Happy Birthday Cavendish: Community leaders pose with Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz: Pictured are James Ballantine, Jr., Arthur Briggs, William Buswell, Dan Churchill, Jane Pixley, Sandra Stearns, Richard Svec, Rolf vanSchaik, Carol Walasewicz and Mabel Ward. The town celebrates its 250th anniversary starting this weekend.
Cavendish is celebrating its semiquincentennial this year. Chartered on Oct. 12, 1761 by New Hampshire's Benning Wentworth, the first Royal Governor of New Hampshire (1741-1766), the charter was signed by King George III.
Oct. 7-8 (Friday-Saturday): Charter Weekend-Friday night will be a town dance featuring the music of local musicians. Bob Naess and his band Yankee Chank will play/call contras and squares with some hot Cajun dance tunes thrown in for good measure. Mark Huntley and his band will perform Rhythm and Blues.
A parade, speeches and a reception will take place on Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. The parade route goes from Cavendish to Proctorsville and there will be a reception at the Elementary School after the parade.
Open houses take place Sunday at the Cavendish and Proctorsville churches, noon to 2 p.m.
Suzanne Beyer and John Pfarr, authors of the new Cavendish-related book “The Inventor’s Fortune Up for Grabs”, will speak at 2 p.m. downtown.
You can support the 250th celebrations in a number of ways including sponsoring one of banners that will soon grace the villages. For $150, you can sponsor a banner, which will be yours to keep when our year of celebration is complete.
Only 14 of these unique commemorative items are now available, so sponsor now. To name your banner, send a check for $150 to the 250th Anniversary Fund and mail to Cavendish 250th Anniversary Committee, PO Box 126, Cavendish, Vt. 05142-0126. We can keep a secret, so be sure to let us know if this is meant to be a surprise holiday present for someone that loves Cavendish.
Other activities taking place this year include:
Quilt Project: An anniversary quilt is being made to mark this special event. It will be on display at Old Home and anyone can sign the back of it. After this year, it will be stored at the Museum and will be our fiber "time capsule" for future generations.
Cavendish Semiquincentennial Book: Includes Cavendish historic timeline, copy of the town charter, pictures, business directory, The Vermonter magazine edition about Cavendish’s 150th Anniversary celebration.
Settlers Workshops: Once a month workshops starting in September where the community learn how the settlers lived. Such workshops will include candle making, food preparation, and preparing for Christmas. For more information: email@example.com or 802-226-7807.