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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.

Market continues through Oct. 3

MANCHESTER — The Manchester farmers' market offers fall's bounty of fresh cider, crisp apples, delicious baked goods and maple products. The market will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 3 to 6 p.m., rain or shine, in Adams Park, 5101 Main St. (7A). Music with longtime market favorite Bud Mattison will be featured.

The market is producer-only, meaning that 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. Leashed dogs are welcome. The last market day of the season is Oct. 3.

'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., today. 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.

Hilton Park to play at Old Firehouse

TINMOUTH — Hilton Park will perform at the Tinmouth Old Firehouse on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Hailing from southern Maine, the award-winning band is known throughout the northeast for earthy, emotionally expressive and superbly crafted acoustic Americana, folk and blues. Combining veteran musical & songwriting skill with youthful enthusiasm, father/son team Bruce and Conor Hilton and family friend Gregg Pannier explore intimate musical textures, digging into the roots of American blues, folk rock and country, while maintaining a contemporary feel of their own.

Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be a no-charge raffle at intermission for free tickets for future concerts. The Old Firehouse is located at 7 Mountain View Road, at the intersection of Vermont Route 140 and Mountain View Road, next to the new firehouse in the heart of downtown Tinmouth. Suggested donation of $10 to $15. Information: Jo Reynolds, 802-446-3457 or

St. James' Harvest Fest is coming

ARLIINGTON — The annual Harvest Fest at St. James' Episcopal Church will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 until 4, with a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 29, from noon until 5.

Vendors will offer a diverse selection of art, antiques and collectibles, children's clothing, wood products, jewelry, ceramics and other crafts, as well as homemade baked and preserved foods, and seasonal and holiday items. The chili and soup caf will feature lunch and home-baked apple pies will be on sale. The Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose booth will be offer bargains and a host of themed baskets will be raffled off.

The church, the oldest Episcopal parish in Vermont, will be decorated for the harvest season and open for informal tours.

Some vendor spaces remain. For more information or to request a vendor application, call the parish office at 802-375-9952, email or visit the website at The vendor application can also be downloaded from the website.

Fall festival to feature blessing of the animals

CAMBRIDGE — The annual blessing of the animals will take place in celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis on Saturday, Sept. 28, at New Skete Monasteries. Arrival starts at 2 p.m., with the blessing service at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments of the season will follow. All animals must be on a leash or in a secure pen at all times for the safety of the participants and other animals. The service is free and open to the public. Information: or 518-677-3928, ext. 214.

Get creative and spark some art!

MANCHESTER — Art educators, Marion Abrams and Hilary Emerson Lay will guide participants through a craft activity from their new book "Art Sparks," a friendly, approachable pathway to learning essential art skills and a springboard for building self-confidence and promoting Independence at Northshire Bookstore, Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. Arts and crafts inspire and stimulate the imagination and can help to boost a child's confidence. In "Art Sparks," Abrams and Emerson Lay prompt children to push their creative boundaries with 53 open-ended arts and crafts projects that foster problem-solving skills and encourage individuality.

A lively and colorful collection of projects, "Art Sparks" is specifically designed to ignite creativity and nurture children's discovery and exploration of their own unique talents. From finger puppets and shrink art to papier-m ch alpacas and sock critters, each activity uses inexpensive and/or upcycled art materials and can be crafted in 90 minutes or less. Interspersed with fun facts about famous artists and art traditions from around the globe, this book invites children of all skill levels to explore a range of art forms.

Abrams founded the Summer Art Barn in Hatfield, MA, in 1989. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Emerson Lay is a working artist and is the founder of Bubo Arts Collective and the assistant director of the Summer Art Barn. She has a BFA from Emerson College in writing, literature and publishing, with a concentration in children's writing and illustration, and managed The Spirit of '76 Bookstore in Marblehead, MA, for 10 years.

100 countries covered

in 'Around the

World in 50 Years'

MANCHESTER — Vermont author, Elayne Clift will present her new book, "Around the World in Fifty Years," Saturday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m., at Northshire Bookstore. The travel memoir, told in both prose and poetry, shares personal stories, vignettes, photographs and postscripts that range from poignant to hilarious from the 100 countries she has visited.

The award-winning writer and journalist has published two memoirs, a novel, two books of poetry, three short story collections, three essay collections and three edited anthologies. A Vermont Humanities Council Scholar, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vermont Magazine and others. She serves as senior correspondent for the international syndicate Women's Feature Service, and is a frequent contributor to Women's Media Center. She is a regular columnist for the Keene Sentinel and the Brattleboro Commons, and a reviewer for The New York Journal of Books.

A financial view from down under

MANCHESTER — Ruth Richardson, who served as New Zealand's minister of finance from 1990 to 1993 and has since had a distinguished career in business, including extensive experience in China, will offer her perspective on global commerce and politics on Saturday, Sept. 28. Presented by Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, Richardson will deliver a lecture at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts.

Richardson is considered the architect of New Zealand's Fiscal Responsibility Act, which required the country to balance its budget and still is widely regarded as international best practice. She has since served as an advisor on public and fiscal policy to many governments around the world, including the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Having also gained significant business experience dealing with China, Richardson will offer a unique and timely perspective on critical international issues including the U.S./China trade war. The event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m., and the lecture will continue until 7:30. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door, if available. Advance tickets can be purchased at

Harvest Fest heading this way

ARLINGTON — St. James' Episcopal Church will offer its annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 29, from noon until 5 p.m.

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Vendors will offer a diverse selection of art, antiques and collectibles, children's clothing, wood products, jewelry, ceramics and other crafts, as well as homemade baked and preserved foods, and seasonal and holiday items. The chili and soup caf will serve lunch and home-baked apple pies will be on sale. The Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose booth will offer several bargains, and a host of themed baskets will be raffled off.

Some vendor spaces remain. For more information or to request a vendor application, contact the parish office at 802-375-9952, email, or visit the website at

Green Mountain Club

to hike Styles Peak

On Saturday, Sept. 28, those interested may meet at Peru Park and ride next to the Town Hall at 9 a.m., to drive to the Long Trail trailhead on Mad Tom Notch. Hike to the summit of Styles Peak and back, 3.2 miles round trip with a 900-feet elevation gain. This is a moderate hike. Those attending should bring snacks, lunch and fluids, as well as an extra layer, and a raincoat. Reservations: Katie Brooks, 516-978-4016 or

Cub Scouts plan recruitment event

MANCHESTER CENTER — Boys and girls in Kindergarten through grade 5 are invited to learn about the Cub Scouts at a recruitment event planned for Sunday, Sept. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Maple Street School gym. Foundations of important life skills including respect and good citizenship are the group's focus.

Pet blessing planned

at Dorset church

DORSET — The community is invited to attend the annual pet blessing at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert on Sunday, Sept. 29. The blessing will take place on the front lawn beginning at 9 a.m. Worship service begins at 10 a.m., and will include a memorial candle lighting for pets that have passed on. The children's choir will sing Shel Silverstein's "Unicorn Song." The church is located at 143 Church St., off Route 30. Information: 867-2260.

Information session to focus on IRAs

LONDONDERRY — Legislation in development in the U.S. Congress will impact your IRA. To learn about its different components and how best to prepare for these changes, Ron Theissen, CPA, CFP will present "Congress is Coming After Your IRA," on Monday, Sept. 30. This free informational program will take place at Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, 5700 Mountain Marketplace, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Theissen will discuss the SECURE Act: Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019. According to Congress, the purpose of SECURE is to facilitate retirement saving while making it easier for employers to offer retirement packages for their employees. However, there are adverse side-effects. Theissen will strip away the legalese and provide helpful tips on how to prepare for the upcoming changes, including ways to minimize the damage. Theissen specializes in comprehensive financial planning services, including tax consulting and investment management. He has more than forty years of diverse tax and financial planning experience. Registration: 802-824-4343.

Thomas looks at life of Sandra Day O'Connor

MANCHESTER — Evan Thomas, author of a bestselling biography on Sandra Day O'Connor, will examine the life of the Supreme Court justice in a talk at Burr and Burton Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. His talk, "First: The Story of Sandra Day O'Connor," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's "First Wednesdays" lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Thomas will examine the life and work of the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, tracing O'Connor's story from a childhood on a remote cattle ranch in Arizona to her 25 years as a Supreme Court justice. A book signing will follow the talk.

Thomas was a writer, correspondent and editor for 33 years at Time and Newsweek. He taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton.

The talk will take place in the Riley Center for the Performing Arts. Information: Manchester Community Library, 802-362-2607, or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626; also,, or visit

Archer Mayor to sign new book

ARLINGTON — Vermont author Archer Mayor will sign copies of his newest book, "Bomber's Moon" from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2 at The Mill in Arlington. The event is free but is limited to 100 guests.

Bart seeks volunteers to ski and snowboard

LONDONDERRY — The Bart Adaptive Sports

Center is looking for volunteers to ski or snowboard for the upcoming winter season. An information meeting will take place at Neighborhood Connections on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Neighborhood Connection is located at 5700 VT-100.

Bart Adaptive Sports offers skiing and snowboarding at Bromley and Stratton mountains.

Information: 802-824-6849, or email,

Comedy show planned by Salem Fire Dept.

SALEM, N.Y. — The Salem Volunteer Fire Department will present a comedy show at the firehouse, #53 South Main St,, on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. Food and beverages will be sold. Tickets are being sold at Salem Hardware, A&J Agway and by calling Steve at 518-321-9430. A 50-50 raffle and other raffles are planned.

Youth hockey registration is under way in Manchester

MANCHESTER — The Northshire Hockey Association online registration is open. Practices start the week of October 21 and run through the first week of March 2020. The 6U program for boys and girls ages 6 and under will cost $175 for approximately 16 weeks of instruction. Participants must be independent skaters.

NHA will be hosting its "Back to the Rink Night" for all interested youth hockey players ages 4-14 at Riley Rink on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Board members will be available to answer questions about registration and the upcoming season, as well as to outfit younger players in rental gear for $30. Packages include all equipment needed by new players except for a hockey stick and skates. NHA will also host an equipment swap the same evening.

For more information about the youth hockey program, please visit the NHA website at or email Karen Grabher at

Russian singers

to present free concert

CAMBRIDGE - The New Skete Monasteries present the Konevets Quartet, a male vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia, in a program of traditional Russian choral music. Performance includes sacred music ranging from chants and hymns to secular songs featuring Russian and Ukrainian folk songs, classical selections and Imperial regimental songs and marches which were forbidden during Communism. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Donations are welcome. Information/reservations: or 518-677-3928, ext. 215.

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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