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group to perform

at Social House

MANCHESTER — Dirty Mae, a cabaret-inspired performance group with a rare blend of New Orleans blues and soulful folk traditions, will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Social House, 1716 Depot St. The band had launched the first Big Red Fest, an all-female benefit show that presented a diverse array of music, comedy, poetry, and dance performances at the Bowery Poetry Club, with all proceeds from the show donated to local charities supporting survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking.

Dorset Democrats to hold organizing caucus Sept. 19

DORSET — The Dorset Democratic Party Organizing Caucus will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Town Offices, 112 Mad Tom Road, in East Dorset.

For more information, call Barbara J. Fontana, chair, 802-362-0747

Garden vegetables

to be talk topic

MANCHESTER VILLAGE — Neighbor to Neighbor, in conjunction with the Vermont Humanities Council, will present a program featuring science and history writer, Rebecca Rupp, who will discuss the interesting and curious history behind some of our most common garden vegetables. This program will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m., at First Congregational Church in Manchester Village. Information: Neighbor to Neighbor, 802-367-7787.

Farmers' market

continues in Manchester

MANCHESTER CENTER — The Manchester Farmers Market will take place Thursday, Sept. 19, from 3 to 6 p.m., in Adams Park, 5101 Main St., Route 7A. Music from local market favorite, Rachel Konstant will be featured. Seasonal produce, breads, meats and cheeses, prepared foods, fresh flowers and unique crafts and beauty products will be available, as will be chair massages. The market is producer-only; every vendor must have had a direct hand in making the food or crafts they sell. Parking is available at the Gringo Jack's lot across the street. Credit and debit cards, EBT and Farm to Family coupons are accepted and leashed dogs are welcome. The farmers' market takes place every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., rain or shine.

Earth Matters to offer climate strike, march, rally

MANCHESTER CENTER — Those living in the Northshire area have the opportunity to join this Global Climate Strike. The environmental justice grassroots group, Earth Matters 350VT Manchester, is planning a march through the center of Manchester on Friday, Sept. 20, starting at the town green, and followed by a rally at the roundabout and bookstore. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. People are encouraged to walk out and

join the Global Climate Strike at Factory Point Town Green, Route 11/30, Depot Street.

With the leadership of young people, now is the time to come together on Sept. 20 and beyond to demand that real climate leaders at the national, state and local levels hold fossil fuel companies accountable for decades of negligence and damage.

Contra Dance

planned in Tinmouth

TINMOUTH — The Tinmouth contra dance will feature tunes of Brendan Taaffe on guitar and Sarah Blair on fiddle with Dana Dwinell-Yardley calling on Friday, Sept. 20, from 8 to 11 p.m., at the Tinmouth Community Center. All dances are taught, and partners are not needed. Beginners are invited at 8 p.m. for a beginner's lesson.

The dance takes place in the Tinmouth Community Center on Route 140, five miles west of Wallingford. Participants are asked to bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10 to $12; $8 for teens, and free for children 12 and under. Information:; or 802-881-6775. Dances take place on the third Friday of the month.

Nouwen and

Van Gogh to be

topic of Berry talk

MANCHESTER — Carol A. Berry will present "Learning from Henri Nouwen and Vincent Van Gogh: A Portrait of the Compassionate Life." Berry has been studying Vincent van Gogh since 1979, and spent years under the instruction of Henri J.M. Nouwen. She has traveled throughout Europe retracing van Gogh's life, visiting the towns and villages in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, where van Gogh lived and worked. She and her husband met and befriended Nouwen when she sat in his course on compassion at Yale Divinity School in the 1970s. At the request of Nouwen's literary estate, she has written this book, which includes unpublished material recorded from Nouwen's lectures. Berry is an artist, art educator and lecturer at the Vermont Humanities Council, and the author of "Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art in the Modern Spiritual Masters" series. The presentation will take place on Friday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m., at Northshire Bookstore.

Congregational church to host chicken dinner

EAST DORSET — A chicken and biscuit dinner will take place at the East Dorset Congregational Church on Saturday, Sept. 21. Served in the chapel next to the church on Mad Tom Road, the menu will include chicken with gravy and homemade biscuits, potato salad, broccoli salad, carrot and raisin salad, and a selection of homemade desserts. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. and take-outs will be available. Adults: $10, children ages 5 - 12, $5, and children under 5 free.


to swap tales

MANCHESTER — Michael Kingsbury and the Vermont Storytellers will swap tales on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Northshire Bookstore in an evening of great Vermont storytelling, which is expected to produce community and collectivity through distinct perspectives and shared experiences. The event will begin at 6 p.m.

Film showcases

climate crisis

CHESTER — The film, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," will be shown at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 21, at First Universalist Parish. A discussion will follow with Climate Reality trained leader, the Rev. Kevin Carson. The thought-provoking film is being shown as part of the Global Strike for the Climate week of events. "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," tells the story of one man's fight to solve this crisis at a time when the threat has never been clearer - and the reasons for hope have never been greater. We follow Vice President Al Gore as he travels the world training citizens as Climate Reality leaders and building an international coalition to confront the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.

This film arrives at a critical moment, as Vice President Gore, Climate Reality and millions of Americans fight back against an administration that prioritizes the interests of fossil fuel corporations over the health of our planet.

First Universalist Parish of Chester is located at 211 North St., Route 103, North Chester, the historic Stone Village. For more information email:

Origami workshop

at Kittay Library

RUPERT — Origami artist, Gail Martin will teach the art of origami folding on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Rupert Kittay Library. More than just paper folding, origami is expressive art that transforms paper, and can be easy or hard depending on the complexity of the model. The library is located at 2728 Route 153. For more information: or call the library at (802) 394-2444.

Firefighters host

annual bike ride

SALEM, N.Y. — On Sunday Sept. 22, the Salem Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual Tour de Salem Flame Fighters bike ride.

The ride will start and finish at the Salem Fire Department's carnival grounds on Archibald Street, just off NYS Route 22 (South Main St.). Registration starts at 7 a.m. the day of the event or preregistration may be done on the website: The 63-mile ride starts at 8 a.m. with the other rides to follow: 25 mile at 8:30 a.m., 16 mile at 9 a.m., and the 10 mile at 9 a.m. Cost for the ride is $35 per individual or $45 per family.

This year, a run/walk event will also take place starting at 10 a.m. There will be a one-mile walk/run, a 5k run and a 10k run. All events will start and finish at the carnival grounds on Archibald Street. Participants will be required to register on the day of the event. Entry fee is $15 on race day, and $6 for the one-mile race (pre-race or race day). Preregistration may be done by emailing: Participants in both events will be given a T-shirt and free food.

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features Duling

POULTNEY — The annual meeting of the Poultney Historical Society will take place in the East Poultney Schoolhouse on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 2 p.m. The event will feature a presentation, "Picturing Mount Independence: Maps and Artwork, Then and Now," by local historian, Ennis Duling. The talk will include a slide show of the Revolutionary War historic site, Mount Independence in Orwell, which was the site of extensive fortifications built during the Revolutionary War to stop a British invasion on Lake Champlain. It is now a Vermont state historic site.

Duling, of East Poultney, was the communications director at Castleton State College. His articles on the American Revolution have appeared in "Vermont History," "Historical New Hampshire," and the "Journal of the American Revolution." He was the editor of "Strong Ground: Mount Independence and the American Revolution," published in 2016. He is on the boards of the Poultney Historical Society and the Mount Independence Coalition.

A business meeting will precede the lecture at 1 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

'Dorset Tomorrow' action plans presented

DORSET — On Monday, Sept. 23, members of the Dorset community will gather with a team of experts to develop action plans and identify key resources needed for forward progress on the newly identified priorities of "Dorset Tomorrow." The meeting begins with pizza at 6 p.m., and the program starting at 6:30 at the Dorset School, 130 School Drive.

Manchester Players

to read 'Shebang'

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Players will read "The Whole Shebang," by Jason Odell Williams, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m., at Bonnet & Main. "The Whole Shebang" was inspired by a June 4, 2017, New York Times article that reported on an Ohio high school student who challenged her teacher's assertion that global warming was man-made.

The student left class for good after the teacher showed a documentary about how human activity led to drastic climate change. "The Whole Shebang," is a darkly comic play about our core beliefs, our changing planet and what we choose to value most. The reading will feature local, professional actors and drama students from Burr and Burton Academy. It is open to the public and donations will be accepted. To reserve a seat call 802-867-0187.

Field of Democrats

to be talk topic

DORSET — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will welcome Middlebury College professor Matthew Dickinson to talk about the crowded field of Democrats vying for their party's nomination.

The race is in full swing, featuring the largest candidate field in modern history.

With voting still five months away, what can political science and history tell us regarding who is likely to win the nomination and why?

The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Long Trail School, 1045 Kirby Hollow Road. Registration is $18 in advance or $22 at the door. For more information or to register: 802-867-0111 or visit

Short film screenings

offer HOPE for

the Future

MANCHESTER CENTER — Earth Matters, Transition Town Manchester and Manchester Community Library will present "HOPE for the Future: Improving Food Production and Realistic Solutions to Climate Change," on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the library. Two powerful short films will be shown followed by a discussion. "Nourish: Food and Community," illustrates how what we choose to eat — individually and as a society — has an effect around the world, and how making more wholesome choices can improve the health of the environment, our communities and ourselves. Joanna Macy and the Great Turning explores "The Great Turning," the third major revolution of human existence after the agricultural and industrial revolutions, based on an extensive interview with well-known writer, teacher and activist Joanna Macy. Illustrated with beautiful footage shot around the world, the film is at once sobering, insightful and inspiring. "The Great Turning" is ultimately a call to take part in this new "great adventure" in order to help create a more life-sustaining world.

The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Information: library, 802-362-2607.

Garden designer Hayward to present photo lecture

MANCHESTER — The Garden Club of Manchester and the Bennington Garden Club will present a photographic tour of American and English gardens by Gordon Hayward, entitled "The Inevitable Garden," on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Inn at Manchester Event Barn. A book signing and refreshments will follow. Open to the public, tickets are $35, available at the door and online at

'Family Movie Night'

to feature 'Secret Life'

MANCHESTER CENTER — A free "Family Movie Night" featuring "The Secret Life of Pets 2," (rated PG) will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Pizza will be available. Open to the public, the movie will take place at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave.

Community lunch planned at Second Congregational

LONDONDERRY — Second Congregational Church, UCC, will host a community lunch on Thursday, Sept. 26, at noon for residents of the mountain towns. The meal will take place in the church's Friendship Room. The meal is free; donations are welcome. The last lunch of the season will be October 24. The menu for September's lunch will be Yankee pot roast, mashed potatoes, carrots, rolls and apple butter, apple cake and cream. Residents of all ages are welcome. Second Congregational Church is located at 2051 North Main St., (Route 11, west of the blinker at the junction of routes 11 and 100). Information:824-6453.

'Shazam' is

planned as 'Teen Movie Night' movie

MANCHESTER CENTER — Manchester Community Library will host a "Teen Movie Night" featuring "Shazam" (rated PG13), from 4 to 6 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 27. Young adults ages 13 to 18 are invited. Pizza will be available. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Guitarist to perform

at Northshire

MANCHESTER — A free in-store concert and guitar master class performance with guitarist, composer and singer/songwriter, Freddi Shehadi, will take place at 6 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 27, at Northshire Bookstore. Shehadi is an Emmy Award/Mobius Award-winning guitarist/composer and producer who commands a wide range of styles and textures in his performances.

Harvest Fest

slated Sept. 28

ARLINGTON — St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington will be holding its annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 29th, noon until 5 p.m. Seasonal fun under tents on the church grounds. Vendors will be offering a diverse selection of art, antiques and collectibles, children's clothing, wood products, jewelry, ceramics and other crafts, as well as home-made baked and preserved foods, seasonal and holiday items, and much more. The ever-popular chili and soup caf will be serving lunch with home-baked apple pies on sale. The Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose booth will feature bargains and a host of themed baskets will be raffled off. Be sure to visit he church itself, the oldest Episcopal parish in Vermont, which will be decorated for the harvest season and open for informal tours. Stroll around the historic stone-walled cemetery. For more information, 802-375-9952, email, or visit our website at

Join Cub Scouts

at recruitment event

MANCHESTER — Children in kindergarten through fifth grade — both boys and girls can join Cub Scouts from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, in the Maple Street School gym. In Cub Scouts, we start to teach the foundations of very important life skills including respect and being a good citizen. We have loads of fun while we do it. The Scouts BSA program turns children into the leaders of tomorrow.

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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