Rain or shine, locals celebrate Champlain

Employees of Gordon's Window D cor in Essex Junction proved you don't have to be professional dancers to have joined in the fun of the recent Quadricentennial Parade in Burlington.

Even torrential rain couldn't dampen the spirit of the group of coworkers which included a pregnant employee in her eighth months.

The Quadricentennial parade was one of several events celebrating the 400th anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain's travels by sail, oar, and paddle to the lake that now bears his name.

The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission was excited about the prospect of having an all dance parade, which was scheduled to commence rain or shine; the Gordon's Window D cor crew was happy to take on the challenge.

With the help of renowned choreographer Karen Amirault, the Gordon's group mastered a special dance routine reflecting their enthusiasm for their community. After weeks of evening practices-the staff felt ready to rock and roll down Main Street for the Quadricentennial Parade celebration.

The parade itself included dance routines from around the world including the Abenaki Nation, the Bosnian Lilies Folk Dance Group, Peru Mestizo, Inc., various dance studios from around the area, appearances from Senator Bernie Sanders and Gov. Jim Douglas.

Sandwiched in between over 70 performing groups was the staff of Gordon's right behind The Karen Amirault Dance Company and KIDZ and in front of the Tibetan Association of Vermont.

Betty Sargent, an employee of Gordon's Window D cor, said "I was excited about participating even in the rain. Our passion as a whole was great despite the poor weather."

Gordon Clements, president of Gordon's said it was a great team building experience. "We had a lot of fun out there."

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