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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

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Irving Fiske in Florida, ca. 1979


  1. I have discovered Irving Fiske (my father)'s name in some strange places on the Web. His birthday is mentioned as being shared by a couple of little babies (March 5), which I am sure would have pleased him. But he also is mentioned in a thing about the TV show "GLEE" and some song lyric. I, however, can't find the actual post, just the Google search about it. Anyone know? It has to do with William Blake, our hero.
    Children look smaller to big people
    than they do to one another,
    Unless maybe you're a big boy
    Who has a midget for a brother.

    Mothers are a worthy institution in every earthly nation.
    If it weren't for them, there'd be a diminution in the population.
    (Poems of Truth, by Irving Fiske; his joke poems).

  2. I like your Dad's insights and humor.

  3. THANKS! Wish you could have met him. No funnier person ever walked the earth (with possible exception of the Marx Bros.)