On Saturday, July 26, beginning at 11 a.m., Jamaica will hold their annual Old Home Day. There will be a parade with floats, bands, events, races, prizes, food, music and dancing, games for kids, and a free exhibition of "The Creative Women of Jamaica". Also, there will be a flea market, Vermont history and culture, vendors, entertainers, a chili cook-off and a chicken barbecue. Then at 7 p.m. there will be a square dance at the Jamaica Town Hall.Join us at 9:00 am for the 1st annual Salmon Hole Dash 5k walk/run at the Jamaica State Park. Well be walking, jogging, or running along the beautiful West River on a flat, well-maintained trail in the shade for about 5 kilometers. Go at your own pace and enjoy the company of friends, neighbors and family! Visit the Jamaica Old Home Day website to sign up! http://jamaicaoldhomeday.com/
What makes living in Vermont a special experience? There aren't many places that offer so much natural beauty, outdoor activity,or communities where people look after their neighbors. In many towns, people know each otherby name and will offer a good morning or awave as you drive by. In a world that is becoming more and more complex, there is great value in this humble simplicity.In Vermont wehave hometown fairs and festivals, such as the annual 4th of July parades in Wardsboro & Londonderry, the Jamaica Old Home Day (held the last Saturday in July), the Peru Fair, and the Chester CraftFair in September. There are many wonderful schools and academies throughout the state such as Landmark College in Putney, The Putney School, Southern Vermont College in Bennington, The Mountain School in Winhall, The Long Trail School in Dorset, Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester,andGreen Mountain College in Poultney to name just a few. There are currently 23 highly acclaimed colleges and universities operating in Vermont. Take a drive to any part of Vermont and you will find terrific historical and educational sites. Some exciting day trips include the UVM Morgan Horse Farm in Middlebury, the Bennington Battle Monument, the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center in Burlington, Fort Dummer State Park in Brattleboro, The Salmon Hole & Jamaica State Parkand The Calvin Coolidge Birthplace and Museum in Plymouth. There are a number of ski areas in Vermont that offer year-round attractionsincludingMount Snow in West Dover, Stratton Mountain, Okemo in Ludlow, Magic Mountain in Londonderry, Bromley Mountain in Peru, Killington, Stowe, Pico in Mendon, Jay Peak in Jay, Bolton Valley, Mad River Glen in Fayston, Smugglers Notch in Jeffersonville and Suicide Six in Pomfret. This is just the beginning! There is so much to see and do in the state I call home.Make Vermont a destination.You won't be disappointed!
Spring has finally started to show signs of arrival here in Southern Vermont. Sap is and has been running for several weeks, sunny days have been slowly making the snow banks retreat and signs of new life are beginning to emerge. With the changing of the seasons, attractions and activities begin to shift from skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing to biking, hiking, canoeing, camping, outdoor concert events as well as the ever popular mud challenges at Mount Snow and Stratton. Now is the time to start yard clean up, outdoor projects and beautifying your home. If you are planning to market your property, first impressions are very important. Spring is also a great time of year to drive through Vermonts beautiful scenery and tour your potential new home.Vermonts Real Estate market is showing marked improvement . There are many great opportunities awaiting you as the selection is good over all budget ranges. With interest rates being very competitive and the lowest they have been historically, now is the time! Home inspectors and appraisers have been reporting their best quarters in quite some time. Local banking institutions and credit unions are offering rates currently averaging 2.75% for 15 years to 3.625% for 30 years. Dont wait. Call or stop by Lowes Real Estate today. We would love to assist you in any way possible. Happy Spring!
What makes Vermont a sweet' destination? Maple sugaring of course! Every year as the days warm up and the night temperatures drop to freezing, the start of maple sugaring is upon us. For the last 12 years, Vermont has celebrated Maple Sugaring Weekend the last weekend in March. During this weekend celebration, most sugarhouses host some sort of celebratory event either partaking in taste testing, participating in the process of sap gathering, learning the history of this art or watching the process taking place with modern equipment. Many places also offer sugar on snow if enough snow is still in supply.According to vermontmaple.org, over 1 million gallons of maple syrup was produced in Vermont in 2011 and it is Vermonts first agricultural crop of each year. Native people used to collect the clear sap of the maple tree and boil it down into hard bricks of sugar. Today, this is a generational art, passed down from Native Vermonters to their children and grandchildren. While the equipment and gathering techniques have changed for some over the years from metal sap buckets and metal taps using horses and sleighs/wagons, to more modern plastic tubing and large evaporators and arches; you can still find some who prefer to stay with the older techniques. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service , Vermont remained the top maple state in New England and the nation, producing 39% of the United States maple syrup. Southern Vermont has numerous sugarhouses that are open to the public. Included in this list are: Plummers Sugarhouse 2866 Townshend Road, Grafton 05146, Harlows Sugarhouse 563 Bellows Falls Road, Putney, VT 05346, Dutton Berry Farm rtes 11/30 Manchester, VT 05255, Robb Family Farm 827 Ames Hill Rd. Brattleboro, VT 05301, Maple Ridge Farm, 49 Larson Rd. Wilmington, VT 05363, Bobs Maple Shop, 733 Richville Rd. Manchester Ctr, VT 05255. There are many local sugarhouses that dont publicly advertise, but are still happy to have people stop by and observe the process. Just stop by Lowes Real Estate and Property Managements office on Main Street in Jamaica and well be happy to assist you with directions.
Vermont has a vast array of attractions ranging from various outdoor activities to farmers markets to book signings and readings to keep all interests and personalities happy all year long. In Southern Vermont alone, there are weekly indoor farmers markets in the winter months as well as local farm stands open year round providing the community with fresh produce to nourish our bodies. If you are up for challenging your body physically, there are snowshoe treks, snowboarding, tubing, skiing, cross country treks, as well as snowmobile tours available at Stratton and Mount Snow. Is skating your choice of activity? Manchester boasts a terrific opportunity to show off your talents at Riley Rink. In addition, there are numerous fitness clubs and spas available to help you achieve relaxation and rejuvenation. If nourishing your mind and creative side are your focus, opportunities await at our fantastic independent bookstores where book clubs, special author events and opportunities to learn new cultures or cuisines abound. Sleigh rides at local farms are also not to be missed during the winter months! Many even offer a picnic and hot cider or cocoa as well for your enjoyment.
The summer months in Vermont offer wonderful activities and attractions to enjoy as well. Southern Vermont is home to many popular golf destinations. Manchester and Stratton offer superior courses and golf instruction. In addition Stratton offers a Summer Concert Series every Saturday night through the summer months. Mount Snow has hosted the Tough Mudder Competition over the last two years which has proved popular with many different ages. Stratton also hosts Mountain Mayhem over Memorial Day Weekend, which is a similar venue. If tennis is your area of interest, Stratton is the summer home to the world renowned tennis pro, Cliff Drysdale. The Drysdale Tennis School offers superior instruction in a beautiful mountain setting. Kayaking and canoeing in the numerous ponds and lakes in Southern Vermont as well as participating in the Dam Release are also great attractions. Bike touring, either with a group, or just a few on the West River Trail also prove to be enjoyable experiences and highly popular. Many opportunities await you here. We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area with so much to offer in each season. Many of you may be aware that we comically refer to mud season as Vermonts fifth season. While it is thankfully short-lived, there are still things that make Vermont attractive during this time of year. Be it storewide sales, the opening of numerous Greenhouses/nurseries, book signing events at Northshire Bookstore, syrup tasting events or spring skiing, Vermont has what it takes to have fun and create wonderful memories. Whether you live here year round, or are only able to enjoy it several times a year. Check out our Current Events Page, or our Explore Our Area Page, to see just what Southern Vermont is offering for family fun as well as your individual enjoyment. We will be updating this information frequently, so make sure you continue to check back in with us!
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Fall Foliage in Vermont!
Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival September 30, October 1, & 2, 2011 10am-5pm Hildene's Meadow, 1844 River Road Manchester, Vermont
Stratton Mountain, Stratton, Vermont
Mount Snow, Dover Vermont
38th Annual Harvest Art & Craft Show
Date: October 8 October 9
Hurricane Irene Visits Vermont!As the media has covered some of the devastation here in Vermont caused by Irene, whatI would like to shed more light onare all the local dedicated workers and equipment operators putting the roads and peoples lives back together and in a very timely fashion no doubt! I want to throw out a huge THANK-YOU to all the men and women who have been spending 14+ hour days repairing our infrastructure. So many bridges and main roads were thrashed by Irene; it was almost unimaginable that those roads would be passable again so soon! We all know there is still a lot to do, but Im very proud of what these crews have accomplished here in Vermont! Last week we had an appointment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with our youngest daughter, my husband and I found the travel up Interstate 91 shockingly easy! Although with a glance down off the highway every now and again the view was pure devastation. Then toward the end of the week I had to make my way to Brandon, Vermont. To my surprise with little effort and only two minor detours, I made my way to Brandon. Of course once I arrived, Brandon had some damage from Hurricane Irene as well. The local Pizza Place happened to be sitting on Route 7 in the north bound lane! Route 7 was being repaired in a few locations, but overall it fared well throughout the storm. My final thoughts on Hurricane Irene are that we all need to be patient in the months and even years to come. We all know that the brutal damage sustained here in Vermont from Hurricane Irene will be fixed eventually but cant be done overnight! We all need to hold it together and not let tempers fly when you might be finding it difficult to get from place to place. Detours may become the main routes for many months to come, but look at these detours as a chance to explore new territory here in Vermont, after all, it is and always will be a beautiful State!
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