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Event listings for Saturday, June 30

Celebrations and festivals

VERNON Picnic, Fireworks and Muster: Activities at the Library at the Town Office Building, Governor Hunt Road (10am-noon); Fire Muster: cheer the Vernon Fire Department as they compete against area departments at Huckle Hill Road field (10am-1pm); Now and Then Car Show at the Vernon Recreation Area, Pond Rd.,(10am-afternoon); Horse riding competitions at Cold Brook Stables, 88 West Rd. (10am-all day); Free swimming during normal Saturday pool hours, Vernon Recreation Pool, Pond Road (12 noon); Family Carnival, Vernon Recreation Area (2pm-4pm); Chili Cookoff, sponsored by Vernon Advent Christian Church, Vernon Recreation Pavilion, Pond Rd., with DJ Tim Arsenault (4pm-6pm); After dark: Fireworks display at Huckle Hill Road field (approx. 9pm). Plus food vendors. Bring a blanket, pack/buy dinner. . $1 per ticket; 6 tickets $5 (at the library or at event). Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information: 802-257-0150.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO CineSLAM Film Festival - LGBT History - Kick Off for the 50th Anniversary Year of The Stonewall Uprising: Pride Film Festival of Shorts with Program Director John Scagliotti, sponsored by Kopkind Colony. Allen Young, '60s gay liberationist and local activist, opens up The Festival reading a short except from his new book "left gay & green, a writer's life." There will also be a tribute short film to the historians and archivists saving LGBT History. "We Started with an Old Shoe Box," a VT premiere, takes a look at how small and independent groups of gay/lesbian archivists began reconstructing the fragmented story of the LGBT past. In a piece from "Before Stonewall," we look at the '60s youth movement and see how important the "counterculture" was in building for the Stonewall Uprising. CineSLAM will show a clip from HB Lozito's Andrew's Inn Oral History Project, which looks at the history of Andrew's Inn, a disco, bar, hotel, and community space catering to the LGBTQ community in Bellows Falls which was in operation from 1973-1984. Also "Out Here," a documentary film, explores the hearts and hard work of queer farmers in the United States. It was made by local Green Mountain Crossroads board member, Jonah Mossberg. 4:30 p.m. $10. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information:,

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Estey Organ Museum: See and play organs of many styles and sizes. Walk through a working pipe organ. Learn about Brattleboro's industrial past. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Through Sunday, July 01. $5 suggested donation. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: 802-246-8366; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Last Saturday Contra Dance: Beginners welcome. All dances taught. No partner necessary. There will be a workshop for new dancers. Also a jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians. Over the course of a contra dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. Bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary; traditionally dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening. Jim Fownes calling. Randy and Roger's contra music has been a favorite in the region for years. 6:30pm free jam session beginner/intermediate musicians, 7:30 workshop for new dancers, dancing 8-10:30pm. Suggested donation: $10, $7 students/seniors. Pierces Hall, 121 E. Putney Rd. Information: 802-387-0163.

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