Equinox Bike Hill Climb
Cyclists can once again challenge the mountain in Manchester this summer, in the venerable ‘Gear Up for Lyme’ Mount Equinox Uphill Bike Climb, long a popular competition, returning after a two-year hiatus. The event is set for Saturday, August 6. Full details are online at gearupforlyme.com; registration is available at bikereg.com. The Climb is hosted by the Rotary Club of Manchester, with proceeds benefitting the Lyme Disease Association. The event attracts top hill-climbing specialists from the US and Canada who challenge the 5.4-mile trek, with an average overall grade of 12 percent, to rival a similar event up the northeast’s highest peak, Mount Washington, N.H. The route is fully paved and takes the competitors to the scenic summit via the historic 69- year-old Equinox Skyline Drive. It is the only time each year that cyclists are allowed on this narrow, curve-laden auto road. Susan Howard, Rotary Club president and race director, states that the barbecue following the event is not open to the public as stated in last week’s issue. For information, visit email@example.com or 802-430-1608.
Manchester Farmers Market
This week at the Manchester Farmers’ Market is Kids’ Day. Kids will be selling their wares at market this Thursday, so come by and support our young entrepreneurs. Every year the market is proud to offer free spaces to kids under 18 to sell their homemade or homegrown treats. London Bremmel, a local BBA student and market favorite, will be providing her original music and some fantastic covers. Manchester Farmers Market is held on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. in Adams Park, across from Gringo Jack’s. Ample parking; just look for our parking signs. For more information, email Krysta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Holly Library Book Sale
Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Mount Holly Town Library will throw open the book shed and bring out the sale tables. Generous donations have come in over the summer with over a 1000 books to interest book lovers. All genres are represented. It’s always fun and you never know what gem you’ll find. The Mount Holly Town Library is located at 26 Maple Hill Road in Belmont. For further information, call 802-259-3707, or check outmounthollytownlibrary.wordpress.com. Also taking place that day will be the Mount Holly Community Guild Bazaar and the Mount Holly Museum’s Artfest.
Winhall Library Picnic & Book Sale
The Winhall Memorial Library, located at Route 30 and Kendall Farm Road in Winhall, will hold its annual picnic on Sunday, August 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the live music of the Merry Pranksters with Bob and Kim Ray and John Wright. In addition to the usual menu of free hot dogs and chips, the ice cream truck will be returning to the delight of the children and their parents. This year we will honor Connie Guttroff, our retiring librarian, and welcome our new librarian Dawn Santos. The event will be held rain or shine.
Pownal Library Celebrates 50 Years
The Solomon Wright Public Library will be celebrating its 50th year of service to the Pownal community on Sunday, August 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Games for children, ice cream, a special cake and music will be part of the afternoon’s party events. Remarks by House Representative Bill Botzow and Willie Jones, retired Pownal teacher and resident, will be at 2:15. The Hale Mountain Pickers and the StarLine Rhythm Boys will be under the tent providing music for the afternoon. Photographs by Sue Regen, works by area artists works and the Gordon Sweeney Arrowhead collection will be on display. For further information, call the Library at 802-823-5400.
Bennington Classic Movie Night
A free Classic Movie Night screening films from the 1920s to 60s is being held on Wednesdays, beginning at dusk, at the Len Nichols Station parking lot on Main Street in downtown Bennington. Films are shown as weather permits. Bring your own chair.
Battenkill Bicycle Rides
Battenkill Bicycles is hosting the following bike rides. All rides leave from Battenkill Bicycles, 99 Bonnet Street, Manchester Center. Call 802-362-2734 for information including weather reports on the day of the ride. In case of bad weather, all rides will be scheduled for one week later. Bicyclists are required to wear a helmet and bike lights are strongly encouraged. All are welcome for a 15-mile, easy-paced Social Road Ride on Tuesday, August 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on roads around Manchester. Thursday, August 4, from 6 to 7 p.m., the Camden Valley Road Ridewill start at the Arlington Rec Park; get to the park in time to leave at 6 sharp. This 25 to 30 mile ride is at a faster pace. Tuesday, August 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Bike, Dip and Dine will leave the Barrow’s House, 3156 Route 30, Dorset, at 6 p.m. for an easy-paced ride around Dorset, followed by wine and cheese by the pool at the Barrow’s House. Swimming is encouraged; changing rooms and towels will be provided.
Romantic Comedy at MCL
Manchester Community Library will present a classic romantic comedy on Wednesday, August 10, at 2 p.m. In the 1940 film, a newspaper reporter (Cary Grant) uses every trick in the book to keep ‘His Girl Friday,’ his ace reporter, ex-wife (Rosalind Russell), from remarrying. Running time is 92 minutes. The film screening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. For details, call 802-362-2607.
Wallingford Basket Party
A Basket Party to raise funds for Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital is being hosted by local teen Emma Morris at the South Wallingford Grange on Saturday, August 6. Doors will open at 11 a.m.; drawings will start at 1 p.m. Emma’s goal is to raise $2500 for the hospital, which is leading a global effort to treat and defeat pediatric cancer and other diseases. The cost is $5 for the first sheet of tickets and $2 for each additional sheets. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, refreshments and a bake sale. To make a donation, call Betty Morris at 802-293-9421.