Community events: July 29 through Aug. 1, 2016

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Listen to Jason-O'Brian at Chester coffeehouse

Jason O’Brian at Chester coffeehouse

July 29: Jason O’Brian at Grounded4Life

Join Grounded4Life for an evening of free music with Jason O’Brian from Brattleboro at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 29 on the lower level of the Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St. in Chester. O’Brian’s music is influenced by a variety of genres including country, gospel, bluegrass, and rock and roll. Come in for a night of acoustic music and discussion.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation. Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page. Contact them through the website.

Author will read from her American Girl novel at Fort No. 4

Author Sarah Masters Buckley will read from her American Girl novel at Fort at No. 4

July 30: American Girl event at Fort at No. 4

Award-winning author Sarah Masters Buckey reads from her novel Enemy in the Fort on Saturday, July 30 at 1 p.m. at Fort at No. 4 Bookstore, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, N.H. The book is suitable for children ages 10 and up.

Enemy in the Fort is an historical mystery set in Fort at No. 4 during the French and Indian Wars.

Families are welcome to attend this free event. Note: The reading is free but there is an admission fee to enter the Fort at No. 4 Museum: $10 for adults; $8 for youth and senior citizens; $6 for children) For additional information, go to or call 603-826-5700.

July 30: 6th Annual Cavendish Townwide Tag Sale

The Annual Cavendish Townwide Tag Sale runs 9 a.m.–3 p.m., on Saturday, July 30 on the village greens in Cavendish and Proctorsville, on Main Street and other locations throughout the town. The annual bargain-free-You Can Have It will be set up under the big tree on the Cavendish Village Green. A list of vendors is available at the Cavendish Connects website

In addition to the sales, the Proctorsville Fire Department hosts its annual BBQ, and the Historical Society signs copies of its latest publication, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History in the Proctorsville Green Gazebo.

First-time vendors from surrounding towns can purchase booth space on the village greens for a fee of $15. Non-residents interested in learning more about this opportunity need to call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

July 30: BRAM hosts chair-caning class

The Black River Academy Museum, 14 High St., Ludlow offers a chair-caning class on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $60, which includes supplies.

Bring a chair to work on with holes around the sides of the seat. This will not be rush, splint or pressed cane at this class. For more information or to register, call 802-228-5050.

Aug. 1: Whiting Library begins silent auction benefit

Whiting Library, at 117 Main St. in Chester holds a silent book auction from Monday Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 20.

Bid on historical volumes at Whiting Library

Bid on historical volumes at Whiting Library

Thirteen collectible books were donated over the past few years and assembled for this event. Local booksellers as well as on-line sources were consulted, and these treasures are certain to put a smile on the face of any bibliophile.

The following titles will be offered:
Asahel Powers: Painter of Vermont Faces by Nina Fletcher Little, 1973; Blank Marbled Cover Journal of handmade paper; Negation: Poems by Hank Lazer, limited edition, 1994; a signed copy of Ordinary Magic by Ruth Porter, 2009; a signed copy of Simple Life by Ruth Porter, 2006; Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858 in Illinois: Including the Preceding Speeches of Each…exlibrary, 1860; Professor at the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes with unauthenticated pasted-in signature, 1883; Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam illustrated by Jeff Hill; Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam illustrated by Willy Pogany, 1913 in tooled and gilded leather; The First World War: World Crisis, six volume set by Winston Churchill, 1991; War Speeches 1939-1945 in three volumes by Winston Churchill, 2001 (both Churchill sets are in like new condition); Vermont Warnings Out by Alden M. Rollings in two volumes, 1997; and Vermont: a Bibliography of its History, Vol 4.

The books and complete bidding rules will be on display at the library and on its website at Bidding begins at 10 a.m. on Aug. 1 and ends at 4 p.m. on Aug. 20. Bidders may make multiple bids.

Proceeds benefit Whiting Library and will be put towards their annual fundraising goal. Contact Whiting Library by calling 802-875-2277, or emailing The library is open Monday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Aug. 1: Chocolate, Cheese (and now) Chili Fest

Sample treats from some of the area’s finest cheesemakers, chocolatiers and chefs at Neighborhood Connections’ annual Chocolate, Cheese (and now) Chili Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1 at the Landgrove Inn, 132 Landgrove Road, Landgrove. There will be live music by The Merry Pranksters, a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $15 before the event and $20 at the door. Children ages 6 to 16 attend for $10.

A silent auction, which includes gift certificates for local business, gift baskets, local adventure packages, coincides with the event along with a three-prize raffle for a chance to win two 2017 season tickets to the Weston Playhouse, an 18 karat gold pair of hoop earrings from Von Bargen Jewelers or dinner for four at the Landgrove Inn. Chances are $1 each or a book of 6 tickets for $5.

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