Community Briefs


Call to Artists at Winhall Memorial

The library would like to share our display space with local artists; for works of various media, such as paintings and photography.

We are currently displaying the artwork of Ely Porter. Please come in to see his wonderful creations. The space is available on a monthly, first come basis. Please call Dawn at 802-297-9741, or email to reserve a spot.


Neighbor to Neighbor visits MEMS

On April 13, Neighbor to Neighbor was invited to Manchester Elementary Middle School for a delicious hot lunch of roast pork with all the trimmings held in the library. Hats off to the wonderful cooks and welcoming staff and students! The group was treated to a student production of the musical "Once Upon a Mattress." To volunteer as a caregiver or know of someone who could benefit from our services, please call 802-367-7787.


Rec and Park committee seeks RFPs

The Arlington Recreational and Park Committee is pleased to announce its request for proposals (RFPs) from non-profit organizations and town/school governmental entities in Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate.

Committee president David Naaktgeboren said the Committee will give priority to funding proposals that focus on recreational, athletic and sports activities for people of all ages. The RFP should include the need for the project, how it will enhance the area communities, and who and how many will be served.

The Committee anticipates making small grants, not to exceed $5,000. Completed grant applications are due by June 30 and the award(s) will be announced by August 30, 2017.

To obtain the grant application and instructions or for questions and additional information, please email or telephone Elisabeth Baker at 321-726-6620.

Completed applications should be mailed to Arlington Recreational and Park Committee, Inc., P.O. Box 218, Arlington, VT 05250.


Lions Club offers grants for local non-profits

Grant applications are now being accepted until June 1 from local non-profit organizations who are seeking funding for a project separate from their operations. The grant awards will vary up to $5,000 and can be combined with other sources of funds obtained for completion of the project.

Non-profit organizations interested in applying for a Lion's Grant should request a financial grant application from the Manchester Lions Club Grant Committee by sending an email to:


Contra Dance

Dance to the splendid tunes of Nimble, which is Shirley White on fiddle, Rachel Clark on flute and George White on guitar with calling by Luke Donforth from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at the Tinmouth Community Center, 573 Route 140. All dances are taught, and you do not need a partner. If you are a beginner, come right at 8 p.m. for a beginner's lesson to learn the moves.

There will be live music, enthusiastic swinging and dancing, and a fun night for all. Please bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10-$12, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. Refreshments will be available to benefit the dance fund. More info at Like us on Facebook at Tinmouth Contra Dance.


Poetry salon at MCL

At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, the Manchester Community Library will host its second annual Poetry Salon. Claire North will serve as the emcee. Poets from the local area and beyond are invited to come and read their work, and the community is invited to come and listen.

The Community Poem will be read aloud with copies of it available.

A reception will follow, giving everyone a chance to mingle and celebrate poetry. Email to reserve your place to read your 2-3 minute poem(s). Free and open to the public; donations to the Library are gratefully accepted.

Salem, N.Y.

California students performing "L'il Abner"

The classic musical, Li'l Abner, opens Fort Salem Theater's spring and summer seasons at 8 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, performed by twenty-five high school students from Orange County, California.

Because a young performer can never get enough time onstage, these students from the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts have elected to spend a significant part of their spring vacation in Salem, as a part of a week-long program on the east coast, which will include taking in several Broadway shows. Billed as the California Musical Theater Ensemble, and sponsored by The Rose Center Theater in Westminster, California, the Salem production of Li'l Abner, the 1956 show based upon Al Capp's famous comic strip, reprises the students' very successful winter high school musical.

Directed by Tim Nelson and choreographed by Diane Makis, their musical theater and dance instructors in Huntington Beach, the troupe will be singing and dancing to tunes by Oscar-winning lyricist Johnny Mercer and composer Gene DePaul, in the show that won Tonys for its star, Edie Adams (the Muriel cigar lady) as Daisy Mae, and choreographer Michael Kidd.

The California Musical Theater Ensemble production of Li'l Abner plays for two evening performances at Fort Salem Theater, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22. Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors and $10 for any student still in high school or younger. For reservations or more information, call the theater box office at (518) 854-9200, or visit the theater's website (


Breakfast to support Danby-Mt. Tabor VFD

A Breakfast Buffet to support the Danby-Mt. Tabor Volunteer Fire Department will be held from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 at the Danby-Mt. Tabor Firehouse on Main St.

Adult $8.00, Children 5-10 $5.00, 5 and under free.

Hoosick Falls. N.Y

Battenkill Chorale to perform

The Battenkill Chorale presents "Rise to Life's Beauty!" featuring Dan Forrest's "Requiem for the Living" for chorus, chamber orchestra, and soloists at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at Immaculate Conception Parish, 73 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, The colorful orchestra for Dan Forrest's ravishing "Requiem for the Living" includes harp, gong, bell chime, glockenspiel, cymbals, drums, strings, winds, and organ. Soloists are soprano Gene Marie Callahan, tenor Michael Gallagher, and organist Erich Borden. Shorter works by Estonian Arvo P rt, Norwegian Ola Gjeilo, and Polish composer Henryk Gorecki complete the program.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling (518) 692-7458 or emailing


50/50 Raffle at Martha Canfield Library

The Martha Canfield Library is currently holding a 50/50 Fundraiser. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. Tickets are available at the front desk of the library on East Arlington Rd.

The drawing will be held on Saturday, April 22 at our spring Reduce, Reread, Recycle book sale. All proceeds will benefit the Martha Canfield Library. For additional information call 802 375-6153 or check out the library's website at


Auxiliary Unit 69 hosting a Sip and Swirl

The Auxiliary Unit 69 is hosting a Sip and Swirl at Post 69 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 for painting on canvas. This event will fill up quickly, tickets on sale now at Post 69 to benefit Happy Days Play School. Cost is $25.00 per person.

East Arlington

Pancake breakfast at Battenkill Grange

Battenkill Grange No. 487 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on April 23 at Bailey Hall on Ice-Pond Rd.

Menu to include pancakes and real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy & biscuits, coffee, juice and milk. Adults, $7. Children under 12, $4.

For more information, call Lillian Wood at 375-2518 for pavilion rental, weddings, reunions etc. Call Nathalie Caler 375-6135

West Pawlet

Pancake Breakfast rescheduled

West Pawlet Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, at the West Pawlet fire house. Originally scheduled for April 9, the date was changed as a courtesy to the Granville Rescue Squad which is serving a breakfast on the same date. Pancake menu includes regular as well as chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry. Sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, and home fries are also served, along with coffee, milk and orange juice. Prices are $10 for 12 years and up, $6 for 5-12 years and free to children under the age of 5. The firehouse is located on Route 153 (Main Street), and it's a handicap-accessible site. Everyone is welcome. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit, all proceeds are for the benefit of the department's equipment and training needs. Contact: Antonio Landon at 802-345-4312 or email:


Hike to Hamilton Falls

Hike to Hamilton Falls with the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section

Meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Jamaica State Park. Hike on the West River Trail north to the junction with the Hamilton Falls Trail, hike up this trail to the base of Hamilton Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Vermont. Total round trip distance 6 miles, elevation gain 600 feet. Easy hike. Bring an extra layer, raincoat if any prediction for rain, snack and fluids. RSVP to Joe Ninesling at


"Canoes: A Natural History in North America" at Orvis

In honor of Earth Day, Norman Sims, the co-author of "Canoes: A Natural History in North America" with Mark Neuzil, will be signing his book between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at the Orvis Flagship Store on Main Street.

Ancient records of canoes are found from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Maine, in Minnesota and Mexico, in the Southeast and across the Caribbean. This is the story of that singular American artifact, so little changed over time: of canoes, old and new, the people who made them, and the labors and adventures they shared. With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America.


Practice Italian Conversation at MCL

Parliamo italiano? Join native Italian Letitia Scordino at the Manchester Community Library at noon on Sunday, April 23, for an hour of fun and una conversazione in italiano. Letitia would love to share her love of Italian with the community.

The group, with intermediate to advanced skills, will pick an interesting topic to discuss and see where it goes. Beginners are also welcome.

The meeting is free and open to everyone. Space is limited; please confirm by calling Letitia at 802-867-0187.

Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.


What's cooking at the farmer's market?

From 10-2, Sunday, April 23, at the Dorset Farmers' Market, Sandra Kraehling of Pan Latin will be cooking up some scrumptious surprises using market ingredients and providing printed recipes and samples.

The market is open 10-2 every Sunday, at J.K. Adams. Further information on our website: and on our Facebook page.


Local auditions at Oldcastle Theater

Local auditions announced for the 2017 Season Announced. Both Equity and Non-Equity individuals will be seen.

Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on April 24. Please call and request a time. Have prepared 2 contrasting monologues for the audition not to exceed 3 minutes. Please call and reserve a time at 802-447-0564. Individuals without reserved time, will be seen as time allows. Please have a headshot and resume with you.


Garden Club of Manchester April meeting

The Garden Club of Manchester presents "Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art" at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at the Manchester Community Library. Club member Carol Berry will speak about her book. Carol will read from her book and show several artworks that relate to her subject. Email for further details and visit to learn more about GCM.

South Londonderry

Reception for artist Christine Mix

An open art reception for local children's illustrator and teaching artist Christine Mix will be held from 7:15-8:35 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at the South Londonderry Free Library. Refreshments and children's coloring activities will be provided. Mix will be exhibiting her watercolor children's illustrations at the library through May 30. Original paintings, prints, and illustrated pillow covers, will be available for sale throughout the exhibit. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the library. For more information about the exhibit or reception, call the South Londonderry Free Library at 802-824-3371. Library hours are: Mondays: 10 a.m.-noon & 1-5 p.m., Wednesdays: 10 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. and 7-9.p.m., Fridays: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information about Christine's illustrations, books, art residencies and library programs, visit


Wondrous Bugs at the library

Join Alan Benoit, local ecologist and owner of Sustainable Design, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Manchester Community Library as he reveals his fascinating discoveries of the insect world. Through close observation, patience, and careful investigation he has uncovered a world filled with villains, allies, armies and heroes and captured them with extraordinary photographs. Alan will take us on a journey through his gardens and introduce us to the multitude of cast members he encountered there. Filled with amusing stories and enlightening slides, the free talk will be an entertaining one for the entire family!

Recommended for ages 10 through adult. Free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.


Book discussion at library

Join us at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 to discuss the 2017 Vermont Reads "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson and "Witness" by Karen Hesse. Copies of both books are available at the library. The Vermont Humanities Council has awarded the library 30 copies of "Brown Girl Dreaming" to share with the community. Stop by the library to get your complimentary copy. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call 802-297-9741 or email Please like us on Facebook to follow our events.


Electronic Recycling Day at The Dorset School

The Dorset Teachers' Association and the Dorset Energy Committee are co-hosting an electronic recycling event from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 to raise money for the school's technology fund. This event is open to everyone and is not limited to Dorset residents. For more information visit their website at or e-mail Phyllis Tate at


Spring Rummage Sale is coming

The most fabulous shopping experience of the spring season will take place in Dorset when the Dorset Church holds its Spring Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Outside sales begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be no early-bird shopping. The bag sale will take place from 12-1 p.m.

Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, April 24 through Wednesday, April 26, and until noon on Thursday, April 27.

Donations of clean spring and summer clothing in good condition, jewelry, women's accessories, shoes, linens, kitchen and household items, toys, tools, sports gear, plants, garden equipment, small appliances and books will be accepted. Other items not listed are also accepted. Please bring only items in good condition and be sure that everything is in working order.

We may accept by approval some larger items. Please contact Sandi at at 802-362-1459 or Ellen at or 802-362-3610 to discuss the item or if you have any questions about donations.

The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30. Call 802-867-2260 with questions or for more information.


Kids of all ages: Let's talk about writing

How does being in a writer's group expand and sustain your work? Eileen Christelow, Karen Hesse, and Liza Ketchum, authors for young readers, have been in a critique group for more than thirty years. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Northshire Bookstore, they will discuss how their writing changed and developed as the group evolved, and will share their most recent books: "Robins! How They Grow Up!" (Christelow); "My Thumb" (Hesse); and "The Life Fantastic" (Ketchum). Join the discussion and bring the kids for a delightful presentation of their newest works of art!

Salem, N.Y.

Shanara Gabrielle sings at Fort Salem Theater

Washington D.C.-based actress Shanara Gabrielle will perform her cabaret act, "Tilting at Windmills," at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at Fort Salem Theater. Special $20 pricing includes the show and complimentary coffee. More information is available on the theater's website ( or by calling the box office at (518) 854-9200.


Untold Stories of the Battenkil

Stop in the Northshire Bookstore at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 and enjoy a power point presentation and talk with Elizabeth and Barton Cockey about Battenkill Conservancy's project, "Untold Stories of the Battenkill." The book is a full color, hard bound coffee table production that offers the reader a series of intimate recollections, historical information, and a wonderful selection of art inspired by the Battenkill River's beauty. The stories, vignettes, personal and oral histories, artwork and photographs highlight the river's history. The Battenkill watershed's environmental, recreational and cultural importance in New York and Vermont are all highlighted within the pages making it a favorite for reading, gifting and increasing awareness of the Battenkill's beauty and why we should preserve it.


Learn composting at Hildene

From 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, those interested in composting have a golden opportunity to join in the conversation with one of the best. Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D., teacher of ecological agriculture, soil science and composting for nearly 3 decades, is leading a program, "Make Great Compost: Implementing Act 148: Vermont's Universal Recycling Law in Your Home, Yard, and Garden."

Check in is at the Welcome Center. The program is in the Beckwith Room.

$15 for Hildene members and $20 for non-members. Registration is strongly recommended. To register contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or

To learn more about programs at Hildene visit or find Hildene on Facebook.


Serving a Mountain Community in Morocco

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at at Equinox Village, French teacher Michelle Emery of Burr and Burton Academy will present a free illustrated talk on her service trips to Morocco with BBA students. While there, they not only rode camels in the Sahara and explored the souks, but spent several days working with the educational tutoring program, Atlas Cultural Foundation, in the High Atlas mountains. Come learn about the wonderful people of Morocco!

The Armchair Travel Series is sponsored by Equinox Village and presented by Manchester Community Library, and is free and open to the public. A reception follows each talk. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple St. For more info, contact the Library at 802-362-2607.


Apple Hill Quartet to Perform

The prestigious Apple Hill String Quartet will perform a classical concert featuring works by Franz Josef Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn at 4 p.m. on Sunday. April 30 at Weston's Old Parish Church as the latest installment of OPC's "Hearts and Voices" performance series.

Since its inception in 2007, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of the traditional classical repertoire as well as for world premieres and commissioned pieces.

The Hearts & Voices Performance Series was established in 2009 in memory of G. Frederick (Fritz) Zeller, a longtime educator, community leader and a pillar of Old Parish Church. Revenues from the performances are donated to benefit deserving area non-profit organizations. For this concert, patrons are asked to donate $10 each which will benefit Just Neighbors, a volunteer organization that provides services to Mountain Town families in crisis, and Apple Hill's Playing for Peace program.

Old Parish Church is located on Route 100, on the left as you enter Weston from the south. Anyone with questions can check For more information about Just Neighbors, go to For information about Playing for Peace, see


America's Memory of the Civil War

Yale professor and renowned Civil War historian David Blight will discuss America's collective memory of the Civil War, and the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, in a talk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at the First Congregational Church. His talk, "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.

The National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the statewide underwriters of First Wednesdays. "Race and Reunion" is underwritten by Keelan Family Foundation. Manchester Community Library is underwritten by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Caf , and Vermont Renewable Fuels.

All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. The First Congregational Church of Manchester is located at 3624 Main St. (Rt. 7A). For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or, or visit


Neighborhood Connections to host showing of "The Economics of Happiness"

"The Economics of Happiness," an award-winning documentary film, spells out the social, spiritual and ecological costs of today's global economy and makes a strong case for localization. Doreen Fabiano and Carlene Lindgren, local activists for the environment and other issues facing our world today will host the screening of this 68 minute film at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections. A Q&A will follow.

The documentary was produced by Local Futures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.

Space is limited, so call to register at (802) 824-4343. The Meeting Place is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

Neighborhood Connections is a community-based non-profit social services agency serving individuals and families in nine area mountain towns. Check out our website at


Green Up Day at Riverwalk

Come celebrate the 47th Annual Vermont Green Up Day from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6, with your friends and neighbors at the Manchester Riverwalk. We will meet at the Friends of the Sun parking lot at 159 Depot Street to clean up along the banks of the Battenkiill River and the surrounding area. Please bring a set of work gloves, sunscreen and bug repellent. We will provide drinks, snacks and trash bags. This is a wonderful way to participate in a unique Vermont tradition while getting out to enjoy the beauty of our local river. The Manchester Riverwalk is a non-profit organization which grew out of the Manchester 2020 visioning exercises held four years ago. Our mission is to build, beautify and maintain public pathways along the river and enhance public access to this remarkable resource.


Solar energy storage topic of talk

The Londonderry Energy Committee is pleased to announce that Grassroots Solar owner Bill Laberge will be speaking about solar energy plus storage at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 in the Twitchell Building, the town office building. Laberge will discuss the benefits and intricacies of battery storage systems made for residential and commercial applications by Tesla and Sonnen and others. In addition, he will talk about ways to maximize savings by avoiding time of use rates and demand charges, fully taking advantage of Rate 11 peak and off-peak rates. All are welcome to join us for this timely presentation.

For more information please contact Will Reed at (802) 376-4455 or


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