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?”

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.

 

 

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