Friday, November 21, 2008

Cavendish Update 11/21/08

This issue of the Cavendish Update is made possible by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA), 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. FMI: PO Box 605, Cavendish VT 05142 or 802-226-7736

The 11/21/08 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Make Black Friday Green
2. Upcoming Events
3. Bascome Artist of the Month at the Cavendish Library

The day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28 this year) is called Black Friday in the retail industry, as it ushers in the frantic shopping associated with the Holiday season. Many stores will be offering great deals and savings, some starting as early as midnight. No need to leave your nice warm bed for the chill of a big box parking lot, or spending money that few people have. Below are some tips for promoting our favorite Christmas color “green.”

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse: Every week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Americans produce an additional 2 billion pounds of garbage. So when doing your shopping, feasting and wrapping this year, think about what you can do to decrease the load on the transfer station.

Wrapping paper is expensive and often ends in the trash. Consider fabric (cut it with pinking sheers so it wont unravel), newspaper, previously used gift paper, or even the cloth shopping bags available from the grocery stores for a $1 or less. Recycle the ribbon. Don’t tie knots in it. Gently untie the bow and tuck it away until next year. It’s okay to “re-gift,” in fact it’s encouraged as it’s really a form of recycling.

Best of all consider presents that don’t require wrapping: seasons tickets to the theater; gift certificates to an area restaurant or business, or your time; donation to a favorite organization or charity; a service such as a massage or a day at the salon; or a magazine subscription.

Make your own holiday gifts. For a great selection of diverse eco friendly ideas go to Here you will find suggestions and directions from aprons to zesty herbs.

Buy Local: There are many businesses in Proctorsville and Cavendish that offer all sorts of items that would make great presents. Attend the Holiday Fair at the Cavendish Elementary School on November 29 (Saturday) and be amazed at the wonderful items your friends and neighbors have made. There is the added bonus of the children’s room, which allows kids to do their own shopping, plus be entertained with a variety of activities.

Below is a list of businesses owned by Cavendish residents, and/or located in Cavendish that may have the perfect gift of gift certificate you are looking for:

• Cavendish Game Birds: 885-5339
• Crow’s Corner Bakery: 226-7007
• Giggs Antiques and Flowers 226-7492
• Goodman’s American Pie 228-5618 (located on Main St. Ludlow)
• Green Acres Market 226-7484
• Old Cavendish Products (makers of fruitcake, mustards and more):
• Ludlow Cooking Co: 228-3080 (located on Main St. Ludlow)
• Moonlite Meadows (beef and lamb from the farm) 226-8077
• Morning Star Bakery 226-7827
• Singleton’s Store 226-7666
• Six Loose Ladies (fiber arts store) 226-7373
• Solar Store 226-7093
• Summit Soapworks (located in Ludlow next to American Pie):
• The Castle Hill Spa and Resort: 226-7419 or
• The Village Clipper 226-7233
• Teruko Design (Flowers & dried arrangements): 226-7889
• Vermont Apple Pie & Cheese Cake 226-7822

For a list of Cavendish businesses and business owners, download a copy of the 2008 Cavendish Business Directory at

Donate time or money to an organization: If you like being able to catch up on Cavendish news from the comfort of your computer, consider making a donation to the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) or the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) who make this possible. Both organizations have a variety of items for sale this holiday season, and will be at the Nov. 29 Holiday Fair at the Cavendish School. CHS is featuring all of their publications along with a number of items made by members of CHS. Gloria Leven has turned her quilting talents to Christmas stockings this year. CCCA will be selling their 2009 Cavendish Calendar, featuring the artistic talents of our Cavendish community.

Donating information
Cavendish Historical Society
PO Box 472
Cavendish, VT 05142

Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA)
PO Box 605
Cavendish VT 05142

Real versus Fake: When it comes to the real vs. artificial debate, real Christmas trees are proving to be the more sustainable choice. Most Christmas trees are grown on tree farms and are about 10 to 15 years old when cut, depending on the species. It’s estimated that one acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people daily. In the U.S., according to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are approximately 500,000 acres of Christmas trees supplying nine million people a day with oxygen. Don’t want to kill a tree? Buy a potted one from one of the local nurseries and plant it after the holidays. Buy locally-both of the fire departments in town sell trees and Christmas greens.

Nov. 21 (Friday): The Junior class of GMUHS will be hosting a three course dinner at Rowell’s Inn, Andover. The menu includes Appetizers - Caesar salad or Thai Noodles - Main Course - Enchilada - beef, chicken or vegetable, Sesame Chicken or Beef Bourguignon and dessert is brownie ala mode. Dinner is $25.00 per person. There will be two seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. with reservations required. Pre-ordering dinner selections would be appreciated. FMI: 875-3658 or Theresa Buskey at 875-2146

Nov. 21-23 (Friday-Sunday): Ski Swap at Okemo Mountain to benefit Okemo Mountain School (OMS) Friday 3-7; Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-1

Nov. 23 (Sunday): Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at the Cavendish Baptist Church, 7:00 PM. Donations of non perishable food will be collected for Black River Good Neighbor.

November 24 (Monday): Green Mountain Parents Group Meeting, 5pm at GMUHS Conference Room. Agenda: Recruitment for group; technology in math; science fair; auditorium renovations; foreign language website; student survey

Nov. 29 (Saturday): Annual Holiday Fair, Cavendish Elementary School 9-3
• Ullr Fest to benefit the McCostis Scholarship Fund, Killarney’s in Ludlow starting at 6 pm. MSF provides local scholarships to Okemo valley youth interested in snow sports training. Rainie Hill and Addison Provance from Proctorsville were among the scholarship recipients for winter 2009.


Willow Bascombe has been named Cavendish Fletcher Community Library’s Artist of the Month. Raised in Saudi Arabia and Panama, Bascombe currently lives in Plymouth, VT. Her pen and ink drawings will be on display in the Redfield Proctor Room of the Cavendish Library until mid December. In addition to her art work, Bascome is a mother of three, a facilitator for “Living Well with Chronic Illness” and is involved with Hope Day School in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to which a portion of the proceeds from all of her work goes for scholarships. FMI: 226-7503


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