Colonial House Column

 

Making Plans For The Summer?

Kim Seymour - Monday, June 26, 2017

Check out the wonderful array of theater options from the Weston Theatre Company. From classics like "The Music Man," to new dramas like "Tenderly" and "Lost In Yonkers," a visit to Weston and our award-winning theater is guaranteed to be a summer highlight for you!  

www.WestonPlayhouse.org

Be sure to watch for announcements about the extended season as the Weston Theatre Company opens their new building in Weston.  A project that has been years in the making and one we all look forward to celebrating!

New Films & Books at the Wilder Memorial Library!!!

Kim Seymour - Thursday, January 12, 2017

Each month They add new books, TV series and movies to their collection. Checkout some of their new items Here!

Library hours are:
Tuesday 2-4
Wednesday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Friday 9-12
Saturday 9-12
 
Website: www.wildermemoriallibrary.org
 
Phone: (802) 824-4307
 
Email: director@wildermemoriallibrary.org


Vermont Country Store Donates To The Library

Kim Seymour - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Coughlin Family, devoted library supporters, Amanda Merk, Library Director receive donation to the Wilder Memorial Library from Ann Warrell of the Vermont Country Store.

 
We are thrilled to annouce that the Vermont Country Store has matched our fundraising efforts with a generous donation of $2,500.00! This brings us that much closer to our goal of raising $10,000.00. Using donations we have already repainted the children's room in vibrant colors and purchased Story Time cushions and bean bag chairs.
 
Thanks to the generosity of the Vermont Country Store, the hard work of Jack & Corby and the whole Coughlin family and all of our donors we have raised $5,545.00! Let's keep the momemtum going and reach our goal. Donoate today! Visit our online fundraiser https://www.gofundme.com/Jack-Corby‚Äč or send a check to the Wilder Memorial Library at PO Box 38, Weston, VT 05161. All donations are tax deductible and will go to help us rennovate and care for our beautiful historic library.

Amanda S. Merk, MSLIS
Library Director
 
Library hours are:
 
Tuesday 2-4
Wednesday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Friday 9-12
Saturday 9-12
 
 
Phone: (802) 824-4307
 

The Beaver - Nature's Superb Engineer

Kim Seymour - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What's new at the Wilder Memorial Library?

The Beaver - Nature's Superb Engineer

This presentation looks at the historical significance the beaver had in the exploration and mapping of North America. Their unique adaptations allow them to survive year-round in a habitat of their own making.  The ecosystem that is created supports a diversity of wildlife while also playing a major role in flood control and environmental rejuvenation.

Event held at the Beautiful Weston Playhouse!
12 Park St., Weston Vermont

Saturday, January 28
11:00am - 12:30pm

Free and open to the public

Weston Playhouse Announces 2017 Season

Kim Seymour - Sunday, January 08, 2017

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company has announced it's 2017 Season and tickets go on sale this spring.  With great dramas, musicals - new and classics - it is sure to be another rousing summer of phenomenal theatre.

Come enjoy Southern Vermont's best theatre!


Click HERE to learn about the upcoming season and the progress the theatre company is making on their new building!

Vermont Inn-to-Inn Walking Tours

Kim Seymour - Saturday, January 07, 2017

May through October we host individuals and small groups who are inspired to walk the lesser-known back roads of Vermont.  The 4 day - 4 night tours include 3 other inns, delicious meals, and beautiful scenery.  If this peaks your interest click here to learn more



2017 Tuffet Retreats and Classes

Kim Seymour - Friday, January 06, 2017

Kim continues to teach tuffet making (whimsical footstools) at the local quilt shop, the Waterwheel House Quilt Shop.  She has scheduled a two-part class held on separate weekends.  Part I is scheduled for Saturday, January 21st at which time students will learn how to piece the top, make the button, and prep the top for completion.  Part II is scheduled for Saturday, February 4th when students will finish the construction of the tuffet.  This is a 64-piece tuffet like the one pictured above.  The Waterwheel House has these gorgeous pre-cuts in the colorway Kim used or in the other colorways.  The classes are limited to 5 students, so book early!

A weekend-long tuffet class and retreat is being scheduled for the weekend of February 24-26, 2017 here at the inn. This will be a great opportunity to make a tuffet as a gift for a special occasion (think wedding, housewarming, graduation, or new baby gift), or just for yourself!  With dinners, lunches, breakfasts, lodging, and sewing time, this will be similar to the quilting retreats we offer, but we will be making a tuffet - practical and whimsical! 

Call if you have questions on either the class at the quilt shop or the tuffet retreat.  As always, we look forward to being your hosts!

Liftopia - Winter Skiing and Riding Discount Lift Tickets

Kim Seymour - Thursday, January 05, 2017

We have partnered with Liftopia to offer discounted ski/ride tickets at some of your favorite mountains in our area. Click here to visit our Seasonal Packages page.  Link from our page to Liftopia to book your tickets and provide us with your confirmation number.  We then offer a discounted room rate to make this an affordable way to ski and ride the slopes in our area.  Most mountains offer mid-week and weekend deals, except for holidays - same for us.

2017 Quilting Retreats

Kim Seymour - Wednesday, January 04, 2017

We hosted two phenomenal quilting weekends in November.  The first weekend was a 3-4 day retreat (Nov 11-14) for open sewing and the completed projects were amazing. We are going to continue this new tradition of a long quilting weekend over Veteran's Day 2017 so mark your calendars! 

 The second quilting weekend (Nov 18-20) brought us internationally-acclaimed quilter, Irene Blanck from Australia (www.FocusOnQuilts.com.au).  Irene taught her pain-free methods for hand-appliqué using her pattern, Mosaics, and we all improved our skills!   She will be back October 20, 2018, so stay tuned.  Our 16th annual April Retreat will be held April 28-30, 2017 (we bumped the weekend due to Easter in 2017).  We are going to have a lesson on zippers along with open sewing. 

 Call to reserve your spot, SOON - the retreat is limited to 12 quilters and 6-8 "tagalongs"!  Until then, we hope all of your stitches are happy ones!

Colonial House 2016 Year-End Updates and News

Kim Seymour - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Hey Everyone, we hope this finds you well and rested from the recent holidays.

We had a great year after a snow-less winter. Our participation in the Vermont Inn-to-Inn Walking Tours was at a record level and kept us hopping. So many of you returned for a visit that our seasons were filled with many friendly faces. As a guest said recently, and we hear so often, "it was like visiting home," and with that, we have no greater compliment. Thank you for your continued patronage and annual visits!
We are often asked about Betty and John and we usually respond - "they are well, with age-appropriate aches and pains!" They are truly well, still active with Prison Ministry and enjoying their "senior years," though hardly retired! Betty continues to help here a bit and John is writing more books - the latest is available at the inn for sale!.

Alexis is now as tall as Kim, and reveling in the thought of being taller still. Being in the 7th grade, she hardly resembles the toddler you all recall first meeting. She is an avid reader, a techno-geek, and a true middle-schooler.

Kim is in her element as the Weston Town Clerk and Treasurer. She is up for re-election in March and hopeful for a 4th term. Jeff is handling most of the day-to-day responsibilities of the Inn. He cooks breakfast, answers the phones, transports the walkers, and then makes dinner on top of everything else. Some days he is just a blur!

We are grateful for the help of our amazing staff, including long-time staffer, Byron who always remembers your morning beverages, helps in the dining room, and preps dinner, too. He has been our jack-of-all-trades for nearly 35 years! JoAnn continues to help part-time with our evening meals and breakfast occasionally. We couldn't get through Fall Foliage without her!

Dale "inn-sits" for us and occasionally gets us out a jam (no pun intended) in the dining room. We don't know what we would do if she ever fully retires! Our newest staff members, Sandri, Hannah, Diane, and Abby are gems and keep your rooms ready and meals served.

We want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to our summer maintenance man, Don who cut all the firewood and managed to paint most of the building before being called back to work on Magic Mountain. We tend to have more projects than he has time, but we are always glad for his return.

Our nephew, Sam split all the wood this summer so the returning PA youth group could stack it for us. Sam also helped to get our painting and maintenance work done. We tell him that there's job security here for him as there's no end to our painting and maintenance projects!! Instead, he is off to pursue his Masters Degree in Geology in Montreal next month. We are very proud of him and his accomplishments!

Lastly, dear, dear friends, Greg and Carolyn are our primary volunteers for transporting the walkers and the luggage - not always an easy task, but it does enable them to enjoy "Vermont's Favorite Breakfast" and meet some interesting people. We could not have gotten through the walking season without them!

Sometimes it seems like it "takes a village" to keep the inn running smoothly. Without our staff, family, and friends, we certainly could never do it! It is truly a compilation of all of our talents.

As we celebrate this holiday season, we hope your lives are filled with peace, blessings, and good health. Your continued patronage is so appreciated and without which we could not continue the family traditions you've come to enjoy over the past 37 years.

With best and fond regards,

Kim, Jeff, and Alexis Seymour

p.s. if you need a last minute present, we can email you a gift certificate. For each $100 gift certificate we include a second one for $15 of Grandma MIller's Pies and Pastries that we have here at the Inn - including Jeff's Maple Walnut Scones!


The Colonial House

Inn & Motel

287 Route 100

Weston, Vermont 05161

 

Phone: ( 802) 824-6286

               (800) 639-5033

Fax:       (802) 824-3934

Email: cohoinnvt@comcast.net