Sugar on Snow Supper at Grange Mar 4

Broad Brook Grange’s annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held Saturday, March 4, at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  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.  The newest program at the Grange is Guilford Center Stage.  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.

The Grange hall is located on Guilford Center Road, four miles west of the Guilford Country Store.

Guilford Pre-Town Meeting Feb 23

 

Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 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.

Town Meeting itself will be held, as usual, on the first Tuesday of March, which this year is March 7, commencing at 10 am in the gym of the Central School.

Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Rd., 4 miles west of the Country Store.   Refreshments will conclude the evening.

Run for Office in Guilfo

 

From: Don McLean, Chair

Town of Guilford: Board of Civil Authority

1/7/16

GUILFORD TOWN & SCHOOL BOARD OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION

Petitions are now available for those interested in seeking public office to be voted by Australian ballot at Guilford’s March 7th Town Meeting.  The filing deadline is Monday, January 30, at 5 pm, at the Guilford Town Office, where petition forms are now available. The office is open Monday through Thursday, closed Friday.

Currently, Guilford votes on these offices annually at the ballot box at Town Meeting: Selectperson, one 2-year and one 3-year term; Lister, 3-year term; Auditor, 3-year term; Town Agent, 1-year term. For School Board the voters will choose one director for a 3-year term, and two directors for one-year terms.  This year, also, the 3-year terms of Town Clerk and Town Treasurer are also up for re-election.  For info on all these, check with the town office.

All that is required to run for office is that the candidate be a legal Guilford voter; 17 signatures are required on submitted petitions.  The Guilford Town Office is at 236 School Road in Guilford Center, (802) 254-6857.

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.

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.

Poetry Reading in Guilford Thursday

Preachers and Poets, the third collaborative poetry reading by Guilford residents Tom Ragle and Don McLean, will be presented on Thursday, April 21 at Guilford Community Church at 7:00 pm.  Admission is by a donation in any amount,  to benefit the work of the Church.

This program, the third in the series,  takes its title from the fact that four of the poets were also ordained ministers in three different denominations: Anglicans George Herbert and Robert Herrick, and, on very opposite poles, both strict in their particular ways, American Puritan Edward Taylor and English Jesuit, Gerard Manley Hopkins.  Another connection between the poets is that a majority of them did not see their poetry published in their lifetimes, and several were unknown to the public, including Emily Dickinson, who joins the lineup.  Completing the cast of three English and three American poets is Walt Whitman.  Numerous and interesting connections, in terms of both subject matter and technique amongst these poets, will be revealed during the evening.

Tom Ragle served as president of Marlboro College from 1958 to 1981. He holds an A.B. in ancient Greek history and literature from Harvard University and a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature from Oxford University. He served for many years on the board of Write Action, a nonprofit organization formed to nurture, encourage and promote the literary arts in the larger Brattleboro community, and has been featured on Brattleboro’s community radio station, WVEW-LP, reading poetry during the Write Action Radio Hour on Sundays, having given over 20 hour-long readings of classical English poets from the 16th into the 20 century.  His collection of poems, Take this Song, Poems in Pursuit of Meaning, was published in 2013 under his pen name, Lee Bramble.

Don McLean holds an A.B. with Distinction in English Language and Literature from Boston University.  He has taught courses in New England Literature at Community College of Vermont, and is known for his public readings of the works of Guilford Federalist-era poet, Royall Tyler.  For four decades he has annually read works of Hardy, Dickens, Truman Capote, Dylan Thomas and other authors on Friends of Music’s Christ Church Christmas program.  Last year, he organized Guilford’s celebration of the centenary of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’s birth, with readings and a performance of Under Milkwood.  In 2013, he published the book Sparks, the collected writing of his mother, Jean Stewart McLean, on the 50th anniversary of her death.