Weathersfield Weekly Blog, February 13

Happy Valentine's Day or as I like to call it Chocolate Lovers Day
(photo of Gretchen Ocasio's-Skunk Hollow Tavern-Chocolate Raspberry Cake)

Just a gentle reminder...the third installment of our property tax is due today, Feb. 13!

News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board and town news: The town has launched its new and improved website.

The select board was scheduled to meet on Feb. 4 but canceled that meeting and reschedule for Feb. 7. The agenda contained an item to discuss the many questions that have come up about the municipal fire department. These questions appear on the Facebook page “Villages of Weathersfield and surrounding areas.”

Three members of the select board met at SAPA-TV on Friday, Feb. 1 to tape an informational message to be aired in the future. With three members attending it was considered a quorum and should have been warned as a meeting. An agenda and the minutes were posted after the fact and the meeting will be acknowledged at their next duly warned meeting. More information about the select board and the town contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Weathersfield School news: Congratulations to Madison Lawyer, Brooke Hindinger and Noah Huebner for taking part in the 2019 District VI Winter Music Festival. These three were the only students from WSESU that participated. It was a rough week last week for our school with many delayed openings and school closures due to our weird weather. Let’s hope this week will be better for classes before the school takes its winter break Feb. 18-22. For more information school news, please call the school at 674-5400.

Adventures and Assignments

Lula Wiles LOH on Location

Lula Wiles performed at the SOLD OUT show Friday Night at the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, NH.

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JAG Fest 3.0 at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, Vermont
"If This Be Sin" Saturday evening.

JAG FEST 3.0 was held this past weekend at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, Vermont. The annual festival showcases and celebrates new plays by emerging playwrights of color. African-American theatre artists spend a one-week residency focusing on three-five “works-in-progress”. Staged readings bring these works to the public over the weekend.

This year’s performances were: “The Last Day of Black History Month” A Conversation with a Naked Black Southern Lesbian” on Friday evening, “Rabbit Summer” on Saturday afternoon, “If This Be Sin” Saturday evening and “Blanks or Sunday Afternoon, After Church” on Sunday afternoon. More information about JAG Productions may be found at:

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11th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza
Benefitting the First Unitarian Universalist Church Hartland, VT 

On Sunday, The First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hartland, Vermont hosted their 11th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza. The event drew a standing room only crowd of over 70 bidders. Two tables were overflowing with auction items including: chocolate cookies, whoopie pies, brownies and very extravagant cakes. Some cakes sold for over $200. There was also a children’s table to allow children to bid on items with bids starting as low as 50 cents. All proceeds from the event benefit the church.

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Get Out and About Events

Vermont Flurry in Woodstock Friday-Sunday Feb. 15-17. Pentangle Arts and ArtisTree Community Arts Center host their annual snow sculpture event. Winners are announced Sunday, Feb.17 at 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public but weather dependent. Check Pentangle of ArtisTree websites for updates.

Winter Wild Uphill in Brownsville Saturday, Feb. 16 5 p.m. Ascutney Outdoors is hosting a 3.1 mile up and down race with 800 ft climb Fees for this event: $10 ages 15-19, $25/$30 for ages 20 and up; 14 and under free. Check their website to register.

“Agape Feast” Community Dinner  in Brownsville, Saturday, Feb 16 6-8 p.m. at the Brownsville Community Church. Brownsville Community Church invites the community to the first annual “Agape Feast”. Amidst strains from “That’s Amore” & “Volare”, you can enjoy homemade, traditional spaghetti, meatballs, sweet Italian sausage and all the fixins’.  ALL ARE WELCOME!
“Agape Feast”. SAY WHAT? Agape [ah-gah-pey] noun-unselfish love of one person for another; brotherly love, the love of God for humankind, Love Feast.

President’s Day at Calvin Coolidge Site in Plymouth Monday, Feb. 18 1-4 p.m.. Celebrate Presidents’ Day with Vermont’s own Calvin Coolidge (interpreter Mr. Tracy Messer at 2 p.m.. More info. at the Coolidge Foundation website.

HK Vegetarian Cooking Class in Perkinsville, Saturday Feb. 23 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.. The Hidden Kitchen at the Inn at Weathersfield brings Denise Atland in for a hands-on vegetarian cooking class. Call for reservations 802-263-9217

Winterfest: Powder, Pig and Party in Brownsville Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.. Ascutney Outdoors is hosting a day of ski racing, tubing, a pig roast and music by Frydaddy. A great way to celebrate winter.

Schnitzel to Spaetzle German Cooking Class in Perkinsville Saturday, March 2 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.. The Hidden Kitchen at the Inn at Weathersfield brings Denise Atland in for a hands-on German cooking class. Call for reservations 802-263-9217.

Town Meeting in Ascutney Saturday, March 2 10 a.m.-2 p.m. School meeting at 10 a.m., Town Meeting at 12:30 p.m. Lunch provided by the Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library.

Town Vote in Ascutney, Tuesday, March 5. Voting by Australian ballot at Martin Memorial Hall Rte. 5 in Ascutney.

Music and Performances

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.. Feb. 15 Ali T, Feb. 22 Jon Clinch, March 1 Steve Ellis.

The Engine Room in WRJ. OQS First Annual Snow Ball 7 p.m., Feb. 16 Jo Henley 9 p.m., Feb. 22 Off The List Beach Party 9 p.m., Feb. 23 Board Game Night 6 p.m., Feb 27 Girls Night Out 8 p.m..

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Feb 8 Lula Wiles; Feb 9 Mike McDonald’s Comedy Extravaganza; March 14 The Very Hungry Caterpillar 10 a.m.; March 17 John 5 and the Creatures 7p.m.; April 12 A sick Day for Amos McGee 10 a.m.; April 18 Stand Up America-50 years of Jethro Tull; April 19 Get The Led Out; May 17 Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza 10 a.m.; Keb’ Mo’ June 16.

Reading Winter Concert Series in Reading at Robinson Hall. The newly formed concert series continues with Spencer Lewis on March 9. $10 adults, under 15 free. Refreshments served.

Skinny Pancake in Hanover NH. Feb. 23 Derek Burkins and The Milo White Band 8-10 p.m., March 14 Pete’s Posse 7-9 p.m., March 23 Fred Haas Organ Jam 7-9 p.m.

Taverne On The Square in Claremont. Feb. 22 Disco Dance Party 8 p.m., March 1 Party Crashers 8p.m..

Windsor Station in Windsor. Feb. 14 Peter Concilio Jazz Trio 6 p.m., Feb. 15 Jester Jigs 9:30 p.m., Feb. 16 Diamond Special 9:30 p.m., Feb. 19 Carl Goulet 6 p.m., Feb, 22 Carton/Chodus 9:30 p.m..

Ongoing Events

AARP Tax-Aide Program in Ascutney Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at Martin Memorial Hall 5259 Route 5 call 802-885-3933 for more information.

Food Assistance:
Ascutney Union Church Food Cupboard in Ascutney 5243 Route 5 Saturdays 9-10 a.m. call 802-674-2484.

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 2019: Feb. 19, April 30, May 28, June 18, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept.24, Oct. 29, and Nov. 26 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.

Roast Beef Suppers of 2019 in Hartland at the Brick Church 10 Station RD. Six consecutive Saturday nights through Feb. 23 5-7 p.m. or until the roast beef runs out. $15 for all you can eat...roast beef, green beans, Cole slaw, mashed potatoes, homemade rolls and homemade pie. 802-436-2792.

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

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