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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.