Local Artists' Expo: The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society will exhibit the works of local artists from Aug. 5 to Sept. 2 at the Custer Sharp House, 2461 Middletown Rd. Exhibit hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Artists who would like to exhibit may contact Garrison Buxton at 917-602-2153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All artwork must be ready to sell and be labeled with artist name, price, and phone number on the back. Visit the LAHS website for more information on other events and programming: www.LAHSVT.org.
Summer Artist Member Show: From Saturday, July 15 through Sept. 10, the Summer Artist Member Show begins its run at SVAC in the Yester House Galleries. The exhibition features work in all styles and mediums and is the largest group show in the area filling nine galleries. All the work is for sale and admission is free. Showing in Gallery I during the Member Show will be an exhibit of pastels and oils done by a group of artists who traveled to Tuscany this spring with SVAC instructor Robert Carsten. These works were painted during, or inspired by, the trip.
Theater Perfromance: Living Room Theater is pleased to announce nine more chances to see Annie Baker's "Circle Mirror Transformation." The play's seemingly simple circumstances grow increasingly complex as the five participants in the community drama class (set in Vermont) undergo seismic changes over the six week class. The performances are on Thursdays, Aug. 10 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Aug. 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Aug. 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and two matinees, Sunday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. Reservations are helpful so call: 802-442-5322 or email us email@example.com. Tickets: Pay-what-you-will (suggested donation $30) The performances are at Historic Park-McCullough, One Park St.
Tea with the Arts: The Bennington Garden Club will be holding its annual "Tea with the Arts" fundraiser on Friday, at the Bennington Center for the Arts from 2 to 4 p.m. to support the BGC Education Fund. The public is welcome. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane. Tickets can be purchased ahead by calling 802-375-6097; at Bennington Potters, 324 County Road, Bennington; or at the door. The cost for the tea and self-guided gallery tour is $25.
Author Presentation: Kathleen Seville will present her book "Rowing for Your Life" at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, at 7 p.m. Kathleen Saville holds two Guinness world records, as the first woman to row across the North Atlantic and across two oceans.
Artist reception and exhibit: The featured artist at the Dorset Library in August is Mary Schwartz. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. A portion of any sales will benefit the Library. For information call 802-867-5774.
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Hoosic River Ride: The Hoosic River Watershed Association is staging the 13th Annual Hoosic River Ride, a recreational bike ride on the backroads of Renssalaer County in New York and Bennington County in Vermont. This is HooRWA's premier fundraising event that showcases parts of the Hoosic River watershed. Bicycle mechanics, aid stations and picnic provided. Meet at the Hoosac School (near the intersection of County Route 103 and NY Route 7) at/near 8 a.m. Saturday. Riders can register the day of the ride or go to BikeReg.com/northeast events or hoorwa.org for information. For riders new or unfamiliar with the area, there is a 30 mile practice ride on Saturday, Aug. 5 beginning at 10 a.m. from the Hoosac School, led by Board member Tom Hyde.
Veterans' Cookout: On Saturday at 12 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars and their families are invited to a cookout at the VFW at 280 Depot Rd.
Mosher Tribute: A Howard Frank Mosher Tribute by filmmaker Jay Craven with a screening of "Where the Rivers Flow North" will happen on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore. Award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven will present a special tribute to Vermont writer, Howard Frank Mosher, who passed away unexpectedly in late January. This will be a ticketed event with 100% of the proceeds to preserve and digitize the Mosher films and prepare study materials for schools and communities.
An Evening of Dance: On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., ballet returns to the stage of the Arkell Pavilion with An Evening of Dance with members of the American Ballet Theatre and Friends. The performance is produced by soloist and international guest artist Anna Liceica and will bring some of the finest dancers and new choreography to SVAC.Tickets can be purchased online at svac.org and by calling 802-362-1405. Online ticket sales will close on Friday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. On the day of the performance tickets can be purchased at the box office starting at 5:30 p.m.
Winhall Memorial Library's Annual Friendraiser: Join in for The Winhall Memorial Library's Annual Friendraiser and Summer Picnic, Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be a book sale of new and gently used titles; live music by The Merry Pranksters; hotdogs, ice cream, 50/50 Raffle, and face painting. The Winhall Memorial Library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Rd. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-297-9741 or winhallmemoriallibrary.org.
Squadron 69 Sons of the American Legion Meeting: The Squadron 69 Sons of the American Legion will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, at Post 69. Facebook: Sons of the American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
Blood Drive: On Monday, from 12 to 5 p.m. there will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive co-hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 and Battenkill Valley Health Center at Post 69. Facebook: American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
Arlington Garden Club: The Tuesday, meeting of the club will be held at the American Legion Hall on East Arlington Rd. at 12:30 p.m.. Business meeting will be held at 1 p.m. followed by the program which will be a "Show and Tell." The members will bring a favorite plant, shrub or Garden Story to share with the others. Hostesses for the day are Irene Novotny, Barbara Brophy and Jean Freebern. Those interested in a membership may call Marilyn Frandfors 802-375-9275.
Memoir Writing Workshop: The Dorset Library and the United Church of Dorset are co-hosting a memoir writing workshop on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. lead by acclaimed local writer, Ellen Perry Berkeley. The workshop will be held at the United Church of Dorset. There are a limited number of seats available so registration is required along with a $10 fee. Pack a bagged lunch, the library will provide coffee and desserts. Registration and payment can be made at the Dorset Library. Call the Library for more information 802-867-5774.
Film Screening: There will be a film screen with Kimi Takesue on Tuesday, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free, open to the community. For more information visit marblehouseproject.org.
"Cook by the Book": The Cookbook Discussion Group at the Manchester Community Library will be discussing drying herbs from the garden, making infused oils, and zucchini recipes on Tuesday, from 2 to 3 p.m. There will also be a short discussion about chardonnay. The group is led by Lily Van Haverbeke. Free. Drop-ins welcome. The Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.
Bingo: There will be a bingo night to benefit the Arlington Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary on Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Arlington Fire Station, Old Mill Rd.
1950s Manchester in Film: Karan Sheldon, co-founder of Northeast Historic Film, will share historic video of Manchester on Wednesday, at 6 p.m. in the event barn at the Inn at Manchester. Sheldon will show selections from 37 reels of film taken by Anna B. Harris in Manchester between 1949 and 1958. The films provide a unique view of Northshire life from intimate moments at home to Big Bromley and Snow Valley ski areas as well as meeting passengers at the Manchester Depot train station. Anna spent 40 years in Manchesteras a resident, renting from local tailor Fred Nicklewhite and working for D.C. "Ducky" Corkran, owner of the Orvis Company. Her good friends Nate and Harriet Boone will participate in the discussion following the showing. Free and open to the public. The Inn at Manchester has graciously donated the space for this event. For more information, email at email@example.com or call 802-549-4582.
Bicycling in Vermont lecture: The Pawlett Historical Society is pleased to present its August program, "Of Wheelmen, the New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920", to be presented by Luis Vivanco, a professor of anthropology at University of Vermont. The PHS event will be held on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. at the Chriss Monroe Chapel, Cemetery Hill Rd., (Cemetery Hill Road is adjacent to the Pawlet Post Office on Route 30).
This PHS event is a Vermont Humanities Council presentation, free and open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities. Refreshments will be provided. Visitors are asked to park outside the cemetery fence and to walk the fifty yards to the chapel. For more information, call Steve Williams at 802-645-9529.
Sketching class: Come to the South Londonderry Free Library on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. to learn sketching techniques with artist Paul Myers. No previous art experience necessary. This fun class will provide a collaborative endeavor to share perspectives of our different experiences through basic drawing. If there is enough interest, classes will continue the second Wednesday evening of the month through November. Come and explore your hidden artistic talents. All are welcome.
Invasive plant walk: The One World Conservation Center will be hosting a two-part workshop on Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. for interested residents and landowners on the topic of invasive plant identification and treatment. The indoor portion will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a walk at 6:45 p.m. at the OWCC Greenberg Reserve. You may join all or part of the workshop. For more information on invasive plant identification, visit VTInvasives.org. Public service program, donations appreciated. Registration required: oneworldconservationcenter.org or 802-447-7419.
Seniors Town Meeting: Sen. Bernie Sanders' office and a coalition of Vermont senior groups will hold a town meeting on senior issues on Thursday, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. A free lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. At noon, representatives from Sanders' office, AARP-Vermont, Bennington Senior Center, Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, and the Vermont Alliance for Retired Americans will give short updates on issues impacting seniors, followed by an open discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Call 1-800-339-9834 to RSVP.
Researching House History: At 12 p.m., on Thursday, at the next Dorset Historical Society Third-Thursday Lunchtime-Lecture, Judy Harwood and Michele Pagan will instruct in how to uncover the full backstory of participants' homes. Harwood has extensively explored Dorset history; Pagan has worked at a number of museums around the country. They know all about the documentation and will guide participants through the process. Attendees are invited to bring a sandwich; beverages and desserts are provided. The events are free and take place at DHS's Bley House Museum, located on Route 30 at Kent Hill Rd. For more information, visit: dorsetvthistory.org or call 802-867-0331.
Super Secret Soft Art Project: New and experienced knitters, crocheters, and fiber artists needed to work on the Manchester Community Library's super secret soft art community project. Interested? Stop in at the Library to register by Aug. 17. The library will also be offering a Beginners Knitting Workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and a Beginners Crochet Workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2 to 4 p.m. Participants can knit, crochet or combine the two. There are basic patterns available, or pick a pattern/technique to donate to the cause. People are welcome to use their own yarns and needles (size 10 and up). However, free supplies of yarn and needles will be available on a first come, first served basis on Yarn Pickup Day which will be held in the Library on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. People who have not already registered can do so on that day. For more information or to donate yarn or needles, contact Janet by phone at 802-549-4580 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte. 7A.
Canning and Preserving: Join Angela from Someday Farm at the Dorset Library on Friday, Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m. and find out what to do with a garden bounty. Angela will present tips and techniques for beginning canners. The focus will be on water bath canning of acidic vegetables such as tomatoes and pickles and jams. Bring a favorite canning recipe to share and browse the display of relevant books. Light refreshments will be served. Call the library for more information at 802-867-5774.
Seconds Sale: Valley Artisans continues the tradition with a sale of not only pottery but work by members in a variety of mediums on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 20. Now titled the Pottery Seconds, Overstock and Experimental Work Sale, customers will find outstanding bargains in glass, painting, prints, cards, fabric, wood craft and much more. Valley Artisans Market's "Small Gallery", 25 East Main Street (Route 372).
Bromley Hike: Join the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section on either Saturday, Aug. 19 or Sunday, Aug. 20 (or both) for this hike up Bromley Mountain. Join the trip leader for a wooded trail hike up the Long Trail from Routes 11/30 in Manchester to the summit Bromley Mountain. At the summit, enjoy the view of surrounding mountain ranges of Vermont , N.Y. and Mass. before walking down to mid-mountain for a free Alpine Slide ride to the bottom at Bromley Mountain's Adventure park and parking lot. The hike on both days will be from 12 to 3 p.m. at 3984 Vt-Route 11, meet at Bromley Mountain Resort parking lot, look for a car with a unicorn on the roof. Cost: Free! Katie Brooks at 516-978-4016.
Theater arts meeting: Burr and Burton Academy extracurricular theater, dance and film meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Riley Center, there will be an information meeting regarding the extracurricular offerings in dance, film and theater for the 2017-2018 season. If you are interested in The Fall Play (Harvey), The Choreography Workshop, Ballet/Pointe/Variation Classes, The Fall Film, The Elf Express, The Theater and Dance New Works Project, The Spring Musical (RENT), Playwriting and Screenwriting, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Set Design, Set Building, Crew or Stage Management, please attend this meeting. There are so many opportunities for everyone. For more information, email: email@example.com.
Movement Therapy: On Monday, Aug. 21 from 2:30 to 4 p.m, William Freeman, Ph.D. and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist will present Movement Therapy at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections. This presentation is offered at no charge, but registration is necessary, so call 802-824-4343 to attend. The Meeting Place is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the Post Office.
Medical ethics talk: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Professor Joe Markowski of Castleton University to talk about medical ethics. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Professor Markowski will discuss the ethical distinction between killing versus letting die in the context of a whole range of issues in health care, including beginning-of-life issues, treatment and end- of-life choices. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.
Learn to Knit: Want to learn to knit? Come to the Manchester Community Library's Free Beginners Knitting Workshop for all ages on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. You can bring your own supplies or use yarn and needles on hand at the Library. Be part of the Library's exciting, collaborative community Super Secret Soft Art Project by learning to knit a 12"x12" square that will be incorporated into the final design. Feeling stressed? Knitting is the new yoga, and here's your chance to learn how. The Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte. 7A.
Hunters Ed: The Manchester Rod and Gun Club's traditional hunter education class will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 and from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on on Sunday, Aug. 27. Pre-registration is required at VTHunterEd.com and the traditional course is limited to 30 students. Note: When you register you will receive work/study manuals by mail. Any questions, please call 802-774-8568.
Journalism in the Digital Age: Green Mountain Academy welcomes David Guistina, Producer and Morning News Anchor of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, to talk about journalism in the digital age. The talk will take place on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. This presentation will look at the nature and complexity of mass communication in the internet age, and how people must make a more proactive effort to find quality information to make decisions as informed citizens. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.
Post 69 Annual Clambake with Champagne Jam: Post 69 will be hosting their Annual Clambake with Champagne Jam starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. $35 per person, 21+ , includes hot dogs, burgers, sausage, clam chowder, cold and steamed clams served at noon. At 3 p.m. there will be BBQ Chicken, corn, salad and rolls. At 6 p.m. there will be a Champagne Jam. Raffles will include a gas grill, patio set, and three lobsters. Ticket cut-off date is Aug. 12 and are on sale now at Post 69. Facebook: American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
Mime performance: Broken Box Mime Theater will be in residence at the Bennington Center for the Arts from Aug. 24 to 27. Join in on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. to learn about contemporary mime, collaborative process, and how simple storytelling can be a vehicle for impactful theater. Admission is "pay what you can" and all ages are encouraged to attend. Funds received will go directly towards paying the artists' travel expenses.
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