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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 8/23/2012, 2:49 p.m.

It was rise and shine for the Mitchells as we packed the car (to the gills) and headed for the hills to Stowe, Vt., to attend the wedding of Anders Ferguson to Nancy Richards. The eight-hour ride was well worth the trip. Vermont is covered in pine trees and fresh air. Known for its ski resorts, Stowe has some of the steepest ski slopes I have ever seen and could never imagine someone skiing down them. However, summertime was equally entertaining. We were able to spend time canoeing on the reservoir and driving through those hairy, scary mountainsides.

The wedding celebration began with a barbecue held under a big white tent, decorated with tiny starlights. The next day was picture perfect, with the sun beaming down upon the happy couple and the enchanting, rolling mountains serving as a backdrop. Really romantic.

The West 118th Street Cultural Association 2012 Health Fair was such a blast. Neither rain, thunder nor wind could slow it down and dampen the spirit of all of those in attendance. It was such a success that a special shout-out of thanks as to be given to all of the vendors. It couldn't have been done without the help and support of the following: Met Council, American Cancer Society, Harlem Hospital Center, Metropolitan Hospital Center and Metro Plus Health Plan,

American Cancer Foundation, Cross-town Foot Specialist, Lift The Bronx, Voter Registration, Sydenham Clinic, Can To Hoops, Met Life, NYC Hunger Free, Ms. P's Hair Salon, Lee's Lee Bakery, Walk It Out "Taking Strides Towards Senior Fitness", Soho Pediatric, Papa John's Pizza, Harlem Shambles, Fine Supermarket (116th Street and Lenox), C-Town 116 (8th Avenue) , the 118th Street residents, residents of the Rosa Parks Houses, Harlem United, Harlem Tavern, Manna's Restaurant, Community Garden Harlem NY, Seeds to Soil, and all of the volunteers.

Moving a little further downtown, deep into the heart of the Lower East Side, plans are currently underway for the "Lowline Project." Lowline you say, what's that? Well, it has nothing to do with a neckline or hemline but with a new underground public park that is being developed. Plans to transform a 60-year-old abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street into what can only be described as a subterranean public park are currently underway and fundraisers are popping up everywhere, even as we speak, to fund the project. Co-founded by Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, the Lowline will be environmentally and ergonomically friendly, but of course. Its high tech, space age design will use solar technology to not only light the space but also enable trees and other foliage to grow. And what would a project be without a T-shirt and other Lowline paraphernalia to promote the cause? To get yours and learn more, visit thelowline.org.

In closing, yes, we did venture south of Vermont, diagonally through the state of New Hampshire, across the border of Massachusetts, through the city of Boston and straight into Woods Hole, all in time to catch a 6 a.m. ferry into Martha's Vineyard. Forgive me if I can't begin to bring the MV flavor to you tonight as for now I'm just a tad bit too weary; but I promise to take notes and bring it to you all next week.

Until next week ... kisses.