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Area Briefs, July 8, 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

Thompson Center Happenings

Celebrate Bridgewater Day Monday, July 11 at noon. Lunch for Bridgewater residents at the reduced rate of $2/person.
Bastille Day. Wednesday July 12. Noon. Join the French table (English allowed) and enjoy coq au vin, parsley potatoes, mesclun greens with vinaigrette and creme brulée tartlet with berries.
Free Avada Hearing screenings. Friday, July 15. 30 minute ap-pointments 9 AM -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
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

Summer Saffron Celebration Dinner
On Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m., a special chefs’ tasting plate dinner will be held at the Blue Horse Inn. It will celebrate the return of Buddhist monk Venerable Somnieng, and will support the Chil-dren’s Development Village orphanage he runs with the monks of Wat Damnak in Siem Reap Cambodia. The dinner will feature appe-tizers, entrees and desserts from ten of the region’s finest chefs, and ALL funds raised will go directly the orphanage to benefit the six children supported by North Universalist Chapel Society. For infor-mation or reservations call 457-2557 Ext.3.

Bottle Drive Schedule
Boy Scout Troop 220 will host its bottle drives on Saturday, July 16 – Saturday, Oct. 15 – Saturday, Jan 21. Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon Location: The Jungle in Woodstock. Bring your Vermont recyclable bottles. Thank you for your support. For questions, call Jill Leavitt at (802) 763-3923.

Summer Workshops & Camps Offered
ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Purple Crayon Productions are offering summer workshops and camps in art and music pro-grams for children and adults. For our class list or to register, call Tayo at (802) 457-3500, email or visit and
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 5:30-8:30pm.
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”.

Programs For Preschoolers At Billings
Programs offered Wednesday & Thursday mornings from 9 -10:30 a.m.
Hurry – July 13 &14
Can’t Sleep Without Sheep – July 20 & 21
Farm Ham – July 27 & 28
To register call 802-457-2355 Limited enrollment.

Fiddler Adam Boyce at WHC
On Monday, July 11, at 7:00 pm, fiddler Adam Boyce will present “Old Time Rules Will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in Vermont.” This program, which is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, will include rare recordings of live competitions illustrating different playing styles of the past as well as some live fiddling. Program will be held in the Woodstock History Center’s library, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT. FREE and open to the public. or (802) 457-1822

Band Concert and Ice Cream Social
On Friday, July 15, at 7:00 pm, come listen to old-time favorites played by Dick Ellis and the South Royalton Town Band while you enjoy ice cream made by the Mountain Creamery (of Woodstock). Bring a blanket or chair on which to sit. Event will be postponed in the event of rain. Held on the back lawn of the Woodstock Historical Society, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT. Admission by donation. or (802) 457-1822

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 by the Woodstock Fire Dept. and grilled hot dog and hamburger meals 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.

Juried Summer Exhibition At AVA
AVA Gallery and Art Center is having their 18th annual Juried Summer Exhibition. Four individuals from Woodstock were accepted into the show. It is running through July 29th.

Market On The Green
Market on the Green is now open on the Woodstock Green on Wednesday’s, 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. Free parking after 4pm, EBT and Debit cards accepted. Music will be featured weekly. Through Oct 5.

Gun Club Offers Trap Shooting
Woodstock Gun Club of South Woodstock, Church Hill Rd. Trap every Tuesday night. Field Clay shooting on select Wednesdays and Saturdays. See for complete details.

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. They are selling two types of kits: an auto kit and a home kit. An optional CPR mask may be added to any first aid kit for an additional fee. 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

Legislative Review and Discussion

State Representative Jim Eckhardt will be at the Bridgewater Grange on Route 100A on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. 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.

Community Garden Space Available
Oak Chapel Christian Fellowship has community garden space available to anyone that would like to use it. Contact Robert Griggs @ 802-672-5569 with any questions.

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.

Firemen’s Fun Day

Annual Firemen’s Fun Day and Chicken BBQ to benefit the Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Department in East Barnard. Gather at the Community Hall, intersection of Broad Brook and East Barnard Roads, East Barnard, Vt. On Sunday, July 10.
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, Hart-land, VT 05048. 802-436-2473 –
Tues: 10-6, Wed: 12-8, Thurs: 12-8, Fri: 10-6 and Sat: 9-2

Hartland Memorabilia On Display
The Hartland Historical Society Museum displays Hartland memo-rabilia at its Route 12 location in Hartland Three Corners on Mon-days, 1-4 p.m. and Fridays, 9-11 a.m. Call (802) 436-1703.

Events Held At Hartland Library
See our website for details. Free (donations welcome).
Hartland Public Library, P.O. Box 137, 153 US Highway 5, Hart-land, VT 05048. 802-436-2473 or
Baby-Toddler Story time continues on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Stories, finger plays and songs for infants to age 2 and their caregivers.
Preschool story time has started up again. Preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome for stories, songs and crafts on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

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

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.
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.

Performances At Bandstand
“The South Royalton Band, led by well-known teacher and musi-cian 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 oth-ers, Broadway show medleys, solos, trios, and novelties, plus patri-otic and other pieces. Admission is free. Rain location is the South Royalton Middle School gym at 223 South Windsor Street. For addi-tional information, call Mr. Ellis at 802-763-8172 or Ellis Music at 802-234-6400.”

30TH Annual CDA Flea Market

The 30th annual CDA flea market will be held Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Bethel Common. Table space available 234-9794 or 728-9237. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Summer Reading Program at Library

Kids’ Craft and Game Time, for ages 5 and above, will take place on Tuesdays in July from 2 – 4 pm. Snack provided. Sign up by visiting or calling the Library at 457-2236.
Library hours: Tuesday 10 – 6, Thursday 10 – 8, Saturday 10 – 2.

Saturday Nights at the Observatory
On the first Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m., the Horizons Observatory presents free programs covering a wide variety of as-tronomy topics. Each presentation will conclude with a night sky tour of that month’s celestial highlights. Programs will be followed by stargazing (weather permitting) using the observatory’s telescopes. Visit the Horizons Observatory web site,, for a listing of each month’s program topics.

Storytime at Abbott Library
Preschool story hour takes place every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome for stories, poems, songs, finger-plays and a seasonal craft.

Listening To your Business Workshop

Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC), with sponsorship provided by TD Charitable Foundation, is presenting a dynamic, half-day workshop, “Listening To Your Business” for busi-ness owners, managers and key employees Tuesday July 19th from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Town of Hartford Municipal Building, 171 Bridge Street, Room 204, White River Junction. To register: email Limited to 12. (802) 295-4230.

Ongoing Events At VINS Nature Center
VINS Nature Center Exhibits and Nature Store is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Located on Route 4 just west of the Quechee Gorge. Call 802-359-5000 or visit for details.

Hartford Historical Society Open House
The Hartford Historical Society will be hosting a regular Open House at the Garipay House, located at 1461 Maple Street, Hartford Village starting in May on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 6-8 pm (through Oct.) and the 2nd Sunday of the month from 1:30-4 p.m. (through Sept.) Visits can also be arranged by appointment. Items from the Society’s collection are on display and volunteers are avail-able to answer any questions. For more information call Pat Stark at (802) 295-3077 days.

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 to cover advertising and reception expenses. Chandler takes a 30 percent commission on any work that is sold. Works may be submit-ted 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

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 or for more information.

Theatre Camp Presents ‘The Lorax’

The Puddledock Players, a summer theatre camp for children ages 6-12, will present a colorful environmental tale by Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax”, on Friday, July 8th. The play takes place at 6:00 pm at the Reading Town Hall, followed by a dessert potluck. The public is welcome and admission is free. Donations to support Reading Public Library will be gratefully accepted at the door.

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. Reg-istration 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 12, 19, and 26. Programs start at 3:30 P.M.

Public Library Looking For Volunteers
The Reading Public Library is looking for folks who’d like to volun-teer on occasion during regular library hours or with upcoming pro-jects. 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.

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

Old Constitutuion 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

New England Living Showhouse
Unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the life and times of the Evarts family, one of the most influential and powerful American dynasties. Tour their colonial revival home, Juniper Hill Inn in Wind-sor, Vermont, as interpreted through the eyes of top interior design-ers and landscapers. May 28 through September 5, Sundays (noon-4pm), Mondays and Tuesdays (10am-3pm) Proceeds benefit six nonprofits including Norman Williams Public Library.

For complete event listings see our calendar here

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