Weathersfield Weekly Blog, August 23 edition

A bubbling stream in Paradise Park, Windsor VT.
(More photos in my Hike Report, below)

Hopefully our area will avoid too much damage from HENRI.

Looks like the eye may pass right over us Monday afternoon/evening.

News You Can Use 

Within Reach Yoga Turns 2

Offers FREE Yoga Class to Celebrate
Tuesday Aug. 24 at 6 PM

To help celebrate, Lisa is offering a FREE COMMUNITY CLASS on August 24 at 6 pm at the Weathersfield Center Church/Meeting House on Weathersfield Center RD.
This will be a gentle class for all levels. 
Space will be limited and first-come, first served. BYOP (Bring your own props!)

For more info. email Lisa.

WES Welcome Back BBQ CHANGED to Meet and Greet due to COVID-19
Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm 

Weathersfield School Athletic Field, 135 Schoolhouse Road, Ascutney 

Due to a rise in Covid cases, the Weathersfield School Board will be changing the Welcome Back-to-School BBQ to a Meet-and-Greet with Mr. Brian Martes, Weathersfield School’s New Principal.

This will be an opportunity to ask Mr. Martes any questions you may have.

Please feel free to email any questions to BJ at by August 25th.

No food or activities will be happening at this event. The play structures will not be available for use during this time frame.

Please follow Covid guidelines; masks and social distancing required. Families will be asked to stay in their family pod.

The PTO will have information available.

In the event the community cannot meet in-person, WES will use this link to hold this event.
Google Meet joining info: Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 414-885-5663‬ PIN: ‪873 873 662‬#

Vermont Overland This Weekend
Friday, August 27-Sunday August 29

Event organizers are expecting 1500 gravel riders.

The Overland is a 54-mile dirt road bicycle race featuring 7,000 feet of climbing, seven sectors of “Vermont pavé” (unmaintained ancient public roads), two well-fortified sag stops, a magnificently scenic route and an awesome party afterwards. It’s the ultimate overland adventure ride. Open dirt roads, amazing scenery and an epic course unlike any you’ve ever ridden before, all within a beautiful Vermont pastoral setting.

The purpose of this race is to promote the wonderful world of overland adventure riding and to benefit the Reading/West Windsor Food Shelf and Ascutney Outdoors, both integral organizations in the event’s host town of Reading/West Windsor.

Race Info: Sunday, August 29th, 2021
Ascutney Outdoors, Ski Tow Road, West Windsor, Vermont
54 Miles, 7,000' climbing
9 AM Start. Registration opens at 7 AM
Park at Ascutney Outdoors. 

NOTE BUILT-IN SAG STOPS AT Brownsville Butcher & Pantry, Reading / West Windsor Food Shelf, and The South Woodstock Country Store

Full Schedule details: CLICK HERE

Ascutney Discovery Trail Grand Opening 
Sunday, September 5 at 1 p.m. 

The Ascutney Discovery Trail is a 1-mile interpretive trail that features 11 interpretive stations with interactive activities such as a 3D map, artist created benches, tree stump playground and chairlift swing.

The Trail introduces visitors to the natural and cultural history of the mountain as they take in breathtaking views while walking through the forest and over the ski slopes.

On Sunday, September 5 (Labor Day weekend), Ascutney Outdoors will cut the ribbon on this new interpretive trail and offer a guided tour and light refreshments.

The event starts promptly at 1 pm at the Ascutney Outdoors Center with a dedication followed by a trail walk. Join a guided group or walk the trail on your own. Ascutney Discovery Trail markers will show you the way.

The Ascutney Discovery Trail (ADT) offers an entirely new experience for visitors on the mountain, inviting and encouraging people to learn more about this special place in a fun and engaging way.

While many come to Mount Ascutney to mountain bike or ski the challenging terrain, the ADT is designed as an easy-entry experience that can be enjoyed in part or as a whole. For instance, a walk from the Outdoors Center to the Valley Vista interpretive stop can be a whole trip, with this scenic picnic spot a great option for families with small children.

The trail was designed with professional help from the National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program and Murphy & Smith Interpretive Solutions. Trail planning brought many stakeholders together to specifically envision a much better system of connecting trails and offering more entry-level physical activities and education opportunities on the mountain.

Ascutney Outdoors volunteers put in a tremendous amount of time to install all of the trail elements in order to provide the local match to the grants secured for the project. Join Ascutney Outdoors on September 5 to celebrate this new trail and explore the natural and cultural history of this special place in our community.

Old Barns of Weathersfield

Opening Reception, September 9
Inn at Weathersfield, 4-6 p.m.

Lisa Curry Mair has created some beautiful works of art depicting some old barns in Weathersfield. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting an Opening Reception on Thursday, Sept. 9, 4-6 p.m. with a presentation by Lisa at 5 p.m.
More information about the event or about Canvasworks Designs, please visit Lisa's WEBSITE or follow her page on Facebook.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Sep 21, 2021, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Springfield Transfer Station, 135 Fairground Road/100 Recycle Way

If you are a resident of: Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, or Windsor, you are welcome to participate in the household hazardous waste collection on Tuesday, September 21, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Springfield Transfer Station, 135 Fairground Road/100 Recycle Way. Please wear a mask and stay in your vehicle. For a list of what to bring and what not to bring, visit For more information, call 674-9235 or email
Be prepared to wait in line - bring something to read - no cell service.

PAINT - The following retailers will accept any brand paint, year-round, during regular business hours: Aubuchon Hardware and LaValley Building Supply in Ludlow; Bibbens Home Center and Sherwin-Williams in Springfield; and Aubuchon Hardware in Windsor. These retailers only accept paint in labeled, non-rusty cans. Bring all other paint cans to a household hazardous waste collection.

Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run
Hosts COVID-19 Vax Clinic

The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race and Ultra Run is excited to announce that they have partnered with the Vermont Dept of Health and will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on race day, Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 12 pm until 4 pm.

They are happy to welcome un-vaccinated participants, crew members, and community members to pre-register so we make sure there are enough shots for everyone. 

At this time, they are not sure what vaccine will be used, so the state is pre-registering individuals 18 years and older.

If they learn in advance of what vaccine(s) will be used at the clinic they will update info on their website.

There is no charge for the vaccination and walk-ins will be accepted, but they ask that if you know in advance that you pre-register using this link –
(You don't need to be a Vermont resident to receive a vaccination-just register online)

Town of Weathersfield

Weathersfield Police Blotter 

Select Board

Selectboard Members  
David Fuller Chair  
Mike Todd   Vice Chair
Kelly O'Brien  Clerk
Joseph Jarvis Member
Paul Tillman Member

Select Board Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month 6:30 p.m.
September 6 (Labor Day)
September 20

Meeting Minutes
July 19 (posted on Monday, July 26 at 8:22 a.m. in violation of Vermont's Open Meeting law)
July 6  
April 19
April 5February 1

*Vermont Open Meeting Law
Minute posting: Minutes of all public meetings shall be matters of public record, shall be kept by the clerk or secretary of the public body, and shall be available for inspection by any person and for purchase of copies at cost upon request after five calendar days from the date of any meetingMeeting minutes shall be posted no later than five calendar days from the date of the meeting to a website, if one exists, that the public body maintains or has designated as the official website of the body. Except for draft minutes that have been substituted with updated minutes, posted minutes shall not be removed from the website sooner than one year from the date of the meeting for which the minutes were taken.

Weathersfield School

COVID-19 Plan for School Year

The plan for returning students has been posted online for parents to review. LINK

Meetings at 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Meeting Agendas may be found HERE

September 15 
October 12
November 9
December 14

Location: 135 Schoolhouse RD Ascutney

Meeting Minutes
August 10 (Minutes have not been posted in violation of the Vermont Open Meeting Law.)
July 27 Meeting is online: Video
July 27  (Minutes have not been posted in violation of the Vermont Open Meeting Law.)

Fall Sports Sign-up-Last Chance.

Last chance to register your student-athlete for fall sports. Registration closes on August 29th

 Athletic Director, Jess Kischko and Assistant Athletic Director, Alicia Crane will be attending the Meet and Greet event (described above) and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Soccer Registration:
Cross Country Registration:
Coach Registration:

Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union

Dr. David Baker, Superintendent Update July 26, 2021

Bike Report

Team TuTu Much Fun tries E-biking
My friends and I celebrated Chris's (far right) birthday on Friday with a bike ride and lunch. We all decided to rent e-bikes to see what all the bike buzz was about.

We rented with Hanover Adventure Tours (HAT) in Norwich, VT. I had previously ridden an Mountain 2 Sea e-bike from Woodstock Wheels-Luke is great if you live closer to Woodstock than Norwich. My three friends had never been on e-bikes. Curiosity and anticipation were running high.

First let me tell you, e-bikes are NOT mopeds, mini-bikes or small motorcycles. They are pedal-assist bikes

You have to pedal if you want to keep moving forward. The motor "assists" your pedaling. You can turn the motor off completely and use it only for steep hills (you need to turn it on before the hill and you MUST keep pedaling up the hill or the engine cuts out and you could fall over.)

Basically you can get as much or as little workout as you want on one of these bikes. Riding an e-bike basically lets you double your usual bike ride-you can go longer and farther with pedal-assist.

For our ride, we picked a loop around Norwich (HAT has a bunch of mapped routes for you to try or you can venture out on your own). Our route took us along Route 5 into Norwich then onto Beaver Meadow Rd to Brag Hill; it was mostly gravel roads. The views were amazing (so were the houses up there!)

At the end of the almost 18 miles none of us was tired and we all had a blast. The 90 minute loop only used about two (2) clicks of our battery time-except Michelle-she said her battery was still full.

More photos: CLICK HERE

If you have questions or would like to try an e-bike I would encourage you to contact one of the following rental places in the Upper Valley:
713 Route 5 N Norwich, VT
Open Daily 9 am-5 pm

Woodstock Rec Center, Woodstock VT
Fri-Sun 10 am-5pm
Call fro mid-week rentals

242 Academy Rd Thetford, VT

Hike Report

With the heat and humidity back with us creating daily thunder storm threats, the Hump Day Paddlers (myself, Jan, Kate and Cathy) decided we'd hike on Wednesday instead of paddling.

We met at the trailhead for Paradise Park on the County RD in Windsor VT. MAP

Ollie and Skylar, both very energetic dogs, accompanied us and really enjoyed jumping into the streams we passed along our hike.

Jan found this very interesting caterpillar. I had to submit it to iNaturalist to get the ID of yellow-necked caterpillar moth. Who knew?

Yellow-necked Caterpillar Moth

The mushrooms and fungi that were up in the woods was crazy. They were everywhere. The rain and the humid conditions are perfect for them.

Upright Coral Fungus

We stopped to admire this tree and how it continues to be healthy even with this unusual trunk/root system.

We also found the fairy door, part of Valley Quest (see below).

More photos: CLICK HERE

Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield

Entertainment, Get Outdoors, Classes, Workshops

Woodstock, VT

The annual outdoor gallery show that is know as Sculpture Fest, hosted by Charlet and Peter Davenport, is open. 

You can visit daily any time from dawn to dusk.
There is no admission fee-it's
free for all to enjoy.

Bring a picnic, take a stroll or just take in all the beautiful pieces on display.

On Saturday, August 28, 1-4 p.m. Sculpture Fest hosts: Opening for Artists on the Land
At King Farm Prosper Brook Trail and lower field.
Park on Prosper Road, NOT at King Farm.
BYO picnic.
Music at both Sculpturefest sites.

Featured Artists 2021:
Continuing Featured Artists from 2020:

Click for more info about Sculpture Fest

More photos: CLICK HERE

Billings Farm and Museum Happenings

Farm Animals
Each week in August, Billings Farm & Museum will highlight a different farm animal with daily up-close programs, displays and explorations and a “themed” food recipe.

Meet these farm animals with daily programs at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm:
Giddy Goats: August 23-27

Learn more about the featured farm animal and their role on the farm. Enjoy a “featured animal” scavenger hunt in the Farm Life Exhibits and pick up a themed recipe from the Learning Kitchen.

More info: Billings Farm

More photos: CLICK HERE

Billings Farm Sunflower House
Woodstock, VT

From their website:
The Annual Sunflower House is created by the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Master Gardener, Benjamin Pauly. The Sunflower House is open NOW to mid September. 

There are thousands of sunflowers and over 100 different varieties ranging from 18 inches to 14 feet in height, which bloom at different times over the 6-week period. The sunflower stalks form rooms and hallways in a maze-like structure. In addition to its beauty, the Sunflower House serves as a food source for birds, bees and butterflies.

Take the #SunflowerSelfie Instagram Challenge 
Take a picture in the Sunflower House and post it to Instagram tagging @billingsfarm using #SunflowerSelfie & #VTSunflowerHouse. 
One winner will be selected to receive a 4-oz block of Billings Farm cheese each Wednesday from August 11-September 9.

More info: Billings Farm

More photos: CLICK HERE

Outdoor Activities

9th Annual Weathersfield Hikes

Please call or email Steve if you plan to attend any of the hikes so he can send you directions and weather updates.

eathersfield Hikes for 2021 are being hosted by Weathersfield Parks and RecreationYou can view the schedule HERE. You will need to contact Steve to attend any of the hikes-DO NOT JUST SHOW UP

Saturday, August 28th, meet at Downers’ at 9:00 AM: Mt. Tom

Saturday, September 4th, 4:00 PM: “Up on the Hill” on conserved land near Charlestown

Sunday, September 19th, 4:00 PM: Ferry Road and the Connecticut River

Saturday, September 25th 9:00 AM: Windmill Hill, the Pinnacle

Saturday, October 2nd, 8:00 AM: Ascutney Mountain

Saturday, October 9th, 9:30 AM: Cooks Pond Loop

For more info call or email Steve, the hike organizer, at 263-5439, or EMAIL him. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. We expect a range of hiking speeds.  
You can view photos of past hikes: HERE

Old Center Street History Walk & Talk

Saturday, August 28, 10 AM rain or shine
Join the residents of Old Center Street in the Village of Perkinsville and former Hawks Mountain Grange officers to learn about the history of this part of Perkinsville. Park at the Perkinsville Church or Green (not on Old Center Street)

Tour de Taste Set for September 12

File photo Tour de Taste 2016

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance (UVTA) fundraiser "Tour de Taste" is back. 
Do you like to bike ride? 
Do you like to eat good, local food? 
Then this event is for you. 

There are three routes to choose from that wind their way along the Connecticut River with stops at local restaurants, farm stands and other popular Upper Valley locations.

You MUST purchase your TICKETS in advance (this event ALWAYS SELLS OUT!)
Registration includes detailed route maps, directions, support vehicles, and an incredible menu of locally-produced foods.

Route Information posted on the UVTA website:

Lake Morey Loop
Lake Morey Loop is great for families with young cyclists, new cyclists, or for those who want a very leisurely bike ride around the lake - 6 miles. Easy. 2 short hills. Minimal auto traffic. Road support. Enjoy several stops along the way, so you can take your time, rest, and relax.
You can even take a short hike on one of our local treasures, the Cross Rivendell Trail!
Includes delicious food provided by local producers. And, be sure to save room for dessert back at the school!

Classic Loop
The most popular route. Travel the scenic Connecticut River Valley on this 21-mile loop
Moderate including one long uphill on East Thetford Road into Lyme. Some secondary roads, some state highways. Road support. Visit scenic stops in North Thetford, Lyme, Orford, and Fairlee while you enjoy plenty of delicious food that showcases many local producers.

River Road Extension
An extension of the popular Classic Loop, this 31-mile ride is designed for advanced riders who want a bit more mileage. Moderate, with a few more hills than the Classic, but with an additional stop to refresh yourself while you admire a spectacular, long view of the river. Includes state routes and secondary roads. Road support.

All routes start and finish at the Samuel Morey Elementary School in Fairlee, VT
Registration/Check-in is open between 10 and 11 AM only.
All riders must be underway by 11 AM.
Pre-registration IS REQUIRED!
PLEASE NOTE: Riders will NOT be allowed to change routes on the day of the event. If you will be riding with young children, please be sure to carefully read the route descriptions before registering.

More photos from 2016: CLICK HERE

Ascutney Outdoors Events

Ascutney Outdoors, located at 449 Ski Tow RD, Mount Ascutney Ski Area, Brownsville VT 05037, is hosting a number of events this summer. 

Check them out:

August 27 @ 8:00 am - August 29 @ 5:00 pm

Sept. 5 @ 1 pm

September 11 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

September 23 @ 8:00 am - September 26 @ 5:00 pm

Brownsville Butcher and Pantry Curbside Cookouts

Brownsville Butcher and Pantry are bringing back their parking lot cookouts. They will be cooking outside every other Friday night.

On these Fridays, the parking lot will be roped off, live music is brought in, draft beer is being brought out, and they're cooking up some tasty summer bites.

Here’s how it works:
At 3PM, their café closes for regular service so they can prepare for the cookout.
Service starts at 5PM outside! Live music starts around this time as well.
No reservations are required, and call-ins aren’t accepted - just come on by.
The whole parking lot is available, as well as the lawn, so feel free to bring a blanket or some chairs.

The schedule has been created, and - weather permitting - they’ll be doing a cookout on the following Friday nights:
August 27
September 10
September 24
October 1

Check their website for the Friday night cookout menus:

More info:
871 VT 44 Brownsville, Vermont 05037
(802) 546-2900 |
Store/Café: 7AM - 7PM, Tuesday - Sunday

Windsor County Bike Routes

The Mount Ascutney Regional Commission is pleased to provide this guide to encourage residents and visitors to explore our region by bicycle. The guide provides both maps and narrative descriptions of 19 ideal cycling routes. All of the maps identify the towns and villages they pass through, so routes may be selected by location using the individual map panes or the area overview map.
Routes are identified by yellow or orange lines—solid lines denote paved routes while dashed lines denote unpaved routes.

Each route passes through multiple towns and villages, and while they may be started anywhere along the route, likely parking areas are denoted with a parking icon. Open circles on the route lines signify mile markers—simply count the number of circles on the route between your current location and your destination to calculate distance. Bike shops, food, ice cream, breweries and taverns, swimming holes, and covered bridges are all identified on the maps with corresponding icons. Areas with potentially steep grades and rail road crossings are also identified on the maps.

Turn-by-turn cue sheets, GPS tracks, and digital routes via Strava® are available on the '​The Routes' tab of this website for each route. You'll also find printable maps for each route (remember; there are plenty of areas along these rides where there is no cell service).

The Routes

Go Questing!

Questing is a place-based education model of creating and exchanging treasure hunts in order to collect and share your community’s distinct natural and cultural heritage — your special places and stories.

Follow the clues to the treasure box.
Inside the treasure box, you will discover more information about the site, a rubber stamp, stamp pad, a sign-in field journal, and a pencil. Sign your name in the book, adding a few notes or a sketch from your walk, and collect an impression of the stamp as a memento of your journey. Then, carefully re-hide the box exactly where you found it.

If you plan to go on more than one quest, you may wish to create your own “passport book” or field journal into which you will collect your stamp impressions.

You may also wish to create your own personal stamp so that you can leave your mark in each quest’s logbook.

If you are using one of the quests found online, simply print out the clues and the map and take it along with you, otherwise bring your quest book.

Just like any outdoor activity, be prepared for changes in the weather! It is important to bring a good map. Also bring a compass, a water bottle, snacks, and wear comfortable shoes. It’s always a good idea to carry a first aid kit if you will be out in the woods. 

Do consider bringing along a field guide to local plants and animals, binoculars and a hand lens for magnification, and your passport book/field journal and personal stamp.

Valley Quest is always looking volunteers to be box monitors and quest testers. Each quest treasure box is checked on a regular basis during the questing season by a volunteer box monitor. These generous, fun-loving people help keep the Valley Quest program alive and running smoothly. If you are interested in becoming a box monitor for a quest in your town, please let us know!

The Valley Quest Google Map

Farmers Markets Are Open

Vital Communities has posted a listing of Upper Valley Farmers Markets.

Music in the Air...

The Windsor Exchange CSA pick up and Music Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.

30 Depot Ave, Windsor VT Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

September 8-Rich Thomas

Lebanon NH Recreation, Arts and Parks

August 26 - Summer Celebration with The Conniption Fits on the Lebanon Mall

Hoisington Field 1800 VT-106
Perkinsville, VT 6-8 PM
Hosted by Weathersfield Rec and Bill Brink.

August 27-Rik Palieri

September 3-Dan and Faith Senie

September 10-Matt Merserve

September 17-Jake McLaughlin

September 24-TBD

Donations may be made by checks made out to: The Town of Weathersfield  and include a note specifying Summer Music Series donation. Town of Weathersfield at Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 US Route 5, PO BOX 550, Ascutney, VT 05030.

For additional payment questions people may contact the office at (802) 674-2626.

For more information about the event, including the concert schedule and performers, visit the Weathersfield Summer Music Series Facebook page or

Jackson Gore Summer Music Series Fridays 6-9 p.m.

The Jackson Gore Inn at Okemo Mountain
111 Jackson Gore Road, Ludlow, VT 6-9 p.m.

The Jackson Gore Summer Music Series is back. This summer's series of free lawn concerts will take place every Friday evening through the month of August.

Once again, the Jackson Gore Courtyard will be the place to kick off your weekend, thanks in no small part to the support of William Raveis Real Estate - Vermont Properties Team.

They'll fire up the grill with all the usual offerings and Coleman Brook Tavern will be open for full-service dining - indoors and out. 

August 27 - Myra Flynn

More Myra Flynn photos: CLICK HERE

Hartland Recreation Summer Sundays Concert Series 5 p.m.

Hartland Rec. Center, State Route 12, Hartland, VT Sundays, 5 PM

August 29 Gully Boys (rescheduled from rained out Aug. 1 date)

Lebanon Opera House

Face Coverings are REQUIRED for EVERYONE

LOH and Kirschner Concerts-Richard Thompson, Aug. 25th
More photos of Richard Thompson: Click Here

Jason Lyle Black-Friday, Sept. 10 7:30 PM Tickets

Johnny A-Friday, Sept. 17 7:30 PM Tickets

Oshima Brothers-Thursday, Sept. 23 7:30 PM Tickets

Justin McKinney, Saturday, Sept. 25 7:30 PM Tickets

Chris Thile, Tuesday, Oct. 12 7:30 PM Tickets

Keystone Revisited, Friday, Oct.15 7:30 PM Tickets

A Tribute to Sir Elton John, Saturday Oct. 16 7:30 PM Tickets

Roseanne Cash-Friday, November 12, 7:30 PM Tickets

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones 2022-Tuesday, April 5 2022 Tickets


NORTHERN STAGE-Courtyard Theatre

Barrette Center for the Arts
Courtyard Theatre
74 Gates Street
White River Junction, VT 05001
Box Office: (802) 296-7000

Million Dollar Quarter August 11-September 12

Book by Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux
Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Ppresely, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, & Carl Perkins
Directed by Carol Dunne and Kyle Brand
$45 Adults, $19 for Students

Theatre on the Hill

JAG Productions and King Arthur Baking Company have partnered to create Theatre On The Hill.

At long last, JAG returns to the stage — outdoors at King Arthur Baking — for five weekends of performances, August 13–September 12.

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, JAG will offer workshops, concerts, burlesques, and staged readings that illuminate Black life and Black aesthetics.

Join us on King Arthur's picturesque grassy hill in Norwich, VT! Local food and beverages will be available starting at 6:30 P.M. each night of the series, including Upper Valley food trucks like Munchie Rollz, Griddle and Groovy, and more.
Performances will begin at 8:00 P.M
Tickets are $25 and on sale now! Click here to buy tickets!

Museums and Galleries

Rev. Dan Foster House Open Saturdays and Sundays

The Weathersfield Historical Society announced the reopening of the Rev. Dan Foster House after a year of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The museum is located 2656 Weathersfield Center Road, Weathersfield, VT.
The museum will be open July 3-September 5, 2021
Saturdays and Sundays -- 9 am to 12 noon
Mondays -- 12 noon to 4 pm

Admission is free, donations are accepted. For more information, please contact

Follow the Historical Society on their Facebook Page

Hall Art Foundation Opens for Saturday and Sunday

Hall Art Foundation in Reading, VT is now open for visitors to enjoy their exhibitions, grounds and new café with food provided by the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry.

Open Saturdays and Sundays
11am – 4pm (Entry Times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Closed at 4pm)
Self-guided visits
Admission: $10 pp
Advance reservations are not required, but capacity is limited so you are encouraged to book ahead to secure your spot
544 VT Route 106, Reading, 05062.

Clark Derbes Exhibit at Hall Art Foundation

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce an exhibition by Vermont artist, Clark Derbes to be held at its galleries in Reading, Vermont from 28 August – 28 November 2021. Known for creating illusionistic sculptures carved from blocks of wood, this exhibition will include about dozen of Derbes’ recent works. 

All guests have access to their café where refreshments including sandwiches, salads, baked goods, snacks, bottled beverages and coffee are available for purchase provided by the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry.

On view: “Deep Blue” a group exhibition curated by Katherine Bradford; “Katherine Bradford: Philosophers’ Clambake”; Terry Ekasala and “English Sculpture in Vermont”. 

Visit their website for more info:

Cooking Classes

Mexican Culinary Experience Online Classes

¡Buen Provecho!  with Laura y Cecilia

Saturday, August 21 – Sopa de Milpa. Y Flor de Calabaza Rellena de Queso de Cabra – Soup made from corn, zucchini, poblano peppers, zucchini blossoms, and epazote. And zucchini blossoms stuffed with goat cheese. (We are planning this session in collaboration with farmers in the Upper Valley (NH/VT). If the zucchini blossoms are not available (either from these farmers or in gardens you may have access to), we will substitute another delicious dish featuring late summer ingredients) (5:30pm EDT)

Saturday, August 28 – ¡Esquites! (dos estilos) – Back by popular demand, Mexican Street Corn. This time, we will prepare it two ways: Boiled and Fried (5:30pm EDT)



Whole Roasted Tro

Within Reach Yoga At The Weathersfield Center Church

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore
In-person, Tuesday mornings at 9-10 am
Weathersfield Center Meeting House
If it's nice out,  practice may be outside, but generally practice will be inside with windows open for fresh air. There may be other pop-up classes so keep your eye on the Within Reach Yoga facebook page, website or your email.

Email to register or with any questions.
COST: $12 drop-in or one punch for those who have purchased punch passes ($60).


Okinawan Karate Classes for Adults the Weathersfield Center Church

Mondays, beginning July 19 at 7 p.m.

Hank Kudlinski will be teaching traditional Okinawan Karate classes for adults, free of charge at the Weathersfield Center Church. 
Hank has decades of experience teaching at all levels. Questions email him:

Workshops Online


Vermont Online Workshops

Lots of events and movies online. Contact: AARP Vermont Email: with questions.

Visit Our Local Restaurants

Exit Ate  Eat In or Take-Away
Greg is making homemade bread and potato chips and they now have a variety of salads for your quarantined BBQs: Potato Salad, Tuna Mac, Italian Pasta, and our delicious Cole Slaw.
Be sure to try some of Greg's Raisin Bread!

Harpoon Beer Garden and Brewery 802-674-5491
336 Ruth Carney Drive
Windsor, VT 05089

Inn at Weathersfield (802) 263-9217
Dine inside or outside Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, call for a reservation 802-263-9217. 1342 VT Route 106 Perkinsville, VT 05151

Springfield Diner-seating inside/outside daily 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Ice cream shop open Thursday-Sunday 1-7 pm. Daily specials.

Villagers Ice Cream Restaurant-CLOSED for the season due to staffing issues. They closed on Sunday, August 22nd.

The Hanover Chamber put together this list of Curbside Restaurants:

Check to see if your favorite restaurant is open for outdoor and/or indoor dining. Most are requiring reservations so call ahead for their guidelines and business hours.

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.
WFS is located in the 1879 Schoolhouse at 1862 Route 106 in Perkinsville.
Open the  2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 2-4 p.m. COVID-19 policies are in place with groceries delivered to shoppers in their cars.
If you are in need of food and are unable to get to the facility during open hours, food will be delivered to your home.

Call the Weathersfield Town Office to be refereed to a volunteer, visit the Weathersfield Food Shelf Facebook page and leave a message or email
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

Hartland Food Shelf in Hartland. 4 Corners UU Church Fridays 8-10 a.m., Saturdays 10 a.m-2 p.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.

COVID-19 in Our Communities


Vermont is Fully Open, however COVID-19 cases are on the rise.
Most COVID-19 Restrictions have been lifted.
(Masking and Physical Distancing are "Encouraged")

Just when we thought things would return to "NORMAL" we're back to wearing masks again. If only more people would "take one for the team" and get vaccinated we could probably, finally wash our masks and put them away. 

Here are some of Vermont's numbers, and remember we are the highest vaccinated State in the Union...can you image what it's like in other states where the vaccination rates are extremely low.

COVID-19 HAS NOT Gone Away...

Delta variant Spread

Universal Guidance

Fully Vaccinated People
Effective immediately, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a face covering over nose and mouth or physically distancing, except where required by federal, State or local laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. For the purposes of this section, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

Unvaccinated People
Unvaccinated people are not required to wear face coverings over nose and mouth when they are in outdoor public spaces, provided sustained or prolonged close contact with other unvaccinated people from outside their household can be avoided. For the purposes of section, people of all ages, including children, are considered unvaccinated when they have not completed a vaccination series.

State Resources and COVID-19 Response Information

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 vaccinations:
Schedule vaccine appointments at: The Vermont Department of HealthKinney DrugsCVS and Walgreens
The best way to make an appointment is through the Health Department’s website: 
Or call 855-722-7878 
Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

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