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 oldstonehousemuseum.org 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 oldstonehousemuseum.org, 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.

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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 wheelockmtnfarm.weebly.com/directions.html, or e-mail [email protected]

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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.

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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.

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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 www.breadandpuppet.org

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Orleans County Fair in Barton

Mike Myers reassures his daughter Abigail as the two spin in a teacup on the midway at the Orleans County Fair in 2014.  The family hails from Winooski, but spends summers at their camp in Sheffield.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Mike Myers reassures his daughter Abigail as the two spin in a teacup on the midway at the Orleans County Fair in 2014. The family hails from Winooski, but spends summers at their camp in Sheffield. Photo by Joseph Gresser

The 148th Orleans County Fair will be held Wednesday through Sunday, August 19 through 23, at the Orleans County Fairgrounds in Barton. Rides, animals, horse shows, food vendors, races, demo derby, floral hall vendors, and so much more! Too much information to list! See the ad in this week’s issue. For more information, visit www.orleanscountyfair.net or call (802) 525-3555

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Glover talent show and silent auction

As Lila Winstead and Rose Friedman favored the crowd at the 2014 edition of the Glover Talent Show with their rendition of the “Log Driver’s Waltz,” a masked logger made his appearance from the back of the hall.  After presenting the evening’s object of his affections with gifts, including a chicken hat, the logger persuaded Lucy Smith to take to the floor for a few elegant steps.  Reliable sources hint the logger was, in reality, Maura Gahan.  The annual talent show is a benefit for the Glover Public Library.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

As Lila Winstead and Rose Friedman favored the crowd at the 2014 edition of the Glover Talent Show with their rendition of the “Log Driver’s Waltz,” a masked logger made his appearance from the back of the hall. After presenting the evening’s object of his affections with gifts, including a chicken hat, the logger persuaded Lucy Smith to take to the floor for a few elegant steps. Reliable sources hint the logger was, in reality, Maura Gahan. The annual talent show is a benefit for the Glover Public Library. Photo by Joseph Gresser

The Glover Public Library announces its annual summer Talent Show and Silent Auction on Saturday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Glover Town Hall, featuring young and old performers, music, storytelling, humor, and other fun surprises. During the show, a silent auction will take place featuring many goods and services donated by area businesses. Snacks will be available. All money raised benefits the Glover Public Library. For more information, call the library at 525-4365

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Aquafest in Newport

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Soldiers Anthony DeGreenia and Justin Roy (left to right) of the Vermont National Guard, had special permission to appear in less than regulation uniform when they competed in the VT105 Challenge race at the 2014 edition of the Aquafest.  As part of the race, they took a selfie at Pick and Shovel in Newport, with an iguana in the background.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Soldiers Anthony DeGreenia and Justin Roy (left to right) of the Vermont National Guard, had special permission to appear in less than regulation uniform when they competed in the VT105 Challenge race at the 2014 edition of the Aquafest. As part of the race, they took a selfie at Pick and Shovel in Newport, with an iguana in the background. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Newport’s Aquafest 2015, sponsored by Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, will take place on Saturday, August 1, in Newport.

Events include the Waterfront Festival commencing at 11 a.m. along the boardwalk of Lake Memphremagog. Vendors, family entertainment, and live entertainment.

Chowderfest will be held at the Gateway Center in Newport from noon to 2 p.m. where locals compete in the chowder competition. Buy a spoon for $5 and dig into a variety of chowders entered to win. The VT 105 Amazing Race Challenge is a fun and exciting race that includes challenges such as eating large amounts of food, counting a large number of items, finding an item/items or people, finding a shop or location, carrying items long distances, assembling a difficult structure, or solving riddles in order to get the next clue and protect your balloon at all costs!

A Plein Air Event (French for “open air”) will be presented by the Wooden Horse Arts Guild and artists from anywhere are invited to “paint outdoors in natural light” in and around Newport during Aquafest.

For more information about Aquafest activities, visit www.northcountry.org or call Lynne Bertrand at (802) 334-7782.

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Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor July 18

Alan Greenleaf (right) and the Doctor, Jonathan Kaplan (left), will play at the Music Box in Craftsbury on July 18.  Photo courtesy of the Music Box

Alan Greenleaf (right) and the Doctor, Jonathan Kaplan (left), will play at the Music Box in Craftsbury on July 18. Photo courtesy of the Music Box

A bit of farm life and life in the Northeast Kingdom in song will be heard at the Music Box in Craftsbury on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m., with Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor.

Mr. Greenleaf lives on the farm he has worked for a good part of his life in northern Vermont. His songs are inspired by his life on his farm and the people and countryside around him. They are a report of events, people, feelings, and observations of his life experiences, with a great deal of poetic license. Living in Vermont, the weather and seasons play a significant part in his stories. Musically, he draws on many American traditions, including country, Appalachian, blues and jazz. His newest CD, Songs from Lost Mountain, is now available.

Mr. Greenleaf is joined by “the Doctor,” piano player Jonathan Kaplan. The two have been playing together for over a dozen years. Mr. Kaplan is a classically trained pianist who fell in love with the blues and old-time traditional music. Together they bring a wide variety of original ballads, rhythm and blues with moving melodies. Listen to some of their tunes at alangreenleaf.com.

For more information, call 586-7533 or themusicboxvt.org. — from the Music Box.

For more things to do, see Things to Do in the Northeast Kingdom.

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Buy fresh produce this fall through SNAP

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Photo by Joseph Gresser

Photo by Joseph Gresser

Vermont Harvest, a new program piloted by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), will allow families receiving federal SNAP benefits, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT, to purchase $75 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables at local Northeast Kingdom grocery stores.

The primary goal of the program is to increase the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the following retail locations: C&C Supermarket in Barton, Ray’s Market in Irasburg, Craftsbury General Store in Craftsbury, and Vista Foods in Newport.

Beginning in August, SNAP participant households in Orleans and Essex counties will receive information about the program and instructions for redeeming their coupons, which will arrive beginning in September and remain valid through February 2016.

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