SPRING EDITION 2014
GEORGIA MOUNTAIN MAPLES The house that sap built
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CONTENTS SPRING // 2014 CALENDAR.........................................,............................6 ST. ALBANS...............................................................12 PEOPLE OF VT.................................................... 14 JIM MORSE...........................................................16 BEN ALESHIRE............................................18 GEORGIA MOUNTAIN MAPLES.20 MAPLE FESTIVAL...................25 MORNING PARADE.............28 GREEN MOUNTAIN RAFTING.32 TWIGGS.............................................34 VIEWPOINT/PUZZLES...........36
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Ongoing Events BILLINGS FARM & MUSEUM, Woodstock Visit this National Historical Park, working dairy farm and museum of Vermont’s rural past. Billings offers a great variety of year-round programs and activities indoors and out. Try your hand at real farm work with animals such as Jersey cows, sheep, horses, oxen and chickens. It’s a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage. Opens May 1. www.billingsfarm.org SHELBURNE MUSEUM, Shelburne One of the country’s most diverse museums of paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the 45-acre museum grounds, first established by Electra Havemeyer Webb in 1947. The state-of-the-art Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education is the Museum’s new year-round facility. www.shelburnemuseum.org LOCAL MOTION’S ISLAND LINE BIKE FERRY, South Hero/Colchester Connecting Vermont’s spectacular 14-mile Island Line Trail along Lake Champlain. Service begins Memorial Day Weekend. www.bikeferry.org FAIRBANKS MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM, St. Johnsbury Fairbanks Museum holds over 175,000 objects from an eclectic permanent collection, including natural science specimens, historical artifacts, archival photographs and documents, and ethnological treasures. It is home to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, the only public planetarium in Vermont, where you can explore the cosmos, guided by astronomy experts. www.fairbanksmuseum.org
ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM AND SCIENCE CENTER, Burlington Discover the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain basin. Every day is an adventure with daily animal feedings and demonstrations; 70 species of fish amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles; more than 100 interactive experiences; changing and permanent exhibits; seasonal events and the multimedia Awesome Forces Theatre. Hungry? Grab a bite to eat in the ecology-themed Think! Café for local fare and beautiful views. www.echovermont.org SHELBURNE FARMS, Shelburne Shelburne Farms is a 1,400-acre working farm, National Historic Landmark and nonprofit environmental education center. The Farms welcomes visitors to enjoy its spectacular landscape, historic buildings, Children’s Farm Barn, inn and restaurant on the shores of Lake Champlain. Walking trails are open year-round, weather permitting, from 10am-4pm. www.shelburnefarms.org
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FEBRUARY 28 TO MARCH 2
18th ANNUAL MAGIC HAT MARDI GRAS WEEKEND, Burlington Each Mardi Gras Weekend features an ice-breaking concert on the night before the parade hits the streets. Tens of thousands of revelers, floats, beads and moon pies, the Mardi Gras Parade has grown so large over the years, it will be rolling up the only street big enough to accommodate 25,000+ screaming people and their excitement: Main Street in Burlington. www.magichat.net
MARCH 1 TO 8
JUNIOR NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SKI CHAMPIONSHIP, Stowe Every March, the top junior Nordic skiers from across the U.S. gather for the National Championships. Over 450 potential future Olympians, ages 14-19, will compete in the event at Trapp Family Lodge. www.jn2014stowe.com
NOW TO APRIL 15
SNOWSHOE & ICE CREAM TOO, Waterbury Saturdays and Sundays—every hour on the hour—Ben & Jerry’s hosts snowshoe tours behind the ice cream factory. Check out the flavor graveyard or simply enjoy the last of the snow-dusted paths. Reservations required; call (802) 253-2317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to save your spot! 11am-4pm www.umiak.com
WINTER MAPLE SUGAR TOURS, Rutland/ Killington This 3.5-hour tour will visit an original on-the-farm maple sugarhouse. Get a first-hand look at the process of boiling down maple sap into syrup and learn the history of “sugaring” in Vermont. www.vtbackroadtours.com/sugar
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WOODSTOCK VERMONT FILM SERIES 20132014, Woodstock Fourteen award-winning films screened in HOD digital projection and Dolby surround-sound at Billings Farm & Museum. Through the medium of cinematography, Woodstock celebrates the diversity and joy of humanity. www.billingsfarm.org
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LIGHT THE NIGHT RAIL JAM, Ludlow Okemo Mountain Resort is lighting up the snow for skiers and riders of all ages with $5,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. This year’s event features a brand new rail garden! www.okemo.com
39TH ANNUAL NATO TELEMARK FESTIVAL, Waitsfield Come join the largest and oldest gathering of Telemark skiers for a weekend of great Mad River Glen skiing, wild championship races, multi-level clinics, a Saturday afternoon TeleDance party, and a free heel celebration. 8am-2pm www.telemarknato.com/festival.html
MARCH 1 TO MAY 30
MARCH 7 TO 9
14TH ANNUAL VERMONT BOAT AND MARINE SHOW, Essex Junction This event at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center is sure to turn your thoughts to warmer weather. Boat dealers come from all over Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York for all types of boats for fishing, cruising and skiing. www.cvexpo.org
MOUNTAIN DEW VERTICAL CHALLENGE, Killington The Vertical Challenge Race Series is a free, fun race open to all ages and abilities. Bring your friends, bring your family and join in the fun and the excitement at Snowshed Lodge. www.killington.com
MARCH 8 AND 9
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SPRING ART EXHIBITION AT SHELBURE VINEYARD, Shelburne An exhibit of watercolors by Shanley Triggs, entitled “A View from Within,” portrays scenes from her life as a Vermonter. Trigg’s subjects are barns, landscapes, and the Lake, all of which depict her strong connection to the land of her childhood. The exhibit opens March 1 and continues through May 30. An artists’ reception with cheese and crackers will take place from 2-4pm on March 9. www.shelburnevineyard.com
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VERMONT’S 6TH ANNUAL CHILI FESTIVAL, Middlebury Named a Top 10 Winter Event for the past five years, the event features a Chili Contest; street performers; live music; and, you guessed it, a multitude of chili from local restaurants, caterers and amateurs from around the region—and it’s located all on the streets of downtown Middlebury. 1-4:30pm www.vtchilifest.com
SUGARING TIME FESTIVAL, Warren Sugarbush Resort hosts an all-day maple extravaganza, featuring maple-inspired cuisine and beverages, mountain-wide scavenger hunt of maple syrup nips, live music, mini Farmers Market, and more. www.sugarbush.com
ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH DANÚ, Burlington The Flynn Center presents one of the great traditional innovators in Irish Music: Danú, from County Waterford. Danú is one of today’s leading traditional Irish ensembles, featuring the rich vocals of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. 8pm www.flynntix.org
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MARCH 21 TO 30
9TH ANNUAL VERMONT QUILT SHOP HOP, Statewide Quilters from all over the northeast enjoy beautiful spring weather and visit 12 quilting shops in Vermont. Collect various gifts, patterns, and goodies, enjoy friends, and view the awesome scenery. Everyone has the opportunity to win prizes, worth over $1,200. www.vermontshophop.com
MARCH 21 TO 30
MARCH 15 TO 16
24 HOURS AT STRATTON, South Londonderry Stratton Mountain Resort lights up the mountain for a super fun, family-friendly, skiing/ snowboarding team event. Each athlete can ski for as long as they want over the entire 24-hour period. Prizes are awarded—including a grand team prize of Heli skiing with CMH in Revelstoke, British Columbia. 12pm Saturday-12pm Sunday www.stratton.com
MARCH 17 TO MAY 3
NOR’BEASTER SPRING CELEBRATION, Killington The East’s biggest spring kickoff party! Events include the Shamrock Scavenger Hunt, Hibernation Park Jam, Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, Killington Triathlon, live music and barbeques, specialty food tasting, and pond skimming. www.killington.com
MAN OF LA MANCHA, Burlington A Broadway National Tour. Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical Score and Best Musical, Man of La Mancha tells the story of author, actor, and tax collector Miguel de Cervantes, imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition and awaiting a mock trial by a jury of his fellow prisoners. To save his life’s work from seizure and sure destruction, Cervantes’ defense is to act out his play—the classic story of Don Quixote and his enduring quest for peace, goodness, and the lady of his dreams, Dulcinea. 7:30pm www.flynntix.org Vermont's oldest and most experienced nanny agency
17TH ANNUAL GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL, Montpelier This Top 10 Event features some of the finest films from around the world, right in the heart of Vermont. The lineup includes a broad range of feature, documentary, short and animated films as well as engaging conversations with distinguished guests. www.gmffestival.org
AN EVENING WITH MOLLY RINGWALD, Stowe Golden Globe winner Molly Ringwald has released “Except Sometimes,” an album of standards from the Great American Songbook. At Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, she will share her stories and sing with her jazz quartet. 7:30pm www.sprucepeakarts.org
19TH ANNUAL BREWFEST PART 2, Smuggler’s Notch Over a dozen participating breweries, along with music, munchies, and prizes. A DJ spins the tunes and the Resort’s Mountain Grille puts on a tasty appetizer buffet. Entry includes eight samples and souvenir pint glass. 6-10pm www.smuggs.com
POND SKIMMING: ANNUAL RITE OF SPRING, Warren The oldest continually-running pond skimming event in the country! Dive right into spring in your craziest costume at Sugarbush Resort’s Lincoln Peak. Limited to the first 100 competitors. www.sugarbush.com
MARCH 22 AND 23
35TH ANNUAL BEACH PARTY, Jay Peak This year’s Beach Party will be one for the books. Celebrate 35 years of fun in the sun, or snow in our case. Join us for live music by the High Breaks, Long Trail giveaways, and enough waterslides to entertain any child, big or small, at Hotel Jay Courtyard & Pump House Indoor Waterpark. 3-7pm www.jaypeakresort.com
RELAY FOR LIFE OF NORDIC STYLE, Stowe The Nordic Relay for Life at Trapp Family Lodge is a fun-filled event that enlists volunteers to help fight cancer by raising money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society. 6pm www.relayforlife.org/nordicstylevt MAPLE OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND, Statewide Celebrate the sweet taste of maple syrup during this annual event. Sugar-makers open their doors to visitors with tours and an array of maple products for sale. www.vermontmaple.org
3RD ANNUAL BROMLEY RANDO RACE, Bromley Mountain Using climbing “skins” with alpine touring or Telemark bindings (or even “split” snowboards), racers start at the base of the mountain, ascend it, then descend it as fast as possible, over multiple laps, up to 5,000-feet cumulative vertical, in the truest test of the most complete skier overall. www.bromley.com
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LES MISÉRABLES, Burlington The Lyric Theater Company presents Les Misérables, the musical phenomenon based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, at the Flynn MainStage. April 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 pm April 5, 6, 12, 13 at 1pm www.flynntix.org
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APRIL 12 AND 13
OKEMO SLUSH CUP, Ludlow Costume-clad Slush Cup competitors schuss toward an 80-foot-long slushy pond and try to make it across without falling in. It’s a chilly spring dip for those who don’t make it. Okemo Mountain Resorts hosts this unique event, open to the first 125 participants. www.okemo.com
45TH ANNUAL VERMONT HOME AND GARDEN SHOW, Essex Junction The Champlain Valley Exposition Center hosts the perfect event for all those looking to remodel, build, landscape, or garden. Get advice from the experts, and see the latest innovations in products and services. www.cvexpo.org
BILL BURR, Burlington The Flynn Theater presents comedian Bill Burr, who first gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second season of “Chappelle’s Show.” Burr developed a comedic style of uninformed logic that has made him a regular with Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Fallon. 8pm www.flynntix.org
6TH ANNUAL WINTER BREWER’S FESTIVAL, West Dover Celebrate the end of winter with beer at Mount Snow! This popular festival features some of the top breweries in the Northeast, as well as an outdoor barbeque and tons of vendors. Paid admission includes a souvenir Winter Brewer’s Festival pint glass and your first drink. www.mountsnow.com
APRIL 5 AND 6
CAMBRIDGE DAY, Smugglers’ Notch Hey neighbors, you’re invited to enjoy a day of skiing and riding at Smuggs! Cambridge and Jeffersonville residents get free lift tickets, equipment, and group lessons for ages 6 to adult. Stop by the Black Bear Tavern in the Base Lodge from for an Aprés Sport Party with music, prizes, and drink specials. www.smuggs.com
VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION GOLD MEDALIST, VADYM KHOLODENKO, Burlington In 1958, Van Cliburn surprised the world with his historic victory at the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which is dedicated to the discovery of the world’s finest pianists, continues to be held every four years. The Lane Series is pleased to present the gold medalist from the 14th competition, Vadym Kholodenko, in the University of Vermont’s Recital Hall. 7:30pm www.uvm.com/laneseries
APRIL 25 TO 27
48TH ANNUAL VERMONT MAPLE FESTIVAL, St. Albans When sugaring’s over, the city of St. Albans plays host to the Vermont Maple Festival. The Top 10 Event features numerous events, including maple product exhibits, new syrup tasting, pancake breakfasts, talent and fiddlers shows, maple product contest, carnival rides, and more—and it’s all in honor of maple syrup. www.vtmaplefestival.org
APRIL 25 TO MAY 4
VERMONT RESTAURANT WEEK, Statewide Hungry for more of the Green Mountain State? Enjoy a full week of prix-fixe menus in cities from Burlington to Montpelier. www.vermontrestaurantweek.com
APRIL 26 AND 27
EVERYTHING EQUINE AND CANINE EXPO, Essex Junction Learn about the latest equine and canine issues at over 30 seminars and demos at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center. Visit over 100 exhibitors, Breed Row, 4-H Kids Corner, and canine activites. Watch the Equine & Canine variety show, “Horsin’ Around,” on Saturday night. www.cvexpo.org
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MAY 2 TO 4
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14TH ANNUAL STOWE WEEKEND OF HOPE, Stowe The Stowe Weekend of Hope offers an inspirational retreat weekend for cancer survivors and their families. The annual forum offers education, enlightenment, inspiration and retreat in the restorative environment of Stowe. All are given the chance to attend at no charge. www.stowehope.org
Flynn Center. The concert features an orchestra of VYO alumni; a new work by alumnus Tim Woos; and Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, including the VYO Chorus and members of the greater musical community in the “Ode to Joy.” 3pm www.flynntix.org
GREEN UP DAY VERMONT, Statewide This annual event began in 1970 and is held in towns and cities across the state. Green Up Day is an annual statewide clean-up day where people of all ages come together and clean up litter from their roadsides and waterways. Bags are free; find out who your town coordinator is by visiting the Green Up Vermont website. www.greenupvermont.org
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VYO SPRING CONCERT, Burlington Don’t miss the conclusion to Vermont Youth Orchestra’s (VYO) 50th Anniversary Season at the
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MIDDLEBURY MAPLE RUN, Middlebury Vermont’s sweetest halfmarathon and relay! Plus, who can resist the beautiful, scenic course in the Green Mountains? 9am www.middleburymaplerun.com
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MAY 3 AND 4
18TH ANNUAL ESSEX SPRING CRAFT SHOW AND VERMONT ANTIQUE EXPO, Essex The Champlain Valley Exposition has been the home of antique shows for over a decade and that tradition continues with this locally-produced show. Ticket includes admission to both shows. www.vtcrafts.com
29TH ANNUAL KIDS DAY, Burlington Vermont’s largest children’s festival is the most fun familyfriendly event of the spring. Join the parade or enjoy train rides, performers, amusement rides, and more at Battery Street Park. www.enjoyburlington.com
BCO’S CELEBRATION OF YOUTH CONCERT, Colchester The Burlington Chamber Orchestra (BCO) is thrilled to present its seventh season of “fresh and local” concert performances at the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall at St. Michael’s College. This annual event will feature a new composition by student Adele Woodmansee; a performance with the Young Artist Solo Competition winner; and conductor and UVM faculty Yutaka Kono leading a full orchestra in performances of Schubert, Frederick Delius, and Mozart. 7:30pm www.flynntix.org
MAY 21 AND 22
VERMONT BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY EXPO, South Burlington With nearly 3,000 attendees, the EXPO is a must for anyone looking to market a Vermont business. EXPO highlights some of the region’s finest large and small businesses while providing two full days of cutting-edge seminars, a stellar line-up of special events, and plenty of networking opportunities. www.vtexpo.com
MAY 22, 29, 31 AND JUNE 1
PEAK ULTRA RUNNING RACE, Pittsfield Ultra Trail Run of 30, 50, 100, 200, and 500-mile Trails. Peak Races will host a BBQ Saturday evening around 6pm for all racers, family, and friends. www.peak.com
MAY 24 AND 25
22ND ANNUAL SPRING OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND, Statewide Every Memorial Day weekend, craftspeople and artists throughout the Green Mountain State open their studios to the public. Visitors can find their way to studios by using the Vermont Studio Tour Map, which contains directions to hundreds of studios in the state. www.vermontcrafts.com
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MAY 24 AND 25
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CHEESE AND DAIRY CELEBRATION, Woodstock Celebrate Vermont’s distinctive dairy heritage at Billings Farm and Museum during a weekend of sampling delicious New England cheeses and dairy products; meeting local cheese makers; dairy education programs; making cheese, ice cream, and butter. www.billingsfarm.org
BURLINGTON DISCOVER JAZZ FESTIVAL, Burlington The festival is a cocktail of venues—intimate settings, waterfront concerts, street parties, workshops, and more. The charades span from the region’s premier performing arts facility, the Flynn Center, to the Church Street Marketplace stages to neighborhood clubs and restaurants. www.discoverjazz.com
TOUGH MUDDER COMPETITION, Mount Snow Tough Mudder events are hardcore obstacle courses designed to test your strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Built in a valley of the towering Green Mountains, Tough Mudder’s Mount Snow course is as unforgiving as a New England winter. Strip the course of obstacles, and a hike around Vermont’s harsh, mountainous terrain is a struggle in itself. Pepper that same terrain with obstacles that aggressively push boundaries of might and fright, and that “struggle” becomes a fight for your next headband. www.toughmudder.com
26TH ANNUAL KEYBANK VERMONT CITY MARATHON & RELAY, Burlington Runner’s World Magazine has ranked this annual event one of the top 20 best marathons in the country. Held on the streets and bike paths of Burlington, the Marathon features two relay events, both of which run concurrent with the full Marathon. The scenic course begins at Battery Park and finishes in Waterfront Park with post-race festivities for runners and spectators. www.vermontcitymarathon.org
MAY 31 TO JUNE 1
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ST. ALBANS: A HIDDEN GEM ON THE LAKE
Wishing all Vermont sugar-makers a prosperous 2014 sugaring season.
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t’s April, the sap is flowing, and it’s time to celebration all things maple. It’s summer, and the day is perfect for boating and swimming in the refreshing waters of Lake Champlain. It’s fall, and the crisp air and brilliant foliage call for a coffee in hand and a walk through a small town green, lined with maple trees. It’s any time of year in Vermont, really, and a visit to St. Albans is in order. This hidden-gem small town, resting on the northern shores of Lake Champlain, has everything visitors and residents could want, but without the crowds and hype of other tourism destinations across the state. Just north of Burlington and about fifteen miles from the Canadian border, it provides respite from city life and hectic ski towns, while still allowing access to all that northern Vermont has to offer. With a vibrant, historic downtown, scenic lakeshores, and a tight sense of community, it’s a delight for those who wander off the beaten path and onto its quiet streets.
Downtown, quaint brick buildings house cute shops, a movie theater, and restaurants offering everything from takeout at Mimmo’s Pizzeria to Twiggs, a true English gastropub. The recently revitalized center of town is peppered with gift shops, a florist, a jewelry store, yarn shop, and The Eloquent Page, a used and antique bookstore that offers hours of browsing. Coffee and bakery items—perfect to grab before a leisurely walk around town—are available from two different locations on Main Street. Adjacent to a lush, rolling public green with a gazebo and plenty of room to run and play, Main Street is also the scene of many community gatherings, including the annual July 4 parade as well as the famous Maple Festival, which happens every April. For a town that is known as the “Maple Syrup Capital of the World,” this festival is a true heaven for maple-lovers of all ages. As the hub of the town, St. Albans’ downtown is conveniently located not far from the interstate, allowing easy access for visitors traveling by car.
For those who are looking to take advantage of the water, the Lake Champlain shores of St. Albans Bay are a treat for the whole family, with opportunities for swimming, fishing, and boating. Kamp Kill Kare State Park, the former site of a boys’ summer camp, is now a swimming beach and picnic pavilion as well as a ferry access point for the popular Burton Island State Park. In the late 1800s, before it was a camp, Kamp Kill Kare was the site of a popular hotel. The original building was restored in 2010 to bring back the structure’s colonial-style beauty, and is now home to The Rocky Point House, a museum dedicated to preserving the history of the area. Nearby St. Albans Bay Park offers lake access for swimming and boating, beach volleyball, and a historic stone bathhouse that is currently used for company gatherings, family reunions, and even weddings. Vermont towns have character—personalities, quirks, and a way of life that supports its residents and welcomes anyone who may pass through. In this way, St. Albans is a must-visit for travelers who want to enjoy a real small-town Vermont experience.
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interview // Lesley Snyder photos // Greg Forber fter their Waterbury, brew pub was swallowed by Tropical Storm Irene, John and Jen Kimmich rebuilt what has become a pale ale empire. One sip of the highlyacclaimed Heady Topper Double IPA, and it’s no wonder they dubbed their brewery “The Alchemist”; from six different types of hops, John has created liquid gold. Since ranking number one on BeerAdvocate, Heady Topper transitioned from a delicious, small-town secret to one of the highest rated beers in the world.
It’s no secret that extreme consumers have sold Heady Topper on the black market. Out-of-staters travel to Vermont just to stock up on cases. What do you make of this fanaticism? Jen: “John has created a beer that he loves to drink (and so do I) … Fortunately, lots of other people enjoy the same flavors as us. “[Heady Topper] is rated number one on several user-supported websites … This means we are doing a great job with consistency, and Heady Topper tastes just the way it is intended to taste. It is extremely difficult to find an unfiltered IPA that is
brewed year-round; especially one that hits the shelf and sells out within three weeks of being brewed … The day it comes off the canning line, it goes directly into our refrigerated truck. It is usually delivered that very day to the retailer. That is unique.”
“When we build our second brewery, we will brew and package our second label, Focal Banger. There will be a visitor center as well as a tasting room, retail shop, and enhanced self-guided tour area.”
What advice do you have for homebrewers?
If you could have a beer with anyone, who would it be?
John: “The number one advice I give to homebrewers is always the same: get to know your water ... Every beer has its unique needs in a water profile. If you don’t test your hardness, alkalinity, chlorides, and pH—you should.”
John: “Not famous: my grandfather. He was a German immigrant baker who came to this country not speaking a word of English. He ended up raising eight children while being the owner and operator of a few bakeries. I still remember the cookies in his display case, and the smells are burned into my brain. I’d like to drink some Headys with him.
You initially set out to perfect one brew; why did you expand? Jen: “We originally built this packaging brewery to complement our brew pub. After the pub was lost in Irene flooding, we quickly switched gears and increased capacity at the brewery. We had to create new jobs and increase revenue… “We did build this brewery to produce and package one beer perfectly; we will continue to do this … and distribute Heady Topper from here … We do make specialty beer as well, but this is a very small amount of our annual production, and we don’t distribute them outside of Waterbury.
“Famous: Frank Zappa. Now that would be fun.”
You want us to drink from the can. What if we don’t want to drink from the can? John: “Once you buy it, you can drink it out of whatever the hell you want! Drink it out of your shoe if you want! However, if you’d like to drink it in the manner that its creator does, then drink it out of the can. “Try it; you’ll love it. It’s a way of life.”
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Former Supreme Court Judge publishes Doodles and Jots
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Vermont Supreme Court justice for 14 years, Jim Morse recently published a philosophical book and collection of 280 colorful doodles underscored with thought-provoking reflections. Morse refers to the drawings and maxims as his doodles and (thought) jots, and notably, he swears, he did not – not ever – doodle while sitting on the bench.
What inspired a philosophical book of doodles and jots? “Two or three years ago I made a colored pencil doodle of my cat in the window at home. Nothing more than that – but I kept doodling. I also write regular journal entries, often just short phrases expressing an idea or musing. Eighty little Shutterfly books later, with urging from friends and family, I culled through the sheaves to properly publish this collection of favorites. “I view this as my Lana Turner of books … she was discovered by an agent while sitting in a Schrafts’ drugstore in Hollywood. I see my book as sitting in Red Barn Books ‘drugtore’ and hoping some big book agent will come in, it’ll be discovered, picked up, and promoted.”
Your playful scribbles and one-line captions ponder earnest topics and life and death questions: law and justice, health care, politics, religion, war, etc. Is this jurisprudence and citizenry advice for a just world? “I never thought of it like that. I’ve always been philosophical; it’s just part of my nature. Later, it became part of my legal training. It’s not a wordy book. I hope that people enjoy the book’s presentation of life’s interesting twists and ironies – even if my point of view is not the same as yours. “What I hope that people take away from my book is encouragement to think and carefully consider their take on things. I fear that mankind has done many unusual things that no other animal has and what’s been done is often not compatible with the intended consequences. The evidence is very real, and I worry that harm done may not be reversible. We should take our actions very seriously.”
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poet and co-founder, Ben Aleshire
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Bees Ben Aleshire, Robert McKay, Edie Rhoads, Estefania Puerta, Annie Doran, Nicholas Spengler, Jon Turner, Liza and Frances Cannon, Raychel Severance, Stephen Callahan, and a host of volunteers.
Hive “Honeybee Press is a loose cooperative of poets who formed a publishing initiative in order to empower authors through the book arts. The press publishes The Salon, a bi-annual magazine of poems, fiction, plays, interviews, criticism, and art. The books are hand-sewn with handmade paper covers pulped from recycled fabric and then letter-pressed with lead and wood type. The cover art is printed from carvings commissioned from local artists. “The aesthetic is defined by inclusiveness to the many literary tribes, and by aggressively seeking an audience for poetry, something that is unusual for magazines. By aggressive, I mean donating subscriptions to libraries and institutions participating in myriad community events, and appearing in places not typically considered literary venues, like farmers’ markets and in the street. “The techniques are traditional book arts. It’s like the slow food movement: slow art. We can teach anybody to garden or to make a handmade book. We slow down to teach the ancient art of traditional bookmaking to empower
writers to make their own books and to create a sense of community. Instead of sitting alone somewhere and uploading files on a computer, we gather writers, artists, woodblocks, letterpress, fabric, and we make poems, paper, art, books by hand: we sit and sew – stitching everything together like a quilting bee.”
Honey “The Salon is a literary magazine that I hope bridges the gap between the ‘gutter and the ivory tower.’ By that reference, I mean building a causeway between what I see as two opposing poles of literature: the young, scrappy, unknown, avantgarde writers and the successful, usually older, usually academic writers. These two poles tend to ignore each other, but personally, I think they have much to learn from one another. You won’t see academics caught dead at a weird bohemian reading, and the bohemians are far too lazy to go see the wonderful readings that are free and available on school campuses. “The Honeybee Press table at farmers’ markets has two goals: to sell our authors’ work and to literally build an audience for poetry through the spontaneous typewritten poems. Most people consider poetry to be something that is either boring or about nature, or too convoluted to understand without a degree, which, unfortunately, is often true. When someone can watch a poet write something just for them, right on the spot – and that they can pay whatever they think it’s worth – to their surprise and delight they enjoy the poem because now it connects with them personally… that has a huge effect: people weep, people frame them. I think that because
“Tattoo” by Ben Aleshire You make a garden of your body: the carrot on your forearm. You seek permanence, I can tell — is it there to remind you of the things you love? Are you amnesiac? Or sadistic – All you want is to adorn yourself
all this takes place without electricity, without internet, cellphones, or laptops – there is a degree of authenticity or directness that is, frankly, hard to get from surfing literary blogs or authors’ websites, or Facebook newsfeeds, etc. “Human touch and immediacy doesn’t readily exist in the literary world. There aren’t many opportunities to be face-toface with the writer. I see the Farmers’ Markets poems like the street artists in Montmartre: perhaps rare nowadays, but there have been long traditions of street artists in subway stations, outdoor markets, or parks in LA, San Francisco, and Paris. “I learned to do this from my poet friend and Honeybee co-founder Robert McKay. I saw him do on-the-spot composing at a reading. I was scared to do it. I only broke through the fear barrier when my ex-girlfriend goaded me to write a poem about the moon, and she said, “What are you … scared?’ So I did it. Much to my surprise, it turned out well and removed that barrier of fear. That self-doubt is, I think, reinforced by our collective image of anguished writers with crumpled papers at their feet sweating Hemingway bullets and filled with neurotic selfanalysis and doubt. “However, I think if I simply wrote stream of consciousness thoughts, it would just be a rough sketch or outline; it wouldn’t be finished or good. I apply enough rules to provide the words and ideas with structure, arc, and flow. The time constraint of immediacy creates pressure and this is good: there is no time to worry. I find it liberating. It’s literary theatre and when it’s good, I get butterflies.”
with fruit you will never taste birds that will never fly mountains that aren’t there water that isn’t wet — Your skin a cage of objects. These dreams come pricked with ink & pain – tell me, are they more real than mine, which are given to me so freely, yet vanish upon waking? SPRING // 2014 Destination VT
The Hou se
That Sa p Built
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evin Harrison gestures toward a painting in his Milton sugarhouse. It hangs starkly alone—independent— introduced only by its golden frame. It’s not the prettiest painting, he chuckles, but it epitomizes his family business. In blustery streaks of whites and pinks, children sled beneath a bright sky. Proud, sleek wind turbines neighbor a thriving forest and red-roofed house. The snowscape captures the romance of sugar shacks, family snow play, and the frosty air of Vermont winter. The brushstrokes are rough, but the sentiment is kind. It’s the past and the future, home and heart—it’s Georgia Mountain Maples. Sugar maker Georgia Mountain Maples (GMM) is the latest venture of friends and family of Harrison Concrete and Redi-Mix Corp., a 100-employee-strong operation responsible for such projects as the University of Vermont’s James M. Jeffords Hall and the Pump House Indoor Water Park at Jay Peak Resort. From this successful family-owned and operated business emerges another— and it’s homemade from the ground up. Everything from the labyrinth of sap tubing to the state-of-the-art sugarhouse was constructed by the close-knit group of relatives and employees. Now entering its third year, GMM aims to surpass its 2013 batch, which capped off at 21,000 gallons of syrup. The two seasonal industries mesh together seamlessly; sugaring season picks up when the weather is no longer kind to the concrete business. Most of the sugarhouse staff is a crossover of concrete workers, 10 to 12 of which they would have had to lay off if it weren’t for the now year-round employment opportunity. These guys may not all be blood-related, but syrup is thicker than water.
The sugarhouse opened its doors in 2012. “It should have started 10 years ago, but I didn’t listen to my father,” admits Kevin, president and one of three owners of GMM. Rick Fielding and Marty Rabtoy, Kevin’s brother-in-law, are also part-owners. His father, Jim Harrison, owns a large portion of Georgia Mountain, which they were using primarily for hunting and logging when Jim came up with the game-changing idea. A forest of maples perched atop a steep hill—it made sense to sugar.
A quick scan of the forest only begins to bring the massive web of pipelines into focus, like IVs attached to a cluster of willing patients. One might wonder if sugaring wounds the trees. Rest assured,
No one at GMM had experience sugaring in this magnitude, so they enlisted the help of fellow logger and sugar maker Doug Edwards. At first Doug was just thinning the forest, but it wasn’t long before he and his crew were overseeing the entire start-up, “from pipe and tubing installation to layout and construction of the new sugarhouse facility, to actually boiling with us for almost an entire year,” Kevin recalls. “I believe in our first year, Doug spent more time in our sugarhouse than at either one of his own two sugarhouses.” His words are sung in humble gratitude; Doug’s willingness to share is rare. As in any industry, there are producer-specific methods of sugaring that are kept bottled. Undeveloped Georgia Mountain afforded the Harrisons a clean slate, an advantage in the maple industry, says Nick Lemieux, GMM’s manager of operations. Many sugar makers build add-ons to pre-existing sugarhouses, spreading the equipment over two levels. The crew created its facility entirely in-house, from harvesting timber to hanging the copper maple leaf chandelier. The result is a spacious, one-floor operation for maximum efficiency and productivity. Even their sap supply is parked out back. (Often sugarhouses aren’t located amongst their maples.) “We currently do not truck any sap,” reports Kevin. “All 75,000 taps either run or are pumped directly to the sugarhouse. Some of the sap is pumped over miles, up 800-foot vertical lifts.” Innovative devices, like the reverse osmosis machine (R.O.), are instrumental to their high level of production, says Nick. The R.O., which reduces the sap’s water content before boiling, compresses what used to be a day-long process into what seems like mere moments. The assembly of cutting-edge equipment makes the process nearly hands-free, thanks to several big-name companies. “Almost all of our sugaring supplies and equipment are CDL brand … They have helped us tremendously along the way,” Kevin credits. There isn’t an old-fash-
ioned bucket in sight. Sap is collected by a network of CDL’s pressurized blue tubing and vacuum pumps, thanks to invaluable assistance from F.W. Webb Company.
a tapped maple continues to live a long, healthy life, capable of being utilized for decades. “Sugaring is so environmentally friendly,” Kevin informs. “It’s a way of life handed down generation to generation. It has to be one of the most responsible, sustainable ways of making a living. We are tapping trees, some of which are hundreds of years old that have been tapped year after year. What business in today’s world can say that they are still using their great-grandparents’ anything at work? Some, but not many.” The Georgia Mountain sugar makers work to preserve and perfect this ageold tradition with contemporary technology. Even though the taps have only been running for a couple years, GMM already made some jet-setting changes. The sap’s most magical stop is at the evaporator, which boils the sugary concentrate into syrup. This beastly machine received a unique overhaul thanks to Vermont Gas Systems. “We’re very excited to be boiling with something other than fuel oil,” Kevin relates. “We’ve recently converted the CDL rig from an oil burner to natural gas fired … We like the idea of a cleaner burning, more reliable energy source.” The practice is a brief few years old.
GMM’s 6’x16’ evaporator is the only one of its size running on natural gas, says Nick. There are a handful of smaller gasheated rigs in Vermont—maybe a dozen more across the country. By December 2012, the Harrisons weren’t only utilizing cleaner energy, they were producing it. After years of proposals and permits, they tapped into yet another local, abundant resource: wind. Georgia Mountain is now home to the Georgia Mountain Community Wind project, a partnership between Jim Harrison and David Blittersdorf, CEO of AllEarth Renewables. A four-turbine, 10-megawatt project shares the skyline with the generations-old maple forest: tradition and modernization in one glance. All output is received by Burlington Electric Department customers within the community, which powers, on average, more than 4,200 households. Their passion isn’t sugarcoated. Kevin explains, “Tradition, family, friends, and nature are all values that sugaring and GMM are built around, both figuratively and literally … using sustainable, responsible practices from the bottom of Georgia Mountain all the way to the top, under the wind turbines producing clean, renewable energy.”
It’s no secret that Vermont hoists the sugar maple up on a pedestal—the state tree and state quarter both tap into the area’s most iconic and romantic industry. Vermont leads in U.S. production, generating 40.6 percent of the country’s maple syrup in 2013. “It has taken literally decades of hard work and commitment from generations before us to build such a strong, reliable, quality product,” Kevin commends. “They are the ones that built the vehicle for all of us current producers to drive.” While each sugar maker bottles his or her own syrup recipe, everyone is contributing to the market of one product: Vermont Maple Syrup. Georgia Mountain has been known to make walk-in visitors feel like one of the family. They recently constructed a kitchen inside the sugarhouse so they can treat guests to breakfast. It’s now up and running, and they’ll be serving hungry diners with the help of the Abbey Restaurant on March 16, 22 and 23. While the guys are treated to meals fairly often, sometimes the one manning the stove ends up preparing food for everyone, including lucky visitors. “That’s what it’s all about,” Kevin affirms: complete strangers coming together. This year’s statewide Open House Weekend is March 22 and 23; the family is prepping for a day of food, maple samples, and, if weather cooperates, front row seats to full sugarhouse operations.
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What it boils down to is that the Georgia Mountain crew has the best kind of job. Coupled with working alongside family and friends, sugaring offers a meditative workspace in a world of hyperconnectivity. It’s the magic of Mother Nature and the sustainability of sugaring that inspires Kevin. “When I walk up to a maple tree that is over a hundred years old and I’m about to tap it,” he reflects, “I can’t help but think about how many times before me someone was standing in the exact same spot about to do the same thing as I am—and maybe thinking the same thing.”
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or an industry that’s been around for hundreds of years, it’s surprising how many changes have recently taken place in the maple syrup business. According to Mathew Gordon, executive director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, the addition of tubing and vacuum pumps has made the business more efficient. “It used to be good to get a quarter of a gallon per tap, but now we’re seeing that rise to half a gallon because the equipment is better,” he explains. Evaporators have also become more efficient and many sugar houses have pre-heaters so the boiling process is quicker. Newer taps have check valves which regulate the flow of sap and ensure that none goes back into the tree. One change in the industry, which may initially disorient consumers, is a revamping of the grading system. In the past, syrup has been labelled Fancy, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber, and Grade B. Gordon says the industry has been trying to reduce confusion about the process and come up with
photos // Lockhart / Perceptions, Inc. names that are more descriptive. This year, Vermont became the first state to introduce the new labels. New York is planning to follow suit in 2015. Although the new labels don’t follow the exact lines of the previous classifications, they are very close. Fancy has been replaced by Golden Color/Delicate Taste and the darker grades are now referred to as Amber Color/Rich Taste, Dark Color/Robust Taste, and Very Dark Color/Strong Taste. The lighter syrup is usually produced early in the season with the darker varieties following as the season progresses. Last year was an impressive year for maple in Vermont with 1.3 million gallons produced—the most since 1942. Gordon said, in general, production is increasing annually, as are the number of taps. Ten years ago the state had roughly one million taps, but that number has increased almost fourfold. “Maple is a big piece of Vermont’s identity,” he reminds, noting that the Vermont Agency of Agriculture has seen a growth in applications from food processors who want to use maple in their products.
Gordon says the two biggest threats to the industry are invasive pests and changing weather. Thankfully, the most dangerous insect to sugaring—the Asian Longhorn Beetle—has yet to enter the state, and Gordon hopes that being proactive about preventing the importing of firewood will ensure that it stays outside our borders. Less can be done on the issue of climate. “We’re seeing winters that aren’t like winters of years gone by,” he says, “and that’s a little concerning.” Thankfully, sugar makers with tubing can be ready to make syrup if there is an early warm spell, something which is more difficult for those using the more traditional bucket system. One thing that hasn’t changed is the annual Vermont Maple Festival, which takes place from April 25 to 27 in St. Albans. Events include craft, antique, and specialty food shows; cooking demonstrations; a pancake breakfast and buffet lunch; a parade; sugarhouse tours; an 8.5-mile run; youth talent and variety shows; and entertainment for children and adults. For the past seven years,
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the festival has been listed as one of the top 10 events of the year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The festival began in 1947 and although it has grown over the years, it remains a volunteer-led, non-profit event overseen by a 12-person board of trustees. There is no fee for admission. “A family can bring their children and a picnic lunch and not spend a cent,” says Board of Trustees member Betty Ann Lockhart. However, she notes that most parents would be hard-pressed to leave without at least buying their kids a maple creemee. In 2013, attendance was so high the festival ran out of vanilla ice cream, forcing volunteers to drive to area supermarkets and buy out their stock.
The craft and antique shows—both free of charge—are also big draws as are the talent contests. Lines for face painting and creemees are some of the longest during the weekend. Although the festival has a local flair, it is attended by people well beyond the boundaries of the Green Mountain State. Lockhart says attendees
have flown up from Florida and taken the train from California. One year, a group of small plane pilots from Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York flew to Swanton and rented a van to take them to the festival. It’s hard to resist the allure of maple, no matter what classification.
Probably the best-attended part of the event is the Grand Parade. “You see people lined up five to seven deep on Main Street,” says Lockhart. “Even when it’s raining, you see people all bundled up with their kids in strollers.”
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n 2012, Morning Parade, a rock band from Essex, England, embarked on a seven-month tour of the U.S. promoting their first self-titled album under the Parlaphone label. On that tour they supported The Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Jovi, The Wombats, Walk the Moon, Civil Twilight, and Anberlin in 48 states and over 50,000 tour miles (twice around the equator!). Their first single, “Headlights,” was the longest running entry in the alternative charts in 2012. The following year, the band left Parlaphone and began writing and recording their second, as yet untitled, album which is set to release on March 6 under SO Recordings.
The band recently returned to the U.S. to do an East Coast tour with platinumselling Scottish rockers, Biffy Clyro—the band that inspired Morning Parade’s frontman, Steve Sparrow, to form a band. Destination VT caught up with Sparrow to talk about the U.S. tours and the band’s new album.
In 2012, you played in almost every state in the country. What was your impression of Vermont and Higher Ground? “It was a pretty crazy baptism by fire for us. We had no idea of the vast and varying landscapes of America. Vermont was just stunning—beautiful—not unlike the Scottish highlands and its lochs. Burlington was really good to us, and I remember Higher Ground being one of our favorite shows of that tour, supporting the band and our good friends, The Wombats.”
Morning Parade reportedly had a bit more freedom with the second album and SO Recordings. How did this affect your writing process? “Yes, we had carte blanche, and more so, we were hungry to create new music. We’d been playing some of the material from the first album for over three years, and so we were very ready to do something new, something different.”
The new album is much heavier than your first. How has this changed the dynamic of the band’s live performances? “The new album has more pace and more variation; it means we can go harder for longer or change the direction and shape of the set just by switching one or two songs.”
You’ve said that Biffy Clyro has been a massive influence on the band since the very early days; how has touring with them affected you? “They have always been an inspiration to us, from their performances and live shows, to their work ethic and attitude. This most recent tour was a great learning experience for us, but there is no magic spell. Hard work, grit, and pure bloody-mindedness go a long way in being a band.”
What are the major differences between the first and second album? “The new record is far more direct and candid. The lyrics, whilst still coming from the same place, have a much different focus; the record has an internal dialect and themes that run
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us—to make connections, to leave something behind, to give people something they can find comfort in. That’s what music has always been for me. I hope that people enjoy reading between the lines on this record. I hope it makes them think; I hope it makes them question their own roles, and their own contribution. I hope it makes them feel better about whatever card they were dealt.”
Is there anything specific that carried over from the first album into the second? “The biggest thing we have always focused on is solid songwriting and a love of melody.”
How long did it take to write and record the second album?
throughout. Musically, it is straight to the point and [intentionally] far more rough around the edges; we’re better musicians and writers than we were before.”
Did the first American tour contribute any content to the new album? “Yes, absolutely. We lived inside a strange touring van bubble in 2012 and most of our perceived reality came via the internet—it was the only constant thing we had. Our human relationships with technology and social media had a huge role to play in the lyrical direction of the
album. There were also more physical influences too. The song ‘Culture Vulture’ came from staring out the window on a long drive. The bumps and white lines on the road set the pace consistency for the melody in my head. It’s a strange song.”
Your new singles, “Shake the Cage” and “Alienation,” have some pretty profound messages for this generation of fans—anthems in a way. How do you hope the fans will respond? “Nice you have noticed. We didn’t set out to write anthems, I think it’s something that comes naturally to
“It’s hard to say as some ideas were always bubbling beneath the surface. In actual writing and recording time, it was seven months from our first day in the rehearsal room to final mixes.”
The second album is more emotionally raw than the first. Is it a more personal album for the band? “It’s a tough one because it is written from a personal perspective and a totally instinctual notion. So whilst it isn’t arbitrary, it isn’t tangible – it’s not factual, or concrete, but it is a collection of observations from the outside looking in, or the inside looking around.” Link to listen: www.morningparade.com
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BNI Vermont Chiropractic for Kids & Adults Citizens Bank Eating Well George and Linda Schiavone Hayes Sogoloff, OD Hope Johnson JD Design Jeff Capsalis Joan Lenes Lake Champlain Waldorf School Spadaccini Construction Susan Martin Majestic Landscaping Microprocessor Designs Network Chiropractic of VT Northeast Estates & Trusts Palmer Insurance Agency Perfect Circle Perkins Smith People’s United Bank PT360° Re-Modern Homes Reveal VT
Selin & Selin Architecture Shelburne Nursery School Shelburne Restorative Dentistry Special Touch Hair Design Spillane’s Village Mobil Sweeney Designbuild TD Bank The Arbors The Terraces Retirement Community Titus Insurance Agency TJF Turnings Tom Mahar, CPA, PLLC Voice-Over Vermont Wind Ridge Publishing Yoga Roots
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GREEN MOUNTAIN Rafting words and photos // Dale and Darcy Cahill
ust about anyone who lives in a Vermont river town or on a lake can direct you to their favorite swimming hole and point to local walking trails, offering views of hidden waterfalls and access to excellent fishing. Another favorite way to enjoy Vermont’s waters is by paddling on them in a canoe or kayak. If you enjoy paddling or want to try the experience for the first time, guided tours as well as boat rentals are available all over the state; most offer shuttle service and instruction. Vermont Outdoor Guide Association (VOGA) lists fifteen different touring organizations for boat rentals, guided tours, and group excursions. Vermont’s largest and most notable rivers include the Connecticut (which serves as a border with New Hampshire); Bat-
ten Kill and Otter Creek in southeastern Vermont; the Missisquoi, Winooski, and Lamoille, which all drain into Vermont’s largest lake, Lake Champlain; and the Mad and White Rivers in central Vermont.
Umiak Outdoor Outfitters Umiak Outdoor Outfitters in Stowe runs the Lamoille and the Winooski Rivers, offering paddlers tranquil flat floats or class II white water rafting. Max Post, Umiak’s summer program coordinator, says they cater to paddlers of all ages and abilities. Participants can add visits to wineries, breweries, apiaries, sugar shacks, or Ben and Jerry’s. Each summer, they partner with The Fly Rod Shop in Waterbury to offer guided fishing trips to catch rainbow and brown trout.
Bert’s Boats Ken Roberts, known as Bert, is the owner and operator of Bert’s Boats. When you call for booking, you talk to Bert—he’s the guy who will lead your trip. In many ways, Bert typifies all that is good about an outdoor guide. He is experienced and knowledgeable, taking his first canoeing trip on the Lamoille River when he was a Boy Scout. His credentials include being a certified instructor and a White Water Open Canoe National Champion who has medaled over a dozen times. Bert has gained his paddling knowledge and skills from a lifetime of first-hand river experience. “There is nothing like floating down a river with friends and family on some of the cleanest water in the United States,” he shares. Bert leads tours on the Lamoille typically between Johnson and
Cambridge. He chose the Lamoille because it has the most consistent water volume, making it possible to run the river all summer long. One of his most memorable tours took place on the Green River Reservoir. “There were four daughters in tandem kayaks and their 86-year-old father who rode in the front of my canoe. One of them spotted what she thought might be a moose swimming towards a small island,” he recalls. “We changed our direction and headed over to check it out. As we drew close, it emerged from the water and one of the daughters said, ‘That looks like a cat!’.” It was one of Vermont’s rare mountain lions or Catamounts. Bert was dumbfounded.
Clearwater Sports Clearwater Sports in the Mad River Valley is both a sports retailer and outfitter. They
offer similar canoe and kayaking tours, but they are the only outfitter that offers Stand up Paddleboard Yoga. Barry Bender, Clearwater’s owner and operator, began offering the paddleboard yoga about three years ago. The classes take place at Blueberry Lake in the Mad River Valley. Clearwater Sports also offers tubing on the Mad River. All of these outfitters pride themselves on creating a custom paddling experience. They offer boat rentals, guided tours, selfguided tours, shuttle service, instruction, and the opportunity to escape from life’s frantic pace. Vermont’s other aquatic resource, Lake Champlain, provides six hundred miles of pristine shoreline, sandbars, beaches, quiet inlets, island exploration, and plenty of camping sites. “Lake Champlain Paddler’s Trail Guide” is a great resource for both
kayaking and canoe camping on the lake. Abenaki Outfitters and Guide Service offers every kind of tour possible, and they have a series of “paddle through history” tours that begin at Fort Ticonderoga. The Green River Reservoir State Park in Eden is one of Vermont’s most beautiful bodies of water with 19 miles of undeveloped shoreline, primitive camp sites, an occasional bald eagle, and nesting loons. No motor boats or jets skis will interrupt a peaceful paddle or a night of camping. Fortunately, Vermonters are committed to maintaining and improving Vermont’s high quality of water in its rivers, lakes, and wetlands. Each season offers visitors a different paddling experience than the one before. Spring’s high waters, summer’s hot muggy days, and autumn’s foliage are all perfect backdrops for a memorable paddling experience.
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TW IGGS RESTAUR ANT
words // David Scherr photos // Ben Sarle
t is in St. Albans, that you’ll find your fondest fantasy of comfort food brought to life. Hamburger patties made with half beef and half Vermont maple-smoked bacon. Potato skins filled with bacon, Cabot cheddar, and more. Toasted cheeses. Desserts of soft, melted cookies topped with ice cream.
ago. Murphy, deeply rooted as he is in St. Albans, named the restaurant for J.P. Twigg, who opened a high-quality clothing store in the space around 90 years ago. The ceilings have a vintage tinstamped style of that era, and the floor, as Murphy can tell you, was installed by Twigg and made of marble quarried in nearby Swanton.
Orchestrating this family-friendly extravaganza called Twiggs Restaurant is a towering flame of charitable energy named Tom Murphy. When Murphy talks about his creation, he conceives of the restaurant as a civic anchor and gathering place, spurring the town he loves to greater community pride. More than just the site of delicious food, it is a destination where people listen to music from the sidewalk on warm summer evenings, and an engine of charity that raises tens of thousands of dollars for local causes.
In keeping with the example of bringing quality goods to St. Albans set by the long-ago clothier, Murphy brings a delicious variety of the kind of food that will warm a person on a cold winter night or rejuvenate them after playing hard on a hot summer day. To start, as we did, with the Fried Mac n’ Cheese Balls and the 14th Star Cheese Fries is to be immersed in the restaurant’s decadently flavorful style right away. The Mac n’ Cheese Balls have the expected soft, cheesy center nicely balanced with a slightly crunchy breaded layer. The flavors are completed by a spicy ranch dipping sauce that gives the hors d'oeuvre a gentle kick.
The restaurant sits in a charming downtown building built more than a century
The menu has variety and options to spare, but a party eating at Twiggs would be remiss if at least one person did not have one of the restaurant’s justifiably famous burgers. These are the ones made from 50 percent Vermont maplesmoked bacon and 50 percent pure Angus beef. (Diners can also get a veggie patty or a 100 percent beef patty.) These are as incredible as they sound: rich with slightly smoky, slightly spicy edge imparted by the bacon. A diner might think, after such a dinner, that it’s impossible to eat any more. They will be proven wrong when faced with a dessert made of a soft, warm cookie (more like a newly-baked brownie in its consistency) topped with a healthy dose of ice cream. When I experienced it, my fullness melted like the ice cream on the warm cookie, and I enjoyed every last bite. When it comes to items of interest at Twiggs, however, the wonderful menu
has its hands full competing with the charismatic owner. Murphy has lived an unusual life as a college wrester, psychology and philosophy major, railroad employee, UFC fighter, gym owner, and progenitor of a nationally recognized rail traffic control center in St. Albans that now employs 40 people. He says, “I came to St. Albans with nothing, and the moral of the story is this: St. Albans has been nothing but good to my family and my four children.” Partly out of a sense of wanting to return the good fortune, and mostly because Murphy believes that there is nothing higher in life than service—“life is about giving back, it’s not about taking,” he says—Murphy focuses remarkable effort on charitable causes. Twiggs hosts charitable events, including “Comedy for a Cause,” which last year alone brought in $33,000 for local organizations. He donates his wall space to local artists, free of charge, to promote and sell their work. On his vacation time Murphy
uses his large presence to promote his Sweethearts and Heroes anti-bullying campaign. There is music every Friday and Saturday, and in the summer a garage-style window opens to allow patrons seated on the sidewalk—and any passersby— ´´to enjoy the show. The sidewalk is often packed full. As Murphy says, “Why shouldn’t we give the citizens of St. Albans that are contributors to our great state … something great?” Twiggs is an unusual, but deeply Vermont, establishment that cares more about contributing to the community than it does about its bottom line. In the end, people won’t care about the material things you accumulated, Murphy remarks, “but about how you impacted their life.”
802-524-1405 24 North Main St., St. Albans,VT Twiggs offers live entertainment on three different stages
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One must lose one's life in order to find it.
—Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Stranger “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by ability to climb a Is the world that swivels in front ofits my eyes tree,the it will live its whole life believWhere the demons and angels controlling my mind ing that it is stupid.” Are united Each shadow of this Ðlight before me Albertset Einstein Converges into a different shade A shade constantly melted By these empty eyes spinning around Everyday the same routine I try to walk past the tumbling trees infinitely higher than my head Continually out of breath I am gasping for air Although surrounded My memories are only perceptions of a frozen world that Constantly evolves Without knowledge I can only rapture this empty space contained within my mind Everything becomes overblown with heavy expectations Not a reality defined with concrete images A once seemingly fulfilled world now replaced with mystic memories That try to fill these hollow walls. Dead but seemingly alive My life only constructed through a pair of glasses This world forcibly outstretched To cover it’s endless layers In a world surrounded by chaos and magnificence Nothing can be contained in innerwalls In these, Eyes that I trust “Eyes That I Trust” By Charlie Bartlett 36
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THEME: WICKED WEATHER
DOODLES BY JAMES LASELL MORSE
Language is the shadow of intent. Jim Morse has lived in Vermont since 1958 and resided in Charlotte since 1971. He has been married for 47 years and has two daughters and five grandchildren. A Vermont Supreme Court justice for 14 years, Jim captures life’s Zen, irony and wit in observations and sketches on topics from art to war. His sayings are philosophical, skeptical, practical and funny.
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