Pond Village Summer Memories From the 1930s and 1940s by Ruth Goodale

In 2012 Ruth wrote:

I’ve been spending summers in Brookfield for the past 79 years, and would like to share some memories with you.

A soon as school was out in Connecticut, we (my parents, brothers and sisters) would pack our ’38 Chevy and box trailer and head for Brookfield. Coming up the hill from East Brookfield, we had to stop halfway at a spring to let the radiator cool off and add water. We lived at my grandparents’ former farm at the north end of the village.

I learned to swim in the old swimming hole south of the dam. There were many rocks there and we knew where all of them were. The biggest we called the drop-off because it was a steep ledge far out. Until we learned to swim, we were cautious about going out near that.

It was a great day when we were good enough to swim to the raft attached to the middle of the bridge. Jessie Fiske put it there for her guests at Green Trails. There we learned to dive. We even took baths and washed our hair there because our house only had a two-holer—no bathroom!

Floating Bridge by Ruth Goodale
(From left to right, Ruth Hansen Goodale, Lois Perry, and Lois Hansen. Click on the image for a larger view.)

On cold August days, we wore our camel’s hair winter coats over our bathing suits—the water was warmer than the air!

For the complete article, see the August 9, 2012, issue of The Herald of Randolph or read online.

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2017 Ice Cream Social

2017 Ice Cream Social flyer

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Victorian Gardens and Garden Design at the Marvin Newton House

Flyer-Garden Tour-2017 July 23

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2017 Marvin Newton House Open Sunday Afternoons

The Brookfield Historical Society’s museum, the Marvin Newton House, is open in July and August from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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2017 Ice Out!

The official ice out time and date is April 17 at 3:14 p.m.

Thank you all for participating in the annual raffle.

Greg Wight and Dan O’Brien retrieved Dunkin. They had to bust through honeycombed ice in Dan’s canoe to reach Dunkin.

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The Lynde Family of Brookfield, Vermont

Flyer - Nevins Colloquium

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Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

Flyer-Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

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Rebecca Rupp Rebecca is the author of nearly 20 books for both children and adults, and blogs on food science and history for National Geographic.

A community potluck dinner will follow the presentation.

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14th Annual Ice-Out Contest

2017 Ice-Out Poster

2017 Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

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Snow Roller Shed is Complete!

Snow Roller Shed End View

Snow Roller Shed Front View

A big thanks to the volunteers who made this possible and to the donors of the Roy MacAskill Memorial Fund. The snow roller shelter repairs were made in memory of our recently departed Board of Trustee member A. Roy MacAskill. “Roy” served as a loyal and contributing member of the BHS Board for many, many years. Prior to his death he was very active in the Board discussions about the urgent need for the shelter’s repairs. Thank you all for your support!

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2016 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, October 23rd

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Pond Village Church, Brookfield, Vermont

What:  The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer by Adam Boyce. A potluck supper will follow the program and annual meeting.

Charles Ross Taggart (Charles Ross Taggart as “The Old Country Fiddler,” c. 1920.)

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1871, Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vermont, living in Newbury, Vermont for many years. Starting in 1895, he became a musical humorist, performing in various lyceum and Chautauqua circuits all over North America for more than 40 years, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua bureau of Chicago, Illinois. Taggart made at least 40 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies and appeared in a 1923 Phono-Film “talkie” 4 years before Al Jolson starred in “The Jazz Singer.”

Adam Boyce as Charles Ross Taggart (Adam Boyce as Charles Ross Taggart’s “Old Country Fiddler.”)

Living history presenter Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed.

Presentation sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) Speakers Bureau and the Brookfield Historical Society.

About the Presenter

Adam Boyce

Adam Boyce, a noted fiddler in his own right and lifelong student of history, has been giving presentations in Vermont and New Hampshire since 2002 through the Humanities.

He has been involved with nearly every aspect of traditional New England dancing and music history, starting in 1991, when he began to learn how to dance, fiddle, play the piano and call for dances.

Adam has also been a regular on fiddle contest circuits, including being a judge, piano accompanist, as well as competitor, and has placed in nearly every New England state.

A composer of over 100 fiddle tunes, you can also find him listed as a Juried Artist with the Vermont Arts Council.

A life-long Vermonter, Adam lives in West Windsor.

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