VERGENNES — A couple hundred adults, teens and younger children relaxed on a balmy summer evening at the Vergennes city pool Tuesday, when also the Vergennes Champs swim team hosted the Middlebury Panthers.
Imagine if you could be transported to a place where, amid balmy midsummer greenery, you could sit in the warm lingering twilight and listen, for free, to live performances of your favorite music. Imagine if also there for the listening were performances of other genres of soulful music that you might otherwise never hear — Québecois reels, Les Paul-style jazz, African worldbeat.
One of my favorite summer outdoor pastimes is hiking to the various alpine ponds along Vermont’s Long Trail. These overnight trips combine my enjoyment of backpacking and my passion for fishing, while providing almost enough exercise to burn off the copious quantities of trail food I consume on the hike.