Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sweep Fest 2008

This was our first time attending the Sweep Fest in New Hampshire. What a great event!!

We arrived in time to catch the end of Chuck Phillips of Lindemann Chimney Supply and Peter Cullen of Wholer giving a class on carbon monoxide. We also sat in on Royal Edwards' heat conduction study findings.

A wonderful lunch was served (sponsored by Regional Chimney Supply and Saver Systems) with rolls, salads, steak, chicken, and yummy steamed clams.

Defensive driving with Mark Putnam of Classic Chimneys was next. And although I missed it to sneak out and go shopping in Concord, Carl stuck around and perhaps it helped him get off of 495 safely during our scare on the ride home.

A nice pizza dinner was served (sponsored by Whitecaps) . Then Sootprints played as we all gathered under the canopies to escape the rain. Their performance, that night, of the Decemberist's song The Chimbley Sweep can be viewed here. The Sootprints had the whole group singing and dancing despite the rain.

When the band finished we headed back to Phil Mitchell's backyard where most of the attendees went to tents to sleep. A few of us stayed up for a fire and more talking.

For those of us who stayed up to the weee hours - the Dunkin Donuts breakfast goodies (sponsored by Olympia Chimney Supply) were especially appreciated. We ate breakfast in the Mitchell's kitchen while entertaining each other with jokes.

After breakfast we broke down camp and visited the silent auction. There were some great items to bid on and some of the bidding wars went on to the final moment. More than half the proceeds of the auction are going to Mike Elliott who recently broke his shoulder in a bike accident.

Before the auction closed Greg Polakow of Copperfeild Chimney Supply spoke to us about Marketing.

The Mass Guild provided pizza for lunch before the Guild meetings.

We enjoyed our stay at the Mitchell Homestead and want to thank every one involved in putting this weekend together.

Stacie Shippey
Cherry Valley Chimney Sweep

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