Upcoming events: End of Life Symposium continues; 5k BRAM history walk; culinary weekends at Weathersfield Inn; constellations explored at SoVerA; classes teach living healthy with chronic conditions

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@www.chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please.

June 3: Funeral considerations discussed

The End-of-Life Symposium will continue with Sessions III and IV. Both workshops will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Newsbank Conference Center, 352 Main St.

  • The June 3, Session III will address Funeral and Burial Considerations. Speaker Lisa Carlson is an author/consumer activist and executive director of the Funeral Ethics Organization. She has written four books about the funeral industry including I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch and Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death. Carlson will speak on current laws, what to consider for funeral home services and burial options.

As part of the session, Carlson will answer questions about legal rights. Topics to be covered include: how to file all death-related paperwork if you’re performing the funeral as a family; how well your state laws look out for your protection and your money when you buy a prepaid funeral and how to avoid a costly trap; which state agencies regulate funeral homes and cemeteries and where to file a complaint; and gaps in your state’s consumer protection laws you need to know before the funeral purchase.

  • June 17, Session IV will address Legal and Financial Considerations with Bill Dakin, attorney of Dakin and Benelli, PC and Ronald Theissen, CPA, CFA. Both Dakin and Theissen work in Chester and will speak the importance of a will, trusts, estate planning and paying for long-term care.

The symposium is sponsored by Community Cares Network of Chester, Andover, Inc. and paid for by ta grant from he Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund. All sessions are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Deb Armstrong by email at ccnet64@hotmail.com or phone 802-875-6341.

Black River Museum

Black River Museum

June 7: 5K Walk for History at BRAM

The Black River Academy Museum will hold its annual 5K Walk for History on Saturday, June 7. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the walk will start from the museum, located at 14 High St., Ludlow, at 10:30 a.m. The course will proceed down Dug Road and return to the museum via Rte. 103/Main Street and will go up the hill back to the museum. Registration fee is $20 ($10 seniors and students) and includes a free BRAM T-shirt, power snacks, free BRAM water bottle and water.

The museum opens for the season on that day with three new exhibits: The fourth-year exhibit of the Civil War, curated by John Stewart; the effects of Hurricane Irene, developed by Heidi Baitz’s 6th grade class and BRAM; and, on the third floor, a military exhibit showcasing valued artifacts from the museum’s collection.

For more information please phone 802-228-5050, email, glbrehm@tds.net or visit its website: www.bramvt.org.

June 7: Culinary weekends at Inn at Weathersfield

The Inn at Weathersfield, 1342 Highway 106, Perkinsville,  is offering two classes, Culinary Herbs on June 7 and Farms to Forks on July 12, as part of its all-new series of hands-on cooking class weekend adventures, held in  The Hidden Kitchen Cooking Studio.

Betsy Williams

  • Learning to Grow and Cook with Culinary Herbs: During the June 7 Saturday morning three-hour cooking with herbs class, lifelong gardener, herb grower and cook Betsy Williams, author of the “Mrs. Thrift” herb cookbooks, takes students into the inn’s organic herb garden to learn about and collect fresh herbs to prepare herb butter, herb salt, herb mustard and her famous “garbage” herb vinegar to take home. Students learn to chop, store and freeze herbs for year-round use, and prepare lemon-herb chicken and a salad of herbs and greens with herb mustard dressing for lunch.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, students have the opportunity to tour the display gardens and art gallery at Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery. On Saturday evening Sarah and Gary Milek join the class for a table talk over a multi-course dinner. Each participating guest who spends the night at the inn receives one of Gary Milek’s Culinary Herb prints.Vermont-Farm-Table-coverw

From Our Farms to Your Forks: Recipes from The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook and The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook: On July 12, Tracey Medeiros, a food writer, stylist and recipe developer, will teach students to prepare and taste five farm-to-table recipes featured in her cookbooks.

Saturday evening, Medeiros dines with participants at a private farm-to-table dinner prepared by Chef Jean-Luc Matécat. Optional tours are also offered at local area farms on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Culinary Weekend classes are limited to 12 participants and include one night’s lodging, two dinners, two breakfasts, the class with lunch, and the tours. Prices range from $429–$499 double occupancy, with a commuter price of $79 for class and lunch, and $149 with the private dinner.

For more information, call  802-263-9217 or visit www.weathersfieldinn.com/hidden-kitchen.

June 10: Constellations topic of next SoVerA meeting

The Southern VT Astronomy Group will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10 at the base lodge at Magic Mountain, 495 Magic Mountain Access in Londonderry.

Speaker Rick Hunter, a member of both SoVerA and the Springfield Telescope Makers, will present a program on constellations. Bring a planisphere if you have one. All are welcome. For more information visit our website at www.sovera.org.

June 19: Free Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions class

Springfield Medical Care Systems is presenting a  Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions  class. The free class is open to anyone who lives with a chronic condition, or to anyone who supports a person living with a chronic condition. The class begins 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on June 19 and repeats every Thursday until July 24 at the Springfield Hospital Library at 25 Ridgewood Road, in Springfield.

The class is a chronic disease self-management program. Subjects to be covered include: techniques to deal with frustration, exercise for maintaining and improving strength, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively, nutrition, and decision making. The class is meant to compliment a good relationship with your primary care provider.

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, fourth edition, and an audio relaxation CD, Relaxation for Mind and Body.

If you would like to join this free class, please call the Community Health Team of Springfield Medical Care Systems to register: 802-886-8946.
– Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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