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Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair!

balloon 3Home town to Lowe's Real Estate's very own Penny Wilkens and Ginger Hill has quite the event coming up next month! The Annual Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair, and the Hometown Parade will be starting July 17 and last through July 20. There will be lots to do for the whole family including carnival rides & games, live music, lawn tractor pulls, balloon rides and more! The Parade will be on Sunday, July 20, and step off at 12:00 noon from the Hillsboro-Deering School complex on School Street and end at Grimes Field off Preston Street where visitors may take in the sights and sounds of the Balloon Festival for the afternoon. balloon1 If you wanted to take a Balloon Ride.... Balloon rides originate at the Fairgrounds at Grimes Field in Hillsborough and are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings (weather permitting). Flights take off as close to 6 o'clock (A.M. and P.M.) as possible and last anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. Of course, the length of the flight is heavily dependent upon the winds and weather conditions of the day. The cost for a ride is $200 per passenger; most balloons can carry 3-5 passengers as well as the pilot. Cash, checks and all major credit cards are accepted. To make flight reservations, you can contact by telephone at or via email at hillsboroballoonfest@tds.net. If you think you want to take a ride but are not sure there are alternatives for you.. Alternative Number 1: Tethering balloon 2 At various times during the course of the weekend, balloonists will be tethering. When a balloon tethers, it is secured to the ground so it will return to the spot from which it took off. Of course, you are accompanied by the pilot. You will "go up" about 50 feet then come back to the ground. Tethering is great for people who are young, uncertain about flying, or fragile. The cost is nominal, $15 per person to go up for approximately 5 minutes.

Alternative Number 2: Night Glow

A Night Glow isn't a ride, but it is one heck of a show. At dusk on Friday night, weather permitting, a half dozen or more balloons will inflate at Grimes Field. Once fully inflated, the propane burner is adjusted so as to create a white flame that illuminates the balloon and makes it glow. The night glow is free, the only stipulations are that the public must refrain from smoking and remain a safe distance away from the balloons while they are inflated.

balloon 5 Please find the schedule below & be sure not to miss out on all the fun!! Thursday, July 17 6:00 pm Carnival opens; Ride Bracelets for unlimited rides from 6-10pm, $17.00; Active Military families half price with ID 10:00 pm Carnival closes balloon 4 Friday, July 18 5:00 pm Carnival opens: Ride Bracelets for unlimited rides from 5-11pm, $20.00 5:00 pm Lawn Tractor Pulls on track 6:00 pm Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting) 6:30 pm Road Race 7:00 pm on Stage Bursitis Brothers Band 8:00 pm Balloon Night Glow (weather permitting) 8:00 pm on Stage Built for Comfort Band 11:00 pm Carnival closes Saturday, July 19 6:00 am Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting) 6:00 am - 8:00 am Pancake Breakfast ($5.00) under the tent 10:00 am Artisans Fair in Butler Park 12:00 noon Carnival opens; Purchase tickets for rides, no bracelets 1:00 pm Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show 1:00 pm on stage Kids Jazz Band 4:00 pm Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show 6:00 pm Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting) 6:00 pm on stage Lonesome Train Band 7:00 pm Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show 10:00 pm Fireworks 11:00 pm Carnival closes Sunday, July 20 6:00 am Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting) 6:00 am - 8:00 am Pancake Breakfast ($5.00) under the tent 12:00 noon Hometown Parade "Hillsboro Then and Now" 12:00 noon Carnival opens; Purchase tickets for rides, no bracelets 1:00 pm on stage Exotic Animal Show 1:00 pm Car Show on the ball field 2:00 pm on stage Marko the Magician 4:00 pm on stage Battle of the Bands 6:00 pm Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting) 8:00 pm Carnival closes Please visit http://www.balloonfestival.org/index.html for more information! Hope you can make it! ~Lowe's Real Estate Team

The Frendly Gathering Festival is Almost Here!

Frendly Gathering Frendly Gathering3 The Frendly Gathering Festival is a local music festival held at Timber Ridge Resort in Windham, Vermont. The Frendly Gathering originated as a way to bring frends from all over the world to one place to share a deep love for music, snowboarding and the outdoors. What started as a 250 person mini-gathering put on by The Frends Crew, has now evolved into a three-day grassroots music festival. The festival starts June 27-28, with early arrival passes available for June 26. Visit The Frendly Gathering Festival for more information and to get your tickets now! This is an event you don't want to miss! Frendly Gathering 4Frendly Gathering 2

Fall Foliage Festivals in Vermont

Fall Foliage in Vermont!

Fall is officially upon us and here in New England, that means natures beauty comes alive again with the turning of leaves and wonderful orange pumpkins making their dbut in the open fields.
Southern Vermont is working hard to regain their roads and infrastructure since Hurricane Irene hit on August 28th 2011. We love to see all the fall foliage festivals taking place and kids out playing in piles of crisp fall leaves. We hope people will still look to Vermont as a great place to visit and spend their hard earned dollars, helping keep the local economyalive and thriving! Here is a list of upcoming fun events that you are encouraged to attend;

Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival September 30, October 1, & 2, 2011 10am-5pm Hildene's Meadow, 1844 River Road Manchester, Vermont

October 7, 8, & 9, 2011 10am-5pm at Topnotch Field, 4000 Mountain Road in Stowe, VTFall is Festival time in Vermont and Stowe celebrates the absolute zenith of foliage color with the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival. 200 juried artisans exhibit and sell a wide range of contemporary and traditional craft work as well as original Art, photography, sculpture, and specialty food products. For many customers it's an annual ritual to spend a day here, seeing their favorite exhibitors and meeting new ones, buying new works including gifts for the approaching holiday season.

Stratton Mountain, Stratton, Vermont

Friday, October 7
Red Fox Inn Welcome Party, 8pm
Saturday, October 8
Harvest Fest, 12 7pm
Chili Cookoff, 12 3pm
Beerfest, 12 7pm
Pig Roast, 2 7pm
All day BBQ with the works burgers, chicken bratwurst and knockwurst, 11 7pm
Grizzly's, noon midnight
Don't Leave Band at Grizzly's, 7 10pm
Sunday, October 9
North Face Race to the Summit: Come run, come see who will be named King and Queen of the Mountain! Register here on Active.com.
Awards Tent at Base featuring BBQ, hayrides, activities and outside bar, 11 7pm
Athlete celebration, 11 1pm
Winter Wine List Preview at Verde's 2 to 5:00 PM
Join us during the Stratton 50th Anniversary weekend as we preview wines from our new 50 wines under $50 wine list. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and donations to The Stratton Foundations Hurricane Irene fund are greatly appreciated.
50thAnniversary Service at the Chapel of the Snows, 2 3pm
50thAnniversary and birthday cake in Base Lodge, 3:30pm
Tyrolean Evening at Grizzly's, 7 9pm
Doors at 6:15pm
Stratton Mountain Boys play live
Pre-reserve, $30, Children under 12 $20
Fireworks at Base, 9pm
Monday, October 10
8:30am hike led by Hubert Schriebl, Sky Foulkes, Rob Aubin and more.
I Love VT, a community BBQ benefiting the Stratton Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, 11 1pm Minimum suggested donation $15 adults, $10 children 12 and under
Commemorate 50 years of mountain excellence and look forward to 50 more filled with memories at Stratton.
October 8 October 9 New! Bicycle Tours offered on October 8 and 9 Join the experienced ride leaders of Bicycle Southern Vermont for fall foliage tours along the Battenkill and Metawee Rivers, and on quiet backcountry roads with grand vistas of the Green and Taconic Mountains. Three lengths offered: beginner, intermediate or expert. For details or to register, please visit bicyclesouthernvermont.com

Mount Snow, Dover Vermont

38th Annual Harvest Art & Craft Show

Date: October 8 October 9

Our official introduction.

Here we are, a new business taking shape or should I say, two businesses finally merging together to become one. Here it is, our first blog as an official Real Estate Company, I would like to introduce our company to the world and what better way to do that than the internet! Blogging is all new to me or should I say us, but Im going to try my best to provide information that will be useful to anyone who is looking to buy, sell or rent property in Southern Vermont and New Hampshire! Our official introduction. Lowes Real Estate and Property Management, LLC is about bringing two businesses together that have been working simultaneously with each other for several years now. Chris has been caretaking for many second homeowners here in Vermont for the past 10 years and I have been an active real estate agent in Vermont and New Hampshire for the past 6 years! Now, together we bring to the table our combined efforts to provide a one stop shop sort of speak, for people to turn to, that are looking to Advertise their property for sale, Purchase a primary or secondary home, Rent a Property they currently own, and or Care Take a property that may be a little more complicated for a homeowner to manage or maintain from their current location. Real Estate is an investment for most people and our goal is to assist in making that investment work to your benefit! Several people told us we were crazy to start up our real estate firm, that this is not a good time to start up a new business, especially with the current REAL ESTATE market trends! If we sat back and waited for the right time or the perfect time to do something, where would we be? Is there ever really a perfect or right time to take action? Im going to vote NO on that one! My husband and I have been enduring the real estate market together for the past six years and if we can make it through these past six years successfully, then we must be doing something right! We both like to work, we both enjoy living in New England (Chris being from Vermont and me from New Hampshire) we both have a love for the four seasonsor should I say five including mud season and we have been very fortunate to encounter such genuine and loyal clients that continue to provide us with more and more referral business throughout years past. To them, we thank, as it has and continues to be a pleasure doing business with you! It has taken some time to build our client base here in Vermont, but together we make a great team and we are looking forward to doing business with you! Please return often to our website to conduct your New Hampshire or Vermont Real Estate Search, as we will continue to diligently update our website and blog for you! Take care and have a great day! ~Julie Lowe Lowes Real Estate and Property Management, LLC