Category Archives: Woodstock

Jay Nash comes home to Woodstock Thursday

WOODSTOCK – Indie-folk artist Jay Nash returns from a three-week European tour for a homecoming show at Town Hall Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 3.
This is Nash’s first show in the Upper Valley region since May of 2012. In the interim, Nash has toured the U.S. and Canada extensively and released the critically acclaimed album, “Letters from the Lost,” which “offers up plenty of lush indie-folk and acoustic Americana, (while) tossing everything from rootsy soul to indie rock into the mix” (American Songwriter). “A comprehensive glimpse into the niche Nash has managed to craft for himself over the years,” (Paste) “Letters from the Lost” was largely recorded in Nash’s Vermont home studio. In addition, he has produced albums for Sweet Talking Liars and Eliza Moore and composed numerous pieces for television, including 9 major network commercials in the last year.
Tickets are $18, $15 in advance; call 802-457-3981, or go online to

Progressive organ concert in Woodstock Sunday

WOODSTOCK – In what has become a yearly Woodstock tradition and one of the most “active” concert experiences around, Pentangle Arts presents the seventh annual Progressive Organ Concert on Sunday, Sep. 29, featuring guest organist Peter Sykes.
This moveable concert feast uses a novel format that brings the audience to the music, instead of the other way around. Following a program that highlights three different church pipe organs in one afternoon, Progressive Organ concert-goers (along with the artist) take to the sidewalks and walk from church to church in a Woodstock tour of the “king of instruments,” with a short concert presentation at each unique location.  The repertoire is carefully curated by the guest artist to suit each instrument.
Sunday’s concert begins at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, followed by stops at St. James Episcopal Church and the North Universalist Chapel.
Sykes’ playing has variously been called “compelling and moving,” “magnificent and revelatory,” and “bold, imaginative, and amazingly accurate.” He has appeared in recital for the American Guild of Organists, the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, the Organ Historical Society, the Library of Congress, Boston Early Music Festival, New England Bach Festival, and more.
Admission is free, with a suggested donation gratefully accepted.  Pentangle appreciates the generous sponsorship for this year’s event provided by Vermont Liturgical and Music Association, Billings Farm & Museum, and Shiretown Books. More information can be found at or by calling 802-457-3981.

Man killed in Woodstock crash was an MVP ballplayer

WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) — Police say a Vermont man died in a traffic accident hours after he was named the most valuable player of an amateur baseball championship game in New Hampshire.
Police say 22-year-old Jon Ferrero of Woodstock was a passenger in a pickup truck that struck a guardrail, flipped over and hit a tree in Woodstock on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His best friend, 21-year-old Justin Pierce of Woodstock, was hospitalized. He was in fair condition Monday.
The Eagle Times reports ( police said there were alcohol containers recovered from the scene, but they aren’t sure if alcohol was a factor in the crash. They are still investigating.
Ferrero and Pierce were teammates on the Claremont Cardinals in the Connecticut river Valley Baseball League. Just a few hours before the accident, the Cardinals defeated rival Walpole for the league championship.
Ferrero, who played catcher, was named most valuable player, driving in the tournament’s winning run.
Claremont team manager Gerry Thompson called Ferrero “a beautiful person.”
“The Cardinals had a tough year with injuries and adversity. It was a struggle to field a very competitive team for a few games, but without Justin and Jon, we would not have been able to finish the season, let alone win the championship,” Thompson said.
A memorial service for Ferrero is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Woodstock Union High School.

Bentleys to reopen in Woodstock

By Christian Avard
Staff Writer

WOODSTOCK — Bentleys Restaurant of Woodstock is “never changing but always something new.” At least that’s what the new owners are saying on the restaurant’s website.

John Ruggieri and Maria Freddura of Boston were all smiles on Tuesday after they obtained state approval to reopen the popular Elm Street restaurant.

According to Ruggieri, dinner, drinks and entertainment will be served starting Thursday and they are proud to be reopening an important Woodstock Village landmark.

“We were in hyper drive the last couple of weeks,” Ruggieri said.

“Vermont authorities were helpful, the health department and liquor control were responsive and they got us back open as quickly as they could. We all did it at great neck speed.”

Ruggieri and Freddura are restoring Bentleys to its original splendor, they said. They furnished the restaurant with Woodstock artifacts and antiquities, made improvements to the kitchen and will bring back the old menu with specials on a rotating basis.

“We’re not going to change what people expect at Bentleys. There will be live entertainment, dancing after dark and Bentleys classic menu items.”

For the complete story, see Thursday’s Rutland Herald.

Power outage planned in 2 towns

WOODSTOCK — Some 800 Vermont electric customers in the Woodstock and Bridgewater areas should be planning for a power outage.
Central Vermont Public Service Corp. says tree trimming along power lines is requiring the outage from 11 p.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. on Friday.
The company says the emergency outage is needed to allow workers to do the trimming work safely.
It says the trees need to be trimmed because they’ve recently grown and come into contact with the power lines, causing some outages.

Tree trimming work requires power outage

Central Vermont Public Service workers will have to interrupt service to about 800 CVPS customers in the Bridgewater and Woodstock area late Thursday night into Friday morning.

The emergency outage is necessary to allow tree workers to safely trim trees along power lines in the area.  The trees have recently contacted power lines and caused service interruption issues.

The outage will begin at 11 p.m. Thursday and power should be restored around 1 a.m. Friday.

Market on green launches today

WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock Market On the Green kicks off today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., running until Oct. 10.
The Market On the Green will feature a variety of items this year. They include fresh vegetables, local beef, farm-fresh eggs, Vermont cheese, maple syrup and honey, local handcrafts, cut flowers, seasonal berries and fruits, jams and jellies, and more.
The Market On the Green will now accept EBT and debit cards for purchases and there will be live entertainment. This week’s entertainment is Scott Forrest, a singer-songwriter featured on Vermont Public Radio.
The Woodstock Market On the Green is sponsored by the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information call 457-3555.

Pentangle launches series

WOODSTOCK – The Gordon-Chang-Rider Trio will return at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, to perform an all-Beethoven, but very varied, concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church. The concert launches Pentangle Arts Council’s annual Chamber Music Series.

The concert will feature the Sonata No. 4 in C Major for Cello and Piano; the Sonata No. 7 in c minor for violin and piano, and conclude with the Piano Trio in D Major, Opus 70, No. 1, known as the “Ghost Trio.”

These three distinguished musicians come from diverse musical backgrounds. Pianist Judith Gordon made her New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, was named 1997 Musician of the Year by the Boston Globe, and in 2006 joined the music faculty of Smith College. Violinist Elizabeth Chang is perhaps best known as the artistic director of the Lighthouse Chamber Players on Cape Cod, but also performed, recorded, and toured extensively with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Cellist Rhonda Rider is currently a member of the celebrated piano trio Triple Helix.

Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted; for information, call 457-3981, or go online to

Shana Stack Band at Lebanon Opera House Thursday

LEBANON, N.H. – The Lebanon Opera House and the Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department will present the Shana Stack Band as next in The Citizens Bank @ Home Series, a series of free performances by regional artists, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.

Country Band of the Year at the first annual Cider Magazine Awards, The Shana Stack Band excites their audiences with their high energy, high impact show, featuring multi-national award-winning vocalist Shana Stack. The group includes five seasoned musicians that hail from parts of central and southern New Hampshire. The Group focuses on Top-40 country, southern and classic rock, and original music written by NSAI (Nashville Songwriter’s Association International) member, Ed Leavitt. Ed sings both lead and backing vocals and plays rhythm guitar for the group.

Admission is free; for information, call 603-448-0400 or go online to

Woman accused of Medicaid fraud

WOODSTOCK — A woman has been charged with submitting false claims for providing care under Vermont Medicaid’s Children’s Personal Care Services program.
Attorney General William Sorrell said 21-year-old Tammy Thomas of Granville, N.Y., was arraigned Tuesday in Windsor County on four felony counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of false pretenses. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Court paperwork says Thomas is accused of submitting the claims for payments in excess of $3,100, when, in fact, she provided no such care. She’s accused of causing another person’s signature to be signed on the claims and falsely authorizing payments to herself.