Morning Briefing -- Friday


Friday, Aug. 1

Southern Vermont Art and Craft festival

BENNINGTON -- The 36th annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be held on August 1, 2 and 3 at Camelot Village. On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event is held rain or shine under Camelot-style tents.

Handcrafted pottery, blown glass, one-of-a-kind jewelry, colorful hand-woven scarves, striking photography, original drawings, paintings, sculpture, and other upscale collectibles will be showcased by 150 artists and artisans. The Festival will include live entertainment, craft demos and kid's activities that will delight the whole family.

Admission to the festival is $8 for adults. A weekend pass is $10. For more information, visit or visit Craftproducers on Facebook/artsfestivals.

Camelot Village is located at 66 Colgate Heights.

Texas Hold'Em tournament

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Poker is back at The HAYC3 Armory on Friday, Aug. 1. Get in on the Texas Hold'Em tournament the first Friday of every month. Doors open at 6 p.m. and play starts at 6:30 p.m. The buy-in is $35 with an option for a $10 add on, plus a $5 high hand pot. Newcomers and experienced players are all welcome. The Armory is at 80 Church St. on the corner of Elm Street. For more information, call 518-686-9050 or email

Under The Lights


BENNINGTON -- Bennington Horseshoe Club will hold the second annual Under the Lights Tournament at Upper Willow Park courts on Friday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m., with a rain date of Aug. 2. Sign-up at 6 p.m. and pitching at 7 p.m. For early sign-up, contact Steve at 802-688-4618. $10 entry, blind draw, all ages and abilities encouraged to participate. This tournament is open to the public. There will be cash prizes and raffles.

Library Lunch Club

BENNINGTON -- Join us for Library Lunch Club at noon. Children can enjoy a free lunch served in the Rotary Room. This week, we will be showing "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at 12:30 p.m.


Shaker High School

Class of 1964 Reunion

LATHAM, N.Y. -- The Shaker High School Class of 1964 celebrates more than just its 50th Reunion when it gathers September 5-7 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Latham. They celebrate the distinction of being the first class to graduate from Shaker High School as 6-year students. They were seventh graders when the school opened in fall 1958 with 1,155 students, including 714 in the junior high school. In no time, the school outgrew its walls.

Construction of a new junior high school began almost immediately and was completed in 1963, leaving the Class of ‘64 as the first of only five classes to benefit from six years in the state-of-the-art facility built with their future in mind. In all, 283 students graduated in June 1964, many of whom began 13 years before as kindergartners in the newly formed North Colonie School District, and many remaining in the capital region since.

During its 50th Reunion celebration on September 6, the class will go by school bus to the Shaker High School campus for a tour to be given by current Key Club members. It will be a walk down memory lane as alumni reflect on the many "firsts" during their time at Shaker. That evening they will be joined by several of their former teachers and be entertained by Bobby Dick, Rock and Roll 101. Members of the class who have not yet registered to attend the Shaker High School 50th Reunion, September 5-7, 2014, are invited to register at


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