Two Franklin County, Vt., groups with 150 years of strong history behind them are inviting the public to a free mixer at Champlain Country Club (CCC) in Swanton.
CCC and the Saint Albans Museum welcome the public and the media to a free History Mix Mixer at CCC (Rte. 7, Swanton), starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The event will be a combined celebration of CCC, which marked its centennial in 2015, and the Saint Albans Museum, which turned 50 in September. Champlain Restaurant, at the CCC clubhouse, will be open with a cash bar and full menu.
The Oct. 12 mixer will feature a 5:30 p.m. unveiling of an historic display that CCC is donating to the Saint Albans Museum, located directly behind Taylor Park in the middle of St. Albans’ beautiful downtown. The local golf exhibit, which will have room for growth, will feature antique archives, equipment, clothes and more from CCC, along with a copy of Fore! The Grand History, Glory Days and Golden Future of Champlain Country Club, by St. Albans writer Leon Thompson.
“We’re excited to celebrate two important anniversaries: the Saint Albans Museum and Champlain Country Club,” said Alex Lehning, Saint Albans Museum director. “Both institutions are essential to the historic identity of Franklin County, with a rich heritage and record of community engagement. The history of sport in northern Vermont is such an incredible story for our region — one well worth sharing, and we are pleased to be able to support that effort through this program and a planned exhibition.”
CCC celebrated its centennial in 2015 as one of the oldest golf courses in New England and the U.S. The Saint Albans Museum marked its 50th last month with a series of events and programs.
CCC tapped Thompson to write Fore! in 2015, as part of the club’s centennial celebration. The 160-page book ($17) is the story of the club — past, present and future — as told through its most valuable asset: its people. Fore! contains more than 25 interviews, 40-plus photos, a course map, and tournament histories. Thompson will be at the Oct. 12 event.
Paul Blanchard, CCC Board President, said: “We’re happy to host the museum’s members, our members, and the public for this free, fun event on Oct. 12. We hope to see new and familiar faces there.”