Vermont Spotlight has been nominated for FOUR New England Emmys for our half hour “Resort Spotlight”! We are very excited to be part of the Emmy festivities to be held on May 22 in the Boston Area. VSP is up for Best Magazine show and Kelley is nominated for Best Host. Marion is up for two Emmys – Best Editor and Best Photographer. As they say in the business; “We are just thrilled to be nominated’. As we say behind closed doors, “We really hope we win!”
Haven’t seen it yet? Here is the full show. Or watch short segments here ------->
Instead of one 4 minute video, we're thinking about offering three 1 minute videos and adding a title sponsor to lower the cost to businesses, what do you think?
They might look something like this:
Vermont Spotlight Co-host Doug Lewis
Our own Vermont Spotlight host, Olympian Doug Lewis, has arrived in Whistler and is lovin' life! He reports much excitement, anticipation (and security) in the air as the Olympic Games are set to begin this weekend. He is working for VANOC (Vancouver Organizing Committee). His primary role will be as "live announcer/commentator" for all the Alpine events. This means that if you're at the race venue and cheering in the stands, you will hear his voice introducing the athletes as they step into the start gate and listen to his commentary as he analyzes their race runs. The action starts this weekend with the Men's Downhill.
Additionally, he'll be calling into Sirius Satellite Radio with live race updates at 9:35 am each weekday morning on Mad Dog Radio (Sirius 123, XM 144). He'll call in each evening as well with Dino Costa on Mad Dog Radio (time TBD). Lastly, he'll be working on the side with Universal Sports to bring us special features from the mountain. We have no idea when or where those will play, but will try to find out!
People have often asked me, "what does it feel like to race downhill?" Well, words can not begin to describe the feeling of the speed and how it tries to break you apart, or how quiet it gets in the air, or how little bumps shake you to your core. This video is the closest thing I have seen to describing what the racers is feeling, thinking and seeing while pushing it to the limit.
This is a POV (point of View) run down the 2002 Olympic Men's Downhill called the Grizzly. The camera is attached to a weight-belt type corset that I am wearing. I have a microphone literally taped into my mouth. And although I ran World Cup for eight years in the 80s, in 2002 I was 38 years old and pretty nervous throwing myself down the mountain. As you will see, I was extremely psyched to make it to the bottom.
On Feb 5th, I head to Whistler to announce at the 2010 Olympics. I have declined the offer to carry the camera down the course again. I am officially retired! It will be exciting enough just to watch the best in the world go for Gold.
We thought we'd share a bit of our half hour "Resort Spotlight" show with you here. We shot this helpful ski tip called "Whirleybirds" at Stowe Mountain Resort. Vermont Spotlight hosts Kelley and Doug Lewis share a simple ski exercise to help balance and control.
Of course not everything goes right the first time. Here's a peek behind the scenes at a few of our "bloopers."
Enjoy our latest Vermont Spotlight video featuring iconic Vermont artists Woody Jackson. He talks with Doug and Kelley Lewis about translating Vermont landscapes into art, why he loves painting cows, and answers the question "what are you most proud of in your career?"
Kelley & Doug watch Simon work
Today, Kelley and I got to go behind the curtain and see, smell, feel, and listen to how extraordinary glass is made. We filmed at the Simon Pearce Mill in Quechee, VT. We started off preparing for Simon's interview in the showroom area. Not hard to pick a backdrop surrounded by so much beautiful glassware. Simon arrived and Kelley started it off asking him about where his designs come from. Thirty minutes flew by and Kelley wrapped up the interview by asking Simon "what has the art of glass-making taught you about life?" After a long, thoughtful pause, Simon began to share how his philosophy on glassware, business and life has changed over 40 years. We were all mesmerized at his answer.
Then it was downstairs to watch and film the steps of creating the Essex Wine Glass. It takes these Masters seven minutes to complete an entire glass, and the skill, patience, artisanship, and care that goes into each one is amazing. Kelley and I got up close and personal and to feel the heat from the glass coupled with the rumbling of the furnaces was intense. We will be filming again here, and our hope is to actually get to try and blow a glass. They blow glass here at the Mill seven days a week and it is free and open to the public. It is definitely worth the trip.
Simon Pearce making glass
On Thursday, September 3rd, Kelley and I headed just across the Mad River Valley to shoot the Inn at the Round Barn Farm. This is a beautiful Inn where we tried to get married back in 1992, but unfortunately, they were booked. It has one of only five round barns still standing in Vermont. Why Round barns? As Owner and Innkeeper Annemarie Defreest states, "It's because the devil couldn't catch you in the corners".
Two highlights for me on the shoot were filming the open while standing in the cupola atop the barn looking out over the views of the Valley, and making fresh apple cider for the first time. We loaded the apples into the masher, and then pressed the mash, releasing the golden brown cider. It truly is one of the tastes of Vermont. Oh, one more thing, getting chased by some cows while trying to herd them into place for the ultimate "Round Barn with Cows" shot. Although born and raised in Vermont, I do not connect with cows the way a true Vermonter should.
Look for the Vermont Spotlight video on our day at The Round Barn this spring.
Today I wanted to push myself physically, so I decided to run up Sugarbush to the Long Trail. I parked in front of Claybrook and started running up Racer's Edge to the top of Lincoln Peak. 40 minutes and 2600 vertical feet later, I was standing on top of the ridge of the Green Mountains looking down at the Mad River Valley. Below me were the trails of Sugarbush winding their way down the uneven terrain, all meeting at the base which looked tiny so far away. I thought about how lucky I am to live in Vermont and how adventure is literally right outside my door. The Green Mountains are a playground 365 days a year. Enjoy our Spotlight on how adventure comes alive in the summer at the Sugarbush Resort. I will be taking an ice bath resting my legs.