Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Celebrating Spring in Hardwick

Local Food:  Spring Festival on Saturday, May 26, marks our four year anniversary, and we'll be open from 10 am to noon to say "hi," "thank you," or for a snack.  We'll be offering something new for sale this year- Steven's sweet maple kettle korn or breakfast fries, and Bloody Marys or Mimosas from the bar.  Each purchase will enter you into a drawing to win dinner for two that night with a view of the fireworks from our windows on Main Street.

It is hard to believe we've been open four years! As we celebrate our anniversary, we thank all of our supporters for making it happen. Our CSR holders, (coming to an end at the end of May!), lenders and investors, our regulars, those who travel from far and away, and all those in between, we thank you!

The parade begins at 11:00, followed by the festival at Atkins Field until 4:00, with crafts, food vendors, games and rides!

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. Sunday, May 27th we offer a $2.50 pint of Rock Art, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Big Barn Red or Seyval Blanc. The Claire's Cosmo with Green Mountain Organic Vodka and Vermont Cranberry Company juice, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: On Thursday, June 14th, join Bethany Dunbar for the world premier of Kingdom's Bounty. The book showcases the best of our region's locally produced and prepared foods - which you can enjoy at Claire's before the event. Beginning at 5:15 join Bethany and several producers for dinner. The event is not ticketed but reservations are required. Call Galaxy at 472-5533 for details and to reserve your spot! The book event begins at Galaxy at 7.

Music Notes: Josh Gould of The Butterbeans joins us for a solo gig this Thursday, May 24 at 7:00.  Check out his bluegrass/Americana tunes on the guitar, banjo and mandolin.

Local Events: Celebrate the 20th year of Vermont Open Studio Weekend May 26 and 27.  Over 250 artists and craftspeople will open their studios to the public this weekend, giving you the opportunity to learn how art and craft is made at the studios of glass blowers, jewelers, potters, sculptors, weavers, furniture makers and more. Our neighbors and glassblowers Harry and Wendy Besett of Vermont Glass Workshop were recently honored for their participation for all 20 years. Also in Hardwick is Ruby Leslie's Ruby Charuby Weaving Studio.  Bring us a receipt of purchase from a participating studio and we'll buy you dessert with the purchase of dinner for two.

Reminders: We will be open Wednesdays starting July 4th for the summer!
We are open daily after 2:30 for coffee, bar service, and baked goods, and free WiFi, with dinner reservations available from 5-9, Sundays from 5-8. We serve our special Blunch menu Sundays from 11-2. Claire's is closed every Wednesday until July 4th.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 been able to significantly reduce those fees.

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