Middlesex is home of U.S. Senator Patrick J. Leahy who has a 225 acre tree farm. He has owned this farm for "35 years" and never posted it until 1993. It is now hunted by permission. (TA, BFP 11/10/93 circa).
Pria Cambio, b. 1939, is a mother, teacher and artist. She works in woven landscapes and abstract scenes using intricately shaded yarns and the inside of frames of old barn windows, as well as embroidery hoops.... even wooden laundry racks. Cambio has had a number of one-woman shows. She is active in the women's art movement.
Robert Fischer painted with Hans Hoffman in the 1950's. Fischer is an abstract expressionist working in oil and is preoccupied with deconstruction in both form and color. He has completed a series of model studies and still-lives. (Seidman, Sarah, "Local Artists Offer Brilliant Diversity: Montreal Exhibit to Showcase Pyralisk Arts Group", Times Argus Country Courier, 11/11/94:3a)
Middlesex is home of David Harp, (b. David Feldman, NYC; m. Rita Ricketson, who grew up on a dairy farm in Stowe, in San Francisco). Harp is a musician, teacher, publisher, author, and entrepreneur. He has scientifically studied how to teach the harmonica. His latest project is known as Harmonica America!, a non-profit corporation that is finding new ways of using the harmonica to help frail senior citizens, immobilized post-operative patients, the developmentally disabled, and victims of Alzheimer's disease. It is therapeutic; and actually increases lung capacity through playing. Harp reached a Guinness world record by teaching 2,569 people to play the blues, a train song and some Beethoven at the Ben and Jerry's Festival in Waitsfield.
Sam Kerson, co-director, with wife, Susan Bettmann, of the Dragon Dance Theater, also lives in Middlesex. He is an artist using bright pastel paints to illustrate his annual journeys to spots in Mexico, South and Central America and Cuba. (Seidman, Sarah, "Local Artists Offer Brilliant Diversity: Montreal Exhibit to Showcase Pyralisk Arts Group", Times Argus Country Courier, 11/11/94:3a)
Leahy, Senator Patrick - a constant source of inspiration for the Center. Fred served on his Washington staff 1978 and 1983.
Squires, Jeff - involved in planning for years. Spent late 1980s in consulting partnership with Beth Humstone. Made deputy commissioner at State DOT, 1995-.??? CRS worked with him on a planning project for Fayston, Warren and Waitsfield in the early 1980s. Fred spoke in Waitsfield.