Saturday, August 23, 2014

"If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont." ~ Calvin Coolidge, 13th President of the United States, 1928

 Earlier this week, right before I headed home from Vermont, Alex gave me a personal tour of the Vermont State House. He is currently an intern, serving as Assistant to the State Curator. As such, he is tasked with any number of projects, but also conducts tours of the State House. In addition to the tour and meeting the State Curator, a wonderful experience, I got to see one of Alex's projects - the recent installation of a display of Vermont furniture makers. 

I must say that dates, information, and enlightenment rolled off of Alex's tongue as we walked the corridors. For fear of getting my facts wrong, I am going to stick with just photos for your enjoyment. 


Fossil in the granite taken from Lake Champlain used in the floors.

Rock split in two by canon ball - representing the divide of our nation between the north and the south.

A wonderful experience with a wonderful tour guide!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing." ~ James Brown

I just returned from spending a few days in Vermont visiting Alex and Hannah. What a beautiful state, and what a wonderful time I had!

The photos below are from a Contra dance that we attended. My niece Laura is a member of the group The Irregulars, and they were the musical group for the dance. It was great fun, though I admit that I was just a spectator this go-round. The photos are a blur - but so was the dancing!

"The Irregulars are a talented and energetic group of young musicians on Vermont’s traditional music scene. The teen band's high spirits, tight harmonies, and driving contra dance tunes delight both listeners and dancers. Performance highlights include performing for hundreds of dancers at the Dance Flurry weekend in Saratoga Springs NY three years in a row, and winning First Place in the Young Traditions Vermont competition held in Burlington in June 2011. The band has entertained at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival for several years running, as well as the New World Festival in Randolph and Burlington’s First Night celebrations. They have played sets for the Queen City Contras and Mad Robin contra dance series and also frequently host benefit contra dances on their own. They have also enjoyed performing at festivals, farmer’s markets, house concerts and other venues. Their first CD (Waiting for Wisdom) was released in the spring of 2013."

Laura, before the dance begins.

My sister, Robin and her husband Mike.

Alex and Hannah take to the dance-floor!

I did a quick phone video of the action. This particular dance was a bit calmer than some of the others - but still spirited and fun to watch!