Some weekends, it takes a fair bit of time just to find something to do.
Other weekends – like this one – it can take even longer to choose among all the choices.
For instance, today you can go to a carnival, eat and judge chili, run in a road race, buy books, ride a motorcycle, go for a hike or eat barbecue.
Two of the fall’s major events are scheduled for this weekend, but there are so many others going on, it would be easy to go from dusk until dawn.
Today’s major event is the annual Poultney Chamber of Commerce chili cook-off and all its related events, including Green Mountain College’s alumni and family day.
Activities get going at 8 a.m. (See related story).
Sunday, one of the region’s longest-running car shows will be back for its 26th edition. The Granville Chamber of Commerce will put on the Autumn Leaves car show at Granville Elementary. It will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (See related story).
In Granville today, Granville Hook & Ladder will hold a “Fun Day” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the station on Quaker Street.
The event will include a bounce house, a pie-eating contest, apple-bobbing, pull-tabs, a money wheel and bingo.
There will also be a cake booth, soda, popcorn, hot food and cotton candy. The fire company will do safety demonstrations throughout the day.
Other games will include popping darts with balloons for prizes, a goldfish toss, a dime pitch, a game in which contestants can win T-shirts and hats, and a ring toss.
For further information, please contact Andy Munger at 518-260-4048.
Ride or walk
If you’re still itching to get in another 100 miles on your motorcycle, you should be in downtown Fair Haven at 11 a.m. to sign up for the Section Eight Ryders’ Jeff Rivers Run.
At about noon, riders will head out on a predetermined course that will eventually lead back to Happy Daze Pub on Main Street in Granville.
The cost is $15 per person and $5 per rider. T-shirts will be offered for sale and there will be music, a small basket party and good food. Proceeds will benefit the Haynes House of Hope, a nonprofit comfort care home for the terminally ill in Washington County and western Vermont. For information, please call 518-345-5078.
If paperback books – and especially old-style videos – are your thing, then you want to hit the Pember Library for a sale of VHS movies and audio books on cassette from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paperbacks will be offered for sale, too, and all proceeds will benefit the Pember’s book acquisition fund.
If hiking is more your style, the Green Mountain Club will offer a moderate, six-mile hike along the Glen Lake Trail in Bomoseen. The meeting time is 9 a.m. at Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station off Center Street and South Main Street in Rutland. For information, call Lisa Pettis at 802-265-4816.
Then again, if you’re hungry, the First United Presbyterian Church in Salem invites everyone to its Second Annual Pig Roast from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Takeouts will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $10 adults; $5 age 9 and younger. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Marilyn Hanby at 518-854-7521, or Dolores Phaneuf at 518-854-7275.
There will be a benefit basket party in memory of Maxwell Burns at the Castleton American Legion on Route 4A in Castleton, with doors opening at 11 a.m. and drawings starting at 1 p.m.
Burns was killed in a lawnmower accident last year, and the proceeds will go to buying and installing a piece of playground equipment to be dedicated in his memory.
The cost is $5 for admission and 25 tickets and $2 for each additional set of tickets. Lunch will be available for a small fee and there will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.
To donate or to get further information, please call Lisa Thayer at 802-265-4426 or e-mail email@example.com.
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a lawn sale to benefit Hope for Honduras, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at 1991 Main St. in Castleton. The goal is to raise $20,000 for a Rotary school in Honduras to provide food for the children. Donations or items, money or volunteer time are being accepted.
For more information please call Kaylie or Angela at 802-468-5298.
The Long Trail School off Route 30 on Kirby Hollow Road in Dorset invites everyone to a Community Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be fall foods, the Fall Classic soccer jamboree with players from six local middle school, a farmers’ market, pony and wagon rides, artisan displays (potters and weavers), craft tables, and children’s activities. For information, call Courtney Callo at 802-867-5717, ext. 141, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heron Brook Haven at 432 Kelley Hill Road in Pawlet will hold an open house from 1 to 6 p.m. Music, exhibits, demonstrations, a celebration of creativity, and an HBH-made and grown food table will be featured. There will also be a community art project. For information, call Jana at 802-325-3880.
The Pawlett Historical Society invites everyone to an alcohol-free Harvest Moon Fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Alan Calfee’s “Old Gray Barn” off Route 30 in East Rupert.
Dinner will be by Pink Boots Farm of West Pawlet and music by Gold Town. Cost: $15 adults; $5 ages 8 to 18; free 7 and younger. Raffle drawing, too. Call Susanne Rappaport at 802-645-0993 for information.
More on Sunday
Sunday’s Autumn Leaves Car Show is a tradition, but another event on the calendar is rather unusual.
The Lake House Pub and Grille on Route 30 in Bomoseen will host its fourth annual Dog Dock Diving Competition with registration at 11 a.m. Practice jumps start at noon, and the competition at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. It’s $5 either to enter your dog or to come watch.
Tickets will be available at the Lake House, The Pet Cage in Rutland, and the Rutland County Humane Society in Pittsford. Tickets also will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society. Information: Lake House at 802-273-3000; Humane Society at 802-483-9171.
The public is invited to the Poultney Historical Society’s annual meeting that will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the 1896 schoolhouse off the green in East Poultney. Following the meeting, Leonard Spence, a Victorian painting expert, will speak on “The Painted Lady of East Poultney.” Refreshments will be served.
In Whitehall, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 83 will host a tea to honor its Gold Star mother, Catherine Aiken, at 2 p.m., at American Legion Post 83 on Main Street in Whitehall. Auxiliary, Legion and Sons of the Legion are encouraged to attend along with other community members.