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‘Tis the season

It was a day with blue ski and white clouds at the Killington Base Lodge. You could see skiers carefully moving across the thin snow on Double Dipper. There was a lift on the left of the ski slope that took them back up the mountain to the steepest part. At the base a red gondola waited to give skiers a ride. Beyond the lift a snowmaking machine burst forth with newly made snow. The whole trail up

Snowden was covered with clouds of snow. In an hour or two there was a ski trail from the top to the bottom of the mountain.

Snowmaking seems so different than ten years ago when skiers avoided trails because snowmaking blinded the skier and beat against his face. It was not really early in the season. The trails seemed bare. The day too warm, but the choice was to begin making snow and declare the season open.

The Killington Arts Guild is also opening its Winter Show, "'Tis the season," with a new array of pictures. On Saturday, Nov. 24 there will be a reception from 1-3 p.m. in the KAG Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts opposite the access road. On display is Ann B. Day's newest engagement calendar, "Poetry Through the Year" which includes poems and pictures and also copies of "As We Were," a collection of stories of love, loss, war and adventure edited by Yvonne Daley. This collection is written by the Gables and Friends Memoir Group from workshops and classes held over a two-year period. Among them is Donna Martin's piece, "New Killington Pioneers" about early days at the ski resort. The cover is by Maurie Harrington.

Members are invited to a 'party-like' event, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Gallery to complete decorations for the Guild's Festival Tree, which will be part of the Chamber of Commerce's event on Dec. 6-8 at the Grand Hotel. The theme is "Heartfelt Wishes for Peace and Joy."  The 42 pre-sewn decorations in the shape of snowmen, mittens, and stockings will be covered with sequins, bead, rickrack and glitter, which will be provided. We will be soliciting ideas for programs and workshops for the 2013 calendar.
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