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Cheeks trying to stay ahead of the raking

Cheeks trying to stay ahead of the raking

The other day Tuna posted this picture of me trying to stay ahead of leaf raking. Mowing leaves reminded me of plowing/shoveling snow. My heart sunk as I remembered how much harder it is to both shovel snow and drive in snow compared to leaves! Then I remembered the beauty of winter, the memories I’ve created while skiing down East Fall, giggling the whole way down the BBC tube run or heading deep into the quiet woods on my snowshoes. BBC is a winter wonderland. Consider coming to check it out!

The Bethany Birches Cabin is a great spot to enjoy every aspect of winter…
…Head to the nearby mountains for some of the best skiing in the northeast.  (Killington Mountain or Okemo Mountain)
…Tube down BBC’s 1/5 mile tube run on tube park quality tubes for a memorable adventure
…Strap on snowshoes or cross country skis and explore the 100 acres of camp.
…Snowmobile the VAST trail which runs through camp property and can take you anwhere in the state of VT.
…Or simply watch the snow fall from a cozy cabin.

No matter the type of adventure you enjoy – BBC is a cozy, affordable place to stay. The cabin is kid friendly and a great place for groups of any kind to gather!

Take 20% off a week long rental. Inquire about midweek/3 night rental specials. For more details on rates click here. Or click here to check the availability. To reserve the cabin click here.  Or give us a call! (802-672-5220)

If you’re coming to ski – don’t’ miss out on Killington’s early bird deals ($58 Weekend Tix/$38 Mid Week Tix offered through 10/17) Keep in mind, Killington is open until May and skiing in April can be just as fun as skiing in Feb!

 

 

 

Irene Auction Gift Certifcates

A few weeks ago central Vermont was hammered with rain – here in Plymouth it was about 12 inches in less than 20 hours.  Needless to say, we experienced flash flooding. Some of the businesses around us that support our Annual Benefit Auction got hit hard.  Blanche and Bills, Woodstock Farmers Market and Ramunto’s (below) still aren’t open!  But, not to worry – they will be soon.  To help them get back on their feet, some wonderful people have purchased gift certificates from them.  And, they’ve given those certificates to the auction!  Not in the list below is product purchased from these businesses by Dave and Bev Goshow  (Grandma Cookie-Dough Chaos and Woodchip) and Dorine and Tom Rosenberger.  If you’d like to buy one of these at the auction, say so on the form here.  Enter the business and denomination you’re bidding on in the item code box.

Certificate For            Amount    Donor    

First Stop Ski & Bike Shop    100    Gerry Moore

Blanche and Bills                     25    John Gilman
Blanche and Bills                     25    Marice Kratz
Blanche and Bills                     25    Wendell Gehman
Blanche and Bills                     25    Joyce Leasher
Blanche and Bills                     25    Brenda Bishop

Bridgewater Corners Store    25    Neil Dewar
Bridgewater Corners Store    25    Wendell Gehman
Bridgewater Corners Store    50    Will Bergey
Bridgewater Corners Store    25    Joyce Leasher
Bridgewater Corners Store    25    Phil Bergey
Bridgewater Corners Store    25    Brenda Bishop

Goodro Lumber                        100    Blooming Glen Young Adults

Ramunto’s                                  25    Cynthia Moyer
Ramunto’s                                  25    Brenda Bishop
Ramunto’s                                  25    Earl Godshall

White Raven Drum Works   25    Brenda Bishop

Woodstock Farmers Market  50    Wendell Gehman
Woodstock Farmers Market  50    Will Bergey
Woodstock Farmers Market  25    Joyce Leasher
Woodstock Farmers Market  75    Phil Bergey
Woodstock Farmers Market  25    Brenda Bishop
Woodstock Farmers Market  25    Earl Godshall
Woodstock Farmers Market  100    Beverly Goshow

Yankee Book Shop                     50    Neil Dewar
Yankee Book Shop                     25    Joyce Leasher
Yankee Book Shop                     25    Brenda Bishop

Auction Road Update

HOW TO GET TO THE AUCTION ON SATURDAY:

Roads in Central VT were badly damaged during Hurricane Irene. Crews have worked hard. 100A is NOT open and will NOT be open on 9/24. Rt. 4, Rt. 100, Hale Hollow and Lynds hill are all OPEN. You will probably need to drive past “road closed” signs. Don’t worry, officials say it’s fine for you to be on these roads (and they are perfectly passable for all vehicles).

The best way to get to camp right now is to get yourself to Rt. 100. Drive to Plymouth and turn on 100A at the Salt Ash Inn. Go up 100A 1 mile and turn right on Lynds Hill. Go up Lynds Hill 2.6 miles and you’re at the auction.  Raise your bid ticket high!

Item of the Day: Day of Carpentry Work

Hi Friends,

It’s almost time for the Annual Benefit Auction!
Here’s the item I want to bring to your attention now.
Today’s Item: A day of carpentry!  Build some shelves, fix your deck, or start on a new project.  If you know a flood victim, offer these necessary services to them.  Paul Derksen of Turning Leaf Houserights has donated a day of his time to the BBC Benefit Auction.
Donor: Paul Derksen.
Learn more: Email Paul at vtderksen@gmail.com.
Bid Now: enter “crptry” on the form.
Happy Bidding.
Tuna (Brandon)

Item of the Day: Ibex Jackets

Hi Friends,

It’s almost time for the Annual Benefit Auction!
Here’s the item I want to bring to your attention now.
Today’s Item: Ibex Solace Jackets!  Men’s Medium and Men’s Large (1 each).
Donor: Rich and Lucy Landis.
Learn more: ibex.com.  These jackets are light and warm.  They are wind & water resistant (that’s how they have to be – can you imagine a sheep or an Ibex with fur that didn’t repel wind or water?!).  They are made from 100% Merino Wool and they won’t make you itch!  Ibex stands behind their wears.
Ibex Jacket Large
Bid Now: enter “jktlrg” or “jktmed” on the form.
Happy Bidding.
Tuna (Brandon)

Item of the Day: Help Flood Victims!

Hi Friends:

It’s almost time for the Annual Benefit Auction! Here’s the item I want to bring to your attention today.

Today’s Item: Well, it’s sort of an item.  Remember Hurricane Irene?  A major flood hit central Vermont (see some flooding near camp). Guess where many of the businesses that give to our auction live?  Central Vermont.  Not only does it make it hard for them to give items to the auction they’re hurting! One attempt we’re making this year to help some of them out is to invite anyone who has not been affected by the flood to buy from them.  And then, give whatever you buy to the annual benefit auction.  It’s that simple!  It gives them revenue and us revenue if you donate what you buy to the auction.

Donor: YOU!
Learn more: Visit our website to buy gift certificates or product from these local businesses.
Bid Now: On this item or others.
Happy Bidding.
Tuna (Brandon)

Item of the Day: Adirondack Chairs

Hi again:

It’s almost time for the Annual Benefit Auction!
Here is today’s highlight. Bid online or come to camp Sept. 24 to win this item.
Today’s Item: Adirondack Chairs – two, handcrafted, Red Cedar chairs.
Made by long-time carpenter (and BBC supporter), Dave Beidler these chairs are always in high demand.
Donor: Dave Beidler.
Learn more: call one of the many happy winners from prior years who owns a set of these beauties (I’m one – 802-672-5220).  Did I mention these also fold up for easy storage?

Bid Now: enter code “AdrChr” here. Enter your bid for ONE chair and specify if you want to buy one or two if you’re the winner (remember, if you ask for two and win, you’ll pay your winning bid twice).
See them:
Cedar_Adirondack_Chairs
Happy Bidding,
Tuna (Brandon)
All proceeds from the Bethany Birches Annual Benefit Auction support the camp’s summer program which is at the center of all our programming.  You can make a donation here or learn more about the camp’s mission here or learn more about the auction here.
Join us September 24 at Bethany Birches in Plymouth, VT for fun, apple cider and potato chips (seriously… home made potato chips).  If you can’t come, join us online!
Find BBC on Facebook; if you Tweet, find us.

Item of the Day: Forest Savers

It’s almost time for the Annual Benefit Auction!
In honor of that event, I’ll be blogging one very short post each day until the day before the auction (happening September 24 here at camp).
Auction Item of the Day: 1 Full day of work on your property by Forest Savers.
They can build you trails, take down trees, repair your gravel driveway or help you put your driveway back together after the flood!
Donor: Gerry Hawkes.
Learn more: forest-savers.com
Bid Now: enter code “forest” here
See a demo:

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All proceeds from the Bethany Birches Annual Benefit Auction support the camp’s summer program which is at the center of all our programming.  You can make a donation here or learn more about the camp’s mission here or learn more about the auction here.  Join us September 24 at Bethany Birches in Plymouth, VT for fun, apple cider and potato chips (seriously… home made potato chips).  If you can’t come, join us online!

Find BBC on Facebook; if you Tweet, find us.

Counselor Snaps on the BBC Experience

Dear BBC Campers,

It gives me such great joy to tell you about my experience at camp.  I had always wanted to be a counselor at a camp somewhere, and I finally got the opportunity last summer (2010), at a small place on a hill in Plymouth, VT, called Bethany Birches Camp, or as I like to call it, “Home.”  I can honestly say that this was the BEST SUMMER OF MY LIFE so far!

At camp, I learned a lot about God, myself, and other people through various experiences.  I was able to grow closer to the Lord, while living in a close community of friends who challenged and encouraged me along the way.  Here are some of the highlights of my experience last summer…

1)    Singing at Firesides.  This was so fun because we used hand motions while singing songs, and often times, I found myself grow closer to God during these times.

2)    The Slip N’ Slide on Wet N’ Wild Wednesday.  With dish detergent all over my shirt I was able to go super fast down the hill!

3)    Sleeping in the tree houses.  It was like a sleepover every time!  Story telling, giggling, and eventually sleeping.

Those are just a few examples of what Bethany Birches Camp is like, and there are so many other things to be excited about when you come to camp, such as baked oatmeal for breakfast; the interest groups that you can participate in; games on the field, and cabin chats.  BBC has something for everyone.  It is a place where you can feel free to be yourself, learn about nature, try new activities, learn how to work as a team, and learn more about God.  There is something there for everyone, so I urge you to consider coming this year!  I hope to return to BBC next year, and to hear about your experiences!

Snaps