Around Windham County
In Alstead, N.H. ...
WORKDAY PLANNED: There will be a workday on Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Third Congregational Church of Alstead’s parsonage in preparation for the building being occupied.
Everyone who is willing and able will be needed. Those planning to attend should bring pails, cleaning supplies, etc. For more information, contact Stephen Blake 603-835-6301.
On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Rev. Sandy Hunting will be guest preacher.
In Bellows FallsŠ
WRITING WORKSHOP: Local writer Elayne Clift will hold a writing workshop on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Rockingham Free Public Library. The workshop title is "When art imitates life: A workshop on writing creative non-fiction." Both new and experienced writers are encouraged to attend. Space is limited, call 802-463-4270 to register.
A relatively recently recognized genre that involves writing from personal experience and/or reporting on other peoples’ experiences, effective creative non-fiction entices the reader with all the force of a good short story. The group will reflect on examples before crafting their own work and sharing it on a voluntary basis. Bring pen, paper, experience and enthusiasm.
WINTER SWAP PROGRAM: The Swap Program at the Windham Solid Waste Management District is now on winter hours. The program will be open the second Saturday of each month, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled opening will be March 9.
VENDORS NEEDED: The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is now accepting applications for new members to vend their products at the Saturday and/or Wednesday markets. The Farmers’ Market is the region’s largest and oldest open-air market and supports local agriculture, prepared foods and crafts. The market features more than 50 diverse vendors from the local area and attracts thousands of visitors annually.
The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is a not-for-profit, membership organization and welcomes applications from those who grow and/or create their own high-quality products, especially those working with local ingredients/materials to bring variety to the market’s offerings.
The Saturday farmers’ market is located on Route 9 and runs for 26 consecutive weeks, May through October, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Wednesday market runs 20 consecutive weeks, June through October, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Memberships are available for reserved site and daily vendors. Qualified applicants must reside and produce in Windham or Cheshire counties.
Interested parties are encouraged to attend an information meeting on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m., at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St.
For more information or for an application, call 802-254-8885.
SCHOLARSHIP STEAK COOKOUT: The annual Fred Robinson Memorial Scholarship Steak Cookout, hosted by the Brookline Snowmobile Club, will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning at noon at the Howard Osgood Farm on Hill Road. The event, which is open to the public, costs $12 per person and includes steak, baked potato, homemade baked beans, onions, and dessert. Hot dogs are provided for children. Those attending are asked to bring their own plates, utensils and drink. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.
This annual event raises proceeds for the Fred Robinson Memorial Scholarship, which is given each year to a Leland & Gray Union High School graduate attending Vermont Technical College or other technical school.
For more information, call 802-874-7299.
SLEDDING PARTY: Sportsmen Inc., located at 2081 Creamery Road in Guilford, invites the public to a sledding party. The hill will be open for sliding from noon through 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.
A bonfire will warm the watchers, hot dogs will be on the grill, and hot chocolate and s’mores will be a treat for the day. This event is free to all. Bring a sled or flyer and have fun.
Sportsmen Inc. is a local hunting, fishing and shooting club. For further information, call 802-257-1248.
WARMING HUT: The Guilford Pitstoppers Snowmobile Club is having a warming hut on Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning at 9 a.m. Hot dogs, chili, chicken soup, drinks and snacks by donation will be available for purchase to support the Guilford Pitstoppers and future warming hut weekends. Ride in snow permitting or drive in. The warming hut will be there, snow or no snow, at the Scout cabin off the Guilford Fairgrounds.
INDOOR FLEA MARKET: The Jacksonville Ladies Aid will hold an Indoor Flea Market at the Municipal Center at 2948 VT Rte. 100 on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors will be selling crafts, attic treasures, white elephant items and more. The Ladies Aid will also sell baked goods and serve lunch.
Snow date for this event is Sunday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information, contact Judy Bernard at 802-368-2912 or Gail Eleck at 802-368-2213.
PRUNING WORKSHOP: Dan and Gay Foster of Hollyhock Farm in Putney will offer a workshop, "Reclaiming Your Overgrown Orchard: Pruning Long-Neglected Apple Trees," on Sunday, Feb. 24. (postponed from Feb. 17), 1 to 3:30 p.m. at 10 Old Stage Road. The workshop is part of the Transition Putney reskilling series. Participants can be as involved as they want to be in the actual labor (very involved to not involved at all). The workshop fee is $25 with no one turned away for inability to pay, and barters are also possible. Participants will learn the rudiments of pruning apple trees that have been neglected for years if not decades.). The instructors will be using a chain saw for a few cuts so bring hearing protection if needed.
The Fosters raise goats, operate a small sugaring operation, and tend a small orchard. They have been at Hollyhock Farm for 15 years. Gay Foster worked for many years at Green Mountain Orchard as a pruner as well as a picker.
For information about the workshop, call the Fosters at 802-387-4661.
In West Brattleboro...
RESCHEDULED MEAL: The free Community Outreach Meal Luncheon scheduled for Sunday at the West Brattleboro Baptist Church has been postponed due to the anticipated snowstorm.
The community luncheon has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 3, at the church located at 979 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro.
The menu will include homemade shepherd’s pie, tossed salad with a choice of dressing, warm bread, applesauce, choice of beverage, and Jell-O or pudding with whipped cream for dessert.
The next meal will be on Sunday, March 24, and will be served continuously from noon to 2 p.m.
For further information, or for a ride, call the church office at 802-257-0187, leave message. All are welcome to attend.
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