Preservation Pop Quiz

What do you see in this photograph? Need a hint? It’s regional. Vermonters, you should know.

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Of course, bonus points if you know the location!

Happy October

Whether you are enjoying Columbus  Day inside or out, at work or at home, I hope you have a lovely day. I’ve been painting my living room and am now covered in blue paint.

Traveling Route 100.

Waitsfield, VT.

In the Mad River Valley.

Some red foliage - my favorite!

In case you haven’t heard, our Vermont roads are indeed open. Some are slow going, but that’s what you want for foliage traveling. The towns are hoping for tourism revenue. Come visit and support Vermont as we rebuild and get back on our feet after the flood. Foliage is just about at its peak. It’s beautiful.

Looks and Feels Like Fall

Warren Village, VT.

The faintest feelings of fall surprised me in early September: crisper mountain air, rustling of the leaves, cooler temperatures. Before long, the pumpkins, hay bales and apple festivals were everywhere. Now that October is here, and we’ve had a string of chilly days, fall is here to stay (until this weekend’s respite).

Brandon Village, VT.

Need some fall activities? Check out your local town website for harvest  festivals, pumpkin picking, apple picking and the last of this season’s outdoor concerts. It seems as though everyone in Vermont is soaking up the last bit of outdoor weather possible.

Need some preservation fall events? Lucky for you – fall always seems to be the prime calendar spot for conferences and workshops. The National Trust for Historic Preservation conference is at the end of October in Buffalo, NY. Check with your State Historic Preservation Office to find out about your state’s HP conference. While national conferences are fun and bigger, the state conferences may be more beneficial to you in terms of networking and relevance. Preservation Directory and PreserveNet do a good job about keeping up to date with events and conferences. Energy efficiency workshops are everywhere. Preservation Directory’s list is long and diverse right now – check it out! It is also the season for fall walking tours, ghost walks and open houses. What do you have planned?

As for me – it’s a good season for running on back roads, hopefully painting some of the rooms in my house and enjoying the foliage.

Do you have a local event or open house that you’d like to mention here? Send a picture and a brief summary – show your community pride! Show off what your organization has accomplished. Or do you have a good shot of what fall looks and feels like in your town? Send it my way. I’d love to include mini features throughout the season.