Morning Briefing -- Weekend


Saturday, July 19

Garden club show

EAST ARLINGTON -- On July 19 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Arlington Garden Club will present a Small Standard Flower Show at the Gristmill Antique Center, 316 Old Mill Road. The show is titled "It Happened One Summer." Floral designs by our members will interpret Classic Movie Titles. This year the Gristmill celebrates its 250th year. Another feature of the show will be the art work of Gene Pelham, a Vermont artist of the Norman Rockwell Era.

Catamount auction and party

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce will host an arts auction and party on July 19. The Vermont Mountain Lion, known as the catamount, has been interpreted in many creative ways by area artists. These sculptures graced the streets and lawns around the area and now it's time to say "good-bye."

Come to the Catamount Midsummer Night's Prowl at Colgate Park on Route 9 West. For the $50 ticket there will be a Taste of Vermont by Thyme Tables Catering, live music by The Standard Clams, the live auction of 30-plus seven foot indoor /outdoor sculptures, a cash bar and scenery.

To celebrate the artists, the chamber is once again giving back to the artists from the auction proceeds. The Bennington Moosefest 2005 was the first public art project to actually give 25 percent of the auction directly to the artists. In addition the Bennington Area Chamber has consistently given to a number of non-profits out of the auction revenue. This year, the chamber will be making a donation to the Cancer Crusaders whose work on behalf of local cancer patients and research.

RSVP to 802-447-3311 before the event. Check out the cats at

Summer Touring Shakespeare performances

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Summer Touring Shakespeare will be performing "Romeo and Juliet" July 17 to 26 at venues around the region.

All performances start at 7 p.m. and are free.

Schedule of local performances:

Saturday, July 19: Cambridge Guest Home, Cambridge, N.Y.

Sunday, July 20: Park-McCullough House, North Bennington

Tuesday, July 22: Hoosick Falls Common, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Wednesday, July 23 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester

Thursday, July 24: The Factory Point Town Green, Manchester.

Bennington Farmers' Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join the region's farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Linda Cullum will provide music for the market. Laura Mason's Registered Home Childcare will host a vegetable basket craft making or fruit and vegetable print making activity under the Kids' Tent.

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

Movie matinee

at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library is showing a recent military science fiction movie (Rated PG-13) on Saturday, July 19. The movie will begin at 2 p.m. (two hours long) and will be shown in the Rotary Room of the Bennington Free Library, located at 101 Silver St. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free and open to the public. The library is wheelchair accessible. For specific movie information, call the library at 802-442-9051.

Praise and Worship Celebration

STAMFORD -- The Seventh Annual Praise and Worship Celebration at Stamford Community Church (SCC) will take place from 11 a. m. until 5 p. m.

The day-long event features praise groups from Berkshire County, southern Vermont, and New York. Highlighting the program will be the group Hearts of Fire, comprising young people from New York City who use music, poetry and skits to bring joy and hope to diverse communities. They have done humanitarian trips domestically and internationally.

Other participants include Joe Frey, a Vermont-based guitarist and songwriter who has recorded in Nashville, Nick Winnard and the New Life Band, a well-known group from Pittsfield, and Paul Lesure of Stamford, in addition to the praise teams from the Stamford Community Church and North Adams First Baptist Church. Michael Lawler, a professional musician and local educator, who has served as a missionary in India, will also perform.

The family-oriented performances will be outside under cover in the church pavilion. Seating is available, but taking your own preferred chairs is acceptable as well. Admission is free and open to all. There is plenty of parking. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the entire event or come and go as desired.

Food and drinks for refreshments will be available for sale all day. In addition, there will be a bake sale to benefit the SCC Youth Group's missionary trip to New York City.

Stamford Community Church is at 1059 Main Road (Route 8), a mile north of the Massachusetts-Vermont line. For more information, call 262-290-6679.

Natural History Concert on the Dorset Green

DORSET -- Natural History "Spontaneous World Fusion" Trio will be performing on the Dorset Green on Saturday, July 19, from 4-6 p.m. Barry Hyman, Derrik Jordan and Jared Shapiro met while living in Bennington and have been playing together for over 30 years. They perform experimental improvisational music, mostly acoustic, influenced by music traditions from all over the world as well as from every period in human history.

WRLF interpretive hike of the Fitch Trail

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- WRLF announces a Fitch Trail Interpretive Hike Saturday, July 19 from 1-4 p.m. Explore the Fitch Memorial Woodlands above Sheep Hill with WRLF summer interpreter/naturalist Maria Dunlavey. Look for evidence of land use history while enjoying the coolness of hemlock groves, the fragrance of ferns, and a remarkable stand of old growth maple trees. Approximate 2 mile hike is moderate and suitable for all ages. Meet at Sheep Hill to carpool to trail head. For more info or The hike is free and open to the public.

Guided Butterfly walk with Terri Armata

BENNINGTON -- On July 19 at 1 p.m. One World Conservation Center welcomes Terri Armata. Join us for a guided butterfly walk at the Norman and Selma Greenburg Conservation Center.

Meet at the OWCC building, 413 US Route 7S (Orange roof building on right heading on Route 7 South). The fee for an individual is $5, a family is $8.

Sunday, July 20

LeBarron Family reunion

JACKSON, N.Y. -- The 82nd Annual LeBarron Family Reunion will be held at Washington County's Park Lake Lauderdale on Route 22. Lunch will be served between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Meeting will be held prior to lunch. Bring a meat to grill and a covered dish (hot or cold), the size of your family, to share. Beverage will be provided. Bring photos and other memorabilia to share. Admission is $2 per person, children under 6 are free. This includes swimming with lifeguards all day. Entrance free to park of $2 per car. Park open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 will be 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, they 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 other classes, any aspect of this class can be modified to accommodate all levels of fitness. For more information regarding this class, call 802-681-7350.

Bennington monument opens the steps for guided tours

BENNINGTON -- This summer there will be two chances to walk and tour the steps inside the Bennington Battle Monument; on Sunday, July 20, and again on Sunday, Aug. 24. The tours will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., both Sundays. Enjoy the rare chance to walk the 412 "easy" steps based on a design by the famous architect and sculptor Michelangelo.

Scenic vistas of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York are seen from the observation level high within the Monument, accessible by elevator. Admission to the Monument is $5 for adults, $1 for children (ages 6 thru 14), children 5 and under are free, as are scheduled school groups. Tickets can be purchased in the gift shop, where a fine selection of quality merchandise relating to the Battle and the Monument, along with gifts, children's items, maple products, books and more are offered. The Monument is open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 31. Further information and a complete calendar of events are available online at, visit Vermont State Historic sites on Facebook or call 802-447-0550.

Free events at Arlington Community Church

ARLINGTON -- "Time and Financial Management" Seminars July 20-22 at 7 p.m. at the Lion's Pavilion in the Arlington Recreation Park. Sponsored by Arlington Community Church and presented by First Baptist Church of Stuart, Fla. For additional information contact Pastor Tim Snyder at 912-665-0561 or

"God and Country Rally with Patriotic and Christian Songs" July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Lion's Pavilion in the Arlington Recreation Park Sponsored by Arlington Community Church and presented by First Baptist Church of Stuart, Fla. For additional information contact Pastor Tim Snyder at 912-665-0561 or


Arlington Soccer Camp

ARLINGTON -- Arlington Soccer Senior Camp will run July 28-31 at Fisher School from 5-8 p.m. for players entering grades 9-12. Cost is $90 per child, $60 for each additional sibling, even if not at the same session. Each camper should bring a ball, shin guards and a water bottle each day. Balls can be ordered with your registration, for $15. To register, call Coach Warner at 802-375-6310 or visit Registration form and $30 deposit ($45 if ordering a ball) will be required.

Arlington Soccer Camp, session for 1-8 graders from Arlington, will run July 28-August 1. Same cost as Senior Camp. Each camper should bring a ball, shin guards and a water bottle each day. Balls can be ordered with your registration, for $15. To register, call Coach Warner at 802-375-6310 or visit Registration form and $30 deposit ($45 if ordering a ball) will be required.

Vacation Bible school at Missionary Alliance Church

BENNINGTON -- The Missionary Alliance Church, at 198 Crescent Boulevard, will be hosting a Mac Kids' Camp, open to children ages 4 through 12, from July 21 through July 25. The theme this year is "SonQuest Rainforest Vacation Bible School." Starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m., kids will enjoy an exciting time filled with Bible stories, crafts, skits, games, songs and snacks. Children are invited to attend free of charge. Following the week's activities, there will be a parents' night program and barbecue, beginning at 6 p.m. on July 25. All are welcome. To register or for more information, call 802-442-2415.


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