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BenningtonArt Show: Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corridor Gallery welcomes a new exhibit by Dr. Stuart DuBoff and his wife Shelli DuBoff. It opened late last month. The show features paintings by Ms. DuBoff and photographs by Dr. DuBoff. Dr. DuBoff is an ophthalmologist at Advanced Eye Care. He has been practicing medicine for 45 years and is affiliated with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Both artists concentrate on subjects related to Cuba and Latin America. The pieces in this exhibit are for sale. Proceeds benefit the artists and the SVHC Auxiliary, which has given more than $1 million to support services and equipment upgrades to SVHC over the past 20 years. In addition to the Corridor Gallery, the SVHC Auxiliary manages the hospital gift shop, Personal Emergency Response System operations, and independent vendor sales. For information about joining the SVHC Auxiliary, visit or call 802-440-6080.


Rummage sale: It's that time to be collecting Rummage for the big sale to be held on Saturday Oct.14 at the Dorset Church. Donations of clean fall and winter clothing in good condition, jewelry, women's accessories, shoes, linens, kitchen and household items, toys, tools, sports gear, plants, garden and outdoor 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. Sorry we cannot accept: children's car seats, VHS tapes, encyclopedias, ski boots, helmets, large suitcases. We may accept by approval some larger items, i.e. furniture, exercise equipment etc. Contact Sandi Hedman at or 802-362-1459 or Ellen Wright at or 802-362-3610 to discuss the item or if you have any questions about donations. Bring donations to Dorset Church from Monday, Oct. 9 through Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 12 until noon. Please note that we cannot accept donations after noon on Thursday. The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30. Call 802-867-2260 with questions or for more information.


DorsetPop Up Poetry Salon: Join on Friday, 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.


Streetfest: 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, 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.

NANA Meeting: The Yale Alliance for Nonprofit Associations of New England, is forming a group in Vermont. There are groups in Boston, Connecticut, New Hampshire. NANA is seeking all Yale alumni to see what activities or events are of mutual concern or interest. Participants do not have to work for or be involved in a nonprofit nor is involvement restricted to Yale alum. The activity or event that we carry out has to be nonprofit. Meet at Spiral Press, on Friday, at 5 p.m. For more information, email at



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, 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, 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

Best Tag Sale in Vermont: This year's Barn Sale will take place (rain or shine) on Saturday, from 9 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17 from 9 to 1 p.m. at Riley Rink at Hunter Park. The annual event is organized by the Barn Sale committee, a group of dedicated women who donate much of the items, devote time and energy to get the event off the ground, and determine reasonable prices for the high quality merchandise.The proceeds of the Barn Sale support the Northshire UCS office and the services they provide. United Counseling Service's mission is to build a stronger community by empowering individuals and families to live healthy and meaningful lives. For information on United Counseling Service or to make a donation please visit or call 802-442-5491.



Pancake Breakfast: Battenkill Grange No. 487 will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday, 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.


Robert Frost: "The Mystical Suspense of Robert Frost" is the intriguing title of Chard deNiord's talk on Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the Stone House Museum. Following Frost's lead as a Poet Laureate of Vermont, deNiord will also read some of his own poems after the discussion. The program is free. Call 802-447-6200 for more information.SandgateMusic and poetry: A classical pianist in his eighth year of study in an Italian Conservatory and two poets will perform and read at the Green River Inn on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. The public is invited. Oscar Rodriguez, from Poughkeepsie, NY, is an advanced student at the Conservatorio Bruno Maderna, Cesena, Italy. Oscar's audiences rise to their feet to applaud his versatility and lively style. Steve Haggerty, from the Poughkeepsie, NY area, began his journalism career at the Bennington Banner while at Southern Vermont College. With an M.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, he is the author of "Cows in the Fog and Other Poems and Stories." He will read new material and poems about his experiences in The Bronx, New York. He will also share a story from his book on the artist Norman Rockwell, a work in progress. Jeff Edrich, from Croton-on-Hudson, NY, will read poems from his book "Iron in the Country."


Taconic Music at Depot 62: Taconic Music is offering a free concert of unusual music in a non-standard venue on Sunday at 2 p.m. Among the fine Turkish rugs, hand-made furniture and original gifts in Depot 62, Taconic Chamber Players will perform an eclectic mix of music from the Americas, with styles varying from rock and jazz, to tango and South American folk-influenced string quartets. For more information, please visit


Sunday school: The Pawlet Community Church Sunday School will start on Sunday. Class starts at 9:30. All children are welcome. Questions, call Dianne Weeden at 802-325-2579.



Make Your Own Sushi: On Monday, 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 Cafe 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.

Manchester Youth Hockey:
Northshire Hockey Association will be hosting an information night for all interested youth hockey players, ages 4-14, at Riley Rink Tuesday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Practices start the week of Oct. 22 and run through March 3. The 6U program for boys and girls ages 6 and under will cost $50 for approximately 15 weeks of instruction. Participants must be independent skaters. NHA has limited numbers of equipment rental packages available for $30. Packages include all equipment needed by new players except for a hockey stick and skates. For more information about equipment packages or getting started in playing youth hockey please visit the NHA website at or email Karen Grabher at

Talk: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre to talk about Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's appointee to the Supreme Court. The talk will take place on Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Neil Gorsuch compiled a distinctive record as a federal appeals court judge. His positions on workers' rights, social issues, constitutional interpretation, and other important legal questions paint a clear ideological picture of this newest member of the nation's high court. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit



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, 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.ThursdayCambridge, 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

Dorset Village walk: There will be a free Village Walk along Dorset's Route 30 on Thursday, at 12 p.m.The Dorset Historical Society's September Third-Thursday Lunchtime-Lecture will provide a rundown on the history, families, businesses, and architectural details of houses and buildings on a portion of Route 30. The tour starts at DHS's Bley House Museum at Kent Hill Rd., proceeding toward the Dorset Hollow Road, and returning on the other side of the street to the Dorset Village Library. Attendees are invited to bring a sandwich. Beverages and desserts are provided. For confirmation or further information, contact Sue Washburn at 802-325-3525.


Peace march: Jack's Group, a local Campaign Nonviolence affiliate, invites people to take action on International Peace Day on Thursday during Nonviolence Week. Gather with Jack's Group at 6:30 p.m. to be part of a silent, candlelight procession mourning what has been lost since the 2016 election followed by a joyful celebration giving thanks for what is good. Bring lights, candles and signs of mourning and celebration and symbols of peace. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Town Green, Route 7 and Center Hill, commit to nonviolent peaceful action, and proceed along Main Street to Factory Point Park. Each person will carry a sign or symbol conveying their most deeply felt loss. At Factory Point Park there will be a short ceremony with music. The return procession to the Green will be a noisy, joyful celebration of what we are most thankful for. Contact Glenn Cratty of Jack's Group for more information or with questions. Email:

Author Presentation: Author Karen Gross will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present her book "Breakaway Learners" on Thursday, at 6 p.m. This powerful book explores how institutions of higher education can successfully serve "breakaway" students first-generation, low-income students who are trying to break away from the past in order to create a more secure future. In this provocative book, Gross offers a new approach to addressing inequities by focusing on students who have succeeded despite struggling with the impacts of poverty and trauma. Gross draws on her experience as a college president to outline practical steps that post-secondary institutions can take to create structures of support and opportunity that build reciprocal trust.

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.


Duo Author Presentation: Authors Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present their book "Tamed and Untamed" on Friday, Sept. 22., at 7 p.m. The book features extraordinary new insights into the minds and lives of our fellow creatures from two of the world's top animal authors. With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives sharing the animal kingdom's magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature.

Farmers Market: The Manchester Farmers Market will run an extra week this year due to popular demand: now, the last market will be held on Oct.12. The Manchester Farmers Market takes place every Thursday in Adams Park from 3 to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Apples and corn are ripe this week at the market. The market accepts credit, debit, EBT, Crop Cash, and Farm to Family coupons, and plenty of parking is available (follow the signs). Questions? Email

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.


Author Presentation: The Monks of New Skete and Marc Goldberg will be at the Northshire Bookstore to present their new book "Let Dogs be Dogs" on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. America's foremost authorities on dog care and training distill decades of experience in a comprehensive "foundational" guide for dog owners. As a community, the Monks of New Skete have been breeding, raising, and training dogs for more than 40 years. They are the authors of the best-selling classics "The Art of Raising a Puppy" and "How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend." New Skete Monastery is located in Cambridge, New York. Marc Goldberg is a nationally renowned dog trainer based in Chicago.

Tuesday, Sept 26


Reading Tutors: Vermont Reading Partners is looking for tutors. For anyone with an interest in becoming a VRP tutor to assist school age students, adults, and ESL students, tutor training is coming up. Tutor training will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 26, 28, and Oct. 3 and 5, at the Manchester Community Library from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. No previous teaching experience is necessary to become a tutor, just a willingness to help others. Participants must attend all sessions and must register prior to attending. For more information about Vermont Reading Partners or to register for our tutor training, call the office at (802) 362-2323 or email at

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.

Friday, Sept. 29


Young Playwrights Competition Award: Dorset Theatre Festival provides opportunities for regional middle and high school students to learn about playwriting and create a play of their own through its annual Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition. A public reading of this year's winning works will be held on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. This event will be held in the Dorset Playhouse, located at 104 Cheney Rd. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission, and no ticket is required.

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

Sunday, Oct 1


Just Bike: The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is excited to announce JUST BIKE! Justice for kids. A biking event that will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1, is a fundraiser for the center. If you should have any questions about this event, please feel free to reach out, or visit our website at

Monday, Oct. 2


Author presentation: Vermont Mystery Author Archer Mayor will be at Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. on Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign his latest book, "Trace." Contact co-sponsor Bennington Bookshop: 802-442-5059 or, Oct. 4BenningtonBook discussion: The Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St., will host discussion of "Brown Girl Dreaming," the Vermont Humanities Council's Vermont Reads 2017 book. This accessible memoir of author Jacqueline Woodson's childhood, written in verse, tells the story of a young person finding her voice. A group book discussion exploring the book's themes of family, race, place, and the power of stories and poetry will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Copies of the book are available for loan at the library. For more information, call 802-442-9051 or visit

Saturday, Oct. 6


First Baptist Church Fall Tag Sale: The First Baptist Church announces its fall tag sale being held on Friday, Oct 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday is $3 bag day. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or at


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