Morning Briefing -- Weekend


Note: This briefing has been updated to reflect that the Jan. 25 Sonny and Perley trio concert at Oldcastle Theatre Company has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Winter festival

CROPSEYVILLE, N.Y. -- Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of

Grafton Lakes State Park will host the 29th Annual Winter Festival and Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Winter Fest will feature winter exhibits, vendors, family-friendly fun and recreational activities. The event is free of charge and main events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Winter Festival, call the park at 518-279-1155. A full schedule of events is on Grafton Lakes' website,, and on

Gun show in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Albany Gun Show will be held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and on Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6 a day, $5 a day for seniors, and children under 12 are free, but must be accompanied.

The Hoosick Barn Quilt Program begins

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Barn Quilt Project begins its first phase, building the frames on which the quilt designs will be painted, on two Saturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 15, starting at 9 a.m. at The Armory.

The goal is to put together 10 to 12 frames on each of those days. The building process involves 2 x 4's, 4' x 8' plywood, hammers and nails, saws and your skills. If you can hammer a nail, measure a length, cut a piece of wood, push a broom, serve a slice of pizza, or make someone smile, then you have the needed skills.

In addition to building the frames, there are many ways to get involved: as a sponsor, designing and/or painting the quilts, apply to have a quilt on your barn, farm structure or building (even in the village). No matter what your skill or talent, whether you are a quilter, carpenter, painter, or just care about this community, you have something to contribute. Look for more information and application forms on our website towards the end of this month.

Rutland Flea Market

RUTLAND -- The Rutland area flea market, 200 West St., is open every Saturday in January, February, and March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Concert at Oldcastle Theatre Co.

BENNINGTON -- The Sonny and Perley trio presents "The Great American Songbook and International Cabaret" at the Oldcastle Theatre Company that had been slated for 7:30 p.m. has been postponed, according to the theater box office Saturday morning. For more information, call 802-447-0564.

Family movie matinee at BFL

BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, the Bennington Free Library will show a recent animated movie (rated PG) at 2 p.m. in the Rotary Room.

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. Linda Donigan, children's librarian, is the contact person for more information.

Cambridge Pee Wee Football Chili Cookoff

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Pee Wee Football is hosting the 15th annual Chili Cookoff at the American Legion from 1 to 3 p.m.

There is a contest for the best overall, hottest, meatiest, youngest, and best business chili. There is no fee to enter your chili. Cornbread and rolls are provided. Contact Shannon with questions 518-203-4534, or Greg at 518-677-0843, or Christy at 518-677-2168. Proceeds benefit Cambridge Pee Wee Football.

Northshire Bookstore event

MANCHESTER -- Saturday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. Abigail Carroll presents "Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal." In "Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal," food historian Abigail Carroll explains that the way we eat today is not as age-old as we might think. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit

Talk at Cornerstone Fellowship

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Dr. Ed Wright, a professor at Northeastern Baptist College in Bennington, will speak on evangelism at Cornerstone Fellowship on Saturday, Jan. 25. There will be a worship service at 6 p.m. followed afterward by the talk. All are welcome. Cornerstone Fellowship is located at the corner of Route 22 and Johnson Hill Road.

Sunday, Jan. 26

Legion bingo

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.

St. Mary's Academy

Open House

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- St. Mary's Academy will hold an open house for prospective families on Sunday, Jan, 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Registrations for grades Pre-K through 8 will be accepted for the 2014-2015 school year. They are also accepting applications for the current school year for grades K-8. The school offers a full day Pre-K program for children 3 and 4, with an enrollment scale of one to five days a week. Before and after care are available. Students can be dropped off as early as 7 a.m. and After Care is offered until 6 p.m. The school welcomes all members of the community to visit and experience what St. Mary's is all about.

Contact Principal Maureen Daurio with any questions, at 518-686-4314 or

North County EATS 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- North Berkshire restaurants will have the opportunity to showcase their good "eats" during North County EATS! Restaurant Week 2014. In an effort to encourage area locals and visitors to dine out in the Northern Berkshires, the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the North Adams' Office of Tourism and Community Events have collaborated to create North County EATS!

Beginning on Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, area restaurants will offer a variety of prix fixe menus to please any palate and wallet. Participating restaurants have selected special menu choices ranging from price points of $5-$30 (in increments of $5) for breakfast, brunch, lunch and/or dinner. All participating restaurants and menus can be found at

Service for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The second annual Interfaith Service for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding will be held at New Hope Methodist Church on Sunday, Jan. 26, beginning at 7 p.m.

This will be an inclusive and supportive event in an informal setting. All are welcome.

New Hope is located at the corner of Main and Water Streets in the former TGL Photoworks building.

Last year's service was quite powerful and well-attended and this year's service is shaping up to be the same. It will be led by the Rev. Dan Randall, the recently installed pastor of New Hope, who has planned the service. It will last about an hour. Refreshments will be available.


School fair

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Early Childhood Center at 1506 Harwood Hill, Route 7A, is hosting a School Fair on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Representatives from several local schools will be available to share information about their programs to give parents an idea of what is available in the area for children grades Kindergarten and up. All are welcome.

Cloggersmake a move

BENNINGTON -- After 23 years, The Wild Country Cloggers of Bennington are leaving their old studio space on Chapel Road and are moving into the Dance Mill & Fitness Center, located at 160 Benmont Ave., on the 4th floor of the Vermont Mill Properties building. Starting Feb. 3, residents of Bennington and the surrounding communities will be able to come to the Dance Mill and see the Cloggers preparing for upcoming performances and their regional competition, which takes April 4.

The Cloggers will be holding lessons on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., which has two classes going on at the same time. General public will be allowed to come in and watch the classes, speak directly with the instructors, and even sign up for classes with the Cloggers' director & lead instructor, John Morton, in the same night. The Wild Country Cloggers and John are very excited about moving to downtown location and can't wait to welcome people to their weekly lessons. For more information on John Morton or the Wild Country Cloggers, visit them online at

Emergency planning

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Local Emergency Planning Committee 7 will hold its January meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Bennington Fire Department, located on the corner of Prospect Street and Nash Street. Please contact Allison Langsdale at 802-442-0713, ext. 7 or if you have any questions.

Gouging for Good slated Feb. 1

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 -- just in time for you to pick up some snacks for Super Bowl Sunday.

The event, to be held in Webster Hall at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside Ave., will feature delicious "grab and go" baked goods, snack trays and other munchies for the big game prepared by a number of volunteers. But these snacks will be priced a bit higher than you would expect. For instance, a cupcake might cost $5. But 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 -- enter to win two Patriots tickets at a cost of $20 per entry. There will also be a Chinese Auction for items including a catered dinner for six in your home.

There will be a "snow date" of Sunday, Feb. 2.

For more information, call Becky Amos at 802-447-3869, email or visit the Gouging For Good Facebook page.


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