We have another absolutely lovely day here - as long as you don't have to go outside. The sun is shining brightly and although there is some heat to it coming through a window or in a southern exposure outside, the air is very cold. We haven't been able to get even to 20 degrees all day, and there's a persistent north wind that goes right through whatever layers of clothing you have on. My anemometer is still not fully functional, but I know the wind was out of the north because it hit me full force as I came to the end of our driveway on my noontime walk. It sweeps down North Shore Road at that point and I always rush to the shelter of more trees along Jamie and Marie's driveway. The good news is that it isn't blowing as hard as it has been the last couple of days, and the temperature has gone up a little, too, but it's still biting cold if you aren't prepared.
We aren't expecting much from the big storm presently heading north from the southern states, and that's a big disappointment to lots of people. We have only five or six inches of snow on the ground in most places, but ski resorts can certainly make plenty of snow. It's the snowmobile enthusiasts that are really hurting now because the the season is getting shorter every day and there hasn't been enough snow to adequately cover the trails. Of course, the path of the storm could change, but the forecast is that only the very southernmost border of Vermont is likely to get much snow.
The West Danville History Committee met this morning and we are making progress on our project. The writing process has begun, but we are still open for stories from anyone who may have grown up or lived here in the past or who has memories of someone or some event that would be interesting for others to read about. It's all part of "history," and we'll be happy to consider including your thoughts, pictures or essay.
Dot Larrabee asked me to let people know there will be a Benefit Dinner at the Danville Restaurant & Inn on Sunday (Jan. 24th) beginning at 5 p.m. until all are served. This is to benefit a family in Danville, and payment is by donation. The menu sounds wonderful: Turkey Pie with Mashed Potato and Gravy; Chop Suey; Beans; Coleslaw and a Variety of Desserts. This is a worthy cause - Dot didn't name the family, but apparently they have had a string of bad luck and illness that has taken a toll, and this is a way the community can show that Danville cares. We hope you can help by joining neighbors at this benefit dinner.
We have personal knowledge of Steve Cobb's Turkey Pie and lots more in his dining room, and the food is always delicious. So put on your winter garb and head for the Danville Restaurant & Inn on Sunday night for a great meal and show your generosity.