Bits & Bites: Peach shortcake supper, lobster bake feature summer treats


The Pownal United Methodist Church will serve its annual family-style peach shortcake supper, beginning at 5 p.m. with continuous serving, on Thursday, Aug. 17.

The menu includes grilled chicken breasts and thighs, baked ham, pineapple sauce, baked beans, potato and Jello salads, rolls, coffee, iced tea or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake.

Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults,$6 for children 4 to 10 years, and free for children 3 years and younger. Take outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults, $6 for 1/2 portion dinner.

For more information, call 802-823-7769.

The church is at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, Pownal, Vt.


The eighth annual VFW Lobster Bake is planned from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the St. Ann's Church parish center.

Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance from any VFW Post 12079 member or from Fortune Automotive, 211 West St. (Route 183), just east of the Tanglewood Main Gate in Lenox.

Proceeds help fund college scholarships for local students and assist veterans in need. The VFW also helps local children and families who experience difficulties, especially during the holiday, said Selectman David Roche, an organizer of the lobster bake.


Roeliff Jansen Community Library will host a free community picnic from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 20, at the library.

There will be presentations by Animal Embassy; lots of food; music; and hats, books and bandannas for the kids. The main presentation, "Nature's Architects," will take place between 1 to 2 p.m. This will be followed a guided interactive session from 2 to 3 p.m. during which children (and adults) will be able to touch and hold select animals while learning about them.

Food served will include hot dogs, veggie burgers, slaw, chips, drinks and ice cream, all free. The picnic will take place rain or shine. The library circulation area will be closed this day.

The library is at 9091 Route 22,Hillsdale, N.Y. For more information. call 518 325-4101 or visit


Historian and author Cornelia Brooke Gilder will tell all at a Tea & Talk with "Friends and Fireworks: Edith Wharton Enters Berkshire Society" to be presented at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22. A Victorian tea will follow.

In 1900, Edith Wharton burst into the settled summer colony of Lenox. An aspiring novelist in the 1930s, she was already a ferocious aesthete and intellect. She and her husband, Teddy, planned a defiantly classical villa, and she became a best-selling author with "The House of Mirth" in 1905.

As a hostess, designer, gardener and writer, Wharton set high standards that delighted many, including Ambassador Joseph Choate and sculptor Daniel Chester French. But her perceptive and sometimes indiscreet pen also alienated potent figures like Emily Vanderbilt Sloane and Georgina Welles Sargent.

Based upon her new book, "Edith Wharton's Lenox," Gilder will give an insider's glimpse of the community's reaction to this disruptive star during her tumultuous Lenox decade.

Tickets are $26 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations, call 413-637-3206 or visit The historical mansion is at 104 Walker St., Lenox, Mass.


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