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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

Thursday, January 20, 2011

John F. Kennedy's Inaugural...

To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided there is little we can do -- for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.

-- John F. Kennedy
January 20, 1961 (I remember it well)

1 comment:

  1. I remember that Irving, Barbara, William, probably David and I were in Ocala on Jan. 20 '61. It was cold, as I recall, even there. We watched the inaugural through a store window (Sears?) on a tv in downtown Ocala-- of course we had no TV (or electricity at the cabin, most of the time). I was not yet 11. Very fascinated, especially when Robert Frost got up to read a poem, and he could not read the one he brought so recited from memory. I also recall that the podium began to smoke at some point! Very few history books recall this, but there was definitely smoke rising from the podium-- a herald of the future, perhaps?
    I liked and admired JFK even if he was at times bellicose. He did create better civil rights even if somewhat reluctantly. I was horrified when he was killed (I was 13)-- and I remember that whole weekend clearly too. It's interesting what one remembers, and what one forgets.