Dec. 27: Okemo Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display – A spectacular pyrotechnics show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Okemo Clock Tower base area following a torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo’s Open Slope trail. Naturalist Joe Karl leads a snowshoe hike up the mountain to offer a bird’s eye view of the fireworks. Dec. 28: Vermont Institute of Natural Science Free Presentation for Families – This firsthand raptor encounter with live falcons, hawks and owls focuses on the natural history, ecology and adaptations of these efficient predators. Participants learn what adaptations make a bird a raptor. 7 p.m. in the Roundhouse at Okemo’s Jackson Gore. Free admission. Dec. 29: Okemo Paint and Sip – Guests may tap into their inner Picasso while enjoying an adult beverage, as a local artist offers step-by-step instructions to create a work of art worthy of framing. This is a great event to attend with friends or a perfect environment to make new ones in the Jackson Gore Roundhouse. $50 includes supplies. Call (802) 228-1600 for more information and reservations. Dec. 30: Okemo Shakin’ Skate Night – A fun evening of ice skating with a live DJ, games and fun for the whole family in Okemo’s Ice House skating pavilion at Jackson Gore. Admission fee charged. Skate rentals are available.  An Oasis for the Passionate Appetite • An Okemo Tradition since 1989 • Full Bar – Friendly Place • Thai, Seafood, Lobster & Pasta Specialties • Home of Vermont Pad Thai At the foot of Jackson Gore Access Rd & Jct of Rtes 103 & 100 N Dinner Wed-SUN, 5-10 PM Closed Mon & Tues • Reservations Recommended Owned by Chef Trip Pearce & Bartender Deb Pearce 802-228-2996 > 802-228-1600 > page 77