Ilyasah Shabazz is Keynote Speaker for Martin Luther King Remembrance Ceremony in Burlington

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, yesterday I attended a speech by Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz. She was the keynote speaker at the remembrance ceremony at the Unitarian Church in Burlington. Her speech was riveting. She spoke about how, as a community, to raise our children in a tone of love and acceptance […]

Ethiopian Dinner at North End Studio in Burlington, Vermont

Tonight, I attended a wonderful Ethiopian dinner at North End Studios. The event was catered by Alganesh Michael and Mulu Tewelde who are from Eritrea, a small country next to Ethiopia. This dinner was part of the pop up dinner series which North End Studios is hosting in their dance studio monthly. This sold out […]

Joe Bonomassa at the Flynn Theatre

Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing the Joe Bonamassa band in concert at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington. The nine piece band put on a fantastic show! The cellist was outstanding. They had a dueling cello-guitar riff that lasted for two minutes that had the crowd in a standing ovation. There was another standing […]

South Burlington Vermont Condos and Townhomes for Sale: January 2016

There are currently forty condos and townhomes for sale in South Burlington, Vermont. Listings range from a two bedroom  one bath 900 square foot condo priced at $133,000 to a three bedroom, three bath, 1800 square foot lakefront townhome with a two car detached garage for $620,000.  Below is a list of South Burlington, VT condos and […]

Essex Vermont Condos and Townhomes for Sale: January 2016

There are currently 37 condos and townhomes for sale in Essex, Vermont. Listings range from a one bedroom condo priced at $100,000 to a three bedroom, three bath, 2800 square foot townhome with a full basment and two car attached garage for $392,500.  Below is a list of Essex, VT condos and townhomes along with […]

Burlington Word Press Meet Up Group

I would like to introduce the Burlington Word Press Meet Up group. This group was founded in June 2014 and has monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00-7:30 at Main Street Landing. Some longer more technical hands on weekend sessions are also planned. If you would like to discuss/brainstorm/troubleshoot your web […]

Merry Christmas from Great American Dream Realty!

Merry Christmas from Great American Dream Realty!   I took this photo of a turkey resting in the berry tree in front of my house on a snowy day last winter. If you look closely, you can see that the turkey is holding a berry in it’s beak. The hint of green you see is […]

Warren Miller’s Latest Extreme Skiing Movie ‘Catching Shadows’ at Flynn Theatre on December 4, 2015!

Warren Miller’s latest extreme skiing movie ‘Chasing Shadows’ will be playing for one night only on Friday December 4th at the Flynn Theatre in Burlington as part of it’s east coast tour. Sugarbush Ski Resort is partnering with Warren Miller Entertainment and will provide each movie attendee with a voucher for a free lift ticket […]

Paying it Forward – A Scavenger Hunt by Bicycle to Aid the Burlington, Vermont Food Pantry

On November 22, 2015 I participated in ‘Cranksgiving’ which was a bicycle scavenger hunt to purchase items for the Burlington food pantry. Sixty four of us collected 1,209 pounds of food, including 37 turkeys. This is a large increase compared to the inaugural event in 2008 which yielded 227 pounds and 2 turkeys. We averaged […]

Back to the Future Playing Today Only at Essex Cinema! 10-21-15

Happy Back to the Future Day! Back to the Future 2 will be playing at the Essex Cinemas on the T Rex screen – the largest movie screen in the state of Vermont – today at 5:00. Essex’s T Rex screen is sixty feet long, three stories high, and delivers movies at 60 frames per […]

Celebrate Vermont Cows on National Cow Appreciation Day! July 14, 2015

I know that you will all join me in celebrating with our beautiful Bovine Buddies on this most special of days.  This cute and silly holiday is meant to pay special tribute to these gentle creatures which so enrich our lives.  I mean, what would we do without our friend the cow?  Imagine no milk, butter, ice cream, […]

Happy Independence Day!

On behalf of Great American Dream Realty, Sadie and I would like to say “Happy Birthday America!” and to thank all of the men and women who have fought for our freedom throughout the years.  We would like to wish all of our fellow Americans a very happy 4th of July. God Bless America!

Stowe Bikes, Bevs & Beats Festival 2015 (Stowe Mountain Bike Club)

The town of Stowe, Vermont is hosting The Bikes, Bevs and Beats Festival this weekend. There are local beer, wine and cider promotions and live music throughout the weekend at our restaurants. There will be beginner mountain bike safety and riding lessons as well as guided mountain bike tours. Local cycling clubs will be providing promotional materials […]

Vermont Air National Guard Deploys 150 Troops and 10 F-16s to Japan

Vermont Air National Guard, based in Burlington, is deploying 150 troops and 10 F-16 Fighting Falcons to Japan. The 158th Fighter Wing is nicknamed ‘The Green Mountain Boys’ after our heroes who fought in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War and the Spanish-American War. The Green Mountain Boys is a very proud name […]

Stowe Wine & Food Classic 2015

Stowe Wine & Food Classic will take place at Trapp Family Lodge from Friday June 12th at 5:00 through Sunday June 14th at 4:00.  This 17th annual event is a fundraiser for the benefit of Copley Hospital andThe Vermont Food Bank.  Recent Stowe Wine & Food Classics have netted roughly $20,000 each of donations split between the two charities.  In […]

Thank You to Our Soldiers and Veterans on Memorial Day

As I reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day – more than picnics, barbeques and a day off from work- I give thanks for the countless soldiers and heroes who have fought for our country. Many souls have made brave sacrifices protecting us and providing us with the freedom we have today. This holiday really brings out the […]

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Through Paddler Presentation at Splash at the Boathouse!

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740 mile series of waterways that paddlers like to canoe or kayak. The rivers and lakes traverse New York, Vermont, Quebec, Maine and New Hampshire. On Saturday May 9, 2015, join fellow paddlers to hear a five panel presentation at Splash at the Boathouse at the Burlington waterfront. […]

Celebrate Star Wars Day with A Chewbaccaccino at Phoenix Books!

Phoenix Books in The Shops at Essex is celebrating Star Wars Day today with Chewbaccaccinos. This silly named drink is a caramel flavored cappuccino topped with caramel and chocolate syrup. This yummy creation can be had for a mere $4. Join Phoenix Books and Great American Dream Realty in celebrating Star Wars Day on May […]

Two Year Anniversary with Real Estate Blogging Network

Yesterday was my Two Year Active Rain Anniversary. Active Rain is a real estate blogging network which I belong to and participate in by writing blog posts. Through blogging, I have developed friendships with many of my fellow bloggers. These last two years have built many friendships for me – friendships that will last a […]

You Might Be from Vermont IF…You Know Who Champ the Lake Monster Is!

You Might Be from Vermont IF…You Know Who Champ the Lake Monster Is! Samuel de Champlain is credited with discovering Lake Champlain in 1609.  He was quoted as seeing an exceedingly large serpent-like creature during his voyages. Since then, Champ has been rumored to be seen from anywhere from ten feet to one hundred eighty […]

Movies at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center – May 2015

The Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center will be showing free movies to the public on Tuesday nights in March. While the event is free, they are asking for donations to the Burlington area YMCA in lieu of the price of a movie ticket. Main Street Landing has a twenty five foot movie screen with Dolby Surround […]

Music in May at Stowe, Vermont 2015 Music Series

Music in May concerts take place every Wednesday in May at noon at The Stowe Community Church on Main Street in Stowe.  This long standing tradition draws a nice crowd and is a great and relaxing way to enjoy spring in Stowe.  The concerts are free and last for one hour. Attendees receive a coupon for a 20% […]

COTS Walk in Burlington Vermont – May 2, 2015

COTS is the Committee on Temporary Shelter for the Burlington area. It helps the needy with temporary housing needs and services. There will be a 3k walk starting from Battery Park in Burlington on Sunday May 3, 2015. The walk will begin at 2:00 as Sambatucada drummers lead 1,500 participants along the way down Church Street, along […]

A Front Row Seat at the Vermont Maple Festival

Great American Dream Realty mascot, Sadie, enjoyed her front row seat today at the St. Alban’s Maple Festival Parade. Sadie sure enjoys watching parades. This is her fifth one. This was the 49th annual Maple Festival. In addition to the hour long parade, there were many food tents with maple and other goodies, bus tours […]

Vermont Restaurant Week 2015

Vermont Restaurant Week will take place from April 24th – May 3rd, 2015 throughout Vermont. Restaurant Week is TEN days of delightful food options at some wonderful restaurants. One hundred sixteen restaurants are participating in the event. Prix fixe menus range from $10 – $40 and a complete list of restaurants and their offerings can […]

Muddy Onion Dirt Road Bike Tour – April 26, 2015

Onion River Sports will be hosting the Muddy Onion Bike Tour on Sunday April 26, 2015. This 34 mile ride will ascend 4,000 feet of climbing on Vermont’s scenic dirt roads around the Montpelier area.  This ‘gravel grinder’ ride will feature rolling hills, historic farms and beautiful views of Vermont’s pastoral countryside. (Photo courtesy of […]

Lisa Friedman Completes Class on USDA and VHFA Financing

In order to better serve my customers, last Thursday I attended a class on Financing Through the USDA and VHFA. The class was presented by the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors and was quite informative. If you are considering purchasing a home in Vermont and are interested in information on these programs, please give me […]

Sunrise in South Hero, Vermont Over Snow Covered Lake Champlain

My second sunrise this week – from South Hero, Vermont… …because sunsets are just not enough…