Friday, March 30, 2012

President Obama Visits Vermont!

Before a crowd of about 4500 people, President Obama laid out his plan to get Vermonters to vote for him in November. His speech was very inspirational and the crowd was pumped to be seeing their first President in 15 (when then President Clinton paid a visit to the state.)

The Vermont Democrats were out in force:
Burlington Mayor Elect Miro Weinberger
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
Vermont's US Senator Pat Leahy

But a lot of folks were there not only to see and hear the President but also there to see and hear Vermont native Grace Potter and her band the Nocturnals.
Even the President of the United States was impressed with their performance!

More images: Obama Visits Vermont
Videos: Playlist

WCAX-TV Burlington Coverage of the President's Visit: WCAX

Jay at 33:05 on CSPAN
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Grace Potter opens for President Obama Friday

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals to open for Obama tomorrow.

Vermonter, Grace Potter will open for the President's visit tomorrow. Her management is reporting that the Nocturnals will play about 45 minutes. Potter's new CD, “The Lion The Beast The Beat” drops June 12. This is her fourth studio album and features a collaboration with Dan Auberbach of "The Black Keys."

From WCAX-TV (this station will be covering the event from 5 am on)

Burlington braces for Obama visit

By Jennifer Reading - bio | email
Fans of President Barack Obama are counting down to his visit to Vermont on Friday.

But Preparing for a presidential visit is both an honor and a top secret headache for local law enforcement. 

"Many details we can't share just because of the security risk. Many we don't know. Events like this really evolve up until the last minute," said South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple.

The South Burlington police are working with the U.S. Secret Service to ensure President Obama's visit Friday runs smoothly. Although the chief could not confirm the logistics, it's expected that the president will fly into Burlington International Airport before making his way to the Sheraton Hotel and the University of Vermont.

The last time a president visited Vermont it was 1995. Air Force One landed, President Clinton emerged and the Queen City went into a frenzy. Crowds, protestors and security checkpoints. Nothing was normal, including the president's roundabout route from the airport to downtown Burlington.

On Friday, President Obama's team is also likely to keep folks guessing. The logical route for his motorcade would be down Williston Road, potentially impacting streets like Spear, East Avenue and sections of Interstate 89. But police say commuters in South Burlington should be prepared for anything.

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From VPR News:

Occupy Vermont Plans To Protest Obama Visit

Thursday, 03/29/12 7:04am

VPR/Kirk Carapezza
Progressive activist leader Ashley Smith speaks to members of Vermont's 
Occupy movement in Burlington Wednesday night.
President Obama will be in Vermont Friday for a series of campaign events, and progressive activists in Burlington are organizing to argue that he hasn't fulfilled his campaign promises made back in 2008.
At a meeting Wednesday night on UVM's campus, members of Vermont's Occupy movement demanded that President Obama support policies that benefit what they call the 99 percent.
Ashley Smith with the United National Anti-War Coalition is an organizer of the left-leaning Occupy movement. He says one of the issues that it continues to advocate for is ending America's global military intervention.
VPR/Kirk Carapezza
Members of Vermont's Occupy movement are dusting off their buttons ahead of President Obama's visit to Vermont Friday.
"Obama is not a peace president," Smith told a group of about 60 Occupy members. "The reverse is the case. He came in to salvage a mess that Bush created and to expand the American wars."
Vermont's Occupy movement suffered a setback last winter when its Burlington encampment was shutdown.
But UVM graduate student Nolan Rampy says the movement is still smoldering here, and he sees the president's visit Friday as an opportunity to resist calls from Democrats to rekindle its energy around President Obama's reelection campaign.
"Obama has completely and utterly sold out the left and I think his entire first term has proved that," Rampy said after the meeting. "What he's shown is that if real change is going to come about in the country it's going to come from people on the outside protesting the establishment."  

Presidential Visit TOMORROW

by South Burlington Police Department on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 3:59am ·

The South Burlington Police Department would like to remind everyone that President Obama will be visiting the Burlington area tomorrow, March 30th. 

Due to the level of security required for a visit by the President, there will be temporary road closures and redirections of traffic in and around the area of Williston Road (US Rt 2), Interstate Route 89 in the area of exit 14 E&W, and the Spear Street/ East Avenue intersection. These temporary actions may delay traffic and will likely radiate beyond this area to other roadways.  While the highways will only be closed intermittently during this event, backups may occur.

It is highly recommended that alternate routes be planned and extra time allowed for travel on this date.

Info from the Obama Campaign:
This event is completely sold out 
 there will be no tickets sold at the doors! 
There will be a high level of security at this event. This will affect all aspects of the day, from parking to exiting the facility at the end of the event. We ask for your patience during this process as everyone works to ensure your safety.
 All guests will pass through security before being allowed entry to the venue. Just like at the airport, those who travel light will travel more quickly. Please leave all large bags, backpacks, computers, and other unnecessary items at home or in your vehicle, as they will not be allowed into the facility. Please remember to bring your identification. Large professional long lens cameras and large camera bags are prohibited, and may be turned away by security, so a small camera is best.

Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase (CASH ONLY). Outside food and beverage will not be permitted. 
This is a standing reception and there will be very limited seating reserved only for elderly and disabled guests who need accommodations.
*Doors Open at 11:30am* and will close at 1:30 p.m.
*Please plan to arrive by 1:00 pm at the latest— entry is not guaranteed for late arrivals*
*Program is expected to conclude at 3:30 pm*

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bruce Boston 2012

The Wrecking Ball Tour landed in Boston last night. The sold out crowd was treated to some oldies and many new songs off the new album.

Videos are posted:

We Take Care Of Our Own 
Wrecking Ball
Death To My Hometown
My City Of Ruins
Jack Of All Trades
Jackson Cage
She's The One
Easy Money
Waitin' On A Sunny Day
The Promise Land
Medley: The Way You Do The Things You Do / 634-5789
American Skin (41 Shots)
Lonesome Day
The Rising
We Are Alive
Thunder Road
Rocky Ground
Land Of Hope And Dreams
Born To Run
Dancing In The Dark
Raise Your Hand (with Peter Wolf)
Tenth Avenue Freeze Out 
 Close to three hours!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Galleries March 2012

Bowers Covered Bridge Restoration
For the Vermont Standard
Image Gallery
Bible Hill RD Brownsville VT  March 19, 2012
The Vermont Standard Video

Full Length Documentary

For the backstory check out Bowers

For the Vermont Standard
Woodstock VT  March 16, 2012
Image Gallery

Blue Oyster Cult 1981
Springfield Civic Center, Springfield MA
Image Gallery

Vermont Special Olympics
Winter Games Dinner, Awards Ceremony and Dance
For the Vermont Standard
Woodstock Inn, Woodstock VT  March 10, 2012
Image Gallery

Ski Runners Final Day
For the Vermont Standard
Suicide Six Ski Area, Pomfret VT  March 10, 2012
Image Gallery

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jimmy Buffett 1999 Walden Woods Fundraiser

Jimmy Buffett Boston Common 1984

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
Walden Woods Fundraiser
Park Plaza, Boston MA
March 1, 1999
Video by: Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
Copyright ©1999

Back in March 1999, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the Park Plaza in Boston MA to help out Buffett's friend, Don Henley, raise money and awareness about the Walden Woods Project. Jay and I were lucky to get tickets and I brought along my old video camera.

I've posted those videos on my YouTube Channel:  Jimmy Buffett Playlist

A sample video, the encore FINS

Stills taken of Buffett through the years are posted at my SmugMug Gallery: Jimmy Buffett  (more will be added as I make my way through my archived negatives and scan them in!)

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Southside Johnny Videos from 1999...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
Mount Snow Brew Fest 1999
Photos and Videos by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

During my quest to archive my old negatives from over thirty years ago, I came across some video footage. I have edited and uploaded 12 videos taken at the Mount Snow Brew Fest in 1999 where Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes were the headliners.

Southside Playlist

A couple of sample videos:

Will scan in the negatives soon and post to my SmugMug Gallery: Southside Johnny

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Mud Season means Sugaring Time!

Maple Syrup Making 101
Weathersfield VT
Spring 2012
By Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Every spring the good folks of Vermont, most with severe cabin fever, hang out all kinds of buckets to collect the sweet sap that runs through the maple trees around the state. These are the same trees that provide such amazing color during Fall Foliage, but in the spring before the buds or leaves, it's the sap that provides joy to the people of Vermont and beyond. "Liquid Gold" many call it and at today's prices it surely is liquid gold!

So what is this tradition all about..after this very strange winter of 2011-2012 it is time to try to collect enough sap to make some Maple Syrup (I still have about 1/2 gallon in the freezer from last year's sap run.) This year the sap ran in February but we didn't tap at that time thinking it would be a quick run. We held off until the traditional tapping time of Town Meeting Day (March 6 this year). Once daytime temperatures start reaching into the upper 30s F it's time to tap the trees! Sap runs best with over night temperatures in the 20s F and day time temperatures in the 40s F.

To tap the trees, you'll need a 1/16 drill bit, taps and a hammer and some sort of collection bucket. We use old orange juice containers (reuse then recycle!) Drill a small hole, we try for south facing parts of the Maple trees. Tap in the tap, attach some tubing and hang your bucket! We run eight taps in seven trees.
Check your buckets for the sap running; we collect for a couple of weeks storing the sap in a collection container buried in snow to keep the sap cold; we skim the ice out every morning to help remove some of the water from the sap (more on this later).
When you've collected a lot of sap, say 20-40 gallons, it's time to boil. Sap is mostly water and to get to the good stuff, the syrup, you need to remove all that water. Get yourself an evaporating pan, a few cinder blocks or in my case big thick logs and start a fire!

Once the sap starts to boil, take it's temperature. Sounds silly but water and sap have boiling temperatures that differ with elevation above sea level. In the end you want the temperature of the boiled sap about 7 degrees higher than when it first started boiling. So if you are at sea level, which we aren't-we're about 1200 above, it should start to boil about 212 F therefore your end temperature should be about 219 F.

The faster you boil off the water, the higher the grade syrup you will end up with. One would think that to get a big fire roaring use big logs, well I've found small stuff burns hotter and faster speeding up the boiling process.

When the level of fluid in the evaporator pan starts getting low, it's best to finish the boil inside on the stove-top.

Watch the temperature carefully, if it starts to look like a boil over is going to happen add a pat of butter and the boil over threat will disappear. When the temperature reaches 219 F sea level (217 F for our elevation) you are DONE!!

I pour the syrup through a tea strainer lined with gauze to remove any outdoor debris stuff-twigs, ash, bugs etc. and store in mason jars or other freezer safe container. Or reuse your store bought maple syrup containers that have been rinsed/washed out really well.
Keep unopened containers in a cool, dry place. Because pure maple syrup contains no preservatives, be sure to refrigerate it once opened. If you're looking to stock up during syrup season, the freezer is ideal for long-term storage, as pure maple syrup will not freeze (the sugar content is so high it will not freeze!) 
A Few Sweet facts:
  • It takes 30-40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.
  • Early settlers learned maple harvesting from Native Americans 400 years ago.
  • It is possible for a maple farmer to tap the same tree his ancestors tapped 200 years ago.
  • 1 tap hole gives 10 gallons of sap in an average year.
  • 3 - 4 maple trees are needed to make one gallon of pure maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts:
Potassium and calcium make up most of this mineral content, but maple syrup also contains nutritionally significant amounts of zinc and manganese.

Maple syrup contains trace amounts of amino acids, which may contribute to the "buddy" flavor of syrup produced late in the season, as the amino acid content of sap increases at this time.

Additionally, maple syrup contains a wide variety of volatile organic compounds, including vanillin, hydroxybutanone, and propionaldehyde.

Now it's time to enjoy the fruits, or in this case, the syrup of your labor!! Pancakes for Dinner!!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Old Negatives and Photos: Scanned, Uploaded

Busy scanning and uploading negatives and photos from 30+ years of photography. The digital photography age makes things so much easier. Back in the film day you took the photos then you either processed the film yourself or you sent it out to be done.
WOW, what a difference a few decades makes!

NRBQ added 3/4

Berlin Airlift added 3/4

Old Photos from UMASS Days

Clarence Clemons opened the Southwest Spring Concert
for Cheap Trick

Photos from my days as a Parrot Head and 
Founder of the Frozen Fins, the Vermont Parrot Heads
Jimmy Buffett and the Parrot Heads

Buffett pics
J Geils Band pics
Southside Johnny pics
Cheap Trick pics
Van Halen pics
and LOTS more!