Events in 2020

Heart-Healthy “HANDS in the Kitchen”
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Thayer House, 1197 North Avenue
Please come and join us as we learn heart-healthy ways to eat from Chef Robin.

We’ll cover topics such as healthy meals, cooking techniques, shopping tips, cooking for one, and eating on a budget. We’ll discuss simple sheet pan meals, soups and stews, grown-up salads, sweets, and snacks.

It’s free and open to anyone 50 years or older, but please sign up at the office at Thayer House, email, or call 859-8864 to register. Thanks so much and hope to see you there!


Events in 2019

15th Annual Holiday Dinner
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
We partnered again this year with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Michelle Charron, Elks Club, Penny Cluse Café, and Temple Sinai along with many other individuals and businesses to help provide almost 800 meals and giftbags on Christmas Day. Thanks to everyone who donated items for the giftbags, volunteered to deliver meals, helped giftwrap, volunteered at the Elks Club or put together giftbags at Burlington High School, made a financial donation to offset the cost, and everything in-between! This was a lovely community-wide effort that put some magic in a holiday that can be tough for so many. Thank you!

There were two meal options:
*A hot meal (ham dinner or vegetarian lasagna) delivered anywhere in Chittenden County on Christmas to anyone 50 years or older.


*The Elks Club, 925 North Avenue in Burlington, from Noon-3:00pm on Christmas Day for a sitdown dinner. The event was free and open to all ages. Free transportation was provided.


“HANDS in the Kitchen” Workshops
Tuesdays from June 4-July 23, 2019 / 4:00-5:30pm
Old North End Community Center, 20 Allen Street in Burlington

“HANDS in the Kitchen” is a fun, hands-on workshop series that promotes healthy eating and offers cooking tips for adults 50 years and older. Workshops are offered on Tuesdays from June 4-July 23 from 4:00-5:30pm and take place in the Event Hall at ONE Community Center, 20 Allen Street in Burlington. A hot meal is included each week as well.

Individual classes are $5 each or $40 for the series. Through a collaboration between HANDS and Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, scholarships and free transportation are available.

Workshops and dates:

June 4         “Introduction to Healthy Eating: Shopping Tips, Cooking for

One, & A Healthy Plate” with Chef Robin Burnett

June 11       “Jar Salads” with Chef Robin Burnett

June 18       “Herbs in the Kitchen” with Carolina Lukac

June 25       “Simple Low-Sugar Jams” with Chef Robin Burnett

July 2          “Simple Pickling and Canning” with Jess Hyman

July 9          “Repurposing Food and Simple Sauces” with Chef Robin


July 16        “Fruit Smoothies” with Chef Robin Burnett

July 23        “Let’s Talk Tomatoes” with Charlie Nardozzi

Please register in any of the following ways: go to Miller Center, 130 Gosse Court or Parks, Recreation & Waterfront at 645 Pine Street, call 802-864-0123, or online at For more information, please go to




7th Annual “A Show of HANDS”
March 1-29, 2019 with a Silent Auction on March 28 from 6:00-8:00pm…Bidding ended at 7:45pm
Penny Cluse Café, 169 Cherry Street in Burlington

Almost 100 artists donated decorated wooden hands which adorned the walls for a month. On March 28, we auctioned off all of the hands as a fundraiser for our upcoming gardening programs at long-term nursing centers, senior housing, and community sites. Hands were available for our “Buy It Now” option for $175 (asking that hands were left up through the auction). Please go to our “A Show of HANDS” page for more info. Thank you!


HANDS would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for helping to provide the holiday spirit for so many others! Here’s our “Gratitude List” as of December 29, 2018:

Bonnie Acker & John Davis
Benjy Adler & Jaime Williams
Age Well, especially Chris Moldovan, Sara Wool, and all of the delightful staff who take meal reservations
The Arbors at Shelburne, especially Wendy Brodie
Paul Asbell
Kate & Scott Baldwin
Janet Ballantyne
Barrio Bakery
Allison Beach
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
Jen Berger
Meg Berlin
Birchwood Nursing Center
Zoe Bishop
Carla & Scott Bond
Bove’s of Vermont, especially Mark Bove
Beth-Ann Bove
Susan Buchanan
Sarah, Adam, Charlie, & Hazel Buchwald and Judith Eisenberg
James Buck
Burlington Electric Department
Burlington Health & Rehab
Burlington Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront
Burlington School District
Burlington School Food Project, especially Doug Davis & Mitzy Foy and their families
Robin Burnett
Deb Cahill
Nick Carr & Colleen Stem
In memory of Lucille Carroll
Laurie Caswell-Burke
Cathedral Square Corporation
Dave Chafetz, Temple Sinai
Champlain Chocolates
Beth & Walt Chapman
Ann & Alan Charron
Michelle Charron
Pam Chomsky-Higgins
Heng-Scheng Chuang
Brian Cirelli, in the name of the DeSorgher Family
City Market, especially Allison Hope and Maddy
Peter Clavelle & Betsy Ferries
Clip Snip ‘n Dye, especially Laura Spencer
Holly Cluse & Charles Reeves
Blaine Coakley
Wendy Coe & Gene Bergman
Margaret Coleman
Mags Conant
Shelagh Cooley
Lakshmi Courcy
Ann & Barry Cousins
Vine Crandall
Jon Crystal & Beverly Blakeney
Ann & Fred Curran, in honor of Megan J. Humphrey
Doug & Robyn Davis
Denny DeCoff
Linda Deliduka
Craig Deslaurier
Mike & Bethany Dever
Digger’s Mirth, especially Hilary Martin
Sue Dodds
Siobhan Donegan & Vince Brennan
Dot’s Market, especially Lori Jarvis
Carina Driscoll
Efficiency Vermont
Elks Lodge of Burlington
Susan Elliot
Mira Fakirananda
Fiona Fenwick
Charlie & Erik Fitzpatrick
Patricia Fontaine
Mitzy, Ed, Arron, & Keelan Foy, Carolyn Harnois, and Ashley Gaudette
Audrey French & Craig Conover
Michael Giangreco
Tina & Tim Gibbo
Lisa Gibbons
Melanie Goodman
Cindy Gordon
Nicole Goulette, in memory of Pauline J. Paul
Andrea Grayson, in honor of Megan J. Humphrey
Green Mountain Bee Farm
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Val & Dieter Gump
Gaby Gurt & Markus Thali
Henry Hagar
Laura Hale
Lindsey, Josh, & Aila Halman
Leslie & Zach Halperin and Brian, Isaac, & Ella Dunkiel
Amy Hamlin
Erin Hanley & David Weinstein
Happy to Help Caregivers & Seniors, especially Monica Morano
Kristine Harbour
Zoe Hardy, in honor of Megan J. Humphrey and in memory of Martha
Harrington’s of Vermont, especially Cheryl
Rob Healy
Janice Heilmann
Theresa Henckel
Wendy Hess & Michael Monte
Kathy Hibbert
Dan Higgins
Erik Hoekstra
Doug Hoffer
Christy Hotaling & Dave Berg
Jennifer Howard, by request of Kath Wolfe & Andrew Pinault
Chris Howell
Lisa M. Hughes
Amie Humphrey Facendola
David & Noelle Humphrey
Megan Humphrey & Terry Hotaling, in memory of Muriel & Richard Humphrey and Madlyn & Grover Hotaling
Maureen Humphrey
Jim Huntington
Jess Hyman & Sean Melinn
Integrated Arts Academy, especially Amanda Major & Judy Klima
Amy Jelen
Jo-Ann Fabrics
Mark Johnson & Lauren-Glenn Davitian
Amy Johnston
Rachel Jolly & Adam Walker
Ann Joppe-Mercure
Tom & Sarah Joslin, in memory of Grace & Wyman Smith and Allyn B. White
Joanne Kalisz
In memory of Dr. Ed & Ione Keenan
Colby Kervick & Garth Allen
Klinger’s Bread Company
Jennie Kristel
Janice Lara & Ken Russack
Mark & Mariah Larson and Amy Livingston
Staci & Seth Lasker
Christina Lauterbach & Luke Purvis
Ann Leddy Charron
Jim & Clorinda Leddy
Candis & Jamie Leopold
Roni Lesage
Bess Levison & Karl Lukhaup
Ann Lipsitt
Wendy Livingston
Maurice Mahoney & Tony
Jackie Majoros & Bob Kiss
Martie Majoros
Arnie Malina
Yvette Mason
Shelly Masson
Nina & John Mazuzan
Annie McCormick
Suzie McCoy
Stephen Mease
Art Mitchell
Marleen Moore
Gail & Tom Moreau
Helen Murdock
Nance Nahmias
Charlie Nardozzi
Katie & Lou Natale
Melissa Nelson
Chris Neme, Energy Futures Group
Manny Neuzil
North Avenue News
Moe O’Hara & Matt Gang
Bill Orleans
Maura O’Sullivan & Joe Speidel
Ernie Palasits, in memory of Sean Stem
Tim Palmer
Shaun Parker
Melissa Pasanen
Karen Paul & Mark Saba
Holly Pedrini
Penny Cluse Café
Bitzi Phillips
Steve Pilcher & Deb Gaynor
Gail & Paul Pinault
Byrd Prentiss
Jenna Pugliese
Quik Cab
Susan Raber Bray
Nick Railsback
Redstone, especially Erik Hoekstra & Kelly
Jean Reinsborough
Residence at Shelburne Bay “Sewing Club” and “Marilyn’s Beads”, especially Ann Cousins
Joan Robinson & Suzi Wizowaty
Rafaela Rodriguez
Maggie Rogers
Margaret Roland
Helene Rondeau
Sarah Rosedahl
T Rugg’s Tavern, especially Marnie, Tom, Shannon, Kevin, Skip, & Andy
Tom Rugg
Claire Samuel
Seventh Generation, especially Chris Lyon
Gail & Tom Shampnois
Gwen Shervington
Tisha Shull
Mark & Linda Snelling
St. John’s Club
Starr Farm Nursing Center staff, especially Darcy Froeter
Lisa Steele
Trice Stratmann
Kathleen & Rob Swanson
Sweet Basil Cards
Kristina Sweet
Peter Swift
Léna Szumowski
Kathie Taylor
Todd & Alicia Taylor
Temple Sinai Meal Delivery Crew
Terra Madre donors
Terrell Titus
Fran Tobin
Kim Torrey
Becky Trudeau
Matt Tucker, Small Systems Consulting
Vantage Press, especially Sean, Melodie, & Bob
Vermont Community Garden Network
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Destenie Vital
Paula Willoquet-Maricondi
Village Wine & Coffee, especially Kevin Clayton
Jenny Wagner
Gavin Wallace
Marilyn & Lee Wallace
Joan Watson & Stu McGowan
Casey Webster
Joyce Weicht
Mara & Spencer Welton
White & Burke Real Estate Investment
Michael & Nicole Willard
Jym Wilson
Kath Wolfe & Andrew Pinault
John Zelig & Kristen Cameron
Ali Zipparo
Tali, Roni, & Galina Zuckerman

If we neglected to mention someone, please forgive us. We appreciate everything that you’ve done and apologize for the oversight. And please let us know so that we can add your name to the list

As always, very special thanks to Terry T. Hotaling for helping Megan Humphrey during the wildly busy holiday season with his patience, schlepping, and living with boxes all over the house.


HANDS (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors)

13 St. Louis Street, Burlington VT 05401


Holly Cluse, President

Jon Crystal, Treasurer

Reeve Lindbergh, Advisory Council

Gail Moreau, Consultant

Tim Palmer, Consultant

Howard Frank Mosher, In Memoriam

Megan J. Humphrey, Founder & Executive Director




“HANDS in the Dirt”
Created by videographer Sam Mayfield
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