FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday agreed to write to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) in support of the proposed $39 million truck route through northern Vergennes. But the board might decide to include a condition that could endanger a project that VTrans officials say requires regional support. The board asked Chairman Rick Ebel to write a draft letter that would not only support the truck route but also seek a survey to establish the true boundaries of Vergennes and Ferrisburgh. That issue arose in 1996 after an amateur historian uncovered evidence that the...
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectboard members on Tuesday heard from Building Committee member Jean Richardson and Selectman Red Muir that they are working with Bread Loaf Corp. to deal with several ongoing issues with the town’s nine-year-old office building, including problems with its slate roofing and front entrance. Richardson gave a long list of both minor and more significant issues that she had discussed with a Division of Historic Preservation official during a recent visit, including deteriorating wood in some areas, the need for paint, and water intrusion that is undermining the...

FOUR OF THE Robinsons were artists. Ann Stevens Robinson did landscapes and still-life paintings, and her husband, Rowland Evans Robinson, was a successful illustrator for agriculture and sporting periodicals. Their two daughters, Rachael Robinson Elmer and Mary Robinson Perkins, were also both artists; Rachael's work is pictured here.
FERRISBURGH — Did you come out to the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh for the annual Pie and Ice Cream social last Sunday? Not only were guests treated to fanciful, homemade sweets, but they also enjoyed perusing the history museum’s exhibits. Chances are, folks were surprised to see so much contemporary art. After all, “Rokeby’s current board and staff are committed to connecting the history of Robinson family members to current scholarship and — in the case of the abolitionist Robinsons — to contemporary issues of social justice,” said Vergennes resident and museum director Catherine Brooks....

MEG WALKER'S 'GHOST Barn” will be on view at the Rokeby Museum’s exhibit “Structures” opening on Saturday.
FERRISBURGH — Structures define our world. Some of us live among skyscrapers, row houses, condominiums. In Vermont, many of us live among houses and barns. Rokeby Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Ferrisburgh, is a collection of houses, barns, and outbuildings that served a variety of ends. The exhibition, “Structures,” temporarily repurposes these historic spaces as platforms for contemporary art and asks the viewer to contemplate the role that structures play in shaping our experience of the world and how structures can inform and shape the experience of others. The exhibition is...

KJELL DAHLEN’S ODINN heads downwind during the 2019 Diamond Island this past Saturday. The 37-foot-long Odinn finished the 15 nautical-mile course in less than two hours and was the first boat to finish and won the Spinnaker A fleet. Photo by Ramsey Hazbun
FERRISBURGH/CHARLOTTE — Over the past seven years, the Diamond Island Regatta, co-sponsored by Royal Savage Yacht Club and Point Bay Marina, has become a weekend-long celebration of sailing and lake-wide camaraderie unlike any other event on the Lake Champlain Championship Series schedule. Twenty-six sailboats competed in the seventh annual Diamond Island Regatta this past Saturday, Aug. 17, at Point Bay Marina. The day started with a breakfast for sailors under the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) tent, where there was a buzz of anticipation as competitors looked out at Town Farm Bay, where a...
Having a great day is as easy as pie at Rokeby Museum’s annual Pie and Ice Cream Social. Come hungry, and plan to enjoy live music and games on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1-4 p.m. Rokeby Museum’s team of pie-baking volunteers has been perfecting the art of pie-making for 35 years. Peach, apple, berry pies of every kind — and in every combination possible — await visitors who love the taste of summer. And you can justify topping your slice with ice cream from Vermont’s own Wilcox Dairy, or helping yourself to a second serving.  All proceeds support the Ferrisburgh museum’s preservation and...

Spinnakers power the boats on the downwind leg during the 2018 Diamond Island Regatta. The Regatta returns this coming Saturday, Aug. 17. Photo / Rik Carlson
Now in its seventh season, the Diamond Island Regatta, hosted by the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) and Point Bay Marina, will once again attract many of the fastest boats and best sailors from around Lake Champlain this Saturday, Aug. 17. As in past years, the event will be run as a benefit for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) in Ferrisburgh. LCMM is dedicated to maritime education and the preservation and management of the lake’s historical shipwrecks and underwater cultural resources. Entry for the Diamond Island Regatta is free, with money raised through the sale of race-themed...

MEMBERS OF THE Ferrisburgh Central School’s first graduating class gathered recently for a reunion. They include, from left, front row: Cathy (Husk) Whately, Karlene DeVine holding Buster, Caroline (Coyle) Bitler, Henry Kandzoir; and, back row: Jane (Larrow) Nimblett, Sidney Jewell, Laura (LeClair) Laflech, Kristine (Bull) Larson, Gene Jewell, Lorraine (Gebo) Whittemore, Margaret (Cushman) Schelley, banjo player Alan Curler, Paula (Mercy) Forgues, David Scott, Barbara (Raymond) Bordeaux, Jeanie LeClair, Joe Rivers Sr., and Sylvia Hallock Photo courtesy Karlene Devine
FERRISBURGH — Fifty-five years ago, movie tickets were $1.25, the New York World’s Fair opened and Congress passed and President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That same year, 38 students at Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) graduated from eighth grade on June 5. Twenty-one of those graduating students had walked into FCS on its first ever day in September 1956. In 1966, FCS began sending 7th- and 8th-graders to the middle school in Vergennes. A 55th reunion of the FCS Class of 1964 was held Saturday, July 27, at the home of Karlene DeVine to share memories, life accomplishments...

LOVE SPOONS? LOVE woodworking? Check out the workshop on crafting wooden spoons with Randall Henson on Aug. 10-11, at the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby Museum welcomes craftsperson Randall Henson to teach a two-day spoon carving workshop, on Aug. 10 and 11, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Henson has taught classes and demonstrated traditional woodworking in a variety of venues over the last 15 years. In this workshop students will learn how to carve spoons using hand tools, including an axe, a Swedish carving knife, and a bent knife. Students will work with recently harvested birch wood, and will have the opportunity to make two food utensils over the course of the two days. “We will explore the design of a spoon,”...

SCULPTOR KERRY FURLANI is know for her lettering in stone. She will speak about and demonstrate her craft at Rokeby Museum this Sunday, Aug. 4.
FERRISBURGH — Vermont sculptor Kerry O. Furlani is passionate about slate. A resident of Vermont’s Slate Valley (running through Bennington and Rutland counties) Furlani is on a first-name basis with quarry owners where she sources slate for public monuments, plaques, benches and more. On Sunday, Aug. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. she will be at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh to talk about her work and demonstrate her art. Visitors who wish can join in to try their hand at “pulling a line” on a slate tablet with chisel and mallet. Furlani originally moved to Vermont to be near the heart of the historic...


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