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Hike the Old Job

Trail with GMC

MANCHESTER — Hike on the Old Job Trail and Long Trail from Forest Road 30 to Forest Road 10 with the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section on Aug. 30. Meet at Shaw's in Manchester at the southeast corner of the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to carpool to the trail. Leave cars at the end of the hike and drive to the start of the hike. Hike is 3.3 miles total distance with only 60 feet of elevation gain making it an easy, beginner hike. Bring snack, lunch and fluids, extra layer, raincoat just in case. RSVP required to Lucinda Chueny at 203-912-2739 or

Come smell the


at Rotary cow plop

LONDONDERRY — Taylor Farm will host the Manchester Rotary cow plop on Saturday, August 31, at 3 p.m. The farm is located on 825 VT-11. Daffodil the cow will be the center of attention as she holds court on her throne made up of a grid of squares. Tickets may be purchased per square at $15, or two for $25, and are available at Cota & Cota, 31 Memorial Ave., Manchester. Up to $1,000 may be won. Tickets are not required to attend the event and participants need not be present to win. Wood-fired pizza will be available. Information: 802-362-1941 or email,

Party to mark summer's End at West Mountain

ARLINGTON — The West Mountain Inn will host an End of Summer Barn Party on Saturday, Aug. 31. A barbecue buffet featuring grilled chicken and beef brisket will begin at 5:30 p.m., and live music with Luminous Crush will start at 6:30 p.m. Luminous Crush is a rock and pop band fronted by Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell, with Christian Heins on bass; Brad Waugaman, keyboard, and Paul Carroccio, drums. Tickets are $25. Information: West Mountain Inn, 802-375-6516 or

Artists to take on North Common

CHELSEA — On Saturday, Aug. 31, 35 jury-selected artists and craftspeople will sell their work from 10 to 3 at the Arts on the Green market and festival on Chelsea's North Common. Also featured will be the Family Tent, with storyteller Jules Skeet at 11, and music by Araba-lon drumming ensemble; the all-female trio, Hen of the Woods, and "newgrass" acoustic band, Out on a Limb. The day kicks off at 9 at the information tent with a silent auction of regional works to help raise funding for sustainable and ongoing community arts programming in the First Branch region. Vendors' booths open at 10. Information:

Jazz piano concert

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to benefit Long Trail

The award-winning husband and wife team, Trick and Alderighi will perform a jazz piano concert in the Long Trail School theater on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. Stephanie Trick, a leading exponent of stride piano, and Paolo Alderighi, one of Italy's foremost jazz pianists, have collaborated on a four-hands piano project dedicated to classic jazz, preparing arrangements of songs from the swing era, as well as from the ragtime and blues repertoire. Tickets are $35 for the show only, or $100 for a ticket and pre-show Meet and Greet with the performers. All proceeds benefit the financial aid program at Long Trail School. For more information or to purchase tickets:

Yes, indeed, it's all free!

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS — The Middletown Springs Community Church annual summer "Free Indeed" event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 1, from noon to 3. The event features aisles of tables filled with toys, games, clothing for adults and children, school items, housewares and more. A bag will be given to those attending to collect items, which have been donated throughout the year. Questions: 802-235-2386.

All that jazz,

and tap and ballet

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MANCHESTER — The 27th season of the Ballet Center at Manchester will begin on Sept. 2. Classes will be offered in classical ballet, jazz and tap to children, teens and adults at the rkMiles Studio. Under the direction of Marilyn Cavallari, and new assistant director, Brittany Tatko, jazz and tap will take place on Wednesdays for six-year-olds to teens. Modern dance and ballroom classes for adults will start on Sept. 3. This year's "Nutcracker" auditions will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. Registration/audition times: 802-379-0759.

Gypsy Reel returns

For Labor Day concert

WESTON — The Weston Community Association announces the return of Gypsy Reel, "The Celtic Band that Rocks", for their ninth annual Labor Day concert on the Weston Green. The concert will be on Mon., Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring chairs, friends and a picnic. Gypsy Reel plays high energy, stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition. There is no cost to attend, however, donations will be accepted to benefit the Farrar Park Association. In the event of rain, the concert will move to Old Parish Church, just south of the green. Both are located in the center of Weston on Route 100.

Even better

than a tag sale

LONDONDERRY — The Thrifty Attic Bag Sale will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 4, and Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Thrifty Attic on Main Street. For a dollar, participants will be able to fill a grocery sack that will be provided with that dollar going right back into the community through the Thrifty Attic grant program. New fall and winter merchandise will go out on Wed., Sept. 11. Store hours are from 8 until noon.

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Music, meats and

massages in Manchester

MANCHESTER — The Manchester farmers' market will take place on Thursday, Sept. 5, with live music from Heron Fire, whose eclectic sound features tight vocal harmonies and outstanding guitar work. The farmers' market offers unique crafts and beauty products, chair massages, and meats, cheeses and prepared foods. It is producer-only; every vendor must have had a direct hand in making the food or crafts they sell. It takes place every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3 to 6 p.m., in Adams Park, 5101 Main St. (Route 7A). The market accepts credit and debit cards, EBT and Farm to Family coupons. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Riders needed for

'fall foliage' ride

MANCHESTER — On Saturday, Sept. 14, riders of all ages and abilities/disabilities are invited to participate in the Bart Adaptive Sports Center's 11th annual "No Limits Fall Foliage Ride." Several riding options are being offered including the Century Ride (100 miles) beginning at 7 a.m. (10 riders are needed before the Sept. 6 deadline); recreational rides (60 miles and 30 miles) beginning at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively; and a 9-mile family recreational ride that begins at 11 a.m. All riders will depart from Dana Thompson Park on Route 30. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. (for the 100-mile route). Registration is $50 per person which includes a barbecue lunch. Those participating are encouraged to raise an additional $50 for the effort. This is a rain or shine event. Information: or 802-384-4032.

Forum tackles

quality of life

ARLINGTON — A community forum on "Redefining Quality of Life: Living Fully With illness, Disability and Aging," will be held 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at the MACK Performing Arts Center at Arlington Memorial High School. The forum will explore the complicated issues surrounding quality of life concerns when facing the effects of illness, disabilities and aging. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the "Difficult Conversations Toolkit" and have the opportunity to ask questions of panelists. Participants include retired Col. James W. Baker, a patient; Kim Baker, caregiver and retired nurse; Dr. Michael Welther, Battenkill Valley Health Care, and Rev. Kathleen Clark, Federated Church of E. Arlington. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. To reserve a place call 802-442-5800 or reserve online at

Ongoing book sale

Continues at library

DORSET — The Dorset Library's ongoing book sale continues to take place with $5 bag/box, and individual prices all under $1.

The library is open Monday-Friday, 11 to 5, and Saturday, 10 to 3. Information: 867-5774.


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