Local historian presenting
Local historian and author Jane (Bolton) Brown will be at the Cabot Library on Wednesday March 28 at 7:00, presenting her work as co-author of the award-winning book "West Danville: Then and Now, 1791-2021".
Jane is a fifth-generation Vermonter and the third generation to grow up and live in Cabot.
As a child, Jane loved being outside. Her great-grandfather, John Bolton, first came to Cabot around 1865, after serving in the Civil War, and began farming on 120 acres of land on Cabot Plain. Over the years, his youngest son, Aaron, (Jane’s Grandfather) increased the property to become one of the largest and most successful farms in Cabot. He milked “upwards of 50” registered holsteins on 960 acres on the Plain. It was the highest working farm in Vermont, having at one time or another cattle, horses, turkeys, chickens, swine and sheep.
Jane grew up on the farm. She was an only child and enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on the farm with her father. Her mother, Arletta Bolton, grew up in East Barre and became a schoolteacher. “I drove tractors and drove horses. I would do almost anything to get out of doing housework,” Jane said. “But I didn’t milk. My mother said that would ruin my hands. She was afraid I would end up as a farmer’s wife.”
Maple syrup tips
Glenn Goodrich was the featured speaker at the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association 2023 annual meeting. Glenn's operation runs 160,000 taps in Cabot VT and Eden VT. For more about Glenn, including sugaring tips, check out this article from the Maple News.
A traditional sauna
Karen Larson and Will Amedan recently completed an authentic Scandinavian sauna, complete with access to their pond for a chilly dip after the dry sauna heat. Read more in this article from Seven Days.
12th Night in Cabot
Thank you Cabot! The 12th Night Celebration was an outstanding success! From the Clash of the Tartans and Rusty Dewees, to Odds Bodkin, Diane Huling, The Paper Lantern Parade, the Dead Ringers, and everything in between - each event was well attended and well received. Special Thanks to our 12th Night Volunteers and our local business sponsors. We couldn't have done it without you! Dana Robinson, Executive Director of Cabot Arts
January: National Mentoring Month
Like some of you, I have benefitted from mentorship throughout my life. I didn’t know it was mentorship back then but upon reflection, I see that whether it came from a softball coach, a troop leader, an adult neighbor, a boss, a colleague, or an expert in my career field, I have definitely been mentored. Mentoring relationships, whether formal or informal, can provide us with special individuals you can trust, who see and believe in you. Those who are up ahead to help you chart a path forward and develop new skills, a deeper understanding, a greater resilience. In my case, one of my dear mentors also became a long-standing friend.
VT Dairy Farm of the Year
Molly Brook Farm, a seventh-generation farm in Cabot, has been named the 2022 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. The award is presented annually by University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures. Myles and Rhonda Goodrich own and operate the 565-acre hillside farm, which has been in the same family since 1835. It has been a registered Jersey operation since 1917 and is renowned internationally for its superior Jersey genetics. Since 2018, it's been a successful certified organic dairy with a high-producing herd that has earned a number of qualyity milk awards from Stonyfield Organic, where they ship their milk. Learn more about Molly Brook Farm here. Photo by Tony Kitsos/UVM Extension.
Ride The Ridges 9/11/2022
Ride The Ridges is an annual supported biking day, and fundraiser for Cabot Mentoring. Great biking, great scenery, great local food, and all for a great cause! With less than a month to go we have have some good news, and some more good news. The first good news is that both of our long courses (100K and 60K) are sold out, which means we are going to make the biggest contribution to Cabot Mentoring we've ever made! The other good news is that there is plenty of space for you to register for our 30 K route which offers the challenge of some decent climbs and some stunning views of Cabot, with plenty of time to enjoy socializing and local lunch on the Common. For more information, visit Ride the Ridges. You can also go directly to the BikeReg site to register.
Cabot July 4th Celebration
TOWN PREPARES FOR CABOT’S JULY 4TH CELEBRATION & PARADE
Annual event begins at 8:00 am on Monday, July 4th, 2022
[Cabot, VT] The Annual 4th of July Celebration in Cabot, Vt returns this year on Monday, July 4, 2022. While the exact date of its origin in unknown, Cabot’s proud tradition of celebrating Independence Day started more than 50 years ago, and features the Cabot 4th of July Parade stepping off at 11 am.
Other activities held throughout the Cabot village on VT Route 215 include:
Calling all parade entries!
The parade, organized by the Cabot Fire Department, will include the usual array of entries including the giant puppets, horses, tractors, fire trucks and emergency rigs, musical performers, Cabot residents of note and more. Parade line up begins at 10:00 am.
There is no need to pre-register to participate in the parade, but all participants are required to fill out the parade participation form. Parade rules and registration forms are available to download at www.cabotvermont.org or on site the morning of the parade.
Community judges will score parade entries to award five $50 cash prizes to the entries chosen in the following categories - Cheesiest, most Agricultural, most Historic, most Patriotic and Judge’s Choice.
The parade starts south of the village and takes the traditional route north on Main Street through the village of Cabot. Parade viewers may sit anywhere along the parade route that is not restricted; you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair.
We are still accepting registrations for vendors. Business, candidate and food vendors are welcome. The fee is $30 businesses/ $15 non-profits.
The Cabot 4th of July Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers and business owners organized with support from the Cabot Community Association and funded through donations and sponsorships. The Cabot 4th of July Celebration would not occur without the support of The Town of Cabot.
Updated information will be posted on www.cabotvermont.org and our Facebook event page at "Cabot, VT July 4th Celebration."
Cabot Trails receives grant
Three communities along the Cross Vermont Trail receive major grants to promote and improve access to trails and outdoor recreation.
Town of Cabot: Building connections between the Village of Cabot, the Town's four-season trail network, the Cross Vermont Trail and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.
Town of Groton: "Gateway Project", upgrading the Cross Vermont Trail that connects from the Village to Groton State Forest and to Pine Mountain wildlife area. Also securing new public greenspace along the Wells River, building new parking lot near the Village and improving signage town wide along the trail.
Seven Days reporter
Mekiah Smith and two college friends hung out on the Cabot Common in Smith's hometown on a recent single-digit Saturday. If it seemed too cold to be chitchatting outside, it probably was. But Smith and her friends had an advantage. The students at Craftsbury's Sterling College were moving while they talked, skating in arcs and circles on a DIY rink that, every winter, transforms a corner of the common into a slick space for recreation and camaraderie.
Smith, 18, grew up skating on the common rink, she said, so it felt natural to bring her friends there on a visit home. For 10 years, she's joined family and friends on the crew that constructs it. The rink is across the road from the United Church of Cabot and Cabot School, which serves about 165 pre-K to 12th-grade students.
"I love having a skating rink in the middle of Cabot," Smith said. "It's always a great place for people to come together."
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