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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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      April 2021 Local Happenings

      April: SOLO First Aid for Hiking & Biking. For course date and more details, contact Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides at 802-274-4112 or kamountainguides@gmail.com.

       

       

      April 2: Fair Housing Month Kickoff! Celebrate the beginning of Fair Housing Month and learn about events and activities around the state. Zoom meeting, 12:30-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://fairhousingmonthvt.org/event-calendar.

       

       

      April 10: RuralEdge Homebuyers Education Workshop. St. Johnsbury – 418 Railroad Street, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 802-473-3917 or email homeownership@ruraledge.org.

       

       

      April 10: Lyndonville Agway Farmers’ Market. 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Greenhouse. Vendors include Adams Family Farm/Bryan's Custom Cuttings, Zane Bush, Twin Pine Farm, Pal Cottage North/VT Pup Foods, Vermont Peanut Brittle, and Inch by Inch Permaculture.

       

       

      April 16: Changing Realities of Housing After COVID. Zoom meeting, 12:30-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://fairhousingmonthvt.org/event-calendar.

       

       

      April 17-18: SOLO Wilderness First Aid & CPR. Contact Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides at 802-274-4112 or kamountainguides@gmail.com for more information.

       

       

      April 17: St. Johnsbury Winter Farmers’ Market. Local produce, baked goods, eggs, poultry, maple syrup and more. Welcome Center, Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For vendor information and to pre-order visit https://www.caledoniafarmersmarket.com/winter-market-2020.

       

      April 24: Join the Barton Community Garden for a FREE Virtual Workshop at 10 a.m. - Learn about: selecting seeds, seed starting soil mixes, choosing containers, what seeds need to grow and more! To register/more information, email bartongivinggarden@gmail.com.

      April 24: Lyndonville Agway Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Vendors include Adams Family Farm/Bryan's Custom Cuttings, Zane Bush, Twin Pine Farm, Pal Cottage North/VT Pup Foods, Vermont Peanut Brittle, and Inch by Inch Permaculture.

       

       

      April 30: Equity and Choice in Vermont Housing. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Zoom meeting. For sign-up details, go to https://fairhousingmonthvt.org/event-calendar.

       

      May 6-7: SOLO Wilderness First Responder & CPR Recertification. For full details, contact Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides at 802-274-4112 or kamountainguides@gmail.com.

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        March 2021 Local Happenings

        Through March 7: WinterBike Fat Bike Festival. Presented by Mountain Bike Vermont and Kingdom Trails. Ride on more than 26 miles of cold-rolled single-track. For details, visit www.kingdomtrails.org.

         

        Through March 7: 11th Annual Hope on the Slopes. Jay Peak Resort. Come together and support, celebrate and remember loved ones impacted by cancer. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/116876840235361 to find out more.

         

        Through March 31: Open Air Gallery. Ski or snowshoe in and through artwork by Vermont artists on a 1.8-mile trail. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro. Reserve your free ticket at https://highlandartsvt.org/calendar/ 

         

        March 4-5: SOLO Wilderness First Responder and CPR Recertification. Contact Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides at 802-274-4112 or kamountainguides@gmail.com for more information.

         

        March 6:  St. Johnsbury Winter Farmers’ Market. Local produce, baked goods, eggs, poultry, maple syrup and more. Welcome Center, Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

         

         

        March 13: RuralEdge Homebuyers Education Workshop. Newport – Shattuck Hill Mobile Home Park Community Room, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call  802-473-3917 or email homeownership@ruraledge.org.

         

        March 13:  Lyndonville Agway Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Greenhouse. Vendors include Adams Family Farm/Bryan's Custom Cuttings, Zane Bush, Twin Pine Farm, Pal Cottage North/VT Pup Foods, Vermont Peanut Brittle, and Inch by Inch Permaculture.

         

        March 20-21: SOLO Wilderness First Aid & CPR. Contact Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides at 802-274-4112 or kamountainguides@gmail.com for more information.

         

        March 20:  St. Johnsbury Winter Farmers’ Market. Local produce, baked goods, eggs, poultry, maple syrup and more. Welcome Center, Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

         

        March 22-29: Wilderness First Responder. For full details, contact Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides at 802-274-4112 or kamountainguides@gmail.com.

         

        March 27:  Lyndonville Agway Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Vendors include Adams Family Farm/Bryan's Custom Cuttings, Zane Bush, Twin Pine Farm, Pal Cottage North/VT Pup Foods, Vermont Peanut Brittle, and Inch by Inch Permaculture.

         

        Give Blood this February 9, 2021

        The Orleans County Board of Realtors, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is conducing its annual Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Elk's Club.  See information on poster for more details.  Your help is needed now, more than ever!  Thank you!

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          From Our Home to Yours

          Century 21 Farm & Forest's Derby Agent Tara Lewis recently invested in a multi-family home and quickly learned that a little elbow grease goes a long way.  When she saw that one of her kitchen's linoleum flooring was covering beautiful hardwood, she quickly went to work and what a difference it made!  

          If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, or simply want to spruce your place up a bit, there are many simple do-it-yourself home projects that add value to your home.   Here are some practical tips from U.S. News and World Report.   Only have an hour or so?  Check out Bob Vila's 60 minute home improvement projects that deliver big results.  Not sure where to start? Take a look at Love Property's presentation of "before" and "after" shots and get inspired!  

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          Maintaining a balance between work and home has become even more challenging now that home has also become  an office and classroom for many, including Burke Managing Broker Brandy Goulet. Fortunately, there’s a plethora of learning opportunities available online, where you can find virtual field trips, science experiments for kids of every age, live storytelling events, art and craft classes, plus so much more.

          Montshire at Home, from Montshire Museum of Science, includes downloadable activities, science projects you can do at home, community challenges and online exploration of science concepts. Vermont State Parks’ 2020 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge will help get everyone outside and provides an opportunity to get free entry into state parks. Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH, offers a variety of experiments and activities you can do at home, such as a Nature Scavenger Hunt and Build a Boat Challenge. FieldTripDirectory.com has a compilation of virtual field trips from museums, national parks, aquariums and other venues around the country. 

          Wondering how other parents are doing at homeschooling? HuffPost gives peek at some of the struggles with this humorous collection of Tweets from parents thrust into homeschooling. 

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            From Our Home to Yours

            Office v. Home Office

            (by Tamara Pare)

            I truly love my job and the people I work with.  They are my second family and we care about each other and our families.  While weekly video office meetings do allow us to "see" each other, after however-many weeks now, I MISS EVERYONE!!!   The BEST part of working from HOME is that I now have a beautiful VIEW outside my window rather than the office hallway.  That, and constant companions - my dog Jade; and, my hubby Ric, of course!

            I'm still managing virtual files and working on advertising to keep our agents and great variety of properties out in the public eye.  Our agents are doing all they can from home.  These days, we are ALL grateful for the internet, FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, and so on.  Technology makes it easier to work from home while still sharing the wonderful listings we have.  

            In between checking emails, updating online files and working on ads, I have opportunities to take Jade for a walk by the lake, capture some pictures of the beauty that is the Northeast Kingdom, make goodies like banana oatmeal bread, try new recipes for dinner, call to check on my parents, and assist my husband on projects.  All this time at home also makes it easier to connect with our grandsons (and their parents) in New Hampshire and our daughter and son-in-law in California.  We know where everyone is at all times!!  FaceTime, Zoom and Google Hangouts have also allowed Ric and I to visit with family and attend Sunday services and study groups with our church family, who we miss greatly. 

            Who knows when we will get back to "normal" or some sort of that idea, but when we do, I hope hugs are allowed.  I am a hugger and so miss hugging my grand-babies, family and friends.  I really miss my weekly Friday lunch date with my cousin - our girl-time to talk, encourage, dream, share and eat out at a restaurant (LOL). 

            There are so many people who need encouragement and a friendly word during these strange days.  Let us all reach out in some way.  By the grace of God we will endure and grow from this isolation and reconnection with our quarantine partners.  We'll get through this and one day have some great stories to tell.....Remember that Spring we were all at home for weeks on end?  I'm now reminded of the favorite words of our departed friend and coworker, Micheline....."et la vie continue" (life goes on).  It does and it will.

            'Till then, stay home, stay safe and behave!

            Miss ya......Tamara

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            When she’s not searching for the perfect home for a client, broker Marcy Lindstedt likes to play in her greenhouse and garden. As a force behind the Barton Community Garden, she hopes to spread the joy of gardening with others. The goal of the Barton Community Garden is to create a place “where food is grown for our community, where people come together to visit and celebrate, and where experienced, new and hopeful gardeners share knowledge and resources to grow and preserve food for themselves and others.” For now, the Barton Community Garden has taken its mission online, encouraging people to share in online gardening activities. You can connect to the group through its Facebook page or send an email.
            Ready to start growing? Contact the Community Seed Exchange to find out what seeds they currently have available for safe pick up. The Prairie Homestead has several free or low-cost ideas for DIY seed starting pots
            Want fresh, local food without getting dirty? Support your community by ordering food from these Northeast Kingdom farms that are now offering pickup and/or local delivery.

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              From Our Home to Yours

              How We Survived the Quarantine!

              (by Lee Fitzgerald-Pierce)

              Well, as the Rental Property Manager for Century 21 Farm & Forest, the hustle and bustle of the rental world communicating with people from all over the country on a daily basis has certainly slowed down a bit.  I continue to respond to all rental leads from both owners and potential tenants.  I also check in on all current tenants to see how they are doing and keep the landlords updated.

              I do get ready for work every day and head to my "home office", a bit crowded as it served as a guest bedroom (but who's having any guests?!) and the storage shelves for all my yarn, the yarn of many colors just waiting to be crafted into a special project.  I am also surrounded by lots of family photos in all sorts of frames reminding me of lots of fun family times - - looking forward to those times again.  And, thanks to Zoom, we have been able to stay in touch with all the family both here in the US and in the UK.

              My down-time now exists of doing the things I love to do:  COOKING - at this point I either need a bigger fridge or a larger family living with me.  I've also been doing a lot more READING and recently finished, "The Splendid and the Vile," a look at Winston Churchill's first year as Prime Minister of Britain.  I'm WORKING IN THE YARD with Ron, trying to get rid of "stuff that just seems to accumulate," and KNITTING in the evening while Ron tunes into his daily dose of CNN!

              I'm saddened by all the chaos that this crisis has unfolded onto so many families and businesses and pray that they may come out of all this in some good way.

              Take care and be safe,

              Lee