Morning Briefing - Weekend



Saturday, Oct. 26

Zombie Apocalypse Dance

BENNINGTON -- A Zombie Apocalypse Dance will be held for those 18 and over at the American Legion on Northside Drive from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets at the door are $15 for a single, $20 per couple. Bring four people buying tickets and get yours free. Music provided by DJ John Woodell. Snacks available and Halloween baked goods for sale. Put on your best Zombie face and outfit and come dance.

This is sponsored by Lou's Angels and will benefit our local cancer center patients and research. For more info call Liz at 802 430-4799.

Kids Halloween cookie party

MANCHESTER -- At 3 p.m., come celebrate Halloween at the Northshire Bookstore. Kids 12 and under are invited to come in costume and decorate some Halloween and fall-themed cookies.

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

Pie potluck at Sheep Hill

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Whether you've just discovered a wonderful new pie recipe or have a traditional family favorite, consider bringing your pie to a Pie Potluck event beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation's Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown.

The event is open to the public. Donations are welcome. For more information, contact the WRLF at 413-458-2494, or go to

Halloween Party

POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 on Route 7 in Pownal is hosting a Halloween Costume Party from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Music provided by Steve's Karaoke and D. J. Time. There is a $3 cover charge. Food will be available. Wear your favorite costume and join the party. Call 802-823-4626 for further information.

Film Festival Book Club to discuss ‘Cider House Rules'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Film Festival, Images Cinema, and Milne Public Library have organized a one-time book club for "The Cider House Rules." There will be a discussion of the book at the library at 1059 Main St at 2 p.m. This group reading and discussion of "The Cider House Rules" is in preparation for John Irving's appearance in Williamstown.

Sunday, Oct. 27

American Legion Bingo

BENNINGTON -- American Legion Post 13 Bingo has new hours. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Stamford Fun Fest

STAMFORD -- The Stamford Community Church will sponsor its 5th Annual Fall Fun Fest from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m. at the Stamford Elementary School as well as the church.

The event, open to the wider community, is designed to be a fun-filled day of family-oriented activities including tractor hay rides, a Christmas table, arts and crafts tables, face painting, and many kids' games with prizes, including the popular Fish Bowl. This year there will also be a Fish Bowl for adults.

There will be a silent auction featuring collectible plates, including Norman Rockwell editions, a Chinese auction for both adults and kids, a 50/50 raffle, a Thanksgiving turkey dinner basket with all the fixings, as well as many items and gift certificates from local merchants and businesses. Homemade crafts include scarves, blankets, necklaces, and Christmas wreaths, among other handmade items. New this year is a Jewelry Table.

Baked goods for sale include homemade pies (both dessert and meat selections), cookies and breads. Lunch refreshments of soups, hot dogs, desserts and beverages will be available as well. Cotton candy and popcorn will also be for sale.

As in the past, there will be activities both at the school and across the street at the church, including hay rides, a Petting Zoo, and a Bouncy House as a special attraction.

Proceeds from previous Fun Fests have gone toward the completion of the outdoor pavilion at the Stamford Community Church, which is used for church events as well as being available for use by others in the community.

Proceeds from this year's event will pay for the final touches on the pavilion.

The Stamford Elementary School is on Route 8, a mile north of the Clarksburg, Mass. and Vermont line. The church parking lot across the road will be used for overflow parking and as a staging area for the hay rides.

Further information may be obtained by calling 413-664-2764 or 413-663-9506.


Hundred Year Snooze at Fisher

ARLINGTON -- The classic story of Sleeping Beauty is told with a new twist when Fisher Elementary School's third, fourth and fifth grade students perform Dave and Jean Perry's musical, "The Hundred Year Snooze," on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Mack Performing Arts Center. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Arlington Music program.

For more information about the play or to make a donation to the Arlington Music program, write or call (802) 375-2589.


A story Friday incorrectly stated the proposed costs of new turn-out gear for Shaftsbury firefighters. The total approved by the Select Board for two sets of gear was $6,380. The price quoted to the board for two full outfits from an online retailer was $5,300.

A front page story Friday about an alarm that brought firefighters to the Bennington Square Shopping Center misidentified the department involved. It was the Bennington Rural Fire Department that responded.


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