Upcoming events: Sheep to yarn demonstration; Grounded returns to coffeehouse; Apple Blossom Cotillion in 59th year; Pansy Festival in Rockingham; local women host Pink Party fund-raiser in Chester; and Cavendish nature walk

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.

YarnApril 29: Learn to turn wool fibers into yarn

Witness the ancient process of preparing fibers from whole sheep fleece at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 at Whiting Library, 117 Main St. in Chester. Clean, tease, card and spin wool fibers into yarn. Try your hand at stages of preparing the wool to be spun. There will be a demonstration of spinning the prepared fleece into yarn.

Library hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call or contact the library for more information at 802-875-2277. or email whitinglibrary@yahoo.com.

May 1: Grounded, coffeehouse band to perform

The band Grounded will share its musical talents for an evening of praise and worship at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1 at the Grounded4Life, a coffee house located downstairs in the Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St, Chester. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation. Check out the Grounded4Life on Facebook or contact John Nunnikhoven at john4ns@fastmail.fm.

apple-blossom-apple-tree-flower-bloom-pink-tree-3May 1: 59th SMCS Apple Blossom Cotillion

The 59th annual Apple Blossom Cotillion, presented by Springfield Medical Care Systems and Springfield Hospital’s Opening Night, begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1 with 20 high school senior girls and their escorts, joined by 40 elementary school students, singing and dancing to ’80s music at Dressel Gym, Riverside School, 13 Fairground Road in Springfield.

Crowning of the Queen will be done the following evening, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds are used for the Dr. E. Sherburne Lovell Health Career Award and to support our health care services.

Tickets for the Friday, May 1 performance (Opening Night) are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets for Saturday, May 2 (Crowning of the Queen) are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Dressel Gym on both nights. Tickets can be purchased at Tina’s Hallmark Store in the Springfield Plaza, or at Boccaccio’s salons in Springfield or Bellows Falls.

For information, call Larry Kraft, 885-7644 or lkraft@springfieldmed.org .

Laurel Green and Steve Crofter preparing for photo fun at the Pansy Festival.

Laurel Green and Steve Crofter preparing for photo fun at the Pansy Festival.

May 2: First annual Pansy Festival

Singing River Farm invites the public to treat themselves to the delights of the first annual Pansy Festival in Rockingham from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 on Brockways Mills Road in Rockingham. The community family oriented celebration will be held rain or shine.

A short program will be presented each half hour with a mix of music, skits, poetry, a little history of the farm and interesting facts about pansies. Activities for all ages will include crafts, face painting, photo fun and cooperative games. Field grown pansies will be available for purchase just in time for Mother’s Day. Chili and cornbread made from beans and flint corn grown at Singing River Farm will be sold as well as jams and farm produce.

The event takes place in a meadow, so attendees are advised to wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Bring a picnic to enjoy while taking in the views and visiting with neighbors. To encourage a healthy community, they ask that there be no smoking or use of alcohol on the property. Also, Singing River Farm has a “no dogs allowed” policy.

For more information contact Laurel Green at 802-275-4646 or email Laurel@singingriverfarm.net.

avon-walk-logo--largeMay 2: Local women host Avon 39 Pink Party fundraising event

Megan Lyman of Grafton and Jennifer Wright of Chester are hosting a Pink Party to raise funds for their team in the Boston Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer. Their team, Young and Breastless, invites the public to the Stone Hearth Inn and Tavern, 698 Route 11 West in Chester from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. There will be raffles and refreshments.

Those unable to attend the party may contribute directly for Megan Lyman click here; and for Jennifer Wright click here.

For more information on the Pink Party, contact Megan at 802-875-4061. For information on the Avon 39 Walk, visit http://www.avon39.org. A brochure with information, support and resources can be downloaded at: http://www.avonfoundation.org/resources/media-center/digital-resource-center/bccguide.pdf

May 3: CCCA nature walk on Sunday

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association invites the public to join them on nature walk stepping off at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 3 and led by George Clark of the Audubon Society. Walkers will search for local birds as they settle in for a summer of raising their young and Clark will point out migratory species as they pass through our area.

The walk begins at Crow’s Bakery at 73 Depot St. in Proctorsville. It will last a few hours and be relatively easy, mostly following backroads but with some side ventures into pastures and fields. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes. Binoculars are a plus, but not necessary.

George Clark is a retired biology teacher from the University of Connecticut. He is the coordinator of and contributing author to the second atlas of the Breeding Birds of Vermont.

For more information call Robin Timko at 802- 226-7736.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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