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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.
Wilmington: On Aug. 19 at 10 a.m., the Pette Memorial Library will host Sunny's Deep Cleaning Tricks and Homemade Cleaning Products. Learn tricks to get your home cleaner than ever, using your own homemade products.
Wilmington: On Aug. 20, starting at 8 p.m., Historic Memorial Hall will host the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Jazz Concert Series with a concert benefiting The Gathering Place. Pianist Chris Bakriges is joined by vocalist Bidi Dworkin, guitarist John Kozinski, bassist Mark Dunlap, and drummer Denny Ray Pelletier. Admission by donation at the door. Food and drinks will be for sale. Sponsored by Twice Blessed and Dot's of Dover. For more information, call Twice Blessed at 802-464-7500.
Brattleboro: The Retreat Farm will host Vermont non-profit Farm to Ballet Project as they perform an original outdoors ballet celebrating the seasonal story of a Vermont farm featuring live Vivaldi. All ages are invited to come enjoy food from local food trucks and tour our new educational garden beginning an hour before the show. Tickets are free for children 12 and under and $15 for adults (13 and up). More details and tickets for sale at retreatfarm.org/ballet. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Barnyard and the Farm to Ballet Project. At the Harris Hill Ski Jump on Cedar Street, Aug. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Saxtons River: On Aug. 20 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Arts, Illusionist Ben Pratt will bring his magic to the stage. His illusions include sleight of hand, birds, humans materializing out of nowhere and walking through a solid glass mirror. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The suggested audience for this PG show is age 10 and older. For more information, call 802- 869-2960, email email@example.com, visit www.mainstreetarts.org or find Main Street Arts on Facebook.
Alstead, N.H.: Orchard Hill at 125 Old Settlers Road will host this year's New Hampshire Permaculture Day on Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring hands-on workshops, demonstrations, talks, walks and sharing of knowledge on topics related to food production, edible landscape design, climate change, sustainable energy, natural building, homesteading and beyond. Whether you are curious about permaculture or a seasoned practitioner, there will be something for everyone. The vendor marketplace will offer information and local goods and crafts for sale. A local, organic, farm-to-table lunch will be provided. Bring your kids along. There will be lots of fun and supervised activities. Admission is $35. Student, senior, and family discounts are available. For more information and tickets go to www.nhpermacultureday.org/2016-Event.
Dummerston: Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Road, is hosting its annual Peach Shortcake Supper on Aug. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes baked ham, baked beans, mac and cheese, summer vegetable casserole, deviled eggs and peach shortcake with real whipped cream for dessert. Take outs are available by calling the Grange on Saturday at 802-254-1138. No reservations are needed. Tickets are $11 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free. For more information, call 802-254-2517.
Brattleboro: The WSWMD Swap Program on Old Ferry Road 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. The Swap Program is open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Items brought in must be clean and 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. Some items that usually are not accepted are appliances, upholstered furniture, carpet, computers, mattresses, clothes and tires. These items may be placed on Freecycle (www.freecycle.org). Items available this week include: two-drawer file cabinet, bowling ball, bathroom sinks, table lamps, stroller, exercise equipment, desk chair, Christmas tree stands, Little Tikes basketball hoop, Kenmore canister vacuum, styrofoam cooler, baby bouncer, records, tables, cabinets, iron, Hoover upright vacuum, bike racks.
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.
Athens: On Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be fundraiser hosted by the Athens Historic Preservation Society on the Brick Meeting House lawn. There will be ice cream and build your own sundaes from the toppings bar provided. Suggested donation is $7 each or $25 maximum for families of four or more. Proceeds support the Athens Historic Preservation Society and its efforts to save the beautiful 1817 Athens Brick Meeting House. For more information contact Beth Ann Agostini at 802-365-7740.
West Brattleboro: The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its next monthly meeting on Aug. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the West Village Meetinghouse, 29 South St. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members including adult siblings are welcome. Meetings are held each month the third Sunday of the month.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Great Books Discussion Group will be discussing the novella "Daisy Miller," by Henry James on Aug. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room of the Brooks Memorial Library. The September discussion is on "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man," by James Joyce, and for October and November, participants will be discussing selections from "The Federalists Papers," by Madison, Hamilton and Jay. For more information, call Michael N. Landis at 802-257-1851, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Dummerston: On Aug. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Aug. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Dummerston Historical Society will be open for the viewing of "The Bunker Addition," a photographic exhibit by Charles Fish. The Dummerston Historical Society welcomes all; programs and exhibits are free of charge and handicapped accessible. For information, call 802-254-9311.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro representatives from the Act 46 Study Committee will host a community forum on Aug. 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Oak Grove School. This will be the final presentation of the proposed articles of agreement to the community, before the Study Committee officially votes on whether or not to send them to the Vermont Board of Education for approval.
Brattleboro: The next meeting of BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will be held Aug. 25 at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. To mark and celebrate the end of summer, theme of the meeting will be "Lazy Daze." The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will include prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. Edwin Sause will be the Toastmaster of the Evening. Guests are welcome to attend, and are invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. For information about the local Toastmasters club, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.
Brattleboro: Whether you're thinking of building a tiny house of your own, just curious, or have building experience to share, Tiny House Fest Vermont brings the experts to the interested, with talks and panels on building technologies, off-grid living, wastewater solutions, zoning, and eight tiny houses to explore. Music, house tours, kids' teeny tiny maker station, and more. The all-day festival is Sept. 4 in downtown Brattleboro. Pre-fest tiny house building and design workshops Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. Local Tiny House Tours on Sept. 5. For full schedule go to facebook.com/tinyhousefestvermont. To buy a festival pass, local art and tiny house swag go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/tiny-house-fest-vermont.
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: Local author Archer Mayor will soon release his 27th Det. Joe Gunther novel. On Aug. 27 a photographic scavenger hunt of many of the locales in Brattleboro, that are important characters in his books, will have its kick-off. This fun event will begin at the Brattleboro North KOA Campground in Dummerston at 9 a.m. with a complete pancake breakfast ($8 per person, $10 gluten free). Mayor will give one of his very entertaining talks with hints about his next Gunther novel and his real life experience over the last 30 years as firefighter/EMT, a constable, and a death investigator for Vermont's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. He'll also be signing books that will be for sale. Following the breakfast, participants will be given a Gunther map of Brattleboro to find the locales individually or with friends/family along with information about parking and 'friends of the hunt' businesses in Brattleboro. At the friends locations, they will be able to rest, enjoy an event-themed treat, or receive special gifts or discounts. After submitting digital photos of party members or selfies at the locales, participants will be entered to win one of a number of great prizes including Mayors' books, accommodations, meals, and gift certificates. There will be one drawing on Aug. 27 as part of the kick-off and then again on Oct. 3 for later participants. After the kick-off, maps will be available in downtown locations. Participating businesses include Altiplano, Artrageus1 Arts Collective, Beadniks, Brattleboro Books, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro North KOA Campground, Centered Healing Therapeutic Massage, Latchis Hotel and Theater, Mystery on Main Bookstore, Persimmon & Rose Holistic Skin Care, Renaissance Fine Jewelry, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, Vermont Artisan Designs, Vermont Center for Photography and The Works Bakery/Cafe.
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: There will be a contra dance on Aug. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. at 118 Elliot Street with live music by the Irregulars (Eileen O'Grady, Oliver Scanlon, Dana Hartshorn, Chris Krag, and Mckinley James), with caller Luke Donforth. Newcomers welcome; all dances taught and called. Adults $10 to 12, college students $8, youth $5. Please come fragrance-free. For more information, visit brattcontra.org or call 518-561-2594.
Brattleboro: On Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a Plant Pure Cooking Class featuring Watermelon Cucumber Gazpacho. Free, at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.
Guilford: Cub Scout Pack 447 will host its fall recruiting meeting on Sept. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Guilford Scout Cabin at the Guilford Fairgrounds. Boys 6 and up are welcome with their families. And on Sept. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Pack 447 will host a meeting at the First Congregational Church, West Brattleboro. For more information, email email@example.com.
Brattleboro: At Everyone's Books on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m., local poet Tim Mayo reads from his new volume of poetry, "Thesaurus of Separation." Mayo's poems explore the taxonomies of loneliness, of memory, and of a past deep as a cave. As always, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-254-8160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Community tag sale
Brattleboro: Morningside Commons Annual Yard Sale will be held on Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Morningside Commons is located on Royal Road. This will be a multi-unit sale. No early birds please.
Grafton: Nearly new and gently used books will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library green on Sept. 3. Come find great deals on books recently published as well as older gems for the book collector. Bags and boxes will be available for carrying home your finds. Prices with a few exceptions are $2 for hardbacks, $1 for paperbacks and $1 for audio-visual.
Brattleboro: On Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation about Brattleboro's Stephen Daye Press in the Brattleboro History Center at 196 Main St. This event is open to the public and admission is free. Founded in 1932 by John S. and Marion R. Hooper, the Stephen Daye Press published books about New England. It is considered the first in the field of regional publishers in the United States. Children of the SDP founders, John, Mary Ann and Steve Hooper, all formerly of Brattleboro, will give a talk about the Stephen Daye Press. In addition, there will be a display of SDP books, photos, tools of the trade, original promotional materials and other items. The Brattleboro Historical Society and the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are sponsoring the SDP presentation and exhibit. The event is part of the Historical Society and Friends collaboration to tell the story of Brattleboro's important and distinguished publishing and printing history.
Bellows Falls: On Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., join a book discussion of "The Hobbit," by J. R. R. Tolkien at the Rockingham Library. Come prepared to play some icebreaking games and solve some riddles — all related to Bilbo's adventures. Dressing up as a favorite character is encouraged but optional. Make and bring along a troll home or an elf hut — just for fun. All ages are invited to attend. Pick up a copy of "The Hobbit" at the library's front desk today. Audiobook and graphic novel formats are also available. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email email@example.com, go to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library at 65 Westminster St.
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.
Bellows Falls: It's a 70s flashback as the disco ball spins on Sept. 17 when Studio 33, WOOL-FM's first annual Disco Dance Party, complete with light show and Soul Train streaming video, comes to the wooden dance floor of the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster St. DJ Skar, direct from Chicago, will mix the beat of your favorite disco, funk, soul and hip hop classics. All proceeds support WOOL-FM, 91.5 Black Sheep Community. Cash bar, raffles and food available for purchase from the Moose Lodge and Jamaican Jewelz Catering. Dress to impress encouraged. Door opens at 7:30 p.m. for seating. Ticket cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 18+ only unless accompanied by adult. For tickets and more information, visit www.blacksheepradio.org
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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