The babies who brunch: Hinesburg’s annual event welcomes town’s newest citizens

Photo by Scooter MacMillan
Adeline Edling (seven-and-a-half months) enjoyed her first Hinesburg Baby Brunch.

SCOOTER MACMILLAN
Staff Writer

On Sunday, Hinesburg held its annual Baby Brunch in the town hall and it was a cuddling, crawling, cooing, cute fest – with almost no crying.

Hinesburg’s newest citizens seemed to enjoy each other’s company, the generosity of their community and all of the attention.

For at least 15 years, Friends of Families has been sponsoring this brunch for babies that were born in the previous year. Twelve babies attended this year.

Alex Koncewicz, director of Friends of Families, said the event is intended to connect the newest people to join the Hinesburg community, whether they’ve moved here or recently been born.

“There are communities that have activities for babies, but this is the Cadillac version,” said Heather Purinton, who is a member of the board of the Hinesburg Community Resource Center, which is the umbrella organization that includes the Friends of Families.

The Baby Brunch began as part of a grant given by the University of Vermont to help build stronger, better connected communities.

After all these years, the grant is gone but Friends of Families doesn’t need it, Koncewicz said, because of the generosity of local businesses that donated almost everything that was needed for the Baby Brunch. Parkside Café (formerly Bristol Bakery) donated bagels; Lantman’s Market – milk, juice and paper products; Annette’s Preschool, Hinesburg Nursery and Elements Nail Salon – raffle prizes; Chappell’s Florist – flowers; and the Girl Scouts – goody bags.

Sara Armstrong-Donegan, the director of the Carpenter-Carse Library, was at the brunch signing up babies for the library’s baby book dedications.

Parents pick from a selection of books and a name plate is placed in the front of the chosen book with the baby’s name. Then, it goes onto the shelves at the library.

“It’s great because kids come and ask, “What’s my book?” Armstrong-Donegan said. The library has the records and can find the book that was dedicated with their name.

“It’s great unless somebody’s got the book checked out,” she laughed.

She said that the baby book dedication program goes back until at least 1995 and that there have been over 1,000 books that have been dedicated to Hinesburg babies during that time.

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