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GREATER VERMONT: The Story of People, Land, and Community

Panel discussion moderated by Maria Reade, Featuring the photography of Susan Weiss

September 22, 5:30-7

Panelists for this event are representatives from the Community Food Cupboard, Grateful Hearts, Burr and Burton Academy, Hildene, Someday Farm.


GREATER VERMONT is the visual story of people, land, and community in the southwestern part of the state and how they interact to better serve the residents. 


Vermont is a dairy and agricultural state, and the number of privately held farms is decreasing yearly due to an aging population, the growth of corporate farming, mechanization, and people leaving the state for better jobs, creating a shortage of farm workers.


In 1969 there were 4,017 privately owned farms. In 2020 that number decreased to 636. Farmers have had to adapt to these changes while the COVID pandemic has brought additional pressures on farms and residents in the community. Many people are now food insecure and rely on a system of farmers, benefactors, and volunteers to create a co-dependent circle of food production, harvest, and the supply of finished meals to sustain the farms and feed the community.

This is the story of that cycle.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the discussion. 


Art at The Watkins House - Susan Weiss: "Greater Vermont" on display through October 31

"Greater Vermont" is a photographic essay on life and living in post-pandemic Vermont. Using various photographic genres, including documentary, portraiture, and street photography, the images and stories chronicle how we live, what we are doing, and the unique character of Vermont. It is an anthropological and documentary study of people and communities throughout the state. The story of modern life is influenced by hundreds of years of the history of people living and working in this part of the country.

Gallery Hours are Saturdays, 10 - 3, and during all events









Speaking Event: "Growing the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards: A Celebration of The Student Conservation Association"

Sep 28, 2022 1-3 PM


The Bennington Garden Club has partnered with the SCA to host a special event to be held at the Arlington Common on Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00 pm and is free and open to the public. The Event will highlight the transformative power of teamwork for environmental conservation and will celebrate the 100,000 volunteers in the SCA's 65-year history. It will feature presentations by Kevin Hamilton, SCA's VP of Communications, and Donald Campbell, Regional Director for the Vermont Land Trust and an SCA alumnus.

SCA members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces in all 50 states. The SCA encourages volunteers from high school through graduate school level and beyond, and it fosters experiences that strengthen life skills that are crucial to prospering in school, work, and home. Volunteers combat climate change and make a positive difference in parks and green spaces throughout the United States. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the SCA and learn how you or a family member might benefit from a volunteer experience.



Sep 29, 2022 7pm to 9pm









For one week this fall over 100,000 film-lovers will gather in over 350 cinemas, universities, and museums spanning six continents for one purpose: to view and vote on the ten short films (18 minutes and under) that are finalists in the annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films and great artists to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. All films selected in MANHATTAN SHORT 2022 will be eligible to enter the Oscars in 2023.

You be the judge! Audiences from around the world are given the opportunity to unite not only to view the films but to vote for the ONE film they think is best. Votes are tallied at each venue and sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT headquarters in NYC where the winner will be announced on Monday, October 3, 2022. MANHATTAN SHORT is, quite simply, a collection of some of the best short films currently screening in the world today.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 seniors, $8 students.



Clubs for Adults

@The Watkins House

 Mah Jongg Open Play Club

Monday from 7-9 pm Free**

Watkins House, Doyle Gallery

Open play for experienced American Mah Jongg players (level from beginning-experienced and up). 

If you have a Mah Jongg set and/or mat, please be sure to bring it with you. Card tables and chairs provided. If you are a first-time player at The Common, please be sure to provide proof of vaccination. There is no charge to play in this group; however, donations to The Common are greatly appreciated. 

 Individuals who can lead a Mah Jongg Open Play during the daytime. If you are interested, please let us know.

If you want to learn how to play American Mah Jongg, free lessons with Lynn Kaplan will start in the spring.

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