April 2020 Community Circle Newsletter

A monthly update for Community Circle Newsletters

Published by Community National Bank

Happy Spring!

In spite of the mud, springtime is a great reminder of why we love our northeast kingdom. With the arrival of warmer weather, we’ve got some outdoor activities planned right in our own backyard – from our morning walking group to Wednesdays on the Waterfront and a guided paddle on the Clyde River with NorthWoods.

We hope you’ll join us!


THURSDAY, APRIL 16th, 2020
from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00ish

Combating Food Insecurities for Our Neighbors

The Backpack Program at Derby Elementary sends kids home with a backpack over spring break week full of non-perishable food items. Thirty-one families have signed up for the Backpack program and volunteers are needed to organize food donations, pack backpacks and transport them to the school. Join Julie and Shelly at the First Universalist Parish Church at 112 Main Street in Derby Line, Vermont to participate in this volunteer opportunity.

Call the Community Circle office at (802) 334-7915 to sign up.

SATURDAY, MAY 2nd, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

Green-Up Day at Gardner Park in Newport, VT

Join Julie at Gardner Park for a group green-up effort! We’ll be given a non-roadside group assignment. Wear long pants, mud boots and work gloves.

Call the office to register, (802) 334-7915.

RESCHEDULED for FRIDAY, JUNE 19th, 2020 –from Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Jose Duddy at the East Side Restaurant in Newport, VT

Jose is still coming to town, he’s just going to be a little later than originally scheduled! Seats are still available! Jose Duddy, “Award Winning Singer/Entertainer” will join us at the East Side Restaurant. Jose joined the Down East Country Music Association and has won many awards throughout New England. In 1999, Jose won Traditional Male Vocalist of the
United States at the Show Boat Hotel & Casino from the United States Country Music Association, i.e. The American Eagle Award.

When you arrive at the East Side, you’ll start your lunch with soup or salad and an entrée of your choice:

• Crusted Cod with Lemon Caper Sauce
• Chicken Cordon Blue
• Pork Tenderloin with Apple Butter
• Non-alcoholic beverage and dessert are also included.

Jose also carries the title of “Maine’s #1 Country Singer and Entertainer” so don’t forget your dancing shoes! Jose will perform from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The price for this fun-filled afternoon is $47.00 and includes gratuities. Give us
a call at (802) 334-7915 to reserve your seat and let us know your entrée choice.

Payment is due by May 29th

Bank Lobbies Currently Closed

Due to coronavirus concerns, and to follow established VT best practices to limit gatherings, our bank lobbies are currently closed. Please call us to schedule an appointment if you need to come by the office for any reason. We also encourage you to use our Night Depository, ATM, Internet and Drive-thru banking services in the interim.

MONDAYS and FRIDAYS – 10:00 a.m.
Walking Group with Julie and Shelly

Mondays: May 4th, 11th and 18th

Fridays: May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, 2020

Let’s get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and the beauty of spring! We’ll meet at the bike path parking lot at North Country Hospital, Newport, Vermont.

MAY 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, & 17th

Borderline Players Presents “Noises Off!“ at the Haskell Opera House

This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening night and a performance towards the end of a run. We’re given a window into the inner workings of the theatre, from flubbed lines and missed cues in a rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Noises Off is a backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines!

We are pleased to support Borderline Players again this season and happy to offer reduced price tickets to our members for $7.00 per show! Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and matinées are on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Get your discounted ticket in advance by ordering on-line at https://
borderlineplayers.org or in person at the Derby office of Community National Bank. Tickets will be available for pickup at the bank after April 20th.

SATURDAY, MAY 16th, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Dandelion Run, Derby Beach House

PLEASE NOTE: Event organizers have canceled this Dandelion Run, originally scheduled for May 16th.

JUNE 8th to JUNE 11th, 2020

Magnifique “Quebec City Tour”

We still have seats available for our adventure to beautiful Quebec City!

Highlights include:

• Lunch at the Chateau Frontenac
• City tour
• Plains of Abraham
• Le Quartier Petit Champlain
• Place D’Armes

Call us for a detailed itinerary. The price for this trip is $959.00 per person double occupancy. Motor coach departs St. Johnsbury at 7:00 a.m., Barton, VT at 7:30 a.m., and Derby, VT at 8:00 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17th, 2020 – 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Ireland 2021: A Travel Presentation with Andrew Bessette from Collette Vacations – East Side Restaurant, Newport, VT

Join us for an Ireland presentation outlining the details of our trip in May, 2021. Final pricing and detailed itinerary will be available at the presentation. Call us at (802) 334-7915 to reserve your seat for this presentation.

At 111 miles long, the Ring of Kerry features stunning scenery in a million shades of green set against beautiful beaches and mountains. Experience it on our tour!

THURSDAY, JUNE 18th, 2020 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Genealogy 101 – Community National Bank Training Room in Derby, VT

The pursuit of family history can be exciting and overwhelming. This two hour class is designed to help you get started on researching your ancestry or help you get through a roadblock you may have incurred with an existing search. Sandy McKenny is our genealogy expert. Sandy has been working with genealogy for over 30 years and is a wealth of information! Bring a notepad and your personal electronic device if you want to get started.

Free for members and their guest. Seating is limited. Sign up by June 15th.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Passport Day – CNB Training Room in Derby, VT

We’re bringing government postal employees on site for a special passport
day for our members. Apply for a passport or renew your existing one. Bring your documentation with you along with checks for the US Dept. of State and the USPS for the photo and postage fee. They’re not able to accept credit or debit cards. Call us at (802) 334-7915 to register.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22nd & AUGUST 5th, 2020

Wednesdays on the Waterfront

The popular Wednesday evening music events on the waterfront in Newport, Vermont are returning this summer. Join us July 22nd for Boston’s Erin Og – "Boston’s Best Irish Band” and on August 5th for Jess Raymond and the Blackberry Bushes – “Bluegrass at its very best.” We’ll meet at 5:30 p.m. at the flag pole by the Community National Bank drive thru in Newport, Vermont and select a spot on the lawn. Bring your chair and meet us there! Call to register with us so we’ll know how many will be joining us, (802) 334-7915.

THURSDAY, JULY 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where the Rivers Flow North – A Guided Paddle on the Clyde River

Explore the Clyde River Wetlands by canoe with NorthWoods staff. We’ll meet at the NorthWoods Lodge for an orientation, and then gear up for our excursion. From the Lodge, we’ll walk about 15 minutes by trail to access the dock and canoes. This section of the Clyde River is wide and flat – dominated by wetland flora including sedges, pickerel weed, bulrushes, and home to the species that love these plants – wood ducks and osprey, beaver and red-winged blackbirds. We’ll navigate side channels and observe an osprey nest. We’ll enjoy a floating lunch before we return to solid ground and walk back up to the Lodge. Novice paddlers welcome. Canoes, personal flotation devices and paddles provided, binoculars available. Bring a bag lunch and water, sun screen and a hat or visor is recommended. Cost for this tour is $20.00. Sign up by Friday, July 17th.

We’ll meet at the NorthWoods lodge located at 154 Leadership Drive in East Charleston, Vermont. This is about a 20 minute drive from Derby, Vermont. Follow route 105 to East Charleston and turn onto the 10 Mile Square Road. Leadership Drive is about two miles from the turn.


The Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, NH – “Kinky Boots” A Big-Hearted Modern Musical

The exhilarating true story that will lift your spirits to high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Inheriting his father’s bankrupt shoe factory, Charlie Price finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Working together, they turn the
factory around, embrace their differences and discover that you change the world when you change your mind! Featuring original songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this high-energy, full-hearted hit is inspiring audiences to let love shine. We’ll have lunch at The Inn at Whitefield prior to the performance.

The price for this trip is $99.00 which includes transportation, lunch and the afternoon performance. Payment is due by May 29th, 2020. We’ll leave the Community National Bank upper parking lot in Derby at 10:00 a.m., Barton at 10:15 and St. Johnsbury at 10:30. We expect to arrive back in Derby around 6:30 p.m.

AUGUST 14th to AUGUST 26th, 2020
Alaska Discovery Land and Cruise – SOLD OUT (waitlist only)

We will depart on August 14th and overnight in Boston for an early morning flight to Alaska and return from Vancouver on Wednesday, August 26th. Final payment is due April 10th.

Mark Your Calendar:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Alaska Document Party with Andrew Bessette from Collette Vacations
Enjoy summertime refreshments as we go over our travel documents and review details of our Alaska trip.

Note change of location: Due to a scheduling conflict at the bank, our document party will be held at the East Side Restaurant banquet room. RSVP by July 27th.

Save the Date

NOVEMBER 4th – 6th, 2020

Foxwoods Casino - Details to come.

Due to Coronavirus concerns, Movie Mornings in April have been canceled.

Trip and Event Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation is necessary, every effort will be made to provide either a partial or full refund. However, we cannot guarantee a full refund. There may be times when refunds will not be possible due to ticket purchases, meal number guarantees, etc., but you can count on us to always do our best for you!

Motor Coach Departure

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure tour.

Health Policy

The following is a section from our Travel Policy:

“Community Circle requires that traveling members or non-member guests requiring personal assistance due to health, mental condition, or physical infirmity be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing that assistance for the duration of the trip. Neither CNB, the Community Circle Director, nor any bank employee, affiliate, or vendor may assist with medications or physically lift persons onto transportation vehicles.”

If you no longer have a copy of our Travel Policy and would like us to send you one, please let us know. You may also view our policy on our website on the Community Circle page.

The following representatives are available to help with any questions you might have about Community Circle’s membership and benefits. Please don’t hesitate to give them a call or stop by to visit.

Lorilee Drown
Barre, VT (802) 476-6565

Sarah Stevens
Barton, VT (802) 525-3524

Sheila Gleason
Derby Line, VT (802) 873-3101

Heather Elwood
Enosburg Falls, VT (802) 933-8500

Debby Monfette
Island Pond, VT (802) 723-4356

Lori Leonard
Lyndonville, VT (802) 626-1200

Jennifer Garrett
Montpelier, VT (802) 223-0598

Billie Jo Wescom
Morrisville, VT (802) 888-4633

Robin Coulter
Newport, VT (802) 334-7915

Sarah Bedor
St. Johnsbury, VT (802) 748-3605

Julie Marquis
Troy, VT (802) 744-2287

Shelly Morey
Community Circle Director
4811 U.S. Route 5, Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7915 (office)
(802) 673-4615 (cell)

Julie Mossa
Community Circle Assistant
(802) 334-7915 (office)
(802) 673-6245 (cell)

Providing members with a unique blend of social, travel and financial benefits.

Help us plan future trips!

We plan trips well in advance and we’re tentatively planning three years out. Below is a list of some destinations we’ve come up with based on input we’ve received from members and from a recent conference we attended.
We’re looking for your feedback. Please let us know if any of these destinations interest you so we can select the trips that have the most interest:

  • NYC and Hudson Valley
  • Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Outer banks
  • Nashville, Memphis –Music City Trip
  • Mackinac Island (no cars, only bikes, horses and wagons)
  • Snake and Columbia Rivers – on the trail of Lewis and Clark
  • European River Cruise
  • Mississippi River Cruise
  • Mediterranean Cruise
  • St. Lawrence River Cruise (1000 Islands)
  • Branson – to include Dutton and Sight and Sound Theatres
  • England, Scotland and Wales
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Switzerland by train
  • Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon and California, including the Giant Redwoods)
  • Canadian Maritimes and Prince Edward Island
  • Cajun Country (New Orleans and the Bayou)
  • Washington, D.C. and historic Williamsburg
  • A long weekend in Maine
  • Albuquerque Balloon Festival
  • Cape Cod
  • Salem, Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II
  • Montreal Fireworks

Thank you in advance for your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you!