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February 2016
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Events for February 2016
2 Seed Swap
Time: 6:30pm
Price: Free
Location: Greensboro Free Library
Description: Are visions of crisp green lettuce, rainbow stripes of tomatoes, the perfect tender bean, and exotic picotee flowers dancing in your head? Before you place your seed orders, come to the Seed Swap at the Greensboro Free Library on February 2, 6:30pm. Feel free to bring seeds you have saved from your own garden, or extras that you have to share. We'll talk about seed saving, favorite varieties, and growing successes and failures. Bring your questions, experiences and gardening advice. Leftover seeds will be available on the following Thursday at the Hardwick Community Dinner located at the United Church in Hardwick 12-1pm. This is a free event brought to you by the Swap Sisters. The Swap Sisters hold seasonal events to share information and resources about growing and preserving food within the community. Sharing seeds and learning more about saving your own seeds is the beginning and the end of the year long cycle that also includes a plant swap in June, a day of workshops related to food preservation in September, and a harvest swap in November. The Swap Sisters believe in the power of homegrown solutions when facing big corporate-created crises. We seek to foster local independence based on neighborly interdependence. Save a seed, plant a seed, share a seed. For more information email or call 755-6336.
5 logo David Kaynor and George Wilson: Fiddle and Banjo
Time: 7:30 PM
Price: $10 general, kids under 16 free!
Location: The Music Box, 147 Creek Rd, Craftsbury
Description: Veteran dance musicians David Kaynor & George Wilson happen to have a knack for concertizing as well as dance playing & calling. You'll hear everything from New England, French Canadian, Scandinavian, Scottish, Irish, etc fiddle music played with rich 2-fiddle harmony, to Leadbelly blues & fun old-time banjo songs. It's quite a musical variety show interspersed with lots of fun off the cuff (sometimes informative) commentary. David & George have performed together for over 30 years around the Northeast and with lots of other musicians throughout the US & Europe. They each have CDs of themselves and keep threatening to make one together. The duo is up in Vermont leading a Road Scholar program at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and will be featured at the Montpelier Contra Dance on Saturday. David plays the fiddle, guitar, and piano and sings, as well. I'm a dance teacher, caller, and leader. His areas of skill and interest include contra dances and basic Swedish turning dances: Schottische, polska, hambo and snoa. He is a contra dance caller and is able to call and play at the same time and lead dances as a solo fiddler/caller, sort of like what one thinks of as a "dancing master" of the nineteenth century. David has been the Music Director of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra since 2013 and guest soloist in 2015. Along with fiddling, George explores some of the roots of contemporary folk music by "visiting" some personalities of the past. Accompanying himself on the 5-string banjo, he sings songs of Uncle Dave Macon (of early Grand Ole Opry fame). He brings this colorful character to life through songs, stories and close representation of Uncle Dave's energetic banjo styles and antics.
Extra Info: More can be found at and For more info: or 586-7533.
6 Chicken parting: topic of Grow Your Own Gathering
Time: 11:30 to 1:30
Price: free and open to the public
Location: Hardwick: exact location TBD
Description: Chicken parting: Grow Your Own will host a gathering in Hardwick on Saturday, February 6, where each participant will cut up a whole chicken in order to make many meals out of it. Participants will take home the parts and everyone will share a meal. Gatherings are free and open to the public, and children are welcome. But RSVP is mandatory as space is limited. To RSVP please contact Hardwick Area Food Pantry (HAFP) Executive Director Ruby Dale-Brown at 802-472-5940 by Feb. 3. Grow Your Own is a project of the Center for an Agricultural Economy, NEK Kids on the Move and HAFP. The mission of the project is "to increase food independence, better health and well-being through shared knowledge and experience." For more information, see or e-mail CAE Community Projects Coordinator Bethany M. Dunbar at
6 logo Stories & Stitches Book Group
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: The Galaxy Bookshop
Description: The Stories & Stitches Book Group is story time for adults. Each week, a short story, essay, or excerpt from a longer work will be read aloud. Listeners may come to one or all meetings and are encouraged (but not required) to bring along a handcraft project to work on during the reading. Light refreshments provided.
Extra Info: Stories & Stitches will meet on the first and third Saturdays of February and March. Call 472-5533 for more information.
6 logo Story Time at the Jeudevine!
Time: 10 AM - 11 AM
Price: Free
Location: Jeudevine Memorial Library
Description: Stories, craft, and snacks for the 0-6 crowd!
Time: 2PM -4 PM
Price: Free
Location: Jeudevine Memorial Library
Description: Japanese paper folding for all ages and abilities. The monthly Origami workshops are starting again led by Paul Fixx of Hardwick. The workshops are open to older kids, kids accompanied by adults and adults. They are free. The materials are provided by the library (though donations are accepted!). The Origami group will continue to meet on the first Saturday of each month at 2 PM.
10 logo Critical Condition: a documentary film by Roger Weisberg
Time: 6:30 PM
Price: Free!
Location: Jeudevine Memorial Library, 93 North Main ST, Hardwick
Description: What happens if you fall sick and are one of 47 million people in America without health insurance? "Critical Condition" by Roger Weisberg ("Waging a Living," POV 2006) puts a human face on the nation's growing health care crisis by capturing the harrowing struggles of four critically ill Americans who discover that being uninsured can cost them their jobs, health, home, savings, even their lives. Filmed in vérité style, "Critical Condition" offers a moving and invaluable expose at a time when the nation is debating how to extend health insurance to all Americans. A production of Public Policy Productions in association with Thirteen/WNET New York and American Documentary | POV
Extra Info: Refreshments and discussion follow the film. For more information call the library at 472-5948.
13 Empty Bowl Benefit
Time: 4:30-7pm
Price: $25 adults, $5 kids 5-12, under 5 free at the door or onlin
Location: The Mud Studio, 961 US-2, Middlesex, VT
Description: We’re working to stamp out hunger one bowl at a time! Join us for a cozy evening at Mud Studio in Middlesex, Vermont. Select a handcrafted ceramic bowl of your choice (to keep!) and enjoy a hearty meal of homemade soup, bread, cheese and more. Dine in or take out. 100% of the event proceeds benefit the Vermont Foodbank. Last year we raised $6000 or 18,000 meals for the Vermont Foodbank! Help us raise even more at this year’s Empty Bowl Benefit, Saturday, February 13th from 4:30 to 7pm. Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for kids 5 -12, and under 5 is free – tickets available at the door or online at
Extra Info: Hanna Snyder (802) 476-3341
Time: 11:30AM ~ Doors open at 10:30AM
Price: Tickets: $25 for 9 cards; Additional cards 3 for $5
Location: American Legion Post #7 - North Main Street, Hardwick, VT
Description: Sponsored by Friends Of HES (Hardwick Elementary School PTO) For Tickets or information, please call Tess Martin 472-5411; Jenn Laundry 595-5725; Brenda Menard 472-8266. Refreshments will be sold throughout the day. Friends Of HES reserves the right to cancel event if 100 tickets are not sold
14 logo The Refugee Crisis in Greece Seen Up-Close with Mari Cordes
Time: 2 PM
Price: Free!
Location: Memorial Building, 20 Church St, Hardwick
Description: Mari Cordes recently returned from a week on the Greek island of Lesvos working with the refugees from the war in Syria and other places disrupted by war. The Jeudevine Memorial Library will be hosting her to talk about her experiences on Sunday, February 14 at 2 PM at the Memorial Building in Hardwick. Mari, a Lincoln resident and a registered nurse who works at the UVM Medical Center, went to Greece to provide humanitarian and medical aid. She went to Lesvos as part of a seven-member team of volunteers put together by Burlington resident Megan Frenzen, a health economist calling themselves “Team Vermont.” The group included two physicians, three nurses, and a young Syrian immigrant named Ruba Orfali who acted as translator for the group during their time in Lesvos. "It’s very important for us all to realize that this is the largest mass exodus and forced displacement since WWII. This is a moment in history where we will later question ourselves - did I take a stand? Did I/we (U.S.) help?” Mari Cordes asks. Cordes has experience volunteering in Haiti so she has experience in crisis zones. She and Megan Frenzen wanted to work independently. They raised money for their trip through GoFundMe. Cordes herself raised over $4,000. They formed a regular MASH unit.
Extra Info: Come learn more about what is happening in Greece from a person with first-hand experience. There will be refreshments and discussion following the presentation. For more information call the Jeudevine Library at 472-5948.
15 Hardwick Community Visit Step 2 - Help Shape the Future of Hardwick
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Price: Free!
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall 206 Rt 14 South
Description: Save the Date: Step 2 in the Hardwick Community Visit Process Monday, February 15th 6:30-9:00pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall (note change of date due to conflicting community events) Join your friends and neighbors to help shape the future of Hardwick! On January 20th, over 120 Hardwick residents came out to build a list of ideas, challenges, and opportunities at nine community forums. Come out on February 15th from 6:30-9:00pm to: - Review Action Items - Discuss What’s Most Important - VOTE on Community Priorities - Line Up For Action! This is a critical point in this 3-step process when we decide on which priorities we will take on as a community so it is critical to come out and lend your voice to this important community conversation. Hope to see you there! For more information contact the Vermont Council on Rural Development at 223-6091 or
Extra Info: For more information contact the Vermont Council on Rural Development at 223-6091 or For more information on the Community Visit Program visit
16 Deep Winter Garlic Tasting
Time: 5-7 PM
Price: Free
Location: Buffalo Mountain Coop's Cafe (Upstairs)
Description: "Deep Winter Garlic Tasting" We are having a free garlic tasting of at least 8 different local varieties upstairs in the Buffalo Mountain Coop's Cafe in Hardwick, VT. It will take place Tuesday, February 16th from 5-7 PM. They will be prepared raw and roasted in oil so you can taste the differences. Gluten free sampling options will be available! You will get a chance to vote on your favorite variety! Remember, Garlic Breath is Beautiful! See you there! More Info at or 472-6020
17 How to Recycle Presentation
Time: 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Price: Free
Location: Craftsbury Public Library
Description: On Wed. Feb. 17th, at 7:00 PM, at the Craftsbury Public Library, the Craftsbury Energy Committee will be hosting a presentation on “How to Recycle” by the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste District. Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law is in full effect, banning recyclable materials from the landfill as of July 1, 2015. Beginning July 1, 2020, all food scraps will be banned as well. Come and hear LRSWD talk about: 1) An explanation of the Universal Recycling Law, 2) How do I recycle that? Recycling Q&A, 3) At Home composting options including: Soil Savers, Green Cones, Bokashi & Worms. No one leaves empty-handed! All attendees will receive a free Recycling Bin and be entered into a drawing to win a Soil Saver Backyard Composter and a Bokashi Composting System.
20 logo Stories & Stitches Book Group
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: The Galaxy Bookshop
Description: The Stories & Stitches Book Group is story time for adults. Each week, a short story, essay, or excerpt from a longer work will be read aloud. Listeners may come to one or all meetings and are encouraged (but not required) to bring along a handcraft project to work on during the reading. Light refreshments provided.
Extra Info: Stories & Stitches will meet on the first and third Saturdays of February and March. Call 472-5533 for more information.
20 logo Toy Story Movie Marathon
Time: 2 PM
Price: Free
Location: Jeudevine Memorial Library
Description: We will be showing Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3! Between 2 and 3 we'll take a break for some pizza. Come for one or all of the movies! All ages welcome.
Extra Info: Call the information for estimated start times, 472-5948
22 logo Story Time with the Bears
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Price: Free
Location: The Galaxy Bookshop
Description: Bring your teddy bear! Shh! Bears Sleeping! author David Martin will lead a special story time at The Galaxy Bookshop, reading from his new book, singing songs, and talking about bears. For babies, toddlers, and kids up to 6 years old; all ages welcome.
Extra Info: Call 472-5533.
23 logo Book-to-Film Program featuring CHOCOLAT by Joanne Harris
Time: 6 PM
Price: Free!
Location: Jeudevine Memorial Library,93 North Main St, Hardwick
Description: To meet the flavor of month with Valentine’s Day, read Chocolat about a mysterious French chocolatier, Vivianne (played by Juliet Binoche in the film) who some in the village think might be a witch. When she and her daughter, Anouk arrive in the small village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, their chocolate confections start to make some of the villagers take her side against the conservative people of the town. So when Vianne announces a Grand Festival of Chocolate commencing Easter Sunday, it's all-out war: war between church and chocolate, between good and evil, between love and dogma.
Extra Info: You don’t have to read the book to see the movie but copies of the book are available at the library. Popcorn and cider provided. Discussion after the movie. For more info call 472-5948.
25 logo Animal Tracking Workshop for Kids!
Time: 10 AM
Price: Free
Location: Jeudevine Memorial Library
Description: Join naturalist Kurt Valenta in looking at how different animals walk and run as they go about their daily lives. We will be able to identify waddlers, hoppers, walkers, and bounders! Participants will be able to look at and handle a number of different animal artifacts, then create a unique pictorial story using animal tracks and decorative stamps that can be taken home.