Weathersfield Weekly Blog, Sept. 6 (Labor Day)

Loon on Gale Meadows
Hump Day Paddlers visited Gale Meadows in South Londonderry, VT on Wednesday. Paddle report is just a bit of a scroll away.

News You Can Use 

Vermont's Health Commissioner Recommends "Masks On" in Indoors Settings

VT Digger reports that Health Commissioner Mark Levine recommended all Vermonters consider wearing masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, at a press conference Tuesday, August 31.

But he stopped short of the full recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all people wear masks in all indoor settings in counties with high or substantial transmission — which currently includes all 14 counties in Vermont.

Instead, he said, Vermonters should use their best judgment on whether a situation presents a risk.

For example, he said he felt safe forgoing a mask at the press conference because the room was large, people there were mostly vaccinated, and they were able to socially distance.

More Vermont Bars and Live Music Venues are Requiring Proof of Vaccination

Vermont’s indoor bars and live music venues are starting to card for proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative test before letting patrons through their doors.

The new restrictions come as the highly contagious Delta variant is causing a resurgence of cases throughout Vermont.

Some venues are accepting proof of a negative Covid-19 test as an alternative to proof of vaccination.

Congratulations to Amy and Anna

Within Reach Yoga recently celebrated two years of yoga classes in town. During the month of August, owner and teacher Lisa Gleeson asked students to place their names in a box for a drawing at the end of the month for two gift baskets.

The raffle drawing was held on Tuesday, August 31 and Amy and Anna were the lucky winners.

Within Reach Yoga has classes every Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m. inside the Weathersfield meeting House (Center Church). More information, Visit Within Reach Yoga

What is Labor Day?

According to Wikipedia:
Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September in any given year (i.e. a single day from September 1 through September 7) to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. 

In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

Canada's Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1, the ancient European holiday of May Day. May Day was chosen by the Second International of socialist and communist parties to commemorate the Haymarket affair which occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886

What is Rosh Hashanah? Here's what you need to know about the Jewish New Year Monday, Sept. 6
Challah Stock photo

Rosh Hashanah is one of the most important holidays for Jewish people around the world.

The name “Rosh Hashanah” translates from Hebrew to mean “the head of the year,” and the holiday marks the start of the Jewish New Year. During the two-day celebration, your Jewish friends or coworkers might take time away from work to attend synagogue, eat foods such as apples and honey or say prayers near a body of water.

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days that lead up to Yom Kippur, the most sacred day for Jewish people.

The celebration of the new year marks the beginning of the 10 “Days of Awe,” a time when Jews reflect and repent ahead of Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah starts at sunset on Monday, and it continues through sunset on Wednesday.

Some of the most common celebrations for Jews in the United States include eating apples and honey, which is meant to usher in a sweet new year.

Others eat challah, a braided bread, in a round loaf to represent the cycle of the year. Pomegranate seeds are also eaten to represent the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, in the Torah, the Jewish holy book.   

Synagogues will also blow a shofar, a curved ram's horn, during Rosh Hashanah.
Shofar stock photos

There are many interpretations of the shofar’s meaning. One is that it represents the biblical story told in Genesis, in which Abraham sacrifices a ram instead of his son, Isaac.

Rabbis have also interpreted the loud blast of the shofar as a wake-up call for the new year.

A Record Year for Loon Nesting in Vermont

Loon and chick on Lake Ninevah, July 7, 2021

Eric Hanson, from the Vermont Center for Eco Studies reports that his team has confirmed 109 nests with 125 chicks hatched out—surpassing their previous 2019 record by eight nests. 

Of those 125 chicks, 86 remain, giving them a survival rate of 69%. 

Chick survival has consistently landed between 70–75% in past years. With a couple lakes still needing a final check, it’s quite possible that a few more chicks could get added to this year’s final tally.

However, there is always more to a loon breeding season than final numbers. The stories of success and disappointment and experiences of the hardworking volunteers also make up an important part.

Loon and chick on Lake Ninevah, July 7, 2021

Fishing Gear Issues

Fishing gear encounters are unfortunately a frequent occurrence in loon life and often prompt a response from biologists. If they’re lucky, they can intervene in time to help the loon recover, however this isn’t always possible. Such was the sad case of a young loon in Londonderry.

Loons have nested on Lowell Lake in Londonderry for 3 years now. The pair lost their chicks in 2019 and 2020 due to territorial fights and possible sickness, so the loon conservation team was hoping for a successful season. 

This year’s chick was doing well until it got caught in fishing line. Most loons take live bait or hooked fish. This chick became entangled either after taking someone’s hook or in abandoned loose line and sadly didn’t survive.

Loon and chick on Lowell Lake July 28, 2021

More Information about Loon Conservation in Vermont: CLICK HERE

More photos from Lake Ninevah: CLICK HERE
More photos from Lowell Lake: CLICK HERE

Loon Fact of the Month

Over the next several weeks, you may notice your loons starting to look a little strange.

In the late summer and early fall, loons begin to molt their body feathers—they lose the black and white feathers that make up their breeding plumage and replace them with the white and grey feathers of their winter plumage.

This change typically begins at the base of the bill and spreads backward across the loon's body. Your loons may begin to look scruffy or have a 'salt and pepper' appearance on their heads and necks. While this can look odd, it's a totally normal part of their yearly cycle!

Loons do not molt their flight feathers until much later, as they need these feathers to be able to fly to their wintering grounds.

Town of Weathersfield

Compost Charge Starts Oct. 1 at Transfer Station
Vermont is the first state in the nation to enact a law that makes composting mandatory for everyone. In an effort to reduce the size of its landfills and curb the production of methane gas, Vermont declared that all residents are required to compost food scraps, which began on July 1, 2020. 

For the first year the Transfer Station accepted Food Scraps at no cost to conduct a study to determine how much composting will cost the Transfer Station. Effective October 1, 2021 the town will begin charging for Compost at the Transfer Station.

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.
*TUESDAY September 7* Agenda
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

School Starts Tuesday September 7, 2021

COVID-19 Plan for School Year

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

New Staff
New Principal: Brian Martes
New Staff: 
Zachary O’Brien, Middle Level ELA 
Crystal Surrell, Paraprofessional 
Staff Changes: Lori Small 3rd Grade

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.)

Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union

Dr. David Baker, Superintendent Update Welcome Back 

Proof of Vaccination: For students who are vaccine eligible (12 and up), if you have not provided your school nurse with proof of vaccination then please do so as soon as possible. We need to maintain complete student and staff records on vaccinations so that we can determine our percentage and begin to lift restrictions as we approach the 80% rate in each building. 

If you do not provide proof of vaccination, we will have to assume that your child is not vaccinated. The nurses tell me that the easiest way to provide proof is to simply Fax or Scan your card to them. 

We are also requiring that all visitors, including parents, have proof of vaccination if you have to enter for an appointment. Remember, all appointments have to be scheduled ahead of time with the school administrative assistant. If we can accomplish the business virtually, we would prefer that option for now.

School Nurses
Albert Bridge:

Masks: All persons need to wear a mask when entering the building or riding a bus. Weather permitting, schools will try to be outside with students as much as possible. There are no mask requirements outside as long as we can keep PODS separate and grade level separate.

Remember, masks need to be 2-ply if cloth and must sufficiently cover the nose and mouth. Our children did a great job with this last year. Remember, the mitigation for transmission goes in this order: first, if eligible, get a vaccine; second, stay home if you have symptoms; and third, wear a mask when indoors. Remember, our goal is to stay in person.

Weathersfield Proctor Library  Annual Book, Bake, and Mini-Yard Sale  
Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The library fundraising committee has announced their annual Book, Bake and Mini-Yard Sale. The event will take place at the Weathersfield Proctor Library, Route 5, Ascutney, Vermont on Sat., Sept. 25 from 9-1. 
If you have items you'd like to donate please call 802-674-2863.

Paddle Report

Gale Meadows
South Londonderry, VT
Wednesday September 1, 2021

The Hump Day Paddlers (Jan and me this week) visited Gale Meadows. When we arrived there was one other car top parked in the lot and a family of people fishing from shore had just arrived too. Otherwise, no one around.

We paddled around checking out the mountain views. You can see Stratton, Bromley and Magic Mountains from the center of the pond/lake.

We came across a group of cormorants, they didn't seem to mind me taking pictures of them.

We heard a loon call and for me that's the sound I love to hear on a body of water. We found the lone loon and hung out with it for about 10 minutes.

The loon started getting serious about diving for fish so we moved along. We finished paddling around the lake and started to head back to the launch. On the way we saw a Great Blue Heron.

The clouds were moving in so we knew our time was just about up. Another great day on the water for the Hump Day Paddlers.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield

Entertainment, Get Outdoors, Classes, Workshops

Learn to Belly Dance-First Class is FREE

Intro to Belly Dance classes are sponsored by the Lebanon Recreation Department.


💗 Monday on ZOOM with Gina: FIRST CLASS RISK-FREE on Mon, September 13, 6:00-7:00 pm EST. This class will be ongoing.

💗 Thursday on IN-PERSON with Gina: FIRST CLASS RISK-FREE on Thurs, September 16, 5:45-6:45 pm EST. Old CCB Dance Studio, 1 Campbell Street, Lebanon. This class will be ongoing. Participants must be fully vaccinated.

💗 Saturday on ZOOM with Gina: FIRST CLASS RISK-FREE on Sat, September 18, 10:30-11:30 am EST. This class will be ongoing.

All shapes, sizes, ages and ability levels welcome and encouraged.
Register for your Free Class: SIGN UP

Sculpture Fest 2021

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.

Featured Artists 2021:
Continuing Featured Artists from 2020:

Click for more info about Sculpture Fest

More photos: CLICK HERE

Billings Farm and Museum Happenings

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

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

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:

Sept. 5 @ 1 pm

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

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

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)

October 2 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 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:
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 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

September 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.

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

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

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

Lebanon Opera House

Face Coverings are REQUIRED for EVERYONE

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

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.

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:



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 Continues to Spread

National Vaccine Progress


National Risk Levels

Regional Cases

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 in Our Communities

Weathersfield has 64 cumulative case of COVID-19 since March 2020.

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.