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Choral society offers

music scholarships

Each year, the Bennington County Choral Society invites local high school students to apply and audition for a music scholarship. The winner is awarded $1,000 to be used to further music education in any way the student chooses.

Each student performs two pieces before a panel of 3-4 judges. Auditions are Friday, Oct. 25, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Avenue in Bennington. Applications can be obtained at local high school guidance offices, from high school music teachers, or by calling 802-230-6500. Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 18.

The community is invited to attend and listen to the students perform at the auditions.

Cemetery cleanups

The Town of Bennington will be clearing White Chapel Cemetery, Hinsdillville Cemetery and the Village Cemetery of all items on Oct. 21 through 25. Cement urns will not be removed. If you have items that you wish to keep, the town asks that they be removed before Monday, Oct. 21. For more information, call Kayla at 802-442-1044.


First Morgan horse

subject of presentation

At 2 p.m .on Sunday, Oct. 27, the John G. McCullough Free Library will host "Justin Morgan's Horse: Making an American Myth." This Vermont Humanities Council Speaker Bureau presentation will be given at Rhythm Hollow Stables at Taraden, which is located at 183 Park St. in North Bennington.

All Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. But who was Figure, really? What stories we have people told about him in the two centuries since he lived in worked in Vermont? Presenter Amanda Gustin will explore the story of the first Morgan horse, which is complicated and fascinating and is tied up with the idea of Vermont identity, the relationship between humans and animals, the creation of American myth and much more.

This child- friendly event for all ages is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact McCullough Library Director Jennie Rozycki at or at 802-447-7121.

This event is supported in part by the Friends of Robert Frost.


Dance lessons offered

for all levels, ages

Tap and jazz dance, adult ballet, modern and ballroom dance are being offered on Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 6 at the R.K. Miles Studio at The Ballet Center at Manchester. The Ballet Center has been offering impeccable ballet technique for over 25 years, including annual productions of The Nutcracker ballet. Now, the center will be expanding into new techniques and for all levels and ages.

Classes are being taught by Britannia Tatko, who is the assistant director of Ballet Center at Manchester.

Beginning level tap and jazz classes are offered for boys and girls. Scholarships (full or partial) may be available for qualified candidates through the Ballet Manchester's non-profit scholarship fund.

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Adults and mature teens have the option of ballet and modern dance classes. Courses are focused on correct technique in an accepting atmosphere.

For more information, call 802 379-0759.

Komen snowshoe walk

registration available

Online registration is now open for Susan G. Komen New England's Snowshoe Vermont, 3K or 5K distance, with discounted early bird registration fees available through Thanksgiving, Nov. 28: $30 for adults/survivors and $15 for youth 12 and under. Registration rates will go up $5 per category on Nov. 29 and these standard rates will be good through January 25.

Snowshoe Vermont will be held on Jan. 26 at a new venue, Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, in Grafton. The Outdoor Center will open for registration and pre-snowshoe walk activities at 9 a.m., and the snowshoe walks will get underway at 10.

A survivor group photo and Fundraising recognition will take place prior to the start of the snowshoe walk. A tea cup raffle will be open between 9-11:30 a.m., with winners being drawn after all snowshoers are back.

Snowshoe Vermont is a family friendly event with fun for everyone, and snowshoe demos will be available event day on a first come, first serve basis from Dion Snowshoes.

For more information, visit


Troupe holds auditions

for 'A Christmas Carol'

Highlight Acting Troupe is holding open auditions for their production of "A Christmas Carol," Adapted by Harold G. Sliker from the Charles Dickens story, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 in a the basement of Center Brunswick United Methodist Church. The troupe is seeking actors and singers of all ages. The show will be directed by Laurie Liberty and Robin Dickison-Sawyer.

The show will run Dec. 6-8. Rehearsals are generally Sundays and Fridays, and actors will not be needed every day until the show gets closer to opening. For more information, email Laurie Liberty @

The church is located at 990 Hoosick Road.


Tag sale to benefit

village decoration

The Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a tag sale to raise funds for new holiday decorations for the Village of Cambridge. All goods have been donated by the Cambridge valley community and will be for sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. Located at 90 South Union Street, Cambridge. Look for the big white tent.

Please stop in and purchase something, or just make a donation to the Holiday Decoration fund. All proceeds from the sale will be used to beautify Cambridge for the holidays.

To donate, volunteer or get more information, contact or call Leslie at 518-285-1073.


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