It’s autumn in the Northeast Kingdom, one of the most beautiful times of the year in one of the most beautiful spots in the country. The weather is gorgeous, and so is the scenery. It’s the peak of Vermont’s famed fall foliage season, and the leaves on the trees have turned to brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.
There’s plenty to do at this time of year. Stay at one of the area’s many bed and breakfasts, inns, or motels and take a leisurely drive through the countryside. Stop for lunch at a country store, restaurant, or pub. Many establishments pride themselves on serving up meals made with super fresh, local ingredients. And Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is fast getting on the map for its excellent specialty breweries, including Hill Farmstead, voted best brewery in the world.
Rent a canoe or kayak and enjoy the water. There are five lakes and ponds in the Barton area alone – Willoughby, Crystal, and Shadow lakes, and Parker and Daniels ponds. Lake Memphremagog in Newport straddles the U.S. Canadian border. And there are too many rivers and streams to name.
Lakefront camps and cottages are still available for rent. The crowds are gone for the summer, so enjoy the waterfront in peace and quiet.
Visit one of the Northeast Kingdom’s many excellent farm stands and farmers markets and plan a cookout with fresh corn, roasted new potatoes and squash, maybe a couple of steaks from a locally raised beef or beefalo, juicy red tomatoes. It’s a time of bounty, and farmers have a tempting selection of fresh produce for sale, as well as crisp, new apples, fresh berries and a tasty variety of preserves.
Enjoy a corn maze, a fall foliage festival, a church dinner (the homemade pies are memorable), or one of many events at the Old Stone House Museum.
Fall foliage in the Northeast Kingdom is the loveliest in the country, maybe in the world, according to the New York Times bestseller, 1,000 places to See Before You Die. So don’t miss it!
So, what causes fall foliage? Read about it here.
**A NOTE ABOUT EVENTS: Please note that we only print Orleans County events that are free, a benefit, or nonprofit. Events run as space allows, and we reserve the right to omit events, especially events that run weekly, if needed. Deadline for event submissions is Monday at noon. Thank you!
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1
TALK ON GERMAN POW CAMP IN NH TO BE GIVEN IN NEWPORT
A talk, “Stark Decency: German POWs in a New England Village,” will be given by historian and Dartmouth College Professor Allen Koop on Wednesday, October 1, at 7 p.m., at Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport. This is the first program of the season for Vermont Humanities Council’s 1st Wednesdays free lecture series at the library. For more information, call the library at (802) 334-7902 or the Vermont Humanities Council at (802) 262-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2
HARVEST FESTIVAL AT NCH
North Country Hospital in Newport will hold a Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital lobby. There will be baked goods, Rhonda’s doughnuts, jams and jellies, crafts, plants, grab bags, raffles, and more. All proceeds benefit auxiliary fundraising for hospital projects.
HARVEST FESTIVAL AND OPEN HOUSE AT TROY SCHOOL
Troy School in North Troy will hold a Harvest Festival and Open House on Thursday, October 2. There will be fresh food, a tour of classrooms, and then dinner and activities from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria, featuring apple cider pressing, live music by students, and educational tables from various community organizations. For more information, call (802) 334-2044 or visit www.greenmountainfarmtoschool.org.
LEARNING MORE ABOUT HYDRO POSSIBILITIES FOR CRYSTAL LAKE FALLS
People interested in learning more about Barton Hydro potential at Crystal Lake Falls are invited to explore joining a Hydro Committee road trip to Bennington to tour Bill Scully’s new hydro project there. Mr. Scully has been featured in Vermont for his success in obtaining necessary permits and will conduct the tour at noon on Thursday, October 2. He will be coming to the area at the invitation of the Barton Hydro Project the third week in October to provide additional information and share his hydro success story (and struggles). Those interested in making this trip or carpooling, please call Adrien or Ed Helm at 525-3740.
HEALTHIER LIVING WORKSHOP AT NCH
A free program for persons with chronic conditions as well as their family or caregivers, a Healthier Living Workshop, will be meet for 6 consecutive Thursday sessions starting October 2, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at North Country Hospital’s Primary Care Building Community Room. Learn how to manage symptoms, medications, and nutrition. No fee. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Community Health at 334-3208.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3
RUMMAGE SALE IN NEWPORT
There will be a Rummage Sale on Friday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the United Church of Newport on Third Street. Sponsored by The Friendship Circle.
WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE SEMINAR IN GLOVER
Tim Goad will put on a women’s self defense seminar at the Glover Town Hall on Friday, October 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for women ages 12 and up. No registration is required, just show up. Cost is by donation.
RUMMAGE SALE IN ISLAND POND
The First Congregational Church of Brighton will hold their bi-annual Rummage Sale on Friday, October 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Island Pond. There will also be a food sale on Saturday.
50’s DINNER AT UNITED CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
The United Christian Academy’s senior class will hold a 50’s dinner fundraiser on Friday, October 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at UCA in Newport. For more information, call UCA at 334-3112.
FIRST FRIDAY FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT IN DERBY LINE
A free family movie night will be held Friday, October 3, at 7 p.m., at the Derby Line Village Hall, on Main Street. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Don your proton packs and be ready for some ghost fighting. Concessions will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the sale of concessions will benefit the Derby Line Events Committee. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult, Please, no outside food or drink. For more information, visit http://myersbethany.wix.com/derbylineday (click on entertainment submenu) or call (802) 873-3420.
GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE FEATURES BOWLING, PIZZA
Calling all girls in grades K through 12. It’s time to discover, connect, and take action: It’s time to join Girl Scouts. A free bowling and pizza party and learn about the Girl Scout Pathways on Friday, October 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Waterfront Lanes Bowling Center in Waterfront Plaza in Newport. For more information about this event or to RSVP (suggested), contact Patsy Tompkins at (802) 525-6565 or email@example.com.
KIDS CLUB STARTING AT NEWPORT BAPTIST CHURCH
Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to a Kids Club at Newport Baptist Church beginning Friday, October 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Light meal at 6 p.m. For more information, e-mail Nancy Penfield, Kids Club director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPEN MIC NIGHT & KARAOKE AT NEWPORT EAGLES CLUB
An Open Mic Night and Karaoke will be held at the Newport Eagles Club Aerie 4329 on Friday, October 3, from 6 p.m. to closing. Club/bar opens at 3 p.m. Open to the public. Members and nonmembers can watch and/or perform. For more information, call 334-2277 or check them out on Facebook.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4
HAM SUPPER IN SUTTON
The Sutton Freewill Baptist Church will hold a Ham Supper on Saturday, October 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Sutton School Multipurpose Room. Menu includes ham, potatoes, squash, peas, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls, and homemade pie. Meet the new interim pastor, Rev. Mark Heinrichs. Cost is by donation.
OYSTER SUPPER AT CHARLESTON SCHOOL
The Charleston Volunteer Fire Department’s 60th annual Oyster Supper will be held Saturday, October 4, at the Charleston Elementary School. Seatings at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. or until all are served. Includes assorted hot dishes and various desserts. Adults $12, 12 and under $5, and 4 and under free. Raffles and door prizes. For more information, call Duane at 723-6640 or Tom at 723-4549.
FALL OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND IN VERMONT
Craftspeople and artists at sites in every region of Vermont will open their studios to the public on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bright yellow “Open Studio” signs are posted along the roads to guide visitors to studios. The map and guide is free and available at Vermont welcome centers, galleries throughout the state, or on the website www.vermontcrafts.com. Maps can also be obtained by calling (802) 223-3380 or e-mailing email@example.com.
FALL FOLIAGE CRAFT FAIR IN HARDWICK
The Heart of Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual Fall Foliage Craft Fair will be held Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Hardwick Elementary School on South Main Street. Featuring jewelry, candles, pottery, clothing, photography, fiber arts, and other fine crafts. $25 shopping spree drawing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. (you must be present to win). Kiwanis chicken barbecue beginning at 11:30 p.m. Historical society holding an open house at The Depot from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call (802) 472-5906.
BETTER BONES OF THE NEK MEETING IN DERBY
Leslie Lockridge MD, will speak at the Saturday, October 4, meeting of Better Bones of the Northeast Kingdom. This is a National Osteoporosis Foundation education and support group, which meets monthly at the Community National Bank in Derby. Dr. Lockridge will speak on the topics of bone density testing, osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment strategies. Registration is required as seating is limited. For more information or to register, visit www.BetterBonesNEK.org or call Mary King at (802) 535-2011.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5
CHICKEN & BISCUITS DINNER & QUILT RAFFLE IN TROY
A Chicken & Biscuits Dinner, Quilt Raffle, and more will take place at Troy Parish Hall on Sunday, October 5, at noon. Adults $8, children 6-12 $4 and free under 6. Sponsored by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Ladies in Troy.
ANNUAL NATIONAL LIFE CHAIN IN NEWPORT
The Orleans County annual Life Chain will be held on Sunday, October 5, from 2 to 3 p.m., in Newport, at 100 Main Street, next to the Emory Hebard State Office Building. Life Chain is the largest peaceful, prayerful, pro-life, public witness in the world with more than 1,000 cities across the U.S. and Canada expected to participate. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 744-6272, or visit www.lifechain.net.
FALL SUSTAINABLE ENERGY WALK/BIKE IN CRAFTSBURY
The Craftsbury Energy Committee is offering an opportunity to see different strategies for people to live more sustainably with their Fall Sustainable Energy Walk/Bike on Sunday, October 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Three sites within walking distance will be visited. Attendees should meet and park at The Music Box on 147 Creek Road. For more information, call committee chairman Amelia Fritz at 586-2887.
CHICKEN PIE DINNER IN ALBANY
Albany Methodist Church will host its annual Chicken Pie Dinner on Sunday, October 5, with seatings at noon and 1 p.m. Traditional chicken pie, mashed potatoes, buttercup squash, coleslaw, and all the trimmings, plus homemade pie, will be served family style. Takeout is also available. Adults $10, children 8 and under $5. Go early and hear live music before your seating. Call 754-2790 for reservations.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6
FREE SCREENING OF “AMERICAN WINTER” IN NEWPORT
A free screening of “American Winter” will be held on Monday, October 6, at 6 p.m. at the Gateway Center in Newport. “American Winter” is a documentary film that follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the wake of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. For more information, call HealthWorks Coalition at 334-2725.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7
FREE CONCERT IN WESTMORE
On Tuesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. on the Westmore Fellowship Hall stage, a free concert will be held featuring international soloist and singing actress mezzo soprano Tracey Bondi-Pear. Tenor Joe Welch, comedian Steve Tanner, and pianist Mark Violette will also perform in an evening of melody and mirth. There will be a mixture of jazz, ragtime, golden Broadway oldies, opera solos, duets, and comic skits.
UCA BUILDING DEDICATION & OPEN HOUSE
On Tuesday, October 7, United Christian Academy in Newport will hold a building dedication for their Kuniholm Education Center at 5:30 p.m. and a recognition of volunteers at 6 p.m. in the UCA auditorium with an open house immediately following.
BEN HEWITT TO SPEAK ON UNSCHOOLING AT GALAXY BOOKSHOP
The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick welcomes Cabot author Ben Hewitt on Tuesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. for a discussion about his latest book, Home Grown. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 472-5533 or visit www.galaxybookshop.com for a full schedule of events.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8
ROCK POWDERS & PARA MAGNETISM LECTURE IN NEWPORT
The UVM-Extension Master Gardener NEK CHAPTER will kick off its 4th Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Lecture Series with “Rock Powders and Para Magnetism” presented by Steve Hebert at Newport Natural Café, 194 Main Street, Newport, on Wednesday, October 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call Anne at (802) 323-9978.
OSHER LECTURE IN NEWPORT
Rob Mermin of Circus Smirkus pays tribute to his teacher and mentor, mime Marcel Marceau, and will show rare film clips of Marceau and his teacher Etienne Decroux, performing and teaching, bringing to life the “eloquent art of silence.” The lecture begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, at the Emory Hebard State Office Building, 2nd floor, in Newport. Admission of $5 includes social hour and refreshments. For more information, call (819) 704-0569.
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TOWN HALL MEETING
The Department of Corrections will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, October 8, at participating Vermont Interactive Technologies (VIT) sites around the state from 4 to 6 p.m. Locally, there is a VIT site in Newport. Community members are encouraged to attend the meeting to provide feedback to the department. For more information, contact Monica Weeber at 802-951-5057.
VERMONT AND THE CIVIL WAR WITH HOWARD COFFIN
From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin will speak on the Civil War and its effect on Vermonters on Wednesday, October 8, at 7 p.m. at the Montgomery Town Hall in Montgomery. No preregistration required and free and open to the public.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
FALL HARVEST SUPPER IN WESTMORE
A Fall Harvest Supper will be held on Saturday, October 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Westmore Fellowship Hall. Menu includes homemade baked beans, baked ham, Vermont squash, coleslaw, homemade rolls, and various homemade pies, cider, coffee, and tea. Donation of $10 for adults, $6 for children. For more information, call Millie Davis at 525-8862.
RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE IN MONTGOMERY
There will be a Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday, October 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church on 20 Fuller Bridge Road in Montgomery Village to benefit the United Methodist Women.
RICHARD HOSKIN BOOK TALK IN GREENSBORO
Richard Hoskin, author of the historical novel, The Miner & The Viscount, will discuss his book at the Greensboro Free Library on Saturday, October 11, at 10 a.m. Call Mary Metcalf, Librarian, at 533-2531 for more information.
FRENCH MUSIC AT THE MUSIC BOX
Immerse yourself in French music from France, Quebec, and Louisiana with Va et Vient at The Music Box in Craftsbury on Saturday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 586-7533 or visit www.themusicboxvt.org.
FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW IN WESTFIELD
The Fall Arts and Crafts Show, formerly known as the Village Art Show in North Troy, presented by The Wooden Horse Arts Guild, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, at Degre Auction House on Route 100 in Westfield from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the 20th year for the craft show that features many fine artists and something for everyone. Free admission, handicap accessible. For more information, visit www.woodenhorsearts.com.
APPLE PRESSING AT THE OLD STONE HOUSE
All are invited to bring their own apples to press at the Old Stone House in Brownington on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. through October 11. Bring containers to take your cider home. Donation of $1 per gallon appreciated, and willingness to share a few cups with our other visitors. Three gallon limit if other people are waiting.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12
TURKEY DINNER IN NORTH TROY
There will be a turkey dinner with homemade pie at St. Vincent de Paul Church at 18 North Pleasant Street in North Troy on Sunday, October 12, from 11:30 a.m. until all are served. Cost is $5.50 for kids ages five to 12, $10 for adults, and $32 maximum per immediate family.
OPEN HOUSE AT MISSISQUOI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Missisquoi Valley Historical Society invites you to an open house and sale (turn-of-the-century books, frames, and linens) at the museum on Main Street in North Troy on Sunday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funds raised will be used for ongoing operating expenses and improvements.
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ADULT IMMUNIZATION CLINIC IN NEWPORT
Third Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Department of Health in Emory Hebard State Office Building at 100 Main Street, Suite 220, in Newport. Free. Walk in or call for an appointment at 334-4386.
ADULT LEARNING CENTER FREE SERVICES
Northeast Kingdom Learning Services Community Education Center on 1 Main Street in Newport offers GED preparation and GED testing, High School Completion Plans for teens (16 years and older) and adults, preparation for standardized tests such as the AccuPlacer for CCV or the ParaPro for public school teaching; basic computer skills instruction; academic skills assessment in reading, writing and math; and instructions in most academic disciplines. All adult education services are free of charge to the student. The tutorial program offers tutoring services at an hourly rate for grades K-12. The adult learning center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tutorial services K-12 are scheduled by appointment. For more information, call 334-2839.
AA meetings are held in Newport, St. Johnsbury, and most towns in the Northeast Kingdom. For detailed information call AA at (802) 334-1213 or toll free at (877) 334-1213, or visit www.aavt.org and click on “District 3.” Also visit www.aavt.org and click on “District 3” for a comprehensive schedule.
AL-ANON MEETING IN CRAFTSBURY COMMON
Thursdays at 6 p.m., at the United Church in Craftsbury Common. Discussion.
AL-ANON MEETING IN DERBY
Saturdays from 6 to 7 p.m., at Newport Church of God, Crawford Road in Derby. If your life is affected because someone you love has an addiction, Al-Anon can help. Offering understanding, support, and a community that understands how you feel.
AL-ANON MEETING IN NEWPORT
Tuesdays at 7:30, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church parish house on Second Street in Newport. Step meeting. Open to anyone interested. Discussion.
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT
Caregivers support group every fourth Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at North Country Hospital, 2nd floor waiting room (Room 221). For those dealing with family members or friends diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other related dementia. Informal gathering. All welcome. For further information, call (800) 272-3900 or e-mail email@example.com.
AMERICAN LEGION BARTON POST #76 MEETINGS
First Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., at the Legion Hall in the Barton Memorial Building.
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY MEETINGS
Second Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m., at the Legion Hall in the Barton Memorial Building. For more information, call Patsy Tompkins at 525-6565.
AMERICAN LEGION NEWPORT POOL TOURNAMENT
The American Legion in Newport is holding an 8 Ball Pool Tournament on Mondays. 6 p.m. practice, 7 p.m. play. Double elimination, BCA rules. 8 players or less, pay two places; 9 players or more, pay three places. For more information, call 334-2374.
BENEFIT BINGO IN MONTGOMERY CENTER
Bingo at St. Isidore’s Parish Hall on Route 242 in Montgomery Center every Friday evening. Doors open at 5 p.m. Quickies at 6:30 p.m., regular and special games at 7 p.m. Paper cards. Progressive jackpot, raffles, lunch, freebies, fun for all.
COMMUNITY MEAL IN NEWPORT
A free Community Meal will be held the third Thursday of every month at noon, at the United Church of Newport on Third Street. All welcome.
CPR & FIRST AID CLASSES OFFERED BY BARTON AMBULANCE SQUAD
Barton Ambulance Squad is still offering CPR and First Aid classes for the public. Classes are taught by certified instructors who make classes fun while giving you knowledge and skills you may need to save a life one day. Four instructors are available so a large class is possible, but not necessary. They also work one-on-one. For prices and more information call 525-3637.
CRAFTSBURY COMMUNITY SUPPERS
Members of the United Church of Craftsbury in Craftsbury Common will offer free evening suppers on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Open to all. Donations appreciated but not required. For more information, call 586-8028.
DERBY SENIOR MEAL AT ELKS CLUB
Derby Senior Meal will be held at the Elks Club on the Newport–Derby Road in Derby every second Thursday of the month at noon. By donation. For more information, call Jenny or Lallie at the Area Agency on Aging at (800) 642-5119.
DIABETICS, PREDIABETICS & THEIR CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
This support group has been formed in this area and will be held the first Monday of every month in Barton at 5:30 p.m. Bring tips for what works for you and learn other information to make your life easier. Meetings will be monthly and last 1-1/4 hours. For more information, call John at 754-8410 after 5 p.m.
DIVINE HEALING COMMUNITY GROUP MEETING AT THE ART HOUSE
A Divine Healing Community Group will meet at The Art House on North Craftsbury Road in Craftsbury Common every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Free. To register, call 586-9070. Registration is not required. All experience levels welcome. Come to be healed, come to learn how to heal, or just come to learn what divine healing is.
DO DROP IN MEAL SITE IN NEWPORT CENTER
The Do Drop In Meal Site at the Newport Center Fire Department on Cross Road is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games played before lunch, lunch at noon, bingo played after. For more information or reservations, call 334-6443.
FIRST STEPS WOMEN’S GROUP
Meets on Fridays at 9:30 a.m., at 55 Seymour Lane, in the Community Justice living room. A warm, safe place where women can find support for facing challenges and learn some new strategies for addressing life’s complications and problems. All welcome. No qualifications or criteria.
GRANDPARENTS ’N’ KIN RAISING “GRAND” KIDS
Meets second Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at North Country Career Center, 209 Veterans Avenue, room 380, in Newport. For more information and to notify of your attendance, contact group leader Angela Blais at Head Start/Early Head Start by leaving a message at 525-3362, extension 201. Dinner provided. Childcare provided upon request.
HIV TESTING CLINIC IN NEWPORT
Held every third Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Department of Health in Emory Hebard State Office Building at 100 Main Street, Suite 220, in Newport. Free, anonymous, no needles, oral test, includes short talk session. Walk in or call for an appointment at 334-4386.
JAM SESSION IN LOWELL
A Jam Session will be held at the Parish Hall in Lowell every third Sunday of the month, from 1 to 4 p.m. Anyone with musical or singing talent is invited to attend. Admission by donation. For further information, call John and Sandy Vear at 635-2596.
JAY COMMUNITY RECREATIONAL CENTRE DISCOUNT CARD
$20. Valid through December 2014 for cardholder only. Great gift for any occasion. Includes ongoing discounts at Jay Village Inn, Jay Country Store, Snow Job Sport & Gift Shop in Jay, Bernie’s Restaurant & 1st Trax in Montgomery Center. Buy at www.jayvt.com, Jay Town Hall or participating businesses. For more information, call (802) 343-5687. A Jay Focus Group fundraiser.
JAY/WESTFIELD RSVP BONE BUILDER CLASSES
RSVP Bone Builders Balance & Strengthening classes are being offered twice a week through RSVP volunteers: at Jay Community Center on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and at Westfield Community Center on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. These are free exercise classes to prevent or reverse osteoporosis. Weights provided. For more information, contact Teresa at (617) 413-3898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LINE DANCING IN WESTFIELD
Line dancing will be held at the Westfield Community Center on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. No partner needed and no level of experience required. $5 per person. For information, call Pat Sanders at 988-4193 or Connie LaPlume at 744-2484.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETING IN NEWPORT
Narcotics Anonymous meetings will be held Tuesdays at 7 p.m., at North Country Hospital library in Newport.
NEK MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP
The NEK Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at North Country Hospital in the meeting room next to the library. For more information, call Stella at 766-0103.
NEWPORT AREA COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA REHEARSALS IN DERBY LINE
Newport Area Community Orchestra will hold regular rehearsals on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., at the First Universalist Parish in Derby Line. Openings for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, string bass, oboe and bassoon. If interested, visit www.newportareacommunityorchestra.org/ or call 766-3021.
NEWPORT COMMUNITY SENIOR MEALS
Fridays at noon at 125 Main Street, between Coventry and Center streets across from the laundromat. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for anyone interested in playing card games, board games, or just to socialize. Meals will be served at noon. Community members of all ages are invited to enjoy a warm, well-balanced meal prepared by Cornucopia’s culinary trainees. Suggested meal donations: $3.50 for seniors age 60 and over, $5 for all others. Information about Cornucopia can be found at www.umbrellanek.org. For further information, contact Lynn Rublee at (802) 487-9380 or email@example.com.
NORTH COUNTRY QUILTERS
Regular monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 3417 Darling Hill Road in Derby. Visit http://ncquilters.wikispaces.com/.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM COMMUNITY ACTION ASSISTANCE
Available to help with forms, photocopies, faxes, phone assistance, fuel/electrical assistance, food shelf and commodities, Farm to Family coupons, holiday meals, seed packets, housing, temporary shelter, housing advocacy, and 3Squares applications.
Newport: 70 Main St., Newport, VT 05855. (802) 334-7316. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Island Pond: 70 Cross St., Island Pond, VT 05846. (802) 723-6425. Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m. to noon.
St. Johnsbury: 115 Lincoln St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. (802) 748-6040. Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
OLD STONE HOUSE MUSEUM CRAFT CIRCLES
The Old Stone House Museum will be open through October 15 and will offer a variety of craft circles this season. For more information, call the museum at (802) 754-2022 or visit www.oldstonehousemuseum.org.
Knitters Circle: 1st Wednesday of the month from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Quilters Circle: 2nd Wednesday of the month from noon to 3 p.m.
Spinners Circle: 3rd Wednesday of the month from noon to 3 p.m.
Basket Making Workshops: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Basket Making Classes: Please call for dates.
Blacksmith Classes & Hammer-ins: Please call for dates and times.
OSTEOPOROSIS EDUCATION & SUPPORT GROUP
The National Osteoporosis Foundation Better Bones of the Northeast Kingdom group meets on the first Saturday of most months, at 1 p.m., in the Community Room at the Community National Bank in Derby (accessed from Crawford Road). Free and open to the public. All welcome. Refreshments. Learn from a variety of guest speakers and medical specialists. To register or for more information, contact Mary King, RN, BSN, at (802) 535-2011 or Mary@BetterBonesNEK.org, or visit www.BetterBonesNEK.org.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETING
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) offers a 12-step program of recovery for the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of compulsive eating. Derby meeting Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m., at Derby Community National Bank training center on Crawford Road (behind the bank). Step study meeting follows from 11:15 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (802) 673-5621.
PLAYWORLD AND PLAYGROUP IN BARTON
Building Bright Futures PlayWorld and NEKCA Early Head Start Playgroup, every Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the COFEC Building in Barton. Ongoing through May. Call 525-6253 for more information.
SAVVY SENIORS IN BARTON
The very popular program, Savvy Seniors, which is a Medicare (Senior Medicare Patrol) informational endeavor, incorporating skits to convey important information for seniors, is now taking requests for bookings. Based out of Barton Senior Center (for the Northeast Kingdom), practices are being held each Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. If your group is interested in booking this group, or participating in any way, call Brenda Lowther at 525-4400. Sponsored by COVE (Committee of Vermont Elders) and NEVAAA (Area Agency on Aging).
SOUPER LUNCH AT ST. MARK’S IN NEWPORT
Souper Lunch will be held the last Tuesday of each month at noon, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Second Street in Newport. Free. All welcome.
- ISIDORE’S PARISH BINGO
St. Isidore’s Parish (Route 242, Montgomery Center) Bingo every Friday evening at 6 p.m. Progressive jackpot, lunch, raffle, paper sheets.
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP
Third Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Faith Lighthouse Church on Route 105 in Newport (105 Alderbrook). A support group for those who have lost someone to suicide and wish to have a safe place to talk, share, and spend a little time with others who have had a similar experience.
TAI CHI IN BARTON
Instructors Patty Beckwith and Brenda Lowther are teaching Tai Chi at the Barton Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, developed by Dr. Paul Lam, uses gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn, and suitable for every fitness level. For more information, call 525-4400.
TAI CHI IN GLOVER
Tai Chi with instructor George Mckenzie is held Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Glover Town Hall. Sponsored by GREC. For more information, call Darlene at 525-4153 or visit www.grecreation.org.
TOPS MEETING AT BARTON LIBRARY
TOPS VT #82 Barton meets every Monday at Barton Public Library. Weigh-ins, 5 to 5:45 p.m.; meetings, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. For further information, call 525-3685.
TOPS MEETING AT ISLAND POND PUBLIC LIBRARY
TOPS VT #135 Island Pond meets every Monday at Island Pond Public Library. Weigh-ins, 4:30 to 4:45 p.m.; meeting from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. For further information, call 723-6039 or 723-4922.
VAN SERVICE FROM WESTMORE TO BARTON
Every first and third Tuesday of each month there will be van service from Westmore to Barton. 10:30 a.m. pickup at the old Town Clerk’s office; 1:30 p.m. return trip to Westmore. Free to residents age 60 or older. For more information, call Mary at 525-4128 or the Area Agency on Aging at 334-2190.
VAN SERVICE TO SENIOR MEALS IN BARTON
Every Thursday there is van service to senior meals in Barton. The pickup schedule is as follows: 11:25 a.m., Mountain View Apartments; 11:30 a.m., Congress Court; 11:35 a.m., Monitor Manor; 11:40 a.m., Hillcrest; 11:45 a.m., Memorial Building; 11:50 a.m., Park Street trailer park. For more information, call Brenda Sargent at 525-4400.
YOGA IN GLOVER
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Glover Town Hall. Beginners welcome. Under guidance of a certified yoga instructor. $10 per class, 5 classes. $45 sliding scale available. Supports Glover Recreation. For more information and schedule, visit www.moonriseyoga.wix.com/moonriseyoga or call Tina at 626-4759.
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ALBANY TOWN LIBRARY
Located on Route 14 in the back of Albany Town Hall on Main Street. Hours: Tuesday, noon–4:30 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.; Thursday, noon–4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. For more information, call 755-6127.
BARTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
100 Church Street, Barton. Hours: Monday and Friday, 1–7 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–noon. For more information, call 525-6524. Poetry Writing Workshop: Meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. downstairs at the library. No prior experience required. Novices and seasoned writers welcome. Refreshments.
COBLEIGH PUBLIC LIBRARY
70 Depot Street, Lyndonville. Hours: Monday, noon–5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, noon–7 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. For further information, call the library at 626-5475.
CRAFTSBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Church Lane, Craftsbury Common. 586-9683. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.craftsburypubliclibrary.org. Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m.–noon; Thursday, 2–6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon; and Sunday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday Story Time: 10 a.m., up to age 6. Friday Lego Club for children 5 to 12 years old, 3–4:30 p.m. Story Hour: for children birth to 5 years and families on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
DAILEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY
101 Junior High Drive, Derby Center. Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 766-5063. Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Family Movie Night: Third Friday of the month at 6 p.m. Board of Trustees Meeting: Last Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. New England Character Book Discussion Series: Led by Vt. Humanities Council. On Sundays beginning at 1:30 p.m.: October 12 – Civil Disobedience and Other Essays by Henry David Thoreau; November 9 – Reading the Mountains of Home by John Elder; and November 20 – Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. For more information, call the library at 766-5063, visit www.daileymemoriallibrary.org or check Facebook page.
GLOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
51 Bean Hill Road, Glover. 525-6524 or 525-4365. www.gloverlibrary.org. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 1–6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–noon. Story Hour: Fridays at 10 a.m. Cook & A Book Discussion: Call for book and date. Children’s literature discussion group for adults: Call to sign up. For more information, call library coordinator Toni Eubanks at 525-4365.
GOODRICH MEMORIAL LIBRARY
202 Main Street, Newport. 334-7902. www.goodrichlibrary.org. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Board of Trustees meetings: Meetings quarterly; call for dates. Book discussion groups: Third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Preschool story hour: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Chess Club: First and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:30 p.m.
GREENSBORO FREE LIBRARY
53 Wilson Street, Greensboro. 533-2531. Librarian Mary Metcalf. Hours: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Closed Monday and Wednesday. Story Hours: Tuesdays 10:30–11:30 a.m. Story Time for ages 6-12, Thursdays, 10 a.m. & Story Time for ages 0 to 6, Thursdays 10–11 a.m. Book Discussions and Young People’s Programs. Paintings of Cambodia and the Northeast Kingdom by Bill Rogers in the art gallery.
HASKELL FREE LIBRARY
93 Caswell Avenue, Derby Line. 873-3022, extension 201. www.haskellopera.com. Find them on Facebook. Librarian Nancy Rumery. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Toddler Time: Thursdays & Fridays at 9:45 a.m. ongoing except October 9 & 10. Book Club: second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Board of Trustees meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Purl Jam: A group for knitters meets at 6:30 p.m. the 4th Tuesday of the month.
HITCHCOCK MEMORIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
Route 100, Westfield. 744-8258. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1– 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–noon.
ISLAND POND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Main Street. Hours: Tuesday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Wednesday, 2–6 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Story Time every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. For further information, call 723-6134 or look on Facebook.
JEUDEVINE MEMORIAL LIBRARY
93 North Main Street; P.O. Box 536, Hardwick. (802) 472-5948. www.jeudevinememoriallibrary.org. Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1–7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 1–5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; closed Sunday.
JOHN WOODRUFF SIMPSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY
1972 East Craftsbury Road, East Craftsbury. (802) 586-9692. Open Sunday, noon–1 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon, 2–5 p.m. and, during the summer, 7–9 p.m.
JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
1 Water Street, Orleans. (802) 754-6660. Hours: Monday, 10 a.m.– 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Closed Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Handicapped accessible. Story Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Board Meetings: 3:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. Computer tutorials: available by appointment.
LEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Irasburg. 754-2526. Hours: Monday, 3–8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 3–6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
RAND MEMORIAL LIBRARY
160 Railroad Street, North Troy. www.randmemoriallibrary.org. Hours: Monday 2–6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:30–6:30 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m.–noon; Friday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Preschool Story Time: Every Friday at 10 a.m. Adult book discussion: Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 988-4741.
- JOHNSBURY ATHENAEUM
1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. 748-8291. www.stjathenaeum.org. Story Time (Acorn Club): Fridays at 10:30 a.m., ages 0 to 6, children’s Library. First Wednesday Series. Scrabble Club: First Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Readings in the Gallery.
ART GALLERIES, HISTORICAL SOCIETIES & MUSEUMS
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A unique St. Johnsbury Gallery. 443 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury. (802) 424-1414. www.theartfuleye.com. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Open Sunday by chance. Come explore 4,500 sq. ft. of locally crafted fine art and artisan craft.
97 Water Street, Barton. 525-3084. Like us on Facebook. Museum closed until June. Crystal Lake Falls Historic District (also known as the Brick Kingdom, which is open from dawn to dusk) was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1994.
BREAD & PUPPET MUSEUM
The Bread and Puppet Farm is located on Route 122 (off Rte. 16 and I-91, Exits 24 or 25) in Glover. (802) 525-3031. www.breadandpuppet.org. Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through November 1. One of the largest collections of some of the biggest puppets in the world. Donations appreciated. The Woodshed Gallery. For more information about the gallery and Bread and Puppet, call curator Sam Wilson at (802) 525-3031.
BROWN LIBRARY GALLERY
At Sterling College, Craftsbury Common. 586-7711, extension 129. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Exhibit Plowing Old Ground. For more information, visit www.VermontArtHouse.org/openings or call 586-2200.
CATAMOUNT ARTS CENTER
115 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury. Masonic Temple building. 748-2600. www.catamountarts.org. Open Monday through Friday, 1–6 p.m. and before and after each movie screening. Gallery is always open to the public free of charge.
CHARLESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
Located off Route 105, on Museum Drive in West Charleston. (802) 723-4833. Closed until June.
COLBY CURTIS MUSEUM & STANSTEAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
535 Dufferin Street, Stanstead, Quebec. 1-819-876-7322. Two exhibitions: Remembering our Soldiers of the Great War and Rural Medicine in Stanstead County.
CRAFTSBURY COMMUNITY CARE CENTER GALLERY
1784 East Craftsbury Road, East Craftsbury. (802) 586-2414. www.craftsburycommunitycarecenter.org.
CRAFTSBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Babcock House Museum, Craftsbury Common. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–noon.
DERBY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
Main Street in Derby. Open Sunday afternoons in September from 2 to 4 p.m.
FAIRBANKS MUSEUM GALLERY
1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. 748-2372. www.fairbanksmuseum.org. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–5 p.m.; and Monday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
GLOVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
Bean Hill Road in Glover, second floor in Municipal Building. www.gloverhistoricalsociety.org. Open by appointment only: Call Joan at 525-6212 or Randy or Betsy at 525-4051.
Old Firehouse, 13 Mill Street, Hardwick. P.O. Box 960, Hardwick, VT 05843. 472-6857. www.graceart.org. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Community Workshops are held weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and are open to all community members. Exhibit at Clip Joint at 95 Main Street in Hardwick — works by popular GRACE artists Dot Kibbee, Gayleen Aiken, and Merrill Densmore. — Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
GREENSBORO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
29 Breezy Avenue, Greensboro. (802) 533-2457. www.greensborohistoricalsociety.org. Open Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Permanent Exhibit: Hill Homestead: the story of Greensboro: Faces of Our Town has been updated and displays tools and ledgers, kitchen gadgets, and farm implements, and parlor furniture from the 19th century.
MAC CENTER FOR THE ARTS
158 Main Street, Newport. (802) 334-1966. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 45 Vermont visual artists and handcrafters offer their work in the 2,000+ square foot gallery. MAC Center for the Arts also offers special events, exhibits, musical performances, and classes/workshops for adults and children. “It Happens in Vermont” art show: Sponsored by Vermont Watercolor Hub. Showing during regular hours until October 3.
MEMPHREMAGOG HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NEWPORT
Second floor of Emory Hebard State Office Building, Main Street, Newport. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. New Showcases: In Search of Memphre, a photographic exhibit by Barbara Malloy, Memphre’s dracontologist.
MILLER’S THUMB GALLERY
14 Breezy Ave., Greensboro. (802) 533-2045 or email@example.com.
MORGAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Former Morgan Center Church on the corner of Route 111 and Toad Pond Road. (802) 723-5907. Closed.
NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM (NATIVE CULTURAL SOCIETY, INC.)
56 Church Street in Newport Center. (802) 334-6770. Open from 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., closed Mondays. No admission fee.
NEWPORT NATURAL CAFÉ GALLERY
194 Main Street, Newport. (802) 334-2626. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM ARTISANS GUILD (BACKROOM GALLERY)
430 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury. (802) 748-0158. www.nekartisansguild.com. Open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. “String Theory,” a new exhibition, on display from October 7 through November 22. Printmaker Carol MacDonald. Artist’s Reception October 11 from 3-5 p.m.
OLD STONE HOUSE MUSEUM (ORLEANS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY)
109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington. 754-2022. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.oldstonehousemuseum.org. Museum is open through October 15. Alexander Twilight Visitors’ Center and gift shop open year-round, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. See dated section for events.
PARKER PIE GALLERY
Parker Pie Co., West Glover Village. 525-3366. www.parkerpie.com. Exhibit by Vanessa Compton: “The Frontier is My Home,” hand-cut collage and acrylic paintings showing until October 14.
P.J. HAMMOND ART GALLERY
3802 Lake Road, Newport Center. First exhibition in Iceland and then in many other places. Five trips to Alaska and all places in between, three to Newfoundland, also Egypt and Virgin Islands. Acrylics, watercolors, mixed mediums. Realistic to inspirational. Book: Traveling with Wildflowers from Newfoundland to Alaska. Please call 334-2685 to be sure not to miss the artist.
ROWE DESIGNS CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING & GALLERY
287 East Main Street, Newport. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–noon. Featuring wood carvings by Al Diem, scenic and nature photography by Robert Lyons and Gustav Verderber, Bella Doni Pottery, Edgewater Jewelry, original art by John Rowe, Elry Maze, Deb Cowan, Pat Lipinsky.
- JOHNSBURY ATHENAEUM GALLERY
1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. (802) 748-8291. www.stjathenaeum.org. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Art Gallery at the Athenaeum contains one of America’s unique collections of 19th century American paintings. Admission fees: $8 for adults; free for age 12 and under, St. Johnsbury residents, and nonresident patrons. Second floor gallery features exhibits by local artists.
THE 99 GALLERY AND CENTER
Located in the Carriage House behind 316 Main Street in downtown Newport. (802) 323-9013. Every Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m., share skills and learn new ones. Bring your own work or learn watercolor techniques with artist Mary Brenner. New exhibit, “Vermont Artists Represent Vermont People,” featuring works by Mary Alice Brenner, Natalie Guillette, Daniel Kelley, Marjorie Kramer, Marie LaPrè Grabon, Tom Livermore, Diane Peel, and Sam Thurston. For more information, call (802) 323-7759. Showing through October 22.
THE ART HOUSE GALLERY & SCHOOL
1376 North Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827. (802) 586-2200. email@example.com. www.commonplacevt.org or www.vermontarthouse.org. Visit website for current hours. First Friday Art Talks.
THE MUSEUM OF EVERYDAY LIFE
3482 Dry Pond Road (Route 16) in Glover (short distance south of Shadow Lake Road). Clare Dolan: (802) 626-4409. www.museumofeverydaylife.org.
WHITE WATER GALLERY
5 River Street by the bridge, East Hardwick Village. Open Sundays from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. or by appointment. Call Watergate at 563-2037. http://whitewatergallery.blogspot.com.
WOODEN HORSE ARTS GUILD (WHAG)
P.O. Box 502, North Troy 05859. (802) 988-4300. www.woodenhorsearts.com. Wooden Horse Arts Guild is a 501c3 charitable organization composed of artists, crafters, writers, photographers, and musicians who live and work throughout Vermont and beyond. They support and encourage artistic excellence in the literary, visual, and performing arts. Their virtual gallery gives members an individual web page on www.woodenhorsearts.com. To read the news of members and arts around the area, visit http://blog.woodenhorsearts.com and Like them on Facebook.
YE OLD BLACKSMITH ART GALLERY
240 A Dufferin, Stanstead, Quebec. (819) 876-2282. Open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the heart of Rock Island in the historical Ye Olde Blacksmith overlooking the Tomifobia River. This historical blacksmith shop is now a cozy gallery featuring a variety of works from numerous local artists.
CRAFTSBURY FARMER’S MARKET
Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Columbus Day weekend on the green in Craftsbury Common.
GREENSBORO FARMER’S MARKET
Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
HARDWICK FARMER’S MARKET
Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m.
NEWPORT FARMERS MARKET
Every Saturday until October 18 and every Wednesday until October 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the causeway across from Waterfront Plaza. Rain or shine. EBT and debit cards accepted. Farm-to-family coupon site. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WESTFIELD LADIES ON THE COMMON
On the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., until the beginning of October, weather permitting.
REGISTRATION REQUESTED & TIME LIMITED ONGOING EVENTS
VENDORS WANTED FOR FALL FESTIVAL IN WESTMORE
Vendors are needed for the Fall Festival in Westmore on Saturday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Gail at 525-4179 or Mark at 754-6585.
REGISTER NOW FOR HALLOWEEN HUSTLE
Green Mountain United Way (GMUW) and Kingdom Games will host this year’s Halloween Hustle, a 1 mile, 5K, and 10K costume run and walk, which will be held on Saturday, October 25, starting at 1 p.m. on the Newport-Derby bike path. Adult fees are $35, but $25 if you run in costume. Youth fees are $15 or $10 in costume. Family rate is $50. The start and finish will be on the bike path at the Emory Hebard State Office Building in Newport. Register online at www.kingdomgames.co or www.dandelionrun.org. A special form for tracking donations and sponsorships can be found at www.gmunitedway.org. For more information, call Phil White at (802) 249-9100 or e-mail email@example.com.
WHAG ANNOUNCES FALL SCHOLARSHIP ROUND
The Wooden Horse Arts Guild Arts Education Committee announces the Fall Scholarship Round for the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund. Applications for the fall round of up to $300 being accepted. The round will be closed to applicants on November 1, 2014. Complete information about the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund, the recipients and applications are at http://www.woodenhorsearts.com/scholarships.shtml. Donations to the fund are welcomed and fully deductible under section 170 of the 501c3 code.
VENDORS WANTED FOR CHRISTMAS BAZAAR IN DERBY
Vendors are needed for the 15th annual Christmas Bazaar at the Newport Elks Lodge #2155 located at 3736 U.S. Route 5 in Derby on Saturday, November 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Frances Dewing at 754-2237 to rent a table or for more information. Tables are $30 for an 8 foot table in the main room, or $20 for a 6 foot table in the back room.
The Outside Story: What causes fall foliage?
by Chuck Wooster
Nobody knows precisely why leaves turn red in the fall. Why they turn yellow and brown is easier to explain: that’s the color leaves already are. Once autumn comes and the trees stop replenishing the chlorophyll in their leaves — chlorophyll is the key compound in photosynthesis and it’s green — the leaves revert to their underlying tones, which run heavily to yellow and brown.
Reds, however, which, along with purples and oranges come from anthocyanin pigments, are manufactured by the leaves on the spot as autumn deepens. This raises the question of why. The yellows and browns are an artifact of the end of photosynthesis and don’t require additional explanation, but the red pigments must have a reason behind them since the tree is using precious energy to put on a fiery show.
Two theories have been advanced so far. The first is that the trees are trying to protect themselves from insect infestations. Red is often used as a warning or danger signal in the natural world, and the idea is that the trees are trying to warn potential insect invaders that, although the season is progressing and the leaves are dying, the tree is still healthy enough to mount a vigorous chemical defense. Go pick on some tree that isn’t as red and threatening is the idea.
But this theory leaves a number of things unexplained, mainly, why is it that the vibrancy of red foliage varies so much from year to year, and not in relationship to insect outbreaks? Also, since the leaves are pretty well spent and about to be discarded, wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper for the tree just to let them get chomped?
A variation on the insect theory says that the red isn’t a warning sign; it’s a disguise, since many insects are hard-wired to seek the color green. This theory makes particular sense in the spring, when many of our trees sport reddish foliage just as their leaves are emerging and just as many feeding insects are also emerging. Here again, though, a key detail remains unexplained: why doesn’t the tree just use the underlying carotene pigments in the leaves, which would presumably accomplish the same deception at a cheaper price?
The rival theory of red leaves is that the purpose of the anthocyanins is to protect the leaves as the chlorophyll is decaying, acting as something of a sunscreen. Chlorophyll’s job, after all, is to absorb as much of the sun’s energy as possible, so it makes a certain amount of sense that when stripped of this protection, the leaves would be susceptible to damage. This theory dovetails nicely with the observation that foliage is more brilliant in years with sunny autumns, since the trees presumably need to slather on more sunscreen.
But the trouble here is that anthocyanins only absorb energy in a limited part of the spectrum, much narrower than chlorophyll, meaning that the leaves are still vulnerable to damaging ultraviolet light despite the extra effort. If sunscreen is the goal, why wouldn’t trees use a broad-spectrum variety?
A new wrinkle in the sunscreen theory is the observation that red foliage is more brilliant on soils that are poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen. The cost of producing anthocyanins may be well worth paying when depleted soils make it beneficial for a tree to reclaim as much nutrition as possible; the anthocyanins mount a sort of rear-guard campaign, protecting the leaves for as long as possible while the contents of the foliar storerooms are transported back to the tree.
The chamber of commerce is hoping that this theory doesn’t hold up, because we are currently bathing the biosphere in additional nitrogen through the combustion of fossil fuels, an act that could, therefore, be snuffing out the brilliance of autumn.
Here’s another puzzle: why do nearly 70 percent of the tree species in New England produce some amount of anthocyanin while the average for temperate tree species around the world is only about 10 percent? In other words, why is New England the capital of fall foliage?
Here again, we don’t know, though there is the intriguing observation that the best foliage is found in regions that were once scoured by continental glaciers. We do know that the chamber of commerce hasn’t been around long enough to take credit.
Back to my niece, with her upturned face, inquiring eyes, and question about red leaves hanging in the air. I tried to change the subject. “They sure are beautiful, aren’t they?”
Chuck Wooster is a farmer and writer in White River Junction. The Outside Story is assigned and edited by Northern Woodlands magazine and sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org.