Over the past 15 years or so beautifully lit stars have become a ubiquitous feature around the Mad River Valley. It all started when some local businesses owners in Waitsfield Village had an idea. Learn more about the history of the star phenomenon in the MRV. They assembled simple stars made of tree saplings creating a whimsical tableau which charmed people in the MRV. Over the years, momentum for the stars grew organically and the numbers increased. After a tragic accident took the lives of five local kids in 2016, the stars took on a more special meaning as they began appearing in groups of five. Last year we began an initiative to sell “Star Kits” and it was a huge success. This year we are at it again with a few new options like 3′ star kits and buy 4 get 1 free bundles. This is a collaborative of local students, businesses, citizens and the Chamber of Commerce coming together to create and sell “Star Kits” with all proceeds going to a great cause.
Each kit has everything necessary to create either a 3′ or 6′ tall star. The kits includes five sturdy, pre-drilled cross sticks, all necessary hardware, a set of lights and a wicked cool MRV sticker . See this directions video to see how easy they are to build!
“Star Kits” must be purchased on-line and picked up at theMRV Chamber Office starting on December 6th:
All proceeds going to non-profits involved in honoring and remembering the five lives lost.
- Cyrus Zschau L.I.F.T.– The goal of L.I.F.T. is to inspire students and create lasting change by broadening their horizons through world travel and to foster a strong connection with other cultures.
- Janie Cozzi Foundation -The Janie Chase Cozzi Foundation promotes mentoring programs and provides financial support for middle school and high school girls in the areas of education, leadership, global awareness, arts, and athletics.
- Eli Brookens Memorial Fund – The Eli Brookens Memorial Fund is used to fund scholarships for middle schoolers to participate in a ski and ride program, something that meant so much to Eli
- Mary Harris’ Fund for Mad River Park – Mary was an avid soccer player and she honed her skills at Mad River Park. A donation will be made to the Mad River Recreation District directed to the Mad River Park in Mary Harris’ name.
- Liam Hale Adventure Scholarship – Offers unlimited skiing and riding, golf, mountain biking, health and recreation center access at Sugarbush Resort
This has been a tremendous, community-wide project. We’d like to thank;
- Harwood Union High School & Middle School for providing help with labor.
- The Ward Clapboard Mill, who donated the wood cores that are the foundation of the stars themselves
- Pomerantz Woodworking who cut the cores down to a usable size.
- 1824 House Inn & Barn who helped organize and facilitate the effort.
- Bisbees Hardware for donating hardware and packaging for the kits.
- Mad River Valley Rotary Club who helped with distribution of the kits.