Saturday, Aug. 23

Clearbrook Farm birthday celebration

SHAFTSBURY -- Come out to Clearbrook Farm for an evening of celebration and fun. Special appearances by the VAE Art Bus, Mach’s Wood Fired Pizza, and live music by the Wiyos. Concert at the Carriage Barn

NORTH BENNINGTON -- On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Bennington Baroque will present "Music from Hamburg and Paris" in the Carriage Barn at Historic Park-McCullough. Performers include Mathieu Langlois (baroque flute), Kevin Bushee (baroque violin), Andre O’Neil (viola da gamba), and Sandra Mangsen (harpsichord). Music by Monteclair, Marais, and Telemann. Admission is by donation. More information about the group is available at www.benningtonbaroque.com. Contact Sandra Mangsen at 802-681-7210 or smangsen@comcast.net.

Bob Milne at SVAC

MANCHESTER -- Bob Milne, ragtime and boogie-woogie piano man, makes a back-by-popular demand appearance at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Considered by many to be the best ragtime and boogie-woogie pianist in the world, Milne regularly tours the U.S. and Canada playing to festival crowds of 5,000 and at more intimate venues, such as the Arkell. In 2004, after sitting for three days of documentary filming and interviews at the Library of Congress, Bob was declared "a National Treasure.


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Tickets for this rare performance are $20 for SVAC members and $25 for non-members and are available online at svac.org or by calling 802-362-1405.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located off West Road (930 SVAC Drive). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 802-362-1405 or email info@svac.org. Visit any time at svac.org.

Bennington Farmers’ Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers’ Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join the region’s farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Jared Polens will provide music for the market. Chef Chuck Suss will cook up a market-based stir fry for lunch. The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Ice Bucket Challenge

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire Young Professionals, NYP, invite you to participate in the Community Ice Bucket Challenge, Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m., at the Manchester Town Green (next to Roundabout Fro-Yo).

The NYP accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from the Bennington Young Professionals and has nominated the entire Northshire community, The Vermont Country Store, WEQX, The Manchester Police Department, and The Orvis Company.

The Northshire Community Ice Bucket Challenge is being held in memory of the late Alan Gibney, a resident of the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington. Mr. Gibney passed away on Friday, Aug. 15, from ALS. Mr. Gibney’s diagnosis was the catalyst for the development of the Vermont Veterans’ Home ALS Support Group and for the upcoming ALS Walk, on Oct. 18. Mr. Alan Gibney’s brother and sister-in-law are local community members and will be at the event to honor their courageous and generous brother.

A suggested minimum donation of $10 will be accepted by the CEO of the Vermont Veterans’ Home, Melissa Jackson. Checks can be made out to "Northern New England ALS Chapter." Please bring a bucket and ice; water will be provided by the river.

Parking is available in any of the public lots throughout the town.

Sunday, Aug. 24

GMALL lecture

MANCHESTER -- Composer Nolan Gasser and San Francisco Opera scenic designer Naomie Kremer will be joined by the Opera Theatre of Weston creative team and cast to present a "behind the scenes" lecture on "The Making of The Secret Garden," part of the Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning (GMALL) series, on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Riley Center, Burr & Burton Academy. For more information, call Gloria at 802-867-0111 or visit the GMALL website.

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

CrossFit Basics class

BENNINGTON -- Bennington CrossFit runs CrossFit Basics every Sunday at both 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. CrossFit Basics is a completely free class, which is open to the public. In this class, they introduce you to the CrossFit methodology in a manner that is ideal for someone brand new to CrossFit.

The primary focus in this class is for the participants to learn proper form and technique, while finishing each class with a short, high intensity workout. Like any other classes, any aspect of this class can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness. For more information regarding this class, call 802-681-7350.

Southern Vermont

Sprint Triathlon

MANCHESTER -- The 2014 Southern Vermont Sprint Triathlon will be held at 8 a.m. The SVST begins at Hunter Park (Riley Rink) with an eight mile bike to Emerald Lake with a mile swim (out and back, close to the island), an eight mile bike back to Hunter Park and a 3.4 mile run that finishes through the path from Rec. Park to Hunter Park.

"The SVST is an event designed to introduce people to triathlons," said Stephen Murphy, the race director. "The reach is mostly local, from Middlebury to Williamstown and Greenwich to Brattleboro. However, there are some people coming from out of the area as well. While triathlons have grown in popularity, it is unique to have one so close to home and at an affordable price. Most tris cost $75 or more."

To encourage more people to experience a triathlon, SVST is offering a 20 percent discount to students and teachers (contact Hunter Park at 802-362-0150 or smurphy@rileyrink.com to verify eligibility for the discount.)

The proceeds from the event go to support Hunter Park to develop as a more diverse facility that will offer more to the community both in terms of healthy, fun activities and as a draw for people to make Manchester and the area a travel destination.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Stephen Murphy or Vanessa Beattie at 802-362-0150 or email smurphy@rileyrink.com.

Living History Day

in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON -- North Bennington’s ninth annual Living History Day this year on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. will honor not a single individual but an entire family, the generations of generosity related to the Park-McCullough mansion.

As always, the festive event will be held in front of Powers Market, with a backdrop of the village’s new decorative fountain, a gift of the Park-McCullough House Association.

This year’s theme is "A Legacy of Generosity" to express the community’s appreciation for the many benefactions the Hall, Park, McCullough, and Scott families over many decades.

There will be stories, music, lemonade, Kevin’s hot dogs, balloons, and much more. The event is free and open to the public.

Said co-hosts Bill Scully and Tim Smith: "We felt it was time to honor the families of Governor Hiland Hall, Trenor W. Park, Eliza "Lizzie" Park McCullough, Laura "Lila" Park Jennings, Governor John G. McCullough, Hall Park McCullough and his wife Edith vanBenthuysen McCullough, Ethel "Babs" McCullough Scott and her husband William R. Scott, and John G. McCullough II, as well as the living members of the family, Allen McCullough and wife Randolyn and their son, Angus, all of whom have contributed to this community."

"Without their collective generosity, we would be without so much in this town and surrounding area," they said. They named the Bennington Free Library, McCullough Free Library, North Bennington railroad depot, Jennings mansion and Bennington College campus, the Bennington Battle Monument, the Vermont Veterans Home, Mile-Around Woods, and the mansion itself, among other benefactions.

The North Bennington Living History celebration is held each year to honor local residents of distinction who have made some significant community contribution. Previous honorees have been Jane R. Hanks, Larry Powers, Rob and Jeanne McWaters, Dick Pembroke, Oakley Frost, Bob Matteson, Bob Howe, and Rachel Schumacher and David Monks.

The summer event provides a forum for residents and interested parties to get together and celebrate, ask questions, and share in local lore. All are welcome.

Pownal town clerk’s office hours

POWNAL -- The Pownal Town Clerk’s office will be open on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for early voting for the Primary Election being held on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Walk the steps at

the Bennington Monument

BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, Aug. 24, the public can again walk up the 417 steps inside the Bennington Battle Monument. The guided tours will take visitors to the observation floor starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.

Admission to the Monument is $5 for adults, $1 for children (ages 6 through 14) children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in the gift shop, where a fine selection of quality merchandise relating to the Battle and the Monument, along with gifts for all ages, maple products, books and more is offered. Further information can be found online at www.historicsites.vermont.gov or www.benningtonbattlemonument.com and like us at Vermont State Historic sites on facebook or call 802-447-0550.