In the community: Bible study at St. Luke’s; Cormier returns to coffeehouse; Grafton Firefighters hold tag sale; Christmas tent sale at Family Center; Star Wars Reads Day events at Book Nook, Rock Library; Andover holds famous Chicken Pie Supper; and cemetery tour, history talk in Cavendish

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Oct. 7: Adult Bible study series at St. Luke’s

The Rev. Heidi L. Edson, Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, hosts a new series of study for adults titled Two Writings of Wisdom. The group study begins with the Book of Proverbs and will continue on to Ecclesiastes (or Qoheleth). This study is open to all who might enjoy becoming more familiar with ancient Hebraic wisdom literature found in the Bible and in the Deuterocanonical Writings (Apocryphal).

The study group meets every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Willard Hall at the church, 313 Main St. Each session is stand-alone with a short presentation, followed by reading the text together in the group with time for discussion. Bibles will be available or bring your own.

Oct. 9: Evelyn Cormier returns to Grounded4Life

Evelyn Cormier from Claremont, N.H., is one of the developing talents that have been featured at Grounded4Life. She is noted for her rich voice and expressive lyrics.

She will perform 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Grounded4Life, a coffee house in the lower level of the Chester Baptist Church, at 162 Main St. Free admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation.

Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at

Find deals and raise funds at the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department's annual Tag Sale

Find deals and raise funds at the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Tag Sale

Oct. 10, 11: Grafton Firefighters Tag Sale

Columbus Weekend’s annual Grafton Firefighters Fall Foliage Festival tag sale is from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 and from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11 at the firehouse at 711 Route 121 East just south of Grafton Village.

All items will be offered for half-price on Sunday. The Grafton School Parent-Teacher Group will be offering hot coffee, pastries, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, cold drinks and other food specialties.

In addition to a variety of the items available, including tools, furniture, toys, books, recordings, jewelry, housewares, small appliances, the firefighters will have the fire engines on display and will be happy to answer questions.

The group is still looking for donated items. Those who wish may donate merchandise at the firehouse between 9 a.m.–1 p.m. until Thursday, Oct. 8. There are also evening hours this Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6–8 p.m.

The tag sale is a fundraiser for the Fire Department, which relies heavily on such income to operate. Updates about the sale and any special items available can be found on the Grafton Fire and Rescue Facebook page.

Oct. 10:  Christmas Under Tent at Family Center

From 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 10 of Columbus Day Weekend, the Chester-Andover Family Center will hold a “Christmas under the Tent” sale at its shop at Route 103 South. Find holiday items for decorating, entertaining, and gift giving available including toys, gifts, items for the holiday table, artificial trees, and decorations. Everything under the tent will be priced from $1 to $10.

The Thrift Shop will be open and a bake sale will be held. Raffle tickets for a braided rug created by one of our volunteers, Edie Brown, will be sold. The rug is approximately 36-inches in diameter.

The Family Center is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. In addition to the Thrift Shop and Food Shelf, it provides heating and utility financial assistance for Chester and Andover residents struggling to make ends meet.

Oct. 10: Book Nook presents Star Wars Reads

The Book Nook shop at 136 Main St. in Ludlow will host several events starting Saturday Oct. 10 with a Star Wars Reads. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. , it will offer Star Wars themed snacks, some Lego Star Wars sets to build (best for kids 7 and older), activity pages and other great Star Wars Reads day goodies.

9781137279378wOn Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., the Book Nook will host Vermont author Nancy Marie Brown discussion her new book Ivory Vikings at the Fletcher Memorial Library at 88 Main St. in Ludlow. Ivory Vikings explores the mysteries of the famous Lewis Chessmen found on the Isle of Man in 1831 by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics and the history of board games. Brown lives in East Burke.

The Book Nook and RADinspirations continue adult coloring sessions with Adult Coloring from 6–7.30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 14 at the bookshop. This coloring session serves as a great basic introduction to adult. Space is limited. Reserve a space by calling 802-228-3238. Coloring sheets, pens and pencils will be provided, but there is a small materials fee. For more details on these and other upcoming events, check out The Book Nook’s website at

Celebrate at Rockingham Library.

Celebrate at Rockingham Library.

Oct. 10: Star War Reads Day at Rock Library

Star Wars Reads Day, a celebration of a galaxy far, far away and the joy of reading is back. The Rockingham Free Public Library will be celebrating the Fourth Annual Star Wars Reads Day from 11 a.m. –2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Star Wars Reads Day is an initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners to celebrate literacy and Star Wars.
Costumes are encouraged during this event. There will be on-going activities for kids and families throughout the day along with special scheduled events:

11 a.m. Jedi Training Competition: Show off your Stars Wars knowledge.

11:30 a.m.  Wookie-Calling Contest

Noon Make your own lightsaber (Supplies for this activity are limited.)

1 p.m. Star Wars Costume contest and Make your own Star Wars Snacks

Star Wars books and other items will be available as well. The library’s Star Wars collection will be on display and the Village Square Booksellers at The Square in Bellows Falls will have several Star Wars books available to purchase.

This program is free and open to the public and is presented through collaboration between the Rockingham Free Public Library and the Village Square Booksellers. For more information call the Library at 802-463-4270, email, or go online to

Rhode_island_red_1915_lithographwOct. 10: Andover’s 11th Annual Chicken Pie Supper

An old-fashioned chicken pie supper will be served on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Andover Town Hall, 953 Weston Andover Road in Andover to raise funds for the Andover Scholarship Fund.

There will be seatings at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Because of limited seating, purchase tickets in advance at Andover Town Office or Misty Valley Books on the Green or take your chance at door.

Tickets are adults: $10; children ages 6-12: $5; age 5 & under: free. Take-out will be available after 5:30 p.m. for $10. The town hall is handicap accessible.

WWII-posterOct. 11: Cavendish Cemetery Tour/Depression and WWII Talk

Cavendish Historical Society’s Annual Cemetery Tour begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 11 at the museum at Main Street in Cavendish. The group will be doing something different this year. Starting in February, it has serialized Coming Into Cavendish: Memoirs of Philip Tiemann on its blog.

Tiemann wrote of the family’s early years in Cavendish during the Depression through his service in WWII. This year’s cemetery tour will be the Cavendish Center Road cemetery where the Tiemanns are buried. Prior to the tour, there will be a talk at the museum about life in Cavendish during the Depression and WWII eras.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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