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December 14, 2013

Von Trapps' lodge taps interest in new musical

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They moved to Vermont in 1942 after visiting during a singing tour and vacationing in Stowe.

They built a rustic farmhouse and started taking in boarders. As a ski industry developed in the area, they expanded. Fire destroyed it in 1980, but the family rebuilt.

One of the captain’s daughters, also named Maria von Trapp, played accordion and taught Austrian dance with sister Rosemarie at the lodge. Rosemarie also taught her sons how to play the recorder, said Phoebe Everson, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., who has been a visitor for decades.

Four of the 10 von Trapp siblings are still alive, and two live on the lodge’s grounds.

The 96-room chalet-style inn is the height of charm during the holidays. With its wide views of the mountains that reminded the family of their native Austria, the lodge is decorated with Christmas trees and poinsettias. In the restaurants, wiener schnitzel and apple strudel are on the menu.

On Christmas Eve, guests get a special treat: The von Trapp family sings Christmas carols with the guests. But no songs from “The Sound of Music.”

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