Ferrisburgh news for Mar. 3

FERRISBURGH — Great news! The Ferrisburgh Grange “King Pede” card parties are back after a long absence due to the pandemic. 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! They are scheduled for the Saturdays of March 5 and March 19 and are generally held monthly on the first and third Saturdays. It is requested that attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Bixby Library offers many events for both children and adults, so please check their website, www.bixby, and Facebook for the latest details. Children’s Storytime is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The Bixby Book Club meets virtually and in person on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.. The Bixby’s March book is “My Name is Asher Lev,” by Chaim Potok, a masterful telling of the story of Asher Lev, who is an artist cloistered in a Hasidic community in post war Brooklyn. Bixby’s Writers’ Group, directed by Lottie Wilds, Vermont blogger and writer, meets twice monthly on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-noon.

Career counselors from the Vermont Department of Labor will be on site at Bixby on Thursday, March 10, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., to provide advice on strategizing for your career and how to create a resume. A virtual discussion entitled “Who Was Robert Frost and Who Are We?” will be held on Thursday March 24 from 6-7 p.m. This informal talk and group discussion with Vermont poet Geof Hewitt will include readings of several of Frost’s poems. And finally, don’t forget the Great Jigsaw Puzzle Swap on Wednesday, March 16, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bring any puzzles you’d like to swap or just come a choose a puzzle and swap it out at the next event. This will be great way to ensure fun home entertainment during Vermont’s Mud Season! For information on all these events, email to Laksamee at or ask at the circulation desk.

It is time to sign up for Summer Camps at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Visit their website at to see the wide variety of day camps and expeditions available to youth, such as kayaking to Canada or sailing on Lake Champlain. These are all wonderful opportunities to explore our Vermont history, archaeology, and ecology.

Rokeby Museum’s educators are now available to organize group tours for areas of the historic home, farm buildings and exhibits. The Museum’s most in-depth treatment of the Underground Railroad is the exhibit, “Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont,” which introduces learners to Simon and Jesse, two freedom seekers sheltered at Rokeby in the 1830s. Tours can be arranged for all ages: grades 2-8, grades 9-12, and lifelong learners. For those interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, go to the inquiry form at, call the museum at 802-877-3406, or e-mail Tucker Foltz at

Rokeby is hosting a week-long theater camp this summer, July 11-15. This is an immersive experience of theater, history, and nature. Campers will be immersed in another time as they draw inspiration from Rokeby’s historic occupants, buildings, artifacts, pastoral property, and nature trails to create their own fictional characters in a short play. Daily activities will include improv games, scene study, character-building exercises, and exploring Rokeby’s natural and built environments. The camp will culminate with a performance at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15, for families and guests. The tuition is pay-what-you-can, with $295 suggested for each camper. For more information, visit

Rokeby Museum is hosting a series of free virtual book discussion groups from January through April. The session on Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., will be about “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. The discussion, led by Joan Gorman, Rokeby’s Visitor Center Coordinator, will delve into this story of Hetty Grimke, a slave in early 19th-century Charleston, S.C., and her mistress, Sarah Grimke. These women’s experiences over 35 years will be a fitting narrative for Women’s History Month. Registration in advance is required. Books should be available in local libraries or can be purchased by the participants. For more information, call Rokeby at 802-877-3406.

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 You are also able to access these columns and other information about Ferrisburgh news and events by viewing the Ferrisburgh Town Website at

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