Claudia Harris | Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate | (802)824-3176 | Email | Website
July 2017

In this newsletter . . .
  • Welcome Note - Be Local, Buy Local, Support Local
  • Preventing a Home Improvement Scam
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Sticky Glazed Chicken Wings for a Crowd
  • Weston Playhouse - 2017 Summer Season (continued)
  • Featured Property for Sale - 116 Cody Road in Landgrove
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Dear ,

Growing up and now living in and owning a business in this community has taught me to truly appreciate the mantra "Be Local, Buy Local" and I would like to add . . . SUPPORT LOCAL.

Many of you know that my "hobby" is to volunteer as an Advanced EMT with the local ambulance and rescue service, the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad (LVRS). In our part of Vermont, the ambulance and fire services are not officially connected, but we do work together and there is a ton of crossover in our membership rosters.

Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate recently sponsored a team for the South Londonderry Fire Department's 1st Annual Golf Fundraiser at Stratton. The team was my husband John and son Caleb and John's best friend Gary and his son Taylor. They didn't win, but Gary shot a HOLE-IN-ONE!!!! For real!

But, I digress . . . the reason for this mention is to remind everyone that our local fire and rescue departments depend on donations to cover operating costs, equipment and vehicles and training. We are all volunteers and there are no paid fire, rescue or ambulance services in our local mountain towns. If you can't show your support as a volunteer, I hope that you will please show your support with a donation:
Enjoy the summer and, as always, be well and stay in touch.
- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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Preventing a Home Improvement Scam
Vermont may be quaint and charming but sadly its residents are not immune from being the victim of scams and cons found in larger suburban and metropolitan areas, and shady contractors and home improvement fraud are among the top complaints in the state.
Did you know that the Vermont Attorney General's Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) at the University of Vermont has been helping consumers resolve disputes with businesses and protect themselves from fraud and access available services for more than three decades?

According to their website, home improvement problems are among the top ten complaint categories in Vermont. Because your home is probably your most valuable asset, it is particularly important that you protect that asset by making wise decisions when having work done on your home.
Where to Go for Help - Contact the Vermont Attorney General's Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) to find out if complaints have been filed against the contractor you are considering hiring.  Keep in mind, however, that a lack of complaints doesn't necessarily mean that the contractor is reputable, particularly if he or she is new to the area. Also, some disreputable contractors may change business names to keep a clean record.  You should also contact the CAP if you have a complaint against a contractor.  The staff at the CAP will contact the business on your behalf in an attempt to resolve your complaint. In addition, your complaint will become part of the public record, so that consumers who inquire about this contractor will become aware of your complaint.

If you believe you have been defrauded by a contractor, you may also file a police report of home improvement fraud with your local police department or other law enforcement agency.  Home improvement fraud is a crime, and can be prosecuted in Vermont.
Home Improvement Fraud Registry: You may review the State Registry of all persons who have been criminally convicted or resolved civil claims by the State of Vermont for committing "home improvement fraud".

Green Mountain Gourmet  
Sticky Glazed Chicken Wings for a Crowd
This is a perennial summer picnic favorite and an oft-requested recipe. I "wing" it almost every time with a few different ingredients, but this is my basic recipe.

1.5 cup soy sauce (low sodium, if possible) 
1.5 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sesame oil
2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Five Spice Powder
5 lbs chicken wings *
1/2 cup chopped scallions
* I like to use the whole wing but you can separate the wings and drums or use drumsticks, etc. (It's a versatile recipe!)
  1. Mix first six ingredients in a large bowl and whisk well. Add chicken wings and try to cover the chicken as completely a possible. Cover and marinate overnight (or for at least six hours).
  2. Preheat oven to 350° and place chicken wings on to two lined baking sheets with a little room between each piece. I line my pans with tinfoil to make cleanup easier.
  3. Do NOT throw away your marinade!
  4. Bake the wings for 30 minutes.
  5. While the wings are baking, place your marinade in a heavy saucepan. Over medium to medium-high heat, reduce by at least half. Stir often and make sure it does not burn!
  6. After 30 minutes, take the wings out and brush your marinade (now a glaze) on both sides of your wings.
  7. Return to oven for an additional 30 minutes.
  8. Using low to medium heat, continue to reduce your marinade/glaze so it has the consistency of molasses.Do not boil, do not burn!
  9. After a total of 60 minutes in the oven, remove the wings and brush once more with the glaze.
  10. Let cool, plate and top with sliced scallions.

Weston Playhouse - 2017 Summer Season 
Summer theater in Weston is going to be absolutely fantastic this summer! Tickets are available online, in person at the box office or by calling (802)824-5288. Announcing the lineup:
Tenderly (Other Stages) - The exhilarating musical about the life and times of Rosemary Clooney - a star we knew, a woman we didn't. July 13 - August 5
Lost in Yonkers (Main Stage) - Comedy at its very best and a family you won't soon forget - winner of a Pulitzer and four Tony Awards. July 20 - July 29
The Music Man (Main Stage) - Seventy-six Trombones . . . Till There Was You! The beloved classic musical - winner of a Tony and a Grammy. August 3 - August 19
Buyer & Cellar (Other Stages) - Fantastically funny! An underemployed actor takes on the job of lone sales clerk in Barbra Streisand's basement mall in Malibu. August 10 - September 3
Long Day's Journey into Night (Main Stage) - The masterpiece of American theatre, simply not to be missed - winner of a Pulitzer and a Tony. August 24 - September 3

Elegant Country Estate
in Landgrove 

Elegant expanded 1859 Noah's Ark Cape on 15 plus acres with three spring-fed ponds and sunny, flower-filled meadows and beautiful woods. The house was renovated with fine custom architectural and period details throughout and highlights include six fireplaces, wood floors throughout most of the house, 9' ceilings in the main living areas and a floor plan that speaks to entertaining and family gatherings.

The main level features four separate living areas plus a formal dining room and library and the kitchen (with butler's pantry). There are two well-designed staircases leading to the second floor, where you will find a total of six bedrooms. With more than 5,000 square feet of finished living area, this was once a grand home and with your energy and investment it will once again be a truly stunning property in a spectacular setting. This is a property and a community that will amaze you - so come take a look!

15 Acres with Ponds, Meadows and Beautiful Grounds

Elegant Living Areas - Gorgeous Wood Floors

Vermont Country Charm - Architectural Interest

Large Kitchen with Views from Every Window

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Featured Area Properties Listed for Sale 
Mountain Lake Timber Frame 
543 Mountain Lake Road  
Londonderry, VT
Quintessential Landgrove 
108 Landgrove Rd
Landgrove, VT
All Ready to Build
Loon Circle
Londonderry, VT
Turn-Key Andover Contemporary
519 Spruce Drive 
Andover, VT
ReDesigned Church  
2418 Route 11
Londonderry, VT
Overlooking Weston
24 Burton Road
Weston, VT
Centrally-Located Contemporary
58 Route 11
Landgrove, VT
Tuttle Barn Condo 
27 Lawrence Hill Road
Wes ton, VT
One-Level Living
57 Obed Moore Road
Weston, VT

One-Level Living
at Its Best 
6635 Route 100
Londonderry, VT
15 Acres in Landgrove 
Old County Road West
Landgrove, VT
Magic Alpine Chalet
480 Magic Circle
Londonderry, VT

Peru Cottage on 7+ Acres     
275 Lovers Lane
Peru, VT
Weston Village Charm (with Retail Options)
686 Main Street
Weston, VT
1.4+/-Acre Permitted Building Lot
Old County Road
Weston, VT 

Unique and Charming in Landgrove
102 Nichols Road
Landgrove, VT

Contemporary Vacation Home in Londonderry 
96 Eves Drive
Londonderry, VT
Weston Building Lot
5+ Acres
Moses Pond Road 
Weston, VT

Landgrove Road Contemporary     
169 Landgrove Road
Weston, VT
Antique Farmhouse on 28+ Acres
91 Old County Road 
Weston, VT
East  of Londonderry
224 Twin Brook Circle
Londonderry, VT
Quiet and Private
8.5 Acres
Arrau Road
Andover, VT
Convenient & Affordable! 
246 Evergreen Lane 
Londonderry, VT
Landgrove Estate  
116 Cody Road
Landgrove, VT
10+/- Acres Mostly Open & Sunny!
Weston Andover Road
Andover, VT
7.2 Acres with
Bromley Views
South Road
Peru, VT
43 Acres in Andover
Weston- Andover Road
Andover, VT

2.3 Acres in Weston 
Casper Lane 
Weston, VT 
Octagon at Powder Mill
389 Howard Hill Road 
Londonderry, VT
9.99 Hillside Acres
Old County Road West  
Landgrove, 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

New this year . . .
Introducing Music Mondays this summer at Pingree Park in Londonderry! 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)
  • Monday July 10 - Original Rock-n-Roll with Duane Carleton
  • Monday July 24 - Test the boundaries of bluegrass and folk with Brattleboro band, Pinedrop
  • Monday August 7 - Damn Tall Buildings plays American 'Guerilla Roots'
  • Monday August 24 - Southern Vermont's own Saints and Liars
  • Monday September 4 - Foot-stomping folk with The Old Main
Wednesdays through August
Factory Point Town Green - Manchester
6-8 PM - bring a picnic and blanket or chairs

Also new this year . . . 
Thursday evenings thru July & August at 7:00 pm in Mount Holly (Belmont Village) - Live Musical Performances on the Green at the Belmont crossroads. Every Thursday night a fabulous musical act comes to the Belmont green for a night of entertainment under the evening skies. Free!

Fridays (June 9 - September 1)
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 

Sundays, July 2 - August
Sundays on the Hill Concert Series at Weston's Church on the Hill - Admission is $5, open seating, doors open at 3 PM. Information at

July 15 - August 15
July 5 - August 13
Vermont Summer Festival - Six weeks of top equestrian competition & show jumping in Vermont's Green Mountains at Beebe Farm at 2971 US-7 in East Dorset. Visit the Vermont Summer Festival website for more details and schedule.
Friday, July 21
Manchester StreetFest - Don't miss Manchester's party on Historic Main Street. Live music with Get Up Jack, lots of food vendors, beer, and wine. A community event you will not want to miss! Main Street will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. from the Mountain Goat until Thai Basil.  Parking is available at MEMS and in the municipal lot behind Rite Aid.  6-9 PM. Due to expected crowds, no dogs are allowed.
Saturday, July 22
Weston Annual Book Sale - Don't miss the Weston Public Library's Annual Book Sale, where you can find all kinds of literature for unbelievably great prices! Giant book sale to benefit Wilder Memorial Library, held on the Weston Green for one day only! 9:00am-3:00pm
Saturday, July 22 
Mt. Holly Garden Tour - Enjoy some of Mt. Holly's loveliest gardens, created and cultivated by our own community members - real people with dirt under their nails!  (Tickets $12, sold at the library.  Kids under 12 free).
Monday, July 24
Andrea McArdle in Concert - On her 40th anniversary of creating the iconic role of Little Orphan Annie in the massive musical hit Annie, join Andrea on a musical journey from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway and beyond. Weston Playhouse, Weston with tickets at $35 - 8 PM.
July 28-July 30
Green Mountain Fair - Free admission! Free parking! Enjoy local entertainment, rides, crafts, & food! Lots of great music. Benefiting the Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD). Located at Dorr Field, 815 Bonnet Street
in Manchester Center .
Saturday, July 29
Southshire Battle Cats 2017 Home Opener
Returning to Riley Rink for our third Season, Southshire Roller Derby's Battle Cats will take on Central New Your Roller Derby's Wonder Brawlers! Food, drinks, and fun await as always! 6:00pm-9:00pm Riley Rink at Hunter Park.
Sunday, July 30
Cochran-Wrenn Duo, flute & guitar - Sundays on the Hill concerts at 4 PM on Sunday afternoons in the "Community Church", better known as the "Church on the Hill".
August 4 - 6
Hops in the Hills - Sample over 80 regional craft beers and ciders and a selection of great wines and enjoy a great lineup of live music, craft vendors, tasty food options and the great outdoors in Jackson Gore courtyard. Friday, August 4, 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 5, noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, August 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 6
VT Virtuosi Flute Ensemble - Sundays on the Hill concerts at 4 PM on Sunday afternoons in the "Community Church", better known as the "Church on the Hill".
Sunday, August 6
Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer- In his music and writing, Woody Guthrie chronicled the devastation of the 1930s dust storms and the Great Depression, championing the dispossessed and economic and social justice. Many of his songs ("This Land is Your Land") have become American classics, and he has influenced subsequent songwriters, including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. This presentation by Mark Greenberg explores the always-rambling Guthrie's life and legacy through readings from his prolific prose writings, recorded and live examples of his music, and slides of Guthrie's own art and of photographs documenting his complex life and times. 4:00 pm at the Mount Holly Town Library, 26 Maple Hill R oad in Belmont .
Sunday, August 6
25th Anniversary Screening of Where the Rivers Flow North - Filmmaker Jay Craven will present a special evening in tribute to Vermont writer, Howard Frank Mosher, who passed away unexpectedly in late January. Craven has made five "Vermont Westerns" during his 28-year collaboration with Mosher. He will present a 20-minute talk, "My Life, So Far, With Howard," in which Craven will detail his often-daunting exploits, making the films, and his always-humorous experiences, working with Mosher. Following his talk, Craven will present a 25th anniversary screening of his film, Where the Rivers Flow North. Set in 1927 Vermont, Rivers tells the story of an old Vermont logger and his Native American mate who face the extinction of their way of life when the local power company plans to build a giant hydro dam that will flood them off their land. 7 PM. Tickets and information at
Sunday, August 13
David E. Sanger on "Decoding the Trump Administration"- New York Times National Security Correspondent David E. Sanger returns for his annual insider's look at the people and events that shape our world. The evening includes Sanger's wise and witty take on current affairs followed by a moderated question and answer session and a chance to meet and mingle over refreshments. 8 PM at the Weston Playhouse
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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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