10th Annual Richmond Holiday Market a Huge Success!
The Richmond Holiday Market held Saturday, December was a beautiful day in the Western Slopes of the Northern Green Mountains. The weather was crisp, Santa was Jolly, the horses were dressed in red stocking caps and the crowds were free from the crush of box stores as they saw all their neighbors!The crafts people produced some beautiful handiwork that was gobbled up by the shoppers. The young kids greeted Santa with a chorus of “Hi Santa” as he rolled up in the hay wagon.
I want to thank all the volunteers and performers who made it possible to pull off this event and raise over $3000 for scholarships for MMU students!
Barb Willis held down the Congregational Church crowd and grateful they have added WiFi. Marie Thomas and Keith Kennedy oversaw the Catholic Church (added to the mix for the first time this year!). June Banks kept Santa and all in line at the Library. Sherry Daniels watched my back in the Town Center and was my mentor for the entire event. Cindy Feloney and Meg Guilfoy grabbed the reins of the silent auction and did a great job. Dave Thomas was instrumental in signage, set up and tear down. He keeps the books balanced for the event and is instrumental in keeping Western Slopes Business Association’s blood pumping. Matt Blow, Liam Jennings, Jackson Rettew and Eli Frank from the MMU Boys Tennis team helped in set up and tear down that was very appreciated. Officer Bullock made Santa’s ride in streamlined and salutatory with flashing lights in escort. Thanks to Heather Schoppmann who organized the students to sing for us at 3 stops. Jonathan Leonard brought in some fine musicians to entertain the silent auction crowd.
Theresa Gilbert with the Community Center has been so helpful along with Marie Thomas in accessing and utilizing their space in the Town Center. Rebecca Mueller and her staff in the Library were great to work with and we love their WiFi. Ted Yeates was using his truck to shuttle tables and banners around. Fran Thomas was seen moving tables around as well. Thanks to Linda Parent for guiding me through the Town Hall labyrinth with ease. Meg Howard was in full throttle between Meg’s Handwovens and the Western Slopes Business Association booths. Bob Magee of the MMU Busing Dept helped put together the Shuttle Bus (new this year) with Dawn the driver for those who didn’t want to walk from the Catholic Church down to the Town Center or back. Bill and Jill Kilpeck’s team of horses was in full glory bringing in Santa and giving wagon rides through the park. Love their hats! Peter Purinton’s tree was placed next to Santa’s chair and decorated so lovingly by Christina Ladensack from The Crimson Poppy Flower Shoppe.
In all, the day comes about with the hard work of a lot of volunteers and their families who go without seeing them too much until the day is over. But the look and sounds of the kids with
their glow of glee makes it all worth it. And the large crowds made everyone else happy! This event started with Santa by himself over 30 years ago (his memory is a little fuzzy), nurtured 10 years ago by Frank and Joyce Stewart and now has grown into a Holiday Market with over 70 artists and entrepreneurs, while providing $3000 in scholarships to MMU students.
I am proud to be apart of this wonderful event and the Western Slopes.
What a great community effort! Thank you all.
Last Minute Holiday Shopping at Crimson Poppy
Think Crimson Poppy Flower Shoppe is only about flowers?
Waited til the very last minute to shop for Christmas?Cindy Roy says “I love this shop. She does so much more then just flowers. She has some very beautiful things.. if you are ever in the downtown Richmond area this shop is a must see…. flowers, cards, cool jewelry, clothes, nic nac, and could even do small or large original artist paintings for your home decor just ask if she is busy her aunt also paints.”Christina Ladensack has her shoppe stocked to the ceiling (literally) with a wide selection of gifts, personal care, stocking stuffers and home accessories. Christina says “Come and shop local. I have all your Christmas needs! So many beautiful, unique items and lots of handmade gifts.”Here’s a sample of what you’ll find at 54 Bridge Street, Richmond:
clothing for women (junior to adult) from Clara Sun Woo, Eco Girl, Hat-A girl, Earth Creations, Renuar & Dolcezza from Montreal
Monday 8 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday 9 AM – 12 PM
FREE Wallpaper for Your Computer Stu Hall / Photos by Stu offers a stunning photo of the West Monitor Barn in a snowstorm for your computer wallpaper.
Stu is well-known for his snowflake and Vermont landscape photos. After moving to West Bolton in 1999 he was intrigued with the snowflake photographs that were taken many years ago by another snowflake admirer that had lived on Nashville Road in Jericho only about a mile from where Stu lives today. Several years later, and many unsuccessful attempts, Stu was finally able to perfect a technique that allowed him to photograph snowflakes on black velvet.
Prints of Stu’s photos are available for purchase. Visit Photos by Stu, checkout his work and email him to purchase.
Click on the West Monitor Barn photo to get your wallpaper.
Why I Belong to the Western Slopes Business Association
Inspired by the successful Richmond Holiday Market on December 7th, Marie Thomas offers reflections on her business association and our community of members.
I have belonged to the local Business Association (formerly Richmond Area Business Association) for over 12 years now, first as a reporter with the Times Ink, then as executive director of MMCTV, then as Beacon Light Grange representative and now as President of Our Community Cares Camp / OCCC. The Association has gone through many changes of leadership and direction, but one thing has remained the same; a dedication to making our communities a better place to live and to do business.
To be honest, I have derived great benefit both personally and professionally from my association with the group. Whether it is finding a great local provider (Synergic Health), or a business advisor (Paul Giacco / Stonefence Financial Group), or meeting people like Larry Bohen, Thomas Hark and Will Keyworth who have all taught me so much about business and non-profits and the Internet. I always come away with something that improves my life or ability to improve my business or non-profit organization .
The current series of breakfast meetings have been especially delightful. There I met Laura and Jeff Hill from Breezy Hill Marketing, who have generously created a website and donated the hosting and domain name for Our Community Cares Camp. Plus, from their presentation, I have learned so much about using Facebook to spread the story of my organization. Hearing about the business journeys of folks like Don Morin, Ben Kinneman (Green Sea Systems) and Mark Cassler / Richmond Dance Studio, showed me how people have grown their business and infuse their own sense of integrity and values into their work life. And it was great to hear from Tom Holmes and Bill Patton / HMC Agency who are marvels at advertising and who gave us a tour of what to expect in the coming years from technology.
I am so grateful to the businesses who belong to WSBA and who share their time and talents with the group. The recent successful Richmond Holiday Market was executed with precision and the talents of Nick deTarnowski, Sherry Daniels, Cindy Felony and many other volunteers. When else would I get to work with such talented people? WSBA gives me the chance to meet local business people who are concerned about their community and know that healthy businesses make healthy communitites. There are so many people that I consider friends now and I would never had met them if not for our business association. I’m sure I will enjoy all the future events hosted by the WSBA and I fully expect to keep on learning and making very valuable contacts within the business community.
New Map of Bolton, Huntington, Richmond & Jericho to Be Released
Be among the first to see the long-awaited natural resources inventory map of Bolton, Huntington, Jericho and Richmond. Months of expert field work and analysis have led to the creation of a map that
illustrates the broad array of resources that give our area such natural appeal and vitality.
Bolton: Thursday, January 9, 6 pm (Smilie School)
Richmond: Monday, January 13, 7 pm (Richmond Free Library)
Huntington: Tuesday, January 28, 6 pm (Huntington Library)
Jericho: Thursday, January 30, 6:30 pm (Jericho Town Hall)
Front Porch Forum Recommendation – Jill Halstead. Pine Tree Lane says “Erin Sepic at Synergic Health (across the street from the Crate Escape) is terrific.”
Cochran’s Need Ski Instructors – For more information and to sign up email Laura Farrell
*Come join an amazing little ski area that does big things for 100s of VT kids & their families.
*We have needs during weekends, vacation weeks, Friday nights and some weekdays. We will fit what your schedule allows.
*Benefits for ski instructors are pay, season passes and discounts at the snack bar.
Bruce Hennessy / Maple Wind Farm appeared on WCAX TV – Watch the videohere.
Our Community Cares Camp (OCCC) is looking for a Summer Program Director. Program director will have overall responsibility for developing and implementing a 4 week activity based arts camp for children aged 8 – 13. More information here.
A “Friends of Gillette Pond” group has formed. More information here.