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Service in Vermont, and the Top of Mt. Washington

June 02, 2012

Quote of the day: “Did you seriously just leave me?”–Barbara, after a certain unnamed driver / blogger drove from a hotel in New Hampshire without our road manager. Oops!

From Connecticut, the crew headed to Jericho, Vermont. Shout out to “cousin” Lesley Robinson for hooking us up with rooms at the Doubletree in Burlington and to Karen and Neal Robinson for helping us unwind at the end of a long drive.

The first stop was Mt. Mansfield Union High School.

Meghan Sweet, a guidance counselor at MMU, organized the students’ fundraising efforts and hosted the crew.

The performance was a lot of fun, and afterwards some of the guys spent quality time with the students. Ced even helped paint a bench!

Service day was a great time for D and the crew to visit, and we were proud to share that with MMU. Go Cougars!

Next up, the crew headed across town to Browns River Middle School. Greg Martin, the BRMS teacher who brought D and crew to the school, also has a passion for music, so he and Darius hit it right off.

The students were awesome…

and after a question-and-answer session…

Darius and Dirt rewarded them with a raucous concert. It was a lot of fun.

Thank you, Vermont!

Next up, D and the crew drove across the border into New Hampshire, where we ate a great dinner hosted by Mary Kay, Jay, Gabe, Paul, Natalie, Gemma, Ron, Ellie, Claire, Lorraine, Jake, and Dan. The extended Dreher family is affiliated with the Hope for Gus organization, and we had a lot of fun hanging out.

The next morning (after sheepishly driving back to the hotel to pick up Barbara), we went to ConVal High School for a q-and-a, performance, and lunch with the students. D even received a varsity letter!

Thank you Gemma, Mary Kay, Mandy Frazier, and everyone else who helped organize our visit to Conval!

Later that day, D led the crew to Gorham High School and Middle School.

The school is small, but with the power of music literally written into the walls…

Dirt and Darius fit right in.

That night, we had dessert at our Saladino’s, a restaurant owned by our host’s (Matt Saladino guidance counselor) parents, where Matt’s mom showed us how to make canolis. Yum! The next day we enjoyed breakfast at Legends Pub owned by Matt’s inlaws, which included some of GMS’s top fundraisers.

As Matt helped out in the kitchen, the students raved about how great he is at his job.

After breakfast, we followed the Gorham crew to the base of Mt. Washington for a photo-op. While the sprinter van couldn’t quite make the trip up…

The support van headed to the top with Mo, Barbara, and Dirt making it to the summit.

Thank you, Gorham!

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