JC really liked Champlain College. Majors, campus, philosophy of teaching, dorms (almost all old Victorian houses that have been renovated inside. No two rooms alike), environment,... pretty much everything. So I had suggested that we tour University of Vermont, since we were there anyway, and while he agreed, there was not much interest on his part.
Tuesday, we went to the UVM information session, again at 10am. It was much more crowded (bigger school), and while they did a good job, it didn't grab any of us as much as Champlain. The tour was fine, it's a lovely campus - not as hilly as Champlain, despite the fact that they are about a block apart. Nice mix of new and old buildings, and a big emphasis on "green" design. After the really good experience the day before, it may have been inevitable that UVM was a bit of a let-down. Honestly, though, they just didn't have any majors that JC was really interested in. Oh well.
So we sought out some lunch (downtown again), and headed off to Waterbury, VT. Home of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. And better yet? It was Free Cone Day.
William was ECSTATIC when he saw the silos by the building - the grey one says "Sugar" and the white ones say "milk" and "cream". Yes, they really do contain those ingredients (well, liquefied sugar). We asked.
The most amazing event of the day? William wanted more popcorn after we wandered around the graveyard. So without quite asking permission, he ran back around the other side of the building to get more. I didn't actually see him go, and after a while realized he was no longer playing on the playground. About the time we were starting to actually wonder where he was, he came trotting back with his popcorn...and a t-shirt. Seems he had been standing next to the DJ booth when they started a trivia contest, and he knew the answer to the first question they asked, because he'd been paying attention on the tour. He won a "Life is Good" t-shirt, signed by Ben and Jerry, for answering this question:
What's the WORST flavor they've ever produced?
Sugar Plum. Created in honor of a production of the Nutcracker, it was apparently just... not good. Retired quickly. But good for a free t-shirt!