Monday, November 28, 2011

Earn Your Degree in Cocktails!

Cocktail Class is back at Claire's on Saturday, December 3, featuring vodka and gin with special guests Duncan Holaday and Todd Hardie of Hardwick's Caledonia Spirits. Duncan started Vermont Spirits 16 years ago to make vodka from his maple syrup and from milk. Recently, he turned his expertise to rum, making the Dunc's Mill Maple and Elderflower Rums featured in our last class. He also is the Head Distiller at Caledonia Spirits, where he makes Barr Hill Gin and Vodka, along with Caledonia Spirits Elderberry Cordial. On Saturday, December 3 from 4-5 pm, learn from the master distiller and owner Todd Hardie about the spirits, and how to mix cocktails to bring out the unique flavor of each spirit. Free admission and specials on cocktails and flights are available if you are so inspired.

Attend four classes to earn your degree - a gift card at Claire's or The Galaxy Bookshop!

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. This Sunday, December 4th we offer a $2.50 pint of Rock Art, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc or Big Barn Red. Claire's Cranberry Cocktail with Bourbon and Vermont Cranberry Company cranberries and juice, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: Come to Galaxy on Saturday for the Sirius Reader Party and sale. On December 3, Galaxy celebrates 23 years in Hardwick with a sale on staff picks and other select items all day. Neil and Kristin Urie will be here from 3-5 with cheese, calendars, and other great products from Bonnieview Farm. Galaxy will also be celebrating The Joy of Cheesemaking. The book features Bonnieview and the Galaxy gals will be cooking some great recipes from the book for everyone to sample. Lots of new items from Melissa and Doug, Planet Shari and books galore all day long.

Music Notes: Jay Ekis joins us this Thursday, December 1 at 7:30. Support local music and be sure to catch what Anais Mitchell calls his "infectious" songs that "get in your blood and make their way to the heart before you notice what's happening."

Local Events: Ben Hewitt, Pete Johnson, Bethany Dunbar, Annie Meyers and Julia Shipley will be reading on Friday, December 2nd to benefit the Hardwick Food Pantry in an event called "A Harvest of Words." The reading begins at 6:30PM at the Episcopal Church in Hardwick and is cosponsored by The Center for an Agricultural Economy and Galaxy Bookshop. For more information contact Elena at the Center for an Agricultural Economy, 472-5840.

Support Hardwick businesses this Saturday, December 3rd during the Holiday Happenings Event. Stop by Claire's from 11-3 for free hot apple cider. Gift certificates will be available, with a 5% discount if you pay with cash or check. Also check out the open house at Agape Hill Farm Fiber Shop on the 3rd from 10-3 and get a jump on your holiday shopping. Stop by GRACE, Hardwick Inn Clothing Co., The Flower Basket and many more local businesses.

Mark your calendars for our next "Glitter Ball" dance party, on Friday, December 9 from 10-2! DJ Lesson One will be spinning your favorites so bring your dancing shoes and your ID- 18 and over. $5 suggested donation at the door for the music.

Reminders: We appreciate it when you use cash or a check - credit card companies charge us a fee that really adds up. Thanks to many of you we have significantly reduced those fees this year.

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