Morning Briefing -- Friday
Friday, Aug. 8
Blue Flames concert
WESTON -- Weston's Farrar Park Association, otherwise known as "The Ladies of the Green," is celebrating it 128th anniversary this year by presenting the fourth annual "Concert by the Blue Flames and Picnic on the Green" from 5 to 7 p.m.
The "Ladies of the Green" invite everyone to bring a picnic and enjoy live music by The Blue Flames steel band.
The welcoming area in the center of the village, now known as the Weston Green, was originally a pastoral frog pond. Subsequently it became a swamp, littered with tannery refuse. In 1886, before women were allowed to vote, the Vermont Legislature appointed nine women whose properties abutted, or were in proximity to, the Green to become the legal Trustees -- caretakers -- and to rescue the then despoiled place and convert it into a park, which they did.
Refreshments will be available thanks to local businesses and friends. Boxed suppers will be supplied by local restaurants, inns and food vendors -- or you may bring your own. There is no cost to attend the performance, though donations to assist the "Ladies" preserve the Green are appreciated. For more information, call 802-824-3669 or visit www.westonvt.com.
VAE 20th anniversary concert
NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) is excited to welcome the Defibulators to perform at the Lake Paran Pavilion on Friday, starting at 8 p.m. The pavilion will open at 6 p.m. for ticket sales, libation and the old fashion cookout. Defibulators starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $10 for students, children under 10 free. This concert is part of a month-long celebration of VAE turning 20 years old.
Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run
BENNINGTON -- The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run (formerly World Harmony Run), an international torch relay, will be coming to visit the Recreational Center Youth Camp on Gage Street at 9 a.m.
Traveling the world to encourage goodwill, harmony and friendship at the local level relay runs have occurred in over 140 nations throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
The team will leave from New York City mid-April passing the Torch along the over 10,000-mile route. For the first time the continuous relay will link Canada, Mexico and the U.S. during its 4-month journey covering more than 10,000 miles before arriving back in New York mid-August.
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. Participants 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.
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