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Area Briefs, June 9th, 2011

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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.

WUHS Class Of 1981 Reunion

You are invited to celebrate with all the familiar faces you have missed. On June 11, 2011. Join us for a night of food, fun, music and much more. Party starts at 5 p.m. $10 per person. Party held at Audie and Lisa (Robinson) Bellimer House in Bridgewater Center. RSVP to Deanne Carvalho.

WUHS Class of 1966 Reunion Planned
Interested parties can call Mary Blake Fullerton at 457-3721 and let her know if you will attend the class dinner at Spooner’s Restaurant on Alumni Day June 11 @ 6:30 p.m. Good times guaranteed!

Living with Vermont’s Black Bears
Woodstock Town Hall, Second floor, Monday, June 13 at 7:00 PM. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the Woodstock Conservation Commission invite you to join Wildlife Biologist Forrest Hammond in this presentation and discussion on living near black bears. Hammond is a biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, and an expert on black bear biology and their interactions with humans. Call (802) 457-3368 ext. 30 for more information or email

Union Arena Summer Ice returns 6/17
Union Arena Community Center will open the summer ice season on June 17 at 5pm with a night of Curling. Learn To Curl starts out the night, which is a great way for novices to give the sport a try. Union Arena will host a Free skating party for the community Saturday, June 18 from 3pm to 6pm to officially begin the summer season. Camps, clinics, Jamborees, and public skating will fill the schedule starting the following day.

Woodstock Ski Runners Meeting
Woodstock Ski Runners will be holding its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ski Runners Lodge at Suicide 6. This meeting is open to the general public.

St. James Art Show and Sale
On June 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. there will be an opening reception for the first Art Show and Sale at St. James Church on the Green in Woodstock. The following day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parish Hall will be open for the sale. All profits are to go to two charities. The Woodstock Food Shelf and the Hand and Hand and dinners at the Unitarian Church in Woodstock. The sales of the artwork will be divided in the following manner: Sixty percent to the artist and forty percent to the two charities, to be divided equally. Noted local artists such as Annette Compton, Neil Drevitson, Wiliam B. Hoyt, Carolyn Egeli, Frank Peabody, Jane Curtis, Ellison Lieberman, Mary Church and many others will participate. The public is invited.

History in Bloom
There will be a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception Friday, June 24, from 6-8 the Dana House Museum, replete with Celtic harp music and a preview of a special museum exhibit featuring historic fashions, art, and floral arrangements. On June 25, from 11 am – 3 pm, there will be a garden tour as well as the special museum exhibit. Participants will receive a full-color guide booklet and have a chance to participate in a silent auction for floral arrangements (some of which are in vases donated by renowned artists Miranda Thomas and Simon Pearce). To purchase tickets, call (802) 457-1822 or go to This event is being dedicated to Betty Emmons.

Interplay Jazz Events
Workshop – June 26-July 2 at Woodstock Elementary School. Fee charged.
Sonya Kitchell and The Brooklyn Strings Concert, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Opera House. Fee charged.
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 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. performance at Woodstock 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

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.

Market On The Green Is Now Open

Market on the Green is now open on the Woodstock Green from 3-6 PM. 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. American Fiddle Music player, John Specker will be performing. Free parking after 4pm! EBT and Debit cards accepted.

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.

Information On 4-H Club
4-H is learning experience with many opportunities to build public speaking and leadership skills. The Upwey Equestrian 4-H Club is now accepting new members – boys or girls between the ages of 8 and 18. Activities include horses, crafts, stage presentations, quiz bowls, community service, and more. For more information, contact Sonja Blanchard at 457-2608 or Terri DeDell at 457-3773.

Chamber Seeks Volunteers
The Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help staff the Information Booth on the Village Green, seven days a week from July through October. Flexible shifts. Must enjoy working with the public. Training provided. Call (802) 457-3555 to apply or email

Hand In Hand Community Meals
Area residents and visitors are encouraged to join the “Hand In Hand” free community meal each Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in the social hall of the North Universalist Chapel, 7 Church Street, Woodstock. Hand In Hand is dedicated to community growth and development in Woodstock and the surrounding communities. We have different dinner themes weekly.

Join The Cub Scouts
First through fifth grade boys are invited to join the fun of Cub Scouting with Pack 220. Activities include hiking, making crafts, camping, playing sports, racing Pinewood Derby cars, fishing, etc. For more information contact Cubmaster Kristopher Blanchard at 484-5539.

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 or

Historical Society Dana Library
The John Cotton Dana Library at the Woodstock Historical Society is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. The library collection includes photo and document archives, newspapers, oral history tapes and transcripts, a video library, local history research materials, and Internet access to census records and map databases. There is no usage charge for WHS members, students and teachers.

Zack’s Place Enrichment Center
Zack’s Place (ZP) is a community enrichment center. Our mission is to empower people with special needs to express themselves through art, music, dance, and athletics while developing lifelong bonds of friendship. Located in the center of Woodstock at 73 Central Street, Woodstock, Vermont 05091 we offer programming Monday through Friday from 12:20 p.m. – 5 p.m., that includes art, dance, music, exercise, life skills and more. We are always in need of volunteers, including those with computer skills, educational skills, artistic and that can work well with people. Call (802) 457-5868 for more information or email us at

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

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.

Plant Sale Benefits After School Program

Purchase local perennial plants for your garden on Friday June 10 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm at the Bridgewater Village School. A variety of perennials will be available on site, and prices are quite reasonable. All funds raised support the Bridgewater After School Program.

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.

Oak Chapel Food Shelf
The Oak Chapel Food Shelf is open every Wednesday from 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Donations of food are also appreciated. For emergency needs or questions call Julie at (802) 952-8571.

Wednesday Prayer Meetings Held
The Bridgewater Congregational Church is holding Wednesday Prayer Meetings. Bring a Bag lunch to enjoy at noon. Prayers through 1:30 p.m. for our Church community and all people.

Community Club Meetings

The East Barnard Community Club will on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the East Barnard Hall or in members’ homes. Call (802) 763-8819 for location or for information regarding club activities. New members are always welcome to attend.

Events at the Hartland Public Library

Hartland Public Library, P.O. Box 137: 153 US Highway 5, Hartland, VT 05048. 802-436-2473 –
Tuesday, June 21 – 5:00 PM – Summer Reading Kick-off for adults & children. BYO Picnic and have dinner on the lawn at 5:00 PM, then enjoy Jennings & Ponder performing an evening of storytelling, with Celtic music played on harp and concertina at 6:00 PM. FREE.

Growing Local Fest

A free Growing Local Fest, to feature music and a keynote speaker will be held June 16 on the South Royalton Green from 3-9 p.m.

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 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 June schedule: June 16 (2:00) June 21 (2:00) June 30 (2:00)

Annual Plymouth Strawberry Festival
Annual Plymouth Strawberry Festival – Wed 6/22/11, 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Camp Plymouth State Park on Echo Lake (free admission to the park that evening) Rain or Shine come enjoy burgers, hot dogs, homemade salads & baked beans. Plus yummy strawberry shortcake with ice cream & real whipped cream. In addition, you can participate in the huge raffle with over 50 wonderful prizes. Youngsters will enjoy face-painting & the bouncy house. There will be entertainment, including a talent show! This event is sponsored by the following groups & will benefit: Tyson Ladies Aid, Tyson Church, Plymouth Emergency, Community Volunteers.

Annual Pomfret Strawberry Supper

Plymouth’s Annual Strawberry Supper will be held Saturday, July 2. 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 (802) 457-1014.

Strawberry Supper
A Strawberry Supper will be held Saturday, June 11 at the Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, Route 14, Hartford, VT Servings: 5:00 and 6:00 P.M. Menu: Ham, Baked Beans, Sweet Breads, Cole Slaw, Potato and Macaroni Salads, Strawberry Shortcake, Sundae or Plain. Adults $10, children under 12 $4 Pre-school Free. Served Family Style. Handicapped Accessible. Reservations Accepted (802) 295-2510.

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

Movie Night At Reading Public Library

Reading Public Library will host a family movie night on Saturday, June 11, starting at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend a free showing of the classic animated adventure story about the legendary English outlaw of Sherwood Forest who was a hero to the common folk. Kids are encouraged to bring pillows and sleeping bags or blankets. They can attend in their jammies if they like and bring a stuffed animal or dolly. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Call 484-5588 if you need more information.

How To Become A Mentor
Mentoring Information Meeting: Find out how to become a mentor with the Reading Buddies program! Thursday, June 16th, 5-6pm at the Reading Library. The Ottauquechee Community Partnership has teamed up with Reading Elementary School and the Reading Library to provide information about the READING BUDDIES Program. The program seeks adults in the Reading and surrounding communities to serve as mentors for children at Reading Elementary School for 1 hour/week. The info meeting will cover topics such as why mentoring is important and effective for healthy youth development and the processes for becoming a Buddy at Reading Elementary School. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
For further information contact:
Krystal Waite
Volunteer & Administrative Coordinator
Ottauquechee Community Partnership
32 Pleasant Street
Woodstock, VT 05091
(802) 457-2679

Public Library Looking For Volunteers
The Reading Public Library is looking for folks who’d like to volunteer on occasion during regular library hours or with upcoming projects. This might mean helping out with a children’s program, baking cookies for a special event, filling in for the librarian, or lending a hand during a fundraiser. There’s no binding commitment. If you’re interested, call the library at (802) 484-5588, send an e-mail to, or drop in at 717 Rte. 106.

Reading Food Shelf
Located in the Old Stone Schoolhouse on Tyson Road in South Reading, the Food Shelf is open Mondays from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. Call Dianne Bennett at (802) 484-7410 or call Sue Joyal at (802) 484-9792. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: Reading Food Shelf, Inc. P.O. Box 384, Brownsville, VT 05037.

June Schedule for Senior Lunches

Ascutney: Wednesday, June 15 at Mr. G’s Restaurant
Windsor: Thursday, June 23 at the Station Restaurant. Call Volunteers in Action, (802) 674-5971 to make a reservation. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Call leave number to confirm.

Writing Group Therapy
Writing Group for those touched by Cancer and other Life-Threatening Illnesses – Thursdays, June 9 – 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

Book Signing, Music For Charities
Bucolic Plague Reading and Signing will be held June 11 from 1:30-3 p.m. Fabulous Beekman Boys will be at the Juniper Hill Inn on June 11 at 6:30 p.m. Visit htt:// for more information.

For complete event listings see our calendar here

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