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Author: Loryn Dion

Loryn Dion

Loryn is a senior at Grand Canyon University in Applied Management and Business. She has previously earned her Associates in Communications from Bristol Community College. She realized that she had a skill for writing and a passion for agriculture through her time in the FFA, writing speeches and workshops and learning about agriculture and conservation. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing and enjoying Vermont scenery. She also loves being outside, walking, hiking and staying involved with the agricultural community.

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Wags to Riches: The Biggest Fundraising Event of the Year

February 27th, 2014 by Loryn Dion

wags to riches

We love animals here at VWS! Here we have a few humane society friends that found their forever homes with VWS staff. Michelle’s cat Luna (top left with her dog, Faith) came from WCHS as well as Peggy’s cat Pepper (pictured here with Dennis at our old office in Peggy’s spare room).

The Windham County Humane Society in Brattleboro is the area’s most important resource for facilitating pet adoptions. As a previous employee of WCHS before I came to Vermont Woods Studios, they are an organization that is still very near and dear to my heart. Actually, our company is full of WCHS supporters with Michelle being a past employee and WCHS pet owner, Peggy’s cats are humane society rescues and most of the staff have furry family members of their own. I am even in the process of forming a committee to adopt a pet for Stonehurst (I know Ken and Douglas will give in one of these days. ;)).

Wags to Riches Auction

Throughout the year, WCHS holds a variety of fundraisers to raise money for the animals they protect and care for. This Saturday is actually their largest and most significant event of the year. The annual Wags to Riches Auction is being held this weekend. This year the event will be at the Brattleboro VFW on Saturday, March 1st at 6pm. Supporters will be able to enjoy food (courtesy of Sharon Myers Fine Catering), drinks, conversation and bid on items donated by local businesses. While you bid, they’ll even have local music by Brattleboro band Butterfly Swing. The items will vary from pet store gift cards to an African Safari vacation! All of the money raised at this event will go directly to the Windham County Humane Society, which will help them to provide for more than 800 animals that will wag through their doors this year.

Vermont Woods Studios will also have some items for auction at Wags to Riches including our large cutting board and a stay at the Stratton Mountain Long-trail House. This will be the perfect opportunity to snag that cutting board that you’ve been dreaming of for a fraction of the price! You’ll also be able to chat with most of our staff who will be in attendance including Douglas, Liz, Sean, Michelle, Dennis, Kelsey, Nina and myself. Last year our staff had a great time and we brought home some amazing auction finds.

Tickets cost $40/person and can be purchased on the WCHS website, by calling their office, or at the door. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun, so be sure to bring a friend or two! If you are unable to attend this event, there are many other ways you can support the Windham County Humane Society. You can make an online, tax-deductible, financial donation or donate items off their wishlist.

Hope to see you there and be on the look-out for our follow-up blog! Also, check out Kelsey’s blogs on our visit to WCHS and our benefit sale this past weekend.

Wags to Riches Event Details:

Saturday, March 1 at 6pm

Brattleboro VFW, 40 Black Mountain Road

Brattleboro, VT 05301

| This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios.  Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

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Treat Your Valentine to Something Special! A Valentine’s Day Gift Basket!

February 3rd, 2014 by Loryn Dion

Valentine's Day Gift Basket


Is anyone else’s mouth watering? Plus, check out that cutting board! ;-)

 

A Valentine’s Day Gift Basket! – The Perfect Treat for Someone You Love

It’s only the last day of January, but love is already in the air for the folks of Vernon. We were recently asked by the Vernon Free Library if we would like to donate an item for a Valentine’s Day Gift Basket that they’ll be raffling off on February 13th. Being supporters of the local organizations in Vernon (and a lover of chocolate and wine myself) I had to say yes. Our friend, Bronna Zlochiver, came last week to pick up a cutting board to add to the basket and assured me and Douglas that the cutting board was going to make their basket something special. I hate to toot our own horn, but I think she was right!

The Valentine’s Day Gift Basket contains two bottles of French wine & two Riedel wine glasses donated by the White House of Wilmington, 2 blocks of cheddar cheese & a box of Westminster Bakers crackers donated by Grafton Cheese, Brinn chocolates made in Vermont donated by Baker’s Hallmark of Brattleboro, handmade napkins and of course, our very own cutting board made by Ken. Ticket’s are only $1.00 and with a value of over $400, I think it’s quite a deal.

I also just had to post a picture of a basket for everyone to enjoy. This gift is perfect if you’re looking to surprise your special someone with a date night at home this Valentine’s Day. Being single myself, I envy Valentine’s Day gifts, especially ones that involve food. I might have to buy a ticket and enjoy the wine, cheese and chocolates all on my own! Who says Valentine’s day is just for couples anyway?

If you’d like more information about how to win this marvelous basket, contact the Vernon Free Library or give us a call! The drawing is February 13th and tickets are just $1 (or 6 for $5)!

 

| This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios.  Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

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Hike for the Homeless

October 4th, 2013 by Loryn Dion

Hike for the Homeless

 

 

Hike for the Homeless to Benefit the Morningside Shelter!

Looking for an excuse to be outside this weekend and enjoy the beautiful Vermont fall that we’re having? This Saturday you can do just that and support a great cause! Our friends over at the Morningside Shelter in Brattleboro are hosting the third annual Hike for the Homeless on October 5th on Mt. Wantastiquet in Hinsdale, NH. Registration starts at 9:30 am and 11:30 am on Saturday so plan to be there early!

This event is held to raise money that will help to house the homeless in Brattleboro and the surrounding communities during the coming winter. You can either hike to the summit of Mt. Wantastiquet or take a stroll along the River Trail at the base of the mountain. Participants are encouraged to raise funds and walk as a team or individually. The suggested minimum for individuals is $50 and teams is $250. The foliage right now is spectacular, so whatever route you choose to take, you’ll be in for some outstanding views.

The Morningside Shelter offers extended stay housing for up to 29 individuals and families.  Also, they work with other organizations to provide people with services such as job placement, medical treatment, counseling, budget and nutrition management, education, childcare service, transition back into housing as tenants and more. The Morningside Shelter has been helping the homeless for over 30 years and is committed to serving the Brattleboro area.

As a furniture company, we believe that everyone deserves a place to stay and a bed to sleep in. We love the work that Morningside is doing and support the strides that they are making for the homeless community in the Brattleboro area.

Follow them on Facebook to read more about how you can help or visit their website to make a donation now.

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The Fan House – A Vermont B&B Experience

October 3rd, 2013 by Loryn Dion

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My Review of The Fan House

Normally, the beginning of the work week for any nine-to-five worker goes the same way: coffee, exhaustion and melancholy over the end of the weekend. This week was different. I felt quite rejuvenated and ready for the week ahead. Why, you ask? During the Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival this past weekend in Woodstock, Vermont (blog post to follow soon) I was able to stay at the lovely Fan House, a bed and breakfast in Barnard, Vermont.

Now, I should say that with being an FFA member, I am well-versed in hotel stays. I actually enjoy staying in hotels and take pleasure in having a little break away from my own bed. But this was my first time staying at a B&B, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Do I have to check in? (you don’t.) Should I bring my own towels? (You don’t.) What I received was much better than anything I could have hoped for.  Beautifully decorated rooms, luxurious linens, countless amenities and locally-sourced, delicious meals in the morning make the Fan House the perfect getaway for a weekend in the Green Mountains. Or should I say colorful mountains because with fall foliage just beginning, the hills surrounding Barnard were alive with shades of red, orange and yellow.

Sara Widness, steward of the Fan House, was welcoming and kind, a great example of Vermont hospitality that I’ve come to love. I grew up in the city, so being welcomed into a strangers home for the weekend and having them make my bed and serve me meals was a very new experience. Sara was a pleasure to talk with in the morning during breakfast and had great knowledge about the “must-see” places in the area. The Fan House felt like being at home. It was comfortable and peaceful, which was exactly what I needed this weekend.

Each room has it’s own antique feel with comfy quilts, artfully-aged furniture and subtle decor. The three upstairs bedrooms each have their own private bathrooms so I slept peacefully through the night without any interruptions. Each morning during our planned breakfasts, I met and conversed with people who were all travelling to Vermont for different purposes. One morning we sat and enjoyed Sara’s wonderful corn pancakes and oatmeal with yogurt and then ventured outside to enjoy the sun rising over the red hills. I also got to meet (and play with) Sara’s canine housemate, Happy Chappy, who served as a joyous greeter to The Fan House. But to all of those non-dog-lovers, Chappy stays in his own part of the house and only comes out if the rest of the guests are okay with his company.

In summary, The Fan House made a fan out of me. I don’t think I could ever look at a hotel room the same way again.

 

The Fan House

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Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival 2013

September 24th, 2013 by Loryn Dion

Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival

 

 

Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival 2013

Happy Autumn VWS blog followers! Sunday was the first day of fall and we’re already starting to see the leaves changing and the humidity leaving. It looks like we are going to have a beautiful weekend here in Vermont, so you may be looking for some activities to get you out of the house and enjoying all of Vermont’s offerings. Why not try heading to Woodstock, VT for the Tenth Annual Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival this September 28th and 29th.

There will be entertainment for all at the festival this year. Named a Summer/Fall 2013 Vermont Vacation Guide’s Picks for Kids by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the festival offers live music, local food, Vermont furniture & wood products for sale, and demonstrations from the areas most talented woodworkers. The show began as a simple idea to showcase the world-class talent and skill in the woodworking industry right here in Vermont. Beginning as a simple woodworking competition in 1996, the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival has grown into a full-scale show, now celebrating its tenth year.

The main theme this year is “From Vermont’s Working Landscape to Your Home”. If you think about it, that’s exactly what we offer here at Vermont Woods Studios and what we showcase at Stonehurst. Beautiful, handcrafted furniture made from Vermont’s working landscape to brighten and liven up your home.

The festival also joins with the annual forest festival where you can make your own walking stick, take a horse drawn carriage ride through the forest, hike through the woods with a park ranger, tour the mansion and gardens and watch woodcraft demonstrations.

Douglas and I will be at the Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival at booth 15, talking about our furniture and showcasing a few of our pieces. Stop in and say hello or come and learn about what Vermont Woods Studios can offer you!

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Artisan Corner: Susan Osgood

September 5th, 2013 by Loryn Dion

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susan osgood

 

 

Adding Susan Osgood to the Woods

A few weeks ago, Peggy wrote a blog about her chance meeting with Brattleboro artist Susan Osgood. Susan is an archaeologist by day and a painter by night, so her pieces all have character and a story. When Peggy told us about Susans work, we were intrigued and knew we had to get her work on our walls. So Douglas and I went up to meet Susan and pick out a few pieces to add to the showroom.

She certainly didn’t make the decision very easy on us. Susan does all of her painting right out of her home and showcases paintings throughout her house. Susan picked out a variety of paintings for us to choose from including small gallery-wrapped pieces to some larger ones in wood-framed glass and even a few painted on actual Egyptian graffiti! I personally fell in love with the graffiti art. It feels like we’re bringing a piece of history into our showroom. I’m hoping that our customers will love Susan Osgood Egyptian paintings as much as I do.

We ended up picking out nine exquisite pieces to display throughout the showroom. We choose pieces that we thought would look best displayed with our furniture. With our art consignments, we’re attempting to create a look that our customers will be able to identify with and want to create in their own homes. With our Vermont-made furniture, art, housewares and linens, we’re developing our showroom into the ideal, artistic Vermont home.

What other types of art would you like to see here at Stonehurst? Let us know on Facebook!

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Janet Picard: Bringing Abstract Flair to Stonehurst

August 28th, 2013 by Loryn Dion

Vermont Artists Profile

Janet Picard

What do you think of Janet Picard’s oil paintings? 

Welcoming Janet Picard to the Walls of Stonehurst!

You may have noticed from our past blogs that a lot is happening here at Stonehurst. New driveways, new furniture, new landscapes and new… art? One of the areas we have been exploring for our showroom is displaying beautiful, handmade pieces from artists across Southern Vermont. It’s our belief that our customers love the beauty and elegance of our handmade furniture, so showcasing our furniture with paintings and sculptures that evoke the same feelings just makes sense.

One of the artists that I had the chance to meet with this week and who will be showcasing her paintings in the months to come is Janet Picard. I discovered Janet’s work while browsing through a few artist groups located in the Brattleboro area. The pieces above really stuck out to me because it seemed to capture everything I love about Vermont’s forests.

Janet uses bright colors and expressionistic strokes to create unusual yet realistic paintings of landscapes, forests and flowers. Janet’s art is beautiful to look at and is a modern take on a traditional style of painting. Janet describes her paintings as “merging actual places with imagined visions.” After chatting with Janet for a while on Tuesday, Douglas and I agree that Janet will make a fine addition to our showroom and we think our customers will agree.

Janet has a showroom of her own at her studio in West Brattleboro right behind the Chelsea Royal Diner. Speaking of which, when she’s not spreading oil on canvas you can find her making ice cream for Chelsea Royal, which she and her partner own. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s worth stopping. Their menu features ingredients grown right on their own farm! They have free-range chickens, grass-fed beef and some very well fed pigs. What better way to absorb Vermont culture than to enjoy a plate of locally-produced cuisine and then take-in some gorgeous, Vermont inspired art.

We’re so excited to have Janet’s work gracing the walls of Stonehurst! She’s just one of a few artists that you’ll be able to see on display when you come to visit our fine furniture showroom. Stop by and check it out or be on the look-out for the arts section of our website, coming soon!

Janet Picard - Walls

I’m thinking we’ll put Janet’s pieces up right here! What do you think? 
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Vermont Woods Studios Meets Strolling of the Heifers

June 11th, 2013 by Loryn Dion

Strolling of the Heifers

All dressed up for Mardi Gras! 

Strolling of the Heifers Weekend

They came. They strolled. And they looked fabulous. This weekend, a few members of the Green Team represented VWS at the Strolling of the Heifers parade. This being my first “stroll”, I was excited to see what sights and antics Brattleboro had in store.

The parade featured floats and displays from local businesses and organizations from around southeastern Vermont. Each one had a unique theme that tied into the agricultural theme of the event. One of my favorite ideas was from Edward Jones Investments with the slogan “How’s Your Nest Egg Doing?” with a float that was decorated with some live chickens and eggs. There was also a float for an organization that is near and dear to my heart: a local FFA chapter. And of course, there were plenty of heifers. Their handlers dressed each heifer in beads, flowers and bright colors to match this years Strolling of the Heifers theme, “Running of the Bulls meets Mardi Gras.”

Strolling of the Heifers

Representing the FFA! I walked in many parades and shows as a member, but never in a cow suit!


After the parade was over, the crowd all flooded to The Common to scored some “Strolling Swag” and free gifts from more local businesses. One exhibit in the event was the Woodlands exhibit, which we were a part of. Groups offered educational exhibits and demonstrations about forestry, logging, conservation, invasive species and, of course, the final product of effective forest harvesting, furniture. Vermont Woods Studios shared a tent with Wood-Net, represented by woodworker Rick Gravelin. We showcased our sustainable outdoor PolyWood furniture, while Rick displayed a beautiful assortment of handmade, wooden clocks and watches. Michelle, Peggy and I had so much fun talking with local residents about our furniture and where it comes from and boasting about our new Vernon showroom. Michelle even got to talk about our solid wood dining furniture with Peter Welch, a Vermont Congressman.

Did you attend the Stroll this weekend? Or does your town have a local agricultural fair you enjoy? Tell us about it here or on our Facebook wall!

Strolling of the Heifers

Every year, the stroll has special “sweepers” that follow the end of the parade to clean up 
the inevitable messes that heifers make. I thought it would be fitting for 
the sweepers to follow this blog too. :)

 

 

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Southern Vermont Artists Open Studio Weekend

May 23rd, 2013 by Loryn Dion

Open Studio Weekend

Support our local artists during the Vermont Craft Councils Open Studio Weekend May 25th and 26th.

Vermont Craft Council Open Studio Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is usually a time when most New Englanders open their swimming pools, break out the barbecues and attend parades and memorials honoring those that have served our country. Many organizations use this time to open their doors to travelers during the three-day weekend. If you will be traveling May 25th or 26th, one event that is a must-see is the Vermont Craft Councils Open Studio Weekend Tour. This is a bi-annual event, held once in the spring and once in the fall, and is a great time for anyone who enjoys arts and crafting.

Artists throughout southern Vermont will be displaying their work at various showrooms and galleries during the open studio weekend. You’ll be able to find everything from paintings to sculptures to pottery and even wood furniture. A few of our favorite furniture makers in the Dorset area like Steve Holman, Dan Mosheim, Bob Gasperetti and Bill Laberge will be opening their doors to fine furniture and art enthusiasts.

If you are an avid art lover, this open studio weekend is a great opportunity to not only take in various art but you’ll also be able to see the places where artists work and be able to buy or order work directly from the studio and speak to the artist directly. The Vermont Craft Council strives to make this an educational and enriching event for all who participate.

Here you can find a map of all participating artists and what they’ll have on display.  Also check out their 10 Ways to Plan your Open Studio Tour, which is full of great tips for scheduling your weekend.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful for being out and about during the holiday weekend, so why not venture to a few southern Vermont galleries for some art enrichment and education. Let us know what you plan to do this weekend here in the comments or on our facebook.

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My First Blood Donation with VWS

April 24th, 2013 by Loryn Dion

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My “first time blood donation” sticker and Kendall and I preparing to donate.

Monday, people across the globe were doing good deeds to help our planet and celebrate nature. Here at Vermont Woods Studios, every day is spent helping our planet (we are the top retailer for locally sourced, sustainably produced furniture, after all) so we took some time out of the day to donate blood at the Vermont Advent Christian Home.

While Peggy has donated before, this would be my first blood donation experience. Being a first time donor, I was a little bit nervous going into it. I had always wanted to donate before, but I am kind of a wimp when it comes to pain so I have always talked myself out of it. But after the events during the Boston Marathon last week, a city near and dear to my heart, I knew that this was a fear I had to get over.

Looking back now, I have to say I kind of enjoyed it! We decided to walk over, since it was only a five minute walk from the office. After a little bit of paperwork and a quick check-up, I was in the chair, ready to donate. The volunteers and American Red Cross workers were very helpful and talked me through every step of the process and answered all of my questions, which helped to ease my mind. The actual donation only took about 10 minutes and it was not as painful as I was expecting it to be. My other fear was fainting after I gave blood (I’ve never fainted before, but there’s a first time for everything!). But after drinking some juice and enjoying some homemade baked goods, I felt fine and was ready to head back to work. For anyone nervous about signing up for their first time blood donation, you have nothing to worry about! It was easy, fun and you’ll feel great about making a difference!

It is a great feeling being able to help those in need. At Vermont Woods Studios, part of our mission is to be an active part of our community and participate in local service projects. I am so lucky to work for a company that is willing to support the causes that not only matter to our mission, but ones that matter to me as an employee. When I brought up to Peggy that I was interested in the blood drive, she, Kendall and Liz all signed up with me. Now who wouldn’t want to buy furniture from people like that?

Learn more about our mission and the other projects we participate in by checking out our sustainability page or by subscribing to our blog!

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