Weathersfield Weekly Blog, June19

Adventures and Assignments

I had a very busy few days last week. How was your Father's Day weekend?

David Crosby at Lebanon Opera House

June 13, 2019 at LOH More photos: CLICK HERE

Todd Snider at Gateway City Arts

June 14, 2019 in Holyoke MA. More photos: CLICK HERE

Coldwell Banker Lifestyles Quechee Balloon Fest Open House

June 15, 2019 Quechee Green. More Photos: CLICK HERE

Keb' Mo' at Lebanon Opera House

June 16, 2019 at LOH. More Photos: CLICK HERE

Jontavious Willis opened for Keb' Mo'

And on the Icky Side
Saw this critter crossing the road on one of our hikes.

News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board and town news: In the select board’s ongoing effort to provide fire service protection to the town, most of their June 3 meeting focused on unifying the town’s two fire departments. Ultimately, the select board wants the two fire departments to meet and discuss how best to proceed into the future. It appears from the minutes published online that the select board is still in favor of a municipal fire department as are the members of the West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department. From the meeting discussion, the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association (AVFA) was not initially included in the early discussion of merging the two departments but now appears willing to meet to figure out a way to works towards creating a unified fire service department as long as some mediation takes place at the same time, perhaps involving an area fire chief. More information about the select board and the town contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

In related news, AVFA held an Australian ballot vote at their June 11 meeting. The question put to the members was “Shall Ascutney Fire Department go Municipal?” Of the 30-member roster, 24 cast votes with a result of 18 voting no and 6 voting yes. AVFA had voted a number of times previously and at one of those votes the company created their Option A and B plans which were presented to the select board last fall.

In other Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association news, their semi-annual yard sale was a huge success. The event held June 7-9 and raised $11,092 bringing their yard sale fundraising to $18,642 for the year. (AVFA had budgeted to fundraise $8,000 between both yard sales.)

Weathersfield School news: School is out for the summer. Children cheer, parents cringe; the first day of school for the FY 20 school year will be on Thursday, August 29-only 11 weeks away. More information about the school please call 802-674-5400.

Get Out and About Events

Mt. Ascutney Summer Solstice Fest in Brownsville Saturday June 22 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Mountain biking, hiking, yoga, food for purchase, live music-Erik Boedtker, Jason Cann, ghost stories with Joe Citro. More information on their website: Tickets can be purchased online.

Lace Up for Laura Memorial 5k walk/run in Perkinsville Saturday, June 29 features two runs: an approximately ½ mile kids 12 and under fun run at 8:30 a.m. and 3.1mile (5km) race at 9:00 a.m. for all ages and abilities. The starts for both races will be located near the intersection of the Plains and Reservoir Roads. Proceeds from the memorial run will benefit the Laura Cody McNaughton Memorial Fund and its annual scholarship which will be awarded to a graduating senior who exemplifies Laura’s leadership and giving spirit, and, is pursuing further education and training in a field where these principles may be put into practice. Register now at

Book Discussion in Ascutney Wednesday, July 17 6:30-8 p.m. The library will host an evening with storyteller, children's author and musician Michael Caduto. Caduto will be discussing his book “Touching the Sky Dome Stories of the Sun, Moon and Stars” on Wednesday, July 17 6:30-8 p.m. More information contact Mark at 802-674-2863.

Music and Performances

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. June 21 Steve Ellis, June 28 Johnny O. July 5 Erik Boedtker, July 12 Ali T, July 19-sold out for wedding, July 26 Jon Clinch.

The Engine Room in WRJ. June 22 The Conniption Fits 8 p.m., June 28 HOT 97.5 Summer Party 9 p.m., July 25 Bell’s Brewery Bingo 6 p.m., July 31 Girls Night Out 8 p.m..

Front Porch Concert Series in The Green Lebanon NH. Shows are FREE and start at 7 p.m. unless noted. June 27 Revenants; July 4 The Flames at 5 p.m. and Hayley Jane and The Primates 7:30 p.m.; July 11 Laura Orshaw and The New Velvet Band; July 18 Bassel and The Supernaturals; July 25 Michael Vincent Band; Aug. 1 Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dread; Aug. 8 Marc Berger; Aug. 15 The Cerny Brothers.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Shows at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. June 23 Whose Live Anyway? July 12-14 Hoedown at Blow-Me-Down 7 p.m., July 12-14 and 18-20 Big Fish 7:30 p.m., July 26-28 The Pirates of Penzance 7 p.m..

Skinny Pancake in Hanover, NH. June 21 Queens, Queers and Camo 9 p.m., June 22 Liam Alone 6;30 p.m., June 26 Brooks Hubbard Band 7:30 p.m., June 29 Fu’ Chunk 8 p.m.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont, NH. June 21 Off The List 8 p.m., June 28 Best Not Broken 8:30 p.m., July 19 Boss and the Sauce 8:30 p.m..

Windsor Station in Windsor. June 22 The Pilgrims 9:30 p.m., June 25 Papa Greybeard 6 p.m., July 5 Fu’Chunk 9:30 p.m., July 6 Super Stash Brothers 9:30 p.m..

Ongoing Events

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. The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 1-3 p.m. WFS is located in the 1879 Schoolhouse at 1862 Route 106 in Perkinsville. Donations of nonperishable food are always welcomed and may be dropped off at the facility during open hours or placed in the collection box at Martin Memorial Hall. For more information, call 802-263-5584 or email

Rachel’s Kitchen in Windsor. Free breakfast 7-10 a.m. Mon-Fri at the Rachel Harlow Church 165 Main Street Windsor.

Windsor Community Dinners in Windsor. Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall 4 Court Street, Windsor.

Veggie Van Go in Windsor. Free fresh produce provided by the Vermont Food Bank. 2nd Tuesday of the month 10-11 a.m. Mt. Ascutney Hospital 289 County Road, Windsor.

Hartland Food shelf in Hartland. 4 Corners UU Church Fridays 8-10 a.m.

Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf in Reading. Mondays 2-4 p.m. and Thursday 4-6 p.m. Stone School 3456 Tyson Rd, Reading.

Weathersfield Parks and Recreation Hike:

Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m.: The Ancient Hemlocks. This route is over fields and through the woods, up and down a logging road and over a rivulet or brook, including the headwaters of Mill Brook. You won’t have to remove footwear. The last half mile is up Little Canada Road, past the 1791 John Warner house. If the owner is home, he enjoys giving a tour. The trees are about 500 years old. Your guide will use a compass to find his way through one section – he’s confident, despite an occasional debacle. Total distance about 2 miles.

Biking in Brownsville Paradise Sports in Windsor is now providing weekend bicycle rentals and trail side services at the Ascutney Outdoors Center in Brownsville throughout the summer. Call Paradise Sports' trail side number, 802-738-0353, or visit their website to learn more.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics in 2019: 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.

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

Annual Frippery in Ascutney Aug 10 and 11. The Weathersfield Historical Society has announced their annual “Frippery” August 10 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and August 11 8 a.m.-noon. This year’s Frippery will be held at the Claire Murray House 5357 Rte 5 in Ascutney (rather than the Center Meeting House). They are seeking gently used items (no clothing, appliances or electronics). For more information call Patti 802-263-9405 or Maureen 603-252-0936.

Have anything you want included in this news and events column? Email Nancy at two weeks prior to your event.

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