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Glitz, glamour galore In Palm Beach tale

MANCHESTER — Bernard Moran, author of "Love and Treachery in Palm Beach," will present a talk on his book at 6 p.m., on Friday, August 9, at the Northshire Bookstore.

The story focuses on the glitz and glamour of Palm Beach life. Fifteen short stories reveal the true natures of residents of the island paradise including an empty nester who creates a business against her husband's wishes; a middle-aged man who tries to recapture his youth with comical results, and a narcissist who meets his nemesis at a swimming pool.

Moran has written over 75 articles for lifestyle publications such as "Gold

Coast" and "The Palm Beacher," with topics ranging from antiquities to women's soccer. He has also written three "Love and Treachery in Palm Beach" collections.

He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and The Villages.

Practice patience, paint a mandala stone

MANCHESTER — A mandala stone painting workshop will take place on Saturday, August 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Northshire Bookstore. Tickets to attend are $25.00 and are available at the bookstore, as well as online at

The painting technique used is derived from the Buddhist and Hindu culture, with mandalas created while practicing patience, impermanence and oneness with the universe. Workshop instructor is Gabrielle Hayward. Supplies, light snacks and music are included, and a short history on mandalas will be given. A mandala stone book will be available for purchase.

Monastery to offer

faith-filled pilgrimage

CAMBRIDGE, NY — The annual New Skete pilgrimage will take place Saturday, August 10, starting at 8:30 a.m. The event is free and open to people of all faiths. Activities begin at 8:30 with a Festal Matins, and continue at 9:30 with a Divine Liturgy; 11:15 to 12:30, tour of the Icons of New Skete; 1:30, guest speaker, professor Gayle Woloschak of Northwestern University, on "Good Earth - Caring for God's Creation"; 2:45, guided hike; 3, iconography demonstration, and at 5, a vigil with healing service. Lunch from Iggy's Wicked Good Eats, and cheesecake slices from the nuns of New Skete will be available for purchase. There will also be a Chapel Community bake sale and the Monks and Nuns gift shops will be open. Information: Karen Gladstone, (518) 677-3928, ext. 214; email,

Sharpshooters aim high in Howard Coffin presentation

WESTON — Howard Coffin, historian and author, will deliver a presentation of "Vermont's Remarkable Sharpshooters and Gettysburg," at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at Old Parish Church, Route 100, just south of the village green. The talk is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council as part of their "Speakers Bureau" program and is hosted by the Weston Historical Society. Vermont sent many sharpshooters to the Union armies, more than any other state, on a per capita basis. These sharpshooters played a little-known, but major role at Gettysburg, the great Union victory that changed the Civil War's course. Howard is the author of several books, most with a focus on Vermont's role in the Civil War. Following the talk at noon, the Farrar-Mansur Museum will be open with a special display in the ballroom celebrating Vermont sharpshooters and Weston's presence at the battle of Gettysburg. A typical Civil War encampment will be depicted and artifacts carried by Weston citizens at Gettysburg will be shown. The display will be open until 4 p.m., as well as on Wednesday and weekend afternoons for the remainder of the museum's season. The Farrar-Mansur Museum is located on Route 100, just north of the village green.

A more fruitful

way of canning

PAWLET — As part of its " 'Vermont Life' Skill Share" series, the Pawlet Public Library will offer a free program on canning fruit on Saturday from 10 - noon. Pitchfork Preserves founder Melissa Aakjar will show participants how to bring out the best of fruit flavors using less sugar and more fruit. Her small batch business, located at Oak Summit Farm, produces handcrafted artisan jams, pickles and condiments that sell at local farmers' markets and online. For more information, visit, or stop by the library at 141 School St.

Foraging for

fine mushrooms

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RUPERT — Ian Vair, chef and wild-mushroom expert, will lead the second workshop in his mushroom foraging series presented by Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning on Sunday from 2 to 5. The class will take place at Merck Forest and Farmland Center. Several varieties of wild edible mushrooms including Black Trumpets, Chanterelles and various Boletus mushrooms will be the focus. The workshop will begin with a discussion on safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Pre-registration is required and costs $25. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes for hiking, and to bring a water bottle, insect repellent, and a collection bag. For more information and to register: 802-867-0111 or visit

Guitar is focus of

the FOG Quartet

WESTON — The FOG Quartet, a new chamber group based in New York City, will perform as part of the "Sundays on the Hill" concert series. The 4 p.m. concert will be performed at Church on the Hill on Sunday, August 11. The church is located on Lawrence Hill Road, off Route 100. Parking is available at the church, and along the road and village green. The group's repertoire brings the guitar into the mainstream of chamber music in works of Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Ravel. The instruments' names, flute, oboe, guitar and cello, form the basis of the quartet's name. All "Sundays On the Hill" concerts take place on Sundays at 4. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. A handicap ramp is available. Information:

Mount Tabor Leg talk

to feature easy walk

DANBY — A short lecture on the slice of Peru that was the Mount Tabor Leg for 20 years before being given to Dorset will take place at the Mt. Tabor - Danby Historical Society, Griffith Memorial Library, 74 S. Main St., Sunday, August 11, at 1 p.m. The lecture will be followed by an optional carpool to the top of South End Road in Mount Tabor, and a one-mile easy woods walk to see where and why some of the Leg still exists. The free event is open to all.

Library to host talk

about Holocaust hero

ARLINGTON — Jack Mayer will speak at Martha Canfield Library at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 11, about "Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project." Mayer tells the story of Irena Sendler, a holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. Sendler's story remained unknown after the war until three Kansas teens uncovered a reference to her heroism 60 years later. This talk is free and open to the public, and accessible for those with disabilities. For more information, contact the Martha Canfield Library at 802-375-6153 or martha_canfield_lib@hotmailcom.

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Take a hike on the

Deer Leap Loop

LONDONDERRY — The Manchester section of the Green Mountain Club will offer a hike on the Deer Leap Loop on Monday, August 12. Participants are asked to meet at Clark's IGA (east side of the IGA by the mural) at 9 a.m. to carpool to the trail head. Those wishing to may meet at 10 a.m. at the Inn at Long Trail on Route 4. The 3.5-mile, moderately slow-paced hike goes to the Deer Leap Overlook, then to the summit of Deer Leap Mountain and back to the starting point. A gain of approximately 900 feet of elevation is expected. Some steep climbing is involved, but the hike is still recommended for beginners. Those attending are asked to bring a lunch, snacks, fluids, an extra clothing layer and a raincoat. Reservations are required.

Information: Marge Fish, 802-384-3654 or

Feel the Arctic Ocean,

the North Pole chill

MANCHESTER — David Golibersuch will present the fourth talk in his "Arctic Exploration" series which focuses on his trip to the North Pole. The talk, sponsored by Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, will take place on Tuesday, August 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Golibersuch was one of eleven adventurers who reenacted polar explorers Robert Peary and Matthew Henson's 1906 "final dash" to the Pole. The talk will recount the life-altering journey during which physical, mental and emotional challenges were confronted. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Information: 802-867-0111 or visit

Jump into the jungle

for library story time

MANCHESTER CENTER — A jungle-themed story time will take place at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, August 13, at the Manchester Community Library. This free program for children and their caregivers features stories, rhymes, music, movement and free-play to encourage pre-literacy skills. The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

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Learn language

of the stars

MANCHESTER CENTER — Astrologer Cathy Walker will delve into the origins of astrology and its history at the Manchester Community Library on Thursday, August 15, at 7 p.m.

Participants will learn the fundamental method of reading an astrological birth chart, as well as practice the basic techniques of interpretation. The ethics and art of astrological practice will also be considered. Walker has been a student and practitioner of astrology for 34 years, with a focus on evolutionary astrology, a system that uses the birth chart as a guide for personal growth and development. This year's free "Summer Reading Program for Adults" theme is "A Universe of Stories." The Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Information: 802-362-2607.

Friendly pirate to perform

kids' program at library

MANCHESTER CENTER — Rockin' Ron, the Friendly Pirate, will perform interactive songs that include wordplay, history and values, along with clever lyrics at the Manchester Community Library. This free program, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 15, is funded by a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

A transcendent tale

of war-torn Beirut

MANCHESTER CENTER — Rawi Hage, prize-winning author of "Beirut Hellfire Society,"

will present this searing and visionary novel set in war-torn 1970s Beirut, on Thursday, August 15, at 5:30 p.m., at the Northshire Bookstore. The novel is a profane, transcendent and profoundly moving fable on what it means to live through war. Hage was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war during the 1970s and 1980s. He immigrated to Canada in 1992 and now lives in Montreal. His first novel, "De Niro's Game," won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for the best English-language book published anywhere in the world in a given year, and has either won or been shortlisted for seven other major awards and prizes.

Barrows House history

to be subject of talk

DORSET — The Dorset Historical Society's Third-Thursday talk in August will take place at the at noon at the Barrows House at 3156 Route 30 in Dorset. Colleen Palmer, general manager of the Barrows House, will talk about the history of the property and then lead a tour of the inn. The free event is open to the public. The program lasts about an hour.

Mermaids to be featured

at Kids Puppet Party

MANCHESTER — Robin Riding will sing her lullaby picture book, "Mermaids Fast Asleep," with musical accompaniment on Friday, August 16. Children ages two and up will be able to color and create paper puppets as they "swim" to the music of the book and "go to sleep" at the bottom of the sea. Riding lives in Pennsylvania where she runs Book and Puppet Co. "Mermaids Fast Asleep" is her debut picture book. This "Kids Puppet Party" program will take place at 11 a.m. at Northshire Bookstore.

Town-wide tag sale

set to take place

DANBY — The Danby/Mt. Tabor town-wide tag sale will take place from 9 to 3 on Saturday, August 17. Featured will be raffles, games, music by the Don't Leave Band!, and a chicken barbecue put on by the Danby/Mt. Tabor Fire Department. Maps of all the tag sales in both towns will be available at 34 S. Main St. Tables are $10; vehicles, $25 and homeowners on the map, $10. For questions and an application for a spot, email or call Bob Tobin or 802-293-9400.


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