Upcoming Events: Games Day at Rock library; Coffin at Vermont Voices; story hour; Keewaydin dinner; fiddle music abounds; BRAM funder


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Nov. 16: Read, learn and play at Rockingham Library

The Rockingham Free Public Library will join hundreds of libraries worldwide from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, to celebrate International Games Day. The library, located at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls, will offer gaming for people of all ages including Nintendo Wii and console games, Minecraft, board games, modern table-top games, role-playing games, card games, computer games and more.

The library will be participating in the National Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament. Local competition begins at 11 a.m.; qualifiers from the local competition will then participate in the national event beginning at 1 p.m. Registration to compete in the local tournament to win a spot in the national competition can be done at the library, by email to bfyouth@sover.net, or online at http://www.rockinghamlibrary.org/ngd2013.html. Anyone wishing to compete must register by Nov. 16.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 802.463.4270, email bfyouth@sover.net or online rockinghamlibrary.org.

Howard Coffin new release Something Abides

Nov. 17: Vermont in the Civil War next in MVB’s Vermont Voices series

On Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m., historian Howard Coffin will present his latest book, Something Abides, at the First Universalist Church in Chester’s Stone Village. Coffin is the third author in Misty Valley Books’ annual Vermont Voices series.

Coffin’s illustrated book identifies numerous Civil War related sites in Vermont including soldier homes, halls where war meetings encouraged enlistments, churches where soldier funerals were held and abolitionists spoke, monuments to those who served, hospital sites, and homes where women gathered to make items for the soldiers. With the help of this book, Civil War sites may be located easily, taking readers through the hill farms and small towns that closely reflect how they looked during Civil War.

Coffin is a seventh generation Vermonter with six ancestors who served in Vermont Civil War regiments. His books include Full Duty: Vermonters in the Civil War; Nine Months to Gettysburg; The Battered Stars; and Guns Over the Champlain Valley. Coffin lives with his wife Susan in Montpelier.

The event is open to the public and is free of charge. A book signing and reception will follow Coffin’s presentation. For more information call Misty Valley Books at (802) 875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.

Author and honorary Vermonter Jon Katz completes the Vermont Voices series on Sunday, Nov. 24 with a presentation of his book, Second Chance Dog.

Nov. 18: Chester Senior Citizens’ Club meeting

Chester Senior Citizens’ Club invites the public to its monthly potluck luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 18, at the Chester First Baptist Church on 162 Main St. A Thanksgiving lunch is planned. The club asks those interested to bring a dish to share, a place setting, and a friend.

Nov. 20: Story hour at Wilder Library

The public is invited to Wilder Memorial Library’s Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 held downstairs in the Jeremy R. Orton Memorial Children’s Room at Wilder Memorial Library 24 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston.

For more information, call 802-824-4307, email wilderweston@gmail.com or check our website wildermemoriallibrary.org.

Nov. 21: CAES hosts spaghetti dinner fund-raiser for Keewaydin

The community is invited 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21 to a spaghetti dinner, cooked and served by staff, parent volunteers and

John Specker, left, and his daughter Ida Mae.

John Specker, left, and his daughter Ida Mae.

students of Chester-Andover Elementary School at the school at 72 Main St. in Chester. All proceeds will go toward sending CAES 5th and 6th grade students to Keewaydin Environmental Education Center for a weeklong outdoor learning experience in the Spring of 2014.

Cost for the dinner is: $8; senior citizens $6; kids, $5; and children 3 years old and younger are free. Dinners may be ordered to-go by calling Carol Neff at 802-779-2988 or Frank Kelley at frank.kelley@trsu.org

Nov. 23: Speckers perform at Andover’s Town Hall

John Specker, the Father of the Ithaca Sound, and daughter Ida Mae will present a concert of traditional American fiddle music from 2–4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Andover Town Hall, 953 Weston Andover Road. The event is open to the public and admission to this family event is free. For more information on this and other up-coming concerts, visit www.thespeckers.com.

Canada's Panache Quartet perform at Proctorsville's Gethsemane church

Canada’s Panache Quartet perform at Proctorsville’s Gethsemane Church

Nov. 24: Fiddlers raise roof
in Proctorsville

C anada’s Panache Quartet performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24  in the sanctuary of Gethsemane church on Depot Street in Proctorsville. The four female fiddlers, each with her own performing and recording career, merge musical repertoires with roots from Cape Breton, Québécois and Franco-American traditions.

The concert is part of the Raise the Roof Concert Series that brings musical talent to the heart of downtown Proctorsville. A donation of $10 at the door supports the concert series. For more information call 802-226-7497 and like us on Facebook at Raise the Roof Concert Series.

Dec. 11: BRAM to host holiday funder at Stemwinder

Guests enjoying bidding s at last year's BRAM'S  Silent Auction.

Guests enjoying bidding s at last year’s BRAM’S Silent Auction.

The Black River Academy Museum will usher in the holiday season from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 with a Holiday Silent Auction fundraising event at Stemwinder, a new wine bar/small plate café located behind the Wine and Cheese Depot, 46 Depot St. in Ludlow. The event will also serve to introduce Stemwinder to the community.

Leslie Stuart, owner of the Wine and Cheese Depot, has partnered with Wendy Neal, owner of A Catered Affair, to provide a new dining experience for the area.

Event guests will enjoy wine and tapas and bid on 50 items, ranging from an African Safari to art prints to local dining. A list of the auction items is available on the BRAM website www.bramvt.org. Bids may be made by phone or email.

Tickets for the Holiday Silent Auction fundraiser are $25 per person and include food and a glass of wine. Guests may purchase additional wine servings. Due to the intimate size of Stemwinder, early reservations are recommended. For tickets, call Black River Academy Museum at 802-228-5050 or email the museum at director@bramvt.org.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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