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.

Mountain Biking enthusiasts will be delighted

Courtesy of Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation

The Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation (MSTF) ski trail system has expanded onto Bluffside Farm in Newport City, which is owned by the Vermont Land Trust, purchased in 2015. The ongoing work continues by a number of Newport area people, generously providing their time an resources to the project.

MSTF is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to create and promote a system of high quality, easily accessible ski, snowshoe and mountain bike trails in the Derby-Newport area. XC ski and mountain bike trails await in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom on the shores of Lake Memphremagog. One lake two countries!

Enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fat tire biking as well.

Photo by Pat Williams

The Vermont Land Trust worked with the City and Newport City Renaissance Corporation on the ambitious proposal to create a one-mile, multi-use path on the farm that would connect the popular Beebe Spur Rail Trail to the downtown via a bridge between the farm and the Prouty Beach Recreation Area. This was one of several efforts to improve and expand lake access and recreation.

The Bluffside Farm trails, are open to use by the public, and made possible by volunteer efforts, contributions from MSTF trail users and area landowners.. The trails are easily accessible from the rail trail that runs parallel to Lake Memphremagog (car parking available at the North Country Hospital off Prouty Drive) or from the dedicated parking on Darling Hill road near the green Barn…look for the small sign that says MSTF Parking.

Not limited to Biking Trails

Courtesy of Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation

The entire farm is open for pedestrian use, as well. In the summer months, when the fields are actively farmed and bald eagles are nesting, fewer trails will be open. However, running and walking can be enjoyed. The small parking area near the Bluffside sugarhouse, at the intersection of Bluff Road and Scott Farm Road, is also being kept open by MSTF for winter-time visitors to the farm.

For more information, and upcoming news & events, check out the MTSF Facebook group. This post is courtesy of Louise Whipple, the MTSF and the Caledonian Record.

Things to do November 2019

Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon in Glover
Glover Community Church is hosting a Christmas bazaar and luncheon on Saturday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. Coffee and dough­nuts will be served all day. There will be homemade treats, crafts, fancy work, white elephant items, Christmas treasures, a quilt raffle, and many other gift ideas.

Edgar Allen Poe Presentation at MAC Center For the Arts
MAC Center for the Arts will present Edgar A. Poe by Bradleigh S. Stockwell, readings, music and classic movie on Saturday, November 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 158 Main Street, Newport. Donation $5 suggested. For more information, call (802)34-1966 or visit www.maccenterforthearts.com.

Irasburg Annual Holiday Craft Show
The Irasburg Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held on No­vem­ber 23 at the Irasburg Town Hall. There will be a large variety of unique handmade items, Christmas wreaths, tree ornaments, table decorations and many great gift items. Vendors desiring an application should contact Michelle Wilson at 754-2281 or email micpaint.wilson@gmail.com. All profit from vendor entry fees are donated to the NEKA Food Shelf.

Autumn Artisan Art Fair
November 17, 2019
Start your Christmas shopping early! This event will feature over 15 handmade Artisans from the NEK and Vermont.
There will be a raffle, 50/50, food and fun! All proceeds to benefit the Department of Vermont VFW Auxiliary President Sheila Spaulding’s special project, USS Vermont.
Hosted by NEK Crafter’s Emporium and VFW Post 798 Auxiliary.

Turkey Trot 13.1/10k/5k/1k – Newport, VT 2019
Details at http://www.runners2life.com
November 21 – 25, 2019
Newport, VT

NEK Entrepreneurship Week at The Work Commons + NEK Gig Union Incubator
Join us on November 23 for a tour of the space with TWC Ambassador, Sunny Naughton, and an interactive workshop to get your gigs flowing with NEK Gig Union Incubator Leader, Cynthia Shelton.
*Space is limited, so please be sure to RSVP.
Date and Time:
Sat, November 23, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST
The Work Commons
194 Main Street
Newport, VT 05855

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