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Ferrisburgh news for May 6

FERRISBURGH — A sure sign of spring has arrived with the season’s opening of the Rokeby Museum on Sunday, May 9. To celebrate the 2021 season, the staff will offer complementary tours of Rokeby’s historic site along with the price of admission.
Tours will be held at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. and are limited to 10 people. Call ahead to reserve a spot in advance: 802-877-3406. The historic Robinson Family house is undergoing preservation work, so tours are currently entirely outside and will be held rain or shine.
On Tuesday, May 18, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., in collaboration with the Bixby Library in Vergennes, Rokeby will offer a story time and activity at the museum. Selected books will be geared to elementary-age children but all are welcome to join. Weather permitting, the stories will be read outside among the historic farm buildings. It is suggested that families bring blankets and/or chairs. No pre-registration is required.
May is National Preservation Month and Rokeby is asking the community to join in running or walking a Run for Rokeby 5K in support of the museum’s ongoing preservation of the historic site of the Robinson family’s home and merino sheep farm. No matter where you are in the country you can support the mission and preservation of Rokeby in this event. The museum, designated as a National Historic Landmark, is situated on 90 acres in rural Vermont and includes eight historic buildings, a modern education center with exhibits, and thousands of letters and artifacts from the family. Rokeby is dedicated to sharing the story of four generations of the Robinson Family, who lived on this site from 1796 to 1961, and their contributions to the abolition of slavery, the Underground Railroad, agriculture, art, and literature. The Run for Rokeby can take place at any time during the month of May. To register, visit the museum website at Rokeby.com.
Calling all gardeners! The North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church, located at the Old Hollow Road in North Ferrisburgh, is planning this year’s annual plant sale. The sale will be held on Saturday, May 29. Community members who are doing spring gardening work on their home perennial beds and have plants to share are welcome to donate them to the church sale. Plants can be dropped off at the church on May 27 and May 28. Please tag them as to type of plant and, if known, what color the blossom is. If anyone needs help in digging up or transporting the plants, please call the church and a volunteer will come to your home to assist: 802-425-2770.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has eliminated museum admission fees for the 2021 season, making it free for everyone to visit. The Ferrisburgh museum will be open from May 22-Oct. 17 for seven days a week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. To ensure easy access and safety for all, the museum experience will be entirely outside with self-guided tour options for guests to explore the three-acre campus. The indoor galleries will remain closed for this season.
At LCMM look for two new exhibits onsite and online. “Prohibition in the Champlain Valley” and “Lake Health” will bring together stories from the region’s history, archaeology and ecology. These new exhibits will explore the complex relationships between government and individuals, examine the natural and man-made threats to the lake, and inspire action and present-day connections. Other outside exhibits and experiences at the museum include Women at the Helm, Maritime History on Display, the museum’s replica Revolutionary War gunboat Philadelphia II displayed on the museum grounds, and the replica canal schooner Lois McClure docked in North Harbor for the 2021 season. Visitors can step aboard the Lois McClure every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
In addition, the LCMM has introduced a new tuition model for all summer camps and teen expeditions to make sure that all children have equal access to a great summer on Lake Champlain. Families can see the 2021 camps and expeditions line-up and register online at lcmm.org/Camps.
The 2021 season of exhibits, free admission, and pay-what-you-can camps and expeditions are made possible with support from Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the museum’s many members and donors.
Bixby Library continues to offer a host of services during the pandemic, such as digital printing, free Wifi, and curbside pickup. Also, tech-savvy volunteer Dave Sullivan is available for computer technical assistance over the phone or via video. Email Dave with your questions at [email protected]. The Bixby Book Club meets on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. The club reads a variety of books, spanning the genres of contemporary, literary and historical fiction, as well as non-fiction. Books can be reserved by emailing Laksamee at [email protected]. To be discussed on May 10 is “All That I Have” by Castle Freeman, a darkly funny novel about Vermont Sheriff Lucian Wing confronting challenges in both his work and personal lives. The book club will meet outside, appropriately distanced, and bring your own chair.
Also, join Bixby’s Youth Services Librarian DeAnna on Zoom for a storytime full of books, rhymes, and songs. Storytimes are designed for preschool age children and their families, but youth of all ages are welcome to join. Families who want to be added to the email list for the links to Zoom and the recordings may email DeAnna at [email protected] with the subject Zoom into Storytime.
Our area schools continue to work diligently to offer meaningful learning experiences for students during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the schools’ websites or refer to parent newsletters for updates on classroom activities and special events. Educators across Vermont have recognized the stress that this year has brought to our children and youth and families. In order to offset the negative effects of this stress and support family resiliency, there has been a statewide effort to create a wide variety of summer enrichment programs as organized on the Vermont Afterschool website: vermontafterschool.org/summermatters/programs.
Families can find local programs for children of all ages at the site’s interactive map. The programs are geared to support children, youth, and their families to recover from this very unusual year of stress and uncertainty. These summer enrichment programs will offer physical activities, emotional support, nutritious meals, career exploration, and a time to just play and have fun. Families should check out the opportunities as listed on Vermont Afterschool and also many the summer offerings offered by our area schools, Rokeby, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and the Bixby Library.
NOTE: We are always interested in including a variety of Ferrisburgh-related news in this column, so if you have events that would be of interest, contact Sally Kerschner at [email protected]. You are also 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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