News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The Journey East Program at Leland & Gray Union High School in Townshend is sending 23 students who will perform during a month-long tour across China and Mongolia, according to the Brattleboro Reformer. Coming up with a theme that Chinese kids could relate to through song and dance was the challenging part. The show will feature hip hop and modern American dance, and home-themed songs, including a reggae and traditional version of John Denver’s "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Apparently the song is well known in China and 2,000 Chinese are expected to sing the chorus to that song. Students also will present a famous Chinese poem in Mandarin and English. "It touches on a lot of themes relevant to Vermont," says music director Mike Roberts. The show can be seen at Leland & Gray May 4 at 7:30 p.m. That’s one long country road traveled.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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