Look here for local non-profit organizations to announce their events and information as well as ongoing activities in the area. For complete event listings see our calendar here
Thompson Center Happenings
Call the Center for information on classes in French, Italian, Spanish, Chair Yoga, T’ai Chi, and Strength and Fitness.
Bridgewater Day. Monday, July 11. Noon. Lunch for Bridgewater residents at the reduced rate of $2/person.
Bastille Day. Wednesday July 13 Noon. Join the French table (English allowed!) and enjoy coq au vin, parsley potatoes, mesclun greens with vinaigrette and creme brulee tartlet with berries!
Free Avada Hearing screenings. Friday, July 15. Thirty- minute appointments 9 a.m. -3 PM. Sign up required.
For more information on these and other programs for adults of all ages, call The Thompson Center at (802) 457-3277.
Events At Billings Farm And Museum
Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call for information (802) 457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org
July 4 – Old Vermont 4th.
July 5-Aug. 23 – Time Travel Tuesdays
July 6-Sept. 28 – Wagon Ride Wednesdays
July 15-Oct. 14 – Foodways Fridays
July 17 – National Ice Cream Day
July 30 & 31 – Quilt Exhibition Opening Weekend
July 30-Sept. 25 – 25th Annual Quilt Exhibition
Interplay Jazz Events
Interplay Jazz Brown Bag Student Concert – June 30 at noon on the Woodstock Village Green. Free.
Jazz & Gospel Concert featuring Karrin Allyson, John Proulx and the Interplay Gospel Choir, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. Woodstock town Hall Theater. Fee.
Jazz and Jambalaya – July 1 at 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. performance at Woodstoclk Little Theatre. Fee.
All American Jazz Festival Picnic & Performance on July 2 from 1-4 p.m. at the Billing Farm & Museum. Fee charged.
Call 356-5060 or for more information http://interplayjazz.com
Summer Workshops & Camps Offered
ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Purple Crayon Productions are offering summer workshops and camps in art and music programs for children and adults. For our class list or to register, call Tayo at (802) 457-3500, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.artistreevt.org and www.purplecrayonproductions.org.
Film Making Camp (ages 14-18) Week long camp. July 11 through 15 from 9am – 12pm.
3rd Annual Summer Fest! (All ages) Saturday July 16 from 3pm – 7:30pm. Free.
Life Drawing (adults) Second Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm (July 17, July 31, August 14, August 28).
Into to Papermaking (12-adults) Monday July 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Major Mess (All Ages) Saturday July 23 (One Saturday a month) between10am-Noon.
“A Puppet Story” Camp (ages 5-12) Week long camp. July 25-29 from 9am to 12pm.Upcoming Exhibit: Alan Bull. Through July 16.
Call to Artists: unbound – creations by artists that challenge the concept of “the book”. Deadline extended to June 23 (postmarked) and June 27 (emailed).
Events At National Park
Appalachian Trails & Tails held Saturday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m. Free. Call for Reservations.
Hidden Spaces, Unique Places held Saturday, July 2 from 2:30 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn Visitor Center.
Causes & Consequences, The Civil War home front in Woodstock, Vermont held Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. Fee charged.
Conservation Through the Artists Eye held Sunday, July 3 at 2:30 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn Visitor Center.
Additional information on tours and the history of the park is available at the park’s website www.nps.gov/mabi. Call for reservations (802) 457-3368 ext. 22.
Woodstock Celebrates July 4th
Celebrate the 4th of July in Woodstock on Monday, July 4, starting at 8:30 a.m. until the fireworks at dusk! Activities will begin with the 35th Annual John Langhans Green Miles Road Race at 8:30 a.m. Billings Farm & Museum’s doors open at 10:00 a.m. for their Old Vermont 4th. Starting at 4:00 p.m. come to the Woodstock Union High School/Union Arena for fun & games, barbecue, entertainment, ice-skating and fireworks at dusk. All events are rain or shine. For further information: (802) 457-2500 or www.unionarena.org.
250th Celebration At Billings Farm
The Town of Woodstock will officially commemorate the 250th anniversary of its founding on Sunday, July 10, 2011, 4-7 p.m. at the 250th Celebration Picnic at the Billings Farm & Museum. Everyone is invited to this community event, which includes live entertainment, brief presentations on the history of Woodstock, admission to the Farm & Museum, horse-drawn wagon rides, and games. Bring your own picnic, or purchase delicious picnic fare: grilled chicken dinners ($3.00) by the Woodstock Fire Dept. and grilled hot dog ($1.00) and hamburger meals ($2.00) by the Woodstock Rec. Dept. Each meal will include: drinks and watermelon provided by the Woodstock Ambulance Squad; coleslaw and potato salad and ice cream cups provided free of charge. For information: Woodstock Chamber of Commerce: (802) 457-3555.
Dave Norman Will Give A Free Talk
Author Dave Norman will give a free talk entitled “Tomorrow’s History—Today!” at Shiretown Books at 9 Central Street on Thursday, June 30, at 4pm. The author’s talk will look at the challenges and rewards of “active historic preservation,” and is co-sponsored by the Woodstock Historical Society.
Market On The Green Is Now Open
Market on the Green is now open on the Woodstock Green on Wednesday’s, 3-6 p.m. This year 30 vendors will sell a variety of locally grown meats, vegetables, mushrooms, eggs, berries; baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, pasta, cheese and prepared foods and local crafts. Free parking after 4 p.m. EBT and Debit cards accepted. Music will be featured weekly. Through Oct 5.
Boy Scouts Selling First Aid Kits
The Boy Scouts of Troop 220 will be selling first aid kits. These kits are great for your home, office, or car. We are selling two types of kits: an auto kit ($18) and a home kit ($25). An optional CPR mask may be added to any first aid kit for an additional $5. If you are interested in purchasing a first aid kit or have any questions about the contents feel free to talk to any local boy scout you know, or contact me, Jefferson Tucker, at Jefferson.R.Tucker@gmail.com.
‘Recollections of World War II’
“Recollections of World War II: Veterans from the Woodstock Area” is a compilation of excerpts from over 40 oral history interviews with local veterans. This book is now available at the Woodstock History Center. For further details, call (802) 457-1822.
TeleCare Program Needs Call Recipients
Green Mountain RSVP and Volunteer Center is looking for you if you live alone and could benefit from receiving a friendly phone call several times each week to make sure you are fine, through our TeleCare program. It is a great way to make a new friend, and it could help you remain in your own home finding comfort in the knowledge that someone cares. We have trained volunteers who are ready and waiting to call you. For more information, call Linda Husband in Windsor County at (802) 885-2083, Peter Seares in Windham County at (802) 254-7515, or Susan Armstrong in Bennington County at (802) 447-1545.
Norman Williams Library Programs
The Norman Williams Library is announcing new expanded hours: they are now open Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. and open till 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Story Times at The Norman Williams Public Library are:
Mondays at 10:30 a.m. is Baby Story time, Songs and finger plays from birth to age 2. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is Toddler Story time and Craft, age 2 to 5 Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. is Toddler Story time and Craft age 3 to 6. These will run weekly until July 31. The library is closed all major holidays. For more information, call Tracey at (802) 457-2295, ext. 102.
Kids Can Help
For help with something around your home or property that you cannot accomplish yourself, the Change the World Kids are ready to assist. This energetic group of teenagers dedicated to making the world a better place, are happy to help for free. Call (802) 457-2622 or write email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barnard July 4th Festivities
The Barnard Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual flea market and chicken barbecue on Saturday July 2nd at the Barnard Town Hall. Anyone wishing to donate items can contact Scott Mills at 234-9073 or Mike Manning at 234-5263. Raffle tickets for a variety of prizes including a Titan generator, firewood, and heating fuel can be purchased from any Barnard fireman. The flea market begins at 10:00am followed by the popular chicken barbecue at 11:00am. There will be a dance at the Barnard Town Garage 8:30-12:30pm on Saturday night and admission is free but donations are always appreciated.
Book Club Meeting
Book Club meets again Wednesday July 6 at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Translator” by Daoud Hari, a short but powerful story of Darfur Club discussions are open to all, so join us for tea and talk at the Danforth Library in Barnard. August 3 meeting to discuss “Boyd: the fighter pilot who changed the art of war” by Robert Coram.
Swimming Lessons Offered
Barnard Academy is one again offering swimming lessons at Silver Lake. Session one: July 5-15 and Session two: July 18-29. Call Deb Wood for application/questions. Benefits the BEES.
Legislative Review and Discussion
State Representative Jim Eckhardt will be at the Bridgewater Grange on Route 100A on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 pm to review and discuss this year’s Legislative Session and how the bills passed will effect the people and businesses of Vermont. Refreshments will be served.
Essay Contest For Ages 10 to 19
The Bridgewater Historical Society is sponsoring an essay contest for Bridgewater residents who are full time students ages 10 to 19. The essay topic is the oral history of Bridgewater. Essay winners will receive a $250 U.S. Savings Bond and will read their essay at the Bridgewater 250th Birthday Celebration August 20, 2011. Contest rules are available by contacting Jeannette Sawyer 672-3745, Sue Kancir 672-1521 or pick up a copy at the Bridgewater Town office.
Historical Society Meetings
The Bridgewater Historical Society meets the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Brick Schoolhouse, Located at 12 North Bridgewater Road. All welcome.
Bridgewater Congregational Meetings
There will be an Overeaters Anonymous Meeting Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Congregational Church on Route 4 in Bridgewater. Sunday: 6:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Bridgewater Congregational Church, Route 4, Bridgewater.
Firemen’s Fun Day Held
Annual Firemen’s Fun Day and Chicken BBQ to benefit the Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Department in East Barnard, Vt. Gather at the Community Hall, intersection of Broad Brook and East Barnard Roads, East Barnard, Vt. On Sunday, July 10, 2011
Parade begins at 11:30 a.m.
Chicken BBQ begins at Noon – full and half meals available.
Children’s games, pie eating contest, egg toss, greased pole and more. For questions, meal prices or other information, call 802-763-2314.
Events at the Hartland Public Library
Hartland Public Library, P.O. Box 137: 153 US Highway 5, Hartland, VT 05048. 802-436-2473 email@example.com – www.HartlandLibraryVT.org
Tues: 10-6, Wed: 12-8, Thurs: 12-8, Fri: 10-6 and Sat: 9-2
Restrepo – Friday, July 1, 7:30 p.m. Free Admission.
Desc: The war in Afghanistan has become highly politicized, but soldiers rarely take part in that discussion. This film captures the experience of combat, boredom and fear through the eyes of the soldiers themselves. Soldiers are living and fighting and dying at remote outposts in Afghanistan in conditions that few Americans back home can imagine. Their experiences are important to understand, regardless of one’s political beliefs. Beliefs may be a way to avoid looking at reality. This is reality.
Killington Wine Festival
The 10th Annual Killington Wine Festival will be from July 22 through 24 on Killington Mountain. For information contact Killington Chamber of Commerce (802) 773-4181, (800) 337-1928 or www.killingtonchamber.com
White River Valley Historical Fair
Historical Societies and friends of the towns of the White River Valley: Barnard, Bethel, Braintree, Brookfield, Granville, Hartford, Randolph, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon, Stockbridge-Gaysville, Tunbridge and Woodstock will be held Saturday, August 20, 2011, 9:00 ~ 4:00 at the South Royalton School Gymnasium. Join us for an exciting day of history and hands on activities, food and fun.
Exhibitors will include Historical Societies whose towns are celebrating their 250th anniversary, while others will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War; displays of historical interest to each town; the Vermont Historical Society; Daughters of the American Revolution; the 18th Vermont Regiment, a Civil War Preservation group with displays of Civil War artifacts; and crafters and artisans with specialties in flax spinning, furniture making, flower pressing, wood carving, broom making, and quilting. Speakers will discuss The Founding of Vermont’s Towns (Scott Reilly, Vermont State Archives), Vermont in the Civil War (Euclid Farnham, Vermont’s Barn Census Project (Joshua Phillips), Vermont & The Causes of the Civil War (Howard Coffin), Bethel’s Italian Community (Bill Johansen). Local authors Pat Chase Allen, Katharine Britton, Neil Goodwin, Tom Powers, Alice Wakefield, and Don Reddick will autograph their recently published books.
Rochester’s White River Valley Players will perform highlights from their successful production of the Civil War play, Ransom, and DVD’s will be available for purchase. The South Royalton Captains Advisory Council will provide refreshments throughout the day.
Free Admission, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
South Royalton Bandstand
“The South Royalton Band, led by well-known teacher and musician Dick Ellis, will perform in the bandstand on the Green in South Royalton at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday through August 11 (with the exception of July 28, when the concert will be at the Congregational church in Royalton). Music will include marches by Souza and others, Broadway show medleys, solos, trios, and novelties, plus patriotic and other pieces. Admission is free. Rain location is the South Royalton Middle School gym at 223 South Windsor Street. For additional information, call Mr. Ellis at 802-763-8172 or Ellis Music at 802-234-6400.”
Calvin Coolidge’s Plymouth Notch
Wednesday Afternoons with Farmer Fred. Spend a fun and informative afternoon with Plymouth’s own Fred DePaul. Fred, well known for his engaging humor, will demonstrate a variety of historic farming activities such as sheep shearing, grain flailing, log cutting, and wagon rides. Call ahead for the weekly program.
Every Wednesday through October 12, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tales of The Notch. Join site administrator Bill Jenney for a special guided tour of Calvin Coolidge’s Plymouth Notch. This leisurely walk through the village and surrounding fields will offer unique insights into the man who became our nation’s 30th President. Held weekly through October 14; call ahead for day and time.
Tales of The Notch schedule: June 30 (2:00), July 7-26 (10 a.m.)
Summer Arts & Crafts Festival
The Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc. 28th Annual Summer Arts and Craft Festival will be held Saturday, July 2 at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts in Ludlow. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine.
250 years of Plymouth History
A celebration will be held on July 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Old School House next to the Cheese Factory at Coolidge Historical Site in Plymouth. Oral histories on the hour (except noon) artifacts, old photos, books, documents, historical displays and souvenirs. For more info call Betsy Tonkin (802) 672-3179 at the Plymouth Vermont Historical Society.
Openings for History Enthusiasts
Could you spare some mornings during May, June, September, and October to explore the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth, VT with students? If so, consider volunteering as a docent for the Coolidge Foundation’s History Exploration Programs. Docents receive informational materials and training and also learn the details of leading groups by shadowing experienced docents. Dates are known well in advance and docents have the option of choosing the dates that work for them. Docents also assist at special events. Consider joining the front lines of the Coolidge Foundation’s Education Program by becoming a docent. Contact Education Director, Diane Kemble at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the office at 802-672-3389. We’d love to have your involvement. Thank you.
Annual Pomfret Strawberry Supper
Annual Strawberry Supper, July 2nd, at the Pomfret Town Hall. Sittings at 5,6,7,8 p.m. Supper includes ham, baked beans, salads, breads, and famous strawberry shortcake. Supper is hosted by North Pomfret Congregational Church. Tickets sold at the door or for reservations call Betty at 457-1014.
Story Time At Quechee Library
Story time at the Quechee Library is held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for children ages 7 and under with tales and a related craft. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 2-7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. During the summer check the web site at www.quecheelibrary.org for book discussion dates and special programs, including the weekly “One World, Many Stories” Tuesday series at 4 p.m. for children.
Toast of the Valley: Practice + Encouragement = Confident Speakers. Dates: Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month. Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Location: VA Medical Center, Veterans Drive, White River Junction.
Chandler Gallery Call to Area Artists
Chandler Gallery’s Area Artist Show will take place through July 10. This year’s exhibit theme is “eARTh”. Artists may submit up to three pieces in any size or media. There is a small participation fee of $10 to cover advertising and reception expenses. Chandler takes a 30 percent commission on any work that is sold. Works may be submitted that are not for sale. All work should all be framed or submitted in a way that allows them to be easily hung or displayed. Do not submit works that have been shown at the Chandler Gallery in the past. Gallery hours are Thursday 4-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 – 3 pm. For more information, contact Betsy Cantlin at 802-431-0204 or email@example.com. www.chandler-arts.org
Events At The Chandler
Boys in the Band held Friday, July 8.
The Times held Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Shelby’s Vacation held Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16.
Karen Petersen held July 15-Sept. 20 During gallery hours. Free.
Open Mic performance and closing Celebration of Chandler’s Pride Festival held Sunday, July 217 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets available after July 4: 802-728-6464 or online at www.chandler-arts.org or for more information.
‘Hello Dolly!’ At Chandler
The musical will be presented on June 30, July 1 & 2 at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show go on sale at the box office at Chandler Music Hall starting June 20, between 3pm – 6pm weekdays. Seats may also be reserved by calling 802-431-0204 during these hours. Adults $18 / Students $12.
Ducky Derby Time Again
It’s Ducky Derby time again — On July 3, come watch 500 ducks launch off a snowmobile bridge and race down the North Branch of the Black River to the Indian Stones on Route 106. Make your way down the path just beyond the Ox Pull to watch your duck cross the finish line. Buy your lucky duck for $5 or increase your odds and get 6 for $25. You can purchase tickets during the parade or ahead of time at Shaughnessy’s Reading Country Store and the Reading Greenhouse. Remember, Reading is home of the best darn duck wranglers east of the Mississippi! This event benefits the Reading Friends & Neighbors Community Foundation, Inc.
36th Annual Old Home Day Parade & Chicken BBQ
the Reading Volunteer Fire Department proudly sponsors the 36th annual Old Home Day Parade and Chicken BBQ held Sunday, July 3 at 11 a.m. Theme History of Reading.
9 a.m. Antique Car and Tractor show
9:30 a.m. Raspberry Pie Baking Contest
10 a.m. Library Book Sale
11 a.m. Parade begins
12-noon Chicken BBQ
1 p.m. Ox Pull – VT National Guard Climbing Wall, Kid’s Fun House, food tent
2 p.m. Ducky Derby
Free Summer Reading Program
Reading Public Library is hosting a series of free summer reading programs for children. Snacks, crafts, and stories will be provided. An estimation jar will also be on hand. Best guess gets a prize. Registration is not necessary, but call 484-5588 if more information is needed. The library is located at 717 Rte. 106. Program dates are the following Tuesdays: July 5, 12, 19, and 26. Programs start at 3:30 P.M.
Book Sale Benefits Library
Reading Public Library will hold its annual book sale during Reading’s Old Home Day celebration on Sunday, July 3. The sale will take place from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Universalist Church on the corner of Mill Street and Route 106 in Reading, Vermont. Several thousand books in good condition will be available to buy cheap. For more information, call 484-5588.
Writing Group Therapy
Writing Group for those touched by Cancer and other Life-Threatening Illnesses – Thursdays, through July 14th 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Windsor Public Library 43 State Street, Windsor, VT. No prior writing experience needed. Space is limited. Contact the Norris Cotton Cancer Center to register for this free class: 800-639-6918 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Constitution House Open
The Old Constitution House State Historic Site is located at 16 North Main Street in Windsor. The 2011 season is May 28 – October 10, Saturday – Sunday and Monday holidays, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For further information call 802-672-3773, or visit the state-owned historic sites online at www.HistoricVermont.org/sites
For complete event listings see our calendar here