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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, April 14, 2014

Andrew Graduates!

On  May 17, 2014, Andrew D. F. McFarlin, grandson of Barbara and Irving Fiske, founders of Quarry Hill, will graduate with a degree in Law from Vermont Law School.
On that same day, "Rupert Moonjumper, Jr.," Joya's husband, Irving and Barb's grandson-in-law, will graduate from Lesley University with a degree in Education!

We will have a potluck dinner and cake to celebrate their respective events on May 24, 2014 at Barb's house at Quarry Hill, about 6 PM. All are welcome to join us (all welcome to attend the Law School graduation too, which begins at 10 a.m.).

We hope to see you and look forward to it. Andrew will also turn 26 on May 19, 2014, another event to celebrate!  And Amir Malik, Irving and Barb's great-grandson (Eva's son), will also have a birthday on May 21, 2014. I'm hoping Eva and Amir, and possibly even Isaiah and Jason, will join us.

ANOTHER event! Jason's birthday is MAY 1, 2014!   He will be 42 years old!

"All Kids Come" and help us celebrate these events plus Quarry Hill's 68th anniversary which was on April 10-- the 68th year since Barb and Irv bought this strange and magical (and at the moment, muddy) piece of land!

-- Ladybelle

 Andrew and Joya at Andrew's 2010 graduation from the University of Vermont

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy Quarry Hill Day!

This is the day Irving and Barb-- 68 years ago-- bought land in the hills behind Rochester and Rt. 100, and called it Quarry Hill... "A paradise for souls." I think by "souls" they meant people who were freethinkers and could enjoy nude sunbathing and painting and long talks at night and all sorts of mental experiences and swimming and picking raspberries...

It has changed a lot, but it retains that strange magic quality that a guru of some kind, once passing Quarry Hill Road as he drove down RT 100, said, "There is a lot of energy up there in the hills." He pointed toward Quarry Hill...

Though it is always possible he was talking about Harold Hubbard's Maple Syrup which is also full of energy!


Have a Happy Quarry Hill day everyone, and today, feel like a kid and have some fun.

-- Ladybelle

Monday, March 31, 2014

Save the New York Public Library!

Illustration by Art Spiegelman, long a visitor to and friend of Quarry Hill...


JEREMY Brett -- Sherlock Holmes forever!

For Jeremy Brett's story-- check out this link....


Jeremy Brett-- Our Sherlock Holmes

The Greatest Sherlock of them All

We love Benedict Cumberbach and his ultra-modern, clever, pun-ishing "Sherlock." We also like "Elementary" with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu very much. But our great and beloved favorite is, was, and always will be, the Sherlockian actor Jeremy Brett-- who loved and understood the  wonderful character whom he portrayed in so many special, exact, and humorous episodes of  "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" and other BBC productions...
Lest he be forgotten... for these new Sherlocks are pretty neat. "Brainy is the new sexy,"says dominatrix Irene Adler in "A Scandal in Belgravia" in Sherlock, Series 2...


Here is OUR Sherlock, or our favorite one forever.Jeremy Brett