Food & Drink

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Earthly Spirits

Restaurant chefs and good home cooks know that using fresh herbs elevates a fine dish to a sublime one. The same is true of cocktails – almost every herb we enjoy in cooking can be mixed with spirits or wine to produce an exceptional drink…

Food & Drink

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Bloody Delicious

There is something about this combination that sums up Vermont dining at its best: artisanal bread and cheese, locally distilled vodka, fresh tomato with herbs and spices, all served in one tantalizing glass…

Food & Drink

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From The Ground Up

The VanDerWielens’ philosophy is simple: provide the freshest seasonal ingredients, ethically sourced, from local purveyors. Diners are served beautiful meals that are traceable from start to finish, because local and fresh taste better and are better for the community and the environment…

Food & Drink

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Make It To Go

Choose a package of pre-sliced Finocchiona salami, a dry-cured sausage lightly scented with fennel and a wedge of their own imported provolone, which they age and then package in-house. Throw in a beautiful loaf of Earth Sky Time’s crusty sesame bread…

Food & Drink

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We Love It Cheesy

Some have referred to Vermont as the Napa Valley of cheese – there are cheeses here that rival those from around the world. There is something about the air, the water, the grass, and the artisan’s passion that allows an independent farm to create world class products on a small scale…

Food & Drink

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Bread

Bread, it is well known, is the Staff of Life. While we cannot live by bread alone, we break bread together, sharing food and companionship. Bread is the most fundamental of created foods – not as easy as picking greens and eating them, but not much more work. Finely ground wheat, water, and leavening – this is the simplicity of basic bread…

Food & Drink

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Eggs

Have you ever experienced the rich, clean, and creamy flavor of an egg a day or two after it appeared in the nest, from a hen that ranged freely in her yard and scratched up her own food? A farm-fresh egg can vary in size, and has a higher nutritional value than a supermarket egg. The shells often range in color from snowy white to pale blue, or pink, to dark brown – and any shade in between….

Food & Drink

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Masterful Chefs

Cooking Up the Classics is a unique cookbook involving collaboration between chefs at local restaurants, community volunteers, and Manchester Music Festival. Culinary works of art are paired with fun and curious stories of renowned composers as well as more contemporary rock musicians – from Mozart to Mick…

Local

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Fourth of July in Southern Vermont

2017 Events Guide – Vermont’s sky is filled with luminous light during Fourth of July as fireworks light up the beautiful Green Mountains. Celebrate the beginning of summer and enjoy a weekend packed full of games, music, food and more. Join us as towns all over Southern Vermont celebrate Independence Day… 

Families

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Father’s Day

On June 18 we celebrate, and remember, all you dads and dads-to-be with tributes from dads in our community on what it means to be a father, and the inspiration their dads provided. “ What do I enjoy most about being a father? All of it. It’s been so satisfying watching my daughters grow from babies to toddlers and then girls to…

ArtScene

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Between Past and Future: Clemens Kalischer’s Vermont

Saturday, June 3, 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Come and meet Clemens Kalischer and enjoy his work. Free and open to the public at Bennington Museum. Born in Germany in 1921, Clemens Kalischer fled with his family to France in 1933 and escaped to the United States in 1942…

History

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Yester House

Around New England, a 100-year-old residence is no big deal–there are thousands of buildings and houses far older. But, there is one century-old home off West Road in Manchester Village that merits a nod of recognition and a bit of a celebration. It is called Yester House and it is on the campus of the Southern Vermont Arts Center…

Outdoors

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Conserving Higher Ground

Atop the tallest mountain in Southern Vermont some sunny day you may find yourself at the Stratton Mountain fire tower, perched 55 feet high at 3,936 feet above sea level. Here you scan out upon a 360-degree view of the most contiguous forest and wilderness areas in all of Vermont. You are on the oldest long distance hiking path in the United States, the Long Trail (L.T.). You are also standing on the longest, skinniest national park in the United States…

Good Works

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A Quiet Strength with a Profound Impact

Very much a behind-the-scenes organization, the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation works quietly and unobtrusively around the state, but that doesn’t mean the work they do goes unnoticed. To countless Vermont military families, both in the reserves and in active duty, the impact the foundation has…

ArtScene

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The Art of Photography

Trained as a photographer, Schaub’s work combines the traditional capture of film with cutting-edge technologies and rare and handmade materials from around the world. The result is a hybrid medium of his own creation. “No one else in the world is doing this,” he explains. “I have a conception of how I want it to look, and I work it backward as to how to get there.”…

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Romancing The Stones

Most Stratton residents and visitors are familiar with the company’s Stratton Village location, a shop that itself is as precious as a jewel box. Not long ago, I was invited to meet Nathan Bennett at the company’s studio in Springfield, Vermont, a pleasant drive from Stratton, along VT Route 11 through Londonderry and Chester. I find Bennett seated on a six-wheeled rolling chair at his wooden workbench…

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Behind the Curtain

When Stratton Magazine was given a peek behind the curtains at what it takes to schedule big, Broadway stars for plays and to line up world class musicians for concerts, we were amazed at the logistics, the planning, the creativity, and the joy–yes, joy!–that these professionals bring to their craft…

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Siblings Take The Stage in Dorset

Tim Daly and Tyne Daly grew up in a showbiz family and have starred in some of the biggest hits in TV and film. But the two have never before shared a live stage together–until now. The play, about a brother who moves into the basement of his sister’s home, much to her husband’s dismay, will have its world premiere at the Festival on June 22 and runs through July 8….

From the Publisher

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The Art of Summer

Being creative provides us with the ability, or at least the possibility, of taking our thoughts and making them a reality. The process often starts with us saying, “I have an idea.” Here in Manchester and the Mountains creativity is rich and abundant. There are many among us who have that knack–the ability to innovate, communicate, collaborate, and execute…

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Business Owners and SVAC Partner to Promote the Arts

Southern Vermont Arts Center will offer off-site exhibition space throughout the town of Manchester. The initiative dubbed ART Manchester will connect Vermont artists with visitors and residents by converting storefronts into pop-up art galleries…