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July 4th Celebration in Newport

Independence Day in the Northeast Kingdom is full of festive activities. The day begins bright and early with the Harry Corrow Freedom Run and the ever-popular Derby Parade. After a brief lunch break, families are invited to Gardner Park for and old-fashioned celebration including live music, food, games and of course, FIREWORKS!

For a full listing of activities for the day go to: https://www.newportrecreation.org/july4.html 

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.

In addition, the Vermont Land Trust is a big step closer to building a mile-long lake shore walking path on Bluffside Farm with a bridge to Prouty Beach.

The Beebe Spur Rail Trail also links Bluffside Farm and downtown Newport to the new Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area in Derby, located north of the Bluffs on the eastern lake shore at the U.S./Canadian border.

Learn more at Traillink.com

When the summer heat reaches the upper 80’s and the humidity is so thick you can cut it with a knife, many locals run for cool relief at one of the many swimming holes, ponds and lakes that grace the area.

Four Corners (also known as the Jay Branch Gorge) is a popular local swimming hole in the Jay/Troy area. A beautiful, large, inviting swimming hole that’s approximately 30 yards in diameter. The entire pool is surrounded by a high rock ledge providing many places to jump into the deep pool. The water is clean and delightful, the falls are big and the sound of the water is soothing.

Four Corners – Troy, VT

Just up the road on Rte 242, is Jay Branch River a stream of water running the length of the mountain towards Jay Peak. While not such a great place for swimming, there are plenty of pools for wading and even enjoying a picnic.

Proceeding over the mountain of Jay Peak, Three Holes in Montgomery is an unusual swimming hole in the Trout River fed by several waterfalls. It’s called Three Holes because there are actually three waterfalls there. The upper 11 foot falls is the largest and provides the largest pool for swimming. The upper pool gets little sun and is surrounded by high cliffs on both sides. This is the pool where you will most likely find people jumping from the rocks. The other two smaller pools are best for swimming and sunbathing but do be aware that bathing suits are optional.

When it comes to beaches, you simply can’t beat the magnificent lakes of the Northeast Kingdom.

In the Newport area, there is Prouty Beach at Lake Memphremagog. There are also facilities for campers, if you’re looking for a bit longer stay.

Lake Salem in Derby offers a beach on the 4H road for families to relax and enjoy.

Just a little further southeast of Derby offers a beach area than runs along side Rte 111. In years past, this was an extremely popular beach with cars lining both sides of the road on almost every summer weekend.

Seymour Lake

Echo Lake a few miles to the south in Charleston, VT is a small but charming lake with scenic beauty and tranquility.

Echo Lake

Island Pond

Continue southeast, you will find Brighton State Park, in Island Pond, VT. Its beach located on spring fed Lake Island Pond offers a nice sandy beach with a picnic area, bathhouse, and boat rentals.

Lake Willoughby – Westmore, VT

Travel west to Lake Willoughby and you’ll soon encounter Willoughby State Forest, Nestled between Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor, Lake Willoughby is considered by many to be the most beautiful lake in Vermont, it offers public beaches at the north and south ends with restrooms, excellent boating and fishing, quaint shops, lodgings and restaurants lining the shore. At a depth of 312′ it is a favorite of divers.

Crystal Lake State Park – Barton, VT

Just a few miles southwest, in the town of Barton, you’ll find Crystal Lake State Park which offers a mile of sandy shoreline with a marked swimming area, picnic tables, bathhouse, boating, and refreshments.

These are just a few of the great places for cooling off with a refreshing swim in the Northeast Kingdom.

Check out this map to help you find some of the locations mentioned

2019 Events

Harry Corrow Freedom Run
July 4th, 2019
8:30 am
1 mile, 5 km, 10 km and 10 miles
Newport-Derby Bike Path and Memphremagog Trails

What better way to celebrate July 4th and our nation’s independence from the overlording Brits than a trail run along the shores and in the woods by Lake Memphremagog.   We celebrate FREEDOM FROM TYRANNY- Freedom from asphalt and Freedom to choose your distance.  We have expanded our options to include a 10 Mile, 10 K, 5 K and 1 Mile distances so we can honestly say, there’s a run or walk for every level of runner/walker in this mix.

Hosted by Kingdom Games.  On line registration is open at www.kingdomgames.co

Wednesdays on the Waterfront, a free concert series

2019 Wednesdays on the Waterfront Concert Series – Funky Crustaceans featuring The Mudbugs Horns
The third annual Wednesdays on the Waterfront (WOW) in Newport, Vermont is a free concert series, which hosts a different band each Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:45pm, and takes place at The Waterfront Gazebo on the shores of Lake Memphremagog.
Wednesday, July 10th, 6:00-8:30pm
The Waterfront Gazebo
100 Main Street, Newport, VT.

Mike Goudreau Band
Jul 17, 2019
The third annual Wednesdays on the Waterfront (WOW) in Newport, Vermont is a free concert series, which hosts a different band each Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:45pm, and takes place at The Waterfront

Pete Kilpatrick
Jul 24, 2019
The third annual Wednesdays on the Waterfront (WOW) in Newport, Vermont is a free concert series, which hosts a different band each Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:45pm, and takes place at The Waterfront.

The Markus Daniels Band
Jul 31, 2019
The third annual Wednesdays on the Waterfront (WOW) in Newport, Vermont is a free concert series, which hosts a different band each Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:45pm, and takes place at The Waterfront.

More info here.

Circling Weekend Immersion and Leadership Intensive
July 19 and 25th
Join the Monastic Academy as we embark on a relational journey weaving together silent meditation and Circling (social meditation) for a Summer 2019 Immersion. This program is often a deeply transformative experience for empowering you to relate to others in more productive, fulfilling, and engaged ways.
You can participate in one of two ways (details further below):
Weekend Immersion (Friday – Sunday)
Weekend Immersion + Leadership Intensive (Friday – Thursday)
Interested but not sure about signing up yet? Want to attend future events but can’t make this one? If you want to learn more or try a demo, feel free to email us at info@monasticacademy.org

Kingdom Community Wind Tours
Saturday July 20th
Ever wonder what it is like to see a working wind farm up close? You can this summer, when Green Mountain Power’s popular tours of Kingdom Community Wind return for a seventh season. Now is the time to sign up!
More than 1,200 visitors check out the 21-turbine site in Lowell each summer. Tours are free and you spend about 90 minutes visiting two of the turbines, learning about the site, and how wind power works.
Location: 4957 VT-100, Lowell, VT 05847

Jay Peak MVP Field Hockey Camp
Northern Vermont Field Hockey Club
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM – Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT), Jay, VT

Eleventh Annual Kingdom Swim
July 27th 2019 1 mile, 5 km, 10 km. 10 mile, and 25 km Distances Special Youth Distances: 100 yards and ¼ mile Prouty Beach Newport, Vermont A true celebration. Hosted by Kingdom Games.

Newport’s Aquafest Celebration
It’s summertime in the Northeast Kingdom, and our lake is life here in Newport. What better way to celebrate beautiful Lake Memphremagog than with the one and only Aquafest! Weekend events are hosted in collaboration with several community organizations for a robust line-up including the famous Kingdom Swim, a grand parade on Main Street, live music, street dance, corn hole tournament and much more!
For a full listing of activities for the day visit this page.

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