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January 2008

January 29, 2008

Vermont 3.0 Creative/Tech Career Jam [64]

Tech_day2 1/26/08: Is there a brain drain in Vermont?  Are we losing geeky young people to metropolitan areas?  These days, Vermont's economic forecast seems glum which is where Seven Days and Vermont 3.0 come in.

This Saturday over 1,500 people stopped by Main Street Landing to mingle with the 50+ exhibitors at the first ever Vermont 3.0 Creative/Tech Career Jam. 

The concept was simple, provide a meet and greet for innovative Vermont technology companies and people searching for jobs.  Voila!

In case you were one of the few who missed it, Governor Douglas played Guitar Hero (not too successfully), Bernie Sanders and Anthony Pollina came through, students from all over VT and leaders in Vermont's creative technology industries rubbed shoulders.

After a successful event like this, the future seems bright enough for shades.

Super fresh song by Missy Bly, "Afraid to Fly," off her brand new album, MB3.

If you prefer to watch this video on YouTube, go here.

January 23, 2008

Dealer.com [63]

Dealer111/18/08: Ping pong, lattes, plants, OH MY!

Dealer.com is a VT company that recently expanded into plush new digs and is hiring a young, technically savvy workforce.   

There has been lots of talk lately about young people leaving Vermont in search of better paid, high tech jobs - does Dealer.com offer a ray of hope?

Walking into their massive colorful new space, it is hard to believe that you are in VT: 65,000 square feet of wide open workspace, an organic cafe on site to fuel its workers, a gym with HDTVs, a blue and lavender tennis court, a ping pong table, basketball court, bean bag chairs and an abundance of plants. 

The primarily young workforce is expanding and many of them are Vermonters, some of whom got their feet in the door through ITAR, Vermont IT Apprenticeship Readiness Program.

Makes you wonder if VT is slowly catching up to the technological boom as our high speed internet connection gets stronger.  Perhaps VT is still in the game after all.

Music by Pretty & Nice off their Pink & Blue album, "Busy Bees."

Watch the video on YouTube here.

Our new video feature, The Campus Question asks St Mike's students what it would take to keep them in VT after graduation.

January 17, 2008

VT Comedy Divas [62]

Comedy11/12/07: Vermont Comedy Divas sold out the ballroom at Higher Ground last Saturday.  A line stretched around the building with VTers hungry for comedy and eager for a winter respite.

Four funny female VTers, Josie Leavitt, Martha Tormey, Sally Stevens, and MaryAnne Gatos warmed up the crowd with their tantalizing tales.

Josie Leavitt has been performing stand-up for almost 20 years.  She left NYC for VT, opened the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne and began teaching comedy at the Flynn.  The divas met in Josie's classes and the seed for a bigger act was planted.

What comes next for these funny ladies?  With a state lacking a comedy club and hungry for laughs, the divas future looks bright.

Please note: You can also watch this video on YouTube.

January 10, 2008

VT Fancy Felines [61]

Cat_show_suzette_dolly 1/5/08: Once a year, VT Fancy Felines cat show takes over the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center.  Parades of well-cared for Balinese, Burmese, Exotics, Maine Coons, Persians, Russian Blues, Siamese, and Sphynx compete for ribbons and titles.

Why do attendees love their cats so much?  Spending hours brushing and grooming them, breeding them over and over again in search of the perfect cat and traveling all over the country to compete?

Cat lovers give us a peek into their world.

Some of the featured breeders are Suzette Garey of Cozycreek Cattery (and breeder of internet SUPA STAH, Goma!), Karen Greenman of Sunlit, Teresa Signore and Edwin Sweeny of Highlander Cattery, Carole Goubault of Chatterie Serenite, Margaret Gadouas of Dahlias and Karina Brien of Feli Folie.

You also might recognize cameos by local cat lovers/bloggers Sachie Tani and Undead Molly.

Here is a video montage of the fancy felines featuring the full-length Smittens song, "My Favorite Dream" off A Little Revolution:

PLEASE NOTE: Stuck in Vermont will be posted on Thursdays from this day forth!

As always, you can watch this vlog on YouTube if you prefer it.

January 07, 2008

Drums & Dragons Parade [60]

Drums4 12/31/07: New Year's Eve in downtown Burlington and First Night was in full swing. 

Colorful dragons, life size puppets, an AT-AT walker (All Terrain Armored Transport from Star Wars), The Junkman and his posse of junk-playing kids, Burlington Taiko and Sambatucada paraded down Church St to the delight of onlookers young and old.

Happy New Year!  It's nice to be stuck in VT with you!

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

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