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Spring is Coming to Newport, Vermont

It won’t be long before snowbanks, ice fishing and skiing are a distant memory. It’s been a fantastic season for winter activities in the Northeast Kingdom but the snowmobile trails will soon transform into carpets of green with dandelions stretching into the horizon. If you’re a winter sports and activities enthusiast, take advantage while it lasts.

Below is a video of the Newport area for those who can’t wait for warmer temperatures and green foliage. NEK-TV also has a channel on YouTube for those who want to know more about the area or keep with local politics, etc. Scott Wheeler of the Vermont Northland Journal also has a wealth of Newport area videos and interviews of interest.

Tues­day, Apr. 2

Me­dieval ar­mored fight­ing, com­bat archery and fenc­ing prac­tice. Every Tues­day evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. there will be the Shire of Pan­ther Vale’s me­dieval ar­mored fight­ing, com­bat archery, and fenc­ing prac­tices at Miller’s Run School in Sheffield. No ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary and all skill lev­els wel­come. Loaner equip­ment is avail­able. Spec­ta­tors are wel­come. Free to at­tend. Ar­mored fight­ing be­gins at 5:30 p.m. and fenc­ing at 6:30 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion e-mail chate­laine@pan­ther­vale.east­k­ing­dom.org or find them on Face­book, the Shire of Pan­ther Vale.

Arthri­tis foun­da­tion aqua ex­er­cise pro­gram. The arthris­tis foun­da­tion aqua ex­er­cise pro­gram will be­gin on Tues­day, April 2, at the New­port City Inn and Suites in New­port from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and will con­tinue every Tues­day and Thurs­day. There is a $5 fee. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter call Patty Beck­with at 334-4816.

Wednes­day, Apr. 3

Free le­gal ad­vice clinic for el­ders. There will be a free le­gal ad­vice clinic for el­ders at the Or­leans County Restora­tive Jus­tice Cen­ter in New­port on Wednes­day, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ad­vice on Medicare or Med­ic­aid, bank­ruptcy, dis­abil­ity, wills and guardian­ship, abuse is­sues, or any is­sue in­volv­ing some­one aged 65 or older. An ap­point­ment is re­quired. Call 487-9327 to set up an ap­point­ment.

Po­etry and song at Goodrich Li­brary. On Wednes­day, April 3 at 7 p.m. the Goodrich li­brary in New­port pre­sents “po­etry and song” for their First Wednes­day se­ries. The Thet­ford Cham­ber Singers will per­form. The event is free and open to the pub­lic. For more in­for­ma­tion call the li­brary at 334-7902.

This event is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series of free public lectures. Please click here for more information.

Sat­ur­day, Apr. 6

Grow your own work­shop in Hard­wick. On Sat­ur­day, April 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cen­ter for Agri­cul­tural Econ­omy in Hard­wick there will be a work­shop on seed start­ing and soil prepa­ra­tion. Par­tic­i­pants will go home with some seeds they have started. The work­shop is free and must reg­is­ter by call­ing 472-5940 by April 3. Snacks will be pro­vided. Child­care and trans­porta­tion can be arranged if re­quested in ad­vance. For more in­for­ma­tion e-mail bethany@hard­wick­a­gri­cul­ture.org.

MAC cen­ter for the arts junque and trunk sale. The MAC Cen­ter for the Arts on Main Street in New­port will host a unique event on Sat­ur­day, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The junque and trunk sale is a fes­ti­val of junque items for 99 cents and trunk — larger items priced to sell. All pro­ceeds go to mak­ing the venue ADA com­pli­ant. For more in­for­ma­tion visit their web­site www.mac­cen­ter­fort­hearts.com or call 334-1966.

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen to per­form at the Mu­sic Box. Folk mu­sic leg­ends Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen will per­form at the Mu­sic Box in Crafts­bury on Sat­ur­day, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 586-7533.

An­nual spring fling ven­dor fair in Al­bany. The Al­bany PTC will host its third an­nual spring fling ven­dor fair on Sat­ur­day, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Al­bany Com­mu­nity School. There will be lunch and a bake sale as well. For more in­for­ma­tion call Joanna at 755-9996 or e-mail al­banyptc@gmail.com.

Sun­day, Apr. 7

Bowl­ing tour­na­ment fund-raiser. New­port Recre­ation is hold­ing a bowl­ing tour­na­ment fund-raiser to raise funds for the play­ground and splash pad on Sun­day, April 7, at noon or 3 p.m. at Mis­sisquoi Val­ley Lanes in Low­ell. There must be five to a team and cost is $20 per per­son. To reg­is­ter call Kevin at 744-6630, please leave a mes­sage if there is no an­swer. There will also be a bake sale and food to pur­chase.

Friday, Apr. 19

Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt. Guided by flashlight, over 1,000 glowing and non-glowing eggs are hidden around Prouty Beach park. From the upper pines to the waterfront, the Glow Hunt covers almost an acre of darkness.

Apr 20, 2019

Annual Egg Hunt. Grab your basket and hop over to Prouty Beach for a springtime party to beat the mud-season melt down! Visit with the Easter Bunny, make festive crafts, play games and win EGGscellent prizes.

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