Empty Bowls fundraiser for Food and Fuel Fund
BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Empty Bowls Soup Supper returns this year, on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. Members of the public have once again participated in building and painting a colorful collection of ceramic bowls in preparation for this year's Empty Bowls Soup Supper.
A $10 ticket allows the participant to choose a handmade bowl to use for the evening and then take home, and includes multiple trips to the soup bar to enjoy soups provided by local restaurants and caterers. A variety of soups, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as breads and cookies, will be available for one's dining pleasure. Diners are encouraged to arrive early for best bowl selection. Tickets will be available at the door.
The supper will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Diners will be entertained by local musicians while waiting to be served. The Soup Supper is the final event in a weeklong local initiative called Food for Thought which features a variety of events that invite reflection on the issue of local hunger.
All proceeds from the Soup Supper go to the Greater Bennington Interfaith Food and Fuel Fund. The fund, which was established in 1973, provides financial support to local families and individuals experiencing financial crises affecting their ability to procure food and shelter. The fund provides $50,000 in annual support to people in the Bennington area. The Food and Fuel Fund is a program of Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, Inc., which also runs the Bennington Free Clinic and the Kitchen Cupboard food distribution project. More information about the event can be obtained by calling the Food and Fuel Fund at 802-379-0149.
AMHS hosts Fall 5K Fun Run on Nov. 9
ARLINGTON -- Arlington Memorial High School will host a Fall 5K Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Arlington Rec Park on Route 7A in preparation for the town's annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. Registration for the Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. with a race start of 10 a.m. The "fun" part of this race is that runners are encouraged to run for their best time, but only individual times will be given, if wanted, as runners cross the 5K finish line. Walkers are welcome. Cost to register is $10 with proceeds to benefit the AMHS Cross Country team and Class of 2017. For more information, contact AMHS Cross Country Coach Bianca Hoose at email@example.com.
New greenhouse opened at Long Trail School
DORSET -- On Monday, Long Trail School cut the ribbon on its newest building, a 26-foot by 48-foot greenhouse with a ridge vent, shutters and electric ventilation. The greenhouse is already a familiar classroom for active scientific research for some students, as they have been involved in the planning and planting stages since its construction this fall. The ceremony provided an opportunity to thank the sponsors, to celebrate the completion of the construction phase and to acknowledge the possibilities for curricular and community work.
The ceremony was emceed by Head of School Steven E. Dear, who recognized Charlotte and Richard Bartholomae for their gift to the school. As Dear said in his brief speech, "The greenhouse will be the source of learning for our students, an experimental lab with data collection which will be tied to our external community, and will provide food for our school and the surrounding areas." Richard Bartholomae then addressed the gathering of students, faculty, staff, neighbors, consultants, donors and community members.
Comments by Science Department chair Scott Worland and Environmental Club president Rocky Ye, ‘15, rounded out the event.
Worland acknowledged the many steps up to this accomplishment and hoped that all LTS students will have the experience of participating in the planting, care, and harvest of plants to directly participate in their own food system as well as having increased research capabilities before graduation from the school. Ye closed the speeches, saying "the more we learn about how food systems work and how living organisms function, the more we will care to make a positive ecological difference. This is very important as our world needs us to protect our environment for future generations."
With a ceremonial slice of a red ribbon, the building was officially opened for all to tour. The event concluded with an ice cream social in Whalen Common Room and a return to classes.Bennington Contradance next offered on Nov. 1.
First Friday Contra Dance
BENNINGTON -- On Friday, Nov. 1, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Bennington Contradance presents its "first Friday" intergenerational community dance at the One World Conservation Center on Route 7 south of downtown Bennington.
Caller David Kaynor will teach all dances. Live dance music will be by the Grafton Street Trio. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, all dances are taught, and no partner or experience is necessary. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for under 12.
Arlington Community Christmas Red Stocking Project
ARLINGTON -- It is time to begin planning for the Christmas Red Stocking Project for 2013. Many gifts and donations are made by various groups and individuals in our community to assure a happy holiday for all children of Arlington, Sunderland, and Sandgate.
Project organizers want to be sure that all families who are in need of help this year are on the list of recipients. Those who have not received an application and would like to be included or who know a family in need, should pick up an application at Happy Days, Fisher School, Sunderland School or AMHS as soon as possible. This information will remain confidential. Applications must be returned by Nov. 7. Also, any residents who would like to "adopt" a child or family or make a donation should call Nathalie at 375-6135 by Nov. 20 .
Pop-Up Holiday Shop at the Armory on Dec. 7
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- In the spirit of community and the holiday season, and in keeping with its shop-local and sustainability campaigns, HAYC3 is sponsoring the first Pop-Up Holiday Shop upstairs in the Perry Room at the Armory in Hoosick Falls on Saturday, Dec. 7. Being sought for the event are vendors such as craftspeople, artisans, farmers, small business people and non-profits.
It's a day for individual craftspeople, artists, artisans and other vendors who represent themselves, their family, a small farm or local business to sell their goods and services. Service providers and other non-profit organizations are welcome to share their information and/or sell their stuff. The Dec. 7 event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. HAYC3 will be actively promoting the event and is expecting a sizable turnout of folks ready to shop and spend for holiday gifts. Other activities like the Christmas cookie contest and the community ornament-making activity will draw many customers to The Armory that day. $25 per table, free for registered non-profit organizations. It's a win-win-win: for vendors, for gift-buyers and for the Hoosick Community. For more information, contact Aelish Nealon at 518-686-9050 or email contactHAYC3@gmail.com
Retirement sale at Gristmill Antiques Center
EAST ARLINGTON -- Verrall Keelan, the owner of the Gristmill Antiques Center has announced that she will be retiring from the business, which she has operated in East Arlington since 2002.
Operating out of one of Vermont's oldest (circa 1764) continuously operated building, built by Ethan Allen's cousin, Remember Baker, the Gristmill is full of antiques, collectables and tag sale items which are available to purchase at a 30 percent discount from the item's lowest marked price.
In addition to the many valuable antique items all store fixtures are also for sale at their listed price.
The Retirement Sale will run through Oct. 27 and after that the store will be open for sales only on weekends through Nov. 17.
Verrall may be reached at the store's Old Mill Road addresss and at 802-375-2500. Store hours are from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.