251 Vermont Vistas
251 Vermont Vistas began with a simple statement: Ken Stone announced to his wife Nancy that he wanted “to drive on all the back roads of Vermont and you can do art”. That brought to mind the 251 Club of Vermont, so they became members.
Since the club has no rules, members decide their own mission, i.e. photographing, biking, geocaching, etc. in each town. Ken and Nancy decided that he would drive and she would document each place with a journal entry and watercolor painting. They decided to start from scratch, visiting each of the 251 towns, even though they’d lived in Williston for nearly 50 years. Ken was born and raised a Vermonter and had been employed by the State; Nancy visited grandparents in a small village throughout her childhood.
The art project could not have happened without Ken’s stalwart perseverance driving through Mud Season, low gas readings on deserted mountain roads, and getting lost without GPS service. When aggressive mosquitos appeared, a picnic lunch was eaten in the barricade of a hot car. They survived one shortcut that appeared on the map as a dotted line; it turned out to be an up-hill riverbed with rocks scraping the undercarriage and tree branches raking the roof. Despite a few memorable trials, the marriage survived and got even stronger as communication skills improved with each adventure. And, as happens with other members of the Club, their love of this beautiful state was expanded 251 times over!