Monday, May 22, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly May 24

May 24, 2017
Weathersfield, Vermont

The Weathersfield Directory is accepting applications to be included in the next publication. Businesses, service groups and other organizations in town are invited to apply. The next meeting for Directory organizers is May 30 at 4:30 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall.  Call Lynn for more information 802-738-7413.

Wellwood Orchards is looking to hire a part-time register position which could become full-time during apple season. Call Lillian at 802-263-5200 for more information.

On Friday afternoon I covered the return of the "Angel of Bethesda" to St. James Church in Woodstock. The statute was created by Springfield's own Mary Eldgredge and restored by Quechee's Jeffrey Sass.



 More photos from the event: CLICK HERE

I was up early Saturday morning to cover the 9th Annual Friends of Veterans Ride for Homeless Veterans. The ride began at the FOV Office at the Gilman Office Complex in White River Junction and went to Wilkins Harley Davidson in Barre.





 More photos of the event: CLICK HERE

Saturday night I got to hear the great Judy Collins perform at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. The show was a Kirschner Concerts Production.




More photos of her performance: CLICK HERE

Now to the news you can use
Weathersfield select board news: The board reviewed and approved the Fireworks Policy. Mark Girard applied for a July 3, 9:15-9:35 p.m. fireworks permit at 167 Thrasher RD, by Northstar Fireworks, which the board approved. There was discussion about the Town Festival to be held on Sept. 30. A planning meeting will be held on June 27 at 6 p.m.. 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: Thank you to the Springfield Rotary Club. The club bought books for every K-4 classroom and spent time reading the new books to each class on Monday, May 15. Special thanks to Ethan McNaughton for making this happen. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The library has museum and fun passes that can be checked out by patrons to be used at places like: VINS, Echo Lake Aquarium, Vermont State Parks. More information about the library call 802-674-2863.




Get Out and About Events

Night of 1000 Stars in Ascutney Friday, May 26 6:30 p.m. The Friends of Weathersfield Proctor library are hosting a night of community readings at the library. Readers include Earl Small, Christina Gregory, Rika Henderson, Debbie Gibbs and Heather Shand.

Memorial Day in Perkinsville Monday, May 29 at noon. This is a solemn day to remember and honor the men and women who have served us and have passed on.

Learn to Bake Your Own Cakes in Perkinsville Saturday,June 3 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting a cooking class led by NYC Chef Molly Pam, Call for reservations. 802-263-9217.

Spring Yard Sale in Ascutney, June 2-4 hosted by Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association, Times: June 2 and 3 7 a.m.-4 p.m., June 4 7 a.m.-1 p.m. They are accepting donations for the yard sale on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m., and also by appointment. Please call Katie @ 802-376-5070 to schedule a time.

WS BBQ and Dance in Ascutney Friday, June 16 4-6 p.m. The school is hosting a faculty vs. 8th graders softball game, a BBQ and a family dance. The event will also serve to thank all the school volunteers.

Music and Performances

Freight House in White River Junction. May 26 7:30 p.m. Dylan Keith and Chris Von Staats; June 1 7:30 p.m. Club Steam Dance Night.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.: May 26 Erik Boedtker, June 2 Peter Neri, June 9 Jesse Peters, June 16 Steve Ellis, June 23 Ali T., June 30 Dave Clark.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Thursday June 22 7:30 p.m. Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont NH. May 26 7-10 p.m. RC Thomas; June 1 6-9 p.m. Charlie Christos; June 2 8-11 p.m. Tirade; June 8 6 p.m. Erik Boedtker; June 9 8 p.m. Conniption Fits.

Weathersfield School Concerts and Programs in Ascutney. May 26 8:15-9:15 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony for K-8.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. May 26 9 p.m. About Gladys; May 27 9 p.m. The Gully Boys; May 30 6 p.m. Mike Parker R&B Duo; June 1 7:30 p.m. The Cosmonautz; June 2 9:30 p.m. The Party Crashers; June 3 10 p.m. Freevolt.



Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Hikes: Cathedral Rocks Saturday, June 10, 9:30 a.m.; The Ancient Hemlocks Saturday, June 17 9:30 a.m.; Tucker Trail Lookout Saturday, June 24, 9:30 a.m.; Little Ascutney Saturday, July 1 9:30 a.m.; 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. For more information call Steve 263-5439.

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: June 6, July 11, 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.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly May 17

May 17, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.


Weathersfield Parks and Recreation have announced their fifth annual Weathersfield hikes schedule. See below for dates and times. In between rain drops, I put out the hummingbird feeders and immediately a male was sitting and sipping. Got the garden turned over-thanks Jay. And I'm ready to put in some seeds. The seedlings are in the garage waiting to be planted.

This weekend I saw a great Cajun band, visited a children's room in the Norman Williams Public Library and watched some really fast people run 6.1 miles in Woodstock.

The Revelers returned to New England and to Manchester Vt. on Friday night. Last time through they played at Billsville House Concerts. Friday they played at the Inn at Manchester but the show was put on by Billsville. 120 tickets had pre-sold and there were many walk-ups to the newly renovated barn.






I was up early Saturday to cover the 11th annual running of the Road to the Pogue in Woodstock. The 6.1 mile course wound it's way around the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. William McGovern from Stowe, Vt, won the men's race with a gun time of 42:27 and Alicia Freese from Burlington, Vt. won the women's race with a gun time of 42:54, she was also second overall. 304 runners crossed the finish line.






I hopped over to the Norman Williams Public Library to check out their newly renovated Kidspace Children's Room. They did a really nice job sprucing the space up.







Weathersfield select board news: The select board met on May 1. There was discussion about putting a second compactor at the transfer station. Former select board member, John Arrison objected to this measure saying it would be difficult to have two employees overseeing the two compactors. He also objected to the plan to ship food waste. Town manager, Ed Morris said the obtaining permits for onsite composting would be extremely difficult to get. Select board chair, Kelly Murphy asked for more information about local composting. 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: Thanks go out to Clayre Waters and Christy Chamberlain for volunteering to maintain the gardens around the school. They've weeded and will soon be planting more flowers. School Report Night will be held on Tuesday, May 30 5-6 p.m., pizza, salad, drinks, and dessert will be served in the AP room. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.



Get Out and About Events

WS Dance and Graduation in Ascutney. The annual 7 and 8 grade dance-Friday, May 19 7-10 p.m. Graduation-Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the gym.

Lower Perkinsville to the Grout Cemetery Hike in Perkinsville Sunday, May 21 2 p.m. The Weathersfield Historical Society is sponsoring a hike in the Army Corps reservoir area. Leaders will point out locations of homesteads, farms, and covered bridges that existed before construction of the North Springfield dam. Meet at the Army Corps parking area at the end of Maple Street in Perkinsville. Call 802-885-9517 for further information.

An Evening in Paris Dinner in Windsor Saturday, May 20 6-8:30 p.m. The Village at Cedar Hill is hosting a very special night of music, fine dining and fun to benefit the Windsor High School World Language Program. Cocktails, appetizers, and a silent auction with prizes donated by local businesses. A French dinner will be prepared by Chef John Vigneault. Tickets: $25 pp and space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information call Cedar Hill at 802-674-2254.

Night of 1000 Stars in Ascutney Friday, May 26 6:30 p.m. The Friends of Weathersfield Proctor library are hosting a night of community readings at the library. Readers include Earl Small, Christina Gregory, Rika Henderson, Debbie Gibbs and Heather Shand.



Music and Performances


Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Saturday, May 20 8 p.m. Judy Collins.

The Engine Room in White River Junction. May 19 7:30 p.m. Spanish Guitar with Stuart Ross Johnson; May 25 9 p.m. Club Steam Dance Night; May 26 7:30 p.m. Dylan Keith and Chris Von Staats;

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.: May19 Ben Fuller, May 26 Erik Boedtker.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont NH. May 19 8-11 p.m. Mark and Deb Bond; May 20 Tirade 8-11 p.m.; May 25 7-10 p.m. Kid Pinky; May 26 7-10 p.m. RC Thomas.

Weathersfield School Concerts and Programs in Ascutney. May 26 8:15-9:15 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony for K-8.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. May 18 TDB; May 19 9 p.m. My So Called Band (90s tribute night); May 20 9:30 p.m. TOAST; May 23 6 p.m. Rough and Tumble.



Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Hikes: Perkinsville Lower Valley May 21 2 p.m. Becky Tucker is leading this historic tour; Cathedral Rocks Saturday, June 10, 9:30 a.m.; The Ancient Hemlocks Saturday, June 17 9:30 a.m.; Tucker Trail Lookout Saturday, June 24, 9:30 a.m.; Little Ascutney Saturday, July 1 9:30 a.m.; 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: June 6, July 11, 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.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly May 10

May 10, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.

Are you ready for Mother's Day? It's Sunday, May 14. And even if you don't have a mom to celebrate with, you can bring some joy to a special woman in your life this weekend. Many area restaurants are hosting their annual Mother's Day Brunches but if sharing a meal isn't your thing, how about getting the home gardens ready. The Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their annual plant sale on Saturday and I for one plan to be there bright an early to get the best selection of annuals and perennials. And if the rain ever lets up I hope to get the garden turned over, the outside windows washed, and maybe even move the garden furniture outside. It's also time to hang out the hummingbird feeders in anticipation of their return to our area. I feel like we'd moved to the Northwest with all this rain. I hope it means a long and happy growing season. Did I mention my peach trees are blooming?




Weathersfield School news: The school sends out a huge thank you Jim Taft, WSESU Facilities Manager and his crew who cleaned up the baseball and softball fields. Jim sent a team of people who raked and lined both fields. Jim also donated an old chalk liner, so WS can mark the fields in the future. Helping out Taft's crew during the clean-up, Jim Rice a parent and former PTA President. Jim cleaned out a lot debris around the edges of the fields. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.


I was lucky this week, I was part of two special events at the Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville. I was the "elopement" photographer for two couples who decided to get married at the Inn.
I have had the pleasure of photographing a number of ceremonies and special events there too: CLICK HERE


Sunday, I took in a concert at the Briggs Opera House. Yellow House Media presented Session Americana. It was a really fun show! This was the perfect venue to see this band in.




More photos of the show: Click Here

More Yellow House Media show videos: Click Here

On Tuesday, I venture to Albany, NY to see Lucinda Williams perform at The Egg Performing Arts Center. Erika Wennerstrom (of the Heartless Bastards) opened for her.





Erika


More photos of Lucinda and Erika: Click here

I also got to meet three fantastic women who make beautiful things out of discarded materials.

Jayne Webb, Encore in Woodstock Vt.

Mary Jo Cooke, South Pomfret Vt.

Wanda Huff Woodstock Vt.

The fun continues, tonight I'm off to see Northern Stage's Mamma Mia-this show is almost completely SOLD OUT for it's run in White River Junction.

Thursday night I'm off to Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, NH to see Fully Committed.

Friday night I'm heading out to a Cajun dance party in Manchester Vt. Billsville House Concerts is bringing The Revelers back to southern Vermont. This time to the Inn at Manchester. Get tickets!

And the beat goes on...

Get Out and About Events

Mother's Day Plant Sale in Ascutney, Saturday May 13 8 a.m. at the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department Station. Cocoa mulch available. Contact 802-674-5021

Wild Edibles & Foraging in Perkinsville Saturday May 13 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Inn at Weathersfield's Hidden Kitchen Cooking Class with Didi Emmons and David Craft. Call 802-263-9217 for details and reservations.

LuLaPalooza Mother's Day Edition in White River Junction, Saturday May 13 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Newberry Market.

WS Dance and Graduation in Ascutney Grad. Dance-Friday, May 19 7-10 p.m. Graduation-Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the gym.

WS BBQ and Dance in Ascutney Friday, June 16 4-6 p.m. The school is hosting a faculty vs. 8th graders softball game, a BBQ and a family dance. The event will also serve to thank all the school volunteers.



Music and Performances


Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Saturday, May 20 8 p.m. Judy Collins.

The Engine Room/Freight House in White River Junction. May 13 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Off the Rails Open Game Day. Networking Social May 18 5-8 p.m. bring business cards.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.: May19 Ben Fuller, May 26 Erik Boedtker, June 2 Peter Neri.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. June 22 Michael Franti and Spearhead, July 7-15 Beauty and the Beast; July 29-Aug. 12 Opera North: Kiss Me, Kate, Aug. 1-9 Opera North: La belle Hélène Aug 4-13 Opera North: Madama Butterfly, Sept. 30 Swan Lake.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont NH. May 12 8-11 p.m. Kelly and Martin; May 13 7-10 p.m. Kim Logan.

Weathersfield School Concerts and Programs in Ascutney. May 26 8:15-9:15 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony for K-8.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. May 11 7:30 p.m. Strangled Darlings; May 13 9:30 p.m. Traveling Broke and Out of Gas; May 16 6 p.m. Ted Mortimer.



Ongoing Events

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: June 6, July 11, 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.


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Up-Cycling, three local craft women saving stuff from the landfills and creating wonderful things.


Woodstock, Vt.

Spring is here. We celebrate the passing of winter with an out with old and in with the new attitude. We clean up the discarded trash on Green Up Day. We clean out our houses of things we've accumulated and no longer need. We rake up the dead leaves. And clean up the dead and fallen trees. Most of this debris ends up in the landfill or rotting in the woods.

Meet three local business women who look at these discarded and old materials and breathe a new life into them with their artistic sense and creativity. They all work with fibers, two create from old sweaters and other old cloth and one works with fallen trees.




Jayne Webb is the owner of Encore Design Consignment on The Green in Woodstock. Webb purchased the retail store six years ago this September. She takes in clothing, shoes, jewelry and fashion accessories on consignment. And she designs handmade mittens and hats from repurposed sweaters.

Webb grew up in Kennebunkport, Maine and as a young girl hit many consignment shops with the older women in her life. " When I was growing up, my aunts would bring me to Salvation Armies and Good Wills...that was always fun, you never knew what you were going to find. So when this opportunity came forth (to purchase the store in Woodstock), I still have to pinch myself because I'm doing something that means a lot to me, it has a lot of history and it feels good. I'm working for myself."

About two years ago, Webb started Tweed River Farm. " I don't have a dining room at home any more, my husband calls it the sweatshop." While visiting her daughter in Maine she found a woman who was making mittens. Webb had a Burberry scarf and wanted mittens to go with it. Burberry has some gloves but no mittens and " their gloves didn't really match, there were kind of masculine." So Webb bought another scarf and returned to the mitten maker and asked for a pair to be made; "she said that it couldn't be done because it (the material) doesn't have enough stretch. That's all it took, I came home, shopped online for different patterns and did some tweaking and I made my own pair of mittens from a Burberry scarf. And the rest of it was history."

Webb developed a technique for shrinking the fiber, a way to tighten it up from the loose weave of a sweater to a tight knit for mittens. Her preferred fiber is lamb's wool, wool or a good cashmere. Each summer she makes about 400 pairs of mittens for her store on her vintage featherweight Singer sewing machine (she keeps a basket of 30-40 pairs in the store year round.)

She has two signature designs, Boston Terriers on Burberry and lobster mittens. The lobster mittens came about in a rather odd way. "I think I was online one night looking for sweaters and I came across a classic, vintage Carol Reed (sweater) and it had lobsters and buoys on it. And being from Maine, I could eat lobster 24/7 and I had to buy that sweater. I paid an arm and a leg for it. I got that sweater and I shrank it and it really, really took the hot water hard. But I was able to get one pair of mittens out."

She put those mittens up for sale and a women purchased them and posted a photograph on Instagram naming Encore as the store she found them in. "All of a sudden I was getting these requests for lobster mittens."

When Webb couldn't find another Carol Reed sweater, she created her own pattern a red boiled wool lobster that she carefully stitches onto her mittens. "(It's) really fun. I like they creative part." She say of her own designs.


When asked about the store name, Encore, Webb explained that she had done extensive research on various names but she found out that "Jackie Onassis used to frequent a store in New York called Encore Boutique, or something like that, and I said if it was good enough for Jackie O I think I going to go with it."



Mary Jo Cooke lives in a farmhouse that she restored and rebuilt in South Pomfret. Her business is called Farmhouse Cabinetry. She grew up in Woodstock; graduated from Woodstock High School; moved away briefly but returned to town when her mom was ill; living and maintaining the family home on Lincoln Street. Her Woodstock roots are deep. Her grandfather owned C.C Frost Lumber on Pleasant Street.

Cooke works with wood fiber. She restores old houses and barns, refinishes furniture and creates household accessories from fallen trees or old barn boards. " We used to slide in the sawdust (at her grandfather's lumber yard), I fell in love with the smell of it." Her love for saving older houses came about because as a child the house her family lived in on Lincoln Street was under renovation. She learned her skills from her relatives.

"I call myself where art meets craftsmanship. Sometimes I'm more in the art world and sometimes I'm more in the building world. I can do both." Her current project is for a custom kitchen table. The tabletop was made from 80 year old pine, one of largest pine trees along the Ottauquechee River in West Woodstock, "I know because my father and uncles harvested it, it's returning to home in Bridgewater (along the river)." A friend referred the client to MJ, as she likes to be called.

Cooke prides herself in working with and getting to know her clients. She talks with them to find out exactly what their needs are, what their current space is like and translates this into a project design. She even sends them pictures during the process.

She loves to tackle custom work. Her "Mother's Tray" was created when her own mother was sick and remembered her mother's (MJ's grandmother) had a tray.

She started working "professionally" at a young age. Her first business was chair caning and antique finishing business. She started this as a freshman at Woodstock High School. First customer was Art Lewin's mother. It was basketball season and MJ was too busy with practices and games so "I subbed the job out to my mother."

Walking through her many barns you'll find a collection of old windows, barn boards from previous renovations, trees removed at the request of landowners and lots more. All things that were discarded and left to rot. "This is my medium because I have it. It had a purpose but now it has another one."


Wand Huff lives and works in Woodstock. She grew up on a family farm in Clinton Maine. For her 12th birthday she asked for sheep. That Christmas she got a table loom and learned to weave. A few years later she taught herself how to spin and dye wool. This early experience began her love for wool fiber.

She married a pastry chef and moved to Dallas, TX. Leaning on her New England work ethic she got back into weaving and spinning and dyeing. She opened the largest fiber store in the southwest, an 8000 square foot space filled with wool fiber. "Here I am little Miss New England, who grew up with wool basically and I walk into one of the hottest areas of the United States and none of the yarn shops were selling wool, they were all selling cotton, so I brought into my inventory what I knew, the wool and wool blends. I was selling yarn like nobody's business to the whole Southwest and surrounding States."


Then in the span of one week, she divorced her husband and her south Dallas fiber shop was leveled by a tornado but she stayed in the area and open another store in the north Dallas area. She bought an old brick building where she expanded into teaching classes and hosting events at the former W.O.W Home (Woodman of the World Insurance.)

Her mom and dad were getting older and it was time to return to New England. She sold Woolen Works and moved to Woodstock. Her first craft show was at the Senior Center Craft Bazaar. She saw a rag-a muffin doll made from an old sweater and based her stuffed animals on it. About five years ago she had a booth at the Apple and Craft Fair and sold out most of her inventory.


She still does craft fairs and the Norwich Farmer's Market on Saturdays. She also has a selection of the "up-cycled" sweaters in the Collective in downtown Woodstock. Some of her critters have jackets, vests or pants; they have long pockets and tiny pockets. "Tiny pockets in clothing are for little love notes. They are to give away or when things aren't going so well, you need to take them out and read them to yourself. Long pockets are for crayons...so you can color your heart happy."

Huff gets most of her materials from consignment shops, swap shops and even purchases from the Bridgewater Thrift Store. She makes these animals to bring a little smile to people's faces and to keep these materials out of the landfills.

One customer asked Huff to make a small dog to fit into an old dog sweater, (the customer's son recently lost his pet dog) so Huff made a stuffed dog and used the boy's dog's sweater. When she gave the stuffed animal to the customer, to give it to his son as a gift, as Huff tells it, they both had tears in their eyes. "We can't do much about the big things in life but it's those little things, if everybody was handing everybody a little love note written in crayon, hello."




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