With the combined support and educational resources of Vermont’s Department of Tourism & Marketing, the Agency of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture and many commercial sponsors, Charley Dooley, Bill Schubart, and Tim Cianciola of Craftproducers, Inc will launch the inaugural Celebrate Vermont Festival, August 24-26, 2012.The festival is a celebration of all things Vermont’including Vermont-made foods, wine, beer, spirits, live music, dance, arts, and crafts and community traditions. Activities will primarily take place at the Stowe Events Field with forestry and logging events held at the Trapp Family Lodge. Evening performances will be held at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at the Mountain, and in the Stowe Village and a Vermont Cocktail contest will be held at Stoweflake Resort. Approximately 4-8,000 people are expected to attend the 4 day event.The Festival will debut with the Noah’s Ark Parade of farmers, children and their animals, floats, and antique tractors, through Stowe Village on Thursday at 10 a.m. Gate opens at 11 a.m. at the Stowe Events Field with 25 specialty food booths, 50 juried craft booths, 25 artist booths, and 25 booths of Vermont-made products. Visitors can enjoy tastings and pairings of Vermont artisan cheeses, beers and spirits’and demonstrations by master Vermont Chefs. On Friday, the chefs will showcase lamb, and on Saturday, a celebration of pork. The grand finale will be on Sunday, when Chef Frank Pace grills a 1000-lb Vermont grass fed steer on a custom welded trapeze.Festival workshops and seminars will include information on various aspects of animal husbandry, home gardening, small scale farming, orcharding, domestic energy conservation and generation, beekeeping, composting and woodlot & forest stewardship. Forestry sessions at Trapp Family lodge will include sustainable logging, hewing competitions, safe chainsaw felling, and wood carving. The Vermont Spirits Cocktail contest will take place at Stoweflake Resort on Saturday evening where attendees can sip, savor, and vote the Best Cocktail, Best Garnish, and Best Party Drink.At the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, the Festival of the Americas will take place with world-class musicians including many Vermonters. Meanwhile in the Village, THE SOUND OF MUSIC will be shown Friday evening, a vaudeville performance and film showings will be performed by the Stowe Theatre Guild on Friday and Saturday evenings. Every day throughout the event will integrates some of the best live entertainment that Vermont has to offer. Visitors of Stowe will get special offers for lodging, and area merchants featuring Vermont-made products and restaurant chefs will feature Vermont fresh cuisine.For a schedule of events visit www.CelebrateVermontFestival.com(link is external). About Craftproducers: Craftproducers has been creating upscale and unique festivals in New York and New England for over 35 years. A respected leader in the Art and Craft Festival market, the Vermont-based company is known for high quality shows that are juried, unique and original. MORE EVENT DETAILS Event Sponsors: Cabot, Creamery, Vermont Tourism and Marketing, the Stowe Area Assoc., Blue Cross / Blue Shield of VT, Long Trail Brewing, Hardwick Beef, Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Public Television, WCAX, WDEV, Stowe Country Homes, Stihl US, Weddings Tents and Events, and The Point. Drink Contest Sponsors Dunc’s Mill, Smugglers Notch Distillery, Boyden Valley Winery, Sapling Liqueur, Vermont Spirits, Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey, and Caledonia Spirits & Winery Entertainment Details On Friday ‘Heritage Day,’Mark Sustic’s Young Tradition Project will showcase Jeh Kulu Junior (http://jehkulujrco.blogspot.com(link is external)), Hannah Beth Crary, an extraordinary young fiddler, (http://www.facebook.com/hannahbethfiddle(link is external)) and then, Yasi, Oliver & Louli Zeichner, three homeschooled teens who have been playing Old-Time/Appalachian and Irish music together through much of their childhood. The ‘Heritage’appearances will be showcased by Young Tradition Vermont which presents at concerts, dances, and festivals throughout New England and Quebec.www.YoungTraditionVermont.org(link is external) . Spencer Lewis’Vermont Folk Rock Project with Chas Eller, The Starline Rhythm Boys http://www.starlinerhythmboys.com/(link is external) play on Saturday. Waldo and Woodhead also appear on Saturday. Patti Casey and Bob Amos http://www.patticasey.com/about/(link is external) and the Green Mountain Swing Band perform on Sunday. There is a free movie in the Village Friday evening, The Sound of Music. Vaudeville performance and film showings by Waldo Woodhead on Saturday evening, and Sweeney Todd will be performed by the Stowe Theatre Guild on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Music of the Americas Festival takes place at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Friday and Saturday evenings. Forestry Event DetailsThe Chautauqua Tent and the Trapp Family Forest will be the venues for the many farm and forest seminars and workshops. Among them are: Forest Trail Management for Recreation, Rusty Dewees’Workshop for Comedians and Performers, Attracting Wildlife, Timber and Energy Harvest, Gardening 101, Your Backyard Eden, Maple Sugaring, Composting , Reading the Forest Landscape, Bees in your Fields, Forest, Garden & Orchard, Eat the Yard: Growing Edibles in Your Landscape, Forest Safety, Native Plants, and The Magic Forest.Source: Celebrate Vermont
To assist its partners during these uncertain times, Almo Professional A/V today introduced the Almo Financial Relief Alliance in partnership with some of its leading manufacturing vendors. As part of this program, Almo is offering an additional 30 days of extended credit terms to qualified reseller partners.Almo Financial Relief Alliance manufacturers include alliances with LG Business Solutions USA, Atlas AV, Avocor, Barco, BrightSign, Harman Professional Solutions, Huddly, Kramer, Legrand US, Maxell, NEC, Peerless-AV, Sharp, Sony and TOA Electronics.“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize that some installations are on hold and that cash flow is a challenge for many of our customers,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “Almo Financial Relief Alliance is here to help with an additional 30 days of extended terms. This allows our partners to continue planning ahead as much as possible. We all remain hopeful that the tide will soon change so our partners can get back to the normal pace of business and continue creating amazing AV installations and experiences.”Here’s video interview that rAVe Founder, Gary Kayye, did with Sam explaining the Alliance: “We recognize the adversity faced by many in the industry and LG wants to do our part by supporting the Almo Financial Relief Alliance,” said Clark Brown, vice president, LG Business Solutions USA. “The Pro AV industry will be vital to getting business back to work. We are proud to stand by Almo and the AV resellers to offer assistance and build for the future.”See related SpinetiX and Almo Pro A/V Announce Distribution Partnership for US MarketKudos to Almo’s Alliance partners for putting politics aside and focusing on helping struggling integrators during this time of need.To learn more about the Almo Financial Relief Alliance, click here for more information.
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) announced last evening the ‘Golden Jaguars’, the country’s senior men’s national football team, will warm up for the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers with an intensive “train and play” trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.According to the GFF, encampment kick-starts a busy schedule of competition and training for the Golden Jaguars, following the appointment of former Jamaica international Michael Johnson as the team’s new head coach, whose immediate target will be to guide Guyana to its first appearance at a CONCACAF Gold Cup, in 2019.“One of the key development objectives of the GFF is to ensure that our national teams have the full calendar of playing and training time needed, in order to achieve the improved performances and results we all want to see,” said GFF Technical Director Ian Greenwood.Greenwood also related that “under the guidance of head coach Johnson, with longer encampments and a ‘train and play’ trip to Brazil, the Golden Jaguars will be in the best shape they have ever been, going into the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers later this year.”Johnson, the highest qualified head coach in the history of the Golden Jaguars, is now working with the GFF Technical Department to prepare the national team for upcoming CONCACAF Nations League qualifier fixtures against Barbados, Turks & Caicos and French Guiana.Johnson arrived in Guyana today for discussions with the technical team, and to start putting his programme in place.The Golden Jaguars will be encamped in Guyana before each of the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers, which coincide with FIFA international windows.The camps are scheduled to take place at the new GFF National Training Centre at Providence, with Guyana’s first, all-weather football pitch due to enter its final stage of construction shortly.The 2018 fixtures for the men’s national team include:September 8 – CONCACAF Nations League qualifier v Barbados (home)October 13 – CONCACAF Nations League qualifier v Turks & Caicos (away)November 20 – CONCACAF Nations League qualifier v French Guiana (away)The GFF plans to host six national training camps per calendar year – four during FIFA international windows and two further camps outside of those windows, with the possibility of encampment in the UK.