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Orchestra to peform "Hadestown" Celebrated musician Anais Mitchell and her Hadestown Orchestra will peform "Hadestown" in a Benefit Show for Long Trail School in Dorset at 7 p.m., Oct. 1. The show will benefit both the scholarship program at Long Trail and Zion Episcopal Preschool, which had its supplies and equipment destroyed by the recent flooding. See Pg. 3 for details.

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Homecoming Week at Burr and Burton Academy, which began on September 19, continues Thursday, September 22, with the traditional Powder Puff football game at 4:30 p.m. at the school. Following the game, there will be a Homecoming Cookout at 6 p.m., and a bonfire at 7 p.m. in the upper parking lot. On Friday, the girls and boys varsity soccer teams will play at Applejack Field. The boys’ game is at 5:30 p.m.; the girls’ game is at 7:30 p.m. Alumni are invited to get together at a Bulldogs Connect party in the Tuttle Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Starting at noon on Saturday, September 24, a BBQ Tailgate Party will be held on Pettibone Field prior to the varsity football game at 2 p.m. The ever-popular Golf Ball Drop will take place during halftime. For a full calendar of athletic events, including all junior varsity games, visit www. The Student Homcoming Dance will be held at the Rowland Center on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Homecoming is sponsored by the BBA Booster Club, Parent Association, Student Council, and Freshmen Mentors. For more information, contact Director of Athletics Kathi Bierwirth at 549-8119 or email

Homecoming Week continues at Burr and Burton

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival this weekend Sure to delight both experienced and beginner fiber enthusiasts, the Third Annual Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival returns to the Wa s h i n g t o n County Fairgrounds in Greenwich on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Mingle with sheep, alpacas, goats, llamas and rabbits as you tour more than 120 fiber-related vendors. A variety of free demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend,

including sheep shearing, soap felting, sheep herding, triangle loom weaving and spinning. In addition to the demonstrations, the festival will also host several workshops teaching techniques in Tunisian Crochet, Nuno felting, tapestry weaving, hand spinning and more. There is a fee for each workshop; visit to register. The Fiber Festival is kidfriendly, with loads of activities and entertainment for the younger set. There will be face painting and balloons with

Puddles the Clown, Kool-Aid dyeing demonstrations, and music by the Widgets and Kangarooster. While at the fairgrounds, don’t miss the award-winning Farm Museum and original one-room schoolhouse. Festival attendees are asked to leave their own pets at home. Admission is $5 for adults, and free for youth 13 years old and younger. Parking is free. For more information, visit or call 518692-2464.

Peru Fair set for September 24 Named one of “Vermont’s Top 10 Tourist Events,” the Peru Fair celebrates its 30th year on Saturday, September 24 with a full day of events. This year’s fair also celebrates the 250th anniversary of Peru’s founding in 1761. The annual parade, which honors the town’s 250 years of contributions to laid-back country living, will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. from the town center. The fair features hay rides, a “village green” pig roast, pony rides, and crafts and food products provided by 100 area artisans and craft people. Cloggers, clowns and magicians will also make the day special.

Joe O’Donnell, the fair’s chairman, said, “The Peru Fair has attracted several thousand visitors to our town each year to the benefit of every kid in Peru who is continuing their education on a full-time basis, post high school. So not only is it a lot of fun for everyone, but it serves a good cause as well.” All proceeds from the fair benefit the Peru Scholarship Fund. Admission to the fair is $5 for adults, with children under six admitted free. Patrons should park at Bromley Mountain, where a free shuttle bus will take them to the fair. No dogs are allowed at the fair; no early entry is allowed. For more information, visit

“DooWop Legends” to appear at SVAC The Southern Vermont Arts Center wraps up its 2011 performance series in the Arkell Pavilion with a rock ‘n roll extravaganza on October 1 at 7:30 p.m. entitled “DooWop Legends.” This special show features Jay Siegel’s Tokens, best known for their 1961 number one hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Also performing with Siegel in the Tokens is Bill Reid and Jay Traynor, the original lead singer of Jay & the Americans. Other hits by the Tokens include “Tonight I Fell in Love” and “Portrait of My Love.” Also appearing is Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead singer of The Shirelles. The group is best known hits including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” “Baby It’s You” and the all-time favorite “Soldier Boy.” The Shirelle’s unforgettable classic “Tonight’s the Night”

was penned and performed by Shirley Alston Reeves. Tickets for the show are $38 and $30 for SVAC members, and $48 and $39 for non-members. To purchase, call the Arts Center Tuesday through Sunday at 802-362-1405, visit, or purchase limited single-price tickets at the Northshire Bookstore. SVAC’s 2011 Performing Arts season is presented in part by its generous series sponsors: Earthborn Designs, the Fowler Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Freeman, Mr. Al Feldan, Mr. Buddy Teich, and TPW Management. The Arts Center also gratefully acknowledges its Corporate Advocate Partners: Adirondack Audio & Video, The Equinox Resort, Express Copy, The Image Loft, New England Business Journals, The Orvis Company, People’s United Bank and Thebault Design.

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Homebrew Festival September 24th With a record number of home brewers participating, the Fifth Annual Southern Vermont Homebrew Festival on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 5 p.m. has moved to a bigger location at 210 South Street. The new location is across the street from the Bennington Town Hall and two blocks south of the original location at the Bennington Brush Company. The festival benefits the Bennington Museum. This year’s event will feature music by Hair of the Dog, which was voted “Best Band” by readers of Albany’s Times-Union in June 2011.

Attendees will enjoy beer tastings throughout the afternoon, get a commemorative tasting glass, observe brewing demonstrations by Hennessy’s Homebrew Emporium and Berkshire County Homebrew Supply, and have the opportunity to win prizes. There’s also the opportunity to talk with the brewers to learn how they got started brewing their own beer, as well as vote for the “People’s Choice” brewer. This year, homebrews will be judged by a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)certified panel of judges. Among the judges will be guest

judge Michael Madison, founder of the Madison Brewing Company of Bennington. The winner will have their brew prepared and served at the Madison Brewing Company. Admission to the Homebrew Festival is $35 at the door. Those not tasting – such as designated drivers or those under 21 - pay $10. Children 12 and under are free. The event is sponsored by Madison Brewing Company, Wandering Star Brewery, Berkshire County Homebrew Supply, WEXT Radio and Berkshire Homebrew Association. For more information, visit www.

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Green Mountain Academy to present two programs The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning

presents “The Co-Existence of Three Religions in Medieval Spain” with Williams College Professor Leyla Rouhi on Tuesday, September 27 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Dorset Church in Dorset, Vermont. For many people today, medieval Spain represents a place and time in which Jews, Muslims and Christians coexisted harmoniously. The reality was much more complex. This lecture will look at some of the ways in which this interaction can be understood, and as well as critique and comprehend the popular myths that exist about it today. Leyla Rouhi is a professor of Romance languages at Williams College. Her research focuses mainly on the presence of Islam in Iberia in the Middle Ages. On Thursday, September 29 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., GMALL presents “The Dynamic Earth” with Middlebury College Professor Patricia Manley at Burr and Burton Academy’s Hunter Seminar Room in Manchester. The talk will focus on the fundamental causes of earthquakes and some secondary effects such as landslides and tsunamis. Pat Manley teaches introductory geology courses as well as upper division course in Geophysics, Marine Geology and Sedimentology at Middlebury. Both programs have a registration fee of $15. To register, visit or call Renee Bornstein at 802-362-1199.

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NAMIWalk for Mental Health Participants needed for NAMIWalk for Mental Health in Bennington United Counseling Service is seeking participants for a fundraising walk, NAMIWalk, for mental health on Saturday, September 24 at 9 a.m. The walk starts and ends at 316 Dewey Street in Bennington and loops through town by Mt. Anthony Union High School. “Walk with us and you’ll walk with thousands of people for healthier communities across America,” said UCS Manager of Clinical and Emergency

Serivces Sherry Hathaway. She noted that one in five people experience mental illness at some point in life. To register yourself or a team for the walk, go to, click on NAMIWalks, then click on VT on the US map, then click on “form team.” Walkers can also obtain a registration packet by calling Nancy Donlon or Pat Kinney at 802-442-5491 ext. 483. UCS serves children, adults, families and seniors through nationally recognized counseling, early care and education and clinical support.

Northshire Bookstore events On Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m., architect Alan Benoit, owner of Sustainable Design, will explain the sometimes confusing world of home heating. In this program, he will explain the difference between a boiler and a furnace; what BTUs and SEER mean; and radiant heat versus hydronic. You’ll also learn about the installation, maintenance and long-term operating costs associated with both conventional and alternative systems. In association with National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month, the Northshire, in partnership with the Second Chance Animal Center, will present author Tom Ryan with his new book “Following Atticus” on Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. The book tells the story of an out-ofshape newspaper man (Ryan) and Atticus, his miniature schnauzer, who set out to climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000foot peaks, twice, in the winter. Representatives from Second Chance will be on hand to answer questions about animal adoption. Join the conversation about Vermont’s local and regional food system on Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m., when

Ellen Kahler, executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, will present highlights from the statewide, 18-month long Farm to Plate strategic process. Learn how we can stimulate more local and regional food production and consumption in the greater Manchester area. On Saturday, September 24 at 3 p.m., young adult authors Brandon Mull and Matt Myklusch will present their new books. Mull, the author of the bestselling “Fablehaven” series, brings “The Beyonders: A World Without Heroes,” the first book of a new three-book series. Myklusch will discuss his debut novel “Jack Blank,” about a 12-year-old misfit boy who was left on the steps of an orphanage at birth. Thursday, September 29 brings Vermont’s world-famous Bread and Puppet Theatre for a special performance of “Man = Carrot Circus.” If you’ve never see Bread and Puppet, don’t miss this show. Tickets for this event are $5, and seating is limited. Children 10 and under are free admission. For more information, call 802-362-2200 or visit

Pre-K Forum Flood Brook School finally opens A Pre-Kinderg ar ten Community Forum will be held in the Mack Multi-Purpose Room at the Fisher Elementary School on Tuesday, September 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. The presentation and discussion will be led by Fisher Principal Deanne Lacoste. Topic will be Arlington School District’s look at adding a second pre-kindergarten classroom to the school. This forum will be of particular interest to parents of children will turn four on or before August 31, 2011, or those who have young children at home. For more information, contact Principal Lacoste at 375-6409

“The Old Country Fiddler” in Manchester Fiddler Adam Boyce will portray Charles Ross Taggart in a special program entitled “The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer” on Sunday, September 25 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. Born in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a 40-year career, performing in countless stage shows across the country. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer and ventriloquist, he made at least 25 recordings with Victor, Edison and Columbia companies. Taggart also appeared in a talking moving picture four years before Al Jolson starred in “The Jazz Singer.” Boyce portrays Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. This free Ver mont Humanities Council program is hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. The church is located at 3624 Main St. in Manchester Village. For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.

Hadestown Orchestra to perform Celebrated musician Anais Mitchell and her Hadestown Orchestra will peform "Hadestown" in a Benefit Show for Long Trail School in Dorset at 7 p.m., Oct. 1. The show will benefit both the scholarship program at Long Trail and Zion Episcopal Preschool, which had its supplies and equipment destroyed by the recent flooding. A native Vermonter, Anais Mitchell's folk and blues-inspired Hadestown has been praised by Blogcritics as a "musical opera that's unlike any you've ever witnessed. It's Indie Rock mixed with

Dixieland. It's Homer's Odyssey as performed by Pink Floyd." Folk and Acoustic Music Review says, "Hadestown and Anais Mitchell deserve all the listeners and accolades we can give." Tickets are reserved, available at $50, $35 and $25. You can select your own seat during the ticketing process at or at 800836-8006. $50 Ticket buyers gain admission to a preshow meet-and-greet with Mitchell at 6 p.m.

A student makes muffins at the Post-Irene Collaborative Camp as Flood Brook School resumes sessions after Tropical Storm Irene. After a long-awaited first day of school, Flood Brook Elementary and Middle School students are back at work. The town of Londonderry was not spared by Hurricane Irene, which left several displaced families, some of which lost all their belongings and even their homes. Damaged and closed roads would have made it difficult for buses to get to all the children. The condition of these roads resulted in the first day of school being postponed several times before the decision to open was made on September 7.

The Collaborative, which shares it quarters with the school, stepped in by offering at two-day camp in which staff members looked after some 30 to 40 children. Activities included making zucchini muffins, pasta salad with vegetables harvested from the Collaborative garden, pesto and apple sauce. The children also read and played their favorite sports. With enrollment up and test scores among the highest in the state, Flood Brook School Faculty and staff are back, invigorated, and ready for a new year.

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FRI 9/23 HOOSICK FALLS The Third Annual Hoosick Pumpkinpalooza will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23 to 25, in Hoosick Falls Village. All competitions will be held on Saturday, with a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 25. Featured will be Punkin’ Chunkin and a Chili Cook-Off (rules/registration, 518686-9050, or email, a 5K Road Race (9a.m.) and Fun Run (10 a.m.) at Wood Memorial Park (register at 7:30 a.m. or in advance at www., and a Pet Parade at the Hoosick tennis courts on Main Street (register at 10:30 a.m. for 11 a.m. parade). PAWLET The Pawlet Farmers’ Market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Pawlet Village green, next to the library. Fresh produce, handmade crafts and Vermont maple products will be offered every Friday, rain or shine. GLENS FALLS/QUEENSBURY The Adirondack Balloon Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 23 to 25, at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury and Crandall Park in Glens Falls. Gates will open at 3 p.m. Friday. Saturday will feature a breakfast in the hangar from 5 to 11 a.m. and balloon launches at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., weather permitting. Hours Sunday will be 5 a.m. to noon at the airport and 2 to 5 p.m. at the park. The Jonathan Newell Band will entertain and balloon flights will be available. No dogs will be allowed. Information:

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MANCHESTER Reservations are requested by Saturday, Sept. 24, for Equinox Village’s Autumn Informational Open House that will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Seminars on tackling legal and financial issues in retirement, “expediting unwanted belongings,” and keeping in touch through social media will be offered. Free and open to all age 55 and older, spouses and family members. Information/reservations: 802-362-4061. RUTLAND The Green Mountain Club will offer a 100th Anniversary Hike at Killington via the historic Summit Hotel road on Saturday, Sept. 24. Local historian Justin Lindholm will lead this trek to the site of the old hotel and share his experiences in discovering and mapping the road. Difficult, bushwhacking, steep, seven miles. Meet at 9 a.m. at Main Street Park in Rutland, near the east end of the fire station off Center Street. Information: Sue Thomas at 773-2185. PERU The 2011 Peru Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24. Opening at 9 a.m., the fair will feature hay rides, a “village green” pig roast, pony rides, a wide range of area crafts and food products, live music, and more. Free bus service will be provided from the Bromley Mountain parking lot to the town (five-minute ride). Admission: $5, free younger than 6, with proceeds benefiting the Peru Scholarship Fund. The annual parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. from the town center in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the town’s founding. Information: GREENWICH The Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival will be held

from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25, at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich. Cost: $5 adults, free 13 and younger, with free parking. Information: 518-692-2464, or email BENNINGTON The Fifth Annual Southern Vermont Homebrew Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 210 South Street, across from the Bennington Town Hall. The Hair of the Dog band will entertain and there’ll be food, homebrews from throughout New England, brewing demonstrations, and more. Homebrews will be judged by an expert panel and cash prizes will be awarded. Cost: $35, with proceeds benefiting the Bennington Museum. To enter a brew, visit brew-fest-registration.html. Information: 802-447-1571, or SALEM The North Main Gallery at 196 N. Main Street, Route 22, in Salem will host an Artist Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Featured will be an exhibition of photographs by Karen Brown and Corinna Aldrich titled, “Images.” Information: 518-8543406.

SUN 9/25 CAMBRIDGE The Battenkill Conservancy will hold the second American Rivers’ National River Cleanup of the year on Sunday, Sept. 25. Meet at 9 a.m. at Battenkill Valley Outdoors, 1414 Route 313 in Cambridge, where canoes will be available at no charge for the cleanup. Reservations are requested with Lisa or Don at 518-677-3311, 6772545, or email At 1 p.m. after the cleanup, there’ll be an annual business meeting and election of officers, and Kelly Nolan will report the 2011 water sampling results. GRANVILLE The 25th Autumn Leaves Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, on the grounds at the Granville Elementary School off Quaker Street. About 200 vehicles are expected and slate plaques will be awarded to winners in 25 classifications, with 14 special awards. Admission: $3; free 14 and younger. Show car entry: $20, including two admission tickets and commemorative T-shirts. Others may purchase a T-shirt for $10. Vehicle registration will run from 8 to 11 a.m., or in advance at the Granville Chamber of Commerce website, Also, the America Legion will sell barbecued chicken and the Boy Scouts will offer hot dogs and snacks at this event. Information: 518-642-2815. WELLS The Section Eight Ryders will host a Basket Party Fundraiser for Dora Mallory on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Modern Woodmen of America Hall off Route 30 in Wells. Doors will open at 2 p.m. with drawings starting at 4 p.m. Cost: $5 first sheet of tickets; $2 each additional sheet. Proceeds will help Dora, a 52-year-old mother of three, who is fighting cancer. Information: Janice Paddock at 518-642-1814, or Terry Mead at 642-3605. MANCHESTER The Mark Skinner Library will present Adam Boyce with a portrayal of Charles Ross Taggart, “The Old Country Fiddler,”

at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the First Congregational Church, 3624 Main Street in Manchester. Adam will portray Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Free and open to all. Information: 802-362-2607.

TUE 9/27 DORSET The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will present Williams College Prof. Leyla Rouhi with a talk on “The Co-Existence of Three Religions in Medieval Spain” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Discussed will be how Jews, Muslims and Christians learned from one another at that time. Cost: $15. Information/registration: Renee Bornstein at 802-362-1199, or MANCHESTER The Northshire Hockey Assn., the Northshire Figure Skating Club, and the Rusty Blades (women’s hockey) will hold a Registration Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Riley Rink in Manchester. Used equipment will be offered for sale and skate sharpening will cost only $5. Information: Hockey Assn., Karen Grabher at 802-3668218; Skating Club, Debbie Tegen at email; and Rusty Blades, Julie Wojtkowski at 802-362-5102.

WED 9/28 BENNINGTON Southern Vermont College will host a Graduate School Fair from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Everett Mansion on the campus in Bennington. Representatives from more than 17 graduate and professional schools will attend and the public is invited. Information: Denise Spencer at 802-447-4631, or email General information: ack at 518-747-8090.

THU 9/29 POULTNEY The Poultney Farmers’ Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, on Main Street in Poultney. Offered will be local meats, vegetables, fruits, baked goods, maple syrup, crafts and more. Info: 802-468-5805. MANCHESTER The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will host Middlebury College Prof. Patricia Manley with a talk titled, “The Dynamic Earth,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Hunter Seminar Room at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. This talk will focus on the fundamental causes of earthquakes and some secondary effects of them. Cost: $15. Information/registration: Renee Bornstein at 802-362-1199, or MANCHESTER The Choir of Christ Our Savior Parish will hold Rehearsals from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays in preparation for its Eighth Annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 18. Rehearsals will be at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Bonnet Street in Manchester and all vocal parts are needed. Information: Music Director Michael Gallagher after Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday, email, or call the office, 802-362-1380.


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