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Ring in the New Year, Vermont Style

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Web Exclusives

The Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing has come up with a list of 13 fun ways to ring in the New Year, Vermont Style! Direct from VDTM:

While hordes of revelers head to Times Square, those seeking a New Year’s celebration outside the norm head to Vermont. Yes, the Green Mountain State is host to traditional New Year’s Eve festivals full of fireworks and fanfare, but there’s also an array of unconventional celebrations for Auld Lang Sine partiers as well as those seeking serious relaxation. From, here’s Vermont’s 13 Events to Ring in ’13:

13. Fireworks & Torchlight Parade: Carrying flaming torches, Stowe Mountain Resort patrollers ski down the face of the mountain. Enjoy the beauty of Mount Mansfield as it comes alive with a spectacle of lights.

12. New Year’s Eve Road Race: Ring in the New Year? How about … run in the New Year! This festive 5K race is in Vermont’s capital, Montpelier.

11. Learn to Firewalk this New Year’s Eve: All are welcome to Spirit Hollow’s fourth annual firewalk in North Bennington. No experience or desire to walk the fire is necessary. Space is limited, but overnight accommodations are available in the yurt.

10. A Grateful Dead Inspired Throw-down: Celebrate the New Year with the music of Grateful Dead; JATOBA and Hot Day At The Zoo perform in their annual New Year’s Eve throw-down at The Stone Church in downtown Brattleboro.

9. Laugh in the New Year: Funny hats, funnier comedians. Ring in the New Year with a dinner buffet, DJ, dancing, champagne and comedy at the Hampton Inn New Year’s Eve Comedy Celebration.

8. Okemo’s Family New Year’s Eve: Enjoy evening ice skating, snowtubing, snowshoeing, mountain coaster rides, horse-drawn wagon rides and a trivia tournament; plus, families can ring in the New Year early with a DJ dance party — and still get to bed in time for a big day of skiing the next day.

7. New Year’s Eve Dinner at New England Culinary Institute: NECI starts the evening with a champagne reception followed by a multi-course dinner with wine pairings and hand-crafted desserts.

6. First Night St. Johnsbury: Be entertained by 70 artists, exhibits and performances during the 20th annual First Night.

5. Midnight Meditation: The Karme Choling Shambala Meditation Center in the Northeast Kingdom hosts a multi-day retreat leading up to the New Year’s Eve Soirée with festivities and dancing. At midnight, welcome the new year with meditation and contemplation in the Main Shrine Room.

4. First Night Burlington: Vermont’s largest, single-day arts festival, providing 110 performances and activities at 20 venues. Fun for all ages, Burlington was the fifth city in the world to embrace the First Night concept.

3. Stay Classy, Vermont: This New Year’s Eve Classical Concert in Manchester features classical and pop music by Vivaldi, Strauss, Oscar Peterson, Lennon-McCartney, Mendelssohn, and popular standards. Chocolates and family-friendly bubbly will be served.

2. A Peaceful Snowshoe: Grab warm clothes and winter gear to snowshoe up Mountain Philo! Few outings are as romantic as a thermos of hot chai, maple crème cookies and watching the stars above, the glittering lights and lake below, and if timed right, fireworks over Burlington.

1. New Year’s Eve Goes to the Dogs? Yes! At Montgomery Adventures, you can howl in 2013 with a night of dog sledding, moonlight snowshoeing, a bonfire and a champagne toast at midnight. Please note, the dogs kindly request reservations.

From the Vermont Tourism team, Happy New Year!

Ice Fishing Season Safety Reminders

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Outdoor Rec and Nature

Do you love to ice fish in Vermont? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has some helpful reminders for the season:

  • Leave your car or truck on shore. Every year several motor vehicles go through the ice on Vermont lakes, and people have drowned as a result.
  • Leave information about your plans with someone — where you intend to fish and when you expect to return.
  • Wear a personal floatation device and don’t fish alone.
  • Ice varies in thickness and condition. Always carry an ice spud or chisel to check ice as you proceed.
  • Be extremely cautious crossing ice near river mouths, points of land, bridges, islands and over reefs and springs. Current almost always causes ice to be thinner over these areas.
  • Avoid going onto the ice if it has melted away from the shore. This indicates melting is underway, and ice can shift position as wind direction changes.
  • Waves from open water can quickly break up large areas of ice. If you can see open water in the lake and the wind picks up, get off!
  • Bring your cell phone with you.
  • Carry a set of hand spikes to help you work your way out onto the surface of the ice if you go through. Holding one in each hand, you can alternately punch them into the ice and pull yourself up and out. You can make these at home, using large nails, or you can purchase them at stores that sell fishing supplies.
  • Carry a safety line that can be thrown to someone who has gone through the ice.
  • Heated fishing shanties must have good ventilation to prevent deadly carbon monoxide.

The department cautions there are no areas in late December where ice is safe enough to support fishing.

Home Grown

Written by Sky Barsch on . Posted in Slideshows

Vermonters have found a niche selling Christmas trees in the New York City metro area. At home, growers work all year to meet the demand. Here’s a look at two Vermont Christmas tree farms.

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