Friday, June 19, 2009

vermont...trapp style

Every now and then there are moments that happen in your life that you know will stay with you forever. The past couple of days held such moments.
left to right: me (Brigitta), Duane Chase (Kurt), Heather Menzies (Louisa), Debbie Turner (Marta), Kym Karath (Gretyl)
It was great to see the my Sound of Music family again...we all get along great and always have lots of laughs...but the circle got wider. This occasion for our get together was to meet at the Von Trapp Family Lodge and Resort. The REAL Von Trapp family had invited us to a dedication on their property and we were thrilled to all be able to go.

The Von Trapp Lodge is a beautiful 2,400-acre resort with sweeping mountain views providing accommodations in an Austrian-style. It reminds me very much of Austria where the original family came from. That's why they bought the property and built the lodge here. You can see it down every hall of the lodge and among the sweeping gardens and meadows.
On a walk through the woods of Vermont, Johannes von Trapp and his lovely wife Lynn, newlyweds Elisa and Sam von Trapp (the grandson of Georg and Maria von Trapp) and the movie "Non Trapps".

THE DEDICATION
Duane played Kurt in the movie which was the part of Werner in real life.
Werner von Trapp passed away in 2008 and the Non Trapps (as we call ourselves) dedicated an apple tree to the lodge from the cast of the kids in the movie. It was planted in Spring so this was the formal dedication. Unfortunately Charmian and Nicholas could not make it, but they were there in spirit. And the whole occasion had a lot of spirit...


After Johannes talked Duane led the dedication...

Elisabeth von Trapp leads everyone in singing "Edelweiss"

Maria von Trapp is so beautiful and gracious...
Heather played the part of Maria in the movie.

A lot of von Trapps...
This is Hedwig von Trapps grave. I played Hedwig's role (renamed Brigitta) in the movie.

A POTPOURRI OF IMAGES...
from pumpkin soup...a talk with the guests staying at the lodge...
the beauty of the lodge grounds...Lynn's delicious 'local vodka' cosmopolitan...
a special week I'll never forget.













Cheers to all the von Trapp's for a truly awesome time!

19 comments:

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Thank you for sharing your photos of you and your Sound of Music family, ... plus the Von Trapp family. All lovely! I always loved the movie Sound of Music!

scb said...

That is awesome (in the true meaning of the word)! Thank you so much for sharing such a special time with us. Wonderful photographs!

When I was growing up, after watching The Sound of Music (I saw it originally in 1965 when it was first in theatres), I read Maria von Trapp's "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" so many times that my copy finally fell apart -- I can still quote parts of the book from memory. So seeing some of the "real" von Trapps alongside you wonderful "non" Trapps is a special delight. And what beautiful surroundings. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

ooglebloops said...

What a beautiful place and a lovely reunion! The Vonn Trapps and the Non Trapps - very cute!

Janus said...

Gorgeous photos. It looks like you had a great time.

Barb said...

Thank you for sharing this..what a truly special visit that must have been for you. That visit would have been a great video for us to see on TV!

Pam said...

Thanks for sharing this plus all other parts of your art and life. I enjoy reading the blog.

I remember when the Sound of Music opened my parents wanted to take me. I was 10 and thought it was a documentary on music so didn't want to go. I grumbled all the way. I don't grumble now. :)

Pam

Patchwork Penguin said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. Sound of Music has always been a favorite of mine; between the ages of 6 and 16 I had the pleasure of being in the play three times (Gretl, Frau Schmidt, and Sister Berta). You were all so wonderful in your parts (it took me a while when I was little to understand that Penny Robinson could be in Austria too LOL).

I remember when I was visiting my sister in Newport, VT one time many years ago, we had the chance to visit the Lodge and it was my lucky day...... I had the opportunity to meet Maria.... THE Maria. What a lovely woman.

Thank you for the wonderful memories.

Hugs,

Nancy

Bead-Mused said...

Absolutely wonderful!

margo said...

What wonderful pix. Is that a large rock you are sitting on in that first pic? It looks like a paved road that ended. lol. It's a cute pic. You look gorgeous in all your pix.

wburgcanchaser said...

Wow, you were in my old neck of the woods. I grew up on the NY side of Lake Champlain, right on the lake. Every summer, after 'the movie' my dad would take me to visit the Von Trapps, particularly Maria. Of course as a little girl I was always hoping the movie kids would magically show up along with Mary Poppins :) but she was always gracious and always had some little thing for me whether it was a dried flower, maple sugar or as I got older she gave me her book. This was all in the old place, before the tragic fire. I've taken my older daughter back but it just wasn't the same.... I'm hard for change... It is beautiful though, just not the fond memories of the past. My mom still lives on the lake and I go back yearly. My sister on Burlington side. I'm headed back mid July... the best time for a swim.
Looks like you had a wonderful time and glad you got to experience a bit of the east. Do you get to stay put anytime soon? Your suitcases must be about worn out!!

Bea said...

How wonderful of you to share your photos with us!
Seems that everyone holds a place in their hearts for the SOUND OF MUSIC!
Thanks!

Linda Byrd said...

How beautiful -- the photos and your story. I have always loved "The Sound of Music."

Peggy Alborn said...

How kind of you to share so many pieces of your life with us! It is beautiful to see connections made early in life are not broken, and to feel the bond of respect. I took a glorious trip while reading your posts!

Ludid said...

What a gift you have given us by sharing these wonderful photos. "These are a few of my favorite things..."

Anonymous said...

Great pics - now I want to head back to Stowe, a lovely town for an escape, any season of the year.

PCarriker said...

Oh this is a lovely post! It is one of my all time favorite movies, just reading the post has me singing in my head. How wonderful for all of you to get together. I was so excited to have my name on the cover of Apprentice with yours, I ran to my hubby with my copy and said 'look, I'm right here with Brigitta!' I then had to explain myself-lol!
Pam Carriker

ann h said...

I haven't been to Stowe since 1976 and it was in october.Your pictures are beautiful.Thanks for sharing that special reunion.I need to go back.

hula-la said...

What a fab reunion! A true classic for sure! Thanks for sharing all the great photos!

Viktor Mikhail said...

wow.. I just found this blog by researching so much about the von Trapp family. I just watched the movie last weekend (Feb 23, 2014)and found myself fascinated with all of'em. I didn't know at first that the von Trapp family is real! As a 90s kid, I feel awesome for liking this so much!