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Food & Drink: The General Store, Restored

Written by Melissa Pasanen on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape

Photos Carol Kaplan; Photo with Paul McCartney courtesy of J.J. Hapgood.

Photos by Carol Kaplan; Photo with Paul McCartney courtesy of J.J. Hapgood.

More than a place to pick up a loaf of bread or gallon of milk, Vermont general stores are what anchor Vermont’s small communities. And like everything, they change to keep up with the times. Here are a few that have made notable upgrades:

J.J. Hapgood General Store
As a child, Juliette Britton remembers buying penny candy or dipping into the pickle barrel at J.J. Hapgood General Store in Peru. From 1827 until it closed in 2008, “it was the heart of town,” explains Juliette. The store’s closure was “a void everybody felt,” she says — one she and her husband, Tim, decided to fill. After community input and extensive renovations, they reopened in 2013 with penny candy, a pickle barrel

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Orchard Hopping

Written by Melissa Pasanen on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape

It’s apple season in Vermont! Celebrate the apple harvest with these upcoming events.

  • Shelburne Orchards honors the pollinating bees on Sunday, Sept. 13, with their second annual “Bee Here Now” event. Lectures, an observation hive on-site, art activities and a bee costume parade contest. Naturally, you can also pick the crunchy, sweet results of the bees’ hard work.
  • Burtt’s Apple Orchard in Cabot was started after Greg Burtt, now 30, wrote an orchard business plan in high school. Throughout fall, they fry up fresh cider doughnuts, press sweet cider and offer pick-your-own varieties, including prized heirlooms like St. Edmund’s Russet and Cox’s Orange Pippin.
  • For even more heirlooms, head to Scott Farm in Dummerston on Sunday, Oct. 11, for their annual Heirloom Apple Day where they offer wood-fired pizza, a hard cider tasting from Whetstone CiderWorks of Marlboro and the chance to sample some of their 90-plus apple varieties.

Q&A: Charlie Hunter

Written by Sky Barsch on . Posted in Q&A, The Arts

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 11.29.52 AMIn the Autumn 2015 issue of Vermont Life, we featured the work of Bellows Falls–based painter Charlie Hunter in a piece called “Rail Town Noir.” Hunter’s work is monochromatic interpretations of rail yards, bridges and other industrial scenes. He also leads plein-air workshops here in Vermont and around the country. 

VL: What have you been creating this summer?
CH: The major thing has been the Eyes on the Land triptych, which is now done and — slowly — drying. I deliver it to the Shelburne Museum in mid-September
, and it goes up at the end of the month.

VL: What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to paint? 
CH: The ineffable loneliness of existence. That, and boats.

VL: Is asking you to talk about your favorite pieces like asking you to choose a favorite child?
CH: No, one vomits these forth (laughs). One of the musicians we managed, Chris Smither, he wrote a song Bonnie Raitt does called “Love Me Like a Man,” that’s done really well for him. He says, “People say, do you have a favorite song? And you answer them, they’re like your children. You love them. However, some of the children grow up and get a job at Circle K. This one went to Harvard and became a doctor.”

VL: How is your Bellows Falls Workshop (Sept. 23–27) taking shape?
CH: Right now, we have one room at the inn left. So it’s like nine folks for the full whack, and a few day students. My friend and fellow Putney painter John Smith — I tell him he needs to get more creative in his aliases — will be serving as water boy. He knows all about the technical aspects of art supplies, so he’s really useful to have around.

VL: What will you be painting?
CH: We’re going to paint at the railroad yards for sure, and then also down by the abandoned paper mills. It’s like a Piranesian cathedral of decrepitude down there. It’s wonderful.

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