Dupont Brothers

Submitted by Mary McCallum
Raise the Roof concerts are back! The small local series that presents unique musical talent will be up and running on Sunday October 4 when the Burlington-based Dupont Brothers bring their guitar stringed magic to Gethsemane Church in Proctorsville. With its clear acoustics, the small sanctuary will be a perfect venue for their style of music. The brothers, who reunited after years of geographical separation, are now artistic collaborators. Blending the contemplative winters of the northeast with the solitary beauty of south western desert, Sam and Zack DuPont are now coconspirators in a shared passion that runs deep in their family. Lush finger-style guitar work is complimented by elegant prose and a vocal blend that could only be matched by blood relation. The sound is Vermont Made Folk Americana. Raise the Roof concerts, which warm audiences with good music during the cold months, begin at 4:00 p.m. in Gethsemane Church on Depot Street. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information call 226-7497 or visit us on Facebook at Get acquainted with the Dupont Brothers by listening to them at


 Blessing of animals cavendish
Submitted by Mary McCallum
St. Francis of Assisi, known as the patron saint of animals, is the inspiration for the annual Blessing of the Animals hosted by Gethsemane Episcopal Church on the Proctorsville Green. Bring your pet on Saturday October 4 to this gentle event that surrounds animals with love and protection. Reverend Todd McKee and other participating clergy will respectfully bless each and every furry, feathered and finned critter in attendance, whether four-footed or swimming in a fishbowl. Come ye cats and dogs, ye bunnies and lizards, ye birds and lambs to the Proctorsville Green at 1:00, rain or shine. Pet owners should be sure to have their dogs leashed and cats in carriers.

BR Folk & Blues Fest Names Performers, Oct 11

BR Folk Fest 2014 poster photo

Mt Holly Photo Contest

Submitted by Janet Warren

Mt Holly photo contest 2014

For more information, please contact Janet Warren at 802-259-2007 or

Clint Eastwood Movie, “Trouble with the Curve”, in Ludlow, Sat. Sept 6

Trouble with the curve email poster

Mt Holly Concert Sept. 6

Submitted by Lynne Herbst

mt holly lib concert Sept 6


Submitted by Mary McCallum
Proctorsville’s homegrown Raise the Roof concert series is up and running again in time for the chilly season. Held in the acoustically sweet Gethsemane Episcopal Churchon Depot Street, the series brings new voices from beyond the Okemo Valley. Past seasons included African drumming, blues, fiddling, a capella, folk and fusion. The 2014-2015 season will kick off with the Vermont- grown acoustic team of the Dupont Brothers on Sunday October 5. Their folk-Americana style of music is fueled by close harmonies and intricate guitar licks. On November 16, Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers will return by popular demand for another rousing, roof lifting concert of soul, blues and jazz, a concert not to be missed. January 4 brings a paradigm shift when The New Line, led by Brendan Taaffe, performs Appalachian ballads blended with African rhythms. All concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. and cost $10.00 at the door. More concerts will be added to the mix, so stay tuned and mark those calendars!

Ludlow Real Estate Activity Thru August 2014

Thanks to the generosity of (FOLA) Friends of Ludlow Auditorium, the real estate pixLudlowReal Estate transaction monthly update will continue on Black River Today – based on data supplied by the Ludlow Town Clerk’s Office. The format of the data has been revised to only reflect actual sales in the dollar and transaction count figures and graphs. The transfer data for 2014, through August, is available by clicking here. If you wish to be placed on an email list advising you of the availability of monthly updates to the Ludlow Real Estate Activity, please sent an email to indicating your name and email address with “Ludlow Real Estate Activity” in the Subject line of the email. Please take a look at FOLA’s site,, and, if you believe this service is a benefit to you, perhaps you may help FOLA continue its mission of serving the area residents and visitors.



Submitted by Peter J. LaBelle

Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its Annual Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 19th and 20th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 21st, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The organization is now accepting donations of clothing, housewares, linens and furniture.

If you have anything to donate, please bring it to the thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow or for larger items such as furniture please call 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time. If you are unable to drop off a furniture donation, our volunteers may be able pick it up if arrangements are made in advance.

Proceeds from this sale benefit BRGNS’ food and financial assistance programs. “This is really a community effort. Folks donate their unwanted items to us, and we put our earnings right back into the community,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of BRGNS. “Although the economy has improved, demand for our services continues. There are still people going hungry and needing help with housing and clothing costs; so we keep running the rummage sales,” said Bridge. The monies raised will help cover the cost of utilities, heating fuel, food and rent for qualified individuals and families in Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Belmont, Proctorsville, Cavendish and Plymouth.

So, please mark your calendar and come explore the many unique bargains.

For further details please contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or

Victor Paul and Claudine Langille Bring Songs of the Original Carter Family to Mt Holly

Victor Paul and Claudine Langille

Submitted by Claudine Langille

The songs recorded by the Carter Family in the 1920s are still some of the most beloved folk songs in the world. Victor Paul and Claudine Langille have put together a selection of these wonderful old songs, and have given them a fresh take-not always strictly country- on their new cd, ” You Are My Flower-Songs of the Original Carter Family.” They will be celebrating the release of their cd at the Mount Holly Library in Belmont, VT, performing live in concert Saturday September 6 at 7pm. 

Victor Paul is from Norfolk, Virginia, and has performed nationally and in the Vermont area over the years with Seabird Band and The Burlage-Paul Band. Vic plays keyboard, 12-string guitar, and harmonica. Claudine Langille is an international performer who now lives right here in Belmont . She toured with the Indie Award winning band Touchstone, and currently plays with Gypsy Reel. Claudine plays mandolin, tenor banjo, and guitar. Vocal harmonies are a feature of Carter Family songs that Vic and Claudine delight in interpreting. Both musicians are also accomplished songwriters and will treat you to some of their originals.

About a recent live performance, Heather Lynne, owner of the Wild Fern in Stockbridge VT commented, “One hundred percent Magic last night with you all in the Fern House!!!”

“You Are My Flower” has been played on radio stations from New Orleans to Vermont, and has received rave comments. Award winning documentary film producer Beth Harrington, who recently released a documentary on The Carter Family and Johnny Cash, says “It’s awesome. Beautifully performed and inventive, too! Love it.”

You’ll love it, too! Come and hear these accomplished musicians bring it all home in a concert that will have you singing along as you rediscover the songs of the family who got the ball rolling for old time American country music. Limited seating; suggested donation is only $10, and the new cd plus some others (including the artists’ first collaboration, the lovely “Christmas in Vermont”) will be available for purchase. Check out for more details about the musicians and the cd. Tickets can be purchased at the door.