Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Weathersfield News Jan 28 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News January 28, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net

Wow, did you get out on Sunday? What a gorgeous day. Some might say it was a Chamber of Commerce type day. I'm just back from an hour long snow-shoe in my neighbors' field. The snow we got on Saturday covered the icy patches and the wind blew deep drifts on the edge of the fields making for great snow-shoeing. I'm sitting down with a cup of tea in front of the woodstove reflecting on this last week of January.

Can it already be, I mean didn't we just ring in the New Year? And speaking of New Year, when is it acceptable to stop saying "Happy New Year"? Do we keep saying it to people we're seeing for the first time since January 1 or what? What would they do on Downton Abbey? (Hooked, again. Love this British Sunday night soap opera.) Also as January comes to a close, check your wood piles. Folklore dictates that you are half-way through your wood pile in early February. Even with the brutal cold we've been experiencing, I think our pile is just about on target.

Rather than freak-out about this month whizzing by I think I'll focus on the week that has past. Hopefully, you are all safe after last Sunday's ice-storm. (See Weather Weirdness column Jan 12!) Our driveway was a skating rink but that quickly passed as the flash freezing rain changed over to a snow storm.

Thursday night I had the pleasure of attending a house concert in Manchester VT. Ana├»s Mitchell, a terrific singer/songwriter from Vermont who is on tour now with Ani DiFranco performed at a friend's house. There is nothing like seeing live music in an intimate setting. Images from this event: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/AnaisMitchell/Billsville-Manchester-VT-2015/
Anais Mitchell
Friday night was filled with laughter and estrogen, lots of estrogen! SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody was performed at the Lebanon Opera House. About 500 crazy women (and a handful of men) watched this hilarious three person play. It was my second time seeing it and it didn't disappoint. Images from this performance: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/LebanonOperaHouseShows/SPANK-2015/


Saturday the Weathersfield community came together at the Center Meeting House, despite the snow, to help raise money for Alicia Jenks and Glenn Selwitz owners of the Green Dragon Farm that burned down on Jan 2. Even though a tragedy brought folks together, I saw nothing but hugs and love in that room; made me proud to live in this town. Alicia and Glenn have a long road ahead of them but as long as we, their neighbors, stick with them, they will see this through. Images from this event: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/January-2015/Green-Dragon-Farm-Fundraiser/
Glenn and Alicia
Gary Skillings, event organizer and Glenn
Ok, who's ready for football? Have we moved past "deflategate" so we can focus on Tom Brady and Bill Belichick winning their fourth Super Bowl together? I sure have, and I'm a Niners fan! Go Pats!


Notice of Public Hearing Feb. 2 7 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall Ascutney. Pursuant to the provisions of Title 24, Section 4384, of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, February 9, 2015, at 7:00pm, in the Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney to receive public comment regarding revised chapters to the Weathersfield Town Plan. Copies of these Town Plan Chapters – Flood Resiliency Chapter and the Natural, Historical, and Scenic Resources Chapter are available for public review. The chapters with their accompanying reports can be viewed at the Town of Weathersfield’s website by clicking on this link. Interested persons may also request a print or digital copy by emailing the Zoning Administrator at zoning@weathersfield.org. Persons wishing to comment on the Plan Chapters may do so in writing to the Planning Commission prior to the meeting or by appearing in person.

Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department-Breakfast 4 Dinner, Saturday Feb. 7 5-7 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney. Bring the family out for this fundraiser that will treat you to breakfast for dinner.

Weathersfield School News: 
Drama Club Dates-Seeking talent for the 2nd Annual "Got Talent Show" to be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 7 p.m. Dust off your tap shoes, jokes and vocal cords! WS is looking for unique talent acts to make this show even more successful than last year. Auditions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22 after school. This audition is open to students, faculty, and community members. Please contact Erica Yuengling with any questions. 

Weathersfield's Got Talent Show Thursday, Feb. 26 7 p.m.  (Dress rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 25 3-5 p.m.) Performance Saturday, May 30 2 p.m.: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29 3-5 p.m.) Performance Monday, Jun. 1 1 p.m.: In the Gym for all K-8 students.

Early Release Day Friday, Feb. 6 is an early release day. Teachers will be working on curriculum that afternoon. The children will be served lunch and then boarded on the bus for home by 11:30 am.

Winter Concerts The K-3 Winter Concert Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 6-7 p.m. on. The snow date for this concert is Jan. 29, same time. Students should be at the school by 5:45 p.m., wearing their very best! The Grade 4-8 Winter Concert Wednesday, Jan. 28 6- 7:30 p.m. with the snow date also being on Thursday Jan. 29, same time. Students should be at school by 5:45 pm.

February Break February vacation this year will be the week of Feb.16-20.


Town Wide Challenge Saturday Mar. 21 Start getting your team together, which Team will be victorious in this year's Trivia Challenge. More details to follow.


Weathersfield Proctor Library
Call 674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information about these events. 

E-Reader, Tablet Use Workshop Did someone gift you with an eReader, tablet or new phone? Would you like to learn how to download eBooks and/or audiobooks from the library's collection? Sign up for a "How To" class at the library on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. Please let them know what device you will be using to download (eReader, tablet, phone, laptop) when you sign up. Call 674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information. 

First Thursday Adult Book Group Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. "Prayers for Sale" by Sandra Dallas Copies of the book are available at the library. 

Drop In Valentine Card Making Thursday Feb. 12 from 1-4 p.m.


Ongoing:

Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group
Beginning Dec. 1 1-2:30 p.m. Perkinsville Community Church. Bring your current project or your own supplies to get started. Not sure what to create? Come help create an afghan! (Yarn and instructions provided.) Contact Lynn Esty at 263-9441 or lynnesty@comcast.net if you have any questions.

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-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).

Storytime Wednesdays 11 a.m. Jan 21 - May 27

Crafternoons for Kids Thursdays 3-4 p.m. For 6 weeks Jan. 29 - Mar. 5

Library Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m.

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: http://www.weathersfielddirectory.org/ or do you own a business in town and want to get listed, email: WeathersfieldDirectory@gmail.com

Weathersfield Community Gathers to Help Out Green Dragon Farm #WeathersfieldVT #VT

Glenn Selwitz and Alicia Jenks, owners of Green Dragon Farm
Driving home from a show at the Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland, Alicia Jenks and Glenn Selwitz followed a fire truck from Exit 8 off I91 along Route 131 in Weathersfield. "Alicia's grip on the steering wheel tightened and we knew, we just knew" said Glenn Selwitz. What they "knew", and within minutes found out was true, was that their beloved farmhouse was on fire on that below zero evening of Jan. 2.

Selwitz begged the fire fighters to let him break in the back to rescue his two cats but the fire was too intense. "I still have my cows" said Jenks "Thank God." The fire destroyed most of the 150-year-old Weathersfield farmhouse that he and Jenks lived in while operating Green Dragon Farm. It also took most all their belongings including a collection of guitars and other instruments Selwitz had.
Gary Skillings of Relic Revue
Still in shock from the fire, Selwitz received a call from his longtime friend and fellow musician Gary Skillings from Alstead NH. Skillings and Selwitz hung out together in the Milford/New Haven area in Connecticut, in their younger days; Selewitz even played bass guitar in Michael Bolton's band for a while. The two musicians were bonded by music. Skillings felt the best way to begin the healing process was through music. “I’m putting on a benefit for you, bro” Skillings recalled his conversation with Selwitz. "We've got musicians today and builders lined up to rebuild when the insurance money comes in, we'll help them get through this."

Skillings and Selewitz
While Skillings worked to line up the music, the new caretaker of the Weathersfield Center Meeting House, Judy Duhaime, helped organize folks to bring potluck dishes and volunteers for set up and clean up to. "People were calling from far away to ask how they could help out; this is community" said Duhaime.
Selwitz and his acetate recording
So on a typical, snowy Vermont Saturday, about 100 family, friends, neighbors, former co-workers and musicians found themselves eating, dancing and raising money for Jenks and Selewitz. One friend drove up from Connecticut bearing a gift for Selwitz, an acetate of one of his first recordings he ever made as a musician.
Also on hand was 79 year old Frederick Jarvis who grew up in the farmhouse. He owned the farm before Jenks and Selewitz bought it. He was born in Claremont but said his family moved to the farm on South Mountain RD where he spent most of his life.

Nathaniel Titorenko of Moxley Union
Some of the bands that performed Saturday included Skillings band Relic Revue. They shared the stage with Moxley Union a blues group of guys from Springfield VT and Claremont NH. Local favorite, Davey Davis, called for help on stage during his set and said "This is how we used do it, just a bunch of guys playing together, you never know what will happen."

As the sun set, the musicians were still rotating onto the stage and folks kept showing up with more food to share.

Alicia's friends from Hartland Elementary School have set up a fund to help out and donations may be sent to : The Alicia Jenks Fund, c/o The Mascoma Saving Bank, Box 348 Hartland, VT 05048.

And there was talk of another fundraiser/party when the reconstruction of the farm begins. We'll keep you posted here.

More fundraiser images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/January-2015/Green-Dragon-Farm-Fundraiser/

Images from the fire: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/January-2015/Green-Dragon-Farm-Fire

Green Dragon Farm Fundraiser
Music Friends and Community Benefit for Alicia Jenks and Glenn Selwitz
Weathersfield Meeting House
Weathersfield VT January 24, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com
For The Vermont Standard: http://www.thevermontstandard.com/
Image Galleries http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/Galleries

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ladies Night Out in Lebanon, SPANK! Returns #lohbackstage #LebanonNH #NH


"It was a dark and stormy night; NO, NO too creepy" shouts E.B. Janet (portrayed by Anne Marie Scheffler in the Mills Entertainment production of "SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody".) The Lebanon Opera House was filled with women on a "Ladies Night Out" to witness this hugely funny parody of "The Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy by E.L. James. At times sexy and quite explicit, the dialogue came rapidly (no pun intended) and the physical comedy reminded me of Lucille Ball.
E.B. Janet (Ann Mare Scheffler) has the weekend off from husband and kids and decides to write a novel, a mommy porn novel. She creates Tasha Woods (Andrea Muller) a very naive college student who replaces her roommate on an interview with billionaire Hugh Hanson (Ken Allen Neely.) The audience experienced the "page by page" development of each character as E.B. sipped wine and typed on her keyboard at the side of the stage.
As the play progressed, local businesses and themes were woven into the play. E.B. explains to Tasha how she lost her virginity "in a wood paneled basement in Claremont." Or how she met her prospective in-laws at "Applebee's" (on Rte 12 in West Lebanon.) And that Tasha's underwear was hidden all through out the Co-Op, "well at least it wasn't B.J.'s."
All in all a delightful night out, and ladies you can skip the gym the day after because your core gets a good work-out from all the laughing.

More images from the performance: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/LebanonOperaHouseShows/SPANK-2015/


SPANK! The Fifty Shade Parody
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, NH
January 23, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com
For the Lebanon Opera House
More LOH images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/LebanonOperaHouseShows

Friday, January 23, 2015

Anais Mitchell Performs for Full House #BillsvilleHouse #VT #ManchesterVT #HouseConcerts

Jan 22, 2015
Manchester, VT

Vermont's own Anais Mitchell performed at the Billsville House Concert Series last night in Manchester VT. On the eve of touring with Ani DiFranco,  Mitchell sang, told stories and mingled with the sold-out audience. Doug Hacker, organizer of the concerts (along with his wife and two teenage sons) said it was their 70th show in the series. Mitchell surprised the crowd by taking requests which included one from Hacker for "Flowers." Mitchell said she doesn't usually perform this song live but gave it a whorl for Hacker.

Next up for Billsville Small Houses on February 27.

Photos from the show: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/AnaisMitchell/Billsville-Manchester-VT-2015/

Videos from this show and othe Anais performances: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoCfLeYhAzj8tBLwKhipmbx8


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Green Dragon Farm Fundraiser and Potluck Jan 24 #WeathersfiedlVT #VT

REMINDER!
GREEN DRAGON FARM FUND RAISER- Jan. 24th

Where: Weathersfield Center Meeting House on Weathersfield Center Road
When: Saturday, January 24th, starting at 1:00 PM
What: Bring some snacks or a pot luck to share.
Cost: While the event has no admission charge, its purpose is to raise funds for Glenn and Alicia and a donation box will be on hand.

Alicia Jenks and Glenn Selwitz lost almost everything when their old farmhouse on the corner of South Mountain Road and Rt.131 in Weathersfield burned down two weeks ago. Glen's musician friends are hosting a musical fund raiser and pot luck to raise money to help them get back on their feet.

Music- including acoustic, classic rock and bluegrass- will be from THE WILD LIFERS, RELIC REVIEW, MOXLEY UNION, DAVEY DAVIS, THE FOUR HOARSEMENN, and BILL BRINK.
Davey Davis
If you are unable to be there Saturday, Alicia's Hartland school friends have set up a fund for them:
Alicia Jenks Fund, 
℅ Mascoma Bank, 
PO Box 348, 
Hartland, Vt 05048
For further information or directions, call 263-5626.

More images from the fire: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/January-2015/Green-Dragon-Farm-Fire

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Weathersfield News Jan 21 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



Weathersfield News January 21, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Green Dragon Farm Fundraiser- Saturday Jan. 24 Weathersfield Center Meeting House on Weathersfield Center Road 1 p.m. The Weathersfield Community will be coming together to help our neighbors Alicia Jenks and Glenn Selwitz who lost almost everything when their old farmhouse on the corner of South Mountain Road and Rt.131  in Weathersfield burned down three weeks ago. 
Glen's musician friends are hosting a musical fund raiser and pot luck to raise money to help them get back on their feet.  Music- including acoustic, classic rock and bluegrass- will be performed by The Wild Lifers, Relic Review, Moxley Union, Davey Davis, The Four Hoarsemenn,  and Bill Brink. The event is free but donations will be accepted to help out Glenn and Alicia. If you are unable attend, Alicia's Hartland Elementary school friends have set up a fund for them: Alicia Jenks Fund, ℅ Mascoma Bank, PO Box 348, Hartland, Vt 05048. For further information or directions, call 263-5626.

Notice of Public Hearing Feb. 9 7 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall Ascutney. Pursuant to the provisions of Title 24, Section 4384, of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., in the Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney to receive public comment regarding revised chapters to the Weathersfield Town Plan.  Copies of these Town Plan Chapters – Flood Resiliency Chapter and the Natural, Historical, and Scenic Resources Chapter are available for public review.   The chapters with their accompanying reports can be viewed at the Town of Weathersfield’s website by clicking on this link.   Interested persons may also request a print or digital copy by emailing the Zoning Administrator at zoning@weathersfield.org.  Persons wishing to comment on the Plan Chapters may do so in writing to the Planning Commission prior to the meeting or by appearing in person. 

Select Board News
Petitions of Nominations For Town Offices-The filing deadline for candidates to be on the ballot for Annual Town Meeting is next Monday Jan. 26 by 5 p.m.. All signature pages must be returned to the Town Clerk with at least 25 valid signatures at this time.

Appointments-There are a number of vacancies in the Town of Weathersfield, if you are interested in serving your community please contact the Town Manager: Ancient Roads Committee, Budget Committee (One Opening), Connecticut River Development Corporation – Representative and Alternate, CRJC Mt Ascutney Subcommittee, Emergency Management Coordinator, Fence Viewer (Two Openings), Parks and Recreation Commission (One Opening), River Connection Regional Partnership, Representative, Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc. Representative, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commissioner, Transportation Advisory Committee, Veterans’ Memorial Committee, Weathersfield Zoning Board of Adjustment (Three Openings: 2 regular members & 1 Alternate)

Weathersfield School News: Early Release Day Friday, Feb. 6 is an early release day. Teachers will be working on curriculum that afternoon. The children will be served lunch and then boarded on the bus for home by 11:30 a.m..

Winter Concerts The K-3 Winter Concert Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 6-7 p.m. on. The snow date for this concert is Jan. 29, same time. Students should be at the school by 5:45 p.m., wearing their very best! The Grade 4-8 Winter Concert Wednesday, Jan. 28 6- 7:30 p.m. with the snow date also being on Thursday Jan. 29, same time. Students should be at school by 5:45 pm.

February Break February vacation this year will be the week of Feb.16-20.

Drama Club Dates-Seeking talent for the 2nd Annual "Got Talent Show" to be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 7 p.m.  Dust off your tap shoes, jokes and vocal cords! WS is looking for unique talent acts to make this show even more successful than last year. Auditions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22 after school. This audition is open to students, faculty, and community members. Please contact Erica Yuengling with any questions. Thursday, Feb. 26  7 p.m. Weathersfield's Got Talent Show (Dress rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 25 3-5 p.m.) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29 3-5 p.m.) Performances Saturday, May 30 2 p.m, Monday, Jun. 1 1 p.m.: In the Gym for all K-8 students.

WelchAllyn Spot Vision Screen The Springfield Lions Club purchased a WelchAllyn Spot Vision Screener, which is a top of the line, handheld, portable device that can quickly detect vision issues. This machine has been clinically shown to be more effective and efficient than traditional screening tools used by schools. On Dec. 17 the Springfield Lions Club came to Weathersfield School and donated their time to vision screen every student in school. The vision screener then printed out the results of the screening for parents to bring to their child’s healthcare provider if the exam was outside of normal limits. A big Thanks goes out to the Lions Club.

Town Wide Challenge Saturday Mar. 21 Start getting your team together, which Team will be victorious in this year's Trivia Challenge. More details to follow.




Weathersfield Proctor Library
Call 674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information about these events. Junior Book Club Grades 3 - 5 Thursday Jan. 22 3-4 p.m. "Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein. Copies of the book are available at the library and Weathersfield Elementary School. E-Reader, Tablet Use Workshop
Did someone gift you with an eReader, tablet or new phone? Would you like to learn how to download eBooks and/or audiobooks from the library's collection?  Sign up for a "How To" class at the library on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. Please let them know what device you will be using to download (eReader, tablet, phone, laptop) when you sign up. Call 674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information. First Thursday Adult Book Group Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. "Prayers for Sale" by Sandra Dallas Copies of the book are available at the library. Drop In Valentine Card Making Thursday Feb. 12 from 1-4 p.m.

Obituaries
Geraldine V. Burpee 84, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 8 at home surrounded by her family. Geraldine was born April 29, 1930, in Weathersfield, the daughter of Herbert and Marion (Wells) Baker. Geraldine is survived by her son, Stephen F. Burpee and his wife, Cathy, of Cavendish; her daughter, Debbie Currie and her husband, Michael, of Weathersfield; three grandchildren, Jessica Hitchcock, Joshua Currie and Jeremy Currie; two great-grandchildren, Emily and Isabelle Hitchcock; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held in the spring at Ascutneyville Cemetery in Ascutney. The family suggests that donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, P.O. Box 976, White River Junction, VT 05001-0976. Arrangements are with Stringer Funeral Home & Crematorium, 146 Broad St., in Claremont. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.

Virginia Mae Butterfield, 92, formerly of  Weatherfield Bow, VT, died Monday, Jan. 12, at Elm Wood Center in Claremont, NH. She was born in Weathersfield Bow, VT, on December 27, 1922, the  daughter of Walter Joseph and Lucy May (Randall) Butterfield. Ginny had attended the Bow School and graduated from Stevens High School in the Class of 1941. She is predeceased by five brothers, Floyd, Claude, Clarence, Philip and Melvin Butterfield; two sisters, Muriel Chamberlain and Ida Annie
Butterfield. Visiting hours were held at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad  Street in Claremont on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 9-11 a.m.. Funeral services followed at the funeral home with Pastor Harold Noyes, officiating. Burial will be held in the spring in the Weathersfield Bow Cemetery

Ongoing:
Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group
Beginning Dec. 1 1-2:30 p.m. Perkinsville Community Church. Bring your current project or your own supplies to get started. Not sure what to create? Come help create an afghan! (Yarn and instructions provided.) Contact Lynn Esty at 263-9441 or lynnesty@comcast.net if you have any questions.

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-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).

Storytime Wednesdays 11 a.m. Jan 21 - May 27

Crafternoons for Kids Thursdays 3-4 p.m. For 6 weeks Jan. 29 - Mar. 5

Library Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m.


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

Country Dancing in Hartland #HartlandVT #VT


Hartland VT
January 17, 2015
Hartland Community Arts is hosting a Country Dance Series at Damon Hall. The first was held Saturday Jan. 17. About 85 community folks showed up to dance the night away. Adam Boyce and Sue Hunt provided the music.

Adam Boyce learned about dancing and fiddling from his mentor, the late Harold Luce of Chelsea, a legendary traditional “Yankee” fiddler from central Vermont.

Like his mentor did, Adam fiddles and calls simultaneously the style of square dancing that was popular from the 1930’s through the 1950’s at barns and dance halls all over New England. Besides the old “singing squares,” Adam does other formations, including Portland Fancy and the Virginia Reel. Also interspersed throughout the evening are polkas, foxtrots, schottisches, and slow waltzes.

All dances are taught, as needed, and all ages and abilities are welcome.

Two more dances are planned for Feb. 21, and Mar. 21 7:30
Suggested donation: $7/person, $12/couple, kids under 12 free with an adult


Hartland Country Dance with Adam Boyce
Damon Hall
Hartland VT January 17, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


Don't Miss SPANK! Friday at #lohbackstage #VT #NH #LebanonNH

SPANK!, The Fifty Shades Parody (loosely based on the popular "mommy porn" books by E L James) returns Firday night to Lebanon Opera House. Need a girls night out, a break from the family, want to split your sides laughing, you need to get a ticket!

Back by popular demand!

SPANK!, The Fifty Shades Parody is the whip-smart comedy that takes on the naughty fun of the best-selling book and highly-anticipated movie, and brings it to outrageous life! Featuring musical numbers, steamy performances highlighting the famous hunk and his grey tie, and lots of hilarious surprises, SPANK! is bound to have you begging for more. Stay to meet the cast and pose for a photo with Mr. Dangerous himself after the show. It’s a riotous night of fun that will leave your Inner Goddess breathless. Don’t miss your chance for the ultimate “girls’ night out!”

Artist Website: www.spankshow.com

More images from the 2013 show and the Meet and Greet: SPANK!

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody
A Kirschner Concerts Production
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon January 23
More images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/LebanonOperaHouseShows

Ticket pricing -
Section A: $49.50, B: $39.50, C: $29.50
Sponsored by



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fundraiser for Alicia Jenks and the Green Dragon Farm #WeathersfieldVT #VT

GREEN DRAGON FARM FUND RAISER- Jan. 24th

Where: Weathersfield Center Meeting House on Weathersfield Center Road
When: Saturday, January 24th, starting at 1:00 PM
What: Bring some snacks or a pot luck to share.
Cost: While the event has no admission charge, its purpose is to raise funds for Glenn and Alicia and a donation box will be on hand.


Alicia Jenks and Glenn Selwitz lost almost everything when their old farmhouse on the corner of South Mountain Road and Rt.131 in Weathersfield burned down two weeks ago. Glen's musician friends are hosting a musical fund raiser and pot luck to raise money to help them get back on their feet.

Music- including acoustic, classic rock and bluegrass- will be from THE WILD LIFERS, RELIC REVIEW, MOXLEY UNION, DAVEY DAVIS, THE FOUR HOARSEMENN, and BILL BRINK.
Davey Davis
If you are unable to be there Saturday, Alicia's Hartland school friends have set up a fund for them:
Alicia Jenks Fund, 
℅ Mascoma Bank, 
PO Box 348, 
Hartland, Vt 05048
For further information or directions, call 263-5626.

More images from the fire: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/January-2015/Green-Dragon-Farm-Fire

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Weathersfield News Jan 14 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



Weathersfield News January 14, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


Weather Weirdness, yup that's the term for me. "Global Warming" just doesn't fit for most New Englanders and "Climate Change" sounds way too scientific. Weather Weirdness is the phrase for me. Think about it, weirdness covers it all: deep snow for Thanksgiving, rain and temps in the 40s for Christmas, temps 20 below one day and 20 above the next. As a New Englander, weather is a big part of my life. When I get out of bed in the morning, before I even reach for coffee, I check the weather outside. In the summer, I look to the sky for rain to water my garden and hope we don't get hail to crush it. As the season turns to fall, I watch the forecast and hope frost will hold off until all the fruits and veggies are harvested. Weather is part of our lives and it's getting down right weird. I'm not going to point fingers as to how or why its becoming weird, I just know it's affecting me and I'm not sure I like.

Take this week's assignments, I covered another fire. This time at the old Ascutney Base Lodge. The building has been abandoned for many years and was pretty much falling down on its own but to catch fire on a sub-zero day was just a scary thing to put the local fire fighters through. When I arrived Windsor, West Windsor, Reading Ascutney and Hartland were at the scene. It was brutal. My camera and cell phone batteries were freezing up after only thirty minutes so you can image how the first responders felt being there most of the day.


The day after that I covered a Skating Party in Brownsville, it was in the teens temp wise and the children skating kept telling me it was warm. Ah no, warm is 60 degrees not 14. But as one wise child told me, "well it is 30 degrees warmer than it was yesterday (Thursday)." OK then. I also covered the Nordic Ski Event at Woodstock Union High School. Those racers were so cold I over heard some say their contact lenses were freezing up. But they and their parents braved the cold and raced and cheered like it wasn't so cold. Well, I couldn't take video because my battery froze up. I think my electronics are trying to tell me something. I did get to meet some amazing youngsters who are trying to create change at their schools by denouncing bullying though, that warmed my heart and spirit-if only it could have warmed my body.



Thankfully, I had a few indoor jobs this week too. My adventures took me to the ArisTree where I photographed some of the actors that will be appearing in the upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof." If their spirit comes through on stage the way it did for their headshots, this will be one heck of a show. I also took a few photos of my good friend, Holly Levison who is up for Best Costume Design from the New Hampshire Theatre Awards, for the North Country Community Theatre's "Seussical the Musical." Her work is outstanding and I've had the pleasure of photographing many of the plays she's been involved with.

Saturday night, before sweating through the Patriots Divisional Playoff Game, I attended the 7th Annual Emerging Artists Showcase in Hartland. I got to meet and speak with local musicians and artists who put on a terrific show. Lots of young talent surrounds us here in the Upper and Middle Valleys. My quest to meet new people continues.







On a side note, a fund has been set up for Alicia Jenks, the owner of the Green Dragon Farm here in Weathersfield, whose house was destroyed by fire two weeks ago. Donations are being accepted at the Mascoma Bank Hartland Branch.

Select Board News
Petitions of Nominations For Town Offices-The filing deadline for candidates to be on the ballot for Annual Town Meeting is Jan. 26 by 5 p.m.. All signature pages must be returned to the Town Clerk with at least 25 valid signatures at this time.

FY 16 Budget preparation-Tax Rate Projection. Town Manager Jim Mullen reported a 6.7% increase on the municipal tax rate with the budgets as they currently stand, assuming all special articles pass, no increase in the grand list, and applying fund balances to reduce the rate. Budgets will have to be decreased by $86,112 to reach the goal of a 1.7% increase, requested by the Budget Committee. Special articles are where most of the increase occurs. Highway budget is down by 0.5% and municipal budget is only up by 1% (without the articles.) $30,000 of the fund balance is being used in the proposed budget to reduce the tax rate and employees are being asked to pay $15 for the health insurance program. The budget will be finalized on Jan. 19 7 p.m..

Weathersfield School News: Drama Club Dates-Seeking talent for the 2nd Annual "Got Talent Show" to be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 7 p.m.  Dust off your tap shoes, jokes and vocal cords! WS is looking for unique talent acts to make this show even more successful than last year. Auditions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22 after school. This audition is open to students, faculty, and community members. Please contact Erica Yuengling with any questions. Thursday, Feb. 26  7 p.m. Weathersfield's Got Talent Show (Dress rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 25 3-5 p.m.) Performance Saturday, May 30 2 p.m.: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29 3-5 p.m.) Performance Monday, Jun. 1 1 p.m.: In the Gym for all K-8 students.

Town Wide Challenge Saturday Mar. 21 Start getting your team together, which Team will be victorious in this year's Trivia Challenge. More details to follow.

Weathersfield Proctor Library
Call 674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information about these events. Junior Book Club Grades 3 - 5 Thursday Jan. 22 3-4 p.m. "Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein. Copies of the book are available at the library and Weathersfield Elementary School. E-Reader, Tablet Use Workshop
Did someone gift you with an eReader, tablet or new phone? Would you like to learn how to download eBooks and/or audiobooks from the library's collection?  Sign up for a "How To" class at the library on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. Please let them know what device you will be using to download (eReader, tablet, phone, laptop) when you sign up. Call 674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information. First Thursday Adult Book Group Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. "Prayers for Sale" by Sandra Dallas Copies of the book are available at the library. Drop In Valentine Card Making Thursday Feb. 12 from 1-4 p.m.

Monthly Weathersfield Potluck and Program Tuesday, Jan. 20, noon  at Perkinsville VT Community Church Vestry on Route 106.    The speaker will be Ginger Wimberg, President of the Weathersfield Historical Society who will give the origins and history of the Society, and its growth and changes over the years. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert, beverages will be provided. All are welcome. Contact Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245; lzigman@comcast.net

Ongoing:
Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group
Beginning Dec. 1 1-2:30 p.m. Perkinsville Community Church. Bring your current project or your own supplies to get started. Not sure what to create? Come help create an afghan! (Yarn and instructions provided.) Contact Lynn Esty at 263-9441 or lynnesty@comcast.net if you have any questions.

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-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).

Storytime Wednesdays 11 a.m. Jan 21 - May 27

Crafternoons for Kids Thursdays 3-4 p.m. For 6 weeks Jan. 29 - Mar. 5

Library Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m.


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

Emerging Artists Showcase Highlights Local Talent #HartlandVT #VT

Jake Haehnel
Hartland Community Connections (HCC) hosted its 7th annual Emerging Artists Showcase Saturday night at Damon Hall. Nine talented young people performed on piano, guitar, acted out skits, read poetry and generally entertained the over 85 people who packed the hall.

Parker Eastman
Evan Cary
The showcase allows young local talent to perform on a stage with professional sound (Doug Linnell) and lighting (Bruce McCumber) before a large audience. Nolan Murray of SafeArts said before the show "I'm so nervous."

SafeArts

Nichole Hastings
Molly Zegans
Hartland's Jake Haehnel closed the show with some of his original music and then the audience retired downstairs for a community dinner of soup (donated by The Windsor Station), salads and desserts made by members of the HCC board members.

7th Annual Emerging Artists Showcase
Hartland Community Connections
Damon Hall
Hartland VT January 10, 2015
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