Friday, June 19, 2009

6/19/09 Cavendish Update Theft/Events/Classifieds

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 6/19/09 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Canoe Stolen in Cavendish
2. Classifieds
3. Be Creative and Express Yourself at the Cavendish Library
4. Cavendish Historical Society Trip to Old Sturbridge Village
5. Winston Churchill Retrospective
6. Cavendish Historical Society Blog

1. Canoe Stolen in Cavendish
Reward is being offered for the return of our 16 foot, red, fiberglas Old Town canoe stolen from our property in Cavendish. An additional reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of person or persons responsible for stealing the canoe. Pete and Dot Ramsdell 226-7870

2. Classifieds
• Kenmore Dyer for Free. Call: 226-7820

• Free Plants-Perennial Swap: If you have a garden wish list or “volunteers to share,” contact Mercury Ripley who has organized a local plant database. She can be reached at 226-7933 or

3. “Be Creative” and “Express Yourself” at the Cavendish Library
Once again, the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library is participating in the state summer reading program called “Be Creative@ Your Library. The program will feature an open ended ongoing art program where patrons of any age are invited to come in any time and make an art project. The materials will be changed every few days. Along with the art table, there will be specific art days such as “Tie Dye Day” where patrons can bring in a T-shirt or other item any time during the day and dye it, and “Henna Tattoo and Hair Streak Day” where patrons can come in for washable hair streaks and tattoos at any time.

Children participate by coming to programs, if possible and by reading for 15 minutes 35 times. Anyone completing the program will win a prize. The prizes will vary from an iPod shuffle to funky pencils and other cool things. There will be a special prize for the person who reads the most.

Family events will include two “drive in theatre” nights on July 18 at
8:30 and August 8 where the movies “Yellow Submarine” and “Clash of the
Titans” respectively, will be projected on the back of the library and
patrons can bring chairs or blankets and sit outside to watch it. There
will also be an end of the season barbeque on August 12 at 6:00 where
master of “Stuntology”, Peter Burns, will perform. For more information
or to sign up for a program, please contact Kata at 226-7503.

Mark your calendar:
7/7/09 Stuffed Animal Slumber Party- Drop off your animals by 6:00 PM

7/18/09 Family Program 8:30 PM “Drive in Theatre” “Yellow Submarine”

7/21/09 Tie Dye Day

7/30/09 Hair Streaks and Tattoo Day

8/06/09 Summer reading program reading records due

8/08/09 Family Program 8:30 PM “Drive in Theatre” “Clash of the Titans”

8/12/09 End of summer barbeque and Peter Burns 6:00

4. Cavendish Historical Society Trip to Old Sturbridge Village
The Cavendish Historical Society is sponsoring a trip to Old Sturbridge Village on Saturday, September 19th. Cost is $43 a person, which includes roundtrip bus, gratuity and entrance to Old Sturbridge. Price is based on 55 people so book your reservation early. Tickets will be on sale at Cavendish Old Home Day-July 5- and at the Museum on Sundays from 2-4 pm. Payment is due prior to August 1, 2009. For reservations contact Sandra Russo 226-7398 or email

5. Winston Churchill Retrospective
Considered by many of his peers as quite possibly the greatest American gun engraver of all time, Winston Churchill was born on a farm in Cavendish Vermont, where he still practices his artistry today. This farm was given to his ancestors for their service in the Revolutionary War.

With a love of wildlife, Churchill grew up artistically talented painting, drawing whittling their likeness in wood, and finally with a set of professional set of tools, carving

Joining the Navy did not diminish his interest in art. Churchill carved delicate and varied designs of ship insignia bas-relief into mahogany plaques, which were then cast in bronze. Fascinated with engraving, he sought out examples of work by other engravers and eventually found employment with Joe Fugger who was with Abercrombie and Fitch in New York. It was here that Churchill learned the fine European techniques, eventually leading to more opportunities to learn additional engraving styles and techniques from other masters.

One of Churchill’s specialties is his realistic treatment of animal and bird scenes. These serve to illustrate his obsession for accuracy and detail, which he is famous for.

In addition to his talent as an engraver, Churchill is also a sculpture and a photographer. On July 4 and 5, there will be a retrospective of Winston Churchill’s work, primarily featuring his photography, at the Old Stone Church in Cavendish VT. The show, sponsored by the Cavendish Historical Society, will be from noon to 4 pm both days.

The Churchill Retrospective is part of Cavendish Old Home Day, which begins at 8:30 on July 4 (Saturday) with the annual Plant sale in front of the Cavendish Historical Society Museum. Games, vendors and a chicken BBQ, take place on the Cavendish Green, a short walk from the Museum, starting at 10 am. The Stone Church is in close proximity to the Cavendish Green, also on Route 131, or Main Street.

6. Cavendish Historical Society Blog
Want to know about upcoming events, or are interested in some aspect of Cavendish history? The Cavendish Historical Society has started a blog not only to let people know about what CHS is doing but also to invite people to share their memories and information about Cavendish. You can go directly to or use the CHS website and select calendar/upcoming events.

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