Exploring Vermont with the 251 Club
I recently heard about the 251 Club of Vermont on the Happy Vermont podcast and was intrigued. The club was established in 1954 with founder Dr. Arthur Wallace Peach's proposal to "organize a 251 Club to be made up of Vermonters and others who can show that they have visited, not merely driven through, the 251 towns in the state.” I thought this sounded like a fun challenge, so I signed up for a membership.
Although we only moved to Vermont last summer, we have been slowly exploring the state over the past five years as we looked for the perfect spot to settle. We particularly focused on the Northeast Kingdom with a few shorter stays elsewhere, so we know we have a lot more of this amazing state to discover.
Members of the 251 Club can decide the manner of their visit, such as photographing the post office in each town or riding through by bicycle. Because I am using natural materials for my Vermento pieces, I am challenging myself to collect something to incorporate from all 251 towns. I have no idea how long this is going to take, but I am going to start on January 1st and skip undertaking a more traditional and punitive New Year's resolution, which I would have done anyway...