Morning Briefing -- Weekend


Saturday, Aug. 2

Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival will be held at Camelot Village from 10 am. to 5 p.m. with more than 120 booths of fine art and artisan craftwork, Vermont craft beer, wine and spirits, children's activities and live entertainment.

Family Fun walk

BENNINGTON -- The First Annual Family Fun Walk for Breastfeeding Awareness will be held Saturday, August 2 at the upper Willow Park Pavilion on East Road. Check-in is at 9 a.m. Quarter-mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Global Big Latch On at 10:30 a.m. This event will include door prizes, stroller decorating contest, children's activities, and refreshments. Free event tote bag for the first 100 registrants. Register online at or register at the event. All are welcome. Presented by the Tristate Breastfeeding Awareness Task Force. For more information, call 802-447-6411.

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.

This year's show presents some 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. Co-curated 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 to these two exhibitions, 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

Bennington Farmers' Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market will be held Saturday, August 2, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join our region's farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Blueberry Buckle will provide music for the market and a demonstration on fermentation will be given.

The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Peace vigil

BENNINGTON -- The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center will hold its August Peace Vigil on Saturday, August 2 to protest the current bombing of Gaza by Israel. Please join us at the Four Corners at 12:30 p.m.

On Thursday, August 7 the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center will have its August gathering at the CAT/TV Building on East Main Street at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck supper followed by the annual drawing for a hammock from Nicaragua and our business meeting at 7 p.m.

Norman Rockwell models reunion

BENNINGTON -- During Bennington Arts Weekend (August 1-3), models who posed for Norman Rockwell while he lived in Arlington (1939-1953) will gather at the Bennington Museum for their annual reunion. Taking place in the Paresky Wing of the museum on Saturday, August 2, this event and admission to the museum is free to all Bennington County residents and open to the general public with regular admission.

The day begins at 10:30 a.m. with an introduction by Jamie Franklin, curator at the Bennington Museum. There are morning and afternoon sessions scheduled when models will share their experiences.

Additionally, at 2:15 p.m. Matthew Miele, founder/president of Quixotic Endeavors Film Company will talk about his upcoming film entitled "Our Neighbor, Norman." The movie is based on the book, "The Unknown Rockwell" written by Buddy Edgerton and Nan O'Brien. The film is in development and is scheduled to be released in May 2016.

Chekov's ‘The Cherry Orchard'

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Living Room Theater presents "The Cherry Orchard," a comedy by Anton Chekov, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per ticket. For reservations, call 802-442-5322.

Sip and Swirl

BENNINGTON -- Wave on Main Street will hold a "Sip and Swirl" for attendees to create your own piece of artwork, beginning at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 3

Southern Vermont

Art & Craft Festival

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival will be held at Camelot Village from 10 am. to 5 p.m. with more than 120 booths of fine art and artisan craftwork, Vermont craft beer, wine and spirits, children's activities and live entertainment.

Jewish Film Series

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Once again, Congregation Beth Israel will have a Jewish Film Series during the summer. Although the films are still to be determined, the theme will be Jewish-French films. Doors open at 11:11 for a brunch of bagels, lox, and coffee, with the film to follow. Films will be shown on Sundays, August 3 and August 31. All events are free and open to all interested.

Friends of the Bennington Monument event

BENNINGTON -- Friends of the Bennington Monument will hold Most Exclusive Party of the Year, on August 3 at the Bennington Monument Observation Deck. Raffle tickets to win entrance to the "Evening at the Top" are on sale now. Ten lucky couples will win entrance to a cocktail party on the Observation Deck of the Bennington Monument on August 3.

The evening includes appetizers, a dessert buffet, beer and wine. Raffle tickets are $10 per ticket (10 chances to win) or 3 tickets for $25 (30 chances to win). Tickets are available at the Bennington Monument Gift Shop, Green Mountain Dry Cleaners, Safford Mills Inn and Cafe and the Vermont Confectionery.

The Friends of the Bennington Monument will use all monies raised to create educational, cultural and historic opportunities for the Bennington community and visitors to our great town. Donations and sponsorships are also available to defray costs of the event. Help ensure the vitality of Bennington's most recognizable landmark.

For information, donations or questions, please contact Lisa Harrington at 802-681-7646.

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 our "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.

Robert Frost talk

and book-signing

SHAFTSBURY -- At last, the long awaited and much anticipated first volume of "The Letters of Robert Frost" has been published by Harvard University Press, and its lead editor, Dr. Donald Sheehy, will be the speaker at The Robert Frost Stone House Museum on Sunday, August 3 at 2 p.m.

His talk will address the arduous but fascinating task of acquiring, transcribing, and annotating the letters for publication and how to approach potentially controversial material. It will also look at Frost's expressive genius as a letter writer. He will share some of them with us.

Copies of the book will be available for sale after the talk, and Dr. Sheehy will be happy to inscribe and sign them.

All of the Robert Frost programs are sponsored by the Friends of Robert Frost and offered free of charge. Reservations are not required.

Both the Museum and the Little Red Barn, where the talks are held, are handicap accessible. For directions or more information, call 802-447-6200.

The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is located at 121 Vermont Route 7A. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The website address is

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

CrossFit Basics class

BENNINGTON -- Bennington CrossFit runs CrossFit Basics every Sunday at both 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. CrossFit Basics is a completely free class, which is open to the public. In this class, we introduce you to the CrossFit methodology in a manner that is ideal for someone brand new to CrossFit.

The primary focus in this class is for the participants to learn proper form and technique, while finishing each class with a short, high intensity workout. Like any of our other classes, any aspect of this class can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness. For more info regarding this class, call 802-681-7350.

Variety show

and ice cream social

READSBORO -- Blue Daze in Readsboro -- Variety Show and Ice Cream Social, Sunday, August 3 at 2 p.m. in the Bullock Building, 7012 Main St. Music, sing-along, hula hoop and more. Admission: Adults $12, children 12 and under $5. Build your favorite delicious ice cream sundae with toppings, whipped cream and a cherry, too. For a donation. Proceeds to benefit the E. J. Bullock Building Restoration Fund.

Origami presentation at Pownal Library

POWNAL -- Gail Martin of Bristol will lead a afternoon presentation and creation of "moveable" origami objects at the Solomon Wright Public Library on Sunday, August 3. Gail has been teaching the craft for 10 years and has been a teacher in Vermont for 20 years. With her goal of teaching origami in all the libraries in Vermont she looks forward to meeting and working with the participants in the southwest corner of Bennington County. All ages are welcome and call the library at 802-823-5400 for more information.


Bulb sale fundraiser

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The members of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church are selling bulbs available for fall planting. There is a large variety of beautiful bulbs to brighten your spring garden. Also available are calendars, cookbooks and garden supplies. For more information, call Janet Willbrant at 518-686-7734.


In a story that ran Friday, "Hoosick Falls Village board weighs Greenway land acquisition," the Greenway route was described incorrectly. It runs along the east side of the Hoosic River from the southern board of the village of the water treatment facility to the north border by the waste water treatment facility. Also, the two grants that were mentioned have been allotted and are now winding down. The committee is waiting to write new grants to see what it is eligible for after the land acquisition.


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