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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Who's Leaving Inspirational Painted Rocks Around South Burlington and the South End?

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2020 at 3:52 PM

A Love Rock in South Burlington - DAN BOLLES
  • Dan Bolles
  • A Love Rock in South Burlington
Like most Vermonters abiding by the rules of self-isolation and quarantine,  I've been talking a lot of walks. Once a day or more, my furry sidekick Mookie Petts and I venture out for a lengthy constitutional to get some air, stretch our six legs and generally do what we can to avoid losing our minds. (He's doing a better job at the last than I, most days.)

Since mid-March, our usual outdoorsy haunts have become overrun. Formerly peaceful, these excursions to places like Red Rocks Park and Mount Philo State Park have become nerve-wracking experiences — less cardio than an exercise in passing silent, fuming judgment on our peers: What does six feet look like to you, pal? You know your mask doesn't work if it's around your neck, right?  Can you get the virus from your poop bag left on the side of the trail?

So these days, we've been spending more time closer to home, jogging on a wide recreational path nearby or aimlessly wandering the quiet streets of our burbs-y neighborhood along the border of Burlington and South Burlington. It's been far more enjoyable than white-knuckle walks in the woods — and not just because it's typically less crowded.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Burlington Resident's Zoom Meeting Meme Goes Viral

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2020 at 3:32 PM

  • Sarah Woodard
Zoom is taking over our lives. For Americans stuck at home social distancing, the video platform has become ubiquitous as a tool for work, school, after-hours socializing and even health services. This new (virtual) reality means we’re all adjusting to the idea of existing as small, pixelated, likely double-chinned versions of ourselves. Even worse, Zoom coldly reflects that vision back at us, to haunt our every waking, or at least working, moment.

Sarah Woodard, the director of development for Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington, encountered this strange new world when she recently started doing daily Zoom calls for work.

“One of the very first ones I logged into, I hadn’t taken a shower, and I was up in my bedroom hiding from my kids,” she recalled. “As soon as I logged in I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I was just really distracted by everything.”

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Friday, August 16, 2019

WTF: Who Mowed a Giant Peace Sign in a Field Next to Mount Philo?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 6:37 PM

David Diaz's giant peace sign - PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID DIAZ
  • Photo courtesy of David Diaz
  • David Diaz's giant peace sign
Hikers reaching the summit of Mount Philo State Park in Charlotte have yet another thing to look for amid an already breathtaking view of the landscape. Visible to the west, at the southwestern corner of State Park Road and Mount Philo Road, is a massive peace sign mowed into a hayfield. The symbol, which measures 500 feet in diameter, covers nearly six acres and is visible only from above, seems to have been created deliberately for the benefit of visitors atop the 968-foot mountain. Who created it and why?

Chalk it up to David Diaz, an ophthalmologist from Shelburne who had a vision, as it were, for commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, which was held August 15 to 18, 1969.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Crocs Issues Cease and Desist Order to Unnecessary Inventions Creator Matt Benedetto

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 2:34 PM

  • Courtesy of Matt Benedetto
  • Matt Benedetto
Crocs  has issued a cease and desist order against Burlington's Matt Benedetto. He's the creator of Unnecessary Inventions, a line of made-up products that he showcases online and through social media.

A recent invention, Croc Gloves, drew viral attention when it was released, and even hit No. 1 on Reddit. But the fingerless plastic gloves also caught the attention of Crocs, the plastic-footwear company, which Benedetto says ordered him to remove the gloves from his website and social media feeds.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Scenes From the International Duct Tape Regatta

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2019 at 5:08 PM

Amelio Ademollo with his boat - SABINE POUX
  • Sabine Poux
  • Amelio Ademollo with his boat
Gather around, enterprising Vermont kiddos, for a word of unsolicited business advice: Next summer, ditch the lemonade stand. Set up a booth in North Hero and sell rolls of duct tape instead.

Every summer, the town’s residents and visitors buy the sticky stuff en masse for the wonderful, uproarious International Duct Tape Regatta. Proceeds from the race benefit the North Hero Historical Society  in its efforts to preserve the town's iconic Community Hall.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Inside Vermont's First Target Store

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 9:10 PM

Target storefront - JORDAN ADAMS
  • Jordan Adams
  • Target storefront
Dreams do come true.

Finally, after months of anxious waiting, certain Vermonters were blessed with a preview of the new Target store at the University Mall in South Burlington. On Tuesday evening, a select group of media personalities and other individuals — let's call them "the Chosen Ones" — were invited to attend a special friends-and-family early-access event to bask in the glory of all that is Target.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Stash: A Cannabis Gift Guide

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 3:24 PM

Mary, Mary Patch - BAD LUCK GOODS
  • Bad Luck Goods
  • Mary, Mary Patch
The recreational use of cannabis is yet to be fully legalized in the great state of Vermont. But plenty of locals still partake, including a growing number of medical cannabis users who do so legally. And that's to say nothing of industrial hemp — that's cannabis low in THC — which is increasingly harvested for its cannabidiol, aka CBD.  CBD is extracted in oil and added to lotions, salves, chocolates and oil-based pills of all sorts. It's an easy, plant-based way to mellow out after a long day — especially before the parade of anxiety-inducing holiday parties and family events .

With that in mind, we've put together a little gift list of seven CBD and THC-related goodies for you and your loved ones this year.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Every Dog Has Its Day at the Winooski Farmers Market

Posted By on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 at 4:38 PM

Winning dogs pose with their humans. - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Winning dogs pose with their humans.
The Winooski Farmers Market was overrun by a horde of dogs this morning. Forty canines gathered with their humans to compete in the first-ever Best Pooch in the 'Noosk, an informal dog show organized by Downtown Winooski.

The event was hosted by Emmy Award-winning WCAX anchor Darren Perron, who energetically described each contestant as he or she trotted down the makeshift runway cordoned off in the middle of the market. The doggie destination was a tent that sheltered the four judges from the midday sun.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Hirsute Pursuit for Make-A-Wish Vermont

Posted By on Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Vermont Beardies contestants at ArtsRiot in Burlington - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Vermont Beardies contestants at ArtsRiot in Burlington
Last night, ArtsRiot in Burlington was packed — with beards. It was the first annual Vermont Beardies competition, in which participants raised money for Make-A-Wish Vermont by showing off their luxurious facial locks.

The event itself was an informal affair. Contestants had about an hour to display their fuzzy features for the judges, who included Jonathan Goldsmith, the former "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis ad campaign.  Goldsmith and ArtsRiot employee Ben Rutter were charged with collecting the funniest — or most poignant — beard-related stories. At another judging table, Wish Kid Noah Cohen evaluated beards based on how many plastic clothespins they could hold.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Joke of the Week: The Name Game

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 9:15 AM

It's Monday, which means it's time for your weekly dose of locavore levity: the Joke of the Week! This week's joke comes from South Montpelier's Sky Sandoval. Take it away, Sky …

So, my name is Sky. I have two half-sisters, and my half-sisters' names are: Star … and Jennifer.

It’s an interesting choice on my dad’s part naming us Sky, Star and Jennifer. It makes me wonder what he’d be like if he were in charge of other things using that logic. I always like to imagine what it’d be like if he booked a music festival.

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