Monday, July 22, 2013

Happy 25th Anniversary Vermont 100 Endurance Run or Ride!

Laura Perry Farrell and Julia Hutchinson O'Brien
The race preparation started last year as soon as the 24th Annual Race was cleaned up. And thanks to mother nature this past weekend, the 25th Annual Vermont 100 Endurance Run or Ride went off pretty much without a glitch (if you don't count the main tent blowing away Thursday night in the Thunderstorms!)

The race is held every year to benefit Vermont Adaptive, a program founded by Laura Perry Farrell (pictured above) to provide sports and recreational opportunities to individuals with disabilities/handicaps, regardless of their ability to pay. The race had been run for many years by Julia Hutchinson's Dad. When "Hutch" passed away suddenly after a race one year, his daughter stepped up and took over as race director and has been doing a phenomenal job since (even running the race this year with her TWO MONTH OLD BABY GIRL!!)

There was quite a field of runners this year with runners coming from California, many from Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and South Africa. 200 Racers finished the race in under 30 hours (the official race cut-off time.) The winner of this years race was Jason Lantz Bib #175 from Lancaster PA with a time of 15:23:26.

At the finish line on Sunday morning, Grace Tran received a proposal and beautiful diamond from her boyfriend Keith Levassuer. The couple is from Maryland and maybe they will return in 25 years to celebrate their engagement with the race! Grace's fingers were so swollen from the race that her ring was a pinkie ring but by awards time she was proudly displaying it on her ring finger.

Guy Alderdice Jr. (orange) from Brownsville VT celebrated his finish in under 30 hours with his family. His wife Krista (pink) came in second for the 100 Mile Horse race on her horse Empirica. Guy was paced and encouraged to finish by his sister Elaine (in black) and crewed by Elaine's partner Christine Thew. Guy's sons Jase (orange) and Justin (blue) are very proud of their Dad.
73 year old Fred Walters from West Olive MI was the final runner to crossed the finish line and was awarded the plaque stating: "This Award Presented to the Individual Who Enjoyed the Vermont Scenery The Longest".

Steve Rojek and Laura Perry Farrell
At the Awards Ceremony, Horse Race Founder Steve Rojek, Hartland VT and Laura Perry Farrell, Run Race Founder spoke about the 30 years of the horse race and the 25 years of the run race.

Each year the Pinkie Farrell/Jim Hutchinson Award goes to the individual who without want of praise goes above and beyond to make the race happen. This year the award was shared by brothers, Bobby and Brad Farrell (Pinkie was their grandmother).

The Stoney Stone Award goes to the Volunteer who just does what needs to be done, this year's recipient was Matt Smith, pictured here with his family from Reading VT.

Awards were also given out to racers who have completed the 100 miler many times, including one given to Lori Wetzel from Danvers MA.
This years marks 1000 miles for Lori!!

More images from the Race Saturday, click here.

More images from the Finish Line, click here.

More images from the Awards Ceremony, click here.

Runner Bib List: click here.

The highlight for this blogger was seeing runners from Montreal on Friday night carrying bags of "THE BEST BAGELS" in the world!
Thank you folks, sure hope you come to the Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run in September because the bag was empty on Sunday morning and I'm jonesing for these yummy bagels already!

25th Annual Vermont 100
Endurance Run and Ride
Silver Hill Meadow
West Windsor VT July 19-21, 2013
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Flood, A Parade, and A Wedding!

Busy week last week for Photos By Nanci!

July 2-3
Flash Flooding in Weathersfield and West Windsor Vermont washed out roads and culverts and caused a mud slide in West Windsor.
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July 4
Brownsville Vermont hosted it's annual 4th of July Parade. Fancy cars, bands, bedazzled bicycles and watermelon!
More parade images: click here

July 5
Collins Jenkins Wedding at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland NH. Despite the 95 degree temps everyone had a great time! Congratulations to Karyn and Ed, thank you for letting me share your very special day!
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Monday, July 8, 2013

Happy 30th Anniversary Jay!

July 8, 2013
30 years ago today, Jay and I were married by a Justice of the Peace in Amherst MA. We both had just graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with our bachelors degrees. Our wedding pics were taken at the Hampshire Mall  "Old Fashioned Photos" Studio then we checked into the Hotel Northampton for our honeymoon evening of lobster dinners and champagne! And a Red Sox loss, OY.

About a month later my Mom and Dad hosted a potluck BBQ at their house in Lynnfield MA and we celebrated with friends and family!

Then we drove to Quebec City and Montreal for our honeymoon!
After countless concerts (mostly Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Southside Johnny,  Bruce Springsteen, and Jimmy Buffett); two PHiP Conventions in Key West and one in Burlington VT; trips to Vancouver, New Jersey, NYC, Buffalo NY, Rochester NY, Albany NY, Boston MA, Foxboro MA, Hartford CT, Ottawa and Montreal to see BRUCE; trips to most of the music venues in New England for various bands...

And a lot of Red Sox Games, including trips to Wrigley Field, Cleveland, Detroit  and a Spring Training Game against the Orioles in Sarasota FL

We are Still Together After ALL these years!
Happy 30th Anniversary Jay!

Thanks for putting up with me 
and my camera for 30 + years.

Time for Cake and Beer!!

BTW Jay, 30th Anniversary Presents are:
or Lily if you choose to give flowers!
We celebrated early this year by taking a trip to Italy for two weeks! 
Pics are posted in my Italian Gallery!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Gatsby Viewing Party in Woodstock VT

Saturday June 29, 2013
Bentleys Restaurant
Woodstock VT

A Gatsby Costume Party coincided with the screening of the remake of "The Great Gatsby" at the Town Hall Theater. It was a "Who Is Sylvia?" Party Production and so much fun. It all started with a 6 PM 1920's Cocktail Hour at Bentleys on Saturday evening. 

Bentley's featured a special party menu of: Shrimp Cocktail, Prosciutto Wrapped Grilled Asparagus, Pineapple Pork with Arugula Salad or Smoke Salmon Crostini with capers. They also offered a few special cocktails such as Side Cars, The Gatsby Martini, The Fizz and Champagne.

The cocktail hour entertainment was provided by Sue Gabriel and the Blue Moo Jazz Muze.

A short walk to the Town Hall to watch the film. 

Then back to Bentleys, where the party got going for real with Live Ragtime & Jazz being served up 1920's style; late dinner and more cocktails, dancing and a costume contest took place. 
Costume winners were Woodstock residents:
Mary Urban pictured here with event organizer Jess Abston
Wayne Thompson
Sure looked like the Flappers and Daddy-Os were having a nifty time at this Juice Joint!
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Gatsby Party
Hosted by Who's Sylvia? Vintage Clothing
Bentley's Restaurant, Town Hall Theater
Woodstock VT June 29, 2013
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