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features 34 | For the Love of Music

and Community

The South Royalton Town Band plays on. by Robin Palmer

46 | Karen Petersen

Sculpting warmth and inner strength. by Meg Brazill

56 | Hunter Hall: Special

Olympics World Games

A local athlete prepares to play his favorite sport on the world stage. by Katherine P. Cox

62 | Riding with Clayton Rubbish removal’s class act. by Sara Tucker

ON THE COVER: Photo by Jack Rowell from the South Royalton Town Band story. THIS PAGE: Photo by Jack Rowell from the Clayton Butterfield story.

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departments 15 Editor’s Note

79 Personal Reflections

16 Contributors

by Susan B. Apel

Moving to Vermont.

18 Online Exclusives

83 Business Sense

20 Monthly Tidbits

by Tom Brandes

Facts, fun & adventure for summer.

29 Hospital Days A New London summer tradition. by Susan Nye

70 Travel Log

Yellowstone: Land of fire & brimstone. by Lisa Densmore Ballard




Destination New London Shop, Dine & Be Pampered!

89 Hall Art Foundation

Making Vermont more eclectic.

by Sara Widness

100 The Pick

Calendar of local events.

107 Advertisers Index 108 Celebrate the Moment Readers share their photos.


Day Trippers

Explore nearby attractions in Vermont and New Hampshire.

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Summer Adventures The season for heading outdoors to enjoy your favorite activities is finally here. Whether you like to spend time hiking, biking, swimming, or boating, the Upper Valley offers plenty of opportunities to participate in these pursuits and many others. After a busy day, why not take in a concert on the South Royalton green? In our cover story (page 34), we’re dropping in on a performance and paying tribute to conductor Dick Ellis, the man responsible for bringing music to many schools in the area. Another one of our features profiles Hunter Hall, son of Allen and Sally Hall of White River Junction (page 56). Hunter is very excited about his upcoming adventure; he’ll be representing Vermont as a member of the golf team in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles in July. We wish him the best! We’re also visiting with Clayton Butterfield, longtime trash collector and neighborhood fixture around Randolph, Vermont (page 62). Sara Tucker rode along with Clayton in his truck to capture his heartwarming story. Talk about an adventure! We’re also visiting with sculptor Karen Petersen (page 46), whose works are exquisite, and Randy Heller of Upper Valley Ride (page 83), who goes the extra mile for his customers. Sara Widness takes us on a tour of the Hall Art Foundation in Reading, Vermont (page 89), and Lisa Densmore guides us on a trek through Yellowstone National Park (page 70). Don’t miss the fun! Wherever your summer adventures take you, keep up to date with local news and events at Enjoy!

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about our contributors

Susan B. Apel Susan is a professor of law at Vermont Law School. Her work has appeared in numerous legal and interdisciplinary journals, reviews, and two anthologies, as well as in the Bioethics Forum of the Hastings Center, Dartmouth Medicine, InTravel, and The Shriver Report. She has been a featured guest contributor to Gender and the Law Blog and has her own blog, A Woman of a Certain Age. She lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Vicki Beaver Vicki is a freelance photographer, writer, and biologist who divides her time between Claremont, New Hampshire, and traveling and working in distant places. Most recently she has been “bi-polar,” spending summers in the Arctic and winters in Antarctica researching and guiding. She has been contributing to image for several years.

Jack Rowell Jack has been a professional photographer for over 35 years, shooting documentary, commercial, and advertising photographs. He has had successful one-man exhibitions at Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, the Chandler Gallery in Randolph, the Governor’s Reception Area in Montpelier, and the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, Vermont.

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Meg Brazill Meg is a writer and editor who covers art, business, and culture in New England. She also writes fiction and music. The San Francisco-based label Dark Entries Records recently released her music on vinyl and DVD as well as on two compilation albums.

Katherine P. Cox Kathy is a freelance writer and former writer and editor for the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire. Her work has also appeared in Vermont’s Local Banquet, So Vermont Arts & Living, Our Local Table Monadnock, and the anthology Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country. She was also a writer and producer for Captured Light Studio, Inc., a video and interactive production company in Keene.

Sara Tucker Sara is the author of Our House in Arusha, a memoir set in Tanzania, and the soon-to-bereleased An Irruption of Owls, a sequel set in the author’s hometown of Randolph, Vermont (July 2015). Sara is a regular contributor to travel guru Wendy Perrin’s website ( and divides her time between Vermont and France.

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If you think the Northeast’s mountains are only for skiing, think again. Even when New Hampshire and Vermont’s peaks are not covered with snow, they’re still well groomed—for hiking adventures, that is. In Vermont, you’ll find Stratton Mountain, Smuggler’s Notch, and Okemo, among others, ascendable by foot. New Hampshire offers Loon Mountain, Bretton Woods, Cranmore Mountain, and Gunstock Mountain as great hiking options. Some of these ski areas even run their chairlifts on select days so that sightseers can enjoy the views from the top. Many resorts also offer thrilling zipline experiences, bicycle rentals, and more.


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“What a lovely thing a rose is!” —Arthur Conan Doyle

The birth flower for the month of June is the rose. Did you know that George Washington was the country’s first rose breeder? Roses are native to North America, and the oldest fossilized imprint of a rose, estimated to be 35 million years old, was left on a slate deposit found in Florissant, Colorado.

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June is men’s health month, and a variety of foods contain the nutrients that men need most to ward off disease and feel fantastic. Seafood: Summertime is perfect for enjoying fresh seafood, and oysters are a top pick for men. They contain more zinc per serving than any other food. Zinc is essential for supporting a healthy prostate. Also enjoy salmon, which is rich in vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, both essential for maintaining overall wellness. Fruits and veggies: Farmers’ markets have an abundance of fresh, local fruits and vegetables this time of year. Eat as many varieties and colors as possible— they’re rich in fiber and contain phytonutrients (plant chemicals) that help fight fatigue and protect the heart. Aim for two cups of fruit and three cups of veggies every day. Turkey breast: This lean meat packs a powerful punch of protein, plus it’s high in zinc, B vitamins, and the cancer fighter selenium. Roast it, grill it, or substitute turkey burgers for beef at your next cookout. Baked potatoes: According to the American Heart Association, men are at greater risk for high blood pressure than women until the age of 45. To help lower your blood pressure, incorporate potassium-rich foods into your diet, like baked potatoes—they contain more than 1,000 mg each.


Now that summer is here and nature is in full bloom, get outside and start exploring! The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens in Newbury, New Hampshire, encourages kids and adults alike to explore the woods and gardens with Nature Explorer Activity Kits. Topics include Finding Your Way and Safety; Mammals, Birds, and Insects; Spiders and Webs; Animal Tracks; Trees; Habitats; and Nature Journaling. Packs contain binoculars, a magnifying glass, a New Hampshire animal tracks guide, an ecology-themed activity booklet (appropriate for grades K–4), a map, clipboard, and pen—all in a convenient backpack. Packs are free to use with a Fells admission and may be signed out at the Gatehouse weekdays, 9am to 4pm. For more information, visit


’Tis the season for mosquitoes, blackflies, and other annoying insects. Repel them naturally with citronella, pine, peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, or rosemary essential oils. For an easy spray repellent, mix four tablespoons of distilled water, two teaspoons of vodka, and five to six drops of your favorite essential oil (or a combination) in a two-ounce spray bottle. Just be sure to always choose pure essential oils.

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MONTHLY TIDBITS J U LY SUMMER READING Beach days are great for catching up on your reading. Challenge your family members to read a classic book with a summer setting and then do a short oral book report at dinner that will entice others to read the book as well. Some great options are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Swiss Family Robinson, Gulliver’s Travels, and The Power and the Glory.


July is National Hot Dog Month. Dress up your frank with different topping combos. Try a Hawaiian dog loaded with pineapple cubes, sliced red chilies, and diced onion. Make a nacho dog with melted cheese, a spoonful of salsa, and a sprinkling of crushed tortilla chips on top. For an extra kick, create a buffalo dog with chopped celery, crumbled blue cheese, and a drizzle of buffalo hot sauce. If you would rather munch on a healthier hot dog, try a Greek dog featuring chopped cucumber, tomato, green pepper, and onion, sprinkled with feta cheese and oregano and wrapped in a whole-wheat pita.


During their moonwalk, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin unveiled a plaque that reads: Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon – July 1969 – We came in peace for all mankind.

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Block Party

Throw a neighborhood July 4th potluck: stick an invite in every neighbor’s door along your street, inviting each one to bring one dish and/or one dessert item. Toss some sausages on the grill, set up a large picnic table, and catch up on all the news after the long winter and chilly spring!

Thoreau-ly Modern for Today Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12 in 1817. We can all draw inspiration from his writings in Walden, the book that records his personal experiences living closer to nature for two years, two months, and two days in a cabin on Walden Pond. Thoreau was a prominent transcendentalist, encouraging fellow humans to live simply and selfsufficiently. As you take a walk in the woods, consider his words: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

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July was called Quintilis in the ancient Roman calendar, since it was the fifth month. It was changed around 450 BCE when January became the first month of the year, and later to honor Julius Caesar. It is considered the warmest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the coldest one in the Southern Hemisphere. The birthstone for July is the ruby, which symbolizes contentment. That’s just about right for this month of relaxation, get-togethers, and sunny days at the beach. } Find image at •




MONTHLY TIDBITS AUGUST The Ultimate Summer Refreshment Hot summer days are just begging for an icy pitcher of lemonade. Even if you don’t feel up to establishing a stand, you can still have fun with this age-old summer tradition. Start with a two-quart pitcher of plain lemonade: combine one cup of simple syrup (one cup sugar heated and dissolved in one cup of water) with about one cup of fresh lemon juice. Fill the rest of the pitcher with water and ice. For a berry twist, mix in two cups of puréed raspberries or blackberries. Alternately, infuse the pitcher with spearmint sprigs and serve with a few crushed leaves on top.


August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month. Participate by challenging your family to eat only produce grown in your garden or purchased from a farmers’ market. Seasonal August produce in the Upper Valley includes corn, lettuce, tomatoes, kale, garlic, zucchini, and berries galore! CELEBRATE MUSTARD!

August 1st is National Mustard Day, so break out the hot dogs and ham sandwiches and enjoy them with plenty of this popular condiment. Besides enhancing meats and cheeses, mustard is used in many dressings, glazes, sauces, and marinades in cuisines all over the world. If you’re traveling to Wisconsin this summer, plan on making a stop at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, which is near Madison. The Mustard Day celebration attracts more than 6,000 mustard lovers annually. Formerly known as the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum, the facility houses more than 5,600 varieties of the condiment from more than 70 countries as well as an extensive collection of mustard pots, antique tins and jars, and vintage advertisements. For more information, go to

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local limelight By Susan Nye Photos by Susan Nye, Larry Harper, Katie Leonard, and Andrew Brown

Photo by Larry Harper

Hospital Days A New London summer tradition With six beds in what is now Tracy Memorial Library, New London Hospital was founded in 1918. Hospital Day debuted soon after in 1924. The Summer Residents Association and the Hospital Auxiliary took the lead on the one-day event that combined fundraising with a thank you to the hospital staff and a show of community spirit. Over time, additional organizations pitched in, and the event expanded into four days of fun. } The Hospital Days Parade is filled with homemade floats and happy kids. Inset: The midway with its rides and games draws families from far and wide. Find image at •


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A COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER New London Hospital President and CEO Bruce King looks forward to Hospital Days every year. “They are an integral part of New London and the region,” he says. “While the hospital is at the center of the effort, we can’t do it alone. The town, the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and many more organizations and individuals work together throughout the year to make Hospital Days a success.” With so many moving parts, Hospital Days is an enormous undertaking. Christina O’Halloran, marketing and special events manager at the hospital, rides herd on all those moving parts and supports the countless efforts and volunteers involved in the event. Christina says, “It is wonderful to see so many people working together to make it happen. We live in a great community, and Hospital Days is an important part of it.” ALUMNI COME HOME “It is a win-win for us,” says Karen Zurheide, the hospital’s vice president of community relations and development. “It is a way for us to say thank you to the community we serve. It is

also a terrific opportunity for the community to come together.” Bruce adds, “It’s wonderful to see three generations of families together on the green. A lot of kids come home for Hospital Days, and many families plan trips to Grandma and Grandpa around them.” Included in those returnees will be a large group of New London High School graduates. Now known as the 1941 Building, its last graduating class was in 1970. John Kiernan, reunion co-chair, says, “We hold this event every five years to coincide with Hospital Days. Anyone who graduated from New London High School or attended or knows anyone who attended is welcome to come, reminisce, and celebrate.” SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE It’s not only New London High School alumni who enjoy a little nostalgia. “Everyone likes to tell stories of the old days and Hospital Days past,” says Kim Hallquist, New London town administrator. She adds, “Several departments take an active role in Hospital Days, creating future memories.” }

HOSPITAL DAYS July 30–August 2 For a full, up-to-the-minute schedule of events, parade entry form, and more information, visit the New London Hospital’s website at or email questions to hospital.days@ Hospital Days Triathlon August 2 For more information, a course map, and to register, visit the New London Hospital’s website at New London High School Reunion July 31–August 2 For more information and a full schedule, visit the reunion’s website at

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The open house at the fire department is a great example. Kids love to meet the firefighters and see the engines up close. With foot and bike patrols, the police enjoy interacting with the community while keeping everyone safe. The Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce is a key player in Hospital Days. The Chamber’s executive director Sarah Colson says, “Hospital Days is a huge event, and the Chamber is happy to be a part of it.” The Chamber not only puts together some great programs but also makes sure there is something for everyone. As sponsors of the midway, they bring squeals of delight from the kids. In addition to the midway, the New London Recreation Department will be running Family Fun Nights. Take a break from the midway to enjoy an oldfashioned ice cream social, face painting, and the Kiss the Cow contest. But Hospital Days is not just for kids. A Meet the Chamber event on Thursday evening is a great way to connect with the people behind your favorite businesses and organizations. More than 40 local businesses and nonprofits will share information and hold raffles to raise money for the hospital. The drinks and goodie bags are free, and a live band will keep spirits high. And that’s not all. On Friday, the Chamber plays host to Band Night. Sarah invites you to put on your danc32 i m a g e •

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ing shoes for a dance party. “Last year we had a small dance floor,” she says. “This year, we’re closing down Main Street for a bigger and better party!” Saturday is a busy day. Along with the midway, there is the parade, a craft show, a jewelry sale, the teddy bear clinic, and lots more. Sound daunting? Not to worry; the Rotary Club will help you kick off the day with a hearty pancake breakfast. In fact, there’s no need to cook at all. Rotary members grill burgers and hot dogs at lunchtime and the Lions Club will barbecue ribs for dinner. DON’T MISS THE PARADE! For many, the parade is the highlight of Hospital Days. Marchers, homemade floats, bands, and antique cars slowly wind their way up Main Street. If you grew up in New London, spent your summers here, or went to camp in the region, you’ve probably marched or helped build a float. Tina Helm and her husband Bill were last year’s parade grand marshals. A former selectman, Tina says, “Bill and I have been very active in the town and with the hospital. We were honored to be asked. It was a beautiful day and great fun.” The triathlon on Sunday moves the action to the other end of town. The race starts with a quarter-mile swim from Bucklin Beach, continues with a bike ride around Little Lake Sunapee (5.6 miles), and ends with a 3.3-mile run

Kids scramble for candy along the parade route.

into town and back to the finish line at the Historical Society. Athletes, families, and friends will then celebrate with a party on the grounds of the Historical Society. Future competitors are invited to join in a half-mile kids’ fun run. Race director Mark Vernon warns potential competitors, “Space is limited. We encourage everyone to sign up early.” Mark continues, “The triathlon is great fun. You don’t need to be a superman or superwoman to compete. While we have our share of serious competitors, for the most part, it’s a family and community oriented race.” Don Eberly, a surgeon at the hospital, agrees. For many years, he competed with his daughter Laura and son Nathan. He says, “It is such a fun race, a great tradition and manageable for families and kids.” He proudly adds, “My kids and I were the top team for five or so years.” a As a child and teenager, Susan Nye helped raise money for Hospital Days by washing cars, selling raffle tickets, and putting up posters for dance parties. She has ridden in the parade on floats and in the back of a convertible. ONLINE EXTRA

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FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC AND COMMUNITY The South Royalton Town Band plays on

In the heart of the park, two young girls circle an oversized brick planter—arms wide, rising and falling with the beat. Their feet move in time to the march, propelling them forward, then slowing with the tempo. Around them, spectators seated on lawns, park benches, and nearby porches tap their toes. Two boys on scooters push past. Cars drive by, circling the green. The “open” sign at RB’s Delicatessen blinks as customers come and go. Horseshoes clink from across the railroad tracks at the Crossroads Bar and Grill. It’s a Thursday night in summer on the South Royalton town green. And while the sights and sounds have changed in this picture postcard Vermont town over the decades, one sound has not. The music is the same; the South Royalton Town Band still plays. And at its helm still sits Dick Ellis. ∞∞∞

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Opposite: Dick Ellis strikes up the band. Above: The band entertains concert goers on the South Royalton green. Bottom, from left: Carl Taylor of Hanover plays the clarinet. Rhiannon Howe, South Royalton, joins in on the flute. Carrie Kohl of Pittsfield plays the French horn.

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“Music has done so much for me,” Dick says. “I’ve told a lot of people that I’ve enjoyed making a living more than many people I know.” And he adds, “I love this town.”

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The South Royalton Town Band is comprised of about 50 musicians from throughout central Vermont and from as far away as California and Austria. Eight Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9pm on the South Royalton green, the band plays mostly marches, songs from Broadway, novelties, Dixieland music, and patriotic numbers. There are also performances in Royalton, Woodstock, Randolph, Sharon, Chelsea, Rochester, Barre, and sometimes Bethel. The musicians range from their teens to much older, but most are in their 60s. Many are good amateurs. Many others, like Katie Runde, are serious, full-time musicians looking to hone their skills in a low-pressure environment. Katie, 29 and a South Royalton resident, moved to the area to teach. A saxophone and clarinet player, she teaches private lessons and plays with pit orchestras at the Chandler Gallery in Randolph and the Paramount Theater in Rutland. “Sometimes gigs are few and far between, and it’s nice to keep playing,” she says, calling

the band “a wonderful laid-back environment” where she can work on her “clarinet chops.” Assistant conductor Phyllis Kadlub, also of South Royalton, calls it “free lessons.” A music educator, Phyllis plays trumpet and tenor sax and is a member of the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra. A THROWBACK TO VERMONT TRADITION

Practice for the South Royalton Town Band begins in March and lasts through mid June when concerts begin. The band has 150 arrangements in its library, playing 80 to 90 songs each year, sometimes with months passing between when a song is practiced and when it is played. And yet the music this throwback to Vermont tradition plays still attracts a crowd of 75 to 100 eager listeners each week. Historians estimate that town bands started in the years following the Civil War. Marjorie Strong, assistant librarian at the Vermont Historical Society’s Leahy Library, says the majority of Vermont communities had town bands from the post-Civil War era through the early 1900s. “I think post-Civil War was a big

Clockwise from top left: The clarinet section includes (from front) Felicia Post, South Royalton; Florie Forrest, a summer visitor from California; and Katie Runde, South Royalton. From left, Katie Runde, Jean Slayton of Randolph Center, and Florie Forrest put the final “touches” on “Clarinet Escapade.” All together now! Dick conducts the group. Percussionist Randy Walker, South Royalton.

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civic engagement period,” says Marjorie. “It was also the rise of the club era where people joined together.” Town bands, once the only source of live music, are still prevalent in some Vermont and New Hampshire towns, including Vergennes, Waterbury, Burlington, Montpelier, Morrisville, Rutland, Springfield, St. Johnsbury, and Lyme, New Hampshire. With the advent of radio and easier travel between communities, however, they have become far fewer than in their heyday. South Royalton’s band dates to the 1800s. John Dumville, local historian and recently retired historic sites operation chief for the state of Vermont, references Hope Nash’s History of Royalton. In it, there is a photo of the town band from 1893. Earlier references to bands may be to militia bands, which, says John, preceded town bands. He remembers childhood visits to a great-great-aunt’s porch along the green to hear the band play in the 1950s and ’60s. At that time, most people sat in their cars along the green. “In the old days, they used to toot their horns after every number,” recalls Phyllis Kadlub. Today, the farmers’ market precedes the band performance, and people 38 i m a g e •

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People of all ages— and their dogs— enjoy the band’s music. Clockwise from far left: Faithful follower Jim Sheehan and pal Wizzer enjoy the show. The pizza shop across the street is a convenient place to pick up dinner. Evening falls on the bandstand. Enjoying a dance. Kids find adventure on the old cannon.

gather on the picturesque green, says Town Clerk Karmen Bascom. Karmen values the comfort, tradition, and musical opportunities the band provides for community members, including her own two daughters, one who used to play with the band and one who still does. A LONGTIME COMMITMENT

“It makes a person proud to say it’s our town band, but it belongs to many communities,” says Karmen, referencing the many people who come from well outside of the area to hear the band play. And she is proud of the person who has kept the band going for so many years. “I’m very grateful he’s made this commitment to his home and allowed so many people to enjoy his music.” The man to whom she is referring is Dick Ellis. Now 91, the South Royalton native is in his 71st year conducting the band. He got his start in the mid 1940s after moving back to town following a short but burgeoning music career. } Find image at •


The Richard Ellis Bandstand.

Dick played baritone sax during the Big Band era of the 1940s, spending a year traveling the Eastern United States and even earning a call from celebrity drummer Gene Krupa. “That had been my childhood ambition ever since about the third grade,” says Dick of playing professionally. But even the lure of Hollywood couldn’t keep Dick from becoming a different sort of legend—a local legend. With a wife and a young child, and another soon on the way, Dick left playing professionally and the travel it entailed to become a music teacher. “And I have not regretted making that decision,” he says. He enrolled in the New England Conservatory. To build on his experience with woodwinds, he majored in brass so he could teach those instruments as well. Dick, who plays about 10 instruments in all, five of them very well, started teaching private lessons in local high schools. “The high schools didn’t have bands then. They had orchestras,” he explains, describing Central Vermont in the 1940s. His lessons were popular. “I enjoyed teaching so much I often had kids scheduled until 9pm,” he recalls. A challenge, however, was instruments. Students who wanted to learn to play were pulling broken models out of attics. Dick started buying used instruments in Boston and renting them 40 i m a g e •

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to his young students. He’d charge a dollar for the instrument and a dollar and a quarter for a 45-minute lesson each week. But Dick was cranking out too many wind players for an orchestra, so under his direction bands in area high schools began to form. He founded high school bands in Randolph, Bethel, Rochester, and South Royalton, teaching a total of 120 students in all four schools. At the same time, other music teachers were asking Dick for instruments. He started buying up more and delivering them on weekends or a rare free evening. Soon a business, Ellis Music Company, was born, and Dick gave up teaching one school at a time. “This all came out of necessity. There was no place in Vermont where you could buy instruments or get them repaired,” he says. Today, Ellis Music Company on Route 107 in Royalton has 22 employees and supplies some 4,000 instruments to students in 350 Vermont and New Hampshire schools. The business is a family affair. A son, daughter, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, grandson, and greatgrandson all work at the company. One daughter has already retired, as did Dick 25 years ago. Like the family business, the South Royalton Town Band is a family affair. Dick’s son, trumpet player Find image at •


David Ellis, plays with the band as does his daughter, flutist Joan Tabor. Sometimes his second daughter, bass drummer Marti Lewis, plays as well. Six of Dick’s former students also make up the band. Dick is still going strong as conductor of the band. “Nobody else wants to do it,” he says when asked about his long-standing role, but then he turns serious. This patriarch of music knows exactly what drives him. “I enjoy making music,” he says. “I like the sounds I can get the players to play. I strongly believe the Lord put me here for a reason and keeps me here for the same reason: to make life better for other people.” Music also makes life better for Dick. “Conducting is a very healthy thing to do,” says Dick, who for an hour and a half at a time must move a baton in his right hand to set the beat, while pointing with his left so musicians know when to join in, all while looking at a conductor’s score of 50 pages of sheet music. “That is mentally much healthier than crossword puzzles, although I do those too.” “Music has done so much for me,” Dick says. “I’ve told a lot of people that I’ve enjoyed making a living more than many people I know.” And he adds, “I love this town.” On this night, as darkness takes over and the lights glow from the gazebo flanked by the American and Vermont flags, placid in the windless night, Ellis calls out each song to the audience from his perch on a deskstyle chair. Swiveling back to the band, he prepares the musicians for a Harry James hit. “Okay. It’s been a while,” he says, and then a beautiful rendition overtakes the cool night air. As the music stills, the music man of South Royalton utters his praise for his and this community’s prized band. “Perfect. You remembered.” Remember they always do—each Thursday night in South Royalton. Note: Concerts for 2015 begin on Thursday, June 11 and run through the last Thursday in July. All concerts start at 7pm. a 42 i m a g e •

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Take a trip back to the mid 19th century at the Justin Morrill Homestead, a state-owned historic site in Strafford, Vermont. The homestead is a very rare example of Gothic Revival architecture and Victorian-style gardens and offers historic tours, public programs, events, and exhibits. Vermont’s fi rst national historic landmark offers tours May 23 through October 12, Wed–Sun & Mon holidays, 11am–5pm.



Exit 13 off I-91 One Montshire Road, Norwich (802) 649-2200 Open daily 10am–5pm $14 adults, $11 children ages 2–17 Summer rates: (June 20 through Labor Day) $16 adults, $13 children ages 2–17

Groton Graniteville

Thetford Woodstock

Norwich Quechee

White River Junction Reading Windsor


2095 Pomfret Road, Pomfret (802) 457-3500 Tue–Sat 11am–4pm during exhibitions

1747 Hunt Road, Windsor (802) 674-6825 May–Aug, Wed–Sun 10am–5pm Sep–Nov, Fri–Sun, 10am–5pm



Artistree Gallery is a nonprofit arts organization with the mission to promote the creation, exhibition, and appreciation of art in Vermont and New England. With year-round exhibits and annual calls to artists, the work displays the boundless creative talent of local artists. Located in beautiful South Pomfret, the Gallery is open to the public Tue–Sat 11am–4pm during exhibits. For more information, visit Artistree’s website.

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Trusted for quality art, the gallery showcases the finest collection of traditional New England art including the work of Chip Evans. We invite you to leisurely explore the work of over 20 New England artists. One The Green, Woodstock (802) 457-4956 Mon–Sat 10am–5pm Sun 10am–4pm



For more than 15 years, the Woodstock Gallery has featured a colorful selection of quality New England artists, from folk art to fine art. After all, life is fun—art should be too. Visit the Galleries of Woodstock!

Presenting exhibitions of postwar and contemporary art. Converted from a former dairy farm, the site consists of a 19th century stone farmhouse and three barns located in the village of Reading. This year, solo shows of work by Peter Saul and Keith Sonnier are on view. Admission is free. 551 VT Route 106, Reading (802) 952-1056 Open May 9–November 29 Open weekends and Wednesdays, by appointment (available at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm)

6 Elm Street, Woodstock (802) 457-2012 Mon–Sat 10am–5pm Sun 12–4:30pm

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A scenic dirt road with a beautiful view of Mt. Ascutney brings you to Cider Hill Gardens Nursery & Art Gallery, where fine gardening meets fine art. Ecologically grown herbs, perennials, and extensive collections of daylilies, hostas, and peonies are potted for purchase. In the midst of copious display gardens is the Art Gallery, featuring Gary Milek’s botanical and landscape paintings and seasonal group art shows. Since 1985 Cider Hill has been inspiring artists, gardeners, and shoppers.

214 Justin Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford (802) 828-3051 Events & Exhibits:

This award-winning hands-on museum offers more than 125 exciting exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. Located on the banks of the Connecticut River, the museum’s outdoor environment is a large part of the visitor experience.

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Explore. Investigate. Enjoy. Take the time to see these attractions nearby. Just a short drive from where you live, each one makes a wonderful “day trip” this summer.

New Hampshire RUGGLES MINE


Nestled in a valley between Mt. Assurance and Mascoma Lake, the Enfield Shaker Village has been cherished for over 200 years. Experience the Shaker legacy through historic tours and exhibits, special events, festivals and concerts, educational activities and youth programs, unique and handmade gifts, herb and community gardens, and acres of trails for hiking in summer and snowshoeing in winter. You can even rent the museum for your special event.

Fun for all ages, Ruggles Mine offers fantastic views and the opportunity to explore and collect minerals at the oldest mica, feldspar, and beryl mine in the US. Also enjoy the museum and snack bar. Route 4 at the Village Green, Grafton (603) 523-4275 Open daily 9am–5pm Adults $25; Children ages 4–11 $13; under 4 free with adult

447 NH Route 4A, Enfield (603) 632-4346 Open year-round For hours, call or visit our website. Lyme

11 Bank Street (Route 4), Lebanon (603) 448-3117 Tue–Sat 11am–5pm; Thu 11am–7pm Also by appointment Free admission; tuition charged for classes.




New London Warner


21 Bean Road, Meriden (603) 469-3444 Fri–Sun 10am–5pm Also by appointment

456 Route 103A, Newbury (603) 763-4789 exit 3 Grounds: daily 9am–5pm House: seasonally Wed–Sun 10am–4pm

Sunapee Newbury Harbor


Visit our Gallery offering a stunning collection of one-of-a-kind traditional and contemporary fine craft by top regional artisans and an extensive CraftStudies Program that offers classes and workshops for children and adults.


This museum presents modern art by Aidron Duckworth (1920–2001) and contemporary art by regional artists at the old schoolhouse in the center of Meriden.

1 Main Street (On the Common), Lyme (603) 795-4909 Tue–Sun 10am–6pm Mon by appointment via email

Discover the 1891 summer retreat of John Hay. Explore renowned gardens and woodland trails, tour the historic 22-room Colonial Revival home, and enjoy special events and exhibits, including Art in Nature 2015: Outdoor Sculpture.



Where fine art meets craft…locally. Visit this quintessentially New England village, where we present the finest of local art in a flourishing artist colony. Founded in 1991, Long River Gallery & Gifts showcases fine art in a host of media, photography, and locally handcrafted items including jewelry, woodenware, furniture, pottery, glassware, hats, scarves, handbags, artist cards, heirloom timepieces, fabric art, baby gifts, toys, and more—all of the highest quality. Over 100 artists represented! Stroll Lyme’s historic town common with its outdoor art walk, then stop in for a unique gift for yourself or that uniquely special person in your life!



Visit this national award-winning arts organization, located in a beautifully renovated LEED Gold-Certified building, formerly the H.W. Carter overall factory. Monthly exhibitions by regional artists plus art classes, art camps, workshops, and special events.



Enjoy beautiful Lake Sunapee on either of our two boats, the MV Kearsarge dinner boat for an evening dinner cruise or the MV Sunapee II for an afternoon tour around the lake. Both boats are available for charter.

13 Lebanon Street, Hanover (603) 643-5050 (Gallery) (603) 643-5384 (CraftStudies) Mon–Sat 10am–5:30pm

Town Dock, Sunapee Harbor (603) 938-6465

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“There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” —Everett Dirksen





Deep in the woods, where the tangle of roads crosses from Randolph to Braintree and back again, sculptor Karen Petersen creates large animal sculptures that seem to roam the fields, along with abstract human forms at rest, and diminutive works that seem to blossom like flowers. She creates powerful, even daunting, bison, horses, and beasts cast in bronze, but she is just as likely to portray a mother and child in an embrace, finished with a warm, glowing patina. Despite the cold, hard materials—bronze, steel, marble, and stone—Karen’s touch adds warmth. Even the smallest pieces, sculpted in white plaster, radiate an inner strength. Karen has been at this work for more than four decades, but she’s not one to take refuge in the familiar. Her work has taken her around the globe and can be found in public sites and sculpture parks, galleries, museums, and private collections around the United States, Canada, China, England, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and Turkey, among others. In Vermont, her work is on exhibit at the West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe and can also be seen right in front of the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. ∞∞∞

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“I am principally a sculptor of organic forms. I create what my hands see and feel, ignoring fashion and embracing the lessons I have learned from teachers, past masters, and a life of conflict and beauty.” —Karen Petersen

A LIFE-CHANGING DISCOVERY Karen hadn’t intended to make a life in art. She grew up in the small town of Escanaba, Michigan, located far above Mackinaw Island. When she began college, her career trajectory pointed her toward work on US–Soviet relations. She studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and says, “I was going to save the world, study the Russian language, and get the US and Russia to talk to one another.” But she discovered sculpture there, and it changed her life. “I felt like this was home.” Being a pragmatist, she earned degrees in science and design, a double major, and also obtained a teaching certificate. “I was so fortunate to study with Paul Suttman, a smart, talented sculptor who greatly influenced, if not my forms, my approach to work, and I’m eternally grateful.” She also attended Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she studied under noted sculptor Chaim Gross. Later, Karen worked with Umberto and Ugo Antognazzi, in Pietrasanta, Italy, to create works in Carrara marble. Then she settled in as associate professor of art at

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Opposite: Promise 96 x 36 x 36 inches, bronze. Left: Welcoming the Deep 27 x 17 x 20 inches, bronze. Below: Karen at work. Bottom: Elephant 3N x 3K x 2O inches carved plaster.

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Above, left: Dawn, 40 x 13 x 20 inches, bronze. Beast, 87 x 102 x 41 inches, bronze.

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“When the sculptures are cast, they’re cast hollow,” Karen explains. “They’re much lighter than what a piece like that would be in stone.”

Hartford College for Women from 1977 to 2000, where she also served as director of the Butterworth Gallery. In Hartford, Petersen and her partner, Tony Keller, plunged themselves into the arts. Tony was executive director of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts for 15 years there. Eventually they sought a quieter life and found it in a remote corner of Vermont at the end of a mile-long road. A LIFE IN ART According to Karen, you travel through four different towns to arrive there, but it’s only about a half mile to Randolph—if you’re a crow. Their home, studio, and offices are sited on a ridge with dramatic views to the east. The expansive rugged landscape is a mix of rock and moss, lots of pine trees, and flowing water. It begs for a bronze horse to enliven it, and sometimes there is one, brought into place by a crane. “When the sculptures are cast, they’re cast hollow,” Karen explains. “They’re much lighter than what a piece like that would be in stone.” So even though her sculptures are bronze or steel, they can often be moved with a forklift. “We have neighbors who have a forklift, and we have a little tractor that is very useful. } Find image at •



Tony Keller and Karen Petersen in the studio.

You might need a crane for the really large ones, and some can actually be moved with a handcart,” she says. It’s not unusual to round a corner of their long driveway and be startled by what, at first glance, appears to be a deer darting into the road or a prehistoric horse emerging from the woods. A dozen or more large-scale works dot the landscape at any given time, although Karen says that currently most of her large sculptures are off-site at galleries. The buildings are off the grid; Karen and Tony use a mix of solar and wind to generate their own power. Her studio is made of corrugated aluminum with industrial black windows and doors; inside, radiant heating warms a concrete floor, and a little greenhouse is attached. A baby grand piano awaits, but Karen says she leaves it for others. “I played the flute for a long time,” she says. Inside her studio, shelves are lined with small plaster originals, which are warm in their whiteness, illuminating the 52 i m a g e •

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space. Once they have been cast and the patina is applied, they become more differentiated, although the white plaster originals retain their own allure. Whether her sculptures take the abstract form of a flower or an animal or the human form, they all seem to embody an inner strength that is profoundly sensed in each of these pieces. Currently, Karen has five paintings underway as well as three sculptures in two different media. The paintings are a blur of energy, a surprising counterpoint to her sculptures. The color palette is also a departure from the brown, green, and rust patinas that she creates herself. “For years I taught painting and sculpture at Hartford College for Women,” she says. “I still do what I taught my students. I use only primary colors, so if I want to use black, for example, I have to make it. I work with oils. I do some glazing. I go back Find image at •


into the painting over and over again. The painting dictates the palette, usually to create a thought or a mood.” Whether working in sculpture or painting, Karen creates a distinct mood. She notes that when she was in college, her sculpture professor Paul Suttman could be very intimidating, but he told her something that has stayed with her. “Your work should never be arbitrary,” he said. “What do you mean?” Karen recalls asking him. He took a piece of paper, folded it into an airplane, and threw it so it crashed. Then he aimed it again perfectly and it landed. Karen’s work, whether it’s painting or sculpture, figurative or abstract, makes a smooth landing. a For more information on Karen’s work, visit or email

Flower, 3K x 3 x 2K inches, bronze with 6-inchtall black granite base.

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A local athlete prepares to play his favorite sport on the world stage

Hunter with his medals from years of competing in state games in snowshoeing, bowling, and golf.

HUNTER HALL, A MEMBER OF THE UPPER VALLEY HAWKS CHAPTER OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS VERMONT, IS NO STRANGER TO COMPETITION— OR WINNING. He has been competing in snowshoe, bowling, and golf events since he was 16. But now the competition’s gone global. In July, Hunter, who has autism, will be among 7,000 athletes from 177 nations participating in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Hunter, 30, will be playing golf, his favorite sport. From a family of avid golfers, he’s already won one gold medal at the Vermont Special Olympics Tournament in 2013, which qualified him for the 2015 World Games. ∞∞∞

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When Hunter’s not practicing at his house, his home course is at The Quechee Club.

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Top: Hunter sits among his many logo balls, which he collects. Above: Hunter’s kitty Suko assists with practicing in the basement. Right: When he’s home, Hunter likes to drive balls into the woods and then go searching to retrieve them.

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“He is so embraced by so many people,” Sally says of the many people Hunter interacts with every day. “Hunter loves people,” Allen says. “He has a very positive attitude.”

An Exciting Honor It’s been an exciting year for Hunter, son of Allen and Sally Hall of White River Junction. Last June the Halls got the call that he’d been selected to be on the golf team at the Special Olympics World Games. “It’s an incredible honor to qualify and be selected for a World Games event,” says Lisa DeNatale, president and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont. “Traveling and competing on the world stage celebrates Hunter’s as well as all our athletes’ abilities and instills confidence in the pursuit of achieving their goals.” In October, Hunter flew to Indianapolis for qualifying rounds. It was a huge step for him as well as the other athletes qualifying for the World Games, as his parents did not accompany him on the trip. “It was his first time on his own,” Sally says. An official from the Vermont Special Olympics accompanied him out and back, and he was met by the golf coach, George Kent. “I had worries,” admits Sally, who works at Board and Basket and Golf and Ski, both in West Lebanon. “But once he got to the airport and met the other competitors, I was more comfortable.” “It’s a strong network,” says Allen of the Special Olympics. The athletes were in Indianapolis for a week participating in golf camp and staying at a hotel. “They [the organizers] wanted to know how well they coped with being away from home,” Sally says. Hunter’s parents appreciate the fact that, at some point, Hunter will have to be on his own, and Allen, who owns Gateway Motors in White River Junction with his brother Charles, says the experience was “beneficial. It’s a good experience.” Adds Sally, “He had to step it up. It made us take Hunter the extra mile of independence. We’re requiring him to do more.” The Power of a Positive Attitude Hunter is already pretty independent; he has two part-time jobs and takes public transportation to get to them. At Dartmouth College, he has been delivering the college newspaper around campus for 11 years, since he was a student at Hartford Regional Resource Center. Five mornings a week while Dartmouth is in session, he delivers the paper all over campus, where his infectious friendliness has won him many friends and admirers, then takes the Advanced Transit from Hanover to Norwich twice a week, where he works at Dan & Whit’s General Store. “He is so embraced by so many people,” Sally says of the many people Hunter interacts with every day. “Hunter loves people,” Allen says. “He has a very positive attitude.” That attitude has served him well as a golfer and will surely serve him in good stead as he continues his journey to the World Games. Like most accomplished athletes, Hunter began playing his favorite sport as a youngster, joining his parents on the links when he was small. “He’d come out with us and we’d let him put and pull the pin. We’d tee up the ball and let him hit it,” Sally says. } Find image at •


By high school, he was playing on his own. He joined the Upper Valley Hawks Special Olympics Team when he was 16, playing Unified Golf. In Unified Competition, the athlete takes one shot, and his partner (often his brother Camden or his dad Allen) takes the second shot. Allen and Hunter went to the National Special Olympics Games in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in 2002, where they competed in Level 3 Unified Golf. Hunter got to run with the Olympic torch. “That was a really big deal,” Allen says. More Opportunities Not long after Hunter returned from Indianapolis last fall, the Halls got another surprise: Bank of America, one of the World Games sponsors, paid all expenses for the athletes and one family member to attend a four-day golf training camp in Los Angeles that was held in February. Professional PGA players held a golf clinic for the team and played a hole with each of them. “It was great of Bank of America to take the kids out,” Allen says. “It was a total surprise. Some of these global companies do some pretty spectacular things. They were very gracious.” It’s also a way for companies to show “that these individuals can do more than people realize; that they are employable; that they are responsible and enjoy life,” Sally says. There is no doubt that Hunter enjoys life. In his bedroom, he displays the thousands of golf balls he has collected over the years—one autographed by former President George H.W. Bush and another by New England Patriots’ owner Bob Kraft. In the basement of the family’s home, he plays video games and has a practice putting green where he practices his swing. Hunter says he is excited about the upcoming games but is taking all the excitement in stride. He hopes to bring home another gold medal, but if he doesn’t, that’s okay too. “Hunter doesn’t get upset by his game,” Sally says. “He loves the game of golf. He’d play 36 holes a day every day if he could. I’m just excited for Hunter to have this experience.” a 60 i m a g e •

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Clayton Butterfield with his truck, a 1946 Chevy, purchased for $150 in 1962.

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Writer and longtime customer Sara Tucker with Clayton.

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Rubbish removal’s class act

AS A KID, I THOUGHT OUR RUBBISH MAN WAS CALLED SPOT CASH SAGER because he was so good at finding the money his customers left in secret hiding places: a 50-cent piece in a mayonnaise jar behind the woodpile; a dollar bill under a plant pot next to the garage. Recently, his son-in-law, Clayton Butterfield, set me straight. When Mr. Sager, who was also a handyman, finished a job, he would go to the back door to collect his pay. “Soon as you finish the work, get your money,” says Clayton, who took over Mr. Sager’s rubbish route back in the ’60s. “Spot cash. That’s what he told me. If you wait a week and they have time to think it over, they might not wanna pay you.” Spot cash was Everett Sager’s way of keeping his business neat and tidy. It was part of his being a gentleman. We’re driving around town in Clayton’s rubbish truck, an old Chevy pickup with a ladder on the side, and I’m feeling like the queen of Sheba. I’ve been hankering for a ride in that truck since I was a teenager. It took me 50 years to realize that all I had to do was ask. ∞∞∞ Find image at •


A system for everything: Rubbish goes in the back, recyclables on the side, and cardboard behind the cab. “I’m probably losing money on the recyclables,” Clayton says, “but if I made money on everything I do, I’d have too much money.”

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“People tell me I’m the cleanest rubbish man they ever had,” he says, deftly scooping up a bottle in somebody’s yard.

Relics, Artifacts, and Local Color The Chevy is like a museum, stuffed with artifacts from its years on the job— a collection of ladies’ hatpins above the sun visor; a “Safe Sex Saves Lives” keychain found on the trail; a portable radio that appears to be almost as old as the truck, which is almost as old as Clayton, who is 84. The car seats, Clayton explains, came from a boat. At our first stop, I get out to help, surprising Clayton, who thought I was just along for the ride. He rummages around in his pile of work gloves, hands me the cleanest pair, and together we heave 50-pound plastic bags, tree branches, and a mattress into the back of the pickup. Easter is four days away, and Clayton is dressed for spring in a pressed button-down shirt and spotless khakis. “People tell me I’m the cleanest rubbish man they ever had,” he says, deftly scooping up a bottle in somebody’s yard. Along the route, we take our time. Children wave, and we wave back. Some of the kids know Clayton as the man who’s married to the donut lady; in spring the children from the Montessori school walk up School Street to the Butterfield house for donuts and maple syrup and a lesson in sugaring. Several customers come out to say hello when they hear the truck. Some of them live alone; some have troubles. One man tells us his father-in-law fell and is in a nursing home. “When I stand up, I always take a minute to check and make sure everything’s working,” says Clayton. At its peak, the rubbish route had 125 customers, give or take, but that was years ago. Now there are 30-something, and Clayton isn’t taking on new ones. Most days, the route takes all morning, from seven to noon. With me helping, we make good time, so after a couple of hours, we decide to stop by the Butterfield house and say hello to Lois. A Match Made by Moonlight “My car had a wolf whistle,” Clayton says, when I ask the Butterfields how they met. He and a friend were cruising around when they spotted Lois and her sister in the car ahead. Clayton lay on the wolf whistle, and after a few miles, the ladies pulled over. He asked Lois for a date and she said no. He kept asking her out and she kept saying no until one night they were both at a barn dance and the band started playing “Kisses in the Moonlight.” Clayton asked Lois to dance and she said yes. } Find image at •


Tools of the trade: In addition to a ladder, a rake, and lots of bungee cords, Clayton now carries a cell phone on his route. Most frequent caller: his wife Lois.

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“I try to do something for somebody every day,” Lois says. “Yessir. You got to. They need you.” Clayton was number nine of eleven kids. His parents had a little farm on the White River in Stockbridge, Vermont, and his dad cut timber. Clayton went to high school in Bethel, eight miles east, staying with an older sister during the week. Every Friday afternoon, he bought a bunch of bananas for 25 cents and walked home, eating the bananas on the way. After high school, he served in Korea (“16 months and 23 days, and I still remember my serial number”), and then had a series of truck-driving jobs before lucking out and getting hired by the post office, where he worked for 27 years. Lois cleaned houses for 35 cents an hour. She worked eight hours a day, five days a week. She wanted to work Saturdays, too, but Clayton wouldn’t hear of it. One day he said to Lois’s dad, “If I buy a truck, would you mind throwing a little business my way?” That’s how he became our rubbish man. Lois cleaned house for us; my mother loved her. Everybody did. WCVR named her Working Girl of the Week. When her doctor said she had to give up the cleaning business because of her asthma, she didn’t want to quit. “I cried my heart out,” she says. Helping Others in Need I ask her and Clayton about the small charity they run, handing out medical equipment to those in need. It started out for vets, but now anyone can call up and ask to borrow a walker, a shower seat, or a wheelchair. The Butterfields collect the equipment, inventory it, store it, keep track of donations, and send out handwritten thank-you letters. “I try to do something for somebody every day,” Lois says. “Yessir. You got to. They need you.” } Find image at •


Clayton heads for the dump.

In 2007, Clayton delivered a walker to our house. That spring, I moved back home to help my mother, who was 87 and could no longer take her envelopes of rubbish money down the drive to the garage. The walk was too much for her old legs. This became my job, along with chauffeur, snow shoveler, and morale booster. Every other Wednesday, there was Clayton. Knowing you could count on him was a comforting feeling. One winter he fell off his roof while shoveling snow, broke several ribs, and punctured a lung. A month later he was back on the job. A few days before my mother died, Lois sent donuts. That fall, I left a sitter in charge of the house; being there without my mother made me sad. I was sure Clayton would drop us now that my mother was gone. The following spring, I came back home to an empty house and tried to pick up the threads of my life. On Wednesday morning, there was Clayton. Back in January, Clayton asked Lois a serious question. Lois hadn’t been feeling too well, and he was worried about her. The weather was getting to him. Every season had its problems. So after giving the 68 i m a g e •

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matter careful consideration, he asked Lois if she thought it was time to retire. And Lois said no. I leave the Butterfields’ kitchen after my ride with Clayton carrying a bag of frozen donuts and follow him out to the truck. On our final swing through town, he says, “You make a good rubbish man.” I ask him what he would want for his route. “Somebody offered me five hundred, but I think it’s worth more,” says Clayton. Would he throw in the truck? Grinning, Clayton eyes me over the top of his glasses. “That might be a deal breaker.” My reporter’s notebook is open on my lap, and I write, “You make a good rubbish man,” pleased with the compliment but doubting its validity. I’m pretty sure I don’t have what it takes. a

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Next year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. What

better way to celebrate than a trip to the nation’s first national park and one of its largest—Yellowstone! Yellowstone National Park is actually much older than the government agency that is its steward. In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the 2.2-million-acre park into existence to be “set apart as a public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” The second-largest national park in the continental United States after Death Valley National Park (3.4 million acres), Yellowstone is indeed an enjoyable place to spend some vacation time, especially if you appreciate nature and value time outdoors. The park is a mecca for wildlife viewers, hikers, backpackers, campers, anglers, and anyone who enjoys ogling epic Western landscapes or taking a dip in a thermal hot spring. All the above apply to me, which is why I’ve visited Yellowstone a couple of times a year for the last six years. Every time I enter the park, I see or experience something new. ∞∞∞

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Opposite: Grand Teton towers behind an angler casting for trout in a tributary of the Bechler River. Grand Teton National Park is on the southern boundary of Yellowstone. This page: The Yellowstone River flows through the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

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Bison wander across park roads. Bighorn ewes and lambs on the trail up Mount Washburn. Wolves have been successfully reintroduced into Yellowstone. The author casts into the Yellowstone River. Lower Falls, one of the park’s many spectacular waterfalls. Bull elk, one of the marquee animals in the park. A family backpacking trip in the Bechler Meadow area, a lesstraveled backcountry area in the park.

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Gardner Gate, one of five entrances into the park.


SEEING THE WILDLIFE My first foray into Yellowstone National Park (and every subsequent trip) was in hopes of seeing a huge bull elk, though I would have settled for a bison or a grizzly bear. A resident of the Northeast for 50 of my 53 years, the possibility of seeing any of these marquee Western species was a big draw. The odds were high. Nicknamed “North America’s Serengeti,” the park teems with wildlife—often in the middle of the road! I entered the park via the Beartooth Highway, a breathtaking alpine road that zigzags over the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains from Red Lodge, Montana, to Yellowstone’s northeastern entrance just beyond Cooke City. From there, the park road follows Soda Butte Creek to the Lamar River, which cuts through a vast grassland, the Lamar Valley. Bachelor bison grazed here and there as I steadily rolled through the broad plain until I rounded a nondescript bend in the road and had to slam on the brakes. Cars had stopped haphazardly on either side of the road. People with cameras sprinted to a slight embankment, while an anxious park ranger tried to corral the crowd. Curious to see the cause of the chaos, I inched to the shoulder of the road just in time to see a herd of 50-plus bison meander my way. What a thrill! But my thrill soon turned to frustration. After taking a few dozen photos, I was ready to move on. Unfortunately, the bison were too— right across the road. I wasn’t going anywhere with a couple dozen 1,500-pound bison loitering in my lane. ∞

Yellowstone National Park is a wild place, and that is both an attraction and a hazard. Here’s how to stay safe (and legal) while visiting the park. Watch wildlife from a distance. Bison and bears have an especially bad reputation for maiming or killing people without warning. Leave Rover at home. If you must bring your pet, it must be leashed at all times in the park. Pets are prohibited on all trails, in thermal areas, and in the backcountry. Enjoy the flora from afar. It is illegal to pick wildflowers or to collect archeological or natural objects. Make wishes without tossing money. Throwing coins into thermal pools damages them, and it is extremely dangerous for park officials remove them. If you wish to soak in a natural hot tub, stick to those designated for human hotpotting. The others could literally cook you. Fishing, boating, and backcountry camping require permits available at ranger stations within the park. Some areas are for fly-fishing only and/or catchand-release only. Not all water in the park is hot. Some lakes and streams are extremely cold year-round. Always carry bear spray when fishing and traveling in the park’s backcountry. When backcountry camping, hang all food, garbage, and scented toiletries to prevent bear attacks, or store in your car or RV if you are at a campground. Dress in layers. During the summer, it might be 85 degrees by the thermal terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs and 55 degrees with a 30-mile-per-hour wind atop Mount Washburn. For more info about all aspects of Yellowstone National Park, go to Find image at •


Clockwise from top: The Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, one of the larger geothermal features in the park. Fishing in Seven Mile Hole. Calcium carbonate “flows” down the magmaheated Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs. A geyser hole in the Norris Geyser Basin. Pronghorns (antelope) near the park road.

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After a while, the bison herd moved on, then the human herd did too. Later that day, I saw three huge bull elk, a coyote, several mule deer, and a herd of pronghorns. Whatever the season, there’s always something wild to see in the park, and the best (and safest) place to see it is usually from the car, though not every species. HIKING IN YELLOWSTONE Last summer, my husband, teenage stepdaughter, and I went into Yellowstone National Park with another family. Our itinerary for the day included a hike up Mount Washburn, a 10,000-footer with an observation tower on its summit, which sounds ambitious but really wasn’t. We opted for the slightly longer southern route (three miles) up the mountain, which starts atop Dunraven Pass, elevation 8,878 feet, the highest point accessible by car in the park. The peak is named for Henry D. Washburn, surveyor-general of the Montana Territory, who led the first government-sponsored expedition into the Yellowstone region in 1870. Although the Washburn party is credited with “discovering” Yellowstone, they were not the first of European descent to travel there. John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is credited as the first white man to visit the region in 1808. Over the next several decades, a number of fur trappers and gold prospectors followed, reporting fantastic tales of fire and brimstone, waterfalls pouring upward, and stone trees. Few believed these accounts, although they were basically true, given the high risk of wildfires, the amount of geothermal activity, the numerous geysers, and the petrified wood common in the park. By the middle of the 19th century, the US government, sidetracked by slavery issues and then the Civil War, had still not sent an official expedition into the Yellowstone region. Finally, five years after the end of the war, President Grant commissioned the Washburn party. From the trailhead at Dunraven Pass, the hike up Mount Washburn climbed steadily, rising 1,400 feet to the summit. Though the day was foggy and cold, and held little promise of a view, our hiking party enthusiastically hit the trail, eager Find image at •


Steam rises from an active geothermal area. Inset: A pika on the rocks near the summit of Mount Washburn.

for the exercise. The lower part of the trail wound up through a patchy conifer forest where we came face to face with a small herd of bighorn ewes and lambs. The sheep trotted around the same bend we did, took a look at us, and then bolted into the woods. We found a second group of bighorns a half-mile farther along, bedded down just below the point where the trail broke into the open on the final approach to the summit. Without a view through the fog, I looked down at the jumble of volcanic boulders to either side of the trail. Most were covered with colorful lichens. Then I saw it, a pika, an endangered species and a poster animal for the negative effects of climate change. The little rodent resembled a light brown guinea pig. It paused on a rock, looking at me, 76 i m a g e •

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its whiskered nose and round ears twitching nervously. Pikas live only at high elevations in the Western United States where the weather is always chilly. Other coldclimate creatures have coped with warming temperatures by taking up residence higher in the mountains, but pikas already live up high so they have nowhere to go. I was delighted at the chance to see this cute but tough little creature, although it was less excited to see me. Moments later, it scurried into a secret hideaway under the rocks. GEOTHERMAL FEATURES ABOUND Seeing wildlife is a highlight of any trip to Yellowstone National Park, but the most famous features of the park are its geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, Find image at •


and mudpots, especially Old Faithful. Discovered and named by the Washburn expedition, Old Faithful shoots 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water between 140 feet and 185 feet into the air with each eruption, and each one can last from 90 seconds to fi ve minutes. Despite its name and reputation as the most predictable geothermal feature on Earth, Old Faithful does not erupt at exact intervals. Geyser watchers might wait 45 to 125 minutes between bursts. What’s more, Old Faithful is not the tallest or the largest geyser in the park. That honor goes to Steamboat Geyser, north of Old Faithful in the Norris area of the park. Yellowstone National Park has more geysers than any place on the planet. The geysers and other geothermal features sit atop a huge 30-by-40-mile caldera, formed during the three known volcanic eruptions in the park 2 million, 1.3 million, and 640,000 years ago. The magmatic heat beneath the caldera powers the park’s geothermal activity today. Once, while backpacking in the Bechler area in the southwest corner of the park, I was able to make out the edge of the caldera marking the Pitchstone Plateau. I’ve backpacked in Yellowstone on two occasions, the fi rst along the Bechler River and the second into Seven-Mile Hole beside the Yellowstone River in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Fly-fi shing and waterfall viewing motivated both trips. The chance to hook a Yellowstone cutthroat trout, a unique subspecies, appealed to my inner angler, and I enjoy photographing waterfalls. That said, there are a number of spectacular waterfalls in Yellowstone accessible by car, such as Upper Falls and Lower Falls at the head of the canyon and Udine Falls, east of Mammoth Hot Springs. In fact, there’s so much to see in Yellowstone National Park, I keep returning. Each visit is unique, and the more familiar I become with the park, the more I realize how much it has to offer. a


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personal refl ections By Susan B. Apel

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After two days of driving, we crossed the border into Vermont. Having deviated from the map some time back, we were lost. When we acknowledged the fact, Josie said, “Who the hell cares? Look at this. Vermont is the first place I’ve been that actually looks like its postcard.” The beauty of Vermont is rife with clichés, but trust me—when I arrived to make Vermont my home, I thought that those green hills really do roll, and white steeples rise above perfectly rectangular town greens. Tired old barns sag gracefully, and you just know that each has more stories to tell than you will ever hear. }

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That’s the window dressing. Lovely as Vermont is on the outside, its internal beauty is the treasure worth finding. Strangers who noticed my Pennsylvania license plate welcomed me to the state as if each individual thought it a duty to assume the role of greeterin-chief. Neighbors had advice, especially about winter and how best to survive it. There was even a bartering economy— what would otherwise have been staid commercial dealings transformed by human haggling. I spent Saturdays driving around from town to town or 80 i m a g e •

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bumping along unpaved back roads with no purpose at all. In late summer, I came upon a farm with a large farm stand, vegetables damp with dirt and piled on plywood trestle tables splintered at the edges. I stopped. It felt like a ghost farm, no one in the fields, the house somewhat removed and vacant looking. I picked up several items and stood, my hands stretched around the unwieldy bunch, waiting for someone. I waited 20 minutes and had decided that the stand was not open, and I should just put everything back


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and drive away. And then I saw a small tractor sputtering across the field toward the stand; the driver, an elderly woman who resembled the tables in that splintered around the edges kind of way, didn’t hurry, didn’t apologize. After nodding in my direction, she stopped and busied herself with the tractor.

DIY, Vermont Style My hands growing numb from holding the vegetables, I finally spoke, asking if I could pay her. She wiped her hands on her field apron and looked a little surprised. She asked how long

I had been waiting. She and her family owned the farm, she told me, and there was seldom anyone available to sit at the stand and wait for customers. She then proceeded with the rookie’s tour. The vegetables were priced by the piece or by the pound. She showed me the scale. There were used paper bags stuffed in a bin, a calculator for the math-challenged, and a cup of pencils for those who might actually want to do the math. She stood back while I calculated my total of seven dollars. Finally, I noticed an old cigar box in full view on a small Find image at •


personal reflections wooden counter. Just open it and make your change, she told me. I did. I saw about a hundred dollars in cash. She wasn’t even watching while I put in my twenty-dollar bill and took out some smaller bills in change. My urban-raised self had only one thought: someone could so easily drive in here and grab the entire cash box and go. The tour was not over. She said, you might come in the morning when there isn’t enough in the cigar box to make change. She reached under the counter for a metal tackle box, pulling me around to make sure I saw where it was. This is mostly for the bigger bills, she explained, you know, fifties, hundreds. She opened the box. I didn’t want to gawk but did and saw several hundred dollars. I thanked her, preparing to leave. So, she said, now you know where everything is. You don’t need to wait around for anyone next time. She was busying herself once more with the tractor, and I hesitated but finally asked, “Aren’t you ever afraid that someone is going to steal your cash?” I immediately regretted it, thinking she must have been asked this many times. Maybe not. She answered simply, “No.” I must have looked just a little incredulous because she shrugged, stuck out her lower lip, paused to think, and added, “Hasn’t happened in over 35 years.” a

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business sense By Tom Brandes Photos by Mountain Graphics/Jim Mauchly


Randy Heller, a man who goes the extra mile for his customers, with some of his fleet.

Randy Heller didn’t start out planning to be a successful, private car service operator, but things have a funny way of working out. The owner of UVRide, based in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, worked for a large chemical company and traveled three weeks every month until he was laid off eight years ago. Recognizing that his eight-year-old son was the most important person in his life and that the Upper Valley is a great place to live and to raise him, Randy started several service-related companies with varying degrees of success, including Clean my Chandelier, Upper Valley Ecogreen Mobile Car Wash, and Upper Valley Home Watch. } Find image at • 83

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A SATISFIED CUSTOMER “While I missed one flight and had another delayed three hours, Randy kept in touch with me by texting or phoning me back until I knew which flight I finally would be on into Logan. He met me six hours after I was supposed to arrive on the busy weekend after Thanksgiving. After 36 straight hours of travel, it was wonderful to be picked up right outside baggage claim, get on the road, and arrive home in just over two hours. Thanks so much, Randy!” Anne Donaghy Meriden, New Hampshire

Filling a Need “Based on my past travel experience, I knew there wasn’t a good way to get to Manchester–Boston Regional Airport easily and economically,” says Randy. “I started UVRide with my personal car, and after it took off, I closed down the other businesses.” Today, he has four cars, a 15-passenger van, two 24-passenger mini coach buses, a trailer, and 25 mostly part-time employees. Because safety is paramount to Randy, all his drivers have at least 20 years of driving experience, and three of his cars are all-wheel drive to safely maneuver in snowy conditions. UVRide offers three driving services: a regularly scheduled daily shuttle service between Hanover, New 84 i m a g e •

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Hampshire, and Manchester–Boston Regional Airport; a mini coach service for specific events and destinations such as wedding parties, brewery tours, and leaf-viewing excursions; and a personal car service that picks up and drives customers wherever they want to go. Car service customers can select the car depending on the group size and pay an hourly rate. Randy has driven customers to Boston, New York City, and Montreal, and any other destination they need to get to. “We provide clean, smoke-free vehicles and good service that’s appreciated,” says Randy. “Most trips are booked three days or less in advance. We watch weather reports and contact each customer one day in

UVRide serves individuals as well as large groups.

advance to confirm trip details and ensure that plans haven’t changed.” Randy uses paid advertising, a website, eBlasts, and social media to build awareness of UVRide. Each vehicle has Wi-Fi so customers can catch up on emails, shop online, and make calls, or they can just catch some zzz’s comfortably.

Going the Extra Mile for Riders Not knowing what each day will bring—other than knowing it won’t be exactly like any other—is one of the things Randy likes best about his job. He’s also very proud and pleased that his drivers have not had an accident since UVRide started. “We transport a lot of high school students and kids going to various summer camps, and I feel a great responsibility to take care of people’s children,” says Randy. “Whenever I pick up kids under age 18, I always tell them, ‘Text or call your mom and let her know you’re here.’” Randy wants UVRide to be the everyman’s shuttle service. He provides excellent service and goes the extra mile to ensure his customers are safe and satisfied. Once, after he assured an anxious dad that he’d deliver two 15-yearold boys to the airport 55 minutes before their scheduled departure, he dropped them off as planned. An hour later, the dad called, angry because the boys Find image at •


community missed their flight. It turns out they had stopped for a soda instead of going directly to their gate. Randy returned to the airport, found the boys, checked them into a hotel, and made sure they would be safe. He also arranged a wakeup call for the next morning and told them to go directly to the gate before using the airport restroom. He was fully reimbursed, but his actions went beyond the typical driver’s responsibility. Another time, a member of the Dartmouth Nordic ski team arrived at the airport as planned, but her skis didn’t make the flight. Heller took her shopping until the flight carrying her skis arrived. And once he drove a high school student to Montreal because Boston Logan was shut down due to snow and the student needed to catch a flight home. In his free time, Randy spends time with his son and is working on his master’s degree at Dartmouth. And although he works seven days a week and spends more than $20,000 a year to insure his fleet of vehicles, he enjoys running a successful albeit hectic business. “Everything always works out in the end,” says Randy. “And if it’s not working out, it must not be the end.” a UVRide 89 Main Street West Lebanon, NH (603) 448-4004

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MAKING VERMONT MORE ECLECTIC This is an old tale with a new twist. A couple tour Vermont, fall in love with the Green Mountains, contact a realtor, and the rest is history. The new twist? Thanks to the couple’s resources and imaginations, Vermont becomes more eclectic in the space of just a few years. In the village of Reading, a former dairy farm with 19th century barns and outbuildings fronts Route 106. Here the Hall Art Foundation exhibits selections from its own collection and that of Andrew and Christine Hall. Exactly when the couple’s “Aha!” moment occurred remains a mystery, but when it happened, Reading was in the running to become a hub of world-class postwar and contemporary art. ∞∞∞

Top: Keith Sonnier, Kiosk II, 1987. Neon and aluminum, 118 x 79 x 79 inches. Hall Art Foundation. Courtesy of Hall Art Foundation. © Keith Sonnier. Left: Keith Sonnier, Column I, 1981. Neon, enamel, and aluminum, 79 x 32 x 16 inches. Hall Art Foundation. Courtesy of Hall Art Foundation. © Keith Sonnier. Find image at •


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Left: Installation view of Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfall (2004) at the Hall Art Foundation in Reading, Vermont. Photo by Jeffrey Nintzel, courtesy of Hall Art Foundation. Below: Students from Reading Elementary School enjoy experiencing Waterfall.

SHOWCASING ART In its list of “Must-See Museums Opened by Collectors Around the World,” Architectural Digest recently included the Hall Art Foundation, where art is now displayed. This is one of four locations where postwar and contemporary artworks from the Hall Collection are on view. Another location is at Andrew Hall’s alma mater, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at Oxford University in England. Here, the Hall Art Foundation, in partnership with the Ashmolean, presents a series of exhibitions of contemporary and postwar art in the museum’s central gallery on the lower floor. In 2013, the Hall Art Foundation opened a repurposed, 10,000-square-foot building on the campus of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams to house a long-term installation of sculpture and

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Richard Deacon, Untitled 1991, 1991. Painted welded steel, 63K x 60 x 72 inches. Hall Collection. Courtesy of Hall Art Foundation. © Richard Deacon.

paintings by Anselm Kiefer. The former home of artist Georg Baselitz, Schloss Derneburg in Holle, Germany, will also open soon as a public exhibition space to showcase the collection. Andrew and Christine Hall have collected art since the 1980s. In 2007, they founded the Hall Art Foundation, which now has an extensive loan program with institutions here and abroad. Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Mel Bochner, Francesco Clemente, Philip Guston, and Damien Hirst are a few of the many artists represented in the collection’s ever-expanding portfolio. 92 i m a g e •

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PUSHING BOUNDARIES IN ART Since the exhibition space was established in Reading in 2012, art arrives here every spring as predictably as swallows return to the most famous mission in California. The art disappears when wild geese wing their way south come winter, but during the warm season, the indoors and the grounds welcome guests who, accustomed to crowds in urban art settings, are surprised by the peace and elbow room here. The exhibitions are switched out annually. This season, Keith Sonnier: Find image at •


Early Neon encompasses a survey of this American artist’s early neon works from 1968 to 1989. His use of nontraditional art materials in lieu of bronze and paint drew him into a counterculture that embraced his choice of fluorescent light, liquid plastic, latex, satin, bamboo, cheesecloth, string, wire, and foam rubber. Three additional artists, Richard Deacon, Olafur Eliasson, and Marc Quinn, will have outdoor sculptures displayed. Richard, from Great Britain, transforms manufacturing and building materials (laminated wood, stainless steel, corrugated iron, polycarbonate, marble, clay, vinyl, foam, and leather) into anthropomorphic fantasies. Danish-Icelandic Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfall (2004) plays against the music 94 i m a g e •

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Left: Peter Saul, Ice Box 8, 1963. Oil on canvas, 75 x 63 inches. Hall Collection. Courtesy of Hall Art Foundation. © Peter Saul. Below: Peter Saul, Peter Saul vs. Pop Art, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 75 x 70 inches. Hall Collection. Courtesy of Hall Art Foundation. © Peter Saul.

of an indigenous tributary’s natural flow, both a visual and symphonic pas de deux compelled by man’s creativity and by nature. The use of industrial materials, scaffolding, and plastic pumps evoke the site, sounds, and rhythms of a natural waterfall. American artist Peter Saul is known for creating paintings that incorporate easily recognizable, often lowbrow imagery from popular culture in an exaggerated and provocative way. The exhibition brings together approximately 40 paintings and works on paper that span the artist’s career from 1959 to 2012. Also from Great Britain, Marc Quinn pushes the boundaries between art and science using ice, glass, metal, marble, and lead to create such objects as The Incredible World of Desire (Phragmipedium Find image at •


Peter Saul, Yankee Garbage, 1966. Acrylic and felt tip pen on canvas, 71O x 69N inches. Hall Collection. Courtesy of Hall Art Foundation. © Peter Saul.

Sedenii) (2003–2004), a 20-foot-tall rendering of an orchid in a way that reminds the artist “of an image stuck on the front of a child’s plastic toy.” MUCH TO EXPLORE Playing against the perspectives and fun of these artists are the grounds and buildings of the Hall Art Foundation. Take, for example, the romantic notions imbued by a hillside evocative of The Sound of Music. Guests strolling through Queen Anne’s lace and Indian paintbrush near the installations may be reminded once again how art can imitate nature. The art also plays against the traditional exteriors of the exhibition 96 i m a g e •

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by meg brazill Photos by jack rowell

buildings, which include a snecked ashlar stone farmhouse, a cow barn, a horse barn, and a tractor barn. Over the last three years, these structures have sheltered Olafur Eliasson, A.R. Penck, Georg Baselitz, Neil Jenney, and Edward Burtynsky. The venues here are intimate, repurposed to accommodate art on a grand scale. The result juxtaposes rural Vermont 150 years ago with contemporary thinking in much the same way an octogenarian’s wit and humor spar with wrinkles. Themes have space to take root here, thanks to visions that have been curated to assure that resonances play long after visitors say farewell to Olafur Find image at •


Eliasson’s playground of water babbling alongside a tributary of the Black River. Any presence other than low key would create disharmony around this community. Ostentation here sticks out like a sore thumb, but the presence of a youthful docent plucked for the season from a nearby classroom—especially one with art history under her belt—is comforting in this ambience of artists who may, until now, be unfamiliar. Three to four docents are hired each season. Some, like Susan Piccoli and Lisa Kaija, are teachers; all are at ease with the questions guests pose, and some have had the opportunity to meet the artists before the season begins. Last year, a dance teacher from Hanover and a handful of her students created their own live sculptures, inspired to improvise in front of preselected artworks and moving from building to building. “The experience became something a little bit edgy and playful,” Marie Fourcaut says. “It was an amazing experience to have access to such beauty in the middle of nowhere, 98 i m a g e •

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Students from Reading Elementary School in front of Olafur Eliasson’s Your uncertain shadow (growing) (2010) at the Hall Art Foundation in Reading, Vermont, last year.

in Reading, Vermont, and for us, the dance group, to be able to relate to the artwork.” A children’s ballet class interacted with Olafur Eliasson’s Your uncertain shadow (growing) (2010). Student essayists from across the street at Reading Elementary School annotated their responses to the new worlds before their eyes. Michele Shepherd’s third graders were assigned a Neil Jenney painting to reflect upon; they wrote about what they saw. “This was complex for them; they really had to think hard to develop the narratives,” she says. The exhibits are open from May 9 through November 29 by appointment. Tours are scheduled at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays. Admission is free. a Hall Art Foundation 551 Route 106 Reading, VT (802) 952-1056 •


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June 11–22 58th Annual Straw Hat Review New London Barn Playhouse,, 7:30pm except for June 14, 5pm

June 17–28 Gypsy New London Barn Playhouse

June 12–14 Crimes of the Heart Old Church Theater

June 18 Preschool Explorers’ Club: The Amazing Beaver Nature Museum,, 10am

June 16 Daniel Tosh: The Great Nor’easter Tour of 2015 Lebanon Opera House, 7 & 9:30pm

June 20 Revels North Presents Summer Revels Norwich Green, 5:30pm

June 16 Daniel Tosh: The Great Nor’easter Tour of 2015 Lebanon Opera House, 7 & 9:30pm

June 17–28 Gypsy New London Barn Playhouse

Norwich Green 5:30pm

June 20 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm

July 6 Puss in Boots Claremont Opera House, 10am

June 22 Goldilocks & the Three Bears Claremont Opera House, 10am

July 6, 27, August 17 New London Barn Intern Idols! New London Barn Playhouse, 5:30 & 7:30pm

June 29 The Pied Piper of Hamelin Claremont Opera House, 10am

July 10–11 PowerHouse Mall Tent Sale PowerHouse Mall, 9:30am–6pm

July and August, Thursdays 2015 Front Porch Concert Series The Green, Colburn Park, 7pm

June 20 Revels North Presents Summer Revels

July 10–12, 17–19 Saving Grace Old Church Theater July 13 Arabian Nights Claremont Opera House, 10am }}}

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July 1–19 The Sound of Music New London Barn Playhouse July 2, 9, 16 Discovery Days Drop-In Camp: Who Lives Here? Nature Museum, 10am–12pm

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July 31, August 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 13 Opera North Presents West Side Story Lebanon Opera House,, 7:30pm except August 5, 2pm

July 20 The Three Little Pigs Claremont Opera House, 10am July 21 Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs Series: Edible Flowers Enfield Shaker Museum, 6pm July 22–August 2 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels New London Barn Playhouse, July 23, 30, August 6 Discovery Days Drop-In Camp: Fur, Feathers, and Scales! Nature Museum, 10am–12pm July 25 New London Garden Club 49th Annual Antique Show & Sale New London Town Green, 9am–3pm July 27 The Emperor’s New Clothes Claremont Opera House, 10am July 31, August 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 13 Opera North Presents West Side Story Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm except August 5, 2pm August 3 Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Claremont Opera House, 10am 102 i m a g e •

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August 26–September 6 Forever Plaid New London Barn Playhouse

August 5–9 Steel Magnolias New London Barn Playhouse August 6, 9, 15 Opera North Presents The Tender Land Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm except for August 9, 2pm August 7, 12, 14, 16 Opera North Presents The Abduction from the Seraglio Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm except for August 16, 2pm August 10 Pinocchio Claremont Opera House, 10am August 12–23 The Mystery of Edwin Drood New London Barn Playhouse, August 13, 20 Discovery Days Drop-In Camp: Adventures with Our Senses! Nature Museum, 10am–12pm August 14–16, 21–23 Ruby’s Story Old Church Theater August 19 Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs Series: Summertime Refreshers Enfi eld Shaker Museum, 6pm August 26–September 6 Forever Plaid New London Barn Playhouse Find image at •


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Hopkins Center Highlights

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (603) 646-2422

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It’s a free, all-ages party of music, dance, and film at the Hop this summer! June 25 Plena Libre Dartmouth Green, 5:30pm FREE Latin dance lessons with Plena Libre, 4:30pm July 9 C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band Dartmouth Green, 5:30pm FREE Zydeco two-step dance lessons, 4:30pm July 23 & August 13 Film: To be announced Spaulding Auditorium August Gordon Webster Septet Dartmouth Green, 5:30pm FREE Lindy Hop lessons, 4:30pm 104 i m a g e •

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C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band


June 12 Glee Club Commencement Concert 2015 Spaulding Auditorium, 9:30pm July 1 Pilobolus Moore Theater, 8pm July 11 Ken Burns Screens The Vietnam War Spaulding Auditorium, 7pm July 14 Pink Martini Spaulding Auditorium, 8pm July 30 Dr. John and the Nite Trippers Spaulding Auditorium, 8pm

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ADVERTISERS INDEX Action Garage Door 102 Aidron Duckworth Art Museum 45 All Decked Out 32 Allen Pond Dental 69 American Plate Glass 68 Appletree Opticians 102 Artifactory 8 Artistree Gallery 44 AVA Gallery & Art Center 45 Barton Insurance 93 Belletetes Inside back cover Bensonwood 7 Bentleys 54 Biron’s Flooring 103 Blood’s Catering 41 Bouteille 14 Boynton Construction 39 Brown’s Auto & Marine 40 Brown’s Floormasters 87 CPerry Photography 81 Canon Tire 80 Carpet King & Tile 77 Cedar Circle Farm 52 Charter Trust Company 15 Cider Hill Gardens Nursery & Art Gallery 44 Cioffredi & Associates 32 Claremont Opera House 59 Clarke’s Hardware 26 Clear Choice MD 33 Colonial Pharmacy 104 Cota & Cota Oil 103 Country Kids Clothing 8 Creative Lighting Designs 43 Crown Point Cabinetry 17 db Landscaping 23 Dairy Twirl 98 Donald Neely, DMD 97 Dorr Mill Store 95 Doyle Coffin Architects 94 Elixir 85 Enfield Shaker Museum 45 Ennis Construction 68 Eyeglass Outlet 96 Flash Photo/Flash Pack & Ship 26 Flat Rock Tile & Stone 82 Floorcraft 27 Fore-U Golf 39 Four Seasons/Sotheby’s Realty 3 Friends of Norris Cotton 42 From House Too Home 26 Gallery on the Green 44 Game Set Mat 27 Gateway Motors 61 Gilberte Interiors 6 Gourmet Garden 27 Green Mountain National Golf Club 69 Hall Art Foundation 44 Hanover Country Club 60 Hanover Transfer & Storage 75 Henderson’s Tree & Garden Services 31 Hole in the Fence Café 27 Illuminations by Barre Electric 98 InfuseMe 1 Jancewicz & Son 4 Jasmin Auto Body 97 Jeff Wilmot Painting 78 Jensen & Yurich Home 27 Junction Frame Shop 96 Justin Morrill Homestead 44 Keene Medical Products 40 Killington Golf Resort 67 King Arthur Flour 82 LF Trottier and Sons 61 Lake Sunapee Country Club 42 Lake Sunapee Visiting Nurse Association 104 Landforms 2 LaValley Building Supply 25 League of NH Craftsmen Retail Gallery and CraftStudies Program 45

Lis Ann’s 27 & 84 Little River Oriental Rugs 97 Loewen Window Center 93 Long River Gallery & Gifts 45 Longacres Nursery Center 19 Love’s Bedding & Furniture 99 MB Pro Landscape 67 Mascoma Dental 21 Mascoma Savings Bank 28 McGray Nichols 43 Merten’s House 106 Mindful Dermatology 78 Montshire Museum of Science 44 Morgan Hill Bookstore 27 Morningside/Kitty Hawk Kites 55 Mt. Ascutney Hospital 75 NCCT 85 NT Ferro Estate and Custom Jewelers 54 Nature Calls 11 Neal Wallace Dental 77 New London Barn Playhouse 66 New London Garden Club 26 New London Inn and Coach House Restaurant 27 & 92 New London Opticians 26 Northcape Design Build 92 Northern Motorsports 107 Old Hampshire Designs 76 Omer & Bob’s 98 On Stage Dancewear 8 Osborne’s Marine 23 Peraza Dermatology Group 21 Phoenix Rising Boutique 14 PowerHouse Mall 8 Quail Hollow Back cover Quechee Lakes Listing 88 Red Roof Frame Shop 94 Richard Electric 94 Riverlight Builders 66 Royal Towne Gifts 80 Ruggles Mine 45 Simple Energy 9 Springfield Medical Center Inside front cover Springfield Regional Development Corp 87 St. Johnsbury Academy 101 Stateline Sports 105 Sugar River Kitchens, Bath & Flooring 104 Sugar River Savings Bank 81 Sugarbush Golf Resort 51 Summercrest Senior Living Community 84 Sunapee Getaways 26 Systems Plus Computers 86 TK Sportswear 96 Tatewell Gallery 26 The Carriage Shed 41 The Fells 45 The Flying Goose Brew Pub 27 The Hanover Inn 53 The Inn at Pleasant Lake 26 The MV Kearsarge dinner boat and the MV Sunapee II 45 The Ultimate Bath Store 5 The Woodlands 76 The Woodstock Gallery 44 Topstitch 93 Unleashed 26 Upper Valley Aquatic Center 102 Upper Valley Oral Surgery 103 Upper Valley Ride 60 Valley Regional Hospital 13 Vermont Facial Aesthetics 105 Visiting Nurse & Hospice of VT & NH 51 Vitt & Associates 106 WISE 33 Wagner Hodgson 55 White River Car Wash 53 William Smith Auctions 52 Wilson Tire 95 Woodstock Inn & Resort 86

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Greyson Sinclair in the great Clark Kent to Superman transformation!

The sun sets behind Lucy and Alice Williams at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

Katarina loves the birthday cake!

Narain in front of one of the largest Buddha statues in the world.

Dana Ennis teeing it up at the Island Green TPC Sawgrass.

Laura Di Piazza (curator) and Dana Heffern (exhibiting artist) at the Institut Für Alles Mögliche in Berlin, Germany.

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