Morning Briefing for August 22


Choral Society Orientation

The Bennington County Choral Society will begin rehearsals for its December concert, The Majesty of Music under the direction of new director Cailin Marcel Manson on September 8. Choral pieces by Handel, Vaughn Williams, and Rutter will be featured. Singers from ages 15 and up are invited to come to an orientation on August 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 108 School St. in Bennington to get acquainted with the new director and the music for this concert. There is no cost for this orientation, and no obligation. More information can be obtained by calling Linda Putney at 442-8829.

Night walk and campfire

NORTH DORSET -- Stay up late and experience Emerald Lake State Park beneath the stars. Every Friday though Labor Day Weekend the park naturalist will present a Night Walk at 9 p.m. and a Campfire program on Saturday at 9 p.m.

During the Friday Night Walk visitors will find out how nocturnal animals live and thrive. We will walk silently like a fox, listen like a deer, and understand how owls see. During the Saturday Campfire, silly songs will be sung, traditional animal stories shared, and lots of nutty jokes cracked. Visitors will also be challenged with Vermont trivia.

The Night Walk starts by the Nature Center and you can join the Campfire Program by the day use parking lot. Look for the Campfire sandwich board sign. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended age is 7 and above. All programs are free of charge, but do not include the entrance fee to the park which is $3 per adult, $2 per child. Emerald Lake State Park is located at 65 Emerald Lake Lane. For more information about these activities or nature beach programs, free guided paddles or hikes, call 802-362-1655. See you amongst the fire flies.

Bubble show at Grafton Library

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- On Friday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Grafton Community Library will celebrate the Grand Finale of its 2014 Summer Reading Program with an exciting evening of entertainment featuring Jeff Boyer's "Bubble Trouble." A bubble volcano. A Bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It's the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, he will engage and delight audiences of all ages.

This free program will be held at the Everett Wagar Senior Center in Grafton. For more information contact the library at 518-279-0580 or visit

Jeanine Marie Quartet in concert

READSBORO -- On Friday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m., Readsboro Arts is pleased to present a "Night of Jazz" with the Jeanine Marie Quartet. The performance will be at the E.J. Bullock Building at 7012 Main St.

The Jeanine Marie Quartet features jazz vocalist Jeanine Ouderkirk, Darryl Kniffen on drums, Shaun McCarthy on guitar and Brad Closson, bass. Tickets are available in advance for $12, or for $15 at the door. For more information or to order tickets, call 802-423-7706, or email


Golfing fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- Join the Catamount Rotary Club, along with many local business sponsors, at Willow Park, rain or shine, to have fun while trying for a million dollar prize. Qualifying starts on Friday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Semi-qualifying follows with the finals immediately after.

Members of the club are volunteering their time to help raise funds to help build youth education in our community. All participants must be 18 years of age to compete.

Event Coordinator Jon Goodrich says "We are excited to provide the community, whether you are a golfer or not, the chance to win a million with your golf swing while we volunteer together to help raise money to help the community. Please see any Catamount Rotary member or sponsor to pick up a 10 FREE SHOTS coupon for the event the week of the event."

There will be a Ball Drop on Saturday, Aug. 30. The events are presented by Rotary Club of Bennington Catamount and Catamount Rotary Charities Inc. The Hole-In-One Final Sponsors of the event include out Title Sponsor Carbone Auto Group and prize sponsors Anytime Fitness, Ed Levin Jewelry, Tri-State Pennysaver News and Vermont News Guide, Greene's Oil, Hannaford Supermarkets, Mount Anthony Country Club, Vermont Mill Properties, Bennington Auto Tech, and more available and coming.

PLASAN North America is the main sponsor for the Ball Drop on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. -- from a hot air balloon weather permitting.

Catamount Rotary was founded in February 1987 with the goal to raise funds to help build youth education. Rotary Club of Bennington Catamount and Catamount Rotary Charities, Inc., is run by volunteer efforts by members of our community. They volunteer their time to help the groups raise money to build scholarships for local students to attend two- and four-year colleges, provide annual support of the Trust for Wildlife Project at Mount Anthony Middle School, support Mount Anthony High School INTERACT Rotary Club's trips to Somotillo where students help locals build schools, libraries and hospitals, donate to the Food for Fuel Fund, participate in Green Up Day, clear middle school trails and more. To learn more about the Catamount Rotary, contact Goodrich at 802-779-5237 or


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