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Cambridge, N.Y.

Music from Salem awarded Stewart's Holiday Match Grant

Music from Salem is proud to announce that they are the recipients of a 2017 grant from the Stewart's Holiday Match program to support programs for children and youth. This generous grant makes possible four free workshops that provide a lively introduction to classical music making and listening, featuring Music from Salem musicians. The 2017 workshops will be at the Historic Salem Courthouse at 1 p.m. on July 7 and July 21, and at the Greenwich Youth Center at 3 p.m. on July 28 and August 11. These workshops for young listeners, which have been offered since 2011, will be an important part of Music from Salem's season, which will also feature chamber music concerts throughout the summer.

Each year from Thanksgiving to Christmas, customers of Stewarts Shops donate to the support of programs that help children. Stewarts matches their gifts and then makes grants to organizations throughout the region. In 2017 the Stewart's Holiday Match program contributed more than $1.85 million to worthy causes supporting area youth. Music from Salem is tremendously appreciative of the generosity of Stewart's Shops and the great community they represent.


Archer Mayor to read at playhouse

Don't miss out on an opportunity to meet the popular mystery writer from Vermont, Archer Mayor. Mayor will appear at the Weston Playhouse to read from his latest book at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29.

The Phoenix Misty Valley Bookstore in Chester, Vermont will be on hand to sell copies of Mayor's books and Mayor will sign them. Mayor has authored 28 books including the Joe Gunther series. His next book is due out in September.

For more information please contact or call 802-824-4307

This event is free and open to the public. Donations to support future library programs will be gratefully accepted at the event.

Wilder Memorial Library wishes to thank the Thrifty Attic and the Weston Women's Club for generous grants which made this program possible.


Book discussion at library

Join us at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Winhall Library to discuss the 2017 Vermont Reads "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson and "Witness" by Karen Hesse. Copies of both books are available at the library. The Vermont Humanities Council has awarded the library 30 copies of "Brown Girl Dreaming" to share with the community. Stop by the library to get your complimentary copy. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call 802-297-9741 or email Please like us on Facebook to follow our events.


Electronic Recycling Day

The Dorset Teachers' Association and the Dorset Energy Committee are co-hosting an electronic recycling event from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 29 to raise money for the school's technology fund. This event is open to everyone and is not limited to Dorset residents. For more information visit their website at or e-mail Phyllis Tate at


Spring Rummage Sale is coming

The most fabulous shopping experience of the spring season will take place in Dorset when the Dorset Church holds its Spring Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Outside sales begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be no early-bird shopping. The bag sale will take place from 12-1 p.m.

Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 24 through Wednesday, April 26, and until noon on Thursday, April 27.

Donations of clean spring and summer clothing in good condition, jewelry, women's accessories, shoes, linens, kitchen and household items, toys, tools, sports gear, plants, garden equipment, small appliances and books will be accepted. Other items not listed are also accepted. Please bring only items in good condition and be sure that everything is in working order.

We may accept by approval some larger items. Please contact Sandi at at 802-362-1459 or Ellen at or 802-362-3610 to discuss the item or if you have any questions about donations.

The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30. Call 802-867-2260 with questions or for more information.


Kids of all ages: Let's talk about writing

How does being in a writer's group expand and sustain your work? Eileen Christelow, Karen Hesse, and Liza Ketchum, authors for young readers, have been in a critique group for more than thirty years. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Northshire Bookstore, they will discuss how their writing changed and developed as the group evolved, and will share their most recent books: "Robins! How They Grow Up!" (Christelow); "My Thumb" (Hesse); and "The Life Fantastic" (Ketchum). Join the discussion and bring the kids for a delightful presentation of their newest works of art!


Green Mountain Club hike

Meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at the Winhall Campground entrance to for a hike to Angel Falls and back on the West River Trail with the Green Mountain Club, Manchester Section/ Bring snack, fluids, an extra layer, and if any chance of rain a raincoat. Moderately easy hike. For details, distance, and directions to meeting place and to RSVP, contact hike leader Joe Ninesling at 802-289-2801 or


Favorite Poetry Reading

Bring in your favorite poem to share and read aloud at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at the Pawlet Public Library, School Street. This is a free event with refreshments provided.

Salem, N.Y.

Shanara Gabrielle sings at Fort Salem Theater

Washington D.C.-based actress Shanara Gabrielle will perform her cabaret act, "Tilting at Windmills," at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at Fort Salem Theater. Special $20 pricing includes the show and complimentary coffee. More information is available on the theater's website ( or by calling the box office at (518) 854-9200.


Untold Stories of the Battenkill

Stop in the Northshire Bookstore at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 and enjoy a Powerpoint presentation and talk with Elizabeth and Barton Cockey about Battenkill Conservancy's project, "Untold Stories of the Battenkill." The book is a full color, hard bound coffee table production that offers the reader a series of intimate recollections, historical information, and a wonderful selection of art inspired by the Battenkill River's beauty. The stories, vignettes, personal and oral histories, artwork and photographs highlight the river's history. The Battenkill watershed's environmental, recreational and cultural importance in New York and Vermont are all highlighted within the pages, making it a favorite for reading, gifting and increasing awareness of the Battenkill's beauty and why we should preserve it.


Learn composting at Hildene

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, those interested in composting have a golden opportunity to join in the conversation with one of the best. Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D., teacher of ecological agriculture, soil science and composting for nearly 3 decades, is leading a program, "Make Great Compost: Implementing Act 148: Vermont's Universal Recycling Law in Your Home, Yard, and Garden."

Check in is at the Welcome Center. The program is in the Beckwith Room.

$15 for Hildene members and $20 for non-members. Registration is strongly recommended. To register contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or

To learn more about programs at Hildene visit or find Hildene on Facebook.


Serving a Mountain Community in Morocco

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at at Equinox Village, French teacher Michelle Emery of Burr and Burton Academy will present a free illustrated talk on her service trips to Morocco with BBA students. While there, they not only rode camels in the Sahara and explored the souks, but spent several days working with the educational tutoring program, Atlas Cultural Foundation, in the High Atlas mountains. Come learn about the wonderful people of Morocco!

The Armchair Travel Series is sponsored by Equinox Village and presented by Manchester Community Library, and is free and open to the public. A reception follows each talk. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple St. For more info, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.


Apple Hill Quartet to Perform

The prestigious Apple Hill String Quartet will perform a classical concert featuring works by Franz Josef Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn at 4 p.m. on Sunday. April 30 at Weston's Old Parish Church as the latest installment of OPC's "Hearts and Voices" performance series.

Since its inception in 2007, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of the traditional classical repertoire as well as for world premieres and commissioned pieces.

The Hearts & Voices Performance Series was established in 2009 in memory of G. Frederick (Fritz) Zeller, a longtime educator, community leader and a pillar of Old Parish Church. Revenues from the performances are donated to benefit deserving area non-profit organizations. For this concert, patrons are asked to donate $10 each which will benefit Just Neighbors, a volunteer organization that provides services to Mountain Town families in crisis, and Apple Hill's Playing for Peace program.

Old Parish Church is located on Route 100, on the left as you enter Weston from the south. Anyone with questions can check For more information about Just Neighbors, go to For information about Playing for Peace, see


Explore food to  table at MCL

Manchester Community Library and Vermont PBS are pleased to announce a free two-part film screening and interactive discussion of The Local Motive, an exploration of Vermont's Farm to Plate food system, the most comprehensive local food system plan in the country.

Each 30-minute episode delves into one of six major aspects of the local food system. Episodes 1-3 will be screened and discussed at 6 p.m. on May 1, exploring production, processing, distribution.

Beth Vickers, Farm to School Coordinator and Procurement Specialist at Northshire Grows will lead the discussion.

Episodes on farm to institution consumption, consumer consumption, and waste will be screened and discussed at 6 p.m. on May 15.

Discussion leaders will be McKenna Hayes, Farm Fresh Connect Manager at Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), and Mary Bilecki, Americorps Vista, Glean Team at RAFFL.

The free film screening and discussion in Manchester is presented in collaboration with Northshire Grows, NOFA-VT, and Someday Farm. The Local Motive film project is a collaboration between The Skinny Pancake, Vermont PBS and Jaime Williams of Von Dier Video Productions.

The Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Farm fresh refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.


Skywarn training

As part of its Weather Ready Nation initiative, the National Weather Service will be conducting a free Skywarn Training session from 7-9 p.m. on May 2 at the Emergency Operations Center in Manchester. Any assistance you can provide to "spread the word" and make this session a success would be much appreciated. Additional information and to sign up are available on our homepage


Artist Daniel Greenberg at the Marble House Project

A presentation by Visual Artist Daniel Greenberg and conversation with Curator Janna Dyk will be held 6-7 p.m. on May 2 at the Event Barn at Marble House Project

Greenberg and Dyk will discuss the role of personal history in artmaking and address how autobiographical content gets abstracted to engulf more universal values for sociopolitical gain. Greenberg will be presenting past work that relate to these concerns and discuss the drawings he will make while in residency.


Wine over Marble at Marble West Inn

Wine over Marble will be from 6-9 p.m. on May 2. It's a night of delicious food and conversation that immediately follows the artist presentations at Marble House Project at Marble West Inn, 1847 Marble West Road. The artists will be there to talk and hang out over wine and small plates. Small plates run $7-10 and are created with locally sourced ingredients.


America's Memory of the Civil War

Yale professor and renowned Civil War historian David Blight will discuss America's collective memory of the Civil War, and the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, in a talk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at the First Congregational Church. His talk, "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.

The National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the statewide underwriters of First Wednesdays. "Race and Reunion" is underwritten by Keelan Family Foundation. Manchester Community Library is underwritten by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Caf , and Vermont Renewable Fuels.

All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. The First Congregational Church of Manchester is located at 3624 Main St. (Rt. 7A). For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or, or visit


Red Cross Blood Drive

The next Red Cross Blood Drive is noon to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, at the First Congregational Church. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS for an appointment or online at The need is great. Please help save lives.


Post 69 monthly meeting

The Post 69 monthly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at Post 69 Arlington.

The eBoard meeting immediately follows. Please attend monthly meetings and support Post 69.

Call 802-375-6157 for more information or to become a member.


Do you have a Screenager?

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, there will be a screening and facilitated discussion of "Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age" at the Manchester Community Library.

Screenagers explores the struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Come a bit early at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy a slice of pizza, provided by Sam's Wood Fired Pizza, Co. This free community informational event is presented by The Collaborative and is geared toward middle and high schoolers, parents, educators, and community members. Supervision will be provided for younger children in the Kids Barn. For more information please contact Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.


Neighborhood Connections screening documentary

"The Economics of Happiness," an award-winning documentary film, spells out the social, spiritual and ecological costs of today's global economy and makes a strong case for localization. Doreen Fabiano and Carlene Lindgren, local activists for the environment and other issues facing our world today will host the screening of this 68 minute film at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections. A Q&A will follow.

The documentary was produced by Local Futures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.

Space is limited, so call to register at (802) 824-4343. The Meeting Place is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

Neighborhood Connections is a community-based non-profit social services agency serving individuals and families in nine area mountain towns. Check out our website at


Green Up Day at Riverwalk

Come celebrate the 47th Annual Vermont Green Up Day from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6, with your friends and neighbors at the Manchester Riverwalk. We will meet at the Friends of the Sun parking lot at 159 Depot Street to clean up along the banks of the Battenkill River and the surrounding area. Please bring a set of work gloves, sunscreen and bug repellent. We will provide drinks, snacks and trash bags. This is a wonderful way to participate in a unique Vermont tradition while getting out to enjoy the beauty of our local river. The Manchester Riverwalk is a non-profit organization which grew out of the Manchester 2020 visioning exercises held four years ago. Our mission is to build, beautify and maintain public pathways along the river and enhance public access to this remarkable resource.


Post 69 helping Arlington Green Up Day

Saturday, May 6, 2017 9 a.m. - Noon

Meet at the Arlington Recreation Park from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6, and help to clean up the roads in your Town. Routes and bags will be available at the Rec Park. Games and prizes for children — judging will be based on the following: smallest, prettiest, funniest. You do not have to be from Arlington to help out. Have to get some Community Service hours done — this will help. Free lunch (will be provided for by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69) for those who participate — fill up those bags of trash.

For further information, please contact Donna Squires at 802-375-6680.

Mt. Tabor

Old cemetery walk

Meet at the Mt. Tabor - Danby Historical Society at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 for a short talk on Mt. Tabor cemeteries, followed by a car pool up Forest Road 10 and walks to the hard-to-find Greeley and Burton Cemeteries. If time permits, we will also walk to a unnamed supposedly Revolutionary War graveyard west of US 7 in South End. Walks are about 0.6, 0.8 and 0.5 miles round trip respectively. Wear sturdy shoes and bring tick repellant. You may want to bring a snack and water, too. For details, call Herb Ogden at 293-2510,


Blues benefit for Dorset Players

The Dorset Players are delighted to welcome local celeb, Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen to the Dorset Playhouse at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 6 for an evening of "Rockin' Blues." Bob and his guys have graciously agreed to present a benefit concert to help raise money for some much needed structural repairs to our Playhouse. Bob will be releasing his new and perhaps his final CD, "Ain't Dead Yet," and has promised to have the hottest Blues you'll ever hear joining him for this special benefit concert.

The Playhouse is in need of major structural work and without an endowment we are lacking the funds for the repairs and updates needed. We are asking for your help.

Please join us for a night of Rockin' Blues and a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception after the concert. Please support your community Playhouse and help us raise $20,000 toward the next 90 years. Your $30 ticket can be purchased online or by calling (802) 867-5570.


Earth Mass at FCC

The First Congregational Church in Manchester will be ringing with the sounds of whales, wolves, seals and loons! These creatures will be joined by the equally exciting voices of the FCC Chancel Choir and members of the Northshire Voices who will perform Paul Winter's uplifting Earth Mass, or Missa Gaia, under the direction of Linda Hueckel, at 4 pm on Saturday May 6, in honor of Earth Day and Green Up Day.

Conceived by the Paul Winter Consort, Earth Mass is a celebration of the Earth in the form of a Mass and incorporates elements of contemporary folk and jazz idioms. It is simultaneously ecumenical and ecological, and universally appealing to all ages. In addition, the concert program includes works by James Taylor, Carly Simon and Frank Ticheli.

Tickets are $15 for adults, 18 and under free, and are available in advance at the FCC office (802-362-2709) or at the door.


The best little arts and crafts show in Vermont

Over 40 juried crafters and artists will be gathered for a spectacular show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at Jamaica Town Hall, on Rt. 30. Food service and children's art activities also. Admission is free. Indoor and outdoor displays, rain or shine.

Salem, N.Y.

Benita Zahn appearing at Fort Salem

WNYT-TV news anchor Benita Zahn returns to Fort Salem Theater at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, in a cabaret entitled "BZ and the Girls: Women Who Sing."

Zahn will appear withy singers Keri Alonzo, Sue Caputo, and Lynne Kerr, with musical arrangements and accompaniment are provided by the Fort's artistic director, Jay Kerr.

Seating for "Women Who Sing" is limited, so reservations are required. A $20 ticket includes complimentary coffee, and dessert is available for purchase. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit the theater's website ( or phone the box office at (518) 854-9200.


Pleasure biking around the Northshire

The local cycling season is underway and the Manchester 2020 Bike Task Force will kick off the season with a special program, "Pleasure Biking Around the Northshire," at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 8, at the Manchester Community Library.

The free presentation will include recommended "best rides," the upcoming special events calendar, bike/car share-the-road-safely tips, and anecdotes on cycling adventures in the region. Audience participation is encouraged, from relating personal cycling stories to a Q&A session that will guide the Task Force in planning their activities to meet local needs in the year ahead.

The evening will include several brief presentations by Task Force members, including:

* Maurie Hill: "Pleasure Biking in the Northshire: Favorite ride, bike commuting and helpful tips on having the most fun on local roads."

* Dave Quesnel, will share his tales on "Biking Is A Way of Life," from local errand vehicle to exploring all 251 Vermont towns from a bike saddle.

* Amy Verner, former owner, Battenkill Sports Bike Shop, Manchester, will discuss "Rules of the Road," safe cycling tips. Amy is a certified American League Cycling instructor who has taught numerous safe cycling classes. The presentation includes do's and don'ts for both cyclists and motorists when sharing the road.

The Manchester 2020 Bike Task Force has recently expanded its promotional efforts by establishing the non-profit BikeManchesterVT entity to oversee its involvement in improving and promoting the cycling experience in the region. It is revamping its website this spring.

The event is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.


Learn about Bulgarian folk music

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on Bulgarian folk music with violinist Joana Genova. The talk will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.on Tuesday, May 9, at the Manchester Community Library. Known for its unique asymmetrical rhythms, Bulgarian folk music has its roots in aural traditions that predate musical notation in Bulgaria. Heavily influenced by neighboring Greek, Romanian and Macedonian rhythms, Bulgaria's folk heritage is rich and varied. This talk will explore the history of folk music in Bulgaria and we will listen to recordings as well as some examples played on the violin. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit


Dance Performance at The Event Barn

A dance performance with Amanda Szeglowski and a reading by Emma Heaney will take place at 6-7 p.m. on May 9 at the Event Barn at Marble House Project.

Szeglowski will share a snippet of her upcoming performance "Stairway to Stardom," which is a satirical dance theatre piece about the concept of fame and how its mythological presence in American life shapes the mental well-being of performers. Immediately following, Heaney will read from her upcoming novel "The CommonPlace Book," which tells the story of how two old-friends manage the financial insecurity and cultural changes in a post-recession Midwestern Town.


Solar energy storage topic of talk

The Londonderry Energy Committee is pleased to announce that Grassroots Solar owner Bill Laberge will be speaking about solar energy plus storage at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, in the Twitchell Building, the town office building. Laberge will discuss the benefits and intricacies of battery storage systems made for residential and commercial applications by Tesla and Sonnen and others. In addition, he will talk about ways to maximize savings by avoiding time of use rates and demand charges, fully taking advantage of Rate 11 peak and off-peak rates. All are welcome to join us for this timely presentation.

For more information please contact Will Reed at (802) 376-4455 or


Mother's Day Breakfast at Post 69

Post 69 will host a Mother's Day breakfast. Seniors 65 and over are free; all others are $6.00 each, donations are greatly appreciated. Come out and enjoy breakfast with us and catch up with your friends. There will be a "Kids Table" set up for children to make Mother's Day cards. Call 802-375-6157 for more information: Please "like" us on FaceBook: American Legion Post 69 Arlington, Vermont


Contra Dance with the Shrewdberries

Dance to the splendid tunes of the Shrewdberries from Shrewsbury with Lausann Allen calling. This is a young, hot local band, and we are excited to have them play in Tinmouth from 8-11 p.m. on May 19 at the Tinmouth Community Center. All dances are taught, and you do not need a partner. If you are a beginner, come right at 8:00 for a beginner's lesson to learn the moves. There will be live music, enthusiastic swinging and dancing, and a fun night for all.

The dance takes place in the Tinmouth Community Center on the third Friday. The Community Center is on Rte. 140, five miles west of Wallingford. Please bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10-$12, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. Refreshments will be available to benefit the dance fund. More info at Like us on Facebook at Tinmouth Contra Dance. Our email is


Master Gardener series returns

Spring has finally sprung and The Windham County Extension Master Gardeners are back at The Meeting Place @Neighborhood Connections with an interesting line-up of gardening topics.

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, Cheryl Wilfong, one of the most popular Master Gardener lecturers, will talk about Woodland Gardens. Cheryl has beautiful woodland gardens at her home in Dummerston.

Somara Zwick, an active Windham County Extension Master Gardener will be here at 2 p.m. on May 23 to discuss garden tools and how to care for them throughout the season. She encourages you to bring along your favorite garden tool.

Bob Little Tree Butler returns at 10 a.m. on May 30 to talk about the benefits of landscaping with Native Plants. Native plants, once established, seldom need watering, mulching or protection from frost. Come learn about native plants for this region.          

There is no charge to attend, but space is limited, so please call 824-4343 to register. You can attend specific sessions or all of them. Just let us know which ones you are interested in attending when you call. The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the Londonderry Post Office.

Neighborhood Connections is a community-based non-profit social services agency serving individuals and families in the area mountain towns of south-central Vermont. Check out our website at


Garden Club of Manchester plant sale

Don't miss the Garden Club of Manchester All Things Gardening-Annual Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 20, rain or shine, at Northshire Day School, 5484 Main Street, Route 7A. Hardy perennials from members' gardens, plus some surprises, will be for sale at very reasonable prices, half price at noon. Special thanks to Northshire Day School for its help and support.

Plant Sale proceeds fund GCM's many civic beautification projects such as garden beds at Factory Point Town Green; flower boxes and planters in Manchester and Dorset; hanging baskets at the Rec Center Park House; floral arrangements at Southern Vermont Arts Center and the Manchester Community Library; and holiday wreaths donated to the Town Offices, the Library, and area churches. For further information, contact Sally Brown at 362-3834 or Mary Schwartz at 362-7235 or


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