READER BULLETINS: July 6-12, 2017

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Rutland Rec and RAFFL family cooking workshops at the Godnick Center.
Finger Foods — Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to noon. Making spring rolls, veggie pizza and maple soda; $5 adults, kids are free!
Grilling — Saturday, Aug. 5 11 a.m. to noon. Making meat and veggie kebabs and vegetarian stuffed zucchini boats; $10 adults, kids are free! All participants will learn knife skills and bring home the bag of veggies they chop. We will use as much local produce and meat as possible.
For more information contact Grace Davy, Everyday Chef Coordinator,

Play Bingo at the grange on Friday, July 21. Doors open at 6 p.m., the first game starts at 7 p.m.
Food is available. For more information contact Dennis at 802-353-4651. Maple Valley Grange, Dugway Road, Wallingford.

Where’s Waldo? In Rutland, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting over two-dozen local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes — and get entered into our grand-prize drawing! Find Waldo is a fun summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to get to know some great local businesses. July 1 – 30 at Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center Street…and 24 other local businesses and organizations throughout our community. Free. For more info visit www, or call 855-8078.

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce’s free summer concert series “Music at the Riverbend,” will be happening every Wednesday night in July and August at its new location, the lawn behind the Brandon Inn. The Inn is located at 20 Park St, Brandon.
Enjoy a diverse musical menu and the sweet sounds of the Neshobe River and the summer nights. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic, or pick up dinner from our local eateries. Many will be offering concert specials. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, NO BYOB permitted.
These concerts are FREE! Thanks to the generous donations from our community members and area businesses.

Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC) will be offering a locally sourced meal with seasonal produce every Thursday evening through July starting at 5:30 p.m. until the food is gone, at VFFC, 251 West Street, home of the Vermont Winter Farmers Market in Rutland. The VFFC’s goal in serving this meal is to provide an opportunity for more of the Rutland community to experience and enjoy the freshness and better taste of locally grown produce in season. The weekly dinner provides an occasion for eating local food as an experience in the community, and the French concept of terroir, the belief that it does matter where our food comes from, and we do appreciate the hard-working farmers providing us with real life-giving nourishment. The $5 price for entrée is made possible because our farmers are generous in their donations. Thank you to all the farmers, volunteers and supporters who are participating in helping VFFC build on our strengths as a resilient community.

The weekend of July 8 and 9 will be alive with the sights and sounds of the American Revolution at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, Vermont. This year is the 240th anniversary of the July 7, 1777, battle, the only one fought on what would become Vermont soil.
Nearly 400 reenactors from all over the northeast will gather to present this colorful, full-scale history pageant, the largest Revolutionary War living-history weekend in northern New England. They portray the American, British and German forces who fought here and participated in the American Revolution’s important Northern Campaign.
The weekend offers activities for all ages and interests. New this year is a Saturday morning “last man standing reenactor firing competition at 11 a.m. Walk through the camps, talk with reenactors, observe tactical and artillery demonstrations and camp life activities, learn how to drill, and take in guided battlefield tours. Special children’s activities. Sutlers row provides a colonial shopping experience. Bruce Venter, author of the 2015 book “Battle of Hubbardton,” will give a talk and sign copies. The museum is open both days, with a shop that has an excellent selection of books and other items relating to the American Revolution. Local groups provide a food stand both days.
The narrated military tacticals, on the slope of Monument Hill, will be held weather-permitting — Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday morning at 8 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The Sunday morning battle starts forming at 7:30 a.m. — this battle formation is the weekend’s highlight. Muskets will sound in the distance, just before the soldiers emerge over Monument Hill.
Admission daily is $6 for adults and free for children under 15. There is nearby parking and a “people mover” from the parking area to the visitor center. The event is offered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Living History Association, and the Hubbardton Historical Society, with support from other local organizations and businesses.
The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site is located on Monument Hill Road, 6 miles off VT Route 30 in Hubbardton, or 7 miles off exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton. The site is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays to Sundays and Monday holidays through October 15. For more information, call 802-273-2282 or visit [] Join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.

Downtown Rutland Partnership has released the line-up for its summer concert series and the dates for the downtown sidewalk sales.
The Friday Night Live series has been a popular draw in Rutland both for local residents and visitors.
The concerts, which take place in The Pit at the corner of Center and Wales streets, will be:
— July 14: has been performing and touring for more than 30 years. The band has released five albums of original music.
— July 21: Country artist Jack Ingram has a number of hit records including “Barefoot and Crazy,” “Barbie Doll,” “Free,” and “That’s A Man.” Ingram is a singer and songwriter from Texas.
— July 28: The Trammps, a Grammy award-winning band best known for the 1976 hit, “Disco Inferno,” which contained the memorable lyric, “Burn, baby, burn” and which was included on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.
— Aug. 4: Ken Block and Drew Copeland, two of the founding members of Sister Hazel, a Southern rock band. Block and Copeland are expected to perform some Sister Hazel favorites and some new material.
The annual sidewalk sales event will be Aug. 4-5 in downtown Rutland.

This summer, from June 1 through August 31, children entering 4th – 8th grade in the fall are invited to take the Reading Without Walls Bingo challenge! National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang started the Reading Without Walls program to celebrate reading and diversity by challenging children nationwide to read a book about a character who doesn’t look or live like them; read a book about a topic they don’t know much about; and/or read a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun. Sign-up begins June 1, but feel free to join throughout the summer.
Free. Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center Street, Rutland, VT. For more info, call 802-855-8078 or visit

Poets, you are invited to participate in an ekphrastic poetry event! Write a poem inspired by a work of art. Choose a work of art from CONNECTION, an exciting exhibition of visual art in various mediums produced by more than 20 regional artists, currently on exhibit at Stone Valley Arts. Your response to the art may include vivid description, commentary, imaginative leaps such as creating narrative or dialogue, giving voice to the subject, or even to the artist. Make the connection and explore the possibilities! The SVA gallery is open Sundays 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Come by and choose a work of art to inspire your poem. Take notes, take a picture, go back to your writing space and take your time to write an ekphrastic poem. Then participate in a public reading in the SVA Gallery on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. at Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E. Main Street, Poultney VT 05764. For more information, please visit our website: or call David Mook 802-884-8052.

Greater Killington Women’s Club (formerly Sherburne Women’s Club) will host a Ladies Golf Outing and Fundraiser on August 20 at 2 p.m. at Green Mountain National Golf Course, 476 Barrows Towne Road, Killington.
Gather your foursome together! Individuals and beginners are also welcome as a FREE clinic is included. This is a great value of golf at a world-class course. Prices start at only $50 per person including a clinic, nine holes, cart, dinner, raffle prizes, and gifts! Please RSVP early for discounted prices as this event can only accommodate 50 participants.
Not a golfer? Join us for dinner only and an awesome raffle! Prices begin at only $20. Space is limited, so please RSVP early so there is still room for you to attend.
Event proceeds benefit area charities and scholarships. For player forms, go to the club’s website at Please contact Janina Curtis by email at or phone at 802-775-0521 for more information.

The Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday, September 23-24, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Woodstock at the Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.
The farm and park are directly across the street from each other. Visit with about 20 artisan vendors and woodworking demonstrators who will be in the Visitor Center, barn and on the farm lawn. Vermont wooden furniture, utensils, jewelry, bowls, cutting boards, home & kitchen accessories and other woodenware, toys, cabinetry, flooring, wildlife carvings, bowls and all other products made of wood will be for sale.
The scenic backdrop of the farm along with live music by local musician Mike Kelley and locally sourced, wood-fired pizza from Woodbelly Pizza provides a perfect accompaniment for shopping or watching live turning demonstrations outdoors. Meet the draft horses, sheep, jersey cows and chickens as you discover more about Vermont’s farming and forest heritage. Billings Farm, as always, will have their cheese for sale in the gift shop. Just across the street, visitors can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, forest walks, additional woodworking demonstrations, make-your-own wood crafting, and other family activities at Vermont’s only National Park.
Vendors currently include well-known wood artisans from around our state, like Andrew Pearce Bowls, ClearLake Furniture, Rockledge Farm Woodworks, Copeland Furniture, T. Breeze Verdant Jewelry, Kettler Woodworks, Green Mountain Woodturning, Birds in Wood, Art Wolff, Wildlife Sculpting, Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Vermont Farm Table, Vermont Tree Goods, Pompanoosuc Mills, and others. Please check out or call 802-747-7900, email for information about admission, parking and activities planned. Admission ranges from free (under 3) to $14 (adults). Free parking available on site.