Music in Bellows Falls; Senior Club lunch; author at Wilder; the buzz on bumblebees; Specker concert; Heath Gordon scholarship fund-raiser; FOLA Follies Season II; babysitting classes

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March 15: Tarbox Ramblers at Popolo

On Saturday, March 15, The Tarbox Ramblers will play at 8:30 p.m. in the Windham Ballroom at Popolo, 36 The Square, Bellows Falls, along with the return of Rhode Island singer–songwriter Bob Kendall. Winner of Motif Magazine’s 2013 Best Americana Record award, Kendall has just finished an album, his third solo work, and is on tour introducing the new material.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 on the day of show and are available at Popolo and online at or by phone at 802–460–7676.

March 17: Chester Senior Citizens’ Club luncheon meeting

The Chester Senior Citizens’ Club holds its monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 17, at the Chester First Baptist Church, 469 Main St. The group will play word games with prizes for winners, and enjoy food and fellowship. Bring your own place setting, and a friend. If you need a ride, just call 802-875–6242.

March 19: Vermont author to give reading at Wilder Library

Brian Staveley

Brian Staveley

Wilder Memorial Library, 24 Lawrence Hill Road, Weston, will host a reading by Vermont author Brian Staveley from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. Staveley is the author the novel The Emperor’s Blades. A question and answer session will follow. The Emperor’s Blades is the first in a new series, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. For more information, visit the library’s website here, Wilder Memorial Library’s Facebook page, @wilderweston on Twitter or call 802-824-4307. RSVP encouraged; space is limited.

March 20: Free talk on native bumblebees at Rock Library

Bumble bee lecture

On Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m., Vermont Center for Ecostudies researcher Sara Zahendra will offer a free talk about the life history of the bumblebee, the role they play in the ecosystem, and their current status in Vermont. The talk will take place in the fully accessible, newly renovated top-floor meeting room at the Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls  and will be hosted by The Nature Museum at Grafton. Light refreshments will be provided.

For information, go to: Or call the library at 802-463-4270.

March 22: Speckers free fiddle and banjo concert

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John Specker

John Specker, the “Father of the Ithaca Sound,” and his daughter Ida Mae Specker will present a concert of traditional American fiddle and banjo music at the Andover Vermont Town Hall, 953 Weston-Andover Road, Andover, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22nd. All are welcome and admission is free. For information, go to:

March 22: Salt River Revue ‘Raises the Roof’

Five musicians will take the stage when the Salt River Revue plays at 7 p.m. Saturday March 22 for the Raise the Roof concert series at Gethsemane Church, 89 Depot St., in Proctorsville. Tickets are $10. The quintet plays guitar, mandolin, bass, recorder, fiddle, slide guitar, percussion and piano, in a variety of traditions: Celtic, Latin American, Scottish and American folk and blues. For more information call 802-226-7497.

March 22: Free live raptor program and open house in Grafton

Raptor Lecture

The Nature Museum at Grafton will host  The Symbol of the Sun: Raptors and Us, a free family event at the Homestead Room at the Grafton Inn, 92 Main St., in Grafton at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 22.
Four live raptors, including a bald eagle, will be at the Homestead Room with their handler, Mike Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. The program will include an interactive slideshow that will help viewers see what their ancestors saw as they watched these magnificent predators.

In celebration of the museum’s 25th anniversary, the live animal program will be followed by an open house at The Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Road, Grafton. Nature Museum naturalists will present hands-on activities for all ages and will serve free birthday cake.

For more information, visit or call (802) 843-2111.

March 28: Stage Potatoes play for Heath Gordon scholarship fund

The Stage Potatoes, that bills its music as Classic Rock by Classic Rockers, plays at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28 at the American Legion Post 67, Route 103 in Chester. Cover charge is $10 with all proceeds benefiting the Heath Gordon Scholarship for students seeking music or art college degrees. Joining The Stage Potatoes will be special guest Cheshire Turnpike Band. Along with the music there will be a raffle and silent auction. For information, call 802-875-6001.

Tesha Buss

Tesha Buss, director of the FOLA Follies

March 29: FOLA Follies prepares for second season

FOLA Follies returns 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, to the Ludlow Auditorium, 37 Depot St., Ludlow.

Tesha Buss, a veteran of the Broadway musical stage, is currently directing a regional cast for Friends of Ludlow Auditorium’s second sponsored musical revue. The program, loosely based on music from Hollywood movies, will include some grand oldies like Swing on a Star and What’ll I Do, romantic ballads such as Moon River and Reflections, and special pieces from The Music Man and The Wizard of Oz.

The FOLA Follies of 2014 is open to everyone. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. For information, call 228–7239 or

April 5 and 6: Free Red Cross babysitter training

Two free American Red Cross Babysitters Training classes are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6. On April 5, the course will be held at the Mark Skinner Library, 48 West Road, Manchester; on April 6, the course will be repeated at Flood Brook Union School, 91 Route 11, Londonderry. These one-day training sessions usually cost $85 but will be free of charge thanks to a Lois McClure Foundation grant secured by the Red Cross.

The Babysitters Training classes are open to 11 to 15 year olds and will cover supervising children and infants, basic child–care skills, safe and age–appropriate games, handling bedtime and discipline issues, identifying safety hazards and injury prevention, care for common injuries and emergencies, communicating effectively with parents, and interviewing for babysitting jobs.

A free pizza lunch will be provided. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration opens at noon on Saturday, March 22. Register for either training location online at For additional information, contact Wilder Memorial Library director Kerri MacLaury at 802-824-4307 or

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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