Windham Orchestra open rehearsal; Table Rock hike; Senior Club luncheon; child-raising workshop; Accessibility Day; Burning Mouth Fest; & folk & blues fest

Sept. 9: Windham Orchestra offers open rehearsal

At 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, the Windham Orchestra will hold an open rehearsal for all musicians at Oak Grove Elementary School, 15 Moreland Ave., Brattleboro.
The “get acquainted” rehearsal is open to all area musicians of all levels to participate in music making with the orchestra. Musical director Hugh Keelan will be in attendance, and no auditions are necessary. Participants will meet and rehearse Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 with the amateur and professional musicians of the Windham Orchestra. For more information visit the website at You can also contact the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523,

Sept. 14: Hike to Table Rock

The Sierra Club and the Rockingham Free Public Library invite the public to hike Fall Mountain and see Table Rock at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14.
The morning hike, which takes approximately one hour each way, will offer participants a view of Bellows Falls and the adjacent Connecticut River basin plus an historical perspective provided by Dan Axtell and Emily Zervas.  The group will walk up a steep track that provides an altitude gain of about 500 feet. Henry David Thoreau made this climb in early September, 157 years ago.
The hike is free and open to the public. Hikers must sign up in advance. Once registered they will be given directions and parking instructions.
To register or for more information you can contact Denis Rydjeski by email or call (802) 885-4826 or Emily Zervas at, or call (802) 463-4270.

Sept. 16: Chester Senior Citizens Club monthly luncheon meeting

The Chester Senior Citizens Club will hold its monthly luncheon meeting 11:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16, at the Chester First Baptist Church on 162 Main St. Bring a dish to share, your place setting and a friend.

Sept. 19: Child-raising workshop in Chester

Kathy Bentley, a nationally recognized parent educator and former resident of Andover, will present a free workshop on Raising a Resilient Child from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at Chester-Andover Elementary School, on 72 Main St.
According to Bentley, resilience may be one of the most significant skills that a child can learn to be successful in school and life. The workshop will offer parents and guardians tools to help their child become a more successful person.
Free childcare will be provided. For more information contact or or visit Bentley’s Facebook page at

Sept. 21: Pinnacle Association’s Accessibility Day

Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association presents its annual Accessibility Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 21. On Accessibility Day, the WHPA offers the public the rare opportunity of a car ride to a trail site on the Pinnacle. This year’s drive will go to Paul’s Ledges for lunch and offer a panoramic view to the west. For those who cannot hike to some of Vermont’s hilltops, this is an easier way to experience the area’s fall scenery. Tony Coven and Beverly Major will lead the expedition, which is free and open to the public
The association will provide four-wheel-drive vehicles and drivers for participants. Advance registration is a must for riders; hikers do not need to pre-register.
Participants should bring water, a bag lunch, and sweater or jacket for chilly weather at the top. Meet at Westminster West Church to carpool. Reference to the location of Westminster West Church may be found under directions to trailheads No. 5 and No. 6 on the downloadable WHPA Access Points Map found at
Visit the website to find more information on this program and other upcoming programs and projects.  For information and registration, contact Bev Major at 802-387-5737 or

Burning Mouth Festival LogoOct. 5: First Burning Mouth Fest for Dartmouth Children’s Hospital

The first East Coast Burning Mouth Festival will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at Quechee Green Park, Quechee. Sponsored by ImageTek Labels and The Chiligods the festival is non-profit event with 100 percent of its proceeds to benefit Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hospital.
The Josh Logan Band will provide music for the event. Activities will include The Spice Stand-off, raffles, games and giveaways, a beer garden and local food and beverage booths. This is a family event. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older; free for kids 12 and under.
For more information, or to reserve a booth, visit

Oct. 12: Break Maids at Black River Folk and Blues Fest

The Break Maids

The Break Maids

The Break Maids trio will be one of four bands playing at the first annual Black River Folk and Blues Fest at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 37 S. Depot St. 1 Whispering Pines, Ludlow.
The Break Maids are Faith Wood (vocals, bass guitar, harmonica), Emily Burkland (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Ida Mae Specker (vocals, drums/ percussion, fiddle). In addition to the Break Maids, the concert will feature the music of Chris Kleeman Band, Gypsy Reel and Rusty Belle.
Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased on-line at, in Ludlow at the Peoples United Bank, The Book Nook, and The Wine and Cheese Depot, and at the door. For further information, or 802-228-7239.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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