1. Robin
    Robin August 15, 2015 at 5:57 pm | | Reply

    This is a lovely story. Thanks so much for finding it and sharing it.

  2. marianne ross
    marianne ross August 15, 2015 at 8:23 pm | | Reply

    One of the richest experiences my husband and I had in the NEK was spending several hours with Fred Webster, riding in his stagecoach and snow roller and hearing his life story and harmonica playing; touring has collections, including a reconstruction of his own one-room schoolhouse, with copies of newspapers from every decade of his life.
    A treasure trove of Vermont character and a unique human being!

  3. Melissa Burroughs
    Melissa Burroughs August 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm | | Reply

    In my few years living in the NEK, I’ve heard much about the ‘ole Saturday nights at the Dance Halls. The fiddles, the dancing, the fun. Dance halls offered a rich night life all over this area, and it was so fun to hear Fred share his family’s passion for dancing. What a rich complement to “the clock” of farm life. Erica, I felt like I was sitting in the front parlor with both of you, with Fred’s easy laugh and your penetrating voice. As Fred so clearly puts it, “The best gift you can offer someone in this world is a kind word.” Your conversation with Fred takes its precious time, like all the interviews you do, and is a real education and gift to all of us listening. Much thanks.

  4. anne
    anne September 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm | | Reply

    This is one interview I will listen to several times because there are so many gold nuggets in it. Fred’s description of what it takes to be good at manual labor; the understanding he voices of his first wife’s actions; the joy and responsibility of rearing a large family; the respect he feels for his father; and Fred’s ability to feel and to express love. I had just finished reading Wendell Berry’s book Nathan Coulter when I listened to this interview. If Fred ever gets a chance to read it, I think he will be deeply moved.

  5. Heidi Schmidt
    Heidi Schmidt September 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm | | Reply

    Hi Erica,

    Great article about Fred. When I was out in Vermont last Fall I had the good fortune to meet him. I love the people who live in the Northeast Kingdom. Everybody I’ve met is so creative and so active and really enjoy their lives.

    Thought you might be interested in my blog post about Fred.

    I’ve posted about quite a few people and places in Vermont.

    Again, great article and I’ll be following you.


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