January 2020 Community Circle Newsletter

A Monthly Update for Community Circle Members

Published by Community National Bank

Dear Friends,

I hope your New Year is off to a great start! Julie and I will be focusing on wellness activities in 2020 and we hope you’ll join us! We’ll begin with snowshoeing, continue as a walking group once the snow melts and proceed into fall with a couple of local hikes. We’ll also be throwing in a couple of local 5K events (walk or run, of course!)

We’re utilizing two local resources for enjoying the outdoors: Memphremagog Trails in Newport and North- Woods Stewardship Center in East Charleston. Powered by determination, volunteers and donations, Memphremagog Trails has provided a trail network for
cross country skiing and snowshoeing since 2002. Located on 1500 acres of forest in the Northeast Kingdom, NorthWoods Stewardship Center has been focused on conservation and forest stewardship initiatives since 1989. They’re widely known for their educational programs and commitment to the land. Their knowledgeable, friendly staff will teach and guide us along the way.

See you on the trails,


Complimentary Snowshoeing with Julie and Shelly on the Bike Path and the Primeau Woods in Newport, VT

  • Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
  • February 7th, 14th and 21st, 2020

This is an opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. We’ll park and meet at the bike path parking lot at North Country Hospital.

Bring your own snowshoes!

Join NorthWoods Stewardship Center staff for a guided snowshoe tour. We’ll enjoy a combination of groomed and packed trails to explore the winter woods – learning about tracks, wildlife signs, and winter ecology as we travel. Multiple route options will provide participants with the opportunity to return to the lodge or keep trekking for a longer tour. No prior experience necessary.

We’ll return to the lodge to enjoy hot drinks and a bring-your-own lunch. Dress in non-cotton layers and bring a bagged lunch.

from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Guided Naturalist Snowshoe Tour at NorthWoods Stewardship Center.
Cost for this tour is $15.00 which includes snowshoe rental. Sign up by February 10th.

from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Guided Naturalist Snowshoe Tour at NorthWoods Stewardship Center.
Cost for this tour is $15.00 which includes snowshoe rental. Sign up by March 2nd.

For both events, we’ll meet at the NorthWoods lodge located at 154 Leadership Drive in East Charleston, VT. This is about a 20 minute drive from Derby. Follow route 105 to East Charleston, VT, and turn onto the 10 Mile Square Road. Leadership drive is about 2 miles off the 10 Mile Square Road.

April 2nd, 2020

See RIVERDANCE as you’ve never seen or heard it before in the New 25th Anniversary production. For over 25 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of RIVERDANCE. In a powerful and stirring re-invention of this beloved favorite, producer Moya Doherty and Director John McColgan have produced an amazing new 25th Anniversary production with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, staging and costume design, and an all-new finale number which will blow audiences away.

On Friday morning, we’ll visit the Boston Museum of Science where you can experience the Butterfly Garden, Planetarium, and Omni-Max theatre along with various museum exhibits. And no visit to the museum is complete without seeing the colossal fossil, Triceratops “Cliff,” a 23-foot-long, 65-million-year-old fossil. Discovered in the Dakota Badlands in 2004, “Cliff ” is one of only four nearly complete Triceratops on public display anywhere in the world!

We will depart from the Derby, VT branch at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 and return to Derby, VT on Friday around 8:00 p.m. Please let us know if you’d like to be picked up in Barton, VT or St. Johnsbury, VT.

The price for this trip is $421.00 per person triple occupancy, $478.00 per person double occupancy, and $650.00 single. A $100.00 per person deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due by February 20th.


  • Round trip motor coach transportation
  • An overnight at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf
  • A spectacular seat for the performance of Riverdance at the Wang Theatre
  • Breakfast on Friday morning
  • Admission to the Museum of Science
  • Baggage handling and driver gratuity

April 17th, 2020 - Noon to 3:30 p.m.

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.

Jose sings to a variety of age groups, but gives a lot of credit to the many seniors who attend his shows. He feels that these people are responsible for who he is today. Many of you know Jose from seeing him perform at the Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, NH.

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 desert 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 March 18th.

June 8th to June 11th, 2020


Depart this morning for Quebec City, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also the only walled city in the Americas north of Mexico. Arrive at the enchanting Le Chateau Frontenac for an included welcome lunch. Afterwards, embark on a city tour with our local licensed step-on guide. Highlights include the Plains of Abraham, Grande-Allee, Le Quartier Petit Champlain, Place d’Armes, Place Royal and more! Check in for three nights at the Hotel Manoir Victoria, located right in the heart of Old Quebec. Enjoy a free evening. Lunch included.


After breakfast, depart with our step-on guide for beautiful Montmorency Falls. At 27 stories tall, the Falls are almost double the height of Niagara Falls. Take an aerial tram ride to the top for spectacular views. Visit the Albert Gilles Copper Museum, before seeing his handiwork first hand at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica, an important Roman Catholic shrine in Canada.

Drive out to Ile de Orleans, the “Garden of Quebec”, and delight in an included lunch. Stop at Tigidou Confitrie, a local jam maker and scone baker. Taste local wines at Vignoble Isle de Bacchus. Finish the day at Cassis Monna & Filles, specializing in black currant products. Return to the hotel after a delicious day and have the evening at leisure. Breakfast and lunch included.


Continue our tour of Quebec City this morning with our step-on guide. Take a ferry across the St. Lawrence for a panoramic view of the city.
Then discover Le Grand Marche, Quebec City’s new Farmers Market. Return to the hotel and enjoy a free afternoon. Have lunch on your own, explore a museum, take a quick ride on the Funicular, or do some shopping. Later, join our travel partners for a farewell dinner in Old Town. Breakfast and dinner included.


Savor our last breakfast in Quebec, before boarding our motor coach bound for home. Thank you for exploring with us and join us soon for another wonderful adventure! Breakfast included.

The price for this trip is $959.00 per person double occupancy, and $1,259.00 single occupancy. A $200.00 deposit per person is due upon registration with final balance due March 20th, 2020. Optional travel insurance is recommended.

Please note: passports are required for this trip. Motor coach departs St. Johnsbury, VT at 7:00 a.m., Barton, VT at 7:30 a.m., and Derby, VT at 8:00 a.m.


  • Three nights hotel accommodations at the Manoir Victoria in Old Quebec (www.manoir-victoria.com)
  • Six meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner)
  • Guided city tour of Quebec City
  • Montmorency Falls aerial tram ride
  • Albert Gilles Copper Art
  • Museum & Sainte-Annede-Beaupre Basilica
  • Tigidou Confitrie, Isle de Bacchus Winery and Cassis Monna & Filles
  • Round trip ferry ride and Le Grand Marche Farmers Market
  • Services of a licensed local step-on guide
  • Round trip porterage at hotel (one piece per person)
  • Gratuities for step-on guides, meals, baggage handling and coach driver are included.

August 14th to August 26th, 2020

This Heart of Alaska cruise/tour combines seven nights of gliding through nature’s showplace on a Princess Cruise, plus five days on land spotlighting the attractions of Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Anchorage and a scenic drive along the Alaska Range. Enjoy the luxurious, escorted motor coach with local guides, scenic rail travel and the beautiful Millennium. 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.

Collette Experiences:

  • Enjoy an unforgettable rail journey from Denali to Talkeetna in a luxury domed railcar.
  • Enjoy an expert guided Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park.
  • Relive Alaska’s Gold Rush days in Historic Skagway.

Culinary Inclusions:

  • In a modern saloon, enjoy dishes inspired by Fannie Q, the Alaskan pioneer.

Must-See Inclusions:

  • Relax aboard a 7-night Princess cruise – your fabulous floating resort.
  • Cruise past Hubbard Glacier, one of Alaska’s largest glaciers.
  • Sail through Glacier Bay, a treasure trove of glaciers and coastal islands.

This trip is currently sold out. Please call us if you’d like to be added to the waitlist or would like us to send you a detailed itinerary.

Save the Date!

NOVEMBER 4th – 6th, 2020
Foxwoods Casino
Details to come.

Coming Soon!

Ireland 2021
Travel presentation with details to be announced soon!

January 14th, 2020

Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury, VT
For movie listings: Website – stjaytheatre.com or phone 802-748-9511.

January 29th, 2020

Waterfront Plaza, Newport, VT
For movie listings: Website – citycinemanewport.com or phone 802-334-2610.

We serve complimentary coffee and pastries from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Then at 9:30 a.m., you can see the movie of your choice – on us! Adult guests are welcome.

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

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, 223-0598

Billie Jo Wescom
Morrisville, 888-4633

Robin Coulter
Newport, 334-7915

Sarah Bedor
St. Johnsbury, 748-3605

Julie Marquis
Troy, 744-2287

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

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