What To Do In and Around Weathersfield Vermont

Ben Fuller

Ben Fuller performed at The Great Hall in Springfield with special guest Johnny O.

Thursday night, Jan. 2 local singer songwriter Ben Fuller, who is home visiting from Nashville, performed with Johnny O at the Great Hall in Springfield VT. The event was hosted by Trout River Brew Co. (Ben went to school with the owners.)
Johnny O

I hope you were one among the hundred or so people who came out for the concert. Ben is on his way up in the music world and I predict it will be getting tough soon to get a ticket to see him.

Last night's event was by donation and that certainly isn't going to be the case in the near future.

As many of you might know, I organized an event a few years ago celebrating Romaine Tenney's life in Ascutney and how it clashed with the progression of interstate 91 moving north to the border. Last night Ben performed the song he wrote memorializing Romaine. 

Here's another sampling of his original sound "Ex-to-See"

I hope you were in the audience but if not follow him on Bands In Town Seriously-check him out if you aren't already a fan.
More photos: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Ben-Fuller/Trout-River-Brew-2020/
More videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoC4Kmye4wqNvGdWkm1DRY9Z

Get Out and About

Scrooge, The Musical at World Under Wonder Jan 3 and 4.

This production is in memory of David Roberts, the father of the Executive Director and Founder of the organization who passed away in 2017. When: Seating starts 30 minutes before show.  Friday, Jan. 3: 7pm Saturday, Jan. 4: 7pm Where: World Under Wonder Playhouse 5755 Route 5, Ascutney Vermont. Cost: $10 tickets. $5 reimbursed to those at door if under 18, over 65, or veterans. Sponsored by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation

Monday, January 6

Pot Luck Community Dinner at Weathersfield School 5:30 p.m. The WS School Board is hosting a community dinner for families and community members at school at 5:30 pm. All are welcome. The school will provide soup and salad dinner. If you want to bring a hot dish, feel free to do so. Dinner is at 5:30 and at 6:15 pm, the BAC and the Board would like to present next year’s budget and to seek your input. Child care will be provided at this time in the gym. RSVP is encouraged, but not required. 802-674-5400

Friday January 10

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike and Astronomy Program- 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park on Friday January 10th for a nighttime hike under January’s full “Wolf” moon. Learn all about the moon and its different phases and take a look through one of the high powered telescopes. Please dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear. Snowshoes will be provided along with light refreshments. Meet in the Forest Center at the park.

Saturday January 11

Full Moon Fiesta Storrs Hill Lebanon NH
Lebanon Recreation and Parks host their 14th Annual dinner. The whole family can travel by snowshoe, ski, or snowboard at Storrs Hill Ski Lodge. Local sponsoring restaurants will offer light food and hot beverages as you get out and enjoy the snow and some delicious food. All proceeds benefit Lebanon Recreation and Parks and Lebanon Outing Club. This is an eco-friendly event - please help reduce waste by bringing your own mug, spoon and bowl. Purchase your tickets online with Lebanon Recreation and Parks-this event usually sells out.

The Aurora, Curtains of Light
A talk about the Northern lights hosted by Hartland Winter trails featuring Dr. Neal Brown who has presented his program all over the country. More info https://www.hartlandwintertrails.org/

Saturday January 18

T-Bar Dedication at Ascutney Outdoors
Ascutney Outdoors will be celebrating its new T-bar 12- 4 pm. Following a short dedication ceremony starting at noon, free skiing will be offered to everyone until 4 p.m. Brownsville’s own Butcher and Pantry will be on hand serving up an awesome chili bar at a cost of $10 per person. There will be music and other activities, and the tubing lift will also be in operation with its’ regular purchased tickets. There is no snowmaking at the mountain, so just like the old days, the area relies on mother nature - a real commitment to Protecting Our Winters. The event will take place even if conditions aren’t acceptable – we’ll have a snow dance and enjoy an afternoon of food and fun!

Classes and Tastings at the Inn at Weathersfield

Hidden Kitchen Cooking Classes. Saturdays. Classes fill up fast. Jan.11 Duck Butchery 10:30-3 p.m.; Jan 18 A Vermont Winter party 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m; Feb. 8 Valentine's Dinner for Two (or one with leftovers) 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Feb. 29 Learn to Make Charcuterie 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; March 7 Irish Party 10:30 p.m.-1 p.m.; March 14 Short and Long Braises 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

"Toast" Wine Dinners  at 7 p.m.
Jan. 25 Paired dinner with Winebow-Italian Wines
Feb 22 Paired dinner with Selection Naturel James Hull
March 21 Tastings and Kitchen Nibbles 6 pm, wines from the Alsace region. Dinner 7-9 p.m.

More info and to make reservations call 802-263-9217

Music and Performances

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Jan 3 Steve Ellis; Jan 10 Jon Clinch; Jan 17 J. Michael Kelley; Jan. 24 Ali T; Jan 31 Rowland Hazard; Feb 7 Steve Ellis; Feb. 14 Rowland Hazard Feb 21 Ali T; Feb 28 J. Michael Kelley.

The Engine Room in WRJ.  Jan 4 Club Night: The Hangover with Livemixkings 9 p.m.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Shows at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Jan. 11 The Old New Worlds; Jan. 12 Juneberry Sings Bird by Bird 4 p.m.; Jan. 24 Recycled Percussion; Jan 25 recycled Percussion 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 28 Banff Centre Mountain FIlm Festival 7 p.m.; Jan 29 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival 7 p.m.; Feb. 7 Johnny Gandelsman,7 p.m.; Feb 15 Mike McDonald's Comedy Extravaganza; March 15 Jason Lyle 4 p.m., March 28 A Bowie Celebration; April 5 Penguins 3 p.m.; April 6 Penguins; April 15 Kurt Vile w/ Cate Le Bon; May 8 Sewam American Indian Dance 10 a.m.

Public House in Quechee. Feb. 8 Live at Public House Pub 7 p.m.; Feb 14 Kind Bud 7 p.m.

Reading Town Hall in Reading VT. Jan 11 Old Boys 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets: $10 at the door. Donations of non-perishable food items are encouraged. Ticket price includes dinner food provided by the beneficiaries.

The Skinny Pancake Hanover Jan 10 Allison Fay brown 7 p.m.; Jan. 25 Green Mountain Roots 8 p.m.; Feb. 1 Love v. Hate Drag Party 9 p.m.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont NH. Jan 3 Jacob Fava 6 p.m.; Jan 4 Brooks Hubbard 7 p.m.

Tuesday Acoustic Jams in White River Junction. Here In the Valley hosts Acoustic Jam Sessions every Tuesday night at 7 pm at The Filling Station Bar and Grill, 70 Gates St. WRJ. More info on FB Jam Sessions

Windsor Station in Windsor. Jan 3 Gully Gully In Come Free 9 p.m.; Jan. 10 Cable Junction 9 p.m.; Jan 14 Ali T 6 p.m.; Jan. 17 Baked Shrimp 9 :30 p.m., March 20 Cable Junction 9 p.m.

World Under Wonder in Ascutney. Jan. 20 Tanu larp Quest Night 6-10 p.m., Feb. 17 Tanu Larp Quest Night 6-10 p.m., March 16 Tanu larp Quest Night 6-10 p.m.

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 non-perishable 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 weathersfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com. NOTE-Beginning Jan 9 hours will be 2nd and 4th Thursday 2-4 p.m.

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.

Other Ongoing Events

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. TwinStateDepressionSupportGroup.org or on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TwinStateDSG/. More information call 802-795-0098

Nancy Nutile-McMenemy is an Upper Valley freelance photographer and writer who loves to attend concerts and local events in and around Weathersfield and the Upper Valley.

If you have an event you'd like listed please email it to: photosbynanci@comcast.com 

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