Norman's Attic: Norman's Attic, listed as one of Yankee Magazine's top Vermont summer events, is returning to the Arlington town green on Saturday. Now in its 22nd year, Norman's Attic is a town-wide tag sale and celebration hosted by St. James' Episcopal Church. It gets its name from beloved American illustrator Norman Rockwell, who resided in Arlington and painted its residents and their lives for more than 20 years. Tag sales will abound on the roads and byways of Arlington throughout the day, while all along Main Street vendors will be selling a wide selection of hand crafts, textiles, jewelry, art and pottery, antiques, woodware and children's clothing. But the focus of the excitement is in front of the Church, on Rt. 7A across from the town offices. For more information, call the St. James' office at 802-375-9952, or telephone Joanna Taylor at 802-375-9330. You may also check the church website at stjamesarlingtonvt.org or visit us on Facebook.
Open House: On Saturday, in honor of Bennington Arts Weekend, The Bennington Center for the Arts will host an Open House from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.. In addition to the Covered Bridge Museum and the Native American collection, the galleries will feature several current exhibitions. The Small Works Show highlights over thirty framed pieces under 14" in size and of various subject matter. These smaller pieces are unique in that they may be taken home at time of purchase. American Artists Abroad features the work of artists who have traveled and been inspired by locations all over the world. The Laumeister Fine Art Competition, juried by Calvin Liang, is a sizable collection of fine, representational work by contemporary artists. Spirits of Old Bennington will be offering tastings and will have specialty cocktails for sale from noon until 4 p.m. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane.
Family Fun Walk: Bennington County community members and local businesses will mark World Breastfeeding Week with a morning of activities, starting with the Fourth Annual Family Fun Walk for Breastfeeding Awareness on Saturday, Aug. 5., at 9:30 a.m. at Willow Park. People can register beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the park, or online at www.benningtonbfwalk.com. In addition to the walk, there will be children's activities, a clothing exchange, nursing portraits, door prizes and information about breastfeeding, parenting and healthy families. At 10:30 a.m. nursing mothers and their infants will gather to join breastfeeders throughout Vermont and worldwide for the "Big Latch On" in support of breastfeeding.
Bird and Butterfly Walk: Join the One World Conservation Center for a guided nature walk through the Greenberg Reserve, on Saturday, at 10 a.m.. Participants will learn about the dozens of birds, and butterflies that can be seen in this serene conservation landscape. Binoculars and cameras are encouraged while you explore this little gem in southwest VT. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. at the orange roof Education Center the morning of the walk. General public fee: $5. Members no charge. Children welcome at no charge. Visit oneworldconservationcenter.org for more information.
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Book Sale: The First Saturday Book Sale at Cheney Library, will take place in the library from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Come and feel free to browse and select some interesting reading material for the rest of the summer. There will be no sale in September so we can celebrate Labor Day, the end of summer and beginning of fall. The next sale will be the first Saturday in October.
Broadway Comes to SVAC: On Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., Broadway show tunes come to SVAC when the leads from Les Mis rables, Ron Sharpe and Barbara Russell, perform. The show, Married to Broadway, brings together all of your favorite songs from big Broadway musicals to the stage of the Arkell Pavilion (For tickets go to svac.org). Enjoy dinner at Caf Sora before the performance, reservations required (call 802-367-1028). SVAC hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Open to the public.
Children's author presentation: Join the Northshire Bookstore for story and activity time with children's author Gaia Cornwall, on Saturday, at 11 a.m., as she presents her newest book "Jabari Jumps." This delightful book is filled with lovely illustration, diverse characters, and an important message that it's OK to fear something new such as jumping off the diving board the first time. Cornwall is an illustrator who loves making patterns for surface design. Her work can be seen in magazines, in logos, on various products, and even in movies. "Jabari Jumps" is her first picture book.
Author presentation: Join the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, at 7 p.m. as author David Daley presents his book, "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy." The explosive account of how Republican legislators and political operatives fundamentally rigged our American democracy through redistricting. Reconstructing this never- told-before story, Daley examines the far-reaching effects of this so-called REDMAP program, which has radically altered America's electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. "Ratf**ked" pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history. Daley is the editor in chief of Salon and the Digital Media Fellow for the Wilson Center for Humanities and the Arts and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia.
Film benefit showing: "Davi's Way" will be shown at Village Picture Shows in Manchester on Saturday, at 3 p.m. to benefit the Four Seasons Restaurant Documentary being produced by Manchester resident Michael Ellenbogen together with Tom Donahue and Ilan Arboleda. The movie will be followed by a Q&A with Tom Donahue and producer Ilan Arboleda. Tickets for the special event are $12 general admission, $10 seniors 65+ and $8 for all students. Please visit our website at www.villagepictureshows.com for further information and links to purchase tickets; or call Michael at 802-768-8498 or email him at email@example.com.
Family Fun Day: On Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., Kimberly Farms is hosting the fourth annual Family Fun Day event at 1214 Cross Hill Road. The event includes pony rides, delicious food, live music, and many more activities suitable for the whole family. The cost is only $8 per car to attend, and all proceeds go to Gallop To Success, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for at-risk youth in our community. Come out for a great time. Call 802-442-5454 or email GTS@SOVER.NET for more information.
Battenkill Appreciation Day: The first Battenkill Appreciation Day will be on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and features six hours of live music at the historic Grange Pavilion at 100 Covered Bridge Road. Music will begin at noon with Bleak Little World, from Albany N.Y. The John Davis Band featuring John Davis, Sr., Dino Keough and Barry Hyman will play from 2 to 3:30. The up and coming Vermont band Luminous Crush will close the show playing from 4 to 6 p.m. Mio Mobile Bistro will be selling food. A $10 donation is suggested with all proceeds split between the Battenkill Grange 487 and the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance. Children under 15 are admitted free.
Farm to Ballet: Farms, food, community, connection, live music, and the graceful art of ballet. This is what Vermont's Farm to Ballet is all about, and the unique project, now in its third summer season, will be presented for the first time at Studio Hill Farm. Farm tours highlighting the promise and practices of regenerative agriculture will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. before the ballet. A string sextet will play live Vivaldi for this performance. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets or lawn chairs, and the show will go on, rain or shine. Studio Hill Farm is located at 957 Trumbull Hill Road. Farm to Ballet is a production of Ballet Vermont. You can learn more at their website balletvermont.org and visit farmtoballet.org to purchase tickets for the Studio Hill performance. You can learn more about Studio Hill at studiohill.farm.
Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost talk: "How Robert Frost Made Realism Matter" is the title of the talk Dr. Jonathan Barron will give on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Stone House Museum. Drawing on his recently published book, Barron will explain what realism meant in poetry at the time that Frost published his first poem, "My Butterfly," in 1892, and show how Frost made his "realism" new, unusual, and even exciting. Free. For more information, call 802-447-6200.
Modern Medicine lecture: Green Mountain Academy presents "Telemedicine: Where We Are and Where We're Going," on Monday, Aug. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room. Fee: $0 in advance, register at greenmtnacademy.org
Pop-Up Series: 50Vermont's Summer Pop-Up Series is taking the Burlington-based climate organization to four Vermont communities: St. Johnsbury, Rutland, the Upper Valley, and Bennington. Aug. 8-11, the pop-up will make its fourth and final stop of the summer in Bennington. 350Vermont takes its climate mission on the road, making the fourth stop of its statewide tour in Bennington. It includes a traveling exhibit, film screenings, workshops, performances, kids' activities, and more. 350VT's pop-up tent will appear in four Bennington County locations: the Bennington Farmer's Market (Aug. 8, 3 to 6 pm), the Left Bank in North Bennington (Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), the Manchester Farmers Market (Aug. 10, 3 to 6 p.m.), and Willow Park in Bennington (Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Each site will also host other activities such as workshops or cantastoria performances. A full schedule can be found at http://bit.ly/2uy3FKw.
Playwright Lauren Yee: Dorset Theatre Festival incubates new works for the American stage through its New Play Reading series, which continues with Lauren Yee, playwright of King of the Yees and past Dramatist Guild Fellow. A public reading of Yee's newest developing work will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. The reading will be held in the Dorset Playhouse, located at 104 Cheney Rd. General admission tickets start at $20 and may be purchased online at dorsettheatrefestival.org or by calling the box office at (802) 867-2223 ext. 2.
Performance/Reading: On Aug. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd., there will be a performance by Christopher Doddard and a reading with Dominica Phetteplace. The event is free and open to the community. For more information go to marblehouseproject.org.
World War II in Japanese Memory: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Professor Eiko Maruko Siniawer of Williams College, to talk about how Japan has remembered World War II from the end of the war to the present day. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy. This presentation will examine how, in the contested terrain of war memory, various Japanese have debated what it means to mourn, atone, apologize, forgive, forget, and remember. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.
Under the Story Tree: This summer's third and last Storytime for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will be held under the Story Tree on the Manchester Community Library's back lawn at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8. In case of bad weather, we'll move the story time into the Kids Barn. This free program, open to the public, is part of "Build a Better World," the Library's Summer Reading Program, generously sponsored by Mother Myrick's Confectionery and the Northshire Bookstore. Kids of all ages can join the Library's Summer Reading Program any day or at Story Time and read or be read to in order to earn free raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the exciting raffle packages on display in the Library, located at 138 Cemetery Ave./Corner of Rte. 7A.
Yoga for Every Body: Jane Schaeffer from The Yoga Place will be instructing this class for people with disabilities, their caregivers and allies on Aug. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m.These are scent- and chemical-free events. To register, for more information or to request accommodations, contact: Lynn Mazza, VCIL, 802-442-1876, firstname.lastname@example.org
Drum to the Beat: Celebrate your reading efforts with musician, Otha Day and drum your way around the world on Wednesday, Aug. 9. from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. Reading certificates will be awarded after the drum circle, followed by special snacks.
Hayworth - Ford Classic Film: On Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m., the Manchester Community Library's Greatest Generation Film Series will screen a 1946 classic film noir, "Gilda," starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. The film screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. Information: 802-362-2607.
Concert on the Green: On Wednesday, Aug. 9, local a cappella group So Far will perform as part of the Concert on the Green series from 6 to 8 p.m.. Generously sponsored by the Bank of Bennington, the evening will include Manchester Historical Society's community appreciation celebration. MHS board members will be on hand to share information about Manchester's history. For more information, see manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org.
Pollinator Haven: Rethinking Your Landscape will be held at Hildene on Wednesday, August 9, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Workshop presenters Andrea Luchini, Hildene Horticulturist, and Diane Newton, Hildene Education Director, will lead an interactive presentation on how to enhance native pollinator populations in backyards. Following the presentation, participants explore Hildene's grounds and gardens. Registration is required: $5 for Hildene members, $10 for non-members. For more information and to register, contact Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email@example.com. Check in at the Welcome Center.
Remakery Day: As part of Manchester Community Library's Summer Reading Program, "Build A Better World," Remakery Day, a chance for kids and their grownups to tinker with tools, remake or repair broken appliances, or create something new will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m. Kids can register for the Library's Summer Reading Program any day or at any of these super fun events. Kids read to earn free raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the many special raffle packages on display throughout the library.
Music Festival: On Thursday, Aug. 10 the Manchester Music Festival Artistic Director Adam Neiman (piano) will be joined on stage by featured musicians Bridget Kibbey (harp), Emily Daggett Smith (violin), and Ani Aznavoorian (cello). The group will perform a collection of works at Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavilion at 8 p.m. The public is welcome to attend a free pre-concert recital and Q&A at SVAC from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring Adam Neiman as he performs Fr d ric Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. Neiman also welcomes the community at 7:30 p.m. for a talk exploring the socio-historical context of the works of the evening and what the composers were setting out to do. Tickets to the festival concert are $35 for adults. All tickets can be purchased online at mmfvt.org, by calling 802-362-1956, and at the Southern Vermont Arts Center Arkell Pavilion box office.
Post 69 Joint House Committee Meeting: The Post 69 Joint House Committee will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at Post 69. Facebook: American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 Meeting: The Arlington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at Post 69. All Unit 69 members are invited to attend the monthly meeting. Those interested in finding out what the American Legion Auxiliary is about, or would like to become a member and have never been asked may join to find out more. Facebook: Arlington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.
Old Home Days: The Rupert Volunteer Fire Company is hosting Old Home Days from Aug. 10 to Aug 12. Starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday featuring the Peerless Pressure band. On Friday at 7 p.m. the band Last Call will be playing. On Saturday, there will be a chicken barbecue from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bands will be playing starting with Al and Kathy Bain and Gary Blodgett at 12 p.m. There will be kids' games starting at 1 p.m. and Hill Country Cloggers at 3 p.m. A parade at 5:30 p.m. along with a bike raffle and the Bob Beaver Band playing at 7 p.m. There will be a carnival, food and bingo nightly.
Tea with the Arts: The Bennington Garden Club will be holding its annual "Tea with the Arts" fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 11 at the Bennington Center for the Arts from 2 to 4 p.m. to support the BGC Education Fund. The public is welcome. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane. Tickets can be purchased ahead by calling 802-375-6097; at Bennington Potters, 324 County Road, Bennington; or at the door on Aug. 11. The cost for the tea and self-guided gallery tour is $25.
Battle Day Weekend: On Friday Aug. 11, the first day of the Bennington Battle Day Weekend starts with a luncheon of hot dogs, burger and sausage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a chicken barbecue dinner for $10 starting at 4 p.m. until gone. Also from 4 to 8 p.m. there will be a silent auction. Frome 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a classic car cruise, with a parade down Main St. at 8:15 p.m. From 6 to 10 p.m. there will be a Las Vegas Night with DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590 AM. Open to the public.
Coffee with a Cop: On Aug. 11, deputies from the Bennington County Sheriff's Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. This will be a great opportunity for Dorset residents to meet the Deputy who patrols their streets. All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Dorset Union Store at 31 Church St. Please contact Sergeant Lloyd Dean with questions at 802-445-0139.
Author Presentation: Kathleen Seville will present her book "Rowing for Your Life" at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Kathleen Saville holds two Guinness world records, as the first woman to row across the North Atlantic and across two oceans.
Kids' Market Saturday: Now is the time for young farmers to start planting and crafters to begin creating and building inventories in preparation for the Bennington Farmers' Market second annual Kids' Market Saturday, Aug. 12. Young entrepreneurs including gardeners, bakers and crafters are invited to sell their wares during regular farmers' market hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors are asked to provide their own tables and pay a $2 stall fee. The market is open to children ages 5-17. To request an application or for more information contact Audrey Pietrucha at 802-733-6981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Battle Day Weekend: On Saturday, Aug. 12 there will be a full day of events happening around Bennington. At 8 a.m., there is a Battle Day 5K Road Race starting and ending at the Bennington Monument, Old Bennington. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. there is a Kid's event at the Bennington Rec. Center, at 655 Gage St. Also from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. there will be an ongoing Living History encampment taking place at the Bennington Battlefield. From 12 p.m. there will be the USS Bennington Memorial Service with a wreath-laying at the Ship's Bell at the Bennington Town Office, 205 South St. The public is welcome. From 12 to 4 p.m., there will be a Firefighters' Challenge at Willow Park. Call 802-442-1050 for more information.
Free Pig Roast: There will be a Pig Roast on Saturday, Aug. 12. at Green Mountain Christian Center, 440 Main St. Serving begins at 4 p.m. until everything is gone. There is no early seating and no take-away boxes. There will be donation jugs to benefit Grace Christian School. Come enjoy baked beans, salads and roast pig. Free.
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Liberty Memorial Park Dedication: On Aug 12, there will be a day of remembrance for the servicemen who died in service to our country and it will culminate in the dedication of Liberty Memorial Park, a sacred place where their memory will live on for years to come. Come honor Servicemen William Kirby and Edward J. Rogers with a flag raising ceremony led by Patriot Guard Riders at St. Mary's Cemetery at 10 a.m. Our tribute Flag, Liberty, will be escorted to St. Mary's by a Taconic Band Bagpiper and Patriot Guard Rider. At 11 a.m. back at HFCAC, a recap of Liberty's journey as she flew over the gravesites of each of our fallen heroes; then all of those who have given of their time, talents, and treasure to help us honor these men will be recognized, including those who have purchased crosses in their memory. We move our event over to Maple Grove Cemetery about 12 p.m. to commit Liberty Memorial Park to the memory of our 102 fallen heroes. Light refreshments will be served at the church when all is said and done. We hope you will join us. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information on the event or on how to purchase a memorial cross for one of those who have not yet been adopted, call Tom McMartin at 518-686-5075, Gail Smith 518-686-5075, or Joyce Brewer 518-258-5722.
HFCS Class of 1970 Reunion: The Class of '70 invites all classmates and family members to their annual reunion on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. at Scott & Terry's House. Burgers, dogs & snacks provided but BYOB and a dish to share. Come one, come all. Pool available and there is plenty of parking space. If you have any questions please phone 518-686-8807.
Hoosic River Ride: The Hoosic River Watershed Association is staging the 13th Annual Hoosic River Ride, a recreational bike ride on the backroads of Renssalaer County in New York and Bennington County in Vermont. This is HooRWA's premier fundraising event that showcases parts of the Hoosic River watershed. Bicycle mechanics, aid stations and picnic provided. Meet at the Hoosac School (near the intersection of County Route 103 and NY Route 7) at/near 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Riders can register the day of the ride or go to BikeReg.com/northeast events or hoorwa.org for information.
Veterans' Cookout: On Saturday, Aug. 12, at 12 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars and their families are invited to a cookout at the VFW at 280 Depot Rd.
An Evening of Dance: On Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m., ballet returns to the stage of the Arkell Pavilion with An Evening of Dance with members of the American Ballet Theatre and Friends. The performance is produced by soloist and international guest artist Anna Liceica and will bring some of the finest dancers and new choreography to SVAC.Tickets can be purchased online at svac.org and by calling 802-362-1405. Online ticket sales will close on Friday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. On the day of the performance tickets can be purchased at the box office starting at 5:30 p.m.
Clam Feed: American Legion Post 90 will be holding a Clam Feed on Saturday, Aug. 12, 12 to 6 p.m. Route 7. $35.00 Per person. Tickets available at Winchester's Store, or at The Legion on Route 7, Thursday through Saturday, 3 to 10 p.m. Menu is hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, clam chowder, and all you can eat raw clams. 3 to 4 dozen steamers. beer, soda and water included. Games of chance and music. No one under 21 years of age. Phone 802-823-4626.
Battle Day Weekend: On Sunday, Aug. 13, there is another full day of events happening around Bennington. There will be a Judges' and Officers' Breakfast at Jensen's at 9 a.m. There will be a parade line-up from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the parade starting at 12:30 p.m. Main St. to Depot St. to River St and ending at the fire station. The review stand is at the intersection of Routes 7 and 9. There will be an ongoing living history encampment at the Bennington Battlefield, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event ends at 4 p.m. with a Trophy and Raffle drawing.
Sunday Breakfast: The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will have a breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. Juice, coffee, pancakes or French toast, sausage and home fries. Donation: $6.00
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