Brunch Sunday

Broad Brook Grange will present its 20th annual Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 19, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event support maintenance of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelettes, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.

The Grange hall serves as a community center for Guilford, hosting meetings, General Election polling, The Guilford Food Pantry every Thursday, Green-Up Day, and the new theater project, Guilford Center Stage.  The organization also provides an annual scholarship to a college-bound Guilford student — to be given at BUHS Senior Awards Night this week — and a dictionary to every 3rd grader at Guilford Central School.

No reservations are necessary for the meal, which is priced at $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, and $5 for ages 2-12. Kids under two are free.

This event is the last of two brunches for 2016. Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store.  For more information, call (802) 257-1961.

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Advance Tickets Now On Sale for Guilford Plays

 

Advance Tickets Available for Guilford Plays

General Admission tickets are now available for the Guilford Center Stage premiere of two one-act plays by Guilford author Michael Nethercott.  Nocturne Titanica is a unique take on the sinking of the Titanic. The Lace Jury is based on the first American all-women jury of the 20th century.  Interestingly, the historic events on which the plays are based happened within 6 months of each other in 1911 and 1912.

There will be three performances: Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4 at 7:30 pm, and a matinee on Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm.

Last fall’s inaugural production at Guilford Center Stage played to full houses, so, advance ticket purchase is recommended.  General Admission is $10, with a small service fee for Brown Paper Tickets, through which advance tickets are being sold.  This is also the only way to use a credit card to purchase tickets.  Order online at http://bpt.me/2533572, or call toll-free 1-800-838-3006.   As available, remaining tickets will be on sale at the door.

A cast of 20 area actors will present this fully-staged production, directed by the playwright.

Broad Brook Grange created Guilford Center Stage to bring theater to the stage in its historic building, emphasizing plays with local connections.

Please note that the theater is up a flight of stairs. Not recommended for small children.

Brunch This Sunday

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Broad Brook Grange, drawing by Nancy Detra

Broad Brook Grange will present its 20th annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event support maintenance of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelettes, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices  will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.

The Grange hall serves as a community center for Guilford, hosting meetings, General Election polling, The Guilford Food Pantry every Thursday, Green-Up Day — the day before the brunch — and the new theater project, Guilford Center Stage.  The organization also provides an annual scholarship to a college-bound Guilford student, and a dictionary to every 3rd grader at the local school.

No reservations are necessary for the meal, which is priced at $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, and $5 for ages 2-12. Kids under two are free.

This event is the first of two brunches for 2016, and will be followed by a similar event on Father’s Day. Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store.  For more information, call (802) 257-1961.

Theater & Library Camp in Guilford Center

Guilford Free Library and Guilford Center Stage are collaborating on Stage & Stream, a new, weeklong theater and library camp this August 15-19.  The session will be open to 5th-8th graders, and will be FREE to Guilford kids.  Those from other towns may attend for a fee of $50 for the week.

The camp day will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at a pair of adjacent 1890’s venues in the village of Guilford Center.

Mornings will take place at Guilford Center Stage in the Broad Brook Grange, with theater workshops, games, improv, and sketches.  Morning snacks will be provided.

Campers and teachers then take the 2 minute walk to the Library for brown-bag lunch and an afternoon of literature, writing, journaling, and outdoor time in the woods, stream, the new play-space and Weeks Trail.  Healthy snacks will be provided throughout the session.

The instructors will be New England Youth Theatre “alumni,” home from college for the summer, who will have taught similar classes at NEYT. (This program is not affiliated with NEYT.) Library staff and parent volunteers will also be part of the team.  On one or more afternoons, guest practitioners will join the group for indoor and outdoor activities.

Guilford Center Stage is a new theater project at the Grange, which had its first production — of the Vermont comedy Tourists Accommodated — last fall, and is now preparing for the premiere of one-act plays by Guilford’s Michael Nethercott in June, and a fall production by Guilford-born Charles Henry (1850-1918.)

The Town’s library is regularly open several days a week, and will be staffed on camp days. Guilford Free Library has a history of providing activities for the children of Guilford, including storytime and other workshops for older children and programs for adults.  For a number of summers it has provided two morning-session Library Camps — the summer reading program — free to Guilford children.  These camps, for younger children,  will continue this July.

Transportation will be arranged for any camper who requires it in order to attend.

For further information contact Cathi Wilken, Librarian of Guilford Free Library, 257-4603  wilken@sover.net.

Sugar on Snow Supper Saturday at Grange

Broad Brook Grange’s annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held Saturday, March 7, at the Grange hall in Guilford Center. Always the first sugar supper of the season in Windham County, the meal features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, pickles, homemade donuts, and Guilford maple sugar on Guilford snow.

There will be three seatings: at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled.

This longtime annual fundraiser helps support the many activities of the Grange, which serves as a town community resource, hosting pre-town meeting, Green Up Day, Independence activities, the Food Pantry, and a community Thanksgiving dinner, and provides Christmas stockings for seniors, free dictionaries for every Guilford 3rd grader, and a college scholarship.  In addition, the building is used for private rentals, town and community meetings, and is the polling place for General Elections.

Tickets for the supper are: $12 for adults; $5 for children ages 5-12, and $2 for kids age 4 and under.  Reservations for a particular seating are recommended, as the supper usually sells out in advance.  A waiting list will also be kept, and those with reservations who cannot make it are asked to phone their cancellation.  There are usually a few unreserved seats left for the 7 pm seating, for those who show up without a reservation.  Reservations made be made by calling Thayer at 802/257-5359.

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Guilford Pre-Town Meeting Thursday

Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 26, 7:00 pm at the Grange hall.

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at the Town and School District Meetings, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard and school board all in one evening, in advance of Town Meeting.

In addition, candidates for town and school board offices are urged to attend to introduce themselves to the voters. State law prevents any “campaigning” by candidates at Town Meeting, when an Australian ballot is used, as in this instance. So this is the only time before the vote for the public to meet and hear the candidates all at once.

Those interested in declaring as a write-in candidate should take this sole opportunity to appear before a group of voters. There are two positions for lister with no candidate on the ballot, so a write-in candidate receiving just 18 votes could be elected.

Town Meeting itself will be held, as usual, on the first Tuesday of March, which this year is March 3, commencing at 10 am in the gym of the Central School.

Broad Brook Grange is in Guilford Center, 4 miles west of the Country Store. Refreshments will conclude the evening.