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Plan Summer Fun  at The Collaborative

The Collaborative is happy to announce its licensed summer camp registration opening. Youth from 5 to 12 years old are welcome to join at Flood Brook School. Fun times are planned for youth of all ages to enjoy hiking, swimming, biking and visits to local venues like the Grafton Nature Center, Lowell Lake and Hapgood pond. Swim lessons are available with a certified Red Cross instructor and are included in the camp registration fee. Schedule of lessons are based on interest in registration. To learn more about camp schedule and pricing visit or call 802-824-4200.


Two exhibits at the Custer Sharp House

During the month of July, the Londonderry Arts and Historical Society presents two exhibits at the Custer Sharp House. The first, Textiles and Fibers, covers the production of woolens at the mills and household goods and crafts (spinning, weaving, quilting and sewing). The exhibit will feature an old barn loom from the Woods House/Fairmount on Under the Mountain Road. Music in the Mountains will include old photos of Lowell Lake Orchestra and other local bands, and the charming Bernadine Custer paintings and drawings of musicians at work. Local residents are featured in many of these photos and paintings, come and help identify them. The Custer Sharp House, located at 2461 Middletown Rd, is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m.


Kesher Olam Jewish Day Camp

Israel Congregation of Manchester is excited to announce that Kesher Olam Jewish Day Camp will once again be happening for kids ages 4-11, the week of July 31, Monday through Friday, from 9 to 3 p.m., at ICM, 6025 Main St. Families are invited to share ICM's pre-neg on Friday beginning at 5:45 p.m. with beverages and snacks, followed by Shabbat services and then a Communal Shabbat dinner. The curriculum will be based on Israel and the land. Campers will help prepare Israeli food, do arts and crafts, play games, sing songs, participate in Israeli folk dancing, have a mock kibbutz, and be part of a program by PJ Library on one of the days. Lots of time will be spent outside. We have terrific camp leaders lined up! Cost is $200 per child, $180 for siblings. There is some financial aid available, through a grant from the Gendler Grapevine foundation. There will also be a Hebrew song and movement program for kids three and under on Tuesday and Thursday morning of that week.Please contact Nina Wugmeister for more information.


Art show at the Library

Artist Paul Myers show, "Beautiful People and Places" is going on from now until the end of July at South Londonderry Free Library. This eclectic show comprises paintings, sketches, and photos created by Paul Myers from 1948 to the present. It includes scenes from his world travels, portraits, and local landscapes. All but two of these works are for sale. Come to South Londonderry Free Library and share an experience of life in


Pink Friday event  at Bromley

On June 23, Bromley Mountain Resort hosts Pink Friday benefit event for Komen New England. Show up wearing something pink and get a morning pass to the Mountain Adventure Park for $15. All of the proceeds will go towards the Vermont Race for the Cure which will take place on Saturday, July 24. For additional information, visit


Gene Higgins at Rupert Kittay Library

The Rupert Kittay Library is pleased to welcome the photography of Gene Higgins with a reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. Higgin's photography will be offered at the Rupert Library as both framed pictures and wonderful note cards. Higgin's work will be on display and available during the months of June and July at the Library. The Rupert Kittay Library is located at 2827 Route 153. For more information visit the library website at, email or call the library at 802-394-2444.


Book Discussion at the Winhall library

Join us at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 to discuss the 2013 National Book Award Winner, "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. Copies of the book are available at the library. This is an informal group, all that is needed is a love of books. Refreshments will be served. Any questions, please email or call 802-297-9741.


Magician appears in Winhall

"Build a Better World with Magic!" Join us at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 at the Winhall Memorial Library for a super fun filled show by the magnificent Mr. Tom Joyce. Tom Joyce is masterful at entertaining people of all ages. Any questions, please email or call 802-297-9741. The Winhall Memorial Library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Rd.

Salem, N.Y.

Musical comedy 'Rip Van Winkle'

The players from Westminster, California's Rose Center Theater have arrived early this week to perform their brand new old-fashioned musical comedy, "Rip Van Winkle," on Fort Salem Theater's Mainstage. "Rip" opens at 8 p.m., Friday, June 23, with subsequent performances at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 24, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 25. Information and tickets are available by going online or by calling the Fort's box office at 518-854-9200.

Salem, N.Y.

Dinner Theater Collaboration

On Saturday, June 24, Gardenworks Farm and Fort Salem Theater collaborate on Farm-to-Table Dinner Theater. A four-course locally sourced dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. at the popular Route 30 farm/store, after which ticket holders travel to the village theater to join other ticket holders at the 8 p.m. performance. Farm-to-Table reservations must be made in advance. Information and tickets are available by going online or by calling the Fort's box office at 518-854-9200.


Wildlife Walk in Wells

Join Vermont Fish and Wildlife on a field tour showcasing wildlife-friendly habitat management practices on private land. The tour will take place on Tim Cronin's property, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Saturday, June 24, but will be meeting at 9 a.m. in front of the Wells Village School,135 Main/VT-30 to carpool up to Cronin's property. Contact Andrea Shortsleeve, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Habitat biologist, at 802-479-4439 or to reserve a spot or for any questions.


Israel Congregation of Manchester Tag Sale

Israel Congregation of Manchester (Route 7A North - 6025 Main St., next to Town Hall) will hold its annual Tag Sale from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, June 25, with a Bag Sale at 3 p.m. With over 165 households, and over 5,000 square feet, you will find everything you need and don't need -- everyday items, incredible clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, prints, paintings, furniture, jewelry and more. Please join us for bargains and fun. This sale is not to be missed. Rain or shine. 802-362-4578.


"Swing into Summer" BPI Golf Tournament

Bennington Project Independence, Adult Day Service will be holding their Sixth Annual "Swing into Summer" Golf Tournament on Sunday, June 25, at The Golf Club at Equinox in Manchester Vermont. This Tournament is a four person scramble format with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the Tournament will benefit BPI's innovative Adult Day Service, located at the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman Center on Harwood Hill. Opportunities for Tee Sponsorships and Golfer Registrations are currently available. Registrations are $110 per golfer. Each registration includes a Summer Sunday afternoon of great golfing at The Golf Club at Equinox in Manchester, VT and a delicious apr s event grilled dinner buffet on the deck at the Dormy Grill. Additional dinner guests are welcome for an additional fee. Registrations are available on our website at or by calling Bennington Project Independence, Adult Day Service at 802-442-8136.


Music Performance by Missy Mazzoli

ART-SEED: Performance by Missy Mazzoli will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at the Marble House Project. Mazzoli will discuss her practice and perform sections of her award-winning oeuvre. Free and open to the public.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Open cast call for 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Hubbard Hall will be holding auditions for Rupert Holmes' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 29, at Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main St. Rehearsals will run Tuesdays through Sundays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 11, with performances Nov. 12 through Dec. 3. Directed by David Snider, Hubbard Hall will be only the second theater ever to work on this new chamber version of the Tony Award-winning musical. Mr. Holmes will be in residence during rehearsals to rewrite and promote the piece. Seeking both AEA and non-AEA actors. To schedule an audition, email your headshot and resume to: Prepare one song from the show and one short comedic monologue (two minutes or less). All roles are currently available. Visit the website at to view a full breakdown of characters and voice parts.


Free seminar on navigating Medicare

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.


Northshire Baptist Hosts Free Block Part

Northshire Baptist Church invites all in the Northshire community to a free Block Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 on the large lawn in front of the church building on 5769 Main St. Everything is free: Bouncy House, hot dogs, popcorn, face painting, snow cones, cotton candy, and games. It will be held inside the education building in case of rain. Contact Northshire Baptist Church for more information:, 802-362-1988, or


Medicare Demystified at MCL

Learn how to navigate the Medicare system by attending an informational session at Manchester Community Library at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28. Topics covered will include Medicare Part A and Part B; Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans); Part D Prescription Drug Plans; Medical Supplemental (Medigap) Insurance; enrollment periods; and coming off employer based insurance. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated. Please call 802-442-5436 or email with any questions. For general information, please contact the Library at 802-362-2607.


Bingo Night

Bingo will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 28 at the East Arlington Fire Station on Old Mill Rd. This event will benefit the Arlington Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary.


Watercolor Artist to talk at the Canfield Library

At 6 p.m. on June 29, Ned Reade will give a gallery talk at the Canfield Library about his watercolors and his journeys with the medium. From countries in Europe to local scenes along the Battenkill River, Reade enjoys painting on location usually with a thermos of coffee and perhaps a cookie as a reward if things are going well. He will bring his sketchbooks which will show the genesis of an idea from small value sketches in pencil to larger finished watercolors. This will be a chance to try to get inside the head of an artist and learn what captures his fancy, and how he brings a vision in his mind to a finished work. There are stories to share of his experiences behind his easel when the unforeseen can cause a sudden surprise or even minor catastrophe.


'The Tarnation of Russell Colvin' in Londonderry

The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society presents "The Tarnation of Russell Colvin" at its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, at the Old Londonderry Town Hall on Middletown Road. This event is free but donations toward the lighting improvements at the Old Town Hall are welcome.


The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History

Green Mountain Academy welcomes Middlebury College Professor Christopher McGrory Klyza to talk about both the natural and the human history of Vermont. The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Professor Klyza will describe how geological, ecological, and human forces have combined to shape the landscape of the Green Mountain State. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit


Auxilary Bingo Night

Danby Mt-Tabor Fire Department Auxiliary Bingo will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 30, at the Danby Mt-Tabor fire department on Main Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $20 per booklet, additional books $10. Cash prizes.


Author reading of 'Unshackling America'

Join the Northshire Bookstore for a book discussion at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 30, with Vermont author and journalist Willard Stern Randall. Randall will be presenting his new book "Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution."


SheJumps and Green Mountain Club Hike and Alpine Slide

SheJumps, a non- profit org whose mission is to get girls and women outdoors all over the U.S. is guiding a hike from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, on the Long Trail to summit Bromley Mountain. At the summit, enjoy the view of surrounding mountain ranges of three states before walking down to mid-mountain for a free Alpine Slide ride to the bottom at Bromley Mountain's Adventure park and parking lot. For more info, contact Katie Brooks, SheJumps Regional Coordinator, and volunteer for the Green Mountain Club. 802-867-5369 of Meet at Bromley Mountain.


Dorothea Ferone exhibit at Dorset Library

The featured artist at the Dorset Library in July is Dorothea "Dottie" Ferone. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 1. Refreshments will be served. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the library. For information call 802-867-5774.


Independence Day Celebration

Join the Londonderry Independence day celebration. All events will all be held on July 1. Celebrations begin with an 11 a.m. parade on Main Street, starting at the state garage and ending at Londonderry plaza. Fireworks will be held at Magic Mountain, July 1, starting at dusk.


Counterpoint Peace Concert

The Sundays On The Hill Concert Series is delighted to again have Counterpoint grace Weston's historic and acoustically perfect Church on the Hill (Community Church) at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 2. The church is located on Lawrence Hill Road and is just a few steps up the hill from the Weston Village Green, off Route 100. Parking is available at the church and along the road and village green. Counterpoint will explore songs of peace in various different languages and styles, including Pete Seeger favorites. The cost $5 for adults (children 12 and under are free). A handicap ramp will be available. For additional information see

Salem, N.Y.

Salem Volunteer Fire Department's Independence Days Celebration

The Salem Vol. Fire Department's July 4 parade theme this year will be "Disney." The three night carnival will start at 6 p.m. on July 2 and July 3 and the carnival will start as soon as the parade ends on July 4. This year's entertainment will be: July 3, the band Welkin, and July 4, Krystal's Lytle DJ Service. The fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 with a rain date for the fireworks at 9 p.m. on July 5. The parade will kick off at 5 p.m. sharp with the parade line-up starting at 4 p.m. on North Main St. by the Holy Cross Church. Parade participants need to reply by June 30. Reply to Steven Saunders, email or call 518-321-9430.


Quilters Guild to hold meeting

The Quiet Valley Quilters Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5. This month's program will center around time-saving tips and tricks. Everyone is invited to bring ideas to share. Visitors are always welcome. The Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Second Congregational Church on Hillside St. For more information about the Guild visit and click on Quiet Valley Quilters Guild.


'Writers in Love' discussion

At 7 p.m., on Wednesday, July 5, at Manchester Community Library, Barry Deitz will discuss "Writers in Love: The Brownings and the Fitzgeralds," two writing couples who became as famous for their romance as for their writings. Deitz will look at the challenges of having two writers under one roof, the gender issues involved during their eras, and the legacy of these writers and their times. The program is free and open to all. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.

Summer reading program kickoff

Manchester Community Library's summer reading program, "Build A Better World," kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 6 with a visit from Bob, owner of the Vermont Wooden Block Company. He'll introduce kids and their families to the "coolest blocks ever," and then everyone will have a chance to build with them.


Post 69 Legionnaires Meeting

Post 69 Legionnaires will have a meeting at at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. All Post 69 Legionnaires should plan to attend, help support the Post. Facebook: American Legion Post 69, Arlington Call 802-375-6157 for more information.


The Longest Game

At 7 p.m., on Friday, July 7, there will be a screening of the film "The Longest Game" at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. It was shot in Dorset and follows a tightly knit group of table tennis paddle players. It has won an array of awards and is a fantastic film for adults and kids. Students are free/$10 per family at the door.

North Bennington

20th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show

The 20th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show will be hosting the opening party for the exhibition this year on Saturday, July 8. The reception will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Vermont Arts Exchange campus, 48 Main St. (next door to the Post Office and across the street from the North Bennington Train Depot) and will feature music by local band Ransom Notes. Refreshments will be served. The show will remain on view to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the summer and fall, concluding on Sunday, October 29.


Community Days at the museum

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, admission to the Bennington Museum is free for all visitors. Join in for a day of celebrating Grandma Moses: American Modern. Among the many activities planned are Grandma Moses: "Painter and Grandma", a presentation from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. by Ken Gottry, with special guest, Harry Moses. From 1 to 3 p.m., Will Moses, great grandson of Grandma Moses is in the bookstore signing his books and other products. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m, and 1 to 4 p.m., younger visitors can milk Benita, the Museum cow and then churn butter. A variety of films will be viewed beginning at 1:30 p.m. with Jerome Hill's film, Grandma Moses. This is followed at 2 p.m. with a viewing of Jane Kallir's talk on the life of Grandma Moses. Visitors can take a walk on the George Aiken Wildflower Trail where a new Trail Tale has been installed.


Author Liza Ketchum at Dorset Library

Join in at the Dorset Library at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, to hear Liza Ketchum talk about her new book, "The Life Fantastic: A Novel in Three Acts." This is a free event and light refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. Call the library for more information 802-867-5774.


Chainsaw use classes

Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife has organized Level I and Level II classes to take place July 15 and July 16. The Level I classes provides an overview of chain saw safety and covers basic tree felling. Each participant will fell a tree by the end of the class. Level II covers basic saw maintenance, chain sharpening techniques and provides another opportunity for tree felling. The fee for each class $180. Directions will be sent upon registration. Regardless of experience, take home valuable new skills from this workshop. Experience not necessary to participate. For more information or to register contact Vermont Coverts at 802-877-2777, e-mail


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