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.
Wine and Cheese Seminar: The Northshire Bookstore presents a wine and cheese seminar with author Alice Feiring and Consider Bardwell Farm on Friday 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 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, 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. $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 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 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 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.
Women Artists Writing: Dorset Theatre Festival is committed to cultivating female voices onstage through its Women Artists Writing Group, helmed by actors Heidi Armbruster and Mary Bacon. A free public presentation will be held on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The presentation will feature 10 WAW retreat writers who will present 10-minute selections of their developing works, all in various stages of development. This event will be held in the Dorset Playhouse, located at 104 Cheney Rd. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission, and no ticket is required.
Performance/Screening: On Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m., there will artist talks by Slinko and Audra Wolowiec and screening with Gina Kamentsky at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free, open to the community. Go to marblehouseproject.org for more information.
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.
Author presentation: Join the Northshire Bookstore on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. for a presentation by author Robert Madrygin for his novel "The Solace of Trees." A young deaf-mute Bosnian orphan is brought to the US as a refugee and finds a home with a retired college professor. Eventually, the boy regains his hearing and ability to speak and he begins to recall the trauma of his past. He becomes a gifted film student and helps one of his college professors with a documentary film that draws him into the post 9/11 war on terror. A compelling story about war, family, and survival.
Art Opening: On Saturday, Sept. 2 a new exhibit, "Vermont Artists Then and Now," opens at SVAC in the Wilson Museum and Galleries. The reception will be on Sunday, Sept. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public and admission is free. Works of the current artists will be for sale in the galleries. SVAC hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Open to the public. Admission is free.
Concert and Community Picnic: The Ninth Annual Blue Flames Concert and Community Picnic on the Weston Green will be held on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to pack a picnic basket and come to Weston's Town Green to honor the nine pioneer women who 131 years ago turned a smelly frog pond and muddy swamp into what is now called the most beautiful Town Green in Vermont.
BBA fall college night: Burr and Burton's Fall College Night for Junior and Senior Parents is being held on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in the BBA Riley Center.
Debra Johns, Associate Director of Admission at Yale University, will be our keynote speaker. Johns has been at Yale for the past nine years and previouly worked in admission at Fairfield University and Marquette University and recently served as chair of the finance committee for the National Association of College Admission Counseling. She has presented on many occasions at national and regional conferences on various admissions topics, is active with current admissions issues and is a frequent participant and speaker at college night programs. Following Debra's presentation, BBA's School and College counselors will present parents with grade-specific information regarding the college process.
Old Firehouse Fall Series: Jon Gailmor opens the Tinmouth Old Firehouse Fall Series on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. His original songs are marked with childish illogic, profound feelings, absurd humor and, at times, both subtle and obvious messages. The Old Firehouse is at Mountain View Road and Vt. 140, next to the new Firehouse. Doors will open at 7 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $15, 90% of which goes to the performers. The remainder pays the town for the upkeep of the Old Firehouse. Homemade desserts, coffee and tea will be available. Donations for them will help support community activities.
Greeley's Mill History Hike: At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, the Mt. Tabor - Danby Historical Society will meet at the Griffith Library, 74 South Main St. to carpool on Forest Road 10. Guests are welcome. We will hike south on the Long/Appalachian Trail 1.2 mile to Greeley's Mill, near Big Branch Shelter. The mill was a 19th century waterpower that still has a wheel pit and a tailrace. From the mill, there will be an optional walk to the Greeley Cemetery and farm site, about quarter mile through open woods. We can also see where the road to Weston followed Big Branch before the 1927 flood destroyed it. Bring water and a snack. For more information, please contact Herb Ogden, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-293-2510.
Rumpleteaser: Rumpleteaser will perform on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Israel Congregation of Manchester, 6025 Main St. Rumpleteaser is a musical improv group from the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theater in New York City. They have toured around the US, asking audiences for just one suggestion from which they will create a brand new musical right before your eyes. Everything is made up on the spot--, from the dance, to the music, to the lyrics. Call for tickets at 802-362-4578. Advance tickets are $25 ant at the door $30. Student (under 18) tickets are $15.
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 2017-18 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.
Knit, Sip, Purl, Sip Event: For those already participating in the Library's Super Secret Soft Art Project or those who would like to participate in this exciting, evolving community art experience, here's the event. Come to the Manchester Community Library on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. for an hour or two of knitting, crocheting, wine and cheese. A wide array of free, colorful yarns will be available. This is a community project in which participants pledge to knit or crochet small elements which they will donate to the library. These small pieces will be put together to create a large communal art piece for the library. It's as simple as knitting or crocheting a 12"x12" square. The library has simple patterns for knitted and crocheted squares available as well as patterns for making spirals. Beginners and experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome and encouraged to come to this free program for ages 21 and over. Space is limited. Use this link to sign up now at https://knitsippurlsipmcl.eventbrite.com. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Route. 7A.
Community forum: Join the Northshire Bookstore on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. for a community forum led by James Duff Lyall, Executive Director of the ACLU of Vermont. This talk is meant to open a discussion and to educate about our basic civil liberties and how they may be affected in the age of Trump. In Vermont and across the country, the ACLU fights for the principle that every individual's rights must be protected equally under the law.
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