In 2020, we were all suddenly restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Looking back on those times, it really was an uneasy situation with lots of uncertainty, fears and isolation suddenly being thrust upon us. The thought of losing a business, a job and how to pay the mortgage in the midst of this sudden, unknown affliction resulted in plenty to worry about.
The roads throughout Vermont normally filled with commuter traffic were eerily quiet for quite some time. For the first time, busy villages like Stowe and cities like Burlington were virtual ghost towns with little activity and very few cars on the road. Hotel and motel parking lots were all vacant as we all hunkered down, wondering what the future would bring.
Fast forward to April 2021. We’re not out of the woods yet, as far as COVID-19 is concerned but at least we can see light on the horizon. Life is slowly getting back to normal with sugar houses still boiling sap to produce the finest maple syrup known to man. People are out and about as masks and social distancing continue. Life goes on.
A drive through the Shelburne area is always a pleasure as the Shelburne Museum makes plans to open in June. The Shelburne Farmer’s Market will be open at the end of May but at a different, temporary location next to Palmer’s Sugarhouse.
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