Northshire Notes


Talk with investigative reporter/crime writer

MANCHESTER — New England Newspapers, Inc. and Northshire Books are thrilled to host Hank Phillippi Ryan, an investigative reporter who has sparked real change and won 34 Emmys, 14 Edward R. Murrow awards and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Ryan will present "Trust Me," a novel of psychological suspense and manipulation at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, as well as speak with Kevin Moran, chief content officer and executive editor of the Manchester Journal, Berkshire Eagle, Bennington Banner and Brattleboro Reformer.

As an investigative reporter, her work has resulted in new laws, criminals sent to prison, homes saved from foreclosure and millions in restitution to victims and consumers. A former president of Sisters in Crime and founder of Mystery Writers of America University, Ryan lives in Boston with her husband. She is the author also of the Jane Ryland series: "The Other Woman," The Wrong Girl," "Truth be Told," "Say No More" and "What You See."

Hear stories by the fireside

MANCHESTER — "A volume of spiritual gems" is how the Detroit Free Press characterized Rabbi Bob Alper's first collection of heartwarming short stories. He'll be sharing a few of them at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, by the fireside at Manchester Community Library. The presentation was rescheduled from February due to inclement weather. Many of the chapters in Alper's two books, "Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This" and "Thanks. I Needed That," find their origin in the Northshire. Mulled cider and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, contact the library at or call Cindy at 802-549-4577.

'Off the Shelf' conversation on traveling Italy

MANCHESTER — Northshire Books is thrilled to welcome Frances Mayes, author of "Under the Tuscan Sun," to Manchester at 6 p.m. Friday, March 15. Mayes will be presenting her new book, "See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy," a travel narrative that crisscrosses the country from the Dolomites to the tip of Sicily. This will be an "Off the Shelf" conversation with WAMC/Northeast Public Radio host Joe Donahue and will be recorded live for later airing on "The Book Show."

As cultural emissary of Italy, Mayes has spent 30 years splitting her time between her native United States and adopted home in Tuscany, as well as writing seven bestselling books about the region. In "See You In the Piazza," she and her husband hit the road in their white Alfa Romeo to explore the country from north to south. Mayes seeks the very best local food, wine, culture and history that Italy has to offer--and discovers countless unexpected charms along the way. She conjures the enchantment of the backstreets, the hubbub of markets and the dreamlike wonder of that space between lunch and dinner, when a city invites us to wander its nooks and crannies or lose ourselves in the pages of a delicious book.

This event will take place at the Riley Center for the Arts on the campus of Burr and Burton Academy. We are offering two tiers of tickets through Eventbrite: general admission that comes with a free copy of the book; and a limited, two-seat option that comes with one free copy of the book. Your ticket/receipt will be emailed to you, please bring it to the event to gain admission. For any questions, contact Dafydd Wood at

Contra dance at Tinmouth Community Center

TINMOUTH — Dance to the splendid tunes of Cedar, Anne and David with Adina Gordon calling. The event takes place at the Tinmouth Community Center, 573 state Route 140, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15. Bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10-$12, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit, email or call 802-881-6775.

Snowshoe the Aiken Wilderness

MANCHESTER — Snowshoe the trailless Aiken Wilderness with the Green Mountain Club's Manchester Section on Saturday, March 16. Meet at Shaw's in Manchester Center at 8 a.m. or at the parking lot across from Woodford State Park on state Route 9 at 9 a.m. Carpool to the start of the hike. This is a map-and-compass hike with a trained leader. Bring extra clothing, snacks, lunch, fluids and poles. This is a moderate hike, and participants must stay together because there is no trail. RSVP is required: contact Dave Ratti at 802-366-0698 or

Ski Stratton at night

STRATTON — The annual 24 Hours of Stratton, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to ski or ride Stratton Mountain Resort around the clock, is back this weekend starting 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16. It's your only chance to ski Stratton at night. The event benefits the Stratton Foundation, which raises money for Vermont children in poverty. This family-friendly event puts the fun in fundraising with live music, spectator events, fireworks, good food and great times. To register for the event or to find out more, go to

Children learn to make elves and fairies

LONDONDERRY — The South Londonderry Free Library is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a free program for children at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. Artist Casey Junker Bailey, who has toured Ireland several times, will lead a workshop for kids of all ages. Participants will learn about fairy lore and make their own elves and fairies, along with fairy accessories. Each child will also bring home a decorated bag of fairy dust. For more information, contact the library at 802-824-3371.

Nonprofit group holds Basket Party fundraiser

SUNDERLAND — Burdett Commons is hosting its annual Basket Party fundraiser at Sunderland Elementary School on Saturday, March 16. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and tickets may be purchased until 1 p.m., when organizers will begin picking basket winners. The cost is $5 for your first sheet of tickets, with an additional door prize ticket. Each additional sheet of tickets costs $3 and does not include a door prize ticket. There will be hot food, beverages and snacks for sale. All money raised will go toward our various community programs and events. Please email with any questions.

Kids explore the making of maple syrup

RUPERT — Through traditional stories, games and hands-on exploration, uncover how sap is transformed into syrup at Merck Forest & Farmland Center from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Learn about the history and science of maple sugaring: how trees create sap, how we tap for sap and the journey that sap takes to turn into the treat we call maple syrup. There's a $10 free to participate. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; preregistration required. Call 802-394-7836 to reserve your spot. Come dressed warmly for an outdoor experience. Merck Forest & Farmland Center is located at 3270 state Route 315.

Art group meets

for first time

MANCHESTER — Do you need a little inspiration and motivation to jump-start your art-making? Manchester Community Library introduces Make Art 1st, a group that hopes to encourage the flow of creativity with any medium you choose to bring. The group, the brainchild of watercolorist Juan Rodriguez, will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month, 1-3 p.m., beginning March 16. Get to know others who share a passion for drawing, sketching and painting. Bring your own materials for small-scale projects. Attendees will explore and share ideas in composition and technique. Participation is free and open to library members; however, the group is limited to 12. Those who want to join the Make Art 1st group and live in Manchester are entitled to a free Library membership; all others would be asked to pay a non-resident library membership fee. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information r to reserve your spot in the group, contact Cindy at or 802-549-4577.

Taconic Music presents afternoon

of chamber music

MANCHESTER — Taconic Music artistic directors Ariel Rudiakov and Joana Genova invite the public to a chamber concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Zion Episcopal Church. The concert, featuring piano trios by Ludwig van Beethoven, Rebecca Clarke and Fritz Kreisler, will be performed by Joana Genova on the violin, Nathaniel Parke on the cello and Elizabeth Wright on the piano. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Taconic Music provides Southern Vermont communities with year-round concerts, lessons, demonstrations and educational programs built upon the rich traditions of classical music. It offers inclusive points of entry through a variety of genres for people of all ages and walks of life. For more information, visit

Firehouse holds turkey dinner

SALEM, N.Y. — Join the Salem Fire Department Support Group at the firehouse on Saturday, March 16, for a turkey dinner starting at 4 p.m. The meal will consist of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, roll, dessert and a drink. Advance tickets, $10 each, are available at A & J Agway, Main Street Diner and Salem Hardware. Tickets at the door are $12. Takeouts will be available. For any questions, contact Kim at 518-275-1515 or Jen at 518-854-7692.

Hike through fields and forests

RUPERT — Join Merck Forest & Farmland Center's Education Director, Chris Hubbard, for a hike through Merck's early spring landscape 4-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. The hike, which costs $5 per person, will end in our farm barns, where lambs and chickens await. Call 802-394-7836 to reserve your spot. Merck Forest & Farmland Center is located at 3270 state Route 315.

Author discusses new thriller

MANCHESTER — New Hampshire author Diane les Becquets will be presenting her new novel, "The Last Woman in the Forest" -- a thriller about a woman who fears the man she loved may have been a serial killer -- at Northshire Bookstore at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Combining her love of nature and wildlife conservation, her personal experience with assault and her interest in the unsolved Connecticut River Murders of the 1980s, Les Becquets has delivered a novel of suspense that will haunt readers until the last page.

In "The Last Woman in the Forest," Marian Engstrom has found her true calling: working with rescue dogs to help track and protect endangered wildlife. Her first assignment takes her to northern Alberta, Canada, where she falls in love with her mentor, the daring and brilliant Tate. But after an accident leaves him dead, Marian discovers disturbing inconsistencies about Tate's life. She begins to wonder if he could have been responsible for the unsolved murders of at least four women. Desperately hoping to clear his name, she reaches out to a retired forensic profiler who is still haunted by the open cases. As she circles ever closer to the truth, she cannot shake the feeling that she is being watched and that danger lurks around every corner of the forest.

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Stratton Mountain School screens adventure films

STRATTON — Stratton Mountain School's annual Summit Series concludes at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The event will showcase the Earth's beauty while illustrating the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to defend it. Experience the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe through adventure films from around the world.

There will be 10 short films on tap, including "Treeline," which explores our connection to the forest and takes us through the cypress groves of Japan, the towering red cedars of British Columbia and the ancient bristlecones of Nevada. "RJ Ripper" follows four-time Nepali national cycling champion Rajesh (RJ) Magar from the chaotic streets of Kathmandu to the imposing ridges of the Himalayas, whereas "Brotherhood of Skiing" highlights the work of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, an organization striving for inclusivity and opportunity for all on the slopes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, visit or call 802-856-1120.

Festival attendees will also enjoy raffle prizes from brands such as Peak Design, CLIF Bar and Klean Kanteen. Progressive Asset Management will be on site to offer complimentary investment portfolio reviews, screening for socially and environmentally responsible investment concerns.

Kat Edmonson

takes the stage

BENNINGTON — On its 15th season of the Basement Music Series, Vermont Arts Exchange welcomes Kat Edmonson to the Masonic Hall on Saturday, March 16. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Edmonson, a jazz vocalist, brings both the songs and the sensibility of the Great American Songbook into the 21st century. A Texas native and Brooklyn transplant, she forged her sound performing in small rooms and clubs

before touring worldwide.

She has appeared in film, performed on radio and television, as well as released four albums to date. Her newest album, "Old Fashioned Gal," is out now on Spinnerette Records. Her tour supporting the full-length album continues with stops throughout the U.S.

Tickets for her local concert are $22 in advance through or by calling 800-838-3006. If not sold out, tickets are $26 at the door. Student tickets are available for $10. Garam garam will be selling homemade food, and Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury will run a cash bar. The Masonic Hall, at 504 Main St., is an accessible facility.

Enjoy pancake breakfast in Arlington

ARLINGTON — Battenkill Grange #487 is holding a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 17, at the Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Farm Road in East Arlington. The spread will include sausage, home fries, biscuits, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. The meal, served 7:30-9:30 a.m., costs $8 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, call Mike Wood at 802-375-9628.

Hildene offers apple tree pruning workshop

MANCHESTER — Joe Blair will demonstrate apple tree pruning on the grounds of Hildene on Sunday, March 17, 1-3 p.m. Blair will focus on two forms of pruning: corrective pruning for ornamentals and pruning to increase productivity for fruit-bearing trees. The arborist will demonstrate these techniques on the Lincolns' historic apple trees with time for questions and answers throughout. This Hildene horticultural program is free and open to the public. Check in at the Welcome Center. For more information, contact Stephanie at 802-367-7960.

Taconic Music presents youth recital

MANCHESTER — Now on its third year, Taconic Music's Strings for Kids program will hold its winter recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Zion Episcopal Church. Violin, viola and cello students of Deanna Baasch, Vesela French, Joana Genova, Cami Sylvia and Jared Shapiro will show off what they've learned over the past term.

Strings for Kids, which is currently accepting new students for its spring term, offers music instruction in violin, viola and cello for ages 5-18. Taconic Music also offers students who can read music the opportunity to participate in the Taconic Junior Ensemble. Directed by cellist Karen Svirsky and violinist Joana Genova, the ensemble rehearses 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at Zion Episcopal Church. The spring term begins March 25 and consists of seven regular rehearsals and a public performance. Financial assistance is available to families that cannot afford the full tuition. More information about Strings for Kids and the Taconic Junior Ensemble can be found at or by contacting Joana Genova at

Group puts spotlight on Irish cooking

MANCHESTER — The cookbook discussion group, Cook by the Book, will talk about traditional Irish foods at Manchester Community Library on Tuesday, March 19, 2 p.m.. Drop-ins are welcome.

Winhall Library to discuss 'Educated'

WINHALL — The Winhall Memorial Library will host a discussion of "Educated" by Tara Westover at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. For questions, email or call 802-297-9741. The library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road in Bondville.

The Road to Appomattox

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Norwich University Professor Steven E. Sodergren to talk about the final year of the Civil War. The event will take place 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room. It will examine the changing face of battle during the latter half of the Civil War as trench warfare and battles of attrition began to dominate the American battlefields. Relying primarily on soldier letters and diaries from the war, Sodergren will discuss the issue of soldier morale, while demonstrating how Union soldiers adapted to the changing battlefield and went on to achieve victory over the Confederacy. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit

How to ease foot problems

LONDONDERRY — Do you suffer from knee, hip, back or heel pain? Bunions, corns, hammer toe or have balance issues? Gretchen Lima, a certified pedorthist, will be at Neighborhood Connections at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, to discuss how she modifies footwear to ease and treat foot-related problems. Lima, who works at Manchester's Family Footwear Center, said many people wear the wrong size or type of shoes and could benefit from arch support or cushions. She will be measuring feet at this presentation. Space is limited, so call 802-824-4343 to register. Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

Junior maker's club studies spatial reasoning

MANCHESTER — Use spatial reasoning and mirroring to create stamps from styrofoam sheets. The event, sponsored by the Bank of Bennington, will be held at Manchester Community Library on Wednesday, March 20, 4:30 p.m. Email to pre-register. The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Visitor's day at Community Bible Study

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — Tri-State Northeast Community Bible Study will hold a Visitor's Day 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. Community Bible Study offers the opportunity to study the Bible in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. We are open to all ages and denominations, finding that studying the Word together strengthens our understanding. This includes age-appropriate programs for people up to age 18. We meet at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church on 484 Hill Road. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Come see what happens in people's lives when they discover God through the study of His Word, the Bible. Our classes meet weekly during the school year. Each class member receives a course book with a commentary and home study questions. Each Thursday, we participate in small discussion groups and a large group teaching. From time to time, we share fellowship meals. Our class has members from Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. Visit our local website,, or our national website,, for more information. If you have questions, contact Joan Brokalis at 30-884-6230 or or Mary Batcheller at 518-686-3166 or

Guitar jam session at Manchester library

MANCHESTER — Manchester Community Library will be hosting a "Guitar Jam Session" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21. All guitarists are invited to bring their instruments. So tune it up, dig out the old amplifier and bring your gear to the library for a night of fun at this free event. The jam sessions have changed their schedule to the third Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at 802-362-2607 or

AARP holds Smart Driver course

LONDONDERRY — Neighborhood Connections and AARP are offering a Smart Driver Course on Friday, March 22, 12-4 p.m. After completing the program, participants may become eligible for an auto insurance discount. Because driving has changed since you first got your license, this session aims to give you a greater understanding of the challenges you face behind the wheel today and how to avoid collisions. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited, so call 802-824-4343 to register. Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

Animal shelter offers rabies clinic

ARLINGTON — There will be a rabies clinic at the Second Chance Animal Center on Saturday, March 23, 12-2 p.m. The fee for vaccination is $12. Clerks from Arlington, Sandgate and Sunderland will be on hand for dog licensing. Dr. Koch and the animal shelter will be volunteering their time at the event.


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