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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.


"S ancers":
The Bennington College Dance program and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College present "S ancers," by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko '05. The event will take place on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. in the Margot Tenney Theater at Bennington College. Admission is free of charge and no tickets are required.



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.

West Townshend

Tag Sale:
On Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, the Thrift Shop at the West Townshend Country Store will be holding a special end-of-summer sale.Customers can fill up bags with items of their choice for $5.00 per bag. Items include clothing and shoes for men, women and children as well as household items and baby equipment. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds from Thrift Shop sales benefit the non-profit West River Community Project.The Thrift Shop is located on the second floor of the West Townshend Country Store at the intersection of Route 30 and Windham Hill Rd.



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, 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.



Musical Performance:
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m., there will be a musical performance by Mali Sastri at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free, open to the community. For information


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

The Balfour Declaration: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Derek Boothby, former Director of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, to discuss the Balfour Declaration which was written 100 years ago. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit the website at



Public Meeting:
The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Arlington Town Hall, 3828 VT Route 7A. The purpose of the meeting is to review the final report on the 2016 to 2017 work plan, adopt a budget for 2018 to 2019, plan for the Sept. 30 household hazardous waste event, discuss the Universal Recycling Law and other matters and to offer members of the public an opportunity to discuss programs and activities of the Alliance with the Alliance board. For more information, including a copy of the agenda, please visit or contact Michael S. Batcher at 802-442-0713 x 2 or


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.



Farmers Market:
The Manchester Farmers Market is still going strong this month. On Thursday, Sept. 14, Aura Shards will perform music as our featured performer. The Manchester Farmers Market is held every Thursday in Adams Park from 3 to 6 p.m., rain or shine. The market accepts credit, debit, EBT, Crop Cash, and Farm to Family Coupons. Plenty of parking is available (just look for signs).



Pop Up Poetry Salon:
Join on Friday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m., at the Dorset Library for a Pop Up Poetry Salon. Poetry will be performed by the Gossamer Stone Poets and special guest, Brittany Perham. The library also welcomes any community members to read their poetry (or their favorite poem). All are welcome. There will be a reception following the readings. Visit the website or call the library for more information 802-867-5774.


The Town of Manchester is holding an Octoberfest-themed Streetfest from 6-9 p.m. on Main Street with music from the Don't Leave Band, food, drinks and area vendors.


Launch Party and Author Presentation:
Join the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, Sept. 15 for a launch party at 6 p.m. for one of our favorite local authors, Eric Rickstad, as he presents his newest thriller, "The Names of Dead Girls," his much-anticipated sequel to "The Silent Girls." The night will start at 6 p.m. with drinks and small bites. At 7 p.m., enjoy an author presentation followed by Q&A and a book signing.



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


Author presentation:
Award winning author and public radio commentator, Bill Schubart, first introduced Lila and Theron characters in his 2008 short story collection, "The Lamoille Stories." After being influenced by William Faulkner's acceptance speech on winning the Nobel Prize, he returns seven years later to finish their stories. Join the Northshire Bookstore for his presentation of his newest book on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

Movie screening: National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is excited to offer the screening of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at

Sunday, Sept. 17


Pancake Breakfast:
Battenkill Grange No. 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. Adults $7, children under 12 $4. For more information call 802-375-2518.

Monday, Sept. 18


Make Your Own Sushi:
On Monday, Sept. 18, Green Mountain Academy welcomes Chie Addington and Katsuko Lord of Caf Sora to demonstrate how to make sushi. Come learn authentic and healthy Japanese cooking and experience the culture of Japan. Katsuko and Chie will share recipes and techniques for successful sushi roll and Origami making. The class will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Caf Sora, located in Yester House at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Registration is required and is $35 per person. For more information or to register visit or call our office at 802-867-0111.

Wednesday, Sept. 20


Shake Your Soul:
Come to Shake Your Soul, an engaging, fun, and creative dance class for adults, on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 20 at the Manchester Community Library. Energize your body, elevate your spirit, and calm your mind through simple, inspirational movement. No experience is necessary, just a desire to release tension and move to excellent music in a supportive, joyful environment. There is a $10 suggested donation per class (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Library). Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Contact Alexandra Langstaff at or at 802-366-0128 for more information.

Encore Screening: The Manchester Community Library, in cooperation with GNAT-TV and Vermont Humanities Council, present "ENCORE! A Second Showing of Favorite Programming." Enjoy a daytime screening of some choice First Wednesdays talks from the GNAT-TV archives at the Manchester Community Library. On Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m., attend a free screening of the VHC's First Wednesdays program "The Examined Life," originally presented in June, 2014. The film screening of the talk is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Cambridge, N.Y.

Chorale rehearsals:
The Battenkill Chorale, Janet McGhee, artistic director, is accepting experienced choral singers for their twenty-third season. The Battenkill Chorale has open enrollment, with auditions for vocal placement and solos only. Singers should be experienced choral singers possessing good sight-reading skills and vocal technique. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. at Hubbard Hall, an historic 1878 rural opera house located at 25 East Main St., with the first rehearsal Sept. 21. New members will be accepted through Oct. 5. There is a $35.00 membership fee per concert program, plus the cost of music. To register, email

Friday, Sept. 22


Red Door Concert:
St. Mary's in the Mountains, 13 E. Main St., is holding the next in its series of Red Door Concerts at the conclusion of the Wilmington Soup and Wine Stroll on Friday, Sept. 22. It is a classical music event, entitled "Classical Fare at the Red Door." Music starts at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening for desserts and coffee at 7 p.m.. This concert will benefit Deerfield Valley Community Cares Heating Fund.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Middletown Springs

Library Lawn Sale:
The Fifth Annual Library Lawn Sale is slated for Saturday, Sept. 23. Beginning at 8 a.m. find Upcycled Treasures including housewares, toys, tools, furniture, outdoor gear and more. After 3 p.m., all remaining items are free. Homemade baked goods and refreshments will also be on sale. On the Town Green in Middletown Springs, rain or shine. Sponsored by the Friends of the Middletown Springs Public Library, and all proceeds benefit the Library. For more information, call 802-235-2421.

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.

Saturday, Sept. 30


Historical discussion and walk:
Jock Irons, OWCC board member, will present a slideshow about the history of the One World Conservation Center and Norman and Selma Greenberg Reserve, 414 Route 7S, on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Irons will lead an interpretative nature walk in the Reserve with special guest, Jim Henderson, of the Bennington County regional Commission. They will demonstrate improvements to the Reserve and talk about future plans for management of the Reserve. Fee: $5 suggested donation. Members: No charge. Registration required: or contact: Cara Gauthier at 802-262-1222 or


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