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By camilla @ 8:13 am

usa mapAs many of you know, my sister writes a wonderful and informative blog.   Her latest talks are about Geotourism and what its all about.  It reminded me that this is the time of year that many people will gravitate to Vermont and other parts of New England for their summer vacations.

“This is such beautiful country up here  - it should be called the Northeast Kingdom.” 

Vermont State Senator George Aiken
on a visit to the region in 1949

And now, here is much you need to know about  visiting the middle of our country.  I do love my home state, so was excited to read and be reminded of how very wonderful Minnesota and the Midwest is.   I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.   Here is the


“This is MY Vermont!”

By camilla @ 9:13 am

Vermont sealThe Wooden Horse Arts Guild presents the 4th Annual Photo Fun contest for Young Vermont Photographers in grades 5 thru 8 and 9 thru 12. First, Second and Third cash prizes, ribbons & certificates in each Grade Group. To help in the understanding of photography and the use of the camera in taking pictures of many and varied subjects, the entrants are invited to attend a free seminar to take place in North Troy or Newport (date and time to be determined when entries have been received.)

Pre-Register:  Print the form, fill out and mail by June 20 to:

WHAG/Photo Fun P.O. Box 502 North Troy, Vt. 05859

          or email to

You will receive a packet of instructions, application and date and place of the seminar.


 I would like to enter Photo Fun – This is My Vermont – 2015                                 

 Name__________________________________________                kids taking pictures


My email_______________________________________

Grade__________My School_______________________

 Complete information at


It doesn’t get better than this!

By camilla @ 4:20 pm

jazz band instrumentsNewport is definitely going to swing on Saturday, May 30th, beginning at 7:30pm with the sounds of the Lake Region High School Jazz Band. They will be returning for the second year as part of Now Playing Newport Music Series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Second Street, Newport.

The band is under the direction of Dr. Sara Doncaster, who after becoming the Music Department head at Lake Region, took her great musicians out of the gymnasium and onto the concert stage. The Lake Region Select Choir also presents a Holiday Concert each December for the Series.

Some of the selections for Saturday’s program are: “Out of Nowhere” – Johnny Green, “St. Thomas” – Sonny Rollins, “God Bless The Child” – Billie Holiday, “What’d I Say” – Ray Charles, “Do It Again” – Steeley Dan, “Ran Kan Kan” – Tito Puente, and “Cissy Strut” – The Meters.

Musicians taking part are: Hannah Doncaster, alto sax; Andrew Parkinson, alto sax; Tiffany Wheeler, alto sax; Olivia Owens, tenor sax; Rian Hayman-Jones, tenor sax; Althea Holland, bari sax; Karamae Hayman-Jones, trumpet; Gratia Rowell, trumpet; Jacob Dennison, vibraphone/piano. With guests Mark Violette, piano; and Jared Wiggett, guitar.

This program is presented free to the community as part of the of the Series ongoing mission to support the youth musicians in our area. Donations toward the school’s music program are accepted. For more information, visit

Kudos to Jim McKimm for making this happen!



By camilla @ 9:17 am




Did you know? OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND is NOW! For the past 25 years, the Vermont Crafts Council has promoted the artists and craftsmen around this state. This is their opportunity to open their studios and show their work and how it is made. Click here to see a map to studios and groups.    Studios are open from 10 – 4

Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24

Here are several of my favorites in Orleans and Caledonia counties.bathing_mirror_detailsquarejudy dales art quilts





157.Kristin Urie. -Craftsbury Common – Paintings, drawings etc. If you see sheep, you are in the right place

159.Hugo Mesa Studio – Hugo Mesa. Woodcarved doors, furniture. – Craftsbury (image shown)

Green Fire Farm and Forge - Michael Low. Sculpted cedar planters, hook boards. 4287 Bayley-Hazen Rd, West Danville VT 05873.

164.Ben Barnes – Glover   (see at Miller’s Thumb)Open Studio image - 500

162.Louise Arnold – Greensboro     (See at Miller’s Thumb)

 160Judy Dales – Beautiful Art Quilts  -Greensboro     (image shown)

165.Jennifer Ranz – Greensboro Barn (image shown)

167.Diana Peduzzi      The Lampshade Shop Woodbury VT 05681

While you’re out and about, don’t forget to stop in at

161. Miller’s Thumb Gallery. Fine arts, Fashion & Contemporary Crafts. 14 Breezy Ave, Greensboro VT 05841. 172.

169.Lucian Avery (Blacksmith) – Hardwick

168.Sanderson’s Wooden Bowls  – East Burke



By camilla @ 4:58 pm

We spent a lovely time browsing the ARTFUL EYE on Main Street in St.Johnsbury yesterday.

If you are in the mood for Arts and Antiques spend a little time in this beautiful shop.  It was a pleasure to see the watercolors of WHAG member, Pat Lipinski, being displayed. In the next room are so many wonderful antiques!   I’ll make it easy – The Artful Eye is now a Sponsor of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild Scholarship Fund and on the WHAG WEB!


If you still don’t know where it is…just take a few more steps and “Dunkin Donuts”!

Jake Carves!

By camilla @ 1:03 pm

fish jumping 2- resize-400Wooden Horse Arts Guild young member, Jake Swanson, has completed some new work with his chain saw! He has amazing capabilities with that Skil saw! If you wish to purchase one of these “one of a kind” pieces, contact Jake at Bruin on log-resizefierce owl-resizeor

Prices are $200.00 and up.


The Orchestra Spring Concert!!

By camilla @ 7:57 am

for lunch and musicThe Newport Area Community Orchestra will present its fourth annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 24 at the United Church in Newport, VT. Don’t miss this up and coming local (International) orchestra with some of our favorite Classical music. You will hear Oboe Concerto in d minor (Marcello), Mozart Concerto number 4 for French Horn and everyone’s favorite Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens). Susan-Lynn Johns will narrate and read limericks by Ogden Nash. This is a “not to miss” concert! It has EVERYTHING!

(Suggested donation of $5.00 at the door)           3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 24!

Learn more about the Orchestra and how YOU can help





Noah’s Song awards

By camilla @ 8:22 am

Jerry Johnson, author of Noah’s Song , announces the distribution of the

Adrien “Yellow” Patenaude Memorial Scholarships.Scholarship -hat and scroll

The profit ($6,520) from the sale of the first 500 copies of Noah’s Song will be equally distributed to  four students will be heading off to college to major in art or a related field.

The checks will be handed at two events:

United Christian Academy Awards Night. Friday, May 29 at 7 pm at Cornerstone Church, 748 Quarry Rd, Newport, VT

North Country Union High School Scholarship Awards Night. Wednesday, June 3 at 6 pm at NCUHS Auditorium, 209 Veterans Ave, Newport, VT.

The public is cordially welcomed. For more information contact:          (802) 754-2265


Scholarship winner

By camilla @ 3:23 pm

Tanya Sousa-imageThe Wooden Horse Arts Guild is proud to announce the winner of the Spring 2015 round of the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund: Tanya Sousa of Orleans, VT. Tanya’s largest interest is in Nature Writing.  In October she will attend the Northern Woodlands Writers Conference, sponsored by Northern Woodlands Magazine. Howard Mosher writes: “She is a writer with vision, conviction and enormous talent. She has also been a tireless champion of other Vermont authors and artists” The WHAG could not be not be more pleased to give an award to this young woman who has proved herself in the Literary World many times over. Read more about Tanya Sousa at  The Starling God cover


A tribute to Adrien “yellow”

By camilla @ 12:15 pm

adrien yellow patenaude- resized for BlogThis is a tribute from Jerry Johnson.

One year ago today, my dear friend Adrien Patenaude passed away. Adrien was the artist for my NOAH’S SONG children’s book. It’s a beautiful book because of Adrien’s wonderfully whimsical illustrations. NOAH’S SONG is also enhanced with a CD that goes with the book — Jon Gailmor’s delightful musical rendition of “Noah’s Song.”

To honor his memory, I set up the ADRIEN “YELLOW” PATENAUDE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP fund. The $6,500 in profits from the sale of the first 500 copies of NOAH’S SONG has subsidized this fund. Adrien helped students with their artwork at North Country Union High School and United Christian Academy, both in Newport, Vermont. Four students at these schools will benefit from the scholarships. Each student will major in art or a related field at the college level.

May Adrien’s artistic legacy continue on through NOAH’S SONG. If you haven’t gotten a copy, you can order at
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