The future of Überwintern is in your hands.
As a result of the front page picture in last week’s Stowe Reporter showing kegs of beer up at the Green Chair the Town of Stowe has made the following request:
For any event where we intend to serve alcohol outside to the public, an entity that possesses a state liquor license will have to obtain a catering permit from the Town, whether it’s on town land or not. The permit can be purchased for the exorbitant fee of $20.00. The license will cover our asses for events that accommodate up to 50 people (approximately 2 kegs and 9 bottles of booze). This puts us in a interesting situation for next year. We intend to throw an even bigger Überwintern (three kegs, 12 bottles), but anything larger than 50 people requires Selectboard approval.
So, I ask you, the pedaling public, do we:
A) Move our fat bike circus deeper into the woods and outside the Man’s jurisdiction, foregoing the extra scrutiny while encouraging you to spend your hard earned dollars in hotels, bars and restaurants in a neighboring community where they welcome us with open arms at no additional cost?
B) Pay the $20 and increase each and every one of your registration fees by $0.20 and continue to serve complimentary beverages?
c) Ban all press and confiscate all cameras and smart phones at the door?
A quandary indeed. You make the call.
P.S. All this makes me wonder, what if we were playing softball on the town’s fields? Would we suffer the same persecution?
See you all at Winterbike (free beer).