Claudia Harris | Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate | (802)824-3176 | Email | Website
May/June 2018

In this newsletter . . .
  • Welcome Note
  • Local Real Estate Trends
  • Londonderry's Live Music Mondays
  • Blue Flames Concert - July 27th in Weston
  • Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival: August 16-19
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Greek Quinoa Salad
  • Featured Property for Sale -75 Lawrence Hill Road, Weston
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Dear ,

My quote for the month is:
"Adirondack chairs are destination furniture, one-person resorts you put in your yard."  (Stolen years ago from Yankee Magazine)
July ... what a glorious time of the year! I know I say this practically every month (wink wink), but July is one of my favorite months in Vermont. The hot-spell earlier this month not withstanding, the days are long and warm and the evenings usually cool down beautifully. Perfection.

It seems there is a theme to this month's newsletter: great (mostly free!!!) live music in the Green Mountains! And, this month's Calendar of Events is especially full - with activities to interest absolutely everyone. You'll see that live music abounds with music series and concerts everywhere! If you look hard enough, I suspect you can fine great FREE concerts somewhere sometime almost every day/night of the summer.  

And, after you've exhausted yourselves running around and enjoying all of the activities, won't you please join me in pulling up an Adirondack chair and taking a moment to truly appreciate how lucky we are to be here in the great state of Vermont?

Have a great summer! Stay in touch and we will do the same.

- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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Local Real Estate Trends
We're off to a brisk start to the summer and are cautiously optimistic that business will be even better and more active this summer than last.

Here is a down-and-dirty snapshot of the real estate market in the five towns in our main market area - Landgrove, Weston, Londonderry, Peru and Andover.

The following chart shows active residential listings, sales between January 1 and June 30, 2018 and homes under contract (but not yet closed) as of July 15, 2018.

Of note are two important trends:
1) First, the average Days on Market (DOM) is decreasing, fairly substantially for our market towns. The average DOM was hovering around 7.8 months in January and is now under five months. Anecdotally, we have had listings go under contract in less than a week and have several homes at are well and fairly priced that have been on the market for more than one year. This trend is encouraging.

2) The list price to sale price is improving as well. This means that buyer's offers are starting out closer to the asking price and sellers are seeing improved negotiating power. Keep in mind that this graph below does not take into consideration that there may have been one or more price reductions prior entering into a contract for sale and the graph only shows sale v. the current list price.  

Overall in the state of Vermont, there are currently:
  • 4787 active listings for houses for sale
  • 1385 are currently under contract as of 7/15/18
  • 2850 homes were sold between January 1 - June 30, 2018
Live Music Mondays in Londonderry

Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate is a proud sponsor of Londonderry's Live Music Mondays, every other week at Pingree Park in Londonderry.
Next up are the Kitchen Dwellers on July 23rd from 6 - 8 PM.

Blue Flames Concert in Weston

10 th Annual Blue Flames  
Concert and Community Picnic  
on the Weston Green
On Friday July 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, everyone is invited to come to Weston's town Green for the 10th Annual Blue Flames Steel Band Concert!  
your own picnic basket or help support the Weston Fire Department, which will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments.  
* Come listen to a free concert by the enchanting Blue Flames Steel Band, which is donating their talent and time to a festive community celebration.
* Come to honor the nine pioneer women who 132 years ago turned a smelly frog pond and muddy swamp into what is now called the most beautiful Town Green in Vermont. 
* Most of All, come
for the fun of celebration and sharing spirit of community.  

Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival - August 16-19
There is an exciting new music festival coming to Manchester this summer: the Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival!  
Founded in part by some young Landgrove vacation-home owners, the festival will feature some of the best acts in bluegrass and roots music from around the country including local favorites like Saints and Liars.

This is a four-day music festival featuring a variety of bluegrass, roots and Americana music from both icons of the industry and innovative up-and-coming artists. Featuring a main stage, dance tent, camping, kids activities, local food trucks, Vermont craft beer and wine, and a magical Green Mountain setting!

Here are some basic facts:
  • Day passes and festival tickets are available in advance or at the gate.
  • Camping is encouraged. More info at site.
  • Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic for any and all shows!
  • Food trucks and vendors will be onsite AND outside food will also be allowed
  • NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL is permitted to be brought into the festival.
  • Also, NO GLASS is allowed in festival grounds.
Music hours:
Thursday: Gates open at noon. Music from 5pm-10pm.
Friday: Gates open at 9am. Music from 11am-11pm.
Saturday: Gates open at 9am. Music from 11am-11pm.
Sunday: Gates open at noon. Music from 11am-1pm.

Green Mountain Gourmet
 Greek Quinoa Salad
This easy, healthy salad is a hit at summer potlucks!
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (I like to use the tri-color but any will do)
  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 4- ripe plum tomatoes
  • 2 vegetables_basket.jpg
    1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 +/- cup crumbled feta cheese (regular or low-fat)
  • 1 cup parsley (packed well)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 2 teaspoons fresh, chopped very finely)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste (about 1 teaspoon each)
  1. Prepare quinoa according to instructions. Don't overcook it or it becomes mushy! Cool completely.
  2. Dice the cucumber and tomatoes in a ¼ inch dice.
  3. Chop the parsley and black olives.
  4. Add cucumber, tomatoes, parsley and olives to cold quinoa.
  5. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper and whisk well to create a dressing.
  6. Add dressing to quinoa mix and toss gently but well.
  7. Add feta cheese and toss gently.
  8. Serve cool or cold and enjoy!

75 Lawrence  
Hill Road

This little "fixer-upper" sits on one of Weston's prettiest spots in and overlooking the village. Buying it will be a labor of love with HUGE rewards once you have added your time, energy and investment. The house is charming with a country kitchen, three bedrooms, 1.5 baths and 2.2 open acres with lawn, sunny meadows and old perennial gardens.  
Located on the upper edge of the village, there are beautiful views from the family room, screened porch and deck towards Markham Mountain with the village below. The house is solid but needs work, including updates and improvements. A detached workshop could be used as such or converted to garage, home office or recreation space.  

Click Here for More Information and Photos

75 Lawrence Hill Road, Weston
Deck with Views over Weston

Large Living Room

Country Kitchen with Handmade Pine Cabinets

Detached Workshop

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Featured Area Properties Listed for Sale 
Andover Timber Frame
330 Spruce Drive
Andover, VT
Landgrove Post & Beam
311 Landgrove Road
Landgrove, VT
Green Mountain Views
1143 Stigers Road
Andover, VT
Country Saltbox  
108 Landgrove Road
Landgrove, VT
Weston Hillside Cape
118 Highland View
Weston, VT

Close to Weston & Ludlow

1507 Route 100
Weston, VT
Craftsman Style 
282 Melendy Hill Road
S. Londonderry, VT
Weston Post& Beam
93 Obed Moore Road
Weston, VT
Rustic & Refined
879 Marsh Hill Road
Andover, VT
Weston Village Cape 
686 Main Street
Weston, VT
Unique & Fine Home  
102 Nichols Road
Landgrove, VT
Overlooking Weston
169 Landgrove Road
Weston, VT
Weston Village Cape 
75 Lawrence Hill Road
Weston, VT
Londonderry Farmhouse 
333 Chaves Road 
Londonderry, VT
Mountain Contemporary
609 Boynton Road
Londonderry, VT

Mountainside Home
10 Hapgood Pond Rd
Landgrove, VT
Affordable One-Level Living  
6635 Route 100 
Londonderry, VT
603 Route 11   
Peru, VT
West River Cape 
27 Old County Road Weston, VT
Convenient & Affordable! 
246 Evergreen Lane 
Londonderry, VT
Landgrove Country 
116 Cody Road
Landgrove, VT
Close to Okemo and Weston 
519 Spruce Drive 
Andover, VT
Mountain Property with
58+ Acres
Howard Hill and Popple Dungeon Roads 
Windham, VT

Overlooking Weston
24 Burton 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

Landgrove Road
with 21 Acres     
169 Landgrove Road
Weston, VT
Antique Farmhouse on 28+ Acres
91 Old County Road 
Weston, VT
10+/- Acres Mostly Open & Sunny!
Weston Andover Road
Andover, VT
Affordable and Well-Maintained 3BR/2BA  
299 Route 121
Londonderry, VT
Fun & Creative Home
in Weston Village
67 Chester Mountain Rd 
Weston, VT
Brookside House
and Guest House 
Rinehart Road
Londonderry, 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.)

On-Going Summer Events

Music Mondays at Pingree Park in Londonderry!
Starting July 9, every other week! Bring a picnic and the whole family to enjoy live music from 6pm - 8pm throughout the summer. (Please leave your dogs and alcohol at home)
Wednesdays July 11 - August 15
Factory Point Town Green - Manchester
6-8 PM - bring a picnic and blanket or chairs
Fridays (June 8 - August 24)
The Jackson Gore Concert Series (at Okemo) , from 6 pm to 9 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music. Bring your own food or BBQ food is available for purchase. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. More Information
July through late-August
Summer Concerts at Kinhaven
Concerts at Kinhaven occur each weekend throughout the months of July and August on campus in the Concert Hall and at various locations in Southern Vermont. All concerts are free and open to the public. Senior Student Concerts - Friday afternoons at 4 PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 PM, Senior Faculty Concerts - Saturday evenings in July at 7:30 PM. More Information 
July 16 - August 16 
Wednesday, July 18
Rockwell Stories - As part of the lineup for the 1st Annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL, Manchester Community Library's Summer Wednesdays Series presents a special presentation celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his everyday life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. If you are a Rockwell enthusiast, this is a rare event that you won't want to miss! 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Manchester Community Library.
Wednesday, July 18
The Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History - Vermonters have strong ideas about the importance of their mountain topography. Where did our pride in Vermont's landscape come from, and why is it that we see our shared identity as rooted in the land? Evolving human ideas about the Vermont mountains form the base of this lecture. The story begins with the state's founders and moves forward through Vermont history to explain how environmental understandings changed over time. This lecture by historian Jill Mudgett is timely and relevant in its relationship to current interdisciplinary scholarship, and offers us tools to understand the origins and meaning of our own strongly-held attachments to the Vermont landscape.  Weston Community Church on the Hill, 37 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston. 
Thursday, July 19
Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film - Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. It has represented many different ideals during that time, and its portrayal reflects both Vermont's own history as well as American history. Examining those films provides interesting and fun insights into the hold Vermont has had on imagination in the media age. Amanda Kay Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society will provide background and share clips. 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 37 Depot Street in Ludlow.
Friday, July 20
Manchester StreetFest - Small town summer at its BEST! On Friday, July 20th head to Main Street for our favorite annual block party. From 6-9 pm rock out to live music, browse the pop-up booths, and sample eats from local food vendors. Bring your BFF, bring the family, bring everyone except the dog. No dogs allowed. Please leave your furry friends at home. Parking available in the municipal lot behind Rite Aid, and at Manchester Elementary School. See you there! July 20 @ 6:00pm-9:00pm on Main Street from the Mountain Goat to Thai Basil. FREE
July 20-21
PERFECT PICTURE : The Musical - Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell, 4-Time Tony-award nominee, Randy Skinner directs and choreographs the musical, which juxtaposes the extraordinary story of Norman's quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist. Ticket information at:
Saturday, July 21
26th Annual Komen Vermont Race for the Cure - 10K and 5K runs and 5K walk held on local roads, with some rolling hills (pavement/dirt). 10K for trained (5+ miles) runners; 5K (3+ miles) Run and Walk all abilities. Kids Obstacle Course for 12 & under. 75 percent of the net income stays in our community to help fund local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. The remaining 25 percent goes toward Susan G. Komen® Research and Training Grants program. Registration and additional information at: 
Saturday, July 21
Mountain Garden Walk in Landgrove, Peru and Weston - A self-guided walking tour, sponsored by Green Mountain Gardeners, explores seven enchanting gardens in Peru, Landgrove and Weston. Each garden captures the beauty of Vermont's perennial, woodland and native plants surrounded by stonewalls, bogs and expansive vistas of mountains and meadows. Nurtured and tended by their owners, these gardens offer a feeling of serenity and quiet as you enjoy the art and beauty of gardening. Lunch will be available at the Landgrove Inn. All proceeds go to Green Mountain Gardeners Scholarship Fund. July 21 @ 10:00am-4:00pm starting at the Peru Town Hall. Tickets $20 (advance) $25 (day of)
Sunday, July 22
The MMF Young Artist Concerts are truly inspiring events that feature our talented YAs in performance of complete chamber masterworks. These are not merely budding young performers; they are the great performers of the next generation. General Admission $10.
2:00 PM 4:00 PM at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, 930 SVAC Drive Manchester.
July 27 - 28
Second Congregational Church's annual 'Whale of a Sale' - There are treasures galore! Items for donation are now being accepted. The Whale will again be needing good saleable items; household goods, furniture, small electronics, kitchenware...(everything BUT the kitchen sink, stuffed animals, clothing and TV's.) This is the church's single largest fundraiser and we are so appreciative of the communities support! 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM both days. Main Street in Londonderry
July 27 - August 5
Vermont's official Blueberry Festival - visit the Deerfield Valley (Wilmington, Dover, Mt. Snow) for all things related to blueberries: activities, parades, events, shopping, discounts, art and music, etc.
Saturday, July 28
Family Concert & Ice Cream Celebration - School age children and their families are invited to join Manchester Music Festival for a special performance featuring Pius Cheung, a marimbist, and select musicians from our Young Artists program. Works for solo marimba and string chamber music selections. This performance will provide an interactive experience for the attending children to be involved with the percussion performance, as guided by master performer Pius Cheung. The concert will be followed by an ice-cream social. 2:00 PM 3:00 PM at the Burr & Burton Academy - Riley Center 143 Seminary Ave Manchester. FREE
Friday, August 3 
400 Miles Down the Connecticut River - New England's longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history. Michael Tougias, author of fourteen books about New England, offers a narrated slide presentation that takes the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river, discussing history from the days of loggers, Indian Wars, steamships, and canals. 7:00 pm at the Reading Historical Society Museum, 670 Route 106 in Reading.
August 3 - 5
Okemo's Hops in the Hills Beer and Wine Festival - Named a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Summer Event, this year marks the event's tenth anniversary. Sample more than 80 craft beers and ciders from area brewers and enjoy a selection of great wines as well. The festival showcases a great lineup of live music, craft vendors, food trucks and the great outdoors at Okemo's Jackson Gore Inn courtyard. Adjacent to the festival, Okemo's Adventure Zone offers zipline tours, miniature golf, Segway PT tours, and a treetop challenge course and mountain coaster. Friday 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 4
Live Music by Saints & Liars on the deck at Bromley!1-4pm! 
Saturday, August 4
Plymouth Old Home Day - Join in the fun with this century-old town tradition! Scott Greenberger, author of the new Chester A. Arthur biography, speaks at 1:00. Reenactment of Calvin Coolidge's "Homestead Inaugural" at 2:47. Wagon rides, chicken barbecue, old-time music, sheep shearing, Crown Point Road Association program and display, the King's Rangers living history re-enactors, water pump log demonstration by the Northfield, VT Historical Society, traditional crafts, and "Clara's Games" - historic children's games organized by the Vermont Historical Society. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 4
Beer vs Wine Workshop Series - Put your taste buds to the test at this summer's educational tasting workshop series. You'll pair local Vermont cheese with three different beers and three different wines while learning and discussing the fare with Stratton's culinary experts. FIRST UP: AUSTRIA VS. Vermont. 3pm in Grizzly's. Attendance is free with a donation at the door. Seats are limited and online reservations are recommended. To secure your spot register online Click here for more information
Sunday, August 5
Burlington's Dragon Boat Festival - Race weekend is Sunday, August 5, 2018. Sunset party with the X-Rays performing from 5-9 PM on Saturday, August 4, 2018. $5.00 Cover charge and people wearing their Festival Tee Shirts get in Free. Community teams will be racing all day on the 5th.
Monday, August 6
Chocolate/Chili/Cheese Fest - You won't want to miss this preeminent annual fundraising event for Neighborhood Connections. Sample cheese, chocolate and chili from some of the area's top food vendors. There will also be a silent auction, a 50-50 raffle and a raffle for one of three prizes including dinner for four at The Landgrove Inn and jewelry from Von Bargen's and McWayne's Jewelers. Listen to live music and order beverages from the cash bar. 5 - 8 PM at the Landgrove Inn.
August 7 - 11
Addison County Fair Days - Vermont's largest agricultural fair. Children's barnyard, cattle judging, tractor pulls, kiddie rides, crafts, exhibits, live entertainment, pony and ox pulling, midway, parade, youth activities, and Vermont products dinner. New Haven, VT
August 9 - 12
Manchester's Annual Sidewalk Sales - It's August in Manchester, and that means our famous shops are ready to overflow into the streets with the biggest discounts of the season!
August 10-August 12
OCR Championships - The first North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships will be held August 10-12, 2018, at Stratton Mountain. The three-day event will consist of a 3k short course championship on Friday, August 10, followed by a 15k standard course championship on Saturday, August 11, and conclude on Sunday, August 12 with the Team Relay event. Should be some fun people/sport-watching!
Sunday, August 12
Vermont Cheesemakers Festival - Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them! We invite you to experience our passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods and wines, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn sampling, buying, learning, and networking.
August 14 - 18
173rd Vermont State Fair - Explore a Vermont summer tradition and enjoy live entertainment, rides and amusements, agricultural exhibits, prize winning livestock, craft displays and great food. For complete details, see website. Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland.
August 12, 2018
7th Annual Vermont Hot Dog Cook-Off - The best festival in Vermont! Come support local charities while sampling some of the best hot dogs in Vermont created by local area restaurateurs, chefs, butchers, breweries
hot dog
, local hot dog enthusiasts and more at the always-amazing Chester Hot-Dog Cook-Off, where dozens of cooking teams compete for bragging rights and top honors. 1-4pm, admission is $10 and provides access to unlimited hot dog tastings from all of this year's hot dog cooking teams. There will be music, cocktails, games and activities. It's a wonderful afternoon on so many levels!
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Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate has been working with buyers and sellers of southern Vermont real estate in the tri-mountain area between Okemo, Bromley and Stratton ski areas for more than 40 years. We are a full-service real estate brokerage firm specializing in the sale of fine homes and properties in Weston, Londonderry, Peru, Landgrove, Dorset, Manchester, Andover, Chester, Ludlow (Okemo Mountain), Mount Holly, Stratton, Winhall and Windham.  Fully licensed in Vermont.

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