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One regular standout event in these parts is the annual talk at Camp Dudley hosted by the Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties. This year’s talk will be on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. and will be given by Kristin Kimball, one of the founders of Essex Farm, where nearly 250 of us in the North Country go every Friday afternoon to pick up our farm-grown food for the week. For nearly a decade now, Essex Farm has been on the cutting edge of the Community Supported Agriculture movement. This is a national movement, but Essex Farm and other CSAs (like Adam Hainer’s Juniper Hill Farm right here in Westport) have put the Champlain Valley at forefront of it.

In addition to being a sought-after speaker, Kristin is also a wonderful writer, and her acclaimed book about the early years at Essex Farm, The Dirty Life, is funny, wise, informative, and often moving. Many of you, I’m sure have read it already (as I did, as soon as it came out). The Dirty Life will be available for purchase and Kristin will sign copies after her talk. For information, call 546-3008 or visit www.litvol.com.

The second installment of the Westport Shakespeare-in-the-Park Festival is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 3 p.m., when American Studio Theater returns to give us “All’s Well That Ends Well,” directed once again by Rebecca Lincoln, with Carrie Treadwell, Daniel Billet, and the other members of this talented ensemble. Last year they brought us A Comedy of Errors, and before that Henry V, both of which (for my money) were as good as any Shakespeare you’ll see anywhere.

Interested in telling your story? Join Mary Beth Coudal and Kathryn Cramer at Champlain Avenue, the charming vintage clothing and book store next to Ernie’s, for an afternoon of working on your memoir and an evening of reading from it and listening to others’ works-in-progress. Mary Beth is an experienced leader of writing workshops and Kathryn is a successful editor and author (and the owner of Champlain Avenue). That’s Thursday, Aug. 29, starting at 2 p.m. For information or to register, go toeventbrite.com/event/6546708381.

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