Take a stroll through the village

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WILMINGTON — The first of this summer's Wilmington Village Strolls takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The theme of the stroll is "Eat Local," and will feature many ways to sample and celebrate local food and beverages throughout the village. Jill Sachs will be performing live in Riverbank Park from 5 to 7 p.m., and shops will be open late around town.

Artists led by local painter Ann Coleman will be set up on the Crafts Inn lawn starting at 10 a.m. At 5 p.m. they will be joined by local farm and food purveyors selling and sampling their wares, including Boyd Family Farm, True North Granola, Shital's Vegetarian Indian Food and Lyman's pickles.

Stop in at Bartleby's Books to help the the store celebrate its 30th anniversary. Complementary local food snacks, including cheese by Spoonwood Cabin Creamery, will be offered throughout the evening. Next door, the Vermont House Wine Bar will host JVille Brewery.

Local Jr. Iron Chef teams will be set up for a live competition on the lawn between the Village Roost and Incurable Romantic. The Twin Valley Jr. Iron Chef program teaches kids about local food and nutrition by getting them in the kitchen. Kids entering grades 6 and up can sign up to join a team, and will get some coaching before joining with a group of seasoned Jr. Iron Cheffers. Pre-registration is required as spots are limited: contact Shelley Park for more information or to sign up at 802-681-6698.

Teams will be creating on-the-spot quesadilla combinations from a mystery ingredient bounty. The public is invited to watch the kids at work, sample the results, and vote for their favorites with dollar bills. Competition begins at 5 p.m. with samples available between 6 and 7 p.m.

Other shops will also feature snacks, specials or tastings (including a wine tasting at the Red Fox Shop and a tasting of local beer or spirits at Ratu's Market).

Families can stop by Pettee Memorial Library, which is hosting an (edible) craft for kids from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as face painting, on the lawn.

As the Stroll winds down, continue down South Main Street to Buzzy Towne Park and follow the signs for the new Beaver Brook Trail to the Old School Community Center, where from 6 to 8 p.m. you can make a bike-powered fresh smoothie, sponsored by DVCP and OSEC. Take a peek inside to see the renovations and learn about all the things going on in the Center.

For more information, visit wilmingtonworksvt.com or the Wilmington Works Facebook page.

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