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Out & About: Warner’s Regiment pays visit to Fort at No. 4

  • A cobbler from Warner's Regiment shows the skills from his trade to visitors at the Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown. The regiment will be visiting the open air museum this weekend. (Photograph courtesy of Fort at No. 4) Photograph courtesy of Fort at No. 4

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/26/2020 9:45:53 PM
Modified: 8/26/2020 9:45:48 PM

CHARLESTOWN — Historical re-enactors will descend on the Fort at No. 4 this weekend for a living history exhibition.

Around 20 members of Warner’s Regiment will demonstrate what life was like in the 1700s from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the open air museum located at 267 Springfield Road in Charlestown. Admission ranges from $8-$12 and children 5 and younger get in free.

“While there will be military activity such as drills and demonstrations, we also have a focus on living, on trades and how people survived at the edge of the woods,” said Wendy Baker, director of the Fort at No. 4. “It’ll be live and full of activity. We’re staging a lot of this out of doors so people don’t have to feel cooped up inside a building.”

Demonstrations will likely include cooking and weaving. There’s also a possibility a cobbler, tinsmith and gunsmith will be present. Visitors are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“It’s interesting trying to create a mask that’s compatible with your 18th-century gear,” Baker said with a laugh. “Cat masks won’t do.”

When it was formed in 1776, Warner’s Regiment played a role in the Revolutionary War and its members were primarily drawn from communities in the Green Mountains.

“They would be living primarily between Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River,” Baker said. “They were significant at the Battle of Bennington, at the Battle of Hubbardton.”

The weekend of events would be a good fit for people of all ages, including young children.

“Warner’s group is very much education-oriented,” Baker said. “They all talk about whatever they’re doing, what the gear is, how it’s handled. Even though they’re having fun we always sneak a little of that information in for the visitors.”

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Here’s a look at other events taking place in the Upper Valley in the next few days.

Thursday

■Use Kilton Public Library laptops and print documents from 2-4 p.m. during an Outdoor Tech Lab at the Kilton Green Space, behind the library at 80 Main St., in West Lebanon. Librarians will be on hand to answer questions. leblibrary.com/node/4535.

■AVA Gallery and Art Center will host an online cultural exchange with 14 immigrant students from ELLIS Prep in Bronx, N.Y., from 7-8:30 p.m. Students will discuss their culture and experiences via Zoom. avagallery.org/upcoming-exhibitions for Zoom link and more information

Friday

■Head over to the Star Mountain Ampitheater in Sharon to watch “Surface Tension,” a dance production choreographed by Lucia Gagliardone from 3:30-4:30 or 6-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, with a sliding scale of up to $75 and must be purchased in advance at tinyurl.com/surfacetix. A quarter of the proceeds will go to the SUSU Healing Collective in Brattleboro for its BIPOC Land Sovereignty Project. For more information, email lwgagliardone@gmail.com.

■ArtisTree Community Arts Center is hosting an in-person opening reception for a new exhibition of paintings by Margaret Dwyer titled “Into the Woods. Into the Deep (from the park through the pandemic)” at 5:30 p.m. at 2095 Pomfret Road in South Pomfret. RSVP to exhibits@artistreevt.org. Masks required. Exhibit will be up through Saturday, Sept. 26. artistreevt.org.

■The show “Magic by George” will take place at 6:30 p.m. during a virtual program co-sponsored by the Enfield Public Library and Canaan Town Library. Email circulationdesk@canaanlibrary.org for link.

■Folk and jazz artist Samantha Moffatt will perform from 7-7:30 p.m. as part of Fairlee Community Arts COVID Concert Series. Info at fairleearts.org.

■Chandler Live&Out! summer series is back with The Grift performing at 7:30 p.m. at Farr’s Hill, 24 Elm St. in Randolph. Attendees should bring blankets and chairs. The concert can also be livestreamed. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at chandler-arts.org.

■Grab a blanket or chair and head over to East Corinth’s Blake Memorial Library (676 Village Road) for an outdoor screening of The Lorax at 7:30 p.m. Visit Facebook “The Blake Memorial Library” for more information.

Saturday

■The American Precision Museum (196 Main St, Windsor) will celebrate tools and other items made in Windsor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during its Windsor Day celebration. Admission is $8-$20. Visit Facebook “American Precision Museum” for more information.

■Ben Pauly, creator of the Sunflower House at Billings Farm & Museum (69 Old River Road, Woodstock) and master gardener at the Woodstock Inn & Resort, will give talks about his creation at noon and 2 p.m. $4-$16, 2 and under free. billingsfarm.org.

■Head over to the Star Mountain Ampitheater in Sharon to watch “Surface Tension,” a dance production choreographed by Lucia Gagliardone from 3:30-4:30 or 6-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, with a sliding scale up to $75 and must be purchased in advance at tinyurl.com/surfacetix. A quarter of the proceeds will go to the SUSU Healing Collective in Brattleboro for its BIPOC Land Sovereignty Project. For more information, email lwgagliardone@gmail.com.

■Get dinner from the Plainfield Fire Department during a drive thru chicken barbecue. For $11, you’ll get half a chicken, potato salad, roll, roasted corn, and a drink. Pick up is at 1260 Route 12A. Call 603-675-6298 for more information.

Sunday

■Celebrate public access to the Connecticut River during “Trails + Trucks at River Park” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 173 N. Main St., West Lebanon. Grab a bite to eat from a food truck before exploring the trails in the park. Masks required. friendsofriverpark.org.

■Beekeeper Troy Hall will discuss raising bees at noon and 2 p.m. at Billings Farm & Museum (69 Old River Road, Woodstock). $4-$16, 2 and under free. billingsfarm.org.

■Hike Sunday Mountain (Dame Hill Road, Orford) between now and Aug. 30 to get a voucher for ice cream from Gladstone Creamery in Fairlee. The event is sponsored by the Cross Rivendell Trail Association, which in non-pandemic summers, holds an annual hike to the top of the Orford mountain for ice cream. Visit rivendelltrail.squarespace.com for more information.

■Karen Eddings will lead a “Healthy Aging Drum and Rhythm Circle” from 3-4:30 p.m. at Altus Healing Center, 292 Route 110 in Chelsea. Percussion instruments provided. Masks required. $10 requested donation benefits SafeArt. Register at info@safeart.org.

Farmers markets

■Woodstock: Wednesday, 3-6 p.m., Woodstock Green, Route 4. Masks encouraged. woodstockvt.com.

■Lebanon: 3-7 p.m., Thursdays, Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St. Masks required. lebanonfarmersmarket.org.

■Royalton: 3-6 p.m., Thursdays, Town Green, South Windsor Street, South Royalton. Facebook: “Royalton Farmers Market.”

■Chelsea: 3-6 p.m., Fridays, North Common, Route 110 and Route 113. Masks encouraged. chelseafarmersmarket.org.

■Hartland: 4-7 p.m., Fridays, Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5. Order online Monday-Wednesday and pick up Friday. Masks required. hartlandfarmersmarket.com.

■Newport: 3-6 p.m., Fridays, Town Common, North Main Street. Masks encouraged. Facebook: “Newport Farmers Market.”

■Norwich: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, 281 Route 5. Masks encouraged. norwichfarmersmarket.org.

■Randolph: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, 44 S. Main St. Masks required. randfarmmarket@yahoo.com.

■Canaan: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays, Town Common, Route 4/Route 118. Masks encouraged. Facebook: “Canaan Farmers and Artisans’ Market.”

Editor’s note: Submit Upper Valley-based events to the Valley News at calendar.vnews.com. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com.




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