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Ithiel Falls Revival by Lisa McCormack
Every August, and for the last 114 years, the faithful flock to Johnson for the Ithiel Falls Camp Meeting, part revival, part “family” reunion, for fellowship, motivational sermons, and a renewed commitment to Christ.
Yoga mania by Roger Murphy
For some it’s like therapy without the talking. For others, it’s therapy the doctor ordered, a desire to flex, or to get relief from pain or injury. Whatever the reason, Stowe’s yoga scene continues to grow and grow.
Game on: Wildlife wardens on patrol by Robert Kiener
Deer DNA, cone-shaped blood spatter, blades of grass cut by bullets— definitely not the game wardens of yore. Part psychologist, part scientist, but all cop, Vermont’s wardens try to keep a step ahead of the poachers.
Sandiwood Farm: Farm--to-fork
by Lisa McCormack
The late afternoon sun glimmers off white tents, Mason-jar goblets, and whiteware atop linen tableclothes. Fresh organic food, good conversation. Alfresco farmstead dinners, Sandiwood Farm-style.
Don Ross: Rock solid canvas by Julia Shipley
Light, water, and weather conspire with photographer Don Ross’s imagination in his photographs of Vermont quarries. “Blink and you miss it,” says Ross. Simply, stunning. TRAPP FAMILY LODGE
IPA highway: 60 miles, countless brews by Kate Carter
Is it any wonder every writer within 100 miles pitched this story? Seven craft breweries between Waterbury and Greensboro... That’s a lot of talent—both brewing and drinking... er, writing!
Hidden treasure: Outpost in Evansville
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by Nathan Burgess
The Northeast Kingdom’s version of Wal-Mart, only more fun.
Village Vintage by Nancy Wolfe Stead
A noted Stowe designer makes over her historic home with characteristic verve, sophistication, and flair.
Going up: Race to the Top of Vermont by Mark Aiken Do you have what it takes to run, walk, bike up Vermont’s highest peak?
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Vermont voices: They will never forget Sweet spot: Paddle stations Trail journal: At the summit Off piste: Via Ferrata in Bakersfield Fish story: Angling in local waters Foot race: Stowe trail races Milestone: Travels with Alden Bryan Living history: All aboard! Thrill ride: History Flights Made in Vermont: Stowe Restoration
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Edibles: Local food scene
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Contributors From the editor Goings on
In the mountains • Golf • Biking Paddle sports • Hiking
Galleries, arts, & entertainment Helen Day Art Center • Stowe Performing Arts • Guides to music, exhibits, and theater
What to eat & where to stay Dining out guide, pp.204
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School Street, 20"x16", oil on canvas, is by Stowe artist Jack Sabon, and it represents his Whim-Wham series, or what he calls “whimsey on steroids, whimsey with a wallop.” “Whimsical calls up synonyms like cute, humorous, or even silly, but these works are anything but,” says Jack. “And yet... they’re a little twisted.” Saturated colors, exaggerated hues, and a distortion of straight lines add a surreal touch to familiar objects— the Stowe Community Church, Green Mountain Inn, an iconic red barn. “One hot summer night, I couldn’t sleep, so I took my easel and paints downtown, set up across from the church, and got to work,” Jack recalls. “The church swam in the greenish tint of the streetlights, somewhat distorting the angles.” He arrived home hours later, as he says “with a very odd painting.” With the series, Jack continues to follow his instincts as a painter. He graduated with honors from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., and received a bachelor’s from the Maine College of Art in Portland. Jack has won five awards for excellence from the Red Cloud Heritage Center in South Dakota, and won at the Chelsea International Art Competition in New York City. Reach him at sabonart.com.
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CONTRIBUTORS KATE CARTER IN THIS ISSUE: IPA Highway, page 146. Provenance: Trenton, N.J., via Salina, Kan. Behind-the-Scenes: When a complete stranger sitting a few bar stools away exclaims, “This is the best beer I’ve ever had,” you know you’re providing a valuable reader service. I had the enviable task of visiting all the local breweries around Stowe. An unsolicited comment like that from someone who’s not keen on beer made me realize that the world needs to know how great beer can be, especially the beer from local breweries. I was delighted to help. Currently: Kate is a freelance writer and photographer, and when she’s not researching stories or sitting at her computer, she’s weeding the garden, hiking, or swimming in Waterbury Reservoir.
IN THIS ISSUE: Ithiel Falls Camp Meeting, page 68, and Sandiwood Farm, page 86.
IN THIS ISSUE: Yoga, page 74.
Provenance: Northern New Jersey. Behind-the-Scenes: There’s something magical about how food connects Vermonters to the land and each other. At Sandiwood Farms, ingredients for monthly farm-to-fork dinners are harvested just hours before guests arrive. Farmer Sara Schlosser proudly leads guests on tours of her garden rows and chicken coop before the alfresco feast begins. For some city dwellers, it’s their first glance at produce still tethered to the earth. Food plays a key role at Ithiel Falls Camp Meeting as well. Family style Sunday suppers say, “Welcome! Why not sit and stay awhile.” Local church ladies make dozens of varieties of pies—often using fruit and maple syrup harvested from their own land—tempting children and grownups alike to rush through their meals before slices of their favorites disappear.
Provenance: Fairfield, Conn. Behind-the-Scenes: Yoga has the potential to significantly improve a person’s life physically, mentally, and how he/she relates to the world. Currently: Roger teaches English and social studies at Stowe High School and, as his wife says, wakes up every morning wondering, “How am I going to play today?”
ROBERT KIENER IN THIS ISSUE: They Will Never Forget, page 14. Provenance: Cleveland, Ohio. After two decades working and living in Asia and Europe, Stowe has been home for the last 15 years. Behind-the-Scenes: If you call Ann and David Scoville heroes, they will kindly correct you and explain that they merely did what any parents would have done: keep their murdered daughter’s memory alive in hopes of catching her killer. But many people, including President George W. Bush, have called them heroes. I can’t think of many people who deserve the label more than they do. Currently: Kiener, who has been an editor and staff writer with Reader’s Digest in Hong Kong, England, and Canada for three decades, now writes
for the magazine’s international editions. He is also a contributing writer for Washington, D.C.-based CQ Press, and his work has appeared in the London Sunday Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere.
Currently: Lisa has been a reporter for the Stowe Reporter for the past eight years. She lives in Morristown with her husband and their three daughters.
JULIA SHIPLEY IN THIS ISSUE: Don Ross, page 120.
Provenance: Chickadee Farm, Craftsbury, Vt., Northeast Kingdom.
IN THIS ISSUE: Evansville Trading Post, page 164.
Behind-the-Scenes: One thing Don Ross said really stuck with me because it applies to anyone working on any kind of creative endeavor, be it a painting, a poem, an essay. He said the substance of any work—in his case, rock—is that “it’s not about what it is, it’s about what else it is.”
Provenance: Hinesburg, Vt. Behind-the-Scenes: Vermont is full of unique, hole-in-the-wall surprises if you know where to look. The first time I visited Evansville Trading Post in college, it was an oasis in the desert— surrounded by expansive, open fields, but an essential resource for the people in that area. Like all Vermont general stores, visitors trade mostly in talk. But for those needing a new box spring or pair of boots, not to mention tractor belts and groceries, it’s a go-to spot. Currently: “I work with the great staff at the Stowe Reporter, tracking town government, chatting with local musicians, and enjoying life in the state I grew up in.”
MOLLY TRIFFIN IN THIS ISSUE: Party Pix, page 36
Currently: Julia raises lambs, turkeys, chickens, vegetables, and new poems on her farm, caretakes a farmhouse studio rental so guest writers can create and complete work, and writes a regular blog about rural life for Yankee Magazine.
Provenance: New Haven, Conn. Behind-the-Scenes: The Helen Day Art Center Gala— Stowe’s version of the Met Ball—had a decidedly scandalicious vibe this year. Thanks to the Studio 54 theme and off-the-hizzy DJ, guests of all ages got down and dirty on the dance floor in platform shoes and mini dresses like it was a Penn State frat party. Currently: Getting ready for our first baby, due in August! And in the meantime, pitching Greg positively scintillating stories about water births, freeze-drying your placenta, and elimination communication (don’t ask).
NANCY WOLFE STEAD IN THIS ISSUE: Village Vintage, page 170. Provenance: Schenectady, N.Y. I lived in Boston after college working in R&D for Polaroid, stopped by Stowe on vacation two-and-a-half years later and never left. I never went back to my job and haven’t a clue what happened to my apartment and worldly goods. Currently: Nursing a leg injury and happily fiddling around—some writing, some reading, some gardening,
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oments—Okay, that’s slightly exaggerated—before going to press, I hear this: “Greg, totally forgot you needed a picture of me for the bio.” That’s our resident photographer Glenn Callahan. He failed to mention that he didn’t turn in a bio. Glenn hates the idea, not just of publishing his picture but talking about himself. (I never see your mug in this thing, he could say. Oh yeah... what’s that over there?) Even without a prominent spot on the contributors’ page, Glenn still tells us a lot. Not with words, perhaps, but with his eye. Fortunately for us, what he sees we get to see. Look up. He shot this photo for a piece on Ithiel Falls Camp Meeting, a revival of the Record Setting faithful who return annually to a clump of century-old, white-washed buildings overlooking We failed to mention that Peter Miller’s story, the Lamoille River on the Hogback Road in Johnson. For 50 weeks those buildings sit idle, “The Shed: Requiem for a skier’s bar” (Stowe and then, for two weeks every August, the place bustles with activity as congregants gather Guide & Magazine, Winter/Spring 2012-2013) to celebrate family, faith, and God. That story, it’s all here, in this one photo. The essence of was first published in the journal Skiing place, a feeling of belonging, of commitment to something important. Light streams in Heritage in its May-June 2012 edition. through a window, creating a sense of otherworldliness, casting the children, some looking Published by the International Skiing History up, most with heads bowed, in a soft, caressing glow. Association, the journal is worth the nominal And this photo was one of the rejects, thrown into the not-to-be-used bin only because subscription price, not only because of its of space limitations. Glenn’s “darkroom” skills are as polished as his eye. His judgment is worthy mission “to preserve and advance the spot on. He’s a keen photo editor and as equal a partner in this endeavor as can be. He knowledge of ski history and to increase makes this magic, frame after frame after frame, on nearly every assignment. In this issue public awareness of the sport’s heritage,” but alone his work illustrates features on Ithiel Falls, yoga, game wardens, an historical home also because it’s always damn interesting. in Stowe village, Evansville Trading Post, and a farm-to-fork dinner, not to mention a Check them out at skiinghistory.org. generous number of shorter features and items. Glenn, thank you. —Greg Popa
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David and Ann Scoville in their Canandaigua, N.Y., home, with their murdered daughter Patty’s picture in the foreground.
n the walls of her parents’ neat-as-a pin, four-bedroom bungalow in Canandaigua, N.Y., hang scores of pictures of her. In almost every one she is smiling. Brown-eyed, brown-haired Patricia Ann Scoville, or “Patty,” as almost everyone called her—“I called her ‘Pats’,” says her mother Ann— was one of those people who always seemed to have a smile on her face. “Even as a baby she was happy,” remembers Ann Scoville, a vital, 74year-old retiree. “She was always smiling.” As she shows a visitor a picture of Patty as a toddler, her eyes full of life and her mouth frozen in an impossibly wide smile, she adds, “I have a picture of Patty, smiling, on my nightstand. It’s the last thing that I see before I go to sleep and the first thing I see when I wake up.” David Scoville, 74, Ann’s soft-spoken husband and a retired elementary school teacher, pulls out a scrapbook packed with letters and cards from Patty’s relatives and friends. One reads, “I remember how her infectious laugh made everyone laugh along with her. I remember the way she loved to have fun and always said, “Isn’t this so fun!” “So fun!” says Ann. “If I ever hear anyone say that, I think of Patty.”
•••• Patricia Scoville. For anyone who lived in Stowe during the 1990s the name is unforgettable. On Oct. 21, 1991, just three weeks after she had moved to town to open a new chapter in her life, the 28-year-old avid biker, hiker, and skier was murdered at Moss Glen Falls. “The town was traumatized and many women were afraid to hike in the woods,” remembers local resident Aimee Stearns. “Murders are a rarity here.”
Stowe Resort Because the police had a sample of the killerâ€™s DNA, everyone thought it would be only a matter of time before he was caught. But suspect after suspect was tested and investigators failed to come up with a match. Psychics called in with tips; every one of these was investigated. Several people came forward and confessed to killing Patty but none of them checked out. Although the police tracked down hundreds of leads, they came up empty-handed. It was as if Pattyâ€™s killer had vanished into thin air. Meanwhile, as the search for their daughterâ€™s killer dragged on, David and Ann Scoville were numb with grief. The first Christmas without Patty was excruciating. As a sort of a memorial to her they placed the â€œChristmas Fun Pack,â€? a wrapped shoebox full of tiny toys she had made for her two brothers 10 years ago, under the Christmas tree. Ann even wore Pattyâ€™s
tree-lined neighborhood on a crisp spring day, David asked his wife, â€œWhat if this guy dies and we never find out who did this to Patty?â€? â€œWhat if we die before he is caught?â€? she shot back. â€œWhat if he kills again?â€? David decided to take matters into his own hands. On a visit to Stowe he asked Stowe Police Det. Bruce Merriam, â€œWhatâ€™s going on Bruce? You guys have the DNA. When are you going to catch this guy?â€? Merriam, who had lived and breathed this case for the last five years and had come to admire and respect the Scovilles, could feel their frustration. He was also frustrated; after working on the case for years he felt he had come to know Patty almost as well as her parents did. The picture of her that hung on his office wall had come to haunt him. Merriam had an idea. â€œThere is something you can do to help us,â€? he told David Scoville. â€œWhatâ€™s that?â€? answered David. â€œYou can urge the Vermont govA YEAR PASSED. THEN ANOTHER. ernment to set up a DNA registry.â€? He explained that Vermont was EACH YEAR, ON THE ANNIVERSARY one of the few states without a law requiring violent criminals to give OF PATTYâ€™S MURDER, THE SCOVILLES DNA samples. And, it had no DNA TRAVELED TO STOWE TO PLANT A TREE, databank or registry. â€œIt might help us nail Pattyâ€™s DONATE A BENCH, OR DO SOMETHING killer,â€? said Merriam. That was all David needed to TO REMEMBER PATTY AND KEEP HER hear. â€œFinally, here was something we CASE IN THE PUBLIC EYE. could do that might help identify Pattyâ€™s murderer,â€? remembers David. Galvanized into action, he and Christmas sweater, green with huge poinsettias Ann somewhat reluctantly became DNA on the front. She would come across an old tatactivists, lobbying the Vermont legislature, then tered T-shirt of Pattyâ€™s and couldnâ€™t bear to toss others, to create a DNA databank. Although it away. â€œItâ€™s like throwing out a bit of her,â€? neither had any experience making speeches or sheâ€™d tell David. testifying, they overcame their initial â€œstage The murder had devastated them. Ann told a frightâ€? and told Pattyâ€™s story with grace and friend, â€œWhen your parents die, you lose a part of eloquence. They reminded themselves that your past. But when your child dies, you lose a Patty had been an activist, and had spoken out part of your future. Not a day goes by that I donâ€™t for causes like womenâ€™s rights. â€œSometimes it think of Patty or the life she would have had.â€? was as if she was urging us on,â€? says Ann. A year passed. Then another. Each year, on Flanked by two framed photographs of the anniversary of Pattyâ€™s murder, the Scovilles Patty, Ann told the New York legislature: traveled to Stowe to plant a tree, donate a bench, â€œWhen Patty died, a part of me died with her. or do something to remember Patty and keep her My life, our lives, are forever changed. There case in the public eye. They increased the award will be no wedding, no grandchildren. There for information leading to the arrest of her killer are no more phone conversations or letters or to $15,000. The police had investigated over 800 her great cards.â€? leads and eliminated scores of suspects. But As every eye in the chamber bore down on Pattyâ€™s murderer was still at large. Ann Scoville, she continued, â€œAs time goes by and Pattyâ€™s murder remains unsolved, it is sometimes difficult to remain hopeful. Yet, just as â€˘â€˘â€˘â€˘ As the fifth anniversary of Pattyâ€™s murder certainly, it seems the more time that goes by, approached, David and Ann were growing more the greater the possibility that DNA evidence and more frustrated. Walking through their neat, will play a major part in solving her murder.â€?
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VERMONT VOICES David added, “We believe we deserve to know what happened to her that day and by whom. We also believe that eventually DNA will identify Patty’s killer and prevent other parents from ever experiencing what we continue to experience.” Simply by telling their story, by putting a face to a crime, the Scovilles proved to be powerful lobbyists. Thanks mostly to their repeated testimony—they spoke several times—both Vermont and Rhode Island passed DNA registry legislation and New York State strengthened its legislation. As painful as it was to relive their story, David and Ann never turned down a request to tell it. They hoped to encourage every state to establish a DNA registry, but they had another reason for testifying. “We wanted to even the playing field between criminals and law enforcement,” says David. “We felt DNA technology might help identify Patty’s killer.” Both were also aware that time was running out. The tenth anniversary of Patty’s murder was especially poignant. The state of Vermont agreed to spruce up the entrance to Moss Glen Falls, where Patty had been killed. Her family came to dedicate a remembrance plaque. The day before the ceremony, as Ann, David, and other friends and family were raking up leaves at the site, they spotted a butterfly flitting from person to person. A few years ago the family had dedicated a tree in Patty’s honor and covered it with paper butterflies to symbolize their daughter’s “everlasting life.” As the butterfly landed briefly on a tree limb, then on someone’s shoulder, then another, David whispered to Ann, “There’s Patty.” Later he would explain, “We’ve come to expect them and watch for them.” In 2002 the Scovilles were honored by President George W. Bush and awarded the Justice Department’s Crime Victim Service Award for their DNA database lobbying efforts. The award was bittersweet because Patty’s murder was still unsolved. After receiving the national award David told a reporter, “We wonder whether we really deserve it or not.
I don’t think we’ve done anything most parents wouldn’t do.” Less than three years later, in January 2005, thanks largely to the Scovilles’ tireless work, a batch of DNA samples taken from Vermonters convicted of a violent crime was sent to a private DNA laboratory for profiling. These were then sent to the FBI’s national DNA database in Quantico, Va., to compare them to samples on file from other crimes. On Feb. 28 the FBI notified Vermont authorities that they had matched a DNA sample from “Convicted Offender ID# 2000-0043” with that from the Scoville murder case. Three years later, 16 years after Patricia Scoville was killed, Howard Godfrey was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to life without parole. •••• Although Stowe holds some tragic memories for the Scovilles, they return just about every October to visit Patty’s memorial at Moss Glen Falls and visit the friends they have made over the years. After a recent trip to Stowe David explained, “We come back to Stowe because it’s a beautiful place and we love seeing the people who have become part of our lives. And, most importantly, a part of us is there.” Time has worn away some of the sharp edges of their grief, but David and Ann admit their lives will never be the same. Sometimes, however, little things do make them smile. Back home in Canandaigua, one of Patty’s nieces came up to Ann and asked to see the gold locket she has worn around her neck since the murder. Inside are two pictures of Patty. After she leaned down to let the 7-year-old open the locket, which has been opened so many times the clasp has been replaced, Ann asked her, “Who is that?” “Patty,” came the reply from the niece who never met Patricia Scoville. “It’s my Aunt Patty.” They will never forget. ■
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JULY 5 – 7
Vermont Morgan Horse Association Heritage Days Open carriage driving competition; junior and amateur horse show; breeders’ futurity; stallion exhibition, performances, parade; half-mile race; saddle equitation; 500-pound stoneboat pull. The Morgan is the official state animal of Vermont. Tunbridge fairgrounds, Tunbridge, Vt. vtmorganheritagedays.org. JUNE 8
Stowe’s 250th Birthday Ice Cream Social On this day in 1763 Governor Benning Wentworth granted charter to the town of Stowe. Celebrate Stowe’s 250th birthday. Free local ice cream, music by Tammy Fletcher, raffle, Stowe trivia game, kids activities, more. Stowe Village Green. 2 - 4 p.m.
Adams Camp Group Ride Stowe Land Trust group ride in Adams Camp on the popular Kimmer’s and Hardy Haul loop. Single- and double-track trails best for intermediate to advanced riders. Adams Camp Bridge, Ranch Brook Road. 9 a.m. - noon. stowelandtrust.org. JUNE 15
30th Rattling Brook Bluegrass Festival Great regional bluegrass bands, including Bluegrass Revisited, Hot Mustard, Cardigan Mountain Tradition, Bluegrass Reunion Band, Modern Grass Quintet, Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm, entertain all day. 11 - 8. Rain or shine. $15. Belvidere recreation field, Route 109. 644-1118. JUNE 19
Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum Poker Run Starts from the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum and concludes in Burlington. 9 a.m. vtssm.com or 253-9911, x201.
Center for America’s First Horse Open House Meet the horses and watch a natural horsemanship demo. At the Center, one mile past Johnson State College, Clay Hill Road. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. centerforamericasfirsthorse.org.
JUNE 20 – 23
46th Joe Kirkwood Memorial Golf Tournament Amateur event for two-man teams in honor of Joe Kirkwood, the world-famous trick-shot artist who lived in Stowe. Benefits Stowe Junior Golf. Stowe Country Club, Cape Cod Road. kirkwoodgolftournament.com.
Green Mountain Relay A 200-mile team distance relay race. Mostly follows or parallels historic Route 100. Starts in Jeffersonville Village to Bennington. 36 legs, 200 miles, 7 covered bridges. greenmountainrelay.com. JUNE 30
Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum Epic Summer Event 20k loop on fire road, double track, and some of the nicest single track in New England. Approximately 1,800 feet climbing per lap. Part of the Eastern Fat Tire Association championship series. Trapp Family Lodge. vtssm.com or 253-9911. JUNE 28 – 29
Waterbury Not Quite Independence Day Friday 6 p.m.: Jimmy T (Thurston) & The Sleepy Hollow Boys, and Hooty Who. Saturday 11 a.m.: parade celebrating town’s 250th. Carnival amusements, lawn-tractor jousting, pie-baking, music by Tammy Fletcher (2 - 4 pm.) and The Hit Men (6 - 7:30 p.m.), physical comedy by Tom Murphy (8:15 9 pm.), and more. Fireworks at dusk. Dac Rowe Field, Main Street, Waterbury. waterburynqid.com.
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GOINGS ON JULY
Moscow Parade World-famous, world’s shortest 4th of July parade. Starts promptly at 10 a.m. in Moscow Village. JULY 4
The Stowe World’s Shortest Marathon Join the 1.7 mile fun run. Starts at intersection of Routes 100 & 108. Open to all. JULY 4
Old-Fashioned 4th of July in Stowe A combined celebration of our nation’s independence and Stowe’s 250th birthday will make this year’s townwide celebration bigger and better than ever. Local music, bouncy house, face painting, clowns, a dunking booth (a local favorite) and plenty of surprises. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stowe Village. stowevibrancy.com.
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Stowe Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Starts at 6 p.m. Food and spectacular fireworks at dusk. Face painting, balloons, barbecue, carnival games, ice cream, bouncy house, pedestal joust, hayrides, Touch-a-Truck, old fashioned games, popcorn, cotton candy, more. Free. Mayo Farm events field, Weeks Hill Road. stowevibrancy.com.
JULY 9 – 31
Stowe Free Library Book Sale Community book sale on the porch of the library. New stock added daily, specials for children. 9 a.m. to dusk. Stowe Village. stowelibrary.org or 253-6145.
Morrisville Independence Day Parade & Festival Parade at 11 a.m., commemorating national monuments and memorials. Music, open mic, duck race, food, and fireworks at the Peoples Academy fields begins at 5 p.m., with a very competitive wiffle ball game between Morrisville Fire Department and Morristown Rescue. Collin Craig Continuum from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
JULY 12 – 14
26th Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival Children’s corner, live band, food, beer & wine garden, balloon launches, tethers. 25 balloon experts launch Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. $10. Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-7355. stoweballoonfestival.com
Jeffersonville / Smugglers’ Notch Independence Day Celebration An old-fashioned celebration in Jeffersonville with parade at 10 a.m., carnival, food, and music. Smugglers’ Notch Resort hosts firemen’s barbecue, National Guard 40th Army Band and fireworks at dusk. 644-8851. JULY 4 – 7
Mountain BBQ & Fireworks On the slopeside deck of Spruce Camp. Live music with the Funkleberries. 5 - 9 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Spruce Peak, Stowe Mountain Resort. 253-3000 or stowe.com.
Vermont Mountain Bike Festival Group, kids, and women’s rides, clinics, action workouts. All abilities welcome. Vendors, bike demos, music, movies, BBQ, raffles, and prizes. Sports Trails, Ascutney Mountain, West Windsor, Vt. vermontmountainbikefestival.com. JULY 14
Stowe 8-Miler Stowe’s popular foot race. Starts at 9 a.m. Preregistration. Events Field, Weeks Hill Road, Stowe. locoraces.com. JULY 19 – 20
Crossroads Motorcycle Rally Camping, live music, food, mud wrestling, bonfire, games, and more. Farr’s Field, Route 2, Waterbury. crossroadsmotorcyclerally.com. JULY 20
Stowe Pinnacle Hike Striking views from the top of Stowe Pinnacle. Two miles round trip. Meet at Pinnacle Meadow parking lot, 9 a.m. stowelandtrust.org.
7 Miles of Sales in Stowe More than 60 independent locally-owned boutiques, galleries, and one-of-a-kind specialty stores offer great deals in what’s billed as Vermont’s largest townwide sale. Pick up the Stowe Reporter weekly newspaper to see what local businesses have in store. JULY 5
JULY 13 – 14
JULY 20 – 21
JULY 12 – 13
12th Waterbury Arts Fest Free event combines a variety of artists, musicians, and the performing arts. The Fest starts on pedestrian-only Stowe Street on Friday, July 12, with Nimble Arts and Josh Panda and the Hot Damned. Saturday, July 13, features more than 60 vendors showcasing fine art, food and fun. waterburyartsfest.com.
Stowe LAX Festival A comprehensive lacrosse event. Great sport, awesome music, special guests, and non-stop fun for the entire family. The weeklong Stowe Lax camp follows the tourney. On fields throughout Stowe. bitterlacrosse.com. JULY 25
Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament Shotgun start at 8 a.m. Includes goody bag, golf cart, and lunch. Great golf and great prizes for top teams and players. Sign up as a foursome or individual. Stowe Country Club. Benefits chamber’s scholarship fund. 888-7607.
43rd 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.
JULY 26 – 28
Lamoille County Field Days A traditional agricultural fair. Arts and crafts, produce and agricultural exhibits, horse, pony, and ox pulling, lumberjack roundup, 4-H exhibits, draft horse show, gymkhana, midway, live entertainment. Route 100C, Johnson. $10. 635-7113. lamoillefielddays.com.
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GOINGS ON JULY 28
Stowe Trail Race Series: Ranch Camp Ramble 5k and 10k run. First of three races in the series. Stowe Mountain Resort Nordic Center ski trails. Prizes, bib raffle, food. $20/advance registration; $25/race day; $10/16 and younger. Benefits Stowe Adaptive Sports. stoweadaptive.com.
100 on 100 Relay A 100-mile team-based distance event along scenic Route 100. Fundraiser for Vermont-based youth charities. Starts at Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. 100on100.org.
Jay Peak Trail Running Family Festival Series of trail races for all abilities (ages 4 and up). Three 5k races on Saturday: run one, two, or three races rated in difficulty. 25k and 50k ultra trail race Sunday. All day. Jay Peak Resort, Route 242, Jay.
AUGUST 17 – 18
JULY 28 – AUGUST 11
NADAC Dog Agility Trials Dogs perform the sport of agility. North American Dog Agility Council sanctions this trial. Topnotch Events Field, Mountain Road, Stowe. Great for spectators. Outside, both days. nomadagility.com.
AUGUST 30 – 31 & SEPTEMBER 2
Lawn Fest Crafts, books, reusable items, more. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Waterbury Center Community Church. Route 100. 244-8089. GREG POPA
Phlox Fest Over 80 varieties of phlox displayed in the gardens at Perennial Pleasures. 10 - 5 every day except Monday. Brick House Road, East Hardwick, Vermont. (802) 472-5104. perennialpleasures.net.
AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 1
The Darn Tough Ride 25-, 45-, 65-, and 100-mile options through Stowe, Jay Peak, and Morrisville. The complete route is a 100-mile loop from Stowe over to Jay Peak and back over Smugglers’ Notch. The total elevation is 5,656 feet including two category 2 climbs, one category 4 climb, and six category 5 climbs. Après ride party at Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy, Mountain Road, Stowe. mmwa.org/darn toughride to sign up. Benefits Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy. AUGUST 30 – 31 & SEPTEMBER 1
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Stowe Trail Race Series: Cady Hill 5k Town Loops behind Golden Eagle Resort, Mountain Road. Prizes, bib raffle, food. $20; $25 race day; $10 ages 16 and under. Benefits Stowe Adaptive Sports. stoweadaptive.com.
55th Stowe Antique and Classic Car Meet Over 800 antique and classic cars. Giant automotive flea market, car corral. Fashion contest, antique car parade. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nichols Field, Route 100, Stowe. Fee. 253-7321. vtauto.org. AUGUST 10
Antique & Classic Car Show Street Dance & Block Party Entertainment on Stowe’s Main Street. A blast into the past. Good time rock n’ roll with antique and classic cars. 7 - 10 p.m. stowevibrancy.com.
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AUGUST 9 – 11
SEPTEMBER 6 – 7
Stowe Yacht Club: Can/Am Challenge Cup Head over to the Commodores to watch Soling 1 meter RC Sailboats. Sailors from Canada against the U.S. Weather dependent. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Commodores Inn, Stowe. 253-7131. SEPTEMBER 7
Cambridge Music Festival Local and regional musicians, art displays, kids’ activities, food, fun. Afternoon into the evening. Barn at Boyden Farm, Routes 104 & 15, Cambridge. cambridgemusicfestival.com.
Fun Run or Run for Charity on the Spruce Spruce Peak at Stowe, Mountain Road. 253-3000. AUGUST 10
Jeffersonville Festival of the Arts Dozens of regional artists display their work along Jeffersonville’s charming Main Street. Festivities include music by the Green Mountain Swing Band and Eight 02, children’s activities, and local food. Parking available at Cambridge Elementary School. Free. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 644-6438 or cambridgeartsvt.org.
Comedy Dinner Theater Come laugh your head off at this world-class dinner theater variety show. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: cocktails 6 p.m., chicken barbecue 7 p.m., comedy show at 8 p.m. Murphy's Barn, Waterbury Center. Limited seating. $40/person. murphclown.com, 244-5008. Eat, drink, laugh at this world-class variety show.
SEPTEMBER 15 AUGUST 25
North Face Race to the Top of Vermont A 4.3-mile hill climb up the famous Mt. Mansfield Toll Road. Run, mountain bike, or hike to the summit—2,564 vertical feet. BBQ picnic, music, prizes. Benefits the Catamount Trail Association. Mt Mansfield Toll Road, Stowe. rtttovt.com or (802) 864-5794.
Stowe Trail Race Series: Trapp Cabin 10k Trail Race and 5k Fun Run Series race party, prizes, bib raffle, food. $20; $25 race day, $10 ages 16 and under. Followed by a mountain bike race in the afternoon. Benefits Stowe Adaptive Sports. stoweadaptive.com.
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British Invasion Block Party The British invade Main Street in Stowe. From 6:30 9:30 p.m. come dance to the music of Joey Leone’s Chop Shop and mingle among beautiful British cars. Local foods and brews. stowevibrancy.com.
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SEPTEMBER 20 – 22
A director struggles with love and art June 19-22, 26-29 and July 3, 5-6
British Invasion Car Show North America’s largest British classic sports car and motorcycle event. British cultural activities, shops, crafts, auto jumble, and the car corral. Over 600 cars on field. Stowe Events Field, Weeks Hill Road, Stowe. Admission. britishinvasion.com. STUART BERTLAND
The American love-rock musical July 17-20, 24-27, 31, and Aug. 1-3
Chicken Pie Supper Old-fashioned supper in an oldfashioned mountain town. Starts at 5 p.m. until all are served. Waterville Elementary School, Route 109. 644-6596. SEPTEMBER 21 – 22
A musical within a comedy Aug. 14-17, 21-24, 28-31
Boyden Valley Harvest Festival Family friendly activities: grape stomping for the kids, free winery tours, local foodstuffs, specialty wine and food tasting, and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Harvest Grazing Dinner, Sept. 21 after the festival. Boyden Valley Winery, Routes 15 & 104, Cambridge. boydenvalley.com. 644-8151. SEPTEMBER 28
Stowe Foliage Artisan Market This artisan market will feature local artist and artisans as well as musicians along Main Street in Stowe. Look for the white tents. 10:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. stowevibrancy.com. SEPTEMBER 28
A rollicking pirate comedy Sept. 25-28 and Oct. 2-5, 9-12 To order tickets online, go to www.stowetheatre.com. For additional information and show details, contact us at 802.253.3961 or email@example.com
3rd Annual Climb for Kids Participants hike one of the three trails at Elmore State Park (there is a trail for all ages and abilities – ¾ mile, 1 mile, and 2.5 miles). Meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse, bouncy house, volleyball, treasure hunt, food, music, and great prizes. Collect pledges or make a donation at the event. Benefits the Lamoille Family Center. lamoillefamilycenter.org or 888-5229. SEPTEMBER 29
5th Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival Individual and team pumpkin chuckin’ contest. Build a trebuchet and send the pumpkins flying. Stoweflake Mountain Resort, Mountain Road, Stowe. Proceeds benefit Lamoille Family Center. vtpumpkinchuckin.blogspot.com. OCTOBER 4
All performances are at the Stowe Town Hall Theater, 67 Main Street, Stowe 24
Stowe Oktoberfest Live Music & Dancing Oktoberfest party, live music. Free. 7 - 11 p.m., under the big tent, Mayo Events Field, Weeks Hill Road. stoweoktoberfest.com.
Hardwick Farmers Market Granite Street. Fridays 3 - 6 p.m., Through September 27. Jeffersonville Farmers & Artisan Market Route 108 & 15, behind the Family Table. Wednesdays 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., June 6 to October 17. jeffersonvillefarmersandartisanmarket.com. Johnson Farmers Market Main Street. Tuesdays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Morrisville Farmers Artisan Market Wednesdays, 3 - 6:30 p.m. Oxbow Park, Morrisville. Through September 25. Stowe Farmers Market Route 108 at Red Barn Shops field. Sundays 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., May 19 to October 13. stowevtfarmersmarket.com. Stowe Mountain Resort Farmers Market July 5, 12, 19, & 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30. Agricultural and craft products. Music, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Spruce Peak at Stowe Plaza. Waterbury Farmers Market Rusty Parker Park, Route 2, downtown Waterbury. Thursdays 3 - 7 p.m. Mid May Through mid-October. Find us on Facebook. waterburyfarmersmarket.com.
OCTOBER 4 – 6
17th Stowe Oktoberfest German-style festival under the Big Tent on the Mayo Events Field. Silent auction, raffles, children’s activities, beer, German food, Oompah bands, music, singing, and dancing. Friday: 7 11 p.m., Oktoberfest party, free live music, events field. Saturday: Grand parade leads to Stowe Events Field, Weeks Hill Road, 10 a.m.; festivities continue 11 - 8. Sunday: festivities continue 11 - 4. Admission. stoweoktoberfest.com.
Chicken Pie Supper Chicken pie supper with all the fixings. Seatings noon, 5, and 6:30 p.m. Waterbury Center Community Church. Reservations: 244-8955. OCTOBER 5
Route 15 Festival 30 miles of festivities and fun along Vermont Route 15. Church bazaars, sidewalk sales, and more. 888-7607. OCTOBER 12 – 13
A Harvest of Quilts 100 quilts on display. Vendors, raffle, prizes, auction, bazaar. Saturday 10-4, Sunday 10 - 3. People’s Academy Gym, Morrisville. 644-5880. commonthreadsvt.org. OCTOBER 12
Chicken Pie Supper OId-fashioned supper. Seatings at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. Stowe Community Church, Main Street. 253-7257. OCTOBER 11 – 13
Stowe Foliage Arts Festival 150 artists—fine art, craft, cuisine. Harvest activities, wine tasting, music, craft demos. Vermont beer and sausage tent. Under heated Camelotstyle tents. Daily 10 - 5. Topnotch Field, Mountain Road. $10, kids free. craftproducers.com. NOVEMBER 8 – 9
Santa Workshop Sale Baked goods and cookie sale, homemade crafts, Christmas decorations. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Waterbury Center Community Church, Route 100. Next to Cold Hollow Cider Mill. 244-8089. NOVEMBER 10
Stitch Camp Join others who love to cross stitch and needlepoint. Wooden Needle, Stowe Village. 253-3086 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
t’s a bibliophile’s dream. Every July, thousands of books of every genre fill tables on the Stowe Free Library porch, lawn, and gazebo. Paperbacks can be had for just $1; hardcovers are $2; $5 buys a beautiful coffee-table book; and youngsters can pick up an entire bag of books for $3. There’s also a large assortment of music CDs, DVDs, and videocassettes. This year’s sale starts Tuesday, July 9, and continues daily, dawn to dusk, through July 31. Money raised from the annual event funds adult and children’s programs, and buys new books, DVDs, and equipment, such as the new projection system in the community meeting room. In a typical year, library patrons donate several thousand books for the sale, and the library also sells books that it has taken out of circulation. Books are sorted into 25 categories—art and antiques books, history, travel, cooking, self-help, large-print, biographies, novels, nonfiction, and so on. The library occasionally receives donations of valuable books, such as rare first editions, along with books that have been passed down through generations of family members. Among the donations received in 2012 was an antique German Bible with an ornate wooden cover and metal locks. “We have lines of people waiting the first day and lots of book dealers come to get some bargains,” says Sally Nolan, a Friends of the Library volunteer. “People like cookbooks, history, and biographies,” she says. “Of course, a lot of people are looking for fun summer reads. One of our biggest categories is self-help books. We always chuckle because we have box after box donated. Maybe after they read them, they don’t want to hold on to them anymore.” It’s worth visiting the sale more than once because volunteers don’t put out all books on the first day. “We continuously restock the tables for three weeks,” Nolan says. “If you go back, you’ll constantly find something new.” —Lisa McCormack
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The nearby town of Waterbury also celebrates its 250th, on June 7. Here is a partial list of events for the upcoming month’s-long party. June 7: 250th Anniversary Celebration, 5:30 p.m., Rusty Parker Memorial Park, waterbury250.com. June 8: Waterbury KidsFest, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rusty Parker Memorial Park. June 28 - 29: Not Quite Independence Day (see our calendar on page 18). July 12 - 13: Waterbury Arts Festival. Nov. 9: Meal of Remembrance, Waterbury & Duxbury Historical soci◆◆◆ eties, 5 p.m. Potluck Supper at St. Leo’s Hall, Waterbury Historical Society. Dec. 7: Holiday stroll, lantern parade, tree lighting ceremony, and Waterbury’s Community Lantern Parade. Dec. 15: Santa in the Park.
towe celebrates its birthday with an ice cream social on the town green on Main Street this June. Stowe’s 250th Birthday Ice Cream Social takes place Saturday, June 8, from 2 - 4 p.m. That was the day in 1763 when Gov. Benning Wentworth granted charter to the town of Stowe. At the celebration, enjoy free local ice cream, cake, music by local songstress Tammy stowe Fletcher, and at 250 play the Stowe Trivia Game raffle. There will be activities for kids and much more. Stowe Vibrancy is putting on the event, and the group will celebrate the town’s 250th throughout the year at all of its events. Want to test your knowledge of Stowe history in preparation for the big trivia event? Then try these sample questions (answers below):
• When was the single chair built? • Who was Circus & Snake? • Who used to bring muffins in his suitcase every weekend for the Shed Burger? • What former Stowe resident was the first American man to earn Olympic gold in alpine skiing? • What was the “e” added to Stow? • What bar owner had a gold star on his tooth? Other Stowe Vibrancy events this summer include: • Art on Park: Every Thursday June 20 through Aug. 29. • Old-fashioned 4th: July 4. • Antique Car Show Street Dance: Aug. 10. • British Invasion Block Party: Sept. 20. • Foliage Market: Sept. 28. 1940; Larry Smith and Mike McNulty; Bob Swanson; William “Billy” Kidd; 1838; Roger Elkins.
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ON COVETING JUDY SGANTAS ’ BUG BOOK
udy Sgantas’ life is like this: one morning she’s mulching hostas for Green Sleeves Landscaping, the Stowe-area business she runs with her husband and son, and on another morning she’s mixing egg tempera according to the specifications Michelangelo used to paint Adam’s torso on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Another morning she’s deadheading peonies, and the next she’s drawing peonies according to Da Vinci’s rules of proportions. Or she might be collecting a client’s trash… or taking a crash course in German bookbinding. It all depends on the day and the weather. On one late winter day in 2011, instead of plowing driveways, she had a play date with a few “fellow noodleheads,” like MacArthur Genius award-winning artist Claire Van Vliet and head of Lyndon Institute’s Book Arts program, Ellen Levitt. They were sitting around a table tackling the physical puzzle of making something called “quilted pages,” when Claire nonchalantly proposed to Judy, “Let’s do a book. A bug book.” When Claire, founder of Janus Press, says the word “book,” she means a Book, a work that will almost certainly be acquired by special collections at McGill University, Yale University, the Boston Public Library, the University of Vermont, and the National Art Library in London. And by “bug book” she does not mean a garden variety field guide or children’s book, she means: Let’s do a book on handmade linen paper featuring at least 52 of Judy’s meticulous, anatomically accurate pen-and-ink and colored-pencil illustrations of insects indigenous to our area, accompanied by an extensively researched text composed by Judy, edited and printed by Andrew Miller Brown, an assistant to Claire and bookmaker in his own right, in a finite edition of 120 copies using handset type in a font based on the monumental inscriptions of classical Greek antiquity, printed with a Vandercook SP20 Press (the kind of press that is hand-cranked), and bound with an innovative strip binding invented by Claire that requires no glue or strings to hold the pages together, and which rests in its own acid free box, designed and constructed by Mary Richardson. That is, when the book is not being savored by the lucky reader who was able to lay down a cool half K in order to own this prize. “Five hundred dollars?” some might cough. And yet, even a humbug would have to admit this wild orchid of a book is simultaneously useful and interesting. Think of it as the most astonishing gift you could ever give your burgeoning entomologist. The
most exquisite local insect field guide money can buy—with illustrations inspired by the botanicals of the 1400s and 1500s rendered large enough so that even weakening eyes can see a specie’s defining factors without going cross-eyed or needing a hand lens. For Judy Sgantas, author of this literary artistic specimen more than a year in the making, it’s often hard to explain to her customers and neighbors why she hasn’t given any readings, or why they can’t simply pick up a copy at Bear Pond Books in Stowe Village. Between the covers of this 7½-inch square treasure lies a trove of information organized in alphabetical order, beginning with the ambush bug, followed by the field ant, assassin bug, army worm, and asparagus beetle, and ending 27 pages later with Zygoptera. For all its rareness—this volume is fastidiously practical and fascinating to peruse, including such particulars as what attracts each featured insect; whether it’s an herbivore, carnivore, and/or predator; and how to naturally control unwanted populations of it. One morning before she heads out for more landscaping work, or before she heads in to paint and draw, Judy summarizes the value of her unique book, “You’re buying art and information; it’s an investment.” —Julia Shipley
FOR INFO OR TO PURCHASE A COPY: Judy Sgantas can be reached at (802) 882-8220; or write her at PO Box 713, Stowe, VT 05672.
‘People started calling me the Derby Girl’ Pascale Savard likes to have fun. She wants you to have fun too! While attending Concordia University in Quebec in 1991, Pascale Savard, who grew up in Ste. Adèle in the Laurentians, held an internship at Mt. Mansfield Ski Club. Soon after, she moved to Stowe full time when she married her boyfriend, Jim Connacher, who had a home in Stowe. The couple has two children, Michelle, 17, and Jimmy, 15; both attend Proctor Academy in New Hampshire. Pascale recently started her own business, P.S. Creative Events, helping nonprofit groups raise money by holding special events.
Why did you decide to start P.S. Creative Events? With both kids out of the house I had a decision to make: do I play hard or work more? I decided to work more because I want to make a difference in my town. In the past I had been working for a lot for nonprofits for free and now they are hiring me. I am selective about who I will work with. I have to like them and I have to like their cause, and then I am full on. That’s the way I like to be.
Do you only work with nonprofits?
Yes, so far. I’m more driven by a cause than by money. I have to see that what I am working on is making a difference for somebody.
A lot of people know you as the Stowe Derby Girl. How did you earn that moniker? When I was doing my internship with the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club I helped Dudley Rood, who was the organizer of the Stowe Derby. When he left he passed the Derby onto me, which was an easy transition. I was the director for several years and then I took a break from it for a few years. One of those years my family went to live in Spain. When I came back I saw the Derby was in a slump. Attendance had dropped off. I officially took back organizing it three years ago for its 65th anniversary. This year there were 600 participants. The Stowe Derby is a special race with unusual demands. Some people want to ski together, others want to ski behind someone, some people want an even bib number… we’ve even had three generations ski together. With 600 people in a race, trying to keep everyone happy is very challenging, but I can handle any Derby request or issue. People just started calling me the Derby Girl and now it’s how I sign my emails.
What are your plans for future Stowe Derby races? What I really want to do is attract people who are not Nordic skiers to come for a fun crosscountry experience. I want it to be a huge community event that everyone can take part in.
Did you grow up skiing? I have been an Alpine skier all my life. I did most of my skiing in the Laurentians and I raced for Concordia. I was on the Quebec ski team and raced in two World Cups and finished 22nd and 23rd in GS at Mont Tremblant. I still ski downhill and do most of my meetings on the chairlift. My ski pass is my jewelry. It’s the first thing I put on in the morning.
As an Alpine skier you organize and direct a number of Nordic ski events. Why do you focus on Nordic? I see a really big gap there. No one is doing it. Nordic skiing is a lifetime sport and in our town we have such great facilities and we could be doing more with them. I wanted to bring Nordic into the schools, which I did with a program I call SKIS, Skiing Kids in Schools. Stowe schools now have cross-country skiing in their physical education classes for students in grades three through eight. I worked with Friends of the Rec Path to stop plowing it and helped raise money to groom it and enhance its winter use. I started Stowe Tour de Snow, a community event that raises over $10,000 annually to fund SKIS, Friends of Stowe Adaptive, Northeast Disabled Adaptive Association, and scholarships with Stowe Parks and Recreation. Another event I started last year is progressive crosscountry ski dinners on the Rec Path to benefit the Stowe Education Foundation. And, I really like to cross-country ski. INTERVIEW CONDUCTED & COMPILED BY KATE CARTER
Why is your focus on sports? Sports are my true passion. I’m not good at arts. But that is starting to change with my business focus. I’m starting to branch out beyond sports. I’m now working with the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum and Helen Day Art Center.
What is the newest event you worked on? The newest is the Darn Tough Ride, sponsored by Darn Tough Socks. Last year was the first year and we had 120 riders, mostly French Canadians. We raised $15,000 for the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy. This year we will put a cap at 300 riders to manage the growth. Another new project was Ladies’ Night at the Ski Museum, which benefits the museum and promotes women’s local businesses. We will do that again this year and we will also do a men’s night at the museum because they were jealous we had so much fun without them.
Are there any events you dream of promoting? I would love to organize a 48-hour Stowe bicycle weekend. I envision this as a major tourist attraction in July. I would invite all local bicycle clubs and bike enthusiasts to hold their events during those 48 hours. It would include a kiddie event, a race at Trapps put on by the Stowe Mountain Bike Club, a single-speed event, a fixed-gear bike exhibition on Main Street, the Darn Tough Ride, a parade, dirt-jumping contests at the polo field bike park, and probably a lot more.
Why do you feel so passionate about Stowe? I’ve enjoyed living here and what the town has given my family, especially my kids. It’s part of my nature to want to give back and make it better for everybody. I believe in the greater good. Stowe is a great town. People here like to rally and support things that matter to them locally.
What do you do besides work and ski? I love to travel and I love to have fun and I want everyone else to have fun. It is a good thing that I have my husband, who is my serious side, and I have friends who are very serious who keep me grounded.
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chuck sanzone is a musician and a craftsman. His artistic mediums range from Brazilian rosewood to African coralwood to Macassar ebony. He eschews power tools for the simple hand tools and wooden molds that luthiers have used for centuries to craft guitars and mandolins. He also repairs threaded instruments, including guitars, mandolins, and ukuleles, and stringed instruments such as violins, violas, and cellos. It seems fitting that he runs his business, Sanzone Guitar and Mandolin Co., out of a former one-room Brownsville schoolhouse that for decades served as studio and workshop space for famed Stowe painter Stan Marc Wright. The schoolhouse sits on the Moss Glen Falls Road property that he and his wife, Deirdre, bought last summer. Sanzone stores his tools in built-in cabinets that once held primers and pencils. The rows of desks where students once studied reading, math, and science have been replaced by workbenches and tables. The Sanzones were living outside Boston when the property became available at an unusually affordable price for Stowe— $250,000 for an 1850 farmhouse, the one-room schoolhouse, an old blacksmith’s shop, and barn on a scenic one-acre lot. “Moving to Vermont has been something we’ve always wanted to do, and the stars aligned,” Sanzone says. The 19th-century homestead is rife with clues to its storied past, from old horseshoes and nails to discarded housewares. “We’re constantly uncovering things,” Sanzone says. “My kids love it. It’s a treasure trove.” The Sanzones are looking at ways to convert the old blacksmith shop, which still contains tools and an original blacksmith’s apron, into a Vermont history and art museum. Sanzone studied music in high school, but majored in philosophy at Boston College. After graduation, he worked at the Music Emporium in Lexington, Mass., and studied guitar making under the tutelage of Bill Tippin. After the economic recession that started in 2007, Sanzone traveled to Ireland, where he was commissioned to repair and build instruments. He eventually ended up working at Johnson String Instruments in Newton, Mass., repairing violins, cellos, and violas. Since moving to Stowe, Sanzone has traveled to his former employer every few weeks to pick up commission work, mostly stringed instruments that need repairs. Most musicians would rather repair a guitar than buy a new one, Sanzone says. “The repair business is my bread and butter.” Last year, he traveled to China as a design and production consultant for Eastman Guitars. He worked on a project aimed at bringing reasonably priced, professionalquality guitars to the public. Sanzone draws inspiration from the guitar and mandolin designs of legendary luthiers John D’Angelico and Orville Gibson, tweaking them to fit the playing style of 34
ART OF THE LUTHIER Chuck Sanzone checks the curvature of a guitar top. Finger planes for minute shaping. Mandolin in progress.
each client. “Collaborating with musicians to develop their ideal instrument is my favorite aspect of this work,” he says. Sanzone is known for crafting instruments from exotic woods, some costing thousands of dollars for a single board. He also likes to incorporate high-end trims and decorative details, such as mother-of-pearl buttons, striped ebony fittings, or an African blackwood tailpiece. “I try to do everything by hand and use very few machines,” Sanzone says. “With machines, something can go wrong in a split-second.” “In a way, instruments make themselves,” Sanzone says. “You make mistakes and have to make those foibles unique creations.” Prices for a new guitar or mandolin vary, according to the type of wood used and the hours required to craft it. It could take up to two months of full-time work to complete a basic instrument. A flattop guitar with a European spruce or Adirondack spruce soundboard and mahogany or black walnut back and sides sells for $3,500 and up, while a Gibson-inspired lap steel guitar combining sculptural elements with exotic woods and high-quality electronics sells for $1,000 and up. —Lisa McCormack
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pumpkin chuckin’ launches in stowe For Dave Jordan of Morrisville it all started as he drove down Interstate 89 and spotted a trebuchet in a farm field in Middlesex, just off exit 9. He wanted a closer look at this replica of the weapon, used in medieval siege warfare to hurl large stones or missiles, so he took the exit and pulled into the farm. Turns out the farmer and his friends were using trebuchets to chuck pumpkins for fun and sport. It struck a chord with Dave, who at age 15 built a trebuchet for a history project. Using trebuchets to hurl pumpkins is a novel idea, but it’s not new. A few years ago three guys in Delaware were drinking beer and debating the most efficient way to throw a pumpkin. That debate grew into a contest among the men, as debates often do, and soon they were designing different contraptions that employed logarithms and other mathematical formulas to see whose device could wing a pumpkin the fastest and farthest. So they held a contest. A trebuchet won. That little homespun contest has grown into a three-day festival that now draws a crowd of
150,000 enthusiasts who either enter their own designs or come to watch. The idea had legs, and now people around the world are chuckin’ pumpkins and anointing their own “lord of the gourd.” After the Middlesex trebuchet caught his eye, Dave started plotting to hold a Vermont pumpkin chuckin’ festival. It started small in 2008 and took place in Cambridge. Last year 18 teams entered the contest with a wide variety of homemade trebuchets. This year marks the fifth Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival, to be held Sept. 29 at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort on Route 108. Proceeds benefit the Lamoille Family Center. Anyone can enter, both individuals and teams. “I really wanted to do an event for kids and adults, so we have structured rules that are modeled after Soap Box Derby rules,” Dave explains. A 100:1 ration is employed—the total weight of the trebuchet, including the counterweight, must be 100 times the weight of the projectile, in this case, a pumpkin. So a five-pound pumpkin cannot be thrust by a trebuchet weighing more than 500 pounds. Grand prize goes to the trebuchet that throws the best for its height. Pumpkin chuckin’ festivals draw competitors of great diversity, with one common thread: the contestants are mostly men who are fascinated
with mechanical engineering, designing, and building. If this sounds like you, check out the festival blog at vtpumpkinchuckin.blogspot.com, sharpen your drafting tools, and start designing your very own version of the medieval trebuchet. —Kate Carter
VERMONT PUMPKIN CHUCKIN’ FESTIVAL • Sept. 29 • Stoweflake Resort, Mountain Road
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thyme, and other essential oils, and it’s safe for infants and pets. Carly created the tincture because she wanted something she could use to protect herself from the pesky bugs that feasted on her while working at Zack Woods. “I realized that I really needed a repellant that I would use on my own body and that would be effective,” she says. “I’ve always been the black sheep in my family, and because I was the only vegetarian when I was growing up, my parents called me the family hippie. Since I made the bug spray for me, I decided that’s what I’d call it.” —Kate Carter MEG POCHER
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1 Shawn and Debbie Shea of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, were on a Mediterranean cruise with friends and took some time during a gondola ride to catch up on what's going on in Stowe. “We are huge fans of Stowe and over the years have brought many friends down with us, both summer and winter, to enjoy all the area has to offer. We come to Stowe a number of times each year and always stay at the Green Mountain Inn and enjoy hiking, golfing, skiing, biking, or just enjoying a walk along the bike path,” says Shawn. “Stowe is the one place in the world I can truly de-stress and I have been doing just that for over 34 years. The people of Stowe and area are truly lucky to be able to call it home. Thanks for keeping it the same all these years; it remains the true jewel of Vermont.” 2 In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Front row, left to right: Roger Witten, Linda Peet, Pat von Trapp, Jill Witten, Jo Sabel Courtney, Don Peet, Louise Reed, Peggy Smith, George von Trapp, Manelick de la Parra, and Shap Smith. The group, all of Stowe, flew down for a three-day 60th birthday fiesta for Manelick de la Parra, a Stowe second-home owner for over 30 years, and founder of the Music Festival of the Americas.
RURAL ROUTE MOUNTAIN CHAPEL This 30-year-old chapel welcomes all people, regardless of faith. The simple altar. A young man takes a moment for reflextion.
CHAPEL ON THE MOUNT Most people visit Mt. Mansfield to recreate or to sightsee and it rarely disappoints. Few leave Vermont’s tallest peak without feeling a sense of awe for the divine power that created such a majestic and grand scene, and so it is fitting that the Mountain Chapel was created as a place where people of all faiths can gather to honor this divinity. The Mountain Chapel’s brochure best describes it as “a place apart … a place of peace … a place of prayer … for all people.” Opened in 1983, the chapel is a non-denominational religious structure serviced by leaders of various faiths. Every Sunday at 2 p.m., during months when the Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road is open, and on occasional Sundays in ski season, chaplains, rabbis, or other licensed spiritual leaders lead services for all who care to attend. No one religion is ever emphasized to the exclusion of others. Rather, worship services are conducted so that people of any faith can be nourished in their own spiritual journeys. The Chapel is located about two miles up the Toll Road. A small parking area is available, but many people arrive on foot or skis after enjoying time on the mountain. Its interior is about the size of a large living room, and its rustic, but dignified, stone and wooden-beam construction is tastefully augmented by a simple altar and a few benches. The chapel’s current resident chaplains are The Rev. Dr. David Ransom and Louise Ransom. Rev. Ransom encourages visitors to
bring their own faith leaders to participate in the Sunday ceremonies. People are also invited to schedule the chapel for special uses such as weddings, memorial services, and baptisms. —Story & photos by Kevin M. Walsh GETTING THERE: Drivers must buy a Toll Road access ticket at the Tollhouse area of Stowe Mountain Resort, on Stowe’s Mountain Road. The winding road leads to the chapel. Hikers and skiers can reach the chapel via the mountain’s Chapel Trail. INFO: Call the resident chaplains, David and Louise Ransom, at (802) 644-8144.
THREE PEAT! For the third year in a row the Stowe Guide & Magazine took first place honors at the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s annual awards in the niche publication category. Judges said, “This is a first-class visitor and lifestyle magazine, beautifully designed and brimming with ad support.” 42
isit Trapp Family Lodge or travel up Trapp Hill Road and you can’t miss the huge, shaggy, lumbering brown beasts with the giant curved horns that look like they could toss a rodeo clown into the bleachers. But these long-haired, big-horned cattle—Scottish Highlanders—are really quite docile, says Kristina von Trapp Frame, who manages the family’s herd along with her father, Johannes von Trapp. The von Trapp family has raised cattle on its property off and on since first coming to Stowe in the early 1940s. In 1965 Johannes bought 10 Scottish Highlanders from a woman in the Connecticut River Valley, and today that herd has grown to 40 bulls, steers, cows, calves, and heifers. The von Trapps butcher about 10 every year to be served in the lodge’s restaurant in the form of “The Johannesburger, Trapp’s own Highland grassfed beef on a Kaiser roll, with Cabot cheddar, black pepper aioli, and French fries.” The grass-fed beef is also on the menu during special wineand beer-pairing events. BIT OF SCOTLAND Scottish Highlanders “Having the cattle has graze the Trapp Family estate and also provide fresh beef for the resort’s restaurants. never been a serious enterJohannes von Trapp gets ready to rotate the prise. Mostly they are movcattle to another meadow. Two generations ing meadow ornaments. They of von Trapps: Sam and Kristina with pargraze the meadows and keep ents Lynne and Johannes (center). them as meadows and they put life in the landscape,” says Johannes. “Cattle evolved eating grass, Kristina. “When it’s time to move them they know where to go, and they know when it’s time to not starch, such as corn, wheat, and barley, go and will congregate near the gate.” which puts fat on them. Grass-fed beef has How do they know it’s time to go? The upper half of the grass has the most sugar, and when more omega 3 fatty acids and conjugated that’s eaten, they know there is sweeter grass elsewhere. “Once they’ve grazed the top part the herd linoleic acids, which are good for us and are should be moved to the next pasture so the grass can recover and grow strong,” Kristina explains. proven anti-cancer substances.” During the winter the herd eats bales of hay, but during the summer they are on the move. The rugged Scottish Highlanders come from Moving them is a family affair that takes place every few days; everyone turns out to help, includa climate similar to that ing Kristina’s two young daughters of Stowe. The males and Johannes’s wife, Lynne, who and females both meadow mowers: trapp’s her border collie along for have the huge horns; scottish highland cattle brings the fun. Over the July 4th and the females’ are longer Oktoberfest weekends they make a and curve upward. They point to move the cattle to the pasture just below the DeliBakery, where they are most visible to are browsers, eating mostly grass, and they are admiring visitors. a healthy breed that doesn’t need a lot of atten“Our guests really enjoy seeing them. First they want to see a von Trapp, and second they want tion. Mature Highlanders will eat 25 pounds of to see a cow,” Kristina says, smiling. hay or grass a day and their average weight is It might be just a dream, but someday Johannes would like to have a small dairy farm at the 1,100 pounds. Slow to mature, they are not lodge. “It would be nice for the guests, a way to blend recreation, entertainment, and agriculture, ready for harvest until age three at the earliest. and it would be educational,” he says. Because the Highlanders eat so much grass Kristina agrees. “What my grandparents did is now in vogue, and now it has a name—organic Kristina and Johannes employ rotational grazfarming. The public has a newfound interest in knowing where their food comes from and what ing and move the herd regularly among seven goes on with the land, so a farming activity would be fun addition for our guests.” —Kate Carter different pastures. “The cattle are smart,” says CATTLE GLOSSARY: Cow, female • Bull, male • Steer, castrated male • Calf, baby • Heifer, young, unbred female • Cattle, collective term for all
Gail Kiesler is the greatest! Dear Editor: You have no idea how clever Gail Kiesler is. (“Everything’s a canvas for Stowe artist Gail Kiesler,” Stowe Guide & Magazine, Summer/Fall 2012.) She is probably one of the most humble artists I’ve ever known. We go back to her University of New Hampshire days when she would come to our beach house and create things from whatever she found on the sand. The quilts she referred to were sometimes the size of a mural—the animals detachable thanks to Velcro backing—so the kids could play all day. She is not just a great artist, but also one of the nicest and funniest gals I’ve ever known. Go Gaily! Carolyn Dalton N. Andover, Mass.
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Thanks for the foot traffic Dear Editor: Almost every day since the article about our store came out we have had visitors and customers who said they saw us in the Stowe Guide. (“The Last Outpost: Tallman’s Store stands the test of time,” Stowe Guide & Magazine, Summer/Fall 2012.) Thank you to Nathan Burgess for doing such a good job with the write-up and thank you to Glenn Callahan for the great photos. I knew the coffee pot on the stove would be one of them. Thank you for including us in the magazine. We very much enjoyed the other articles, too. Stub Earle is practically our neighbor, and has been a friend for years. Just this morning I slipped a copy into a Priority Mail envelope with a few Maple Moose Head candies from the counter, and they’re off to my brother and sister-in-law in California. He will love it because he’s a Vermonter and she’ll love it because she’s not. Thank you, too, for the editor’s letter, and his “chaotic mess” line. We need that from time to time to get us back on track… we do have way too much stuff! Myrna & Hugh Tallman Belvidere, Vt. 45
It was January when Mark Struhsacker sat down for the cover shoot for his new CD, Cold Outside. Stowe photographer Lauren Stagnitti captured him playing his guitar in the warmth of her kitchen, and when he saw the proofs, with snow-covered Mt. Mansfield neatly framed in the window behind him, he thought, “It sure was cold outside.” That’s the story about how the CD got its title. Here’s how he got started. In Franconia, N.H., where Mark Struhsacker was born and raised and played guitar, nobody listened to bluegrass music. Then he saw The Beverly Hillbillies and heard Earl Scruggs. “His banjo playing just knocked me out,” he recalls. “I started listening to bluegrass and Doc Watson inspired me to learn the flat-picking style of guitar playing. I have tried to get as good as I can in that style.” Now 59, Mark first played in a bluegrass band in Bozeman, Mont., where he went after attending nearby Johnson State College. Returning to Vermont in 1980—he lives in Morrisville with his wife Peggy, a wildlife biologist, equestrian, and owner of a horse-blanket cleaning and repair business—he’s been singing and playing semi-pro bluegrass, western swing, and old-country novelty tunes ever since at venues such as the Tunbridge World’s Fair, Dairy Days in Enosburg, county fairs, festivals, and nightclubs. He even sang the national anthem with Elisabeth von Trapp at Fenway Park. Most people around town know Mark from the WDEV Radio Rangers, a “live” radio show he started in 1986, a year after he began selling advertising for the station, owned by Radio Vermont. The Radio Rangers aired on WDEV every Saturday morning at 10:30 and Sundays at 9:30 on sister station WLVB until 2011, when the band unofficially disbanded. That’s when Mark began working in earnest toward his first solo CD. “I knew I was going to play solo, and these days it’s a real struggle to get paid more than tips
and drinks. I needed to have some products to sell, so that’s why I did the CD,” Mark says. Mark recorded the 12 tracks at Bob Amos’s studio in St. Johnsbury. Amos, a gifted and skilled musician, sings harmony and plays mandolin, banjo, or bass on several tracks. Lesley Grant sings harmony and her voice blends seamlessly with Mark’s. On track six, Your Actions Spoke Louder than Words, a tune Mark wrote, they reverse roles, with Grant taking the lead. Other guest musicians include well-known singer Patti Casey, Gary Darling on mandolin, Jim Pitman on Dobro, Will Lindner on bass, mandolin, and back-up vocals, and Dave Rowell on bass. Fiddle playing comes from some of the best regional players: Freeman Corey, Tony Washburn, and Neil Rossi. Mark has a voice that is both soothing and mesmerizing, and that’s when he’s talking. When he sings, his voice is clear and rich, with a milk-and-honey tone that makes listening to him as easy as spreading butter on warm bread. He’s an adept guitar player, thanks to all the time he devoted to mastering the flat-picking technique. “I’ve seen Mark’s playing evolve over the years since our bluegrass days together in Buck’s Run and the Radio Rangers. He moves effortlessly from good-ole hard-drivin’ flat-pickin’ to more intricate cross-picking passages and back again, often in the same breath,” says Homer Sands, who played bass and mandolin with Mark in the 1980s. “His debut CD is an impressive effort. The songs are melodic, with interesting arrangements, the harmonies are tight, and the picking (playing, instrumentation, etc.) is clean and crisp. Not a bad song on it.” In the CD’s liner notes, Ralph Stanley’s lead guitarist James Alan Shelton describes Cold Outside this way: “His desire was to present these tunes in sparse stripped down arrangements, which succeeds in the beauty of its uncluttered simplicity. He has wisely chosen not to record a collection of well-known bluegrass warhorses but has chosen more obscure numbers in addition to writing no less than five of the songs on the album.” —Kate Carter
MORE INFO: Find Cold Outside at Haymaker Card & Gift in Morrisville, Lackey’s Variety Store in Stowe, and online at countysales.com.
CADY’S FALLS NURSERY RECEIVES HORTICULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Green Works this year awarded Don and Lela Avery of Cady’s Falls Nursery in Morrisville a Horticultural Achievement Award for accomplishments that have advanced the horticultural industry through education, plant development or growing, literature, or outstanding personal effort. It is the most prestigious and distinguished award that Green Works and the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association bestow. Don and Lela, pioneers in the Vermont horticultural scene, founded their retail nursery in 1980. Ninety five percent of their plant offerings are propagated at the nursery. They grow many classic stalwarts as well as many rare and hard-to-find plants. Some of the distinctive plants they propagate include dwarf and weeping conifers, native lady’s slipper orchids, native ferns, bog plants, aquatics, alpines, and Itoh peonies. Don and Lela have offered workshops for Green Works, as well as for members of the Hardy Plant Club, to which they belong. Green Works/Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association is a nonprofit statewide organization representing professionals in the horticultural industries. 46
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towe is one of America’s top 12 small towns for the arts, according to ArtPlace, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies “committed to putting the arts at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities.” Stowe joins two other New England towns on the list: Vineyard Haven, Mass., and Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The new annual ArtPlace initiative recognizes smaller communities where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to live, work, and visit. “Earlier this year, ArtPlace announced America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces in major metropolitan areas—vibrant communities identified as being exceptionally successful in combining the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle,” says ArtPlace Director Carol Coletta. “It is equally important to recognize and celebrate dynamic small towns as well and the unique qualities that make them well worth the journey to explore and enjoy.” Other top ArtPlaces on the list include Eureka Springs, Ark., Crested Butte, Colo., Ketchum, Idaho, Lanesboro, Minn., Highlands, N.C., Taos, N.M., Marfa, Texas, Eastbound, Wash., and Saratoga, Wyo. The top 12 had the highest concentrations of arts nonprofits, core arts-oriented businesses, and workers in creative occupations among smaller towns in the United States, according to a study of regional economic data. Here’s what the group said about Stowe: “A town with a population of 4,400, Stowe is situated in a valley between Mt. Mansfield and the Green Mountains... The robust offerings include galleries, art centers, antique shops, arts and crafts shows, and many other seasonal events. The Stowe Theatre Guild, Stowe Performing Arts, and the Waterbury Festival Players stage theatrical productions throughout the summer, and the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center offers concerts, comedy, dance performances, and theater throughout the year.”
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BLOTTER f there’s one thing I’ve learned covering Stowe as a reporter, it’s that people really love the police blotter—unless, of course, their name is in it. The quirky, often bizarre calls that come into the Stowe Police Department have gained quite a reputation around town and, thanks to one reader who saw fit to submit an entry to the Ellen DeGeneres show, on national television. Though I’m often asked if I make them up, the truth is every “cereal-throwing child” and “suspicious man doing suspicious things in a vehicle” comes straight from the pages of actual Stowe police reports. Cryptic, confusing, and sometimes comical, it’s often a reminder that Vermont is a relatively safe place, where even crime has a lighter side. Here are some of the highlights of our 2012 blotter:
Dec. 29 (published in 2012), at 6:20 p.m.: a Topnotch Resort and Spa condominium owner reported that the television had been stolen from the bedroom of his condo. When a police officer arrived and pointed out the large flat-screen television recently installed on the wall, the man said he hadn’t noticed it. March 12, at 8:17 p.m.: a woman reported smoke coming from the roof of the sugar shack at Vermont Maple Products on Route 100. It was steam from the sap boiler. March 15, at 6:16 a.m.: report of a person lying in a ditch by Topnotch Resort and Spa on Mountain Road. The person was gone when police arrived. March 17, at 6:57 p.m.: report of an intoxicated man in a Santa Claus suit on Mountain Road near Topnotch Resort and Spa. Police gave Santa a ride home. May 5, at 4:57 p.m.: report of a dispute over a radio sold at a yard sale on River Road. A man bought a radio, left, and then returned claiming the radio didn’t work. The man allegedly threatened the seller with nunchuks. He was given a no trespassing notice. May 6, at noon: a woman reported a man was “twirling a dog around” at a home on Route 100, possibly abusing the animal. He was playing tug-of-war with it. July 21, at 7:25 p.m.: the parents of a young man discovered their son had been given pornographic DVDs by one of his friends. Police had a talk with the parents of the friend; no charges were filed. Aug. 2, at 12:29 p.m.: a man told police he smelled a “strange odor” coming from a nearby property. It was cow manure. Dec. 3, at 2:05 p.m.: a woman told police she was driving past St. Johns in the Mountains on Mountain Road and something, possibly a BB, hit her windshield. She told police a squirrel had run out in front of her before the windshield was hit. No further information was available.
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CADY HILL FOREST on two wheels STORY
/ Nathan Burgess
can feel my tires slipping on a row of wet roots, but I don’t dare slow down. Rolling briskly but carefully across a ridgeline deep in the heart of Stowe’s Cady Hill Forest, I know a loss of momentum would be akin to walking a tightrope—and those trees don’t look very soft. Loosening my tense shoulders and letting my bike tremble and shake across the ground below, I breathe a sigh of relief as the trail smoothes out, and carefully apply pressure to the sweaty brake lever. All right, what’s next? Mountain biking is booming in Central Vermont. Growing trail networks, mostly built by volunteers, are getting more use than ever. Last summer I caught the mountain biking bug, and Cady Hill Forest was a big part of the reason. In Stowe and Waterbury the Stowe Mountain Bike Club and a group of dedicated hobbyists have built interest in the sport, literally, from the ground up. Last year the club worked with the Stowe Land Trust, the Stowe town government, and others to conserve Cady Hill Forest, a 258-acre property with 11 miles of trails, wetlands, and deer habitat.
Locals and in-the-know visitors are already well aware of what the forest has to offer, but with its conservation status, the trails are now easier to reach, well-marked, and, most importantly, safe from development. The property has trails for mountain bikers of various abilities, including leg-burning climbs up rocky hillsides and fast, flowing downhill sections. Riders headed into the forest shouldn’t expect the same smooth ride as the Stowe Recreation Path. Even the easiest trails throw up surprises, like tree roots, ruts, and rocks, and taking it easy is recommended if you’re just starting out (and, it goes without saying, foregoing a helmet is about as risky as driving through Smugglers’ Notch blindfolded). As with most trail networks in Vermont, there’s a fair amount of climbing. Start at the parking lot on Mountain Road, across from the Town & Country Resort. A trail kiosk and maps are at the head of Cady Hill Climb, a smooth, meandering uphill warm-up. The jewel of the forest is Bear’s Trail—a brilliantly designed, fast, flowing, undulating downhill rush through pine forest that starts at the top of the hill. Bear’s Trail is a roller coaster—smooth enough so you can pick up speed, but with a few roots and rocks thrown in to keep riders sharp. It returns to the parking lot. Looking for more variety? Try these alternate access points: • The trail entrance behind Iride bike shop, also on Mountain Road, connects to the Stowe Town Loops network. • Head south on Route 100 by car, turning right onto River Road, just past Stowe’s police and fire stations. Turn right on Cady Hill Road, go up the hill, and find a parking space where the road starts to disappear. There are several tricky trails in this area.
CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: GLENN CALLAHAN; JAMES WOODS; KEVIN WALSH; HISTORICAL POSTCARD, GLENN CALLAHAN
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The Hunter and His Dog: Turn into the pullout just downhill from the Shark’s Tooth and face the rock outcropping across the street. Look up for the man’s profile and the dog with a pointed ear.
Elephant’s Head: This can be tough to see. When looking at the hunter’s dog, look pretty far to the right for what looks like an elephant’s head and trunk in a high-elevation rock outcropping.
Singing Bird: Just downhill from Shark’s Tooth, look for a paved pullout on the right. Turn around and look up into the rock cliff to see this bird chirping away.
Smugglers’ Face: A triangular area of rock with the outline of a face. Best seen at an angle, it is in the high rock cliff above the Notch information booth. Stand so the booth is to your left, with the road behind you. Look up and a little to the right of the rock cliff to find the face. You can also try to see it from the far right side of the parking lot by looking up and to the left while standing next to the solar-powered bathrooms.
Shark’s Tooth: From the Notch, head toward Stowe and you will quickly see the road form an S-curve between two large boulders. The boulder on the right is the tooth.
Faces of Smugglers’ Notch If you ever feel like somebody is watching you while visiting Smugglers’ Notch, don’t worry; it’s only the mimetoliths. Defined as a rock outcropping or a natural topographic feature that resembles something else, often a person or an animal, mimetoliths appear in several spots in the Notch. Here is a list of them, along with a description of how to find them. From the positions listed here, you might have to move around a bit to find a good angle for viewing these formations. Binoculars or a long telephoto lens will help in your search, and for goodness sake, watch out for the traffic! —Kevin Walsh
MOUNTAIN & ROAD BIKE EVENTS JULY 20: Pond Jump Party BBQ & Sterling Forest work day Noon - 5 p.m., Sterling Gorge parking lot, Stowe. stowemtnbike.com. JULY 13-14: Vermont Mountain Bike Festival Sports trails, Ascutney Basin: Group rides. Kids activities. Demos. Food. 50 miles of single track. BBQ. More. vmba.org SEPTEMBER 1: Darn Tough Ride 100-mile century ride, shorter options. Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy, Stowe. mmwa.org CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: ©DON LANDWEHRLE; GLENN CALLAHAN; ©DON LANDWEHRLE; STOWE GUIDE ARCHIVES; STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT/DAVE SCHMIDT; INSET: CALLAHAN
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.
A hole for swimming 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!
A bike in the woods Whether you want a gentle ride along the 5.5-mile award-winning Stowe bike path with its views of Mount Mansfield or a teeth-chattering, lung-burning trip through the Perry 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 Enjoy the Alpine Slide at Stowe Mountain Resort. Just sit down and ride, and since you control the speed, you also control the excitement. Open daily throughout the summer, weather permitting, and weekends in the fall. If that’s not thrilling enough, try a bungee trampoline and catch the big air, or check out the inflatable obstacle course. The Gondola 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 Mansfield for some of the best views around, and serves as a starting point to the rocky summit of Vermont’s highest peak. The Mountain Auto Toll Road winds 3.7 miles through cool, green tunnels of vegetation and past sweeping vistas to the top of Mt. Mansfield.
Path of recreation Stowe’s nationally recognized 5.5-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.
Golf More than a dozen courses are within an hour’s drive, but one of the state’s most spectacular is the 6,213-yard, 18-hole Stowe Country Club. Stoweflake Resort features a 9-hole, par-three course, professional putting greens, and a 350yard driving range, while Copley Country Club in Morrisville offers a sweet nine holes. Don’t have time for a full 18? Try Stowe Golf Park, an 18-hole putting course that simulates a real golf course.
Paddle stations: Green River Reservoir, ‘quiet lake’ ponds offer peaceful paddling STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS
/ Kate Carter
itting in a canoe in the middle of a pond as the morning mist rises off the water and a loon calls in the distance can leave you feeling so calm and peaceful that for a brief moment you actually believe everything is right with the world. Soon you head back to shore and get on with your day, but that peaceful feeling lingers, and you find yourself wishing you were back in your canoe, sitting in the middle of that pond, hoping that loon will call out to his mate again. Maybe this time his mate will answer. Many Vermont lakes and ponds offer this sort of surreal paddling experience. North of Morrisville, Green River Reservoir and several smaller ponds have “quiet lake” designation under the Vermont use of public waters rules. This means no internal combustion motors—no motorboats, speedboats, jet skis, or float planes. Thus no air pollution,
noise pollution, or rolling wakes. Paddling on these ponds on a quiet morning or a warm calm evening is true bliss. If you’d like a quiet and peaceful paddling experience, we recommend taking your canoe or kayak to one of these lakes or ponds.
Green River Reservoir State-owned Green River Reservoir is heaven on water for canoeists and kayakers. Located in the towns of Hyde Park and Eden, its 653 acres include the longest stretch of undeveloped shoreline in Vermont—19 miles to be exact. With its numerous coves, thickly wooded banks, and few landmarks, it’s easy to lose your bearings on the water. If you’re not familiar with the area you could spend an entire day paddling the perimeter, searching for your launch site. When the state purchased the reservoir and its surround-
IN THE MIST Clockwise from left: Caro Thompson on an evening paddle on Green River Reservoir. A loon and its chick. Orah Moore and fall foliage on Green River Reservoir.
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ing 5,113 acres of land from Morrisville Water and Light Department in March 1999, they agreed to retain the reservoir’s wild and undeveloped condition, with only low-impact use allowed on and around the reservoir. They promised it would not become a “typical” state park. So far, that promise has mostly been kept. The state limited parking to only the launch site, and the number of camping sites was reduced from 60 to 30. A few years ago, with help from Friends of Green River Reservoir, a nonprofit group of private citizens dedicated to preserving the wilderness-like quality of the park, the state built an information kiosk, a solar-powered contact station, and an ADAaccessible trail. In 2010, to help offset expenses, they began charging a day use fee: $3/person; $2/for kids under age 14; and free to those age 3 and under. These changes put an end to the free-for-all environmentally destructive behavior that occurred when campers and paddlers visited the reservoir in earlier years. Green River Reservoir sees approximately 6,400 overnight campers and 4,500 day visitors each year. That might sound like a lot, but if you go early on a weekday morning, chances are you’ll have the place to yourself, at least for an hour or two. GETTING THERE: From Stowe Village go north on Route 100 to Morrisville. At the traffic light continue straight. At the fork stay left onto Route 15A. At the intersection of Route 15, turn right and take the first left onto Garfield Road. Go 3 miles. At the T-intersection go right, then left onto Green River Dam Road. At the end of the road, pay the fee at the Vermont State Park entrance kiosk. Total distance from Stowe is about 16 miles.
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TOP OF THE WORLD Clouds seem to touch Mt. Mansfield’s Chin. A view of the Long Trail on top of the mountain. Hikers look out over Stowe’s ski slopes from the top of Mansfield.
AT T H E S U M M I T 360° views from Vermont’s tallest peak STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS
/ Kevin Walsh
t. Mansfield’s summit trail, a segment of Vermont’s Long Trail, extends about one-and-a-half miles across the mountain’s summit and offers stunning views in all directions. On a clear day, clouds seem close enough to touch during a walk across the summit trail, making you feel like you are on top of the world. To hike the summit trail, take the Mansfield Toll Road up to the mountain’s Summit Station, located at what is called The Nose. (From some angles, Mt. Mansfield has the appearance of a human profile, and parts of the peak take the names of different facial features.) Park here and hike north to The Chin, which at 4,395 feet is the mountain’s highest point and the highest peak in Vermont. The summit trail, marked with white blazes, gains about 335 feet in elevation, most of which is during the final half-mile before reaching The Chin. While part of the trail is a reasonably easy path over dirt and rock ledge, some of the hike also requires moderate climbing over rocks and boulders. A few spots along the trail are narrow, so short, sure-footed steps work best. When watching ahead for the end of your climb, you may be tricked into thinking you are just about there, only to realize there is still a ways to go. Don’t give up! Stop often along the trail for a breather and to enjoy the views. On a clear day you can see Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks of New York, White Mountains of New
Hampshire, and even Canada. Along the trail are rare alpine vegetation and grasses. It is important to stay on the trail so as not to harm these delicate plants. You backtrack along the same trail when returning to your car, but the change in direction offers different sweeping vistas. Be sure to bring water, sun protection, sturdy footwear, and warm clothing for this halfday adventure. The summit can be cool and windy even on the hottest of summer days. On the day of my hike, a warm and sunny day on the Mountain Road turned into a very cool day with 25mph wind gusts at the summit. For a more woodsy and challenging experience you can hike up to The Nose or The Chin on a variety of trails. Another way to reach the Chin is to take the Stowe Mountain Resort gondola. But this can be a harder route than it seems, since after exiting the gondola at the Cliff House you still have a short but challenging rock ledge climb from there to The Chin. However you get to the summit, enjoy the sense of being in another world, far from the cares of daily life.
GETTING THERE: Take the Mountain Road to Stowe Resort’s Toll Road entrance. The road is open summer and fall, weather permitting. Passenger cars can easily make the trip. ■
Zack Woods has 11 small undeveloped bodies of water, including Zack Woods Pond and Perch Pond. These two ponds are connected by a narrow water path, and fishermen will find on both ponds a variety of fish, including yellow perch, bullhead, and largemouth bass. The smallest of the three, Mud Pond, is a few hundred yards south of Zack Woods and Perch ponds, on the other side of the Zack Woods Road. There is a small island on Zack Woods Pond where loons have been nesting since 1996, some years successfully, others years not. Please maintain a respectful distance from loons when paddling on the pond, and if a loon vocalizes as you approach, please back off. All three ponds are small and have undeveloped shorelines that are interesting to explore. GETTING THERE: Access to all three ponds is from Zack Woods Road in Garfield. From Stowe, follow the directions above to Green River Reservoir. Instead of turning left onto Green River Dam Road, turn right, staying on Garfield Road. Go 1.6 miles and turn right on Zack Woods Road. Go less than a half mile and turn left on a jeep road that leads to a small parking area and access to Zack Woods Pond. Or continue a hundred yards farther on Zack Woods Road and take a jeep road on the right for access to Mud Pond. Or continue along Zack Woods Road, which becomes West Hill Road, and take the jeep road on the left for access to Perch Pond.
Great Hosmer Pond A large pond worth a visit is a bit farther afield. Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury is about 30 miles north of Stowe. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center holds instructional rowing camps on this pond during the summer and fall, and numerous houses dot the shoreline, so it’s not as remote as Green River Reservoir and the smaller ponds mentioned above. Nevertheless it’s a pretty pond, long and narrow, running south to north. The fishing is good for largemouth bass, pickerel, and perch. Paddlers will find the beautiful white fragrant water lily and their plate-sized leaves floating on the surface during July and early August. GETTING THERE: Follow the directions above for Green River Reservoir. After turning right on Route 15, continue on Route 15 approximately 4 miles and turn left onto North Wolcott Road. Go 8.5 miles and at the T-intersection turn left on Route 14. Take the first right onto Post Road. At the four-way intersection continue straight and then go left onto Wylie Hill Road. Take the first right onto Mill Village Road. In a half mile bear left to stay on Mill Village Road (Little Hosmer Pond is on the left). After 0.7 miles turn right onto Lost Nation Road. Drive past the Craftsbury Outdoor Center buildings until the road goes downhill. On the left is a public access point to Great Hosmer Pond. Total distance from Stowe is about 30 miles. ■ 59
IRON ROAD Rope climbing up a waterfall. Rappelling down a cliff. Crossing Bakersfield Gorge via the zip line.
STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS / Kevin M. Walsh
While it defies easy description, think of via ferrata as the pentathlon of backwoods exploration. Once you finish a via ferrata you feel like you deserve a medal. An Italian term which translates to “iron road,” via ferrata has traditionally referred to a mountain route filled with bridges, ladders, and other man-made items used to traverse otherwise isolated and difficult terrain. But, in Bakersfield, a tiny burg just north of Smugglers’ Notch, an organization called Peak Expeditions has taken the via ferrata concept and applied it to an exhilarating civilian version of what might seem like a 10th Mountain Division army training session. After meeting at a spot off Witchcat Road, Peak Expedition guides lead you on a short hike into the woods surrounding Bakersfield Gorge. At the cliff’s edge, overlooking the rushing waters of Cooks Brook as it passes through the gorge’s rock walls, the hike ends, and the next part of your via ferrata adventure begins. For the next two hours you rappel down a rock cliff, cross the gorge via a zip line, rope climb up a steep section of Witchcat Falls, and walk through the brook. “You definitely get the feeling you are doing something a little extreme, especially when you just let yourself go
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while rappelling or using the zip line,” says Tim Walsh, who took the course last summer. Although via ferrata events are meant to be on the thrilling side of fun, the events also feature a deeper purpose. “Programs like this can help people overcome fears and challenges,” explains Chris Rice, manager of operations and lead guide for Peak Expeditions. Rice also notes that people can use adventure sports “to find strengths within themselves and transfer that knowledge and sense of strength and pride to other aspects of their lives.” You don’t have to be in Olympic-Games shape to participate in this via ferrata, but total couch potatoes will find some events physically challenging. People ranging in age from about 8 to 80 have conquered Bakersfield’s course, while gaining a new sense of appreciation for the natural environment. If the normal via ferrata course doesn’t sound exciting enough, try one of the events this summer at night under the full moons during June, July, and August.
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GETTING OUTDOORS SIZE DOESN’T MATTER A lift attendant mans the t-bar at Cochran’s, one of the few remaining small ski hills in Vermont. Inset: The now-defunct High Pond Mountain ski area in Hubbarton, Vt.
Searching for a really cool adventure that’s not too far off the beaten track? Look no further than Sterling Falls Gorge Natural Area, just seven miles north of Stowe Village, which offers a fun, informative interpretive walk that educates its visitors about Nature Walk: the natural forces that helped to create the gorge while offering a natural experience in one of Vermont’s most beautiful spots. Stops along the trail highlight the significant features of the gorge, and it only takes about 45 minutes to walk round trip. For at least the last 10,000 years, as Sterling Brook has wound its way down the mountainside, water has sculpted the streambed’s bedrock surfaces and walls, resulting in a spectacular natural gorge and a series of moderate-sized falls, cascades, and pools. Stops along the interpretive trail include: • How water creates smooth bedrock surfaces and potholes in the streambed, and what factors contribute to erosion. • How different types and sizes of rocks end up in the gorge, and how such a small stream moves larger rocks around. • Overview of the surrounding forest and dominant species. • Origins of the Sterling Brook and its tributaries. Exercise caution by staying on trail and closely supervising children and pets. Areas near the trail are steep and can be slippery. Remember, this beautiful area is sensitive to human impacts. Do not litter or throw anything into the gorge. For the more adventurous, the adjacent Sterling Forest trail network consists of numerous trails of varied lengths. Free trail maps are provided at each of Sterling Forest’s parking sites. —Gar Anderson
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lliot and Tyler Wilkinson-Ray grew up skiing at Cochran’s Ski Area, near their home in Richmond. Now in their 20s, both brothers coach at the little area where they learned to ski. Their dad, Jim Wilkinson-Ray, is a video producer for Vermont Public Television, and thus the brothers grew up with a strong sense of visual storytelling. Put those elements together, and it’s not surprising Elliot and Tyler are working on a short film about Vermont’s small ski areas. What is remarkable is how quickly and successfully their new film company, T-bar Productions, and their film, The Story of Small Ski Areas, are progressing. Last September, the brothers put the idea for their project on Kickstarter, an online funding platform for creative projects. They hoped to raise $5,000 to buy a camera. Instead, 234 backers pledged $10,084 to get them started. T-bar films now has a five-person production team. The drive behind the project is the brothers’ passion for their subject. “It’s powerful for us,” says Elliot. “Our whole sense of community was based around this small mountain.” Both brothers raced competitively, and Elliot graduated from the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy in Stowe. When they started coaching, Elliot and Tyler discovered other community ski hills in Vermont. Film Focus: “There used to be around 100 ski areas in Vermont, now there’s more like a dozen. There were tons of little ski areas all over the place.” But with growing competition from ever-bigger ski areas, and the advent of snowmaking, the smallest areas faced the decision to either expand or fold. T-bar’s goal is to tell the stories of a handful of these small hills—Cochran’s Ski Area, Hard’ack, Northeastern Slopes, Suicide Six, and Lyndon Outing Club. Elliot says the small ski areas that have survived have done so through specialization. Cochran’s is all about ski racing. Hard’ack is what he called an “urban ski area,” basically a free, volunteer-run outdoor recreation center for St. Albans, while Northeast Slopes is a freestyle haven, with bumps and jumps built from hay bales. T-Bar filmed throughout the winter, with the goal of editing the footage this spring for a film-festival debut next fall. “We’re hoping that by bringing attention to these places we’ll help people realize the gems in their own communities,” says Elliot. —Amy Kolb Noyes
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Local waters: Angling for bass, trout in Little River basin STORY & PHOTOGRAPH / Willy Dietrich
Stowe offers an impressive range of angling opportunities for trout and bass. Within the Little River drainage basin, numerous brooks sustain native brook trout, wild rainbow trout, and wild brown trout, while the river itself features fine smallmouth bass fishing. Tactics are simple for fishing the Little River watershed, and it’s always feasible for fly anglers to catch a “Vermont Grand Slam”—a brookie, a rainbow, and a brown—in one day.
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Five brooks, which originate in the upper reaches of Mt. Mansfield and the Worcester range, feed the Little River. A combination of elevation, snow pack, and stability provide cold clear water for native and wild trout. Anglers can enjoy pocket-water fishing, classic riffles, pools, and sight fishing for large trout in crystal clear water. The species determines where anglers should begin their search. Native brook trout require the cleanest and coldest water of the trio. They typically live in the headwaters of each stream. Brook trout are lazy and will often be found holding in kneedeep pools or under and beside large rocks. Brook trout, or brookies, are greedy eaters and easy to fool with a fly. Feisty wild rainbow trout now dominate native brook trout in several of Little River’s tributaries. Rainbows migrate during snowmelt and high water to find suitable spawning water and habitat. In the process they push out the smaller and shorter-lived brookies. Rainbows are the only spring spawning trout in Vermont. High spring water levels make it possible for rainbows to search out new habitat and this often creates competition with native brook trout. Small-stream rainbows often hold in either the tailouts of pools (the slow water just downstream from a riffle) or within the riffles themselves. It is not uncommon to find wild rainbows mixed in with native brook trout in these headwater streams. Brown trout, the largest trout found in Vermont, often reside in the lower stretches of these brooks, in deep stable pools with wood features, such as fallen trees or submerged logs. Many of the large browns are nocturnal and often will not avail themselves to anglers on a regular basis. The best time to catch browns is during periods when water levels rise and fall and during the fall spawning period. Brown trout like to eat other fish, including juvenile rainbows and brookies. Off-colored water provides an adult brown trout a comfort zone in which to ambush prey.
Bass tactics Smallmouth bass occupy the main stem of the Little River above the Waterbury Reservoir up to the old Adams Mill in Moscow. They migrate from the reservoir up the river in the spring to spawn, and many smallmouths remain in the river after spawning.
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STOWE TRAIL RACES Trails that have seen more skis than sneakers over the past 50 years are now a top recreation destination in Stowe—for at least three days during summer. The Stowe Trail Race Series features three runs—one each in July, August, and September. This summer’s series kicks off July 28 with the Ranch Camp Ramble 5k and 10k runs at the Stowe Mountain Resort Nordic Center. The August 18 race moves to Cady Hill Forest for a 5k on the Town Loop trails behind Golden Eagle Resort. The final race, the Trapp Cabin 10k Trail Race and 5k Fun Run, takes place September 15. It will be followed by a mountain bike race in the afternoon. Pre-registration fees for each race are $25 for adults and $10 for 16 and younger. Race day registration is $25. Each race also features prizes, bib raffle, and food. The events benefit Stowe Adaptive Sports, which supports athletes with disabilities and helps fund the adaptive ski program at Stowe Mountain Resort. Kurt Reichelt, former technical director for the series, cautioned runners that if anyone is looking for a personal best on a flat, fast course, “these aren’t the races for you, but if you are looking to push yourself on some of the best trails in Stowe and get a little muddy, then you shouldn’t miss these races.”
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otorists traveling along Hogback Road in Johnson might wonder about the little campground beyond the iron gate marked Ithiel Falls. During most of the year it’s abandoned, but for 12 days each summer it hums with activity and overflows with so many people that you’ll see cars parked for half a mile on either side of the road. Step into the “tabernacle,” a large barn-like building and you’ll find the faithful singing a mix of contemporary Christian music and classic hymns, or listening intently to inspired preaching. Welcome to Ithiel Falls Camp Meeting, an annual non-denominational Christian revival that has taken place for 114 years. Vermont seems an odd place for such a revival. Recent polls by both Pew Research Center and Gallup find the Green Mountain State and New Hampshire tied as the least religious among the 50 states. Only 23 percent of Vermonters consider religion important or very important, according to a 2013 Gallup poll. Yet, as the state has strayed increasingly further from its conservative roots over the past several decades, attendance at Ithiel Falls Camp Meeting remains strong. Every summer the campground fills with a mix of locals and visiting families from as far away as the Midwest. The faithful pack the tabernacle for morning Bible studies and evening revival services. Some stay in small on-site cabins. Volunteer cooks serve meals, family style, in a large dining hall. A dinner bell chimes when it’s time to line up at the door. A sleep-away camp for teens is held simultaneously and draws about 80 middle- and high-school students. Another 40 or so youngsters attend daily children’s services. Though the services, led by guest evangelists, are interdenominational, the camp is largely organized by congregants of local Nazarene churches, including several descendents of the camp meeting’s original founders. Many belong to the Lamoille Valley Church of the Nazarene in Johnson. Merilyn Clinger, 77, has lived on the Hogback Road for most of her life and attended her first camp meetings as a young child. Her grandfather, Carroll Manchester, cleared land for the camp in 1898. Her grandmother was a volunteer cook in the camp’s dining hall. “It was part of our heritage,” Clinger says. “I went when I was as young as three or four. My grandmother had a little white stool I could sit on and watch her cook.” Camp has “always been like the New Year for me,” says Clinger, who sums up the Ithiel Falls mission this way: “Winning people to Christ and helping them to live a deeper Christian life. Helping people to renew their commitment to Christ.”
he camp, located about one mile off Route 15, derives its name from the bordering Ithiel Falls. The falls is a rapids now, but old photos show that it was once a short, punchbowl-shaped waterfall. The falls acted as a pinch point and backed water all the way to Johnson village during the 1927 flood. It was subsequently dynamited to prevent future flooding. Ithiel Town Johnson, a Methodist evangelist who led revivals in the late 19th century, held the first camp meeting on the grounds in 1899. He recounted how it came about in his autobiography, The Story of My Life or Forty Busy Years. “I have always believed it was ordained of God to be and He chose me to establish it,” wrote Johnson. “I was holding meetings at Johnson as an evangelist in the year 1898 and heard much about the lower falls as they were then called. “… When I reached the place that led to the falls I got out and crept through the thick underbrush and briers over the top of ledges that led to the turbulent stream as it rushed the gorge and stood amazed at the grand handiwork of God. As I stood there, a voice seemed to say to me, ‘Here’s a good place for a camp meeting.’ ” Johnson sought out the landowners, who had recently converted to Christianity at one of his meetings, and told them of his inspiration. After a few weeks, they gave him the deed to the land. When he asked for volunteers to clear land for a campsite, more than 90 men came armed with
scythes, bush hooks, shovels, axes, forks, bars, and rakes. Baptists, Congregationalists, Seventh Day Adventists, Methodists, and Catholics worked side by side over several weekends to fell trees and clear brush.
he camp opened in August 1899. During the first Sunday service congregants filled all 1,500 seats; many others were left to stand. Hundreds more attended the following Sunday and the first camp meeting at Ithiel Falls was declared a success. In the early days, a camp meeting could draw upwards of 1,000 people on a Sunday. At times, the line of horse-drawn wagons heading to the campground stretched a mile in either direction. In the first part of the 20th century a stop along the Lamoille Valley Railroad would drop off passengers about a mile from the grounds and they would walk the rest of the way. In recent years, Sunday morning services draw up to 200 while evening and weekend services attract somewhat fewer. The two-story tabernacle is rustic with unfinished wood walls and unscreened windows left open most evenings to let in the breeze. Its floor is a mix of earth and stones and it’s not unusual for a chipmunk or squirrel to scurry in through an open door during a service. The eclectic worship music reflects the music ministry team, which includes musicians and singers of various ages and church backgrounds. You may hear acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, drums, a flute, or a violin accompanying the lyrics of classic hymns and contemporary Christian favorites. Dress is casual. Pastors, music ministers, and ushers typically wear shorts and sandals. Simple sermons appeal to both newcomers and old-timers of different denominations, and often include object lessons and a joke or two. A family-style supper—often a roast with potatoes, salad, and homemade rolls—is served after the Sunday morning service. All are welcome; donations for the food are accepted but not required. Somehow there’s always enough to fill every last plate regardless of how many show up. Most agree that the best part of supper is dessert. Members of local Nazarene congregations bring dozens of pies of every imaginable variety—blueberry, apple, peach, pecan, and maple cream, to name but a few. When sliced and placed on paper plates they fill an entire dining table, tempting everyone to rush through supper so they can claim a favorite slice. On the final Sunday of camp meeting, a baptismal service is held in the Lamoille River. Christian converts ready to publicly declare their faithfulness to Christ make their way down a streambank behind the falls in swimsuits, T-shirts, and water shoes.
anice Wood regularly attended the camp meetings before moving to Michigan several years ago. She and her husband, Jim, have returned every summer since, bringing their three grandchildren with them. “I hope
that it will be a good influence on my grandchildren and that they will always know it’s a safe and loving place,” Janice says. “My life wouldn’t be complete without 12 days a year at Ithiel Falls.” Pastor Bob Copeland, one of two pastors who split the preaching last summer, calls himself a pastor-evangelist. He traveled to Vermont from Four Oaks, N.C., where he serves as senior pastor at the Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church. “It’s a more intense fellowship than we experience all year,” Copeland says. “We’re away from the world and distractions and there’s a benefit to that. There’s a refreshing when we focus completely on Him.” In some ways, camp meeting is like a big family reunion, especially for attendees who have come for decades and only get to see each other 12 days a year. It’s not unusual to find people excitedly chatting in the pews hours after an evening service, or lingering over a campfire well into the night. Rev. Sherry Howard, a children’s evangelist, has led children’s services at Ithiel Falls since 1982. She keeps the youngsters’ attention with a mix of puppets, balloons, and songs. Over the years she’s watched many of her young charges grow up, get married, and return with their own families. “I remember teaching the parents of some of the children I have today,” Howard says. Jeff and Cathy Churchill travel to camp meeting from the Boston area. Cathy, a native Vermonter, has been coming since childhood, and has brought Jeff since the couple got engaged in the 1970s. They have only missed one summer, when Cathy had knee replacement surgery and couldn’t make the trip. Jeff sums up their commitment to the camp this way: Faith and family. Spending time away from the responsibilities of work and other commitments gives them an opportunity to build their faith and strengthen their relationship with the Lord, Jeff says. Years ago they signed a contract, allowing them to use a cabin at the campground for the rest of their lives in exchange for maintaining it. They usually bring their children and grandchildren and often invite a few friends to join them. “I’ve had some of the biggest times of spiritual growth at camp,” Cathy says. “It’s a time for me to focus on the Lord and His plan for my life. It’s a time to serve others.” Many say the camp meetings have been life changing. Andrew Cochran grew up attending services and has been a camp counselor at the teen camp for the past four years. “It only goes two weeks, but it’s a big part of my life. I got to know my wife here and I got to make my closest friends here. There are other camps with more activities, but God’s presence is here and the kids know it.” ■
114TH ITHIEL FALLS CAMP MEETING Interdenominational • All welcome July 31 – Aug. 11 ■ 3662 Hogback Rd., Johnson Bible study: all ages,11 a.m. Services every evening: 7 p.m. ■ Sunday worship: 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.; ■
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If you roll up your mat and head to a yoga class in Stowe, don’t be surprised if you find yourself practicing your downward dog between a lift attendant and the hardware store owner, with a lawyer in front of you and an artist behind. Since Kate Graves taught the first “official” yoga class at Trapp Family Lodge in 1987, Stowe has steadily grown— stretched, perhaps—into a town with numerous offerings. A remarkably diverse group of yoga devotees all find a combination of physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits, three things that complement the active lifestyle of those living in the heart of the Green Mountain state. With a history dating back thousands of years to India, yoga has seen an explosion in popularity in recent decades. According to a 2012 study commissioned by Yoga Journal, over 20.4 million people practice yoga in America, up from 15.8 million in 2008—a remarkable 29-percent increase. These same practitioners also spend over $10 billion a year on classes, equipment, clothing, and, increasingly, yogarelated travel. Perhaps an even more striking statistic: 44 percent of people who do not practice yoga would like to try it. The 20 plus million Americans who practice yoga all have their own reasons, but the impetus for getting involved usually falls into a few categories: a friend’s recommendation, physician referral, curiosity, a desire for increased flexibility, and perhaps the most common: pain relief or injury recovery. For a sports-oriented town such as Stowe, it comes as no surprise that yoga finds a ready clientele. hen Kate Graves arrived in Stowe in 1981 there were no organized yoga classes. Graves, whose introduction to yoga came as a teenager 45 years ago while growing up in Manhattan, studied yoga at the Integral Yoga Center in New York City. After her arrival in Stowe, she regularly practiced yoga, both on her own and with other people. During her 12-year tenure at Trapp Family Lodge she first started a massage program, and in 1987, a yoga program. “Those first yoga classes at Trapps were populated mostly by middle-aged women—the men and younger practitioners didn’t start coming until later,” Graves says. That gender discrepancy is true at most studios, both in town and nationwide, where over 80 percent of yoga practitioners are women. Men’s participation is steadily increasing, though, as reported by several local yoga teachers. Since those early days at Trapps, Graves’ teaching has evolved into regular classes at her studio, The Stowe Yoga Center in Moscow, as well as private yoga classes and pre-natal yoga, energy work, massage, LaStone therapy, and Thai-yoga bodywork. Graves’ own first experience with yoga was life-changing. After joining a class in New York she experienced a “vision of the inner body and the energy of the body” during a guided meditation at the end of the class. “I’ve been practicing yoga ever since,” she says. After beginning an MBA program at New York University in marketing, a career “mismatch,” Graves moved to Sante Fe for five years where she attended massage school, eventually migrating east to Stowe. “Yoga and massage are strongly related,” she says. “Yoga is the closest thing to self-massage.” Stowe resident Jayne Stearns has practiced under Graves’ tutelage since her own move to Stowe. “I’ve been working with Kate for 32 years,” Stearns says, “and she has been there with me through so many things in my life. For me it’s like therapy where I don’t have to talk.” Like so many yoga disciples Stearns finds that yoga not only improves her flexibility, but it also grounds her, and helps her come together both mentally and emotionally. Yoga has become an essential part of Stearns’ life, and it has even found its way into her work making gourmet chocolates. “I often show my coworkers yoga postures and stretches that will
help them with all the back bending we do. You’d be surprised how physical it is to make chocolates.” Along with Graves’ Stowe Yoga Studio, there are now two other dedicated yoga studios in town, as well as six businesses that offer yoga classes. One of those dedicated studios is Bikram Yoga Studio owned by Zoe Pickett, who grew up in Stowe. Bikram is dedicated to the practice of yoga as developed by Bikram Choudhury, who created a unique sequence of 26 common hatha yoga postures practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees, a daunting prospect for newcomers, but embraced by the roughly 100 people a week who participate in Stowe, and the countless others around the world. Pickett tried other yoga styles in high school but found them challenging because of her own lack of flexibility at the time, which she attributes to a lot of running, and her personal preference for immediate feedback. Pickett’s father Jack is a Bikram aficionado as well, and Pickett credits Bikram, especially the lung strength her father developed as a longtime practitioner of the discipline, as one of the things that helped him recover from a fiery explosion a decade ago. ikram, unlike other yoga styles, follows the same sequence regardless of where it’s practiced around the world. While coaching during the class is personalized, the hour-and-a-half class dialogue is memorized
zoe pickett, bikram stowe at a nine-week training program that all Bikram teachers undergo at Bikram’s Yoga College of India in Los Angeles. Pickett decided that she wanted to be a yoga teacher after working at a center in the Bahamas, but was “scared of Bikram because the training seemed to be so intense.” She likened those nine weeks she eventually signed up for to “boot camp where we practiced Bikram twice daily and stayed up late at night memorizing the sequence of postures and dialogue.” “Bikram is like therapy for me and most people I know. It gets me out of my head, and
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forming Bikram’s 26 postures. “It’s about doing it right.” Stowe Hardware co-owner Chris Mask has worked on doing it right for about eight years. “At 6 feet 8 inches and 190 pounds, flexibility is so important. We don’t get more flexible as we get older,” he says. Mask credits his 30 years of yoga practice with his ability to continue an active lifestyle. “I’ve practiced yoga for many years, but Bikram really made sense for me. I came into it for its physical nature, but the mental piece snuck up on me, too. I’m a lot calmer person thanks to yoga.” hile many believe that yoga is all about stretching, bending, or sweating, for Mike and Mariah Azarovich of West Branch Yoga on the Mountain Road—or the Recreation Path, depending on your mode of transport—what happens “off the mat” is as much a part of their work as what happens in the studio. As passionate yoga teachers who adhere to the teachings of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and noted yoga teacher and best-selling author Beryl Bender Birch, the Azaroviches are mesmerizing with their enthusiasm for yoga and the way it has transformed their lives. Mike and Mariah both came to yoga through injury. Mariah, a lifelong dancer and exercise science student, looked to yoga after years of “beating herself up” for the “dance aesthetic that riddled my body with injuries. I needed to balance, turn inward, and listen to my body.” Likewise, Mike came to yoga after a series of painful operations, hoping to repair his body from injuries sustained trying to develop an organic farm in Massachusetts. “At 32 I was told I would never be able to ski or ride a bike again, and now I ski Hell Brook as often as I can,” says Mike, of one of Mt. Mansfield’s most challenging off-piste trails. Years of physical therapy never produced results for Mike, but he finally found some pain relief and improved mobility in a “gentle yoga” class. Since their early experiences in yoga, both Mike and Mariah have gone through extensive teacher training. For Mariah, the movement and physical aspect of yoga came easily to her because of her dance and exercise science training, but for Mike, the physical part of yoga was a challenge. Today, both of them have found that the physical benefits of yoga provide a gateway into all of the other ways that yoga enriches their lives. Once their dream of operating an organic farm came to an end, they packed up the children, drove around the country, and looked for a place to raise their family. They found Stowe, sold the farm and tractor in Massachusetts, Mariah left her job as a dance instructor at a private school, and the couple opened West Branch Yoga. Using both local and non-toxic building materials, they reworked an existing space into one truly designed for yoga.
rearranges things,” Pickett says. As a young woman, she also found that Bikram helped her to free herself from society’s expectations about body image, which Bikram challenges directly by requiring that poses be done in front of a full-length mirror. “The mirror really challenges some people, because it forces you to look at yourself. It also helps you to see your alignment and the changes your body goes through over time.” Pickett also finds that through the intense physical experience of Bikram, you come to “face the other challenges you deal with in your life.” She spoke of the clarity she feels during and after practicing, a word that many yoga participants echo, no matter what the discipline. There is one group in Stowe who seem to be drawn to Bikram more than other styles: obsessive athletes. They want the same rush from yoga that they get from skiing, running, or biking, but Pickett reminds them to keep that competitive nature out of the studio. Many of them come to class to deal with injuries, and if they try too hard, they are likely to prolong the injury or give themselves a new one. “It’s not about being the best,” says Pickett, of per-
“Yoga for therapeutic intent is the backbone of our practice,” says Mike. “We help students break out of habits that create dis-ease in their bodies. Stretching is just one small piece of what the experience of yoga is.” According to the Azaroviches, one of the long-term goals of their own yoga practice and their studio is to help people “slow down and identify what is really important in life.” Mariah sums up their mission and approach: “This isn’t just about coming to get exercise. It’s about learning to pay attention, and that starts on a literal, physical level. When you start cultivating that concentration and the ability to turn inward, and cultivate compassion for yourself in challenging times, then you can begin to spill that out into the world.” This spilling out of compassion is essentially mandated by Mariah’s mentor Beryl Bender Birch, co-founder of the Give Back Yoga foundation, whose mission is to make sure that yoga and its benefits are available and affordable for everyone, from students and low-income people to veterans and prisoners. The Azaroviches actively engage this philosophy by offering teachertraining scholarships, discounts for students—as do all the studios in Stowe—but also discounts for teachers, bikram makes civil servants, veterans, and you sweat even those who arrive by bike. They also invite students with the Stowe High School Friday Program to their studio for a six-week introductory session and encourage them to make yoga a part of their lives. Mariah’s dance background is especially valuable to 18-year-old Eliza Krakower, an avid yoga practitioner and dancer who spends 20 hours a week training at the Stowe Dance Academy. “Dance harbors long and lean muscles,” says Krakower. “We strive for an understated strength, and much of our warmup and stretching moves come from traditional yoga.” Krakower started practicing yoga in middle school as a complement to dance. She found yoga helped her maintain her flexibility and cut down on the “wear and tear” on her body. Yoga has “pointed out different areas where my alignment is off—when I am on the mat and connected to the earth it’s more evident than when I am standing at the barre.” n addition to instruction, most studios offer yoga paraphernalia for sale, but few have evolved from a purely retail space like Oxygen, perhaps the most visible yoga “business” in town. Robin Gershman opened Oxygen five years ago as a yoga and fitness clothing boutique in Stowe Village, and recently moved into a spacious, new building on the Mountain Road. The move created the perfect opportunity to anchor her business around a yoga studio. “I wanted to create a space and business where I would be comfortable working and practicing yoga. I wanted other people to be comfortable here as well, because people will remember that feeling, and everyone in the space is a part of that experience.” Unlike other studio owners in Stowe, Gershman is not a yoga teacher, but she is integral in the design and implementation of how yoga is taught at Oxygen. “My husband practices yoga much more than I do,” she says, “as I’m more of a running, skiing, gym-fitness person.” Still, she finds yoga becoming a more important part of her life. “I need it for the calming effect, it grounds me. Part of the reason I chose the name Oxygen for the business is because it reminds me to slow down and breathe.” Like the Azaroviches at West Branch, who strive to make their social mission a part of their studio’s work, Gershman pays specific attention to the origin of the clothing lines and other products she stocks in Oxygen’s retail store. ”About 60 to 70 percent of the products I carry are from women-owned businesses,” she says. “I’m also trying to stock Vermont products as well.” For managing the studio, though, Gershman defers to Elisa von Trapp’s extensive experience teaching and studying yoga. Von Trapp grew up in Chile and came to Stowe in 2008 after marrying Sam von Trapp, the executive vice president of Trapp Family Lodge. As a
child she reluctantly joined her mother for yoga classes (her mother is an accomplished yoga instructor and trained in India with Krishna Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga yoga), and eventually found her own passion for yoga as a student at the University of California at Davis, where yoga offered her a place to “center and connect all aspects” of her personality. When Elisa came to Stowe, the yoga program at Trapps consisted of one weekly class; now its one class a day. The program is tailored to suit every body type, says von Trapp, “because in any class there may be younger guests with their children as well as older guests who have been coming to the lodge for 30 years.” Oxygen draws a different clientele. “Bodies in Stowe are strong and tight,” von Trapp says, “and people really seem to enjoy the physical challenge of a class.” She realizes, however, that for a studio to survive it needs to offer a wide range of classes. In that vein, Oxygen will offer a pre-natal class, one designed for men, and continue its popular Sunday series. Von Trapp, a lifelong athlete, credits yoga with changing her body and its abilities. “My balance has increased tremendously and yoga has helped my body to work as a unit instead of individual muscles and parts.” In her classes, she focuses on “opposing lines of movement in muscles and postures,” and an everchanging series of “stimulating and relaxing” poses that will “inform the muscular system and unwind the muscles we bind.” No two classes are the same for von Trapp, and she is constantly doing research to develop new sequences that help her students leave class with “bodies that feel good, exhausted but not totally beat, and balanced.” hat “balance,” both literal and metaphorical, is referenced by so many yoga practitioners. For 35-year-old Wolcott resident Laura Kalp, who has been practicing yoga since the sixth grade, that means exploring the wide variety of yoga classes in Stowe. While many people find that one style of yoga suits them best, Kalp has found that “there are so many amazing and insightful teachers in town,” that she finds the variety offered by all of them beneficial. “I’ve taken classes at West Branch, Stoweflake, Bikram, in Johnson, and some ‘pop-up’ studios in various locations that have come and gone,” she says. Like many, she looks for classes that offer a balance of “strengthening, flexibility, and breathing,” and says that her practice “quiets my mind and empties the clutter of everyday stress, obligations, and pressures to ‘do it all.’ ” As a professional mother of two with no official yoga training, but who does teach the occasional class, Kalp echoes the sentiments of most practitioners who incorporate yoga into their lives: “Through my yoga practice I’m not only stronger and more flexible, I’m also more patient, happier, and I interact with people in my daily life on a more positive level.” ■
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Story by Robert Kiener It’s just after nine o’clock on a crisp October morning and Dennis Reinhardt—all six-feet, five-inches of him—is hunched over a frost-covered hayfield off Morrisville’s Elmore Mountain Road. Suddenly, after spotting something in the recently bush-hogged field, Reinhardt drops to one knee and picks up a tiny half-inch sliver. “Got it,” he tells a bystander proudly as he holds up his find. “This is a deer’s winter hair. You can tell by the thickness and the way it kinks when you bend it; it’s hollow for insulation. And look at the ends; it’s been cut by a bullet.” Like an investigator from the television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Reinhardt focuses intently on the ground around him and soon discovers more evidence. He points out blood splatter, bits of bone and tissue, and deer tallow. “That’s fat that has congealed in the cold air after the deer was shot,” he explains. He marks each find with a foot-high red evidence flag. Within minutes Reinhardt, the 48-year-old deputy chief of Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Division of Law Enforcement, has mapped out the scene of what looks like another instance of illegal deer poaching. “There’s the impact spot where the deer was shot. Here’s the blowhole; the telltale cone-shaped blood spatter,” he explains as he looks over the flag-dotted crime scene. His trained eyes spot drag marks and several sets of footprints in the field, still visible in the early morning frost. “It looks very much like they shot this deer from the road and dragged it back,” he explains. He mentions another clue: “Notice that they didn’t gut the deer here. That tells me they were in a big hurry to get away.” Thanks to an anonymous tip, the 26-year veteran game warden has a pretty good idea of who shot the deer. “I’ve dealt with them before; they’re ‘longtime customers.’ They know almost every trick in the book.” Shooting a deer from the road or less than 10 feet off it is illegal, and if Reinhardt can prove that’s what happened, the poachers could lose their hunting license, be fined several thousand dollars, and possibly lose their vehicle. But he has to get them into court first. 80
Vermont game warden Jason Batchelder, Deputy Chief Dennis Reinhardt, and warden trainee David Taddei.
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Being able to work outdoors is one of the things that drew Reinhardt to his job. However, as deputy chief of the state’s game warden service, he now spends a lot of his time behind a desk at the organization’s Waterbury headquarters, overseeing the department’s 34 game wardens. But he still conducts field investigations. According to Jason Batchelder, a 37-year-old game warden whose district encompasses much of Lamoille County—Reinhardt’s old stomping grounds and home to Stowe, Morrisville, and eight other small, rural towns—working outdoors, riding snowmobiles, piloting boats, and patrolling the woods is a dream job. “Most people have to go somewhere to get away from it all. But we’re already there,” says the Morrisville resident. Applications for game warden positions prove that the job is very sought after. When three positions recently opened up, more than 300 people applied. “We look for education, intelligence, familiarity with the law, the outdoors, and, above all, people skills,” says Reinhardt, a University of Massachusetts graduate. Understanding a thing or two about psychology can also prove valuable. “Knowing how to talk to people, understanding where they are coming from, is very important,” says Reinhardt. Applicants must pass the Vermont Police Academy entrance exam as well as a battery of psychological, polygraph, and background checks. There’s also an element of danger with the job. After all, there’s a reason Reinhardt, Batchelder, and the other wardens pack Glock .40 caliber pistols, a canister of Sabre 5.0 pepper spray, and wear bulletproof vests. Unlike their police cousins, many of the people a game warden encounter are armed with anything from a shotgun to a crossbow. And wardens usually work alone, often in remote areas where help can be hours away. According to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, “Due to the firearm-related link to game law violations, game wardens are 82
seven times more likely than other types of law enforcement officers to be seriously injured or killed in an assault.” While there haven’t been any serious injuries in Vermont in a while, in 1978 warden Arnold J. Magoon was attacked by a deer poacher in Brandon and beaten to death. Nationally 231 game wardens have been killed or died while on duty. “When you mix booze, rifles, and vehicles together, you always have to be on your guard,” says Reinhardt. Wardens take several firearms and physical defense training sessions each year. Game wardens invariably say they love the ever-changing nature of their job. They are on call around the clock and work out of their home offices. “No two days are the same,” says Batchelder. As a glimpse through their files will prove, wardens are asked to respond to a wide variety of incidents throughout the year and around the clock: • Last December, after the close of deer hunting season, wardens were called to Morrisville around 10:30 p.m. after residents reported hearing shots. Using a high-tech thermal imaging system they spotted a 22-year-old poacher hiding in the woods and the carcass of a mature antlered buck nearby. • After a bull moose attacked a man last September and rammed into his home several times, a game warden was dispatched to investigate. Because the erratic moose had signs of being infected with the brain worm parasite, the warden had to shoot it. • Last October Jason Batchelder caught a hunter in a deer stand and charged him with using apples as bait to lure the deer. In Vermont it is illegal to put out any food or mineral for the purpose of drawing wildlife to be shot at. The accused, a former secretary of environmental affairs for Massachusetts and a state senator, has pleaded not guilty to illegal hunting. • In an undercover sting operation late last year, Vermont Fish and Wildlife game wardens posed as hunters at an illegal captive
LOOKING FOR POACHERS Clockwise from top left: Lt. Kim Klein checks a fishing license on the Willoughby River. During a warden training session on Mallets Bay on Lake Champlain in 2012. Game wardens Chad Barrett (right) and Robert Currier look for poachers in a Middlesex field. Inset: Barrett and Currier with two deer decoys used to catch poachers taking game illegally. These five deer, including an eight-point buck and a five-point buck, were illegally taken during a notorious two-night deer-jacking spree in the Waterbury-Stowe area that Barrett and others investigated several years ago. Three men, who used a crossbow to illegally kill the deer, were arrested in the case.
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hunting facility in Fairlee, Vermont. Based on the wardens’ investigation the owners of the property have been accused of seven counts of operating an unlicensed captive hunting facility and it has been forced to suspend operations. Sometimes there is a lighter side to the job. Reinhardt laughs as recounts what has to be the department’s “easiest bust ever.” One of his wardens reported finding two poachers who had just illegally taken a deer. “They were both in the car, passed out drunk,” says Reinhardt. “But that’s not the best part. They had parked their car smack dab in the middle of the warden’s own driveway.”
To see first-hand what Reinhardt and the state’s other game wardens do on a typical day during their busiest time, the fall hunting season, I joined him at 8:30 in the morning in his four-wheel drive Chevy Silverado last October. The truck is packed to the brim with gear; from search-and-rescue equipment to first aid kits to a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun and two Ruger rifles, a .22 and a .243. Acting on a tip, which he received from a confidential informant known as “77,” Reinhardt joined Batchelder and other law enforcement officials who were investigating a reported deer shooting on Stowe’s Stagecoach Road. According to the informant, someone shot a deer from inside a car, a clear violation of state law.
During hunting season especially, poaching tips come into the Fish and Wildlife Office via its official Operation Game Thief confidential tip line. But many tips, often the best ones, come from a network of confidential informants the wardens have established over the years. “We value these people; they are our eyes and ears,” says Reinhardt. But not all are altruistic. Often it’s someone who wants to settle a score or is jealous that someone has bagged a deer they didn’t. Human nature also plays a role; many poachers can’t resist bragging to their friends about their latest kill, especially after a few drinks. Before we head to Stagecoach Road, Reinhardt drives some back roads in hopes of spotting his least favorite offenders, road hunters, who shoot game illegally from their vehicle. These are a variant of “deer jackers,” poachers who break the law by shining a bright light at an animal to make it freeze—called “spotlighting”—and then shoot it. Legal hunting hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. 83
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Reinhardt and other wardens have a special distaste for road hunters. “They’re selfish and unethical,” he says. “Worst of all they give legitimate hunters a bad name and cause many landowners to post their land because they are so upset, and often frightened, by these jokers.” Shortly after we turn off Route 100 and onto a side road, Reinhardt points to a battered pickup coming toward us and tells me, “There’s one. That didn’t take long.” I ask him how he knows the driver is a road hunter and he explains, “Did you notice that both the driver’s and the passenger’s side windows were rolled down? And it’s, what, 21 degrees this morning?” Less than five minutes later, he spots another road hunter. Again, the windows are down—the telltale giveaway. “And he’s driving too slowly,” says Reinhardt. On another back road he points to a man and wife in a slow-moving pickup coming toward us. “Road hunters. She drives and he shoots out the passenger side. Did you notice his window was down?” He adds that he had arrested the man before for road hunting. By the time we reach Stagecoach Road Jason Batchelder and Fish and Wildlife commissioner Patrick Berry have investigated the scene and found little useable evidence to identify a shooter. But Jason will interview a suspect at his home in a day or so, in what’s dubbed a “knock and talk,” to see if his story is plausible.
Reinhardt confesses to having “cop eyes.” After two-and-a-half decades of working as a game warden he cannot help but spot details that others would miss. On walks through the woods he will keep his eyes peeled for new deer blinds and check to see if
there is any evidence of illegal bait piles nearby. Recently, while jogging with his son in Nebraska Valley he saw an obvious road hunter. He memorized the license plate number and made a note to investigate. Because he lives where he works, he invariably bumps into poachers and others he has arrested over the years. Most are cordial. “Well, not all,” he says with a smile. “The other day a guy I had once arrested drove by in a pickup and gave me the finger.” Others disparagingly call wardens “fish cops.” Or worse. When I ask Reinhardt if he ever feels sympathy for a poacher who may say he is merely trying to feed his family, he tells me, “In our experience hardly anyone is doing it for the meat. I could
ON THE JOB Clockwise from top left: Sgt. Brad Mann teaches a land-navigation course to then-trainees, now game wardens Josh Hungerford, Robert Currier, Dana Joyal, and Dustin Snyder. Warden Mark Schichtle examines a deer for a bullet to determine cause of death. Warden Evan Eastman helping a young man to fish. Inset: The Honor Guard, which is used during formal ceremonies, and includes two flag bearers, two gun bearers, and a few other members calling cadence. Pictured: Wardens Justin Stedman, Thomas Cook, Donald Isabelle, and Greg Eckhardt.
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understand if they were. Many are doing it just for the excitement of getting away with something. Or because they are ‘bored.’ ” Reinhardt explains that game wardens are generally understanding to first-time offenders. “We often find ourselves explaining that we’re willing to help them and that we are just doing our job. It’s nothing personal.” He recalls listening to a first-time poacher who was obviously lying. “We had all the evidence we needed,” says Reinhardt. “So I told him, ‘Let’s just forget everything you just told me because that won’t look good when you’re in front of the judge. Rewind the tape and try again. Now what’s your story?’ Then the truth spilled out. He saved face and I actually helped him.” Psychology helps, as does technology. The warden service has access to a sophisticated DNA lab to help with investigations and it is administered by a game warden with a PhD in microbiology. “DNA is an excellent tool,” says Reinhardt. Recently a suspected poacher adamantly claimed the blood that game wardens had found in his pickup truck was from pigs he had slaughtered. But DNA testing proved it came from deer. Less high tech, but no less effective, are the department’s four dogs that have been trained to sniff out spent bullet casings. Wardens can choose from an array of high-tech, gee-whiz gear from night-vision goggles to tiny, pencil-size wireless and infrared, motion-sensitive cameras that can transmit pictures to a cell phone or computer. Sophisticated, radio-controlled decoy deer, known as “Robo-Deer,” can move their heads and twitch their tails so realistically that they invariably fool “deer-fevered” road-hunting poachers every year. If wardens have to establish an exact time of death they can note such factors as the deer’s pupils’ diameter (they constrict
at a certain rate after a deer dies), ambient air temperature, the deer’s nasal and thigh temperature, feed them into a computer program and establish when the deer was shot. “We’re getting more sophisticated every day but so are many of our adversaries,” says Reinhardt. He notes that the “bad guys” often use night vision goggles and two-way radios. “It’s an ongoing battle to stay one step ahead of them,” says Reinhardt. “We’re doing our best to make the outdoors safe and protect our wildlife.” In the days following the department’s investigation into the Elmore Road poaching incident, Jason Batchelder confronted the suspect who then claimed he had been in the hayfield, not on the road, when he shot the deer. However, he could not explain why he had dragged the dead deer twice the distance, to the road, when he admitted he had been parked much closer. Because the game wardens were not able to prove conclusively that he had shot illegally from the road, by not finding any spent casings or other evidence on the scene, they had to close the case. ■
THE TABLE IS SET
t first glance, the alfresco feast at Sandiwood Farm in Wolcott looks like an impeccably planned dinner party. As the sun sets over an open field with panoramic mountain views, laughter and friendly banter spill from an oversized white tent. Inside, guests sit at long, linen-covered tables decorated with vases of wildflowers. The meal—a cornucopia of produce grown on the farm, along with local meats and cheeses—includes homemade pasta, cider-brined pork in a thyme butter and apple reduction, mixed greens with blueberries, and roasted potatoes with onions, garlic, and black trumpet mushrooms. Courses are served family style, encouraging conversations and neighborly
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interactions. The meal lasts over two hours as the sky turns from cerulean to pink to coral and finally inky blue-black. No one is in a rush as fireflies flicker in the field and the moon appears. Wine flows, stories are shared, and by the time dessert is served—basil biscuits with berries and basil coulis—nearly 40 guests are chatting like old friends. “Listen to all the happy sounds of people eating and laughing,” says Nancy Rossi, a guest from New York. Most were strangers a few hours ago when they arrived for a farm-to-fork dinner, a monthly event organized by Sandiwood Farm’s owners, Sara and Bob Schlosser, who started offering the dinners last summer as a way to bring more people to their organic, family-run farm. “We’ve been welcoming people here for years for sugaring and plant sales, but this is a deeper venture into agri-tourism,” Sara says. The multi-course dinners, planned and prepared by daughter Sandi, a New England Culinary Institute graduate, with help from a 10-person staff, were an immediate hit and quickly sold out. They attracted a mix of locals who wanted to support the local food movement and curious, foodie tourists, including several who had never set foot on a working farm. This summer the Schlossers will offer five dinners from June through October. They might also add a less expensive buffet option accompanied by an agriculture-themed movie.
SANDIWOOD FARM 2013 FARM-TO-FORK DINNERS Tuesday, June 25 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5:15 p.m. $60 per person, BYOB Gratuity not included Space limited to 40 people per dinner
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ob and Sara Schlosser built their home and began cultivating their 75-acre farmstead on Town Hill Road 25 years ago. Over time they expanded their crops to include organic produce, herbs, and flowers, built 4,500 square feet of greenhouse space, and started a maple-sugaring operation on a 35-acre sugarbush. Bob and Sara, longtime vegetarians, also raise laying and meat hens for their farm-to-fork dinners, and plan to keep piglets this season. The farm takes its name from the couple’s children: Sandi, 24, and Kyle Woodrow, 21. Both children grew up on the farm; Kyle was born at home. “We all feel deeply rooted in the land that we’re temporary stewards of,” Sara says. Restaurants in North Central Vermont make up the bulk of the Schlosser’s customers, but on Sundays you’ll find them at the Stowe Farmers’ Market where they’ve sold their produce, herbs, plants, and cut flowers for the past 22 years. Their greenhouses allow them to extend the growing season from early May through late October. “The greenhouses protect plants from disease and allow zucchini and other crops to be harvested earlier,” Sara says. “The advantages are numerous in terms of extending the harvest on either end of the season and growing beautiful blemish-free produce.”
The farm-to-fork dinners are leisurely affairs. Arriving guests first enter the garden behind the farmhouse where they graze on plates of hors d’oeuvres and get to know one another. The hors d’oeuvres selection changes monthly, based on the harvest. A typical selection might include fried fromage blanc fritters with sungold tomatoes; chard sushi; crostini with farm-fresh eggs, cucumber, dill, and roasted garlic aioli; crudités with baba ghanoush; assorted flatbreads; and a local cheese plate with homemade bread. The Schlosser children add nice touches to the meal. Sandi pares radishes, carrots, and other humble vegetables into intricate flowers. Kyle uses an antique juicer to hand squeeze lemonade for guests who haven’t brought their own wine. After welcoming her guests, Sara invites them on a tour of the farm’s gardens, chicken coops, and livestock pens. “That’s where we got the salad you’ll eat tonight,” Sara says during a tour, as she points to rows of salad greens. As guests survey the seemingly infinite varieties of herbs and produce, questions arise: “What does the term ‘organic’ mean?” “Don’t potatoes grow on bushes?” Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Sandi and her assistant chefs put the final touches on the dinner courses. “Ninety percent of the food served is grown on the farm,” Sandi says. “We make everything from scratch.” 90
Sandi doesn’t finalize her menus until a few days before a farm-to-fork dinner. This allows her to use the freshest ingredients and to take advantage of the choicest selections of meat from nearby organic farms. While the farm raises chickens and some livestock, there’s not always enough to supply the dinners. “The menu is based on whatever is at the height of its season,” says assistant chef Harrison Littell. “Everything was harvested today or yesterday.” For instance, the cider reduction used to brine the pork belly, loin, and leg last summer came from apples picked at the farm and juiced earlier that day. Guests are always welcome in the kitchen to chat with the chefs and observe. “People come in and see the chefs drying handmade pasta, running into garden for herbs, or plating desserts,” Sara says. Several guests last year attended multiple dinners, often bringing new friends each time. Visitors come from throughout the Northeast and Canada. At one dinner last July, diners hailed from New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts, as well as Montpelier and many of the towns surrounding the couple’s Wolcott farm. Jeremy Fell, who lives next door to the farm and works as a Stowe real estate agent, attended three. “I like seeing the gardens and the animals and watching the sunsets,” he says. “I enjoy meeting interesting people from all over. And, of course, the food is always superb.” Thrilled by the success of their farm-tofork dinners, Bob and Sara are brainstorming new ideas to bring people to the farm, such as wagon and sleigh rides and cooking classes using local foods. “We’re still figuring out how to turn a profit, but it’s wonderful to collaborate with family and to see a vision play out,” Sara says. “People who come want to come back. It’s really exciting that people want this experience.” ■
DINNERTIME Clockwise from top left: Pre-dinner farm-to-fork munchies. Kyle Schlosser serves the pasta course. A neighbor pitches in. Chef Sandi, in black, assembles the crew to plate the next course. The fire pit, where vegetables are sometimes roasted. Next page: Sara digs parsnips.
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Magdalena Campos Pons, one of the artists exhibiting in Cuba, the Helen Day Art Center’s fall show.
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. 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 nonprofit gallery in her memory in 1984. 92
EXHIBITS & OPENINGS BREAD & PUPPET MUSEUM Route 122, Glover. 525-3031. Daily through October, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Daily: Piero della Francesca’s Legend of the True Cross. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 16: Annual Museum Open House, 2 - 5 p.m. BRYAN MEMORIAL GALLERY 180 Main Street, Jeffersonville. Spring and Fall: Thursday - Sunday 11 - 4; July 4 to Columbus Day: daily 11 - 5. 644-5100. bryangallery.org.
Through September 2 Travels with Alden: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of gallery founder Alden Bryan’s birth with 85 paintings painted throughout the world. Main Gallery. Work by Mark Tougias: Middle Room Gallery Painting in Pleasant Valley with Eric Tobin: Workshop in August, September, and October
September 9 – November 3 Living Color: The Watercolorists: Main Gallery
November 8 – December 29 Shades of Fall – Small Picture Exhibition Exhibit calendar continues on page 96
ARTIST MILESTONE WORLD CANVAS Paintings by Alden Bryan, the subject of a new retrospective at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. From left: Kathmandu; Vermont Hay Wagon in Evening Light, 1940s; and Haiti. Inset: One of many
ports of call for Alden and his wife Mary, also an artist.
Travels with Alden Celebrating 100 years of noted Jeffersonville artist his summer the Bryan Memorial Gallery celebrates the 100th birthday of its founder, Alden Bryan, with an exhibition of paintings painted in 26 countries over a span of 60 years, from the early 1940s until his death in 2001. Alden Bryan’s love of the landscape was vivid and instantaneous. He traveled with canvas boards, paints, and brushes, and his approach to discovering a new land was to paint it, en plein air, with immediacy and enthusiasm. His travels took him throughout Europe, North America, the Far East, and Down Under, but even at home in Vermont, he never stopped traveling and painting. Scenes of many Vermont main streets and town squares live on as historic records of an era that remains alive only his canvas. For this exhibition, Bryan Memorial Gallery presents over 85 paintings, most of which have never been exhibited, and many of which are being released for the first time. Alden Bryan was an enigmatic character, hardly a person expected to be at the center of a fine arts movement. Originally from Missouri, Harvard-educated in economics, an avid sailor
and tennis player, Bryan married his wife, Mary Taylor, a sculpture student, and a year later the couple sailed into Gloucester Harbor, providing them with their first glimpse of working landscape artists. Subsequently studying with Emile Gruppe in Gloucester, Bryan went to Vermont in 1939 to study painting with Charles Curtis Allen. A short while later, the Bryans settled on a dairy farm in Jeffersonville, where he introduced pasteurized milk to the area. Throughout a lifetime of varied achievements—establishing a bakery, restaurant and inn, designing the base lodge of Smugglers’ Notch Resort, and building the first indoor tennis center in Vermont—Bryan painted. When Mary Bryan died in 1978, Alden Bryan set out to build a gallery in her memory, giving mortar and design to a spirit the Bryans had nurtured for over 30 years. Today the nonprofit gallery on Main Street in Jeffersonville has become a magnet for painters, who come to paint the area’s unfettered vistas.
GETTING THERE: Travels with Alden runs through July 7. To get to the Bryan Memorial Gallery, take Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch from Stowe. The gallery is on Main Street in the village of Jeffersonville.
Travels with Alden Featuring artwork painted by Alden Bryan in 26 countries MAY 3 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2013
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ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM AND SCIENCE CENTER One College Street, Burlington. echovermont.org or (877) 324-6386.
Through September 25 Skeletons of Gigantotosaurus, Mapusaurus, and more carnivorous dinosaurs; some of them larger than the legendary T-Rex. Hands-on dig pit, video of actual dinosaur excavation, and animatronic raptors.
September 14 – January 6 cool moves: the artistry of motion
Banjul, Gambia, oil on canvas by Alden Bryan, 1979
Bryan Memorial Gallery celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Alden Bryan. Open Thursday - Sunday through June 30 Open daily, 11 - 5, July - October 14 Open Spring and Fall season 11 - 4 Open Thursday - Sunday, October 17 - December 29 Open by appointment at any time. 180 Main Street, Jeffersonville VT, 802-644-5100
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September 7 – October 15 Multi-artist exhibition featuring Don Ross, Warren Kimble, Dennis Hartley, and Hannah Sessions. Opening reception Sept. 7, 6 - 9 p.m.
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS IN JEFFERSONVILLE cambridgeartsvt.org or 644-6438.
August 10 Celebrating the creativity of local artists. Artists display their work along Jeffersonville’s charming Main Street. Music by the Green Mountain Swing Band and Eight 02, children’s activities, local food. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
GRACE OLD FIREHOUSE The art of GRACE, Grass Roots Art & Community Effort. 13 Mill St., Hardwick, 472-6857, Monday Thursday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. graceart.org.
Ongoing GRACE workshop artists: Old Firehouse Annex, Hardwick; Stoweflake Mountain Resort; Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury.
GREEN MOUNTAIN FINE ART GALLERY 64 S. Main St., Stowe Village. 253-1818. Traditional and contemporary works by Vermont and regional artists. greenmountainfineart.com. INSIDE OUT GALLERY 299 Mountain Rd., Stowe. insideoutgallery.com. 253-6945. Original art and fine reproductions by Vermont artists and others in a myriad of styles. LITTLE RIVER HOTGLASS STUDIO 593 Moscow Rd. 253-0889. littleriverhotglass.com. Nationally recognized art glass studio, features Stowe artist Michael Trimpol’s studio. RED MILL GALLERY Vermont Studio Center, Pearl Street, Johnson. Hours and schedule, vermontstudiocenter.org. 635-2727. Rotating schedule of local, international, and American artists. Exhibit calendar continues on page 100
Brian Miller • Mixed Media
Sergio Roffo • Oil
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Heralded as one of the countries finest art galleries, we offer a truly outstanding selection of original paintings, sculpture and fine photography by locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Open every day. Baggy Knees Shopping Center • 394 Mountain Road P.O. Box 1413, Stowe, VT 05672 • (802) 253-7282 www.robertpaulgalleries.com
Javier Mulio • Oil
Fred Swan • Acrylic
Mark Boedges • Oil
Marina Dieul • Oil
Katrina Swanson • Oil
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Stowe’s Helen Day Art Center The Helen Day Art Center and the Stowe Free Library share a beautifully restored 1863 Greek Revival building in the heart of picturesque Stowe Village. The art center offers exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as rotating exhibitions of Vermont artists. Art classes and workshops, lectures, and children’s programs are offered throughout the year. Clockwise from top left:
Art by a Stowe Elementary School Student. Dress, by Nour Bishouti, an MFA student at the University of Massachusetts. The
HELEN DAY ART CENTER Stowe Village. 253-8358. Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. helenday.org. Free; donations welcome.
June 28 – September 8 Best of the Northeast MFA Show Second biennial exhibition of participants in MFA degree programs in the Northeast. Artists come from the university programs in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Montreal.
July 12 – October 19 Exposed 2013 Exposed is the art center’s annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. Sculptures, site-specific installations, and participatory work from national and international artists exhibited throughout Stowe.
September 20 – November 24 Cuba Emerging and established artists from Cuba. The Helen Day partners with several organizations to offer Cubanrelated programs, including a guided art and architectural tour of Havana.
Members’ Art Show and Festival of Trees & Light. Seed by Ethan Bond Watts, Exposed 2013.
September 20 – October 20 Group Show in the East Gallery Group exhibition featuring some of the area’s best sculptors, painters, photographers, and printers.
October 25 – November 24 Nancy Dwyer in the East Gallery Nancy Dwyer is a conceptual artist living and working in Burlington. For this solo exhibition she presents a new body of sculptural work.
December 6 – 29, 2013 Member’s Art Show and Festival of Trees & Light A show that celebrates the art center’s membership, paired with community decorated evergreens.
EXHIBITS & OPENINGS Exhibit calendar continues from page 96 Buttercups, Gabriel Tempesta.
RIVER ARTS & COMMON SPACE GALLERY 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. Monday – Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 888-1261. riverartsvt.org.
May 31 Art 100 fundraiser, 6 - 9 p.m. $100/couple.
Through July 8 Janet Wormser & Alex Angio: New Sumi-e Paintings
July 11 – September 2 Alysa Bennett
July 11 – August 30 Gabriel Tempesta, with Alysa Bennett, opening and talk, 5 - 7 p.m.
September 5 – October 28 Carol MacDonald, opening 5 - 7 p.m.
October 30 – December 22 Paul Gruhler/Chris Stearns, opening 5 - 7 p.m.
Lackey’s, Katrina Swanson.
ROBERT PAUL GALLERIES Baggy Knees Shopping Center, 394 Mountain Rd. 253-7282. robertpaulgalleries.com. Original paintings, sculpture, and photography from dozens of noted artists. ROCK OF AGES 560 Graniteville Rd., Graniteville. (802) 476-3119. rockofages.com. Tours of world’s largest granite quarry. History and computer-based exhibits. STOWE CRAFT DESIGN 55 Mountain Rd., Stowe. 253-4693. stowecraft.com. Art and craft gallery featuring fine crafts, fine art, sculpture, jewelry, and more. Exhibit calendar continues on page 104
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Visiting artists: writer Cyrus Cassells, artist Robert Henry, writer Nami Mun, and artist Chris Brown. Inset: Bruce Gagnier. VERMONT STUDIO CENTER LECTURE SERIES VSC Lecture Hall, Main Street, Johnson. 8 p.m. Free, confirm day of the event, 635-2727. vermontstudiocenter.org
Visiting Artists & Writers (partial listing) Nicholas Delbanco (writer) June 14 June 18 Huma Bhabha (artist) June 28 Angela DuFresne (artist) July 15 Katherine Porter (writer) July 16 Nayland Blake (artist) July 25 Jackie Brookner (artist) July 26 Tomory Dodge (artist) July 29 Nami Mun (writer) August 8 Harryette Mullen (writer) August 12 William Willis (artist) August 13 Harrell Fletcher (artist) August 22 Ellen Driscoll (artist) August 23 Judy Glantzman (artist) August 26 Dara Wier (writer) September 5 Cyrus Cassells (writer) September 9 Irving Petlin (artist) September 10 J. Morgan Pruett (artist) September 19 Nina Katchadourian (artist) September 20 Robert Henry (artist) September 23 Annick Smith (writer) October 3 Peter Cole (writer) October 7 Katherine Bradford (artist) October 8 Beth Campbell (artist) October 17 Bruce Gagnier (artist) October 18 Christopher Brown (artist) October 21 Melissa Bank (writer) October 31 Susan Mitchell (writer) November 4 Mickalene Thomas (artist) November 5 Kim Jones (artist) November 14 Marc Leuthold (artist) November 15 David Kapp (artist) November 18 Noy Holland (writer) October 19 John Lees (artist) November 19 Alice Noltey (writer)
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RAIL FANS The revitalized train station in Waterbury. The morning arrival of the Amtrak train. An old postcard, circa 1900.
All Aboard! Refurbished Waterbury train depot serves as community hub STORY / Kevin Walsh
or railroad or history buffs, the Central Vermont Railroad Station in Waterbury is a must-see destination. Built in 1875, the downtown Waterbury train station is a prime example of Italianate architecture, common in the U.S. in the late Victorian era. The station is now on the National Register of Historic Places, and in recent years it has also served as the welcome center and café for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which has a factory a short distance away. On several occasions during its history, the station was nearly ruined. During the massive 1927 flood, water reached the top of the first-floor windows. Then, in 1939, a train car crashed into the station, badly damaging one side of the building. Finally, as train usage waned during the mid-1900s, the station became dilapidated due to general neglect and disrepair. But beginning in 1997, Revitalizing Waterbury, a grassroots community organization, acted on the vision of local resident Jack Carter, and spearheaded a $1.3 million station restoration project, one that grew to involve state and local government agencies, Waterbury businesses and individuals, and the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation. After years of project planning and funding efforts, the station restoration work ended in 2006 and the refurbished
station opened for business. According to project architect Lazarus Scangas, old photos were studied and careful attention was paid to historical details during the restoration, including rebuilding a large, bell-shaped cupola, restoring an 18-foot-high vaulted plaster ceiling, and replicating chimneys and decorative metal roof spires called finials. Inside, the station features historical exhibits on Waterbury, a multi-media presentation of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters operations, and the Green Mountain Visitor Center & Café, which is open daily. In addition, the Park Street station services train passengers during the two daily runs of Amtrak’s Vermonter line, and has become a focal point in the center of town where residents gather to socialize. Anybody can tour the station for free. While there, enjoy a coffee and muffin inside the café or outdoors at the trackside sitting area and soak in the ambiance of a bygone era. ■
STOWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
Inside the museum, visitors can find the sled that brought the first settlers to Stowe, along with a myriad of other interesting artifacts. Open all year, Tuesday and Thursday 2 - 5 p.m.; history Saturdays noon - 3 p.m. during July, August, and September; and when the flag is flying. 253-1518. stowehistoricalsociety.org.
WATERBURY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The collection includes items from Colby Manufacturing, local families, World War II objects from Waterbury, and Dr. Henry Janes memorabilia. Located on North Main Street in the Waterbury Public Library. Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 244-7067.
CELEBRATE NOYES HOUSE MUSEUM
The Noyes House Museum is a two-story Federal-style brick building built by the Safford family in the early 19th century. Exhibits of local and regional history, furnishings, toys, farm tools, and other artifacts related to industry, home life, and leisure activities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Open through Labor Day, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and by special arrangement. 888-7617.
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EXHIBITS & OPENINGS STOWE GALLERY ALLIANCE stowegalleries.com. Organization that promotes the town’s fine art and craft galleries. VERMONT FINE ART GALLERY Gale Farm Center, 1880 Mountain Rd., Stowe. 253-9653. vermontfineartgallery.com.
May 27 Stowe Mountain Art Fest, Studio Day. Artwork of gallery owner Elisabeth Wooden. 11 - 5 p.m.
July 6 Summer Show: Vermont artists painting Stowe Land Trust sites. Some proceeds benefit land trust. 5 - 7 p.m.
October 12 Autumn in Vermont: Group show. Some proceeds benefit class scholarships at the Helen Day Art Center. 5 - 7 p.m.
AT THE WEST BRANCH GALLERY What May Come, 24"x48", oil and wax on linen, 2011, Marc Civitarese; Vanishing Landscape, Jessie Pollock; and Horse with Legs Up, bronze, 46"x43"x11", Karen Peterson.
VERMONT SKI & SNOWBOARD MUSEUM One Main Street, Stowe, noon - 5 p.m. except Tuesday. Donation. 253-9911. vtssm.com. Changing and permanent exhibits celebrating Vermont’s ski and snowboard past, present, and future. New exhibit on cross country skiing coming in October.
June 19: Annual Meeting and 10th Anniversary Completion Celebration
June 22: Museum Poker Run June 30: Epic Summer Event, part of the Eastern Fat Tire Association Championship Series
November 15: Men’s Night Out November 22: Ladies’ Night Out December 26 – 29: Warren Miller film
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VISIONS OF VERMONT GALLERY Main Street, Jeffersonville. visionsofvermont.com. 644-8183. Vermont artists Eric Tobin, Jack and Karen Winslow, Alden Bryan, Emile Gruppe, others. WEST BRANCH GALLERY & SCULPTURE PARK One mile from the Village on the Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-8943. westbranchgallery.com. Indoor gallery and outdoor sculpture park, promoting contemporary art in varied media and styles by regional, national, and international artists.
Through June 22 Abstract works on canvas and panel by Helen Shulman, and sculpture by Karen Petersen.
July 6 – August 4 Jessie Pollock: Solo show of encaustic works on panel by the artist. Reception July 6, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
August 17 – October 26 Glass sculptor Louis Sclafani, painter and printmaker Giovanna Cechetti, and painter Janis Pozzi Johnson: An exhibition rich in texture, color, pattern, and form. Reception August 17.
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CITIGRASS Noah Chase, Sandy Israel, James Kerr, Leah Latella, Kenji Bunch, and Tim Kiah.
Trapp concert meadow fills with sounds of summer an you believe that Stowe Performing Arts is beginning its 38th year? If that wasn’t a notable enough achievement consider that Stowe Performing Arts puts on more free concerts than paid ones, is the only concert producer in these parts that presents a full schedule of outdoor concerts—seven out of 12 this year—remains financially strong, and consistently brings the finest talent to the CAROLYN WONDERLAND BAND majestic Trapp Family Lodge concert meadow year after year. Cole El-Saleh, Carolyn Wonderland, and Rob Hooper. This summer’s season includes a return to the meadow of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the outstanding Citigrass, and the Carolyn Wonderland Band, in addition to free May concerts at Stowe Community Church, and a series of outdoor gazebo concerts in July and August. Tuesday evenings gazebo concerts on the The Vermont Symphony Orchestra once again kicks off the Concerts in the Meadow July 7 lawn of Stowe Free Library include the bluesy with a program of light orchestral music and a fireworks show. (See page 107 for our complete Dave Keller Band; the Swing Peepers, great for music calender.) kids of all ages; the Morrisville Military/WaterOn July 28 the bluegrass band Citigrass performs—but this is not your Tennessee cousin’s bluebury Community bands; and the Nisht Geferlach grass. Banjoist Sandy Israel pioneered the concept of Citigrass, which combines the speed and Klezmer Band, Vermont’s only klezmer band, virtuosity of bluegrass with the rebel yell of rock and roll. Citigrass also includes fiddler Kenji presenting Yiddish music and song. Bunch, one of the core members of the Craftsbury Chamber Players in nearby Craftsbury, and Sadly, those looking for an encore perforhailed as “A Composer To Watch” by the New York Times. Here’s what folks say about Kenji: mance of the U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty “Mild-mannered Juilliard-trained classical violist and composer by day, Kenji unleashes musical this summer will be disappointed. The mayhem at night with his dead-on Johnny Cash impersonation, love of overblown ’80s pop tunes, sequester has hit home as the band was and general inclination toward the absurd. When no one was looking, he wrote two symphonies, decommissioned due to defense department an opera, and a whole stack of other music that has been recorded numerous times and performed budget cuts. And remember that with construction of a new Jackson Arena, this year’s rain by over 30 orchestras on six continents.” Kenji is worth the admission all on his own. site—Stowe High School on Barrows Road— Carolyn Wonderland, described as a “musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis has limited seating so tickets buyers should get and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition theirs early, before sales are cut off. ■ with the wit of a poet,” plays the meadow with her band, Peace Meal, August 25.
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STOWE PERFORMING ARTS NOON MUSIC IN MAY Free concerts. Wednesday at noon, Stowe Community Church, Main Street, Stowe.
May 29 Michael Arnowitt, piano
STOWE PERFORMING ARTS MUSIC IN THE MEADOW Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Trapp Hill Road, Stowe. Tickets: $28 to $30; $33/$35 at the gate; Stowe Visitor Center; stoweperformingarts.com. Meadow opens two hours prior to concert.
July 7 Vermont Symphony Orchestra, light orchestral program and fireworks, 7:30 p.m.
July 28 Citigrass, bluegrass band, 7 p.m.
August 25 Carolyn Wonderland Band, Texas blues, 6 p.m.
STOWE PERFORMING ARTS GAZEBO CONCERTS Free concerts. Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. On the lawn of the Stowe Free Library / Helen Day Art Center. (Rainsite: Stowe Community Church).
July 23 Dave Keller and the Dave Keller Band, blues
July 30 Swing Peepers, for kids of all ages
August 6 Morrisville Military/Waterbury Community Bands: A New England tradition—the town band concert
August 13 Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band, presenting Yiddish music and song
ADAMANT MUSIC SCHOOL
July 17 – August 2 Concerts at Waterside Hall. The schedule varies, and includes several weekday evenings and most Sunday afternoons. $10; $6 for seniors; free for members. adamant.org. BLUEGRASS WITH KENJI BUNCH On the Common in Craftsbury. Donations welcome. Benefits Craftsbury Chamber Players.
July 7 Violist, fiddler, composer, Bunch is a leading interpreter of new and experimental music. 7 p.m.
CRAFTSBURY CHAMBER PLAYERS Featured artists: Kenji Bunch, viola and Marcantonio Barone, piano. Music by Mozart, Brahms, Janacek, Bartok, Beethoven, Chopin, Shoshtakovich, more. $22; $20 over 65; $8 students. At the door or craftsburychamberplayers.org.
July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14, & August 21 University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, Wednesdays 8 p.m. Mini concerts for children, 4:30 p.m.
July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, & August 22 Hardwick Town House, Thursdays 8 p.m. Music calendar continues on page 109
VINTAGE WARBIRDS The North American AT-6 SNJ Texan, also known as “The Pilot Maker,” was one of the last aircraft used by training pilots in WWII before stepping up to true fighter planes. Quick and maneuverable, with stable flight characteristics and ability to perform aerobatics, the AT-6 is an incredibly fun airplane to fly and fly in. From top: Guest pilots sit up front while History Flight pilots take the back seat. Guest flights in the SNJ Texan can include aerobatics and combat maneuvers. A WWII vet, who received pilot training in the Texan, looks over the aircraft.
hundering over the English Channel, diving on German-armored columns in the Russian steppes, or dogfighting over the jungles of Guadalcanal, the aircraft of the Second World War have captured our imaginations for decades. It was the golden age of piston-engined planes, when pilots flaunted aerobatic skill and bravery, outwitted their opponents without computer-assisted avionics or guided munitions, and waged an air war no one ever wants to repeat. But rather than consign these machines to the rust heap of history, the nonprofit History Flight wants you to fly them. And you can do it in Stowe’s backyard. “Airplanes from the Second World War were the zenith of piston-engined technology, when incredible advancements were made in aviation,” says Mark Noah, a flight instructor for History Flight. “I think people have a romantic attachment to them, not unlike how you would a different thing from that era, whether it’s an architectural structure or a person.” The group sells the experience of flying classic warbirds at the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport on Route 100—all for a good cause. All proceeds from the flights go directly to researching and recovering the remains of missing servicemen from World War II. To date, the group has brought home hundreds of remains from the Pacific Theater, Noah says. For a donation of $325 and up, you can learn to fly the North American AT-6 Texan, “The Pilot Maker,” used as an advanced trainer by the U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Navy through World War II and into the 1950s. “It’s a fantastic airplane,” Noah says. “It’s a really classic design, one of the smoothest aerobatic airplanes I’ve ever flown. It’s very aerobatic, very agile,
Aviators help bring missing veterans home STORY
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very powerful, and quite a well-designed airplane for training.” Trainees learn the basics of flight, along with how to operate a parachute and other safety precautions. Once in the air, Noah hands over the controls, allowing you to climb, dive and turn as pilots trained to do during the war. “You’ll just get a fun reaction from people,” when they take the controls, he says. “People just really enjoy it, and you can have the flight tailored to your preferences. It can be scenic or aerobatic. That’s a neat element to it—each flight is made to suit each person. Some people treat is as a roller coaster ride.” Noah, a certified flight instructor with a bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University in Georgia, founded History Flight to support his missing-in-action soldier research and recovery efforts. Noah has been part of search missions in the Caroline, Marshall, and Gilbert islands, and Palau, all in the South Pacific. He also led History Flight’s two search missions to Tarawa Atoll. To arrange a flight, visit historyflight.com. ■
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CRAFTSBURY CHAMBER PLAYERS MINI CONCERTS FOR CHILDREN
July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14, & August 21 University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, Wednesdays. 4:30 p.m.
July 18 & July 25 Hardwick Town House. 2 p.m.
August 1 & August 8 East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church. 2 p.m.
August 15 & August 22 Greensboro United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall. 2 p.m.
DIBDEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS On the campus of Johnson State College. Box office, 635-1476 or jsc.edu/dibden.
September 20 Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Made in Vermont concert series. 7:30 p.m.
ELEVA CHAMBER PLAYERS Professional string chamber orchestra. 244-8354. RSVP: elevachamberplayers.org.
June 21 – 23 Strings & Vines: Selections by Mozart and Vivaldi June 21: Fresh Tracks Farm, Berlin, 6 p.m.; June 22: Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 6 p.m.; and June 23: Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne, 5 p.m. Donation requested ($25 and up).
November 9 – 10 Four by Four: Featuring Vivaldi's Concerto for 3 Violins in F Major and Mendelssohn’s Octet In Eflat Major, Opus 20 Nov. 9: United Church of Christ, Main Street, Waterbury. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10: Barre First Church Universalist, Church Street. 3 p.m. $20/$10 seniors and students.
GREEN MOUNTAIN CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, 384 S. Prospect St., Burlington. (802) 503-1220 or gmcmf.org. $25. 7:30 p.m. Distinguished artist faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
June 26 Off the Charts: Arianna Quartet plays masterworks of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven
June 28 Bold, and Bright: Music of Mozart, Visconti, Franck
Out of Body Experience: Music by Hsih-Hui Chen, Gabriela Frank, Robert Helps, Beethoven
Fire, and Light: Music of Smetana, Moravec, Bruch
A Friendship of Consequence: Schumann and Brahms
Gallic Color: Music of Chausson, St. Saens, Debussy, and Françaix, with special guest artist flutist Eugenia Zukerman
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MUSIC ON THE PORCH SERIES Sundays, on the porch of Waterbury’s historic train station, Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center and Café, 1 Rotarian Place. 1 - 3 p.m. Donations accepted for Food 4 Farmers. waterburystation.com.
The Usual Suspects: Chicago and traditional blues, 70s folk
Sile & Sergio: classic songs sing-along
June 9 June 16 June 23 June 30 July 7 July 14
Eames Brothers: acoustic blues
Mark LeGrand: Americana, blues, country
Hard Scrabble: acoustic, bluegrass, blues
The Weigands and Friends: cabaret favorites
William Lee Ellis: Memphis acoustic blues, slide guitar
The Growlers: acoustic blues, country, rock and roll
Jim Charonko: folk, rock, familiar oldies
Seth Yacovone: acoustic blues
Don & Jenn: jazz, folk Doug Perkins: bluegrass, jazz HouseRockers: classic rock, blues Dave Keller: original blues, soul Twangtown Paramores: sophisticated Americana
Woe Doggies play Spruce Peak Plaza Sept. 14.
ROCKTOBERFEST Downtown Morrisville. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. rocktoberfestvt.com.
October 5 Free celebration of Chad Hollister Band. downtown Morrisville. 5k fun run at 8:30 a.m. in Oxbow Park; live music (Chad Hollister from 11 2 and Seth Yacovone Band from 3 - 6), food, beer, No String Marionette Co., burger cookoff, pumpkin bowling, live auction featuring artistpainted Adirondack chairs.
RUSTY PARKER PARK CONCERTS Waterbury Rotary Club concerts, Rusty Parker Park, Main Street, Waterbury. Free, Thursdays 6 p.m. Rainsite: Thatcher Brook Elementary School.
30TH RATTLING BROOK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Belvidere recreation field, Route 109. 644-1118. 11 - 8. Rain or shine. $15.
Bob MacKenzie Blues Band: classic blues
Dave Keller Band: funky, soulful, original blues
June 20 June 27
Michelle Fay Band: swing, bluegrass
Phil n’ the Blanks: high-energy cover band
July 11 July 18 July 25 August 1 August 8 August 15
Rick & The Ramblers: western swing
June 15 Great regional bluegrass bands, including Bluegrass Revisited, Hot Mustard, Cardigan Mountain Tradition, Bluegrass Reunion Band, Modern Grass Quintet, Bob Degree and the Bluegrass Storm, entertain all day. Food & picnic area.
RIVER ARTS Monthly concerts. Check riverartsvt.org for updates. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville (unless noted). 888-1261.
June 9 Pine Leaf Boys, Cajun music, 4 p.m., $20 suggested.
July 21 Al Berard Cajun Combo, 4 - 6 p.m., $10 suggested.
Mr. French: dance band John Lackard Blues Band: smoky blues Atlantic Crossing: Celtic music What’s Good: soul, jazz, groove A Fly Allusion: horns, funky hip hop
SPRUCE PEAK LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Spruce Peak Plaza. Top of the Mountain Road, Stowe. Events can change without notice. stowe.com for updates. 253-3000.
June 22 June 29 July 5
August1 Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, 4 - 6 p.m.
Cash is King: alternative country, folk rock
Brady Crane Shrimp Barbecue, music with the Funkleberries. 5 - 9 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Donn and Jen Duo
July 13 July 20 July 27 August 3 August 10 August 17 August 24 August 31 September 2 September 7 September 14 September 21 September 28 October 5 October 12
Craig Bickhardt Bell Pines Danielle Miraglia Scott Forrest Matt Borello Duo Brian Fitzy Bryan McKenzie Jesse Terry Chad Hollister Dan Walker Band Woe Doggies Mallet Brothers Dave Keller & Ira Friedman Mark Berardo Chad Hollister
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE OXBOW In conjunction with the Farmers Artisan Market (3 - 6:30 p.m., every Wednesday through Sept. 25). Oxbow Park, downtown Morrisville. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 888-6669, x231. Free yoga with Kali Brgant or Alexandra Martin; bring own mats or towels.
Starline Rhythm Boys; Dairy Days cheese tastings
Max Weaver Band
July 3 July 10
July 17 July 24
July 31 August 7 August 14 August 21
Mark Struhsacker & Carrie Cook
Lewis Franco & The Brown Eyed Girls Steve Blodgett Joe Spears & Patrick Murphy Girls Night Out Sound Mind; free corn roast ■
Film, music, theater at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
From top: Co-Lab 1: People Gallery, singer/songwriter Lesley Grant, cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, and the Quebe Sisters Band.
pruce Peak Performing Arts Center has proven that a small theater in an off-the-beaten-path location can find success. The 420-seat arts center hosts a wide spectrum of events—theater, music, dance, comedy, film, lectures, and multimedia presentations. The facility is overseen by the nonprofit Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation, Inc. The theater itself is more intimate than you might expect. Wood and steel beams across the ceiling create the look of a restored barn, with minimal separation between the audience and stage. Seating can be extended right onto the stage, or rearranged into small tables along the side aisles to fit different shows. The stage was designed with a sprung-wood floor, which is ideal for dancers, while the stage is big enough to accommodate up to 260 people for a sit-down dinner.
SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 122 Hourglass Dr., Spruce Peak, Mountain Road, Stowe. sprucepeakarts.org or stowetoday.com for most up-to-date information; box office at (802) 760-4634.
Film series: Paul McCartney RockShow, 7:30 p.m.
Film series: Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral, 7:30 p.m.
June 8 June 15
Lesley Grant–Belle Pines, 7:30 p.m.
June 22 June 29
Carol Ann Jones Quartet, 7:30 p.m.
July 6 July 13
Co-Lab 1: People Gallery, 7:30 p.m.
July 20 July 27
Sound Mind with Peter Mix, 7:30 p.m.
Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Film series: George Bizet’s Carmen, 7:30 p.m. Film series: Peter Gabriel: New Blood Live in London, 7:30 p.m. Film series: Pat Metheny: The Orchestrion Project, 7:30 p.m.
August 3 Scrag Mountain Music, 7:30 p.m. August 17 Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra,
The Quebe Sisters Band, 7:30 p.m.
Stephen Sondheim’s Company, 7:30 p.m.
Outerbridge: Clockwork Mysteries, 7:30 p.m.
September 14 Film series: Rolling Stones, Charlie is My Darling, 7:30 p.m.
September 21 Grand Derangément, 7:30 p.m. September 28 viperHouse, 8 p.m. October 5 Film series: Some Girls: Rolling Stones Live in Texas, 7:30 p.m.
After the Rodeo Fall Tour Kickoff, 7:30 p.m.
Film series: Phantom of the Opera, 7:30 p.m.
Itzhak Loves Mozart: Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Itzhak Loves Mozart: Orchestral & Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Film series: Love Never Dies, 7:30 p.m.
August 24 Gregory Douglass Alone Together, 7:30 p.m.
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SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Exceptional Setting. Exceptional Performances. A visit to Stowe is not complete until you experience the magic that takes place on stage at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Nestled in the heart of the mountains, the Center is the creative and cultural soul of the alpine village of Stowe, Vermont. The intimate theatre provides a great view and superior acoustics from each of the 420 seats so that you may enjoy great evenings such as these.
Peak VT Artists: Featuring Vermont musicians, singer/songwriters, dance companies, comedians, and more! Lesley Grant â€“ Belle Pines Carol Ann Jones Quartet Co-Lab 1: The People Gallery Sound Mind with Peter Mix Scrag Mountain Music Gregory Douglass Alone Together After The Rodeo Fall Tour Kickoff
Saturday, June 8 Saturday, June 22 Saturday, July 6 Saturday, July 20 Saturday, August 3 Saturday, August 24 Saturday, October 12
Peak Pop: Brings to Stowe nationally known, touring performers. New concerts and comedy acts are added throughout the year! The Quebe Sisters Band viperHouse
Thursday, August 29 Saturday, September 28
Peak Family: Engaging, family-friendly programs. Inquire about our special â€œFamily 4-Packâ€? tickets!
Burlington Civic Symphony â€“ Piano Burlington Civic Symphony â€“ Pops Outerbridge: Clockwork Mysteries Grand DĂŠrangement
Saturday, June 15 Saturday, August 17 Saturday, September 7 Saturday, September 21
Itzhak Loves Mozart! Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Concert Orchestral & Choral Concert
Friday, October 25 Saturday, October 26
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BURKLYN BALLET THEATRE Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. $10, adults; $8 for kids, students, and seniors. burklynballet.com. 877-287-5596. Professional and student dancers offer costumed performances. Selections may include: Don Quixote, Midnight Blue, Pas de Quatre, Graduation Ball, Jardin Animé, Les Sylphides, Paquita, more. Saturdays, 8 p.m.
June 29 - August 3
Cinderella and Flower Fairies Sneak preview of the show Burklyn performs at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Great for children. 2:30 p.m.
DIBDEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS On the campus of Johnson State College. Box office, 635-1476 or jsc.edu/dibden.
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Little Humpbacked Horse Ballet Wolcott's performance of this Russian fairy tale, a coming-of-age story about Ivan, a young boy, thought to be the “Village Idiot,” whose family farm is mysteriously being trampled. Jazz, tap, ethnic dance performances. June 8 at 7 p.m. and June 9 at 1 p.m. balletwolcott.com. $15 adults, $5 children 10+, under 10 free. Cinderella Northern Vermont Ballet, Ballet School of Vermont students, and guest artist from Richmond Ballet, Phillip Skaggs. June 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. and June 16 at 3 p.m. $16 adults, $11 children. theballetschoolonline.com for advance tickets.
October 23 The J Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All Jay Friedman, writer, speaker, sex educator, and provocateur, lectures about societal/cultural attitudes toward sex, rape/violence, homophobia, tips for pleasure, more. 7 p.m. Free. Johnson State College, Bentley Hall. 635-1408 or email@example.com.
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Cinderella Stowe and Mad River dance academies perform ballet dance of Cinderella, and performances of jazz, hip-hop, tap, modern dance. 6 p.m. (June 2 performance at 1 p.m.) $20 adults, $15 students. stowedance.com or 253-5151.
June 22 June 29 July 6 July 13 July 20 July 27 August 3 August 10
Logo & stencil / Jackie Mangione Ski painting / Alison Bergman Caricature drawing / Marc Hughes Dux the Balloon Man Henna Tattoos / Jo McKay Face painting / Joanna Collins Dux the Balloon Man Logo & stencil / Jackie Mangione
August 17 Caricature drawing / Marc Hughes August 24 Ski painting / Alison Bergman August 31 Dux the Balloon Man September 2 Cards & stamping / Sarah Sprague September 14 Face painting / Joanna Collins September 21 Caricatures / Marc Hughes September 28 Dux the Balloon Man October 5 Cards & stamping / Sarah Sprague October 12 Logo & stencil / Jackie Mangione SPRUCE PEAK AT STOWE
September 28 Fall foliage photo workshop with Gustav Verderber. Advanced reservations required: Info@stowe.com or 253-3000.
STOWE FREE LIBRARY SUMMER EVENTS School and Pond streets, Stowe Village. 253-6145 or stowelibrary.org. All programs are free. Weekly story hours: Mondays June 24 to July 29, 10 a.m., ages 2 - 3; Fridays at 10 on June 28 - July 26, babies & toddlers; Preschool music program, July 1 and Aug. 5.
June 19 – 20 Vermont Claymobile: Make cups, plates, bowls, jewelry, sculpture. Design, create, and decorate your clay pieces then fire them in the Claymobile kiln. 12 and up. Registration required. 2 - 4 p.m. 253-6145.
June 26 Puppet show with hand-in-hand puppets. 10:30 a.m. All ages.
Tuesdays in July Teen Movie Evenings, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30. Sandwich fixings, popcorn, and cider served. 12 and up. For movie listings: stowelibrary.org.
July 3 Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate Sing-along. Aaaargh! 10:30 a.m. All ages.
July 9 Ants! Learn about and see a live ant colony. 10:30 a.m. Ages 4 & up.
July 16 Tunnel, Hole, & Burrow: What critters live in the ground? 10:30 a.m. Ages 4 & up.
July 24 Snakes are coming! All about snakes. 10:30 a.m. Ages 5 & up.
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Butterfly program with Jerry Schneider. 10:30 a.m. Ages 5 & up.
M. Lewis Antiques Offering a nice variety of antiques and collectibles 10 Stowe Street Historic Downtown Waterbury, VT WATERBURY ARTS FEST waterburyartsfest.com. Stowe Street, Waterbury.
July 12 – 13 Artists, musicians, and the performing arts. The Fest starts on pedestrian-only Stowe Street on Friday, July 12, with Nimble Arts and Josh Panda and the Hot Damned. Saturday, July 13, features more than 60 vendors showcasing fine art, food, and fun. waterburyartsfest.com. ■
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SWEENEY TODD Patrick Clow as Sweeney Todd and Margaret Garofalo as Mrs. Lovett sample the “Worst Pies in London” in last summer’s Stowe Theatre Guild production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Below: Christine Penney and Chris Hart as Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in the guild’s production of Annie Get Your Gun.
Summer stages make music, madcap adventure, mirth! STOWE THEATRE GUILD Town Hall Theatre, Main Street, Stowe. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m. Adults $20/children $10. 253-3961, stowetheatre.com.
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. 888-4507. lamoillecountyplayers.com
Nine June 19 – 22, June 26 – 29, July 3, & July 5 – 6
Guys and Dolls July 18 – 21 & 25 – 28
Famous director Guido Contini tries to create his greatest film, as his marriage falls apart. Based on the Fellini film 8 1/2.
Based on Damon Runyon’s colorful stories of characters from New York City, Guys and Dolls is considered by some to be the perfect musical comedy. A male chorus of gamblers, the Hot Box dancing girls, and a Salvation Army mission band highlight the action as two unlikely couples find happiness.
Hair July 17 – 20, July 24 – 27 & 31, & August 1 – 3 The American love-rock musical.
The Drowsy Chaperone August 14 – 17, August 21 – 24, & August 28 – 31
Bye Bye Birdie October 3 – 6 & 10 – 13
As a musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.
The story of a rock and roll singer Conrad Birdie, about to be inducted into the army. On one final publicity stunt, he will bid a typical American teenage girl goodbye with an allAmerican kiss. Of course, the arrival of Birdie in Sweet Apple, Ohio, causes the whole town to go into a spin.
The Pirates of Penzance September 25 – 28, October 2 – 5, & October 9 – 12 Gilbert and Sullivan’s tale of Frederic, who at sea since he was 8 years old, now needs to navigate the wiles of young ladies, lead a bank of scaredy-cat cops, and try to preserve his sense of duty while coping with a crew of over-literal pirates, a clever Major General, and a nurse who is a bit hard of hearing.
It's a Wonderful Life December 6 – 8 & 13 – 15 A stage adaptation of the popular Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed Christmas film from the 1940s. Theater continues on page 119
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WATERBURY FESTIVAL PLAYERS 2933 Waterbury-Stowe Road (Route 100). Adults $27. Shows at 7:30 p.m. (802) 498-3755. waterburyfestivalplayhouse.com.
Noises Off June 20 – 22, 26 – 29, & July 3 – 6 School for Lies July 25 – 27, July 31 – August 3, & August 7 – 10 Parasite Drag August 29 – 31, September 4 – 7, & 11 – 14 Rumors October 3 – 5, 9 – 13, & 16 – 19 BREAD & PUPPET THEATER Route 122, Glover. Donation. (802) 525-3031. breadandpuppet.org.
July 7 – August 25 Total This & That Deathlife Circus in 2 Parts, Part 1: This, Part 2: That, Sundays 2 p.m., Circus Field
July 5 – 26 A Thing Done in A Seeing Place, Adults. Fridays 7:30 p.m., Paper Maché Cathedral (behind the museum)
August 2 – 23 Shatterer of Worlds Chapel with Naturalization Services for Applicants Requesting Citizenship in the Shattered World, Adults. Fridays 7:30 p.m., Paper Maché Cathedral (behind the museum)
COMEDY DINNER THEATER Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: cocktails 6 p.m., chicken barbecue 7 p.m., comedy show at 8 p.m. Murphy's Barn, Waterbury Center. Limited seating. $40/person. murphclown.com, 244-5008.
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When you look at Don Ross’s images of Vermont’s quarries, you immediately see what he didn’t see until later, in the darkroom: His impressions, his feelings, his impulses as he clicked the shutter. Writer Julia Shipley takes a closer look at those fleeting moments in time when a matrix of light, water, weather, imagination, and Ross’s skill conspires to create stunning images of nature tamed by man. Or is it the other way around?
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S Rock of Ages Quarry Abandoned Section / Graniteville, Vt.
on Ross’s photographs are made at daybreak, between five and eight o’clock, depending on the season. Last May, during an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Ross got up at 3:30 each morning to drive an hour to Barre. With his camera, three lenses, a tripod, and a cable release crammed into a pack, Ross clambered up the scruffy trail leading to the quarry and scouted places to station his camera. Standing in the dimness, he studied the sheer walls of the streaked granite reflected in the total stillness of the pool beneath. He says the anticipation he feels, holding the release cable, squeezing the shutter, and then capturing the image, is all about timing. “Blink and you miss it. Right at that moment before dawn the pressure builds, and you see these bubbles clinging to stems at the water’s edge. And as soon as the sun breaks above the horizon the wind lifts, the pressure disperses, it’s all gone, it’s lost”—everything, that is, except the image. “I made that one there,” Don says, pointing to the contour map in his studio. “See where the land pitches down, then opens up?” The spot is aptly named “Sunrise Lookout.” Don describes that morning: “Dead silent, except for a raven squawking; it’s like a cathedral, otherwordly.” That’s the paradox of this avowed “backyard photographer,” who brings years of artistic training to bear on what most would consider ruin and waste, and describes it as cathedral-like. But that’s the ken of Don Ross, who picked out a mentor in 1970 by looking up renowned photographer Paul Caponigro in the phone book, calling him at home, and asking, “Do you ever take on students?” Later, he became a student and assistant to tempestuous, legendary sculptor Reuben Nakian, from 1974 through 1985. Despite his New York Studio School training in sculpture and drawing, Ross persists in the “lonely waste places,” which his images defy with their grandeur, elegance, and raw beauty. To any viewer confronting Don’s 30-inch by 40-inch prints, each offering a view that is sometimes as interestingly confounding as it is confoundingly interesting, there’s no sense of scale. Are we hundred feet away from this? Or just hovering an inch from the surface? Whenever you stare at his quarry images, you’re seeing what Don Ross never did until much later. You are seeing his impression, his feeling, his impulse as he clicked the shutter. Back at the studio is where Ross realizes the pictures he’s made at the break of day. l
Ross credits sculptor Reuben Nakian for his acute desire to make art his lifelong pursuit. “He was relentless, he persisted through the swamps and deserts: don’t give (art) up. Park it, if you have to, but go back for it.”
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Under the influence of abstract expressionist painters such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, and Norman Bluhm— with their bold, dramatic canvases—Ross develops these images after each expedition in ways that showcase their temporality and emphasize their contrasts. Yet instead of adding layers to a given surface, as a painter would, Don’s art is measures of subtraction. From the time when he was shooting blackand-white film with a view camera (the kind where you hunch under a black cloth) and developing that film in a darkroom, until 2003, when he leapt into producing digital color images developed in the guts of his computer—color correcting, dust removing, proofing—he’s been a housekeeper for the abstract images nature makes in the rural industrial landscapes of Vermont.
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on’s studio sits directly across the train tracks from the Blue Seal Feed factory in Brandon, in a back office of a building called the Granary. Shelves overflow with books and monographs. A portrait of the legendary Avedon, who looks out grumpily from the picture frame, reminds visitors that photographers prefer to stay on the hind end of the camera. Toward the middle of the room there’s a staging area with related equipment—a black umbrella lamp, tripods, cords—all for photographing works of art, a sideline of Don’ business. On the walls and in flat shelves at the back of his office is the work itself, his bay-window-sized prints of human messes: bent metal, weathered particle board, the surface of a scummy pond—at once both mesmerizing and mythic. Ross credits sculptor Reuben Nakian (1897-1986) for his acute desire to make art his lifelong pursuit. “He was relentless, he persisted through the swamps and deserts: don’t give (art) up. Park it, if you have to, but go back for it.” Don’s quarry images are evidence of his dogged persistence. Twenty years ago, in 1993, he visited the Carving Studio in West Rutland. The studio, a 26-year-old institution hosting resident sculptors from around the world, sits adjacent to a 200-acre marble manufacturing facility. In addition to providing the raw material for resident sculptors, Don discovered the quarry itself a compelling source of art. He began lugging 30 pounds of equipment—his 12-pound tripod, 12-pound 4x5 view camera, and lenses—along the rubble-strewn pathways. One morning he arrived and realized someone else was there, too. On the other end of the quarry, Ross saw someone else duck under the black cloth of a view camera, almost as it if were an eerie quarry reflection. Was that Ed Burtynsky over there, whose photographs have become ubiquitous reminders of our human-scathed planet? Maybe. Both men have aimed their attention
at the post-industrial places many would consider unworthy of art’s memorizing gaze. And while Burtynsky’s photography has become predominantly aerial—images of the landscape taken from far above the earth—Don’s work has remained grounded in each locale, by continuing to stand where the quarry workers would have stood, capturing fleeting instances. “It’s a sick feeling,” Don says of the pictures he’s missed because of technical malfunctions, or because his trigger reflex missed its mark. “Just because it’s a granite wall doesn’t mean
it’s going to be there when you go back,” he warns, invoking the complex matrix of light, water, season, and wind as each single degree moves his ordinary subject either toward or away from the exquisite realm. For this, Don Ross is still falling out of bed before dawn, packing his gear, and setting out to look at the stark rock and weedy pools and busted metal parts of another quarry. Because there’s an ever-changing landscape with its infinite moods and moments whose expressions will never be exhausted; for this he has yet to abandon the abandoned quarry, he can’t possibly use it all up. ■
INFORMATION: Don Ross’s work is on view this summer at the Eriksson Fine Art Gallery in Stowe as part of a multimedia exhibition that includes Warren Kimble, Dennis Hartley, and Hannah Sessions. The exhibit will run from September 7 through October 15. An opening reception will be held Sept. 7 from 6 - 9 p.m. Check out donrossphotography.com and erikssonfineart.com. To visit a quarry, go to rockofages.com.
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A portrait of Paul Annetts in his workshop at Stowe Restoration. (Glenn Callahan)
The office of self-taught woodworker Paul Annetts is in an old meat cooler at the former Dot Smith Grocery Store on Stowe’s South Main Street. But instead of canned goods, fresh veggies, and soda pop lining its shelves, the old store—now Annetts’ workshop—is littered with scraps of wood, an enviable collection of tools, a combination sick bay/showroom of beloved heirlooms awaiting repair, and handcrafted pieces designed and built by this master furniture maker. Annetts opened Stowe Restoration over three decades ago with just a few years of furniture-making experience, buying the building that housed the old grocery and gradually building a clientele. “I was 20 years old,” he remembers. “I felt like I could do anything.” He quickly realized that feeling invincible is unfortunately no replacement for experience. “The first piece of furniture I ever repaired was an old wooden rocking chair,” he says. “I took it apart without labeling it.” Five hours later—on a job that should have taken an hour—he got it back together. “That was a quick learn!” he says. Thirty-eight years later his workshop is crowded with wood scraps, pipe clamps, lathes, and saws. Annetts builds or repairs hundreds of furniture pieces per year. “You’re always learning,” he
says, adding that he counts himself lucky. “It’s an avocation as much as a vocation.”
Build and repair Half of the work Annetts does at Stowe Restoration is actually restoring and repairing furniture. The other half is designing and building custom pieces. He works with wood that comes from all over the globe, using local distributors whenever possible. His favorite wood changes almost weekly: “This week it’s mesquite (a hardwood species native to Mexico),” he says. He’ll work with anything as long as it’s pretty. “And that can be just about any kind of wood,” he says. l 129
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DETAIL WORK Annetts crafted this partner’s desk out of a mix of mesquite (dark wood) and curly maple. He worked with the homeowner to create this unique kitchen island, a combination of cherry and curly maple. The island features a built-in wine rack. Detail of the partner’s desk, showing dovetail joints. A one-of-a-kind dining room chair from mesquite, a dry climate hardwood. (Furniture photos, Larry Asam)
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The lifestyle Like many, Annetts came to Stowe for the skiing—or so he claims. A more likely story is that he came to Stowe after his wife Barb landed a job teaching in the Morrisville school system. Fortunately for both of them, the job plunked them down in a place where they could pursue their recreational passions. An avid cyclist, Annetts bikes to and from work in Stowe to his home in Morrisville. In wintertime he visits his sons in Jackson, Wyo., and while there even moonlights as an instructor for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. During ski season Annetts sometimes worries that his flexible schedule means his customers don’t know how to reach him. “Those who know me well get their repairs to me before Christmas,” he says, although he stresses that his business is open year-round. Annetts appreciates the flexibility that selfemployment provides. “I got to coach my boys in youth sports, and I always got to attend their school events,” he says. Then Annetts smiles and glances in the direction of Mt. Mansfield. “And I never missed a powder day.” ■ Check out Paul Annetts’ custom work at stowerestoration.com, or visit his shop at 547 South Main Street in Stowe.
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DINING & LODGING
The Stowe area boasts a variety of cuisines and dining atmospheres, from swanky bistros that embrace the local-food movement, to fine-dining establishments featuring award-winning chefs and busy pubs with the latest microbrews—and everything in between! Check out the area’s great places to stay, as well, from full-service resorts to quaint country inns.
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Chad Roy, Brian Krux, and Ken D. Peer. Inset: Vermont Ale House mixologists testing cocktail recipes before their recent grand opening.
TAP FLOWS Vermont Ale House aims for the perfect beer bar If you were a beer lover hoping to open the perfect bar, what would you do with a blank canvas? For Brian Krux, Chad Roy, and Ken D. Peer, it’s the Vermont Ale House. Set up in the former Red Basil Thai restaurant building at the bottom of Mountain STORY / Nathan Burgess Road in Stowe, the Ale House is truly a dream come true for the three partners. “We’re certainly looking to serve beer in Stowe no one else is serving,” says Roy, general manager of Vermont Ale House. “What we’re looking to fill here is a craft beer void.” 134
For the three friends, the beer drinking experience in Stowe means predictable selections on tap, a lack of variety in some establishments, and difficulty finding excellent local brews. Those shortcomings convinced the trio they can do it better. Roy ought to know. The long-time manager of German-themed Das Bierhaus in Burlington, he’s used to bringing hard-to-find beers to the people who love them. “For me, this was a no brainer,” says Roy, a native of Greene, Maine, who moved to Vermont in 1994 to study at Johnson State College. l
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Craft beer is now a well-established industry, with Vermont a key destination for hopheads, stout supporters, and lager lovers throughout the Northeast. But with only a few distributors around the state, selection can get a little stale for the adventurous drinker. Vermont Ale House has managed to stock its stable with some truly hard-to-find brews, including Saison DuPont, a grassy farmhouse ale from Belgium, and Fruh, a classic Kölsch-style brew from Cologne, Germany. Also expect to find local specialty brews. While focusing on great beer, Krux, Peer, and Roy wanted to round out the experience with reasonably priced food. “We wanted to keep it short, keep it sweet, and keep it a good price for locals,” Peer says. Honey habanero wings, flatbreads, and more can be had for close to $10. Vermont Sweet Tooth is supplying the desserts, including treats like mint julep brownies. “Between each of us, we bring a lot of experience to the table,” Peer says. Several years ago, Peer and Krux, childhood friends and natives of Syracuse, N.Y., opened a restaurant, where Krux managed the bar. The two have toyed with the idea of opening an establishment in Stowe, and looked at the Red Basil location for years. When the Thai restaurant closed, Peer and Krux worked out a deal to buy it last fall. Roy, a longtime friend of Krux, was the first choice for general manager. Fittingly, given the tavern’s focus on locals, the Vermont Ale House logo is a bottle cap with a deer in front of a silhouette of Camel’s Hump. A large copper bar, homey farmhouse décor, and a selection of hard-to-find beers make the Ale House unique, but it’s the little things—chalkboard tables, USB charge ports for cell phones, free popcorn, and a library and fireplace lounge—that the trio hope set them apart. The Ale House opened in late April, and the response was perfect, Krux says. “The right people are saying, ‘Wow, you’ve done it.’ ” ■
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Hob Knob Inn & Restaurant is the perfect Stowe getaway, available year-round to host your private functions and opening for the summer and fall seasons on June 20th. Twenty spacious guest rooms span 10 acres, with a pool, hot tub, walking trail, two ponds, and full restaurant and bar. The Hob Knob Restaurant serves top-quality Certified Angus Beef ® brand steaks, hand-cut and seasoned with the finest herbs and spices, then grilled to mouthwatering perfection. We invite you to dine with us Thursday through Saturday, 6 to 8pm. Please call 802-253-8549 for reservation.
SALAD Choice of kitchen fresh salad dressing House Salad 5.00 Fresh greens mixed with finely sliced vegetables Mixed Greens with Walnuts and Grapes 6.00 Served with a raspberry vinaigrette Baby Spinach Salad 6.00 Baby spinach, bacon, cranberries & red onionTopped with a warm maple bacon vinaigrette Caesar Salad 6.00 Crisp Romaine, anchovies, croutons and freshly grated Asiago cheese CHILDREN’S MEALS Chicken Fingers 12.00 Boneless breast meat trimmed and breaded in our kitchen Spaghetti 10.00 With Certified Angus Beef ® Meatballs
ENTREES Dinners are served with a seasonal vegetable and a choice of potato or rice. Crisp Roasted Duckling Half 26.50 With Tangy Orange Glaze Tuna Steak 23.50 With a lemon, basil, thyme oil Ginger Rubbed Atlantic Salmon 21.50 Finished with a balsamic drizzle Tuscan Chicken Medallions 20.50 With a warm tomato basil coulis Apple Glazed Pork Rib Eye 18.50 8 oz. pork rib eye with apple reduction Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes 23.50 Served on a pillow of fresh baby greens Steak Kebob 19.50 Certified Angus Beef ® & Fresh Seasonal Vegetables Crabmeat Topped Shrimp 21.50 Succulent shrimp piled with fresh lump crabmeat Ravioli Florentine 19.50 Cheese ravioli served over a bed of fresh spinach, olive oil, garlic and asiago cheese Certified Angus Beef® Burger 16.50 6 oz, served on a fresh baked bun topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Cabot Cheddar We serve only Certified Angus Beef ®- The Highest Quality Steak AvailableFamous for Superior Flavor and Tenderness, Aged and Hand–Cut in our Kitchen. Filet Mignon 6oz 26.00 • 8oz 32.00 • 10oz 38.00 New York Strip 10oz 28.00 • 14oz 37.00 Ribeye 16oz 30.00
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❸ CROP COSMO • 1½ oz Green Mountain Organic Lemon Vodka • ½ oz Eden Ice Cider • ½ oz Caledonia Spirits Elderberry Cordial • 1 oz lemon juice • 3 drops lavender bitters Combine ingredients and ice into a cocktail shaker. Serve in a martini glass with a garnish of local cranberries and lemon slices. —Crop Bistro & Brewery
❹ THE CASUAL HIGHBALL • 1½ oz Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin • 3 oz tonic water • Splash ruby-red grapefruit juice Combine ingredients and ice in a cocktail shaker. Serve in a highball glass garnished with a slice of lime. —Charlie B’s at Stoweflake Mountain Resort
❺ FARM-TO-TABLE MARTINI 2 oz Smugglers’ Notch Distillery Vodka 2 oz freshly prepared tomato water* 2 Tbsp kalamata olive powder** 1 vegetable skewer for garnish Using equal portions of very chilled vodka and tomato water shake in cocktail shaker until well combined. Use a lemon to rub on the rim of a large martini glass. Dip the rim into the kalamata olive powder. Pour in the vodka-tomato water mixture and garnish with a skewer of the freshest local vegetables. —Hourglass at Stowe Mountain Lodge * Tomato water: Puree two tomatoes in a blender. Hang up the tomato puree in cheesecloth over a bowl overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning you will have clear water with a hint of gold. ** Kalamata olive powder: Using a food dehydrator, dry 1 cup of kalamata olives. When completely dry, grate over a microplane grater until a fine dust remains.
Cocktails! These days, localvores are looking to wash down meals of local meats, produce, and cheeses with local liquors. Over the past decade, the state’s microbreweries have attracted worldwide attention. Now, its craft distilleries are getting noticed. Peak behind most bar counters in Stowe and you’ll find a stash of Green Mountain Organic Sunshine Vodka, Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill gin, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery vodka, gin, and rum, and Green Mountain Organic maple liqueur, among other Vermont-made offerings. We’ve raised glasses with some of the town’s best bartenders to find out what localvores are ordering. —Lisa McCormack
Owners Connor and Kevin O’Grady flank chef John Howell in the pub.
O’Grady’s serves American fare, Irish warmth
evin O’Grady describes himself as “100 percent Irish,” and he’s always dreamed of opening an Irish pub in a ski town. So last summer, after retiring from 30 years of managing major radio stations in New York City, he purchased the former Partridge Inn on the Mountain Road and opened O’Grady’s Grill and Bar. His business plan is simple. “American food with Irish warmth,” O’Grady says. “A family bar and grill where you can bring a family of five and not spend an arm and a leg.” The menu offers a mix of traditional Irish food—shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips—and traditional with a twist—Irish nachos with crisp potatoes, melted cheese, and chive crème fraiche. Chef John Howell, formerly of the Cliff House in Stowe, serves creations made from as many fresh and locally produced ingredients
as possible. The bar has 12 varieties of beer on tap; an ice-filled antique copper bathtub holds additional cans and bottles. People familiar with the Stowe bar scene will recognize a few popular local bartenders, including Chris Strong, formerly of the Shed. O’Grady hails from Rye, N.Y., and has been skiing in Vermont with his family for decades. He searched throughout Vermont for restaurant space to lease. Last summer, during a visit to Stowe, he found “a fabulous location in a phenomenal town.” He signed the lease after his son Connor, a recent UVM grad, agreed to help him renovate, start, and manage the restaurant. He’s incorporated the building’s 19thcentury architectural details into the new interior design, which includes a pub room and three dining rooms. Beer taps are drilled into an antique beam, and an unused staircase behind the bar holds bottles of liquor. ©Stowe Guide & Magazine, Summer 2012, Lisa McCormack
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New horizons at Ten Acres Stowe couple converts historic lodge, restaurant t was a whirlwind six weeks for Mark Fucile and Linda Hunter, the new owners of Ten Acres Lodge. They bought the business last November, worked at a rapid-fire pace on renovations, took one day off for Thanksgiving, and opened in time for the busy Christmas holidays. They tore out tired-looking wallpaper, painted the downstairs rooms vibrant shades of red, yellow, blue, and orange, and ripped out the bar and replaced it with a much larger one made from barrels that once held Jim Bean bourbon. Lagniappe, the Cajun-inspired restaurant the lodge’s former owners opened two years ago, is gone. In its place is the Bistro at Ten Acres offering a fusion of hearty American and European fare. Early reviews on dining web sites have been excellent. One thing that won’t change is the Ten Acres name, which has been in place for decades. The lodge was constructed in the 1820s and has been a popular inn and restaurant since the early 20th century. “It seemed ridiculous to call it anything else,” Fucile says. Hunter and Fucile, partners in life as well as business, are living upstairs from the lodge with their three sons. The couple is new to the restaurant and
lodging businesses. Hunter, who moved to Stowe from Scotland eight years ago, has spent most of her career in finance. Fucile most recently was the online business manager for Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington. Ten Acres will no longer offer bed and breakfast-style lodging. Instead, Hunter and Fucile tranformed two cottages and a twostory building on the property into family-friendly vacation rentals. The two-story building will offer two efficiency suites with balconies, fireplaces, and an open kitchen and living room, and four single rooms. Two other newly remodeled rooms are attached to the lodge. There are rustic touches throughout the Bistro at Ten Acres. Lighting fixtures above the bar are made from mason jars. The industrial carpeting in the restaurant has been torn out, revealing wide-board soft pine floors. Exposed beams cross its ceilings. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a cozy living room. “When people come here we genuinely want them to feel like they’re guests in our home,” Fucile says. The bar has a selection of Vermont-made liquors and eight Vermont microbrews on tap. The new menu offers everything from traditional selections such as roasted chicken to a “seafood epiphany,” which will change daily. A daily selection of breads, soups, and desserts is also offered. —Lisa McCormack
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Cupcake business blooms in Stowe ristina Mink’s kitchen smells divine. The heavenly scent of dozens of baking cupcakes mingles with the sweet fragrance wafting from a bowl of butter cream frosting. Mink is founder and owner of the Blooming Cupcake, based at her Stowe home. She makes cupcakes and sells them to local specialtyfood stores, ships them nationally to customers who order online, and takes customer orders for special occasions. She eschews exotic cake flavors for classic recipes—chocolate, white, yellow, banana, red velvet, and carrot—and her go-to frosting is an all-natural white butter cream. In business for just a year, Mink has already earned a loyal following. At the annual British Invasion car show, one man enjoyed his cupcake so much that, after dropping it on the ground, picked it up and continued to eat it. “He said it was the best cupcake he’d ever had,” Mink says. Raised in an Italian-American family that loved to cook and bake, Mink never envisioned that one day she’d bake professionally. But growing up in Binghamton, N.Y., Mink was fascinated by a local baker, who she calls Harvey. He never owned a storefront, but that didn’t stop him from producing hundreds of cakes and countless cupcakes every week. Harvey sold them to grocery stores and took custom orders for wedding cakes and birthday cakes. The citizens of Binghamton and beyond gobbled them up for decades. There was something special about his recipes. His cakes were moist and flavorful and his frosting was rich without being cloyingly sweet. He kept his recipes top-secret, even when a chain supermarket offered him a
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tidy sum to sell them. He had inherited them from his mother. When floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene destroyed $30,000 worth of Harvey’s baking equipment, he decided to retire rather than attempt to rebuild his business. Enter Mink’s father, a retired police officer who loved visiting Harvey’s kitchen when he worked the nighttime beat. He approached Harvey and asked if he’d be willing to sell his recipes to Cristina. Amazingly, he agreed to share them with her—free of charge. “I had to sign papers agreeing not to sell the cupcakes in Binghamton and not to sell the recipes,” Mink says. She immediately started baking. Having her own business works well for Mink, who has a business degree from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I. As a busy mom with a toddler and infant, she’s decided to run her business out of her home for now. Eventually, she’d like to open a storefront in Stowe She sells her cupcakes at Stowe Seafood and I.C. Scoops in Stowe and takes custom orders. —Lisa McCormack
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epsi… Coke… Kis Kombucha? That’s the new bottle on the shelf among the myriad soft drinks, spring water, and fruit juices sold at Vermont specialty markets and health food stores. Kombucha, a fermented beverage made with sweetened tea combined with yeast and cultures, is said to offer a host of health benefits. The drink originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. A health tonic thought to impart immortality, kombucha was exported to Japan, Korea, and Russia. Andras Hadik of Morrisville brews Kis Kombucha at a commercial kitchen in Hyde Park. He started the company in April 2012 and currently brews about 200 bottles a week, which he distributes to stores throughout North Central Vermont. Hadik, 36, a longtime kombucha drinker, began brewing his own six years ago. He was working at Apple Tree Natural Foods in Morrisville when a customer gave him a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast— called a scoby—used as a starter for kombucha. The culture is derived from a growth that appears on birch trees. “It’s somewhere between a bacteria and yeast,” Hadik says. “It has properties of both.
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Andras Hadik hand labels bottles of Kis Kombucha.
A lot of people think it is a fungus, a mushroom tea, but it’s not a fungus.” Hadik uses fairtrade green tea and green jasmine tea as the base for his kombucha. He adds organic evaporated cane juice, lemongrass, and spearmint. He ferments the kombucha in steel kegs, a process that can take anywhere from 10 to 16 days, depending on the room temperature. “Amino acids are liver rejuvenating,” says Hadik, who studied herbal medicine and nutrition with Suzanna Gray Bliss of Rooted Wisdom in Middlesex. “Live enzymes help with digestion, and probiotics help with digestion and overall health. Our digestive flora accounts for a lot of how our immune system works. There are also a lot of B vitamins. There’s definitely an energy that people experience when they drink it.” Kis Kombucha has a pleasantly tangy flavor, mild enough to be enjoyed by the bottle. “The tea provides acidity and tannic acids,” Hadik says. “The sugars are added as food for the culture. When the culture consumes the sugars, it produces carbon dioxide, amino acids, live enzymes, and probiotics.” Coming up with a name for his company was easy. “ ‘Keep it simple’ was a motto that stuck in my head, and I realized that Kis Kombucha was catchy,” Hadik says. • • • • In Stowe, Kis Kombucha is sold at Harvest Market, Green Goddess, Piecasso, and Edelweiss, as well as several other locations in the region.
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Bottles at the Hill Farmstead Brewery. A cask of Trรถsten at Trapp Family Lodge Brewery. A fresh pour at Hill Farmstead. Brewer Will Gilson offers the Crop Brewery sample board. Customers line up at the Alchemist Brewery for Heady Topper. Inset: Imported malt.
Making beer is all about finding a balance of ingredients, temperature, and time. The four beer is an art, but really it’s main ingredients—water, barley, yeast, and half science and half personal hops—are endlessly variable, as are temperature and time, wherein lies the scientific chaltaste. Brewers tweak the lenge, but the point is, take any combination of science part over and over those ingredients, mix them together, store it at whatever temperature you chose for however until they achieve a flavor long you want, and the end result will be beer. Or an explosion. that satisfies them. Hopefully Those who get really good at making beer are the ones who practice, practice, practice, others like it, too. and make copious notes. Eventually they can consistently create the same beer whenever the mood strikes, and if their mood dictates an entirely new flavor, they can do that, too. It’s a beautiful thing. So maybe it really is an art. Microbreweries are springing up from coast to coast, and Vermont is a big part of that surge. In 2011, Vermont had more breweries per capita than any other state. Within a 30-mile radius of Stowe are seven microbreweries, each with its own style that reflects its brewmaster’s personal taste objectives. Here is an overview of the microbreweries near Stowe, starting to the northeast in Greensboro Bend and working south to Waterbury. Visiting them in person to taste what’s brewing is a great way to get to know and understand beer. Before going, check each brewery’s website for hours and offerings.
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Hill Farmstead Brewery 403 Hill Road, Greensboro Bend hillfarmstead.com The folks at Hill Farmstead celebrated their third anniversary in May, and it’s been a busy and productive three years. Brewer Shaun Hill has won numerous awards for his beer and in February Hill Farmstead was ranked the top brewery by RateBear.com, an impressive accolade considering over 13,000 brewers entered the contest. Since Hill Farmstead’s inception it has nearly tripled its capacity. The brewery now has over 100 bourbon and wine barrels, which for a brewery that is 95 percent draft beer and produces just 1,500 barrels per year, was a significant undertaking. The next phase is a 4,000-foot expansion that would increase production to 3,000 barrels, primarily draft, while taking the brewery’s oak-aging/wildfermentation project to 200 barrels a year. Like the family farmstead that houses the brewery, the tasting room is rustic, with literally standing room only—no tables or chairs. Visitors don’t seem to mind, though, as a constant stream of fans bearing empty growlers flows through the door nonstop on weekends. If you want a true Vermont experience, go during the summer when the dirt roads are manageable. That’s when you can socialize around outdoor picnic tables in a party-like atmosphere and soak in the view and the beer. A word of caution: Don’t leave home without your Vermont Gazetteer.
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Add a new stop to the local beer crawl: Lost Nation Brewing. The Morrisville brewery opened in May in the former Rock Art Brewery. Allen Van Anda and Jamie Griffith honed their brewing skills at Trapp Family Lodge where they produced Austrian-style lager. Van Anda has 17 years of brewing experience including stints at Rock Art Brewery and the now defunct Kross Brewing Company in Morrisville. Griffith has a background in organic food processing. Their focus is on “honest, approachable, easy-drinking session beers—ones that you can enjoy two or three of,” Van Anda says. Lost Nation will initially offer four varieties of beer, sold in kegs and growlers with limited-edition bottles. “The sky’s the limit,” Van Anda says. Van Anda and Griffith brewed their first barrels in April. At press time they expected to be ready for visitors by early summer. The brewery’s tasting room has a 20-foot bar and 18 drafts along with a growler-filling machine. “We want the best of both worlds,” says Griffith. “We want people to come and have a few beers, but we want to end it early. We don’t want a late-night crowd.” —Lisa McCormack John and Jen Kimmich with a four-pack of Heady Topper. The Caspary brewing system at Crop Brewery. The temperature gauge on the Caspary.
Crop’s brewmaster Will Gilson is known for making clean session beers, like a Munichstyle Helles lager, and eclectic variety beers, like an English brown ale. Before coming to Crop Gilson brewed at the Alchemist in Waterbury and before that he spent 12 years as brewmaster at Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Company in North Conway, N.H. Gilson says Crop is an efficient Bavarian brewhaus that allows for full saccharification (the process of turning complex carbohydrates into simple sugar) that results in a drier beer. Crop uses a brewery system made by Caspary, which is prominently displayed in the front of the pub and can be seen from the Mountain Road as you drive by. You can’t miss the copper shining through the windows, and you can watch Gilson as he brews the next batch of whatever’s on the schedule. “I love making big malty Oktoberfest beers,” notes Gilson. “We have our standard beers and a rotating crop of offerings. In the summer I will hold back on the stouts and do lighter fruitier beers instead.” Crop’s plans for the future include an outdoor beer garden and a bottling line. For now their beer can only be had at the restaurant by the pour and by the growler.
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John Kimmich opened the wildly popular Alchemist Pub and Brewery in Waterbury on Nov. 29, 2003. Eight years later, on Aug. 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene washed it away. Instead of reopening, John and his wife Jen decided to stick with what they do best—brewing Heady Topper. They moved their brewery a mile north, just off Route 100 in Waterbury, and opened Alchemist Cannery, where they make and can Heady Topper. GORDON MILLER “It’s amazing what blooms out of adversity,” notes John, when reflecting on the decision to proceed with the cannery. “I’ve always been nuts for hops. When I designed Heady Topper it was just what I wanted in a beer. Fortunately the public likes it, too.” John says the raw British pearl barley he uses is what makes Heady Topper what it is. Since its inception the Cannery has been unable to keep up with demand, even though they limit their supply of Heady Topper to outlets within about a 20-mile radius. To meet demand they are expanding the facility and tripling their production to 9,000 barrels a year, while keeping the same distribution radius. The future includes plans to revive some of the beer served at the old pub, and perhaps a sour beer. “Once a month we’ll make whatever I feel like making and release it in growlers,” John says. So, why cans? Cans protect contents from UV light and dissolved oxygen and are extremely recyclable, John explains. You can try Heady Topper at the cannery daily, and pick up a four-pack to go… if they haven’t sold out.
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Pizzeria, tavern opens in Waterbury lue Stone Pizzeria & Tavern is the latest addition to Waterbury Village’s growing restaurant family. Partners Chris Fish and Vinny Petrarca—who met while working together at Positive Pie II in Montpelier—opened the eatery on Stowe Street last fall. The 50-seat restaurant has a distinct front and back, despite its wide-open feel. The front end is dominated by a 30-foot-long bar of liveedge pine board, and an exposed brick wall with a see-through arch that Fish believes is the original back of the building. Fish and Petrarca crafted the bar and all the tables at Fish’s father’s mill at his childhood home in Pittsford, Vt. The other prominent feature is a wide bluestone table, which inspired the place’s name. It covered a shallow 19th-century well in the basement of the Fish family farmhouse and is decorated with scattered indentations from decades of water drips. The men built a special wooden cart to bring the heavy piece to Waterbury, and they don’t plan to move it again. “I think there is a pretty good statement of our level of determination,” Fish says. The restaurant’s tagline is “Serious Pizza … Humble Food … No Bull.” Their logo is a mustachioed man in coveralls with a haystalk in his teeth and a slightly skeptical look, and both are meant to convey a commitment to good food and a causal, welcoming atmosphere. Pizzas are “the backbone of what we do, ” Fish says. Signature pies include the Stump Jumper, an orgy of button, crimini, and oyster mushrooms with goat and fontina cheese, and Three Little Pigs, which marries bacon, barbecued pork, and smoked ham with barbecue sauce and mozzarella. Others signatures use surprising ingredients, such as roasted corn, green apples, cilantro, and Cajun-spiced shrimp. Wings, fries, wraps, burgers, and desserts round out the offerings. Blue Stone offers an extensive list of craft beers, on tap and bottled, from around the country. —Kristen Fountain
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Black Cap owner brings Mediterranean flavor to café lack Cap Coffee, a Main Street mainstay, has a new owner with a Mediterranean flair. Laura Vilalta, a native of Barcelona, Spain, plans to infuse the popular café with the flavors of her homeland, while maintaining the shop as a community gathering place. “I want to keep it a place for locals that is comfy, where people can relax and do business,” she says. Founders Chris and Heidi Townsend decided to sell the business they started in 2010 to focus on roasting coffee full-time. “We’re really going to miss it,” Heidi says. Vilalta kept the name, Black Cap Coffee, and serves coffee made by the Townsends. “This is a transition,” says Vilalta. “We want this place to have a certain ambience, enhanced for locals, where you can also get great coffee and food.” Vilalta is ready for a new challenge after an extended career in marketing in the Catalonia region, where she worked in the toiletry and perfume industries. She’s also been a business professor at the business school at Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas, commonly called ESADE, in Barcelona, where she is also part owner of a Spanish restaurant. So, why a small-town coffee shop in Northern Vermont? “I love coffee. I love the conversations that happen around a cup of coffee,” she says. Vilalta visited Stowe in 2010 with her family, and fell in love with the town. That, and a dissolving marriage, convinced her to leave Barcelona, she says, and start a new life here with her three children—Monica, who graduated from Stowe High last year; Alex, a dedicated ski racer currently studying at Stowe High and Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy; and son Rai, a fifth-grader with a penchant for hockey and skiing who also wants to play lacrosse.
Vilalta talks fondly about Spanish food and European culture, but she’s always enjoyed the American tradition of drinking a big cup of coffee. “In Spain and Italy it’s more espresso, but I love being able to drink a long cup of coffee,” she says. She is planning on adding some new elements to the café, including Spanish food. “At some point, in some way, I would like to add some Mediterranean flavors here. I would like the place to be well linked to me, to who I am.” — Nathan Burgess • • • •
Winfield’s Bistro, the fine-dining restaurant at Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, closed in March, and will be absorbed by its sister restaurant, Charlie B’s Pub. Once renovations are complete, the eatery will be renamed Charlie B’s Pub, Restaurant & Wine Bar. While it received mostly positive reviews on travel websites, Winfield’s drew fewer customers than Charlie B’s, making it less profitable, according to Stoweflake owner and President Chuck Baraw. “It’s emblematic of what’s happened in the restaurant industry in recent
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years,” he says. “Charlie B’s is more casual, more fun. Winfield’s is more of a fine dining approach. For the past five to eight years, that type of restaurant is doing less business.” At the same time, Charlie B’s needed more space to accommodate larger parties, and the renovation will increase the restaurant’s seating capacity from 80 to 150. The new space will also include a wine-tasting area to capitalize on the restaurant’s extensive wine selection. “We sell more wine than beer and hard liquor,” Baraw says. “We sell 60 to 70 wines by the glass. You can get an $8 glass or a $26 glass.” The restaurant will continue to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while keeping its existing pub-style menu. The renovations should be completed by mid July and Charlie B’s will remain open throughout the renovation. • • • •
Barr Hill Gin, produced by Caledonia Spirits of Hardwick, won the Double Gold award at the third annual New York City International Spirits competition last fall. Double Gold awards were presented to only three of the nearly 400 entries from around the world. Judges included buyers, retail store owners, restaurant and bar proprietors, distributors, and importers. • • • • When Gary Beal tasted Mama’s Special Organic Kettle Corn he was hooked. Unlike popcorn, which is popped using hot air or by placing kernels over an open flame, kettle corn is popped in an oil-filled kettle. “It just tastes better when it’s made that way,” Beal says. In 2007 he purchased the company from Eileen McKusic, who founded it two years earlier and ran it out of her home in Johnson. Beal moved the operation to a commercial space in Hyde Park. He expanded product sales out of Vermont and now distributes to supermarkets and convenience stores from New England to Virginia. “Half our sales are in Washington, D.C.,” he says. Mama’s Special Organic Kettle Corn comes in three flavors: Maple, made with Vermont maple syrup; Plain Janes, made with coconut oil and sun-dried sea salt; and Sweet Hot Mama, made with cayenne and chipolte. The maple flavor is most popular with Vermonters and has a slight edge in most other states as well. l
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Health Inspection Service, is originally from New Hampshire. For several years, he and wife Mary lived in Hawaii, and after transferring to Vermont, they began looking into opening a distillery or brewery. But hard cider, with its simple production methods, appealed to them as a way to start out. “It’s really straightforward, there’s no cooking involved for cider,” he says. Hard cider is made by simply pitching yeast into the cider, sealing it, and waiting for it to ferment and age. “Originally, our plan was to start with purchasing bulk, unprocessed cider, fermenting it and then playing around with different kinds of wooden barrels for aging purposes, kind of like the old artisan Vermont way,” he says. The cider will be unpasteurized and barrelaged for flavor. In the future, Windler hopes to expand to new flavors. “It could be something like using local blueberries,” he says. Windler expects to open by midsummer, and the location will feature a walk-in store and tastings. — Nathan Burgess • • • • A new restaurant is set to pull into the old train station in downtown Morrisville. Jim Goldsmith and Kim Kaufman of Stowe and New York have purchased the former Melben’s Restaurant on Railroad Street. Melben’s closed three years ago. Goldsmith and Kaufman own the Blue Donkey Restaurant in Stowe. They plan to turn the building, a former railroad station along the Lamoille Valley Railway, into a restaurant, bar, and Internet café. They expect to open by July 4. The duo is still deciding on a name and a menu for the restaurant. l 159
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OUTPOST IN EVANSVILLE ravelers along the craggy, sun-baked pavement of Route 58 in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom are treated to some of the prettiest, and most desolate, scenery in the state. Pick-up trucks, faded dairy barns, dilapidated mobile homes, hay bales, and Holsteins fill the postcard-perfect hillsides and vast farmland. Norman Rockwell scenes stand in sharp contrast to glimpses into the region’s high unemployment and 15-percent poverty rate. Passing into the small burg of Brownington, a gas station canopy appears like a mirage against the barren backdrop of the Wild West. Fittingly, a red building straight out of Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon begins to appear, connected to a bright white church. / Nathan Burgess “EVANSVILLE TRADING POST” reads a sign on the / Glenn Callahan facade. “SODA BEER GROCERIES FURNITURE GUNS AMMO HARDWARE.” A step inside unfolds a familiar Vermont general store scene. An old man in a green farm-feed hat and stained gray sweater rolls a cigarette, licking the paper through his thick silver beard before heading outside. A bulletin board advertises a nearby bingo tournament. A patch of regulars, clad in flannel shirts, wool jackets, and boots sips hot coffee and cozies up to the front counter, swapping hunting stories and local gossip.
“Did you see he got a deer? Finally!” “I ain’t bashful—he better watch out.” “Bill! Well look who it is…” On the surface, the Evansville Trading Post, named for a village within the town of Brownington, recalls the numerous hole-in-thewall shops that dot the tiny towns of the Kingdom. Patrons stop in for gas, lottery scratchers, cigarettes, or a cup of coffee, and plenty of conversation. But that’s where the similarities end. If Walmart were invented in Vermont it would probably look something like the Evansville Trading Post—a sprawling, multi-building, onestop-shop for everything from plumbing supplies to X-rated magazines and frozen French fries. An amalgamation of corner store, flea market, and gift shop built in the middle of nowhere, the
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Valliere, who had spent 15 years in Nantucket, did not expect to settle in Stowe. Recovering from a surfeit of publicity surrounding the trial of a longtime client, the convicted Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski, she wanted time out from the public eye. She reduced her business to a few old clients and came to Vermont in 2003 to rejuvenate. When she bought her Maple Street property in Stowe, her life was in transition and her own design intentions were less clear. The classic 1840s Greek Revivalstyle brick home in the center of Stowe Village appealed to her as a challenging renovation project for resale. The handsome three-storied barn of the same time period behind the house was enticing for its possibilities as her studio, with storage for her considerable collection of English and French antiques. At the time of purchase, the austere, stately home had changed little in 160 years. It stood white and tall on a stone slab foundation with no porch to shield its stark lines. Her original inclination was to open up the interior space that, by design tradition of its era, was a series of smaller rooms, and to add a wraparound porch. She received a permit to do the latter and launched into the project with characteristic verve. It quickly became evident that walls were bowed and the building’s structural integrity was compromised. With the assistance of Ernie Ruskey of Stowe’s Tektonika Studio Architects, the house was gutted to three walls. The roof and flooring were removed and a structural steel framework added to support the upstairs, allowing for larger rooms on the first floor. Window and door placements were changed and new electrical, heating and air conditioning, and plumbing systems were installed. Such massive changes to an historic home in the center of Stowe village didn’t happen without controversy. It could not happen today, as the town’s hisStory continues on page 186
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toric preservation policies have become much stricter. It didn’t help that it had been home to two of Stowe’s most illustrious families, the Wilkins and the Burts, whose descendents are still active in the area. The Wilkins were early, perhaps original, owners. George Wilkins was a prominent lawyer and his wife Marie was the first woman superintendent of schools in Stowe, and the author of Stowe’s history for Hemenway’s Vermont Historical Gazetteer. Both owned many land parcels and farms in the area. From 1909 to 1971, the Burt family, founders of C.E. and F.O. Burt Lumber Co., owned the home. In its time, the company was one of the largest lumbering operations in North America, controlling vast tracks of forest land. Craig Burt was CEO of the company, elder statesman of the community, and visionary who promoted the ski industry in Stowe. During the years he lived in the home he selected the choicest woods from his lumberyard—bird’s-eye maple, curly maple, white oak, cherry—for flooring, paneling, and cabinetry in the house, or he stored it in the barn for future projects. His brother Wayne, the company CFO, lived across the street. Basic to Valliere’s design vision were a large, efficient and, equally important, comfortable kitchen and a wide wraparound porch. Two stone fireplaces joined the existing one in the parlor. One hugs the wall of the sitting-area ell in the kitchen, while the other faces onto a secluded, screened-in living area at the far end of the porch. The porch looks out over the garden and is invisible from the street, making it the preferred summer gathering place for relaxing and dining. A firepit and an outdoor dining area under a twig pergola provide additional attractions during high summer.
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As I took my place at the base of the Toll Road at Stowe Mountain Resort one morning last August,
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Although participants run, ride, or, for the first time in 2012, hike to the top, the event is all about skiing in that it is a major fundraiser for the Catamount Trail Association. The Catamount Trail is a 300-mile-long backcountry ski trail that stretches the length of Vermont. (It passes through Nebraska Valley in Stowe as it leaves Bolton Valley Resort and heads toward the Nordic trails at Trapp Family Lodge.) “Anyone can ski the trail free of charge,” says Jim Fredericks, race director and former executive director of the association, noting the exception to the “free” rule being where the trail passes through private ski centers. The Race to the Top originated in 2007, when Fredericks teamed with Bolton Valley to organize a race that started halfway up the Bolton Access Road and finished at the summit of the resort. “It was a good event with a good turnout,” Fredericks says. “But we wanted a bigger event. “We approached Stowe Mountain Resort. We wanted something unique that did not affect regular traffic,” he says. And it doesn’t— except for those cars that want to drive the Toll Road; on race day, motorized traffic has to wait until the race is over. For most runners and riders, a 4.3-mile race is not intimidating. The Race to the Top, however, does not give participants a break. “It’s either really steep or kind of steep,” says Carrie Nourjian of Stowe, who has raced in the bike division each of the five years the race has climbed the Toll Road. What might be more intimidating than running or riding the race could be actually training for the race. “I ride a lot of hills,” says
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One thing that struck me in my race to the summit was the speed. When you go uphill, you don’t run at your top speed. Nobody can. In 2012, overall winner Josh Ferenc of Saxtons River, Vt., turned in a course record of 33 minutes, 53 seconds (that’s a 7:53 per mile pace)—not exactly blistering… unless you’re going uphill for over four miles! Jericho’s Lea Davison, meanwhile, who had just returned from the 2012 Olympics in London set a new course record for female bikers: 37:18. “It’s hilarious how slowly we go,” laughs Nourjian. “We line up at the start, the gun goes off, and the first thing we do is tackle that first hill. Nobody flies out.” The race is not just for elite athletes. Yes, you want to be prepared, but Fredericks stresses that it is a citizens’ race. “You need strength, endurance, and mental toughness,” he says. In 2012, he adds, organizers opened a new division—the hiking division. Starting after the bikers, hikers walked to the top in an untimed, go-at-your-own-pace heat. The race also features a Clydesdale category—that is, a division for men over 200 pounds and women over 150—and a kids race during the post-race party. New in 2013, says Fredericks, will be USA Track & Field sanctioning and a team category. Coming into the 2012 race, I had a strategy I wanted to try. I ran the 2009 event in 46 minutes—not stopping to walk or rest at all. But I noticed that I had played leapfrog with many people who finished around me. They would walk the steeper sections, then catch up to me
where it wasn’t so steep. Why work so hard the whole time when it didn’t put me ahead? The gun sounded, and I ran the first hill (I felt obligated to run the first stretch). After the initial push (and feeling my pulse rate increase significantly), I slowed to a walk, while all around me passed by. As soon as the pitch lessened, I returned to running, and not only passed all those who had passed me, I left them behind. Next steep section, I did the same with the same result. Using this walk-run technique, I finished in 47 minutes, 2 seconds—just over a minute slower than the last time I ran the race. “What’s unique about this race is that you don’t have to be a fast racer,” says Fredericks. “You need to be a strong racer.” Well, I learned that strength isn’t everything either; it’s also about running smart. At the finish in the parking lot by the Mt. Mansfield Visitor Center, I discovered something else unique about the Race to the Top. After drinking a little water and eating a Gu packet, I gathered a few of my training partners. Instead of heading down, we continued up. Alternating jogging and walking, we skipped across Mansfield’s ridgeline until we reached the true summit on The Chin, where we looked down on the rest of Vermont. At how many races can you do that? ■
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Last summer marathoner and triathlete Mark Aiken found space in his training calendar to cover the Race to the Top of Vermont. On the Friday before the race, he did a 19-mile long run in preparation for an upcoming marathon, and on Sunday a brick workout (swim, bike, run in succession) for a triathlon. Residing in Richmond, Mark and his wife are embarking on a new endurance event: parenthood. They welcomed Gunnar in March.
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The secret to the trading post’s eclectic inventory? Swett is a veteran of estate sales and auctions. When a small store, gift shop, or local craftsperson goes out of business, Swett bids on their stock and fills his shelves. The store remains a family affair: Swett’s wife Kelly shares many jobs with Andrew, and son Kaden and daughters McKenna and Hilary all help out. As many general store owners will tell you, running a shop is no 9-5 job. “It ain’t 40 hours a week,” Swett says. “It’s more like 60 or 70.” The store is Swett’s bread and butter, but he also raises beef cattle and chickens and drives a plow truck in the winter to make ends meet. “It’s always been tough,” to find work in the Kingdom, he says. “You have to work a lot.” The region’s poverty and alcoholism—U.S. Census data lists Orleans County among the poorest in the state—are an everyday reality for Swett and many of the customers he sees. Much of the regular clientele at the trading post have multiple jobs, he says, including farming, logging, and working at the Ethan Allen Furniture factory in nearby Orleans. “I don’t know why the Northeast Kingdom’s always been like that,” Swett says. Another sign of the struggles in the region are the security cameras recently installed around the store. As drug problems—especially the proliferation of the painkiller Oxycontin—torment the rural areas of the state, burglaries are a growing problem for storeowners like Swett. “We had three breakins last summer,” he says. Despite that, the everyday scene in the trading post is one of a tight community. “We have quite a few regulars that come in a couple times a day,” says Hannah Hahn, cashier and a Lake Region Union High School student. Swett says he has been in talks with Walmart owners in the past about selling some of the land, but the low population in the area—just under 900 in Brownington—meant the retail giant wasn’t interested, he says. For now, the trading post remains an idiosyncratic outpost in the hills of old Vermont, a place where the question often asked is: what don’t they have? “Cars?” Glinda Bernadino says. “Oh you never know, in the summer they’ll probably have a couple rigs parked out on the lawn.” ■
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ANTIQUES HOMESTEAD HEIRLOOMS Chair re-glueing and finish refurbishing, furniture stripping and refinishing, Fire damage and antique restoration. Bring your heirlooms out of storage and accentuate your home décor with a preserved heritage. 888-7509.
M. LEWIS ANTIQUES At this location since 1998, Martha Lewis Antiques holds an extremely large variety of antiques and collectibles, with inventory changing daily. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. 4 p.m. 10 Stowe St., Waterbury. 244-8919.
SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH ANTIQUES 10,000 sq. ft. of fine antique and handcrafted 18th-century furniture featuring New England’s premiere cabinet makers; custom-made furniture. Route 108, Smugglers’ Notch. Open Thursday-Sunday. 10-5. smugglersnotchantiques.com. 644-2100.
ARCHITECTS ANDREW VOLANSKY, ARCHITECT, AIA Architectural services: Creative, intuitive, functional, efficient, design solutions for those who value elegant design, natural materials, and environmental consciousness in their home or business. 253-2169. cushmandesign.com.
HARRY HUNT ARCHITECTS Designing environmentally sustainable buildings and communities that stay true to the spirit of Vermont. Member American Institute of Architects LEED AP. 253-2374. harryhuntarchitects.com.
ERS’ BUSINESS DIRECTORY J. GRAHAM GOLDSMITH, ARCHITECTS Quality design and professional architectural services specializing in residential, hotel, restaurant, retail, and resort development. Member Stowe Area. (800) 862-4053. jggarchitects.com. Email: VT@jggarchitects.com.
LEE HUNTER ARCHITECT, AIA A Stowe-based architectural firm offering a personal approach to creative, elegant design. Residential, commercial, and renovations. By appointment. 253-9928.
SAM SCOFIELD, ARCHITECT AIA Professional architectural services for all phases of design and construction. Residential and commercial. Carlson Building, Main Street, Stowe. samscofieldarchitect.com. 253-9948.
TEKTONIKA STUDIO ARCHITECTS Dedicated to the craft and composition of sustainable, siteinspired design. Emphasis on a collaborative design process to meet our client’s vision and budget. Located in Stowe Village. 253-2020. tektonikavt.com.
TRUEXCULLINS ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN We combine our client’s ideas and desires with TruexCullins 40plus years of experience to design elegant homes that connect beautifully with their surroundings. View TruexCullins’ portfolio at truexcullins.com. (802) 658-2775.
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS ALAN GUAZZONI DESIGN Combining site concerns, functions, and the understanding of client wishes for well-conceived, pleasing residential and commercial building design. 244-6664. aguazzonidesign.com.
ART GALLERIES BRYAN MEMORIAL GALLERY Vermont’s premier gallery for landscape painting features over 200 artists in a year-round exhibition schedule. May/ June, Thurs.-Sun. 11-4; July to mid Oct., daily 11-5. 180 Main Street, Jeffersonville. 644-5100. bryanmemorialgallery.org.
GREEN MOUNTAIN FINE ART GALLERY In the heart of the village. Displaying Stowe’s most diverse collection of traditional and contemporary works by regional artists. Open Wednesday-Sunday 11-6. 64 South Main, Stowe. 253-1818. greenmountainfineart.com.
HELEN DAY ART CENTER Region’s center for art and art education for 30 years; local, national, and international artists; youth and adult classes, workshops, programs. Gallery open Wednesday-Sunday 12-5. School Street, Stowe. 253-8358, helenday.com.
Specializing in original artwork, sculpture, photography, and prints by award-winning Vermont artists. Corporate designer packages and custom framing available. Gale Farm Center, 1880 Mountain Road, Stowe. vermontfineartgallery.com. 253-9653.
VISIONS OF VERMONT Located in Jeffersonville. We feature Eric Tobin, the Winslows, Thomas Curtin, Emile Gruppe, and many more. A century of painting history is made on the Jeffersonville side of Smugglers’ Notch. 644-8183. visionsofvermont.org.
WEST BRANCH GALLERY & SCULPTURE PARK Contemporary fine art and sculpture, indoors and outside on the riverside sculpture grounds. Regional, international, and local artists. Tuesday-Sunday 11-6. One mile from Stowe Village on Mountain Road. 253-8943. westbranchgallery.com.
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INSIDE OUT GALLERY We offer original fine art and crafts by Vermont and American artists in a spectrum of mediums, styles, and price points, from small gifts to major show pieces. 299 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-6945, insideoutgallery.com.
ROBERT PAUL GALLERIES One of the country’s finest art galleries, offering an outstanding selection of original paintings, sculpture, and fine photography by locally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed artists. Celebrating 23 years. Baggy Knees Shopping Center, Stowe. robertpaulgalleries.com. 253-7282.
An artistic boutique for drawing, painting, children’s activities, sculpting, crafting, printmaking and more. Your source for quality, sustainable and Made-in-USA art supplies and gifts for everyone. 151B Main Street, Stowe. 253-ARTS (2787). stoweartstore.com.
THE STUDIO STORE The largest selection of fine artist materials at tremendous savings. Call us or stop by; it’s worth a drive. 635-2203, or (800) 887-2203. 2 Lower Main, Johnson. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6; Sundays, 12-5.
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CUSHMAN DESIGN GROUP INC. Architectural services: Creative, intuitive, functional, efficient, design solutions for those who value elegant design, natural materials and environmental consciousness in their home or business. 253-2169. cushmandesign.com.
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STOWE GALLERY ALLIANCE Connecting you to the town’s vibrant fine art and craft galleries and the many artists we represent. For more information about individual galleries and events see our website: stowegalleries.com.
Breakfast sandwiches, Nova lox, Reubens, deli sandwiches on breads, English muffins, wraps or NY-style bagels. Salads, soups, baked goods. Baggy Knees, Mountain Road, Stowe. 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 253-9943.
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TRAPP FAMILY LODGE—DELIBAKERY Offering a variety of baked goods, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials, and our Trapp lagers. Open daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Hours vary seasonally. 253-5705. trappfamily.com.
BANKS & FINANCIAL SERVICES UNION BANK A full-service bank offering deposit, loan, trust, investment and commercial banking services since 1891, with an office and ATM in Stowe Village, and an ATM on the Mountain Road. 253-6600.
BIKES & INLINE SKATES EARL’S CYCLERY & FITNESS The largest selection of bicycles in Vermont, the best service, and the most experience. 2500 Williston Road, S.Burlington. (802) 864-9197. Toll-free 866-327-5725. earlsbikes.com.
NORDIC BARN High-quality bikes and the best location guarantee—fun for you and your family. Private and exclusive access to the Stowe Recreation Path across from Topnotch Resort and Spa. Hiking information, trail maps and accessories. Open daily at 9 a.m. 253-6433. nordicbarnvt.com.
BOOKSTORES BEAR POND BOOKS Complete family bookstore. NYT bestsellers and new releases. Large selection of children’s books, VT specialty books, and more. Daily papers, puzzles, and greeting cards. Open 7 days. Depot Building, Main Street, Stowe. 253-8236.
BRICKHOUSE BOOKSHOP Visit us at Morristown Corners. Thousands of used books, search and mailing service; ongoing porch sale. Open daily by chance or appointment. 888-4300.
BREWERIES THE ALCHEMIST Small, family run brewery specializing in fresh, unfiltered IPA, currently focused on brewing one beer perfectly—Heady Topper, an American double IPA. Stop by our tasting room and retail shop. Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. alchemistbeer.com.
CROP BISTRO & BREWERY PUB Featuring an array of lagers and ales brewed on site. Enjoy a beer in the pub or relax in our Biergarten. Open 7 days. Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-4765. cropvt.com.
MAGIC HAT BREWERY& ARTIFACTORY Where ancient alchemy meets modern-day science to create the best tasting beer on the planet. Visit our brewery for free samples, free tours, and a most unusual shopping experience. (802) 658-BREW. magichat.net.
TRAPP FAMILY LODGE The Trapp Family Lodge Brewery offers a selection of authentic Austrian lagers. Stop by for a pint and enjoy our mountaintop views in our DeliBakery, lounge, or dining room. 253-5705. trappfamily.com.
Stowe-based design/build company specializing in unique and eclectic designs, exceptional renovations, and new construction. Exquisite craftsmanship a hallmark. From distinctive cabinetry to a one-of-a-kind salvage piece, we exceed each client’s expectations. 253-6393. gristmillbuilders.com.
PATTERSON & SMITH CONSTRUCTION, INC. A custom builder, remodeling firm, and general contractor in Stowe. Our mission is to provide each customer and their designer/architect with the highest degree of customer service, management, and craftsmanship. pattersonandsmith.com. 253-3757.
SISLER BUILDERS INC. Custom home building and remodeling, custom woodworking, home energy audits and retrofits. Quality craftsmanship, resource efficient construction, modest additions to multi-million dollar estates. 30 years in Stowe. References available. sislerbuilders.com. 253-5672.
STEEL CONSTRUCTION, INC. Steel Construction, Inc., has consistently proven to be one of Vermont’s finest custom homebuilders. We have three decades of proven experience and a long list of satisfied homeowners. 253-4572. steelconstruction.com.
TIMBERHOMES LLC We are a timber-frame construction partnership based in Vershire, Vt. We offer services from design and planning to general contracting and construction. “Efficient, naturally built homes with soul.” (802) 685-7974. timberhomesllc.com. Creative remodeling, building excellence, award-winning design and construction. Post & beam, vintage barns, historic restoration. Construction management consultation. 30 years plus in Stowe. Tim Meehan, (802) 777-0283. northernnehomes.com.
VERMONT SUN STRUCTURES Conservatories, sunrooms, and solar greenhouses custom designed and installed throughout Vermont. Unique timber frame design. Energy efficient, solar friendly—soon to be your favorite room. vermontsunstructures.com. (802) 879-6645.
BUILDING PRODUCTS COUNTRY HOME CENTER Our kitchen and bath department offers many types of custom cabinets, solid surface countertops, custom tile showers, energy efficient fixtures, and green products for today’s Vermont lifestyle. 85 Center Rd., Morrisville. 888-3177. countryhomecenter.com.
LOEWEN WINDOW CENTER OF VT & NH Beautifully crafted Douglas fir windows and doors for the discerning homeowner. Double- and triple-glazed options available in aluminum, copper, and bronze clad. Style Inspired By You. loewenvtnh.com, (800) 505-1892, email@example.com.
CANOES & KAYAKS Daily canoe and kayak tours on the Lamoille and Winooski Rivers. Winery tours, sunset tours and two-day overnight adventures offered daily. Repairs, lessons, leases and sales. Outpost at 5399 VT Route 15, Jeffersonville. 644-8189. “We go when you do.”
UMIAK OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS Vermont’s leading paddlesports’ center. Kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards. Daily river trips, lakefront rentals, guided tours, demos and fully stocked outfitting store. Route 100, Stowe’s Lower Village. 253-2317; umiak.com.
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Highly respected for fine craftsmanship, attention to detail, integrity, and dependable workmanship. 25 years experience. Custom homes, additions, and renovations. Now offering certified home energy audits. 626 Mountain Road, Stowe. 2539367. gordondixonconstruction.com.
LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHOCOLATES 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. 9-6 daily. Cabot Annex. (802) 241-4150. lakechamplainchocolate.com.
CHURCHES & SYNAGOGUES BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC Mass: Sat., 4:30 p.m., Sun., 8 and 10:30 a.m.; Daily: Tues., 5:30 p.m., Wed., 8:30 a.m. Thurs., noon, Fri., 8:30 a.m. Confessions Tues. 6-7 p.m., and Sat. 3:45-4:15 p.m.; Rev. Benedict Kiely, pastor. 728 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-7536.
GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 856 Moscow Road, Moscow. Sunday: Bible Study, 9 a.m., worship service, 10:30 a.m. Thursday Prayer Meeting, 6:30 p.m. 253-4731. gracemoscow.org.
HUNGER MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY Route 100, Waterbury Center. Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. 244-5921.
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF GREATER STOWE For information regarding services, holiday gatherings, classes, and workshops: JCOGS, P.O. Box 253, Stowe, Vt. 05672. 1189 Cape Cod Road, Stowe. 253-1800 or jcogs.org.
At the halfway point on the Mt. Mansfield Toll Road. A place for meditation, prayer and praise for skiers, hikers, and tourists. Seasonal Sunday service 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. David P. Ransom. 644-8144.
ST. JOHN’S IN THE MOUNTAINS EPISCOPAL At the crossroads of Mountain Road and Luce Hill Road. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Rick Swanson officiating. St. John’s is wheelchair friendly and visitors and children are welcome. Office open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 253-7578. stjohnsinthemountains.org.
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST 65 Best Street, Rte. 100 South, Morrisville. 888-7884. Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. Worship at 11 a.m. Saturday. Fellowship meal following service. Pastor: Cornel Preda. Everyone welcome.
STOWE COMMUNITY CHURCH Sunday worship services 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. (Sept.-June), Bible studies: Sundays 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays (SeptMay) 8:30 a.m.-10 at church, 10:30 a.m. at Copley Woodlands. The Rev. Bruce S. Comiskey: 279-5811, Church: 253-7257.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP Services Sundays at 4:30 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Mountain Road in Stowe, September through June. For information call: (802) 326-2098, visit our Facebook site, UU Fellowship of Stowe or website: sites.google.com/site/uustowe/home.
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BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS Stowe construction company specializing in residential and commercial renovations, custom home building and construction-project management. adamsconstructionvt.com. 253-7893.
New England’s favorite scenic and romantic ride. Go back in time through a covered bridge along a rambling brook in the woods. Spectacular mountain views. Daily. Private couple, family and group rides. Recommended by Yankee Magazine. 2532216. gentlegiantsrides.com.
CHIROPRACTORS STOWE CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Palmer Peet and Dr. Bradley Rauch. Personalized, affordable family health care. Prompt appointments available. Vacationers welcome. Emergency care. X-rays on premises. 253-6955.
WATERBURY CENTER COMMUNITY Route 100 next to the Cider Mill. Pastor SangChuri Bae. Sunday worship and Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. Adult class 9:15 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Church is a National Historic Place. We warmly welcome visitors. 244-6286.
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES BOUTIQUE AT STOWE MERCANTILE Fabulous contemporary fashion for women. From casual to professional, Boutique 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 253-3712.
CREATIVE CONSIGNMENTS Women’s apparel and ski wear. “Fabulous fashions at prices you can live with.” Celebrating 11 years. Monday through Saturday, 10 - 5. Sunday, noon - 5. 393 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-8100.
DECISIONS DECISIONS Ladies find what they need to look their best in stylish lingerie, hosiery, sportswear, dresses, jewelry, and accessories from NYDJ, Tribal, Joseph Ribkoff, Calvin Klein, Spanx, Vera Bradley, Flax, and Fresh Produce. 253-4183.
ESSEX OUTLETS & CINEMA PUMA, Under Armour, Polo, Orvis, Brooks Brothers, Reebok, Carter’s, OshKosh, Gymboree, Phoenix Books, Sweet Clover Market, and much more. Stadium-seated, T-Rex RealD 3D, digital movie theater. Routes 15 & VT289, exit 10. (802) 878-2851. Essex Junction. essexoutlets.com, essexcinemas.com.
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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 1/2 miles west of Johnson Village. Open 10-7.
GREEN ENVY Come see what’s hot in denim, dresses, clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories, and shoes. Top labels like Theory, AG, Paige, UGG, Longchamp, and Free People. Jewelry from top artists and local designers. Open daily 10-6. 1800 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-2661.
IN COMPANY Come see what’s in at In Company Clothing. Jewelry, accessories, and clothing from designers such as: White + Warren, Second Yoga, Lilla P, orla kiely and more! 10-5:30 daily. Noon-5 Sunday. 344 Mountain Road, Stowe. 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. 635-7282. jhrvt.com.
JOHNSON WOOLEN MILLS Home of famous Johnson Woolen Outerwear and headquarters for Carhartt, Filson, Pendleton, Woolrich, woolen blankets, men’s and ladies sportswear, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, socks. Since 1842. Johnson, VT. 635-2271. johnsonwoolenmills.com.
“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 jackets, scarves, books and teapots. Summer hats are a specialty! Daily 10-5 except Mondays, April 27 to Sept. 20 • Free Garden Tours, Sundays at noon.
Join us for our 11th Annual Phlox Fest, July 28 to August 11 www.perennialpleasures.net BRICK HOUSE ROAD, EAST HARDWICK, VT • 1-802-472-5104 A scenic 40 minute drive from Stowe
Luxurious women’s clothing and fashion essentials with a clean, contemporary attitude. Redefining sexy with discerning style and raw elegance. Every piece at Liebling will become a favorite. 198 College St., Burlington. (802) 865-1110. lieblingvt.com.
NORTH FACE STORE AT KL SPORT Vermont’s largest North Face dealer. An extensive inventory includes men’s and women’s outerwear and clothing, equipment, footwear, youth, and infant and toddler apparel. 210 College Street, Burlington. (877) 863-4327. klmountainshop.com.
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A refreshing boutique and fitness studio catering to your unique lifestyle. Indulge in an array of yoga and Pilates classes taught by Vermont’s most renowned teachers, then step into our boutique and discover something wonderful for yourself. 512 Mountain Road. 253-5655. oxygenvt.com.
PRET-A-PORTER Pret-a-Porter is a chic consignment boutique that features designer ready-to-wear handbags, shoes, and accessories, showing off the designs of Judy Klimek statement jewelry. In Stowe village. 253-7066.
WELL HEELED Come see what the buzz is all about. A tempting assortment of designer shoes, boots, handbags, belts, clothing, and jewelry presented in a classic 1840s farmhouse. Open 7 days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 253-6077. Mountain Road, Stowe. wellheeledstowe.com.
WENDY’S CLOSET Fabulous women’s clothing and accessories. Established 1990. Mountain Road, Gale Farm Center, Stowe. 253-4727. Like us on Facebook.
WINTERFELL A gathering place to escape, relax, and “Be Fabulous.” Specialty retail in a living-room-like setting, featuring Bogner, Alp-n-Rock, Astis, Goldwin, Para Jumpers, and more. Store location reopens Fall 2013. 1940 Mountain Road (above Edgewise). winterfellvt.com.
YELLOW TURTLE Stowe’s best selection of unique kids clothing and accessories, from newborn to young teen. Specialize in kids ski and rainwear. Outfit your kids from head to toe for indoor or outdoor adventures. Red Barn Shops, 1799 Mountain Road, Stowe. yellow-turtle.com. 253-4434, 800-439-4435.
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Fresh coffee and authentic espresso in a warm inviting atmosphere. House-baked pastries and tasty treats, light breakfast and lunch options. 144 Main Street, across from the Stowe Community Church. 253-2123.
HARVEST MARKET 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. 253-3800. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Visit 908 South Main Street, Stowe. Call 253-8006.
DELICATESSEN THE BAGEL Breakfast sandwiches, Nova lox, Reubens, deli sandwiches on breads, English muffins, wraps or NY-style bagels. Salads, soups, baked goods. Baggy Knees, Mountain Road, Stowe. 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 253-9943.
EDELWEISS New York-style deli sandwiches. Bakery products baked daily. Breads, muffins, croissants, pastries, and pies. Beer, wine, soda, grocery items, party and pastry trays, and Vermont products. Daily 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Convenient Mountain Road location, Stowe. 253-4034.
DENTISTRY JEFFREY R. MCKECHNIE, DMD & CHRISTOPHER P. ALTADONNA, DDS 253-7932. stowedentalassociates.com.
STOWE FAMILY DENTISTRY Dale Neil, DDS, Chris Pazandak, DDS, Tessa Milnes, DDS, and John Hirce, DMD. 394 Mt. Rd., Baggy Knees Shopping Center. Gentle, quality care. State-of-the-art dental services including porcelain crowns, completed in one day. New patients welcome. 253-4157. stowefamilydentistry.com.
DOGSLED TOURS EDEN DOGSLEDDING Educational adventure tours for all ages. Join our one-of-a-kind, “Un-Chained Gang” of friendly huskies for a personalized, hands-on tour. Snow-sledding in winter, dogsledding-on-wheels spring, summer, and fall. 635-9070. edendogsledding.com.
Engineering, surveying, mapping. Boundary, subdivision and topographic surveys. Septic/water system design, site plans, FEMA elevation certificates and LOMA’s. Large document copying, scanning, reducing. littleriversurveyvt.com. 253-8214.
VERMONT TESTING & CONSULTING CORP. Engineering, structural, geotechnical. Laboratory and field-testing and inspection, consulting. vermonttesting.com. 244-6131.
EXCAVATING 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. 253-8503. Fax: 253-8520.
FISHING & HUNTING CATAMOUNT FISHING ADVENTURES Guided fly-fishing, spin-fishing, ice-fishing adventures. River wading, canoe, motorboat fishing. Guiding since 1994. Equipment provided. All abilities. Willy, owner/guide, 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. 253-7346. flyrodshop.com.
FLORISTS & FLOWERS DESIGNS BY WILDFLOWER Stowe’s leading full-service florist. Untouchable quality and service. Specializing in Vermont wildflowers, formal and gardenstyle weddings. Gifts for home and garden. Open daily. Mountain Road. “Simply The Best.” Local and worldwide sending. 253-6303. wildflowerdesignsstowe.com.
FROM MARIA’S GARDEN A fresh floral studio specializing in country garden, elegant weddings and event designs. Trendy or traditional, fun and fresh, stamped with your personal style. “Simply Beautiful Flowers.” Exceptional service. (802) 345-3698. email@example.com.
FUEL BOURNES ENERGY Local one-stop shop for all your energy needs. Biofuels, propane, solar, bioheat, heating, cooling, plumbing, auto-delivery, remote heat monitoring, expert service. Bourne’s Energy— Fueling the Future. 800-326-8763. bournesenergy.com.
FURNITURE BURLINGTON FURNITURE COMPANY
DRY CLEANING & LAUNDRY DENOIA’S DRY CLEANERS 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. 8-6, Sat. 9-1. 638 South Main St., Stoware Common. 253-7861. vermontdrycleaner.com.
STOWE LAUNDRY CO. 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. 253-9332.
EDUCATION & COLLEGE JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE Johnson State College offers more than 30 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, including signature programs in education, environmental science, and fine and performing arts, from its scenic hilltop campus. 635-1219. jsc.edu.
ST. JOHNSBURY ACADEMY 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.
Where value, comfort, and great design come together. Voted Best Furniture Store 2010. Upholstery and leather sofas, sectionals, sleepers, and recliners. Dining room, bedroom, mattresses, rugs, and lighting. 388 Pine St., Burlington. (802) 8625056. burlingtonfurniturecompany.com.
HOOKER’S FURNITURE Customize your home with beautiful furniture: Living room by Klaussner, Flexsteel, and La-Z-Boy. Vermont-made dining room and bedroom. Mattresses by Sealy, Stearns & Foster, TempurPedic. Route 100, Waterbury Center. 244-4034. hookersvt.com.
INSIDE OUT GALLERY Be inspired and refresh your sense of home through vignettes of tables, lamps and mirrors. Our samples are just the beginning; we’ll special order too. 299 Mountain Road, Stowe. 2536945, insideoutgallery.com.
VERMONT FURNITURE DESIGNS We manufacture solid hardwood furniture of the highest quality for the home and office. Our Factory Store offers our entire line at reduced prices. It’s worth the trip. Mon.-Sat., 10-4. 4 Tigan St., Winooski, Vt. (802) 655-6568, vermontfurnituredesigns.com
WENDELL'S FURNITURE & VERMONT BED STORE Best selection for quality, style, price. Copeland, Norwalk, Flexsteel, more. Bedroom, living and dining rooms, nursery, office, and entertainment. Next to Costco, 697 Hercules Dr., Colchester. (802) 861-7700. wendellsfurniture.com.
Each piece of Danforth pewter is hand-crafted in Vermont. Extensive line of jewelry, oil lamps, holiday ornaments, key rings, wedding and baby gifts, kitchen and barware, frames, more. Online shopping and locations: danforthpewter.com.
ELEMENTS AT THE SPA AT STOWEFLAKE Take home your own spa experience from Elements, located at the award-winning world-class Spa at Stoweflake. Fine line of hair, body, skincare, and home spa products, bathing suites, and resort wear. 760-1083. spaatstoweflake.com.
GIZMO’S A fun shop with gadgets, gifts, and cards for every age. We also have a naughty thing or two. Please drop by and find that special gift for that special someone. 128 Main St., Stowe. 253-3952.
HAYMAKER CARD AND GIFT GALLERY Locally made jewelry, candles, soaps, lotions, scarves, pottery. Cards, magnets, matted and framed gift-sized photos by store owner, Orah Moore. Mon.-Sat. 10-5ish, 84 Lower Main Street, Morrisville, 888-2309.
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 Road, Stowe. 253-6945, insideoutgallery.com.
LACKEY’S STORE Old-tyme variety store. Gifts, souvenirs, Webkinz, magazines, newspapers, candy, soda, greeting cards. Pottery, balloons, jewelry, toys, over-the-counter drugs, maple syrup, posters, school, and office supplies. Main Street, Stowe. 253-7624.
RED BARN SHOPS Stowe’s most exciting stores: Decisions, Decisions (ladies apparel); Samara Cards & Gifts; Mountain Cheese & Wine; Yellow Turtle (children’s clothing/outdoor apparel); The Toy Store/ Once Upon a Time Toys. 1799 Mountain Rd., 2 miles north of downtown Stowe.
STOWE CRAFT GALLERY Beautiful objects to give, wear, and use everyday. Handcrafted kitchen accessories, Designer jewelry, wall art, glass, wood, and pottery from Vermont and selected artisans across the United States. 55 Mountain Rd. 253-4693, stowecraft.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 Road. 253-8050. stowekitchen.net.
STOWE MERCANTILE Fabulous old country store, Vermont specialty foods, penny candy, clothing, bath and body, jewelry, kitchenware, pottery, toys, and Vermont-made products. Play a game of checkers or a tune on our piano. Depot Building, Main Street, Stowe. 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. Shop online: trappfamily.com. 253-8511.
GOLF COPLEY COUNTRY CLUB Copley Country Club in Morrisville welcomes you to play our well-groomed nine-hole golf course, a challenging experience for all handicaps and ages. The picturesque views make Copley Country Club the place to play. Only 8 miles from Stowe. 888-3013. copleycountryclub.com.
STOWE COUNTRY CLUB Forgiving and challenging 18-hole public golf course with majestic mountain views. Vermont Golf Academy w/PGA instruction. Full- and multi-day schools, pro-shop, driving range, equipment rental, locker facilities. Kirkwood’s Pub. 253-4893. stowe.com.
STOWEFLAKE 9-HOLE PAR 3 COURSE & PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE FACILITY Designed by one of the nation’s best course designers. Executive nine-hole, par-three course, professional putting greens with sand traps. Adjacent to Stowe Country Club’s 18-hole course. Golf school/vacation packages. Accommodations. 253-7355. stoweflake.com.
GOLF — MINIATURE STOWE GOLF PARK On Mountain Road in front of Sun and Ski Inn and Suites. Miniaturized golf course that strives to simulate a real golf environment. Avoid natural obstacles, fairway hazards, sand traps. “For young and old.” May through October. 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 253-9951.
HAIR SALONS LUSH SALON & BOUTIQUE Locally owned by Miss VT USA 2012, Jamie Dragon. Stowe’s premier luxury salon and makeup boutique offering hair, makeup, nails, waxing, and retail. 2850 Mountain Road, Stowe. 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. 253-7378. salonsalonvt.com.
SPA AT STOWEFLAKE SALON Pampering begins at the Stoweflake Spa. Head-to-toe beauty treatments include hair care, manicures, pedicures, and relaxing facials in an inviting and sensual spa environment. 760-1083. spaatstoweflake.com.
STYLES HAIR SALON A small, clean, client-focused salon. Offering haircuts, coloring, highlighting, straightening, manicures, pedicures, waxing, and facials. Located in a renovated 1840s building at 147 South Main St., Stowe. Tuesday-Saturday by appointment. 253-7701.
Custom Design and Installation of: HOME THEATER WHOLE HOUSE AUDIO HOME AUTOMATION LIGHTING CONTROL THERMOSTAT CONTROL SHADE CONTROL SECURITY & CAMERA SYSTEMS 802-253-6509
HARDWARE STOWE HARDWARE & DRY GOODS Unique hardware store providing North Country necessities and quality products: Craftsman tools, Cabot Stain, Carhartt clothing, a complete selection of fasteners, houseware, homecare products. Open 8-5:30 Mon.-Sat., Sundays 9-3:30. 430 Mountain Road. Established since 1829. 253-7205.
HEALTH CARE COPLEY HOSPITAL A leader in primary care, women’s and children’s services, general surgery and orthopedics. 24-hour emergency services, outpatient services, cardiology and urology, rehabilitation, and wellness programs. Morrisville. 888-8888, copleyvt.org.
STOWE FAMILY PRACTICE Stowe Family Practice provides routine medical care and treats winter-related and sports injuries. We can cast and splint most types of fractures. Available 24/7 with weekend hours. Call 253-4853. chslv.org.
HEALTH CLUBS & SPAS GOLDEN EAGLE RESORT Daily membership gives you access to the indoor pool, hot tub, saunas, and fitness room. Massage also available. 253-4811, ext. 164. 511 Mountain Road, Stowe. goldeneagleresort.com.
SPORTS & WELLNESS CENTER AT STOWEFLAKE Five state-of-the-art fitness studios, 50 classes including yoga, Pilates, Spinning®, Nordic walking, and more. Spa café, tennis, golf, indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor Jacuzzi, coed sauna and steam, Stowe’s only squash/racquetball court. Day passes. 760-1123. spaatstoweflake.com.
SWIMMING HOLE Stowe’s premier family fitness and recreation center. 25m lap pool, children’s pool, waterslide, group exercise classes, personal training, aqua aerobics, masters swimming, group lessons, kids fitness programs. State-of-the-art facility. Day passes available. 253-9229. theswimmingholestowe.com.
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S TOWE-SMUGGLERS’ BUSINESS DIRECTORY HOME ENTERTAINMENT & SMART HOMES VERMONT ELECTRONICS Providing local support for custom design and installation of home theater, whole house audio, lighting control, shade control, home automation, and your security needs. 253-6509. vermontelectronics.biz.
HORSEBACK RIDING VERMONT ICELANDIC HORSE FARM Offering trail rides year round. Winter riding is truly and unforgettable experience. 1-hour rides, half-day rides, full-day rides and multiple day packages, including meals and lodging. (802) 496-7141. icelandichorses.com..
HOUSEKEEPING STOWE COUNTRY HOMES 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. 253-8132, x105. firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICE CREAM I.C. SCOOPS We serve homemade ice cream, maple creamees, chocolate and vanilla twist, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, sundaes. 112 Main Street, Stowe. 253-0995. stoweicecream.com.
INNS & RESORTS BEST WESTERN PLUS 84 guest rooms. Suites with whirlpool baths and fireplace. Café, indoor pool, fitness center, covered bridge. Free deluxe continental breakfast. Kids stay free. Rt. 100 and I-89. Waterbury. bestwesternwaterburystowe.com. 244-7822.
BUTLER HOUSE, STOWE Experience the lure and charm of New England village life. Light and airy, newly renovated apartments boast scenic second floor views of Stowe. By night, week or month. 253-7422. butlerhousestowe.com.
COMMODORES INN Spacious rooms, fireside living room, indoor and outdoor pool, game room, restaurant, popular sports bar, country breakfast and dinner buffet, salad bar. Kids free, pets welcome. Route 100, Lower Village. commodoresinn.com. 253-7131.
GREEN MOUNTAIN INN Classic 1833 resort in Stowe Village. Over 100 rooms, luxury suites, apartments, and townhouses, many with fireside Jacuzzis. Two restaurants, newly renovated outdoor year-round heated pool, health club with Jacuzzi, sauna, game room. 253-7301. greenmountaininn.com.
HOB KNOB INN & RESTAURANT Family owned and operated, pet friendly, green inn. Spacious accommodations and fireside dining, on Mountain Road, Stowe. 20 rooms and fireplace suites, hot tub, on site restaurant and lounge. 253-8549, (800) 245-8540, hobknobinn.com.
INN AT THE MOUNTAIN AND CONDOS AT STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT Classic New England inn located at the base of the Toll Road. Spacious rooms and suites, game room, exercise room, library. Fully equipped condos great for families. Complimentary continental breakfast. Specials and packages: 253-3000, stowe.com.
JAY PEAK RESORT Jay Peak offers the most snow in Eastern North America, Vermont’s only aerial tramway, championship golf, an indoor ice arena, and pump house- Vermont’s only indoor water park. (800) 451-4449. jaypeakresort.com.
STOWE INN Elegant lodging and dining. First on the Mountain Road sited on 4.5-acre historic estate. AAA 3-diamond rating. Free wi-fi. 123 Mountain Road, Stowe. (800) 546-4030; 253-4030. stoweinn.com.
STOWEFLAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA Stowe’s AAA 4 Diamond luxury resort, voted in 75 “Best in the World” by Conde Nast, is also home to New England’s nationally acclaimed world-class spa. Featuring luxurious guest rooms and townhouses, and two on-site award-winning restaurants. 253-7355. stoweflake.com.
SUNSET MOTOR INN AAA 55 units and 3 houses, free wi-fi. Located on the VAST trail for snowmobiling. $3 breakfast coupon. 10 miles from Stowe. (800) 544-2347. sunsetmotorinn.com.
TOPNOTCH RESORT AND SPA Newly reopened following a multi-million dollar renovation. Fully-modernized rooms and suites, 2-3 bedroom resort homes, airy new lobby bar and restaurant, top-ranked bistro, worldclass Tennis Center and Spa, adventure center, indoor and outdoor pools. 253-8585. topnotchresort.com.
TRAPP FAMILY LODGE Mountain resort in the European tradition. 96-rooms and suites with spectacular mountain views. European-style cuisine, music, fitness center, outdoor hot tub, indoor pool, climbing wall, yoga, mountain biking, hiking and disc golf, von Trapp history tours. 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. 2539705 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 So. Main Street, Stowe. 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. 253-4855.
INTERIOR DESIGN & DECORATING 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. 92 Stowe Street, Waterbury. (802) 324-2123.
DESIGN STUDIO OF STOWE Furniture, custom draperies, carpeting, area carpets, lighting since 1982. Residential and light commercial projects: concept development, space planning, furniture floor plans, specification, implementation. Allied Member ASID. Weeks Hill & Mountain Road. 253-9600. designstudioofstowe.com.
LINDA POST INTERIORS Providing home furnishings, accessories, and complete interior decorating services. We collaborate with clients to create inviting, comfortable interiors that blend elegance and luxury with refined simplicity. 73 School Street, Stowe. 253-8517. lindapostinteriors.com.
SELDOM SCENE INTERIORS INC. All aspects of interior design. Full architectural services, design build, and project management. Large comprehensive portfolio. By appointment only. 253-3770.
STOWE CRAFT DESIGN CENTER SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH, VERMONT America’s Family Resort. Smugglers’ combines the value today’s families seek with memory-making fun you’ll talk about for years to come eight pools and four waterparks, award-winning children’s programs, and more. smuggs.com/sg. 1-888-256-7623.
STERLING RIDGE & LOG CABINS Secluded on 360 acres of woods and meadows with spectacular views of Mt. Mansfield. Outdoor pool, hot tub, 10-acre secluded pond for boating and fishing, hiking trails. (800) 3478266. sterlingridgeresort.com.
Industrial modern, painted wood and contemporary Italian furnishings on display along with unique lighting and art. Just browse or visit with Gretchen and Susan for personalized interior design services and décor inspiration. 34 S. Main St., 253-7677. craftsvt.com.
WINDOW PRO OF VERMONT, INC. Serving Stowe for over 30 years. Fabrics, custom draperies, shades, window treatments by Hunter Douglas, Kirsch hardware, solar screens. All expertly installed. Custom bedspreads. 244-7784, (800) 734-7784.
JEWELRY FERRO JEWELERS Vermont’s premier full-service jewelry store. We specialize in custom design, fine diamonds, estate and antique jewelry. American Gem Society member. 91 Main Street, Stowe. 253-3033. ferrojewelers.com. Visit us on Facebook.
GREEN MOUNTAIN COINS & ESTATE JEWELRY Huge selection of fine estate jewelry and high-end numismatic coins, including museum quality U.S. coins from the 1700s to 1960s. We buy gold, silver, coins, estate jewelry. 9 South Main St., Waterbury. (802) 777-5550. greenmountaincoins.com. Facebook.
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 Road, Stowe. 253-6945, insideoutgallery.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. Named “Best of Vermont.” Stowe Village. 253-7000. stowegems.com.
KITCHENS & BATHS BLODGETT BATH SHOWPLACE Expanded showroom and expert advice for all your building and remodeling needs. Kitchen sinks, faucets, and filters, bathroom suites including high-efficiency toilets, plus solar, HVAC, appliances, and much more. (802) 864-9831. blodgettsupply.com.
BOUCHARD-PIERCE Our professional designers and staff create spaces that reflect your unique style. We offer brand-name cabinetry, countertops, appliances, more. We fit every design and budget. Essex Junction, (802) 878-4822; Berlin, (802) 476-6644. bouchardpierce.com.
STOWE KITCHEN & BATH REMODELING Alpine-themed, contemporary, or classic kitchen and bath design incorporating state-of-the-art low-voltage lighting. Cabinetry, granite, tile, appliances. Superior construction management services with 30 years industry-specific experience. stowekitchens.com.
KNITTING & YARN SHOPS KALEIDOSCOPE YARNS Vermont’s best yarn shop, featuring a full spectrum of products for knitters and crocheters. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday. Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. Just minutes from downtown Burlington. (802) 288-9200. kyarns.com.
KNITTING STUDIO Full-service knitting store specializing in customer service. Our goal is to help you from the beginning of the process to completion of your project. We carry a huge array of yarns and patterns and offer knitting classes for every level. 112 Main St., Montpelier. 229-2444. vtknits.com.
SHEEP THRILLS 134 S. Main St., Stowe. Lessons, inspiration, fun Wednesday through Sunday: 1-5 p.m. Handspinning, knitting, crocheting, needle felting. See our hand-spun, hand-dried yarns and fiber products, all natural and all handmade in Vermont. (802) 585-2013.
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. 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.
NEW LOCATION! H. KEITH WAGNER PARTNERSHIP 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. hkw-p.com.
KATHRYN’S GARDENS Master gardener and elegant landscaping/garden design, installation and maintenance services offered. Spring cleanup, garden restoration. 30 years horticultural and business experience. Call Kathryn at (802) 249-1539. kathrynsgardens.com.
LANDSHAPES Over twenty years of shaping Vermont’s residential and commercial landscaping with design, installations and property maintenance. Our projects include unlimited varieties of stonework, gardens, water features, pools and spas. (802) 434-3500. landshapes.net.
WALPOLE WOODWORKERS Walpole suits your outdoor lifestyle, from pergolas, arbors, and fence to planters, lattice panels, outdoor furniture, and more. In natural cedar or low-maintenance cellular vinyl, an advanced material with the look and feel of wood. (800) 343-6948. walpolewoodworkers.com.
LAWYERS BARR & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Member Vermont, New York, Massachusetts bars. 125 Mountain Road, Stowe. Vermont, 253-6272; 100 Park Ave., New York, NY, 212-486-3910.
DARBY THORNDIKE KOLTER & NORDLE, LLP General civil practice, real estate, environmental, estate planning, corporate, litigation, personal injury, workers’ comp, and family law. Stowe: 25 Main St., 253-7165; Waterbury: 89 S. Main St. 244-7352.
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 South Main Street, Stowe. 253-7810.
MASSAGE & BODYWORK BRAD HIGHBERGER, LMT, RCST Neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, and biodynamic craniosacral therapy supporting relief from trauma, injury, and chronic pain. Twenty-three years in private practice. Call Health Source Alternatives at 253-6016. 299 Mountain Rd., Stowe.
GOLDEN EAGLE RESORT Transform your state of being through massage. Restore, replenish, rejuvenate naturally with Swedish, sports, Reiki, or neuromuscular therapies. Hot stones or body treatments. Daily by appointment. 253-4811, x164. 511 Mountain Road, Stowe. goldeneagleresort.com.
INSPIRED WELLNESS BY SAKE Affordable rates. Integrative massage including craniosacral, deep tissue, and energy work to heal back, neck, and shoulder pain, TMJ, headaches, stress. 25 years experience. Stowe office. Visit: sake.massagetherapy.com or call (802) 585-1075.
KATE GRAVES, CMT, BHS Relaxation, deep tissue, moist heat, energy work (Brennan graduate). Maternity, LaStone, Thai. Practicing complementary and integrative medicine over 30 years. Competitive rates. Stowe Yoga Center, 515 Moscow Rd. 253-8427, email@example.com, stoweyoga.com.
SPA AT STOWEFLAKE World-class spa integrates natural surroundings, luxurious amenities, 120+ treatments. Bingham hydrotherapy waterfalls, Hungarian mineral pool, men/women’s private sanctuary lounges with steam, sauna, hot tub, Jacuzzi. Vermont’s highest awarded spa. 760-1083. spaatstoweflake.com.
STOWE VILLAGE MASSAGE Massage center offers exceptional bodywork services from relaxation to injury recovery. Certified practitioners in a casual atmosphere. Daily from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 49 Depot Street, Stowe. Book online at stowevillagemassage.com. 253-6555. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 253-5722.
STACKPOLE AND FRENCH Litigation, real estate, corporate, utility, wills, and estate administration. 255 Maple Street, Stowe. 253-7339. stackpolefrench.com.
STEVENS LAW OFFICE Criminal and family law, civil litigation, residential and commercial real estate, personal injury, business formation, estate planning. 30+ years experience. Stowe and Orleans offices. 253-8547 or (866) 786-9530.
VALSANGIACOMO DETORA & MCQUESTEN Personal injury, medical malpractice, employment issues, real estate, and environmental law. 172 North Main Street, Barre. (802) 476-4181 x309.
LIGHTING 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.
CONANT METAL & LIGHT Conant Metal & Light is a creative designer, maker, restorer, and retailer of fine lighting and decorative accessories. We provide bold, energy-efficient solutions for projects that demand that extraordinary custom touch. (800) 832-4482, conantmetalandlight.com.
MARKETS 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. 253-3800. email@example.com.
MOVIE THEATERS STOWE CINEMA 3-PLEX First-run films, Dolby Digital SurroundEX, DTS Digital Sound. Fresh popped corn, real butter, cocktails served as you view. Conventional seating too. Visit us on Facebook. Stowe Cinema Complex. Mt. Rd. 253-4678. stowecinema.com.
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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. 2533086, wooden-needle.com.
NURSERIES & GARDEN CENTERS PERENNIAL PLEASURES NURSERY & TEA GARDEN Stroll through beautiful display gardens, shop for flowers and herbs. Enjoy tea or light lunches in the café, browse for hats in the gift shop. Free Sunday garden tours at noon. East Hardwick. (802) 472-5104. perennialpleasures.net.
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 available. 253-6322.
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. 253-7201.
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Full-service compounding pharmacy. Over-the-counter remedies, health and beauty aids, first-aid supplies. Conveniently located at 1878 Mountain Road. heritagedrugs.com. 253-2544.
PHYSICAL THERAPY COPLEY REHABILITATION SERVICES Therapies include physical, occupational, hand, speech, aquatic, pediatric, athletic training, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary, and other comprehensive rehab services. Clinics in Stowe, Hardwick, Morrisville (Mansfield Orthopaedics and Copley Hospital). 888-8303, copleyvt.org.
PINNACLE PHYSICAL THERAPY, INC. Skilled physical therapy for orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions, sports, family wellness, pre and post surgery. Personal, professional care, Stowe and Morrisville. Appointment within 24 hours, M-F. 253-2273. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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. 888-8372, copleyvt.org.
OB/GYN Board-certified specialists William Ellis, MD, Anne Stohrer, MD, and a team of certified-nurse midwives. Comprehensive gynecological and obstetrical care, including well women care. The Women’s Center, 888-8100. copleyvt.org.
PHYSICIANS–Orthopaedics MANSFIELD ORTHOPAEDICS AT COPLEY Board certified orthopedic surgeons Brian Aros, MD; Bryan Huber, MD; and Saul Trevino, MD. On-site radiology, rehabilitation facility, Morrisville. mansfieldorthopaedics.com. 888-8405.
PIZZA PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE A recently renovated cosmopolitan restaurant and bar, with game room and entertainment. A local favorite, voted a “Top 11 Slice in the Country” by travelandleisure.com. Creative entrées, craft beers, gluten-free menu, online ordering, takeout, delivery. 1899 Mt. Rd., Stowe. 253-4411. piecasso.com.
PIE IN THE SKY Pasta, sandwiches, gourmet and traditional pizzas baked to perfection in our wood-fired oven. Beer and wine. Delivery available. 253-5100. pieintheskyvt.com.
POOLS & SPAS POOL WORLD Whether you're looking for a pool hot tub, billiard table or game table, we’ll take care of you. Quality pool, hot tub, gaming products and services. We service pools. Burlington, (802) 860-7665; Barre, (802) 476-9200. poolworld.com.
PORTABLE TOILET RENTALS HARTIGAN COMPANY SEPTIC SERVICE Special events, construction sites, crowd pleasers, commercial, residential. Locally owned and operated since 1956. 2530376. 800-696-0761. hartigancompany.com.
PRINTING THE X PRESS Custom business and personal print, copy, and design services. Brochures, letterhead, envelopes, business cards, forms, labels, invitations, specialty products for over 25 years. Office supplies, shipping, scanning/fax service. 253-7883 (fax). Stowe Village, M-F, 84:30. 253-9788. thexpressink.com.
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. 253-8132, x102, jeanette@stowecountry homes.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. 888-7736, email@example.com.
STOWE RESORT HOMES Personalized management and marketing 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 CENTURY 21 FARM & FOREST REALTY Serving the Northeast Kingdom with offices in Derby and East Burke. Professional team of agents backed by knowledgeable staff. All property types. Buyer-broker service. Convenient hours or by appointment. Nous parlons français. (800) 273-5371. farmandforest.com.
COLDWELL BANKER CARLSON REAL ESTATE Leading office for real estate sales and rentals. Representing Stowe and surrounding communities. Let us put our knowledge, experience, and dedication to work for you. 25 Main Street, Stowe. 253-7358. carlsonrealestatestowe.com.
FOUNTAINS LAND INC. Providing timberland and rural estate brokerage services throughout New England and beyond for over 30 years. Contact Todd Waldron at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (802) 223-8644. fountainsamerica.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 sales and rentals. 253-8518. mountainassociates.com.
PALL SPERA COMPANY REALTORS Stowe and Lamoille County’s leading real-estate company serving Central and Northern Vermont from three offices and 24 hours a day at pallspera.com. Exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. 253-9771, 253-1806, 888-1102.
SPRUCE PEAK AT STOWE Spruce Peak at Stowe, a year round alpine community that includes world-class skiing, golfing, fine dining, and spa services. Residences from $199,000. (877) 977-7823 or sprucepeak.com.
STOWE COUNTRY HOMES Vacation homes and condos for short- or long-term rental. Professionally and locally managed. Luxury slopeside properties, secluded private homes, affordable condos—we have what you want, meeting all budgets. 253-8132. stowecountryhomes.com.
STOWE REALTY Stowe Realty is the leader in Stowe vacation rentals. By the season or by the weekend, from trailside condos and fine private homes to quaint cabins, we have the best selection and prices for Stowe rentals. 254 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-8484. stowerealty.com.
STOWE RED BARN REALTY A small boutique office of four professionals, each with a unique love of Vermont. 996 South Main St., Stowe. We look forward to helping you fulfill your real estate sales and rental needs. 253-4994. stoweredbarnrealty.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.
THE VILLAS AT TRAPP FAMILY LODGE Luxurious 3 bedroom villas available for purchase as fractional or whole ownership. Over 2,500 sq. ft. include a “lock-off” master suite, full gourmet kitchen, European-style decor and use of the lodge amenities. Nightly and weekly rentals also available. (800) 826-7000 or 253-8511.
RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUBS 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, and beautiful views. Barrows and Luce Hill Roads, Stowe. tenacreslodge.com. 253-6838.
BLUE DONKEY The best burgers in town. Salmon, turkey, and veggie burgers too. Hand-cut fries, pulled pork, and much more. Full bar, house-made infusions. Just off the rec path on the Mountain Road. Take-out and delivery. Open daily. 253-3100.
CACTUS CAFÉ Chef owned and operated. Great authentic Mexican entrées, inhouse smoked specials, and famous 16 oz. handmade margaritas. Lunch: Friday-Sunday beginning at 11:30. Dinner nightly from 4:30. Over 34 different tequilas. 2160 Mountain Rd., Stowe. Reservations accepted. Family friendly. 253-7770.
CHARLIE B’S PUB & RESTAURANT Charlie B’s is a Stowe tradition featuring upscale pub fare, an award-winning wine list, and 10 ales on tap. Enjoy fireside deck dining and live entertainment in season. stoweflake.com. 253-7355.
CLIFF HOUSE RESTAURANT Panoramic views atop Mt. Mansfield (3,625’), award-winning American cuisine with rustic Vermont flair, fresh seasonal and artisanal ingredients. Hand-selected wine list, tantalizing cocktails. Lunch daily, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Summit Series dinners/select Saturdays. 253-3665. Reservations: email@example.com. stowe.com.
CROP BISTRO & BREWERY Bistro and brewery featuring American cuisine utilizing fresh local and regional ingredients along with handcrafted ales and lagers made on premise. Innovative cocktails, spirits, wines, and local hard ciders. 253-4765. cropvt.com.
DEPOT ST. MALT SHOP Moderately priced lunches and dinners. Kids’ menu. 1950s soda fountain atmosphere. Thick and creamy malts, frappes, sundaes, ice cream sodas, fresh beef burgers, sandwiches, homemade soups, take-out. Stowe Village. 253-4269.
FRIDA’S TAQUERIA AND GRILL Serving authentic Mexican cuisine using quality fresh ingredients. Located in a restored historic village landmark. Join us for lunch, brunch or dinner in our comfortable dining room or lively bar. 253-0333. fridastaqueria.com.
GOLDEN EAGLE COLONIAL CAFÉ Delicious breakfasts at reasonable prices in cozy country dining room. Start the day with fresh baked muffins, homemade breads, local eggs, and pancakes with Vermont maple syrup. Daily 7 a.m. 511 Mountain Road. 253-4811. goldeneagleresort.com.
GRACIE’S RESTAURANT Serving certified black angus steaks and seafood. Vermont Boyden Farm burgers and an array of salad favorites. Gracie’s bakery produces all our desserts, breads, and pastries. Large children’s menu. Reservations recommended. 253-8741.
GREEN GODDESS CAFÉ Breakfast and lunch meals, sandwiches, wraps, soups—all made from scratch and in house. Famous custom salads with over 40 options. Homemade breads, baked goodies. Open daily. 618 S. Main St., Lower Village, Stowe. 253-5255.
HARRISON’S RESTAURANT & BAR Located in historic Stowe Village. Serving seafood, steaks, burgers, and homemade desserts. Experience a local favorite in a casual atmosphere. Heated patio in summer and fall. Reservations accepted. 253-7773. harrisonsstowe.com.
HEN OF THE WOOD Seasonal American food celebrating the farms of Vermont and the Northeast. Serving dinner 5-9 p.m. Tues.-Sat. 92 Stowe St. Waterbury. 244-7300. henofthewood.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. 253-8549. hobknobinn.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. 253-3693. 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 muffins and bread, cappuccino, milkshakes, smoothies. 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mountain Road, Stowe. 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, and certified green restaurant. Bar, lounge, group facilities. 5 minutes from Stowe, Route 100, Waterbury Center. 244-7476. michaelsonthehill.com.
O’GRADY’S GRILL AND BAR Relax and enjoy Irish warmth, fresh, local comfort food, extensive beer/wine selection, convenient Mountain Road location. Kids welcome, large parties easily accommodated, catering. Serving noon to 10 p.m. 7 days per week. 504 Mountain Road, Stowe. 253-8233.
PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE A recently renovated cosmopolitan restaurant and bar, with game room and entertainment. A local favorite, voted a “Top 11 Slice in the Country” by travelandleisure.com. Creative entrées, craft beers, gluten-free menu, online ordering, takeout, delivery. 253-4411. 1899 Mt. Rd., Stowe. piecasso.com.
PIE IN THE SKY Italian family restaurant—from appetizers to desserts, featuring pasta and gourmet or traditional pizzas cooked to perfection in our wood-fired oven. Beer and wine. Delivery available. 253-5100. pieintheskyvt.com.
RESTAURANTS AT TOPNOTCH RESORT & SPA New lobby bar and restaurant with awe-inspiring views. Warm, friendly bistro with an open kitchen and great accolades. Topnotch masterfully fuses contemporary fare and casual atmosphere into two superb gathering spots. 253-6445. topnotchresort.com.
RIMROCK’S MOUNTAIN TAVERN Lunch Thursday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner daily 4 p.m.10 p.m. Burgers, steaks, tacos, sandwiches, kid’s menu. Game room. Takeout. Karaoke. Sports bar: 14 flat screens, 16 beers on tap. DJs Thursday-Saturday: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. no cover. 394 Mountain Rd., Stowe. rimrocksmountaintavern.com. 253-9593.
SOLSTICE Elegant without being stuffy, Solstice features local artisaninspired cuisine made using farm-to-table produce, Vermont cheeses, and all-natural meats. Private wine-tastings and dining room for up to 16 guests are also available. 760-4735. solsticevermont.com. Reservations recommended.
STONEGRILL RESTAURANT & PUB Try our new heart healthy stone grilled meals or enjoy one of your American favorites. Open daily 6-9 p.m. Live entertainment weekly in our pub. Banquet room with wi-fi. Route 15, Morrisville. 888-4242.
TANGLEWOODS Creative American cuisine featuring seafood and beef served in a renovated Vermont barn. Chef owned and operated since 1989. Dinner 5:30 to close, Tues.-Sun. Fireplace. Reservations. 244-7855. Guptil Rd., Waterbury. Near Ben & Jerry’s. tanglewoodsrestaurant.com.
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S TOWE-SMUGGLERS’ BUSINESS DIRECTORY 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 5:30-9 p.m. Reservations: 253-5733. Lounge: lunch 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.; 253-5734.
TRATTORIA LA FESTA Old-fashioned full-service family-style Italian restaurant. Wine Spectator best wine list. Great place to meet locals and celebrities, great music. Dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. nightly; closed on Sundays except on long weekends. Reservations: 253-8480. trattoriastowe.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.
VERMONT ALE HOUSE Craft beer bar within walking distance from Stowe Village. Hot roast beef, fried chicken, flatbreads, grilled wings, and salads. Hand-crafted cocktails. Fireplace and library. 294 Mountain Road. 253-6253. vermontalehouse.com.
WHIP BAR & GRILL Friendly, casual atmosphere with open grill and patio dining. Fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, vegetarian specialties, children’s menu. Serving lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. Located at the Green Mountain Inn. 253-4400, ext 615, for reservations. thewhip.com.
RESTAURANTS & SPORTS BARS RIMROCK’S MOUNTAIN TAVERN Lunch Thurs.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner daily 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Burgers, steaks, tacos, sandwiches. Game room. Takeout. 14 flat screens, 16 beers on tap, MLB / NFL packages. DJs ThursdaySaturday: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. no cover. 394 Mountain Rd., Stowe. 253-9593. rimrocksmountaintavern.com.
SUNSET GRILLE & TAP ROOM Stowe’s #1 sports bar, family restaurant, sports bar. Award winning BBQ, fresh seafood, steaks, burgers. Patio dining. 30 TVs. We’ve got your game. Just off the beaten path. Cottage Club Road. 253-9281. sunsetgrillevt.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. 253-7200. copleywoodlands.com.
SEPTIC SERVICE HARTIGAN COMPANY SEPTIC SERVICE Septic tank pumping, portable toilets, grease trap, and tank pumping. Pump station repair, TV camera inspection, culvert and catch basin cleaning, line jetting, frozen line thawing. 2530376, (800) 696-0761. hartigancompany.com.
SHOE STORES LENNY’S SHOE AND APPAREL Locally owned outfitter with footwear by Merrell, Keen, and Dansko, clothing by Prana, Lole, and Horny Toad, Darn Tough Vermont socks and accessories for the whole family. Williston, St. Albans, Barre. lennyshoe.com.
WELL HEELED Come see what the buzz is all about. A tempting assortment of designer shoes, boots, handbags, belts, clothing, and jewelry presented in a classic 1840s farmhouse. Open 7 days, 10 a.m.6 p.m. 253-6077. Mountain Road, Stowe. wellheeledstowe.com.
SPA THE SPA & WELLNESS CENTER AT STOWE MOUNTAIN LODGE Enjoy a healing lodge with sauna, herbal steam room, Jacuzzi, and cooling rain shower; full-service salon; 18 treatment rooms; full fitness center with heated outdoor pool, golf simulator, and classes. 760-4782. stowemountainlodge.com.
THE SPA AT STOWEFLAKE World-class spa integrates natural surroundings, luxurious amenities, and over 120 treatments. Bingham Hydrotherapy waterfalls, Hungarian mineral pool, men and women’s private sanctuary lounges with stream, sauna, hot tub, Jacuzzi. Vt.’s highest awarded spa. 760-1083. spaatstoweflake.com.
TOPNOTCH SPA Consistently a top 10 spa, with 120 spa services—for body, skin, fitness, beauty, peace. Treatments include full-day access to our secluded haven, including the fitness center and indoor/outdoor pools. 253-6463. topnotchresort.com.
SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS ALPINE SLIDE Stowe Mountain Resort’s Spruce Peak base area provides an exhilarating 2,300-foot ride down the mountain. Great family fun. Children 5 and under free with paying adult. Multi-ride discounts. 253-3500. stowe.com.
ARBORTREK CANOPY ADVENTURES, LLC Family-friendly, year-round treetop adventures including Vermont’s first “world-class” zipline canopy tour, new treetop obstacle course, and climbing program. Adventures from serene to extreme. Ages 4+, good health, max weight: 250 lbs. Reservations recommended. 644-9300. arbortrek.com.
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. 253-3500. stowe.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.
BUNGEE TRAMPOLINES Strap into the bungee harness, jump on the trampolines and catch the big air between bounces. Daily from 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., June 22- Sept. 2. Weekends only, Sept. 7-Oct. 13. 253-3000 or stowe.com for rates.
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, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Main St., Jeffersonville. Regional artists, live music, children’s art activities, food and drink. Something for everyone. Rain or shine. More info: (802) 644-1960 or cambridgeartsvt.org.
CLIMBING WALL Experience the challenge of mountain climbing on Stowe’s Climbing Wall. Great for kids and adults. Daily from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 22-Sept. 2. Weekends only, Sept. 7-Oct. 13. 253-3000 or stowe.com for rates.
COLD HOLLOW CIDER MILL Watch our old-fashioned rack-and-cloth press at work during a self-guided tour with free cider samples. Fresh bakery, live observation beehive, Vermont maple products. Manufacturing hours change with seasons. Route 100, Waterbury. (800) 3-APPLES. coldhollow.com.
ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM & SCIENCE CENTER Discover 70 live species, 100+ interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits, and seasonal events—all exploring the ecology, culture, history, and opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. On the Burlington waterfront. (877) 324-6386. echovermont.org.
GONDOLA Take a ride on Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield. The famous eight-passenger Stowe Gondola features incredible views plus access to hiking trails and mountaintop dining at the Cliff House Restaurant. Call 253-3500. stowe.com.
HISTORY FLIGHT UNTIL THEIR HOME BARNSTORMER TOUR Fly a WWII AT-6 Texan with certified flight instructor. Even nonpilots get to fly. Three tax deductible flight packages, can include combat maneuvers and aerobatics. Funds search missions for WWII MIAs. June-August, Morrisville-Stowe Airport. (888) 743-3311. historyflight.com.
LITTLE RIVER HOTGLASS STUDIO A nationally recognized art glass studio with on going glass blowing demonstrations. Adjacent gallery features work of resident artist Michael Trimpol. Call for studio hours. 253-0889. littleriverhotglass.com.
MORSE FARM MAPLE SUGARWORKS Vermont’s oldest maple place. Ancestral sugarhouse, Woodshed Theatre, maple trail, tours, tasting, great shopping, wonderful views. Full mail-order service. Three miles up Montpelier’s Main Street. Open daily 9-5. (800) 242-2740. morsefarm.com.
ROCK OF AGES VISITORS CENTER Spectacular tours of world’s largest granite quarry. Learn to sandblast, exhibits, video, gifts. Fun and informative for the whole family. See our display ad or call (802) 476-3119.
SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Beautiful 420-seat center presents best in music, dance, comedy, theatre, film, Vermont artists, and more. State-of-the-art theatre is known for its superior acoustics and intimate performance environment. (802) 760-4634 or sprucepeakarts.org.
STOWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY Preserving Stowe’s rich history. Visit the museum at the West Branch and Bloody Brook Schoolhouse, next to the Stowe Library in the village. Tuesday and Thursday, 2-5 p.m., Saturday 12-3 p.m., and when the flags are out. 253-1518. stowehistoricalsociety.org, email@example.com.
STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT FARMERS MARKET Join us rain or shine in the Spruce Peak Plaza for the area’s freshest produce along with Vermont’s finest artisan craft and food venders. Live music and free activities for the kids. Spruce Peak at Stowe Plaza. 253-3000. stowe.com.
STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP Discover the mountains, forests, and streams of Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Alpine slide, bungee trampolines, climbing wall. Arts and crafts, hiking, swimming, tennis, geo-caching, scavenger hunts, more. Kids ages 3-12, Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 253-3000, stowe.com.
STOWE PERFORMING ARTS Founded in 1976, Stowe Performing Arts presents great music— classical, jazz, swing, pop, bluegrass, country, swing—in dramatic settings throughout the community. Noon Music in May, Music in the Meadow, and Gazebo Concerts, most of which are free. 253-7792 or stoweperformingarts.com.
STOWE ROTARY’S 17TH OKTOBERFEST October 4-6, Mayo Events Field Big Tent. Silent auction, raffles, children’s activities, featuring Trapp’s Austrian lager, German food, Oompah bands, music, singing, and dancing. stoweoktoberfest.com.
STOWE SOARING & WHITCOMB AVIATION 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.
STOWE THEATRE GUILD Exciting 2013 summer/fall season opens June 19 with Nine, followed by Hair, The Drowsy Chaperone, and ending with The Pirates of Penzance. Tickets at stowetheatre.com or 253-3961.
TUNBRIDGE WORLD’S FAIR Tunbridge World’s Fair is dedicated to family farm traditions and current trends. Sept. 12-15. Livestock shows, Antique Hill Museum, midway and entertainment. Located in a beautiful farming valley. Tunbridge, Vt. tunbridgeworldsfair.com.
LOCAL CHURCHES 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 Road, just south of Shelburne Village. (802) 985-3001. vermontteddybear.com.
VERMONT T-SHIRT COMPANY Hot off the press. Largest selection of Stowe and Vermont Tshirts or sweats made to order in less than a minute. 6.5 miles south of Stowe, Rt. 100. “Best prices in town.” 244-6240.
WEDDING FACILITIES STOWEFLAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA Get married in luxury in one of our beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces available for any size wedding, reception or rehearsal. Or plan a party in our award-winning spa. 760-1130, stoweflake.com.
TRAPP FAMILY LODGE 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, 253-8511. trappfamily.com.
CABOT ANNEX STORE A taste of Vermont tradition. Nibble our award-winning cheeses. Browse our beer and wine corner. Enjoy Vermont’s best specialty food products. Weekly specials. Awarded “Best Cheddar in the World.” Route 100, Waterbury Center, 244-6334. cabotannex.com.
GREEN MOUNTAIIN COFFEE CAFÉ & VISITOR CENTER We have delicious specialty beverages created just for you. We have the widest variety of K-Cups as well as unique handcrafted gifts from around the world. 1-877-TRY-BEAN. waterburystation.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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 253-3800.
SPORTING GOODS OUTDOOR GEAR EXCHANGE & GEARX.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.
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DOWN EAST TILE The biggest little tile shop in New England. Showroom features tiles from around the world. Ceramic and stone tile; local artisans; custom natural stone countertops. Hardwood, bamboo, cork, reclaimed flooring. Design services, installation supplies. Sylvan Park Road, Lower Village, Stowe. 253-7001. downeasttile.com.
TOURS & TOUR OPERATORS SOJOURN Sojourn specializes in deluxe bicycling vacations in stunning locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Premiere accommodations, fabulous tour leaders, unfailing attention to detail. the good life, by bike™. gosojourn.com.
TOYS & GAMES ONCE UPON A TIME TOYS Ever built an R/C dino, then heard it roar? Dissected a test-tube alien? Vermont’s most exciting toy store for 37 years. Lego/Playmobil, Breyer, music boxes, science/building toys, balloons, party/art supplies. 1799 Mountain Rd., Red Barn Shops. 253-8319. stowetoys.com.
TRANSPORTATION & TAXIS BLAZER TRANSPORTATION Need a cab? Why pay more? Reliable taxi service since 2004. Offering the cheapest airport transfers. Licensed and insured. Call anytime. 253-0013.
LAKE CHAMPLAIN FERRIES Three crossings on Lake Champlain: Grand Isle, VT, to Plattsburgh, NY, open 24/7; Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY, open mid June – Sept. 29; Charlotte, VT, to Essex, NY, open year round, ice conditions permitting. ferries.com, (802) 864-9804.
PEG’S PICK UP/STOWE TAXI For all your transportation needs. Airport, bus, train. (Burlington, Boston, Montréal, New York). Errands and deliveries. Daily courier runs to Burlington. Full taxi service. 253-9490, (800) 370-9490, (800) 293-PEGS.
Cambridge United Church, Main St., 644-5564
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Johnson, 635-2009 Church of Jesus Christ, Johnson, 635-2009 Church of the Nazarene, Johnson, 635-2988
FINE WINE CELLARS 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. 253-2630. finewinecellars.us.
HARVEST MARKET Great wine selection from Cabernet to Viognier, California, Italy, Argentina, Australia, and more. Local Vermont beers. Weekly specials. Daily 7-7. email@example.com. 253-3800.
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. 253-4525.
WINERIES & SPIRITS
Cornerstone Four Square Church, Morrisville, 888-5683
Elmore United Methodist Church, Elmore, 888-3247
First Congregational Church of Christ, Morrisville, 888-2225
Grace Bible Church, Stowe, 253-4731 Holy Cross Catholic Church, Morrisville, 888-3318
Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly, Waterbury Center, 244-5921
Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jeffersonville, 644-5322; Morrisville, 888-5610
BOYDEN VALLEY WINERY AND SPIRITS Taste our award-winning wines, Vermont ice wines, and cream liqueurs. Free tours. French gourmet cheese plates available June to September. Seven miles from Smugglers’ Notch scenic byway. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 644-8151. boydenvalley.com.
FRESH TRACKS FARM VINEYARD & WINERY
Advent Christian, Morrisville, 888-4633 Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church,
Award-winning wines from our 14 acres of cold-hardy grapevines. Please check out our website or call for tasting room, directions, and hours. 4373 VT Route 12, Berlin, VT. (802) 223-1151 or freshtracksfarm.com.
Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 253-1800
Morrisville Baptist Church, 888-5276 Mountain Chapel, Stowe, 644-8144 New Beginning Miracle Fellowship, Morrisville, 888-4730
Puffer United Methodist Church, Morrisville, 888-2248
SAXTONS RIVER DISTILLERY, LLC Sapling Vermont maple liquors are distinctly unique craft-made liquors (liqueur, bourbon, rye). They are hand-made in Brattleboro, Vermont using select locally harvested maple syrup. saplingliqueur.com.
Second Congregational Church, Hyde Park, 888-3636; Jeffersonville, 644-5533
Seventh-Day Adventist, Morrisville, 888-7884
SHELBURNE VINEYARD Taste our award-winning wines and enjoy a free tour of our ecofriendly winery as you learn about our adventure growing grapes and making wine in Vermont’s northern climate. Open every day 11-5. (802) 985-8222. shelburnevineyard.com.
SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH DISTILLERY Family owned and operated distillery creating award-winning vodka, rum, gin, and bourbon. Located at 276 Main St., in Jeffersonville, just over the Notch from Stowe. Visit us for a tasting. (802) 309-3077. smugglersnotchdistillery.com.
St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal, Stowe, 253-7578
St. John’s the Apostles Church, Johnson, 635-7817
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Cambridge, 644-1909
St. Teresa’s Parish Center, Morrisville, 888-2761
YOGA & PILATES SPORTS & WELLNESS CENTER AT STOWEFLAKE Five state-of-the-art fitness studios; daily Pilates and yoga classes. Pilates includes mat and Stott Pilates reformer. Yoga includes Iyanger and Ashtanga disciplines, yoga for athletes. Private sessions, small groups. 760-1123. spaatstoweflake.com.
STOWE YOGA CENTER Community studio offers beginner-friendly classes with warm-up and guided meditation. Yoga flow, Pilates, prenatal, mediation, and Artist Within Retreats. Custom workshops. Drop-ins welcome. Kate Graves, 515 Moscow Rd. 253-8427. firstname.lastname@example.org, stoweyoga.com.
WEST BRANCH YOGA Drop-in classes. Clean mats to rent. Kripalu, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative. Radiant floor heat. Beautiful riverside space on Stowe’s Recreation path. Online schedule descriptions, reservations. westbranchyoga.com. 253-4330.
Stowe Community Church, 253-7257 Trinity Assembly of God, Hyde Park, 888-7326
Unitarian Universalist Fellowhip, Stowe, 326-2098
United Church of Johnson, 635-7249 Waterbury Alliance Church, 244-6463 Waterbury Center Community Church, 244-6286
Waterbury Center Standard Church, 244-6345
Wesley United Methodist Church, Waterbury, 244-6677 207
INDEX 154 ALCHEMIST ARBORTREK CANOPY ADVENTURES 53 96 ART STORE 158 BAGEL BARRE ELECTRIC & LIGHTING SUPPLY 175 39 BERT’S BOATS CANOE & KAYAK TOURS 139 BEST WESTERN BISTRO AT TEN ACRES 149 153 BLACK CAP COFFEE 179 BLODGETT SUPPLY 161 BLUE DONKEY 192 BOUCHARD PIERCE BOURNE’S ENERGY 205 BOUTIQUE AT STOWE MERCANTILE 111 13 BOYDEN VALLEY WINERY BRAGG FARM SUGARHOUSE 48 BRYAN MEMORIAL GALLERY 96 163 BURLINGTON FURNITURE CO. BUTLER HOUSE 155 61 CABOT ANNEX STORE 45 CABOT CREAMERY VISITORS CENTER 152 CACTUS CAFÉ CAMBRIDGE ARTS COUNCIL 105 CATAMOUNT FISHING ADVENTURES 61 167 CENTURY 21 FARM & FOREST REAL ESTATE CLIFF HOUSE RESTAURANT 133 COLD HOLLOW CIDER MILL 45 COLDWELL BANKER CARLSON REAL ESTATE 195 COMMODORES INN 159 CONANT METAL & LIGHT 194 COPLEY COUNTRY CLUB 65 COUNTRY HOME CENTER 183 CREATIVE CONSIGNMENTS 118 CROP BISTRO & BREWERY 153 CUSHMAN DESIGN GROUP 162 CYNTHIA KNAUF LANDSCAPE DESIGN 181 DANFORTH PEWTER 61 DECISIONS, DECISIONS 63 DEPOT STREET MALT SHOPPE 161 DOWN EAST TILE 199 EARL’S CYCLERY & FITNESS 59 ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM & SCIENCE CENTER 26 EDELWEISS MOUNTAIN DELI 144 EDEN DOG SLEDDING 64 ENERGY MILL 181 ESSEX SHOPPES & CINEMA 123 FERRO ESTATE & CUSTOM JEWELERS 2 FINE WINE CELLARS 2 FLY ROD SHOP 57 FORGET-ME-NOT-SHOP 114 FOUNTAINS LAND 168 FRESH TRACKS FARM 67 FRIDA’S TAQUERIA & GRILL 155 GOOD STUFF 131 GORDON DIXON CONSTRUCTION 186 GREEN ENVY BOUTIQUE 107 GREEN GODDESS CAFÉ 142 GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE VISITOR CENTER 47 GREEN MOUNTAIN COIN & JEWELRY 10 GREEN MOUNTAIN FINE ART GALLERY 95 GREEN MOUNTAIN INN 29, 141 HARRISON’S RESTAURANT & BAR 160 HARRY HUNT ARCHITECTS 197 HARVEST MARKET 157 HEN OF THE WOOD RESTAURANT 144 HERITAGE PHARMACY 196 HICKOK & BOARDMAN INC. 183 HISTORY FLIGHT 47
185 H KEITH WAGNER PARTNERSHIP HOB KNOB INN & RESTAURANT 137 123 HOMESTEAD HEIRLOOMS 187 HOOKER’S FURNITURE I.C. SCOOPS 145 109 IN COMPANY CLOTHING 103 INSIDE OUT GALLERY J. GRAHAM GOLDSMITH ARCHITECTS 168 41 JAY PEAK VERMONT JOHNSON HARDWARE RENTAL, FARM & GARDEN 104 10 JOHNSON STATE COLLEGE 118 JOHNSON WOOLEN MILLS JUDY KLIMEK STATEMENT JEWELRY 100 KALEIDOSCOPE YARNS 128 179 KATHRYN’S GARDENS KIRKWOOD’S RESTAURANT 133 KNITTING STUDIO 105 61 LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHOCOLATES LAKE CHAMPLAIN FERRIES 61 195 LANDSHAPES 196 LEE HUNTER ARCHITECT 50 LEIGHTON C. DETORA, ATTORNEY LENNY’S SHOE & APPAREL 127 LIEBLING 128 168 LINDA POST INTERIORS LITTLE RIVER HOTGLASS STUDIO & GALLERY 111 LOEWEN WINDOW CENTER OF VT & NH 192 LUSH SALON & BOUTIQUE 101 M. LEWIS ANTIQUES 115 MAGIC HAT BREWERY & ARTIFACTORY 139 MCCARTHY’S RESTAURANT & CATERING 158 MICHAEL’S ON THE HILL 143 MORSE FARM MAPLE SUGARWORKS 57 MOUNTAIN CHEESE & WINE 63 MUSIC IN THE MEADOW 19 NORDIC BARN 31 NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND HOMES 191 NORTH FACE STORE AT KL SPORT 17 O’GRADY’S GRILL & BAR 140 OUTDOOR GEAR EXCHANGE & GEARX.COM 59 OXYGEN 100 PATTERSON & SMITH CONSTRUCTION 169 PERENNIAL PLEASURES NURSERY & TEA GARDEN 199 PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE 135 PIE IN THE SKY PIZZA 142 PINNACLE PHYSICAL THERAPY 64 POOL WORLD 189 PRET-A-PORTER 100 RED BARN SHOPS 63 RIMROCK’S MOUNTAIN TAVERN 136 ROBERT PAUL GALLERIES 97 ROCK OF AGES VISITORS’ CENTER 33 ST. JOHNSBURY ACADEMY 16 SALON SALON 126 SAMARA CARD & GIFTS 63 SAXTON’S RIVER DISTILLERY 151 SELDOM SCENE INTERIORS 3 SHELBURNE VINEYARD 61 SISLER BUILDERS 189 SMUGGLER’S NOTCH ANTIQUES 114 SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH DISTILLERY 151 SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH RESORT 152 SOJOURN BICYCLING & ACTIVE VACATIONS 43 SOLSTICE 25 SPRUCE PEAK AT STOWE INSIDE FRONT SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 113 STEEL CONSTRUCTION 193 STERLING RIDGE RESORT 5
64 STEVENS LAW OFFICE 154 STONEGRILL RESTAURANT & PUB 140 STOWE BEVERAGE & LIQUOR STORE 187 STOWE COUNTRY HOMES STOWE CRAFT GALLERY & DESIGN CENTER 49, 103 STOWE FAMILY PRACTICE 177 STOWE GALLERY ALLIANCE 105 STOWE GEMS 7 STOWE GOLF PARK 55 203 STOWE HARDWARE & DRY GOODS 26 STOWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 195 STOWE HOME CARE MAINTENANCE 153 STOWE INN 195 STOWE KITCHEN & BATH REMODELING 119 STOWE KITCHEN BATH & LINENS STOWE MERCANTILE 117 25 STOWE MOUNTAIN LODGE STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT 1, 133 17 STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT FARMERS MKT STOWE PERFORMING ARTS 19 STOWE REALTY 9 191 STOWE RED BARN REALTY STOWE RESORT HOMES 15 21 STOWE ROTARY OKTOBERFEST STOWE SOARING & WHITCOMB AVIATION 50 24 STOWE THEATRE GUILD STOWE VILLAGE MASSAGE 49 STOWEFLAKE RESORT INSIDE BACK STUDIO STORE 131 STYLES HAIR SALON 67 SUNSET GRILLE & TAP ROOM 154 SUNSET MOTOR INN 160 SWIMMING HOLE 23 TANGLEWOODS 132 TEKTONIKA STUDIO ARCHITECTS 186 TIMBERHOMES LLC 194 TIM MEEHAN BUILDER 191 TOPNOTCH RESORT & SPA 35 TOY STORE/ONCE UPON A TIME 63 TRAPP FAMILY LODGE 65, 159 TRUEX CULLINS ARCHITECTURE 193 TUNBRIDGE WORLD’S FAIR 119 UMIAK OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS 13 UNION BANK 197 UNLOST STOWE 27 VERMONT ALE HOUSE 154 VERMONT BED STORE 165 VERMONT CANOE & KAYAK 5 VERMONT ELECTRONICS 201 VERMONT FURNITURE DESIGNS 185 VERMONT ICELANDIC ADVENTURES 50 VERMONT SUN STRUCTURES 189 VERMONT TEDDY FACTORY 17 VERMONT T-SHIRT CO 130 VILLAGE GREEN AT STOWE BACK COVER VISIONS OF VERMONT 99 WALPOLE WOODWORKERS 175 WELL HEELED 101 WENDELL’S FURNITURE 165 WENDY’S CLOSET 115 WEST BRANCH GALLERY & SCULPTURE PARK 93 WEST BRANCH YOGA 50 WHIP BAR & GRILL 141 WINDOW PRO OF VERMONT 201 WINTERFELL 11 WOODEN NEEDLE 126 YELLOW TURTLE 63
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