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Comfort Inn to host fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club

BRATTLEBORO >> On Aug. 24, National Waffle Day, Comfort Inn and Suites at 1186 Putney Road is hosting "make you own waffles" from noon to 6 p.m.

The fundraiser is officially for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, but there will be a donation jar set up, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro, said Amy Manning, hotel manager. Participants will be able to make their own waffles for free and will be encouraged to make donations to the local club. To contribute to the national organization, participants are asked to share photos and comments on social media using #ComfortSaysThanks.

"The Comfort brand will also be donating 100,000 waffles to chapters across the country of the Boys and Girls Club of America," added Laurie Pike, director of sales and marketing for MPH Hotels, the parent company of the Comfort Suites Sarasota. "We are proud to give back as the brand extends a special thank you to our communities and pays it forward. We'll be sharing photos of the activities using the #ComfortSaysThanks hashtag."

At the local Comfort Inn, in addition to free waffles, the hotel's pool and fitness center will be open for free, said Manning. "Bring your towel and your appetite," she said.

National Waffle Day in the United States dates back to 1869 with the invention of the waffle iron.

Manning said kids from the local club have been invited up to make their own waffles and make use of the hotel's pool and fitness center.

Tiny House Festival needs volunteers

BRATTLEBORO >> Helpers are needed at Brattleboro's very own, first ever Tiny House Fest Vermont, on Sept. 4. Many jobs and different shifts available, including pre-event tasks. Volunteers gain admission to the festival and some other fun perks.

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.

For more information about volunteering or to sign up, contact Jennifer Jacobs, volunteer coordinator, at For more information about the festival or to buy a festival pass, visit

Call to artists

SAXTONS RIVER >> The Saxtons River Art Guild is looking for fine artists, artisans and photographers to participate in the annual Fall Arts Festival.

This year's event will take place Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct 8. and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the historic Walpole, N.H., Town Hall in Walpole. Cost of an 8-by-10 space will be $25 for both days. Artists must provide their own displays and stands. To sign up or get more information, contact Donna at 603-835-2387 or The Saxtons River Art Guild is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage the advancement of the fine arts with membership throughout the southern Connecticut River Valley.


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