Online Edition No.62 June 2010
Inn at Buck Hollow Farm Fairfax VT
 
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    GIZMO'S GOSSIP     Gizmo

CATastrophe !! 

Hi Everyone. Gizmo here.


I hoped I would never see the day that Utah and I would be outnumbered by cats 9 to 2. I've never been much of a cat lover. I'm more a people dog. Added to our growing menagerie are two cats from Pensacola Florida, a long haired black cat named Cali who has become the office cat and a sleek grey cat called Thomas who is already annoying me with his constant whining.
If that's not enough,  two Maine Coon kittens Tequila & Grisly are camping out in Mom & Dad's bedroom before being integrated with the rest of the cats. The orange cat Kuumba is on the point of a feline breakdown. Everywhere he turns there's a new cat staring him in the face and he's not exactly the welcoming type. Between Kuumba's constant hissing and Thomas's whining, Utah has become the official cat referee.
At the slightest hint of a feline rebellion Utah snaps into action. He jumps between the two cats and breaks it up. The only one it doesn't work with is Moses. Moses the cat is Utah's worst nightmare. He is the only cat who actively seeks out Utah to beat him up...cat style with claws and teeth bared. Needless to say I'm faced with a lot of pet drama. I'm getting too old for this.
I'm glad summer is here so I can just hang out under the shade of a tree and let Utah deal with it all. P.S. Mom & Dad are really strict about keeping cats and dogs clear of guest areas so those with allergies need not worry.

P.P.S.  This is for those who have never seen a moose or our resident moose "Morris". May we learn from them to enjoy the simple things in life like a summer day with family.

 

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Energy Bars

Energy Bars

Double or triple a batch of these healthy bars to keep on hand for a quick breakfast or snack on the go.


Non-stick cooking spray
4 tsp (9 g) flax meal
1 1/2 Tbs (23 ml) warm water
2 Tbs (42 g) agave nectar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbs (20 g) brown rice flour
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
1 cup (121 g) equal amounts dried cranberries
-- and dried raspberries, coarsely chopped
1 cup (99 g) pecan halves, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Lightly coat an 8 x 4-inch (20 x 10-cm) loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl, whisk warm water and flax until combined. Whisk in agave and vanilla.

3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chopped fruits and nuts.

4. Fold wet ingredients into dry.

5. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon into the prepared pan, and bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Loosely cover pan with a piece of foil if the bars brown up too quickly.

6. Let cool on a wire rack, still in pan, for about 15 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely before cutting.


 


 

 

The best pet photo is.....!!

Buck Hollow Farm, Fairfax, VT

Hi,
We  are pleased to announce the winners of  Gizmo's 3rd Annual Pet Photo Contest. We would like to thank everyone who participated by either submitting a photo or voting. There were so many wonderful photos and readers admitted it was difficult to decide. It was fun, pets had their fifteen minutes of fame and we hope to continue next year with a 4th Annual Pet Photo Contest. So for those who didn't make the cut...there's always next year.

I ST PRIZE WINNER

GOES TO BRIDGET MC COMAS

  FOR MARILYN

 

 

 

2ND PRIZE WINNER

GOES TO BARB BALCHUS

FOR NATASHA

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Brad &Jacquie

Summer Vacation Has Finally Arrived!

 The warmer weather is spurring thoughts of summer vacation and calls to reserve have already begun. There is no shortage of activities, attractions or events. This month we will also include a list of Montreal events. Montreal is only a short 90 minutes from the inn and summer events such as the Just for Laughs Festival, the Jazz Festival,  the International Fireworks Competition are only just a few. It's a perfect day trip and because Jacquie is originally from Montreal  she'll help you with her version of " Montreal For Dummies" so you have everything you need to know before heading out. Note that passports or a passport card are now required to cross on either side of the U.S./Canada border.

Don't forget your bathing suit because the pool is now open and of course the hot tub is open year round. You can plan on sitting in the hot tub late at night under a clear sky and view a myriad of stars unobstructed by light pollution.

If you plan on visiting during fall foliage season we urge you not to wait until the last minute. As it stands we have very few openings for those peak times.

Brad & Jacquie

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VERMONT EVENTS  june  2010

The Spirit of Ethan Allen Cruise - Spirit of Ethan Allen III  

Lake Champlain is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. after the five Great Lakes, and is one of Vermont's most sought after destinations. The best way to enjoy the lake is with a cruise aboard the 424 passenger Spirit of Ethan Allen III. Discover the region's rich history, as the Captain's narration unfolds tales of Indian lore, the Revolutionary War, and Ethan Allen himself. Explore the depths of the shoreline as the ship cruises alongside the lake's unique geographic formations. Savor the majestic beauty of the Adirondack and Green Mountain ranges that surround the lake. Bring your cameras--the largest recorded mass siting of Champ, our elusive lake monster, was aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen I.

Our Great Lake! Lake Champlain Facts

  • The largest freshwater lake in the U.S. after the five Great Lakes
  • The only one of a few lakes that flows in a northerly direction
  • It is 12.2 miles wide, 120 miles long, and 427 feet deep at its deepest point. It encompasses Vermont, New York, and the Province of Quebec, Canada
  • It is believed to have the best collection of historic shipwrecks in North America
  • Samuel de Champlain discovered the lake in 1609
  • Keep your eyes open for Champ, our friendly lake monster!

Take a tour of Lake Champlain, have lunch or dinner on board. View their various options at: Spirit of Ethan Allen III

 

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival June 4, 2010 - June 13 in Burlington The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival celebrates its 27th year from with the sounds of jazz, blues, funk and Latin music. For teen days, over 40,000 revelers enjoy a unique mix of concerts, dances, jams, street parties, cruises on Lake Champlain, meet-the-artist sessions and workshops. Click on the link  for a full roster of world-renowned performers and events.  
Lake Champlain Burlington Boat Show -  June 4 - 6th in Burlington: Lake Champlain Burlington Boat Show featuring over forty dealers and over forty boats from cruisers to Kayaks  
Vermont Quilt Festival - June 25th- 27th in Essex Junction: Enjoy over 500 beautiful new and antique quilts including the Gerald Roy antique quilt exhibit and the Nancy Halpern Retrospective. Great vendors, wonderful workshops and lectures with nationally renowned teachers, appraisals, free gallery talks and demos await all quilt enthusiasts. Come early for the always festive Champagne and Chocolate Preview, Thursday evening, June 24. All in the Burlington area with its beautiful Lake Champlain and the nearby Shelburne Museum.
Circus Smirkus 2010 Big Top Tour - July 28th - 30th in Essex Junction: Vermont’s acclaimed, non-profit international traveling youth circus raises its tent for its annual Big Top Tour! This year's theme is "Wilderness Wonders: Outdoor Adventures Under the Big Top,” a celebration of the Great Outdoors, circus-style! Performers ages 11 to 18 will dazzle you with astounding aerials, clever clowning, mind-boggling juggling and amazing acrobatics. The Boston Globe called Smirkus a "treasure." Family Fun magazine said: "One of America's best circuses!"
Vermont Brewers Festival - June 16,17 in Burlington: The Festival features 37 craft brewers from Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Mass, Maine, DE and to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the European discovery of Lake Champlain by Samuel de Champlain, breweries from La Belle province, Quebec. This outdoor festival takes place in Burlington Waterfront Park with scenic views of Lake Champlain framed by the Adirondack Mountain Range.
Lake Champlain Vintage Boat Show - August 13,14  in Burlington: 25th Annual Boat Vintage Boat Show featuring over forty antique, classic and historical boats. Boat Parade Saturday 4pm The Boat Show is the featured event of The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival along the Burlington Waterfront
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival - August 12th - 15th in Burlington: The LCMF was established to celebebrate Lake Champlain and The Burlingon Waterfront and all that it has to offer. Events include exhibits, demonstrations, crafts, childrens activities,food and daily music along the waterfront from Perkins Pier to The Community Sailing Center including Echo Leahy Center,The Burlington Boathouse,Waterfront Park and The U.S.Coast Guard Base...Concluding each night with waterfront concerts. Truly a family event and something for everyone.

Montreal International FireworksMontreal International Fireworks Competition - June 12th to August 14th 2010 in Old Montreal:   Year in and year out, more than 3 million fireworks enthusiasts gather  on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, and on either side of the river to take in the spectacle. The event is now considered the “Olympics” of the pyrotechnical world! Last years winners were: GOLD: Canada  SILVER: Hong Kong , BRONZE: U.S.A.. The US Competition date is Saturday, July 17th.

International Montreal Jazz Festival - Montreal Jazz FestivalJune 25th to July 6th 2010:  The gigantic summer music celebration features non-stop entertainment, from noon to midnight, right in the heart of downtown Montréal. An immense city block is closed to traffic, as right of way is given exclusively to pedestrians, creating a festive and secure spot where more than 350 free concerts take place on 10 outdoor stages–and all this in a peaceful, urban atmosphere!

Canadian Grand Prix Festival - July 10th to July 12th : Thanks to its street festivals and its urban animation for the Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal is renowned worldwide by F1 fans as the best racing city. Join the largest F1 party in the world and experience the incredible atmosphere during three highly animated days. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to see real racing cars up close and visit a variety of booths that will make you discover the fascinating world of F1.
Just for Laughs Festival - July 2nd to July 25th: The world's largest and most prestigious comedy event presents gala performances, theatre, club shows and outdoor free performances. Every summer, over 1600 shows, including more than 1250 free performances amuse an ever growing public.
Montréal International Dragon Boat Race Festival - July 23rd to July 25th:  The Montréal International Dragon Boat Race Festival is an international event that attracts over 50,000 spectators and 200 racing teams. Spectators will enjoy the excitement of the competition, as well as multicultural entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts exhibitions, drawing contests and children’s games. It’s also the perfect opportunity to discover different ethnic dishes.
Montreal Beer Festival - June 2nd - june 5th: The most important festival of international beers in North America, the Mondial de la bière is without saying the place where beer amateurs, neophytes and connoisseurs, meet to fulfill their quest for flavors. Whether it's through meeting with the brewers, conferences, classes at the MBeer school of beerology or workshops on beer and food pairings, amateurs will find the required tools to quench their thirst of discoveries.
Amphi Tours - Boat Tours -  May thru October:  

What is it? Is it a boat? Is it a bus? The one of a kind recreational vehicle “Amphibus takes visitors through the streets of Old Montréal, on a wonderful journey in the historical district. Seated comfortably in the air conditioned cabin, the Captain carefully reviews all safety features before departure. Then the experienced guide takes over to delight you with the history, architecture and hidden charms of  beautiful Montreal. The adventure begins winding through the historic streets of the Old Montreal. Later  take in the breath taking views of Mount Royal and the city skyline as the « Amphi-Bus » cruises the majestic St-Lawrence River. It is both a land bus and a boat that cruises the water. A truly unique and wonderful way to view and learn about the city.

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