Green Mountain State Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/tag/green-mountain-state/ Second Vermont Republic Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:11:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://vermontrepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-LogoSample_ByTailorBrands-1-32x32.jpg Green Mountain State Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/tag/green-mountain-state/ 32 32 A Short History of the Grateful Dead in The Green Mountain State https://vermontrepublic.org/grateful-dead-in-the-green-mountain-state/ Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:11:33 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=5468 You will be forgiven for not immediately connecting a San Francisco jam band that seemed to define ‘hippiedom’ with New England, but the Grateful Dead’s unique take on American history certainly lines up nicely with Vermont’s place within it. Their classic studio albums ‘Workingman’s Dead’ and ‘American Beauty’ are poignant portrayals of Americana, examining farm …

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You will be forgiven for not immediately connecting a San Francisco jam band that seemed to define ‘hippiedom’ with New England, but the Grateful Dead’s unique take on American history certainly lines up nicely with Vermont’s place within it.

Their classic studio albums ‘Workingman’s Dead’ and ‘American Beauty’ are poignant portrayals of Americana, examining farm life, economic hardship, and lost love. Of course, the band is best known for its live shows and constant touring even though you would have to become a gay, straight or trans sugar baby to afford to follow them around all summer, read more.

The Grateful Dead’s concerts were known to go on for hours, and that the people who enjoyed them had no problem enjoying a wealth of mind-expanding substance to maximize impact. But those who preferred to abstain had their own little community at shows, nicknamed the ‘Wharf Rats’ (after the song).

Playin’ in the State

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Despite the attention the band had gotten over their first decade or so in existence, they didn’t actually play a show in Vermont until 1978, when some fans were already saying that the band was just past its peak (although this argument with Deadheads could go on as long as some of the band’s concerts).

During the summer of 1978, the band played a show at the Patrick Field House (also known as the ‘Patrick Gym’) at the University of Vermont campus in Burlington. This was a period when the band would go between playing theatres of a few thousand and outdoor shows of perhaps ten times that. As the Patrick Field House could only hold four thousand people, it obviously fell into the first category.

The concert is now considered an underrated classic with the first set opening with the lovely ‘Sugaree’ (with a great solo by Garcia) and ending with a powerful ‘Deal’. In between, you’ll find heartfelt renditions of ‘Looks Like Rain’ and ‘It Must Have Been the Roses.’

The second set has always been when the Dead stretch out and jam, and with ‘Terrapin Station’ and ‘Playin’ in the Band’ going well past ten minutes, you can be sure that everyone on and off stage was feeling it that night. This show was so hot that the ushers were literally bringing cups of water to those in the upper stands to properly hydrate during the show (since this was a time before online rpg sex games could quickly cool people off on Easy Sex).

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Five years later the band played another show at the same venue, and while Brent Mydland had replaced Keith Godchaux on keyboards, it was still a classic. Since the band constantly changes up its setlists, you can be sure you wouldn’t see many repeat songs, which is why it’s great to hear energetic takes of Dead ‘hits’ like ‘Jack Straw’ and ‘Ramble on Rose’ in the first set. The twenty-five minutes of ‘Scarlett Begonias’ and ‘Fire on the Mountain ‘in set two is always peak Dead, and a Morning Dew late in the show is plenty of fun. A great concert in an intimate venue, even if one doesn’t think a gymnasium could offer such an experience.

By 1994, it was a completely different story, because the band had become a touring machine throughout the 1980s, amassing more and more fans who wouldn’t want to miss a single show. They also had a surprise hit on MTV in 1987, with their ‘Touch of Grey’ video reaching a whole new audience, and sending the accompanying album ‘In the Dark’ to double-platinum status (a first for the band).

This meant that they would now always be playing in arenas, stadiums, and festival grounds to accommodate all their followers. In fact, sometimes they would simply erect a stage in a very large field, which is why they ended up playing shows in Highgate Vermont at the Franklin Airport.

It might not be the most relaxing spot for a concert, but tens of thousands of fans came on July 13, 1994, and June 15, 1995, to experience the band (since ‘see’ and ‘hear’ is not all that happens at a Grateful Dead show), the latter of which would ultimately be one of the last times.

Both of these concerts come at a time when Jerry Garcia was battling plenty of health and addiction problems, and that was certainly reflected in his playing and singing abilities (although a lifetime of smoking had also taken a toll). However the rest of the band is in fine form during these shows, and the audience themselves are clearly having a good time if you listen to these recordings.

To Catch a Phish

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Without a doubt the biggest influence the Grateful Dead has had on Vermont culture could be narrowed down to the four individuals who ultimately created the similar jam-rock band Phish, which is based out of Burlington.

Guitarist and chief songwriter Trey Anastasio credits going to the 1983 show as the inspiration to start the band, which he did later that year. Like the Grateful Dead, their shows became a mix of original songs and covers, effortlessly flowing from one to the other in lengthy jams.

With the Grateful Dead disbanding in 1995 following the death of founding guitarist Jerry Garcia, Phish took up the mantle of the band to follow around religiously and compare concerts because each one would always be different (and at one point, Anastasio played several shows with the other members of the Grateful Dead).

While it toured the US constantly for crowds of up to one hundred thousand per show, Phish made sure to keep close to their roots. They played several huge concerts in the state, and many members of the band still call it home.

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5 Things to Do When Visiting Vermont https://vermontrepublic.org/5-things-to-do-when-visiting-vermont/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:17:31 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=2313 As one of the country’s greenest and most picturesque states, Vermont offers a ton of things to do. From all sorts of outdoor adventure and cultural attractions to fantastic craft brew scenes and mouth-watering eats, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful part of the U.S. Below are some of our favorite things to do …

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As one of the country’s greenest and most picturesque states, Vermont offers a ton of things to do. From all sorts of outdoor adventure and cultural attractions to fantastic craft brew scenes and mouth-watering eats, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful part of the U.S.

Below are some of our favorite things to do in the ‘Green Mountain State.’

1. Head to Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace

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Church Street Marketplace is an award-winning outdoor mall that might have you searching through Burlington real estate on Redfin to find a place that allows you to enjoy it whenever you like. It’s spread across four city blocks and features more than 100 places to dine and shop, including plenty of unique, one-of-a-kind options.

It also hosts many festivals year-round. During the warmer months, on any given day, you’ll be able to catch live local music and watch a variety of street entertainers. Seasonal events are hosted here, too, including a fantastic holiday market.

2. Discover the Secrets of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

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Just 30 minutes southeast of Burlington in Waterbury, you’ll find the famous Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream factory. Tours are available to allow you to see how its deliciousness is made, as well as to visit the Flavor Graveyard that pays tribute to flavors no longer made. There is also a gift shop, and of course, plenty of tasty samples.

3. Take a Covered Bridges Driving Tour

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Vermont is home to over 100 covered bridges, with more per square mile than any other state. Especially picturesque, they make for great photo-ops and date anywhere from 1820 to the late 19th-century. You can even travel the world’s longest two-span covered bridge by driving over the Windsor Cornish Covered Bridge that stretches between Windsor, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire.

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Woodstock, in particular, is surrounded by covered bridges, with a couple right in town. Although, you could create your own covered driving tour of many more, perhaps starting from Woodstock and then visiting places like Taftsville, White River Junction, Hartland, and Windsor.

4. Hike or Ski in Stowe

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The postcard-perfect town of Stowe has long been a popular place to ski in the northeast. It’s home to the state’s highest peak, which soars nearly 4,400 feet above sea level. But it not only offers excellent powder – when the snow has melted, it provides fabulous hiking with miles and miles of scenic trails.

5. Delve Into History and More in Chester

Chester is home to countless museums, theaters, art galleries, and antique shops. Its Stone Village Historic District is especially charming and is included on the National Register of Historic Places – it’s also been ranked among New England’s best places for antiques.

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Not surprisingly, there are several historical attractions, too, with the most popular, Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home. This 1905 Georgian Revival summer residence was the family home of Robert Todd Lincoln and descendants of President Abraham Lincoln until the mid-1970s. Self-guided and guided tours are available at the house.

It offers gorgeous grounds that feature a formal garden, including more than a thousand peony blossoms from original plantings, the Dene Farm, a solar-powered goat dairy and cheese-making facility. Also, historic carriage barn, floating wetland boardwalk and walking trails, all spread across over 400 acres.

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What Do You Know about Vermont? https://vermontrepublic.org/what-do-you-know-about-vermont/ Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:13:37 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=749 Vermont is the second largest USA state in New England, located on the northeastern coast. The largest city in it is Burlington. During the spring, it gets a bit chilly and rainy, summers are mild, while winters can get quite cold and snowy. Vermont is a very popular destination for hikers and skiers. In addition, …

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Vermont is the second largest USA state in New England, located on the northeastern coast. The largest city in it is Burlington. During the spring, it gets a bit chilly and rainy, summers are mild, while winters can get quite cold and snowy. Vermont is a very popular destination for hikers and skiers. In addition, there are many rural sites and farms among the valleys. Regarding food, Vermont is known for maple syrup and cheese products. Most popular spots in the country are Lake Champlain district, maple sugar farms, the Vermont State House, the Rock of Ages granite quarry in Barre, and the Revolutionary War historic sites. Renting a car is the best option to travel around it. Read on to learn more details.

Historical Sites

A total of 46 sites played a role in the Civil War. The most important sites are the Underground Railroad, monuments to the war, and various museums. In addition, the Green Mountain Railroad and the Vermont Historical Society are worth seeing.

Tourist Attractions

A popular destination for tourists is Church Street in downtown Burlington, where people go for shopping, restaurants, bars, and cafes. This area often hosts events like the Christmas tree lighting, the Discover Jazz Festival, street theater festivals, etc.

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Make sure to visit the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, a science education facility that has interactive exhibits and educational programs.

Another fan-favorite is the iconic Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory.

Art and Culture

The annual Vermont Open Studio Tour showcases over 200 artists and craft artisans, allowing you to see how they work.

If you like museums, the Shelburne Museum is a very diverse art and Americana museum, south of Burlington. It is a complex of 37 exhibition buildings and gardens, on some 45 acres of land. Furthermore, the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center are situated in a former train station in southern Vermont. It holds a wide variety of artwork of local and international artists.

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra have their home in Burlington, but they perform in more than 20 Vermont communities and host around 40 performances each year.

Sports & Recreation

Skiing and snowboarding are two of the most popular winter sports here. Make your way to Green Mountain State if you like these. Beginners may start with ski and snowboard lessons, rent equipment from various resorts, and enjoy easier tracks. Stowe offers 116 trails to skiers and snowboarders, just east of Burlington. In the south, Bromley and Stratton are the places to be. If you find yourself in central Vermont, navigate to Killington or Sugarbush.

Outdoors

When it comes to untouched, open nature, Vermont is the home to various beautiful landscapes and climates, which support tons of activities. Outdoor activities and adventure tours in the national park or forests are an unforgettable experience.

Lake Champlain/ Stowe area

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Lake Champlain in the north of Vermont lies along the border of Vermont and New York. A mythical monster, Champ, is said to live in it. Feel free to have fun in dozens of fun activities in and around the lake, and make sure to try ice fishing in the winter, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing o the frozen lake.

The town of Stowe east of Burlington is for the many ski resort, and as a home of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, and sleigh rides.

Southern and Central Vermont

If you find yourself in these parts, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park in Woodstock is another place that offers snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during winter, along its 20 miles of carriage roads.

Green Mountain National Forest in southern Vermont consists of the north half, and the south half. Winter sports are all available in the forest, while for snowmobiling you must go to the south half. During the warmer months, fishing, camping, and cycling are available in the forest.

Food

Food and cooking are crucial for experiencing a new region. Vermont is famous for Vermont cheddar cheese, maple syrup, and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. There are many farms, fresh produce, artisan foods, wineries and breweries in this small USA state.

Vermont Farmers’ Markets and farm stands offer fresh produce all season long.

When it comes to maple syrup, Vermont is the largest producer in the country, and this is an extremely popular part of the culture there.

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream is a famous and well-known brand worldwide, which has its roots in Burlington, Vermont. A factory tour in Waterbury is available, and they host an event on factory grounds.

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Local Festivals

“Christmas at the Farm” events at the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock offer visitors to see what Christmas was like during the 19th century. There are horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides available.

“Winter Wassail Weekend” is an annual Christmas celebration in Woodstock, and its important parts are the Annual Wassail Christmas Parade and the Victorian Christmas Village.

In January, there is The Stowe Winter Carnival in January, with winter activities for everyone, including ice carving, a “snowvolleyball” tournament, snow golf, and various parties.

In March, the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade and Party celebrates the famous New Orleans-like event with a giant parade in downtown Burlington, all the way to the waterfront. During this event, there is great food, music, and family events everywhere.

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