Vol­un­teers clean up Na­ture Refuge

Old Stone House Ac­tiv­i­ties

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

Run­ners, bik­ers and walk­ers are in­vited to race around the his­toric roads of Brown­ing­ton in the crisp morn­ing air with early fall color and spec­tac­u­lar views on Sun­day morn­ing, Septem­ber 13, for the an­nual Old Stone House Fall Fo­liage Races.

The Half Marathon Run starts just af­ter 8 a.m. and the 5K Run, 5K Walk and 12 Mile Bike races start just af­ter 9 a.m. Rac­ers can register in ad­vance on-line at www.old­stone­house­mu­seum.org or by call­ing the mu­seum at (802)754-2022, or they can register on race day. All races be­gin and end in front of the mu­seum, at 109 Old Stone House Rd. Call for reg­is­tra­tion and info; fees in­cludes a race t-shirt, while they last.

Af­ter the race there will be fresh pressed ap­ple cider, corn on the cob, sweets and fruit, and prizes do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses. Rac­ers are welcome to take a free tour of the mu­seum.

The Old Stone House Mu­seum is a four story gran­ite block for­mer dor­mi­tory, with thou­sands of ar­ti­facts dis­played in 22 rooms, in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture, paint­ings, pho­to­graphs, tools, toys, tex­tiles, folk art, and the stuff of ev­ery­day life. There are two barns with ex­hibits of agri­cul­tural and trans­porta­tion equip­ment. The mu­seum opened in 1925, as the county his­tor­i­cal mu­seum run by the Or­leans County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Pro­ceeds from the Fall Fo­liage Races will sup­port pro­gram­ming at the mu­seum.

Vol­un­teers spent a Satur­day in Au­gust clean­ing up the shores in the Refuge Na­turel Baie Mis­sisquoi where there are en­dan­gered plant species.

Thirty large bags of garbage were filled with plas­tic, glass, me­tal, paint cans, tires and more dur­ing the clean-up or­ga­nized by Na­ture Con­ser­vancy Canada.

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