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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 5. We love to travel and to see new things. We look for a educational experience in everything we do and my we do a lot. Our kids are so used to being on the go that they have tremendous stamina. We try to plan 2 large trips every year and supplement them with weekend get-aways, staycations and a day jaunt now and again. Our kids are always wondering what the next spot will be.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, energetic
We Just Got Back From
Malibu Dude Ranch Poconoes, PA
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Rhode Island beaches
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Africa
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the kids lug their car seats through the airport on their first plane ride.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Two of my kids got lost at a campground in Yellowstone. My 9 year old son took his 6 year old sister on a walk to the restroom 4 sites down and couldn't find their way back. We ended up reporting them missing at the camp check in and then the search began. I was afraid of them being abducted, but also of the Grizzlies which were out in full force that summer due to the late melt. It was the worst 45 minutes of our lives. A fellow camper overheard my husband relay the story to the camp personnel and she recognized them as she returned to her site 7 loops away from ours. The ranger was called and returned them safely to us. The employees were great and it was a happy ending to a potential disaster.
Websites I Like:
hotwire, tripadvisor, Trekaroo

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August 10 2016
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West Rutland Art Park | kids travel, kids activities
West Rutland Art Park
1540 Clarendon Ave,
West Rutland,
Vermont 06577
"Drive thru sculpture exhibit"
The West Rutland Artpark is an area where giant sculptures are available to view by both walkers or folks that would like to drive the hill to view the sculptures.

The sculptures have been placed along the road and are visible as you creep up the hill. A variety of artists have placed their work along the hill side. We were particularly taken with an an intricate life size rail car and giant arc. At the top of the hill is a personal residence where the benefactors of this public park live and collect more art for the rest of us to see. The turn around for the drive is at the top.

This is a quick stop where your family will be surprised with the art that pops out of no where as you drive down the back roads of Vermont.
 
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August 10 2016
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Middlebury Studio School | kids travel, kids activities
Middlebury Studio School
2377 Route 7 South,
Middlebury,
Vermont 05753
"Arts Classes"
The town of Middlebury has a vibrant arts scene. One of the arts that is attracting some attention for both young and old is pottery. We had the opportunity to tour the Middlebury Studio School .The Middlebury Studio School is a non profit dedicated to bringing art and classes to all ages. We happened upon both an adult and child class. The older class meets weekly to work on their skill and technique while socializing and creating. We were able to see some of their works as we chatted about the different types of clays, styles and glazing. These folks were free sculpting items of their whimsy and we were quite impressed by their individual flair. One gentleman was a whiz at creating expressive small busts of captains and curmudgeons. He seemed to be creating his own army! These nice folks explained the process of painting and glazing their creations as they readied them for firing.

We were also able to watch a class of children as young as 8 begin to learn the craft of spinning pottery. First they kneaded the clay to rid it of air bubbles, then cut it to correct size. Getting the wheel ready with the appropriate amount of water and the effort of molding the clay seemed to be the most taxing and we noted that it must require a deep heaping of experience!

Lastly we were abet to see the firing kilns. We were impressed by the size of the oven and also learned that the entire oven must cool down to ambient temperature on its own before the finished pieces were removed from the oven so they did not crack. This is a time consuming process.

The studio also has pieces for sale and some on display to share with the public. Had we been able to take place in a class we may have felt differently about the studio, but visiting just wasn't enough to evaluate the classes.
 
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August 10 2016
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Killington Arts Guild Gallery | kids travel, kids activities
Killington Arts Guild Gallery
2363 Killington Rd,
Killington,
Vermont 0571
"Local Vermont Artists"
The Killington Arts Guild is located right on route 4 in Killington just at the base of the mountain road. The guild houses art from local artists including painters, sculptors, metal crafters and folk artists. Founded in 1998 the mission of the guild is to expose the community to the variety of art within one's reach not just what is exalted on the walls of famous museums.

The Guild is located somewhat hidden on the upper level of Cabin Fever Gifts. It is a well lit space that offers works for sale but also for viewing and appreciation at no charge. We were met by local artist and character Alice Sciora. She shared the story of her development as an artist as well as her works which she proudly hung on the wall. She was warm and friendly with the kids as she explained the mission of the guild as well as her own history. We toured the gallery space which had paintings of many kinds but we were particularly impressed with the works depicting the landscapes of the Killington Valley. We learned that some of Alices' works of the area had been turned into widely sold prints. Her scultped wood works shared floor space with others and she explained the process of her wood sculpting and it was quite different than what we expected. She shares her process with a local hiker to whom she describes the type and shape of wood she is looking for. He then follows her direction for the rough development of the piece and she completes the finishing work.

The exhibits are changed frequently. Demonstrations and talks are also often scheduled. The public is always invited to view and appreciate the work.
 
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August 10 2016
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Mahaney Center for the Arts | kids travel, kids activities
Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Rd,
Middlebury,
Vermont 05753
"Art History and Sculpture Walk"
The Mahaney Center for the Arts houses the Middlebury College Museum of Art. The Museum is dedicated to multicultural and historical art throughout the ages. Located on the campus of Middlebury College, the museum is open on select weekly dates during the day free of charge.

The exhibits are rotated based on space and interest. We were immediately intrigued by the shadow art displayed upon entering the museum and looked forward to the ensuing exhibits. The kids marveled paintings from the 1500's, a sarcophagus, a Japanese suit of armor and other historical exhibits. Upstairs we were treated to an exhibit titled Perseverance regarding Japanese tattoo art, and downstairs an exhibit about Vermont photography. The curator explained elementary school groups often tour the museum and it seems perfect for that age group as it is significant in scope yet small enough in size to keep the attention of that age croup. The college has a strong art history department and students are often tasked with finding the 'story' of new pieces of art donated or purchased by the college and practice sharing their findings with tour groups.

Outdoors the college also has a public art tour which would be perfect for afamily wiling away a few hours to burn off some energy and appreciate some art. We found some pieces that looked familiar like the iconic Love sculpture and a large mural named Cosmic Geomethry by the local and Middlebury graduate; Sabra Fields. It almost felt like a scavenger hunt to search the corners of the campus for each of the pieces. Some like Smog were large and encompassing and others like Frisbee Dog were whimsical and fun.

The nearby town of Middlebury is filled with quaint resting spots near the river, art shops, restaurants and an active green.
 
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August 10 2016
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Carving Studio and Sculpture Center | kids travel, kids activities
Carving Studio and Sculpture Center
636 Marble St,
West Rutland,
Vermont 05777
"Marble Sculpture"
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is located on the outskirts of Rutland in West Rutland. The facility is housed at a former marble quarry and offers both a history lesson as well as an art appreciation lesson.

On the grounds of the studio are many large marble sculptures created by local artists and set for public showing. Additionally works from local artists are on exhibit inside the studio. While we visited we saw a teen sculpting class, met with a young intern who was continuing to learn to sharpen his craft of stone sculpting and learned about the history of the quarry from pictures on the wall. The remnants of the quarry are still visible in the large scaffolding, cranes, trolleys and abandoned quarries now filled with bright blue water.

The sculpting was going on outdoor with materials like hoses and tools being used by a variety of artists. Inside other artists were carving their smaller pieces with fine tools and vision. We were surprised by the number of people capable of sculpting stone in such a manner as well as the youth that were working on their crafts.

The trail around the quarry is a bit spooky and takes you back to another time when the marbles stone was quarried from the side of the Vermont mountains. We were quickly brought back to the future by modern random sculptures dotting the trail mixed in with rusty scaffolding and machinery.

The center is open to the public should you wish to tour the grounds, but the quarries are of limited access and swimming is not allowed. Should you wish to tour the quarries please check in with management for directions as the trail says "no Trespassing.'
 
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