A Busy July 4th

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Was it because the Fourth of July fell on a Thursday or because the weather was spectacular that the Valley was rocking last week? Maybe it was both. More people parked their cars in our parking lot and rode the buses down to Warren. In fact, nearly 1,800 people hitched a ride on the bus on July 4th. Cars were parked on both sides of Brook Road for almost a mile. Looking down from our float during the parade, the crowd in Warren looked as large as I have ever seen it, and there also appeared to be a record number of floats. The only thing missing this year were multiple politicians since only the Valley representative Kari Dolan showed up to March, yet politics were evident in a number of the creative floats as usual.

Returning to the mountain, I walked into an extremely crowded Rumble’s Kitchen. I guess many of those who rode the buses down came back up and stayed for lunch at the same time. Hogan’s Pub at the golf course was jamming too. Our F&B Director took over hosting and put me to work busing tables (I guess he knows my capabilities and kept me out of the kitchen). While the wait for some guests was longer than we might have wanted, our team scrambled and worked their tails off to get meals out to everyone. When Castlerock Pub opened a bit later, the flow evened out. But once the Detonators started playing, the crowd showed up again and both restaurants were full out.

The golf course has dried out after a wet spring so we saw record play over the long four-day weekend and many visitors to the mountain. It really was a great day. The Detonators played right up to the start of our fireworks at 9:30 PM and Northstar once again put on an excellent display with a grand finale featuring the Sugarbush 60th Anniversary logo.

I also want to mention that this past spring longtime Valley resident Billy Brauer passed away. Billy was one of the most distinguished artists in Vermont. Frank Corso, another notable artist who visits the Valley each summer, is creating a Billy Brauer Internship Program. Valley Arts is selling raffle tickets for an original oil painting of the von Trapp gardens by Frank Corso. Ticket price is $50 for one and $180 for four chances to own this artwork. Frank will draw the winning ticket at his music event (yes, he’s a musician as well as a painter) at the Pitcher Inn on Saturday, August 31, which begins at 5:30 PM. Frank donated this piece of art to benefit Valley Arts and to honor Billy whom he liked and admired very much.  Please consider buying a ticket so we will be able to offer paid art internships to local high school students. Tickets are available at the Artisans’ Gallery, Red Barn Art Show, Three Mountain Cafe, by contacting any of the Valley Arts board members, or by calling 802-496-6682.

On August 9, High Fives Foundation will be hosting their annual golf tournament. After several years away the event finally returns to Sugarbush Resort Golf Club this year. Like their winter Ski-a-thon, proceeds will go to help fund the many wonderful things that High Fives does for injured athletes.

As the temperatures rise over the next few days, remember that it is cooler here in the Valley and especially up on the mountain. So plan to join us for our Mid-Summer Harvest Celebration featuring local food and Lawson’s beer. And as a fun surprise, we will be debuting Lawson’s newest IPA “Mascara Mountain”—an homage to the Mascara Mountain days of Sugarbush.