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Upper Valley events calendar for the first two weeks of October

Colleen Lowe, of Plainfield, accepts a high five from Caodhan Barr, of West Lebanon, who perched on his father Paul’s shoulders to send off runners in the CHaD Hero Half Marathon and 5k run in Hanover N.H., Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Amanda and I are putting the site on hiatus for the first two weeks of October as we both take some vacation time!

As a going-away gift, here’s a list of events that have caught our eye over the next two weeks.

First of all, check out these excellent roundups by our colleagues here at the Valley News.

A sampling of events from Valley News staff writer David Corriveau’s fall roundup. Click the picture to read the roundup.

And get up-to-date information from these Valley News sources:

And now, on to our picks!

Saturday, Sept. 29

Roller derby: Twin State Derby (aka the Upper Valley Vixens) take on a Cape Cod team in Woodstock at 6 p.m.

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Sept. 29-30

The second two days of the three-day International Black Theatre Summit in Hanover. It’s titled “Breaking New Ground Where We Stand” and revisits August Wilson’s 1998 summit at Dartmouth, “The Ground on Which I Stand,” and asks: Where do we stand now? Where can we go? How can we get there?

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Sunday, Sept. 30

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

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Tuesday, Oct. 2

International Women’s Club meeting in Hanover.

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Wednesday, Oct. 3

Hartford Parks & Rec leads a 9 a.m. hike of Gile Mountain in Norwich.

Therapy dog information session at the Norwich Public Library; 5:30 p.m.

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Thursday, Oct. 4

Free workshop on drawing mandalas at the D-H Aging Resource Center; 9:30 a.m.

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Friday, Oct. 5

Listen Thrift Store’s grand opening of their new Miracle Mile store in Lebanon (the former home the Bridgman’s Furniture Store).

First Friday festivities in White River Junction.

Astronomical observing in Hanover.

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Saturday, Oct. 6

Autumn moon festival in Windsor; 4 to 9 p.m.

Revolution’s Fall Fashion Extravaganza starts at 8 p.m. at the Briggs Opera House. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit Living Proof Mentors.

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Oct. 6-7

Vermont North by Hand hosts its 14th annual artisans co-op tour, where members will be displaying, selling and demonstrating a wide variety of handcrafted items — all made in Vermont. It’s 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and artist studios are located in Corinth, Bradford, Fairlee, Newbury ,West Newbury, Ely and North Thetford.

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Sunday, Oct. 7

The 16th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Cedar Circle in Thetford.

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Tuesday, Oct. 9

Two lectures at Dartmouth College: “Race, Psychiatry and African-American Religions” (4:30 p.m.) and “The 10-Year Anniversary of the Financial Crisis” (5 p.m.).

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Thursday, Oct. 11

Indigenous People’s Day potluck, movie showing and discussion at the Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction; 5:30 to 8 p.m.

OUT in the Valley Happy Hour, a queer mixer/happy hour at the Skinny Pancake in Hanover; 6 to 9 p.m.

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Friday, Oct. 12

Lea DeLaria — better known as Boo from Orange Is the New Black — performs at Dartmouth.

Fall Rail Trail walk in Lebanon; 10 a.m.

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Sunday, Oct. 14

CHaD Hero Day to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The 2018 Cider Festival at the Enfield Shaker Museum.


Check out Dartmouth animator Jodie Mack’s ‘kaleidoscopic vortex’ in Times Square through Sunday night

Jodie Mack is a filmmaker and associate professor of film, teaching animation at Dartmouth College. January 14, 2016. Mack makes animations on film using recycled materials. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Wowee zowee! Jodie Mack, who teaches in the department of film and media studies at Dartmouth College, has this big installation up in Times Square right now. If you’re going to be in New York City, you can watch it in-person at 11:57 each night through Sunday, Sept. 30. Check out the video below to get a sense of what it’s all about.


Postal Service to dedicate winter bird stamps at VINS on Saturday

#nerdalert ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As you might be able to figure out from this post about special pictorial stamps available at the Tunbridge World’s Fair this past weekend and all of our posts about owls, among other birds, I am into this announcement from the United States Postal Service: The organization is dedicating this year’s winter bird stamps at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee on Saturday!

What does that mean, you ask?

At 11 a.m. there will be a ceremony to introduce the stamps (folks must RSVP at usps.com/birdsinwinter to attend). The stamps feature the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) and the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). Some more background on the stamps themselves, via USPS:

The stamp art features four striking designs that highlight the handsome plumage of these resident birds. The vivid contrast with the bright flashes of color found in the digital rendering of each bird evokes the drab feeling of winter with the stark white backgrounds. A limited palette and simplified shapes give the art a bold, fresh look.


In the dead of winter, when trees have shed their leaves and snow has blanketed the ground, the lively sights and sounds of resident birds can be a welcome relief. For serious birders or casual nature lovers alike, spotting these beautiful creatures in backyards, parks, and forests is a treat during the year’s coldest months.


Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps with original artwork by Nadia Taylor.


The Birds in Winter stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in booklets of 20. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.


Happening Saturday: The Norwich Historical Society hosts its trunks & antiques show

Photo courtesy Norwich Historical Society.

The Norwich Historical Society is hosting 27 dealers from across New England, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 (with children under 12 free).

Plus, if you’re in more of a seller’s mood than a shopper’s, you can get up to three items informally appraised, for $5 per item, by Bill Smith, of William A. Smith Auctioneers and Appraisers of Plainfield. The historical society calls it “our own Norwich Antiques Roadshow.”

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Post Office offers a limited edition Tunbridge pictorial postmark at the world’s fair

Channa Howe, of Tunbridge, smoothes the clipped and banded mane of her quarterhorse Don’t Chip My Harley while preparing for a weekend of competition at the Tunbridge World’s Fair Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Howe and Harley will compete for their eighth year together at the fair in showmanship, western pleasure and western equitation. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Check out this announcement from the United States Postal Service:

Tunbridge celebrates Agricultural Fair with a Pictorial Postmark

A First Class Souvenir of the Celebration


What: The United States Postal Service in Tunbridge, Vermont, in conjunction with the Union Agricultural Society, will celebrate the Tunbridge World’s Fair with a keepsake picture postmark — also known as a pictorial cancellation in collectors’ circles — to be offered at the historic post office located on Antique Hill at the Fairgrounds


Where: Tunbridge World’s Fair

Antique Hill Post Office

Tunbridge VT 05077


When: September 13-16, 2018

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Background: Postmaster Brenda Roberts says the picture postmark is free. “We will apply the postmark on any envelope that has proper postage, making it a first class souvenir of the day.” “It’s a postmark that is more than circles and bars,” says Postmaster Roberts. “It is a picture that tells a story.” The postmark has the words “World’s Fair” arched over twin mountains and the words “Agricultural Fair Station” below. Additionally, the Union Agricultural Society creates an annual wooden postcard that they will be selling at the fair that would make a very special souvenir when combined with the pictorial postmark.


People may obtain the postmark in person at the fairgrounds. If you miss the fairground hours, but wish to obtain the postmark, you may submit a mail order request. Pictorial postmarks are available only with the dates indicated, and requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the requested pictorial postmark date.


Customers wishing to obtain a postmark should affix First-Class Mail postage to any envelope or postcard, address the envelope or postcard and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to Postmaster, followed by Tunbridge Post Office 292 VT Rte 110, Tunbridge VT 05077-9998

The fair runs from today through Sunday!


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Getting ready on Wednesday before the Tunbridge World’s Fair: 1️⃣ Piano tuner Nancy Taube, of #ChelseaVT, works on hammers that were sticking due to humidity in the entertainment tent at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds while her #bordercollie Billie waited for her to throw a ball. The #instrument resides for most of the year in an un-heated barn on the grounds and is taken out and maintained only at #fair time to be played for the Ed Larkin #ContraDancers and by some other performers. 2️⃣ Channa Howe, of #TunbridgeVT, smooths the clipped and banded mane of her #quarterhorse Don’t Chip My Harley while preparing for a weekend of #competition at the fair. Howe and Harley will compete for their eighth year together at the fair in showmanship, western pleasure and western equitation. 3️⃣ Jasper Lawrence, 4, of Tunbridge, keeps an eye on the tape as Chris Reed, of North #MontpelierVT, measures his #sunflower at 10 feet, 8 1/2 inches. Lawrence was at the #fairgrounds with his mother, Mariah, back, and siblings Willow, 1, left, Miles, 9, and Rowan, 7, to check in on the family’s entries for #judging. 🔸 The 147th fair runs today through Sunday. 🔸 (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #tunbridgefair #tunbridgeworldsfair #dog #pianotuner #tunbridge #worldsfair #horse #summer #september #802 #🌻

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