Tea with the Arts: The Bennington Garden Club will be holding its annual "Tea with the Arts" fundraiser on Friday, at the Bennington Center for the Arts from 2 to 4 p.m. to support the BGC Education Fund. The public is welcome. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane. Tickets can be purchased ahead by calling 802-375-6097; at Bennington Potters, 324 County Road, Bennington; or at the door on Aug. 11. The cost for the tea and self-guided gallery tour is $25.
Battle Day Weekend: On Friday, the first day of the Bennington Battle Day Weekend starts with a luncheon of hot dogs, burger and sausage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a chicken barbecue dinner for $10 starting at 4 p.m. until gone. Also from 4 to 8 p.m. there will be a silent auction. Frome 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a classic car cruise, with a parade down Main St. at 8:15 p.m. From 6 to 10 p.m. there will be a Las Vegas Night with DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590 AM. Open to the public.
Opera performance: "L'elisir d'amore (The elixir of love)," by Gaetano Donizetti, directed by Andrew Nienaber and conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner, will run for five performances, Aug. 11-20, at Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St. Opera performances are: Aug. 11, 12, 16, and 18 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $60 for Premium Seating with complementary charcuterie and wine, $45 for Riser Seating, $25 for Students, and can be purchased online, through our Box Office at 518-677-2495, or at the door until we are sold out.
Coffee with a Cop: On Friday, deputies from the Bennington County Sheriff's Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. This will be a great opportunity for Dorset residents to meet the Deputy who patrols their streets. All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Dorset Union Store at 31 Church St. Please contact Sergeant Lloyd Dean with questions at 802-445-0139.
Author Presentation: Kathleen Seville will present her book "Rowing for Your Life" at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, at 7 p.m. Kathleen Saville holds two Guinness world records, as the first woman to row across the North Atlantic and across two oceans.
Old Home Days: The Rupert Volunteer Fire Company is hosting Old Home Days from Aug. 10 to Aug 12. On Friday at 7 p.m. the band Last Call will be playing. On Saturday, there will be a chicken barbecue from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bands will be playing starting with Al and Kathy Bain and Gary Blodgett at 12 p.m. There will be kids' games starting at 1 p.m. and Hill Country Cloggers at 3 p.m. A parade at 5:30 p.m. along with a bike raffle and the Bob Beaver Band playing at 7 p.m. There will be a carnival, food and bingo nightly.
Kids' Market Saturday: Now is the time for young farmers to start planting and crafters to begin creating and building inventories in preparation for the Bennington Farmers' Market second annual Kids' Market Saturday, Aug. 12. Young entrepreneurs including gardeners, bakers and crafters are invited to sell their wares during regular farmers' market hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors are asked to provide their own tables and pay a $2 stall fee. The market is open to children ages 5-17. To request an application or for more information contact Audrey Pietrucha at 802-733-6981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Battle Day Weekend: On Saturday, Aug. 12 there will be a full day of events happening around Bennington. At 8 a.m., there is a Battle Day 5K Road Race starting and ending at the Bennington Monument, Old Bennington. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. there is a Kid's event at the Bennington Rec. Center, at 655 Gage St. Also from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. there will be an ongoing Living History encampment taking place at the Bennington Battlefield. From 12 p.m. there will be the USS Bennington Memorial Service with a wreath-laying at the Ship's Bell at the Bennington Town Office, 205 South St. The public is welcome. From 12 to 4 p.m., there will be a Firefighters' Challenge at Willow Park. Call 802-442-1050 for more information.
Free Pig Roast: There will be a Pig Roast on Saturday, Aug. 12. at Green Mountain Christian Center, 440 Main St. Serving begins at 4 p.m. until everything is gone. There is no early seating and no take-away boxes. There will be donation jugs to benefit Grace Christian School. Come enjoy baked beans, salads and roast pig. Free.
Battle Day 5K: The 13th annual Battle Day 5K will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12, starting at the Bennington Battle Monument. The race starts with historic cannon fire and celebrates Vermont's famous Aug. 16, 1777 Battle of Bennington. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on the circle around the 306' Monument. The course is mostly flat and takes runners from the Monument to the Bennington airport and back. Following the 5K will be the children's fun race around the circle. For further information visit us online at the Friends of the Monument's website benningtonbattlemonument.com and on Facebook at Vermont State Historic Sites. For information call 802-447-0550.
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Liberty Memorial Park Dedication: On Aug 12, there will be a day of remembrance for the servicemen who died in service to our country and it will culminate in the dedication of Liberty Memorial Park, a sacred place where their memory will live on for years to come. Come honor Servicemen William Kirby and Edward J. Rogers with a flag raising ceremony led by Patriot Guard Riders at St. Mary's Cemetery at 10 a.m. Our tribute Flag, Liberty, will be escorted to St. Mary's by a Taconic Band Bagpiper and Patriot Guard Rider. At 11 a.m. back at HFCAC, a recap of Liberty's journey as she flew over the gravesites of each of our fallen heroes; then all of those who have given of their time, talents, and treasure to help us honor these men will be recognized, including those who have purchased crosses in their memory. We move our event over to Maple Grove Cemetery about 12 p.m. to commit Liberty Memorial Park to the memory of our 102 fallen heroes. Light refreshments will be served at the church when all is said and done. We hope you will join us. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information on the event or on how to purchase a memorial cross for one of those who have not yet been adopted, call Tom McMartin at 518-686-5075, Gail Smith 518-686-5075, or Joyce Brewer 518-258-5722.
HFCS Class of 1970 Reunion: The Class of '70 invites all classmates and family members to their annual reunion on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. at Scott & Terry's House. Burgers, dogs & snacks provided but BYOB and a dish to share. Come one, come all. Pool available and there is plenty of parking space. If you have any questions please phone 518-686-8807.
Hoosic River Ride: The Hoosic River Watershed Association is staging the 13th Annual Hoosic River Ride, a recreational bike ride on the backroads of Renssalaer County in New York and Bennington County in Vermont. This is HooRWA's premier fundraising event that showcases parts of the Hoosic River watershed. Bicycle mechanics, aid stations and picnic provided. Meet at the Hoosac School (near the intersection of County Route 103 and NY Route 7) at/near 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Riders can register the day of the ride or go to BikeReg.com/northeast events or hoorwa.org for information.
Battle reenactment: Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site will host a reenactment honoring the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Bennington on Aug. 12 and 13. Reenactor encampments will be open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. both days. Visit bennington240.com for additional details.
Veterans' Cookout: On Saturday, Aug. 12, at 12 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars and their families are invited to a cookout at the VFW at 280 Depot Rd.
An Evening of Dance: On Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m., ballet returns to the stage of the Arkell Pavilion with An Evening of Dance with members of the American Ballet Theatre and Friends. The performance is produced by soloist and international guest artist Anna Liceica and will bring some of the finest dancers and new choreography to SVAC.Tickets can be purchased online at svac.org and by calling 802-362-1405. Online ticket sales will close on Friday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. On the day of the performance tickets can be purchased at the box office starting at 5:30 p.m.
Clam Feed: American Legion Post 90 will be holding a Clam Feed on Saturday, Aug. 12, 12 to 6 p.m. Route 7. $35.00 Per person. Tickets available at Winchester's Store, or at The Legion on Route 7, Thursday through Saturday, 3 to 10 p.m. Menu is hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, clam chowder, and all you can eat raw clams. 3 to 4 dozen steamers. beer, soda and water included. Games of chance and music. No one under 21 years of age. Phone 802-823-4626.
Battle Day Weekend: On Sunday, Aug. 13, there is another full day of events happening around Bennington. There will be a Judges' and Officers' Breakfast at Jensen's at 9 a.m. There will be a parade line-up from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the parade starting at 12:30 p.m. Main St. to Depot St. to River St and ending at the fire station. The review stand is at the intersection of Routes 7 and 9. There will be an ongoing living history encampment at the Bennington Battlefield, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event ends at 4 p.m. with a Trophy and Raffle drawing.
Parade simulcast: On Sunday, Aug. 13, from 12 to (approximately) 2:30 p.m. the Bennington Battle Day Parade will be simulcast by CAT-TV in Bennington, and GNAT-TV in Manchester. Those folks who are Comcast subscribers, will have the opportunity at both stations to see coverage on Channel 15 (GNAT also will include Channel 8 in Londonderry, Stratton and Weston) of the entire parade. People who are not Comcast subscribers can see the parade coverage via live streaming from catamountaccess.com. Join the excitement of the Bennington Battle Day Parade from the comfort of your own home beginning with the pre-parade show hosted by Judy Ziller, followed by radio announcer Ben Patten of Magic 590AM and 100.5FM as he narrates and comments about the parade. Questions? Please call CAT-TV 802-362-8868.
Sunday Breakfast: The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will have a breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. Juice, coffee, pancakes or French toast, sausage and home fries. Donation: $6. The location is at Tunnel St.
Open House: On Sunday, Aug. 13, the Readsboro Historical Society will have an Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a Dedication Ceremony for the late Betty Bolognani who had given over 40 years of service to this organization. The event will take place at the Readsboro Historical Society at 7099 Main St. Light Refreshments will be served. The museum gallery and ceremonies will be open to the public.
Squadron 69 Sons of the American Legion Meeting: The Squadron 69 Sons of the American Legion will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, at Post 69. Facebook: Sons of the American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
Blood Drive: On Monday, Aug. 14 from 12 to 5 p.m. there will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive co-hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 and Battenkill Valley Health Center at Post 69. Facebook: American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
Offices closed: Bennington Town Offices will be closed Monday, Aug. 14, in observance of Bennington Battle Day and will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 8 a.m.
Vietnam talk: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Purple Heart Recipient Fred Grimm to talk about his experiences revisiting Vietnam 30 years after being drafted into the army to fight in the Vietnam War. The talk will take place on Monday, Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Upon his return to Vietnam, Grimm saw poverty in the still-beautiful country, plus tremendous unmet needs for schools and medical care. This multimedia presentation will explore this fascinating and dynamic country through moving and insightful photos taken by Meg Mithoefer who traveled there recently. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.
Arlington Garden Club: The Tuesday, Aug. 15 meeting of the club will be held at the American Legion Hall on East Arlington Rd. at 12:30 p.m.. Business meeting will be held at 1 p.m. followed by the program which will be a "Show and Tell." The members will bring a favorite plant, shrub or Garden Story to share with the others. Hostesses for the day are Irene Novotny, Barbara Brophy and Jean Freebern. Those interested in a membership may call Marilyn Frandfors 802-375-9275.
Work economy lecture: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Economist Peter Radford to discuss the current economic situation in terms of employment and the evolving workplace. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Bringing jobs back to America is a theme of the new administration in response to both automation and globalization, but this is only part of the issue as the economy undergoes a dramatic restructuring of the workplace. Businesses are trying to become more "lean"; we hear talk of the "gig economy" and we learn that a quarter of the workforce is either part-time or contractual. Have we reached the end of work? This talk covers all this and more in an effort to offer an optimistic view of the future. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.
"Cook by the Book": The Cookbook Discussion Group at the Manchester Community Library will be discussing drying herbs from the garden, making infused oils, and zucchini recipes on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 2 to 3 p.m. There will also be a short discussion about chardonnay. The group is led by Lily Van Haverbeke. Free. Drop-ins welcome. The Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.
Film Screening: There will be a film screen with Kimi Takesue on Aug. 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free, open to the community. For more information visit marblehouseproject.org.
Play Reading: Dorset Theatre Festival incubates new works for the American stage through its New Play Reading series, which continues with Paola L zaro, playwright of "Tell Hector I Miss Him" and Atlantic Theater Company's 2016/2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence. A public reading of L zaro's newest work, entitled "There's Always the Hudson," will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. The reading will be held in the Dorset Playhouse, located at 104 Cheney Rd. General admission tickets start at $20 and may be purchased online at dorsettheatrefestival.org or by calling the box office at 802-867-2223 ext. 2.
Memoir Writing Workshop: The Dorset Library and the United Church of Dorset are co-hosting a memoir writing workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. lead by acclaimed local writer, Ellen Perry Berkeley. The workshop will be held at the United Church of Dorset. There are a limited number of seats available so registration is required along with a $10 fee. Pack a bagged lunch, the library will provide coffee and desserts. Registration and payment can be made at the Dorset Library. Call the Library for more information 802-867-5774.
Bingo: There will be a bingo night to benefit the Arlington Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary on Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Arlington Fire Station, Old Mill Rd.
Program screening: The Manchester Community Library, in cooperation with GNAT-TV and Vermont Humanities Council, present ENCORE! A Second Showing of Favorite Programming. Enjoy a daytime screening of some choice First Wednesdays talks from the GNAT-TV archives at the Manchester Community Library. On Wednesday, Aug.16 at 2 p.m., attend a free screening of the VHC's First Wednesdays program "Giants: the Parallel Lives of Douglass and Lincoln," originally presented in February, 2015. The film screening of the talk is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.
1950s Manchester in Film: Karan Sheldon, co-founder of Northeast Historic Film, will share historic video of Manchester on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. in the event barn at the Inn at Manchester. Sheldon will show selections from 37 reels of film taken by Anna B. Harris in Manchester between 1949 and 1958. The films provide a unique view of Northshire life from intimate moments at home to Big Bromley and Snow Valley ski areas as well as meeting passengers at the Manchester Depot train station. Anna spent 40 years in Manchesteras a resident, renting from local tailor Fred Nicklewhite and working for D.C. "Ducky" Corkran, owner of the Orvis Company. Her good friends Nate and Harriet Boone will participate in the discussion following the showing. Free and open to the public. The Inn at Manchester has graciously donated the space for this event. For more information, email at email@example.com or call 802-549-4582.
Invasive plant walk: The One World Conservation Center will be hosting a two-part workshop on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. for interested residents and landowners on the topic of invasive plant identification and treatment. The indoor portion will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a walk at 6:45 p.m. at the OWCC Greenberg Reserve. You may join all or part of the workshop. For more information on invasive plant identification, visit VTInvasives.org. Public service program, donations appreciated. Registration required: oneworldconservationcenter.org or 802-447-7419.
Seniors Town Meeting: Sen. Bernie Sanders' office and a coalition of Vermont senior groups will hold a town meeting on senior issues on Thursday, Aug. 17 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. A free lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. At noon, representatives from Sanders' office, AARP-Vermont, Bennington Senior Center, Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, and the Vermont Alliance for Retired Americans will give short updates on issues impacting seniors, followed by an open discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Call 1-800-339-9834 to RSVP.
Summer Supper and Raffle: The Fellowship of the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert will hold a Summer Supper on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 and Children's tickets are $5 (under 5 are free). Call the office at 802-867-2260 to make a reservation. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The menu will feature baked ham and roasted turkey complete with stuffing, potatoes, and gravy, along with summer salad favorites. There will be both indoor and outdoor seating under tents on the front lawn. There will be a raffle with tickets sold throughout the evening. The Church is located at 143 Church St. (Off Route 30).
Peach Shortcake Supper: The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Rt 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Peach Shortcake Supper on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes: grilled chicken breasts and thighs, baked Ham, pineapple sauce, baked beans, potato and Jello salads, rolls, coffee, iced tea or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake. Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults,$6 for children 4-10 years, and free for children 3 years and under. Take outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults, $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.
School Orientation Registration: The Cambridge Central School District is hosting its third annual middle school orientation on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Incoming 7th grade students and their families are invited to attend. Members of the National Honor Society will give a building tour and discuss policies, procedures, and tips for surviving 7th grade. Attendees will have the opportunity to do a walk through of their class schedule. Parents and guardians will receive an information packet outlining policies and procedures for the Jr./Sr. High School, the social and emotional shifts parents can expect. Administrators, some faculty advisors and staff will be available for a brief Q & A session. The class of 2023 will provide a light supper prior to the start of orientation. Please RSVP by Friday, Aug. 18 to Secondary Principal Caroline Goss at 677-8527 ext. 1411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golf Tournament: The Squadron 69 Sons of the American Legion will host the Annual 3-Club Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Arlington Recreation Park. The cost is $20 per two person team. Participants should bring their three best clubs. There are 18 holes. Children and adults of all ages are welcomed to play. There will be a trophy for the winning team. A cookout follows at American Legion Post 69. Facebook: Sons of the American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
Story Night Review: A benefit for the Bennington Murals Art Program will happen on Friday, Aug. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bennington Center for the Arts, 44 Gypsy Lane. Proceeds will support the curation and execution of murals in Bennington through the Bennington Murals Art Program. Local craft brews and delicious mixers served by Spirits of Old Bennington. Appetizers too. Shuttles available for those who need it. Please send a message to email@example.com or call 802-430-2008 to make arrangements. The doors will open at 6:15 pm. Tickets are $16 in advance and $24 at the door and may be purchased at Storiesvermont.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
Sun and Fun event: People of all ages from New York, Massachusetts and Vermont will converge at 155 Hillside St. (Second Congregational Church, UCC) for the third annual Sun and Fun! Festival on Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People will enjoy learning ways to experience nature and care for it, live music by the Hale Mountain Pickers and a lunchtime sing along with local musician Matt Edwards, family fun, workshops, talks and opportunity to visit booths by over 25 different orgainzations. Admission is free. The event will be held rain or shine, and there will be a quiet space available for those who need it. A full list of participants and schedule of workshops at bennscc.org. For more information contact: Kathleen Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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