This week, as we gather with family and friends around our Thanksgiving tables, it’s worth taking a moment to consider what we’re thankful for – and for me, that includes the community of Woodstock. In particular its unique sense of place – a beautiful village set in the rolling hills of central Vermont, imbued with the energy and stewardship of its citizens. Few things can compare to the experience of hiking or running on the soft carriage trails of Mount Tom and arriving at its south peak to take in the panoramic view; the Village below, Killington and the Green Mountains to the west, and the fertile farmland to the east along the Ottauquechee River. Generations of committed residents have helped shape and protect the landscape to reach a balance between man and nature that is rarely achieved.
I’m not the only one who’s thankful for Woodstock – in this month’s blog post, we’d like to share with you what we’ve heard from some members of the Woodstock community, regarding why they’re thankful to call Woodstock home, for their families and/or their business.
Charlie Kimbell, Chair, Town of Woodstock Economic Development Committee
We've had our business now in Woodstock for 20 years, and it has been a very good place for us. Woodstock is somewhat of a crossroads, attracting many travelers from Boston and NYC as well as elsewhere, and many of those people fall in love with Woodstock and either return repeatedly, or look to buy property here. Our local community for the osteria comes from all over the Upper Valley, and is what keeps us going all year around, but so do these repeat visitors. We get to develop a relationship with them over the years, or as they move into town. So while there is always an interesting influx of new people arriving, there is always this compounded effect of so many people coming back. This is a real testament to how people fall in love with the village and what goes on here.
- Deirdre Heekin, co-owner, Osteria Pane e Salute
I appreciate the locally owned businesses, the quality restaurants, and most of all, the quiet refuge so in contrast to the hustle and bustle of city living. I pretty much feel as though I’m living in paradise!”
- Michael Stoner, co-founder, mStoner, Inc.
I’m thankful for the ability to have my dream job in Vermont: developing renewable power projects across the U.S. but with a travel rate of only about 25% at most. I work at the heart of Duke Energy’s renewable energy business, from my home in West Woodstock. My wife and I chose to settle our family here for the quality of education, the “back in time, but with modern amenities” feel of the town, and the cultural resources – the opportunities for our children are phenomenal!
- Matt Stout, Woodstock resident
Before moving to Woodstock, I visited and fell in love with the town’s charm and authenticity – and soon realized it would the perfect place to raise my two children and start a business, what would later become ArtisTree. During the week, it's always busy at the arts center, and I love being able to drop my kids off to meet their friends in town, with the peace of mind knowing that they’ll be safe and watched out for in the community.
- Kathleen Dolan, Executive Director and Instructor, ArtisTree Community Arts Center