A demanding schedule in the dynamic Vermont Condo market requires that I make the most out of all my free time. This past weekend, my wife worked an incredible event to benefit her non-profit organization (see below), so I had the good fortune of spending a full day with my son. It was a beautiful summer Saturday and we were both excited to make the most out of the day.
As a Shelburne Native, I made many visits during my formative years to the Shelburne Museum, an incomparable Vermont gem. With a breathtaking and expansive collection of fine art & folk art, a seemingly endless number of historical objects, and bucolic grounds dotted with significant historic buildings transported to the site as if by magic, Shelburne Museum is a must-see on any visit to Chittenden County in Vermont. It would be easy to spend an entire week exploring the delights on display, but with so much to choose from a morning or afternoon visit can be very satisfying. We took a ride on the period carousel, made alive with hand-carved and painted horses. Afterwards, we explored the circus tents with incredible poster art relaying the significance of the circus in American life. Next, we visited the town meeting hall, the carriage house, a jailhouse from Castleton and a one-room schoolhouse from Vergennes. The toy shop is a must stop with little ones. We saved the Paddle Boat Ticonderoga for last, wandering its decks and imagining an elegant Lake Champlain journey in a different era. Many condos in Shelburne are walking or biking distance to the Museum including, The Terraces Condos, Gardenside Condominiums, The Gables Condos and Watch Hill Condos.
Magic Hat Artifactory-Wall to Canvas Event-To Benefit The Shelburne Craft School
After a terrific morning at the museum, we stopped by the Magic Hat Artifactory. Magic Hat was one of the pioneers of Vermont's craft brew explosion and remains a must stop on any brewery tour. Each year in August, Magic Hat hosts a live art event called Wall to Canvas in which regional artists transform blank canvases into masterpieces. Influenced by street art and set to a DJ'd soundtrack, the energy of the event is unbelievable. Visitors watch the process unfold and have an opportunity to buy a piece of there very own at a live auction capping off the event. Proceeds benefit The Shelburne Craft School: a 72-year-old Vermont art/craft institution and integral community resource offering classes in woodworking, clay, metalsmithing, and visual arts to people of all ages. Take a class today! Full disclosure: My amazing wife, Sage Tucker-Ketcham is the Executive Director of the Craft School as well as an accomplished artist in her own right. Magic Hat is located nearby Locust Hill Condos, Eastwood Commons Condos, Harbor Watch Condos, and Overlook Condos.
Addison County Field Days
No summer is complete without a trip to the fair. We went down to the Field Days in hopes of launching the iconic RE/MAX hot air balloon, but a raging storm got in the way. We did still make time for cotton candy, a couple rides and the 4H dairy barn where we mingle with some gorgeous prize winning cows. After a long and fulfilling day, we headed home to recharge and get ready for a full Sunday of work and the next weekend on the horizon.
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