Entries by Dave Mance III

No Mow

A guy who raised an orphaned beaver kit once reported that at a certain age the animal started dragging brooms and clothes and whatever else she could find to make little dams in every doorway of the cabin. You probably smiled as you read that and thought: what simple little robots. But think about it […]

Phoenix Bookstore Event Tonight!

The editors will be reading from Volume II of the Almanac tonight at 7pm, courtesy of Phoenix Books. This virtual event is free — register here: https://www.phoenixbooks.biz/event/vermont-almanac-stories-land-vol-ii?fbclid=IwAR19cXqRDteHnbWHjvx3ARGh8v8nAPMeCF2ZOxnBKvbE_ZFqk7PUK4OcC2s

Bear Bacon

Ken took a fine bear on the second to last day of the season. And as we sat in camp that night and took it in – that mixture of disbelief and gratitude that hunters feel in the wake of success – talk turned to bear bacon. You’ll find references to bear bacon in the […]

It’s Here!

Volume II of the Vermont Almanac has arrived! In the picture above, board member Kate McCabe unloads the truck, which came from Villanti Printers in Milton. The warehouse pictured is the Vermont Evaporator Headquarters in Montpelier. We’ll be hand delivering copies to bookstores this week. If you preordered a copy, they’ll be mailing on December […]

Please Support Our Work

I was reading a story in the New York Times Sunday Magazine recently about turning standing trees into firewood. It was a short, how-to type piece, like something that might appear in Vermont Almanac. But it was written by someone who had clearly never put up much firewood. The tips were banal at best (“Never […]