Linda Hamilton, Charlotte Grange
Charlotte Grange members are planning a variety of programs and events this spring and summer including:
- Grange Hall spring cleaning, Saturday, May 20, 9-11 a.m. — We are preparing to open the Grange Hall doors once again for public events and activities this spring and summer. We are excited to be able to do this after almost three years of being closed for COVID precautions and some needed repairs. But first, a good spring cleaning is in order. Members and volunteers will work together to spruce up the hall inside and out. Email to learn more.
- Placing U.S. flags on veterans’ graves on Memorial Day: Monday, May 29, 9 a.m. —Gather at Grandview Cemetery behind Charlotte Congregational Church on Church Hill Road for brief remarks by Grange member Karen Tuininga and Charlotte combat veteran Jordan Paquette and the playing of “Taps” by Charlotte Central School students. Those who wish to stay can then help replace last year’s flags with fresh ones to respectfully acknowledge each grave of a person who served in the U.S. military, whether they died in times of combat or returned home. Families are encouraged to participate since it is an opportunity to talk with children about military service and share stories about past or present family members who served. Please join in this long-standing Grange tradition.
- Collecting worn-out U.S. flags for proper disposal: May 29-June 3 — If you have a flag that is tattered or soiled, it is probably time for a new one. And Charlotte Grange can help you dispose of your old flag properly. On Memorial Day, we will collect worn flags from Veterans’ graves in Charlotte cemeteries and later in the week take them to the Vergennes American Legion to be respectfully retired in a Flag Day ceremony. You are welcome to add your worn flag to this collection, by either bringing it to the 9 a.m. Memorial Day event at Grandview Cemetery (described above) or dropping it off at the Grange Hall at 2858 Spear Street. There will be a covered bin in front of the Grange Hall for this.
- Charlotte trail walks — Not familiar with Charlotte’s public walking trails? Want to meet and chat with other Charlotters while on an outing? Every second Thursday at 8:30 a.m., you are invited to join Grange members Tai Dinnan and Karen Tuininga as they enjoy the various trails and public accesses around town. Our first walk will be on June 8. Walks will last approximately an hour and will be led at an adult pace. Visit the website to learn the location of each month’s walk. Sign up in advance if you’d like to be contacted if weather changes our plans.
- Community potluck supper — Sunday, June 25, 5-7 p.m. in the Grange Hall, 2858 Spear Street in East Charlotte Village. Gather with other Charlotters to share food and conversation. Connect with old friends and make new ones. Potluck suppers are a fine old Grange tradition, and we are very happy to start hosting them again. No charge; just bring a dish to share, and your own plate and utensils; beverage will be provided. Seating is limited, so if possible, please let us know if you plan to come. Because the food at a potluck is whatever folks bring, we can’t necessarily promise a balanced meal, but we do anticipate a good time.
- Grange on the Green — This popular series of family-friendly music concerts on the Charlotte Town Green in front of the town hall will be 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27. Perfect for a picnic. There is plenty of room for your chair or blanket on the grass, with the musicians on the library porch. Made possible by ReArch Company, Inc., the builder of the library addition to our Library and Otter Creek Awnings. July 6 will feature Vermont singer/songwriter Patti Casey with Tom MacKenzie on banjo and hammered dulcimer.
For more details and other Grange events visit the website.