CLAUDETTE LAWTON PATS her Morgan horse, UVM Finnegan, at the Salisbury stable where she boards him. The duo, ages 80 and 22, are members of The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club, which recognizes a horse and rider whose combined age is at least 100.
Independent photo/Russell Jones
GOSHEN — “Dressage” is a French term most commonly translated as “training.” It is a highly skilled form of horse riding where the rider shows their mastery by having the horse perform a series of movements with very subtle cues.
Dressage competitions vary in the levels from amateur all the way to the Olympic games. Each level involves more pressure for horse and rider to perform as a team.
During competitions, the horse performs an intricate routine that involves trots, canters and walks.
“It’s very similar to a dance,” said Goshen resident Claudette Lawton. “You have to be in sync with each...
A TIGER SWALLOWTAIL feasts on lilac flowers.
Photo by Dick Conrad
We all love the flowers we grow in our gardens — an ever-changing palette from spring to fall — and by contrast, the stark beauty of winter.
But birds and butterflies add their own ephemeral magic to our gardens — they are like the icing on the cake. For me, the opportunity to observe these winged visitors as the seasons pass is an endless source of pleasure and wonder.
A few highlights
This year the waning weeks of summer were pure delight, as butterflies and hummingbirds savored those last mellow days of the season.
Not long ago I watched a lone Monarch butterfly with a consort of...
MORE THAN A half-dozen poets read from their work in the Ruth Stone Foundation Poetry Workshop Showcase this past April at the Book and Leaf Bookstore in Brandon. Shown, from left, are Aaron Lovett, Kirsten K. Connelly, Leanne Prescott Ruell, Nora Swan Croll, Francis Mcgill, Meg Reynolds, Ben Pease, Burgess Needle and Bianca Stone.
GOSHEN — Many historic movements in poetry have begun with one or two poets coming together and drawing in other poets with the gravity of their words. They bounce ideas off one another and work together to develop and shape their art to perfection. The Beat generation of poets met in New York in the 1940s this way, as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg drew in William S. Borroughs and Gregory Corso.
A group of poets in the area in and around Goshen, Vt., have gathered in much this same fashion around two poets with historic ties to the area.
One focus of this community-building has been the...
THE UMBRELLA PLANT, with its broad green leaves, grows behind the gazebo and is aptly named.
Photo by Dick Conrad
It is a delightful mid-August afternoon as I sit in our gazebo encircled by my garden.
Unsurprisingly, as I glance around, my eye is initially drawn to the exuberant sun-filled borders full of colorful summer flowers — clusters of lacy pink yarrow backed by a stand of pure-white shasta daisies; deep-blue monkshood among purple coneflowers; groups of pink and white phlox; clumps of yellow and peach-colored daylilies; and a pair of prodigious panicle hydrangeas covered with creamy cone-shaped flowers.
There are also the blueberry bushes laden with fruit, calling me to get picking. While all...
PHLOX 'MISS LINGARD' and “Rosalind” make a nice picture among the daylilies and bee balm in Judith’s garden in Goshen.
Photo by Dick Conrad
This Sunday, Aug. 4, from 1-4 p.m., Judith and Dick will open their garden at 423 Goshen Ripton Road in Goshen to interested readers (weather permitting). If you have questions email Judith at email@example.com.
The “dog days” of summer are here. And often, by this point in the season, people tell me that their flowers are fading and their gardens have a bit of a tired look.
Yes, it is true that our lilacs, peonies and iris are but a distant memory, and the early salvia and catmint have gone to seed.
But there are many lovely flowers to take their place in July and August, a time when...
GOSHEN — Wendy Virginia Whaley-Sauder, age 69, of Goshen, Vt., passed away July 13, 2019.
Wendy is survived by husband James N. Sauder of 43 years, sons Jayme and Ryan, daughter in-law Shannon, grandchildren Jameson, Parker and Katherine, younger sister Vickie, several nieces and nephews and an extensive network of close friends, colleagues and the many children and their families she worked with and cared for. Wendy was predeceased by her parents John C. and Evelyn F. Whaley and her older brother John A. Whaley.
Wendy was born on June 20, 1950 in upstate N.Y. and later completed her...
With June just ended, the second quarter of 2019 will likely test the record books for rain. While n o t as severe as April, which saw essentially double the average rainfall, May and June continued to be well above average. Even though Otter Creek is within its banks, the wetlands are still holding an excessive amount of water. Continued large rainfall will perpetuate large mosquito nesting areas. However, the worst of the flooded fields is hopefully, but no guarantees, in the past.
Larvae counts are now generally moderate in most areas, although there were some high counts — 50 to 200...
GOSHEN NATIVE REBECCA Nase Chomyn works in her shop in Fairfield welding and bending metal into art.
VERMONT — During her sophomore year in college, then 18-year-old Rebecca Nase Chomyn showed up to her first welding class in a skirt and flip flops. That was the day they were doing a demo of plasma cutting.
“Basically you’re shooting fire toward the ground as you cut metal,” said Chomyn, who graduated from Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in sculpture. “And I had flip flops on! I never did that again.”
Although her wardrobe choices weren’t great, her metal work was awesome.
“Working with metal… it’s like you can take one thing and pull it over there...