• Out-of-the-Box Thinking Creates a Haven for Entrepreneurs in the Northeast Kingdom

    Posted on in categories Art , Local , Positive Newstagged#vtentrepreneur

    While the housing squeeze and drug issues have a stranglehold on some communities, St. Johnsbury has become a hub for creative, cooperative community businesses.

    FULL STORY COURTESY OF SEVENDAYS VT HERE

  • Vermont Brewers Festival This Weekend

    Posted on in categories Event , Local , Positive News

    Back for it’s 31st Season, enjoy the Vermont Brewers Festival on the beautiful Burlington Waterfront! Make sure you sign up for sessions before they’re sold out:

    • Session 1 Friday July 19, 5:30pm-9:30pm
    • Session 2 Saturday July 20th, 12:00pm-4:00pm
    • Session 3 Saturday July 20, 5:30pm-9:30pm

    Get your tickets and details courtesy of the Vermont Brewers Festival HERE

  • Street Mural Tour this Saturday in Burlington

    Posted on in categories Art , Event , Local , Positive News

    Photographer, Carol Bates and Artist, April Cornell lead a tour of the Street Murals of Burlington this Saturday.

    READ THE FULL DETAILS COURTESY OF SEVEN DAYS VERMONT HERE

  • Local Barrel Racer Competes in National High School Competitition

    Posted on in categories Local , Positive Newstagged#barrelracing , #highschoolrodeo , #horsecompetition

    Ashlyn Snyder, from Lake Clear, NY, is a competitive barrel racer who is set to enter her first National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming at 15 years old. The North Country is keeping an eye on one of our own as she rides to a national  competition set in Wyoming this weekend.

     

    READ THE FULL STORY COURTESY OF WPTZ NY SPORTS REPORTER ERIC KERR HERE

  • Middlebury Festival on the Green: A Week of Free Summer Fun in Vermont

    Posted on in categories Event , Local , Music , Positive Newstagged#festivalonthegreen , #middlebury

    If you’re looking for a charming and family-friendly summer event in Vermont, look no further than the 45th Annual Middlebury Festival on the Green. This week-long celebration of the performing arts takes over the picturesque town green from July 7th to 13th, offering a diverse array of free entertainment for all ages.

    What to Expect at the Festival:

    • Daily Performances: Every day, from noon to 1 PM, you’ll find engaging “Brown Bag” programs geared towards families. In the evenings, enjoy diverse musical performances ranging from folk and blues to jazz and world music.
    • Community Atmosphere: This festival is a beloved community tradition, known for its welcoming atmosphere and all-ages appeal. Bring a picnic blanket, pack a dinner, and settle in for an evening of music and fun.
    • Variety of Entertainment: The Festival on the Green curates a lineup that caters to a wide range of musical tastes. You might discover your new favorite band or be delighted by a familiar tune.
    • Local Food and Vendors: Local food vendors will be on-site, offering delicious snacks and meals to enjoy while you listen to the music.
    • Supporting the Arts: While the festival is free, donations are encouraged to support the continuation of this wonderful community event.

    Tips for Attending the Festival:

    • Parking: Parking can be a bit challenging in Middlebury, so arrive early or consider biking or walking to the green.
    • Seating: Bring a lawn chair or blanket to ensure a comfortable spot on the green.
    • Weather: Vermont weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers and be prepared for anything from sunshine to rain.
    • Explore Middlebury: While you’re in town, take some time to explore Middlebury’s charming shops, restaurants, and historic sites.

    Why You Should Go:

    The Middlebury Festival on the Green is more than just a music festival; it’s a celebration of community, culture, and the joy of summer in Vermont. With its free admission, diverse lineup, and beautiful setting, it’s a fantastic way to experience the heart of Addison County.

    So pack your picnic basket, grab your friends and family, and head to Middlebury for a week of unforgettable music and fun under the summer sky.

  • Cannons & Coffee: Fun in the Adirondacks

    Posted on in categories Hiking , Local , Positive News , Travel & Adventuretagged#ausablechasm , #fortticonderoga

    Discover the rich history and breathtaking landscapes of Northern New York this week, July 7th to 14th. We’re focusing on two captivating destinations: the natural wonder of Ausable Chasm and the historic Fort Ticonderoga.

    Ausable Chasm: The Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks

    • Explore a Geological Marvel: Embark on an unforgettable journey through Ausable Chasm, a stunning gorge carved by the Ausable River. Hike along the rim, explore dramatic rock formations, or take an exhilarating raft ride through the chasm’s depths.
    • Family-Friendly Adventure: Ausable Chasm offers activities for all ages, from scenic walks to adventurous rock climbing. It’s a perfect destination for families seeking outdoor fun and a unique learning experience.

    War of 1812 Museum in Plattsburgh:

    • Step Back in Time: Delve into the history of the War of 1812 at this informative museum in Plattsburgh. Learn about the pivotal battles fought in the region, including the Battle of Plattsburgh, and discover the stories of those who lived through this significant period in American history.

    Fort Ticonderoga: A Historic Gem

    Fort Ticonderoga has special events happening throughout the summer, but the ones to highlight for your trip are:

    • Cannon & Coffee (July 5th): Start your day with the thunder of artillery and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. This unique experience blends history with a morning pick-me-up.
    • History Happy Hour on the Carillon (July 5th): Relax with a narrated boat cruise on Lake Champlain aboard the Carillon. Enjoy scenic views, learn about Ticonderoga’s past, and savor a classic cocktail.
    • A Date with Brown Bess (July 9th): Get hands-on with a Brown Bess musket, the iconic firearm of the 18th century. Learn about its history and how it was used. You’ll even get to try loading and (with supervision) firing it!

    Whether you’re a history buff or simply seeking natural beauty, Ausable Chasm and Fort Ticonderoga offer a captivating glimpse into the past and present of Northern New York.

  • Celebrating Independence Day in Chittenden County

    Posted on in categories Event , Local , Positive News

    Chittenden County comes alive with patriotic fervor as it gears up for a spectacular Fourth of July celebration! The region is buzzing with festivities, offering an array of events to suit all ages and interests. Let’s dive into the highlights and explore the best ways to celebrate Independence Day in this vibrant corner of Vermont.

    Burlington Waterfront Independence Day Celebration

    Kick off the festivities on July 3rd at the Burlington Waterfront. From 5 PM to 11 PM, revel in a lively atmosphere filled with music, delicious food vendors, and a breathtaking fireworks display over Lake Champlain. This annual event is a beloved tradition for locals and visitors alike.

    Essex Junction Fourth of July Celebration

    Head to the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds Midway Lawn on July 4th for a family-friendly extravaganza starting at 6 PM. Indulge in mouthwatering treats from over 12 food vendors, groove to the live music by Sticks and Stones, and let the kids bounce their hearts out on 11 different inflatables. Face painting and balloon artists will add to the festive cheer. The evening culminates with a dazzling fireworks show at 9:30 PM.

    Join the community spirit in Colchester on July 4th as the annual parade kicks off at 10 AM from Colchester High School. The procession winds its way down Blakely Road, ending at Lavigne Road. After the parade, gather with friends and family for an evening of fun and fireworks.

    4th of July

    • Plan Ahead: Given the popularity of these events, it’s advisable to plan your transportation and parking arrangements in advance.
    • Pack Essentials: Bring lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen, hats, and insect repellent for outdoor activities.
    • Stay Hydrated: With summer temperatures soaring, remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
    • Capture the Memories: Don’t forget to bring your camera or smartphone to capture the magic of the fireworks and the joy of the celebrations.

    Chittenden County offers a diverse and exciting Fourth of July experience. Whether you prefer lively waterfront festivities, family-friendly gatherings, or the charm of a small-town parade, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Embrace the patriotic spirit, celebrate the nation’s independence, and create lasting memories in this picturesque region of Vermont.

  • Elle St. Pierre Wins 1st Round of 1500m

    Posted on in categories Local , Positive News , Runningtagged#ellestpierrre , #olympicsparis

    Elle St. Pierre won her heat and took first-place over all in the first round of the women’s 1500m, finishing 4:06.41 on Thursday, June 27.

    READ FULL STORY COURTESY OF ST. ALBANS MESSENGER HERE

  • Strawberry Circus at Sam Mazza's This Weekend!

    Posted on in categories Event , Kids , Local , Positive Newstagged#farmersmarket , #strawberryfestival

    Bring the kids this weekend to Sam Mazza’s Strawberry Circus 11-4 pm Saturday June 22.

    Enjoy plenty of strawberry-themed goodies as well as their normal line-up of fantastic bakery and store items.
    This year, Sam Mazza’s Farm Market’s offering new activities in addition to Strawberry Fest classics:
    – Interactive, circus-inspired performances by Vestopia Hoops
    – “The Makers Station” mobile crafting bus
    – Kids craft
    – Pony Rides
    – Bounce Castle
    – Strawberry fudge, shortcake, CREEMEES and donuts
    – Food vendors: Pizza Bottega, Famous Frankie’s, Crazy Cotton Candy Lady
    – MORE!
    No entry fee. Activities ticketed. Cash preferred – ATM on site.
  • Dairy Days at Babbie Rural & Farm Museum June 22nd & 23rd

    Posted on in categories Event , Kids , Local , Positive Newstagged#dairydays , #farmdays

    Come out and enjoy Dairy Days at Babbie Rural & farm Museum June 22nd and 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm.  Watch demonstrations including cider pressing with apples from Forrence Orchards, forging at the Blacksmith Shop, corn grinding in The Granary, and the making of Cedar Shingles.
    With the price of admission, savor free Ice Cream donated by Stewart’s Shops and free Cabot Cheese donated by Chateaugay Co-Op. Bring your kids to their special area with games, prizes, popcorn, and cotton candy.

    DETAILS: 

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