While there are certainly no complaints from skiers and snowmobilers about this past winter, I think we can all agree that the warm breezes of springtime are certainly welcome!
If you’re looking for culture and historical places to explore, you’ll find plenty, such as the Old Stone House in Brownington in the photo below. Many places and things to do, all within minutes from either the Newport City Inn & Suites or the Derby Four Season Inn & Suites.
There is plenty to do and see in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and a visit to the Newport area is a great “hub” from which you can easily explore a wide variety of outdoor sports activities including hiking, mountain biking, tennis and much more.
The ice has melted off the lakes and rivers and fishing season is anxiously awaited by anglers of all ages. The Northeast Kingdom hosts a variety of places for fishing and Spring is the perfect time to grab a pole and some bait.
Best of all, fishing is an activity that is inexpensive and easy to learn.
It’s also a great way to spend some quality time with the family. This is also that time that the state stocks the the waters with lots of fish.
Trout are probably the most popular fish for those who try their luck in streams and ponds around the Northeast Kingdom.
Trout prefer cold water so Spring is the ideal time to check out area streams for wild brook trout.
The Jay Branch is a good place to find brook trout along Rte 242 heading up the mountain. The Passumpsic River is a great choice if you’re in the St Johnsbury area.
Be aware that anglers are only allowed to keep just two brook trout, per day.
Other very popular fish are yellow perch and bass. You will usually find plenty of these in Lake Memphremagog, near Gardner Park or from the railroad bridge.
Island Pond is a great place to fish with an abundance of trout, perch and fresh water bass. Canaan Vermont’s Lake Wallace is also well known for its fresh water fishery.
Trophy brown trout, smallmouth bass, and chain pickerel, as well as perch are in abundance.
Lots of crayfish along the shores, provide fun for kids to catch. Norton Pond is famous for Vermont trophy northern pike fishery. Largemouth bass also abound among its many wetlands.
Small towns with rivers and streams all around the Northeast Kingdom are a great choice.
The Willoughby River flowing through the village of Orleans, is also a “hot spot” for fly-fishing trout. The Barton and Black Rivers are good spots as well and the Clyde River has an outstanding run of landlocked Atlantic salmon.
Lake Willoughby holds the world’s record for the largest trout ever caught through the ice. The fish weighed in at 39 pounds, (18 kg). Lake Willoughby contains rainbow trout (wild and stocked), land locked salmon, rainbow smelt, burbot, yellow perch, longnose sucker, white sucker, lake chub, common shiner and round whitefish, a native species to Vermont.
2019 Spring Events in the Newport Area
Free Community Dinner and Silent Auction
The NCCC FFA is hosting a free community dinner and silent auction on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. to support the NCCC FFA Chapter. Menu will be a barbeque dinner and will be at the Harold Haynes Land Lab at 633 Lower Quarry Road in Newport. For questions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 334-3492.
The Games Afoot
Scholar Barry Deitz looks at the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He will discuss the inspiration for Holmes and examine what other writers, actors, and directors have done with the character over the past 130 years.
This event will be hosted at the Goodrich Memorial Library and is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series of free public lectures. Please click here for more information.
Highland Center For the Arts Mid-week Movie
Highland Center’s midweek movie is The Baker’s Wife. Movie 6-8 p.m. Movie is in French with subtitles. $5 Suggested donation. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. 533-2000 or www.highlandartsvt.org.
Celebrate Young Children Parade
The Celebration of Young Children Parade will be on Thursday, May 2. It will begin at the Gateway Center at 10 a.m. and ends at Gardner Park with activities and ice cream. In case of rain, events will be held at the Newport Municipal Building. For questions call Diane Nicols-Fleming at 334-5847 at extension 2046.
Bi-annual rummage sale in Island Pond
The First Congregational Church of Brighton will hold its bi-annual rummage sale on Friday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a food sale on Saturday.
Green Up Day throughout the Northeast Kingdom
Chicken and biscuit dinner in Newport Center
On Saturday, May 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. the Newport Center United Methodist Church on Vance Hill Road in Newport Center is hosting a chicken and biscuit dinner. Menu is chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, cranberry sauce, and homemade pies and assorted desserts. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free. Takeouts are available. Call 334-5329 for more information.
Celebrate Spring Dance and Scholarship Fund-raiser
On Saturday, May 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. there will be a Celebrate Spring dance at the Eastside Restaurant in Newport. $35 fee includes dancing to DJ Gordon Brown, food, 50/50 Jay Summer Fest cow plop raffle ticket, live and silent auction, 50/50 raffle ticke, wine toss, and a surprise grab bag. Tickets can be purchased at NEK Crafters Emporium, Countryside Kutts and at the Jay Town Hall, or at www.jayvt.com or e-mail peggy at email@example.com.
St. Vincent de Paul Spring Dinner
On Saturday, May 5, at 11:30 a.m. St. Vincent de Paul is holding a spring dinner. Menu is stuffed chicken breast, ham, potatoes,vegetables, homemade desserts and beverages. Adults $10, children ages 5 to 12 $5, children under 5 free, or $30 per family. There will be a raffle ticket drawing and tickets will be drawn at 12:30 p.m.
The Dandelion Run is a competitive and recreational half marathon on back roads deep in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Don’t let the name fool you. The “Dandy” is a hilly, thigh-burning challenge. Your reward: a run that takes you through farms and forests, on dirt roads through uncut green fields blanketed with millions and millions of dandelions. The “Kingdom” is one of the first geotourism areas in the world, specially designated by National Geographic. And there is no more beautiful time of year than the height of dandelion season. It’s Spring! It’s time to run!! Just for the fun of it! To learn more about “The Dande” or to register, please visit the Kingdom Games website.
Memorial Day Weekend Spring Events in Island Pond – Downtown Island Pond, Vermont. Complete schedule of events posted hereschedule of events posted here.