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Grafton: On Aug. 4, starting at 4 p.m. at the Brick Meeting House, Thomas E. Fontaine will speak on Civil War families in Grafton, sponsored by the Grafton Historical Society. The public, especially area families with children, are invited to attend the presentation, which will immediately follow a short annual meeting of the Grafton Historical Society. For more information about the meeting and presentation contact the Grafton Historical Society at email@example.com or 802 843 2584.
Wilmington: On Aug. 4 at 4 p.m., Pettee Memorial Library's librarian, Allison Maynard, will present Tech Time to explore Facebook at a beginning to intermediate level. She will discuss safety and security, as well as connecting with friends and family.
Brattleboro: The town of Brattleboro invites citizens and interested persons to attend a ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the rebuilding of the West Brattleboro Fire Station on Aug. 4, at 4 p.m.
Senior lunch: The community is invited to dinner at noon on Aug. 4, at the Townshend Church. Sponsored by Senior Solutions, the meal is prepared by Chef Stephanie of the Townshend Dam Diner. Suggested donation for people 60 years and up is $3.50; all others $4. Take-outs will be available. Everyone is welcome.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at 118 Elliot Street, Robin MacArthur will discuss her new book, "Half Wild." In addition to the reading, there is a CD release for Red Heart the Ticker (Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons) and a cash bar from Whetstone CiderWorks. Free and open to the public. For more information, call Everyone's Books at 802-254-8160.
Old Home Day
Bellows Falls: As part of Rockingham's Old Home Days, the United Church of Bellows Falls is hosting an art show and picnic on Aug. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring wraps, chips, blueberry dessert and beverages for $5. On Aug. 6, the ongoing art sale will be open at the church on School Street from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with music from 3 to 5 p.m. A continental breakfast will also be available on Aug. 6, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., featuring fruit cup, muffins and pastries, hot and cold beverages, by donation. On Aug. 7, the art show will be open from 9 to 10 a.m., with worship to follow.
Saxtons River: Vermont Academy will be hosting a basketball skills camp this summer for boys ages 10 to 17, directed by Vermont Academy's head basketball coach, Alex Popp. The camp will run from Aug. 8 to 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Lucy Gym on Vermont Academy's campus. To download the brochure and register, go to www.coachpopp.com. Space is limited.
Townshend: Leland and Gray Players' Summer Performing Arts Exploration 2016 will present a culminating performance Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. in L&G's Dutton Gymnasium where the program began July 25. SPAE is in its ninth summer offering workshops in music, design, dance, lighting, sound, and mime. The SPAE 2016 production is Peter Pan by J. M. Berrie, adapted by Karlie Kauffeld and Emily Fuller. Admission is by donation to SPAE, a performing arts program for youth in West River Valley and beyond. For more information, contact Abby Wicker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-258-1161.
Dummerston: Transition Dummerston invites the community to a celebration of the life of Susal Stebbins-Collins, one of its leaders and founding members, who died on July 15. The celebration on Aug. 5, will be part of its monthly potluck with supper at 6 p.m. (local food encouraged); celebration from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Dummerston Grange is located in Dummerston Center at the intersection of East-West and Middle Roads. For more information, contact Fred at 802-387-2681.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department as part of the TGIF Morning Matinee will present the music of "Les Julian," at the Living Memorial Park Rotary Theater on Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. This show is free and day care groups are welcome to attend. If there are special needs required, call the Recreation & Parks Office at 802-254-5808. In case of rain, the show will be moved inside to the Nelson Withington Skating Facility.
Jacksonville: The Jacksonville Community Church will be participating in the Blueberry Fest by having a spaghetti supper on Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. The supper will be at the Fellowship Hall located behind the church on Rt. 112 in Jacksonville across from Honora. The supper will be followed by a blueberry crisp for dessert. Donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12, and children under 5 will be free. For information, call 802-368-2205.
Here are the upcoming events at Pettee Memorial Library:
Friday, August 5 - 10 AM - Best Reads of the Summer - Librarian Allison Maynard will be on hand to share the hottest titles of the summer.
Monday, August 8 - 4 PM - Classic Movie Matinee - Please call the library at 802-464-8557 for title and more information.
Thursday, August 11 - 4-5 PM - Tech Time: Drop in Day - Drop into the library with all your tech questions and problems. We're here to help.
Friday, August 12 - 10 AM - Go4Life - Improve strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance with Go4Life, everyday fitness ideas from the National Institute on Aging. Presented by SASH.
Townshend: The Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Fair Day is continuing a wonderful tradition. The Aug. 6 event will again include an art show. Area artists and craftspeople are encouraged to display their works in this show, which will be held in the Townshend Church on the Townshend Common throughout Fair Day. The artwork and crafts pieces in the show will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Grace Cottage Hospital. Those interested in exhibiting in the show should contact Lois Phoenix at 802-365-7568 or email@example.com, Pokey Lyman at 365-7964 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lauri Miner at 802-365-4194 or email@example.com as soon as possible. Space is limited. The Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Fair Day is a major fundraiser that helps the hospital purchase needed equipment. This year's Fair Day begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. on August 6. For more information about Fair Day, call 802-365-9992 or 802-365-9109.
Old Home Day
Bellows Falls: The 40th annual Rockingham Old Home Days will be held on Aug. 6, at the Waypoint Center. The Chamber is currently seeking craft, food, and flea market vendors to participate in this celebrated, family-friendly community event. Many new events have been added this year, including performances by the finalists of Southern Vermont Idol, and a record crowd is anticipated. For more information, contact Deb or Doreen at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 802-463-4280 or visit www.greatfallschamber.org.
Winchester, N.H.: The United Church of Winchester will hold its monthly Bean Supper on Aug. 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building at 99 Main St. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children and is served family style. The building is accessible to all and some of the proceeds go toward outreach missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465.
Walpole, N.H.: On Aug. 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Distant Hill Gardens will hold its monthly Open Garden Weekend. All of the 58-acre property will be open to explore including the extensive ornamental gardens with dozens of whimsical metal sculptures hidden throughout, a quaking cranberry bog boardwalk and 40-foot-long log bridge. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. Suggested donation: is$5. Visit www.distanthill.org for more information or call 603-756-4179.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Historical Foundation presents "Milton Avery's Summers in Jamaica, Vermont," at 5 p.m., on Aug. 6, with Jamie Franklin, curator of the Bennington Museum exhibit "Milton Avery's Vermont." The exhibit will be on view 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hefflon House, 3751 Route 30, next to the Jamaica Town Hall. Following the event, a concert of the Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival will take place in the Jamaica Town Hall at 7 p.m.
Ice cream social
Brattlebor: Trinity Lutheran Church at 161 Western Ave. is holding an ice cream social on Aug. 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the front lawn of the church. Children's games will be available. Come and visit with your neighbors and enjoy some ice cream. For more information, call the church office at 802-254-4220.
Marlboro: Volunteers are needed to help clear underbrush around some of the historic sites in the Hogback Mountain Conservation Area on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be working at the Bishop cellar hole site as well as a less well-known cellar hole a short distance away. Bring your own favorite tool; other tools will be available. Meet at the Grant Road trail head. For more information, visit hogbackvt.org and click on the events tab.
Winhall: The Winhall Memorial Library, located at Route 30 and Kendall Farm Road, will hold its annual Friend-Raiser picnic on Aug. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the live music of the Merry Pranksters with Bob & Kim Ray and John Wright. In addition to the usual menu of free hot dogs and chips the ice cream truck will be returning to the delight of the children and their parents. This year we will honor Connie Guttroff, the retiring librarian, and welcome the new Librarian, Dawn Santos. The event will be held rain or shine.
Rockingham: The 110th annual pilgrimage to the Rockingham Meeting House will be held Aug. 7, beginning with welcoming bagpipe music and a picnic at 11 a.m. at the historic landmark structure. The program, "Memento Mori: Early Gravestones in Rockingham," will be led by Jamie Franklin, the curator of the Bennington Museum. The presentation will include a tour of relevant gravestone examples. The surrounding burial ground contains over one thousand graves, the oldest dating from around 1776, with some of the finest gravestone art found in New England.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St. there will be a circle dance led by Lucia Wilson. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, call Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.
Brattleboro: The Democratic Town Committee will hold a meeting on Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of Brattleboro Savings & Loan to nominate candidates for justices of the peace on the general election ballot. For more information, contact Sharry Manning at 802-257-5717 or at email@example.com.
Walpole, N.H.: "The Unknown Side of Playing Cards," offers a glimpse into Walpole's past. For centuries, playing cards, which were once printed on just one side, were repurposed and used for hundreds of other tasks. When a deck became incomplete, the remaining cards were utilized in many secondary ways, both practical and creative. Paper was rare and expensive, and these centuries-old "secondary use cards" can today reveal interesting historical insights into past centuries. Because of this, these second-use cards are eagerly collected, analyzed, and studied. Gejus van Diggele is one such collector, scholar, author, and lecturer of second-use cards. He has found 70 cards from towns around the region. Van Diggele will present a lecture and slideshow, free and open to the public on Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. Brooks Memorial Library Children's room will host a Hawaiian Hula dance class for kids and their families. This is a free class. Register by calling 802-254-5290, ext. 110, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This class is made possible by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the Brooks Memorial Library Children's Room with host a family dance time led by local dance instructor Cyndal Ellis. In this creative dance class for all ages, parents and caregivers can explore movement with their children. Wear your baby or dance alongside your toddler or young child. Participants of all abilities welcome. This is a free class. Call 802-254-5290, ext. 110, or email email@example.com to register. Space is limited. This class is made possible by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.
Dover: The Dover Free Library hosts live "Animal Athletes" Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. This informative program is presented by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum with a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries as part of the Dover Library's "On Your Mark, Get Set, ... READ!" program. Call 802-348-7488 for more information or visit www.doverfreelibrary1913.org.
Brattleboro: The Yankee Male Chorus will perform on Aug. 10 at the First Congregation Church of West Brattleboro, and on Aug. 11 at the Charlestown, N.H., Congregation Church, 71 Main St. The chorus will also perform on Aug. 12 at the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St. Aug. 13 at the First Baptist Church, 80 Main St. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. A free will offering may be taken during intermission at each location. For additional information call Pete Harrison at 802-722-3080 or 802-289-3776 or e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drum and dance
Brattleboro: African Dance Vermont presents Central African drum and dance class featuring Raoul Ombang on Aug. 10 with drum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by dance until 9 p.m., at The Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St. $10 for drum class and $15 for dance class. All levels are welcome. Drums are available for those who need one. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Class will be accompanied by live drumming. The Stone Church is air conditioned. For more information on dance and drum classes visit www.africandancevt.com or find African Dance VT on Facebook.
Winchester, N.H.: The Winchester Historical Society has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present "A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes." The program will be presented by Adair Mulligan on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided after the presentation.
Brattleboro: The 2016 Democratic Campaign Kickoff Celebration will be at 118 Elliot Street on Aug. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Come celebrate the primary's results with Democratic candidates over drinks and hors d'oeuvres and rally support for Democrats to win the general election in November. Suggested contribution: $25 attendee, $100 Hhost, $250 sponsor. R.S.V.P. suggested but not required to email@example.com or at www.vtdemocrats.org/BrattleboroAugust11.
Bellows Falls: Celia Bohannon and friends will share the vintage game Bali at the Rockingham Library on Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. Bali is a word building game from the 1950s, similar to Scrabble, that uses cards instead of tiles.Because players can see one another's cards, the game takes on a more social bent. Adults and kids (fourth grade and up) are all welcome to attend and play together. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
Paint and sip
Newfane: Gerda's Animal Aid, a non-profit horse rescue located on Route 30, will be hosting a paint and sip event at the Four Columns Inn, Aug. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. Donation to paint is $40. Appetizers and cocktails will be available to purchase from the Four Columns Inn. No painting experience is necessary. Find Gerda's Animal Aid on Facebook.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m., at 118 Elliot Street, there will be a contra dance featuring music by Tempest (Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar and mandolin) with caller Rich Goss from Oregon. Newcomers welcome; all dances taught and called. Adults $10 to 12, college students $8, youth $5. For more information, visit brattcontra.org or call 518-561-2594.
Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on Aug. 14 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St. Led by Lynn Hartwood and Jane Buchan. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, call Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.
Whitingham: The American Legion Cecil A. Davis Post 17 will be having a dedication ceremony on Aug. 14 on Town Hill in Whitingham at 1:30 p.m. The Legion will be honoring all veterans from town who served from Aug. 24, 1982, to July 13, 1984, from Dec. 20, 1989, to Jan. 31, 1990, and from Aug. 2, 1990, to present. To be eligible these men and women would have to be living in Whitingham at the time of enlistment. A new monument and plaque will be installed next to the existing monuments dedicated to those who served in previous wars and conflicts. The names of the men and women to be on this new plaque are as follows: Derek Allen, Jeannie C. Allen, Shawn Allen, Charlie Bartlett, Bonnie Bolivar, Dustin Brown, Jamie Brown, Henry Corse, Chris Cunningham, Dave Cunningham, Dan Cunningham, Timothy Cunningham, Matthew Degnon, Lisa Dix, Zinna Dix, Lance Filler, Bjorn Galaske, Craig Hammer, Nickolas Hammer Jeffrey Moore, David Snow, Alex Stradecki, Shawn F. Taylor, , Jessie Stewart and Chance Schenetzke. If you know of someone who's name should be on this list please contact Dana Dix at 802-368-7612.
Brattleboro: Join author Adam Krakowski as he discloses the tumultuous side of Vermont's temperance movement in a presentation on "Vermont Prohibition: Teetotalers, Bootleggers, and Corruption," to be held Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Admission is free for BMAC members, students, and children 18 and under; $5 for non-members.
Brattleboro: Starting at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18, the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center hosts naturalist Patti Smith, who will talk about the musical insects of summer nights.A presentation will be followed by an evening stroll to the top of Heifer Hill to look for singing insects and to enjoy the full moon. For information, visit www.beec.org or call 802-257-5785. Free.
Days gone by
Newfane: All are welcome to an evening of food and stories at the Historical Society of Windham County's annual meeting event on Aug. 19 at the NewBrook Fire Station. Following the Society's brief annual meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be the pot-luck dinner at 6. Bring a dish to share, drinks will be provided. Beginning at 7 p.m., four residents of Windham County will share their stories of "days gone by" in Vermont: Bill Holiday, of Brattleboro, will share stories on the impact of Interstate 91's construction almost 60 years ago; Marilyn Loomis will share reminisces stories of growing up in Putney; Bill Toomey, of Grafton, has a multitude of 'Believe it or not" stories from the Grafton Inn; and Larry Clark will share anecdotes from Gageville and Bellows Falls. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org, call 802-348-7891 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vernon: The annual "Mums and More Sale" will be held on Aug. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Vernon Historical Museum, at 4201 Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon. The sale is a fundraiser for the Vernon Historians and will feature a nice selection of mum plants from Griffin Gardens.
Brattleboro: There will be a community circle dance on Aug. 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aikido Studio at 11 Cottage St. Led by Diana Moore. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. For more information, call Parker Huber 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon, 603-631-0768.
Alstead, N.H.: On Aug. 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Orchard Hill Breadworks will host a pizza night to benefit Brattleboro Time Trade. Sauce, cheese, and crust for $8 or $10, gluten-free. Bring your own toppings and bake it in an outdoor wood-fired oven. Live jazz music. Rain or shine. Free admission. More info at www.brattleborotimetrade.org.
Bondville: The Bondville Fair is the oldest continuously operating Fair in the state of Vermont. This year the Bondville Fair will take place on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26, 27 and 28. The Craft and Artisan section of the Bondville Fair also begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. As in the past, set-up time will be Friday morning from 8 until 10 a.m. when all vehicles must be in their parking spots. Anyone requesting a Thursday night set up, please contact me at 802-375-4831 before hand to arrange a time. The registration fee for the August Bondville Fair, for a 10-by-10 space is $65. If you desire electricity, there is an additional charge of $15 for the three days of the fair. An Application covering the Bondville Fair is immediately following this one. Space will be allotted on a first come first served basis. For an application, contact Estelle M. Schwartz at 802-375-4831.
Brattleboro: During the weekend of Aug. 26 to 28, participate in a photographic scavenger hunt of many locales in Newfane, Dummerston, and especially Brattleboro, that are important sites in the Joe Gunther books penned by local author Archer Mayor. The event begins on Aug. 26 at the KOA Campground on Route 5 at 9 a.m. with a complete pancake breakfast with Mayor ($8 per person). If you have need for lodging or a campsite that weekend, the KOA Campground will have special packages available. For more information, call 802-254-5908, or visit brattleborokoa.com.
West Brattleboro: West Brattleboro Baptist Church at 979 Western Avenue hosts a community lunch on Aug. 28 from noon to 1:45 p.m. featuring grilled roasted pork, rice pilaf, garden veggies, watermelon, Italian bread, dessert, and beverage of choice. All are welcome.
Brattleboro: The 18th Annual River Valley Kids Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, on the Brattleboro Common from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The children's entertainment slate is now set, and one of the acts for this year's circus-themed Kids Fair is "On Her Majesty's Secret Circus." Representatives of non-profit organizations that would like to be a part of the Kids Fair, can have a space for free. Call Bob Furman at 802-251-3683 to reserve a space.
Wine and harvest
West Dover: Vermont wineries, distilleries, artisans, craft and food vendors will be tented at Mt. Snow Resort during the Vermont Wine and Harvest Festival on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year's Festival is book-ended by week-long events with the Wine Stroll-Soup Contest on July 15 and the Vermont Wildlife Festival on July 18. For more information, visit thevermontfestival.com.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center will feature a discussion of its exhibit, "Taking Stock of Guns," with Linda Bond, whose art is featured in the display. Bond's "A Gun Show" will be performed at the New England Youth Theatre on Sept. 23 and 24. Joe Quint, a photographer whose project, "It Takes Us," explores the impact of gun violence on survivors and friends and family of victims, will also discuss how guns influences his art. $5 for adults, free for BMAC members, students, youth 18 and under. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.
Putney: The Putney Food Co-op will hold an annual member meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Putney Community Center.
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