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Area Briefs, August 4, 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

Benefit Dance For Billy Tarleton

Woodstock and surrounding communities take note. A Benefit Dance for Billy Tarleton will be held on Friday, August 12th from 7:00 to 9:00pm (Doors opening at 6:30pm) at the Masonic Hall. 60’s & 70”s Pop, Rock Music will be performed by Jim Hollis with light re-freshments served. Donations accepted. For more information contact Flo Lucot @ 457-2080

Thompson Center Happenings
Call the Center for information on classes in French, Italian, Span-ish, Chair Yoga, T’ai Chi, and Strength and Fitness.
Tuesday Aug. 9, 1 p.m. Scarf Tying, Part 2 with Beda Lavigne.
Caregiver Support Group: Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Complimentary lunch and confidential support for those caring for loved ones.
Wednesday, Aug. 19 1 p.m. OCP “Be a Buddy,” Mentoring infor-mational session.
For more information on these and other programs for adults of all ages, call The Thompson Center at (802) 457-3277.

Events Held At National Historical Park
Landscape History: A Walk Through Time – Saturday, Aug. 6 & 20 @ 2:30 p.m. Free. Meet at Carriage Barn
Green Ideas At Work – Sunday, Aug. 7 @ 2:30 p.m. Free. Meet at Carriage Barn.
Hidden Spaces, Unique Places – Sunday. Aug. 7 & 28 @ 2:30 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn
Appalachian Trails & Tales – Sunday, Aug. 7 & 28 @ 10:30 a.m. Free. Meet at Billings Farm.
Junior Ranger Program – Thursday, Aug. 11 & 18 @ 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 & 20 @ 10:30 a.m. & Thursday, Aug. 25 @ 2:30 p.m. Free ages 6-12. Meet at Carriage Barn
Spirituality and The Environment – Saturday, Aug. 13 @ 2:30 p.m. Fee Charged. Meet at Carriage Barn.
Conservation Through the Artists Eye – Sunday, Aug. 14 & Aug. 21 @ 2:30 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn
Causes & Consequences, the Civil War Home Front in Woodstock, VT. Sunday, Aug. 14 @ 2 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 27 @ 2 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Billings Farm
Fallout: The Atomic Age & the Emergence of the Modern Environmental Movement. Saturday, Aug. 20 @ 2:30 p.m. and Sun-day, Aug. 28 @ 2 p.m. Fee charged. Meet at Carriage Barn
Lost Big Trees Of Eastern America – Saturday, Aug. 27 @ 10:30 a.m. Free. Meet at Carriage Barn.
Call for reservations (802) 457-3368 ext. 22.

Events At Billings Farm And Museum
Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call for information (802) 457-2355 or
Aug. 7 – Antique Tractor Day
Aug. 20 – Children’s Chicken Day
Aud. 28 – George Houghton – program and book signing
Through Oct. 14 – Foodways Fridays

Newmont Military Band At GMPA
Back by popular demand, this historical brass band plays mu-seum-quality instruments and pre-1900 music while dressed in pe-riod uniforms. Come to this free concert on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 3:30 p.m., at the Green Mountain Perkins Academy, five miles south of Woodstock via Route 106. Call 802-457-3609 or email us at for more information.

OHC Community Fair
A community fair will be held Saturday, August 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ottauquchee Health Center at 32 Pleasant Street in Woodstock. There will be a magic show, face painting, games, a bouncy castle, fire trucks and a visit from Marko The Magician. For more information, call (802) 457-3030.

Diabetes Support Group At OHC
Nancy McCullough, RN and Virginia Morse, RD of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health care will be the presenters on August 11, 2011 from 12 noon to 1pm at the Ottauquechee Health Center. Contact Susan Jantos, MSW to register/space is limited. Call (802) 457-3030 x203 by August 5. Light refreshments will be served.

The Finest Hours with Mike Tougias
On Monday, August 15, at 7:00 pm, award-winning author Mi-chael Tougias will present “The Finest Hours.” In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor-easter in years. Tougias tells the story of a heroic rescue at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program. Woodstock History Center, 26 Elm Street, Wood-stock, VT. Members: Free; Non-members: Admission Fee. or (802) 457-1822.

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 4pm. EBT and Debit cards accepted. Music will be featured weekly. Through Oct 5.

Woodstock History Center/Museum
Come learn about Woodstock’s history and 19th century life at the Woodstock History Center, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT. Museum open 1 pm – 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday; 11 am – 3 pm, Sunday. Collections include art, furniture, toys, textiles, clothing, and more. Special exhibits include “Woodstock and the Civil War” and “Two Hundred Years of Art and Fashion.” Admission charged for adults; students 16 and under: Free.

Gun Club Offers Trap Shooting
Woodstock Gun Club of South Woodstock, Church Hill Rd. Trap every Tuesday night 5:30 p.m. $5/string non-members. Field Clay shooting on select Wednesdays and Saturdays. See for complete details.

Caregiver Referrals
Requests for referrals to in-home caregivers should be directed to the Community Care Coordinator, Susan Jantos. She can be reached at her office in the Ottauquechee Health Center at (802) 457-3030 ext 203.
Grants are available to help qualified families in the greater Woodstock area pay for critical short-term assistance while they seek longer-term solutions to health-related problems.

Danforth Library Book Club Meeting

On Sept. 7 read “Open City” by Teju Cole.
Get your maps out and follow along, then join us for tea and talk at the Danforth Library.

Barnard Helping Hands
Don’t hesitate to call Barnard Helping Hands for a helping hand. Volunteers are ready and willing to help free of charge. If you wish you could do something that needs to be done, but no longer can, contact them and use the resources they have available. Call Margot at (802) 234-5320 or e-mail.

Bridgewater 250th Celebration

On Aug. 20th Bridgewater’s 250th year Celebration Firemen’s Mus-ter games start at 7 a.m. at Rec. Field. Parade at 11:30 a.m. from Mill Mall to Rec. field. Chicken barbeque at noon. Events all day. Fireworks close out the evening. Yard sale tables available. Also looking for baking contest entries. Call 672-1818 for more info.

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.

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 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. Sto-ries, 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.

Gatsby Gala Benefits Horse Rescue

20’s themed Gatsby Gala will be Aug. 5 at Summit Lodge in Kill-ington from 6-10 p.m. Benefits Spring Hill Horse Rescue. For tickets or more information visit or call (802) 282-3387 or the Summit Lodge.

Teen Center Events
The Killington Teen Center is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an open gym. Donations are welcome. Stationary bicycle, weight systems, treadmill, punching bag and Wii fit system are available for use. The Center will be open from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Bazaar Benefits Tyson Ladies Aid

Tyson Ladies Aid is hosting their annual Bazaar on the Village Green in Ludlow, VT on August 13th from 10 am to 2 pm. They will have their famous chicken barbecue. There will be beautiful gift baskets raffled and delicious baked goods. Invite everyone and come out and support our non-profit organization and help support our local communities.

Events Held At Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Plymouth Old Home Day will be held on Aug. 6 at from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Grace Coolidge Musicales – honoring one of America’s favorite First Ladies on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m.
For more info call (802) 672-3773 or visit

Church Barn/Yard Sale Benefit

11th Annual North Pomfret Congregational Church Barn-Yard Sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 am-1 pm. Location: The Conklin Barn, Pomfret Rd. Pomfret, VT (1/2 mile from the Pomfret School–look for signs) A barn full of stuff- furniture, collectibles, art, sail boat, senior scooter, nik naks for home, garden and office. Dave 802-234-5021.

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.

Quechee Scottish Festival Planned

The 39th Annual Quechee Scottish Festival will be Saturday, Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Polo Fields. Benefits St. Andrew’s Society Scholarship Foundation. No dogs please.

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. Dur-ing the summer check the web site at for book discussion dates and special programs, including the weekly “One World, Many Stories” Tuesday series at 4 p.m. for children.

Events At The Chandler

Karen Petersen held through Sept. 20 during gallery hours. Free.
Open Mic performance and closing Celebration of Chandler’s Pride Festival held Sunday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 5 @ 7:30 p.m. The Random Canyon Growlers
Aug. 6 @ 1 p.m. Lyra Summer Music Student Gala Concert
Aug. 23 @ 7 p.m. Gallery Walk and Talk with Karen Petersen
For Tickets and Fee Information: 802-728-6464 or online at or for more information.

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.

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 DVDs 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 Roy-alton at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday through August 11. 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 Dick Ellis at (802) 763-8172 or Ellis Music at (802) 234-6400.

All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet Benefit

On Sunday, August 7th at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, State St, Windsor, VT there will be an All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet starting at 11AM and ending at 1PM. We’ll be serving pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, homefries, eggs, fruit, assorted casseroles, baked beans, homemade breads and pastries, desserts, several beverages and more. The cost is $7.50 and $3.00 for ages 8 and under. All proceeds will benefit the Church’s building fund. For more info, call (802) 674-6461 or e-mail

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. Through September 5, 2011, 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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