The Louis Miller Museum extended hours

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Louis Miller Museum and The Hoosick Township Historical Society, 166 Main St., is now open on the second Saturday of the month throughout the summer, making it available to many more people to visit. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m., the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the summer, and whenever you see the "Open" flag flying outside. You can also make an appointment by calling 581-686-4682 or emailing director@hoosickhistory.com.

The Hoosick Township Historical Society is housed in the Louis Miller Museum. But that’s not the only thing that’s there. Hundreds, probably thousands of historic objects and memorabilia are on display. The rooms are filled with Victoriana, military uniforms, photographs, weapons, farm and home implements, and more. Victorian dresses and hats, paintings, an actual Victorian parlor, and lots of Walter A. Wood, Eberle Brothers, Harriet Hoctor, and Grandma Moses memorabilia are there, too. In the Children’s Room, you will find antique and classic toys and insect collections. Explore historic Hoosick through the old photographs and maps that you’ll find there. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop before you leave.

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state parks and historic sites on Vermont Days

MONTPELIER -- Enjoy a free sample of Vermont’s fishing, state parks and state historic sites during the annual Vermont Days weekend celebration on June 14-15.

All Vermont State Park day areas, state-owned historic sites, and the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier will be open at no charge all weekend. Saturday, June 14 is also free fishing day - the one day of the year when residents and non-residents may go fishing without a license in any Vermont State Park.

"Vermont Days is a great opportunity to explore Vermont’s outstanding variety of recreation, culture and history," said Governor Peter Shumlin. "We have more than 50 state parks and nine historic sites all around our state, each offering their own unique and authentic Vermont experience."

Sponsored by the State of Vermont, Vermont Days also coincides with special events at several historic sites. On Saturday, June 14, visitors can take part in family-friendly Flag Day celebrations at Hubbardton Battlefield and the Bennington Battle Monument. Also on Saturday, visitors to the Justin Morrill Historic Site in Strafford can enjoy an Open House with music and refreshments.

For more information, visit www.vermontdays.com.

Village Harmony Teen Ensemble concerts

BENNINGTON -- Village Harmony, the acclaimed teen world music singing ensemble, led by Larry Gordon, Suzannah Park and special guest conductor Carlos Jurado from Colombia, will perform on Tuesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St.

The group includes 25 brilliant teen singers ages 12-18, from nine states and France. The program includes traditional songs and choral arrangements from Latin America, South African songs and dances, American Appalachian and shape-note songs and several renaissance works. Suggested admission at the door is is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For more information call 802-426-3210.

Village Harmony is an umbrella organization based in Vermont dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world. Each summer they sponsor ten ensembles like this one, both in New England and in numerous foreign countries, involving both teen and adult singers. Each group develops its own unique sound with a different international team of leaders, but all share common traits: A powerful, natural, unrestrained, vocal sound; a remarkable variety of vocal styles and timbres, as appropriate to the many varieties of ethnic and traditional music; and the visible, vibrant community among the singers and audience as they share in a joyous celebration of music.

Carlos Jurado, from Pasto, Colombia, is an expert in latin American choral repertoire and leads the choirs at the University of Pasto. He will lead a variety of traditional and composed pieces from Colombia and other South American countries, featuring sweet harmonies and intricate syncopated rhythms.

The remainder of the program celebrates the distinctive sounds of other world singing traditions. The South African songs all have accompanying dances and feature a rich and mellifluous vocal timbre and catchy call and response melodies. Rounding out the evening will be two movements from a mass by 16th century south German composer Gregor Aichinger.

Village Harmony’s many recordings and songbooks will be available for sale at the concert, including two brand new albums: The Best of Village Harmony 2011-2013, and Treasures of Grace, the newest CD of the touring ensemble Northern Harmony.

Summer Clogging classes offered

BENNINGTON -- Wild Country Cloggers are pleased to announce they are holding signups for two new introductory level classes called, "Clog-anomics" and "Kid Step." The classes will run for eight weeks during the months of July and August. The instructor for the course will be Wild Country’s lead instructor, John Morton, who has taught locally for the Bennington School District and Berkshire Dance Theatre. John has also taught for eight years at the Northeast Clogging Convention as a regional clogging instructor.

"Clog-anomics" is set to begin on Monday, July 7, from 6:30-7:15 p.m., at the Dance Mill, located at 160 Benmont Ave., on the 4th floor in the South Wing of the Vermont Mill Properties building and is open to adults, teens, and children age 11 and up. Students will learn fundamental clogging steps and the essentials they need in becoming a clog dancer. No prior dance necessary.

"Kid Step" is set to begin on Wednesday, July 9, from 6:30 -7 p.m., also at the Dance Mill and is open to children age 10 and below; teen and adults are welcome as well. Students will learn some traditional clogging steps, along with a mix of jazz, musical theater, hip hop, and creative movement. Curriculum will be focused more on counting beats and learning basic dance etiquette.

Cost for the entire eight week session is $15 per person or $35 per family (minimum of 3 members required). At the end, participants may sign up for Wild Country’s regular clogging programs or have the option of returning in the fall during regular enrollment.

People may call 802-379-8484 or email wccloggers@myfairpoint.net to pre-register or request more information. For more information on Wild Country Cloggers and its programs, visit them on the web at http://www.wildcountrycloggers.com.

Jewish genealogy workshop offerred

BENNINGTON -- A Jewish genealogy workshop will be offered Tuesdays, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Congregation Beth El Board Member Ellie Roden is conducting a Jewish Genealogy presentation and workshop. In the first session on Aug. 12th, Ellie will tell her story about becoming interested in her family history and the discoveries she made in her 12 years of research. She will also share information, tools and tips for those want to do their own research. The second gathering will be a work session during which Ellie will offer guidance and problemsolving to participants working on their own laptops. These two sessions will be just a beginning point. For those who want to continue on with research, she will gladly schedule more sessions.

The workshop will meet in the Richard & Pamela Ader Social Hall at Congregation Beth El, 107 Adams St. This workshop is free and open to the public; Beth El encourages and gratefully accepts donations from those who are able to give. For more details, please call Ellie at 802-464-5265.

Fresh Air Fund needs host families

NEW YORK -- This summer, share the beauty of your community with a Fresh Air child while enjoying the pure joys of summer in your own backyard. Thousands of volunteer host families in rural, suburban, and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada open their hearts and homes to New York City children from low-income communities through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family program. The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.

Host families open their homes to children who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a summer away from New York City. Fresh Air children experience simple pleasures like running barefoot through the grass, swimming in a cool lake, and gazing at star-filled skies. Through the eyes of Fresh Air children, families often rediscover the beauty of their own communities.

"The Fresh Air Fund is an incredible gift for the whole family. We grow and adapt to learn different perspectives that remind us that the simplest things can make a huge difference," says Michelle, a Fresh Air host.

For more information on how you can make summer special for a Fresh Air child, contact Martha Thompson at 802-362-3473 or visit The Fresh Air Fund at www.freshair.org.