Town poet remembers the cottonwoods

Town poet remembers the cottonwoods

By RICK BESSETTE I enjoyed the article “Changing Shelburne Farms’ landscape” and photos in the Dec. 27, 2018 issue of the Shelburne News. Though saddened by the loss of these “Silent Giants,” I understand that safety became an important issue. I was raised on Shelburne Farms and grew up knowing Poplar Drive. As a young… Read More »

A Christmas Tradition

By RICK BESSETTE Out in the meadow Planted row onto row, Christmas trees laden With fresh fallen snow. Trees of all sizes, There were shapes of all kind, Meet wandering guests Just searching to find, That one perfect tree To put in a stand. Decorated with lights, Placed gently by hand. And just for a… Read More »

Rick Bessette offers October thoughts

By RICK BESSETTE And so…here we are once again, cleaning up the yard of those pesky leaves. Stashing the patio furniture away somewhere out of the weather. Looking for “the great pumpkin” for the front steps. By now you’ve gone to the orchard for cider donuts and a bag of apples, and now you find… Read More »

Rick’s Field of Dreams

Rick’s Field of Dreams

By Rick Bessette Shelburne’s Poet Laureate How many of you enjoy feeding the birds, especially during the cold winter months? I have six feeders in our back yard, loaded each day with sunflower seed and suet. As soon as the sun comes up, the birds arrive and……. the show begins. Where there is bird seed,… Read More »

Lighting of the Tree by Rick Bessette

Lighting of the Tree by Rick Bessette

We welcome you with peace and joy As we come and gather round. Celebrating with community A season of sights and sounds. Growing alongside this highway Watching families come and go; Giving beauty to our town green, Your one mission just to grow. Snows of winter soon to arrive Will dress these bows of evergreen,… Read More »

Rick’s Field of Dreams

Rick’s Field  of Dreams

by Rick Bessette, Shelburne’s Poet Laureate Two of our greatest things about living in Vermont are the gifts from nature and our four seasons. Fall is a time for me to reflect on the past spring and summer. Time spent outside with friends and family. Now it’s time to enjoy the endless colors of our… Read More »

Rick’s Field of Dreams

Rick’s Field  of Dreams

by Rick Bessette Shelburne’s Poet Laureate From vegetable gardens to flowers, the long-awaited gardening season in all its glory is here. Tomatoes, sweet corn, and berries—ah, so much to enjoy! Fresh cut flowers to grace the kitchen table, the colors and fragrances endless. And for those of us that want to avoid fighting bugs, disease,… Read More »