What’s Your Summer Plan?

Vermont offers dozens of different programs around the state –– no matter what you are into, Vermont has something fun for you to do during your summer break. With a little planning and organization, you’re bound to have the best summer yet.
One great option is the Kids Culinary Camp in South Hero, but there are countless programs around the state that cater to specific interests.
Hidden close to the Canadian border, the Kids Culinary Camp is a haven of cuisine, science and friendly people.

Exploring Vermont | Southern Vermont

From Rutland to Bennington to Brattleboro to White River Junction –– the four corners, so to speak –– Southern Vermont is dominated by mountains and rivers. Almost anywhere you turn there is a ski area: Killington, Pico, Ascutney, Stratton, Okemo, Bromley and Mt. Snow are the big ones.
Colleges like Castleton, Green Mountain, St. Joseph’s make the Rutland area youthful and vibrant. Brattleboro, Bennington, Manchester and Arlington were some of the first towns to be established in Vermont and help make Southern Vermont the state’s most historic region.

Interview With Grace Potter

She went to high school at Harwood. She got her start on Church Street in Burlington. This past June, she opened for the Dave Matthews Band in from of 20,000 fans in Saratoga, NY. Grace Potter and her band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, have made it down the long road to musical stardom –– and it all started here, in Vermont. While on tour with the Black Crowes, Grace took time out of her busy day to talk to NextUp.
How long have you lived in Vermont?
I was born and raised in Vermont. I was born in Randolph at … Memorial Hospital and I’ve been a Vermonter ever since.

Exploring Vermont | Central Vermont

Stuck in the middle, Central Vermont is sandwiched between Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River but it’s certainly not closed off. It’s in the middle of it all.
With the smallest city in the United States (Vergennes), the only state capital without a McDonald’s (Montpelier) and one of the prettiest stretches of road in the country (Route 100), Central Vermont is just about the heart of it all. Whether you’re in the Champlain Valley, smack in the Green Mountains or in the Connecticut River Valley you’re bound to find something new and different.

Libby Smith - Pro Golfer and Multi-Sport Athlete

Libby Smith went to Essex high school and the Essex Technical Center where she graduated from Engineering and Architectural Design in 1998. She played basketball, soccer, and golf in high school, where she was an All-State selection in all three sports. She went on to play basketball and golf at the University of Vermont. Smith was the only woman in the United States to play and compete on a Division 1 Men’s Golf Team for all four years while attending UVM.

VRRP - Volunteering with Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program

Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, founded in 1980, works with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. USCRI is a national organization that helps refugees find permanent, safe homes where they can rebuild their lives. USCRI determines the talents and skills of refugees and immigrants and places them in communities where they will have opportunity.

Anais Mitchell - On Hadestown and Opportunities for Artists in Vermont

Vermont is full of opportunities for musicians and artists of all kinds, from open mics to all the various restaurants that show art. The Burlington South End Art Hop, which takes place in September every year, features artists all over Burlington’s south end and often there are musicians playing at the various venues as well. Then there are restaurants and coffee shops throughout the state that host musicians and show art. We talked to Anais Mitchell, a young woman who grew up in Addison County on her parents’ farm, about what it was like for her as a musician in Vermont.

Catch Me If You Can: Burnham and their race to the top

Forrest, Andre, and Alex Burnham may seem like typical teenagers. They enjoy golf, hockey, and even extreme croquet, a sport invented in their own backyard. But unlike typical teenagers, the Burnham brothers are on top of the world, quickly making their mark on the nation’s music scene. Starting out by playing in their living room in Arlington, Forrest (14), Andre (16), and Alex (18) put their heads together to form a band known simply by their surname: Burnham.

“I’ll take it”…steps to getting your first apartment

Finally, the day has come. You are free from the clutch of your younger life. No more living at home. However bittersweet it may be for you, you will now be living on your own.
Whether you are looking for a transition from the college dorm, or simply wish to move out after high school, putting your name down on a leasing contract is a huge step. It’s therefore important to know what you’ll be getting into as you go through the steps of finding housing, committing to a lease, and finally moving in. Here are some questions you should have answers to before you make your mark.

WWOOFing around Vermont: Living opportunities on organic farms

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms is an organization that aims to give volunteers experience in organic farming and to provide living space in a rural setting based on a host-volunteer relationship. Better known by its acronym WWOOF, the organization was created in 1971 in the United Kingdom as a way to connect volunteers to organic farms. In return for volunteer help, a WWOOF host farm offers food, accommodation, and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyle. Over its 40 year history, the organization has spread to over 50 countries.