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Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Blue Backpack Chronicles: Movement and Marble in Middlebury

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

click to enlarge ALISON NOVAK
  • Alison Novak
Typically my 3-year-old son, Theo, has boundless reserves of energy. But when I buckle him into his car seat, he gets really mellow. That makes long country drives a pretty relaxing option on our days together.

Last week, we headed down Route 7 to Middlebury. Theo chilled in his seat, and I pointed out silos, cows, vegetable stands and even a camel along the way. 

Before hitting the downtown area, we peeled off onto Exchange Street so we could check out Maple Landmark Woodcraft, a toy manufacturer. The colorful, six-car wooden train out front was calling Theo’s name and, despite the chilly temps, we spent a good 15 minutes climbing through it, pretending we were engineer and passenger.

Inside the shop, Theo and I perused the offerings and watched through big windows as workers crafted wooden toys. Along with its famous magnetic name trains, Maple Landmark carries traditional games, all sorts of toy vehicles and stocking stuffers such as mustaches on sticks and spinning tops.

Soon it was time for a morning snack; we satisfied our cravings at Otter Creek Bakery. Theo and I split a delicious sour-cream coffee cake muffin while we ogled the seasonal treats behind the counter, including sourdough bread loaves baked in the shape of bats. 

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Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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