Weekend Calendar

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Today, Saturday, August 26


Clambake with Champagne Jam:
Post 69 will be hosting their Annual Clambake with Champagne Jam starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday. $35 per person, 21 and over , includes hot dogs, burgers, sausage, clam chowder, cold and steamed clams served at noon. At 3 p.m. there will be BBQ Chicken, corn, salad and rolls. At 6 p.m. there will be a Champagne Jam. Raffles will include a gas grill, patio set, and three lobsters. Ticket cut-off date is Aug. 12 and are on sale now at Post 69. Facebook: American Legion Post 69. Call 802-375-6157 for more information.

Dog Show: East Arlington Dog Show at the Federated Church of East Arlington Dog Show Competition, games, bake sale, raffle, and blessing of the animals. Event begins at 3 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Second Chance Animal Shelter.


Turkey Dinner:
The South Readsboro Community Club on Boisley Hill Rd. will have a Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be blueberry shortcake for dessert. Adults, $12.00, children 5-11, $6.00.


Pool party for dogs:
The Bennington Recreation Center will host a "Fur Babies Pool Party" on Saturday. Entry fee is $5 and a can of dog or cat food. Cash only. For dogs 60 pounds and over the hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dogs under 60 pounds are 2 to 5 p.m. Humans are not allowed in the pool with the 60 pound dogs. All dogs must have current proof of rabies vaccination and a dog license. Registration is required. Each dog may stay up to two hours but you must register in each of the one hour time slots. The time slots are per dog, not per family. You can register at the rec center any time Monday through Friday until 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Any questions, call 802-442-1053.

Farmers Market: The Bennington Tractor Supply Company store is hosting a Farmers' Market on Saturday. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., local farmers will be selling locally grown, fresh produce, along with other seasonal products. This event is open to the public and will take place at 300 Depot St. For more information, contact the Bennington Tractor Supply store at 802-440-9937.


Johnny Cash Tribute:
Philip Bauer's "The Legend of Johnny Cash" comes to the Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavilion on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Bauer's uncanny look and stage presence take his audience back to when Cash was the king of country music. The show includes top hits "I Walk the Line" and "Ring of Fire" along with a dead-on impersonation of The Man in Black himself. Special guest Nancilee Kennedy will be joining Bauer to sing "Jackson." Tickets are $49 for members and $55 for non-members. Kids come free with a parent. Veterans receive a $10 discount. To purchase go to svac.org or call 802-362-1405.

Writing Workshop: Local author and instructor James Crews will once again be at Northshire Bookstore on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to present his workshop Mindfulness and Writing. In this writing class, you'll examine the connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing fearlessly from the heart. The class will include some writing exercises and short insight meditation to uncover those images, scenes and memories that might otherwise have been buried or forgotten. Beginners and all levels are welcome—just bring something to write with and an open mind.

National Dog Day: There will be a National Dog Day Celebration at The Taconic on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. Pamper your dog with an afternoon bath and walk, followed by Yappy Hour. This fundraising event benefits the Second Chance Animal Shelter.



Mime performance:
Broken Box Mime Theater will be in residence at the Bennington Center for the Arts from Thursday to Sunday. Join on Sunday at 2 p.m. to learn about contemporary mime, collaborative process, and how simple storytelling can be a vehicle for impactful theater. Admission is "pay what you can" and all ages are encouraged to attend. Funds received will go directly towards paying the artists' travel expenses.



Women Artists Writing:
Dorset Theatre Festival is committed to cultivating female voices onstage through its Women Artists Writing Group, helmed by actors Heidi Armbruster and Mary Bacon. A free public presentation will be held on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The presentation will feature 10 WAW retreat writers who will present 10-minute selections of their developing works, all in various stages of development. This event will be held in the Dorset Playhouse, located at 104 Cheney Rd. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission, and no ticket is required.



Bioethics in Literature:
Green Mountain Academy welcomes Professor Anastasia Pease of Union College, to talk about works of fiction that have been breaking taboos and asking probing questions about humanity's long road of discovery and innovation. The talk will take place on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to the present day, the possibilities of biology and medicine have been described in memorable and sometimes frightening stories that have become a part of our culture. This talk will highlight some of the prophetic books from the past and some contemporary ones that look into the future. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.


On Tuesday, from 6 to 7 p.m., there will artist talks by Slinko and Audra Wolowiec and screening with Gina Kamentsky at the Marble House Project, 1161 Dorset West Rd. Free, open to the community. Go to marblehouseproject.org for more information.



RAD meeting:
Rights and Democracy of Bennington will have an organizational meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. Gathering begins at 6 p.m. with a potluck, meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Actions to get universal healthcare in Vermont, public presentation of the Big Pharma video and report from our LGBTQ committee will be among the topics discussed. For more information, contact Mary at 802-379-6311.



Fed Up Manchester:
On Thursday, August 31, Fed Up Manchester, Vermont will hold a public rally at the Factory Point Town Green, in the center of town, from 6 to 8 p.m. to draw the community's attention to International Overdose Awareness Day. There will be resource tables, speakers sharing valuable information, live music, and a beautiful candlelight vigil. Please bring photos of loved ones that have been lost and signs to carry if you wish. For more information contact Wendy Galbraith 802-362-7018 or wgalbraith52@gmail.com.

Scenic and Cultural Treasures of Scotland: Green Mountain Academy welcomes Anthony MacLaurin to talk about the scenic and cultural treasures of his native Scotland. The talk will take place on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. The work of the National Trust of Scotland is to protect and preserve for future generations the islands, coastlines, mountains and historic castles. This presentation will be a personal journey through Scotland visiting Trust properties, and will include scenic photos and music. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

Author presentation: Join the Northshire Bookstore on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. for a presentation by author Robert Madrygin for his novel "The Solace of Trees." A young deaf-mute Bosnian orphan is brought to the US as a refugee and finds a home with a retired college professor. Eventually, the boy regains his hearing and ability to speak and he begins to recall the trauma of his past. He becomes a gifted film student and helps one of his college professors with a documentary film that draws him into the post 9/11 war on terror. A compelling story about war, family, and survival.

Cambridge, N.Y.

Middle School orientation:
The Cambridge Central School District is hosting its third annual middle school orientation on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Incoming 7th grade students and their families are invited to attend.



Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival:
Garlic Fest is held at the grounds of Camelot Village and Antique Center located at 66 Colgate Heights on Sept. 2 and 3 -- Labor Day Weekend. Gates open at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No parking fee.There are also close-by spots for handicap and motorcycles. Entry into the festival is $6 (online through brownpapertickets.com) and $8 at the door for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. The kids activities also make this a great family weekend. The "beer & wine garden" will be organized by by local pizza shop Ramuntos and they will have some giveaways and fun speciality drinks to try. There will be demonstrations throughout the festival as well. See the full list/schedule at bennington.com/garlicfest. Garlic Fest is run by The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce serving The Shires of Vermont. For more information, contact Marie at marie@bennington.com or call 802-447-3311.


Art Opening:
On Saturday, Sept. 2 a new exhibit, "Vermont Artists Then and Now," opens at SVAC in the Wilson Museum and Galleries. The reception will be on Sunday, Sept. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public and admission is free. Works of the current artists will be for sale in the galleries. SVAC hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. Open to the public. Admission is free.


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