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  • #61870

    PaulBach
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    Does you chewing lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?
    You say you can’t get to the MOA Rally in Redmond or the RA Rally at Pownal?
    But you still want to tour Vermont?
    But you want to camp, eat and be entertained – on the cheap?

    [B]There is good news Bunkie!
    [/B]
    Your are invited to an Model Plane Airshow at the [B][I]Green Mountain Energy Park[/I][/B] in [B]June[/B]. In case you cannot make it to the rally in July make it to the airshow in June!

    There will be:
    [LIST]
    [*]Camping
    [*]A Band Saturday Night
    [*]Indoor Spectator Seating for the Airshow
    [*]A 50/50 Raffle
    [*]Food on site for all three days provided by American Legion Post 90
    [/LIST]
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    [B]Dates[/B]: June11th, 12th and 13th
    Camping Available for all three days.
    Location: Green Mountain Energy Park – Route 7, Pownal, Vermont

    For more information contact:

    [email]scottylyons@comcast.net[/email]
    [email]usair762@yahoo.com[/email]

    #61874

    PaulBach
    Participant

    [I]99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall
    99 Bottles of Beer
    Take one down and pass it around
    98 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.[/I]

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    [QUOTE][SIZE=”3″]What the hell is a growler? We’re not talking about the USS Growler, a small iceberg, a four-wheeled hansom cab from England, a sexual offender or any of the other slang phrases associated with the word – there are many. We’re talking about that which carries fresh beer from a brewery to your house. Now there are many speculations as to the origins of the growler, so let’s take a moment and explore some of these.

    In the late 1800s and early 1900s, fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one’s home by means of a small-galvanized pail. Rumor has it that when the beer sloshed around the pail, it created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid, thus the term “growler” was coined.

    Before World War II, city kids used to bring covered buckets of draft beer from a local bar or brewery to workers at lunchtime or to their parents at dinnertime, a practice called “rushing the growler.”

    In the 50s and 60s, waxed cardboard containers with lids were used to take home beer – it’s said that they were round and resembled take-out Chinese soup containers. And in many US states, it used to be (and still is) illegal for “liquor stores” to be open on Sunday. So if you wanted beer on Sunday you went to a bar and bought some of these “containers” of draft beer. However by the late 60s many bars had switched to plastic and eventually they were allowed to sell packaged beer after hours. Soon after, many states allowed Sunday sales at liquor stores and the concept of the growler soon died.

    In the early 80s, Newman Brewing in Albany, NY used to sell soft plastic gallon containers of their beer. Apparently if you brought the empty back to the brewery, they’d replenish it with more beer.

    A claim to the modern day growler states that in 1989, Charlie Otto and his father were discussing the dilemma facing the Otto Brothers Brewery. They wanted to offer “beer-to-go” for their local customers, but they were not yet in a position to bottle. Father Otto suggested the use of “growlers,” which were used in his younger days, but Charlie recognized the need for an updated package type. He purchased a small silkscreen machine, and set it up on his patio. Soon he was silk-screening his logo on half-gallon glass bottles that resembled moonshine jugs. The modern-day “growler” was introduced.

    George Bulvas III, brewmaster at Water Street Lake County Brewery, WI, suggests that growlers are named for the buckets of beer once given to factory workers before their stomachs began to “growl” from hunger.

    Whatever. Nowadays, a growler is simply a glass jug that carries a half-gallon of beer. However, some can get rather extravagant holding upwards of two liters with a clampdown ceramic top and a metal handle/grips (German-style). You can even buy specially designed cooling packs complete with carrying straps for your growlers, but we’d probably pummel you to the ground for looking like a complete dork.

    Growlers are filled straight from the tap, sealed with a twist-cap, often with a plastic wrap over this if filled ahead of time, and are sometimes labeled. Filled prices range anywhere from around $4 to $15 or more. A deposit must be paid, often included in the price, and chances are if you bring back your washed growler, you can get a refill for a cheaper price. Just note that you must always refrigerate growlers. Doing so will give them a shelf-life of 7-10 days, or around 2-3 days once opened – if you’re lucky.

    Almost all brewpubs sell growlers these days, as do many breweries. And regardless of its true origin the growler is a great way to take home some fresh brew from a local brewery or brewpub.

    Respect beer.[/SIZE][/QUOTE]

    What does all this intriguing and interesting history have to do with the [B]RA[/B] Rally? Glad you asked. There is a microbrewery in Bennington just a short and satisfying riding from Pownal, the [B]RA[/B] Rally site.

    [QUOTE][SIZE=”3″]
    [B]First Review[/B]
    My Boyfriend and I went to the Brew Pub on Sun. Feb 7 and rendezvoused with our friends from NY there. We were early, so we went to the bar for a beer. Justin, the bartender, was quite the comedian and kept us entertained while waiting. He was a great “keeper of the Ale.”
    When our friends arrived, we sat a table and had an enjoyable and tasty lunch.
    It was great to watch Mr. Madison himself tend to his brew making. Very interesting.
    I loved the atmosphere, the food, and the staff were very pleasant as well.
    “Thumbs up” Madison Brewery, Co.
    Looking forward to coming back again……
    [B]
    Second Review[/B]
    I live in Bennington and I can tell you this is a great place to eat. All my kids can find something on this menu to their taste and its not al the same old stuff you get in other restaurants. I don’t walk away from here thinking I could have made that at home. They have the best Calamari I have ever had and their no bones about it is absolutely tops.
    [B]
    Third Review[/B]
    In the midst of a 6 hour car trip, dinner became necessary and we stopped in downtown Bennington for a bite. The exterior of Madison Brewing Company was inviting and drew us into its embrace.

    The interior was quite roomy and nicely laid out. Lots of old wood in the place, which is always nice. All sorts of folks were there. Families. Locals at the bar. Old folks. Young folks. Seems like its a popular place to go in town.

    I tried their special “Umpa Lumpa Ale” – which was pretty good. My wife tried the Honey Wheat Ale, which she described as “like candy” (aka “she really likes it”). It has a good number of brews. Were there not 100miles left on my road-trip, I would have liked to indulge myself in a few more pints.

    As for food…. My wild mushroom ravioli was very tasty – and quite possibly made from scratch (unconfirmed). My wife got the open face turkey melt and enjoyed it. The waitress was pretty good, but it took us a while to get our drinks (not sure why).

    Overall, this is a worthy stop on any road-trip that takes you through Bennington[/SIZE]
    [/QUOTE]

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    Madison Brewing Company
    428 Main Street
    Bennington, VT 05201-2109
    (802) 442-7397 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting**************(802) 442-7397******end_of_the_skype_highlighting

    [B]COME EARLY – STAY LATE [/B]- [I]No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.[/I]
    [LIST]
    [*]Sunday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Monday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Tuesday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Wednesday -[B] FREE[/B]
    [/LIST]

    #61876

    PaulBach
    Participant

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    [B]Yankee Beemer Rally from 2009[/B]
    [LIST]
    [*]Touch All The Bases (VT, NY, MA, NH)
    [*]Don’t Whiff (and miss all the fun)
    [*]Don’t Strike Out (Come Early ~ Stay Late)
    [*]A Bronx Cheer For The Yankee Beemers (In Heath, MA)
    [*]Ride The Gap (In Vermont)
    [*]Nail Down Your Riding (Tour All of New England)
    [/LIST]
    Think about it! You will be camping at the Gateway to all of New England. Spend a couple of weeks on the cheap and have the riding summer to be remembered for years. With a bit of planning you could tour all of New England and the Adirondacks of New York

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    [B]850 Mile Grand Slam Home-run[/B] The above is just an idea of what can be planned to Ride New England!

    Include in loop is:
    [LIST]
    [*]Pownal and the RA Rally
    [*]Lake Placid
    [*]Mt. Washington
    [*]Maine’s Rocky Coast
    [*]Portsmouth
    [*]The Beast of the East
    [*]MAX BMW
    [/LIST]

    For more information about the Damn Yankee Rally [URL=”http://74.53.234.2/~riptide/Damn_Yankees.html”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL]

    #61879

    PaulBach
    Participant

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    [B]You scream
    We scream
    We all scream for ice-cream[/B]

    Looking for some home made fudge, a wheel of real Vermont Cheese or a tall ice-cream and a short but scenic ride? Vermont Confectionery in Bennington is your destination. I take my grandson there and then need a “come-along” to get him out of the place. Vermont Confectionery is an old time candy store located at a former dairy farmer. Nope, not a trace remains of the former residents. Go here if you are looking for some solitude, a nice view or a short ride. Look for a red barn and a big silo. The map below will take you there.

    Enjoy Vermont’s original ice cream and select from a full line of chocolates and all types of candy. The store has over 30 flavors of ice cream and 40 plus flavors of [I]Jelly Belly Jelly Beans[/I]. There is also a large selection of sugar free chocolates and candy.

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    [B]Destination[/B]: Vermont Confectionery [(1541 West Rd) (Rt 9)]
    [B]Duration[/B]: 16 minutes
    [B]Distance[/B]: 12 miles

    For more information about Vermont Confectionery [URL=”http://www.vermontcandy.com/”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    [B]COME EARLY – STAY LATE [/B]- [I]No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.[/I] [/B]
    [LIST]
    [*]Sunday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Monday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Tuesday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Wednesday -[B] FREE[/B]
    [/LIST]

    And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer rally. For more information about the YB Rally [URL=”http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    #61882

    rcmpt
    Participant

    What about Warren Falls just south of the town of Warren, VT on Rt 100. Great fun!
    Rick Mead
    K1200GT

    #61883

    PaulBach
    Participant

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    [QUOTE][SIZE=”3″][B]Warren Falls[/B]
    A natural water-park, the Warren Falls is fun for all ages. With pools of crystal clear water ranging in depth from 1 to 10 feet, the Falls are a local summertime tradition that no one should miss. Prehistoric boulders serve as diving platforms at heights for everyone to enjoy.

    Admission: Free

    Difficulty: Easy
    [B]
    Photography [/B]
    There is a great deal to photograph here, you just need to make sure conditions are ideal. If the water is too high, you’ll lose the colors in the pools. Ideally, you’ll go late on a cool, clear day. Warm days attract swimmers, so a cool day is a must. Overcast days don’t seem to provide the light that saturates the colors in the pools. If you are looking for color, be here during sweet light in a period of low water. Have your tripod, polarizer, and a warming filter. Be sure to eye check the warming filter to see how it affects the colors. Focal lengths in the 28-105mm range should capture most everything you’ll see here.[/SIZE][/QUOTE]

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    [B]Destination[/B]: Warren, Vermont
    [B]Distance[/B]: 115 Miles
    [B]Duration[/B]: 2 Hours and 25 Minutes

    For more information about Warren Falls, [URL=”http://www.madrivervalley.com/vermont/activities/detail.asp?actid=42″][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    [B]COME EARLY – STAY LATE [/B]- [B][I]No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.[/I][/B]
    [LIST]
    [*]Sunday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Monday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Tuesday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Wednesday -[B] FREE[/B]
    [/LIST]

    And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer rally. For more information about the YB Rally [URL=”http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    #61884

    PaulBach
    Participant

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    [QUOTE][SIZE=”3″]The shops at Camelot Village are nestled in vintage 18th century barns in historic Bennington, VT. The Village offers a taste of country, creativity, and nostalgia through the rich diverse offerings of its [B]six [/B]different businesses. [/SIZE][/QUOTE]

    You want over 10,000 square feet of antiques, everything from ABC plates to Yelloware, [URL=”http://www.antiquesatcamelot.com/”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    You want over 20 flavors of homemade fudge, [URL=”http://www.vermontfudge.com/”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    You want:
    [LIST]
    [*]Yankee Candles and Accessories
    [*]Vera Bradley Bags
    [*]Lang Folk Art
    [*]Chamilia Beads and Jewelry
    [*]Camille Beckman Products
    [*]Primal Elements Glycerine Soaps
    [*]Willow Tree Angles
    [*]Silk and Dried Florals
    [*]Ribbons
    [*]Windchimes
    [/LIST]
    then, [URL=”http://www.benningtongifts.com/”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    Are you looking for over 100 years of antique and vintage fashions, from the Civil War era of the 1860s to the the Disco era of the 1970s? Looking for period clothing, hats, purses, shoes and many accessories? How about millinery supplies and a lovely selection of signed and unsigned costume jewelry, then[URL=”http://shopsatcamelotvillage.com/benningtonvintagesewing/”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”] click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

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    [B]Destination[/B]: Bennington
    [B]Distance[/B]: 11 Miles
    [B]Duration[/B]: 22 Minutes

    [B]COME EARLY – STAY LATE [/B]- [B][I]No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.[/I][/B]
    [LIST]
    [*]Sunday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Monday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Tuesday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Wednesday -[B] FREE[/B]
    [/LIST]

    And, stick around for the Yankee Beemer rally. For more information about the YB Rally [URL=”http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    #61885

    PaulBach
    Participant

    Hiya folks.
    Ya say ya lost your job today?
    Ya say its 4 A.M. and your kids ain’t home from school yet?
    Ya say your wife went out for a corned beef sandwich last weekend – the corned beef sandwich came back but she didn’t?
    Ya say your furniture is out all over the sidewalk ’cause ya can’t pay the rent and ya got chapped lips and paper cuts and your feets all swollen up and blistered from pounding the pavement looking for work?

    Is that whats troubling ya, fellow?

    Well, lift your head up high and take a ride in the sun with dignity and stick-to-it-ness and ya show the world, ya show the world where to get off. You’ll never give up, never give up, never give up…that motorcycle!
    (Apologies to the Old Philospher)

    Here’s a plan for those lucky enough to arrive early and take advantage of [B]FREE [/B]camping. Gather your camera, riding buddies and an appetite.

    Leave the rally site and have lunch at the [B][COLOR=”DarkRed”]Big Moose Deli [/COLOR][/B]on Route 7 in Hoosick, NY. The wraps are huge and all the pies are homemade but resist since you are going to have ice-cream at the next stop.

    Head north on Route 7 and stop for ice-cream at Vermont Confectionery.

    Just a mile away is Camelot Village.

    After Camelot Village, less than a mile away is the [B][COLOR=”DarkRed”]Grave of Robert Frost[/COLOR][/B], the iconic Poet Laureate who read at the inauguration of President Kennedy. But wait, the journey is not yet over.

    A few hundred yards from the 18th century church and the grave of Robert Frost is the Bennington Monument, the highest building in Vermont. Take the elevator up and take some shots of three different states.

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    Time Mile Instruction For
    9:00 AM 0.0 Depart 6619 Ethan Allen Hwy, Pownal, VT 05261 on US-7 [Ethan Allen Hwy] (North-West) 0.5 mi
    9:00 AM 0.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto SR-346 6.7 mi
    9:06 AM 5.1 Entering New York
    9:09 AM 7.1 Turn RIGHT (North) onto CR-95 [Green Rd] 1.2 mi
    9:11 AM 8.4 Keep STRAIGHT onto CR-95 [Petersburg Junction Rd] 87 yds
    9:11 AM 8.4 Bear LEFT (North) onto CR-95 [South St] 1.6 mi
    9:13 AM 10.1 Turn RIGHT (East) onto SR-7 54 yds
    9:13 AM 10.1 At Big Moose Deli, stay on SR-7 (East) 3.2 mi [B][COLOR=”DarkRed”][#2][/COLOR][/B]
    9:17 AM 13.3 Entering Vermont
    9:17 AM 13.3 Road name changes to SR-9 [Molly Stark Trail] 3.2 mi
    9:22 AM 16.5 At Camelot Village, stay on SR-9 [Molly Stark Trail] (East) 0.2 mi
    9:22 AM 16.7 Bear RIGHT (East) onto Local road(s) 43 yds
    9:23 AM 16.7 Road name changes to Church Street 43 yds
    9:23 AM 16.7 At Robert Frost Grave-site, stay on Church St (West) 32 yds [B][COLOR=”DarkRed”][#4][/COLOR][/B]
    9:23 AM 16.7 Road name changes to Local road(s) 43 yds
    9:24 AM 16.7 Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-9 [Molly Stark Trail] 98 yards
    9:24 AM 16.8 Keep LEFT onto Monument Ave 0.3 mi
    9:26 AM 17.1 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Monument Circle 65 yards [B][COLOR=”DarkRed”][#5][/COLOR][/B]
    9:26 AM 17.2 At Bennington Monument [15 Monument Circle, Bennington VT, return West on Monument Circle 65 yds
    9:26 AM 17.2 Turn LEFT (South) onto Monument Ave 0.4 mi
    9:28 AM 17.6 Keep STRAIGHT onto Monument Ave [Monument Ave Ext] 2.3 mi
    9:31 AM 19.9 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Carpenter Hill Rd 1.9 mi
    9:36 AM 21.7 At Carpenter Hill Road, stay on Carpenter Hill Rd (South-West) 2.3 mi
    9:42 AM 24.1 Turn LEFT (East) onto N Pownal Rd 1.0 mi
    9:44 AM 25.1 Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-7 [Ethan Allen Hwy] 3.5 mi
    9:49 AM 28.6 Arrive 6662 US-7, Pownal, VT 05261

    [B][COLOR=”DarkRed”]SUMMARY[/COLOR][/B]
    Driving distance: 28.6 miles

    #61891

    PaulBach
    Participant

    [B]Don’t tell a soul[/B] but this is where I go when I am HUNGRY or need a fresh baked home made pie or some yummy chocolate chip cookies.

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    It has a rural charm all its own.

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    It’s the Big Moose Deli. I kind of identify with the Big Moose

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    All the food the doctor doesn’t want to have …

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    … and a whole lot more.

    #61892

    PaulBach
    Participant

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    [B]Home Made Pies[/B]

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    [B]Genuine BIG Chocolate CHUNK Cookies[/B]

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    All things dealing with Moose

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    The Big Moose Deli is in Hoosick, NY 10 miles or 13 minutes along some twisty roads with bucolic scenery.

    [B]Destination:[/B] Hoosick, NY
    [B]Distance:[/B] 10 Miles
    [B]Duration: 13 [/B]Minutes

    [B]Remember, don’t tell a soul. [/B]

    #61896

    PaulBach
    Participant

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    [QUOTE][SIZE=”3″]You may pass through All Five Bennington County Covered Bridges in a standard size automobile – one lane only.

    Bridges were covered to keep the wood dry and thereby avoid rot. This became the trend in 1805 when a bridge designed by Timothy Palmer, an architect proved most durable.

    Most covered bridges are painted red because iron ochre was an inexpensive pigment.
    Here is an early recipe for bridge paint:
    [LIST]
    [*]2 qts skim milk buttermilk or whey;
    [*]8 oz newly slaked lime
    [*]6oz oil from ground flaxseed
    [*]2oz turpentine
    [*]1.5lbs pulverized ochre.
    [/LIST]
    The most common type of covered bridge is Town Lattice. All Bennington County Bridges are of this type. [/SIZE][/QUOTE]

    The below ride starts from the bmw ra rally site in Pownal and wonders back roads to and from the museum. Route 7 in NY is part of the route but is twisty and undulating. The route goes past the Big Moose Deli in Hoosick, NY my favorite place to stop, relax, have a sandwich and bring home a slice of homemade pie. The chocolate chunk cookies are huge. But, don’t tell a soul.

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    [B]Destination:[/B] Bennington,[I][COLOR=”Green”][B]Vermont[/B][/COLOR][/I]
    [B]Distance from Pownal:[/B] 16 Miles
    [B]Duration:[/B] 21 Minutes

    For more information about the Covered Bridge Museum, [URL=”http://www.bennington.com/chamber/Bridges/museum.html”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL]!

    [b]The best riding in three states await you![/b]

    [B]COME EARLY – STAY LATE [/B]- [B][I]No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.[/I][/B]
    [LIST]
    [*]Sunday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Monday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Tuesday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Wednesday -[B] FREE[/B]
    [/LIST]

    And, stick around for the [B]Yankee Beemer Rally[/B]. For more information about the [B]YB Rally [/B][URL=”http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    #61897

    PaulBach
    Participant

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    [QUOTE][SIZE=”3″] If Manchester is the Bennington County capital of outlet stores then East Arlington is the capital of antique dealers. If you have never been to East Arlington, nestled in the hills between Historic Route 7A and U.S. Route 7, it is a Vermont town that hasn’t changed very much over the years since Norman Rockwell was living and painting in the area. The relaxed country village atmosphere is perfect for the weary traveler to park and grab a bite at the local cafe and browse the Candlemill shops and sit by the gurgling brook that runs through town like a heartbeat of the mountains.

    It is in this setting that the two buildings of the East Arlington Antiques Center is located. The Main Street shop is in a building, which was built in the 1830s, was one of Vermont’s first hardware stores, and later the Post Office. The shop is owned and operated by Phil Elwell, who was born in Shaftsbury and moved to Arlington in 1963. Phil has been operating this business above the village Post Office since 1988 and who has joined in a partnership with Rick and Ed Hawley of HBH Prestain up the road whose family owned the old movie theatre around the corner which is now the larger of the two locations for the Center.

    The Hawley family has owned the property where the Old Movie Theatre shop is since before the Revolutionary War. Between the two shops of the Center there are over 125 dealers renting space or selling on commission.

    In talking to Phil and John Maynard, the manager of the old Theatre shop, I found that antique dealing is less of a money making venture than a labor of love for antiques. Phil says there are two kinds of dealers, “Some do it for a living touring the country trying to find treasures, others as a part time business to supplement their income. A lot of people aren’t in it for the money, they”re in it to try to add to their collection of follow their interests.”

    I asked Phil if he felt there was a lot of competition in the antique market in the area, but he said, “the more shops in the area the better. Whether they be antique centers of specialty shops.” Mainly because people will tend to go where there is a concentration and maximize their time shopping.

    If you have never had the antique shopping experience it is worthwhile to visit these two unique stores-in-one. The historic setting of the immediate area lends itself to the experience. In talking about the energy from having such a concentration of articles from the past John notes that, “I have people from all around the world in here and it”s exciting when they get part way around, they just feel so good with the high atmosphere, I”ve had Sinatra tapes playing and seen people dancing on the other end of the store.”

    There is something for everyone at the Center, John notes, “One of the beautys of a place like this is the variety of the items, the fun part is that you can have some really old French furniture, this 1790 table for instance, and right next to it have something really funky.” ALthough the two shops are different in regards to size and layout, they both feature a wide variety of items that are a reflection of the interests of the individual dealers who have arranged the displays. Some are interested in kitchen ware, with boxes of soap flakes from 1939, roller pins and egg crates, and others feature coins, jewelry or French enamel ware, and still others are an eclectic mix. [/SIZE][/QUOTE]

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    [B]Destination:[/B]East Arlington, [I][COLOR=”Green”][B]Vermont[/B][/COLOR][/I]
    [B]Distance from Pownal: [/B]31 Miles
    [B]Duration:[/B] 42 Minutes

    For more information about East Arlington [URL=”http://www.thisisvermont.com/storyantiques.html”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL]!

    [b]The best riding in three states await you![/b]

    [B]COME EARLY – STAY LATE [/B]- [B][I]No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.[/I][/B]
    [LIST]
    [*]Sunday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Monday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Tuesday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Wednesday -[B] FREE[/B]
    [/LIST]
    And, stick around for the [B]Yankee Beemer Rally[/B]. For more information about the [B]YB Rally [/B][URL=”http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    #61898

    PaulBach
    Participant

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    [QUOTE][SIZE=”3″] In the Summer of 2000, we purchased a second brewery in Windsor, Vermont. This opportunity arose at a time when we were operating at capacity in Boston and looking for ways to meet the growing demand for Harpoon beer. The Windsor Brewery was built in 1998 for $5 million dollars and had a capacity to brew 30,000 Barrels a year. In the Winter of 2005, we added tanks to increase capacity to 55,000 barrels a year. In addition to brewing Harpoon at our original brewery in Boston, we currently brew Harpoon beer and the Leviathan Series beers at the Windsor facility.

    At Harpoon we have always worked hard to make great beer and welcome our customers to the brewery. We hope that you come visit our Windsor Brewery and see for yourself what makes our brewery – and our beer – special. Our Windsor Brewery features a Production Viewing Area where you can check out the Brewhouse “up close” and learn about Harpoon. We also feature a Brewery Store and restaurant known as the Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden.

    We are open during Presidents Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, Columbus Day Weekend, MLK Weekend. We offer free in-depth brewery tours of the Windsor Brewery at 3:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are not neccassry, but the tour size is limited to first 30 people on a first come first serve basis. We request that children do not participate in the tour to allow room for those 21 years and older. The tour includes a walk through the brewery (depending on Brewery Production at the time of the tour) and complimentary samples of Harpoon beer. It lasts about 45 minutes. You must be 21 years or older with proper ID to sample.[/SIZE][/QUOTE]

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    Today’s route avoids the slat although there is very little slab in Vermont. It starts out and follows the Beast of The East for awhile and then passes some wind turbines in Searsburg and heads north on Route 100. A finer ride would be hard to find.

    [B]Destination:[/B]Windsor, [I][COLOR=”Green”][B]Vermont[/B][/COLOR][/I]
    [B]Distance from Pownal:[/B] 112 Miles
    [B]Duration:[/B] 2 Hours 45 Minutes

    For more information about today’s destination, [URL=”http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/index.cfm/page/Directions/pid/28584″][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL]!

    336 Ruth Carney Drive
    Windsor, VT 05089-9419
    Get Directions
    (802) 674-5491

    [b]The best riding in three states await you![/b]

    [B]COME EARLY – STAY LATE [/B]- [B][I]No charge for camping before the rally starts. Vermont wants you to come and have a great time.[/I][/B]
    [LIST]
    [*]Sunday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Monday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Tuesday – [B]FREE[/B]
    [*]Wednesday -[B] FREE[/B]
    [/LIST]

    And, stick around for the [B]Yankee Beemer Rally[/B]. For more information about the [B]YB Rally [/B][URL=”http://www.yankeebeemers.org/Damn_Yankees.html”][B][U][COLOR=”Blue”]click here[/COLOR][/U][/B][/URL].

    #61899

    Roy Jackson
    Participant

    Hi Paul, Thanks for all the info about Vermont. Using your info I’m putting a few rides together for different days we are there. I know its a llittle early, but can’t waite.

    #61900

    PaulBach
    Participant

    Sounds like a great idea to me.

    You folks from the Ocean State put on great meetings. Cann’t wait to see what rides you put together.

    Paul

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