Vershire Day favorite - local strawberries on home-baked shortcakes topped with fresh whipped cream!

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Celebrate in Vershire this Weekend

Whether you’re driving a Model T, baking a pie, serving up chicken dinners, topping homemade shortcake with local strawberries, or just taking in the festivities from a comfy lawn chair, you’ve got a lot to look forward to this coming Saturday, July 1, also known as Vershire Day. While both patriotic pride and questioning the status quo abide as neighbors in our town, we like to take this time every year - the first Saturday in July - to celebrate our own version of Independence Day by highlighting our own community. Everyone is welcome to join us for the all-day and on-into-the-evening festivities, no matter where you call home.

Merchandise on display at the Made In Vershire Shop

The day starts early at the Made In Vershire Shop, with inventory being received at 8 a.m., in case vendors want to add to their stock for this busy shopping day at the only store in town, which features all locally made products from the very practical (lip balm, healing salves) to the whimsical and luxurious (hand-made quilts, dream pillows) to the sweet and delicious (wildcrafted mushroom pate and, of course, treats like maple syrup and maple cream candies). Check the MIV Shop Facebook page for updates. The Shop opens at 10:00 with coffee and snacks as usual for a Saturday morning.

Displays in the Vershire Historical Society wing at the Town Center

The Vershire Historical Society will be open for visiting 10-5, and they’re offering a bake sale from noon till it’s all gone, so get there early for the best choice of homemade goodies. The flower arrangement competition will take place in the Town Center Foyer. Please drop off arrangements there between 10 and 11 Saturday morning for voting.

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For the annual tradition of Strawberry Shortcake, Shirley Collins is coordinating the strawberry picking, and a couple more people are needed to prep them Friday night/Saturday morning. David Hooke is making the shortcakes as usual, Andrea Harrington is donating the cream, with Phil Yacovella offering to whip it up the day of the event. Kathy Zachary will sell the delectable dishes during the parade, and Aaron Hooke will be selling them in the evening (see below for more evening festivities).

Here's hoping for fair weather for this year's parade!

Bobbi Mudge is helping Andrea Harrington with organizing the parade, which will have a special historical appeal in honor of the late Vershire resident Leon Adams. Bobbi offers this encouragement, “The Parade starts at 2 pm at the Post Office. I am trying to get a small fleet of old cars. Please spread the word.”  In addition to antique automobiles, the parade welcomes other vehicles from bicycles to ATVs.

Kids can look forward to face painting and games at the Town Center after the parade with whiffle ball for adults. A kung fu demonstration will take place at 4:30. A silent auction will display items and gift certificates for bidding from 2:30 to 7:30 in the main hall of the Town Center with treasures for everyone. Deb Churchill is coordinating this project, but you can drop off silent auction items with Marissa Mazzucco at the Town Center Thursday and Friday evenings 5:30-7:00.

All the side dishes for the chicken barbecue are homemade

“Chicken BBQ with fixin's” will be served 3-6 pm, according to Debra Kingsbury, who is helping to coordinate the delicious annual dinner. “Eat-in or at picnic tables - or take out to enjoy at home with family and friends.” The money raised will benefit Vershire Fire & Rescue. Debra’s team also includes Barb Parker, Sue Rogers and Peggy Darrow in the Town Center kitchen, and Mary Pat Donaldson on phone recruitment of side dishes, which will include gluten-free options. Debra promises “many wonderful food side dishes and fresh produce donated from Vershire residents - salads, home baked pies, cookies for the children, too.” Samantha Moffat will provide music during dinner.

Pies galore - save room for dessert!

The evening will feature music by local bands from 6 to around 9, with pizza from the town’s outdoor pizza oven served 7-9. Jack Kruse invites you to enjoy the last activity of the day: “fireworks at dusk. Vershire Fire and Rescue sets them up and sets them off. People gather at the town center.”

Watch the fireworks from the Town Center lawn

In case you want to get involved but still don’t know how, here’s an excerpt from one of several Vershire list serv messages that have been posted recently by various leaders of Vershire Day activities.  “Volunteer opportunities for Vershire Day 2017 are now open. Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet: To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do. Teens are welcome! Documentation of community service hours is available. Thank you for volunteering!”

While the weather is unpredictable, as usual of late, most of the scheduled activities will go on rain or shine, so don't let a cloudy sky deter you.

Finally, Deb Kingsbury offers this advice, “Please invite your family and friends for the weekend. You won’t have to feed or entertain them—we’ll do it for you!”

If you still have questions, you can contact organizer Andrea Harrington at  See you Saturday!

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