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Summer Guide

A special publication of The Addison Independent • Summer 2010

Calendar • Dining Guide • Cultural and Recreational Events

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WOODS TEA COMPANY sing out during last year’s Festival on-the-Green in Middlebury. The popular weeklong series of free music and entertainment is July 11-17 this summer. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

About this guide: Most of us grew up thinking of Vermont as a great destination for wintertime activities, but in the last few decades more and more people are discovering that summers in the Green Mountain State have a lot to offer. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Vermont is a truly special time for natives and visitors alike. That is why summer is Vermont’s biggest tourist season. The Addison County region has the best that summer has to offer, from Lake Champlain and Lake Dunmore to beautiful hiking in the vast Green Mountain National Forest, from the Revolutionary War sites at Mount Independence in the south to the historic Rokeby Museum — an important stop on the Underground Railroad — in the north. The region has lots to do in its population centers of Middlebury, Vergennes, Bristol and Brandon, but there are plenty of wonderful sights to see and things to do in the smaller towns and villages, as well. There is a wealth of good restaurants, museums and shopping in the region, in addition to myriad outdoor activities. Let this publication be your guide to the many attractions and events in the area. But don’t be afraid to investigate the area more by asking locals and local chambers of commerce what they recommend seeing and doing. There is something for everyone. Whatever you do, relax and enjoy — it’s summer.

WAYNE HUFFORD, LEFT, and Dylan Karr try their luck fishing off a dock below the Otter Creek Falls in Vergennes on day last summer. Addison County is home to many lakes, rivers and streams with abundant fish. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

On the cover: A field of purple coneflowers along a Middlebury road is emblematic of the simple beauties of Addison County. The Addison County Independent’s award-winning photographer, Trent Campbell, took this photo, as well as many of the pictures inside.

............................................................... 21A Inside: Antiques Beauties of Lake Champlain ............................... 28A

Bicycle Touring ...................................................... 7A Calendar of Events ........................................... 1B-9B Cultural & Historic Sites ............................... 15A-20A Dining Guide .................................................. 9B-24B Exchange Street, Middlebury ........................... 7A-9A Farmers’ markets ................................................... 18B Galleries and local art ............................................ 3A Hiking .................................................................. 20A History and museums .......................................... 14A Library programs ................................................... 4A Main Street, Middlebury .............................. 12A-13A Map of the County .............................................. 26A Religious Services ................................................. 23A Route 7 South, Middlebury .......................... 10A-11A Swimming holes ..................................................... 5A Top 10 Things to Do ..................................... 24A-25A

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Get to know this place through its works of art By GEORGE ALTSHULER ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — It’s that time of year again — pink high-heeled boots outside locations around Middlebury signal the shire town’s summer arts walk, which takes place the second Friday of each month. The pink boots — along with the event’s open galleries, museums and businesses — are part of what Mary Swanson, the founder of the Art House in Middlebury, describes as the community’s “vibrant art scene.” And recently, Swanson believes, artists and art lovers in Addison County and Brandon have begun showing their face to the world. “The art here is top THIS ANDY WARHOL print of Marilyn notch,” she said. “It’s Monroe is the cen- just that in Vermont terpiece of the ex- in general, people hibit “Celebrity” on tend to tuck away.” display at the MidWith the energy of dlebury College Museum of Art through the Middlebury Arts Walk, newly opened Aug. 15. galleries and special historical exhibits, local art — new and old — will be proudly on display in galleries and museums throughout the summer. Swanson estimates that there are more than 90 artists active in the county, and over a half dozen galleries are displaying their work. Historically, Addison County has always been home to artists, and the county’s museums and historic sites will also celebrate the area’s art over the next three months.

RURAL LANDSCAPES BY Anne Cady are among the works on view this summer at the Edgewater Gallery. A wealth of artwork covering many media and genres is on display at galleries around Addison County and Brandon this summer. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

GALLERIES THIS SUMMER Diverse forms of art will be on display at many venues within 20 miles of Middlebury. For instance, in July, Swanson’s Art House

in Middlebury’s Marble Works district will display a retrospective on the work of Klara Calitri of Cornwall, a longtime fixture in the local arts community who has lived in

Vermont since 1940. The Middlebury gallery currently features the work of 98-year-old Prindle Wissler. In August, the portraits and (See Galleries, Page 6A)

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Summer reading programs keep children’s minds sharp By ERIN CUMMINGS June 24 to Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. for children ADDISON COUNTY — During this past ages 2-7 (siblings are welcome to attend), and school year Ann Watson, the librarian at every Tuesday starting June 22 is movie day, Starksboro’s Robinson School who doubles with popcorn and juice provided. as a beekeeper, brought in honey, protective The Bristol library will also have a number beekeeper clothing and other beekeeping of delightful projects that coincide with the equipment to supplement her library course water theme. For example, on June 30 there centered on books about the fascinating black is a boat workshop where kids in grades 1 and yellow insects. through 5 get the chance to build boats and The demonstration resulted from Watson’s race them against each other. Then on July 21 belief that many children are visual learners from 2 to 3 p.m., children in the same grades and require demonstrations and physical have the opportunity to learn about local engagement to make the learning experience rivers and ponds beyond what is visible on the effective. surface. “A lot of kids don’t have the context or For older children (age 10 and up) there is a life experience to understand what they’re fly-tying workshop on July 27 at 2 p.m. where reading, so visual and hands-on activities are they can learn about the art of fly fishing. For very important,” she said. even more events and details of the Lawrence For Watson, it is essential that children keep Library summer program visit the website their minds sharp over the summer months by calendar at continuing to read books that interest them and html. by leaving the house to explore The fun continues at Bixby the world around them. Memorial Library in Vergennes “Activities Watson isn’t the only one who with a summer program feels that way. Public libraries like the water every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., all over Vermont are launching themed ones beginning on June 17, made summer reading programs with a taking place this possible by the sponsorship of statewide water theme— “Make Sons of American Legion summer provide the a Splash” — to ensure that Post 14. kids not only read, but also get a motivator to On July 1, Mark Pelletier the hands-on participation that get kids into the will entertain children age five Watson considers to be central library.” to 10 with music about sailing, to the learning experience. fishing, swimming, and the — Ann Watson, “Make a Splash — READ!” aquatic world. The following the librarian at at Ilsley Public Library in week has librarians Deb and Starksboro’s Middlebury is one such example Amy teaching kids aged five to Robinson School of an exciting aquatic themed nine about water and buoyancy summer program. It runs from by building and experimenting June 21 through Aug. 5 and is open to children with toy boats, and July 15 sees Elise Doner of all ages, from preschool to high school. The teaching boys and girls aged one to four about program allows kids to set their own reading mermaids, using hula hoops, scarves, and goals, using a punch card to keep track of music. books they’ve read, with drop-in activities that In addition, Bixby has ongoing activities they can complete at their own convenience. such as the Booked for Bikes Reading Program Ilsley is also hosting activities throughout raffle that begins June 15 and ends Aug. 27. the summer, such as birdhouse building on The lucky winners will receive free bikes on July 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., tie-dying Vergennes Day, Aug. 28, at noon. on June 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Wii Every Wednesday this summer at noon games from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on June 21, Bixby offers a free lunch to children age 18 and July 19 and Aug. 9. For more information younger. For a more extensive list of summer about these and other exciting activities, visit programs and registration requirements please the library or call 388-4097. call librarian Gail Martin at 877-2211. Lawrence Memorial in Bristol is another For children in Shoreham, Platt Memorial library with an extensive summer program to Library provides a summer reading club, guarantee that kids are busy and active. The as well as weekly summer programs every North Street library kicked off summer on Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The June 23 with tie-dying, painting, water games weekly programs are offered to children and snacks. Activities continue through the from kindergarten through 6th grade, with a summer: Story hour is every Thursday from different theme set for each week (June 23 is


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a sea serpent party!). Visit the library for more information about each week’s theme. At the Russell Memorial Library in Monkton, the summer program begins on Friday July 9, from 10 to 11 a.m., and continues every Friday through Aug. 13. School children of all ages are welcome to attend. As is usually the case, the Lincoln Library has a slew of events planned for the summer. Probably the biggest is on Saturday, July 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., when the library hosts a 10th anniversary celebration in conjunction with the Hill Country Holiday. A parade with the theme of “Safe Harbor” will end at the Library with a cook out, baseball game, cake, our raffle drawing. Check out for more goings on in Lincoln. Watson, as a school librarian whose library closes during the summer months, has kept her mind active over past summers by engaging in programs such as the READ nonprofit literacy organization in Starksboro, which drives a bookwagon around town distributing free books to school aged children.

Additionally, Watson’s school has its own means of maintaining children’s education over summer called the Robinson School After School Youth summer program (RASY), sponsored by Mary Johnson Children’s Center. READ’s bookwagon and storyteller will visit RASY every Tuesday this summer, and on June 29 at 8:30 a.m. Monkton folksinger Pete Sutherland will be reading and singing to a group of about 50 Starksboro children. Watson explained that simply telling kids to continue reading over summer is ineffective when they live in a world of over-stimulation from television and video games. In order to keep kids interested and excited, she said, you have to provide fun, hands on activities to enhance the learning experience. “Activities like the water themed ones taking place this summer provide a motivator to get kids into the library,” Watson added. Visit your town’s public library to find out what its plans are to join in the water fun and to keep kids enthusiastic about reading this summer.

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Galleries (Continued from Page 3A) landscapes of Tim Cunningham will be on display. Just across Otter Creek from the Art House, the Edgewater Gallery opened last fall in the former home of the Vermont State Craft Center in Frog Hollow. In June, the gallery is featuring the paintings of Rory Jackson. The Addison County native paints scenes near his two homes — one in New Haven and one in Ghana. Despite the paintings’ very different landscapes, all the scenes are definitely Jackson’s; his large brushstrokes display a fondness for his homes on both continents. The Edgewater Gallery will also continue to display “Into Their Own,” a collection of the work of Middlebury College alumni until July 18. PhotoPlace Gallery, which opened on Park Street in Middlebury last summer, will continue to host various photography exhibits. From June 22 through July 17, photos from the national competition “Natural Wonders” GALLERIES IN BRISTOL, Vergennes, Brandon and Middlebury — such as the Edgewater will be displayed at the gallery. Vermont Gallery shown here — will mount a variety of shows of both new and old work from nature photographer David Middleton judged talented local artists and established artists from around the country. the contest. Then from July 20 to Aug. 7, an Just down the block from Art on Main, also exhibit on incorporating written words into the Jackson Gallery will showcase “In Bloom,” a study of flowers, until July 25. The on Main Street, is the WalkOver Gallery. This photography will go up. Up the hill, the Middlebury College Museum exhibit features the watercolors of Shelburne eclectic gallery has a rotation of fine shows, of Art has a first-class collection of paintings resident Celeste Forcier and Edward Loedding and its concert room periodically features live musical performance. and sculpture from many periods spanning the of Brandon, who prints on canvas. BEYOND MIDDLEBURY Also in Bristol is the Gallery@85 North, Mediterranean and European, You can see a lot more great art which is, not surprisingly, on North Street. Asia and America. “We’re holding if you get out of Middlebury. This seasonal gallery features work by This summer, the museum’s In Bristol, Art on Main, the artists from Addison County and throughout exhibit called “Celebrity” uses our own. We’re as a touchstone Andy Warhol’s growing, which nonprofit artists’ cooperative Vermont. The gallery is open through the that opened in 2001, continues summer, Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.pronouncement that “in the is wonderful to thrive. Since it opened, the 3 p.m., or by appointment. future everyone will be famous gallery has expanded to the Over in Vergennes, a newer venue, the for 15 minutes.” This exhibition, because of which includes a Warhol print of what we like to front of its building on Bristol’s Creative Space Gallery at 235 Main St., beautiful Main Street. this summer features the exhibit “AhhhhMarilyn Monroe, gathers images “We’re holding our own,” said Summer!” Gallery artists — who include of significant figures of the call the present Cynthia Kling, a board member Eloise Beil, Fiona Cooper Fenwick, Georgina past and present. In addition to economic and artist. “We’re growing, Forbes, Anne L. Galante, Karin Hardy and photographs the works present a condition.” which is wonderful because of Judith Rey — express the universal “Ahhh!” range of techniques that precede the invention of the camera. As — Board member and what we like to call the present that heralds the arrival of fair weather, artist, Cynthia Kling economic condition.” bountiful gardens, sailing on the lake, lush a group, the depictions offer a The gallery will continue to green across the landscape and refreshing cool context in which to explore the showcase an exhibit (curated by waters. notion of celebrity itself. Nearby, at 179 Main St., look for Bethany The Middlebury College Museum of Art is Alena Botanica) of work about gardens until open Tuesday through Sunday, and is closed June 30. Other featured artists this summer Farrell’s art, which marries paint, image and will include Lyna Lou Nordstrom and Annie text, at her Studio V gallery. from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2. Back downtown at the Town Hall Theater, Caswell, both of Burlington. (See Art, Page 10A)

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ways to make their business bicycle friendly, “how-to” manuals that provide guidance for communities that want to develop bicycle loops and amenities, and the green signs with the bicycle along roads that are becoming more numerous. At the heart of the organization’s work, however, are the bicycle routes and loops that it has developed in collaboration with its partners. Lake Champlain is often cited as the most historic lake in North America, and its setting, backed by layers of mountains to the west and east, make it one of the most scenic. Recognizing the immense attraction of the lake, Lake Champlain Bikeways (LCB) inaugurated the Lake Champlain Bikeway, a 363-mile route on existing roads that encircles the lake and follows the Richelieu River to Chambly, Quebec. Lake Champlain ferries make crossing the lake easy for bicyclists,

and museums, historic sites and towns offer opportunities to stop and learn about the region’s history, especially the importance of Lake Champlain in shaping the future of North America. Ample lodging facilities and campgrounds make it possible to cycle the entire route at one time, although many riders choose to do it in sections. WEB TOOLS One of the modern resources for people looking to bike — on road or off — in Addison County is a new online tool that allows people to find biking and hiking routes in Addison County. The Trail Finder is a partnership between 60 Champlain Valley towns, tail groups, tourism promoters and regional planning organizations. By going to, anyone can see descriptions of more than 100 trails and bike routes, some with reviews.

THEMED LOOPS One of the groups working on the Trail Finder is LCB, which has already designated a 750-mile network of more than 30 theme loops. Ranging from 10 to 47 miles in length, each loop has a name that acknowledges landscape features, cultural identity, or historical events of the area it passes through, and each links natural, cultural, historic, and recreational sites and attractions. Addison County has nine routes, the most of any county in Vermont. The nine local loops encompass a total of more than 324 miles of existing paved and dirt roads located near Lake Champlain and the Otter Creek. Along “Rebel’s Retreat,” an easy 42.5mile loop from Vergennes through Panton to the site of the now-demolished Champlain Bridge (check out the progress of construction of a new bridge across the lake!) and back, (See Biking, Page 22A)


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Galleries (Continued from Page 6A) ART IN BRANDON No art lover’s excursion in the area would be complete without a trip down Route 7 to Brandon. Not only do many well-regarded artists have their own galleries, but the Brandon Artists’ Guild has a standalone gallery downtown, as well. Liza Myers, Judith Reilly, and more artists have their own spaces; and nationally known painter Warren Kimble sells his work at Liza Myers’ gallery at 22 Center St. An annual showcase of Brandon’s tremendous artistic talents is a public art project with a theme. This year more than 80 wooden sunflowers, 36 inches in diameter, have been

cut out and painted “Artists with Tools by the members Swanson estimates that there Revitalize a Small of the Brandon are more than 90 artists active in Vermont Town: A Artists’ Guild the county, and over a half dozen Retrospective” in and have been galleries are displaying their work. the Brandon Town placed all over Hall. The exhibit Historically, Addison County has town. Twenty-five aims to show how of the sunflower always been home to artists, and a growing art and center circles have the county’s museums and historic craft movement been personally sites will also celebrate the area’s in the town of decorated and are art over the next three months. Brandon put the for sale throughout public perception the summer and fall of the town into a seasons, with additional sunflower-themed art much more positive light, brought in visitors at the Brandon Artists’ Guild, 7 Center St. and increased business for the merchants. From July 10-18, the guild will present The exhibition will demonstrate how the

interaction between a group of energized artists and the community at large sparked the town’s revitalization. This is one of 25 statewide “State of Craft Showcase Events,” which celebrate the Vermont Crafts Council’s 20th Anniversary. Back in Middlebury, get ready for that Arts Walk. Now in its second year, the Arts Walk features more than two dozen stores, galleries and restaurants open on the second Friday of the month — July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10 — from 5-7 p.m. Admission to all venues is free. Art will turn up in restaurants, on the town green, and in other exciting and unlikely places. Plan to come downtown and join the fun.


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THE HENRY SHELDON Museum of Vermont History, above, is joining with the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Vermont Folklife Center in a culture card program that will reward those who visit all three Middlebury museums this summer. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Museums showcase Vt. life, woodworking, celebrity By GEORGE ALTSHULER ADDISON COUNTY — This summer, Addison County’s museums will feature a variety of special exhibits in addition to their permanent collections. Also for the first time this summer, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, the Middlebury College Museum and the Vermont Folklife Center are participating in a culture card program that will reward visitors to all three locations. The Sheldon Museum in downtown Middlebury will feature “The Nature of Wood: Vermont Furniture and Woodware, 1790 to the Present” until Oct. 23. The exhibit spans the history of Champlain Valley woodworking — ranging from an East Hubbardton secretary attributed to Norman Jones (1790 – 1874), to present-day pieces. The work of five contemporary furniture makers will be on display as part of the exhibit, rotating every month. In July, Jim Geier of Starksboro, who is best known for his “Vermont Folk Rocker” chairs, will display his work. August will feature the work of Edward Allen of Middlebury, and Douglas Brooks’ work is currently on display. In addition to the diversity of the exhibit, many of the pieces share similar styles — even across centuries. Craig Farrow, a Ferrisburgh furniture maker, fell in love with colonial furniture when he was in college, and now has a successful business building replicas using antique methods. He will conduct bench work and carving demonstrations on the museum’s porch every ANTIQUE AND CONTEMPORARY chairs are among the artifacts on exhibit in the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History’s summer other Friday. exhibit, “The Nature of Wood: Vermont Furniture and Woodware, 1790 to the Present.” Independent photo/Trent Campbell (See Museums, Page 19A)

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Middlebury College Museum of Art Celebrities in Residence this Summer


May 20–August 15, 2010 This summer the Middlebury College Museum of Art features an exhibition of more than twenty works that focus on the idea and the presentation of celebrity.

Vik Muniz, Pantheon (Buster Keaton), from the series Pictures of Ink, 2000, dye destruction print, 60 x 48 inches. Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Contemporary Photography, Film, and Video Acquisition Fund, 2001.009

Andy Warhol’s pronouncement that “in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” seems more prophetic today than when it was first uttered in 1968. Facebook and the proliferation of other forms of social networking technologies beam images around the globe in nanoseconds. Like would-be American idols, anyone with access to the right equipment (whether video camera, computer, or cell phone) can become the instant star of a self-recorded performance—one with world-wide distribution at the flick of a finger. Warhol is perhaps the greatest celebrity artist of his time—in part as a result of unsurpassed media savvy and an unerring sense of style. But he was not alone in portraying the rich, the famous, and the justly distinguished personages of his time. In this exhibition his art provides the pivotal point for a focused survey of celebrity portraiture from the waning Roman Empire to the present day. This small exhibition draws upon the Museum’s permanent collection, and highlights two recent

gifts to the collection: Polaroid portraits by Warhol and photographs of famous men by Arnold Newman. In contemplating these works, we see that glamorous appearances alone do not make for a celebrity image. Deeds figure in the pictures as well. For some artists the style of portraiture is tailored to the accomplishments of the particular sitter, and the resulting image conveys the reason for renown. Other artists choose to portray notorious historical figures and base their likenesses on documents from the past. Still others portray their acquaintances as if they were celebrities, conferring upon them an aura of significance. The range of images in this exhibition includes famous people whose names will be familiar to us. Other subjects are less well known—indeed unknown—but they are depicted as if they are people we ought to be able to recognize. In each of these instances, the style in which the sitter is presented carries with it the stamp of celebrity. Organized by Middlebury alumnus Pujan K. Gandhi ’09—in conjunction with Chief Curator Emmie Donadio, and assisted by interns Isabel McWilliams ’10 and Alexandra Guynn ’12—the show includes works by Warhol, Newman, Chuck Close, Vic Muniz, Nan Goldin, Mathew Brady, William Hogarth, and John Steuart Curry, as well as the anonymous second-century Roman carver of Emperor Commodus. Celebrity will remain on view through Sun., Aug. 15. The Middlebury College Museum of Art, located in the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Rte. 30 on the southern edge of campus, is free and open to the public Tues. through Fri. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. and Sun. from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays. The Museum is physically accessible. Parking is available in the Center for the Arts parking lot. For further information, please call (802) 443–5007 or TTY (802) 443–3155, or visit the Museum’s website at





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Lyna Lou Nordstrom monotypes & Robert Compton pottery Art on Main’s July-August 2010 Featured Artist Exhibit showcases monoprints by Burlington artist Lyna Lou Nordstrom and pottery by Robert Compton from Bristol. Utilizing a variety of processes, Lyna Lou’s one-of-a-kind creations display intense colors and textures using the impressions derived from feathers, fabrics and other objects from the natural world. Robert Compton took his first pottery class in 1969 while a student in UVM’s forestry program, and he’s been at it ever since! A major focus of his work is the quality of a pot’s surface, which Bob achieves via the process of wood firing and salt glazing. Reception Saturday July 10, 5-7pm. The exhibit will be on display through August 15. Annie Caswell painting/ceramics & Jascha Sonis jewelry The August-September Exhibit will highlight the tropical, woman-inspired paintings and ceramic jewelry of Annie Caswell of Burlington, Vermont and St. John, Virgin Islands and the uniquely textured sterling precious metal clay jewelry of Jascha Sonis from Warren & West Addison, Vermont. Annie is inspired by the natural world, cultures and traditions from around the globe, and the human form. Jascha is fascinated by the combination of organic form, ancient ethnic symbols, and current urban designs. Jewelry allows her to use the body as a canvas to decorate in a playful manner. Exhibit on display August 16 through September 30. A reception will be held Friday August 20, 5-7pm. About Art on Main Art on Main is a non-profit community-supported artist-cooperative gallery committed to supporting the creative endeavors of individuals in our community through the exhibition and sale of art and craft, community events and outreach, and through professional development for artists. Our 90-plus artist members hail from all corners of Vermont and exhibit work in a great variety of media from pottery to painting, jewelry to wood, textiles to photography.

A unique and welcoming environment International Record Label Brandon Music was founded in 2009 as the new US headquarters of the Divine Art Record Company, which was founded by Stephen Sutton in England in 1993, specializing in the recording of rare and interesting classical music. To date, the company has produced almost 300 CDs, of music from the 14th to the 21st centuries, over 80% of which is not available elsewhere, having been rediscovered in archives and museums or newly composed; this makes the catalog a treasure trove for all music lovers, whether they be looking for ancient music, rare classics, or contemporary work (and a little jazz too). The company has begun to make recordings with top professional musicians in this country too, having made a CD of piano music with New York pianist Jeffrey Grossman and an album of free jazz with a leading NYC quartet. At the famous red barn formerly occupied by Warren Kimble, the upper floor has been converted into a music café, known as ‘Harmony’, where our music is played all day long, and customers can browse at leisure, or just relax with a coffee in the Cozy Corner. The café also offers a full English style tea-room service each afternoon from 2pm, with scrumptious cakes, scones and pastries. A take-out service is also available called Harmony in Your Home – all orders made fresh and to order, so allow three days for collection – and delivery is free in Brandon and Forest Dale. Music Café The music café is also available for party bookings for showers, meetings and conferences at varying rates, and provides a beautiful atmosphere for any event. Boxed loose and bagged teas from leading English brand Taylors are also available.

The café is the venue for our live music concerts, which are just getting under way but which will be very frequent next year, and we are also planning to start a regular ‘Phonograph Circle’ presenting recitals of fine music for appreciation and enjoyment, both from modern recordings and from Stephen Sutton’s extensive archive of vintage recordings from as far back as 1896 – most of which still needs to be transported from the UK. The Gallery In the quaint historic corncrib is our Gallery which has hosted shows of work by local artists. This summer we are proud to host the new collection of work by the great Warren Kimble, all of which is also for sale to collectors. As Warren and Lorraine Kimble restored the buildings here and lived and worked at no. 62 for several years, it’s lovely that his work has ‘returned home’! Several larger pieces are also displayed in the main building, along with fine art prints. We also have a range of CDs of famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Connie Breckley among others, performing and talking about their work. The Gift Shop The gift shop carries a range of distinctive items, most personally chosen and imported from the UK, including a wide range of vintage English china, glass and linens, hand knitted tea cozies and novelties. Our lines will keep expanding to include antiques and collectibles of many kinds in the future. Gift certificates can be purchased as a great way to give a friend something memorable. We have many other plans to make Brandon Music the place everyone wants to be.





At Middlebury Falls

Edgewater Gallery offers exquisite artworks and fine crafts by established and emerging artists from Vermont and beyond. Here you’ll find an eclectic, dynamic, and high-value mix of collectible paintings, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, jewelry and more at a variety of prices. Located in Middlebury’s picturesque downtown, Edgewater’s historic mill building overlooks Middlebury Falls, the town’s iconic natural masterpiece. Since the late 1700s, this Mill Street site in the former manufacturing hub of Middlebury has been the home to businesses whose contributions to the town have been vital and long-lasting, including Stillman Foot’s saw mill, and the country’s first state craft center. Today, Edgewater Gallery participates in the art community on a local and national level. As we support Middlebury’s artistic revitalization we continue the tradition of offering Vermont’s creative excellence, with an expanded palette that showcases artists from other regions. Our spacious gallery with elegant displays highlights works of art you can enjoy in your own home, and provides an unforgettable experience that will stay with you beyond your visit.

Middlebury Falls, black & white photograph, Tom Way

-July Featured artist of the month: Charles Gibbs, found metal creations -August Featured artist of the month: Josh Axelrod, landscape photography -Group exhibit: DWELLINGS July 20 – September 12

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presents The Nature of Wood: Vermont Furniture and Woodware 1790 to the Present Through October 23, 2010

In celebration of Vermont wood products, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is pleased to present The Nature of Wood: Vermont Furniture and Woodware, 1790 to the Present. The exhibit focuses on furniture and wooden objects produced in the lower Champlain Valley. The Nature of Wood combines the Sheldon Museum’s rich collection of locally-crafted furniture with private collections featuring a wide array of Vermont-produced wooden objects spanning the history of the state. The exhibit presents a brief overview of the many beautiful and practical ways Vermonters have made a living creating objects from the rich resources of the Northern Forest. Each month, the work of a contemporary furniture maker will be highlighted as part of the exhibit. The Nature of Wood has received generous sponsorship from Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls and is a State of Craft Showcase Event. The 2010 State of Craft Showcase was organized by the Vermont Crafts Council, in coopSecretary, ca. 1815-1825 Attributed to Norman Jones, East Hubbardton, VT eration with the Bennington Museum, the —Collection of Sheldon Museum Vermont Folklife Center, and the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing. Walking tours, lectures and special events make the Henry Sheldon Museum a wonderful destination this summer. We’re the prefect place to bring houseguests or children on a rainy day. Come on in!

Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History

Summer is the perfect time for a visit to the Henry Sheldon MuseumAddison County’s community history center. Come and discover daily life in Vermont’s past by exploring the furnishings, clothing and artifacts displayed in the1829 Judd-Harris House. Investigate the history of your family, house or town in the Research Center. Our friendly staff and volunteers are always available to help you make the most of your visits. Browse in our wonderful Museum Shop or picnic in the garden designed and tended by the Middlebury Garden Club.

Museum open Summer through October 17: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1 - 5pm Fall/Winter/Spring: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm Research Center: Tue, Wed, Fri 1-5pm, Thur 1 - 8pm

The Nature of Wood:

Vermont Furniture and Woodware, 1790 to the Present Exhibit through October 23, 2010

Be sure to pick up your

MIDDLEBURY CULTURE CARD at the Sheldon this summer! For more details, call the museum.

1 Park Street Middlebury, VT 05753 802-388-2117

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Vermont Folklife Center Frank Patoine, Walden

Vermont Folklife Center

Stoney Mason, Starksboro

Mali Keating, Hardwick

Daisy Turner, Grafton

Please visit us and enjoy some of the following things going on at the Vermont Folklife Center. If you can’t visit us in person, learn more about the Vermont Folklife Center at

In the Vision and Voice Gallery Through Sept. 6, 2010 A Deep Look at a Small Town: Marlboro, Vermont From 1999-2002 photographer and oral historian Forrest Holzapfel photographed the people of Marlboro, Vermont, outside their homes and— with the support of the Vermont Folklife Center—cond ucted 18 interviews with residents of the town. The exhibit, A Deep Look at a Small Town: Marlboro, Vermont, draws together a selection of Holzapfel’s images and pairs them with audio excerpted from his interviews. And, it’s never too early to start thinking about the 12th Annual Gingerbread Competition!!! Entry forms are due November 24th.


The UVM (University of the Green Mountains) Morgan Horse Farm is situated on 215 acres in the lush, agricultural area of Addison County. Colonel Joseph Battell built the main barn in 1878 to house his assembly of the era’s finest Morgans. In 1906, Battell gave his farm and Morgans to the United States government. From 1907 to 1951, the federal government bred, trained, and exhibited many of the breed’s greats. The term “Government Morgan” is in reference to the tremendous impact of Weybridge-bred horses from that period. In 1951, 25 head of Morgans and the government property were turned over to UVM. Today’s herd of 60-80 horses maintains a genetic link to General Gates – the foundation sire of Battell and the Government program. UVM Morgans have a reputation for superior quality on a local and international basis. They are prized as foundation broodstock, and have the diversity in temperament to be show-ring champions or versatile pleasure horses. The University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm is continuing a legacy of historic commitment to the breed. The maintenance of a permanent center for breed development and promotion is vital to the future. The farm is also a leading tourist attraction in the state, attracting 40,000 visitors per year. From May to October, 9-4 daily, a slide-tape presentation and a guided tour generate tremendous breed promotion. Come visit the UVM Morgan Horse Farm. A look at the home of UVM Morgans and the State Animal of Vermont will serve to explain the motto: “Custodian of the Breed.”

University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm

UVM Graceful and her colt are classic examples of the breed quality that is being preserved and perpetuated at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm.

Visit our gift shop full of traditional art from Vermont and throughout the Northeast. And, international gifts and crafts made from recycled products from around the world.

Visit a working farm breeding Morgan horses since the 1870’s Guided Tours 9-3 daily, May - October Video Presentation Gift Shop Raffle Foal Program featuring UVM Starpower Admission Fee to Grounds ay mont D


Vermont Folklife Center 88 Main Street Middlebury, VT 05753 802-388-4964

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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Summer Season Highlights What’s new this summer at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum? Time travel back 100 years to see Otter Creek and downtown Vergennes Through the Eyes of Custer Ingham, on view through August 15. Born during the Civil War, Ingham painted scenes of daily life, including the Westport Sail Ferry, a baseball game at the Falls Basin, mills at Vergennes Falls, and the family farm. Saturday July 17 will be a free admission day at LCMM. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 will kick off the museum’s Small Boat Festival and officially open the doors of the new Hazelett Watercraft Center. The centerpiece of this exhibit is the 35 foot long, 1902 ice yacht Storm King, surrounded by an array of dugout and bark canoes, kayaks, rowing skiffs, and sail boats from the LCMM collection, and digital displays of vintage postcards and film foota a Hewson will present an illustrated talk on the current restoration of wooden whaler Charles Morgan. All day, meet boat designers and try out boats. Come back on Sunday July 18 for the three-mile non-motor Challenge Race, and wish schooner Lois McClure “Bon voyage” as she prepares to depart for the Erie Canal. Throughout the summer, LCMM offers special programs and workshops, including On-Water Shipwreck tours, Ecology tours, and a Paddle to Prehistory. You can build your own boat, learn blacksmithing, or brush up your digital photography. Return to 1776 at the Rabble in Arms Living History Weekend August 21-22. Don’t forget to bring your best photos of Lake Champlain to the annual juried photography show. Find out more at or call 802-475-2022.

New friends PUPPETEER DAN BAGINSKI of the No Strings Marionette Company introduces one of his puppets to young fans at last year’s Festival on-the-Green. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Museums (Continued from Page 14A) The Middlebury College Museum of Art will display “Celebrity,” an exhibit on artistic depictions of famous people until Aug. 15. The exhibit spans from a second-century carving of Roman Emperor Commodus to works of Andy Warhol and Arnold Newman. The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury currently houses “A Deep Look Inside a Small Town,” a photographic and audio study of Marlboro, Vt., by resident Forrest Holzapfel. Holzapfel used a box camera to take pictures of residents in front of their houses, the way a village photographer would have at the beginning of the last century. The exhibit will be on display until Sept. 6, and Bret Bjorkman, the executive director of the Folklife Center, explained that the exhibit is an example of “a community member telling a story the way they want it to be told.” Addison County features two Vermont state historic sites. Unfortunately, the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison will remain closed for at least the rest of the summer due to construction on the replacement Champlain Bridge. But the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, which houses exhibits on colonial military life at the site and artifacts found nearby, will be open through Oct. 11. Mount Independence will host several events over the summer. One to take note of is the July 3 program, “The Abenaki and Mount

Independence in the Revolution and as First Inhabitants. Wes Red Hawk Dikeman will speak about Abenaki connections on the Mount during the American Revolution and long before. Also, on July 24 and 25, the site will host “Soldiers Atop the Mount.” This living history weekend honors the American, British and German occupation of Mount Independence. Re-enactors will demonstrate military tactics, artillery, camp life, colonial crafts, cooking, and clothing. Visitors will get to meet and greet the soldiers. Saturday afternoon will feature the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and music by the Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum Corps. Get more information at mountindependence. In Ferrisburgh, the Rokeby Museum throughout the summer will offer tours of the Robinson home — which reconstructs the life of the Ferrisburgh family over two centuries of Vermont life. The historic home was a stop on the Underground Railroad, which helped runaway slaves. Don’t miss the Rokeby’s annual extravaganza of homemade pie and ice cream on Aug. 15. Relax to music provided by the Vergennes City Band as you sample pies of every type. At a similar museum, the John Strong Mansion in West Addison, visitors can enjoy exhibits on the Strong family’s way of life from the 1790s to the Civil War.

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Vermontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beauty is something that cannot shored mountain lake, is located above Lake be denied. For some, simply driving through Dunmore. It is reached by following the Silver the state provides enough picturesque scenes to Lake Trail, which is quite easy to identify the fill a photo album. entire 1.5 miles up to the picnic area and beach. For many, however, Vermontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attractiveness In this article this trail has been used to access reaches far beyond the paved roads. Hiking Rattlesnake Cliffs, the Falls of Lana, and Mt. through the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast tracts of woodlands Moosalamoo, so follow the given directions in may be one of the most intimate ways to get to the Falls of Lana description. Because the trail know the land and the scenes it composes. was once a logging road, it is quite wide, and A list of particularly scenic hikes to has been graded with gravel in recent years waterfalls, mountain tops, lakes, cliffs and making the surface conditions smooth. This is other spots located within Addison County has a great hike for all ages. At the top of the trail been compiled below for all those who enjoy just past the open picnic and beach area is the hiking Vermontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mountainous trails. It is only Silver Lake tenting area. a partial listing, there is plenty more hiking for To further explore the lake, follow the those who look for it. Silver Lake Loop Trail. The 2.5-mile hiking LAKE DUNMORE AREA loop starts by crossing the dam, and then fully The Lake Dunmore/Moosalamoo area has circling the lake, with signs telling of places of several popular spots to visit. These include the historical and natural interest along the way. Falls of Lana, Rattlesnake Cliffs, BRISTOL LEDGES Mt. Moosalamoo and Silver For those looking for a semiHiking through remote Lake. All areas are likely to have perch with great views, visitors, but this is Vermont, not the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s try a one-mile hike to the Bristol Yosemite, so â&#x20AC;&#x153;crowdâ&#x20AC;? is a relative vast tracts of Ledges. These provide views of the term. One might see a dozen or woodlands town of Bristol and the southern more groups on a busy day, but valley. To reach the trailhead, turn most often only meet a handful may be one onto Mountain Street from Route of the most or so. 116 in downtown Bristol, then FALLS OF LANA intimate ways turn right onto Mountain Terrace, The Falls of Lana in Leicester to get to know take the next right turn and follow are reached from Middlebury by the road to a small parking area. following Route 7 south for about the land and Follow a twisting jeep trail east 10 miles until you see the signs the scenes it for 0.3 miles. for Lake Dunmore. Take a left composes. As a clearing down the trail onto Route 53. Follow Route 53 comes into sight, take a left on around Lake Dunmore (staying a trail that continues up hill. The left at the first Y-intersection). Just a half-mile trail climbs uphill in a northerly direction the past Branbury State Park, on the left, is the rest of the way to the ledges. Parking area to Silver Lake Trail parking lot. From Brandon ledges: 45 minutes. follow Route 73 east. At Route 73â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junction SNAKE MOUNTAIN with Route 53 go 5 miles north. Snake Mountain rises over 1,000 feet above Overall, this is a great place to cool off and the surrounding Champlain Valley floor, relax on a hot day, and is a very short half-mile giving a panoramic view of Lake Champlain hike from the parking lot on Route 53. The and the Adirondacks. The 1.8-mile hike is scenic waterfalls have many unmarked viewing almost certain to be muddy after any recent areas. rain; therefore proper footwear is a must after Begin on the Silver Lake Trail, which is gated any significant rain. Otherwise, the hike up is just north of the parking lot. Surface conditions suitable for all ages. vary little on the well-maintained trail, a former To get to the trailhead from Middlebury take logging road, which is unmarked but easily Route 125 west into downtown Middlebury. distinguished. After traveling 0.4 miles the trail Go right at Route 125â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junction with Route passes by a large sign marking the Falls of Lana 30. Just past Middlebury Market and CafĂŠ on and its history. Follow the footpaths to the left the right, hang right onto Route 23 (Weybridge to cliffs overlooking the falls. Make sure to Street). Continue for several miles through have proper footwear. This is not a good place Weybridge to Route 23â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junction with Route for fooling around, or those who fool around a 17. Take Route 17 west for about 1.75 miles lot (kids), so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave them unattended. to Mountain Road, which heads south. Three SILVER LAKE miles down Mountain Road is the Snake Silver Lake, a clean, peaceful, sandy(See Hiking, Page 21A)

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Hiking (Continued from Page 20) Mountain Trail parking lot. The gated trail head starts 100 yards south of the parking lot. The blue blazed trail follows an old carriage road and is very recognizable. At the summit there is a large concrete slab from the remains of the old Grand View Mountain Hotel, established around 1870. It makes for a strange looking summit, but also a great place to have a picnic and catch some rays. At the edge of the slab a cliff drops precariously quite a ways. MOUNT ABRAHAM Mount Abraham is one of the three tundra tops in Vermont, and the only tundra top in Addison County. A tundra top is treeless peaked mountain that has only sub-alpine vegetation. Mount Abe provides a 360-degree view that is said to be one of the best on the entire Long Trail. There is one thing to keep in mind about this and all other treeless summits: The USFS and Green Mountain Club (GMC) urge that hikers stay on the rock paths that weave around the vegetation. The tundra dies easily when trampled by foot traffic, so follow the marked paths. There are two ways to reach the summit of Mount Abe and both can be strenuous. One is a 3.7-mile hike to the summit via the Battell Trail and a section of the Long Trail. To reach the Battell Trail located in Lincoln, take Route 116 east from the town of Bristol. Head, up the Lincoln Road just outside of Bristol on the right side of Route 116. A short distance past West Lincoln and the General Store, take a left onto Forge Hill Road and then a right onto Elder Hill Road. Continue to where the road forks and go right to the end of Ball

Diamond Road. There the Battell Trail starts and goes steadily uphill through a series of switchbacks to the Long Trail. At the junction with the Long Trail, head north to the summit of Mount Abe. A quicker but steeper option is to start on the Long Trail at its junction with the Lincoln Gap Road. Follow Lincoln Gap Road to the top of the gap where it is crossed by the Long Trail. From the road the Long Trail climbs steeply, often using rock stairs, to reach the summit in 2.6 miles. From the end of Ball Diamond Road to the summit of Mount Abe is about 3.5 hours, 3 hours returning. Lincoln Gap to the summit is about 2.25 hours, 1.5 hours return trip. Although almost all these areas are easy to find and hike, it’s recommend to bring a decent map. Some areas have their own maps provided by the USFS at the trailhead. Others can be purchased or taken from the Middlebury Ranger Station on Route 7 just south of downtown Middlebury. The most useful book for almost all these hikes is the Day Hiker’s Guide to Vermont. This book, produced by the Green Mountain Club, contains descriptions of many areas of interest as well as directions to access them. When planning any day hikes on the Long Trail or associated trails, the Long Trail Guide, also produced by the GMC, will prove most useful in its descriptions of the trails and accesses. MANY LOCALS AND visitors to Addison County heed the call of the mountains and enjoy some of the excellent day hikes in the area that can take less than an hour in some cases or can be afternoon-long excursions to the top of the Green Mountains. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Biking (Continued from Page 7A) cyclists follow the routes and movements of French trappers, the Green Mountain Boys, and British and American troops during the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812. The loop includes the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, General Strong House, and Chimney Point State Historic Site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Victory,â&#x20AC;? a moderate loop through the orchards and farmland of Shoreham and Orwell, focuses on the early days of the Revolutionary War, when Ethan Allen crossed from Handâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove in Shoreham to capture Fort Ticonderoga, just across Lake Champlain in New York, and American troops were at Mount Independence in Orwell. (Handâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove Park, the Bikeways rest stop on Route 74 in Shoreham, has a plaque and interpretive sign commemorating the taking of Fort Ticonderoga.) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Halfway to Heavenâ&#x20AC;? loop begins and ends in Bristol and takes bicyclists toward the Green Mountains, along Bartlett Falls on the rocky New Haven River to Lincoln and Jerusalem and back to Bristol. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Town and Country,â&#x20AC;? which includes Vergennesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; historic areas and Otter Creek Basin, gently climbs through farmland to Monkton Ridge before turning south toward Bristol and return through New Haven. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Land of Milk and Honeyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Otter Creek Wanderingâ&#x20AC;? are pastoral loops through the rich farmland of the Champlain Valley. The former loop goes from Middlebury past the Morgan Horse Farm to Weybridge, on to Addison, past Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, along Lake Champlain to the site of the former bridge to New York state, and back into Middlebury through Bridport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Otter Creek Wanderingâ&#x20AC;? is a pretty, moderate ride from Middlebury to Vergennes and back. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mills to Mansionsâ&#x20AC;? loop begins in Middlebury, which was an early industrial center, and follows the shore of Lake Dunmore, where there was once a glass making industry and quarrying, to Fern Lake, to Brandon, another former industrial town. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gap to Gapâ&#x20AC;? loop is Addison Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most challenging ride, going up and

over the Middlebury and Brandon gaps in the Green Mountains for a 62-mile leg workout. The 42-mile â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moosalamoo Meanderingâ&#x20AC;? route climbs part way up the western slope of the mountains and offers opportunities for swimming in Lake Dunmore, a hike to the Falls of Llana, wildlife viewing, and berry picking. For those who would like an easier ride closer to the shire town, try riding â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around the College and Town.â&#x20AC;? There are several main arteries in Middlebury for those who just want to ride around town for half an hour or more. All rides should be considered easy to moderate, though small hills will be encountered. Be warned. The construction of the Cross Street Bridge in Middlebury this summer might make it tricky to get through downtown, so keep your eyes open to change in the traffic pattern and for confused drivers who may not see you on a bike. Still, for the most part, Middlebury will be a beautiful place to bike. College and Main streets border Middlebury College and make a pleasant loop through the college. Weybridge Street (just west of Middlebury Market off College Street) leads to the town of Weybridge and is a pleasant 15-minute ride one way on a road with narrow shoulders. Heading east to the residential areas, go past the Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supermarket one block on Washington Street and take either road (go straight or bear right). Both roads lead to the rural sections of Middleburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm country. The road to the right will lead to East Middlebury about 20-30 minutes away by bike for the casual rider. Bearing left will take riders onto a choice of dirt roads that meander through scenic farm and forest land. The Web site www.champlainbikeways. org has information about its publications and order forms as well as descriptions of the Lake Champlain Bikeway and theme loops and links to other bicycling resources. Information is also available by calling Lake Champlain THIS GROUP IS one of many that enjoy the stunning scenery and varied terrain of the Bikeways at 802-652-BIKE or emailing lou@ Champlain Valley from the seat of a bicylce. Independent photo/Trent Campbell




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AREA RELIGIOUS DIRECTORY The Addison Independent prints these free listings on a spaceavailable basis throughout the year. Send new and updated information including schedules, staff, phone numbers, e-mail and Web addresses, to, or by mail, fax, or in person to our office. This religious service listing is also online at Addison ADDISON COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH. Addison four corners, routes 22A and 17. The Rev. Stephen Payne, pastor. Sunday school and prayer meeting, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday evening Bible study, 7 p.m.; Thursday choir rehearsal, 7 p.m.; church calendar at http://acbc.famundo. com/public/calendars. WEST ADDISON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Copastors, Michael Doran and Charlie Magill. Sunday worship, 9 a.m. Information: Doran, 877-3484; Magill, 879-6238. Brandon/Forest Dale BRANDON BAPTIST CHURCH. Routes 7 and 73 West, Brandon. Sunday services: 10 a.m. — adult Bible study; Sunday school for ages five and up; nursery for ages four and under. 11 a.m. — worship service with nursery provided. Wednesday services: 6:30 p.m. — adult prayer and bible study; youth groups for ages five and up. Handicap accessible. 247-6770 or BRANDON CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, U.C.C. A “God Is Still Speaking” church. Route 7, P.O. Box 97, Brandon. The Rev. Richard A. White, pastor. Sunday worship, 10 a.m. year round. 247-6058 or BRANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Franklin Street. Kathleen A. Bevan, pastor. Regular worship, 10 a.m., Sunday school every Sunday, 10 a.m. Fellowship hour, 11 a.m. Child care. Holy Communion, first Sunday. 247-6524. GRACE CHURCH. Route 73, Forest Dale — part of St. Thomas and Grace Episcopal Church. May through July services will be held at St. Thomas Church in Brandon Village (corner of Route 7 and Prospect). 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, no music; 9:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 (contemporary language), with music. 247-6759. The Rev. Margaret (Margo) Fletcher, priest-in-partnership. LIFEBRIDGE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. 141 Mulcahy Drive, Brandon. Sunday worship, 9 a.m. LifeGroups meet weekly, call for schedule. 247-LIFE. LIVING WATER ASSEMBLY OF GOD. 76 North St., Forestdale. Lewis Butterfield, pastor. Sunday service and children’s church at 10 a.m. 247-4542. ST. MARY’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. 38 Carver St. Father Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor. Mass schedule at St. Mary’s, Saturday, 4 p.m. and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.; Mass at St. Agnes’ in Leicester, Sunday, 8 a.m. 247-6351. ST. THOMAS & GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Route 7, Brandon village, corner of Prospect Street. 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, no music; 9:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 (contemporary language), with music. 247-6759. The Rev. Margaret (Margo) Fletcher, priest-in-partnership. Bridport BRIDPORT CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. (Conservative Congregational Church Conference). The Rev. Tim Franklin, pastor. Summer worship schedule: Sunday service at 9 a.m. Nursery care provided. Coffee hour immediately after service. 758-2227 or HOPE COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP. Bridport Community Hall, 52 Middle Road. Pastor Jeff Kauffman. Age graded Bible classes, 9 a.m. Second service, 10:30 a.m. Bible studies on Sunday nights. 759-2922 or

Saturday, 11 a.m.; weekly Prayer Meeting, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. 453-4712 or 545-2006. Charlotte CHARLOTTE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. Church Hill Road. The Rev. Will Burhans, pastor. 10 a.m.: Worship service and Sunday school. 425-3176. OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. Saturday 4:30 p.m. at St. Jude, Hinesburg. Sunday and 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and 9:30 a.m. at St. Jude, Hinesburg. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP. Charlotte Children’s Center, Ferry Road. Child care available. Pat Neal, 425-3136; Diane Butler, 425-2373. Cornwall FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF CORNWALL. Route 30. The Revs. David Andrews and Jane Henderson, interim co-pastors. Sunday worship 9:30 a.m., with nursery care and Christian education provided. 462-3111 or cccucc@ East Middlebury EAST MIDDLEBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Routes 125 and 116. The Rev. Jill Colley Robinson, pastor. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Sunday worship at 9 a.m. Sunday school at 9 a.m. Communion first Sunday of the month. Fellowship hour third Sunday of the month. 3882510.

HAVURAH, THE JEWISH CONGREGATION OF ADDISON COUNTY. Havurah House, 56 North Pleasant St. A connection to Judaism and Jewish life. Independent and unaffiliated. High Holy Day services are held jointly with Middlebury College Hillel. Weekly Hebrew school from September to May. 388-8946 or www.addisoncountyhavurah. org. MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH (AMERICAN BAPTIST). South Pleasant Street. The Rev. Dr. Steven P. Jewett, pastor; the Rev. Gerald M. Rowe, pastor emeritus. Adult and teen classes on Sunday, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday morning worship and church school (nursery provided) 10 a.m.; Wednesday evening service and Bible study, 6:30 p.m. 388-7472. MIDDLEBURY FRIENDS MEETING (SOCIETY OF FRIENDS: QUAKERS). Havurah House, 56 North Pleasant St. (Route 7). Sunday, 10 a.m., First Day School (September through June), childcare provided.

Ferrisburgh CROSSROADS CHAPEL. Route 7. Pastor Charles Paolantonio. Non-denominational Bible-believing fellowship. 10 a.m. worship service. Nursery begins Sept. 6. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., starting Sept. 13. 425-3625.

SAINT MARY’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH (CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION). Father William Beaudin, pastor. Masses: Saturday, 5:15 p.m., Sunday 8, 10 a.m.

FERRISBURGH COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Route 7, Ferrisburgh, next to the town offices/ Grange hall. The Rev. Patrice H. Goodwin and the Rev. John E. Goodwin. Sunday worship and Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. 758-2062. NORTH FERRISBURGH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. 277 Old Hollow Rd. The Rev. Kim Hornung-Marcy, pastor. Sunday worship, 10 a.m., Sunday school, 10 a.m. Nursery available. Call for information on youth group and adult education. 425-2770, or Hancock and Granville COMMUNITY CHURCH OF HANCOCK AND GRANVILLE. Above the Town Hall, Route 100, Hancock. The Rev. Wayne Holsman, pastor. Meets at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. Sunday school at 10 a.m. 767-3797. Leicester COMMUNITY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE. 39 Windy Knoll Lane. The Rev. Philip Smith, pastor. Sunday: coffee and fellowship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; morning worship, 10:45 a.m.; the Truth Project, 5 p.m.; evening service, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Dare to Care program, 6 p.m. ST. AGNES’ MISSION. Leicester Whiting Road. Father Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor. Mass on Sunday, 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s in Brandon, Saturday, 4 p.m. and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Bristol BRISTOL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP. Meet at the River, 400 Rocky Dale Road. Sunday, 9 a.m. 453-2660, 453-4573 or 453-2614.

UNITED CHURCH OF LINCOLN. The Rev. David Wood, pastor. Sunday worship, 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 11:15 a.m. Sunday youth, 6:30 p.m. 453-4280,,

FEDERATED CHURCH OF BRISTOL. The Rev. Bill Elwell, pastor. Sunday worship and K-12 Sunday school, 10:15 a.m., September through June; 9:30 a.m. Child care provided. Coffee hour follows service. 453-2321, rescueme97@yahoo. com or

Middlebury CHAMPLAIN VALLEY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY. Corner of Duane Court and Charles Avenue. The Rev. Johanna Nichols, minister. Sunday service 10 a.m. Religious education and nursery care provided. 388-8080.

SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH. Greg Carlson, pastor. Sabbath school, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; worship,

GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH. Merchants Row. Pastor Robert Henley. Sunday worship service at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday night Bible study and prayer meeting at 7 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. The Rev. Jill Colley Robinson, pastor. Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Sunday service, 10:45 a.m., with nursery care. Christian education for all ages at 10 a.m. Fellowship after service. Communion first Sunday of the month. 388-2510 or

ST. BERNADETTE’S / ST. GENEVIEVE’S PARISH. Part of the combined mission of St. Mary’s in Middlebury, offers Mass Saturday, 7:30 p.m., November through April only. St. Genevieve’s in Shoreham has Mass from May through October at 7:30 p.m.

ST. AMBROSE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. The Rev. Pierre Lavallee, pastor. Saturday, 5:15 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.

EASTERN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN WORSHIP. Information on service in the Middlebury area: 453-5334.

VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH. Routes 7 and 125. Rev. Ed Wheeler. Services on Sundays: Sunday school for all ages, 9:30 a.m. Worship services 10:45 a.m. (Nursery provided) and 6:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays; Youth Group and AWANA meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. 388-7137 or

Lincoln SUNRAY MEDITATION SOCIETY AND SUNRAY PEACE VILLAGE. 2202 Downingsville Rd. Home of the Green Mountain Ani Yunwiwa and Vajra Dakini Nunnery. Cherokee Ceremonial Cycle on new moons; Cherokee and Tibetan Buddhist teachings offered. Come join us to renew the Sacred Hoop in these times. 453-4610 or

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BRISTOL. The Rev. Michael Kroll, pastor. Sunday service, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 11:30 a.m.

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. 133 Valley View Drive, Buttolph Acres. 388-3102. Branch President, Steven Heyborne. Sunday: Sacrament meeting 10 a.m.; Sunday school 11:15 a.m.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY, MIDDLEBURY.Middlebury Community House, Main and Seymour streets, Sunday, 10 a.m.; Sunday school 10 a.m., Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF MIDDLEBURY (UCC). 2 Main St. The Rev. Andrew Nagy-Benson, pastor. Sunday worship and church school at 10 a.m. Nursery care provided. 388-7634.

ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. On the green in Middlebury. The Rev. Terence P. Gleeson, rector. Sunday worship, 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite I, and 10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II. Child care is available at the 10:30 a.m. service. Wednesday afternoon Holy Eucharist is at 12:05 p.m. 388-7200 or Monkton MONKTON FRIENDS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. The Rev. Bill Elwell, pastor. Sunday worship, 8:45 a.m. 4532321 or New Haven ADDISON COUNTY CHURCH OF CHRIST. 145 Campground Road. Dale Pennock, preacher. Worship assemblies, Sunday, 9 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. Bible study classes for adults and children, Sunday, 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday, 7 p.m. Call for free Bible study course or in-home Bible study. Watch Bible Forum on MCTV-15 (Middlebury) or NEAT-19 (Bristol). 453-5704 or 545-4772.

October at 7:30 p.m. SHOREHAM FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH-UCC. The Rev. Gary O’Gorman, pastor. Intersection of Main and School streets. Sunday service, 10 a.m., with child care available. Handicap accessible. 897-2687. Starksboro/South Starksboro EPISCOPAL GATHERING AT THE JERUSALEM SCHOOLHOUSE. Behind Jerusalem Country Store, Route 17, S. Starksboro. The Rev. Molly Bidwell. First and third Sunday of each month, 9:30 a.m. 453-5537. SOUTH STARKSBORO FRIENDS MEETING (SOCIETY OF FRIENDS: QUAKERS). Dan Sargent Road (call). Sunday worship and First Day school, 9:30 a.m., preceded by singing at 9 a.m. 453-4927. STARKSBORO FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH. 2806 Vermont Route 116. The Rev. Larry Detweiler, pastor. Ramona Guadalupe, guest pastor, American Baptist fellowship meeting for worship, Sunday, 11 a.m.; “Chat, Chew and Renew” coffee fellowship meeting, Sunday, 10-10:45 a.m. During the winter months, please enter through the rear door. Sudbury SUDBURY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. Route 30, on the green, sanctuary upstairs in the ca. 1807 Sudbury Meeting House. Sunday worship and Sunday school (for children K-7), 10:30 a.m., July 4 through Aug. 22. 623-7295. SOVEREIGN REDEEMER ASSEMBLY. Marc D. Carpenter, presiding. Sunday worship 10 a.m.; fellowship lunch 11:30 a.m.; Bible study 1 p.m. 273-2761 or Vergennes/Panton ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHRISTIAN CENTER. 1759 Route 7, Vergennes. The Rev. Arthur Adams, senior pastor; the Rev. Chad King, youth pastor; the Rev. Christel King, children’s pastor. Sunday, traditional early morning worship service, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; contemporary worship service and children’s church, 10:45 a.m. Evening service (something for every age group), 6 p.m. Spanish language services: prayer, Tuesday, 1 p.m.; Bible study, Friday, 1 p.m.; and worship service, Sunday, 11 a.m. Phone, 877-3903; fax, 877-3924; e-mail,; Web page, www. CHAMPLAIN VALLEY CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH. 73 Church St., Vergennes. The Rev. Tom Albaugh, pastor. Sunday worship services: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday school and Bible study for all ages. 877-2500. CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF VERGENNES (UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST). Water Street. The Rev. Gary F. Lewis, pastor; John Sanborn, associate pastor. Sunday, 9:30 a.m., nursery, church school ages 3-8th grade. Info:, 877-2435 or

NEW HAVEN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. The Rev. Abby M. Hodges, pastor. Church services and Sunday school at 10 a.m. on Sunday. 453-3777.

PANTON COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH. Nathan Dick, Pastor. Sunday school for ages 3 to adult, 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship service, 10:30 a.m. Nursery and junior church (ages 2.5-K) provided. Youth group, Saturday nights, 6:30 p.m. (call for details). Wednesday Bible study, 7 p.m. 475-2627.

NEW HAVEN UNITED REFORMED CHURCH. 1660 Ethan Allen Highway (Route 7). The Rev. Jeremy Veldman. Sunday services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday school 11:30 a.m. 349-7175.

ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Corner of Main and Park streets, Vergennes. The Rev. Alan Kittelson, rector. Holy Eucharist on Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m., with child care during the 10 a.m. service. 877-3322 or

Orwell FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. The Rev. Richard G. Esty, pastor. Sunday worship service, 10 a.m. Church, 948-2900.

ST. PETER’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. The Rev. Yvon Royer, pastor. Masses: Saturday, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Confessions: Saturday, 4-4:45 p.m.; Sunday, 7:45-8:15 a.m.

SAINT PAUL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. The Rev. Charles Danielson. Mass Sunday, 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday, 7 p.m. 468-5706.

VERGENNES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Main Street, Vergennes, across from the Vergennes Opera House. The Revs. Michael Doran and Charlie Magill, co-pastors. Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. 877-3376.

Ripton GREEN MOUNTAIN SANGHA. Buddhist and nondenominational meditation. Practice, instruction, stress management, all levels welcome. Thursdays 5-7 p.m. Rides available. Teacher Ann S. Barker. or 388-7329 or 462-3181. Rochester ST. ELIZABETH ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. Sunday, 9 a.m. Salisbury SALISBURY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST). The Rev. John Grivetti, pastor. Sunday worship service, 10 a.m., church school 10 a.m. Shoreham ST. BERNADETTE’S / ST. GENEVIEVE’S PARISH. Part of the combined mission of St. Mary’s in Middlebury, offers Mass Saturday, 7:30 p.m., November through April only. St. Genevieve’s in Shoreham has Mass from May through

VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH. 862 Route 7. Tim Taylor, pastor. Sunday: Bible hour classes (for all ages), 9:45 a.m.; worship for adults and junior church for kids age 3 through fourth grade, 11 a.m.; evening service, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Adult prayer and Bible study, AWANA Clubs (for boys and girls 3 years to 6th grade), JaM Junior High Group, Youth Group (high school), 6:30 p.m. Nursery (birth to 3 years) provided for all services. Deaf interpretation available. 877-3393. Weybridge WEYBRIDGE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. The Rev. Daniel S. Wright, pastor. Sunday worship and Sunday school at 10 a.m. 545-2579. Whiting WHITING COMMUNITY CHURCH. The Rev. William Jones, pastor. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday morning service, 11 a.m.; evening service, 7 p.m.; contemporary evening service, Saturday, 7 p.m.; prayer meeting, Wednesday, 7 p.m., 6238171.


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1. Go for a swim. River swimming holes and beautiful lakeside swimming abound in Addison County. The most popular, beautiful and varied swimming hole is Bartlett Falls (of the New Haven River) on the Lincoln Road in Bristol. The main area has a large pool with cliffs for jumping alongside. Above these falls are quieter areas with small pools and natural slides that are popular with younger kids. Other great swims include the Middlebury Gorge where the Middlebury River flows under the Sand Hill Bridge on Route 125 in East Middlebury; Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore; Falls of Lana above Lake Dunmore (just ask at Branbury where the trail head is); Kingsland Bay State Park on Lake Champlain in Ferrisburgh; and other spots along the New Haven River to its junction with Otter Creek.

Any guide worth its salt will tell you what the locals think are the best places to go, the best things to do. At the Addison Independent we have come up with our own list of suggestions that we provide to summer visitors in our homes. Here are 10:



2. See a show. Check out the calendar of events in this publication or in the twiceweekly Addison Independent ( and plan a night out at several entertainment venues. One of the busier spots is the lovely and casual Vergennes Opera House, a fancier venue is Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts, and one of the newest is the Town Hall Theater. The VOH sits above city hall in Vergennes — worth a visit regardless — and has a busy and eclectic summer schedule of music, movies and more. The Center for the Arts at the college features a spectacular concert hall, black box theater and dance studio, not to mention a top-notch art gallery. The college also hosts free weekly foreign language films (usually at Dana Auditorium). Since its opening last July, the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury has become a hot spot with regular dramatic, operatic and musical performances on the bill. Ten years of renovations on the classic 19-century building on Merchants Row has resulted in a wonderful and well-used performance space. While you’re there, check out the art gallery downstairs.


3. Find a dirt road and walk it. There is a pretty walk around every corner in Addison County, especially on the dirt roads. Look for one with a dairy farm on it so you can see the rural economy at work and the men and women who maintain Addison County’s beautiful landscape. Don’t be surprised if you pass by a historic cemetery, an idle sugarhouse (where maple sap is boiled into syrup in the very early spring) or an artisan at work.

5. Stroll through a farmers’ market. With the increasing interest in locally produced foods, farmers’ markets have become a staple of summertime in Addison County. Five area towns boast weekly farmers’ markets — Middlebury’s market is twice a week! They offer not only delicious, seasonal vegetables and fruits, but nowadays many markets also have vendors offering locally made cheeses. Some also offer fresh breads, meat, drinks and crafts of all sorts. Many markets are featuring live music this summer. A stop at a farmers’ market on a sunny day can be the precursor to a lovely summer picnic or a tasty evening feast. See the Farmers’ Market listing in the Addison Independent calendar to find out when and where the markets are operating.


4. Soak up some history. There is plenty to get at historic sites in Addison County and just across Lake Champlain in New York. On either side of the Champlain Bridge in Addison sit two popular historic sites: Chimney Point State Historic Site in Vermont and Fort St. Frederick in New York. Chimney Point features a former boarding house that dates to the 1780s and served as the terminal for a ferry crossing to New York. The house features several restored rooms, including a taproom and bar that was a favorite gathering place for travelers. The site, however, has a much longer history. In the 1730s it was a French settlement and fort. It was later burned, leaving only the chimneys, hence its name. Fort St. Frederick was an important fortress along Lake Champlain and features many remnants of the star-shaped walls the French built after they left Chimney Point in search of a stronger base. South on Lake Champlain is the country’s most undisturbed Revolutionary War site: Mount Independence in Orwell. It was the home for thousands of American soldiers and included a hospital, workshops, barracks and kitchens. While the grounds remain largely undisturbed, the self-guided walking trails bring the history to life. The visitors center is simply amazing, with a unique interactive presentation featuring the faces of soldiers from the mount. Mount Independence sits across Lake Champlain from Fort Ticonderoga (See No. 8, take a ferry).


6. Bands on the green. One night each week, the Bristol Band and Vergennes City Band take to their respective town greens and entertain a mostly local audience with many standards and favorites. Orwell’s town band also performs occasionally through the summer. It’s a perfect chance to picnic (both towns offer plenty of food to purchase nearby), soak in some Norman Rockwell rural life and enjoy the slower pace of summer. Check the listings in the Addison Independent calendar for the days and times for concerts on the greens.

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8. Take a ferry. Looking for some great views of Lake Champlain? Take one of three close-by ferries to New York. The ShorehamTiconderoga Ferry at the end of Route 74 in Shoreham begins at a picturesque ferry dock where you won’t mind waiting for the boat to load. In fact the crossing — guided by cables — is short, and so is the wait. At the other end is Ticonderoga, home of Fort Ticonderoga, an amazing Revolutionary War fort that is brought to life each summer and fall with events, re-enactors and plenty of tourist information. Just north of Addison County, the Charlotte-Essex ferry is a bigger affair. Many travelers make a day trip of it, leaving their cars at the ferry dock, riding to Essex, N.Y., walking around that quaint village before returning. Take Route 7 to the blinking light in Charlotte, turn left and follow the signs. This summer there is a third ferry — one connecting Addison and Crown Point, N.Y., at the site of the former Champlain Bridge. A car trip crossing at one of the ferry points and returning at another would make for a fun day.


7. Check out a few yard sales. Indulge that urge to splurge on an old bucket bench or a gently used set of golf clubs. Many people around here love to host a weekend sale in their yard, driveway or garage and the prices are usually very reasonable. Churches and other organizations also host rummage sales throughout the summer. Look in the classified advertisements section of the Addison Independent to plan where you’ll go shopping this Saturday morning. Hidden among the piles of old clothes and stacks of books — both of which could yield unexpected treasures — you may find some genuine Vermont bric-a-brac for your mantle or a valuable antique hidden beneath a thin layer of rust.



9. Go out for creemee. A what? To visitors, ice cream in Vermont may signify Ben & Jerry’s, but for many Vermonters, the ritual visit to the soft-serve ice cream (we call them creemees) stand is a summer tradition. Just ask around for the one nearest to where you are. They are usually only a few miles away, at most, and a great chance to soak in the local scene.

10. Pick some berries. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries all grow in abundance in Addison County at farms and in the wild. Numerous farms have strawberry picking into the first week or two of July, while raspberries and blueberries are later. Blueberry picking in the Green Mountain National Forest is a favorite summer tradition. Just stop in the U.S. Forest Service ranger station on Route 7 South in Middlebury for directions (they are also a wealth of information for hikes throughout the GMNF in this area and points north and south).

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Fore! BRYNN KENT SENDS a shot down the center of the fairway at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury last summer. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Carillon bells ring every Friday MIDDLEBURY — For the 25th year, Middlebury College offers its Summer Carillon Series every Friday afternoon through Aug. 13. The weekly free concerts using the college’s Mead Chapel carillon have become a summer tradition, bringing carillonneurs from around the world to perform at the Vermont campus. A carillon is a musical instrument composed of at least 23 carillon bells, arranged in chromatic sequence, so tuned as to produce harmony when many bells are sounded together, according to the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. The carillon is operated by striking the pegs of a keyboard, which are connected to wires. Each wire pulls a clapper, which in turn strikes a stationary bell. Experts say the keyboard/clapper system is extremely responsive, so that any tempo or dynamic is possible. The 48 bells of the Middlebury College Carillon were installed in 1985. All Summer Carillon Series concerts begin at 7 p.m. and can be heard in Mead Chapel and on the surrounding lawns. The series starts on Friday, July 2, when

Middlebury College Carillonneur George Matthew Jr. takes to the keys. Matthew, a part-time Brandon resident, is also carillonneur at Norwich University. The July 9 carillon concert will be played by Elena Sadina, a member of the faculty at the renowned Belgian Carillon School in Mechelen. She will also be teaching Russian classes this summer at the Middlebury Summer Language School. Gordon Slater, Canadian Dominion Carillonneur Emeritus, will tickle the keys and make the bells chime in the July 16 performance. Sergei Gratchev, city carillonneur of Hulst, Netherlands will play on July 23. The July 30 carillon performance will be given by Julia Littleton, associate carillonneur of the Arlington National Carillon. Aleksandr Solovov is, like Sadina and Gratchev, a Russian School faculty member, instructor of the Belgian Carillon School and member of the Zolotoi Plios Folk Ensemble. He’ll deliver the Aug. 6 performance. The series will wrap up on Aug. 13 where it began, with Matthew sitting a the keyboard playing the bells.

Goshen 10K is a challenging race GOSHEN — The Moosalamoo Association on July 17 will stage what has been called the “toughest 10K ever,” the Goshen Gallop. Now in its 32nd year, the rugged 10K course takes the runner on the dirt and gravel roads of Goshen and onto a packed soil surface up to elevations between 1,800 and 2,100 feet above sea level following the Nordic cross-country ski trails set in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area of the Green Mountain National Forest. It’s an exciting and challenging event that welcomes runners of all abilities. A 5K race is offered for those not up to the challenge of the 10K.

The 32nd annual race begins at 4 p.m. at the Blueberry Hill Inn. Moosalamoo Associationbranded items will be on sale. The first 100 to register receive a free t-shirt. The fee is $35 if you pre-register or $40 the day of the race. Non runners can purchase just a meal ticket: $15 for adults, $10 for kids up to 10 years old. Food and fun are available after the race. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Moosalamoo Association. Register online by visiting www. The course map is available online. For more information you can also visit 2011 GULFSTREAM CONQUEST 2010 COACHMAN CATALINA

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Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh: Underground Railroad site and home of prominent Quaker family. Kingsland Bay State Park, Ferrisburgh: Day use, swimming, nature path, canoe rentals. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Ferrisburgh: Traces the history of Lake Champlain, extensive indoor and outdoor exhibits. Button Bay State Park, Ferrisburgh: Pool and Lake Champlain swimming, overnight camping, nature trails. Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, Addison: Home to migrating waterfowl, walking paths, introduced nesting bald eagles in 2004. html. Lord’s Prayer Rock, Bristol. In 1891, Joseph C. Greene paid a carver to engrave the Lord’s Prayer on a huge rock sitting next to what is today Route 116. It’s still an unusual roadside attraction. Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell: A largely undisturbed Revolutionary War site. Visitors’ center with extensive exhibits and many interpretative trails. www. Snake Mountain: Family-friendly hike to beautiful vistas of Champlain Valley and Adirondacks. Parking lot is on Mountain Road in Addison. www.vtfishandwildlife. com. Bixby Library, Vergennes: Stained glass ceiling illuminates historic library and extensive collection of early arrowheads and other artifacts. University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm, Weybridge: Beautiful grounds featuring a leading breeding program for state’s official animal. Tours daily. morgan. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, downtown Middlebury: Tours daily of the Judd Harris House, ongoing exhibits and events. Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St., Middlebury. Middlebury College: Campus tours available at admissions office. Museum of Art is closed for a break late in August, call 443-5007 at that time to make sure it is open. Other event listings available at ticket office. Green Mountain National Forest Ranger Station, Middlebury: Extensive material available about hiking and camping in the GMNF. Branbury State Park, Salisbury: Day use and overnight camping, kid-friendly sandy beach and extensive grass lawn, boat rentals. cfm. Falls of Lana, Rattlesnake Cliffs, Silver Lake trails access. www. Mount Abraham trail access, Long Trail, Lincoln: Summit includes 360-degree panorama. Middlebury College Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton: Picturesque home to summer school for noted and budding writers. Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, Ripton: Easy-to-follow footpaths include poetry by the former Ripton resident and Middlebury College professor. Fort Ticonderoga (across ferry in New York): Preserved Revolutionary War fort with extensive interpretation, guides, re-enactors, gift shop and many events.

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Lake Champlain has many natural beauties to enjoy Anytime you escape to the waters of the greater Lake Champlain Valley region, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sense of being in a different world. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the solitude of an isolated cove or being among hundreds of beach-lovers on the shoreline, you know this part of the country is uniquely special. That feeling is magnified in summer. Denied the joy of water sports for the six months of winter, suddenly the air turns warm, the grass and trees glow a vibrant green, and blue skies are reflected by the even deeper blue of the water. Two of our favorite things to do along the lake in the summer are watching a sunset and gathering stone buttons at Button Bay State Park. Watching the sunset glow with reds and oranges over Lake Champlain as the sunlight glistens off the surface is at once peaceful and spectacular. Where you gain that vantage point is the question of the moment and will vary the experience significantly. For pure romance, try picnicking at one of the state parks along the lakeshores or on the deck of your boat. The layered Adirondacks in the west makes a perfect backdrop. For those wanting a more distant perspective, hikes up Snake Mountain in Addison, or Mount Independence in Orwell, or Mount Philo in Charlotte, just for a few examples, offer stunning views of the lake. From whichever venue you choose, get there in time to relax so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to take

in the moment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame, after all, to rush a thing of beauty. STONE AT BUTTON BAY For a low-key morning or afternoon of fun for the family, take the kids to Button Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh and gather â&#x20AC;&#x153;button stonesâ&#x20AC;? from area beaches. The stones can then be made into necklaces for those with creative know-how, or skipped across the bay by more rambunctious boys and girls. Button Bay park is located about four miles west of Vergennes. To get there from the city of Vergennes travel a half mile south on Route 22A, turn right onto Panton Road and go about three miles west to Webster Road. Turn right (north) and travel a very short distance before making a left onto Button Bay Road, which takes you directly to the park. Button Bay was once the site of a tropical reef and today contains some of the oldest fossilized coral in the nation. Visible sea snails are buried in the coastal limestone along the beautiful shallow edges of Lake Champlain. A hiking trail begins at the end of the park road near the swimming pool and picnic grove and makes for an easy 1.5-mile roundtrip stroll. It takes hikers out onto a small peninsula of stately cedars that line the shore and offers open vistas of the lake and the Adirondacks to the west. There is camping at Button Bay, a nature center, abundant waterfowl, swimming pool and picnic area. For more information on the park, call 802475-2377.

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Summer Guide  

Where to go and what to do in Addison County during the summer of 2010.

Summer Guide  

Where to go and what to do in Addison County during the summer of 2010.