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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 27, 2011

Milton's Birthday and Mozart's, too

This is the birthday (100th!) of Milton Fiske, Irving's brother-- a composer of beautiful and unusual classical music, and of his hero, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Milton, who died in 1987, produced a prolific canon of many musical pieces-- some set to poems by Burns and Blake, some hymns-- his church music is perhaps his best known-- and some wonderful concertos.
His "Concerto in B Minor," performed a couple of years before his death by Vermont's Counterpoint Players in Middlebury, is probably my favorite piece. Perhaps at some point I can figure out how to put it on the Internet and let everyone hear it here and on Facebook. It is glorious and also very sad; the music of an immortal trapped in a mortal body, seeing his life go by, and wishing he had a hundred more years in which to create great things (we tend to be rather late bloomers in our family, but creative we are).

Here's to Milton, to Mozart, and to my friend Dillard, whose poem Ocean of Beauty, which he sent me a few years ago, appears in a post today also.
Milton Fiske
January 27, 1911-- July, 1987-- January, 2011.

Creative work is eternal.
"IN a hundred years no one will remember my worm-like human personality, only my music." -- Milton Fiske

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