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Zipline: Adventures at Stowe Mountain Resort by Tommy Gardner

Was it a bird? Was it a plane? No, it was contributing editor Tommy Gardner screaming down the new 2-mile, Mount Mansfield zipline—at speeds of 60 mph. And, you can do it too.


Rec path wildflowers by Paul Rogers

If Paul Rogers’ gorgeous pictorial of Vermont wildflowers doesn’t inspire you to get out and explore Stowe’s Recreation Path, the town’s popular 5.3-mile greenway, nothing will.


“It’s just me”: George Woodard by Robert Kiener

Behind the scenes with the Waterbury Center dairy farmer, filmmaker, and all-around entertainer as he puts together and performs his one-man show.


Mad River/Stowe Rugby Football Club


by Tommy Gardner

Joe Theismann said, “Rugby is great. The players ... just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that.” And that, rugger wannabes, pretty much sums it up!


Mural pays homage to history: Sarah-Lee Terrat by Kate Carter


Telling stories is artist Sarah-Lee Terrat’s wheelhouse, and “Green and Gold,” her stunning mural at the state office complex, tells quite a tale.



Sculptor David Stromeyer by Nancy Wolfe Stead

The wondrous, amazing world of David Stromeyer: 50-plus monumental works strewn over the meadows of his 200-acre Enosburg, Vt., farm.


Family Affair: Bistro at 10 Acres


by Kate Carter

The vision for Linda and Mark Fucile when they took over the historic Ten Acres Lodge restaurant: To make their guests feel right at home. Come on in, the front door is open!


Before & after by Lisa McCormack

From tired 1970s ski house to light-filled, modern Vermont vacation retreat.



Dream cabin by Kevin M. Walsh Field & Stream Magazine dream cabin


at Sterling Ridge Resort.


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First person: Mike Mulhern Trail journal: Fire tower hike Thrill seeking: Smugglers’ scrambles On the water: The Reservoir History lesson: Sentries of the snow Sweet spot: Morristown Town Forest Wheels & spokes: Mountain bike central Fish story: Little River basin 4th of July: Independence Day goings-on Art installation: Sunset images Road trip: Museum of Everyday Life Made in Vermont: House of Troy

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Outdoor primer

Contributors From the editor Goings on

Hiking • Fishing • Adventures Canoeing • Swimming


Galleries, arts, & entertainment Helen Day Art Center • Stowe Performing Arts • Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center • Exhibits, music, and mixed media


Edibles: Local food/ bar scene

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Spruce Peak Performing Arts

This summer’s stunning cover is by Omaha-based artist Katrina MethotSwanson. The original oil canvas, simply titled “Lackey’s,” measures 31"x37". “As a child I watched my mother paint. She would set up her oil painting kit on the kitchen table and sit in the bright afternoon light. I still remember the smell of paint and turpentine as she worked on her landscapes. I wanted to paint, too.” Her first formal exposure to design and color came in community college where she studied commercial art. A fascination with watercolors followed, as did numerous awards and accolades. In 2003, in search of a new challenge, Katrina decided to master the medium of oils. Her subject matter and inspiration, however, didn’t change. She’s always been drawn to paint beautiful flowers and autumn leaves with the sun reflecting vibrant colors and subtle shadows, like our cover scene of a quintessential fall day on Stowe’s Main Street. Katrina likes to go out late in the afternoon when the light is most interesting, whether walking the trails in a local forest or while travelling, taking photographs, which she takes back into the studio. Her most recent paintings are of evening cityscapes. Methot-Swanson’s work can be seen in Stowe at Robert Paul Galleries.


Gardner rides Stowe Mountain Resort’s new zip line.

IN THIS ISSUE: Before and After, p.184. In their own words: Like many homeowners, my home renovation ideas are often bigger than my budget! So I very much enjoyed visiting a vacation retreat in Stowe Hollow that’s been owned by the same family for decades. The family updated both the interiors and exterior of the house, transforming their dated 1970 ski retreat into a modern, open living space. Currently: A New Jersey native, Lisa spent 10 years as a general assignment reporter for the Stowe Reporter before leaving earlier this year to pursue a career in nursing. Lisa lives in Morristown with her husband, Jack, three daughters, and a feisty West Highland white terrier named Daisy.


TOMMY GARDNER IN THIS ISSUE: Mad River/Stowe Rugby Football Club, p.92. In their own words: My alma mater, Johnson State College, doesn’t have a Greek system, but it does have men’s and women’s rugby teams, the closest thing the college has to fraternities and sororities. Even though the guys who play for the Mad River/Stowe Rugby Football Club may only see each other twice a week during the season, for many of them, it’s their fraternity. Winston Churchill purportedly said rugby is “a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen.” Hanging out with a good number of the men on the team—half a dozen games and several post-match rugby socials—there is some truth to that. You just don’t see too many 30and 40-somethings playing amateur organized tackle football every weekend, but these guys, and a lot of younger Johnson State College players, put their bodies, and we’re talking rugby bodies here—battered, bruised, and bleeding—on the line. And then they go hang out with their opponents and eat and drink together. Currently: News editor for the Stowe Reporter and the News & Citizen of Morristown, Tommy covers—and helps other reporters to cover—local and county government, business, recreation, politics, arts, and anything else that piques his curiosity... as long as it’s local.



IN THIS ISSUE: Muralist and artist Sarah-Lee Terrat, p.104.

IN THIS ISSUE: Sculptor David Stromeyer, p.132. In their own words: David Stromeyer, our neighbor to the north in Enosburg Falls, has endowed an enduring, magnificent gift to us all by creating Cold Hollow Sculpture Park. Over 50 of his internationally acclaimed—and monumental—abstract sculptures have been placed in the fields of his farm, which he’s opened to free public appreciation and delight. You can stroll through the meadows on your own or attend a series of provocative conversations with other artists, philosophers, thinkers—or both. In selecting fellow sculptor and gallery owner Chris Curtis of West Branch Gallery to represent him, Stromeyer has further enriched Stowe’s art scene with an exhibition this summer of both his large-scale and smaller, rarely seen works. Currently: A longtime observer of and commentator on the greater Stowe scene, Nancy is particularly pleased this summer for the opportunity to write about its vibrant arts community.

In their own words: Going behind the scenes with artist Sarah-Lee Terrat was like going down a rabbit hole where Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, Charles Schultz, and Ms. Terrat were exchanging ideas over a cup of tea. At first it was difficult to grasp the scope and depth of “Green and Gold,” Terrat’s mural at the state office complex in Waterbury, but once I met with her in her studio I could see that it all began with a vision. Terrat broke down her vision into phases, each phase into steps, each step into details, each detail into minutia. Her careful planning and willingness to tackle the extraordinary were as important as her artistic talent. Meeting with Terrat in her studio was fun and inspiring and it gave me a renewed appreciation for the creative process. Currently: Kate is a freelance writer and photographer, and when she’s not researching stories or sitting at her computer, she’s photographing real estate for Vermont Realtors, hiking with her dogs, and digging in her gardens.


ROBERT KIENER IN THIS ISSUE: Farmer and actor George Woodard, p.86. In their own words: I was thrilled when George Woodard offered me the chance to hang around with him as he prepared for his one-man show in Stowe’s Town Hall Theater this winter. I knew it would be fascinating to watch as George moved seamlessly from milking cows to rehearsing his show to performing in front of a delighted audience. He is a Vermont treasure who never disappoints. Most memorable takeaway: You don’t have to look any further than the punchline to one of George’s favorite jokes to discover the secret behind his success. It goes, “I’m from Vermont and I do what I want.” Currently: Kiener, who has been an editor and staff writer with Reader’s Digest in Asia and Europe, now writes for the magazine’s international editions and is a contributing writer for Washington, D.C.-based Congressional Quarterly Press. (robertkiener.com)

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Swapping out the old windows that fronted Lackey’s Variety Store for decades. The building is beauifully depicted on our cover this summer.

“How are you Mr. Lackey?” “Call me Frank.” That was a typical start to many immensely enjoyable conversations between me and Mr. Lackey, longtime owner, with his wife Ann, of Lackey’s Variety Store on Stowe’s Main Street. Mr. Lackey, frankly, just felt more appropriate. It fit, for me. Not Mr. Lackey. He was thrilled when editorials in the Stowe Reporter moved from the right side to the left, and we’d chuckle over the store counter about dyslexic gems in the newspaper, such as this one: “The actor had a big roll to play.” Prompting Mr. Lackey to once ask, “What kind of roll was he?” For Stowe, Lackey’s helped to establish a sense of place. Constant, reliable. The building, and its former owners—thank you Mr. and Mrs. Lackey!—have character, presence, purpose. While the business sold to Pall and Susan Spera in the mid 2000s, it remained Lackey’s, almost as if nothing changed, except that the Times, a cold soda, and penny candy can easily be found at any corner gas stop. A sure death knell for the old-fashioned, small-town variety store. This summer, after nearly 70 years of uninterrupted service and a tip of the cap to history, exciting changes are afoot. Is success assured? Well, the building, built in 1840, takes change like a champ, physically and spiritually. A mansard roofline and a move back from the sidewalk took place in 1911, and over its many years Lackey’s has operated as a general store, called the Country Store, post office, drugstore and, for 20 years, housed the local undertakers. Ann and Frank Lackey opened their store in 1948. Pretty good karma. Second, two local families with deep ties to the community have taken charge of reinventing the place, renovating the store and attached house into an updated variety store called Country Store on Main—good choice, see above—and five apartments. Christina and Graham Mink— Graham was a high school hockey standout and later pro player whose family owns Stowe Insurance—join Nancy and Richard Bennum, founders and former owners of Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens, who together will travel with this Stowe landmark on its next journey. A great deal of hard work lies ahead. Just ask Frank. —Greg Popa


Changing panes


In “Mountain Man: The guiding spirit of Mark Puleio,” we left off the credits on photos just too good to go uncredited. (Stowe Guide & Magazine, Winter/Spring 2015-16, p.89) The missing credits: clockwise from top left: SP Parker; SP Parker; Glenn Callahan; Andrea Charest; Victoria Worrall.



Time to get your summer hatin’on

STORY / Mike Mulhern ILLUSTRATION / Katerina Hrdlicka


There are several reasons why I became a professional columnist. One is my natural ability to put words together in a way that is never awkwardly. Another is the glory. I now walk among the elite in this town. Yes sir, the rest of the peons of Stowe come home from their menial day jobs all exhausted, plop themselves down on their IKEA sofas, then slump over on their sides, positioning their heads to let the recently applied eardrops melt away their wax buildup while trying to watch Seinfeld sideways and not think about their pathetic lives. Not me, baby! For one thing, I prefer Family Guy. Also, I have important things to do after my menial day job. I have to develop my brilliant insights on life into clever articles designed to amuse and delight, and often provoke hate mail. For a writer of my vast skills, penning such profound articles has become a virtual no-brainer. Yup, you don’t need to read much before you see my brain has clearly become removed from the writing process. So there are times when I have to challenge myself, break the monotony of awesomeness. It seems like every year I write something where I whine about winter. But what if I flipped the script? Whined about summer for a change? Summer isn’t all great. I mean, the warm sun bathing your body in an ethereal glow that makes life worth living can kinda suck sometimes too, right? Writing

something like that would be like those debate classes in high school when the teacher makes you argue the other side, like: “The Case For Slavery” or “Yay Hitler!” A summer whine... certainly a daunting task. But if I can pull it off, it would be the single greatest accomplishment of my entire professional writing career. Which is exactly four months old, but whatever. Let the summer hatin’ begin!

Be active or die tryin’! Summer officially lasts for three months. Summer in Vermont lasts about as long as it takes you to finish reading this senten—oh crap, it’s over. By the time the weather actually gets warm in Vermont it’s pretty much time to prepare for winter again. So you have to cram every warm-weather activity in the space of a few frantic weekends. It’s always like: “OK everybody! Time to go hiking/rockclimbing/rockplummeting/mountainbiking/roadbiking/ fatbiking/skinnybiking/ziplining/ alpinesliding/alpinecrashing/swimming/kayaking/eskimorolling/mouth -to-mouthing/winetasting/beertasting/cidertasting/Ben&Jerrytasting/ and throwingupping! Then after lunch...”

The fallacy of laundry People believe that because they wear less clothing in the summer they do less laundry. Totally wrong! In winter you can re-wear clothes all week.

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Stowe Resort Homes offer: Give those boxer-briefs a quick sniff test in the morning and saddle-up again. In summer I funkify an entire set of clothes within five minutes. I would shower and change every hour if it were socially acceptable. Actually, I wouldn’t bother wearing clothes at all if that were socially acceptable, so you should all probably thank society for that.

Feel the burn My skin is pale. Ridiculously pale. Freakishly pale. So pale I once had a complete stranger stop in his tracks, stare at my skin and say, “Dude… you need a tan.” “Yeah, well you need an aggressive melanoma, tan-boy!” I retorted. Ok, no I didn’t. Dammit, why can’t I ever think of snappy retorts in time? I’m good for at least three sunburns every summer. They are as impressive as they are painful. The peeling is the most astonishing thing. Great sheets of gossamer skin are freed from my back as I pull with guilty delight. Someone really needs to explain why there’s enjoyment in something so incredibly gross. Is there a name for this? Pimple-Popping-Syndrome or something? Scientists, get on this already!

Vampires got it right It seems insane, but there is such a thing as too much light. See, I enjoy sleeping late on weekends. I enjoy it on weekdays too, though slightly less because my boss is always bothering me with those infernal calls asking where I am. Summer messes up that whole schedule. Even with the shades drawn the light still pours in, waking me up at the crack of 11. It’s highly annoying. It’s gotten to the point where I will bury my head deeper under more and more pillows to escape the sunlight, then wake up gasping for breath on the verge of suffocation. I swear, one day I’m going to be found dead under a mound of pillows. The CSI Stowe team will come in, one of them staring out

the window at the blazing sun before saying, “I guess he found out it’s not nice to fool… (dramatic pause to don sunglasses) … Mother Nature. Dammit, I put my sunglasses on too late, sunblindness, arghhhh!!!”

Hot weather messes with your brain One particularly frigid, snowy evening as I was shoveling my car out at work, a coworker walked up and said, “You know, it’s been scientifically proven that cold weather makes us stupid.” “Horseradish,” I replied. “See… I only mention that because you’re shoveling out my car.” “Oh,” I said. “I know that! I’m being courteous, you twit!” Later, in a warmer environment, I wondered if he may have a point. Sure enough, the internet has determined that in cold weather the human body directs more blood toward vital internal organs (heart, liver, appendix) and away from less useful places, i.e., the brain. “Aha!” I bellowed. I always knew my brain was getting overworked in the summer. Winter is like giving your brain a much-needed vacation. In winter I blissfully forget all kinds of simple things, like to pay for gas at Maplefields without driving away. Yeah… that is all winter’s fault. Hey, I did it. A summer hatin’ article, at your service. Proof positive that I’m in the writing zoooone! Next challenge: Why Foliage Season Sucks. All those colorful trees are really starting to get on my nerves. n

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Fly Fishing Casting Clinic Learn about knots, entomology, tactics, and gear. Equipment provided. Free. Wednesdays 4 - 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays 9 - 10:30 a.m. Fly Rod Shop, Stowe. Reserve ahead. (802) 253-7346. JUNE 18 – AUGUST 27

Naturalist Open House Every Saturday. Discover the rich natural and cultural history of the Mill Trail property on interactive naturalist-led walk. 10-30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. Off Notch Brook Road. stowelandtrust.org. JUNE 23 – AUGUST 25

Art on Park Artists and artisans—jewelers, potters, painters, fiber artists, food producers—under the white tents. Music, local food. Park Street, Stowe. Thursdays 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. facebook.com/artonpark.

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Friday Night Flix Outdoor movies at dusk. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, popcorn supplied. Stowe’s village green on Main Street. facebook.com/stowevibrancy.


Miles for Smiles 5k Run/Walk 5k at 9 a.m.,1-mile fun run at 10 a.m. Fundraiser for Stowe Elementary School programs and Stowe Parks financial aid program. Field A, Stowe. Fee. Register online at active.com.

JUNE 17 – 19

JUNE 25 – 26

Scout Film Festival International event that celebrates teen filmmakers through short film, celebrating emerging filmmakers worldwide. 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe. (617) 834-9474, scoutfilmfestival.org. JUNE 17 – 19

Nordic Cup Soccer Tournament U11 and U12 boys and girls tournaments. nordicsoccer.org.

Waterbury Not Quite Independence Day June 25: 11 a.m., Main Street parade. Farr’s Field: noon to dusk, Green Mountain BBQ and Music Festival featuring, Green Mountain BBQ Championships; 1 - 2 p.m., People’s Choice Sauce Showdown; 1 - 2:30 p.m., grilling competition; 5 - 6 p.m.: MacAuley’s pulled pork sampling; 9 p.m., Fireworks. June 26, Farr’s Field: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Green Mountain BBQ & Music Festival; 12 - 1:30 p.m., BBQ competition; 1 p.m., 5th Pie Baking Contest and Sale. waterburynqid.com, greenmountainbbq.com.




Trail Maintenance 101 Celebrate Stowe’s trails and help with spring trail and clean-up work. Bring work gloves. Tools and lunch provided. Kirchner Woods, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. info@stowelandtrust.org, (802) 253-7221.

Rattling Brook Bluegrass Festival Regional bluegrass bands—Mad Mountain Scramblers, Bluegrass Revisited, Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing, The Stockwell Brothers Band, Beg, Steal or Borrow, The Four Horseman. Noon - 8 p.m. Admission. Belvidere Center stage, Route 109. JUNE 23 – 26

Joe Kirkwood Memorial Golf Tournament Amateur event honoring Joe Kirkwood, worldfamous trick-shot artist who lived in Stowe. Benefits Stowe junior golf. Stowe Country Club. kirkwoodgolftournament.com. JUNE 25

Catamount Ultra Marathon 25k and 50k courses through highland pastures and hardwood forest. Trapp Family Lodge trails, Stowe. 7 a.m. start. catamountultra.com.


7 Miles of Sales in Stowe Vermont’s largest townwide sale with 60 participating merchants. Pick up the Stowe Reporter and see what local businesses have in store. gostowe.com. JULY 3

Stowe Mountain Resort BBQ & Fireworks Live music, free kids’ activities, and artisan food court, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Mt. Mansfield parking lot. Fireworks at dusk. (802) 253-3500 or stowe.com. JULY 4

Moscow Parade World-famous, world’s shortest 4th of July parade. Starts promptly at 10 a.m. in Moscow Village.

JUNE 25 – 26 JUNE 10 – 12

B3 Fest: Bikes, Bevs & Beats Festival Celebrating Vermont music, Vermont craft libations (beers, wines, spirits, ciders, root beer), and Vermont mountain biking. Stowe-wide event, with restaurants as the venues. Bike shops host free mountain bike group rides. stowemountainbike.com/b3.

The Vermont Renaissance Faire Over 50 local craft vendors, beer, wine, mead and cider makers from around Vermont, a dedicated kids area, fight demos, dozen performance troupes featuring singers, musicians, and dancers; a medieval encampment with demonstrations of life on the battlefields of the old world, Silver Knights Joust Team. Come in garb. Mayo Farm events field, Stowe. vtrennfaire.com.

World’s Shortest Marathon Join the 1.7 mile fun run. Intersection of Routes 100 and 108, Stowe. Open to all. 11:30 a.m. l

Birding ID & Habitat Basics Learn about Vermont’s songbirds. Stump dump, end of Adams Mill Road, 8 - 10 a.m. Bring binoculars. All ages, no dogs. stowelandtrust.org.


Old-fashioned Fourth of July in Stowe Village Live music, food, entertainment, Art on the Park artisan market, and other entertainment—all in Stowe Village. Bouncy house, dunk tank, pie-eating contest, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Village festivities start after the Moscow Parade. Old-fashioned village parade starts at the Stowe Events Field, winds into village, 1 p.m. stowevibrancy.com. JULY 4





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Stowe Independence Celebration & Fireworks Starts at 6 p.m. Food and spectacular fireworks at dusk. Live music with Seth Yacovone Blues Trio, food, fun, friends, and fireworks. Free. Mayo Farm events field, Weeks Hill Road. stowerec.org. JULY 4

Morrisville July 4th Celebration 11 a.m., Morrisville Parade from Harrel Street to People’s Academy; noon, Morrisville 700 Downhill Derby; 2 p.m. to dusk, Oxbow Park, live music with Beg, Steal, or Borrow, food, fun friends, and fireworks; 3:30 p.m., First Annual Morristown Fiddlers’ Contest. morristown.org. JULY 4

Jeffersonville Independence Day Celebration An old-fashioned celebration with parade at 10 a.m., carnival, food, music—and frog jumping contest! Smugglers’ Notch Resort hosts early evening firemen’s barbecue (5 p.m.), music from 6 - 8 p.m., fireworks at dusk. (802) 644-8851. smuggs.com. JULY 7 – 31

Stowe Free Library Giant Book Sale Community book sale on the porch of the library. New stock added daily, specials for children. Starts at 9 a.m. on July 7, then dawn to dusk. Stowe Village. (802) 253-6145, stowelibrary.org.


Kids’ Adventure Games Races emphasize teamwork, problem solving, sportsmanship, environmental awareness and fun. The kids cross the finish line, muddy, sweaty, smiling and full of pride. Ages 6 to 14. Awards. Trapp Family Lodge. kidsadventuregames.com.


35th Stowe 8-Miler Run & Relay Stowe’s popular foot race. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Mayo Farm events field, Weeks Hill Road. Preregistration. Post-race party, Golden Eagle Resort, Mountain Road. locorunning.com/stowe8miler.


JULY 29 – 31

Raid Lamoille 50k & 100k Bike Ride 100k bike ride with 6,000 feet of climbing. Preregister at Rusty Nail, Stowe. 8 a.m. start. Post-ride activities at Idletyme Brewing Co. raidlamoille.com.

JULY 30 – 31

2016 Soling 1M Can/Am Challenge Regatta Head over to the Commodores to watch Soling One Meter RC Sailboats. Sailors from Canada compete against the U.S. team. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Commodores Inn, Stowe. (802) 253-7131. stoweyachtclub.com


Trail Race at Smugglers’ Explore the trails of Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Two trail races in and around the cross-country trail network. Each race will feature a 4k, 8k, and kids fun run. Fee. smuggs.com.


Phlox Fest Over 80 varieties of phlox displayed in the gardens at Perennial Pleasures. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. except Mondays. Brick House Road, East Hardwick, Vt. (802) 472-5104. perennialpleasures.net.

JULY 8 – 9

Waterbury Arts Fest Over 80 artists, live music, gourmet fare. July 8: Friday Night Block Party: Singer/songwriter Sadie Bolger, party band The Grift, and Dojo, bluegrass rock. July 9: Over 80 artists, live music, gourmet fare. Music with Sadie Bolger, Waves of Adrenaline, harmony duet of Bridget Ahrens and Alana Shaw, the bluesy vocals of Cooie Sings, Araba-Lon, a West African drum ensemble, and dancers from Green Mountain Performing Arts. Free. Stowe Street, Waterbury. waterburyartsfest.com. JULY 8 – 10

Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival Children’s corner, live band, food, beer and wine garden, balloon launches, tethers. More than 25 balloon experts launch Friday at sunset. (gates open at 4 p.m.), Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. $10. Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Mountain Road. (802) 253-7355. stoweballoonfestival.com. JULY 9

46th Antiques & Uniques Festival 100 booths of antiques, woodcrafts, paintings, sculpture, flowers, garden accessories, quilts, more. Music, baked goods, and lunch. 10 a.m. 4 p.m. rain or shine. On the Common in Craftsbury, Route 14.


Cambridge Music Festival Local and regional musicians, food, activities, yoga, fun down on the farm. Music 2 - 10 p.m. $22. Cambridge Community Center, 22 Old Main St. cambridgemusicfestival.com. JULY 16 – 17 & JULY 23 – 24

Stowe LAX Festival I & II Comprehensive lacrosse event. Great sport, music, special guests, non-stop fun for the entire family. On fields throughout Stowe. bitterlacrosse.com.



JULY 22 – 24

Lamoille County Field Days Traditional agricultural fair. Arts & crafts, agricultural exhibits, horse, pony, and ox pulling, lumberjack roundup, 4-H, draft horse show, gymkhana, midway, entertainment. Route 100C, Johnson. $12. lamoillefielddays.com. JULY 29 – 30

Stowe Brewers Festival Best brews and brewers gather to celebrate craft beers and the people who love them. Three tasting sessions. Friday 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 9:30 p.m. Mayo Farm Events Field, Weeks Hill Road. Admission. stowebrewersfestival.com.

AUGUST 12 – 14

Stowe Antique and Classic Car Meet The summer’s biggest event. Over 800 antique and classic cars. Giant automotive flea market, car corral. Fashion contest, antique car parade. 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nichols Field, Route 100, Stowe. Fee. (802) 253-7321. vtauto.org. AUGUST 13

Antique & Classic Car Street Dance & Block Party A blast into the past. Good time rock n’ roll with antique and classic cars. 7 - 10 p.m. Entertainment on Stowe’s Main Street. stowevibrancy.com. l



Jeffersonville Festival of the Arts Dozens of regional artists display on charming Main Street. Music, children’s activities, local food. Free. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Park at Cambridge Elementary. (802) 644-1960, cambridgeartsvt.org. AUGUST 13

Fun Run on Spruce Pathways 5k adult and 3k kids’ runs. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Registration in the Spruce Camp Base Lodge. Stowe Mountain Resort. (802) 253-3500. AUGUST 13

100 on 100 Relay 100-mile team-based distance event along scenic Route 100. Fundraiser for youth charities. Starts at Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. 100on100.org. AUGUST 18 – 21

Stowe Tango Music Festival U.S.’s premier tango music festival. Worldrenowned tango musicians, festival orchestra, workshops, concerts, milongas, dance. Concert Aug. 20, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Various locations around Stowe. stowetango.org.


Jay Peak Trail Running Family Festival Series of trail races for all abilities. 5k races, 25k and 50k ultra trail race—plus a kids race. BBQ. Jay Peak Resort, Jay. jaypeaktrailrun.com.


Trail Race at Smugglers’ A 4k, 8k, and kids’ fun run on cross-country trail network. Open to all abilities. Fee. Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Jeffersonville. smuggs.com.


Darn Tough Ride 48-, 60-, and 100-mile routes. 20-mile family ride for kids. Start, finish, après ride party at Commodores Inn, Stowe. Benefits Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports. darntoughride.com.

AUGUST 20 – 21

NADAC Dog Agility Trials Dogs perform the sport of agility. Trapp Family Lodge new meadow. Great for spectators. Outside, both days. nomadagility.com.

SEPTEMBER 9 – 11 AUGUST 26 – 28


Stowe Wine & Food Classic Blues, brews, foodtruck crews, food and brew pairings, Dave Keller Band. Farm-to-table dinner. Sunday Grand Tasting with winemakers, craft brewers, culinary experts. Benefits Copley Hospital and Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Spruce Peak at Stowe. stowewine.com.

Vermont Fly Fishing Show Two-handed castings demos, spinning, products, and demos. River-fishing demos. Free. Fly Rod Shop, Stowe. (802) 253-7346. flyrodshop.com. SEPTEMBER 10

Chicken Pie Supper Old-fashioned supper in an old-fashioned mountain town. Starts at 5 p.m. until all are served. Waterville Elementary School, Route 109. SEPTEMBER 15 – 18


Tunbridge World’s Fair Old-fashioned Vermont country fair. Tractor pulls, midway, food, music, animals. Tunbridge, Vt. tunbridgeworldsfair.com.


Fall Harvest Festival Spruce Peak Village Center, Mountain Road, Stowe. stowe.com. SEPTEMBER 17 – 18

Boyden Valley Winery Harvest Festival Celebrate the grape harvest, free. Food, music, and tours, tastings, hayrides, grape stomping, face painting, more. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Routes 15 & 104, Cambridge. (802) 644-8151, boydenvalley.com. SEPTEMBER 18

Stowe Trail Race Series: Trapp Cabin 5 &10k trail race to Trapp cabin. Return on single track or take a shorter but thrilling route. Race party, prizes, bib raffle, food. Benefits Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports. stoweadaptive.org. SEPTEMBER 24

Fall Foliage Art on Park Autumn market celebrates local artist and artisans. Local food on the village green. Music. 11 a.m. 2 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 25. Park Street, Stowe. stowevibrancy.com.


Lawn Fest & Food Sale Crafts, books, reusable items, food sale, more. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Waterbury Center Community Church. Route 100. (802) 244-8089.


Old-fashioned Harvest Market Kicks off Saturday with a small-town parade at 9 a.m. Children’s games, music, Vermont artisans, and food. Famous Underhill Clutter Barn and town-wide yard sales yield lots of treasures. Underhill village. Route 15, just a few miles from Jeffersonville.

North Face Race to the Top of Vermont A 4.3-mile hill climb up the famous Mt. Mansfield Toll Road in Stowe. Run, mountain bike, or hike to the summit—2,564 vertical feet. BBQ, music, prizes. 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Benefits Catamount Trail Association. (802) 864-5794, rtttovt.com.


British Invasion Car Show North America’s largest British classic sports car and motorcycle event. Cultural activities, crafts, auto jumble, and the car corral. Over 600 cars on field. Stowe Events Field, Weeks Hill Road, Stowe. Admission. britishinvasion.com.





British Invasion Block Party The British invade Main Street, Stowe. From 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. dance to Joey Leone’s Chop Shop and mingle among beautiful British cars. Food court and beer garden. stowevibrancy.com.

Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival Build a trebuchet and send the pumpkins flying. Music, kids’ activities, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. chili cook-off at 12:15 p.m. Proceeds benefit Lamoille Family Center. $5, free for kids under 4. Stoweflake Mountain Resort, Mountain Road, Stowe. vtpumpkinchuckin.blogspot.com. l



2016 SEASON Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s

June16 to July 3 (12 shows) Thurs.–Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Seussical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.


a play by John Cariani

July 20 to Aug. 6 (12 shows) Wed.–Sat. 7:30 p.m. Almost, Maine is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice

Aug. 17 to Sept. 3 (12 shows) Wed.–Sat. 7:30 p.m. Jesus Christ Superstar is produced by special arrangement with the Rodgers and Hammerstein organization.

Oct. 5 to Oct. 22 (12 shows) Wed.–Sat. 7:30 p.m. Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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Stowe Oktoberfest Stowe Rotary’s German-style festival under the Big Tent, Mayo Farm events field. Silent auction, raffles, children’s activities, beer, German food, Oompah bands, music, sing-a-longs, dancing. Friday’s Oktoberfest party, live music with The Sugar Daddies, 7 - 11 p.m. Saturday’s grand parade (10 a.m.) leads to events field. Under the big tent: Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Admission. stoweoktoberfest.com.


RocktoberFest All-day street festival music, food, games, vendors. Painted Adirondack chair auction, more. Beer tent. Most events free. Morrisville Village. rocktoberfestvt.com. OCTOBER 6

Chicken Pie Supper Chicken pie supper with all the fixings. Seatings noon, 5, and 6:30 p.m. Waterbury Center Community Church. Reservations: (802) 244-8955. l



Stowe Foliage Arts Festival 200 artists—fine art, craft, cuisine. Harvest activities, wine tasting, music, craft demos. Vermont beer and sausage tent. Under heated Camelot-style tents. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Topnotch field, Mountain Road. $10, kids free. craftproducers.com.

Hardwick Farmers Market Atkins field, 150 Granite Street. Fridays 3 - 6 p.m., through October. hardwickfarmersmarketvt.com. Jeffersonville Farmers & Artisans Market At the roundabout, routes 15 & 108, Wednesdays 4:30 to 7 p.m., June 15 to Oct. 12. jeffersonvillefarmersandartisan market.com. Fairfax Farmers Market 951 Main St., by the ballfields. Thursdays 4:30 - 8 p.m. June 16 – Oct. 13. Morrisville Farmers Market Fairground Plaza, Hannafords Green. Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Through October. Find us on Facebook. Stowe Farmers Market Route 108 at Red Barn Shops field. Sundays 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Through Oct. 16. stowefarmersmarket.com.

OCTOBER 23 – 29

Stowe Restaurant Week Celebrate the dining scene with prix fixe multicourse meals, local drink specials, and always great food. gostowe.com/restaurantweek. NOVEMBER 4 – 5

Christmas Sale Baked goods, cookies, homemade crafts, Christmas decorations. 9 .m. - 5 p.m. Waterbury Center Community Church, Route 100. 244-8089. n


Spruce Peak Farmers Market July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29; Aug. 5, 12, 19, & 26. Agricultural and craft products. Live music, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. On the green, Spruce Peak Village Center. July 3: Entertainer Rusty Dewees 4:30 9:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk. Waterbury Farmers Market Rusty Parker Park, Route 2, downtown Waterbury. Thursdays 3 - 7 p.m. Through mid October. Find us on Facebook.



Summer Events Schedule 2016 Art on Park Series on Thursday Evenings June 23 - August 25, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. On Park Street in Stowe Village, this is a favorite Thursday night stop for many locals and visitors. With dozens of talented Vermont artisans and artists each week, there is something for everyone— hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, paintings, drawings, photography, fiber arts, specialty food products, and more. We will feature live music and local eats each week. Look for weekly updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/artonpark and on Front Porch Forum.

Friday Night Flix on Friday Evenings July 1 - August 26, 2016—at dusk This popular evening entertainment on the Village Green will now run every Friday in July and August. What could be better than fresh air, free films and popcorn with friends and family? Be sure to check out the weekly feature film on Facebook at https://www.facebook/fridaynightflix and on Front Porch Forum.

An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Monday—July 4, 2016—all day Kick off your Independence Day celebration with local favorite, Moscow Parade, at 10:00 a.m. Then, make your way to Stowe Village, where there will be live music, food, attractions for all ages, a special Art on Park artisan market, and other American-style entertainment! Secure your spot along Main Street for the 4th Annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July parade beginning at 1:00 p.m., certain to be bigger and better than last year! Village events, including a bouncy house, dunk tank, pie-eating contest, and climbing wall will take place from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., followed by exciting fireworks and fun on the Mayo Fields, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Street Dance & Block Party Saturday—August 13, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The 59th Annual Antique & Classic Car Meet (Fri, Aug. 12 - Sun, Aug. 14, 2016) would not be complete without the much-beloved Street Dance & Block Party. Don your retro-best duds, dance the night away to rock and roll classics presented by WDEV, enjoy some good local eats, and step back in time while strolling among the antique and classic cars along Main Street. Brought to you with our sponsor partners, WDEV and the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts.

British Invasion Block Party Friday—September 16, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. HELP SUPPORT THESE GREAT EVENTS!

This kick-off event for the 26th Annual British Invasion Car Show (September 16-18, 2016) is a don’tmiss party for visitors and locals. Join us on Main Street to dance to the music of Joey Leone’s Chop Shop, mingle among some beautiful British cars, and enjoy local food and craft brews.

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Stowe Foliage Art on Park

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Saturday—September 24, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Rain Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016) This expansive autumn market will celebrate all that makes Vermont foliage season so special with featured local artists and artisans on Park Street alongside specialty foods and fall beverages. Enjoy live music and local eats on the Village Green.

Made possible by the support of our Annual Sponsors:

PLEASE NOTE: All dates, times and events subject to change.

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It’s Bigger Than A Mountain 800.253.4754 | stowe.com

Stowe Mountain Resort offers unique dining venues, both indoor and outdoor, for any occasion featuring personal service, distinctive menu choices and more.

HOURGLASS: Seasonal cocktails, rare wines-by-the-glass and regional microbrews, including the Lodge’s signature Hourglass Ale, are served at Stowe Mountain Lodge’s Hourglass bar. The menu offers a mix of contemporary and classic internationally-inspired dishes and an extraordinary wine cellar. Serves lunch, dinner and après golf.

NEW! THE CANTEEN: The Canteen Restaurant at the Adventure

AQUA POOL BAR: Enjoy Stowe’s most magnificent view of Mount

Center is a casual family eatery offering energy snacks, hydrating drinks and fresh fare to fuel your adventures. The menu features hand tossed pizza, oven baked subs, individual stromboli, fresh salads and sweets. Overlooking Stowe Rocks and The Village Green, the Canteen has one foot in the heritage of the Civilian Conservation Corps legends that carved out mountain trails and the other stepping forward into the future.

Mansfield while lounging at the Aqua Pool Bar. Enjoy a light fare menu including a variety of pool-side favorites, mixed drinks, and nonalcoholic beverages to satisfy guests of all ages. Open to guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge exclusively.


THE PANTRY: An upscale Vermont country market showcasing an abundance of local and regional artisanal food products. The selection stocked in The Pantry include gourmet provisions for hearty breakfast, picnic lunch, family dinner, hors d’ oeuvres, late night snacks, sweet tooth cravings and everything in between. From distinctive wines, craft beers and local hard cider to farmhouse cheeses, charcuterie, deli meats, sandwiches and take & bake meals, our Pantry will fill yours. THE BEANERY: Featuring locally roasted coffees and espresso drinks crafted by passionate Baristas. Fresh food selections include an array of morning pastries and fresh baked goods, locally prepared sweets by the slice, full-fisted breakfast sandwiches, all natural smoothies, juices and other mid-afternoon treats. The Beanery is the gathering place at the heart of the plaza to meet friends, swap stories and recharge for the next outdoor adventure.

SOLSTICE: Serving only the freshest farm-to-table seasonal fare. Stowe Mountain Lodge’s signature restaurant offers Vermont artisan-inspired cuisine in an elegant and relaxing setting. Our elite chefs connect guests with the bounty of Vermont through sustainable and fresh produce, Vermont cheeses and all-natural meats. Offering guests a spectacular view of Spruce Peak, indoor and outdoor seating is available along with a private dining room for up to 16 guests. Serving breakfast and dinner. Dinner reservations are recommended. Please contact Solstice at 802.760.4735 or solsticevermont.com. 228

KIRKWOODS PUB AT STOWE COUNTRY CLUB: Traditional American Grill fare with creative lunch specials catering to the golfer and public. Enjoy the tranquil views of the golf course and valley from our deck and patio seating. Call 802.253.3693 for more information. ALPINE CLUBHOUSE: Limited access for Stowe Mountain Lodge guests to experience a unrivaled private club dining experience.

THE CLIFF HOUSE: Distinctively situated atop the Gondola on Mount Mansfield, the Cliff House has spectacular panoramic view seating with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the surrounding alpine peaks. Our exhibition kitchen serves up award-winning regional American cuisine with a rustic Vermont flair. Our commitment to using the freshest seasonal and artisan ingredients can be tasted in every mouthwatering dish and our hand-selected wine list and tantalizing cocktails will complement any meal. Serving lunch daily. On select evenings, the Cliff House offers its famous “Summit Series” dinners featuring a Gondola ride and candlelit six-course meal. Reservations are required. The Cliff House is also available for business and social events. Contact us at 802.253.3665 or email cliffhouse@ stowe.com for more information. *Please call ahead for the most current schedule of Dining Hours and Operations.

EAT & SHOP: MOUNTAINSIDE AT VERMONT’S HIGHEST PEAK THE SHOPS AT SPRUCE PEAK Amenities include unique retail stores, a gourmet food market, great coffee and much more! At the Spruce Peak Plaza, you’ll find the First Chair Alpine Co., featuring fine outdoor apparel and accessories, The Alpinist featuring Polo Ralf Lauren & lifestyle wear, The Stowe Shop featuring a full collection of Stowe logo wear & accessories and Adventure Outfitters. The Pantry is a Vermont specialty foods market with the adjacent Beanery for your fresh coffee fix. These new shops complement both the Atmosphere and Spa Boutiques in Stowe Mountain Lodge.

GONDOLA SUMMIT SHOP: Located inside the Gondola’s summit station, this cozy gift shop sells logo gear, Vermont products, snacks and that extra clothing layer you might need atop the mountain.

ADVENTURE OUTFITTERS: This retail shop features outdoor active wear from Burton, Mountain Hardwear, The Northface and BOGS footwear. We also offer a wide selection of Stowe logowear, GoPro cameras and accessories, sunglasses from Smith and Suncloud, and unique Vermont products. SPRUCE PEAK SALE ANNEX: Featuring top of the line 15/16 winter outerwear and accessories, logowear, mitts, gloves, helmets and more, all at clearance prices. FIRST CHAIR ALPINE CO: Our newest shop at Stowe Mountain Resort located in Spruce Plaza. First Chair is one of the Shops at Spruce Peak. Conveniently ride the Over Easy Gondola (no charge) to First Chair to find a great selection of outdoor active wear featuring KJUS. We also offer products from Outdoor Research, Mountain Khaki, Helly Hanson, Marmot, Fjallraven, Vuarnet sunglasses and Oboz footwear. Also find unique Vermont items, jewelry, interesting books and more.




TELLING TIME Reverse-running clocks were created for barbershops in the 19th century. When a customer looks at the clock in the mirror, the clock face appears normal.

BACKWARDS IN TIME If you stop by the Stowe Barber Shop, admire the stately antique clock hanging on the wall behind the barber chairs. Step a little closer and you’ll notice it’s a rare reverse-running clock. Both its numbers and hands run counterclockwise. Reverse-running clocks were created for barbershops in the 19th century. When a customer looks at the clock in the mirror as he’s getting a haircut, the clock face appears normal. Barber Regina Crosby and her husband, barbershop owner Joseph Garbely, consider the clock to be one of their most cherished possessions. To understand why, you have to go back in time to 2005. That’s when Crosby bought the clock from an antique dealer after searching for one unsuccessfully for years. It was made in 1871 by the E. Ingraham Co. of Bristol, Conn. Crosby was winding the clock last year when a mechanism sprung and it stopped working. A customer, a retired engineer, offered to take it home and repair it. The customer fixed it, but not in the way that Crosby had expected. “He took everything out and put in a plastic battery-operated mechanism,” Crosby says. “I

was devastated.” The clock’s hands turned clockwise instead of counterclockwise. It was constantly out of sync with the correct time, rendering it useless. Crosby and Garbely were gracious, paid the man’s bill and put the clock up on the wall. “We put more value on people than things,” Crosby says. “You can’t get mad at someone for trying to help fix it.” Still, whenever she looked up from a customer and saw the clock’s hands spinning uselessly to the right, her heart sank. Then, last July, a “miracle” happened. Frank Lombardi walked into the barbershop. Lombardi’s wife was in town to sing at a wedding and he was walking around Stowe village to kill some time. He didn’t need a haircut, but thought it would be interesting to spend some time in an old-time barbershop chatting with its customers. Lombardi, who lives in Whitefield, N.H., teaches middle school and tinkers with old clocks as a hobby. “He asked, ‘What’s up with the clock?’” Crosby remembers.

Lombardi was intrigued when he heard the clock’s story. He knew he would have to replace the battery-operated mechanism with the clock’s original inner workings to make it function properly again, so he contacted the widow of the man who had worked on the clock and she invited him to search his workshop. He took the parts home and promised to do his best to put them back together correctly. “I didn’t take the case, because I wanted Joe to know I’d be back,” Lombardi says. He took the mechanisms apart, cleaned them with ultrasonic cleaner and repaired a part that was key to winding the clock. When he got stuck, he consulted the master clockmaker who had taught him how make repairs. After Lombardi returned to Stowe, he placed the restored original parts into the clock, and helped Garbely put it back on the wall. Crosby and Garbely were thrilled when its hands began moving counterclockwise once more. Crosby gave Lombardi a free haircut to express her gratitude. “I consider Joe and Regina friends now,” —Lisa McCormack Lombardi says.


AGAIN! Stowe swimmer Charlotte Brynn has been recognized as a U.S. Masters Swimming All American for excellence in long distance swimming for 2015. ••• Brynn finished first in the national women’s 45-49 year age group in the 6000yard freestyle in a time of 1:18.22, and received a letter of notification of All-American status on April 2. ••• “We applaud your dedication and hard work that led to this achievement. Your success can be an inspiration to others who swim for fitness, health, and satisfaction of their goals,” wrote Patty Miller, president of U.S. Masters Swimming.••• “The real gem is sharing my love of water with my daughter, Heidi, and all our local swimmers, who enjoy swimming for fun, fitness, and/or competition; this award is an added bonus,” said Charlotte Brynn. ••• Brynn is head coach of Stowe masters and executive director of the Swimming Hole.


Glacial lake at the base of Mount Cook, New Zealand.

RURAL ROUTE It’s hard to find someone who remembers Stowe’s Palisades Park, but Barbara Allaire does, and her memories are fond. “When we were high school kids—and that was a very long time ago—Palisades Park was a good

STOWE’S PALISADES PARK gathering place, for better or for worse,” said Allaire, a lifelong Stowe resident and administrative assistant for the town of Stowe. “Where the Stowe Inn is today used to be Mansfield Creamery. Back behind the creamery was a path out to Palisades. It wasn’t very far. That was where we would go hang out,” Allaire said with a giggle. (The ways she said “hang out,” you can actually hear the quotation marks.) Palisades Park, as it is still referred to, is a narrow swath of land, about four acres, that extends south from behind the Stowe Inn to the water treatment plant. It abuts the Waterbury River to the east and Cady Hill Forest to the west. It wasn’t called Palisades Park in 1890, when Abigail Pike, wife of Paphro D. Pike, purchased the land from John Irving. It was just a plot of land close to the heart of Stowe. The Pikes built their summer residence there, in the area where the Stowe Inn is now located, and began transforming the acreage behind their home. According to the book History of Stowe, “Mr. Pike set aside a tract of four acres of woodland on the southerly end of his residence property located just across Waterbury River on Mansfield Road. He had the woodland thinned and trimmed of undergrowth and erected a pavilion equipped with toilets, and tables which could be folded against the wall when not in use, thus making all the floor space available for dancing when desired.” There was even a truss footbridge that spanned Waterbury River in about the area of today’s Mac’s Market. Pike’s son, Fred M. Pike, built the bridge. On the east side a path led from the bridge to Main Street; on the west side it opened directly to the pavilion. In 1905, Paphro D. Pike deeded his and

the News & Citizen mentions that “The Village Trustees are putting electric lights into Palisades Park for the use of the band and other societies.” Palisades Park got more ink in 1915, when the News & Citizen reported that “The pavilion at the Palisades Park, the gift of P.D. Pike to the town several years ago, was the scene of the annual picnic under the auspices of the Old Home Week Association for the 15th consecutive year.” Palisades was a hot spot for a couple of decades, but eventually interest began to wane. The pavilion fell into disrepair and the foot bridge crumbled into Waterbury River. Although it was no longer suitable for band concerts and Old Home Week celebrations, it still got some use, mainly from high school kids looking for a place to “hang out.” Occasionally someone would attempt to renovate the place. For example, an article in the May 20, 1976, Stowe Reporter talks about a Boy Scout project to clean up and maintain the neglected scenic spot. The selectmen agreed to purchase two picnic tables, and Boy Scout Sam Rogers cleared the old trail that once led from the creamery to the pavilion. Rogers said the Boy Scouts would maintain the area once it was restored. Another Boy Scout, Kent Lawrence, had hopes of locating the exact position

Stowe residents and visitors took great advantage of the gift, and used the land and pavilion for town picnics, dances, concerts, family reunions, and Old Home Week. In 1913, the News & Citizen mentions that “The Village Trustees are putting electric lights into Palisades Park...” Abigail’s woodland retreat to the Town of Stowe for $100 “to be used as public park upon conditions that no gambling is ever to be allowed upon said premises nor the sale of any intoxicating liquor.” Fortunately, there was no mention of teen-age hangouts. Stowe residents and visitors took great advantage of the gift, and used the land and pavilion for town picnics, dances, concerts, family reunions, and Old Home Week. In 1913, 32

of the old truss foot bridge and building a new one. He and his grandfather had discovered evidence of the former bridge, originally painted yellow and then repainted brown. Selectmen made no promises that a new bridge would be built. People died or moved away, and as these things go, Palisades Park was relegated to the annals of the Stowe Historical Society. The town still owns Palisades Park, bequeathed to it by Mr. & Mrs. P.D. Pike over a century ago. You can access it by a right-of-way behind Stowe Inn. A sewer line runs from the wastewater treatment plant, through Palisades Park, under the Mountain Road to the Downer property, and on to a pump station by Willie’s Garage. From scenic social gathering spot to high school hangout to conduit of human sewage, Palisades Park, though virtually non-existent today, certainly served townspeople well over the years. —Kate Carter


And that’s how we got the Zamboni...

Moderator fights to keep town meeting relevant Leighton Detora is an attorney and founding partner at Valsangiacomo, Detora & McQuesten in Barre. He is the moderator for Stowe’s town meeting and school district meeting, an elected position voted on annually. He moved to Stowe in 1969 and started working as an attorney in 1973. He is married to Regina Detora, DVM, who practices at Sequist Animal Hospital. They live in Stowe with two dogs and three cats. As an attorney, what is your specialty? In a small town, you really have to generalize, but mostly I do personal injury. Anything that involves wrongful injury or death. I spend a lot of time fighting with insurance companies, trying to get them to exercise their overwhelming generosity, which they often fail to recognize on their own. How did you end up in Stowe? I was attending Suffolk University Law School in Boston and a classmate had been on the ski team at UVM. We had an apartment in Stowe and we’d come up every weekend to ski. After graduation I came up to clean out the apartment and I just stayed. I ski bummed for three years before starting as an attorney. Where did you grow up? North Andover, Mass. My dad owned a butcher shop/grocery store. I grew up in that store. At 10 years old, I ran the switchboard in the monastery at Merrimack College, which was across the street from where we lived. The priests were like uncles and the mystique of the cloth disappeared for me. I worked there through my sophomore year at Merrimack College, and then I dropped out and became a meat packer. It was me and three black guys loading and unloading meat in Lawrence, Mass. I just loved growing up there. It was kind of like Cannery Row. I loved my childhood. I don’t regret it at all. Neither have I regretted a single day I have lived in Vermont.

the interview

How did you become town moderator? My predecessor, Bill Kelk, approached me and asked if I’d be interested. I think town meeting is an institution worth preserving. Plus, I don’t see a lot of people lining up for the job so I decided to do it.


What does it require to be a good town moderator? First, you have to know Robert’s Rules of Order. Next, you have to know how to chair a meeting, which I have done a lot, and have confidence to make decisions. You must also have sensitivity that this is the peoples’ meeting and it’s about their involvement in the body politic. The moderator is like an orchestra leader, bringing out what he can from the participants. Studies show that public speaking is the most widespread fear, and the moderator’s role is to try to help people through the process of what they want to say, to be heard, and to be understood.


What is the most challenging thing about moderating town meeting? Getting people to show up. When the town adopted the Australian ballot, it took business away from town meeting. Sadly, it’s become more like a spring social. Why do you think town meeting is important? Most of us are outsiders to politics in Washington, D.C. At town meeting, people have the opportunity to participate in local politics, but they don’t do it. Before I was moderator, I checked people in at the door, and they would arrive in ski clothes, fresh off the slopes, to vote, but not attend the meeting. Town meeting is a way of preserving local culture. Culture changes because of birth and death. It would be a shame to just throw it away. It’s an institution worth preserving, an opportunity for townspeople to come together and challenge their select board.


What have you learned from moderating town meetings? One thing that has impressed me is that you don’t always get the best slant on issues from the smartest, wealthiest, or longest-standing residents. Great advice can come from anyone. There are many one-liners that have changed the flow of debate. A few years ago we were debating the purchase of a new Zamboni for the hockey rink. The current Zamboni had been purchased in 1988 and a few people thought it was time for a new one, but it wasn’t getting much support. Then Sonny Davis stood up and asked how many people at the meeting were driving a car made in 1988. End of story. We got the Zamboni. You recently had open-heart surgery. Are you willing to talk about that? I’ll talk about anything. Nothing is off the table. My surgery was last Sept. 28. I had been at the gym in the morning, and that night while watching the New England Patriots I had a strange sensation in my chest. I thought it was from bench pressing. The next day I had the same sensation while sitting at my desk, pushing a pencil. I drove myself to the emergency department at Central Vermont Hospital and they sent me in an ambulance to the University of Vermont Medical Center. They did bloodwork and my lipids were only slightly elevated, but because of my symptoms they admitted me. I hadn’t had a heart attack, but I had five blockages that were cured with a triple bypass. I was in the hospital for a week, waiting for surgery, and I watched open-heart surgery on YouTube. It was pretty daunting.


Did you have any cardiac history? No, nothing. I don’t smoke, I’m a light drinker, I eat well, and I exercise. How was rehab? I had 39 sessions of cardiac rehab to complete at Central Vermont Hospital. The nurses were great, really nice people, right on top of it, monitoring us all the time, making adjustments, and sharing informative information, such as how stress affects your platelets (it makes them sticky). I am back to work full time and feel I’m past that speed bump. What do you do when you’re not working? In no particular order… I sit on my porch and think; do yoga; cut, split, and stack firewood; walk and train the dogs; bird hunt; take motorcycle trips; and try to play tennis.




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1. Tim and Caroline Barns at Victoria Falls, Zambia. The couple took the trip to celebrate Caroline’s college graduation, Tim’s 21st birthday, and their parents’ 25th anniversary. From Boston, Caroline’s family has a house in Stowe. “We’ve been coming here for 30-plus years. It is our favorite place to come no matter the season!” 2. Stowe Reporter couple Tommy Gardner (news editor) and Kristen Braley (graphic designer) maximize a week away from looming newspaper deadlines in Nicaragua, March 2016. Also celebrating a milestone birthday for Tommy—The Big 4-0—the twosome shows off the Stowe Guide & Magazine in front of the Cathedral of León, a World Heritage Site and the largest cathedral in Central America. “Nicaragua has it all: warm temperatures, volcanoes and forests, history and culture, adventure tourism, beaches, welcoming people, seafood, rum. We can’t wait to go back!” says Kristen. “El pueblo de Nicaragua es muy amable y el país es muy bonito!” adds Tommy.


FERRO SNOWFLAKE Bryan Ferro with the snowflake pendant he created for the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.


jeweler, ski museum team up The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum and Ferro Estate & Custom Jewelers in Stowe have created a line of custom jewelry, based on pieces from the museum’s extensive collection. The inaugural piece is a highly detailed snowflake pendant with crossed skis and a pole in the center. It was unveiled last fall at the museum’s fundraising gala and Hall of Fame induction. “We wanted to make a dazzling statement with this special pendant being placed in the silent auction,” said Bryan Ferro, owner of Ferro Estate & Custom Jewelers. The components of the pendant are cast in 14-karat yellow and white gold and studded with diamonds. Ferro said the piece “can be cast in a variety of metals, allowing us to offer the same design at different prices, and to make custom pieces.” A less expensive version in sterling silver will be sold in the museum’s gift shop. Customized orders are also available with different gemstones and metals. The pendant is modeled after a pin owned by Erwin Schaeffer Lindner of Underhill; it was donated to the museum by his son Brian. Lindner was a member of the 10th Mountain Division, the first full-time, paid patrolman on the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol, and the ski patrol’s director from 1943 to 1947.

Fire claims historic stone hut History took a hit on Christmas Eve as a hot-burning fire claimed the 80-year-old Stone Hut near the top of Mount Mansfield. On the day before Christmas, just about the only people riding the high-speed Forerunner Quad up the mountain were carrying firefighting equipment, not skis or poles, as they tried in vain to save the hut. They were able to get water from Stowe Mountain Resort’s snowmaking system, but the fire had a big head start. The structure, built in 1935, was a total loss. There were no injuries. “It’s a bummer,” said Michael Snyder, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. “This is a much-loved place, with lots of history.” The fire was deemed accidental. The group renting the popular hut the day before left the woodstove stoked and the door open, with wood stacked around the hot stove to dry to make sure their friends arriving later would find the place cozy and warm. Sadly, the friends never showed up. According to Brian Lindner, an historian at Stowe Mountain Resort and a Stowe ski patroller, the Stone Hut was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. During much of the mid-20th century, the Stone Hut remained vacant most nights, although a social group called the Mountain Men (pictured at left) made sure there was plenty of action, and beer, up there. Back then it cost $5 to $10 per group to rent the place for the night. That went up to more than $200 a night in recent years, and the hut was often booked all winter. To make a donation to rebuilding efforts, go to vermontparksforever.org. — Tommy Gardner Back row: Charlie Lord, Chet Judge, George Wesson, Abner Coleman, Warren Warner. Front row: Dave Burt, Huntley Palmer, and Erwin Lindner. The hut, late 1930s or early 1940s.

FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, the Stowe Guide and Magazine won first place for niche publication in the New England Newspaper and Press Association Better Newspaper Competition. Judges said: “Beautifully designed guide for visitors and residents alike. ... STRIKING PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGHOUT— this OFFERS A LOT OF VALUE FOR READERS. No wonder it is setting page-count records.” Equally impressive, for the second time in five years the Stowe Reporter has been judged THE BEST NEWSPAPER ITS SIZE in New England. The competition drew more than 3,000 entries from nearly 600 newspapers in four circulation categories—large dailies, large weeklies, small dailies, and small weeklies. Said the judges who evaluated the Stowe Reporter: “EXCELLENT WRITING AND/OR EDITING ON EVERY PAGE for news and features. Opinion and op-ed pages are filled with editorial on important local topics with a good share of letters from readers. … Eye-grabbing photos. This is a SOLID NEWSPAPER COVERING A MAJOR RESORT TOWN and the immediate area with real news (and is not a chamber mouthpiece).” 38






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eginning in May, Marie LaPre’ Grabon drives the back roads of Hardwick, looking for wide open, maintained fields of five acres or more. When she finds one, she stops and watches. If she’s lucky, she’ll spot a bobolink perched on a hay stalk or flying over the field, or hear its raucous song. Once she’s determined bobolinks are present she heads to the town clerk’s office to find out who owns the field. Then she meets the landowner for a conversation about bobolinks, their habitat, and mowing. LaPre’ Grabon is a member of Friends of Bobolinks, a group of about 40 volunteers in Lamoille and Washington counties who work to preserve the birds and their habitat. The medium-sized songbirds return to the area from South America in May. They nest on the ground and usually choose prime farmland and grasslands for breeding, the very land that farmers mow for hay. A century ago, bobolinks could be seen and heard in just about every field in the Northeast, but with the mowing of hayfields the birds and their eggs are being destroyed at an alarming rate. According to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, the bobolink population in the Northeast has declined by 75 percent in the last 40 years. Out of sheer frustration, aviphile Michael Sweatman of Elmore formed Friends of Bobolinks in 2012. “When I came to realize

what trouble bobolinks and other grassland species were in, I inquired about ongoing conservation programs anywhere in the U.S. I found no credible programs.” Sweatman started the group as a way to demonstrate that conservation can take place, and has, with practically no money, just a few volunteers, and some common sense. “In just three years we have conserved many bobolinks, recruited many Friends of Bobolinks members, and converted many landowners/farmers into conservationists,” he said. “The group’s primary objective is to identify fields where the birds are breeding and talk to the farmers about delaying their mowing,” LaPre’ Grabon said. “It’s important to be sensitive to what the farmers are doing and why. Dairy farmers need early sweet tender hay for their cows. They need that first cut in June or July, right when the birds are nesting. But if it’s a farmer who is growing hay for horses, it’s usually not a problem to delay mowing.” Bobolinks love the best grasslands. So do dairy farmers, who need three to four cuts a year of high-protein hay. So Friends of Bobolinks concentrate efforts on farmers who feed beef cattle and horses. By working with non-dairy farmers and conservation groups such as the Stowe Land Trust, there is hope that the declining numbers of the birds can be reversed. —Kate Carter

ESSENTIALS: Friends of Bobolinks • For more information, Michael Sweatman: (802) 253-8142, michaelsweatman@gmail.com • bobolinkproject.com. 40

The 135-year-old News & Citizen of Morrisville has a new owner: the Stowe Reporter. News & Citizen owner Bradley A. Limoge decided to retire from the company his family has run for three generations. He sold the weekly News & Citizen and the Transcript, also a weekly publication, to the Stowe Reporter in October. In January, the company combined the News & Citizen and Transcript into a fullcolor, tabloid-sized News & Citizen. “We think the new tabloid format and merger of the two papers into a single weekly for Morrisville and the county will allow us to build the strongest possible newspaper, from the perspective of both our readers and advertisers,” said Greg Popa, publisher of the paper and its two sister newspapers, the Stowe Reporter and the Waterbury Record. “Brad and his team built a strong organization in Morristown, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to build on what he and his family have developed.” The News & Citizen has been continuously published since 1881. The paper’s new office is located at 92 Lower Main St., in Morrisville.


MOUNTAIN MEN To the editor: Whenever I visit Stowe, it seems as if I find another article in your magazine by Brian Lindner about the mountain and the men who built it. While on vacation in Stowe in May I picked up the winter/spring 2014-15 edition of the Stowe Guide & Magazine to find this great article about Stowe’s ski lifts of the past. What interests me most is the mention of Charlie Lord, who was my great uncle on my mother’s side. Brian always seems to write wonderful articles about Uncle Charlie and the other men who made Stowe skiing what it is today. I used to contact Brian at National Life, where he worked before he retired and he connected me with my cousin, John P. Lord, whom I did meet a few years ago in Groton. Please give my regards to Brian and I hope to meet him one day on one of my trips to Stowe. Judy Cote, Largo, Fla. PS: Where can I read part one in Brian’s series, about Stowe’s ski lifts? (Editor’s note: Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1Ms31Tj.)

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ophisticated urban libraries are no longer just about books, and that’s even true in the myriad small libraries that dot the Vermont landscape. Libraries today serve as focal points of community activity and civic pride, and operate as welcome centers for both residents and tourists. In Vermont, which has more public libraries per capita than any other state, the notion that even the smallest towns should have a library is heartily supported. “It is important for communities to have an identity, and public libraries further this cause,” says Michael Roche, a consultant for the Vermont Department of Libraries. Libraries in the Lamoille County region are among the best at creating this sense of community identity and spirit. In Stowe, for example, the Stowe Free Library on Pond Street is, according to Library Director Cindy Weber, “very much a place where anybody can come in and visit. Families, tourists… all are welcome.” Weber isn’t kidding. Last fall, a New Jersey couple who regularly visits Stowe, and who happens to love the library, got engaged there. An engagement ring hidden in the bookshelves acknowledged the couple’s union, but also revealed the broader union between the library and its welcoming community spirit. In Jeffersonville, the Varnum Library welcomes everybody, says April Tuck, president of the Crescendo Club, a nonprofit group that operates the library. “We do all we can to include visitors in our community,” notes Tuck, “and wherever they are from, out of town visitors are still part of our community while they are at the Varnum Library.” Similar thoughts echo from Morristown’s


In Jeffersonville, Varnum Library hosts about 120 community programs and lectures annually. At one very popular event, Former Boston Red Sox pitcher and Vermont resident Bill

LIBRARIES THRIVE IN VERMONT Centennial Library, where library director Gizelle Guyette says, “Our library is considered a community living room. We are a meeting place for many types of groups and people of all ages.” As proof of this living-room mentality, Guyette says that a typical day at the library might include puppet shows and coloring activities for children, teens reading while sprawled in comfy armchairs, people using the library’s computers for all sorts of projects, and youth gathered in a special social spot overseen by the library’s Youth Services Department. In Stowe, a very active Friends of the Library group sponsors events, including a regular speakers program, an early literacy program, and other events for children, book clubs, and even a technology center where anybody can receive individual instruction on how to use computers and other technology devices. The library also serves as a meeting spot for community groups. According to Dee Reever, president of the Friends of the Stowe Free Library, “people often tell me that they love our library and that it creates a real sense of community.” Librarian Cindy Weber agrees. “Our library is a community space and a learning space. The library is very much a place where anybody can come in; all are welcome,” she says. To further this mission, the library even sponsors an outreach program to get library cards into the hands of the area’s many temporary workers in the ski industry. 48

“Spaceman” Lee told a library crowd how to pitch and strike out Major League hitters. True to his nature and to the sense of being part of a community, Lee only agreed to speak if he got paid with apple pies. Library patrons then baked so many pies that Lee had to donate much of his fee back to the community. The Varnum Library also acts as a central resource and gathering point for the area’s many homeschoolers, a free meeting spot for various community organizations, including an active writers’ group, a computer center, a genealogy research facility, an art gallery, a site for childrens’ programs, including Ron the Friendly Pirate, a nature instruction center, and a place to obtain job training and search assistance. To cement the library’s place as a

COMMUNITY CENTRAL Clockwise from far left: Stowe Free Library occupies the first floor of a community center that shares space with the Helen Day Art Center. Stowe librarian Kelly McElligott checks information on a computer at the front desk. New front deck at Jeffersonville’s Varnum Library is a popular gathering place in good weather. Librarian Linda Cannon-Huffman takes care of paperwork at Varnum Library. KEVIN WALSH

LIBRARIES in Lamoille County For library events in Stowe, see p.127

Varnum Library 194 Main St., Jeffersonville (802) 644-2117, thevarnum.org

Lanpher Memorial Library 141 Main St., Hyde Park (802) 888-4628, lanpherlibrary.org

Johnson Public Library 7 Library Dr., Johnson (802) 635-7141, johnsonpubliclibrary.wordpress.com

Morristown Centennial Library 7 Richmond St., Morrisville (802) 888-3853, centenniallibrary.org

Stowe Free Library 90 Pond St., Stowe (802) 253-6145, stowelibrary.org

Waterville Town Library 850 VT Route 109, Waterville (802) 644-5556, watervillelib.org

Glee Merritt Kelley Community Library 320 School Hill Dr., Wolcott (802) 472-6551 gleemerrittkelleylibrary.wordpress.com

community gathering spot, last summer over 100 volunteers helped build a large outdoor deck in front of the library where people now gather to socialize and enjoy a beverage. Hours vary at each library, but they all have one thing in common: regular and free community access. At a time when everything seems to carry a price, April Tuck at Jeffersonville’s Varnum Library best summarizes the philosophy of Vermont’s small libraries: “The entire community is a massive friend of the library. The library serves as the cultural and intellectual center for the community. (We try) to leverage everybody’s skills and knowledge to create a learning experience for the community that is free for all.” —Kevin M. Walsh

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KAISER FARM Christine Kaiser tends to her goats. The barn. From left: Caitrin Maloney, Christine Kaiser, John Ramsay, Bob Heiser, and Andrew and Annie Paradee.

The inside of a Vermont barn is multi-layered, the accumulation of years—layers of grit and grime, manure and mud, cobwebs and sawdust. The Kaiser Farm in Stowe’s Nebraska Valley is no exception. “Sweeping cobwebs. That’s not one of my favorite hobbies,” Christine Kaiser, who has owned and operated the Kaiser Farm for decades, laughed. Now 70, with a sparkle in her eye and an easy smile, she’s been trying to get out of the farming game for some years, but wanted to make sure the property was sold to actual farmers who will take care of the land. Enter Annie and Andrew Paradee, a young couple—he’s 30, she’s 28—who will take over the Kaiser family property and rename it Long Winter Farm. And, thanks to a lot of help from a lot of people, farmers forever into the future will use the 49-acre property. The Stowe Land Trust and the Vermont Land Trust worked with Kaiser to buy an ease-


ment that will restrict development and keep the property affordable for purchase by farmers in the future. The land trust has an option to repurchase the property at its appraised agricultural value, if it would otherwise be sold to a non-farmer. The land trusts raised $372,000 to buy the easement, which will permanently protect one of the few working farms remaining in Stowe, said Caitrin Maloney, director of Stowe Land Trust. “I think this is a great story all around, because everyone stands to gain. Christine gets to see the land that she and her family stewarded for decades remain in farming, the Paradees get the opportunity to establish an exciting new farm operation, and the community benefits in that this land will be protected for farming forever.” Kaiser’s parents, Clyde and Bernadine, bought the farm in 1945. In 1977, she inherited the farm and in 1983 moved there with her husband to begin farming. Eventually she and her husband divorced. It’s no secret the 49-acre property would make a real estate developer salivate, Kaiser noted in a 2006 interview with the Stowe Reporter. “I’ve had people make offers,” she said. “But I tell them no way unless they want to pay well over a million.” The Paradees plan on running a diverse operation, with vegetables, eggs, and pork products. They plan on keeping Kaiser’s “handshake deals” to hay the Nebraska Valley neighbors’ fields. “Our scale is going to start small and local, but we definitely plan on selling very local, whether it’s directly to customers or to restaurants,” Andrew Paradee said. Their five-year plan includes a farm stand and a different take on community-supported agriculture: Instead of the farm delivering a boxful of produce, a CSA membership will give people points to spend at the farmstand, where they can pick what they want. —Tommy Gardner


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“I don’t think 40 hours a week would give him enough time to do the other things he likes, like swimming or the Stowe Adaptive Sports program.”

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PURELY PATRICK Pitch-perfect producer’s peerless products atrick Lewis is sitting in his wheelchair in his bedroom at the Brass Lantern Inn, a small space that doubles as a workshop, with a photo of him on the wall that reads “Employee of the Month.” His head is bopping to a tune in his head when someone comes in and says hello. “I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello,” he sings. At least that’s what he hums, in pretty perfect pitch. “Hello, hello...” “When he gets going, he’s like an iPod on shuffle,” says his mother Mary Anne Lewis. Lewis, 24, knows the melody to that Beatles ditty, although he can’t form the words with his mouth. He was born with cerebral palsy and he’s been blind since he came into the world three and a half months premature, which means he’s been mostly confined to a wheelchair his whole life. But he’s no prisoner to that chair; in fact, he helps to run his own business. Purely Patrick is a line of Mason jars and sport-water bottles filled with all kinds of pre-measured mixes for home cooks to make everything from soups to cookies, even dog biscuits. Because of his disability—he’s also intellectually delayed, although if you spend an hour with him you can tell there’s definitely a lot going on in that brain—Lewis can’t do all the steps of making his products by himself. But, as another Beatles song goes, he gets by with a little help from his friends. “We did six jars this morning, in about 40 minutes,” said Carrie Cota, one of two job coaches from Lamoille County Mental Health Services who puts in 25 hours a week with Purely Patrick. She said that while she and others help with labeling, measuring, and fetching ingredients off the shelves, “anything that goes into a jar or bottle, he put it in there.”



“I don’t think 40 hours a week would give him enough time to do the other things he likes, like swimming or the Stowe Adaptive Sports program,” said his mother. Stowe Adaptive Sports helps people with disabilities ski, swim, pedal, or pursue other recreational activities. Patrick does many of them, and has even completed some triathlons. Mary Anne Lewis was an occupational therapist at the Maryland School for the Blind, in the family’s hometown of Baltimore. She knows plenty of ways to get around a disability. While Patrick was growing up, he learned to use triggers to control all sorts of things, from fans (“his climate control system”) to music to the pouring mechanism he’s using to help make pancakes and the like. That last one gave Mary Anne that Eureka! moment. Purely Patrick came out of that. The Purely Patrick line now has 22 different products, which the family sells at craft shows, online, and straight out of the Brass Lantern Inn, which they own and operate, and where they all live. —Tommy Gardner

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Nancy Teed took a great idea and decided to make it even better. A few years ago the Stowe Area Association started its annual 7 Miles of Sales event, which it promoted as “Vermont’s largest town-wide retail sale.” It takes place on four days over the Fourth of July Weekend, and shops in Stowe Village and along the Mountain Road participate with tents, banners, balloons, and lots of great sales. Teed, owner of Stowe’s only toy store, Once Upon a Time Toys, located in the Red Barn Shops, took the idea one step further, and instead of putting selected inventory on sale, she decided to give it away. Free! Adopt-a-Toy Weekend is Teed’s way of giving back to the community, while re-homing toys she can’t sell in her store. The free toys

are perfectly fine, but can’t be sold because they were returns or store samples, or because of damaged packaging. “The toys are all brand new. They need tender loving care and are free to a good home,” Teed said. “People often don’t believe me when I say that. I get some strange looks and they ask me if I really mean it. I do.” Last year, the third year for Adopt-a-Toy, Teed gave away over 100 toys. She collects the toys throughout the year in the store’s basement, where they quietly await Adopt-a-Toy weekend when she places them in large containers in front of the store. When her free toy buckets run low, Teed has been known to “grab toys off the shelves in the store.” Teed’s intent is to give the toys to kids in need, but she won’t turn anyone away. “What I like best is when someone said, ‘Thank you so much, my daughter really wanted one of these, but I just couldn’t afford it.’ ” Teed accepts donations, but it’s totally optional. Any money she collects goes to Lund, which helps kids in Vermont, and Kidsave, which helps kids worldwide. This year is the toy store’s 40th anniversary. Teed’s Adopt-a-Toy generosity may well explain why Once Upon a Time Toys has been so successful for so long.

Bev Osterberg, better known as Miss O, made Stowe High School a field-hockey powerhouse for decades, and now she’s a member of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. ••• Osterberg is one of five high school coaches nationwide to accumulate 500 victories in field hockey. She led Stowe High to 16 state championships in her 44 years, with only one losing season. The Stowe High field hockey field bears her name. ••• She also coached the Stowe High girls’ basketball coach for 34 seasons, winning 346 games and two state titles. ••• She was also a standout athlete at Williamstown High School and Castleton University. Her Williamstown basketball team won 104 consecutive games. ••• Miss O is a member of the Halls of Fame of the Vermont Principals Association, New England Women’s Sports, and Castleton University.

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TRAIL JOURNAL VIEWSHED Clockwise from left: Hikers climb the fire tower on top of Elmore Mountain. A hiker admires the view of Lake Elmore from lookout ledge. Balancing Rock.

Fire tower hike Elmore Mountain leaves you wanting more While not as well known as nearby Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, Elmore Mountain, overlooking the sparsely populated hamlet of Lake Elmore, offers awesome 360-degree views that shouldn’t be missed. Your goal on this moderately challenging hike? The 60-foot fire tower on the mountain’s 2,608foot summit. “Being on top of the fire tower will tie your stomach in knots,” says Amanda Kuhnert, a blogger and former copy editor at the Stowe Reporter. “You get an exhilarating feeling after you’ve taken a little risk climbing the tower. But once at the top, on a clear day, the panoramic views are nothing short of spectacular.” Climbing up the tower’s winding metal stairs can be challenging for those who hate heights. Picture yourself in a partially enclosed set of stairs that move slightly with the wind, and whose design seems inspired by an erector set. Once manned by a fire watcher who lived in a small house a few hundred yards below, the structure now serves as both a relic of the past and one of the best scenic viewing points in Lamoille County. If seeing northern Vermont from the tower is not for you, enjoy the beautiful view from another scenic overlook, just down the mountain on the former site of the fire watcher’s house. There’s often a small crowd, given the popularity of this hike with people of all ages. The view is primarily to the east and offers a great picture-postcard shot of 219-acre Lake Elmore with mountains in the distance. To reach the overlook area, you can hike one of two trails that snake toward the top. Both begin at the parking area along the dirt road that leads toward the mountain. This road is part of the Catamount Trail, a cross country ski trail that crisscrosses the whole of Vermont. Walk up the road about one-tenth of a mile to the Ridge Trail. This 2.2-mile trail is the longer of the two routes to the top; it can be very slippery in wet weather. The other option is to continue another three-tenths of a mile up the dirt road to a set of stone steps and the Fire Tower Trail. The path of this 1.25-mile long trial is obvious, and it’s probably the


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more popular of the two routes. Vertical rise is about 1,450 feet and the hike should take about an hour. As you climb, look for two small waterfalls to the right. From the ledge, the hike to the tower, while only a few hundred yards, is more challenging, including one spot where you need to climb up about 12 feet through a rock chute. It’s certainly doable, but it’s not easy for everyone. If you descend via the Ridge Trail, you will soon arrive at the balancing rock. This huge boulder balances on a much smaller rock and looks as if could tip over at any moment. Even if you don’t come down the Ridge Trail, take the short detour from the scenic ledge to see this geologic oddity before reversing direction on the Fire Tower Trail. It’s easy to reach and worth the small amount of extra time. Elmore Mountain is part of the 700-acre Elmore State Park, located off Route 12 in Elmore. If you visit the park in the summer, jump into the cool waters of Lake Elmore after your hike. The beach area also features a concession stand and restrooms. n //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ESSENTIALS: Elmore State Park. 10 a.m. to sunset, through Columbus Day. vtstateparks.com. 57


ROCK SCRAMBLE Clockwise from top left: Travis Peckham high above Smugglers’ Notch (Seth Maciejowski). Nancy Koenig Peckham rappels from the top of a climb called Beanstalker on the Mansfield side of the Notch (Peckham). Travis Peckham climbs The Beachhead (Maciejowski). Inset: Peckham on The Beachhead (Maciejowski).

Smugglers’ scrambles The Notch provides thrills for climbers If you can, picture this. You’re hanging from a rope bolted into a slab of rock on a cliff in Smugglers’ Notch, 300 feet above the ground. The sun is shining. Suddenly, high winds and a deluge come out of nowhere, forcing you and your climbing partner to urgently repel down the cliff in three 100-foot segments. Summer deluges don’t deter Travis Peckham, a serious rock climber and one of two climbers stuck in that sudden storm. The urge to climb is in his blood. “I’ve never found an activity in life that has challenged me in more ways than climbing,” said Peckham, an experi-

STORY / Kevin M. Walsh PHOTOGRAPHS / Travis Peckham & Seth Maciejowski

enced Notch climber and author of “Tough Schist,” a northern Vermont rock climbing guide. He also serves as a board member of CRAG-VT, a rock climbing association. “You realize you can accomplish things that you never thought you could do. The feeling of success is so affirming and amazing when you successfully meet the challenges climbing poses to the mind, body, and spirit.” But this life affirming activity is not without its risks. “I had some pretty scary experiences early on, for sure,” said Peckham during a video about climbing called “Ground Up—A Vermont Climbing Story,” produced by Outdoor Gear Exchange. “You can get yourself into some hot water just thinking, ‘Oh, that crag looks like it will go; it won’t be too bad; I’ll jump on that,’ and then the next thing you know,” said Peckham, “you find yourself way run out on something that’s totally over your head.” And when he is hanging high up off a cliff, Peckham said rock stability is always a concern. “You don’t know whether or not the rock you’re on is going to break off. It’s the real deal; it’s very intense.” In the “Ground Up” video, climber Seth Maciejowski describes that intensity this way: your muscles get so exhausted they stop working, a situation climbers call being “pumped out.” When that 58

happens, said Maciejowski, “It’s hard to get your mind off the (possible) fall and the potential consequences because fear is kind of pushing you in one direction, and that’s usually driven by getting pumped (i.e. very tired).” “But weighing your physical and mental state against a particular climb reveals sides of your personality you wouldn’t normally encounter,” Maciejowski said in a separate interview. “The elation of successfully completing a climb is unparalled.” That feeling of elation helps to explain why, despite climbing’s inherent risks, serious climbers keep returning to Smugglers’ Notch. “Climbing totally clears your head, regardless of what else is going on in your life,” said Griffin Biedron, a former University of Vermont medical student now in an orthopedic residency in Texas. “I love the cliffs, the greenery, and the amazing views of the beautiful Vermont foliage. There is no better place to experience the outdoors and to decompress than hanging from the cliffs of Smugglers’; nothing is as visceral, nothing so real.” Doug Veliko, team chief of Stowe Mountain Rescue and a recreational rock climber for decades, also knows that sensation. “Rock climbing is a tremendous physical and mental challenge that requires incredible focus, and

which provides a special level of relaxation and enjoyment.� Veliko’s Stowe Mountain Rescue colleague, Greg Speer, echoes the notion of extreme focus while climbing, saying, “You get a sort of tunnel vision while climbing� that results in a feeling of being “in the zone due to your intense periods of focus.� Travis Peckham stresses that the mental aspect of climbing involves both decision-making and evaluation skills as you strategize your climb, moment to moment. And while climbing’s physical element seems obvious—it truly is a complete body workout, right down to the fingers—a climber’s spirit “must be confident enough to impose yourself on the rock without being too confident so as to be careless.�

Climbing 101 There are two general types of rock climbing, both of which occur in the Notch. Traditional climbing involves a team (usually two people) who insert climbing anchors into crevices in the rock as they climb, making the ascent a slow, laborious, and uniquely personal process. The other form is sport climbing. Here, climbers use permanently installed bolts inserted into rock by previous climbers. With well over 50 routes, the Notch has many difficult rock climbing trails. Most of the trails are in either the rock cliff areas that rise above the main parking area, or in the vicinity of Elephant’s Head. According to a standard North American rating system, climbs requiring ropes are the most difficult, and have ratings between 5.0 and 5.14. Smugglers’ Notch has trails rated as difficult as 5.12. Traditional climbers start slowly, exploring sections of the rock face and cliffs as they force their anchors into available rock crevices, connect their safety ropes with carabiners, and then repeat that process again and again as they make their way up. Cliffs in Smugglers Notch consist mainly of schist, which crumbles more easily than granite. This can result in lots of loose rock, and can increase the small but ever present risk of rock avalanches, especially after heavy rains or spring thaws. Climbing in Smugglers’ Notch is not for beginners. “You need climbing experience before trying Smugglers’. It is a challenge, even for experienced climbers,� Peckham said. Stowe Rescue gets between four and eight calls each year from people who wander into gullies, climb boulders, or leave established trails, mostly casual hikers and tourists. Veliko warns Notch visitors to stay on trails, to not try climbing or bouldering without proper training, and to “stay away from gullies, which might seem like trails, but aren’t, and often contain incredibly unstable rocks. Gullies are not just walkups. They are dangerous and can turn into a life-altering event in a moment.� n




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Price of paradise Working to keep Waterbury Reservoir clean When Sheila Goss and her husband joined Friends of Waterbury Reservoir it was for one reason: garbage. “My husband and two dogs and I are avid flatwater paddlers and we’ve really gotten into canoe camping,” Goss said. “Our experience on Waterbury Reservoir was we’d pull into a campsite and there was always garbage that others had left behind. We stopped paddling there because we were seeing so much negative behavior from other visitors. We have this beautiful resource right in our backyard and we’d become uncomfortable using it.” When Vermont’s Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation held a meeting in 2013 to revise the management plan for the reservoir, the couple attended. That’s when they learned about Friends of Waterbury Reservoir, a group concerned about the adversarial environment and user conflicts on the water. The group became inactive when the reservoir was drained for dam repairs, but interest returned with the announcement that the parks department wanted to devise a management plan for remote campsites that dot the shoreline. “Our mission is to protect and improve the ecological, recreational, and community values of the reservoir,” said Friends of Waterbury Reservoir president Laurie Smith, adding that the group encourages the state to limit visibility from the water for any shoreline improvements. One of the biggest concerns for the group? The accumulation of garbage. With the state and The Rozalia Project (whose mission is to clean up oceans) Friends launched a trash data study in 2014. After data collection, the group identified four easily accessed hotspots and focused stewardship and outreach activities on those sites, which included installing red worm composting toilets and cleanup. Most of the work was done by the Youth Conservation Corps. The group also urged the state to hire a floating ranger, who would greet folks at remote campsites and encourage stewardship of the land, water, and wildlife. Smith says their efforts have paid 60

off as the state has hired Chad Ummel, Waterbury’s former recreation director, as a floating park ranger this summer. Ummel will spend a majority of his time floating—literally—in his boat. Smith said having a state presence on the 800-acre reservoir will help keep the lake clean and free of trash. Friends of Waterbury Reservoir this summer will also hire its first employee, a greeter who will talk to people at boating access points about invasive species and the need to clean their boats when leaving any body of water. Goss said the progress she’s seen in the past two years has been amazing. “Friends of Waterbury Reservoir is about awareness, letting people know what’s going on, and advocating for the Leave No Trace philosophy.” Goss and her husband are back to paddling on Waterbury Reservoir most summer mornings. “I love it because it’s big and every time I go I see something different— heron, beaver, otter, loons. It’s just gorgeous.” //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ESSENTIALS: friendsofwaterburyreservoir.org.

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OUTDOOR PRIMER Golf More than a dozen courses are within an hour’s drive, but two of the state’s most spectacular are the 6,213-yard, 18-hole Stowe Country Club, and Stowe Mountain Club, both operated by Stowe Mountain Resort. Stoweflake Resort features a 9-hole, par-3 course, professional putting greens, and a 350-yard driving range. Don’t have time for a full 18? Try Stowe Golf Park, an 18-hole putting course that simulates a real golf course.

Bike in the woods Whether you want a gentle ride along the 5.3-mile award-winning Stowe bike path with its views of Mount Mansfield or a teeth-chattering, lung-burning trip through Cady Hill trails, strap on your helmet and get riding. Varied terrain and hundreds of miles of trails make the region a perfect biking destination. To get started, stop into a local bike shop or go to stowemountainbike.com.

Adventure mountain The Gondola at Stowe Mountain Resort takes skiers up Mt. Mansfield in winter to some of the best ski slopes in the East. In summer, it takes passengers to just below the summit of Mount Mansfield for some of the best views around, and serves as a starting point to the rocky summit of Vermont’s highest peak. Or try the Auto Toll Road, which winds 3.7 miles through cool, green tunnels of vegetation and past sweeping vistas to the top of Mansfield. A new zipline and adventure park round out the offerings this year. Access the Long Trail and the extensive trail network from the summit area, or just enjoy a relaxing picnic and the views of Vermont’s Green Mountains, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondacks.

Paddle sports Local outfitters offer river trips on the Lamoille and Winooski rivers, where you can canoe past dairy farms and through quintessential Vermont villages, all the while soaking in sweeping views. Or if you prefer, launch a kayak on Lake Eden, Lake Elmore, Caspian Lake, Wolcott Pond, or Waterbury Reservoir. Canoes and paddleboards are welcome everywhere, such as Long Pond in Eden, Green River Reservoir in Hyde Park, and Little Elmore Pond.

Swimming holes Innumerable mountain streams meander through the Green Mountains, serving up a Vermont-style swimming experience and a unique kind of solitude. Some are a cinch to find: A walk up the Stowe Recreation Path to a spot on the West Branch River, or the well-known Foster’s swimming hole. Better yet, find your own!

Paths of recreation Stowe’s nationally recognized 5.3-mile walking and hiking greenway starts in the village behind the Stowe Community Church. While never far from civilization, the path offers scenic views of the West Branch River and Mt. Mansfield. Other access points are on Weeks Hill Road, Luce Hill Road, on the Mountain Road next to the Alpenrose Motel, and at the path’s end on Brook Road.

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Sentries of the snow National Ski Patrol: Safety & Service, 1938 – 1988 “The story of the National Ski Patrol begins with an accident and a tragedy.” Thus reads one of the information plaques in the new exhibit at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, a history of the National Ski Patrol, whose 1936 beginnings are intertwined with Vermont’s highest peak. The accident: a broken leg on the Toll Road. The tragedy: a death in Massachusetts. The result? The beginnings of an organization dedicated to making sure everyone who wanted to take up this newfangled sport of alpine skiing had someone looking out for them on the slopes. Today, that organization has 26,000 members. The year was 1936, on the very first day of the year. STORY / Tommy Gardner Charles “Minnie” Dole broke his leg while skiing down the PHOTOGRAPHS / Glenn Callahan Toll Road. His wife, Jane, and good friend Frank Edson were able to get Minnie down on a piece of metal roofing. Dole wrote in his book “Adventures in Skiing” that, at the time, Stowe had a loose patrol of sorts— the first in the country—but it “merely had a few willing souls who ‘were around.’ ” A few months later, Edson ran into a tree during a ski race in Massachusetts. “Frank’s death, the first that most of us had ever heard about in skiing, shook me badly,” Dole wrote. “It was a shock to us all. We were not only shocked, but we could feel the shock reverberating in the very body of the sport of skiing.” If Mount Mansfield were Mount Rushmore, Dole would be on the short list for someone whose visage would be carved into the side of the hill. Edson’s death inspired Dole to study ski accidents and 64

safety, and help bolster the local ski patrol’s operations. Toboggans came into use, and members were trained in emergency medical services. Dole’s research was key in the formation of the National Ski Patrol, and he was the third person certified by the organization. “Everybody begins to realize at that moment that they’re promoting skiing on Mount Mansfield without a way to rescue anybody,” Brian Lindner, local historian and current Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol member, said of those days. “The ski club gives $50 to Charlie Lord (another titan of local ski lore), which in the Depression was a lot of money, and presto, by the winter of 1935, you have a ski patrol.” The new exhibit isn’t as flashy as some of the museum’s most recent exhibits, but what it lacks in flair it makes up for in comprehensive continuity and educational value.

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SAFETY FIRST Clockwise from top left: Rescue toboggans of various materials and designs trace the evolution of technology. Different parka and logo designs reflect the era of the ski patrol. The front and back covers of a vintage ski patrol manual juxtapose two activities no longer considered compatible.

“It’s an incredible collection, one of the best I’ve seen,” Lindner said. Much of the media and the supporting artifacts, such as jackets, skis, tools, pins, and patches, come from the personal collection of Rick Hamlin. He has plenty of it kicking around; practically Hamlin’s whole family has worked on the ski patrol at Mount Mansfield, dating back to 1943. It’s an impressive array of mementos that may be personal, but they provide a shared history for anyone who has worn the ski patrol jacket. n //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ESSENTIALS: Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum, Main Street, Stowe. Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. vtssm.com.



STORY / Lisa McCormack PHOTOGRAPHS / Glenn Callahan

The Morristown Town Forest could be one of the best-kept outdoor recreation secrets around. It’s a magical place with stands of white pine, Norway spruce and sugar maple, sweeping views of Mount Mansfield and the Sterling Mountain range, and abundant signs of wildlife. The 350 acres of conserved town-owned land is bordered on three sides by the Mount Mansfield State Forest. It offers dirt roads and trails perfect for mountain biking, hiking and bird watching in the summer, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. It’s also part of the VAST snowmobile trail system. It’s been a forest for only 70 years or so. Before that, the land was clearcut and used primarily for sheep and dairy farming. Half a dozen cellar holes are all that remain of Sterling, an extinct farming town that flourished there in the 19th century, and all but disappeared by the mid-1900s. Despite its natural beauty and interesting history, the forest isn’t as well-known as other nearby conserved forests. Ron Stancliff would like to change that. Stancliff, 77, a retired state highway engineer who has lived in Morristown all his life, knows the forest well. He first walked the forest’s trails and logging roads in the 1990s.

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Since then, he’s become the forest’s biggest promoter and its self-appointed caretaker. Every year, he sets up a table at Morristown’s March town meeting to extol the virtues of the forest and find people interested in taking a guided walking tour. He can point out the stone walls that once marked property lines, stands of trees planed by the Youth Conversation Corps six decades ago, and halfhidden cellar holes that are slowly being reclaimed by the forest.

Sterling, the town Sterling was incorporated in 1805 and at its peak had 233 inhabitants, but today its only traces are stone walls and cellar holes. The sturdy cellar walls are covered with moss, their floors carpeted with leaves. In 1828, most of the town west of Smugglers’ Notch was annexed to Cambridge. Nearly equal-sized parts of the remainder were divided in 1855 among three neighboring towns: Johnson, Morristown, and Mansfield, which is now part of Stowe.

OLD SETTLEMENTS Clockwise from top left: Ron Stancliff follows a logging trail into the Morristown Town Forest. Part of a wheel assembly from farm machinery sits atop a fence post. One of many foundations still standing.

The last of the Sterling farmsteads that were annexed into Morristown were abandoned in the mid-1950s. It had become harder to make a living on small, family-owned farms after the Great Depression, Stancliff said. “Even if you get a few gallons of milk from your cows, you can’t sell it at the mercantile.” n ESSENTIALS: From Stowe, follow Route 100 north. Turn left onto Morristown Corners Road, left onto Walton Road and, after a few miles, right onto Beaver Meadow Road, a dirt road dotted with red barns, tractors, and a hardwood forest interspersed with meadows. Park at the end of the road and continue on foot up a half-mile trail to the Morristown Town Forest. 67


GOTHIC ATRIUM The central staircase of the Adventure Center at Stowe Mountain Resort.


whole new world has sprouted at the base of Spruce Peak—an outdoor skating rink, an indoor rock-climbing wall, new multimillion-dollar residences, and cushy new amenities for top-dollar spenders. The Spruce Peak at Stowe community has been growing steadily for 12 years, gradually adding Stowe Mountain Lodge and Spa, the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, and much more. Looming in the background at the Spruce Peak Village Center is a 108,000-square-foot building that will host all the resort’s kids’ programs, a huge new Alpine Clubhouse just for members of the uberexclusive Stowe Mountain Club, restaurants, retail shops, and cool features such as an indoor climbing wall, handmade to resemble some of the natural features up in the craggy Smugglers’ Notch area. There are also $42 million worth of new units on the third and fourth floor of the new building. All 19 units sold within a few months, said Sam Gaines, the resort’s director of development. The top level features a $3 million residence that looks out over the entirety of Spruce Peak. “It’s a testament to what the resort has done over the past several years, and they’re all buying on spec, which means there’s a level of trust in us there,” Gaines said. The building is rugged looking, especially the Alpine Club. The architecture is meant to evoke treetop visuals, and the materials are solid and simple—steel, wood, and stone. Gaines said the idea is to pay homage to Mount Mansfield’s past, including the Civilian Conservation Corps that was so vital to shaping the mountain in the resort’s earliest days. “It’s kind of like a CCC camp on steroids,” Gaines said of the new building. “If you build on those noble materials, you’ll set yourself up for success.” —Tommy Gardner




BESTIES Nancy Stead with fellow thrillseekers Millie Merrill, Kitty Coppock, and Paige Savage

Titillation for nudging the sweet edge of danger and the willingness to make an idiot of oneself has no age limit. Thus it was that four old friends—two certifiably acrophobic and all more than eligible to collect Social Security—were being fitted for helmets and harnesses for the Stowe Mountain Resort Ziptour Adventure. We knew the ground below intimately, having hiked and skied all of Mansfield’s trails and— shhhhh—a lot of out-ofbounds-terrain for decades. In 1975, when Stoweflake’s Stu Baraw and Bud McKeon, of Sister Kate’s, introduced men’s team racing to the old Standard Race, we bonded together in SLIDE— groan—Stowe Ladies International Downhill Experts, to take on the guys. That was the prelude to the still popular weekly Ski Bum Race Series held every Tuesday at Stowe Mountain Resort. We were on the mountain early, at the Rusty Nail late, and race-course regulars until time





Each year on Columbus Day weekend, riders from around New England and beyond gather in Stowe for an annual tradition that’s become known as the #bestdayoftheyear. The Leaf Blower Classic is a one-day mountain bike celebration that includes group rides for all ability levels, an epic post-ride cookout, a bit of live music and, of course, some of Vermont’s finest craft brews. Last year, group rides ranged in scale from families cruising the Rec Path, to all day singletrack epics of 30 miles or more. The diversity and layout of Stowe’s trail system ensures riders of any ability or fitness level can get out and enjoy some of Stowe’s scenery and world-class foliage. Sure, the riding is great and the food is amazing, but the Leaf Blower is really just an opportunity to get together and celebrate the people—whether residents or visitors— that make this mountain bike community so unique. So mark your calendars for Oct. 9, and finish out the mountain bike season in style with a few hundred of your closest friends. —Evan Chismark

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SPOKES & WHEELS MTB PIONEERS Trail builder Hardy Avery and MTB instructor Rick Sokoloff take a break on the Trapp Family Lodge mountain bike trail network.

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Sarah Rovetto got hooked on mountain biking. by taking a lesson. “It’s my new love. I’m obsessed. My favorite thing used to be snowboarding, but now I just want to mountain bike,” Rovetto said after taking a clinic with 4 Points Mountain Bike School & Guides. The mother of three children ages two to eight, Rovetto, 38, joined a mountain bike clinic with seven other women. “It was a positive experience and gave me more confidence. The clinic was intimidating at first for a lot of us, but there was no pressure and we rode at our own pace. I noticed improvement right away. It’s great for beginners or anyone who wants to enhance their riding skills.” Last summer Rick Sokoloff rolled out 4 Points because he wanted to help riders like Rovetto. A mountain biker since the early 1980s and currently a ski instructor, Sokoloff recognized similarities between teaching skiing and mountain biking. “Certain aspects of both are not intuitive,” he said. “Both have a fear 70

component and you don’t always react well when you’re afraid.” Sokoloff was co-founder and founding president of Stowe Mountain Bike Club, where he was president for 12 years. He saw the sport grow in the Stowe area from no legal trails to over 50 legal miles on both public and private land. The club now has over 700 members and a full-time executive director. But Sokoloff was still missing something. A natural teacher, he knew a little bit of instruction really does go a long way, so he began exploring avenues to share his riding knowledge. He opened a summer mountain biking program at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in 2014, and with some experience under his saddle, started his own business. He had 176 clients in his first year. Sokoloff holds clinics at Trapp Family Lodge. “They have the best easy trails in the area and all our skill work is done in a flat meadow,” he said. Sokoloff predominantly teaches beginner riders and those who have never ridden a mountain bike before. He starts with the basics—braking, body position, proper

gearing, smooth shifting—all things that seem like they should be intuitive, but aren’t. These basic skills are what helped Lisa Carey of Stowe become a better rider. “I’m an intermediate rider ... I never had a lesson,” she said. Then she took a clinic with some friends. “At first we spent a lot of time on flat terrain learning a lot of things I had never thought about. I feel like when I’m riding I can hear Rick’s voice telling me what to do. I’ve become a more confident rider. I wish I’d taken a lesson before I ever started riding.” In addition to group and private lessons and clinics Sokoloff offers guided mountain bike tours in the Stowe area. Most are held on trails at Trapps, Cady Hill Forest, and Adam’s Camp. This summer Sokoloff expands his offerings with several new camps and clinics. “Mountain biking is something families can do together. Like skiing, it’s a wonderful lifetime sport.” n ESSENTIALS: 4pointsvt.com.


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Wa t e r s h e d Little River basin offers diverse fishery STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS

/ Willy Dietrich

The Little River watershed, which cascades off Mount Mansfield and runs through Stowe on its way to the Waterbury Reservoir and Winooski River, offers lots of different angling opportunities. Trout, smallmouth bass, brown bullhead, and a variety of panfish thrive within its waters, and offers fishermen opportunities to wade, shore, or boat fish. Whether you prefer a quiet, intimate stream or a large busy reservoir, the waters in and around Stowe have something for everyone. The headwater and feeder brooks to the Little River provide excellent small-stream trout waters. Anglers can expect to encounter native brook trout, wild rainbow, and brown trout. Spin and fly anglers can catch fish from 5-inch French fry brook trout to trophy 20inch-plus browns. Small brooks are perfectly suited for the fly angler who likes to walk and fish dry flies. These are nutrient-poor streams with few hatches but plenty of cold water. Dry fly fishing is the method of choice for these hungry trout. They are rewarding with enough challenge for any angler. Downstream of Stowe, the main stem of the Little River wanders through the hamlet of Moscow and changes significantly in composition and fish species. The trout share these waters with various warm water species. Smallmouth, suckers, fallfish, perch, and bullhead all thrive within this section. The Little River is a user-friendly fishery between the aggressive nature of the smallmouth bass and nonselective actions of stocked rainbows and browns. Smallmouth bass can be caught with bass bug poppers, streamers, and nymphs. Spin anglers can put a bend in the rod by fishing with natural colored soft plastics and hard baits. It is not a match-the-hatch river by any means. A variety of streamers like smelt and juvenile trout patterns and buggers work really well. Big gaudy dry flies like stimulators and various terrestrial patterns prompt takes from the trout. 72

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The vast beauty and undeveloped shorelines of the Waterbury Reservoir are unsurpassed in the area. It receives a high amount of recreational use. Early mornings and late days offer the best fishing times on the reservoir. Spring and fall fishing can be spectacular. Many of the smallmouth and trout that live in the reservoir can be caught in the littoral zone (shoreline area) in spring and fall. Try casting to shore or trolling, both good ways to catch fish in the reservoir. Dropping water levels, boat traffic, summer heat, and the relocation of prey moves many of the larger fish into deeper water during the mid-summer months. The Little River basin is a diverse fishery with easy access. Anglers can walk or ride a bike to fish a good percentage of its waters. It certainly offers something for everyone. n Willy Dietrich owns and operates Catamount Fishing Adventures. He has been guiding Vermont waters for 21 years. catamountfishing.com. 73

Contributing editor Tommy Gardner screams down the Nosedive Zip, Stowe Mountain Resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s year-old zipline adventure.


Speeds hit 60 mph on 2-mile zipline ride down Mansfield


/ Tommy Gardner

Photographs / M i k e H i t e l m a n


“Nosedive top to Nosedive bottom,” comes the voice over the walkie-talkie. “Sending riders on lines one and two.” “OK, on three, two, one....” Three seconds after that, I’m out over the edge of the Gondolier precipice, dangling 130 feet above the sharply descending face of Mount Mansfield, pulling back on a lever for all it’s worth, straining to allow gravity to pull me down nearly a mile of inch-thick cable, working to squeeze every possible mph out of this mecha-spider web strand. Stopped halfway down on the parallel line, photographer Mike Hitelman quickly gets closer and closer, and—zoom!—see ya, Mike! The operators of Stowe Mountain Resort’s ZipTour Adventure remind you to go to the bathroom before you get on, which is sage advice. There are other ZipTour rides on other New England mountains—one of them, Attitash, has a 4,969-foot span, which it claims is the longest single zip line in the East—but Stowe must have them all beat when it comes to overall length. We’re talking almost two miles of cable-riding at speeds that would get you pulled over if you were driving your car that fast on the way to the resort. Starting near the top of the gondola, Nosedive Zip—the first and longest of the three legs—drops you about the height of an 80-story building, 803 feet. At top speed, you’re going about 60 mph, but you’re so high above the treetops that the broccolilike canopy seems to move at a fairly languid pace. That’s an illusion, much like being in an airplane, the slower the ground seems to slide on by. The third and final leg, the Perry Merrill Zip, also achieves that 60-mph speed, but it seems faster because you’re much closer to the tops of the trees. In one segment, you’re zooming through a veritable trench, an arboreal version of the assault on the Death Star, jagged branches lingering exhilaratingly, scarily close. In between there’s the Haselton Zip, a relatively short jaunt at 2,247 feet with a 472-foot elevation drop. Yes, that’s what qualifies as a short zip line at Stowe—almost a half-mile long.

Getting started The adventure starts with a wee demonstration zip line, about 130 feet long, a place to learn how to use the trolley system and listen to directions, and learn sign language from the operators at the bottom of each zip: hand signals for slow down, stop, and bring it on. In the case of one rider who came in hot and slammed into the safety springs at the end of the Perry Merrill Zip—think of the runaway truck ramps common on steep stretches of road—those hand signals expanded to waving the arms frantically back and forth, followed by a shrug of exasperation. Red-shirted resort employees load you onto the line at the top and remove you from it at the end; there are absolutely no do-it-yourself aspects to getting on and off the thing. The combination butt and chest harness is comfortable enough; with a 76

Tommy Gardner learns the ropes at the top of the Nosedive Zip. At left: Hanging out above the trees.


little adjusting, your body naturally goes into a sitting position. Some upper-body strength does come in handy, as pulling down on the lever to more fully release the brake requires being able to hold back perhaps 20 pounds of pressure to make it really squeal. And, boy, do those things squeal. Hikers on the Haselton trail and other ski trails can hear the zip riders coming in well before they can see them, like a fast-moving no-see-um high in the air against the sky. It’s not as jarring as, say, the F-16s flying over Burlington, or a volunteer firefighter en route to the station, but the ZipTour riders are far from quiet, as they scrrrreeeeeeam past, a pitch-perfect audio illustration of the Doppler effect.

The ZipTour is steep in more than one way. A single ride costs $119 for an experience that lasts about an hour and a half. But included in those 90 minutes are the mandatory instructional zip, the ride up the gondola, the waiting in line, getting on and off the cable and moving to the next one. In actuality, you’re looking at as little as two or three minutes of actual zipping if you really push it for maximum speed. That’s more than $50 a minute if all you’re seeking is those precious couple of minutes of thrills. We’re talking Rob Gronkowski, Prince Harry-level partying at that rate. Of course, even Gronk might find himself spiking his helmet after finishing the Stowe ZipTour, all pumped with adrenaline. That said, the ride wasn’t inexpensive to build, and it isn’t a cheap thing to operate. The new summertime attractions at the mountain are estimated to create as many as 60 new jobs at the resort. The trolley systems—the apparatus that you hang from and control the velocity with—are exceedingly complex and cost $3,500 a pop. The brake pads in them need to be replaced every five to 10 cycles. Thrill seekers can buy a combo ticket for the ZipTour and the resort’s treetop adventure course—$159—which features six different courses with nearly 70 elements to test your athletic and acrobatic acumen. Throw in unlimited gondola rides, and it becomes much more of a bargain, an all-day adventure. Bottom line: With the old concrete relic that was the Alpine Slide relegated to the annals of a Kodachrome slideshow, the arrival of the ZipTour and adventure course shows the resort is becoming a hot place to be during the summer. n ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ESSENTIALS: ZipTour Adventure: daily June 25 – Sept. 5, and Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 8 – Oct. 16, weather permitting, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. TreeTop Adventure Course: daily June 25 – Sept. 5, and Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 8 – Oct. 16, weather permitting, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. stowe.com.


At the bottom of the Nosedive Zip. At left: Stowe zipline equipment. Zip tour cable.


Spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota)

PICTORIAL & ESSAY / P a u l R o g e r s

Wildflowers abound in northern Vermont. From the ubiquitous dandelion to the reclusive Indian pipe, warm-weather months beckon us to seek them out. Stowe’s Recreation Path, a 5.3 mile-long greenway, is a fabulous place to explore wildflowers. Starting on either end—or somewhere in between—the slow-paced traveler is especially well-suited to observe these jewels of nature. Take some time to walk the path. Bring along a good, local field guide such as Kate Carter’s Wildflowers of Vermont (available locally). Look around. Get down. Be aware of the hitherto unnoticed or underappreciated wildflowers in your midst, and let all of your senses marvel in the simple beauty of these joyful creations. To photograph a wildflower—determining camera position, composition, magnification, lighting, depth-of-field, exposure settings—is to practice the best of one’s craft. The accompanying photos were taken with a macro lens on a digital SLR camera, and lit by an off-camera electronic flash. Digital capture allows instant photo review, and the flash, when strongly diffused and carefully positioned, drapes the subject with soft and predictable light. Paul Rogers is a native of Stowe and a fine arts graduate of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ground ivy (Veronica persica) 80

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


“One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve.” —Henry David Thoreau


Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Canada lily (Lilium canadense)

White campion (Silene latifolia) 83

Crown vetch (Coronilla varia)

Daisy fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Honey bee on purple vetch (Vicia americana) 84

“... not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.” —Luke 12:27



Behind the scenes with dairy farmer, filmmaker, and all-around entertainer George Woodard as he plans, rehearses, and performs his one-man show

Story 86

/ Robert Kiener

Photographs / G l e n n C a l l a h a n

George Woodard in his Waterbury Center dairy barn.



eorge Woodard is on a roll. As he sits at his centuryold farmhouse’s small, pine kitchen table that is piled high with books on his two great loves, farming (“The American Family Farm”) and moviemaking (“The Film That Changed My Life,” “Cinematic Storytelling,” “Mastershots”), he laughs as he jokes about the best way to describe his upcoming variety show in Stowe’s Town Hall Theatre.


“I was thinking of calling it ‘The Best of George Woodard,’ ” he says. Then, after a perfectly timed pause, he adds with a Vermont accent as thick as maple syrup, “But you know, it just might not be the best!” Leaning back in his chair and rumpling his already rumpled gray hair, Woodard, 64, continues: “I was also thinking about calling it ‘This Old Cuss.’

People love bums. I may do ‘Halleluiah, I’m a Bum’ or ‘The Bum Song.’ You know that one?” he asks me. His brown eyes light up and he suddenly breaks into song:

I am getting up there, ain’t I?” He picks up a sheaf of papers—“These are teat wipes; we use them in the dairy barn”—and reads off some of the song titles he’s jotted down during his twicedaily milking sessions. “I’ll sing ‘True Blue Bill.’ My father used to sing that one for us when we were kids. We’d ask him, ‘Play the song about the rooster that laid square eggs, Dad.’ He’d play it if he could find his guitar. And maybe I’ll sing ‘Butter and Egg Man,’ a Louis Armstrong favorite.” Woodard reads through the list and says, “I also got a few songs about bums.

“Come all you jolly jokers and listen while I hum A story I’ll relate to you of the great American bum. From the east to west, the north to south, like a swarm of bees they come; They sleep in the dirt and wear a shirt that’s dirty and full of crumbs.”

“Nothing beats a good bum song,” says Woodard after he finishes. “You know why people around here like bums?” Without waiting for an answer he says, “It’s about being independent. It’s like the old saying: ‘I’m from Vermont and I do what I want.’ ” He stands, puts on a weather-beaten Woolrich jacket and explains that it’s time to milk his herd of 25 cows. Then, as he opens the front door, he adds, “Come to think of it, maybe I should call the show, ‘It’s Just Me.’ Because it is, ain’t it?” t’s just a little after 7 p.m. and most of Woodard’s cows seem content in their milking stalls as they feed on organic grain. Dim lights give the barn an eerie glow and its concrete floor is covered with sawdust, some cow pies, and other farming flotsam and jetsam. The air is thick and pungent with the acrid smell of urine. “Noooooo, it’s tit, not teat,” Woodard good naturedly corrects me after I ask him if he’s always written down his ideas for his shows, scripts, and songs on teat wipes while he is milking his cows. He tells me, “You spell it teat but pronounce it tit.” As he uses his right hip to nudge cow Number 21 into her stall, he continues, “After milking my cows twice a day for more than 40 years I’ve pretty much got this


From far left: George Woodard the night of his show, “George Woodard’s One Man Comedy and

Music Show,” that in February played in the third-floor theater of the Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe’s town hall. Woodard rehearsing at the theater. More rehearsals, this time with Woodard on banjo and Rusty Dewees on plastic hanger. Dewees produced the Winter Star Series at Stowe’s Town Hall, where George played two nights. Inset: Script written on teat wipe.


down. It ain’t rocket science! Gives me a lot of time to think and write.” In a practiced series of moves he uses a long-handled dipper to apply disinfectant to each of Number 21’s teats, wipes them off with a paper towel-like wipe and hooks up the cow to an automatic Westfalia milking machine. As the gently whirring milking


machine sends the cow’s organic milk (about three gallons at each milking) through a series of tubes to a stainless steel collection vat, Woodard adds, “This is where I get some of my best ideas.” “Yesterday I wrote down a lot of ideas for the show in Stowe out here,” he tells me. This is where he also roughed out many of the scenes that went into the feature-length 2010 movie he wrote, filmed and produced with friend Gerianne Smart, “The Summer of Walter Hacks.” After disinfecting and hooking up Cow Number 19 to the milking machine he grabs a teat wipe and makes a note on it to “maybe include the cow milking bit,” in the Stowe show, which is just four days from tonight. It’s a lively, funny bit of stagecraft that consists of Woodard, a talented physical comic and mimic, adopting his “simple farmer” persona and explaining to the audience how he goes about milking a cow. He has included it in his other shows, such as the variety

From top left: Throat lozenges at the ready. George holds the teat cups as he makes

the milking rounds. George holds the teat cleaner as writer Robert Kiener looks on. George kids around with his girlfriend, Joan O’Neal.


show he founded, “The Ground Hog Opry.” The bit includes Woodard dressing up in an outlandish outfit that includes a springlike milking stool strapped around his waist, a battered hat and ancient, much-patched overalls. The outfit, coupled with Woodard’s gift for physical comedy and his “awshucks” demeanor always gets a big laugh. “I think it will work,” says Woodard as he slips his pen back into his shirt pocket and tucks away the teat wipe. “At least I hope it will.” As if on cue, nearby cow Number 19 raises her tail and sends a thick stream of cow poop into the barn’s gutter. Without missing a beat, Woodard says, “I think she

agrees.’ Then Number 19 follows with an even stronger stream of urine. Says Woodard, “Or maybe she doesn’t!” erched high over a 20-foot ladder, wearing a torn white T-shirt and wellworn jeans, George Woodard is hanging spotlights atop the stage of the Stowe Town Hall Theatre for this weekend’s show, just one day away. As he secures a onesquare-foot spotlight, his longtime friend Rusty DeWees, known as “The Logger” to his fans throughout Vermont, confesses that he’s a bit nervous about George’s show, which he is producing. “We’ve only had a few days of advertising for George’s show,” says DeWees. “But George has a lot of fans around here and we’re hoping for a good turnout.” DeWees and Woodard have performed together over the years and like the seasoned performers they are, they have developed a kind of shorthand communication


when it comes to working on stage together. Woodard walks onto the stage and starts strumming his six-string banjo. He tells Dewees, “After the intermission we could start with ‘Stop That Tickling Me.’ ” He begins plucking his well-worn banjo and DeWees slaps his right thigh to accompany Woodard as he sings: I wish I was in Alabama sittin’ on a rail. Sweet potato in my hand and possum by the tail. Woodard stops mid-verse and says to DeWees, “I got an idea. Before I begin you could come out—center stage—and say,

‘A lot of people have asked me, When are you and George Woodard goin’ to do somethin’ together?’ You keep talking. Then I come out and you keep talking like you don’t see me. Then I go back, all sheepish-like.” DeWees says, “I like it.” “Then I come out a second time and again you don’t acknowledge me because you’re still plugging your sponsors,” says Woodard. “The audience laughs. I go back offstage again.” Woodard continues, “I come out again. You ignore me. I look straight at the audience and say, ‘Looks like we ain’t goin’ to do nothin’ together tonight neither.’ Bigger laugh. Then I start into ‘Stop That Tickling Me.’ ” “That’s good,” says DeWees. “Let’s mark it.” Says Woodard: “After that I’ll go back, pick up my guitar and then go into ‘900 Miles’.” He crosses the stage, picks up his 1948 Gibson six-string guitar and begins singing: I’m walking down this track, I’ve got tears in my eyes, Trying to read a letter from my home. If this train runs me right I’ll be home tomorrow night. I’m nine hundred miles from my home. And I hate to hear that lonesome whistle blow.

For the next several hours Woodard and DeWees block out the entire show, running through cues, songs, and jokes. They spend almost half an hour rehearsing their a capella duet finale, “Ya Got Trouble” from Meredith Wilson’s 1957 Broadway musical “The Music Man.” t’s a few minutes after 7 p.m. on Saturday and George Woodard seems relaxed as he mingles with some of the more than 125 audience members who have paid $25 for the first night of his two-night “George Woodard’s One Man Comedy and Music Show.” But he’s nervous. Although he has performed in countless productions, from local plays and musicals to Hollywood movies, this is his first one-man show. For the last week he’s been arranging


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RUGBY mad river/stowe rugby football club



/ Tommy Gardner

Photographs / G o r d o n M i l l e r


“Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentleman’s game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts.” —Henry Blaha



he Mad River/Stowe Rugby Football Club has as its home pitch a corner of the Stowe landscape known as the Polo Fields, a name that evokes an entirely different type of sporting event. Here, in the bracing fall air, the backdrop is the Worcester mountain range, full of those impossible, distracting, endless shades of Vermont yellow and red and orange. Guttural “f--ks!” roll down the sides of the surrounding hills, back to the ruggers on the pitch who grunted them in the first place, an echo of colorful language cascading down colorful hillsides. Yes, rugby is a different kind of sport, played on these polo fields, every summer and fall. And yet, for all its battered, heaving, bleeding edges, rugby is an often-genteel sport perfectly suited for watching in person. Preferably with a cooler full of cold ones.


Rules of the game We Americans love our football so much we literally pay money to fantasize about it. We’ve somewhat come around as fans of the football enjoyed by everyone else in the world, although we call it soccer and are frustrated by the infrequent scores, the dearth of human pileups and beer commercials, and the prohibition on using one’s hands to score. Rugby has all that and more, and yet it is still a largely obscure sport, even though it’s as easy to follow as football. You use your feet to kick the ball forward, and your hands to pass it sideways or backwards. And you keep your eyes open when you’re alone with the ball, because rugby is a game that seeks to bring down the loner, form a mass of humanity around the ball in order to spit it back out to that loner, who again gets as far as he can before being brought down by the pack. This gives rugby a certain pulsating tempo: go, go, go, grunt grunt grunt, go, go go. Rinse and repeat for 40 minutes per half. The ultimate goal is to score “tries,” the rugby world version of touchdowns. It’s five points for placing the ball on the ground in the end zone. There are two points for an after-try kick, and a player can drop kick it through the goalposts any time during play for three points.




Rugby flows faster than football, since there’s no clock stoppage, and a tackle doesn’t whistle a play dead. On the contrary, when a defender tackles an opposing player, the ball-carrier player has to immediately get rid of the ball, and the defender has to let go and get out of the way. After a tackle, small groups of players on each team will link arms, and “ruck” the ball away using their feet, while one player from either team seeks to grab the ball, like trying to steal an egg from a large, clumsy chicken. When the whistle blows, either after a minor infraction or after the ball goes out of bounds, two formations very unique to rugby ensue. There’s the scrum, a human amoeba consisting of eight players on each team linking limbs and bending over and engaging in a kind of reverse tug-of-war, ball in the middle, waiting to pop out one side. And there’s the line out, where a player tosses in the ball while ruggers from each team lift one of their own into the air to grab the inbounds pass, a cross between a basketball jump ball and a ballet lift. What’s arguably most rugby about the rules, though, is that after all that, the rules are, to a certain extent, merely suggestions. The referee

doesn’t have to whistle a play dead, if doing so would hinder the other team’s momentum. This sometimes-subjective leniency can have coaches screaming at refs for not calling something on their own team.

Final game It’s the final game of the 2015 regular season, and Mad River/Stowe is poised to win the division. But it’s cold, and the team doesn’t always start off its games fast enough, playing catch-up the rest of the match. They need some firing up. Coach Don Allen is a tall, quiet force who brings discipline to the team. Sam Lau, on the other hand, is the peppery mouth to Allen’s cool head. Lau says this duality is what the Mad River/Stowe team needs. With a motley collection of characters whose ages stretch equally in both directions of the 30-year-old mark, they need firing up. And they need calmness.




“We don’t always start off strong, and it takes a couple punches to the head sometimes,” Lau says. “For those 80 minutes, you are not f---ing friends. You are f---ing enemies. And you gotta face the fact that you might hurt them.” As that heavy fall rain spits, Lau gathers the fellas in a circle, arms interlocked, leaning in and swaying rhythmically side to side, chanting “Old Man River” deep in unison as Lau fires off a pep talk that takes the F-word to the realm of poetry. If Quentin Tarantino had directed Rudy or Hoosiers, his character might have sounded like this: Be effin’ thankful for being here, be effin’ thankful for this effin’ shitty weather, this effin’ field, these effin’ people and this effin’ sport, and all your effin’ brothers around you. “You only had 24 in there,” says a guy on the sidelines in a raincoat, and Lau gives him a 25th F-bomb for good measure. The game is a slog, and then, shortly before the end of the first half, external motivation comes with sudden tragedy. Chris Motter breaks his leg so bad that people can hear the crunch from the pitch. “There were two guys dry heaving,” Motter says. “My ankle was pointing in so many directions.” An ambulance is called from about four or five cell phones on the sidelines, and gets there within five minutes. The pitch is too muddy to drive out onto, so the EMTs bring a body board and the necessary 96


equipment. The team gets down, to a man, on one knee, until Motter is helped off the field, insisting—wrongly—he can walk it off. The second half is decidedly in Mad River’s favor, which solidifies its place at the top of the league standings.

Injuries Somehow, red-haired Jesse George looks the same in 2015 as he did playing rugby at Johnson State College in the late 1990s. He says rugby’s been his “healthy outlet” the whole time. “It keeps me fit and gives me motivation to exercise, and keeps me honest, so to speak,” he says. George is studious and steadfast in his reminder that rugby is a gentleman’s sport. Still, gentlemen sometimes get hurt. Shawn Hayden is Mad River/Stowe’s president, one of only two ever, and he was also a player for almost all of the club’s existence. Hayden had his right kidney taken out in 2004 after his first cancer diagnosis. He pissed his wife off when a doctor buddy of his said, you know, kidney injuries are pretty rare in rugby, so Hayden got back on the field, playing for almost another decade. A serious 2013 skiing accident ushered in his retirement from the field of play, if not the sidelines. “I played from 1974 to 2013, until I broke my neck,” he says. “Which kind of put a crimp on my rugby career.”


Chris “Chico” Saras is also prowling the sidelines these days, still bedecked in Mad River-Stowe apparel, still yelling at the guys he used to play with—and the new guys. He also suffered a career-ending neck injury, a long-term problem that culminated last year with his neck being squashed into his spinal cord, causing some discomfort. Still, after 27 years of playing, he says the abuse on his body has been worth it. “I don’t think I’d ever give it back,” he says. “Playing rugby was the only time I felt relaxed.” Lau wears his injury on his sleeve. Or at least his lower right leg, which another player affectionately refers to as a half-eaten chicken wing. Lau was playing in college a decade ago, in a rainy mucky match. He caught the ball, and cut left just as one opposing player chop-blocked him and a second player came in from a different angle at the same limb. Ligaments tore. Bones crunched and poked out. “My toes were up by my waist.” The repair and rehab left Lau with a diminished leg—all the dead and damaged tissue was essentially bad meat to be discarded. It also kept him largely off his feet for almost two years. Now? “Of the five ligaments in your knee I only have three of them. Story continues on page 206 And that’s OK,” he says. 97



Milford Freight House, oil, 16"x32". Artist Charlie Hunter, Rail Town Noir—plein air oils of bygone Vermont landscapes. At West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, Stowe, July

9 – August 6.

the Helen Day Art Center occupies a central place in Stowe’s art scene, both literally and figuratively. Since taking over the top floor of the old Stowe High School building at the head of School Street in 1981, the Helen Day has provided Stowe with world-class exhibits, community programs, art education, and outreach to tens of thousands of schoolchildren. Notable artists such as Pablo Picasso and Wolf Kahn have shared the space with local artists like Stan Marc Wright, Rett Sturman, and Walton Blodgett, and with countless others from throughout Vermont, the region, and the world. For more, turn to p.100. On the other side of the mountain, the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville is named for Jeffersonville artists Mary and Alden Bryan. Mary Bryan died in 1978 and her husband, also now deceased, built and opened the non-profit gallery in her memory in 1984.


EXHIBITS & OPENINGS BREAD & PUPPET MUSEUM Route 122, Glover. (802) 525-3031. Daily June to Nov. 1, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Museum tours: 1 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Fridays, July and August.

June 5 Museum Open House, 2 - 5 p.m. Bread & Puppet show, Paper Mâche Cathedral, 4 p.m. Suggested donation $10; no one turned away.

Crockery, Glass and An Iron Kettle,

Robert Douglas Hunter, Bryan Gallery.

BRYAN MEMORIAL GALLERY 180 Main Street, Jeffersonville. Summer, daily 11 - 5. Fall, open Thursday – Sunday, 11 - 4. (802) 644-5100. bryangallery.org.

Through June 26 From Farm to Table Paintings by Robert Blair and Jeanette Blair June through September 30 2016 Legacy Collection (Bryan Gallery events continue) Exhibit calendar continues on page 102



HELEN DAY ART CENTER Exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as rotating exhibitions of Vermont artists. Art classes and workshops, lectures, and children’s programs offered throughout the year. 90 Pond St., Stowe Village. (802) 253-8358. Wednesday – Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. helenday.org. Free; donations welcome.

May 2 – May 28 Student Art Show Featuring works from Stowe Elementary School, Stowe Middle School, Stowe High School, plus guest schools Montpelier High School, U32, and Spaulding High School.

June 17 – November 13

October 14 – November 13

Pat Steir: Drawings & Prints Large solo exhibition of noted American painter and printmaker. With video of Pat Steir by Molly Davies. Opening reception, June 17, 6 - 8 p.m.

West Gallery Exhibition

June 17 – July 31 Molly Davies: Beyond the Far Blue Mountains Three HD film projections playing synchronously. Opening reception, June 17, 6 - 8 p.m.

July 23 – October 15 Exposed 25th outdoor sculpture exhibition. Featured artist: JaeHyo Lee. Locations around Stowe. Walking tour maps available. Walkabouts, special events.


August 26 – September 25 West Gallery Exhibition

December 2 – January 1 Members’ Art Show & Festival of Trees & Light Bringing the community together to share and celebrate the season through decorated evergreens and over 100 members’ art work. Opening reception.

Clockwise from top: Molly Davies, Beyond the Far Blue Mountains; Pat Steir, Untitled, 2008; Members’ Art Show & Trees & Light. Inset: From the Members’ Art Show & Trees & Light.

EXHIBITS & OPENINGS Exhibit calendar continues from page 98

The Market, watercolor, Ginette Parizeau, From Farm to Table, Bryan Memorial Gallery.

June 30 – September 5 Robert Douglas Hunter and His Students June 30 – September 5 Andrew Orr and His Students September 9 – 30 Land and Light and Water and Air September 9 – 30 Harry Orlyk: American Landscape Oils September 19 – 21 T. M. Nicholas workshop JEFFERSONVILLE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Main Street, Jeffersonville. Park at Cambridge Elementary. cambridgeartsvt.org, (802) 644-1960.

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he main entrance to the new Waterbury State Office Complex opens into a sunny, airy atrium, where two office buildings come together. People, too, come together in this space—to meet, sip coffee, or grab a bite. From the center of the atrium, sunlight streams in through vaulted skylights above a second floor mezzanine where, looking down, state employees go about their workday business. All day long, people climb up and down the open staircase in the atrium. But no one


oversized birch forest in the fall. Orange, brown, green, and gold tones contrast with gray birch bark. But take a closer look. There’s a lot more going on. Now you see why it takes everyone so long to go up the stairs. The birch forest is painted over faces and old medical records. Enlarged documents from Vermont State Hospital archives lurk behind the semi-transparent birch forest. People stop to read the documents, which record the daily goings-on at the hospital, a grant application for a report on the Effects of Tranquilizing Drugs in Different Social Settings, another report on eugenics from the 1930s. It is a heart-wrenching glimpse into the state hospital system in the early 1900s. The artist is Sarah-Lee Terrat of Waterbury. The mural is titled “Green and Gold, named after a poem by Jean Killary, who wrote it while she was a patient at the Vermont State Hospital, where the new state office complex now sits. It’s possible that Killary, a patient at the hospital in the 1940s and ’50s, wrote poetry while gazing out a window at a scene that gave her peace and hope, very much like what Terrat has given us with her exquisite mural.


Clockwise from top:

Detail of muralist Sarah-Lee Terrat’s work at the state office complex. Terrat holds a draft of the mural. Images laid out in a grid pattern.

takes these steps quickly; instead they uncharacteristically amble up and down at a pause-and-go pace. It’s no wonder as the adjacent wall is covered with a stunning mural. From a distance the mural looks like an


reen and Gold” was commissioned by the Vermont Arts Council on behalf of the state and funded through the Art in State Buildings grant program. The council wanted to create a positive and welcoming environment when people entered the building, but also connect them to historic use of the building— most recently known as the Vermont State Hospital, but once called the Vermont State Asylum for the Insane. Terrat competed against 32 other artists, and made the short list of five finalists. When she met with Vermont Arts Council members, one thing stuck in her mind. “They said, ‘If there’s any way you can give your art a sense of place in history, do it,’ ” she explained.

No sweeter words were ever spoken. Telling a story is Terrat’s wheelhouse. “It’s my specialty. I use my ability to tell stories through my art to reveal personalities and expressions. I hope that when people see my art they have a new window to look through that provides a different perspective and starts a conversation.” Terrat’s concept for the public art project was to create a mural that included photos and documents from the state hospital’s archives that would portray the


changed in the past half century. She immersed herself in the Vermont State Archives, pouring over images of patients, care providers, and documents, narrowing her selection to 45 images. Jean Killary’s poem, “Green and Gold,” struck a chord with Terrat and became the inspiration for the second part of the mural—a semitransparent overlay of a birch forest in autumn— and also the mural’s name. “There was a really nice connection of artful thinking and the history of the building in Sarah-Lee’s presentation,” said Vermont Arts Council Senior Program Director Michele Bailey. “The blending of images of the past with the birch forest was quite compelling.” The council awarded the $50,000 grant to Terrat in the fall of 2013. The mural is not the largest Terrat has undertaken, but it was the most complex. At

A working draft of the mural scaled at one inch to one foot, with a color key.

38.5-feet wide by 25-feet tall, it was a massive undertaking. The maze she navigated to reach the final product was intricate and complex. “It took two years to complete and it came out exactly as I envisioned, but the methods to get there changed dramatically,” she said. Tarrat worked from a sketch with a scale of one inch to one foot. The staff at Vermont State Archives scanned the 45 images she selected (nothing original leaves the building). Terrat gave them a digital sepia tone for continuity, and laid them out in a grid like a quilt pattern. The scans were transferred to a photo-receptive wallpaper that a private company hung in strips on the atrium wall alongside the staircase leading to the second floor.


hen Terrat began painting the birch forest over the wall-papered images. “I used a 30-foot boom lift to paint the birch forest. I had to take a course and become certified to use the boom lift, and I had to be clipped in. It took eight weeks of very full days to do the painting.” Meanwhile, contractors were working around her, laying tile, painting, and putting finishing touches on the building. For the birch forest Terrat used a semitransparent glaze with a palate in the warm tones of fall. From a distance the birch trees are prominent, though you can’t see the forest for the trees until you step in closer. That’s when the images beneath the transparent glaze begin to reveal themselves and the story unfolds. Terrat traced Jean Killary’s relatives and obtained permission from a nephew to use Killary’s poem. He wasn’t the only person Terrat spoke to with connections to the State Hospital. “I’ve had people come up to me and talk about relatives who were there. It’s opening up conversations that never would have happened.” Beyond “Green and Gold” Terrat has already completed two more murals, one for the new Waterbury Municipal complex, where she painted a tree mural honoring the project’s donors. The other was for dealer.com for a promotional called The Art of Recycling, where Terrat was one of eight artists to paint murals on Chittenden Solid Waste District’s recycling containers to create a more engaged recycling experience. Terrat’s art is not limited to murals. Many people know her as the artist who branded Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the 1980s. “It was exactly 30 years ago, 1985, when I was in Montpelier visiting my brother. I saw a want ad in the back of the Times Argus, looking for a graphic artist at Ben & Jerry’s. I went for an interview and we just clicked. They were a great company to work for,” Terrat said. Her main focus was environmental work. Every time they opened a scoop shop she designed all the signage to compliment local regulations and the streetscape within the context of the neighborhood.


he studio where Terrat spends so much time is adjacent to her home in Waterbury Center. When you enter the front door it’s like you’ve walked into someone’s incredibly cluttered living room. Go down a set of stairs and you’re in a giant playroom, where creativity is the name of the game. Tables are covered with drawings, paint cans are stacked on shelves, sketches are pinned to walls, and everywhere you look is some sort of work in progress. Her studio is also where Terrat creates Mad Cap cartoony pet toys with business partner Anne Lika. Mad Cap is part of PetStages products sold mostly at Petco. Terrat and Lika recently introduced a new pet toy company called Fuzzu, and a Presidential Parody series of pet toys, featuring Bernie, Donald, and Hillary in three sizes. Variety is the spice of life in Terrat’s world, and she works across many mediums—painted surfaces, three dimensional objects, illustrations—most with a lighthearted, fun, caricature essence. “Vermont is small enough that it’s difficult to make it as an artist, but we’re all in it together,” she said. “If I don’t have a proper skill set I refer someone who does. You have to have a lot of irons in the fire or be such a specialist that people come to you just for that.” Terrat may not consider herself a specialist, but there is not doubt her art is distinctly special. n


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STOWE CRAFT DESIGN 55 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-4693. stowecraft.com. Art and craft gallery featuring fine crafts, fine art, sculpture, jewelry, and more.

July 15 – 17 Saundra Messenger Jewelry Trunk Show Made with recycled sterling silver and conflict free diamonds. Reception, July 15, 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. September 16 – 18 Tabbatha Henry Ceramic Luminaries Glowing votives, luminaries, and lanterns. Opening, Sept. 16, 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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VISIONS OF VERMONT GALLERY Main Street, Jeffersonville. visionsofvermont.com. (802) 644-8183. Twenty master painters from three generations who have painted in the beautiful Jeffersonville area, displayed in three carefully restored historic buildings.

Ongoing Karen and Jack Winslow, local classical masters, and TM Nicholas (Victorian house); Eric Tobin, plein aire painter (Carriage house). June Northern Vermont Artists 85th June Juried Show, with over 50 artists. July through August Master painters featuring Movalli, Duffy, Mosher, Bryan, Gruppe, Curtin, more. August 13 Festival of the Arts September – December Whimsical works Exhibit calendar continues on page 115




Independence Day Stowe, Morrisville, Waterbury do it right Vermont cities and towns pull out all the stops to celebrate July 4. Themed parades with extravagant entrees, live music, barbecue contests, food vendors, races, and games for everyone culminate at dusk with the pièce de résistance: fireworks! Along the Route 100 corridor from Waterbury to Morrisville, communities turn JEREMY GARRETT out to remember America’s independence from England. Celebrations in Waterbury, Moscow, Stowe, and Morrisville have become must-do summer events. All four towns have held onto longtime traditions of parades and fireworks, but in recent years expanded their celebrations to fill the day with food and fun. Waterbury gets the ball rolling with NQID—Not Quite Independence Day. Rather than compete with other towns on July 4, the Rotary Club, which took over the event in 2011, decided to hold its celebrations on the last weekend in June. They have all the bases covered: parade, barbecue, music, kids’ activities, and fireworks. Saturday’s parade, which boasts up to eight fire trucks from Waterbury and neighboring towns, will march down Main Street to the theme of Kids’ Favorite Characters. “We tried to make the weekend more encompassing of the community by building on the idea of a music festival and barbecue event,” said Rotary Club member Bob Olesen, who helps organize the occasion. This is the second year for the Green Mountain BBQ & Music Festival and Olesen is expecting more than 5,000 attendees from Washington and Chittenden Counties and beyond. Following the parade on Main Street the venue moves to Farr’s Field, just west of Waterbury on Route 2, where you can inhale the smells of barbecued meat and dance to live music at the Green Mountain BBQ & Music Festival. Fireworks launch at dusk in the field. Come back on Sunday for 112

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more barbecue and music, a pie-baking contest, and to find out the winners of the barbecue competition. With over a week to recuperate, you’ll be ready to do it all again on Sunday, July 3 at Stowe Mountain Resort. They are hosting a full day of activities at Spruce Peak, including a fireworks show at dusk. On Monday, July 4, the action begins at 10 a.m. with the beloved Moscow Parade on Moscow Road, south of Stowe. Ken Squier of WDEV plays marching band music over the air from 10 - 11 a.m., and the Moscow Men’s All-Radio Marching Band provides transmission, along with boom-boxes that line the street. The Lawn Chair Ladies’ Drill Team leads off, followed by innovative floats, with no one spending over $10. It’s a short-lived hilarious time, all over within a half hour, so everyone can head to the

Village of Stowe for an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. The World’s Shortest Marathon (1.7 miles), takes place on Mountain Road at 11:30. The race was first held in 1969, with seven contestants. Tom Connally of Troy, N.Y., won in 13:09. Suffice it to say the race has grown in attendance if not distance. Stowe Vibrancy became involved with Stowe’s July 4 festivities in 2010, adding many events to the tried-and-true parade and fireworks. Park Street is closed for the Art on Park artisan market. Food vendors and kids’

activities line Main Street. The pie-eating contest has gotten big, but the most popular tradition is the dunk tank, where you can see how good your pitching arm is and try to soak your favorite town celebrity. The Lamoille River Swingers, a square dance club, will perform in the village and in the parade, and a new street entertainer, Guy Collins, will do his “Groovy Guy Show.” Main Street is closed at 1 p.m. for the parade, which does a big loop, beginning at Mayo Farm and finishing on Main. What’s left? More fun at the Mayo Farm Events Field, with carnival games and activities for kids, the Seth Yacovone Blues Trio, food vendors, laser tag, and an amazing fireworks display at dusk. Morrisville’s 4th celebration offers an adrenaline-producing Soapbox Derby followed by a fiddlers’ contest and live music at Oxbow Riverfront Park. The day kicks off July 4 with a parade that begins on Harrell Street and goes through town, finishing at Peoples Academy. This year’s theme is Super Heroes, with dress-up contests for homes and businesses along the route. Immediately following the parade, and once all the hay bales are in place, is the wildly popular (for participants and spectators alike) Morrisville 700 Downhill Derby. New this year is the Morristown Fiddlers’ Contest, held at Oxbow Riverfront Park, with prizes in eight categories. Once winners are announced, Beg, Steel or Borrow takes over the stage. Fireworks this year will launch at dusk on Harvey’s property across the Lamoille River from Oxbow Riverfront Park. Spectators can stay right at Oxbow to watch the show. n ESSENTIALS: See complete Independence Day festivities in our calendar, p.18. 113


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June 3 – 30 Elisa Johns: Meditation on western wildflowers. July 1 – 30 Time Honored: Maude White’s hand-carved paper scenes.

Sanctuary (flooded in golden light),

Casey Roberts.

August 5 – 31 Casey Roberts: Cyanotype drawings WEST BRANCH GALLERY & SCULPTURE PARK One mile from the Village on the Mountain Road, Stowe. (802) 253-8943. westbranchgallery.com. Sculpture park, promoting contemporary art in varied media and styles.

Ongoing Sculpture Park exhibition Works by Jonathan Prince, Richard Erdman, David Stromeyer, Bruce White, Karen Petersen, Chris Curtis, Jeffrey Laudenslager, John Matusz, Chris Miller, Walter Horak, and Kim Radochia. Through June 26 Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration and Freedom: Syrian artists and others interpret the concept of flight. Benefits Syrian Red Cross. July 9 – August 6 Charlie Hunter: Rail Town Noir Plein air oils of bygone Vermont landscapes. July 9 – August 13 Carol O’Malia: Intermission Vibrant oils capturing summer’s in-between moments, in play and at rest.

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and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, the group offers vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes.” On Aug. 7, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy blends a vibrant fusion of classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. A dynamic new jazz ensemble brings the meadow concert season to a close on Aug. 21. The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America

“Rhythm in Blue” Jazz Ensemble, a sleek, 20-member group, presents exciting and uplifting music to inspire patriotism. Best of all, this concert is free. Midsummer also brings hot music on hot summer nights. These free Tuesday evening gazebo concerts on the lawn of Stowe Free Library include Astrograss for Kids, bluegrass and folk; the accordion-fueled rock ‘n’ roll band Those Darn Accordions, with their pumped-out polkas, rock classics and catchy originals; the Morrisville Military and Waterbury Community Combined Bands, a New England tradition; and the Canadian acoustic rock trio Fireweed. Tuesday evening gazebo concerts run from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Just like Stowe Performing Arts’ concert in Trapp Meadow, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome. n ESSENTIALS: See our calendar, p.118; stoweperformingarts.com.


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STOWE PERFORMING ARTS MUSIC IN THE MEADOW Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Trapp Hill Road, Stowe. stoweperformingarts.com for times and tickets. Meadow opens two hours prior to concert.

July 10 Wanderlust, Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Ends with 1812 Overture and fireworks. 7:30 p.m. July 24 The California Honeydrops, Bay-area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, 7 p.m. August 7 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, blending jazz, swing, and Dixieland, 7 p.m. August 21 U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble, free. 6:30 p.m. STOWE PERFORMING ARTS GAZEBO CONCERTS Free concerts. Tuesday evenings on the lawn of the Stowe Free Library / Helen Day Art Center. 6:30 7:30 p.m.

July 19

Astrograss for Kids, bluegrass/folk

The Morrisville Cooperativve Corn Roast and Bounty of the County is on Aug. 24 at the Oxbow Park.

July 26 Those Darn Accordions, rock 'n' roll band pumps out polkas, rock classics, and catchy originals August 2 Morrisville Military and Waterbury Community Combined Bands August 9 Fireweed, Canadian acoustic rock trio ADAMANT MUSIC SCHOOL Concerts on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sunday afternoons. Admission; free for members. adamant.org.

July 20 – August 5 Concerts at Waterside Hall ART ON PARK Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Artists, artisans, live music, local food. stowevibrancy.com.

June 23 Jeff Nicholson June 30 Cooie DeFrancesco & Robin Gottfried July 4 No music July 7 Jim Charonko July 14 The Buskers July 21 Shrimptunes July 28 Japhy Ryder August 4 Lesley Grant August 11 Seth Yacovone August 18 Shrimptunes August 25 Cooie Sings September 24 Thirsty Brothers, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. CRAFTSBURY CHAMBER PLAYERS World-class musicians with music director Frances Rowell. Music by Vivaldi, Debussy, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, more. $25; students $10; 12 & under free. craftsburychamberplayers.org.

July 10 Radio Rangers & Craftsbury Chamber Players Ensemble. Free. Craftsbury Common. 7 p.m. July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, & August 17 Elley-Long Music Center, St. Michael’s College, Burlington, Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, & August 18 Hardwick Town House, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. DIBDEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS On the campus of Johnson State College. Box office, (802) 635-1476 or jsc.edu/dibden.

September 23 Made in Vermont, Vermont Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m.


JAY PEAK MUSIC SERIES Stateside amphitheater, Jay Peak Resort, Jay. (800) 451-4449, jaypeakresort.com.

July 22 – 23 Jeezum Crow Festival: Nine bands in two days. Dark Star Orchestra, Alejandro Escovedo, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Sleepy Man, Aqueous and more. $35 one day/$65 both days. August 12 – 13 Strangefolk: Garden of Eden Festival. 7 p.m. September 10 Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers

SPRUCE PEAK MUSIC SERIES Pavilion building, Spruce Peak Village Center. stowe.com.

July 2, August 6, 13, & 20 Live music, noon to 4 p.m. July 3 Rusty DeWees Independence day bash, 4:30 9:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk

RUSTY PARKER PARK CONCERTS Waterbury Rotary Club concerts, Rusty Parker Park, Main Street, Waterbury. Free, Thursdays 6 p.m.

June 9 June 16 June 23 June 30 July 7 July 14 July 21 July 28 August 4 August 11

Kava Express: dance, funk, soul Atlantic Crossing Undun: New England roots music Still Kickin’: classic rock Funky Crustaceans: rhythm, blues The Apothecaries: folk, R&B, country Jeff Salisbury Band Hitmen: dance Birdshot Lafunk: jazz, funk Shellhouse: original rock

TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE Legion field, Johnson village. 6 - 8:30 p.m. Food. Free.

Beg, Steal or Borrow. RATTLING BROOK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Belvidere Center Stage, Route 109. (802) 644-1118. 11 - 8. Rain or shine. Admission.

June 18 Regional bluegrass bands—Mad Mountain Scramblers, Bluegrass Revisited, Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing, The Stockwell Brothers Band, Beg, Steal or Borrow, The Four Horseman. ROCKTOBERFEST Portland Street, downtown Morrisville. Most events free. rocktoberfestvt.com.

October 1 All-day street festival. Fun run, music, food, games, craft vendors, and much more.

July 5 July 12 July 19 July 26 August 2 August 9 August 16 August 25 August 30

Will Patton jazz quartet Jeff Salisbury Blues Band Starline Rhythm Boys Dojo Seth Yacovone Christine Malcom & Leo Disanto Beg, Steal or Borrow Soule Monde Flat Nose Diesel Bus

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE OXBOW Oxbow Park, downtown Morrisville, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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Sunset images Art installation snaps slices of light, time Up on Mount Mansfield, a set of stark sculptures stands sentinel, recording the comings and goings of the sun as it cuts paths through the snow, rain, and clouds of Vermont’s winter and spring skies. “Sunrise Sunset” is a sculptural installation that together with “Level” forms “SURVEY,” a project by Michael Zebrowki—the first-ever artist-in-residence at Spruce Peak, in a project curated by the Helen Day Art Center. Rachel Moore, assistant director and curator at Helen Day, said the desire was to have a few “really site-specific, interactive sculptures” at Spruce Peak where people would see the artist installing, working on, and maintaining the structures. “We wanted things that people could explore and find as they were walking around the paths,” Moore said. Zebrowski’s four sculptures resemble oversized land-surveying tools—large, safety-yellow tripods made of wood girders and steel connectors, each with a center beam bearing a small, white box. For “Sunrise Sunset,” at the northeast side of the Spruce Loop foot trail, the boxes face east and west, and contain Brinno time-lapse cameras that take one photo every 15 seconds. Zebrowski distills thousands of images into short videos that are displayed at various places around Spruce Peak, including a 24-hour loop on a screen outside the spa. In “Level,” southeast on the trail, two structures of different heights shine red lasers across a forest, the natural slope of the ground causing the beams to align. Another of Zebrowski’s sculptural installations, “Observatory,” is part of Helen Day’s Exposed! 2015 outdoor exhibit. The large, white-walled structure, standing just across the first bridge on the Stowe Recreation Path, points the viewer toward the North Star, a time-lapse camera capturing photos of the changing light and seasons over the course of a year. Zebrowski likes that the structures’ purpose isn’t immediately evident, and the curiosity sparked in viewers who come across the installations. “That’s what the public component is—it is made to be found,” Zebrowski said. “‘It looks like it’s doing something. What is it doing?’ … It makes you wonder about things, and I like that.” At 10 to 30 frames per second, one short video could catch 1,000 slices of sky— or 10,000. “It’s amazing what happens within the cycle of one day,” Zebrowski said. “It’s pretty wild.” In one video, a roiling gray sea of clouds at dusk shifts ever so slightly before bursting into flame-like orange tendrils that fade quickly into the inky night. “That’s part of the work—you don’t know what you’re going to get,” Zebrowski said. “I didn’t make that; I just watched. I just recorded it.”



SPRUCE SENTINEL Michael Zebrowski’s “Sunrise Sunset” stands at the northeast side of the Spruce Loop foot trail at Stowe Mountain Resort. Waterproof time-lapse cameras atop two sculptures face east and west, and take one photo every 15 seconds. At 10 to 30 frames per second, one short video could catch 1,000 slices of sky—or 10,000. 120



MIXED MEDIA Clockwise from top: Rita Coolidge, Martin Barr, Girls, Guns and Glory, Kamikaze Fireflies, and Francesca Blanchard.

From top: Co-Lab 1: People Gallery, singer/songwriter Lesley Grant, cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, and the Quebe Sisters Band.

Music, theater, family fun at Spruce Peak arts center SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Saturday, June 25

122 Hourglass Dr., Spruce Peak, Stowe. Box office: (802) 760-4634. sprucepeakarts.org 420-seat arts center hosts a wide spectrum of events—theater, music, dance, comedy, film, lectures, and multimedia presentations. Most events fall into four categories: Peak VT Artists, Peak Films, Peak Pop, and Peak Family. New this summer: OperaHD. Enjoy five films over 10 days, all recorded live in spectacular HD.

Anne Janson Flutes: “The Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio,” and works by Domenico Cimaroso, Claude Debussy, and Franz Doppler. 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 11 United States Airforce Heritage Brass Ensemble Orchestral transcriptions, patriotic favorites, jazz standards, distinctive arrangements. 7 p.m.

La Damnation de Faust (Film, 2016): Hector Berlioz, Opéra national de Paris, stars Jonas Kaufmann. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28 Lucia di Lammermoor (Film, 2016), 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29

Friday, June 17 An Evening with Rita Coolidge: Two-time Grammy award-winner. 8 p.m.

Ballet Russes (Film, 2016): Ballet de L’Opéra de Paris, 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 18 Scout Film Festival: Short films by teens. Screenings 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Awards 7 p.m.

Il Trovatore (Film, 2015): Giuseppe Verdi, Salzburg Festival, stars Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo. 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 23 The Black Feathers with Me and Molly—Poets & Prophets: Folk, roots, alt-country, and Americana. 8 p.m.


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Friday, July 1 Rigoletto (Film, 2016): Opéra national de Paris, stars Olga Peretyatko and Quinn Kelsey. 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 2 An Evening with John McCutcheon: “One of our country’s best songwriters.” 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16 La Damnation de Faust (Film, 2016) Hector Berlioz, Opéra national de Paris, stars Jonas Kaufmann. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23 A Choral Celebration of the Changing Year Tangos from Argentina, haiku from Israel, Romantic part-songs from Germany, more. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28 Girls Guns and Glory: Boston’s own. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30 Lucia di Lammermoor (Film, 2016): Stars Juan Diego Flórez. 7 p.m. Thursday, August 4 Tom Murphy in MetaMURPHosis—A Senseless, Sensitive, Solo, Slapstick Saga: Acrobatics, dance, circus, storytelling. 7 p.m. Mixed media continues on page 124

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Saturday, August 6 Burlington Civic Symphony Summer Pops: Pops favorites, show tunes, light classical. 8 p.m. Thursday, August 11 Kamikaze Fireflies—Comedy Danger Smack Down Juggling, stilt-walking, stunts, fire breathing, contortionist backbends! 7 p.m. Saturday, August 13 Ballet Russes (Film, 2016), Ballet de L’Opéra de Paris. 7 p.m.

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Saturday, August 20 Stowe Tango Music Festival: The Concert! Mysterious and sensuous world of tango. 8 p.m. Thursday, August 25 Cricket Blue: American folk tradition. 8 p.m. Saturday, August 27 Il Trovatore (Film, 2015): Giuseppe Verdi, Salzburg Festival, stars Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo. 7 p.m. Saturday, September 3 “Downtown” Bob Stannard’s Blues Harmonica Blowout—Poets & Prophets: Electrifying line-up of famous, and infamous, harmonica and blues musicians. 8 p.m. Thursday, September 8 Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies: Newfoundland folk with fresh pop sounds. 8 p.m. Saturday, September 10 Rigoletto (Film, 2016): Giuseppe Verdi, Opéra national de Paris, stars Olga Peretyatko and Quinn Kelsey. 7 p.m. Saturday, September 17 Northern Third Piano Quartet: Music of Schubert, Brahms, and Martin. 8 p.m. Saturday, September 24 8 Cuerdas presents: Barcelona-—Timeless: Art song and solo guitar repertoire from Latin America and Spain. 8 p.m. Sunday, September 25 & Thursday, September 29 Manhattan Short Film Festival, 7 p.m. Saturday, October 1 Francesca Blanchard with Chris Velan: Blues, rock, 80s alternative, West African music and reggae. 8 p.m.

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Grace Chris, left, as the spirit of Lily Craven, looks on from behind the curtain as Timothy Lewis (Dickon) ensures Briege Riley (Mary) that the garden will still grow in a 2014 Stowe Theatre Guild production of The Secret Garden.




Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Stowe. 7:30 p.m. Adults $25/children under 18 $15. (802) 253-3961, stowetheatre.com. June 16 – 19, June 23 – 26, & June 30 – July 3 Seussical Seussical weaves together Dr. Seuss’s most famous words and characters in unexpected new ways. Sunday matinees, 2 p.m. July 20 – 23, July 27 – 30, & August 3 — 6 Almost, Maine Nothing is quite what it seems in the remote town of Almost, Maine. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But everything heals in time… almost. August 17 – 20, August 24 – 27, & August 31 – September 3 Jesus Christ Superstar Andrew Lloyd Webber’s thrilling rock opera. October 5 – 8, October 12 – 15, & October 19 – 22 Rocky Horror Picture Show Campy and fun classic rock musical send-up of 1950s science fiction films. LAMOILLE COUNTY PLAYERS Hyde Park Opera House, Main Street. Adults $18, seniors/students $12. Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees, 2 p.m. (802) 8884507. lamoillecountyplayers.com.

July 7 – 10 & July 14 – 17 Once Upon a Mattress Zany musical comedy where princess after princess tries for the hand of the prince, but can’t meet his mother’s exacting standards. September 29 – October 2 & October 6 – 9 Deathtrap Gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. November 11 – 13 & 18 – 20 12 Angry Jurors A fine, mature piece of dramatic literature that offers a profile in courage. QUARRYWORKS THEATER Quarry Road, Adamant. Seats just 50 people. Unless noted: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Free. 229-6978, quarryworks.org.

July 7 – 10 & July 14 – 17 Mr. President… The Irving Berlin Musical! July 23 – 24 & July 30 – 31 E.B. White’s Stuart Little. Saturday, 5 p.m.


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September 23 – 24, September 29 – October 1, & October 6 – 8 Steel Magnolias Trials and tribulations of a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor. BREAD & PUPPET THEATER Route 122, Glover. Friday evenings, 7:30. Paper Maché Cathedral. Suggested donation $10; no one turned away. (802) 525-3031. breadandpuppet.org.

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Museum of Everyday Life Quirky destination not just another roadside attraction STORY / Robert Kiener PHOTOS / Glenn Callahan


Sure, you can fly to Paris and stand in a long line at the Louvre to gawk at the “Mona Lisa” or visit Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to join a crowd of harried museum goers bumping elbows with one another and craning their necks to get a clear view of Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch.” But why bother when you can save a bundle of money (and time, stress, and frustration) by motoring up to Glover, Vermont’s Museum of Everyday Life and checking out some of its masterpieces such as an exhibit of bellybutton dust, a dress made of safety pins, pornographic matches (adults only), or a well-chewed pencil full of bite marks from its owner’s first schoolgirl crush? Really, why fly half way around the world when a museum that is devoted to, as its manifesto states, “a love for the minuscule and unglamorous lives of the unfamous” is right up the road?

“And we’re free and open pretty much every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” says Clare Dolan, the museum’s “Chief Operating Philosopher” (and curator) as she sips a cup of strong coffee in her house next to the five-year-old museum. Dolan, the museum’s driving force, is adamant that her creation is nothing like other, mainstream (read: “pretentious” and “stuffy”), more famous museums. “We welcome our museum goers to touch our exhibits. We are a very democratic, hands-on, self-service kind of place.” The museum’s manifesto reflects Dolan’s iconoclastic view of museums, proclaiming, “Down with the fetishistic worship of ‘authentic’ works by the Famous!” and “Up with a new kind of museum, living and breathing and

ORDINARY ITEMS Clockwise from top left, previous page: The Museum of Everday Life in Glover, with entrance to the adult section. The entrance ot the self-service museum beckons. Dust mite display from the show Dust. Amathophobia, the fear of dust, not the fear of Raggedy Ann. Pencil stubs. Dust. Erotic matchbox warning. Diaper pins.

ROAD TRIP as common as dirt!” In a less bombastic vein, a sign at the museum’s entrance reads, “Tours are self-guided. To view museum, please turn on lights here. Please turn off lights when you are done. Donations gladly accepted.” Top that, Tate Museum. Match that, MoMA. Dolan, a reed-thin, soft-spoken free spirit, founded the Museum of Everyday Life in 2011 in the rambling old barn she had bought—along with a home and five acres—on the Northeast Kingdom’s Highway 16 seven years earlier. The Oberlin College graduate performed with the Glover-based Bread and Puppet Theater collective for nearly two decades and had long considered starting her own museum for what she describes as “everyday” objects. The museum, which has been described as a large “cabinet of curiosities,” is a collaboration of Dolan, her friends, and interested strangers. “I guess the museum is partly personal but also community collaborative,” says Dolan, who is also an intensive care R.N., a performance artist, and a stilt-dancing instructor. “I get contributions from people who know my sensibility.” For example, the recent “Dust” exhibition included a Mason jar chock full of what looks like the contents of a spilled vacuum cleaner bag. A note from the (local) donor explains, “In support of this exhibit I


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have not cleaned my house for 4 months.” Annual exhibits have focused on toothbrushes, matches, safety pins, pencils, dust and—beginning this summer—mirrors. Says Dolan, “The whole museum is designed to encourage everyone to take a deeper look at our relationship to these objects that we use, see, and touch everyday but probably don’t give a second thought to. They are usually not valued for their beauty and functionality.” The museum’s tagline says it all: “Embarking on a mission of glorious obscurity.” Showing off a much-admired dress made of safety pins in the museum’s Great Hall and home of its Permanent Collection (a kind of “Best Of” from previous exhibits), she continues, “Our whole shtick is to get everyone to slow down, look at these things and value them. It is important to realize they are a part of who we are and have a rich history.” As she points out a violin made entirely of matchsticks by a prison inmate, a highlight from a previous exhibit, “A Celebration of the Match,” she explains, “These everyday things are irreplaceable even though we are in this age of high technology. For example, we still have buttons on our clothes. The iPhone has not replaced the button. There is an elegance in simplicity.” n ESSENTIALS: 3482 Dry Pond Rd., Glover, Vt. museumofeverydaylife.org.

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he work of internationally acclaimed sculptor David Stromeyer has been quietly accumulating in the fields of his Enosburg Falls farm since 1970. Some may be seen in public spaces and museums from California to Washington, D.C., but his heart, soul, and the majority of his work sits on his 200-acre farm in northern Vermont, where he has engaged in a 45-year, constantly evolving exploration of the nature of materials, spatial relationships, themes, and concepts in large-scale sculpture. A 1968 Dartmouth graduate with a mathematical bent and an interest from birth in building things, Stromeyer bought the land with a burned-out house and small horse and pig barn that became his studio during the height of Vermont’s hippie era. While many hippies left, Stromeyer stayed, steadily creating, steadily learning, steadily experimenting. Of his work, most of which is monumental in size, Stromeyer said, “The vision drives everything. I have an idea and then I march along figuring things out… I explore a concept, a question,” which may be as diverse as the study of a rock—how does it exist in space or


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what is its weight?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;to an examination of the relationship between three stationary pieces, considering both positive and negative space and the effect of light and dark on interior and exterior surfaces. Or he might pose similar questions in one of his kinetic pieces, with wind creating constant movement. While some viewers might consider his art purely abstract, Stromeyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s increasing sophistication with steel fabrication has allowed a narrative component to emerge. His skill at molding flat sections of cold, inflexible, linear steel into something that is fluid, supple, and


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Sarah and David Stromeyer. David created the figurative sculpture, “Keep Dancing,” as a wedding present for Sarah.


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intimates emotion opens endless new territories for exploration. Significant people and interesting places have inspired some of his works, while music and dance—he plays the violin and his wife Sarah has a background in dance—are often themes. Stromeyer’s initial technique for bending steel was to place steel plates on the ground and drop boulders on them from an old backhoe. Now Stromeyer’s fabrication studio, Cold Hollow Iron Works, houses an enormous 150ton press he designed and built to bend steel rods and half-inch plate that can be as large as 10 feet by 20 feet. Piles of self-designed jigs, fittings, and tools litter the floor. Each step forward creates new possibilities, requiring new tools. An impeccable craftsman who does all of his own cutting, welding, and painting, Stromeyer sees each sculpture through processes that can be barely comprehended in scope, from conceptual seed to small models to the myriad pieces of the final work that must be formed, welded, sand-blasted, and painted in many grueling steps. Of the creative process, Stromeyer muses, “Everything is in flux. Once I have solved it (a particular concept) though, I am no longer interested and move on.” As he approaches his seventh decade, he and Sarah have embarked on an ambitious scheme to open his collection to the public. Sarah, a writer and a beautiful, thoughtful, and engaging complement to David, said: “As he put more of his work on the land (there are now 50 or so), our commitment to have the work stay on the land grew.” The questions of “what will become of this? What do we need to do to have it continue after we are gone?” have arisen. The answer is Cold Hollow Sculpture Park. Now in its second year, the Stromeyers are experimenting with fresh ideas while maintaining their vision of a free public park that encourages people to open their minds to a new experience, to enjoy the interaction between the landscape and the art on a peaceful rural farm. It is a living museum, with no barriers between l


David Stromeyer in his workshop.


4280 Boston Post Rd., Enosburg Falls, Vt. Open Thursday through Sunday and holidays, noon to 6 p.m. Free. coldhollowsculpturepark.com. The theme of 2016 is “The Space Between.” Visitors are invited to bring their own picnic, folding chairs, and comfortable footwear to all on-site events.

Saturday, June 25 Opening day celebration—picnic and conversation with David and Sarah Stromeyer. Noon - 2 p.m.

Saturday, August 13 Symposium with artist David Stromeyer and two guests exploring the subject of “The Space Between” from their respective disciplines. Each speaker will talk separately, with ample time following for visitors to join in the discussion. Folding chairs and refreshments are provided, but space will be limited to promote in-depth conversation. 1 - 4:30 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 17 A walking conversation around the sculpture park with Stromeyer and an art critic/writer continuing the concept of “The Space Between.” 2 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8 Celebration of David Stromeyer’s 70th birthday and his purchase of the park land in 1970! Special activities planned. 2 p.m.

STROMEYER AT WEST BRANCH GALLERY West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, 17 Towne Farm Lane (off Mountain Road), Stowe. (802) 253-8943. westbranchgallery.com

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the art and the viewer. There is no set format, no chronology to the placement of the sculptures. Return visitors may notice that pieces have moved from time to time, setting up new relationships with their surroundings. Sarah loves the notes people leave: “It makes you think. It makes you see things differently. It makes me feel vibrantly alive.” Recently welcomed on board the park project is program director Rosie Branson Gill. Gill is an old family friend with a graduate degree in public humanities, thus an amazingly qualified resource and a passionate believer in the mission. “We want to foster a low-pressure zone where people can come to look, to think, where you can trust. If you make people comfortable, they will be willing to come.” The three are interested in a creating a crossdiscipline approach. Sarah said, “It makes a wider space for the public, they can find things they wouldn’t find elsewhere that please them.” They love it when visitors arrive with a musical instrument to play as they wander. Last year a fascinating series of four public talks, “Walking Conversations,” was initiated with Stromeyer walking the fields while conversing with a poet, a musician, a Shelburne Museum curator, and a bio-medical engineer. This summer’s theme is “The Space Between.” Between? The silences in music? The pauses in poetry? If you come you will be tantalized, inspired, perhaps even provoked.

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Chris Curtis, a co-owner of West Branch Gallery in Stowe, represents Stromeyer’s work. Curtis, himself a nationally recognized sculptor, said, “We are well-matched. West Branch has become known as a sculpture gallery and is close enough geographically to bring clients up and his work down. I understand fabrication and welding and the unique challenges of moving large works.” From his own experience, he notes with a chuckle, he also appreciates the value of an agent as middleman in negotiating purchases. The partnership allows Stromeyer the freedom to eschew the commercial aspects and remain 100 percent involved in creation of his art. A one-man show of Stromeyer’s work opens at West Branch Gallery on July 9 and continues through Sept. 9. Curtis is excited to be exhibiting a variety of small interior pieces, an aspect of Stromeyer’s art that is seldom seen and demonstrates the artist’s facility with a wide range of techniques. The exhibit will drift in scope from his small interiors through glass windows to large-scale sculptures in the garden, with visual references to works at Cold Hollow Park. n

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Control consoles feature tech for the smartphone generation. Flatbread. The obiligatory bowling shoes. Mark and Rachel Vandenberg.

Life in the cool lane Boutique bowling comes to Stowe It’s been a long time since Lamoille County had a bowling alley. It has one now—eight lanes at Sun & Ski Inn and Suites on Stowe’s Mountain Road—and it’s cool. Stowe Bowl is a boutique bowling lounge, which kingpin and queenpin owners Mark and Rachel Vandenberg opened this winter, giving skistarved tourists and locals a new STORY / Tommy Gardner hot spot. “We wanted to stay away PHOTOGRAPHS / Glenn Callahan from the traditional bowling alley,” Mark said. “The whole intention was for people to come in here and have that wow factor.” That wow comes from blending two distinct sensibilities, one for the form and one for the function. The form comes in a mid-century modern look from the 1950s and 1960s, with soft shades of teal, orange, violet 144

and green, and plush pleather and fabric couches. Colorful artwork adorns the walls. The eight regulation-size lanes are ruddy cherry wood. The bar is gleaming white with brush-metal gray accents. The employees all wear simple black-and-white polo shirts, and the whole bowling area is bathed in swirling, alternating rainbow-color lights. Part Austin Powers, part Andy Warhol, with a splash of Conneryera Bond (with a twist), the lounge-y atmosphere is totally groovy, baby. When it comes to function, though, Stowe Bowl is thoroughly of the moment. The audio system uses white Bose speakers throughout the lounge, and four mammoth screens completely fill the back wall above the pins—a couple of them playing old music videos from the pre- and early-MTV era, the other two showing sports. Even if you’re not into the whole notion of tossing heavy polyurethane



orbs down a 60-foot strip of waxed wood, there is plenty of reason to try out Stowe Bowl. With small bites such as chicken satay, crab fritters and a fancy bowl of popcorn sprinkled with asiago and truffle oil, the food here is rustic and wide-ranging. From a spinach salad with prosciutto and pine nuts swathed in orange balsamic vinaigrette to a red thai pho noodle bowl, the menu is trendy comfort. Try the Stowe Bowl fries, with three—count ’em—dipping sauces: peanut, curry ketchup, and mayo. There are wings, French onion soup, burgers, flatbreads, and fittingly, an entire menu section called Bowls, with small meals such as macaroni and cheese. And in a nod to the owners’ Dutch roots—the Vandenbergs’ parents brought Dutch Pancake Café to Stowe decades ago—there is a fried beef fritter called Bittenballer. FUN TO SPARE Of course, this being Vermont it’s all Stowe Bowl has a full complemented with locally crafted beers. bar, eclectic menu, and The beer menu has a couple of dozen seleceight regulation-sized tions, both in draft and bottles and cans, lanes. The wings. The mostly Vermont drafts, but plenty of Bud lounge—mid-century Light, too. Hey, you’ve got to maintain that modern. bowling physique somehow.

Modern twists on classics There isn’t a White Russian on the cocktail list, although bar manager Jayson Willett will make you one, along with some of his other creations. Try a Spare Me, a margarita with a splash of maple syrup, or take the Scenic Route: gin, lavender syrup, sour, and rosemary. The Runway—Jack Daniels, Apple Pucker, and cranberry juice—might make you want to do just what the drink suggests, or it might be your new favorite.


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Ten-pin 101 Similar to the AV systems, the actual bowling experience is loaded with high-tech goodies, from the top of the lane to the back of the pins. For starters, Stowe Bowl’s pins literally come with strings attached. Traditional pinsetters have thousands of moving parts that rake and sweep and reset the pins, and are constantly running. Nowadays, string pinsetters are in vogue, use less electricity, and cost less to buy and operate. After each toss, the machine yanks up the pins and then lowers any of them that the bowler didn’t knock down with the first roll. Those umbilicals are long enough that they can go slack without interfering with the ball’s passage through the triangle of tenpins, and the machine is smart enough to keep the struck pins out of sight when a bowler tries to pick up her strike. That’s cool and all, but pin-resetting technology is kind of like a refrigerator; you don’t care how it works as long as it keeps your beverage cold. The player control consoles, on the other hand, are tech that the smartphone generation can really play around with. You can enter names and edit scores, and the touchscreens have all kinds of bells and whistles to amplify the experience. You can take a selfie right from the console, so every player can have his or her goofy or serious avatar. Bowlers in other lanes can send you text messages from their consoles to yours, whether to talk trash, flirt, or postulate on the serious issues of the day.


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Gracie’s, a popular Stowe restaurant originally named for the owners’ beloved yellow Lab, closed in April, just a couple of months before its silver anniversary. That’s 175 in dog years. “After almost 25 years of the most fun job we have ever had, Sue and I have decided to retire and take it easy,” owners Sue and Paul “Archie” Archdeacon wrote on their Facebook page. “After all these years of rumors it is finally true. Gracie’s Restaurant will be closing Saturday, April 23. … This is a bittersweet decision but we look forward to relaxing nights with a bottle of wine.” Countless locals and tourists have been doing just that since 1991, and not just with bottles of wine. For 25 years, the place has been putting out solid classics and whimsical creations: all those different breads before supper and the house-made desserts afterward, the steaks, comfort food like the humbly dubbed “nearly famous” mac and cheese, fun kids’ dishes like the shepherds pie “sundae,” and all those creative doggy-named burgers: the Chihuahua, the Airedale, the Boxer and, of course, the Petey. Gracie’s has had a dog theme running through its long history ever since the Archdeacons decided to name the place after their yellow Labrador/Airedale mix. That famous beginning is perhaps rivaled by only one of the restaurants famous endings: the


Doggie Bag dessert, a white chocolate bag filled with mousse and served over hot fudge, accompanied by dog bone-shaped cookies. The establishment started life in Stowe village at 25 Main St., now the home of Harrison’s. Gracie’s was there for 14 years before the Archdeacons moved halfway up Mountain Road to the big yellow building that had previously housed Whiskers. In 2009, they moved to the foot of Edson Hill. On Facebook, commenters echo the bittersweet sentiments expressed by Archie: sad to see them go, but glad they get to relax. Many of them mention favorite meals; a large number worked there at some point. Twenty-five years means a lot of local help in the kitchen and dining room. New Hampshire residents Anita and Harry Flanagan come up frequently to visit their niece (and Stowe Reporter designer) Kristen Braley, and more times than not, would go to Gracie’s. Anita emailed when she heard the news: “The atmosphere made us feel like we were home together. I remember the time I had the meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato ‘frosting!’ Gracie’s is a part of our family’s memories.” Archie signed off by thanking more than a dozen people by name “and too many more to mention.” “Sue and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal friends and patrons who have made Gracie’s possible. We will always remember you all and the many great nights, weddings, parties, and events that Sue and I cherish,” Archie wrote. “Lastly and most importantly we want to thank the best staff we have ever worked with. Without you Gracie’s would not have been as successful or as much fun.” —Tommy Gardner

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Beer Bar Tap 25 to move into former hardware store From nuts and bolts to craft brews and finger foods—a beer bar is moving into the Main Street spot long occupied by a hardware store. Tap 25 will be a sister location to the original bar of the same name in Livermore, Calif., near San Francisco, which has been open since 2011. Owner Tim Bryan said he’s going for an “upscale garage party” vibe with the new place. Expect blue-collar (or no collar) meets beer geek, a little industrial and a little shiny. Tim and his wife, Carrie, are “outdoorsy people, so Stowe was already a good place for us both. We’re both hands-on business owners, so when we realized we could have a tap room and live here too, that sealed the deal.” The couple now lives at least part of the year on Maple Street, only a short walk away. They also fly out to California on a regular basis to keep an eye on the first Tap 25. Tap 25 won’t serve hard liquor, only beer, but on-premise liquor licenses of all sorts require the business to serve some sort of foodstuffs, even if it’s only things such as French fries or finger foods. That’s not a problem, Bryan said. “If you can hold the food in your hand and still drink a beer, that’s our menu,” he said. On its website (tap-25.com), the California beer bar bills itself as a “refreshing, intimate and upscale tavern” serving rotating selections of craft beers in an “easy-going, comeas-you-are atmosphere.” The website is more than just a splashy glance at the business. Bryan said the bartenders will update the draft menu every time they kick and replace a keg, so beer drinkers will always be in the know about what’s on tap. Expect Stowe Tap 25 to feature a lot of beers from the 802 area code. There’s a good chance the bartenders are going to know more than you do about beer, too. Bryan said all his beer-pourers are required to be Level 1 Cicerone-certified, the beer-world equivalent to a sommelier. Completing the vibe will be regular “live, light, local music,” both inside and on the small deck. —Tommy Gardner 150

Flavorfully Created Entrees. Handmade Soups, Breads, Salads & Desserts. Craft Beers. Thoughtfully Selected Wines. Fresh Pressed Cocktails. Seafood Special Changes Daily.

Thank you Friends of Ten Acres! Coming off “The Winter That Never Was,” we were never more grateful for the continued support of our loyal customers. FOTAs we call them—Friends of Ten Acres. It’s been their generous return business that enabled us to build our much anticipated patio to showcase our spectacular views. We’re thrilled to serve Chef Gary’s delicious food, fine wines and Mark’s fresh-pressed cocktails in a classic Vermont landscape. The cows are particularly interested in the excitement at Ten Acres!

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It’s a different summer for our family as it is our last before Harry (17) heads off to Edinburgh University in the fall. It’s bittersweet to say the least—happy to see Harry begin his future and take on new challenges, but so very sad to see him leave. Hamish (14) begins high school this year and is our busser of future, but until then basketball and football are his priorities this summer. Carter (6) is staying very busy with T-ball, soccer, swimming and beginning martial arts. He’s on a quest to become the Ninja at Ten Acres. We can’t wait to share our new outdoor dining with you.

Cheers, Mark, Linda and the boys

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LATTE, ANYONE? Matt Carrell and Katrina Veerman, owners of PK Coffee, opened their new café in Gale Farm Center on Stowe’s Mountain Road.

Grounded in Stowe PK Coffee goes from popup to café PK Coffee traded in its ephemeral beginnings for an actual café, giving the pocket of activity known as Mountain Road Village a place for folks to congregate, converse, and caffeinate. Katrina Veerman and Matt Carrell, busy the past year running PK Coffee as a pop-up service at Commodities Market and other places, opened the doors on their new permanent place this March. Veerman and Carrell speak about coffee from a number of angles—the technical aspects of roasting the beans and foaming the milk just right; the academic talk about coffee history and the current events of fair trade; the culinary talk about flavors and olfactory notes. And they want to pass on what they learn, cup by cup, to the community. “The cool thing about coffee is the more you know, the less you know,” Veerman said. Veerman and Carrell want to remind people that despite the cozy, hip, erudite vibe a café gives off, customers are still partaking of an agricultural product. True, the fragrant, bitter beans aren’t exactly native to Vermont, but neither are kitchen staples such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemons, or salt, and you’d be hard-pressed to find even the most local-centric restaurant without at least a couple of those ingredients. Coffee is a seasonal product. You can pick the beans only during certain times of the year, and there’s a shelf life from the time the beans are roasted to the time they should be used. PK Coffee uses beans from Counter Culture, a Durham, N.C.-based coffee company that takes its product very seriously. Counter Culture offers regional training centers for coffeeshop owners and baristas up and down the East Coast—the closest is in Somerville, Mass.—where they can get lessons on tasting coffee and pouring the perfect cup. “We want to keep learning so we can keep teaching,” Veerman said. 152

PK Coffee will also sell tea and a variety of baked goods. The shop is working with Jess Wright from Hender’s Bake Shop and Marion Peer at Vermont Sweet Tooth, highly regarded in area wedding circles. And a local food producer can represent certain things that Vermont does really well. For instance, all the milk used at PK Coffee comes from Sweet Rowan Farmstead in West Glover. “Everywhere we can, we use local,” Veerman said. “We know it’s going to be a little bit more work, but it’s worth it.” Veerman was living in San Francisco when the “third wave” of coffeemakers hit the country, which paved the way for small craft coffeemakers, much the way Budweiser begat Sam Adams, which led to the Heady Toppers of the world—but she’s been a coffee aficionado much of her life. She says she’s been a connoisseur since the ripe age of 3.

PK is named for her great-uncle, Pierre Ketellapper, a serial entrepreneur who owned a coffee-importing company in Belgium before and after World War II. Caffeine runs through her genes. Carrell, on the other hand, didn’t really drink coffee until the early 2000s. He calls himself a “recovering teacher” who last instructed at Champlain Valley Union High School, and spent a year teaching in Belize. There, at a coffee farm called Gallon Jug Plantation, Carrell got his first real taste of coffee. That helped shape his idea of coffee as agricultural product, just as wine and beer are being seen as part of the food cycle. And coffee shares a lot of parallels with wine: Beans can be full-bodied or mild; the brew can have clarity or cloudiness. The terroir, where the bean comes from originally, is everything to a serious coffee drinker.

“We’re here to say, ‘This is how we like to make coffee.’ But also, ‘How do you like to drink coffee?’ That’s where the conversation starts,” Veerman said. “We want to be able to bring everybody from the community in.” PK’s interior is simple and well-lit, the walls and stone countertop shades of white set off by a black ceiling and trim, all tied together with a dark brown wooden floor, the cream and the coffee. Designer Tania Kratt and contractor David Silverberg did the interior work—she’s responsible for the nuances in Plate restaurant; he worked on Well Heeled—and there’s that simple and rustic theme going on at PK, too. In the community-building field, there is the concept of the “third place,” that spot separate from the two usual places most of us occupy— home and work. According to city sociologist Ray Oldenburg, a good third place is laid back, with a mixture of regulars and newcomers, from all walks of life, engaging in conversation. This means that, as much as Veerman and Carrell have been working to perfect the look of their café, the missing element will be the everyday regulars and appreciative tourists who will actually gives the place its flavor. “We want to see this place exist beyond our personal relationship with it,” Carrell said. — Tommy Gardner //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ESSENTIALS: Gale Farm Center, 1880 Mountain Rd., Stowe. pkcoffee.com. 153



Brews & bikes

Stowe celebrates beer, tunes, MTB Plenty of runners, bikers, hikers, climbers, riders, skiers, all manner of get-out-and-doers reach for a cold one or two as the reward for a hard day’s play. And in a town known for its wide offering of active things to do, the Stowe-area beer scene provides plenty of watering holes, local-made brews, and annual events all aimed at getting some craft beer into active fans. Beer isn’t just for après-sport anymore; it’s part of the adventure.

Craft brew races Matt Gray runs a company that organizes races, both for runners and cycling. The company also organizes beer festivals throughout New England. You can probably figure out what Gray Matter Marketing, Gray’s company, brewed up in 2014. “We saw there was a lot of crossover between runners and beer fans,” he said. “Plus, I think with the demographics of runners, they tend to be a discerning group, and spend a little bit more to get a quality product.” Enter the Craft Brew Races, a series of brew festivals in each of the New England states that are tapped off with 5k running events. By the time you’re reading this, the Vermont version will be over. It took place at Stoweflake Resort the weekend before Memorial Day. But, there’s always next year.

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and 30. In its second year, the festival is held on the Mayo Farm Events Field, a busy place that also hosts the long-running Stowe Rotary Oktoberfest and the brand-new Renaissance Faire, among numerous summertime special events. There are three four-hour sessions in the 2016 festival: Friday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.,

and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets get you 15 three-ounce beer sample tickets. There’s also a VIP package, which gets you a special “Hopper” card, which serves a lot like the ski school line at the ski lifts, getting you right to the front.

Beers and gears If pedaling’s your style, the Stowe Mountain Bike Club is also getting in on the beverage cir-

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year’s B3 Fest drew a big crowd. Enjoying a Trapp lager. B3 in Stowe Village. Inset: Brewers Fest fun.

cuit, with its third annual B3 Fest—Bikes, Bevs and Beats. The event takes place June 10 – 12, all over Stowe. It starts with a massive group bike ride—anyone with a pedalpowered transport is welcome to join in—from the center of Stowe village about a mile and a half up Mountain Road, with a police escort and all. Various restaurants and bars will host live music, and area brewers will be on tap and on hand to dole out samples and break out new recipes for the huge influx of hard-core cyclists, mountain bikers, BMX heroes, and Recreation Path warriors who flock to Stowe.

Still brewing Even as event planners organize what beers are going to be served up at the festivals, the Stowe brewery scene continues to grow. And all of them pair quite nicely as a post-run or bike option. Trapp Lager Brewing has had a successful year expanding its operation into the six-pack market. And Trapp Family Lodge has miles of highly-regarded mountain bike trails to earn those beers. It also has a free-to-play disc golf course, for a more laid-back pre-beer activity. Idletyme Brewing Co. will enter its second year as the second iteration since the storied Shed Restaurant and Brewery closed. The brews are getting ever more creative and consistent, and the chefs at the pub are using more of those dark European lagers in the food menu. And it’s located right off the Stowe Recreation Path, a nice detour after a stroll or ride. And last but not least, the Alchemist Brewery—maker of what is still among the most sought-after beers, Heady Topper—plans to open its new Stowe brewery and retail spot before the end of the fall. —Tommy Gardner 155



PRESENTATION Chef Jason Bissell of Idletyme, one of the participating restaurants in this year’s Stowe Restaurant Week.

S t o w e R e s t a u r a n t We e k Food—and friendships!—for fun The promotional concept of Stowe Restaurant Week is digestible. It’s trendy. We understand it. It means the town’s restaurants are all offering special themed deals. All over Stowe, all week long: yumminess at a low price. But that’s not it. There’s more sustenance to Stowe Restaurant Week than deals. Stowe Restaurant Week is a community celebration disguised as a promotion. Stowe’s restaurants—in a collaborative effort that is notably commonplace among businesses here—created Stowe Restaurant Week to celebrate us. “Us” being: you, me, and all the people who dine out in Stowe, regularly or infrequently. By offering special prix-fixe multi-course meals at a great value, Stowe restaurants say, “Hey folks, thanks for eating, drinking, and supporting us throughout the year. Now, we’ll feed you really well in exchange for less.” Yet, it’s the “us,” who should be honoring them. They are always there for us. These restaurants. First dates, anniversary dinners, birthday parties. Catching up with old friends. Making new ones. Meeting with colleagues to generate ideas and make important decisions. At Stowe restaurants, we congregate. We share. Restaurants are the epicenters of our community culture. Because there, we are welcome. Restaurateurs invite us in. Give us entertainment, candlelight, crayons, and they clean up after our kids. The chefs, sous chefs, waitstaff, bartenders, bar backs, bussers, hosts, dishwashers, all devote their professional selves to supporting us. It’s hard work. And, that’s probably the only really predictable thing about it. In Stowe, we’re lucky to have a vibrant variety of restaurants. Those that are new to town, and those who’ve set our tables for 30 years. Those that have sadly gone, but will always be a part of Stowe’s collective memories. It’s not the food, it’s the friendships that feed this community. And, if we all dine out during Stowe Restaurant Week with a celebratory reflection, the promotion will become an event. A gathering of friends. And, we’ll be saying, “Hey, thank you for the thanks. And, thank you back.” —Jasmine Bigelow /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ESSENTIALS: Stowe Restaurant Week, Oct. 23 – 29. Updates and menus: gostowe.com/restaurantweek. 156




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Former Stowe impressario sings his last song Philo Rockwell “Rock” King Jr., part-owner of and beloved impresario at Sister Kate’s— Stowe’s favorite nightclub of the 1960s into the 1980s—died in February. Wife Patti says he had been in declining health for the past few months and died in his sleep at their home in Worcester, Mass. Rock King was born Sept. 21, 1923, in Webster Grove, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, and graduated from Princeton, after some interruption for military service, in 1945. His parents, he admitted, may have hoped Eastern college would mold another scion of big business, but it was the Princeton Triangle Club that captivated him. He spent his college years studying and writing music and touring with the country’s oldest collegiate musical-comedy troupe. He never looked back. Studying and making music—Chopin, show tunes, boogie woogie— was his lifelong passion, and cracking an enormous inventory of hilarious jokes was his joy. For many years he took his show to clubs in Florida in the winter, Boston in fall and spring, and Cape Cod for the summer. It was Stowe attorney David Stackpole who lured Rock to Vermont. They met at the Sand Bar in Chatham, Cape Cod, where David was a bartender during law-school summers and Rock was the entertainer. Rock and his first wife, Ginny, a grand woman from Columbus, Ohio, liked to ski Stowe and were planning a ski house. David put together a group, which included Eddie Grennan, Pansy Prince, Joe Haley, and Rock, to open Sister Kate’s in 1963. It was Stowe’s winter-season hot spot for 25 years. Working the bar at Sister Kate’s seemed to be Stowe’s GED degree; male ski bums arriving from the flatlands completed a stint there before figuring out an adult job in the area. Bryant Brink, Bud McKeon, Ken Strong, and David Kneale are just a few of the faces I can remember who once an hour leaned over the bar to belt out:

THE MASTER The 1974 end-of-season Stowe ski bum party, the Smugglers’ Bowl banquet. Barbara Baraw presents Stu Baraw his prize as Rock King mans the mic. Above: Rock during his nightclub act.

Leave something on the bar besides your elbow. Something like an old 10-dollar bill. Leave something on the bar beside your elbow, We can’t ring up your elbow in the till. Rock would play a song for every local fan when they walked into the room. Mine was “Nancy With the Laughing Face.” It embarrassed me, but I confess I loved it when he broke into it with a nod, then segued back into whatever tune was planned for that set. The indomitable Darby Chambers, longtime selectman and mistress of Ten Acres, permanently commandeered the best table in the house next to the piano for herself and her guests. Sitting there as she held court was an honor. On Sunday evenings, Rock would brusquely shoo out the flatlanders in the audience at 9 p.m. to launch into his Sunday Night SingAlong repertoire for his tightly knit local vocal groupies. Sporty Bell, Billie Goeltz, John Springer-Miller, and Carlyn Casey (chauffered down from the mountain in their Mercedes by husband Bill) were just a few I can recall who refused to miss a night. They had glorious voices. I did not, but Bud McKeon was always at the bar mixing amazing concoctions that kept us singing into the early hours. Bud says the highlight of Rock’s life was President Ford’s invitation to play at his Christmas party in Vail. Rock liked the audience, and being flown out by private plane for the party. Rock also loved to ski. He had a different outfit for every day of the week—his Princeton ski suit featured the college’s sixfoot orange and black scarf—and he was a committed race course basher at weekly ski bum races. —Nancy Wolfe Stead




M a k i n g ro o m New hotel in Waterbury A new hotel has opened in Waterbury. The 84-room hotel is part of the Fairfield Inn chain operated by Marriott, but this one will not be exactly like others, said Stephanie Gueldner, director of sales and marketing for Larkin Hospitality in South Burlington. Larkin owns the hotel and has a franchise agreement with Marriott. Most Fairfield Inns, Gueldner said, have the same décor and layout. Since the Waterbury hotel is close to multiple ski resorts, it will feel more like a ski lodge, employ wooden tiles and warm colors, and feature a centralized fireplace with seating all around it. “I just love the views we have of Mount Hunger from the suites,” she said. “Every room has really good windows. Natural lighting is very important.” The least expensive rooms will start at $174 a night. Rooms range from deluxe kings to suites. The hotel will serve continental breakfast, but not have its own restaurant. The company hopes its guests will patronize local businesses and help make Waterbury more of a tourist destination, something local organizations have been trying to do as well. “It’s exciting to be part of this growth in Waterbury,” she said. Other amenities include a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, a hot tub, and indoor and outdoor parking. Every room is equipped with a mini-fridge, a Keurig brewer, and a microwave oven. Guest laundry facilities will be available on every floor. Outside, the driveway leading from Route 100 to the front door will be heated, so there will be no worries about snow and ice. The property includes part of the historic Thatcher Brook Inn, which once sat on the Fairfield Inn’s location. That building will eventually be used as a meeting space for small events. Gueldner said the company is trying to keep the building as historical as possible, while updating its décor to give it a modern feel. —Stanley Blow III ESSENTIALS: 1017 Waterbury Stowe Rd., Waterbury. (802) 241-1600. marriot.com. 160

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Pan-seared lobster with bourbon tarragon sauce over polenta. Linda Hunter and Mark Fucile.

B I S T R O AT T E N A C R E S Husband and wife team Linda Hunter Fucile and Mark Fucile might be the only restaurant owners in Stowe who live where they work. The couple, with their three sons, lives in the former guest rooms above the Bistro at Ten Acres Lodge. The front door to the restaurant is literally the front door to home. “This is the ‘feel’ we had in mind when we bought the property. We wanted our guests to feel like they were dining in someone’s home, not eating in a restaurant,” Mark said. “We want everyone to feel like guests in our home, to leave with a memorable experience and enjoy a little slice of Vermont hospitality.”

Linda and Mark bought the former Ten Acres Lodge, on the corner of Luce Hill and Barrows Road, in the fall of 2012, just as Stowe emerged from the Great Recession. The two had only been dating for six months—they met through Match.com—and both were looking for a change. It was a risky proposition, all the way around, especially since neither had any restaurant or hospitality experience.



Linda, from Scotland, moved to Vermont with her two sons over a decade ago. She had worked for Gristmill Builders in Stowe as general manager before joining a Scottish sock company, working in accounting. Mark handled inventory, advertising, and marketing for a Burlington car dealer and had one son. A recurring conversation during the couple’s courtship was what to do next with their lives. Both wanted something more, something different. “When we traveled we always made a point to find the places locals go to dine,” said Mark. The couple had a running conversation about owning a restaurant and thought if they ever did, it would be the kind of place that was popular with the locals. When they saw Ten Acres Lodge was for sale, they did a drive-by. “It was mud season and when we saw it we thought, ‘No, it looks like a dump’,” Linda said. “But after that there were a lot of what ifs. Finally we made an offer and it was accepted.” They closed on the property Nov, 2, 2012, and opened the restaurant to the public six weeks later. What they bought were two failed businesses—a hotel in foreclosure and a restaurant that had run out of money. They also got Chef Gary Jacobson, who, it seemed, came with the place. 166

Chef Gary Jacobson flames his signature pan-seared lobster dish. Simmering polenta. Moules mariniere cooked with white wine, garlic, and grape tomatoes.


Luckily Jacobson had extensive experience in the restaurant business, working in resorts and hotels and eventually landing in New York City, where he worked for 22 years as chef at two upscale authentic Mexican restaurants, Zarela and Alma. Working with line cooks from different ethnic groups, Jacobsen “learned

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4182 Waterbury-Stowe Road Route 100 North Waterbury Center VT 05677 to use different seasonings. My line cooks were Senegali, Arabic, Ecuadorian, Latino. Where I lived in Brooklyn, my neighborhood was Mediterranean. Middle-eastern ethnic food has such an influence on my cooking.” It still does. Jacobson’s seasonings make the food at Ten Acres what it is— absolutely delicious—and his presentations are captivating. “People eat with their eyes first,” he said. “Then you have to deliver to the taste buds.” And Jacobson delivers, blending spices such as anise with apples and apple cider to make a butternut squash soup that jumps up and lingers on your tongue. And speaking of jumping, they actually have an appetizer named Heady Hoppers—a play on the immensely popular local IPA—buttermilk fried frog

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legs served with an orange, horseradish, and Heady Topper (that IPA) dipping sauce. The popular pineapple salad looks like a colorful bouquet—a favorite since the restaurant opened. The pineapple, in perfect ripeness, joins radish, red pepper, jicama, and grape tomato, with Jacobson’s own sesame vinaigrette. (Tip: Jacobson said to find out if a pineapple is ripe, tug on one of the green spiky leaves. It should snap right off.) The menu relies heavily on seafood. Appetizers include ceviche, moules marinière, oysters on the half shell, and Louisiana-style barbecued shrimp, with entrees like seafood stew, pan-seared lobster, and seafood epiphany, chef Jacobson’s creation of the day. It must be fun to be around when Jacobson has his epiphany! And even though, according to Stowe Seafood, the Bistro at Ten Acres sells more lobsters than any other restaurant in town, the best seller is the hand-trimmed pork shank, slowly braised in red wine for a deliciously rich tomato-infused gravy, served with garlic, almond-smashed potatoes, carrots, and chayote, a Mexican squash. Linda and Mark consider themselves lucky to have Jacobson on board. “The restaurant is a passion for all of us,” Linda said. “The three of us work really well together. We each give 100 percent, but it starts with the food.” “If the food is way up here,” Mark adds, holding his hand high above his head, “then everything else has to be, too, including the bar, service, and front of house.” So far, the risks have paid off. “We’ve seen a nice growth in business every year,” Mark said. The bar features signature cocktails made from freshly pressed juices, mostly Vermont craft beer, and an extensive wine list. Mark uses a Coravin, which enables him to pour wine without pulling the cork. “That way if someone sees a wine they’ve always wanted to taste, but don’t want to spend $200 for the bottle, they can have a glass for $60.” The couple worked hard to make the three separate dining rooms intimate and comfortable. Having seating for 60 in three different rooms leads to a subdued atmosphere—no shouting over loud music, other diners, or kitchen clatter. “We didn’t want it to be noisy. We hung acoustic tiles from the ceilings and installed carpeting on the undersides of the tables,” Linda said. “And any group larger than 10 is seated in a fourth, private room.” For a more casual experience, guests can eat at the 12-seat bar and enjoy a burger, shrimp sandwich, or items from the menu all while watching mixologist Mark and bartender Dave Merrill shake it up nonstop on a busy night. Both Linda and Mark work four nights a week; Linda as hostess, Mark as bartender. “It’s really been nice meeting people, chatting, and hearing their stories. It happens all the time, people have little snippets of history to


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share about Ten Acres Lodge. We weren’t expecting that,” Linda said. The restaurant is only open for dinner five nights a week, and there are two very good reasons for that. First, it allows them to have their A-team on every night. “The staff needs two days off to bring their best. It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Linda said. Second, Linda and Mark want to spend time with their kids, Harry, 17, Hamish, 14, and Carter, 6. “It’s been interesting for them to see their parents run a business,” Linda said. “Not many kids have that opportunity. They see their parents leave, and they see them come home. Our kids actually see us work. And they want to know what’s going on. They ask, ‘How many did we do last night’? They think it’s cool that mom and dad have a restaurant and that they live above a restaurant.” Harry and Jacobson’s son, Sean, are getting their feet wet, bussing tables on weekends. This summer Linda and Mark take yet another risk: adding an outdoor patio with seating for 30. The views from the patio are classic Vermont, overlooking the restored Spear Barn, with cows and mountains in the background. That patio is sure to draw attention from passersby, whether for dinner or to relax and enjoy the view while sipping one of the Bistro’s specialty cocktails. Sounds like an easy risk to take. n ESSENTIALS: 14 Barrows Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-6838, tenacreslodge.com.




Harvest Market Popular specialty food, wine market reinvents itself arvest Market in Stowe took a spring break to refresh and update its look, aiming to change the customer experience. The changes will include a light, airy interior, an expanded bread bakery, a new grab-n-go section, energy-efficient equipment, and newly designed eco-conscious packaging. While the work goes on inside, a food truck will be outside, serving coffee drinks, baked goods, brick-oven baguettes and specials of the day. The food truck will be open every weekend until the market reopens in June. Harvest Market owner Donna Carpenter opened the doors in 1994 as a specialty food and wine market. It’s also known for freshly made entrees, salads, soups, baked goods, and brick-oven breads, plus its catering service. Mansfield Breadworks will continue baking while Harvest Market is closed; its goods can be purchased at Buffalo Mountain Co-op in Hardwick.


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• • • • For 27 years, Sunset Grille & Tap Room in Stowe has served up delicious barbecue and burgers, among countless other menu offerings. The objective? Make their hamburgers inventive, delectable, and reasonably-priced. Come April, another adjective joined the list: local. The restaurant began using locally sourced ground beef in its hamburger patties, supplied by Bartlett’s Cuts, a small farm in Greensboro Bend operated by Zach Bartlett and Paige Picard. Bartlett’s Cuts specializes in beef cows and pigs, which are processed by Vermont-based Brault’s Market. All cows are grass-fed and corn-finished and all their feed is produced locally and fertilized by the manure produced from the cattle. Additionally, the calves are kept with their mothers until 8 to 10 months of age. “All of these factors produce a product with more flavor and tenderness,” Bartlett said. “We are definitely meat lovers at the Sunset Grille,” said owner Rich Haab. “But we feel it is important that as much of our meat as possible comes from sustainable, humane sources. This partnership with Bartlett’s Cuts is the first step toward assuring this.”

Haab said Sunset patrons can also look forward to more vegetarian and vegan menu options in the future, reflecting changes in customer preferences. “We have always tried to use as many local products as possible, but issues of pricing and steady supply have prevented us from using more local meat in the past,” Haab said. “Our partnership with Bartlett’s Cuts allows us to use locally sourced beef while still keeping prices at a reasonable rate for our customers.” ESSENTIALS: Cottage Club Road, Stowe. (802) 253-9281. sunsetgrillevt.com. • • • • Jasper Hill Farm of Greensboro received high praise at the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contest, held March 7 – 9 in Madison, Wis. The creamery’s Winnimere, a washed-rind raw winter cow’s milk cheese wrapped in spruce bark, was one of the 16 finalists out of nearly 3,000 cheeses from around the globe, and was named best of class in its category. Moses Sleeper, a pasteurized cow’s milk cheese, took top honors in the brie category;


Harbison, a bark-wrapped, pasteurized cow’s milk cheese, scored silver among soft ripened cheeses. Jasper Hill also released a limited-edition Willoughby, a washed-rind, pasteurized cow’s milk cheese first made by Marisa Mauro at Ploughgate Creamery in the Northeast Kingdom. (The creamery was destroyed by fire in 2011; Mauro has since relocated to Bragg Farm in Fayston, where she makes butter.) The cheese is washed with Petit Mutant, an Alchemist Brewery wild ale fermented with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis yeast and flavored with Montmorency cherries. The beer was brewed last year and sold at a truck sale; Alchemist owner Jen Kimmich said the brewery retained a few cases they were “aging for fun.” Kimmich said another batch of Petit Mutant has been brewed and is aging now, and will be released in the new Alchemist brewery and visitors’ center when it opens later this year. —Hannah Marshall

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ESSENTIALS: jasperhillfarm.com. • • • • Stowe burger restaurant Grazers closed its doors abruptly in mid-December after just five months in business. The owner said he and his team bit off more than they could chew in opening a second location. “If I could stay open, I would. But one of the hard parts about running a business is when you run out of money, you run out of money,” Sam Handy Jr. said in a telephone interview. “I’m not a bad guy, and my partners aren’t bad people.” The burger restaurant—a sister space to the flagship Williston location, situated next to the Majestic 10 movie theater—was located on Stowe’s Main Street. Handy said it was a “heartbreaking decision to do this during the holidays,” but the restaurant simply wasn’t making enough money to pay its bills, much less its employees through the rest of the holiday season. He said he offered some of them jobs at the Williston location. Handy said he knew from the beginning that if he and his team couldn’t operate the Stowe Grazers at the same high level as the Williston eatery, “it would be my responsibility to protect the brand and close it. Unfortunately, l

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that turned out to be the case and there simply wasn’t enough of me to go around.” The space in the historical Butler House has had an unlucky run with restaurants. Mi Casa, a venture run by Butler House owner Paul Biron, went out of business after less than a year. Both it and its predecessor, the popular Frida’s, shuttered up the same way Grazers did: with a note on the door telling customers the business had closed. “Yeah, I’m pretty shaken. There’s a lot going on right now,” Handy said. “It’s tough to close a business.” —Hannah Marshall • • • • Jennifer Isabell grew up in southern Colorado enjoying her Mexican grandmother’s family recipes. Now she wants Vermonters to enjoy them too. Last fall she opened El Toro—toro is Spanish for bull—a Mexican takeout in Morrisville. “Everyone in my family makes Mexican food,” Isabell said. Her recipes reflect the Mexican food typically found in southern Colorado. 172

She works to make sure her ingredients are as authentic as possible. For instance, her red chili powder comes from chilies grown in Colorado and her green chili sauce is made with Hatch green chilies grown in New Mexico. She also favors local and organic products. Her beef comes from Boyden Farm in Cambridge and her chicken comes from Misty Knoll Farms in New Haven, Vt. She uses organic sprouted corn tortillas. “Everything I make is held to a high standard,” Isabell said. She lives in Elmore with her husband, Michael, and two daughters. She and Michael own Century Building and Renovation Inc. in Morrisville. She holds a master’s degree in business, teaches business classes at Community College of Vermont and is the business manager at the Bishop John A. Marshall School. Isabell wanted to keep El Toro’s prices reasonable; nothing on the menu costs more than $10. A breakfast burrito with eggs, potatoes and cheese smothered in homemade red chili sauce is $6, while two enchiladas or burritos stuffed

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with beef, chicken, vegetables, or cheese and covered with green or red chili sauce can be had for $5.50, while beef tacos with cheese, lettuce and tomato are $2.50 each. Isabell also sells containers of sauces made from old family recipes, including hot sauce, red chili sauce, and green enchilada sauce. Customers can order an enchilada casserole to heat up at home, and homemade flour tortillas. The restaurant will also sell tamales for special occasions. “I hope people will like my food and come back,” Isabell said. — Lisa McCormack ESSENTIALS: 34 Pleasant St., Morrisville. (802) 521-7177. eltoromorrisville.comcastbiz.net. • • • • Sauce Italian Specialties, the Old-World market and eatery at 407 Mountain Rd., in Stowe,


turned off the burners after about 10 months in business. Owner Sharon Herbert announced the closure in a social media post, commenting, “Worst winter ever to open a business and not enough locals to keep us going without the tourism piece. Totally heartbroken.” The small space on the Mountain Road, occupied for a little over a year by Café Latina and eight years by Thompson’s Flour Shop, was transformed into a cozy market and dining space for Sauce. The store had a chalkboard-painted wall, custom-built shelves and display cases, and a few tables for patrons to enjoy a casual meal. The menu ranged from fresh-made mozzarella, pasta and classic sauces to full spreads of antipasti, meats, and roasted veggies; Italian wines, beer and desserts; chicken and eggplant Parmesan; and tasty weekly specials (braised local rabbit, truffled chicken, veal involtini), with options geared for diners looking for a quick lunch, a full dinner to bring home, or a catered event. “We’ve loved being part of the Stowe community,” Herbert wrote, but the unforgiving winter was just “too much of a blow for a startup business to take.” —Hannah Marshall • • • •

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So says Dawn Hagin of Lark Hotels, the management company that runs Field Guide. One of the new restaurant’s biggest draws will be diners’ ability to make their own experiences. “You really can create the experience you want here. There’s an outdoor space with a weather shield… Inside, you can sit at the bar or in front of the fireplace. There will also be a big firepit out back with wood burning. Or, diners can sit in the lawn area with picnic blankets when the weather is nice.” The food itself will play into the picnic theme. “Our vision for this place is that it be really family-friendly and shareable,” like the smoked trout toast, deconstructed braised pork sandwich, or the creamed corn—what Hagin calls “cool and updated.” Chef Justin Perdue, who was working as an executive chef in Philadelphia, was recommended to the Picnic Social team. “He has a pretty impressive background. We liked him and we liked the food. It was a perfect fit. He was looking for a change. He was looking forward to a country home where his dogs can run around.” The Stowe community is already gearing up to pack their picnic baskets. “We’re getting a lot of locals walking in asking questions. They’re eager to know what’s going on,” said Field Guide manager Marie-Pier Hébert. “A lot of people were really attached to Ye Olde England Inne, and I think they’re excited to know what’s being done here.” n —Caleigh Cross ESSENTIALS: 433 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-8088, picnicsocialstowe.com.


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Eagle-eyed “Law and Order” fans might notice something familiar about the the lamps that illuminate pictures behind the actors or the glowing lamps on their desks. Visitors to Vermont’s Statehouse have probably stood below a picture lamp as it cast the perfect degree of light on a painting of a former governor. Those are some pretty important lighting jobs, and the lamps doing the work are made right here in Vermont, at House of Troy, which is not located in Troy, Vt., but in Hyde Park, just north of Stowe. A small niche company, House of Troy manufactures portable task lighting, meaning everything they produce has a specific task, even if it falls into a decorative category. The company has a reputation for making the finest picture 180

LIGHT IT UP William Brown, president of House of Troy. Brown worked his way up in the company over three decades. Inset: Brass bases on the drying rack.

lights in the world, and they stock the largest selection and variety anywhere. “We sell to every lighting showroom in North America,” said Bill Brown, the company’s president. “A lot of those showrooms are independently owned, like Lighting House in Shelburne, and some are chains. Our biggest account is Lamps Plus.” House of Troy is located on a lightly traveled dirt road in a former dairy barn turned dance hall turned roller-skating rink. Much of the manufacturing is done in a former milking parlor. Production rooms have been added over time to make space for welding, coating, spraying, and assembly. The shipping department is two stories and delivery trucks come and go daily. A new addition that sprawls off to one side is where Scatchard lamps are made. Formerly located in Underhill, George Scatchard’s ceramic table and floor lamps feature a distinct design and loyal following. House of Troy acquired the business in 2008, expanding its offerings to include decorative lighting and tripling the annual production of the Scatchard line. House of Troy began like many small family

businesses, when Canadian Everett Bailey started the company in Montreal in 1947. His son, Norm Bailey, took over in 1960 and moved the business to North Troy, renaming it House of Troy. It was Norm Bailey’s mission to manufacture the finest picture lights in the world. “A picture light is typically an adjustable hood that mounts above the artwork,” Brown said. “Its sole purpose is to illuminate the artwork. The quality of light should be the best available and not damage the picture. The LED (light-emitting diode) system we developed is well suited to the task, at 2700 Kelvin (warm), 90 plus CRI (color rendering index), and no damaging effects.” In 1982, Norm Bailey sold House of Troy to Kent and Natalie Mitchell of Stowe, and they introduced a line of piano lamps. Because pianos come in all sizes and shapes, the accompanying lamps need a large range of adjustability so the light can be directed on the sheet music and not glare into the pianist’s eyes. Some piano lamps clamp on to music racks or have a base small enough to sit on a narrow shelf. Others, such as those used on a grand piano, need to sit on a

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shelf on the side of the instrument and have an arm that allows the music to be lit from the side. With the addition of piano lamps, the company outgrew its Troy location, and the Mitchells moved manufacturing operations to Hyde Park. Eventually everything relocated to Hyde Park, including the name. The company now employs about 40 people. They manufacture, assemble, and finish twothirds of what is sold. The other third is finished product imported from China. “All the lamps we make on-site are made to our specs and are unique to us. We fabricate some parts here, and we also source parts,” Brown said. Assembly, finishing, and “lamping” are done at the plant. “When we ‘lamp’ a product we put a light source in it.” Light sources have changed dramatically in the past decade. Today, about 30 percent of House of Troy lights are LED. “We got on board with LED lighting at the beginning. We’ve always been at the front of industry changes and recently we’ve worked closely with LED light sources to create a dimming feature,” said Brown. “LEDs last longer than our lifetime and 182

WORK DETAIL Joyce Hersh applies a glaze to a lamp in the House of Troy manufacturing plant in Hyde Park.

they completely eliminate bulb maintenance.” LEDs are also more efficient, require no warmup time, provide a better color rendition, and are replacing flourescent bulbs, which are hazardous waste. Since LEDs emit no ultraviolet or infrared rays, they can be hung close to artwork, a real boon for House of Troy, since so much of what they sell illuminates paintings and photographs. Brown has been with House of Troy for 29 years, working his way up through the company to president and CEO. He believes in providing employees with the ability to create a profitable working environment. Motivational and fun incentives are built into the workday, making it possible for employees to earn as much as an additional three weeks of pay each year. “We are an English-speaking workforce, which makes it very easy to communicate on the floor. And we’ve always strived to have a good benefit package. We want our employees to make a decent living. Usually our staff stays

with us for awhile,” Brown said. The company also partners with Copley Hospital to provide four health clinics a year, where a practitioner comes to House of Troy to do cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure checks, all paid for by the company. “We try to be socially conscious and proactive healthwise. If you take an interest in people, they will take an interest in you,” Brown said. “We work hard to keep a nurturing positive atmosphere.” Today, House of Troy is a part of the Framburg family of fine lighting owned by Malcolm Tripp, who also owns Arroyo Craftsman lighting in Baldwin Park, Calif., and Famburg Lighting in Chicago, Ill. Tripp said he is committed to keeping House of Troy in Vermont, where it will continue to provide valuable jobs in a rural community, support the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, manufacture state-of-the-art lamps, and light the way to a brighter future. n



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Jonathan Katz fondly remembers the weekends and vacations spent in Stowe where his parents owned a vacation home. Set back in the woods in Stowe Hollow, within walking distance of the Pinnacle trail, its location was perfect for enjoying the outdoors and relaxed gatherings with family and friends. When Katz and his sister, Melissa Goldberg, inherited the dated home a few years ago, they decided to renovate it to meet the needs of a new generation of family. Katz is an architect. He and his wife, fellow architect Ileana Martin-Novoa, own Katz Novoa Architects in Millburn, N.J. Their goal was to bring the drab three-level post and beam, constructed in the 1970s from an Acorn Deck House Company kit, into an airy lightfilled Vermont vernacular home suited to the lifestyle both families cherish. “We didn’t want a modern look,” Martin-Novoa said. “We wanted a Vermont look, but not super traditional—something in the middle.”


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The home was not only a part of their family since the 1980s, it was a place where their friends gathered over the years and where decades of memories were made. “We love the location, the view, and the privacy,” MartinNovoa said. They wanted to create comfortable and sufficient living quarters for both families, which include both young and grown children. Once Goldberg and her husband, Lewis, agreed on the renovation budget, they trusted Katz and Martin-Novoa to work out the design details. Katz and Martin-Novoa took great pains to make sure that all aspects of the redesign worked well from an aesthetic and practical standpoint. “Throughout the process, we paid 192

excruciating attention to the details, as this makes the difference between a project that just gets done, and one that exceeds any and all expectations,” Katz said. The home’s former design was choppy and lacked the storage space active families need. The renovation included a new entrance vestibule with plenty of coat hooks and cubbies and a ski and snowboard room with lots of space to stash outerwear and gear. The addition of a new bedroom and bathroom provided both families with enough space when using the home at the same time. The plan also called for gutting an original wood-paneled bathroom, complete with a harvest gold bath-and-shower unit and tile

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designed to look like brick. In its place Katz and Martin-Novoa designed a bright modern space with a custom vanity, soft lighting, and ceramic tile. Existing bedrooms also saw updates, including a guest bedroom with a small indoor balcony that is popular with younger visitors. In the original home, a brick wall separated the kitchen from the great room making it difficult to entertain guests while cooking. During the renovation, the removal of the wall created a single open space; the great room was also expanded. Maple cabinets, an expansive island with soapstone countertops, pendant lighting, and a porcelain tile backsplash add a contemporary, yet relaxed feel. The redesign created varied ceiling heights throughout the home, adding character and a sense of progression as you move from one living area to the next. The only room that remained unchanged was the lower level hot tub room, a classic 1970s ski house amenity the family still enjoys. The exterior also saw an extensive metamorphosis. The redesign takes advantage of natural lighting and the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breathtaking natural surroundings, which include sweeping mountain views, woods, and a brook. Working with contractor John Steel of Steel Construction in Stowe, Katz and Martin-Novoa reconfigured some rooflines, replaced all the casement windows with two-over-two double-hungs, and replaced the faded vertical cedar siding with barn-red lap siding. They maximized the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy efficiency by using insulating, low-emissivity, argon-filled windows, a high-efficiency heat-circulating fireplace, energy-saving plumbing fixtures and appli194

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ances, and high-performance insulation. A cold roof design with high-reflectance standing-seam metal helps contain heat in colder weather while keeping the home cooler during the summer. To keep maintenance costs low, they extended the eaves to protect the siding and windows, and carefully selected exterior and interior finishes. For instance, they painted interior rooms with soft, warm-toned neutral colors that never go out of style. Durable engineered oak floors won’t warp when the thermostat is turned down. The couple reused and repurposed what they could to keep the renovation affordable. They turned the original kitchen table into a coffee table, and rescued a stainless steel commercial-grade oven and hood they got for free from a client who was renovating her kitchen. “You have all these ideas and can spend a bajillion dollars, but you want to stay within your budget,” said Katz, who used local subcontractors and materials as much as possible. The soapstone and granite for the kitchen countertops came from Vermont, and Stowe cabinetmaker Roger LaViale of Northstar Woodworking built the kitchen cabinets. Light fixtures and black metal hardware came from Castleton-based Hubbardton Forge. Both families are thrilled with the results of the renovation and look forward to making more memories in their family’s Stowe vacation home. “I sleep by the window and in the spring and summer you hear the babbling brook,” MartinNovoa said of the new master bedroom, her favorite room. “I sleep like a baby.” n



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and rearranging the play list. “It’s a lot for anyone to remember and George has been moving and cutting and adding material,” says his girlfriend Joan O’Neal, a Montpelier-based psychotherapist. As she watches George sit down in the audience next to his friend and veterinarian Dave Sequist, she explains, “He’s been trying out jokes and stories on me all week in the barn and asking me, ‘Is that funny? Really funny? Are you sure that’s funny?’ I know he’s nervous. But he’s a pro.” A few minutes later Woodard jumps up from his seat, shakes a few more hands and clambers backstage. Rusty DeWees walks out center stage and thanks everyone for coming and tells a few stories about how he grew up in Stowe and has performed with George over the years and often helped him milk his cows. Then he runs through some of the show’s sponsors and tells yet another story. Finally, as George looks on from the wings, DeWees says, “With a lot of performers you have to introduce them to the audience and tell them what they can do and what they are going to do but that’s not necessary tonight. All I have to say is ‘George, come on out!’ ” Woodard ambles onto to stage wearing the same torn T-shirt and jeans he wore to yesterday’s rehearsal. With his shock of unruly hair and his 1948 Gibson guitar slung across his back, he looks like he stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting. After polite applause he nods to the audience, motions to DeWees and says, “He sure goes on a bit, don’t he?” He gets his first big laugh of the evening. He launches into playing and singing “True Blue Bill,” which has been a favorite of his since his childhood:


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Woodard stops singing, keeps strumming and asks the crowd, “How many of ya’ are from somewhere’s else?” A few hands go up. “Just one?” he asks. “Well, I want to thank all of my friends for coming to my party!” He gets a big laugh and continues singing “True Blue Bill.” One time when I was shipwrecked, on islands in the sea, By cannibals I was captured, and tied up to a tree.

They danced and beat their tom-toms; they got rather rough. But they said I wouldn’t make good steak; I was too dog-gone tough. The father of our country could never tell a lie, And he was my great uncle; so I ask you, why should I? Woodard’s rendition of “True Blue Bill” sets the tone for the evening, a mixture of familiar folk songs, interspersed with his wry—sometime corny—humor (heavy on farming jokes such as the “How many hanger-downers on a cow?” variety) and accomplished guitar, banjo, and fiddle playing. When he forgets or flubs a line, like he does tonight with the classic ballad, “There Is a Time,” he’ll crack a self-deprecating joke: “Well, I forgot the words, I ain’t got them written down on the paper in front of me. Mind if I start over?” No one minds. Later, when he’s playing the fiddle and flubs a line, he stops and deadpans, “By the way, this part of the show is free.” His cow-milking bit starts slowly as he walks around the stage picking up his wearable props; his hat, milking stool, overalls and it builds from there. By the time he’s fully dressed up in his over-the-top outfit and bouncing up and down on his springlike milking stool, he has the crowd howling. He segues into a song and then a joke about Walter, the young farmer who comes home from Sunday church with two big black eyes: “What the heck happened to you,” asks the boy’s mother. “You’ve been fighting with those Thurston buys again, haven’t you?” “No!” says Walter, “I haven’t.” “Then what happened?” “You know Mrs. Smith who sits in front of us in church ever week? Well she was sitting there and she stood up and I noticed her dress was kind of stuck up, well, her backside. I didn’t think that looked very comfortable so I reached over and pulled it out. That’s how I got one of the black eyes.” “And the other one?” asks his mother. “Well,” says Walter, “I knew this didn’t make her happy so I put it back!” By the end of the show when Woodard and DeWees perform their lively “Ya Got Trouble” duet, he’s won over the crowd and, like the best of performers, leaves them wanting more.

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fter the theater empties out Woodard packs up all his props and instruments. He piles everything into his pickup truck and heads back to his 200-acre hillside dairy farm in Waterbury Center. In just over eight hours he’ll be in the barn milking again. “What did you think?” he asks Joan as they drive down Route 100. “Was I funny?” “Very,” she tells him. “Really funny?” “Yes, you were really, really funny.” n



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In a highlight of last fall’s division-topping performance, the Mad River scrum walked an opponent 20 feet backwards, in a slow moving mass—with Lau bellowing from somewhere in there. After scoring, an opponent said something derogatory about Lau’s “gimp” leg. As Lau lithely led his ruggers back to midfield, he asked them, loud enough, “did that f--ker just call me a gimp?” Lau plays 80 minutes every game, by the way.

Social network After that last game, everyone headed to Burt’s Pub—except Motter, who headed to the hospital—for the post-game, and postseason rugby social. As always, the opposing team showed up, too, and whiskey and Pabst Blue Ribbon flowed. Bar owner Janet Martinez worked double time to pour the pints and shots of Fireball and Jagermeister. Let’s get this out there, for those observing the trees for the forest: there’s a fair bit of beer drinking associated with rugby. The folks on the sidelines are doing it before the opening whistle, with 24-ounce cans of PBR and Twisted Tea, and coolers doubling as spectator seats. And as the 20-, 30-, and 40-minute ruggers come out, the crack of a beer can become as common as the ref’s whistle. The after-match rugby social is an intrinsic part of the sport’s culture: shake your opponent’s hand and clink a glass with him. And this being Stowe, hospitality is downright vacation-like for visiting players. On Thursdays, the players are regulars at Cactus Café, where owners Monique and Doehne Duckworth take care of them. After the matches, the Burt’s bartenders pull the Pabst Blue Ribbon tap handle as regularly as a player at the nickel slots in Atlantic City. It’s practically rugby Gatorade. The Massachusetts players drink the elusive Heady Toppers, pressing the cold cans against their blossoming shiners. “It’s a gentleman’s sport,” says George, the red-haired former Johnson State College player, now in his late 30s. “After you’re done, you don’t just shake hands and walk away. You get a perspective of things on their end. It’s really neat because you learn a lot of different things, about different cultures.” There are also shots. That camaraderie off the field is important, because on the field, you need to get real close to your teammates. “You’re getting side-butt on both sides of your face. You’re as close as you can possibly get to another dude, so you better get comfortable,” Motter says. For the oldtimers, it’s a once-a-week release they often have to arrange with spouses. “It’s like



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Fight Club. They just beat themselves silly for a while, come in duking it out. It’s almost guaranteed you’re gonna drink up afterward.” Adds George, “It’s not a sport where you can just cruise through it. It takes a lot to get through a match.” From Lau: “You can go from grabbing each others’ crotches to making sure you bail them out.” The team has both pooled money together for a teammate in a bind, and binded together for someone with a personal-life crisis. “When I say family, I will tell you that, with some of the boys on the team, they feel more comfortable with this rugby family than they do with their own families.” Since everybody says, “talk to Chico,” when it comes to sordid tales of former rugby past, Saras just politely asks, what would you like to know? That’s Chico in the daylight. Saras offers the time the team traveled to Montreal in 2000 and won the Quebec Cup. That’s also The Time the Team Lost the Van. They found it just before the local constabulary was summoned to check on some commotion in a couple city parking garages. “We kept going up and down the wrong parking garage,” he laughs. “Thirty drunken hooligans walking up and down all the floors of the wrong garage.” Chico’s not the only one who got the last laugh there. The team performed spectacularly in 2000, and won the whole tournament. They won, yes. But an opposing team called foul, contesting the victory on the grounds that Mad River/Stowe, essentially, had an unfair advantage in the scrum (too many big guys, or something). Upon further review, the victory was upheld. The next year, Mad River wasn’t invited back. Hayden says someone in the cross-border organization told the Mad River/Stowe guys that they weren’t letting any American teams in. If so, why were Washington teams playing in the British Columbia tournaments? “I called the guy back, and said, basically, ‘You’re lying to me because we won your cup,” Hayden recalls. “But, in retrospect, that was 2001, and getting across the border got to be a longer process, so it was kind of a blessing in disguise.”


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Roots of it all The club’s roots go back to 1972, when the team formed in the Mad River Valley. Hayden, the president, joined the club in 1974, and played until 2013, retiring at the age of 57. There’s still a constant link to the older generation, as Johnson State College players come over to the men’s league barely out of their teens, and as guys like Hayden and coach Allen have only recently moved from field to 208


sideline. For most of its existence, Johnson State College has served as Mad River’s training ground. Hayden played there, and he returned year after year for annual alumni games. He wasn’t alone. “The alumni game basically turned into Mad River versus JSC, with some invited guests,” Hayden says. Weaver has played rugby since 1998, and with the Mad River/Stowe team since 2003. He’s also the Johnson coach, along with Allen, who skippers the women’s team. Weaver and Allen also work together at Mountain Ops, the outdoor gear store Allen owns in Stowe. Friends, coworkers, teammates, coaches, the two of them parlay all that into something else: recruiters. “Johnson is basically our farm team,” Weaver says. Mad River ruggers have alternately burnished and tarnished their reputation during the club’s 44-year history. Weaver points out that the team works hard at helping out in the community, manning aid stations at local cycling, skiing, and running races. The team is also famous New England-wide for its hospitality and its annual summer tournament, held in late June every year since the mid-1970s. “Everyone loves coming here for that,” Hayden says. Linking present to past—plenty of retired players still patrol the sidelines on Saturdays—are the active old-timers who’ve been with the club longer than the new players have been alive. Players are knocking on 40 years old, and some went through that door years ago. Some of them are good for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, maybe a whole 40minute half per match. Others are regular fixtures and special guests along the sideline. “It sort of goes like that. You ride the highs of a lot of young guys,” Hayden says. Mad River was a singular central Vermont team for much of its first decade and a half, until it merged in 1993 with a relatively new Stowe team led by Allen, wearing the number 8 jersey. These days Allen is quiet and loud at the same time. He doesn’t talk much, but when he does, people notice, and old-timers and college kids alike appreciate his calm sense of discipline. At his peak, he was able to enter the orbit of the big-league players, but he always came home. Number 8 is an actual position in rugby. It’s the centermost and rear-most of the eight forward players, the core of the team in a way, the linchpin between the front and back lines of attack and defense. For the most part, the numbers on a Mad River/Stowe rugby jersey don’t correlate to the person wearing it. There are 15 positions on a rugby team, and usually the number refers to the position for the starters. Jesse George is 15, the back flank. When Allen played the 8-position in his heyday, Lau was next to him on the wing, wearing number 7.


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STOWE COMMUNITY CHURCH Sunday celebration service with program for children 9:30 a.m. Adult forum Sundays 8:30 a.m. The Rev. Will Vaus. (802) 999-7634; church (802) 253-7257.


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BOUTIQUE AT STOWE MERCANTILE Fabulous contemporary fashion for women. From casual to professional, we can make you feel beautiful any time. Lingerie, dresses, skirts, tops, jeans, sweaters, more. We’ll dress you for any occasion. Depot Building, Main Street, Stowe. (802) 253-3712.

ECCO Burlington's original designer boutique has been dressing Vermonters in top brands for over 20 years. From denim to dresses, boots to stilettos, ECCO has it all. On Church Street Marketplace. 81 Church St. (802) 860-2220. eccoclothesboutique.com.

ESSEX OUTLETS & CINEMA Under Armour, Brooks Brothers, Van Heusen, Lane Bryant, G.H. Bass, Orvis, Gymboree, Famous Footwear, Hanes, Jockey, Snow Drop, Sweet Clover Market, Essex Cinemas and more. VT routes 15 & 289, exit 10. 21 Essex Way, Essex Junction. (802) 878-2851, essexoutlets.com.

FORGET-ME-NOT-SHOP Treasure hunt through our huge selection of famous label off price clothing for men, women, and teens at 60%-80% off. Route 15 Johnson, just 1.5 miles west of Johnson Village. Open 10-7.

GREEN ENVY Voted best women’s boutique. All your favorite brands of clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories. 300-plus brands, 20 lines of premium denim including Vince, Theory, AG, Joie, Rag & Bone, more. Mon.-Sat. 10 - 6, Sunday 10 - 5. 1800 Mountain Rd. (802) 253-2661. vermontenvy.com.

IN COMPANY Come see what’s in. Specializing in personalized customer service and top designer labels: 360 Sweater, Johnny Was, Lilla P, Orla Kiely, more. 10-5:30 p.m. daily, 10-5 p.m. Sunday. 344 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-4595, incompanyclothing.com.

JOHNSON HARDWARE RENTAL, FARM & GARDEN A big store in a little town, family owned and run for three generations. Rental equipment, plumbing, heating, electrical, Milwaukee tools/repair, toys, clothing, footwear, camping gear, and much more. Route 15, Johnson. (802) 635-7282. jhrvt.com.

JOHNSON WOOLEN MILLS Home of famous Johnson Woolen Outerwear plus Carhartt, Filson, Pendleton, Woolrich, woolen blankets, fine men’s and ladies sportswear, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, socks. Since 1842. Johnson, VT. (802) 635-2271. johnsonwoolenmills.com.

WELL HEELED A sophisticated collection of shoes, boots, clothing, and accessories for an effortlessly chic lifestyle. A stylish interior combined with personalized service makes a visit a #mustdoinstowe. Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (802) 253-6077. wellheeledstowe.com.


STOWE FAMILY DENTISTRY A modern dental practice offering same-day porcelain crowns and veneers, dental implants, sleep apnea and snoring appliances, and comprehensive restorative services. New patients are always welcome. (802) 253-4157, stowefamilydentistry.com.

DISTILLERIES CALEDONIA SPIRITS Craft distillery, and makers of Barr Hill gin and vodka and Tom Cat barrel-aged gin. Open for free tastings and tours daily from noon - 5 p.m. 46 Log Yard Dr., Hardwick. (802) 472-8000. info@caledoniaspirits.com. caledoniaspirits.com.




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Homemade muffins, cookies, tarts, pies, cakes, and other luscious treats. Incredible breads, including our French country bread baked in traditional wood-fired ovens. Fine coffees and espresso. Daily 7-7 (in season). (802) 253-3800. harvestatstowe.com.

Perc-free dry cleaning and laundry. Same-day service. Wash, dry, and fold. Free pick-up and delivery. Repairs, suede, leather, storage. Satisfaction guaranteed. Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-1. 638 S. Main St., Stoware Common. (802) 253-7861. vermontdrycleaner.com.

STOWE LAUNDRY CO. PK COFFEE Coffee, espresso, tea, lattes, fresh baked goods, and the bestgrilled cheese in town. Join us for the treats; stay for the conversation. 1880 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 760-6151, pkcoffee.com.

COMPUTERS & SOFTWARE FIXPC FixPC is the leader in sales, maintenance, and troubleshooting of business and personal computers and local area networks. On-site and drop-off service available. Located in Stowe. Call (802) 253-8006.

CRAFT GALLERIES STOWE CRAFT GALLERY Discover contemporary and unexpected designs in jewelry, art, fashion, and gifts. Fun shopping for both women and men in one of Vermont's original American craft galleries. Daily: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (802) 253-4693. stowecraft.com.

Full-service laundromat and dry cleaners. Drop-off wash-and-dry and fold, same-day service, and alterations. Professional dry cleaning and shirt service. 44 Park Place, Stowe Village. Open 7 days. (802) 253-9332.

EDUCATION & COLLEGES JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE Centrally located near Stowe and Smugglers’ Notch. Highimpact education that encompasses research, internships, and civic and global engagement. Signature programs include education, health sciences, environmental science, outdoor education and the arts. (800) 635-2356, jsc.edu.

LYNDON STATE COLLEGE Preparing students for personal and professional success through experience-based, high-quality programs in the liberal arts and professional studies that develop creative and critical thinking for success in today’s global society. PO Box 919, 1001 College Rd, Lyndonville, VT 05851. (800) 225-1998. lyndonstate.edu.


DELICATESSEN THE BAGEL Breakfast sandwiches, lox, Reubens, deli sandwiches on breads, English muffins, wraps or NY-style bagels. Salads, baked goods. Baggy Knees, Mountain Rd., Stowe. 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (802) 253-9943.

Unique among American independent schools, we offer students a truly comprehensive curriculum, first-rate facilities, and outstanding faculty. Nationally recognized, we attract over 255 boarding students from the U.S. and around the world each year. stjacademy.org.

EXCAVATING EDELWEISS New York-style deli sandwiches. Brisket, corned beef, pastrami, bakery products, fresh pies. Beer, wine, soda, groceries, Vermont products. Stowe’s #1 deli and convenience store. Daily 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2251 Mountain Rd. (802) 253-4034.

THE PANTRY Upscale Vermont country market in Spruce Peak Village. Local and regional food products, distinctive wines, craft beers, local hard cider, farmhouse cheeses, charcuterie, deli meats, sandwiches, prepared meals. Our pantry will fill yours. (802) 253-3000.

DENTISTRY CONTEMPORARY DENTAL ARTS PC Contemporary Dental Arts is a unique practice offering high quality, state-of-the-art, esthetic, restorative and implant dentistry… where the smile of your dreams becomes a realty. New patients invited. (802) 878-9888. contemporarydentalartsvt.com.

DALE E. PERCY, INC. Excavating contractors, commercial and residential. Earth-moving equipment. Site work. trucking, sand, gravel, soil, sewer, water, drainage systems, and supplies. Snow removal, salting, sanding. Weeks Hill Road. (802) 253-8503. Fax: (802) 253-8520.

FABRIC & YARN STOWE FABRIC & YARN Stop in and browse our hand-dyed yarns, fine fabric, quilts, and Vermont-made gifts. 37 Depot St. Stowe. (802) 253-6740. stowefabricandyarn@gmail.com.

YARN Full-service yarn shop specializing in customer service. We help from planning stages to completion of your project. Exquisite selection of yarns and classes for every level. 112 Main Street, Montpelier, Vt. (802) 229-2444. yarnvt.com.

FISHING & HUNTING CATAMOUNT FISHING ADVENTURES Guided fly-fishing, spin-fishing, ice-fishing adventures. River wading, canoe, drift boat, motorboat fishing. Guiding Vermont since 1994. Equipment provided. All abilities welcome. Willy, owner/guide, (802) 253-8500. Federation of Fly Fishers certified. Licensed, insured. catamountfishing.com.

FLY ROD SHOP Vermont’s most experienced guide service. Live bait, ice fishing supplies. Drift-boat rips or river wading for fly fishing, spinning. Family fishing trips. Simms clothing, waders. 10,000 flies. Visit our hunting department. Route 100 South, Stowe. (802) 253-7346. flyrodshop.com.

FITNESS EQUIPMENT PERSONAL FITNESS INTERIORS Carrying a wide range of fitness products and equipment from leaders in the industry. Precor, True, Inspire, Octane, Tuff Stuff, and more. Quality, selection, service. Locally owned for over 25 years. (802) 860-1030, personalfitnessvt.com.

FLOORING FLOORING AMERICA Customize your home with flooring that compliments your space while honoring your style. Choose from our leading collection of hardwood, carpet, tile, laminate, vinyl, and rug selections. Williston, (802) 862-5757, flooringamerica-vt.com.

FLORISTS & FLOWERS DESIGNS BY WILDFLOWER Stowe’s leading full-service florist. Outstanding quality, creativity, and service for 23 years. Specializing in wildflower, formal, and garden-style weddings and complete corporate event planning. “Supporting local growers.” Local and worldwide deliveries. (802) 253-6303. wildflowerdesignsstowe.com.

FROM MARIA’S GARDEN Weddings, events, “simply beautiful flowers.” Specializing in natural, rustic, wildflower, trendy fun and fresh designs, unique to your personal style. Detailed service, seasonal decorating. By appointment. (802) 345-3698. maria@frommariasgarden.com.

FUEL BOURNES ENERGY Propane, wood pellets, bioheat, biodiesel, heating, cooling, plumbing, auto-delivery, remote heat monitoring, expert service. Bourne’s Energy—Fueling the Future. (800) 326-8763. bournesenergy.com.

FURNITURE ALL DECKED OUT One of the largest selection of casual furniture in Northern New England. Teak, wicker, aluminum, wrought iron and envirowood. Best selection for dining, entertaining, and lazing. Delivery available. (802) 296-6714. alldeckedoutcasual.com.

INSIDE OUT GALLERY Be inspired and refresh your sense of home, inside and out, through vignettes of transcontinental seating, tables, lamps, and mirrors. Our samples are just the beginning; we’ll special order too. 299 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-6945, insideoutgalleryvt.com.

NOVELLO FURNITURE Full-service furniture store offering better furniture and mattresses, no charge in-store decorating services. Brands including Rowe, Sam Moore, Bradington Young, La-Z-Boy, Klaussner, Stanley, and much more. Immediate delivery. (802) 476-7900. novellofurniture.com. More Furniture l

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“Come spend a pleasant day!” Since 1980, specializing in heirloom and unusual flowers and herbs. Enjoy a stroll through our extensive display gardens.

ENGLISH CREAM TEAS Served in a beautiful garden setting or greenhouse. Tea served 12-4 daily except Mondays, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Reservations for tea recommended.

IN OUR GIFT SHOP: A well-chosen collection of useful, unusual and just plain gorgeous items, including stylish clothing, scarves and teapots. Summer and wedding hats are a specialty! Daily 10-5 except Mondays, April 30 to Sept. 16 • Free Garden Tours, Sundays at noon.

Join us for our 14th Annual Phlox Fest, July 31 to August 14 www.perennialpleasures.net BRICK HOUSE ROAD, EAST HARDWICK, VT • 1-802-472-5104 A scenic 40 minute drive from Stowe 217

S TOWE-SMUGGLERS’ BUSINESS DIRECTORY WENDELL’S FURNITURE & VERMONT BED STORE Best selection for quality, style, price. Copeland, Norwalk, Flexsteel, and more. Bedroom, living and dining rooms, nursery, office, and entertainment. Next to Costco, 697 Hercules Dr., Colchester. (802) 861-7700. wendellsfurniture.com.

WILDERNESS CREATIONS Your rustic furniture and décor specialists, working with designers, builders, and homeowners to outfit some of New England’s finest homes and businesses. Call today for a consultation. (603) 563-7010, rusticfurnituregallery.com.

GIFT & SPECIALTY SHOPS THE COUNTRY STORE ON MAIN Located on Stowe’s historic Main Street. Offering an exciting array of kitchen and bath accessories, fine bed linens, rugs, and small furniture. Children and pet items too. (802) 253-7653, thecountrystoreonmain.com.

DANFORTH PEWTER Crafted by hand in our Vermont workshop. Stores showcase extensive line of jewelry, lamps, holiday ornaments, key rings, wedding/baby gifts, kitchen, barware, frames, more. Visit danforthpewter.com for online shopping and locations.

INSIDE OUT GALLERY Find a full range of gifts and wedding presents, Vermont fine art and crafts, photographs, jewelry, table furnishings, candleholders, picture frames, and outdoor décor. A short walk up from Main Street. 299 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-6945, insideoutgalleryvt.com.

STOWE KITCHEN BATH & LINENS More than just a kitchen store. Two floors of accessories, gifts, and food for the entire home. Gourmet kitchenware, bedding, shower curtains, lotions, gels. Tons of unique clothing and gifts. 1813 Mountain Rd. (802) 253-8050. stowekitchen.net.

STOWE MERCANTILE Fabulous old country store, Vermont specialty foods, penny candy, clothing, bath and body, wine, craft beer and cider, gift baskets, and toys. Play a game of checkers or a tune on our piano. Depot Building, Main Street, Stowe. (802) 253-4554. stowemercantile.com.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE SPORT & GIFTS Trapp Family Lodge books, music, clothing, and food. Austrian specialty gifts and gourmet products. Vermont-made products and maple syrup. Visit our two locations. Online: trappfamily.com. (802) 253-8511.




We manufacture and install the finest handcrafted stone countertops for Vermont’s premier builders, fine kitchens and bath designers and discriminating homeowners. Warehouse stocked with over 100 full slabs to view. (802) 860-1221. burlingtonmarbleandgranite.com.

HAIR SALONS Locally owned by Miss VT USA 2012, Jamie Dragon. Stowe’s premier luxury salon and makeup boutique. Bridal hair and makeup, Oribe hair care, Jane Iredale makeup, RMS Beauty organic makeup. 722 S. Main St. (802) 253-7750. lushstowe.com.

SALON SALON Experience the ultimate. World-class Aveda concept salon for men and women. Haircuts, highlighting, coloring, hair straightening, manicures, pedicures, facials, body waxing, body treatments, massage, complete wedding services. Downer Farm Shops, 232 Mountain Rd. By appt. (802) 253-7378. salonsalonvt.com.

HARDWARE STOWE HARDWARE & DRY GOODS Unique hardware store providing North Country necessities and quality products. Craftsman tools, Cabot Stain, Carhartt, complete selection of fasteners, housewares, homecare products. Open 8-5:30 Mon.-Sat., Sundays 9-3:30. 430 Mountain Rd. Established since 1829. (802) 253-7205.

HEALTH CARE COPLEY HOSPITAL Exceptional care. Community focused. 24-hour emergency services. The Women’s Center, Mansfield Orthopedics, general surgery, cardiology, oncology, urology, rehabilitation, and wellness programs. Morrisville, (802) 888-8888, copleyvt.org.

STOWE FAMILY PRACTICE Providing primary health care for people of all ages. Timely care for lacerations sprains and fractures. On-site X-ray and lab. Convenient hours. 1878 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-4853. chslv.org.

HEALTH CLUBS & SPAS SWIMMING HOLE Stowe’s premier family fitness and recreation center. 25-meter lap pool, children’s pool, waterslide, group exercise classes, personal training, aqua aerobics, masters swimming, group lessons, kids fitness. State-of-the-art facility. Day passes available. (802) 253-9229. theswimmingholestowe.com.



18 holes of golf on the scenic slopes of Spruce Peak await guests who venture into this Mountain masterpiece. Bob Cuppdesigned Stowe Mountain Club Golf Course features stunning panoramic views. Access to Stowe Mountain Club is limited; call (802) 760-4604 for an introduction.

Providing local support for custom design and installation of home theater, whole house audio, lighting control, shade control, thermostat control, home automation, and your security needs. (802) 253-6509. info@vermontelectronics.biz.

HORSEBACK RIDING VERMONT ICELANDIC HORSE FARM Offering trail rides year round. Winter riding is truly an unforgettable experience. 1-hour rides, half-day rides, full-day rides and multiple day packages, including meals and lodging. (802) 496-7141. Icelandichorses.com; horses@icelandichorses.com.





Miniaturized golf course that strives to simulate a real golf environment, on Stowe’s Mountain Road along the recreation path. Avoid natural obstacles, fairway hazards, sand traps. May through October, 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. (802) 253-9951.

STOWEICECREAM.COM See our website for stores and restaurants that serve and sell our ice cream.

INNS & RESORTS FIELD GUIDE 30 modern luxe lodge-style accommodations, including suites with luxury linens, soaking tubs, fireplaces, and other amenities desired by the discerning traveler. Seasonal pool. Hot tub. (802) 253-8088. fieldguidestowe.com.

GREEN MOUNTAIN INN Classic 1833 resort in Stowe Village. 100 rooms, luxury and suites, apartments and townhouses, fireside Jacuzzis. Restaurants, outdoor heated pool and in-ground spa, fire-pit, health club, sauna, massage, game room. Complimentary tea and cookies. (802) 253-7301. greenmountaininn.com.

INN AT THE MOUNTAIN CONDOS & TOWNHOUSES One-to-five bedroom condos and townhouses conveniently located within walking distance to the Toll House lift. With kitchen, living room and dining area, fireplace, washer/ dryer, daily housekeeping, and Wi-Fi. (802) 253-3649, stowe.com.

JAY PEAK RESORT Jay Peak offers skiing and riding on the most snow in Eastern North America, Vermont's only aerial tramway, championship golf, an indoor ice arena, and the Pump House—Vermont’s only indoor waterpark. (800) 451-4449. jaypeakresort.com.

SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH, VERMONT America’s Family Resort. Mountainside village lodging. Awardwinning kids’ programs. Zipline tours. Summer: 8 heated pools, 4 waterslides, disc golf, mountain bike skills park. Winter: 3 big interconnected mountains, 2,610' vertical. Family Fun Guaranteed! (888) 256-7623, smuggs.com/sg.

STERLING RIDGE LOG CABINS Secluded on 360 acres of woods and meadows with spectacular views of Mt. Mansfield. Seasonal outdoor pool, hot tub, 10acre secluded pond for boating and fishing, hiking trails. (800) 347-8266. sterlingridgeresort.com.




We serve homemade ice cream, maple creamees, milkshakes, sundaes. Gluten free cones. 112 Main Street, Stowe. (802) 253-0995. stoweicecream.com.



Featuring 18 holes of golf, full-service golf shop, expansive practice and training facilities with award-winning golf instructors and dining. One of Vermont’s finest golf facilities. Seasonal and daily memberships available. (802) 760-4653.



Fully bonded, insured, and trained housekeepers available for private homes or rental properties. We use environmentally friendly products and supplies whenever possible. Ask for Reggie. (802) 253-8132, ext. 105. reggie@stowecountryhomes.com.

Nestled within the heart of Stowe, featuring upscale guestrooms and townhouses, on-property activities, Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant for fireside deck dining and live entertainment, and rejuvenating Spa at Stoweflake treatments and services. (802) 253-7355. stoweflake.com.

STOWE INN Elegant lodging and dining. First on the Mountain Road, sited on 4.5 acre historic estate. AAA 3 diamond rating. Free wifi. 123 Mountain Road, Stowe. (800) 546-4030; (802) 253-4030. stoweinn.com

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE Mountain resort in the European tradition. 96-rooms and suites with spectacular mountain views. European-style cuisine, music, fitness center, indoor pool, climbing wall, yoga, cross-country and backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, von Trapp history tours. (802) 253-8511. trappfamily.com.

VILLAGE GREEN AT STOWE Fully furnished condominiums at the center of all Stowe has to offer. Fireplaces, indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi. Affordable. (802) 253-9705 or (800) 451-3297. vgasstowe.com.

INSURANCE HICKOK & BOARDMAN, INC. Providing superior service and innovative solutions for all your insurance needs. Home, auto, and business insurance since 1821. “Here when you need us.” 618 S. Main St., Stowe. (802) 253-9707.

STOWE INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. Stowe’s premier multi-line insurance agency since 1955. Our pricing and service is second to none. Glenn Mink, Teela Leach, Robert Mink, and Renee Davis. (802) 253-4855.

INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATING AMBER HODGINS DESIGN Full-service interior architecture and design, decorative painting, and color consultations. Specializing in décor, renovations, and new construction for residential or commercial projects. (802) 585-5544. amberhodgins.com.

CUSTOM COVERS Custom Covers at the Grist Mill is a full-service shop. Designer fabrics, trims, wallpaper, custom-made slipcovers, upholstery, window treatments. By appointment. (802) 324-2123. 92 Stowe Street, Waterbury.

DESIGN MATTERS Offering interior design services with a complete home furnishings showroom. High-quality American-made products for your immediate delight and lasting pleasure. 358 Dorset St., S. Burlington. (802) 865-2581. designmattersvt.com.

DESIGN STUDIO OF STOWE Creating beautiful interiors from classic to modern with respect to client’s taste, property, budget, deadline. New construction, renovations, and updates to existing spaces. Residential to light commercial projects. Allied Member ASID. 626 Mountain Road, Stowe. (802) 253-9600. designstudiovt.com.

GILBERTE INTERIORS Utilizing the largest design library between Boston and Montreal, Gilberte’s team creates, inspirational, functional comfortable spaces that make you feel at home. Cheryl Boghosian, interior designer, ASID. (603) 643-3727, gilberteinteriors.com.

PERRYWINKLE’S Every piece of Perrywinkle’s jewelry is unlike any other. The finest diamonds and gemstones are hand selected for crafting our celebrated designs. We invite you to visit our Burlington location. (802) 865-2624, perrywinkles.com

STOWE GEMS Fine handcrafted gold, platinum, sterling jewelry. Diamonds, engagement rings, wedding bands. Amazing selection of tanzanite, tourmaline, Tahitian pearls, North American diamonds. Vermont charms, estate jewelry. Named “Best of Vermont.” Stowe Village. (802) 253-7000. stowegems.com.

VON BARGEN’S JEWELRY A Vermont family business with five locations. We specialize in distinctive artisan jewelry, fine, ideal cut diamonds, and custom jewelry. Stowe Village. Monday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday noon-5. (802) 253-2942. vonbargens.com.

KITCHENS & BATHS ALLAIRE CONSTRUCTION Providing professional, personalized quality renovation/remodeling services for 33 years. Our trustworthy team has extensive knowledge in planning, design, and construction for all your individualized kitchen and bath needs. Brent: (802) 793-2675, bda77@comcast.net.

BARRE TILE Rediscovering elegance in the home-place. Our Stone Shop is Vermont's source for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, thresholds, fireplace hearths, more. Make an appointment today to view our extensive stone slab inventory. Over 25 colors. (802) 476-0912. barretile.com.

BETHEL MILLS Nestled in the mountains of central Vermont, Bethel Mills has served its friends and neighbors for over 235 years, with five convenient locations delivering the highest quality home improvement products. (802) 234-9951, bethelmills.com.

CLOSE TO HOME Finest selection of quality bath faucets, fixtures, and hardware. We can outfit your home from bath to kitchen to doors. Door hardware and 6,000 cabinet knobs. Ask for a free espresso. 10 Farrell St. S. Burlington. (802) 861-3200. closetohomevt.com.

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VERMONT SOAPSTONE SELDOM SCENE INTERIORS INC. All aspects of interior design. Stowe and Boston. Full architectural services, design build, and project management. Large comprehensive portfolio. By appointment only. 2038 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-3770. seldomsceneinteriors.com.

STOWE CRAFT GALLERY Interior design and furnishings: Large showroom featuring industrial modern, contemporary folk, and luxurious styles. Space and color planning, fabrics, window treatments, and lighting. 34 S. Main St. (802) 253-7677. stowecraft.com.

JEWELRY FERRO JEWELERS Stowe’s premier full-service jeweler since 2006. We specialize in estate jewelry, fine diamonds, custom design, jewelry repair, and appraisals. American Gem Society. 91 Main St., Stowe. (802) 253-3033. ferrojewelers.com/stowe.

GREEN ENVY Award-winning boutique. Expansive collection of contemporary jewelry and accessories from local and international artists, including Anna Beck, Alex & Ani, Sonya Renee, Baroni, Dogeared, Colby Davis, more. Mon.-Sat. 10 - 6, Sunday 10 5. 1800 Mountain Rd. (802) 253-2661. vermontenvy.com.

INSIDE OUT GALLERY Discover new colorful and creative designs made by American artists. Add inspiration and fun to every day. Easy prices. Enjoyable shopping. Short walk up from Main Street. 299 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-6945, insideoutgalleryvt.com.

Vermont Soapstone handcrafts the finest soapstone countertops, sinks, floor tiles, and home accents—here in Vermont. Durable and timeless, soapstone never stains or retains bacteria. (800) 284-5404, vermontsoapstone.com.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN AMBLER DESIGN Full-service landscape architecture and construction company in Stowe. Working with plants, water, stone, and earth, we create unique, exceptional, and beautiful outdoor spaces. Recent projects: Piecasso Restaurant entrance and the 2011 HGTV Dream Home. (802) 253-4536. amblerdesign.com.

CYNTHIA KNAUF LANDSCAPE DESIGN Beautiful, functional, and green. Creating memorable outdoor spaces that link buildings and people to the site. Emphasis on sustainability through local materials and craftsmanship, green roofs, and rain gardens. (802) 655-0552. cynthiaknauf.com.

LANDSHAPES Serving Vermont’s residential and commercial landscapes with design, installations, property maintenance. Projects include unlimited varieties of stonework, gardens, water features, installation of San Juan pools and spas. (802) 434-3500. landshapes.net.

WAGNER HODGSON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE The process of uniting program, context, form and materials provides the basis for our work, crafting modern sculptural landscapes expressing the essential inherent beauty of natural materials. (802) 864-0010. wagnerhodgson.com.

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A general practice of law: civil, family, and criminal litigation, probate and estate planning, business law, and transactions. 954 South Main St., Stowe. (802) 253-4011. andersonlawvt.com.

BARR LAW GROUP Member of Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts bars. 125 Mountain Rd., Stowe, Vt., (802) 253-6272; 100 Park Ave., New York, NY, (212) 486-3910.

DARBY KOLTER & NORDLE, LLP General civil practice, real estate, environmental, estate planning, corporate, litigation, personal injury, and family law. Stowe: 996 Main St., Unit 1A, (802) 253-7165; Waterbury: 89 S. Main St., (802) 244-7352.

HORSLEY LAJOIE GOLDFINE, LLC General practice including civil litigation, personal injury, real estate, corporate, estate planning/administration. Located in Stowe village at 166 S. Main St. Member Vermont and Massachusetts bars.(802) 760-6480. hlgattorneys.com.

OLSON & ASSOCIATES, PLC General law practice: commercial and residential real estate, estate planning and probate administration, business formation and maintenance, general litigation, family law, mediation services. 188 S. Main St., Stowe. (802) 253-7810.

Relaxation, deep tissue, moist heat, energy work (Brennan graduate), maternity, Thai. Practicing integrative medicine over 30 years. Competitive rates. Stowe Yoga Center, 515 Moscow Rd. kgravesmt@gmail.com, (802) 253-8427, stoweyoga.com.

STOWE VILLAGE MASSAGE Massage center offers exceptional bodywork services from relaxation to injury recovery. Certified practitioners in a casual atmosphere. 60-minute massages starting from $80. Daily from 9 a.m. 7 p.m. 49 Depot St., Stowe. Book online at stowevillagemassage.com. (802) 253-6555. info@stowevillagemassage.com.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE FITNESS CENTER Massage therapists use a blend of techniques to address needs including Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, and Shiatsu. Other treatments include reflexology, salt glows, and hot stone therapy. Appointments available daily. (802) 253-5722.


Litigation, real estate, corporate, utility, wills, and estate administration. 255 Maple St., Stowe. (802) 253-7339. stackpolefrench.com.

We have a unique selection of natural chemical free mattresses, FSC-certified furniture, organic bedding, jewelry, home décor, children's toys and baby items. Everything for the environmentally minded shopper. 151 Cherry Street, Burlington. thegreenlifevt.com.

MOVIE THEATERS First-run movies, all new 7.1 Digital Surround EX and 5.1 digital sound with silver screens and RealD 3D. Full bar available as you view. Fresh popcorn, real butter, full concession. Conventional seating too. 454 Mountain Rd. Movie phone (802) 253-4678; stowecinema.com; or Facebook.

STEVENS LAW OFFICE Residential and commercial real estate, criminal and family law, civil litigation, personal injury, estate planning, and business formation. 30+ years experience. Stowe, Burlington, Derby offices. (802) 253-8547 or (866) 786-9530. stowelawyers.com.


NEEDLEWORK THE WOODEN NEEDLE Charming needle arts shop in heart of Stowe Village. Counted cross-stitch and needlepoint featured. Specializing in linens, hand-painted canvases, Paternayan wool, Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Art cottons, fun fibers. Park and Pond Streets. (802) 253-3086, wooden-needle.com.

BARRE ELECTRIC & LIGHTING SUPPLY, INC. Indoor and outdoor lighting, fans and home accents. The supplier of choice for area electricians and builders. Come visit our 3,000-square foot showroom featuring working displays for kitchen and bath lighting. Route 302, Barre. (802) 476-0280. barreelectric.com.


NURSERIES PERENNIAL PLEASURES NURSERY & TEA GARDEN Stroll through beautiful display gardens, shop for flowers and herbs. Enjoy tea or light lunches in the tea room, browse for hats in the gift shop. Free Sunday garden tours at noon. East Hardwick. (802) 472-5104. perennialpleasures.net.

MARKETS COMMODITIES NATURAL MARKET Voted Best Market 2015. One-stop grocery shopping featuring organic produce, groceries, artisanal cheeses, fresh bread, local meats, huge bulk section, awesome beer and wine, glutenfree, wellness products, more. Daily. (802) 253-4464. commoditiesnaturalmarket.com.

HARVEST MARKET Stowe’s one-stop gourmet store. Delicious salads, entrées, baked goods, and breads—prepared by our own chefs and bakers. Specialty cheeses and meats. Espresso bar. Farm fresh produce. Great wine selection. Daily 7-7 (in season). (802) 253-3800. harvestatstowe.com.


COPLEY REHABILITATION SERVICES Therapies include physical, occupational, hand, speech, aquatic, pediatric, cardiac and pulmonary, work conditioning, and other comprehensive rehab services. Clinics in Stowe, Hardwick, and Morrisville (Mansfield Orthopaedics and Copley Hospital). (802) 888-8303, copleyvt.org.

PINNACLE PHYSICAL THERAPY Skilled physical therapy for orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions, sports, family wellness, pre- and post-surgery. Personal, professional care: 1878 Mountain Rd., Stowe. Appointment within 24 hours, M-F. (802) 253-2273. info@pinnacleptvermont.com.

PHYSICIANS ADAM KUNIN, MD — CARDIOLOGIST Personalized cardiac care. Board-certified in cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and internal medicine. Providing general cardiology, advanced cardiac tests and imaging. Morrisville. (802) 888-8372, copleyvt.org.

BETSY PEREZ, MD — UROLOGIST Board-certified urologist. Specializing in diagnosis and treatment of problems of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Morrisville. (802) 888-8372, copleyvt.org.

DONALD DUPUIS, MD — GENERAL SURGEON Board-certified general surgeon. Specializing in advanced laparoscopic procedures. Providing a wide spectrum of inpatient and outpatient surgical care. Morrisville. (802) 888-8372, copleyvt.org.

STOWE PERSONALIZED MEDICAL CARE Access to your personal physician 24/7, longer appointments, house calls and personalized medical care. Annual membership fee. Limited enrollment. Board certified in family medicine. (802) 253-5020. davidbisbeemd.com.

THE WOMEN’S CENTER: OB/GYN Board-certified specialists William Ellis, MD, and certified nurse midwives Kipp Bovey, Jackie Bromley, Marge Kelso and April Vanderveer. Comprehensive gynecological care. The Women’s Center, (802) 888-8100, copleyvt.org.


ARISTELLE Bra fitting and fine lingerie store with knowledgeable lingerie specialists and over 100 bra sizes. Carrying brands of exceptional quality, this elegant boutique makes bra shopping fun for all shapes and sizes. 61 Church St., Burlington. (802) 497-3913. aristelle.com.




Since 1982, offering quality photographic services to Vermont businesses. Creative images of people, products, and locations. Photography of artwork. Private photographic instruction. RIT photo graduate. (802) 253-7879, paulrogersphotography.com.

OPTOMETRY DR. ROBERT C. BAUMAN & ASSOCIATES Comprehensive eye exams, immediate treatment of eye injuries/infections. Same-day service on most eyeglasses including bifocals. Area’s largest selection glasses and contact lenses, immediate replacement of lost or damaged contact lenses. Saturday hours. (802) 253-6322. drrobertbauman.com.

STOWE EYE CARE At Stowe Eye Care, we provide personalized vision services. We use advanced technology for the most accurate diagnosis, as well as having a frame selection as unique as we are. stoweeyecare.com. (802) 253-7201.

PAINTERS—INTERIOR & EXTERIOR LAMOILLE VALLEY PAINTERS, LLC Custom painting company in Stowe, specializing in high-end interior and exterior painting, staining and wall-coverings from homes, decks, barns, and commercial businesses in the Lamoille Valley. dan@lamoillevalleypainters.com or (802) 730-2776

MANSFIELD ORTHOPAEDICS Board-certified orthopedic surgeons. Brian Aros, MD; Bryan Huber, MD; John Macy, MD; Joseph McLaughlin, MD; and Saul Trevino, MD. On-site radiology and rehabilitation facility. Morrisville and Waterbury. (802) 888-8405, mansfieldorthopaedics.com.

PIZZA BENCH Unique to Stowe, wood-fired comfort food including pizza. Local ingredients in a relaxed, rustic modern Vermont atmosphere. Enjoy après ski or dinner with family and friends. 28 taps, craft beer, cocktails, and extensive wine list. Daily. 492 Mountain Rd., Stowe. benchvt.com or (802) 253-5100.

PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE Traditional, hand-tossed New York style pizza with modern style, eclectic music, and great vibes. A local favorite, voted a “Top 11 Slice in the Country” by travelandleisure.com. Creative entrees, craft beer, gluten-free menu, online ordering, takeout, delivery. (802) 253-4411, piecasso.com.

PRINTING THE X PRESS Custom business and personal print, copy, and design services. Brochures, letterhead, envelopes, business cards, forms, labels, invitations, banners, specialty products for over 30 years. Office supplies, shipping, scanning/fax service. (802) 253-7883 (fax). Stowe Village, M-F, 8-4:30. (802) 253-9788. thexpressink.com.


STOWE RED BARN REALTY An office of dynamic professionals, each with a unique love of Vermont. We look forward to helping you fulfill your real estate sales and rental needs. 17 Towne Farm Lane, off Mountain Road, Stowe. (802) 253-4994. stoweredbarnrealty.com.

STOWE COUNTRY HOMES Property management, maintenance, repair, and renovations specialists. Lawn and garden care, landscaping, trash removal, etc. Renovations large and small. Quality work guaranteed—on budget and schedule. (802) 253-8132, ext. 102, or jeanette@stowecountryhomes.com. stowecountryhomes.com/ propertymanagement.

STOWE HOME CARE MAINTENANCE INC. Full-service property management. Snow plowing/removal, snow shoveling, roofs, and walkways, lot and driveway sanding. Land clearing, driveway grading, trash pick-up, carpentry, furniture moving, brush hogging, tree removal. (802) 888-7736, todd@stowehomecaremaintenance.com, stowehomecaremaintenance.com.

STOWE RESORT HOMES Personalized management for Stowe’s vacation homes. Home checks, personal shopping, remodeling project management, maintenance coordination, more. We also offer marketing and rental agent services for select vacation homes. (802) 760-1157. stoweresorthomes.com.

REAL ESTATE & RENTALS FOUR SEASONS SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty strives everyday to exceed our clients’ expectations. To learn how we can put the power of our brand to work for you, visit us at fourseasonssir.com or (802) 253-7267.

LITTLE RIVER REALTY Representing buyers and sellers. Your goals are our #1 priority. Accurate, timely information on buying/selling. We are full time Realtors who appreciate the importance of your real estate decision. (802) 253-1553, lrrvermont.com.

MOUNTAIN ASSOCIATES REALTORS Bigger is not always better. We have chosen to remain small, allowing us to offer experienced representation, personalized service, and a team approach to residential and commercial sales. (802) 253-8518. mountainassociates.com.

NEW ENGLAND LANDMARK REALTY A unique team approach to real estate marketing, sales, and rentals. Harnessing technology to create innovative strategies to maximize exposure for our clients. Offices in Stowe and Waterbury. (866) 324-2427. (802) 253-4711. nelandmark.com.

PALL SPERA COMPANY REALTORS Stowe and Lamoille County’s leading real-estate company serving Central and Northern Vermont from 3 offices and 24 hours a day at pallspera.com. Exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. (802) 253-9771, (802) 253-1806, (802) 888-1102. pallspera.com.

Called by the New York Times one of the “World’s Most Decadent Breakfasts,” we feature over 80 varieties of 12-inch sweet and hearty Dutch pancakes. Breakfast served daily 8 - 12:30 p.m. 990 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-8921. greyfoxinn.com.

STOWE RESORT HOMES Luxury vacation homes for the savvy traveler. Book some of Stowe’s best resort homes—online. Well-appointed, tastefully decorated homes at Topnotch, Spruce Peak, and throughout Stowe. (802) 760-1157. stoweresorthomes.com.

ALLAIRE CONSTRUCTION Providing personalized care for your home and business needs for 33 years. Professional, reliable, trustworthy, quality workmanship. Eliminate hiring multiple contractors. Security and home checks available. Brent: (802) 793-2675, bda77@comcast.net.


WILLIAM RAVEIS STOWE REALTY & STOWE REALTY RENTALS Our team lives the Vermont lifestyle and has a passion for sharing it, with a fine collection of Stowe-area real estate and rentals. “Your family’s way home.” 25 Main St., Stowe. (802) 253-8484. raveisvt.com. stowerealtyrentals.com.

RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUBS BENCH Unique to Stowe, wood-fired comfort food including pizza with a focus on local ingredients in a relaxed, rustic modern Vermont atmosphere. Enjoy après ski or dinner. 28 taps, craft beer, cocktails, and extensive wine list. Daily. 492 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-5100. benchvt.com.

THE BISTRO AT TEN ACRES Simply great, handmade, flavorful food. Craft beers, delicious wines, fresh-pressed cocktails. 1820s Vermont Farmhouse with bar seating, elegant dining rooms, fireside lounge, outside dining and beautiful views. Barrows and Luce Hill Roads, Stowe. tenacreslodge.com. (802) 253-6838.

BLUE DONKEY Burgers, southern BBQ, fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps, milkshakes, craft beers and wine. Open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., though hours may be shortened seasonally. (802) 253-3100. bluedonkeyvt.com.

CACTUS CAFE Chef owned/operated. Fresh authentic Mexican entrées, nightly specials and our famous 16 oz. handmade margaritas. Dinner nightly from 4:30. Patio dining. Over 34 different tequilas. 2160 Mountain Rd., Stowe. Reservations accepted. Family, dog friendly. (802) 253-7770.

CHARLIE B’S PUB & RESTAURANT Charlie B’s is a Stowe tradition featuring upscale pub fare, an award-winning wine list, and Vermont craft brews on tap. Enjoy fireside deck dining and live entertainment in season. (802) 760-1096, charliebspub.com.

CLIFF HOUSE RESTAURANT Enjoy panoramic views at 3,625’ near the top of Mt. Mansfield. Award-winning American cuisine with rustic Vermont flair, fresh seasonal, artisanal ingredients. Hand-selected wine list, tantalizing cocktails. Lunch daily, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reservations: cliffhouse@stowe.com. (802) 253-3665. stowe.com.

DEPOT ST. MALT SHOP Lunch and dinner, kids’ menu. 1950s soda fountain atmosphere. Thick and creamy malts, frappes, sundaes, ice cream sodas, Vermont beef burgers, sandwiches, homemade soups, fabulous maple walnut salad dressing. Take-out. Stowe Village. (802) 253-4269.

DISCOVER WATERBURY We are a village of uncommon flavors. Located ten miles from Stowe. Award-winning chefs, international flavors, and worldrenowned beers make Waterbury restaurants a must stop during your visit to Stowe. discoverwaterbury.com.

HARRISON’S RESTAURANT & BAR Located in historic Stowe Village. Serving seafood, steaks, burgers, and homemade desserts. Dinner nightly. Experience a local favorite in a cozy atmosphere. Patio dining. Reservations accepted. (802) 253-7773. harrisonsstowe.com

HOB KNOB RESTAURANT Specializing in certified Angus steaks, duck, and seafood served in an intimate setting. Family owned and operated. Fireside dining with mountain views. Dinner served Thursday through Saturday. Private parties welcome. Reservations appreciated. (802) 253-8549. hobknobinn.com.

IDLETYME BREWING COMPANY Restaurateur Michael Kloeti joins forces with brewmaster Will Gilson. Simple, seasonal comfort food, craft beers. Innovative cocktails, extensive wine list. Family friendly, groups, special events. Lunch/dinner from 11:30 p.m. daily. 1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-4765, idletymebrewing.com.

KIRKWOOD’S RESTAURANT AT STOWE COUNTRY CLUB Outdoor and indoor dining with mountain views and Stowe’s renowned golf course. Traditional American fare and a great place to relax, even if you’re not playing golf. Lunch daily, cocktails, and pub fare until dusk. (802) 253-3000, stowe.com.

MCCARTHY’S RESTAURANT / CATERING Delicious breakfasts and lunches. Soups, daily specials. Kids’ menu, low-calorie, low-carb offerings. Homemade muffins, pies etc. Gluten free bread, cappuccino, milkshakes, smoothies. 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mountain Road, Stowe. (802) 253-8626.

MICHAEL’S ON THE HILL Farm-to-table European cuisine. Swiss chef owned. Restaurateur & Chef of the Year, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Best Chefs America, certified green restaurant. Bar, lounge, groups. 5 minutes from Stowe. Route 100, Waterbury Center. (802) 244-7476. michaelsonthehill.com.

PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE Traditional, hand-tossed New York style pizza with modern style, eclectic music and great vibes. A local favorite, voted a “Top 11 Slice in the Country” by travelandleisure.com. Creative entrees, craft beer, gluten-free menu, online ordering, takeout, delivery. (802) 253-4411, piecasso.com.

PIZZA ON MAIN Come taste the difference. Seven Days food editor stated “best pizza in the state.” Slices, salads, subs, pastas, entrees, Glutenfree, wine, local beers. Dine-in, take-out. Delivery, catering. Open daily. pizzaonmainvt.com, (802) 888-4155.

PLATE Winner of the “Best New Restaurant” Daisies award. California flavor meets Vermont style. 50 seats, full bar, open kitchen. Food ranges from serious meat eaters to healthy vegetarians. Everything is homemade, utilizing many local farms. Dinner Wednesday Sunday 5-close. 91 Main St. (802) 253-2691. platestowe.com.

THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT Located in the heart of Waterbury, The Reservoir serves dinner 7 days a week and lunch Saturday and Sunday. We specialize in local Vermont food and some of the best beers available. (802) 244-7827, waterburyreservoir.com.

RIMROCK’S MOUNTAIN TAVERN SPRUCE PEAK AT STOWE Spruce Peak at Stowe is a year-round alpine community that includes world-class skiing, golfing, fine dining, and spa services. Residences from $179,000. (877) 977-7823 or sprucepeak.com.

DOC PONDS Eat and drink. Many beers from $3 Schlitz to $60 Troup de Diable, craft cocktails, natural wine, updated bar food. Two turntables with 1,000 records. Bar, lounge, dining room. 294 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 760-6066.

Dinner daily 4 - 10 p.m. Lunch Thurs.-Sun. Burgers, wings, tacos, sandwiches, more. Craft beer, kids menu, gameroom. Stowe’s best sports venue. DJs Thurs.-Sat. 10 p.m. – close. 394 Mountain Rd. (802) 253-9593. rimrocksmountaintavern.com. See events on Facebook. More Restaurants l




Choose from a new lobby bar and restaurant with awe-inspiring views and après attitude, or a warm, friendly bistro with open kitchen. Masterfully fusing contemporary fare and casual vibe into two superb gathering spots. (802) 253-6445. topnotchresort.com.

SUNSET GRILLE & TAP ROOM Northern-style southern barbecue with a side of sports. Barbecue, seafood, steaks, burgers. Patio dining, family friendly. NFL Sunday ticket. 30 TVs. Just off the beaten path. Cottage Club Road, Stowe. (802) 253-9281. sunsetgrillevt.com.


Family-friendly, year-round treetop adventures including Vermont’s first “world-class” zipline canopy tour, treetop obstacle course, climbing program. Adventures from serene to extreme. Ages 4+, good health, max weight: 250 lbs. Reservations recommended. (802) 644-9300. arbortrek.com.

BRAGG FARM SUGARHOUSE & GIFTS 8th generation sugarhouse, using traditional sugaring methods. Free daily tours, walk through 2,000-acre maple woods. World’s best maple creemees. Farm animals. Route 14N, East Montpelier. Near Cabot Creamery and Grandview Winery. (802) 223-5757.

Experience the best in Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Eclectic menu with something for everyone. Have a great time with the entire family at Sushi Yoshi Chinese Gourmet Hibachi Steakhouse. Open daily. Outdoor seating. Call for free shuttle. 1128 Mountain Rd., Stowe. (802) 253-4135. sushistowe.com.

TRAPP FAMILY LODGE—LOUNGE & DINING ROOM Seasonal menus reflecting both Austrian and Vermont traditions. Open daily. Dining room: breakfast 7:30-10:30 a.m.; dinner 5:00-9 p.m. Reservations: (802) 253-5733. Lounge: lunch

CABOT CREAMERY Come see where the taste of Cabot begins. Sample our awardwinning dairy products. Watch our informative video, take a guided tour. Browse around our store. Stock up on weekly specials. 40 minutes from Stowe. (800) 837-4261.

CAMBRIDGE ARTS COUNCIL Festival of the Arts: August 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., on Main Street, Jeffersonville. Vermont artists, live music, children’s art activities, food, drink. Something for everyone. Rain or shine. More info: (802) 644-1960 or cambridgeartsvt.org.

11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; dinner 5-9 p.m.; bar nightly until 11 p.m.; (802) 253-5734.

TRATTORIA LA FESTA Old-fashioned full-service family-style Italian restaurant. Serving Stowe for 30 years. Wine Spectator best wine list. Great place to

CATAMOUNT TRAIL ASSOCIATION Non-profit organization responsible for the Catamount Trail- a fully conserved, well maintained public access backcountry ski trail that spans the length of Vermont. (802) 864-5794, catamounttrail.org or rtttovt.com.

meet locals and celebrities, great music. Dinner 5 to close; closed on Sundays except long weekends. Reservations: (802) 253-8480. trattoriastowe.com. trattorialafesta@stoweaccess.com.

WHIP BAR & GRILL Casual atmosphere with open grill. Al fresco dining. Homemade soups, salads and desserts, hand-cut steaks, seafood, vegetarian, children’s menu. Lunch/dinner daily, Sunday brunch . Green Mountain Inn. For reservations: (802) 253-4400, thewhip.com.

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY COPLEY WOODLANDS Independent living in a supportive community. Spacious retirement condos with leasing or ownership options available for adults 55+. Copley Woodlands, 125 Thomas Lane, Stowe. (802) 253-7200. copleywoodlands.com.

WAKE ROBIN A vibrant non-profit life-care community located on 136 acres just south of Burlington in Shelburne, Vt. Residents enjoy independent living in cottages and apartments and comprehensive, on-site health care for life. wakerobin.com, (802) 264-5100.

SHOE STORES WELL HEELED Unique collection of shoes, boots, handbags, belts, clothing, and jewelry in a chicly updated Vermont farmhouse halfway up Stowe’s Mountain Road. Our specialty? A one-stop shop for an effortlessly elegant look. Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (802) 253-6077. wellheeledstowe.com.

SPA THE SPA AT STOWEFLAKE World-class spa integrates natural surroundings, luxurious amenities, over 150 treatments. Bingham Hydrotherapy waterfall, Hungarian mineral soaking pool, men’s and women’s private lounges with steam, sauna, hot tub, Jacuzzi, yoga, Pilates, fitness classes available to public. (802) 760-1083, spaatstoweflake.com.


COLD HOLLOW CIDER MILL Real Vermont on Route 100. Old-fashioned rack-and-cloth apple cider pressing and free cider samples. Live observation beehive. Manufacturing hours change with seasons. Vermont maple and other products. Fresh bakery, real cider donuts, more. Waterbury. 800-3-APPLES. coldhollow.com.

DISCOVER WATERBURY Our boutiques and attractions will tease you through historic buildings, unconventional venues, and factory tours. Browse, laugh, sample, it’s yours. From offbeat to sophisticated, our shops reflect the best of your Green Mountain visit. discoverwaterbury.com.

GREENSBORO, VERMONT Visit beautiful Greensboro on Caspian Lake. Scenic 30-mile drive from Stowe, with shopping, swimming, sightseeing, arts, and events. Willey's Store, Miller's Thumb Gallery, Greensboro Arts Alliance, Circus Smirkus, Jasper Hill Farm cheeses.

LITTLE RIVER HOTGLASS STUDIO A nationally recognized art glass studio with glass blowing demonstrations. Adjacent gallery features work of resident artist Michael Trimpol. Call for studio hours. (802) 253-0889. littleriverhotglass.com.

MONTSHIRE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE Award-winning science center known for its interactive exhibits, outstanding programs, science park and water features, and woodland garden. Daily 10-5. Norwich, Vt. montshire.org

NORTHEAST KINGDOM TRAVEL & TOURISM Nestled between the Green Mountains and the Connecticut River in northern Vermont, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom offers breathtaking scenery, outstanding lodging and dining, ecotourism and agritourism, Vermont-made products, art, and recreation. (802) 626-8511. travelthekingdom.com.

RED BARN SHOPS Stowe’s most exciting stores: The Body Lounge; Stowe Cider Barrel House & Tasting Room; Stowe Wine & Cheese and Swirl Wine Bar; The Toy Store/Once Upon a Time Toys. 1799 Mountain Rd., 2 miles north of downtown Stowe.

SPRUCE PEAK FARMERS MARKET On the new Spruce Peak Village Center green, Fridays in July and August, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Farm fresh produce, local artisan food and craft producers, live music, free kids activities. (802) 253-3500 or stowe.com

SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Presenting artists from around the world and right next door in an intimate setting with the best in music, dance, comedy, theater, and film, presented each week, year round. (802) 760-4634 or sprucepeakarts.org.

STOWE BOWL Stowe's new hotspot. Come bowl in a swanky setting with a state-of-the-art audio-visual experience, a full bar, great food, and a fireplace lounge. Casual entertainment, parties, and events. stowebowl.com.

STOWE FARMERS MARKET A central hub for farmers and artists every Sunday from midMay to mid-October. A diverse variety of agricultural products, exquisite handcrafts, music, delicious food. Picnic tables provided. Next to the Red Barn Shops, Mountain Road.

STOWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM Preserving Stowe’s rich history. Museum at the West Branch and Bloody Brook Schoolhouses, next to Stowe Library. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, noon-3 p.m., and when the flags are out. (802) 253-1518. stowehistoricalsociety.org, info@stowehistoricalsociety.org.

STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT AUTO TOLL ROAD Drive up Mt. Mansfield’s scenic 4 1/2 mile Toll Road. Park at 3,850-foot elevation and view scenery or hike summit ridge. Located next to the Inn at the Mountain. Stowe Mountain Resort. (802) 253-3000, stowe.com.

STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT ZIP TOUR ADVENTURE Experience the ultimate point-to-point sky adventure. Zip down Vermont’s highest peak via three exhilarating spans, totaling over 10,000 feet in total length. (802) 253-3000, stowe.com.

STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT TREETOP ADVENTURE Explore numerous aerial tree-to-tree connections with various challenge elements intertwined. Guided activity based out of Mansfield Lodge is ideal for most ages and groups. (802) 253-3000, stowe.com.

STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT GONDOLA SKYRIDE Take a ride to Vermont’s highest peak—Mt. Mansfield. The eightpassenger Stowe Gondola SkyRide features incredible views plus access to hiking trails and mountaintop dining at the Cliff House Restaurant. (802) 253-3000, stowe.com.

STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP Kids ages 3-12 discover the mountains, forests and streams of Stowe Mountain Resort. Rock climbing, tennis, golf, hiking, arts and crafts, swimming, disc golf, scavenger hunts, more. MondaySaturday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (802) 253-3000, stowe.com.

STOWE PERFORMING ARTS Founded in 1976, Stowe Performing Arts presents great music— classical, jazz, swing, pop, bluegrass, country—in dramatic settings throughout the community. Noon Music in May, Music in the Meadow, and Gazebo Concerts, most of which are free. (802) 253-7792 or stoweperformingarts.com.

STOWE ROTARY’S 20TH OKTOBERFEST Sept. 30 – Oct. 2: Mayo Farm events field under the big tent. Silent auction, raffles, children’s activities, featuring Trapp’s Austrian lager, German food, Oompah bands, music, singing, and dancing. stoweoktoberfest.com.



Imagine an ocean of sky. If you are looking for the ultimate tour of Vermont from the highest vantage point, come fly with us. Glider rides for one or two. Route 100, Morrisville. 888-7845. stowesoaring.com.

STOWE TANGO MUSIC FESTIVAL August 18-21. Be embraced this summer. Events include performance at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, dance workshops, milongas and family-friends events. (802) 779-9669. stowetango.org.

STOWE THEATRE GUILD Something for everyone in our 2016 season, with shows June 16 through October 22. “Seussical”; “Almost Maine”; “Jesus Christ Superstar”; and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Tickets at stowetheatre.com or (802) 253-3961.

STOWE VIBRANCY Dedicated to boosting social, recreational and cultural activities in Stowe Village, and strengthening the town’s economic and physical characteristics, this non-profit produces/co-produces eight town events and series annually. stowevibrancy.com.

The authentic small town sporting goods store that has everything. Ski and snowboard sales and service, rentals, backcountry, XC, snowshoes, hockey, bikes, lacrosse, and more. Daily. 35 Portland St., Morrisville. (802) 888-6557. powerplaysportsvt.com.

Hot off the press. Largest selection of t-shirts and sweats made to order in less thank a minute. 3737 Waterbury Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center. Best prices in town. (802) 244-6240.

VERMONT TEDDY BEAR FACTORY TOURS One of the most popular Vermont activities. Come and experience our store, take a factory tour and make your own bear. 6655 Shelburne Rd., just south of Shelburne Village. (802) 985-3001. vermontteddybear.com.

SPECIALTY FOODS CABOT ANNEX STORE A taste of Vermont tradition. Award-winning cheeses. Selection of wine, Vermont microbrews, hard ciders. Vermont’s best specialty food products. Weekly specials. Awarded “Best Cheddar in the World.” Route 100, Waterbury Center, (802) 244-6334. cabotannex.com.

HARVEST MARKET Stowe’s one-stop gourmet store. Delicious salads, entrées, baked goods and breads—prepared by our own chefs and bakers. Specialty cheeses and meats. Espresso bar. Farm fresh produce. Great wine selection. Daily 7-7 (in season). (802) 253-3800. harvestatstowe.com.




Surveying, mapping. Boundary, subdivision and topographic surveys. Site plans, FEMA elevation certificates and LOMA’s. Large document copying, scanning, reducing. (802) 253-8214, littleriversurveyvt.com.

TILE DOWN EAST TILE Your local, family owned and operated shop for tiles from around the world. Porcelain, ceramic, glass and stone tile; local artisans; custom natural stone and quartz countertops. Installation supplies. Sylvan Park Road, Stowe. (802) 253-7001. downeasttile.com.

What the New York Times calls “some of the best chocolate in the country.” Made from Belgian chocolate, Vermont cream, other natural ingredients. Caramels, truffles, creamy fudge, pralines, factory seconds. (802) 241-4150. lakechamplainchocolates.com

Ever programmed a robot to bring you a snack? Vermont’s most exciting toy store for 40 years. Lego/Playmobil, Breyer, music boxes, science/building toys, model railroads, party/art supplies. Birthday? Come in and get a free balloon. 1799 Mountain Rd. (802) 253-8319. stowetoys.com.

HARVEST MARKET Great wine selection Napa Cabernets to Argentinean Malbecs. Local Vermont microbrews and farmhouse ciders. Weekly specials. Daily 7-7 (in season). (802) 253-3800. harvestatstowe.com.

STOWE BEVERAGE Full-service wine, beer, liquor, mixers, snacks. Stowe’s best wine selection. Best price in town on Vermont maple syrup. Cigars. Free local paper with wine purchases. 9-9 Monday through Saturday; Sunday 11-6. (802) 253-4525.

STOWE WINE AND CHEESE & SWIRL WINE BAR Choose from hundreds of wines, craft beers, artisanal cheeses, pates, gift baskets, maple syrup and all things Vermont. Taste in the bar, buy in the store. Mountain Road, Stowe. (802) 253-8606, stowewineandcheese.com or Facebook.





For all your transportation needs. Airport, bus, train. (Burlington, Boston, Montréal, New York). Errands and deliveries. Daily courier runs to Burlington. Full taxi service. (802) 253-9490, (800) 370-9490, (800) 293-PEGS.

Vermont’s award-winning winery, didery, and distillery. Tastings, free tours, gourmet cheese plates. Two locations: Cambridge Winery & Tasting Room, (802) 644-8151; and Waterbury Tasting Room Annex at Cold Hollow Cider Mill, (802) 241-3674. boydenvalley.com

SNOWFLAKE TAXI Local family owned business. New vehicles. Safe, reliable drivers. $2 per person/$3 per mile. 24-hour service. Flat rate to airports: Burlington/Boston/Montreal/New York. Delivery service available. (802) 253-7666. Book online snowflaketaxi.com.

SHELBURNE VINEYARD Taste our award-winning wines and enjoy touring our ecofriendly winery to learn about our adventure growing grapes and making wine in Vermont’s northern climate. Open everyday 11-5. (802) 985-8222. shelburnevineyard.com.

TRAVEL & TOURS Experience more with Yampu’s passionate travel professionals who tailor make sightseeing, culinary, safari, family, and adventure itineraries to Latin America, India, Asia, and Africa. (888) 926-7801, yampu.com.





Locally owned since 1995, offering the area’s best prices, service, and selection of gear and clothing for camping, hiking, climbing, paddling, and a life lived outdoors. Open 7 days. Burlington. (802) 860-0190.

Fantastic wine selections from around the world. Great prices. From the rare to the exceptional value. Under $10-$100+ we’re nuts about wine. Please see our ad on page 2. (802) 253-2630. finewinecellars.us.




From intimate ceremonies in our lodge to grand receptions under a tent with spectacular mountain views, we tailor to individual tastes and budgets. European-style cuisine, accommodations. (800) 826-7000, (802) 253-8511. trappfamily.com.





Leave the planning to us. The perfect wedding location in the heart of Stowe. Indoor and outdoor spaces for any wedding, reception, rehearsal. Bridal services at our spa, from hair to makeup. (802) 253-7355, stoweflake.com.

YOGA & PILATES STOWE YOGA CENTER Gentle multi-level classes include guided meditation. Special series: chakras, prenatal, mom-baby, senior chair. Drop-ins $15, 10-class card $100, custom class $60. Mats available. Online schedule. 515 Moscow Rd. (802) 253-8427, stoweyoga.com.

YOGA BARN A serene studio offering a full range of classes from vigorous flow to restorative practices. The talented instructors at our peaceful studio offer something for everyone. Behind Well Heeled, 2850 Mountain Rd, Stowe. Check theyogabarnstowe.com for schedule.

the answer is very simple . . . it works. Winter / Spring 2016-17 advertising deadline: Friday, August 26 223



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THE VILLAGE GREEN AT STOWE A Condominium Resort For All Seasons Offering affordable rentals for 2 nights or more

Our Town Homes Provide • Spacious 2 & 3 bedroom accommodations • Fully equipped kitchens • Fireplace • Cable TV • Majestic views from 40 acres of beautiful land, surrounded by the Stowe Country Club and Golf Course and Stowe’s award winning recreation path.

Amenities • 2 Pools (1 indoor) • Whirlpool Spa • Sauna • 2 Outdoor Tennis Courts • Recreation Center • Video Games • Ping Pong, Air Hockey and Pool Tables


802-253-9705 • 800-451-3297 Visit our website at www.vgasstowe.com for more info and rates

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Stowe Guide & Magazine Summer / Fall 2016  

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