Memorial Day services and events


Newfane: Newfane Anew Community Volunteers, working with businesses and event planners, is hosting a wide variety of activities and events for Memorial Day weekend. On May 28, the Newfane Garden Club is holding its annual plant and bake sale, starting at 9 a.m. On May 29, the Morris Dancers perform on West Street beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the Summer Garden Party at the Four Columns Inn. Food and beverages will be ready at 6 p.m. The band, Cadillac Envy, the Vermont Rockabilly Revolution, performs starting at 6:30 p.m. On Memorial Day, the Newfane Congregational Church is holding a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Proceeds will help stock the shelves at the Townshend Community Food Shelf. At 10 a.m., the Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the West River Valley American Legion Post No. 16 and Auxiliary, steps off from the Town Offices and ends up on Newfane Common. In addition to the traditional Memorial Day ceremony, the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Civil War Monument will be presented by Charles Marchant of Townshend, the event sponsored by the Historical Society of Windham County. The Four Columns Inn is serving lunch.

Williamsville: Timson Hill Preschool will host its Annual Spring Festival on May 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. This popular, family-friendly event includes fun activities for everyone, including a petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house, a fire engine, a variety of arts and crafts and indoor activities, an outdoor playground, as well as hamburgers, hotdogs, and baked goods. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family, and all proceeds go to celebrating and fostering continued success of this preschool program. For more information, call Kathie at 802-348-6319, email, or visit

Winchester, N.H.: The Ladies Society of The United Church of Winchester, at the corner of Main Street and Parker Street, will host a craft fair and flea market on May 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. A broad variety of Ccrafters including homemade soaps, jewelry, dips, jams and jellies and flea marketers will be available. Coffee and muffins available in the morning and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

West Brattleboro: A chicken barbecue will be sponsored by the West Brattleboro Association on May 28 starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until it's all gone, in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue. Desserts will also be available. For $6 you can get half a barbecued chicken, or you can enjoy it with sides of baked beans and coleslaw for $10. Proceeds from the barbecue help defray the expense of the projects undertaken by the West Brattleboro Association.

Guilford: A spring tradition, the Memorial Day Weekend Pie Sale of the Guilford Community Church, will be held on May 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Route 5 and Guilford Center Road. In addition to homemade apple, strawberry rhubarb, pecan, pumpkin and specialty pies, the church's famous baked beans and potato salad will be sold, a great addition to any holiday barbecue or picnic. All proceeds benefit the church, which actively supports over 15 local programs that serve the community including Hospice and Meals on Wheels.

Putney: Putney Public Library will hold its annual Book and Plant Sale on May 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Come browse an eclectic assemblage of pre-loved books and pick from wonderful donations of houseplants, perennial, seeds starts, and more. All funds raised will benefit the library's programs. The library will not be open for regular library functions during this special event. Volunteers for helping the day of the sale and donations of plants and books are still being sought. Please bring book donations during open hours (Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Contact the library about plant donations or volunteering at 802-387-4407.

Westminster: On May 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Women's Fellowship of the Westminster First Congregational Church, 3470 Route 5, will host a plant, baked goods, crafts and white elephant sale. There will also be pulled pork sandwiches, hotdogs and kraut, chips and drinks for sale.

Putney: On May 28, at Pierce's Hall on Putney Falls Road, there will be a contra dance with Amy Cann, fiddle, Lauri Indembaum, fiddle, Carol Compton, piano, and the All Comers Band, starting with a beginner's session at 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing until 10:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation.

West Brattleboro: On May 29, from noon to 1:45 p.m., West Brattleboro Baptist Church hosts its free Community Outreach meal. The menu includes homemade baked beans, hot dogs, tossed salad, fruit, dessert, and beverage of choice.

West Chesterfield, N.H.: On May 29 at 10 a.m. at the first Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, guest lecturer and published author of "Matrix for Assassination," Richard Gilbride, will give a talk and slide show presentation on the missing pieces of the Texas book repository and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This is a free event. Donations are encouraged.

Vernon: The annual Vernon Community Memorial Day Service will be held at the Pond Road Chapel located at 634 Pond Rd. on May 30 at 3:30 p.m. The story of World War II pilot 2nd Lt. Michael E. Butinsky, whose plane was shot down over Poland, will be presented, and descendants of Lt. Butinsky's family will take part in the program. Featured musicians will be the Amidon family playing brass instruments. This event is planned and presented by the Vernon Historians. Those wishing to ride the Vernon bus, please call Reita at 802-254-2694.

Readsboro: Come to breakfast on May 30 at the Readsboro Lions Park for an outdoor pancake breakfast, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Plain pancakes, blueberry or chocolate chip, local maple syrup, plus hash browns, sausages and drinks. $12 Adults, children under 5 $3 or all you can eat $20. Maple syrup will be available to purchase and there will also be a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will benefit the Bullock Building Restoration Project. Followed by Memorial Day ceremonies and parade on Main Street.

Dummerston: Evening Star Grange will once again sponsor the Dummerston Memorial Day Program on May 30, beginning with a mini concert by the American Legion Band at 6:30 p.m., and the regular program beginning at 7. Guest speaker will be 92-year-old Jay Karpin, a navigator-bombardie in World War II as part of the 493rd Bombardiment Group. He was recently awarded the French Legion of Honor medal, France's highest civil and military decoration. The Gettysburg Address will be read by 15-year old Yvonne Harrison of Dummerston. There will be patriotic Mmusic and refreshments will follow the program. For more information, contact Carol at 802-254-2517.


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