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Middletown Springs Historical Society

2023 Maple Festival Raffle

We are excited to announce that this year’s Maple Festival Raffle includes over 30 items, each valued at $100 or more! Look at the amazing items on this page that have been donated by historical society members and friends, local businesses and artists, and regional stores. Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 tickets for $100. Simply download and print raffle tickets and send them in for your chance to win!

BE SURE TO WRITE ON EACH TICKET THE ITEM NUMBER YOU WANT and mail your tickets with check (payable to Middletown Springs Historical Society) to Middletown Springs Historical Society, P.O. Box 1121, Middletown Springs, VT 05757.

RAFFLE TICKETS AND PAYMENT MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MARCH 15, 2023. We will draw the lucky tickets for each item during the Maple Festival on March 19 and notify winners to arrange for pickup or shipping. Winners will be responsible for shipping costs.

If you have questions, please contact us using the button below.  Thank you very much for your support!

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Thanks to all our donors for these fabulous raffle items!

Johnson Energy logo.

Item #1

100 Gallons of Heating Oil or Cash Value
Estimated Value: $400 / Donated by Johnson Energy

You choose between a Gift Certificate for 100 gallons of heating oil or cash value (approx. $400). Johnson Energy is a complete service, repair, installation, and heating fuel company with a team of well-trained, quality-focused professionals. Their delivery area is from Wallingford to Pittsford and from Fair Haven to Killington.

Peter Huntoon Vermont Artist logo and his water color painting of the Middletown Springs green.

Item #2

Your choice of any Limited-Edition Print, up to size 16”X 20”
Value: Up to $150 / Donated by Peter Huntoon

Select any limited-edition print by nationally known local artist Peter Huntoon from his vast portfolio at In Peter’s words, “I’m an artist in love with Vermont. My life’s work is celebrating Vermont’s diverse beauty through art and sharing the creative adventure with you.”

Best Moon Catering Logo

Item #3

Best Moon Catering Gift Card
Value: $150 / Donated by Kathy & Patrick Feeley

Let Cory Best cater your next dinner party or family event. Or get on her schedule for weekly dinner entrees, delivered locally. Enjoy this great value yourself or treat a friend.

Ace Hardware logo

Item #4

$100 Ace Hardware Gift Card
Value: $100 / Donated by Gilmore Home Center

The Ace Hardware gift card may be used at any of Ace Hardware’s 5,000 stores nationwide and includes Gilmore Home Center in Bomoseen, as they recover from their recent fire.

Clip art illustration of a PC

Item #5

Two hours PC Consulting
Value: $100 / Donated by Kevin Eaton

Frustrated by a slow computer? Here’s your chance to have Middletown Springs computer expert Kevin Eaton help you. His two-hour consultation includes updates, tune-up, cleanup and brief tutoring.

Sarah Grimm petting a beige horse.

Item #6

Natural Horse Lessons
Value: $100 / Donated by Sarah Grimm

Children and adults can learn how to connect and communicate with horses – on the ground or in the saddle. Sarah Grimm is a Horse Specialist and Licensed Parelli Professional ™ 2 Star Instructor located in the mountains of Vermont and traveling the world of horses.

L.L. Bean gift cards.

Item #7

Two $50 L.L. Bean Gift Cards
Value: $100 / Donated by Alice Marsh

The gift cards can be used at any of their stores or online. L.L. Bean believes the more time you spend outside together, the better. That’s why they design products that make it easier to take longer walks, have deeper talks and never worry about the weather. Sounds good!

Front and rear view of log cabin dollhouse.

Item #8

Log Doll House with Furnishings
Value $100 / Donated by Pam Johnson

Surprise your youngster with this vintage log doll house, complete with furnishings. The stove even has a frying pan with an egg, and on the table is an old-time telephone. The dimensions are 11″ x 17″ x 13″ high.

Honey and beeswax assortment with a bottle of maple syrup and Mahar Maple Farm logo.

Item #9

Vermont Sweet Products
Value: $133 / Donated by Maureen LaBate (all things honey $70) / Alfred Haley (maple syrup $30) / Mahar Maple Farm (maple syrup and nuts $33)

An assortment of honey and beeswax products donated by Maureen LaBate: two honey bears, two pinecone candles, set of tapers, a large votive, two lip balms, and two lotion tubes, a beeswax maple leaf and a baby bear candle.  A half-gallon of pure Vermont maple syrup donated by Alfred Haley; and one pint pure Vermont maple syrup and two packages of maple nuts donated by Mahar Maple Farm. 

Front of the Vermont Country Store in Weston.

Item #10

$100 Vermont Country Store Gift Card
Value: $100 / Donated by Pat and Don Hemenway

What could be more fun than shopping at Vermont Country Store! The Orton Family opened this quaint store in 1946 in Weston, Vermont. Shop their stores in Weston or Rockingham, or online for quality, practical and hard to find merchandise.

Framed vellum religious manuscript.

Item #11

16th Century Vellum Religious Music Manuscript, Archivally Framed
Value: $350 / Donated by Anne Pratt Slatin

This antique music manuscript, European in origin and possibly a verse of a Gregorian chant, is hand-inscribed in Latin. There is another chant on the reverse (not visible), but the more interesting side is the one you see. Manuscript 14 ¼” w x 19 ¾” h; Frame 21 x 26 ½. 

Four antique tomahawks with certificate of authenticity.

Item #12

Set of four Limited Edition Tomahawk Trails Collector’s Items
Value: $100 / Donated by Pam Johnson

These finely crafted ceramic Tomahawks are like new as they have never been displayed. They include Guardians of the Pack (#6 in the series), Running Spirits (#2), Songs of the Pack (#3), which also has the Certificate of Authenticity, and Guardians of the Forest (#8). The collection by artist Al Agnew is numbered. They are hand cast and painted in the standard of the Bradford Exchange. Approximately 12” in length. 

Set of four limited edition framed plates with certificates of authenticity.

Item #13

Set of four Limited Edition Framed Plates
Value: $100 / Donated by Pam Johnson

Four beautifully designed collector’s plates by Dave Henderson in the Escape to the Country series. Plates are Country Line Farmer’s Market (#1 in the series), Country Welcome (#2), Friendly Visitors (#7) and Country Comforts ($4). They are painted on porcelain with gold leaf trim, approximately 8 1/8” in diameter. All have a certificate of authenticity and a beautiful natural hardwood frame by Van Hygan & Smyth, with 4 steel spring clips and a hanging ring. These are preowned but essentially new as they have not been displayed. Each is numbered and meets the standards of Bradford Exchange.

Illustration two blue birds with yellow bellies and a branch of white flowers, green leaves and red berries.

Item #14

Guided Natural History Walk on Your Property
Value: $100 / Donated by Jim Graves and Kathy Doyle

Dr. Kathy Doyle and Dr. Jim Graves will come to your property in the early morning and identify bird songs, plants: grasses, shrubs, and trees; or they will gladly cater to whatever interests the winner of this service. They will answer your questions and prepare an inventory of the birds and plants they identified. Both are retired professors. Kathy was at Middlebury College teaching in the environmental science lab and Jim taught botany and environmental studies at Green Mountain College.

Bird feeder and birdhouse assortment.

Item #15

“For the Birds” Assortment
Value: $100 / Donated by Phil and May Biondi

Your feathered friends will love you for this! This assortment includes a peanut bird feeder, wren house, bat house and even a colorful banner.

Pots, wooden signs with garden themes and welcome stone.

Item #16

Garden Décor Assortment
Value: $100 / Donated by Phil and May Biondi

Spruce up your garden with whimsical décor! Add a Welcome stone and pot your plants in two nice flower containers.

Seed packets, fertilizer tubs, shears, trowels and the Mandy Springs logo.

Item #17

Gardening Collection and Gift Card
Value: $125 / Donated by Phil and May Biondi (garden products)/
Mandy Springs Nursery ($25 Gift Card)

Tools, seeds, fertilizer and more! This collection will get you started in your garden. Trowels for digging, hand pruners for trimming stems and branches, fertilizer for houseplants and orchids, as well as seeds to add to your garden. Also in the collection are two candles and a colorful banner. Head to Mandy’s Spring Nursery with your gift card for more garden goodies.

Ace Hardware logo.

Item #18

Ace Hardware Gift Card
Value: $150 / Donated by Rutland Noble Ace Hardware

Use this gift card at Noble Ace Hardware in Rutland, any of Ace Hardware’s 5,000 stores nationwide, or online. Explore a wide range of quality products to fix, repair and maintain your home.

La Valley Building Supply and Middleton Building Supply logos.

Item #19

LaValley Building Supply Gift Card
Value: $100 / Donated by LaValley Building Supply

These two $50 gift cards may be used at any of the 12 LaValley Building Supply and Middleton Building Supply stores, located in Rutland and Ludlow and throughout New Hampshire. Now’s the time to start planning your building projects.

Logos of Mary's Cafe, Birdseye Diner and Sweet Caroline's Restaurant.

Item #20

Local Dine Around Gift Certificates
Value: $120 / Donated by Mary’s Cafe ($25)/ Sweet Caroline’s ($25)/Birdseye Diner Meal for Two ($70)

These three local restaurants are each one of kind. Mary’s Café in West Rutland is a popular place for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Sweet Caroline’s is one of the most popular restaurants for dinner. And if you love historic diners, Birdseye Diner in Castleton is your place! With Birdseye’s gift certificate, you can choose breakfast, lunch, or dinner for two.

Logos of Hanford, Price Chopper, Grand Union, Vermont Sweetwater and a bottle of maple syrup.

Item #21

Market Basket of Groceries
Value: $155 / $25 Hannaford Gift Card/ $25 Price Chopper Gift Card/ $25 Grand Union Gift Card/$50 Case of Vermont Sweetwater Maple Soda / $30 half gallon of maple syrup donated by Alfred Haley

Going grocery shopping? Use these gift cards from Price Chopper, Grand Union and Hannaford at any of their locations in the Northeast. Enjoy local maple syrup on your pancakes. The 24-bottle case of Vermont Sweetwater maple soda will last for weeks. Serve it at your next party.

Clipart of a snowboarder, logos of Okemo Resort and Vail Resorts.

Item #22

Four Tune-up Coupons for Skis or Snowboards
Value: $220 / Okemo or any Vail Resort / Donated by Ray Gaylord

Sharpen your edges! Get the family skis and snowboards tuned at Okemo or any of the many other Vail Resorts. Valid only through the 2022-2023 ski season.

Clipart of skier. Logos of Okemo Resort and Vail Resorts.

Item #23

Ski or Snowboard rental/demo
Value: $340 / Okemo or any Vail Resort / Donated by Ray Gaylord

Four one day rentals of skis or snowboards available at Okemo Mountain or any Vail Resort.
Valid only through the 2022-2023 ski season.

Clipart of ski lift. Logos of Okemo Resort and Vail Resorts.

Item #24

Take a Scenic Ride or Ski Lift
Value: Estimated $300 / Okemo or any Vail Resort* / Donated by Ray Gaylord

Half off on four one-day adult scenic ride or ski lift passes at Okemo Mountain or any Vail Resort (except in Australia). Even if you don’t ski, head to the mountains for a scenic ride. Or take your bike for a complimentary bike-haul and then ride your bike down the trails! Valid through October 15, 2023.

Spinning wheel on top and spindles on bottom.

Item #25

Spinning or Knitting Lessons for One or Two people
Value: $100 for one person-$175 for two people /Donated by Nora Rubinstein

Fiber artist Nora Rubinstein will introduce you to some of the history of spinning and teach you present-day skills to customize your own yarn for color, warmth and softness. Student(s) will have the opportunity to examine exotic fibers from angora to qiviut and to test out spinning on a drop spindle, an antique walking wheel, an antique Saxony type wheel and a modern spinning wheel. If you would rather learn to knit, she can help get you started with the basics of making a scarf or a cowl to warm you on cold Vermont nights.

Nora will provide materials needed for the class and can guide you to buying your own spindles, wheels, needles and yarn should you want to do so. Two two-hour lessons are offered with time between to practice. 

David Lawrence business card with red rose.

Item #26

Customized Floral Package – Bridal or Home Arrangement
Value: $250 / Donated by David Lawrence Designs, LLC

David Lawrence, for 25 years proprietor of The Village Florist in Manchester, is well-known for his unique floral designs for weddings and special events. Enhance your next party with a customized floral package, whether for a wedding, an anniversary or other special event. Good through December 31, 2023.

Lionel trains set on top and hanging basket kit on bottom.

Item #27

Train Set and Two Pre-decorated Hanging Baskets
Value: $100/ Donated by Williams Hardware

Get ready for next Christmas! Who wouldn’t love a Lionel Train set! This 32-piece G-gauge battery powered set has 14.5 feet of track making a 51” x 63” oval. Included are a locomotive, two coaches and a caboose. The two 13” hanging baskets, decorated with greenery, pinecones and berries, hang on 28-inch shepherd hooks included in package. They are each lit with 10 warm white battery powered LED bulbs.

Dog toys on top, S.E. Smith logo on bottom.

Item #28

Pamper Your Pets!
Value: $130 / Three Dog toys ($30) donated by Maureen McCormack;
S.E. Smith Gift Card ($100) donated by Peter and Aileen Stevenson

Treat your dog to some fun toys and stop by S.E. Smith in West Rutland to pick up some dog treats or dog food

Yankee paint brochures laid out.

Item #29

Sanborn’s Yankee Paint $150 Gift Certificate
Value: $150 / Donated by Yankee Paint

This $150 gift certificate is from Sanborn’s Yankee Paint in Rutland, an authorized Benjamin Moore retailer specializing in interior and exterior paint and stain supplies. Find inspiration and support for all your paint and stain projects. Whether you need interior or exterior, high-end or commercial-grade coatings, they are ready to serve you and answer your questions.

Logos for Carl Durfee, Maher Maple Farm, Hermit Hill Books, Staples, T.J. Max.

Item #30

Local Shop Around Gift Cards/Certificates
Value: $200 /Carl Durfee Store ($50); Mahar Maple ($50); Hermit Hill Books ($25); Staples ($50); T J Maxx ($25) donated by Lucille Horkan

Find something for yourself or your home at T J Maxx and at Carl Durfee’s Store; a book from Hermit Hill Books; your office needs from Staples store or; and something sweet from Mahar Maple Farm online

Logos for O'Briens Salon, Riverside Motors, Applebee's, and a photo of a McNeil & Reedy Leather Credit Card Holder.

Item #31

Mixed Bag
Value: $160 / O’Brien Hair Salon ($25)/ Riverside Motors ($60) / Leather
Credit Card Holder ($25) donated by McNeil & Reedy / Knitted Socks ($30)
Handcrafted by Lois Dansereau / Applebee’s ($25)

Get your hair done at O’Brien’s Hair Salon, an oil change and lube at Riverside Motors, put your credit cards into the RFID protected leather wallet, pull on your new knitted socks and head to Applebee’s for lunch or dinner!

Decorative frames.

Item #32

$100 Quest Frames Gift Certificate
Value: $100 / Donated by Quest Frames

Have something you’ve always intended to frame? Now’s your chance! This locally owned Rutland frame shop offers custom framing and dry mounting, as well as archival and preservation matting and framing.

Toad's Burger Bar restaurant logo featuring a burger-eating toad.

Item #33

Toad’s Burger Bar $100 Gift Certificate
Value: $100 / Donated by Chris Hoyt

This excellent burger joint in the middle of Poultney offers huge servings with amazing flavor, and an assortment of sides. Toad’s features a wide selection of drinks, both alcoholic and non. Invite your friends for burgers and play pool or shuffleboard while you’re there!

Bottle of lavender spray and prize description.

Item #34

Massage Relaxation Package
Value: $100 / Donated by Holly Cronin

Enhance your health with a 60-minute massage from certified massage therapist Holly Cronin, plus an 8-ounce handmade lavender face and body mist. Can be redeemed for yourself or given as a gift. Courtesy of Holly Hill Haven of Middletown Springs.

Restaurant logo for Hop 'N Moose featuring black moose silhouette.

Item #35

$100 Hop’n Moose Pub Gift Card
Value: $100 / Donated by Carmody Heering Family

Enjoy locally sourced pizza, wings, burgers and more paired with craft beer at Hop’n Moose Pub located in the heart of downtown Rutland. While you’re there, select from a full line-up of Rutland Beer Works beers, from lagers to barrel aged stouts.

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