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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.