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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, October 5, 2011

How to Help Vermont: from Seven Days (Burlington Newspaper) Lists numerous ways to help Vermont after the hurricane and floods. Things are tough here, and they are still getting more difficult. People are finding out that insurance won't cover their lost homes, and though FEMA seems to be trying to be helpful, one must use up other sources of aid first. However, it is wonderful that so many people have tried to help-- especially in Rochester, Bethel, Granville, Hancock, Pittsfield, Royalton, and other Central Vermont towns that were some of the hardest hit by Irene's fury. Rochester is in a narrow valley and has often seemed to me to be like a kind of wind tunnel-- the wildest weather passes through here. We also have some of the greatest beauty in Vermont to balance the wild cold weather of winter and the ups and downs of the winds and rains... and when the weather is good, even when it is not perfect-- in this moment, the near peak of Autumn... it is still, with all the difficulty and suffering and loss, a kind of earthly heaven. Visit Vermont... help out... be volunteers... send money to either of two funds to help the Rochester area: 1. Relief For Rochester Vermont c/o Town of Rochester P.O. Box 238 Rochester, VT, 05767 Please write checks to “Relief For Rochester Vermont” A fund established by the Federated Church of Rochester, Vermont, which is a tax exempt organization. or 2. Rebuild Rochester Vermont Foundation, Inc. 122 South Main Street Rochester VT 05767 Please write checks to “Rebuild Rochester Vermont Foundation, Inc.” A fund established by friends and neighbors of Rochester. IRS section 501(c)(3) status is pending Thanks from Rochester, and thanks from the Quarry Hill Community area of Rochester. -- Ladybelle

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