Weekend Briefing


May 3

Piano performance

MANCHESTER -- Come hear classic selections from The Great American Songbook with pianist Josh Wein on Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at Equinox Terrace Assisted Living (324 Equinox Terrace Road). The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by contacting Jennifer Mulcock at jmulcock@terracecommunities.com or at the Equinox Terrace concierge at 802-362-5141. Sunfest music festival

BENNINGTON -- Bennington College’s annual, all-day music festival, Sunfest, will feature student bands and incoming acts, including Stardeath and White Dwarf, Liptalk, and Inc. on the Commons Lawn, Saturday, May 3, starting at noon.

Craft fair

MANCHESTER -- Vermont Reading Partners presents the 2nd Annual Spring Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Manchester Elementary School. American made specialty crafts including pottery, quilts, jewelry, purses and totes, woodworking, knitting, frames, jams and cheese, photography, hair accessories, silk scarves, paintings, stained glass, maple syrup and much more. Free admission, raffles, free bookshare for kids, food concessions and complementary gift for the first 50 patrons. For more information, call 802-362-2323.

Community spruce-up

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Join community members on May 3 between 9 a.m. to noon and volunteer to help do some spring-cleaning with HAYC3.

Everyone is encouraged to help; this annual project attracts more than 150 individuals, groups, churches, schools, businesses, and organizations each year. Besides giving the village a spring spruce-up, you get to meet and spend time with others who care about our village and do something good. Help tidy up and groom parks, flowerbeds, roadsides, sidewalks, yards, and other community spaces and get them ready for the warm weather.

If you know of a public or community organization’s space that needs help, let us know. We will make every attempt that it is covered by one of the groups on cleanup day.

Each team, or group of people, will be assigned a specific area to focus on.

Meet at the HAYC3 welcome station in Wood Memorial Park at 9 a.m. to get your Community Beautification Assignment. Visit www.hayc3 for more information, or call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050.

Green Up Day registration

BENNINGTON -- Green Up Day is May 3 from 8 a.m. to noon. If you wish to clean an area, street or neighborhood, call the Town Office at 802-442-1037 to register. We must know the area you will be cleaning up and where the trash will be in order to facilitate Town Collection. The Town will provide bags, however, the number may be limited so please call early.

Helping children keep a garden journal

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Visit Cheney Library on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. and be part of a gardening lecture. Whether their interests are in art, music, writing or building, teaching children to keep a journal will get them outdoors and hone their academic skills through the school year or over vacations, all while tending their garden plants. Leader Marilou Town-Pudiak is a Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension and a retired teacher. There will be lots to learn for kids and adults. Visit our website www.cheneylibrary.org.

Yoga workshop

BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, May 3, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Yoga Place will host "Gateway to the Heart: Backbends and Inversions in Yoga," a workshop to explore the foundation of backbends and inversions along with common issues that arise with these positions. Learn tools for empowering these positions as well as variations and modifications. The workshop, for all interested students, beginner to advanced, will take place at the studio at 532 Main St.

Lauren Robin Blandin, RYT, MAT, will lead the workshop. Workshop fee is $25 prepaid by April 29, $30 at the door or by donation.

Youth appreciation day

BENNINGTON -- Youth Appreciation Day will be a fun-filled event for youth of all ages. There will be music, games, food, sports, activities and more from noon to 4 p.m. at Willow Park. Sponsored by Southwestern Vermont Health Care. For more information, see Bennington Youth Appreciation Day 2014 on Facebook.

Green-up Day scavenger hunt

SHAFTSBURY -- The Town of Shaftsbury and the Shaftsbury Elementary School Student Council invite you to help "Green Up" Shaftsbury’s roadsides. On Saturday, May 3, at Cole Hall/Town Garage between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. you can exchange filled Green-Up bags for refreshments. Bags will be available at Cole Hall on May 3.

For more information, or to "adopt" a neighborhood or road for Green-Up Day, contact Karen Mellinger at 802-447-1950.

Green Up Day event

ARLINGTON -- Green Up Day is Saturday, May 3, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Come around back to the gym at Fisher Elementary School to pick up Green Up bags, choose an area to clean up, and then come back for a celebration. There will be coffee and doughnuts in the morning and prizes and pizza at 11:30 a.m. You can also pick up bags at Fisher Saturday morning, clean up an area of your choosing, and then drop off filled bags anytime Saturday at the Town Garage, next to Arlington’s Emergency Medical Services Building.

’Outsider’ art panel

BENNINGTON -- "Reinterpreting Modern and Contemporary Self-Taught Art" will take place on Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in the Ada Paresky Education Center of the Bennington Museum.

Hear a panel of experts including creators of "outsider" art discuss the complex task that has become an increasingly pressing concern among today’s art historian, critics, and institutions -- the reinterpretation of modern and contemporary self-taught art. Moderated by curator Jamie Franklin, the panel includes Tony Gengarelly, professor emeritus at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and project director of the Jessica Park Project; Ken Burkhardt, former curator of exhibitions and the Chicago Cultural Center; and Karl Mullen, musician and visual artist. This program is free and open to the public.

Meals on Wheels fundraiser

BENNINGTON -- The 13th Annual Tennis Tournament to support Meals on Wheels of Bennington County on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bennington Tennis Center, 200 Lover’s Lane.

Nature walk

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Hopkins Memorial Forest will host a pair of spring nature activities on Saturday, May 3. The day kicks off at 7:30-9:30 a.m. with a bird walk in search of spring migrants and resident birds, and will continue from 10-11:30 a.m. with a wildflower walk guided by botanist and Williams College Professor of Biology Joan Edwards. Participants may take part in either or both programs, meeting at the Rosenburg Center, near the entrance of Hopkins Forest. Both activities are free and open to the public. Rugged footwear and outdoor gear are recommended, and, if you plan to attend the bird walk, a pair of binoculars would be helpful. Hopkins Forest, owned and operated by Williams College, is located near the junction of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road.

Monthly vigil

BENNINGTON -- On May 3 the Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center will have its monthly Vigil for Peace at the Bennington Four Corners at 12:30 p.m. We invite you to participate.

Farmers Market outdoor season

BENNINGTON -- On May 3, the Bennington Farmers’ Market kicks off the outdoor season from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverwalk Park on Depot Street. Join our region’s farmers and producers and peruse and purchase the best in fresh, local plants, vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, prepared foods, specialty items and crafts. Tony Pisano will provide the music. Chuck Suss will stir-fry. Families will also want to check out the new kids’ tent . The market will run through October every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Early voting hours

POWNAL -- The Pownal Town Clerk’s Office will be open on Sunday, May 4 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for early voting for the special election being held on Tuesday, May 6.

Summer courses at SVC

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College has a limited amount of space in some summer classes, starting May 19, for academic credit or personal enrichment (non-credit) including 23 online courses. Courses on campus include Introduction to American Sign Language. Online courses include Marketing, Social Media & Digital Communications, English Composition, and History of Rock and Roll. Classes start the week of May 19. A complete course listing may be viewed at http://svc.edu/registrar/schedules.html.

Cost for a four-credit course is $1,700 (other than nursing and radiologic sciences). Most of the courses may be audited (non-credit) for $480 (on a space-available basis). Alumni with a bachelor’s degree from SVC and alumni from St. Joseph College are eligible to take classes at a specially reduced cost of $750 per course. High school juniors and seniors may also consider taking classes at a reduced rate or may qualify for one free class through Dual Enrollment options.

To register, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or admissions@svc.edu.

May 4

5th Annual Taste of Hoosick

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- On Sunday, May 4, from 3 - 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy auditorium, area restaurants will be featured, and the Hoosick Falls Central School Jazz Band. All benefiting the Hoosick Area Church Association Inc. Food Pantry. The 3rd Annual Taste of Hoosick showcases 15 of the top restaurants in the area to give the public the opportunity to taste items from each of them.

On the St. Mary’s stage will be the Hoosick Falls Central School Jazz Band, under the direction of Bill Brown. Joining the music fest for the first time will be Dottie Cross and Friends.

Tickets are $12.50 before the event or $15 at the door for adults, $10 for children age 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. All proceedswill go to the HACA Food Pantry. Pantry volunteers will be on hand accepting food donations and discussing volunteer opportunities.

Steve Zemianek Road Race

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The 36th annual Steve Zemianek Road Race will be held on May 4 beginning at the Park McCullough House. This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of local educator and marathon runner Gail Harwood who recently passed away. The race is produced and directed by the Batten Kill Valley Runners.

Lead sponsor of the race for 2014 is Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopaedics. All net proceeds will be donated to the Mount Anthony Union High School Zemianek scholarship fund.

The kids race begins at 9:30 a.m., and the 3.8K and 10K races are run simultaneously beginning at 10 a.m. Awards will be given for the first three places in age groups ranging from 12 and under to 90.

Race-day registration is $20. A custom designed T-shirt will be given to the first 200 registrants.

Brunswick Grange tailgate sale

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. -- The Brunswick Grange will hold its annual spring agriculture tailgate sale at the fairgrounds, Route 67 and 40, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More than 50 vendors will have varieties of chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, veggies, plants and other agricultural items. No dogs or cats will be allowed for sale. A donation of $15 per vender will be charged. Event will be held rain or shine, refreshments available. For more information, call 518-279-9113.

Restorative yoga workshop

BENNINGTON -- Come to a "Restorative Yoga Workshop" on Sunday, May 4, from 5:30-7 p.m. at 532 Main St. Restorative yoga is a passive form of yoga in which bolsters, blankets and other props are used to facilitate fully supported poses for total body healing in conscious and purposeful rest.

Facilitated by Laura Nash at the Yoga Place, the fee is $25 at the door. For more information, call 802-447-0393 or visit www.benningtonyoga.com.

Pownal bingo

POWNAL -- The Pownal Valley Seniors will be hosting bingo at 1 p.m. in the Pownal Center Firehouse. Progressive jackpot, free lunch.

Scottish music concert

BRATTLEBORO -- Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (violin/cello duo playing Scottish music) will perform Sunday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. This concert will be held at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. Tickets for seniors or $21 at the door. For online purchase, visit BrattleboroTix.com. Call 802-257-1571 for more information.

Wildflower walk

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Trustees of Reservations invites you to join naturalist Pam Weatherbee at Field Farm on Sunday, May 4 at 1 p.m. for an eye-opening spring wildflower walk. Field Farm has some unusual habitats that produce a beautiful array of woodland wildflowers known as spring ephemerals, which have a very short time to grow, bloom and set seed before the leaves come out and restrict the sunlight reaching the forest floor. On the two-hour easy walking tour Pam will introduce you to the fascinating flora of the rich woods. The walk is free and open to the public. For more information call 413-684-0148 or email pvregion@ttor.org.

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." Donation: $5. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

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.

Group ride

POWNAL -- The American Legion Riders of Post 90 will hold their first group ride on Sunday, May 4. The destination is the Motorcycle Swap Meet at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Keene, New Hampshire. The group will meet at the American Legion Post 90 at 8 a.m., leaving at 8:30 a.m. for Keene, arriving in Keene by 10 a.m. Riders will be leaving to return at 2 p.m., with a refreshment stop along the way.

All riders are invited. For further information contact Paul Leon at 802-823-5797.


CSA Open Farm day

RICHMOND -- Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont announces the first CSA Open Farm Day. On Sunday, May 4, from 1-4 p.m., farms across Vermont will open their greenhouses, barns, and fields to community members.

This is an opportunity for everyone to get to know a local farmer, and falls just before the beginning of most farms’ CSA programs. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is a form of direct farm-to-consumer sales in which the customer typically subscribes in the spring for a weekly share of the season’s produce.Over 40 farms will participate in this year’s CSA Open Farm Day. Farm activities may include tours, demonstrations, product tasting, and scavenger hunts. Everyone is welcome to this community event.

Learn more and find a participating farm near you at www.nofavt.org/CSA-day.

The 2014 CSA Open Farm Day is made possible in part by a Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Public lecture

BENNINGTON -- The Visual Arts Lecture Series at Bennington College presents a talk by graphic artist Endi Poskovic, who employs the classic mokuhanga of ukiyo-e artists, while making visual reference to such influences as early 20th-century devotional pictures, and Eastern European propaganda posters. Poskovic shifts the reading of the print by providing a new context, forcing the viewer to continually reinterpret. The lecture will be at Tishman Lecture Hall, Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m.


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