Joann Erenhouse

Battle Day Weekend has come and gone but the 50th Anniversary memories will linger. Rick Knapp was honored as the Grand Marshal, a position he richly deserved. His long service to the fire department and our community is greatly appreciated.

In less than two weeks the popular Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival will begin. To help you plan your visits to Camelot Village over Labor Day Weekend take a look at the following:

Garlic Fest Music Line-up:

Saturday, August 30

10-11:30 a.m.: JEFF McRAE BAND

11:30-1 p.m.: HILL HOLLOW

1-3 p.m.: FUNK IN THE TRUNK

3-5 p.m.: BLUES SANCTUARY Sunday, August 31:

10-11:30 a.m.: RAY GIFFORD

11:30-1 p.m.: CARMA

1-3 p.m.: ROAD HOUSE

3-5 p.m.: JULIE SHEA

Parking is free. Admission is $5/adults and $1/children. Only service animals allowed. Over 150 vendors, tons of garlic products, honey, food, beer tent, demonstrations of planting, braiding, etc. of garlic, kid’s activities, and herbal products, plus fresh garlic available direct from the growers. Try the Garlic Ice Cream and visit the Information/Demonstration Tent to find out where to go for dinner, what’s playing at the OldCastle Theatre, and where to stay overnight. Make a weekend of it and shop Bennington’s Historic Downtown. Visit our shops, museums and galleries, stop at the Apple Barn for local products. The garlic festival gate opens at 10 a.m.


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both Saturday and Sunday and closes at 5 p.m. each day. Come join the fun!

A wonderful effort from The Bennington Center for the Arts: In their new exhibit "Portraying the Human Spirit" they have gone a bit beyond just showing artwork and hoping people can connect with it, to hoping people will help The Bennington change lives. What started as a simple phone call to an artist to find out if he would be interested in participating in an exhibit, has grown to a mission for the children at an Ugandan orphanage.

Jonathan Stasko’s piece "Pure Religion is This" in this year’s "Portraying the Human Spirit" Exhibit, actually started when his sister Danielle went to Uganda to spend three months at a youth orphanage. From there it has grown into a project to bring the life’s most basic necessity: Water to an orphanage. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the well project. The Bennington Center for the arts wanted to go one step further, they are taking donations online and in their galleries for this project as well. You can learn more at their website thebennington.org.

If you have any questions contact Jana at jana@thebennington.org or 802-442-7158.

Check out The Village Chocolate Shoppe this Friday: It’s Time for a Baby Shower.

Molly is expecting a baby. Although the baby isn’t due until next June, let’s help Benny and Molly celebrate. We will play party games with a chocolate twist, have cake and help the happy couple choose the name for the baby. Feel free to bring a gift that will donated to those in need in Bennington County. The cost is free. Friday, August 22 from 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit our website at villagepeddlervt.com or call 802-447-3789.

The OldCastle Theatre Company opened a new show this past weekend. "My Fair Lady" is a great way to spend an evening here in Bennington. Call the box office for times and tickets, 802-447-0564; check www.oldcastletheatre for more informations.

Visit the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the River Walk behind the Station Restaurant. Also stop at the Tuesday Farmers Market at the Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot in front of the State Office Complex on Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m.

Have a great week everyone

Joann Erenhouse is Executive Director of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce.