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Fall Home Maintenance

Fall Home Maintenance


Happy Fall, y'all! You’ve felt the change in the air, spotted some leaves that have donned their autumn colors, and perhaps caught the scent of smoke coming from a neighbor’s chimney. Now is the time for homeowners to put away the mower and get the snowblower and plow ready to tackle the coming snow. This checklist of fall home maintenance tasks, provided by Barbara Winfield on Bobvila.com, is a full rundown of the chores that should be on your to-do list.

 

  •  Exterior Maintenance
    • Check the foundation for cracks.
    • Install storm windows and doors and remove screens.
    • Make sure the roof is in good shape.
    • Clean out the gutters and downspouts after the leaves have fallen.
    • Weather-strip your garage door.
    • Inspect your driveway.
  •  Interior Maintenance
    • Apply weather stripping and caulk to close air leaks around windows and doors.
    • Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor.
    • Get your wood stove or fireplace in working order
    • Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft to redistribute warm air from the ceiling.
    • Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.
    • Check basement windows for drafts, loose frames, and cracked panes.
    • Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners
    • Clean humidifiers regularly throughout the heating season.
  •  Lawn and Garden Maintenance
    • Organize your garage.
    • Clear leaves from the lawn, reseed patchy areas, and plant spring flowering bulbs.
    • Prepare yard equipment for storage.
    • Check all snow equipment to be sure it is up and running.
    • Drain garden hoses and store them inside.
    • Inspect and fill bird feeders.
    • Fertilize the lawn.
  • Porch and Deck Maintenance
    • Check the supports, stairs, and railings on porches and decks.
    • Clean porch and deck furniture.
    • Make sure all soil is emptied from pots and planters.


For more details, read the full article at www.bobvila.com/articles/1499-fall-home-maintenance-checklist

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    Agent of the Week: Constance Isabelle

    About Constance

    The Northeast Kingdom truly is a place I love & a wonderful place to live and pursue my career. Like many who come to enjoy Vermont's beauty, I am still overjoyed with the changes of the seasons and spending time with family and friends in our great outdoors. With a heritage rich in French traditions, I have a true appreciation for the many cultures that enrich our area.  I am a 2019 recipient of the Century 21 Masters Ruby award for consistent high production, quality service and dedication.  I look forward to the opportunity of sharing my understanding of the area with you to effectively market your property or to achieve the dream of home ownership in a place that I am proud to call home.

    Here's what our satisfied customers are saying about Connie:

    Connie Isabelle did a real FANTASTIC job with our sale in Island Pond.  From the start, she has been a great help, very professional and was perfect from A to Z.  We owe her many many thanks!

    ~ Nadine Mularczyk

    Connie Isabelle sold my 43,000 square foot factory that had been vacant for a year and a half.  From the very beginning she was the consummate professional - she managed the whole process flawlessly.  We had a very difficult buyer and she was able to see the sale over the finish line.  She did extremely well in maintaining the price that we required.  When there were negotiations to be made, she easily carried them out and each party was satisfied.  When the buyer requested a delay in the closing date she locked them down tightly to a new one.  Any issues with the building during the inspections were relayed to the buyer and solved by the seller.  In summary, the sale went through in large part to her jumping into the process, helping solve all the issues, and getting everyone to the finish line.  Connie make this happen, with her excellent skills as a broker.  I would not hesitate to hire her again to sell any piece of property I owned. She is the best.

    ~ Aminta K. Conant, owner Caledonia Spirits

    Connie helped stage the house with furniture so it would sell faster.  She checked the fuel for me to see how much was left in the tanks.  She was such a professional sales broker.  I would recommend Connie Isabelle because of her honesty, kindness and her good humor.  She was comfortable to be around.

    ~ Nancy Rice

    After having recently closed a sale with Connie Isabelle, I can assure you that you'll be in good hands with her as your listing agent.  She handled all the minute and fussy details inherent in any real estate transaction with grace and professionalism, was prompt, efficient and always available to answer questions, offer excellent advice, and work with the interests of the client foremost in her mind.  I'd heartily recommend her.

    ~ Bill Northey, Albany, VT

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      Hope is on the Horizon for Home Buyers!

      Hope on the Horizon for Home Buyers


      According to Danielle Hale, Realtor.com chief economist, low mortgage rates are an important factor helping prospective homebuyers. "Despite the ongoing challenges of today's housing market, including limited inventory, lightning-fast home sales and competition from investors with deep pockets, many buyers are finding ways to persist until they find and close on a home," said Hale.


      For prospective buyers who are thinking of pausing their search, Hale noted that there is usually a seasonal reprieve in the competition as we head into fall. "Although we didn't see this sweet spot last fall as buyers were making up for time lost to lockdowns, there are signs that we'll see it this year," she stated.


      Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, said he has heard reports from NAR member agents that fewer homes are being sold for more than the asking price than earlier this year, and there's less intensity around bidding wars. In addition, he expects there will be a point this year when inventory will be greater than last year.


      Read Anna Bahney’s full article on the housing market at www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/homes/us-home-sales-july-feseries/index.html

       

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        Agent of the Week: Andrea Kupetz

        About Andrea

        After 29 years of experience in real estate running my own company, Burke Mill Properties, named for the lumber mill owned by 3 generations of my family, I have joined the Farm & Forest Team. I have a strong knowledge and love of Burke and the surrounding area.   Having grown up skiing and ski racing, I passed that on to my children while teaching and coaching at Burke Mt. for many years.  I enjoy that special connection with the many families who are coming to the Burke area, falling in love with all that we have to offer here and wanting to find a spot of their own. I have many loyal clients and customers to thank for my successes in the real estate business and look forward to continuing that trend with Century 21 Farm & Forest. 

        Here's what our satisfied customers are saying about Andrea:

        I have known and worked with Andrea for over 20 years. Century 21 Farm & Forest is lucky to have her. 

        ~ Paul Valentine, East Burke, VT

        It was very stressful selling my family home. Andrea understood that from the beginning and was very careful with the more clinical side in selling my home. Andrea was present for all showings, inspections and continued checking in on my progress packing and moving. I'm very pleased how it turned out. 

        ~ Holly, Burke, VT

        Although contractually representing the seller, Andrea was extremely helpful in terms of getting the transaction done. She was very responsive, had significant market knowledge, was very prompt with contract documents and communication, and we would recommend her to anyone.

        ~ Sara Ecker & Robert Christensen

        Working with Andrea and Century 21 Farm & Forest made the daunting process of buying a home exciting, enjoyable, and easy!  Andrea's knowledge, plus the positive relationships she has in the area, allowed me to immediately feel welcomed as she introduced me not only to homes, but new neighbors and fellow community members.  I truly appreciated her patience and understanding.  She is now a dear friend.  I wholeheartedly recommend Andrea to anyone and everyone!

        ~ Abigail Long

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          September 2021 Local Happenings

          EVENTS

           

          Danville Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Danville Green, 100 Park Street, Danville.

          Glover Farmers’ Market. Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Glover Village Green, Route 16, Glover.

          Hardwick Farmers’ Market. Fridays, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Atkins Field, 140 Granite Street, Hardwick.

          Lyndon Farmers’ Market. Fridays, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Bandstand Park, Lyndonville.

          Newport Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Gardner Park Road, Newport.

          St. Johnsbury Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern Avenue & Pearl Street, St. Johnsbury.

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          Wilkins Bike Night at East Side. September 8, 6:00 p.m., Eastside Restaurant & Pub, 47 Landing Street, Newport.

          Vermont Comedy Divas. September 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick Street, Greensboro. Go to highlandartsvt.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

          Orleans County Fair. September 8 through 12, Barton Fairgrounds, 278 Roaring Brook Road, Barton. For the full schedule of events, visit http://www.orleanscountyfair.net/.

          Invasive Plant Webinar: Invaders in the Kingdom. September 8, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Join this webinar to learn how to identify and control invasive plants and hear about restoration work at VLT’s Bluffside Farm in Newport to restore native plants to the field and forest. For details or to register, go to https://vlt.org/event/invasive-plant-webinar.

          4th Annual State House to Farmhouse: Legislators Hear from the Farming Community. September 9, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Hillside Homestead, Albany.  For more information or to RSVP, go to https://www.ruralvermont.org/events/2021/9/9/4th-annual-state-house-to-farmhouse.

          Family & Foliage Weekend. September 10 through 12. Enjoy classic camp activities like canoeing, mountain biking, and tie-dyeing with your whole family; plus Fall classics like apple picking, cider press, and pumpkin carving. Learn more and register at https://www.hosmerpoint.com/events/family-foliage-weekend.

          Footworks, live music. September 10, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Harry’s Hardware & The Den, 3087 Main Street, Cabot. Go to https://m.facebook.com/events/harrys-hardware-the-den/footworks/436702444043895/ to learn more.

          Kids’ Power Wheel Demo. September 11, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Barton Fairgrounds, 278 Roaring Brook Road, Barton. See https://www.facebook.com/events/278-roaring-brook-rd-barton-vt-05822-8601-united-states/kids-power-wheel-demo/1743226852732957/ for more information.

          Potluck Picnic Lunch and Tour at Old Stonehouse Museum. September 11, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington. Learn more at https://www.pridecentervt.org/event/potluck-picnic-lunch-and-tour-old-stonehouse-museum/

          Back in Black – AC/DC Tribute Band. September 11, 7:00 p.m. Orleans County Fair, 278 Roaring Brook Road, Barton. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/vermonts-orleans-county-fair/back-in-black-band-acdc-tribute/354714362822806/.

          From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from Suffragists. September 11, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington. Learn more at https://www.oldstonehousemuseum.org/2021-speakers-series/.

          Vermont Mountain Bike Association Day at Burke Mountain. September 11, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Burke Mountain Resort. Go to https://vmba.org/event/vmba-day-at-burke/ for full details.

          Game of Logging. September 11 & 12, NorthWoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Drive, Island Pond. Expert instructors from Northeast Woodland Training will teach the fundamentals of safe chainsaw use, precision tree felling, and equipment care. Visit https://www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/tag/game-of-logging/ for more details.

          Rise & Walk St. Johnsbury. September 14, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Meet at the park at Main and Winter Street. See more at https://nekprosper.org/event/rise-walk-st-johnsbury/2021-09-14/

          Brett Stanciu: Unstitched. September 14, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Hardwick Town House, Depot Street, Hardwick. Go to https://literarynorth.org/event-list/2021/9/14/brett-stanciu for more information.

          Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. September 15, 6:00 p.m., Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury. Interviews, archival footage, and home movies are used to illustrate a social history of folk artist and activist Pete Seeger. Find out more at https://www.catamountarts.org/show/details/pete-seeger-the-power-of-song.

          Restoring Biodiversity: Invasive Plant Management. September 16, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. See various treatments for controlling barberry, honeysuckle, and buckthorn, and learn how, when, and why to take action. Vermont Land Trust’s Bluffside Farm, Scott Farm Road, Newport. For more details and to register, visit https://www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/event/restoring-biodiversity-invasive-plant-management-in-the-nek.

          Kingdom Trails Community Chat Series. September 16, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Orange Rind, 427 VT 144, East Burke. Hear the latest news from Kingdom Trails and share your thoughts and questions about the trail system. https://m-partners.facebook.com/events/795251054494364

          Mirage Concert. September 17, 6:00 p.m. Lakeside Park, 32 Mill Street, Island Pond. This concert kicks off NEK Marathon Weekend. See https://m.facebook.com/events/948163725757168 for more information.

          Full Moon Flashlight Night in the Maze. September 17 & 18, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Vermont Corn Maze, 1416 Burke Road, Sutton. For tickets or more information, visit https://kingdomcornmaze.com/visit/vermont-fall-events/.

          Peter & Oliver of Pete’s Posse. September 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick Street, Greensboro. Go to highlandartsvt.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

          Northeast Kingdom Marathon. September 18, 5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Free USATF-certified self-supported 13.1 half or 26.2 full marathon course. Visit https://brightonrecreationvt.org/northeast-kingdom-marathon/ for full information and to register.

          Still Kickin’. September 18, 7:30 – 11:20 p.m. Elks Lodge, 118 Western Avenue, St. Johnsbury. Click https://stillkickinbandnh.com/shows for more information.

          Walden Fire Department Open House. September 18, 10:00 am. – 2:00 pm., Walden Fire Department, 12 VT-125, Walden. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/walden-fire-department/walden-fire-departments-open-house-2021/344768554008893/.

          Dragon Egg Hunt. September 18, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join the Hunt, Play the Game. Learn more at https://www.stjathenaeum.org/youth-events-1/2021/9/18/dragon-egg-hunt, and contact Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1391 to register.

          The Last King with Crypitus. September 18, 7:00 p.m. For more information and tickets, go to https://www.catamountarts.org/show/details/the-last-king-with-crypitus.

          Newport Area Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide. September 18, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Join the movement turning hope into action. Register, start a team, or make a donation TODAY at www.afsp.org/NewportVt

          Music at the Market: 5th Business. September 18, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. St. Johnsbury Farmers’ Market, St. Johnsbury.

          John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. September 18, 6:00 p.m., Lakeside Park, 32 Mill Street, Island Pond. For more details, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/lakeside-park-island-pond/john-cafferty-the-beaver-brown-band/3909545065840612/.

          Westmore Mountain Challenge. September 18: 1 Day, 5 mountains, 26 miles. For registration and details, visit https://www.northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/event/2021-westmore-mountain-challenge/.

          Sutton River Band at the Brez! September 18, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., Tom Breslin Community Center, 377 Main Street, Lyndonville. To find out more, visit https://m.facebook.com/events/tom-breslin-center/sutton-river-band-at-the-brez/856851118323956/

          Northern Harmony. September 19, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick Street, Greensboro. Go to highlandartsvt.org for details and to purchase tickets.

          Genny Tenny. September 19, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This 10-mile point-to-point dirt road run starts in front of the Craftsbury General Store and ends at Albany’s new general store, The Genny. Go to https://www.craftsbury.com/events/craftsbury-beer-run-zspzy for full details.

          Danville Community Dinner. September 20, 6:00 p.m., Danville Congregational Church, 87 Hill Street, Danville. Visit https://www.caledonianrecord.com/calendar/community/danville-community-dinner/event_17d186a8-8d1a-11e9-a91e-1b2c12eb12a6.html for more information.

          Aoife O’Donovan with special guests Hawktail. September 24, 7 :00 – 9:00 p.m. Lyndon Institute, 168 Institute Circle, Lyndon Center. For more information and tickets, visit https://www.catamountarts.org/show/details/aoife-odonovan-with-special-guests-hawktail.

          Ninja Bike Clinics. September 25 & 26. Half and full-day skills clinics, as well as a 2-day camp will be held at Kingdom Trails in East Burke. Visit https://m.facebook.com/events/539687020736381 for more information and the link to register.

          Music at the Market: Dana and Susan Robinson. September 25, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. St. Johnsbury Farmers’ Market, St. Johnsbury.

          Rinktoberfest. September 25, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., Fenton Chester Arena, Lyndonville. Get ready to bid during this charity auction fundraiser to support RINK, Inc., the nonprofit formed to reopen the ice arena. Learn more at https://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/rinktoberfest-planned-to-support-ice-rink-re-opening-effort/article_be1ff5ea-921d-5feb-a6f4-19aafecaada0.html

          Alexander Twilight Day Apple & Cheese Festival. September 26, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington. For more information, go to https://www.eventcrazy.com/Brownington-VT/events/details/852097-Alexander-Twilight-Day-Apple-and-Cheese-Festival.

           Modern Times Theater, The Perils of Mr. Punch. September 26, 3:00 p.m., Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick Street, Greensboro. Go to highlandartsvt.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

          Northeast Kingdom Walk to End Alzheimer’s. September 26, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. St. Johnsbury Welcome Center. Visit https://www.nekchamber.com/interior_textright.php/pid/4/sid/170 for full details.

           

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            August 2021 Local happenings

            Events

            Danville Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Danville Green, 100 Park Street, Danville.

            Glover Farmers’ Market. Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Glover Village Green, Route 16, Glover.

            Hardwick Farmers’ Market. Fridays, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Atkins Field, 140 Granite Street, Hardwick.

            Lyndon Farmers’ Market. Fridays, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Bandstand Park, Lyndonville.

            Newport Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Gardner Park Road, Newport.

            St. Johnsbury Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern Avenue & Pearl Street, St. Johnsbury.

            Kid’s Creativity Pop-Ups. Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. Drop by the Children’s Library to bring out your creative side. Ms. Diane will be hosting different design activities each week. For ages 8-up. Contact Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1391 for more information.

            Summer Produce Program at H.O.P.E. August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., H.O.P.E. Thrift Store, 136 Church Street, Lyndonville. Small Axe Farm in East Ryegate and Firefly Farm in Burke Hollow provide delicious, locally grown produce for the weekly CSAs to those who are income eligible for TEFAP and/or have received food from H.O.P.E. in the past year. For more information, visit www.hopevermont.com.

             

            Wildcrafted and Homemade Vinegars, Pickles & Preserves Workshop. August 6, 8:30 a.m. – August 8, 3:00 p.m. Students will learn the various methods of making homemade vinegars from scratch and the culinary uses of these homemade vinegars. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/sterling-college/wildcrafted-and-homemade-vinegars-pickles-preserves-workop-with-pascal-baudar/5683869488322387/ for details.

            Danville Fair Parade. August 7, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. This year’s theme is Local Food | Local Fun: Eat and Dance Your Day Away at the Fair! Find out more at www.facebook.com/events/town-green-danville-vt/danville-fair-parade/1623754287834701.

            90th Annual Danville Community Fair. August 7, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. See details at https://m.facebook.com/events/483771382728508.

            2nd Annual NEK Poker Run, Meal, Silent Auction, & Live Music. August 7, starting at 9:00 a.m., VFW Post 798, Central Street, Newport. Sponsored by Combat Vets Motorcycle Association Chapter 26-4 and VFW Auxiliary. All money raised will go to help local Veterans. $15 entry fee. Visit https://m.facebook.com/events/460152795109300 to learn more.

            Intro to Bike-packing, a Vermont Overnighter. August 7 & 8. For more details, visit https://m.facebook.com/events/st-johnsbury-vt/intro-to-bikepackinga-vermont-overnighter/988071591597656

            Summer Benefit & Celebration of Rural ARTS Collaborative. August 7, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro. For tickets and more information, go to https://allevents.in/greensboro/summer-benefit-and-celebration-for-rural-arts-collaborative/10000163380699069

            Memphremagog Boat Parade. August 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Newport City Dock, 84 Fyfe Drive, Newport. Decorate your boat to celebrate the lake and join in this fundraiser to support the work of the Memphremagog Watershed Association. To register, visit memphremagogwatershedassociation.com (Rain date August 14).

             

            Arts, Crafts & Giftables Fair. August 7, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. American Legion Post #80, 60 Railroad Street, Island Pond. https://www.facebook.com/events/american-legion-post-80/arts-crafts-giftables-fair/253082006185427/

            Farm Tour at Firefly Farm. August 7, 1:00 p.m., 307 Sugarhouse Road, West Burke. Pre-registration is required. Sign up at www.fireflyfarmburkehollow.com/events

            Summer Dog Party. August 7, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Dog Mountain Four-legged friends and their two-legged companions will gather for a romping good time. Live music, food truck, bounce house, dog contents and agility course. For full details, visit www.dogmt.com/events.html.

            Vermont CARES Poker Paddle for Prevention. August 7, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Register at the park across from the Westmore Community Church, then paddle to five locations and collect your best poker hand. Live music with Jacob Green One Man Band at the park. Funds support harm reduction and HIV care and prevention. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/177651560820541.

            Monster Truckz Extreme Tour. August 6, 7 & 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Barton Fairgrounds, 278 Roaring Brook Road, Barton. The Nitro Motocross Team will amaze and astonish as they do things that shouldn’t be possible. Extreme rock crawlers, right side up, sideways, even upside-down feats you never thought possible. For more information and tickets, go to https://tickets.monstertruckz.com/

            Our Domestic Resurrection Circus. August 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 3:00 p.m., Bread & Puppet Theatre, 753 Heights Road (VT 122), Glover. Stilt dancers, papier mâché beasts of all sizes, and a riotous brass band make a raucous, colorful spectacle of protest and celebration. For tickets and more information, visit https://breadandpuppet.org.

             

            Mike Mains and the Branches Concert. August 8, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Part of the Leavitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury. For more details, visit https://www.catamountarts.org/show/details/hudost/. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Admission: FREE! 

            Bookmaking Workshop. August 10, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. In this cumulative workshop, kids 7 and up will develop and create their own books. For registration and more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1931.

            Hike, Bike & Paddle. August 11, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Prouty Beach, Newport. Join Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont for an opportunity to enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking. Free bike and canoe rentals are available but are limited. Participants are welcome to bring their own boats and bikes. Learn more at www.facebook.com/events/397460864074654?active_tab=about.

            Blue Sky MTB Descending with Confidence Clinic. August 12, 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this clinic, which is geared to intermediate riders. To learn more, go to  www.facebook.com/events/242211654015930

            Tails and Tales, Outdoor Storytime. August 12, 19 & 26, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. August 13, 20 & 27, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.; July 22, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. Held in the Athenaeum’s backyard for 30 minutes of stories, songs, and play. For children up to age 5. Contact Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1391 for more details and to register.

            Monthly VT Foodbank Produce Drop. August 12, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., H.O.P.E. Thrift Store, 136 Church Street, Lyndonville. Visit www.hopevermont.com for more information.

            Wildcrafting – Creative Culinary Uses of the Land. August 13-15, Sterling College, Craftsbury. During this 3-day hands-on workshop, students will forage/wildcraft daily with the ultimate goal of creating a beautiful wild-inspired tasting menu. For more information and to register, visit https://www.learn.sterlingcollege.edu/visitor_catalog_class/show/2613724

            Her Majesty’s Secret Circus. August 14, 7:00 p.m. Main Street, Island Pond. Agents Honeymoon and Butterfly are on a mission: save humanity from boredom, one show at a time. Featuring an amazing fire-juggling act, audience sleeper agents, and all the spy thriller references you can think of. Admission is Free. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/337958674554698 for details.

            RuralEdge HomeBuyer Education Workshop. Saturday, August 14, RuralEdge Pierce Block Community Room, 16 Church Street, Barton, 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 800-234-0560 or 802-473-3919, email homeownership@ruraledge.org, or visit www.ruraledge.org.

            GMARA Bitter Pill Adventure Race. August 14, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Road, Craftsbury Common. This summer adventure race, for teams of two or three, will get you into the woods and on the water doing different activities. For full details, go to www.craftsbury.com/events/gmara-bitter-pill-adventure-race.

            Lavender 5K Run or Walk. August 14, 10:00 a.m. start time. Begin and end your run at Lavender Essentials of Vermont, 2103 Herrick Road, Derby Line. Visit https://www.runreg.com/lavender-5k-2021 to register.

            Vermont Roots Roadshow. August 14, 4:00 p.m., Jay Peak Resort, 830 Jay Peak Road, Jay. Featuring Maple Run Band, Sarah King, Saints & Liars, Ida Mae Specker & Terrible Mountain Stringband, and Western Terrestrials. For tickets or more details, visit https://www.bandsintown.com/e/102601606-maple-run-band-at-jay-peak-resort.

            Vermont’s North Country Chamber Antique Tractor Show. August 15, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Gardener Park, 246 the Causeway, Newport. Music, petting zoo, food, and TRACTORS. Contact Dianne Laplant for tractor registration at 802-744-2335, 802-323-2472 or laplant@vtlink.net.

            The Black River Grand Prix. August 15, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Road, Craftsbury Common. A celebration of big loops, varied terrain, and fun on bikes in the woods along a 25K course. Learn more and register at https://www.craftsbury.com/events/the-black-river-grand-prix.

            Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou Concert. August 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Part of the Leavitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury. For more details, visit https://www.catamountarts.org/show/details/hudost/. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Admission: FREE! 

            Mural Camp. August 16 – 20. Students in grades 6-8 will create a mural with local artist Tara Goreau. This camp meets Monday-Friday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury. For more details and to register, go to https://www.catamountarts.org/show/details/mural-camp-grades-6-8/?fbclid=IwAR3VFgG_MjwM-LBa0-Reb2uDVcjWz-f3bUFweldxiDzmlEFGmgnopTnOCBU 

            Fishing Club. August 17, 4:00 p.m. Do you like fishing and want to meet others who do too? Meet at Bandstand Park, Route 5, Lyndonville. Find out more at www.facebook.com/events/184411406913514.

            NEK Young Professionals: Back-to-School Mixer. August 19, meet at the Work Commons, 194 Main Street, Newport. Photo shoot at 5:00 p.m., Eden Ice Cider Tour & Tasting at 6:00 p.m., Mixer at the Warehouse starts at 7:00 p.m. Learn about the NEK YPN and the VT Welcome Wagon Project as well as network with other YPs. For full details, go to https://allevents.in/newport/nek-young-professionals-back-to-school-mixer/10000161643033665

            Cruizin 2021! August 21, starting at 9:00 a.m., 160 Freeman Street, Newport. Motorcycle Ride & Rally to support Make-A-Wish Vermont. See more at https://wish.org/vermont/thirteenth-annual-cruzin-cancer

            August West Festival. August 21, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Jay Town Green, VT Route 242, Jay. The August West Festival celebrates both the music of The Grateful Dead and the community in and around the Jay Peak Area. Enjoy food and craft vendors and free live music from Dead Sessions Lite and Rick Redington & The Luv. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/jay-country-store/august-west-festival/512815153257873/

            Craftsbury Beer Run. August 21, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Road, Craftsbury Common. This point-to-point dirt road half marathon raises money for the Center for an Agricultural Economy. To learn more and register, go to https://www.craftsburybeerrun.com/

            Kotoko Brass Concert. Sunday, August 22, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Part of the Leavitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury. For more details, visit https://www.catamountarts.org/show/details/hudost/. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Admission: FREE! 

            Race Back to School. August 22, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Meet at The Inn at Mountainview Farm.  A day of friendly competition for runners and bikers of all ages and ability levels to raise funds for H.O.P.E. For more details and to register, go to https://www.kingdomtrails.org/the-race-back-to-school.

            Vermont’s Heroes & Canines. August 24, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. Meet VT State Troopers Sgt. Matthew Sweitzer with K-9 Galina and Sgt. Alex Comtois with K-9 Phoenix as they share their experiences and demonstrate how Galina and Phoenix help on the job.  Contact Becky Hatfield at 802-745-1391 or bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org to register.

            Caledonia County Fair. August 25-29, 1 Fairground Road, Lyndonville. Visit http://caledoniacountyfair.com to see the schedule of shows, events, and activities.

            Trails 2 Ales. August 26, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Road, Craftsbury Common. This women’s clinic is for introductory/beginner mountain bike riders and focuses on learning and honing mountain bike skills in a safe and supportive environment. For details and to register, go to www.craftsbury.com/cycling/cyclingprograms/womensmountainbikeclinics.

            Kingdom Trails Community Chat Series. August 26, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., The Hub Trailside, 2099 Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville. Hear the latest news from Kingdom Trails and share your thoughts and questions about the trail system. See more at www.kingdomtrails.org/kt-community-chat-series.

            Local Lit Summer Series Poetry Night. August 26, 6:30 p.m., Little Free Library, 1369 Maple Ridge Road, Newark. Bring your favorite poem to read aloud and a blanket or chair. Call 802-334-0388 to learn more.

             

            Pick-Your-Own Sunflowers. August 26-29, Kingdom Corn Maze, 1416 Burke Road, Sutton. Learn more at https://kingdomcornmaze.com/visit/calendar-of-events/.

            Oshima Brothers Concert. Sunday, August 29, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Part of the Leavitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury. For more details, visit https://www.catamountarts.org/show/details/hudost/. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Admission: FREE!

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              July 2021 Local Happenings

              EVENTS

              Newport Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Gardner Park Road, Newport.

              Danville Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Danville Green, 100 Park Street, Danville.

              Lyndon Farmers’ Market. Fridays, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Bandstand Park, Lyndonville.

              Hardwick Farmers’ Market. Fridays, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Atkins Field, 140 Granite Street, Hardwick.

              St. Johnsbury Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern Avenue & Pearl Street, St. Johnsbury.

              Kat Wright Concert. July 9, 6:30 p.m. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro. Joined by guitarist Bob Wagner and bassist Josh Weinstein, the trio leans into a sound that showcases their folk and roots selves. For full details, visit https://highlandartsvt.org/events/kat-wright/.

              Tails and Tales, Summer Read & Play. Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 12:30 p.m., Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby Center. Meet on the library lawn for stories, crafts, games, special animal guests, and other fun activities. Designed for ages 6-12, but all are welcome. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Dailey-Memorial-Library-205442829481073 for more information. 

              Tails and Tales, Outdoor Storytime. July 9, 16, and 30, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.; July 22, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. Held in the Athenaeum’s backyard for 30 minutes of stories, songs, and play. For children up to age 5. Contact Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1391 for more details and to register.

              Hey St. J! #GetDownTown. July 10, beginning at noon. Catamount Arts, the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce and the Town of St. Johnsbury have partnered to revive this free, family-friendly performing arts series. Visit www.facebook.com/events/281291447125187/?ref=newsfeed for details on performers, times, and locations.

              Vermont Symphony Orchestra Homes & Gardens Tour. July 10, 3:00 p.m. Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/173272801365096/ for more information.

              HuDost Concert. Sunday, July 11, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Part of the Leavitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury. For more details, visit https://www.catamountarts.org/show/details/hudost/. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Admission: FREE! 

              Catamount Arts Logo

              Exordium, Tales of Tails. July 13, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Join the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum for a special Animal Exploration event. Explore the what, how, and why of animal and bird tales. (Ages 6 and up.) To register, contact Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1391.

              Veggie Van Go. July 15, 10:00-11:00 a.m. A free mobile produce market at NVRH, 1316 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury. In partnership with the Vermont Foodbank, the market is open to anyone in the area who may need to supplement their budget with fresh produce. For more details, visit https://nekprosper.org/event/veggie-van-go/2021-07-15/.

              Vermont Symphony Orchestra Gazebos and Bandstands Tour. July 17, 3:00 p.m. Lakeside Park Bandstand, Cross Street, Island Pond. Pull up your camping chair, pack up the sunscreen, and enjoy some rousing brass music – VSO is bringing pomp and circumstance with a free brass quintet concert featuring trumpet, trombone, horn, and tuba. 

              Raid Lamoille. July 17, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hosted by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Raid Lamoille is a 25 or 55-mile route where you’ll be treated to some stout climbing on quintessential Vermont gravel. You will be self-navigating and essentially self-supported, but there’s a party awaiting you at the finish. Visit https://www.grvl.net/raid-lamoille for full details and to register.

              RuralEdge HomeBuyer Education Workshop Saturday, July 17, RuralEdge Moose River Housing Community Room, 159 Moose River Drive, St. Johnsbury, 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 800-234-0560 or 802-473-3919; email homeownership@ruraledge.org, or visit www.ruraledge.org.

              Chad Hollister Band. July 18, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Part of the Leavitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury. Visit https://tickets.catamountarts.org/events/chad%20hollister%20band/2021-7-18_17.00/dog%20mountain?back=2&area=337e21e8-bb40-e711-80f3-005056080889&type=ga for more details. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Admission: FREE! 

              Newport Vets Town Hall. July 18, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Waterfront Pavilion at Prouty Beach, Newport. Veterans of any era who served in any capacity are invited to stand before their community and speak for up to ten minutes about what it was like to serve their country. Non-veterans are encouraged to attend and listen. 

              A Reading with Reeve Lindbergh. July 21, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. Meet local author Reeve Lindbergh as she reads a selection of her picture books. Take home activity packets will be available after the event. To register, contact Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1391.

              The Blue Dahlia. July 25, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Part of the Leavitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury. Go to https://tickets.catamountarts.org/events/the%20blue%20dahlia/2021-7-25_17.00/dog%20mountain?back=2&area=337e21e8-bb40-e711-80f3-005056080889&type=ga for full details. Gates open at 4:00. Admission: FREE!

              Dog Mountain Summer Picnic. July 31, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/143-parks-rd-st-johnsbury-vt-05819-8907-united-states/dog-mountain-summer-picnic/256577879408412/ to learn more.

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                June 2021 Local Happenings

                Newport Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Gardner Park Road, Newport.

                Danville Farmers’ Market. Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Danville Green, 100 Park Street, Danville.

                Lyndon Farmers’ Market. Every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Bandstand Park, Lyndonville.

                Hardwick Farmers’ Market. Fridays, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Atkins Field, 140 Granite Street, Hardwick.

                St. Johnsbury Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern Avenue & Pearl Street, St. Johnsbury.

                 

                Birding at Eagle Point. June 5, 8:00-11:00 a.m. Join the Friends of Missisquoi and the Memphremagog Watershed Association at the Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area for a birding walk. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birding-at-eagle-point-tickets-150772836613.

                 

                Tails and Tales, Outdoor Storytime. June 3, 4, 10, 11, 24, 25. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury. Held in the Athenaeum’s backyard for 30 minutes of stories, songs, and play. For children up to age 5. Contact Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1391 for more details and to register.

                 

                Ice Queen 50. June 12, 11:00 a.m. – June 13, 2:00 a.m. The Ice Queen Challenge, hosted by Kingdom Trails, is a 50km, 15-hour, nighttime challenge that hits a 2,289-m elevation. Limited to 50 entries. For details, email icequeeen50km@gmail.com

                 

                Ballet Vermont’s Bees & Friends Festival. June 12, 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. performances. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro. Set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Bees & Friends brings focus to the small, nestled creatures crucial to a healthy Vermont. For tickets or more information, visit https://highlandartsvt.org/events/ballet-vermont-bees-friends-festival/.

                 

                Island Pond Town-Wide Yard Sale. June 12, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

                 

                RuralEdge HomeBuyer Education Workshop Saturday, June 12, 418 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 800-234-0560 or 802-473-3919; email homeownership@ruraledge.org, or visit www.ruraledge.org.

                 

                Veggie Van Go. June 17, 10:00-11:00 a.m. A free mobile produce market at NVRH, 1316 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury. In partnership with the Vermont Foodbank, the market is open to anyone in the area who may need to supplement their budget with fresh produce.

                 

                Founders Celebration Dog Party. June 19, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road, St. Johnsbury. Live music, food trucks, contests, lawn games, doggie agility course, and plenty of room to run, romp, hike, and play. See https://www.facebook.com/events/dog-mountain/founders-celebration-dog-party/261445125724419/ for more details.

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                  May 2021 Local Happenings

                  May 6 – 7: Family Story Time. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Make an appointment for one-on-one, in-person story time for ages 0-5. Contact Youth Services Librarian Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1391 to schedule your time.


                  May 7: Arbor Day Celebration. 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Families with children ages 5-10 can meet in the Athenaeum’s backyard for a reading of The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins. Each family will receive a Sugar Maple Grow Kit, courtesy of the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program. To register, contact Youth Services Librarian Becky- Hatfield at 802-745-1391 or bhatifeld@stjathenaeum.org.


                  May 8: RuralEdge Homebuyers Education Workshop. Derby – Shattuck Hill Mobile Home Park Community Room, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 802-473-3919 or email homeownership@ruraledge.org.


                  May 13: Family Story Time. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day. Make an appointment for one-on-one, in-person story time for ages 0-5. Contact Youth Services Librarian Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1391 to schedule your time.


                  May 15: Women’s Only Mountain Bike Fundamentals Clinic. Kingdom Trails Nordic Adventure Center starting at 8:45 a.m. For more information, visit https://stayhappening.com/e/east-burke-%7C-womens-fundamentals-clinic-E2ISTGGONWR.


                  May 15 - 16: Women’s Only 2-Day Adventure Camp. Learn mountain biking skills in a supportive, unintimidating manner with encouragement from your peers. Kingdom Trails Nordic Adventure Center. Find out more at https://stayhappening.com/e/east-burke-%7C-womens-only-2-day-adventure-camp-E2ISTGGONTV.


                  May 15 - 16: 2-Day Adventure Camp. Build up and clean up your “toolbox” of mountain bike skills. Kingdom Trails Nordic Adventure Center. For full details, visit https://stayhappening.com/e/east-burke-%7C-2-day-adventure-camp-E2ISTGGONR1.


                  May 16: Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Biking Clinic. 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Kingdom Trails Nordic Adventure Center. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/kingdom-trails/east-burke-intermediate-advanced-clinic/405012404063985/.


                  May 20: World Bee Day Celebration. 3:00 p.m. at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. For children ages 5-10 with a caregiver. Meet in the Athenaeum’s backyard for a reading of The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall & Isabelle Arsenault. Each child will receive an activity pack. For full details and to register, contact Youth Services Librarian Becky Hatfield at 802-745-1391 or bhatfield@stjathenaeum.org.


                  May 29: Raized on Radio concert. Sugar Ridge Campground, Danville 7:00 p.m. Call 802-684-2550 for more information and reservations.


                  May 29 - 30: Newport City-Wide Yard Sale. Maps will be available online. Visit https://selfiehomes.com/event/newport-parks-recreation.html for more details.

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