Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Linking the Chain of Contemporary Art – 1st Place – 2012 NENPA Feature Arts Writing

By Allison Teague/The Commons

Under the auspices of their non-profit organization, the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts (VTiCA), Abby Raeder and Robert Sarly have bought and have begun renovating the American Legion building in Chester.

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Stratton Tubbs Romp to Stomp and Susan G. Komen Cancer Race Raises $100,000

Written by Allison Teague
Published on January 28, 2013

154780_466768159442_5561403_nWith about 760 participants and 60 teams arriving from as far away as Long Island and as close as Rutland and Wardsboro, Saturday’s Susan G. Komen and Tubbs sponsored Romp to Stomp out cancer snowshoe race, was a rousing success.

Around $106,600 dollars was raised for the Vermont/New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, according to Vermont-New Hampshire Susan G. Komen affiliate president, Becky Burke.

PHOTOS can be seen here:

Tubbs Romp to Stomp – Stratton Mountain Resort

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Darn Tough Make Socks

Written by Allison Teague
Published on November 12, 2012

Cabot Hosiery Mill in Northfield Vermont, has weathered some death-defying business challenges over the last decade or so, to emerge as the leading manufacturer of socks — and come with a lifetime guarantee. Continuing long-held family high standards, third generation co-owner, Ric Cabot founded Darn Tough Vermont sock brand in 2004, a “premium all weather performance sock …from the finest possible materials,” and literally saved the company.

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Simon Beck: The Art of Snowshoeing, Snowshoeing as Art

Written by Allison Teague
Published on December 11, 2012

Familiar textured snowshoe tracks leave intricate, almost filigree shadows on a pristine slope in the French winter slopes. The pattern they leave evokes a mystery – who left these here? And invite the viewer to contemplate them amid the quiet winter’s day. Sometime in the last 48 hours, a lone snowshoer has been out since before sunrise, leaving tracks in the snow that remind one of crop circles, and just as massive, covering an area roughly the size of several football fields. There is no sign of the artist.

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Art and History of Snowshoe Making in the Northeast

By Allison Teague/Snowshoe Magazine

Snowshoe historians can only make an educated guess that the first snowshoe designs for walking atop snow predate the earliest rock art drawing depicting a skier that has been dated to around 6000 BC, and is located in Norway. But, based on the logic that one must learn to walk before one slides, it makes sense that snowshoeing predated skiing as a form of winter mobility.

One theory surmises that the ability to snowshoe actually facilitated the three westward waves of migrations out of Siberia into North America, and the eastward migrations into Scandinavia during the Ice Age.  The use and knowledge of snowshoe making between 30,000 and 5,000 years ago, represents a vital advantage for winter travel and hunting, and likely explains evidence of snowshoe designs as far south as New Mexico, and east to Scandinavia.