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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.

Old stone house museum

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

May 1

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 emily.de­hoff@nc­suvt.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.

May 2

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.

May 3

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.

May 4

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 jay­fo­cusgp@gmail.com.

May 5

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.

May 18

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. 

May 24-27

Memorial Day Weekend Spring Events in Island Pond – Downtown Island Pond, Vermont. Complete schedule of events posted hereschedule of events posted here.

May 25-26

City Wide Yard Sale – It’s that time of year again, time for SPRING CLEANING! Haul out your garage, basement or attic and make some quick cash at the City Wide Yard Sale in Newport! When you register, the advertising for your sale is DONE. We take care of everything through radio, web and newspaper ads! You set your hours and keep all the profits from your sale. Plus with two ways to sell, it couldn’t be easier. Deadline to get on the map is Monday, May 20, 2019Monday, May 20, 2019.

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