Monday, November 21, 2011

Gobble Gobble

Local Thanks: As many of us sit down this week to give thanks for living in Vermont, we'll enjoy turkey (Agape Hill Farm), cranberries (Vermont Cranberry Company), stuffing (Patchwork Farm and Bakery), pumpkins (Ben's Pumpkins), beer (Hill Farmstead Brewery), wine (Boyden Valley), and cocktails (Caledonia Spirits). As everyone at Claire's celebrates, we give thanks for the many farmers and producers in and around Hardwick, the Northeast Kingdom, and throughout Vermont - even a few from just across our border. We couldn't do what we do without you, and we thank you for working so hard to help our community nourish itself around a convivial table. We also send out our thanks to this wonderful community for the support of our friends and neighbors. We will be closed this Thursday so our staff can spend the day with friends and families, and we wish you a healthy and happy day with your family and loved ones. We are open as usual on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and throughout the coming week.

At the Bar: Cocktail Class is back at Claire's Saturday, December 3, with special guest Duncan Holaday of Caledonia Spirits. Duncan started Vermont Spirits 16 years ago and made vodka for years from his maple syrup and also from milk. Now he is the Head Distiller and makes Barr Hill Gin and Barr Hill Vodka. On Saturday, December 3 from 4-5 pm, learn from the master which cocktails bring out the complex flavor of each spirit, and how to mix the vodka and gin with the flavorful produce of Vermont. Free Admission and specials on cocktails and flights if you are so inspired.

Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. This Sunday, November 27th we offer a $2.50 pint of Trout River, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc or Big Barn Red. The Barr Hill Bluetini with Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin and Jasper Hill blue cheese stuffed olive, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Galaxy is gearing up for the Sirius Reader Customer Appreciation and 23rd Anniversary Sale on December 3rd. More details to come; for now mark the date and come by. Many other businesses in the Hardwick area will also be kicking off the holidays on that day so you can have an extra fun day of shopping locally.

Music Notes: We will be closed this Thursday, November 24, but join us on Thursday, December 1 for Jay Ekis at 7:30.

Local Events: Registration for Sterling College's Vermont Table summer program is now open. Vermont's Table is an intensive academic program in sustainable food systems that includes practical culinary experience, frequent field trips, lessons in sustainable agriculture and seminars in food writing and food entrepreneurism. The program is open to current Sterling College students, students from other colleges and universities and adult learners.

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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