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

In this newsletter . . .
  • Welcome Note
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • New USPS Stamp Honors 1st Responders
  • Vermont Antiques Week
  • Weston's Colonial Crafts Day - September 15 (TOMORROW!!)
  • Independent Television Festival in Manchester - October 10-14
  • Featured Property for Sale -282 Melendy Hill, South Londonderry
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Dear ,

I am writing this as the threat of Hurricane Florence bears down on our neighbors in the southern coastal states, and I am reminded of how very fortunate we here in Northern New England are to be relatively immune from weather-related disasters. Sure, we have snow on the ground for 6+ months of the year, and it can be bitterly cold for weeks on end, and we have to shovel lots and lots and lots of snow . . . but our homes, our families and our communities remain safe and intact. We hope that the storm is less severe than predicted, the damage to be less impactful and above all we pray for the health and safety of the residents of the areas under watch.

Ironically (or perhaps not), September is National Preparedness Month. And while we here in Vermont don't face the same threats from weather-related and natural disasters, it is important to be prepared. Even if it's just for a long power outage. I'm pleased to share some information in this regard in the attached newsletter. As the Boy Scouts say, Be Prepared!

In other news, the summer real estate season is winding down and, while business was busier this summer than last summer, it could still stand some improvement! Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate is actively seeking new listings for the fall and winter. If you are thinking of selling (or buying), please give us a call! It would be our pleasure to work together.

Be well, STAY SAFE and keep in touch . . . and I will do the same.

- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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September is National Preparedness Month! 
We're in the middle of the 2018 hurricane and tropical storm season, and although that rarely affects us here in Vermont, it's a great reminder that winter is just around the corner and September is the perfect time to get ourselves and our homes ready for an emergency.
Here are some simple helpful tips that everyone can easily tackle to help you weather any storm that might come your way.
  • Make sure your home and belongings are adequately and appropriately insured.
  • Create a family communication and evacuation plan.
  • Prepare an inventory of your belongings (and be sure to have lots of photos and videos).
  • Create an Emergency Contact List with telephone numbers and email addresses for family, friends and neighbors.
  • Put together and maintain an Emergency Supply Kit (see below).
  • Keep a roadside emergency kit in your car.
  • Buy a battery- or solar-powered radio.
My insurance company (AMICA) has a great cheat sheet for putting together an Emergency Supply Kit (click here).
And, finally, always remember to call 911 if there is ever a true emergency!  

New Stamp Honors 1st Responders
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I was excited to see that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) unveiled yesterday a new Forever 50¢ stamp honoring First Responders!

Many of you know that my husband John and I are both Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMT) with the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad, our local ambulance and rescue service. John is also a member of the South Londonderry Champion 5 Fire Department and is currently serving as its President.

According to USPS, this stamp recognizes "the men and women - including firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical service professionals - who respond to critical situations with skill, dedication, and uncommon bravery. Fire, medical emergencies, accidents, and violent crimes require us to look to those who possess the training and knowledge to treat the injured, rescue the endangered, and restore safety and order."

Thank you USPS for recognizing the service of the fine men and women of our local fire and EMS services and those volunteers and professionals serving around the country as well!!
Vermont Antiques Week is September 27 - 30
Vermont Antiques Week will run from September 27 - 30 and consists of five well-respected antique shows that showcase over 175 local, regional, and national antique dealers.  

Weston Colonial Crafts Day - September 15
On Saturday, September 15, between the hours of 11 and 4, the Weston Historical Society will present their 6th Colonial Craft Day on their museum campus, just north of the Weston Green on Route 100. Skills of the 18th and 19th centuries will be demonstrated, and tools and machinery of the period will be in operation and on display.  
Favorites from prior years will be on hand:
* Master Tinsmith David Claggett, whose colonial reproductions are on display in America's finest Museums...and in Weston.  
* Cooper Glenn Lael will demonstrate the skills used in making barrels and the 18th century methods of peeling apples and pressing them into
Weston's Mill Museums and Grist Mill 
cider always attracts a crowd. Bring your own apples and take a turn at pressing your own cider.
* Lace-maker Donna Faturos will be demonstrating and explaining her skill.
* Basket weaver Ann McClaran will be on hand with demonstrations.  
* Johnathon Bigelow will be hewing beams out of logs and explaining the methods of post-and-beam/mortise and tenon construction favored by our colonial forefathers.
Weston's Farrar-Mansur House Museum, an historic homestead and tavern dating from 1797, will be open for tours. At the Mill Museum, Weston's famous Grist Mill will be grinding corn, the hit-and miss engine will be puffing away and the operation of the Lane Shingle Maker will be explained. Don't miss seeing David Claggett's exquisite restored tinker's wagon, housed in the Mill. It might be out last opportunity to present this remarkable piece of Americana. And, finally,Maya Drummond and Garry Sharon will provide some "old time" fiddle music through the day.
Colonial Craft Day is always educational, always entertaining for the whole family. Please join the fun. There is no admission charge; voluntary donations are greatly appreciated.

Independent Television Festival (October 10-14)
The Independent Television Festival (ITVFest)
Manchester, Vermont
October 10-14, 2018

What is ITVFest? If instead of making a film, you've created an episodic series (aka, a TV show) and you want to showcase it to TV executives, agents and producers you have limited options. There are a thousand film festivals, but they don't accept episodic shows. So where do you take your series to be seen? You take it to ITVFest.

ITVFest is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents and fans responsible for discovering the best new television programs created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets. Throughout the year from New York to Los Angeles and places in between, a global network of creatives, executives and fans gather for seminars, screenings and retreats. It all culminates at the week-long festival in Manchester in October.

ITVFest is an open public festival and everyone is invited! It is not just for entertainment industry folks. If you enjoy film festivals, arts festivals, and seeing the world's best creative talent, then ITVFest is for you!

Additional information and tickets are available online. Or, you can volunteer!!! Volunteer duties may range from ticket checking, box office assistance, event setup, transportation, and more. Volunteers will receive a complimentary day pass to the festival to use during the times they are not volunteering.

Country Contemporary Cape with Barn  
282 Melendy Hill Road
South Londonderry
Situated on a quiet country road, this beautiful custom-built home is centrally-located with skiing, shopping, restaurants, golf and trails just minutes away.  
The house is reminiscent of a Shaker or Craftsman-style and offers an open floor plan, comfortable living areas, a great layout and tons of extra space for storage and hobbies. Highlights include a stunning fieldstone fireplace, built-ins galore, two wood stoves for efficiency and comfort, Yellow Pine wood floors throughout, and tons of natural light. The updated and immaculate country kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including a dual-fuel convection range and the dining area just off the kitchen has bay windows and access to the library/office. From there you enter the 22'x30'+/-Great Room, where you can sit by the fire and entertain friends and family. The Great Room has beautifully-crafted built-ins, wet bar and beverage fridge and there is even a Murphy bed for extra guests!  
To enjoy the outdoors, you can rest along the long, sunny deck that spans the front of the house, dine in the screened porch and/or congregate on the gorgeous stone patio at the rear off the Great Room. An attached two-car garage, plus the detached oversized barn/garage/workshop have plenty of storage and 4.9+/- acres complete the picture. Come take a look!
Comfortable Floor Plan 

Beautiful, Rich Woodwork Throughout 
Great Room - Dining/Living Areas with Wood Stove and Built-Ins 
Master Bedroom Suite on Main Level
Outdoor Areas Include Stone Patio, Perennial Gardens, Deck and a Screened Porch
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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.

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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.)

September 15 - November 15
Saturday, September 15
Vanity Fair's Special Correspondent Gabriel Sherman will give and a special one-night-only talk on September 15th: "A View from the Front Row," an in-depth look at the Trump administration. Gabriel Sherman is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. Most recently, Sherman served as national-affairs editor at New York magazine, and he is a regular contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. He is the author of the 2014 New York Times' best-seller The Loudest Voice in the Room, about the late Fox News CEO, Roger Ailes. The book is currently being adapted into a series for Showtime. 7:30 PM, tickets are $45 admission with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. Reserve online at or with the box office at (802) 824-5288.
September 15-16
Chester's Fall Foliage Festival - A Top 10 Vermont Fall Event in 2017, the event surges as hundreds of people converge on the Green in Chester. One of the "Most Beautiful Villages in New England" highlights unique handmade crafts offered by 65 vendors, music and food. Handmade crafts include wood products, glass, jewelry, photography, watercolors, fiber arts, paper arts, pottery, quilts, soaps and more! Discover the Saturday Beer Garden behind the Fullerton Inn, stroll through the quaint stone village, enjoy midday music, and sample a wide variety of interesting food. Sponsored by the Chester Rotary Club, the Festival is a hallmark of the beginning of fall in this quintessential New England village. 10 AM - 4 PM.
Tuesday, September 18
Antiques Roadshow at Ludlow's Fletcher Memorial Library - Join Antique Roadshow's Jeb Gloss for a talk on Old and Rare Books. This event is at Fletcher Memorial Library at 88 Main Street, in Ludlow on Sept 18th at 6:30pm. There will be a Q&A session to follow and free appraisal of your book. Bring you old and rare books to this event! 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm
September 21 - 23
Fall Rummage Sale - Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its annual sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, September 21st and 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 23rd, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale includes clothing of all sorts, shoes, sporting goods, housewares, linens, furniture, books, a Christmas shop, a boutique, a bake sale, and more. Proceeds from this sale benefit BRGNS' food and financial assistance programs. The monies raised will help cover the cost of utilities, heating fuel, food and rent for qualified individuals and families in Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Belmont, Cavendish, Proctorsville, and Plymouth.
Saturday, September 22
The Peru Fair - The Peru Fair is an old fashioned country fair which includes: fabulous pig roast, music & family entertainment, Vermont crafts, cloggers, antiques & art exhibits, Vermont artisans demos, clowns & magicians, pony rides, food & Vermont fare, baked goods, & fun for everyone! All parking at Bromley Mountain Free shuttle to and from the fair. $6.00 to benefit the Peru Fair Scholarship Fund.
Monday, September 24
Cruise In at the Vermont Country Store - Take a Spin Down Memory Lane and head to Mildred's Dairy Bar at The Vermont Country Store. Show up in a classic car or truck and receive a maple creemee on them. It's a great way to show off your ride, meet other drivers and enjoy the best soft serve around. Rt 100, in Weston.
September 27 - October 21
Two Trains Running - An intimate portrait of extraordinary challenge and change , written by August Wilson. As urban planning threatens the demise of a popular lunch counter in Pittsburgh's close-knit Hill District, owner Memphis struggles with whether or not to sell, and at what cost. Wilson's intimate portrait of a time of extraordinary challenge and change in our country is Weston's 4th annual American Masters play. Tickets and information at the Weston Playhouse Box Office (click here).
Saturday, September 29
Killington Brewfest - Wet your whistle with a backdrop of 4,241' of Vermont's finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, a plethora of fabulous food offerings and over 125 of the finest craft beers in the region. Brewfest is one of Killington's most distinctive annual celebrations.
Saturday, September 29
Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival - celebrating small farms and natural fiber with over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, handspinning and fiber crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items and local meat and cheese. The Festival includes contests, fiber arts classes and demonstrations, shepherd workshops, herding and shearing demos, fleece sale and more set against a backdrop of rolling hills during the peak of Vermont fall foliage.
September 29 - 30
10th Annual Fairy House Festival - Where else do knotholes become front doors, sea shells transform into bathtubs, and twigs get woven into ladders? Join us for the 10th annual Fairy House Festival with The Nature Museum! Young and old are welcome to come connect directly with the environment. Hands-on crafts, face painting, hula-hooping, costumes, local food vendors, music, and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments will be available for purchase; we also encourage picnicking. Tickets are available online and at the fairy gate ($12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 for children 3-18). For more information, visit, or call 802-843-2111.
October 4 - 8
Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival - Okemo's Jackson Gore will host the 2018 Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival where chainsaw Carvers from around the country and across the world join together to carve over the Columbus Day Weekend. A great chance to watch artists in their natural environment, get inspired to create your own sculptures, purchase a new piece or simply walk around and enjoy the art! Artists will be milling about, looking to talk with families or show you their latest work. Food trucks will be on site, and be sure not to miss the ever popular Quick Carves and evening Fire Sculptures! Quick Carves will be held Friday through Sunday starting at 1pm. Saturday will have TWO - one at the Ice House and one in the courtyard of the Jackson Gore Resort. Following the Quick Carve Competitions is the Auction! Saturday night will keep you out after dark wanting to see how the Fire Sculptures burn out. Each one with its own unique rhythm, no two are alike! The festival is fun for all ages. Come enjoy the Fall foliage while getting a glimpse into the world of chainsaw carvers!
Saturday, October 6
Vermont Apple Festival and Craft Fair - Free Admission! Organized by the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. There are over 60 vendors filling the gym, cafeteria, and outside grounds. Crafters from all over Vermont as well as New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania are the main attraction with hand crafted items. It is never too early to start your Holiday shopping! Outside there will be pony rides, apple cider making, farmer's market, amusement rides, a train for both kids and adults, kid's races, and a pie eating contest. 9- 4 in Springfield
Saturday, October 6
Stratton's Columbus Day Weekend Brewfest - With more than 100 regional and Vermont breweries to sample, the annual Craft Brewfest is a beer lovers dream. Held at southern Vermont's tallest peak, its the perfect time to enjoy some brews and leaf peeping. 12-6 pm at the Main Base Area. Tickets are $39 (includes ten 4oz sample pours, one 7oz tasting glass, all tax and fees).
October 6-7
Cider Days in Belmont - Old fashioned cider pressing on the Village Green at the crossroads in Belmont. Local artisans selling their crafts, cider sale, bake sale, and book sale. Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Sunday noon - 4:00 pm. 
Saturday, October 13
Townshend Pumpkin Festival - Over 60 vendors offering crafts, art (watercolors, oil painting etc), food and lots of pumpkin pie, as well as locally grown apples and fresh pressed apple cider! This is a fun-filled day for the youngsters with a pumpkin decorating contest followed by a Halloween costume parade, a scarecrow decorating contest and free pony rides for children. 9AM - 4PM on the Common at the intersection of Route 30 and 35 in Townshend
Thursday, October 18
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 ranging chronologically from 1919's Way Down East to 2005's Thank You for Smoking. 7:00 pm at the Pawlet Town Hall, 122 School Street in Pawlet.
Sunday, October 28
A Family Halloween at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock - Halloween fun for all ages! Doughnuts-on-a-string, pumpkin carving, Halloween tales, wagon rides, and lots more. Costume parades at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Children in costume admitted free when accompanied by an adult. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 11
National Parks Fee-Free Day - The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. In Vermont, you can visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion and Gardens.

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