News from the Charlotte Grange

Rummage Sale

It’s that time again, time for the annual Fall Rummage Sale at the Charlotte Grange!

The sale will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, and close at 5 p.m. that day. On Friday, all items are individually priced but the prices are very reasonable and the goal is to sell it all. Saturday is “Bag Day” so for a mere $5 “entry fee” per individual or $8 “entry fee” per family, come and take all you want. The two Grange Rummage Sales are the big fundraisers for the year, so if you are feeling generous and feel like you got way more than the price of the “entry fee,” feel free to donate a bit extra.  The money raised during the two rummage sales is used to keep the building open for all the music events throughout the fall and winter and for the other work the Grange does – like all the flags on the veterans’ graves and all the dictionaries to third-graders in town.

Help is needed for the Rummage Sale. Cindi Robinson at cindirobinson@gmavt.net organizes all the help and support for the sale. If you are willing to donate an hour or two during drop off times and/or during the sale, please email her and sign up to help. It takes way more people than just the few Grange members to hold this sale.

October events

The weekend of Oct. 12-13 is the Annual East Charlotte Tractor Parade weekend and the Grange, in conjunction with the Charlotte Historical Society and Charlotte Museum is holding Charlotte History Day on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Grange Hall. Come and see old photos of farming in our town and get a peek into Charlotte’s farming past.

On Saturday night, Oct. 12, at the Charlotte Grange Hall,  the weekend starts with a potluck supper and live music with Mary Provencher! Starting at 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., come and eat a fabulous meal, visit with friends and listen to some great music. It is a potluck so you can bring a dish to share or simply come and pay $5. Other donations are always welcome.

October brings more music to the hall. The monthly Acoustic Open Mic will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15 starting at 6:30– 8 p.m. Sign up in advance on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/2069632796676477 or email Mike Walker at mjwalker@gmavt.net. This is the perfect evening to come and perform before a live, very receptive and appreciative audience and perfect your skills as a musician or just test the waters around performing in a public venue.

Also in October, the group Daddy Long Legs will be coming to the Hall to perform on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. This group is the confluence of three well known Vermont musicians whose talents merge to form a highly original acoustic trio. Infusing catchy folk songs, Celtic and “old-timey” melodies, and early minstrel and jazz pieces with passion and intricacy, Daddy Long Legs is playful and dynamic. Playing fiddle, viola, banjo, gourd banjo, piano, guitar, percussion and vocals, the group creates vibrant, sensitive and surprising 21st century folk music. Suggested donation for this event is $10 per person.

Update on the hall

Stop by and see all the work that has been done on the hall. There is a long way to go, but the entire south side of the hall has been repaired from all the water damage done over the years to the siding from the placement of the fire escape. The fire escape has been repositioned to prevent any further damage and the entire side and fire escape has been scraped or wire brushed and painted. All the work was done by local contractors – Preston Excavating did the footings for the fire escape., Slater Construction Inc., did all the repairs to the siding and repositioning the fire escape and Shamrock Painting did the painting of the escape and building. Next time you see Ward Preston, Brian Slater or John McCaffrey, tell them thanks for the great work.

Funding and donating time, money

Needless to say, all this work took money and due to some very generous people, we were able to have it done. We are now in the process of applying for a couple of grants to see if we can continue on our path to making the Charlotte Grange Hall a viable community resource for years to come, but we need matching funds to do this. Our next goal is to start to rehabilitate and restore the inside windows on the main floor so they can open and close, and to rehabilitate and restore the main entry doors.

If you would like to and are able to donate towards this work, please feel free to contact Margaret Woodruff, President at Margaret.woodruff@gmail.com.  Our address is Charlotte Grange, PO Box 54, Charlotte, VT 05445 and any donation is tax deductible as we are a registered non-profit organization.

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