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17 Sep 2010
The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of ...

... internal combustion engines.

Two big car shows are going on this weekend here in northern Vermont:
the British Invasion in Stowe and the Northeast Street Rods Nationals near

The British Invasion is open to any British made car or motorcycle from
old classics to modern cars. It's a concours event so you will see the best
original or restored vehicles - there's not a rust spot or dent in this
crowd. You can find the British Invasion at the Stowe Events Field on
Weeks Hill Road across the street from the Swimming Hole indoor pool.

The National Street Rod Association meet is being held
at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction VT.

I've been to both events and I am happy to report that they attract many
hundreds of cars and they're both top quality shows.

The weather forecast is for great weather so put the top down and drive
on over.

Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
posted by  grunhaus at  20:57 | permalink

15 Sep 2010
Vermont Route 100 Glassblowers Open Studios Weekend

Glenn Ziemke

On September 18 and 19, Waterbury's Ziemke Glassblowing
Studio will be part of an Open Studio Weekend at five
glassblowing studios up and down scenic Route 100 from
Granville to Hyde Park, Vermont. The event will feature
glassblowing demonstrations, prize drawings, sale
pricing, and a chance to win a glassblowing lesson
if you visit all five studios.

More information and a printable map are available
at the Vermont Glassblowers website.

The five participating studios are:

Ziemke Glassblowing Studio, Waterbury Center, VT
Artist: Glenn Ziemke, 802-244-4126

Green Mountain Glassworks, Granville, VT
Artist: Michael Egan, 802-767-4547

Mad River Glass, Waitsfield, VT
Artists: David & Melanie Leppla, 802-496-9388

Little River Hotglass Studio, Moscow (Stowe) VT
Artist: Michael Trimpol, 802-253-0889
(1/2 mile off Route 100)

Seasholtz Glass, Hyde Park, VT
Artist: Matt Seasholtz, 802-635-2731

Vase by Little River Hotglass Studio

Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
Events , Shopping
posted by  grunhaus at  20:25 | permalink

11 Sep 2010
Megapickles Vermont Photo Blog

I've written previously about how much I enjoy Megapickles, a daily photo blog by John Hughes, a professor at Saint Michael's. The Vermont landscapes and architectural photographs are well done and fortunately they make up the bulk of John's work. If you want to see what Vermont look like to a superb photographer, this is where you can find what you're looking for. The photo shown in the screen capture above is a good example. The reduced size here takes much away from how striking this photo is so please click the link and see the original. In fact, I suggest you go to the Megapickles website and see especially the photos posted between Sept 4 and Sept 11.

When I visit John's photo blog I'm reminded that there are many beautiful places all around the world and I'm fortunate to live in one of them.

Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
Advice , Nature , Unusual
posted by  grunhaus at  20:43 | permalink

9 Sep 2010
Country Singer Jamie Lee Thurston at Ben & Jerry's

Country singer and Vermont native Jamie Lee Thurston will hold a free concert at Ben & Jerry's factory on Route 100 in Waterbury VT on Saturday, September 11, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Free ice cream and a free politician too! (Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.)

Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus

posted by  grunhaus at  22:08 | permalink

2 Sep 2010
Book Review: "How To Survive the Recession, A Vermont Perspective"

"How to Survive the Recession - A Vermont Perspective" by Bob Stannard:

A fun read by Manchester Vermont resident Bob Stannard made up from some newspaper columns he wrote in recent years plus new material especially for this book. Bob figured he could help his country in this time of trial and tribulation by explaining how Vermonters get up every morning (well, most mornings), pull on their boots, and go about the task of wrestling with the bear (i.e., living).

Bob sketches the characters (and I mean characters in every sense of the word) he has met and events he has witnessed or instigated, and uses these vignettes to show how Vermonters deal with the challenges and rewards of life.

The book in written in a conversational voice thankfully lacking in pretense. If you stopped by Bob's house, sat down with him in front of his fireplace and asked him what it's like to live in Vermont, this book would be his response. It's a very easy and quick read.

For the most part he does not stray too far into being preachy. He often just presents people and events and then lets you draw the conclusion. For instance, he enthusiastically veers into talking about playing serious blues harmonica ("harp") with the likes of B.B. King. He relates the stories King tells of losing a profitable gig to another blues performer and how his early manager cheated him. Yet King remains non bitter, even grateful for the experience and cherishes what these men did for him rather than what they did to him. That's how to live a full and happy life.

The book available directly from the author: Bob Stannard

Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
Advice , Shopping , VT Books
posted by  grunhaus at  18:20 | permalink

22 Aug 2010
Vermont Waterfalls Website

www.vtfalls.com website

I don't know why we all love waterfalls. Perhaps we've never seen a bad one. We've seen other bodies of water look bad such as muddy streams, filthy rivers, scummy ponds, and polluted lakes. But not a waterfall. If somebody did something to pollute one, it would get flushed out quickly.

Perhaps it's "The Sound and The Fury" as Faulkner would describe a big waterfall. Or the speed. Some of them are like roller coasters after all and many of us would like the exhilaration of riding one like that. Waterfalls look like fun!

Whatever the reason, it's always to thrill to see one, especially a big one. Vermont has many waterfalls due to our steep terrain and frequent precipitation year around. A good source of information on waterfalls is www.vtfalls.com, a website run by photographer Chris Hungerford.

Chris is a full time science teacher and part time photographer living in St. Albans VT who specializes in outdoor photography. He has photographed and filmed many Vermont "waterfalls, cascades, glens, rapids, gorges, and many other natural wonders" as he says on his waterfalls website. He also has a website for his other photography that you can see here and on Facebook and Twitter.

The listing of waterfalls by name, height and nearby town is helpful but the VTfalls website does not tell you exactly where the falls are. You could end up spending a lot of time looking for them. While that can be fun in itself. it would be more enjoyable if you knew you were at least on the right track.

One solution is to stop in the nearby towns mentioned in the list and simply ask someone there. All the locals will know where their nearby waterfall is. Another solution is to purchase the book, "New England Waterfalls" by Greg Parsons and Kate B. Watson. It's an excellent guide and has driving directions.

If you are visiting in summer and are interested in swimming holes, you could combine it with your waterfall search because some of the falls end up in a pool suitable for swimming. The best source for swimming hole information is SwimmingHoles.info/VT and see my August 7, 2007 Vermont Travel Notes blog entry and the August 18, 2008 Waymark.com blog entry.

NOTE: the usual cautions about venturing outdoors apply. If you are walking, hiking, swimming or just messin' around near rock cliffs, deep pools of water, and fast moving rivers, there can be some danger involved. Don't assume that if the locals are doing something goofy that it must be safe. It's not - it is both goofy AND dangerous. Decide for yourself how much of a chance you are willing to take. For years there was a sign at Moss Glen Falls, between Warren and Granville, recording the dates and details of the deaths and paralyzing injuries of daredevils that took place there. The falls are beautiful but they are like a lot in nature: lack of sense can get you knocked even more senseless.

Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
Advice , Nature
posted by  grunhaus at  20:31 | permalink

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