January: Pandemics/Epidemics: We are working with Okemo Valley TV to arrange for a Zoom workshop. Date will be posted shortly and will most likely be the week of January 25th.
May 29 (Saturday): Annual Plant Sale from 8:30-Noon. Early bird sale on Friday May 28 from 6-7 pm.
May 30 (Sunday): Museum opens for the season-Covid dependent-on Sundays from 2-4
June 19 (Saturday): Midsummer Night’s Eve Cavendish Village Ghost Walk. Meet at the Museum at 8 pm.
July 31 (Saturday): 11th Annual Cavendish Town Wide Tag Sale. 9-2.
September 12 (Sunday): Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk, meet at the CHS Museum at 2 pm. Walk portion if about a mile and a half and includes a visit to the site of the accident.
CAVENDISH MYSTERY: January can be a rather chilling month so what better time to explore, and possibly solve, some Cavendish history mysteries.
Anyone in the community that is interesting in doing some history sleuthing, can participate in the following ways:
Solve a town mystery: Cavendish has aspects of town history that we want to get to the bottom of. Several projects include:
• Is it legend or fact that the “potter’s field” in Hilcrest Cemetery was dug up during the 1930s (Depression era) and turned into a potato field?
• Who was murdered on the grounds that are now occupied by the Proctorsville Fire Dept? When did it occur?
Design an “Escape Room” for Cavendish. If you are not familiar, here’s a brief description, On the day the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania, was supposed to unveil a superhero-themed escape room, the library had to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. With no physical location to work with, librarian Sydney Krawiec started to devise an alternative: a digital escape room created in Google Forms. In the space of four hours, she made a Harry Potter-themed game that sent participants through a series of challenges based on locations from the book series, and they had to find their way out by solving puzzles. The Google Form went viral. And after other librarians saw it, they decided to make their own. This is a fun activity for the whole family and there are now lots of them for free to do on-line.
Do you have a town history mystery you’d like to see solved? If so, please e-mail or call and we’ll help you work on it.
NEW AT THE CHS BLOG
• Christmas Eve Ghost Story: Featuring some of Cavendish’s favorite spirits and their haunts.
• Carmine Guica Young Historians Update: Includes information for remote learners, teachers, parents etc. Contains a lot of historical information and resources for the month ahead.
CARMINE GUICA YOUNG HISTORIANS PROGRAM
This month we begin planning for a mock town meeting. Students will discuss and decide what items will be included in the “warning.” In February, a “warning,” will be distributed to the students along with the date and time of “town meeting. In March, we will be holding a mock town meeting for the students, which like most of VT, will be conducted by Zoom.
CHS CARES CLOSET: If you or someone you know would like to receive items from the closet, but can’t get there, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-226-7807 with your requests for books, puzzles, craft projects, hands on history kits, masks etc. All items will be placed on the porch, mail box or a designated spot. If you have items you’d like to donate to the Closet, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail email@example.com
Special thanks to our incredible volunteers Svetlana, Kem, and Ana who decorated the Museum, Stone Church, War Memorial and Closet for the Holidays.
COVID-19: CHS continues to collects items, stories etc. associated with the pandemic for archival purposes. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact us.
Donations for CHS can be sent to CHS, PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142. Checks should be payable to the Cavendish Historical Society.