Northshire Notes: Earth Sky Time welcomes Haitian musicians


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Arlington Carnival

ARLINGTON —The annual Arlington Fireman's Carnival is being held Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from 1-10 p.m., with fireworks on Saturday at 9:45 p,m. Proceeds help fund the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department.

Ring 4 Freedom on Friday

A full weekend of 4 Freedoms Festival events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4 p.m. with the first ever state-wide Ring 4 Freedom. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes, to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. Ring 4 Freedom encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the Ring 4 Freedom in their towns with short videos reflecting freedom; using the official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Arrrrrrrrgh you ready for Rockin' Ron?

WINHALL — Join us at the Winhall Public Library for a rockin' fun time on Saturday at 1 p.m. Rockin' Ron performs for children all over the Northeast. He now has three albums out, "Give me an RRR!," "Pirate PaRRRty!" and "The Flying Pirate Circus," a DVD, "Lights Camera RRR!" and an illustrated book, "The Flying Pirate Circus" His fun personality and his musical talent makes his shows fun for people of all ages. This event is free for all ages and is funded by a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Flags 4 Freedom

MANCHESTER — Given Norman Rockwell's long association with The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scout Troops from Arlington and neighboring towns are partnering with the 4 Freedoms Festival to place over 2,000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers since the Civil War.

Tribute 4 Freedom in Manchester

MANCHESTER — At 12 p.m. Saturday, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear are celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at the Factory Point Town Green in Manchester; paying tribute to military service men and women who currently fight for, veterans who have fought for, and war heroes who have fallen, fighting for our freedom. The ceremony will include speeches and readings, the Create 4 Freedom art and poetry contest winners will be publicly recognized for their work, and the 4 Freedoms Festival anthem "Stand Up Proud" will be performed as a part of the ceremony.

Pray 4 Freedom interfaith service

ARLINGTON — An interfaith service will be held at the original Norman Rockwell home and studio in West Arlington at 1 p.m. Sunday. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. 4 Freedoms Festival organizers join regional Interfaith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks by encouraging the attending community to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not-for-profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Haitian musicians performing at Earth Sky Time

Join Earth Sky Time Community Farm for an evening of Haitian party music, wood-fired pizza and fun on the farm on Sunday at 6 p.m.

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Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope. Music is at the core of Haiti's sense of identity, and Lakou Mizik keeps the tradition alive, narrating the world through music made in neighborhoods, villages and refugee camps. Their influences draw from African and French Caribbean traditions, Vodou spirituality and street party horns. Lakou Mizik draws from Haiti's deep well of creative strength to shine a celebratory light on their often misrepresented Homeland. Earth Sky Time will be making pizzas with their homegrown toppings on the famous double decker bread bus. The cash bar will feature local craft beer, kombucha and Ginger Libation. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students/farmers) kids are free. Earth Sky Time Farm is located at 1547 Main St. in Manchester. Visit for more information.

Arlington Garden Club plans trip

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Garden Club will be meeting on Tuesday. This will be a field trip for the members to go to Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens in South Deerfield, Mass. Members will be meeting on Church Street by St. James Church at 9 a.m. to car pool. Members may bring a box lunch or use the food court to purchase a lunch. The coordinator for the trip is Nancy Hadley. Interested in becoming a member of the Arlington Garden Club, please contact Pat William at 802-375-1223.


ARLINGTON — A bingo night will be held Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at 184 Old Mill Road Arlington, to benefit the Arlington Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. Refreshments will be available.

Londonderry Senior Lunch

The third in the series of senior lunches for Londonderry and the surrounding towns will be held on Thursday at the Hapgood Pond State Park in Peru at 12 p.m. The menu for this month is picnic BBQ fare with all the fixings - burgers, hot dogs, salads and dessert. Seniors should bring lawn chairs to the July picnic and plan on spending a summer afternoon enjoying the Vermont scenery, good food and good company. The picnic will be held rain or shine under the park pavilion. Any questions, including directions to the picnic location, please call the sponsor of the senior lunch series, the Second Congregational Church of Londonderry, at 802-824-6453. The remaining senior lunches, August - October, will be held in the Friendship Room of the Second Congregational Church of Londonderry.

Pawlet Firefighters holding auction

The Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual auction at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pawlet Firehouse on Rte. 133 in Pawlet Village. There will be food and beverages available before and during the auction. Have a little dinner, meet old friends or make new friends. The auction is a major fundraiser for the department. For more information call the firehouse at 802-325-3222 or email Remember to bring a chair.

Natalie Redmond  at MCL Coffee House

MANCHESTER — Young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to the Manchester Community Library on Thursday at 7 p.m. for an open mic coffeehouse. Meet new friends and enjoy local entertainment at this relaxing midweek event. Interested in performing? Sign up in advance at, or the night-of. Sing, play, read, recite, or just listen. Coffee and entry are free. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information call 802-362-2607.

Blue Flames concert and community picnic

WESTON — On Friday from 5-7 p.m., everyone is invited to come to Weston's town green for our 10th Annual Blue Flames Steel Band concert. Pack your own picnic basket or help support the Weston Fire Department! Our local Fire Firefighters will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments as well. Come listen to a free concert by the enchanting Blue Flames Steel Band, who for the ninth straight year are donating their talent and time to a festive community celebration. Come to honor the nine pioneer women who 132 years ago turned a smelly frog pond and muddy swamp into what is now called the most beautiful town green in Vermont. Most of all, come for the fun of celebration and sharing spirit of community.

Whale of a Sale

LONDONDERRY —The Second Congregational Church's annual "Whale of a Sale" is Friday and Saturday July 27-28 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 2051 Vermont Route 11. Highlights this year include: 12 couches! It's the year of the couch! And as always there is lots of other furniture, treasures galore and toys! Kitchen items, home d cor, small electronics, garden & sporting goods also abound. This year also marks the 150th Anniversary of the we will be selling T-shirts that mark the occasion! Please call the church office for directions or if you have questions, call 802-824-6453. See you at the Sale!

Green Mountain Club Barbecue/Pot Luck

LONDONDERRY —Join the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section for a barbecue/pot luck supper on Sunday evening July 29 at 6pm at the home of Marge and Bob Fish in Londonderry. We will be planning our outings for August, September and October. You do not need to be a member to come for the barbecue/pot luck. In fact if you are not yet a member this is a good time to find out what the Green Mountain club does. We will have barbecue chicken. Please bring a pot luck appetizer, side dish or dessert. We will have non alcoholic drinks, BYOB for anything else. Please RSVP to Marge Fish at or 802-384-3654 and to get directions.


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