Nervous In Public, Sometimes — or Never In Perfect Sync — or whatever, we are the
Submitted Jul 08, 2017 at 19:45 — Lois's phone (802) 684-3991

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Submitted Jun 20, 2017 at 17:38 — Pat's phone! 456-8940

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Submitted Jun 07, 2017 at 11:58 —  Virginia's number – 802-793-1471.
Directions to Virginia's from the EAST:

(1) Get to Moscow Woods Rd. in East Calais which leads west off Route 14. It's about 50 yards north of the E. Calais store.

(2) Turn west onto Moscow Woods Rd. (formerly known as the Dump Road) and start watching your odometer if you're into distances. Bear left, passing the mill, the Post Office, and a little triangular garden with a road sign--all on your right. Pass the recycling station on your left and follow Moscow Woods Rd uphill to Ledge Road on the left, possibly marked with a NIPs sign, about 1.2 miles from Rt 14.

(3) Turn left on Ledge Road (for GPS it is Ledge Hill Rd). Bear right at the fork (plunging into the woods). About .6 mile from Moscow Woods Rd. you come out from the woods near a ramshackle but welcoming dwelling with a big screened-porch. If there aren't cars parked there, continue along the edge of the field to a house behind some trees on your left.

FROM the WEST:

(1) Coming through Maple Corner and/or Kent's Corners, come down the Kent Hill Road to the North Calais Road.

(2) Turn left (northward) on the North Calais Road. Pass Dugar Hill Road on the left and take the next right onto Moscow Woods Road. Cross Jack Hill Road. Take the next right turn, Ledge Road.

(3) Follow the directions on Ledge Road from step 3 above.

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Submitted Mar 21, 2017 at 14:52 — Lynne WILL be able to host music on Wednesday, March 29.

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Submitted Feb 20, 2017 at 14:43 — Hi Nips! I miss you guys. It sounds like you have had a lot of fun gigs.
Just had a nice visit with Dave and Ruth.( Good music with Dave and Tracy too). Visited with Cheryl and Jay . But Andy and Janet have been in Panama.
From the looks of the snow it must be great skiing. But if you're tired of plowing and shoveling come on down to sunny Florida and warm your bones. Probably here to May 1 or so. Love to see ya.

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Submitted Feb 17, 2017 at 11:29 — Hey NIPS - a late entry on the NIPS page- we are playing for a contra dance at the Peacham Winter Carnival tonight!!!  Tim Van Egmond of Swallowtail will be calling.  The dance is from 7 - 10 in the Peacham Gym.  Musicians should plan to come for set-up, warm-up at around 6:30.  Hope to see you tonight!

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Submitted Jan 26, 2017 at 05:41 — NEW NEWS! Our Craftsbury dates are 2/1 and 2/8, not 1/25 as we were earlier informed. If you're planning on playing 2/1 and want to eat there beforehand (5:30) please email Katie Black [katie.black@craftsbury.com] and let her know.

Thanks, hope to see you!

Chip

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Submitted Jan 16, 2017 at 10:19Hey, NIPs! If you haven't already heard, we've had a request to play this year for the Wednesday night dances at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. I believe those will be Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. Stay tuned for more info about meal settings, etc.

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Submitted Jan 04, 2017 at 09:39 — Drive is plowed and sanded, although path to house bumpy

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Submitted Dec 12, 2016 at 19:36 — DON'T MISS IT!

Lois White's annual holiday NIPs gathering at her house in Danville, Wed. Dec. 21! 684-3991 for more details or just to let her know who's coming!

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Submitted Sep 08, 2016 at 07:52

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Submitted Jul 26, 2016 at 10:41 — 911 Address: 290 Claude Field Lane

Directions to Frank Miller's family camp (Bayley Camp):
1. From Peacham Village center
a. From the Peacham Store take the dirt road past the store and up the hill past the Church
b. At the top of the hill bear left and go past the Cemetery on your left (the Peacham Fire station is across a green on the right). (0.2 m from Peacham Village center)
c. Continue and go down the steep hill (Academy Hill), then across a short flat to a STOP sign. This is the intersection of Maple Tree Lane and the Green Bay Loop. (0.6 m from Peacham Village Center)
d. Go straight through the intersection and you will be on Green Bay Loop.
e. Go 1.4 miles where you will come to the crest of a hill. There is a brown sign that says "Devil's Hill Trail Head". Turn right here and follow the road for the Devil's Hill Trail Head. (2.0 m from Peacham Village Center).
f. Travel 0.8 miles on the Devil's Hill Trail Head road   there will be a turn to the left on to a camp road. There will be a sign posted that says Bayley Camp with an arrow. (you are now 2.8 m from Peacham Village Center) Follow this road to the camp   app. 0.5 m. Keep to the left until you run out of road. This last stretch of road looks pretty primitive, but it is well-groomed so cars can negotiate it safely, just take your time!

2. If you are coming from the Marshfield/Montpelier/Cabot area on Rte 2 you can cut-off some mileage by turning right onto the Mack's Mountain Rd. (This road is located about midway between Marshfield and West Danville.)
a. Follow the Mack's Mountain Rd. several miles. About a mile before Peacham Village turn onto a road on the right called Maple Tree Lane. Follow Maple Tree Lane 0.7 m and you will be at the intersection of the Academy Hill and the Green Bay Loop (see 1.c. above).
b. Turn right onto Green Bay Loop and continue as in 1.e and 1.f above.

3. If you are coming from I-91/Barnet area, take exit 18 and travel towards Peacham. Travel through the village of West Barnet (road to Peacham bears sharp right as you drive out of the West Barnet village). In about 1 mile you come to the village of South Peacham   turn right towards Peacham village and travel 1 mile. Then follow the instruction from the Peacham Store as in 1 above.

It is pretty straight forward   just pay attention to the mileage. There will be a sign posted where the Devil's Hill Trail Head road meets the camp road that says Bayley Camp with an arrow.

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Submitted Jun 14, 2016 at 00:21 — Here's the link to the video Kenric made at our 30th anniversary get-together:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PijEWiXU0kQ&list=PLJjmyEsU1jSMLTej-4MunaOJL8tLTcVn4

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Submitted May 31, 2016 at 00:29 — Virginia's number – 802-793-1471.
Directions to Virginia's from the EAST:

(1) Get to Moscow Woods Rd. in East Calais which leads west off Route 14. It's about 50 yards north of the E. Calais store.

(2) Turn west onto Moscow Woods Rd. (formerly known as the Dump Road) and start watching your odometer if you're into distances. Bear left, passing the mill, the Post Office, and a little triangular garden with a road sign--all on your right. Pass the recycling station on your left and follow Moscow Woods Rd uphill to Ledge Road on the left, possibly marked with a NIPs sign, about 1.2 miles from Rt 14.

(3) Turn left on Ledge Road (for GPS it is Ledge Hill Rd). Bear right at the fork (plunging into the woods). About .6 mile from Moscow Woods Rd. you come out from the woods near a ramshackle but welcoming dwelling with a big screened-porch. If there aren't cars parked there, continue along the edge of the field to a house behind some trees on your left.

FROM the WEST:

(1) Coming through Maple Corner and/or Kent's Corners, come down the Kent Hill Road to the North Calais Road.

(2) Turn left (northward) on the North Calais Road. Pass Dugar Hill Road on the left and take the next right onto Moscow Woods Road. Cross Jack Hill Road. Take the next right turn, Ledge Road.

(3) Follow the directions on Ledge Road from step 3 above.

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Submitted Mar 20, 2016 at 18:59 — NIPS is at Dave and Ann's in Craftsbury this Wednesday, March 23.

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Submitted Mar 14, 2016 at 04:02 — NIPS ALERT
THERE will be no Wednesday THIS week. It will be replaced by Thursday. I know this is a variance from the long-standing sacred tradition of Wednesday gathering. And I realize the possibility of unanticipated consequences to the cosmos from messing with the time space continuum. However I did consult with a high potentate in these matters and his Holeness, D.Drumph tweeted me back that it was cool if I had a good reason.

I have a great reason. Four score years ago from that very day, St. Patrick's Day, our dear friend and band mate, fiddler extraordinaire, multi-talented artist, teacher, astrologer, political activist and occasionally crazy old lady in the woods with a chainsaw and her faithful clueless dog Ollie, was born.
Come celebrate with our ageless friend. Potluck at six, birthday party following.
To be held at my winter club house[Tracy/Rhonda's]. 73 W. Church St., Hardwick. Grey Victorian with maroon trim, next to
the dentist office. Doors open at four – come early if you like.[George] 802-595-5638.

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Submitted Feb 22, 2016 at 19:03 — Come play music for another dance! Peacham Winter Carnival
Contra Dance
Mary Wesley Calling
7:00-10:00 Peacham Gym

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Submitted Feb 01, 2016 at 17:18 — Hi!  It's that time again, with David Kaynor and George Wilson---but this year if you want to eat, please come at 5:30! IMPORTANT -- contact Chip by lunchtime Tuesday to let him know if you will be dining there.

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Submitted Jan 06, 2016 at 16:37 — Hey, NIPs! Unless something comes up to change things, we're playing at the Craftsbury Sport Center on Feb. 3 and Feb 10! More details as they come out!

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Submitted Dec 23, 2015 at 08:21 — Hi all NIPSTERs - Don't miss the Boxing Day party at Frank and Patrice's in South Peacham - Saturday, Dec 26 - starting around 3 PM until evening - a revolving door party - come when you can - leave when you want.  Bring your beverage of choice and a finger food/snack if you like - there should be plenty of food.  Bring your instruments for a jam throughout the afternoon.  Hope you can make it!

104 Peacham Groton Rd, South Peacham Vermont - 802 592 3140

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Submitted Nov 25, 2015 at 15:54 — To Pati and Phil's:

From the east, go Rte 15 thru Wolcott, take Gulf Rd. on right. Turn right at N.Wolcott Rd. Go 2 1/2 miles to Village of N. Wolcott. Pass store and continue to the 2nd left, which immediately forks into two roads. Turn sharp LEFT onto Morey Hill Rd. (the leftmost of the two roads there). Go to end of Morey Hill Rd. 1 1/2 miles. Turn RIGHT on Garfield Rd., then immediately LEFT into driveway. House is yellow & brown w/ green roof. Phone: 276-728-0240. Alt. route: (coming from Morrisville) About 2 miles east on Rte 15, take left onto Garfield Rd. from Rte. 15 and go 7 miles.

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Submitted Oct 10, 2015 at 07:14 — October 10 - 30th Anniversary Reunion Party, Danville Town Hall,4:00 P. M. to 10:00 P.M.

We will gather about 4, jam for awhile (bring your instruments!), enjoy a potluck supper about 6, and dance to our very own music from 7 until 9 or so. Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, coffee and cider will be furnished (there is no kitchen in the Town Hall).


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Submitted Oct 02, 2015 at 09:23 — Directions to Charlotte & Tom's at 33 Upper Hollow Road in Stowe:

From the 3-way stop intersection of Routes 100 and 108 in downtown Stowe, go north on 100 just 0.1 mile to turn onto School Street which is directly opposite the white Stowe Community Church with steeple.

Go 0.3 mile on School Street and bear Right at the fork onto Stowe Hollow Road.

Then go 1.7 miles on Stowe Hollow Road to our driveway on the Left. Stowe Hollow Road goes uphill, around a bend, downhill, past Cross Road on the left, then straight through a T intersection, then we are the second drive on the left. There's a black mailbox with 33 on it. That's short for 33 Upper Hollow Road if you're GPSing. We'll have some sort of NIP's sign there.

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Submitted Sep 13, 2015 at 14:58 —  Nips will be at the big house in back-[not the " hippie shack" in front].Hope to see ya. Virginia's number – 802-793-1471.
Directions to Virginia's from the EAST:

(1) Get to Moscow Woods Rd. in East Calais which leads west off Route 14. It's about 50 yards north of the E. Calais store.

(2) Turn west onto Moscow Woods Rd. (formerly known as the Dump Road) and start watching your odometer if you're into distances. Bear left, passing the mill, the Post Office, and a little triangular garden with a road sign--all on your right. Pass the recycling station on your left and follow Moscow Woods Rd uphill to Ledge Road on the left, possibly marked with a NIPs sign, about 1.2 miles from Rt 14.

(3) Turn left on Ledge Road (for GPS it is Ledge Hill Rd). Bear right at the fork (plunging into the woods). About .6 mile from Moscow Woods Rd. you come out from the woods near a ramshackle but welcoming dwelling with a big screened-porch. Continue along the edge of the field to a house behind some trees on your left.

FROM the WEST:

(1) Coming through Maple Corner and/or Kent's Corners, come down the Kent Hill Road to the North Calais Road.

(2) Turn left (northward) on the North Calais Road. Pass Dugar Hill Road on the left and take the next right onto Moscow Woods Road. Cross Jack Hill Road. Take the next right turn, Ledge Road.

(3) Follow the directions on Ledge Road from step 3 above.

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Submitted Sep 07, 2015 at 18:57 — To Pati and Phil's:

From the east, go Rte 15 thru Wolcott, take Gulf Rd. on right. Turn right at N.Wolcott Rd. Go 2 1/2 miles to Village of N. Wolcott. Pass store and go to the 2nd left, which immediately forks into two roads. Turn sharp LEFT onto Morey Hill Rd. (the leftmost of the two roads there). Go to end of Morey Hill Rd. 1 1/2 miles. Turn RIGHT on Garfield Rd., then immediately LEFT into driveway. House is yellow & brown w/ green roof. Phone: 276-728-0240. Alt. route: (coming from Morrisville) About 2 miles east on Rte 15, take left onto Garfield Rd. from Rte. 15 and go 7 miles.

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Submitted Aug 12, 2015 at 03:13 — Peg's is a Wednesday night porch gathering at her Hardwick home. You can order dinner(a different menu every Wednesday) from the Craftsbury country store. Peg picks up the dinners and brings them to her house. Or you may bring the usual potluck. 6 o'clock as usual. Peg's email message follows. And the link below will take you to the Craftsbury Country Store site where they post a picture of the meal.
  Call Peg or me if you need any further information. See ya there. George 595-5638
Peg's porch-472-6233-   

http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6c5d602c42482ed2d0452e312&id=5891c0a65e&e=69d8e32422                                                         

Here's the menu - hope it appeals
If you have the time, that's the meal.
Call in your order - early is best.
You're also welcome to bring a guest!
Say "Peg will pick up", then let me know.
We hope, that at six, all will be ready to go.
Bring your own beverage, your thirst to slake.
We'll have the ice cream, but without any cake! 
Sure hope to see you - or some other week too.
Whenever you have, nothing better to do.
(You can bring your own choice, if you prefer.
Last minute "show ups" are welcome for sure!)

Peg's porch and the house it is attached to...is right on route 15 heading west out of Hardwick. It is directly across from the big yellow barn that houses Greensboro garage. Her driveway is just past Lamoille Ford, on the right.It is a yellow house with a high fence in front.

Additional information for this week:    P.S.
                            This menu is more costly, so I would urge
             Come with your own something, if you don't want to splurge.

LOBSTER ROLLS!!!!A soft roll stuffed with fresh lobster tossed in lemon and herbs.  Served with a cabbage-fennel-tarragon slaw.  Yes, please!!!  $16.99

Dinner served from 4-8pm.
Call ahead to reserve your meal: 802-586-2440





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Submitted Aug 06, 2015 at 06:08 — Hi, Phil and Patti requested that people bring folding chairs with them if you have them. They do not have a lot of chairs yet.

Example of running blog use: Revised directions: from east go Rte 15 thru Wolcott, take Gulf Rd. on right. Turn right at N.Wolcott Rd. Go 2 1/2 miles to Village of N.Wolcott. Pass store and go to 2nd left. Turn LEFT on Morey Hill Rd. the leftmost of the two roads there, and go to end of Morey Hill Rd. 1 1/2 miles. Turn RIGHT on Garfield Rd., then immediately left into driveway. House is yellow & brown w/ green roof. Phone: 276-728-0240. (Alt. route: (coming from Morrisville. About 2 miles east on Rte 15, take left onto Garfield Rd.from Rte. 15 and go 7 miles.

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Submitted Aug 02, 2015 at 23:54
sorry guys- couldn't help it.g

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Submitted Aug 02, 2015 at 23:52



Folks, This Is a Great Opportunity! To see Patti and Phil's New House.….Before they sell it!

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Submitted Jul 24, 2015 at 06:14 — 911 Address: 290 Claude Field Lane

Directions to Frank Miller's family camp (Bayley Camp):
1. From Peacham Village center
a. From the Peacham Store take the dirt road past the store and up the hill past the Church
b. At the top of the hill bear left and go past the Cemetery on your left (the Peacham Fire station is across a green on the right). (0.2 m from Peacham Village center)
c. Continue and go down the steep hill (Academy Hill), then across a short flat to a STOP sign. This is the intersection of Maple Tree Lane and the Green Bay Loop. (0.6 m from Peacham Village Center)
d. Go straight through the intersection and you will be on Green Bay Loop.
e. Go 1.4 miles where you will come to the crest of a hill. There is a brown sign that says "Devil's Hill Trail Head". Turn right here and follow the road for the Devil's Hill Trail Head. (2.0 m from Peacham Village Center).
f. Travel 0.8 miles on the Devil's Hill Trail Head road   there will be a turn to the left on to a camp road. There will be a sign posted that says Bayley Camp with an arrow. (you are now 2.8 m from Peacham Village Center) Follow this road to the camp   app. 0.5 m. Keep to the left until you run out of road. This last stretch of road looks pretty primitive, but it is well-groomed so cars can negotiate it safely, just take your time!

2. If you are coming from the Marshfield/Montpelier/Cabot area on Rte 2 you can cut-off some mileage by turning right onto the Mack's Mountain Rd. (This road is located about midway between Marshfield and West Danville.)
a. Follow the Mack's Mountain Rd. several miles. About a mile before Peacham Village turn onto a road on the right called Maple Tree Lane. Follow Maple Tree Lane 0.7 m and you will be at the intersection of the Academy Hill and the Green Bay Loop (see 1.c. above).
b. Turn right onto Green Bay Loop and continue as in 1.e and 1.f above.

3. If you are coming from I-91/Barnet area, take exit 18 and travel towards Peacham. Travel through the village of West Barnet (road to Peacham bears sharp right as you drive out of the West Barnet village). In about 1 mile you come to the village of South Peacham   turn right towards Peacham village and travel 1 mile. Then follow the instruction from the Peacham Store as in 1 above.

It is pretty straight forward   just pay attention to the mileage. There will be a sign posted where the Devil's Hill Trail Head road meets the camp road that says Bayley Camp with an arrow.

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Submitted Jul 12, 2015 at 09:06 — Don't forget Lois White's annual Hayfield Junket this Sunday, July 12, in West Barnet in the field across the road just before the Harvey's Lake Beach parking access.  We will start around 12 noon and go until the cow's come home.  Please bring chairs, water, potluck picnic foods, and your instruments!  Lois will provide a mixture of iced tea and lemonade.
We plan to discuss the NIP's Anniversary Party scheduled for Oct 10th.
If the music gets too hot you can always stroll over to the lake for a refreshing dip!
Hope to see many of you there. 

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Submitted Jul 01, 2015 at 17:31 — We have the annual Independence Day Contra Dance extravaganza in Peacham on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 from 7 PM to 10 PM.  The dance will be held in the gym (above the Post Office) at 79 Church St., Peacham VT 05862.  We have Tim Van Egmond (of Swallowtail) doing the calling and hope for a good turnout for this annual NIPS favorite.  Tim is planning to be at the gym at 6 PM - please arrive early for set-up/warm-up!

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Submitted Jul 01, 2015 at 14:49 — LAST-MINUTE SHOUT OUT to NIPS!. Virginia Has Volunteered for Nips. It will be at the big house in back-[not the " hippie shack" in front]. May start a little late. Probably be at least one surprise guest. Hope to see ya. Virginia's number – 802-793-1471. Directions to Virginia's from the EAST:

(1) Get to Moscow Woods Rd. in East Calais which leads west off Route 14. It's about 50 yards north of the E. Calais store.

(2) Turn west onto Moscow Woods Rd. (formerly known as the Dump Road) and start watching your odometer if you're into distances. Bear left, passing the mill, the Post Office, and a little triangular garden with a road sign--all on your right. Pass the recycling station on your left and follow Moscow Woods Rd uphill to Ledge Road on the left, possibly marked with a NIPs sign, about 1.2 miles from Rt 14.

(3) Turn left on Ledge Road (for GPS it is Ledge Hill Rd). Bear right at the fork (plunging into the woods). About .6 mile from Moscow Woods Rd. you come out from the woods near a ramshackle but welcoming dwelling with a big screened-porch.

FROM the WEST:

(1) Coming through Maple Corner and/or Kent's Corners, come down the Kent Hill Road to the North Calais Road.

(2) Turn left (northward) on the North Calais Road. Pass Dugar Hill Road on the left and take the next right onto Moscow Woods Road. Cross Jack Hill Road. Take the next right turn, Ledge Road.

(3) Follow the directions on Ledge Road from step 3 above.

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Submitted Jun 16, 2015 at 09:01 — NIPs has been invited to play for a summer party at the home of Tom and Hanna Galinet in Peacham on Saturday afternoon, June 20.  The format is informal acoustic jam - playing from around 5-7, but the timing is flexible.  Understanding that the O'Carolan Fest is going on at Mallery's, the availability of NIPs players may be limited - but if we could get 3 or 4 players it would be a fun afternoon in Peacham with free craft beers, pot luck food and maybe some donation money.  Everyone is invited (friends, family etc)  The home is located on the Peacham Danville Road on the Peacham side of the Ewell Pond fishing access. Please let me know if you can join us.

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Submitted Jun 13, 2015 at 06:08 — Happy 60th, Phil!

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Submitted Feb 24, 2015 at 09:41 — Peacham Winter Carnival Contra Dance - February 27th 2015, Peacham Town Gym - 7-10 PM,  All are welcome - musicians should try to arrive by 6:30 for set-up/warm-up.  Call Frank Miller 802 592 3140 if you have questions.

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Submitted Feb 03, 2015 at 14:05 — Two remaining Craftsbury dances: February 4 and February 11, 2015. Tremendous musical opportunities! If you want to chow down there, food happens at 5:30. Dance is at 7 unless we hear otherwise...

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Submitted Dec 30, 2014 at 06:582014 holiday video by WCAX!

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Submitted Dec 25, 2014 at 18:23 — Peacham Contra Dance - January 2nd 2015, Peacham Town Gym - 7-10 PM,  All are welcome - musicians should try to arrive by 6:30 for set-up/warm-up.  Call Frank Miller 802 592 3140 if you have questions.

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Submitted Nov 19, 2014 at 21:19 —  Here are directions to Charlotte and Tom's.......

From the 3-way stop intersection of Routes 100 and 108 in downtown Stowe, go north on 100 just 0.1 mile to turn onto School Street which is directly opposite the white Stowe Community Church with steeple.

Go 0.3 mile on School Street and bear Right at the fork onto Stowe Hollow Road.

Then go 1.7 miles on Stowe Hollow Road to our driveway on the Left. Stowe Hollow Road goes uphill, around a bend, downhill, past Cross Road on the left, then straight through a T intersection, then we are the second drive on the left. There's a black mailbox with 33 on it. That's short for 33 Upper Hollow Road if you're GPSing. We'll have some sort of NIP's sign there.

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Submitted Nov 16, 2014 at 10:19 — Directions to Virginia's from the EAST:

(1) Get to Moscow Woods Rd. in East Calais which leads west off Route 14. It's about 50 yards north of the E. Calais store.

(2) Turn west onto Moscow Woods Rd. (formerly known as the Dump Road) and start watching your odometer if you're into distances. Bear left, passing the mill, the Post Office, and a little triangular garden with a road sign--all on your right. Pass the recycling station on your left and follow Moscow Woods Rd uphill to Ledge Road on the left, possibly marked with a NIPs sign, about 1.2 miles from Rt 14.

(3) Turn left on Ledge Road (for GPS it is Ledge Hill Rd). Bear right at the fork (plunging into the woods). About .6 mile from Moscow Woods Rd. you come out from the woods near a ramshackle but welcoming dwelling with a big screened-porch.

FROM the WEST:

(1) Coming through Maple Corner and/or Kent's Corners, come down the Kent Hill Road to the North Calais Road.

(2) Turn left (northward) on the North Calais Road. Pass Dugar Hill Road on the left and take the next right onto Moscow Woods Road. Cross Jack Hill Road. Take the next right turn, Ledge Road.

(3) Follow the directions on Ledge Road from step 3 above.

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Submitted Oct 07, 2014 at 21:52 — Okay. The Show Must Go On! ..........Bring it on NIPS.
Preserve the Unbroken chain. I should be back in time, but if not make yourself at home.

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Submitted Sep 19, 2014 at 16:33 — Hey all--Rob Balivet will host the Nips at his renovated home in Danville on September 24. To get there:

As you come into Danville on Route 2 from the West you will see, on the right, the Danville School. Directly across from the school is the Walden Hill Road. Turn left onto that road and proceed up the hill for a little less than a mile. You will see, up on the right, a patch of sunflowers and a lady scarecrow, then also on the right a row of huge cedar trees, then 4 mailboxes on the left. Rob's driveway is just up beyond those mailboxes, on the right. Turn right and you will come to his house which you can't see from the road.

Rob's address is 766 Walden Hill Road and there are spectacular views from his house. See you! Lois.

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Submitted Sep 10, 2014 at 17:37 — And tonight we're going back to Virginia's!

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Submitted Jul 14, 2014 at 09:01 — Hi everyone!  Virginia has invited us to her house this Wed. July 16.  Directions - from north on Rte 14 in East Calais go left onto Moscow Woods Rd for 1.2 miles and turn left on Ledge Hill Rd., stay right at the fork and continue to her house and then on to the big house in the field beyond.  Park in the field.  It is .6 miles to her house from the turn off Moscow Woods Rd.  She promises to put up signs. See you there!

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Submitted Jul 06, 2014 at 07:02 — 911 Address: 290 Claude Field Lane

Directions to Frank Miller's family camp (Bayley Camp):
1. From Peacham Village center
a. From the Peacham Store take the dirt road past the store and up the hill past the Church
b. At the top of the hill bear left and go past the Cemetery on your left (the Peacham Fire station is across a green on the right). (0.2 m from Peacham Village center)
c. Continue and go down the steep hill (Academy Hill), then across a short flat to a STOP sign. This is the intersection of Maple Tree Lane and the Green Bay Loop. (0.6 m from Peacham Village Center)
d. Go straight through the intersection and you will be on Green Bay Loop.
e. Go 1.4 miles where you will come to the crest of a hill. There is a brown sign that says "Devil's Hill Trail Head". Turn right here and follow the road for the Devil's Hill Trail Head. (2.0 m from Peacham Village Center).
f. Travel 0.8 miles on the Devil's Hill Trail Head road   there will be a turn to the left on to a camp road. There will be a sign posted that says Bayley Camp with an arrow. (you are now 2.8 m from Peacham Village Center) Follow this road to the camp   app. 0.5 m. Keep to the left until you run out of road. This last stretch of road looks pretty primitive, but it is well-groomed so cars can negotiate it safely, just take your time!

2. If you are coming from the Marshfield/Montpelier/Cabot area on Rte 2 you can cut-off some mileage by turning right onto the Mack's Mountain Rd. (This road is located about midway between Marshfield and West Danville.)
a. Follow the Mack's Mountain Rd. several miles. About a mile before Peacham Village turn onto a road on the right called Maple Tree Lane. Follow Maple Tree Lane 0.7 m and you will be at the intersection of the Academy Hill and the Green Bay Loop (see 1.c. above).
b. Turn right onto Green Bay Loop and continue as in 1.e and 1.f above.

3. If you are coming from I-91/Barnet area, take exit 18 and travel towards Peacham. Travel through the village of West Barnet (road to Peacham bears sharp right as you drive out of the West Barnet village). In about 1 mile you come to the village of South Peacham   turn right towards Peacham village and travel 1 mile. Then follow the instruction from the Peacham Store as in 1 above.

It is pretty straight forward   just pay attention to the mileage. There will be a sign posted where the Devil's Hill Trail Head road meets the camp road that says Bayley Camp with an arrow.

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Submitted Jun 30, 2014 at 05:58 — The  NIPS have been asked to play at the Peacham Farmers' Market on the Academy Green, Thursday afternoon  July 3, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. The PARSNIPS are also scheduled to play that evening for the Peacham Contra Dance, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Peacham Gym (Town Hall).

Following the afternoons' playing, we will drive the one-mile over to Jean Dedam's home for our potluck dinner, then have a chance to rest and/or nap before going back over to the Corner for the dance.

~Lois

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Submitted May 06, 2014 at 19:21 — Hey! Snow is gone,flies ain't here yet---it don't get no better in Woodbury!

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Submitted Apr 01, 2014 at 19:40 — Hi intrepid travelers, as of this evening (Tuesday) things look good. I think tomorrow evening maybe that few  semisolid hours sweet spot between snow and mud [Snud??]. Hope to see ya.

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Submitted Mar 30, 2014 at 12:19 — Hi! I hope everyone is having a good time shoveling spring. We will have music this Wednesday 4/2 but be sure and check this posting. Should the driveway be impassable, I will [hopefully] post an alternative site. Things look good so far.

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Submitted Mar 18, 2014 at 05:23 — Lois's road has snowbanks on both sides and is now too narrow for any parking along it. There will be several spaces up at the Lodge--and more on the opposite side of the lodge (toward the Post Office), too!

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Submitted Feb 23, 2014 at 22:47 — Hey, everyone! Peacham Dance Mar. 2 NOTE: time is 6-9 (EARLY!) Frank has asked for everyone to please arrive by 5:30 (to tune up and be in the sound check)!

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Submitted Dec 20, 2013 at 21:32 — Hi NIPs, The next Peacham Contra Dance will be a Sunday, December 29th from 7-10 PM. Chip is calling.  Some of our regular players like Nick can't join us so we need some solid melody players to show up. Please try to arrive for set-up, warm-up at 6:30.

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Submitted Nov 20, 2013 at 15:55 €" To Kristina's:
Coming from the south - turn left off Main Street at Hardwick Inn
Coming from the north - turn right at the Hardwick Inn
Take first right onto Church Street
Follow church street through turn.
From the turn, go .7 (7/10ths) of a mile. Driveway on left just past brown ranch. House in woods behind brown ranch.
535-7468

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Submitted Oct 24, 2013 at 17:24   " Hi NIPs, The next Peacham Contra Dance will be this Sunday, October 27 from 6-9 PM.  Chip is calling (and providing sound!).  Please try to arrive early for set-up, warm-up at 5:30.

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Submitted Oct 21, 2013 at 08:43   To Lynne's:

From the main intersection in Maple Corner (County and Kent Hill Rds), go east on Kent Hill to the second drive on the right (south) side of the road.  There are two mailboxes there, for 144 (most easily seen) and 142 (Lynne's house). The drive slopes up toward her home at the top of a good-sized field. From farther east, there are several ways to get to Kent's Corners where you can head west toward Maple Corners. After the road passes a low area and some woods on the left, you'll approach an open hillside with her house at the top of a long drive and mailboxes for 144 and 142 at the bottom. Lynne says to feel free to park on the lawn up by her house. Her phone is 229-2217.

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Submitted Oct 07, 2013 at 06:11   Peacham dance schedule:
Sunday, October 27: 6 to 9 p.m.
Friday, November 29: 7 to 10 p.m.
Sunday, December 29: 7 to 10 p.m.

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Submitted Oct 07, 2013 at 06:09  " Music on Wednesday, September 11 was at George's in Woodbury

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Submitted Jul 07, 2013 at 13:35  
911 Address: 290 Claude Field Lane

Directions to Frank Miller's family camp (Bayley Camp):
1. From Peacham Village center
a. From the Peacham Store take the dirt road past the store and up the hill past the Church
b. At the top of the hill bear left and go past the Cemetery on your left (the Peacham Fire station is across a green on the right). (0.2 m from Peacham Village center)
c. Continue and go down the steep hill (Academy Hill), then across a short flat to a STOP sign. This is the intersection of Maple Tree Lane and the Green Bay Loop. (0.6 m from Peacham Village Center)
d. Go straight through the intersection and you will be on Green Bay Loop.
e. Go 1.4 miles where you will come to the crest of a hill. There is a brown sign that says "Devil's Hill Trail Head". Turn right here and follow the road for the Devil's Hill Trail Head. (2.0 m from Peacham Village Center).
f. Travel 0.8 miles on the Devil's Hill Trail Head road   there will be a turn to the left on to a camp road. There will be a sign posted that says Bayley Camp with an arrow. (you are now 2.8 m from Peacham Village Center) Follow this road to the camp   app. 0.5 m. Keep to the left until you run out of road. This last stretch of road looks pretty primitive, but it is well-groomed so cars can negotiate it safely, just take your time!

2. If you are coming from the Marshfield/Montpelier/Cabot area on Rte 2 you can cut-off some mileage by turning right onto the Mack's Mountain Rd. (This road is located about midway between Marshfield and West Danville.)
a. Follow the Mack's Mountain Rd. several miles. About a mile before Peacham Village turn onto a road on the right called Maple Tree Lane. Follow Maple Tree Lane 0.7 m and you will be at the intersection of the Academy Hill and the Green Bay Loop (see 1.c. above).
b. Turn right onto Green Bay Loop and continue as in 1.e and 1.f above.

3. If you are coming from I-91/Barnet area, take exit 18 and travel towards Peacham. Travel through the village of West Barnet (road to Peacham bears sharp right as you drive out of the West Barnet village). In about 1 mile you come to the village of South Peacham   turn right towards Peacham village and travel 1 mile. Then follow the instruction from the Peacham Store as in 1 above.

It is pretty straight forward   just pay attention to the mileage. There will be a sign posted where the Devil's Hill Trail Head road meets the camp road that says Bayley Camp with an arrow.

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Submitted Jun 29, 2013 at 15:43   Wednesday, July 3rd - Peacham Contra Dance as part of the Peacham Independence Day Celebration.  The dance will be held at the Peacham Gym from 7 - 10PM.  The dance caller is Adina Gordon.  Musicians, please arrive at 6:30 for set-up/warm-up.

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Submitted Jun 11, 2013 at 14:43   Sunday, June 30th - Don't miss one of the great summer traditions - Lois White's Annual Hayfield Junket - starting from 1 p.m. until whenever. Bring your favorite beverage and a dish to share!
The junket takes place at Lois's property in West Barnet, just across the paved road from the Harvey's Lake Beach parking area! There is ample parking at the edge of the field--call Lois if you have questions.
Please pass the word along to those who don't have e-mail or may not know about the Junket. All are welcome.

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Submitted May 13, 2013 at 11:19   Hi NIPs,  The next Peacham Contra Dance will be a Memorial Day weekend dance on Sunday, May 26.  We are going to try to start an hour later from 7-10 PM  with longer days and no school on Monday.  Chip is unable to attend that day so we have a special guest caller - Mary Wesley from the Montpelier area.  She loves family dances - in fact she is calling the Montpelier family dance that same day from 3-5 at the grange.  Please try to arrive early for set-up, warm-up at 6:30.

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Submitted May 13, 2013 at 07:29  

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Submitted Apr 22, 2013 at 09:09   Hello NIPS,  We have the next Peacham "Earth Day" Contra Dance scheduled for Sunday, April 28 running from 6 - 9ish.  Appreciate it if the musicians can arrive at 5:30 for set-up/warm-up.

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Submitted Apr 16, 2013 at 18:14   Correction!  NIPS will be at John's this week.  (Wednesday, April 17)
Andy's road has too many deep potholes.  We'll have NIPS here after the road is graded.

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Submitted Mar 25, 2013 at 11:59   Hi NIPsters,  We will have the next Peacham Contra Dance on Sunday, March 31 - Easter Sunday.  After polling the players, it seems like a dance on Easter Sunday evening is ok with everyone.  We'll call it the Bunny Hop Contra Dance so come prepared to play that classic circle dance - The Bunny Hop!  Same as it ever was - dance runs from 6-9 PM and musicians are asked to arrive around 5:30 for set-up/warm-up!

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Submitted Feb 20, 2013 at 11:59   Hey NIPS  -  We will have the February Peacham Contra Dance at the Peacham Gym from 6-9 PM on Sunday, February 24th.  Please arrive around 5:30 for set-up/warm-up.

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Submitted Jan 29, 2013 at 15:46   Hey NIPs! We've got our annual Craftsbury gig--see below:
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Hey Chip,

Craftsbury Outdoor Center dance for the elders   Feb. 6 and Feb. 13th at 8:00 p.m.

David Kaynor and George Wilson will be in the house.
I apologize for always leaving this to the last minute.  It just seems to sneak up on me!

Hope all is well with you and the group is willing and able to perform
Heidi

Heidi Cooperstein
Road Scholar Coordinator
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
535 Lost Nation Road
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
(800) 729-7751
(802) 586-7767

heidic@craftsbury.com

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Submitted Jan 15, 2013 at 13:10   Sunday, January 27th - January Thaw Contra Dance - 6:00-9:00PM - Peacham Gym - The next in our monthly dance series - celebrate winter's journey. Chip will be calling. Musicians arrive at 5:30 for setup and warmup.
Contact Frank Miller 592-3140 frank.miller@charter.net with questions.

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Submitted Dec 21, 2012 at 19:47   Sunday, December 30th - New Year's Eve Eve Contra Dance - 6:00 - 9:00PM - Peacham Gym - The next in our monthly dance series - celebrate the coming of the New Year.  Chip will be calling and we may have a guest caller, Dave Machell from Danville to offer a few "singing" square dances.  These require specific music - the songs he uses include:  Little Brown Jug, Red River Valley, Two Ladies Cross Over, Wabash Cannonball, Darling Nellie Grey, Golden Slippers, Hinky Dinky, Marchin Thru Georgia and Honolulu Baby.  I hope to narrow the list down to 2 or 3 dances, then get copies of music with keys distributed.  Contact Frank Miller 592-3140 frank.miller@charter.net with questions.

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Submitted Sep 25, 2012 at 14:46   Sunday, September 30th - Autumn Harvest Contra Dance at the Peacham Gym - a little earlier this time 6:30-9:30 pm.  Musicians arrive at 6 for setup/warmup!

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Submitted Sep 15, 2012 at 11:22   From Lois:

Hi all--the organizer of the annual Autumn On the Green (this year off the Green, behind the Danville School, where it was held last year because of construction) to be held on Sunday, October 7 contacted me today asking if "The Parsnips" would play at that event again this year--I said yes (hoping that some would agree). The committee would like us to play from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and it is a paying gig. We are their favorite band-- they say our music is the best for that type of event. Please let me kow if you are available and can play, so that I will know that there are enough of us!

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Submitted Sep 03, 2012 at 07:12 FROM the EAST:

(1) Get to Moscow Woods Rd. in East Calais which leads west off Route 14. It's about 50 yards north of the E. Calais store.

(2) Turn west onto Moscow Woods Rd. (formerly known as the Dump Road) and start watching your odometer if you're into distances. Bear left, passing the mill, the Post Office, and a little triangular garden with a road sign--all on your right. Pass the recycling station on your left and follow Moscow Woods Rd uphill to Ledge Road on the left, usually marked with a NIPs sign, about 1.2 miles from Rt 14.

(3) Turn left on Ledge Road (for GPS it is Ledge Hill Rd). Bear right at the fork (plunging into the woods). About .6 mile from Moscow Woods Rd. you come out from the woods near a ramshackle but welcoming dwelling with a big screened-porch. Follow the track through the meadow past this place, bearing right toward a stand of trees where the Big House will be found.

FROM the WEST:

(1) Coming through Maple Corner and/or Kent's Corners, come down the Kent Hill Road to the North Calais Road.

(2) Turn left (northward) on the North Calais Road. Pass Dugar Hill Road on the left and take the next right onto Moscow Woods Road. Cross Jack Hill Road. Take the next right turn, Ledge Road.

(3) Follow the directions on Ledge Road from step 3 above.

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Submitted Aug 05, 2012 at 13:37  Sunday, August 5th - Peacham Contra Dance - 7-10 PM at the Peacham Town Gym at 79 Church St. in beautiful downtown Peacham. Musicians should arrive by 6:30 to get set up/warm up.

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Submitted Aug 01, 2012 at 07:33  DANCE Aug. 5 in Peacham at the gym. Try to be there by 6:30---it wouldn't be a bad idea to run through some tunes to practice the switches.

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Submitted Jul 30, 2012 at 08:12 " Nips - There is a gig scheduled for us to play, along with Bear Mountain String Band, at the Farmers' Market in Ayers Cliff in Quebec on Saturday September 15th at 10 am (starts at 10:30 am.) Call George
or Pat for more details.

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Submitted Jul 24, 2012 at 22:26  Directions to Pati and Phil's new place at 59 Clayton Street in St .Johnsbury.

To get to Clayton Street: go to downtown St.Johnsbury (Railroad Street), across from Dunkin Doughnuts cross the Portland Street Bridge, continue along on Portland Street to the traffic light at the intersection of Portland Street and Concord Avenue, turn east (right) onto Concord Avenue, proceed up Concord Avenue, turn right onto Clayton Street (the 4th street on the right). The house is white, about halfway up on the left.

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Submitted Jul 05, 2012 at 17:13  Quick recap of the July 3 Dance from Frank: The dance was great -- 130 or more in attendance, 12 person orchestra including both Ron and Jon Mallery on keyboards together and more. Millstone called it the Peacham Philharmonic Orchestra -- he seemed very pleased with the event and did a great job.



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Submitted Jul 05, 2012 at 16:21  REPEAT: Sunday, July 1st - Don't miss one of the great summer traditions - Lois White's Annual Hayfield Junket - starting from 1 p.m. until whenever. Bring your favorite beverage and a dish to share!
The junket takes place at Lois's property in West Barnet, just across the paved road from the Harvey's Lake Beach parking area! There is ample parking at the edge of the field--call Lois if you have questions.
Please pass the word along to those who don't have e-mail or may not know about the Junket. All are welcome.

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Submitted Jun 15, 2012 at 07:28  Nips, come play for Sunday, July 15 art opening at Whitewater Gallery in downtown East Hardwick VT
from 4-7 pm.
(small pay offered, bringing finger food appreciated.) More directions: James T. at (802) 535-4547,
or Pat deG.


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Submitted Jun 13, 2012 at 10:36  Don't forget the Carolan Festival June 22-23 featuring renowned harpist Patrick Ball Friday night!



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Submitted Jun 12, 2012 at 21:22  Sunday, July 1st - Don't miss one of the great summer traditions - Lois White's Annual Hayfield Junket - starting from 1 p.m. until whenever. Bring your favorite beverage and a dish to share!
The junket takes place at Lois's property in West Barnet, just across the paved road from the Harvey's Lake Beach parking area! There is ample parking at the edge of the field--call Lois if you have questions.
Please pass the word along to those who don't have e-mail or may not know about the Junket. All are welcome.

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Submitted May 31, 2012 at 17:21  Hear ye, hear ye - We will have another contra dance in Peacham on Sunday, June 3rd from 7-10 PM.
Musicians should arrive by 6:30 for setup and sound check.
If it is a cool evening, you might want a light sweater or jacket as the heaters in the gym are currently out of service - but the dancers should get the BTU's up!

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Submitted May 23, 2012 at 23:40  Directions to Phil and Patti's-59 Clayton Street in St .Johnsbury

cross the Portland Street Bridge, continue along on Portland Street to the traffic light at the intersection of Portland Street and Concord Avenue, turn east (right) onto Concord Avenue, proceed up Concord Avenue, turn right onto Clayton Street (the 4th street on the right). The house is white, about halfway up

phone-748-7071

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Submitted Mar 31, 2012 at 06:13  DANCE SUNDAY 4/15! There will be a TAX DAY contra dance at the Peacham Town Hall (Gym) on Sunday, April 15, 2012. The dance starts at 7 and goes to around 10. Musicians should arrive about 6:30 to set-up/warm-up

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Submitted Feb 08, 2012 at 13:43  The Craftsbury dance tonight will have to start after the second seating - around 7:45. We should arrive for the second seating at 6:15 and let house guests go first in line.

Heidi Cooperstein
Road Scholar Coordinator
Craftsbury Outdoor Center

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Submitted Jan 24, 2012 at 19:10  Don't forget the Peacham January Thaw Contra on Sunday, January 29th - 7-10 Musicians arrive around 6:30 for set-up, warm-up!

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Submitted Jan 24, 2012 at 13:36  PRETTY SHORT NOTICE--BUT WE CAN DO IT!

Hi Chip,
It's that time again at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center for the Wednesday night
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Submitted Jan 15, 2012 at 14:48  Our Wednesday, January 25 music gathering will be held at the Pope Library here in Danville--we met there once before and liked the space! We will meet to eat at 6 and start playing at 7, as before. This time we can leave instruments in the room at the right of the entry, then go upstairs to eat our dinner (turn left at the entry, go through a reading room to the stairway and up. I will get there early greet you!). After dinner we will go back downstairs to the "music" room to start playing (hopefully) at 7.)

The Pope Library is on Park Street, opposite the Town Hall, and there is ample parking there and around the Methodist Church which is near the Library. Hope to see you there!

~Lois

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Submitted Dec 27, 2011 at 17:05  Nips who are still ambulatory after the holidays can meet Wednsday Dec. 28 at 6 pm at Pat's house in Woodbury. 456-8940 Play at 7 pm

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Submitted Dec 11, 2011 at 11:24  Hope you can come to this, bring instruments!
Saturday January 14, 2012, from 5  8 pm: Celebration of Pat's Conservation Easement signing, (Wildlife are celebrating with us!) at Woodbury Town Hall, in downtown Woodbury, route #14, next to P.O. and Fire Dept. 802 456-8940 for more info.


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Submitted Nov 23, 2011 at 19:02  Reminder about Friday's dance--- it's from 7 to 10 so please get there around 6:45 to play. If you haven't been to this gig before, it's in the Peacham Town Gym, across from the church and just a little west of the center of Peacham, VT. You can get there by going directly south on the Danville Rd. from Rt. 2 in Danville at the Danville town green. You can also get there from exit 18 on I-91 by going west on the West Barnet Road, then following the paved road west to S. Peacham, turning right, and driving up the hill to the center of Peacham. There are other ways and some reliable shortcuts, but call Frank or Chip if you need more info on those.

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Submitted Nov 07, 2011 at 08:52  Hi!

Library gigs seem to be getting popular! This Wednesday's NIPS will occur at the Pope Memorial Library here in Danville--just across Route 2 from the Danville Town Hall where my great birthday party was held on October 29. From the west, turn right onto Park Street--there should be ample parking on both sides of Park Street--and more behind the Danville Methodist Church which is just beyond the Library.
We will eat at 6 and start playing at 7. I have invited local musicians to sit in with us at 7 and hope some of them will come! See you--Lois

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Submitted Oct 15, 2011 at 12:36  Hi all,
We are once again playing for the Peacham Contra Dance, Sunday October 16, 2011 - Peacham Town Gym - 7-10ish - Please pass along the word and I hope you can come to play. See you soon.
We are planning to hold a contra dance in Peacham on the second weekend of each month.
Frank Miller

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Submitted Oct 14, 2011 at 17:15 
PARTY!

NIPS musicians and friends are invited to a pot luck music party Nov. 5, Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Wolcott Town Hall to celebrate the marriage of Charlyn (Webster) Carriere, accordian player and sometimes NIPS attendee, to her college sweetheart, Alan March or Montana.  This should be fun-- an old-time neighborly junket with singing and (possibly) dancing, judging from other junkets I've been to at Charlyn's house in Wolcott. Hope you can make it.

Andy Leader

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Submitted Sep 11, 2011 at 20:34 " From Lois: Hi, everyone--The Parsnips are scheduled to play again at the annual Danville Autumn on the Green on October 2 at 2:30. This is a paying gig!

HOWEVER we will not be on the Danville Green this year because of construction; rather, the event will be held at the Danville School playing fields. To get there, turn from Route 2 at the blinking light south onto the Peacham Road, go about a block, then turn west at the Danville School sign to go up to the school. You will see the performance stage on the left as you approach the school. I don't know yet whether there will be reserved parking space for performers. We should be there soon after 2. I'd like to know if you can make it--thanks!

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Submitted Sep 08, 2011 at 19:07  Late notice: Dance at Sterling College in Craftsbury 7:30 Friday 9/9.

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Submitted Sep 06, 2011 at 05:50  CONTRA DANCE! NIPS will be playing for a Contra Dance on Friday, September 23rd as part of the Monroe, New Hampshire Harvest Festival. The dance will start at 7 PM and will be held at the Monroe Town Hall - in the center of Monroe village. This is a lovely old building with a nice hardwood floor and a great stage for the band.

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Submitted Jul 26, 2011 at 07:51  YIPPEE! Look for another Peacham Dance on Friday, August 5th from 7-10 PM. (The earlier start time is per request of several parents that wanted an earlier time to match up better with their kids sleep needs). Frank and Patrice are securing the permissions and arranging for a unique "Peacham Dance" poster. Frank will also put an announcement on the Dance Gypsy.

STAY TUNED! And don't forget the Greensboro dances start this Sunday, 7/31. The others are 8/7 and 8/14.

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Submitted Jul 08, 2011 at 02:23 " Response to Chip's email-
Hi Nips,

I would be inclined to do the Greensboro Dances.They have been fun and usually well attended and appreciated. I assume the $50 would come out of donations at door[Greensboro recreation committee is contributing other $50 to Grange]. If they need the $50 up front I guess I can send a check and get reimbursed from door at first dance.

I think I can make all the dates except first one in August[family wedding out of town] so I guess I'd miss Peacham also.
Will not likely make it to music on Wed 13th.
Glad to hear Peacham dance was a success.
Hi from sunny California,
George

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Submitted Jun 28, 2011 at 16:52  Directions to Anita's-

From the North-
Either take I-89 to Exit 5(Northfield) - go right(towards Northfield) when you exit- go down long hill(RT 64) until the bottom- at stop sign go left(RT 12 South)-
or- take RT 12 South out of Montpelier- go through Northfield, pass Norwich Univ., in south Northfield you'll see a Mobil Gas station on the right set below the road- and you'll see signs pointing to the interstate- you're now at the same point as those who took I-89.

At this point- by the Mobil station, you'll go 3 miles south on RT 12(- will be leaving Northfield and entering Roxbury-)make a right on Steele Hill- before you get to this right turn there is a tannish house with a freestanding large garage also tannish, on the right, followed by a "school bus stop ahead" sign, and a beige trailer set below the road on the right at Steele Hill- go up Steele Hill to the top- the road winds to the right- go with it- then make an immediate left on Eagle Peak Road- that is my road- and you are now in West Brookfield- I'm the first place on Eagle Peak Rd on the left- you'll see the greenhouses, etc- house is natural hemlock with a green metal roof- 3748 Eagle Peak Rd, phone # 485-4622

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Submitted Jun 27, 2011 at 12:28 " Two events on Sunday, July 3rd -
Lois White's famous Hayfield Junket will take place at her "Camp" in West Barnet (across from the Harvey's Lake Beach parking area) starting around 2-3
PM--play for awhile--enjoy a potluck picnic about 5, then proceed up to Peacham to play for a contra dance about 7. By delaying the picnic we will not have to wonder about supper!!

And yes, it's confirmed - the Peacham 4th of July committee has invited NIPs to put on a Contra Dance as part of the town's Independence Day celebration. The dance will be held in the Peacham Gym (above the Post Office, across from the Church). Introductory/warm-up time will start at 7:30 PM with the main dance starting at 8 PM. Frank/Patrice will be decorating the gym and setting up sound around noon - please call Frank at 592-3278 if you can help (please)

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Submitted Jun 19, 2011 at 20:54  From Lois:
The upper part of Finley Drive, above my house, is still washed out because of the recent storms. Therefore if you are coming here next Wednesday, June 22, to the NIPS gathering, go straight through the blinking light on Route 2, by the Diamond Hill Store, down the hill to the 40 m.p.h. sign which is just before the dentists' office sign. Right after that turn right onto Mountain View Drive. Soon you will see the lower Finley Street sign--turn right onto that and drive up to my house. Park on the lower lawn if you wish--you will see my car there.

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Submitted Jun 08, 2011 at 21:18 " This time, Virginia's hosting in the Big House (in a little stand of trees out a ways in the meadow.) Directions:

FROM the EAST:

(1) Get to Moscow Woods Rd. in East Calais which leads west off Route 14. It's about 50 yards north of the E. Calais store.

(2) Turn west onto Moscow Woods Rd. (formerly known as the Dump Road) and start watching your odometer if you're into distances. Bear left, passing the mill, the Post Office, and a little triangular garden with a road sign--all on your right. Pass the recycling station on your left and follow Moscow Woods Rd uphill to Ledge Road on the left, usually marked with a NIPs sign, about 1.2 miles from Rt 14.

(3) Turn left on Ledge Road. Bear right at the fork (plunging into the woods). About .6 mile from Moscow Woods Rd. you come out from the woods near a ramshackle but welcoming dwelling with a big screened-porch. Follow the track through the meadow past this place, bearing right toward a stand of trees where the Big House will be found.

FROM the WEST:

(1) Coming through Maple Corner and/or Kent's Corners, come down the Kent Hill Road to the North Calais Road.

(2) Turn left (northward) on the North Calais Road. Pass Dugar Hill Road on the left and take the next right onto Moscow Woods Road. Cross Jack Hill Road. Take the next right turn, Ledge Road.

(3) Follow the directions on Ledge Road from step 3 above.

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Submitted Jun 06, 2011 at 11:04 " Hey all you NIPS: My annual Hayfield Junket (potluck picnic)  will be held on Sunday, July 3, from noon until whenever, at my hayfield in West Barnet across from the Harvey's Lake Beach parking lot. There was some damage during the deluge at the end of May--the porta-potty floated downstream--and soil was washed out from under the structure. There was about 2 inches of silt on the platform floor. But it is being cleaned up and I hope for great weather the first weekend in July!! And hope to see many of you there! (Chuck and Nancy Milch--will you be up here then??) Call me at 802-684-3991 or email me at loisnek@myfairpoint.net if you need directions or other information. Lois

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Submitted May 31, 2011 at 05:59 " PEACHAM DOUBLE-HEADER!!  Wednesday at the Library and Friday, a NIPS Contra Dance - June 3, 2011 from 7:30-11:00 at the Peacham Gym, 79 Church St. 05862. (Over the Post Office and Town Office - across from the Church). We hope to establish a nice summer contra dance series in Peacham similar to the Greensboro dances. Come on out and help get the summer celebration started. Questions - call Frank at 592-3140.

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Submitted May 18, 2011 at 05:41  NIPS gig: Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 4 - 7 pm - at Whitewater Gallery in downtown East Hardwick (just before bridge over the river) Maybe some of the Bear Mountain String Band will join us, in playing for an Art Opening reception 4 - 7 pm. Refreshments. James Teuscher is gallery owner (802) 563-2037).
Submitted by Pat deGogorza < pat@degogorza.com> Please let me know if you can play, need to make sure there's a crew! 456-8940.

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Submitted Apr 10, 2011 at 14:03  Directions to Anita's-

From the North-
Either take I-89 to Exit 5(Northfield) - go right(towards Northfield) when you exit- go down long hill(RT 64) until the bottom- at stop sign go left(RT 12 South)-
or- take RT 12 South out of Montpelier- go through Northfield, pass Norwich Univ., in south Northfiield you'll see a Mobil Gas station on the right set below the road- and you'll see signs pointing to the interstate- you're now at the same point as those who took I-89.

At this point- by the Mobil station, you'll go 3 miles south on RT 12(- will be leaving Northfield and entering Roxbury-)make a right on Steele Hill- before you get to this right turn there is a tannish house with a freestanding large garage also tannish, on the right, followed by a "school bus stop ahead" sign, and a beige trailer set below the road on the right at Steele Hill- go up Steele Hill to the top- the road winds to the right- go with it- then make an immediate left on Eagle Peak Road- that is my road- and you are now in West Brookfield- I'm the first place on Eagle Peak Rd on the left- you'll see the greenhouses, etc- house is natural hemlock with a green metal roof- 3748 Eagle Peak Rd, phone # 485-4622

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Submitted Mar 21, 2011 at 15:40 " Lois White will have NIPS again this week, March 23 and she lives close to the pavement.  Submitted by Jean D. on her behalf.

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Submitted Mar 10, 2011 at 15:08  hi, hope you can make it-in case of extreme/weird weather check this site or call about pass-ability of the driveway-George

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Submitted Mar 10, 2011 at 15:03 

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Submitted Feb 19, 2011 at 15:13  John has a new tune on the tunes to go page, called "Franny Power" in honor of you-know-who. Check it out!

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Submitted Dec 08, 2010 at 05:41  ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY at LOIS'S DEC. 15!

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Submitted Sep 27, 2010 at 00:32  Nips Reminder-we have a commitment to play October 10-Sunday-in Hardwick[at Hazen Union high school]for the 350.Org event[international event to raise awareness about climate change[Bill McKibben,etc].We will play sometime between 5:30 and 8 PM.Whoever can make it please contact me via e-mail [George@GeorgeRay.net] or phone[472-6292] so they will know how many of us to expect. Thanks, George

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Submitted Sep 19, 2010 at 11:10  CONCERT ON THE GREEN in Danville Oct. 3 at 2:30---arrive around 2 to help set up and warm up. Hope for sunshine and warm temperatures.

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Submitted Aug 17, 2010 at 19:21  NIPs members, if you are free then, please consider helping to provide music for a book release party September 11 at 1 p.m. at the Red Hen Cafe in Middlesex for Andy Leader's newly published little book of poems, "Back From The Land." Andy and Janet will do a few songs, and, hopefully, some NIPS will be able to attend and play a few tunes in between readings from the book. Snacks will be provided, and the whole deal shouldn't last must longer than an hour or so. Please let me know if you can make it, and I'll suggest an informal schedule alternating reading and music. Thanks.
                        Andy

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Submitted Jul 27, 2010 at 09:26  Directions to Virginia's place:

FROM the EAST:

(1) Get to Moscow Woods Rd. in East Calais which leads west off Route 14. It's about 50 yards north of the E. Calais store.

(2) Turn west onto Moscow Woods Rd. (formerly known as the Dump Road) and start watching your odometer if you're into distances. Bear left, passing the mill, the Post Office, and a little triangular garden with a road sign--all on your right. Pass the recycling station on your left and follow Moscow Woods Rd uphill to Ledge Road on the left, marked with a NIPs sign, about 1.2 miles from Rt 14.

(3) Turn left on Ledge Road. Bear right at the fork (plunging into the woods). About .6 mile from Moscow Woods Rd. you come out from the woods near a shack.

FROM the WEST:

(1) Coming through Maple Corner and/or Kent's Corners, come down the Kent Hill Road to the North Calais Road.

(2) Turn left (northward) on the North Calais Road. Pass Dugar Hill Road on the left and take the next right onto Moscow Woods Road. Cross Jack Hill Road. Take the next right turn, Ledge Road.

(3) Follow the directions on Ledge Road from step 3 above.

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Submitted Jul 20, 2010 at 11:07  Hey, NIPs! Because of the increase in BOGUS EMAIL, and the less-than-airtight security of our site, I'm going to make the NIPs list temporarily disappear from the public page. We'll probably need to institute more rigorous measures in a number of ways, but we can talk about that at the next couple of meetings.

GREENSBORO DANCES should be starting this Sunday--stand by for definitive word.

ALSO: Remember Chuck and Nancy Milch? They were faithful NIPs back in the days when we were doing the Lyndon Grange Hall dance. Nancy could tell you a pretty interesting story about one of those dances. They've been living down in Massachusetts for a while but have always stayed in touch and come to a fair number of hayfield junkets. Come greet them Wednesday!

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Submitted Jul 14, 2010 at 08:58 Directions to Frank's family camp from Peacham Village are as follows:
From Peacham Village center
a. From the Peacham Store take the dirt road past the store and up the hill past the Church
b. At the top of the hill bear left and go past the Cemetery on your left (the Peacham Fire station is across a green on the right). (0.2 m from Peacham Village center)
c. Continue and go down the steep hill (Academy Hill), then across a short flat to a STOP sign. This is the intersection of Maple Tree Lane and the Green Bay Loop. (0.6 m from Peacham Village Center)
d. Go straight through the intersection and you will be on Green Bay Loop.
e. Go 1.4 miles where you will come to the crest of a hill. There is a brown sign that says "Devil's Hill Trail Head". There will be a paper sign posted that says Bayley Camp with an arrow.Turn right here and follow the road for the Devil's Hill Trail Head. (2.0 m from Peacham Village Center).
f. Travel 0.8 miles on the Devil's Hill Trail Head road there will be a turn to the left on to a camp road. There will be another paper sign posted that says Bayley Camp with an arrow (you are now 2.8 m from Peacham Village Center) Follow this road to the camp app. 0.5 m. Keep to the left until you run out of road.

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Submitted Jun 23, 2010 at 22:03 This year's hayfield junket will be on a Wednesday for the first time! It will go from 2:00 or so p.m. until whenever! Call me if you need more info at 802-684-3991. Thanks--Lois

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Submitted Apr 15, 2010 at 19:44 NIPS stalwart George Ray has had his knee replacement surgery and is recovering nicely. His mailing address is P.O. Box 92, Woodbury, VT 05681

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Submitted Apr 04, 2010 at 18:25
Hey, everybody! Maria's going to Haiti as a midwife in 4 weeks and you can send desperately-needed medicine and equipment with her! We want your help! Read more at http://nipsmusic.net/haiti


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Submitted Mar 20, 2010 at 11:51 NIPS member Andy Leader and Calais poet Geoff Hewitt will be reading some of their poems in Hardwick at the Memorial Building (where the police station is located, and no, they haven't been arrested) on Tuesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. Any available NIPS, and anyone off the street, are most welcome to attend.

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Submitted Mar 15, 2010 at 23:12 Irish Night on St. Patty's 3/17 at Langdon St. Cafe: 7-9pm concert with Pete Sutherland, and Benedict Koehler and Hilari Farrington, followed by an open Irish Session. Kenric will host potluck and music for anyone who wants to eat, then go to the session, or stay and play at his house. Some folks are already planning to attend the concert. ADDITIONAL NOTE: Dance in Glover on Saturday, 3/20!

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Submitted Feb 25, 2010 at 20:55 On 3/24, I was in Norwich because my school was on winter break. But planning to work at school and go to music, I had actually started driving northward on I-89 with snow falling very heavily. Seeing many vehicles off the road was fairly ominous. But then I came up behind a VERY long line of cars and trucks at a standstill with other vehicles coming up and halting behind me. There was no telling whether some semi had jackknifed or what, so it was a real possibility that people could be trapped there indefinitely. Fortunately, I was able to drive along the shoulder to one of those crossovers you're not supposed to use and escape to the southbound lanes. Still, I sorely missed my weekly Wednesday music fix! ~Chip

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Submitted Feb 12, 2010 at 13:40 WORCESTER DANCE is Saturday Feb. 13, a Valentine's Day contra Dance featuring more waltzing than usual from 7:00 - 9:30 pm in the Worcester Town Hall. Gonna play? get there around 6:30-6:45 to tune up and warm up.

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Submitted Feb 01, 2010 at 23:32 Monday night, Heidi called me from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center --- VERY short notice but we can eat and play with George Wilson and Dave Kaynor Wed. 2/3 and 2/10. Dave would split the calling with me. Whaddya think?

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Submitted Jan 27, 2010 at 05:05 Directions to Anita's-

From the North-
Either take I-89 to Exit 5(Northfield) - go right(towards Northfield) when you exit- go down long hill(RT 64) until the bottom- at stop sign go left(RT 12 South)-
or- take RT 12 South out of Montpelier- go through Northfield, pass Norwich Univ., in south Northfiield you'll see a Mobil Gas station on the right set below the road- and you'll see signs pointing to the interstate- you're now at the same point as those who took I-89.

At this point- by the Mobil station, you'll go 3 miles south on RT 12(- will be leaving Northfield and entering Roxbury-)make a right on Steele Hill- before you get to this right turn there is a tannish house with a freestanding large garage also tannish, on the right, followed by a "school bus stop ahead" sign, and a beige trailer set below the road on the right at Steele Hill- go up Steele Hill to the top- the road winds to the right- go with it- then make an immediate left on Eagle Peak Road- that is my road- and you are now in West Brookfield- I'm the first place on Eagle Peak Rd on the left- you'll see the greenhouses, etc- house is natural hemlock with a green metal roof- 3748 Eagle Peak Rd, phone # 485-4622

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Submitted Jan 11, 2010 at 19:53 DIRECTIONS TO BRIAN'S: Come north from Montpelier or south from Worcester on Rt. 12 to Shady Rill (about the same location as the Wrightsville Reservoir). Turn west on Shady Rill (take a left coming from Montpelier, a sharp right from Worcester). Drive 2+ miles just past Rumney Memorial School on your left. The paved road goes left, you go sharply right to the first house on the right. click HERE for a map; call 802-229-2161 if you get lost.

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Submitted Jan 08, 2010 at 16:28 Dance at Worcester town hall 7 pm Saturday--if you're not already there for Fran's potluck birthday party, get there before 6:45 to tune up and warm up.

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Submitted Jan 01, 2010 at 16:04 On Saturday, Jan. 2, Janet and Andy Leader will present a program of traditional ballads, old time songs, and country music at the Red Hen Cafe and Bakery in Middlesex from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. We'd love to see some fellow NIPSTERS there if the weather's ok.

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Submitted Dec 13, 2009 at 06:11 And save 12/16 to join everyone at Lois's for her annual holiday NIPs session!

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Submitted Nov 07, 2009 at 08:41 Advance info---music will be at Tom and Charlotte's on Nov. 18, we don't usually try for an official session the day before Thanksgiving, and * * *    * * *
Submitted Oct 09, 2009 at 23:12 Hi All,
We are committed to play at a 350 event on October 24 at Hazen Union HS in Hardwick-[350 parts per million carbon awareness event- there will be 350 minutes of music] We will be playing at 7:30 for about half an hour. [Andy and Janet will be performing at 7:10]. If you know for sure that you will or will not make it please let me know so that I can let the organizers know about how many of us to expect. email or 802 472-6292. Hope to see ya there.
George

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