Lakes Region events, Sept. 23-29

2nd annual FHC Fall Festival seeks sponsors

Fair Haven Concerned has been recognizing and assisting its neighbors in need in the Slate Valley region for 40 years.

It maintains a food shelf and thrift store, provides fuel assistance and connects clients with local and government agencies for assistance.

The organization invites area businesses and individuals to support their neighbors in need by becoming a sponsor of its second annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 28, with cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. at Lake Bomoseen Lodge in Bomoseen, Vermont.

Spend a beautiful fall evening overlooking Lake Bomoseen while enjoying dinner, drinks, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Halloween costumes are optional, and an award will be given for the best costume.

Tickets for the event are available now for $50 each. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 14, in person at Fair Haven Concerned, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or mail payment to 49 Main St., Fair Haven, VT 05743.

Donations also will be gratefully received.

‘Dog Sees God’ at Castleton U. Sept. 22-25

Castleton University will present “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” an off-Broadway play that serves as an unofficial continuation of the lives of the Peanuts comic strip characters on Thursday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.

After CB’s dog dies from rabies, he begins to question whether an afterlife exists. His best friend offers no helpful perspective, his sister has entered a Goth phase, his ex-girlfriend has been institutionalized and his few remaining friends are too inebriated to care.

After a run-in with the target of his friend group’s bullying, a friendship sparks between the two that tests the limits of teen angst. Substance use, disordered eating, suicide, teen violence and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that is in turn heart-aching and hopeful.

This production contains strong language, homophobic slurs, staged violence, sexual situations and suicide.

Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the Casella Box Office Monday through Friday at 802-468-1119 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Electric ‘drive-in’ in Manchester Sept. 24

The Manchester Energy Committee, along with Earth Matters/350VT, is hosting an electric “drive-in” at the Dana Thompson Memorial Park off Route 30 in Manchester, Vermont, on Saturday morning, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This will be an opportunity to see a variety of electric cars, bikes, lawn mowers, leaf blowers and more and to talk with the owners about their experiences driving/using them.

The event is free, and will be held in the parking lot across from the swimming pool and Park House at the recreation center.

For more information, or to display your own EV, call Carl Bucholt at 802-362-4619 to reserve a spot.

Kittay library open house & more Saturday

The R.K. Kittay Library in Rupert will host an open house, mini book sale and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Live music will be provided by On Tone Music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library is located at 2827 Vermont Route 153 in Rupert.

Two new exhibits at Stone Valley Arts

‘Gabriel’s Messenger,’ by Martin Van Buren III, part of SVA’s new exhibit ‘The Story’

Stone Valley Arts will present two new exhibitions, “The Story” and “New Data/New Dada,” two distinct “open call” exhibitions through Sunday, Nov. 20.

The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. Gallery open hours are Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., during all on-site performances and events and by appointment.

“The Story” is a compelling exhibition of contemporary photography. Artists were invited to submit photographs that tell a story or visual narrative that at a basic level evokes an emotional or visceral response from the viewer.

Both digital and analog photographs were accepted to this juried exhibition.

“The Story” is a collection of photographs that bring the artists’ unique insights to personal and collective stories, real places and events and fantastical realms. This exhibition features 25 photographs submitted by artists from Vermont, New York, California and Texas.

“New Data/New Dada” is an exhibition of collage and 3D assemblage. Artists were invited to submit collage-based work that explores, echoes, translates or reinvents Dada.

‘Neural Prunin’’ by David Redfield, part of SVA’s new exhibit ‘New Data/New Dada’

The Dada movement was a strain of avant-garde art characterized by its use of unorthodox materials, use of popular imagery and collaborative juxtapositions and driven by its anti-establishment ethic.

“New Data/New Dada” presents a range of visual perspectives on the “here and now.”

The juried exhibition features 40 works of art submitted by artists from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vancouver B.C., California, Arizona, New Mexico, Alabama, Brooklyn, New York City and New Orleans.

For more information, visit

Stone Valley Arts is located at 145 E. Main St., Poultney, Vermont.

Poultney Historical Society meeting Sept. 25

Author Matthew Rozell

The Poultney Historical Society will hold its annual meeting in the East Poultney Schoolhouse at 1499 E. Main St. in Poultney on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. to celebrate an afternoon of history.

The event will feature “The Things Our Fathers Saw” by local educator and historian Matthew Rozell. The program is free and open to the public.

Rozell will discuss his work in engaging his high school students with history and the people who lived it, which is culminating in a 12-volume oral history series “The Things Our Fathers Saw” and “A Train Near Magdeburg: A Teacher’s Journey into the Holocaust,” recently featured on C-SPAN’s Book TV. “A Train Near Magdeburg” is also currently in production for a major documentary film. A book signing will follow; autographed books will be specially discounted for this event.

In his latest book, “On To Tokyo,” Rozell returns to the Pacific with U.S. veterans as they recall the chaos of the aftermath at Pearl Harbor; the first challenges on land at Guadalcanal; and island-hopping with the Marines, Navy, and Army at the Marshalls, Marianas, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.

Rozell is an award-winning history teacher, author, speaker, and blogger on World War II and the Holocaust. He taught at Hudson Falls High School in New York for 30 years. He and his class helped to reunite more than 275 Holocaust survivors with their American soldier-liberators, a story that was featured in an ABC World News Person of the Week segment. Rozell’s teaching has also been featured by the CBS Evening News and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Poultney Historical Society’s annual business meeting will be held prior to the lecture at 1 p.m. Please help support the Society’s work by becoming a member. For more information, visit

Jazz night at SVA Sept. 27

Saxophonist David Pate

Saxophonist David Pate has been the go to sax player in the Tampa Bay/Clearwater area of Florida for decades. He has performed with Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Nat Adderley, The Florida Orchestra and the Sam Rivers Band just to name a few.

The eclectic musician with a broad background in many musical styles and genres will be performing Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. as part of the SVA Jazz Collective.

For this evening of jazz he will be joining SVA’s Jazz Collective featuring Gary Schmidt on piano, Ron White on bass and Dan Notto on guitar.

Tickets are $10. For more information, visit

For more information about David Pate go to

Stone Valley Arts is located at 145 E. Main St. Poultney, Vermont.

Delaney Woods bird walk in Wells Sept. 27

Golden-crowned kinglet

The Rutland County Audubon Society and Slate Valley Trails will host a bird walk in Delaney Woods on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Delaney Cross Road off of North Street in Wells, across from Lakeside Park and look for the parking area on the right.

Birders of all levels of experience are welcome on this 3.4-mile walk on easy to moderate terrain. Bring water and a snack, binoculars, cameras and field guides if you have them. The walk will take place at a slow pace with opportunities for observing and photographing.

For more information, contact Joel Tilley at [email protected] (preferred method), or 802-598-2583, evenings 7 to 8 p.m.

Manhattan Short Film Festival 2022 local showings Sept. 29 and Oct. 1

Film lovers in Southern Vermont will join more than 100,000 film enthusiasts around the world during the week of Sept. 22 to Oct. 2 when the 25th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at two area locations: The Arlington Common at 3938 Vermont Route 7a in Arlington on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. and at Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts at 143 Seminary Ave. in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students, and may be purchased at

You be the judge: Which of the final ten short films is the best? That’s up to a worldwide audience to decide.

Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the best film and actor.

The festival is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Votes will be sent through to Manhattan Short headquarters with the winner announced at on Monday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 802-867-0111 or visit