tune in to our radio interview tomorrow at 8am est!

Great news for BLR Play It Forward and the Blue Lollipop Road Memorial Scholarship: A radio interview tomorrow Tuesday 7/24!

Tune into David Lively morning show on WBTN- 1370AM in Vermont or listen live online here to learn more about our amazing upcoming weekend long reunion and community give back event!

We LOVERMONT and are so thankful for everyones support, locally and beyond. Tune in tomorrow and spread the word!


poster and new site reveal update

Final revisions to the BLR Play It Forward poster are being made today and final tweaks are being put through on the new site too! It’s been a very exciting and busy week, not much time to post about all the work and fun we’ve been having gearing up for our big 8/18/12 event weekend in Vermont.

If you visit here before the 4th of July and see an “error” message or something funky instead of the usual BLR, it just means the interwebs are transitioning the site from old to new- so don’t worry. Our sparkly new look will be here before you see fireworks!

Remember, if you are an alumni and haven’t registered yet- please do so here, and if you’d like to support us for this Play It Forward Weekend and the Blue Lollipop Road Memorial Scholarship, click here.

Only 50 days until we come together to reconnect, reminisce, play soccer, honor lost friends and reward a travel scholarship to a young female athlete to help support her travel goals. How much are we anticipating this special day? Mucho mucho big time!


busy hometown blr play it forward prep

By now you know that I am back home in Vermont. I decided to make the 900 mile road trip from Chicago a few days ago because working satellite on an event that means pretty much everything to you (that would be me)- is tough. It’s a bonus that in addition to working on our awesome event, my timing was perfect for partaking in this past weekends mad feast of the best ever VT strawberry season. Yum:

Clear Brook Farm Strawberries

I get to see family, and hang with a few friends too while I’m here. (If I can make the time for it all that is!)

After 10 months of planning from so far away, being in the actual place that BLR Play it Forward will happen makes it all that much more real and exciting. I’ve toured the park/fields where events will take place 8/18/12, visited my old elementary school for the first time in about 22 years, met with various Chamber of Commerce folks, chatted with local business, and there are plenty more meetings and greetings scheduled for this week. I can’t wait!

I’m thrilled to officially announce our first round of sponsors/donors:

*The town of Shaftsbury, VT: Full usage of Howard Park facilities for the Strong Mojo Summit and Alumni Game

*Web Designer Bobby Holliday: Web services to completely re-build that will launch later this week

*Tracy Bushee ~ Graphic Design : Event logo. ( Contact for graphic design services: [email protected] )

*Clear Brook Farm: Donation of locally grown, fresh organic foods. See above strawberries for a sample of their deliciousness 🙂

*Willy’s Variety Store & Bakery: Donation supply of our famed blue lollipops

We are so incredibly thankful for these individuals and companies who have jumped right in to help make this event possible, and Blue Lollipop Road looking It’s best! If you, or your company would like to sponsor or donate to help support our event logistics and the Blue Lollipop Road Memorial Scholarship Fund, please click here or contact Diane Peacock:

[email protected]

We’ve got 6 weeks to go and grow more excited every day. Back to work- so more soon!


this is why

*Breakfast at favorite hometown diner with Mom- check.

*Work on Blue Lollipop Road at local coffee shop– check.

*Best 2 hour random chat/encounter with complete stranger at that local coffee shop. Serious potential for epically cool project with new stranger friend- check.

*5 mile run through small town roads in total silence breathing in the fresh air while brain works on overtime- check.

Unplanned but intentional days that include unexpected events like I had today are the reason why I will never give up on working hard at myself, my life, and things that I am passionate about.

You shouldn’t either.




logo share time!

Jumping up and down with excitement to share our logo for the BLR Play it Forward Weekend Event this summer!

BLR Play it Forward 2012 logo

Huge thanks to Tracy Bushee, MAU grad, former soccer teammate, now graphic designer- for her creation. I can’t think of more of a perfect logo for our event.

Thanks Tracy!

More reveals and exciting news from Blue Lollipop Road soon so stay tuned…


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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Full news and schedule of events is finally here…

The Blue Lollipop Road Play it Forward Event is a weekend long event that MAU female soccer alumni will reconnect and reminisce, play soccer, honor past teammates, and give back to the community we grew up in. This event will take place August 17 and 18, 2012 in Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont.



~Welcome Back Party, 7 PM at Madison Brewing Company


~Strong Mojo Summit, 10:00 AM at Howard Park

~Alumni Soccer Game, 1:00 PM at Howard Park

~Artist’s Reception- Traci Molloy, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Vermont Arts Exchange

~BLR Celebration Cocktails, 8 PM at Pangea Restaurant and Lounge in North Bennington

Why have we created and organized this big event?

There is no doubt that I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if I hadn’t been a soccer team member every year while growing up, and if I hadn’t participated in the 1994 MAUHS foreign exchange program. Through playing sports and having coaches who were incredible mentors, I learned about teamwork and confidence. I learned that by taking care of my body and exercising, I would take care of my mind and soul too. When our team had “all hands in” before each game, chanting: “one…two…three… STRONG MOJO!,” we each knew we had the power – together or alone – to go, be, and do anything. As I stood in Germany during my student exchange month abroad, never having been out of the state of Vermont before, my eyes flew open to see there was a whole big world out there to discover. Since then, I’ve spent time in all 50 states and 13 countries. I’ve learned how to be resourceful, savvy, flexible, independent, and open. I’ve met people I would have never otherwise met, tried foods I never imagined I’d try, and seen sights that have taken my breath away. What I learned most from athletics and travel is that I could do anything I set my mind to. Anyone can.

These are the messages I want to bring back to the place where I came from and share with the younger generation. It’s a pay back/pay forward for what has been a huge part of shaping my life.

*The mojo inspires us to be confident, set goals, and go for our dreams – we can accomplish anything that we set our mind to.  The Strong Mojo Summit will provide an opportunity for current female athletes to meet with alumni, discuss life experiences, and encourage a commitment to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.  

*MAU soccer celebrates the lives of former players and our incredible friends Maria Greene and Brandy Brown, who we lost on August 18, 1994.  A memorial dedication during the BLR Play it Forward Weekend will honor our friends and their amazing sprit and zest for life.

*Travel teaches self-confidence and flexibility; we can all broaden our horizons through travel.  Blue Lollipop Road will reward a travel scholarship to a current female athlete to support her adventure goals.    

*For 25 years, the MAU soccer community has believed in Strong Mojo.  An alumni game will be held to celebrate the mojo, and the dedication of coaches and mentors who supported the growth of many in our community.

***For further information about this event, registration forms for alumni, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Diane Peacock:

[email protected] or 804.339.6514

If you cannot attend the event and would like to donate in support of Blue Lollipop Road and the memorial scholarship, please click here.


yay for hometown support!

We just found out that our local paper in Vermont, the Bennington Banner is going to put information about Team Blue Lollipop Road and the Best of the Road Rally in this Saturday’s paper. (Tomorrow 5/12.) Arts & Entertainment section!

Mom and I were both born and raised in the Bennington area and are super excited that our town is rallying for us and nominating some must see spots in Vermont for Best of the Road!

Look at this gorgeous place we are from:

View of Mount Anthony, Bennington VT

Bennington Monument, Bennington Vt

Bennington, VT

Thanks to everyone in the Green Mountain State for being so good to us!


…and you wonder where i get it

Because I have been saying hi to ask for your votes via video, Mom wanted to say hi too. Sure enough as we usually stay unscripted- here she is, laughing away at herself:

So mother like daughter? Yeah, we can definitely entertain ourselves. We always joke about how much fun we can have doing nothing.

On take 2 Mom got her hello out:

Vote for us HERE for Best of the Road Rally 2012!

On this Mother’s day weekend I’m so thankful for my Mom. This amazing person who loves me more than anything, supports all my hopes and dreams, and that I can always crack up with. She is my Mom and friend, and the kind of person any kid would be lucky to have in their life.

Dear Mom~

Thank you for always believing in me, supporting me, and your willingness to always fully jump in the fun and laugh out loud with me.

I love you.


one week left to vote!

Team Blue lollipop Road is holding tight in the 2nd spot for the Best of the Road Rally 2012 but we still need your vote!


Don’t just vote for us, but submit your town, favorite places, food joints and other and celebrate where and what you think rocks in America too! Just a few of my favorites:

Diner breakfast: Sonny’s Blue Benn Diner in Bennington, VT

Beach: Outer Banks, NC

Italian dinner: Mamma Zu in Richmond, VA

Sicilian pizza: Miccuci’s in Portland, ME

Milkshake: Port City Java mocha java shake Wilmington, NC

Ice cream: Bev’s Espresso Oreo in Richmond, VA

…oh so many more. Stay tuned!