Community events: July 7 through July 21, 2016

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July 7: Play Bali at Rockingham Library

Celia Bohannon and friends share the vintage game of Bali from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 at the Rockingham Library, 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. This program is free and open to the public.

Bali is a word building game from the 1950s, similar to Scrabble using cards instead of tiles. Because players can see one another’s cards, the game takes on a more social bent. Adults and kids (fourth grade and up) are welcome to play.

More Bali games are planned for July and August. If these spark enough interest, a monthly afternoon Bali club may be formed. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit or stop by the library.

July 7: State Historical Society president to speak at Rotary’s First Thursday

Samuel Johnson by Joshua Reynolds hangs at the Tate Gallery

Samuel Johnson by Joshua Reynolds hangs at the Tate Gallery

Chester Rotary Club welcomes Richard J. Marek, president of the Vermont Historical Society, as the speaker at its First Thursday Rotary meeting, 5:30–6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the Fullerton Inn, on The Green, in Chester. The public is invited.

Marek, a resident of Newfane and a former six-term member of the Vermont legislature, will discuss “Dr. Johnson: The Tale of a Curmudgeonly Wordsmith,” with reference to Samuel Johnson and the 1770 Johnson Dictionary.

The event opens at 5:15 p.m. for guests to socialize with members serving hors d’oeuvres and beverage. For further information, contact Bill Dakin at 802-875-4000.

July 9: ‘Ghost and Mrs. Muir’ haunts Ludlow theater

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” is Friends of the Ludlow Auditorium’s next movie offering at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium at 37 S. Depot St. in Ludlow.


Gene Tierney, left, and Rex Harrison.

The film, a romantic fantasy starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison, is based on a 1945 novel written by Josephine Leslie under the pseudonym of R.A. Dick.

In the early 1900s, young widow Lucy Muir, played by Tierney moves to the seaside English village of Whitecliff despite the fierce disapproval of her caterwauling mother-in-law and domineering sister-in-law. Despite its reputation of being haunted, she falls in love with and rents Gull Cottage, where she takes up residence with her young daughter Anna, played by Natalie Wood. On the first night, the ghostly apparition of the former owner, a sea captain named Daniel Gregg, played by Harrison, visits her.

The film is free; donations are appreciated. Berkshire Bank supplies free popcorn and FOLA offers free water. For additional information, call 802-228-7239 or visit FOLA’s web site at Suggest a movie for FOLA’s next season by emailing

July 9: Grafton Inn holds Food Festival

The Grafton Inn Photo by Meryl Robinson

The Grafton Inn Photo by Meryl Robinson

This year’s Grafton Food Festival is Saturday, July 9, hosted by the Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. in Grafton. More than 25 local vendors participate.

The festival, held rain or shine, includes a day of tastings, a children’s cooking competition and back-to-back cooking demonstrations. It continues into the night with a meet-and-greet in the inn’s courtyard and a four-course dinner prepared by this year’s celebrity guest Chef Sara Moulton, of PBS’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals.”

Grafton Village Cheese provides complimentary cheese boards during the meet-and-greet at 6 p.m., which also features a cash bar. Tickets cost $10 and can be bought the day of the festival; kids under 12 are free. A portion of the proceeds will support culinary scholarships for Vermont high school students through the Windham Foundation.

For more information about the food festival and lodging package visit: or call 802-234-8407. To reserve a seat at the dinner, call 802-843-2231.

July 12: Living Well with Diabetes education program

Springfield Medical Care Systems offers a free four-week diabetes education program from 10 a.m.–noon, Tuesdays July 12, 19, 26, and Aug. 2 at Springfield Health Center, 100 River St., Springfield. A second series is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

This series offers an opportunity for individuals newly diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes to learn the best strategies to manage it successfully. It also serves as a great refresher for those that have been diagnosed, but may benefit from a review. The class covers the comprehensive areas of diabetes education including: what is diabetes, healthy foods, activities, monitoring, and coping skills. Introduction to the use of goal setting and action planning will also be featured. This program will be led by a Certified Diabetes Educator and offers time for questions, answers and discussion.

To sign up for this free educational program, contact Sarah Doyle, SMCS Community Health Team, at 802-886-8946, or email

July 21: Community Spanish classes at Rock Library

Roci Franco from Universidad of Cadiz in Spain offers Community Spanish Conversation Classes at the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls.  Classes begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. Call the library’s front desk 802-463-4270 or email for more information. Classes should begin in mid-July.

Participants are not required to be fluid speakers, although bringing a few basic skills could be helpful. Beginners are welcome.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit or stop by the library.

— Susan Lampe-Wilson

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