Stratton Summer Concert Series: Gang of Thieves
On Saturday, August 18th, Gang of Thieves will perform at Stratton Mountain as part of the summer concert series and the weekend’s SolarFest. The funk rock band hails from Burlington, Vermont and has performed worldwide, captivating audiences of all ages. Gang of Thieves pioneers a new type of American Rock n Roll, integrating funky riffs, catchy melodies, and electric violin into unforgettable high energy performances. You better put on your dancing shoes for this show because you won’t be able to stop yourself from getting down to the band’s infectious tunes!
Doors open at 5 p.m. with Gang of Thieves to perform at 7:30. Buy tickets here.
Learn About Renewable Energy at SolarFest
Experience New England’s most entertaining source of energy education at Stratton Mountain this weekend. This two-day celebration highlights the latest in renewable energy & conservation, green buildings, sustainable living & food, music & arts, public policy & activism, and innovation, technology & transportation. The event will feature live music, art exhibits, nationally recognized speakers, and leading experts in the fields of energy and climate change. Fun the whole family can enjoy!
Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival Starts August 16th
New to Manchester, VT this summer is the Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival which will be held at Hunter Park from August 16-19. See headliners like Peter Rowan, Molly Tuttle, Mipso, and Mandolin Orange. Concert goers will be able to camp on the 30-acre site and take part in the communal music-making tradition of bluegrass music. Experience the sounds of acoustic guitars, mandolins, fiddles, upright bass and vocal harmonies set around the beautiful Green Mountains.
Purchase tickets here.
The Vermont Challenge
Nothing says summer in Vermont better than a weekend of cycling! The Vermont Challenge is a top rated four-day long bike competition, from August 16-19, that offers different stage tours to pick and choose from. New to the race this year is a tour up Mount Equinox, the highest peak in the Taconic Mountain range! Cyclists also receive special perks like meals, jerseys, goodie bags, shopping discounts, and more. A portion of your registration fee goes to support food banks and rural hospitals in the community too. Cruise your way through the scenic countryside of central and southern Vermont in this fun and worthy cause!
Manchester Sidewalk Sales
Looking for some bargain shopping? Stop by Manchester, VT for their Designer Outlets’ annual outdoor street sale from August 9-12. Get great deals on name-brand clothing and goods from unique, independent retailers. Whether you’re hunting for back-to-school discounts or simply looking to update your wardrobe, this sale is for you!
Steve Kovach's "Chasing the Light" at 3 Pears Gallery
3 Pears Gallery located on the Dorset Green will be hosting an opening reception, co-sponsored by Wohler Realty Group, for Steve Kovach’s “Chasing the Light” solo show. It will be held Saturday, August 11th, from 5-7 PM, with hors d’oeuvres and complimentary cocktails by SILO Distillery.
Kovach’s paintings have long been a reflection of the different locales in which he has lived and traveled. “Chasing the Light” represents his latest artistic development, capturing brilliant instances of Vermont’s distinct beauty.
Kovach relocated to Vermont nearly two years ago and immediately fell in love with the area. He finds that this part of Vermont has a particular and unique beauty unlike anywhere else. “Chasing the Light” seeks to capture fleeting fragments in time that are almost intangible. Kovach explains that you can pass by something everyday and not think anything of it until the light hits it differently. “In that one second everything about it changes and you know it won’t ever look that way again. It’s exciting because it gives you incentive and inspiration to want to paint it.”
When asked how he chooses his compositions, Kovach says “When I see it, I know I’m going to paint it.” He also explains that it’s not always about the subject matter for him. “It’s the process of the light you want to emulate; what drew you in from the start.” What makes his paintings so refreshing and successful are his detailed underpaintings that he teases out, back and forth, until he reaches what he calls “the sweet spot,” where the lighting and colors are perfectly balanced and come together.
Kovach is well recognized for his commissioned works, bringing fine artistry to the pieces he creates for his clients. He offers an exceptional skill set to the process of creating private pieces, beginning with developing an understanding of each client and the distinctive quality that will elicit a personal connection to the finished work. He is taking reservations for commissioned pieces, most notably, house portraits in their special Vermont settings.
Steve Kovach is a resident of Peru, Vermont and is looking forward to many years of painting the challenging beauty of Vermont. “Chasing the Light” will run from August 11 - September 9 at 3 Pears Gallery located on the Dorset Green.
The North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships Debut at Stratton Mountain
Grab your sneakers and water bottles because the first NorAmChamps will be hosted at Stratton Mountain from August 10-12. Individual races, like the 3K, 7K, and 15K, will be held throughout the weekend while a Team Relay will conclude the festivities on Sunday. All distances will feature a Pro Division and Age Group Divisions for qualified competitors. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to see incredible athletes push their minds and bodies through challenging obstacle courses to compete for the title of “Champion”.
Beer vs Wine Workshop
Don’t go to just any traditional happy hour - try the Beer vs Wine Workshop at Stratton Mountain’s Grizzly’s from 3-5 p.m. on August 4th! You’ll pair local Vermont cheeses with three different beers and three different wines with Stratton’s culinary experts. This is the second workshop of the series and will feature beverages from Austria. Time to put those taste buds to the test!
Attendance is free with a donation at the door with funds benefiting the Manchester Food Bank. Seats are limited so online reservations are recommended. Register here.
A Night at the Opera
In the mood for opera? We recommend attending A Night at the Opera on Saturday, July 28th at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. The evening will showcase four singers from the Metropolitan Opera and renowned pianist Warren Jones as part of the ongoing Manchester Music Festival. See favorites like Bizet’s Pearl Fishers duet, Massenet’s Pourquoi me reveille, Verdi’s La donna e mobile, and many more. Don’t pass up this rare opportunity to experience opera in Vermont! You can purchase tickets here.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation To Perform at Stratton Mountain
Hailing from the land of Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, and gumbo, Big Sam’s Funky Nation is set to perform at Stratton Mountain as part of the mountain's Summer Concert Series this Saturday. Known for their combination of funk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, the band is one of South's secret treasures. The six man group has released five fan favorite albums and performed at some of the biggest music festivals like Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Austin City Limits. Be prepared for an energetic performance on Saturday full of trombone, trumpet, guitar, bass, and keys. Grab your party beads and a dancing partner because this if going to be one summer concert you won’t want to miss!
Bondville Concert Series is a Success
The first performance of the Bondville Concert Series was a huge hit! On July 6th, the Bondville Fairgrounds were packed with over 200 people and $645 in funds were raised to support the local community. People brought picnics and kids were playing games in the grass while Luminous Crush performed a free concert. Wohler Realty Group is proud to be a sponsor of such a great event and we're looking forward to the next concert this Friday. On July 20th, Dub Perpetual will be performing at the Bondville Fairgrounds from 6 - 8 p.m. Come out to support the community and let's try and raise even more funds this time!
2018 Koman Vermont Race for the Cure
Register teams or individuals for the 2018 Vermont Race for the Cure to raise funds to help end breast cancer. The annual 10k and 5k runs will be held in Manchester, Vermont at Hunter Park on Saturday, July 21st. This nationally recognized event helps to save lives in the community and nationwide. Your fundraising efforts will go towards continuing research, improving care, providing community resources, and supporting advocacy. Together we can create a world without breast cancer!
Click here to register and find more details about the race.
Weston Playhouse Opening of West Side Story
Find yourself transported to 1950s New York City with the opening of West Side Story at Weston Playhouse on July 12th. Watch as star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria struggle to keep their secret love alive in this iconic American musical. The production will recreate Jerome Robbins’ award-winning choreography and commemorate composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The musical will be held at the playhouse’s main stage until August 4th.
Run time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Ticket prices range from $54-$68. You can purchase tickets here.
Manchester Music Festival Begins Thursday, July 12th
Nothing to do Thursday night? We've got you covered. Stop by Manchester to attend a classical concert! The Manchester Music Festival welcomes top musicians who headline world famous stages and orchestras for five weeks in the summer. You will find that the selected music spans from classical chamber compositions to more contemporary works. Busy on Thursday? No worries, concerts are also held Saturday nights - one of which will feature four singers from the Metropolitan Opera!
Save the Date: August 11th
Steve Kovach, Dorset Field, Oil on panel, 24 x 60 inches
Wohler Realty Group is excited to announce its sponsorship with the 3 Pears Gallery for an upcoming show featuring artist Steve Kovach. Kovach will be showcasing his Vermont works which capture the region’s beauty, character, and glow.
Join us at the opening reception on August 11th to experience Kovach’s stunning paintings and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 5-7 p.m. at the 3 Pears Gallery in Dorset. We look forward to seeing you!
For more information, call 802.770.8820.
Bondville Concert Series Starts Tomorrow
Wohler Realty Group is proud to be a sponsor of the Bondville Concert Series this summer! This is its first season where five free concerts will be held at the Bondville Fairgrounds. The series will benefit the Grace Cottage Hospital as well as the Winhall Food Pantry, Library, and Community Arts Center. July 6th is the kickoff date and the first band performing is Luminous Crush. The sound of this Southern Vermont quintet focuses on dreamlike pop and rock vignettes. Join us on the 6th for a wonderful summer night full of music and friends.
All concerts will be held at the Bondville Fairgrounds from 6-8 p.m. Food will be available to purchase from local vendors.
For more information about the concert series, click here.
Wohler Realty Group takes Stratton Foundation's Golf Benefit
This past Friday, the WRG Team played 19 holes at the Stratton Mountain Golf course in support of a charity golf outing hosted by the Stratton Foundation. All proceeds went towards Moving Mountains, a charity that provides basic necessities to Vermont families in need. Pictured above are our talented sales associates, Bob, Helen, and Paul. The three had a lovely afternoon golfing on Stratton's beautifully kept course and enjoyed dinner, drinks, and awards in the evening. What a fun way to support the community!
Vermont Summer Festival
July 3rd marks the beginning of the six-week long annual Vermont Summer Festival. Come see New England’s largest hunter/jumper competition in its special 25th anniversary season! The schedule highlights all levels of competition and offers a wide range of events for riders to choose from. All shows will be held at the beautiful Harold Beebee Farm in East Dorset. Don’t miss this exciting event while you’re here.
Take a Dip at Snowmaking Pond
One the of best swimming spots in Southern Vermont can be found right here in Stratton! The Snowmaking Pond is perfect for swimming, wading, fishing, paddling, and playing. Rocks situated on the edge of the pond are ideal for sunbathing or jumping off of too! A trail loop follows the pond making it a popular place for jogging and dog walking. Admire the mountain views while you’re here and breathe in the pines that surround the pond. During the winter, water is pumped out to supply fresh powder for the slopes of Stratton Mountain. However, warm weather brings many family, friends, and furry companions to this local gem. Make sure to check it out this summer! 77 Kendall Farm Road, Winhall.
Fourth of July Weekend Celebration
Stratton Mountain invites you to their Annual Mountain Friends and Freedom Festival! Gondola rides, hikes, live music, barbecues, and more awaits you and the family from June 29-July 2. A spectacular fireworks show will be held at the main base area of the mountain at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 1st. The entire list of events can be found through the link below.
The Sounds of Summer at 3 Pears Gallery
3 Pears Gallery will present Jim Rodgers’ The Sounds of Summer solo show on June 30th. Rodgers is an awarded contemporary painter who creates landscapes, still lives, and genre paintings in an impressionistic style. With travel being a passion and inspiration to his work, Rodgers hopes that his personal renditions give viewers a glimpse into how he sees the world. Having the opportunity to see his vivid color palette, painterly brushstrokes, and stunning compositions should not be passed up. The opening cocktail reception is 5 -7 p.m. on the Dorset Green. For more details about the show, call 802-770-8829. You can find more information about Rodgers here.
Stratton Mountain Summer Concert Series Kickoff
The Marshall Tucker Band will kickoff the Stratton Mountain’s Summer Concert Series on June 30th. The band is known for blending rock, county, jazz, gospel, and rhythm & blues to create a unique sound and musical performance, which has earned them seven gold and three platinum albums. Grab family and friends for this fun concert at Stratton Mountain’s main stage. Sit under the stars on the lawn or experience the concert beneath the tent. Feel the band’s energy and enjoy their hit singles like “Heard It In a Love Song” and “Take the Highway”. The beginning to summer never sounded so good.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the concert. Doors open at 5 p.m. and The Marshall Tucker Band goes on at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
Stratton Foundation Charity Golf Outing
Looking to hit the greens and help those in need? Look no further, register for Stratton Foundation’s golf benefit.
The tournament will be held on June 29th at Stratton Mountain Golf Course. Proceeds will go towards Moving Mountains, a charity that helps children and families in Vermont living in poverty. A light lunch will be provided while the evening will feature cocktails, awards, and a barbecue. 18 holes, food, drinks, prizes, and friends - how else would you want to spend a Friday?
For details and costs, click here.
Wanderlust Stratton 2018
In need of a breath of fresh air? Stratton Mountain will be hosting Wanderlust from June 21-24. The multi-day festival brings together yoga teachers, musicians, speakers, and chefs to promote mindful living. Choose your own adventure! Whether you are looking for an energizing hike in the Green Mountains or a peaceful yoga flow under the pines, Wanderlust offers something for everyone. Learn about local organic foods by indulging in a farm-to-table meal with friends. Or spend your evening by the main stage, dancing in the glow of the mountain moonlight to cool songs and rhythmic beats. Escape to Stratton for this four day weekend.
Weston Playhouse Summer Opening
June marks the opening of Weston Playhouse’s 2018 summer season. The multi-stage season is packed with classic plays, famous musicals, and ground-breaking news works. Bring the kids to see beloved Anne of Green Gables starting June 13th at the second stage at Walker Farm. Or invite a date to see the Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town, starring Christopher Lloyd, beginning June 21st at the playhouse’s main stage. You do not want to miss these Broadway-quality, live performances this summer! For the entire list of shows and details, click here.
Winter with Wohler Realty Group at Stratton Mountain, Vermont
Six weeks of small town charm, snow-capped mountains, and the spirit of the season. Manchester Merriment kicks off Thanksgiving Weekend and continues through New Year’s Day. Highlights include tree lighting, tractor parade, historic inn tours, and Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home decked in her Victorian finery. Plus, festive and fun holiday markets, visit from Santa, and the Elf Express train ride for kids! For Merriment updates, join our email list!
Against a backdrop of autumn splendor, artists and audiences gather to celebrate outstanding independent small-screen production. ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival) is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents, and fans responsible for discovering the best new indie television programs. Come for seminars and screenings, rub elbows with industry movers and shakers, and stay for a glamorous red carpet event. Special lodging rates available.
Fall Art and Craft Festival
Quaint, historic Manchester has been hosting this Fall Art and Craft Festival for nearly thirty years! Juried artists and artisans shop their wares while musicians play and chefs craft excellent eats. Meet more than 100 talented makers while you shop for a one of a kind piece. Family friendly atmosphere, specialty foods and spirits tent, all around good vibe on a perfect foliage weekend.
Right in the heart of historic Peru Village, an old-fashioned country fair. The Saturday-only event is beloved by visitors and local alike. Includes a pig roast, live music, craft vendors, cloggers, antiques and art exhibits, clowns and magicians, pony rides, local food and drink, baked goods. Park at Bromley Mountain and ride the shuttle down the street.
Dirty Heads - Free Concert
Get ready to feel good at this Sunday night free concert with tunes from the five piece jam band, Dirty Heads, as they take the mountain stage with their sunny style, fusing reggae, hip-hop and acoustic tunes fresh off their new self-titled album. With sights set on breaking the mainstream, the group can be seen touring the country in the wake of their most successful release to date, their album Sound of Change, which debuted at No. 1 Billboard’s Top Alternative Album chart and single “Lay Me Down” topped the Alternative Songs chart for 11 weeks. All this rockin’ news and we haven’t even told you the best of it. The show is free!
MAPLE LEAF HALF MARATHON
A terrific excuse to race our country roads while supporting a fabulous cause! Run a stunning 13.1-mile loop through the hills and valleys of Manchester before returning to our Parks & Rec for food, drink, live music, and an awards ceremony. A top-notch, professional event, Maple Leaf is produced by partner charitable organizations, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Manchester Lions Club.
Lolë Lives Out Loud Yoga
Join Lolë Stratton over Labor Day Weekend to kick off National Yoga Month with two amazing events on Sunday, September 3 and/or Monday, September 4. Gather on top of Stratton Mountain's Summit Deck for a breath of fresh Vermont air, beautiful scenery and a once in a lifetime practice with live music being performed by local musicians. Each session will include Meditation, Face Yoga, each ambassadors unique practice and Savasana.
Beer V. Wine Series
Join us at 4pm under the tent in the Main Base Area on Sunday, September 3. Attendance is free with a donation at the door. Seats are limited and online reservations are recommended. To secure your spot register below or call 1-800-STRATTON (787-2886).
Summer on Stratton Mountain
Manchester Food and Wine Classic
The Manchester Food and Wine Classic is a premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and our distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine in beautiful southern Vermont. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. The Manchester Food and Wine Classic is proud to giveback to The Stratton Foundation, a Vermont non-profit helping those in poverty, crisis, or emergency
The event will be from Aug 25th to the 27th, in Manchester and Stratton Mountain Resort. Be sure to get your tickets ahead of time to participate in all the exciting events!
Stratton will be having Greensky Bluegrass on Saturday, August 5th. Come up the mountain and enjoy Greensky’s eclectic twist on the classic genre, mixing the acoustic stomp of string band with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll.
Get your tickets now! https://www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/greensky-bluegrass
Ken Rush Opening Reception
Don't miss Wohler Realty Group and artist Ken Rush Friday, August 4th from 5:30-7:30 pm for his opening cocktail reception at 3 Pears Gallery. We'll see you Friday at 3 Pears Gallery on the Dorset Green, across from the Dorset Inn. For more work by Ken Rush, visit his website at http://www.kenrushstudio.com/
Stratton Golf July Scramble
Get back into your golf game on July 29th at the July Scramble at the Stratton Resort Golf Course! This event is a 4-player scramble that includes men’s, women’s, and mixed teams playing both handicap and non-handicap flights. The cost is only $80 for your team of 4. The scramble will kick off at 1pm. Call 802-297-4118 to reserve your spot.
Vermont Summer Festival Calcutta
Summer in the Green Mountains offers endless activities and one of the area's premier events is the Vermont Summer Festival. This renowned equestrian competition captivates everyone so put it on your bucket list! Please join us at the Calcutta for an exciting day of wagering in an open-auction event at Vermont's premier horse show. All proceeds benefit Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation, including 50% of the wagering on the Grand Prix event. Wohler Realty Group is proud to be supporting this event! The Calcutta will be on Saturday, July 22nd at 11am.
For more information click here.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Preservation hall Jazz Band brings along with it the legendary jazz of New Orleans. The septet has shared festival stages from Coachella to Newport, including names like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, the Grateful Dead, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, and the Black Keys. The concert will be on the 22nd of July. Doors open at 5pm and the music will start at 6pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the ticket window. Come by for a great night of jazz!
Come together for a block party on Manchester's Main Street on July 21st between Thai Basil and The Mountain Goat from 6-9pm. There will be live music, plenty of food, and activity vendors for everyone!
Weston Playhouse's Once
Until July 15th, Weston Playhouse will be performing Once, a musical romance written by Enda Walsh set in Dublin – winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Academy Award for Best Song. Play summary: A Dublin busker helps his father in a vacuum repair store and spends his free time singing for tips. He meets a young Czech woman who plays piano and writes her own songs. Musically, they are a perfect match. Romantically, there are impediments….
Vermont Summer Festival 2017
The Vermont Summer Festival kicked off its first week after the 4th of July. The Vermont Summer Special will end on the 9th in East Dorset, VT. The next week the Manchester Summer Festival will open, followed by the Manchester Classic Horse Show, Valley Classic Horse Show, Manchester & the Mountains, followed by the Vermont Summer Celebration. All of these events take place at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset.
For spectators viewing begins from about 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Ticket Prices are
$6 for Adults and $3 for Children, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
$9 for Adults and $5 for Children, Grand Prix Saturday and Sunday.
Manchester Music Festival Opening Night
Join Manchester Music Festival this Thursday July 6th at the Southern Vermont Art Center's Arkell Pavilion for the Kickoff to the best season yet! Artistic director Adam Neiman is joined by Stefan Milenkovich on violin, Chen-Yen (Brian) Chen on viola, and Bion Tsang on cello for a music filled evening. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased through the link below.
Ring In Summer
Stratton Mountains' fourth of July fireworks were the best per usual. The weather was beautiful and fun was had by all. There isn't a more fun way to ring in the summer than with a spectacular fireworks display. Look out for more upcoming events at Stratton this summer!
Another Great Year of Wanderlust
Wanderlust at Stratton was a huge success. Warm weather, sunshine, healthy food, delicious drinks, meaningful practice, and smiles could be seen all over the mountain. The festival was fun for all ages and made sure that you left with a new piece of knowledge or perhaps some goodies from the excellent vendors. We at Wohler Realty Group are already looking forward to their return!
RIDE WITH A PURPOSE
If you're looking to get out of the early summer heat, cool off in the mountains and ride some dirt. RAS Gravel is hosting the 3rd annual RAS Gravel Adventure Saturday, June 24th. This race includes 41.6 miles of riding and over 4000 ft of climbing. This year includes updates like more gravel roads, a start/finish post ride at Wild Wings XC ski center, craft beer, and kombucha. Registration grants you an entry into the raffle, pre/post food and beverages, a day riding the scenic roads of Vermont, and donations to a great cause. Registration ends June 22nd, register with the following link https://www.bikereg.com/ras-adventure-ride--10krun-run.
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3 Pears Gallery and Wohler Realty Group Share a Successful Event!
Saturday night's opening show of Leslie Parke's Back Roads brought together a multitude of friends, community, and art enthusiasts to celebrate the beginning summer and her incredible body of work. The night was full of energy and Parke's approachable nature and engaging discussion were enjoyed throughout the evening.
Her engaging pieces were very well-received, with a large number of paintings and photographs donning red dots before the night’s end. With beautiful art, excellent food, and refreshing drinks, our visitors thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Big smiles were had and hearty laughs could be heard echoing throughout the historic gallery.
Wohler Realty Group is proud to have co-sponsored such an event, and we’d like to thank those who came Saturday. Be on the lookout for future WRG events!
Motion and Light in Leslie Parke's Back Roads
3 Pears Gallery on the Dorset Green will host a special reception, co-sponsored by Wohler Realty, for the opening of Leslie Parke’s “Back Roads” solo show, featuring new works of the nationally acclaimed artist’s paintings and photography. The opening cocktail reception will be held Saturday, June 17, 5-7pm, with hors d’oeuvres and complimentary featured cocktails by Mad River Distillers.
Parke has long used photography as a tool to capture images to use as source material for her large, rich, textured, complex paintings. “Back Roads” represents the latest development of the artist in her professional evolution, the combination of discipline and joy in constant discovery, and the movement between two mediums to express the infinite effects of light.
As a grant recipient and artist in residence at the Claude Monet Foundation, in 1994, Parke spent five months immersed in the immortal gardens at Giverny. (Literally, she waded into the pond, “begging for the gardens to give up their secrets” seeking to make the experience her own. Ten years later, and again after that, her quest led to artist residencies in Europe, and the legacy of another modern icon propelled her. This time, it was in Vallauris, France, where Picasso made his ceramics. Walking down the road that Picasso would have taken to the beach, the “brilliant Mediterranean light pushed through the trees, creating a pixilated, rainbow effect…. The fire in the color and the sensation of quivering leaves woke up something in me,” and she realized that what Monet had left out, was motion.
Parke notes that modern people don’t tend to look at static landscapes anymore--we see the landscape as it slides past our car windows, giving it a sideways glance. She shoots out the car window using a phone camera, but wants the photograph to look like a painting, and be responded to as a painting. She seeks to elicit questions and inquiry: “Is it something real or something abstract? Are we looking through something, at something, or at something reflected? I think that the more times I am able to multiply these questions, the more interesting things become.”
Leslie Parke holds a BA and MA from Bennington College and lives in on the Vermont/New York border. The recipient of numerous grants, her work is exhibited in museums and held in private and corporate collections. “Back Roads” will be up from June 17 – July 28 at 3 Pears Gallery, 41 Church Street, Dorset, VT.
Contact Greg DeLuca: 802-770-8820.
Orvis Fly Fishing
If you missed out on the Orvis Fly Fishing 101/201 class this weekend and want to get back out there don't fret. There are some great fishing sports such as Lowell Lake and Gale Meadows Pond in Londonderry, Bullhead Pond in Manchester, and Emerald Lake in East Dorset. Orvis also holds free fly fishing sessions that are run on a first come first serve basis. You will be outfitted with the proper gear for this class and will be given discounts so that you can continue this sport. Orvis runs these classes throughout the summer so look out for another clinic soon.
To sign up or for more information, visit http://www.orvis.com/s/manchester-vermont-orvis-retail-store/379?dir_id=41775&group_id=41790
Yoga on the Farm
Love yoga? The Marble House Project in Dorset, VT will be starting up their summer yoga classes very soon, June 5 and going through September 21. Improve your flexibility, build strength, and practice mindfulness. The class is designed to bring attention to physical awareness and focusing on movement with breath. Kripalu and Vinyasa classes are led every Monday and Thursday in the Marble House Project barn from 8:30 – 9:30am. Classes are $12 and appropriate for all levels.
For more information, visit Marble House Project’s website here - http://www.marblehouseproject.org/yoga/
3 Pears Gallery Art Expo
Wohler Realty Group is proud to co-sponsor the opening of Leslie Parke’s Art Exposition at 3 Pears Gallery in Dorset, Vermont. Parke’s new exposition is "Back Roads", featuring paintings and photographs. Her abstract aesthetic, which is seen in her paintings, is influenced by photographs of unorthodox subject material. Her work contains an abundance of subject matter - sometimes chaotic, yet always thought-provoking. Parke is an artist from upstate New York with a BA and MA from Bennington College.
In Vermont we like to say, "You can't get from there to here", meaning that there is no direct route from here to there. In Leslie Parke's series "Back Roads", she abandons the destination altogether and paints and photographs what she finds along the way. We don't look at static landscapes anymore, we see landscapes as they flit past our car windows, in different weather, and at different speeds.
While Parke's paintings explore the mysterious and the mundane, her photographs, taken on the fly from her car window, give us a completely new and surprising experience of the landscape.
The exhibition will be from June 18 – July 28 at the 3 Pears Gallery on 41 Church St, Dorset, VT. Join us for the opening cocktail reception on Saturday, June 17, 5-7pm to celebrate the beautiful art of Leslie Parke.
For more information and work from Leslie Parke, visit her website here – http://leslieparke.com/
Stratton Resort Summer Tennis Camps
It's time to get your racket out and get back on the outdoor court! The Cliff Drysdale Tennis School runs camps and programs at the Stratton Training and Fitness Center until September 1st. The programs are designed for three different age groups: the junior tennis camps, ages 5-14; the Mountain Strong Academy, ages 14-18; and the adult programs and camps, ages 18 and up. Multiple camps and programs are available for each age group, so be sure to sign up for the right one(s)!
Information for the junior tennis camps - https://www.stratton.com/plan-your-trip/cliff-drysdale-tennis-school/junior-tennis-camps
Information for the Mountain Strong Academy - https://www.stratton.com/plan-your-trip/cliff-drysdale-tennis-school/mountain-strong-academy
Information for the adult programs and camps - https://www.stratton.com/plan-your-trip/cliff-drysdale-tennis-school/adult-programs
West River Trail Run
The 5th Annual West River Trail Run will be held this Saturday starting at 9am in South Londonderry. The West River Trail Run is also known as 11 Miles of Trouble after the infamous 36 miles of trouble along the West River. This route was difficult for the railway over 130 years ago that traveled over its narrow and winding terrain. The race includes waterfall views, switchbacks, and woods; it ends in Jamaica State Park. There are 4 options for the run: the 11 mile run as a single participant, the 5k fun run, the 3-leg relay run, and the youth 5k fun run. You can register online until June 3rd at 8am. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get outside and enjoy the scenery.
More information: http://www.thecollaborative.us/westrivertrailrun/
Farmers Market & Tempura-Fried, Chevre-Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Looking for a way to cook some of the veggies and fresh cheese you picked up from the farmers' market in Manchester, Dorset, or Londonderry? Look no further, tempura-fried, chevre-stuffed squash blossoms are the perfect hors d’oeuvre to put you and your friends in the summer spirit. Tempura-Fried, Chevre-Stuffed Squash Blossoms Recipe. Buy local and take advantage of summer's abundance of fresh produce!
Here are the details for local farmers' markets in the area…
Manchester Farmers' Market - May 26th to October 6th
Every Thursday in Adams Park rain or shine from 3 - 6pm
Dorset Farmers' Market - Year Round
Every Sunday outside the H.N. Williams Store, or J.K. Adams (Winter Location) from 10am-2pm rain or shine
Londonderry Farmers' Market - May 7th to October 7th
Located at the junction of routes 11 & 100, Saturdays 9am - 1pm
Stratton Mountain Summer Golf Season Kickoff
Stratton Mountain Country Club will be hosting two events to kick off 2017’s summer golf season. The Stratton Mountain Golf Expo on May 28 will be loads of fun for the whole family. Demo the latest clubs starting at 10am, then participate in early season clinics with PGA professional David Bowyer starting at 1:30pm. There will be a BBQ at the course and plenty of games for the kids.
The Mountain School Golf Tournament will be on June 5. For more information visit http://themountainschool.org/. Registration is at 11am; the shotgun start is at 12pm. Enjoy the evening with an included dinner at 5pm and prizes/auction at 6pm. Participating as a single player is $125; as a team a 4 is $500. The tournament is first come first serve, so reserve your spot now by calling 802-297-2662 or by emailing email@example.com.
Doggie & Me Hike
Bring your Dog along with you this Memorial Day Weekend!
Stratton Mountain and North Face are hosting a “Doggie and Me Hike” to Mid-Mountain. Come to the North Face Summit Shop at 9:45am to sign up, the hike starts at 10am. The hike will be led by Paula Pelkey, who will make sure to have some time for you and your four legged friend to do some yoga along the way.
Attendees will receive a special gift from North Face along with some exclusive discounts so don’t miss out!
Get Your Summer Hike On!
Jamaica State Park
Open: 10am - sunset
48 Salmon Hole Lane
Jamaica, VT 05343
About 0.5 miles from the center of Jamaica.
Jamaica State Park features hiking trails ranging from 2 - 6 miles. The Hamilton Falls trail which is 6.0 miles round trip is relatively a 4-hour trek which brings you to the bottom of the falls. Once there you may venture to the top of the falls which will place you on top of a 125ft cascade. This trail is moderate to difficult and is also marked by blue blazers.
Sculpture Art in Manchester
Have you been to the largest sculpture garden in VT?
The Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, VT sits on over 100 acres of forest which is scattered with sculptures. The Southern Vermont Arts Center also includes the Yester House Gallery which contains 28 rooms for you to explore. The Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum offers over 800 pieces of contemporary art for your viewing.
The SVAC is free and open to the public Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sundays 12 - 5pm.
PAVEMENT to POWDER in an HOUR!
Scheduled flights to Stratton Mountain from Manhattan all Winter. Book your seats for MLK and Presidents Weekend!
Email Winter@WohlerRealtyGroup.com to enter to win a complimentary seat!
Summer on The Mountain
Chocolate, Cheese and Chili Fest
Are you a cheese connoisseur? Charmed by chocolate? What about a chili chef? This Monday, August 1st, from 5-8pm the Chocolate Cheese (and now) Chili Fest returns to the Landgrove Inn for an evening of indulging in some tasty treats from local chocolatiers, cheese makers, and chefs. Also at the fest will be a 50/50 raffle, live music, a cash bar, and a silent auction with many incredible items on offer including a one-week stay at a private home in Nova Scotia!
Tickets can be pre-bought for $15 at The Green Mountain Pharmacy, The Landgrove Inn or Neighborhoods Connections. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20. What pairs better than a sweet and savory indulgence? Food and fundraising! All proceeds from the event go to benefit Neighborhoods Connections, a non-profit organization offering health care and social services to underserved mountain area residents. This is an event for the entire family and should not be missed! For more information go to http://www.neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org/choco-cheese-chili-fest.html
Manchester Music Festival
There are many sounds of Vermont. Skis cutting through freshly groomed trails, birds chirping in the early morning hours, the buzz of cicadas on a hazy hot summer day. In Southern Vermont, we are lucky to also have the sounds of world class music echo throughout the mountains. Now in it’s 42nd year, the Manchester Music Festival summer season is in full swing. Every Thursday until August 18th, MMF will perform special concerts each with specific themes ranging from music from Russia and Armenia to classical Mozart. You can see the Manchester Music Festival perform each Thursday at 7:30pm at the Arkell Pavillion in the Southern Vermont Arts Center.
If you’re going to be around Stratton Saturday July 30th or August 6th you’re in for a musical treat! Stratton will be hosting the MMF as part of their “Back to Base” summer series. On the 30th, Out on the Tiles, a Led Zeppelin tribute band will perform and symphonic pops on the 6th. Experience the Manchester Music Festival this summer to discover more of Vermont’s soundtrack!
Tickets and more information are available online at www.mmfvt.org.
Vermont Summer Festival
Trucks pulling horse trailers have been trickling into the Northshire with the arrival of the annual Vermont Summer Horse Festival. For six weeks each summer, the Beebe Farm in East Dorset, Vermont, becomes host to hundreds of riders as they compete in a variety of events. Whether you’re a horse lover or just looking for a great spectator event, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the festival. The natural scenery is only enhanced by these magnificent creatures. The Beebe Farm is completely transformed into an equestrian village with local sponsor booths and vendors selling riding paraphernalia, tack and boots among the paddocks and competition arenas. You’ll have a delicious variety of food choices as several mobile chefs make the Vermont Summer Horse Festival their home from July 5th through August 14th.
Make sure you visit the Helmholtz Fine Art Gallery in Manchester to view the current exhibition, “The Untamed Horse”. You can’t miss the gallery on Route 11/30 with it’s life size horse sculpture prominently displayed outdoors.
With the annual return of the horse show, local merchants stay open on Friday evenings until 8:00PM so take in the shops en route to dinner after a wonderful day at the Summer Horse Festival!
Tour de Bondville
Time to dust off your bike and take out the golf clubs! This Saturday, June 25th, the 9th Annual Tour de Bondville event is back. Cycle at your own level by choosing either a 16, 25, 50 or 53 mile bike ride OR if you’d rather putt than pedal, sign up for the 18 hole golf tournament. Both events start at 9am so you can only participate in one! Top off the day by coming together for an after event celebration in Grizzly’s at 3pm. Proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Last year the event raised $42,000. This year they are setting the bar higher in hopes to raise even more, so encourage your friends to participate as well to help meet this year’s donation goal! For more information and the Registration Form go to http://www.tourdebondville.com
Farm Fresh Food
One of the best things about living in Vermont is the constant access to fresh foods. Rich fertile lands provide a ready canvas for starting your own garden of vegetables, greens, herbs and more. Lacking a green thumb, but still want fresh quality produce? Lucky for us, we are surrounded by several farmers markets which offer delicious local products. Farmers markets have surged in popularity across the US as people are embracing the importance of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.
Whether you’re interested in fresh healthy food, local treats, or artisan crafts you are sure to find something to bring home when browsing through a farmers market. Stratton is located near three of the area’s best. During the summer months, The West River Farmers Market in Londonderry runs every Saturday from 9am-1pm and the Manchester Farmers Market is open every Thursday 3pm-6pm. The Dorset Farmers Market runs year-round every Sunday from 10am-2pm. Check them out and find your new favorite local product!
Summer on Stratton
As we approach summer with excitement, snowy visions of Stratton fade into a distant winter memory. During the summer months there are always plenty of outdoor activities to stay active with. The snow may melt, but the adventure surely stays! Set out to explore the mountain and surrounding summer scenery by hiking one of the many trails on Stratton. Or, to get in a full body workout while relaxing on the water, rent out kayaks or paddleboards for the day. If you're more interested in courts and courses, the Stratton Golf and Tennis schools will help you learn the game or fine tune your existing skills. And of course, when the days get too hot, cool off by taking a dip at the Snow Making Pond-- the same water source that creates the snow covering your favorite trails in the winter!
Capture Your Stratton Childhood
Ski Stratton, It's a Life Style
The Stratton Jitney Makes its Maiden Voyage.
On Friday the Jitney departed Manhattan and arrived at Stratton Mountain Resort on its Maiden Voyage, making the four-hour ride from New York City a no brainer. There is no real need for wheels once you arrive at the Mountain since you’re surrounded by après ski venues. Next Friday’s departure is 5:45 pm from 44th and 3rd near Grand Central Station and leaves Stratton on Sunday at 4:00 pm. Due to a huge demand, a second bus has been added for Friday, January 15th so book your seats now. See you on the trails!
Live Music for the 2nd Weekend of the New Year!
The live music series continues this weekend at Stratton Mountain Resort with the return of the Lustre Kings on Friday from 3-6 pm at Grizzly’s. They will be playing Elvis Presley tributes on the birthday of the legend. On Saturday, the McLovins will also perform at Grizzly’s from 3-6pm. They are an up-and-coming funk/rock band. On Friday night there will also be a performance by comedian Jim Breuer. Breuer is famous for his stand-up comedy and named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.” You may recognize him for the four years he spent on “Saturday Night Live” or from comedy movies he performed in. The doors open at 7:30 at Grizzly’s and the show starts at 8:30. Ski Stratton it’s a lifestyle.
One of the Top Ski Villages in the East!
Stratton Mountain Resort has a great village located at the base of the lifts. It’s one of many features that makes Stratton a unique and exceptional ski destination in the East. Unlike most mountains, Stratton’s village allows skiers and snowboarders access to a variety of shops without having to drive. You can feast on some of Vermont’s finest foods; join in the après-ski festivities, get a massage at the day spa, and shop for winter gear, clothing, groceries and sweets. With over 15 mountainside restaurants, Stratton offers a variety for lunch and dinner without having to travel for the cuisine you are looking for. Enjoy the Village Pie Pizza shop, the Sushi Bar, Mulligans, The Fire Tower, fine dining at Verde, bars, and cafes. The village makes Stratton a family friendly destination with everything that will make your experience one to remember.
Get Ready, Winter Conditions are Finally Here!
Recent snowfall has brought 12 inches of new snow in the last 48 hours. The conditions on the mountain are looking great! Snow guns are in full effect 24-7 to add to the 92 acres of open terrain. Click into your skis or strap up your board to join us in welcoming the New Year on the mountain. Bundle up because the forecasted weather is in the mid 20’s.
New Years Eve Events:
NYE Family Dinner Buffet 6-8
Grizlly's 21+ New Years Eve Party with live music by Let's be Leonard and West End Blend at 7:30
Torchlight Parade & 21 Jump Salute at 8:30
PERU FAIR- THE OLD FASHIONED WAY
Fall foliage has descended upon the Green Mountains and this Saturday, September 26th, Peru will celebrate the 36th Anniversary of the Peru Fair.
At the crack of dawn, this tiny village comes to life with musicians, artisans, food vendors and the sounds and smells permeate the air, inviting all to join in a day full of good old-fashioned fun!
Known for a fabulous pig roast- not to be missed- you’ll enjoy a day with music and family entertainment, Vermont crafts, Cloggers, antiques and art exhibits, Vermont artisan demos, clowns, magicians, pony rides, art demonstrations, food for all taste buds and a front row seat for people watching!
The Peru Fair began in 1978 as the “end of the world tag sale”, but has as Peru Fairs Web site says “evolved is not what a tag-saler would ever dream of. Each year approximately 100 exhibitors converge on the quintessential village of Peru, Vermont located off Route 11, to display and sell their arts, but most of all to be discovered by craft seekers of all types”.
Join the parade of whimsical characters who officially open the fair. Admissions is $6.00 for adults and children under 6 are free. All proceeds of the Fair are donated to the Peru Scholarship Fund. The Peru Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization that distributes educational scholarships to the children of Peru for higher education.
All parking is at the Bromley Mountain and free shuttle buses to the fair run all day. Please no Dogs and No Early Entry allowed.
Is there anything more romantic and picturesque than a New England covered bridge?
While the covering is erected to ostensibly extend the life of the bridge, these secluded spots served another purpose that gave covered bridges their nickname—kissing bridges. Vermont is home to over 100 of these sorts of bridges (more than any other state in New England), and has the nations only Covered Bridge Museum, which is located in Bennington.
Covered bridges act almost like a time machine, harkening back to a different era. With the leaves just now changing, it’s the perfect time to cruise around, enjoying the foliage and a unique New England feature.
Why waste time with roads and the gym when you can explore the stunning Green Mountain landscape away from other distractions? Stratton Mountain is home to dozens of trails fit for every mountain biking enthusiast, from novices to trail hardened adrenaline junkies.
Fear not if you left your trusty bike at home! The professionals at First Run Ski Shop (located in Stratton Village) are more than happy to set you up with a bicycle and route maps tailored to your specific interests, skills, and style.
The whole of Vermont is waiting at your tires. Why not go on an adventure?
The Bondville Fair
It’s the end of August in Vermont and the leaves are beginning to change. The weather exists in a strange halfway resting place between summer and fall and schools are opening. Why not celebrate the last vestiges of summer by going to the oldest continuously running fair in Vermont? The Bondville Fair has been running for over 200 years and features a wide variety of events, including rides, agricultural displays, dancing, pulling contests, and more.
Located on Route 30 in Bondville, directly across from the Stratton Mountain Access Road, the fair is easily accessible and offers fun for the whole family.
The Fair runs from August 28th to the 30th. Admission on Friday is $5, Saturday and Sunday are $10, which allows total access to all fair events.
A Hall of Famer for all Seasons
Stratton is famous for it’s slopes, but is equally accomplished on clay and har tru. The renowned Drysdale Tennis School, run by the Australian tennis professional Cliff Drysdale, is a world class tennis camp. Instructors cater to all skill levels, groupings, and ages on both indoor hard courts and outdoor clay and har tru courts. The Drysdale Tennis School has been ranked as a top 20 tennis camp in the country by Tennis Resorts Online since 2009, in addition to being named the 10th best tennis resort in the country and the 2nd best resort for families by TENNIS Magazine. Call the Stratton Sports Center today to participate in the tennis school or reserve a court!
Vermont Performing Arts
Just twenty minutes from Stratton Mountain Resort, the Weston Play House offers world-class theatre performances nearly every night of the week. Offering off-Broadway plays, the Weston Play House has become an elite cultural destination in Southern Vermont.
The non-profit opened its doors in 1935 during the Great Depression. Since then the theater has been called, “the most beautiful theater in New England”. The theater company produces a schedule of plays that attract all ages. The main stage rotates new plays every two to three weeks offering world-class variety. Last month’s show was Peter and the Starcathcers based on the best selling book. Currently the Weston Play House is performing Guys and Dolls based off the legendary Broadway favorite and the Other Place. For information on shows and ticket visit www.westonplayhouse.org for more information.
Summer In Stratton
We are having an amazing summer at Stratton Mountain. It's not over yet so join us before the leaves begin to change colors
Vermont has a rich tradition of producing fantastic indie music, including Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Phish, and Gang of Thieves. One of the latest bands to take the Vermont musical scene by storm is Twiddle. The quartet maintains modern rock sensibility, while infusing their music with funk, jazz, reggae and Latin undertones. These high-energy rockers have shot up in popularity, playing at festivals and packing theaters all over the region.
Luckily for those of us in the Stratton area, we can catch a live show from the Twiddle front man and lead guitarist, Mihali Savoulidis, as he plays a solo set at Whiskey Dicks Bar and Restaurant on Wednesdays at 8:30 in Bondville. His shows are always packed, the food and drinks are good, and it would be a mistake to miss this local artist who is on the road to stardom. So come out to Whiskey Dicks this Wednesday and enjoy the show!
Standup Paddle Board at Stratton
What does Stratton have in common with Hawaii? Both have passionate and rapidly expanding stand-up paddleboard communities. For those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience paddleboarding, it can be most aptly described as a hybrid of kayaking and surfing. The boards are quite broad (generally around 36”) and long (12’-15’), allowing them to be remarkably stable, even on ocean water, over distances of several miles. The stability of the boards has been highlighted with increasing frequency lately, as paddleboard yoga has gained popularity. Stratton Mountain even offers classes in the mornings on local ponds.
This is not to say that paddleboarding is easy—it is quite a work out, particularly for the core muscles that have to constantly compensate for the flowing water beneath. When the paddling aspect is added, the enterprise becomes a true full body workout, while still allowing you to take in the gorgeous Green Mountain scenery all around.
The recent surge in temperature makes the days of July and August the ideal time to get your toes wet (so to speak) and experience this new sport.
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Bromley Mountain Adventure Park
Bromley Mountain, just 20 minutes from Stratton Resort, offers summer excitement with their Mountain Adventure Park. There are a variety of thrilling rides including the longest waterslide in Vermont, climbing walls, zip lines, mini golf, and many more. One of the most exciting attractions is the alpine slide. Feel the wind against your face as you speed down a 2/3-mile track that is reminiscent of a luge track seen in the Olympics
Childcare Camps in Stratton
Summer is in full swing, with all the amenities Stratton Resort offers during the off-season. The Camp for Kids is a great way for children to enjoy summer in the Green Mountain State. Adventure Camp, Tennis Schools, and Golf Camp feature many different activities to keep kids active and exercising. If you have a younger child between the ages of 13 months and 3 years, Stratton offers a fully licensed childcare program. Drop your kids off and enjoy a nice relaxing weekend at Stratton Mountain! Find more here.
Wohler Realty Group and Hampton Jitney Announces Stratton Jitney. Mid-Town Direct to Stratton Mountain. Friday Departures to Stratton, Sunday Returns to NYC
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Get up and head on out
For many of us, Saturdays are a day that we can use to sleep in and relax, particularly on dreary Saturday like today. However, the West River Farmers Market in Londonderry makes a compelling case to get out of bed and go out into the world before noon. Featuring dozens of local vendors, a wide array of products are offered at low prices, from prepared foods, crafts and artisan wares, and agricultural products, such as cheese, meat, and maple syrup. Many of the vendors offer samples to allow you to try some of their more exotic flavors (such as jalapeno pickles) before making your final decision.
Despite the steady, and occasionally heavy rain this morning, the market was still lively, with people wandering among the various booths, while a four-piece band (two guitars, a banjo, and a stand up bass) performed in the middle of the market. Next week, with better weather, the market should be even more active.
The West River Farmers Market runs from 9-1 every Saturday, rain or shine. It is held at the crossroads between Route 100 and Route 11.
World Class Music in Your Community
Living in Southern Vermont affords residents a wide array of activities to enjoy year round—hiking, skiing, a multitude of microbreweries, swimming holes—the list goes on and on. One of the most unique venues that can be found anywhere in the country is the Manchester Music Festival. Now entering into it’s 41st year, the Manchester Music Festival is a year round event, featuring world class classical musicians, in addition to providing multiple music education programs. The music itself defies traditional expectations of classical music. For example, tonight’s entertainment is provided by Out on the Tiles, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, featuring classically trained artists playing an array of instruments, from electric guitar to cellos.
Tickets are available online and for purchase at the box office the day of the concert, allowing everyone a chance to get a good seat. Additionally, the pricing is hardly prohibitive-- $20 for general admission and $5 for lawn seating. The Manhester Music Festival is a truly unique offering that is necessary to experience.
Elite Equestrian Competition in Vermont!
For six weeks, from June 30th to August 9th, East Dorset is home to the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show, an event taht draws elite equestrians and passionate fans from around the country tocompete in a multitude of disciplines.The festival is New England's largest Hunter/Jumper competition and runs each week from Wednesday to Sunday, opening at 8 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults during the week ($3 for children), $9 and $5 over the weekend. 100% of the gate revenue will be donated to the Manchester Community Library and Dorset Equine Rescue. With the weather finally taking a turn away from the chilly extended spring, it is the perfect time to get outside, watch some elite competition, and support your community.
All events are held at Harold Beebe Farm, located along Route 7 in East Dorset.
Black Bears in Stratton
It’s hard to avoid black bears at Stratton. During the winter their name and image is seen all over Stratton. There is the Black Bear Lodge, the Dashing Bear Boutique, and the Rising Bear Lodge. Nevertheless most winter residence don’t get a chance to see black bears in person as they are hibernating for upwards of 7-½ months.
In fact, around here it is sometimes considered good luck to see a black bear. Luckily I got to meet one walking behind the Stratton Fitness Center last Tuesday. Black bears are among some of the friendliest species of bears. Near Stratton most are herbivores that eat nuts and berries. That being said use discretion when mothers are with their cubs as they may become hostile.
Think Global, Eat (very) Local
The Farm-to-Table movement has been steadily growing for a number of years. It’s time to understand what that actually means, and all that it entails. At its heart, Farm-to-Table is all about providing consumers with locally produced food. Advocates of the movement stress the links between farmers, farm communities, the consumer, and the food that we eat. By cultivating relationships between farms, restaurants, and consumers, local communities and economies are necessarily strengthened.
A driving force behind the increasing popularity and availability of Farm-to-Table restaurants is the mounting backlash against genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s. It is estimated that 70% of prepackaged food available in grocery stores have some elements of GMO’s in them. Recent studies have begun to raise questions as to the long-term safety of eating these modified foods. This has made Farm-to-Table restaurants even more appealing, with their focus on food safety, freshness, seasonality, and small farm economics.
Farm-to-Table restaurants are readily accessible in the Stratton area. SoLo, located in Londonderry, is a renowned Farm-to-Table restaurant that was named one of America’s top 25 restaurants in 2013, and boasts Chef Wesley Genovart, who has garnered a great deal of press and accolades in his time working in New York City and in Vermont. Additionally, the Stratton Mountain Golf Club is home to The Green Apron restaurant, which hosts several Farm-to-Table dinners throughout the summer.
Inspired at Stratton
In June Stratton Mountain hosted the Wanderlust Festival – a celebration of mindful living. It was an incredibly success – the weather was nearly perfect and concerts were the centerpiece of every evening with a range of talented artists. After the Barr Brothers left the stage on Saturday night, a sizable contingent of concert goers were still eager for music and were delighted by an impromptu performance by the High & Mighty Brass Band, who played and danced among the crowd. For those who sought a more intimate venue, it was karaoke night in another tent but the highlight was when Joe the Security Guard sang Van Morrison’s “Moondance”.
The days were clear and filled with activities from paddleboard yoga to classes on top of a specially constructed platform located on the peak of the mountain, offering commanding views of the surrounding landscape.
Wanderlust will be back next summer with offerings that will appeal to all levels of yogis and new-practitioners. It is a wonderful event that inspires attendees and provides them the opportunity to reflect on their own lives in a tranquil, safe place. Don’t miss it.
You can sign up at http://wanderlust.com/events/#wanderlust-festivals for more information and the 2016 schedule of Festivals.
Get Your Wheels!
The natural beauty of Stratton never ceases to amaze- from the first view of the mountain driving up the access road or standing outside the base lodge. You can experience even more beauty from remote locations on wheels. Sign up for an ATV tour, run by Stratton Adventures. The action packed tours will take you from the base to the summit, allowing you to find views and vistas that few others will have opportunity to experience. Sign up soon and see more of your summer home. http://www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/stratton-activities/summer-activities/atvtours.aspx
Stratton Mountain Base Lodge Update
After months of planning, the next stage in renovating the Base Lodge on Stratton Mountain has commenced. The roof has been lifted and upward expansion can begin. The project will be completed well before the first major snow of the year. Watch for regular updates at Wohler Realty Group!
Take a look at some of our beautiful properies!
Wanderlust Yoga enthusiasts have once again made their way to Stratton Mountain for Wanderlust, the four-day retreat designed to reaffirm the importance of mindful living. There are several events that are worth checking out. The festival grounds feature the Kula Market (a venue for local artists to showcase their wares), the Food Co-op (filled with the freshest local foods), and Rue Boheme, an all day outdoor music venue. If you want to go the extra mile and join a yoga class, tickets are still available and the breadth of options is staggering, including yoga on the lake, yoga at the summit of Stratton Mountain, yoga in black light, hiking, meditation, and daily concerts.
For those who are just now hearing about Wanderlust, be sure to look into the evening concerts (headlined by Trevor Hall, the Barr Brothers, and Lee Fields & the Expressions), as well as outdoor yoga. The views are unforgettable and heighten the entire experience.
This weekend is set to be a beautiful one—it would be a shame to miss out on this special event in the sun.
One of the best features Wanderlust offers is variety. You can chose from over 40 different activities each day. The schedule includes yoga, music, hikes, standup paddle boarding, various talks, and food & wine tasting. Many of the events try to incorporate the outdoors with various meditative and spiritual practices. Most days start with a sunrise hike starting at 6:00am. Hikers will experience the fresh air of the green mountains and the beauty of Stratton Mountain. The number of different possibilities for the day is endless. In fact, you can chose to only listen to live music all day if that is your passion. The classes offer you an opportunity to meet new friends, learn new ideas, practice yoga, and find inner peace. At the same time, take in the warm summer air and enjoy everything Stratton Mountain has to offer.
Grab the Granola and GO!
I only see my girlfriend every few weeks so I feel we should be doing something fun and memorable when we are together. Lounging around the apartment certainly doesn’t qualify as memorable. Fortunately, Stratton and the surrounding areas offer a multitude of things to keep you and your date busy and having fun!
One of my favorites is to take a hike. It gets you away from other distractions-- iPhones, cooking, life in general-- so you can just enjoy each other’s company.
Tough Mudder Comes to Vermont!
Looking for a physical challenge? The Tough Mudder is a test of incredible endurance and supports the Wounded Warrior Project, helping injured service members adapt to civilian life.
Teams compete on a 10-20 mile course by racing up a mountainside and completing different obstacles to challenge both their mental and physical endurance. The Tough Mudder puts camaraderie over finisher rankings so you’ll experience exhilarating, yet safe, world-class obstacles.
If you are interested in competing or purchasing a spectator pass, nearby Mount Snow will be hosting a Tough Mudder event on June 6, from 5:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.. To register visit: https://toughmudder.com/events/2015-new-england
Stratton Mountain has a multitude of lodging options available to the Tough Mudders @ 800-STRATTON.
Presidential Hopeful Speaks at Local Parade in Brattleboro
Senator Bernie Sanders has become a local celebrity and community figure in Vermont. When he is not in the Capital he is often taking time to visit his constituents, making appearances at various high schools and town meetings alike. In fact, today, the presidential hopeful marched in the Brattleboro Strolling of the Heifers. The event is a celebration of local farmers, local food, and rural life. Following the parade, Senator Sanders gave a speech in the Brattleboro Commons. He has been a big proponent of the availability of local and healthy foods for all communities. Last year he voted to pass a new five-year farm bill. Stating his reasons, he said ‘that the bill brought greater stability to Vermont dairy farmers by helping them to manage risks and produce products more efficiently.” For more info on the event, check www.strollingoftheheifers.com/strolling-of-the-heifers-par…/
STRATTON 24- MARCH 21, 2015
The 24 Hours of Stratton is an epic skiing / snowboarding event designed for people of all ages and ability. Ski as an individual, or create a family of up to 12 riders consisting of co-workers, neighbors, friends or classmates. Each athlete can ski for as long or as little as desired, from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday as the mountain is lit for night time riding, from dusk until dawn!
The 24 Hours is FIRST and FOREMOST a FUNdraiser dedicated to helping under-privileged youth in Vermont. "Moving Mountains” is a Stratton Foundation initiative to provide basic living necessities such as food, warm clothing, personal care items, access to dental treatment, school supplies, transportation to school and doctors visits, and an equality of educational opportunities for children that cannot otherwise afford them. Also supported through “Moving Mountains” is a “Student Success Program” targeting high school teens who aspire to be first generation college graduates or who are not yet fulfilling their potential.
A weekend party of activities is planned for athletes and spectators:
Friday night welcome dance party
Opening Athlete Parade
Live Bands and DJ music
VT Food & Special Event Vendors
Games, Raffles, Giveaways
Celebration BBQ and Awards
Prizes are awarded in many different individual and family/team categories, for most money raised and for most vertical feet skied.
Stratton Mountain Spring Fling and Annual Pond Skim
Apr 11, 2015 12:00pm EST
The Pond Skim to the first 125 participants. Goggle tans for everyone! It's time to enjoy spring’s soft snow, longer days and sunshine with a weekend of celebration and the Annual Pond Skim. Costumes are highly encouraged!
Pond Skim - Saturday, April 11 at Noon on Lower Suntanner (one run to each participant)
Register: April 11 from 9-11am in the West Wing of the Base Lodge - $20 Fee (includes t-shirt - lift ticket not included)
Celebrate the Night in BLACK & WHITE
Stratton Mountain School Winter Ball
The 2015 Black & White Winter Ball was held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The SMS community celebrated all of Stratton Mountain School's success, donned their black and white best, and supported a wonderful cause, the SMS Scholarship Fund. The 2014 Dreams of Gold Winter Ball celebrated the Sochi Olympics by congratulating the 12 SMS alumni who competed in the Sochi Winter Games, and recognized all of our 42 amazing Olympians. Thank you to everyone who came out and made this evening a huge success! It raised more than $100,000 to support the SMS Scholarship Fund.
A New Standard in Ski Resort Medical Care
Get ICE: In Case of Emergency
Stratton Mountain Urgent Care at the Carlos Otis Clinic has provided superior medical care to the Stratton community since 1971. Over the years, we have built long-term affiliations with physicians from some of the nation’s most renowned medical facilities, such as Brigham and Women’s, Massachusetts General, Tufts Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Doctors from these and other leading hospitals offer their services at the Clinic for a week at a time on a rotating basis. As experts in orthopedics, family medicine and emergency medicine, our team provides care to skiers and non-skiers alike throughout the winter season.
A full-time staff of experienced nurses takes competent and compassionate care of patients of all ages. From fractures to life-threatening events, from ear aches to stomach aches, from sore throats to sore muscles, our patients benefit from the highest level of care, right here at the base of Stratton Mountain. All of our emergency medicine physicians and nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Stratton Mountain Urgent Care is indeed one of the pre-eminent ski resort medical facilities in the nation.
Sunday through Thursday:
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Fridays, Saturdays and holidays -
Beginning after December 15th
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Snowlight in Vermont
The Stratton Foundation invites you to be a part of the 2014-2015 Holiday Season’s SNOWLIGHT IN VERMONT.
Join us and dedicate a tree to celebrate your family or the memory of someone special.
Proceeds to benefit families in need throughout the holidays and throughout the year!
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
4:00-5:30 Donor Cocktail Reception
5:30 Grand Tree Lighting