Around the Towns

Newfane Garden Club to meet

NEWFANE - The August meeting of the Newfane Garden Club will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2.

The meeting will be held in the garden of Laura Wallingford-Bacon. She will give a historical talk about Williamsville with a focus on the site and its many different uses over the decades. Guests are always welcome. If you are interested, call Ann Allbee at 802-365-7213 for directions.

Strolling of the Heifers to host summer Pop-Up Gift Shop

BRATTLEBORO - Strolling of the Heifers will host a summer Pop-Up Gift Shop in the River Garden, 157 Main St., on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4. Products from many local artisans will be available for purchase.

The Pop-Up begins Friday afternoon during the August Gallery Walk from 5 to 8 p.m., and continues Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

Duck Derby benefits Boys & Girls Club

BRATTLEBORO - The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro and the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department would like to remind everyone it is time again for the annual Duck Derby. This is their 25th year of duck fun.

The Derby will be on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Living Memorial Park, and all events start at 4 p.m.

There will be face painting, a cardboard-boat building contest and race, free swimming, music, and dinner provided by The 99 Restaurant, with the Duck Pluck just before 6 p.m.

You can “adopt” your ducks at Brattleboro Savings and Loan and The Boys & Girls Club on Flat Street. You can also “adopt” that afternoon at the park. Ducks are $5 each, or 5 ducks for $20 or 50 ducks for $100. Questions? Contact The Boys & Girls Club at 802-254-5990, ext. 109.

Rec. Dept. has discount amusement park tickets

BRATTLEBORO - Planning a day trip this month? The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department has discounted tickets on sale to Six Flags-New England in Agawam, Mass., The Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George, N.Y., and Bromley's Sun Mountain Adventure Park in Peru, Vermont.

Just an hour away, Six Flags offers fun for all ages. For the ticket price of $40, you can enjoy access to all rides and attractions, including shows, street action, animations, plus the Hurricane Harbor Water Park, and park facilities. Children under 2 are free. On-site parking is available for $25 per day. For more information, visit

The Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom is three hours from Brattleboro. A ticket is $40 for all ages; children age 2 and under are free. The ticket will admit you to all rides and water fun at the park. On-site parking passes available for $18. For more information, visit

Bromley's Adventure Park is located six miles east of Manchester. An all-day pass is $35. For more information, visit

Buying tickets to these attractions at the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Office, 207 Main St., saves money and avoids the long ticket lines. Tickets are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Only cash or money orders will be accepted as payment.

SEON's 3rd annual Sustainable Home Tour set for Sept. 29

BRATTLEBORO - The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network has set Saturday, Sept. 29, as the date for its third annual Home Tour. As in the past, SEON's goal is to highlight homes that have incorporated features and systems for a high performance home.

While energy efficiency takes the lead in high performance homes, it must always be connected with durability (water and vapor management), indoor air quality, comfort, and maintenance.

This year, six homes will be featured: two new homes, one home under construction (you get to see what is inside a wall system), two deep energy retrofits of 100-year-old houses (one being a net-zero farmhouse), and one addition/renovation/retrofit. The builders will be available to explain the challenges and goals of their projects.

Specific tour highlights can be found on SEON's website,

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