Stowe's 54th Annual Antique & Classic Car Meet

A favorite annual Stowe event of mine was held this past weekend, August 12-14. It's a 3-day happening of antique & classic cars on display and on parade in and around Stowe and Lamoille County. Saturday evening is always the best part: Main Street in Stowe is closed between the blinking red light at the intersection of Rt. 100/Mountain Road and School Street, for a night of street dancing, people watching, and car envy. Strollers oooh!-and-aaah! and exclaim over the antiques, which are all parked diagonally on both sides of the street. And, where's the music? Right on the Town Hall steps. Here are 3 of my photos that tell the Stowe story on this night. Stars & Stripes & Stripes in front of Stowe, Vermont's Town Hall

Staffords on Main Street, Stowe, VT - August 13, 2011

The Village Green, Stowe, Vermont

Corvette

Packard

Chrysler Town & Country

Plymouth

Pontiac

T-Bird

Bel Air Convertible

Bel Air Convertible

Pontiac Illuminated Hood Ornament

Produce Truck

Sharing Tastes at I.C. Scoops

I.C. Scoops is Hopping Tonight

The 2011 HGTV Stowe Dream Home

The 2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort
The 2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort

Fran and I toured the Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort this afternoon. It was designed by architect Paul Robert Rouselle, and built by Brendan O'Reilly, owner of Stowe's Gristmill Builders. The tour price-of-admission benefits Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy.

With the winner's identity having been leaked earlier this week, it felt a bit wierd knowing in whose home we were together with a bunch of strangers, without the new owner who doesn't know any of us. I'm sure you've seen the home on HGTV and an abundance of photos taken by the more than 2,000 visitors who've already toured it.

2011 HGTV Dream Home in Stowe, Vermont - Mudroom Cubbies
2011 HGTV Dream Home in Stowe, Vermont - Mudroom Cubbies
2011 HGTV Dream Home in Stowe, VT - Living Room to Mt. Mansfield
2011 HGTV Dream Home in Stowe, VT - Living Room to Mt. Mansfield
2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort - Mt. Mansfield View
2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort - Mt. Mansfield View
2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort - Kitchen Island
2011 HGTV Dream Home at Stowe Mountain Resort - Kitchen Island

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Panoramic Photos with Autostitch

Here are 3 iPhone (horizontal) photos I took at the Mountain, from the top of West Run, last week. I took the middle shot first -- you can see how it doesn't convey the reality of Mt. Mansfield's presence. So I shifted left for another shot; then, I shifted right for one more.

Left                                           Middle                                             Right

Then, I used the iPhone App, Autostitch, to create a panoramic photo. From my iPhone's Camera Roll, I selected the 3 photos above, and pressed "Stitch." In seconds, it produced this panoramic photo:

A Panoramic Photo from the top of West Run at Stowe Mountain Resort
Autostitch has a built-in crop function that automatically selects the largest possible complete crop. You can select your own crop points manually, too. I used the auto crop, which produced this version:
An Autostitched Panoramic Photo from the top of West Run at Stowe Mountain Resort
Autostitch is unbelievable fast, amazingly accurate, and easy to use. It's only $2.99 at the iPhone App Store. Get it.
Learn more here.

Meet Gary Gendimenico

Gary is the Lift Operations Manager at Stowe Mountain Resort. I took this photo, at 7:59 a.m., while I was waiting to ride 'line check' on the Easy Street lift. Gary was just about give the top operator a ride on his snow machine, to the lift terminal at the top of Easy Street.

Gary Gendimenico 1-27-2011

Mt. Mansfield from Spruce Base - 1-27-2011

Photos of the Day - March 25

Season 7: Last day -- and what a beauty it was. We had lunch on "the beach" at our patrol station: hamburgers and hot dogs on our charcoal grill. With that wonderful grilling aroma wafting between our station and the top of the Sensation lift, we were the envy of our guests!

My last day just before 1st line check

Spruce Camp at Stowe Mountain Resort

Butternut Mountain Farm, March 20

Lucy and Dave Marvin finally built the addition they'd been wanting to at their certified organic and kosher Butternut Mountain Farm Sugar House in Johnson, VT. To celebrate, they invited their friends to join them for a ham and baked beans and "Sugar on Snow" feast around 5:00 p.m. And, every guest received a quart mason jar of just-produced syrup. We had the best time -- we learned more about sap running and sugar making than we imagined!

1 Vial of Maple Syrup for every Sugaring day - from 1st to last - at Butternut Mountain Farm

Be sure to visit the Marvin's Country Store on Main Street in Johnson, VT, right next to the Johnson Woolen Mill. Open 7 days a week, year round - except for the usual holidays.

Wow: you can buy Butternut Mountain Farm maple syrup at Amazon and  Williams-Sonoma, too!