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Community shares wine, art & gardens
POULTNEY-The Whaleback Vineyard, 202 Old Lake Rd., Poultney, hosts displays of mixed media and painting by art teacher Melissa Kristiansen and photography by Poultney High student Hayley Mead plus new featured artists through July 28. Wine tasting held Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thanks to all those who helped till the community garden at Poultney High and create and plant raised beds there. Special thanks to Alan-Glen Burnell, Justin Mackey, Sandy Waite Jones, and Sam Jones for their labor, plus Jacks in Green Greenhouse in Wells, Rivers Edge Greenhouse in Poultney, and Stafford Technical Center in Rutland for their plant donations. 
Fun at the lake
BOMOSEEN-Begin Saturday, July 7, with a bird walk at Lake Bomoseen, led by Sue Wetmore. The group meets at the beach pavilion at 8 a.m. You might see warblers, Thrushes, and vireos, maybe even a peregrine falcon.

There are lots of activities to keep your day busy near the lake before you come back for The Taste of Bomoseen and Lake Bomoseen Association Membership Gala. The gala begins with six area restaurants (Prospect House Pub and Grill, Trak Inn, Fishtails, Fair Haven Inn, The Iron Lantern, and Lake House Pub and Grill) serving their specialties at Prospect Point Golf Club. LBA members may tour Neshobe Island, hosted by Davene and Jerry Brown. Tickets are limited.

All ages gather at the library
CASTLETON-Thanks to Friends of the Castleton Free Library, who recently donated $300 toward new toys for the library's children's room and are working on park benches outside the building.

The library provides a number of activities that stimulate young minds. Developing readers have a choice of a Thursday evening Dream Big! and a Castleton Elementary Bingo Card program. The library is considering a kids' book discussion group too.
A restructured Wednesday morning playgroup targets children birth through age three, facilitated by Lynn Gould of the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Friday morning story hour are primarily designed to appeal to pre-schoolers but are also great social times for caregivers.

The whole family can check out free passes to Vermont attractions, including day use Vermont State Park and Historic Site passes. They can take on the Vermont Challenge, Junior Ranger or Vermont History Trek Adventure Quest. The ECHO pass provides a discount to Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington. Get more specifics from the library website at

Player of the year goes to Chadburn
CASTLETON-The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) recently announced Castleton State College student Courtney Chadburn is the winner of its inaugural Woman of the Year award for Soccer. She began her career as Rookie of the Year and was named Player of the Year for each succeeding year.

Lani's picks
Saturday, July 7 - Meet at the Nature Center on Lake St. Catherine for a plant ID and walk with 'the weedman' Steven Schlussel. Learn names and uses of local flora, tip on identify plants in the wild. Wear comfortable shoes and bring drinking water. 10:30 a.m. That evening, go back to Lake St. Catherine State Park for an evening of classic folk music by duo 12 Strings. 6 p.m. 287-9158 for free concert info.
Saturday, July 7 - Poultney Public Library annual book sale. 287-5556.
Sat.-Sun., July 7-8 - Commemorate the 235th anniversary of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont, at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site. Re-enactors demonstrate military tactics and drill of the time, guide camp and battlefield tour, teach colonial games, and demonstrate camp life. Shop on sutlers' row. Food stand open both days. Battle maneuvers Sunday morning. Call 273-2282 for details.
Tuesday, July 10 -- Starline Rhythm Boys perform rockin' billy and honky tonk at the Annual Summer Concert Series on the lawn of the Old Medical Chapel, 7 p.m. Call 273-2911 for specifics.
Thursday, July 12 -- Chad Hollister performs original and cover soft rock at the gazebo in Fair Haven's town park. 7 p.m.