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Ferrisburgh news for August 2

Aug. 4: Bixby Singers and Musicians Circle, Bixby Library, 11 a.m.
Aug. 4 and 18: Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card party, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 7 and 21: Ferrisburgh Town Selectboard meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 12: Pie and Ice Cream Social Rokeby, 1-4 p.m.
Aug. 18: Chicken BBQ Fire Department, Rt. 7, Ferrisburgh
FERRISBURGH — August is here and that means it’s time for Ferrisburgh Fire Department’s Chicken BBQ complete with Jerry’s Famous Sauce (the recipe being a carefully guarded secret.) The doors open late afternoon on Saturday, Aug. 18 and will close only after all the chicken is consumed. Come out and enjoy visiting with your friends and supporting our volunteer fire department.
The “King Pede” card parties held by the Ferrisburgh Grange are scheduled for the Saturdays of Aug. 7 and 21. These get-togethers are held at the Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community Center and begin at 6:30 p.m. with a sandwich supper and then on to an evening of fun and card games. King Pede is an unusual game that involves “trick-taking” techniques such as in Hearts and Spades or Pitch. This is a game of fun and skill so come prepared to use your strategic thinking.
The Ferrisburgh Historical Society wants you to mark your calendar now for the first event of the fall taking place on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. Judy Chaves, long time North Ferrisburgh resident, historian and naturalist, will present on her newly released guidebook about the history of Mt. Philo, entitled “Secrets of Mt. Philo: A guide to the history of Vermont’s first state park.” Chaves’ presentation will describe the history of such events as the mid-1800’s deforestation and the rise of “sheep fever” and the rise of tourism and nature conservation, and will include maps, photographs, and even a bit of poetry.
In addition, Chaves, will give a presentation on her research at the Charlotte Grange on Friday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 18, Chaves will lead guided hikes of Mt. Philo at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with a reception at 3 p.m.. The hikes are free but registration is required at tinyurl.com/mtphilosecrets. Contact Gail Blasius for more information on the FHS Sept. 23 event and also consider joining the FHS: [email protected].
You are invited to visit the Bixby Library — online at bixbylibrary.org) — to see the schedule of all their summer events Then be sure to visit in person to enjoy a summer of reading, movies, and fun community events. Remember that the Bixby provides free passes for many of Vermont’s museums and parks — providing a perfect way to enjoy the many summer events in our state.
The Bixby also offers summer children’s story hours at the Vergennes Farmers Market Aug. 2 and 9, and the popular book sales every Saturday. A new event is the Bixby Singers and Musicians’ Circle on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. Join other voices in song at the first ever Vergennes Singers’ Circle. Anyone is welcome to come and sing or just watch. Instruments are encouraged but only acoustical. After this first meeting, the plans are for singers to meet every first Saturday of the month at Bixby.
Rokeby Museum is holding its annual Pie and Ice Cream Festival on Sunday, Aug. 12, 1-4 p.m. Come and enjoy a delicious array of homemade pies and also tour the Robinson House and Rokeby’s exhibits. The 2018 special exhibit is “The Fabric of Emancipation,” which features pieces by eight of the country’s preeminent fiber, textile and needle artists. The works are defined by some element of thread construction, but are diverse in presentation, including quilting, embroidery, mixed media, costume, and fiber fusion. Each work speaks to the artist’s view of the African Diaspora and his or her own personal historical interpretation.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is participating in the commemoration of the 1868 relocating of the Flint Glass Works from Brooklyn to Corning, N.Y. The factory was dismantled and packed onto canal boats to make the journey. Since that decision 150 years ago, Corning’s innovations have come to include the glass for Edison’s incandescent lamp, the first televisions, spacecraft, telescopes, fiber optics, and today’s smartphone Gorilla glass.
To commemorate the anniversary of the move, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum along with the Corning Museum of Glass and New York City’s South Street Seaport, will retrace the original journey along the Hudson River and the Erie Canal. Follow along the route of the Glass Barge Flotilla at glassbargetour.lcmm.org/visit-follow or organize your vacation plans so you can visit the Flotilla in person as it stops at the many ports of call on its journey to Corning.
Also, be sure to enjoy the Museum’s several other events in this summer season. The ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Shipwreck Tour will be held on Sunday Aug. 12. Also, a knife bladesmithing course will be offered on the weekend of Aug. 25 and 26. Find out the details on these and other goings-on at lcmm.org.
NOTE: We are always interested in including a variety of Ferrisburgh-related news in this column, so if you have news that would be of interest, contact Sally Kerschner at [email protected]. You are able to access these columns and other information about Ferrisburgh news and events by viewing the Ferrisburgh Town Website at ferrisburghvt.org.

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