Cavendish Update 3/9/18 News/Concert/Events

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3/9/18 Cavendish Update

1.Cavendish Related News

2. Raise the Roof Concert: Samirah Evans

3. Just in Time For Spring – Create Your Own Rain Garden

4. Events


Cavendish Community Tapestry: After two years and with the contributions of over 60 community members, artisan weaver Wendy Regier was proud and excited to unveil the finished Cavendish community tapestry during the Cavendish Town Meeting on Monday, March 5. Her plan had always been to dedicate the tapestry to former Town Manager Rich Svec since he was so instrumental in encouraging her to start the project in the first place. Sadly, just hours before town meeting, news spread that Svec had died suddenly that afternoon. Stunned though she was by the news, that dedication became even more important now. VT Journal

Cavendish Women You Should Know: Phyllis Bont: As part of the Cavendish Historical Society’s (CHS) series on women in Cavendish, this week features Phyllis Bont. Many know Phyllis as a nurse practitioner, who for many years worked along side her husband Dr. Eugene Bont at the Black River Health Center. However, when she went to Albany Medical Center, she added the role of teacher to her clinical practice, working in the Department of Family Medicine. While her contributions to family and community were outstanding- some will remember the teen center she ran for local youth-she has taken on a whole new role in retirement. Read her story at the CHS blog and attend CHS’s annual meeting on March 18, 2 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church to learn more about Phyllis and other Cavendish women in history.

Scott Admin Says School Budgets Still too High: An overwhelming majority of school budgets passed on Town Meeting Day, but the Scott administration says those budgets need be cut back further and placed in the hands of state policymakers. The budgets passed this week would see school spending increase by an average of 1.5 percent next year. That's a lot less than the 3.5 percent that was expected, and less than the 2.5 percent Gov. Scott asked schools to limit themselves to in November. Now the Scott administration says budgets will need to be cut back by a lot more, and Scott's commissioner of finance says, "it's time for state policymakers to take over." VPR

2. RAISE THE ROOF CONCERT: SAMIRAH EVANS: With winter on the way out, what better way to welcome spring than with some sultry blues and jazz performed in an intimate setting on a late Sunday afternoon.  On March 18, Proctorsville's Raise the Roof Concerts will bring back fabulous keyboard player Eugene Uman, director of Brattleboro's Vermont Jazz Center, to back up the smoky sophisticated voice of Samirah Evans. Acoustic bass player Dave Picchi will join them to deepen their dynamic soulful sound.

In New Orleans, a city known worldwide for its music, Samirah was one of its most popular jazz & blues vocalists. She first performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1990, and became a regular fixture as either a leader or featured vocalist for fourteen consecutive years.  She has shared the stage with legendary greats B.B. King and James Brown, and been a popular solo vocalist in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.  Whether she's singing jazzy standards like My Funny Valentine and That Old Black Magic or New Orleans spiced original compositions, Evans can turn from sweet to sizzling.  

The concert will be Sunday March 18 at 4:00 at Gethsemane Church in Proctorsville.  The small acoustically perfect church is located at 89 Depot Street, next door to Crows Bakery Cafe, and admission is $10.00 at the door.  You won't want to miss this smooth-as-silk performance. 

3. CREATE YOUR OWN RAIN GARDEN: In another of their series of talks and workshops, the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will sponsor a talk on March 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Office meeting room when Kelly Stettner of the Black River Action Team will talk about Creating a Rain Garden.

How can you beautify your yard, increase your property value, and protect the local water quality at the same time? Consider planting a rain garden! By helping rain and snow-melt to slow down, spread out, and soak into the soil, you can keep your surrounding lawn greener, divert excess water to an attractive area designed to help it infiltrate rather than run off, and draw pollinators to the blooms of gorgeous native flowers.

What began as a one-time cleanup of the Black River in southeastern Vermont in 2000, the Black River Action Team has evolved into a full-blown grassroots watershed organization. Members monitor the health of the entire course of the river, including regular checks on water quality, and regular cleanup services. BRAT operates with support from grants and from donations. Kelly Stettner is the founding member and director of the group.

The CCCA is a non-profit membership organization that is dedicated to the conservation of land and natural resources and to the preservation of historic sites within the context of sustainable economic growth. Its commitment is to promote understanding and learning that engages and benefits all members of the Cavendish/Proctorsville community, now and in the future. For more information about the CCCA or about the upcoming Rain Garden talk, please call Robin at 802-226-7736.


MARCH 9 (FRIDAY):  Girl Scout Cookies sale, 3-6 PM Shaw’s in Ludlow

MARCH 10 (SATURDAY): Girl Scout Cookies sale, 4-6 pm next to Brewfest in Ludlow


• Murder on the Orient Express movie and dinner, 1 pm at the Cavendish Library. Menu is an outstanding collection of Eastern European dishes from Hungary, Austria, Turkey and Germany -- To make it even more fun, if you like, dress for the train trip!

MARCH 13 (TUESDAY): Green Mountain Unified School District board meeting, 6 pm at the Library GMUHS in Chester. For minutes from the previous meeting and agenda, see the Cavendish Connects Calendar.

MARCH 14 (WEDNESDAY): VINS program at CTES, 1 pm. Public invited

 MARCH 15 (THURSDAY): Sit & Knit from 5-7 at the Cavendish Library in Proctorsville. Show us what you're working on..knit, crochet, hooking--rugs or tapestries, embroidery, crewel, many to choose from...refreshments provided....

MARCH 18 (SUNDAY): Cavendish Historical Society’s Annual Meeting featuring the program “Women in Cavendish You Should Know.” 2-4 pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church, Cavendish. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. FMI: 802-226-7807 or

For information on upcoming events, go to the Cavendish Connects Calendar. For area events, check the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce calendar.