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Taconic Music plays concert for veterans

BENNINGTON — Taconic Music played a Veterans' Day concert at the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington on Sunday.

The concert, organized by Garry DuFour and sponsored by Bruce Waite Logging Company of Dorset, featured the beautiful music of Taconic co-director and violinist Joana Genova and pianist Elizabeth Wright. The pair played "What a Wonderful World," numbers from "West Side Story," "Yesterday" by tTe Beatles, a Hungarian dance and several other classical music numbers.


needed at BART

PERU — The Bart Adaptive Sports Center, located at Bromley Mountain Ski Resort, is looking for mid-week volunteers for the upcoming ski season. Earn free skiing and snowboarding and help those who might never be able to enjoy the thrill of coming down the mountain on snow. Our mid-week program for people with cognitive and or physical disabilities is part of the JISP/ KAP School program for local kids in the surrounding areas. For more information, call 802-824-6849 or email

History of Red

Scare in Vermont

MANCHESTER — Author Rick Winston will discuss his book "Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era, 1946-1960" at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday at 6 p.m. Winston explores the forgotten history of Vermont during the anti-communist red scare. The event is free and open to the public.

Turkey raffle

Friday in Pawlet

PAWLET — The West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Turkey Raffle starting at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Fire House is located on Route 153 in West Pawlet. Doors open at 6 p.m. with refreshments available. The main raffle includes first prize of a 30-06 Remington Model 7600 or $400 cash, second place binoculars, and third prize $100 cash, plus two complete turkey dinners with all the fixings and 25 turkeys. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 8 for $5. The raffle benefits the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department. For further information or to buy raffle tickets contact Ron Taylor, Jr. at 802-645-0003 or 802-683-8988.

Kids event at Northshire

MANCHESTER — Lesley Nase and Rebecca Nase Chomyn will present their children's book "Who Paints The World?" at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Northshire Bookstore. Join us for a special storytime event with this Vermont mother and daughter writer and illustrator team presenting their new book which encourages children who need love and support to create their own world. The story is for all children who need to feel loved and supported, it is written for children who are very ill. The book encourages children to create their own world. Free and open to the public.

East Dorset

church benefit

EAST DORSET — East Dorset Congregational Church will hold a basket party at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Eagles Club on Routes 11/30 in Manchester. Viewing will begin at 11 a.m. with the drawing to begin at 12:30 p.m. The $5 entry fee includes one sheet of tickets and a light lunch. We are planning 100 baskets with gift certificates, hand made items, food items and more. The proceeds of our fund raising efforts are used to maintain the church and chapel. Please join us for a fun afternoon.

Rupert Game

Supper is Saturday

RUPERT — The annual Rupert Game Supper will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Rupert Community Building & Firehouse on Route 315. Doors open early, usually 3 p.m., for tickets sales on the day of the supper. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Takeouts are available for $1 extra. As of this writing, this year's menu is expected to include the following meats, but not limited to, venison stroganoff, bear meatloaf, venison quesadillas, bear sauerbraten, game bird jambalaya, and wild pig, plus any other game that comes along. Your meal will be rounded out with real mashed potatoes, Rupert Rising Bread, beverage and dessert (pie choices often include lemon meringue, chocolate, apple, pumpkin and blueberry). The host organization, the Rupert Volunteer Fire Dept., will have a gun raffle. Additionally, Mettawee Community School sixth graders will be on hand to wait on tables for tips and to sell 50/50 raffle tickets to benefit their spring trip to Boston. The local 4-H Club will hold a Silent Auction. For more information call Kelli at 802-394-2491, or email her at . Please note that on the day of the supper, calls will be taken at 802-394-7844.

Magic Rocks!

EAST ARLINGTON — From"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "America's Got Talent" to Radio City Music Hall, Leon Etienne has dazzled audiences around the world and been hailed by critics as "America's Rock Illusionist." On Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., he will perform two intimate, family friendly, magic shows in East Arlington at The Mill, at 316 Old Mill Road. Tickets are $25 and seating is limited. For more information:

Dorset Church Fellowship bake sale

DORSET — Looking for some great home-baked goodies? You're in luck! These ladies and many more will be preparing a variety of home-made delicacies for the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert Fellowship semi-annual bake sale on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12 pm. at the Dorset Post Office on Route 30. Stock up on pies, cakes, breads and other assorted goodies for friends and family who will be joining you for Thanksgiving weekend. For more information, call 802-867-2260.

Battenkill Grange breakfast

EAST ARLINGTON —Battenkill Grange No. 487 will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Farm Road in East Arlington. On the menus are pancakes, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. For more information call 802-375-2518.

Art scholar to lecture at Bennington

BENNINGTON — Author Mary Gabriel, who has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, will lecture at Bennington College on her acclaimed latest book "Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement that Changed Modern Art" on Monday at 7 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium on the Bennington College campus. This event, which is sponsored by the Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery at Bennington College, is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author after the lecture.

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Garden Club meets

ARLINGTON — The annual meeting of the Arlington Garden Club will be held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion hall. The business meeting will be held at 1 p.m., followed by "How to Fashion Poinsettias from Magnolia Leaves," a program coordinated by Cathy Kindle. Hostesses for the day are Linda McDevitt, Joy Thwing and Pat Williams. Interested in membership? Call Pat at 802-375-1223 or view our web site at

Give blood, get a shirt

MANCHESTER — Give blood at First Congregational Church on Wednesday and receive a long sleeve T-shirt for a donation. The blood draw will be held from 11a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please make an appointment by calling 1-800-773-2767 or 1-800-Red Cross. You can also visit red cross There is always a great need for blood. We are at a critical time for collections. Thank for giving.

Video announcement day at GNAT

SUNDERLAND — Come to the GNAT studio on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to create your one minute video announcement or bring your high-resolution photos and record a voice over! You bring the message, and GNAT does the video production. It's a fun and free way to get your information to our community. The program is open to individuals, nonprofits, town governments and community groups promoting non-commercial community wide events, activities and information. Your video will air on GNAT's TV channels that reach 7,000 homes in the Northshire and mountain towns. For more information or to register visit:, or call Mark at 802-362-7070.

Boy Scouts selling Christmas trees

MANCHESTER — Boy Scout Troop No. 332 will be selling Christmas Trees again this year, on November 23-25, and December 1-2. The tree sales will occur from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the lot immediately adjacent to the r.k. Miles store on Depot Street. The trees,are 'superior prime' quality 5-to-9 foot balsam and Canaan firs grown in Danby. hand-manicured, fresh cut daily, and never wrapped or bundled. These trees sell for $100 and up in metro areas. The scouts will be selling them for just $45 each, plus any additional voluntary donations. If desired, the scouts will help snip the bottom branches, tie-up the tree, and load it onto customer vehicles. All proceeds from the tree sales will be used to help send the entire troop to next year's boy scout summer camps. For more information, call 802-724-9113, or email

Thanksgiving dinner

MANCHESTER — Christ Our Savior Parish is hosting its sixth annual free Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner at St. Paul's Parish Hall on Bonnet Street on Thursday, Nov. 22 between 1-3 p.m. All are welcome. Forget the hassle of shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Relax and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. No reservations necessary. Show up between the hours of 1-3 p.m. For more information, contact Carolyn Smith at 802-362-3516 or


Christmas Bazaar

WESTON — Weston's 38th annual Christmas bazaar, billed as "A Vermont Village's answer to Black Friday", will take place in the Weston Playhouse on November 23- 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. More than 50 vendors will be occupying booths throughout the Playhouse building. Almost all are local or regional artisans with crafts on display, and with plenty of merchandise that is Christmas-related: gifts (including for yourself), decorations and even wreaths. Food vendors will be offering fancy baked goods as well as Vermont-produced maple syrup. Weather cooperating, lunch will be available from a gourmet food truck, with seating provided under a tent. Hot foods and "hand-helds" are on the planned menu.

Holiday tree

and wreath sale

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Community House in conjunction with the Town of Arlington will be offering beautiful, fresh holiday trees and wreaths for sale. The sale will begin on Friday, Nov. 23, and will be open every weekend until Christmas from 9 a.m.-3 pm. at the Community House on Main Street. Purchases may also be made during the week by making payment at the Town Office or at the Arlington Inn. All trees are $38 and wreaths are $18 each. Proceeds go to maintain the Community House and the Yellow Barn.



MANCHESTER — Songwriter and family innkeeper Melissa Levis invites the community to a free fireside Thanksgiving sing-along from 10-11 a.m. at the Wilburton Inn on Saturday, Nov. 24. All are invited to bring instruments, children, their voices and holiday spirit and sing along to all American classics like American Pie, This Land is Your Land, and Puff the Magic Dragon. The sing along is free. People may arrive earlier to enjoy a full county inn breakfast from 8-10 a.m. for $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 10. RSVP at 802-362-2500. The Wilburton Inn is located at 257 Wilburton Dr. in Manchester.

Craft fair in Arlington

ARLINGTON — Burdett Commons in Arlington is hosting its annual Holiday Food and Craft Fair at Fisher Elementary School on East Arlington Road on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Avoid the Black Friday madness and support local businesses. There will be several crafters and vendors selling their goods such as jewelry, kids clothing, women's clothing, quilts, ornaments, canes, baked goods, cheese, candles and much more. There will be several options of hot dishes to enjoy for lunch. We hope to see you, where you can do one stop shopping for the holidays! Any questions please email

Four children's authors at Northshire

MANCHESTER —- On Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m., the Northshire Bookstore will host a special kids storytime with four authors reading their new books which treat the trailblazing immigrants and refugees elevating America today, stories of surviving a hurricane, and the stigma surrounding poverty. They include "First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great" by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace; "The Benefits of Being an Octopus" by Ann Braden; and "Skylark and Wallcreeper" by Anne O'Brien Carelli.

Let's jam!

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Community Library will be hosting a "Guitar Jam Session" on Wednesday, Nov. 28 starting at 6 p.m. All guitarists - plus those who want to be or think they should have been - are invited to bring their instruments to the library and perform with other musicians. Everybody who shows up automatically qualifies as a musician, at least for the night. The ground rules are simple: bring your guitar and join in, or get together with some buddies beforehand and come with some prepared material - and then have fun with the rest of the players. Electric and acoustic guitars are welcome. Bassists also. All skill levels are invited. For more information, call Cindy Waters at the Manchester Community Library, at 362-2607 or email

History of the New England Patriots

MANCHESTER — "The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots" will be presented by co-author Glenn Stout on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.

This lavishly illustrated definitive narrative history of the New England Patriots which charts the rise of the franchise and its larger-than-life characters through research, archival photos, and essays from notable authors, journalists, and local celebrities.


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