Revels North Spends Breakfast With Hot Air Balloons!

On May 16th and 17th, Revels North was fortunate to be able to provide a home-cooked pancake breakfast for the balloonists and spectators at the Experimental Balloon and Airship Meet held at the Post Mills Airport. While doing my turn at the pancake grill, I was able to get around to enjoy the sights–not just the amazing hot air balloons, but also Brian Boland’s eclectic airport museum.

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Revels North’s own Bonna Weiler has lift-off!

 

 

Saturday started out pretty gloomy, with grey skies and quite a bit of rain. That didn’t stop a couple of balloons from lifting off, though, including this hot-air balloon offering tethered rides. The view from above was amazing! And there was a hot pancake breakfast and coffee waiting for those who braved the elements.

 

Pancakes with local syrup, and a nice slab of ham...yum!

Pancakes with local syrup, and a nice slab of ham…yum!

Revels North board member Bill Schults serves up a mean flapjack!

Revels North board member Bill Schults serves up a mean flapjack!

Note the jackets and hats--it was cold!

Note the jackets and hats–it was cold!

 

After an exhilarating balloon ride and hearty breakfast–and with the sun still no where to be seen–it was time to check out Brian Boland’s Experimental Balloon and Airship Museum. A bit of a misnomer, since the museum houses surprising and unusual items at every turn.

A ski tree!

A ski tree!

A collection of outboard motors.

A collection of outboard motors.

Could this really be from the Titanic?

Could this really be from the Titanic?

A display of barbershop chairs overlooks the runway.

A display of barbershop chairs overlooks the runway.

Whole dental work stations (the old-school kind), a replicated school room, an homage to Spam, and an entire airplane are just a fraction of what you’ll find here…including whatever this is:

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After breakfast was served and the balloons had taken off, we enjoyed performances by Revels Kids, with members of Voices of the Koas, and the Catamount Morris Dancers!

 

As I drove away, this eerie vision caught my eye:

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Sunday proved to be a much better day for ballooning, with dry air and warm sunshine in the forecast. The scene early that morning was nothing short of magical as colors filled the sky.

It was a foggy morning, but a beautiful day was in the forecast!

It was a foggy morning, but a beautiful day was in the forecast!

 

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We got the chance to see all sorts of contraptions and shenanigans as the balloonists came out in full force!

These three balloons were tethered together and being pulled along by this pickup truck.

These three balloons were tethered together and being pulled along by this pickup truck.

This balloon, which looks kind of like a goldfish, has a motorized basket--a technique Brian Boland has been experimenting with.

This balloon, which looks kind of like a goldfish, has a motorized basket–a technique Brian Boland has been experimenting with.

Not every balloon has a basket--this one-person hot air balloon is called a Cloudhopper.

Not every balloon has a basket–this one-person hot air balloon is called a Cloudhopper.

 

 

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There is one entire wall in the museum full of messages from visitors and neighbors.

The Post Mills Airport draws visitors from all over the country–if you haven’t visited yet, you should definitely check it out! And who knows–if you come to next year’s meet, you may just catch some Revelers flipping pancakes just for you!

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