Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog August 16

August 16, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.

It's mid August, that means our first quarter tax payment is due. On a happier note, our peach trees are exploding with this yummy summer fruit. We are picking big bowls full daily now. Finally a super peach year is upon us. Reminder to all our school children-they probably don't want to hear this-but school starts Thursday, Aug. 31.



This week was filled with music. We traveled to Port Chester, NY to The Capitol Theatre to see Lyle Lovett and His Large Band perform.






Lyle will be returning to our area in November with John Hiatt!
November 8 at The Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH
November 14 at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, NH

Tuesday was  Brett Dennen Day for me. I spent the morning with Brett and the White River Partnership cleaning up the Gilman River Access in Royalton, Vt. 




More photos of the Clean Up: CLICK HERE

Tuesday night Brett played a benefit at the Briggs Opera House. The show's net proceeds went to support the restoration of the Lebanon Skate Park into the state of the art Rusty Berrings Skate Park on Glen RD in Lebanon, NH.




More photos from the show: CLICK HERE


 More videos: CLICK HERE

News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board news: The select board received six bids for the new highway truck. The bid from J and B for the Western Star 4700SF in the amount of $96,148 was approved to purchase the cab and chassis. A request for bids on the body and plow will be going out soon. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.



Get Out and About Events

Solar Eclipse in the sky above us Aug. 21. We'll hopefully see a partial, about 60%, weather permitting, from 1:30-3 p.m.

Senior Community Meals in Windsor, Wednesday, Aug. 23 Mt. Ascutney Hospital board room. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., luncheon at noon. BBQ pork, broccoli, white rice, salad and dessert. Suggested donation $3. Reservations: Volunteers in Action 802-674-5971.

4th Annual Chief's Classic in Springfield Sunday, Sept. 24 9 a.m. Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their annual golf tournament. Early registration discount available. Contact the station for more information.

2nd Annual Weathersfield Festival in Perkinsville Saturday, Sept. 30 Hoisington Field 8 a.m.-3p.m.. To learn more about the event, become a vendor or have other questions contact town manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626.

Music and Performances


Freight House in White River Junction. Aug. 19 9 p.m. Fairies and Rainbows-Mermaid Rave Edition.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.: Aug. 18 Chris Kleeman, Aug. 25 Ali T, Sept. Steve Ellis.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Aug. 24 6 p.m. Kim Logan and Andrew Merzi, Aug. 25 7 p.m. Brad Myrick, Aug, 31 6 p.m. Evelyn Cormeier.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Aug. 17 7:30 p.m. Ted Mortimer and Chris Kleeman, Aug. 18 10 p.m. The Pilgrims and Atlantic Veil, Aug. 19 9:30 p.m. Moxley Union



Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Hikes: Ferry Road and the Connecticut River Saturday, September 2 5 p.m.; Cooks Pond Loop Saturday, September 23, 9:30 a.m.; Ascutney Mountain Saturday, October 7 9 a.m.

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: Sept. 5, Oct. 24, Dec. 5 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

Valley Court Diversion Programs: Volunteers are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at vcdp.org or call Maureen at 281-5213.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSPV. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: weathersfielddirectory.org.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Freezer Peaches 101

Peaches in VERMONT-- Ummm YES!!!

Had to re-post this as our peaches are coming in like CRAZY!!

Reliance Peaches grown in Weathersfield Vt
So you've picked some peaches. Now what? How about freezing them to enjoy at Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or any cold rainy/snowy day this fall/winter.

Step 1. Make the Syrup
The syrup is really easy to make. I make mine in a 1:2 ratio. 1 Cup Sugar/2 Cups water. I usually make 10 -12 cups if I have a lot of peaches to freeze.
Measure out the water.
Add the Sugar.
Bring to a boil and set aside.
If you make too much, just put it in the fridge (about one week) and use it the next time you freeze peaches. My peach harvest usually lasts 3-4 weeks.
Step 2. Sort your peaches
I pick out the ones that are slightly soft to the touch and fairly pink

Step 3. Remove the Skin
Boil the peaches for a few minutes until you can see the skin shedding.

Step 4. Ice the peaches
Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon to an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. Give them a few minutes in the ice water.
To peel the skin just lightly rub the peach. The skin will slide off easily, if not pop it back in the boiling water for another minute then ice bath again.
Remove any bruises and slice the peach in half.

Step 5. Acid to prevent browning (oxidation)
Half the peaches, remove the pits, and trim off any bruises you can see.
Toss the peaches with a splash of lemon juice and sprinkle with Citric Acid or Fruit Fresh (both from Ball Canning--they sell them at KMart, Walmart or online.)

Let the peaches set a few minutes to absorb the acid. Some peaches may brown when you thaw them but they taste fine or you can just cut the brown part away before serving--it's just normal oxidation.

Step 6. Get ready to Freeze
Spoon the peaches into freezer safe containers and cover completely with the syrup.
Label the containers, let them cool if you used hot syrup, then pop them into your freezer (manual defrost freezers are best--no freeze/thaw cycles to prevent freezer burn)

When you are ready to eat them thaw them in your refrigerator about a day before serving. Great for ice cream toppings, Peach Bellinis and just plain old peaches for dessert!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog August 9


August 9, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.


A shout out to Lisa Curry Mair she received the highest award as traditional artisan in this year's Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Her work is showcased in the August 2017 edition of Early American Life magazine. Mair creates custom canvas murals and floorcloths using her own originals designs and she also reproduces classic floorcloths.

Weathersfield select board news: The select board met Monday, Aug. 7. Meeting highlights will be reported here next week. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.

Weathersfield School news: The school board meets on Monday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The is a K-8 soccer clinic Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m.. School re-opens Thursday, Aug. 31. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The Library Trustees meet on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.. For more information about the library, the Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library or other questions call 802-674-2863.

Last Thursday night we went to Feast and Field Market in Barnard, Vt. to see our friends Chris Hersch and Celia Woodsmith Boyd perform as the band Say Darling.
 Chris Hersch on guitar.

 Celia Woodsmith Boyd on vocals and guitars.

Chris Hersch

 Say Darling band.

More photos: CLICK HERE


Friday night we hit the Briggs Opera House to see Nashville Legends, a show hosted by Yellow House Media featuring Jim Rooney, Pat Alger and Chris Brashear.
 Jim Rooney, Pat Alger and Chris Brashear

 Pat Alger

 Jim Rooney

Chris Brashear

More photos: CLICK HERE

On Saturday I covered the open house at ArtisTree's The Grange Theatre in Pomfret for the Vermont Standard. The Teago Grange Hall was renovated into a 100 seat air conditioned theatre space with state of the art lighting and sound.
 The Teago Grange Hall, now The Grange Theatre

 The Grange Ticket window was saved.

 ArtisTree Staff

 Vermont State Grange Master Brenda Rousselle, former Grange members: Ken Holden and Doris and Ray Roberts.

More photos: CLICK HERE



Get Out and About Events
Perseid Meteor Shower in the sky above us Aug. 12 and 13 just after midnight 40-50 meteors every hours.

Solar Eclispe in the sky above us Aug. 21. We'll hopefully see a partial, about 60%, weather permitting, from 1:30-3 p.m.

4th Annual Chief's Classic in Springfield Sunday, Sept. 24 9 a.m. Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their annual golf tournament. Early registration discount available. Contact the station for more information.

2nd Annual Weathersfield Festival in Perkinsville Saturday, Sept. 30 Hoisington Field 8 a.m.-3p.m.. To learn more about the event, become a vendor or have other questions contact town manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626.

Music and Performances



Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Tuesday Aug. 15 8 p.m. Brett Dennen (low ticket alert). Tickets through yellowhousemedia.com.

Freight House in White River Junction. Aug. 19 9 p.m. Fairies and Rainbows-Mermaid Rave Edition.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.: Aug. 11 Erik Boedtker, Aug. 18 Chris Kleeman, Aug. 25 Ali T, Sept. Steve Ellis.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Aug. 11 8 p.m. Mark and Deb Bond, Aug. 17 7 p.m. Jim Hollis, Aug. 24 6 p.m. Kim Logan and Andrew Merzi, Aug. 25 7 p.m. Brad Myrick, Aug, 31 6 p.m. Evelyn Cormeier.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Aug. 10 7:30 p.m. Soulfix Trio, Aug. 11 9:30 p.m. The Tim Brick Band. Aug. 12 9:30 p.m. TOAST, Aug. 15 6 p.m. Eveyln Cormier, Aug. 17 7:30 p.m. Ted Mortimer and Chris Kleeman, Aug. 18 10 p.m. The Pilgrims and Atlantic Veil, Aug. 19 9:30 p.m. Moxley Union



Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Hikes: To the Cabin Sunday, August 12 11:30 a.m.; Ferry Road and the Connecticut River Saturday, September 2 5 p.m.; Cooks Pond Loop Saturday, September 23, 9:30 a.m.; Ascutney Mountain Saturday, October 7 9 a.m.

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: Sept. 5, Oct. 24, Dec. 5 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

Valley Court Diversion Programs: Volunteers are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at vcdp.org or call Maureen at 281-5213.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSPV. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: weathersfielddirectory.org.


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Teago Grange Hall Reopens as The Grange Theatre

August 5, 2017
Pomfret, Vt.

The Teago Grange has re-opened its doors to the public as the newly renovated space-The Grange Theatre. Kathleen Dolan and the staff at ArtisTree in Pomfret have created a 100 seat air-conditioned state of the art theatre dedicated solely to community performance arts.




The word "Grange" is a trademark protected word so the theatre company had to petition the National Grange in Washington D.C. to use the word in their name. On Saturday, the Vermont State Grange Master, Brenda Rousselle from Essex Junction attended the open house at the request of the National Grange to look at the building and to follow up on the finished product. Renovations and restorations needed to be done properly in order to retain use of the name, "right now there's absolutely no problem at all, they did a beautiful job" said Rousselle.


Also attending the open house were former Grange members Ken Holden and Doris and Ray Roberts. Holden now living in Underhill was a member from 1962-1974. He had heard about the changes happening to his old grange and drove down to see what had been done. "I'm glad the building has survived and is being used. I'm sad it's not a Grange but this is good."

Doris and Ray Roberts who live up the road in Pomfret walked around the theatre and spoke to many of the ArtisTree staff. "It's wonderful, they've done such a good job" Doris said. Her grandfather was a deputy at the Grange and a member for 70 years. She has donated many artifacts to the theatre. She also has the original flag from the Grange Hall that she'd like to donate. "They saved the ticket booth" she said, tickets for the grange suppers used to be sold out of that window, now performance tickets will be sold there.

The theatre will seat about 100 people and opens Friday Aug.11 with a performance of "The Little Mermaid." Isabel Cellini, 10 from Cambridge Ma. will be performing in this very first show and said "I love it a lot. It's really pretty and really nice. I'm super excited to perform in it."

Jean Conklin, who grew up down the road said "My parents used to come to this Grange, I used to come for the suppers. I think it's very exciting and wonderful to have this building renovated for this wonderful experiment." She hopes to attend many of the performances.

"We saved the building" said Architect George Turner. The outside walls remained but the space has new windows, new flooring and the second floor was removed but the building is still standing at 65 Stage Road. "I love the idea of saving buildings" he said The renovations made allow the Grange members to still use the building if they'd like to host a supper.

Paul Galdone, an artist from Chelsea, has been watching the work take place, "I think it's really great to have a dedicated theatre. I've been to a lot of productions in Vermont that are squeezed into places that weren't made for performances. There aren't places like this out in the countryside. It's very exciting."

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog August 2


August 2, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.



Don't know about you but I had a great week last week. I saw my friends in the band TOAST perform a free concert in White River Junction. I saw music legend John Prine at the HOP in Hanover, NH. I spent a delightful day at the Farms for City Kids program in Reading. I attended the reception for the poets and authors of Bookstock Saturday evening. And I closed the weekend with a BBQ and kickball game at North Hartland Lake. It truly was a great summer week.

This weekend I'll be seeing another music legend-Jim Rooney with Pat Alger at the Briggs on Friday night but before that, my friends Celia Woodsmith Boyd and Chris Hersch bring their band Say Darling to Feast and Field in Barnard on Thursday night. I'm looking at the calendar and a little freaked out the Labor Day is in five weeks.

Weathersfield select board and town news: The Town of Weathersfield is seeking bids to repair and repaint the exterior trim on Martin Memorial Hall. Bid deadline: noon, Thursday Aug. 10. To learn more about the town or you have other questions contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.

Weathersfield School news: The school has an opening for a helper in the kitchen. Cook's Assistant is full time (175 student days). Send letter of interest, resume and references to David Baker Superintendent, Windsor Vt.


As I said above, I had myself a pretty good week, last week. On Wednesday I went to Hartford Recreations Department's free concert at Lyman Point Park. My friends in the band TOAST were performing.






More photos: CLICK HERE




I spent a good part of the day Thursday in Reading with some great kids from Newark, NJ who were at Farms for City Kids Farm and Adventure Programs.




 More photos: CLICK HERE

Thursday night I went to the SOLD OUT show at the HOP: John Prine with Margo Price opening. I only had my cell phone for photos.

We had dinner before the show at the Skinny Pancake in Hanover and ran into Jim Rooney, who was also going to the Prine show.

Jim will be performing with Pat Alger Friday Aug. 4 at the Briggs Opera House-tickets are on sale through yellowhousemedia.com


Friday, we ventured up to Hartland for the Skunk Hollow Tavern's music show featuring the Jack S**t Band. Val McCallum, a local musician is a founding member of this trio from southern California. It was quite good. And the negroni I had was killa'.


 More photos: CLICK HERE


Saturday I covered the Norman Williams Public Library's reception for the poets and authors of Bookstock or the Vermont Standard.



 More photos: CLICK HERE

Sunday I covered the Windsor and Orange County Democrats annual Kickball Game and BBQ for the Vermont Standard.




More photos: CLICK HERE

In between all this fun I spent a little time in my gardens and in the woods.






Get Out and About Events

Frippery in Weathersfield Aug. 5. The historical society is hosting their annual Frippery in August and is looking for donations. They are also selling raffle tickets for a lovely quilt. Contact Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936 for more information.

Pit Roasting Cooking Class in Perkinsville Saturday Aug. 5 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting a cooking class Taught by Abenaki Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan in the vegetable garden over the open flames of the fire pit. For reservations contact the Inn.

4th Annual Chief's Classic in Springfield Sunday, Sept. 24 9 a.m. Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their annual golf tournament. Early registration discount available. Contact the station for more information.

2nd Annual Weathersfield Festival in Perkinsville Saturday, Sept. 30 Hoisington Field 8 a.m.-3p.m.. To learn more about the event, become a vendor or have other questions contact town manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626.


Music and Performances

Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Friday Aug. 4 7:30 p.m. Nashville Legends Jim Rooney and Pat Alger with Chris Brashear. Tuesday Aug. 15 8 p.m. Brett Dennen (low ticket alert). Tickets through yellowhousemedia.com.

Freight House in White River Junction. Aug. 5 8 p.m. Pillsbury Slow Boys, Aug. 19 9 p.m. Fairies and Rainbows-Mermaid Rave Edition.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.: Aug. 4 Steve Ellis, Aug. 11 Erik Boedtker, Aug. 18 Chris Kleeman, Aug. 25 Ali T, Sept. Steve Ellis.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Aug. 3 7 p.m. Charlie Christos, Aug. 5 8 p.m. Tirade, Aug. 10 6 p.m. Brad Myrick, Aug. 11 8 p.m. Mark and Deb Bond, Aug. 17 7 p.m. Jim Hollis, Aug. 24 6 p.m. Kim Logan and Andrew Merzi, Aug. 25 7 p.m. Brad Myrick, Aug, 31 6 p.m. Evelyn Cormeier.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Aug. 3 7:30 p.m. George Nostrand and his Fiddle Friend Jimmy, Aug. 4 9:30 p.m. The Elovators, Aug. 5 9:30 p.m. The Borderstone Band, Aug. 6 6 p.m. Erik Boedtker, Aug. 10 7:30 p.m. Soulfix Trio, Aug. 11 9:30 p.m. The Tim Brick Band. Aug. 12 9:30 p.m. TOAST, Aug. 15 6 p.m. Eveyln Cormier, Aug. 17 7:30 p.m. Ted Mortimer and Chris Kleeman, Aug. 18 10 p.m. The Pilgrims and Atlantic Veil, Aug. 19 9:30 p.m. Moxley Union


Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Hikes: To the Cabin Sunday, August 12 11:30 a.m.; Ferry Road and the Connecticut River Saturday, September 2 5 p.m.; Cooks Pond Loop Saturday, September 23, 9:30 a.m.; Ascutney Mountain Saturday, October 7 9 a.m.

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: Aug. 8, Sept. 5, Oct. 24, Dec. 5 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

Valley Court Diversion Programs: Volunteers are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at vcdp.org or call Maureen at 281-5213.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSPV. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: 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.


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