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11 Sep 2009
Killington Hay Bale Festival

If you are traveling around the Killington VT area in the next few weeks, you will see some unusual hay bale sculptures alongside the roadway.

They're part of the Killington Hay Festival, an annual exhibit of clever sculptures made of both round and square hay bales.

Get your camera ready and head out to see giant 30 foot hay bale structures fashioned into whimsical characters. There are 35 of them around the Killington area. The festival's website has a map of them so you can plan your tour. The exhibits are left in place through October. They are made by artists and enthusiastic amateurs.

Cabot Creamery is sponsoring the exhibit and providing free sample of their cheese at the Killington Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Rte 4.

You can stop at the Killington Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Route 4 to pick up a Hay Festival Scavenger Hunt guide and complete the quiz on Vermont agriculture. Answers are provided at each sculpture. There will be prizes and complimentary Vermont Cabot Cheese at the Welcome Center.

Some more photos are available on the festival's Facebook page.

(c) 2009 Jeff Connor (except the photographs) Grunberg Haus Inn
Events , Unusual
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11 Sep 2009
Burlington VT Art Hop Sept 11 and 12

17th annual Burlington South End Art Hop , Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12, has works on display from 500 artists in 100 studios and business facilities around town.

There is a juried art show, an artist designed mini-golf course made of recycled materials, fashion extravaganza, and artwork for sale.

It starts Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and continues Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you can't attend these two days, you will have other opportunities because most of the art will be on display for another month or so.

The web site has a Artists and Sites page which lists all the display locations and which artists' works are there.

There is an enormous number of intriquing events such as tortilla baking demonstrations, hat making workshop, mini golf putt-putt on the artist-created recycled materials course built on-site, family drop-in and create center, yarn spinning and glass bead making demonstration, classic car and motorcycle show, fabric art demonstration, quilting demonstrations (make and take yo-yos!), build or rebuild chairs workshop, and much more.

The web site mentions a map but I couldn't find it in a few minutes of looking. However, if you just go to Pine Street in Burlington VT, you will find many of the event locations and you can probably get more information on locations there.

This is a very popular event in Burlington and highly recommended.

(c) 2009 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
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8 Sep 2009

I just found out that Magic Hat Brewing is having a "#9tacular" event tomorrow to celebrate 09-09-09, September 9, 2009. There's no mention of the next one a thousand years from now so it's best to attend this event which will be held on Church Street in Magic Hat's hometown of Burlington VT.

Magic Hat has a special affinity to nines because of one of the brewery's most popular beers is named #9. And if there's anything this company likes almost as much as beer, it's having a good time.

#9tacular starts at 6:00 pm and goes 'till 10:00. That's pm, not the next morning. There will be live karaoke, a performance by The Rubblebucket Orchestra band, a laser light show, a scavanger hunt to benefit the non-profit Burlington City Arts, and a chance to win a very cool #9 cruiser bike (contest ends Sept 18).

If you can't travel to Vermont for this, there will be many other #9tacular events around the country that may be nearer for you.

(c) 2009 Jeff Connor (except the Magic Hat artwork) Grunberg Haus Inn
Events , Unusual , VT Products
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6 Sep 2009
British Invasion Car Show, Stowe, September 18 - 20

A boy and his car.

My first car was a 1959 MGA. I bought it for $350 and sold it a few months later, a deal I had to make with my parents to get them to acquiesce to what I thought was one of the greatest ideas of all time: me in a sleek, fast, and nimble car to try out my inestimable driving skill

I sold it for the same amount I had bought it for and I broke even except for gas plus all the polish, wax, and other chemicals I put on or in it.

I enjoyed - no, make that - LOVED, driving the MG that summer. I spent hours each day driving or working on that car. It has rusted out rocker panels which I carefully scrapped out and painted rust-proof silver. With a meticulousness worthy of a new category of dementia, I sanded each wheel and sprayed them in short stages with the leftover paint from the rocker panel project. There was not one run in the paint. Of course, it took me more than a week of light spraying to achieve that. And I had to mask the tires each time to keep overspray off them

The tires were so old they had dried out and developed hundreds of fine cracks. New tires would have been the only sane solution but to a teenage boy with more hormones than money, I found a better answer in a product called tire paint while I was wandering the aisles in an auto parts store. The first thing I thought of was that if I had found it earlier, I could have just painted over any silver overspray. Oh well. You learn to say that a lot when you own an old car but especially old British sports cars.

I had tried tire dressing first but the tires simply soaked it up and kept asking for more by displaying the same faded gray color they had before I spent an hour applying multiple coats of dressing.

This was back in the days before Armor-All so you never saw cars with shiny tires. But my MG's tires were beyond shiny - they looked absolutely glossy with their new coat of tire black. I didn't like the look but most of my friends and family did not mind too much. That may have been due to their bewilderment that someone would actually take the time and money to do such a time wasting thing. I had a car with super black tires but all they could see was a black hole.

A year or two later, I scored the ultimate achievement, an MG TD. It had been restored and didn't need much of anything until a few months later in upstate NY when a plug on the engine rusted out, draining all the water, and turning the engine into a stationary metal grinder.

I sold it and began my VW beetle period. But I never fell out of love for those old MG's and I hope they are still on the road. That's one reason why I look forward each year to the British Invasion car show in Stowe VT.

I'm sure it is one of the few places in the country where you can go to see a large gathering of old British motorcars as the British call them (to distinguish them from non-motor cars I guess - pedal cars and so on?).

Last year, 610 cars and motorcycles were entered in the British Invasion. Perhaps with the economy the way it is, there may be a drop in attendance but certainly there will still be more than enough cars to see. And they will all be magnificent examples - they don't allow junk or near-junk like my old MGA.

If you enjoy cars, especially old cars, you will certainly want to be there. I have to work that weekend but I'll try to find a little time to hop on my old British motorcycle and blast up there.

(c) 2009 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
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5 Sep 2009
Architecture & Design Film Festival Sept 24 - 27

As if architects, designers, builders and anyone interested in their work needed a reason to travel to Vermont during fall foliage, the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield VT, will be showing more than 30 feature-length films, documentaries and shorts about how architects and designers create.

"The films profile visionary architects, the creative design process, environmental issues and the brilliant designs that we see and use every day." Filmmakers, architects and designers will also be leading discussion sessions.

The Architecture and Design Film Festival will benefit the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Warren VT, which has over 150 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design.

The festival runs four days from September 24th through the 27th. Information about advance ticket sales is available on the website.

(c) 2009 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
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4 Sep 2009
Mad River Valley Craft Festival
The 39th annual Mad River Valley Craft Fair takes place on September 5 and 6, 2009, at Kenyon's Field in Waitsfield VT.

About 100 exhibitors displaying accessories, clothing, dolls and clothing, drawings, etchings, fabric/fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, mixed media, painting, photography, pottery, porcelain, sculpture, wood. There will also be music, food, children's activities, door prizes, and live demonstrations.

This is a very high quality show with top exhibitors from Vermont and a few surrounding states.

(c) 2009 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus

Events , Shopping
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