Stay Safe In The Woods

 

Most of the hunting in Vermont happens during deer season each Fall. Bow hunting has been underway for three weeks already, but the largest numbers of hunters are out in the woods during the 16-day rifle season in November. Nicole Meier is an education specialist with Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program. She gives these tips to hikers, cyclists and other non-hunters to stay safe in the woods: http://digital.vpr.net/post/hiker-safety-tips-hunting-season

Ski Season 2018 Starts Today

Killington ski resort announced it will open to season passholders Friday and to the general public on Saturday.

Season Pass and Express Card holders will be treated to a free lunch at either the K-1 Lodge, Peak Lodge or Dog Sled on Friday. Additionally, pass holders will be offered a complimentary opening day gift while supplies last.

https://www.killington.com/the-mountain/conditions-weather/current-conditions-weather

Gargoyles – Star Wars Edition

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In the 1980s, while the Cathedral’s two west towers were under construction, the Cathedral held a design-a-carving competition for children. Word of the competition was spread nationwide through National Geographic World magazine. The third-place winner, Christopher Rader, submitted a drawing of that fearful villain: Star Wars’ Darth Vader.

The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, and placed high upon the northwest tower of the Cathedral. (The other winner designs were a raccoon, a girl with pigtails and braces, and a man with large teeth and an umbrella.)

https://cathedral.org/what-to-see/exterior/vader/

Slapstick – Sea Life Edition

 

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Wrong place, right time. 😂 Yes I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know crazy right. Here’s the story. Last weekend I was out testing the new #GoProHero7 with @kaikourakayaks and my mate @taiyomasuda. After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Before we knew it the fight came to us and well the rest is slap to the face 😂 I’m not sure who got more of a surprise the seal, the octopus or me. Either way the octopus held onto the bottom of kayak for some time before our guide was able to get it off with his paddle then it swam away to fight another day. True story. #GoPro #Kaikoura #Hero7Black #GoProANZ

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/world/asia/seal-octopus-slap-gopro.html

How Many Skips

Stone-skippers to compete this weekend
NORTH BENNINGTON — “It’s shocking how far they can throw them, and how many skips.”That’s how Karen Schroeder describes the sight of champion stone-skippers competing at Lake Paran, part of a stone-skipping festival the lake’s board has held for about four years, for amateur and high-level stone-skippers alike.

The event will also feature live music, rock painting for children and barbecue food for purchase, with hot dogs, salads and chips.
https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/stone-skippers-to-compete-this-weekend,550812

Come On Down to Downtown

Furnace Brook Wesleyan Church has come up with an idea to encourage visitors to come to downtown Brandon. On the second Sunday of the month, the church will begin to hold services in an innovative new location: the public dining space next to the Center Street Bar.

Tate said the services will last about an hour and will include coffee and pastries from Café Provence. However, Tate said those looking to pair their prayers with a pint will have to look elsewhere.

“The bar doesn’t open until four in the afternoon anyways so that won’t be an issue,” he said.

http://www.addisonindependent.com/201809faith-and-fellowship-tap-local-church-host-services-brandon-bar

 

Culture: Burning Man Edition

If you ever considered attending Burning Man, but didn’t find a week in the desert appealing, now you only have to endure Washington, DC.

The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery has a large-scale, participatory work from the desert gathering. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.

 

 

Old Farts Club

The origins of the Old Farts Club can be traced to the mid-1990s, when Smith and his daughters would meet at the nearby Bristol Bakery for morning coffees. By 2000, several Bristol Rotarians joined in, growing the group to around eight members.

 

OLD FARTS CLUB founder George Smith, 92, shows off a mug with a picture of the most senior member of the club — 107-year-old Bill James — who also attended last Wednesday’s coffee klatch.

Membership in the Old Farts Club can be an ephemeral thing, given the fragile stage of life that most of its members have reached. But if members may come, go, and sometimes slow down a bit, the club itself shows no signs of going anywhere.

“I’ll have them for as long as they come here,” Chamberlin said. “It’s town history. Just to have them as part of Cubbers is an honor.”

Each day, Chamberlin opens his doors to the Old Farts hours before the restaurant’s official opening at 11 a.m. But, he explained, his accommodation is only a small way of repaying the esteemed group, whose members who have contributed to the community in many ways, include retired teachers, postal workers and firefighters.

“All of those guys did their service,” he said. “What’s a cup of coffee?”

Garlic Fest 2018

Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from -you guessed it – garlic and herbs!

Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations.

For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone.

For the kids there will be face painting, inflatable fun jumps and other great children’s activities. Take time to wander around the spacious lawns sampling garlic delicacies and enjoy the festivities. Relax at the Beer and Wine Garden under the tent listening to live music both days.

Saturday & Sunday
September 1st and 2nd 2018
10AM to 5PM
66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT 05201

TICKET INFO:
Ticket prices are as follows:
$6.00 adult on line purchase (+ service fee)
$8.00 adult at gate
$2.00 child 12 and under on-line purchase (+ service fee)
$2.00 child 12 and under at gate
$10.00 adult two day pass on line purchase (+ service fee)
$12.00 adult two day pass at gate
Parking is FREE | Service Dogs Only

 

Something Else to Celebrate

 

Following the Vermont Legislature’s historic passage of a bill legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults, and Gov. Phil Scott signing the bill into law, Heady Vermont will host a celebration for members and the general public on July 1 – the day legalization goes into effect. Our celebration will take place at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson. Willow Crossing Farm is an experimental and educational organic family farm, and the birthplace of the Prospect Rock Permaculture Project.

 

 

Point to Point Festival 2018

The Point to Point, powered by VSECU, is a cycling and running event that was created in 2002 to raise funds and awareness for the Vermont Foodbank’s mission to end the growing problem of hunger in Vermont. Help a neighbor in need and have fun doing it!

Every dollar that is raised through the Point to Point goes directly to the Vermont Foodbank.

17th Annual Point to Point – August 11, 2018.
Online registration closes August 8, 2018 at noon.

In addition to participating in the Point to Point, riders, runners, and family members are invited to join the fun at the P2P Festival. Event day will be packed with activities for all ages, including food trucks, live music, Family Fun Zone, and ample opportunities to meander the Ascutney Trails system.

Rides: 25, 50, and 100-mile road distances and 10 and 20-mile trail distances.

Be a pioneer by being one of the first to participate in the NEW Point to Point half marathon trail run.

Event Schedule

Cautionary Tale

Barnard Theater Group Tackles Sinclair Lewis’ Cautionary Tale Of Totalitarianism

Actors perform Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here.” In this scene, Vermont newspaper editor Doremus Jessup (Peter Mendes) confronts the president of the United States, Buzz Windrip (Daniel L. Patterson) through an editorial he reads aloud.

Remaining shows:

This weekend: June 22, & 23**  7pm

Sat 23rd show is at risk of being canceled due to bad weather.  Decision will be made on Friday.  Saturday ticket holders may attend any other show or obtain a refund.

Final Weekend: June 29 & 30  7pm,  July 1  4pm

Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Students

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**Shows will be canceled due to rain, but tickets from canceled show will be good at any other performance, at the June 24 rain date if it is activated, or a refund will be available.

Provided chairs will be placed for audience seating in the stage area, but picnicking on the farm is encourage before the show.  Fable Farm will have drinks for sale at Fri & Sat shows.

It Can’t Happen Here

A cautionary dark satire about the fragility of democracy and how fascism can take hold even in the land of liberty.

It Can’t Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and “traditional” values. Witnessing the new president’s tyranny from the sidelines is a liberal, middle-class newspaper editor from Vermont who trusts the system will fix itself—until he ends up in a prison camp. Sinclair Lewis’ eerily prescient 1935 novel gets a fresh update in this adaptation that examines what brings a citizenry to the point of sacrificing its own freedom and how a courageous few can prevail to overcome the fall.

Staying Power

In 1918, the Allies declared victory in World War 1, Babe Ruth pitched 29 1/3 scoreless innings for the Red Sox in the World Series, Woodrow Wilson was president, color movies were invented, and Effie Ballou opened the Wayside on the Barre-Montpelier Road.

Originally just a roadside eatery, the Wayside Restaurant has withstood the test of time and is ready to celebrate its 100th Anniversary this year.  In an industry where 70 percent of all restaurants fail after 10 years, the Wayside has defied the odds.

 

 

A Concert to Sleep Through Department

This is most definitely not for loners. It’s an 8 hour performance of “Sleep,” Max Richter’s eight-hour soundtrack engineered, with the help of scientific consultants, to provoke a relaxing night.

Tickets cost $250, including individual Beautyrest mattresses,  to be donated later to a charity for children who have trouble sleeping, as well as linens, sleep masks, swag bags, etc., all bearing the Beautyrest branding.  TAlk about the ultimate in product placement!

 

Strolling Department

May the FARMS be with you! Strolling of the Heifers Parade and weekend of events is almost here! Don’t miss the fun June 1-2-3 !

Strolling of the Heifers Weekend 2018 is June 1-2-3, and this year’s theme is “May the FARMS be With You”!

The parade kicks off at 10 am sharp with scores of lovable heifer calves, groomed, decorated and led by future farmers. The heifers are followed by farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and surprises.

Vermont’s most challenging dirt road rides! The seventh annual Tour de Heifer happens on Sunday, June 3, 2018!

The Tour de Heifer’s 60 and 30 mile challenge routes follow dirt roads with minimal pavement.

Both entail significant elevation change — that is, hill-climbing, and lots of it! Both the 30 and 60 mile challenges are loop rides with opportunities for bailing out.

New 60-mile route for 2018 :
The new route is 61 miles, with 7119 feet of climbing. This is about 200 more feet than previous years. The ride is entirely in Vermont this year.

Starting a Business Webinar

A Small Business Administration webinar about the basics of starting a business is at 1 p.m. May 18.

Topics include financing options, market research, business plans and other resources available to launch a small business.

To join the webinar, log onto http://www.connectmeeting.att.com and use the meeting number 8882948505 and the code 5429282. Participants are encouraged to access the webinar five minutes prior to the start time.

To join by phone, dial 1-888-294-8505. When prompted enter access code 5429282.

To access the conference call, dial toll free 1-888-294-8505, when prompted enter the access code of 5429282.

For more information, email chris.herriman@sba.gov or call (802) 828-4422 Ext. 206