Today, the legendary three men in a tub might be the village nanotechnologist, web developer and acoustic guitar tuner. Not only that, but one of them might be a woman and another, African American.
To this diversity we owe our local micro-breweries and chocolatiers, enduring family farms, Inns and restaurants, theaters, inventors and even Rusty DeWees.
Diversity and tradition; one does not exclude the other. Tradition is the fiber that binds family, community and history. Diversity strengthens the bond; it makes it less rigid and more adaptable. Diversity springs from evolution, demands it and creates it. Tradition provides the guidelines that define acceptable, enjoyable and transmittable values.
Vermonters share the sort of open-mindedness that welcomes innovation, but with a strong sense of responsibility. Our population is diverse, rich and anchored in strong traditions, evidenced in our business practices, artistic expression, the ways we shape our landscape and design our homes.
The small town where travelers congregated at the only Inn for shelter and sustenance, housed tired horses at the only local stables and had the only local wheelwright examine the carriage now spreads over miles of roadways leading to numerous Inns, independent eateries and a multitude of seasoned and new businesses. We have choice, diversity of sights and tastes the moment we step out of the student pad, family home or vacation hideaway.
We sustain and define each other through diversity of industry. It all begins with a pied-à-terre in a community that at once resembles who we are and inspires what we become.