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Weathersfield News June 17 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



Weathersfield News June 17, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


The first half of June has flown by. I don't know about you but I've been crazy busy. Between garden, graduations and concerts, I keep thinking I'm going to miss an appointment because I might have forgotten to post it to one of my many calendars. Our electronics help to keep us organized but you have to remember to post stuff to your electronics to be reminded.

My garden is starting to look mighty fine. All the transplants I put in a week ago have gotten over their transplant-shock and are looking like real tomato and pepper plants. The peas all have flowers and my zucchini and yellow squash leaves are starting to look rather "jungle-ly", if this isn't a word it should be-especially for zucchini plants. How can so much green come from one tiny seed?
Graduations are in full swing as children move along their life timelines. I covered the Woodstock Elementary 6th Grade Celebration and thoroughly enjoyed watching these children and their families complete one of life's milestones.

More images for the WES celebration: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/June-2015/WES-6th-Grade-Celebration/

At the Albert Bridge School (ABS) the graduating class gave speeches about their time at ABS and their families. I'll tell you these children have public speaking and speech writing down! They were both thoughtful and eloquent. A couple were in tears and a couple had me in tears. Cheers to all the Graduates in 2015! 
More images from ABS: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/June-2015/Albert-Bridge-School-Grads/

The Woodstock Alumni Parade, held last Saturday, was, as always, a big crowd pleaser. The floats were entertaining. The Shriners were out in their mini-bikes and motorcycles and clown costumes (too much fun!) And all the alumni and graduates from the Classes of 1938 through 2021 were a pleasure to meet and photograph.

More parade images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/June-2015/Woodstock-Alumni-Parade/

On Sunday, I drove to Simsbury Connecticut to see The Avett Brothers perform at the Simsbury Meadows. What a great venue. These guys (and lady) are a rock band from Concord, North Carolina. They combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk, and ragtime. Their show was high energy and highly entertaining. They played for about two hours and the crowd was on their feet dancing almost the entire time. They played at Grand Point North a couple of years ago but they were on Stage B and I was on the rail at Stage A so I couldn't see them at all and barely could heard them. I'm glad I finally got to see and hear them up close, because they were AWESOME!


More images from the Avetts: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/The-Avett-Brothers/Simsbury-Meadows-2015/Avetts

This show opened with Shovels and Rope, an American folk duo from Charleston, South Carolina composed of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst.
I had seen them a few years ago at Grand Point North, and immediately feel in love with their style of music. The sound that these two put out is incredible. Check them out the next time they play in the area-you'll not be disappointed.
More images; http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Shovels-and-Rope/Simsbury-Meadows-2015/


This coming weekend, again, there are so many things to do. There is 36th Annual Quechee Balloon Fest, if you like hot air balloons, music, fair food and lots of fun demonstrations. If you like blues (like I do!) Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his smokin' hot guitar takes over the Lebanon Opera House on Saturday night. And the Summer Solstice arrives on Sunday June 21.

Summer Solstice fun facts: For North American time zones, the solstice arrives 12:38 p.m. EDT. The sun takes its most northerly path across the sky for the year. It’s the year’s highest sun, as seen from the tropic of Cancer and all places north. Your noontime shadow is shortest. The sun is now setting and rising as far north as it ever does. Longest day, shortest night. Get out and have fun!

News You Can Use
Select Board-scheduled to meet Jun. 15 Martin Memorial Hall 7 p.m..
Weathersfield Proctor Library Trustees-scheduled to meet Jun. 18 at the Library, 7 p.m..
WPL Fundraising Committee-scheduled to meet Jun. 17 at the Red Barn Cafe. 8:45 a.m.

Town Calendar of Events:

1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse Committee Yard Sale 1862 Route 106, Perkinsville
Saturday, Jun. 20 9-2 p.m. and Sunday, Jun. 21 9-1 p.m. West Weathersfield Vol. Fire Dept will be selling hamburgers & hot dogs and more on Saturday, Jun. 20 11-2 p.m.
 Donations needed and accepted. No electronics or clothing, please. Questions or donation pick up in Weathersfield? Call BJ Esty-263-9651

The Wake Up to Dying Project Thursday, Jun 25-Sunday, Jun 28, at the River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro. The Wake Up to Dying Project (WUTDP) aims to shift our cultural perspective on death from fear and avoidance toward familiarity by inviting people to acknowledge death, be prepared for it, and live more fully for having done so. Bring a friend or loved one with you to share in this unique experience. If you'd like to volunteer visit this website http://www.wakeuptodyingproject.org/2015/05/13/call-for-volunteers/ or for more information, email  tess@wakeuptodyingproject.org or call (802) 522-7818. Exhibit hours: Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information please visit the events section of (WUTDP) website. http://www.wakeuptodyingproject.org/category/events/


The Frippery is Coming. The Weathersfield Historical Society is hosting its annual Frippery on Aug. 1 at The Weathersfield Center Meeting House. Anyone wishing to donate can call Maureen for questions at 603 252 0936. This is always a fun event with lots of great things for sale to benefit the Historical Society.

Ongoing:
Weathersfield Hikes-Cathedral Rocks this Saturday, Jun. 20 9:30 a.m. The hike is partly on wood road and partly on a route that follows blazes through the woods. Its length has not been calculated, but it descends to Reservoir Road from Stokes Road, which is just short of Wellwood Orchard. The difficulty will be greater than a walk down the road. Cars will be at end of the hike for a ride back up to Stokes. There is a nice view near the top of the descent. The rocks are very big. Approximately a two hour hike.
  
Valley Court Diversion Programs-Volunteer are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The organization embraces the principles of restorative justice. As a volunteer, you will hear participant's stories and help create a restorative contract with them. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about 3 hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at www.vcdp.org or call Maureen at 802-295-5078 #10.

Food Shelf The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. 

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Weathersfield Proctor Library, Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m. FREE Programs-FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Do you want to learn how to use a computer? Sign up for email or Facebook or learn more about internet safety? Did you know the library offers downloadable eBooks and audiobooks? Sign up required. BYOL (bring your own laptop or smartphone if you have one).



Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: http://www.weathersfielddirectory.org/


Have anything you want included in this news and events column-email Nancy at photosbynanci@comcast.net two weeks prior to your event.