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Essex 8/28

Lots of fund raisers are scheduled for this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, the 27^th and 28^th , Alice Wand will have a sale of her art works at Peter and Mary Anne Schultz's "Little Schoolhouse", which is right next to their house on Main Street. Alice is offering a 20 percent discount from her usual prices, and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the ReNew shop. On Sunday, the 29th , there will be a garden party and house tour at the Schultz's schoolhouse, also for the benefit of ReNew. Tickets are available at ReNew.

The Gibson Brothers, a fine bluegrass band, will have a concert on Saturday evening at 7 at the Westport Fairgrounds, with the proceeds going to the Mental Health Association.

"Wolfgang's Revenge," an acoustic jazz and bluegrass group from Long Island will perform on the porch of the Cupola House in Essex on Sunday, August 29th to raise funds to repair the town dock at Beggs Park. The event will run from 5 to 8:30. All proceeds will go towards repairing the dock itself, the stairway, ramp, and bulkhead. Suggested donations are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Sponsoring this are the Beggs Park Committee and Cupola House, and of course there will be refreshments. For reservations and more information, please call either 963-7494 or 963-4021.

The Whallonsburg Grange has a full schedule of events lined up for this fall. Whallonsburg's own Andy Buchanan, a lecturer in American history at UVM, will offer a series of nine classes, to be held Tuesday evenings starting September 21. Mr. Buchanan will cover the period from 1560 to 1865, from the first European settlements through the Civil War. My fellow columnist, Colin Wells of Westport, is scheduled to give a talk on September 16. The title of the talk is "Potty Humor and History" and I hope Mr. Wells elaborates on this subject more in his own column. You can read about these and other edifying Grange happenings at www.thegrangehall.com.

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