Blog :: 12-2012

The Winter Solstice Is Upon Us

Winter SolsticeThe Winter Solstice is upon us. This is the time of year that is represented by the shortest day (and the longest night) of the year when the sun is at its lowest point in the southern sky. It also represents the first day of winter. Many cultures dating back thousands of years have celebrated the winter solstice as having a spiritual significance.

For many in the northern latitudes it is a time that because of the short days/long nights and cold weather, people are drawn inward and life in general slows down. We here in northern Vermont celebrate by taking advantage of the winter weather by playing in the ice and snow while skiing, skating, snowshoeing, etc.

Even though many people look at this point in the year as a time when the hours of darkness are at their greatest, some choose to look at it as the time when the days beginning to grow longer marking the steady march toward springtime. But this is no time to rush winter, we have only just begun to enjoy it.

So, embrace winter and "Happy Winter Solstice"!


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Vermont Is The Healthiest State In the US Once Again!

For the sixth straight year Vermont has been rated the healthiest state in the US by the United Health Foundation. Among the reasons given for ranking Vermont #1 are its high rate of high school graduation, low rate of violent crime, low incidence of infectious disease, a low rate of uninsured population and ready availability of primary care physicians. Vermont also ranks higher in clean air and water.

It has also been noted that as Vermont implements the first Single-Payer healthcare system in the nation, its health ranking could rise even higher over the next decade.

What may be less measurable but must certainly play into Vermont's "healthy state" (no pun intended) is the increasing number of health/active/outdoor minded people that are choosing to move to Vermont every year for the healthy lifestyle it has to offer.

The opportunities for outdoor activities here alone are endless such as golfing, nordic skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, skating, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, kayaking, canoeing or swimming just to name a few!

The environment here is also healthier and cleaner we have excellent schools and best of all it is a great, safe place to raise a family!

Plenty of Holiday Activities This Weekend

Plenty of Holiday Activities This WeekendThere are plenty of holiday activities this weekend in the Stowe area. A great way to start the weekend would be to attend the Tree Lighting in Hyde Park Village which begins at 7:00 pm.

"A Traditional Christmas In Stowe" begins Friday evening with the Children's Lantern Parade, caroling and tree lighting ceremony starting at 4:30 pm at the Stowe Elementary School. There will also be a Festival of Trees and Light, the Giving Tree and Member Show Friday evening at the Helen Day Art Center beginning at 5:00 pm which includes the opportunity for members of the community to donate outerwear, food and toys for our neighbors in need.  The celebration continues in Stowe on Saturday with the Alpine Christmas Market, a Christmas Cookie Making Contest, Candy Cane Making demonstrations, Christmas caroling and of course, a visit from Santa!

Also in Hyde Park Village Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the Lamoille County Players' production of  "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at the historic Hyde Park Opera House on Main Street. The Lost Nation Theater's production of David Budbill's "Two For Christmas" will be playing Friday and Saturday at Hazen Union High School in Hardwick.

So, go to a play, take in a tree lighting or stay home and light your own tree (or do it all!) and get into the spirit. Happy Holidays!Plenty of Holiday Activities This Weekend