub, the day’s activities include a street fair highlighted by the firefighters’ water polo, a hula hoop contest and music on the bandstand. Miniature golf, an egg toss, a pie contest, face painting and a baseball game featuring a match between the Saxtons River Pirates and the South Burlington Black Sox are on the schedule.
From 10 a.m. to noon, Main Street Arts will be hosting a special showing of the unique theater curtain created by local artist Michelle Ratté, and the Saxtons River Historical Society will be open.
Grand marshals for the parade are Kim and Eddie Mack, longtime area residents and community volunteers. Eddie works at Vermont Academy and sets up the water polo game after the parade.
Food choices at the parade include Thai, Middle Eastern, all-American hot dogs, smoothies and homemade treats. Vendors from the Bellows Farmers’ Market will also be set up along Main Street.
Afternoon activities move to the Saxtons River Rec Area and include swimming, square dancing, a Cornhole game and old-time fiddling with Andy, Laurie, Jill and Friends, and music for dancing with the Maverick Street Band, all topped off with fireworks at dusk. There will also be cotton candy and Glo-stix on sale, but other food will be bring-your-own.
This year’s T-shirt is a design by local art teacher Mary Lou Massucco that is based on a photograph taken at a parade several years ago. T-shirts will be on sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28 in front of the Village Market and at the parade.
The day’s schedule:
-- 7:30 a.m. Race registration
-- 8:30 a.m. 5K Firecracker road race
-- 9 a.m. Kids’ bike decorating and parade line up at Vermont Academy
-- 9:30 a.m. Parade
-- 10 a.m. Street fair, games, music on the bandstand, water polo
-- 1:15 p.m. Saxtons River Pirates vs. So. Burlington Black Sox at Vermont Academy.
-- 5 p.m. Square dancing and old-time fiddling with Andy, Laurie, Jill and Friends
-- 6:30 p.m. The Maverick Street Band
-- At dusk, fireworks
Information and updates are available at the Saxtons River Fourth of July page on Facebook.
In Walpole, N.H. ...
FARMERS’ MARKET: The vendors at the Walpole Farmers Market offer vegetables, produce, breads, cheeses, meats, pickles, mushrooms, jams, jellies and other treats.
The market will be held on Friday, July 4, if the weather is nice. Plan on bringing a blanket or chairs and spend time relaxing on the Walpole Town Common. Take a break in between the parade and the picnics before the fireworks and enjoy some local foods. Credit/Debit/EBT cards are welcome. Making a purchase supports the local independent economy.
The Walpole Farmers Market is held Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Walpole Town Common. For more information, visit Walpolefarmersmarket.com or follow on Facebook. Additional information is available by calling the Walpole Farmers Market Manager, Holly Gowdy, at 603-445-5104 or by e-mail at Holly@Walpolefarmersmarket.com.
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 will 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.
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 a.m.to 4 p.m. Entry to the gardens is $5 per adult, which includes the Bog Walk. Visit www.distanthill.org for more information and directions or contact Michael at 603-756-4179.
STREET FAIR AND PARADE: Wardsboro’s 4th of July Street Fair and Parade will be held on Friday, July 4. Festivities begin at 9 a.m., parade at 10 a.m.
From the Art Show and Sale on the library lawn to the Pie & Bake Shop in the town hall, the event has something for everyone. This is the 65th anniversary of the Street Fair and Parade. The celebration has been an annual event, without a break, for the longest number of years in the state.
Sponsored by the Methodist Church in Wardsboro "City" for those 65 years and assisted by the townsfolk and vacationers in the three villages, the community revels in its old-time, old fashioned Independence Day atmosphere.
This year there will once again be an auction. It will be an unusual auction as it is expected to last no longer than 90 minutes with quality wooden furniture and antiques as well as box lots and other practical items.
Main Street will be lined with 45 to 50 crafters and vendors, food booths, homemade strawberry shortcake in the vestry, art show and book sale on the library lawn. Also there will be an impressive collection of quilts in the Methodist Church, children’s games, homemade pies and bake shop in the town hall, street musicians, and the parade.
The parade is eclectic, unusual, and goes through Main Street twice. Everyone has a chance to see it coming and going. The book 60 Years of Struttin’ Our Stuff with 80 pages of past Wardsboro 4th of July parades will be available for sale.
For more information call 802-896-6141 or see the website at www.4thofjulywardsboro.com.
FOURTH OF JULY EXHIBIT: The Fourth of July Exhibit by the Wardsboro History Group features "Daily Life in Wardsboro in the 1900s." The exhibit features photos that match entries taken from the 1909 Diary of Miss Rena Fitts of the well-known Fitts Farm in West Wardsboro. The farm was owned by the Fitts family since the late 1700s and the beginnings of the town. There will also be photos of other timely events going on in the town during this period.
The History Group’s historic float in the 4th of July parade will feature Miss Rena Fitts at her old sewing machine where she and the other ladies in the family spent many an hour.
All are welcome to view the exhibit and offer comments. The exhibit will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, July 4.
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