Around Windham County

Saturday February 16, 2013

In Bellows Falls...

GARDEN BRUNCH: The Atkinson Street Neighborhood Garden in Bellows Falls will host a brunch and conversation about the project on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Central Elementary School cafeteria in Bellows Falls. The event is free, and everyone interested is encouraged to attend.

Organized by the Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative, the garden will consist of raised bed gardens on sites at the Peoples United Drive-In Bank and the Meeting Waters YMCA. Participants will design their own beds and grow whatever they choose.

The Collaborative will provide financial assistance to help get the project started, as well as hands-on workshops to construct the raised beds and garden consultation during the season. For more information, contact Collaborative Coordinator, Kari Gypson, 802-282-8669 or

GARDEN WORKSHOP: The Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative welcomes the 2013 growing season by hosting two garden workshops by experienced gardener, farmer, and science teacher, Julie Chickering. The first one, Soil Preparation, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the United Church of Bellows Falls.

The event is free, although donations are appreciated. Coffee, tea and snacks will be available. Because space is limited, registration is required by calling 802-869-2141.

Chickering’s second workshop, Garden Planning, will be on Sunday, March 3. For more information, call Kari Gypson at 802-282-8669 or e-mail

In Brattleboro...

WINTER CARNIVAL: This weekend’s Brattleboro Winter Carnival schedule is:


-- 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Ice Fishing Derby at the Retreat Meadows, Adults $7, Juniors $3. Information call Dave Willard at 1-800-Grafton. Sponsored by Grafton Village Cheese Company.

-- 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Winter Carnival Outdoor Fun Day at Living Memorial Park. Snowmobile rides, tug-o-war competition, dog sled demonstrations, free skating, $5 skiing and more.

-- Noon-2 p.m., Sugar-on-Snow at Living Memorial Park, $3. Hosted by the Brattleboro Rotary Club.

-- 1-4 p.m., Sleigh/Hay Rides at Fairwinds Farm on Upper Dummerston Road. Adults $6, Children 12 and under $4.

-- Noon-4 p.m., Retreat Petting Farm, Route 30, Ages 12 and older $6, 2-11 $5.

-- 3-6 p.m., Winter Carnival Skate Jam. Skateboarding Competition. Brattleboro Boys & Girls Club. Co-sponsored by Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department & BASIC Skateboard Committee. Information: 802-257-2240.

-- 7:30-11 p.m., Dance at the Eagles Club, Chickering Drive, ‘80s theme. $7 admission $5. Dress in ‘80s garb.


-- 8-11 a.m., Pancake Breakfast at the Elks’ Home on Putney Road. Adults $5, 6-12 $3, 5 and under free. Sponsored by Price Chopper.

-- Noon-4 p.m., Retreat Petting Farm, Rt. 30, Ages 12 and older $6, 2-11 $5. Information: 802-257-2240.

-- 1-4 p.m., Sleigh/Hay Rides at Fairwinds Farm on Upper Dummerston Road, Adults $6, 12 and under $4.

-- 2 p.m., Brattleboro Figure Skating Club Ice Show at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. Adults $7, Students $3.

-- 1-6 p.m., Country Western Jamboree at the American Legion $7. Ages 10 and under not admitted.

For more information, visit: or call the Winter Carnival Hotline at 802-348-1956.

LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL: Asian Cultural Center of Vermont presents the Lunar New Year Festival of China, Vietnam, and Korea on Sunday, Feb. 17, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden.

Ushering in the Year of the Snake, this annual celebration begins with potluck dining -- bring a dish or refreshments to share. There will be a craft and coloring table for younger children, t’ai chi demonstrations, a group calligraphy mural, Chinese exercises, Lunar New Year songs, a Korean tug of war, and more. This year’s Lunar New Year Festival also features demonstrations by students from the School of Budo led by Kyoshi Patrick Donahue and Kung Fu demonstrations by Shifu Damon Honeycutt. Around 3 p.m., the giant Vietnamese Dragon enters in a community parade along Main Street. This is the 10th annual event of its kind. Donations to offset the cost are appreciated.

For more information, visit or contact ACCVT Executive Director Adam Silver at 802-257-7898 ext. 1 or 802-579-9088.

RESCHEDULED LECTURE: New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger will look inside the Obama Administration’s management of global challenges in his talk, "Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power." His talk will be held Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., in Brattleboro.

Sanger is author of "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power" (2010) and has twice been part of New York Times reporting teams honored with the Pulitzer Prize.

This talk was rescheduled from December and is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series. It is free and open to the public. For information, 802-254-5290, ext. 101, or visit

SEEKING APPLICATIONS: The Town of Brattleboro is seeking applications from residents to serve on the newly created Police-Fire Facility Committee. This seven-member ad hoc committee is responsible for providing financial and technical oversight to the Police-Fire renovation/addition project.

If interested, submit committee application (available at or a letter of interest to: Town of Brattleboro, Town Manager - Police-Fire Committee, 230 Main St., Suite 208, Brattleboro, VT 05301, or e-mail Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12.

In Putney...

’BEING DEAD’ DISCUSSION: The Putney Library Book Group will meet Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. to discuss "Being Dead" by Jim Crace. The group meets the third Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. at the library and welcomes new members at any time. Information is available by calling 802-387-5548 or e-mailing

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. 17, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at their farm 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. The workshop fee is $25 with no one turned away for inability to pay. Barters are also possible.

Participants will learn the rudiments of pruning apple trees that have been neglected. The instructors will be using a chain saw so bring hearing protection if needed. For information, call 802-387-4661.

In West BrattleboroĊ 

WINTER CLEARANCE: Mary’s Closet will be open on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by and located at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., Mary’s Closet is a thrift shop selling gently used and new clothing for men and women.

The February sale of winter clearance continues with footwear, sweaters, jerseys, fleece jackets, slacks, outer ski jackets, hats and scarfs all at sale prices.


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