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novel reading at

Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER — Vermont mystery author Thomas Christopher Greene will be dropping by Northshire Bookstore from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, to read and discuss "The Perfect Liar," his novel about a seemingly perfect marriage threatened by the secrets the husband and wife keep from each other and the sinister, anonymous notes that begin to regularly appear. Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: her husband is Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took Susannah and her 15-year-old son from New York City to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects her life to perfectly fall into place again. But one morning, she finds a note on her door: "I KNOW WHO YOU ARE." Max dismisses the note as a prank. Days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon, a second note appears on their door: "DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT?" Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other secrets that could destroy their family and everything they've built. Green's novels have been translated into 13 languages and have won many awards. In 2008, he founded Vermont College of Fine Arts, making him the youngest college president in the country at that time.

Long Trail School hosts hunger banquet

DORSET — Long Trail School invites the public to attend its Unicef Club Oxfam Hunger Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, to raise funds for and spread awareness about hunger in developing countries. The Hunger Banquet, to be held at the school's Whalen Common Room, is a simulation that will enable participants to experience how hunger affects people around the world. By randomly selecting a ticket, you will spend the night living as a high-, middle- or low-salary earner and eat a dinner typical of that life. Entrance is free, but donations are appreciated. Contact Jen Rosenthal with questions at

Merck holds

vernal pool

monitoring training

RUPERT — Merck Forest and Farmland Center is pleased to host the Vermont Center for Ecostudies on Friday, March 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a free vernal pool monitoring training workshop. VCE has a new initiative: to create and maintain a baseline of information on Vermont's vernal pools and the species that use them. The workshop will cover the basics of vernal pools, how to identify indicator species such as charismastic amphibians, as well as the methodology and commitments of being a vernal pool monitor. Alex Wells from VCE will be leading this workshop. RSVP by emailing Alex Wells, of VCE, at

Food writer

discusses cooking

with animal fats

MANCHESTER — Andrea Chesman, author of "The Fat Kitchen: How to Render, Cure, and Cook with Lard, Tallow, and Poultry Fat" will be at Northshire Bookstore at 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, to discuss the unparalleled flavor and delicate texture that cooking and baking with animal fats imparts to everyday dishes. With the cultural shift to natural, unprocessed foods, this guide gives every home cook the confidence to bring fat back in the kitchen, with mouthwatering results. It teaches food enthusiasts how to render, store and cook with lard, tallow and schmaltz to produce dishes of unparalleled flavor and texture — from the flakiest lard pie crust to the crispiest fried chicken. Chesman highlights why animal fats belong in a well-balanced diet, how to source or render high-quality fats and how to incorporate the right fats into mouthwatering dishes. Regardless of where one might fall on the great fat debate, "The Fat Kitchen" makes two facts clear: fat makes food taste great and there should be a place for it in every kitchen. In addition, 100 scrumptious recipes highlight traditional cultural favorites like matzoh ball soup, pasta carbonara, potato tacquitos, Southern-style greens, confit duck, New England baked beans and jelly doughnuts. Chesman, who lives in Ripton, is a food writer who specializes in traditional techniques and fresh-from-the-garden cooking. She teaches classes and gives cooking demonstrations across the United States.

Free tribute concerts to Grateful Dead

STRATTON — A Grateful Dead tribute band will perform two free concerts at the Green Door Pub in Stratton Village Resort on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2. Dead Meat, a Hudson Valley-based independent tribute band, returns for its fourth and fifth performances at this southern Vermont venue. Fans can expect a deep dive into the Grateful Dead's uniquely American songbook that spanned 30 years, ending in 1995 with the death of its iconic guitarist Jerry Garcia. Since then, new iterations from the Dead's surviving members and tributes from musicians around the country have breathed new life into the band's musical legacy. Performances begin at 9 p.m.

Film presents Vermont's

digital revolution

LONDONDERRY — South Londonderry Free Library will screen "The Story of Vermont's Quiet Digital Revolution," a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Peter Strauss, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2. This short film features Front Porch Forum, which has been helping neighbors connect and build community in Vermont since it was established in 2006. There will be an opportunity to discuss the film with Front Porch Forum staff after the film showing.

Dorset library features Manchester student artists

DORSET — The Manchester Elementary Middle School will be the Dorset Public Library's "featured artist" in March. The public is invited to meet the student artists and view their artwork at the opening reception on Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibition will showcase a variety of media, including watercolor, collage, acrylic, pastel and pencil. Refreshments will be served. Ashley Gummelt, the art teacher at MEMS, is also an artist who specializes in graphic design, watercolor, collage and needle felting. The Dorset library's hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 802-867-5774 for more information.

BBA screens

legacy of Van Gogh

MANCHESTER — Take a fresh look at Vincent Van Gogh through the legacy of Helene Kr ller-M ller (1869-1939), the greatest private collector of the Dutch artist's work and one of the first to recognize Van Gogh's genius. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is hosting the screening of "Van Gogh: of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies" at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2. It tells the tormented, existential parable of a painter seen through passages from his brother Theo's letters and shows images of the places in which the artist lived and stayed. It also presents the story of a woman who in Van Gogh's spiritual torment could recognize her own and features priceless artistic treasures and the architectural beauty of the Kr ller-M ller Museum. It will allow us to understand the importance of drawing as part of Van Gogh's artistic technique. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for other students. They may be purchased online at

Author talks

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ancient self-care

MANCHESTER — Emma Loewe will be at Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, March 2, at 6 p.m. to talk about "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self Care," which she co-wrote. An essential companion for anyone seeking a deeper spiritual life, the book provides readers with accessible rituals to call on again and again throughout the year in order to feel more grounded, aligned with their purpose and in touch with their innate sense of knowing.

Taking time to nourish yourself and connect to the rhythms of the Earth can feel like a tall order when your days are packed to the brim, but this beautifully illustrated handbook can make it a whole lot easier. Readers will be invited to practice and personalize dozens of routines incorporating science-backed techniques like breathwork, meditation and aromatherapy, as well as more esoteric offerings like astrology, crystals and tarot. Along the way, they will learn the fascinating history of ritual and trace these ancient spiritual practices to modern day applications.

Winhall Community Arts Center

ribbon cutting

WINHALL — Join us on Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m. for the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Winhall Community Arts Center at 3 River Road. It will be followed by self-guided tours until 4 p.m.

Candlelight dinner at Ye Olde Tavern

MANCHESTER — Through the kindness of Michael Brandt, Ye Olde Tavern on Main Street will offer a candlelight dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, to benefit Bennington County Habitat for Humanity. All profits from that night will go toward the current

Habitat projects on Jennifer Lane in Manchester and on Corcoran's Way in Bennington, as well as the home repair projects undertaken by Habitat. Reservations should be made directly with Ye Olde Tavern at 802-362-0611. If you are interested in the many volunteer opportunities with Habitat, please call the office at 802-367-1000.

Northshire Baptist Church screens

'I Can Only Imagine'

MANCHESTER — The Northshire Baptist Church at 5769 Main St. is holding a free showing of "I Can Only Imagine" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3. The film features the inspiring, true story behind MercyMe's beloved hit song. Running from a troubled home life and a broken relationship, Bart Millard found escape in music. Hitting the road in a decrepit tour bus, he and his band MercyMe set out on an journey that illustrates the power of forgiveness and God's love. Popcorn is included, and no RSVP needed. Some scenes are not appropriate for young children due to a theme of forgiveness even after domestic abuse. A children's movie and childcare will be provided at the same time. For more information, email or call 802-362-1988.

Vermont jazz center director discusses history of jazz piano

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Eugene Uman, director of the Vermont Jazz Center, to talk about the history of jazz piano, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Manchester Community Library. Beginning with ragtime and blues music, the talk will explore how features from those styles were incorporated by Jelly Roll Morton into New Orleans and traditional jazz. We will listen to the kings of stride, observe the influences of boogie-woogie, as well as delight in the piano's role in bebop, hard-bop and cool jazz. The talk will conclude with a look at pioneers of modern jazz piano and players making the scene today. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit

Church holds Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper & Mardi Gras

DORSET — The community is invited to the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert's annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Mardi Gras to be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 5. The menu will include gumbo, jambalaya, cheese grits, fried fish, tossed green salad, Jim's Buttermilk Pancakes and sausage gravy. Assorted desserts and beverages will also be served. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $30 for a family of dad, mom and kids. Tickets may be ordered by calling the church office at 802-867-2260 or by emailing

Zion Church prepares Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

MANCHESTER — The Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester Center invites the community to its traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 5:30 p.m. on March 5. The meal is free, but offerings will be accepted. The church, located at 5167 Main St., is fully accessible. Its Ash Wednesday services will be held on March at 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. All services include the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist (Communion). For more information contact Zion Church at 802-362-1987 or

First Congregational Church observes Ash Wednesday

MANCHESTER — Please join us for Ash Wednesday observance at 5:30 p.m. March 6 at the Chapel of the First Congregational Church, located at 3624 Main St., across from the Equinox Hotel. We will serve a simple supper of soup and bread followed by a service and the Imposition of Ashes. For more information, contact the church office at 802-362-2709.

Vermont More Than Pink Walk calls first committee meeting

MANCHESTER — The first committee planning meeting for the inaugural Komen Vermont MORE THAN PINK Walk will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the Komen New England office at 1009 Depot St. Participation is encouraged from all over the Green Mountain state. Remote attendance may also be arranged. The Walk will be held at Riley Rink in Manchester on Saturday, July 20. If you're interested in serving on the Walk committee, please contact Linda Maness before Wednesday, March 6, at 802-362-2733 or by email at

Greenwich library hosts painting event

GREENWICH, N.Y. — The Greenwich Free Library will be hosting a Paint and Partake event with Naomi Meyer from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 8. Art materials and snacks are included in the $35 fee, and there will be a cash bar. Participants must be at least 21 years old. Spaces to the event are limited, so reservations with advance payment are required. Contact the library at 518-692-7157 to reserve your spot. All proceeds benefit the Greenwich Free Library, which is located at 148 Main St. Meyer, a longtime art teacher at Greenwich Central School, is currently part of the Tang Teaching Museum's outreach program to school children throughout the region.

Lewis performs Chopin at Zion Church

MANCHESTER — Christopher Lewis will be performing Chopin at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Zion Church in Manchester. Lewis, a pianist who teaches at Bennington College, has performed throughout the United States and Italy. He is a winner of the American National Chopin Competition and the New York Leschetizky Society.

Fire department holds breakfast fundraiser

WEST PAWLET — The West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department will be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 10, at its firehouse at 2806 state Route 153. The meal, to be served between 7:30 and 11:00 a.m., comprises of pancake (regular, chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry) served with local maple syrup, as well as waffles, West Pawlet's famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Beverages include coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. The spread costs $8 for people ages 65 and older, $5 for children 5 to 11 years old and $10 for everyone else. Children under 5 eat for free. The venue is fully accessible. All profits from the breakfast will go to the equipment and training expenses of the fire department, a nonprofit organization. Donations are appreciated.


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