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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

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Irving called October the Month of Miracles...

Many wonderful coincidences and reunitings often took place at Quarry Hill in October. One boy who grew up part of his life at QH was born in October, after his mother changed her mind about aborting him because we offered to raise the child if she did not want it.
In years after, she was happy that she had not had the abortion… I am not saying abortion can never be a correct choice, though we generally hoped women would avoid it.
In checking (idly) the Internet for the idea of a month of Miracles, I found the concept in Judaism, where it is, however, the month of Nisan, a spring month.
In Portuagal on Oct. 13, 1917, a supposedly miraculous event occurred and was seen by thousands of people, having been predicted by three chiildren who had seen the Virgin Mary there at Fatima. The sun spun, turned colors, and plunged towards the earth.
This, however, was never the Quarry Hill kind of miracle. Our miracles were usually miracles of the human spirit, of interaction, of awakening, and of the beauty of the mountains around us as the leaves changed.
I can still feel that magic. Quarry Hill still has that sense of a place where, as Irving liked to say, "time and eternity intersect."
Miracles can happen at any moment.

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