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Friday, July 14, 2017

Party in the Park!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 10:02 AM

Kids in Hubbard Park - COURTESY OF MONTPELIER PARKS DEPARTMENT
  • Courtesy of Montpelier Parks Department
  • Kids in Hubbard Park
What’s more fun than sleeping beneath the stars in July? Pitching your tent in the capital city’s hilltop park with friends and neighbors, of course. For the first time ever, Montpelier’s Parks Department opens 194-acre Hubbard Park for the HOWL Family Arts Festival from July 21-23, three days and two nights jam-packed with fun family activities. Kids VT talked to staff members of the Montpelier Parks Department to get the lowdown on what’s happening.

Kids VT
: What does HOWL mean?
Montpelier Parks Department: Hubbard Outdoor Wilderness Living. When we began envisioning a summer family fun weekend, community camping immediately seemed a great opportunity. Tent sites are in three areas, including a primitive one for the more adventurous folks.

KVT: What activities will be taking place?
MPD: The sledding hill will transform into a giant Slip 'N Slide. We’re going to do field games, outdoor yoga, evening bonfires, a kids’ talent show and a dance party. At Sunday’s Kids Craft Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., youngsters can sell items for $5 or less they’ve made before or at HOWL’s maker space. We’ve also partnered with other organizations, so night hikes include destinations to the Mountaineers game and a midnight swim in the city pool. Live bands scheduled are the Stone Cold Roosters on Friday and the Afro-Caribbean fusion band Mal Maiz on Saturday. Modern Times Theater and Mayfly will perform. A full schedule will be available at the Capital City Farmers Market (on Saturday, July 15) and online by next week.

KVT: What about food?
MPD: Some of the farmers market and Fourth of July vendors will set up shop, but folks should definitely feel free to bring their own provisions, too.

KVT: How are you handling parking?

MPD: With limited space in the park, there’s a $15 charge per car. We’re encouraging families to leave their vehicles for free at Montpelier High School and ride a shuttle to the park. Shuttles will run every hour. Better yet, walk instead.

KVT: How much does this all cost?
MPD: We really want to make this weekend affordable for everyone. Tickets are available for the whole shindig ($20 per night for camping) or just for a day ($10 per family), and folks can purchase tickets at Montpelier's City Hall or Hunger Mountain Co-op. Campers should definitely pick up tickets early, as spaces are limited. A sliding scale fee is available by request for those who buy tickets at City Hall. Or, sign-up for a four-hour volunteer shift by emailing coordinator Emily Markstein at emarkste@oswego.edu and get a free family weekend pass.


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Friday, July 7, 2017

East of Eden: A Mother-Son Excursion into South Burlington's East Woods

Posted By on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 10:47 AM

8-year-old Harper explores the East Woods - SARAH TUFF DUNN
  • Sarah Tuff Dunn
  • 8-year-old Harper explores the East Woods
Many moons ago — somewhere in between our honeymoon and mooning over the birth of our first child, Dillon — my husband, Carlton, and I would often walk the trails of the East Woods in South Burlington. Since then, we’ve sipped coffee at nearby Klinger’s and run the South Burlington Recreation Path many times, but for some reason this 40-acre forest had slipped off our radar.

Until late last month, that is, when my 8-year-old son Harper, and I decided to kill some time in between his noon pick-up from a rocketry camp in Shelburne and Dillon’s later bus drop-off from Girl Scout Camp in Richmond. Heading north into South Burlington, we turned left on Swift Street and parked the 4Runner in the pullout for a brief amble through an area that most people whiz by on their way to and from work.

Besides a single car, occupied by a man typing on his laptop, Harper and I were the only ones there on that warm summer day. I had done some research, learning that UVM purchased this swath of land in 1949 with the intention of preserving it. As we entered the trails to explore the 1-mile loop, I read part of the trailside sign to Harper, explaining how the Potash Brook that we would soon see had got its name.

The conversation failed to flow as rapidly as the brook, swollen from the recent rainstorms and running its muddy course toward Lake Champlain.

“What do you like about walking in the woods?” I asked. “I don’t know,” said Harper.

Silence ensued as we looked up at the tall pine trees and down toward the mossy forest floor. Then it hit me.

“So you really want a dog, huh?”

“Yes!”

“What would you name the dog?”

“Well, it depends. If it were a Portuguese water dog, it would be Portchy. A Lhasa Apso, Mr. Hairy. A whippet? Whipped cream.”

And so we talked about dogs, and names for dogs and life ahead, and then, once more, we left the East Woods in the past and headed into the future.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Congratulations to our July Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 11:26 AM

In last month’s issue, we asked kids to write a poem about their dad in honor of Father’s Day. Below, find the winning entries. Sawyer and Sage each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Sawyer Willard, 7, Barnet
I like
helping Papa
with sugaring,
And I like
chopping with Papa.
I like playing soccer.
And I like
walking in the woods
with Papa.
I like to check if
the tap lines fell or if
a squirrel chewed
a hole in the tap lines.
I love you!


Sage Norsworthy, 10, Winooski
Kevin
Kind to me and others
Everyday he plays games with me
Very loving
I love to give him hugs
Not an ordinary guy

Find the July swimming-themed writing prompt in our July "Just for Kids" section. The deadline is July 15. Happy writing!



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Congratulations to our July Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 11:16 AM

This month’s gorilla generated an imaginative array of artwork. Ten-year-old Ruby’s ape was
X-rayed in the doctor’s office, revealing a whale in the beast’s belly. Darien, 4, made a vibrant masterpiece with oil pastels, coloring her monkey in bright yellow, crimson and navy blue. Sophia, 7, fashioned a forest around her mighty mammal, with tall trees and blue mountains, and decorated her creature’s pelt with stripes and curly-cues. Savor your summer break, young artists, but don’t forget to send us your coloring-contest entries by mid-month.

The winners of annual family memberships to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium are…

“Gorilla Love”
Eleanor Hammond, 5, Shoreham
Gorilla Love
  • Gorilla Love
“The Rainbow Monkey”
Rosalie Martel, 7, Colchester
The Rainbow Monkey
  • The Rainbow Monkey
“Summer Bliss”
Kape Clements, 11, Jay
Summer Bliss
  • Summer Bliss

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