Wed, Sep 28, 2011 09:43 AM
New Orleans-style bluesman Ray Bonneville offers his musical
storytelling talents at the Brick Box in the Paramount Theatre,
downtown Rutland on Thursday, September 29, at 8:00 p.m. Call
775-0903 for tickets.
Hear a world of folk music at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at 1:30 p.m. Friday, September 30. Pat and Ray Harwick play on the
Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer in a Harp n' Hammers concert and
story telling session at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer St.,
Rutland. Call 446-20241 or 492-2300 for details. October programs
center on the theme of Great Adventures in Reading, with looks at
American Gothic novels, F. Scott Fitzgerald and the jazz age, Jane
Austen, and writers of Vermont.
Rutland Free Library hosts a free Disaster Legal Assistance Clinic
from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 1. The Rutland County Bar
Association has organized the clinic to offer guidance and resource
info to those who received damage or loss from tropical storm
Have a visit with local artists and crafters during the very first
Foliage Open Studio Weekend 2011 Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and
2. Look for yellow signs marking art producers who welcome visitors
during this Vermont Crafts Council promotion. Pick up your map to
participant locations at the Chaffee Art Center; call 228-3380 to
find out more.
Enjoy the night beauties of Pine Hill Park at high speed during the
Lunar Quarry Mountain Bike Race Saturday, October 1, and Sunday,
October 2. The race begins at 5:00 p.m. Saturday and continues
through the night to 5:00 a.m. Call 282-5659 for details.
Other Saturday activities include a 10:00 a.m. benefit motorcycle
ride with the Wallingford Memorial Rotary Club. Call Tatha Lewis,
773-5191, for info. Drop in an open house at Dr. Sharrie Hanley's
neurofeedback office, 224 Stratton Rd., to see demos of biofeedback
techniques and view the hyperbaric chamber, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. Call 236-7378 for specifics. Or attend a free folk mountain
gospel concert by Don and Donna Mohl at 11:00 a.m. in the
Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 158 Stratton Rd. Call 775-8968 for
Another Saturday choice is an open house at the College of St.
Joseph, 71 Clement Rd., beginning with registration at 12:30 p.m.
Explore the college culture and attend a reception with the college
president. Phone 776-5205 for details. Or attend an artist talk and
discussion with book artist Carolyn Shattuck about her Wardrobe
Chronicles installation at the Chaffee Art Center, 16 S. Main St.,
at 3:00 p.m. Call 773-0356 to find out more.
Rutland Free Library celebrates its 125th birthday on Sunday,
October 2, with a 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. party, featuring cake, jazz, a
timeline, and more. Call 773-1860 with questions. Also on Sunday,
the Vermont Dining Train pulls out of Rutland on its way into New
York State. Eat your four-course dinner to the clickety-clack of
wheels on iron rails. Call (800) 292-7245 to make your
American Legion Post 31, 33 Washington St., hosts a slide lecture
on Vermont's immigrant communities with a focus on family
celebrations, foodways, religious culture, and traditional arts by
Greg Sharrow of the Vermont Folklife Center at 1:00 p.m. on October
4. A lot of his talk must look at French Canadians' contribution,
since nearly one-third of all Vermonters have ancestry from beyond
our northern border. Call 775-1642 with your questions.
Let's revitalize the Rutland ArtHop, a walk primarily around the
downtown on the second Friday of each month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Meet with Mary Mitiguy at the Chaffee Art Center at 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 5. Similar art walks in Burlington and Bellows
Falls attract locals and visitors; ours needs your support to get
going again. Call 775-0356 to lend your help.
Visit with local author Debby DuBay about her new book Rutland,
Vermont - Heart of the Green Mountains, at Art & Antiques on
Center, 17 Center St., from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, October
Do you have a costume in mind for the Chaffee Art Center's second
annual Art of Masquerade, planned for Sunday, October 23, at the
Rutland Holiday Inn? This year's program honors the Rutland Garden
Club with the Chaffee's Community Arts Award, in appreciation of
the work the club performs at the Chaffee and a variety of other
locations throughout the community. The evening also honors Terri
Jordan as volunteer of the year. Moneys raised at the dinner and
auction add to funds for operating the Chaffee. Call 775-0356 to
make your reservation.
No more waiting for an available staff person to check out your
books at the Rutland Free Library, as it installs new technology.
The automated system includes new security gates and RFID tags for
all materials. Automated technology will speed up the process and
also give you more privacy, while freeing up staffers for other
tasks. (You can still take your selections to a staffer, though.) A
grant from the US Department of Agriculture provided 35 percent of
the system's $96,000 cost; Friends of the Library and private
donations yielded the rest.
Good Dog Cookies continues to grow, owner Cris Phelps-Brown says.
She's now branched into making Chicken Jerky for Dogs plus Ganja
Kitty, a line of catnip toys. A large portion of her earnings go to
support local pet-oriented charities.
You don't need to wait to flush if you use the city water supply,
mayor Chris Louras said recently; the main line between reservoir
and Mendon Brook is now re-connected. However, the city still has
no backup supply, so any contamination to Mendon Brook could
quickly put the system back on water restrictions.
No medical pot sales in the city for now, Rutland City's Public
Safety Committee decided recently. State law prohibits marijuana
dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools and day care
establishments, a restriction that leaves very few sites within the
city that are zoned commercial. The Rutland Police Commission and
representatives of the police department have taken a stand against
establishing that kind of facility in the community, saying the
slight degree of need was outweighed by high probability of the pot
being diverted to the street.
Our sympathies go to the family and friends of West Rutlander
Master Sgt. Shawn Stocker of the Vermont Air National Guard, who
died of a heart attack while working with a road repair group at
An engineering firm recently reported on three different ways the
intersection of Evelyn and Wales streets could be re-structured.
The city's Community and Economic Development Committee is
now considering which of the three options will be most
Vermont mushroom foragers have found the moisture of tropical storm
Irene to be a blessing, resulting unprecedented harvests.
A new restaurant is scheduled to be ready for Christmas shoppers on
South Main St., in front of the old Hannaford supermarket. The
91-seat, 4,000-square-foot Panera Bakery Café is expected to be
finished in early December, employing 30 full- and part-time
employees in two shifts.