Mel Allen of Yankee Magazine visits Chester Vermont

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Once a year in the cold of winter, our friends from the Misty Valley Book Store, located on the green here in Chester, host an author’s reading.  Several authors come prepared to take us into their worlds of imagination.  For an afternoon and evening they help us escape from the chill of winter and warm by their perspectives, ideas, travels and mysteries.  This year’s event was so successful that the little stone village church was filled to the max…I doubt the little church has seen that many people in a very long time!  Thanks to Lynne & Bill Reed, there is simply no comparison to the quality and vibrance of culture these two can bring to the Okemo Valley.

One of several guest authors was Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine.  Mel is the fifth editor of Yankee Magazine since its beginning in 1935. His career at Yankee spans nearly three decades, during which he has edited and written for every section of the magazine, including home, food, and travel. In his pursuit of stories, he has raced a sled dog team, crawled into the dens of black bears, fished with the legendary Ted Williams, picked potatoes in Aroostook Country, and stood beneath a battleship before it was launched. Mel teaches magazine writing at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is author of A Coach’s Letter to His Son. His column, “Here in New England,” was 2009 National City and Regional Magazine Awards Finalist for the category “Column.”

WOW……Put next winter’s event on your calendar!

Penny and Dan Cote
Owners of Inn Victoria, a Bed and Breakfast of Southern Vermont

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