Category Archives: At the Ilsley

Author Talk: Judy Chaves “Secrets of Mount Philo”

The landscape history of Mt. Philo, Vermont’s first state park, is the landscape history of Vermont, in miniature. “Sheep fever,” the devastating deforestation of the mid-1800s, Vermont’s early tourism industry, the early conservation and park movements, reforestation… it’s all there on the mountain, if you know where to look. North Ferrisburgh resident (and long-time Mt. Philo hiker), Judy Chaves, has spent 8 years researching the mountain’s history and has recently written a guidebook to the park’s historic sites. Join her on a “virtual” tour of the mountain and discover, through then-and-now photos, old maps, and even a bit of poetry, what historic gems lie hidden — within plain sight — in the park. Filmed Oct. 19, 2018 at the Ilsley Public Library by Middlebury Community Television.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: Ashley Wolff – “An Artist’s Inheritance: What I’ve learned, so far”

Ashley Wolff, daughter and granddaughter of artists, reflects on what she has inherited, what she has done with it and what she hopes she is passing on. Ashley’s books will be available for sale at the event. Presented by the Middlebury Chapter of the AAUW. Filmed Oct. 16, 2018 at the Ilsley Public Library by Middlebury Community Television.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: Northern Forest Canoe Trail

In the spring of 2013, Peter Macfarlane through-paddled the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from theAdirondacks to northern Maine, a distance of some 750 miles in 28 days in a cedar-strip canoe that he designed and built. His presentation at the Ilsley Library regarding this trip was recorded for MCTV. This spring he ventured out on the Trail for another through-paddle, but this time took on more of a
challenge by paddling from Maine to the Adirondacks. He faced nine major upstream rivers and only four downstream, not to mention prevailing headwinds, which were to be a significant player in this
trek. On the 10th of June he paddled into Old Forge to become the first recorded person to through-paddle the Trail from east to west. In this presentation he takes the audience on a trip through his planning, and then the roller coaster ride of overcoming challenges, joyful paddling, loss, exhaustion, despair, and some sublime moments, all illustrated with photos and snippets of video. Recorded 10/9/18 by MCTV.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

The Year of Living Dangerously: Donald Trump In The White House

Despite fears of his authoritarian tendencies, stoked in part by his own use of social media, Donald Trump has, to date, proved to be a rather weak president – a weakness consistent with that of previous presidents governing under similar circumstances. But history also suggests weak presidents can be the most dangerous. Dickinson will assess President Trump’s record so far, and what we might expect going forward. Sponsored by the Addison County Retired Teachers Association.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library & MCTV