Around the Towns

Newfane Garden Club meets on Aug. 1

NEWFANE - The Newfane Garden Club will meet and present “Preserving Nature's Bounty” on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Newfane Congregational Church, beginning at 2 p.m.

Following a brief business meeting, Sherry Maher, the market manager for the Townshend Farmers' Market and the Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market, will demonstrate methods for preserving garden vegetables or local farm produce. DeeDee Garafalo of Dover and Joyce Orgera of Townshend will host.

Guests are always welcome. Additional information about the Newfane Garden Club can be found at

Pulled pork dinner to be served in BF

BELLOWS FALLS - The United Church of Bellows Falls on School Street will host a pulled-pork dinner on Friday, Aug. 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Barbecue and Hawaiian pork will be on the menu, along with rolls, cole slaw, corn on the cob, applesauce, blueberry dessert/ice cream, and beverages.

Tickets are $10 for adults: $6 for ages 5 to 12, and children under 5 eat free. Takeout available.

For reservations, call Janice Manning at 802-463-3485.

Thompson House presents band concert

BRATTLEBORO - Thompson House will present the 9th annual Westmoreland Town Band Concert on its front lawn on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. Please bring folding chairs – parking is provided in the back of the building at 80 Maple St. For more information, contact Sandy Ware at (802) 254–4977, ext. 242.

Rain date is Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

Speaking to persuade: Toastmasters meeting Aug. 8

BRATTLEBORO - If shyness or inexperience around public speaking is holding you or someone in your organization back, then Toastmasters is the answer.

BrattleMasters, the Brattleboro-based chapter of Toastmasters International, meets Thursday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Marlboro College Graduate Center, second floor, 28 Vernon St.

The theme of this meeting is “Speaking to Persuade,” focusing on the skillful use of logic, emotion, and credibility to identify with your audience members and invite them to join you in action.

The club meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month at the same time and location. Guests are welcome, and refreshments are provided.

There is no pressure to speak, and members are working at their own pace and with assigned mentors to help them meet their speaking and leadership goals.

For more information, visit

Athens Historic Preservation Society to meet on Aug. 11

ATHENS - Join the Historic Preservation Society on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Brick Meeting House, for a historical presentation by Lise Moran, “The Athens Old Brick Church - Understanding the Past to Move Forward.”

Moran has done in-depth research on the history of the building. Her presentation was selected to be presented before the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance to rave reviews.

Moran has also compiled a variety of evidence that shows the town to have been a hotbed of abolitionist activism as far back as the early 1800s.

Following the presentation, the society will hold a brief annual meeting, followed by a reception with refreshments. The Meeting House will be open for brief tours following the presentation.

The society's annual pig roast takes place on the lawn of the Brick Meeting House at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.

For more information, contact Beth Ann Agostini at 802-365-7740.

Wellness in Windham Health Festival seeks exhibitors

BRATTLEBORO - The exhibitor registration deadline for this year's Wellness in Windham Health Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat) has been extended to Thursday, Aug. 15.

Registration is open to individuals, groups, and agencies offering health or wellness services or programs that benefit the community and help individuals and families lead healthier, more active lives.

Exhibitor registration fees range from $15 to $50. Space is on a first-come basis. Almost all of last year's exhibitors are planning to return, so space is limited. For more information or an exhibitor registration form, call 802-257-8214 or visit

Wellness in Windham Health Festival is a free, family-friendly health and wellness event offering interactive activities for all ages, great food and entertainment, and many surprises. This event is a joint presentation of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat, and Grace Cottage Hospital.

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