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Festival of Lights Silent Auction

You are invited to The Festival of Lights Silent Auction, presented by The Mount Holly Community Historical Museum. This annual event will be Saturday, December 8th from 6-8pm. It is a fun and festive way to begin the Holiday Season. Beautifully decorated one of a kind wreaths, creative gift baskets and an array of donated items will be auctioned. This is the museum's primary fundraising event. The monies raised will support the development of new exhibits, the educational program and contributes to the upkeep of museum facilities. This year's event will be at The Odd Fellows Hall, on Star Lake, in Belmont. An array of Hors d'oeuvres with wine and other refreshments will be offered beginning at 6pm. In addition to the silent auction there will be 4 wine and cheese basket raffles plus door prizes! There is no charge to attend this "adults only" event. Come join the festivities and community fellowship while supporting the museum!

Saturday, September 1st, 5pm at The Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont

Museum Annual Fundraising Dinner

On Saturday, September 1st the Mount Holly Community Historical Museum will host their annual fund-raising dinner. The menu includes baked ham, delicious sides and an assortment of desserts. The dinner is served all-you-can-eat, family style with seatings starting at 5pm. $12 person and $6 for children 11 years and under. The dinner will be held at the Odd Fellows Hall in the village of Belmont. Take out dinners are available, as well. Come and enjoy the dinner and beautiful Belmont.


Antique Hand Painted Chairs Silent Auction!

Seven Mount Holly, Vermont artists have decoratively painted antique wooden chairs for the "Take A Seat" Silent Auction. These chairs were donated to the museum by the Odd Fellows of Colfax Lodge 21 and were used in the Lodge in Belmont for decades. The proceeds from this auction will help the museum provide programs for the community and local schools as well as help with museum expenses.

The silent auction has been ongoing throughout the summer and will continue through Cider Days, an event which is held on the Church Green in Belmont every Columbus Day weekend. The chairs are on display in the Perkins House Museum. Bidding will be open Saturday, October 7th from 10-4pm and on Sunday, October 8th from Noon until 3:30pm. Winners will be announced at 3:45pm.


Thank you to our Artists and Winners!

Pat LaBella's chair "Ink Work Design" - Winner, April Stein

Cindy Hinchliff's chair "Abenaki Tribute" - Winner, Lory Doolittle

Barbara Palotta's chair "The Patriot" - Winner, Jennifer DeLeonardo

Penny Coldwell's chair "Circles" - Winner, April Stein

Sue Covalla's chair "Ewe Farm" - Winner, Luise Durr

Madeline Fay's chair "Flower Garden" - Winner, Georgianna Sorensen

Viola Higgins'chair "Sheep" - Winner, Pam McLaughlin

Pat LaBella's chair "Ink Work Design"

Cindy Hinchliff's chair "Abenaki Tribute"

Barbara Palotta's chair "The Patriot"

Viola Higgins'chair "Sheep"

Penny Coldwell's chair "Circles"

Sue Covalla's chair "Ewe Farm"

TUESDAY, August 22th, 6:30pm at The Odd Fellows Hall in Belmont

One-Room School House Panel Discussion in Belmont

The Mount Holly Community Historical Museum will present a panel discussion by residents who attended one-room school houses in Mount Holly during the 1940s and 50s. The event will be held at the Hall in Belmont on Tuesday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. We plan to start with a short presentation about Mount Holly schools, and end with questions from the audience. The Museum Board is pleased to host this free-to-the-public event and plans to offer refreshments.

SATURDAY, August 19th, 2:15pm at Perkins House

Mount Holly The Decade of the 1860s

Dennis Devereux, chair of the Mount Holly Community Historical Museum, will discuss the decade of the 1860s at the Perkins House Museum on Saturday, August 19th at 2 p.m. The program continues the story about the history of Mount Holly with a discussion on a decade each year. This decade included the beginning of the Chase Toy Factory and our nation's Civil War.

SATURDAY, August 5th 11am - 2pm


Sheep shearing and more! Icelandic sheep will be sheared by Jim McRae on the village green in Belmont. Learn about the art of sheep shearing. Other animals, demonstrations and more!

Sheep Shearing



Robert Metzler will be demonstrating a historic "Franklin" platen printing press at the Mount Holly Community Historical Museum, Blacksmith Shop building, in Belmont Saturday, July 15, 2:15 pm. The press is one of the first platen presses manufactured by its inventor, George Phineas Gordon, in New York City, between 1856 and 1872. It was used by local pharmacist, J. Warner Edminster, to print small post cards and advertising material for his business. Metzler started his career in printing at the age of 10 with a toy press. He later studied printing through high school and into college where he received a degree in printing management from Southern Illinois University. He has worked in the printing and publishing industry in Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC and Vermont. He currently teaches letterpress printing in the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College. He also taught graphic arts in the public school systems of Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Bob is owner of the private press, Green Mountain Letterpress, in North Thetford, VT.

Platten Press


Sunday, December 3th

Silent Auction

 Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is a very successful fundraiser for the Museum. We are fortunate to have so many kind and generous donors and supporters of this event. This year's event will be a silent auction that will take place at Perkins House from 4-8pm. Come and place your bids...It is a wonderful and exciting way to begin the Holiday season. Local talented artisans, restaurants and businesses have been participating in this event for many years. The one of a kind beautifully decorated wreaths, which are locally produced, are always in demand, creative gift baskets and donated bid items for the auction are always greatly appreciated. The monies raised help support and maintain the buildings, but more importantly it supports the educational programs to MT Holly Students and other local communities and schools. We sponsor and offer scholarships to students at Black River High School Senior Awards and donate to History Day.

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Visit the Mount Holly Historical Museum this season to see the beautiful bird art in the Perkins House Museum. We have bird houses made by a local craftsman and painted by local artists. We also have bird photos and other bird related art. All of these creative items will be part of a silent auction which will go on all summer. The auction will end on the Sunday of Cider Days in October. Funds raised in the auction will be used for the maintenance and operation of the museum.

HOME TWEET HOME by Sue Covalla

FLOWER GARDEN by Cindy Hinchliff


SUNFLOWERS by Stephanie Stouffer

THE BIRDS AND THE BEE by Barbara Pallotta

POET'S BIRD HOUSE by Penny Coldwell


COMMON TERN by Robert Beardmore

LOON by Will Nye

OWL ON THE HUNT by Cindy Hinchliff


HOLIDAY BANNER by The Community Guild

PHOTOS AND PHOTO NOTECARDS by Alistair McCallum and Cindy Hinchliff


Tuesday, July 21st Annual Meeting...Pot Luck Dinner 6p.m at the Odd Fellows Hall

Program Following "All Things Loons - stories about their natural history and conservation" by Eric Hanson, Vermont Loon Conservation Project (VLCP) Coordinator Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

Loons are back and doing well in Vermont after nearly disappearing 30 years ago. Join Eric Hanson, VCE biologist and coordinator of the Vermont Loon Conservation Project explore this success story as well as all things loons. Loons are some of the most studied birds in North America in part because biologists, and anyone really, can observe them nearly every minute of every daylight hour (and a few biologists have done exactly that). Come hear what biologists have learned over the past 25 years following color-marked loons and how VCE conservation efforts have brought the loons back to Vermont. We'll share stories ranging from rescues of loons in distress to why loons conduct takeovers of each other's territory.

Fun and Fancy

Valentine’s Day


Come join Lynn, Mandy, and Diana

Let’s decorate, punch, stamp, emboss,

 Learn some new techniques, and have fun!

Saturday, February 7th.

1:00 – 3:00

(Snow date is Sunday, February 8th)


Perkins House Museum

On The Church Green in Belmont

Space limited.  Call Lynn Anderson 259-2758 to reserve a place.

Suggested donation: $1 per person to cover supply costs




The Mount Holly Community Historical Museum would like to thank the following donors who made the Festival of Lights such a great success! We appreciate all who donated an item or decorated a wreath. To those who attended, we were all winners.

Please support these generous donors:
Harry's Café, Mr. Darcy's, Hannaford, Killarney's, Ninety Nine, The Inn at Weston, Sam's Steakhouse, Café at the Delight, Chef Mei, Garden Café, Price Chopper, Belmont Store, Outback Pizza, McNeil and Ready, Robin Nelson, Carol Devine, Green Mountain Coffee, Viola Higgins, Walmart, Water Wheel Quilt Shop, Modern Cleaners, Hannoush Jewelers, Hounds Folley, Judy Nevin, Maggie Blane, Tina's Fun Stuff, Lori Doolittle, Pat Labella, Cindy Hinchliff, Susan Presson, Brewfest Beverage, Gary Cole, Fletcher Farm, Sue Covalla, Weston Play House, Gary Martin, Stephanie Stouffer, VT Country Store, Village Shop, Joy, D Lasser, LaValley's, VT Sports and Fitness, Signature Day Spa, Madelyn Fay, Alec McCallum, Nancy McKeegan, Sheriation's, Lynne Anderson, MT Holly Community Guild, MT Holly Garden Association, Apple Knoll Inn, Green Mountain Oral Surgery, Castle Hill, Gene Jennings, Jeb Porter, Clover Knoll/Cook’s Cupboard, Book Nook, Crowley Cheese, Kelley Real Estate, Baba Louie's, Papa John’s Sugar Shack, Fox Meadow Farm, DJ’s, Chrisandra’s, Stephanie Smith, Mojo’s, Java Baba, Ludlow Village Pizza, Belmont Chocolates, Riverside Veterinary Care, Big Eyes Bakery, Catamount Pet Supply, Yankee Paints, Deb Costa, Dennis Devereux, Doris Reiser, Robin Eatmon, Just Doggin It, Darkside, Gloria's Pantry, Della Thompson, Carpet Warehouse, Thrive Center, Okemo and Espress Copy Printing and our board members.


With great appreciation,

Linda Guerrera and Doris Reiser