March/April 2022

In this newsletter . . .

  • Welcome Note
  • Introducing the Weston Theater Company’s 86th Season
  • Vermont's Maple Open House Weekend Will Be March 19-20 and March 26-27
  • JBM Maple Opens in Weston
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Maple Pie
  • Thinking of Selling? NOW is the Time!
  • Our Real Estate Associates
  • Upcoming Local Events
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March 2022

Dear Claudia,

We all know the expression, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb," but does anyone know the origin? Well, after my trip down the rabbit hole researching snow gods for the last edition of the newsletter, I found myself in a similar position this month trying to find information about this well-used expression.

Here's what I found:

The proverb may have its origins more closely aligned with astrological patterns rather than weather, and may refer to the fact that the month of March begins with the constellation Leo (lion) rising to the east and ends with Aries (ram) setting in the west . . . with the gentle days of late March often acting more lamb-like than ram-like.


However, the adage "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" is also an English proverb of unknown origin. While it was probably used long before, the first reference in print was in an old English play titled, A Wife for a Month, written in 1624 by John Fletcher. According to several websites I found, there is a line that goes, "I would choose March, for I would come in like a lion," and another character retorts with, "Hut you'd go out like a lamb."


I’m not saying I’m old (insert smiley face), but I’ve seen a lot of Marches and I think it’s a 50/50 tie . . . with March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb about half the time, and the other half of the time March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion. I think 2022 might be the latter . . . but we shall have to wait and see.

Have a great Spring. Stay in touch and stay happy and healthy!

- Claudia Harris


Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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Introducing the Weston Theater Company’s 86th Season

We are so excited to announce that LIVE THEATER is returning to Weston and this summer’s season is looking fantastic! Won’t you join us in supporting one of Vermont's oldest and more respected theaters?

For a SNEAK PEEK at what the 86th season has in store for us, see below!

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June 22 – July 10

SHREK THE MUSICAL - Follow Shrek, that lovable, stinky ogre on his quest to save quirky, captivating Princess Fiona from a dragon-guarded castle. There is something for everyone in this bighearted and fun-packed fairy tale. This is a Weston Young Company touring production. Tickets are FREE, but reservations must be made in advance.


July 6 – July 30

MARRY ME A LITTLE - Stephen Sondheim's "songs that got away" breathe life into the yearnings of two single dreamers who live in the same building, just one floor between them. Alone in their separate apartments on a Saturday night, they dream of love. This charming and bittersweet musical revue finds meaning in a collection of sparkling Sondheim songs from Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Company, Forum, and other favorites.


July 20 – August 13

HAIR - Let the sunshine in! Celebrate the summer of love with a group of young Americans ready to create a world of harmony and understanding. For the first time ever, this legendary rock musical bursts onto The Playhouse stage with its Grammy-Award winning score, which includes celebratory hits such as "Good Morning, Starshine," "Manchester, England," and "Aquarius". Open your heart and let it shine!


August 18 – September 4

STEEL MAGNOLIAS - The funniest play that will ever make you cry. Six friends gather for hairdos, manicures, juicy gossip, and witty banter in Truvy’s salon. Anybody who’s anybody is a regular. Through thick and thin, these women form friendships strong as steel - friendships they are forced to lean on when tragedy strikes.


September 28 –October 23

WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE - Be transported by the inspirational story of America’s great troubadour. Four performers, playing more than 20 instruments, paint a portrait of a man whose songs brought joy and understanding to generations. Songs include “This Land Is Your Land,” “Bound for Glory,” and “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Yuh”


Ticket Information

The Weston Theater Company is dedicated to producing diverse theatrical and cultural events that enrich the lives of our community and the broad region they serve, and they believe theater should be accessible to all who want to experience it. Subscribing has never been simpler or more affordable.

One Subscription. Three Shows. Pick Your Own Price.

Renewal Subscriptions on sale March 31

New Subscriptions on sale April 14

Single Tickets on Sale May 23

Subscription Information (click here)

Vermont's Maple Sugar Weekends

Here at Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate, we love everything and anything MAPLE and March is all about "the maple" in Vermont.

First off, one of our favorite events of the year - Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend - will span TWO weekends in 2022! Mark your calendars for March 19-20 & 26-27 and celebrate all things maple!

There are participating sugar houses all over the state, including several in southern Vermont.



100% Pure and natural Vermont maple syrup… the Official Flavor of Vermont

Sap Buckets on a Tree in Weston

Weston's New Sugar House

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JBM Maple's Sugar House in Weston

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Jeremy and Mark, 2/3 of the JBM Team

Weston has a new sugar house and we hope you will join us in welcoming JBM Maple to town!

JBM Maple has a beautiful new "sugar shack" and they are located at 811 Route 100 on the north end of the village. Visitors are welcome and you'll find lots of delicious syrup for sale. If you see their sign out and steam rising, stop in and say hello.

JBM Maple

811 Route 100, Weston, VT 05161

(802) 558-3075

Give them a LIKE on Facebook and follow along on their adventures.


Green Mountain Gourmet - Maple Pie

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This month’s recipe is courtesy of Mary and Sarah Schreindorfer and Vermont Public Television by way of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association.


  • 1.5 cups heavy cream
  • 1.5 cups pure Vermont Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 – 9 in unbaked pie shell (or homemade!!)


  1. In a heavy saucepan, whisk together cream and flour until smooth.
  2. Add maple syrup, butter and pepper.
  3. Cook stirring over medium heat for 10 minutes or until thickened. Do not let the mixture boil.
  4. Pour filling into pie shell and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes or until bubbling.
  6. Cool on a rack and then refrigerate until thoroughly cooled before serving.

Here is a video the recipe

Thinking of Selling?


Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate is seeking new residential and land listings and we would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about listing your Vermont property for sale.

If you've been thinking about it, now is the time to make a move. The inventory of homes for sale is at an all-time low and there are buyers looking in ALL price ranges.

Please see our contact information below, or call us at the

office at (802)824-3176. Or, you can send an email here.

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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.)

For all events, be sure to contact the venue/host before the event to learn more about their COVID protocols.

Sunday, March 20

"1800 and Froze to Death" – In case you missed the lecture offered this past fall, here is a repeat: 1816 has long been known as the year without summer. Vermonters still call it “1800 and Froze to Death,” a year of frosts every month, dark skies, and mysterious lights that caused a widespread belief that a higher power was displeased. This talk includes scores of anecdotes about the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival. The horrible weather also came in the aftermath of the War of 1812, which produced shortages and an economic crisis. Enjoy this fascinating lecture a lecture with Howard Coffin. No charge.

Sunday, March 20

Sage City Symphony to present free March Concert  Bennington, VTOn Sunday, March 20, at 4:00 p.m. Sage City Symphony will present a concert at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College. Admission is free and open to all.


Sunday, March 20

Bromley’s Spring Fling - Grab the sunblock because spring is almost here! Come enjoy some springtime action at Bromley Mountain. Embark on a journey to find the pot of gold to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Saturday, March 20

Stratton Mountain Annual Pond Skim - Spring weekends include some of the best events of the season where goggle tans and t-shirts are the accessories of choice as we enjoy spring’s soft snow, longer days and sunshine. Try not to take a dip with the return of the 2022 Pond Skim at Stratton on April 2, 2022 as participants try to skim across the water’s surface and make it out the other side just as dry as the entered. Registration will be held the day of and is limited to the first 150 participants ($45 to enter). An event that is just as fun to watch as it is to enter. 12:00pm-2:00pm


Saturday, March 26

Stratton Mountain Marchdi Gras Village Winterfest - Marchdi Gras is Stratton Mountain’s annual outdoors Village block party, a one of a kind event in celebration of the seasons as they ring in spring and enjoy live music, specialty food, drink and animations in the Village. 3:00pm-6:00pm

Wednesday, April 20

400 Miles Down the Connecticut River (Vermont Humanities Presents…) - 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. 5:30 PM on Zoom. Contact Elizabeth Frederick at for registration information.


Saturday, April 30

Antiques Appraisal Fair at the Bennington Museum - It’s time to find out what that family heirloom or weird-looking thing you found in the barn out back is really worth. Appraisers Charles Flint, Lorraine German, and Maria and Patricia Siskind will examine your items and offer their expert opinions on their value. Bring up to 5 items at $10 per item and find out if you have some hidden treasures! 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Register online here:


Saturday, May 7

BIRD WALK - Join local birders to gather long-term data on the presence of birds, their abundance, and changes in populations. Appropriate for birders of all skill levels, the walks run along forest and meadow trails and around the main house. Free. 7-9am. Hildene, 1005 Hildene Rd., Manchester. 802-367-7960, or


Saturday, May 7

Grace Cottage Hospital’s “Spring into Health 5K Run/Walk -  Run, walk, roll, or stroll with family and friends. Healthy activity with plenty of fun! Rain/Shine. Virtual and in-person. Shotgun starts at 8:30am. Start/end at Townshend Common, 66 Common Rd., Townshend. 802-365-9109 or sign-up:


Saturday, May 14

Meet the Lambs - Green grass and gamboling lambs are abundant, and you're invited to come and visit our newest farm members, with plenty of activities for the family. $3pp requested donation at the door. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, VT. More details available soon --

Sunday, May 15

How to Do House History – The Bennington Historical Society presents: Owning an old house is both a privilege and a responsibility. Those of us who own an old house, and simply support Historic Preservation in all its forms truly believe this. Michele Pagán, and her husband, John, have bought and restored 7 homes during their marriage and during John’s career as a submarine officer for the US Navy. Michele will present information, based on her personal experience of researching their most recent and present home here in Vermont, using all the primary documents which she was able to find. She will share information from the State of Vermont, which allows private home owners to get their home registered with the State, even if it is not within a designated State historic district. All are welcome to attend and bring their questions. The BHS offers its programs at no charge, but please consider supporting the efforts with a contribution. 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


May 20-21

ANNUAL GCM PLANT, BAKE AND TAG SALE - Perennials from members’ gardens, potted herbs and annuals at reasonable prices. Proceeds benefit Garden Club of Manchester’s Civic Beautification and scholarships. 9:00am-3:30pm at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, 930 SVAC Dr., Manchester.


Sunday, May 22

Wild Edibles Walk and Talk(Hildene) - Naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen, in collaboration with the Earth Matters’ Regenerative Agriculture Committee, will conduct a “Wild Edibles Walk and Talk.” Cohen will lead workshop participants on a tour through Hildene’s varied habitat to identify edible plants, discuss the conditions necessary for each plant to thrive, and demonstrate responsible and safe harvesting practices. He will also focus on how to use and prepare wild plants to make “wild dishes,” which participants will have an opportunity to sample. 1:00 to 4:30pm Suitable for adults (and interested teenagers): $10 for members/$15 for non-members. This workshop always fills up quickly. Preregistration required by Friday, May 20: or call 802-367-7960. Info at:


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