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LYDIA CLEMMONS
CHARLOTTE — The Vermont Community Foundation and the organizing committee for the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial Community Leadership have announced that Lydia Clemmons will be honored with this year’s award. Lydia Clemmons, PhD, MPH is president and executive director of the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte. Established by a group of Hogan’s colleagues in 2015, the annual award recognizes his life work by honoring a community leader who shares his vision of a better Vermont and seizes the responsibility for making that vision a reality. The awardee shows deep community...

MARGARET WILLIAMS'S QUILT “April 27, 1994, Mandela Votes” celebrates a milestone in human rights. The Tucker, Ga., artist’s quilt will be on display in Middlebury on Oct. 9 and 10.
MIDDLEBURY — As the cooler fall weather sets in, the time for cozy quilts comes to front of mind. Milk and Honey Quilters’ Guild will stage a very special quilt exhibit at their sixth biennial quilt show on Oct. 9 and 10. The “OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric” exhibit will be on display at the show in the Middlebury Recreation Center. Forty-six artists from six countries created this poignant collection of art quilts based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt and adopted by the United Nations in 1948. The...

THE NEW WALKING trails on the Morgan Horse Farm enable horse-loving Vermonters Makenzie and Emily to see the farm’s iconic Vermont State Animal up close during a recent family visit to the Weybridge farm. Photo courtesy of Margot Smithson
WEYBRIDGE — Thanks to the hard work of four summer interns from the University of Vermont, the Addison County community has a new way to engage with the Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge: exploring 1.1 miles of walking trails. The project, according to Operations Coordinator Margot Smithson, evolved from the farm’s 2018 strategic plan. “We wanted to create additional educational opportunities for UVM students and think more broadly about the Weybridge farm,” she said. The horse farm sits on 200 acres, many of which have a history of logging. The farm uses the pastures for its horses, obviously,...

SUNFLOWERS, WHICH COME in many varieties and colors, add beauty to the landscape and attract birds to the garden. Photo by Bonnie Kirn Donahue
Sunflowers are a fantastic, long-lived flower to celebrate the end of summer. Fall is a great time to observe sunflower plantings in your community to enjoy their beauty and think about how you might like to grow them next season. Sunflowers (Helianthus annus) are multi-season plants with an important presence throughout the year. In late fall, their colors bring a brightness to the receding greens of the summer garden. If the stalks are left up through the winter, sunflower heads dry and provide seeds for birds and squirrels (and potentially entertainment for you). Their strong structure...

IF YOU ARE ready to take your walking up a notch to running head up into the mountains above Bristol and a little bit south to experience the Ripton Ridge Run, which will be held Oct. 10.
BRISTOL — The Bristol area is a great place to get outside and get the blood moving in the fall. We’re not sure what will improve your general well-being more: the exercise your muscles gets or the beautiful landscape your senses will soak up. A growing centerpiece of outdoor recreational activity in Bristol is the Bristol Trail Network. Initiated in 2017, the network includes six trails in and around the village of Bristol. None are too long, but they will get your heart pumping if that’s what you are looking for. The names of the trails are self-explanatory: Basin Street, Coffin Factory...
BRISTOL — The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus are hosting a Knights in Italy walk-up/drive-up spaghetti dinner on the evening of Friday, Oct. 1. All are invited to come enjoy the dinner between 4 and 5:30 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti with sauce, garlic bread, salad and dessert. The cost of the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and $25 for a family. Please pull around to the School Street side of the church building, place your order and your meal(s) will be brought out, packaged up for you. All proceeds will go toward furthering the Knights’ mission of aiding the...

VERMONT UP-AND-comer Abby Sherman will demonstrate her strong songwriting capabilities on the Burnham Hall stage in Lincoln during the first in a series of live musical performances.
BRISTOL/LINCOLN — Concert promoters wisely moved their performances online during the long pandemic. But some are now bringing musicians back in front of live audiences again — with COVID precautions. The Bristol area has two good venues for hearing and seeing musicians do their thing this fall. In Bristol is Holley Hall, the large public space at the main intersection in downtown. Holley Hall on Oct. 2 will host a live and streamed concert by Scott Cook. It is one in a series called the Ripton Community Coffee House on the Road, which is programmed by the good folks who usually host...
BRISTOL — The town was abuzz in late September when news arrived that Travel + Leisure magazine had named Bristol one of the 10 best small towns to retire in the U.S. Calling Bristol a “quintessential New England small town,” the magazine said people will appreciate Bristol’s “quaint atmosphere and scenery.” Based at the foot of the Green Mountains, Travel + Leisure wrote, Bristol’s “old-style walkable downtown — a National Historic District — features restaurants, coffee shops, and stores offering gifts, local arts and crafts, clothing, and more.” Those who know Bristol couldn’t agree more....

MEMBERS OF THE Viva el Sabor collective, shown at their Middlebury event this past summer, will bring their culinary skills to Vergennes this fall for a celebration of authentic Mexican and Guatemalan food. Independent file photo
VERGENNES —Viva el Sabor, the group of women from Mexico and Guatemala who this summer staged a wonderful dinner in Middlebury featuring foods from their native lands, have planned a similar fiesta in Vergennes this fall. The Viva el Sabor Fiesta in the Little City will be held Sunday, Oct. 3, 1-6 p.m., St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 85 S. Maple St. “El Sabor” translated from Spanish means “flavor.” But it’s a word that has taken on many more definitions for 14 Central American women, many of them the trailing spouses of migrant farm workers, now living in Addison County. To them, “El Sabor”...

TRAILS LIKE THIS one now loop through Downtown Brandon as well as connect the outlying parts of the community to each other. The interconnecting trails — which now entail seven pathways in addition to the Hawk Hill trails — are part of an effort by the DBA Design Group to champion the town’s natural and cultural assets.
BRANDON — About a decade ago, the Downtown Brandon Alliance’s Design Group took an unrealized draft proposal by the McKernon Group called “The Backyard Plan” and launched what has become miles of interconnected pedestrian pathways throughout the town, now known as Brandon Greenways. It’s been a journey involving dozens of committee members and years of dedicated effort. The effort has included a half-dozen public forums called Barn Raisings, a series of articles in The Reporter newspaper called EyeSpy to raise public awareness of Brandon’s historic buildings and the history of its downtown,...

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