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Underground Railroad stories told at Rokeby Museum By CANDACE PAGE FERRISBURGH — In the late 1830s, a slave named Simon escaped his Maryland master and fled to southwestern Pennsylvania. His skill with horses and reputation as an excellent field hand meant he would not lack work. “Stories Still, he could not about the sleep easily. Slaveholding Maryland Underground was too close by. Railroad Vermont abolitionin Vermont ist Oliver Johnson are vastly met Simon in Januexaggerated. ary 1837 as Johnson canvassed PennsylvaThere was nia for the American no reason to Anti-Slavery Society. hide a slave He offered to help in Vermont. Simon travel the UnThis idea that derground Railroad there were to Vermont, to a job with the abolitionist hidey-holes everywhere is Robinson family of just nonsense. Ferrisburgh. Simon “intended Rokeby is going to Canada in one of the the spring, but says he would prefer to few true-blue stay in the U.S. if he sites.” — historian could be safe,” JohnKevin Thornton son wrote to Rowland Thomas Robinson. “I have no doubt he will be perfectly safe with you.” At Rokeby, the Robinson family’s home and farm, Simon would join other fugitive slaves, free and safe for as long as they chose to stay. This spring, more than 175 years after Simon’s escape, the Rokeby Museum on Route

JANE WILLIAMSON, DIRECTOR of the Rokeby in Ferrisburgh, shows off the museum’s new exhibit, “Free and Safe,” about the Underground Railroad in Vermont.

Photo by Candace Page

7 opened a $1.3-million exhibit space dedicated to his story and that of other AfricanAmericans who escaped bondage. The permanent exhibit, “Free and Safe,” for the first time brings to broad public view a reliable picture of Vermont’s role in the Underground Railroad, that network of abolitionists

who helped escaped slaves travel north. “Free and Safe” also represents a major expansion, and a major financial risk, for the small house museum that, until now, lacked even potable water and public bathrooms. Visitors have been limited to guided tours of the farm outbuildings and a sprawling 18thcentury farmhouse, crammed with furniture and artifacts left behind by four generations of Robinsons. “This is the most important thing that happened here,” museum Director Jane Williamson said recently, as she showed off the exhibit. “This is a story we had to tell.” “Free and Safe” strips away local Vermont legends that have turned attic rooms and chimney corners in dozens of communities into places where runaway slaves were hidden. “Stories about the Underground Railroad in Vermont are vastly exaggerated,” says University of Vermont historian Kevin Thornton. “There was no reason to hide a slave in Vermont. This idea that there were hidey-holes everywhere is just nonsense. Rokeby is one of the few true-blue sites.” In a survey for the state in 1995, the Norwich University historian Raymond Zirblis examined the claims that linked 174 Vermont people or sites to the Underground Railroad. He could find sure documentation for only 25 of them and persuasive but inconclusive evidence for another 32. Rokeby is a “true-blue site” because the Robinson family was “a bunch of crazy pack rats,” Williamson says. From their arrival from Rhode Island in 1793 to the death of the last Robinson in 1961, the family “saved everything.” That includes the voluminous correspondence Rowland Thomas and Rachel Robinson, Quakers who were perhaps Vermont’s leading radical abolitionists, carried on with peers across the North. Among the thousands of documents at Rokeby, researchers found Oliver Johnson’s letter seeking help for Simon. VERMONT AS SAFE HAVEN A second important set of letters tells the

story of Jesse, a black farm worker at Rokeby who had escaped his owner in North Carolina. Jesse had saved $150 from his Rokeby wages and hoped to buy his freedom. This was “the most anxious wish of his heart,” Robinson wrote to Jesse’s former master. The North Carolinian’s reply was revealing. “At this time (Jesse) is entirely out of my reach,” he acknowledged — while insisting on a price of $300. “Out of my reach,” explains why Jesse, Simon and other escaped slaves did not need to hide in caves or cupboards in Vermont. Although Vermont was the first state to outlaw slavery, this state was not considered a haven because sturdy, freedom-loving Vermonters were all ready to defy any slave owner seeking to recover his “property.” “Oh, pul-leeeze,” Williamson scoffed at that self-congratulatory version of history. Thornton, the UVM historian, notes that in the 1830s abolitionists were often seen as “interfering moralists.” In 1835, a mob stormed a Montpelier church where an abolitionist was speaking. No, Vermont was safe for runaway slaves for reasons of geography, not policy. “Vermont was too far away,” Williamson said. “Trying to track down a slave, even from Maryland — that’s very, very expensive and takes forever. And even if you got here, the slave could easily go over the border to Canada.” Instead, a picture emerges in “Free and Safe” of Vermont as a place where former slaves could live openly, finding the right combination of farm employment and relative security from recapture. At Rokeby, former slaves worked on the prosperous family’s 850-acre Merino sheep farm. A number of African-American families lived independently in Addison County. At a school on the Robinson property, black and white children attended class together. Despite this tranquil picture, the story told in the Rokeby exhibit carries its own drama and human pain. (See Rokeby, Page 3A)

In This State

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Zero to Tan in 60 Seconds

ROKEBY MUSEUM DIRECTOR Jane Williamson shows a visitor a wing of the Rokeby farmhouse in Ferrisburgh where escaped slaves lived while working on the farm.

Photo by Candace Page

Rokeby (Continued from Page 2A) Fleeing through the South, leaving friends and family behind, uncertain of their safety even in the North, African-Americans lived lives of anxiety and deep sadness. “Just because Jesse was safe at Rokeby doesn’t mean he felt safe,” Williamson said. Williamson’s fly-away gray hair and restless hands were in constant motion as she talked with passion about Rokeby and its new visitor center/museum. THE CHALLENGE OF TELLING HISTORY She first came to Rokeby as a volunteer, having fallen in love with the crowded farmhouse and its story on a tour in 1989. She became executive director in 1995. Expanding Rokeby’s mission to include the Underground Railroad story faced such daunting obstacles that “‘challenge’ doesn’t seem like a big enough word,” Williamson said. First came the conceptual difficulty of telling the stories of Simon and Jesse dramatically enough to engage visitors — while staying faithful to a historical record remarkable for its gaping holes. Rokeby’s documents do not even provide the last names of the two slaves. Their full stories are unknown. Their voices are not heard in the written record. The sophisticated exhibit addresses those problems by guiding visitors through a series of rooms that embed Simon, Jesse and Rokeby in the broader story of slavery, escape and the Underground Railroad. Visitors can press buttons to listen to black voices reading the words of former slaves who wrote of their experiences. A play in four voices by Vermont poet David Budbill allows Jesse to speak his mind. Financing the expansion was equally daunting. A museum with a $67,000 annual budget faced raising up to $1.3 million. Two elements proved key: a lead gift of $500,000 from Shelburne philanthropist Lois McClure, and Rokeby’s status as a National Historic Landmark, one of the nation’s

A Perfect Tan that is a Sunless Spray Tan best-documented Underground Railroad sites. The museum won $200,000 grants from three federal programs; individual donors pledged $200,000. Seth Bongartz, executive director of Hildene, the home of Abraham Lincoln’s descendants in Manchester, describes Rokeby’s fundraising success as “very, very impressive.” Historic-home museums like Rokeby and Hildene “are not going to make it if they are just beautiful do-not-touch places,” he said. “Rokeby is a unique place with a unique story,” he said. “They have a responsibility to tell that story, but also an opportunity. People want to be engaged intellectually and emotionally with a story that is about the future as well as the past.” Williamson said she hopes “Free and Safe” will meet that test. “Race continues to be a significant problem,” she said. “We hope the exhibit will contribute to the conversation — showing the importance of taking a stand and pointing the way to racial tolerance.” As painters and electricians put the final touches on “Free and Safe,” Williamson almost bounced with excitement and nervousness. “We were on the decline. We had to pull out the stops and try to tell this story,” she said. “If we close in five years, at least we tried.” Editor’s note: Candace Page is a Burlington freelance writer.

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Ode to the Creemee

By CHRISTY LYNN Summer and I don’t agree on many levels. I prefer the cool weather, bright snow, heavy blankets and crisp air to summer’s sticky heat, bugs and sunburns. I faint easily in hot weather, despise snakes, and feel guilty that I want to go to sleep when it’s still light at 10 p.m. But there is one thing that summer brings that makes me crave the season for the rest of the year and keeps me from moving to the North Pole —the most perfectly composed food Vermont can claim: the creemee. No, not soft serve, creemee. Or, if you must, then creamee, or maybe creame, crème (if you’re close to the Quebec border), or even kreemee, but the root of the word is the most important part of its name — cream. Unless you are afraid of fat, you will be impressed to hear that creemees can boast 4 to 10 percent milkfat (much closer to its hard ice cream cousin with a milkfat of 10 to 18 percent). This may explain a Vermonter’s affinity for this treat and also perhaps why the rest of the county feels a little less proud of their skinny “soft serve” variety containing only 3 to 6 percent milkfat. As a kid growing up in Middlebury, my favorite thing to do was walk from our house

in Painter Hills over Chipman Hill and down Vermont creemee and everywhere else’s boring the other side to Lyon’s Place (now Sama’s soft serve? Café) for a creemee. We would take the whole Perhaps is it just our love and embrace of this neighborhood and go, a parade of kids, dogs treat that warrants its own name in Vermont? and parents, and show up looking to add a The answer is a little bit of both. little sugar to the sweat and dirt and poison ivy Many creemee stands use the same soft-serve collected in the woods. We must have been a mix sold everywhere around the country from sight. large dairy companies such as Hood Usually I would take the kiddie “There (by far the most popular). These mixes vanilla with rainbow sprinkles, but go into the machine (typically made are several occasionally I would get suckered by by Taylor), where it is pumped with the mixed, and when they were out different air to make the consistency lighter. of rainbow I’d sample the chocolate recipes and The amount of air compared to mix is sprinkles just to make sure they were mixes, but termed overrun, and affects the “meltstill not my favorite. generally the in-your-mouth” quality. A typical The kiddie cones, at 25 cents were richer the overrun for soft serve ice cream is 35 massive. It was the only time when to 50 percent air. (For hard ice cream we officially didn’t have to wait creemee, it is around 25 percent.) for everyone to be served before the happier Another regular distinction is stored beginning the feast — you couldn’t, the custom- temperature, as the early soft serve or else the creemee would disappear er … until inventors found. Traditional (hard) off the cone and down your bare arm, you run out ice cream is stored at zero degrees dripping off your elbow. Soft serve, by contrast, is of sprinkles.” Fahrenheit. Contrary to canine opinion, the sign stored at about 24 degrees. — Chelsey of a creemee expert is no drips. As difficult as it may be to hear, Lattrell these equations don’t vary too much Sprinkles make the task harder, and if you have a dipped cone you have to between the Vermont creemee and the be a true master. rest of the country’s soft serve. After our creemees we would wander over However, let a Vermonter choose between to the swings in the green by Middlebury an extra few cents profit or a creamier, more College’s Twilight Hall and wait for a ride back delicious creemee and they will choose the home. Lying in the grass we would wonder creemee nine times out of 10. In other words, what it was that made creemees so amazing and while it is more expensive to purchase the 10 who the genius was that could claim invention percent milkfat creemee mix versus the 4 or of such an extraordinary food. 5 percent mix, and though the profit margins WHAT MAKES A CREEMEE? are higher with the more air added, many local And the question lingers: What actually is stands go for the pricier mix and the thicker, a creemee? And, perhaps more importantly, is creamier texture. (See Creemee, Page 5A) there an actual distinction between our beloved

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Creemee (Continued from Page 4A) “You have to go with the 10 percent mix,” says Sama’s Café creemee server Chelsey Lattrell, “that’s what everyone wants.” Lattrell has been serving creemees for seven years, including the two and a half years she has worked at Sama’s Café in Middlebury and says she has served more creemees than she could count. “There are several different recipes and mixes,” she says, “but generally the richer the creemee, the happier the customer … until you run out of sprinkles.” According to Sama’s Café owner and namesake Sama Hayyat, it pays to be the popular creemee stand in town. He says that a 20-pound case of mix makes about 120 creemees. On a busy summer weekend they will go through 12 cases — that’s 1,440 creemees!

“It’s a short season,” Hayyat says, “but we sure make a lot of creemees in those three months!” MADE IN VERMONT Building in popularity (with help from the made-in-Vermont movement) is the demand for a local creemee producer. And why not? According to a UVM Extension report, dairy products comprise 70 to 80 percent of the state’s agricultural sales. With almost a thousand recognized dairy farms in the state, it seems that a creemee mix made right here in Vermont would be inevitable. However, as the former Vermont Milk Company discovered (the hard way), the math doesn’t always work out. In 2006 VMC set out to improve the way Vermont dairy farmers were paid for their milk and create a more reliable pricing structure. Their mission was to set a minimum rate for milk that was higher than the going rate. They agreed to pay the shipping costs, which also added to a farmer’s bill. VMC almost had a great gig, selling processed milk products such as cheese, yogurt and ice cream to schools as well as supermarkets — until the milk and fuel prices spiked and caused them to slowly downsize their company and eventually sell off all of their assets in auction by 2010. St. Albans Cooperative Creamery has a much

cheerier story. For 94 years this member-owned cooperative creamery has been delivering fresh and high-quality milk and milk products out of Vermont. Just last year, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery introduced the first made-in-Vermont creemee mix to its vast repertoire of dairy products. According to the company’s chief operating officer, Drake Wallis, the choice was a good one. “We started selling creemee mix for the first time last year and our sales have more than doubled so far this year, which would indicate customers are taking notice of local product,” Wallis says. “I would challenge anyone to have one of our creemees side by side with one of someone else’s — it is noticeable in a very good way.” Why? For one thing, Wallis says, St. Albans Co-op vat pasteurizes its mix, which is different from other companies that use ultra high temperature pasteurization techniques. The difference is a shelf life of about 21 days (similar to a gallon of milk you would buy at the store) versus about 90 days for others. The result is a fresher, higher-quality taste with no aftertaste, Wallis said. As he affirmed, the call for high-quality local food that is resounding across farmers markets, in

grocery stores, schools and kitchens is making its way to the creemee stands. As Vermonters, our expectations are set high for creemees, expecting a premium product that warrants a pet name. Hopefully St. Albans Co-op and other Vermont dairy companies can satisfy that call bringing the beloved product in line with the local and fresh identity of Vermont. So perhaps the most characteristic quality of a Vermont creemee is the affinity for the Vermont creemee. Because we love it so much that we have a dedicated “creemee” section in our local yellow pages, the Vermont creemee exists. Perhaps without so much love the creemee stands wouldn’t be able to justify the expensive mix with the shorter shelf life. Perhaps with a little more love we can offer the creemee an even stronger Vermont claim. Perhaps the creemee stands do need me to pay them another visit.

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Who made the first creemee? As the story goes, there is no single brilliant man or woman that can claim this fame. It happened by accident. It was Memorial Day weekend, 1934, and Tom Carvel, founder of Carvel Ice Cream, was selling his hard ice cream out of an ice cream truck in Hartsdale, N.Y. Following a flat tire, Carvel decided to try his luck selling the melting ice cream to vacationers traveling by. The product sold immediately and Carvel opened his first store on this original site just two years later with a secret soft serve recipe.

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In a conflicting historical account, Dairy Queen co-founders J.F. McCullough and his son Alex were working on recipes that could improve the taste and overall enjoyment of an ice cream cone. Raising the storage temperature of their product and whipping it to create a texture that was softer and smoother than their traditional variety, they found that consumers could more fully taste the flavors. That was 1938. Dairy Queen has since become one of the leading soft serve producers in the world.

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Opening their own brewery has been a dream in the making for over 20 years for Steve Parkes and Christine McKeever-Parkes of Drop-In Brewery. With one of Vermont’s newest state-of-the-art brewery on Rt. 7 South in Middlebury, this dream has become a reality. The facility houses a Newlands 15bbl brew house, sample room and growler shop and is also the new permanent home of The American Brewers Guild Brewing School – which has been education and training professional and would-be-professional brewers for over 18 years. With over 30 years of history as a brewer both in Great Britain and in the US, Steve plans to put his experience and expertise together crafting Drop-In’s brews. The flagship beer, Sunshine and Hoppiness, will be a permanent fixture with several other rotating taps to sample, including, Heart of Lothian, Dude, Are You OK?, Gupta’s Gleeful and River Song. Whether you like brews crisp and clean, dark and full or strong and bitter, drop in to the sample shop for a growler or a print and join the fans of Drop-In brews!

Make sure to join us for our one-year anniversary this August!

Tasting Room with beer Samples & Growler fills!

Revolving taps include: Belgian-style Golden Ale brewed with Weyermann’s Malt from Germany, Cascade hops from Oregon and a blend of two Belgian yeast strains. 5.1%

ALSO... Heart of Lothian, Red Dwarf, Supernova, Katarina, Dude Are You OK?, Gupta’s Gleeful & River Song 610 Rte. 7 South, Middlebury, VT (across from G-Stone Motors) Monday-Saturday 11-7, Sunday 12-5

recreation.destination L i n c o l n P e a k Vi n e ya r d

The Granstrom family planted grapevines in Vermont’s Champlain Valley starting 12 years ago, and Lincoln Peak Vineyard has grown into one of the largest grape producers in the state. It’s still a family farm, and the Granstroms and their crew care for the vines meticulously and pick all the grapes by hand each autumn. They make wines solely from the grapes grown in their own vineyard, just off Rt 7, 3 miles north of Middlebury. Lincoln Peak is open every day to taste the wines, enjoy a glass and some local cheese on the winery porch, and walk around the vineyard. Friday music schedule (free admission) June 21, 6-8pm: Bill Sims & Mark LaVoie July 5, 6-8pm: Mogani July 19, 6-8pm: After the Rodeo Aug 2, 6-8pm: Horse Traders Aug 16, 6-8pm: LC Jazz Band Aug 30, 6-8pm: Starline Rhythm Boys Sept 6, 5:30-7:30pm: Hip Replacements Sept 20, 5:30-7:30pm: Bolles Quartet Oct 4, 5:30-7:30pm: Helen Weston & Bessette Quartet Visit or call (802) 388-7368

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Triple K Farm’s Petting Barn offers good old-fashioned fun for all ages.

Waterhouses Campground & Marina on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury, Vermont offers 71 private campsites with water and electricity, suites available year round, a limited-service marina, and our newest addition, The Marina Tavern -- Whether you’re staying at our campgrounds, or in one of our suites, or you’re just in the area for a day of hiking, swimming or boating, we encourage you to stop in for a bite to eat and a cool refreshing drink!

Come experience the joy of holding a newborn chick, cuddling a sweet lamb, and feel the softness of our alpacas. We have a variety of animals that we want to share with you. We have a great play area with a sensory pit and play barn for the little ones. Don’t forget your camera, our farm provides great photo opportunities. We are open Wednesday - Sunday, 10-5. We’re located at 433 Leicester-Whiting rd, Whiting VT 05778. Check out our web site www.

Our Grand Opening is June 22

We will be having contest & prizes throughout the day. Lunch will be available, benefiting Potters Angle Rescue (PAR) www. We will be fostering puppies from PAR throughout the summer that love to be held and played with. We offer a great birthday party package that includes use of our party room. Call 558-5900 for more information and to reserve your party date. In early October, we will be having a pumpkin festival. More details on this event will become available on our website in late summer. We look forward to seeing you at the barn!

Just a short drive from Middlebury, Vermont and nestled at the foot of Sunset Hill with 160 acres of woods, hills and variable terrain trails, guests can choose from deep wooded, river-front, or open sites that can accommodate tents, pop-ups and trailers. We have recently added a few new open sites that allow us to accept Class A RV’s, 5th wheels and trailers over 30 feet. Guests can also enjoy a private island and a picnic area with grills, a camp store with fishing supplies, highspeed internet, waterskiing, kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals.


Camping the way it used to be! Good old fashioned fun for all ages.

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SANDY BEACH! Family BBQs & Picnics Water Sports featuring Volleyball & Saturn ball

Private Marina & Tavern Open Come experience the joy of holding a newborn chick, cuddling a lamb, and feeling the softness of our alpacas & rabbits. You can meet our mini horses and pet the newborn calves. We have puppies & kittens that we foster from Potter’s Angel Rescue – they love to be held & played with.

HAVE YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY HERE AT THE BARN! Hours: Wed - Sun, 10-5 • Admission: Adults $6, Children 2-3 $5, Under 2 free 433 Leicester-Whiting Road • Whiting, Vermont 802-558-5900 • From Vt-30N, turn east onto Leicester-Whiting Rd., Go 2.1 miles. From Vt-7N, turn west onto Arnold District Rd., continue onto Swinington Hill Road (3.4 miles), Turn left ovvnto Leicester-whiting Rd. for 1.9 miles.

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cultural.historic.sites Visit the Henry Sheldon Museum and tour our newest exhibits From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England


The UVM (Universitas Viridis Montis) 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 was offered to UVM and they took on the farm. Today’s herd of 50-60 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 DVD presentation and a guided tour generate tremendous breed promotion. Come visit the UVM Morgan Horse Farm. A look at the home of UVM Morgans, the State Animal of Vermont and the First Breed of American Horse will serve to explain the motto: “Custodian of the Breed.”

University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm Visit a working farm breeding Morgan horses since 1878 Guided Tours 9-3 daily, May - October Raffle Foal Program featuring UVM Vitality Vermont Day OPEN HOUSE Wednesday 08-08-13 10:30 - 3:00 This 2013 filly, UVM VITALITY out of UVM Havana and by UVM Abington, is a classic example of the Morgan breed that is being preserved and perpetuated at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm. Come and visit her.

• Gift Shop • Vistor’s Welcome - Admission • Stallions at Stud • Horses for Sale • National Historic Site • Vermont State Animal • America’s 1st Breed of Horse

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through August 4, 2013 The Sheldon Museum, in partnership with Historic New England, presents From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England, an entertaining, special exhibit that chronicles over 200 years of dairy history from the family farm through the heyday of home delivery by milkmen. The exhibit features seldom seen historic photographs, advertisements, ephemera, and artifacts provided by Historic New England, the Sheldon, Monument Farms Dairy, and a local collector. From Dairy to Doorstep explains and gives meaning to items associated with milk production, milk delivery, and milk consumption. Viewers will recognize signs, advertising, milkman uniforms, dairy goods, and milk bottles. The exhibit has received generous financial underwriting from Cabot Creamery, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Monument Farms Dairy, Foster Brothers Farm, Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition, and Yankee Farm Credit.

Fashion & Fantasy

August 20 – November 2, 2013 The Sheldon Museum’s fall 2013 exhibit is Fashion and Fantasy, introducing selections from the museum’s vintage clothing collection paired with the unique, stunning, and imaginative couture creations from nature by South Burlington artist Wendy Copp. She is pictured here alongside one of her works. Additional exhibit highlights will include gallery talks by Vermont-based costume, dress, and shoe designers, a textile specialist, as well as an international couture marketer. Vermont e-commerce and sustainability are subtexts of “Fashion & Fantasy.”

Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History

Summer is the perfect time for a visit to the Henry Sheldon Museum -- the oldest community-based Museum in the country. The Sheldon has welcomed visitors and researchers since 1882. The Museum offers lively tours, exhibits, and programs to enrich the understanding of Vermont’s history. Come and discover daily life in Vermont’s past by exploring the furnishings, clothing and artifacts displayed in the 1829 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 hours through October 13: Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1 - 5pm Fall/Winter/Spring: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm Research Center: Thurs & Fri 1 - 5pm, or by appt. From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England in partnership with Historic New England Exhibit through August 4, 2013

Fashion & Fantasy Exhibit August 20, 2013 through November 2, 2013

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Inspiration, Imagination, and Experience at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum this Season

A warm summer night, dinner by the rushing Otter Creek, and a wonderful play at Middlebury’s landmark Town Hall Theater. It doesn’t get any better than this. The MiddSummer Nights Theater Festival is back for its second year. “The festival is unique because it showcases theater companies from across the region”, says THT executive director Douglas Anderson. “Not only do we get to see a series of marvelous productions, but we get to know companies that have been doing great work, some of them for decades.” Opening the festival is the Middlebury Actor’s Workshop production of GOD OF CARNAGE, the Tony Award-winning Broadway play. “This company is sort of the festival’s home team,” says Anderson, as this group of professional actors has been in residence at Town Hall Theater since its inception ten years ago. GOD OF CARNAGE is an exceptional funny, exceptionally powerful drama about two couples trying to sort out a bullying incident. It won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2009. June 27-30. The internationally known cutting edge puppet theater, Putney’s Sandglass Theater, comes in the next week with D-GENERATION, a stunning recreation of the lives and stories of Alzheimer patients. “These are the most realistic and beautiful and touching puppets I’ve ever seen,” says Anderson. “The issues of old age are dealt with in a supremely sensitive way. Everyone should see this production. It’s unlike any theatrical event you’ve ever seen.” July 5-6 Saranac Lake’s Pendragon Theatre is next with DIRTY BLONDE, a hilarious tale about people who are obsessed with Mae West. The show includes many of her most famous songs, all suggestive and funny in that signature Mae West way. “The play had a long run on Broadway,” says Anderson, “and is a delight from start to finish.” July 18-20 The festival ends with one of the most popular musicals of all time, THE FANTASTICKS, in a production by Waitsfield’s Skinner Barn theater. “The Skinner is doing some of the most fantastic musical theater in the state,” says Anderson. “It’s a real coup for us to get them here.” The musical tale of the trials and tribulations of young lovers includes the hit song, “Try to Remember” July 25-28 Tickets for the MiddSummer Nights Theater Festival are available by calling 802 382-9222, or on-line at The THT Box Office is open daily (except Sunday) from Noon – 5 pm.

Middlebury Actors Workshop

Not just a festival of plays, A festival of theaters.



Sandglass Theater, Putney



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Experience something new! Basin Harbor Club has teamed up with the Maritime Museum to offer a lake cruise aboard tour boat Escape, lunch at the Red Mill Restaurant, and Museum admission for just $29 (Museum members $25). Travel through time: marine artist Ernest Haas depicts Lake Champlain schooners and steamboats in featured exhibit Vanished Vessels Made Visible, on view through August 18. Some paintings are available for purchase to benefit LCMM. Sign up in advance for Courses & Workshops to learn blacksmithing, boat building, or to take a Shipwreck Tour. Native American Heritage Festival June 22 & 23 offers a Native perspective on life in the Champlain Valley. Members of Vermont’s Abenaki tribes share crafts, skills, and cherished family traditions. Featured presentations include Frederick M. Wiseman sharing indigenous traditions recently rediscovered Vermont, Lina Longtoe screening her documentary The Second Harvest, and on Saturday only the Circle of Courage Youth Dancers. The weekend includes wampum readings, singing, drumming, craft demonstrations. Sign up in advance for Sunday morning Paddle to Prehistory with archaeologist Joanne Dennis (fieldtrip fee includes Festival admission). Lake Champlain Challenge Race, Sunday July 14 Try out a Champlain Longboat or kayak, and join in the annual three mile Challenge Race (race fee admits two to museum). The War of 1812 Bicentennial, commemorating the war and celebrating 200 years of peace, is the focus of Rabble in Arms, August 17-18. Costumed re-enactors demonstrate maritime skills, firearms presentations, boat maneuvers, and camp skills of 19th century sailors, soldiers and civilians. The 2013 tour of Schooner Lois McClure will visit up to 40 ports on Lake Champlain, Canadian waterways, the Great Lakes and Erie Canal (itinerary online Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is located at 4472 Basin Harbor Road, seven scenic miles from Vergennes, across from the Basin Harbor Club. Open daily from 10-5, through October 16. LCMM Members and children 5 and under get in free every day. Information at (802) 475-2022 or

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cultural.historic.sites Middlebury College Museum of Art

Hidden Away: 20th and 21st Century Works from the Permanent Collection June 25–August 11, 2013 This summer the Middlebury College Museum of Art has assembled a selection of twentiethand twenty-first-century paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs—including works by Alexander Calder, William Zorach, Alice Neel, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Dale Chihuly, Luigi Lucioni, Grant Wood, and Rackstraw Downes—to demonstrate the range of works in the collection that spend most of their lives hanging on painting racks or otherwise stored safely away. Today there are approximately 3,700 works in the museum’s permanent collection, and the hope is that this exhibition will pique the public’s curiosity about them. Each of these is recorded in the museum’s collections database, which is searchable online. In advance of that, Hidden Away offers a hint of a collection that, over the past forty years, has grown from a handful of objects to the enormously rich resource that it is today. Dale Chihuly, Purple Macchia with Teal Lip Wrap, 1984, glass, 8 x 14 x 14 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Gift of Nancy Hamilton Shepherd ’53 and Katharine Shepherd ’78. Edward Hopper in Vermont May 23–August 11, 2013 Middlebury, VT— On May 23 the Middlebury College Museum of Art opend Edward Hopper in Vermont, a rare and stunning exhibit of watercolors and drawings of Vermont subjects by the iconic American painter. In the more than 75 years since their creation, the majority of Hopper’s Vermont works have been shrouded in obscurity, and some have not been on view to the public in nearly fifty years. This exhibition, assembled from museums and private collections throughout the United States, reunites Hopper’s Vermont works and displays them together, in Vermont, for the first time. Arranged sequentially, without the interruptions of works painted elsewhere during the intervening years, these works illuminate Hopper’s process in translating into paint and paper his singular vision of the Vermont landscape. Edward Hopper, often characterized as the quintessential New York artist, traveled away from the city every summer, leaving behind the heat and concrete sidewalks in favor of more pleasant climes and fresh subjects to paint outdoors. In all of his travels, Hopper was searching for “beautiful things” and new places that would inspire him to paint. It was this quest that led him to Vermont. During five summer excursions to the state between 1927 and 1938, Hopper recorded more than two dozen drawings and watercolors of rural scenes. Hopper’s early Vermont paintings tend to include immediately recognizable architecture and scenery, the more vernacular views with barns and farm buildings rendered in bright light and color. Over the course of his subsequent visits to the state, however, his work evolved toward more momentary scenes finally culminating in a formalized series of works along the White River. At the core of these later paintings is a group of landscapes recorded along the White River during the summers of 1937 and 1938 when Hopper made his last two protracted visits to Vermont, boarding in South Royalton. His time there seems to have freed Hopper’s artistic expression allowing him to turn his focus on the river, very likely the subject that he was seeking all along in his explorations of Vermont. The result was a coherent series of seven watercolors, all painted within a few miles, between the towns of Bethel and Sharon. The paintings in this series—peaceful scenes that capture the quiet beauty of Vermont’s sky, water, mountains, and meadows, at various times of day and in different kinds of weather—are distinctive among Hopper’s watercolors in technique and palette. In her recently published book Edward Hopper in Vermont, which forms the nexus for this exhibition, Bonnie Tocher Clause writes, “[t]he watercolors and drawings that Edward Hopper made in Vermont record his visions of a particular place, a landscape with distinctive forms, colors, textures, and quality of light.” Clause will speak about the book and the exhibition in a public lecture on Friday, June 7 at 4:00 pm in the Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, and she will sign copies of the book following her lecture. The book will be available for purchase at the museum. Gail Levin, Hopper’s foremost biographer, will give a general introduction to his work as well as her own in a public lecture on Thursday, June 27 at 4:30, also in the MCA Concert Hall. 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 Mahaney Center for the Arts parking lot. For further information and to confirm dates and times of scheduled events, please call (802) 443–5007 or TTY (802) 443–3155, or visit the museum’s website at

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Our 9-hole Extreme Mini Golf course is as challenging and as beautiful as you’ll find anywhere. From toys and T’s to lake and lodge decor, homegrown fresh produce in summer (in addition to our own homegrown produce, we will be home to the new Addison Farmer’s Market this year, Saturdays 9-1) to handcrafted wreaths and gift baskets at Christmas, at Champ’s Trading Post you’ll find more than just Champ! And yes, we do ship!

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There is plenty to see and do in the little city of Vergennes VERGENNES — The Little City earned its name by being the chartered city in the United States that is the smallest combination of population and land size — it has about 2,700 residents on about 1,600 acres. Despite its small geographic size, it has a lot to offer: a fine playhouse, a selection of firstrate shops, a waterfall with stunning views, and highly regarded restaurants. A leisurely walk around downtown Vergennes reveals an area that includes historic architecture, extraordinary culinary delights for all tastes, and a spectacular old library building that is as much a museum as a readers’ paradise. The interior space of the Bixby Memorial Library on Main Street is a sight to behold. Walking the Walking the neighborhood streets neighboraround downtown hood streets is also a pleasure. around down- Stately historic homes town is also along quiet lanes are a testament to the city’s a pleasure. history. Stately old Right in the center homes along of downtown is City quiet lanes Park, with plenty of are a testabenches and shade for a break. One ment to the city’s history. night a week during the summer (usually Mondays, check in the Addison Independent) the park is filled with the music of the city band and an appreciative audience. A copper roof and new lights were added to the park’s bandstand a few years ago, making it a beautiful setting for an evening’s entertainment. Just down the hill from the library are the Otter Creek falls, marking the end of navigable water along the Otter Creek from Lake Champlain. A short walk to the city docks will find people fishing or tying up a sailboat, having made the trip up the river

A HORSE-DRAWN WAGON circles through the Little City’s downtown during Vergennes Day last year. The annual shindig features a lot to do including a cool foam tank at the firehouse to great shopping at a city park flea market. The 32nd annual event kicks off with a street dance on Aug. 23 and full slate of activities at four venues on Aug. 24. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell

for a meal out and overnight in Vergennes. It makes a nice place to enjoy a break or a picnic lunch. Or you could cross the Main Street bridge above the falls and wander down to Falls Park, a lovely stretch of grass and trees with a fantastic view of the rushing water where you could enjoy a picnic. It was on these shores that Commodore Thomas McDonough built a fleet of gunboats that turned back the British in Lake Champlain, a major turning point in the War of 1812. Among this summer’s highlights in the Little City are the Junior Fishing Derby on June 22-23 just below the falls, and the annual French Heritage Day downtown on July 13. It is an educational, family fun event with Franco-American music and more. On Aug. 24, the annual Vergennes Day celebration will be filled with horse-drawn wagon rides, music

in the bandstand, chicken barbecue, children’s rides, farmers’ market, vendors on the city green and a street dance. Weekly, look for fresh produce and artisan products at the Vergennes Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 3-6:30 p.m. on the city green. Nearby in Ferrisburgh is the Rokeby Museum — the well-preserved home of the Robinson family and notable stop on the Underground Railroad. Rokeby, the Robinson family home, hasn’t changed since the days when many escaped slaves found refuge there as hired hands and for education. Rokeby is not only an important part of Vermont’s role in the end of slavery, but a monument to a prominent Vermont family and the state’s agricultural roots. The house is open for tours and the grounds, including outbuildings, are available for self-

guided walking. And 2013 marked a major addition to Rokeby, a new building housing a visitors’ center and a major exhibit outlining the nation’s anti-slavery movement and Rokeby and the Robinson’s family’s role in abolition. It uses freed slaves’ diaries and other primary source materials in modern mixed-media displays to tell those stories. Further west, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum features exhibits about the lake’s important naval history, a wonderful site on the shore, working displays of boat builders, and even a working replica of “The Philadelphia,” a Revolutionary War-era gunboat. The museum offers several special weekend events through the summer; more information is available Next door to the museum is the Basin Harbor Club, a renowned resort with two restaurants. Travelers to Basin Harbor are as apt to arrive by plane (it has its own airstrip) and boat as by car to enjoy the serenity of Lake Champlain or some of Vermont’s best golf. It’s worth a stroll around. Just south of the Basin Harbor Club and the maritime museum is Button Bay State Park, which 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, and the park is also known for its unique flat, button-shaped stones with holes in the middle. The park also features overnight campsites, a nature center, a swimming pool, picnic pavilions and basketball courts. A hiking trail begins near the pool and picnic grove and makes for an easy 1.5-mile round-trip stroll. It heads onto a small peninsula of stately cedars that line the shore and offers open vistas of the lake and the Adirondacks to the west. More information on the park is available at 802-475-2377.

Get your dog outside this summer By DEVON VILA I have a happy-go-lucky four-year-old golden retriever named Chief. He lives his life outside, swimming in our pond or running around the yard. He is content with his life at home. But with summer here and many of his human companions out and about enjoying the sun and fun, Chief is ready himself to enjoy the summer attractions around Addison County. This area offers options for people and their pets to enjoy the outdoors together. That’s good for me and Chief; we both love being outside and he loves his exercise. I put together a little list of dog-friendly places to go in the summer that both you and your dog can enjoy. The Dog Team/Secret Beach in New Haven is a good place to go. The main area of the former Dog Team Tavern is quite popular, so make sure your dog is friendly. There are nice places to sit and your dog can swim and investigate the forested areas. A more quiet area of the Dog Team is known as Secret Beach. It is about a five-minute trail through the woods along the river and you end up in a nice quiet area with a sandy beach and deep water for swimming and relaxing. If you are interested in something more serene and solitary, Goshen Dam is a good choice. Near the parking lot there is a dock and a boat launch in case you want to go canoeing or kayaking and your dog can hitch a ride or swim alongside. If you walk across the dam there is a grassy area where your dog can run freely. There is an island

fairly close to the shore that is a great spot to swim to, and you can also get some exercise for you and your dog, as well as enjoy the cool water and beautiful mountain scenery. If you enjoy taking your dog on hikes, Snake Mountain could be a good destination for you. Your dog should be of good temperament with other people and animals as Snake Mountain is a popular hiking location. The Snake Mountain parking area is located on Mountain Road in Addison and it offers a relatively easy hike. It takes about two hours and the trail is usually a gradual incline with some larger hills near the top. Snake Mountain is a simple hike for you and provides good exercise for your dog. If you and your dog are up to more of a challenge, Mount Abraham in Lincoln could be good for you. It is roughly 5.8 miles along the Long Trail (jump on the trail at the top of the Lincoln Gap). This is less popular than Snake Mountain, so if your dog isn’t social then this would be a good destination, but you may encounter some other hikers, so be sure to have a leash if your dog isn’t friendly. The last portion of the hike near the summit is fairly challenging with steep inclines and rocky portions. However, the struggle will be rewarded at the summit with fantastic views of the areas around Lincoln and a glimpse of Lake Champlain. Editor’s note: New Haven resident Devon Vila is a summer intern at the Addison Independent.

DEVON VILA AND his shaved golden retriever, Chief, have found a number of places around Addison County where they can indulge their love of the outdoors together.

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Summer is time for an outdoor job By DEVON J. VILA ADDISON COUNTY — Often young people returning home for the summer look for seasonal jobs to make some extra cash while off from school. These jobs can include working for a local business or restaurant, doing yard work and even working for a state park. Button Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh is one of four Vermont state parks in Addison County. It is located along the shore of Lake Champlain and offers camping, canoe and kayak renting, and — unusually — “It’s nice a pool. It also offers summer job opportunities. to be Emerson Conlon, a around 21-year-old from Cornwall, is kids all working his first summer lifesummer.” guarding at the pool at Button — Emerson Bay. Conlon says he loves Conlon working at the state park. “It’s really nice,” he said. “It’s super nice to be outside all day, to be by a pool all day, and everyone here is friendly.” Children generally use the pool at Button Bay, and Conlon enjoys being with the children. “It’s nice to be around kids all summer,” he said. This isn’t his first job working around children, as his past few summer jobs were as a camp counselor. And although he doesn’t get as much interaction with the children as previous jobs, Conlon still enjoys his lifeguarding

WHEN HE COMES home from college, Cornwall resident Emerson Conlon enjoys being outside in his summer job as a lifeguard at the pool at Button Bay State Park.

Independent photo/Devon Vila

duties and being around them. Daniel Sheets, 19, of Bridport is on his second summer lifeguarding for Button Bay, and he says that working at Button Bay is great.

“It’s a great experience,” he said. “You get to be outdoors in nature all the time and interact with kids. It’s a great summer job.” Sheets’ past job was as a pizza chef and he says he prefers lifeguarding. “It’s nicer to be outside in the summer instead of a hot kitchen. The whole environment is great, and everybody is interesting, and keeping it beautiful here.” Both Conlon and Sheets had to go through lifeguard training before getting the job at Button Bay. “I got trained through the YMCA in Burlington,” Conlon said. “That was a three-day course. It was very intensive.” The pool at Button Bay is mostly for children so it is not very deep. “Thankfully I haven’t had to use a lot of the training,” Conlon said. “But when that time comes, we’re prepared for it.” Conlon and Sheets both enjoy working at Button Bay and think it is a fantastic summer job. “The whole lifeguard crew we have here and everybody that works at the park is really great,” Sheets said. “It is really fun to work with them all.”

NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Daniel Sheets had to get training before he became a summer lifeguard at Button Bay State Park.

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There’s a lot more to do in Bristol other than 4th of July BRISTOL — A high point of the summer in Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Bristol is the Fourth of July celebration (see Club; a Saturday chicken barbecue and a 5K page 25A). But there is a lot more going on run and walk. in this charming little town during the hottest The Stampede raised $105,000 in 2012, and months of the year. has raised more than $1.2 million for cystic One constant in the summers is the Bristol fibrosis research since it began 23 years ago. Farmers’ Market. Vendors on the town green Cystic fibrosis is caused by a defective gene hawk lots of different wares on Wednesdays that affects the lungs and digestive system. (through Sept. 4) and Saturdays (through Oct. More than 30,000 people suffer from it in the 5) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. United States, and more than nine in Those who wish to learn more The the area. about growing food but don’t have centerpiece More information on cystic fibrotheir own plots can attend the sis or on the event may be found at of the weekly “Weed and Feed” gardening or the get-together in nearby Monkton on Stampede Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s webTuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. site at, or by calling is a huge The Willowell Foundation hosts yard sale Bonita Bedard at 453-3952. the gatherings for all ages and levRecycled Reading of Vermont at the els of experience to lend a hand at will host a monthly drum gatherthe foundation’s teaching garden Bristol ing in Bristol at its storefront at 25A and farm at Stoney Meadow Lane Recreation Main St. Participants are asked to and Bristol Road. Produce harvest- Field on bring their own drum or use one of ed goes to local schools and food July 26, 27 the provided drums or shakers. All shelves. Some of the gatherings ages are welcome. The first one of and 28. have a lunch of brick-oven pizza. the summer is Friday, June 28, 6-8 Another popular summer event p.m. They will continue on the last that draws people from all over to Bristol is Friday of each month. the annual Three Day Stampede Toward the If watching and listening to live music is Cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The centerpiece of your thing, you are invited to come and enjoy the Stampede is a huge yard sale at the Bristol live music in Holley Hall once a month from 7 Recreation Field on July 26, 27 and 28. to 9 p.m. The lineup is June 21, LC Jazz; July In addition to that popular sale, the Stam- 26, LC Jazz again; and Aug. 23, BandAnna. pede includes a used book sale with thousands Tickets are $8; dessert and refreshments will of titles for all ages; a craft and flea market be available. (reserve a space at 802-453-4305 or 802-453The Bristol Recreation Department has a 3952); fair-style food; a bake sale with baked large slate of activities planned for the sumgoods from the finest area cooks; a silent mer. For a full list of them, go online to www. auction where you can bid on goods and ser- vices (including a used car) in the 40-by-60Among the events the Rec Department has foot tent; a motorcycle ride organized by Red lined up are its “Parties in the Park.” These

events, held noon to 1 p.m. on one Wednesday each month, will be held at the town green. June 26 will see the Teddy Bear Picnic — bring your bear and a lunch and join the crowd for stories, songs and a special guest. The theme of the July 24 party is “Hometown Heroes” — meet a mail carrier, a firefighter, a police officer and others; bring your lunch and have a chat. And on Aug 21 it is “Prince and Princess Tea.” The green will also host “Movies in the Park,” which screens movies outdoors on Thursdays at dusk on a theater-size screen. It’s like a drive-in movie with seats on the grass. The lineup this year is July 11, “How to Train Your Dragon”; July 18, “Casablanca”; July 25, “The Original Herbie the Love Bug”; Aug. 1, “Enchanted”; Aug. 8, “Jumanji”; Aug. 22, “The Wizard of Oz.” The shows are suitable for all ages. Bring a blanket and your bug spray. It’s free! The local theater troupe, the Bristol Gateway Players, will stage a series of special outdoor performances at the green Aug. 15, 16 and 17. Look to be transported by a production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Watch the Addison Independent for more information on tickets as the date draws closer. AT THE LAWRENCE LIBRARY The Lawrence Memorial Library will be open all summer, and the children’s department has a slate of activities planned to enrich local children’s summer. There will be workshops for children age 8 and up each Wednesday from 2-4:30 p.m. Sign up via email at The workshops run from June 26 through July 31. The lineup features: • June 26: The Dirt on Dirt — prepare

to dig. • July 3: Gnomes and Fairies — where do they live? • July 10 & 11: Hands-on Puppets. • July 17: Dig Into the Past, Part 1 — Paleo creatures. • July 24: Dig Into the Past, Part 2 — become a history sleuth. • July 31: Can You Dig It — on food and eating. For the younger children, there is a weekly story time on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. On Wednesday, July 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the library will host an evening pajama story and snack time for children in kindergarten and younger. Youngsters are asked to bring a magical creature (stuffed animal or doll). For teens, the library will have different events every week in July and August. There will also be movie screenings for teens on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a start time of 3 p.m. Aug. 2 the movie will start at 2 p.m., immediately following the Summer Party. In addition, the “Four Town Libraries” will host a couple of family events at Holley Hall in July. First, on Saturday the 13th, Rocking Ron the Friendly Pirate will perform from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Then, on Thursday, July 25, there will be Summer Encore Theater. The by-kids-forkids show “There Be Treasure Buried Here” will begin at 2 p.m. on the Holley Hall stage. That same day, there will be a relay reading marathon at the library from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The goal is to have at least five readers reading for 10 straight hours. Refreshments will be served.

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Brandon has everything from book sales to bluegrass

BRANDON — Summer is the season to visit Brandon. From the Brandon Museum and Visitor Center at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace to the Brandon Artists’ Guild, the Brandon Town Band and high-quality restaurants, Brandon is a lively destination for a warm summer day. Here’s a rundown of the places and events not to miss: BRANDON MUSEUM AND VISITOR CENTER The Brandon Museum and Visitor Center is at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace in Brandon. The home was built in 1802 and in 1813, Stephen A. Douglas, who would later become an esteemed 19th-century statesman, was born there. The Brandon Museum details the town’s early history including industry, business, architecture, tourism and immigration. In addition, the museum takes a comprehensive look at the anti-slavery movement and how it grew in the town, the story of Stephen A. Douglas, and the impact of the Civil War on Brandon and her people. Brand new this year is a digital exhibit on Brandon and the anti-slavery issue. There are hundreds of old Brandon photos as well as some items manufactured in 19th- and 20thcentury Brandon. The museum is a collection of stories reflecting the lives and thoughts of some of Brandon’s earliest residents. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m.4 p.m. through mid-October. It is free to the public and is handicap accessible. The historic building also houses the Brandon Visitor Center and a municipal restroom, which are open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 365 days a year. The Douglas Birthplace is located on Route 7, just north of downtown Brandon. The street address is 4 Grove St., next to the Brandon Baptist Church at the corner of Routes 7 and 73 West. See or call 802247-6401. LIBRARY BOOK SALE Welcome to the oldest continuous used book sale in Vermont located in the basement of the Brandon Free Public Library. The basement is open for business 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through mid-October. Select from a wide range of fiction and nonfiction for adults and children, organized and arranged by type of book. There are old, rare and unusual books as well as slightly used copies of current best sellers. CHILDREN’S SUMMER PROGRAM The Brandon Free Public Library’s children’s summer program runs Tuesdays and Fridays, July 9 through Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 will be grand finale with Peter Burns storytelling for the entire family at 10 a.m. Call 802-247-8230 or see www.

DEB BRATTON OPERATES the felt loom in the new Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio in Brandon, as workers Donna Herrick and Gloria Chandler operate the picker/opener machine in the background. The business at 185 Adams Road welcomes visitors. FARMERS’ MARKET Brandon’s Farmers’ Market is on Fridays in Central Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 12. For information call Wendy Cijka, 802-273-2655. BRANDON TOWN BAND The Brandon Town Band Summer Concert Series runs from June 18 through Aug. 20 in Brandon’s Central Park. The weekly Tuesday night concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a variety of traditional band music, as well as Broadway and contemporary popular music. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the Brandon Town Hall. POINT COUNTERPOINT This elite summer camp has been playing chamber music on Lake Dunmore since 1963. The camp draws top talent from across the nation. For information visit http://pointcp. com o r c a l l 802-247-8467. Point CounterPoint Faculty Summer Series: • July 5, Friday — Salisbury Congregational Church 7:30 p.m. • July 29, Monday — Middlebury Town Hall Theater, 7 p.m. • Aug. 9, Friday — Salisbury Congregational Church 7:30 p.m. • Aug. 31, Friday — Brandon Music 7 p.m. CAFÉ/GOURMET PROVENCE SPECIAL EVENTS Offering Monday afternoon cooking classes and a variety of regionally themed dinners, including Thai on Mondays and pasta on Fridays; Moroccan, Mexican, and Indian

themed dinners, and special wine tastings at Center Street Bar. For more information, see or call 802-2479997. MAPLE VIEW FARM ALPACAS AND VERMONT FIBER MILL & STUDIO Learn about alpacas, raised for breeding as well as their luxurious fiber, then visit the fiber mill to see demonstrations and fiber products made from alpaca. Visits welcome by appointment or stop by to see if we are there, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 185 Adams Road. Call 802-2475412, or visit www.mapleviewfarmalpacas. com. NEW ENGLAND MAPLE MUSEUM Crystallizing pure Vermont maple syrup into maple sugar is demonstrated every Wednesday through Oct. 9 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors can sample the final product fresh from the mold without touring the museum on these Wednesdays. No charge. The museum is open daily through Oct. 31, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Route 7 South, Pittsford; call 802-483-9414, or visit 19th ANNUAL BASIN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL July 11-14 in Brandon, experience fun for the entire family! Bluegrass pickin’ and Vermont scenery just naturally go together. 2013 line-up includes: Cannonball Express, Just Passin’ Thru, Dave Nichols & Spare Change, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Monadnock, Bluegrass Revisited, CPS Express, The Smith Family, Michelle Canning & Rough Edges, Blistered Fingers, Ralph

Stanley II, The Corey Zink Band, Smokey Greene, Cabin Fever. The festival is held at the end of Basin Road, off McConnell Road. Camping is available. For more information visit, or call 802-247-3275. BRANDON MUSIC See live performances at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon, 465-4071, • June 27 at 7:30 p.m. – Jazz concert: Paul Combs Quintet plays the music of Tadd Dameron. • June 28 from 5-9 p.m. – Supper Club. • July 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Jazz concert – TBA.* • July 13 at 7 p.m. – Singer/songwriter Sarah Blacker, acoustic rock/folk and jazz. • July 26 from 5-9 p.m. – Supper Club. • Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. – Caitlin Canty and Barnaby Bright, folk with a Western tone. • Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. – Jazz concert – TBA.* • Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. – The Jeremy Mohney Quartet, gypsy jazz. • Aug. 30 from 5-9 p.m. – Supper Club. • Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Harpist singer/ songwriter Gillian Grassie, a blend of Jazz with folk and pop. • Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Jazz concert – TBA.* • Sept. 27 from 5-9 p.m. – Supper Club. *Jazz concert schedule subject to change. Check for dates. COMPASS MUSIC AND ARTS CENTER Concerts and monthly theme-based programs will begin this summer. Don’t miss the “Breaking the Ice” exhibit featuring Roger Book’s abstract expressionist paintings, June 14-Aug. 18. Check, 333 Jones Drive, Brandon, 802-247-4295. BRANDON TOWN HALL From music to performances, the Brandon Town Hall is a wonderfully historic concert hall to visit and catch a show: • June 22 at 6:30 p.m. — No Strings Marionette Co.: “Wasabi, A Dragon’s Tale.” Tickets $6 for adults, $4 for elementary students (12 & under). Tickets available at Carr’s Florist & Gifts or at the door. • June 29 at 7:30 p.m. — “Mary Rowell & Friends.” This world-famous quartet consists of violinist Mary Rowell from Brandon, flutist Karen Kevra from Montpelier, violinist Stefanie Taylor from Wallingford and cellist Frances Rowell from New York City. Free will offering.   • July 6 at 3:30 p.m. — “The Rivalry.” Tickets are $10, children under 12 free with ticket. A staged reading highlighting the famed Lincoln/Douglas debates. The performance (See Brandon, Page 19A)

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Brandon (Continued from Page 18A) will feature former Vermont Govs. Jim Douglass and Madeline Kunin in addition to local educator John Dilts. • July 13 at 7 p.m. — Silent movie: “Orphans of the Storm” (1921). D.W. Griffiths’ blockbuster set during the French Revolution staring Lillian and Dorothy Gish. Free will offering. • July 24 at 7 p.m. — “There Be Treasure Buried Here,” by Rutland’s Encore Theater. Student production of pirates and buried treasure. Tickets are $3 and are available at Carr’s Florist & Gifts or at the door. • July 26 at 7:30 p.m. — Snake Mountain Bluegrass concert. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. • Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. — Silent movie: “Sally of the Sawdust” (1925). A comedy about a confidence man who becomes the unlikely guardian of an orphaned circus waif. Starring W.C. Fields and Carol Dempster. Free will offering. • Aug. 11 at 3 p.m. — “Mark Twain.” Tickets are $5 and are available at Carr’s Florist & Gifts or at the door. This presentation by Mark Twain lookalike Eric Rotsinger brings this historic author and his personality to life.  • Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. — “The Magical Comedy Show.” Tickets $3, available at the door. Tom Joyce brings his wit and magical talents to the town hall.  • Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. — Silent movie: “Lloyd & Keaton: Silent Comedy Double Feature” (1922). Harold Lloyd stars as a country doctor with unorthodox methods that get results. In “Seven Chances” Buster Keaton will inherit a fortune provided he’s a married man by 7 p.m.

SMOKEY GREENE WILL be among more than a dozen acts that will be featured at the 19th annual Basin Bluegrass Festival in Brandon on July 11-14.

that day! Free will offering. • Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. — Atlantic Crossing concert. This Vermont band thrills audiences with traditional songs and acoustic instrumental music that has deep Celtic roots. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. As always, tickets are available at Carr’s Florist & Gifts or at the door.

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Beermaking, bicycling and more draw summer people to Addison County By JOHN S. McCRIGHT ADDISON COUNTY — Most people who live here already love summer. The landscape is green, the farmers’ markets and roadside stands have plenty of fresh food, and when the temperatures get too high there is usually a swimming hole nearby in which to cool off. And there are the out-of-towners. What brings them to Addison County in the summer? Of course the lush landscape, tasty local foods and swimming are draws to tourists, but there are many other things that attract folks from all over the world to Addison County. Some come to relax, some to improve themselves, some to make art, some to just take a break. VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations in Bristol brings hundreds of vacationers to the Champlain Valley every year to get some fresh air and exercise in our lovely environment. The Point CounterPoint music camp and Keewaydin boys’ camp on the shores of Lake Dunmore offer diverse experiences for younger visitors. The Middlebury Studio School summer art camps for children and adults educate and enThe sturich both locals and visitors. dents are here There is the Bread Loaf Writers’ Confer- for the school. ence, which brings 200 writers to Middlebury Their days are College’s rustic campus in Ripton for 10 days filled with classes and of workshops, lectures and classes. The nov- hands-on instruction. elists, playwrights, poets and journalists who They are in the ABG facilcome to Bread Loaf — the conference is Aug. ity from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 14-24 this summer — take part in a stimulat- or 7 p.m. ing community of diverse voices where they “They are very long, intense can test their assumptions regarding literature days,” McKeever said. and seek advice about their progress as writers. But they do see some of the county. LEARNING TO BREW BEER While they might stay in a local hotel or One group that brings people here in the rent a home or camp, they also eat most summer is the American Brewers Guild (ABG) meals out and enjoy any nightlife they can Brewing School, which is based out of the for- find. mer Dundon’s building on Route 7 South in And many of them bring their families, Middlebury. who vacation while the beer aficionado is The school’s six-month curriculum is pri- learning more about brewing. marily delivered through distance learning, “The fact it is in Vermont draws the famiwith educational DVDs and online coursework lies,” McKeever said. “It brings a tremendous requiring a commitment of at least 12 hours amount of money into the area.” per week by each student. But the school also The beer industry is growing tremendousrequires students to put their skills to the test ly, McKeever said, with something like one through apprenticeships and a week-long sesnew brewery opening in the United sion here in Middlebury. States every day. Not surprisingly, The Brewing School will host “There is the ABG Brewing School is booked 21 students and four instructors for no typical until 2015. the week of June 24-28, and then LEARNING A LANGUAGE 25 more students and three instruc- student. Another kind of student thirsty tors from July 8-12. Steve Parkes, a We have for another kind of learning will also former brewmaster at Otter Creek everyone come to Addison County in June. Brewing, is the lead instructor. The college’s Middlebury Language Admissions Manager Christine from reSchools welcome a diverse collection McKeever said those students, like tirees to of folks to learn how to talk with peothe ones that have been attending ple from the world over. The schools the Brewing School for more than people teach 10 languages: Arabic, Chinese, 14 years, come from all over the just out of French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japworld. She’s welcomed students college.” anese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanfrom Guam, Panama, Iceland, South — Christine ish. Africa, Japan … This summer the When the eight-week session for McKeeverschool will see its first student from Parkes Chinese and Russian, and the sevenChile. week session for Portuguese, begin on “There is no typical student,” Friday, June 21, the first of some 1,100 McKeever said. “We have everyone from retir- MLS students will arrive in town for the sumees to people just out of college.” mer. The one constant is that they are all at least As with the brew school, diversity is the 21 years old — that’s a Brewing School re- watchword when it comes to Language School quirement. students. While they range from college under-

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CHRISTINE MCKEEVER-PARKES, ADMISSIONS manager, and Steve Parkes, lead instructor, will welcome dozens of out-of-towners to Middlebury this summer to attend the American Brewers Guild Brewing School. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell

graduates to lifelong learners well into their golden years, the average age is 26. College officials said that some are graduates students in fields like art history where they might need to learn another language to pursue their vocation, some are journalists or business people looking to advance their careers. The German for Singers program takes this a step further, combining voice instruction with the traditional language curriculum. Opera singers from all over the country visit Middlebury each summer to take part in this innovative program. For the past couple years the stu-

dents in the class have performed an opera for the community. The language students take a pledge only to speak the language they are studying while in Addison County, which means that locals occasionally hear a smattering of Italian in the coffee shop, Japanese in the bookstore or Russian while waiting in line for a creemee. The various language schools also have some lectures open to the general public, and, of course, there is the foreign film series that is a hit with the wider community. (See Middlebury, Page 22A)

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THE AMERICAN BREWERS Guild Brewing School will draw several dozen students and their families to Addison County this summer. They will be among the hundreds and hundreds of folks from all over the world who come to Addison County in the summer to vacation, create art and gain some education.

Middlebury STUDENTS IN A Middlebury College German for Singers and Vocal Coaches program at the summer German School rehearse for a public performance of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” last August. The Language School brings more than 1,000 people to Addison County during the summer. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell

(Continued from Page 1A) Whether they are vacationers, learners or just plain explorers, thousands of visitors make their way to Addison County each summer. Many don’t have a strongly defined impression of Vermont before they

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come. But ABG’s McKeever said, if they are like the out-of-towners she works with, they will leave with very favorable impressions. “People love being here and our small town and how friendly and welcoming it is,” she said.

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Towns celebrate the 4th of July

ADDISON COUNTY — Folks around Addison County will gear up to celebrate 237 years of American independence on the Fourth of July this summer. No matter how residents like to spend the holiday, there are events in the area for all who want to put on the red, white and blue during the week of July 4. Activities in Brandon, Bristol, Salisbury and Vergennes include musical performances, contests, food, and an annual outhouse race, not to mention many fireworks displays. CELEBRATION IN BRISTOL Bristol’s Independence Day celebrations will begin on Wednesday, July 3, at 6 p.m. Activities will be held at the recreation area ballpark and will include food and craft vendors, games, and live music from the Willoughbys. The night will end with a fireworks display beginning at dusk. Events will continue the next morning at 7:30 a.m. with the annual 5K Road Race in memory of Pam Paradee. The race will begin at Mount Abraham Union High School and will snake its way through the village and end at the town green. Somewhat less serious competition continues later in the morning with the Great Bristol Outhouse Race. Starting at 9 a.m., spectators are invited to cheer on their favorite teams of entrants pulling outhouses down West Street to the finish line. Teams build a regulation outhouse

— or some sort of outrageous facsimile — and then push it (with a rider wearing a helmet) in a straight line from the crosswalk in front of St. Ambrose Catholic Church on West Street to the finish line at the traffic light in front of Holley Hall. There are usually three or four outhouses entered per heat and there are usually four heats. The winner of each heat then moves on to the final heat to determine who will be the World Champion Outhouse Racer. That is follwed by the oldest continually run parade in Vermont. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the parade will feature color guards, firetrucks, bands and floats. Grand marshal Max Dumas will lead the parade, which this year has the theme “Disney.” It starts eastbound at the corner of Liberty and Pleasant streets, turns south on Mountain Street, back westbound on Main Street and continues to the Rec Field. Festivities on the town green will begin after the parade beginning at noon. This centerpiece of the celebration in Bristol will include food and craft vendors, pony rides, and an inflatable family fun center. The main event always features an award-winning group, and this year the musical guest will be Helen Weston. VERGENNES EVENTS July 3 also marks the start, as well as the end, of the Independence Day celebrations in the city of Vergennes. Activities in the Little City center

around American Legion Post 14 on Armory Lane, which traditionally hosts an open house starting at 6 p.m. and will offer live musical entertainment. Also look for fireworks. SALISBURY ICE CREAM On the Fourth of July from 1:304:30 p.m., the Salisbury Congregational Church will hold its 39th annual ice cream social. Everyone is invited to come, visit with neighbors, and enjoy ice cream by the cone or the dish. There will be the usual wide range of toppings and accompanying choices of home-baked pie or cake. Organizers said the quantities are large, and the prices are reasonable. Look for this rain or shine. BRANDON FESTIVITIES For those who don’t get enough celebration on the Fourth, the town of Brandon kicks off its Independence Day celebrations on the evening of Thursday, July 5. The Food Fest and Street Dance at Central Park is intended to provide a night of dining, dancing and fun for the whole family. Food vendors will open at 5 p.m. and the street dance runs from 6 to 10 p.m. The festivities will begin again on Friday, July 7, at 9 a.m. with the celebration’s main events. Morning activities include food and craft vendors and karaoke in the bandstand of Central Park. Additionally, a silent auction will be held at 10 a.m. in the back of the park. A bounce house and games for all ages will be available behind

FIERCE COMPETITORS VIE in the Great Bristol Outhouse Race on Independence Day 2012. The annual event is always a hit with spectators.

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Heads up! WOODHEAD JUGGLES CLUBS at the 34th annual Festival on-the-Green in Middlebury last Summer, during the Waldo and Woodhead Brown Bag Lunch. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Crowd pleasers BRISTOL CELEBRATED ITS own 250th birthday and the 236th of its younger brother, America, during their 2012 Fourth of July parade. Drumming clowns perform for the large crowd that attended the parade, thought to be one of the longest-running in the state. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Sailor’s delight A COLORFUL SUNSET glows over Lake Champlain after a powerful storm passed through Bridport. Independent photo/Andrea Warren

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ADDISON COUNTY FAIR & FIELD DAYS 2013 DAILY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS DAILY ACTIVITIES 10:00-10:00 Children’s Barnyard Open 10:00-10:00 4-H & Youth Building Open 10:00-10:00 Antique Equipment Building Open 9:00 - 9:00 Maple Sugar House Open 10:00-6:00 Twist O’Wool Guild Demos (Twist O’Wool Guild tent) 10:00Forest Festival Exhibits & Demonstrations (forest tent) 10:00-10:00 Home & Garden Building Open with continuous craft demos 10:00-10:00 Lucien Paquette Exhibit Building Open Daily Maple Products Demonstrations (maple sugar house) 12:00-12:00 Midway Open (approximately) 1:00-4:00 Milking Parlor Demonstrations 1:00-6:00 Cairo Northern Clowns (walk around entertainment) Please Note: Most exhibits will be removed on Saturday night at 10:00.

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Western Only 4-H and Open Youth Junior Horse Show (horse area) 4-H Dairy Conformation Classes (animal show arena) Open Miniature Donkey Show (Butterfield Arena) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Tom Joyce, The Magic Man (bandstand) Cupcake Party (Connor Home Stage in Paquette Bldg)

5:00 5:00 5:00 5:30

Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy Area) Extreme Trail Riding (Horse Area) Miniature Horse Team Hitching Demonstration (children’s barnyard area) Horses, Horses, Horses (show arena – See Map) Karaoke Talent Night with DJ Tony Lamoureux (signup at 6:30) (show tent) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) #1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby (tractor pad) Dairy-Sheep Showman Round Up (sheep-Sheep area) (dairyanimal arena) Vermont Two (Bandstand)

6:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00

THURSDAY, August 8, 2013 Vermont Agricultural Day - Green Mountain Passports Honored

MORNING 8:30 9:00 9:00 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:00 11:00-7:00

Annual ACFFD Open Horse Show (horse area) 4-H Dairy Fitting & Showmanship Classes (animal show arena) 4-H & Other Youth Sheep Show (sheep show tent) Hand Mowing Contest (antique equipment demo area) Pony Pulling (Butterfield arena) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Pedal Tractor Pull (Show tent) (sign-ups at 10:00) Cupcake Party (Connor Home Stage in Paquette Bldg)



12:00 12:00 12:30 12:30 1:00 1:00 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:00 2:00-4:00 2:30 3:00 3:00 3:30 4:45 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:30 5:30 6:00-11:00 6:00 6:00

12:00 12:00 12:00-4:00 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:00 1:00 1:30 2:30 3:00 3:00 3:00 3:00 3:30 4:00 4:00 4:30 5:00 5:00 5:30

6:15 6:30 6:30 7:00 7:00 7:00 8:00

Midway Opens (approximately) Dig For Treasure! (youth activity area) Buffalo Barfield’s “Unherd of Entertainment” (show tent) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy area) Horses, Horses, Horses (show arena – See Map) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) VTPA-Garden Tractor & ATV Pulls (tractor pad) 4-H Hands on Workshop (4-H exhibit building) Tom Joyce, The Magic Man (Bandstand) Sheep Shearing/Handling Demonstration (sheep tent) Children’s Activities (children’s barnyard area) Buffalo Barfield’s “Unherd of Entertainment” (show tent) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy Area) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) 4-H Hands on Workshop (4-H exhibit building) Vermont Products Dinner-1st Sitting (dining hall) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy area) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Gymkhana (horse area) Pet Show (animal show arena) Vermont Products Dinner-2nd Sitting (dining hall) BRACELET NIGHT for rides ($15 - rides unlimited) Horses, Horses, Horses (show arena – See Map) Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum Corp (Bandstand) Vermont Products Dinner-3rd Sitting (dining hall) VTPA-Garden Tractor & ATV Pulls (tractor pad) Addison County Gospel Choir (show tent) Miniature Horse Team Hitching Demonstration (children’s Barnyard area) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Vermont Products Dinner-4th Sitting (dining hall) Field Days Opening Parade - “Field Days, it is a social event!”

WEDNESDAY, August 7, 2013 #1 Auto Parts Day

MORNING 8:30 9:00 10:00-2:00 10:30 11:00 11:00 - 7:00 11:00

English Only 4-H and Open Youth Jr. & Sr. Horse Show (horse area) Open Dairy Show-Holsteins, Brown Swiss & Guernseys (animal show arena) Children’s Activities (children’s barnyard area) Ox Pulling (Butterfield arena) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Cupcake Party (Connor Home Stage in Paquette Bldg) Tom Joyce, The Magic Man (Bandstand)

6:00-11:00 6:00 7:00 7:00 7:30 8:00

Midway Opens (approximately) Dig For Treasure! (youth activity area) Children’s Activities (children’s barnyard area) Horses, Horses, Horses (show arena – See Map) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy Area) Vorsteveld Family Band (Bandstand) Buffalo Barfield’s “Unherd of Entertainment” Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) 4-H Hands on Workshop (4-H exhibit building) Tom Joyce, The Magic Man (Bandstand) Buffalo Barfield’s “Unherd of Entertainment” (show tent) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Horses, Horses, Horses (show arena – See Map) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (children’s barnyard area) 4-H Hands on Workshop (4-H exhibit building) Working Steer Demonstration (children’s barnyard area) Tom Joyce, The Magic Man (Bandstand) TaeKwon Do Demonstration (Bandstand) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (children’s barnyard area) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Miniature Horse Team Hitching Demonstration (children’s barnyard area) BRACELET NIGHT for rides ($15 - rides unlimited) Horses, Horses, Horses (show arena – See Map) #1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby (tractor pad) The Grift (Show Tent) Animal Costume Class (animal show arena) Home and Garden Awards & Leona Thompson Bowl Presentation (home & garden bldg)

FRIDAY, August 09, 2013 Youth Day

3:00 3:30 4:00 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:30

Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy Area) 4-H Hands on Workshop (4-H exhibit building) Chainsaw Chix Wood Carving Show (Antique Equipment Area) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Armwrestling-Kids 16 & under (sign up at 4:00)(show tent) Rosie’s Racing Pigs (Dairy Area) Miniature Horse Team Hitching Demonstration (children’s barnyard area) Chainsaw Chix Wood Carving Show (Antique Equipment Area) Horses, Horses, Horses ( show arena – See Map) RE/MAX Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides (Parking Lot, weather permitting) VTPA-4WD Farmstock, VT V8 Mini’s, Super Stock 4x4 Truck & Open 4WD Farmstock Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Armwrestling-Adults (weigh-ins 5:00)(show tent) Panton Flats (Bandstand)

6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 7:00 7:00 7:00

SATURDAY, August 10, 2013 Champlain Valley Equipment Day

MORNING 9:00 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:00-2:00 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00 - 7:00

Open Dairy Show-Ayrshires, Jerseys & Milking Shorthorns (animal show arena) Draft Horse Show (horse area) VTPA- Altered Farm, Super Stock 4x4 Truck, Pure, Modified & Diesel/Open Street Legal Truck and Single Engine Mod Pulls (tractor pad) Poultry Breeders Show (Poultry Tent) Children’s Activities (children’s barnyard area) Baked Bean Bonanza Contest & Samples (solar barn) Youth Sheep Blocking and Fitting Contest (Sheep Tent) Working Steer Demonstration (children’s barnyard area) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Buffalo Barfield “Unherd of Entertainment” (show tent) Cupcake Party (Connor Home Stage in Paquette Bldg)

12:00 12:00 12:00 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:00 1:00 1:00 1:30 2:00 3:00 3:00 3:00 3:00 3:30 4:00 4:00 4:00 4:30 5:00 5:00 5:30 6:00-11:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 7:00 7:00 7:30 Dusk

Midway Opens (approximately) Dig For Treasure! (youth activity area) Horses, Horses, Horses ( show arena – See Map) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy Area) Tom Joyce, The Magic Man (bandstand) Sheep & Wool Garment Lead Line Class (Sheep Show Tent) Six Horse Hitch, North American Classic 6 Qualifier (horse area) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Buffalo Barfield’s “Unherd of Entertainment” (show tent) 4-H Hands on Workshop (4-H exhibit building) Chainsaw Chix Wood Carving Show (Antique Equipment Area) Horses, Horses, Horses ( show arena – See Map) Sheep Shearing/Handling Demonstration (sheep tent) Antique Equipment Demonstrations (antique equipment area) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy Area) 4-H Hands on Workshop (4-H exhibit building) Tom Joyce, The Magic Man (bandstand) Chainsaw Chix Wood Carving Show (Antique Equipment Area) Square Dancing w/Cast Off Eights & Lake Champlain Squares “Survey Says Game Show” (Show Tent) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy Area) Miniature Horse Team Hitching Demo. (children’s barnyard area) BRACELET NIGHT for rides ($15 - rides unlimited) RE/MAX Tethered Hot Air Balloon Ride (Parking Lot, weather permitting) Horses, Horses, Horses ( show arena – See Map) Chainsaw Chix Wood Carving Show (Antique Equipment Area) VTPA-VT V8 Mini’s, Single Engine Mod, Altered Farm, ProStock Farm and Semi Tractor Trailer Pulls (tractor pad) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Barbed Wire Band (Bandstand) “Survey Says Game Show” (Show Tent) Champlain Valley Equipment Closing Fireworks Display (set off east of horse area)

Vermont’s Largest Agricultural Fair! August 6-10, 2013 1790 Field Days Road New Haven, VT 05472

Farm Products • 4-H Shows • Games Demolition Derbies • Arts & Crafts Livestock • Rides • Tractor Pulls • Horse Pulling

MORNING 8:30 9:00 9:00 9:30 10:00-2:00 10:00 10:00 11:00 11:00 11:00 11:00 - 7:00

Exhibitors’ Breakfast (dining hall) Draft Horse Show (horse area) Open Sheep Show (sheep show tent) VTPA- Farmstock, Antique & Enhanced Antique Tractor Pulls (tractor pad) Children’s Activities (children’s barnyard area) Youth & Open Working Steer and Ox Show (Beef/Working Steer Show Tent) Horse Pulling (Butterfield arena) Working Steer Demonstration (children’s barnyard area) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Tom Joyce, The Magic Man (bandstand) Cupcake Party (Connor Home Stage in Paquette Bldg)

ADULTS (ages 12 and over) Tuesday-Friday Daily Admission Saturday Only Admission SEASON PASS TUESDAY/THURSDAY Only Green Mountain Passports honored

$ 10.00 $12.00 $35.00

CHILDREN (ages 6-11) Daily Admission SEASON PASS

$5.00 $15.00


CHILDREN (5 years & under)

12:00 12:00 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:00 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:00 2:00 3:00 3:00 3:30 4:00

12:00 12:00-6:00 12:00 12:00 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:00 3:00

Your ticket price includes parking, gate admission, re-admission, grandstands, all field days shows & exhibits.

Dig For Treasure! (youth activity area) BRACELET TIME for rides ($10 - rides unlimited) Horses, Horses, Horses (show arena – See Map) Buffalo Barfield’s “Unherd of Entertainment” (show tent) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy Area) PeeWee Dairy Showmanship (Animal Show Arena) 4 Abreast, Show Division (horse area) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) 4-H Hands on Workshop (4-H exhibit building) Buffalo Barfield’s “Unherd of Entertainment” (show tent) Chainsaw Chix Wood Carving Show (Antique Equipment Area) Tom Joyce, The Magic Man (Bandstand) Open and Youth Beef Show (animal show arena) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) Horses, Horses, Horses ( show arena – See Map)

August 6-10, 2013


AFTERNOON & EVENING Midway Opens (approximately) Dig For Treasure! (youth activity area) Men’s Caber Toss (Tractor pad) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy Area) Horses, Horses, Horses (show arena – See Map) Ladies Cast Iron Skillet Toss (tractor pad) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) 4-H Hands on Workshop (4-H exhibit building) Buffalo Barfield’s “Unherd of Entertainment” (show tent) Tom Joyce, The Magic Man (Bandstand) Sheep Shearing/Handling Demonstration (sheep show tent) Antique Equipment Demos (antique equipment area) “Rosie’s Racing Pigs” (Dairy Area) 4-H Hands on Workshop (4-H exhibit building) Buffalo Barfield’s “Unherd of Entertainment” (show tent)


FREE all days ACTR transportation available. Check website for information.

2013 Exhibitor’s Handbook

For more information call (802) 545-2557 or

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