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Stand Up for the Lake

Racers at the 2020 SUFTL
Racers at the 2020 SUFTL

By: Phoebe Henderson, June 1st 2021

BURLINGTON, VT– In early August 2021 (the specific date has not been decided yet), the 13th annual Stand up for the Lake event will take place at the Burlington Surf Club, hosted by the team of Wnd & Wvs, Hula, The Spot and The Spot on the Dock. This event will be filled with activities and celebrations on the waterfront. 

I spoke to Jeff Henderson, creative director and team member of Wnd&Wvs and Hula, about the event and what’s expected for this year:

“Stand up for the Lake is a paddle board race with probably around a few hundred competitors. There are two races: a six-mile race for the elite athletes and a three-mile recreational race. Basically, there’s a course on Lake Champlain and you start on the beach and then you ride the course and race on a 14-foot paddle board against men and women who also like to paddle race. It’s a day filled not only with the race but a fun party. There’s usually food trucks and it’s really a great place for the stand-up paddle community to get together and have a fun time.”

 

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How will the event look compared to last year’s?

“This will be the first year after a lot of the Covid restrictions, so we’re hoping to get even more people because we’re not limited to I think it was 150 last year, there will be no limit and there will definitely be loosened mask requirements. I think a lot of people with their mentality will be a lot more joyous that they’re out on the lake and you know feel like they’ve gotten their lives a little bit back to normal, so I think it’s going to be a really fun event this year after what we went through last year.”

What can people do to be involved?

“Really the event is mostly about community and not so much the competition, although it does get very competitive. We normally have a cash prize of $3,000 that goes out to the top five winners of the race. We have a great community in Burlington, a lot of people that either work with the event or just friends who are just big fans of what we’re doing, they often want to help out with the event. Originally the event was a fundraiser for the Burlington Sailing Center, but for the last five years it hasn’t been. There are also opportunities to sort of come and be at the event on a sponsor level if you want to kind of showcase your (usually water sport-related) business or product, people can come and set up tents and usually those folks also offer prizes or goodie bags that type of thing for the racers. There’s lots of opportunities to be a part of the event even if you’re not into stand up paddling.”

Who organizes it?

“Primarily, Stand Up for the Lake was started I think even before Wnd and Wvs started, and it was just a group of people that like to paddle. But stand up paddle is a sport and our team wanted to basically have a party and get some friends together and have some light competition. Then Wnd and Wvs really took it over. Now it’s become part of a bigger sort of community with the Hula project down on the waterfront and the Burlington Surf Club as well as Wnd and Wvs and you know we’re just trying to make it bigger and better every year.”

Learn what it takes to become a stand up paddle board racer, or stop by to watch and experience the amazing facilities that Burlington Surf Club has to offer! 

Link to Burlington Surf Club: http://www.burlingtonsurfclub.com/

Sample schedule of SUFTL events from 2020: https://www.standupforthelake.com/

Burlington Art Hop Draws in Locals

Ms. Talia Loiter

Burlington, VT – The weekend of September 7th, Pine Street was closed off to make room for the annual SEABA Art Hop. Local artisans showcased their works with open studios, events, street stands, fashion shows, and exhibits, pulling in art enthusiasts and curious passersby.  

South End Arts Business Association (SEABA) puts on the Art Hop every year in order to “promote Burlington’s Pine Street corridor and its growing number of artists and businesses.” Their aim is to “represent [their] membership which includes many of the exhibiting artists and sites in the South End Art Hop.”

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BTV Waterfront: A swiss man, a sunset stroll, and a camera

Mr. Max Schmid

Despite the freezing temperatures on a nice day in January many people were enjoying the rare glimpse of the winter sun. From a Photographers standpoint it seemed to be the perfect setting. Beautiful landscapes, nice warm lighting and happy faces all over the place.

Max Schmid, a photography student at CVU, took advantage of this opportunity and went out to the waterfront to take pictures of strangers for his photography assignment. The photos were taken at golden hour which is around an hour before the sun sets. For many visual artists this is an ideal time to capture natural light on textures, landscapes or people.

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Cities Go Green

Mr. Kevin Motia

In an effort to fend off the negative effects of fossil fuels such as ecological disruption and health problems like respiratory ailments and cancer, many U.S. cities have been transitioning towards the use of clean energy for their electrical needs.

Two years ago, Burlington became the first city in the U.S. to become completely reliant on renewable energy for its residents’ electrical needs. The city has become an example for other communities to follow.

the McNeil Plant, courtesy of Burlington Electric
the McNeil Plant, courtesy of Burlington Electric

Burlington became the first city to run on 100% renewable energy by investing in a hydropower plant in 2014. More recently, influenced by Burlington’s achievement, other American cities have begun to look at their own natural resources for energy uses.  According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, there are now 29 cities located in the United States which are run 100% on renewable energy.These cities include Aspen, Colorado; Kodiak Island, Alaska; and Greensburg, Kansas.

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Earthbound Trading

Ms. Anna Steeley

 

Burlington, Vermont-October 23, 2014-“Earthbound Trading,” a gift shop located on Church Street draws a unique type of diversity into the mix of the second whitest state in the US.

Although, it is a trade store it is also a chain store. There over 100 “Earthbound Trading,” shops in the United States.

The merchandise comes from all over the world. The clothing and jewelry mostly from India and Indonesia; this takes up half of the store here in Burlington. Also other countries that are highly displayed in this store are Peru and China, of course.

Two employees were recently interviewed of what they liked best of working at this trade store. Both of them could agree that the other people of whom they also work with are very friendly, the atmosphere was great, and that there was no manager to tell them what to do. The workers said they didn’t know much about the different countries where the gifts were made. But, they did know where they were made and how. For example, the rain sticks that are sold at this store are made of cactus. Another item is the salt lamps they are made in China from Himalayan rock. The salt lamps are one of the most popular items in the entire store.

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