Local Artists' Expo: The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society will exhibit the works of local artists from Aug. 5 to Sept. 2 at the Custer Sharp House, 2461 Middletown Rd. Exhibit hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Artists who would like to exhibit may contact Garrison Buxton at 917-602-2153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All artwork must be ready to sell and be labeled with artist name, price, and phone number on the back. Visit the LAHS website for more information on other events and programming: www.LAHSVT.org.
Summer Artist Member Show: From Saturday, July 15 through Sept. 10, the Summer Artist Member Show begins its run at SVAC in the Yester House Galleries. The exhibition features work in all styles and mediums and is the largest group show in the area, filling nine galleries. All the work is for sale and admission is free. Showing in Gallery I during the Member Show will be an exhibit of pastels and oils done by a group of artists who traveled to Tuscany this spring with SVAC instructor Robert Carsten. These works were painted during, or inspired by, the trip.
Theater Perfromance: Living Room Theater is pleased to announce nine more chances to see Annie Baker's "Circle Mirror Transformation." The play's seemingly simple circumstances grow increasingly complex as the five participants in the community drama class (set in Vermont) undergo seismic changes over the six week class. The performances are on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee, Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. Reservations are helpful so call: 802-442-5322 or email us email@example.com. Tickets: Pay-what-you-will (suggested donation $30) The performances are at Historic Park-McCullough, One Park St.
Canning and Preserving: Join Angela from Someday Farm at the Dorset Library on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and find out what to do with a garden bounty. Angela will present tips and techniques for beginning canners. The focus will be on water bath canning of acidic vegetables such as tomatoes and pickles and jams. Bring a favorite canning recipe to share and browse the display of relevant books. Light refreshments will be served. Call the library for more information at 802-867-5774.
Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
Dance band: This Friday night in Wood Park a free concert with The West Drive Dance Band from 6 to 9 p.m. West Side Drive is a 7-piece dance band that has been performing popular hits from the 70's through today's chart toppers since early 2016. You will hear cover tunes from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Bruno Mars, The Commodores, Elle King, Tom Petty, The Temptations, Meghan Trainor, Van Morrison, and many more. Food, soda's and water will be available and a Beer Garden from the Sand Bar with beer and wine.
Seconds Sale: Valley Artisans continues the tradition with a sale of not only pottery but work by members in a variety of mediums on Saturday and Sunday. Now titled the Pottery Seconds, Overstock and Experimental Work Sale, customers will find outstanding bargains in glass, painting, prints, cards, fabric, wood craft and much more. Valley Artisans Market's "Small Gallery", 25 East Main Street (Route 372).
Bromley Hike: Join the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section on either Saturday or Sunday, (or both) for this hike up Bromley Mountain. Join the trip leader for a wooded trail hike up the Long Trail from Routes 11/30 in Manchester to the summit Bromley Mountain. At the summit, enjoy the view of surrounding mountain ranges of Vermont , N.Y. and Mass. before walking down to mid-mountain for a free Alpine Slide ride to the bottom at Bromley Mountain's Adventure park and parking lot. The hike on both days will be from 12 to 3 p.m. at 3984 Vt-Route 11, meet at Bromley Mountain Resort parking lot, look for a car with a unicorn on the roof. Cost: Free! Katie Brooks at 516-978-4016.
The Mammals on stage: Earth Sky Time Community Farm is proud to present The Mammals live on the barn stage Sunday at 6 p.m. The Mammals are a legendary five piece Americana party band from Woodstock, NY. A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and pedal steel guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling as any band currently subverting folk traditions. Earth Sky Time farm will be firing up the infamous bread bus to sling pizzas topped with homegrown organic vegetables. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $15, kids free. In the event of rain, the event (and after party) will be held inside the barn. More info at earthskytime.com.
Learn to sheet mulch: Learn how to build soil with the help of Mother Nature and sheet mulching at a workshop to be held Sunday from 1 to 4 pm at Singing River Farm. The content of this workshop is based on Laurel Green's lifetime of gardening, observation of nature, and years of reading, research and experimenting.The cost of the workshop is $40 per person or two people for $70. One scholarship is available to someone under the age of 18. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 18 to allow time for preparations.
Elisabeth von Trapp to Perform: On Sunday at 4 p.m hear the voice of Elisabeth von Trapp at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Rd. Elisabeth is the granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story and music were depicted in the movie "The Sound of Music." The suggested donation for this performance is $10 per person. Von Trapp will also have a collection of her CDs for sale after the event. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward the church's mission work, such as supporting the Arlington Food Shelf, the Summer Lunch Program, summer camp scholarships, Habitat for Humanity, and fuel assistance. For more information call the church office at 802-375-2548.
Theater arts meeting: Burr and Burton Academy extracurricular theater, dance and film meeting will be held on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Riley Center, there will be an information meeting regarding the extracurricular offerings in dance, film and theater for the 2017-2018 season. If you are interested in The Fall Play (Harvey), The Choreography Workshop, Ballet/Pointe/Variation Classes, The Fall Film, The Elf Express, The Theater and Dance New Works Project, The Spring Musical (RENT), Playwriting and Screenwriting, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Set Design, Set Building, Crew or Stage Management, please attend this meeting. There are so many opportunities for everyone. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movement Therapy: On Monday, from 2:30 to 4 p.m, William Freeman, Ph.D. and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist will present Movement Therapy at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections. This presentation is offered at no charge, but registration is necessary, so call 802-824-4343 to attend. The Meeting Place is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the Post Office.
Medical ethics talk: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Professor Joe Markowski of Castleton University to talk about medical ethics. The talk will take place on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Professor Markowski will discuss the ethical distinction between killing versus letting die in the context of a whole range of issues in health care, including beginning-of-life issues, treatment and end- of-life choices. 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.
Learn to Knit: Want to learn to knit? Come to the Manchester Community Library's Free Beginners Knitting Workshop for all ages on Tuesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. You can bring your own supplies or use yarn and needles on hand at the Library. Be part of the Library's exciting, collaborative community Super Secret Soft Art Project by learning to knit a 12"x12" square that will be incorporated into the final design. Feeling stressed? Knitting is the new yoga, and here's your chance to learn how. The Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte. 7A.
Readings: On Tuesday, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd, there will be readings by playwrights Willie Johnson and Mackenzie McBride. Free and open to the community. For more information, visit marblehouseproject.org.
Live concert: The Prescriptions band will be at the Vermont Veterans' Home located at 325 North St. On Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. This outdoor concert is free and is open to the community, bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the performance. Parking will be located behind the main building or the deer park parking lot.
Essential Oils class: Join Certified Professional Aromatherapist Daniela Stewart at the Manchester Community Library on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m., for an introductory session about one of nature's most powerful ways to support your well-being and to enhance the environment of your home. You will learn about why essential oils are so effective; how they are commonly used for stress relief, immune support, respiratory health, sleep and mood enhancement, and emotional balance; how to safely blend oils for a massage oil and a muscle pain relief blend; which oils are fabulous in an all-natural bathroom cleaner; how to use oils with steam inhalation; what to look for when purchasing oils, and more. The program is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required: email@example.com or 802-549-4577. Refreshments will be served.
Journalism in the Digital Age: Green Mountain Academy welcomes David Guistina, Producer and Morning News Anchor of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, to talk about journalism in the digital age. The talk will take place on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. This presentation will look at the nature and complexity of mass communication in the internet age, and how people must make a more proactive effort to find quality information to make decisions as informed citizens. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.
Farmers market: The Manchester Farmers Market will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Adams Park, rain or shine. For kids, there will be a butter-making session in the free activity tent. The market takes place every Thursday and accepts debit, credit, EBT, Crop Cash, and Farm to Family coupons. Plenty of parking is available, just look for signs. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Facebook page.
Wine and Cheese Seminar: The Northshire Bookstore presents a wine and cheese seminar with author Alice Feiring and Consider Bardwell Farm on Friday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m. As part of the inaugural Manchester Food and Wine Classic, Northshire Bookstore is happy to host one of several Wine & Lifestyle Seminars that will take place over this three day festival. Author Alice Feiring will be here to present her new book "The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass." In addition to the wine tasting, Consider Bardwell Farm will also be talking about and offering tastes of their award-winning cheeses. Their farm in West Pawlet Vermont is a producer of handmade cheese from goat and cow milk. Their raw milk cheese is antibiotic and hormone free, and nutritionally complete.
Hansel and Gretel at the Library: Join the Dorset Library on Friday, Aug. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a visit to the gingerbread cottage in the woods. All ages welcome, although most activities will be suitable up to 12 years. Call the library for more information 867-5774, email email@example.com or visit our website at dorsetvillagelibrary.org.
Hunters Ed: The Manchester Rod and Gun Club's traditional hunter education class will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 and from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on on Sunday, Aug. 27. Pre-registration is required at VTHunterEd.com and the traditional course is limited to 30 students. Note: When you register you will receive work/study manuals by mail. Any questions, please call 802-774-8568.
Post 69 Annual Clambake with Champagne Jam: Post 69 will be hosting their Annual Clambake with Champagne Jam starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. $35 per person, 21+ , includes hot dogs, burgers, sausage, clam chowder, cold and steamed clams served at noon. At 3 p.m. there will be BBQ Chicken, corn, salad and rolls. At 6 p.m. there will be a Champagne Jam. Raffles will include a gas grill, patio set, and three lobsters. Ticket cut-off date is Aug. 12 and are on sale now at Post 69. Facebook: American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
Writing Workshop: Local author and instructor James Crews will once again be at Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to present his workshop Mindfulness and Writing. In this writing class, you'll examine the connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing fearlessly from the heart. The class will include some writing exercises and short insight meditation to uncover those images, scenes and memories that might otherwise have been buried or forgotten. Beginners and all levels are welcome—just bring something to write with and an open mind.
Biographer conversation: The Northshire Bookstore presents James Atlas in Conversation with Jamaica Kincaid to discuss "A Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale" on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Two amazing writers come together in conversation about Atlas's new book "A Shadow in the Garden." The biographer -- so often in the shadows, kibitzing, casting doubt, proving facts -- comes to the stage in this funny, poignant, endearing tale of how writers' lives get documented.
Mime performance: Broken Box Mime Theater will be in residence at the Bennington Center for the Arts from Aug. 24 to 27. Join in on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. to learn about contemporary mime, collaborative process, and how simple storytelling can be a vehicle for impactful theater. Admission is "pay what you can" and all ages are encouraged to attend. Funds received will go directly towards paying the artists' travel expenses.
Underwater and wildlife photography: Come to the Dorset Library on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. to attend Jack Tse's underwater and wildlife photography presentation. The evening will consist of two parts, the first is underwater photography and is based on a collection from diving trips from the Caribbean to the Indo-Pacific. Basic underwater photography techniques will be discussed. The second part of the presentation focuses on wildlife photography and trips to African Serengeti National Park. Animal behaviors as well as environmental impacts to the National Park will be discussed. There will be a reception with light refreshments following the presentation. Call the library 802-867-5774 for more information.
Refuse to Use Kickoff: On Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., The Collaborative is holding the annual kick-off event for the Refuse to Use program at the Manchester Elementary Middle School, 80 Memorial Ave. This event is mandatory for all 7th-12th grade students who wish to join the Refuse to Use program for the 2017-2018 season. Participating schools include: the Mountain School at Winhall, Manchester Elementary Middle School, Flood Brook School, Maple Street School, Burr & Burton Academy, Long Trail School, The Dorset School, Arlington Middle & High School, and Leland & Gray High School. The event will feature special guest speaker, Dr. Jennifer Michaels, and an opportunity to join hundreds of families to pledge in leading a healthy lifestyle. A parent, guardian, or caring adult must accompany each student. Visit our website for more information at thecollaborative.us.
TALK TO US
If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.