News Guy tells us that in trendy Stowe,
in April, the local sugarhouses open up,
invite the public for sugar-on-snow, served up
with freshly home-made donuts and cider
and a pickle on the side to cut the sweetness;
and then there’s champagne and chardonnay
while the locals provide the entertainment:
madrigals on hand-made dulcimers and harps.
But over here in the Northeast Kingdom
we do things a little differently. Oh, there’s
sugar-on-snow with cider and donuts, and
pickles on the side, but later in the day
we know how to get the party started:
someone always breaks out the boom box,
and we pass around the whiskey jug.