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The Wild Fern Cafe Grows Community and Positivity in Stockbridge

The Wild Fern Cafe Grows Community and Positivity in Stockbridge

August 31, 2020

Baker and musician Heather Lynne runs The Wild Fern on Route 100 in Stockbridge, Vermont. She spends part of her week baking, cooking, and filling to-go orders for sourdough bread, sesame bagels, locally sourced beef burgers, and pesto pizza.

On other days, she is lining up musicians for drive-in concerts at the café’s outdoor pop-up stage or playing bass with her band, Rick Redington & The Luv.

She opened The Wild Fern after Tropical Storm Irene upended the state, causing widespread damage to many Route 100 towns in 2011. After the storm, Lynne realized that Stockbridge needed some sort of community gathering place.  

Fast forward to 2020, and Lynne’s bread and bagel business has quadrupled during the pandemic. Her cafe's drive-in concerts, available by reservation only, are also drawing new customers.

“The Wild Fern is attracting good humans, and I am super lucky,” she says.

 

 
The History of Burlington Builds a Following on Facebook

The History of Burlington Builds a Following on Facebook

August 18, 2020

Bob Blanchard, who grew up in Burlington, Vermont, started a Facebook group last year that highlights the history of his hometown.

With more than 10,000 followers, the popular Facebook page features old photos of Church Street, Battery Park, the Waterfront, local grocery stores, and neighborhoods around the city. Several times a week, Bob shares historic information that he has meticulously researched.

In this episode, Bob shares historic details about Burlington, including stories about a ravine that ran through the middle of the city, a radio tower that stood behind a building on College Street, and how land along the waterfront was reshaped with mud and sand to accommodate the lumber industry. 

You can learn more by following the Burlington Area History page on Facebook. 

Unusual and Beautiful Places in Vermont

Unusual and Beautiful Places in Vermont

July 20, 2020

When you think of Vermont, what comes to mind? Ben & Jerry's? Maple syrup? Host Erica Houskeeper shares entertaining details about Vermont and recommends unusual, beautiful places to visit in the Green Mountain State. 

Where to Explore the Vermont Outdoors this Summer

Where to Explore the Vermont Outdoors this Summer

July 6, 2020

Tara Schatz of Bennington is an avid hiker, camper, and outdoor enthusiast who writes about her adventures on BackRoadRambers.com. Tara's travel blog offers tips about kayaking, camping, hiking, visiting state parks, and road trips around Vermont.

In this episode of Happy Vermont, Tara talks about camping at off-the-beaten path locations, exploring swimming holes, waterfalls, and hiking trails, and her favorite places in Vermont.

Mural Artist Kathryn Wiegers Paints the Town in Vermont

Mural Artist Kathryn Wiegers Paints the Town in Vermont

June 22, 2020

Artist Kathryn Wiegers is brightening up Vermont's downtowns with her giant, vibrant murals. Stroll along the streets of Rutland and you'll come across murals of elephants, giraffes, or even one that's a take on Rosie the Riveter as a COVID-19 essential worker.

In Burlington, her colorful flower mural can be seen at Green State Gardener on Pine Street, while two new murals by Kathryn will be installed at the Hilton Hotel and the UVM Medical Center.

In this episode, the mother of five and Rutland resident talks about the challenges and rewards of creating murals in public places, and why she loves Vermont.

Uncertain About the Future, Vermont Musician Roy MacNeil Lives for the Moment

Uncertain About the Future, Vermont Musician Roy MacNeil Lives for the Moment

June 9, 2020

Roy MacNeil of Greensboro, Vermont, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2014. The diagnosis changed everything about his life, except for his love to create music.

Vermont Organic Dairy Farmer Abbie Corse Nurtures Her Family’s Agricultural Roots

Vermont Organic Dairy Farmer Abbie Corse Nurtures Her Family’s Agricultural Roots

May 18, 2020

While growing up on her family's dairy farm in Whitingham, Vermont, Abbie Corse couldn't wait to leave and do something else with her life. But when faced with a choice about her future, she realized she couldn't walk away. 

Charlie Emers Bakes Bread and Finds Happiness in Vermont

Charlie Emers Bakes Bread and Finds Happiness in Vermont

May 4, 2020

Vermont baker Charlie Emers has been a professional bread baker since 2001. The former lamp maker and veggie farmer talks about becoming a baker and making a life for himself in rural Vermont.

Vermont Cheesemaker and Literary Agent Angela Miller Learns the Meaning of Survival

Vermont Cheesemaker and Literary Agent Angela Miller Learns the Meaning of Survival

April 18, 2020

Angela Miller of Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet, Vermont, was on track to re-launch her cheesemaking operation, which had closed last fall. Then the COVID-19 outbreak happened, and the world changed.

An Innkeeper Finds Renewal in Ripton

An Innkeeper Finds Renewal in Ripton

April 1, 2020

When Chris Bullock's life took an expected turn, he returned to Vermont to run The Chipman Inn—the same inn his mother had owned and operated 40 years ago. 

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