Debbie Diegoli

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November 24: “The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go.” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy and Ephraim, two mountain enthusiasts. Ephraim is the nine year old grandson of Diane Kemble who lives up to being named for Mt. Ephraim. We’ll have special music with Paul Ippolito leading us in a couple of mountain songs. We’ll be singing the Vermont state song, “These Green Mountains”. This is definitely a service for all generations to enjoy together!


November 3: “The Land Loves Us Back” with Charis Boke What does it feel like to belong to a place? Right now in this complicated world, asking this question can help us think about histories of power, and also help us to lift our gaze to the possibility of healing relations with land and reconnecting communities.
As a scholar-practitioner of anthropology, the environment, and health, Charis also serves her communities as a teacher and an organizer. Drawing on her background as an anthropologist of medicine, healing and religion, as well as her long term commitment to building a socially and environmentally just world, she tries to help communities figure out how to analyze issues and work to do better–to move towards mutual thriving with the planet.

November 10: “Visioning Through Collage” with Shannon Aubin and Sharon Mueller Sharon and Shannon collaborate to present the Power of Visioning Through Collage. We will share personal experiences and invite you to try your hand at creating your own!

November 17: “Attitude of Gratitude” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy and Cathy Shidlovsky As we move toward celebrating Thanksgiving, let’s pause to reflect of one of the most powerful forces in the world: gratitude. We’ll share stories, life experiences, poems and challenges. Join us!

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~ Rumi

Oct 262019
 
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 Tai Chi with Sue Rubel – Fall Session Weekly Classes on Mondays, 5-6 pm, through December 16th.

This class will let you discover for yourself why so many people are now taking tai chi classes. You’ll see how tai chi can improve your balance, help you with better body alignment, and bring a new sense of coordination. In all cases you’ll find tai chi’s movements gentle and slow, allowing time for you to open your senses in new ways.
No experience is necessary. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Instructor Sue Rubel s certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. No charge. All welcome!
Held here at the Meetinghouse.

 

Coffee House Music Series, November 16, 7 pm: Pat Daddona

Pat Daddona will be the featured artist at the Saturday, November 16th UU Coffee House. Nurtured pat-on-lets-chatmusically in New London, Conn. Pat plays originals, covers and a bit of banjo,  Janis Ian, Lui Collins, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman are just some of her heroes. As the poet and her teacher William Meredith said, “what we must learn is how to walk light.” Pat spent most of her journalism career in Connecticut, and now works at mentoring and youth service nonprofits in Windsor County. She lives in Chester with her partner and cat. Check out her website at https://www.reverbnation.com/patriciadaddona/songs.
Weathersfield singer/songwriter Bill Brink will open for Pat. Come enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm. You’ll be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages. . Held at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT. All welcome!

First Friday Film “Paris to Pittsburgh” & Panel Discussion, November 1, 7 pm
From Florida to Iowa to California, the consequences of climate change are increasingly evident across the country. These impacts have created a new force for change as mayors, governors, businesses, and everyday citizens launch local climate solutions. . . .
This free screening of “Paris to Pittsburgh” will be followed by a panel discussion on proposed Vermont legislation related to climate change will follow the film. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Hosted by Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse & Springfield Energy Committee.
Sponsored by Vermont Climate & Health Alliance and Vermont Interfaith Power & Light.
For more information, e-mail Dan at contact@vtcha.org
Games & Crafts Night: Saturday, November 2, 6:30-8:30 pm*

 Join us for a fun evening of games and crafting on this Saturday evening. Bring
your own game or craft project – or play one of ours. All welcome!
* Note that this month t\games night will be on the first Saturday to accommodate the Jamaican dinner that will take place on November 9th.

Jamaican Dinner, Saturday, November 9, 5:30-6:30 pm
Fundraiser for the Meetinghouse

Join us for a hearty meal featuring:

  • Jerk chicken .
  • Rice and beans
  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Cole slaw
  • Banana bread
  • Grilled bananas and pineapple
  • Fruit punch

Cost: $15 for adults ($8 for kids 12 & under; preschoolers free). Please let Deb Diegoli know if you plan to come.  Contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com .

Important change re: 2nd Wednesday Gentle Seva Yoga:                               

Aimee is changing her schedule for the winter months and will offer Seva Candlelight Yoga by donation at her studio at East View Farm, 689 Massey Rd, Springfield, Vermont 05156. For more about Aimee’s studio, please see https://eastviewfarmvermont.com/

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 October 27, Heritage of Mind and Heart  with Diane Kemble What do we carry from our ancestors and pass on to our children? What is in our carefully loaded ship? How does living our Unitarian Universalist Principles help provide guidance for all generations?
In a house which becomes a home,
one hands down and another takes up
the heritage of mind and heart,
laughter and tears, musings and deed
s. –   Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

October 6,  “Music Alone Shall Live”  with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy
Twenty years ago, members of the Meetinghouse had a vision — They created the Music and Piano Fund which resulted in the purchase of the beautiful piano that we now use in the sanctuary.   Let’s celebrate the power of music and the vision of those folks back then. And let’s look ahead to what we would like to see in our musical experience here at the meetinghouse in the next two decades.  Mellen will report on her trip to UU Songleaders Convergence in Denver and share ideas about what we might envision for the future. This service will be a lead up to the workshop the next week on the13th after the Souper Sunday to be led by Rev. Dave Ruffin.
October 13, “Spiritual Homecoming” with Rev. Dave Ruffin and Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy Join us for a service of renewal inspired by the high holy days of the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement. Because we humans are such forgetful animals, forgetting our inherent worth and unconditional belonging, we need to support each other in remembering ourselves back into wholeness. And we need space to forgive and be forgiven for the consequences of our forgetting. This Sunday will be such a space.   Stay for the Souper Sunday and the “Sing Out UU’s!”  Workshop.  See Dave’s bio with the music workshop announcement below.
October 20,  “Cooperatives and Social Change” with Debbie Diegoli  We’ll discuss the role of cooperatives in the Civil Rights and other social movements and explore what makes co-ops a suitable model for social justice now and in the future.  Debbie Diegoli has worked in a variety of roles at a number of Upper Valley non-profit organizations, and currently serves as Administrative Assistant for the Meetinghouse. She is a board member of the Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction and is a member of several other cooperatives. Deb lives in Weathersfield.
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Tai Chi with Sue Ruble – Weekly Class on Mondays, 5-6 pm

This class will let you discover for yourself why so many people are now taking tai chi classes. You’ll see how tai chi can improve your balance, help you with better body alignment, and bring a new sense of coordination. In all cases you’ll find tai chi’s movements gentle and slow, allowing time for you to open your senses in new ways.
No experience is necessary. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Instructor Sue Ruble is certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. No charge. All welcome!
Held here at the Meetinghouse.

First Friday Film: “The Language You Cry In” October 4, 7 pm

This film tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for, and finds meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. It bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present-day Georgia back to 18th century Sierra Leone. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans have retained links with their African past through the horrors of the middle passage, slavery and segregation.

The film dramatically demonstrates the contribution of contemporary scholarship to restoring what narrator Vertamae Grosvenor calls the “non-history” imposed on African Americans: “This is a story of memory, how the memory of a family was pieced together through a song with legendary powers to connect those who sang it with their roots.” Fee admission and popcorn..  Doors open at 6:45 pm; film starts at 7 pm.  All Welcome!

Meetinghouse Book Group: March (Book One) the 2019 Vermont Reads Selection, Sunday, October 6, 12-1 pm

The graphic novel March (Book One) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, the 2019 Vermont Reads selection, will be discussed at the UU Meetinghouse.on Sunday, October 6, 12-1 pm.  All are welcome to join us

Book One tells of Lewis’s childhood in rural Alabama, his desire as a young man to be a preacher, his life-changing interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nonviolent sit-ins he joined at lunch counters in Nashville as a means of undermining segregation..

Copies of the book are available for loan at the Meetinghouse and at the Springfield Town Library.  Held at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Road, an accessible.venue. Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Vermont Reads and the Springfield Town Library. Contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com

Yoga CANCELLED for Oct 9th due to illness.

2nd Wednesday Gentle Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell, October 9, 5:0-6:30 pm

Feel Good, Do good.  Gentle Seva Yoga, is led by Aimee Parnell every second Wednesday at the Meetinghouse

Seva is the yogic principle of service to others.  Each month this free, gentle class raised funds or supplies to benefit a local cause. This class is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility, including those who have limited mobility or who will remain seated during their practice.  A limited number of mats and props are provided. All are welcome. The October class will accept donations for the Springfield  Warming Shelter.

Games & Crafts Night: Saturday, October 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

 Join us for a fun evening of games and crafting on this Saturday evening. Bring
your own game or craft project – or play one of ours. All welcome!

Souper Sunday: October 13, After the Service

  The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on October 13th. This is a     time  to gather after the Service and share soup and bread as well as conversation.   Soup  and bread will be $4 (no charge for visitors). Join us!

“Sing Out UU’s! — The “Secret” Ingredient in Transformative UU Communities” Workshop w/Rev. Dave Ruffin, Sunday, October 13, 12-1:30 pm

The science is in! Singing together increases trust and connection. It releases the “happiness quartet” of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins, supporting positive outlook and mood. It lowers blood pressure and stress and increases immune function. It helps with alertness and memory. The list goes on and on. But I’m betting you don’t need any of this to know what good medicine music and song are for you! There is no known healthy human culture that hasn’t sung, after all. So why is it such a rare occurrence these days?
Singing together, while still cherished by many of us, has become a largely forgotten art. We lack the cultural glue of simple and accessible music we all grew up sharing and so continue to. Music is, instead, becoming personalized and professionalized. And, in a culturally diverse world in which certain cultures have been marginalized, there are also important and challenging questions about what music we choose to use and how. Perhaps most significantly, though, many of us have had our voices shamed and/or silenced along the way. Singing, that is to say, has become a vulnerable act.
But we can turn this vulnerable act into a radical gift, as we risk opening our hearts and mouths anew to co-create a culture of singing in our communities. It’s my belief that no aspiration we have for the world, or our own lives, is not supported by taking this step. In this workshop we’ll get started taking down the obstacles that stand in our way, and rediscovering anew, together, this basic gift we’re all entitled to share as humans. No singing experience or expertise needed. Inhibitions and skepticism welcome. I love few things as much as helping fellow travelers live more fully into the gift of communal singing. All you have to do is show up!

Bio:  David Ruffin is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, artist and educator who came to Vermont for a sabbatical time of renewal, exploration and discernment two years ago and hasn’t been able to leave since. Early in his ministry he founded the alternative spiritual community, The Sanctuary Boston, a home for young adults and others who often don’t feel at home in more traditional church environments. He also then served for two and a half years as the Assistant Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK. Prior to ministry, David worked as an actor and singer based in New York City. Since coming to Vermont, David has dived into the worlds of sustainable agriculture, nature connection and outdoor education, including working with the Metta Earth Institute in Lincoln the Crows Path’s Field School in Burlington, and the Walden Project in Monkton. 

After launching the Sanctuary Boston David began offering workshops on worship and particularly the integration of music and congregational singing, therein. David continued this work while with All Souls in Tulsa, particularly working with a small lay led congregation in Hot Springs Village Arkansas which he went on to serve as a short-term consulting minister. He has led worship and facilitated music and worship workshops at many UU congregations, particularly in the Boston area, as well as for the UUA, LREDA, the UUMA, UU Summer Seminary, the MidAmerica UU Regional Gathering, and at General Assembly working with, among others, the Rev. Thandeka, Rev. Fred Muir, and members of the Sanctuary Boston. He wrote his thesis at Harvard Divinity School on transformational Unitarian Universalist worship, and wrote a chapter about his work with the Sanctuary Boston in Turning Point, Essays on a new Unitarain Universalism, edited by Fred Muir. David’s writings are also included in Becoming, A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood.

Coffee House: Natural Woodchucks, Saturday, October 19, 7 pmTwo Coffee House favorites, Heron Fire and Woodchuck’s Revenge, join together for our October session.  The Woodchucks’ repertoire, which has been described as encyclopedic, ranges from New England fiddle tunes to modern cowboy songs, from Irish ballads to 60’s folk, blues and bluegrass.Songs about Vermont, mountains, and life in New England are staple of the group’s performances, along with a healthy dose of humor and a small but growing number of originals. From Heron Fire you’ll likely hear folk, rock, country, comedy, blues, jazz and even a smattering of original material.  The variety of music should make for an exciting Coffee House!

Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun.   You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages. All welcome!
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Baldwin electronic organ and bench, purchased in 1968.  Model 48c.  Has owner’s manual.

61-note Swell and Great Manuals, 32 note pedalboard, 30 independent speaking voices. Three-channel transistorized amplification system (self contained).

Organ is located in Springfield, VT at the UU Meetinghouse.  Must pick up. Will accept best reasonable offer .  Contact: uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com

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Aug 262019
 
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 Fall Flea Market and Open House, Saturday, September 28, 9 am-1 pm

Come by and browse items for sale from a variety of vendors outside. Then stop in, look over our space and hear about our programs and events. Check our improvements to our activities room – available for rental – including new furniture. Invite your friends, family, co-workers.  Light refreshments will be available.
 


First Fri. Film: “Unnatural Selection: Seeds of Deception,” September 6,   7 pm

This stunning, award-winning documentary by Bertram Verhaag and Gabriele Kröber reveals harsh consequences of genetic engineering on three continents. Vandana Shiva, Andrew Kimbrell, Percy Schmeiser and others, describe uncontrollable, self-replicating GM contamination, failed crops, farmer suicides, and new GM animals that threaten natural populations.
“Best Film,” (CineEco, Portugal), “Best Long Production,” (IEFF, Brazil), and “Best Journalistic Achievement,” (IEFF, Germany).
“Meticulously researched, excellently photographed” –Ökomedia
Free admission and popcorn.  Discussion to follow film. Held at the Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield.  All welcome!

Meetinghouse Book Group, Sunday, September 8, 12-1 pm

We’ll finish up discussion of the book, “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan which we discussed this summer.  A number of folks were travelling this summer and missed the chance to talk about this important book together.  So, to give the opportunity to go deeper, we’ll have our final discussion on Michael Pollan’s book.  Facilitated by Rev. Mellen Kennedy.
In October, we’ll begin discussion of our next book, March (Book One) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, an engaging and informative graphic novel about the civil rights movement, through the eyes of Congressman, John Lewis.  Books are available for loan at the Meetinghouse on the harvest table.

Worship Workshop, Monday, September 10, 11 am-Noon

Rev. Mellen Kennedy will lead a brief workshop on designing worship and offer a hands-on opportunity to collaborate on worship design together.  Members of the Worship and Music Committee will share their works in progress to get support and feedback in a carefully constructed supportive format.  Open to anyone. Held in the Meetinghouse activities room.

Gentle Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell, September 11, 5:30-6:30 pm

Feel Good, Do good.  Gentle Seva Yoga, is led by AimeeParnell every second Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 pm at the Meetinghouse

Seva is the yogic principle of service to others.  Each month this free, gentle class raised funds or supplies to benefit a local cause. This class is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility, including those who have limited mobility or who will remain seated during their practice.  A limited number of mats and props are provided. All are welcome. The September 11 class will benefit the Springfield Area Parent Child Center’s family outreach programs. 

Games & Crafts Night, Saturday September 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for a fun evening of games and crafting on Saturday September 14th. Bring your own game or craft project – or play one of ours.Held at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Road. All welcome!

 Coffee House, Saturday, September 21, 7 pm: Vinnie DiBernardo

Vinnie DiBernardo delighted us all with his songs in the past and we are thrilled to have him back again.  Here’s hoping everyone can make it to this special coffee house.
Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. All Welcome.  No admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun.   You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages. Held at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield. All welcome!

VINE Sanctuary Vegan Potluck, Sunday,  September 22, 5 pm

Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox and your own creativity at VINE Sanctuary’s quarterly vegan potluck!
The theme of the potluck this time is harvest season, so this is your chance to come up with new uses for zucchini, tomatoes, apples, and other produce that is plentiful at this time of year.
If you can’t or prefer not to bring a dish to share, that’s OK! Come anyway — we always have plenty! All that we ask is that any food brought to the potluck be vegan, which means free of meat, dairy, eggs, or other animal products.
Because we want to honor imagination beyond the kitchen, we’re also inviting attendees to bring a favorite poem or piece of art — by themselves or someone else — to share.

Anybody who brings anything to share, whether it be food or artwork or poetry, will receive a FREE gift. We’ll also be giving out prizes for dishes that make especially creative use of surplus garden produce.
We will be using the Activities Room and adjoining kitchen. This is an accessible venue. For more details see https://www.facebook.com/events/588067831727022/?active_tab=about

 

 

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Bread & Puppet at Big Town Theater Amphitheater
99 N Main St (Route 100), Rochester, Vermont 05767
Friday, August 30

Join Bread & Puppet for their 14th Year in BigTown Gallery’s Intimate Outdoor Amphitheater for The Diagonal Life Circus (https://www.facebook.com/BigTownGallery/)!  We’l be car-pooling from the Meetinghouse. leaving about 3:45 pm, Doors open at 5 pm; show begins at 6 pm. bring a blanket or folding chair and, if you like, a picnic supper.

Reality is either horizontal or vertical or both. The horizontal produces us + eventually takes us back into its giant arms’ embrace. The vertical is the exceptional human predicament, the up + forward striding ambition that makes history + warfare.
The diagonal results from the hurts that the vertical suffers in the process. It is our common human fate, the hard-to-sustain-in-between life, neither up nor down that needs to muster all its strength to lift itself up + the courage to invent tricks that keep it from falling. And this trickery deserves a circus, however small or short, to celebrate the inventiveness of the struggling body + mind in the fight against falling, as well as a victory feast for the successful lifting itself up.
TICKETS $10 (6 year olds & under FREE)
PICNIC STYLE SEATING / Bring a blanket
First Come/Best Seat
Doors open at 5. Performance at 6.
Wood-fire Oven Pizza following performance.
RSVP Ticket purchase & reservations info@bigtowngallery.com
Please let Deb Diegoli in the Meetinghouse office know if you’d like to join us – uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com or 802-885-3327.

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 August 24: Hawaiian Luau, 5:30-6:30 pm  

Featuring authentic Hawaiian food with Chef Eddie, the luau will be held outdoors weather permitting, otherwise inside the Meetinghouse.  Tickets are $15, ($8 for children 12 and under; preschool aged kids free). Reserve a spot by contacting Deb Diegoli at the Meetinghouse at uuspingfieldvt@gmail.com or 802-885-3327.

Menu:

Grilled pineapple
Teriyaki chicken thighs
Dirty rice
Fried rice
Saiman salad
Corn with coconut oil
Grilled shrimp
Portuguese sausage
Veggie skewers
Drinks:
Cold green tea with lemon
Homemade Hawaiian punch


2nd Annual Campfire Potluck at Tree Farm Campground,  Aug 4th, 5-9 pm

tree-farm-campground-sign_origExplore the graphic novel March (Book One), the 2019 Vermont Reads pick, at our free event. Enjoy  community and conversation as you join the potluck meal, marshmallow toasting and make s’mores.  Learn about the Civil Rights movement and how art is an important part of social justice work.

Held under the pavilion, rain or shine, at the Campground, 53 Skitchewaug Trail in Springfield.  Generously sponsored by Vermont Reads, the Springfield Town Library, Tree Farm Campground and the Springfield Food Co-op.

Optional tent camping that night for $5.  To get this special rate, you must contact Deb Diegoli at the Springfield  UU Meetinghouse at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com or 802-885-3327 (please do NOT contact the Campground) so she can reserve you a spot.

Copies of March (Book One) are available to borrow at the Meetinghouse. Contact Deb if you wish to borrow one, or pick one up at our July 28th service.

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Meetinghouse Book Group, Sunday, August 11, 1:30-1 pm

We’ll continue our discussion of “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addition, Depression and Transcendence.” by Michael Pollan, focusing on chapters 4-6 and the epilogue.

You can download an outline/summary of the book which Rev. Mellen compiled as well as info on psychedelics in general by clicking on the links below.

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NO Second Wednesday Yoga in August.  Classes will resume in September.

 

August 17: Annual Works in Progress Garden Tour – Five Gardens and Lunch, 8 am-1 pm  

You’re invited into five local gardens on August 17 for the Ninth Annual Works in Progress Garden Tour sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield. The tour runs from 8 a.m. through about 1:00. Suggested donation is $20. which includes lunch and plants.
Saturday morning will begin with our traditional stop at Glen Williams’ amazing in-town “eden” on just ¾ of an acre. Glen is known for his extensive hosta collection, one of which he’ll give away to a lucky garden visitor. Next we’ll visit Mark Germain’s multi-level stone planting areas that allow for fun opportunities to try different plant material. He’s inspired by his mother’s and grandfather’s love of plants, and his love of stone.  On to Pat Magrosky’s who likens her gardens to her unfinished paintings, waiting for that moment of inspiration to complete them…truly “works in progress”!
Karen Carpenter attended one of our earlier garden tours and this year has invited us to see her and her husband Phil’s work of many years: vegetable garden, orchards of pears, peaches, and apples, and the newest plantings in their vineyard. Our last stop is Gardens at Dream Barn Hollow, located along a branch of the Williams River, and we’ll see how the gardens have evolved to create an amazing, cohesive feeling of magic: meandering pathways, curving borders, vivid colors of a variety of herbs and flower beds invoke a feeling of wonder and awe! Thank you to Alice Harwood for inviting us to have our picnic lunch there. Please email dkemble@vermontel.net to sign up or call 802-324-9465. Full details on directions and carpooling will be provided.