Around Town (6/18/09)

June 18, 2009

Relay for Life comes to Vermont

In recognition of Relay for Life’s 25th anniversary, Dr. Gordy Klatt, the founder of the cancer research fundraiser, is coming to Vermont.

Klatt will make the opening remarks at the Relay for Life of Chittenden County, set for June 19-20 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, and the Relay for Life of Northeast Kingdom on June 20-21.

During Relay for Life events, teams of walkers camp near a path or track and take turns walking that route.

Olivia Aiken, a cancer survivor and co-chairwoman for Relay for Life of the Northeast Kingdom, invited Klatt to Vermont. Klatt started the event 25 years ago after a friend died of cancer. Since then, Relay for Life has raised more than $1.7 billion to fight cancer and support those living with it. More than 1,000 Chittenden County residents have already registered for this weekend’s event, raising more than $154,000.

To sign up or donate, visit

Family tennis

With help from U.S. Professional Tennis Association pro Nick Marchand, Williston is hosting the Pilot Pen Tennis Family Classic from June 19-21 at Sports & Fitness Edge. The tournament has given families the chance to play alongside tennis pros for the past nine years.

Williston will host three tournaments, including Husband/Wife, Father/Child and Mother/Child doubles tournaments. The cost is $15 per team. Winning teams advance to the Regional Tournament on July 25-26 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University.

To register, contact the Williston  Recreation Department at 878-1239.

Maple Tree Place offers summer concerts

The classic rock band Fox & Company kicks off the Groovin’ On The Green concert series on Thursday. The concerts run from June 18 – Aug. 20 at Maple Tree Place in Williston, and music ranges from blues to a capella to bluegrass.

Thursday’s concert opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. to unveil a new band shell on The Green at Maple Tree Place.

Shows begin at 6 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. For more information, visit