Friday, October 24, 2008

East Charlotte Tractor Parade!

Vibing while living in Charlotte, Vermont is so easy! There is so much beauty right here in my backyard, and so many vibes to spread in this community which is becoming home. The same weekend of my previous post was also the East Charlotte Tractor Parade. Having just completed its eighth annual year, this is now undoubtedly my new favorite Vermont event. Of course, soon it will be a Top Ten Fall Event in Vermont and written about more than it should and everyone will go and then it won't be my favorite anymore. Such the catch 22 of the world of public relations in Vermont - wanting to tell the untold stories, but not wanting too many people to know about it. Luckily for the time being the Vermont Vibes Blog is read by a very eclectic niche audience of personal friends, and like-minded Vermonters and flatlanders committed to the concept of Vibing! I guess I should be glad Pontiac hasn't picked up on my blog yet, even though I have informed them - alas, another corporate giant who misses the point - at least their car rocks!

Anyway....back to the East Charlotte Tractor Parade. The parade is the child of the awesome Carrie Spear - owner of Spear's Corner Store where folks gather for the festivities the second Sunday in October. Carrie and a group of her friends and volunteers put on this fabulous fall event which was started on the foundation of being a celebration of the harvest and the farmers and tractors that do so much work for that harvest. Now bringing folks from near and far with tractors big and small, bare-boned and parade-esque; the East Charlotte Tractor Parade is a beautiful example of Vermonters all vibing together - on this occasion, to the hum of a tractor!

The Mitch and I had the privilege of having our friends Kathleen, Stew, and their little one Cameron as good company for tractors as you can see below!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Apple Fest Vermont Vibes Field Trip!

The first ever Vermont Vibes field trip was fantastic! A car full of Vibers, bright sun, apples everywhere - what Vermont is all about! The Mitch and I were of course in the Vibe as were one of Mitch's best friends, The Chad; my good friend and original Viber, Tay; and a new friend, Brian, who was visiting other friends who had to work and at a rock concert the night prior to vibing approached me and said, "Can I go vibing?" How cool is that???

The Shaws start was a little hairy as I seemed to think there was a coffee/bagel type of place in there (NOT just nasty DD coffee). But all was well when we headed across the street to Maplefield's and got hooked up with all sorts of fuel.

Off to South Hero we went! Pretty much as soon as we got into the Islands I got very confused and thought I was at a Phish show or something - the line was horrible! I have been to the South Hero AppleFest several times before, and several years ago - before the PR hype got started. But, that's what PR can do and as I am a Vermont PR mama myself, cannot really complain.

So we waited in the lines and grooved to tunes in the Vibe. We parked and were on our way! As I took charge of the trusty camera, I made sure I had a complete photo blog to share as fall in Vermont is so much more fun to look at than to talk about! (even Wild To Mild River Rafting & Jeep Tours comments on the great photos on my blog as they recently listed the Vermont Vibes Blog as one of their chosen 8 Great Outdoor Blogs!)

Oh Happy Day!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Farmhouse Fall

Mitch and I have been so busy this summer with our insane garden and putting up all the veggies, we realized besides the backyard exploration day we had with friends in the spring, we never really explored any other area of the fabulous farm acreage we live on. So, this weekend we explored our front yard. What a different landscape in the fall a farmland/swamp/new growth brush/wetland forest is from the typical "Vermont foliage" landscape. Such interesting beauty, life cycle closure, winter preparation, and a variety of colors a bit different from the vibrant red, orange, and yellow storybook Vermont. Here's a photoblog of our front yard take the first weekend in October:

Friday, October 3, 2008

Vermont Friends

My Vermont friends
Come from near and far
They are dear to my heart
And we like rockin' the back bar.

They range in ages
From 21 to 43
We all have so much in common
Especially having fun and feeling free.

I have been looking for them
For quite some time
And we will mellow and age
Together like good wine.

Our music interests vary
Like we grew from different tribes
But every single one of them
Rocks out the Vermont Vibes!