Morning Briefing - Weekend


Saturday, March 15

Al-Anon workshop

BENNINGTON -- Al-Anon's 29th Annual Cabin Fever Workshop "Believe" will be held at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Welcome and breakfast is from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. There will be a speaker and three meetings to choose from in the morning, a potluck lunch and raffle from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and three meetings in the afternoon. There will be an Alateen meeting in both the morning and afternoon session. If your first name begins with letters A-R it is suggested you might bring a salad or entree; S-Z rolls or dessert.

For further information or directions contact Apryl at 802-440-8109 or Sue at 518-686-7998 or Val 518-677-8934.

VFW St. Patrick's Day dinner

BENNINGTON -- VFW Post 1332 will hold a St. Patrick's Day dinner starting at 6 p.m. The menu will be corned beef or ham and cabbage; entertainment by Tommy T and the Black Velvet Girls. Tickets are $13 each or $25 per couple. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Family Fitness Saturdays in March

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Join Cambridge Connects at the Cambridge Central School Gym every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. during the month of March for some indoor family fitness fun. A half-hour family friendly fitness program will be led by Aimee Smith of Hip Fitness. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. A $10 fee per family includes all five Saturdays or pay $3 per family each visit.

Jimmy Greene Quartet brings jazz to Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Jimmy Greene Quartet in concert at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus.

This free event is open to the public.

Saxophonist, composer, and educator Jimmy Greene has emerged as a positive presence in the jazz world. His nine solo recordings have been met with much critical acclaim. In a concert featuring many of his own compositions, he will be joined by pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Dezron Douglas, and drummer Jonathan Barber.

Forgotten drinks of colonial New England

MANCHESTER -- At 5 p.m.come to the Northshire Bookstore and explore the origins and tastes of the favorite potations of early Americans. New England food and drinks writer Corin Hirsch offers some modern-day recipes to revive them today as she presents "Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips and Rattle Skulls to Switchel and Spruce Beer." Small tastings/samples will be available at the event.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

Maplefest at Hopkins Memorial Forest

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maple sugaring season has arrived and Hopkins Memorial Forest will host a celebration to usher in the new season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MapleFest will enable people to observe and take part in the process of producing maple syrup from the tree to the bottle.

Hopkins Forest, owned and operated by Williams College, is located at the junction of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road.

Dr. Seuss party

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Friends of Cheney Library will host a Dr. Seuss Party in the library at 10 a.m. They will celebrate Dr. Seuss by reading some of his books, doing a craft, and having a snack. After the Dr. Seuss Party you can grab some lunch and be on time for the St. Patrick's Parade in downtown.

Diabetes support group

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- REACH for Community Health's Diabetes Support Group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at North Adams Regional Hospital.

This month's topic is "Fiber." For more information or to register for the group, call registered dietitians Kristin Irace at 413-664-5266 or Melissa Davis at 413-664-5263.

The free diabetes support group meets on the third Saturday of every month at noon. Meetings are held in the ground floor conference room near the North Adams Regional Hospital Cafeteria.

Farmers Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market winter season continues at the First Baptist Church, 600 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is the place to go to purchase fresh and root vegetables; cheeses and other dairy products; eggs and meats; baked goods, jams and maple syrup; specialty items; and lots of arts and crafts -- all produced locally. Bring your tools for a tool sharpening demonstration, and enjoy music by Barry Hymen. Additional parking is available behind the church. Winter markets will be held through April on the first and third Saturday of each month. For more information, see

Indoor tag sale fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- The MAU Middle School will be holding an indoor tag sale to benefit the 8th Grade Celebration, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Middle School cafeteria. You can participate in several ways: 1. Rent a table for $20 and sell your stuff. 2. Donate all your unwanted sellable items. 3.

Shop ‘till you drop. Pick up some good deals on new and used items. Contact, or call Amy Zupko at 802-375-3641 for more info and to schedule donation drop off dates and times. Pick up for donated items will be available with size and weight limits.

St. Patrick's Day parade

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls St. Patrick's Parade and Irish Festival will celebrated its 23rd Anniversary this year.

The day begins with the parade with more than 50 marching units and floats at 1 p.m. followed by the Irish Fest. After the parade people can take in the Entertainment in the church hall of the Immaculate Conception Church with Music, the Hubbard Hall school of Irish Dance, and Bagpipe performance from The Galloway Gaelic Pipe Band and the Taconic Pipe Band.

The Safe Ride Home Program will be offer once again after the Hoosick Falls St. Patrick's Parade. Rides will be offered with-in ten miles of the Village of Hoosick Falls free of charge. Outside of the area, ask the driver for a rate. The service will be offered from 4 p.m. to midnight. Call Steve's Taxi for rides that evening at 518-677-2503.

An evening of blues

BENNINGTON -- Join us for an evening of blues featuring "Blues Sanctuary." Blues Sanctuary is headlining blues night, with virtuoso harp player Bob Stannard opening, accompanied by Blues Guitar ace Charlie Hilbert. Show starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, plus a processing fee, or $22 at the door.

To purchase online, go to or call 1-800-838-3006. Libations will be served, seating is limited.

Sunday, March 16

Bennington St. Patrick's Day Parade

The parade will be held on Main Street Sunday at 1 p.m. Those who want in should contact the BBC at 442-5758 and be ready at the former Bennington middle school on Main Street at 12:15 p.m.

The parade route will go down Main Street and turn north at Depot Street, where it will stop at the Bennington Fire Facility.

The Grand Marshal is Mary Geanellis, and parade Colleen is Bridget Ahearn. On the bagpipes will be Merrick Hard.

Legion bingo in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 3 p.m. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Grange breakfast

ARLINGTON -- The Battenkill Grange will holds a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall near the West Arlington covered bridge off Route 313. The menu will include pancakes and sausage, real Vermont maple syrup, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, coffee, juice and milk. The price is adults $6, children under 12 are free.

Historical Society program

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Historical Society (BHS) welcomes Jamie Franklin, curator of the Bennington museum to discuss with attendees the large selection of photographs taken by John Hubbard during his time with the Bennington Banner, 1972-1978, at 2 p.m. Currently on view in Faces of Bennington, 1972-1978: Photographs by John Hubbard, are 28 of the approximately 2,200 photographs taken by John Hubbard while a reporter and photographer for the Bennington Banner. An additional large selection of approximately 500 photographs will be available for attendees of this program to view, hopefully identifying the individual or location reflected in the image. The program is held in the Ada Paresky Education Center of the Bennington Museum. It is free and open to the public.


Mobile Vet Center at legion

BENNINGTON -- The Mobile Vet Center is headed to American Legion in Bennington for a Veterans Welcome Home event for all Veterans on Tuesday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

The 29 foot motor coach, with space for confidential counseling, carries Vet Center counselors and outreach workers to provide non-medical readjustment counseling, addressing the social and economic dimensions of post-war needs. This includes counseling for traumatic military-related experiences and family counseling when needed for the veteran's readjustment or assisting Fed Benefits.

Final plea for housing for the New England Music Festival

BENNINGTON -- As of 3 p.m. on Friday, March 14, we still need 75 beds. The Bennington Community has really come through in the past several days with many people opening up their homes to our student musicians and many hosts offering to take more than they originally signed up for. We've got to find a place for 75 more students and we're confident that we can do it by Monday. If you're able to host students, please contact Lynn Sweet at


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