October 13 - LCC 49th Annual Meeting

Come join Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) board, staff and friends at the “Barnhouse" amongst the fields, farms, forests, and fossils of historic Isle La Motte, Vermont for LCC's 49th Annual Meeting. Learn about LCC’s work, get a status report on lake health, converse with other lake lovers, eat great food all in a beautiful lakeside setting courtesy of the Turner Dale families. The gathering is free and open to everyone who cares about the lake. We hope to see you there!

Please RSVP online to LCC's 49th Annual Meeting. The first 50 respondents get a great gift for pick up at the meeting!

LCC 49th Annual Meeting Program

Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM - Arrival at the Barnhouse
Enjoy bagels and coffee as you take in the ambience of this historic barnhouse completed in 1857 and moved to its present location in 2003.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Welcome & Business Meeting
Hear from LCC board members and staff about our work in the field, on the water and in the community over the last year. Learn about the citizen involvement in our blue-green algae monitoring program, our expanding invasive species work, and more.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - State of the Lake Presentation
Dr. William Howland, Manager of the Lake Champlain Basin Program, will give an overview of the health of the lake. What’s improving? What are some of the most pressing problems and how can we address them? Hear how Lake Champlain is faring and engage in a discussion about steps we can all take to protect and improve its future. Copies of the recently released “State of the Lake” report will be available at the meeting.  

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM - Buffet Lunch
Enjoy light fare of savory and sweet treats from Champlain Valley food purveyors including City Market, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and more.

Tours Offered

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Tours on and off-site

Turner Property Tour (On site)learn about the history of the island and property as you tour the grounds with our Turner Family hosts. The site includes one of the best examples of limestone bluff cedar forest on the lake.

Fisk Quarry and Goodsell Ridge Preserve Tours (Off-site)Journey back in time exploring the 480 million year-old Chazy Fossil Reef at the Goodsell Ridge Preserve. Spot fossil reef outcrops as you wander the pasture and woodland trails and then head to the Fisk Quarry site where marble was cut for monuments and buildings.

LakePaddleBring your kayak(s) and PFD(s) for a paddle to “The Head”, the site of one of LCC’s newest locations on the Lake Champlain Paddlers’ Trail. (Paddlers must provide their own craft, paddles and PFDs. Bad weather cancels.)

About the Setting

Thank you to LCC members Selby and Maureen Turner for hosting LCC’s 49th Annual Meeting! The Barnhouse is located on 225 acres in historic Isle La Motte. It includes original horse stables along with a wonderfully eclectic collection of books, furniture, and historic tools dating back to its genesis as a working farm of the 1800s.

Directions to Turner Barnhouse, Isle La Motte, Vermont

Coming from New York and the North:  Take Interstate 87 north to exit 42 for Rte 11 at Rouse Point and proceed to the Rouses Point/Vermont bridge. The road becomes Rte 2 in Vermont. Pass thru Alburgh Village. At the end of Alburgh Village, make a right on West  Shore Road and proceed (4-5 miles) to the Isle La Motte bridge. ***Cross the bridge and proceed on Main St straight to the south end of the Island approximately 6 miles. Shortly after the Hall Apple Orchards the road will curve right and become gravel. In about one quarter of a mile, turn left at the Turner/Dale Farmhouse sign. The Barnhouse will be first on the right. Follow the parking signs for where to park. (The time from Plattsburgh is about one hour.)

Coming from the South: Take Interstate 89 north to exit 17 for Route 2. Bear right at the ramp fork and follow Rte 2 north. Cross the Sand Bar Bridge and proceed thru South Hero, Grand Isle and North Hero. Cross the bridge from North Hero to Alburgh and make the second left turn on to Rte 129 West (at the Little Brown Church) to Isle La Motte. Follow directions above from the asterisks***. (The time from Burlington is about one hour and fifteen minutes.)

Please RSVP online to LCC's 49th Annual Meeting. The first 50 respondents get a gift for pick up at the meeting from our friends at AVEDA so respond soon! (One gift per household.)