Morning briefing -- Wednesday, July 30


Thrift shop

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 -6:45 p.m.

Senior Center activities

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Senior Center will be holding Zumba Gold from 9:30-10:30 a.m., will be showing a movie from 1-3 p.m. and will be holding an outing to the Berkshire Mall from 9:30-4:30 p.m.

Bennington Free Library activities

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


Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival

BENNINGTON -- The 36th Annual Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival will be on August 1, 2 and 3 this year: Our second year at our new location at Camelot Village. On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-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.

Two major exhibitions at SVAC

MANCHESTER -- The Southern Vermont Arts Center opens two major shows on August 2; the 85th Annual "Summer Members' Exhibition" throughout Yester House Galleries and Brian Sweetland's "Nature: A Vermont Artist's Journey," in the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum. Free opening receptions for both shows will be held in their respective venues from 2-4 p.m.

The 85th Annual Summer Members' Exhibition, in many ways, is the exhibit that started what has become the Southern Vermont Arts Center; its roots can be traced back to the Dorset Painters' (Edwin B. Child, Francis Dixon, Wallace W. Fahnstock, John Lillie, and Herbert Meyer) first public exhibition in 1922.

The show presents 200 juried works for sale -- paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media -- by 84 member-artists (including Dorset painter Arthur Jones).

Brian Sweetland's "Nature: A Vermont Artist's Journey," is a major retrospective of the late artist's work and solidifies his stature as a master of the plein air landscape. Cocurated by the artist's sister, Mary Beth Sweetland, and artist Penny Viscusi, the show features approximately 100 paintings representing Sweetland's development over the course of his more than four decades-long career.

In addition, Leslie Ferst, has recently installed a collection of 15 outdoor sculptures throughout the grounds. Titled New Perspectives, this installation is a retrospective of Ferst's work completed during the last 13 years while teaching art at Skidmore College. Additional sculptures from this series are installed in Japan, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and North Carolina.

Also debuting in Yester House this month is TED Cafe, the latest venture of Manchester chef and restaurateur, Ted Brothers. TED Cafe serves lunch Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner Thursday from 5 p.m., prior to Manchester Music Festival Performances. Call 802-768-8183 for dinner reservations.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located off West Road (930 SVAC Drive). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 802-362-1405 or email

Concerts at the Carriage Barn

NORTH BENNINGTON -- On August 3 at 4 p.m. "Crossing Boarders" concert No. 1 in collaboration with Music from Salem. "Brahms as Protege and Master." The first of two concerts in the "Crossing Borders" mini-series in collaboration with Music from Salem. After its Hubbard Hall performance (August 2), the concert will be encored at the Carriage Barn. In addition to Brahms' Second Piano Trio, the program includes works by Schumann and Dohnanyi, both admirers of Brahms, and Webern's quartet for saxophone, clarinet, violin and piano. Performers are Katie Lansdale and Gary Cappozziello (violins), Lila Brown (viola), Ashima Scripp (cello), Eric Thomas (clarinet), Charles Larson (saxophone), Nina Tichman (piano). $20.

Run for the Roses 5k

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Registration is open for the 29th Annual Run for the Roses 5k Foot Race to be held on Sunday, August 10, at Grafton Lakes State Park. The event benefits Grafton Community Library, and includes a 2.5 Mile Nature Walk and Kids' 1 Mile Fun Run in addition to the USATF sanctioned 5k race.

Preregistration deadline for reduced entry fee is August 5. The Nature Walk steps off at 8 a.m., reduced entry fee is $10, day of race is $15. The 5k starts at 9 a.m., reduced entry fee is $20, day of race $25. Fun Run at 10 a.m., $8 preregistered, day of race, $10.

The first 100 pre-registered 5k runners will receive a long sleeve t-shirt.

Short sleeve tees given to all other pre-registered participants. All participants receive a free book and a rose.

Register online at or download application from Race applications are also available at Grafton Lakes State Park Office, phone 518-279-1155, and at the Grafton Community Library at 2455 NY Route 2.


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