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Calendar of Events

UPDATED: 04/23/15

- Community Events - - Fun & GamesFundraisers - - Library - - Meetings - - Music - - Seniors - - The Arts - - Workshops - - Places of Worship -


Community Events


Free Community Dinner, all welcome, Friday, April 24, 5:30 pm, Waitsfield United Church. Transportation available, call 496-3065.


Mad Birders walk: Sat., April 25, Cota Field in Starksboro, carpool from Shaw’s, 7:15 am. Sat., May 2, 7:30 am, Mt. Valley Farm, 1719 Common Rd., Waitsfield. Thurs., May 7, 7 am, Geiger Property, Center Fayston Rd., with Jeannie Elias. Sat., May 9, Camel’s Hump State Forest, moderate uphill hike, wear sturdy, waterproof footwear, carpool from Shaw’s, 7 am. Sat., May 16, 7:30 am, Knoll Farm with Nancy Turner. Info:; Pat Folsom, 496-3663; Nancy Turner, 496-2523; Jeannie Elias, 496-4730.


WCAX Made in Vermont Weekend, 40-plus local vendors: local crafts, art, food, spirits and more. Sat. and Sun., April 25 and 26, 10 am-4 pm. Gate House Lodge, Sugarbush.


Winter Farmers’ Market, every Sunday, 11 am-3 pm, Masonic Lodge, Waitsfield (Route 100 and Bridge St.).


Green Up Day, Sat., May 2. See info for each town in story in this issue.

Waitsfield Historical Society potluck and program: “School Daze circa 1900.” Last names starting with A-J bring main dish; K-R, dessert; S-Z, salad/veg. Wed., May 6, 5 pm, Waitsfield United Church fellowship hall.


The Mad River: It’s Our River, and Yours, film produced by Harwood students, Thurs., May 7, 7 pm, Harwood auditorium, free.


Betty’s Beer Fest, beer brewed by women (all genders welcome), May 8 and 9, Big Picture Theater. Fri., 6 pm, screening of The Love of Beer, panel Q&A, networking. Sat., 1-5 pm, beer tasting. Info/tickets:


Beer-pairing dinner, five-courses with Lawson’s Finest Liquids, music, stories, Sat., May 16, 6 pm, Round Barn Farm. Reserve: 496-2276.




Fun & Games


The Collection Game Day, a fun afternoon playing games for ages 3 and up (all ages welcome) at Three Mountain Cafe, door prizes, giveaways. Free. Thurs., April 23, 2-4 pm. Info: The Collection, 496-6055.


VT Horse-Assisted Therapy (VHAT) Open Barn & Field Day, bottle drive, Sat., April 25, noon-5 pm, Pease Farm Stables, 307 Culver Hill Rd., Middlesex. Family-friendly. Riding demos, games, pony rides, hayrides, food, arts & crafts, pony parade, cake, 50/50 raffle, Best Western Costume contest (all ages). Free. All proceeds to benefit VHAT.


Trivia Night at The Elusive Moose, prizes, no charge to play. Wednesdays, May 6 and 20, June 3, 7-9 pm. 496-6444. (Closed April 27-May 6.)


Highlander Babe Ruth Baseball, must be age 13-15 as of April 30, 2014. Register by May 4: Stacy Gibson-Grandfield, 244-4169, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Little Otters Nature Playgroup, up to age 5, Fridays, 9:30-11 am, Knoll Farm, Fayston. Outdoor playgroup, bring snacks. Info:; Lindsey, 496-3235. Free.


Warren Playgroup: Story Adventures, Fridays, 10-11:30 am, Warren Town Hall, free, open to all. Info: Nikki Neal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 508-561-1654.


The Children’s Room, resource center for parents, free play space, kids to age 6 from any town, open 8 am-4 pm on school days. Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury. 244-5605,


Walking group, all welcome, Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm, Old County Rd., Waitsfield. Meet at MRV Health Center parking lot. Info: Kate, 496-3838.


Duplicate Bridge, Mon., 12:30 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Alice, 496-7154.






Turkey takeout dinner, Fri., April 24, 4-6 pm pickup, Waterbury Center Community Church, Route 100 next to Cold Hollow Cider. Reservations necessary: 244-8089.


Calcutta to benefit Harwood athletics, Fri., May 1, Waterbury American Legion Post 59. Cocktails, 6 pm; dinner, 7 pm; drawings for cash prizes, 8 pm. Info/tickets: call or text Brian McCarthy, 802-272-8811, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or ask any Harwood coach or student athlete.


Walk for Animals kickoff party, learn fundraising tips in preparation for the June 6 CVHS Walk for Animals, refreshments, fun. Tues., May 5, 6-7:30 pm, Central VT Humane Society, East Montpelier,, linnea@centralvermonthumane,org, 476-3811.


Cabaret with Piero Bonamico, silent auction, fundraiser for Mad River Chorale, Fri., May 8, 7 pm, Green Mountain Valley School. Tickets/info:






Jack Mayer, author, Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project. Reception, book signing, hors d’oeuvres, 4:30 pm, preregister/fee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. General admission, 5:30 pm, with program at 6 pm, free admission. Wed., April 29, Big Picture Theater,, 496-8994.


The Music of Poetry, jazz and classical musician Michael Arnowitt at Waterbury Public Library’s spring tea, Sun., May 3, 2 pm, at Waterbury Congregational Church. Info: Elise, 244-7036.


Code for Kids, grades 4-6, learn to write computer code using Scratch, Arduino, and Hopscotch programs. Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20. 3-4 pm. Register: 244-7036. Waterbury Public Library, 30 Foundry St. Free.


Woodchuck gardening guru Ron Krupp, author of The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening, to speak about organic gardening, Thurs., May 7, 6:30 pm, free, Waterbury Library, 30 Foundry St.


Spanish story and music hour with Constancia Gomez, second Tuesday of each month, next one is May 12, 11 am, Joslin Memorial Library, free.


Beaded Jewelry-Making Workshop with Sue Premore, adults and teens, free, all materials supplied. Thurs., May 14, 6:30 pm, Waterbury Public Library. Register (limited to 10): 244-7036.


Kids Creating Music with Bob Brookens, 18 months-4 years old, Sat., May 23, 10 am, Waterbury Public Library, 30 Foundry St., 244-7036.


After-School Games and Legos, Mondays, 3-4:15 pm, Warren Library.


Tech Thursdays, sign up for help with email and internet, 6-7 pm, Moretown Library: 496-9728, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Computer tutoring, Warren Public Library, by appointment, call 496-3913 to set up time. Use a library computer or bring your own.


Warren Library Story Time: No story time on April 29. Resumes May 6.For parents, babies, toddlers, Wed., 10 am. Info: Marie Schmukal, 496-3913, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Joslin Library Preschool Story Hour: Mondays, 10 am., 496-4205. Theme for April 27, Moon and Stars.


Moretown Library Story Time, Fridays, 11:15 am-noon. 496-9728.


Waterbury Public Library Story Times: Musical Story Time with Lesley Grant, 18 months-4 years, Mon., May 11, 10 am.Baby/toddler, Mondays, 10 am; Preschool Story Time,ages 3-6, Fridays, 10 am. Temporary location: 30 Foundry St., 244-7036.







Waterbury Historical Society meeting, Wed., April 29, 7 pm, St Leo's Hall. Program: 10th Mountain Division with Brian Lindner. All welcome.


Moretown Republican Committee meetings, fourth Wed. of each month, 6 pm, Bongiorno’s Pizza, Fayston. 496-3296.


MRV Republicans meets fourth Wed. of each month, 6pm, Bongiorno’s Restaurant. Info: Carol Miner, 583-5816.


Valley Democrats meets second Mon. of each month, 5:15 pm, at Eastern Systems. Info: Jim Leyton, 496-1000.


Mad River Caregivers Support Group, first and third Tues. of each month, 2-3 pm, Mad River Family Practice. RSVP: Kate, 496-3838.


Mad River Cancer Support, one-on-one support for those touched by cancer (patient, caregiver, family, friend). Contact VT Cancer Survivor Network: 1-800-652-5064, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Sun., 7 pm; Tues., 7 pm, at Parish House, Our Lady of the Snows Church/St. Dunstan’s, Waitsfield. Fri., 7 pm, Warren Church. Confirm times: 229-5100.








Clint Bierman (of The Grift)and friends, followed by an open jam, every Thurs., Localfolk Smokehouse, Waitsfield.


Dinner and Music Series: Sleeping Bee, “transcendent acoustic alt folk jazz Celt grass” instrumentalists, three-course dinner, cash bar, Thurs., April 30, 6:30 pm, Phantom, Waitsfield. Tickets/info: (restaurant closed for cleaning until April 27).


Anthony Santor and friends, jazz brunch, Sun., May 3, Big Picture Theater and Café,, 496-8994.


Songs for Soul, VT artists, singer Jasmine White and guitarist Michael Young, perform cover songs to tell the tale of one woman’s life experience, Sat., May 9, 7 pm, Valley Players Theater. Tickets at the door or


Mad River Chorale rehearsals, Mondays (except school holidays), 7-9 pm, Harwood chorus room. Singers welcome., 496-2048.


Moretown Community Chorus, all ages and abilities, meets Thursdays, 7 pm, Moretown Methodist Church. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 793-9581.








Foot Care Clinic with CVHHH at Evergreen Place, Thursday, April 30, 8:30 am-noon. Reserve: 223-1878. Bring basin, towel, foot soak powder, clippers. There is a fee.


Knitting Circle, Fridays, 10:30 am, Shades of Winter yarn shop, Village Sq., Waitsfield.


Tai Chi with Kenneth, Tuesdays, 1 pm, Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield.


Bingo, every Tues. & Thurs., 10:30 am, Evergreen Place Senior Center.


Diner Breakfasts cooked by Walter Brinkat Evergreen Place, open to all, Mondays, 8-10 am, donations support Meals On Wheels.


Family-Style Lunch, open to all, discount for age 60-plus, Tues. & Thurs., noon. Reserve: Austin, 496-2543. Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield.


Meals On Wheels, home-delivered meals, call Austin, 496-2543.




The Arts


Enchanted April, a play at Valley Players Theater, Fri. and Sat., April 24 and 25, May 1 and 2, 7:30 pm; Sun., April 26 and May 3, 2 pm. Tickets:, 583-1674.


Going Ape,” a prevention presentation through performance art, addresses issues of binge drinking and prescription drug misuse, all ages, free admission, Wed., April 29, 7 pm, Valley Players Theater.


The Gathering, exhibit of works by artist members of the Valley Arts Foundation, Festival Gallery, Village Square, Waitsfield, 496-6682.


Roarke Sharlow, watercolors exhibit, Three Mountain Cafe, runs through April 30.


Brides of the Century, exhibit of original 1845-1945 bridal gowns runs through May 31, 2015, Gen. Wait House. Free. Info: Judy Dodds, 496-2027.


Knit a Bit, knitting and coffee, Wednesdays, 3 pm, SHaRC. 583-6700. Free.








Cooking Classes at The Store: Perfect Pork, Thurs., April 23, 6-8 pm; Classic Sauces, Sat., April 25, 6-8 pm. 496-4465.


Community Yoga Class, hatha yoga, all levels, free, Sundays, 10-11:15 am, second floor of East Warren Schoolhouse.





Places of Worship


Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave, Montpelier, 229-9429.


Church of the Crucified One, Route 100, Moretown. Mass, Sunday, 10 am. 496-4516.


First Church of Christ, Scientist, 145 State St., Montpelier. All welcome.


Green Mountain Community Alliance, Route 100, Duxbury. Sunday, 9:30 am, Worship Service.


Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly, Route 100N, Waterbury Ctr. Sunday, 10 am, Worship Service.


Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 802-253-1800, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Moretown United Methodist Church, Route 100B, Moretown. Sunday, 10:30 am, Worship Service.


Our Lady of the Snows (Catholic), Route 100, Waitsfield. Mass: Saturday, 6 pm.


St. Andrew (Catholic), Main St., Waterbury. Mass: Sat, 4 pm, and Sunday, 9 am.


St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Founders’ Hall, 6307 Main St. (Route 100), Waitsfield. Sunday Service, 9:30 am, Holy Eucharist. 479-7920.


St. Jacob of Alaska Orthodox Church, Route 12, Northfield Falls, 485-9121. Services: Divine Liturgy, Sunday, 9:30 am; Great Vespers, Saturday, 5 pm; Vespers, Tuesday, 6 pm.


St. Patrick (Catholic), Route 100B, Moretown. Sunday, 11 am, Mass.


Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Sunday, 10 am, Worship and Church School, 130 Main St., Montpelier.


Waitsfield United Church of Christ WorshipService, Sunday, 10 am.Route 100, Waitsfield., 496-3065.


Warren United Church of Christ, Worship Service, Sunday, 10 am. Main St. Warren Village. 496-2713.


Waterbury Congregational Church, Sunday Service, 10 am. 8 North Main St., Waterbury. 244-6606.


Yearning for Learning Center for Jewish Studies, Montpelier, 223-0583