Online Edition No.73 June 2013
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Pet Peeves Elmo & Grover Zeidel

Greetings everyone.  First I'll give myself an intro - my name is Zeidel, I am a grey & white cat & guests say I'm very cute and a little shy.

However, until recently I've been a prisoner in my own home, held captive on the inside (beautiful though it may be), lustfully watching luscious birds frolicking on the bird feeder literally inches from the window while my male feline siblings did their commando thing approaching their (in theory at least) prey.

In all fairness though, besides her being an OVERPROTECTIVE mother, Mom did have some justification. When young, I did get to the outside now and then and did take advantage sometimes by staying away for a day or so. One night I was attacked by something still unknown, losing a huge amount of skin from my back as I pulled away. I thought it best to hide for a week or so, then finally allowed myself to be rescued.

For a long time my stepbrother Thomas (Mark's cat) was falsely accused of this dastardly act, but events, now forgotten, later proved him innocent.

Now, three years later, I and the other cats, are finally getting our reigns loosened. Actually it's going the other way. We're left outside on our own for hours at a time, rain or shine, heck or high water. I think she's tired of having us around all the time. It might also be we've become a bit tired of the most favored nation status conferred on the puppies Elmo & Grover. So we perform a sneak attack bearing claws and teeth on the unsuspecting canines  when we think we can get away with it.. .


Did you know: Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.

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Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes

Very easy pancake recipe that is gluten free and also good for those that are lactose intolerant. Beats the expensive mixes found in grocery.


1 cup white rice flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbs granulated sugar

1 egg slightly beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup milk or non-dairy milk

2 tsp melted butter or margarine


1. Mix rice flour, sugar, baking powder in bowl. Beat in milk until mixture has a smooth consistency. Add the beaten egg and butter and mix until just blended.

2. Add a little oil to griddle and cook on med heat. Turn only once.

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Our guests, if representative of the general public, are unaware of certain information pertaining to these sites.

1) Usually there is little if any savings. The rates shown are usually the same ones the property itself shows. With the service fee, often you actually pay more. Specials or discounts offered by the property will neither show nor apply. In our case, the guests do not receive their "Buck Hollow Bucks".

2) Properties pay 25-30% commission, so really appreciate directly made reservations.

3) All too often the property is not informed of the reservation, creating certain difficulties when the guest arrives. If you do make such a reservation, be sure to double check with the property before arrival.

4) Just as with airlines, properties usually only allocate a few rooms to the on line agencies. So often the agency will say nothing is available, when in fact the property has plenty of rooms. .

5) These agencies are all guilty of bait and switch. They will show a property, even when it is not part their system. When you attempt to reserve (no matter for what date) the system will say nothing is available and then recommend another property (which by coincidence) IS part of their system.

6) We recommend always reserving directly with the property. Reserving through their own web site still saves time, yet avoids all the above.

Brad & Jacquie

Burlington Brew Tours: Burlington Brew TourYou drink and they drive. Spend the day with Burlington Brew Tours as you sample your way through the state, along a journey filled with craft breweries, artisan beers and delicious food!

With visits to Magic Hat Brewing Company, Switchback Brewing Company, Vermont Pub and Brewery , Fiddlehead Brewing Company, Rock Art Brewery, Trapp Brewery, The Alchemist, and many more, choose from our pre-selected tours or craft your own private tour. Whether you’re a light beer person or connoisseur, they are the perfect way to explore Vermont's rich history, culture and of course, Beer

What tour isn’t complete with lots of beer and food! Each Burlington Brew Tour includes a tasting and an in-depth analysis of almost 20 different beers. Every beer has its own little history and they make sure you know that history. A few hours of beer sampling can make a person hungry; each tour includes a delectable lunch at one of Burlington’s top eateries. Yes… All this is included in the price of every tour!


Burlington Wine & Food Festival June 22 - Waterfront Burlington Taste over 300 wines from around the world... enjoy Vermont artisan cheeses, breads and other local foods... sample from the area's best restaurants... attend educational wine and food seminars... and listen to live jazz all day! .  
Vermont Quilt Festival - June 28th- 30th in Essex Junction: Enjoy over 500 beautiful new and antique quilts. 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 27th. All in the Burlington area with its beautiful Lake Champlain and the nearby Shelburne Museum.
Circus Smirkus 2010 Big Top Tour - July 9th - 11th in Essex Junction: Vermont’s acclaimed, non-profit international traveling youth circus raises its tent for its annual Big Top Tour! Grab your Ruby Slippers and click your heels together, as Circus Smirkus goes "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with a new spin on the Wizard of Oz. It will take acrobatic thinking, highwire hearts, and courageous clowns to embark on this Emerald City adventure! This time it's all flying monkey business as we cartwheel down the yellow brick road to a new twist in the tale. Pull back the curtain and discover fun for the whole family (and your little dog, too,) as Circus Smirkus presents Oz Incorporated.  The Boston Globe called Smirkus a "treasure." Family Fun magazine said: "One of America's best circuses!"
Vermont Brewers Festival - July 19 - 20th 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 Burlington Boat Show -  August 12th - 15th in Burlington: The date has been changed to August this year. Lake Champlain Burlington Boat Show featuring over forty dealers and over forty boats from cruisers to Kayaks
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival - August 16th - 18th in Burlington: Now heading towards its seventh year, the Festival is a three-day celebration of Lake Champlain, showcasing hundreds of exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront (Burlington Boathouse, Perkins Pier, Spirit of Ethan Allen, Lake Champlain Ferries, Northern Lights Lake Champlain Cruises, US Coast Guard, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, ECHO Leahy Center, Burlington’s Waterfront Park and more). Other Festival activities include: ALS Silent Auction; Non-Profit Palooza; Pirate 5k Run/Walk; Mission Possible; free, daily music on multiple stages; four evening ticketed concerts, presented by Higher Ground; Eco-Zone Exhibit Area; Kid Zone with free kids’ activities; international food court and crafts; beer tent; maritime exhibits and more!.

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Montreal International FireworksMontreal International Fireworks Competition - June 22 to August 3rd 2013 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: Italy  SILVER: France, BRONZE: Australia. The US Competition date is Saturday, July 20th.

International Montreal Jazz Festival - Montreal Jazz FestivalJune 28th to July 7th 2013:  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 - Check website for dates : 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 13th to July 28th: The Festival invites you to celebrate its 31st anniversary. The world's largest and most prestigious comedy event has Montréal in stitches with its galas, theatre, stand-up performances and street entertainment. It welcomes 1,700 artists from 19 countries and over two million festival-goers who flock to its 1,600 shows, including 1,200 free outdoor performances. The Festival has put together a wide variety of tourism packages sure to provide you with the ultimate Festival experience ! .
Montréal International Dragon Boat Race Festival - July 19th to July 21st:  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. .
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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