Monday, February 10, 2014

Vermont Overland Grand Prix

If you are a cycling enthusiast in the Upper Valley, it's likely that decorated competitor and cycling coach Peter Vollers needs no introduction. If you want to know more about cycling opportunities in our area, you should get to know him. And if you are looking for a new challenge, now is a great time.


Vollers, the founding owner of Vermont Overland has added an exciting event to the company's adventure travel offerings. Debuting this summer is the ultimate overland bike race: The Vermont Overland Grand Prix, a 53-mile dirt road, bicycle race featuring 6800 feet of climbing and seven sections of what Vollers drolly refers to as “Vermont pavĂ©” (unmaintained ancient public roads.) The race will start and finish in the beautiful village of Woodstock, Vermont.


A past US Jr Worlds team member and Collegiate National Champion (also the founder of the cycling team at Killington Mountain School,) Vollers saw his lifelong passion for cycling as a natural extension of Vermont Overland's successful off-road touring trips. (The company's flagship overlanding event, the Vermont Overland Trophy sold out in the first day of its initial offering.)


Open to all cyclists, the Vermont Overland Grand Prix is guaranteed to be a fun event and the perfect way to explore Vermont's idyllic countryside. A post-race party in Woodstock will welcome riders back to town. For all the details and information on how to register, visit the website by clicking here.

Monday, February 3, 2014

17th Annual Occom Pond Party

The 17th Occom Pond Party outdoor fun and games are set for noon Saturday Feb 8, 2014. This skating, sliding, sleighing, eating, and parading event is co-sponsored by Hanover Parks and Recreation and Dartmouth's Winter Carnival crew.


The ice castle, slide and tube runs are dependable crowd pleasers. The Couch Potato and Banathalon races generate hilarious competition. It is all free; come join the fun. More information here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

High Style and Modern Amenities in An Incomparable Location

Located just over two miles east of Woodstock, Vermont in a well established area of substantial country estate properties, this elegant, architect-designed home offers the conveniences of single-level living and succeeds in bringing the beauty of the Vermont countryside and all of its seasons indoors.

An expansive entry foyer leads to a great room that combines an open concept kitchen and two dining/living areas.


The open floor plan offers dramatic spaces in which to entertain or relax.









The family wing includes three bedrooms, two baths and an enormous walk in master closet. A separate guest suite provides privacy and separation.


The large loft area off the entry foyer with gorgeous lawn and pond views lends itself perfectly to an in home office, play room or informal living room.



There are radiantly heated tile and old-growth, center-cut wide plank Eastern White Pine floors, a whole house air purification system and dramatically high ceilings throughout. The total square footage measures approximately 4900+/.



Originally built in 1971, the home’s sweeping lines speak to the design aesthetic of a well known local architect. The house underwent a comprehensive and stylish transformation with an emphasis on green materials and techniques in 2010.


A private drive ascends through manicured lawns and overlooks the property’s two spring fed ponds and the barn. The property extends along the riverbank with over 1300 feet of frontage. An in ground pool is on the west lawn.




The home site, set high on an open promontory with views west towards Woodstock village and Mount Tom, takes in the astounding natural beauty of the Pomfret hills and the verdant river valley below.



Often referred to as “the prettiest small town in America" Woodstock is well known for its combination of New England charm and worldly sophistication. Hanover, New Hampshire and the prestigious Ivy League Dartmouth College as well as the amenities of Quechee, Vermont are a short drive away.

For more information contact Rick Higgerson and visit www.268highpasturesroad.com.


Friday, November 16, 2012

The Hall Art Foundation - Reading, Vermont

Southern Vermont's Lexington Farm, built by Elisha W. Watkins in the early 1800’s and operated as a dairy farm until the 1980's, is now home to The Hall Art Foundation, having been sensitively converted into a gallery space that will showcase masterworks from a private collection. The Foundation's inaugural installation will feature solo presentations of work by Georg Baselitz, A. R. Penck, Neil Jenney and Edward Burtynsky.




Georg Baselitz is one of Germany’s most celebrated living artists, with a career spanning more than fifty years. He is possibly best known for his paintings of inverted figures, animals, landscapes and still-lives that emerged in 1969. Engaging these classic figurative motifs, Baselitz creates and/or displays work upside down in order to re-focus the viewer on the abstract qualities of his compositions rather than their representational ones.










A. R. Penck, born  in Dresden in 1939, is a prominent and influential German artist. Since the beginning of his career, Penck has pursued an intense interest in the relationship between individuals and society, and the political and social structures that govern them. While living in East Berlin he formulated the basis of his mature style in an environment where any art created outside the socialist realist mold could be called subversive and developed a painting style where abstract imagery could render political and existential realities legible.  







Born in 1945, American painter Neil Jenney has been a defiantly unique voice in contemporary painting for over forty years. He came to prominence in the mid-1970s with the emergence of what curator Marcia Tucker described as “Bad Painting”. Created between 1968 and 1970, Jenney’s "Bad Paintings" were developed in reaction to the minimalist, conceptual, and hyperrealist styles prominent at the time and presented a new and unique style of realism based on ideas rather than mimetic accuracy.







Edward Burtynsky, one of Canada's most respected photographers, achieved international recognition for his large-format color photographs of global industrial landscapes. Burtynsky's most famous photographs are sweeping landscape views where modern industrial activity has reshaped the surface of the land. Recently the subject of a show at the Hood Museum of Art, Burtynsky's images of the quarries of Vermont were explored within the context of the geological and social history of this area.






The Hall Art Foundation is open to the public by appointment only.

Please contact info@hallartfoundation.org with the date and time of your desired visit.

551 VT Route 106, Reading, Vermont 05062

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A New Season at Northern Stage



Northern Stage kicks off its 16th season next week, under new Executive Director Russell Maitland, with an exciting lineup of shows.

First up is Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday, a terrific election-year comedy telling the story of a not-so-honest businessman and a not-so-dumb blonde who take Washington, D.C. by storm. But when the businessman hires a journalist to teach her some manners, her 'education' takes an unexpected turn.

Included in the seven shows this season are spine-tingling mystery, Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, side-splitting comedy, Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott's No Sex Please, We're British, and thought-provoking drama, David Mamet's Race.

Tickets are available now at the Northern Stage website, by calling the box office at 802-296-7000 or emailing boxoffice@northernstage.org.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Los Lonely Boys in the Mountains


What are you doing next Tuesday?

Well, if I didn't have to be up before 5:00am on Wednesday morning to get my kids to crew practice on the river, I would be driving up to Stowe for some Grammy-winning, Texican rock’n’roll courtesy of Los Lonely Boys who are doing a show at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, October 2nd at 8:00pm.

What's your excuse?

Tickets available here or by contacting the Box Office at 802-760-4634 or by e-mail at info@sprucepeakarts.org.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Something for Everyone at LOH



Lebanon Opera House has some great shows in the fall line-up, and there is something for everyone regardless of your taste in music.

Rock, blues, jazz, Motown, even a barbershop quartet. You name it, they've got it.

Higgy is coming with me to see indie-pop singer-songwriter sensation Ingrid Michaelson on October 27th because I agreed to accompany him to Grateful Dead honor band (I made up that term because 'tribute band' doesn't quite do them justice) Dark Star Orchestra on December 3rd. I haven't told him yet so let's keep it to ourselves for now.

Check out the season calendar here; you won;t be disappointed. Tickets are available on the website or by calling (603) 448-0400.