By Heather Barrett

VTDaysHere at Vermont Woods Studios, we deeply appreciate our outdoor playground that is the Green Mountain State. Our terrain allows us to partake in a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, biking, fishing, and relaxing in the shade of large trees. Vermont is home to 284 lakes, over 7,000 miles of streams, and 52 state parks.

The State of Vermont has created an annual event known as "Vermont Days," that provides a weekend of opportunities for Vermonters and visitors to explore the vast outdoor recreational activities Vermont has to offer. Vermont Days is opening up State Park day areas, state-owned historic sites, and the Vermont History Museum, for a free of charge weekend.

One event of the weekend includes joining Governor Peter Shumlin for the grand opening of the interactive, multi-media exhibit at the Calvin Coolidge Museum & Historic Site on Saturday, June 9. Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President of the United States, and grew up in rural Plymouth Notch, Vermont. The event will begin with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and will continue with a day-long celebration. Activities include free tours of the museum, cheese & wine tasting at the Plymouth Cheese Factory, old-time country music, and much, much more.

Also on the weekend agenda is Vermont's Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 9. This is a once a year chance for Vermont residents and visitors to discover Vermont's high quality fresh water fishing on our pristine lakes, rives, and streams without a fishing license.

Join me in begging Mother Nature for a beautiful Vermont weekend!

 

Heather Barrett is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont's finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

 

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Thank you to all USA veterans and their families for their generous service to our country.  We are grateful for your sacrifice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Memorial Day weekend we pause to honor our nation's military heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to our country.  For those of us lucky enough to be removed from the pain and suffering of our country's wars– I think it's hard to understand the hardships that others take on our behalf.  So on Memorial Day we set aside special time to do that.  Here are some ideas for honoring our military heroes, as offered by Lisa Dietlin of the Huffington Post:

  • Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance: one minute of silence that occurs at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day
  • Visit a cemetery and read the headstones of those who have died for our freedom
  • Attend the Memorial Day parade in your community
  • Fly the American flag in front of your home
  • Make a charitable donation to a nonprofit doing work with veterans, such as the Wounded Warrior Project or the Gary Sinise Foundation

 Fellow Vermonters, you can find the schedule of Vermont Memorial Day parades here.  

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

 

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World Wildlife Fund's landmark Living Planet Report underscores our mission of Forest Conservation at Vermont Woods Studios

 

Our friends at the World Wildlife Fund have just published their bi-annual Living Planet Report.  It's a landmark study of our planet in terms of the health of our forests, rivers and oceans.

 

The results aren't pretty.  Here are some of the facts they highlighted about our environment:

 

  • We’ve lost 30 to 70 percent of our wildlife since 1970. That's an average.  The tropics have lost 50 percent of their animals over the last 40 years, and tropical freshwater ecosystems have lost about 70 percent. The wild tiger population has suffered a 70 per cent decline in populations

 

  • We are living as if we have the resources of an extra planet at our disposal. We’re using 50 percent more resources than the Earth can provide sustainably

 

  • The U.S. has the fifth largest ecological footprint in terms of the amount of resources each person annually consumes. We rank only behind Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Denmark in the global rankings of the Ecological Footprint

 

These are just a few of the statistics noted in the 80 page report.  But the good news is that it's not too late to save wildlife species and reverse unsustainable trends. 

 

Green commerce plays a fundamental role in this as do you and I.  The choices we make about our purchases will determine our planet's future. 

 

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Excerpts from World Wildlife Fund's landmark Living Planet Report

 

 

 

Learn more about what Vermont Woods Studios is doing to promote forest conservation and preservation of endangered species like the Sumatran tiger. Join us in our green mission!

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

 

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All weather outdoor pool, patio, beach and garden furniture by Polywood is made from recycled plastic bottles

Many thanks to our Vermont Woods Studios staff members who volunteered to pick up trash today as part of Vermont’s Green Up Day.

 

We bagged about a dozen pounds of old beer bottles, empty cigarette packs and plastic shopping bags, most of which we were able to place in Vernon’s recycle bins.

 

So that’s a fun project for us to do and besides supporting our community it also it dovetails into our new line of POLYWOOD all weather outdoor furniture.

 

POLYWOOD is a line of patio, porch, pool and beach furniture that’s made from (90-100%) recycled plastic bottles.  We love the POLYWOOD brand because of it’s eco-friendly, green nature but also because it’s 100% made in America and the quality is superior to any comparable patio furniture we’ve seen.

 

If you’re looking for super strong and sturdy all weather outdoor furniture check out these POLYWOOD collections on our website:

*     Adirondack Classic Furniture

*     Deep Seating Patio Furniture

*     Modern Euro Poly Wood Furniture

*     Kids Indoor – Outdoor Furniture

*     Traditional Garden Furniture

 

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Vermont Woods Studios Green-up crew

Many additional collections are available on our Outdoor furniture Sets and Collections page or use the top navigation bar for further detail.  Most pieces can be delivered to your patio or beach in less than a week.

 

 

 

 

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

 

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Help keep your community clean, green and natural by volunteering for Green Up Day. Connect with your town's volunteers here.

Tomorrow is Green Up Day in Vermont. That annual Spring day when thousands of good, green Vermonters don their muck boots and head on out along our state's highways and byways to pick up the trash left by others who are… well, not so eco-conscious let's say.

 

This year Green Up Day has officially been designated part of Vermont's post-Hurricane Irene recovery effort.

Have you participated in Green Up day before?  If not, how about giving it a try? 

You can find out who's coordinating Green Up day in your community and join them. 

In Vernon, Faith Jobin and her son Jemez have volunteered to lead the project this year.  They'll get all the volunteers together in the morning at the Vernon recreation center, send us out with trash bags and snacks, then throw a pizza party at noon to thank everyone for helping.  It's a good time to get outside with your neighbors and help steward your community's natural landscape and waterways.

Manjula has volunteered to lead our Green Up efforts at Vermont Woods Studios tomorrow and we'll be working to clean up the Vernon Pond on Newton Road.  If you live nearby, come and join us!  We'll post pictures on our Facebook next week.  Green on.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.