Another great year for Moonlight Madness! Many thanks to CoChairs Rich and Mary Ann Royer and all of the vendors and volunteers.
Mary Ann Royer presents the $100 grand raffle prize to France Letourneau of Orleans.
The Barton Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Perry Farm into its ranks. The 137 acre farm on Dutton Brook Lane in Brownington has been in Neal Perry’s family since 1924. Like his father and grandfather, Neal runs a diversified livestock farm that produces free-range chicken, eggs, beef, lamb, and maple syrup for sale. Visitors can book hayrides in the summer and sleigh rides in the winter, and take in the stunning views of the Willoughby Gap and Burke Mountain. The farm also houses a widely recognized horse boarding and training program based on the principles of Natural Horsemanship.
Neal and his fiancé Rebekah Bailey manage the Perry Farm with help from a pair of Brabant draft horses, Lynn and Clyde, and several Morgan horses. Neal breeds Morgans and offers his registered stallion Chadwick’s Benjamin at stud. The Perry Farm employs animal power for many of its needs, and that doesn’t just apply to horses. “I have a fondness for sheep,”says Neal. “They make it so we can park the weed whacker and the brush hog. The meat is really just a perk!“
Neal and Bekah enjoy inviting people to their farm to help them connect with their animals and with the source of their food. “We want to develop a community of people who utilize the farm for their food production, as well as offer some recreational opportunities,” Neal says. “We want to have relationship with our clients, and we want them to have a relationship with the farm and their food.” The Perry Farm hosted the Draft Animal Power Network Gathering and Annual Meeting this past September and plans on hosting more public events this year, including an Open Barn on Saturday, December 1 from 1-4pm.
To learn more about what’s going on over at the Perry Farm, visit www.nealperryfarm.com, and for Northeast Kingdom events and more information on the Barton Area Chamber, visit www.centerofthekingdom.com
On Saturday, November 17, stop by the Samuel Read Hall House at the Old Stone House Museum to get in the mood for the holidays! There will be refreshments, old fashioned ornament making, and wreath decorating. Thanksgiving treats will be cooking on the kitchen hearth. The 10-piece Newport Orchestra Chamber Ensemble will play from 11 am to 1 pm, and there will be other music in the afternoon. Do some Christmas shopping for books on local history, artisan crafts, and old fashioned toys. (Please note: the event is scheduled a week earlier than usual.)
We hope you will be able to join us at our Annual Meeting, held this year on Thursday, October 25 from 5-8pm at Gil’s Pub & Grill at the Willoughvale Inn and Cabins in Westmore. Dinner is $20 per person.
We are excited to welcome guest speaker Megan Smith, Vermont’s Commissioner of Tourism & Marketing.
Please RSVP by Friday, October 19 by calling 802-239-4147. We look forward to an energizing annual meeting and a successful year!