In the summer of 2017 when Mike Avery became the new concierge at The Quechee Club, he already knew a lot about the club. Growing up in the area, he had school chums that were members, and he was able to enjoy some of The Quechee Club amenities as their guest. After graduating from Hartford High School, Mike attended college at Keene State in Keene, New Hampshire, and soon realized it was not for him. “I just wasn’t into it. It wasn’t enough for me,” he says.
Instead, Mike headed west and moved to Southern California landing in Los Feliz, Los Angeles explaining that he “would like to have a vacation home eventually in Santa Monica.” While there he worked at jobs in the food and retail industries with his buddies until it was “enough,” and time to return home and put his consid¬erable energy into learning new skills.
Landing at the Quechee Club
About four years ago, Mike began working for The Quechee Club in multiple positions: head lifeguard, food runner, and valet are a few. Post-California he also spent two-and-a-half-years working for a contractor in Enfield, New Hampshire as his right-hand man. “It was great as I had little experience in construction. I learned so much. It was just my boss and me,” he says. Mike also worked at 506 Inn on the River on Route 4 in Woodstock, Vermont, when the inn opened. When an opening at The Quechee Club for a new valet service during dinner hours became available, Mike applied and was hired. As one of the valets, Mike learned what the members’ interests and concerns were, and stored it all. During this time, he also filled in in other areas such as food service.
In the summer of 2017, he was hired as a concierge for The Quechee Club. In this role, he works at the Concierge Desk in the main clubhouse. Mike’s work area includes a big video screen on the back wall of which broadcasts scenes of the campus and members enjoying the facilities, as well as the event schedule. Brochures line one wall and the lists of services in the club as well as in the Upper Valley are close at hand. “I stay on top of what’s happening in the area. I always read the Vermont Standard, the Valley News, and the Daily UV,” he says.
Mike at the concierge desk
Mike is well versed on the local entertainment and restaurants. Though not a frequent theatergoer, he keeps on top of what is at The Hop at Dartmouth College, the Lebanon Opera House, Northern Stage in White River Junction, Artistree Grange Theatre in Pomfret, as well as other entertainment venues. He also pays attention to local sports events; especially the Dartmouth College teams. For those wanting more knowledge about educational experiences, he might suggest you consider the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth, The Learning Lab in Woodstock, Artistree in Pomfret and many others. As for other cultural activities he may suggest, other activities at Dartmouth College: film clubs, productions of plays, musicals and dance, the symphony, wind ensemble, the Glee Club, children’s programs, museums, and exhibits. Another local resource he may suggest especially for those with children is Billings Farm with its National Park status. They offer hikes, tours of the property, winter Saturday afternoon films in their theater and programs for children and adults.
What Mike doesn’t know offhand, he quickly locates online. He was born in Hartford, attended local schools, and played sports all over the Upper Valley. So he is most familiar with the area.
Adding to his skills
Mike has returned to academics and is taking online courses to continue his education in Marketing and Business Law through the Community College of Vermont. He’s also is learning guitar at Bear Hollow in Lebanon, New Hampshire – if you’re a guitar player, and in need of strings, he can suggest local sources where you can find them. But, his real passion is sports. Mike tries to play golf as often as he can. “I’m mad about golf,” he says. Again, learn as you go. Mike says that T.J. Anthoine, has been a great encourager, and he’s learning a lot from him. Along the avid sports line-up for Mike is participating in a men’s Upper Valley hockey league – he shared that Quechee Club property manager, Ken Lallier, is the goalie on his team.
And then there’s skiing. Mike learned to ski at Quechee and takes advantage of skiing at ski areas throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Suicide Six in Pomfret and the Dartmouth Skiway are two he enjoys.
Mike and Mollie at a New England Patriot’s game
Mike’s girlfriend, Mollie, who he met a The Club and has worked as a server the same amount of time as Mike has been at The Club, is in Savannah finishing college, so he has a bit more time than usual, and would be glad to spend that extra time providing recommendations for different ways to experience Quechee and the Upper Valley.