January 2022 Community Circle Newsletter

A Monthly Update for Community Circle Members

Published by Community National Bank

This month, we’re excited to announce two overnight trips: The Riverdance 25th anniversary show is coming to Boston and we’ve got great seats. We’ll also attend the Celebration of the Peonies at the Hildene in early June. Whether you want to look forward to snowshoeing, cribbage, a Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day celebration, a two-day getaway or spring golf, we’ve got it all in this month’s circular.

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2022! – Shelly's Signature & Julie's Signature

MahjongWe learned there is enough interest for a good sized beginner group, but despite our best attempts to find an instructor we’ve not been successful. We will continue to research this and hope to offer it at a later date.

SnowshoesSUNDAY, JANUARY 16th, 2022

Bring along your sense of adventure and join us for our first full moon snowshoe of the season! We’ll meet at the Bluffside Farm parking lot for a 6:00 p.m. departure. Headlamps are required. Please call for full details and to register, 802-334-7915.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 28th, 2022 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.Game Piece

Beat the winter blahs and exercise your brain with an afternoon of cribbage or scrabble! We’ll meet in the Community Room at Community National Bank. Call us to register and bring your boards if you have them, 802-334-7915.

Mouse clickerWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Enhance your Android™ smartphone skills with a free expert-led class! Experienced technicians from Audiocarve will cover the basics as well as Google Duo, Facebook messaging and chatting, email and video chatting. You’ll leave with a deeper knowledge of what your smartphone can do for you! We’ll meet in the Community Room at Community National Bank. You must register in advance for this free class, 802-334-7915.

Spoon and ForkMONDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, 2022 at Noon

You’re invited to an elegant Valentine’s Day lunch at the Derby Line Village Inn. Chef Fritz is creating a mouthwatering menu just for us! This will be a three-course plated meal with three entrée options to choose from:
• Flounder rolled with salmon mousse
• Jaeger Chicken
• New York Strip thin sliced medium rare.
The all-inclusive price is $39.00 per person and is due at time of registration. These events tend to sell out quickly. Call us to reserve your seat, 802-334-7915.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.Snowshoes

Join us for a full moon snowshoe led by Parker Castle at Mead Hill Farm, located at 915 Mead Hill in Derby (Holland). These beautiful trails will take us over rolling hills and through the woods of their sprawling farm. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy hot cocoa and fresh donuts by a roaring fire in the fireplace at the barn. Headlamps are required. Call us to register, 802-334-7915.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 1st, 2022

Here’s your chance to learn from one of the best! Spend three hours under Chef Fritz’s direction in his executive kitchen as you prepare a four-course meal for you and your friends.

At 3:00 p.m., guest chefs will begin work with hands-on instruction from Chef Fritz as he teaches them to prepare a four-course meal. Each guest chef can invite up to 5 people to join them at 6:00 p.m. as they sit down with their guests to enjoy this meal. The fee for guest chefs is $65.00 and each guest
is $35.00. The meal will include soup and salad, appetizers, the main course and dessert. Call Shelly or Julie to reserve your spot for this exciting evening! Payment due at registration. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 17th, 2022 at Noon

Join us for a festive St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the East Side Restaurant, 47 landing Street in Newport. Dena and her team are preparing a St. Patrick’s Day feast just for us in the banquet room. The cost is $35.00, including tax and gratuity and features an appetizer buffet, dessert and your choice of one of the following entrées:
• Traditional Corned Beef Dinner – tender brisket with cipollini onions, green leaf cabbage, carrots and yukon potatoes
• Grilled Lamb Salad – New Zealand lamb marinated and grilled over vinaigrette greens with mint jelly
• Prime Rib of Beef – slow roasted au jus and horseradish cream sauce.

Bring your appetite and don’t forget to wear green! Call us with your entrée selection and reserve your seat, 802-334-7915.
Payment is due at time of registration.

CloverAPRIL 25th - MAY 7th, 2022

This trip is sold out. Call if you’d like to be added to the waitlist. Final payment is due in the office by February 1st, 2022.

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WEDNESDAYS, 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. – 12:00 Noon
If you’re looking to learn the game or perhaps brush-up after not having been on the course in a while, this clinic is for you. Josh will cover rules, driving, putting and chipping and full swing skills.

Each clinic is limited to 12 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

Following a two-year postponement, the new 25th Anniversary production is coming to Boston! We have great seats in the orchestra center section for this amazing new 25th Anniversary production.

We’ll make a stop for lunch and check into our hotel before arriving at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market around 3:30 p.m. You’ll have time on your own for dinner before heading to the Boch Center/Wang Theatre for our 7:30 p.m. show. We’ll overnight at the Hampton Inn about 30 minutes north of the city. Following breakfast on Friday morning we’ll make our way back to Vermont with a stop in Tilton, NH for lunch on our own.

We’ll depart Derby at 9:30 a.m., Barton at 9:45 a.m., and St. Johnsbury at 10:00 a.m. We plan to be back in Derby on Friday around 2:00 p.m. Our trip includes round trip motorcoach transportation, one night at the Hampton Inn, show ticket, breakfast, and driver gratuity. The rates are: $279.00 per person double occupancy; $260.00 per person triple occupancy; and $355.00 for a single. A $50.00 deposit is due at the time of booking and final payment is due by April 5th. Call us to reserve your seat, 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 the first stop on our tour. 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: Following 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 will begin with a tour of Robert and Mary’s home where the focus is on bringing their story to life. The 24 room Georgian Revival mansion was built in 1905. The house tour traditionally concludes 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 its 20 varieties of peonies with more than 1000 blooms.

We’ll have a delicious catered lunch (included) to 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 timeline 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 by mid-afternoon with a brief 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 and the final payment is 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 - AUG 6th, 2022

This trip is sold out. Call us if you’d like to be added to the waitlist. Deposits are fully refundable up until January 26th, 2022. Final payment is due by March 28th, 2022.


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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 for the time-being. We want to be able to cross the border with fewer restraints and restrictions. Rest assured, we WILL get there eventually!

Wednesday, January 26th , 2021– 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.