Community events: Nov. 10 through Nov. 15, 2016

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Nov. 10: ‘Intimate Grandeur’ book signing at Rock Library

intimategrandeurwOn Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6–8 p.m., David Schutz, curator of the Vermont State House and Tom Slayton, writer and former editor of Vermont Life Magazine will be at the Rockingham Free Public Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls to celebrate the Windham County book launch of Intimate Grandeur, Vermont’s State House.

Hosted by the Friends of the Rockingham Library in the third floor meeting room, proceeds from the book sales will support library youth programming that encourages civic engagement. The paperback sells for $24.95 and hardcover $39.95. Light refreshments will be served.

The newly published book by the Friends of the Vermont State House covers the beauty of Vermont’s State House and its legislative history. Photos by photojournalist Jeb Wallace-Brodeur feature important archival aspects of the building’s exterior architecture and interior features.

This program is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. For more information or to pre-order a signed copy of Intimate Grandeur, call 802-463-4270, go to or stop by the library.

Nov. 10: Rural Vermont Annual Meeting

Rural Vermont hosts its 2016 Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Unitarian Church, 130 Main St. in Montpelier. The Board of Directors will share Rural Vermont’s vision for a just, equitable and agriculturally regenerative Vermont along with potluck supper, brief business meeting, and “Eat Like a Farmer” raffle. All are welcome, and donations appreciated. More info and to reserve a spot call 802-223-7222 or visit

Nov. 11: Photo Night at Grounded4Life

Four presenters — Julie Fitzgibbons, Suzy Nielsen, Michael Batchelder, and Lee Gustafson — will show and discuss images of nature, exploring life through the lens at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at Grounded4Life in Chester.

Attend for a warm beverage and a great discussion on how the natural world declares God’s glory at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at Grounded4Life coffeehouse in the lower level of the Chester Baptist Church at 162 Main St. in Chester.

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

Nov. 12: Windham hosts Harvest Supper and Square Dance

Windham’s Annual Harvest Supper and Square Dance begins at 5 p.m, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the historic Windham Meeting House, 26 Harrington Road, Windham, on the corner of Windham Hill Road.

The traditional dinner is hosted and prepared by the Windham Community Organization. Dinner includes ham, butternut squash, baked beans, scalloped potatoes (plus a gluten-free version), salad, sweet breads and assorted homemade pies. Admission price is $10 for adults, $5 for children, or $25 per family. Donations are appreciated for their musicians.

After the meal, Sally Newton will call a square dance, accompanied by local musicians. All proceeds benefit Windham area residents through Windham Community Organization. For information call 802-874-8183.

Nov. 13: Vermont Voices continues with Stephen Kiernan

Author Stephen Kiernan

Author Stephen Kiernan

Vermont Voices continues on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at Phoenix Books, Misty Valley bookstore, with Stephen P. Kiernan presenting his new book, The Hummingbird at the bookshop at 58 Common St. in Chester.

On Sunday, Nov. 20, also at 2 p.m., Thomas Christopher Greene will talk about his fifth novel, If I Forget You.

A discussion and book signing follow the events. This year, all Vermont Voices events will be in the bookstore and free of charge. For more information, call Phoenix Books Misty Valley at 802-875-3400 or visit

Nov. 15: Hillside Village hosts Lunch & Learn

Hillside Village at 149 Emerald St., Suite A1 in Keene, a new retirement community in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, holds a Lunch & Learn event at the Grafton Inn, 25 on the Common in Grafton at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required so they can plan for lunch.

For more information, visit

Nov. 15: Meditation at Neighborhood Connections

Kate Logan, a dedicated yogini since 1997, offers a one-hour meditation class from 10–11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections, 5700 Vermont 100 in Londonderry. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are necessary. Call 802-824-4343 to attend.

Pick up a application for the 2017 Apple Blossom Cotillion

Pick up a application for the 2017 Apple Blossom Cotillion

Applications available for Apple Blossom Cotillion Queen

High school senior girls in the communities served by Springfield Hospital and Medical Care Systems are invited to participate in the 61st annual Apple Blossom Cotillion.

This community event continues to be a unique tradition and a rite of passage for area young people.

An orientation for all parents and participants, including elementary school, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 in the Dressel Gymnasium at Riverside Middle School, 13 Fairground Road in Springfield.

Weekly rehearsals for high school couples start immediately after the orientation. Rehearsals for elementary school participants start on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. It culminates with performances on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, 2017. Proceeds from the event are used to fund the Dr. E. Sherburne Lovell Health Career Award and to benefit Springfield Hospital and the community health centers of SMCS.

Applications are available at and at area schools. Applications must be received by Monday, Dec. 5. For information, call Larry Kraft, 802-885-7644, or

— Susan Lampe-Wilson

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