Weekend Briefing


Saturday, August 16

Bake sale and raffle

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Caregiver Crusaders will be holding a food/bake sale and raffle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Price Chopper. All money raised goes to the Cancer Center Community Crusaders.

French Toast Fly In

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Sport Flying Club and New England Airmotive are putting together a French Toast Fly In on Saturday, August 16 (Bennington Battle Day weekend), from 8-11 a.m. at the William Morse Memorial Airport (KDDH), 1563 Walloomsac Road. Vermont Sponsors: Bennington Sport Flying Club, EAA Chapter #1375 New England Airmotive.

Leukemia/Lymphoma golf fundraiser

BUSKIRK, N.Y. -- There will be golf tournament in memory of Terry E. Whitney Sr. for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society "Light the Night" walk. The tournament will be held at the Dutch Haven course, Route 67 North of Schaghticoke, N.Y. All proceeds will go to support helping to eradicate leukemia/lymphoma in our own area. The fee is $75 per person which includes golf, cart, lunch, awards and prizes.

If you're not a golfer, it is also a family fun day. Join us for bingo and other games with prizes. Fee is $20 for lunch and an afternoon of fun. Kids are also invited to share the day with a bouncy house, face painting and putting contests. For kids 6-12 the fee is $10, under 6 is free.

To register, call Michele at 518-321-8323 or Sally at 518-677-2569 by August 8.

Free entry to all state-owned historic sites

MONTPELIER -- The Vermont State Holiday that commemorates Bennington Battle's victory over the British is also a day for Vermonters and visitors to celebrate and explore the state's rich history. On Bennington Battle Day, August 16, enjoy free admission to all eight of Vermont's State-Owned Historic Sites. The Bennington Battle Monument comes alive with history themed festivities all weekend. At the annual Bennington Battle Living History Encampment, authentic cannons from the American Revolution will be display and fired periodically on Saturday and Sunday. The event kicks off with the annual 5k road race, followed by a kids' fun run.

Two other Vermont State Historic Sites played important roles in the American Revolution's story and are host to special events on Bennington Battle Day. In 1776 and 1777, American forces built Mount Independence in Orwell, now the least disturbed Revolutionary War site in America. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the site will air the short film, "Commemorating the Battle of Bennington with Howard Coffin." The Hubbardton Battlefield marks the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought on Vermont soil. At 2 p.m. the Battlefield will host storytelling with Vermont authors Nancy Means Wright and Lee Kemsley.

Additional State Historic Sites offering free admission on August 16 include: Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Old Constitution House in Windsor, Justin Smith Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Eureka Schoolhouse in Springfield; President Chester A. Arthur Historic Site in Fairfield, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch.

For more information, visit www.historicsites.vermont.gov.

Battle of Bennington reenactment

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Brigade of the American Revolution will be hosting the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Bennington on the weekend of August 16 and 17 at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site in the Town of Hoosick, N.Y. The original battle was on August 16, and since that date falls on a Saturday this year, major portions of the battle will be commemorated at the same time and close to the actual places they occurred.

Authentically attired and equipped living history enthusiasts will bring to life the pivotal actions that took place in the hamlet of Walloomsac 237 years ago. German, British and Loyalist troops as well as those representing rebel troops under General John Stark will be encamped on the grounds of the Barnett Homestead. In addition to the tactical reenactments, a full and exciting weekend of activities is scheduled. Visitors are encouraged to tour the camps and experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 1777 from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.

A Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday to commemorate the battle. Watch history come to life as the Brigade of the American Revolution recreates this turning point in our War for Independence.

Event Schedule: All Events are held at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site in Hoosick, New York. Please note some activities are offered at the Barnett House on Caretaker Road while others are located at the top of the hill looking out over the historic site on the north side of Route 67.

Saturday, August 16: 11 a.m. Camps open to the public and Story of the Battle Exhibit opens (Barnett House, 30 Caretaker Road, Hoosick, N.Y.) Noon: Lunch. 1 p.m.: Meet the People of the Battle of Bennington (Barnett House). 1:30 p.m.: Troops participating in Nichols' Flanking March depart camp. 2:30 p.m.: Troop formation and safety inspection (Top of Hill). 4 p.m.: Storming of the "Dragoon Redoubt" (Top of Hill). 4:45 p.m.: The repulse of Breymann's relief force (Top of Hill). 5:30 p.m.: Remembrance Ceremony (Top of Hill).

Sunday, August 17: Today's events are all held near Barnett House, 30 Caretaker Road, Hoosick, N.Y. 10 a.m.: Camps open to public. 10:30 a.m.: Troop formation and safety inspection. 11 a.m.: Stark's attack over the Walloomsac River. Noon: Lunch. 12:45 p.m.: Troop formation and safety inspection. 1:30 p.m.: "Battle for the Tory Fort. 2:15 p.m.: Pass in Review.

Bennington Battle Day tag sale

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls High School Educational Trip to Hawaii is having a tag sale on Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17 at 5032 Route 67 (near the entrance to the Battlefield) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Baked goods and fresh squeezed lemonade will also be available.

Bennington Farmers' Market

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Farmers' Market will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join our region's farmers and producers for the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Bernice Lewis will provide music for the market. Kids' Zumba will be offered under the kids' tent.

The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Volunteers Needed for VT Race for the Cure

MANCHESTER -- The 22nd annual Komen Vermont Race for the Cure, which takes place at Hildene Meadows, in Manchester on Saturday, Sept. 20, needs lots of volunteers before, during, and after the events; there will be a 5k walk, a 5k race, and a 10k race.

Volunteers come in all ages, shapes, sizes, colors and genders and their tasks can range from staffing a raffle ticket table for a few hours in August or September to helping to direct traffic or handing out water on race day. Prior to the race, on Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19, many, many helping hands will be needed for set up. No experience is required.

The positions that most need to be filled are: Parking; Water Bearers; Roving Raffle Sellers; Registration; Cureleaders; and Kids' Activity Tent.

If you would like to volunteer, register online at komenvtnh.org (click on Komen Race for the Cure tab). And consider volunteering with a friend or loved one; volunteer couples have more fun. If you have questions, please email Volunteer Chair Mary Miller at racevolunteers@comcast.net or call her at 802-362-0108, or call the Race office at 802-362-2733 for further information.

Remember, 75 percent of all monies raised at the Race and through other events underwrites breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in Vermont and New Hampshire -- in 2014, $350,000 was granted to 11 organizations in the two states -- while the remaining 25 percent is dedicated to breast cancer research.

Get more information and register for the Race at www.komenvtnh.org. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

Sunday, August 17

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, we introduce you to the CrossFit methodology in a manner that is ideal for someone brand new to CrossFit.

Our 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 info regarding this class, call 802-681-7350.

Sophie and Jay Paris photo exhibition

NORTH BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, Aug. 16, Sophie Paris and Jay Paris will return to North Bennington to photograph a day in the life of the village. On Sunday, Aug. 17, at 4 p.m., the Vermont Arts Exchange will host a reception featuring 30 black and white prints from the previous day's shoot. This year's event marks the third time that the father/daughter photography team has documented life in North Bennington, returning every seven years to capture the spirit of its residents. This year's exhibit also will feature images from their previous shoots, portraying the subtle changes that occur in an evolving Vermont community. The reception and show are open to the public.


Hildene debuts new series

MANCHESTER -- President Lincoln appealed to "the better angels of our nature" when he urged citizens to rededicate themselves to the promise of American democracy as "the last best hope of earth." Award-winning producer and director Daniel Karslake will likewise reawaken "the better angels of our nature" when he delivers the inaugural talk for Hildene's Last Best Hope series. On Thursday, Sept. 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Hildene, Karslake will explore what it means to rise above cynicism and to find fulfillment in choosing action over apathy in order to make the world a better place. The Last Best Hope series seeks to challenge people to become a part of something larger than themselves echoing Hildene's mission: Values into Action.

Karslake's work deals with social justice issues both domestic and international. His film "For the Bible Tells Me So," a Sundance Film Festival favorite and a 2008 Academy Award shortlist film, was recognized by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of five films that has changed the world. His next film, "Every Three Seconds," is to be released this fall. It examines the role each of us can play in ending two of mankind's greatest challenges: global hunger and extreme poverty.

Karslake is president of DK Works, a production company dedicated to creating high quality, thought-provoking theatre, television and film. He teaches documentary filmmaking at Duke University. He has also been a visiting scholar at Stanford University where he first began work on "Every Three Seconds." Prior to his documentary film work, Mr. Karslake was an Emmy Award nominated producer of the PBS newsmagazine In the Life.

While this program is free and open to all, reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email her at stephanie@hildene.org.


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