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Feast of Venus raises $7,500

On Friday, May 12, Hemholz Fine Art hosted the second event of its kind centered on "The Feast of Venus" painting by local artist, Elizabeth Torak. The event raised $7,5000 for Hunger Free Vermont. The painting was inspired by "Feast of Venus" works from the Renaissance period and it explores women's relationship with food and each other. " I love that Hunger Free Vermont has the solutions and understands the need to bring the community together to create the will to solve this problem — and The Feast of Venus painting is such a stunning illustration of what that looks like," Hemholz Fine Art owner Lisa Hemholz-Adams said of the event and the painting that inspired it.


MCL Pop-Up Bookshop

Manchester Community Library will be holding a Book Sale from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. Admission is free both days. Thousands of newly donated books in excellent condition will be available. In addition to a great selection of fiction and mystery, categories of note are biography, history, young adult, and children. Come and stock up for summer reading. MCL is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Vt. For information, call the Library at 802-362-2607.


Sky Blue Boys Return to Old Firehouse

The Sky Blue Boys will be the final concert in the Spring Series, at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2. The brothers revived the tradition of "brothers duets." Two fellows with a mandolin and guitar, a musical teamwork built of habit, their voices fused in the special blend produced by kinship. The Old Firehouse is at Mountain View Road and Vt. 140. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $15, 90% of which goes to the performers. Home made desserts, coffee and tea will be available. Donations for them will help support community activities.


Battenkill Duck Derby

The annual Battenkill Duck Derby and Family Fair returns to the Arlington Rec Area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 3,. More than 25 prizes will be given out including the grand prize of $1,000 (donated by Mack Molding); First Prize $500 (donated by Mack Molding); and Second Prize $250. Fun activities include kiddie games, silent auction, folk singer, pony rides, bouncy house, food, blocks (Vermont Wooden Blocks Co.), and more. The fire department will also be featured. Ducks can be purchased by calling Happy Days Playschool at 802-375-6039 or by visiting our website Duck tickets are $4 per duck; 3 ducks for $10; $15 for 5 ducks; $20 for 7 ducks; and $25 for 10 ducks with a special online price of $50 for 25 ducks. Battenkill Duck Derby and Family Fair is an annual fundraiser hosted by Arlington Area Childcare, Inc. (AACI) with the proceeds supporting Happy Days Playschool. For more information call 802-375-6039 or visit the website.


Hunter Memorial Golf Tournament

This year's event will be on Saturday, June 3 at The Golf Club at Equinox. An 8:30 shotgun start will send golfers out for a great day and a great cause! There are multiple prizes and contests to enjoy as we raise money to support achievements in learning. The entry fee includes an Equinox luncheon in addition to the round of play. For more information and the registration form, click on the LTS Golf Tournament calendar event at, or call Alex Ramsvig at 802-867-5717, ext. 161. This tournament is generously sponsored by Homestead Landscaping, 19/19 Investment Counsel, Stratton Magazine/Manchester Life, Express Copy, and William T. Burns, Inc.


New Exhibits Opening at Historical Society

Visitors are invited to a reception on Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., initiating DHS's latest exhibits: "Dorset Agriculture in the 1800s"; the Dorset Village Historic District, Part 1; newly available photographs (1904-1915) by Huntington Pratt Gilbert; a retrospective of paintings by Dorset-connected artists Beatrice Jackson and David Humphreys; and recently acquired paintings. DHS's Bley House Museum is located on Route 30 at Kent Hill Road. For more information, see or call 802-867-0331.


Photography on display at library

The Winhall Memorial Library will be displaying the photography of Matthew Lerman beginning on June 1. The library invites the public to an artist's reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. Come meet the artist, view his wonderful photography, and enjoy some refreshments. For more information call the library at 802-297-9741 or email:


Celebration Of National Trails Day

The Manchester Riverwalk Association welcomes Fidel Moreno, award winning documentary filmmaker and producer and co-director of "Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock." A Native American water protector and social justice activist, Moreno will lead a Water Ceremony as part of our National Trails Day celebration from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 3 at the Riverwalk. We will meet along the bank of West Branch for trail work and the opening ceremony. Parking is available near Friends of the Sun, 159 Depot St. Join us to gather in the spirit of community and relationship to our Mother Earth. We will end our trail maintenance work at 11:30 a.m. to close in circle to honor the Ondawa River, the Iroquois name for the Battenkill River among the Abenaki people.


Artist's reception at Bennington Museum

Visit with photojournalist Clemens Kalischer at artist's reception for the opening of "Between Past and Future: Clemens Kalischer's Vermont." Free and open to the public, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Bennington Museum.


Hot water bath canning 101 at Hildene

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at Hildene, avid gardeners and veteran canners, Jane and Ken Moriarty, will host a workshop on hot water bath canning. Jane, who refers to rhubarb as the herald of the spring garden, sees the workshop as an opportunity to prepare and preserve rhubarb so it can be enjoyed throughout the year. Those who participate will go home with a jar of rhubarb conserve. Pre-registration is required. $15 for members. $20 for non-members. The workshop is limited to eight participants. To learn more about the canning workshop or to register, call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email

Salem, N.Y.

Pianist to perform at Fort Salem

Pianist Deborah Young-Weiler will perform at Fort Salem Theater one time only, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. The $20 ticket includes complimentary coffee. Reservations are seriously suggested. More information is available on the website ( or by calling the theater at (518) 854-9200.


Garden club to meet

The monthly meeting of the Arlington Garden club will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6 at Hildene in Manchester. A tour of the grounds and Peony Gardens will be enjoyed followed by the meeting and a picnic! Members are to please bring a bag lunch. The Hostesses will provide dessert: Jeri Schoof, Pat Williams, Joanna Taylor. Interested in membership? Contact Marilyn Frandfors at 802-375-9275. For more information:


Trump: What Have We Learned?

Green Mountain Academy will welcome back Professor Matthew J. Dickinson of Middlebury College, to talk about the advisers that surround President Trump at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at the Manchester Community Library. Professor Dickinson will reveal how a president's success depends in part on the men and women who serve as his key advisers. He will discuss what we have learned about Trump's White House staff. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at


Coffee with a Cop

At 4 p.m. on June 6, come to the Manchester Community Library and join your neighbors and local police officers for coffee and conversation. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, give kudos, and get to know the officers of the Manchester Police Department. At the risk of reinforcing a stereotype, there will indeed be free donuts from Mrs. Murphy's and coffee provided by Tall Cat Coffee Roasters on hand in the Cafe Commons. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave/Route 7A.


Dance Performance and Film Screening

ART-SEED Dance performance from Beth Graczyk and film screening from Salome Lamas, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6 at Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free and open to the public.


Quilt Guild Potluck Picnic

The Quiet Valley Quilt Guild will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, for the Guild's Annual Potluck Picnic. The picnic will be followed by a trunk sale of quilt-related items, such as fabric, notions, and quilting books in the upper parking lot behind the Second Congregational Church on Hillside St.


Reading, Discussion and Writing Workshop

Green Mountain Academy is excited to offer a four-part reading, writing and discussion workshop with author Elayne Clift. The workshop series will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. starting on Wednesday, June 7, at Equinox Village. This four-session workshop includes reading and discussing selected short stories by such luminaries as Jhumpa Lahiri, Edwidge Danticat, James Joyce, Frank McCourt and others. The fee for the four-week class is $90. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at


Guided Meditation for Pain Management

Meditation for people with disabilities, their allies, friends and caregivers will be presented by VCIL staff at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7. Meditation has been clinically proven to help manage chronic pain. Wear comfortable clothes. Events are free. These are chemical- and scent-free events. For more information, to register and/or to request accommodations: Lynn Mazza, VCIL, 601 Main St. Bennington, 802-442-1876,


Book signing with author Jodi Picoult

Northshire Bookstore is thrilled to announce that Jodi Picoult will be available for a public book signing from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. Picoult will be in town to interview John Grisham on stage for his sold out presentation at 5 p.m. Grisham is touring for the first time in 25 years and will be presenting his 30th book, "Camino Island." He will not be available for a public signing.


Palliative care workshop offered

At noon on June 8, the Bennington office of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region and Brookdale at Fillmore Pond will sponsor a free community forum on the value of palliative care and the importance of advance healthcare decision-making. The session will be held at Brookdale at Fillmore Pond on 300 Village Ln. Allen Hutcheson, M.D. and Diane E. Smith, M.D., physicians affiliated with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center will provide information on palliative care and the importance of documenting your healthcare wishes. The session is free and open to the public and lunch will be served. To reserve your place, call 802-447-7000 before June 5.


Old Firehouse Stage presents 2 x 2

Tinmouth's Old Firehouse Stage presents folk group 2 x 2 on Friday, June 9, at 7:30. This group brings rich harmony, both a cappella and accompanied from a variety of folk traditions to the stage. 2 x 2 is made of two couples who met through music: Valerie Kosednar, Mark Grieco, and Betsy and Lee Rybeck Lynd, all veteran singers and performers in their own right. Join us for the last concert of the season at the Old Firehouse. This concert is a benefit for the renovation of the Tinmouth Creamery. $10 donation at the door. The Old Firehouse is located on the Tinmouth green next to the Town Office. Doors open at 7:00. For more information contact or 446-2928.

Salem, N.Y.

New firehouse grand opening

The Salem Volunteer Fire Department's new firehouse will host an open house from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, with a grand opening ceremony at 2:30 and refreshments to follow. All are welcome.


Author Presentation by Holly Fitzgerald

Join Holly FitzGerald at the Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, as she recounts the yearlong honeymoon with her husband, Fitz, and the harrowing story that unfurls in her book "Ruthless River." Five months into their adventure of a lifetime backpacking around the world their plane crashes in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.

Cambridge N.Y.

Cello Seminar Concert

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, Music from Salem's Cello Seminar participants and faculty will perform a concert at Hubbard Hall, located at 25 E. Main St. Ten cellists from as far away as Asia and Russia will present solo works by current composers, explain their special connection with these works, and introduce themselves to our Music from Salem audience. $15 is our suggested ticket price, but Pay What You Can is our policy and all are welcome. More information: For more information call 518.232.2347 or visit


Learn to prepare Indian cuisine

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, June 12, Green Mountain Academy welcomes Lini Mazumdar of Anjali Farm in South Londonderry to demonstrate how to cook easy, tasty Indian cuisine. She will use seasonal ingredients and Ayurvedic spices which help digestion and health. The menu will include basmati rice pilaf, a curry chicken, a vegetable dish, salad, and fresh chutney. The class will take place at the Morrow Residence. Space is limited. Registration is required and is $55 per person. For more information or to register visit or call our office at 802-867-0111.


Open studios at the Marble House Project

ART-SEED Open studios at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, with Sophia Flood and Ooldouz Alaei Novin at the Event Barn at Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free and open to the public.


Garden Club of Manchester Meeting

The Garden Club of Manchester presents "The Bee Lady" at Manchester Community Library at 1 p.m on Wednesday, June 14. What's all the buzz about Mason Bees? Michelle Mensinger will speak about this very productive pollinator for spring flowers, fruits and nuts. We will learn how to raise our own bees using a bee house kit. Email for further details and visit to learn more about GCM.


MoveOn Manchester Fundraiser

From 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, MoveOn Manchester will be hosting a fundraiser and social mixer at The Perfect Wife Restaurant to commemorate its six month anniversary. A delicious assortment of hors d'ouevres will be provided and cocktails will be available on a "cash bar" basis. The minimum suggested donation is $20; all funds collected above and beyond the costs of the party will be divided; one half will be donated to the important and lifesaving work of the Manchester Food Cupboard while the other half will used to defray the costs of MoveOn's many upcoming projects within the community. RSVPs are much appreciated, please email Jon at


Greatest Generation Film Series at Manchester Library

Attend a free film screening of "In the Good Old Summertime" at the Manchester Community Library at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14 In this 1949 musical romantic comedy, feuding co-workers in a small music shop do not realize they are secret romantic pen pals. The film screening is free and open to the public and part of the Greatest Generation Film Series. The series is generously sponsored by At Home Senior Care. Running time is 102 minutes. Light refreshments served. MCL is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Info: 802-362-2607.

Mt. Tabor

Old Cemetery Walk

Meet at the Mt. Tabor - Danby Historical Society at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 for a short talk on Mt. Tabor cemeteries, followed by a car pool up Forest Road 10 and walks to the hard-to-find Greeley and Burton Cemeteries. If time permits, we will also walk to a unnamed supposed Revolutionary War graveyard west of US 7 in South End. Walks are about 0.6, 0.8 and 0.5 miles round trip respectively. Wear sturdy shoes and bring tick repellant. You may want to bring a snack and water, too. For details, call Herb Ogden at 802-293-2510,


Go the Distance 5k to support UCS

The UCS Go the Distance 5k Run/Walk will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, at 316 Dewey St. in Bennington. The day's events will include a pre-race warm up offered by local Zumba instructor Andrea Malinowski, followed by a run or walk along a paved roads 5k course through beautiful Bennington. United Counseling Service will offer a family fun day including a free Kid's Fun Run and family activities throughout the morning. Interested runners can register for the event on Registration by June 15 is $20 and registration after June 15 and on race day is $25. Up to a family of four can register for $35. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. All runners will receive a free t-shirt for participating. For more information please call JoAnne Larsen at 802-442-5401 or email her at


Father's Day Car Show

The Vermont Veterans' Home and the State Line Car Club invites you to the Father's' Day car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. The admission to the car show is free. Parking available either in the employee parking lots behind the main building or at the state office building. If you would like more information about this event, please contact Gary Yelle at 802-447-6510 or email at


Farmers' Market Pig Roast

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, the Dorset Farmers' Market will be having an Old Fashioned Vermont Pig Roast in honor of Father's Day. Tom Hubbard of Mountain View Bison will slow cook pork over a bed of hickory and charcoal. Sumptuous accompaniments will be on offer from our talented prepared food vendors as well. Come join us on Father's Day for the second Pig Roast at our outdoor market, at H.N. Williams, on the green. We will be asking for donations of $10.00/ plate to support our wonderful market.


The Waxwing Four in Concert

The Waxwing Four will play at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 at the Old Firehouse at the intersection of Route 140 and Mountain View Road. $10-15 suggested donation. The Waxwing Four is a jubilee quartet, singing rollicking radio gospel from the 1930s and '40s as well as bluegrass quartets, shape note hymns, and Appalachian ballads. The Waxwing Four is Wheaton Squier, Brendan Taaffe, Adam Simon, and Stefan Amidon. Listen at For more information contact Brendan at or Cathy at 446-2928 or


Free seminar on navigating Medicar

Are you New to Medicare? Have questions? Learn how to navigate the system by attending a free informational session at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 at the Manchester Community Library; 138 Cemetery Ave. The program will cover Medicare Part A and Part B; Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans); Part D Prescription Drug Plans; Medicare supplemental (Medigap) insurance; enrollment periods; and coming off employer based insurance. The session is sponsored by SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) and the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging.


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