Weathersfield Weekly Blog, December 6

December 6, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.

Congratulations to Terry John Woods and partner Dale West. Their 1820 brick Federal-style former parsonage in Perkinsville is featured in the December issue of Design New England "Christmas White." The article was written by Tovah Martin with photography by Kindra Clineff. 

Some sad news to report, William Mayer, pre-eminent American composer and some-time Vermonter, has died. Born in 1925, Mayer was a Phi Beta Kappa Yale graduate, and he studied composition at Juilliard and the Mannes School of Music. Early success came with music for youngsters, especially recordings of the song “Bongo and his Baboon Drum” sung by Burl Ives. Eventually, Mayer would write celebrated music for every genre. For years, Bill and his wife, Meredith, divided their time between NYC and Weathersfield.

On Friday I photographed all the gingerbread houses that were created for the 15th Annual Gingerbread Festival at Tracy Hall in Norwich, Vermont. the event was a benefit for The Family Place.

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On Saturday, I covered the Brownsville Holiday Bazaar for The Vermont Standard.

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News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board news: The budget process is beginning and at present there is only person on the Budget Committee. The initial budget was scheduled to be presented at the Dec. 4 meeting and again at the Dec. 18 meeting. In other news, the board granted a 2nd class liquor license to the new Jiffy Mart on Route 131 near the interstate. The store plans to open on Dec. 27. Select board member, Lynn Esty submitted her resignation to the board effective Nov. 22, citing life changes. Eligible voters with an interest in serving on the select board until the next annual meeting to fill Ms. Esty's vacant seat should contact the town manager. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Get Out and About Events

Perkinsville Community Church Annual Christmas Candle Light Service in Perkinsville Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. on Rt. 106. Holiday carols, harp, guitar, chime choir, vocals, piano, organ, flute, violin. All are welcome. Come and enjoy an evening of music and Christmas scripture readings.

Cookies & Cocktails Cooking Class in Perkinsville Saturday, Dec. 16 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting NYC based chef/cooking instructor/baker Molly Pam for a fun-filled holiday class. The $55 pp class includes cookies: pecan sandies, chocolate and caramel chews (chocolate cookie with a caramel center and icing), chocolate and almond biscotti , apple cider caramels, cardamom maple trees, cranberry Linzer cookies. And cocktails: homemade Irish cream liqueur, blueberry bourbon bramble (blueberries with cloves, bourbon, and seltzer), blood orange and thyme gin and tonic. Call for reservations: 802-263-9217.

New Year's Eve at the Inn in Perkinsville Sunday, Dec. 31 7-11 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting a special evening with a farm-to-table fine dining experience with acoustic jazz guitarist Ed Eastride. (This experience is suited for adults as they won't be serving our children's menu this night.)

Music and Performances

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8 Ali T., Dec. 15 Dave Clark, Dec. 22 Peter Neri, Dec. 29 Johnny O, Dec. 31 Ed Eastridge, Jan. 5 Ali T.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Dec 7, 9, 10 Clara's Dream; Dec. 27 Recycled Percussion 4 and 7:30 p.m..

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Dec. 8 Brad Myrick Band 7 p.m.; Dec. 15 Jason Cann 7 p.m.; Dec. 16 The Party Crashers 7 p.m.; Dec. 29 Sirsy 8 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Dec. 9 Gully Boys 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 15 Justin Panigutti Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 19 Soul Fix Duo 6 p.m.; Dec. 21 George Nostrand Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 22 Sullivan Davis Hanscom Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 28 Jim Yeager Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 29 Dr. No 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 30 Chris Kleeman Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 31 New Year's Eve with Moxley Union and Maiden Voyage 9:30 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Historical Society Fundraiser in Perkinsville. "Round the World" queen size quilt handmade by Weathersfield resident Carolyn Van Tassel. On display at the Inn at Weathersfield, selling for $1200, money benefits the Weathersfield Historical Society. If interested in purchasing or have more questions call Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936.

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 in 2018: Feb. 13, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Nov. 27 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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