Claudia Harris | Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate | (802)824-3176 | Email | Website
April/May 2019

In this newsletter . . .
  • Welcome Note
  • The West River Trail
  • Weston Playhouse - Summer 2019
  • Black Fly Ball May 4th in Weston
  • May 18 - Electronics Recycling Day
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Marinated Goat Cheese with Lemon
  • Featured Properties for Sale
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Dear ,

With this note, I happily bid the winter of 2018-2019 a fond fare-the-well! By the time you read this, we will have had snow on the ground for more than 160 days. I'd say that was a great year, and perhaps one for the record books?

Spring is around the corner (I can smell it!) and with the longer days and warmer weather, I am dreaming of sunshine, green grass, planting my flower gardens and dining al fresco. Honestly, it can't come soon enough. But before it does, may I remind everyone that Vermont's Green Up Day is Saturday May 4th. Put on your muck boots, grab a pair of gloves and check in with your town's Green Up coordinator for a road assignment and help us pick up the litter and debris from the winter and get Vermont looking it's best! Check out the Green Up website for information on how to get involved in your town:
With warm regards for a wonderful spring,

- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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The West River Trail

Spring is here and with warmer weather comes hiking and biking season. Hip hip hooray!
Our corner of Vermont is home to some of the prettiest and most accessible hiking and walking trails in the state. One of our favorites is the West River Trail and the trailhead for the upper section of the trail is right down the road in South Londonderry. From there, you can access 16 miles of the trail, perfect for hikers, walkers, skiers and bikers. The trail links the villages of South Londonderry and Jamaica and includes a section in Townshend as well, with 4,500 acres of public land.
The trail is overseen and maintained by the Friends of the West River Trail (FWRT), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization "dedicated to the establishment of a 36-mile scenic trail through the West River Valley - eventually linking Brattleboro, Dummerston, Newfane, Townshend, Jamaica and South Londonderry." FWRT's mission is to: Develop and maintain a publicly accessible system of paths along the West River corridor for educational, recreational and alternative transportation purposes. Promote public awareness and enjoyment of the recreational path system and of the history, geology and biota of the West River valley. Coordinate local, state and federal interests in planning, funding, construction, management and use of the trail system.
Like many of our natural resources, the West River Trail is always in need of your support. Visit their website for more information about the trail, history, maps, and to donate:

Weston Playhouse Announces 2019 Summer Season   
Susanna Gellert, the new Executive Artistic Director of Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, has unveiled her inaugural season at the helm of Vermont's award-winning professional theater.
The 2019 season includes the world's longest running musical, THE FANTASTICKS; an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness, I AND YOU; a fresh take on the inimitable masterpiece, OKLAHOMA; an evening with one of country music's most celebrated stars, ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE; Edward Albee's famed, thought-provoking drama, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?; and Paula Vogel's Tony-award winning play about a group of actors who risked everything for theater, INDECENT. In addition, the Weston Playhouse Theatre's Young Company presents an adventurous tale based on the beloved children's book, THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH.
Visit the website for more information about the 2019 season, the shows, and to purchase tickets:  
The Little School's Black Fly Ball  
Our area is incredible lucky to have The Little School as one of the premier early education programs serving children ages 2- to 5 from Weston and the surrounding towns, including Chester, Andover, Ludlow, Cavendish, Peru, Landgrove and Londonderry.  
One of their biggest fundraisers is coming up and it's a fun evening and supports an incredible resource. Please support Weston's The Little School for their 18th Annual Black Fly Ball on May 4, 2019 at the Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm at 6 pm. The Downtown Grocery and Mama's are catering with delicious appetizers, including a raw bar and carving station. Live music and dancing by local favorite, Muddy Hollow Band. There will be a cash bar, fantastic auction items, and great company. All proceeds will go directly to supporting the youngest members of our community and their early childhood education at The Little School. Venue: Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, tickets are $50 and available at

May 18 - Electronics Recycling in Londonderry
Green Mountain Gourmet
Marinated Goat Cheese with Lemon 
There is something about the arrival of spring that brings bright, fresh flavors to mind and this recipe is easy, bright and fresh as can be.
  • 1 log goat cheese (I try to find the largest available)
  • 1/2 cup of your best olive oil
  • 3 medium to large cloves of garlic
  • 1 large lemon (organic if possible)*
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons coarsely ground fresh pepper
* If lemon is not organic, scrub well under warm water to try to remove some or all of the wax coating.
1. Keep goat cheese refrigerated until step # 5.
2. Using a microplane zester or the small holes of a box-grater, zest the lemon and set aside zest. (use the rest of the lemon for something else) 
3. Chop garlic as finely as possible.
4. Place lemon zest, pepper and garlic on a plate and stir together and make a small circle of these ingredients.
5. Remove goat cheese from the refrigerator and roll in mixture above, making sure that all sides are covered in some of the mixture.
6. Please goat cheese in a bowl that is a little bigger than the log and drizzle the olive oil slowly over the log, taking care not to "wash" off all of the zest/spice mixture.
7. Let marinate at room temperature for an hour or so, rolling the log in the olive oil a few times.
8. Serve with a hearty cracker. I especially like Carr's Whole Wheat or anything with a touch of rosemary.  

Something for Everyone  
Weston Hill Farm
91 Old County Road 
28 Acres

Do you dream of a quiet and simple life in the country? Come take a look at this charming antique farmhouse on 28 acres located just north of Weston village and less than one mile from the beautiful Weston Priory (Benedictine Monastery).

The house is simple but solid and has great "bones." There are wood floors throughout, the house has a comfortable layout and original architectural features abound. Lots of recent updates - standing seam metal roof (2013), furnace (2014) and repointed stone and concrete poured in the basement and foundation - that make this a solid investment for your future in Vermont. A large barn across the road houses your tools (and toys), there is a pretty pond just below the house. The land (28 acres) is enrolled in Vermont's Current Use program and the current owners enjoy a significant tax savings as a result.

Centrally Located  
91 Slawson Road
4.3 Acres
Well-maintained 3BR/2.5 BA country contemporary with great light (tons of windows!) and great living spaces. An open floor plan on the main level features a large updated kitchen, living/dining room with vaulted ceiling, mudroom entry with laundry, master bedroom suite and a powder room. Upstairs are two large bedrooms, reading/office/play nooks and a full bath. The lower level is unfinished but there is space and rough-ins for a family room with kitchenette (or bar?), bathroom and workshop plus the well-organized utility room. Highlights include hardwood floors, radiant heat on two levels, privacy, storage shed and your own babbling brook.  
The house sits on 4.3+/- acres and is centrally located and just minutes to skiing at Okemo, restaurants and shops in Ludlow or Weston village for theater, music, shops and summer recreation fun. Flood Brook school for K-8 and School Choice for high school.   

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Mitchell Miller Real Estate is just one of a handful of Vermont real estate agencies with a National Association of REALTORS' Green Designation agent on board. Contact Claudia Harris at (802)824-3176 or by email for more information.

Featured Area Properties Listed for Sale 
Stunning Country Cape 
282 Melendy Hill Road
S. Londonderry, VT
Close to Okemo &Weston 
91 Slawson Road  
Weston, VT
Rustic & Refined
879 Marsh Hill Road
Andover, VT

Antique Farmhouse on 28+ Acres
91 Old County Road 
Weston, VT

Attractive Londonderry Ranch
151 Blue Jay Lane
Londonderry, VT
10+/- Acres Mostly Open & Sunny!
Weston Andover Road
Andover, VT
Weston Village Cape 
686 Main Street
Weston, VT
16 Very Private Acres   
102 Nichols Road
Landgrove, VT
Overlooking Weston
169 Landgrove Road
Weston, VT
Magnificent Views
650 Cross Road  
S. Londonderry, VT
2.3 Acres
Casper Lane
Weston, VT
Big Views on 5+ Acres
580 Cross Road
S. Londonderry, VT
Mountain Pond Farm
74 Obed Moore Road
Weston, VT
Mid-Century Modern
42 Winhall Hollow Road
Winhall, VT
Mountain Contemporary
609 Boynton Road
Londonderry, VT
Architectural Gem 
963 North Hill Road
Andover, VT
Country Contemporary
on 12 Acres
1236 Howard Hill Road   
Andover, VT
Fun Fixer-Upper
49 Uphill Road
Landgrove, VT
Landgrove Timber Frame
101 Cody Road
Landgrove, VT

Green Mountain Views
1143 Stigers Road
Andover, VT
Upcoming Local Events 

(Note: If you know of a community event that you would like included in this calendar, please submit the information to Claudia Harris (click link here) no later than the 10th of the preceding month.)

April 15 - June 15 

Wednesday, April 17
These is Nothing Either Good or Bad, but Thinking Makes It So -
The Vermont Humanities Council, the Manchester Community Library, and the Northshire Bookstore present Catherine Sanderson delivering a lecture entitled "There Is Nothing Either Good or Bad, But Thinking Makes It So" as part of Vermont Humanities' First Wednesdays Series at the First Congregational Church of Manchester. Free, at the First Congregational Church, 3624 Main Street in Manchester. Information at 
Friday, April 19
Bromley through the Years - Join the Manchester Historical Society for an evening of reminiscences on Bromley Mountain's history. From humble beginnings of a rope tow at the Equinox golf course in the 1930s to the slopes of Mount Aeolus in East Dorset and on to higher elevations in Peru at Bromley, it sure to be an enlightening event for all ages. 7 pm in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center.
Friday, April 19
Off the Shelf with Bill McKibben -
The Northshire Bookstore welcomes "America's most important environmentalist" Bill McKibben to present on this new book, Falter, a powerful, sobering call to arms to save not only our planet but all humanity. Joe Donahue will be interviewing Bill for his "Off the Shelf" radio show to be aired on WAMC Northeast Public Radio at a later date. Free at 6:00pm the Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main Street in Manchester. Information at
Thursday, April 25
KonMari Presentation & Film - the Burr and Burton Academy Parent Association and the Environmental Club will host an event that unravels the complexity of clothing with a KonMari presentation followed by a screening of the documentary The True Cost. The KonMari method is the Japanese de-cluttering method that is featured on Netflix's new show, Tidying Up. Free at 6:30 PM at Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts in Manchester. Information and to RSVP at 
Saturday, April 27
7th Annual "Day in the Dirt" at Smokey House - Kicking off the 4th season on the Community Farm, the farm is looking for volunteers to prep raised garden beds for future planting, wood chips aisles, add compost, plant seeds, mulch and divide perennials. These programs will be used by local elementary school students, a community school from Manchester and our very own Danby Mountain Day Camp campers. Tools and directions will be provided. The Community seed box will be filled with seeds to take for your home gardens. Bring seeds to share and swap! Smokey House will set up a table with envelopes and markers to allow for folks to take just a few seeds instead of full packets. Smokey House Center, 426 Danby Mountain Rd, Danby Four Corners, info at
Saturday, April 27
Bird Walk at Hildene - The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 8:00am, Free.
Monday, May 27
Ludlow's Memorial Day Parade - Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion with a parade, marching band, antique cars and horse and buggies! Main Street in Ludlow
Saturday, May 4
Who Grows There? at Hildene - Early Detection/Rapid Response invasive plant identification with Ted Elliman, author of Wildflowers of New England. This is a program to help people identify those invasive plants that will be making their way into our part of the state soon and what to do about it.  1:00 to 2:30 in the Beckwith Room in the Welcome Center. $10 for Hildene members/$15 for non-members. Preregistration is required by May 3 with Stephanie by email or call her at 802.367.7960.
Saturday, May 4
Black Fly Ball - Please support Weston's The Little School for their 18th Annual Black Fly Ball on May 4, 2019 at the Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm at 6 pm. The Downtown Grocery and Mama's are catering with delicious appetizers, including a raw bar and carving station. Live music and dancing by local favorite, Muddy Hollow Band. There will be a cash bar, fantastic auction items, and great company. All proceeds will go directly to supporting the youngest members of our community and their early childhood education at The Little School. Venue: Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, tickets are $50 and available at
Saturday, May 18
Garden Club of Manchester Annual Plant, Bake & Tag Sale -
Perennials from members' gardens, herbs, baked goods and all things gardening. Proceeds benefit GCM's Civic Beautification projects and Scholarship Fund. May 18, 9am-1pm. Rain or Shine at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester 

Saturday, May 18
The semi-annual Electronics Collection is coming to Flood Brook School in Londonderry on Saturday, May 18 from 9am to 1 pm, 91 ROUTE 11, Londonderry. What to Bring? *Computers *Monitors *Televisions *Copiers *Microwaves *FAX Machines *Typewriters *VCRs and anything else with a cord. For details go to
Saturday, June 1
The 7th Annual West River Trail Run - The Collaborative's West River Trail Run is 11 miles of fun and exciting terrain from South Londonderry to Jamaica State Park following the West River. The run starts at 9:00am at the South Londonderry Depot. Registration for 11 mile individual run is $35 until March 31st. $45 from April 1st to May 31st. Registration for the 5K is $25. All proceeds go to The Collaborative, a nonprofit implementing healthy activities for youth in the Southern Vermont communities. To sign up go to
June 6-9
Strolling of the Heifers - A weekend of fun and education for the whole family, built around the world-famous, agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade. Visit Brattleboro's historic Main Street and dance to the MOOOsic on Saturday, June 8! The parade kicks off at Saturday at 10 am sharp with scores of lovable heifer calves - groomed, decorated and led by future farmers. When it's over, follow the crowd to the Slow Living Expo for food, entertainment, animals, tractors, music and family fun, plus demonstrations, craft show and exhibits related to our mission of farm and food innovation. Information at
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