Sunday, November 9, 2014

TTM Meeting - November 24th at 6:30 PM

We hope you can join us for our next meeting which will take place at Carol and Steve Berry's house at 
55 Dillingham Ave. in Manchester at 6:30 PM on Monday, November 24. It will be potluck and we will be discussing our film series, our spring planting project and more...

Wild & Scenic Film Festival - November 13th - Manchester Community Library

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is coming to Manchester, VT again this year. This popular evening event will benefit the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance, a local non-profit. The film festival is a program of inspiring films about adventure and conservation related to rivers, oceans, and fisheries. 

The event will be held at the new Manchester Community Library on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 7pm, Manchester Center, VT. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18. Refreshments will be served by Transition Town Manchester and prizes will be raffled. All proceeds will benefit the Alliance.

The Batten Kill Watershed Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to good stewardship of the river and its tributaries in both Vermont and New York. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is sponsored by Mountain Goat Outdoor Clothing and Gear in Manchester Center, and Patagonia, Inc. Door prizes and raffle Prizes will be offered and drawn at intermission. You must be present to win a raffle prize.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Mountain Goat, 4886 Main St in Manchester. The new Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue. Doors will open at 6:30 PM.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

TTM Meeting - Monday October 20th at 6:30 pm

Our meeting this month will be held Monday, October 20th at 6:30 pm, potluck, at Carl Bucholt's house at 116 Sleepy Hollow Drive in Manchester (off Manchester West Road, turn up Wideawake Lane, when road turns to gravel turn right onto Sleepy Hollow Drive. House is second on the right.)  We will be discussing the film series, spring planting project, re-skilling classes and more... Hope you can make it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TAPPED at Mark Skinner Library, on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:00 pm

Transition Town Manchester’s One Earth Film Series presents the movie TAPPED at Mark Skinner Library, on Wednesday, October 15, at 7:00 pm

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chipson the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

There will be a short discussion afterwards. Suggested donation is $5.00.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Transition Town Manchester News

After taking the summer months off, we will be holding our first fall meeting of Transition Town Manchester. It will be Monday, September 15 at 6:30 pm at Bill and Lisa Laberge's house at 5145 Route 30, Dorset VT. It will be a potluck and Dan Scarnecchia will be treating us to a couple new recipes for a signature "Riverwalk" cocktail... should be a good meeting! We will be discussing a few things noted below as well as our fall film series. Hope you can make it!

People’s Climate March Sept 21

September 21 we will join a massive, history making march in New York City. We'll be in the streets together to tell world leaders to turn decades of climate talk into immediate climate action in what might be the  biggest climate march ever. has all of the information you need. We want this moment to be about us - the people who are standing up in our communities, to organize, to build power, to confront the power of fossil fuels, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.

To make that happen, we need everyone - so invite your friends, family, colleagues, and whoever else to come with you this September.  Click here share the march on Facebook

If you're looking for more detailed information about the march, check out one of the links below:

To see bus, train, and housing information, click here.
To get involved in the organizing efforts, click here.
To volunteer to help out the day of the march, click here.
You can also get the most up to date information about the march route by visiting the website at

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wild Edible Talk and Walk - May 31st at Hildene

On Saturday, May 31 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm, Hildene, in collaboration with Transition Town Manchester, will host a Wild Edible Talk and Walk with author and naturalist Russ Cohen.
Cohen is an environmentalist and wild foods enthusiast and the author of Wild Plants I Have Known … and Eaten, now in its fifth edition.  He has spent 40 years leading walking tours and teaching courses about wild edibles and foraging.  Led by Cohen, workshop participants will explore Hildene’s varied habitats and extensive grounds identifying edible plants, learning about the conditions that each plant needs to thrive as well as safe harvesting practices.  He will also focus on how to use and prepare wild plants to make delectable “wild dishes.”
The Wild Edibles workshop, emphasizing the value of caring for the natural world and sustainable living, is in keeping with the missions of both Hildene and Transition Town.   Cohen’s book will be available for purchase and the author will be there for signing. 
Check in is at the Welcome Center where the program begins in the Beckwith Room.
Registration is required as class size is limited.  The event is $10/person ($8 for Hildene members).  Please RSVP by May 28 to Stephanie at or 802-367-7960.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Film: More Than Honey - May 21, 2014 at 7pm - Mark Skinner Library

On May 21, 2014 at 7 pm at the Mark Skinner Library, Transition Town Manchester will be showing the film: More Than Honey, a documentary film by Swiss filmmaker Markus Imhoof.

Over the past 15 years all over the planet billions of bees have been disappearing. In the US alone it is estimated that 1.5 million beehives in 27 states have lost their bees (in 2013). Scientists are very concerned about this phenomenon which they call “colony collapse disorder” since 80% of plants species, including fruits and vegetables require pollination from bees. What is to blame? Pesticides? Parasites? New viruses?

Come and see this timely documentary film to learn about some of the possible causes responsible for the weakening of the bees’ immune defenses. This film looks into the fascinating world of bees on small family-run beekeeping farms as well as on industrialized honey farms. You will learn about the relationship between humankind and honeybees and about the future for this symbiotic bond. More Than Honey makes it clear that “stability is just as unhealthy as unlimited growth, that crises and disasters are triggering evolution and that salvation sometimes comes from a completely unexpected direction.” (taken from

Come join us. There will be a short discussion afterwards. Suggested donation is $5.00.