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Localvore Week in Hardwick! February 18, 2013

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Our neighbors at The Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op are promoting localvore week this week by selling only locally grown (defined as “within a 100 mile radius”) produce.

So, I wonder, could you limit your reading to a localvore diet as well? When it comes to the diet of the mind, I would venture to say that we would all be poorer for never stepping outside of that 100 mile radius to find books that expand our understanding of the world. Still, it would be easier than you might think to fill up days of reading time solely with books written locally! An unofficial count of our inventory came up with more than 70 authors from Vermont–of those, over 50 fell within the 100 mile radius mark. Poetry, cookbooks, memoirs, novels, picture books–a full range of literature, all created just down the road, so to speak.

If you’re in town, stop to browse our new window display – you may be surprised by the numbers and variety of books that have been written locally! You can also take a look at a handful of our local writers at our website, though this list is by no means complete.

For all we know, there may be someone sitting in the Co-op’s cafe right now, munching on a sandwich of bread from East Hardwick, sprouts from Craftsbury, and cheese from Greensboro, while working diligently on a soon-to-be-published manuscript!



Time for another party! April 30, 2012

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We strongly believe in having parties–period. We had a party to celebrate the announcement of our move, a party to move the store, and a party to celebrate our re-opening. This month, we have another reason to celebrate: the gorgeous mural that Tara Goreau designed and painted for us has been installed! Over the past few months, we’ve heard numerous creative suggestions for decorating our walls, and each time we were mentally rubbing our hands together with glee, thinking, “Oh, just you wait and see!” Well, the waiting is over, and the artwork is even more amazing than we could have imagined. A whimsical view of Hardwick overhung with a sky of sparkling constellations, full of so many imaginative details that it can take multiple viewings to notice them all; this painting is, itself, a celebration of books and reading and community.

Join us this Saturday, May 5th, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. to to toast Tara and her work!

Go Out for a Good Cause February 24, 2011

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Looking for an excuse to get out of the house this Saturday night? Well, here are a couple of possibilities for you, both offering a great evening of entertainment and both supporting good causes.

Highfields Center for Composting is hosting their Second Annual Compost Cabaret & Silent Auction. This “evening of steaming hot entertainment for the whole family” will take place at the Cabot Town Hall this Saturday, February 26, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 will go to support Highfields’ work Closing the Loop–an outreach that helps communities establish sustainable composting programs.

In Maple Corners, you can get down to the sounds of the Fresh Greenes, a trio of musicians hailing from Woodbury who play an original blend of jazz, folk, and rock infused music. This Saturday, from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., you’ll find them at the Maple Corners Community Center playing a benefit concert for the 4 month old daughter of Liz Knapp and John Dubois who has been diagnosed with acute infant lukemia. The suggested donation is $10, but every little bit helps.

The Hardwick area seems like a pretty quiet place, but there are often a lot of things going on! Typically, you can peruse the flyers on bulletin boards around town to find out about events and classes, but you can also keep tabs on what’s happening in our area through some online resources. Just recently, a Front Porch Forum was created for the Hardwick/Walden community — click on the link to sign up for email updates from the forum and to be able to add your own news and events for the area. The forum is new and just beginning to grow, but the more people who sign up, the more active and useful it can become.

You can also find and post events on the Hardwick Area Chamber of Commerce calendar, or sign up to receive calendar updates by email.

Things to do April 16, 2010

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Despite the snow falling outside, spring is really here–you can tell just by looking at the community bulletin boards, full to bursting with flyers advertising events over the next few weeks.

The Galaxy Bookshop has already had some great readings this season–Howard Frank Mosher, Ben Hewitt, and Peggy Sapphire–and we’re looking forward to many more in the upcoming months. Mark your calendars now, before they fill up!

NEXT TUESDAY: April 20, 7 p.m. Open Mic Night! Tonight, the audience falls under the spotlight; writers of all styles and ages are welcome.

Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m. Myra Lewin. Learn how to deal with food in a healthy way, with the author of  Freedom in Your Relationship with Food.

Tuesday, May 18, 7 p.m. William Alexander. A man with a mission to bake the perfect loaf of bread documented his quest in 52 Loaves: One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust.

Tuesday, June 3, 7 p.m. Bill McKibben. Having marked 20 years from the publication of his now classic The End of Nature, McKibben moves on from warnings of global climate change to a plan for dealing with the aftermath of change that has already come. His new book is called Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and is available on shelves now.

Look for more scheduled events at our website, with more to be added through the summer.

A little bit of history July 3, 2009

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Galaxy storefrontSpecial thanks to Lorraine Hussey at the Hardwick Historical Society for researching and sharing this information!

If bricks could talk, the building that has been the home of The Galaxy Bookshop for the past 12 years could tell you a lot of stories. Most people know that the building used to be a bank — even if you never had a savings account here, you’d probably be able to guess that after seeing the massive vault in the center of the store. Until recently, though, we didn’t know many of the details about the actual building. Lorraine Hussey of the Hardwick Historical Society did some research into the town records and Hardwick Gazette archives has shared her discoveries.

A few highlights:

  • The building was erected in 1893.
  • The original tenants were the post office and the Hardwick Savings Bank and Trust Company on the first floor. Josiah C. Spaulding’s photography business, Spaulding Studio, occupied the third floor for over fifty years.
  • The Hardwick Savings Bank remodeled the building in 1920, and it was at this time that the large vault was installed. From a Gazette article of January 20, 1921:

New Quarters of The Hardwick Savings Bank and Trust Company are Commodius and Especially Fine in Every Detail
The bank has the most modern burglar-proof equipment in Vermont.

And from February 3, 1921:

In their completed state the rooms come up to all expectations in convenience and attractiveness. The rooms, furnishings, vault, mechanical equipment, change machines, etc. aid in making the institution a model of its kind and few towns the size of Hardwick can boast of its equal.

  • Dr. Bernard Beaupre’s dentistry practice was housed in the building for some time during the 1940’s and ’50’s. (According to Ms. Hussey, “Any [Hardwick Academy] student during the late 40’s-50’s will vividly and with complete clarity remember their annual visits to Doc Beaupre! Avah Peck, area nurse, was stout enough to correct any misbehaviors!”)

If you have memories of visiting the Hardwick Trust Company, Dr. Beaupre, or any of the other tenants of the building, we’d love to hear your stories. If you’re not quite old enough to remember that far back, find someone who is, and ask them for their stories of Hardwick “back in the day.” You might be surprised by some of the things you learn about our town!