A day at the museum?

BARRE — The folks at the Vermont Granite Museum are hosting a free family outdoor event, and the bonfire, the groomed trails and the skating rink are on them on Saturday.

So are the hot chocolate, apple cider and fixings for s’mores, but otherwise this one is BYOSSS (bring your own skates and snowshoes).

The rink is ready for those with skates, and if you prefer cross-country skiing or snowshoeing they’ve groomed a ¾-mile trail on the museum’s 12-acre riverside property.

But wait, there’s more!

There will be the previously mentioned bonfire for participants to keep warm and make s’mores. Snow carving and snow painting are both on tap and if you prefer to work indoors there will be stations to make Valentines in the museum’s Stone Arts School.

Saturday’s “Winterfest” will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to all who are interested.

Winterfest II

BARRE — It’s Winterfest weekend in Barre, because Saturday’s event at the Vermont Granite Museum will be followed up by one planned at the city-owned Cow Pasture on Sunday.

Scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. the Winterfest II will provide participants with an opportunity to go sledding on “Killer Hill,” ride fat bikes courtesy of the Vermont Bicycle Shop and sip hot chocolate thanks to the folks at Espresso Bueno.

The event will be held near the Maplewood Avenue entrance to the Cow Pasture (that’s where “Killer Hill” is). Parking is limited so if you can walk or bike to the event that would be appreciated.

All are welcome, and there is no charge.

Loaded for Barre

BARRE — If history is any indicator the Barre Municipal Auditorium should be packed both days this weekend thanks to the Barre Fish & Game Club.

Founded in 1919, the club has been hosting its annual gun show for longer than some members can remember (it’s 37 consecutive years by our count) and it always draws a crowd.

There’s no reason to expect that will change when the latest edition of the two-day gun show opens on Saturday.

Dozens of vendors — most of them regulars — will hold down more than 200 tables that will fill both floors of the auditorium.

If that formula sounds familiar it should because when it comes to the Central Vermont Gun Show not much has changed over the years.

The hours are the same as last year — the show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, and so is the price of admission: $8 for adults and $1 for children. As always, parking is free and there is plenty of it.

Family affair

MONTPELIER — Folks interested in attending this year’s Parent-Child Valentine’s Day Dance should think about buying their tickets early.

Set for Tuesday (that’s Feb. 12 if you don’t have a calendar handy) at the Capitol Plaza Hotel the two-hour dance will get underway at 6:30 p.m.

There is a cost, though those who buy tickets between now and Monday are eligible for the early-bird discount.

The discounted tickets ($20 per couple and $5 for each additional guest) are available at the Community Services Department office at 58 Barre St. Tickets purchased at the door on Tuesday will cost $25 per couple and $7 per guest.

Back to school

MONTPELIER — The first workshop is still a month away, but a partnership between tech-savvy students at Montpelier High School and the never-too-old-to-learn members of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center should make for some interesting sessions.

They’re calling it “Free Tech and Tea: Technology Workshops for Older Adults.” Students will be the teachers during four scheduled sessions and the seniors (citizens that is) will be headed back to school.

The Wednesday workshops will be held in Room 203 at the high school and will be led by students in Whitney Machnik’s math and computer science class.

Seniors will learn about important topics presented by students and receive individualized help to practice on their own devices, or one provided by the school.

All of the hour-long workshops are set to start at 10:15 p.m. and the first — “How the Internet Works” — will be held March 6.

The March 20 workshop — “Smartphones and Syncing Them” — will be followed by two more in April.

On April 3, Machnik’s students will give seniors a crash course in “Internet Safety,” and on April 24, they will introduce them to the world of “Online Shopping and Online Transactions.”

Pre-registration (for the seniors not the students) is required by signing up and the senior center office.

Supper time

PLAINFIELD — The next community supper in Plainfield will be hosted by the Plainfield Food Co-op on Feb. 26.

The dinner will take place at 6 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield’s lower village.

Donations from this month’s supper will go to the Twin Valley Senior Center, and the music will be provided by Barry King.

The supper theme is “locally-grown foods.”

Plainfield’s community suppers are free to the public and are accessible.

Donations will be solicited for those who would like to contribute to the meal costs and the senior center.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own potluck desserts, but that is by no means necessary. The evening meal always includes a wheat-free and vegetarian alternative.

Those looking to host a meal, volunteer for the supper support group or have further questions should contact Michael Billingsley at michaelbix@gmail.com or Helen Rabin at rabinhelen@gmail.com.



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