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Billings Farm & Museum will host its Annual Harvest Weekend on October 6 & 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The weekend features a husking bee and barn dance, plus a variety of 19th-century harvest activities and programs for the entire family.

A traditional husking bee will begin at noon each day, followed by a barn dance from 1 to 4 p.m. Lend a hand pressing cider, preserving apples, threshing grain, and making ice cream. Harvesting the heirloom vegetable garden will be nearing completion and children can help dig potatoes and other root crops and learn how crops are “put up” for the winter.

Other activities include shelling beans, apples-on-a-string, and 19th-century games. Hot spiced cider and homemade doughnuts will be on hand for all. Admission includes all programs and activities.

Billings Farm & Museum offers a year-round calendar of programs and family-friendly events. Find more information online at or by calling 802-457-2355.


October 6, sky conditions permitting, the Green Mountain Astronomers are offering their last night sky program of the year. They will be on hand from 5:30 to 10 p.m. to share their telescopes and knowledge. Enjoy the autumn colors, the sun and the sliver of the moon before they set and then the wonders of deep space. Bring a flashlight, and blanket if you like. Call 802-273-2282 to confirm program is on. Admission by donation.

October 7 is the 21st annual Mount Zion Hike. Join battlefield interpreters and historians for a guided walk up craggy Mount Zion. Meet at the Hubbardton Battlefield museum by 1:30 p.m. After a brief orientation, we will drive over to the start of the hike, at the Taconic Mountains Ramble State Park. The top of Mount Zion has some of the best views of the entire battlefield. The hike is easy to moderate, and we will go at an easy pace. The fee is $3 for adults and free for children under 15, and includes visiting the museum and battlefield.

The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site preserves the location of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont. The site is on Monument Hill Road six miles off VT Route 30 in Hubbardton or seven miles off exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton. Carefully follow the signs. The site is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closes for the year after October 14. For more information, call 802-273-2282.


The Pittsford Sheep Festival has been offering free entertainment for over 25 years. This year it will be held on October 7, from 11 a.m. — 4 p.m., at the Pittsford Recreation Area off Furnace Road in Pittsford.

Local craft vendors, felters and spinners will have booths featuring their skills and products. Sheep shearing demonstrations will be held at 11:15, 1:30 and 3:30. Sheep dog handling demonstrations will be held at 12:45 and 2:45. There will be children’s craft activities at 11:45. The Leaping of the Lambs, an exclusive RAS activity, will be held at 12:30 and 2:30. Live music will add to the festive atmosphere. There will be food for sale, featuring tasty lamb and Big Lenny’s hot dogs.

The sheep are in training for their big event: The Leaping of the Lambs. Here the sheep compete against each other by running through an obstacle course to reach a treat at the finish line.

You will have the chance to visit with local shepherds and learn about raising sheep in Vermont. This event is sponsored by the Rutland Area Shepherds. For more information check our website,, or contact Don at 802-342-3176.


Grace Church Sanctuary Choir and the Tempo Tantrum Vocal Ensemble from Mill River High School will lead an afternoon of music in support of the Open Door Mission in Rutland City on Sunday, October 7 at 4 p.m. at Grace Church, 8 Court Street in Rutland. The choirs will be joined by local professional musicians Court Gettel, Jennifer Hoult, Barry Cohen, Wesley Christensen, and David Castonguay, offering music from spirituals and songs to classical masterpieces. A free-will offering will be received to support the Open Door Mission. For more information, please call the church office at 802-775-4301 or visit


155 species have been recorded at this Important Bird Area. Kids, new birders and non-members always welcome. Join us October 11 for the 3.7-mile loop around the marsh or go halfway. Meet at the marsh boardwalk on Marble Street at 8 a.m. Contact


Fundraiser for Otter Creek 4-H Club, October 13 at Clarendon Grange Hall — Moulton Avenue, N. Clarendon, 5 — 8 p.m. Dinner includes salad, bread, beverage, and spaghetti & meatballs. $10 per plate for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, $12 takeout orders.


BROC Community Action has announced that the keynote speaker for their 53rd annual meeting is Governor Phil Scott. “We are honored that the governor is coming to speak. He has supported our work helping people with low incomes or living in poverty to thrive,” stated CEO, Tom Donahue.

The luncheon will be in the ballroom at Holiday Inn, Rutland on Tuesday, October 16 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. The agenda will include BROC Community Action’s year in review. There will also be the presentation of the 3rd Annual Community Action Awards and music by the Rutland High School Advanced Orchestra.

Reserve your tickets today by visiting For more information contact Pamela Shambo at 802-665-1721 or


Halloween Costume Party to benefit the Maclure Library, October 19, 7 p.m. — midnight at Redfield’s Bar & Grill at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club, Pittsford. Prizes and trophies for best costumes, 50/50 raffle with hundreds of dollars in prizes. Come dance the night away with music, appetizers and a cash bar. Find us on Facebook, search for Maclure Library. $25 per person,, 483-2972.


To address climate change, we need to make change in all kinds of ways. Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan to reverse climate change ever proposed. Learn more at a screening of a live stream panel discussion by the Drawdown leadership team on Friday, October 19. Light refreshments and conversation at 6:30 p.m., live stream at 7:30 at the Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main St, Rutland.

This event is free (though donations to 350VT are welcome), but space is limited, so please RSVP at Contact: 350VT Volunteer Coordinator, Lily Jacobson at or 831-236-6247; or 350VT Rutland liaison, Heather Juliussen-Stevenson, at or 802-353-0998.


Join us to hear the renowned pianist, Nathan Carterette, perform the sublime Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach in the sanctuary of Grace Church, 8 Court Street, in Rutland, on Sunday, October 21 at 4 p.m. Hailed as ‘wonderfully poetic’ (Westfalen Post) and “very compelling in his power and presence” (International Composer), Carterette’s innovative programming inspires audiences to approach unfamiliar music with open ears, and familiar music with new appreciation.

Known for his dedication to the music of Bach, he has performed the Goldberg Variations in concert halls, universities and churches throughout the U.S. His live recording of the Goldberg on Pittsburgh’s classic radio, WQED, became the most-requested pledge drive item in the station’s history. He recently recorded the Variations to be released in early 2019.

A free-will offering will be received to benefit HEAL. All are invited to a dinner to support HEAL after the concert in Grace Church Fellowship Hall.


The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Southern Vermont walk will be held October 21 at Castleton University to unite communities, honor those touched by the disease and raise awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer. Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, with more than 1 million participants supporting the noncompetitive three- to five-mile walks each year. Registration begins at 11 a.m. under the Castleton Pavilion, and the opening ceremony is set to start at 12:30 p.m., with the walk following at 1 p.m..

Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.

Since 1993, more than 14 million supporters have raised more than $870 million nationwide. Last year, over 200 walkers in Southern Vermont helped to raise more than $47,000.

To learn more about the event and how you can become involved, visit or contact Elizabeth Gardner at


For those who wish to continue beyond Tai Chi for Beginners, Rutland Regional Medical Center is currently offering Level II Tai Chi classes which will meet on Monday evenings on October 22, 29, and November 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center. The class will be taught by Laurie Knauer.

It is recommended that registrants complete the Beginners Tai Chi before enrolling in Level II. In this class you will be guided to move in other directions adding more slightly complicated movements that will bring more depth to your practice. There are five movements to the left and then repeated to the right. The instructor will break these movements down in the same manner as the basic movements in the beginner’s class.

Cost of the course is $15. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register visit or call 802-772-2400.


The competition will take place on Saturday, November 17 at Pittsford’s Holiday Craft Show (Holiday Craft Show is from 9 a.m. -2 p.m.) in the Lothrop Elementary School cafeteria, Route 7 in Pittsford.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., with tasting/voting from 11:30 — 1 p.m., and winners will be announced at 1:30. The cost is $5 to enter your chili.

Please bring a crockpot with your chili already made and a serving spoon. Having your name on the back of your crock pot would also be helpful if you are just dropping off your chili. Sign up at

Sara’s Stories is a book program that promotes early literacy for children ages 0-5 and is in memory of Sara Gallipo, a beloved community member who passed away a few years ago. Our goal is to give away a newly published hardcover book each month.

Please contact Kayla Desabrais at or Meghan Fox at if you have any questions.


The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region is providing training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers on Friday, October 26 from 4 — 8 p.m. with dinner provided, and Saturday, October 27 from 8 a.m. — 4 p.m. with light refreshments.

The training course will be held at the Rutland office of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region at 7 Albert Cree Drive in Rutland. Pre-registration is required. Once training is complete, assignments and schedules are tailored to the volunteer’s geographic and time commitment preferences. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and need to pass a background check. No previous hospice and health-care experience is required.

For more information or to enroll call John Campbell at 802-770-1683 or email at


When shoulder pain interferes with your ability to perform daily tasks like driving a car, carrying groceries, hitting a tennis ball or swinging a golf club, it might be time to consider various treatment options. One of those options being a total shoulder joint replacement.

Join Dr. Eric Marsh, a surgeon with Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, for a discussion on the best diagnostic tools, treatments and surgical options to improve the range of motion in your shoulder. This program is free and will be held Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center.

For more information and to register call 802-772-2400.


Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m., at the United Baptist Church, on the Green, East Poultney. Registration for this event is $85, with a special student rate of $20.

The Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium is a celebration of Horace Greeley’s life. The symposium explores the art of writing as presented by publishers and writers in the fields of literature, poetry, philosophy and history.

This year’s keynote speaker is screenwriter, director and actor Stephen Ohl, who will give a presentation titled, “How to Write for Film.”

Additional featured speakers include: John Manchester, “What would Horace think? Reflections on Horace Greeley, journalism and the world today”; Bianca Amira Zanella, “Against Poetry: When we lack the words”; Debbi Wraga, “Publishing How To’s,” from Northshire Book’s indie publishing manager.

For more information, or a link to our brochure and registration form, visit our website at or Facebook, where you can also read about a Florida vacation rental raffle. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five tickets; call Suanne at 802-884-5803 for further details and/ or to enter.

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