By the time my friends and I arrived at Ciderfest on Saturday, the tent was already smoky with hamburgers cooking on the grill, attendees wandering contentedly while Run Mountain played in the background.
I’d been a little doubtful about the event at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, since the $25 entrance fee seemed pretty steep (heck, I’ve got school loans to pay), but one step inside the tent wiped out most of my doubts. Besides, Ciderfest is $2 cheaper than the annual Vermont Brewer’s Festival in Burlington, and the food there isn’t included.
Let’s just say I have the background to respect defense in athletics.
I played defense, one season for my high school varsity soccer team and then two years for the Middlebury College B team. My daughter started on defense for a total of five seasons for two varsity teams at Middlebury Union High School, and now she does for her college field hockey team. Championships are rarely won without good defense; I won’t say that no one recognizes that more than I, but believe I understand the value of defense as much as anyone.