Upcoming events: Flea market in Ludlow; memoir of a life in Vermont; CAFC bake sale; ‘Witness Uganda’ benefit concert; gardeners workshop; honey fest in Proctorsville; and hospital golf benefit

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.

Aug. 23: Ludlow church plans flea market

The United Church of Ludlow Women are preparing for their annual Flea Market and Luncheon, which will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, in the parking lot area behind the church at 48 Pleasant St., Ludlow. The luncheon, served in the church’s Community Room, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., featuring a cold plate special plus coleslaw, rolls, cookies, and beverages for $5. For information, call 228-7239 or 228-8598.


Matt Carroll

Matthew Q. Carroll

Aug. 24: Matthew Carroll recounts his life in new work

Stockbroker, onetime Flood Brook School principal, adventurer, restaurateur and bon vivant Matthew Carroll returns from Mexico with a memoir under his arm. On Sunday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m. Carroll will talk about Who Quinn Became at Misty Valley Books, on the Green in Chester. The book details Carroll’s life, much of which, in the ‘70s and ‘80s, was spent in southern Vermont. It begins with his seat on the New York Stock Exchange, then follows his many travels until he becomes principal of Flood Brook School in Londonderry and beyond.

A reception and book signing will follow Carroll’s remarks. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.

Aug. 26: Chester-Andover Family Center Election Day bake sale

The Chester-Andover Family Center Election Day Bake Sale is Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the second floor, at the Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. The sale is open to everyone. Money raised during this event is used to support the center’s Food Shelf and emergency financial assistance program.

CAFC is looking for volunteers at the center’s Thrift Shop at 908 VT Route 103 South, Chester. An hour or two a month makes for a rewarding experience. For information, drop by the center. The center also offers food assistance, emergency assistance with rent, heating fuel and utility bills. To reach the center: call 802-875-3236; email cafc302@gmail.com, or visit www.chester-andoverfamilycenter.org.


Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews performing Witness Uganda earlier this year. Photo: Gretjen Helene

Aug. 31: ‘Witness Uganda’ creators to perform benefit concert

When Griffin Matthews ventured to Uganda in 2005 to help build a village school, he had no idea what a life-changing journey it would be. His six-week experience, in the company of a group of orphaned teenagers, compelled him to do something to improve their quality of life. He formed the Uganda Project, a non-profit aid organization and, later, in collaboration with Matt Gould,  wrote the award-winning musical Witness Uganda, which brought new funding to the project.

The show’s world premiere was at the American Repertory Theater earlier this year. Now, the two men will perform a concert version of the musical 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31 as a special Weston Playhouse event. The playhouse is located at 12 Park St., Weston. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit Weston Playhouse Theatre Company and the Uganda Project. A Q&A with the writers/performers will follow the concert.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $17.50 for students, and are available by phone at 802-824-5288, online at westonplayhouse.org, or in person at the playhouse box office (Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for more information on the Uganda Project, visit www.witnessuganda.com.

Sept. 6: Master Gardeners hands-on workshop

Hypertufa is a container for plants made from Portland cement that is a substitute for limestone. Join the Windham County UVM Extension Master Gardeners for their third annual hands-on workshop and take one home with you. The class will meet on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1–3 p.m. at Newfane Greenhouse, 391 Rt. 30 in Newfane. The cost is $20 for EMG members and $25 for non-members. No special skills are needed and the workshop is open to all. Space is limited.

To register, send your name and phone number to windhamemgs@gmail.com by Sept 2. Registrants will be contacted to confirm their reservation.

Vermont's Golden Honey Festival

Vermont Golden Honey Festival

Sept. 13: Golden Stage Inn hosts honey festival

The Vermont Golden Honey Festival will take place 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. Sept. 13, at Golden Stage Inn, 399 Depot St., in Proctorsville. Celebrate Vermont’s state insect in the gardens of Golden Stage Inn with a honeybee-themed day. Admission is free for this family event. There will be activities and games for all ages, wood-fired pizza from Goodman’s American Pie, artists, crafts, local foods, and beekeepers. Tour a live hive and learn about the honeybee. More about the festival can be found at www.goldenstageinn.com/vt-golden-honey-festival-2014 and its Facebook page.

Sept. 18: Sign up for Springfield Hospital’s 2014 golf challenge

Registration has begun for 14th annual Springfield Hospital Challenge golf tournament, which takes begins with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 at Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be used toward enhancements under way in the hospital’s Emergency Department.

Tournament participants receive a special gift and a box lunch at registration, complimentary refreshments on the course, and a post-event buffet. Golfers will also receive a tournament golf towel and a canvas golf hat.

A and B flights ensure that golfers compete at their own level. Awards include gift certificates to Okemo’s pro shop, hole-in-one prizes on par 3 holes, including a new vehicle. There will also be a putting contest that offers a cash prize, prizes for longest putt and straightest drive plus raffles. Players may enter as a team or as individuals. The entry fee is $150 per person. This is a popular event so those interested are encouraged register soon. To enter or sponsor this year’s Springfield Hospital Challenge, contact Larry Kraft at 802-885-7644 or lkraft@springfieldmed.org.
— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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