Community Calendar This Week


Monday, July 21

Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen.

Elks hosts bingo

BENNINGTON -- Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo. There will be a $1,000 jackpot and 31 games for $13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave.

History slide show

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Ken Gottry will present a slide show of the history of Eagle Bridge at the Cheney Library at 7 p.m.

Eagle Bridge, the junction of the north-south D&H and the east-west B&M railroad lines, was equal in prominence with Albany, Troy, and Saratoga. There were multiple hotels and inns, an opera house, a creamery, and many fine houses along tree-lined streets. The show will include the history of the bridge, the church, the railroad, the houses, and the people. Several lifelong residents including octogenarian Harry Moses will be on hand to add their stories to the photos.

The public is invited to attend and bring its own memories of the hamlet.

The slideshow is available online at In addition, DVDs will be available at the library.

Call the Cheney Library with any questions 518-686-9401 or visit us at

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Mondays in July the Bennington Senior Center will hold painting from 9 a.m. until noon, walking aerobics from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., bridge/cards from 1 to 4 p.m., and belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Also this week, a trip to Hampton Beach from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

'Electric Word Play -- Scrabble'

BENNINGTON -- Come to the Bennington Free Library for "Electric Word Play -- Scrabble." Fifth through eighth graders can learn Scrabble or improve their game with Sandy Loiterstein from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Rotary Room. Preregistration is required.

Tuesday, July 22

Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose

BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Storytime at Cheney Library

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will have storytime for preschoolers and their caregivers at 10 a.m. Several of the classic tales and songs will be offered. There will be crafts and snacks. Plan to come with your preschool child; it will be lots of fun for both of you.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting

BENNINGTON -- Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St.

Bereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- A weekly adult grief support for those who have lost a loved one is held every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans Home on North Street. For more information, call VNA & Hospice of SVHC at 802-442-5502.

Codependents Anonymous meets

BENNINGTON -- Codependents Anonymous meets at Turning Point Club, 465 Main St. Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Playgroup for toddlers and parents

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Child Advocacy Center is sponsoring a play and education group for children 2 to 5 and their parent/guardian. The activities include: fine motor skill activities, music, story time, social skills activities, snack time, and free play. They meet each Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Schools Out Children's Center at 901 Main St. Call 802-442-5107 for more information.

Spouse/partner ereavement support group

BENNINGTON -- The sudSSpirit Bereavement Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at the Bennington Free Library.

The group is for those that are survivors of the sudden unexpected death of their spouse or significant other. No registration is required and it is free. For more information, a brochure or current newsletter, call 802-441-5562 or email or find the group on Facebook.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesdays in July the Bennington Senior Center will hold RSVP bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 and 10 and 11:15 a.m. and HELP from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Meditation for Everyone sessions

BENNINGTON -- Meditation for Everyone is held Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Bennington Free Library. $1 requested contribution if possible.

Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Chairs available. If you wish to sit on a cushion, bring one. Sessions are facilitated by Randy Anselmo, Maggie Bernstein, John Hearst, Natasha Judson, Eve Pearce and Jane Schaeffer. For more information, call 802-447-0393 or contact

Hoosick Rising at the Armory

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The third monthly Hoosick Rising meeting will be July 22 at 6 p.m. at the HAYC3 Armory, 115 Church St. This is an open meeting with Village Board and Town Board representatives and Camoin associates to discuss marketing, planning, economic development and our vision for the future. All interested parties, groups, and citizens are invited to attend and participate.

'Toy Hacking' at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- Come to the Bennington Free Library from 1 to 4 p.m. for "Toy Hacking." For fifth through eighth graders, learn how circuits work, take apart used electronic toys and reimagine the toys with materials on hand. Preregistration is required.

Wednesday, July 23

Thrift shop open

JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church just south off Route 67 is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Most clothing items are priced at $1 per bag.

Community yoga

BENNINGTON -- Enjoy a gentle yoga class free of charge, led by Laurae Coburn, Ph.D. RYT every Wednesday evening at The Bennington School, 192 Fairview St. from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Southwest Vermont Beer and Spirits forum

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Industrial Corp., Better Bennington Corp., Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Bennington County Regional Commission and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development have announced the first Southwest Vermont Beer and Spirits Forum at 6 p.m. at Colgate Park.

Due to a significant increase in entrepreneurs looking to enter the brewery and distilling space, the forum will be designed to offer guidance in best practices and explore efficiencies of scale regarding co-locating.

Moreover, Southwest Vermont could be well situated to accommodate this type of activity due to an abundance of clean water, locally grown agriculture products, a robust sewer system with the capacity to handle the residuals, according to Peter Odierna Executive Director of BCIC.

"The idea of a beer and wine forum is a great start, and if that leads to a craft beverage cluster in Bennington, that would be terrific. We certainly have the resources and infrastructure to support such an initiative and I think it would be a great draw for people from around the region. I'm excited to see what comes of this initial conversation," said Michael Harrington, economic and community development director for the town of Bennington.

There will be a break out session towards the end of the agenda in order to optimized the programs and incentives that could support brewing and distilling in this area. We look forward to seeing our partners from across the state. The event is open to the public.

If you have any questions, contact Peter Odierna at 802-442-8975 or Michael Harrington at 802-447-9710.

Science Fair

at Mark Skinner Library

MANCHESTER -- Make things fizz, bubble and pop at the Mark Skinner Library's Family Fun Science Fair at 6:30 p.m. Have fun making lava lamps, playing with nano sand and performing fun experiments. Preregistration is required. Call the library at 802-362-2607 now to reserve your spot. This is a free program and open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will be having Zumba Gold from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., will be showing a movie from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be hosting the AARP Driving Course from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free documentary screening

BENNINGTON -- There will be a free, exclusive screening of the acclaimed documentary "Honor Flight -- One Last Mission," a heartwarming documentary about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers' race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle. This event will take place on July 23, in the Crispe Multi-Purpose room, Vermont Veterans' Home at 6:30 p.m. (Donations gladly accepted.) Call 802-442-6353 for more info.

Veterans and Guardians can fill out applications that evening for upcoming Fall 2014 Leatherstocking Honor Flights or can download applications right now at Fall 2014 Flights: Sept. 6 and Oct. 4.

Bennington Free Library activities

BENNINGTON -- Story Lab with Ms. H20, for 3 to 6 year olds, parents and caregivers. Be a super scientist; experiment and explore different science principles with Ms. H20 as your guide. Join us at 10:30 a.m. in the Rotary Room.

Thusday, July 24

Open mic night

at UU Fellowship

BENNINGTON -- An open mic night featuring local musicians will be held from 6 to 9 p. m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St. Coffee, baked goods and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Summer Sonatina piano camp concerts

BENNINGTON -- Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp will hold free public piano concerts at the Bennington Center for the Arts (Route 9, 44 Gypsy Lane) at 6 p.m. Solo piano pieces and chorus are performed by students, 7 to 16, from all over the world. A reception will follow immediately after the concert. For more information, contact 802-442-9197 or check out

Pownal Legion bingo

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly. A snack bar will be available. There will be a cookie jar and progressive games. Everyone is invited to attend.

Bennington Free Clinic hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday starting at 6 p.m. This clinic is for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, who would otherwise fall through the cracks of our fractured health care system. It is located in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Call 802-447-3700 for an appointment to be seen.

Food shelf open today

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open every Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mark Skinner Library event

MANCHESTER -- Come to Mark Skinner Library at 10:30 a.m. and meet Ted Schiffman and see his pictures of wild animals photographed throughout his many trips to East Africa. Schiffman's photographs have been published by National Geographic, the American Museum of Natural History and the Sierra Club, among many others. He will read from his children's book, "Elephants of Africa," and share stories of his adventures in Africa. A craft to follow.

This is a free program, open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will hold RSVP bone builders from 8:30 to 9:45 and 10-11:15 a.m.; quilting from 1 to 3 p.m., and beginning belly dance from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Also this week, a trip to Colonie Center from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bennington Free Library activities

BENNINGTON -- "Fizz, boom, Create! Thursdays" will be held today at the Bennington Free Library. This is a hands-on workshop for thos 6 to 12 at 2 p.m. in the Rotary Room. Preregistration is required.

Friday, July 25

Billsville House concerts at VAE

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Billsville House Concerts return to Vermont Arts Exchange this summer with two nights of music that will rock your socks off. Come early and get some eats at the Phantom Food Truck in the parking lot. Check them out at Libations by Thyme Tables Catering.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $12 for students; available at July 25: Parsonsfield with opening act, Goldtown, July 26: PHOX.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- On Fridays in July the Bennington Senior Center will hold sculpture from 9 to 11 a.m., painting from 9 a.m. to noon and bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Library Lunch Club

BENNINGTON -- Come to the Bennington Free Library for the Library Lunch Club. Children can enjoy a free lunch served in the Rotary Room at noon. Pixar short films will be shown at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

Church dinner

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. -- There will be a church dinner at Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Eat in or take out; the menu will be chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, roll, dessert, beverage. Cost: adults, $10; children 5 to 12, $5; children under 5 are free. For reservations, call Herb at 518-753-4427.

Blueberry dessert festival at St. James'

ARLINGTON -- Come to the Blueberry Dessert Festival at St. James' Episcopal Church from noon to 4 p.m. or until all the desserts are gone. Enjoy home-baked blueberry shortcake, with or without whipped cream as you prefer; blueberry buckle; blueberry pie by the slice or by the whole pie; blueberry muffins and other treats. All are welcome. Event will be held on the church lawn (weather permitting). There will be lemonade and iced tea to accompany the blueberry treats. The Blueberry Dessert Festival is sponsored by the Women of St. James; all proceeds will support the music ministry of the church, now under the direction of Organist and Music Director Daniel Frank.

Pownal Valley fair

POWNAL -- The Pownal Valley 21st Annual Community Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Same location as last year -- Route 346 behind the post office in downtown Pownal. Free admission.

Events at the fair begin in the morning. There will be kids' games and an exhibit hall. The antiques tractors will be registering at 9 a.m. The Pownal Express will provide rides for youngsters. There will be crafters and vendors. The food court will be open and serving food and drinks all day long.

The horseshoe tournament will start at 11 a.m. At 11:30 there will be a 50/50 bingo. The kiddie tractor pull will begin after the tractor pull lunch break at noon.

There will be three bands this year: Vise Versa will play from 3 to 5 p.m. Ridge Runners will play from 7 to 9 p.m. and O.M.B. (Old Man Band) will play from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The free annual fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. For further information, you may contact Winchester's Store at 802-823-5258.

Organist at St. John's

EAST POULTNEY -- St. John's Church will continues its summer-long evening services. St. John's is an 1830s church with a hand-pumped organ, which will be played by a professional church organist on July 26. Karl Moyer, professor emeritus at Millersville University, will play at the Saturday evening prayer services. All are welcome at the services, which follow the Episcopal rite and which start with music at 4 p.m. Visitors and worshippers will sit in the same gated pews as did the original communicants. The organ was made in Vermont by William Nutting of Bellows Falls and Randolph; only four of these remain in the state.

A summer resident of Vermont, Moyer will also play on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9. The latter date is the annual East Poultney Day when the village presents historical displays and hosts vendors on the central village green. Later services will feature a flutist and a guitarist.

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 our region's farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Cindy and Kelly will provide music for the market. Face painting will be offered at the kids' tent. The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Benefit concert for CiviCure

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Oren Gradus will present a concert of arias and show tunes to benefit CiviCure at the Hoosac School. CiviCure is a Hoosick Falls non-profit organization driven by the mission of community revitalization through active stewardship of Hoosick's rich heritage and rural environs, and the various art forms inspired by them. Gradus' performance will support restoration of the live performance space in the Wood Block Building at 5 Main St., where traveling and local artists once graced the two stages.

Gradus, whose rich bass voice has been lauded as "full-bodied and sensitive," has appeared in some of the world's greatest opera houses. Notable venues in North America include New York's Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and the Canadian Opera in Toronto.

Joining Gradus is lyric soprano Mariona Pallach, from Catalonia, Spain. A graduate of Barcelona Conservatory, she is an award-winning vocalist and voice instructor who has sung feature performances on the premier stages of Spain. In addition to singing arias, show tunes, Pallach will also perform music from her native land.

The singers will be accompanied by Jennifer Peterson, a pianist, opera coach, and conductor. She is the founder and director of "operamission," based in New York City.

The concert is hosted by the Hoosac School. Reservations include a 7 p.m. reception with hors d'oeuvres on the east lawn of the Tibbits Mansion. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. Afterward there will be dessert, coffee, and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Tickets for the event are $20. To attend this event, register online, or by phone at 518-686-4258, or by email at

Sunday, July 27

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 are held 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 of the other classes, any aspect of this class can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness. For more information regarding this class, call them at 802-681-7350.

Hildene awards luncheon

MANCHESTER -- The 2014 Hildene Award recipients, Paul Bruhn and Sarah Dopp, will be feted by family, friends and colleagues at a luncheon honoring them at the Lincolns' Manchester estate on Sunday, July 27, at noon. This is an opportunity to recognize each of their achievements and provide a time and place for the public to show their gratitude for their work. The Hildene Award, given annually to deserving Vermonters selected by Hildene's Board of Trustees, includes a $10,000 prize that will go to a project of the recipients' choosing. One of the highlights of the luncheon will be the announcement of the project to which Bruhn and Dopp have chosen together to gift their award. This Hildene program is open to the public.

Collectively Bruhn and Dopp have dedicated more than 60 years to conserving the land and preserving the historic structures of Vermont, Bruhn with his nationally recognized leadership of the Preservation Trust of Vermont and Dopp with her dedication to grassroots conservation and preservation initiatives in Chittenden County.

Reservations are required for the Hildene Award luncheon. The cost is $30 per person, $20 for Hildene members and volunteers and includes admission to Hildene for the day. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or by July 21.

Vermont wildlife presentation

BENNINGTON -- Michael Clough, assistant director, Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, will present "Vermont Wildlife" at the One World Conservation Center, Route 7 south at 4 p.m. This multi-media, interactive presentation will bring a variety of live animals for a personal look at the changing landscape and wildlife of the Bennington/Northern Berkshire area. Touchable artifacts and interactive discussion will supplement the animals.

The cost is: Individuals $4, family $8.

Raw foods playshop

BENNINGTON -- Cool down and get healthy with raw foods on Sunday, July 27 from noon to 2 p.m., at The Yoga Place's (532 Main St.) Raw Foods Playshop. Learn how to incorporate raw foods into your diet to increase your health and vitality. Participants will sample prepared dishes, learn easy techniques and take home recipes to try at home.

Zaidee Bliss, of Greenwich, N.Y., will facilitate the playshop. She is a yoga teacher and self-described food nut. She loves to find fun ways to eat and live that promote better health and more energy. All food will be sourced from Mighty Food Farm, True Love Farm and Wildstone Farm.

Preregistration by July 22 is requested and the cost of the event is $35, which includes materials. To register, contact The Yoga Place at 802-447-0393 or

Concerts at the Carriage Barn

NORTH BENNINGTON -- July 27 at 4 p.m.: "One plus one." Zuill Bailey (cello) and Natasha Paremski (piano). Zuill Bailey is widely regarded as one of the world's premier cellists. Among his recordings, all received to critical acclaim, are the Bach solo suites and Beethoven's sonatas for cello and piano. The program includes works for cello and piano by Igor Stravinsky and Richard Strauss, and Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Sonata. $20.

Dorset Farmers' Market hours

DORSET -- Dorset Farmers' Market at H. N. Williams General Store on Sunday, July 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Shop local each week at the Dorset Farmers Market, back outside on the lawn for its thirteenth week. Andrew Stearns of Gold Town will be there providing toe-tapping entertainment. Find all your favorite area producers, plus a few new ones -- bringing their best in fresh seasonal produce, artisan breads, grass-fed meats, cheeses, condiments, and wines; alongside gourmet prepared foods, and unique artisan goods.

Join us as we "Shop Local, Shop Fresh" every Sunday though Columbus Day outdoors on the green at H. N. Williams Store, Route 30 Dorset.

Wildlife in Vermont

presentation at OWCC

BENNINGTON -- On July 27 at 4 p.m., One World Conservation Center will present a multi-media, interactive presentation that brings a variety of live animals for a personal look at the changing landscape and wildlife of Southwestern Vermont. Touchable artifacts and interactive discussion will supplement the animals. Presented by Michael Clough, Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. Our thanks to our sponsors: Wills Insurance and Whitman's Feed Store. One World Conservation Center is located at 413 US Route 7S (orange roof building on right heading on Route 7 south). The cost is $5 for an individual, $8 for a family.


Bennington town project list

BENNINGTON -- This week water crews will be replacing water services on Safford and Bradford Streets between Main Street and Gage Street. Most of this work will require Safford and Bradford be closed to through traffic between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Follow detours.

Park Street will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, between Pleasant Street and Scott Street. A highway crew will be repairing a bridge deck and paving over the new surface. Highway crews will be fixing erosion issues on Merson Streets and Crescent Boulevard all week. Use caution when entering work zones. Highway crews will be trimming in numerous areas throughout town at intersections.


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