Saturday, July 23, 2011


Events to consider

Lamoille County Fair and Field Days is taking place this weekend in Johnson, VT at 203 Wilson Road. $10 per person takes care of your entrance, entertainment, exhibits, demonstrations and midway rides. Parking is free. More details can be found at:
More fairs, festivals and field days can be found at:

Ben & Jerry FREE movies Saturday nights in Waterbury
Have you ever attended? When there was a local scoop shop we went frenquently but not as much now that it means a trip to Waterbury. Still, it's a fun time. Bring chairs or a blanket, the movie is projected on a wall outside the scoop shop at the factory. Bring a snack or buy some icecream (there may be some free samples but not positive). Movies are Saturday at dusk. The time varies, I think tonight is about 8:30. Go early to get settled. Tonight 7/23 is Iron Man 2. Movie schedule 7/30 Yogi Bear; 8/6 Toy Story 3, 8/13 TRON Legacy and 8/20 is Gnomeo & Juliet. This happens every summer, every week in July & August. Ben & Jerry's also shows the movies on Tuesdays up in Burlington.


DANCING! Quite a while back I put out a message about ballroom dancing. I have a high confidence level in making ballroom dance lessons available in Berlin in the near future - who wants to participate?! This Sunday evening there is an opportunity to join in on some ballroom dancing in Brookfield. It's high recommended Mike and I have been enjoying the lessons down there at the Town Hall for several years. The cost is $10 per person and you don't have to come as a couple. It's Sunday, July 24th 7:30-9:30pm. This week Carolyn Pedrick will give mini-lessons in the waltz and the rumba. You don't need to have previous experience. It's fine to bring your own snacks / drinks. There will be some soda type of beverages for sale there. The waltz lesson will be at 7:30 and at 8:30 will be the rumba. A night of ballroom dancing will also take place on Sunday, August 28th with the tango and a second dance which will be decided this Sunday. Don't miss out on this fun opportunity and make sure to let me know if you're interested in something local... I'm not sure whether it would be during the week or on the weekend. Need to find out the instructors availability. This Sunday is your chance to check it out!

Has everybody heard about Simply Subs now having a location at the Berlin Mall in addition to their Route 302 in Berlin location and their Main Street in Barre location. They're offering the same menu of subs, salads and pizza (by the slice) at all three locations!

Barre Heritage Festival July 27 - 31 in downtown Barre. Extensive entertainment schedule - two stages this year! This includes Native Tongue on Friday evening! All the details can be found:


Annual Used Musical Instrument Sale - mark your calendars now for Saturday, August 27, 2011 9am - 2pm at the Bethany Church in Montpelier. New to the event this year: with the purchase of a stringed instrument from the Annual Used Musical Instrument Sale (a mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, fiddle, ukulele, or banjo) you will receive one free 1/2 hour introductory lesson from the teachers at Woodbury Strings. Coupons available at the sale.

In the event of an emergency, this email group would NOT be utilized - the way it's set up makes it too time consuming. There are other ways for you to be connected:
The Berlin Emergency Management Team has an email group to better keep you informed on emergency situations and dangers facing the town. To join this list click on and click on “Join this group” in the right hand column.

Berlin Emergency Management is now on facebook. Help the team keep you informed by joining this page and sharing it with others.

WDEV Radio AM 550 and FM 96.1 is also a great source of local information.

Would you like to help the town in the event of an emergency or disaster? Berlin Emergency Management is looking to expand our team to update our emergency plans and staff the emergency operations center in the event of an emergency. We are looking for strong individuals with experience in operations, planning, and especially logistics. Emergency management experience is not necessarily, just a willingness to serve your town and help your neighbors. There are some trainings that will be required but have no cost to you other than your time.

I pulled out my handy listing of fun for the family - I've double checked the links and added a few new ones. Do you have some family favorites to share? Please let me know.

Interesting Places to See / Events To Participate In Whether you’re new to the area, have grown up here, or if you’re hosting people from other parts of the state, country, or world, these are some places our family recommends. We came up with this listing when we were recently hosting a teenager from another country.
¨ State House tours
¨ Hubbard Park - map at this link if you need one:
¨ Morse Farm Maple creemies, kettle corn, taste various maple syrups, movie in woodshed theater, replica of State House. In the winter there is cross-country skiing.
¨ Farmer's Market - Montpelier Sat. 9am-1pm State St, Other markets in the area and throughout Vermont can be found at:
¨ North Branch Nature Center
¨ Floating Bridge Brookfield
¨ Cold Hollow Cider (their video about cider making is available to view in various languages)
¨ Ziemke Glassblowing Studio
¨ Ben & Jerry's
¨ Covered bridges
¨ Apple picking in the fall - VTC Orchard Randolph Ctr 728-1276; Liberty Orchard Brookfield short trees
¨ Vermont Tech. College Mon – Fri 9am- 4pm Call ahead first Visitors can tour sugarhouse, apple orchard (pick your own) and working 90-cow free stall dairy complex. 728-1265 or 728-1000. Welcome school tours.
¨ Potato picking Likely pick your own potato Sunday is the same or near Tunbridge Fair weekend Barbara & Bob Chappelle 433-5930
¨ Tunbridge Fair Sept 15 - 18, 2011
¨ Quarries
¨ Cabot Creamery 9-5 daily
¨ Corn Maze Danville / Rutland
¨ Hike - Mt. Elmore (south of Morrisville); Hunger Mountain (Waterbury); Spruce Mtn (Plainfield); Camels Hump; Mt Mansfield (gondola and short boulder hike to Chin $$), Owl’s Head (Groton) Information on Irish Hill (Berlin) including a map: Green Mtn Club;
¨ University Mall M-S 9:30am – 9:30pm Sunday 11am-6pm\
¨ Book stores Rivendell Books with locations in both Montpelier and in the Berlin Mall; Bear Pond Books in Montpelier
¨ Church St Marketplace & Burlington Square Mall
¨ Lake Champlain Chocolates free factory tours M-F on the hour from 9am – 2pm (groups of 10 or more need to contact them)
¨ Geocaching
¨ Camping (be sure to check out details regarding Venture Vermont!);
¨ Unicycle
¨ Vermont Fairs and Festivals
¨ Shelburne Museum Adm. 1/2 price for VT residents; with purchase of a full-price ticket, admission for a second consecutive day is free.¨ Vermont Teddy Bear Factory ¨ Shelburne Farms
¨ Vermont Farm Tours
Billings Farm & Museum
¨ Quechee Gorge “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon” View from VT 4 highway bridge to the Ottauquechee River 165 feet below.
¨ Montshire Museum of Science
Vermont Art Studios - Open Studio Weekend end of May

Look at these sites to see their current schedules:

No Strings Marionette Co.
Marko the Magician
Jon Gailmor
Native Tongue – classic rock band
Circus Smirkus
Chess Tournaments and club information including a local fall event and the State Scholastic Chess Tournament in April.
Farmers' Night Concert Series from January through early April, Free events on Wednesday evenings at the State House (link to schedule can be found to the bottom right side of the page)
Visit a grocery store; elementary school; Montpelier Rec Field; Woodbury Mountain toys in Montpelier; music store; flea market/garage sale; go to a chicken pie dinner; fish; bike ride and look for shape stones in a brook; star gaze; toast S’mores over a campfire. Check the local newspapers for special events such as festivals, plays and more.

For more family activities visit:

KidsVT pick up your copy at the grocery store or visit - go to their Event Calendar
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