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See for Yourself 2019: A Stuck in Vermont Playlist 

Published September 11, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. | Updated September 11, 2019 at 5:28 p.m.

click to enlarge MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen

What does Vermont look like from the basket of a hot air balloon? From the passenger seat of a race car at Thunder Road? From the frozen surface of Lake Memphremagog? Eva Sollberger knows. Seven Days' senior multimedia producer has spent the past 12 years documenting every corner of the Green Mountain State for her weekly video series "Stuck in Vermont."

She knows what it's like to feel stuck here, too: When she was 7, her family moved from bustling Manhattan to sleepy Johnson, Vt., and she never felt quite at home.

"As a teenager, I was more of an awkward alternative-music listener," Eva explained in her series' 300th episode. "I didn't fit in, wore a lot of black. I was, like, the second person in my high school to ever do that."

After attending college in Massachusetts and living in California for a decade, she returned to the state and decided to embrace her surroundings — by filming them. Since 2007, she's been meeting Vermonters and finding out what it is that makes the state special.

Today, her show is nearing its 600th-episode mark. Watch it weekly at sevendaysvt.com. Start with the episodes below, which serve as a fun introduction to the various Vermonters who live here.

A_Dog Day

A_Dog Day is a celebration of skateboarding, art and music inspired by DJ Andy "A_Dog" Williams, a fixture in Burlington until he died of leukemia in 2013. His friends formed a nonprofit to provide arts education to underserved youth, campaign for bone marrow donors and throw an annual community party to keep A_Dog's legacy alive. 

Diwali Night

Diwali Night is held every year on the University of Vermont campus to celebrate the Hindu festival of light. Organized by the university's Indian Student Association, it showcases the culture's emphasis on "victory over darkness and good over evil" through songs, recitations, Bollywood dancing and a delicious Indian feast. 

March for Our Lives

At more than 800 protests around the world in March 2018, hundreds of thousands of people gathered to support survivors of gun violence and advocate for gun reform. That included about 2,500 people at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. Eva spoke to the college students who organized the rally, interviewed people with creative signs and listened to young speakers who shared personal experiences with gun violence. 

Spectrum's Detail Works

Spectrum Youth & Family Services runs Detail Works, a local car-detailing shop that employs teens and young adults as a way to help them learn the skills necessary to become successful members of the community. Eva spent an afternoon in 2018 getting cars squeaky-clean and learning how this job has affected one employee's life. 

St. Albans Tractor Parade

Dozens of tractors and trucks decorated with holiday lights converged on a chilly December night in 2018 for this fifth annual parade. Eva hitched a ride with local dairy farmers on a hay trailer pulled by a John Deere tractor, and crowds of onlookers braved the cold to show their support for the farmers who make this state so great. 

Deer Hunting Opening Weekend

Vermont's deer rifle season runs for a limited time in late November. For her first hunting trip, Eva joined the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's Tom Rogers in Stowe Hollow on the season's opening weekend in 2013. Then she hit up the Fly Rod Shop and the Jericho General Store to hear what hunters love about this Vermont tradition. 

Burlington Mural Wall

In 2018, Vermont artist  Jess Graham methodically covered a downtown Burlington wall with a colorful 206-by-16-foot outdoor mural. Outdoor Gear Exchange commissioned the Cherry Street project, which depicts open-air activities during all four seasons. After Graham blocked out the design, more than 40 volunteers showed up to help paint it. 

The original print version of this article was headlined "See for Yourself | A playlist for anyone feeling stuck in Vermont"

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About The Authors

Carolyn Fox

Carolyn Fox

Bio:
Carolyn Fox was the Seven Days calendar editor from 2009-2012. From 2012-2013, she was the managing editor of Kids VT. She currently works as Special Publications Manager for Seven Days.
Eva Sollberger

Eva Sollberger

Bio:
Seven Days senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger has been making her award-winning video series, "Stuck in Vermont," since 2007. New episodes appear on the Seven Days website every other Thursday and air the following night on the WCAX evening news. Sign up at sevendaysvt.com to receive an email alert each time a new one drops. And check these pages every other week for insights on the episodes.

About the Artist

Matthew Thorsen

Matthew Thorsen

Bio:
Matthew Thorsen was a photographer for Seven Days 1995-2018. Read all about his life and work here.

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