I cannot believe hearing the news that another of the wonderful generation it seemed would simply always be there, has gone, Dawn Hazelett. She and her family were always there when I was growing up in Stowe. Weekend in and out you knew you would see Dawn and her husband Bill somewhere on Mt. Mansfield skiing. I had years of happy memories skiing with their kids David, Susie and Ann. Susie and I am some other girls our age had what seemed to be limitless good times skiing down Mt. Mansfield from top to bottom with as little time on a trail, and as much time in the woods as possible.
I never got see see their beloved Stave Island on Lake Champlain, but in 2011 my childhood friend Susie commissioned me to create a painting of Stave Island for the family to enjoy. She sent me a remarkable book of photographs. I began to develop the painting.
I decided to paint it in winter and Susie told me how delighted they were to see it in a season where they can never see it, as it is not accessible by boat or seaplane in winter. Susie passed along to me the fact that her mother Dawn was especially intrigued to see the lights on in the boat house which made me happy to know some fond memory was perhaps activated.
I will always remember Dawn Hazelett so very fondly. A very loving, calm and steady presence.
They were both remarkable, unforgettable people. I will include a little more reading here (a Tribute to Bill from Senator Patrick Leahy in Capitol Words) and here (article about Bill’s part in ski history from Skiing Heritage March 2008 site with lots of great stuff and a very cute picture of Bill and Dawn skiing in 1947) .