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Ongoing Classes

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Yoga Classes led by Donna Smyth 

Classes are limited to 10.  Walk ins are welcome but classes are likely to fill up so registration is strongly encouraged. Register by sending an email to Donna at wildxc@comcast.net

Yoga With A Chair 

Mondays 4:30-5:15 

$12 suggested or “whatever feels appropriate”

 

Have you wanted to practice Yoga, but were concerned about getting down, and coming up from the floor?  If you answered “yes,” this gentle stretch Yoga session may be for you. This practice will introduce participants to poses that can be done with, or in a chair.  We will also have the opportunity to practice simple breath work and meditation.

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Fall Prevention Tai Chi

Date: May 3,  2024, running for 6 weeks

Time:  Fridays 11:30-12:30 
Class size: 10-20 

Cost: $5/class or $25 for all sessions (1 class free) 

Register: Tifkeith@inner-be.org

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

Concerts

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Concerts and Cookies Series: Eloise & Co.

Celtic, French, and Quebecois tunes with soaring beauty and unapologetic drive

Date:  May 5, 2024

Time:  3:30 PM

Place: Governor Hunt House Community Center, 322 Governor Hunt RD, Vernon, VT 

Cost: $15 - $20 sliding scale (Families are welcome. Pay what is comfortable for kids.)

Musicians:  Eloise & Co.:

Becky Tracy: fiddle, octave fiddle, vocals

Bethany Waickman: guitar

Rachel Bell: accordion, piano, vocals

Eloise & Co. features the combined creative force of three of the country’s most sought-after traditional musicians: Becky Tracy, Rachel Bell, and Bethany Waickman. These three dig into powerhouse reels with electrifying grit and unapologetic drive, while savoring the spacious beauty of jigs and waltzes, with styles ranging from French to Celtic to Quebecois. Originally thrown together at an event where Becky led the contra dance portion of the evening and Rachel led the French dance part of the evening, they have continued to fuse these two elements into their concerts and dances, as well as adding songs and original compositions to the mix. Their latest project was a series of music videos filmed in unique Vermont places, all of which are available at www.rachelbellmusic.com/eloiseandco 

Workshops

Workshops

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Spring Paint Night

Date: February 10, 2024 from 6pm to 8pm
Class size: 10-20 (10 people minimum will be needed to hold this class. Supplies are available for up to 20 participants.)

Cost: $30 including all supplies

Register: https://forms.gle/YzstsFwd5znRah5dA

Pre-registration and payment is required.

Walk-ins welcome if space permits but class is likely to fill.

Enjoy an evening out making this beautiful seasonal painting with Tami.

Past Community Center Events

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Making Irish Soda Bread

 

Date:  March 14, 5:30-7 PM

Instructor:  Christopher Fisher

Registration: christopherdoeseverything@gmail.com (pre-registration is required) Cost: $20

Class size:  maximum of 6

 

Irish soda bread is a quick and easy bread that does not require yeast, no waiting for it to rise, and can be made with things you probably already have in your home! Anyone can learn to make this easy and delicious bread that is excellent for toast and sandwiches, or you can add in your favorites for an extra treat! Space is limited for the class, so register quickly! We will bake together, from scratch, a loaf of bread to take home and enjoy AND you will be given a copy of my own recipe! Celebrate St Patrick's with this fun class! *recipe can be altered to be made vegan. Please let me know ahead of time any allergies or conditions, and i will try to be as accommodating as I am able.

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Concerts and Cookies Series: Peregrine Road

Celtic, English country dance, and French music interspersed with good laughs and engaging stories about the tunes. 

Musicians: Peregrine Road: Rachel Bell (accordion) & Karen Axelrod (piano & accordion)

Date:  April 18, 2024

Time:  7-9 PM

Place: Governor Hunt House Community Center, 322 Governor Hunt RD, Vernon, VT 

Cost: $15 - $20 sliding scale (Families are welcome. Pay what is comfortable for kids.)

You might think you know what to expect when you see the word "accordion." But there's a whole other world outside the stereotypical oompah accordion you might first think of. Join this powerhouse duo (mostly piano & accordion but sometimes double accordions) for an entertaining evening of music rooted in the Celtic, English country dance, and French traditions, everything from exquisite waltzes to joyous English country dance tunes to energetic reels to the sounds of a Parisian cafe. Karen and Rachel tour around the continent and beyond but are based in Brattleboro, and this concert will feature some of the new tunes Rachel has written specifically for the Brattleboro area, as well as old traditional tunes and other favorites. There are sure to be some good laughs and some stories about the music-- something for everyone! 

Read more about Peregrine Road here: https://www.rachelbellmusic.com/bands

Listen to Peregrine Road here: https://www.rachelbellmusic.com/media

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Basics of Crochet

 

Date:  March 28, 2024

Time:  5:30-7:30 PM

Cost:  $20 (includes all supplies)

Registration:  Christopherdoeseverything@gmail.com  pre-registration required 

Crochet is a fun way to explore your creativity and make all sorts of things! Possibilities are limitless with a simple hook and yarn, and this class will start you on that journey! You will learn to chain, single, double, and triple crochet- and that's all you need for any beginner project!

Participants will receive a crochet hook and yarn with registration fee. 

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Musician’s Workshop:  Waltzes and How to Make Them Come Alive

Date:  March 21, 2024

Time:  7-8:15

Cost:  $20-$25 sliding scale

Registration:  pre-registration required by 3/14/23 at  https://bit.ly/March21workshop 

Questions:  rachel@rachelbellmusic.com

*There is a 10 person pre-registration minimum requirement to hold this class.*

All instruments welcome. At least basic proficiency required.

Come learn a couple of waltzes in contrasting styles based in the Celtic/French/contra dance traditions. I love how waltzes can range from spacious and beautiful to wildly propulsive. We'll explore phrasing, backup ideas, chords, and harmonies to bring these tunes to life. We'll experience the joy of playing waltzes together in ensemble, with a variety of parts available so that less experienced musicians can be successful, while more experienced musicians can be challenged. We'll start out working by ear and transition to sheet music as time goes on, but if you're less comfortable with one of those learning styles than the other, there will be plenty of support. This will be a safe, nurturing, and fun learning environment. I'm really excited to share some cool tunes in a beautiful local space! Let's fill this place up with music! 

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Miniature Punch Needle

Cost:  $40 + $30 kit

Instructor:  Deb Stratton

Class Size: minimum 6 - maximum 12

Dates: Saturday, 3/9/24

Times:  10 AM - 2 PM

Registration:  Pre-registration is required

  therustyhenco@gmail.com or text  at 413-896-0711

The Miniature Punchneedle workshop is the third in the series of six weeks of stitching, and the most intense but also my favorite of the workshops. Miniature punch needle is a more delicate form of punch needle rug hooking;?it uses thread and floss Instead of heavy yarn. I have put together a kit of my favorite tools that will be needed for this workshop, but students will also need to bring a sharp pair of scissors or snips which will also be available for purchase on day of class. The project we will be making for this class will be a sweet lavender sachet. Please note, if you are allergic to lavender, and would still like to take the workshop , accommodations can be made to keep the lavender separate from class.

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Musician’s Workshop: French Bal Folk Tunes

Learn a set of an dros (dance tunes) from Brittany

Date:  February 22, 2024

Time:  7-8:15

Cost:  $20-$25 sliding scale

Registration:  rachel@rachelbellmusic.com (pre-registration/payment is required)

There is a 10 person pre-registration minimum requirement to hold this class.

 

Longer description:

All instruments welcome. At least basic proficiency required. Come learn a set of of tunes from Brittany, the northwest part of France, where there is an incredible dance tradition with tunes that range from groovy to beautiful to wildly energetic. This time we'll focus on the an dro, a type of tune that is simple but very satisfying to play. We'll learn a medley of tunes by ear, but I'll present the tunes in bite-sized pieces, so if you're new to learning by ear, there will be plenty of support. Toward the end, I'll pass out the sheet music for reference. In addition to the set of tunes, we'll work on the style and how to play it so it's danceable. We'll explore some chordal groove ideas and harmonies. If you have a really good time learning the tunes and want to take them a step farther, you'll be invited as a group to sit in with the band for a medley at one of the upcoming Brattleboro bal folk dances! Check out the style of music here: www.rachelbellmusic.com/media

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Paint Night:  Winter Barn Scene

 

Date: February 10, 2024 from 6pm to 8pm
Class size: 10-20 (10 people minimum will be needed to hold this class. Supplies are available for up to 20 participants.)

Cost: $30 including all supplies

Register: TamiTraft@yahoo.com (with subject line subject Gov Hunt painting Feb. 10, 6-8)

Pre-registration and payment is suggested.

Walk-ins welcome if space permits but class is likely to fill.

Enjoy an evening out making this beautiful seasonal painting with Tami.

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Vintage Valentines Workshop

 

Place:  322 Governor Hunt Road, Vernon, VT

Instructor: Nancy Renaud
Date: February 1, 2024
Time: 7 - 9 PM
Cost: $30
Registration: Text cell or call 802-380-4875 (Pre-registration and payment is required)
Class size: A minimum of 10 will be needed to hold this class. Class maximum will be 25.

This class will focus on making Vintage style valentines. All supplies will be included and you will get a kit to finish what you don’t get in class. All supplies included except a sharp pair of paper scissors.

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Hands-On History

 

Sunday January 28th, 2 pm at the Governor Hunt House
322 Governor Hunt Road Vernon, Vermont

Vernon Historians invite you to view and explore new additions to our archives.
These new additions to our collection include, passenger RR tickets to Vernon,
genealogy information, an 1877 diary, business ledgers, Town Hearse driving ledger
with handwritten recipes for horse ailments, photos and postcards, news papers and
clippings, writings on Vernon and many other artifacts to explore.
If desired, participants may choose one artifact and share their discovery with those
in attendance.
A brief business meeting will take place at 2 pm with the program immediately to
follow. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Inclement weather: please check Vernon's Facebook page or WTSA 96.7 FM radio for possible cancellation.

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Woolly Feather Tree Workshop

Date: January 27, 2024 from 10am to 4pm
Instructor: Deb Stratton
Class size limit: 12
Cost: $75
Registration: please text Deb at 413-896-0711.
(Pre-registration is required)

Students will learn Deb's unique technique for creating the ever popular Woolly Feather Tree. Workshop includes all materials, instruction and several choices of bases to create your own personalized tree. Come and join us for a fun filled day!

You will take a 1/2 break for lunch, please bring a beverage and a brown bag lunch.

Snacks will be provided.

Supplies needed for workshop are a pair of sharp snips or scissors for cutting wool.

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Winter Scene Paint Night

Date: January 13, 2024 from 6pm to 8pm
Class size: 10-20 (10 people minimum will be needed to hold this class. Supplies are available for up to 20 participants.)

Cost: $30 including all supplies

Register: TamiTraft@yahoo.com (with subject line subject Gov Hunt painting Jan 13 6-8)

Pre-registration and payment is suggested.

Walk-ins welcome if space permits but class is likely to fill.

Enjoy an evening out making this beautiful seasonal painting with Tami.

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Learn to Crochet

Date: January 25, 2024 from 5:30 to 7pm

Cost: $20 per person

Register: Pre-registration required, email christopherdoeseverything@gmail.com
 

Crochet is a fun way to explore your creativity and make all sorts of things! Possibilities are limitless with a simple hook and yarn, and this class will start you on that journey! You will learn to chain, single, double, and triple crochet- and thats all you need for any beginner project!
Participants will recieve a crochet hook and yarn with registration fee.

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Learn to Knit

Date: January 11, 2024 from 5:30 to 7pm

Cost: $20 per person

Register: Pre-registration required, email christopherdoeseverything@gmail.com
 

Have you ever wanted to learn to knit? This is your chance! Knitting is an excellent way ti make your own clothes, make beautiful gifts for others, and keep those hands busy!
This class will give you the basics- casting on, knit, pearl, and cast off so you leave with the knowledge to tackle an beginner project! Participants will recieve one skein of yarn and needles with participation fee.

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A lecture on Nutrition:
Macros and how they're used

Date: January 4, 2024 from 5:30 to 6:30pm

Cost: $5 donation suggested but open to all.

Register: Pre-registration encouraged but not required, email christopherdoeseverything@gmail.com

We hear a lot about nutrition- but what is real and what is fluff? This will break down nutrients and how they are used in the body, and equip you with knowledge on suggested ratios, how the body uses its fuel, and sites to figure out your own plan! Taught by Christopher Fisher, a former professor of exercise physiology and certified fitness professional!

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Learn to Waltz

Date: December 31, 2023 from 2 to 3pm

Cost: $15 per person

Register: Pre-registration required, email christopherdoeseverything@gmail.com

Dance is a great way to keep your mind and body in good shape, and a fun outlet with your partner or friends! And the last day of this year happens to be right on beat! 12-31-23 shows us the waltz rhythm, and I'll show you the steps to go with! Come learn a simple box step waltz and leave with the knowledge to dance yourself into the new year with grace, style, and class!

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Learn to Make: Holiday Bows

Date: December 18, 2023 at 5:30pm

Cost: $10 including all supplies

Register: christopherdoeseverything@gmail.com

Pre-registration and payment is suggested.

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Mixed Greens Centerpiece Workshop

Instructor: Nancy Renaud

Date: December 14

Time: 6:30-8:30

Cost: $40 (all supplies included)

Register: barndoor1@comcast.net

Class size: 8-20

Pre-registration and payment is required. Participants will be making a mixed greens centerpiece (with burgundy or red candle) under the instruction of Vernon's own expert. Just bring yourself and a pair of clippers and leave with a beautiful wreath.

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Seasonal Painting Evening

Date and Time: December 9, 6-8 PM

Instructor: Tami Traft

Class size: 10-20 (10 people minimum will be needed to hold this class. Supplies are available for up to 20 participants.)

Cost: $30 including all supplies

Register: TamiTraft@yahoo.com (Pre-registration and payment is suggested) Walk-ins welcome if space permits but class is likely to fill.

Enjoy an evening out making this adorable seasonal painting with Tami.

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Wreath Making!!!

Date: December 7, 2023

Time: 6:30-8:30 or 9

Place: Governor Hunt House Community Center!

Instructor: Nancy Renaud

Cost: $40 (all supplies included)

Register: barndoor1@comcast.net

Class size: 8-20

Pre-registration and payment is required. Participants will be making a mixed greens wreath under the instruction of Vernon's own wreath expert. Just bring yourself and a pair of clippers and leave with a beautiful wreath.

Festival of Trees 2023
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First Annual Festival of Trees

Date: December 1,2,3, 2023

Place: Governor Hunt House Community Center

December 1 - 3, 2023 at the Governor Hunt House & Community Center in Vernon Vermont.  This three day festival offers the community a chance to win completely decorated trees donated by area businesses. The trees will feature themed decorations as well as merchandise and gift certificates from the sponsor businesses. The trees will be raffled off and proceeds support the work of the Governor Hunt House & Community Center.

Over the weekend the historic home will be opened up for the community to walk through and admire the festive decorations while also participating in caroling, a bonfire, bake sale, photos with Santa and more.

Tree sponsorship is open now: We invite area businesses, organizations and individuals to become sponsors of the first annual Festival of Trees at the Governor Hunt House — the area’s only Festival of Trees and a great marketing opportunity!

We ask sponsors to provide and decorate a holiday tree, trimmed with decorations of your choosing — we encourage ornaments that reflect a theme related to your business or purpose. In addition, we invite you to supply one or more generous gifts to be placed under their tree — merchandise or gift certificates.

 

For our upcoming Festival we have a lot of wonderful sponsors donating trees as well as goods and services from their businesses! (List of 2023 Sponsors)

During the festival, all trees, together with the gifts under them, will be raffled to festival attendees. The festival takes place in conjunction with Vernon’s long-running Home for the Holidays Craft Fair, directly across the street at the elementary school. We plan to widely promote these events and attract strong attendance.

Sponsorship is FREE, with the exception of the Presenting and Supporting sponsor levels.

Follow this link for Sponsorship Information.

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Sign Workshop with Linda Shippee

Saturday, November 18th, 10am to 1pm

Cost: $37 (includes all supplies)

Registration: Linda Shippee on fb messenger or lshippee5@yahoo.com 

           (pre-registration  and pre-payment required)

Registration deadline:  November 16

Class size:  Minimum 6 Maximum 20

 

Linda cuts everything on her laser and brings it to the workshop ready to paint and assemble.  Contact Linda by November 16th to pick out your project, register and pay.

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Needle Felting Class: Gingerbread People

Date: November 11, 10:00-1:00

Level: Beginner
Instructor: Deb Stratton
Class size: 8-20 (Pre-registration is required)
Cost: $45 if you have your own felting surface
$57 if you need to purchase a felting surface

Class includes a fun afternoon of kicking off the holidays with Homemade gingerbread and tea while creating their own personalized gingerbread people using wool and a cookie cutter. Students will have many things to choose from to decorate this wool cookie. Kit will make two “cookies” and students will take home their cookie cutter as well.

Students will need a felting surface or purchase one from the instructor (see appropriate pricing above). Deb will have a needle and thread and a pair of scissors to share but if you have a small pair of sharp scissors you are willing to bring it would be helpful.

For questions, or to register, please text Deb at 413-896-0711.

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Seasonal Painting Evening

Date and Time: October 14, 6-8 PM

Instructor: Tami Traft

Class size: 10-20 (10 people minimum will be needed to hold this class. Supplies are available for up to 20 participants.)

Cost: $30 including all supplies

Register: TamiTraft@yahoo.com (Pre-registration and payment is suggested) Walk-ins welcome if space permits but class is likely to fill.

Enjoy an evening out making this beautiful seasonal painting with Tami. See picture below for the painting you will make at this class.

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Needle Felting Class • Mouse and Pumpkin

Level: Beginner

Instructor: Deb Stratton

Time: October 14, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Class size: 8-20

Cost: $45

Cost includes everything to make the pumpkin and mouse, including the needle. Students will need to bring their own felting surface and it would be helpful if they had a multi needle tool. If you don’t have a felting surface or multi needle Deb will have them available for purchase at the class. Deb will have a needle and thread and a pair of scissors to share but if you have a small pair of sharp scissors you are willing to bring it would be helpful.

For questions, or to register, please text Deb at 413-896-0711.

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