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Worthington to host fourth Hilltown arts fest

Artists from around the region will converge on Worthington July 12 for the fourth arts festival sponsored by Arts Alive in the Hilltowns.

The popular Hilltown event features a wide variety of artistic venues including paintings, photography, pottery, handmade furniture, glass, metal work, jewelry, weaving and more.

The Hilltown Artisans Guild will also set up shop across the street in the Town Hall with artists and crafters exhibiting their work.

Local musicians will be on hand including performances by Old Country Roads, Hilltown Choral Society, Jim Kaminski, Laura Wetzler, Mary Wheelan, Jeff Fowler and Peter McLean, Dick Flynn and the marching Brass Band, and Celebration Singers.

A silent auction featuring a selection of handcrafted items will be held at the R.H. Conwell Community Education Center. The proceeds from the auction help to fund the Hilltown Arts Alive Grants for study in the Arts and Music to be awarded to an individual currently in high school or college. This year, the Hilltown Artisans Guild is featuring collage artist Sherry Loomis of Haydenville. She blends paper, lace, photographs, text and beeswax to create cards and poster-sized works.

The lighthearted greeting cards are aptly called “Victorian Cheek.” Loomis is also a photographer, though she describes herself as a “snapshot artist.”

“I am not a trained photographer, but I do have a digital camera and I know how to use it,” Loomis said. For those interested in flight, the Mohawk Glider Club will be on hand to explain the nature of recreational soaring and the elements that make soaring flights possible.

Children’s activities will be held at the Conwell School and will include a model glider building event for children 8 or older at 1 p.m. A glider “Fly Off” will take place at 4 p.m.

A food court and bake sale will be set up at the First Congregational Church in the center of town on Route 112. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public with plenty of parking.

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COA annual brunch

The Goshen Council on Aging will hold its third annual brunch Tuesday at the home of Director Rose Clark at 5 Lilly Pond Lane.

“It’s a good time, people really enjoy it,” Clark said. “We start at 11:30 and it goes as long as we like.” People who plan to attend are asked to respond by Monday. Guests are asked to bring a “breakfast-type” dish.

For directions and other details call 268-9444.

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Goshen Elder Housing

The Goshen Elder Housing Committee is working to develop affordable housing for seniors. Appointed by the Select Board in May 2010, the five-member committee has been trying to establish affordable senior housing in Goshen.

In 2012, the committee distributed two surveys to assess the extent of the housing needs and priorities of senior residents.

The committee is now looking for a building site and is asking the community for assistance. Anyone who knows of a suitable site is asked to contact Don Boisvert at 268-3651.

To submit items to this column, email Fran Ryan at fryan.gazette@gmail.com.

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