Vermont Community Events

Vermont Community Events

Vermont Community Events

Heritage Cookie Bake Sale

The Slate Valley Museum (SVM) hosts a Heritage Cookie Bake Sale with the Granville Girl Scouts on Friday, November 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. This unique First Friday event celebrates cookie recipes that were once enjoyed by the immigrants who made up the Slate Valley. “This bake sale is a wonderful way to involve the community, while also highlighting the history of the region,” says Krista Rupe, SVM executive director. There will be a plethora of cultural cookie recipes – Italian knot cookies, pizelles and biscotti; Welsh snickerdoodles, soft molasses, Hungarian hussar’s kisses, German apfel kuchen and Irish lemon cookies. The Slate Valley Garden Club will assist the Granville Girl Scouts in baking the many cookies that will be available, which supports the Girl Scouts in helping local families this holiday season; proceeds will go to Adopt-a-Family.

Girl Scout service unit manager Diane Wescott says, “The Girl Scouts of Northern Washington County are excited to be teaming up with the Slate Valley Museum to bake cookies for the First Friday event. The girls are learning about local heritage and are looking forward to making some sweet treats from the various countries.

The Adopt-a-Family program allows us to make a family happier at Christmas. We buy gifts for the families including clothes, outerwear and toys for the children. One family from each of the four towns – Granville, Whitehall, Fort Ann and Hartford – will benefit from this program.”

Whatever your heritage,  come explore all the sweet and savory tastes of the region and season. 17 SVM is located at 17 Water Street in Granville, N.Y. For information, visit or call 518-642-1417.

First Friday Events in Granville

This November marks seven years of First Friday events at the Pember Library and Museum and Slate Valley Museum in Granville, N.Y. The event was designed to showcase local artists, artisans, regional culture, music and food and bring a lively presence to downtown Granville on a Friday night. “With allowance for two holiday closings, we’ve had 70 consecutive months of outstanding programming,” said organizer Rob McGuire. “Over 150 artists have shown at First Friday, whose work has run the gamut from botanical art, illumination, nature photography, sculpture, jewelry, re-purposed slate, crafts, graphic arts, fly-fishing, ‘dreadful’ art and zombies. We are looking forward to an even more interesting mix in the coming year.”

West Rupert artist Christopher Smith will be the featured artist for November. The show will open on First Friday, November 4, and remain through the end of the month. Smith has shown throughout the northeastern US in his 30-plus year career as illustrator and fine artist. Musicians Stephen Havel, Mark Catman and Cole Kitz will be returning to round out the show with new songs and material. Across the footbridge, the Slate Valley Museum will be hosting an ethnic bake sale with old-world, European favorites. First Friday events take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, and are always free. For more information, call the Pember Museum at 518-642-1515 or the Slate Valley Museum at 518-642-1417.

Food for Body and Soul

Join Molly Beverage, licensed acupuncturist, Carson Lake, certified reflexologist, and Kimberly Hayden, certified massage therapist, on Saturday, November 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  for a free treatment of your choice in exchange for three non-perishable food items for the Community Food Cupboard of Manchester. This time of year can be stressful for those without the means to get food on their tables, and for those planning holiday get-togethers. Take care of both at the same time by treating yourself while helping out your less fortunate neighbors. Treatments will be at the Wisehands office at 896 Vermont Route 30 in Dorset, across from the Dorset Nursing Association, by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 803-384-0310 to reach Molly;
802-325- 3641 for Carson; or 518-859- 0842 for Kimberly.

Manchester Wedding Flea Market

Buy or sell gently used or never-used wedding items at the Bride-to-Be Wedding Flea. to be held at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue, Manchester Center, on Saturday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the event, newlyweds can sell their leftover wedding items to help recoup some of the cost of their wedding. Brides and grooms-to-be can shop for wedding décor, linens, favors, candles, signage, dresses and more, all at great prices in one location. This is not a vendor show; it’s a way to reuse and recycle wedding and bridal shower items in a flea market format. Email to reserve a table rental; they are $15 for one table or $20 for two tables. Admission for attendees will be $3 at the door, with proceeds benefitting the Library. For further information, contact Cindy at 802-362-2607.

Operation Christmas Child in Manchester & Bennington

Operation: Christmas Child (OCC) a ministry to children world-wide, and is a project of the relief organization Samaritan’s Purse. Everyone can participate – scout troops, schools, civic groups, other groups and individuals. A standard size shoebox is all you need to get started; fill it with the items listed in the brochure, available at the the churches below, or at the website,

Northshire Baptist Church, 5769 Main Street, Manchester, is hosting a Packing Party for OCC shoeboxes at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 5. Hygiene items (no toothpaste) and school supplies are still needed, to be included with toys and other items. RSVP if you plan to stay for lunch  afterward. To learn more, call 802-688-5614.  If you cannot join the Packing Party but would like to contribute, you can make a donation to OCC through Northshire Baptist Church, or pack a shoebox yourself and bring it to the church between November14 to 20.  Missionary Alliance Church, 198 Crescent Boulevard, Bennington, is also participating. You can pick up the brochure from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday to Thursday. They will be collecting packed shoeboxes on selected days from November 14 to 21. Call 802-442-6840 for collection hours and days. Visit the website to learn what to pack.

Arlington Area Christmas Project

The Arlington Area Christmas Project provides warm clothing for children who attend school in Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate. The requested items are purchased by generous community members. Call Nathalie Caler at 802-375-6135 by November 4 to participate.

Bennington Bazaar & Dinner

The School of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales will hold its annual Harvest Bazaar on Saturday, November 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free admission.There will be a number of booths featuring local crafters and artisans, home baked goods, breakfast and lunch, a silent auction, bingo and raffles. Tickets will be sold until 7 p.m. An Italian Pasta Dinner will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The events will be held at the Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Parish Center, 238 West Main Street, Bennington. For information, call 802-442-2446.

Haynes House Basket Party

A two-night, three-day stay at Stony Creek Ranch Resort, a flat screen TV and several other major prizes will be raffled off on Saturday, November 5, when the Haynes House of Hope holds its annual Basket Party at the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company, Route 40, Hartford, N.Y. In addition to the prizes, a room full of baskets will be up for grabs. Doors open at 11 a.m. and drawings begin at 1 p.m. Last year’s party saw a standing-room-only crowd vie for more than 200 baskets and a dazzling array of major raffle prizes. Those attending the party can enjoy lunch as well, which will be available for purchase at the firehouse. Admission is $7 for the first sheet of tickets, with additional sheets available at $2 each.

Anyone wishing to donate a basket or raffle prize should contact Heidi Fisher at 518-642-1246. Baskets can be dropped off at the Haynes House of Hope, a comfort care home for the terminally ill, located at 7187 State Route 149 in Granville, N.Y.


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