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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.


Art Opening:
On Saturday, a new exhibit, "Vermont Artists Then and Now," opens at SVAC in the Wilson Museum and Galleries. The reception wiLL be on Sunday, Sept. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public and admission is free. Works of the current artists will be for sale in the galleries. SVAC hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Open to the public. Admission is free.



Concert and Community Picnic:
The Ninth Annual Blue Flames Concert and Community Picnic on the Weston Green will be held on Sunday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to pack a picnic basket and come to Weston's Town Green to honor the nine pioneer women who 131 years ago turned a smelly frog pond and muddy swamp into what is now called the most beautiful Town Green in Vermont.



On Tuesday, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd, there will be readings by Roohi Choudhry and Lydia Blaisdell. Free and open to the community. For more information visit



BBA fall college night:
Burr and Burton's Fall College Night for Junior and Senior Parents is being held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the BBA Riley Center.

Debra Johns, Associate Director of Admission at Yale University, will be the keynote speaker. Johns has been at Yale for the past nine years and previouly worked in admission at Fairfield University and Marquette University and recently served as chair of the finance committee for the National Association of College Admission Counseling. She has presented on many occasions at national and regional conferences on various admissions topics, is active with current admissions issues and is a frequent participant and speaker at college night programs. Following Debra's presentation, BBA's School and College counselors will present parents with grade-specific information regarding the college process.



Author presentation:
Join the Northshire Bookstore on Thursday at 6 p.m. for a presentation from nationally syndicated radio and TV travel talk show host, travel expert Stephanie Abrams, as she reads from and discusses her new mystery novel "Rumors." Following this presentation, a reception will be hosted by the Lodge at Bromley. All who attend this event are invited to enjoy tapas and a complimentary glass of sangria.


Comedy Night at the Jamaica Town Hall: Rabbi and stand-up comedian, Bob Alper, a daily presence on Sirius/XM satellite radio who makes people laugh internationally, will be the headline performer at the historic Jamaica Town Hall on Thursday, Sept. 7. He will be preceded by Michael Kingsbury from Rutland who has pursued his comedy at the local homegrown comedy scene as well as the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington and Word X in Pittsfield, Mass. The evening begins at 6pm for families and then Bob Alper will entertain those 11 and older starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are a $10.00 suggested donation at the door. All funds raised will be split between the Neighborhood Connection and the Jamaica Community Arts Council.



Old Firehouse Fall Series
: Jon Gailmor opens the Tinmouth Old Firehouse Fall Series on Friday at 7:30 p.m. His original songs are marked with childish illogic, profound feelings, absurd humor and, at times, both subtle and obvious messages. The Old Firehouse is at Mountain View Road and Vt. 140, next to the new Firehouse. Doors will open at 7 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $15, 90% of which goes to the performers. The remainder pays the town for the upkeep of the Old Firehouse. Homemade desserts, coffee and tea will be available. Donations for them will help support community activities.


Author presentation:
Join the Northshire Bookstore on Friday at 7 p.m. as Adam Federman presents his book "Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray." In "Fasting and Feasting," biographer Federman tells the remarkable -- and until now untold - -life story of Patience Gray. A fascinating and spirited woman, Patience Gray was very much a part of her times but very clearly ahead of them.

Saturday, Sept. 9


Greeley's Mill History Hike:
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Mt. Tabor - Danby Historical Society will meet at the Griffith Library, 74 South Main St. to carpool on Forest Road 10. Guests are welcome. We will hike south on the Long/Appalachian Trail 1.2 mile to Greeley's Mill, near Big Branch Shelter. The mill was a 19th century waterpower that still has a wheel pit and a tailrace. From the mill, there will be an optional walk to the Greeley Cemetery and farm site, about quarter mile through open woods. We can also see where the road to Weston followed Big Branch before the 1927 flood destroyed it. Bring water and a snack. For more information, please contact Herb Ogden,, 802-293-2510.


Rumpleteaser will perform on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Israel Congregation of Manchester, 6025 Main St. Rumpleteaser is a musical improv group from the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theater in New York City. They have toured around the US, asking audiences for just one suggestion from which they will create a brand new musical right before your eyes. Everything is made up on the spot--, from the dance, to the music, to the lyrics. Call for tickets at 802-362-4578. Advance tickets are $25 ant at the door $30. Student (under 18) tickets are $15.

Origami Peace Cranes: The Northshire Bookstore invites everyone to join for a timely conversation about friendship, love, and peace in advance of both National Grandparents Day and the 9/11 anniversary on Saturday at 11 a.m. Enjoy a reading, a talk about peace and friendships, and an origami crane instruction/demonstration. Origami Peace Cranes is a multicultural children's story about the capacity for friendship in all of us and the power that small things have to make a big difference. Writer, illustrator, sculptor and former Disney animator, Sue DiCicco founded Armed with the Arts (a program dedicated to encouraging creative expression in kids, and is the creator of the Peace Crane Project (, with participation from over 150 countries. She has written dozens and illustrated hundreds of books for kids.

Sunday, Sept. 10


Refuse to Use Kickoff:
On Sunday, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., The Collaborative is holding the annual kick-off event for the Refuse to Use program at the Manchester Elementary Middle School, 80 Memorial Ave. This event is mandatory for all 7th-12th grade students who wish to join the Refuse to Use program for the 2017-18 season. Participating schools include: the Mountain School at Winhall, Manchester Elementary Middle School, Flood Brook School, Maple Street School, Burr & Burton Academy, Long Trail School, The Dorset School, Arlington Middle & High School, and Leland & Gray High School. The event will feature special guest speaker, Dr. Jennifer Michaels, and an opportunity to join hundreds of families to pledge in leading a healthy lifestyle. A parent, guardian, or caring adult must accompany each student. Visit our website for more information at

Knit, Sip, Purl, Sip Event: For those already participating in the Library's Super Secret Soft Art Project or those who would like to participate in this exciting, evolving community art experience, here's the event. Come to the Manchester Community Library on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. for an hour or two of knitting, crocheting, wine and cheese. A wide array of free, colorful yarns will be available. This is a community project in which participants pledge to knit or crochet small elements which they will donate to the library. These small pieces will be put together to create a large communal art piece for the library. It's as simple as knitting or crocheting a 12"x12" square. The library has simple patterns for knitted and crocheted squares available as well as patterns for making spirals. Beginners and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome and encouraged to come to this free program for ages 21 and over. Space is limited. Use this link to sign up now at Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Route. 7A.

Tuesday, Sept. 12


Networking opportunity:
At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Wilburton Inn will host "Emboldia," a networking event bringing together the collective brainpower and vision of entrepreneurs, investors, financiers, academics and professional advisors. Guest moderator Joy Proft of Joy All Things Underthings, will lead a discussion with Issa Sawabini, the owner of Fuse Marketing, and Michael Jager, the founder and chief creative officer at Solidarity of Unbridled Labour. The event is free; please register at

Wednesday, Sept. 13


Intro to QiGong:
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St. Qigong is a 7000 year old healing method that anyone can do to heal self and/or heal others. Qigong can be done sitting, standing or lying down. It is based on energy movement and blockages in the body. The event is free, but registration is required to ensure enough materials and seating. This VCIL sponsored event is open to people with disabilities, their caregivers and allies. Light refreshments provided. Wear comfortable clothes. This is a chemical- and scent-free event. For more information, to register and/or to request ASL interpreter by Monday, Sept. 11, or other accommodations: Lynn Mazza, VCIL, 601 Main St. 802-442-1876,


Kids' Potholder Weaving Workshop:
The Manchester Community Library invites kids in first grade through fourth grade to a potholder weaving workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. It's simple and fun. There will be snacks and all the supplies needed, and instructors to teach how to use a loom, hook and loops to make a creation. A completed potholder will become part of the Library's Super Secret Soft Art Project, a mysterious piece of work that will be unveiled in the near future. Free program, open to kids in grades one through four. Snacks will be served. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte.7A.

A Tale of Two Paintings: Join Don Trachte Jr. at the Manchester Community Library on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. for a free talk, "A Tale of Two Paintings: A Norman Rockwell Painting, Not Known to be Missing, Was Found." The program is free and open to all. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.

Judy Garland Musical: On Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m., the Manchester Community Library will screen a 1944 classic musical starring Judy Garland and directed by Vincente Minnelli. Meet Me in St. Louis won one Oscar and was nominated for four additional awards. In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. The film screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 113 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Information: 802-362-2607.

Saturday, Sept. 16


Annual Bennington Quiltfest:
More than 100 new quilts and challenge quilts will be on display at the 24th Annual Bennington Quiltfest on the weekend of Sept. 16-17 at Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Rd. The annual event is presented by the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 pm, and Sunday from 9 a.m until 4 p.m. Tickets for this year's raffle quilt, "Autumn Splendor," can be purchased both days and the drawing takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. People's Choice Awards in two categories are presented to the winners at the same time. Quiltfest Caf is open both days for breakfast and lunch selections. Admission is $7 (children 12 and under free). The show is handicap accessible and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, visit

Sunday, Sept. 17


Pancake Breakfast:
Battenkill Grange #487 will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Farm Rd. Pancakes, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee will be served. For more Information call 802-375-2518.

Wednesday, Sept. 27


Community forum:
Join the Northshire Bookstore on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. for a community forum led by James Duff Lyall, Executive Director of the ACLU of Vermont. This talk is meant to open a discussion and to educate about our basic civil liberties and how they may be affected in the age of Trump. In Vermont and across the country, the ACLU fights for the principle that every individual's rights must be protected equally under the law.


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