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Archive for September, 2016

Magical Healing night

Posted by Lee Desantis on September 29th, 2016



Inspired by his Mother’s courageous battle with cancer, Paul Cohen introduced his inspirational venture, MAGICAL HEALING, to Craigmeur Ski Club at a recent “Family-Friendly Meeting” that brought out a standing-room only crowd of club members both young and let’s say ‘wise’.

While Paul and Abby’s Mother was in the hospital a few years ago, Paul was determined to bring joy to his Mother during this challenging time. He dusted off his adolescent magic box and enlightened his Mom with some of his magic tricks, bringing tears of joy to her eyes. During his Mom’s final moments, he promised her he would continue to bring joy to others in similar circumstances.

After three years of hard work and determination, Paul is launching Magical Healing, with the determination to bring his venture nationwide in years to come. Magical Healing will train children from the ages of 10-18 to learn fun optical illusions and magic.  His groups will consist of 8-10 children from all walks of life, and at the end of his training camp they will have at least one thing in common – the magical power to bring joy to the lives of children and adults in difficult situations, whether it be in a hospital or nursing home.

Paul dazzled the crowd with optical illusions and magic making for an enjoyable evening for all.

By, Susan Priore


Posted by Debbie McNeley on September 22nd, 2016

Big shout out to Chuck for hosting the Lake Champlain Bike ride!  And another to Chuck, Lee and Justin for pulling the coolers!

What a fun time this past weekend!  10 of us rode 9/17/16 starting out shortly after noon.  We were a bit concerned with the weather leading up to the ride – which turned out to be a non issue – very pleasant!  A bit breezy – but pleasant!  We met at the Oakledge park trailhead.  Trailers were loaded up with provisions and we started the ride.  There  was construction early on along the bike path and we were detoured onto North Avenue to bypass it.  For those looking at the map in the link – it was at the 2.72 mile mark (change the view to Over Distance (vs. Time)) … its the first big elevation change and yes – the hill was very steep – Lee and Chuck can attest to that as they were pulling the coolers up it!

We stopped at our normal photo op/scenic look out spot where we also took advantage of the break to “hydrate” and “lighten” the coolers.  After our little break, we continued on.  It was neat seeing many taking advantage of the breeze … well, actually at that time it was wind.  One spot many kite boarders were loving life out on the water – very colorful!  The views of the lake and the mountains in the background were gorgeous!  Riding the causeway is always beautiful – 2 ½ miles  with water on both sides, built up by marble blocks with stunning water and mountain views.  We took the ferry to South Hero island.  On the ferry, we all broke out in song … the theme song of Gilligan’s Island – yes – the weather started getting rough!  Wind gusts were recorded up to 30 mph.  We knew it was windy – but with the wind being at our backs – it wasn’t so noticeable.  We knew would have a tough time on the return ride.

We had lunch at Whites Beach.  All were happy there was a sign and bushes where we could pull the picnic table behind to block the strong winds coming off of the lake!  During lunch, we watched wind surfers, the waves, and the abundance of food on the table making sure nothing blew away!  The view of the Adirondacks there is one of the best on the lake!

We really felt the wind … and the light rain on the return trip – especially getting off the causeway – Justin was seriously rethinking his offer to pull the trailer from Chuck at that point – but it was a little too late – Justin was in for the duration.  Lee was a trooper – he pulled the trailer on the way out and on the return!  Once off of the causeway, the wind  was blocked by the trees making the ride more pleasant.

6 ½ hours later, after riding 36.31 miles (Chuck:  yes, that is read as 36 DOT 31 miles) we were back at the cars.  We took some time to “hydrate,” refuel, “hydrate,” change, and “hydrate” some more before we got into the cars to grab some delicious pizza and beer at Folino’s Pizza/Fiddlehead Brewery on the way back to the lodge.   We were all wiped – and many went to bed shortly after returning to the lodge.

Sunday’s ride in Pine Hill was cancelled – unfortunately, weather was not in our favor.

For a number of us – this was the 3rd time on this trip.  The company, ride, scenery is always great.  I think I can speak for the others – we look forward to the next one!

For those interested – below is the link to the ride:



November dates and World Cup

Posted by Kimberly on September 15th, 2016

The lodge will  be open several weekends in November including Thanksgiving weekend when Killington is hosting the Women’s World Cup.  Fall rates are in effect until the end of November.

October Lodge Dates

Posted by Kimberly on September 15th, 2016

The lodge will be open a number of weekends in October.  Please note that the pub weekend is only open to people signed up on the pub tour with Don Taggart.  Guests are welcome any other open weekend.

September Lodge Dates

Posted by Kimberly on September 15th, 2016

The lodge will be open the  following weekends in September:

  • 9/2-4
  • 9/9-11 – work weekend
  • 9/16-17 – Burlington Bike Ride
  • 9/23-25 – work weekend

September 21 guest speaker

Posted by Lee Desantis on September 14th, 2016


Guest speaker night for September 2016

This month’s guest speaker promises to be a special treat. Paul Cohen from Magical Healing has been developing a wonderful program of giving, revolving around the art of magic, for 3 years now. Paul works with teen agers to teach them magic and then have them perform their craft of new skills to seniors and nursing homes. His program touches so many lives in so many positive ways. This meeting should prove to be inspiring as well as entertaining for all ages. So please plan to attend the meeting on September 21, 2016 and bring the kids, teenagers, parents, and friends for a magical night!






Make magic,

heal the world.

Magical Healing proudly trains young students to perform the timeless art of magic so they can transport people of all ages—in places like hospitals, senior centers, and homeless shelter—from a place of worry to wonderment!



Posted by Debbie McNeley on September 4th, 2016

The annual club Clambake happened on August 20th at Lake Forest Yacht Club and it was a shell cracking, stein hoisting, shoe throwing good time for the whole family.

Yes, there were clams which honored the event’s name and tradition but a rib fest may have to be added to the billing. With over 5 different types of barbequed delectables including pork and beef ribs, pulled pork and chicken it was hard to leave room for corn, hamburgers or hot dogs. As always the homemade side dishes made employing restraint extremely difficult. There were side dishes featuring homegrown Jersey tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, etc. alongside the ever-popular potato and pasta salads. Some of us had desert regardless of how full we were but with a huge sheet cake and homemade sweet treats who could resist?

The food is always great but the people and interaction among friends are what defines this event. Thanks to Frank Smith who organized a horseshoe tournament that randomly paired up throwers creating a glorious mix of competitors. The stein hoisting contest was a ton of family fun as spectators watched adults hold, with stiffened elbows, water filled steins at arms length for an endurance competition. What a blast. This may become a regular event as I am sure people are already training for next year.

As the sun set on the perfectly weathered day there wasn’t a single person that left with an empty belly or a hole in their soul. The day filled everyone’s mind, body and spirit.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it so wonderful.  Hope to see you all next year.

Thank you Amy Stewart for the great write-up!!

If anybody has pics they would like to add, please send them to Lee at lee-dreamscape@hotmail.com

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2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup – Volunteers needed @ Killington

Posted by skijcb on September 3rd, 2016

Hello All –

Please read the information below received from Killington Snow Sports School concerning volunteering for 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup event at Killington the week of Thanksgiving 2016. What a great way to represent Craigmeur Ski Club and NJSSC in front of a world wide audience.   Anyone interested should follow the instructions found below.  THINK SNOW !!

“As you all know we will be hosting the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Thanksgiving Weekend.  This World Cup event will include the women’s giant slalom and slalom races and is expected to bring U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn to compete against the best women’s technical alpine skiers in the world.  Being able to host this event is a big deal!  Europe treats a World Cup race like a national holiday, so we want to make se we put our best foot forward.

“In order to pull off a successful event we will need Killington/Pico staff, Ambassadors and additional volunteers to help.  We need you to spread the word.  The World Cup volunteer page is now live as well as an FAQ page that we will continue to update up until the event.

“Additional information and details about volunteering are located on the World Cup Volunteer website.  Please refer anyone who is interested to the volunteer application on the web at http://www.killington.com/site/to-do/World%20Cup/volunteers .

 “Thanks in advance for spreading the word and we look forward to showing off The Beast to the world this Thanksgiving.”


Amy Laramie

Internal Communications & Guest Experience Manager

Killington/Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC
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