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GRAND REOPENING - Saturday, May 23rd!

May 21, 2020

Dog Chapel during Dog Party

 

Dog Mountain Plans to Keep You Safe - Now that Vermont is slowly opening back up, so too is Dog Mountain! And, what better time? The weather has been beautiful and we're looking forward to seeing the Dog Mountain Pack again!

We're happy to announce that Stephen Huneck Gallery, the Dog Chapel, and the Dog Mountain grounds will officially reopen Saturday, May 23rd.

 

Dog Chapel and Stephen Huneck Gallery

 

In order to keep Dog Mountain staff and visitors safe during this time, we have implemented some additional rules. Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation. The new rules are as follows:

Stephen Huneck Gallery:

  • 8-Person Max: As required by the state of Vermont, a maximum of eight customers are allowed inside the Gallery at any one time.
  • Masks Are Required: Masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times when inside the Gallery.
  • Keep 6 Feet of Distance: Please stay six feet away from other people when inside the Gallery.
  • No Dogs Allowed Inside: For the safety of pooches and people, dogs need to remain outdoors at this time.
  • Bathroom For Customer Use Only: We will have portalets on the grounds for your usage.

Dog Chapel:

  • 3-Person Max: As required by the state of Vermont, a maximum of three people are allowed inside the Dog Chapel at any one time.
  • Masks Are Required: Masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times when inside the Dog Chapel.
  • Keep 6 Feet of Distance: Please stay six feet away from other people when inside the Dog Chapel.
  • No Dogs Allowed Inside: For the safety of pups and people, dogs need to remain outside at this time.

Dog Mountain Grounds:

  • Masks Are Recommended: Masks covering the nose and mouth are recommended when near other people.
  • Keep 6 Feet of Distance: Please stay six feet away from other people whenever possible.
  • Consider Leashing Your Dog: To help maintain social distancing, we encourage you to leash your dog at this time.
  • Keep Dog Mountain Clean: Please pick up after yourself and your dog.

We know these new rules might feel slightly awkward at first, but all we want is to keep you and staff safe while you enjoy everything Dog Mountain has to offer. With your help and cooperation, we know this will be a smooth transition. See you soon at Dog Mountain!

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support during this trying time. With your help we know Dog Mountain will make it through 2020. Dog Mountain Forever!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

2020 - Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Dog Chapel in Difficult Times

May 8, 2020

Inside the Dog Chapel

 

2020 - what a year it has been so far. Just a few months ago, few of us could have imagined where we find ourselves today. 2020 was intended to be a year of historic celebration for Dog Mountain. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Stephen Huneck’s greatest and most personal artwork, the Dog Chapel. But, in these harrowing times, it can be difficult to feel celebratory. It’s hard to balance the sadness and fear we feel at Dog Mountain with what should have been a year of great joy. Stephen and Gwen Huneck As we navigate this “new normal,” we at Dog Mountain have had to do a lot of soul-searching on how best to move forward. We’ve thought a lot about the Dog Chapel, what it meant to Stephen and Gwen, what it means to us, and, most importantly, what it means to all of you. And we’ve come to a heartwarming realization: the world needs places like the Dog Chapel now more than ever! Though these are difficult times for Dog Mountain and for us all, we’ve chosen to move forward with a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Dog Chapel.

The story of the Dog Chapel is one of adversity, perseverance, and hope. Initially conceived of after Stephen faced a near-death experience and awoke from a months-long coma, Stephen spent the next several years enduring physical, creative, emotional, and financial hardship in order to turn his Dog Chapel dream into a reality. Finally, in 2000, the Dog Chapel was introduced to the world as a symbol of peace, love, and remembrance. In the 20 years since, it has been transformed into a living piece of communal art and history, ever-evolving with each new note and photo pinned to the overflowing walls. The Chapel has become a unique and moving physical embodiment of the unending love people have to give. In these times especially, places like the Dog Chapel deserve to be celebrated and cherished.

Just as the Dog Chapel is constantly evolving, so must our plans for 2020. Although we can no longer say with certainty what form our 20th anniversary celebration will take, we want to invite you to join us on this commemorative journey! We already have lots of exciting things planned. To start, we’re proud to introduce our new 2020 anniversary commemorative dog tags. These tags are limited-edition collector’s items and are a great way to show both your love for the Dog Chapel and support for Dog Mountain!

2020 Dog Tags

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support during this trying time. With your help we know Dog Mountain will make it through 2020. Dog Mountain Forever!

 

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

April 2020 COVID-19 Update For The Dog Mountain Pack:

April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Announcement #2

 


 

An Important COVID-19 Update For The Dog Mountain Pack:

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Announcement

 


 

Puppy Love Party & Win a Luxury Treehouse Stay!

February 3, 2020

Puppy Love Party poster 2020

Puppy Love Party

Friday, February 14th
12pm-3pm
@ Stephen Huneck Gallery

Celebrate love with Dog Mountain and your dog this Valentine's Day!

  • Valentine's Day cupcakes & pupcakes!
  • Storewide sales and discounts!
  • Puppy Love Raffle with a grand prize worth $550+
  • Doggy snuggles and kisses for all!

 

 

Puppy Love Raffle Valued at: $550+

Luxury Treehouse Outside Luxury Treehouse Living Room
Luxury Treehouse bedroom Love is Give and Take print

 

RAFFLE WINNER ANNOUNCED: Congratulations, Jan Stuart!

Dog Mountain is holding a raffle for an amazing grand prize worth more than $550! Get 5 raffle tickets for $20!

The raffle drawing will take place at our Puppy Love Party at Stephen Huneck Gallery on February 14th. If not present, the winner will be notified by email. All raffle proceeds go to support Dog Mountain. No limit to the number of raffle tickets purchased!

The Winner Receives:

  1. LUXURY TREEHOUSE STAY:

    Bring your dog, see a show, and stay in a treehouse! Enjoy a one-night stay during the Summer 2020 Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain in the Outpost Luxury Treehouse.

    The Outpost Treehouse is a beautifully handcrafted retreat, nestled amongst the evergreens atop Spaulding Mtn and located 0.5 mile from Dog Mountain and 3 miles from the historic Town of St. Johnsbury, in the heart of Vermont’s North East Kingdom. The Outpost Treehouse has designer finishes and an eclectic mix of antique rustic alpine lodge decor. Located in a magnificent setting among the treetops, it looks out over Alerin Farm cattle pastures, private ski trails, and Green Mountain View’s.

    Sleeps 6 (1 king, 2 queens), gas fireplace, full kitchen & bath, outdoor bar, covered porch, and fire pits. Dogs are welcome. Perfect for a summer getaway!

    Value: $430-$450

  2. "LOVE IS GIVE AND TAKE" FRAMED PRINT:

    The winner also takes home one of Stephen Huneck’s most beloved prints: “Love is Give and Take”. The print is framed using UV glass and the highest quality conservation materials to preserve and protect it from discoloration and damage. Stephen was inspired to create this image while watching his dogs play with a piece of rope. Like any successful relationship, dogs understand the importance of give and take: generosity and flexibility.

    Value: $129

 

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Thank You for Supporting Dog Mountain in 2019

January 16, 2020

Getting Petted Print

 

Our tails are a-wagging! And it makes perfect sense: Dog Mountain without faithful supporters is like a dog without a family.

To all of you who have worked, donated, and volunteered to help save and revitalize Dog Mountain in 2019, thank you dearly for your generous and thoughtful support. Your dedication keeps us going and lifts our hearts as we embark on the next phases of Dog Mountain’s evolution. There is much work to do; together, we will make it happen.

Thank you to all of the Dog Mountain Pack. Dog Mountain Forever!

 

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Dog Mountain Forever!

December 20, 2019

Donate to help support the Dog Chapel

 

 

Securing the future of Dog Mountain for generations of public use and enjoyment is central to Friends of Dog Mountain’s work. It’s been just over two years since Dog Mountain and Stephen’s remaining art were posthumously conveyed to our certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We’re excited about the progress we’ve made thus far and inspired by the work ahead of us to fulfill our mission. Your support and partnership are key to our progress and success!

 

 

Donate to help support the Dog Parties

 

 

Our Vision for Dog Mountain

We believe the 150-acre Dog Mountain site deserves to be preserved, stewarded, and restored as a cultural treasure of national importance. Stephen Huneck considered the entirety of Dog Mountain – the ponds, trails, wildflower fields, vistas, Dog Chapel, and other artistic features – to be his ultimate artistic accomplishment. FODM aims to restore, enhance, and advance the ongoing evolution of Dog Mountain as a public space that brings people, dogs, and art together in a place of healing, reflection, and celebration. We seek to honor and celebrate Dog Mountain’s underlying spirit of hopefulness and compassion by renovating historic structures and art, improving infrastructure, and developing the land-base in a manner that will further enhance Dog Mountain as uniquely compelling destination and experience for dog lovers and their families.

Donate today to protect and steward Dog Mountain as a historically significant national treasure for future generations to enjoy and experience.

Making it Happen

FODM has worked closely with professional contractors and volunteers to identify key building/site repairs and other improvements to enhance the overall visitor experience (two-footed and four-footed). With more than 10 years of deferred maintenance on Dog Mountain’s buildings and art installations, there is no shortage of urgent and exciting work to be done at Dog Mountain.

Moving forward, key priorities include: enhanced signage and wayfinding, repairs to the exterior of the Dog Chapel, repair and reintroduction of more of Stephen’s art around Dog Mountain, maintenance and repair of the two primary dog ponds, cleanup and organization of outbuildings and their contents, and improved guest/visitor infrastructure.

 

 

Life is a Ball Print

 

 

How You Can Help

FODM is grateful and appreciative of donations at all levels throughout the year… every donation brings us closer realizing Stephen and Gwen’s dreams and advancing FODM’s mission!

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the work and mission of Friends of Dog Mountain. Make a donation in your own name, on behalf of someone on your holiday gift list, or in remembrance of a beloved pet.

 

 

Friends of Dog Mountain is a certified nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible. If you would like to discuss any of the information or learn more about FODM, please email our Development Office or call 802-242-2060.

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Dog Mountain Holiday Party!

November 21, 2019

Holiday Party

 

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Dog Mountain Needs Your Vote!

November 5, 2019

Vote for Dog Mountain Levitt AMP

Help Bring Free Music to Dog Mountain in 2020

Thanks to your votes, for the past three years, Catamount Arts of St. Johnsbury has won a matching $25,000 Levitt AMP grant to bring free concerts to Dog Mountain.

Each summer, Dog Mountain has hosted ten weeks of outdoor concerts. People and dogs alike roamed the grounds, enjoyed free music, breathtaking views, as well as local food and beer.

It's time to do it again! Catamount Arts has secured a nomination in the 2020 Levitt AMP Music Series Grant voting round.

Please register and vote for St. Johnsbury, VT. Online voting ends​​ November 20th.

Let's bring live music back to Dog Mountain in 2020!

 

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Founders Celebration Dog Party

June 4, 2019

Founders Celebration Dog Party

 

 

June 22, 2019 @ Dog Mountain
Time: 12pm-4pm

You're invited to a dog party to celebrate the lives and loves of Dog Mountain founders, Stephen and Gwen Huneck. Come and celebrate with us! If you have dogs, bring them. If you don’t, come anyway!

  • Live music by Gulf Coast Blues artist, Shrimp Tunes.
  • Classic dishes of American/Mexican fusion cuisine by Tailgators Food Truck.
  • Family & pet portraits by Barry Hayes.
  • Maple syrup delights by Chris Parker of Makin Maple.

With fun-filled dog contests, lawn games, bounce house, doggie agility course, and plenty of room to run, romp, hike, and play, visiting families and their dogs will experience an unforgettable day on Dog Mountain.

The event is free to the public and will be held rain or shine.

 

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

5th Annual Golden Jubilee

May 2, 2019

Golden Jubilee Event

 

 

May 18th, 2019 @ Dog Mountain
Time: 9:30am-6pm

From all over New England and beyond, Golden Retrievers, Golden Retriever Heroes and Supporters of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study gather together at Dog Mountain, home of Stephen Huneck Gallery and the Dog Chapel in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont for a golden good time!

There will be a bonfire, auction, hikes, swimming, games, a blessing of the animals, and a cookout. Each registered Golden who attends will receive a bag full of goodies.

Check out the full 2019 Golden Jubilee Schedule here.

The New England Golden Jubilee is free to attend. Please register for the event here.

 

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Hold a Wedding or Event on Dog Mountain

April 10, 2019

Engagement photo on Dog Mountain

 

 

Dog Mountain is unlike any other place on earth. From the stunning mountain vistas, wildflower meadows, picturesque ponds, and miles of wooded hiking trails, there is no shortage of natural beauty. The iconic work of American folk artist, Stephen Huneck, can be found throughout the 150 acre property, turning the landscape into an interactive artist installation that's a feast for the eyes and an experience for the soul. Explore the vast property and you will come across wooden sculptures of birds, benches shaped like Labradors, stone obelisks with winged angel dogs and our world famous Dog Chapel.

Dog Mountain is a uniquely special place to hold your uniquely special wedding, engagement, reunion, or get-together.

 

Weddings on Dog Mountain

Wedding at Dog Chapel

 

 

Holding your wedding on Dog Mountain is a memorable experience that can't be replicated. With several dog-friendly venue options available on the 150 acre property, we have the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions, or both! Whether you prefer a stunning mountaintop view, or an intimate celebration in the one-of-a-kind Dog Chapel, we can meet your needs. Learn More

 

Host a Party or Event

Golden Jubilee event on Dog Mountain

 

Family reunions, dog breed-specific parties, corporate events, non-profit fundraisers, rehearsal dinners, or pet memorials, Dog Mountain is a beautiful and one-of-a-kind location to hold your next event. Learn More

 

Venue Options

Interior of The Dog Chapel

 

From the stunning Angel Dog Overlook, to the heartwarming Dog Chapel, Dog Mountain has the perfect venue to meet your needs. Learn more about the six different venue locations available for use on Dog Mountain. Learn More

 

Request Event Information

Interested in holding a wedding or event on Dog Mountain? Fill out our Event Form and the Dog Mountain Event Coordinator will be in contact shortly to answer your questions and get you started!

 

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


Dog Mountain is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit.