February 2016

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February 2016

In this issue:

Chamber and Middlebury’s Railroad/Bridge Project

The Chamber, in cooperation with the Better Middlebury Partnership, has written a letter to Governor Shumlin to express our concern over the railroad project slated to begin in mid-2016 and the disruption it will cause to downtown Middlebury. We are urging the Governor and VTrans Secretary Cole to re-examine the current plan and determine whether it’s necessary for the bridges to have 21-foot height clearance. While we realize we may not represent every member’s opinion, both the Chamber’s and BMP’s board of directors have carefully considered and approved its content. You can read the letter here.

The Chamber, also with the BMP, is working closely with the Town of Middlebury’s recently hired community liaison. Jim Gish, a Middlebury resident, will be responsible for providing accurate, up-to-date information to the community using social media or good old-fashioned door-to-door communication. His focus will also be on developing creative marketing and promotional solutions for Middlebury's downtown to minimize the impact of this challenging construction project on our business community and on town residents. You may hear directly from Jim, or see him in person, if you’re located downtown, or you’ll be receiving regular updates via the Chamber.

A Warm Welcome to Gina Jennings

Please welcome Gina Jennings to the Chamber’s staff. Gina joined us in December as a sales consultant and will be working with Sue and the rest of the team to recruit new members and retain existing ones. A resident of Bristol, Gina is a seasoned sales professional mostly for the consumer products industry.

Next time you attend a mixer, please introduce yourself to Gina. You can reach her at sales@addisoncounty.com or 802-349-8429.

Travel with the Chamber to Ireland or the Rhine River

The Addison County Chamber is offering its members, their families and friends, and members of the community the opportunity to travel to either Ireland or a river boat cruise on the Rhine River. Ireland is a nine-day trip which departing October 17th and the Rhine River Cruise is a ten-day trip departing October 19th.  There is an information meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 17th at the Swift House Inn. Interested travelers can get their questions answered by the tour provider, Chamber Discoveries—Ireland at 5 to 6 pm; Rhine River Cruise at 6:15 to 7:15 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information and pricing for one of these amazing trips, please call us at 388-7951 or email Sue.

Vermont Gran Fondo Named One of U.S.'s Top 11

New routes and climbs, multiple covered bridges and country stores

The Vermont Gran Fondo, produced by the Addison County Chamber, has been named one of the U.S.’s Top 11 Gran Fondos by GranFondoGuide.com—an online resource for avid cyclists. The event is set for Saturday, June 4, 2016 and promises several new twists on a familiar and popular theme—the climbing will be no less challenging and the views every bit as breathtaking.

After two editions that challenged cyclists from all over the world, as well as a 2012 Olympian, with the daunting “LAMB” ride—the Lincoln, Appalachian, Middlebury and Brandon gaps in succession—the Green Mountain State’s premier cycling event will mix things up this summer.

Repaving on Routes 125 and 73 will reduce sections of the Middlebury and Brandon gaps to gravel, so organizers have paired Roxbury Gap and Moretown Mountain with the Appalachian and Lincoln gaps. All told, the 2016 Gran Fondo route will make for 105 miles and more than 10,000 feet of climbing—yet again, a quadruple-gap century ride. And the course’s final ascent will take cyclists up the eastern slope of Lincoln Gap, with 24% grade that’s purported to be the steepest paved mile in the U.S.

To accentuate the Vermont vibe, the Gran Fondo route will lead riders through five covered bridges (in Waitsfield, Warren and Northfield). The new 2016 loop also features many country stores along the route (in Starksboro, Lincoln, Warren, Waitsfield and Northfield) to supplement the usual well-stocked rest stops (atop the App and Lincoln gaps). Roughly 10% of the Gran route will cover iconic Vermont dirt roads, which are hard-packed and easily navigable.

The Medio Fondo will be essentially unchanged from 2015, with 6,800 feet of climbing over 64 miles, including the Appalachian and Lincoln gaps. Piccolo riders will follow a route entirely within Addison County, home to what Yankee magazine has called the best road cycling in New England, covering 43 miles and rising 3,700 feet as they go from Middlebury to Bristol and Lincoln, then back again.

Riders on all three routes will be supported by mechanics and sag wagons from local bike shops and bicycle-touring companies. All entrants are invited to pick up their registration packets and receive a complimentary bike check at Woodchuck Cider House from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd or the morning of the ride starting at 7 a.m. With registration, participants also receive professional ride-day photography; custom-designed cycling socks; and entry to the après-ride party. Vermont Gran Fondo cycling jerseys and shorts may be purchased at additional cost.

A gran fondo, named after the Italian phrase for “great endurance,” is a one-day bicycle event first popularized in Europe that emphasizes participation over competition. It’s typically characterized by a festive atmosphere, camaraderie, and post-ride food and drink.

For more information and to register, go to www.VermontGranFondo.com.

Member Spotlight: Heritage International

Host a foreign exchange student through World Heritage International.

My name is David Allan Rose.  I am your area World Heritage representative.  I am asking you to consider hosting a deserving foreign high school student for the coming fall school year. 

When you host a foreign exchange student you embark on an unforgettable cultural adventure.  By opening your heart and home you will be giving an exceptional young person the opportunity of a life time.  World Heritage students are between 15 to 18 years of age.  They are carefully screened by our overseas offices and are selected on the basis of their high academics, good-nature and adaptable manner.  Students arrive via their own air fare, with their own medical and liability insurance and spending monies.  The only cost to a host family is to provide meals and sleeping room.

Hosting is like having an adopted son or daughter.  They want to be treated as a member of your family enjoying the privileges as well as the household chores, leisure time and recreation.

Who can host?  Families with children still at home, couples and singles.

You are not alone in the process.  As the area representative I will walk you through the entire process. By deciding early to host you can select from many of the hopeful students, a boy or girl and from a particular country.   I will meet with both you and the student several times throughout the school year to be sure all is well.

Please go to www.whhosts.com for a full overview.

World Heritage is dedicated to fostering cultural enrichment and intercultural understanding.  Established in 1980 we are affiliated and operate under the sponsorship of ASSE International.

About David Allan Rose

David has a diverse background.  He was born in the Midwest and schooled at Brigham Young University in Theatre Arts. In his 20s he worked as a professional horse jockey racing at most every major track in the US including Churchill Downs where he suffered one of two horse racing injuries. He has ridden more than 150,000 miles on horseback.

David is motivational public speaker telling stories of his horse racing adventures. He is active in Toastmasters, the worldwide speaking organization and David is presently is seeking new members to form a speaking club chapter here in Middlebury.

In 2000 while living in San Francisco he discovered swing dancing.  It is now one of his passions and he presently teaches swing dance at local colleges, the Compass Center in Brandon and Middlebury Parks and Recreation Center.

He has been active mentoring young people all his life. He looks forward to working with host families to welcome students to our beautiful Middlebury area.

David Allan Rose
P: 802-343-1475
E: heritagestudentexchange@gmail.com
W: www.whhosts.com

Member Spotlight: Vermont Retirement Planners

Investment industry professional Nicholas Strom-Olsen has partnered with independent brokerage firms LPL Financial and Private Advisor Group to form Vermont Retirement Planners, LLC, a new financial advisory firm based in Vergennes.  The new company will provide financial planning advice to individuals and businesses based on research from multiple providers and have access to a broad suite of financial products and services.

“I am so pleased and honored to make this announcement; being able to live and work in the place that I grew up and love is one of my life’s greatest achievements,” says Strom-Olsen, founder and owner of the new firm.  “Helping individuals and businesses develop customized financial strategies has been my professional focus over the last 15 years, and partnering with LPL Financial and Private Advisor Group gives us the high-end sophisticated tools and support that will allow us to focus on our clients even more. At the same time, the relationship allows us to be part of a community of like-minded advisors where we get to share ideas and best practices while leveraging the largest broker-dealer in the industry.”

Strom-Olsen says his goal is to walk clients through the complex and challenging process of planning for and transitioning into retirement.  “We aim to make sense of complicated issues and to provide the tools resources, and advice that will help our clients make the best decisions for themselves, their families and their businesses.

Strom-Olsen is a graduate of Castleton College, and earned his MBA from Clarkson University. Prior to founding VTRP, Nick worked for The AYCO Company LP, in Albany, NY, as a Senior Financial Planner; he worked for Advest, Inc. in Greenwich, CT, as a Financial Planner; and he worked for Berkshire Bank for 11 years as a Vice President and Senior Financial Consultant for their investment services division. He was recently named a “Top Next Gen Independent Broker/Dealer Advisor” by REP. Magazine.

For more information, visit www.vtretirementplanners.com

Pot of Gold Won!

Congratulations to Holden Financial Services!

Gretchen Kellogg attended December’s mixer
and won the Pot of Gold valued at $850.





New Member Introductions 

Carpenter & Costin
Russ Marsan, Owner
289 North Main Street
Rutland, VT  05701
P: 802-775-5686
E: info@carpentercostin.com
W: www.carpentercostin.com
Categories: Landscaping, Property Management

Common Ground Center (welcome back!)
Connor Timmons, Executive Director
473 Tatro Road
Starksboro, VT  05487
P: 802-453-2592
E: info@cgcvt.org
W: www.cgcvt.org
Categories: Banquet Facilities, Meetings, Recreation

Courtyard by Marriott (welcome back!)
Rusty Harding, General Manager
309 Court Street
Middlebury, VT  05753
P: 802-388-7600
E: gm@middleburycourtyard.com
Category: Hotels & Motels

Heritage International
David Allen Rose
2427 Route 7
Leicester, VT  05733
P: 802-343-1475
E: heritagestudentexchange@gmail.com
W: www.whhosts.com
Category: Education/Career Training, Non-Profit & Civic Organizations

Vermont Retirement Planners, LLC
Nick Strom-Olsen, Owner Founder
11 Main Street, 1st Floor
Vergennes, VT  05491
P: 802-870-7039
E: nick@vtretirement.com
W: www.vtretirementplanners.com
Category: Financial/Planning Services

Membership Renewals

Thanks for renewing your membership!

A. Johnson Company
Accent Travel American Express
Acker Excavating
Addison Consulting LLC
Addison Consulting LLC Addison County Asphalt D&F Excavating Addison County Fair & Field Days Addison County Solid Waste Management District
Addison County Sugar Makers Assn. Addison County Transit Resources Addison Independent Addison Northeast Supervisory Union
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union American Flatbread Middlebury Hearth Autumn Gold, Inc. BC Motorsports
Beau Ties LTD of Vermont Bolduc Farm Bourdeau Bros. of Middlebury Bourdon Insurance Agency, Inc.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes Bristol Animal Hospital Bristol Electronics Bristol Financial Services
Business Telephone Systems Cabot Creamery Cooperative Cafe Provence Carol Jean McKnight
Century 21 Jack Associates - Middlebury Century 21 Jack Associates, The Lynn Jackson Group Champ's Trading Post Champlain Precision, Inc.
Champlain Valley Apiaries Champlain Valley Equipment, Inc. Champlain Valley Orthopedics Champlain Valley Plumbing & Heating
City of Vergennes Classic Stitching Cole's Flowers College Street Children's Center
Conner & Buck Builders, Ltd. Co-operative Insurance Companies Countryside Carpet & Paint County Tire Center, Inc.
Creative Space Gallery Dakin Farm, Inc. Danforth Pewter Workshop & Store DeBisschop Excavating LLC
Deerleap Transportation Deerwood Estate, LLC Dennis W. Casey Excavating, LLC Deppman & Foley, P.C.
Distinctive Paint & Interiors Donald C. Ballou, Inc. Eagle Country 97.5/WTNN East View Electrical Services
EastView at Middlebury Elderly Services, Inc. English, Carroll & Boe, P.C. Fire & Ice Restaurant
Fort Ticonderoga Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty Future Planning Associates, Inc. Fyles Bros., Inc.
Gaines Insurance Agency, Inc. Gary Baker Insurance Geiger of Austria, Inc. Goodrich Corporation
Goodro Lumber Company, Inc. Goshen Farms of Florida, Inc. Green Haven Gardens & Nursery Green Mountain Power Corporation
Green Peppers Restaurant Greentree Real Estate Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History Herons Watch Lake House
Holden Insurance Homeward Bound: Addison County's Humane Society Huestis Farm Supply Ilsley Public Library
IPJ Real Estate J.W. & D.E. Ryan, Inc. Jackman Fuels, Inc. James Farm Creative
James H. Douglas JP Carrara & Sons Kent Ridge Orchards Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts
Laberge Insurance Agency, Inc. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum LandWorks Living Well Residence
Lock-N-Glass Crafters, LLC Long Trail Physical Therapy MacIntyre Services, LLC Maple Landmark, Inc.
Marble Works Pharmacy Mark Favreau Graphic Design Martin's Hardware & Building Supply Mary Johnson Children's Center
Masterson Excavation Matthew's Trucking, LLC McKernon Group, Inc. The Medicine Chest
Memorial Sports Center Middlebury Area Land Trust, Inc. Middlebury Eye Associates Middlebury Fence Company
Middlebury Floral & Gifts Middlebury Inn Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op Middlebury Regional Emergency and Medical Services
MIDDState Towing Co. Mike's Fuels, LLC Mill Bridge Construction, Inc. Milne Travel American Express
Misasi & Company LLC Mister Up's Monument Farms Dairy Mountain View Equipment, LLC
Nathaniel Group, Inc. National Bank of Middlebury Neuse, Duprey & Putnam, P.C. Noon Mark Ventures, LLC
Nuovo, Rep. Betty Olivia's Crouton Company Omya Open Approach
Otter Creek Child Center Otter Creek Engineering, Inc. Otter Creek Used Books Paquette Self-Storage, Inc.
Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center Peak View Eye Care People's United Bank Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Pike Industries Porter Medical Center Poulos Insurance
PP&D Brochure Distribution Purple & Sage Property Maintenance Rainbow Acres Landscaping RE/MAX North Professionals—
The Gridley Group The Residence at Otter Creek Rikert Nordic Center River's Edge Cottages & RV Park, LLC
Rogers Relaxing Massage Therapy LLC Rotary Club of Middlebury Rouse Tire Sales, Inc. Sanderson Ducharme Funeral Service, Inc.
Shoreham Inn Silloway Networks Snyder Homes Stone Block Antiques
The Storm Cafe SunCommon Sweet Cecily Swift House Inn
System Integrators Thomas Jackson, Psychotherapist Town Hall Theater, Inc. Town of Addison
Town of Cornwall Town of Middlebury Town of Shoreham Two Brothers Tavern
United Way of Addison County UVM Morgan Horse Farm Vergennes Opera House Vergennes Residential Care Home
The Vermont Book Shop Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Coffee Company Vermont Community Foundation
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation Vermont Federal Credit Union Vermont Folklife Center Vermont Hard Cider Company
Vermont HoneyLights Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing, LLC Vermont’s Own Products VocRehab Vermont
Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom WhistlePig Farms Willow & Lotus B&B Willowell Foundation
WOKO/WKOL/WIZN/WBTZ/WJOY WowToyz Yankee Farm Credit, ACA

February Coffee Talk

  • New Coworking and Conference Center Opens at Kennedy Brothers
  • Henry Sheldon Museum and Historic New England Form Alliance
  • Porter Medical Center Names New Chaplain
  • ACHHH Appoints Interim Executive Director 
  • Greentree Real Estate Welcomes Lazo 
  • Vermont Community Foundation Names Interim President & CEO
  • Tapestry Midwifery and Women’s Health and Addison Associates in OB/GYN Coming Together This Spring

New Coworking and Conference Center Opens at Kennedy Brothers

Kennedy Brothers has opened the KB Coworking and Conference Center to provide a collaborative and professional office for telecommuters and small business people who want flexible lease options. This Coworking and Conference Center in Addison County will serve these solopreneurs’ needs. The commitment is only month-to- month. Full month memberships, as well as five and ten day a month passes are available. The Coworking space provides private desks and nomadic table space. Up to five small private offices can also be built if there is demand. There are three conference rooms that can be reconfigured into one, two or three rooms; holding up to 50 people sitting in chairs when it is one room. Up to 30 people can be sitting at tables for a classroom configuration. Single conference rooms can hold up to 15 people.

High speed WiFi, copier and printer, and a kitchenette area complete the offering. The total area is approximately 3000 square feet of industrial chic design.

Just down the hall is the spacious KB Café on two levels, with 33 foot high ceilings and the old steam boiler. There are seventy seats and different art filled nooks and crannies where you can enjoy WiFi, coffee and delicious food, including gluten free options; Mon - Fri, 8am to 2pm. Weekend hours will be added in late spring.

Lillian Kennedy, and her husband Robert Feuerstein, bought the business from the other family members three years ago. They just completed renovations including: new roof, new windows, new HVAC, new entrance, new paved parking lot, redone bathrooms and new offices for tenants.

KB Coworking is located in the historic Kennedy Brothers factory building at 11 Main St. (22A) in Vergennes; one half mile north of downtown and one half mile south of where Route 7 meets 22A.

Henry Sheldon Museum and Historic New England Form Alliance

The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History and Historic New England are pleased to announce an alliance that brings enhanced benefits to members of both organizations. A two-year memorandum of understanding was recently signed outlining the terms of the alliance.

Founded in 1910, Historic New England is the nation’s oldest and largest regional heritage organization. It serves 200,000 visitors each year at 36 historic house museums in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Historic New England preserves and shares with the public buildings, landscapes, objects, documents, and stories dating from the seventeenth century to today to keep history alive, and help people develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England life and appreciation for its preservation.

The formal alliance between the two organizations, both devoted to historic preservation, history and art collections, and heritage interpretation, caps a multi-year collaborative partnership in exhibitions - Take Me to the Fair (2012), From Diary to Doorstep (2013) and Lost Gardens of New England (2014) which originated with Historic New England’s traveling exhibitions. They were displayed at the Henry Sheldon Museum, together with supplemental Vermont material from its collections.  During the exhibition partnership, staff members, trustees, and the general public learned about the strengths and benefits of the respective organizations, which led to the alliance, promising to be mutually beneficial to the growth of the organizations and services to the communities they serve.

Through the alliance, Historic New England will expand its public outreach in Vermont where it presents programs but does not currently operate a historic site museum.  The alliance will help the Henry Sheldon Museum unlock its potential by increasing its audience, bringing broadened nation-wide visibility and recognition. In addition, Historic New England offers the Henry Sheldon Museum professional expertise in building and collection preservation and in archival conservation and digitization, thereby enhancing the Henry Sheldon Museum’s preeminent roles in the collection of community history, historic preservation, art and history exhibits.

Porter Medical Center Names New Chaplain
Porter Medical Center has appointed Reverend Matthew Wollam-Berens as its new full-time Chaplain to serve the needs of patients, residents and staff throughout the organization.  He will join the organization in early December.

Rev. Wollam-Berens is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and has served until recently as an Interfaith Chaplain at The University of Vermont Medical Center, as well as the Interim Pastor at the Post Mills Congregational Church.  

Rev. Wollam-Berens holds a Master of Divinity degree in theological and ministry studies from Bethany Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the Pontifical College Josephinum. He completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training as a chaplain intern, the last three units at The University of Vermont Medical Center’s CPE program headed by Fr. Jack Crabb, S.J.

He has 15 years of experience working as a volunteer with hospice patients for several different organizations in several different states (Nebraska, Michigan, New York) and most recently was a volunteer driver for the Open Door Clinic in Middlebury.  

ACHHH Appoints Interim Executive Director

Addison County Home Health & Hospice (ACHHH) recently announced that Clinical Director Sherry Greifzu, RN, MSN, AOCN, has been appointed by the Board of Directors as Interim Executive Director.

Former Executive Director Larry Goetschius recently announced his departure from the Agency after 15 years of service.  "My time here at ACHHH has been the most rewarding of my career,” stated Goetschius.  “What you’ve taught me about caring for patients and for each other has truly changed my life.  Thank you for showing me what it means to be part of a team that makes a difference every day," Goetschius told the staff.

With Greifzu stepping up to fill both Clinical and Executive Director positions, the agency has continuity of leadership. Greifzu has an extensive clinical, administrative and educational background, and is certified as an advanced practice oncology nurse. Greifzu’s most recent work has been with Novocure Corporation as a Clinical Science Liaison, providing education and research to physicians and staff at Cancer Centers in the Northeast. Previously, she was Nursing Director of Medicine and Oncology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC. Greifzu has worked for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as Director of Practice and Education, and is a Faculty Instructor in the graduate nursing program at Franklin Pierce University.

Greentree Real Estate Welcomes Lazo

Greentree Real Estate is delighted to welcome Orion Lazo as its newest licensed Real Estate Agent. Orion joined Greentree at the end of 2015 and has been a licensed Realtor for a year.

Orion moved to Vermont from Colorado in 2013 and fell in love with the natural beauty, and tight knit community of the Green Mountain state. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from University of Vermont, which he used to teach adaptive skiing at Vail from 2007 until 2013. He was drawn to the real estate field due to his sincere enjoyment of meeting new people and helping them through a major life decision, and became a Realtor in 2015.

When not assisting buyers and sellers he can be found teaching local youth how to ski at Mad River Glen. Orion lives in Starksboro with his partner, their two dogs, and flock of ten chickens. He can be reached at Orion@vermontgreentree.comor (802) 453-4831.

Greentree Real Estate is comprised of six agents, located in Monkton, Vermont and is owned by Bill and Phyllis Martin and Katrina Roberts. Greentree Real Estate serves both buyers and sellers primarily in Addison and Chittenden Counties and throughout the Champlain Valley. For more information, please visit www.vermontgreentree.com.

Vermont Community Foundation Names Interim President & CEO

VCF’s board of directors has appointed Felipe Rivera, who has been serving as the Foundation's vice president for strategy and communications, as interim president and CEO. Felipe will begin his new role on January 22.

Felipe joined the Community Foundation staff in 2004 and has been an integral part of developing VCF’s long-term plans in ways that meet the needs of its constituents while raising the organization's visibility throughout the state. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of philanthropy, having worked in areas of grantmaking, program development, and communications.

The Community Foundation Board of Directors has also named a committee to begin the search for a permanent replacement. The committee, led by Board Chair Tim Volk and Board Vice Chair Jake Wheeler, is planning to hire a search firm in the near future. Please send an email to ceosearch@vermontcf.org, if you would like to suggest names of people who should be considered for the position.

Tapestry Midwifery and Women’s Health and Addison Associates in OB/GYN Coming Together This Spring

The providers and staff of Tapestry Midwifery and Addison Associates in OB/GYN have been working together in recent months to come together as a single practice soon to be known as Porter Women’s Health.  

“The same Physicians and Certified Nurse-Midwives whom patients have come to know and trust will continue to work collaboratively to bring them excellent women’s health care and, in May, we will all be under the same roof in Middlebury” said Porter OB/GYN Dr. Kate Wagner. “Services will remain largely the same with collaboration as needed between groups. In most circumstances, the nurse-midwives and physicians will continue to provide separate call coverage for their pregnant patients” she added.

According to Wagner, for the next few months, Porter will continue to have two practice locations where patients may schedule with their usual provider.  However, if they need to be seen urgently, the midwife or physician who has the next available appointment at either location can see them.  

“The clinicians at Tapestry and Addison Associates have been working together for many years; this merger is a formal continuation and enhancement of the full spectrum of care that our patients have come to appreciate. We are excited about the future of Women’s Health at Porter Medical Center and are committed to enhancing and improving an exceptional patient experience. If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to either practice and we will be happy to provide you with more information,” Wagner added.

February Mixer Previews: Two Mixers—One AM; One PM

You have your choice of two mixers this month—one in the morning; one in the evening. Vermont Coffee Company will host us on the morning of Thursday, February 11th from 8 to 9 am—a pre-celebration of Valentine’s Day. Free coffee for all attendees!  If that doesn’t work for your schedule, please join us the evening of Thursday, February 18th at Edgewater Gallery’s Mill Street location from 5 to 7 pm. We’ll check out their new event space—a fabulous balcony that’s been built on the rear side of the building.

More details on the February 11th mixer are here.

At December’s mixer, we saw more than 100 of our members—many thanks to Waybury Inn, hosts Joe & Tracey Sutton and the Inn’s staff, for making us feel welcome and well fed! Check out photos from December’s mixer here. As always, Waybury Inn donated some very generous door prizes:

  • Lunch gift certificate: Penny Ploof, Purple & Sage Property Management
  • Brunch gift certificate: Bill Poquette, Comfort Hill Kennel
  • Dinner gift certificate: Kellie Thomas, TD KICKS

Art on Main was the destination for January’s mixer, which was co-hosted by Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom. More than 40 attendees got to admire the fine art and craft of more than 100 artists. Several attendees went home with some great door prizes: 

  • Theater tickets donated by Middlebury Community Players: Bob Feuerstein, Kennedy Brothers
  • Maple syrup: Gov. Jim Douglas
  • Mug: Sean Dye, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International
  • Enameled dish: Todd Warnock, bMighty2
  • T-shirt: Amy Piasecki, National Bank of Middlebury
  • Framed photo: Kurt Gruendling, Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom

    Looking ahead to mixers for the next three months:

    • March 17: Creative Space Gallery, Vergennes
    • April 21: Maple Landmark, Middlebury
    • May 19: UVM Morgan Horse Farm, Weybridge