Weathersfield Weekly June 21

June 21, 2017 (First Day of Summer!)
Weathersfield, Vt

What a fun weekend I had, how about you? I know it rained Friday but I got the housework done and was free to play all weekend. I hit the Quechee Balloon Festival on Saturday and got to see Say Darling perform on Saturday afternoon. I've followed Celia Woodsmith, a Norwich native and Say Darling's lead singer, for years and she just keeps getting better. I also got to see The James Montgomery Band entertaining the crowd during the balloon launch Saturday night. And I crossed something off my Bucket List-a hot air balloon ride. Yup, I took to the sky on Sunday morning thanks to Better Homes and Gardens-The Masiello Group in Quechee. I won their Deck Party Balloon Ride Give-Away. It was awesome. Flying over the tree tops, touching the misty fog over the Quechee hills, and getting a bird's eye view of the Upper Valley, just beautiful. I highly recommend it.

Wednesday night, I saw Windsor County State Senator, Dick McCormack perform for the Hartford Historical Society. It was a Vermont history lesson through songs.

A few more photos from the evening: CLICK HERE

I covered two graduation ceremonies this week:

Prosper Valley School in Pomfret on Tuesday evening.

More photos from the ceremony: CLICK HERE

and Albert Bridge School in West Windsor on Friday morning.

More photos from ABS Class of 2017: CLICK HERE

Some of the things I saw at the 38th Annual Quechee Balloon Festival this past weekend.

More photos from this demonstration: CLICK HERE

Say Darling (formerly Woodsmith and Hersch)

More Say Darling photos: CLICK HERE

More James Montgomery Band photos: CLICK HERE

More Saturday Festival photos: CLICK HERE

More views from a Hot Air Balloon: CLICK HERE

Now, News You can Use...

Weathersfield select board news: The select board met June 19. 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
Weathersfield School news: In case you missed the most recent Act 46 meeting you can watch at: School is out for the summer so watch for children playing. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Get Out and About Events

Friends of the 1879 Schoolhouse Work Day in Perkinsville Saturday, June 24 8 a.m.-3 p.m.. Work includes small finishing touches on the ell, window frame restoration, transom windows, and north classroom. Call Matt 802-263-5300 for more information.

Strawberry Festival in Perkinsville Saturday, June 24 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wellwood Orchards is hosting their 2nd Annual Strawberry Festival. Pick Your Own (PYO) strawberries, a petting zoo, wagon rides, crafts and music. Also available their famous cider donuts. Free and open to the public. 802-263-5200 for more information.

Dirty Road-A Coaster in Brownsville Sunday, June 25 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Register online at

Old Home Day and Independence Day Parade in West Windsor Tuesday, July 4. Pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Church, 8 a.m. Book Sale at the Library; Games and fun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Albert Bridge School. Parade at 12:45 "Our American Heroes." For more information call Sherry at 802-484-9286.

A Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors in Weathersfield Saturday, July 15 6:30 p.m. at Weathersfield Center Meeting House. A benefit for the library. Proctor Players will perform a couple of Shakespeare scenes. Library Director Mark will give a pre-view of the fall library program about the art colony in Greenbush. Tony Mastaler’s jazz group will entertain. $15 suggested donation with proceeds being matched by the Byrne Foundation for the WPL Capital Campaign. More information call the Library 802-674-2863.

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

Music and Performances

Freight House in White River Junction. June 24 Fairies and Rainbows: LGBTQ+ Masquerade Ball 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.: June 23 Ali T., June 30 Dave Clark.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Beauty and the Beast July 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, at 7:30 p.m. July 8, 9 at 2 p.m.. Tickets on sale now at the LOH Box office.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont NH. June 22 7 p.m. Kid Pinky, June 23 7 p.m. Jack Lawless, June 24 8 p.m. Squids, June 29 6 p.m. Brad Myrick, June 30 9 p.m. SIRSY.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor, June 22 7:30 p.m. Glass Half Full, June 23 9:30 p.m. Swimmer, June 30 9:30 p.m. Rumblecat.

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Hikes: 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: 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 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.

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