Community Calendar 01/23/14

T hursday, Jan. 23

 

Help Researchers

WEST RUPERT Family members and researchers of the late Painter Brian Sweetland seek to identify and catalog his work, and are asking area residents to inquire who owns his still-life’s, portraits and landscapes. For details on how to assist in this research and catalog project, call 802-394-2998. Sweetland (1952-2013) was known for painting the same places in different ways at different times.

 

Register Now

HOOSICK FALLS Registration for soccer in Hoosick Falls is open from now until Friday, March 21. For information on how to register on line, call 518-944-4971 or email laura@peasag17@aol.com. Sponsored by the Hoosick Falls Soccer Club, the soccer season runs from Saturday, May 3 to Saturday, June. 7. Practice starts two weeks before.

 

Thursday Bridge

MANCHESTER Elizabeth von Risenfelder, member of the American Bridge Teachers’ Association, will offer a new course on this popular card game on four successive Thursdays, Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6 and 13 at Equinox Village in Manchester Center. Course hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Registration fee is $75. For details, call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

 

Church Dinner

DORSET Dorset Church off Route 30 will serve a winter community supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. These dinners are for everyone. The meals are free. Take-outs are available. For details, call 802-867-2260. Additional free dinners will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, March 13.

 

Documentary Film

GREENWICH “Gasland Part II,” a documentary film about the “dangers of fracking for natural gas” will be screened at 6 p.m. in Greenwich Public Library at 148 Main Street on Thursday, Jan. 23. The event is free and open to all. For details, call 518-692-8242.

 

Quilling at Pember

GRANVILLE Pat Oathout will teach “quilling” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Pember Library, 33 West Main Street in Granville. Pre-registration is not required and materials will be provided. For details, call 518-642-2525.

 

Financial Aid

BENNINGTON Southern Vermont College in Bennington will hold 6 p.m. registration on Thursday, Jan. 23 for a free Financial Aid Workshop to follow in the Everett Mansion on campus. Free and open to the public, the workshop will explain the basic financial aid process, offer advice on paying for college and give those interested the chance to have one-on-one conversations with financial experts For details, call 802-447-6399 or email admissions@svu.edu.

 

Folk and Bluegrass

SALEM Salem Courthouse Community Center announces that a folk and bluegrass music workshop will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, starting this Thursday, Jan. 23. The workshop will run for five weeks, ending on Thursday, Feb. 20. Cost is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. Participants will learn professional techniques and perfect individual skills. For details, visit www.salemcourthouse.org.

 

Friday, Jan. 24

 

Recalls Old Fiddler

MANCHESTER Adam Boyce, composer, historian and Vermont fiddler, will recall Charles Ross Taggart, “The Old Country Fiddler,” in a slideshow presentation of his book, “The Man from Vermont,” at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester.

For details, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700 or visit www.northshire.com.

 

Cambridge “Comedy”

CAMBRIDGE The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall and Pauline Productions present the comedy “Parallel Lives” by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, directed by Brenny Rabine, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through Feb. 2 at the Freight Depot Theatre, Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main St., Cambridge. Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 for members, and $15 for students. Reserve by calling 518-677-2495.

 

Saturday, Jan 25

 

Monthly Breakfast

POULTNEY The Slate Valley Community monthly breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Poultney Methodist Church on Main Street. Cost is $1 for adults and children under 15, free. The breakfast is held the last Saturday of each month. For details, call 802-287-5710.

 

Stop Breast Cancer

STRATTON The Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series returns to Stratton Mountain on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Since 2003, Romp to Stomp has raised $2.57 million for Susan G. Komen and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For more details about how to enter, visit www.tubbsromptostomp.com.

 

Otter Creek Hike

PITTSFORD Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club announces a hike starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 on the Phillips and Cadwell Trails, from a covered bridge along Otter Creek through farm fields. For details on this moderate hike call Sue Thomas at 802-

773-2185.

 

Winter Naturalists

MANCHESTER How to conduct searches with trained dogs will be explained at the first “Winter Naturalist Program of 2014” of Equinox Preservation Trust from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 25 in the Equinox Resort Rockwell A conference room in Manchester. For details about this presentation, call 802-366-1400 or email rick@equinoxpreservationtrust.org.

 

Crafters Sale

BRANDON A “Crafters Repurposing Yard Sale” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Compass Music and Arts Center on 333 Jones Drive on Saturday, Jan. 25.  Crafters should call 802-247-4295. For a flat fee of $30, each crafter will reserve a six-foot-by-six-foot space. Deadline to respond is Thursday, Jan. 23. The snow date is Saturday, Feb. 1.

 

Army Road’s Friends

CASTLETON The public is invited to convene from 10 a.m. to noon at Castleton Community Center at 2108 Main Street on Saturday, Jan. 25, for the tours-hikes-projects meeting of the “Friends of the Hubbardton Military Road,” which was established by Crown Point Road Association trustees. Annual membership is $5 for individuals and $8 for families. For details about the meeting, call 802-388-2967.

 

Frost Faire

STILLWATER Saratoga Battlefield will hold its 19th annual “Frost Faire” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the battlefield on Routes 4 and 32 in Stillwater. Inspired by “Frost Faires” in 1700’s England, the event will feature horse-drawn carriage rides, snow tubing, a winter nature trek, on-going contra dancing, historic handwriting demonstrations, crafts, games, refreshments, and musket and cannon firings. For details, call 518-670-2980.

 

Sled and Skate Day

WELLS A sled and skate day will be held at Wells Lakeside Park from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, sponsored by the Wells Delaney Planning Commission. The snowdate is Saturday, Feb. 1. Lakeside Park is on North Street at the foot of Lake Hill. Call 802-645-0486 for details.

 

Free Dinner

CAMBRIDGE A free community dinner of soup and sandwiches will be served from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Cambridge’s First Baptist Church. New Skete Monastery will supply soup and several local groups will bring sandwiches and desserts. Take-outs will be available after 1 p.m. Hosted by First Baptist Church, but supported by 8 area churches and organizations, the meals have benefited up to 250 people per meal. For details, call 518-677-3327 or 677-5487. The church is located at 29 West Main Street.

 

Benefit for Family

CASTLETON A basket raffle, spaghetti dinner-dance, and a cash raffle –– all to benefit a family whose home was destroyed by a Dec. 27th fire –– will be held at Castleton’s American Legion Post 50 on Saturday, Jan. 25. Doors open at 11 a.m. and baskets will be drawn at 1 p.m. The dinner-dance starts at 4:30 p.m., and cash raffle is at the dance. Proceeds benefit the Savage-Hendrickson Family. Basket raffle costs $5 for a sheet of tickets. Dinner-dance combination costs $10 for adults; $7 for children. Cash raffle costs $2 for one; $5 for 3 tickets. Call Lisa Thayer at 802-265-4426 or 802-236-0203.

 

Community Lunch

ARGYLE Argyle Methodist Church on 12 Sheridan Street will serve a free community lunch from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the church. All are welcome. For details, call 518-638-8391.

 

Live Auction

FORT ANN The Fort Ann Volunteer Fire Company will host a live auction at its Route 149 station house, with doors opening at 4 p.m. and auction bidding at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Dave Mattison will be the auctioneer. All proceeds benefit the fire company.

All new items, gift cards and gift certificates will be auctioned off. The kitchen will also be open, and there will be a bake sale, too. For more information, call 518-639-8635.

 

Pizza and Wings

VICTORY MILLS Pizza and Wing Night will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Victory Mills Fire Department, with the department offering both eat-in and carry-out for pizzas ranging in price from $11 to $18 and a dozen wings costing $8. Pizza toppings are $2 each and extra blue cheese costs 75 cents. Place your order after 2 p.m. by calling 518-695-6623.

 

Two-Part Lecture

MANCHESTER A two-part lecture on Native American history of colonial New England will be given by Historian Lars Nielson, Norwich University administrator, from 3 to 4 p.m. and 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Equinox Village in Manchester Center. The first talk will focus on the French and Indian wars on the frontier. The second will focus on the breaking up of the Iroquois Confederacy. For details, call 802-867-0111.

 

The American Meal

MANCHESTER Food Historian Abigail Carroll will present “Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. Carroll will explain that the American meal plan of “three-squares a day” is a recent cultural inheritance. For details, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700 or visit www.northshire.com.

 

Theater Benefit

GLENS FALLS Tickets, $65 to $150, can be bought online, by phone, or at the box office for Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 20th anniversary-winter benefit. It begins with a silent auction from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25. Singing follows by cast members of ATF’s hit musical, “Avenue Q.” The place is the Charles R. Wood Theatre at 207 Glens Street in Glens Falls. The hosts are honorary chairs Mickey and Sharon Luce. Call 518-874-0800. Or visit www.ATFestival.org. The box office is also open noon to 5 p.m. weekdays.

 

Comedy Night

GREENWICH Greenwich Elks Lodge and Sons of the American Legion Post 515 will host a “Night of Comedy” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Vinnie Mark will MC and Jodi Weiner is the featured returning act. Rounding out comedy night is JJ Ramirez, “The Latin Lunatic.” Food will be served from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets, available only in advance, are $10. Ten tickets reserve a table. Learn more about attending the 21-and-older event by calling 518-378-4810 or 518-361-8970 or the Elks Lodge at 518-692-2061.

 

Long Trail Showcase

DORSET Students, parents, alumni, faculty and community members will perform together as instrumental bands; and on bells, acoustic guitars and pianos; and demonstrate “slam poetry” at a “talent spectacular” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Mark McChesney will be the emcee. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Proceeds benefit the Long Trail Parent Association. Call the reservation line at 802-867-5717, ext. 102.

Food concessions will be available at the show.

Modern Bluegrass

BRANDON Brandon Music will present “The Modern Grass Quintet,” a swing-bluegrass group, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Brandon Music on 62 Country Club Road.

To hear the quintet’s “toe-tapping, knee-slapping, high-energy, contemporary bluegrass” will cost $15, with a pre-concert dinner also costing $15. For details, call 802-465-4071.

 

Japanese Guitarist

GREENWICH Japanese Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto, whose music blends beautiful melodies of Japan with the intricate workings of acoustic guitar, will perform at Seventy Main in Greenwich on Saturday, Jan. 25. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and show-time is at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $10; $12 at the door. For details, call 518-692-7041.

 

Sunday, Jan. 26

 

Ski for Heat

PERU At any time during the day, people can “Ski for Heat,” in a benefit for The Warmth Fund of BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont on Sunday, Jan. 26. Wild Wings Cross Country Ski Center in Peru will again host this event to help low-income families get fuel assistance. For details about times, call 802-665-1721 or 802-824-3558.

 

Cooking Class

SALEM Salem Courthouse Community Center announces that a cooking class called “Simple Pleasures are the Best” will be offered at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Using the Battenkill Kitchen, this workshop is offered to adults and children who wish to learn the basics of cooking in a kitchen. For more information, visit www.salemcourthouse.org.

 

Veteran’s Brunch

MANCHESTER Manchester VFW Post 6471 invites all comrades and area veterans and a guest to its Veteran’s Appreciation Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at VFW Post 6471 on 280 Depot Street, Manchester Center. Marine Colonel Allan Faxon, the guest, will visually present the Bennington Soldiers Home. Please respond by Jan. 18 to either Rein Tofer at 413-433-0466 or Ginny Weeks at 802-362-9840. The affair will be catered by “Up for Breakfast.”

 

Visit New School

MANCHESTER Manchester’s newest proposed elementary school, The Downtown School, will hold two open houses on the following days and at the following times: Sunday, Jan. 26 from noon to 2 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Parents are invited to “drop by, visit the campus, talk with the founders, and learn all about this new school,” slated to open in the fall of 2014. For details, call 802-379-8810.

 

Country Dance

SCHUYLERVILLE The County Round and Square Association will host an old-style country dance at Clancy Street’s American Legion in Schuylerville from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with both a buffet and dancing. Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for children 6 to 17; and free for children under six. For details on this Jan. 26th event, call Linda at 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.

 

Bluegrass Show

HADLEY The Adirondack Bluegrass League Show will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Mollies’ Mason Jar at 13 Park Avenue Extension, Hadley. Cost for members is $10 and $12 for non-members. Children under 12, and persons with “special needs,” will be admitted free. For details, call 518-221-6231.

 

Hayden Seminar

CAMBRIDGE Music From Salem Listening Club will hold a seminar about Franz Josef Haydn’s oratorio, “The Creation,” based on “Genesis,” “Psalms” and Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” to be led by Peter Subers at Hubbard Hall’s Dance Studio in Cambridge at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Cost is $10, either at the door or by pre-registering by phone at 518-677-2495 or at hubbardhall.org.

 

Monday, Jan. 27

 

Singers Wanted

GLENS FALLS Young singers, ages 8 to 16, are invited to a “Hearing,” sponsored by Glens Falls Symphony’s Children’s Chorus, at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls. Singers must desire to learn two and three-part music, have unchanged treble voices, and be able to match pitch. Those selected will sing in the annual Spring Concert. For details, call 518-668-4981 or 518-793-1348.

 

Spaghetti Benefit

GRANVILLE Cub Scout Pack 44 of Granville, Hampton, Wells, Pawlet and surrounding areas will host a spaghetti dinner, with seatings at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at Bernardo’s Restaurant on Church Street in Granville. Cost is $5 for take-in and $6 for take-out. All proceeds benefit the Mettowee Valley Ecumenical Council’s Community Fuel Assistance Program. For details, call 802-645-0968.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 28

 

Whitehall WIC

WHITEHALL Washington County WIC will hold its monthly clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Skenesborough Rescue Squad on Tuesday, Jan. 28. For details, call 518-746-2460. WIC provides supplemental foods and health education to pregnant and nursing women, infants and children up to the age of five. Cost is $5 for eat-in and $6 for take-out. All proceeds benefit the Mettowee Valley Ecumenical Council’s Community Fuel Assistance Program. For details, call 802-645-0968.

 

Seniors Lunch

WEST PAWLET Mettowee Community School in West Pawlet will serve a lunch to the senior citizen group, Haystack Hustlers, at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 28, along with a student presentation. Cost is $3.50. Call Phyllis at 802-325-3196 by January 21 in order to register in time.

 

Long Trail School

DORSET An opportunity for parents to attend their child’s class in math, science, history, English, world languages and the arts will be offered by Long Trail School in Dorset from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and Wednesday, Jan. 29. Parents may also eat lunch during their visit. To register, contact Kim Murphy at 802-867-5717, ext. 1991 or email kmurphy@longtrailschool.org. You may also visit www.longtrailschool.org.

 

Are You Legal

SUNDERLAND Attorney Patricia Nelson will conduct a seminar called “Are You Legal?” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the studio of Greater Northshire Access Television in Sunderland. Nelson will explain copyright and fair use, rights and licenses for photos and music and answer legal questions. For details, call 802-362-7070.

 

Adirondack Voices

GLENS FALLS Musical Director Penny Schiek will start rehearsals of Adirondack Voices from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Christ Church United Methodist at 54 Bay Street in Glens Falls, with rehearsals continuing each Tuesday night until performance of the group’s spring concert, the date to be announced. Anyone wishing to join should attend this first rehearsal. No auditions are required. For details, call 518-796-4648 or 518-792-1922.

 

Dance Lessons

CAMBRIDGE Instructor Fern Bradley continues to teach “Contra Dance 101,” a six-week course about country dancing, on Tuesdays from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. through Feb. 11 in the Beacon Feed Dance Studio of the Hubbard Hall Art Complex, 25 East Main Street in Cambridge. The course will prepare country dance enthusiasts for Saratoga’s “Flurry Festival: A Festival of Traditional Dancing,” which will be held Feb. 14 to 16. For details about the on-going course, call 518-677-2495.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 29

 

Author-Playwright

MANCHESTER Maple Street School in Manchester will be where Eve Ensler, best-selling author and award-winning playwright, speaks at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29. Ensler, founder of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, will present a memoir, “In the Body of the World.” She has been named by Newsweek one of “150 Women Who Changed the World.” Tickets range from $16 for a seat and a book copy to $20 for two seats and a copy. Call 802-362-2200; 802-437-3700; or 518-682-4200.

 

Open House

RUTLAND Mount Saint Joseph Academy will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the high school, 127 Convent Ave. in Rutland. For more details, email ktallon@msjvermont.org or call 802-775-0151.

 

Health Care Forum

BENNINGTON A health-care forum, explaining how to sign up for health insurance, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at 108 School Street in Bennington on January 29. Six health care and political experts will be there to answer questions. For details, contact Michael Keane at mapkeane@comcast.net or Chuck Sweetman at csweetman2002@aol.com.

 

Fly Tyers

RUTLAND Green Mountain Fly Tyers Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Godnick Center on 1 Deer St. in Rutland, when Paul Buccheri will demonstrate two original “fly tying patterns” of his own devising. Bring your “vise” and join the Fly Tyers by calling 802-468-5525.

 

Thursday, Jan. 30

 

Five-Hour Class

HOOSICK FALLS A five-hour pre-licensing course, sponsored by Northeast New York Safety and Health Council, will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation of the Hoosick Falls Health Center on Danforth Street on Thursday, Jan. 30. The course requires a $40 fee and a valid driver’s permit. Successful completion of the course gives students paperwork for the state driver’s test and is valid for one year. For details, call 518-686-4854.

Equine Journalism

CLIFTON PARK A six-week equine journalism course will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. by Schenectady Community College at Southern Saratoga Chapter, 15 Park Avenue, 7B in Clifton Park, starting Thursday, Jan. 30 and ending Thursday, March 6. The course will be taught by Marion E. Altieri, who will help students “find their place in the equine media world.” For details, visit www.sunysccc.edu/academic/courses/reg.html.

 

Exquisite Flowers

TROY Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will offer a class called “Amazing Amaryllis,” illustrating the beauty of these exquisite flowers and taught by Linda Ford, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Cooperative Extension office in Troy. The program fee is $6. To register, call 518-272-4210 or email mmp74@cornell.edu.

 

Internet Safety

ARLINGTON Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union will host “TECHNICOOL,” a technical safety program on Thursday, Jan. 30, as part of the school union’s internet safety day. Students, grades 3 to 12, and their parents can attend to learn how to keep children safe online. The parent session is from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free. For details, call 802-375-6409, ext. 217.

 

Friday, Jan. 31

 

Junior High Dance

RUTLAND Mount Saint Joseph Academy at 127 Convent Avenue in Rutland will hold a junior high dance for grades seven to eight in the high school cafeteria from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. Pre-registration is required. Forms can be found on the msjvermont.org website and must be returned to the school by Thursday, Jan. 30. Two raffle drawings for $500 off tuition for the 2014-15 school-year will be held. For more details, email ktallon@masjvermont.org or call 802-775-0151.

 

Student Art

BRANDON The Brandon Artists Guild will present “fine art made by our local students” from Friday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 29. The show opening will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. The student work can be seen daily thereafter at the gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brandon Artists Guild is at 7 Center Street, Brandon. For details, call 802-247-4956.

 

Comedy Improv

RUTLAND The comedy improvisational group, “The Lost Marbles,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Palms Restaurant at 36 Strongs Avenue in Rutland. Tickets are on sale now for $35 for the event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 and performance at 7:30. Seating is limited. For details, call 802-247-6778.

 

Saturday, Feb. 1

 

Ice Fishing Tourney

COSSAYUNA Skills of area ice fishermen will be tested on Saturday, Feb.1 at the “6th Annual Cossayuna Lake Ice Fishing Tournament and 50/50 Raffle,” starting with 5:30 to 8 a.m. registration at Cossayuna Fire House. From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., catch measurements will be taken at the “Check In Point,” accessible on the lake at 195 East Lake Road.  The entrance fee is $10 per person. For details about this icy skills test, call Nancy Hieber at 518-692-9206 or Tom Schultz at 518-531-4146.

 

Mentors Wanted

SCHUYLERVILLE Schuylerville Youth Center is seeking “volunteer junior mentors” to work with children enrolled in its “tween program.” Mentors should be in high school, grades 9 through 12. The work may develop into summer jobs. For information, call the Youth Center at 518-695-6100.

 

Register Soon

HOOSICK FALLS Payment for registration for the Hoosick Falls Soccer Club “spring travel league season” will be accepted up until Wednesday, Feb. 15. For details about the league, the season and specifics of registration call Justin at 518-944-1498 or email cicerorey1919@gmail.com.

 

Ice Fishing Derby

PETERSBURG Petersburg Rod and Gun Club will hold its 3rd annual Ice Fishing Derby from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, with registration at 5 a.m. at The Dam, or register with the following sponsors: Pa Pa’s Pizza, Route 2; Hewitt’s Market, Elm Street, Berlin; or Vondadeau Wine and Spirits, South Main, Berlin. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for youths 12 and under. Perch, pickerel and walleye catches will be given cash prizes, based on number of entries. For details, call 518-207-7518.

 

Woodchuck Festival

WEST PAWLET West Pawlet Fire Department’s “Woodchuck Fest” will be at Mettawee Community School on Saturday, Feb. 1. The four-person team, obstacle-course competition of Vermont and New York fire departments starts at 1 p.m. Other events include “Cow Plop Bingo” at 10 a.m., and Mettawee School’s “Market Place and Gallery,” “Woodchuck Café,” and “Woodchuck Kiddy Fun Table.” Call 802-645-0158, 802-645-9224 or emailwoodhuckfestival@yahoo.com.

 

Condensed “Carmen”

CAMBRDIGE Hubbard Hall in Cambridge announces it will present a traveling piano production of George Bizet’s tragic opera, “Carmen,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Dorset Playhouse and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 at the University of Albany Performing Arts Center. Dorset Playhouse cost is $40, which includes wine and appetizers. The Albany show costs $10 for adults and $5 for students, faculty and staff. For details, call 518-488-7733.

 

BRANDON Singer/Songwriter Rachel Ries, who calls her music “prairie swing and city folk,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Brandon Music in Brandon. Dinner and show cost $15 each. Reservations are required for the dinner. For details, call 802-465-4071 or email info@brandonmusic.net.

 

Sunday, Feb. 2

 

Snowshoe Fest

SARATOGA SPRINGS The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held at 11 a.m. in Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, Feb. 2. The following week, Saturday, Feb. 8, the Camp Saratoga 8k Snowshoe Race will start at 10:30 a.m. in Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park. For details, call 518-581-7550.

 

Super Bowl BBQ

VICTORY MILLS The Victory Mills Fire Department will hold a “Super Bowl Sunday Chicken Barbecue” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 at a cost of $15. Pre-purchase is encouraged. The dinner includes a half-chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll and butter and dessert. For details, call 518-879-9669.

 

Monday, Feb. 3

 

Hubbard Hall Yoga

CAMBRIDGE Hubbard Hall announces that a new term of yoga classes will begin the week of February 3, as follows: beginner’s yoga, 8:30 to 10 a.m., from February 3 through June 23; gentle evening yoga, 6:35 to 7:35 p.m., from Feb. 4 through June 17; and continuing yoga, 7:30 to 9 a.m., from Feb. 5 through June 18. Instructors are Elizabeth Dunn and Zaidee Bliss. For details on pricing, call 518-677-2495 or visit www.hubbardhall.org.

 

Healthy Hearts

BALLSTON SPA Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer the Strong Women-Healthy Hearts program, an eight-week nutrition and exercise program for women starting on Feb. 3 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. at 50 West High Street in Ballston Spa. To register, contact Diane Whitten at 885-8995, email dwhitten@cornell.edu or obtain a form at www.ccesaratoga.org.

 

National Tour

RUTLAND The National Tour of the Broadway hit, “The Addams Family,” will makes its Vermont premiere at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre on Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $49.50 to $59.50 and are available at the box office at 30 Center Street in downtown Rutland or online at www.paramountlive.org or by phone by calling 802-775-0903. The hit musical, which premiered on Broadway in March, 2010, is based on the macabre New Yorker drawings of Charles Addams.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 4

 

Tax Advice

CASTLETON A tax-aide from the American Association of Retired Persons will be at Castleton Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to help low to moderate income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older, in filing certain tax forms and schedules. For more information, call the Center at 802-468-3093.

 

Rifle Competition

VICTORY The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club on Route 32, just south of Victory, will continue its .22 caliber rifle competition on these successive Tuesdays: Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Time for the competition is 7 p.m. You should bring your own .22 and ammunition. For details, call Tim at 518-728-7098.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 5

 

Classic Casablanca

RUTLAND Film Expert Rick Winston will show an acknowledged screen classic, 1940’s Casablanca, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Rutland Free Library. The event is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday’s series, held the first Wednesday of each month. For specifics, call 802-773-1860.

 

Thursday, Feb. 6

 

Call for members

CAMBRIDGE The Battenkill Chorale, under the direction of Janet McGhee, will begin rehearsals for its spring concert “Music of Argentina and tribute to Nelson Mandela,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at Embury Methodist Church, 41 East Main St., Cambridge. This is open enrollment, with auditions for vocal placement only. New members will be accepted through Feb. 20. The concert will take place May 17 and 18 at Immaculate Conception parish in Hoosick Falls. To register, call 518-686-9327.

 

Friday, Feb. 7

 

VICTORY The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club on Route 32, just south of Victory, will continue its Friday night “Fish Fry” from 5 to 7 p.m. on these successive Fridays: Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Cost is $8.50 for fried fish or clams or fried chicken. Clam chowder costs $5 a quart. Call ahead for take-out at 518-695-3917. The public is welcome.

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

 

Defensive Driving

HOOSICK FALLS A defensive driving course will be offered by The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council at Hoosick Falls Health Center, Danforth Street, on Saturday, Feb. 8, starting at 8:30 a.m. Completion cuts 10 percent on collision and liability for three years, and it cuts four points from a driver’s license acquired within 18 months. Call 518-686-4854 to register.

 

Fire Victims Benefit

GRANVILLE A basket raffle fundraiser benefiting Jim and Deb Ross, whose Pawlet home fell to fire, will be held at Granville’s Hook and Ladder Firehouse on Saturday, Feb. 8, with doors opening at 11 a.m. and drawings at 3 p.m. Among raffled items will be a patio set from Telescope Furniture. To donate, call Carol Cartier at 518-282-9788; Jessica Sheldon at 518-642-3267; Tonya Powers at 802-293-5733; Nicole Cartier Kroosz at 518-955-0394; Patricia Kingsley at 518-499-2687.

 

Ham Dinner

POULTNEY A ham dinner will be served at Poultney United Methodist Church, 108 Main Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, hot vegetable, roll and cake will be served. At will donations, to benefit needy area families victimized by house fires, will be accepted. For details, call 802-287-5710.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 12

 

Lincoln Essays

MANCHESTER Deadline for submission of eighth-grade student essays for Hildene’s 2014

Lincoln Essay Competition is on, (but hopefully before), President Lincoln’s birthday, Wednesday, Feb. 12. Essays should compare a leader a student admires to Lincoln. Essays must be sent to Hildene by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12. For details, call Paula Maynard at 802-367-7961. Hildene, in Manchester, is the home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the president’s son.

 

Thursday, Feb. 13

 

Museum ABCs

BENNINGTON A pre-school story hour called “Museum ABCs” will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 at the Bennington Museum at 75 Main Street in Bennington, with repeats on March 20 and April 24. The three story hours include a talk about an art object, a craft activity and a gallery tour. For details, call 802-447-1571.

 

Friday, Feb. 14

 

Student Art

BENNINGTON Bennington Museum will exhibit art created by public and private school students from the Bennington area from Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, March 30. The art of elementary, middle and high school students will be shown. Students receive certificates of presentation at the show’s grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 15. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.

 

Exhibits Start

BENNINGTON At the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, starting Friday, Feb. 14, different regional artists will display their artwork for eleven weeks. Selected by a jury twice a year, the exhibits include a mix of paintings, sculpture, photos, wood working and more. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.

 

1970’s Photos

BENNINGTON The 1970s photographs of John Hubbard, former sports reporter and photographer for the Bennington Bannner, will be displayed from Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, March 30 at Bennington Museum, with hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The black and white photographs are the people Hubbard encountered on the job. For more information, call 802-447-1571.

 

Horace Greeley

POULTNEY Horace Greeley Writer’s Guild announces that in 2014 it will hold monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. The February meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Poultney Public Library at 205 Main Street. For details on joining this guild of writers, call 802-287-5556.

 

Holiday Chocolate

SCHUYLERVILLE Greater Schuylerville Youth Program will present from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 in the Youth Center in Fort Hardy Park a Valentine’s Day event called “I Love You and Chocolate, Too.” A chocolate dessert sampler bar is the star of the show.

Admission is free but a $10 donation is suggested. Please RSVP by Feb. 7 by calling 518-695-6100. Leave a message including family name, phone number and how many will attend. Space is limited. Visit www.facebook.com/greaterschuylervilleyouthprogram.

 

Saturday, Feb. 15

 

17th Flea Market

SCHUYLERVILLE Old Saratoga Auxiliary Unit 278 on 6 Clancy Street in Schuylerville will hold its 17th annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, with a snowdate of Sunday, Feb. 16. More than 40 vendors and home cooked food will be displayed at the market. For details, call 518-695-3011.

 

Snowshoe Trek

POULTNEY Diane Bargiel of the Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club announces that a moderate 2 to 4 mile snowshoe trek through woods and meadows in the East Poultney and Lake St. Catherine area will start at 10:30 a.m. at East Poultney Green. For more details, call Bargiel at 413-687-1109.

 

Community Day

BENNINGTON Closed from January through Feb. 13, the Bennington Museum will officially reopen its doors Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a community day celebration. Patrons can view the re-installed Grandma Moses exhibit and the initial recreation of the Decorative Arts Gallery, amongst all the other special exhibits, as well as the permanent collection. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.

 

Photography Class

LAKE LUZERNE “Perfect Pictures Every Time, with Carl Heilman II,” a photography class offered by Adirondack Folk School at 51 Main Street in Lake Luzerne, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. The eight-hour class includes instruction, question and answer, and several hours of photography. Tuition is $205, with member tuition, $195. The materials fee is $25. For details, call 518-696-2400.

 

Sunday, Feb. 16

 

History Meeting

BENNINGTON Bennington Historical Society normally meets the third Sunday of each month, as it will this Sunday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Ada Paresky Education Center on Bennington Museum’s second floor. Each meeting details a topic of Bennington-area history. For details, call the museum at 802-447-1571.

 

Monday, Feb. 17

 

Circus Camp

CASTLETON The 7th annual Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures Circus Camp will again be held at Castleton’s Maple Street School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, from Monday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 21. The circus camp is open to all students, grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Cost of the camp is $40. For details, call 802-362-7137 or email jbarclay@maplestreetschool.com. Troy Wunderle, Circus Smirkus artistic director and director of clowning for Ringling Brothers, will be the teacher.

 

Museum Workshops

BENNINGTON The Bennington Museum will offer school vacation workshops from Monday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 21 for children of all ages at appropriate times for the appropriate age. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For specific information and to make reservations, call Deana Mallory at 802-447-1571.

 

Thursday, Feb. 20

 

Art Yard Sale

BRANDON Artists with unwanted art supplies and materials have until Thursday, Feb. 20 to reserve, with $30, a six-foot by six-foot space at Compass Music and Arts Center’s “Artist Supply Yard Sale” to be held at the center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. The snow date is Saturday, March. 1. For further details, call 802-247-4295.

 

Saturday, Feb. 22

 

Winter Gala

STRATTON “The Winter Gala” of The Stratton Foundation, “celebrating the friends, family and mountain we all love,” will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, with a winter gala raffle of prizes and a 9 to 11 p.m. dance, with music presented by DJ Joe Bell. Classical guitarist Brett Grigsby will also be featured as soloist and member of the Finger Lakes Quartet. Tickets cost $100 per person. For details about this annual winter event in Stratton, Vermont, call 802-297-2096 or visit www.strattonfoundation.org.

 

Roasted Hot Dogs

GREENWICH Greenwich Elks’ 10th annual Hot Dog Roast will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the lodge from 2 to 10 p.m. Cost is $17.50, which covers hot dogs, chili, clam chowder, sausage and peppers, hamburgers and keg beer. Music is by “Open Bar Band” from 5 to 9 p.m., and free local cab rides will be offered from 8 to 10 p.m. To reserve tickets, call 802-692-2061 after 4 p.m.

 

Sunday, Feb. 23

 

SCHUYLERVILLE The Country Round and Square Dance Association will host an old-style country dance at Clancy Street’s American Legion in Schuylerville from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Music will be supplied by “Ole Time Country.” All are welcome.

The cost is $5 for adults; $2 for those 6-17; and those under 6, free. For details, call 518-638-8905 or 518-824-3719.

 

Saturday, March 1

 

MANCHESTER Nominations for the Hildene Award, given to Vermonters active in conservation and/or preservation, should be submitted by mail or in person at close of day on Saturday, March 1. Download forms at www.hildene.org/news.html. For detailed information, call 802-367-7961. Hildene is the ancestral home of Robert Todd Lincoln. The award includes a $10,000 prize, gifted to a non-profit of the honoree’s choosing.

 

Saturday, March 8

 

Spring Crafts

GREENWICH The annual “Spring Craft Fair” of the Auxiliary of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 2223 will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 in Greenwich. Crafters are wanted, and a space costs $30. Only 40 spaces are available. For details about reservations, call Donna at 518-692-2347 or Amber at 518-587-8224.

 

Sunday, March 9

 

Deadline to Join

ARLINGTON The deadline for season registration and the first practice of “The Mack Attack AAU Girls’ Basketball” is Sunday, March 9.  Mack Attack AAU improves skills and knowledge through advanced play. Girls, ages 8 to 17, should contact Coach Kerry Csizmesia at kerrycsizmesia@yahoo.com or phone 860-326-5024 for details about times, dates and place. For general information, visit www.mackattackaau.org.

 

Thursday, March 27

 

Music Swap Meet

BRANDON Musicians, record collectors and audio fanatics of all descriptions have until Thursday, March 27 to reserve, with $30, a six-foot by six-foot space at Compass Music and Arts Center’s “Music Swap Meet” to be held at the center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. A maximum of three spaces can be reserved. For further details, call 802-247-4295.

 

Saturday, March 29

 

Appraisal Fair

BENNINGTON Bennington Museum will offer an “Appraisal Fair” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. A panel of art experts and antiques appraisers will evaluate family heirlooms or any other odd, quirky piece. For more information, call 802-447-1571.

 

Friday, April 4

 

Eat and Drink

BENNINGTON “The Annual Brew and Food Pairing” will be paired at Bennington Museum on Friday, April 4. The food will be created by area chefs, bakers and chocolatiers, and the brews and ciders are carefully selected potations. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and it is the fifth annual event of its kind at the museum. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.

 

Saturday, April 12

 

Vermont Impressions

BENNINGTON Bennington Museum at 75 Main Street will present the work of three Vermont impressionist painters –– Clifford Adams Bayard, Arthur Gibbes Burton and George Loftus Noyes –– starting on Saturday, April 12 and running through June 17. On view in the Limric and Parmalee Galleries, the impressionist landscapes depict southern Vermont. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For details, call 802-447-1571.

 

Sunday, June 15

SALEM “The Salem Tour de Flame Fighters” fund-raising bike ride, with its monies earmarked for construction of a new fire-house, will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June. 25. Registration at 8:30 will be followed by three separate bike rides, the first cycling gearing off at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per person; $40 per family. Visit www.bikereg.com/Net/22124 to sign up. For details, call Steven Saunders at 518-321-9430 or email salemfd4434@hotmail.com.

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