Upcoming events: music at grounded4LIFE; Fry Daddy plays Belmont; ‘Gigi’ screening; St. Luke’s holds annual Seder; ‘Bird Diva’ in Chester; learn about rattlers; and Lovecraft discussion at Rock Library

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April 4: Songwriter Jason Harrod at grounded4LIFE

Jason Harrod at grounded4LIFE

Jason Harrod at grounded4LIFE

On Friday April 4 grounded4LIFE will offer an evening of coffee and music featuring guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jason Harrod. Coffee’s on at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m. Grounded4LIFE is located in the basement of the Baptist Church at 162 Main St. in Chester.

Harrod’s career began in the ’90s as one half of Harrod & Funck, and since the turn of the century he’s become well-established as a solo artist. His albums include Living in Skin, Bright as You and Highliner.

Suggested donation for the event is $5 per person or $10 for a whole family.

Open to the public on Friday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m., grounded4LIFE offers a place for faith, reason and community. Find it at http://grounded4lifevt.org on Facebook.

April 5: Fry Daddy to play at annual Spring Mud Fling

Rock and blues band Fry Daddy featuring singer/songwriter Carlos Ocasio will perform on Saturday, April 5 at the Odd Fellows Hall on Lake Street,  is off Route 103, west of Okemo Mountain in Belmont. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and dancing begins at 9 p.m.

The BYOB event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Mount Holly Community Association. Fry Daddy’s music is a foot stomping, heart thumping mix of originals, soul, rhythm and blues and Latin beats.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 at the Belmont Country Store, Mount Holly Library or Ludlow branch of Peoples United Bank or $12 at the door.

Proceeds from the weekend event will benefit the Mount Holly Community Association, an organization dedicated to enhancing community life through special events and social activities. Additional information is available at www.mounthollyvt.org.

April 5: ‘Gigi’ brings Paris to Ludlow Auditorium

Hermione Gingold and Louis Jordan dance to 'The Night They Invented Champagne' as Leslie Caron, Gigi, tests her first glass of champagne.

Hermione Gingold and Louis Jordan dance to ‘The Night They Invented Champagne’ as Leslie Caron, Gigi, tests her first glass of champagne.

The next movie shown by Friends of the Ludlow Auditorium will be the award-winning musical Gigi at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5 . Ludlow Auditorium is located at at Ludlow Town Hall, 37 Depot St. in Ludlow.

Gigi is based on Colette’s story of a French girl who’s groomed to be a courtesan in turn-of-the-century Paris. Songs featured include “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” “Gigi” and “I Remember It Well.” The movie is free, but donations are appreciated to help fund the cost of the movies. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of Berkshire Bank and free water will be provided by FOLA. For information call 802-228-7239 or www.fola.us.

April 6: St. Luke’s holds annual open Seder

St. Luke’s Church invites everyone to participate in a traditional Seder meal beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 in Willard Hall, at 313 Main St. in Chester. The Seder is a ritual meal that celebrates the Jewish Passover. The ritual found in the Haggadah, the book of readings for the Seder service, is where Jews and Christians can remember and share the momentous events of God’s call and redemption.

The Seder is a family-centered affair and children have a significant part to play. It is rich in tradition and a time for joy, good eating, singing and celebrating God’s redemption.

Suggested donation: $10 age 12 and up, $7.50 age 5-11, under 5 free. For reservations, call the Harrisons at 875-2784. Details can be found at www.stlukesepiscopalvt.org/special events

April 9: ‘Bird Diva’ to give free talk in Chester

Bridget Butler, aka “The Bird Diva,” invites members of the public to discover the pleasure of one of the most popular pastimes in the country, bird watching. The Nature Museum at Grafton will present a free talk with Butler titled Bird is a Verb at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. at NewsBank Conference Center at 352 Main St. in Chester.

Bridget Butler Bird Diva

Bridget Butler ‘Bird Diva’

Butler will share tips and tricks for bird identification, talk about equipment and resources, teach participants about birding by ear, and describe various natural communities for different suites of birds.

This talk is part of The Nature Museum at Grafton’s 2014 community program series, The Birds and The Bees. The Nature Museum is offering a full year of avian and apian programs, including a guided bird walk at Herricks Cove on May 17.

More information can be found at www.nature-museum.org or on The Nature Museum at Grafton’s Facebook page.

April 10: Talk focuses on rattlesnakes

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will host a Walk and Talk event on rattlesnakes at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. Doug Blodgett, snake biologist with Vermont Fish and Wildlife, will give a presentation on the nature of rattlesnakes and their habitat, including a discussion of rattlesnakes in Cavendish. The presentation will take place at the Gethsemane Church meeting hall on Depot Street in Proctorsville, Vt.

The Walk and Talk Series consists of lectures and demonstrations aimed at presenting various aspects of our natural world in a learning environment. When the weather is good, the group may meet in an appropriate outdoor setting as well, although the April 10 presentation will remain indoors.

This event is free although donations to defray costs are welcome. For more information about this event or about other upcoming Walk and Talk events, please call Robin Timko at 802-226-7736.

April 10: Lovecraft presentation at Rockingham Library

On Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m., the Rockingham Free Public Library will host Norwich University professor E. Brett Cox for a presentation on The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft. The devastation of the 1927 floods and the “wild domed hills” of Windham County provided the inspiration for Lovecraft to write his sci-fi/horror story, a tale of crab-aliens and preserved brains set against the backdrop of 1920s Townsend, Bellows Falls and Brattleboro.

Before the presentation, Emily Zervas, Rockingham Library’s reference and historical collections librarian, will present historic photographs of the 1927 floods in Bellows Falls.

Cox is associate professor of English and chair of the Department of English and Communications at Norwich University. A native of North Carolina, Cox lives in Roxbury, Vt., with his wife, playwright Jeanne Beckwith.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information call 802-463-4270, email sam@rockinghamlibrary.org, or go online to rockinghamlibrary.org. Lovecraft’s story, along with other local background on the 1927 flood, is available at: http://rockinghamlibrary.org/lovecraft.html
– Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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