leisure 06.23.15

Out of Town: Vermont
Every Person in New York - The Book!


Vermont, not surprisingly, has the most cheesemakers per capita in the United States. And for those masters of the curd, the Vermont Cheese Festival, taking place Sunday, July 19, is Le Grand Fromage.

The gustatory part of the festival is headquartered inside an old carriage barn at Shelburne Farms, a National Historic Landmark abutting Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.

Here, more than forty cheesemakers will hold court—Thistle Hill Farm, Grafton Village, Jasper Hill and more—and among them, to give your palate a rest from all that cheese, you'll also find brewers, charcutiers, chocolate makers and distilleries.


Sure, Tanglewood sucks all the oxygen out of the room (the wind out of the woodwinds?) with its A-list musicians and choice grounds. Classical music fans know, however, that Marlboro Music, the celebration of classical music and a sanctuary for musicians, may not always get the spotlight but it always delivers great music.

Located in the the town of Marlboro, Vermont, with a population of fewer than 1000 residents, violinists and cellists, pianists and flutists, gather for three weeks of serious rehearsals and lots of musician-only bonding. After that, they perform from mid-July through mid-August. Ticket prices top out at $37.50.

The experience of Marlboro can't be underestimated for the musicians: Yo-Yo Ma has said, "Marlboro was the place I decided to become a musician." And the same is true for audiences. Brigadoon-like, for a few weeks a year, in a lovely Vermont hamlet, the town comes to life, filled with kindred spirits and sublime sounds that will stay with you all year.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

Congratulations to Jason Polan for the book version of Every Person in New York!

It is being published by Chronicle Books, available August 18. The foreword is by Kristen Wiig.

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