Mother's Day weekend in and around Windham County

Fun run

Chesterfield, N.H.: On Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., the Chesterfield Elementary School hosts its annual fun run/walk. The course consists of one mile, 5k, 10k and a fun fitness challenge, which includes sack races, tire runs, army crawls, pogo jumping, soccer kicks, jump roping and hula hooping. For more information, visit or find Chesterfield School Fun Run on Facebook.

Dig it

Bellows Falls: The Friends of the Rockingham Library hosts its annual Plant Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the library.

Passport fair

West Chesterfield, N.H.: On Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the West Chesterfield Post Office at 913 Gulf Rd. is hosting a passport fair, with light refreshments. Contact Geri Walton or Laurie Williams at 603-256-8854 or for information about required documentation.

Fishing derby

Saxtons River: The fish will be biting at the Saxtons River Rec Area Saturday when the annual fishing derby gets underway at 8:30 a.m. Free registration for children 4 to 14 begins at 8 a.m. The pond is located 1.3 miles north of the rec area on Pleasant Valley Road. Prizes for the event have been donated by J & H Sporting Goods, and trophies are being funded by private donations. Participation in the derby is free, but the rec area will be conducting a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale to benefit its activities. Volunteers to help with the derby or provide baked goods are needed. This annual spring event is the kickoff of a series of events to celebrate the Rec's 50th anniversary year. Further information is available by contacting Samantha Perry Fletcher at 802-869-1407 or e-mailing

Green Up

Townshend: This year, the Community Hope & Action group of Townshend invites all to come down to the Townshend Common on Saturday to help clean up the streets. Following cleanup will be a celebration, including a free barbecue and a performance by The Bondville Boys. Green Up bags must be used for cleanup and will be available at the town hall or Townshend Elementary prior to the event as well as the day of. For more informatmion, contact or call 802-365-4700 and ask for Kate.

Penny sale

Westminster: The Bellows Falls Rotary Club will be hosting its annual penny sale on Saturday at the Bellows Falls Union High School auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Bellows Falls Union High School Booster Club. The Penny Sale is the Rotary Club's major fundraiser with proceeds used for community projects and programs such Our Place Drop In Center, Parks Place and the Warming Shelter. Over 300 prizes have been generously donated by area businesses, including a kayak, a bicycle, and a Keurig Coffee Machine. A cash raffle tops off the evening's events with a chance to win $50, $150, $250 or even $500.

Green Up

Rockingham: Families and interested parties can pick up the familiar green bags Saturday to clean up neighborhoods, roads, parks and playgrounds. Bags are available at the J&H Hardware store, the Saxtons River Market and the Town Clerk's Office. Once an area is clean, the green bags can be left by the side of the road for town-wide pick-up on May 9 or dropped off at the Saxtons River Fire Department, Rockingham Highway Garage, or the Bellows Falls Garage. For more information, visit, email Guy Payne at or leave a message at 802-869-2600.

Spring festival

Townshend: The West River Community Project will be holding a spring festival behind the West Townshend Country Store on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be delicious food, old time and bluegrass music, a raffle, and activities for kids. There will be plants for sale, to help get your garden started, and a seed swap. At 3 p.m. there will be a Maypole dance. Instruction will be given and kids and adults are encouraged to participate.


Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Farmers' Market welcomes Andy Davis and his traditional Maypole celebration at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Route 9 in Brattleboro.

Spring into health

Townshend: Enjoy a morning of healthy fun while supporting Grace Cottage Hospital's Patient Care Fund on Saturday. 5K race starts and ends at the Townshend Common. Route is out-and-back on the flat and paved Grafton Road. Free T-shirts for first 100 registrants. $20 for 13 and older; 12 and younger free. Prizes, raffles, general merriment. Rain or shine. 8:30 sharp 5K race start time. 9:15 Fun Run for kids start time. For more information, visit or call 802-365-9109.

Trail hike

Williamsville: There will be a ravine trail hike at the Manitou Preserve on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Bring lunch if you wish. The Ravine Trail is steep in at least one place, so suitable footwear is recommended. Call 802-246-1152 if you plan to join or if you have any questions. Rain date, May 8, same time.

Bird walk:

Hinsdale, N.H.: On Saturday, meet in the former Walmart parking lot off Route 142 at 7:30 a.m. in advance of a bird walk along the Fort Hill Rail Trail, which is flat and accessible for walkers of all capabilities. This is the third of five walks this spring.


Brattleboro: The Friends of the Brooks Library invite the public to a free illustrated presentation about historical perspectives on Cuba and the USA, to be held on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on the Main Floor of the Brooks Library. Tim Weed, author, explorer, lecturer and Cuba observer, will be the feature speaker.

Mother's Day breakfast

Hinsdale, N.H.: The Hinsdale Lions will be hosting a Mother's Day Breakfast on Sunday at the Mill Stream Center on Main Street in Hinsdale. Serving time will be from 7 to 11 a.m. and cost is $6 for advanced tickets, $7 at the door, under 10 free. Menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes juice, toast and coffee. Profits benefit the Hinsdale Lions Charities. Tickets may be purchased from any Hinsdale Lions Club member, or at the Mill Stream Center or contact

Mother's Day Brunch

Guilford: On Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Broad Brook Grange is hosting a Mother's Day Brunch, featuring all-you-can-eat eggs and omelettes, pancakes, French toast, Guilford maple syrup, fruit salad and homemade baked goods. $12 adults; $10 seniors; $5 age 2-12 and under; free for under age 2. No reservations necessary. Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Ctr. Rd. For more information, call 802-257-1961.

Mother's Day brunch

Williamsville: The Williamsville Hall on Dover Road presents the 6th Annual Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Blueberry and plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, fruit and home baked goods, along with coffee, tea, milk or juice will be available. Adults, $8, children 10 and younger, $5. Proceeds go to the Williamsville Hall fund. Contact for questions.

Contra dance

Brattleboro: On Sunday, Brattleboro Dance will present contra dancing with caller Nils Fredland accompanied by the Boston-based band, Anadama, with Amelia Mason on fiddle, Emily Troll on accordion and Bethan Waickman on guitar. The dance will be held at 118 Elliot St., starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $8 college students with ID and $5 for youth, high school age and younger. For additional details, visit or call 802-258-1723.

A Vermont romance

Brattleboro: On Sunday starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, there will be a screening of "A Vermont Romance," made in 1916, the first feature film ever made in Vermont. This screening of the new digitally re-mastered version, accompanied by live piano, with an original score by veteran film composer/pianist Bob Merrill, will be followed by a panel discussion with Steve Bissette, film historian, and Paul Carnahan, Librarian at the Vermont Historical Society. Presented by the Vermont Movie Archive Project, a new initiative of the Vermont International Film Foundation, whose mission is to preserve and make accessible Vermont's film heritage, in partnership with ARTstravaganza and the Brattleboro Film Festival. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at or at the box office.


West Brattleboro: Free pancake breakfast, First Congregational Church, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave., 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Outing club

Brattleboro: On Mother's Day, the Brattleboro Outing Club will host a paddle and picnic in the Connecticut River Hinsdale, N.H., setbacks. Meet at 10 a.m. in the Walmart parking lot, Rte. 119. There will be a special surprise for paddling mothers. For more information, visit


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