Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Happy Fourth of July to everyone! Ever since my youth, Independence Day has always been a favorite holiday and I have never tired of fireworks (Rumble, however, doesn't feel the same way). I watched the huge bi-centennial fireworks in New York Harbor, saw several phenomenal exhibitions while living in Washington, D.C., and witnessed Chinese extravagance when Hong Kong was turned over by the British to the People’s Republic of China. Our fireworks here at Sugarbush may not be of that magnitude, but they are really well done. All we hope for is a clear night so we can watch them launch from Spring Fling. The best viewing is from the Lincoln Peak base area, where Lili and I plan to spend the evening.
The Warren Parade that morning is one-of-a-kind, to say the least. It is an eclectic array of floats and individuals displaying tradition and controversy, so some may be offended. But mostly it is fun, always creative, and this year will be no exception. I can't tell you today what the Sugarbush float will be (that remains a secret until Thursday morning), but I can tell you that it will be a first and sure to start some rumors.
So far this summer we have received a deluge of rain. In fact, both May and June set rainfall records with over 18 inches of rain in 60 days. Had that been snow, it would have been a season's worth of white stuff. As a result, the rivers are high and the ground is saturated. We are really hoping that this weather trend is close to ending and that we will be seeing cooler, dryer, and sunnier days in the weeks ahead.
Thanks to all the work that Mike Wing and his crew have done these past few years, our golf course has remained open in spite of the rain. There are wet areas, but I am pleased how well the course has been playing. Many courses throughout New England have not fared nearly so well. However, some of our scheduled improvements this year (such as a new tee box on hole 8) are behind schedule because of the rain but will be completed once things dry out.
Lili and I are looking forward to taking advantage of the many wonderful summer activities here in Vermont. In addition to golf, we are looking forward to some nice hikes and I plan to get my mountain biking gear on and get in some days on the mountain trails. When the grandkids are up, we plan to take them on a lift ride, the zipline, the bungee trampoline, and enjoy some pool time.
I am also pleased with the culinary options we have here this summer. After some ups and downs at Timbers, our new team has pulled things together. I recently went to the first Wine Dinner of the summer where Marcus served a variety of different wines, cleverly concealing the bottles in a paper bag until we sampled them and only then announced where they came from. For instance, we had a delicious sparkling wine from New Mexico and a very light and smooth Pinot Noir from Germany. Both of these are not wines I would have chosen in the past but ones I will purchase in the future. We will be holding two more wine-tasting dinners in July and August. Also new this summer are our Raw Bar dinners at Castlerock Pub on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. And Hogan's Pub is featuring some of their best items from last year but also some tasty new items. My favorite so far is the BLT on fresh toasted wheat with a dijon mustard dressing. Many guests continue to favor our Neil Farm Hamburger, sourced from one of our local Waitsfield farms.
I hope many of you will be here to enjoy the Fourth and look forward to seeing you up at the mountain after the parade. If not here, I hope you and your family have a great time on this very special day of the year.