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Vermont notes

June 8th, 2004

D-Day event

POWNAL, Vt. — A presentation at the Pownal library to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day will feature a lecture by area resident Bruce Bird.

Bird, who has done volunteer work in the Washington Navy Museum, curated the Vermont Veterans Militia Museum and the Veterans Home Museum. He is currently a volunteer at the USS Slater in Albany, N.Y.

Military artifacts, inert ordinance, models, maps and charts will be used to illustrate the invasion of Normandy by Allied Forces, the largest amphibious landing in history.

The free presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m. and is funded by Freeman Foundation grant monies. The library is at 97 Main St. Information: 802-823-5400.

Vermont Day

MANCHESTER — Hildene will celebrate Vermont with its annual Vermont Day on Sunday, June 6.

The house, exhibit and grounds will be open to everyone for a reduced rate of $5. Children under 15 are free. The day will offer tours of the house, Hildene’s exhibits, petting farm animals, trail walks. Those attending may bring picnics.

Tours of the main house are given daily mid-May through October and weekends November through mid-January. Tours are every half hour, starting at 9:30 a.m., and the last tour begins at 3. Information and a calendar of events: 802-362-1788 or

Seedling sale

POWNAL — The women's fellowship of the Pownal Center Community Church will hold its annual spring seedling sale on Saturday, June 5, from 9 to 1 in the Carriage Barn on Route 7.

The sale will feature perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, homebaked goods, tag sale items, clothing and a garden-related raffle. Donations of any of the above will be appreciated. Information: Linda Hall, 802-823-5652.

Kids’ Fair

NORTH BENNINGTON — Southshire Community School at 24 Bank St. will host a Kids' Fair and Tag Sale on Saturday, June 5, from 9 to 2.

Children will have a chance to ride a pony, jump in the bouncy-bounce, play games, enjoy popcorn or cotton candy and find or make a Father's Day gift.

The tag sale will feature perennials from local garden centers and farms, quality children clothing, a book display from Books are Fun, a kayak, some antiques and other treasures. Refreshments will be available.

Contra dance

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The next Bennington Community Contra Dance will be held on Friday, June 4, at 8 p.m.

It will be preceded by an acoustic folk jam and potluck dinner, as part of the downtown June Arts Celebration. The dance will be held at the Mount Anthony Union Middle School cafeteria at 640 Main St., rather than at its regular Masonic Lodge location.

The Beverwyck String Band, which has played together since 1993, will provide music. The band features Kristen Brunner on piano and fiddle, Britany Orlebeke on fiddle and Peter Siegel on everything else, including guitar, mandolin, banjo and percussive feet. The band has released a CD, “Cat Out of the Bag,” which is a blend of reels, jigs, waltzes and songs from French Canadian, Irish, Shetland, New England and Scandinavian traditions.

Caller for the dance will be Steve Howland, who has played fiddle and called at traditional New England dances since 1985. Howland works with contra dancers of all abilities, including those who have never previously danced. He will lead the acoustic jam in the school cafeteria prior to the dance. No partner is necessary. An admission fee will be charged at the door. The Mount Anthony Union High School Competition Dance Team will provide an exhibition performance during the dance intermission at approximately 9:30.

Bennington Community Contra Dances are held on the first Friday of each month at the Masonic Lodge on Main Street. Information: Susan Beal or David Pearson, 802 447 2173, or

Butterfly event

MANCHESTER —The Orvis Flagship Store and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science will presents "Butterflies!" a free event, on Saturday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the store.

A slide show, as well as butterfly crafts and an outdoor butterfly catch-and-release will be included. All ages are welcome! Information: Orvis, (802- 362-3750

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