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…And a Glorious Ramble It Was!

Community Photo 2014

Community Photo by Timothy Eakle

Thank you all…

for all your Rambling ways!

See ya next year!

 

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Volunteer

here, download yr map!>> Ramble Map & Guide 2014 <<oh, good!

Hey Ramblrrr…do you like WALKIE TALKIES, REFLECTIVE VESTS, and BULLHORNS? Who doesn’t?!

Sign up to volunteer!

Volunteer Poster 2014

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Map&Guide

Right here>> O.N.E. Ramble Map & Guide 2014 <<There ya go!!

Dear friends and frolickers of the Old North End! HERE IT IS–our big, beautiful 2014 Ramble Map & Guide, designed & printed by our friends at Vantage Press & featuring the stunning artwork of rising star Yeshua Hill! (check out this gorgeous Ramble poster, below!) You can ALSO stop in just about any business or community center in the North End and grab a printed map!

 

Ramble 2014 Poster

Volunteer Poster 2014

Be sure to check our facebook page periodically for updates, additional info, silly photos, cute puppies and babies rocking Ramble clothes, and links to individual events. Happy stargazing, and we will see you all on Saturday!

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Check Out This Beautiful Ramble Poster

…by up-and-coming O.N.E. artist Yeshua Hill, with additional graphic design work and printing by Vantage Press Ramble Hero and master map-maker Sean Melinn!
Look for Yeshua’s amazing art and Sean’s design skills on the 2014 O.N.E. Ramble Map, headed your way soon, hot off the press at Vantage!

Ramble 2014 Poster

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Why We Must Ramble

Reflections on the Old North End Ramble 2014
by Coordinator Darshana Bolt

Great local businesses; porch-side bibliophiles; young writers; crooners; music-makers; painters; glass artists; sculptors; collagists; dancers; yard sailors; artisans; cooks; gardeners; ambulatory historians; publishers; queer wiffle ball enthusiasts; scholars; activists; orators; African dancers; astrologers; massage therapists; seed bombers; knitters; bikers; movers; shakers; dashing young North End euphophonists and red-swirling color guard girls getting MARRIED–yup, we’re looking at something like NINETY people doing stuff for the Ramble this year! Viva los people doing stuff!
WE LOVE YOU, OLD NORTH END!!!

There is a lip-smacking inauthenticity that clings to the word “authentic”–but what else could it be that endears such a saucy tangle of participants to the hearts of all? It would be silly to say that the Ramble is “non-commercial”–it is, in fact, a celebration of local enterprise! But there is something even more beautiful about sturdily hard-working North End entrepreneurs joining hands (and sometimes playing tug o’war and arm-wrestling) with anarchist collectives, refugee populations, street musicians, and schoolchildren to say:

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…and so is Ward 2 City Councilor Max Tracy!

DSCN4849…and so are these ONE World Market vendors, 2011!

DSCN4807.jpg…and so are Rajnii Eddins (of Bless the Child), Tree (of Atlas Joint), this adorable child, and MC Humble, 2011!

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..and so are Brass Balagan and friends, 2013!

Maybe it’s the number of integral community members who have tied their favorite hankies onto sticks and set off for the big cities, or the tragedy that has struck us with the passing of cherished young jazz trumpeter Paul Brana just last week. But now, more than ever, there is an imperative to celebrate creativity and community in the Old North End, as the old tagline goes.
Rain or Shine.

There have been a lot of dark clouds hovering, and that’s all the more reason to keep shining.

What we love about this place and the people here; what’s made us all suffer through cold winters and come back sometimes thousands of miles–is that there is a GENUINE acceptance, support, and true kind of diversity within our interconnected Burlington communities, pouring power and meaning into exceptional everyday lives.

Acknowledging creativity and community at a time like this is essential. We need each other. This creative community, here in this little city, is a kind of wild living entity, filled with tenderness and history. We have to keep caring for it. We can’t let it die.

The old chestnut pinging off foreheads around “poor” neighborhoods that swell with artists in their midsts is the issue of gentrification–a serious force that has swept through areas of Brooklyn, Oakland, and countless other smaller cities, leaving longtime residents in the dustpan.

I think we can safely say, without being ostriches with our heads in the sand, that ain’t happening around here–though some of us are awfully fond of wearing plumage, we’re just too prickly!

It’s not happening as long as this grumpy Jewess can keep glaring at the college kid in the corner store; while he whinges, with unmistakable condescension, about Burlington’s “ghetto” (to the 20-year-old cashier who always call me “Hun,” no less!). And relenting. And inviting visitors to explore misconceptions about just what this place is and what it means to us.

“Arts festival” is a glimmering of a descriptor for the Old North End Ramble, but “brave vision of utopia” might be more accurate. Even if you are completely penniless, you can enjoy the Ramble all day this July 26th: you might even have a vintage penny handed to you–before, with art mosaics on the outer wall of Jamba’s Junktiques, you create another shining Vermont capital.

Some of us are millionaires (thank you, generous Ramble-helpers!), and some of us feel wealthy when we luck out at the food shelf (thank you too!).

What unifies us?
We are loud, we are strong, and we love each other.

Few places inspire such fierce pride, as evidenced by the belly of Tom Billings:
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A bike-helmeted Tom recently stopped by Ramble Headquarters (the porch I share with Co-Coordinator Jeannie Waltz), eventually found and dug us out from under white drifts of sign-up sheets, and told us that he grew up in a three-room O.N.E. apartment…with twelve other people!

Old North End pride tattoos, he said, are quite common among middle-aged men who live around here.

Rather than fostering an environment where locals scowl resentfully at aloof hipsters as they bike up the rent (lookin’ at you, Oakland), the O.N.E. is a place where it’s pretty difficult to get down the street in a timely fashion–you’re apt to be showered with compliments, cheerful hellos, and amazing stories by half the people hanging out on North St. (half old-skool Vermonters, half new residents from all over the planet, and certainly half of the people who live around here, str8 chillin on the summer sidewalk!). It’s a fact that rents are ridiculously high in this gorgeous college town, and it’s driving out a lot of honest folk. Again–all the more reason to commemorate the beauty and life of this place, and make a push to hang onto that vitality by supporting ONE businesses, artists, and inhabitants!

As a humble Ramble vessel, I can’t think of anything more obnoxious than to talk about myself in the first person on the front page of our website…but folks, you’ll have to excuse me: I’m feeling sentimental.

I have moved perhaps thirty-five times in my life. I lived in at least twenty locations all over the U.S. while growing up before landing in the Northeast Kingdom fifteen years ago, then went on to nearly get knocked out by rock avalanches in the Andes, dance babies to sleep in Belgium, and be entranced by Cambodia, where I helped coordinate the Cambodian version of the Ramble for thirteen months before being taken down by a bout with typhoid fever (…possibly contracted after a thirty-mile bike parade in the sun brought thirty Cambodian artists and I into the impoverished countryside, so we could paint murals, lead art workshops, play music, and dance–while camping in unsanitary conditions and dining on mice roasted over a campfire on sticks, just like hot dogs. Check out the Cambo-Ramble! https://www.facebook.com/angkorartexplo)

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My first Ramble was in 2005, and that’s when I knew I’d found it for the first time–home.

While commercializing the Ramble into a slick semblance of its DIY roots is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind, there is a poignancy to the point we’ve come to.

We urge you to document, write, photograph, record, videotape, sketch–because there is something so sweetly and swiftly fading about a day-long thing such as this: it is bright, and then it is gone in a moment’s time, like the Nature of so many pre-Industrial poems.

Please, with your songs and stories and pictures and zoetropes, set this Ramble and this kind of Burlington down for future generations. There will never be another one like it.
DB

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You Can Still submit to the Ramble!

Except now you can’t–(edit: July 19th.) But we hope to see you there!

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Time to get your sign-up sheet in!

If YOU would like to be featured–featured, mind you! In print! Yes, you!–on the 2014 Ramble Map with an event of your choosing for this wicked exciting snippet of Old North End creativity and community, do please drop everything except your pen for a minute and fill out a SIGN-UP SHEET!

-We need YOU to make this AWESOME!

Why?

Because You! Are! The Awesomeness! 

What to do, what to do? Anything you can dream up. Really.

Sing-up (an apropos typo, eh?) sheets are available online right down there (watch your step):

Ramble Sign Up Sheet 2014

or at Radio Bean (8 North Winooski Ave.)

and Jamba’s Junktiques (324 North Winooski Ave.).

Deadline is TODAY!


We can’t wait to hear from you!!

Sign Up for the Ramble 2014!

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Sign-Up Sheets! Now Floating Around the Old North End…

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Ramble Sign Up Sheet 2014

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ALL DAY ALL NIGHT * RAIN OR SHINE

SOOOOOO…WHAT IS IT TO RAMBLE?

Ram”ble,v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rambled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Rambling}.] [For rammle, fr. Prov. E. rame to roam. Cf.
{Roam}.]
1. To walk, ride, or sail, from place to place, without any
determinate object in view; to roam carelessly or
irregularly; to rove; to wander; as, to ramble about the
city; to ramble over the world.
2. To talk or write in a discursive, aimless way.
3. To extend or grow at random. –Thomson.
Syn: To rove; roam; wander; range; stroll.

2. Ram”ble, n.
1. A going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an excursion or stroll merely for recreation.
2. [Cf. {Rammel}.] (Coal Mining) A bed of shale over the seam. –Raymond.

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The Ramble takes place the last Saturday in July – (July 26, 2014 this year). It is a Celebration of Creativity and Community in the Old North End of Burlington, VT. We make a map, but you make it happen!
Sign-up sheets are available HERE: RambleSignUpSheet2014 (1)

SATURDAY JULY 26 2014 DAWN TO DUSK RAIN OR SHINE!

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So… What’d You Think!?

What did you think of the 2013 Ramble? Did you have a good time? Was the website helpful? Any thoughts on how to make next year even better? We’d love to know! Please take our survey by clicking here!

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The 2013 Ramble

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The 2013 Ramble was a huge success! Thanks to all who attended and participated in the fun. Thanks also to the Precipice and all the other great events and partners before, during and after the Ramble. We couldn’t have done it without you! Hope you had fun, and hope to see you again next year! Ramble on!
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Field Day, Bike Riding and Kickball, Oh My!

As promised, this year’s Ramble features over 40 free events including The Battery Park Field Day, DecaturFest, Queer Kickball, Garden Parties, The Epic Bike Ride, and the annual Community Photo. Look for the posters around town created by our friends at Vantage Press! And… Get your Ramble maps here!

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