READER BULLETINS: Aug. 9-15, 2018

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Birding the Split Rock Trail with RCAS
On Saturday, August 11, Rutland County Audubon will hike the relatively easy, 1.9 mile, Split Rock Trail in Pittsford through a variety of habitats to look for birds. Meet at St. Alphonsus Church on Rte. 7 in Pittsford at 8 a.m. (MUST meet at church — there is VERY limited parking at the trailhead). Contact

Saturday August 11 from 4 to 6 p.m., Stone Valley Community Market is offering the third of our summer “Taste & Make” workshop series focused on homemade probiotic foods. This month, learn about the joys and benefits of cultured dairy, with a focus on yogurt and fresh cheese. The event begins at SVCM for a tasting and discussion, then participants will walk to Green Mountain College’s commercial kitchen to make batches to take home. An optional tour of the college’s Cerridwen Farm will follow. This event is free, just bring your own quart jar. To register, call Stone Valley Community Market at 287-4550 or email Eleanor Tison,
All three “Taste & Make” workshops this summer have allowed participants to sample, make and learn more about incorporating probiotic foods into our diets. You do not have to be a member of the Co-op to participate.
Stone Valley Community Market, located at 216 Main St. in Poultney, is co-operatively owned by its members and is overseen by a volunteer board of directors. Non-members are always welcome to shop.

It’s August and time for a family outing. Saturday, August 11, at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, enjoy an afternoon of “Building Fairy and Other Imaginary Houses.” The activity runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and is included in regular site admission ($5 adults/free for children under 15).
Children accompanied by parents or a responsible adult are invited to drop in throughout the afternoon at our scenic picnic area. Be inspired by nature, the history of Mount Independence, or your own flights of imagination to use natural materials to build small “fairy houses,” a Revolutionary War star fort, or anything else at small scale. Site interpreters will be on hand to guide the activity.
Participants should check in at the museum and get directions. Bring a picnic, visit the museum, and go for a walk on the beautiful trail system while you are here.
Mount Independence is at 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of VT Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village. Mount Independence, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. Carefully follow the signs. The site is open daily through October 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 802-948-2000 for more information. For information on the Vermont state-owned historic sites, visit:

Sunday, August 12, the Mount Independence State Historic Site offers a talk on “Ethnic and Cultural Diversity at Mount Independence” by historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin.
This talk looks at how a rag-tag force from six states and Vermont managed to maintain the Northern American Army here during the American Revolution. They faced lack of supplies, disease, starvation, bad weather conditions, and having to overcome prejudices against their fellow soldiers. Why was there so much distrust and hatred between the troops? What forces divided them and what kept them together?
The event is included in the regular admission fee of $5 for adults and free for children under 15. While there you can visit the museum and walk any or all of the six miles of trails on the over 300-acre site. Call 802-948-2000 for more information.
The Mount Independence State Historic Site is one of the best-preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. It is located at 497 Mount Independence Road, six miles west of the intersections of Vermont Routes 22A and 73 near Orwell village; carefully follow the signs. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October 14.
For more information about the Vermont state-owned historic sites, visit:

Rutland Regional will be co-sponsoring a community blood drive with the American Red Cross, Tuesday, August, 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center, 160 Allen Street, Rutland.

Join Rutland County Audubon on August 16 and learn from our friendly bird experts. Kids, new birders and non-members always welcome. Walk the 3.7-mile loop around the marsh (dirt and paved roads) or go halfway. Meet at the marsh boardwalk on Marble Street at 7 a.m.

32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition
Billings Farm & Museum will hosts its 32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition through September 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., featuring quilts made by Windsor County quilters.
The exhibition will include quilting activities and demonstrations for every age and skill level, with quilters on hand to discuss their work. Challenge quilts made by the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild will also be exhibited. A quilt challenge requires specific design and construction rules agreed upon by guild members, with the goal of improving their quilting skills.
Admission to Billings Farm & Museum’s 31st Annual Quilt Exhibition includes the operating dairy farm, orientation and farm life exhibits, the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House, plus daily programs and activities.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable nonprofit institution. For further information call 802-457-2355 or visit

Saturday, August 18 at the ODD Fellows Hall beside Star Lake in Belmont the fun commences. Starting off at 3 p.m. it’s games, games, games and lots of prizes. Plus, DJ Brett Myhre will keep the fun moving with lots of music leading up to a live-music event with Jenny Porter and Jeb Porter and Friends.
At the lake you will find fun for the whole family. Everyone can take part in the games, especially the traditional tug-of-war, and there will be a face painting table, raffle table, tie-dye shirt table (make your own and wear proudly……or not) and a table of those fabulous desserts and cookies made by Gloria’s Pantry.
Funds raised from Summer Palooza support Reinbow Riding Center’s therapeutic horsemanship program, an important tool for improving the mental and physical well-being of children and adults. The funds raised are used to support the program, and also provide financial assistance to those that need our help but may not be able to afford it. We serve clients in Rutland and Windsor County and some beyond. For more information and regatta rules visit

Step back in time as hostesses in Colonial attire greet guests in homes along Castleton’s historic Main Street during the 80th Annual Colonial Day House Tour, Saturday, August 18. The Castleton Womans Club sponsors this annual event featuring over a dozen sites throughout the village, including outstanding period homes, public buildings and historic sites. To mark the 80th Anniversary of Castleton Colonial Day, representatives from the Vermont Legislature will present a State Proclamation at 4 p.m. at the Castleton Federated Church.
The Federated Church on Main Street, described as builder Thomas Royal Dake’s architectural masterpiece, is a popular stop on the tour. The pulpit, with its intricate moldings and panels, is one of the most extraordinary in the state. Dake is famous for his beautifully scaled spiral staircases which can be seen in some of the homes on the tour.
At the Higley House, home of the Castleton Historical Society, visitors can tour the exhibits, antique tools, carriage collection and period fashion display of 19th century clothing and accessories. On display at the Higley House will be the famous Blue Cat Quilt, depicting historic landmarks in town and highlights from the book “The Blue Cat of Castle Town.” The quilt was entirely hand sewn and hand quilted, with over 375 hours spent in creating the unique pattern of quilting stitches.
Following this year’s tour there will be a free Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by the Castleton Historical Society. At 4 p.m., New Haven Connecticut Museum and Historical Society Director William Hosley will talk about “Country Houses for a New Republic: Connecticut and Vermont’s Master Builders.” He will discuss the contributions of some legendary builders whose work helped give birth to a new architecture that was distinctive both worldlwide and nationally.
The 2018 Castleton Colonial Day House Tour will be held rain or shine, Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour tickets $20 ($18 seniors 62+) can be purchased on Colonial Day at ticket booths on Main Street. For information call 802-468-5691 or e-mail:

Saturday, September 29 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Pittsford Village green. Only handmade, homegrown items by local artists and crafters. Basket raffle, bake sale and jack o’lantern decorating contest (all ages) hosted by the Marble Valley Pittsford Grange, win prizes and trophies. For more information on becoming a vendor contact: Beth Richards, 773-2843, No direct sales.

Are you new parents? Do you find it difficult to discipline your child? Are you looking for effective ways to make your child a better person? Oftentimes, parenting can be hard, especially when you’re still new at it or simply don’t know where to begin.
Rutland Regional will be piloting a 5-week parenting course, presented by Casey Thomas, September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at 160 Allen Street, in Rutland. Using the Strengthening Families curriculum, this workshop will help to bolster protective factors for parents that enable strong parenting skills and gives insight into the developmental, emotional and psychosocial challenges of your children. These protective factors include such qualities as resilience, building strong social connections, understanding the development and emotional competence of children, and knowing your community supports in times of need.
Advance registration is required for this free workshop. For more information, visit or call 802-772-2400.

Rutland Regional Offers Tai Chi Class for Beginners
This beginner-level class runs from August 27 to October 1 and is taught by Laurie Knauer, in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional. It will be offered twice each evening: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of graceful exercise that involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner accompanied by deep breathing. It is considered safe for all ages and levels of fitness. The benefits of Tai Chi include stress reduction, increased balance and flexibility, relaxation and pain relief. It is recommended for anyone with arthritis, diabetes, stress, and a variety of other health conditions.
Cost of the course is $15. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register visit or call 802-772-2400.

A New Candlelight Evening Service
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fair Haven announces the addition of a new half-hour service to its weekly schedule: a candlelight evening service held every Wednesday until Thanksgiving, from 7:30 – 8 p.m. The newly installed Smith-Gilbert five-rank pipe organ will be heard in each service, and the church’s new Chorister program, open to children ages seven through twelve, will provide some of the music throughout the year.
The service follows the Order of Compline which draws upon texts from the psalms, biblical readings, hymns and prayers entreating God for a peaceful rest after a day of work and activity. The service is free. No offering will be collected. The church is located at 146 N. Main St, Fair Haven. For more information or questions, call 802-537-2198 or email