06 14 2018

Mad River Path Association Annual Meeting Will Feature Sean Lawson of Lawsons Finest Liquids It’s a Summer Solstice Celebration
Waitsfield – The Mad River Path Association has a big summer in store with lots of projects throughout the Valley. Members and the public are invited to the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday, June 21 – the summer solstice – from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mad River Taste Place in Irasville. Sean Lawson of Lawsons Finest Liquids will be the featured speaker and lead a quick nature walk on the Heart of the Valley boardwalk in front of the new taproom and brewery.
“This might be our biggest summer ever,” said Path Board President Laura Brines. “Time to celebrate! We are working on 14 construction projects to serve the community and connect people to the outdoors and to local businesses. More than a hundred volunteers are making these projects happen, businesses and members are providing financial support, and we have never been busier.”
Lawson said, "There has been a vision for Irasville and the Bridge district for decades - helping people park once and walk, helping seniors and kids and families get around comfortably and safely, joining goals together to make a dynamic, outdoor-oriented destination." Lawson added, "Many people have contributed to that vision. It is really consistent with Valley values. With the involvement of existing businesses and new ones, and organizations including the Mad River Path, we are poised to make
real progress on that vision.”
The organization’s most visible project – almost a year in planning and permitting, with construction starting this week – is in the Irasville shopping center. “That’s where people are. They can get outdoors as part of their daily routines, whatever their level of experience and without expensive equipment or fees,” according to Path Executive Director Ned Farquhar. Construction on this project started this week. Different parts of the project will be constructed throughout the summer and early fall. The Path encourages support for the project at
Mary Tuthill, who manages the Mad River Taste Place, welcomed the event. “Last winter the Path had a great event here, with about 150 people in attendance during a great December snowstorm with fire barrels along the Slow Road. We had a lot of fun. The summer solstice deserves a celebration with great Vermont products.”
The event begins with a brief members’ meeting to conduct organizational business. Members and guests will be able to browse Vermont products, learn about Vermont vendors, and view displays about Path projects. Sean will speak about the Joys of Getting Outdoors and lead a brief walk on the Heart of the Valley boardwalk, where Lawsons is building a brewery and taproom that will open in the fall.
There is no charge for the event. A cash bar will offer Vermont beer and wine. For more information, please contact Ned Farquhar at the Path at 802-222-1038.