Tons of Things to Do for the Weekend Sept. 9th

Saturday, Sept. 9th

8 am - 5 pm Free Workshop to Learn How to Help Disaster Victims

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Take this free workshop at DHMC to learn how to help the American Red Cross during disaster relief.  This is a workshop for people interested in becoming American Red Cross volunteers or for those who are already volunteers.  Courses include shelter fundamentals, psychological first aid, mass casualty incident response basics and more. To learn more and register, click here.

9:30 am -12 pm and 2 - 4:30 pm Spiced Plum Preserve Cooking Class

Enjoy one of the amazing classes by Blake Hill Preserves in Windsor at Artisan Park!  They have two sessions to choose from.  I've taken one and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Well worth the $40.  You can read about what to expect here.  You'll leave with yummy jam to fill your tummy, and your head full of inspiration for cooking when you get home. To get information on how to register click here.

9:30 am - 8 pm Free Tastings at Infuse Me! in Lebanon

One word: Amazing!  If you haven't wandered over and tried it - you gotta!  They specialize in fresh olive oil and vinegars with creative flavors like maple, cherry, and walnut.  Stop by and try some samples.  I've already made my favorite salad dressing there: blood orange olive oil and black cherry vinegar.  I've also had the maple olive oil to flavor chicken and fish - yum.  I promise it'll be hard to leave empty handed.  To read more about the experience and see photos click here.

10 am - 4 pm Glory Days Festival (Sat. and Sun.)

Celebrate trains at this free fun festival in White River.  Enjoy food, music, kids games, and more.  I enjoyed learning the history of the trains and exploring inside one.  My favorite part was the train ride along the Connecticut River, cost $15 per person.  

10 am - 5:30 pm  Enjoy Art at a Local Gallery Fall Exhibit

There are many free local art exhibits starting this fall.  Take in the beautiful nature photography of Jon Olsen at Hanover Leagure of Craftsmen Gallery.  You can also enjoy a variety of art and crafts at the Women of Wonder Exhibit at 10 The Green in Woodstock.  Look at paintings by Fern Meyers and Martha Scot at the Aging Resource Center in Centerra Park; painting proceeds benefit the Hitchcock Foundation. Learn about the history of Plainfield farmers and their wonderful products at new exhibit at the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Plainfield.  Look at photos, read articles, and listen to interviews with local farmers. I think this one be one of my favorites to visit.  Learn about logging and logging life at Orford Historical Society and see how logging has evolved over 150 years.  The exhibit includes equipment, photographs, and film: truly and interesting step into local history. Another exhibit open from 8 am to 8 pm is LandARTLab outdoor sculpture exhibit.  They have 18 different scultpures displaying their works.  It's open from dawn to dusk and people are encouraged to visit and bring kids and a picnic.  Dogs must be leashed.

10 am - 3 pm Norwich Antique Show

Enjoy browsing and shopping at the Norwich Antique show.  Cost is $5. I've gone.  There are lots of beautiful and intriguing pieces to look at.

10:30 am - 3 pm Kid Stuff Family Fun Fest

This great local magazine is sponsoring a free family event at Whaleback with donations going to the Haven.  There will be a magician, story teller, ponies, family yoga, Vins raptors, dance and karate demos, and more.  To see schedule of events click here.

11 am - 4 pm Upper Valley Music Center New Location Grand Opening

Enjoy performances, mini lessons, food, and a contra dance at 3 pm at this free event.  

12 pm - 4 pm Upper Valley Electric Vehicle Expo

While you enjoy the Glory Days Festival, check out the Elecric Vehicle Expo.  Test drive an electric vehicle and learn what it's like to own one.  Sounds like fun to me! 

1 pm Butterfly Release to Honor Loved Ones in Lebanon

There will be a ceremony to honor those who have passed.  The ceremony will include a bagpiper, choir, singer, and reflections from Visiting Nurse and Hospice employees.  This is a free event, but you can reserve a butterfly as a memorial online.

4 pm - 5 pm Valley Quest Guided Walk

Join Lauren Griswold on a guided walk of Hurrican Forest, learning about the ecology and history of the forest as you walk.  This is a beautiful walk.  To see what it's like click here.

4 pm - 6:30 pm Northern Stage Open House

Free dance lessons and backstage tours at the open house.  Enjoy some BBQ too.  Purchase tickets for a performance following the open house by Richie Iacona and the Bad Little Big Band.  

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm CCBA's Tasteful Evening

Support the CCBA to enhance the gameroom/lobby area by enjoying music, food, and a cash bar.  Find out more on how to buy tickets here.

Sunday, Sept. 10th 

7 am - 9 am 5K Fun Run: Run Like You're on Fire Tour 

The 5K Fun Run is free and will be in Warner to raise awareness for two wonderful organizations that help veterans: Boot Campaign and Retrieving Freedom.  Boot Campaign sells military boots to civilians to promote conversation about supporting our military and Retrieving Freedom trains dogs to help veterans, children with autism, and people with diabetes.  Retired SSG Bobby Henline is touring the country participating in fun runs to help support these two organizations.  You can donate directly to Boot Campain, Retrieving Freedom, or Bobby Henline's page where he also supports veterans who are public speakers.   Bobby spent four tours in Iraq and was injured during his fourth tour.  During his recovery he found a gift for comedy and uses it to uplift others.  To read more about Bobby's adventures inspiring others on his tour, check out his Facebook page.  You can also read more about the event here.

10 am Tour de Taste Bike Ride: A Pedaling Picnic

Choose one of three ride lengths (6, 21, or 31 miles).  The tour has rides for families with young riders and more advanced routes.  Taste local food from local farms and restaurants at stops along the way.  To register and find out more, click here.

11 am -2:30 pm (gates open at 10:30) VT Mac and Cheese Fest at Artisan Park in Windsor.

The perfect way to spend the day: eating mac and cheese!  Sample from 20 local restaurants, inns, and other dining establishments and vote for your fav.  Make sure to get there early as it is a popular event (pay early and save money too). I've gone before and had a blast.  You can read more on their website. When you're done check out the other great places to shop around the park like The Path of Life Sculpture Garden (with a maze), Silo Distillery, Harpoon, the Cheeseboard, and Blake Bill Preserves.  Take a walk in Paradise Park or enjoy the flowers at Cider Hill Gardens.

12 pm - 4 pm Sacred Heart Apple Festival in Lebanon

Enjoy food, games, bouncy tent, apple goods, and more

2 pm Music in Woodstock and Lebanon

Enjoy chamber music at the North Universalist Chapel Society.  This free concert will feature music by Beethoven.  You can also enjoy piano performance at the First Congregational Church in Lebanon. Tickets $20.  Dartmouth is celebrating 25 years of piano music at the hospital at this special free concert.

3 pm Outdoor Concert in Hartland

Enjoy big band music.  Donations accepted.  Click here for more info.

4- 6 pm Ladies Night in the Orchard at King Blossom Farm in Grantham.

For $25, enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres under the apple trees.  Sounds relaxing.  You can learn more here.


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