April/May 2022 Community Circle Newsletter

A Monthly Update for Community Circle Members

Published by Community National Bank

At the beginning of April, we’ll be making a determination about our trip to D.C. scheduled for October. We still need at least 10 more passengers for this to go. If you’ve been thinking about it please let us know if you’d like to register. It’s almost time for the annual Dandelion Run! Julie and I invite you to join us for the 4-mile loop as we raise money for Umbrella, a local advocacy program that serves survivors and children of survivors of domestic violence. Sign-ups are underway and details can be found in this month’s circular. I hope to see you at one of our many events this spring! Shelly's Signature

Dancing PersonTHURSDAYS, THROUGH APRIL 21st, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Join us for some fun and great exercise as we learn (or re-learn) some of the old favorites. If you enjoy country music, this is a guaranteed good time! The class will include lesson time followed by practice. We will meet at the Church of God located at 295 Crawford Road in Newport. The price for the five-week series is $30.00. Call to reserve your space, 802-334-7915.

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Cruise ShipTUESDAY, APRIL 12th, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Join us along with our Collette representative, Matthew Voccola, for a travel presentation on a trip we hope to take in April of 2023.

Our trip will include:
• Trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance (cancel for any reason)
• Round trip motorcoach transportation from Derby to Boston’s Logan airport • Airfare from Boston to Amsterdam
• 21 meals (8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners)
• One night hotel in Amsterdam
• Your 7-night river cruise

Savor springtime in Holland and Belgium aboard the MS Amadeus Brilliant that features blooming tulip fields and iconic windmills. Enjoy a canal cruise in the heart of Amsterdam. Visit Keukenhof Gardens, home to more than 7-million tulips. Stop in Arnhem, the favorite summer retreat of the Dutch royal family. Step into medieval times during a Bruges walking tour. Explore Kinderdijk and see Holland’s iconic windmills. Relax as you make your way along picturesque scenery and visit beloved cities such as Amsterdam, Ghent, and Bruges.

Built in 2011 and completely refurbished in 2020, the beautiful MS Amadeus Brilliant has just 75 cabins to accommodate up to 150 passengers. Note: We do have someone looking for a roommate to share a cabin with on this cruise. Please contact us for details.

Our trip will leave from Derby, with pickup locations in Barton and St. Johnsbury, and we’ll fly from Boston. Join us for our travel presentation on April 12th to learn more about this exciting trip! RSVP by calling 802-334-7915. If you can’t make the presentation and would like details of this trip, please give us a call and we’ll send you a color flyer or the online link to the trip.

TUESDAY, APRIL 12th, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.Clover

We will be hosting a trip meeting for members traveling to Ireland with us. At the meeting, our Collette Vacations representative will cover important details about traveling and review our travel documents. We will meet in the Community Room at Community National Bank in Derby. Please RSVP for this event by calling us at 802-334-7915.

PassportWEDNESDAY, APRIL 13th, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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 with ease, no lines or wait times! We’re scheduling 10 minute appointments and will provide the necessary forms to you in advance. Bring your documentation along with checks for the U.S. Department of State and the USPS for photo and postage fee. This event will take place in our CNB Community Room in Derby. Enter from Crawford Road and park in the upper back parking lot. Call us to reserve your appointment, 802-334-7915.

SATURDAY, APRIL 16th, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Just in time for summer gardening, weave your own garden basket with weaver Tracie Quirion of QT’s Baskets. Tracie has been weaving for a decade and is excited to share her passion for baskets and knowledge of weaving with you. The fee for this class is $50.00 and includes the class and all materials needed to make your basket. The class will take place at the Coventry Community Center in Coventry Village. We have 12 seats available. Call to reserve your seat today, 802-334-7915. Payment is due at time of registration.

Golf club and ballWEDNESDAYS, MAY 11th - JUNE 15th, 2022

Community Circle members are invited back to learn on the beautiful greens at the Orleans Country Club. Each group lesson also includes 1:1 instruction time with Josh.

There are two options to choose from:
Intermediate Class: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
A program designed for players who have an existing golf background and wish to take their game to the next level.

Beginner Class: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Looking to learn the game, or perhaps brush-up after not having been on the course in a while? Then this clinic is for you! Josh will cover rules, driving, putting and chipping and full swing skills.

Each clinic is limited to 16 participants and the fee for the six-weeks is $150.00. Payment is due at time of registration. Call us to reserve your space, 802-334-7915.

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THURSDAY, MAY 12th - FRIDAY, MAY 13th, 2022

This trip is sold out. Call if you’d like to be added to the wait list. Final payment is due in the office by April 5th.

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SATURDAY, MAY 21st, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

Join us for a fun morning and a little exercise all for a good cause! We’ll be walking the 4-mile course which starts at the Derby Beach House and continues on Route 111. The registration fee is $21.00. A portion of each registration will be donated to Umbrella, an advocacy group that provides support to victims and families affected by domestic violence. Kingdom Games requires all participants to be fully vaccinated. The registration fee also includes a dinner the night before at the East Side. Participants must register AND pay no later than April 20th, 2022. Call the Community Circle office to register, 802-334-7915.

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TUESDAYS, MAY 24th - JUNE 21st, 2022 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

We’re running a six-week American Mahjong class and game time with instructor Sharon Diner. We’ll meet in the Community Room at Community National Bank in Derby. Please arrive by 12:15 to get set-up. This class is currently full. Please let us know if you’d like to be added to the waitlist, 802-334-7915.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16th, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Securely shred your sensitive documents at this FREE shred event sponsored by AARP Vermont. We’ll be set up in the upper back parking lot of Community National Bank in Derby. There is a limit of three bags or boxes per person.


The popular Wednesday evening music events on the waterfront in Newport are returning in July. Once the schedule is announced, we’ll select a couple of dates to attend. We’ll meet at 5:30 p.m. at the flag pole by the Community National Bank drive-thru in Newport and select a spot on the lawn. Bring your chair and meet us there! Call to register and be put onto the notification list to receive the details, 802-334-7915.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9th - FRIDAY, JUNE 10th, 2022

Day 1: Fueled by the rushing Ottauquechee River, the turbine-powered glassblowing studio at Simon Pearce Glass in Quechee is the place to watch artisans create functional works of art, and is our first stop. Then it’s on to Woodstock for lunch on our own before visiting one of Vermont’s finest outdoor history museums, Billings Farm & Museum. Extensive displays are exhibited in 19th century barns and use artifacts, oral histories, and photographs to depict the seasonal round of activities that shaped the lives and culture of rural Vermonters. We’ll then make our way to Manchester, VT
where we’ll spend one night at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

Day 2: After a hot breakfast, we’ll visit the Hildene, the ancestral home of Robert Todd Lincoln. From 1905 to 1975, the 412-acre estate was home to three generations of President Lincoln’s descendants. We’ll tour Robert and Mary’s home, a 24-room Georgian Revival mansion built in 1905, then end the tour in the family’s formal garden. An American version of the European parterre, it is the site of the annual “Celebration of Peonies” from late May through mid-June with 20 varieties of peonies and over 1,000 blooms. A delicious catered lunch (included) will keep us fueled for our afternoon. Visit Robert’s observatory, the 12 miles of walking trails on the grounds, the goat dairy and cheese-making facility. No visit is complete without a stop at the Sunbeam and the Many Voices exhibits, which provide an interesting narrative of the Pullman porters’ story along with the rare opportunity to stroll the exterior of the restored 1888, 72’ Pullman Car. We’ll depart for home mid-afternoon with a stop at the Vermont Country Store.

Price includes round trip motorcoach transportation, admission to Billings Museum, one night hotel and breakfast, admission to the Hildene, lunch and driver gratuity. The price is $249.00 per person double occupancy; $219.00 per person triple occupancy; $209.00 per person quad occupancy; and $329.00 single occupancy. A $50.00 per person deposit is due at registration with final payment due by April 20th. We’ll depart from Derby at 8:00 a.m., Barton at 8:15 a.m., and St. Johnsbury at 8:30 a.m.

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JULY 25th - AUGUST 6th, 2022

This trip is sold out. Call us at 802-334-7915 if you’d like to be added to the waitlist.

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OCTOBER 13th - 18th, 2022

Based on feedback we received from members, we’re looking at putting together a trip to Washington, D.C. with Collette Vacations. Our trip will include round trip transportation from Derby with round-trip airfare from Boston.

Highlights would include:
• U.S. Capitol Building Tour
• Old Town Alexandria
• WWII Memorial
• Gadsby’s Tavern
• Washington National Cathedral
• White House Visitor Center
• Ford’s Theatre
• The Smithsonian Institution
• Arlington National Cemetery
• Mount Vernon

Five nights at a deluxe hotel, eight meals (5 breakfasts and 3 dinners), baggage handling, transportation via deluxe motorcoach while on tour, applicable sightseeing admissions, services of a professional tour manager, all taxes as well as Collette’s trip insurance which allows you to cancel for ANY reason up until 24 hours prior to departure.

The rates are: $2,599.00 per person, double occupancy; $2,569.00 per person, triple occupancy; and $3,099.00 single occupancy. The deposit is $899.00 per person and the balance is due on August 9th. If you are interested in joining us or would like to receive a detailed itinerary, please give us a call at 802-334-7915. We will make a determination about this trip based on the response we get.

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FALL 2022

We’re in the process of finalizing a two-night trip to Foxwoods this fall and will have the details in time for the June newsletter. Please give us a call if you’re interested in learning the details or to sign up, 802-334-7915.

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Given the uncertainty that still remains about traveling into Canada, we’ve decided to postpone our plans to travel to Quebec City until 2023. We want to be able to cross the border with fewer restraints and restrictions.

Rest assured, we WILL get there eventually!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 – Waterfront Plaza, Newport

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Coffee Hour – enjoy coffee and a donut. Then at 9:30 a.m., see the movie of your choice – on us! Adult guests are welcome.

For movie listings, visit citycinemanewport.com or call 802-334-2610.