Weekend Briefing


March 1

Wintertastic celebration

BENNINGTON -- The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales invites you to the 5th annual Wintertastic Celebration and Live Auction at the Mount Anthony Country Club. This event is sponsored in part by Whitman’s Feed Store, Bennington Health and Rehab by Revera and Rifenburg Construction, Inc.

Donations include a family golf membership at Mt. Anthony Country Club, a queen-sized Therapeutic Bed from WCW Inc., a personal tax return by Love, Cody & Co., one year of dining at Chili’s, unlimited car washes for a year from Bennington Car Wash, four 1-day Park Hopper tickets to Walt Disney World, six yards of topsoil from Jerome Construction, four seats for Broadway’s Lion King with VIP backstage tour with cast member, and a one-week Florida timeshare. There will be a silent auction as well. For $25 per person, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar starting at 6 p.m. with the auction beginning at 7 p.m. Or your evening can start at 5 p.m. with an optional $20 (plus tax and gratuity) preview dinner at The GRILLE (call 802-442-2617 for reservations). Movie showing

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library is showing a recent Oscar- nominated movie (Rated PG-13). The movie will begin at 2 p.m. (length: 2 hours 13 minutes) and will be shown in the Rotary Room of the Bennington Free Library, located at 101 Silver St. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free and open to the public. The library is wheelchair accessible. For specific movie information call the library, 802-442-9051.


HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Join HAYC3 for Hoosipalooza-3, the Hoosick community celebration day. Start the day at 11 a.m. with a walk in Wood Memorial Park amid the harmonious sounds of a collection of wind chimes created by local artists.

The Bed Race will take off at noon on Main Street with prizes awarded for the fastest, funniest, and most creative bed designs. After the bed race the fun moves into the warmth of the Armory where the HFCS Jazz Band will play all the crowd favorites.

At 1:30, community members of all ages are invited to get into the spirit of the Hoosick Barn Quilt project and create their own quilt square on paper (supplies provided) to be featured in an installation at the Armory.

Otha Day and his "Drum to the Beat" Drum Circle will also be on hand to lead a lively drum circle, followed by a performance by Hoosick’s very own Twirlettes.

Minerva Arts Center announces March Madness workshops

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Come shake, slap, laugh, tap and sing off the wintertime blues at Saturday, March 1, "Clowning & Combat Workshops" with Christopher Beaulieu. Youth Session 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ages 8 to 14 (with Adult) Tuition: $35 for pair. Teen/Adult Session 1:30-4 p.m. Ages 14 to Adult Tuition: $35 Workshop will be held at the First Congregational Church.

Hathaway’s fundraiser

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- "A Night at the Brewvies" fundraiser for Hathaway’s Drive-In Theatre is a two-part event with the first featuring a limited-seating V.I.P. Brown’s Brewery beer tasting and food pairing from 6 to 7 p.m. in The Owls Nest. Highlighted beer and food pairings include Brown’s Oatmeal Stout and figs, soft cheese olives and crostini, Brown’s all-new Cream Ale and Hoosick Hickory’s pulled pork, and Brown’s Porter and chocolate, and three other beer/food pairings. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance.

Part two will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Perry Room on the main floor of the Armory. The area will be transformed to a three-screen cinema space featuring unique food and film pairings. Three films will be featured silently with an accompanying menu of local fare (Weeb’s Seafood Chowder paired with "Jaws," sliders from Jean’s place paired with "The Godfather," and whoopie pies from Bagels & Brew paired with a black-and-white film classic). Blues guitarist-singer Billy Gilbert will perform throughout the evening and Brown’s cash bar will be serving their brews.

Tickets for the upstairs event are $20 and include a serving from each food station. Tickets for this portion of the evening may be purchased the night of the event.

All monies raised will go toward helping Hathaway’s purchase the equipment needed to convert to digital as required by all Hollywood studios.

To reserve or pay for tickets in advance (required for Brown’s VIP Beer Tasting), call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050. Note this event is for adults 21 years of age and older only.

Book sale

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will be having their monthly book sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library. There is a large selection of books, so be sure to come and get some for yourself and others.

Long Trail hosts formalwear sale

DORSET -- It’s All About the Dress: Formalwear and attire sale at Long Trail School from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Shoppers will be able to select new and gently used dresses in sizes 0 to 20, from simple to elegant, and priced from $5 up. Accessories of all sorts will be available as well. Vendors including Heinel’s Clothiers, Lily of the Valley Florist, Hawley’s Florist, and Ice House Limousine will be on hand, displaying their goods and services. Proceeds will benefit the LTS Prom 2014.

Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center events

PERU -- The Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center located at Bromley Mountain Resort will be hosting a Limitless Luau. It will be a chance to ski with the Bart Center, enjoy a themed lunch, participate in on-mountain activities, and ski with special guest, Jeremy McGhee. The Limitless Luau will begin at 9 a.m. and run all day. Afterward, the Bart Center is hosting the East Coast premiere of the film, "Drop IN: Bloody Couloir." The film will show in the Wild Boar Tavern at Bromley Mountain from 7 - 9 p.m. Watch as McGhee leaves his wheelchair behind to climb and ski Bloody Couloir. McGhee will be at the screening and will be present for a Q-and-A session after the film. A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated. A percentage of all proceeds will go to the Drop In Project as well as to The Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center.

Petersburgh Veterans Community Center benefit

PETERSBURGH, N.Y. -- Petersburgh Veterans Memorial Community Center "Music of the 1920s" Mardi Gras Celebration to benefit Petersburgh Youth Program, featuring the band "Tune Travelers." Come for wine, beer, refreshments and dancing. 1920’s costumes are optional. there will be prizes, and a raffle. There is a $10 suggested donation.PVMCC is located at 71 Main St.

Mill City Productions wine tasting fundraiser

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mill City Productions announces their 5th annual Cabaret Uncorked fundraiser. This fundraising event will feature a tasting of various wines from around the world and will be led by Mark Draper from Draper’s Wine and Spirits. The second half of the evening will include cabaret entertainment featuring Mill City company members as well as dancing, led by Pulse Entertainment. A silent auction with items from local businesses will also take place. Cabaret Uncorked will support Mill City Production’s 2014 Season, which will bring a variety of live arts programming to the Northern Berkshire Community.

This 21+ event will take place at the Mill City Theater, Building 4N, Heritage State Park. The wine tasting runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with the entertainment portion running from 8:30-11 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at millcityproductions.org or at Draper’s Wine and Spirits. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Cabaret Uncorked is sponsored in part by Adams Community Bank, Excelsior Printing and Draper’s Wine and Spirits.

For more information, visit millcityproductions.org or email contactmillcity@gmail.com.

Cambridge Connects presents Family Fitness Saturdays

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Join us at the Cambridge Central School Gym every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. during the month of March for some indoor family fitness fun. A half-hour family friendly fitness program will be led by Aimee Smith of Hip Fitness. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. A $10 fee per family includes all 5 Saturdays or pay $3 per family each visit.

A live TEDxManhattan webcast

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Join the Cambridge Food Co-op and representatives from local farms at 1:30 p.m. at Hubbard Hall’s Historic Freight Yard for a free viewing party of "Changing the Way We Eat" a broadcast live from TedxManahttan, New York City.

This viewing party will feature a brilliant line-up of food and farming experts who will explore the state of the food system and progress toward sustainability in eating and farming.

Designed to help break the food movement out of its bubble and introduce the TED/TEDx audience and viewers across the country to the innovative work being done to elevate the food system to one that is more equitable, healthier, and sustainable for all.

Some of the most important experts in the food movement will speak, including: Tom Colicchio, Craft Restaurant -- Vote Food; Myra Goodman, Earthbound Farm -- In Praise of Big Organic; Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, U.S. House of Representatives (Maine) -- Congress and a Sustainable Food System; Regina Bernard-Carreno (Baruch College, CUNY) -- Hunting for Food: Race, Class and Access in New York City; Matthew Moore, The Digital Farm Collective -- Social Change Artists and the Food Movement. Debby Jaffe and Edwin Schiele from Long Days Farm in Buskirk will be present to discuss their experience as local farmers.

Bennington farmers’ market

BENNINGTON -- March brings warmer weather and the scent of maple syrup boiling in the sugar houses, and Vermont children start dreaming of Sugar on Snow. The Bennington Farmers’ Market will be hosting a demonstration on making Sugar on Snow from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Learn how to make this special treat for your kids and bring them along for a tasting! First Baptist Church, 601 Main St.

March 2

WRLF annual fundraising dinner

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Local Flavors, will take place at 5 p.m. at Hops and Vines.

This year’s farm-to-table menu will feature a dessert cheese and wine pairing led by Brent Wasser. The cost of the dinner is $115 per person, or $100 for WRLF members, and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. A vegetarian option is available. For reservations, a more detailed menu description or information call the WRLF at 413-458-2494 or visit www.wrlf.org.

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.

Shriners’ lasagna dinner

BERLIN, N.Y. -- The Ladies Oriental Shrine, a not-for-profit organization which supports the child life department in the Shriners’ Hospital for Children, is having a homemade lasagna dinner with all the fixings at the Seventh Day Baptist Church on Main Street from 4 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children.

Sugar on snow at Dorset Farmers Market

DORSET -- Come on out from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at JK Adams Kitchen Store in Dorset, come and experience a Vermont tradition -- Sugar on Snow, brought to you by Woods Maple Farm. Live Music from Bud Mattison.

Every Sunday at market through the end of April find fresh-picked greenhouse greens, storage crops, grass-fed meats, free-range eggs, honey, maple syrup, prepared and preserved foods, and Vermont artisan crafts. For additional information, contact marketmanager@dorsetfarmersmarket.com

Pownal bingo

POWNAL -- The Pownal Valley Seniors will host a bingo at 1 p.m. at the Pownal Center Firehouse. There will be a progressive jackpot and free lunch.

Red Carpet night at Images Cinema

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join Images Cinema for its annual Red Carpet Night Party at 8 p.m. The Oscars Ceremony will be broadcast on the big screen. The event will be hosted by Images Cinema Board Member Eric Kerns. Admission is free. Attendees will be greeted in the red carpet area by Molly Kerns and School for Style’s Anne Kennedy.

Dress to impress, as prizes will be awarded. Mixologist Brent Heeringa has designed some fabulous Oscar-themed cocktails for the cash bar. The Red Carpet Party’s liquor sponsor is Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and the wine sponsor is the Spirit Shop. There will be a Silent Auction, featuring goods from local businesses: Williamstown Film Festival, MASS MoCA, Library Antiques, Spice Root, Sushi Thai Garden, The Cottage of Williamstown, TGL Photoworks, Wild Oats Community Market, West Spirits and Wine, Pappa Charlie’s Deli, ‘6 House Pub, and more.

Enterfor a chance to win a year of free movies at Images. Pick-the-Winner ballots will be $10 or 3 for $25.

The Red Carpet Party is a fundraiser for Images Cinema.

Extended hours

POWNAL -- In addition to normal business hours the Pownal Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for early voting and dog licensing.

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.


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