Upcoming events: Rock Library to reopen; hiking in Athens; Vermont Voices kicked off; winter outerwear collection; Cavendish funder; watercolor exhibit and acting classes at VTica

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Nov. 1: Rockingham Library moves back in

The Rockingham Free Public Library’s temporary location will be closed from Oct. 23–31 and will re-open at the renovated library building, 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls, on Friday, Nov. 1.

During this transition and through the month of November, the library will not charge late fees for items returned. Library materials can be deposited in the drop box located in front of the building by the sidewalk.

The library is still seeking volunteers to assist with the moving. If interested, contact the library at 802-463-4270 or by email at rfpl@rockinghamlibrary.org.

Nov. 2: Soapstone Hike on Athens Dome

The history of the soapstone industry and local quarries in Vermont will be the focus of the Pinnacle Association’s free Soapstone Hike from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday Nov. 2. Participants should dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack.

Open to the public, this guided hike will be led by Bill Brown of the Grafton Improvement Society and Andy Toepfer of the Pinnacle Association. The long, moderate walk features the area’s soapstone history that includes a look at a quarry and the remains of cellar holes of a boarding house and mill where soapstone blocks were sawn.

Hikers will meet at the parking lot opposite the Nature Museum at Grafton, 176 Townshend Road, Grafton, to carpool to the start. For directions, and registration, contact Andy Toepfer at 802-869-3379 or atoepfer@sover.net.

Read more about features of the Athens Dome trail system on Pinnacle’s website, www.windmillhillpinnacle.org.

Nov. 3: Archer Mayor kicks off  Vermont Voices

Each year Chester’s Misty Valley Books invites Vermont writers to share their work at 2 p.m. on Sundays in November at First Universalist Church in the Chester Stone Village. A book signing and reception will follow each event, all of which are free.

Archer Mayor, author of "Three Can Keep a Secret"

Archer Mayor, author of “Three Can Keep a Secret”

Sunday, Nov. 3: Archer Mayor, mystery writer and raconteur, returns with his new Joe Gunther tale, Three Can Keep a Secret, which unfolds with Hurricane Irene as a backdrop. Amidt the turmoil and disaster relief, it’s up to Gunther and his team to learn what really happened with two corpses.

Sunday, Nov. 10: photographer and writer Peter Miller presents his most recent book, A Lifetime of Vermont People.

Sunday, Nov. 17: historian Howard Coffin will present Something Abides, Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont, a tour town by town, with stories, anecdotes, and information about Vermont’s role in the Civil War.

Sunday, Nov. 24: Honorary Vermonter Jon Katz (he lives just over the border in New York) will talk about his new book, Second Chance Dog.

For more information call Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.

Nov. 7: ‘Through the Fire’ documentary at Rockingham Library

The Bellows Falls Union High School Literary Kick-Off project will present a public screening of the basketball documentary “Through the Fire” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.

“Through the Fire” is the story of a young Sebastian Telfair and how the game of basketball changes his life, the life of his family and their Coney Island community. The film follows him through his senior year at Abraham Lincoln High School, a basketball powerhouse on Coney Island, during the 2003–04 basketball season.

This year’s Literary Kick-Off book is The Last Shot by Darcy Frey, which chronicles the aspirations of four other promising Abraham Lincoln High School basketball players. Copies are available for the community at the Library and for sale at the Village Square Booksellers.

For more information please contact the Bellows Falls Union High School at 802-463-3944 or go online to rockinghamlibrary.org/bfuhsliterary/litindex.html.

Nov. 9 & 16: Annual Chester/Andover outerwear and blanket distribution

The Sixth Annual Chester/Andover Outerwear and Blanket Drive is accepting donations of outerwear for children and adults (jackets, coats, hats, mittens, boots, etc.) that have been outgrown or are not being used. Donors are asked to drop items off at Chester/Andover area churches, schools or either town office. Chester Town Hall is located at 556 Elm St. and Andover Town Hall is located at 953 Weston-Andover Road. Donated items will be available during two free distribution events at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 9 and 16, at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall at Routes 103 and 11 in Chester. Hot soup will also be provided.

Nov. 16: Cavendish Community Fund fundraiser

Dom Perignon will be auctioned off as part of the Cavendish Community Fund fundraiser.

Dom Perignon will be auctioned off as part of the Cavendish Community Fund fundraiser.

The Cavendish Community Fund is hosting A Scotch Tasting Party fundraiser to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Inn at Glimmerstone Mansion, 1589 Main St., in Cavendish. For a donation of $45 to the Community Fund, partygoers can taste 12 different single malt scotches.

In addition to the scotch, there will be a variety of food items to complement the tasting experience. Festivities will include a raffle featuring, Dom Perignon Champagne, a Singleton’s Gift Basket, a stay at Glimmerstone and Vermont Fresh Pasta.

The event is sponsored by The Inn at Glimmerstone Mansion and Singleton’s Market. Space is limited so the CCF recommends tickets be purchased in advance. For tickets or more information call Peter LaBelle at 226-7250, or Barbara Dickey at 226-7187, or stop by the Glimmerstone.

Nov. 29: Vermont Watercolor Society at VTica

Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, VTica has planned a two-fold exhibit this holiday season named “Something to Celebrate.” The Vitca logo with backgroundexhibit opens on Friday, Nov. 29 with an artists’ reception from 5:30–8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. The exhibition continues through Jan. 19, 2014.

“Something to Celebrate” is a collaboration of VTica with 17 of Vermont Watercolor Society members experimenting in abstract work. This grouping of 32 paintings, titled “Out of Bounds” will offer different levels of meaning.

Exhibiting alongside the VWS work will be painters Richard and Nancy Pullman Weis; mixed media artist Johanne Durocher Yordan; Chester resident and contemporary artist Frieda Post; acrylic abstractionist Irene Cole; stained glass designer Laura Rideout; and aerial perspective painter Miranda Updike.

A selection of artisan jewelry will be shown, including work from Brattleboro jeweler Bob Borter Designs; Deb Fanelli’s sculptural objects of art; enamel work by Kilin Design; metalwork by Luscious Metals; and tribal and vintage inspired Parker Posie Designs.

VTica is open 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 802-875-1018; email abby.r@VTica.org. Visit its website at www.VTica.org.

Dec. 5: Acting workshop begins at VTica

An acting workshop conducted by Lee Strasberg trained actor Tom Nielsen of Grafton will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, 15 Depot St., Chester, and continue on five consecutive Thursdays through Jan. 16, 2014. There will be no class on Dec. 26.

Recommended for those 16 years old and older, classes will run 2 to 3 hours per session. The first half will be devoted to relaxation and sensory awareness. The second half will be devoted to scene study including breaking down a script, creating a character, psychological/physical behavior, justifying behavior, listening and improvisation culminating in a final performance incorporating the students’ new skills. Mentoring will be provided after the workshop ends.

Nielsen has performed in off-off Broadway shows before finding his place on the soap opera Guiding Light. He’s also directed and taught acting at Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.

Tuition is $20 for the six-week session. For more information or to register, call 802-875-1018 or email abby.r@VTica.org.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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