Morning Briefing -- Friday


Friday, May 23

Cabaret concert at Bennington College

BENNINGTON -- A concert of cabaret music by members of the Jazz Vocal Workshop (taught by faculty members Tom Bogdan and Bruce Williamson) will feature songs picked from the Great American Songbook (Gershwin, Cole Porter, etc.) and a wide selection of classic jazz standards. The students will be accompanied by a professional back-up band. Join us at the Student Center, Bennington College at 8 p.m.

Gentle Yoga on Friday mornings

BENNINGTON -- The next six-week session of Gentle Yoga will start at 9:30 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St. The fee is $65. Contact Teresa King at or by leaving a message at 802-733-5729 to reserve a place.

Bird walks

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join Leslie Reed-Evans on Friday mornings at 7:45 to learn more about the birds and preserved lands of Williamstown. Each walk will take place on a preserved property and will also feature wildflower identification and general ecology. Walks are free and open to the public, and are appropriate for all skill levels including children. Heavy rain cancels. Meet at Sheep Hill, on Route 7, about one mile south of the Williamstown rotary.

Bennington Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will have Sculpture from 9-11 a.m., Painting from 9 to noon, and Bingo from 1 to 3 p.m.

Daisy Rockwell at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Painter and writer Daisy Rockwell will be at the Northshire on Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m., to present her new novel, "Taste." For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

Tag and food sale

BENNINGTON -- The White Chapel Society, White Chapel Church will be holding a tag and food sale Friday through Sunday on Chapel Road. This is the final weekend.

The Bison in Native American Culture' at library

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Gil Payette will be back at Grafton Community Library at 6:30 p.m. for his ongoing series on Native American culture and folkways. In this all-ages program we will learn about the American Bison (or buffalo) and learn some of the traditional uses of the buffalo by Native Americans. The bison was Tatanka to the Sioux Nation of the Great Plains.

Tatanka represents sacredness, life, great strength, abundance and gratitude. Every aspect of Indian life on the Great Plains was touched by the give-a-way of the buffalo for which they were most grateful and respectful.

Memorial Day ceremony

SHAFTSBURY -- Starting at 1 p.m. at Shaftsbury Elementary School, there will be a Memorial Day ceremony. All area veterans are invited to attend.


Open burning allowed

WOODFORD -- Open burning by permit only is now allowed in Woodford, per order of Fire Warden Gary Hoag.

'Jewish Lifecycle' program offered

BENNINGTON -- Jewish Lifecycle will be offered Mondays 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on June 2, 9. 16, 23, 30 and July 7, 14.

This seven-session class will explore Jewish lifecycle milestones and the rituals, customs and meanings ascribed to them by Jewish tradition, including birth, bar/bat mitzvah, conversion, marriage, aging and death. Readings will be provided for each topic. The class will meet in the Richard and Pamela Ader Social Hall at Congregation Beth El (107 Adams St.) and is free and open to the public. To register, email or call 802-442-9645.


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