Community Briefs


About 80 antiques dealers are expected to exhibit at Riley Rink this Sunday, Oct. 2, for Antiques in Vermont, the largest in the state's week of antique shows.

The show has become the standard for small antiques: There will be 18th Century frames and art from New York dealer John Gould. The Fitzwilliams will bring hundreds of pieces of porcelain from England made in the 1700s and 1800s. And Mary de Buhr of Downers Grove, Ill. will show early primitives, some as far back as colonial times.

The show opens at 8 a.m. Sunday for the early birds, or 10 a.m. for regular admission. The show is open until 4 p.m. for shopping with lots of free parking and good food service on site. For more information: 802-236-2342. Riley Rink is at 410 Hunter Park Road in Manchester Center just off Route 7A.

A Fall Festival and Flea Market will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 in West Pawlet.

It will be at the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department at 2806 Vermont Route 153 (Main Street). There will be a variety of flea market items from local as well as visiting vendors.

There will be a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. which will include hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages. Raffle tickets for the 50/50 drawing price are $1. They may be purchased at the event.

A limited number of vendor spaces in the flea market area are still available for rent, $10 per space. Call 802-645-0174 to reserve a space.

For more information, call 802-645-0244.

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about NASA's Apollo moon missions with Dr. John Delano of SUNY Albany on 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 at the Manchester Community Library. Between July 1969 and December 1972, the United States succeeded in landing 12 NASA astronauts on the moon. No other nation has even attempted to send humans to the moon.

Stories about the astronauts and an overview of the fascinating scientific results from an analysis of 800 pounds of samples gathered on the moon will be discussed. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit

Danby and Mt. Tabor will be celebrating their new veterans' memorial during a special dedication at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the intersection of South Main Street and Mt. Tabor Avenue in Danby, one block west of Route 7.

In the works for over two years, the memorial will recognize and honor over 700 townspeople who served in the U.S. armed forces during wartime – from the Revolutionary War to the most recent conflicts in the Middle East.

Some seating is available, and attendees may want to bring folding chairs. Streets leading to the memorial site will be closed during the dedication. Parking is available at Currier Memorial School (one block to the north) and on adjacent streets. Visitors needing handicap accessibility may enter on Depot Street off Route 7 for close-in parking.

A concert with the Stockwell Brothers Band and the Bondville Boys begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Jamaica's Historic Town Hall on Rte. 30.

Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit the Jamaica Community Arts Council.

This is the last in a series of concerts that have entertained both audiences and bands with the amazing acoustics resonating from the classically high ceilings. The Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles with acoustic sound features banjo and three-part harmonies. The Bondville Boys have been playing together since 1990 with their hard-edged bluegrass that has matured over the years.

Renowned local artist Kim Ray will come to the Manchester Community Library on Tuesday, Oct. 4, to facilitate a process art project for 4- and 5-year-olds

It begins immediately following Pre K Story Time which begins at 10:30 a.m. Process art is all about the experience children have while they're creating, using a variety of materials. It's an open-ended process that allows kids to make their own decisions and just create. Free program, open to the public. The Library is at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center.

Vendors are wanted for the South Londonderry Free Library Street Fair scheduled for from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. Proceeds for this one-day event benefit the library.

To participate, call 802-824-3537.

The Free Library is located at 15 Old School Street, off Thompsonburg Road.

The 58th annual Weston Antiques Show, dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the best small shows in New England," is on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1.

The show will be preceded by a Gala Preview, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 29, offering an advance opportunity to examine – and snap up – the cream of the crop and to enjoy a social evening with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

The show is in the Weston Playhouse, adjacent to Route 100, in the center of Weston Village.

The show will introduce three new dealers: Black Feathers Antiques (

The Weston Antiques Show is entirely managed and staffed by volunteers, and all proceeds from the show go the preservation and enhancement of the Weston Playhouse.

Admission to the show is $10 and to the Gala Preview $75. In 2016, all admissions to the Show will entitle patrons to be entered into a drawing for a framed photographic print of a Weston scene, which will be on display, by resident professional photographer Nobushi Fuji'i and will be offered a complimentary trial subscription to the Maine Antiques Digest.

The Rupert Kittay Library annual book sale is from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. This year there is a large quantity of like-new quality books. There are a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction,and children's books, as well as media selections. Again this year, there will be the $1 for a bag of paperback books of your choice.

Many thanks to all who have donated books. This is one of the fundraisers that help to continue the free programs at the Rupert Kittay Library. The book sale will be in the Rupert Firehouse on Rte. 153 in Rupert. For more information visit or call 802-394-2444.


The Dorset Library welcomes Adam Boyce from 5 - 6 p.m. on Friday Sept. 30.

Boyce will be discussing and reading selections from the book he compiled of his grandmother's writings: "Because I Loved the Daffodil: The Writings of a

Vermont Farm Wife, Mildred F. Boyce."

Mildred Farr Boyce (1884-1965) grew up in the Mad River Valley of central

Vermont, becoming a teacher and librarian, later marrying a Williamstown farmer, Earl Boyce. Her strong intellect and natural curiosity prompted her to write many poems, articles, and letters which appeared in several newspapers and magazines throughout New England, including The Vermonter, New England Homestead, Driftwind, Rural New-Yorker, The Barre Daily Times, and the Boston Herald.

The library has a copy of this book in circulation and copies will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments will be served at this free event. Please call the library for additional information, 802-867-5774.

Brush up on French conversation skills at Manchester Community Library. Burr & Burton Academy, Maple Street School, and MCL are teaming up to offer a six-week session from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 8, in the Cafe Commons.

These meetings are not lessons, rather opportunities to practice conversation skills. Beginners are always welcome but their participation may be limited to listening and absorbing until they are ready to join the conversation.

The groups are free and open to everyone.

Manchester Community Library is at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For more information, call 802-362-2607.

The Dorset Library would like to welcome back Becky Shott, clairvoyant and paranormal investigator, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. The presentation will begin with a brief overview of paranormal anomalies. We will then feature the findings of the ghost hunt conducted at the library in September. Shott has been featured on the

Halloween special of NBC's Today Show to discuss her opinion of famously haunted locations. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Call 802-867- 5774 for more information.

Harald Schmidtke, Weatherization Director from The Southeastern Community Action agency (SEVCA) will be at Neighborhood Connections from 2 - 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 to discuss the national Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Local non-profit agencies such as SEVCA deliver no-cost weatherization services to eligible residents. The goals of the program are energy conservation and healthier living conditions for low-income residents who either own or rent their homes.

Please call 824-4343 to register for this presentation which is offered at no cost or e-mail Neighborhood Connections is in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the Londonderry Post Office.

Contra Dance on Oct. 21

Come dance in Tinmouth with Shindy playing the music and calling by Luke Donforth. Shindy is Randy Miller on fiddle and Roger Kahle on guitar from 8 - 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Tinmouth Community Center.

The dance is in the Tinmouth Community Center on Rte. 140 in the center of town, Please bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. Refreshments will be available to benefit the dance fund. More info at


Retreat focuses on kindness

New Thought Vermont is sponsoring a retreat, "Great Love in Little Ways," regarding kindness on Oct. 14 and 15 with Gunilla Norris, a psychotherapist and author of several books on spirituality, poetry and books for children.

The group will explore how self-kindness and care is essential to a greater practice of kindness in families, workplaces and communities.

There is a public presentation on Friday, Oct. 14 at The Church on the Hill from 10 - 11:15 a.m. with time for coffee and conversation til noon. There is a suggested donation of $10.

The public is again invited for a poetry reading from 6:15-7 p.m. at the Village Green Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 15. Pot Luck snacks and beverages will be served, with the poetry reading from 7 - 8 p.m. A free will donation is welcome for this event.

The retreat takes place on Friday and Saturday at the Weston Playhouse. Retreat Session 1 is on Friday from 2 - 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, Retreat Session 2 is from 9:30 a.m. to noon with Session 3 from 1:30 - 4 p.m.

The cost for the retreat is $175 and must be received by Oct. 1. There is scholarship aid available. For more information, call 802-384-3845 or e-mail

A rummage sale runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Dorset Church.

This year, all outside merchandise such as baby accessories, ladies sweaters, sports gear, tools, garden equipment, small appliances, books and other treasures will go on sale outside at 8:30 a.m.

The bag sale will take place from noon to 1 p.m.

Donations of clean, serviceable fall and winter clothing, jewelry, purses, linens, kitchen and household items, houseplants and books will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Oct. 11 - 13 at the Dorset Church.

Please do not donate furniture, large appliances, TV's, stereo equipment, computer and computer related items.

The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30 in Dorset. For more information call 802-867-2260.

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes back professional photographer and educator Alex Vincent to lead a series of hands-on digital photography classes to help you capture images that beckon to you.

Classes will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24) at Burr & Burton Academy's Smith Center Media Studio. The class will cover camera control and compositional skills needed to make your images come alive and stand out as works of art. An introduction to Adobe Photoshop and other editing software programs will also be covered. There will be weekly assignments and discussions. Equipment required: any digital camera. Class size is limited. Course fee is $60. Register online at or call 802-867-0111.

Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester Center, invites the community to the annual Blessing of the Animals and Backpacks just before the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 2.

On the Sunday near St. Francis Day we continue the tradition of the Blessing of the Animals (including stuffed animals) and we add a blessing of backpacks as our children and young people return to school. Pets will be blessed outdoors (dogs on leashes, cats in carriers) and then may be taken back to cars, etc. and the Family Service will continue inside the church.

Zion Church is located at 5167 Main Street/Route 7A between Gringo Jacks and Ye Olde Tavern. For more information contact Zion at 802-362-1987, or or visit online at

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is pleased to announce a collaboration with some of the most acclaimed practitioners in the sporting art world for their annual Angling & Art benefit auction from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21. The event will be at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in the second floor Gardner L. Grant Library, and refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served during the auction.

There will be a full selection of different art media ranging from finished works and studies to oil and watercolor paintings.

This silent auction will include works by Arthur Shilstone, local favorites George Van Hook and Nick Mayer, and Brett James Smith's paintings will also be there. Additionally, the auction will feature oil paintings by Mike Stidham.

To place an absentee bid, please contact Becki Trudell at For more information about this event and to view the paintings that will be available at the auction, please visit our website angling- art-auction/.

Harned-Fowler VFW Post 6471 in Manchester Center is hosting an Identity Theft and Fraud Protection Seminar at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17. The seminar will be given by qualified AARP representatives. Anyone interested to learn more of how to protect your identity from theft is invited to attend.

The Northshire Seniors invite everyone to come to our potluck lunch and teacup auction at noon on Oct. 17 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Manchester.

Everyone over 55 is welcome.

The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening" at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Manchester Community Library. Peter Burke of the Daily Gardener will show us how to grow nutrient-dense, soil-sprouted greens in less than 10 days. He will show us in a few steps how to have a homegrown salad in the dead of winter. His starter kits will be available for sale. Email for further details and visit to learn more about GCM.

The South Londonderry Free Library is gearing up for its Annual Book and Sidewalk Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8.

We are requesting White Elephant items to be sold for the benefit of the library. Please contact Susie Wyman at 824-3537 or email if you have hidden treasure to donate. She will arrange for pick-up and/or delivery if need be. If you would like to donate any baked goods of your choice, please call the library at 824-3371 or drop it off at the Library on Oct. 7.

Vendors are invited. Each vendor will be asked for a donation of $35 for each space but will keep all other profits. We are also welcoming artists and crafters to demonstrate and sell their creations.

Come to the GNAT studio from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 6378 Route 7A, Suite 1, in Sunderland on Oct. 5 to create a one minute video announcement or public service announcement. You bring the message, and GNAT does the video production. It's a fun and free way to get information to the community. The program is open to individuals, nonprofits, town governments and community groups promoting non-commercial community wide events, activities and information.

The video will air on GNAT's five TV channels that reach 7,000 homes in the Northshire and Mountain Towns. They will also be available on GNAT's online Video Player for viewing and sharing on your social media and website. If anyone can't make it to the studio on October 5th, they can set up another time. For more information or to register visit:, or call 802-362-7070.

Burr and Burton Academy teacher Jon Wilson is looking for real entrepreneurs with real problems. Wilson has revamped his Economics and Entrepreneurship course to make it more authentic and experiential for students. He is looking for businesses who are willing to share a real problem they are having with Wilson's students. Students will immerse themselves in one business problem at a time. They will work in small groups and at the end of a two-week period they will present their recommendations and research to the entrepreneur and an audience.

Wilson has modeled this course using an Entrepreneurial Studies program developed by the Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Any entrepreneur or business owner that has a real problem and a few hours to spend with high school students, please contact Jon Wilson at or at 802-379-8472.

The Vermont Department of Labor together with BCIC, will sponsor a Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Bennington Firehouse on River Street in Bennington.

The event is free to all job seekers. More than 20 employers are scheduled to attend, including some of the largest employers in the area. Job seekers should dress in business attire and bring résumés to present to employers.

For more information or to request an exhibitor table, please call your local Vermont Department of Labor office at 802-442-6376.

Northshire Baptist Church is hosting Operation Christmas Child Craft nights from 6:30 - 8 p.m. every Tuesday evening thru Nov. 1 and ending with a packing party on Saturday, Nov. 5 (time to be determined). Come once or come for all the evenings. There is no fee and need to RSVP. To learn more about this ministry visit or call 802-688-5614. Anyone may make a donation for OCC through Northshire Baptist Church or pack a shoebox and bring it to the church during the National Collection Week which is Nov. 14-20. Please see the OCC website for details regarding what to pack.


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