Around Windham County

Friday July 19, 2013

In Brattleboro...

COUNTRY BLUEGRASS: Thompson House will host a free country bluegrass concert on Saturday, July 20, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the lawn and grounds at 80 Maple St.

Several area musicians will perform, including singer-songwriter Jim Knapp and the Town Hall Boys, Allen Bills and the Bills Band and Gin Mill Bill.

Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets. For information, contact Sandy Ware at 802-254-4977, ext. 242.

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: Stroller, large speakers, Christmas tree stands, bathroom sinks, baskets, assorted tins, Thermoses, Patton heater, VHS movies, dish drainers, frisbee, Chicco baby seat, iron, suitcase, tabletop humidifiers, Hoover canister vacuum, cameras, Diaper Champ, wood chairs, turtle sand box, flower pots, crib, exercise bike.

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

FAIRY HOUSE WORKSHOP: Children 6 and older are invited to attend the Fairy House and Gnome Workshop on Tuesday, July 23, at the Brooks Memorial Library. There are two sessions to choose from: Session 1 runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and Session 2 runs from 1 to 3 p.m.

Building material will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring additional materials to make their homes unique. No children under 6, since sharp scissors and hot glue guns will be used. The homes will be on display in the library through mid-August, after which the children can pick them up.

To sign up, call the Children’s Room at 802-254-5290 ext. 110, as space is limited. Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes is part of the Dig into Reading summer reading program presented by the Children’s Room.

Brooks Memorial Library is located at 224 Main St. in Brattleboro. For more information on upcoming events visit

ARTS IN THE PARK: The Celebration Brass Band, a smaller group of the Buzzards Brass Band, brings its New Orleans street sound to the Brattleboro Common on Tuesday, July 23, for a New Orleans-style street celebration from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The band has grown to be a staple of the Gallery Walk and the special event scene in and around southern Vermont. This year the band to led the Strolling of the Heifer Parade. Its repertoire is the music of jazz funerals and street parades and also includes music of the bebop era.

The group is led by New Orleans’ native Pete Simoneaux on bass drum and vocals. Other core musicians include Tim Ellis on sousaphone, Scott Sizer on trumpet, Chuck Ober on trombone, Ron Kelley on alto sax, Stephen Voorhees on snare drum and Jim Kurty on Clarinet.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the American Legion, Post 5 at 32 Linden St.

This performance is made possible by the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department. For more information call the office at 802-254-5808 or visit for a list and description of events.

POST OIL MEETING: Post Oil Solutions will hold its fourth Tuesday of the month community meeting on Tuesday, July 23, at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro. Socializing and light refreshments begin at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. and conversation and clean up from 8:15 to 8:45 p.m.

The agenda will feature a presentation by Nick Ziter of the SunFarm company which is in the process of constructing Vermont’s first community-owned solar array in Putney.

In addition, there will be updates from the: Resistance Project; Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative; Winter Farmer’ Market; and Townshend Farmers’ Market.

Ideas, suggestions and discussion from community participants who would like to initiate or seek support for a project that advances Post Oil’s mission are welcome.

For more information, contact Tim Stevenson,

In Dover...

MAD SCIENCE PROGRAM: Children ages 5 through 12 are invited to register now for a space at the Mad Science, hands-on, geology workshop to be held Tuesday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dover Free Library. The event is part of the "Dig Into Reading" summer library program sponsored by the Friends of the Dover Free Library.

This free and fun program will be held in the Community Room of the library at 22 Holland Road in East Dover. Stop by at the library to register or for more information, call 802-348-7488 or email to

In Londonderry...

WHALE OF A SALE: The Second Congregational Church in Londonderry will be hosting its annual Whale of a Sale on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Items will include antiques, household items, games, toys, books, kitchenware, electronics, crafts, tools and more. A bake sale will also be taking place at the sale with homemade goods.

Anyone interested in donating clean, saleable items for the sale, may leave them in the lower level of the church. (No stuffed animals, clothing or televisions.)

The church is located on Main Street in Londonderry. Fore more information or to arrange for pick up of larger items, call Lori Polhemus at 802-297-9810.

In Townshend...

BRIDGE TO CLOSE: The Townshend Lake bridge will be closed for construction Tuesday, July 30, through Monday, Aug. 19. State Forest Road should be used as a detour for residents and visitors.

The Recreation Area can be accessed by State Forest Road. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Townshend Lake thanks the public for its cooperation during this time.


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