July 29th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — When Pierre Vachon set out to get a pair of tragedy/comedy masks tattooed on his upper arm last year, he had no idea that the venture would lead him to become a business proprietor in downtown Middlebury.
During the long hours in the tattoo chair, he got to know tattoo artist Christin Eaton, who was operating a fully licensed business out of her home.
“As she was tattooing me we were talking, and it just kind of fit,” he said. “We thought, ‘Why don’t we open up a shop together?’”
I recently went to a fly-tying workshop at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library. Getting a lesson in tying flies from David Henderson and Bob Reynolds was not only highly enjoyable, it also reminded me of two important outdoor sporting lessons I learned when I was young.
The first was that outdoor sports can be expensive and dangerous. The second, and more important lesson, related to the first, had to do with which of my parents to go to for money and which to go to for permission.
Last weekend, we threw a huge party at our house so we could celebrate my stepson’s recent wedding in Oklahoma with our friends and family in Vermont. It was a great time, or so they tell me; I was so busy being a good hostess I didn’t speak to any of the guests.
I found out that putting together such an event is not easy. So I’ve compiled a brief list of dos and don’ts for anyone who might someday decide to hold a party where the number of guests exceeds the population of the average Vermont town. Here goes:
MIDDLEBURY — Bill Shafer’s business plan for Middlebury’s Marquis Theater will come into sharper focus at the end of this month, when he is scheduled to own and operate a specialized digital movie projection systems that he said will take 3-D viewing to the next level.
BRISTOL — July in Bristol isn’t complete without the 5-kilometer race, country music radio and silent auction of the Three Day Stampede.
Over the past 17 years, the Stampede, which is an annual weekend fund-raiser for cystic fibrosis research, has raised over $1 million.
SALISBURY — One of the late Fletcher “Buster” Brush’s many civic goals was to bring new vitality and identity to the Salisbury Village Cemetery, a small historic burial site behind the community’s old town hall.
With Vermont’s Aug. 24 primary coming into sharper focus, it’s interesting to observe the public’s reluctance to change.
MIDDLEBURY — On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, 13-year-old Shigeko Sasamori was within two miles of the epicenter of the atomic bomb’s blast in Hiroshima. She, along with her schoolmates and many other schoolchildren in the Japanese city, was clearing away the rubble of buildings demolished to create escape paths in case of firebombing in the city.