Community events: Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, 2016

For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in their Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at Photos welcome. No PDFs. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be eligible for publication the following week.

Aug. 15: Yoga and music for the family

Move and Groove with the Specker sisters

Move and Groove with the Specker sisters

Lila Specker, a registered yoga teacher, and Ida Mae Specker, a certified yoga teacher, present Move and Groove, an integrated movement, yoga and music class from 10 to 11 a.m. on Mondays, Aug. 15 and 22 and Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Andover Town Hall, 953 Weston Andover Road in Andover.

Kids of all ages are welcome with an adult. Classes are drop-in and by-donation. Email for more information.

Aug. 18 & 25: Springfield Rotary, Lions Club play ball to benefit charity

The Springfield Rotary Club and Springfield Lions Club prepare to do battle on the softball diamond at Riverside Park’s Bill Robinson Field to raise funds for a good cause. Admission is free, but donations will be collected for a charity selected by the winning team in each game.

The Rotary and Lions Clubs face each other in their annual game on Thursday, Aug. 18. And then on Thursday, Aug. 25, the two clubs join forces to compete against a team from Springfield’s town departments. Both games start at 5:30 p.m. at Bill Robinson Field, Riverside Park in Springfield. The Springfield Booster Club provides concessions including hot dogs and hamburgers at the games.

Aug. 19: EdgarMay holds Kid’s Night Out pool party

pool-party3On Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Edgar May Health and Recreation Center invites children, ages 3 and older, to Kid’s Night Out/Parent’s Night Off event. Parents enjoy a night off while the kids have supervised fun at their indoor pool facility.

The evening includes pizza, craft activities, games and swimming along with rubber raft races, hoop shoot contest and Marco Polo.

The cost is $10 per child. Families with more than one child pay half-price for each additional child ($15 for two, $20 for three). Reservations and advance payment required to ensure appropriate staffing. Maximum enrollment is 30 participants.

As part of the 5th Annual Market Madness Street Fair on Saturday, Aug, 20, EdgarMay will provide a Bounce Castle from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Springfield Town Hall parking lot.

For more info about the cost of membership, youth-oriented activities, or to register for Friday’s Middle School Night, contact the EdgarMay at 802-885-2568, online at or by email

Aug. 19: Free BBQ, music at Grounded

Enjoy food and the music of Stars Burn Down at Grounded4Life's BBQ

Enjoy food and the music of Stars Burn Down at Grounded4Life’s BBQ

Come out for a night of free food and music when the band Stars Burn Down returns to Grounded4Life. Festivities are held outside (weather permitting), so bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Some chairs will be provided.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. at the Chester Baptist Church at 162 Main St. in Chester. In case of poor weather, the event will be held in the coffeehouse on the lower level of the church.

Check out Grounded4Life’s Facebook page and contact the organization  through the website.

Aug. 20: Music and fun at Andover Day Fair

On Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Andover Project Committee hosts its 3rd annual Andover Day Fair on the Andover Town Hall grounds at 953 Weston-Andover Road in Andover.

The fundraiser’s activities and events include music by John Specker and Totally Submerged, a clown with balloon animals and face decorating, presentation by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum featuring live animals, children’s wood workshop, a spinning demonstration, beehive exhibit  and a firetruck up close. There also will be storytelling, a landscape painting demonstration, auction and raffle.

Visit the crafter and artisan booths, which include paintings, nature crafts, glass art, handmade bags, soaps, quilts, baskets, scarfs and jewelry, as well as henna tattoos, antiques, fresh produce and baked goods.

Proceeds from the committee’s sales of food, T-shirts, totes, auction and raffle items will support the Andover Scholarship Fund.

Aug. 20: Ludlow Rotary hosts annual Duck Race

duck-and-ticketLudlow Rotary Club will hold its annual Ralph D. Hogancamp Memorial Duck Race at noon on Saturday, Aug, 20. The ducks are dropped from the Depot Street bridge to start their journey toward the finish line of Walker Bridge, near Ludlow Family Health Clinic, 1 Elm St. in Ludlow. The Greven Field in Proctorsville will be the beneficiary for the event.

Rent a duck now for $5 each or purchase a Quack Pack: 5 duckies for $20. Corporate sponsors are available for $50. $25 cash prizes for first three ducks to reach to the finish line first and for the last little ducky.

Tickets are available from the Cavendish Rec Department board members, any Rotarian or stop by Peoples United Bank, Benson’s Chevrolet or Ludlow Insurance Agency in Ludlow. For questions, call Sharon Bixby at 802-228-8823.

The Ludlow Rotary Club meets weekly on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at DJ’s Restaurant, 146 Main St. in Ludlow and is active locally and internationally with various projects which help community citizens and friends around the world. New members are welcome. Call or email President Tesha Buss at 802-245-4746 or for more info on the group.

Aug. 20: Sustainability in architecture conference set

The Fourth Corner Foundation hosts a free one-day conference from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 on projects that contain innovative ideas in the integration of high conservation and alternate energy solutions with real world conditions and constraints at 578 Hitchcock Hill in Windham. A reception will follow the conference from 5 to 9 p.m. Reserve a spot by Monday, Aug. 15 at by emailing

Four architects share their innovative projects followed by a Q&A and a reception with food and drink. Presenters are: Roc Caivano of Maine, who converted a military base brick building to a state of the art research facility; Lawrence Linder of Louisiana, who created a generic housing type that can restore urban street fronts broken by parking lots, increasing density and is aloof from flooding; Robert Shannon of New Mexico, who combined a new type of SIPS panel with aerated-autoclaved concrete exterior panels and solar air collectors to produce three residential structures; and Dan Scully of New Hampshire, who restored a 19th century mansion designed by Peabody and Stern into a carbon neutral future.

The projects will remain in the gallery from Aug. 20 through Sept. 10.

Aug 20: St. Luke’s hosts monthly movie

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church invites the public to Willard Hall for the first of a monthly series of movies at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the church, 313 Main St. in Chester.

The PG-rated movie, Molokai, directed by Paul Cox, is about Father Damien, who worked with lepers on the remote island of Molokai in Hawaii from 1873 until 1889.

Due to the gravity of this movie, children may not enjoy the film. There will be a room for kids to bring their toys, books or games. Refreshments and beverages will be served. For more details on special events at

Aug. 21: Pingree Park hosts Family Fun Day

Saints and Liars entertain during the early evening.

Saints and Liars entertain during the early evening at Pingree Park

Londonderry’s Town Parks host Pingree Park Family Fun Day on Sunday Aug. 21 at 36 Pingree Park Lane in Londonderry. Gates open at 2 p.m.

The daytime activities include a frog race, dunk tank, bouncy houses and carnival games. Later in the day, from 6 to 8 p.m., Saints and Liars band performs and at 8 p.m., and attendees can see a screening of Disney’s PG-rated Zootopia.

The full-day admission is $5 per person. All proceeds from Family Fun Day benefit the Londonderry Town Park Fund.

Aug. 20 & 21: Children’s book author
at Vermont Country stores

moonlight of morgan hillVermont artist and author Patricia Tracy Dow Beveridge will sign copies of her children’s book Moonlight of Morgan Hill at the Vermont Country Store in Weston, at 657 Main St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and  in Rockingham Store, 1292 Rockingham Road, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. For information on the Weston event, call 802-362-5950 and for the Rockingham event call 802-362-5990.

— Susan Lampe-Wilson

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