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Columbus Day Weekend at Stratton Mountain

There is no shortage of things to do at Stratton Mountain during Columbus Day Weekend!

SaturdayOctober 11

9am-The Run or Dye 5K will kick off the weekend at 9am on October 11. Don’t forget to sign up prior to the event, you don’t want to miss your chance to get out and enjoy the colorful foliage- all while getting covered with crazy colors! Visit the Run or Dye website to sign up:http://www.runordye.com/locations/Stratton#.VCK717v_T4d.










-After you finish the Run or Dye 5K, spend the rest of your day at the base lodge enjoying Live Music, Gondola Rides, BBQ, Face painting, Carmel Apples, Chili Cook Off, Hayrides and more!


12pm-At Noon the Brew fest will begin, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy many of the fine beers and hard ciders that Vermont has to offer. Also, for all you strong men and women out there, Be sure to meet at the Amex chair lift at 4pm for the Keg Toss event!

List below features some but not all vendors. More to come!

Heiniken USA 
Dos XXX Amber
Dos XXX Lager
Newcastle Brown Ale
Strongbow Golden Apple Cider
Strongbow Honey Apple Cider 

Boston Beer Company
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider
Jack-O Traveler Shandy

Foolproof Brewing Company
Le Ferme Urbaine

Vermont Hard Cider Company
Woodchuck Amber
Woodchuck Seasonal Fall Harvest
Woodchuck Hopsation
Woodchuck Local Nectar

Long Trail Brewing Company Co
Sick Day IPA
Brush & Barrel Imperial Pumpkin
Flyin Ryan IPA

Otter Creek Brewing Company
Shed India Pale Ale
Shed Mountain Ale
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout
Brewmaster Mike's Overgrown

Magic Hat
Magic Hat #9
Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream
Magic Hat Drip Coffee IPA

Zero Gravity
Conehead IPA
Green State Lager

Kingdom Brewery
Round Barn Red
Out of Bounds IPA

Drop In Brewery
Sunshine & Hoppiness 
Heart of Lothain

Groennfell Meadery
Autumn spice Mead
Mannaz Mead
Valkyrie’s Choice


7pm- Southern Vermont’s own DJ Joe Bell will be closing out the day at Grizzly’s (Second floor of the base lodge) from 7pm-Close.



Sunday, October 12

9am-On Sunday morning October 12, you can sign up between 8-9 (at the North Face Store) for the Race to the Summit!

11am-After, there will be more live music, BBQ, and the Stratton Foundation will be presenting the Vermont Field Day. This includes a Pie Eating Contest, Live Music, Hay Rides, The Pumpkin Chuck’n and more!

You can check out the full schedule here: http://www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2014/10/columbus-day-weekend.aspx

So, get up to Stratton Mountain this Columbus Day weekend and enjoy the beautiful foliage and all the events that Southern Vermont has to offer!! 





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    Jamaica Old Home Day


    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/

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    Independence Day Celebration and Parade

    US-Flag1 For as long as I can remember, the fourth of July has always meant one thing- The Wardsboro Parade. Not only was this special day a grand celebration of our independence, but the opportunity to come together as a community. The term quintessential "small town" definitely comes to mind. There are children running through the street in their special red/white/blue outfits, a line a mile long for some of the best freshly squeezed lemonade, the annual quilt show at the church, and lets not forget homemade strawberry shortcake! It is by far one of my fondest childhood memories, and you should definitely stop by and make some great memories of your own! ~Devon, Office Manager This year the street fairstarts on Friday, July 4th at 9:00am, with the parade kicking off at 10am. Arrive early to secure your parking spot! BobChevysmallFor more information and details please visit https://sites.google.com/site/wardsboroparade/Home.IMG_0153parade160c

    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