A Day of Remembrance and Change
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Written by Win Smith
While many consider Memorial Day to be the beginning of summer, it is important to remember what it really is. Reflecting upon this-- remembering those who have served our nation and have allowed us to enjoy what we do today-- is important to do each year. In my own case, I appreciate my parents and siblings who served in the armed forces, and my stepfather, who was a casualty. He did not die on the battlefield but, years later, took his own life. Back then we did not know what PTSD was. As I wrote in an Op-Ed last fall, it is important that we always remember to hug our veterans who are still with us, and to remember those who have passed. Regarding hugging our veterans, we are proud to partner with Roy Tuscany and his High Fives Foundation, who have been doing amazing work in Squaw Valley, training injured veterans and introducing them to skiing.
It has been a cool and rainy spring, but the Valley’s lawns, fields and forests are looking very green and healthy, and the streams are flowing and sending their babbling tones out for all to hear. I have always found my deepest sleep when listening to a running brook or river. I did manage to golf last weekend with Lili and some friends, and was really pleased with the condition of our golf course. It is wet in a few spots, but the drainage work that has been completed in the past few years under Mike Wing’s leadership has made a huge difference. Even with the five inches of rain we received so far in May, the course was a pleasure to play ( though I didn’t get the extra yardage on a drive that I might have if the fairways were drier). We also stopped into our new Rumble’s Kitchen for dinner on Friday night and enjoyed the Dragon Bowl and Grilled Lamb entrées and a glass of Letitia Pinot Noir. It was nice to see our new restaurant busy and receiving good feedback on the menu and management team under the leadership of Margo Nugent. Friends of mine have also enjoyed the Fish of the Day and the Flank Steak, as well as the House Burger and Rumble’s Greens and Garnishes made with local ingredients.
We had a nice wedding over the weekend, as well. The ceremony was staged at the seventh tee on the golf course (one of the nicest views in the Valley) and the reception followed in Gate House Lodge. Our season is full this summer and we are starting to fill in the weekends for next year, as well. If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, please let us know.
It was nice to see the first groups from New England Tennis Holidays here enjoying the courts at the Health and Recreation Center. This is one of the best tennis camps around—ranked #1 in the Northeast and #3 in the world by Tennis Resorts Online. Our children’s summer camps are filling up quickly, but places do remain.
It is less than two weeks until Brew-Grass Festival, and we only have a limited number of general admission tickets left. We have our fingers crossed for a sunny day to Sip (some) Sunshine and enjoy the many other Vermont craft beers that afternoon while listening to some great music and enjoying the camaraderie of friends and families. I will miss it myself this year as I will be attending my 50th reunion at Deerfield Academy and visiting with classmates whom I have not seen in five decades. I doubt they will be serving a beer selection as good as ours at Deerfield.
We are in the final stages of permitting our two new lifts. You will soon see us disassembling the old lifts, and preparing to install the new towers and terminals.
Summer has begun and all activities will be in full swing by the last weekend in June.