Vermont Community Events
Manchester Pot Roast Dinner
A real homemade dinner will be prepared for you at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, at the First Baptist Church in Manchester, located at the corner of Bonnet and Main Streets (across from the Northshire Bookstore). Sit down to a delicious dinner served family style that will include pot roasted beef and gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, gelatin salad and homemade rolls. Dessert choices are apple pie with ice cream or cheesecake. You may also request take-out dinners for a 5:30 p.m. pick-up. For dinner reservations or take-out meals, call Martha Thompson at 802-362-3473. The requested donation is $12 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under.
Dorset Community Supper
The Dorset Church will be hosting a free Community Supper on Thursday, February 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Come enjoy pasta with your choice of meat or vegetarian mushroom sauce accompanied by roasted Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, tossed green salad, broccoli with garlic and olive oil, garlic bread and assorted desserts. The Dorset Church, located at 143 Church Street off Route 30 in Dorset, offers these community suppers are for everyone. Come for warm fellowship and a hot, delicious meal, free of charge, and bring your family and friends. Free will offerings are appreciated. Take outs will also be available. To learn more, call Jane at 802-867-2260 or email dorsetchurch@gmailcom. Additional free dinners will be held on Wednesday, March 22; make a note on your calendar!
Shaftsbury Pasta Dinner
Shaftsbury United Methodist Church, 127 Church Street, will offer the public a free Saint Valentine’s Day Pasta Dinner on Saturday, February 18, starting at 6 p.m. Free will offerings will benefit the Michael C. Paulin Scholarship. Plan to join them for fun, food and frolic, including many door prizes. Call 802-379-1701 to reserve a seat.
Manchester Cheese Tasting
On Saturday, February 18, from 12 to 3 p.m., Vermont Bread and Cheese Company, 4746-2 Main Street, Manchester, will host a tasting event with cheese maker Maarit Ostrow from Hildene. While you’re probably familiar with the estate’s signature chèvre, this event is a chance to discover another farmstead favorite; their seasonal tomme made with cow’s milk from a local Mettowee River Valley farm. Meet the maker, sample the cheese and add a new variety to your repertoire. Vermont Bread and Cheese Company is located in Manchester Center, downstairs from Marimekko. The tasting is free and open to the public.
Manchester Firehouse Breakfast
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast offering pancakes with local maple syrup, eggs, sausage, English muffins, bacon, home fries and more with coffee and juice on Sunday, February 19, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Manchester Fire House on North Main Street in Manchester, sponsored by rising sun maintenance. Come meet and support members of your local fire department. The price is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages six to 12.
Battenkill Grange 487 will hold a a Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 19, at Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road in East Arlington. The menu includes pancakes with real Vermont maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, homefries, and biscuits with sausage gravy, with coffee, juice and milk. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. For more information, call Lillian Wood at 802-375-2518. To find out about pavilion rentals, call Nathalie at 802-375-6135.
Mac & Cheese Competition to Aid Meals on Wheels
Gold, silver and bronze decorated wooden spoons await the top finishers in the Bennington Farmers’ Market’s Macaroni and Cheese Competition on Saturday, February 18, from 10 a.m.to 12 noon. Macaroni and cheese devotees are encouraged to come to the First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, Bennington, during regular farmers’ market hours to join the fun. In addition to the coveted wooden spoons, gift certificates from a number of local business, including Hannaford and DiBuono Ravioli, will be awarded to the cooks who produce the crowd’s favorites. There is a $5 entry fee per crock; samples will be sold for $1 apiece. The winning recipes will be determined by popular vote and winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit Bennington County Meals on Wheels. For more information, including a list of contest guidelines, contact Audrey Pietrucha at 802-733-6981 or firstname.lastname@example.org.