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Artist reception:
Southern Vermont College is pleased to exhibit new works by Bennington visual artist Barbara Ackerman. The exhibit is available for viewing Oct. 13 through Nov. 28 in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Gallery. The general public is invited to a reception for the artist Friday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gallery. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends by arrangement with the campus safety office.

4-H Achievement Night: There will be an open house and Achievement Night celebration on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside at 5 p.m. This will be a celebration honoring the 4-H youth, the Bennington leaders, as well as Jan Linger of Pownal, who will honored for her 50 years of service in the 4-H program.


Author Presentation:
Bill Mares, author of "The Full Vermonty" will be at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Vermont author Bill Mares and political cartoonist Jeff Danziger have come together to produce their new book "The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump." Mares, a Burlington writer and former legislator has authored and co-authored more than 15 books including the state's all-time best-selling humor book "Real Vermonters Don't Milk Goats." "The Full Vermonty" offers a combination of humor, sarcasm, and serious essays contributed by other Vermont authors about what we can do to cope during the era of President Trump. Other writers include Madeleine Kunin, Ed Koren, Steve Terry, David Gram, Julia Alvarez, Tom Slayton, Al Boright, Bob Stannard, Chris Louras and others.


Festival of Darkness
: The Festival of Darkness will be held Friday and Saturday nights of the last three weekends of the month, starting Oct. 13 and Oct. 14, Oct. 20 and 21, and Oct 27 and 28, on East Street.There will be a Haunted Barn from 7 to 10 p.m. for $10/person. There will be Saturday Night Specials: Oct. 14, Storytime from 6 to 7 p.m.; Oct. 21, a pumpkin carving contest from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and on Oct. 28, there will be a parade and costume party contents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For More information call 802-394-0035.



Veterans' Outreach fundraiser:
There will be a fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m to benefit the local Veterans' Outreach and Family Resource Center. There will be a meatloaf dinner /dessert and 50/50 raffle organized by the Knights of Columbus 307 and Assembly 1150 Bennington at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, 238 Main St. Adults, $10 / Children (12 and under), $6. Come help raise money to support veterans and their families.

Oktoberfest 2017: From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, Oktoberfest 2017 will feature food, drinks, activities, and live entertainment for the whole family. Admission is only $5 per person and children under 12 are free. Colgate Park is located on Route 9 West. Net proceeds from this event will be donated to local causes and other charities. For more information contact 845-641-6007 or check out Bennington Oktoberfest on Facebook.

Fall Fest: Free to the public, Southern Vermont College's Fall Fest will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will offer a variety of activities for all ages. This year's event will take place outside of Hunter Hall overlooking the spectacular mountains of Vermont during fall foliage. The festivities will include food, live music and entertainment, local Vermont crafts and gifts, games, and more. Guests are asked to park at the Mountaineer Athletic Center parking lot and walk on the pond path towards Hunter Hall. Men's and women's soccer games will take place at Everett Field: women vs. Elms College at 1 p.m., men vs. Dean College at 3:30 p.m. For more information on Fall Fest, contact Audrey Ames, coordinator of student engagement, at 802-447-6328 or, or Christina Cole, Philanthropy Officer, at 802-447-6317 or

Carnival for CARE: Second Chance Animal Center is pleased to announce its Carnival for CARE event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Mount Anthony Union Middle School. For information about Second Chance Animal Center or this event, visit our website at or call 802-375-2898.

PTSA Tag Sale: The Mount Anthony Union Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association will be hosting a tag sale in the school's cafeteria on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Tables for individual sellers or vendors are available for $20. To rent a table or for more information, please email

Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Writing workshops:
Cheney Library in Hoosick Falls, NY will host three writing family stories Workshops on Oct. 14, 21 and 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. Writer Susannah Risley, will guide participants in memory exercises and the use of vivid language to get their stories on the page. The workshops are fun, non-judgmental and supportive. They provide a way to get started in writing and direction to keep going. The workshops are free and welcome both new and seasoned writers. Risley has twenty years experience teaching writing programs in libraries, schools and senior centers across New York State. She has published fiction in national magazines and was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts. The workshops are funded by Poets and Writers, Inc. Call 518-686-9401 to register.

Eagle Bridge, N.Y.

Bake, Bag, Tag and Rada Cutlery sale:
Eagle Bridge Methodist Church is holding a sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church on Route 67. Come find a treat and a treasure.


Climate Change Conference:
We can't rely on national leadership to address climate change. Local action is more important than ever. Vermont Interfaith Power and Light's annual conference, "Building Local Resilience-Inspiring Local Climate Action," will focus on local resilience and climate action. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m to 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St. Vermont Interfaith Power and Light is a non-profit whose mission is to support the efforts of faith and spiritual communities to take action on global climate change. Fee $45, Students $15. Go to register or for information to register by mail.

Learn to Meditate: Green Mountain Academy is pleased to welcome back certified meditation instructor Susan Biggs to lead a three-part workshop on meditation. Have you always wanted to know how to meditate, but didn't know where to start? In three classes, you can learn what meditation can do for you, ways to set yourself up for successfully sustaining your practice, and start a 21-day challenge to practice regularly. In a committed practice, there are no ends to the benefits of meditation. Class will meet Saturdays, October 14, 21 and 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Maple Street School Library. Registration is $30. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit

Historic House Tour: Manchester Historical Society will be hosting a Historic House Tour on Saturday, Oct. 14. Three tours will be given at 1 p.m.(sold out), 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Admission is $50 per person. A benefit cocktail party will be held on Saturday evening from 5 to 7 and includes a tour of James L. Taylor's Lone Pine house. Tickets are $75 and are limited in number. All proceeds will be used to further the work of the Manchester Historical Society. Ticket reservations may be made by email to or by leaving a message at 802-549-4582. Tickets may be purchased online at

Pumpkin Carving Festival: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 is the day to celebrate all things fall and show support for the Community Food Cupboard at the Pumpkin Carving and Harvest Festival at Equinox Valley Nursery. This year's festival will have all of the fall favorites: Wagon Rides, Crazy Corn Maze, Bouncy House, Kid's Crafts, and other fun-filled activities. There will be a costume parade and contest at 1 p.m. Rain or shine, there will be plenty of pumpkins to be painted or carved. The festival will feature live music with Paul Brotchie and friends. The Equinox Valley Nursery courtyard will be filled with lots of Crafts and Farm Market vendors of interest to everyone. There will be yummy food treats from a variety of vendors, seasonal beer, hard cider and a fun fall cocktail will be available from Thyme Tables Catering and, of course, Roger's famous cider donuts. For more information about the event, please feel free to contact Equinox Valley Nursery at 802-362-2610 or email and for more information about The Community Food Cupboard contact 802-362-0057 or visit

Author Presention for kids: Celebrate Norman Rockwell with a presentation by Will Lach, author of "A Day in the Life of a Boy" and "A Day in the Life of a Girl" on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. Join author Will Lach at the Northshire Bookstore for a special presentation of a pair of picture books drawn from two of Norman Rockwell's most popular images, each with a rhyming text that's perfect for reading aloud or sharing with a grown-up. In classic Rockwell fashion, the twenty-three vignettes will elicit wry smiles of recognition, from young and old, at childhood's everyday pleasures. Note to parents: As a special tribute to Norman Rockwell, we will be serving Coca Cola as this is something that Norman Rockwell loved and shared with the children he worked with. Apple cider will also be served for those who prefer that over soda.

North Bennington

Second Saturday Supper:
The North Bennington Baptist Church will be hosting our free Second Saturday Supper this month on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the church social hall on Church Street. Come and enjoy delicious chicken or salmon, green beans, rolls, desserts and beverage free of charge. All are welcome. For additional information, please call Rick Gramlin at 802-368-7844 or email at

Vermont Open Studio: Two local artists, Rhonda Ratay and Martha Beauchamp in North Bennington, are opening their studios to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15. Rhonda creates fine prints, t-shirts, screen prints, and cards; Martha has art quilts featuring animals and landscapes. Follow the yellow Open Studio signs in North Bennington to their studios at Taraden Arts and on Corey Drive. More details at


Hike Mount Antone:
Merck Forest and Farmland Center is hosting a hike on Oct. 14, at 11 a.m., $3. Let's do lunch — atop chic Mount Antone. Bring a cold lunch (no grilling available). This is a difficult hike. Dress for the weather with sturdy hiking gear. Merck Forest and Farmland Center is located between Rupert and Dorset, at the top of the very large hill at 3270 Route 315 (Rupert Mountain Rd.) Please do not rely solely on GPS: Once on the top of the big hill on 315, turn into Merck Forest's driveway. Contact by phone at 802-394-7836 or find on the web at


Open Studio:
Visit Readsboro Glassworks during the 2017 Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend, October 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Glassblowing demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the weekend with hand blown glass by Mary Angus and glass sculpture by K. William LeQuier on display and for sale. The 2017 Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend tour is presented by the Vermont Crafts Council. The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map with directions to participating studios. The Fall Open Studio Tour Map is available throughout the state at Tourist Information Centers and online at Readsboro Glassworks, #36 on the tour map, is located at 6954 Main Street, RT 100, (lower level) in Readsboro, Vermont. For more information about Readsboro Glassworks, call 802-423-7706 or visit and



Historical Society meeting:
Bennington Historical Society Annual Meeting and Program will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Ada Paresky Education Center, Bennington Museum. A short annual meeting will be held for the purpose of electing officers for the upcoming year followed by the program about Edward Everett. Tyler Resch, is the librarian at the Bennington Museum, and a former editor of the Bennington Banner. Resch is the author of many historical books and well versed in Edward H. Everett's background. All Bennington Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public.


Pancake Breakfast:
Battenkill Grange #487 will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Oct.15 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Farm Rd. Pancakes, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee will be served. For more Information call 802-375-2518.


"Wild and Precious" screening:
Being gay and "coming out" are a daunting challenge even in the best of circumstances. Though many gay women and men are "out" to friends and family, the wider society has little insight into the myriad and subtle struggles they endure. The Northshire area chapter of P.F.L.A.G. (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is excited to sponsor an advance-screening party and showing of a powerful educational and entertaining film, "Wild and Precious," written, acted, directed and produced by fellow Vermonter, Steve Cadwell on Sunday, Oct.15 at 5 p.m. at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert. Tickets are $10.00 Reservations are suggested, call the office at 802-867-2260. Proceeds will be split between P.F.L.A.G. and the local "FED-UP" organization battling opioid addiction. After the film, a reception will be held, at which the creators will be available for questions.



Blood Drive:
Southern Vermont College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive Monday, Oct. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Everett Mansion's Burgdorff Gallery. Donors are required to be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. The College invites and encourages community members to participate in the Blood Drive. According to the American Red Cross, one blood donation can save up to three lives. For more information or to volunteer at the Blood Drive, contact SVC's Coordinator of Student Engagement Audrey Ames at 802-447-6328 or Individuals may also contact the American Red Cross directly at 800-RED-CROSS or to sign up to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Lecture: A lecture on "The Hidden Developmental State in the United States" will be held on Oct. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at CAPA Symposium, Bennington College. Fred Block is a political and economic sociologist at UC Davis.

Alash Concert: A concert on Tuvan throat singing will held on Oct. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the VAPA Greenwall Auditorium, Bennington College. The three musicians who make up Alash, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam and Ayan Shirizhik, have won numerous international awards in Tuvan throat singing, a technique which allows vocalists to sing multiple pitches at one time.


Technical School District meeting:
The regional governing board of the Southwest Vermont Regional Technical School District will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the assembly room at the Career Development Center, 321 Park St.



On Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., Charlie Watts and Ileana Tejada will be at Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. For more information visit


Arlington Garden Club:
There will be a meeting of the Garden Club on Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in East Arlington. The business meeting will be at 1 p.m. followed by the program. Deb Hewson is teaching a workshop on "Fairy Gardens". Members should bring any items they may want to put in their gardens. Hostesses for the day are:Karen Tendrup, Eleanor Hanrahan, with Wendy Bucchieri as Head Hostess Interested in membership? Call Marilyn at 802-375-9275 or email

Artist Leslie Parke to speak: "Pairings" will be the topic by noted artist Leslie Parke on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. A while ago artist Leslie Parke started sharing images of artwork next to each other on Facebook. She called these posts "pairings." For Parke it was a way to experience very disparate works of art that have something in common, and others that looked almost identical, but carry completely different meanings. Starting from this premise of "pairings," Parke will share some of the findings she's made by "just looking," and how visual clues have led her to discoveries often overlooked when one just reads the labels. The Canfield Gallery is a notable part of the Martha Canfield Library located at 528 East Arlington Road. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday. 9-8, Wednesday 9-5, Friday 2-6 and Saturday 10-3. For more information visit the library's website at or call the library at 802-375-6153.


The Western Legal Tradition:
Green Mountain Academy welcomes Dr. Mark Szuchman, Professor Emeritus of Florida International University, to talk about the legal legacy of imperial Spain. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. Western jurisprudence possessed a basic uniformity that spanned a good deal of Europe and its foundations in Roman law were enhanced by an international cast of scholars constructing jurisprudence based on natural law. These efforts have had a profound and long-lasting impact on our contemporary ideas regarding law and justice. This talk concentrates on the development and application of natural law in imperial Spain. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit



Story Hour
: A Preschool Story Hour, on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 10:30 to 11:30, will be held for children 3 to 5 years old upstairs in the Rotary Meeting Room at Bennington Free Library. Children will explore art, movement, math and science through stories and activities. For more info call Linda or Chris at 802-442-9051.



Lunchtime Lecture:
The Dorset Historical Society will welcome Ruth Greene McNally and Warren F. Broderick as speakers for its Third-Thursday Lunchtime-lecture on Oct. 19. They are two of three scholars currently at work on the Southern Vermont Artists Database, a catalogue of multiple-artist shows spanning 60 years, beginning in 1922 with the group known as the Dorset Artists. Their presentation, "An Art Colony by Any Other Name," will treat the development of American art colonies and heritage collections and their role as progenitors of regional museums. DHS's Third-Thursday Lunchtime-Lectures begin at noon and last about an hour. Attendees are invited to bring a sandwich; liquids and desserts are provided. These free monthly events take place at DHS's Bley House Museum on Route 30 at Kent Hill Rd. in Dorset. For further information see or call 802-867-0331.


Reggae Night:
The Jamaica Community Arts Council will once again be hosting local music at the historic town hall on Thursday, Oct. 19 with IYAH. The band is known for their sweet reggae sounds. With Stu Ross on keys, melodic, Jesse Howard on bass, drums and dubby along with some special guest the audiences will be grooving to their revolving kinetic reggae mountainous vibes. The group has played together for three years and this will be their second year performing at the acoustically righteous hall. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with tickets available at the door for $10. The town hall is located at 3735 VT Route 30.


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