Online Edition No.72 May 2013
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Editor's Note: With the unfortunate passing of both Gizmo and Utah last year,  we've decided to alter our traditional pet column GIZMO'S GOSSIP and before that ISHAM'S CORNER) in order to democratize the system and allow all the pets to write on their own.  So the new column will be called PET'S PEEVE and the first writer will be Elmo.

Greetings everyone.  This is Elmo.
It figures.  First Isham had his own column, followed by Gizmo.  I watched, waited and patiently organized my first 15 columns into a tightly written and thought out thesis of canine life. So what happens ?  They open it up to everyone !

Are you kidding?  Cats can't write, they can barely think. Have you ever noticed how teeny tiny their brains are? I have to share writing time with them? And my brother Grover (guess who calls him "Grobie Dobie"),  who is not even a year old and thinks it's cute to smile at everyone.  Well kid,  smiles don't pay the bills,  it takes long hard work - which I've been doing and you haven't.

Let me tell you I'm a little unhappy about being named after Sesame Street characters, and having to perform tricks for MA-NUM-MA-NUM'S. Dad's choice of proposed names of Sherlock and Watson wasn't any better. I guess it could have been worse like Big Bird & Snuffleupagus. Grover and I are both English Springer Spaniels, I am the older wiser, handsome black and white guy. Grover is also an English Springer Spaniel, so they say...but I'm not so sure because he doesn't AT ALL!

Well, let me make this perfectly clear.  I intend to get my share of column inches by hook, crook or incisors.  So stay clear brothers and sisters.  I'm looking to make  PET'S PEEVE into THIS PET'S PEEVE. Follow us on Facebook where Mom has posted many more pictures. 'Til next month. 

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Peanut Butter Bread

Power House Smoothie

This bread is great as a quick breakfast for the kids before they're off to school. To up the flavor factor even more, serve with strawberry freezer jam.


1 cup milk

2 large eggs

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 cup peanut butter

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp baking powder

1 ¾ cup all purpose or whole wheat flour


Preheat oven to 350°F. Add milk, eggs, sugar, and peanut butter to jar and secure lid. Select "Batters." Add remaining ingredients and secure lid. Press "Pulse" 4–6 times or until flour is incorporated. Pour batter into greased 9" x 5" loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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Buck Hollow Bucks

Buck Hollow Farm, Fairfax, VT


Winter has peeled away and the warm air of spring is finally here. The Winter Midweek Special will end in a few days at the end of April.

We have however introduced a new loyalty program to help you save money on every return visit. Here's how it works.

It's called "Buck Hollow Bucks" and for each night's stay you receive a $5.00 coupon to use on any future visit. There is no expiration, they are transferrable and can be used in combination with any specials. The only requirement is that you must submit the coupon at checkout to receive the discount.

There are always plenty of activities in our area of Vermont but we want to remind you that we are only 90 minutes from Montreal. Jacquie is from Montreal and would be happy to guide you should you want to explore this great city. Be sure to bring a passport or passport card to cross the border.

New Local Brewery in St. Albans: 14th Star Brewing14th Star Brewing Co. is an up and coming nano-brewery located in St Albans, VT, founded and operated by 2 veterans. They have quickly found themselves as a popular and growing force in the increasingly crowded Vermont Brewing community. They currently produce about 28 barrels of beer a month (about 900 gallons) in small batches from original recipes. You can try their beer at Mimmo's Italian Restaurant or visit them on site every Sunday until noon to taste and purchase their brews.

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 Here are a few of our favorite spring & summer vacation ideas:



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 May 31, 2013 - June 9 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 -  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  
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 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 22th 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. .
Montreal Beer Festival - may 29th - june 2 nd: 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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