March 1, 2013
I took a break from Turner Toys to visit the Vermont Flower Show which is down the street from us at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction.
Nice Pants!! The Vermont Flower Show
At this time of year, Vermonters are always itching for some signs of spring. Luckily, the show did not disappoint. This year’s theme is “The Road Not Taken,” inspired by Robert Frost’s poem. Robert Frost has a special place in Vermonters’ hearts so it wasn’t a surprise to find his poem as inspiration for this year’s show. According to the organizers, Green Works, the theme lies in the:
“discovery of less-travelled places, exploration of the natural world and reconnection with forgotten wonders of enchanting green space. The poetry of Robert Frost often draws upon the landscape of New England and his home here in Vermont.”
The central display ranges from “literal interpretations of the theme to the more abstract: paths to choose from; asphalt jungles with glimpses of green; backyard urban micro-homesteads; bees; chickens, there are many opportunities for wonder and discovery.”
There was a re-creation of Robert Frost’s writing cabin and, as a part of the urban display, a narrow alley with graffiti-adorned walls, strewn garbage and some pretty tough plants.
It was also great to see some local Essex folks. Special shout out to Sarah Salatino from Full Circle Gardens and our local booksellers, Phoenix Books.
Forecast for tomorrow calls for snow…….
What are your favorite signs of spring? And, are you seeing any yet where you live?
October 12, 2012
Here in Vermont, the leaves are turning and we are back into our fall routines – school, soccer, raking. Turner Toys is a family business and we are fortunate to live in the Green Mountain State where nature, all things local, ingenuity and creativity are prized characteristics.
Inside Stephen Huneck’s Dog Chapel
This past weekend my daughter and I (and our dog, Charlie) enjoyed the fall foliage on a drive to St. Johnsbury. Our destination: Dog Mountain. Dog Mountain is set on 150 acres and is home to artist Stephen Huneck’s Dog Chapel and art gallery. The chapel looks like a Vermont village church complete with stained glass windows and pews. However, in this chapel dogs are welcome and celebrated. There is a sign outside the chapel that reads: “All Creeds All Breeds No Dogmas Allowed”. Charlie joined other dogs roaming in and out of the chapel and throughout the grounds – even the gallery/gift shop! The grounds are always open to dogs and their people for hiking, snowshoeing and exploring. It was a gift to experience the Dog Chapel and grounds during fall with the trees glowing orange and red. I felt like a tourist discovering a new and wonderful place and I‘m thankful to be able to live in Vermont with my family.
Let us know – what are your favorite places in Vermont? Are you a “dog person?” What kinds of dogs do you have? Send in pix of your dogs or favorite places in Vermont.