Hometown Storytellers Celebrate Vermont

Event details

  • Wednesday | May 17, 2017
  • 6:30 pm
  • Manchester Community Library at 138 Cemetery Ave., at the corner of Rt. 7A and Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT
  • (802) 362 2607

The Manchester Historical Society and Manchester Community Library proudly present “Hometown Storytellers,” featuring Dave Quesnel, Bob Treat, and Bill West, on Wednesday, May 17, at 6:30 pm in the Hunter Community Room at the Library.

The three well-known locals are all Vermont authors who write about our beloved state with humor, nostalgia, and wit.

Bill, Bob, and Dave will present selected readings from their respective books. Lyman Foss will serve as emcee. As an auctioneer extraordinaire, Lyman knows how to keep things lively and moving along.

Dave Quesnel will read from GrandPAW’s Memoirs: Tour de Vermont 251, his story about biking to all 251 towns in Vermont, AKA, the 251 Club of Vermont, which took 75 day-rides over three years while peddling 2,180 miles.  According to Jim Douglas, former Vermont governor, “Whether you’re a Vermonter or a visitor, you’ll learn more about our beautiful state from Dave Quesnel’s quest.  He vividly describes the splendor of our small towns in a way that will beckon you to try it yourself.”

Bob Treat will share excerpts from Call Dr. Treat: Three Generations of Veterinary Practice in Vermont. His book details the development of three generations of veterinary practice and medicine in Manchester Center, Vermont. “Starting with the details of the humble beginnings of veterinary medicine and chronicling the advancement throughout 80 years, Dr. Treat tells his story in laymen’s terms and with a sense of humor all while showing his family’s dedication to the betterment of all animals,” said Joseph M. Stoyak, VMD.

Bill West will read from The Boys of Beech Ridge: the Story of the John West Camp from 1961-1970. He’ll share the story of local hunting camps along Beech Ridge- a part of Manchester relatively unknown by the majority of townspeople- as well as the cast of colorful characters who chose to live there.  “People who populated the spot with camps were in love with Beech Ridge and after reading Bill’s book, I fell for it too,” said June Gutbier.

This evening of amusement and reminiscence is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the program. The authors’ books will be available for purchase. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave., at the corner of Rt. 7A and Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, call the Library at 802.362.2607 or email events@mclvt.org.