Tour Greenmount Cemetery

Join us on Sunday, October 24th for a memorable tour of one of Burlington’s oldest and most historically significant sites, Greenmount Cemetery. The tour begins at 10:00 am and will highlight the history of Burlington and the Old East End through the lives of the European settlers laid to rest in this burying ground.

Our friends at Preservation Burlington will entertain you with stories about the prominent men and women who established our city, state, and nation. Learn about the people behind the familiar names etched into the fabric of our community – Fletcher, Chase, Edgcumbe, Edmunds – just to name a few! Find the grave of a Buffalo Soldier and Vermont’s very first senator with presidential aspirations.

Jason Stuffle, Old East End resident and Greenmount expert, will share his knowledge of the diverse cast of characters buried in these plots, explain the symbolism found on their grave stones, and share his dedication to cleaning these stones and bringing long hidden stories to light. Make sure to ask him about the lost grave of a Civil War soldier he rediscovered on an expedition through the Schmanska Park woods!

Where | 339 Colchester Avenue, Burlington Vermont
When | Sunday, October 24, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Suggested Donation | $10

Stuck in Vermont is an award winning video series created by the Old East End’s own Eva Sollberger! Check her out on 7 Days Vermont and WCAX

Schmanska Benches

As Covid restrictions are lifting and summer weather is setting in, we hope you’re all getting back to doing the things you love. If you’re looking for a fun community project, how about helping us build and decorate 5 more bench-tables for Schmanska Park! We’re planning a relaxed and flexible summer schedule with all activities happening at the Schmanska Park Barn. Here’s our tentative plan:

Lumber Delivery
Monday, June 21, 8 – 10am

Help us move 50 2x4s from the delivery truck into the barn. Delivery is tentative, so call Dave at 802.373.4790 to confirm details.


Prep Lumber
Wednesday, June 23, 4 – 7pm

We’ll set-up a work area outside the barn, move the 2x4s outside, cut the lumber to length, sand the edges, and then store the prepped lumber in the barn.

The OEENC will provide a miter saw, electrical cords, 2 sets of sawhorses, a palm sander, and sandpaper. We could use more sawhorse sets and power sanders, so bring those with you along with your own safety gloves and eye protection.


Prime Lumber
June 24 – July 8 in the evening

We’ll set-up a work area outside the barn, move the prepped lumber outside, prime the lumber, and then store the primed lumber and tools in the barn.

The OEENC will provide paints, brushes, buckets, and clean up material, make sure to wear painting clothes and bring your own gloves.


Paint Designs
TBD for a Saturday in the second half of July, 10am – 2pm

We’ll set-up a work area outside the barn, move the primed lumber outside, paint designs on the lumber, and then store the painted lumber and tools in the barn.

The OEENC will invite kids, artists, and community groups to design benches. We will also provide paints, brushes, buckets, and clean up material, make sure to wear painting clothes and bring your own gloves.


Assemble Benches
TBD for a Saturday in late July or early August

We’ll set-up a work area outside the barn, move the painted lumber outside, assemble the benches, and distribute them throughout the park.

The OEENC will provide fasteners and power drivers. We could use more screw guns and power drivers so bring those with you along with your own safety gloves and eye protection.

You know you want to be a part of this…

Memorial Day

While the origins of this somber remembrance are contested, we can all agree that honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving this country is a worthy national holiday. Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer and gives us an opportunity to connect with friends and family, but let’s not forget those who are no longer with us.

Join the Old East End at Greenmount Cemetery on Sunday, May 30th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon as we honor each veteran by placing an American flag next to their grave stone.

This event is organized by Jason Stuffle and supported by Burlington City Cemeteries. Volunteers will receive a map marking the headstones of veterans from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and a Buffalo Soldier. After flag placement, Jason will demonstrate the proper technique for cleaning headstones. Check out this amazing transformation!

Slide the bar to see the stone before and after cleaning

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae

In Flanders Fields, the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Come join us to learn about local history, honor those who have passed, and enjoy the beauty of Greenmount Cemetery.

Saturday in the Park

May 15, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Old East End is joining forces with Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront to host the 2021 Kid’s Week kickoff event at Schmanska Park. Check out this amazing list of activities and make a plan to join us for some fun family time in the park. New activities could be added, so check back for up-to-date information.

We are so stoked for this event, but please remember the pandemic isn’t over yet. We’ll be following the latest state COVID-19 guidelines, so bring your mask and maintain proper social distancing to keep your community safe.

Activities


Live Local Music

10:00 am
Samara Lark + Jack Hanson
10:45 am
Bloco Montanha Verde
11:15 am
Lola Houston
Noon
Sambatucada!


Tree Cookie Art

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

We’ll provide paint, brushes, and tree slices. You bring an artistic vision and create a mini masterpiece for display in Schmanska Park!

Paint one for the park!


Meteorology

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meteorologist Haley Bouley of our Local 22 and Local 44 Skytracker Weather Team will blow in to drop some atmospheric experiments on the park. Be amazed by a tornado in a bottle and a cloud in a jar!


Champ!

11:00 am – Noon

Hang out with everyone’s favorite Lake Monster and get fired up for the upcoming baseball season at our historic Centennial Field.


Creemees!

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

What’s better than a free creemee from Palmer Lane Maple? Nothing that I can think of. Come and get it!


Family Yoga

Noon – 1:00 pm

Laughing River Yoga will lead a session for kids and families in the park. Come peel away the stress and connect with nature.

Natarajasana by Tyler Vendituoli


Story Walk ®

Ongoing Installation

Stroll the park and enjoy a New York Times best seller, Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris. An inspiring story of sisters who come together to build a stronger community. Start the story at the Grove Street crosswalk.

The Story Walk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier and developed with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and Kellogg Hubbard Library.


Make Your Music

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Create your own melody with fun instruments designed by local artist Michael Waters. They’re available May 15 – 23. Should these be a permanent installation in Schmanska Park? Give us your opinion in our survey 🙂


But wait, the fun’s not over yet!

This is only the beginning of BPRW’s Kids Week, so don’t miss out on any of the fun at these other great locations.

Saturday, May 15 – Sunday, June 13
City Wide Scavenger Hunt
All day every day for a month!

Sunday, May 16
City Hall Park
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, May 19
Fletcher Free Library Lawn
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 22
Roosevelt Park
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Burlington Baseball!

Play Ball!

Our home-town Vermont Lake Monsters have released their brand new 2021 FCBL schedule and it is packed with 38 home games at historic Centennial Field, right here in the Old East End. That’s right, you can literally walk to the ballpark from your own front door! So, oil up your mitt, dust off your shoes, and get that arm loose in preparation for the home opener, Saturday, May 29th against the Norwich Sea Unicorns. Tickets haven’t gone on sale yet, but follow the Lake Monsters on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for the most up-to-date information.

Hold up, wait just a minute…
What is the FCBL?

Women throwing a baseball around like a boss

The FCBL is a is a wood-bat league featuring some of the country’s top college prospects. Founded in 2011, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s 2021 teams are the Brockton Rox, Nashua Silver Knights, New Britain Bees, Norwich Sea Unicorns, Pittsfield Suns, Vermont Lake Monsters, Westfield Starfires, and Worcester Bravehearts. My money is on a somewhat splashy rivalry developing with the Sea Unicorns 💦

Follow the Futures League on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest league news.

2021 Lake Monster deets

Green Up Day 2021

Saturday, May 1st

Grab a handful of those stylish Green Up bags and help us take out the trash! Green Up Vermont‘s annual spring ritual brings thousands of Vermonters together to clear their communities of litter. Last year alone 421 tons of debris were removed across the state because everyone knows a tidy neighborhood is good for health, environment, business, and property value.

Swing by one of our 3 primary areas to pick up your bags, and check out our Old East End list of litter problem spots. Tackle any of the areas on your own, or join forces with our coordinators. However you choose to pitch in, we look forward to seeing you out and about in the Old East End!

Rain Dates: Sunday, May 2nd or Saturday, May 8th


How It Works

  • Pick up free Green-Up bags at Schmanska Park, Greenmount Cemetery, or the Little Free Library at 166 East Avenue – available all day / until we run out, beginning at 8am
  • You can also visit Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront for additional bag pick up locations throughout the city
  • Take your bags and do your thing, or work with our fabulous and friendly coordinators from 8-10am
  • Tie your litter-stuffed bags closed and leave them along the closest major street for pick up – Colchester Avenue, East Avenue, Riverside Avenue, Barrett Street, Chase Street, or Grove Street

Note: Personal bags, household trash, bulk items, recyclables will not be collected

Safety Tips

  • Wear bright, visible clothing, long pants, boots, and work gloves
  • Practice appropriate social distancing and wear a mask
  • Work facing oncoming traffic
  • If you come across any hazardous items, leave them alone. Alert the city using the See Click Fix website or mobile app
  • Check yourself for ticks at the end of the day

Schmanska Park

63 Grove Street – parking lot / crosswalk

Dave Cawley has bags for everyone and is coordinating efforts around the park

Schmanska areas of focus include:

  • Schmanska Park
  • Parking Lot
  • Grove Street
  • Calarco Court
  • Colchester Court

East Avenue Corridor

166 East Avenue – Little Free Library

Cindy Cook has bags for everyone and is coordinating efforts along East Avenue

East Avenue areas of focus include:

  • East Avenue
  • UVM bank, paths
  • East Village Drive
  • Bilodeau Court
  • Case Parkway
  • University Road

Greenmount Cemetery

339 Colchester Ave – main gate

Jason Stuffle has bags for everyone and is coordinating efforts around the cemetery

Greenmount areas of focus include:

  • Cemetery
  • Upper Colchester
  • Nash Place
  • Thibault Parkway
  • Latham Court

Additional Litter Problem Spots

After grabbing your free Green-Up bags, you might want to check out these areas. They could use a little litter-picking love.

Grove Street Corridor Barrett Street to Burlington City Limits

Lower Colchester Triangle Lower Colchester Avenue, Chase Street, Barrett Street, Chase Lane, Rumsey Lane

Chace Mill and the River Winooski bridge, river bank, Mill Street, Chace Mill

Salmon Hole parking lot, trail head, Riverside Avenue to Winooski bridge

Anywhere else you notice a pile of litter!

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See something, say something

While you’re out collecting litter, you may notice other opportunities for neighborhood improvement. Report them through the See Click Fix website or mobile app.

Keep an eye out

Broken or Missing Infrastructure – traffic signals, pedestrian buttons, bus stops, street drains, fire hydrants, utility boxes, overflowing trash cans, park equipment, bike racks, unclear signage, etc.

Road or Bike Lane Hazards – faded crosswalks or lane lines, potholes, broken or missing curbs, illegal parking, needs sweeping, etc.

Sidewalk Hazards – broken or uneven pavement, etc.

Vegetation Hazards – overgrown power or utility lines, dead trees, encroaching on walkways, bike lanes, roads, or signage, etc.

Unwelcome Additions – graffiti, illegal dumping, etc.


For More Information

Old East End History

The Old East End Neighborhood Coalition is dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich history of people, structures, and events that have shaped this community. We look forward to dishing the dirt, but here’s a little teaser put together by students in Patricia Stokowski’s Parks Recreation and Tourism Program; UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The original posters are currently on display at the Schmanska Park barn.

Lantern Crafts

UPDATE: Due to recent wind and rain, we’ve moved all the lanterns to the small trees around the Schmanska Park barn. Please feel free to take your lantern to enjoy at home. Any left in the park on March 9 will be removed and stored in the barn. If you want to be reunited with your lantern after March 9, contact us and we’ll make arrangements for its safe return.


It’s time to unleash your inner artist and help us glow-up the park with a vellum lantern masterpiece. We’ll provide the lantern material, all you need is your imagination and the art supplies necessary to turn your vision into reality.

Here’s how it works:

Thursday, February 18, 4 – 6pm
Pick up free vellum sheets at the Schmanska Park barn. If you can’t make it to the barn on Thursday contact us. We’re happy to make other arrangements.

Each 9 x 12″ or 14 x 17″ sheet is prepared with the side margins marked, the tops reinforced with craft tape, and the holes pre-punched for hanging.

Illustration of vellum sheet

Create a design on the Vellum sheet using your own markers, crayons, paint, stickers, etc., leaving some of the paper clear where you want the light to shine through most brightly.

February 22 – 25
Once your masterpiece is complete, put your flat artwork in the weatherproof red cooler by the front door of the Schmanska barn. We’ll take it from there and turn your creation into a working lantern!

Illustration of fully built vellum lantern

February 26 – 28
All the lanterns will be hung Friday afternoon and lit over the weekend, so don’t forget to visit Schmanska Park and enjoy the glow!

March 1 – 9
Please feel free to take your lantern to enjoy at home. Any left in the park on March 9 will be removed and stored in the barn. If you want to be reunited with your lantern after March 9, contact us and we’ll make arrangements for its safe return.

Barn Illumination

We wanted to bring some after-dark pop to the park, so we draped our favorite barn in warm cozy lights. Gone is the Schmanska black hole, replaced by an inviting glow to be enjoyed from sundown to midnight every night. Just in time for a romantic stroll or a poop patrol with the pooch, get out there and enjoy a walk in the park… it’s so lit.

You can find the barn in section B3 on the Winterlude Activity Map

Pro tip: After-dark sledding is totally a thing you should be doing.