What a weekend

The 30th of July may well be the busiest day of the summer in the Granville area.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, the doors to the Mettawee Community School in Pawlet will open, allowing people to choose among the 30,000 books in one of the biggest book sales in Vermont.

At noon, the throaty roar of motorcycles will fill Granville as hundreds of riders head to the Knights of Columbus to register for the seventh annual Rick’s Ride, and at 2 p.m., the Slate Valley Museum will host the 77th New York Regimental Balladeers for “Far From the Shamrock Shore,” a concert of Civil War-era music.

In addition, the Phillips Intertribal Powwow will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday in Hampton, and the Whitehall United Methodist Church will hold its annual Ox Roast beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Poultney gets a jump on all that when the Poultney Summer Theatre debuts “Romeo & Juliet 1958” at 7 p.m., Friday at Green Mountain College in an event that will include a cruise of 1950s cars.

Old-time book sale

Library book sales are nothing new, and the Pawlet Public Library is holding its 44th annual event. Organizers say it’s easily the largest they have ever had.

The book sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.

This year’s sale coordinator Dolores Luebke said the sale will be held in the gymnasium of the school at the junction of Vermont Routes 30 and 153, four miles north of Pawlet Village. Look for the directional signs will be posted on Route 30 both north and south of the junction with Route 153.

Luebke said volunteers have sorted and packed in cartons, labeled by category, nearly 30,000 hardcover, trade and newsstand paperbacks donated for the sale since last fall.

There are also a large number of children’s and young adult books this year, as well as a wide selection of coffee table, antiquarian and collectable books, jigsaw puzzles, games, CDs, DVDs and videos.

Prices are $2 for hardcover books, $1 for trade paperbacks, and newsstand paperbacks are four for $1. Children’s books are $1 for hardcover books, 50 cents for paperbacks, 25 cents for board books.

Prices for this year’s special “Bag/Box Sale” from noon to 2 pm on Sunday will let

browsers fill their own Green Bag for $3. Filling a plastic supermarket bag will be $1.

They will provide cartons which can be packed for $5.

Luebke said the sale will include the traditional bake sale and refreshments will be available as well as some big surprise raffle prizes.

Riding for a cause

Hundreds of motorcyclists will help remember the late Richard A. ‘Rick’ Vogel for the seventh time Saturday, when the benefit motorcycle ride established in his honor rolls out of the Knights of Columbus Saturday afternoon.

LuAnn Vogel-Stanley said the annual benefit ride has grown easier to organize over the years, calling it a “well-oiled machine.” In that time, the event has raised more than $21,000 for the American Heart Association and several local charities. Vogel died at 53 of a heart attack.

Registration begins at noon and the ride returns to where it started – the Knights of Columbus Hall on East Potter Avenue — about 4:30 p.m. for chicken barbecue, raffles and prize drawings.  The rain-or-shine ride’s fee remains the same, Vogel-Stanley said, registration will be $15 per person.

With food costs rising, Vogel-Stanley said, ride organizers had to increase their entry fees to be able to raise any money last year and this year they plan to hold the line. The cost of the commemorative T-shirts remains $15. 

Vogel-Stanley said it is the volunteers and sponsors who make the event possible.

For more information call 361-3377 or check out Rick’s Ride on Facebook at RAVMF Rick’sride.

Civil War Music

The Balladeers’ performance is part of the Slate Valley’s “Rivals in Slate, Brothers in War: The Slate Valley Unites for the Union Cause”.

“Far from theShamrockShore” explores the story of the Irish during the Civil War through music. There will be a concert and a lecture about the contributions of Irish immigrants – some fromSlateValleyquarries, during the Civil War.

Reservations are recommended, as is a $10 donation at the door.

The band uses the original music arrangements and lyrics to convey, emote and capture how our ancestors talked, their rhythms, accents, beliefs, their spirituality, motives and patriotism.

The 77th New York Regimental Balladeers have been recognized by the United States Department of the Interior,GettysburgNationalMilitaryParkfor their outstanding and authentic portrayal of the music of the period. The members of the group perform with fiddles, guitars, banjos, tin whistles, bodhran, mandolin, bones, bass, trumpet and dulcimer.

 For more information, or to make a reservation, visit the museum website at www.slatevalleymuseum.org or call the museum at (518) 642-1417.

Indian traditions

The powwow, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 155 Golf Course Road in Hampton.

The event returns after a one year hiatus and will be held in honor of Raymond Phillips, who is battling an illness. “He’s 68 years old and has never missed a powwow so it’s being held in special honor of him,” said event founder Deb Joaquim, who is also known by her Native American name Wildflower.

The event will feature Native American dancers, singers, storytellers, vendors and much more.

Grand entrances will be held atnoonon Saturday and Sunday and organizers are hoping to hold a Jamboree on Saturday night.

The jamboree is expected to include fiddle and guitar music and a potluck dinner.

The main drum group this year will be the Seven Arrows Spirit Drum fromBristol,New Hampshire.

For more information on The Phillips Intertribal Powwow, call 307-5403, or email Germain at

[email protected].

Time for dinner

In addition, the United Methodist Church in Whitehall will host its annual Ox Roast. All booths open at 10 a.m. and dinner runs from noon until 6 p.m. or when the food is gone. There is an auction at 1 p.m.

Dinner is $11 for adults and $5 for ages 5 to 11. Those under five are free.

On stage . . .

There are actually two troupes performing in Poultney, the Poultney Summer Theatre Company itself, and its Junior Company.

“Romeo & Juliet 1958” at 7 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 to 31, 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, and 2 p.m., Sunday, August 7.

The Junior Company of Shakespeare onMain Streetpresents William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday July 30 and 31,7 p.m., Thursday, August 4, and2 p.m., Saturday, August 6.

All performances with intermission will be held at the Ackley Theatre,GreenMountainCollege, Poultney. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.


Matthew Rice and Derek Liebig contributed to this report.









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