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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

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I wrote to Bill Marx, son of Harpo-- and got a reply!

Hi All,
I sent an admiring note to the Harpo Marx home page, run by his son Bill, and got a lovely response. This truly makes my day, for there is no one I admire more than Harpo-- and I think many of us feel the same way!
I wrote...
I just wanted to let you know that your father is the unofficial Genius of our place... Quarry Hill, Vermont’s oldest alternative community/artist’s and writer’s retreat/land rental and management company.
We love him and the other Marx Brothers, and just wanted you to know that our lives never would have been the same without them.
Ladybelle Fiske
(Isabella Fiske McFarlin)
Quarry Hill Creative Center
Rochester VT. 05767
Here's the reply I was delighted & amazed to receive~!
Ladybelle,  May I thank you ever so much for your most kind words about dad.  I am blessed to have known him.  And I am so honored that your artistic environment of Quarry Hill has chosen in his memory to represent the true creative nature in all of us.  He thanks you, and the Brothers thank you!   
Best of the best,  Bill M. 
P.S.  If you haven't yet, for the complete man, check out:   Enjoy........      

Wow! This has made this a wonderful day... and a great year!

1 comment:

  1. We at Waterlogg productions would like to share Bill's book about his father...

    Son of Harpo Speaks! A Family Portrait By Bill Marx
    "For many years, friends and family have asked me, 'Bill, why don't you write a book about your life? You must have had quite a childhood growing up with your dad, Harpo, and those zany uncles of yours, the Marx Brothers. And what about those weird, maybe fatalistic happenings you've experienced that can only be described as 'too-Hollywood-to-believe?'"
    —Bill Marx
    Son of Harpo Speaks! A Family Portrait, was produced, written, and narrated, with voices and music, by Bill Marx and produced by Joe Bevilacqua. It was co-produced, directed, edited, and digitally mastered by Gerry Bucci at Gerico 1 Media. Buy the companion book here: