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Leaf Blower and Trapp Marathon - Fall Events in Stowe, VT

    

Fall in Vermont is the best time for outdoor activities.  There are 2 great, fun events coming up in Stowe, the first two weekends in October.  On Saturday, October 6th,  Stowe Trails Partnership (formerly Stowe Mountain Bike Club) will co-host the Leaf Blower Mountain Bike Festival, with MTBVT.  This is an all day mountain bike celebration including group rides for all ages and abilities, vendors, home grown food, and local craft libations.  This year the event will be staged out of Ranch Camp on the Mountain Road, where rides will disburse all over town.  For more information about this popular annual event you can go here.

On Saturday, October 13th, Trapp Family Lodge will be hosting a fun marathon, and half marathon trail run on their trail system.  This challenging event will cover their network, taking you on some of the most beautiful trails around.  For more information on this annual event you can visit Trapp’s website:

These are two great recreational opportunities where fall foliage viewing is likely to be at its best.  Also, a place and time to connect with friends and community, and celebrate this gorgeous season, upcoming.

Source: Stowetrails.org, trappfamilylodge.com

Roots Recap - Supporting the Vermont Foodbank

Cork Presents Roots

Roots 2018 was a great success!  Cork of Stowe and Waterbury, and Strawberry Hill Farm, hosted the fundraising event in Stowe on June 9th.  The goal was to send 100% of the proceeds to the Vermont Foodbank's program "Vermonters Feeding Vermonters".  This program partners with local farms to bring fresh, healthy produce and food to those in need.  It was a spectacular evening of food, wine (Cork featured their natural wines), beer and cider by restaurants and breweries in the Stowe area.  $32,202.28 was raised, and Foodbank donors matched $30,000 of this number, bringing the grand total raised by Roots 2018 to $62,202.28!! For a full recap on this event, you can go here.  Roots will be back next year, so mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8th 2019.

For photographs of the evening by TruckieLoo Photography, take a look here.

 

How Sweet It Is

Trapp Family Lodge Sugar House

How Sweet it is

Did you know that Vermont produces 40% of the maple syrup in the United States?  The season started early this year, and so far the sap has been running well.  With cold nights and warmer days this week, it should continue.  With that, Sugarmakers across the state will be offering gallons of the best maple syrup around, along with a variety of other maple products.  The following are some local favorites.

  • Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm invites visitors daily and offers an educational blog, complete with a weather report, sap sweetness and boiling status of each day.
  • Stowe Maple Products, a family-owned and operated sugar house, is open year-round with retail items. They will even ship your syrup to you.
  • Boyden Valley Winery will have some free samples during Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend, March 25th and 26th; and will be offering sugar-on-snow, maple wine and maple liqueurs, as well as free tours of the winery and sugar house.
  • Sugar Slalom, Sunday, April 8th, at Stowe Mountain Resort.  A ski race for all ages that's been held at the Mountain, since 1940.  A weekend long celebration of spring skiing and festivities, which attracts hundreds.

source: Stowe Area Association newsletter

Nordic Skiing in Stowe - The Best in the East!

Stowe has some of the best cross country skiing in the east.  Since 1968, when the Trapp Family Lodge opened the first nordic center in the U.S., cross country skiing has increased in popularity.  An amazing fitness alternative or additional activity to downhill skiing and riding, there is a long list of places you can go.  Whether it's a quick, easy, cruise on the rec path, or a day's outing in the back country, Stowe Nordic's ongoing efforts to enhance the skiing opportunities in town, have created options for everyone.

Check out the Ski Guide on their website to find out where you can go, and what the offerings in the area are.  It is a wide variety, ranging from 40 km of trails at the Trapp Family Lodge; to Edson Hill, Sterling Valley, or the Mayo Farm loop, which is groomed by Stowe Nordic.

Stowe Nordic is reviving 2 iconic Stowe backcountry events.  Both will be low key tours over parts of the Catamount trail.  Both tours will depart from the Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center on February 11, at 9:00 a.m., with a bus ride to the start and will end back at Trapps where there will be a party afterwards.

So, let it snow, and enjoy the trails, right in our backyard!

Winter Outings in Stowe

The fresh new snow that has fallen over the past few days has everyone invigorated to be outside enjoying it.  In addition to all of the outdoor activities, winter events are already on the schedule.  The following are fun free events you may want to mark on your calendar.  All of these are hosted by the Stowe Land Trust, and begin in January.

  • January 24th - Hikes for Tykes at 10:00 a.m.
    • Explore the winter world along the Mill Trail.  Designed for children up to 5 years old, to connect with new friends on the trails while fostering their love for the world around them. Enjoy a fire and hot cocoa at the Mill Trail Cabin afterwards.
  • February 18, 2017 - Peak-a-View Snowshoe at 9:00 a.m.
    • Strap on your snowshoes for a hike in the Page and Sterling Forests.  Warm beverages served afterwards.   Directions: From Stowe Village, head north on VT-108. In 3 miles, turn right onto Edson Hill Rd, then continue onto Weeks Hill Rd. In 2 miles, turn left onto Wade Pasture Rd; look for the Robinson Springs sign. After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Dish Ln. Park at the end of the road. Note that parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.
  • March 4, 2017 - Apple Tree Pruning Workshop from 1:00 - 4:00 at Burnham Farm, 2864 Stowe Hollow Road
    • Come learn the basics of fruit tree pruning and care from Lamoille County Forester, Rick Dyer, at Kelly Murphey & Rachel Fussell's orchard at the SLT-conserved Burnham Farm in Stowe Hollow.  Bring your clippers or a pruning saw and gloves.  Extra equipment will be provided. Hosted by the property owners, Kelly Murphey and Rachel Fussell.

Source and photograph: Stowelandtrust.org

 

Self-Guided Foliage, Brew, Wine and Cider Tour

 

The leaves are turning, so time to hit the road and check out all the beautiful colors and scenery this time of year has to offer.  Make it a little different this year, by stopping by the Stowe Area Association on Main Street in Stowe and pick up your Stowe Craft Beverage Trail Tour Kit for only $10. Then, follow the trail to each brewery, winery, distillery, and cidery!

You will get:

  • A Map & Tour Ticket – Bring it with you to each stop on the trail & get it stamped for your chance to earn extra prizes!
  • Corkscrew – a chic little commemorative gift, to open wine, beer, cider, spirits, soda.
  • Sunglasses – a gift for your designated driver.
  • Free Chocolate Voucher – Handmade chocolates by Laughing Moon Chocolates using local brews, wines, and spirits.

Bring your map for your exclusive #stowebevtrail special at each stop.

  • Boyden Valley Winery – 50% off a wine tasting! Sample the many different delectable wines produced, and take your Boyden Valley Wine glass home with you (tastings cannot be shared among multiple people).
  • Green Mountain Distillers – 50% off your spirits tasting!
  • Idletyme Brewing Company – Free gift! Purchase a beer, and get a surprise free gift.
  • Smugglers’ Notch Distillery – Free tasting! Sample award-winning vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and bourbon.
  • Stowe Cider – 50% off your cider tasting!
  • von Trapp Brewing – Free deck of von Trapp Brewing playing cards! Purchase a beer and take home a souvenir deck of cards from the Deli/Bakery!
  • Laughing Moon Chocolates – Bring your voucher for your free chocolate.  LMC has free chocolate dipping demonstrations every day at 2pm.

Enjoy!!


source: Gostowe.com

B3 Weekend in Stowe, Coming Soon!

          

Critical Mass Ride from Park St., 2015

 

The 3rd annual B3 mountain bike festival is happening the weekend of June 10.  And, it starts with a kick-off party on Park St., Friday evening, at 5:00 p.m.  Last year the 1st annual kick-off party included tastings from The Alchemist, von Trapp Brewing, Idletyme, Stowe Cider, Mansfield Dairy, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, and more.  This year's block party will be much the same, with live music, and new additions such as balloons for kids, and kid munchies!  The Critical Mass Ride, which everyone is looking forward to again, departs afterwards.  It's a group ride that will depart from Park Street, around 6:30 p.m., and goes up the Mt. Rd. to Piecasso.  All ages are invited, and costumes are encouraged.   After the ride, there will be restaurant, brew, and cider specials; along with bike giveaways.  Throughout the weekend there will be group rides for all abilities.  And on Sunday, there will be a host of group rides at Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center - all family friendly - and a cookout to follow!

For more information on B3 weekend, visit the B3 event page of the Stowe Mountain Bike Club.

  photo credit: Lucy Nersesian  

TRIP Dancers to Perform This Weekend in Stowe

Stowe's TRIP dancers will be appearing this weekend, at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, at Stowe Mountain Resort.  This year, the impressive local dance company will be performing a wide array of numbers, from show favorites such as "Chicago", The Wizard of Oz, and the recent Boadway hit, "Newsies".  As usual, a variety of styles will be represented, including jazz and ballet.  Helena Sullivan, the artistic director and teacher at Stowe dance Academy, has led TRIP DANCE Company for over 16 years.  TRIP has grown into such a successful company, providing students of all ages invaluable dance performance opportunities and experiences.  The Dance Company has received numerous awards for outstanding costume design, and stage presence; as well as for choreography. 

Performances are scheduled for this coming Friday and Saturday, March 18-19 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students, available at sprucepeakarts.org, or from any TRIP dancer.  When buying tickets online, be sure to name the dancer you know, so they will receive credit. 

Ticket sales support the Dance Company and scholarships.

 source: Stowe Reporter  photo source: Stowedance.com  

 

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Looking for something new to do this winter?

Yes, there's plenty of skiing, riding and other winter fun stuff to do.  But maybe you're looking for something a little different.  For instance, it's not too late to get tickets to Rusty DeWees's The Logger show.  Rusty, who grew up in Stowe, has yet another series of enteraining shows this month and next, 5 of which still have seats available.  Rusty's shows are hilarious, and feature amazing local musical talent.  Below is the schedule of upcoming shows.

  • Feb 20 VERMONT COMEDY CLUB Stand-Up and Improv Stars (Adults)
  • Feb 26, 27, GOVERNOR JIM DOUGLAS Evening of stories – VT. Quiz
  • March 4, 5, THE LOGGER and THE FELLERS Comedy and Music Show

You can buy your tickets online.

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Then, if you haven't been to Stowe Bowl yet - you may want to check out this new state of the art bowling experience.  Bowling like you've perhpas never seen.  Rachel and Mark Vandenberg of Stowe's Sun and Ski Inn and Suites, have added a remarkable bowling attraction.  Equipped with a full lounge and eatery, you'll find some of your favorite dining items, and beers on tap.  Great spot for parties or other special occasions; and bowling league opportunities, coming soon.  Check out this video Mark put together of the genesis of this project.

Enjoy!

Source and photos: TheLogger.com and Stowebowl.com

Holiday Festivities in Stowe and Waterbury

                                 

During the Christmas and New Year holidays it is a very festive time in Stowe and Waterbury.  There are planned events, celebrations, performances, and activities.  So, no matter the weather or your busy schedule, there is something for everyone:

  • Cork Wine Bar and Market are kicking things off in Waterbury, Friday evening from 6-8.  Eat chocolate, drink wine, buy holiday gifts, be merry!

  • The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to Stowe Mt. Lodge Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st featuring over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont.

The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
  • Live Music at Spruce Camp, Saturday, Dec. 20 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Join in to sing Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Jane Bouffard and accompanied by orchestra.  Stowe Community Church, Monday, December 22 at 7:00 P.M.
    No rehearsal required.

  • Through December 28, at the Helen Day Art Center, Festival of Tree and Light.

  • The Logger - performance by the inimitable Rusty Dewees, December 26, 27, 28, and 2 shows New Year's Eve.  Tickets do sell out
  • James Taylor performs New Year's Eve, at Spruce Peak Performing Arts

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