Stratton 4th of July Activities Lineup

It’s that time of year again! Break out your red, white and blue attire and light up those sparklers because it’s almost Independence Day. What better way to celebrate than in the Green Mountains with family and friends? The annual Mountain Friends and Freedom celebration features fireworks, gondola rides, live music, barbecues, games and festivities for the whole family on July 3-5.
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On Saturday, July 4, enjoy lawn games, hay rides, dunk tank, glow in the dark hoola-hooping, firetruck display, paintball target practice and other carnival games from 4-9:00pm. Taste the best Vermont fare at the old fashioned barbeque. Take a gondola ride and experience the breathtaking views at the summit. You can even challenge your friends to a hot dog eating contest at 6:00pm! If you have more of a sweet tooth, enter the pie eating contest at 7:00pm for a chance at some great prizes. Jeff Tuohy and the Lustre Kings will take the main stage at 4:00pm as part of the Free Stratton Summer Concert Series.

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Fireworks will light the sky starting at 9:15pm.

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Activity will be buzzing throughout the Village, with caricature artists and face painters and family entertainers  ready to amuse from 4-7:00pm. The Vermont Museum of Natural History will also set up camp in the Village displaying New England’s largest collection of native species. Caricature artists and face painting will be available Sunday in the Village from 11am-2pm.

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Dining Specials can be found throughout the Village, with outdoor patios to enjoy your meals at.

Menu Selections Friday 7/3:

  • Mulligan’s – Tommy’s Famous Split Hot Dogs. Red, white and blue Sangria. Raw bar featuring  iced oysters, clams and shrimp.  Lobster bake special for dinner.
  • Sushi Bar – Fresh lemonade stand.
  • The Fire Tower – 4th of July Picnic Dinner featuring a $25 prix fixe 3 courses. Includes local lettuce salad, Whistle Pig BBQ basted ribs, VT Maple mustard grilled chicken, Mac-n-cheese, strawberry-bluebarb shortcake.
  • Bar 802 – $12 cheese pies

Menu Selections Saturday 7/4:

  •  Main base Area – Old Fashioned BBQ  4pm-9pm featuring Hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, potato salad, corn on the cob, veggie burgers, chips and watermelon, assorted soft drinks. Cash bar.
  • Mulligan’s – Tommy’s Famous Split Hot Dogs. Red, white and blue Sangria. Raw bar featuring  iced oysters, clams and shrimp. Lobster special for dinner. Breakfast 7-11am.
  • Sushi Bar – Fresh lemonade stand.
  • The Fire Tower – 4th of July Picnic Dinner featuring a $25 prix fixe 3 courses. Includes local lettuce salad, Whistle Pig BBQ basted ribs, VT Maple mustard grilled chicken, Mac-n-cheese, strawberry-bluebarb shortcake
  • Bar 802 – Lobster Roll and tots $15, Fried clam roll & tots $15, Strawberry shortcake sliders $5, Red and white Sangria $5 , All Vermont Draft $5.

Menu Selections Sunday 7/5:

  • Mulligan’s – Tommy’s Famous Split Hot Dogs. Red, white and blue Sangria. Raw bar featuring  iced oysters, clams and shrimp.  Prime rib special for dinner. Breakfast 7-11am.
  • Sushi Bar – Fresh lemonade stand.
  • The Fire Tower – two course prix fixe at $25 Broiled ½ main lobster, shrimp, mussels and clams. Served with grilled potato linguica hash and corn on the cob. Blond brownie dessert bar with ice cream.
  • Bar 802 – $2 Tacos.

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We hope to see you here!

A Near Perfect Valentine’s Day

By Charlie Reetz

Before I begin, I must say I do not currently have a significant other. I’ve learned that waiting for the right woman to come along is not only more appropriate but more useful to me now than my earlier years. That being said I’ve cared for everyone who has entered my life and I would share this following scenario with any one of you. This is my description of a near perfect date.

Waking up to a foot of snow is naturally a dream and to have that on Saturday would be more than awesome. The date actually begins at 8am when we both could get on the mountain before most skiers and riders. Having fun in the powder with friends is only half of the excitement for Valentine’s Day.  When the lifts start to close down or our legs have taken enough exercise then we enjoy après at Grizzly’s while some funky live music resonates the bar.

Afterwards it’s time to relax, maybe a moment of rejuvenation by visiting the steam room or hot tub at the Training & Fitness Center. At home she kicks her feet up on the coffee table and watches a romantic comedy or reads a good book while I prepare a dinner for the both of us. I’ll admit I don’t normally cook but I would make something to her liking, even if it were vegetarian or a big ol’ bacon burger. After dinner we could simply step out the front door to see the 8:30pm fireworks in the distance. No gifts have been exchanged; only the comfort of company brings warmth and joy.

Then the party begins. All of our good friends together while drinks and debauchery continue through the midnight hour means a good time. A favorite of mine actually is a glass of Ballantine’s scotch whiskey to help celebrate “Ballantine’s Day.”  All in all, the day is well spent with a lovely lady, and after describing those 24 hours I’d be happy to do it all over again the next day.