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

In this newsletter . . .
  • Welcome Note
  • REALTOR Food Drive - June 19-29
  • Weston Playhouse Unveils Blockbuster 2018 Season
  • Electronics Recycling - May 19 in Londonderry
  • New Sunday Transfer Station Hours
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Cauliflower Rice
  • Featured Properties for Sale - Land for Sale
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Dear ,

Greetings from Weston, where spring has finally sprung and we're enjoying these first days of our early summer!

I am sure you know that REALTORS work long hours and we're "always" on duty, so we like to get away when we can to recharge our batteries and get ready for the next busy selling season. This past winter, Kathy and her husband Jay traveled to Nicaragua and Florida (with a side trip to Cuba!), and my husband John and I escaped mud season to enjoy some time on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. We all had a great time away and as Richard Nixon was famous for (sorry for the comparison!), we are tanned, rested and ready for what we hope will be a busy selling season this summer!

While traveling in Mexico and other ocean-side areas of the world, I have become dismayed at the proliferation of large and small pieces of plastic on the beaches. To that end, I have a new mantra: NO DRINKING STRAWS! Upon arriving home, I promptly purchased several reusable stainless steel and silicone drinking straws and have stocked my office, home and car. I'm doing my part to help Mother Earth and I hope you will join me! #NoStraw #JustSayNoToTheStraw Apologies for being a little preachy!

Wishing you the best summer possible! Stay in touch and we will do the same.

- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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REALTOR Food Drive in June
It's time to spread the love and be generous with our neighbors less fortunate than us! Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate (MMMRE) and the South Central Vermont Board of REALTORS, in partnership with the Vermont Association of Realtors®, will participate in a statewide Food Drive from June 18-29!
Lots of food drives focus on the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays . . . and that's great! However, children and families often go hungry when school is out for the summer and children don't have access to lunch and food assistance programs.
Your contributions will stay local and support Londonderry's Neighbor's Pantry. Here is a list of most needed items:
  • Boxed meals - macaroni & cheese, hamburger helper, etc.
  • Cereal - all varieties
  • Canned fruit and vegetables (all varieties)
  • Canned meat - beef, ham, chicken, etc.
  • Canned fish - tuna, salmon
  • Canned soup and chili 
  • Pasta of any kind and pasta sauce (all varieties)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Portable, ready-to-eat snack foods (kid friendly)
  • Rice - any type
  • Shelf-stable juices (i.e., not frozen or in need of refrigeration)
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate (MMMRE) will be collecting donations of food and money at our offices at 620 Main Street in Weston between June 18 - 29. We will deliver everything to the Neighbors Pantry at the conclusion of the drive. Checks in any amount may be made payable to Neighbor's Pantry and mailed or delivered to MMMRE.
IMPORTANT: Please make sure  
donated items are NOT expired.

Electronics Recycling - May 19 in Londonderry

Weston Playhouse Unveils Blockbuster 2018 Season
Vermont's award-winning Weston Playhouse Theatre Company unveils a blockbuster 2018 line-up, the largest in the theatre's history. The season includes three productions on the company's Main Stage at the historic Weston Playhouse and four productions at its stunning new Second Stage, Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, plus pre-theatre dining, post-show Cabaret, and periodic special events.
Brad Standley and Julie Benko - the cast of ONCE. 2017 photo by Hubert Schriebl
The Main Stage series kicks off with Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Our Town. Last seen at the Playhouse in 1973 with the late Sam Lloyd, Sr. as the all-knowing Stage Manager, the new production will feature his brother, film and TV actor Christopher Lloyd, in that pivotal role. Sponsored by Manchester Designer Outlets and directed by Steve Stettler, performances run June 21 to July 7.
Next up on the Main Stage is American's most iconic musical, West Side Story. Star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria fight to keep their forbidden love alive in a powerful retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set on New York's West Side. Weston's production celebrates the centennial of author Arthur Laurents, composer Leonard Bernstein, and director/choreographer Jerome Robbins, and is directed by Tim Fort with Robbins' original choreography recreated by Felicity Stiverson. Performances run July 12 through August 4.

Four lively weeks of high-energy, rock-and-roll nostalgia wrap the Main Stage roster with Broadway's recent phenom, Million Dollar Quartet. A triple threat cast recreates the most famous jam session in American musical history and performs hits like "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Walk the Line," bringing Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis to life onstage. Sponsored by Casella and directed by Michael Berresse, performances run August 9 to September 2.
The company's Second Stage at Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm opens with Weston's 2018 Young Company of talented undergrads in a musical for young families. Based on L.M. Montgomery's beloved novel, Anne of Green Gables is a one-hour musical by Broadway veterans Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford. The spirited show follows orphan Anne Shirley as she discovers the true meaning of family, friendship, and home. Directed by Tim Fort and Piper Goodeve, Anne of Green Gables plays at family-friendly times and prices from June 13 to June 30.
2015's groundbreaking musical Fun Home follows on the Second Stage at Walker Farm. Based on Vermont author/cartoonist Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, this five-time Tony Award winner brings us into Alison's world as she grows and grapples with her dysfunctional family, her sexuality, and her father's secrets. Directed by Malcolm Ewen and starring Weston favorites Susan Haefner and David Bonanno, performances run July 5 to July 28.
Continuing a trend of hot new titles at Walker, Weston presents the Vermont Premiere of the Broadway hit, A Doll's House Part 2. Nominated for eight Tony Awards, Lucas Hnath's comedy picks up where Ibsen's famed 19th-century drama, A Doll's House, concludes. Mary B. Robinson (Weston's All My Sons and Copenhagen) directs, with performances from August 2 to August 26.
Extending the theatre season into Vermont's fabulous fall foliage, Weston proudly presents August Wilson's Pulitzer and Tony-nominated Two Trains Running. The seventh in Wilson's ten-part series chronicling the African-American experience, Wilson's play is Weston's fourth annual American Masters production. Directed by Reginald L. Douglas and sponsored by The Vermont Country Store, performances run September 27 to October 21, including daytime school matinees.
To round out your experience, pre-theatre cocktails and farm to table fare are available at the café on the lower level of the Playhouse. Plus, Weston's legendary Cabaret serves up a zany hour-long music and comedy revue, featuring Young Company and Equity actors, after each of the three Main Stage shows.
Individual tickets are available online at or by phone through the Box Office on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 AM until 3 PM: (802) 824-5288. Seasons Subscriptions are available in two exciting packages with preferred pricing and special perks.  
Article courtesy of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company.
Transfer Station News - New Sunday Hours
As of April 29th, the Londonderry Transfer Station's new hours for Sundays (Sundays only!) will be 12PM to 4PM.
The Transfer Station and Recycling Center is also open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Wednesdays.


Annual Permit Fees

  • Residential - $10
  • Commercial - $25

Permits are available for purchase in person or by mail at the Londonderry Town office, 100 Old School Street in South Londonderry, VT 05155.

The rates for disposing residential refuse are as follow:
  • Up to a 13 gallon bag - $2
  • 14 to a 30 gallon bag - $4
  • Bulk - 55 gallon bag - $6
Remember that pre-paid punch cards are required for payment. NO CASH is accepted. Punch cards can be purchased by mail (Londonderry Town Office) or in person at the Londonderry, Peru, Landgrove or Weston Town Office and at Londonderry Hardware and the Weston Marketplace.
RECYCLING is always FREE !
Green Mountain Gourmet
 Cauliflower Rice 
I'm not usually one to jump on food fads, but a new favorite in my household is cauliflower "rice" and this recipe is easy, fast and delicious. And, best of all, it can be served warm or cold. So, with summer picnic potluck season upon us, I thought this would be a great recipe to share this month.
  • 1 large head of cauliflower (florets only)
  • 1 large yellow onion (small dice)
  • 1 large clove of garlic (minced well)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins (regular will do, but the yellow ones look prettier!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped, sliced or slivered almonds
  • 2 +/- tablespoons of safflower or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons powdered cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup tightly-packed, chopped flat-leaf parsley (or cilantro, if you prefer)
1. Using a food processor and a medium dicing blade, process the cauliflower in 2-3 batches to create a rice-like batch of cauliflower. I usually use the pulse setting for more control. 
2. In a large skillet, heat 1+/- tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat and sauté the onion for about 5-7 minutes until light golden color appears. Turn the heat down if needed.  
3. Add the garlic and stir for a minute of two making sure the garlic does not burn. Add another teaspoon or two of oil and the cauliflower. Sauté for another 7-10 minutes, stirring gently every minute or so until the vegetables are tender and cooked through but still firm.
4. Add pepper, turmeric, cumin and mix well. Continue to stir.  
5. Add the raisins and almonds and mix well.
6. Remove from heat, place on a serving platter or bowl and garnish with parsley/cilantro and serve!
Note: This recipe is easily multiplied and adapts well to lots of spices and flavors. Mix and match and enjoy!

Land for Sale!
There are some stunning land listings in the area, including these listed by MMMRE. For more information about the land market, give us a call.
Cross Road in Londonderry
Two lots, each with stunning mountain views, all-day sun and beautiful building sites! These two parcels are adjacent to one another but offered for sale separately. Both offer stunning views, walking or riding trails and have state wastewater permits in place. 61+ acres for $395,000 and/or 5+ acres for $195,000 .
Casper Lane in Weston
Have you ever thought about building? This neighborhood lot is all ready for you with a septic system in place (all you need to do is connect), drilled well and buried power to the lot. Private road, pretty views, nice light, level lot with a gentle slope towards the view. Close to Londonderry, Weston, skiing and more. Listed at $89,000.
Andover Weston Road in Andover
With direct access to snowmobiling trails, this pretty 10-acre parcel is south-facing (with sunrise views!). Level parcel with large, open meadow spanning the eastern half of the lot with pretty woods to the west. Located just 2 minutes to Weston for shopping and theater and 10 minutes to Ludlow for skiing, shopping and dining! Offered for $89,900.
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Mitchell Miller Real Estate is just one of a handful of Vermont real estate agencies with a National Association of REALTORS' Green Designation agent on board. Contact Claudia Harris at (802)24-3176 or by email for more information.

Featured Area Properties Listed for Sale 
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

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
West River Cape 
27 Old County Road Weston, VT
Convenient & Affordable! 
246 Evergreen Lane 
Londonderry, VT
Landgrove Country Home 
116 Cody Road
Landgrove, VT
Weston Village Cape 
75 Lawrence Hill Road
Weston, VT
Call it Yours!
187 Tallwood Circle
Londonderry, VT
Mountain Contemporary
609 Boynton Road
Londonderry, VT

Mountainside Home with 26 Acres   
10 Hapgood Pond Rd
Landgrove, VT
Affordable One-Level Living  
6635 Route 100 
Londonderry, VT
Woodland Magic
85 Kile Road  
Weston, VT
Moses Pond Road
Weston, VT

Close to Weston & Ludlow

1507 Route 100
Weston, 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
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 
May 16 - July 16

May 18 - 20

Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its annual Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, May 18th and 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 20th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. BRGNS is primarily a food shelf and financial assistance non-profit organization serving Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth. Proceeds from the rummage sale are used to purchase food for the community or are used for various financial assistance programs. The organization holds a spring and a fall rummage sale each year to sell gently used, donated items. BRGNS also runs a thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow - behind the Ludlow Community Center. The sale will feature clothing, housewares, books, linens, furniture and all manner of goods.


May 18 - 26
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - This musical comedy that takes place in a middle school gym where six quirky adolescents participate in a spelling bee run by 3 equally quirky adults. Performance dates are May 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 PM and May 20 and 27 at 2:00 PM.

May 18 - 26

Weston's First Annual New Works Festival is a two-week celebration of nationally recognized artists creating new work at varying stages of development. The first year series includes actor/writer Molly Regan's one-woman play The Accidental Curator, presented in a fully staged workshop production following development at New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre and Chicago's Steppenwolf. Kait Kerrigan's Father/Daughter will receive its first ever public reading, and Judith Sloan's Yo Miss!, developed in part at a Weston Artists Retreat, will take its next leap in a full onstage reading.
Saturday, May 20
Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour's Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables - Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont's dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip. Find out why a lot of us don't like beets, how a 17th-century pirate named the bell pepper, how carrots won the Trojan War, and how George Washington was nearly assassinated with a plate of poisoned peas. FREE at 3:00 pm at the Pawlet Public Library, 141 School Street.
Friday, May 25
Kick Off Summer Festival - Kick back in a chair, beer or wine in hand, and soak up some sunshine as the smoky scent of BBQ mingles with guitar chords. If it sounds like the perfect way to slip into summer mode, then join attend the Kickoff to Summer Party. BBQ and beverages available for purchase. Live Music with Peter Miles 6-9:30 pm. 

Saturday, May 26

Merck Forest's Full Flower Moon Walk - Time TBD. Our hikes are typically of moderate difficulty; participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. $5/person. Check their website at


May 26 - 27
Open Studio Weekend - a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a wide variety of local artists and craftspeople in their studios, and purchase high quality, handmade artwork. The self-guided Open Studio tour features the work of glassblowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers. Many participating galleries will host gallery talks and feature special exhibits in conjunction with this event. Bright yellow signs mark the way to the studios of craftspeople and other artists who are participating.
Monday, May 28

Cruise In at The Vermont Country Store - Take a Spin Down Memory Lane. On Monday, May 28th, from 5.30 -7.00 pm, head to Mildred's Dairy Bar at The Vermont Country Store in a classic car or truck and receive a maple creemee on us. It's a great way to show off your ride, meet other drivers and enjoy the best soft serve around. Rt 100, Weston.


Friday, June 1

Vermont History through Song - Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume and using the music Vermonters published and sang in their communities, Ms. Radtke guides listeners through our state's history, from the earliest published song, "Green Mountain Farmer" (1798), through 1850 temperance ballads and Civil War era songs, to songs about Vermonters Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Dewey, and Jim Fisk. Free at 7:00 pm at the Reading Historical Society Museum, 670 Route 106 in Reading.


June 1-2-3
Strolling of the Heifers Street Festival


Saturday, June 2
West River Trail Run - The trail run is 11 miles from South Londonderry following the West River to Jamaica State Park. It's an amazing trail and outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to participate or cheer on the runners. There is an option for a relay team of 3 or single runners/walkers. Jamaica State Park $5 - $75 and all proceeds go to a local nonprofit implementing healthy activities for youth in the Southern Vermont communities.

Sunday, June 3

Best Little Arts and Craft Show in Vermont - Located in and around Jamaica's historic Town Hall (3735 VT-30) right on Main Street. This juried event offers pottery, fiber arts, photography, wood crafts, silver and beaded jewelry, beautiful potted plants and a children's Creation Station! Sponsored by the nonprofit Jamaica Community Arts Council.


Wednesday, June 6

Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food - The history of what and how we eat encompasses everything from the prehistoric mammoth luau to the medieval banquet to the modern three squares a day. Writer Rebecca Rupp explains the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners - plus some catchy info on seasonal foods. What's the story of chocolate? Why do the Irish eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day? Who invented lemonade? Why are turkeys called turkeys? And what are sugarplums anyway? FREE at 7:00 pm at the Manchester Community Library.


Friday, June 20

Manchester Street Fest - Join in an old-fashioned block party at the Manchester Street Fest. Live music provided by Get Up Jack. Activities include arts and crafts for the kids, delicious food choices by local providers, and loads of fun for the whole family. 


Saturday, June 23

Merck Forest's Full Strawberry Moon Walk - Time TBD. Our hikes are typically of moderate difficulty; participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. $5/person. Check their website at

Sunday, June 24
Sundays on the Hill Presents: The Taconic Chamber Players - New to the Manchester area is a year-old group whose mission is to provide Southern Vermont with year round concerts, lessons, and educational programs built upon the traditions of classical music. The Church on the Hill is excited to welcome them as they return to Sundays on the Hill 4 PM. $5

Wednesday, July 4

Landgrove Meeting House - 4th Annual Group Reading and discussion of the fiery 4th of July Frederick Douglass 1852 address commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 2 PM, sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.



Wednesday, July 4

Manchester's 4th of July Festivities - The annual Independence Day celebration is slated for July 4 at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park (340 Recreation Park Road, Manchester Center, VT). The highlight of the day will be the fireworks at 9:30 PM. The rain date is July 5 at 9:30 PM.


Saturday, July 7

Londonderry's 4th of July Parade and Fireworks - Details to follow. Keep an eye on Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate's Facebook page!


July 12 - 13
Circus Smirkus' Vaudeville Big Top Tour - A celebration of the grand American tradition of variety entertainment! You're in for a spectacular lineup of unforgettable acts, with amazing acrobats, mystifying magicians, jaunty jugglers, and wondrous wirewalkers. Awe, delight, and side-splitting laughter await! Get your tickets now for a dazzling tribute to the greatest form of family entertainment in history!
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