Your Place in Vermont http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:10:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 September e-news! http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/september-e-news/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=september-e-news http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/september-e-news/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:17:38 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20462 The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will hold a public meeting examining the potential to add centerline rumble stripes to sections of VT-103 between Rockingham and Mount Holly, including Chester, Cavendish and Ludlow.  If the installation is to move forward, it would occur as part of the current paving project in the Fall of 2014. […]

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will hold a public meeting examining the potential to add centerline rumble stripes to sections of VT-103 between Rockingham and Mount Holly, including Chester, Cavendish and Ludlow.  If the installation is to move forward, it would occur as part of the current paving project in the Fall of 2014. The meeting is open to all and will be:

·         Tuesday 9/9 at 6:30pm (during regular Selectboard meeting) – Mount Holly Town Office (150 School St, Mt Holly, VT)

 

For more information about the meeting please contact Kevin Marshia, Deputy Chief Engineer Highway Division  from VTrans (kevin.marshia@state.vt.us , 802-828-2932).

The Chamber will be representing our Region at the Big E in Agawam, MA on September 17 & 18.

Save the Date:  Small Business Saturday is on November 29.

In the News:

Routes 100 and 11 are highlighted in the September/October issue of Road Runner Motorcycle Touring and Travel Magazine. (page 96)

Ludlow, in the Okemo Valley, is rated #5 out of #20 in Travel & Leisure’s Best Fall Foliage spots in the Country!!

Congratulations to The Downtown Grocery and the Inn at Weathersfield for being highlighted in a Montreal Magazine called MOI&cie story about road tripping in Vermont.

 

Travel with the Chamber is offering a wondrous and ambitious 9-day journey to China on March 20-28, 2015.  Visit the Terracotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Tian An Men Square, Bird’s Nest Stadium, National Aquatic Center, Olympic Village and excursion to the Great Wall, just to name a few of the special sites.  $3,199 per person (double occupancy).   Includes Round Trip Coach Airfare – JFK to  Beijing and Return.  4/5 star hotel accommodations, three meals a day, all in country transportation (air/bus), English speak tour guides.  Additional costs are Chinese Visa $200 and trip gratuity $50.

 

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Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting for “The Free Range” http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/grand-opening-ribbon-cutting-free-range/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grand-opening-ribbon-cutting-free-range http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/grand-opening-ribbon-cutting-free-range/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:20:46 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20425 Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Anne and Rick Paterno, owners of The Free Range Restaurant and Executive Chef Michael Kennedy to the Chamber.  Pictured l-r:  Ann & Rick Paterno, Michael Kennedy cuts the ribbon with Chamber CEO, Marji Graf. The Free Range Restaurant has opened its doors on […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Anne and Rick Paterno, owners of The Free Range Restaurant and Executive Chef Michael Kennedy to the Chamber.  Pictured l-r:  Ann & Rick Paterno, Michael Kennedy cuts the ribbon with Chamber CEO, Marji Graf.

The Free Range Restaurant has opened its doors on August 20th, 2014!  Their menu is full of creative comfort food, with all items being prepared fresh daily.  For lunch, they offer a variety of soups, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.  For dinner, they offer everything from free range chicken, to beer-battered fish and chips, to braised short rib dishes.  They serve classic American fare, done with a creative twist.  Come visit the Free Range Restaurant, located on the historic green in beautiful Chester, Vermont for fresh food and a relaxed dining experience.  Open Wednesday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner, and Sunday for brunch.  Reservations accepted for parties of 8 or more.

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They donated 20% of their food sales, during their soft opening to TARPS.  Ann & Rick presented TARPS with a check for $540.00.  Pictured accepting the check for TARPS is volunteer, Grace Kramp.

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September Member of the Month – Crowley Cheese http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/september-member-month-crowley-cheese/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=september-member-month-crowley-cheese http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/september-member-month-crowley-cheese/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:23:33 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20378 Congratulations to Crowley Cheese in Mount Holly for being named Chamber Member of the Month of September.   The Crowley Cheese Factory, built by Winfield Crowley in 1882 is A National Historic Place and the oldest continuously operating cheese factory in America.  Visit them and see how cheese used to be made — and still […]

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Congratulations to Crowley Cheese in Mount Holly for being named Chamber Member of the Month of September.

 

The Crowley Cheese Factory, built by Winfield Crowley in 1882 is A National Historic Place and the oldest continuously operating cheese factory in America.  Visit them and see how cheese used to be made — and still is today — at their historic cheese factory in picturesque Healdville, Vermont.

 

Award-winning Crowley Cheese has been made in the Green Mountains of Vermont from the same recipe, in the same manner, since 1824. Hand-made the old-fashioned way, it’s cheese the way it used to be — all natural, with no additives or preservatives. Pure, simple, delicious: cheese that everyone will love.

All-natural Crowley Cheese is made by hand from fresh, whole, unpasteurized milk without additives or preservatives. Our milk comes from cows certified BST and BGH free. With a distinctively smooth, creamy texture, Crowley Cheese is often compared to a cheddar “without the bite.”

There’s only one way to make such a fine cheese: by hand. While other cheesemakers have gone high-tech, Crowley has resolutely stuck to the hand tools and traditional methods first used by company founder Winfield Crowley.

 

Criteria for being selected a Chamber Member of the Month:

*Business Growth year over year.
*Contributes to community.
*Attends education programs/mixers.
*Hosts mixers.
*Current on dues.
*Donations (door prizes for mixers).
*Participates in Shows.
*Packages with other businesses.
*Participates in “Just Between Us”.
*Advertises/promotes & participates in guidebook & co-ops.
*Is an Ambassador for the chamber and region.

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August Member of the Month – The Inn at Weathersfield http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/august-member-of-the-month-the-inn-at-weathersfieldaugust-member-of-the-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=august-member-of-the-month-the-inn-at-weathersfieldaugust-member-of-the-month http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/august-member-of-the-month-the-inn-at-weathersfieldaugust-member-of-the-month/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:17:54 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20033 Congratulations to The Inn at Weathersfield for being named August Chamber Member of the Month.  Built in 1792, The Inn at Weathersfield was originally a private residence on over 300 acres.  It remained that way until the 1960’s when it became known as Wethersfield Lodge.  A few decades later, the Inn landed in Gourmet Magazine […]

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Congratulations to The Inn at Weathersfield for being named August Chamber Member of the Month.  Built in 1792, The Inn at Weathersfield was originally a private residence on over 300 acres.  It remained that way until the 1960’s when it became known as Wethersfield Lodge.  A few decades later, the Inn landed in Gourmet Magazine as a culinary destination and more recently, gained a loyal following by partnering with local farms to pioneer the VT Farm-to-Table movement.

 

Owners Marilee & Richard Spanjian bought the inn, now on 21 acres and restaurant because it offered a strong foundation to create a non-professional cooking school.  Now with the addition of an organic, all heirloom vegetable garden to supplement the restaurant and school, the inn is considered one of New England’s Premier Culinary Inns.  Executive Chef Jean-Luc Matecat, a native Vermonter and son of a Parisian chef, is at the helm in the kitchen.  He offers only what’s made in-house or sourced fresh from their farms.

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Criteria used for Member of the Month:
*Business Growth year over year.
*Contributes to community.
*Attends education programs/mixers.
*Hosts/attends mixers.
*Current on dues.
*Donations (door prizes for mixers).
*Participates in shows.
*Packages with other businesses.
*Participates in “Just Between Us.”
*Advertises/promotes & participates in guidebook & co-ops.
*Is an Ambassador for the chamber and the Region.

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A distinguished appointment for Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/distinguished-appointment-fletcher-farm-school-arts-crafts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=distinguished-appointment-fletcher-farm-school-arts-crafts http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/distinguished-appointment-fletcher-farm-school-arts-crafts/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:36:57 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=14599 August Press Release view HERE The Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc./Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts proudly announces its appointment  as a member of the Vermont State Craft Center/Vermont State Education Center, one of only five centers in the state of Vermont. The Vermont State Craft Center program first began in […]

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August Press Release view HERE

The Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen, Inc./Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts proudly announces its appointment  as a member of the Vermont State Craft Center/Vermont State Education Center, one of only five centers in the state of Vermont.

The Vermont State Craft Center program first began in 1993, valuing diversity and inclusiveness; it references the long history of craft in Vermont.  “It has cultivated a robust  network of Vermont Craft organizations, businesses and partners that join with the State of Vermont to promote, encourage and support excellence and success in Vermont craft. This has fostered an appreciation of the significant contribution of the Vermont crafts community to the economic and cultural vibrancy of our state.” To learn more visit their website at  http://craftcenters.vermont.gov

Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts, the oldest residential craft school in the state of Vermont, first opened its doors   to students in 1948, at the request of the Trustees of Fletcher Farm Foundation. The first summer started with five classes and 33 students, but over the years the school has evolved and grown to offer over 200 classes year round.  Many local and nationally renowned art instructors provide our students an immersion into the world of talent and creativity.

Fletcher Farm School is located on a beautiful historic Vermont farm in Ludlow, Vermont.  The farm was originally owned by Jesse Fletcher a Revolutionary War soldier and later owned by Allen Fletcher, Governor of Vermont.

Beyond providing classes in the Arts, Fletcher Farm School has a mission to provide Vermont Artists a place to display and sell their art and crafts. In the spirit of that we have two Art & Craft Festivals, July 5 & August 23, 2014 and the Craft & Gift Shoppe which is open 7days a week 10am-5pm from July – October.

This summer we offer classes in Fine Arts, Basketry, Clay, Decorative Arts, Early American Art, Fiber Arts, Glass, Jewelry, Specialties, Woodworking and of course our very popular Young Artist  Program.   Keeping old traditions alive ( Bobbin Lace  Making) and teaching new and techniques  (Digital Imaging) we offer a wide variety of classes for all ages and abilities.

For further information please contact the school at 802-228-8770, email: info@fletcherfarm.org  or visit our website at www.fletcherfarm.org

 

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Okemo Valley Welcomes The Hanger Cafe http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/okemo-valley-welcomes-hanger-cafe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=okemo-valley-welcomes-hanger-cafe http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/okemo-valley-welcomes-hanger-cafe/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:13:45 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20201 Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes The Hanger Cafe to the Chamber.   The Hangar Café opened its doors June 17, 2014 located at the Rutland Airport. All our items are made to order but there is a great scenic view to look at while you are waiting and […]

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Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes The Hanger Cafe to the Chamber.  

The Hangar Café opened its doors June 17, 2014 located at the Rutland Airport. All our items are made to order but there is a great scenic view to look at while you are waiting and you may even catch a glimpse of a plane or jet coming in or taking off. We are open 7 days a week from 7am to 6pm. We do host private events also. We offer Breakfast items and lite fare for the rest of the day including a 1/2 lb burger, sandwiches, subs, daily specials and much more. We can also cater your special event. Come on in and check us out and find us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/thehangarcafevt

pictured left to right Erin Chuderski , Owner Charlotte Bunnell cutting the ribbon and Chamber CEO, Marji Graf.

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Grand Opening of Mountain Outfitters at Jackson Gore http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/grand-opening-mountain-outfitters-jackson-gore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grand-opening-mountain-outfitters-jackson-gore http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/grand-opening-mountain-outfitters-jackson-gore/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:25 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20203 Marji Graf, CEO of Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce cuts the ribbon to celebrate the Grand Opening of Mountain Outfitters (formerly the Corner Store & Snowsports Shops) at Jackson Gore. Director of Retail, Sean Meszkat, hired BJ Donohue to fill the position of store manager at Mountain Outfitters at Jackson Gore. Together, they have […]

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Marji Graf, CEO of Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce cuts the ribbon to celebrate the Grand Opening of Mountain Outfitters (formerly the Corner Store & Snowsports Shops) at Jackson Gore.

Director of Retail, Sean Meszkat, hired BJ Donohue to fill the position of store manager at Mountain Outfitters at Jackson Gore. Together, they have transformed the new retail space into a four-season shopping hub with clothing from manufacturers such as Patagonia, Mountain Khakis and Prana, plus popular shoe brands Keen, Dansko, Rainbow and more. They also sell ice cream, beverages and assorted snacks and sundries, plus beer and wine. Mountain Outfitters at Jackson Gore is home to a complete disc golf pro shop and they rent stand-up paddle boards and bicycles. Of course, they also carry Okemo logo-wear, so visitors can take home a souvenir of their visit.

In winter, the store will include a full-service ski shop with demos and boot fitting. Mountain Outfitters at Jackson Gore will feature popular brands of equipment and clothing, and they have secured area exclusivity with several major manufacturers.

Mountain Outfitters at Jackson Gore is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, and later on Fridays when Okemo hosts its summer concert series. They are located under the stone archway at Okemo’s Jackson Gore.

Pictured l-r:  Marji Graf, Brian Halligan, Sean Meszkat, BJ Donohue, Diane Mueller, Dennis Barquinero

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Reopening of the Whitesville Bridge in Cavendish http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/reopening-whitesville-bridge-cavendish/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reopening-whitesville-bridge-cavendish http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/reopening-whitesville-bridge-cavendish/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:35:05 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20118 picture by Donald Dill Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce along with Rich Svec,  Cavendish Town Manager, Representative Mark Huntley, Cold River Bridges, Kristin Higgins, Accelerated Bridge Program Manager and Tammy Ellis, District Transportation Administrator for the State of Vermont, cut the ribbon to dedicate the opening of the Whitesville […]

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Whitesville Bridge

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Marji Graf, CEO for the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce along with Rich Svec,  Cavendish Town Manager, Representative Mark Huntley, Cold River Bridges, Kristin Higgins, Accelerated Bridge Program Manager and Tammy Ellis, District Transportation Administrator for the State of Vermont, cut the ribbon to dedicate the opening of the Whitesville Bridge on Route 131 with some HOG members and other motorcyclists present who were coming to our Region for the Iron Adventure Run. The bridge had been severely damaged during the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

Rich also dedicated this ceremony to the Vermont National Guard for their great assistance to Cavendish during Irene recovery efforts and, in particular, to the memory of Sgt. Shawn Stocker of the VT Air Guard, who died while on duty here in Cavendish during that work.

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CALLING ALL ADOPTERS (Of ARTISTS, THAT IS!!!) http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/calling-adopters-artists/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=calling-adopters-artists http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/calling-adopters-artists/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:09:35 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20024 Adopt An Artist is a new program organized by Mia Feroleto, owner of the former Green + Blue Gallery in Chester, Vermont and the creator of ARTWALK NY and other ground-breaking events in the New York City art world.  Residents of Vermont and the surrounding area are invited to host a visiting artist in their […]

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Adopt An Artist is a new program organized by Mia Feroleto, owner of the former Green + Blue Gallery in Chester, Vermont and the creator of ARTWALK NY and other ground-breaking events in the New York City art world.  Residents of Vermont and the surrounding area are invited to host a visiting artist in their home for a two week period of time. Ideally, some form of studio space will be available.  The needs of the artist for clean, dry space can include barns, porches or a spare room.  Artists will participate in family life in whatever mutual way the hosting family finds enjoyable.

As a means of thanking the host, families will receive a work of art created during the artist’s stay.  The gifting of a work of art to the hosting family would allow some who have not lived with an original work of art to experience the joy and inspiration that comes with such a gift.  Families will have the opportunity to sign up again and create a meaningful collection documenting their experience with their own visiting artists.  Adopt An Artist will provide a means of sharing the creative process in a new way.  This will be particularly inspirational for hosting families with children.  The program will launch in early October to take advantage of foliage season in Vermont.

For further information, please email Mia Feroleto at
mia.feroleto@gmail.com or by calling 514 549 8423.

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Thank you for hosting July Chamber mixer http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/thank-hosting-july-chamber-mixer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thank-hosting-july-chamber-mixer http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/thank-hosting-july-chamber-mixer/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:19:54 +0000 http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/?p=20021 Marji Graf, CEO, of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce thanks Payne & Elise Junker of 103 Artisans Marketplace in Chester for hosting our July Chamber mixer.  The food, music and company was great and they offered chamber members 20% off that night.  They are proud to be exhibiting at the Frog Hollow Gallery […]

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Marji Graf, CEO, of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce thanks Payne & Elise Junker of 103 Artisans Marketplace in Chester for hosting our July Chamber mixer.  The food, music and company was great and they offered chamber members 20% off that night.  They are proud to be exhibiting at the Frog Hollow Gallery for the month of July.

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