First-time slate cutters of all ages tried their hand at creating their own 100 Year-Old Vermont Semi-Weathering Grey Green Slate Coaster Keepsake to remember the event. It was such a hit we had just enough to go around until we completely ran out of coasters by closing time. Don’t miss the many pictures that captured seconds in time at this grandeur day in history.
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and breezy day at the Hilton Village Centennial Grand Celebration Event. Days leading up to it were 80 to 90 degrees. There was even a small threat of rain in the morning, however it stayed at bay, blessing the day and the families out to enjoy this magnificent historical occurrence. Main Street was lined with antique and vintage model T’s to muscle cars, craft tables, war displays, walking architectural tours, sing alongs and The Roofing Company’s popular make your own Vermont slate keepsake coaster booth.
Brian Chalsma, President of the National Slate Association, was there representing the NSA and instructing individuals of all ages how to cut the slate properly into a perfect square and dulling the sharp edges for added safety. The deal was in order to take home a slate coaster, you had to use your own elbow grease to make it. First, pick your piece of slate from the stack against the tree and then cut it with the slate cutter. A special waterproof label with information about that very piece of slate was then stuck to the bottom of the coaster to mark the event date and little rubber feet to add a scratch-proof finish. Each piece was an original work of art and unique to its new owner. We were all touched by the many naturally gifted slate cutters that came through, optimistic that any one of these students could very well become professional slate technicians one day. It was quite a sight to see! You don’t have to take our word for it though, because the pictures show just how much fun and entertaining it was! To see more pictures, click here to go to our facebook album