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Out & About: Lebanon Food Truck Festival joins list of canceled events

  • Kymberly Byerly, of Wilder, second from left, steps away from Taco's Tacos after placing her order during the Lebanon (N.H.) Food Truck Festival last June at Colburn Park. This year's festival has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/29/2020 9:11:50 PM
Modified: 5/29/2020 9:11:42 PM

LEBANON — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department canceled many of its summer events this week, including the growing-in-popularity Food Truck Festival, which was scheduled to take place Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27.

“We were so excited,” said Krissy Flythe, program coordinator at the department. “We were going to have more trucks, more variety this year, too.”

This year would have been the third year for the festival. After continuing to consult social distancing guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the department realized they would be unable to hold the festival.

“There’s just no way around the numbers, anyway you look at it,” Flythe said. “Even with food trucks it’s so different than dining out at restaurants.”

There is still a possibility some of the food trucks scheduled to participate in the festival will come to Lebanon this summer.

“We’re seeing if there’s another way to make it, invite vendors to come up for a day, but we’ll see if it’s worth their while,” Flythe said. “We want to be outside and having fun recreating as well, but number one is safety. We want to make sure we’re not putting something out there, putting folks’ heath at risk.”

The department’s Front Porch Concert Series, Monday night concerts and Savvy Senior Trips have also been canceled.

For program updates, visit

Hartford cancelsfireworks, Glory Days

Hartford has canceled its annual Independence Day Celebration due to COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the 28th annual Glory Days Festival and Fall Harvest Craft Fair, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, has also been canceled.

Both events have been postponed to 2021 “due to the uncertainty of hosting large public gatherings within the Town of Hartford during the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a news release from the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department.

Plainfield cancelsFourth of July parade

Plainfield’s annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration has joined the growing list of Independence Day celebrations that have been canceled throughout the Upper Valley.

WRJ meditation space closes doors

After 16 years downtown, the White River Shambhala Center is closing its (physical) doors.

The decision comes months after the nonprofit, Buddhist meditation organization suspended in-person programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an extensive note posted to the center’s website, member Dia Ballou attributed the decision in part to rising rents as White River Junction continues to grow and transform.

“Over the past several years, we fought as true Shambhala warriors — that is, without aggression, with love and longing — to keep our space. White River Junction has been going through an economic boom, and our rent increased substantially,” Ballou wrote. “Our membership rallied again and again to keep us in ‘our space.’ We finally had to agree, with sadness and yet urgency, that we need to let the space go.”

Throughout the pandemic, the center has been offering Zoom meditation gatherings and those will continue.

“So many of us have recently learned to adapt to virtual meetings in our professional, family, and dharmic lives; perhaps WRSC’s membership can continue virtually, as well,” Balou wrote.

Apple Pie Crafts Faircanceled

The Library Arts Center’s annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 28, on the Newport Common, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so sad to have to forego this annual favorite community tradition, but as it draws over 5,000 to the Town Common for one big fun summer day, we can’t see how we can do it with regards to social distancing and public safety,” the Library Arts Center board and staff wrote in a statement on the nonprofit organization’s website.

Newport librarian retires after 37 years

After 37 years with the Richards Free Library, Vickie Carl will retire on Tuesday, June 9.

Carl started working at the Newport library in November 1982, Richards Free Library Andrea Thorpe wrote in a news release.

“She stamped books out with a date stamp attached to a pencil. She typed catalog cards on an electric typewriter and filed them in little wooden drawers,” Thorpe wrote. “Today, Vickie catalogs all the materials that appear on our library shelves. When someone wants a book that the library doesn’t own, Vickie tracks it down and borrows it for them.”

Carl also started a knitting group, assisted with two renovation projects, helped organize the Sarah Josepha Hale Award ceremonies and worked on the Apple Pie Crafts Fair.

“She will leave good friends and a hole in the library family that will be difficult to fill,” Thorpe wrote.

Fundraising runs go virtual

Two more fundraising runs are going remote. The BarnArts Center for the Arts has added the moniker “Safe Distance Edition” to its annual Race Around the Lake, a 5K and 10K run.

The “Safe Distance Edition” will take place from June 19-28, according to a news release from the organization.

People can run the race routes in Barnard during that time period and submit their results. Additionally, people can run a course of their choosing outside Barnard.

Adults can take part for $25 and children 12 and under for $10. All proceeds will go toward the nonprofit organization’s youth programming. For more information, visit

In other virtual race news, the Bradford’s Race to Top will take place throughout the entire month of June. The 1½-mile Fun Run and 3½ mile Challenging Run can be completed beginning at Devil’s Den Trailhead on Chase Hollow Road.

While signing up for the race is free, people are asked to make a donation while registering. Proceeds will be split between the Bradford Area Food Shelf and The Space on Main. For more information, visit

Harry Potter trivia

Calling all Harry Potter fans: Test your knowledge of Harry Potter with a live, virtual, trivia game night from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Join with friends, answer questions and win prizes. For more information, visit

Editor’s note: Please email Upper Valley community news items to Liz Sauchelli can be reached at

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