I remember clearly, the moment I learned about the VSO coming to Okemo. I was talking with Coleman Brook Tavern Manager (and Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series "Producer") Marc Miller and he was so excited about the news. "We're getting the VSO," he shouted. Being relatively new to Vermont and knowing that Marc is also in charge of Coleman Brook Tavern's Lobby Bar, I thought he was getting all pumped up about selling cognac and forgetting to add the "P" to V.S.O.P. I was trying to react to the news with an equal amount of enthusiasm while thinking to myself, what the heck is the big deal about serving congnac at a nice restaurant? My mother always warned me against playing poker because everyone can see what I'm thinking by the look on my face. It didn't take Marc long to pick up on my bewilderment and, as he looked at me over the eyeglasses slipped down on his nose said, "you DO know what the VSO is ... right?"
"Sure," I said. "I've been in the hospitality field for years. I know about champagne cognac. So what's it going to be - Remy Martin?"
Now, for the benefit of you non-Vermonters who are not currently rolling your eyes and having a good chuckle at my expense, the VSO is the Vermont Symphony Orchestra ... and apparently, everyone knows that!
So the point of this diatribe is that tonight is the night ... the night that the Vermont Symphony Orchestra will make an appearance at Okemo Mountain Resort as part of their summer tour. The highlight of the show will be the symphony's traditional playing of the 1812 Overture accompanied by fireworks. Tickets are still available and may be purchased at the gate.
Hope to see you there. I'll be the one enjoying the VSO with a fine V.S.O.P. in my snifter.