Weathersfield Weekly Blog, July 18

This weekend is the 30th anniversary for the Vermont 100 Endurance Ride or Run. The 100 mile run or horse ride starts and finishes at Silver Hill Meadow in West Windsor. I've been involved in some way in all 30 races and will be volunteering again this year at the race merchandise table and taking photographs. (I missed volunteering during one race weekend in 2005-we went diving in the Galapagos.) The events sees 350-100 mile runners, 100-100Km runners and about 100 horses traveling either 100, 75 or 50 miles. This year the event will raise over $200,000 for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. (I volunteered for 10 years with Vermont Adaptive teaching mono-skiing on Mount Ascutney.) This is always a crazy busy weekend but it's so rewarding seeing these athletes push themselves so other athletes can challenge themselves. Good on you Vermont 100!

News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board and town news: On July 2 the select board set the town tax rate at 0.6314. An error was discovered and an emergency meeting was warned for July 3. At that meeting the select board set the tax rate at 0.6375 which includes the county tax rate of 0.0075 and the education tax rate of 0.0045.The select board was scheduled to meet on July 16. Some of items on the agenda were the I91 bridge repair work over Route 131, the large gathering permit for the Fuller's son's send off party, and repair work to the Center Church Meeting House. More information about the select board and the town contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Adventures and Assignments

On Sunday we traveled to our favorite venue-Billsville House Concerts in Manchester, VT. We we lucky to get tickets tot eh SOLD -OUT show featuring Twisted Pine.

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Billsville House Concert Video Playlist

Get Out and About Events

Tamales Cooking Class in Perkinsville, Saturday July 21 10:30 a.m.-1p.m.. Luis and Melissa Gomez formerly of Mama Tina's in Hartland will be teaching Luis's childhood cuisine. Menu: Pulled Pork Tamales, Refried Bean & Cheese Pupusas (vegetarian), Curtido salad, Tomatillo salsa. $55 per person Limited to 12 students. Call 802-263-9217 for reservations.

Concerts at Stoughton Pond in Perkinsville, begins Sunday, July 22 4-6 p.m. at the Stoughton Pond Picnic Shelter. Weathersfield Parks and Recreation are hosting a series of three concerts. The first is with singer, guitarist and songwriter Kevin Atkinson formerly of Strafford, Vermont who will be joined by our town troubadour, Bill Brink, arranger of the concerts. Bring a picnic and chair or blanket. For further information contact: (802) 674-5280

5 Alarm 5 K in Perkinsville Saturday, July 28 9-11 a.m.. The West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their 5th annual 5 K race. Tent registration at the Power Dam on Maple Street opens at 8 a.m. Kids fun race is at 9 a.m. and the 5 K starts at 9:30 a.m.. A chicken BBQ follows. For more information contact Toshya at 603-322-3287. All proceeds benefit WWVFD.

Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors in Weathersfield July 28 6-9 p.m.. The Weathersfield Proctor Library Fund raising committee will host their annual event featuring a silent auction, desserts and appetizers, and music by Jenni Johnson and the Junketeers, who specialize in jazz, blues, and classic tunes. More details to come.

Music and Performances

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.. Erik Boedtker July 20, Ali T July 27, Steve Ellis Aug. 3..

The Engine Room in WRJ. Funk-a-sonic Dance Party with Fu'Chunk July 27, 8 p.m., Borderstone Sept. 14, 8 p.m..

Taverne on the Square in Claremont, NH. Brad Myrick Band July 20 7 p.m., Andrew Merzi July 26 6 p.m., Bob and Shane July 27 7 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Diamond Special July 20 9:30 p.m., Jester Jigs Jul 21 9:30 p.m., Rose Hip Jam July 26 7 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics in 2018: 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.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSVP. 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.

Twin State Depression Support Group in Weathersfield. Free peer-led Depression Support Groups to all, the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm, 5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT (Martin Memorial Hall - downstairs) and the 4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm, 7 Morgan Street, Springfield, VT (Turning Point) Both venues are accessible. or on facebook: More information call 802-795-0098

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.

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

Weathersfield Parks and Recreation Hikes: Saturday, July 21 9:30 Cathedral Rocks; Sunday, July 29 11:30 a.m. "To The Cabin"; Sunday, Sept. 2 9:30 Crown Point Road; Saturday, Sept. 15 5 p.m. Ferry Road and the Connecticut River; Saturday, Oct. 6 8 a.m. Ascutney Mountain; Saturday, Oct. 20 9:30 a.m. Cooks Pond Road; and Saturday Oct. 27 9:30 a.m. Perkinsville Lower Valley. Call Steve to sign up for a hike or to get more information at 802-263-5439 or email

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