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Plenty to see at OVRCC Home Show

LUDLOW - The snow is melting, the debris of late fall is showing, and now there's no excuse to put off painting the patio, which is why the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce held its first home and garden show in Ludlow's community center on April 6 and 7.

OVRCC executive director Marji Graf said there hadn't been such an event in southern Vermont for some time.

"There was one in northern Vermont, and Manchester used to hold one in southern Vermont, but they don't do that anymore," Graf said. "We had a lot of interest. I don't think I could have taken any more vendors because of the space."

Besides area home and garden venues showing their wares, several specialists held seminars on topics from beekeeping and composting to hooking rugs and selecting paint.

Ruxana Oosman, of Ruxana's Home Interiors in Rutland, gave the presentation on selecting paint. She said consumers need to do a little preliminary work before making their selections.

"Don't select your paint at the counter," Oosman said. "You should bring samples home to see how the colors will actually look in your home. You should paint a card or posterboard to see how a color looks in different light and in different parts of the room."
Oosman also advised avoiding amateur home design blogs.

"My degree is in interior design," she said. Most of "those people don't have any experience, and they're wrong. They're just trying to attract paid advertising."

LaValley's Building Supply sent one of its paint managers, Becky Parker, to the home show.

"Everybody's getting ready for spring," she said. "We've been getting a lot of inquiries about roofing, and of course this is the season for replacement doors and windows."

Parker said she was pleased to see the high turnout for the event.

"We hold our own home show in Rutland, and our New Hampshire stores do one," she said. "I think this one is a great idea."
Gloria Benson of Cuttingsville, who runs Gloria's Pantry and is a member of the Chamber, was also there. She runs a farm and makes a number of popular food products.

"I'm 100 percent Vermont-made local," Benson said. "We recently moved into a bigger place. Right now, I'm doing a lot of pies. We have fruits and vegetables, and I have chickens so we can sell eggs."

Cavendish resident Diane Vergi said she was there to learn about beginning a bee hive.

"I have a little greenhouse," she said. "I've become worried about our pollinators, and other beneficials. We lost 90 percent of our bat population, and I want to do my part."

Vergi said she wants to create a microenvironment where local species can survive and thrive.

"I've put up a bat house," she said, "and already I have two living in there."

Al Davis, of Proctorsville, said he didn't have any particular projects going, but wanted to see what was available.

"I just wanted to see what's happening," he said. "We're going from one season to the next."

Mitch Rudman runs the High Falls Furniture Co. in Chester. He makes custom furniture in the style of late 19th and early 20th century antiques, but he's branching out. He's developed a cheese cutter that relies on magnets instead of a mechanism, which makes cleaning and storing it a lot easier.

"This is my first home show," he said. "I don't do a lot locally, and I'm here to make connections. This is a great idea and a great space."