The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out

July 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out 2014The Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out is a festival inside of a festival, located as it is within the circle of the 2014 Vermont Festival of the Arts, here in Vermont’s Mad River Valley.

And just what is “Plein Air Painting” you ask?

Plein Air alludes to the French phrase “En plein air,” meaning “in the open air.” In other words, Plein Air painting is painting out of doors but, more than that, against the changing of the light.

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Celebrate Art at the Vermont Festival of the Arts

July 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Vermont Festival of the ArtsVermont’s Mad River Valley doesn’t mess around when it comes to celebrating the arts, as the month-long, 120 event, Vermont Festival of the Arts amply demonstrates!

Held every August in towns around Mad River Valley, the Vermont Festival of the Arts has a simple mission: to support and promote existing Vermont art while also encouraging new art and artists. And by “art” Vermont Festival of the Arts means *all* art – from pottery to painting, culinary arts to music, from the classic to the avant garde.

The Vermont Festival of the Arts is made up of primarily free events and, along with exhibitions, offers workshops, seminars, and demonstrations for all ages, disciplines, and levels of ability. This festival truly does have something for everyone!

Here are just a few of the offerings from this year’s festival:

Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent
Originally performed by Leonard Nimoy himself, Vincent is an intimate, one-man play full of drama, conflict, humor, and beauty adapted from the actual letters between Vincent van Gogh and his brother, Theo.

Beethoven to Bernstein – Two Centuries of Piano Duos
Hear the nationally acclaimed Transcontinental Piano Duo of Elaine Greenfield and Janice Meyer Thompson as they work their way up through the musical decades with truly entertaining and educational, 4-handed piano pieces.

Mosaic Shard Workshop – You Break It You Make It!
A two-day mosaic shard workshop led by the artist in her Waitsfield studio. Learn how to plan, design, and grout ceramic shards for exterior or interior mosaics.

Mural Painting – at the Village Country Creemees
Help transform a blank wall to a spectacular work of public art by adding your efforts to the new valley mural at the Waitsfield Creemee Stand.

Sidewalk Art Show and Sale
View and purchase paintings resulting from the Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out! Meet the artists and gain insight into their processes.

And of course much, much more!

 

The 2014 Vermont Festival of the Arts

August 1st through Labor Day, 2014
For a full schedule of events, locations, tickets, and other details, please visit: www.vermontartfest.com

Vermont Festival of the Arts Lodging
West Hill House B&B in Warren, VT is the perfect choice for your Mad River Valley vacation. With nine individually decorated guest rooms, delicious breakfasts, lush, quiet grounds, and Quaich Single Malt Scotch bar, you’ll feel positively spoiled.

Waterbury Arts Fest 2014

June 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Waterbury Arts FestThe 13th annual Waterbury Arts Fest, held in Waterbury, VT – minutes from West Hill House B&B – is scheduled for July 11th and 12th, 2014.

And what is the Waterbury Arts Festival?

This annual festival-cum-block party of the arts in Waterbury is a collection of more than 80 vendors showcasing their fine art plus food, drink, and live entertainment. Last year’s celebration brought in thousands of visitors from all over who took home all manner of one-of-a-kind jewelery, crafts, home furnishings, apparel, and fine art – and this year is looking to be even bigger and better.

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Your 12-13-14 Wedding Special

June 24th, 2014 by Susan

RingsOnly one special package is being offered for a wedding with just the two of you on the special date of 12-13-14 (for the numerically challenged that’s December 13, 2014). 

It has now been booked! However our normal wedding and elopement packages are available for other dates.

All of the following are included:

11:12:13 Wedding Special photo Portrait

  • An excellent Justice of the Peace who will officiate at your wedding ceremony and contact you ahead of time to work with you to personalize your ceremony
  • Digital photographs of your ceremony and a CD of your photos
  • A wedding cake
  • A bottle of sparkling wine or sparkling pear or apple juice
  • Seasonal flowers as bouquets or boutonnieres
  • Two signature West Hill House B&B coffee mugs
  • Two West Hill House B&B keepsake Champagne flutes
  • Two nights of accommodation in the Paris Suite
  • Two luxurious West Hill House B&B “Doe Skin” robes
  • One Ted E. Bear complete with matching robe
  • Dinner for two on Saturday at either excellent restaurant: The Common Man or 275 Main at the Pitcher Inn

This great package is offered for $1516.17 plus 9% tax. Call us at (802) 496-7162 to book.

The Small Print: This offer is only good for a wedding to be held at 1:00PM on December 13, 2014. No change of time or date will be considered. A $500 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit for this special wedding package is required at the time of booking. Note that the deposit does not entitle the couple to any of the offerings should the wedding be cancelled. 
 

Don’t Walk, Run to the 4th Annual Mad Marathon

June 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

4th Annual Mad Marathon in Vermont's Mad River ValleyThe 4th annual Mad Marathon, Mad Half, and Relays are scheduled for July 6th, 2014 – and you’d be hard pressed to ask for a more breathtaking course than Vermont’s Mad River Valley – that’s why they call it “The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon!”

The Mad Marathon and associated events occur along rural Mad River Valley roads with stunning vistas of the Green Mountains, rolling farm land and fields dotted with cows, rustic barns, quiet villages, and, of course, Vermont’s historic covered bridges.

With three different events, runners have the opportunity to choose a race that suits their level of ability. The Mad Marathon course is 26.2 miles long and the Mad Half is, as the name suggests, half that at 13.1 miles long.

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Get Wrapped Up In the Vermont Quilt Festival

May 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Quilt Festival 2014The Vermont Quilt Festival, scheduled for June 27th through 29th at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center, is New England’s oldest and largest quilt event!

Quilting is a tradition that goes back far into our collective history. Who hasn’t snuggled up under a big, soft quilt on a cold, winter night – or at least wished they could! There’s something special about a handmade quilt – that family heirloom, that work of art – something that surpasses the depth of many other household objects whether you’re a quilter yourself or just a fan, and that’s what the 38th annual Vermont Quilt Festival is all about.

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BrewGrass Festival 2014

May 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

BrewGrass Festival 2014Something’s brewing in them, thar hills – it’s the fourth annual Sugarbush BrewGrass Festival!

And what, exactly, is a BrewGrass Festival?

The BrewGrass Festival is an annual, Mad River Valley celebration that combines three of the better things in this life: blue grass music, craft-brewed, regional beer (also cider and distilled liquors), and a delectable selection of finger-licking foods: *that’s* BrewGrass Festival.

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Fresh from the Farm

May 6th, 2014 by Susan

If you live in or near a farming community you have doubtless heard of CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, which enables consumers to purchase local, seasonal produce direct from the farmer.Unknown

Farmers and consumers both benefit from the CSA scenario. Farmers have time to market their food before the start of their long days in the fields, they receive payment for their produce early in the season which helps with their cash flow, and they have the opportunity to meet the people who purchase the results of their labors.

Consumers benefit as well with absolutely fresh food full of vitamins and flavor, they learn about new foods and new recipes, they know where their food is coming from, and they develop a relationship with “their farmer(s)”.

Here in the Mad River Valley there are several CSA programs underway and we recently bought a “share” in Muddy Boots, a CSA collaborative effort between three organic farms, Kingsbury Market Garden, Wood’s Market Garden and Burnt Rock Farm. Other smaller producers will also be involved  so we will have the option of also receiving fresh bread, butter, sunflower oil, dry beans and a variety of other wonderful items.

Claytonia

Claytonia ready for harvest.

Aaron prepares his tractor,

Aaron prepares his tractor


Muddy Boots recently had an open house where we met one of “our farmers”, Aaron of Kingsbury Market Garden, who was getting his tractor ready for onion planting, and Marisa of Bragg Farm in Fayston, one of the smaller producers, who will be providing butter and cheese products.

Not only did we meet these two, we met a new-to-us food, Claytonia, which is quite delicate in appearance, tastes somewhat sweet, is full of vitamin C and will make a lovely addition to a salad of fresh greens.

This year at West Hill House B&B we will be incorporating items from our CSA share into our breakfasts so you, our guests, will be able to taste fresh, farm-to-tummy produce from our neighbors.

Canoeing and Kayaking Mad River Valley

April 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Kayaking Mad River Valley

As the weather continues to warm, the foliage begins to green, and the Winooski and Mad rivers begin to swell, thoughts turn to canoeing and kayaking Mad River Valley.

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Springtime in Vermont

April 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Springtime In Vermont - Blue Winged Teal

a Blue-Winged Teal shows off its colors

That shift in the weather, that smell of maple sugaring in the air can only mean one thing: Springtime in Vermont is here!

Ah, springtime in Vermont: runoff swells the creeks back to bubbling life, the trees fill with the activity of birds. Both year-round residents and migratory species can be seen winging their way back to – and through – our neck of the woods: the Scarlet Tanager, Bicknell’s Thrush, the Indigo Bunting, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, the Common Yellowthroat, the Meadowlark, the Blue-winged Teal, and many, many more.

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