Predicting Snow in Stowe

Working on a large piece of sculpture at the West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, an artist stopped his work to talk to us about the process of carving over 6000 pounds of rock into a double fountain weighing more than a ton. He explained that this would be his last large piece of the year since all outside work would have to be completed within two weeks before the first snowfall.

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“Really? Snow in only two weeks?” we’d asked on September 29th. It was hard to believe that snow would be falling only three weeks after the beginning of autumn, but he was right. On Sunday morning, pictures of Stowe, Vermont’s brightly colored leaves covered in snow were broadcast on the morning news.

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I feel confident the artist met the deadline, adding another piece in the outdoor sculpture garden located behind the gallery.

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Over a dozen large pieces carved from local materials including walkways, seats and fountains were on display.

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Jigsaw like stone puzzles as well as metal sculptures were included in the garden as well as more practical pieces. Additional works will have to wait until the snow thaws next spring.

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If this art thing doesn’t work out for the man we spoke to, I’d be glad to provide a recommendation as a meteorologist.

Bridging New England

Our drive from Maine to Vermont wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable if we hadn’t decided to go on a covered bridge scavenger hunt.

The first bridge of the day we found was the Lancaster Bridge just off Highway 2 in Lancaster, NH.

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Not far away we located the Mt. Orme Bridge which connects the states of New Hampshire and Vermont.

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By the time we reached the forgotten village of Greenbanks Hollow and its bridge in Danville, Vermont, the blue skies of the morning had changed to gray.

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Coburn Bridge no longer serves vehicles but instead supports pedestrian traffic and commemorates the bridge’s history as a museum.

 

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The rain started falling by the time we left the museum at Coburn ending the scavenger hunt but one that can be continued on another day.

A Bushel or a Peck?

Driving from Maine to Vermont, we saw hand painted signs pointing the way to Burtts Orchard, a place to pick apples. So we took a slight detour and found the advertised orchard.

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I think the woman at the stand was a little surprised that we wanted to pick apples in the rain instead of just purchasing a bag of apples, but what fun is that? I can buy a bag of apples at any grocery.

So we were given a map indicating what type of apple was grown in each row with the ones ready for picking highlighted in yellow, an apple picking tool, and asked if we wanted to pick a bushel or a peck.

We decided a peck would be plenty, especially since they would be kept in the car until we returned home. Then we headed out to start picking.

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The first couple apples were pretty puny so we moved on to another row and got busy picking only apples deemed worthy. We picked McIntosh, Empire, Gala, and Honeycrisp, all traditional September varieties and even picked a few Golden Delicious and Fuji that were ready a couple of weeks before their usual October picking season.

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Of course, there was a little taste testing during the picking and after filling our bag, it was back to the stand to pay for our freashly picked peck. For less than $8.00, we left with fruit that we’d snack on all the way home. However, who can tell which apple is which? Was that a Honeycrisp or an Empire? Oh well, it doesn’t matter. We’ve started an apple a day habit.

The Art of Cycling

For me, the only art to cycling is making sure I pedal fast enough to keep from falling over, but the Stowe Recreation Path in Stowe, VT proved to be not only an enjoyable ride through the Vermont countryside but an art exhibit as well.

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Over the course of the six mile path, a variety of sculptures including a guide to each piece by phone provided an interesting art show.

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The sculptures as well as historic buildings are a bonus to trail users.

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The easy, relatively flat trail crosses ten bridges so there are many opportunities to view the river crisscrossing through the town.

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Even on a wet day, a twelve mile ride in Stowe was a great place to ride and enjoy art, both made by man and nature.

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