Joann Erenhouse

Rockwell models reunion at the Bennington Museum: The reunion brings together many of the over 60 models who posed for Rockwell during the Arlington years. During Bennington Arts Weekend (August 1-3), models who posed for Norman Rockwell while he lived in Arlington, Vermont (1939-1953) will gather at the Bennington Museum for their annual reunion. Taking place in the Paresky Wing of the museum on Saturday, August 2, this event is free to all Bennington County residents and open to the general public with regular admission. The day begins at 10:30 with an introduction by Jamie Franklin, curator at the Bennington Museum. There are morning and afternoon sessions scheduled when models will share their experiences. Additionally, at 2:15 p.m. Matthew Miele, Founder/President of Quixotic Endeavors Film Company will talk about his upcoming film entitled "Our Neighbor, Norman." The movie is based on the book, "The Unknown Rockwell" written by Buddy Edgerton and Nan O’Brien. The film is currently in development and is scheduled to be released in May 2016.

Through the months of July and August, Curves is offering a fantastic opportunity for new members! Join today and get the Rest of Summer Free! A minimal service fee is required as is a 12-month contract. Go check out the Curves circuit for a tour of the facility and to try a few machines. Hydraulic resistance is hard to grasp unless you try it! No obligation, of course. Get healthy.


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Check out the raffle. One of their prizes is Catamount Midnight Prowl Tickets to be held on July 19 out at Colgate Park.

Remember that the indoor pool at the Town Rec. Center is open all year -- so get in the swim.

The Board of Trustees at Southern Vermont College appointed Gregg Swain, Psy.D., as a new Board Member at its recent meeting. A resident of New York City and Vermont, Swain has a strong history of involvement with non-profits

The Chamber’s July Mixer will be held on July 24 at the Bennington Museum. I’ll give you more details as they come in. The Museum always makes a very nice party.

Midnight Madness is Thursday, July 17. Come do your shopping and have some fun! Hill Hollow will be providing Music down by the Town Office. The stores will be open late and look forward to a great evening. This is a long standing tradition in Bennington that everyone can enjoy.

I am learning quite a bit about the Blueprint for Health program here in Vermont. The Community Health Team services are located on-site at your Primary Care Practice office. This Community Health Team works closely with your physician and health care team to keep you healthy. At this point in time 13 out of 18 of our Bennington Area Primary Care Physicians are working in the Blueprint for Health network. This is a very comprehensive approach to keeping patients healthy and we are fortunate to have so much cooperation in Bennington. Learn more about this: Google "Vermont Blueprint for Health."

The Arts & Crafts Festival of August 1, 2, and 3 is getting closer. BBC is holding the First Friday on August 1 with Music on The Porch at the Town Office that evening. Also on July 1 the OldCastle Theatre will hold an Open Rehersal and Tour. The Bennington Museum has the Rockwell Models Reunion on July 2. There will be many activities to make the weekend full of choices.

Thursdays at 6 p.m. the Summer Sonatina program presents free concerts at The Bennington Center for the Arts. These run through July.

VAE offers children’s camps and adult classes through the summer.

This week I will be at the Governor’s Rail Advisory Council Meeting in Montpelier, and also at the V.A.C.C.E. (Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives) meeting in Randolph. The Chamber continues to market the new center as we promote events and businesses in the Bennington area. We use a number of different approaches from Facebook to traditional magazine color ads.

Southern Vermont Garlic Festival will be coming up at the end of August. This is one of the best events in Vermont. From the live music, foods, herbal products, kids’ activities, Vendors of all things garlic, to the beer tent, garlic growers, and demonstration tent people have a wonderful time. Save the date: August 30 and 31. This is Saturday and Sunday every year of Labor Day Weekend. Hours are 10 - 5 p.m. and admission is still only $5 (kids under 12 are $1). Only Service dogs are allowed on the property, so be kind and leave the pets at home.

Not for Profits alert: Call the Welcome Center at 802-447-2456. Book a weekend day to set up your table/booth outside at the Welcome Center. You may give out information and offer goodies for donations to the visiting public. P.J. will schedule you. Take a hint -- it gets windy up there so secure your paperwork.

The Catamount Midsummer Night’s Prowl at Colgate Park on July 19 will wrap up the Public Art Festival that the Chamber of Commerce sponsored. We hope to raise money for the Artists and Cancer Research by auctioning off the "Big Cats." Get your Absentee Bid Form if you haven’t RSVP’d by last week.

Joann Erenhouse is executive director of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. Her column appears weekly in the Banner.