Upcoming events: Fundraisers for community health, Weston Green; NY Times best-selling author reads work; music al fresco; townwide tag sale; and music and dance workshops

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


Run-RiverwJuly 15: Run the River registration deadline for savings

The first Run the River Team Challenge will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Toonerville Trail (Bike Path) in Springfield.

This fundraising event — sponsored by Springfield Medical Care Systems and the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center to benefit community wellness activities for both —  includes a team 5K race, a pizza cook off, beverages by Trout River Brewing, and live music by Dr. T and the Versatiles. Teams that register by Wednesday, July 15 receive $100 off deluxe packages. Those who register by Saturday, Aug. 15 receive $50 off.

The race entry fee is $200 for a team of 4 to 8 runners and entry into the cook-off is $10 per person, which includes three  pizza samples and a chance to vote for best pizza.

Deluxe race packages cost $500 and include race entry for the team, and for each team member a T-shirt, event pint glass, one free beverage, six pizza samples, and entry to VIP tent with amenities that will include free water and ice cream.

Help the cause and treat your team to an afternoon of fun. For more information, go to runtheriverchallenge.org or call the Edgar May at 802-885-2468.

Preview Wilder's Book Sale from 1–2 p.m. Admission $20

Preview Wilder’s Book Sale from 1–2 p.m. Admission $20

July 24: Free concert, book and treasures sale

The Ladies of the Green, Weston Women’s Club and Wilder Memorial Library invite the community to visit Weston the last weekend in July.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 24, the Ladies of the Green welcomes back the Blue Flames Steel Band for a benefit concert, community picnic and fundraiser raffle on the Weston Green. The concert is free. Tickets for a prize drawing are available for $5 each or 6 for $20; funds will help to restore the historic iron fence and the vulnerable grass.

The Wilder Memorial Library’s Annual Book Sale Fundraiser is Friday, July 24 and Saturday July 25. On Friday, there will be a preview sale from 1 to 2 p.m. Admission to the preview is $20. Free admission follows from 2 to 5 p.m. Then from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25 the book sale continues. Paperbacks are $1 each or three for $2, hardcovers are $2 each or three for $5. All funds raised support the library’s programs and services.

Weston Women’s Club’s Treasure on the Green sale returns Saturday, July 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Find home goods, furniture, and art at this fundraiser supporting the WWC’s fund for local grant giving.

Literary events

July 19: Author Jane Green at Fletcher Library

As a part of the Book Nook’s July author events, the Book Nook and the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will host an afternoon visit with author Jane Green at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 19 at the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library in Proctorsville.

Green will discuss her latest novel Summer Secrets, which came out in hardcover in June 2015, as well as Saving Grace (her latest novel in paperback). There will be snacks available. Copies of  Green’s books are available for purchase to be signed by the author.

Other July author events will take place at the Book Nook at 136 Main St. in Ludlow. It will host author Linda Bamber discussing her book Taking What I Like from 1 to 2 p.m.,  Saturday, July 18.

From 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 25, Samantha Heller, registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, and SiriusXM radio host, will discuss and sign her new book, The Only Cleanse—A 14-Day Natural Detox Plan to Jump-Start a Lifetime of Health.

For more information visit the shop or www.thebooknookvt.com.

UnbrokenFBwJuly 23: Book discussion

On Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m., the Rockingham Library’s book club will discuss Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. The book club will meet on the fourth Thursday for this month only. The library is at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.

Hillenbrand tells the story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner, WWII Air Force bombardier and survivor of both a downed plane over the Pacific and a brutal prisoner of war camp in Japan. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini answered desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope, brutality with rebellion.

For more information, call 802–463–4270, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org, log on to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library. This event is free and open to the public.


July 22: Voodoo Alien Blues Band at Cavendish

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association and the Town of Cavendish invite all to the Proctorsville Green on Route 131 for the next concert of this year’s Cavendish summer music series. Voodoo Alien Blues Band will perform at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 22.

The Rutland-based  rhythm and blues band is led by local blues legend Steve Audsley and appears regularly at a variety of Vermont venues.

The show is sponsored by the Cavendish Recreation Department. Visit Proctorsville and enjoy a warm summer evening with neighbors and friends in front of the gazebo on the Green. Relax in the grass on your blanket or favorite lawn chair, have a picnic or just listen to the music.
The concerts are free and open to everyone. In case of rain postponement information will be posted on the Cavendish Facebook page. For more information, call Robin at 802-226-7736.

Rumi and Coleman Barks

July 23: Poets, storytellers, master musicians gather for concert

Stone Church Arts and Vermont Storyhouse present a special concert of collaboration between poets and storytellers and master musicians, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23 at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls.

Join poets Coleman Barks and Marie Howe with master musicians Eugene Friesen on cello and Jamey Haddad on percussion for a special evening of collaborative performance with a special focus on the mystic poet Rumi. Tickets are limited. Advance tickets are $25. Angel tickets are $50 and offer up-front seating. At the door, tickets will be $30 general admission.

In  Bark’s translations, the timeless gifts of the great Sufi mystic Jelalludin Rumi (1207–1273) contain surprising insights into the working of the human heart and psyche. Combined with original poetry by Coleman and Howe, music of Bach, jazz, folk melodies and improvisation, this concert kicks off “Vermont Storyhouse,” a four-day celebration of language, music and collaboration.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stonechurcharts.org, call 802-460-0110 or pick them up at Village Square Booksellers, on the Square in Bellows Falls.


July 20: Chester Senior Citizens Club luncheon

Join the Chester Senior Citizens Club for their monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 20, at the Chester First Baptist Church, 162 Main St. Enjoy good food and fellowship. Bring a place setting and a friend.

Tag sales

July 25: Cavendish town-wide tag sale

The 5th Annual Cavendish town-wide tag sale will be held from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. Organizations, businesses and residents will line the streets, village greens, off roads and byways. Food and BBQs are available in several locations. Enjoy a small slice of homegrown Vermont, where everyone sets up, sets out, and sells out.

If you are a Cavendish resident, property owner, business or organization and would like space on one of the greens, and/or would like your location on the Tag Sale Map, e-mail cavendishconnects@gmail.com or call 802-226-7807 as soon as possible.



Sounds of Spirit Concert and Workshop at Immanuel Retreat Center

July 18: Immanuel Retreat Center presents  music workshop

A unique workshop and concert, with a dinner in between, will take place on Saturday, July 18 at Immanuel Retreat Center, 12 Church St. in Bellows Falls.

At the “Sounds of Spirit Concert & Workshop: Music for the Inner Journey” participants will experience sound healing traditions and practices lead by Jim Thomas, Paul Thomas, David Powell, and professional didgeridoo performer, Pitz Quattrone,

Using quartz crystal singing bowls, vocal toning and chant, flute, shruti box, didgeridoo, tambura, hang drum, and hand percussion; participants will be immersed in a deeply relaxing and transformative soundscape while lying down. Bring something comfortable to lie on: a cushion, yoga mat, or blankets; a warm covering; and a pillow. Eyeshades and a water bottle are recommended as well.

A dinner will be served between the workshop and the concert and tea and cookies will be served following the concert.

The full schedule will be as follows: 3 to 5 p.m. workshop; 6 p.m. dinner; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Concert, all at Currier Hall, 12 Church St., Bellows Falls. Early registration is $35 for the workshop or the concert and $60 for both. For more information or to register, go to www.immanuelretreat.org or call 802-460-0110.

Cast off 8 is back to guide you through the art of square dancing

Cast off 8 is back to guide you through the art of square dancing

July 18: Introduction

to Square Dancing in Ludlow

Following its successful introduction in May, the  Introduction to Square Dancing will be offered again on Saturday, July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium at 37 S. Depot St. in Ludlow.

Members of the Rutland based square dance club Cast Off 8 will teach and call the dancing. Admission is free and open to the public. Children, accompanied by a parent, are also invited to attend. For more information, call 802-228-7239 or visit www.fola.us.
–Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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