The Stratton Foundation Taste of Vermont

  Photography by David Barnum   This past March, more than 30 local vendors served approximately 400 guests at The Stratton Foundation’s annual Taste of Vermont. New attendees included spirit and beverage companies, Wild Hart Distillery, TÖST, and Venetian Beverages with their Ginger-ale and Cold Brewtus. Earth & Sea offered up a raw clam/oyster bar and were shucking all […]

1970s Club – 40th Reunion

  During the March 10th weekend, almost 100 friends who grew up together at Stratton in the 1970s came back to their home away from home for a three-day 40th reunion. SMS alumni, the founding Stratton Freestyle Team, ski instructors, free skiers, and local friends spent three days on and off the hill reconnecting and […]

The Vermont Open

Photography by Hubert Schriebl   March came in like a lion and Mother Nature provided more than 35 inches of snow during the 2018 Vermont Open. Snowboarders of all ages came together at Stratton Mountain to ride, party, enjoy the snow, and to compete for prizes and a cash purse of more than $20,000. The 6th annual event […]

Dorset Equine Rescue

  Photography by George Forbes   The elegant atmosphere of the Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant didn’t stop supporters of the Dorset Equine Rescue from horsing around during their annual “Boots and Baskets” fundraiser, held on February 15. The event, which supported the organization’s efforts to re-home and rehabilitate abused or neglected horses, brought out dozens of donors for an evening of live music, delectable appetizers, […]

The Emo Henrich Awards

Friends, family, colleagues, and community members gathered at the Patti Kaltsas Education, Arts & Student Center at Stratton Mountain School on Saturday, December 9 to celebrate and honor the latest recipients of The Stratton Foundation’s The Emo Henrich Award. Bill Nupp accepted the 2015 award on behalf of Sky Foulkes, Lee Romano was the recipient of the 2016 award, and Adriane and Alois Lechner proudly accepted their 2017 award. The Emo Henrich Award, begun by the Stratton Corporation in 1987, is presented annually to someone who has made a lasting impact on Stratton Mountain and is recognized for excellence in his or her profession and for exemplary community service…

The Jingle Bell

The first weekend of December means The Jingle Bell, a signature charity event for Southwestern Vermont Health Care. Two hundred attendees, dressed in their finest holiday attire, gathered at the beautifully decorated Hermitage Club in Wilmington. The evening was filled with excitement, including a diamond-earring raffle, festive cocktails, a delectable dinner, a thrilling live auction featuring items such as a trip to Cabo San Lucas and tickets to the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and dancing to the New York Players. The Putnam Challenge, a call to emulate the generosity of hospital founder Henry W. Putnam, raised more than $100,000…

Ski-QX

Stratton Mountain Resort and WEQX partnered to bring the resort its first-ever alternative rock music festival this winter. Attendees listened and danced along to some amazing bands including Northern Faces and Wild Adriatic at Stratton’s outdoor stage and Grizzly’s, where SKI-QX after parties featuring Juiceboxxx were hosted each night. There’s no better way to unwind after an exciting day on the slopes than with some great music, tasty refreshments, and good company…

Manchester Merriment

The town of Manchester embraced the holidays once again this year with a series of Manchester Merriment events that helped inspire the spirit of the season. On November 25, residents and visitors alike gathered for the Community Tree Lighting on the Factory Point Town Green. The celebration included carols, visits with Santa, holiday treats, and, of course, hot cocoa. The festive fun continued on December 2 with the annual Lighted Tractor Parade where vintage and new tractors decked out in holiday finery and lights set off from MEMS spread holiday cheer around town. Other Manchester Merriment events took place through New Year’s Eve and included concerts from Taconic Music, Historic Holiday Inn Tours, the Manchester Lions Elf Express Train, and more, each contributing to the unique spirit that comes with the holiday season in Southern Vermont…

Winterlust

Photography By Hubert Schriebl        

Snowlight in Vermont

Thanksgiving weekend welcomed in the ski season with a healthy amount of snowfall that coated the Stratton Mountain Village in a glistening blanket of white and made it the perfect backdrop for the 2017 Snowlight in Vermont ceremony. Community members kicked off the holiday season by spreading cheer and celebrating our loved ones, lighting trees in their honor throughout the Village. Each tree lighting dedication spread messages of love, honor, happiness, charity, and hope—not just for that evening, but throughout the months to come…

ITVFest 2017

The Independent Television Festival’s first year in Manchester was met with both excitement and enthusiasm. In its 12th year, the October event brought more than 1,000 attendees who spent five days watching never-before-seen television pilots, attending panel sessions with industry insiders, and gathering for good times. The week culminated in a fantastic Sunday evening awards gala on the hill among the foliage at the Southern Vermont Arts Center…

Columbus Day Weekend at Stratton Mountain Resort

With peak foliage comes peak activity in the Green Mountains. Columbus Day weekend was packed with action from local fairs and festivals, to Stratton Mountain’s Harvest Fest and Craft Brewfest event, to our very own Home Improvement Expo. There is hardly a better time to experience the things that make Vermont such a special destination…

Barnyard Ball

The 4th annual Barnyard Ball fundraiser benefitting the Dorset Equine Rescue was held at the Inn at Manchester on July 9, a spectacular Sunday evening. John and Kimet Hand were the honorary Barnyard Ball chairs and Clark Comollo was the determined live auctioneer…

Manchester Music Festival

In its 43rd season, Manchester Music Festival raised the bar once again during seven weeks this past summer that were packed with astounding performances by world-class chamber musicians…

Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show

The 24th annual Vermont Summer Festival made its debut on July 5 in East Dorset and showcased the blend of strength, stamina, beauty, and grace unique to equestrian competitions. The festival provided the perfect backdrop for riders from all over North America…

Art Manchester

The arrival of pop-up art galleries in Manchester over the summer animated storefronts from the Depot to Manchester Village. The exhibitions were comprised of original artworks from Vermont artisans and represented the essence of our community’s passion for quality and collaboration…

Dorset Theatre Festival’s Downstairs

For anyone who was fortunate enough to see Downstairs—all we can say is wow! Stars Tim Daly and his sister Tyne Daly as siblings “Teddy” and “Irene” held nothing back in their performances in playwright Theresa Rebeck’s complicated family drama…

Stratton Summer Concerts

Preservation Hall Jazz Band kicked off this year’s Stratton Mountain Music Summer Concert Series. Some of the other acts taking the stage under the tent included the bluegrass music of Greensky Bluegrass, legendary rock of Three Dog Night, and groovy tunes of Rusted Root.

Dellwood’s Notables Come To Life

Thanks to the Manchester Historical Society and the Dorset Players, the elaborate and intriguing histories of those buried in Manchester’s Dellwood Cemetery were brought to life for an audience of nearly 200 this summer. The performance…

It’s A Community Affair

Everyone comes together on Farmer’s Market Days to buy, sell, taste, explore, socialize, and explore the fresh and homemade delights that Vermont and its people have to offer…