Spring Fest Fun Run Success!

Thank you to all of the runners, walkers and supporters who came out this past Saturday for the 40th Annual Spring Fest Fun Run! We had just over 30 participants, many of whom opted to run both the 1.5km and 5km races. Despite many days of rain preceding the race and rainy predictions for Saturday, the weather was mostly sunny and beautiful, and runners handled the muddy spots along the trail with smiles and grace.

Congratulations to Ollie Burruss of Craftsbury, who was the first runner to finish the 5km run. Course times were not recorded, but it is worth mentioning a notable performance was given by Hazel VanderPyle, 9, of East Montpelier who came in 4th and was the 1st female to cross the finish line in the 5Km run.

Many thanks to The Buffalo Mountain Cooperative, Willey’s General Store, The Whistle Emporium, Galaxy Bookstore and Sweet Stone Maple for donating prizes that were raffled off to 5km runners! Thank you as well to Healthy Lamoille Valley for supporting the race, and to our spirited volunteers, Rose Modry and Chris Ingram.

WonderArts Welcomes New Board Member

WonderArts is excited to welcome Richard Bennum to our Board of Directors! Richard has been providing medical imaging services to Northern Vermont since 1984, practicing Diagnostic Radiology with his group at Copley Hospital in Morrisville and Northeast VT Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury. In his practice monitoring the health of Vermonters, he is constantly reminded of the health care challenges in our communities and the ways they intersect with behavioral and lifestyle challenges. He sees the arts and outdoor recreation as positive forces for people in our communities, and wants to support these activities through WonderArts.  

Richard is an amateur landscape and portrait painter who is always trying to find time to spend in his studio. He is a a dedicated athlete and fitness advocate who loves to run, hike, bike on roads and trails, and ski in Nordic, Alpine, or backcountry mode. He tries to get outdoors for at least a part of every day and loves to share these times with friends and family.

Welcome Richard!