Morning Briefing -- Weekend


Saturday, May 24

First Baptist Mayfest Pancake Breakfast

BENNINGTON -- The First Baptist Church of Bennington invites all to a Mayfest Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 24, from 7 to 11 a.m. The church is located at 601 Main St., downtown.

Join them for breakfast before enjoying Mayfest. The breakfast tickets cost $6 for adults, $4 for children, or $20 for the whole family. Tickets are available at the door.

All funds raised at this event benefit facility upgrades at First Baptist. Your patronage of the pancake breakfast helps First Baptist in the effort to provide accessible and convenient space in downtown Bennington for non-profit organizations to help our community meet basic human needs: healthcare access, disability advocacy, support of families, and other community and interfaith collaborative efforts.

Military appreciation dinner

SALEM, N.Y. -- Salem Community Fellowship is hosting a free dinner to honor all veterans, active duty military, and their families on Saturday, May 24, at 4 p.m., at 224 Main St. (The Central House building). Guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Harmon who has served in the Marines and Navy. Dinner will be served immediately following. For more information call 518-854-3208 or email us at

Village tag sale

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The annual Hoosick Falls village-wide tag sale, organized by HAYC3, is happening on May 24. A free map of registered tag sale locations will be available at The Armory from 9 a.m. - noon on the Tag Sale Day. Visit for the forms you need to get on the map for free or to sign up for a 10' x 10' space in The Armory for $20.

If you would like more information, call 518-686-9050 or email HAYC3 at Either way, you must sign up by Wednesday, April 30. Armory spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Plant sale in Peru

PERU -- The Peru Congregational Church invites you to join them on the church steps for our annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 24 from 9 to noon. Perennials and annuals at discount prices will be available in abundance, along with bulbs, seeds, and an occasional tree. A Master Gardener will be on site to help you find the foliage for your yard. For more information, call Margaret at 802-379-1438.

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. Deena Smith will provide the music for the market. The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Indoor flea market

READSBORO -- An Indoor Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bullock Building, 7012 Main St. Vendors will include food, books, attic treasures, plants, photography, wood crafts, maple products and more. Benefit for the Restoration of the Bullock Building Project. Hosted by Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment, Inc. Contact Susan Bailey at 802-423-7050 with any questions.

Relay for Life fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- All are welcome as Funk in the Trunk takes the stage for a benefit concert supporting the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. There will be a silent auction, raffle items, cash bar, food, and FUNKtastic music. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge located at 125 Washington Ave. There will be a $10 donation charge at the door and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Bennington County Relay For Life.

Join in for a night of Funk and Fun. For more information, call Donna at 802-447-3266.

Peace Pipe Jam at Mt. Snow

WEST DOVER -- The acclaimed terrain park crew at Mount Snow's Carinthia Parks is planning to build one more rail garden on the last bit of snow leftover from this past winter, which skiers and snowboarders are invited to enjoy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Peace Pipe Jam. The event is free of charge and Mount Snow plans to have a BBQ with refreshments throughout the day. For more information about Peace Pipe Jam, visit

Sunday, May 25

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, 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 our 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.

Memorial Day ceremony

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- All are invited to gather for a brief Memorial Day ceremony at the Hoosick Rural Cemetery at 7 p.m. to honor the more than 100 veterans buried there.

Blessing of the Bikes

BENNINGTON -- A Blessing of the Bikes (motorcycles) is set for Sunday at the Municipal Parking Lot at Pleasant and School Streets across from the St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 1 p.m.

Staging will begin at 12:30 p.m. Come early and enjoy time with fellow bikers, and friends. Light snack and drinks will be available. All are welcome. Get your group together for a ride to Bennington or plan a ride for after. Questions? Call 802-442-2911. The blessing will be done by the Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Church.

Talk on ‘Women, Peace

and Security'

MANCHESTER -- Mark Skinner Library invites you to join Signe Burgstaller, ambassador and deputy permanent representative of Sweden to the United Nations, at 4 p.m., when she presents "Women, Peace and Security." This free public talk takes place at Maple Street School, 322 Maple St. Yvonne Lodico, head of the New York office of the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR) serves as moderator. A reception will follow the presentation.

Burgstaller's discussion concludes the series, "The World We Want 2015: Goals and Challenges in Peace and Development in the United Nations," presented by Mark Skinner Library. Series Sponsors include Equinox Village, the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, Maple Street School, and Northshire Bookstore.

Reservations recommended: Call Cindy Waters at 802-549-4577 or e-mail

Dance performance

BENNINGTON -- Dance students from Bennington College will be performing at the Bennington Museum at 4 p.m. In an effort to bring local artists to downtown Bennington, The Cultural Summit of Bennington's mission is to integrate local artists and our schools into the whole of Bennington. The concert will be about an hour. Call 802-823-5510 for more information.


Bennington Project List

BENNINGTON -- On Wednesday, water crews will be changing a water service line on Branch Street between Gage and County Street. This work will require that Branch Street be closed to through traffic during the day beginning at 8 a.m. until the repair is made. Water shouldn't need to be shut off, except to the individual residence during the assigned construction work. All residences will be accessible from the County Street side.

On Thursday, water crews will be making a water main repair at the intersection of Dewey and Grant Streets.


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