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July 2010

July 28, 2010

The Ghost Town of Tahawus [185]

7/22/10: Take a walk back in time in the abandoned ghost town of Tahawus, New York.

In the 1800s, Tahawus was an active mining village thanks to its rich deposits of iron ore. Years later it became home to the swanky Tahawus Club. In the mid 1900s mining operations were resumed thanks to the nation's need for titanium dioxide in WWII.

Now this ghostly town in the desolate wilderness is in ruins and its new owners, the Open Space Institute, hope to preserve and conserve this historic stretch of land for generations to come.

Music: Carrigan, Young Men Never Die, "Theodore," "Moving Bones"

July 21, 2010

Last Stand Waterfront Bike Polo Tournament [184]

7/10/10: Combine bikes, polo mallets, and a DIY aesthetic and what do you get? Bike polo, an alternative sport that is sweeping across North America and beyond.

Last weekend, Burlington Hardcourt Bike Polo hosted teams from Ottawa, Montreal, DC, Boston and Portland Oregon at their Last Stand Waterfront Bike Polo Tournament.

This was their "last stand" because their scenic Waterfront court (off the bike path) will soon be transformed into a parking lot as part of the Moran Plant Redevelopment.

Music: The Breaking In, "Cramp It Up"

July 14, 2010

New England Center for Circus Arts [183]

Who knew that Vermont is THE place to learn circus arts?

World-renowned aerialists and identical twins Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion founded the New England Center for Circus Arts (formerly known as Nimble Arts) in Brattleboro. NECCA attracts nimble students from all over the globe who converge in VT to learn the art of the circus.

Eva takes flight on an outdoor rig during NECCA's flying trapeze class at Sunrise Farm in Guilford.

July 06, 2010

The Great Bristol Outhouse Race [182]

7/3/10: The 32nd Annual Great Bristol Outhouse Race drew a large crowd early Saturday morning before the town's 4th of July parade.

Why race faux outhouses on the 4th of July? No one really knows but it's a Bristol tradition and there are cool trophies.

Music: The Pineapple Wafers, "Stale Starburst Love"

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