Friday, September 16, 2011
Well, autumn is definitely on its way. We are expecting a frost tonight, so people will be covering up their gardens later today. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and we are in for a number of beautiful sunny days, so it will be a fun weekend to be here in the Mad River Valley.
There is good news about the roads. You can get to Roxbury from both Exit 4 and Exit 5 and the Roxbury Gap is in good shape. Both bridges on Route 100B are open again but we still ask you NOT to drive through Moretown so that their flood cleanup can continue.
As I mentioned previously, thanks to the help of many people in the Valley, American Flatbread has reopened. Unfortunately, however, The Pitcher Inn will not reopen until next weekend but they are making great progress getting everything back in shape.
In less than 50 days we will plan to start making snow at both Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen, and we plan to begin skiing the weekend before Thanksgiving at Lincoln Peak.
Community Day weekend is only three weeks away. That is usually near the peak of our foliage season, so I hope that many of you will be able to join us and get in the mood for another great ski season.
The response to my announcement of Grace Potter's “intimate solo performance" here at Sugarbush has been very gratifying. As I mentioned, Grace is eager to help her neighbors here in the Valley and has donated her performance at a private brunch on October 10. Since Sugarbush is donating the venue for this event, 100% of ticket proceeds will to go directly to the Mad River Valley Community Fund. The minimum ticket price is set at $1,000 for a very simple reason. We have limited seating in the Gate House and we want to raise as much money as possible for the Community Fund.
The Community Fund needs to raise at least $1 million to help those in the Valley who were devastated by Irene. Already we have commitments for approximately $150,000 for the performance and brunch. It is really heartwarming to see so many people wanting to help in this flood relief effort. The Community Fund is also seeing hundreds of smaller gifts pouring in, and they are grateful for anything that anyone can contribute.
To learn more about Grace and her efforts, please go to her website at www.gracepotter.com.
For those interested in attending the Grace Potter benefit brunch at Sugarbush, please contact my assistant, Susan Hemmeter, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-583-6360. Again, 100% of ticket proceeds will go to the Mad River Valley Community Fund.