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Big Calendar

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VL Spring 2016 260Our Spring cover story, “Seeing the Big Picture,” tells the story of Big Picture Theater and Café in Waitsfield.

The Big Picture is at once a restaurant, cinema, meeting place and watering hole, hosting a near-constant stream of locally oriented events such as art exhibits, farmers markets and literary presentations. When Waitsfield is coming up on an election, the town books its candidates forum at the Big Picture. In its plethora of roles, the enterprise has come to occupy both a new and a traditional part in the Mad River Valley: a town hall for the 21st century.

If our story inspired you to check out this community hub, this calendar of events will help you plan your visit.

Q&A: Mary Powell

Written by Sky Barsch on . Posted in Q&A, Web Exclusives

Editor’s note: The following is the extended version of an interview with Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell. A version of this interview appears in the Autumn 2015 issue of Vermont Life.

Mary Powell, 54, is the CEO of Green Mountain Power, a role she never envisioned for herself as a young, outdoorsy New York transplant. Today she’s one of the most influential Vermont voices in energy, leadership and workplace issues.

Mary Powell at Green Mountain Power in Colchester. Photographed by Gary Hall.

Mary Powell at Green Mountain Power in Colchester. Photographed by Gary Hall.

VL: You left a corporate gig in Manhattan to move to Vermont. Why Vermont?
MP: My dad’s grandfather purchased a piece of land on the lake in Colchester, I think in 1910. So the family has always come to Vermont, in fact, my family still has that same cottage. Vermont was always my second home, and I usually spent at least half of my summer here. When my parents retired, they retired to Vermont. My sister and her family moved to Vermont, and Mark and I had the opportunity to transition up here — and it was for a lot of the same reasons, I think, that I love Vermont 26 years later; which is, it’s an amazing quality of life. It’s an amazing place to live in.

VL: You’ve worked in business, banking and utilities. What would you tell your younger self who thought these fields were “stuffy”?
MP: I would still say to my younger self, “Don’t work for stuffy, bureaucratic organizations.” Actually one of the lines I like is “I didn’t know what I didn’t know.” I think while I ended up in these situations I never thought I’d be in, obviously, I was open enough that at the end of the day I did try (them). So I think staying open and being willing to try different things is really important.

VL: It’s worked out.
MP: It has. It really has. I would also say, adding to that, I would say a huge part of why things have worked for me is that I was always willing to bring my authentic self to wherever I went. That is something I would probably encourage even stronger in my younger self, and I encourage in others, is tap into those wonderful, authentic qualities that you have and figure out how to bring them to the situation and leverage them in a way that’s positive for whatever organization you’re working for. Don’t try to conform. So many times I hear people when they’re going for interviews, they want advice, they’ll research exactly what [the companies are looking] for, and exactly what the

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Web Extras: “Cold June Rain,” a Poem by Ross Thurber

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape, Web Exclusives

Ross Thurber does farm chores at Lilac Ridge Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo by Daria Bishop.

Ross Thurber does farm chores at Lilac Ridge Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo by Daria Bishop.

Ross Thurber and his family are featured in the article, “One Day This Will All Be Yours,” which appears in our Summer 2015 issue. A poet, Ross wanted to share this piece with our readers. We hope you enjoy.

Cold June Rain
By Ross Thurber

Why wait for the gloaming
or a still water dirge
when the pasture is here
and the brook runs swift
under a witch hazel.

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