Finally, warm weather has made its appearance. With that, we can begin to hope that a good finish to spring and a good summer are on the horizon. That wish is there, even if we did get quite a bit of snow on Sunday morning, with Mount Snow reporting nine inches at the summit. What a way to wake up on Mother’s Day. That mid-May snow is not uncommon. Of course, in typically-unpredictable Vermont weather fashion, by press time the weather had changed and was flirting with record highs, as the mercury was pushing into the upper 80s.
No doubt that push will buoy many who felt the raw, rainy, cloudy weather that dogged the region for much of April and early May was never going to break. But break it has, and the middle part of this week has been spectacular.
With the coming of warm weather also comes the rebirth of much to the region. There’s the natural rebirth, with buds turning to green leaves and early flowers showing their bright colors to the world.
There is also a rebirth to the rest of world as well. The summer construction season has begun and this year looks like there will be quite a few projects in the works. Mount Snow has geared up to complete the West Lake reservoir project, and is beginning work on the new base lodge at Carinthia. The Hermitage Club will be building as well, now that they have been given approval for the master plan for Haystack Mountain. In Wilmington Village, the new Dunkin’ Donuts store will take the place of the former Sunoco station. There are numerous other projects big and small going on around the area, and all of them will bring a much-needed shot in the arm to the local economy.
Warm weather also brings along a number of events for the spring and summer season.
Mothers for Daughters returns this weekend. That means Route 100 will be a ribbon of smiling motorcycle enthusiasts riding for a good cause. It’s an event that means quite a bit to many, and a chance to raise needed donations for the fight against cancer.
The Memorial Day weekend is next up, and there will be any number of things to do, from tours of artists’ studios and boating on local lakes to parades, concerts, history exhibits, flea markets, and more.
Down the road will be Tough Mudder, Independence Day celebrations from Readsboro to Wardsboro, the Blueberry Festival, farmers markets, and other events large and small.
What we think is great about all of this activity is that any one of them has a chance to revitalize someone or something, whether it’s a boost to business from the influx of summer workers or a chance to break from the routine to enjoy an afternoon picnic, a concert or something else fun. In any event, now is the time to put winter away and look forward to those long, languid days of summer.
As Zukav says, spring wakes us, nurtures us, and revitalizes us. Why not make that more than once a year? Who doesn’t need to wake up and be nurtured or revitalized? Why be a prisoner to the calendar? How hard can it be to find one’s own spring any time?
There are so many things the region offers to meet those needs, just about all the time. It just so happens that a good run of weather, work, and events is beginning right now. We have authentic power, at least when it comes to certain things. Why not take advantage of that, and let spring return again and again?