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2nd Congregational

to hold final lunch

LONDONDERRY — Second Congregational Church will host a community lunch on Thursday, Oct. 24, at noon at the church for residents of the mountain towns. The meal will be in the church's Friendship Room. Meals are free, however, donations are welcome. This will be the last lunch of the season and will offer a Halloween theme. Costumes are optional. The menu will be roast pork with autumn-festive dishes and a special dessert. Residents of all ages are welcome. For more information, call 824-6453.

Vermont development plan

to be discussed

MANCHESTER CENTER — On Thursday, Oct, 24, at 7 p.m., Northshire residents are invited to the Manchester Community Library to learn about how the state has handled questions of development and progress in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future. Sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society, the Vermont Department of Libraries and MCL, the program will open with Northern Vermont University professor Paul Searls, who will review themes and events featured in his newly-published book, "Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century." Following the presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on our community. The program is free. For more information: 802-362-2607.

Interactive group

to focus on all

things Spanish

MANCHESTER CENTER — Sue Ritchie, Spanish teacher at Burr and Burton Academy, will lead a meeting at Manchester Community Library on Friday, October 25, from 3 to 3:55 p.m., focusing on Spanish conversation, drama, and stories. The interactive group is free and open to those who have a basic knowledge of the Spanish language. The group meets on the last Friday of the month through May.

Pete's Posse raids

Old Firehouse

TINMOUTH — Pete Sutherland and his all-Vermont "Posse" will perform on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Old Firehouse. The band includes fiddle prot g , Oliver Scanlon, and accompanist, Tristan Henderson. Featuring rootsy songs, and original and traditional fiddle music, the band has been bringing their brand of 'Neo-Traditional Folk' to festival stages, dance halls and concert series across the U.S., Canada and Europe. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Coffee and tea will be served along with refreshments provided by the Tinmouth Mountain School Parents Club. Donation for the concert is $10 to $15. The Old Firehouse is located at 9 Mountain View Road, next to the new firehouse at the intersection of Vermont 140 and Mountain View Road in the heart of downtown Tinmouth.

Horror authors

are featured at Northshire

MANCHESTER — Celebrate Halloween early at Northshire with two horror authors presenting their new novels in a night of chills. In Bill Halpin's, "The Cult of Eden," newlywed, Will Battese finds himself homesick and overwhelmed after following his ambitious wife, Shannon, to New York City. When a surprise pregnancy shreds their already meager budget, Will drops out of college and settles for work at a low-end diner. What follows is sure to send chills down your spine! "The Cult of Eden" is the first volume in "The Unrisen" saga. In Z.J. Hampl's, "The Mortician's Curse," Lexi is a beautiful, but wild, college senior. She lives to manipulate men. After enrolling in a mysterious college course called "Death and Dying," her life changes. Discover the thrill of these chilling stories and meet their authors at Northshire Bookstore on Friday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m.

Library to hold annual Halloween parade

PAWLET — The Pawlet Public Library will hold its annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. This year, the parade will feature parents with children from birth through grade 6. Pictures and parade line up will be at 9:30, with the parade starting at 10 a.m., heading up School Street and back. Following the parade, participants as well as those attending, are invited inside the library for apple cider and pumpkin bread. For more information: 802-325-3123. The library is located at 141 School St.

Spooky workshop

planned for all ages

SOUTH LONDONDERRY — Goblins of all ages are invited to join art teacher, Casey Junker Bailey at the South Londonderry Free Library on Saturday, Oct. 26, for scary stories and spooky crafts. The workshop, which begins at 10:30 a.m., is free of charge and appropriate for children of all ages. For more information, contact the library at 824-3371.

Turnips take over

at annual festival

WARDSBORO — The Gilfeather Turnip Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tents will be set up on Main Street featuring craft and farmers' market vendors, and the turnip cart will be filled with multiple bushels of freshly dug turnips. Turnips are sold by the pound, along with Gilfeather seed packets. The festival, now in its 17th year, raises funds for the Friends of the Wardsboro Library to support the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building. This free event takes place rain, snow, or shine.

'Bucket List' to show

at Oldcastle Theatre

BENNINGTON — The Center for Communication in Medicine's "SpeakSooner Community Education Film Series" continues on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., at Oldcastle Theatre with an exclusive screening of "The Bucket List," starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The film focuses on two men who meet as patients facing serious illness and find ways of transforming a medical crisis into an opportunity to find meaning in their lives. After the film, there will be a panel discussion with cardiologist, Dr. Scott Rogge; nurse practitioner, Alison Malmborg, and patient, Jeff Babson, discussing quality of life challenges that arise at these pivotal moments. Tickets are $25 and include a dessert reception. For tickets or information, 802-447-0564,

Work trip at Mad

Tom Notch trail

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PERU — On Sunday, Oct. 27, meet at 8 a.m. at the Peru Park and Ride to carpool to Mad Tom Notch. Those participating should leave a vehicle and drive to the FR 58 trailhead.

Hike in on FR 58 to Griffith Lake, then work south on the Long Trail cleaning out water bars of leaves and debris, then head back to Mad Tom Notch. Bring extra layers and a warm hat, snacks, lunch and fluids. Garden hoes may be brought, but most tools will be available. The moderately difficult hike is a total of 7.5 miles with 2,000 ft. elevation change. RSVP to either Dave Ratti at 802-366-0698 or or

Marge Fish at 802-384-3654 or

Hildene to offer

felting workshop

MANCHESTER — On Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m., Hildene will offer "Handmade for the Holidays," a fiber arts soap felting workshop. Using Hildene's own wool fiber and Goat Dairy's handcrafted soaps, participants will use felting techniques to create charming hand felted soaps, perfect for holiday gifts or the home. The workshop is limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required by Friday, Oct. 25, and cost is $30 for Hildene members, $35 for non-members, including all materials. To register, contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or

Trunk or Treat

offered in Danby

DANBY — If your kids and you are all dressed up in Halloween costumes with no place to go, then the town of Danby's second annual Trunk or Treat event is the place to be.

The event, open to kids of all ages, is Sunday, October 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. outdoors at Currier Memorial Elementary School. Conceived as a way for children to get a Halloween experience when the actual logistics of door-to-door trick-or-treating presents a challenge. There will be costume prizes, a Tent of Horrors, Halloween themed vehicle decorations, and, of course, candy. For more information log on to

'Woodstock at 50'

to be talk topic

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Wade Lawrence, the museum director at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located on the National Register site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, to talk about the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m., at the Manchester Community Library. Why is Woodstock still talked about 50 years after it took place? Lawrence will share the stories, sights, and sounds of the world's most famous rock festival. Registration for the talk is $18 in advance or $22 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit

Campfire Tales'

offered at library

MANCHESTER CENTER — "Campfire Tales," featuring scary stories and fun Halloween jokes as told by a spooky storyteller, will take place at the library from 5 to 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 30. S'mores and games will also be featured at the free event. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

Lego Batman party

to swoop down

at library

MANCHESTER CENTER — A "Lego Batman Party" will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Manchester Community Library. Those attending may come in costume to enjoy a real-life Batman party complete with games and Lego fun. The event is free and open to the public. The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.

'Holding On to Hope' is focus of women's Bible study

MANCHESTER — Northshire Baptist Church is beginning a new women's Bible study on Monday, Nov. 4. The 8-week study on the "Book of Job" will use a study guide by Nancy Guthrie, "Holding On to Hope: A Pathway Through Suffering to the Heart of God." The study will meet twice a month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., through February. Women can sign up or request more information by contacting or calling (802) 362-1988. The study will be led by NBC member Mary Ives, whose 16-year-old daughter Meg passed away in 2012 while she was a student at Stratton Mountain School. Mary plans to share the hope of Christ that she has experienced even in grief and loss.

'Big History' is topic

of GMALL lecture

MANCHESTER — Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Union College professor, Mark Walker to discuss big history. Big history is an exploration of the past from the Big Bang to the present, dividing the history of the universe, earth, life and humanity into periods using very large scales of time. This presentation will take us on a quick journey spanning billions of years, helping us to understand our current position in time and space. Registration is $18 in advance or $22 at the door. Information/registration: 802-867-0111 or visit

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.

Youth hockey registration underway in Manchester

MANCHESTER — The Northshire Hockey Association online registration is open. Practices start the week of Oct. 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. For more information about the youth hockey program, please visit the NHA website at or email Karen Grabher at


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