Jun 292018

Six Gardens and Lunch

You’re invited into six local gardens on August 5 for the Eighth Annual Works in Progress Garden Tour sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield.

Here’s the lineup: 1. Our early summer morning will begin at Glen Williams’ amazing in-town garden on just ¾ of an acre. Glen is known for his extensive hosta collection and he’s been adding ladyslippers, an assortment of annuals, and anything else that catches his fancy. 2. Next we’ll make a stop at Pat Belknap’s lovely yard that includes a mix of shade and sun-loving plants, daylilies, hostas, and annuals leading to a friendship gate connecting to her neighbor’s yard. 3. The gardens of Nina and Herb Jamison feature a forest setting with low stone walls, perennial beds connected by pebble paths, stone steps, stone seats and whimsy throughout. Enjoy the lavender lined path, wilds interspersed with planting beds and two woodland walks. 4. Now on to Bartonsville to see Marvie Campbell’s extensive backyard vegetable gardens and her ways of dealing with deer and watering. She’ll show us her new, productive kitchen garden in a raised bed right out the back door. 5. Back in Springfield we’ll visit Bonnie Andrews who believes in “planting enough stuff so you don’t have to weed”. Shade and sun plants, paths and interesting discoveries abound! 6. Betsy Owen usually grows a few of her favorite summer vegetables with room for lots of garlic and winter squash for winter storage. A border of flowers always finds its way in, both volunteers from last year like sunflowers and poppies, and a few annuals. Less than a mile away is Diane Kemble’s where lunch made from fresh local ingredients will be served on the deck and porch, overlooking the vegetable garden, berry patches, flowers, field and pond.  The Works in Progress theme is definitely in evidence here.

The tour, which ends with lunch, runs from 8 a.m. through about 1:00. Suggested donation is $20. and includes lunch and plants. Please email dkemble@vermontel.net to sign up or call 885-1156 or 802-324-9465. Full details on directions and carpooling will be provided.

Jun 132018

Join VINE Sanctuary here at the Springfield UU! 

Celebrate Pride month by enjoying a rainbow of plant-based food while learning about LGBTQ history. This free event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome whether or not they are vegan, LGBTQ, or bring a dish to share.
Since dietitians encourage everybody to “eat the rainbow” by incorporating colorful fruits and vegetables in our diets, and since we all have LGBTQ people in our families and communities, we hope to see a big crowd at the Pride Month Vegan Potluck.
The rainbow flag has served as a symbol of LGBTQ pride. LGBTQ people and their friends, family members, and allies recognize June as “Pride Month” in remembrance of the events of June 1969, which are seen as the beginning of the modern movement against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
In celebration of both Pride Month and the rainbow of flavors offered by fruits and vegetables, potluck participants are encouraged to bring dishes that incorporate as many colors as possible. Prizes will be awarded to the most colorful entree, side dish, and dessert.
VINE Sanctuary co-founder Pattrice Jones, who has participated in the LGBTQ movement since the 1970s and has taught LGBTQ Studies courses, will offer an engaging talk on the history of LGBTQ activism between entrees and dessert. This event is co-sponsored by the Springfield Town Library, and a reading list of relevant titles available at the library will be provided.
Since several volunteers will be bringing more than one dish to share, everyone is welcome to attend, even if they do not bring something to share. The only requirement is that any food brought to the potluck must be vegan, which means free from any animal products such as meat, dairy, or eggs. People who would like to try making a vegan dish but don’t know where to start can visit VegWeb.com or VegKitchen.com to search for recipes.
VINE Sanctuary is an LGBTQ-founded non-profit farmed animal refuge based in Springfield, Vermont. More than 600 animals — including birds, goats, sheep and cows seized by Vermont authorities in cases of extreme cruelty or neglect — live at the 100+ acre sanctuary. In addition to caring for sanctuary residents and promoting respect for animals, VINE advocates for social and environmental justice.
As an LGBTQ-founded animal rescue organization, VINE has worked for many years to understand and explain the linkages among animal exploitation and social injustice as well as the benefits of a unified effort to end violence of all kinds. Brochures about those linkages will be available at the event, and we expect the resulting discussion to be lively.

May 242018

The June First Friday Film at the Springfield UU,  The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s limited definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer groups, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify women, and resolve conflicts through violence.

These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become ‘real’ men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the ‘boy crisis’ and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.  This film is 90 minutes long.

Free admission, popcorn and beverages. All welcome.
Doors open at 6:45; film begins at 7 pm.


May 072018

Tom’s songs have been recorded by Kris Kristofferson, Gene Watson, Bobby Bare, Mama Cass, Bobby Goldsboro, Michael Settle, Rita Coolidge, Charlie Louvin, and dozens of others. His classic, “Whiskey Whiskey” is considered a standard, and has been cut by a long list of performers in a variety of styles.

He’s played lead guitar for Mickey Newbury, appeared as a background vocalist on Joan Baez’ “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and Steve Goodman’s “City Of New Orleans,” and his expertise in the studio is well known and respected among his industry peers. His performances have taken him from the coffeehouses of the Greenwich Village folk scene, to country honky tonks, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Big Sur Folk Festival, Monterey Pop Festival, The Willie Nelson Picnic, The Hollywood Bowl, and numerous radio and television appearances. Tom also sang the title song on the soundtrack album for the Mick Jagger movie “Ned Kelly”, a soundtrack which also featured Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Jagger himself.
There is a five dollar suggested donation.
All Welcome. 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.

Apr 082018

The April UU Coffeehouse in Springfield will feature Woodchuck’s Revenge with Kristina Cady on Saturday the 21st.
Formed in front of the fire on a winter’s night in 1990, Woodchucks’ Revenge brings together as a performing group three friends who have combined their lifelong love of music to offer their audiences an eclectic and refreshing mix of traditional and contemporary folksongs played with spirit and an old time country sensibility.

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.

The Woodchucks have performed throughout Vermont and the adjoining states and in Wyoming and Montana… at colleges and community events and festivals, in coffehouses and summer concert series, country fairs and bluegrass festivals as well as the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), and the Northeast Music, Arts and Dance Festival (NOMAD). They have performed on Public Radio in Vermont and New York, as well as local access television. Their audiences have included students, seniors, visitors to Vermont, historical reenactors, and folk music fans of all ages.

Held at 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music, but there is a “free-will” offering and any money collected goes directly to support the featured performers..  You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

All welcome.  Join us for a fun evening of great music!

Mar 242018

This is the story of nine girls from nine different countries striving beyond poverty and challenging life circumstances to educate themselves.  In the process  they transform themselves, their families, their communities and the world.   Educate Girls and change the world! Released in 2014 on DVD.

Meryl Streep, one of the narrators of the film, says of it:  “this film delivers hope: reasonable, measureable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future.”

This is a free showing. We will start the film at 7 pm. (103 minutes long)  Doors open at 6:45,  popcorn and beverages included. All welcome! (Rescheduled from March 2nd.)

Mar 062018

Jeff Taft-Dick will hold a small group discussion on “Exploring Spiritual Practices” at the church from 4-5 pm. Some folks find that having a regular spiritual practice is essential to holding steady through life’s ups and downs. This session is an opportunity to explore spiritual practices. The world’s religions teach us that to be healthy and whole, we need spiritual food just as much as we need physical food. We need to be fed spiritually on a regular basis. How do we do this? We feed our spirit by doing an activity regularly that nourishes and lifts our spirit. The purpose of the group is friendship and spiritual growth.

The group uses a set or relational agreements to create a respectful, non-coercive environment in the group. If You can’t attend and would like to read the information sheet on the group, You can download it from our website at https://uuspringfieldvt.org/category/heartbeat/

Part of Springfield Wellness Week, free and open to the public. Held at 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT.  All welcome!

Games Night: Sat. Mar 10, 6:30 pm

Drop by to play a board game or work on a craft on this late-winter evening.  Play one of ours or bring your own.  Active indoor games (e.g. juggling, corn hole toss),  coloring  and crafts also welcome.  It’s all about having company and making friends while you play.

Everyone welcome.

Held at 21 Fairground Road, Springfield.  In case of inclement weather, check our facebook page

(www.facebook.com/UUSpringfieldVT/ ) or this website  ( https://uuspringfieldvt.org/ ) for cancellation announcements.


Coffeehouse: Gus Bloch
Saturday, Mar 17, 7 pm

On Saturday March 17, we will have Gus Bloch performing for us at the UU Coffeehouse. The music Gus performs includes Folk, Folk Revival, Old Time, Cowboy, Country, Children’s and Old Time Jazz. He plays guitar and banjo along with a variety other instruments. Hopefully he’ll bring many of them with him. We are excited to host Gus again and hear his music.
This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music. You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages. Doors open at 6:30; music starts at 7 pm. All welcome!

Feb 192018

We will reschedule at a later date.

This is the story of nine girls from nine different countries striving beyond poverty and challenging life circumstances to educate themselves.  In the process  they transform themselves, their families, their communities and the world.   Educate Girls and change the world! Released in 2014 on DVD.

Meryl Streep, one of the narrators of the film, says of it:  “this film delivers hope: reasonable, measureable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future.”

This is a free showing. We will start the film at 7 pm. (103 minutes long)  Doors open at 6:45,  popcorn and beverages included. All welcome!

Feb 062018


The DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE are simple, joyous, meditative, multicultural, circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves,and recognize it in others. These Dances are based on teachings embraced by Universal Sufism. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required, and everyone is welcomed to join in.
The DANCES focus on PEACE, creating a sense of solidarity and community, while celebrating the underlying unity of all the spiritual traditions of the earth.  Donations Accepted.

Held in the Springfield UU sanctuary, 2-4 pm.

CT DUP Contact : swguillow@atlanticbb.net (860) 303-3717



Coffeehouse: Hootenanny! Open Mic, Sat, Feb 17, 7 pm

The Coffeehouse Music Series in February will hold a Hootenanny! Open Mic.  This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music.  You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.  Feel free to bring your instrument(s) and your voice and be part of the fun.

Doors open at 6:30 pm; music begins at 7 pm.  All welcome!

Jan 242018
“Admit it: you don’t really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download. But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets… and are not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but freely sharing it with the government. And you agreed to all of it. With fascinating examples and so-unbelievable-they’re-almost-funny facts, filmmaker Cullen Hoback exposes what governments and corporations are legally taking from you every day – turning the future of both privacy and civil liberties uncertain. From whistle blowers and investigative journalists to zombie fan clubs and Egyptian dissidents, this disquieting exposé demonstrates how every one of us has incrementally opted-in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click- and what, if anything, can be done about it.”
Release date:July 12, 2013.  Produced and directed by Cullen Hoback
Doors open at 6:45.  Popcorn and hot beverages served.  No charge.  All welcome!