Preservation Trust of Vermont
We hope you and yours are well and safe. We miss you, and we miss being together with friends and neighbors.
 
This year marks PTV's 40th anniversary. For four decades, we have experienced first-hand the magic of what happens when Vermonters work together in good times and bad, and we know this is one of Vermont's greatest strengths. 
 
Since mid-March, we've been inspired to hear how Vermonters are keeping connected even when we can't be together. Sometimes, it's the simplest gestures that touch us most deeply. In my neighborhood, nearly every day around suppertime, we are treated to a mini-concert by our resident violinist as she plays for us from her front stoop. Last week she delivered a special performance for a neighbor celebrating her 84th birthday AND her recent recovery from the Corona virus. Music transcends our physical separation requirement and this is just one example of the many ways we are adapting to keep our community ties intact.
 
Given the current crisis, we won't gather together to commemorate PTV's 40th anniversary this summer. However, we do invite you to join us in virtually honoring the collaborative projects in your community made possible with support from PTV. See the article below to find out how you can participate and read on to learn how the people and our communities behind these projects are coming together with kindness, courage and resourcefulness during this difficult time.
 
Take care and be well,
 
Liz Gamache & the PTV Staff

#PreservationTrustHonors40
In the absence of opportunities to come together in person, o ver the next several months we will be sharing stories and images on our social media channels that reflect PTV's rich, 40-year history of preservation and community building. Join us in this digital commemoration by sending us photos of projects you've been involved with over the years. Send your submissions here and we will share them on social media and in upcoming newsletters. We want to hear from you about how PTV has impacted you and your community. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
Communities Coming Together
In this unprecedented time, communities across Vermont are  uniting to care for and support one another. Below are a few examples of how Vermonters are building community during the time of COVID-19.  
 
What are you doing in your community? We invite you to share stories and photos of ways that your town is coping and finding joy during this challenging time. Send them here.

North Bennington held a  "Six Feet Apart Together in Heart" Stay-in-Your Car Village Parade to celebrate businesses, organizations, residents and the spirit of North Bennington with signs, balloons and music!  Read More...
The Downtown Brattleboro Alliance received $5,000 as a match to generate funds for downtown businesses. The challenge attracted new donors resulting in $57K being injected into the local downtown businesses.  
The Vermont Folklife Center in Mid dlebury has created "Listening in Place," including Sound Archive to document our daily experiences during the pandemic, and online Virtual Story Circles, where Vermonters can gather remotely to listen and share in these challenging times and more!   Read About it Here
The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative is using #NEKstrong and #essentialNEK on Instagram and Facebook to highlight the stories and grow connections among the people and groups working hard in their community at this difficult time. Read More.
Other Community-Building Projects 
 
Brandon: Some of the churches are now offering coffee hours via Zoom.

Bradford: The manager of the co-working "Space on Main" has founded "Bradford Resilience," a new town commission that coordinates the work of 50 town employees and over 100 volunteers to help facilitate town-wide emergency response and support citizens in need. 

Guilford: The Guilford Community Center is offering drive-in free community wi-fi in their parking lot and acting as a hub for food distribution.

Montpelier:
A yoga studio is offering on-line classes using Zoom. The instructors are adapting to use alternatives for props so everyone can participate. The owner reported that some classes that normally had 4-6 people now have 20-25 people.
 

Norwich: Volunteers have organized 31 neighborhood groups with "captains." Each captain is doing an online surveys to make sure that everyone in their group is connected and taken care of.
 
Putney: Next Stage Arts has created new on-line programming called "Cooped Up Kids" and "The Quarantine Sessions." They are wonderful!
 
St. Albans: The teachers created a drive-by car parade through area neighborhoods to say hello to the students. 
 
Shrewsbury: A $3000 anonymous donation helped set up a food pantry.
 
Springfield: The cable access TV station is doing a submit-your-own video Cabin Fever Open Mike Night. 
 
Woodstock: The Economic Development Committee has transformed itself into a rescue grant-making enterprise, setting aside $100,000 of revenue generated from its 1% options tax to make grants to local businesses to keep them from going under.  
 
A Note from a Friend
 
A friend recently noticed what appeared to be trash next to the Whale Dance sculpture near Exit 4. He stopped by to pick it up and found out it was not trash at all, but a remarkably apt poem that is part of the Poem Town 2020 celebration in Randolph. He shared it with us, and now we share it with you.
 
Eternal Dance

When the time comes, let me sleep.  Isn't it enough 
that all the atoms and molecules that danced 
in the bodies of Plato, Botticelli, Attila the Hun

have been reborn in us? Reborn in the grass, 
trees, in rain and ocean tides, in the cicada's
serenade to autumn?  Nothing is lost.

Great nature recycles herself.  Let me rise as ash, fall as cinder, 
drop deep in the waters of the Ottauquechee 
flowing to the great sea. Let my atoms and molecules

swim in the flukes of the great whale, echo in the song 
of the sandpiper skittering on the deserted beach, 
caper with the sand flea in the dunes. 

When rising oceans claim our ordinary lives, then millions of souls
of trees and grass, elephants, hawks and bees, 
all will join in the whirlwind of earth's next transformation.
 
-Peggy Brightman, Taftsville

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