Bits & Bites: Tea & Talk at Ventfort Hall, Grange dinner slated



The monthly luncheon, served by The Friendly Mission Circle of the First Baptist Church of Readsboro, Vt., will be held at noon today.

The menu will be homemade soups and sandwiches with pumpkin roll for dessert, coffee and punch. All are encouraged to come and bring a family member or friend. The suggested donation for seniors is $3.50.

Bingo players are invited to join others at 10:30 a.m. for a few games.


Historian and author Dennis Picard will give a presentation on ice harvesting and New England's natural ice industry at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a Victorian tea at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker St., Lenox.

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Picard has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for more than 20 years at museums and environmental education centers. He will display some of his antique tools of the trade, and invite audience members to try their hand with such implements as a "pond saw" and the breaker bar.

Tickets are $26 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended. For reservations, call 413-637-3206.


Stockbridge Grange will serve a public family-style baked ham and bean dinner from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday in the hall at 51 Church St., Stockbridge.

Adults are $12, children younger than 12 $6, 5 and younger are free. Takeouts available by calling 413-298-3185.

If the weather is bad, call first to see if the dinner has been postponed.


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