Inn at Buck Hollow Farm Newsletter Online Edition No.19
May 2005

Spring has finally arrived and just around the corner SUMMER. Plants and trees are slowly coming to life and in a few short weeks we'll be opening the pool. As the warm days draw near we long to spend our days basking in the outdoors and what better way to do that then partake in all the outdoor festivals and country fairs. This issue we hope to bring you some highlights of not only festivals in Vermont but some of the more important ones happening in Montreal.

If you have any questions or would like detailed information on any of the events we've mentioned, we'd be pleased to email them to you.  

In this issue
  • Festival Lover's Edition
  • Brad & Jacquie's Kitchen
  • Isham's Corner
  • What's Happening in MONTREAL?

Brad & Jacquie's Kitchen

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

6   large eggs  
3 Tbs   sugar  
1/4 tsp   salt  
2 Tbs   lemon zest  
2 cups   Ricotta cheese  
3/4 cup   flour  
1 Separate the eggs. With a whisk, beat the yolks with the sugar, salt and lemon zest. Add 2 cups Ricotta cheese and whisk in the flour.
2 In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Mix 1/4 whites into batter, and then fold in the remaining whites. Drop by 1/4 cup measures onto hot (400 degrees) griddle.

Isham's Corner

Can you guess from the photo which one  is yours truly and which one is Molly a REAL Irish Wolfhound?                                     Anyway enough of that, I thought I'd publish some excerpts from my daily doggy diary:
  8:00 am : Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite!
  9:30 am : Oh boy! A car ride! My favorite!
  9:40 am : Oh boy! A walk! My favorite!
10:30 am : Oh boy! Getting rubbed and petted! My favorite!
  1:30 am : Oh boy! Dog food! My favorite!
       Noon : Oh boy! Kate & Mark! My favorite!
  1:00 pm : Oh boy! The yard! My favorite!
  4:00 pm : Oh boy! To the park! My favorite!
  5:00 pm : Oh boy! Kibbles & Bits food! My favorite!
  5:30 pm : Oh boy! Pretty mums! My favorite!
  6:30 pm : Oh boy! Watching TV with Dad! My favorite!
  8:30 pm : Oh boy! Sleeping in Mom & Dad's bed! My favorite!
Excerpts from THE CATS of Buck Hollow Farm:
Day 183 of My Captivity: My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another house plant.
Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded; must try this at the top of the stairs.
In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair, must try this on their bed.
Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body in an attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was.
Hmmm, not working according to plan.
There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary confinement through the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell of food. More importantly, I overheard that my confinement was due to my power of "allergies". Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.
I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog Isham, is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird, on the other hand, has got to be an informant, he speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the high metal room, his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time.

Love Isham 

P.S. My thanks to Stacey Tayler for allowing me to share.

9th Annual Essex Spring Craft & Fine Art Show
4/29/2005-4/31/2005 : Over 200+ artisans from the U.S. and Canada. Live entertainment, country crafts, folk art, fine art, gourmet food
Stowe Basketry Festival
16/2005 - 6/22/2005: Annual event of basketry classes and activities
Vermont Dairy Festival
6/2/2005 - 6/5/2005
Arts & crafts, stage shows, country and western jamboree, parade fireworks, magicians
Lamoille County Field Days
-7/25/2005: Arts & crafts, produce and agricultural exhibits, lumberjack roundup, talent show, draft horse show, midway, live entertainment.
Franklin County Fair Days
7/23/2005 - 8/7/2005
Cattle and sheep show, cattle judging, antique tractor pulls, crafts, exhibits, live entertainment


The two major summer festivals in Montreal are the Just for Laughs Festival ( July 14th thru July 24th) and the International Jazz Festival ( June 30th to July 10th). 

The Just for Laughs Festival is the world's largest comedy event and has grown into a phenomenon that includes gala performances, theatre and club shows, films, outdoor presentations and television specials. Every summer, more than 800 artists from around the world keep over 1.7 million people laughing for 11 days at more than 2,125 shows and performances, 1,600 of which are free.

As Montreal is only a 90 minute drive from the inn,  it makes an easy day trip.

Please see details below for festivals in and around Montreal and listings of only some of the county fair and festivals in Vermont. Should be a busy summer!

We look forward to hosting you.



Montreal International Jazz Festival
The gigantic summer music celebration features 11 days of non-stop entertainment, from noon to midnight, right in the heart of downtown Montréal. An immense city block is closed to traffic, as right of way is given exclusively to pedestrians, creating a festive and secure spot where more than 350 free concerts take place on 10 outdoor stages–and all this in a peaceful, urban atmosphere! It's the summer celebration par excellence for people of all ages and origins, a cultural breath of fresh air, and a place for incredible discoveries with influences such as jazz, blues, Latin-jazz, Brazilian, Cuban, African, reggae, contemporary and electronic music.
Montreal Chamber Music Festival
5/26/2005 - 6/18/2005

Canadian Grand Prix Festival on Crescent
9/18/2005 - 9/25/2005
7th Edition of this renowned Grand Prix celebration.
Montreal Highland Games
- A festival of Scottish music, dance and athletics. More than 60 boutiques and large beer tent with Celtic entertainment.
Montreal International Fireworks Competition
6/18/2005 - 7/30/2005
Pyrotechnicians from 9 countries display their daring talent to compete for the world's most coveted honors. June 18: Australia; June 25: France; July 2: Argentina; July 9: Sweden; July 13: Spain; July 16; Czech Republic; July 20; Portugal; July 23; Canada; July 27: U.S.A.
International Balloon Festival 
8/13/2005 - 8/21/2005

The biggest festival of it's kind in Canada; 125 hot-air balloons from several countries. Two flights per day, 100 major shows.


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