Food News and Notes


In Alstead, N.H. ...

PIZZA FOR OUR PLACE: Pizza is on the menu of a benefit for Our Place Drop-in Center, Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Orchard Hill Breadworks. The daytime shelter and food pantry is inviting the public to bring their pizza toppings to the bakery, which supplies the dough for a pizza they can top in any of many creative ways before being popped into the wood-fired oven by Orchard Hill owner Noah Elbers.

The dough is ready at 5 p.m., and guests are encouraged to come early to avoid the long line of pizza lovers that gathers for the weekly pizza party that will benefit a different non-profit each week. The cost is $7, or $9 for gluten-free dough. Tomato sauce and cheese are provided for less creative pizza makers, plus whatever extra toppings others bring. The event is held rain or shine under the new pavilion erected this winter. Pizza, music and socializing are the order of the day. Guests are asked to bring their own beverages, and a take-home container and a lawn chair are other suggestions.

Orchard Hill Breadworks is located off Route 123 on Old Settlers Road, in Alstead, 10.6 miles from the intersection of Routes 12 and 123 by Aubuchon Hardware.

For more information, contact Our Place at 802-463-2217,, or through Facebook.

In Brattleboro ...

PANCAKES: The Brattleboro Firefighter’s Benefit Association Annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 31, from 7 to 10 a.m., at the West Brattleboro Fire Station. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, call 802-254-4831.

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: The First United Methodist Church will hold its annual Blueberry Festival, rain or shine, on Saturday, Aug. 9. Festivities will begin at 7 a.m. with a family-style blueberry pancake breakfast until 10:30 a.m. The cost is $7. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served for lunch at $5/$6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event continues through 2:30 p.m.

Featured outside will be crafts of jewelry, homemade chocolates, baby items, wood items, gift baskets, cloth items, glass edge. Fresh blueberries, baked blueberry items, pies and ice cream may be purchased at the Blueberry Pavilion. Other festivities include a silent auction and music.

The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road, across from Cota and Cota. There is ample parking and the entryway is handicap accessible. For further information, visit or contact or 802-254-4218.

In Dummerston...

CHILDREN’S LUNCH PROGRAM: Alice’s Lunch Program, which provides supplemental food to children and youth for the summer, has begun at Dummerston Congregational Church. It is not too late to sign up. Dummerston families with school-aged children who are eligible for reduced-priced or free school lunches are encouraged to participate.

For an application, or further information about these twice monthly boxes of food for lunches, call the church office at 802-257-0544 or e-mail Sallie May, the new church secretary, at

SENIOR LUNCH: The Dummerston Senior Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 13, beginning at noon at the Evening Star Grange. Chefs will be Sallie May and Larry Lynch Jr. On the menu will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, ambrosia salad, and fresh blueberry cobbler with real whipped cream for dessert. Takeouts will be available by calling the Grange at 802-254-1138 on Wednesday morning. The meal is sponsored by Senior Solutions.

Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for borrowing until the next meal.

Suggested donations are $3 for people 60 and over, and $4 those under 60.

The Grange is located at 1008 East-West Road in Dummerston Center.

PEACH SUPPER: The Dummerston Evening Star Grange will host a Peach Shortcake Supper on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dummerston Center Grange Hall.

The meal will feature peach shortcake with homemade biscuits and real whipped cream. Also on the menu will be baked ham, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, deviled eggs, baked beans, and assorted vegetables.

The cost of the meal will be adults $10, children $5, and toddlers free. Take-out orders will be available for those who cannot attend. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

In Guilford...

SENIOR LUNCH: The Guilford Senior Lunch, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will take place at noon on Friday, Aug. 15, at the Guilford Community Church.

The menu includes turkey salad, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini bread, with fruited Jell-O for dessert. A suggested donation of $3.50 for seniors and $5 for others is asked.

For more information and to make reservations, call 802-254-9774, no later than Wednesday, Aug. 13.

In Newfane ...

SENIOR LUNCH: On Thursday, Aug. 14, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church, there will be zucchini dinner for seniors in Newfane and surrounding communities. The menu includes zucchini pancakes, green salad, hamburger zucchini casserole, zucchini bread and zucchini chocoloate cake.

The meal is being prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by volunteers from the church and community and sponsored by Senior Solutions. The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. For information and reservations, call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870.

In Northfield, Mass. ...

HOT DOGS: St. Patrick’s Parish will be hosting a hotdog and bean supper on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. The menu includes hotdogs, beans, coleslaw, green salad, potato salad and dessert. The cost is $8 for adults. For additional information or to make reservations call St. Patrick’s Parish at 413-498-2728.

In Putney...

FARMERS’ MARKET: The Putney Farmers’ Market is open every second Sunday now through October from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is located on Carol Brown Way, across from the Putney Co-op.

This Sunday, Aug. 10, will be Kids’ Day. Children may sell their own handmade crafts and foods, not from kits or mixes. Limited tables and tents available, so they should bring their own if they have them. There will be no fees, and no advance registration is necessary.

Also, a variety of children’s activities are planned.

For further information visit or e-mail

In Walpole, N.H. ...

SENIORS POTLUCK: The Walpole Seniors will meet for a potluck lunch at the Congregational Church on the Walpole Common at noon on Monday, Aug. 17. Everyone is asked to bring a contribution for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and to bring a dish to share. All Drewsville, North Walpole and Walpole seniors are welcome.


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