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Coming August 1 – Road Pitch 2018

Coming August 1 – Road Pitch 2018

Click Here to Apply  Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation invite you to attend the 2018 FreshTracks Road Pitch at the River Garden on Wednesday, August 1 at 3:00 P.M. The Road Pitch, a gang of motorcycling business investors and advisors, is stopping in Brattleboro on the afternoon of August 1 to hear funding pitches from local businesses that are ready to scale up. This is the fifth annual Road Pitch. From Monday, July 30 through Thursday, August 2, more than 40 motorcycle riders will hit the roads of Vermont and stop in 8 towns to listen to at least 50 entrepreneurial pitches. Their goal is to find exciting opportunities for investment. The Brattleboro stop will be at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden (157 Main Street), organized by Strolling of the Heifers and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. Additional stops are scheduled for Essex Junction, Hyde Park, Lowell, Bennington, Rutland, St. Johnsbury and Barre. At each stop, the riders will award a $500 Riders’ Choice Prize plus a Vermont Teddy Bear “biker bear” to one pitcher in each of the 8 communities. More importantly, for the participating entrepreneurs, the Road Pitch is an opportunity to: Tighten up their business model and scale-up plan Get coaching on honing their business pitch presentation Develop connections to a network of funders and advisors In addition, the local winners will have a chance to compete at a statewide final event in October for over $4,000 in cash prizes. Five local entrepreneurs will be selected to compete in the pitch competition. Before the event, finalists will have had several coaching sessions, including “dry runs,” so that they will have the best possible pitch ready for the motorcyclists. Each pitch is strictly limited to seven minutes, followed by an eight-minute question and answer period. “The ride promotes Vermont as a terrific place to do business and as a perfect motorcycling destination with lots of scenic twisting roads, picturesque small towns, and plenty of locally sourced food and beverage,” said Cairn Cross, co-founder of FreshTracks Capital. Cross founded the Road Pitch in 2014. This is the fourth year the tour will be stopping in Brattleboro. “I gathered together close to 30 other founding riders that year, and we proved the Road Pitch concept by riding 500 miles through Vermont, stopping in various towns and listening to more than 30 pitches.” Road Pitch is generously sponsored by Vermont Department of Economic Development, Champlain College, and Champlain College’s BYOBiz program, Burlington Bytes, Key Bank, Gallagher Flynn and Company, Moulton Law Group, Social Sentinel, Vermont Teddy Bear, Merritt-Merritt, Vermont Community Loan Fund and EMBOLDIA. The Brattleboro stop is sponsored by Vermont Community Loan Fund. For more information, email Jim Verzino,  jim@strollingoftheheifers.com or call 802-242-1249. Click Here to...

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And the Winner Is… The Great New England Bundt Cake Baking Competition

And the Winner Is… The Great New England Bundt Cake Baking Competition

        Thanks to everyone who entered! We got lots of inventive and delicious recipes, our judges had a difficult time narrowing the field to a handful of finalists, and judges and the public alike enjoyed tasting the bundt cakes in the River Garden! And in the end, one bundt came out on top! All the winning recipes are below, so you can try them yourself! 1st Place Winner: Katie O’Neill, from Northfield, MA “Kate’s Boozy Irish Soda Bundt with Apricot Glaze” Inspired by a backpacking trip through Ireland and her mother’s soda bread recipe, Katie’s boozy bundt was judged best of the bunch! Congratulations Katie! Katie won a $150 King Arthur Flour gift certificate, plus a King Arthur Flour gift basket,  Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan, Nordic Ware Bundt Storage Bag, Nordic Ware Ultimate Bundt Cleaning Tool   2nd Place Winner: Ellen Davis, from Jamaica Plain, MA “Ginger Lingonberry Bundt Cake” 3rd Place Winner: Virgil Wetmore, from Keene, NH “Rosemary and Blood Orange Polenta Cake with Lavender Blood Orange Syrup The Peoples’ Choice Award: Ellen Davis “Ginger Lingonberry Bundt Cake” The Winning Recipes: Kate’s Boozy Irish Soda Bunt with Apricot Glaze Ingredients: CAKE 3 Cups King Arthur All-Purpose Flour 1 Tbs. Baking Powder 1 Tsp. Baking Soda 1 Tsp. Salt 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar 1 Egg, lightly beaten 2 Cups Buttermilk 1/4 Cup Salted Butter, melted 2 Tbs. Salted Butter, melted (for top of cake) 3/4 Cup Dried Apricots, chopped 3/4 Cup Golden Raisins 1/2 Cup Irish Whiskey GLAZE 2 Tbs. Grand Marnier Liqueur 1/2 Cup Apricot Jam Dried Apricots (for decoration) Preparation steps FOR CAKE: • Preheat oven to 325 • Grease a 10-12 cup Bundt pan • Place chopped apricots, raisins and whiskey in a small sauce pan on med-low heat. Lightly simmer, stirring occasionally, until fruit becomes plump, 7-10 minutes. • In a large bowl, whisk together: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar. • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together: egg and buttermilk. • When cooled slightly, drain whiskey from fruit into buttermilk mixture. Fold fruit into the flour. • Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour and stir until just blended. • Stir 1/4 Cup melted butter into cake mixture. • Pour batter evenly into prepared Bundt pan. • Bake at 325 for 65-70 min; toothpick should come out clean and top should be golden brown. • Place Bundt pan on cooling rack and immediately pour reserved 2 Tbs. melted butter evenly over cake while still in pan. • Remove from pan once cooled slightly and butter has soaked in, 20 minutes. FOR GLAZE: • Begin glaze when cake has completely cooled. • Place jam and liqueur in a small sauce pan on med-low heat. Stir continuously until the mixture becomes thin and syrup like in consistency, being careful not to burn, 8-10 minutes. Decorate cake with extra apricots then spoon warm glaze over cake for desired design. This recipe was inspired, firstly, by my mother and the beloved Saint Patrick’s Day feasts she hosted every year, which of course were always accompanied by fresh, hot Irish soda bread. Secondly, this recipe was inspired by immersing myself in my own heritage. A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks backpacking through Southern and Northern Ireland. While in Ireland, I completed formulating the idea...

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Watch the 2018 Strolling of the Heifers Parade

Watch the 2018 Strolling of the Heifers Parade

Brattleboro Community Television’s broadcast of the Strolling of the Heifers parade, Saturday, June 2!  

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June Gallery at the Garden Presents: Farm Art – Paintings by Basha Freudenberg & Peter K.K. Williams

June Gallery at the Garden Presents: Farm Art – Paintings by Basha Freudenberg & Peter K.K. Williams

  Each year during Strolling of the Heifers Weekend in Brattleboro, Gallery at the Garden hosts an exhibit of farm-related art. This year’s farm art show at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden is “Pasture and Barnyard” by Basha Freudenberg, and “Naîve Omnicience” by Peter K.K. Williams. The Gallery at the Garden is open during the Friday Night Street Festival (coinciding with Gallery Walk), Friday, June 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Normal hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during special events). Basha Freudenberg has been painting and drawing in Vermont, Cape Cod and Eastern Long Island for close to twenty years. Although figurative work in charcoal and oils are a strong interest, landscape often including cows is a passion. Basha has painted en plein air throughout the seasons on many local farms. She finds beauty and peace in barn yards, pastures, orchards and hillsides wherever cows and steer graze, chew their cud, and rest.Her work is mostly oil on Masonite or Arches Paper with palet knife. Peter K.K. Williams’ works offer the viewer peaceful respite from the overwhelming injustices that plague our fractious world. He studied painting with the late Frank Hewett at the University of Vermont and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Johnson State College, in conjunction with the Vermont Studio Center. Having been encouraged to explore the interstices of his curiosity, his paintings range in subject and style and include the Vermont landscape, the rainforest, the mist-swathed mountains portrayed in ancient Chinese paintings and the interplay between the sky, sunlight, rock ledges and the surface of Lake Champlain. In the Gallery At the Garden through...

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The Heifers Are Coming!

The Heifers Are Coming!

May the FARMS be with you!  Strolling of the Heifers Parade and weekend of events is almost here! Don’t miss the fun June 1-2-3 !

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2018 Stroll Weekend Entertainers

Here are details about our 2018 entertainers. Check out the entertainment schedule here! Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor Alan Greenleaf, guitarist and songwriter, and Jonathan Kaplan, pianist, have been playing together for more than 10 years and are one of the more unique musical pairings in Vermont. Both talented musicians and both former farmers, they blend musically and personally to give life to Alan’s original songs. Alan has been described as the quintessential Vermont song writer by Robert Resnik, the quintessential Vermont music supporter. His blues-folk-rock n’ roll influenced North Country sound covers a range of styles. His words are thoughtful, humorous, poignant and, on occasion, hopeful. His continued commentaries on the human condition remain unvarnished but they are sweeter and his insights into the workings of the rural heart seem to grow with time. Want to know what rural life in Vermont is like? ….just listen to Alan’s songs. And lest we forget, Alan also wrote the theme for The Strolling of the Heifers more than 10 years ago. This year he and the Doctor look forward to premiering his latest song for the Stroll, Love Your Farmer!! Visit their website and Facebook page.   Bad To Be Good   The music of Bad To Be Good is characterized as “Eastern Country and Northern Blues.” Led by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Marvin Bentley, the all original repertoire of this group establishes Vermont country blues as a rival to Nashville and Memphis. With Marvin’s robust and burly voice, Dennis Waring’s wailing saxophone, Marvin Bentley II’s thumping bass and Pat Kelly’s grooving drums, this group’s infectious spirit makes you want to shout and dance. Other songs make you want to cry. This band defines a whole new style of Vermont-grown down-home music with lots of soul.    Becky Graber, Songs and Stories   Down on the Farm – Old favorites and new: chants, songs, stories, and singing games about rural living. Plenty of chances to join along on songs, story refrains, and movements as we sing of farm animals and of planting and harvesting fields. Becky Graber has been teaching and entertaining young children and their friends and families for over 40 years. She offers chances for community fun through music, music, and verse. Becky is the founder and director of the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus.   Brattleboro School of Dance   Dancers express themselves through movement in a creative and fun performance that features our Junior Company. This piece is choreographed by the dancers and is based on the question: what is dance to you? brattleboroschoolofdance.com   Brattleboro Women’s Chorus   The Women’s Chorus is presents a program of songs from Vermont and/or written or arranged by Vermonters.  Songs include the Vermont Farmer’s Song; Maple Sweet, a Vermont song about sugaring; and These Green Mountains, the state song of Vermont.   The Figments   The Figments incorporate an eclectic mix of styles into their inspired performances of music for dancing or listening. Whether grooving on an Old-time, Irish or French Canadian fiddle tune, trading daring improvisations on a swing number, or exploring the nuances of a graceful waltz or elegant English country dance tune, this trio of versatile musicians makes dynamic, spontaneous, and electrifying music.   Fly Boy Mystro   MyStro born in Vt Raised in Ny (Upperstate but we...

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Stroll Weekend 2018: Entertainment schedule

For bios and photos of all entertainers, click on their individual name below Friday Evening Strolling of the Heifers Street Festival Friday, June 1, 2018, 5:30-8:30 p.m. — Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont Monthly Gallery Walk event — art openings at many venues, including our Farm Art show! Entertainment Stage (beside The Works Bakery Café, west side of Main Street) 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor And local entertainers along the sidewalk and roaming the street. Saturday Strolling of the Heifers Parade Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10 a.m. — Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont Pre-parade entertainment starting about 9 a.m.: The Dairy Godmother (Amelia Struthers) Slow Living Expo — 11 acres of fun, food, entertainment, exhibits, open all day! Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Commons and Retreat Grounds, Brattleboro, Vermont On the Retreat Grounds: New England Center for Circus Arts offers shows throughout the day on the Retreat Grounds featuring advanced and professional students from around the world. They will amaze & entertain you as they swing through the air & share juggling, acrobatics, comedy & more Human Foosball! Join the fun by putting together your own team! Goat Olympics C&S Family Entertainment Tent 10:55……KASPER AND THE COW 11:25 ……THE INTERACTIVE COMEDY MAGIC OF JONAS CAIN: FACILITATOR OF FASCINATION 12:00 …..BRATTLEBORO SCHOOL OF DANCE 12:10 ……BECKY GRABER, SONGS AND STORIES 12:45 ……BRATTLEBORO SCHOOL OF DANCE 1:10 ……..KASPER AND THE COW 1:40 …….THE INTERACTIVE COMEDY MAGIC OF JONAS CAIN: FACILITATOR OF FASCINATION 2:15 …….BECKY GRABER, SONGS AND STORIES 2:45 ……AULULARIA – NEYT 11:20 …..FRITZI’S FLEA CIRCUS 12:50 …..FRITZI’S FLEA CIRCUS 2:00 …..FRITZI’S FLEA CIRCUS   Vocal Tent 11:00 …THE SPECKERS 11:50 …THE FIGMENTS 12:40 …JAY BAILEY, TONY BARRAND AND ANDY DAVIS 1:50 ….THE SKY BLUE BOYS 2:40 …PINEDROP The Gazebo — at the center of the Brattleboro Common 11:00 …FLY BOY MYSTRO 11:45 …LISA MCCORMICK AND THE BRATTLEBORO UKESTERS 12:20 ..SUNNY LOW DOWN 1:20 ….BRATTLEBORO WOMEN’S CHORUS 2:00 …BAD TO BE GOOD 2:45 …MOONDOGS Sunday Tour de Heifer 15-30-60 mile cycling rides Sunday, June 3, 2018, starting times 8, 9, 10 a.m. — beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, West Brattleboro, Vermont —Info and registration Lunchtime entertainment at Lilac Ridge Farm: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor...

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May Gallery at the Garden Presents: Raised Voices! Local Artists Resist

May Gallery at the Garden Presents: Raised Voices! Local Artists Resist

Raised Voices: Local Artists Resist! An opening reception for the exhibit, “Raised Voices: Local Artists Resist” will take place on Gallery Walk, May 4th from 5:30-8:00 at the River Garden in Brattleboro. The show will be up at the River Garden throughout May, ending on May 26th. Raised Voices features the work of area artists who responded to an open call to stand up and express your hopes, your outrage, your vision in the face of the current political climate in our country today. The exhibit features unique pieces from some of the finest artists and artisans in the area, and others whose work you may be discovering for the first time. All the work on display is for sale with either 50% or 100% of proceeds going to three organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, Vermont Planned Parenthood, and the Vermont Worker’s Center.   Artists showing work, in some cases made specifically for this show: Jackie Abrams, Sue Aldridge, Barbara Baribeau, Karen Becker, Ellen Bronstein, Stuart Copans, Kay Curtis, Sloan Dawson, John Dimick , Arlene Distler, Wayne Estey, Suzanne Flynt, Kathleen Harwood, Laura Kaye, Isabel Lenssen , Lodiza LePore, Steve Lloyd, Naomi Lindenfeld, Archibald Monserrat, Kris McDermet, Barbara Milot, Mel Martin, Petria Mitchell, Sharon Myers, Gene Parulis, Leonard Ragouzeos, Deidre Razzaque, Susan Rosano, Nina Rossi, Deidre Scherer, Lori Schreiner, Helen Schmidt, Kathleen Sims, Walter Slowinski, Jorika Stockwell, and Toby Welch. The reception will feature professionally prepared delicious refreshments, on-theme performances, and the possibility of a visit by Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, and area legislators. You may get more information by emailing:...

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Join Us at the Women’s Expo

Join Us at the Women’s Expo

  Strolling of the Heifers presents A Women’s Expo at the River Garden Thursday, May 3 5:00 to 8:30 P.M. Strolling of the Heifers celebrates women at this fun and casual Women’s Expo. Downtown Brattleboro’s River Garden will open its doors at 5:00 on Thursday, May 3 for this free event, which is open to the public. Vendors and exhibitors will be on-hand with health and wellness products and services, home goods, clothing and accessories and more. “You can shop the displays, or learn about products in a friendly environment,” said Vicki Friedman, Strolling of the Heifers’ River Garden Coordinator. “Many of the vendors are women-owned businesses, and they’re all under one roof just for this expo.” Local women’s vocal group Singcrony will perform their a cappella harmonies and syncopated rhythms throughout the evening. Their repertoire features swing jazz hits from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, interspersed with catchy doo-wop, barbershop and classic pop selections.   Participating businesses include:   Athena’s by Brittany Breath of the Heart By the Dozen Ceres Natural Remedies Commonwealth Dairy Curves doTERRA Forest Garden Farm & k.b. ceramics Frabjous Fibers Jaffra & Jewelry with Emily E LuLaRoe SIDNEY Gallery of Unconventional Art Jewelry SeneGence International (LipSense) Sofia Wellness Journeys Surfing Goat Soaps at Hames & Axle Farm Trisha Selbach Fitness Vista Home Improvement …and many more   Vendor registration is still open! Click Here To Register For more information about the Women’s Expo, contact Vicki Friedman, Strolling of the Heifers’ River Garden Coordinator at 802-246-0982 or vicki@strollingoftheheifers.com.  ...

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Home Improvement & Garden Expo – Saturday, April 21

Home Improvement & Garden Expo – Saturday, April 21

  Join us for our Home Improvement & Garden Expo FREE ADMISSION • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Explore the best and most innovative trends in home renovations, remodeling, and landscaping. Saturday, April 21, 2018  • 11am – 3pm   Participating  Businesses Include: Carr Tree & Timber Chainsaw Services Cheryl Wilfong Heather Pelletier, Norwex Independent Sales Consultant Key Landscape and Irrigation Key Bank Massages By Appointment Mindel & Morse Precision Home Remodeling Group Same Sun of Vermont Sandri Energy, LLC Sunrun Sustainable Energy Outreach Network Vista Home Improvement Windham & Windsor Housing Trust Windham Solid Waste Management District   There are still a few vendor spaces available! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  Contact Vicki Friedman...

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