Morning Briefing -- Weekend


Saturday, July 12

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

ARLINGTON -- The American Legion has donated the use of their space for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Lari Ann Hayes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Lari Ann Finning Hayes is in need of a double lung transplant. Her providers in Boston have told her that she should raise at least $30,000 to help defray the cost of deductibles for very expensive anti-rejection medications that she will need to take for the rest of her life as well as her and her husband’s stay in Boston for the two months following her surgery. She will also need to go back monthly, probably for the rest of her life.

Suggested donation will be $10 per adult and $5 for children under 10.

There will be a raffle table with gift certificates and baskets as well as a silent auction for any larger items donated. There may also be a 50/50 raffle. Dinner will be spaghetti and meatballs, salad, a roll and cake for dessert. Plus iced tea and lemonade or drinks available for purchase from the bar. For those can’t make it but would like to help, visit Bennington Bike Nite

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Bike Nite will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on School Street. The event will include live music, a street full of motorcycles to look at, raffles, best-of-show bike voted for by participants, prizes, bikes for sale, food by Jimmy Joe’s Curbside Grill and others, and vendors such as Ronnie’s Cycle, Smittys Custom Designs, Win’s Trikes & Bikes, Tire Works by Dave Anderson, Tunnel City Riders of North Adams with a bike raffle, American Legion Riders of Pownal, Dan Turco & Son’s motorcycles and leather, graphic design businesses, and a professional photographer, Greg Nesbit, to take photos of bikers and their bikes.

’Moonlight in Vermont’ Midnight Road Race

POWNAL -- The annual "Moonlight in Vermont" Midnight Road Race and Community Ramble returns the night of Saturday, July 12, giving both runners and walkers the opportunity to participate by the light of the full moon.

The four-mile road race begins at the stroke of midnight from the Pownal Valley Fire Department’s station at the top of the hill on Route 7 in Pownal Center. Awards will be given to overall male and female winners, as well as the top three finishers in seven age categories.

The non-competitive two-mile Community Ramble will begin at 12:03 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the first Pownal resident and to the individual judged "Most Visible in the Moonlight." Commemorative T-shirts will be given to pre-registered runners and walkers, and refreshments will be available after the race.

The events are being organized by the BattenKill Valley Runners and Pownal community members to benefit the Pownal Valley Fire Department, and are sponsored in part by Vermont Moonlight Cookies. The entry fee is $15 for pre-registration, and $18 on race night. BKVR members, students and Pownal residents receive a $3 discount. Check-in begins at 10:30 p.m. Register online at, or pick up an application at the Solomon Wright Public Library. For more information, contact, or call Acting Race Director David Durfee at 802-442-4414.

Arlington Lions Club basket bingo

ARLINGTON -- The Arlington Lions Club will hold a basket bingo fundraiser. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. There will be consessions, burgers, hot dogs, drinks, and more. Event starts at 5 p.m. (bingo starts at 6 p.m.) at the Lions Pavilion at the Arlington Recreation Park.

Free community pig roast

BENNINGTON -- There will be a free community pig roast on Saturday, July 12, starting at 5 p.m. Green Mountain Christian Center, 440 Main St.

Broadway greats perform at SVAC

MANCHESTER -- On Saturday, July 12, the Southern Vermont Arts Center will present an evening of Broadway stars singing the greatest hits from the most beloved Broadway musicals of all time in Neil Berg’s "102 Years of Broadway."

Accompanied by an all-star New York band, Rebecca Pitcher (Phantom of the Opera), Rob Evan (Les Miserables), Richard Todd Adams (Les Mis, Phantom), Danny Zolli (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Jeanette Bayardelle (The Color Purple, Hair) bring 50 of the American musical theatre’s most enduring characters to life through numbers from shows like Chicago, Jersey Boys, South Pacific, Wicked, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, and many more.

This Arkell Pavilion performance is a back-by-popular-demand engagement; previous appearances of 102 Years of Broadway have sold out; reserve tickets online at now. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

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, email to, or visit

Drum circle in Grafton

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Join Capital District musician and educator Jonathan Duda for "Let’s Drum" at the Grafton Summer Festival on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. Enjoy a hands-on introduction to percussive instruments like the clay udu jug from Nigeria or the berimbau from Brazil. Participants with all levels of musical ability will have the opportunity to try out instruments played throughout the world in a welcoming setting, no experience necessary.

More information about the program can be found at This program is sponsored by the Grafton Community Library and is made possible in part through a Community Art$ Grant, a program funded by The Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Visit or contact 518-279-0580 for more library news.

Sheep dog trial and farm festival

RUPERT -- Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Merck Forest and Farmland Center’s Sheep Dog Trial and Farm Festival provides a way to experience part of Vermont’s heritage of sheep farming. The two-day family event allows visitors to see handlers and their border collies compete for the title at the Merck Forest Open. MFFC’s Farm Festival will include food from Sherman’s General Store (serving kielbasa and sausage from Merck’s farm), local crafters who specialize in fiber arts (this year will include an alpaca fiber vendor, batik artist, and a variety of homespun yarns, loomed rugs, towels, etc), horse drawn wagon rides, a variety of children’s activities, and more.

Tickets are $5 per adult, $3 per child ages 4-12, under age 4 are free. Volunteers are always needed at this event, if you are interested in volunteering, contact

Vermont Beekeepers

Association meeting

BENNINGTON -- Bennington County Beekeepers Club Limited is hosting Vermont Beekeepers Association summer meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Christian School, 104 Kocher Drive.

The guest will be Tom Seeley, of Cornell University. For more information, visit

Attendees should bring association membership dues, $15 individual or $25 family, a beekeeper veil for hive inspection with Vermont bee inspector if weather permits, and, if participating in meal, bring dish as assigned on the website.

Grace Christian School property is tobacco and alcohol free. Beekeeper orders delivered to meeting by Betterbee call 800-632-3379.

Yoga Nidra workshop

BENNINGTON -- The Yoga Place will offer a Yoga Nidra workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. at 532 Main St.

Yoga Nidra is a form of meditative self-inquiry from the teachings of yoga. It promotes deep physical, emotional and mental relaxation and healing. Regular practice not only helps resolve stress, insomnia, anxiety and depression, but can bring about profound personal transformation. Susan Beal will facilitate the workshop. The cost of the workshop is $15 prepaid registration by July 7 or $20 at the door. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit

Summer Saturday

programming at Sheep Hill

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Come to Sheep Hill on Saturdays in July and August at 10 a.m. for free drop-in nature programs with our summer interpretive naturalist, Maria Dunlavey. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. Come to watch the birds, catch pond critters, identify butterflies and wildflowers in the meadow, or explore the old farm buildings and the Dietze Interpretive Center. General schedule is for pond activities at 10 and meadow walk at 11 a.m. Times and activities are flexible and subject to participant interest. The programs are free and open to the public.

You can also check out our guided nature hikes to WRLF properties on most summer Saturday afternoons. For more information, visit and "like" us on Facebook. If you have questions, call 413-458-2494 or e-mail

Pancake breakfast

GRANVILLE, N.Y. -- A pancake breakfast will be held at the Peniel Presbyterian Church on Quaker Street from 7to 10 a.m. The menu will include pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee or tea. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and under.

Bennington Farmers’ Market hours

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers’ Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join our region’s farmers and producers for fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. The Bedali Dancers will provide entertainment. Brent Wasser will offer a demonstration on preparing quick cucumber pickles. Staff from the Bennington Library will be staffing the kids’ tent.

Painting exhibit

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Vermont watercolor artist, Tony Conner, will be exhibiting a series of paintings completed during this past winter season. These paintings, known as the "Winter Hundred," are expressions of the artists experience of this particular winter and include both landscape and studio still life paintings.

The exhibit will include fifty-eight of the 64 paintings completed. Most of the paintings are winter landscapes done on location from the front seat, due to the extended and extreme cold temperatures rather than "en plein air." In addition to the winter landscapes, the exhibit will include a number of still life paintings, also done from direct observation during two particular weeks of the season.

The paintings will be on exhibit at the Gallery Barn, Taraden Bed and Breakfast, 183 Park St., from July 12 through July 26. An opening reception will be held on July 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. There will also be a closing reception on July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

On July 12 Tony will be demonstrating en plein air painting in watercolor on the property of Taraden Bed and Breakfast. The demonstration will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. The public is invited. On July 26 he will be conducting a one-day workshop on painting en plein air. During the workshop, Tony will be teaching considerations and techniques required for successful on location en plein air painting.

For more information about the exhibit, the receptions, demo or workshop, contact Tony Conner by phone at 802-375-5548 or email at

Beavers presentation

BENNINGTON -- Beavers are amazing animals. Learn fun facts about these home makers and Explore Jewett Brook. No longer residents, but we still seen signs of the Beaver Family that used to live in the reserve. What other animals utilize ponds as their habitat? Together we will construct a pond of our own. Meet at the OWCC orange top building, 413 Route 7 south, at 1 p.m. Fee: Individual $5, family $8.

Guided canoe trips

DORSET -- See a Vermont state park from the water. Hop in a canoe and enjoy the lush green view of Vermont Valley from Emerald Lake as the mountains and pines tower overhead. Enjoy this free guided paddle every Saturday through Labor Day Weekend on the clear waters at Emerald Lake State Park in North Dorset. The evening begins with paddle instruction and light stretching on the beach followed by a an hour-long paddle tour with some short talks about trees, beavers, wetlands, citizen science, and historical uses of Emerald Lake and the surrounding area.

Minimum age is 10 and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum number of people per float trip is 12 or six canoes. The tour is filled on a first come-first serve basis. All gear is provided free of charge, but does not include entrance to the park, which is $3 per adult, $2 per child.

PFDs are mandatory for all paddlers. The paddle begins at 6:30 p.m. for all Saturdays in July and 6 p.m. for all Saturdays in August. Wear shoes that can get wet and proper clothing for a breezy lake. Meet at the beach. For questions or further information call 802-362-1655.

Sunday, July 13

Butterfly hike at Mountain Meadow

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Local naturalist Pamela Weatherbee will lead a butterfly walk at Mountain Meadow Preserve beginning at 1 p.m. Participants will learn how to identify the variety of butterflies found in the area. The high meadow has a great variety of wildflowers to attract butterflies, which are most active during warm weather. Sun protection is advised.

The program is open to the public and free of charge. Rain cancels. For more information, call or email The Trustees of Reservations at 413-458-3135 or Directions: From the intersection of Routes 2 and 7, take Route 7 north for 1.7 miles. Bear right onto Mason Street across from Chef’s Hat diner (steep dirt road uphill) and follow to entrance and parking.

Carriage Barn concert

BENNINGTON -- The first in a series of four concerts will take place at the Carriage Barn, Historic Park-McCullough, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. The concert will include works by works for cello and piano by Messiaen, for violin and piano by Part and Kreisler, and piano solos by Barber.

Beethoven’s Ghost Trio (Op. 70 No. 1) will conclude the concert. Performers are Joana Genova, violin, Nathaniel Parke, cello, and Elizabeth Wright, piano. Admission is $20 at the door, with a reception following the concert.

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 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 of the 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.

Strawberry festival

WEST ARLINGTON -- The Chapel on the Green, a Methodist church, will present a strawberry festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Featured are homemade biscuits or Stewart’s vanilla ice cream, with strawberries and real whipped cream. The also serve their specialty -- "the works" -- which is biscuit, ice cream plus; and more strawberries. Also coffee and/or punch will be available.

The church is located in "The West Arlington Green Historic District" just through the covered bridge off Route 313 W. For more information, call John Thompson at 802-375-6455, Carolyn Boud at 802-447-1294 or Helen Whitman at 802-375-2775.

Robert Frost discussion

SHAFTSBURY -- "’What to Make of a Diminished Thing’: Robert Frost’s ‘The Oven Bird’" will be the focus of the program scheduled for July 13, at 2 p.m. in the "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series at the Stone House Museum. The speaker is Dr. Mark Miller who will share with the audience his unsettling classroom experience with some astounding student interpretations of this quintessential mid-summer poem. Paradoxically he found that a skewed angle of vision can actually yield keener insights into the poem. He invites us to share our perspectives, suggesting that Frost’s "Oven Bird" may well be partly about the act of reading itself.

Dr. Miller is Professor of English and Chair of the English/Communications Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. All programs in the "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series 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.

Morris campaign kick-off

BENNINGTON -- Join Kiah Morris on Sunday, July 13 from 2-4 p.m. Campaign Kickoff Celebration for Vermont State Representative Kiah Morris at 802 Main St. Meet the candidate, register to vote or verify your voter registration and sign up to volunteer. Refreshments served. Open to the public and free.


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