Arlington Aims for Renewal

In my other life I work for a local community access television station based – handily for me – just a mile or so up the road from Christmas Days. GNAT-TV – short for GREATER NORTHSHIRE ACCESS TELEVISION – is one of about 25 so-called...

Decorating ideas for Christmas

OK, OK, we know – it just turned Spring last week. And not a moment too soon. It’s been a long winter here in Vermont, at least if you’re not a skier or snowshoe enthusiast. Or maybe your thing is shoveling snow. Whatever. For the rest of us,...

Town Meeting, Part 2

Well, town meeting season has come and gone, and once again it was a great exercise in civil democracy. In my other life as a journalist, I got to cover several local town meetings and even got on statewide television, courtesy of the good folks at Vermont PBS, to...

Syrup time!

Ah, maple syrup. There may be a few more iconic symbols of Vermont, but right up there on the list has to be that sweet flowing stuff that fits so perfectly on top of waffles, pancakes or for that matter, any sort of breakfast-brunch comfort food. It tastes pretty...
Town Meeting

Town Meeting

The end of February and beginning of March signal the annual arrival of two important institutions in Vermont – the start of sugaring season and Town Meeting Day. Everybody who’s ever eaten a pancake knows something about maple syrup, even if you’ve...

President’s Day

It’s President’s Day weekend, and we’re back open. Throughout the rest of the winter and spring, we’ll be open Fridays through Mondays, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. During our winter hiatus since Martin Luther King Day, we’ve been to a...

Building Towards the Future

While we’re still on our mid-winter hiatus, which come to an end on Friday, Feb. 16, when we reopen for President’s Weekend, it seems like a good time to ponder some longterm trends and local efforts by some of our area’s community leaders to adjust...

The Shopping Experience

Hello Friends; As promised, we’re trying to keep up with our blog posts through the “bleak mid-winter,” as the old Christmas carol puts it. Actually it’s been a pretty up and down one –  lots of snow and cold weather, followed by rain and...

Getting Ready for 2018

And just like that, it’s that time of year again. We’re talking about that period of time right after Christmas and the holiday season, when winter closes in full bore, we run a sale while counting inventory, and prepare for the buying season for the...

Happy New Year!

Hello all – We’re back in the blogging business as well. From here we hope to make periodic updates on what’s going on in our shop, the area (giving you more reasons to visit if you’re not already one of the locals) and comments on cool and...