Community events: March 23 through March 26, 2016

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seder plate copyMarch 23: St. Luke’s hosts Seder

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church invites the public to a traditional Seder meal beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 in Willard Hall, at 313 Main St., in Chester. Seder is a ritual meal that celebrates the Jewish festival of Passover. Through the ritual found in the Haggadah (the book of readings for the Seder service), Jews and Christians can remember and share the events of God’s call and redemption: the Story of Passover.

The Seder is a family-centered affair and children have a significant part to play.  A freewill offering will benefit Kids4Peace. Make a reservation by calling Lew and Bonnie Watters at 802-875-2114. Details can be found at

March 23: Author Elayne Clift discusses new book

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, Vermont author Elayne Clift will read from her latest book, “Children of the Chalet: New & Selected Stories” at the Rockingham Free Public Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. This event is free and open to the public.

BraughlerBooks_EClif_ChildrenOfChalet_Cover_forweb2“Children of the Chalet: New & Selected Stories” is a fictional account that draws upon a year Clift spent as a counselor in a halfway house for troubled girls in the 1960s. She wondered what happened to the teenagers in her care when they became adults. Cliff explains, “They were all good kids who just made a few bad choices. I wanted to imagine them as women who survived their childhood traumas.”

Signed copies of “Children of the Chalet” and Clift’s earlier novel “Hester’s Daughter” will be available for purchase. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email, log on to or stop by the library.

March 25: Good Friday celebration at Grounded4Life

Join Grounded4Life for a Good Friday evening led by house band Grounded.

The event is free and will be held in the coffee house on the lower level of the Chester Baptist Church at 162 Main St., in Chester. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation. Program begins at 7 p.m.

For more information visit the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at

vintage_easterbunnyMarch 26: Chester, Weston host Easter Egg Hunts

The towns of Chester and Weston will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday morning, March 26.

Chester’s Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Chester Rotary, will be held at 9 a.m. sharp  at Chester-Andover Elementary School at 72 Main St. in Chester. This event is open to all Chester and Andover children from preschool to sixth grade.

Parents are advised to arrive with their children before 9 a.m., so as not to miss the opportunity for participation. For further information, contact Bill Dakin at 802-875-3456.

Weston’s Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 8 and under starts promptly at 10 a.m.  in front of the Weston Playhouse at Farrar Park on Main Street.

Events include an Easter Bonnet Contest, where children create their Easter bonnet or hat. There will be face painting and a jellybean jar guess. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance to greet children and kick off the Egg Hunt.

March 26: Billings Farm holds Baby Animal Day

Meet some baby animals

Meet some baby animals Saturday at the Billings Farm.

Billings Farm & Museum features Baby Animal Day from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at 5302 Old River Road, in Woodstock.

This family event is designed to introduce newborn lambs and calves, as well as fully-grown draft horses, Southdown sheep and Jersey cows.

Billings Farm staff will discuss the care, diet and growth of its young livestock, as well as a range of other topics, including sustainability, crop diversity and responsible agriculture. The farm will offer horse-drawn wagon rides around the farm fields and family activities, including craft projects and selecting heirloom seeds to plant at home.

For additional information, contact Tom Remp at 617-894-9219 or

March 26: Two days of sales at Thrifty Attic

The Thrifty Attic Bag Sale takes place 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 30 at 2051 Main St. in Londonderry. Fill a grocery bag with for $1. New items fresh for spring and summer will go out on Saturday, April 2. Invigorate your closet and stop into their store in downtown Londonderry on Wednesday and Saturdays.

March 26: Bucky Lewis Show is Leland & Gray fund-raiser

Bucky Lewis

Bucky Lewis

Comedian Bucky Lewis performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at The Eagles, 54 Checkering Drive in Brattleboro. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Funds raised by the show will benefit the Leland & Gray’s class of 2016’s Project Graduation. Tickets are $25 per person. The program is recommended for adults, age 21 and over.

For over 25 years, Bucky Lewis has been entertaining audiences with his one-man comedy and music show. The night will include prizes, basket raffles, a cash bar and food.

For tickets, contact Susan at 802-365-9259 or Billie Jo at 802-365-7737. Tickets are also available for purchase at The Eagles Club; Harmonyville Store, 27 Sunny Lane, Brookline; The Dam Diner, VT-30, Townshend; and Hotel Pharmacy, 20 Elliot St. #1, in Brattleboro.

Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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