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What Are You Doing For 4th of July?

    

Kick off your Fourth of July weekend celebration with the area's most favorite and iconic parade: The Moscow Parade.  This parade is like no other, and begins at 10:00 a.m.   Park on either River Rd., or Moscow Rd.

Then, make your way to Stowe Village, where there will be live music, food, activities for all ages, a special artisan market, and other festivities and entertainment!  The Main Street parade starts at 1:00 p.m., and will be bigger and better than last year's!

Highlighted events in the village, include a bouncy house, dunk tank, pie-eating contest, and climbing wall,  from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Starting at 6:00, more Independence Day celebrations at the Mayo Farm events fields, including fireworks!

Also, don't forget about the "7 Miles of Sales"; and the World's Shortest Marathon, which begins at noon.  A 1.7 mile Fun Run, starting at the intersection of Routes 100 & 108.  It's open to all!

More fireworks, and a special show by Rusty Dewees will be taking place up at Spruce Peak, on July 3rd.

The weather forecast is looking great, so enjoy whatever you might be doing, this 4th of July weekend!

 

 

Not Your Everyday Halloween

                 

Pumpkins, goblins and ghosts, oh my!  All Hallow's Eve, has turned into All Hallow's week, in Stowe.  And this year, the town has made special arrangements to close off Rt 100, north of the village, where some of the best trick or treating takes place.  This way the hundreds of kids who descend upon the village for tricks and treats, will be safe, and essentially be able to have more fun, not having to worry about crossing the busy street. 

There are enough events and activities for everyone of all ages, thoughout the week of Halloween.  Here are just some of the options:

  • Monday, Oct. 26 - "Trick or Tweet" at The Roost at Topnotch, from 3:30-6 pm.  Kids in costume eat for free
  • Friday, Oct. 30 - An annual favorite - the Stowe elementary school "ghost walk".  Come downtown at 2  p.m. to see the kids parade through the village, in their costumes.  We love to taking a break from work and head out to the street with baskets of candy to hand out
  • Saturday Oct. 31 - Halloween - Stowe village is the place to be.  Maple Street/Rt 100 will be closed off from School Street to Shaw's grocery store, from 5-8 pm, so the trick or treaters have freedom to roam all the neighbors who will be handing out candy for them
  • Saturday, Oct. 31 - Stowe Parks and Rec have a costume contest, spooky photo booth, music and games from 4 to 5:30.  Admission free, cash for games

For more information on additional events in the area, throughout the week, you can visit the Stowe Area Association's website.

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Stowe Restaurants -- Some of our Favorites Revisited!

 

Many ski towns offer a variety of food, but not a variety with quality.  The Stowe area is known for having both; here are a few of our local favorites:

Markets & Quick Eats:

Cork located in downtown Waterbury, VT at the corner of Stowe Street. This wine bar and market is operated by a long time friend Danielle Moffat. She offers a wide variety of beautiful tasting wines along with a cozy atmosphere. Stop by on your way to Stowe for a drink and pick up a bottle on your way out the door. 

Commodities Natural Market, newly opened in Stowe, this is the second location for Commodities the other being the East Village in NYC.  Run by Michael and Audra Hughes Commodities offers a full array of natural and orgainc products from prepared foods to bulk items.  Commodities has a ton of local products ranging from cheese, veggies, bread to beer and wine. 

Casual Dining:

Harrison's, ask for Andrew and Kathy Kneale, the mother and son duo that has been pleasing locals with their food for decades. Casual dining located in the Stowe village. Known for their mussels, but everything that comes out of the kitchen is great. 

The Bench locatied on the Mt. Road (Rt. 108) just after the movie theater, this new addition to the Stowe restuarant scene has been welcomed by locals and visitors.  Offering wood fired food and tons of beer on tap it makes for a great combo after spending the day on the slopes.  The wings rock and my kids love the mac'n'cheese and pizza. 

Piecasso Pizzeria, NYC slices in Stowe also rated Top 11 slices in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine. They have a great family set up and also a cool bar and game room, plus the pizza is great. 

Phoenix Bar & Table, owned and operated by long time local resturant operator and chef Jack Pickett, Phoenix offers a varitey of seafood and unique eats that span the world.  The kale and wedge salads are terrific as well as the po-boy sandwiches.  A great option for lunch and dinner.  

Plate, located on Main Street, next to Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate, offers locally sourced Vermont food made in a healthly Califorina style.  They offer everything from vegan and gluten free to a full gamut of meat options.  

Gracie's, another Stowe Classic, run by Archie, you'll never leave there hungry. Known for their burgers, Gracie's take it to the next level. I love the boxer and their famous chicken sandwich. 

Cactus Cafe is Stowe's Tex-Mex favorite. Offering their famous jalapeño chips at the table, beware they bring the heat. Also on the menu are slow smoked pulled pork tacos, a southern twist to a Mexican standby. Wash it all down with their Mansfield marg! 

McCarthy's is the only stop for breakfast in Stowe. They've been serving it up for over 30 years and know how breakfast should be done. Ask for Diane, she'll probably be at the door waiting for you with a smile. Their homemade corn beef hash is made from scratch, just like the maple nut bread. 

The Roost & Flannel, located at Topnotch Resort, these are two nice options for different kinds of fun.  The Roost offers a relaxed environmnet with good bites to share along with craft beer and cocktails.  Enjoy shufflepuck or relax outside by the fire.  Flannel, is a more formal dining setting, a bistro with flare and great patio seating. 

Formal Dining:

Michael's On The Hill located in Waterbury center, just south of Stowe. This chef owned restaurant sources local foods at a very high quality. Offering tasting menus and creativity, Michael's if perfect for a romantic dinner. Try their Manhattan, made with port wine, as a bourbon lover; I give it two thumbs up. 

Hen Of The Wood located just off I-89 in Waterbury this kitchen has been cranking out high-end food for many years. The unique location and old stone mill offers a view of the river and waterfall which is only match by the quality of the food. 

Kitchen Table Bistro, a bit further away, located in Richmond, but well worth the drive. As with the other two they locally source their food and offer a stunning wine list. The menu changes with the seasons and offers a real look into handcrafted Vermont food. 

Bikes For Kids

Bikes for Kids

Bikes for Kids

Dropping off this year's Bikes for Kids

 

For years Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate has been providing bikes for kids through our "Bikes for Kids" program. Once again this Christmas we have delivered to the Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville, Vt., five bikes for families in Lamoille County. These bikes have been donated to us from our sellers, buyers, and Good Samaritan's. During the sales process we sometime discover barely used bikes in homes we represent. We have found that the owners are very excited to donate to our program. Our donations are not only in the form of bikes but cash donations.

We delivered the bikes this morning to the Family Center after a Christmas snowstorm. What a wonderful feeling to know that some child will have many hours of pleasure on their new bike and that we were able to make it happen. Thank you to all of our clients and customers who have made this happen.

If you have barely used bikes that are in very good condition or would like to make a donation please let us know.  Learn more about Bikes For Kids.

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Shopping in Stowe, VT.  Reindeer Quest Begins, Go Shopping

in Stowe and Win!

It's that time of year again when the shopping starts and cranks into full swing.  If you are in the Stowe area, why not shop and win, in the annual Reindeer Quest!

HOW IT WORKS

Beginning November 16, 2012

SHOP at participating retail stores and receive a stamp on your reindeer Quest Card with each purchase (pick up your reindeer Quest Card at your first shop!).

COLLECT stamps on four different reindeer on your Quest Card by making purchases at four or more shops. That's right, you need a combination of: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen or Rudolph. Can't find a shop to get that 4th reindeer stamped? Hint: shops have posters in their store windows indicating which reindeer they are stamping.

CASH IN your stamped Quest Card to be entered into our weekly drawings for fabulous prizes such as: snowshoe tours, nordic skiing packages, gift baskets, spa services, Vermont handmade products and more! Prizes are given weekly so the earlier you do your shopping the more chances you have to win! Drawings held on Mondays at 9am.

YOU COULD WIN!

INSTANT PRIZES! When you redeem your stamped Quest Card at the Stowe Visitor's Center, you'll get to draw for a gift certificate right on the spot, so you can use it for more holiday shopping!

EVERYONE GETS REWARDED! When you redeem your stamped Quest Card at the Stowe Visitor's Center, you'll immediately get rewarded with a FREE Stowe Mountain Resort Evolution Stowe Card PLUS a FREE $10 gift card to Pinnacle Ski & Sport.

Check out the map and list of stores below, and visit Reindeer Quest for more information.

PARTICIPATING SHOPS
    Upper Mt. Road Nordic Barn Pinnacle Ski & Sports/Inner Bootworks Stowe Mountain Resort Shops Topnotch Resort & Spa Shops Trapp Family Lodge Gift Shops Well Heeled    Lower Mt. Road AJ's Ski & Sports Bumblebell Decisions, Decisions Darkside Snowboards Fine Wine Cellars Green Envy Harvest Market In Company Clothing Mountain Cheese & Wine Once Upon a Time Toys Oxygen Robert Paul Galleries Roselle Artwear Salon Salon Samara's Card & Gifts Skiershop Stowe Eye Care Stowe Hardware Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens Elements at Stoweflake Resort & Spa Vermont Fine Art Gallery Yellow Turtle     North on Route 100 Paine's Christmas Trees   Village Center Bear Pond Books Boutique Ferro Jewelers Galleria Fine Arte Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery H. E. Shaw's General Store Lackey's Variety Store Laughing Moon Chocolates Stowe Craft - Design Stowe Mercantile Stowe Fabric & Yarn Styles Wooden Needle    South of the Village/Waterbury Ben & Jerry's Evergreen Gardens Fly Rod Shop Green Mountain Camera JK Adams - The Kitchen Store Newhouse Furniture & Mattress Express Stowe Maple Products Uncle George's Flowers Umiak Outfitters Vermont Electronics Ziemke Glassblowing Studio Stowe Shopping Map

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      TAJ MAHAL TRIO at Spruce Peak | Stowe Blog | Smith Macdonald Group

      Taj Mahal Trio - Plays Stowe, VT

      Another world famous Blues specialist comes to Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.  Taj Mahal who's been playing the blues and roots music for decades comes to bring his musical talents to Stowe on August 15th.

      Personally Taj brings back many wonderful memories for me, the first being that my wife, Jen, and I danced to his version of "Further on Down The Road" as our wedding song.  In addition to providing the back drop of our first song together, we have seen Taj on numerous occasions, in NYC at the Blue Note Jazz Club and in New Orleans at the Jazz Festival to name a few.  For me the raw sound he brings to his guitar and music are what makes us one of America's unique music genres.

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      If your looking for something special to do mid week and want to get up and dance, check out Taj Mahal at Spruce Peak.

      Get tickets here:  Culture & the Arts - TAJ MAHAL TRIO at Spruce Peak.

      Here's more information about Taj:

      Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20thcentury blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world - west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery. Over the years, his passion and curiosity have led him around the world, and the resulting global perspective is reflected in his music today.

      Born Henry St. Claire Fredericks in Harlem on May 17, 1942, Taj grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father was a jazz pianist, composer and arranger of Caribbean descent, and his mother was a schoolteacher and gospel singer from South Carolina. Both parents encouraged their children to take pride in their diverse ethnic and cultural roots. His father had an extensive record collection and a shortwave radio that brought sounds from near and far into the home. His parents also started him on classical piano lessons, but after only two weeks, young Henry already had other plans about what and how he wanted to play.

       

      In addition to piano, the young musician learned to play the clarinet, trombone and harmonica, and he loved to sing. He discovered his stepfather's guitar and became serious about it in his teens when a guitarist from North Carolina moved in next door and taught him the various styles of Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed and other titans of Delta and Chicago blues.

      Springfield in the 1950s was full of recent arrivals, not just from around the U.S. but from all over the globe. "We spoke several dialects in my house - Southern, Caribbean, African - and we heard dialects from eastern and western Europe," Taj recalls. In addition, musicians from the Caribbean, Africa and all over the U.S. frequently visited the Fredericks home, and Taj became even more fascinated with roots - the origins of the various forms of music he was hearing, the path they took to reach their current form, and how they influenced each other along the way. He threw himself into the study of older forms of African-American music, which the record companies of the day largely ignored.

      Henry studied agriculture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the early 1960s. Inspired by a dream, he adopted the musical alias of Taj Mahal and formed the popular U. Mass party band, the Elektras. After graduating, he headed west in 1964 to Los Angeles, where he formed the Rising Sons, a six-piece outfit that included guitarist Ry Cooder. The band opened for numerous high-profile touring artists of the '60s, including Otis Redding, the Temptations and Martha and the Vandellas. Around this same time, Taj also mingled with various blues legends, including Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins and Sleepy John Estes.

      This diversity of musical experience served as the bedrock for Taj's first three recordings: Taj Mahal (1967), The Natch'l Blues (1968) and Giant Step (1969). Drawing on all the sounds and styles he'd absorbed as a child and a young adult, these early albums showed signs of the musical exploration that would be Taj's hallmark over the years to come.

      In the 1970s, Taj carved out a unique musical niche with a string of adventurous recordings, including Happy To be Just Like I Am (1971), Recycling the Blues and Other Related Stuff (1972), the GRAMMY®-nominated soundtrack to the movie Sounder (1973), Mo' Roots (1974), Music Fuh Ya (Music Para Tu) (1977) and Evolution (The Most Recent (1978).

      Taj's recorded output slowed somewhat during the 1980s as he toured relentlessly and immersed himself in the music and culture of his new home in Hawaii. Still, that decade saw the well-received release of Taj in 1987, as well as the first three of his celebrated children's albums on the Music For Little People label.

      He returned to a full recording and touring schedule in the 1990s, including such projects as the musical scores for the Langston Hughes/Zora Neale Hurston play Mule Bone (1991) and the movie Zebrahead (1992). Later in the decade, Taj released a series of recordings with the Phantom Blues Band, including Dancing the Blues (1993), Phantom Blues (1996), and the two GRAMMY® winners, Señor Blues (1997) and the live Shoutin' in Key (2000). Overall, he has been nominated for nine GRAMMY® Awards.

      During this same period, Taj continued to expand his multicultural horizons by joining Indian classical musicians on Mumtaz Mahal in 1995, and recording Sacred Island, a blend of Hawaiian music and blues, with the Hula Blues Band in 1998. Kulanjan, released in 1999, was a collaborative project with Malian kora player Toumani Diabate (the kora is a 21-string west African harp). He recorded a second album with the Hula Blues Band, Hanapepe Dream, in 2003. Zanzibar, a European release, followed in 2005.

      Taj continues to tour internationally, doing as many as 150 shows per year throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

      He joins the Heads Up International label in the fall of 2008 with the worldwide release of Maestro. This twelve-track set - his first U.S. release in five years - marks the fortieth anniversary of Taj's rich and varied recording career by mixing original material, chestnuts borrowed from vintage sources and newcomers alike. This anniversary gala includes performances by Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Los Lobos, Ziggy Marley and others - many of whom have been directly influenced by Taj's music and guidance.

      "The one thing I've always demanded of the records I've made is that they be danceable," he says. "This record is danceable, it's listenable, it has lots of different rhythms, it's accessible, it's all right in front of you. It's a lot of fun, and it represents where I am at this particular moment in my life. This record is just the beginning of another chapter, one that's going to be open to more music and more ideas. Even at the end of forty years, in many ways my music is just getting started."

      Stowe Farmers' Market | Every Sunday

      Stowe Farmers' Market

      Stowe, VT Farmers' Market Every Sunday

      If you are looking for something to do on a Sunday before you leave town or as a part of your tour on the Stowe Rec path, check out the Stowe Farmers' Market.  It's every Sunday across from the StoweFlake Resort from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  The Stowe Farmers' Market  features wonderful local farms with fresh picked veggies, art exhibits, jewelry and food!  Stop by Black Diamond BBQ and ask for Jason the owner and ski bum teammate of McKee!  It's great family fun and located about half way up the Rec path so it's a good resting point.

      They feature local music as well as a variety of other locally produced goods.

      Read more here: Stowe Farmers Market

      DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET ~ JULY 21, 2012 ~ 8PM « The Spruce Peak Arts Center

      For those of you who have been wanting to check out the Spruce Peak Arts Center, but haven't been sold on some of the music, here's a great opportunity to see an amazing artist and check out the Spruce Peak Arts Center.  Located at the base of Stowe Mt. Resort, the Spruce Peak Arts Center is an intimate setting with not a bad seat in the house.  The David Grisman Quintet, offers a blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz and Latin to name a few.  Check out the link below to learn more about Spruce Peak Arts Center and David Grisman Quintet.

      DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET ~ JULY 21, 2012 ~ 8PM « The Spruce Peak Arts Center.

      2012 Stowe Lax Tournament - Boys | Bitter Lacrosse

      Stowe once again plays host to the Bitter Lacrosse camp and Tournament.  2011 marked the first year the tournament was held in Stowe and it was a fantastic success.  Hosted on playing fields throughout Stowe, boys and girls from all over the country come to play and relax with their teams and families.  Topnotch Resort added additional playing fields this year to accommodate the tournament.

      While 2012 is already sold out, check out the below website for information on this year's tournament and joining up for the 2013 tournament.

      2012 Stowe Lax Tournament - Boys | Bitter Lacrosse.

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