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Welcome to Quarry Hill's Blog!

Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, VT, founded 1946 by Barbara and Irving Fiske, is Vermont's oldest alternative community and at one time was probably also its largest. In the 60s -80s, as many as 90 people lived here.
It was and is visited each year, often in summer (but in every season, really) by visitors from all over the world.
We welcome interesting and creative people who are peaceful, bring no weapons, don't believe in hitting children or killing animals, and enjoy the beauty of Vermont and of themselves.

Most of us do not adhere to any particular dogma or religion, though many do find Eastern philosophy closest to our own thought (some of us are also members of the Quakers/Society of Friends).
We value the individual, particularly people who are energetic and have a sense of humor.
Visitors are welcome-- and prospective residents, too. There are some places for rent, others for sale. If interested, get in touch!
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"The symbol is the enemy of the reality, and the reality is ever one's true guide, true friend, true companion, and true self." Irving Fiske, 1908-1990

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vive La France!

I stand with the people in France who were killed and tortured by extremists the other day. I believe in openness to all ways of thinking, except where they hurt other people... especially, but not limited to, children.

The people at the French satirical magazine who were killed were people much like friends of mine, many of whose works appear on Facebook as well as in many other places.  The magazine reminds me of the East Village Other, a satirical and anti-establishment underground  paper (famous, probably most people know of it).

Cartoonists and satirical writers, for that matter,think differently from other people in many ways. I probably wouldn't draw a picture that would get me killed. But, like most of the cartoonists it's been my privilege to know in this life, there is nothing that will stop them from drawing and publishing what matters to them, and I admire that.

We must all stand with the people of France and the world leaders (sadly not John Kerry, who probably should have been there if Pres Obama felt he could not go, but glad Eric Holder was there) and those many, many others who say, "I refuse to be afraid!!"

This has nothing to do with my support in the past for the Muslim people who were being harassed in every possible way, yet had nothing to do with 9/11.  I feel it must be awful to  be aligned in people's minds with those terrorist acts. But I hope that Muslims as well as others will refuse, as they did in Paris yesterday, to allow the Fundamentalists-- of which we have plenty, also, in some Christian churches and other places-- to run their lives.

(Singing Marsaillaise)

-- Ladybelle (Isabella Fiske McFarlin)'
This is my opinion and not that of anyone else at Quarry Hill who does not state their agreement. I can't keep quiet. But no one else is responsible for these words.

WATER$, a film by Neil Colligan

One of the most important issues on the planet. I think of this all the time and try to help in whatever way is open to me.
Water is the most necessary substance to life. All beings deserve to have fresh, clean water to drink for free!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

The Way of Quarry Hill

Always be loving and compassionate to children, and to animals.  Find your own creative joy and revel in it. Love deeply and fully all those whom you love.

Have mercy on this beautiful but often tormented world.


Peace and Joy

Friday, November 28, 2014

Oh Blake, Happiest of Birthdays in Infinity!

God Appears and God is Light
To those Poor Souls who Dwell in Night
But does a Human Form Display
To those who Dwell in Realms of Day.-- WB

Nov 28 1757-- Aug. 12, 1827

I was born on Aug. 12.  Nice to have a connection!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rooms for Rent in Large, Comfortable Quarry Hill House!

Looking for renters for the Winter or longer, in Barbara Fiske Calhoun's house at Quarry Hill. It was built to be a shared, communal house, with room for several artistic and literary people and their families, and so we have several rooms with lofts for sleeping and a large open space downstairs for doing something creative.

Great place to write, paint, think, hang out with new friends (shared living room downstairs and kitchen;  there are bathrooms on both floors, shared by the people on that floor),  be near ALL THE SKI areas (almost) in an inexpensive place, and just do whatever you think you may wish to do.  There are only a few things we ask of people who live here....

1. We don't hit children (or anyone else) and don't "Punish" them. We try to interact with them, while keeping young ones safe, as though they had intelligence and free will and could come to understand the necessity for things.  We honor and enjoy and protect them, and at the same time make sure they are safe and fed and cared for.   People watch out for one another's kids to the extent they are able to.
Please keep an eye on them around the Pond! It is very deep in the middle.

2. We don't hunt, fish, or raise animals on the land to kill for any purpose whatever. My mother was a vegetarian (apparently) from the cradle, and I from the age of seven.  We don't try to tell others what to eat (except we can't handle boiling lobsters alive here).  If you want to eat meat, that's your choice. But please, we don't kill things or hurt them here. "They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy Mountain," it says somewhere in the Bible... and we've always agreed with it there and have made every effort to protect animals.  Please steer kids away from tormenting the frogs in the spring!

3. Lyman Hall, Inc. (the corporation that owns the land) will let you know where to park at various times of year.  Mud season and winter can be tricky. We appreciate your co-operation.  It's a good idea to bring a Subaru or some other 4 wheel drive car.

Not much else in the way of rules.  We do hope to see dwelling places kept tidy even if you're here for only  a few days.

Now that all that is explained... I think most people will enjoy it here. We also have a couple of cabins, including my father's, the oldest and most historic building on the place.  REnts are very inexpensive for Vermont, and we are happy to rent by the week, even possibly for a few nights. Brion McFarlin, the manager, can discuss price with you. A room in my mother's house, with loft and open area, use of a bathroom and of the kitchen and living room, is about $325- 350  a month.  Much less than in Burlington or Montpelier!

Get in touch if you would like to know more. I'll try to post photos on here soon.
Ladybelle Fiske 802 767 3902

We ask for a couple of references and first and last month's rent if at all possible.