A spring snow storm followed by bright sunshine made for a lovely weekend of outdoor delights (and a ton of shoveling) up on the hill here at HOWL. All over Huntington, sugarhouses hosted visitors for Huntington’s Open Sugarhouse Weekend events. Stop in at Beaudry’s store to pick up a pint of syrup if you didn’t make it out this weekend.
Ah, March: We can finally look at the wood pile and say, yeah, we’ll make it through. Skiing requires fewer layers and is accompanied by new bird songs. As the days get longer, cozying up under a quilt is the perfect complement to skating, skiing, snowshoeing, and generally glorying in the beauty of the HOWL hills. And down the hill, the neighbors’ sugar shacks are sweet with new syrup. At any moment a thaw can turn the road into a rutted slalom course or a cold spell can bring single digits and evenings with the hot water bottle at our toes. And yes, there are still moments of cabin fever, and winter is far from over. Still, March–with its moments of spring brightness and teaser stretches of mittenless temperatures–is a perfect partner for an optimist’s delusions. Spring is on its way, I say!
Ha! Well, the HOWL Birthday party on Saturday, January 12 featuring Alison Bechdel, Holly Rae Taylor & Friends in a live HOWL-style program based loosely on Desert Island Discs was so much fun, I neglected to take a single photo. Perhaps you, dear reader, have a photo to post? My highlight? Everyone breaking into song with the first notes of Kris Williamson’s “Waterfall.” Lovely! Thanks everyone who sang, laughed, and contributed. Special thanks to Holly Rae and Alison–Desert Island Divas, and Stephie cake-queen!
We strummed, we bowed, we chorded and dobro-ed. Musicians Rebeccca Padula, Clare Innes, and Anya Schwartz offered instruction on about a dozen different instruments, and we all took a turn at trying something new at Saturday’s Musical Instruments Petting Zoo. We were having too much fun to take pictures during the event, but at least we caught Clare setting up and Anya getting a tip from Rebecca before the zoo gates opened.
HOWL is beautiful in every season! We’ll keep posting monthly meanders on our events page, so come on up the hill and join neighbors for a snowy walk in the woods & fields at HOWL. Meet outside the HOWL house (895 Salvas Road) for a 1:00 (prompt!) departure. Meander along hilly (but not steep) trails. Plan on an hour’s snowshoe, ski or walk, or continue further on your own. Questions? Call Anya: 434-3953. Watch our events page for details on the next meander.
The photo might be fuzzy, but the laughter, singing, and company was lovely. Thanks to all who filled HOWL with song this weekend!
…Even those of us in the five foot zero range can dunk! Grab your skis or snowshoes and come on up the hill. It’s winter wonderland at HOWL!
Come on up the hill and join neighbors for a walk in the woods. Meet outside the HOWL house (895 Salvas Road) for a 1:00 (prompt!) departure. Meander along hilly (but not steep) trails. Plan on an hour’s walk, or continue further on your own. The meadows & trails have a light layer of wet snow–waterproof boots recommended. Questions? Call Anya: 434-3953.
Grab a hammer, maybe some steel wool and a caulking gun, and be part of the Community Room Critter-proofing Crew! We’ll provide materials & know-how to put the finishing touches on HOWL’s looking-good Community room. Nourishment and a lovely stroll through the fields and woods of HOWL to follow. Pot-luck contributions appreciated, but not required. 895 Salvas Road, Huntington. Questions? Contact Anya at HOWL (802) 434-3953.
Things just got more beautiful at HOWL, and ski season isn’t far behind!
The next mid-day, midweek meander at HOWL is Wednesday, November 14 at 1:00. Could be a snowy one!