Morning Briefing -- Weekend


February 1


NORTH BENNINGTON -- Penguin Plunge Teams will check in at 9 a.m.; costumes by 10:30 and at 11 a.m. take the dip in Lake Paran; Chili Fest by the NorShaft Lions Club at VAE will follow the Plunge. There will be live music at VAE for the Warm-Up Party, a cash bar and ice cream sandwiches. There will be ice carving at the North Bennington Train Station, culminating with awards at 3:30 p.m. The pet parade is at 4 p.m. at Whitman's Feed Store. Wagon hay rides will run throughout the day from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be dog sled rides, weather permitting. A Kids' Carnival will be in the elementary school.

This event is sponsored by the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Gouging for Good

BENNINGTON -- Gouging for Good: An Overpriced Snack Sale to Benefit Bennington County Meals on Wheels will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside Ave., will feature delicious "grab and go" baked goods, snack trays and munchies for the big game prepared by volunteers. These snacks will be priced a bit higher than you would expect. For instance, a cupcake might cost $5. This "price gouging" is for a good cause: 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Bennington County Meals on Wheels, which is facing a budget shortfall. The fundraising goal for this benefit is $5,000.

Also on the menu is a New England Patriots tickets raffle for two Patriots tickets and a Chinese Auction.

Gardening workshop

NORTH BENNINGTON -- "Learn to Design a Self-supporting Edible Landscape" with Keith Morris, on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Bennington Train Station. Using permaculture principles, this one-day course is intended for all levels of gardeners who would like to design and plant food producing ecosystems. We will be considering perennials such as apples, asparagus and hazel nuts, while learning to use plants to fix nitrogen, extract minerals, attract beneficial insects, and produce mulch. Cost is a sliding scale, $100 -- $150, registration required. To register online, go to or call Jane at 802-447-7953.

From Minks to Sinks tag sale

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- From Minks to Sinks is the ultimate indoor tag sale with offerings plain and fancy, new, barely used, and well worn, large and small. Because it's indoors, rain or shine, the sale will go on. The tag sale will be at The Armory, 80 Church St. on Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Take Your Child to the Library

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- Grafton Community Library invites you to bring your children to the library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, to celebrate National Take Your Child to the Library Day. Children can sign up for a library card, participate in storytime and craft activities, enjoy snacks, and discover all of the resources available at the library.

Introduction to Reiki workshop

SALEM, N.Y. -- On Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., Nu You Wellness Center at 4318 State Rt. 22 will be hosting an introduction to Reiki workshop. Admission is free Contact Evan Lawrence at 518-677-5662 for information. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Salem food pantry.

Book sale

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Cheney Library will have a Book Sale on Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library. All books will be half price which means paperbacks will be 25 cents and hardcovers will be 50 cents.

St. Patrick's Day fundraiser

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls St. Patrick's Committee will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 1 ,at 1 p.m. at the Sand Bar in Hoosick Falls.

There will be Irish road bowling, an Irish drink contest, Irish stew cook-off, raffles, potato bar, music and lots of blarney.

Take your child to the library day

POWNAL -- On Saturday, Feb. 1, Take Your Child to the Library Day will be observed at the Solomon Wright Public Library at 97 Main St. Library cards and/or renewals as well as library information will be handed out until 11:30 a.m. Young new patrons will receive book bags and teen visitors will have a "grab bag" book basket to choose free new titles.

This special Saturday will also include a family movie shown in the Lucy W. Case reading room starting at 11:30 a.m.

Bennington Farmers' Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market (formerly Walloomsac Farmers' Market) continues its winter season indoors at the First Baptist Church, 600 Main St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Mary Chambers will visit the market to give a recycling demonstration, and Scott Forrest will play Latin jazz and other music.

Vendors will offer produce, dairy products, eggs, and meats; baked goods, jams and maple syrup; and lots of arts and crafts -- all produced locally. 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, visit

February 2

Bennington VFW breakfast

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington VFW Post 1332, 137 North St., hosts a senior breakfast on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." Suggested donation is $3.

Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 3 p.m.

No one under 14 admitted.

Pownal Valley Seniors bingo

POWNAL -- On Sunday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m., the Pownal Valley Seniors will be hosting bingo (progressive jackpot) and free lunch at the Pownal Center Firehouse.


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