December 8, 2017
Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits
Vermont Ice Wine & Cocktail Open House
Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits will be hosting their annual Vermont Ice Wine & Cocktail Open House on Saturday & Sunday, December 16th and 17th, from 10am to 5pm at the winery in Cambridge, Vermont.
Enjoy and learn about the variety of premium Vermont Ice products produced with Vermont grown grapes, Vermont grown apples, and estate maple syrup including traditional ice wines, ice cider, cream liqueur and brandy!
This event is the perfect time to buy holiday gifts of Vermont Ice wine, and a great place to come have some fun with an assortment of festive activities:
• 20% OFF Vermont Ice Wines
• Free Tastings of all Vermont Ice Wines & Spirits
• $3 OFF Vermont Ice Maple Crème Liqueur
• Cocktail Tastings with Holiday themed Cocktails and recipes to take home!
• Vermont Ice Maple Creme Milkshakes
• Hot Glögg Specials
• Pie Empire will be onsite with European-style Meat Pies – Come Hungry!
• Holiday Gift Box Specials, Local Chocolates and Hand-Pulled Candy Canes, and More!
Enjoy a glass warm Glögg or your favorite Boyden Valley wine or cider while you take in the holiday air and finish up your shopping list! Parking is free and no entrance fee, tickets, or reservations are required. Fill your holiday with Boyden spirit!
Contact Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits by phone (802) 644- 8151 or by email at [email protected] for additional questions. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BoydenValleyWinery
Free to attend some activities have individual prices.
September 29, 2017
Bennington Museum is pleased to announce the opening of the Early Vermont Gallery. A permanent installation with rotating textiles, this gallery presents life in Vermont from the time when the earliest European settlers arrived in 1761 with only the bare necessities to the early 1800s when Vermont craftsmen achieved a level of sophistication rivaling Boston and New York. (1760s to early-1800s) Explored through stories and vignettes, this gallery showcases over 85 major pieces and smaller items from the Museum’s extensive historical collection of over 30,000 objects. “We hope that these objects will serve two distinct purposes. First, to share with the public the deep, rich collection we maintain here at the Museum; Second, to tell fascinating stories of the early life in Vermont.” states Robert Wolterstorff, Executive Director of the Bennington Museum. Housed in the former Decorative Arts Gallery, this 866 square foot space includes beautiful pieces representing the sophistication achieved not long after Vermont was first settled.
Vermont was one of the last areas of New England to be inhabited by Europeans. This land was claimed by both the colonies of New York and New Hampshire, but New Hampshire’s royal governor, Benning Wentworth, began issuing grants for towns in 1749, hoping to realize large profits on the sale of the “New Hampshire Grants.” The established New England colonies were running out of cheap, available land, and the New Hampshire Grants were quickly bought up. New York reasserted its claim of ownership in 1763, with the support King George III, and in 1777, leaders in the New Hampshire Grants, including brothers Ethan and Ira Allen, declared the region an independent republic. They called it Vermont, taken from the French words for “Green Mountains.” In 1791 Vermont joined the Union as the fourteenth state.
Growth and Prosperity
The earliest piece in this exhibit is a simple six board chest made by Peter Harwood around 1762, when his family moved to Bennington. It represents the type of useful furniture needed on the frontier. The Harwood family prospered, and in 1769 Peter built a larger two-story frame house. Like other settlers, they acquired finer furnishings, and recreated the familiar culture they had been accustomed to in their hometowns. A fine example is the sophisticated corner cupboard and tea table Jedidiah Dewey made for his son Eldad’s new house in 1769. Corner cupboards were built into the most public room of the house, and used to store and display fine china, silver, pewter, and other pieces necessary for entertaining. Tea drinking in particular was a highly ritualized social custom, and owning the furniture and accoutrements associated with serving tea showed off a family’s wealth and social status. “The fact that Bennington homes had fancy cupboards and tables specifically dedicated to the social custom of drinking tea less than a decade after the town was settled speaks to the rapid progress the settlers made.” states Callie Raspuzzi, the Museum’s Registrar and curator of this gallery. “It was a time of enormous opportunity in Vermont, but there was also enormous risk. Many families were never able to afford the fine furnishings seen throughout this gallery.”
By 1810, Vermont was one of the fastest growing states in New England. No longer an isolated frontier, Vermont artisans achieved a level of sophistication that rivaled urban centers of Boston and New York. In Rutland, Nichols Goddard created musical clocks that were masterpieces. The musical tall clock on view represents the height of sophistication available in the United States in the early 1800s. “Very few Americans owned clocks of any sort at this time,” states Raspuzzi, “and musical clocks were certainly a sign of a refined home. None were more mechanically complex, or beautiful than this one.” A set of ten bells and hammers play seven tunes which are listed around the dial of the face. The movement, featuring a day of the month wheel and moon dial with a depiction of a burning ship, was complex and would be the high point of a clockmaker’s career, achieved by only a small fraction of artisans. With its careful sequence of matched mahogany veneers and inlays, the case is a masterpiece in itself derived from high style New York City and New Jersey examples.
Another object in the gallery that represents the early accomplishments of Vermonters is one of the first globes ever made in the United States manufactured by James Wilson of Bradford. A farmer with no formal education, Wilson purchased a set of Encyclopedia Britannica and proceeded to teach himself geography, astronomy, mathematics, and cartography in order to achieve his goal. Beautiful furniture was created by George Stedman of Windsor who crafted complicated “bombe” front chests. This particular chest was a difficult form to make, since each drawer had to be bent and shaped to match the curved front of the chest. The form originated in France, and was popular in the Boston area in the late 1700s. This chest is one of only six known Vermont-made examples that exist in public collections. Both of these examples points to the determination and creativity of early Vermonters.
The portrait of Julius Norton with a flute and piano might raise questions about music and its place in the home. An accomplished musician, Norton played the flute, violin, and piano. His valuable piano reflected the family’s wealth earned from their successful pottery business. The Norton family’s neighbor Hiram Harwood was also a musician and noted entertainments in his diary (in the Museum’s collection) from formal dances held in a local ballroom to small groups of friends dancing in the kitchen. Along with dancing, alcohol flowed freely. On view in the Early Vermont Gallery is Orsamus Merrill’s flute and wine chest which would have been used together.
The Erie Canal’s Impact
In many cases through creativity and innovation came prosperity and growth to many upon who settled in Vermont. But this growth would come to a grinding halt in 1825 with the completion of the Erie Canal, which opened up the West with its flat, easily tillable farmland. Thus began a gradual depopulation of Vermont that has continued into the 21st century. Today’s quaint villages and forested hills give little evidence of the early “boom” years. By the twentieth century, Vermont had developed an appeal to tourists as a place that time forgot. The Museum’s “Early Vermont” gallery reminds us of the bold and innovative Vermonters who prospered during the state’s formative years.
About the Museum
Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street (Route 9), Bennington, in The Shires of Vermont. The museum is open daily June through October, 10 am to 5 pm. It is wheelchair accessible. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Admission is never charged for younger students, museum members, or to visit the museum shop. Visit the museum’s website www.benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information.
Bennington Museum is a member of ArtCountry, a consortium of notable art and performance destinations in the scenic northern Berkshires of Massachusetts and southern Green Mountains of Vermont, including The Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art , Williamstown Theatre Festival (20 minutes away); and MASS MoCA (25minutes away). Visit ArtCountry.org for more information on these five great cultural centers.
75 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
802-447-1571 ext. 204
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Grandma Moses: American Modern
Her paintings side-by-side with works by
Joseph Cornell, Helen Frankenthaler, Andy Warhol
On View through November 5
February 28, 2017
Saturday, March 11th
Saint Johnsbury, VT – On Saturday, March 11th, Dog Mountain, home of the Stephen Huneck Gallery, will be hosting a birthday party and bonfire for Dog Mountain’s beloved mascot, Sally, the Black Lab! Bring your pooch and join us to celebrate Sally’s 4th trip around the sun!
From noon to 5pm, Sally will greet her birthday guests in the gallery. Join her for doggie (and people) birthday cupcakes, as well as other delicious sweets and treats. Puppy party favors will be given out to four-legged partygoers, and Makin’ Maple will provide Sugar on Snow for our two-legged guests.
Afterwards, join Sally on the mountain for some snowy fun! Sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and hiking! The Dog Mountain trails will be lit with tiki torches and luminarias — perfect for a nighttime hike. The bonfire will be burning until 8 pm. Gather round to roast some s’mores and hotdogs while enjoying a birthday snuggle under the stars with Sally!
In lieu of birthday presents, Dog Mountain will be accepting donations of pet food, pet supplies, and old towels and blankets for the Kingdom Animal Shelter.
The event is volunteer driven and free to everyone. And, as always, dogs welcome!
For more information about this or any of Dog Mountain’s events, go to www.dogmt.com/Events or call 800.449.2580. We look forward to seeing you there!
June 5, 2016
2016 marks the start of our two-year 80th-anniversary celebration. Together with our friends at The Vermont Country Store, we’re kicking it off with a fabulous BIRTHDAY BASH. Saturday, June 18 — and everyone is invited!
The day begins with a festive PARADE at 11 am, with Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, long-time Weston Company Member Sam Lloyd, and Vermont Country Store proprietor Lyman Orton at the start, followed by school kids on decorated bikes, community floats, antique tractors, classic cars, and more!
At noon, Weston’s 2016 Young Company will lead a chorus of “Happy Birthday,” followed by free BIRTHDAY CAKE AND ICE CREAM, donated by King Arthur Flour and Wilcox Dairy. Other daytime events include a town-wide scavenger hunt, face painting, lawn games, and opportunities to engage with neighborhood organizations at their booths. Little kids will love to explore a real live firetruck parked in front of the Playhouse!
From 1 – 4 pm, live music on the Village Green includes the Blue Flames steel band, The Merry Pranksters bluegrass trio, and folk duo Hungrytown, plus a YoCo preview of SchoolHouse Rock, Live!
Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the day so bring a picnic blanket or grab a seat under the tent for lunch! Offerings include burgers and hot dogs for sale from the Weston Village Store, the Weston Rod & Gun Club’s famous pulled pork, artisan cheeses from Woodcock Farm, and items from the awesome chefs at JJ Hapgood General Store, The Bryant House, the Inn at Weston, the Apple Knoll Inn, the Southern Pie Company, and our Weston Women’s Club.
Daytime events from 11 am ’til 4 pm are free and open to the public! That evening at 7:30 p.m., the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company Birthday Bash Alumni Performance is also free to the public, but seats are first-come, first-served, and filling fast! Click here for instructions.
Parking for the event will be available at The Vermont Country Store and Walker Farm. Please note: Birthday Bash visitors arriving from points north should note the West River Bridge is under construction, and take a detour via Old Priory/Old County Road to Lawrence Hill Road when coming into town.
May 27, 2016
Come visit Hidden Springs Maple in Brattleboro on Saturday, June 4th at the Strolling of the Heifers. We’ll have syrup for sale, samples, and more. We’d love to see you there.
May 18, 2016
The Vermont Attractions Association (VAA) announces the acceptance of two new members for 2016 that exemplify the qualities of a premier Vermont attraction under the Association’s criteria. The newest attractions qualifying for membership in VAA are Maple Grove Farms of Vermont in St. Johnsbury, and Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston.
Visit Maple Grove Farms’ Sugarhouse Maple Museum and learn about the making of pure maple syrup. Then visit their Red Roof gift Shop to view a video about the history of Maple Grove Farms, the world’s oldest and largest maple candy factory and largest packer of pure maple syrup in the USA.
As Vermont’s longest-running professional theatre, Weston Playhouse celebrates the classics and nurtures the new with a multi-stage summer season of rollicking musicals, family-friendly productions, classic plays and groundbreaking new works. Come early for dinner, stay for Cabaret.
The VAA, which is managed by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, was founded in 1957, and represents about 70 of Vermont’s finest family destinations. Focusing on education as a component of the visitor experience, VAA members meet high standards while offering unusual experiences in the areas of agricultural tourism, art, excursions, galleries, guided tours, history, museums, recreation, shopping, and specialty foods.
February 15, 2016
2016 marks the start of Weston’s two-year 80th-anniversary celebration! Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler has announced a summer line-up of Broadway blockbusters, Vermont premieres, and ground-breaking partnerships, with the appearance of major stars on Weston’s stages. “We proudly celebrate our place as one of the country’s oldest theatres with a lively roster that demonstrates our dedication to celebrating the classics and nurturing the new with artists of national importance,” comments Stettler.
The MainStage opens with the epic musical adventure, Man of La Mancha. Weston’s fresh new production will star award-winning actor Treat Williams as Cervantes/Don Quixote under the direction of Broadway’s legendary Wayne Cilento (The Who’s Tommy, Wicked). “Dream the Impossible Dream” with mega stars to kick off the summer theatre season. June 28 – July 16.
Next, in an historic collaboration with Vermont’s Dorset Theatre Festival and Northern Stage, we’ll produce Round and Round the Garden, the third play in Alan Ayckbourn’s celebrated comic trilogy, The Norman Conquests. The three companies will share a cast and creative team, encouraging audiences to follow the exploits from theatre to theatre to uncover the secrets of a summer weekend in the English countryside. Michael Berresse (Broadway’s [title of show]) directs the Weston production, running July 21 – 30.
In August, Weston brings one of Broadway’s longest running shows to Vermont for the first time ever! Based on the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good musical, and one you’ll have to see over and over again. Director Tim Fort (42nd Street, Les Miserables) reunites with choreographer Michael Raine (Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line) to deliver this blockbuster from August 4 – August 20.
Celebrate Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday with All My Sons, the second production in the Company’s five-year American Masters series. Award-winning director Mary B. Robinson (Weston’s Copenhagen) will be at the helm of this Tony-winning play, produced in partnership with Burlington’s Flynn Center. August 25 – September 4.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! opens our OtherStages with a blast for the entire family featuring Weston’s Young Company — a troupe of up-and-coming actors hand-picked from the country’s top undergraduate musical theatre programs. They’ll bring the Emmy Award-winning cartoon series to life on stage with a production brimming with energy, education, and classic sing-a-long numbers. June 24 – July 10.
Pulitzer-prize nominee Dael Orlandersmith returns with another one-woman tour de force. In 2014, you saw her in Stoop Stories. This summer, she brings you Forever, a celebrated and provocative new work that has critics from coast to coast singing her praises as a sublime storyteller for the modern stage. July 14 – July 31.
Fresh from an extended Off-Broadway run, Murder for Two will close the season. The popular comedy was a Joseph Jefferson award-winner for best new musical in Chicago and has two actors playing thirteen roles and two pianos in a madcap whodunit that will have you in stitches from start to finish. August 11 – September 4.
As a companion to the summer schedule, we’ve just launched Weston 101. Producing Artistic Director Stettler and special guests explore each production with an audience who joins in person or via the streaming telecast. It’s so much fun! Email [email protected] for information.
January 14, 2016
Most of the toys that litter this pretend play category really aren’t child centric at all. The toys that tend to dictate the play, are often single function, reflect gender bias in design, are made of less than durable materials, and tend to re-enforce the domesticity of everyday life are staples in the pretend play arena. However, Maple Landmark Woodcraft’s new thematic building block sets are designed to truly let the child be in charge, to pretend and be creative!
Each of the three sets comes with between 20-25 pieces of locally harvested hardwood maple that has been sanded smooth to the touch. Bright graphics are only printed on one side and each piece measures 1” thick to provide stability when building, stacking and playing. The sets also come in a re-useable box for storage.
Mission 1 Space has an array of pieces that can be manipulated to create different space living scenarios. The set comes with a rocket ship, a space buggy, two astronauts, a collection of living pods – including an observatory and a garden – connecting tubes, a solar array, an earth block, and two out of this world planetary landscape pieces to help set the scene.
The Country Farm Set has a farm family of five – all ready to work on the farm, 4 block animals – pig cow, sheep and dog – a tractor, and an 11-piece barn layout that can be constructed in at least six different ways. The barn is printed in a traditional barn red color with playful animals peering out the windows.
Images of the Noah’s Ark Set are embargoed until after the NY Now introduction, however the set includes 12 pieces printed on one side with the ark design and plenty of animals, to help tell the story of Noah and the Ark as well as more than a half-a-dozen single blocks depicting Noah and his wife, and more animals – two-by-two.
Unlike the typical play sets that are on the market these sets, though thematic, allow for complete open-end play – there is no right or wrong way to set up or play with the sets. These sets are also not gender bias – no pink for girls, blue for boys. The imagery is fun and kid-friendly and also essentially realistic. With all of the pieces being crafted from hardwood maple the sets will last a lifetime. And finally since the sets aren’t pretend kitchens, vacuums, or work benches, the experience the child has with the Maple Landmark Woodcraft sets is more worldly, explorational, educational and fun!
November 5, 2015
Late Fall coupon to be used on the Hidden Springs website or as an in-store discount.
See our November 2015 newsletter, now posted at http://bit.ly/1KWy1VF. You’ll definitely want to take a look, there just might be a money saving coupon in there somewhere.
Hidden Springs Maple
162 Westminster Rd
Putney, VT 05346
November 3, 2015
WE NOW HAVE A FEW BOOKTOPIA 2016 TICKETS AVAILABLE! GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN!!!
Where Authors and Readers Meet
May 6th and 7th 2016, Manchester, VT
Celebrate a weekend full of authors!
This special annual event weekend will feature a total of 8 authors, all of whom will present their books and converse with attendees throughout the course of the two day retreat. Enjoy special events, games, author presentations, and great conversation making it an amazing weekend for both authors and readers alike!
For more information contact Tracy Davies at [email protected]
All travel, lodging, and meal expenses are your own responsibility. The cost for Booktopia 2016 is $125 per person payable by credit card. As part of this program, each guest will receive a $50 gift card to be used at Northshire Bookstore.
Once registered, you will be on our list to receive event-specific updates and to register for individual author sessions. Those will be announced closer to the event dates.
Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St, Manchester Center, VT 05255 www.northshire.com
November 3, 2015
Birds of a Feather, organized by Shelburne Museum, will be on view at the Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education from November 21, 2015 to May 1, 2016. The exhibition explores the illusory and deadly beauty of American wildfowl decoys. Culled from Shelburne Museum’s own collection, the rare and historically significant decoys featured represent the work of master artisans such as A. Elmer Crowell, Charles “Shang” Wheeler, Albert Laing, and Lemuel T. and Samuel Ward. Thirteen bird species will be featured ranging from black ducks and Canada geese, to swans, herons, and shorebirds.
Museum director Tom Denenberg said, “Shelburne Museum’s remarkable collection provides an unprecedented opportunity to examine the finest decoys in America. They are icons of American folk art. Carvers, such as A. Elmer Crowell, knew their subject intimately, and put a lifetime of observation and years of practice into these exquisite masterpieces.”
Operating under the principle that “birds of a feather flock together,” decoys are designed by hunters to lure game birds into gunning range by physically mimicking waterfowl in safe waters. Carvers of decoys are often also hunters, but no less naturalists and admirers of the beauty and diversity of their prey.
Hunters and historians alike will be interested to know that the exhibition will also feature vintage duck-hunting gear including a Nova Scotia duck tub, a Punt Gun, and other related objects.
Related event: On opening day, November 21, Curator Kory Rogers will give a brief talk on the history of the collection at 2 p.m.
Previews will begin November 18th. If you are interested in writing about the collection or you would like more information regarding the Doset House restoration, please call museum publicity at 802-985-3346 x3318 or email Nicole DeSmet: [email protected]
IMAGE: Elmer Crowell’s preening Black Duck ca. 1920, (above – photo by Andy Duback) is an example of the master’s knowledge of wildfowl. His extraordinary life-like decoys blurred the lines between artifice and realism. Click HERE for high resolution images, caption information and a PDF press release.
Shelburne Museum, 5555 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482 www.shelburnemuseum.org
November 3, 2015
Nov 02, 2015
For Immediate Release
Renowned Paleoanthropologist Lee Berger will donate cast specimens from Homo naledi, one of the most significant archaeological finds in recent history, to the Montshire Museum of Science on Tuesday, November 17 at 3 p.m.
Berger, along with Dartmouth Associate Professor of Anthropology Jeremy DeSilva, who helped analyze the bones of Homo naledi, will be presenting the specimens and leading an informal discussion with Museum visitors.
In 2013, guided by a pair of local cavers, Berger discovered ancient fossils just outside Johannesburg, deep inside the Rising Star cave, through a passage so dangerously narrow that Berger had to recruit small cavers to access them. There, 30 meters underground, in the Cradle of Humanity World Heritage site, Berger’s team uncovered more than 1,550 fossil elements, representing an unprecedented 15 individuals in what they believe to be a burial site. He named the new species Homo naledi.
“We’ve found a most remarkable creature,” says Berger. This new species appears to have intentionally deposited the bodies of its dead in the remote chamber—a behavior previously thought to be limited to humans. This new discovery is the single largest fossil hominin find in Africa to date. It shakes up our understanding of the human family tree and has the potential to transform understanding of human evolution.
Lee Berger, an Eagle Scout and National Geographic explorer-in-residence, is the Reader in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science in the Institute for Human Evolution at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Jeremy “Jerry” DeSilva is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. He is a paleoanthropologist, specializing in the locomotion of the first apes (hominoids) and early human ancestors (hominins).
To learn more about the Homo naledi discovery:
To learn more about Lee Berger:
Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road, Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-2200 x222 | [email protected]
March 16, 2015
The Vermont Attractions Association (VAA) announces the acceptance of four new members for 2015 that exemplify the qualities of a premier Vermont attraction under the Association’s criteria. The newest attractions qualifying for membership in VAA are MiddleGround in Middlesex, Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester Village, and Champlain Orchards in Shoreham.
See where Vermont gets made. MiddleGround is a collection of artisan businesses at the junction of Route 2, 100B and I-89. Plug in your electric car and linger while you enjoy coffee, pastries, chocolates, beer and wine, pottery and sculpture. All handmade right before your eyes.
Rokeby Museum presents a national Underground Railroad story tucked inside a quintessential Vermont experience. Tour the fully furnished house and nine historic farm buildings. Stroll the beautiful grounds or hike the trails.
Nestled upon 100 acres of the Mt. Equinox foothills, the Southern Vermont Arts Center encompasses three main buildings and displays throughout our grounds the largest sculpture park in Vermont.
Growing over 100 varieties of apples and a diversity of other fruit, Champlain Orchards is a family-owned and ecologically-managed orchard with a year-round farm market, seasonal pick-your-own, tours and hard cidery.
The VAA, which is managed by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, was founded in 1957, and represents about 70 of Vermont’s finest family destinations. Focusing on education as a component of the visitor experience, VAA members meet high standards while offering unusual experiences in the areas of agricultural tourism, art, excursions, galleries, guided tours, history, museums, recreation, shopping, and specialty foods.
March 9, 2015
Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace has been recognized by the International Downtown Association as the March Downtown of the Month. The IDA is a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers. It has over 1000 members from around the world. It is truly an honor to to be selected. Thank you to all of you who make Church Street and downtown Burlington such a vibrant place!
Church Street Marketplace is open daily year-round.
2 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401 www.churchstmarketplace.com
March 9, 2015
MARLBORO >> Southern Vermont Natural History Museum officials began looking at new sites after deciding more space will be needed.
“We’re exploring different places,” said the museum’s Executive Director Ed Metcalfe. “We looked at about half a dozen. Some of them are just very cursory looking.”
Space can be limited inside the museum’s current location at the Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook on Route 9 in Marlboro, which is shared with the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop. Parking can be difficult on busy or snowy days, when cars are either parked in a lot across the street from the museum or along Route 9. And vehicular crashes into the building are becoming more common.
The museum announced it was looking for a new home on Feb. 26. The board of directors unanimously decided moving would be best and Metcalfe said the announcement would help gauge community support.
“We’ve never said to the public we need to find a better spot where we can have a more comprehensive museum,” he said. “This is a way of doing that.”
The hope is to identify a new location then start raising money for the move within the next six to 12 months.
Growth was a big factor cited in the decision to move. Over the past four years, Metcalfe said he has seen record numbers of people attending the museum and participating in different programs offered there. His data showed over 20,000 people visited in 2014.
Museum directors are looking to house more exhibits and expand programming. Currently, Metcalfe said there is not enough space to offer all of the activities they want to.
“We’d like to have classroom space so if we had a visiting school group, we could be doing a program with them in there and other people could visit the museum,” he added. “Thirty to 60 kids kind of inundates the space. In a bigger space, it wouldn’t be that way.”
According to a press release, the new site would be considerably larger than the current location and it would feature a natural history themed play area for young children as well as an aquarium large enough to hold 2-foot lake trout and other indigenous species. Live animal exhibits would be improved and diversified. Exhibits involving astronomy, geology, Native Americans and weather would be expanded. There also would be a major focus on the changing landscape of Vermont.
Leaving Hogback behind
Metcalfe noted the current location’s access to Hogback Mountain Conservation Area. The former ski resort property has plenty of hiking trails and a view frequented by tourists.
“That would be a loss,” said Metcalfe.
However, another location could still offer similar outdoor activities. As an example, Metcalfe pointed at a potential location in downtown Wilmington, where there would be access to the Valley Trail and streams.
A list of criteria for the project exists. It’s just not on paper. In addition to wanting a bigger facility, Metcalfe and assistant director Michael Clough want improved handicap and bus accessibility.
“We want to stay in southern Vermont and probably Windham County,” said Metcalfe.
Contact Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273.
March 6, 2015
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Starting the year off strong, two of Maple Landmark Woodcraft’s newly developed products have been selected as winners of the Family Choice Children’s Products and Resource Awards for 2015. The Lift ‘N’ Learn Dinosaur puzzle and the Stack-a-Track proved to be favorites among the judges.
“The Family Choice Awards recognizes the best products, services and resources for all members of a family including our cherished pets,” said Candace Evans, Chairperson of the Family Choice Awards. Evans goes on to state that “the Children’s Products and Resources category is designed to award children’s products that are interactive, engaging, and creative. There is a category for electronics and apps. but it’s separate from the children’s products category because children need the basics of play that items in the category can give.” Each Family Choice entry is judged on ten criteria including: durability and functionality, level of entertainment and engagement, value for price, and uniqueness and versatility by families with children of various ages and abilities.
The Lift ‘N’ Learn Dinosaur puzzle, geared for ages 2 and up is the perfect blend of fun and education. Six colorfully captured prehistoric animals provide a fun discovery activity – under each animal, engraved on the puzzle frame, are the bones of the prehistoric animal. Then printed on the back of the puzzle piece is an interesting fact about that critter – verified by a paleontologist. For the youngest children, sitting and helping them learn to read the names and information is quality one-on-one time, and the adults might learn something too!
The colorful graphics are printed right on the 11” X 15” wooden puzzle which means it won’t scratch off even after lots of play. Each puzzle is crafted from 1/8″ thick, high quality birch plywood with laser-cut pieces for precision fit.
Stack-A-Track is a fun strategy game that can grow with the family. On the simplest level, players take turns adding tiles to expand the track line until all the tiles are used. While suggested playing instructions and scoring come with the game, house rules can be developed to make the game more challenging. Up to 6 players or teams can play. The base is made from solid cherry wood and the playing tiles are made from maple. The game base measures about 10″ long, 7″ tall and 3″ wide. The 36 tiles are 1 ¾” square and have the same image engraved on both sides so players can sit across from one another. Storage pouch comes with the game to keep everything in.
To see the Family Choice Award winners visit http://www.familychoiceawards.com/
For more information on Maple Landmark please visit the website at www.maplelandmark.com
February 19, 2015
The documentary film “Meet the Mormons” is being shown at the visitor’s center at Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial. Showtimes are Monday through Saturday – 10:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, and on Sundays – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Free admission.
December 8, 2014
Vermont has reached a High Quality Level of Winemaking
From Ken Albert of Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne, VT – The 2014 vintage harvest is nearing completion. Most of the grapes are now safely fermenting in tanks in the winery, and:
Today we were proud to receive this beautiful etched-in glass trophy acknowledging our “Best of Show” award for our 2012 Reserve Marquette from the 2014 International Cold Climate Wine Competition held under the auspices of the University of Minnesota. This is the, unprecedented, fourth year in a row that we at Shelburne Vineyard received this honor. This competition has become the premier competition for anyone, worldwide, producing wine from cold climate grapes.
Another Vermont Vineyard, Lincoln Peak Vineyard of New Haven, VT won this award the previous two years (for a La Crescent and for a Marquette). The competition is six years old – A Vermont vineyard has won the “Best of Show” designation every year of the competition’s existence! Vermont may just have the optimum “Terroir” for this Northern breed of grape vines.
It has been a considerable learning experience since the first commercial planting of grapes in modern times in Vermont in 1997 and 1998. The varieties available for planting in the early years turned out to not be sufficiently hardy to sustain our winter temperatures. It was only in the 2003-2006 time frame that the hardier Minnesota-bred “Northern” varieties became available. Not only are these vines more suitable to growing in Vermont; they make better wine than the earlier available hybrids. Indeed, they make wonderful wines, but it has taken time to learn how to optimally vinify these grapes. Most of these northern varieties ripen with acidity levels considerably higher than present in grapes commonly grown in warmer climates, and it took years to learn how to best treat these newly developed varieties. Grapes of course only yield one crop a year, each fall, and wine needs some aging before it can be fully judged so the learning process, indeed, takes years, not months. A new batch of beer can be made every several weeks, but for wine you only have one shot at it a year.
Besides the wine making, we have made tremendous strides in how to optimally manage these Northern varieties here in our Vermont vineyard plantings. It takes 3 years for a vine planting to yield fruit and 6 years or so to yield at levels that make it economically viable. Only after a vine reaches full production can we understand how to manage the vines to prevent the mildews and other maladies that are only too eager to infest the vines’ leaves and grape clusters. We have had to make decisions on what trellis style works best in Vermont. We arrived at a manageable method only after much trial and error, and debate, and much communication with the viticulturists at Cornell University. Growing grapes, unlike a lot of other Vermont farming, is a twelve month farming experience as after fall harvest and cleanup, followed by December Ice wine harvest, we start our pruning in January with the goal to finish pruning the thousands of vines before the growing season starts in early April.
We have several years of learning experience behind us now and I think we are getting the hang of it as is also the case with some of the other Vermont wineries. The Finger Lakes of New York have been at the adventure of quality winemaking for forty years; California has been at it since the end of prohibition in the thirties. We’ve been at it now for 15 years. We did not have to completely reinvent the wheel thanks to the modern information era and the good offices of the U of Minnesota and Cornell University, as well as to some considerable trial and error. I think we have now entered into an exciting time, where fine, interesting, high quality, wines with taste characteristics that will please most any wine lover are available here from our Vermont-grown grapes.
The Vermont-grown varieties to look for besides Marquette include Louise Swenson for a dry white and La Crescent for semi-dry white wine. For what are some amazing dessert wines, the varieties to look for are Late harvest and Ice wines from La Crescent and Vidal Blanc grapes. As I write this letter we are awaiting the first 15 degree (F) clear, still morning to harvest our 2014 Vidal grapes. It almost happened this weekend but the cold did not last long enough.
Come to Shelburne Vineyard and taste our award winning wines for yourself! Our Tasting Room is open year round. Check the website for hours.
Shelburne Vineyard Winery and Tasting Room
6308 Shelburne Rd (Rte7), Shelburne, VT 802-985-8222
December 8, 2014
Ever wonder just how that Hokey Pokey Elmo actually wiggles and dances? Visit Toys: The Inside Story at the Montshire Museum of Science December 13, 2014 through January 19, 2015, and peek inside some well-known toys to discover the gadgets and gizmos that make them work.
This fun exhibition examines the science and mechanics of how toys work with hands on displays and tons of cool classic toys. First, explore the 14 different hands-on stations that illustrate the simple mechanisms in toys. From Jack-in-the-Box to Hokey Pokey Elmo®, explore the basics of pulleys, cams, gears, linkages and circuits. Then, experiment with the many different mechanical and electrical doodads that make toys so fun! TOYS is an exhibition the entire family will find irresistible.
TOYS: The Inside Story Exhibit Descriptions
Discover pulley power at this display that invites you to explore what a pulley is and how it behaves.
The Magic Behind the Silver Screen
Ever wonder how an Etch A Sketch® works? We’ve taken the toy apart to reveal its inner-workings. See how pulleys and wires guide the drawing tip.
Test out your manual dexterity by tracing patterns on this gigantic Etch A Sketch®.
Big Pulley, Little Pulley
Create crazy optical illusions by connecting pulleys. Movable pulleys allow endless combinations and encourage discoveries about the relationship between pulley size, speed, and power.
These exhibits keep you current with the basics of circuits, switches, and circuit boards. Challenge yourself to keep a circuit open as you move a ring along an angled rod. Now you know why it takes a steady hand to win at the classic game Operation®!
This giant circuit board is alive with fans, lights, and funny sounds. Can you make all of the circuits active at once?
Cam you turn it? In this exhibit, rotating cams will make a frog jump, a gator bite, or a firefly flash. Look inside the classic Dr. Duck® toy to see how a cam lets him walk the walk.
Many toys include linkages that connect moving parts. Operate a Hungry Hippo® and a model of the inner workings of the charming Pudgy the Piglet® to see how you or a motor can turn a simple motion into one that’s more complex.
You see gears in just about any machine with moving parts, including lots of popular toys! Gears are wheels with teeth. If two gears mesh, and you turn one, the other turns. But that’s just the start of what a gear can do.
Gears at Play
Movable gears on a big table can set all sorts of magical things in motion. Can you figure out how to use different sized gears to make the carousel or twirling ballerinas spin as fast as possible?
Big Gear, Little Gear
Crank it up and see how an industrial- size gear train can change the speed at which a shaft rotates.
What’s Inside the Hokey Pokey?
Hokey Pokey Elmo® loses his red fur and his plastic skin to reveal the source of his killer dance moves. Check out the motor, cam, circuit board, and switches that make Elmo dance.
What’s Inside the Marching Machine?
You can see right through Mr. Machine®, a classic toy from the 60’s made of clear plastic. The accompanying video highlights some of the linkages and cams that make him move. (See the original 1960 Mr. Machine® commercial, too!)
What’s Inside Jack-in-the-Box?
What makes Jack jump? Turn the crank on a real Jack-in-the-Box and watch live by video camera as the worm gear and cam mechanism turn him loose.
The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, is a hands-on interactive science center with more than 125 exhibits on nature, technology, astronomy, and the physical sciences. Visiting exhibitions, educational programs, and special events are offered throughout the year. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving day and Christmas day).
December 5, 2014
It’s pandemonium in South Burlington!
South Burlington, VT – The beer tourists have spoken. After a month-long public vote, Magic Hat Brewing Company was named to USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Brewery Tour. Earning the #2 spot, Magic Hat’s beer-loving fans came out in full support of the brewery, helping it edge out 19 other awesome breweries nationwide.
Shouts of joy erupted from the brewery shortly after noon on Thursday, December 4, as news spread of the brewery’s new found place in brew tour greatness. Chants of “We’re Number 2! We’re Number 2!” could be heard in the brewery parking lot and even as far away as the Jiffy Lube next door.
#2 is the New #1
Magic Hat thanks a nation of thirsty ferment-loving fanatics for following them through to the end of this poll, which will undoubtedly have national implications in the brewing world. The brewery gives a big shout out to its dear team of astounding Artifactorians who have helped make the Magic Hat tour what it is today. Artifactorians blend their unique personalities with their vast knowledge of Magic Hat and their passion for promoting the best-tasting beer on the planet.
Magic Hat also wishes a big congratulatory toast to the winner of the Best Brewery Tour, Olde Mecklenberg, of Charlotte, NC, as well as the rest of the competing breweries. .
Experience a Performance in Every Bottle with the Magic Hat Brewing Company & Performing Arts Center, creators of #9â, Dream Machine, Circus Boyâ, and a revolving roster of seasonal selections.
Magic Hat Retail Marketing Manager
North American Breweries
5 Bartlett Bay Road
South Burlington VT 05403
November 24, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Nicole DeSmet, publicist, 802-985-3346 x 3318 or [email protected]
NATURAL BEAUTIES: JEWELRY FROM ART NOUVEAU TO NOW
Nature’s beauty presented as gorgeous wearable objets d’art. Trace the history of design inspired by organic forms over the last century: from a pendant made by René Lalique worn by the actress Sarah Bernhardt to a crown created of brass, solder and coral made by Anthony Sonnenberg to represent illegal narcotic plants, this exhibition will thrill and inspire the imagination.
What: A jewelry exhibition: “Natural Beauties: Jewelry From Art Nouveau to Now”
When: November 15, 2014 through March 8, 2015.
Where: At the John & Diana Colgate Gallery in Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education.
SHELBURNE, VT (November 15, 2014 to March 8, 2015) The Shelburne Museum’s new exhibition, “Natural Beauties: Jewelry From Art Nouveau to Now,” features 300 designs by world renowned jewelry designers including works from René Lalique, Tiffany & Co and Van Cleff & Arpel, as well as, works by four Vermont artists. The show opens Friday, November 15, 2014. A member preview will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the public opening from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be on view until March 8, 2015 at the Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education.
Shelburne Museum curators Jean Burks and Kory Rogers have organized the show on Edward O. Wilson’s theory of biophilia, “that as humans evolved with the rest of creation, they developed a biologically based attraction for nature and life.” They dared to include the beautiful and the grotesque, like the “Food Chain Bracelet” of 14k gold, sterling silver and resin by Mark Prent of St. Albans, which represents the sinister side of nature. The stunning and the provocative, such as Anthony Sonnenberg’s “The Crown of Nature’s Bounty” of beaten bras, solder and coral resembling nothing less than narcotic plants. Masterworks by designed by the venerable Louis Comfort Tiffany sit nearby a new star in the field of enameling David C. Freda, whose scientifically accurate one-of-kind works for Tiffany & Co. rival the beauty of nature itself.
The Vermont artists in this exhibit are Laurie Peters, Mark Prent, and Bruce Baker who all appear to use the animal side of nature in their designs in completely unique ways.
And of course diamonds, so many diamonds. Plenty of those and with great stories for every single one. It’s just about the time when people really need some sparkle to ward off the winter dark.
Dazzling Designs. Workshops offered December 3-19, 2014 and January 7 to February 13, 2015. Recommended for grades K-12. For more information or to register, contact Maggie Lisman at 802-985-3346 ext. 3395 or [email protected]
Deck the Halls. December 5-17, 2014 — Join us as we begin our holiday season during our 2nd annual “Deck the Halls” events at the Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Arts & Education. Participate in a weekend of seasonal sounds from local talent, artistic activities, classic holiday movies, and more, as you visit our festively decorated halls. From 11-4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 7. Admission is $8 adults; $5 children. For more information call 802-985-3346 or visit www.shelburnemuseum.org.
*Image embedded above: AD1 8984: Tiffany & Co. (established 1837)
Diamond Lizard Brooch with “en tremblant” limbs and tail, 20th century
Yellow gold, diamond, and gemstone
About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 38 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum’s beautifully landscaped 45-acre campus. Shelburne’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts. New in 2013, Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education is open year-round with exhibitions of fine art, folk art and design and special programming including lectures, live music, film, hands-on art activities and symposia. Also open year-round are the Red Barn, the Webb Gallery and The Museum Store. For more information please visit www.shelburnemuseum.org.
November 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2014
Contact: Steve Smith
Director of Animal Care
802.864.1848 ext. 128
“ILLUMINATE THE LAKE” Winter Festival at ECHO
19-day celebration of animals in winter, December 13 through 31
Includes Reindeer, Opossum, Skunks, Husky Dogs and more.
BURLINGTON, Vt. — The holidays can be a frenetic and hectic time for families so ECHO is mixing it up a little this season by presenting a 19-day festival that focuses on the animals in our region highlighted by three Saturday’s of visiting mammals to the aquarium and science center.
“We want to draw people’s attention to the animals of our region and get them thinking about what they do in the winter, how they survive. The mammals we have coming will help us tell a deeper story of winter, survival and the history of these animals and their habitats”, said Steve Smith, ECHO’s Director of Animal Care.
ECHO educators and animal care staff will use the nineteen days from December 13 through December 31 as a way to educate folks on the winter habits and habitats of some of the region’s best known animals as well as introduce a series of mammals over the three Saturday’s that are part of the festival. Animals demonstrations will be at 11:30, 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. each of the three Saturdays and all of the events are FREE with admission to ECHO.
Saturday, December 13, Wildlife Encounters. Meet and learn about the Arctic Fox, Skunk, Groundhog, Porcupine and Opossum, our region’s only marsupial.
Saturday, December 20, Saturday: October Siberian Huskies. Learn and meet this gentle and loyal breed of dogs. Find out about the history of sled dogs, the science of keeping them healthy, the equipment used and the many commands they learn.
Saturday, December 27, Vermont Reindeer. Meet, greet, pet and learn about reindeer. Find out about their connection to other wildlife in our region. Learn about their history and how they came to be connected to the holidays.
Daily demonstrations and activities every day will include investigating the winter habits of the fish, turtles, frogs and snakes of our region. Multiple hands-on activities include snowflake making, burying a moose in snowflakes, exploring animal fur, stitching snowflakes, wildlife films and more.
The interior and exterior of ECHO will be illuminated with white lights and in the evening folks on the waterfront can enjoy a creative lightshow across and up and down the façade of the aquarium. This light show was programmed with the help of members of Generator, a maker space supporting the creativity and collaboration among artist, engineers and entrepreneurs. More information at http://www.generatorvermont.com
BONUS: On December 31, New Year’s Eve: Guests with First Night Buttons get in ½ price all day.
For more information call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386 or visit www.echovermont.org
November 12, 2014
For Immediate Release
November 11, 2014
USA Today Nominates Magic Hat Brewery and Artifactory As One of the Top Brewery Tours in America
South Burlington, VT –The Magic Hat Brewery and Artifactory, located in South Burlington, VT, has been nominated as one of the top twenty best brewery tours in America by USA Today.
From now until December 1st, readers can cast a vote for their favorite brewery tour once a day at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-brewery-tour/.
The top ten breweries will be named a USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice winner.
Magic Hat encourages everyone who has enjoyed the tour over the past twenty years to cast his or her vote in support of the Vermont brewery.
Experience a Performance in Every Bottle with the Magic Hat Brewing Company & Performing Arts Center, creators of #9, Dream Machine, Circus Boy, a revolving roster of seasonal selections, and the Humding
September 23, 2014
The arrival of fall means Vermont’s foliage travel season is underway. While the trees are still in the earlier part of their transformations in most places in the state, the leaves are changing quickly.
The fall travel season is critical to the state’s bottom line, said Steve Cook of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.
“In that short amount of time, over $460-million are spent in our state,” he told New England Cable News. “We’re looking forward to another strong season.”
“It’s something you don’t see every day,” beamed Janice Grant, a traveler from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area. “You come up over a hill and then you look out and it’s so gorgeous to see all of the different colors: the bright reds and the bright oranges. It’s just breathtaking.”
Grant was checking out the Rock of Ages granite quarry in Barre, and the panoramic views from the top.
“It’s a critical season for us,” said Todd Paton of the Rock of Ages visitor center.
Paton said about 40 percent of the monument maker’s 40-65,000 seasonal guests come the last week of September through the third week of October to learn about the stone craft that Barre is known for. He noted that even before the leaves started changing and falling, the destination had a busy summer, thanks to all that nice weather.
“We’ve had a great season,” Paton told NECN. “Nonetheless, it won’t be a wonderful season unless we have a great fall.”
Cook said the visitor spending during the fall travel season, which is only six to eight weeks long, accounts for a bit more than a quarter of annual visitor spending in Vermont. He explained that Vermont’s high density of sugar maples, which are usually the brightest color-changers, has long made the state a favorite stop this time of year. It’s when visits from international travelers are the strongest, Cook noted.
“It’s a very quaint and special experience for a lot of people,” he explained.
Cook said one area the state is trying to focus on is boosting mid-week travel during foliage season. Hotel bookings already tend to be very strong on the weekends, but he said mid-week bookings could always be improved. Toward that goal, VermontVacation.com has listings of lodging deals along with foliage reports, suggested drive routes and other information for visitors. Emailed foliage reports are a popular offering through the site, Cook said.
And a reminder for fall foliage admirers: starting Oct. 1, drivers cannot use their cell phones or other electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle in Vermont. That new state law, which is aimed at cracking down on distracting driving to make the state’s roads safer, will mean fines for people who are caught using hand-held devices behind the wheel. Hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth technology that allows you to have your hands on the wheel while having a phone conversation, are allowed.
More information on Vermont’s ban on hand-held devices while driving is available here.
September 5, 2014
People embrace the concept of environmental stewardship for many different reasons: economic interest; commitment to sustainability of natural resources; appreciation of nature; health and wellbeing or concern for future generations. Religious, spiritual and ethical inspirations can also play their part. These complex relationships are the focus of a special ranger-led program at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock, Vermont, Sundays September 14 and October 26, 2pm-3:30pm.
The “Spiritual Roots of Conservation” ranger-led tour will explore and discuss the religious heritages, beliefs and spiritual practices of the people who lived on the lands that are now the National Park.
Beginning with the earliest inhabitants, the Abenaki people, the program will examine how humans in every culture understand nature to have extraordinary properties, inspiring humans to appreciate and protect the things and places that hold meaning for them.
George Perkins Marsh and Frederick Billings were also influenced by the complex and evolving nature of human interactions with the environment. Their religious and philosophical explorations were informed by the philosophical climate of their times: Darwinism; the writings of Transcendentalists and the work of the Hudson River School artists.
At a time of great development in the course of the nation’s history, these families looked to land stewardship as being essential for social well-being and economic progress, and fundamental to the values expressed in the Biblical commandments. Following these principles, the Billings family felt a deep obligation to improve the wellbeing of communities and support new national models of conservation.
Frederick Billings’ granddaughter, Mary French Rockefeller, and her husband Laurance continued this intergenerational commitment and donated Vermont’s only national park for all to enjoy. Mary maintained her connection to nature through the Christian beliefs of her parents and grandparents while Laurance made his connection between humans and nature through the lens of Eastern philosophy, particularly Zen Buddhism.
Inspiration to make a positive and enduring difference in the world, in a local community, and in one’s own life can come from many sources and many different spiritual and religious beliefs. The Spiritual Roots of Conservation program encourages participants to reflect on how their own beliefs may inspire action in their own communities to protect and preserve places and things that hold meaning for them.
This one and a half hour program is led by former ranger Jean Elizabeth Shockley, who holds master’s degrees in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and in Religion and Ethics from Yale University. For more information, please call 802 457-3368 x 22
or email [email protected]