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Holiday Happenings Art Market TODAY!!!!

Please join us this Saturday Dec. 3rd for our annual Holiday Happenings Art Market! From 10am-4pm in the M. Gohl building, 101 S. Main St. in downtown Hardwick. Featuring a beautiful and unique collection of local VT artists and vendors including Caledonia Spirits, Sumptuous Syrups of VT, LulaRoe clothing, handmade holiday cards, jewelry, delicious food items, designer woodworking, one-of-a-kind gifts and much much more….! Rick Norcross of Rick and the Ramblers fame will be on hand with a newly released album. AWARE, our amazing local non-profit providing services for victims of domestic and sexual violence will be selling poinsettias and christmas cactus to support their cause.

While you’re in town, be sure to visit our great downtown businesses: Whistle Emporium, Galaxy Books, Hardwick Inn Clothing, GRACE Grass Roots Arts, Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op, The Village Restaurant, and Positive Pie.

Come buy local, support your community, and go home with truly special gifts for the Holidays! We hope to see you there!!

 


 

 

Photo ~ Tom Beers

Situated in the eastern foothills of the Worcester mountain range, the Hardwick area is the gateway to that pristine corner of Vermont known as the Northeast Kingdom. Here, a distinctly New England way of life has been preserved. Residents still frequent general stores, town meetings, seasonal festivals and church suppers. Many make a living operating businesses out of their homes and by farming, logging, and sugaring. This traditional culture is reflected in the area’s farms and woodlands, village commons, and fine early New England, Greek Revival and Victorian style buildings.

The Heart of Vermont Chamber of Commerce serves communities of nearly 8,800 residents and 400 businesses. The Chamber represents eight towns: Hardwick, Stannard, Walden, Wolcott, Craftsbury, Greensboro, Cabot and Woodbury.

The unique characteristics of each town are derived from the rich history of the area. Many of the towns were founded along the Bayley Hazen Road, which was built during the Revolutionary War period. This road cleared the way for settlers from New Hampshire, New York and Connecticut. It wasn’t until 1777, when Vermont declared its independence as a republic, that the state was considered a separate entity, as opposed to an extension of New York or New Hampshire. Four years later, most of the Hardwick area towns were chartered; and in 1791, Vermont became the 14th state in the union. Today the essence of old-time Vermont is still evident in the historic placards and buildings that bear the names of important citizens. Stories about early settlers, Civil War heroes, and intrepid farms, loggers and entrepreneurs haven’t been forgotten.

The area’s historic villages and the unsurpassed beauty of its open farmland, streams, foothills and mountain views draw tourists – no matter what the season. The lakes, rivers and woodlands teem with wildlife. Enjoy art, music, hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, bird watching or just relaxing.

 

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