Good Works

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Keep It Reel

For generations the Battenkill lured anglers from around the world to its legendary banks promising a trout-fishing paradise, but some 30 years ago the river stopped giving up large numbers of fish, leading scientists, anglers, and concerned citizens to ask: What was killing the Battenkill?…

Food & Drink

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Summer Freeze

Various forms of this frozen solution of milkfat infused with assorted flavorings and sweetened with a sugar are found in a dizzying number of styles with different names throughout the world. But at its core, ice cream is a simple treat. In Vermont, ice cream is more than just a treat however; it’s a point of state pride and bespeaks to our dairy heritage…

Local

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The Passion for Horses

Morgans are spirited and sometimes barely contained equine explosions with highly independent spirits that seem only to bend to human will and training by the slimmest of choices…theirs. Indeed, the Morgan has been called “the horse that chooses you.” As it happens, Manchester, Vermont, is home to one of the most renowned Morgan breeding farms in the world…

Outdoors

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What’s UP with SUP?

Stand-up paddleboarding provides a new perspective of the water, cools you off, slims you down, and gets you ready for the slopes as well. Perched atop a stand-up paddleboard, you’re guaranteed to experience the viridescent Vermont landscape from a singular and stunning perspective…

Outdoors

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The Wild Wild West

At WestFest, hundreds gather with bated breath as the Army Corps of Engineers releases Jamaica’s Ball Mountain Dam, transforming the West River into a whitewater kayaking haven almost instantaneously…

From the Publisher

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On the Waterfront

We had daily swim instruction and donned orange life vests as we climbed into canoes or kayaks or stood in line waiting to check out our sailboats. We fished, and I remember the thrill of catching one, and a large one at that. Those memories are some of my finest…

Snow Sports

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Stratton Gets a Lift

Stratton is poised for growth in the year ahead, with a new owner in Alterra Mountain Company, new resorts in the family including Mammoth and Deer Valley, and the new Ikon Pass that will make resorts across North America more accessible to Stratton skiers and snowboarders while simultaneously introducing new visitors to the stunning Stratton landscape. We spoke about it with Stratton President Bill Nupp…

Outdoors

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Waters with an Edge

Looking to make a splash in Stratton this summer? In an area perhaps best known for its ski mountains, you may be surprised by just how much Vermont has to offer when it comes to warm weather fun. Here, summers are defined not just by the brilliant glow of the Green Mountains but by the crisp, cool, and clear waters waiting within…

ArtScene

arlington vermont illustrators
The Age of Illustration

In the 1940s, Arlington, Vermont was home to five Saturday Evening Post illustrators: Norman Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, Gene Pelham, John Atherton, and George Hughes. Their work collectively created a vision of hope and possibility for the United States at a time of genuine uncertainty and fear. But how did New York City native Norman Rockwell and his peers end up in Arlington, Vermont? Joshua Sherman talks with renowned illustration expert Roger Reed to find out…

Local

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The American Museum of Fly Fishing

Manchester, Vermont has earned its place as the fly-fishing capital of the East, so it’s no surprise that it is also the site of the fly anglers’ national shrine: the American Museum of Fly Fishing. Located next door to the Orvis flagship store, the museum’s mission…

Last Word

joshua sherman and friends
The Summer of ’92

Summer of ’42 is a classic coming-of-age story, focused on the romantic recollections of a teen during his summer vacation. It was the summer of ’92 that changed my life. I was a 12-year-old theatre kid from Kansas obsessed with all things B-R-O-A-D-W-A-Y, but that summer, my mom and dad Eileen and Neal, my sister Jenny, and I, were in Manchester, Vermont, working on a new musical…

Outdoors

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Women and Fly Fishing: They’re Rolling On The River

Fly fishing has long been known as the sport of gentlemen, but in recent years the ladies have splashed down in rivers and streams in droves, making them the fastest-growing demographic in the sport. Any way they find it, women are embracing fly fishing and the sport’s fuddy-duddy image seems destined for extinction…

Outdoors

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A River Runs Through It

The gorgeous natural surroundings, an abundance of trout, and the world famous Battenkill—a fly-fishing mecca for centuries—make the Manchester area the go-to spot for any serious fly-fishing enthusiast seeking the ultimate East Coast angling adventure…

Food & Drink

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What’s In A Name

There is a dizzying array of ice cream styles found in grocery store freezer aisles. From ice cream to gelato to soft serve to custard. What’s the difference? Following are some of the basics…

Families

the mill east arlington
Create 4 Freedom Contest

The CREATE 4 FREEDOM ℠ Contest 2018 offers students the unique opportunity to test their own creativity and problem-solving abilities. THE MILL, in association with the 4 Freedoms Festival, LLC, is proud to announce the contest, which challenges today’s high school students to examine the meaning of freedom in 2018…

Snow Sports

jessie diggins world cup skiathon
Stratton Mountain School: Going for Gold

When it comes to elite athletes, Greece has Mount Olympos, Vermont has Stratton Mountain School. The ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain has turned out scores of Olympic athletes during the years…

Families

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Puzzle Family Fun

Stratton Magazine presents a special crossword puzzle for our Winter 2018 issue…

From the Publisher

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First Words

As we begin a new year, we have all undoubtedly thought about our resolutions. What is my path for the new year? What can I do to better myself? What can I do to help improve the lives of those around me or the world at large?…

Good Works

ross powers and young snowboarders
The Power of Giving Back

Gold Medalist Ross Powers gives back to young athletes with his Level Field Fund—dedicated to helping talented but financially strapped athletes pursue excellence in their sport…

Local

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An Affection for Alpaca

Shopping for warm socks, I befriend a herd of alpacas. If you take the farm tour to meet the alpacas up close and personal, which of course you must, you will see what I saw when Sandy walks into the pens: a dedicated farmer plus any number of alpacas having a little love fest. Here’s the story…