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BS&L's Local Rewards Trivia Questions are Vermont Inspired!

To help spread the word about our Local Rewards Checking account, which awards $250 worth of gift certificates from local merchants to qualifying customers, we post trivia questions inspired by the awesome Greater Brattleboro community and its history each week.

In the market for some New England-centric trivia questions and answers for your next event, party, or game night? Look no further. Feel free to borrow any of ours; check back often as we post new tidbits, and learn a little about a great town in the process.

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Inspired by our ‪Local Rewards‬ featured business Saxtons River Distillery: We all know Vermont is the top producer of maple syrup in the U.S., and it tastes great! But did you know it is also rich in two nutrients in particular, providing 44% and 157% of the Daily Value with every 3.5 ounces? Can you name them?

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The answer is Manganese and Zinc, representing 157% and 44% respectively of the recommended Daily Value per 3.5 ounces. So, bring on the pancakes!

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We have our own bowling gem here in Brattleboro; Local Rewards featured business Brattleboro Bowl! But where was the first indoor bowling alley opened? Hint: it was built in 1840.

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The answer is New York City: Knickerbockers introduced ten-pin bowling and new bowling equipment to fans of the sport around the world.

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Brattleboro‬ was once home to many mills, including one that made melodeons. So we ask: What's a melodeon?

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Melodeons are reed organs that generate sound through bellows. They were popular in the 19th century, as they were easier for private home-owners to acquire than pipe organs. One of the most successful manufacturers of melodeons was the Estey & Green company based in ‪Brattleboro‬. In its existence, Estey & Green built more than half a million melodeons, and employed upwards of 500 people.

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A library at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is named in honor of what Brattleboro, Vermont painter?

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Brattleboro‬ Painter William Morris Hunt was born in March 1824.

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Inspired by ‪Local Rewards‬ featured biz Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery: What year did the first train roll into Brattleboro‬?

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The first train to ‪Brattleboro‬ arrived on the afternoon of February 20th, 1849.

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Today's question was inspired by this week's featured ‪Local Rewards‬ business Baker's Hallmark. What award did the Hallmark company win in 1985?

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The National Medal of Arts. Hallmark Cards won the award the first year they were presented, and was actually the only company on the list. Other honorees included Georgia O'Keeffe, Martha Graham, and Ralph Ellison.

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While Dr. Hauschka cosmetics and skin care (carried by Local Rewards business Jasmine Day Spa) carry the name of Dr. Rudolf Hauschka, the line actually began with a woman studying esthetics in the 1930s. Can you name her?

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Elisabeth Sigmund, born in Vienna in 1914. Sigmund studied esthetics and worked with Dr. Hauschka until her death at the age of 99.

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From ‪Local Rewards‬ Business Renaissance Fine Jewelry: Its owner, Caitlyn Wilkinson, takes a diamond buying trip each year to a European city that is the largest diamond district in the world. Can you name the city?

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The answer is Antwerp, Belgium. About 84% of the world's rough diamonds pass through the district, making it the largest diamond center in the world. There are 380 workshops that serve 1,500 companies. Dealers are known as Diamantaires.

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Spring Cleaning Trivia! What refrigerator staple can be used to remove water stains from wood?


A.Mayonnaise

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What medicine cabinet staple can be used to polish silver?

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Toothpaste


Photos by Kelly Fletcher; taken at The Marina, a Local Rewards business.