Upcoming events: Easter egg hunt; Art Garden open house; Easter church events; Nature Museum vacation camps; poetry at Misty Valley; music classes; celebrating Seeger; joint community meal; and Seniors event rescheduled

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Easter Eggs1April 12: Rotary Easter Egg Hunt for Chester, Andover kids

Rotary Club of Chester holds its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 12 at Chester-Andover Elementary School, 72 Main St., Chester. This event is open to Chester and Andover children from preschool to sixth grade. Parents are advised to arrive with their children before 9 a.m., so as not to miss the opportunity to participate. For further information, please contact Bill Dakin at 802-875-3456.

April 12: Art Garden holds half-birthday open house

The Art Garden, VT, 295 Main St. in Chester, is celebrating six months of creative exploration with an Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12. 295 Main St. is also home of the Moon Dog Café, the SongYard Children’s Playspace and Sama Yoga.

The Art Garden Open House will feature live music, face painting for all ages by Vermont Face & Body and hair feathers by Peace of Paradise – by donation – plus lots of free crafts to welcome spring. Information about upcoming classes will be available and guests will be able to meet practitioners and teachers who will be part of our evolving community space. The Art Garden is a community center for the arts with an active after-school program as well as classes and opportunities for all ages. All are invited as it celebrates its half-birthday.

April 13: St. Luke’s Easter worship announced

St. Luke’s Church will celebrate the Easter season the week of April 14 through 20. The community is invited to share in the celebration at the church at 313 Main St., Chester.

Worship Schedule at St. Luke’s

  • Sunday, April 13: 8 a.m.  Rite I, The Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday);
    10 a.m. Rite II
  • Monday-Wednesday, April 14-16: 6:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist
  • Thursday, April 17: 6:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist — Foot Washing/Altar Stripping;
    7:30 p.m. until midnight Night Watch
  • Friday, April 18: noon Good Friday — Stations of the Cross;
    6:30 p.m. Liturgy of Good Friday
  • Saturday, April 19: 9 a.m. The Liturgy of Holy Saturday
  • Sunday, April 20: 10 a.m. Festival Eucharist of Easter Day, Easter Egg Hunt and Reception following

April 14: Vacation camps at Nature Museum

April Vacation Camps announced

April Vacation Camps announced

The Nature Museum at Grafton has space available in its April vacation camps. This year’s offerings include a local foods exploration for ages 6 to 9, a wilderness adventure for ages 10 to 14 and an Earth Day celebration for ages 3 to 5. Campers are encouraged to pre-register soon, as this year’s February break camps were all filled to capacity.

On Monday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Farm to Feast campers (ages 6 to 9) will follow the path that local milk takes from the farm to a finished cheese, visiting a local dairy farm, then making their own mozzarella cheese from local milk. The day will be topped off by using the mozzarella to make pizzas for all to enjoy.

The second of four Wild Walkers programs in 2014 will be held on Tuesday, April 15, from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the woods and fields around the Nature Museum. Over the course of the year, Wild Walkers activities will include animal tracking, wilderness navigation, shelter building, fire making, outdoor cooking, the arts of stealth and camouflage, and safely using wild plants as food and medicine. Experienced instructors from Vermont Wilderness School will guide 10- to 14-year-olds in a safe, fun, respectful experience of living close to the Earth.

Planet Protector, Superhero at Work, a Mighty Acorns Preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers, will take place on Thursday, April 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The group will examine the natural resources we use every day, then find out how they can conserve, reuse and recycleto be good stewards of the land.

All programs will meet at the Nature Museum at Grafton, at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton. Children should come dressed for the outdoors and should bring a bag lunch and a water bottle to the daylong programs. Pre-registration is available at www.nature-museum.org or by calling 802-843-2111.

April 16: Palma returns to Misty Valley with Stevens and Williams

William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams

Professor Michael Palma returns to Misty Valley Books to discuss the poetry of William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens on four Wednesday evenings, beginning April 16, with a final session the first week in May. The store is on the Green in Chester. The series, beginning during National Poetry Month, which is April, is titled A Strange Courage. The free sessions will begin at 7 p.m. and last about an hour. The final session will be on May 7.

The series will focus on two of the major figures of the Modernist movement in American poetry in the first half of the 20th century: Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) and William Carlos Williams (1883–1963). Both were winners of the Pulitzer Prize.

The public is encouraged to attend all the sessions, which are offered free of charge. But everyone is welcome at any of the evenings. Editions of the poetry will be available for sale at the bookstore.

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

April 18: Music classes in Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Music Center, 38 Walnut St., in Brattleboro, will hold a series of classes beginning Monday, April 14 from 1:30–3 p.m. with Music Appreciation: Traditional American Sacred Song. This class will meet the second Sunday of each month for music and discussion led by Peter and Mary Alice Amidon

On Tuesdays from April 22 through May 27 at 1:30– 2:30 p.m.
 BMC offers Singing Strong: a singing program for seniors led by Susan Dedell. Classes will meet at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church,
 16 Bradley Ave., Brattleboro, which is fully accessible. Tuition is $35 for the six-week session. No prior singing experience or music reading skills necessary. Advance registration is required.

Adult Beginning Violin Classes led by Michelle Liechti, begin 9:30–11 a.m. Thursday, May 1 and continue for five consecutive weeks. Tuition is $50 and loaner violins will be available to registrants.

For more information or to register for classes, call the BMC at 802-257-4523 or contact Pam Lierle, managing director, 802-.257-4523. www.bmcvt.org or visit its Facebook page.

April 25: Celebrating Pete Seeger

Celebrate Seeger with Sing-Along

Annie Patterson and Peter Blood

A Sing-Along concert with Peter Blood and Annie Patterson will celebrate the life of Pete Seeger at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at NextStage, 15 Kimball St., in Putney. The suggested donation is  $10 to $15 adults and $5 for ages 12 and under.

Patterson and Blood are the creators of the group singing songbook Rise Up Singing. Since it was first published in 1988, it has sold more than a million copies. The book encompasses an eclectic mix of songs from Broadway to Beatles, from camp song to carols, and from gospel to rounds.

Pete Seeger, the nation’s foremost sing-along champio,n had been a major fan of the Blood-Pattersons and their book. “The publication of Rise Up Singing,” Seeger stated, “was a landmark in the history of music in this country…” Seeger provided support and assistance when the book was originally developed and played a central role in work on its forthcoming sequel.
For more information contact Susan Slowinski at susanslowinski@gmail.com.

April 26: Chester-Andover Community Meal

The public is invited to the Chester-Andover Community Meal held at noon on Saturday April 26 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Hall on 96 S. Main S. in Chester. There is no charge, but donations are accepted.

May 21: Savvy Seniors visit to Wilder Library rescheduled

Wilder Memorial Library will host the Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol from the Community of Vermont Elders to serve up its Savvy Seniors performance at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21 at the library. This program has been rescheduled from the April 9 date. Vermont SMP partnered with Lyric Theatre Company of Burlington to create an engaging presentation on health-care errors, fraud and abuse using humorous skit performances. This witty half-hour presentation at the library, 24 Lawrence Hill Road, in Weston, will be followed by a question and answer period on the topic of health-care fraud. This is a free program. For more information, visit www.wildermemoriallibrary.org/programs/special-events/, the library’s Facebook page, @WilderWeston, call 802-824-4307, or email wilderweston@gmail.com.
– Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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