Mural Unveiled in Londonderry
On a crisp Saturday afternoon, Main Street in Londonderry found about 100 people gathered to watch Butch and Beverly Jelley tear away a tarp to expose Kim Ray’s new mural, ‘Barn Dancing in Vermont.’ The mural represents a continuing effort by many in the area to make the town a better place to live, work, shop and raise families. The Green Mountain Gardeners have planted a number of beautiful trees and installed four stone benches nearby. Burr and Burton’s Mountain Campus students and sophomore class helped clear dead trees and materials left along the West River from Hurricane Irene. Merchants have spruced up store-fronts with flower boxes and fresh paint. And the spirit seems to be definitely catching!
As local resident Bob Wells puts it: “We all live around here. If we all roll up our sleeves – to support the local community – the town will become more attractive and businesses will attract more business, which will be good for all of us.” The mural, a creation of renowned local muralist, Kim Ray, was paid for by the Blue Flames Steel Band; the Londonderry Arts and Historical Society retains ownership of it. Richard H. Adams, Inc. generously donated all the work and materials to frame the mural, which now hangs on Jelley’s Deli. Visitors are invited to drive by, stop, have a snack at Jelley’s, and enjoy.