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Quechee Balloon Festival

QUECHEE BALLOON, CRAFT & MUSIC FESTIVAL LIFTS OFF WITH 39TH EDITION

New Vendors, Entertainers and Kids Activities Provide Non-Stop Fun June 15-17
Brooks Hubbard & the Nashville All-Stars headline Saturday 6 p.m. Concert
 
It has grown into one of Vermont’s largest events and is the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England. Soon the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire will be filled with hot air balloons ushering in the 39th annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival.
 
An estimated 10,000-12,000 people are expected to enter the gates at the Quechee Green, Father’s Day weekend June 15-17, with up to 20 hot air balloons expected with five flights scheduled, Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday ascensions at 6:00 a.m. and 6 p.m., Balloon Glows on Friday and Saturday at dusk, and additional tethered rides during the day.
 
“This Festival has evolved into a hallmark community event and really put the Upper Valley and Quechee on the map for a fun weekend destination,” said PJ Skehan, executive director of the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce who is the lead sponsor and manages the annual event.
We have visitors from far and wide come to town and it’s also a great unifying local event with local businesses stepping up to sponsor and locals volunteering their time. It’s all about having an enjoyable time, taking in the sights, the smells and the sounds of the Festival and the non-stop entertainment and activities provide a great weekend value of fun.”
 
According to Skehan, there are new features at this year’s festival including the Montshire Museum Science Tent and a STEM challenge exhibit, which are focused on the act of making things. A summary of weekend long activities and entertainment includes:

  • Continuous music and entertainment will feature such popular names as Gerry Grimo & The East Bay Jazz Ensemble, VINS, The Dirty Dottys (a seven-piece pop-Motown ensemble, Jason Tardy, The Kapps Band, The Dinosaurs, The Tricksters and more. Brooks Hubbard and the Nashville All-Stars will perform Saturday at 6 p.m. 
  • 60 Craft Artisans from around the Upper Valley and New England region who will sample and display their wares 
  • The Kid’s Zone is a FREE area to keep the kids active and busy. New activities this year will feature the Montshire Museum Science Tent and MakersSpace, while the Army Corps of Engineers will have a water safety exhibit and familiar activities like Euro Bungee, while bounce houses will return 
  • Extra Fun includes Sky diving demonstrations (Saturday 10-3), Pups in the Air (Frisbee dogs) and award-winning Dancers Corners will entertain young and old 
  • Festival food offers local healthy options and tradition festival fare like BBQ, Smoothies, Paninis, Candy Apples, Fried Dough, Kettle Corn, Crepes, Onion Rings, a beer and wine garden.  
Admission to the Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, which is valid for the ENTIRE weekend, is Adults (13+) $15; Children (6-12)- $5*; 5 years and Under – FREE and on Father’s Day (June 17th) – Dads are only $10 when accompanied by a child.

Parking is by donation. Parking will be on the field adjacent to the Balloon Festival. Gates open Friday at 3pm and Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 am

Mother's Day Brunch

 

Treat the special woman or women in your life
to Mother's Day Brunch at the Quechee Club.

Sunday, May 13 • 11:00am - 2:00pm
Seatings available every half hour
Reservations Required. Please call (802) 295-9356
48 hour cancellation policy applies to this event.


Adults $40++  |  Children $20++
Ages 5 and under free



Menu

For Starters
Assorted Deviled Eggs
Duck Confit Spring Rolls with Ponzu Sauce
Gulf Shrimp Cocktail
Yogurt and Granola Parfaits, Fresh Pastries & Breads
Fresh Fruit & Berry Display

Soup Station
Italian Wedding Soup
Warm Rolls & Creamery Whipped Butter

Salad Station
Tomato Caprese Salad
Peachy Quinoa Salad with Pecans, Basil & Lemon Vinaigrette

Carving Station
Dijon & Herb Crusted Prime Rib of Beef, Au jus
Oven Roasted Turkey with Gravy & Fresh Cranberry Relish

 Omelets Made to Order

Omelets made to order with seasonal accompaniments,
Eggs prepared your way

Fan Favorites
Eggs Benedict, Quiche Lorraine
Belgium Waffles with Vermont made Maple Syrup
Pan Roasted Citrus Soy Glazed Salmon
Chicken Scaloppini with a Mushroom Madeira Sauce
 Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Breakfast Sausage,
Dauphinoise Potatoes, Roasted Vegetable Medley

Expanded Children’s Buffet
Fresh Fruit, Chicken Fingers, Scrambled Eggs, French Fries
Grilled Cheese Wedges on Whole Wheat

Chef’s Delectable Desserts
Strawberry Short Cake with Chantilly Cream
Assorted Pastries & Mousses
Assorted Chilled Juices, Coffee, Tea, Decaf

Seatings available every half hour 11:00am-2:00pm
Reservations Required. Please call (802) 295-9356
48 hour cancellation policy applies to this event.

Lake Pinneo Infestation Solution

QLLA’s Community Affairs Committee hosted three area Vermont legislators for a briefing on the Milfoil infestation of our Lake Pinneo. Senators Dick McCormack, Alice Nitka and Alison Clarkson joined QLLA officials, Craig Allsopp, president, Norman Watts, BOT member and committee chair, Sean McLaren, general manager and other committee members in the Clubhouse Board Room. Ken Lallier, QLLA property manager, led the briefing and a golf-cart tour of the lake. He is responsible for ultimate remediation of the Lake Pinneo infestation.
            QLLA leadership and members are concerned that the infestation not engulf the entire lake, limiting its value as a recreation facility and nature preserve. Lallier proposed a chemical solution rather than the ineffective manual removal of the plants.  The chemical, known as “Sonar,” has succeeded against the plants in other geographic regions without any damage to the environment or wildlife.
            The difficulty is Vermont’s unique sensitivity to use herbicides to ameliorate infestations.  The QLLA lake is different from the northern Vermont lake that caused the permit stall, Lake Iroquois in Williston. That lake is very populous and is a source of drinking water – unlike Lake Pinneo.
            The legislators were previously aware of the infestation and actively engaged in the discussion. They promised to contact the permitting agency – not to pressure the decision-makers but to apprize them of their interest and the differences between the involved bodies of water. After the meeting, there were meaningful discussions between the legislators and state officials.
            Lallier will work all winter on the permitting process, with the legislators and the state agency officials. He is “fairly confident” the state will grant the QLLA permit request next spring.
            The committee will also continue to monitor the process and report to our members on progress.
            Norman Watts, Committee Chair
 

Division I Quechee Collegiate Challenge

September 23rd marked the start of the 4th Annual Division I Quechee Collegiate Challenge. With an exciting first day Harvard and Cornell lead the way posting 285’s. Followed by Princeton with a 289, Central Connecticut with a 290, Bucknell with a 293, Drexel with a 294, Dartmouth coming in at 296, Fordham posted a 299. Low rounds on Saturday consisted of (3) -2 70’s from Harvard’s G. Royston and R. Rhee as well as Central Connecticut’s J. Tucker. Followed up by (10) -1 71’s.  
Sunday produced some phenomenal rounds. Drexel caught fire and posted (2) 67’s from their only Seniors, A. Giantsopoulos (143) and A. Fricke (142). Fricke went -6 through 19 holes to win the low tournament medal in a play-off with E. Quinn who shot 71, 71 for a -2 (142). Drexel’s underclassmen were able to back up their seniors firing a -2 70 from A. Mistretta and an even par 72 to finish with a Sunday team score of -12 (276) and an overall -6 (570) to edge Princeton’s -5 (571).
 

Q3 President's Update

I hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of summer. I can’t believe the season is coming to a close so quickly. It has been great to see the parking lot full on weekends and so many members enjoying themselves at the pool, playing golf and tennis, or having a nice meal on the deck.
 
Following is a brief recap of Club business as we mark the end of the third quarter of FY 2017.
 
Financial Performance: Higher than expected summer labor costs have put pressure on results. Year to date QLLA is fine - we actually are ahead of budget by $121,000. But with payroll counting for 50% of costs, monitoring is important. Management and the Finance Committee are on top of the situation and making adjustments as necessary. In the meantime, work proceeds on the 2018 budget, which will be considered at the September BOT meeting.
 
Board Activity:  Following the annual meeting, we devoted our July and August Trustee meetings to planning for 2018. Our overall focus continues to be on “high impact” improvements to enhance the QLLA value proposition and fine-tune the member experience.
 
Among the initiatives under discussion:
 
Future Capital Projects. Potential investments for FY 2018 include upgrades to the Base Lodge, expansion of the trail network and improvements to the 1st tee area of the golf course. The Facilities Planning Committee also plans to look at how we might improve parking near the Clubhouse and begin an assessment of how to make better use of the Red Barn.
 
Fresh Blood (on committees that is.) QLLA is lucky to have dozens of willing volunteers to serve on our committees. But we always like to get new people involved to bring new thinking to the advisory process. So if you want to turn your ideas into action please reach out to one of the committee chairs (contact info is on the web site) for more information.

Member Privacy and Computer Security. Both came up during the annual meeting in July. Since then several members who are IT professionals volunteered to join a sub-committee to help update and establish Club IT policies and procedures. Thanks to Jamie Roser, Kevin Roden and Patrick Martin for taking on this important work.

Property Auction. As many of you know the Club held a foreclosure auction at the end of July. The developer purchased one of the homes and QLLA took possession of the other properties, including five condos, a house and a building lot. The Board is in the process of evaluating the sales prospects for each with a goal of turning these non-performing assets into dues paying memberships. Nothing will happen right away – it takes about 60 days for the courts to certify the results of the auction process.
But if you are in the market …

Real Estate. So far this year there have been 75 property transfers vs. 58 for the same period last year. I consider that a good sign and validation of what real estate agents are saying about property values and sales activity. I also recently met with the CEO of Taurus, the developer building new homes in Quechee. He told me they will be launching a new web site soon to promote their Quechee product.

Saving the best ‘till last – look to your right at the blue stone patio the next time you drive by the Clubhouse. There’s a circle of chairs (Adirondack and rocking) around our new fire pit. I can tell you first hand it’s a great place to relax and share stories. So get your friends together, tell the staff you are coming and enjoy a warm fire and cold drink as the sun sets over Quechee. 

Best Regards,
 
Craig Allsopp

 
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