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May 24, 2012

Contact: Steve Perkins
sperkins@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 118

Downloadable photos available at
www.echovermont.org/visitors/photos.html

ECHO OPENS DEALER.COM TERRACE
Ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Wednesday May 30, 2012

WHO: ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and Dealer.com

WHEN/WHAT: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. – Official ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Dealer.com Terrace at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT.

Speakers:

  • Phelan Fretz, Executive Director, ECHO
  • Rick Gibbs, President and CTO, Dealer.com
  • Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger

Refreshments:

  • Lite hors d’oeuvres provided by Sugarsnap
  • Beer & Wine cash bar

The press is invited to enjoy an afternoon on the waterfront at ECHO and witness the dedication of the new Dealer.com Terrace. The outdoor café space features a comfortable seating area under a large canopy with unobstructed views of beautiful Lake Champlain.

“We are delighted to have been a major part of ECHO’s recent expansion, specifically the creation of this beautiful outdoor space. We are deeply committed to the health of our community, and in keeping with ECHO’s theme of “getting closer to the Lake”, we believe that the closer we can get to this beautiful resource, the more we will appreciate it and do what we need to do to keep it clean and viable,” said Rick Gibbs, President and CTO, Dealer.com.

The Dealer.com Terrace is an outdoor dining area that provides more than just a nice place to have lunch and a refreshing drink. The outdoor space includes a rain garden where visitors can learn about appropriate capture and usage of run-off water so that it nurtures plants while being filtered before it returns to the Lake. Additionally the Dealer.com Terrace provides an outdoor programming space for ECHO educators where demonstrations and lessons can occur outside the walls of ECHO and nearer to the Lake.

“Previously we had the ECHO Think! Café, which was inside ECHO in what is now the new Revision Lakeside Pavilion,” explains ECHO Executive Director Phelan Fretz. “Now, with the Dealer.com Terrace, we are able to incorporate those great sustainable lessons of recycling, reusing and local food sourcing, to this new outdoor space via tabletop panels, educational signage and creative programming”. These programming elements are in addition to the existing weather and geology exhibits located on the waterfront side of ECHO. All of this helps to further ECHO’s mission of environmental stewardship at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.

Food at the new outdoor dining space will be provided by Sugarsnap, an award-winning food purveyor with an emphasis on using locally grown ingredients. Sugarsnap will be serving daily outside (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. to sunset working from a state-of-the-art dining cart. A full-service bar will open every day at 3 p.m.

 

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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Café managed by Sugarsnap. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401. 

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