Cold Winter but Great for Events! Posted February 28, 2019
The winter of 2018/2019 certainly has been a cold one but that’s just fine with winter sports enthusiasts!
With Lake Memphremagog frozen over, ice fishing communities on the lake are a common site. The freezing temperatures certainly have helped ice fishermen around the Northeast Kingdom, enjoy their activities.
Snowmobiling enthusiasts are reveling in one of the best snowmobile seasons ever with great snow conditions and perfect temperatures!
The Northeast Kingdom has long been heralded as the “snowmobiling capital of the East”. Check out the following videos for a “virtual” trail ride to get an idea of what awaits the snowmobile enthusiasts, anxious to ride snowy and scenic trails in northern Vermont!
Winter Things to Do in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Posted January 1, 2019
If there’s one thing that the Northeast Kingdom is famous for it’s winter events and activities.
Winter often lingers around a bit longer in the northern regions of Vermont, to the delight of winter sports enthusiasts. Island Pond is well known as the “snowmobiling capital of the northeast” for very good reasons. Discover just a few of the activities and things you can do to enjoy winter in the Northeast Kingdom.
Winter arrives faster than a Thanksgiving Turkey Posted November 27, 2018
Thanksgiving surprise for the Northeast Kingdom
This certainly has been an unexpected November turn in the weather. It was only weeks ago that record high temperatures were delaying the colors of autumn.
No one could have predicted that this November would be one of the coldest on record and that snow storms would arrive prematurely, blanketing the Northeast Kingdom and obscuring the remnants of red and orange leaves. As a matter of fact, some of the leaves had not even completely fallen off the trees!
Stick Season and New Mountain Biking Trails Posted October 29, 2018
November is well known as “stick season”. That odd time of year when Thanksgiving is arguably the highlight of the month.
Halloween is gone, fall foliage is nearly gone with piles of leaves to clean up and the trees are left barren and gray, like sticks in the wind. Hence the saying “stick season”. The good news is that there are still some fun events and sports activities to take part in.
Cooler Nights in the Northeast Kingdom Posted September 27, 2018
The Barton Fair is over. If you live and work in the Northeast Kingdom, you know that fall foliage season has arrived.
As the days get shorter, the cool breezes of autumn start to trickle in and the nights become chilly as the sun goes down. The wonderful green trees that grace the hills and mountains start to take on scattered blotches of orange, a sign of the inevitable foliage season that is rapidly approaching. Colors seem to be getting a late start this year after a hotter than average summer.
Autumn Fall Foliage Events in the Northeast Kingdom Posted August 27, 2018
2018 Fall Foliage Colors in the Northeast Kingdom
Usually, the autumn colors gracing the hills and valleys of the Northeast Kingdom are at their best after a long, dry summer. If that rule continues to apply, then 2018 should be absolutely fantastic as rain was a bit lacking throughout the summer months and the heat index was unusually high.
11 Must See and Things to Do in Orleans County Vermont Posted July 20, 2018
With the spectacular Newport Centennial now in the rear view mirror, it truly seems like summer is half way over. The Orleans County Fair is less than a month away, starting on August 15th. As the Northeast Kingdom saying goes, “…once the fair has come, summer is pretty much over.”
With that being said, there are still a multitude of things to see and do in Orleans County.
Trek to Canada on the Newport – Beebe Bike Path
Walking and biking enthusiasts will be thrilled to know about proposed changes coming to the Newport area.
The Newport to Beebe bike path (the trail’s name is derived from the historic community of Beebe Plain, which straddles the US–Canada border) is a former railroad route along the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog to Vermont’s border with Canada.
Newport, Vermont Centennial Posted May 23, 2018
The City of Newport is preparing for a Centennial celebration. In 1918, the village of Newport and Town of West Derby merged into what we now call the City of Newport.
A fun filled celebration begins on June 29, 2018 through July 6, 2018 to commemorate the City’s 100th birthday. This is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike to revel in the festivities and ponder the beauty of the area.
There will be a huge number of events planned including exhibitions, a parade, a naval battle reenactment at Prouty Beach, food vendors and much more. The Newport Centennial Parade is planned for June 30th. People of all ages will enjoy the Centennial Birthday Bash in Gardner Park. These are just a few of the events for everyone to take part in. Free admission to the community and open to all ages.
The big finale of the event is Wednesday, July 4, with activities in the park, bed races and an awesome fireworks finish.
Newport City History
History buffs will be delighted to see and enjoy many of Newport City’s remarkable landmarks and historical resources, some of which have been created especially for the Centennial birthday bash.
Collectors can also purchase commemorative bronze and silver coins, specialty envelopes and post marks and an intricate City portrait. Other souvenirs from the event include hats, t-shirts, magnets and drinking glasses.
In honor of Newport’s 100th birthday, Scott Wheeler, the publisher of Vermont’s Northland Journal, has released a new book called “Newport’s Centennial – Voices from a Lakeside Community“, which is the city’s history told by the Vermonter’s who lived it.
More than two dozen residents or former residents of the city share their memories of Newport in an earlier time. In addition to the stories, the 150-plus-page book includes more than 125 historic photos of Newport.
Newport City dresses up for it’s birthday
With the event soon approaching, repairs are being made to two of the city’s iconic clocks. Signs are under construction to promote the event and the Goodrich Library is working hard to prepare historical displays for all to enjoy.
For up-to-date information about the Newport City Centennial Celebration be sure to check out the event’s Facebook page. Many thanks to Laura Dolgin and the City of Newport for the photos used here.
Parade Information for those staying (or planning to stay) at Newport City Inn & Suites or Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites: On Saturday, June 30, the city will close off road links for the duration of the parade – from about 10:00am to 2:00pm. You might want to arrive before 9:00am.