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

In this newsletter . . .
  • Welcome N ote - Town Meeting Day
  • Nature Conservancy Raising Funds to Purchase and Protect Glebe Mountain
  • Weston Playhouse New Musical Award/Free Concert
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Red Pepper Hummus
  • Featured Properties for Sale
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Welcome 
Dear ,

Town Meeting Day is almost here! The first Tuesday in March is Vermont's Town Meeting Day and on Tuesday, March 5, Vermonters will gather to discuss, debate and celebrate their town's future.
 
The day is perfectly positioned mid-winter, just when we all have a touch of cabin fever and need to get out and socialize a bit! Town meeting offers residents the chance to voice their opinions about the business of their towns, vote on various issues including the budget, and elect our municipal officials. By Vermont law, only residents can vote, but second home and vacation property owners are always welcome.
 
Although most towns hold the meeting on Tuesday, my town of Landgrove chooses to meet on the Monday night before as we think that encourages better attendance and more participation. A potluck dinner follows and it's always nice to catch up with neighbors. 

Town Vermont's Meeting Day is one of the last vestiges of a true democratic (small d!) tradition and it's a joy and a privilege to participate. Make sure you try to attend your town's event this year ... and always.

Be well and keep in touch.

- Claudia Harris
Broker/Owner
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate
(802)824-3176

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Nature Conservancy Raising Funds to Purchase and Protect Glebe Mountain

In real estate we often talk about "location location location" and in our little corner of southern Vermont, one of the major reasons this area is so cherished is that we are tucked away amid some of the State's most beautiful natural areas. There are thousands and thousands of acres of State and National forest nearby, but there are also thousands of acres of privately owned land. These large, undeveloped tracts are home to mountains, river valleys and all that make Vermont so special.
 
One such natural area that can be seen from almost anywhere in the Mountain Towns of Londonderry, Windham, Weston, Peru and Landgrove is the view towards Glebe Mountain, better known as the home of Magic Mountain Ski Area. We are incredibly lucky to have this special area in our backyard and it is land worth protecting!   
 
The Nature Conservancy is in the process of raising funds to purchase and protect a 3,500-acre parcel known as the Glebe Parcel. According to the Nature Conservancy, "The Glebe parcel, spanning the towns of Londonderry and Windham, encompasses an array of geologic settings that will support a diverse richness of wildlife and plant species. The reality is that there are not many remaining opportunities in Vermont to protect large, forested blocks-making these projects only more urgent."
 
Their goal is to allow the public to, "...once again be able to roam the property's hills on a summer hike or winter snowshoe, fish its streams and hunt for deer in the fall. Clean water will flow through Cobb Brook and over Hamilton Falls, a local treasure just down-stream from Glebe Mountain. The ridgeline will be protected from development and the forested landscape will capture carbon and allow species to move as they adapt to climate change. Let's send a message to future generations telling them we care about forests, water and warblers."
 
Please join Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate in making a contribution to the Nature Conservancy dedicated to the preservation of this important piece of Vermont. 
 


Glebe Mountain View from Timber Ridge in southern Vermont.  
Photo by David Barnum for the Nature Conservancy
Weston Playhouse Announces 2019  
Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award Winner
The writing team of Jenny Giering (music), Adam Gwon (lyrics) and Karen Hartman have won the 13th Annual Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award for their new musical, ALICE BLISS.  
 
The only award of its kind in the country, the Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award brings the creators of a promising new project together with a small ensemble of actors to rehearse, perform, and record selections from the winning score in Weston, in New York, and in the studio with Grammy winner Kurt Deutsch of Ghostlight Records. 
 
Nominated by Kathy Evans of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, ALICE BLISS is based on Laura Harrington's acclaimed novel. It follows Alice, a young teenager whose father is deployed to Iraq, as she navigates the challenges of growing up in a family touched by the effects of war. This musical tells the story of the family left behind and the cost of war to those who are not on the front lines.     
 
"With ALICE BLISS," says Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert, "Giering, Gwon, and Hartman have created a beautiful study of the American family. Not only is ALICE BLISS a stunning and heart wrenching new musical, it is also a detailed and compassionate exploration of an oft overlooked story of contemporary life. We are thrilled to welcome Giering and Gwon back to Weston and to provide this opportunity to an exciting new writing team."   

Two FREE concerts of ALICE BLISS will be held at the Walker Farm at Weston Playhouse on Saturday, March 2 at 4pm and 7pm. Weston Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert will direct the concert reading, and Kurt Deutsch of Ghostlight Records will produce the free demo recording. 

Reserve your free tickets to the performances on March 2nd by visiting: 
 
The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is a non-profit organization supported in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and an ever-growing family of individuals and organizations who believe in the impact that the performing arts makes on its community.

Green Mountain Gourmet
 
It's February, the month we celebrate Valentine's Day and all things red! Here is an easy, delicious recipe for red pepper hummus. And, best of all, it's almost red and the perfect healthy snack for those you love.  

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
 
  • 3 medium red bell peppers
  • 2 (15 oz) cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup Tahini
  • 3 medium to large garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin olive oil plus about 1 tablespoon for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp pepper flakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Wash the parsley and set aside to dry. Chop finely when dry.
  3. Core, seed and slice peppers in quarters and place on a cookie sheet lined with either foil or a baking mat. Place the cookie sheet on the upper portion of the oven, ideally about 4-5 inches below the broiler.
  4. Set your oven to broil and broil peppers for 10 - 15 minutes, until you can see some char marks.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the peppers into a large resealable plastic bag, seal and leave for about 10 minutes. The steam in the bag will make it really easy to remove the skin. Rub or peel the skin off and let peppers cool.
  6. Take about 2/3 of the peppers and chop into 1-1.5 inch chunks and set aside.
  7. Take the remaining 1/3 and dice into small pieces. Set aside; this is for the garnish.
  8. Using your food processor, combine the larger pieces of red pepper, chick peas, lemon juice, Tahini, garlic, salt and cumin and pulse on and off for about 30-45 seconds until you have a chunky mix.
  9. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then, using the filler tube on the food processor, add slowly add 1/4 cup of olive oil and blend for about a minute.
  10. If you like your hummus chunky, you're all set! If you'd like it smoother, add warm but not hot water one tablespoon at a time until you have the desired consistence.
  11. Place the hummus in a decorative bowl or plate and make a well in the middle for the diced pepper garnish. Add the diced peppers and drizzle with remaining olive and sprinkle parsley and red pepper flakes on top.
  12. Serve with homemade* pita chips and carrot sticks (*or, store-bought is fine!).
This recipe makes a lot of hummus and I like to serve half and save half for the rest of the week.
 
Something for Everyone  
Great Values in All Price Ranges  

 
Mountain Pond Far
74 Obed Moore Road
Weston
3BR/3BA  
47 Acres
$598,400 
 
Mountain Pond Farm is a unique and special offering with a handsome country contemporary and 47+ acres of pasture/meadows, beautiful woods with an old trail system, swimming pond and an impressive barn that was once used to raise alpacas on this hillside retreat.  
 
The house was built in 1986 by well-respected local builders and features one-level living with pretty views and an open floor plan, 3BR/3BA, living room with brick hearth and fireplace, and there are several comfortable and spacious "bonus" areas including a large, bright office/living room off the master suite, a cozy den and a loft. The detached barn has water and electricity, there is a fully-fenced backyard for pets, and the pasture has a run-in shed.  
 
The 47 acres is actually 10 separate parcels, with the house and barn on a 7.7+/- acre parcel with several other lots that could possibly be developed or split off and sold in the future.  
 
 
 
Close to Golf, Skiing and 4-Season Fun 
1236 Howard Hill Road
Andover
3BR/2.5BA
10+/- Acres
$399,000 
 
Custom-designed contemporary Cape offering bright, sunny, comfortable living spaces on 10+ beautiful acres.  
 
With a NEW ROOF as of November 2018, you'll be all set to enjoy the winter! The main level features an open floor plan with a majestic double-sided stone fireplace that can be enjoyed from the living room or family room, a deluxe kitchen and dining area and a spacious entry area with mudroom and laundry. Three bedrooms and two full baths are on the second level. Bask in the comfort of radiant heat and central air.  
 
Two-car garage (with storage above) for cars, tools and toys (golf, skiing, kayaking, and snowmobiling nearby). Lots of spaces to enjoy outdoor living with covered porch, stone patio and a wide level lawn. Summer and winter recreation from your doorstep with Tater Hill Golf just a mile up the road, Magic Mountain Ski Area and Lowell Lake State Park just minutes away.   
 

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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.)

February 16 - April 15

February 23
Owl Presentation and Walk - Whooo's looking for company in our late winter landscape? Well, the Barred owls are, the Great Horned owls, and whooo knows whooo else. If we're lucky you'll be able to listen in on the conversation of one or another feathered couple. The event will start in the Visitor Center with a presentation featuring owls native to the Northeast, then you'll hike out in hopes of finding some courting couples. Participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5 per person. Held weather-permitting. https://www.merckforest.org/event/guided-walk-owl-presentation-and-walk/
 
Wednesday, February 27
Avoiding Scams and Fraud - The Grafton Public Library is hosting a presentation from AARP and People's United Bank that will focus on avoiding scams and frauds. Learn concrete steps to protect yourself and loved ones. No charge! For more information: http://graftonpubliclibrary.org/
 
Saturday, March 2
Skiing History Day at Bromley - Presented by the International Skiing History Association and Skiing History Magazine. Dust off your woolens for this new event, featuring a vintage skiwear slopeside parade. Be sure to check out the Ski History exhibit in the Base Lodge, including photos and vintage gear, courtesy of Heino Nowak and Manchester Historical Society, and the lunchtime talk & presentation on the history of Bromley, featuring "Bromley - Then and Now" a video by Robert Ellis. You can purchase event tickets online in advance. $20 for buffet lunch and history of Bromley presentation, or add an all day lift ticket for $57! Click Here for Information
 
Saturday, March 2
Rando Race - This annual event is a multiple-venue rando race (aka, ski mountaineering, uphill/downhill, "skimo") - back to the Sun Mountain for their mid-March event. Rando - short for randonnée - ski racing hearkens back to skiing's early years, when skiers challenged the mountain both up and down, without the help of chairlifts. Using climbing "skins" with alpine touring or telemark bindings (or even "split" snowboards), racers start at the base of the mountain, ascend it, then descend it, as fast as possible, over multiple laps, up to 6,000' cumulative vertical, in the truest test of the most complete skier overall. https://www.bromley.com/winter/events/
 
Saturday, March 2
Light the Night Rail Jam - Okemo is lighting up the snow on Bull Run for skiers and riders of all ages to show off their best moves. Amateur Class will be competing for prizes. Pro Class will be competing for the cash purse with $5,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs. A new rail garden, constructed specifically for this event will be an optimal venue for participants and spectators alike. The Amateur competition starts at 5:30 p.m. on Bull Run. Pro class starts at 6:30 p.m. https://www.okemo.com/event/light-the-night-rail-jam/
 
Sunday, March 3
Ye Olde Tavern's Candlelight Dinner to Benefit Habitat for Humanity - All of the evening's proceeds will go towards LOCAL Habitat for Humanity projects. Dine whenever you'd like between 5 PM and 9 PM, with reservations requested (802)362-0611.
 
March 8 - 10
The Vermont Open Snowboard and Music - A celebration of the beginning of snowboarding and its progression, the 7th Annual Vermont Open is truly open. This event invites snowboarders of all ages to come together to ride, party, enjoy the snow and compete for a prize purse of over $20,000. ROSS POWERS FOUNDATION Partial proceeds of the Vermont Open benefit the Ross Powers Foundation. Live music will entertain the crowd at night with kick off and post parties around the weekend. https://www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/the-vermont-open
 
Saturday, March 16
Sugar Daze - Sugar Daze is an outdoor concert extravaganza in the Jackson Gore courtyard with a beer garden and food offerings.  The band has NOT been announced yet but usually features a big name artist or group. Past concerts have been Blues Traveler, Matisyahu, and KT Tunstall. Several bands throughout the afternoon with the headliner in the evening: 3:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the Jackson Gore Courtyard. https://www.okemo.com/event/sugar-daze/
 
Saturday, March 16
Bob Stannard & Those Dangerous Bluesmen @ the Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm - Maestro of the harmonica since 1969, Stannard is known for his outrageous outfits and intense, high-energy performances. He's played with some of the greatest Blues players of all time including BB King, Charlie Musselwhite, and John Hammond. He's shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the late, great James Cotton. Bring your dancing shoes and celebrate the end of winter blues with Vermont's premier blues band! 7:00pm-10:00pm Tickets are $12 - $20 and available online or at the door (if not sold out!!!). https://www.westonplayhouse.org/shows-and-events/special-events
 
Saturday, March 23
Taste of Vermont @ Stratton Mountain Resort - This delicious event features southern Vermont's most incredible professional and amateur chefs, caterers, bakers, delis, and more. It's a fun event for the whole family! Benefit for the Stratton Foundation with event and ticket information at https://www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/taste-of-vt
 
March 23 - 24
Bromley's Spring Fling 2019 - Bromley family's favorite sun-soaked (or just plain soaked) event is back, and now with two days of fun! We'll have a family-friendly kid vs. parent obstacle course and a duct tape box derby on Saturday, March 23. Followed by pond skimming on Sunday, March 24. Plus, enjoy trampoline things, face painting and more all weekend long. https://www.bromley.com/winter/events/
 
Saturday, March 30
Stratton's Spring Fling & Pond Skim, Marchdi Gras and the Penguin Plunge - a weekend of fun at Stratton with event information at https://www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/pondskim

 
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