Weathersfield Weekly Blog Dec. 21 #weathersfieldvt #vt

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Weathersfield, VT

So how's your shopping going? Last weekend's storms may have put a damper on some outings but we still have a few days left before the big Winter Holidays kick in. I'm more of a Solstice celebrator. I'm just happy that after the 21st. the days are getting longer and we've passed through the darkest, longest day of the year. Don't get me wrong, I love the winter holidays but I worked retail when I was younger and this time of year can be brutal for people working in retail stores.

So gentle reader, I ask one thing of you, as you are out and about-spread some holiday cheer while shopping for your co-workers, friends, loved ones, family members-be nice to the store clerks. Spread some holiday cheer-stop in to see your elderly neighbors, just sit with them, be there for them. Spread some holiday cheer-children are out of school, home on winter break, so parents may be frazzled, say hi and give them some time for "adult talk". I guess my message is Spread Some Holiday Cheer. Happy whatever winter holiday you celebrate. Let's get through this winter together.

This week's adventures.
I attended the final Billsville House Concert of 2016 and it was a doozey, Brett Hughes with guests Brett Lanier and Pat Melvin. It was a fundraiser for Hughes's up coming CD.
I took a lot of photos (no surprise) and some videos. A video sample is below.

For the Vermont Standard, I covered the installation of a gas stove donated by Dead River Co. at the Ascutney Outdoors Warming Hut on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

While on assignment for the Valley News Enterprise Business Magazine (to be published on Tuesday Dec. 27), covering the Upper Valley Young Professionals Holiday Party at the Norwich Inn, I took a few shots of the Norwich Community's Christmas Pageant. as they stopped by to ask if there was room at the Inn.

Friday night I hit the PowerHouse Mall to shoot their stunning decorations for the Sunday Valley News Business page. The Mall Manager Sarah Luhmann created 11 decorated dress-forms. Can you find all 11 at the mall? They were made from recycled Christmas Trees and re-purposed ornaments and materials.

After the PowerHouse mall shoot, I headed over to the Public House in Quechee, VT. A few friends are in the band TOAST and I went to see them in their acoustic set. They are kind of funky, kind of bluesy, kind of jazzy, kind of very cool.

News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board news: The select board met on Monday, Dec. 19. The board is still looking to fill a number of positions: Connecticut River Development Corporation Representative and Alternate, Connecticut River Joint Commission, Conservation Commission (One four year term open), Energy Committee, Parks and Recreation Commission (One Opening), River Connection Regional Partnership Representative, Senior Solutions Advisory Council Representative, Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc. Representative, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commissioner, Southern Windsor County Transportation Advisory Committee. If you are interested in serving please contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Weathersfield School news: Paraprofessional Marianne Fortunato retired after 16 years of service. Marianne's last day was, Dec. 16.. She hopes to spend more time with her family. Reminder-Winter break ends and classes resume on Tuesday Jan. 3. Cold weather has arrived and the school is asking that parents send the children to school with appropriate clothing for outdoor play. Also consider having your children wait in a heated car at the bus stop. School policy is no outdoor recess if the temperature is 10 degrees or below. For more information about the school call 802-674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.. For more information about the library, programs or events, contact Library Director, Mark Richardson at 802-674-2863.

Get Out and About

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Dec. 23: Ken Rokicki, Dec. 30: Dave Clark, Dec. 31: Peter Concillio.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Dec. 23 9:30 p.m. Sensible Shoes, Dec. 27 6-9 p.m. Bill Temple, Dec. 30 9:30 p.m. The Whiskey Geese, Dec. 31 10 p.m. New Year's Eve Party with Moxley Union and Maiden Voyage.

Yellowhouse Media Shows in White River Junction: Thursday, Dec. 22 7 p.m. Brooks Hubbard and Val McCallum, Briggs Opera House; Saturday Dec. 31 9:30 p.m. New Year's Ever Party with Woodsmith and Hersch, Engine Room Freight House Hall; Friday, Jan. 6 8:30 p.m. Myra Flynn Dance Party, Briggs Opera House.

Lebanon Opera House Shows in Lebanon NH: Wednesday, Dec, 28 4 and 7:30 p.m. Recycled Percussion; Thursday, Jan. 19 10 a.m. Moon Mouse; Saturday Jan 21 7:30 p.m. An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt (Sold Out). 

Weathersfield's Got Talent in Ascutney Friday, Jan. 20 6 p.m. at the Weathersfield Elementary School. Come experience some of the awesome talent of our friends and neighbors.

Ongoing Events

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

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

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