FAIRFIELD, Vt. (WCAX) – Ken Fox values his wide-open land in Fairfield.
“First day I got here, I felt like I was home for the first time in my life,” Fox said.
He headed for the hills in the late ‘60s after leaving a teaching job in the South Bronx. He had enough of city life. “But we weren’t really hippies, we were just four guys who bought this property and lived in the farmhouse across the street,” Fox said.
The cows were sold to make a living and he turned to his passion, opening Gardyne Hall in Montgomery Center, a place to buy a brew and hear a tune. “I have no concentration on anything else — it’s music, music, music,” Fox said. “You know, the funny thing is, as a kid, I was very shy, I never had girlfriends, I was afraid of girls.”
His new surroundings changed his tune about life and he came out of his shell and put on new duds. “That’s me wearing the bearskin coat,” Fox pointed out in a photo from the time period. “Shy, yeah, very shy.”
Fox and his buddies worked hard and partied hard. “We lived upstairs on the third floor, so it was frigid — no heat,” he said.
When the bar went …….