Killer brittle!

Buy local and reduce your carbon footprint! Farmers’ markets have an abundance of local produce, meats, dairy, baked goods and more. Most communities now have farmers’ markets. Check them out, yoBB_048.600pxu won’t be sorry! You can find Battenkill Brittle at the Walloomsac Farmer’s Market in Bennington, VT and at the Dorset Farmers’ Market in Dorset, VT. Battenkill Brittle and Battenkill Brittle Crumble are made with organic sunflower seeds, organic sesame seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, organic brown rice syrup, pure Vermont maple syrup and pecan meal. Battenkill Brittle is a high energy snack and Crumble is the perfect addition to yogurt, oatmeal, waffles and salads. It is packed with nutrition and provides sustaining energy for any kind of physical activity, as a snack for students, or a pick-me-up at the office.



Triple Vision

Three photographers from the Northeast Kingdom have mounted an exhibit that explores photographic expression using both antique and post-modern methods. Chris Esten, Linda Bryan, and Thea Storz are showing at the Quimby Gallery at Lyndon State College during the month of November, 2012. The three women have produced images that have common themes and concerns, yet are diverse in their approach.

Triple Vision: Seeds of Tradition in Contemporary Photography
Opening: Friday, November 2, 6 pm
Quimby Gallery at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT
Exhibit runs November 5 through December 5, 2012

Thea Storz


Linda Bryan

Chris Esten


Your cup of tea?

Afternoon Tea and Tea Etiquette at Governor’s House (100 Main Street) Hyde Park, VT 05655 on October 28th at 3pm. High Tea? Low Tea? Milk first or last? And just what do you do with that little finger? The mysteries of afternoon tea and tea etiquette are solved while you enjoy a full English afternoon tea with tea sandwiches, little sweets, and warm scones with clotted cream and jam. A formal tea party can be intimidating, but after a pleasant afternoon of instruction, you will surely be confident enough to enjoy having tea anywhere. You’ll learn the fascinating history of tea, the secrets of brewing a perfect cup and how to pour graciously, and you’ll be ready to host a very proper tea party yourself.  Cost is $25. Advance reservations required.


Local Artist

The subjects of Lisa Forster Beach’s her work are varied, ranging from the natural beauty of the Vermont landscape, to architecture shaped by human usage, and finally to the nature of people and forms in nature. What unifies her work is a the strong sense of composition and the elegant interpretation of light. Literal representation is secondary to the character and impression of what is being translated by her brush.

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Sunday Oct. 14; 4-6 pm. Beach gets to the essence and spirit of the New England landscape. Her emphasis on structural design is constant in all of her paintings but; of greater concern; is the translation of the character and the impression of an experience into visual artistic language; rather than creating a factual representation. Beach prefers to paint on location to capture that New England spirit embodied in the natural world. or 899-3211.

Art Masquerade

Great Fun with Art Masquerade, new paintings & live music.  Don’t miss the Autumn in Vermont Art Masquerade at the Vermont Fine Art Gallery located at 1880 Mountain Rd Suite 3 in Stowe!
The party is 10/6/2012 5-7pm. Show up in costume dressed as your favorite artist or character from a painting  (such as the Mona Lisa or Margritte’s boler hat and apple), Receive Gift Certificates and best costume wins Artwork. Or come as you are, meet the artists & celebrate the season! If you can’t make it, the event lasts until 11/30/2012.  Featured Artists are Husband & Wife Hunter Eddy & Evelyn McFarlane and Vermont artists Jane Ashley & Gary Eckhart.


Mini me

Don’t miss the Champlain Mini Maker Faire on September 29 at Shelburne Farms…that’s Tomorrow! This event will be a wonderful opportunity to make, craft, learn and be inspired by celebrating arts, engineering, science and technology. The Champlain Mini Maker Faire will feature local makers and their creations, including Rabid Raving Robots, Pumpkin Chuckin’ Pirates, Baffling Buoyant Balloons, Quad-Copter Choreography and keynote speaker Dean Kamen. For more info, Click.


Free falling

The weather is perfect for what we Vermonter love to do…look at leaves! For prime foliage viewing seasoned with a dash of historical lore, consider taking this easy afternoon junket out of Woodstock. The leisurely 35-mile loop begins in Woodstock village and takes to the high country for panoramic views and a feast of autumn color. Farms, an active beaver pond, and ice cream complete the picture. Here’s a list of a few other fun foliage events. Thanks, Scenes of Vermont! After looking at trees, you may be tired. Here’s some great places to sleep:)


To a tea

Town and Country specializes in all forms of relaxation. One of our favorites is a harmonious cup of tea served with love. Our friends at Dobra Tearoom (80 Church Street in Burlington) specialize in the science of tea and are very skilled in a variety of special tea serving techniques, tricks of the trade, and mysteries. Teas whose first infusions generate immediate strength and potency are served in hand crafted teapots with the leaves removed for your ease. Teas which can be infused many times are served in unique teapots appropriate to the country of origin and are accompanied by additional hot water with instructions. A solitary tea-drinker is traditionally served with a “Gaiwan” or similar sized pot depending on their tea of choice.  Make sure you take some home, too!



The Blues Benefit for Bennington Coalition for the Homeless and the Vermont Arts Exchange is this Saturday September 15, 2012, 8pm. Tickets, $35, Click for tickets or at the following locations: VAE, Power’s Market, Spice’N’Nice, Nova Mae Cafe, Beverage Den, or call 1-800-838-3006. Featuring: BLUES SANCTUARY Bennington’s own backyard bluesmen, — winners of the Northeast Blues Society’s 2008 “Colossal Contender” award plus… Dinner with Chef Chuck from Dunville Hollow Mining Co., 6-8pm. Cash and dessert bar and silent auction!

Go to the hop!

The South End Art Hop is this weekend! Artist’s studios, and local businesses are being refit as art galleries and exhibition sites for the more than 500 participating artists. The event celebrates the unique characteristics of the Pine Street corridor, in particular the development of creative and artistic activity in numerous re-purposed factories and warehouses within the District. See you there!

Vermont Traditions

Quilts and cozy cottages are like peanut butter and jelly. They go together naturally. See over 100 contemporary and traditional quilts on display at the 2012 Quilt Show, right in Shelburne!  There’s a silent auction, craft table, food vendors, raffle quilt,
 and special displays including Vermont quilts from the
 Vermont Historical Society, family quilts of Vermont
 and Somali Bantu
 needlework sponsored by the Vermont Folklife Center.
 Lunch and refreshments are available.

The 30th Annual Vermont Traditions Quilt Show
October 20 & 21, 2012 The Field House
166 Athletic Drive in Shelburne (one mile from Shelburne Museum)
Saturday, October 20th from 10-5 and Sunday, October 21st from 10-4

Admission $6.00 Under 12 FREE! Ample free parking

Like cupcakes?

What could be more tempting than cupcakes and the sea? My little cupcake is a charming little Burlington bakery to take us away from reality for a moment – if only in our minds! Sweeten everyday with ‘Seaside Cupcakes’…a solid pine vintage style wood sign measuring 11.5″ W X 5.5H X .75″D and is painted ‘cottage black’ with white lettering that has been gilded in gold. It has been distressed for a perfectly imperfect well loved “flea market ” look. Your sign will arrive ready to hang.

217 College Street in Burlington, try the vanilla cupcake with strawberry buttercream!


Seaside Cupcakes is a She Could Fly original sign on etsy

Just peachey

We love Shelburne Orchards! 80 acres of apple trees are located on the shores of gorgeous Lake Champlain. You can pick your ownfruit – apples, sour cherries, peaches, and table grapes. They’ve even added a pumpkin patch this year. They all ripen at different times so they keep you posted as they are ready for pic

king. We sat at a picnic table gazing out over the lake, then had a delicious cider doughnut from the Cider House Farm Market. Nice half day trip. Hours are 9:00-6:00 Monday-Saturday and 9:00-5:00 on Sunday. Open from late August until late October, but that changes please check first. Sunday, September 9 is their 11th Annual Small Farms Food Fest!

A touch of glass

For over twenty years, Harry and Wendy Besett have been designing and producing contemporary studio glass and selling it nationally and internationally to fine craft galleries, museum shops, and directly to customers. All of the glass is designed and blown right here in Hardwick, using traditional, contemporary and innovative glass blowing techniques .
The Vermont Glass Gallery is a great half day trip. The other half? Why Town and Country Furniture Shop of course:)

Burlington’s jewel

We love the Burlington Farmers’ Market! A yummy bounty of fresh, locally grown produce, handmade crafts, sweet and savory treats, and meats and cheeses from Vermont’s lush pastures. While shopping this Saturday, we stumbled upon the power of kale chips! One bite and you can feel the energy coursing through your body in four distinct flavors (Original, Garlic Scallion, Smokey Chipotle, and Maple Coconut) seasoned with equally unadulterated ingredients. We also picked up an eye pillow filled with Flax seed and Lavender flowers from Wild Hill Herbals which we used last night for a truly delicious nights sleep. AO Glass Works makes handblown functional tableware and glass items by an international staff right here in Burlington. As part of their 12.12.12. project, a portion of their sales are donated to non-profits such as the Intervale, Local Motion, and VT Natural Resource Council.






















Best of Vermont 1

Since 1919, generations of farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative-now 1,200 strong through New England and New York-have taken great pride in producing world-class cheddar. They provide the highest-quality dairy products (with local farmers getting 100% of the profits). Want to visit? They have three Vermont locations. Anyone for reduced fat mac & cheese? This recipe, courtesy of our delicious friends at Cabot, is the best we’ve ever tasted! Awesome website too:)



Cool ride

The Old Spokes Home is a small neighborhood bicycle shop on 322 N. Winooski Ave…right here in Burlington! They cater to every style of cycling, with special emphasis on the bike commuter, day tourist, and randonneur/adventure cyclist. Check out this cottage-y style commuter bike. They evemn have a Museum, which highlights important advances in bicycle technology. Why not make it a half day trip. The other half? Town and Country of course!

It’s Hammock time!

Summertime and the backyard could use a hammock. Simple Treasures Imports offers affordable luxury for your outdoor haven and helps Central American artisans sell their fine, handmade products in North America. Their beautiful soft-spun cotton/nylon Nicaraguan hammocks are known throughout the world for superior comfort and exquisite detail. Visit their Church Street Marketplace location to demo this Hunter green-striped hammock with hardwood spreader bars. For indoor luxury, check this out!

Petronia and the patchwork

During the four months each year Carolyn Shattuck spends in Key West, Fla., the Vermont artist experiences two distinct atmospheres: “The cacophony of the village, with chickens and music and dogs and cats and people sitting out on their porches yelling across the street,” she writes; and the “complexity and chaos in random harmony” of her kayaking trips along the shore. In her collage series “Key West: Inside/Outside,” Shattuck captures both worlds. She uses Japanese papers and prints of her own dry-point sketches to create textural imagery evocative of a place she clearly loves. At WalkOver Gallery 15 Main Street, Bristol through August 24. Pictured: “Petronia.” Kinda reminds us of a Patchwork Chair. Thanks 7dvt for the post!

Here comes the sun!

Artist Craig Colorusso has traveled the country with his SUN BOXES.  It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels.When the sun is out, each of the 20 speakers emits a different note. The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing. A unique combination of adjectives often used to describe yoga or meditation. When experiencing the piece, Sun Boxes allows the participant to slow down, and notice the subtleties of the composition unfold. With the abundance of technology and hustle of this culture it is a much needed concept to not only be allowed, but also encouraged to slow down. When the sun goes away, they are silent.  Colorusso brings this sound installation to the Green Mountains with Sun Boxes in Vermont State Parks.  Hurry, their next stop is Grand Isle State Park from July 13-15!







Fine Wine Handcrafted in Vermont

We just visited our good friends at the Award-winning Shelburne Vineyard who make the finest quality wine. Anywhere! With Northern Varietal Grapes grown right here and the lush Vermont landscape as its backdrop, their state of the art winery and tasting room sits nestled among the vines.  As a pioneer in Vermont wine making, they are totally committed to sustainable agriculture and responsible vineyard practices.  Stroll the vineyards.  Pack a picnic.  Sip a glass of wine on the patio.  A great chance to taste what Vermont has to offer.

Festival of Fools

Try not to miss The Festival of Fools, now in its fifth year, on August 3-5th, 2012. The Festival of Fools is a festival of street theater devoted to the celebration of circus arts, music and comedy. We thank Burlington City Arts for helping make the arts easily accessible in greater Burlington (kinda like us), the Festival of Fools offers free events, open to the public and appropriate for all age groups. Four main stage locations surrounding the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park will feature continuous street theater, performing to over 10,000 visitors to Church Street each day. The Festival wraps up on Sunday, August 5th with a grand finale featuring all the performers of the festival.