Community Briefs


The Wilburton Inn's Hamilton Sing-Along, from 5 - 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, is free and open to the public at the Wilburton Inn on 257 Wilburton Drive in Manchester. Reservations are required.

The Hamilton Sing-Along is music directed by Jenny Giering, a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Award.

The featured artist at the Dorset Public Library in September will be Geoffrey Gilbert. The public is invited to meet Geoffrey at the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

After a 40 year career as a college professor of economics, Gilbert is now a full-time painter, with a studio in Geneva, N.Y. Through the years, he has made art in a variety of ways: sketching, designing and making hooked rugs, photography, and making cutout collages. His focus now is on acrylic painting, which he has been doing for about two years. This is his first solo show.

The library's hours are 11 a.m. -5 p.m. on weekdays, Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Call 802-867-5774 for more information.

The next Roast Pork Dinner is at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Pawlet Community Church.

For more information, please call 802-325-3428 or 802-325-3073. Take out orders can also be made on the day of the dinner by calling the church at 802-325-3022.

Menu includes: Roast Pork, Stuffing, Mashed potatoes with gravy, Hot vegetables, Cabbage Salad, Applesauce, Jello, Rolls/butter, Hot and cold beverages, Ginger Bread with Whip Cream.

Cost of dinner: Adults - $12, Age 12 - $6, 5 and under - free.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 10 the Thrifty Attic on Main Street in Londonderry will hold the semi-annual Bag Sale. New fall and winter merchandise will go out on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Store hours are 8 a.m. until noon.

Sunday, Sept. 11 begins the fund-raiser Pancake Breakfast season sponsored by the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department.

The breakfasts are at the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department at 2806 Vermont Route 153 (Main Street). They are open from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The West Pawlet firehouse is a handicap accessible site. All are welcome.

The breakfast menu includes pancakes of several varieties including regular, chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry and local maple syrup; as well as waffles, West Pawlet's world-famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. The menu's beverages include coffee, tea, milk and orange juice.

Breakfast prices are $10 for 12 years and up, $5 for 5-12 years and free to children under 5 years old.

As a charity fund-raiser event, breakfast profits are dedicated to the department's equipment and training needs. The department is a non-profit. New members are welcome.

The department pancake breakfast events are monthly events September through April. For more information: 802-345-4312 or email

At the Arlington Memorial High School & Middle School and Fisher Elementary School annual Faculty Staff Orientation meeting, Battenkill Valley Superintendent of Schools Judith Pullinen welcomed several new staff to the district including Speech and Language Pathologist Alison Achor, Occupational Therapist Mary Nalor and Plymouth State Psychology Intern Ashley Hess. Arlington Memorial new hires are Charles Black (science), Aaron Wood (math) and long-term sub Mario Lanzilotta (Chinese/English). First Grade Teacher Brendan Harris is the sole new hire at Fisher Elementary.

The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy (MRMA), established in 2001 under the wing of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF), offers lessons in violin, viola and cello to area children. The new semester starts on Sept. 12, and two new Suzuki method violin instructors Andrew Snow and Francois Secordel will join the long-time faculty Deanna Baasch (violin), Vesela French (violin and viola), Joana Genova (violin), Ariel Rudiakov (viola) and Jared Shapiro (cello). Most lessons are in Festival House, Manchester Village and students' ages range from 3 to 18. Home-schooled children are welcome. Some financial aid is available.

Visit for more information or call 802-362-1956.

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 East Dorset Congregational Church will be serving a ham and bean dinner on Saturday, Sept. 17. the m enu includes Wallingford Ham, home made baked beans, coleslaw, broccoli salad, and rolls. Dessert will be a choice of pumpkin or apple dump cake with whipped cream. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. until all are served. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for young people ages 5 - 12 and children under 5 are free. Dinner will be served in the chapel next to the church on Mad Tom Road in East Dorset.

Five craft beers and a five course dinner is offered at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Barrows House, 3156 Route 30 in Dorset.

The cost is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity, or $45 without alcoholic beverages.

The all inclusive prive including a Guest Room for the evening is $299

For reservations, which are required, call 802-867-4455.

Featured Brews include Black Cat Porter, Mungo Berry, Bamberg Helles, Conehead, and Green State Lager.

Susan Stewart, a former resident of Arlington, will present a trunk show of her quilts at the next meeting of the Quiet Valley Quilters at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

The Guild welcomes all who are interested in the art of quilting to the monthly meetings. Each month members and visitors look forward to "Show and Tell" when quilters display their current projects. The Guild meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside St. in Bennington.

For more information about the Quiet Valley Quilters and Bennington QuiltFest, visit

The Refuse to Use program provides substance use prevention education to students, schools, and families along with the offer of a healthy alternative to substance use.

In order to participate in the program, families must attend the mandatory Kick off on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Stratton Mountain Base Area Tent. Participants must also register online at before Oct. 14. The event starts at 11 a.m., doors open at 10:30 a.m. for sign-in. No late arrivals will be admitted. A parent/guardian/caring adult MUST attend with their student. The keynote speaker is Matt Bellace who has a positive, science-based and seriously entertaining approach to substance abuse prevention. BBQ and discounted gondola rides to the summit of Stratton will be available for purchase after the event.

For a small fee, participants can choose between a season pass to Stratton Mountain Resort, Riley Rink or Viking Nordic Center. Students who complete the program successfully receive a Dorset Theatre Festival season pass for the following summer.

Students are expected to attend five educational events: the kick off event, an intergenerational-community dialogue night, and three more events focusing on substance use prevention education. Students in grades 7 through 12 enrolled in participating schools are able to join the program. These schools are Arlington Middle & High School, Maple Street School, Manchester Elementary-Middle School, Burr & Burton Academy, The Dorset School, Long Trail School, Mountain School at Winhall, Flood Brook School, and Leland and Gray Union School.

For more information:, or 802-824-4200.

If you are healthy and old enough to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go online at to schedule an appointment. Every drop is precious. The next Blood Drive is Wednesday, Sept. 21 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Manchester, 3624 Main Street. West Pawlet

Bringing Nashville to West Pawlet, Courtney Shayne appears as Patsy Kline at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Mettawee Community School.

Tickets will go on sale Aug. 25 at the West Pawlet Firemen's Annual Auction. The price is $15 per person.

Light refreshments and a 50/50 raffle will be available.

This charity event is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the West Pawlet Fire Department.

For more information: 802-353-1089 or 802-645-0244.

Bennington County Habitat for Humanity's 2016 'All Women's Build Day' is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14. Come help build a house with homebuyer Samantha Stone on Jennifer Lane in Manchester, just off Route 11/30 going east past the Double Hex. The build day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. with snacks and lunch provided. If your time is limited, come build from 8:30 a.m. - noon or from noon - 2:30 p.m. Space is limited so advanced registration is requested. Mentoring and guidance will be available.

The three bedroom house is a single story with a hip roof. The trusses went up on Aug. 17. On going work will include putting on a roof, installing windows, putting on the siding, wiring and plumbing (contracted jobs) and insulating. A slide show of build progress can be viewed at - click Jennifer Lane on the left side menu. Please contact the Habitat Office for more information and to sign up: 802-367-1000 or email

The Pawlett Historical Society is raffling off another handcrafted wooden piece made by Vermont cabinetmaker Ray Finan of Arlington. The donated Craftsman Style Bedside Cupboard is made of curly maple, with the dimensions 28" high x 13 1/2" wide x 12 1/2" deep. It is valued at $2,400.

The PHS has raffle tickets on sale at the Pawlet Public Library and the Pawlet Town Hall. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The drawing will be Sunday, Sept. 18, during the PHS presentation at the Braintree School on VT-153 in West Pawlet. Winner need not be present to win.

For more information on the raffle, or the PHS itself, please contact Steve Williams at or 802-645-9529.

The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Food, Ornamental Gardening and Edible Landscaping" at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Manchester Community Library. Charlie Nardozzi, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, and radio and television personality, will speak about food, ornamental gardening and edible landscaping. This is a shared event with Green Mountain Gardeners. There will be a $5 fee for non-members. Email for further details and visit to learn more about GCM.

On Sept. 11 at Hildene, Jane and Ken Moriarty, who have been doing their own canning for years, will show participants how to make a simple tomato sauce in a "how-to-begin home pressure canning workshop."

Starting with how to prepare vegetables through to the finished Mason jar, participants will learn about supplies and techniques that make canning fun and easy. Beyond the two-hour basics class there will be a jar-cooling waiting period for any who wish to stay for a "do-it-yourself" guided round two.

All participants will go home with a jar of tomato sauce. The workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. is limited to 15 participants. $15 for Hildene members, $20 for non-members.

To register call 802-367-7960 or email

To help people age well, the Alzheimer's Association is offering the "Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research" program at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Manchester Community Library. This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, and social engagement.

The program is hosted by Manchester Community Library and is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center.

Register in advance by contacting the Alzheimer's Association at or 800-272-3900.

Join Retha Charette for "A Trail to Machu Picchu," at the Manchester Community Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 as part of the Summer Wednesdays Series. During the illustrated talk, Charette will describe the four-day journey she took from the glaciers and jungles of the Salkantay Trek to the city of Aguas Caliented and up to Machu Picchu – the hidden city of the Incas.

Summer Wednesdays is generously sponsored by Four Season Sotheby's International Realty.

The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For info, email or call 802-362-2607.

Green Mountain Tai chi announces two opportunities to learn the art of Tai chi. Beginning Wednesday Sept. 7, from 7 - 8 p.m. there will be an ongoing, all-levels class held at the Manchester Rec Park Building.

In this class, participants will learn the principles and concepts of Tai chi while learning the Yang style long form. On Thursdays, from 10 - 10:45 a.m. there is an ongoing simplified Tai chi for Seniors class held at Equinox Village in Manchester. Both classes are facilitated by Rich Marantz, RN, who has been a practitioner of the Chinese healing, martial and meditative arts for 27 years. He has taught in the Manchester area since 1998. For more information contact Rich at 802-645-1960 or

All members of the Manchester Historical Society are encouraged to attend this year's annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Manchester Community Library. Board members and officers will report on MHS 2016 achievements and events, programs, acquisitions and finances. Please visit or the MHS Facebook page for more information, or send an email to or call 802-549-4582.

The United Church of Dorset invites families for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.

The Church Choir will be back in service after their summer break. Following worship these is an all church potluck in the Vestry.

Childcare and nursery for infants through 3-year-old, church school for 4-year-old through 6th grade, middle school and high school youth group, confirmation and adult education opportunities are offered.

Workshops include music, technology, art, cooking, games, drama, puppets, science, mission, etc.

For more information: 802-867-2260.


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