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Sky Gazing in 2015

Christine Mitchell Adams February 25, 2015

Image by Steven Smith of The Silent Pursuit

One of the (many) reasons we love living and working in Vermont is the incredibly clear night sky. We wouldn't call ourselves astronomers, but we’re definitely sky watching enthusiasts. So this year we got out our calendars and marked the dates for the best sky watching events of 2015. Here's what we’ll be staying up late for this year. Maybe we’ll see you out there - we'll bring the blankets if you bring the s'mores!

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Astis Leather Gloves

Christine Mitchell Adams February 23, 2015

Our buddy James Fox of 10engines turned us on to Astis and their leather gloves this winter (keep an eye on his spot if you like hearing about cool unique brands). Each pair of Astis gloves and mittens are handcrafted in the USA with natural materials. 

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Talking About Icky Stuff with Illustration

Christine Mitchell Adams February 20, 2015

We often struggle with the obstacle of how to talk about scary stuff like toxins here at Ursa Major. How do you approach the topic without scaring people away? How do you educate without coming across as judgmental or condescending? We found a few examples recently of how illustration can be utilized as a tool for tackling some pretty icky topics. When digesting information, do you prefer a graphic or a written article? Maybe a combination of the two? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Favorite XC Trails in VT

Christine Mitchell Adams February 18, 2015

We asked our own Nordic pro, Ollie B., to share his favorite XC trail systems in Vermont. He also reveals his favorite trails at each one - and he doesn’t do that for just anyone. Here at Ursa Major we like to work hard and play hard, so we’ve included where to head post ski for a rejuvenating brew and bite. Now, get out there and have fun!

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Monthly Roundup: January

Christine Mitchell Adams February 16, 2015

Starting this month, Zoë, our resident expert on toxin research, will be rounding up the best of what she read, watched, and pondered the month before. Some of the information she discovers is a little scary - but the more we know, the more informed and empowered we feel. We hope you’ll feel the same way.

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Kodachrome Memory

Christine Mitchell Adams February 13, 2015

We’re excited to check out the Shelburne Museum’s newest exhibit, Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990. It’s the inaugural solo exhibition of photographer Nathan Benn and features 67 color photos he took during his two decades as a photographer for National Geographic.

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North Drinkware

Christine Mitchell Adams February 11, 2015

We love finding innovative products on Kickstarter, like the North Drinkware Oregon Pint Glass. This American-made, custom blown pint glass has the shape of Mt. Hood molded into the base - pretty awesome, right? The Portland, OR team used United States Geological Survey (USGS) data to make a 3D model which was then integrated into the mold. We’re hoping North Drinkware explores making pint glasses for other states down the road. We’d definitely be into one of Mount Mansfield.

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