Activities for Aug. 20, 2020

Get Sewing. The Sewing Lab at The Makery has reopened to the public and the first two sessions have already filled up. Faith and Wendy will be in the lab on Thursdays evenings, Sept. 3 and 10, so register to go in and and use the machines, tools and tables for your projects. Get your questions answered and learn new skills to become a better sewer. Faith has her favorite face mask patterns ready to share with anyone who is interested or learn how to add a metal nose piece to your masks.
Due to COVID-19, pre-registration is required. Simple instructions for arriving and working safely at The Makery are included in your confirmation email. Limit of 4 participants per night to socially distance with Wendy and Faith. Select what fee option works best for you, free or $5. Choices are confidential. For Sept. 3 go to For Sept. 10 go to
Bundle in the Park. Thursdays between 10 a.m. and noon in Riverfront Park in Middlebury’s Marble Works near the big yellow chair, Bundle will offer A safe, socially-distanced, outside Pop-Up of creative game play, inspirational sketchbook/journal prompts and hilarious surprises that change each week. Appropriate for All Ages and totally free. No pre-registration necessary. If you’re curious, take a walk over on Thursdays. Bundle will also host a “Pop-Up Artist Market” on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in Riverfront Park that will be outside in the fresh air and meet all Vermont safety guidelines. You can keep up to date on Bundle’s future activities at its Facebook page.
Magic lessons for kids. Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol is offering online sessions with Tom Verner of Magicians Without Borders through the end of August. Kids will practice magic tricks with Verner (who you might know from his many performances at Middlebury’s Festival on the Green) and prepare for a magic “performance” at the end of the summer.
Each kid who signs up gets a packet of magic materials.
The program is geared toward aspiring magicians ages 9 and up, but younger kids could also participate by teaming up with older siblings, babysitters, grandparents, a librarian or anyone who needs a little magic this summer.
Sign up online at, or call the library at 802-453-2366.
Making tough decisions. The Residence at Otter Creek is offering a Zoom presentation on “What Matters Most: Making Medical Decisions for Others,” on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 1-2 p.m. In this virtual presentation, Cindy Bruzzese, Executive Director and Clinical Ethicist with the Vermont Ethics Network, will focus on the importance of advance care planning, having conversations with family and friends about what matters most and how to be an effective medical decision-maker for someone else. Register to receive ZOOM link by contacting Suzanne Bennet at [email protected] or 802-377-3393.
Celebrate plein air art. Middlebury’s Edgewater galleries  will host a celebration of plein air on Friday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 22,  from 4-6 p.m., at Edgewater Gallery at the Falls on Mill Street. Enjoy art in an outdoor setting. A cocktail reception and “Wet Paint” sale will be part of the festivities. More info at
Make some WMA art. Help celebrate 100 years of Wildlife Management Area (WMA) conservation with an art contest commemorating Vermont’s legacy of wildlife-based recreation and healthy lands and waters. Create a work of art about one or all of Vermont’s Wildlife Management Areas. The Competition will be held in five age groups from August through Oct 9. Entries may include media such as paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, poetry, audio, video, or anything else that can be shared digitally. Prizes will include $300 for the first, second and third place winners provided by the Vermont Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs, with additional monetary prizes from other sporting organizations, a Vermont WMA guide, Wetland-Woodland-Wildland book, Green Mountain Conservation Camp discounts, and lunch with a scientist. Winners will be announced on Nov. 13.
Anyone who would like to enter can learn more about WMA Art Contest rules and Vermont’s WMAs by going to Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website,
Learn about Abenaki culture and history. The Vermont Humanities Councill wil host a digital presentation on “Democracy, Social Change, and Representation in N’dakinna (Our Homeland)” on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. Deviating from the common format of solo keynote presentations, this lively discussion will include contributions from several Abenaki voices. Beginning with a greeting and historic overview of democracy in N’dakinna (Abenaki for Homeland), the panel will consider the threads of place, home, belonging, and representation in a time of great social change.
Led by: Vera Longtoe Sheehan, Director of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association
The event is free and will be held on the Digital Programs portion of the Vermont Humanities Council website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. The talk is part of our Fall Conference 2020.
Join a digital Democracy Knitting Circle. On Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m., join the digital Democracy knitting circle hosted by the Vermont Humanities Council. Knit Democracy Together is a modern take on historical knitting circles like those that supported the abolitionist and suffragist movements. Knit or crochet pieces of a state capitol sculpture while discussing contemporary political issues via Zoom. Individual pieces will be assembled into a finished whole by artist Eve Jacobs-Carnahan.
At a time when people are losing confidence in government, this project creates a positive model of democracy. Discuss innovative ways to finance election campaigns, hear how cities and states are reducing candidate reliance on private campaign money, and learn how these measures re-connect elected officials with their constituents and make government more accountable.
Use your own yarn or request a kit from Vermont Humanities. Instructions for knitters and non-knitters at
This free event will be held on the Digital Programs portion of the Vermont Humanities Council website, Facebook page and our YouTube channel. The talk is part of our Fall Conference 2020.
Support croup for the divorced and separated. Surviving Divorce is a support program based on the teachings of the Catholic Church that will help bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. It is open to the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later.
Led by those who have walked this path, it features video presentations and group discussion that will answer questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing. This 12-week support group will begin on Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 3, through Nov. 19 via ZOOM. Call 877-6585 or email [email protected] for information and registration.

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