LR Rocks singer showcase March 4


The Lake Region music department presents an antidote to the midwinter blues on Friday, March 4, when LR Rocks presents its annual singer showcase at Parker Pie in West Glover starting at 7:30 p.m.

The vocalists of the Power Rangers and Funk Out will perform a stylistically diverse show of solos, duets, and ensemble selections. Highlights include “Peace Train,” “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,” Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” “Four Chords,” Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” the Adele mash-up “Rumor Has It/Someone Like You,” “For Good” from the musical Wicked, and much more.

Back-up musicians are Josh Lavine (drum set), Jade Dennison (piano), Chris “Fingers” Doncaster (bass), and special guest on the keys, Dr. Pepper Sue.

This concert is a fund-raiser for the “Trills and Thrills” band festival in June. Suggested admission is a $5 donation per person. Ticket sales and reservations are in advance only, and begin one week prior to the show. Seating is limited!

Doors open at 7 p.m. on the night of the show.

Please contact Kathy McCoy at 754-2500, extension 0, or e-mail at [email protected]

For general questions about the show, please contact Sara Doncaster at 754-2500, extension 219, or 754-6335. — submitted by Sara Doncaster.


Sign up for winter camps at NorthWoods

The NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston will host its annual Winter Day Camp through the week of February 22-25 (Monday-Thursday).

Explore the winter woods on snowshoes and cross-country skis, build snow shelters, ice fish, cook over a fire, learn how to track wildlife in the snow, and warm up with arts and crafts by the woodstove.


During that same week, there will also be a Winter Conservation Camp, geared towards older kids. It will include stewardship education, wildlife tracking, tree identification, seasonal preparedness, exploration of the Silvio Conte Wildlife Refuge, and a backcountry overnight to the Bald Mountain cabin which has a wood stove.

To register, or for more information, call 723-6551, extension 303, or e-mail [email protected]. — from NorthWoods.



North Troy to hold annual Christmas Alone dinner

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Donald St. Onge of North Troy will again host the annual Christmas Day Alone meal this year. The meal will be served at the St. Vincent de Paul Church at 77 North Pleasant Street in North Troy, on Christmas Day at 11:30 a.m.

Adults and children who find themselves alone on Christmas Day from the surrounding areas of North Troy, Troy, Lowell, Westfield, Newport Center, and Newport City, are welcome. The dinner is under the auspices of the Missisquoi Valley Historical Society. Those who are working are welcome to enjoy the day, too.

The dinners consist of turkey and ham, with many fixings.

Donations can be made to the Christmas Alone accounts, care of Donald St. Onge, 77 North Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 621, North Troy, Vermont 05859.

Those who wish to make a food contribution, are interested in delivering the food, or want a meal delivered on Christmas Day, please contact Mr. St. Onge by calling (802) 988-2560. Home delivery is available only in North Troy. — submitted by Donald St. Onge


Tree of Lights ceremony on December 3


NEK Council on Aging’s Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony outside its offices on the corner of Summer and Winter streets in St. Johnsbury last December. Photo courtesy of NEK Council of Aging

The NEK Council on Aging will celebrate its annual Memory Tree Lighting ceremony, which honors late nutrition director Sally Briggs on Thursday, December 3, at 4 p.m.

“Sally loved life,” Executive Director Lisa Viles recalled of her long-serving coworker who lost her battle with cancer in 2012. “She loved her family and friends. She loved listening to music and going to plays. She especially loved kayaking. She left a lifetime of goodwill.”

The Council invites anyone who would like to honor Ms. Briggs or a similar individual who shared her spirit of community service to take part in this year’s Memory Tree Lighting.

A suggested donation of $5 includes a light and the opportunity to have the names of loved ones read aloud and printed in a program for the special event. Contributions support the council’s emergency food and fuel funds.

The observance takes place during the council’s holiday open house, at which homemade refreshments will be served and caroling will take place. — from the NEK Council on Aging.


Swap Sisters to host barter fair November 8

Pictured here from left to right are Walker Hartt and Deborah Hartt at the preservation party hosted by the Swap Sisters in 2014. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Beidler

Pictured here from left to right are Walker Hartt and Deborah Hartt at the preservation party hosted by the Swap Sisters in 2014. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Beidler

The Swap Sisters are hosting the fourth annual Harvest Barter Fair on Sunday, November 8. They will be swapping the season’s bounty at the Lakeview Union School in Greensboro from 2 to 4 p.m. People should bring items that they have grown, preserved, baked, or raised to swap with neighbors.

Items will be swapped on a one-for-one basis. Items should have an estimated value of $5, or $5 increments. For example, a quart of canned tomatoes, a jar of jelly, a bag of tasty baked goods, a large winter squash, a pound of frozen meat, a bag of tea or other herbal product, tubers, or house plants. Items should be labeled with ingredients.

People of all ages are encouraged to participate and bring a friend whether they have a little or a lot to share.

Last year’s Harvest Barter Fair was well attended. There were fresh vegetables and fruits, a wide variety of canned and fermented preserves, hot sauce, frozen meat, crafts, bread, stock, cheese, maple syrup, and lots of herbal products. It could also be a good place to find homes for items like extra canning jars. There’s something for everyone. Contact us at [email protected], or (802) 755-6336 for more information. — from the Swap Sisters.


Harvest dinner to be held at the Old Stone House Museum

Drawing by Richard Wambach

Drawing by Richard Wambach of the Old Stone House Museum

The Old Stone House Museum marks the end of a busy season with its annual Harvest Candlelight Dinner to be held in the beautifully restored Samuel Reed Hall House in Brownington on Saturday, October 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Catered by Accidental Caterers of St. Johnsbury, the dinner will feature historically accurate recipes from the nineteenth century using vegetables harvested from the Old Stone House Museum’s antique kitchen garden, an open-hearth cooking demonstration, and live music. The evening begins with an offering of assorted artisanal cheeses, sourdough bread cooked in a cast iron skillet, beer, and wine. Homemade rhubarb punch and fresh pressed apple cider will also be served, both made from rhubarb and apples grown on museum grounds.

Drinks and appetizers around the open hearth fire will be followed by an elegant sit-down meal with multiple courses that include house-cured Vermont pork and pickled vegetables, roast game or poultry with herbed apple butter, and beef pie. These will be served with heritage vegetable dishes like squash pie, and “leather britches,” made with dried heirloom broad beans. Dessert will be traditional Indian pudding with maple whipped cream, followed by coffee and tea, and servings of Eden Ice Cider.

The event is sponsored by Eden Ice Cider, as well as the Cellars at Jasper Hill, Sweet Rowen Farm, and Spring Hill Angus. E.M. Brown and Son donated King Arthur flour.

The cost to attend is $75 for members and $85 for non-members through Wednesday, October 14. All proceeds will benefit the museum. Call 754-2022, or visit to register.

The Old Stone House Museum is in the National Register of Historic Places, and encompasses six restored buildings and three neighboring structures dating from the first half of the nineteenth century. They include the federalist homes of the Reverend Alexander Twilight, the first African American graduate of Middlebury College, progressive educator, and state legislator; and teacher educator Samuel Read Hall, who invented the chalkboard.

It is also the site of the Old Stone House, a four-story granite dormitory built by Mr. Twilight in 1836 to house students attending the Orleans County Grammar School.

For more information about Orleans County Historical Society’s Old Stone House Museum please visit, or call 754-2022.

The Old Stone House Museum is located at 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860. The Old Stone House Museum is open from May 15 to October 15.

Regular visiting hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last guided tour by 4 p.m. Museum admission is $8 for adults ($7 for Orleans County residents), $5 for students with valid identification, and free for museum members. — from the Old Stone House Museum.


Food preservation party in Wheelock

Pictured here from left tonight are Walker Hartt and Deborah Hartt at the preservation party in 2014.  Photo courtesy of Rebecca Beidler

Pictured here from left tonight are Walker Hartt and Deborah Hartt at the preservation party in 2014. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Beidler

There will be a Food Preservation Party at Wheelock Mountain Farm on Sunday, September 27, from 1 to 5 p.m.  Enjoy a wide range of food preservation workshops followed by a “happy hour” and culture swap.  Please bring home-grown/preserved food, beverage, and cultures to share.  The event is by donation with a sliding scale fee from $5 to $25.  Find directions and more information at, or e-mail [email protected]


Annual F.O.L.K. festival in Lowell

Katherine Pion takes advantage of a huge inflatable slide for kids during the Lowell FOLK festival in 2013.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Katherine Pion takes advantage of a huge inflatable slide for kids during the Lowell FOLK festival in 2013. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

The annual F.O.L.K. Festival will take place at the Lowell Graded School in Lowell on Saturday, September 19.

The day starts with a parade at 11 a.m., starting at Missisquoi Lanes and ending at Lowell Graded School, chainsaw carving by Tower View Carvings, face painting by Donna, a variety of great vendors, bounce houses, petting zoo, children’s games, BBQ to benefit the LGS 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip, King Arthur baking contest, story walk, entertainment by Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate and the F.O.L.K. auction with Richard Degre featuring items like a scenic airplane ride from Lakeview Aviation, Stowe Soaring glider ride, Jay Peak Pump House passes, gift baskets from Cabot and Lake Champlain chocolates and great items from House of Troy, VT Precision Woodworks, Poulin Grain, Cajun’s, Haskell Opera House, Lamoille County Players, Forget-Me-Not Shop, Big Lots, Tractor Supply and more.


Eighth fiddlers’ contest at Sheffield Field Day

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When Patrick Ross, now of Newbury, walks into a fiddler’s competition, the outcome is usually a foregone conclusion. Once again, the Canaan native took top honors at the Sheffield Field Day Fiddler’s Contest in 2014. Photo by Joseph Gresser

On Labor Day, Monday, September 7, Sheffield Field Day will host its annual Pat O’Hagan Memorial Fiddlers’ Contest in the gym at Miller’s Run School, at 3249 Vermont Route 122, at 2 p.m. Registration for fiddlers will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to perform three pieces: a waltz, a hoedown, and a tune of their choice, such as a jig or strathspey.

The Fiddlers’ Contest at Sheffield Field Day was founded in 2007 by Malcolm Goldstein, a violinist and composer who has spent his summers in Sheffield since the 1960s. In 2011, the Fiddlers’ Contest was renamed in honor of Pat O’Hagan, who ran the contest for several years until her death in 2010.

Since its early years, the contest has been a beloved and popular event at Sheffield Field Day, drawing participants from as far away as Maine and Stanstead, Québec.

The contest is free and open to all ages, with competitive categories for youngsters (under 12), juniors (12 to 18), adults (over 18), and seniors (over 60). The prize money for first and second place winners is $40 and $25 respectively in the youngster category, $100 and $70 respectively in the junior category, and $200 and $150 respectively in both the adult and senior categories.

For questions, call Bobbie Bristol at (802) 626-8293 or e-mail at [email protected] — submitted by Bobbie Bristol.


Overtakelessness Circus and Pageant at Bread and Puppet

Pictured here is Peter Schumann directing.

Pictured here is Peter Schumann directing.

The Bread and Puppet Theater on Route 122 in Glover presents Overtakelessness Circus and Pageant on Sunday, August 30, at 3 p.m.  Museum tour at 1 p.m. and ding dongs at 2 p.m.  Following the circus and pageant, Great Small Works will perform in the cathedral.  Suggested donation is $10.  For more information, call 525-3031 or visit