Winter News from the Highland Lodge

The Highland Lodge has announced that it will be open for groups of 8-9 rooms this winter. The rate is 175.00/night/room for one night and 150.00/night/room for multiple nights. The rate includes morning coffee and use of the Lodge kitchen for meal preparations. Lodge x-c ski trails are being maintained and groomed by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.  The Outdoor Center is accepting donations when you come to ski or online here.

The Lodge will also be open for the December 15th and the February 2nd Craftsbury race weekends. The rate will be 150.00/room for one, two or three people with morning coffee and kitchen use.

The Highland Lodge is for sale.  See details here.

Are you interested in Recycling in the NEK?

The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District’s (CVSWMD) mission is to provide leadership, education, and services for residents and businesses in our member towns to assist them in reducing and managing their solid waste. Our mandate is to protect public health and the environment to the greatest extent feasible.  The CVSWMD can be found at https://www.cvswmd.org/index.html.

The district distributes its (now) Quarterly e-newsletter to over 400 interested parties including member town residents and businesses, our Board of Supervisors, legislators, VT solid waste districts, and other non-profit  organizations in the state. The monthly e-newsletter replaces a printed newsletter, saving paper, printing, and postage costs and reducing waste.

This e-newsletter archive offers a brief look at the organization’s activities from September 2008, which is when the e-newsletter was first distributed.

Compost Collection Program

Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District is accepting food-scrap drop offs at two locations every Tuesday and Saturday through April as part of its Residential Composting Pilot Project. Participants receive a collection kit and info; no experience necessary! Come by and talk to our Compost Monitor Tuesdays & Saturdays at All Metals Recycling in Hardwick from 8 am – noon, and at Highfields Center for Composting (outside the building between CAE and Brochu’s garage in Hardwick) Tuesdays & Saturdays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Call 229-9383 x102 for more information, or www.cvswmd.org.

 

Today and Tomorrow Sept 8,9 – Weekend Sampler Demonstrations at Miller’s Thumb Gallery

Join us at the Miller’s Thumb Gallery for a weekend of artist demonstrations as part of our “Cutting Edge” exhibition. Featured artist Carolyn Guest will be on hand Saturday, Sept 8 from 11 – 3 to share her her love of the Polish folk art Wycinanki (pronounced vee-chee-non-kee) which is the art of paper cutting. Using sheep-shears in honor of the Polish Women who taught her, Guest cuts intricate designs in paper depicting Vermont farm life and other folk art images. Guest, one of five Vermont artists selected to make an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree in 2002, will also cut silhouettes for visitors to the Miller’s Thumb (cost is $20).
On Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Miller’s Thumb, Carolyn Buttolph will inspire you with her passion and techniques for the traditional New England craft of rug hooking. Her use of of recycled wool fabrics in her expertly crafted rugs is an homage to the deeply ingrained wisdom of “use it up, wear it out.” Just as early Vermont homemakers brought comfort and beauty into their homes with hooked rugs, you can too with one of Buttolph’s rugs or you make your own hooked rug from one of her kits that available at the Miller’s Thumb gallery.

Reports available online from the 2012 Annual Meeting

Committee reports are available online from the Annual Meeting in August 2012.     Minutes from the meeting are also available.   Look under Reports in this website.

 

Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting and who presented a report.

Barr Hill Preserve Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

The Barr Hill Nature Preserve celebrated it’s 40th anniversary yesterday with tours, picnics, cake and lemonade.  The Preserve, which was given to The Nature Conservancy in 1972 by the Gray Family, has figured prominately in the Greensboro Area and in literary works, most notably “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner.   Descendents of the Grays as well as volunteers who maintain the trails were present for the ceremony where Phil Gray read from Stegners work and from some letters from his parents.  Marsha Gadoury spoke about the importance of Barr Hill to the area, and there were short speeches from representatives of the  Nature Conservancy as well.

 

Meeting to discuss 2012 Town Plan

The 2007 Greensboro Town Plan has been updated to meet the State Requirement that a current Town Plan must be formulated every 5 years.  Copies of the draft plan are available at the Town Hall in the Town Clerk’s office.   A meeting to discuss the updated draft plan will be held on August 6th at 7pm in the Collier Room in the Greensboro Town Hall.  All are welcome.

The town plan forms the basis for Greensboro Town planning, including zoning.

First Annual Sky Lantern Launch on Caspian

The Sky Lantern launch on Caspian was memorable, beautiful, and well attended.   Lanterns went up from many points around the lake, but the majority were launched from the Public Beach.   A fleet of floating lanterns were also launched from the North End of the lake, creating a beautiful tableau.   For photos go to  https://www.facebook.com/events/445491785470864/

If you find a lantern, Willey’s will take it back and give you a 25 cent bounty!

The Greensboro Rooster is back!

The Greensboro Rooster has reappeared, this time remembering those who have gone before.   The Rooster was found last summer in the middle of Caspian Lake, and in a tree after the big hurricane in September.   If you make a Rooster sighting, please send us a photo – [email protected].   We’d love to keep tract of our feathered friend!

The Funky Fourth Parade 2012

The Funky Fourth Parade came off without a hitch on Saturday July 7 – floats, antique cars, local businesses and groups, and the Bread and Puppet Theater were featured…along with the Von Trapp family singers from “The Sound of Music” and a large paper mache cow on a float from the Brown family farm – 4 generations of Greensboro farming!  In addition to distributing candy to the crowd, two local businesses threw local ice cream and Cabot Cheese!  Bread and Puppet was there in force as well.  The Chicken Barbecue at the Church went off without a hitch as did the fair and games on the Town Green!  Thanks to all who participated and helped!

Funky Fourth celebrations!

Happy Independence Day!  The Funky Fourth celebrations are planned for tomorrow, July 7.

The annual parade will occur at 10am, running from Country Club Road to the Town Hall, along Breezy Avenue and Wilson Street.   Traffic will be suspended along this path during the parade.

Parade participants will line up on Country Club Road, using the entrance from Hardwick Street, not the entrance from Breezy Avenue.   From the Four Corners go south on Hardwick Street and turn left onto Country Club Road.  Parade monitors will direct you.

A Celebration of games and music will be held on the Town Green after the parade.  Stop by to sign up for the Greensboro Association (look for our float!) and to see our collection of local maps and directories for sale.

Fireworks will be lit at dusk from the Ball field at the four corners.  Spectators should NOT PARK on Breezy Avenue, Hardwick Street, Lake Shore Road, or Center Road near the Ball Field or Four Corners .  Parking is available along Country Club Road, in the Country Club parking lot, and in Greensboro Village at the public beach and Willeys Store.   Spectators may view the fireworks from the Ball Fields, as well as from the Mountain View Country Club (non members welcome) and various other vantage points around the Lake.

Boil water order rescinded

As of June 30, Greensboro has rescinded the boil water request.  Local reservoir levels are adequate, and there is no need to boil town water.

As always, please conserve water.

2012 Community Calendar

The 2012 Community Calendar or Green Sheet is complete! A printable calendar for the summer including on-going and special events. Be sure to also check the calendar page for additions or changes.

Boil Order in effect for local town water

The town of Greensboro has issued a boil order for local water users.   Residents on town water should boil tap water before drinking as of June 21, 2012.  This order is in effect until further notice.  Further updates will be posted at Willey’s.

Water levels in the Town reservoir have been declining during June as seasonal property owners return to Greensboro and new leaks in the decades old piping system are identified and fixed.   The entire water supply system is scheduled to be repaired and replaced in the fall/spring of 2012/2013.

Boil water orders have been issued periodically in Greensboro over the years when heavy demand coincides with low reservoir levels – Property owners and visitors are asked to reduce their water consumption as much as possible during this period of time.

The Sound of Music – Casting is announced!

The Cast of The Sound of Music, presented by The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency, has been announced.  The production will be July 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 in Greensboro at the Performance Tent behind Lakeview Inn.

The Cast is headlined by Marla Schaffel, who played the title role of Jane Eyre on Broadway, garnering a Tony Nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Actress in a musical.

MARIA: Marla Schaffel*
CAPTAIN Von Trapp: Jamie McIntyre
ABBESS: Cara Hill

NUNS (Also Laudate Dominum Chorus)

Sister Berthe:                                   Judy Breit-Meyer
Sister Margaretta:                          Krissie Ohlregge
Sister Sophia:                                   Emilie Stuart
Sister Irmgard:                                 Marie Cloutier
Sister Christina:                               Virginia Lapierre
Sister Clotilde:                                  Sonia Dunbar
Sister Gail:                                          Herself
Sister Bernadette:                           Herself
Sister Divine:                                     Diana Richardson
Sister Remarque:                             Paula Ratchford
Sister Innocente: (postulant)      Mavis Perrin
Sister Helen/Perrin/Guest          Helen Twiss/Alice Perrin/Guest
Sister Vangie                                       Vangie Kelley
Sister Jamesahgurl                           Jim Sowles

THE VILLA
Elsa:                                                         Annagret Pollard
Max:                                                        Ed Donlon
Franz:                                                     Ed Stehle
Frau Schmidt:                                     Sonia Dunbar

Rolf:                                                       David Beck*

Ursula:                                                  Diane Richardson
Herr Zeller:                                        Marc Considine
Reichmarshall Marloweger:        Bob Marlowe
Baron Elberfeld:                              Bruce Buckley
Baroness Elberfeld:                        Paula Ratchford
Admiral Von Schraber:                 John Bradshaw

VON TRAPP CHILDREN
Liesl:                                                     CJ Leede
Freiderich                                           Zachary Wright
Kurt                                                      Miles McIntyre
Louisa 13                                             Mariana Considine
Birgitta 9                                            Abegail Demers
Marta 7                                               Macy Molleur
Gretle                                                  Ruby Lapierre

TALENT SHOW PERFORMERS

Emma Locke
Diana Gann
Donlon Boy
Donlon Girl
Charlotte Lapierre
MeKenna Lapierre
McKensie McIntyre
Sylvie Miller

Perrin boy and Mavis band
Gala Morse
Emily Cochran

*Members of Actors Equity

The Greensboro Historical society publishes it’s 37th annual newsletter

The Greensboro Historical Society’s 37th annual Newsletter has been distributed, and the offerings for this summer are varied and interesting.  Among the scheduled programs are lectures on The Greensboro Fire Department – the first hundred years (July 9),  The very First Vermonters – The Early Abenaki (August 13), and a two part seminar Vermont in the Civil War (July 16 and 23).   As always there will be the fun Ice Cream Social and Games (Aug 4) and the Annual Book Sale (September 1).   More information on these events can be found on the Greensboro Association Calendar.  In addition (and farther afield) the GHS is publicising the Vermont history Expo in Tunbridge, which celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War (June 16 & 17), as well as a fascinating Barn Raising at the Old Stone House in Brownington on June 9.

This year the GHS exhibition has two themes.   The first “The Hill Legacy” shows life in early Greensboro through an extensive collection of artefacts and items from the Hill Family.   The second “Scenes of Childhood” features a selection of the murals of long time Greensboro summer resident Anne Waterman Mattill which speak to childhood and summers in Greensboro.   These murals were drawn from a collection which Anne created over 25 years in the Children’s Library in Concord Massachusetts – a series which was an institution for library goers and generations of parents in Concord.   A contest will run during the summer with questionnaires (both adult and children) to be filled in at the Society while viewing the exhibitions.   The Historical Society is located at 29 Breezy Avenue, next to The Willey’s Store and across the street from The Miller’s Thumb.  Further information on the exhibition and it’s hours may be found on the GHS website at www.greensborohistoricalsociety.org.

For copies of the newsletter, which also features long time Greensboro resident Madeline Gebbie and comments on the Hazen Road Dispatch, become a member of the GHS.  Dues per family are $20 and go to support the programs and facilities of this volunteer run organisation.

Summer Children’s programming in Greensboro

Looking for something to do with the children this summer in Greensboro? Check out the following organizations, who are all offering programs. There are storyhours, weekly camp programs, golf and tennis lessons, art programs, music, swimming and others.

The Greensboro Association Swimming Lessons
https://greensboroassociation.org/2012-swim-program/

Wonder and Wisdom
https://wonderwisdom.org/programs/summer-journeys/

The Greensboro Historical Society summer exhibition
“Scenes of Childhood”
www.greensborohistoricalsociety.org

Craftsbury Outdoor Center
https://www.craftsbury.com/index.php?flash=no

The Art House
https://www.vermontarthouse.com/Classes-for-Children.html

Circus Smirkus
https://www.smirkus.org/

The Greensboro Free Library
https://www.greensborofreelibrary.org/googlecalendar.html

Mountain View Country Club
https://mvccvt.com/calendars

Craftsbury Chamber Players
https://www.craftsburychamberplayers.org/concerts

Greensboro Association sponsors Swimming Lessons at Public Beach

The highly successful swim program at Caspian Lake returns!   There will be two consecutive one-week sessions for children of all abilities July 9 – 20 at the Caspian Lake Public Beach taught by American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors.  Classes will be held at 10:00-10:45 am and 11:00-11:45am.  Pupils must be at least 4 years old and live or rent in Greensboro, Craftsbury or Stannard.

Please call Lorelei Wheeler at 533-2384 to pre-register for swim lessons this summer or pick up forms after June 17th at the Greensboro Free Library.   The Willey’s Store of the Greensboro Post Office.  Please remember this program operates solely through an appropriation from the Association and depends on donations.

 

The Miller’s Thumb Gallery opens in alliance with Caspian Arts

By Judy Dales

As summer approaches, our small village braces itself for the frenetic pace of the summer months and the ratcheting up of all activities–recreational, communal, social and familial. We look forward to the return of our summer residents, resumption of the many diverse summer events, and the reopening of The Miller’s Thumb Gallery. Having worked in the Thumb for the past two summers, it occurred to me that now might be the opportune moment to shed a little light on the history and current happenings at The Thumb.

As you know, The Miller’s Thumb stood empty for a a while until several of our summer residents bought it. They had no concrete plans for the building, but aimed to save it from crumbling into oblivion and hoped to discover a viable purpose for the revered historic building.

In the spring of 2011, as major renovations to the building’s exterior were reaching completion, a group of local artists and gallery owners (called The Kingdom Craft Alliance  or KCA) were searching for exhibition space as they formulated plans for a display of local art that was part of the state-wide initiative, State of Craft. When The Miller’s Thumb was offered as a place for their exhibit, KCA members jumped at it and quickly laid down plans for a cooperative gallery exhibit where artists could display and sell their work.

The show opened on the 4th of July weekend, 2010 and the response was amazing. People flocked to the building, some merely curious and others drawn by the shopping opportunities, but everyone was thrilled that the beautiful old building had found a new purpose in life. KCA decided to continue the show throughout the summer and artist volunteers took turns supervising the gallery. The exhibit was not only an artistic success, but a financial one as well, which highlighted in a unique way the need for such an attraction in the center of the village.

The exhibition also provided a much needed retail outlet for local artists, but when the owners proposed a continuation of the cooperative arrangement for the following summer, KCA declined. An on-going cooperative gallery presented greater challenges than the group’s leadership felt they could handle. Never the less, the building’s owners were so pleased with the successes of the previous summer that brought just the kind of attention and positive vibe that they had wished for, that they sought a way to continue the gallery model. Eve Passeltiner, one of the KCA artists, was hired as the gallery director for the summer of 2011, and crafts and artworks from all over the state of Vermont were offered for sale.

This is where things got confusing!  Although KCA members were all invited to participate in the gallery in the summer of  2011, they would no longer run it, which left the organization in a bit of a dilemma: the gallery was their original reason for existence, and without that responsibility, they found themselves rather at loose ends. So during the winter 2010-11, they rolled up their collective sleeves and decided what, if any, purpose they could serve now.

It was agreed that all who had participated in the first-year venture had enjoyed working together and meeting on a regular basis. The name of the organization was changed to Caspian Arts and it was decided that the group would provide networking, educational and marketing opportunities for local artists. In their first year, a brochure listing the location of CA artist’s studios was produced and distributed throughout the area, a website (www.caspianartsvt.com) is in the works, and plans for an ambitious summer event are underway. There will be a Caspian Arts Studio Tour (10-5) and Raffle Party (5:30-7) on Tuesday, July 31. This is an opportunity to visit with artists and see creativity in action. Visitors will collect tickets at each studio visited and the tickets will be entered into a raffle of artworks donated by participating Caspian Arts members. This is a unique opportunity to own art created by local artists!

The Miller’s Thumb Gallery and Caspian Arts are now two separate entities, but their histories are firmly intertwined. Hopefully this little history lesson will help clear up any confusion about who’s doing what and also serve to remind everyone that both entities need support. It is a joy to see The Miller’s Thumb bustling with activity once again, but in order to thrive, it needs not just tourist dollars, but local support as well.  Caspian Arts members appreciate the opportunity to educate the community about art in general, and the art they produce, in  particular. Buying art from Greensboro artists is not only a way to “buy local” but is also a way to support your friends and neighbors whose creativity enriches us all.

 

 

40th Anniversary Celebration of Barr Hill Preserve

The 40th Anniversary of the Barr Hill Nature Preserve is being celebrated on July 22.   The Preserve was established in December 2011, and is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy of Vermont.

Barr Hill, which was immortalised in Wallace Stegner’s book Crossing to Safety, was donated to the Conservancy in 1972.   As the highest point in Greensboro,  there is a stunning, nearly panoramic view that sweeps from Spruce and Signal Mountains at Groton State Park to the southern Green Mountains, Woodbury Mountain, Camel’s Hump, Elmore Mountain and Mount Mansfield.   But it is its place in picnics and walks in our collective memories which makes it so special.

 The Nature Conservancy, The Greensboro Land Trust, the Greensboro Historical Society and the Northern Rivers Land Trust are cosponsoring a celebration to which everyone is invited. Festivities will start at 4:00 p.m., followed by a guided walk over the Nature Trail and then picnics at various campfire sites. To ease traffic congestion, bus transport will be provided every 15 minutes from the Barr Hill farm.