“What’s Next Middlesex?” was a community-wide celebration and discussion in Middlesex Vermont in October, 2018, and its work continues today. Lots of great ideas and four action groups emerged from “What’s Next Middlesex?” and these groups welcome your participation! You do not have to have attended the event to get involved with the follow-up groups. If you’re interested, please get in touch:
1) Community Communication & Outreach: This group's goal is to strengthen connections and engagement in Middlesex. Its first project was making sure Middlesex has access to a calendar of local events and meetings, and publicizing it through great community-sourced seasonal photos. See “Calendar/Pictures.” The group’s next project is to update the “Middlesex Operator’s Manual,” a guide to our community’s organizations and activities. If you have suggestions, or writing, design, or computer skills you’d be willing to pitch in, please contact Susan Clark: sclarkmountains at gmail.com
2) Economic Development and Infrastructure: This group is exploring ways to support entrepreneurship and businesses throughout the community, as well as enhancing our village infrastructure. It has collaborated with the Middlesex Planning Commission to receive funds for a feasibility study for Village development. See this document for more on this project. For details, contact Theo Kennedy: Theo.Kennedy at otisandkennedy.com
3) Trails: This group is interested in creating more and better trails in Middlesex. It has become an active subcommittee of the Middlesex Conservation Commission. If you’d like to get involved in the hands-on work of trail building and maintenance, or have skills in mapping and other trail-related activities, please contact Mary Nealon at mnealon at myfairpoint.net, or Jon Udis at Jonudis at together.net .
4) Community Spaces and Events: This group worked to create an inventory of Middlesex's event-spaces, and launched a Middlesex event series. The “Middlesex Mud Season Series” included workshops and presentations by community members ranging from yoga to bookkeeping to photo and art presentations. This committee became dormant with the onset of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.
If you’d like to learn more about October, 2018 “What’s Next Middlesex?” vision-to-action forum where community members shared their ideas for Middlesex’s future, you can read the full report here.