LUDLOW - The snow is melting, the debris of late fall is
showing, and now there's no excuse to put off painting the patio,
which is why the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce held its
first home and garden show in Ludlow's community center on April 6
OVRCC executive director Marji Graf said there hadn't been such
an event in southern Vermont for some time.
"There was one in northern Vermont, and Manchester used to hold
one in southern Vermont, but they don't do that anymore," Graf
said. "We had a lot of interest. I don't think I could have taken
any more vendors because of the space."
Besides area home and garden venues showing their wares, several
specialists held seminars on topics from beekeeping and composting
to hooking rugs and selecting paint.
Ruxana Oosman, of Ruxana's Home Interiors in Rutland, gave the
presentation on selecting paint. She said consumers need to do a
little preliminary work before making their selections.
"Don't select your paint at the counter," Oosman said. "You
should bring samples home to see how the colors will actually look
in your home. You should paint a card or posterboard to see how a
color looks in different light and in different parts of the
Oosman also advised avoiding amateur home design blogs.
"My degree is in interior design," she said. Most of "those
people don't have any experience, and they're wrong. They're just
trying to attract paid advertising."
LaValley's Building Supply sent one of its paint managers, Becky
Parker, to the home show.
"Everybody's getting ready for spring," she said. "We've been
getting a lot of inquiries about roofing, and of course this is the
season for replacement doors and windows."
Parker said she was pleased to see the high turnout for the
"We hold our own home show in Rutland, and our New Hampshire
stores do one," she said. "I think this one is a great idea."
Gloria Benson of Cuttingsville, who runs Gloria's Pantry and is a
member of the Chamber, was also there. She runs a farm and makes a
number of popular food products.
"I'm 100 percent Vermont-made local," Benson said. "We recently
moved into a bigger place. Right now, I'm doing a lot of pies. We
have fruits and vegetables, and I have chickens so we can sell
Cavendish resident Diane Vergi said she was there to learn about
beginning a bee hive.
"I have a little greenhouse," she said. "I've become worried
about our pollinators, and other beneficials. We lost 90 percent of
our bat population, and I want to do my part."
Vergi said she wants to create a microenvironment where local
species can survive and thrive.
"I've put up a bat house," she said, "and already I have two
living in there."
Al Davis, of Proctorsville, said he didn't have any particular
projects going, but wanted to see what was available.
"I just wanted to see what's happening," he said. "We're going
from one season to the next."
Mitch Rudman runs the High Falls Furniture Co. in Chester. He
makes custom furniture in the style of late 19th and early 20th
century antiques, but he's branching out. He's developed a cheese
cutter that relies on magnets instead of a mechanism, which makes
cleaning and storing it a lot easier.
"This is my first home show," he said. "I don't do a lot
locally, and I'm here to make connections. This is a great idea and
a great space."