Book sales, parties and our French-Canadian heritage

Yellow annual lysimachia or loosetrife. Photo by Lynn Monty.

The Charlotte Museum, on the corner of Church Hill Road and Hinesburg Road, will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. each Sunday from July 2 through Aug. 26. New exhibits this year include a recently acquired portrait of Henry and Elizabeth (Palmer) Thorp, who at one time owned the Thorp Barn in the Charlotte Park & Wildlife Refuge, and information and early photographs of the Prindle family, one of Charlotte’s significant early families. This includes Cyrus Guernsey Pringle, renowned botanist who chose to use the old-fashioned surname spelling. For further information, contact Dan Cole at (802) 425-3105 or by email.

Book sale
The Charlotte Library Book Sale is a great time to stock up on year-round reading material. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, July 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. under the usual tent (thanks to Vermont Tent) on the Town Green. Proceeds from the sale help support Charlotte Library programs and expand the library’s collection.

The Charlotte Congregational Church is sponsoring the workshop “An Introduction to Centering Prayer” at 8:30 a.m. on July 15. Centering Prayer is a very simple meditation technique rooted in the Christian tradition. There are but two requirements: 1. Be able to sit in a chair for 20 minutes and 2. Have some curiosity about your inner life. That’s it. Free. Please RSVP to (808) 386-3644.

Beach party
Charlotte Community Beach Party and Pot Luck from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on July 15. Free admission and parking with pot luck dish. Misty Knoll chicken and Fat Cow Farm burgers. Stony Loam Farm salad and Adam Berry Farm dessert. Live music with the Mystic Party Band. Outdoor Gear Exchange stand-up paddleboards, Suncommon Solar bouncy house and more! For more information email Bill Fraser-Harris.

Champlain Valley Union High School Class of 1972 will host a reunion from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cedar Knoll Country Club in Hinesburg on Saturday, July 15. Light fare. Golf is available. Please RSVP to Gary Shepard.

The Vermont Mozart Festival will hold three concerts at Charlotte Town Beach at 7:00 p.m. on July 20, 27 and August 3. There will be a parking fee. For more information, send an email.

Free performance
Honor our town’s French-Canadian heritage by joining the Charlotte Historical Society as it present Va-et-Vient, a trio of Vermont women who will be performing traditional French-Canadian music at the Charlotte Grange Hall on Spear Street on Tuesday, July 25, at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will follow. This group, highly recommended by Alliance Française, recently performed for American and Canadian dignitaries at the City of Burlington’s French Heritage Festival. Come and enjoy. For further information contact Dan Cole at (802) 425-3105 or by email.

A Red Balloon Reunion will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Red Balloon on 3998 Greenbush Road on Aug. 5. It is a potluck; please pass on the word to Red Balloon students, parents, families and teachers. RSVP to Barbara Lawrence or call (802) 425-3068.

Summer tai chi
Open to all adults whether beginning or advanced students. Designed to keep you engaged and current in your practice. All programs offer a falls prevention component and are safe for persons with inflammatory joint conditions. These will be held on Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. through Aug. 14 at the Charlotte Congregational Church. To register please contact Mary West at (802) 922-0498 or by email.

Please email Lynn Monty to list your community event.