Final Bike Bum Race – Ski Bum Start Not Too Far Away

KPAA Weekly Message

August 25, 2023

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Not quite sure where the summer went, but here we are at the end of August. The River Road Concert series finished the season last night with music from Curragh’s Fancy, and we are only two acts away from the last Cooler in the Mountains concert. The final Bike Bum Race was on Wednesday, and Coco’s Caboose came away with the win. The kid’s team Wheelie Fast, was indeed fast, and came in second place. Third place went to Ride or Dye, seen here with their team tie-dye shirts. It was an awesome season and we really appreciated all the community support.

The Welcome Center continues to be a meeting locale for representatives from different organizations across the state to unite and work together to pool resources and make strides towards optimal flood relief and future infrastructure. Lyle Jepson, Executive Director of Chamber & Economic Development, and Jim Haff, Town Selectboard member facilitated an informational meeting with Town Manager, Michael Ramsey, members of the Preservation Society, Housing Trust, and Rutland Regional Planning Commission. The group informally talked about the growth of Killington, the housing needs, and the TIF.

After the meeting we toured Mission Farm and heard from Vicar Lisa Ransom about the impact of flood waters in this location and to discuss the importance of preserving our beautiful historical church.

This Sunday, we are looking forward to the Meadows & Mountains Festival at Mission Farm. This event is a fundraiser for flood recovery and to complete the projects of an outdoor amphitheater and a cooperative commercial kitchen at Mission Farm, which will be resources for the community and for food charity. This festival is going to be a wonderful community event not to be missed featuring 8 bands, artisan vendors, family-friendly activities, food and drink.

Volunteers from around the state will be gathering for Clean Up Day tomorrow. An initiative from Governor Scott to help those areas impacted by the floods that might need a helping hand. Volunteer sign-up is here.

Here at the KPAA, September means that we are putting the final touches on our 2023/2024 Membership Renewal packets! We will be introducing a new process to streamline the Merchant Pass process. If you have not been to our Welcome Center in a while a few of our members have helped us spruce up our windows for summer and we’ll be looking for new displays come the winter.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true, those leaves are starting to turn. It truly feels early but alas the kids are prepping their backpacks and the school busses roll next week. We made the best of a rainy summer and we hope that fall will bring colorful leaves and buses full of tourists (peepers)!