LR Rocks singer showcase March 4

 

The Lake Region music department presents an antidote to the midwinter blues on Friday, March 4, when LR Rocks presents its annual singer showcase at Parker Pie in West Glover starting at 7:30 p.m.

The vocalists of the Power Rangers and Funk Out will perform a stylistically diverse show of solos, duets, and ensemble selections. Highlights include “Peace Train,” “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,” Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” “Four Chords,” Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” the Adele mash-up “Rumor Has It/Someone Like You,” “For Good” from the musical Wicked, and much more.

Back-up musicians are Josh Lavine (drum set), Jade Dennison (piano), Chris “Fingers” Doncaster (bass), and special guest on the keys, Dr. Pepper Sue.

This concert is a fund-raiser for the “Trills and Thrills” band festival in June. Suggested admission is a $5 donation per person. Ticket sales and reservations are in advance only, and begin one week prior to the show. Seating is limited!

Doors open at 7 p.m. on the night of the show.

Please contact Kathy McCoy at 754-2500, extension 0, or e-mail at [email protected]

For general questions about the show, please contact Sara Doncaster at 754-2500, extension 219, or 754-6335. — submitted by Sara Doncaster.

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Sign up for winter camps at NorthWoods

The NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston will host its annual Winter Day Camp through the week of February 22-25 (Monday-Thursday).

Explore the winter woods on snowshoes and cross-country skis, build snow shelters, ice fish, cook over a fire, learn how to track wildlife in the snow, and warm up with arts and crafts by the woodstove.

 

During that same week, there will also be a Winter Conservation Camp, geared towards older kids. It will include stewardship education, wildlife tracking, tree identification, seasonal preparedness, exploration of the Silvio Conte Wildlife Refuge, and a backcountry overnight to the Bald Mountain cabin which has a wood stove.

To register, or for more information, call 723-6551, extension 303, or e-mail [email protected]. — from NorthWoods.

 

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Tree of Lights ceremony on December 3

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NEK Council on Aging’s Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony outside its offices on the corner of Summer and Winter streets in St. Johnsbury last December. Photo courtesy of NEK Council of Aging

The NEK Council on Aging will celebrate its annual Memory Tree Lighting ceremony, which honors late nutrition director Sally Briggs on Thursday, December 3, at 4 p.m.

“Sally loved life,” Executive Director Lisa Viles recalled of her long-serving coworker who lost her battle with cancer in 2012. “She loved her family and friends. She loved listening to music and going to plays. She especially loved kayaking. She left a lifetime of goodwill.”

The Council invites anyone who would like to honor Ms. Briggs or a similar individual who shared her spirit of community service to take part in this year’s Memory Tree Lighting.

A suggested donation of $5 includes a light and the opportunity to have the names of loved ones read aloud and printed in a program for the special event. Contributions support the council’s emergency food and fuel funds.

The observance takes place during the council’s holiday open house, at which homemade refreshments will be served and caroling will take place. — from the NEK Council on Aging.

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Food preservation party in Wheelock

Pictured here from left tonight are Walker Hartt and Deborah Hartt at the preservation party in 2014.  Photo courtesy of Rebecca Beidler

Pictured here from left tonight are Walker Hartt and Deborah Hartt at the preservation party in 2014. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Beidler

There will be a Food Preservation Party at Wheelock Mountain Farm on Sunday, September 27, from 1 to 5 p.m.  Enjoy a wide range of food preservation workshops followed by a “happy hour” and culture swap.  Please bring home-grown/preserved food, beverage, and cultures to share.  The event is by donation with a sliding scale fee from $5 to $25.  Find directions and more information at wheelockmtnfarm.weebly.com/directions.html, or e-mail [email protected]

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Annual F.O.L.K. festival in Lowell

Katherine Pion takes advantage of a huge inflatable slide for kids during the Lowell FOLK festival in 2013.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Katherine Pion takes advantage of a huge inflatable slide for kids during the Lowell FOLK festival in 2013. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

The annual F.O.L.K. Festival will take place at the Lowell Graded School in Lowell on Saturday, September 19.

The day starts with a parade at 11 a.m., starting at Missisquoi Lanes and ending at Lowell Graded School, chainsaw carving by Tower View Carvings, face painting by Donna, a variety of great vendors, bounce houses, petting zoo, children’s games, BBQ to benefit the LGS 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip, King Arthur baking contest, story walk, entertainment by Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate and the F.O.L.K. auction with Richard Degre featuring items like a scenic airplane ride from Lakeview Aviation, Stowe Soaring glider ride, Jay Peak Pump House passes, gift baskets from Cabot and Lake Champlain chocolates and great items from House of Troy, VT Precision Woodworks, Poulin Grain, Cajun’s, Haskell Opera House, Lamoille County Players, Forget-Me-Not Shop, Big Lots, Tractor Supply and more.

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Eighth fiddlers’ contest at Sheffield Field Day

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When Patrick Ross, now of Newbury, walks into a fiddler’s competition, the outcome is usually a foregone conclusion. Once again, the Canaan native took top honors at the Sheffield Field Day Fiddler’s Contest in 2014. Photo by Joseph Gresser

On Labor Day, Monday, September 7, Sheffield Field Day will host its annual Pat O’Hagan Memorial Fiddlers’ Contest in the gym at Miller’s Run School, at 3249 Vermont Route 122, at 2 p.m. Registration for fiddlers will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to perform three pieces: a waltz, a hoedown, and a tune of their choice, such as a jig or strathspey.

The Fiddlers’ Contest at Sheffield Field Day was founded in 2007 by Malcolm Goldstein, a violinist and composer who has spent his summers in Sheffield since the 1960s. In 2011, the Fiddlers’ Contest was renamed in honor of Pat O’Hagan, who ran the contest for several years until her death in 2010.

Since its early years, the contest has been a beloved and popular event at Sheffield Field Day, drawing participants from as far away as Maine and Stanstead, Québec.

The contest is free and open to all ages, with competitive categories for youngsters (under 12), juniors (12 to 18), adults (over 18), and seniors (over 60). The prize money for first and second place winners is $40 and $25 respectively in the youngster category, $100 and $70 respectively in the junior category, and $200 and $150 respectively in both the adult and senior categories.

For questions, call Bobbie Bristol at (802) 626-8293 or e-mail at [email protected] — submitted by Bobbie Bristol.

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Overtakelessness Circus and Pageant at Bread and Puppet

Pictured here is Peter Schumann directing.

Pictured here is Peter Schumann directing.

The Bread and Puppet Theater on Route 122 in Glover presents Overtakelessness Circus and Pageant on Sunday, August 30, at 3 p.m.  Museum tour at 1 p.m. and ding dongs at 2 p.m.  Following the circus and pageant, Great Small Works will perform in the cathedral.  Suggested donation is $10.  For more information, call 525-3031 or visit www.breadandpuppet.org

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Orleans County Fair in Barton

Mike Myers reassures his daughter Abigail as the two spin in a teacup on the midway at the Orleans County Fair in 2014.  The family hails from Winooski, but spends summers at their camp in Sheffield.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Mike Myers reassures his daughter Abigail as the two spin in a teacup on the midway at the Orleans County Fair in 2014. The family hails from Winooski, but spends summers at their camp in Sheffield. Photo by Joseph Gresser

The 148th Orleans County Fair will be held Wednesday through Sunday, August 19 through 23, at the Orleans County Fairgrounds in Barton. Rides, animals, horse shows, food vendors, races, demo derby, floral hall vendors, and so much more! Too much information to list! See the ad in this week’s issue. For more information, visit www.orleanscountyfair.net or call (802) 525-3555

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Glover talent show and silent auction

As Lila Winstead and Rose Friedman favored the crowd at the 2014 edition of the Glover Talent Show with their rendition of the “Log Driver’s Waltz,” a masked logger made his appearance from the back of the hall.  After presenting the evening’s object of his affections with gifts, including a chicken hat, the logger persuaded Lucy Smith to take to the floor for a few elegant steps.  Reliable sources hint the logger was, in reality, Maura Gahan.  The annual talent show is a benefit for the Glover Public Library.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

As Lila Winstead and Rose Friedman favored the crowd at the 2014 edition of the Glover Talent Show with their rendition of the “Log Driver’s Waltz,” a masked logger made his appearance from the back of the hall. After presenting the evening’s object of his affections with gifts, including a chicken hat, the logger persuaded Lucy Smith to take to the floor for a few elegant steps. Reliable sources hint the logger was, in reality, Maura Gahan. The annual talent show is a benefit for the Glover Public Library. Photo by Joseph Gresser

The Glover Public Library announces its annual summer Talent Show and Silent Auction on Saturday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Glover Town Hall, featuring young and old performers, music, storytelling, humor, and other fun surprises. During the show, a silent auction will take place featuring many goods and services donated by area businesses. Snacks will be available. All money raised benefits the Glover Public Library. For more information, call the library at 525-4365

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Aquafest in Newport

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Soldiers Anthony DeGreenia and Justin Roy (left to right) of the Vermont National Guard, had special permission to appear in less than regulation uniform when they competed in the VT105 Challenge race at the 2014 edition of the Aquafest.  As part of the race, they took a selfie at Pick and Shovel in Newport, with an iguana in the background.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Soldiers Anthony DeGreenia and Justin Roy (left to right) of the Vermont National Guard, had special permission to appear in less than regulation uniform when they competed in the VT105 Challenge race at the 2014 edition of the Aquafest. As part of the race, they took a selfie at Pick and Shovel in Newport, with an iguana in the background. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Newport’s Aquafest 2015, sponsored by Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, will take place on Saturday, August 1, in Newport.

Events include the Waterfront Festival commencing at 11 a.m. along the boardwalk of Lake Memphremagog. Vendors, family entertainment, and live entertainment.

Chowderfest will be held at the Gateway Center in Newport from noon to 2 p.m. where locals compete in the chowder competition. Buy a spoon for $5 and dig into a variety of chowders entered to win. The VT 105 Amazing Race Challenge is a fun and exciting race that includes challenges such as eating large amounts of food, counting a large number of items, finding an item/items or people, finding a shop or location, carrying items long distances, assembling a difficult structure, or solving riddles in order to get the next clue and protect your balloon at all costs!

A Plein Air Event (French for “open air”) will be presented by the Wooden Horse Arts Guild and artists from anywhere are invited to “paint outdoors in natural light” in and around Newport during Aquafest.

For more information about Aquafest activities, visit www.northcountry.org or call Lynne Bertrand at (802) 334-7782.

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