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Smugglers' Notch 55+ Club

For seniors on the hill, not over the hill!

The Smugglers' 55+ Club is for seniors who like to ski (alpine or nordic), snowboard, snowshoe, and enjoy being with their peers. Non-skiers are welcome, too. Our goal is simple: get out of the four walls, break the daily routine, meet people and be active.

Plan to join us for our first meeting on December 4, 2019. We gather every Wednesday at 9:00 am in the Village Lodge with a continental breakfast and socializing followed at 9:30 am with a short meeting. We will enjoy outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, Nordic or Alpine skiing and snowboarding. One may join a skill level group or ski/snowboard on your own.

The afternoon program will start on January 8, 2020, beginning at 1:00 pm unless otherwise announced during the morning meeting.

Every Wednesday we will be SKIING IN THE MORNING.

9:00 am on Wednesdays in the Village Lodge starting the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving.
Membership: $30/year (Your first meeting is complimentary - come and check us out!)
2020 Winter Afternoon Program Schedule
All afternoon programs begin at 1:00 pm unless otherwise announced during the morning meeting.
If the afternoon get-together should start earlier or be canceled, telephone 644-1021, Ski and Ride Desk, after 10:30 am and they will provide details.

January 8 — Lauren Layn, How is Solid Waste Handled in Our Districts?
Did you know that your empty bottles and cans get sorted by machines AND people after you put them in your recycling bin? Not sure what you can do when Act 148 "the composting law" kicks in? Join us for a refresher on what is—and what isn't— recyclable and to find out your options for "closing the loop" with your food scraps starting in July 2020. Learn the answers to all your waste-related questions and much more in a presentation from outreach staff from both the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District and the Chittenden Solid Waste District.

January 15 — Maeve Kim, Birds of Vermont's Woods and High Places
When you're skiing or hiking anywhere in the 26-million acre Northern Forest, you're right in the midst of some of the greatest richness of bird life in the continental US. We'll look at some of the beautiful wildlife that's watching you when you're out in Vermont's woods. Maeve has taught birding classes for OLLI, CVU Access, MMU After Dark, libraries, and other organizations for years now and has led over a hundred bird walks. She has written two novels as well as several articles in Bird Watching magazine and local newspapers.

January 22 — Nora Woolf, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)
Have you ever wondered who built the stone staircases? Fixed up the Stone Hut? Kept the trails in top notch? With over 6,000 alumni, the VYCC has had a tremendous impact not just on our trail, agriculture or watershed systems, but on youth and young people in Vermont and across the country! Nora, VYCC Recruitment and Member Services Manager, will share a bit about who is the VYCC, why we do what we do and the work we have done over the years and hope to do in years ahead!

January 29 — Charlie & Ruth Magill, Habitat for Humanity
Our members, Ruth & Charlie, will share some of their memorable Habitat for Humanity stories and experiences. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry working around the world to eliminate indecent housing. There are affiliates or chapters in the Northwestern Vermont counties and in more than 70 countries around the world. Ruth & Charlie have been volunteers with the organization for over 30 years, including 3-1/2 years in Guatemala and 1-1/2 years in Guyana. Our thanks to a very special couple for their years of devoted volunteer work.

February 5 — Hugh Johnson, Smuggs Photographer Extraordinaire
Hugh has been skiing Smuggs since he was a young 'un, when his family moved to Vermont and made the resort a temporary home base. Full circle — now he's introducing his own family to the mountain! Each day he posts an entry and photo on mountain conditions and happening, highlighting the great terrain spread over the three mountains and the awesome adventures that skiers and riders of all ages can have out there! He will share some of his impressive Smuggs photos and experiences with us.

February 11 — Sue Hagar, Success with Salmon Migration
Federal and State partners have been working to restore land-locked Atlantic salmon in Lake Champlain since the early 1970s. In 2016 and 2017, naturally reproduced salmon fry were found in the Boquet River in New York and the Winooski River in Vermont for the first time in 150 years. Join the Lake Champlain Basin Program as we look at our rich history and conservation efforts, as well as the future of salmon populations and Lake Champlain water quality issues.

February 19 — Vacation Week - No afternoon program

February 26 — Vacation Week - No afternoon program

March 4 — Doug Stuart, The Other Winter Activity
Smuggs member Doug Stuart has a passion not only for skiing but for that other winter activity, snowmobiling! He will speak on the early forming of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers *(VAST) and some of the current trials and tribulations of the organization. Until you experience the thrill of snowmobiling 60 miles an hour on some of the back country trails in Vermont, you haven't lived!

March 11 — David Marvin, Butternut Mountain Farm
David is the founder of local Butternut Mountain Farm, a diversified maple syrup supplier to major food manufacturers and food purveyors nationally and internationally. David will speak about the changes and trends in maple syrup production and consumption over the last 50 years and what those have meant to Butternut Mountain Farm. His business has grown to now having a major processing operation employing over 100 people and handling more than two thirds of Vermont's maple production. He will be pleased to entertain questions as well as offer his thinking about the future of the maple industry.

March 18 — Nancy McRae,Mt Mansfield Villages
Mount Mansfield Villages is a plan, not a place. It is a non-profit organization, part of the national Village to Village Network, comprised of members and volunteers living in Cambridge, Underhill, and Jericho. Its aim is to provide services that will help members to remain active, socially-connected, and in their homes and communities as long as possible. Let's hear Nancy speak on how MMV provides volunteer opportunities for neighbors to help neighbors.

March 25 — Annual Banquet
For more information contact Deborah Pomeroy, President, at smuggs55plus@gmail.com

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