Things To Do in the Northeast Kingdom

WEB foliage treeIt’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.

WEB foliage shadowRent 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 WEB foliage craftsburysteaks 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 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, SEPTEMBER 24

 

ATKINS FIELD PUBLIC FORUM AT HARDWICK TOWN HOUSE

        The Center for an Agricultural Economy CAE) will hold a public forum on the future of Atkins Field (which it owns) in Hardwick on Wednesday, September 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Hardwick Town House. The Atkins Field Steering Committee will present the results of the surveys done over the spring and summer, which show definite trends. For more information, visit www.hardwickagriculture.org or call 472-5362.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

 

COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR AT LRUHS

        Lake Region Union High School’s annual College & Career Fair will be held at the LRUHS gym in Orleans on Thursday, September 25 (morning event). RSVP to Barb King at bking@ocsu.org or call (802) 754-6522.

 

VSO MADE IN VERMONT MUSIC FESTIVAL AT LSC

        The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Made in Vermont Music Festival will tour the state, and be at Lyndon State College’s Alexander Twilight Theater on Thursday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Amy Caldwell at amy@vso.org or (802) 864-5741.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

 

TWO-DAY TIRE RECYCLING FOR TROY & JAY AREA

Tire recycling for Troy/Jay area residents and businesses will take place at the Troy/Jay Recycling Center on Cross Road in Jay on Friday, September 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. 20” or smaller tires. $2 each without rims, $4 each with rims. Cash or check should be made out to Town of Troy. For more information, call Dave at 988-4193.

 

“NEK STRONG” CELEBRATIONS IN NEWPORT

As the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont prepares to celebrate its 35th anniversary, it will honor the many community volunteers with “NEK Strong” celebrations. The next event will be held Friday, September 26 at 12:30 p.m., at Cornucopia (www.umbrellanek.org) at 125 Main Street, between Coventry and Center streets across from the Laundromat, in Newport. For additional information, call Area Agency on Aging Volunteer Engagement Coordinators: Patty Beckwith at (802) 334-4816 or Jerri Ryan at (802) 751-0431.

 

HARVEST FEST WITH FRIENDS & DRIFTERS AT GOODRICH LIBRARY

        Goodrich Memorial Library on Main Street in Newport will hold its annual Harvest Fest with music from the Friends and Drifters on Friday, September 26, at 7 p.m. Enjoy music and chatter, a surprise door prize, and homemade goodies. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5. Seating is limited so don’t wait to get your ticket. The library is handicapped accessible. For tickets and information, call 334-7902.

 

MUSIC JAM IN DERBY LINE

A 4th Friday Music Jam will be held Friday, September 26, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Derby Line Village Hall. Admission by donation. All levels of musicians and singers welcome. To benefit music and auto tech scholarships for students from Lake Region Union High School and North Country Union High School.

 

GALA BENEFITS FEATURE MARK TWAIN IN BARTON

Mark Twain comes to the Barton Memorial Building on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 for two different performances. On Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), he will be the American humorist and raconteur. On Saturday evening at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) the radical Twain steps forward, appropriately introduced by Bread and Puppet’s Peter Schumann. Barton, Glover and Newport libraries are selling tickets: $14 per person, $24 per couple. $20 for both performances. Seniors, artists and students half price. To benefit the Barton Hydro Re-examination Project. For more information or ticket reservations, call (802) 525-3740.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

 

FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL IN EAST BURKE

        The 27th annual Burke Fall Foliage Festival will be held Saturday, September 27 for a full day of fun in East Burke Village, kicking off at 10 a.m. with the parade. Horse-drawn wagon rides, free ice cream, bounce house, VINS Raptor Encounter at 11:30 a.m., raffles, over 60 vendors, beer tent, barbecue, cow plop bingo, music by Chickweed, and more. For more information, visit www.BurkeVermont.com or contact the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce at (802) 626-4124 or burkechamber@burkevermont.com.

 

BASKET MAKING AT THE OLD STONE HOUSE MUSEUM

        Join Carolyn Starr for a final basket class of the season, and make an 11-inch Lazy Susan Basket, on Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hall House at the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington. $25, or $20 for members, plus a $30 material fee. Pre-register: Call (802) 754-2022 or visit www.oldstonehousemuseum.org.

 

CHICKEN PIE SUPPER AT UNITED CHURCH IN HARDWICK

        A Chicken Pie Supper with all the fixings will be held Saturday, September 27, at the United Church in Hardwick on South Main Street. Seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12, free for age 5 and under. Salad bar and homemade pies and desserts. Call 472-5421 or 472-6112 for take-outs. Take-outs ready from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. No reservations.

 

HARVEST SUPPER IN GREENSBORO BEND

        A Harvest Supper will be held Saturday, September 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Greensboro Bend. Menu includes boiled dinner, red flannel hash, mac and cheese, rolls, and dessert. Adults $10, children $5, under 5 free. All you can eat. For more information, call Erna Bartlett at 533-2637 or Doreen Bartlett at 535-7334.

 

AARP SMART DRIVER PROGRAM IN BARTON

        An AARP Smart Driver class is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Barton Public Library. This defensive driving course may earn you an auto insurance discount with some companies. For drives age 50 and older, but the class is open to all drivers. $15 for AARP members or $20 for nonmembers. For more information and to pre-register (required), call instructor Trish Bermon at 525-3891.

 

DAY OF ART IN BARTON

        Greater Barton Vermont Art & Artists Co-operative will present Day of Art in Barton with two events on Saturday, September 27. A second gallery showing of local artists will be held at 155 Main Street (next to E.M. Brown.). Open from 1 to 4 p.m. with refreshments and sales. En Plein Air “Paint Greater Barton” will be held with registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Barton Memorial Building (or preferred pre-registration by calling 525-3740.) $20 registration fee, 18 and under free registration (includes a box lunch, “Greater Barton Artist at Work” vest, location map, and chances to win $100 best water power painting, and other prizes.) Free half-hour demo/lesson by Johnson State College Professor Marjorie Kramer. At 4 p.m. “wet hang” in Barton Memorial Building, with reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Adrien Helm at 525-3740 or visit www.facebook.com/greaterbartonartsandartistscoop.

 

GALA BENEFITS FEATURE MARK TWAIN IN BARTON

Mark Twain comes to the Barton Memorial Building on Saturday, September 27 (and Friday, September 26) for two different performances. On Saturday evening at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) the radical Twain steps forward, appropriately introduced by Bread and Puppet’s Peter Schumann. (On Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), he will be the American humorist and raconteur. Barton, Glover and Newport libraries are selling tickets: $14 per person, $24 per couple. $20 for both performances. Seniors, artists and students half price. To benefit the Barton Hydro Re-examination Project. For more information or ticket reservations, call (802) 525-3740.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

 

CHEESE & APPLE TASTING (AND MORE!) AT THE OLD STONE HOUSE MUSEUM

        On Sunday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., taste and purchase local apples, farmstead cheeses and dairy products, maple products, spirits, wine, beer, baked goods, and more at the Old Stone House Museum’s Samuel Read Hall House on the corner of Old Stone House Road. There will also be apple cider pressing, a cheese making demonstration at the hearth, an apple chomp contest for kids, an apple pie contest, an heirloom vegetable exhibit, firewood raffle, and soup and bread for lunch. Admission is $8 a person — free for those over 90, under 12, or those who bring an heirloom vegetable to exhibit or an apple pie for the contest. Admission includes a self-guided tour of the first floor of the museum, with a new photographic exhibit, “Newport Then and Now,” and two barns with antique agricultural and transportation equipment. For more information, visit www.oldstonehousemuseum or call 754-2022.

 

COUNTRY ACOUSTIC JAM IN WEST BURKE

        A Country Acoustic Jam, aka Pass the Mike, will be held Sunday, September 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Burke Community Building in West Burke. Listen or join in if you have musical or singing talents. $3 donation at the door. Door prizes and 50-50 raffle. All proceeds will benefit the Burke Senior Meal site. Snacks and beverages will be available. For more information, call Therese Stone at 525-3412 or the Senior Meal Site at 467-3423 or the Town Office at 467-3717.

 

POLITICAL LEAF PEEPING AT B&P

        The 13th annual Political Leaf Peeping will be held on Sunday, September 28, at 2 p.m., at the Bread and Puppet Farm on Route 122 in Glover, in the backyard or barn depending on weather. Screening and discussion of Mark Utter’s film, I am Here. Co-directed by Emily Anderson and Jim Heltz, featuring a cast of local actors. Also Cantastoria, hand puppet adventure, fiddle tunes or story-by-Cranky, bread and aioli, Unready-Ready show, museum tour at 1 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 — no one turned away. For more information, visit www.breadandpuppet.org or call (802) 525-3031.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

 

NCH HOLDING PUBLIC FORUM ON PLANS FOR NEW CLINIC IN BARTON

        North Country Hospital will hold a public forum for the new combined Barton–Orleans clinic on Monday, September 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Barton Clinic on 488 Elm Street in Barton. Refreshments available. Stop by and view the plans and specifics for the new North Country Primary Care. Feel free to ask questions and get a clear understanding of NCH’s vision.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

 

SOUPER LUNCH AT ST. MARK’S IN NEWPORT

        Souper Lunch will be held Tuesday, September 30, at noon, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Second Street in Newport. Free. All welcome.

 

POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS CLASS SERIES IN NEWPORT

        A class series, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, will be offered for six Tuesdays, September 30 through November 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., in the Community Room of the Primary Care Building at North Country Hospital in Newport. Classes are co-led by trained and seasoned facilitators Pam Smith or Nancy Oakes at the Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont. Participants will benefit from this class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. Registration is required. To register, call Pam Smith or Nancy Oakes at (802) 334-2190 or (802) 748-5182.

 

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 info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

 

OSHER LECTURE IN NEWPORT

        Dr. Robert Chadwick’s illustrated talk on Wednesday, October 1, will show how rodent control by cats, and herding and guarding by dogs aided the origins of the earliest civilizations of the Middle East. Lecture will be held at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Emory Hebard State Office Building in Newport. $5 admission, social hour, and refreshments. For more information, call (819) 704-0569.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2

 

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

 

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 info@girlscoutsgwm.org.

 

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 nancypenfield@gmail.com.

 

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

 

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 vt1crafts@aol.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 dmcavinney@gmail.com, 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.

 

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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.

 

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

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 suzi_dix@sympatico.ca.

 

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 teresa.patch@rojacs.com.

 

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 cornucopia@umbrella.org.

 

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.

 

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.

 

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

 

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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. craftsburylibrary@gmail.com. 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 at 9:45 a.m. 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. Basic Internet: Skills for adult learners Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m.

 

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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ARTFUL EYE

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.

 

BARTON MUSEUM

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.

 

GRACE GALLERY

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 eve@millersthumbgallery.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.

 

OLD STONE HOUSE MUSEUM (ORLEANS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY)

        109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington. 754-2022. info@oldstonehousemuseum.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. vtarthouse@gmail.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.

 

FARMERS MARKETS

 

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 newportvtfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

 

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

 

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.

 

WHAG LOOKING FOR FINE ARTISTS & CRAFTERS FOR VILLAGE FINE ARTS SHOW

The Wooden Horse Arts Guild is preparing for the 20th year of the Village Fine Arts Show, which is now known as the Village Arts and Crafts Show and is moving to a new venue. WHAG invites fine artists and crafters to participate in this event, which will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, at the Degre Auction House on Route 100 in Westfield. For more information or to find the application, visit www.woodenhorsearts.com/events.shtml or call (802) 988-4300.

 

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.

 

The Outside Story:  What causes fall foliage?

by Chuck Wooster

WEB foliage barton academyLast weekend, my four-year-old niece asked me why leaves turn red. Dang it; why couldn’t she have asked me an easier one? Like, why do leaves turn green? Or even yellow?

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.

WEB foliage shadowTwo 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.

WEB foliage fog risingBut 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.

WEB foliage sunflowerHere’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:  wellborn@nhcf.org.

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