Tuesday, May 29, 2012
While Memorial Day weekend is a special family holiday, it is most importantly a time to remember those who have sacrificed for all of us. In towns throughout Vermont, there were services and events to honor the men and women who gave their lives while serving in our Armed Forces.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We had three gorgeous days up here in the Valley and everything is looking lush. It is actually hard to believe that June hasn't even arrived yet.
Lili and I played eighteen holes of golf on Saturday. The greens are still growing out, but with the weather we have had they will be rolling really nicely in very short order.
Before going out, I took a quick "tune-up" lesson with our new Assistant Golf Professional, RJ Ziats. Yes, that is correct. We have two RJ's at the golf club this summer, RJ-1 and RJ-2. After two rounds of golf over the weekend, I can say without doubt that RJ-2's simple suggestions made a difference in my game. Lili took a lesson from him last week and can attest to his teaching talents. It is great to have two excellent professionals at the club. We also had lunch at Hogan's where I noticed that this year's menu has some carry-overs from last summer (like the delicious Neill Farm Burger) but also some great new items. My favorite so far is the Turkey Club on that amazing whole wheat bread.
On Friday evening, Lili and I had dinner at Timbers with two friends to sample Chef Rich's interim menu.
It is a bit simpler than the winter menu -- four starters, four appetizers, and six entrees plus dessert. Between the four of us we sampled most of the items, including dessert, and the reaction of our guests was "WOW! This is really good. We will be back. And we'll spread the word in the Valley." Last week the Common Man hosted the Chamber of Commerce mixer and many people had a chance to sample their food. I had been there twice already recently, and the food and service were still excellent. It is nice that we have some good choices up on the mountain as well as in the Valley now.
It is just about two weeks to our summertime brewfest and only three weeks to our official summer opening of the mountain.
We have already sold a number of tickets to the Sugarbush Brew-Grass Festival, so you might want to get online and get the reduced price.