Upcoming Events in Southern Vermont

Upcoming Events in Southern Vermont

Battle Day Reenactment
British march to surrender at Bennington during the annual reenactment.

Here at This is Vermont™, we have possibly one of the most complete and regularly updated events listings for the Southern Vermont region! Email us your event listings throughout the year and especially prior to our print publication dates to ensure maximum exposure of your upcoming events in Southern Vermont.

Visitors’ Note: While every effort has been made to get the times and places of these events right, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm dates and time. All phone numbers are in area code 802, unless otherwise specified.

Chambers of Commerce Contact Info for Southern Vermont

Also, feel free to check out:

the Vermont Arts Calendar

the Bennington Area Chamber Community Calendar

the Manchester Business Association Events Calendar


Vermont Farmers Markets
The Walloomsac Farmer’s Market will be located beside the Walloomsac River walk at the Bennington Station, on the corner of Depot and River Streets, in downtown Bennington, Vermont.
Hours: Every Saturday May 7 – October 29, 10am – 1pm, and every Tuesday May 10 – October 25, 3:30 – 5:30pm

The Manchester Farmer’s Market will be located at Adam’s Park, next to the Chamber of Commerce on Rt. 7A,Manchester Center.
Hours: Thursdays June 3rd – October 7th, 2pm – 6pm

The Dorset Farmer’s Market will be located at H.N. Williams Store on Route 30 in Dorset, Vermont. And October – May they will be located at J.K. Adams. Hours: All Sundays except for Easter Sunday 10am – 2pm

Outside the Area

Celebrate Recovery Meeting A Christ centered 12-step recovery program, Come find healing from any of life’s hurts, hangups, and habits, Tuesdays 6:30 pm, Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church 484 Hill rd, Hoosick Falls, NY
For more information call, Jonathan 518-686-3269, Bob 518-779-3485
or Sandy 518-686-5962.

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May 13-Sep 23 – Manchester
“The Southern Vermont Sampler Tour”
Discover the lure, charm & nostalgia of Vermont’s country backroads. Visit & learn about unique places you wouldn’t normally find on your own. Many stops along the way, group size 2 – 10, comfortable tour vehicle, 2 daily tours (morning “History Buff’s” tour & afternoon “Southern Vermont Sampler.” Advanced reservations necessary. backroaddiscovery.com

July 1-Nov 5 – Bennington
“Grandma Moses: American Modern at the Bennington Museum”
Grandma Moses: American Modern is a long-overdue exhibition reexamining the beloved American artist Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses and reestablishing her to her rightful place within the canon of mid-century American Modern Art. The exhibition counters Moses’s marginalization as strictly a “folk” artist and a phenomenon within popular culture through the presentation of fresh research and in-depth analyses of Moses’s celebrated artworks and unique painting techniques to address the myth of the self-taught artist through a modernist lens. Grandma Moses: American Modern also contextualizes Moses within the modern art era by pairing her paintings and ephemera alongside fellow “folk artists” as well as her modernist contemporaries such as Joseph Cornell, Helen Frankenthaler, Joseph Pickett, and Any Warhol. Together with the works in the permanent gallery dedicated to the life and work of Grandma Moses, the Museum will have on view over 65 works by this great American modern folk artist. benningtonmuseum.org

Sep 2-Oct 9 – Bennington
“1863 Jane Stickle Quilt on display at Bennington Museum”
The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world. Brought to the museum 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric. The Jane Stickle Quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border. The craftsmanship of the quilt has been mentioned in numerous quilting books. The Jane Stickle Quilt can be viewed with regular museum admission. benningtonmuseum.org

Sep 2-Oct 15 – Manchester
“Vermont Artists Then and Now at the Southern Vermont Arts Center”
This exhibition is comprised of selected works from the SVAC Permanent Collection, local private collections, and 35 working artists from the area. Paintings done by the founding members of SVAC will be exhibited side-by-side with the contemporary Vermont artists. Artists exhibiting will be: Bill Aupperlee, Tracy Baker-White, Katherine Buchmayr, Nancy Calicchio, Patti Campbell, Judith Carbine, Robert Carsten, Matt Harding, Nancy Howe, Arthur Jones, Walter Lauf, Terry Lindsey, Georgine MacGarvey, Dona Mara Friedman, Pam Marron, Virginia McNeice, Petria Mitchell, Elizabeth Nagle, Robert O’Brien, John Olson, Harry Rich, Mallory Rich, Cynthia Rosen, Barbara Rowles, Peter Salmon, Mary Schwartz, Jessica Smith, Kathi Thompson, Eric Tobin, Mark Tougias, David Utiger, Robert Van Degna, George Van Hook, Susan Weiss, and Helen Young. This exhibition serves to highlight the artists working in the Southern Vermont area, past and present. The show pays special tribute to local artist Arthur Jones. Arthur painted with many of the founding artists and provides the exhibition with the link between then and now. The show also pays tribute to Barbara Melhado who for many years worked closely with SVAC’s Permanent Collection. svac.org

Sep 16-Nov 5 – Manchester
“Fall Solo Shows at Southern Vermont Arts Center”
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 16 (2-4PM). Artists exhibiting will be: Pamela Bennett Ader, Ricia Gordon, Elinor Katz, Phyllis Kulmatiski, Wit McKay, Maggie Meiners, Grace Mellow, Robert Moylan, Daniel Root, Jessica Smith, Ken Young. svac.org

Sep 19 – Bennington
“Story Night at Two Brews”
Stop by Two Brews at 7pm for a night of story telling. The theme of the evening is mystery, your best true ghost story or perhaps even a deeper mystery. Told around a fire. No notes, no props, true from you. storiesvermont.com

Sep 21 – Manchester
“The Music of Strangers documentary showing at Manchester Community Library”
Made possible by the generosity of the Roberta and Russell Housman Charitable Foundation, the Manchester Community Library will offer a free public screening of The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. From the director of the Oscar®-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, The Music of Strangers tells the extraordinary story of an amazing group of musicians, brought together by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who have come together over the past 15 years to celebrate the universal power of music. Refreshments will be served, starting at 6 p.m. The film screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be a discussion following the movie.
Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. The film screening and discussion is free and open to all. Info: 802-362-2607. mclvt.org

Sep 21 – Jamaica
“Andy Avery and the “A” Team performance at the Jamaica Town Hall”
Once again the historic Jamaica Town Hall will be filled with wonderful live music. The evening’s performers will be Andy Avery and the “A” Team with their fabulous harmonies of bluegrass, folk, rock and originals. Andy plays regularly in Manchester and played to a sold out crowd as part of the Bob Dylan tribute concert at the Town Hall in August. The other musicians for the trio are Fred Lantz on bass and vocals and Frank Orsini on fiddle, mandolin and vocals. The group has been playing together for 14 years. Doors open at 6pm with the show starting at 7pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. All proceeds go to the Jamaica Community Arts Council a Vermont non-profit. For more info on this and other events go to craftdraughts.com/jcac

Sep 22-23 – Bennington
“Weekend Reception for Three Upcoming Shows at The Bennington Center for the Arts”
The Bennington will be hosting a reception this weekend to celebrate three important shows – Artists for the New Century, the Laumeister Fine Art Competition and the newest show for the center, The Collective Members’ show. This year the art center also began offering artist memberships and the inaugural show will open on Saturday. Members of The Bennington Collective must be juried into the group by peers and all work for the annual shows is selected by the Signature members. The weekend festivities will begin Friday the 22nd in the afternoon with a paint-out at Southern Vermont College, open to the public. Friday evening everyone is welcome to attend a Celtic concert by the McKrells back at the Center. (Tickets are available online at TheBennington.org or by calling the center). On Saturday there will be a reception from 5:00 – 6:30 pm at which awards for the Laumeister Fine Art Competition and Artists for the New Century will be announced. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served and again, the public is welcome to attend.

Sep 23 – Bennington
“Music at the Museum present: APPALACHIAN”
Big Stone Gap is joined by Alyson Slack on the fiddle and Aaron Pacitti on guitar to perform music from fiddle tunes to rock and roll. Just as visual folk artists like Grandma Moses informed and influenced modern artists, American folk music had its own impact on the future of music. Appalachian Harvest begins the concert with traditional anonymous American fiddle tunes and progresses through the introduction of bluegrass which was pioneered by Bill Monroe. The performers then draw from the Western Swing influences of Bob Wills, and the correlation of swing and Dixieland as these all became incorporated into Appalachian music. The program rounds out with more modern interpretations of the genre as it became more energized through the establishment of rock and roll. Members of Big Stone Gap include Dave Lawlor on the mandolin; Brent Weaver on guitar; Chris Fisher-Lockhead playing the viola; and Dave Cuite, bass. This free concert is made possible by the generous support of Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. Admission to the museum galleries is not included. For more information visit the web site: benningtonmuseum.org

Sep 23 – Peru
“Peru Fair”
Right in the heart of historic Peru Village, an old-fashioned country fair. The Saturday-only event is beloved by visitors and local alike. Includes a pig roast, live music, craft vendors, cloggers, antiques and art exhibits, clowns and magicians, pony rides, local food and drink, baked goods. Park at Bromley Mountain and ride the shuttle down the street. perufair.org

Sep 29-Oct 1 – Manchester
“Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival”
Come to quaint, historic Manchester, Vermont for the annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival at Riley Rink in Hunter Park. This Festival, bringing annual visitors from New York, Massachusetts, and elsewhere in the Northeast, provides a unique and memorable shopping experience. Find handcrafted creations made by expert Artists and Artisans, and meet the actual makers of the work. Visitors also enjoy the Specialty Foods and Spirits tent, with producers of Vermont products including maple syrup, craft distilled spirits, and other gourmet items. Also find wine, beer, and great food to eat on-site while you enjoy live music and other entertainment. Enjoy a memorable visit to beautiful Manchester! craftproducers.com

Sep 29-Oct 15 – Bennington
“Oldcastle Theatre presents Broadway Bound”
Following Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, this is the poignant and funny conclusion of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical Eugene trilogy. Eugene and his brother Stanley are trying to break into the world of professional comedy writing, while coping with their parents’ messy and gut-wrenching split. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the rest of the family is upset to hear a comedic rendition of their own trials and tribulations. How will Eugene and his brother balance their loyalties to their family and to their art? oldcastletheatre.org

Sep 30 – Arlington
“Sugar Shack Maple Open House”
Join us for our maple open house! Sugar House Tour – Our sugar makers will walk you through our sugar house and explain the process of making maple syrup! We’ll have hot maple syrup samples on a silver dollar pancake available in the store (FREE). You’re welcome to sample each of the four grades of maple syrup made at the Sugar Shack! We’ll have maple giveaways, & we’ll also have our maple glazed and cider donuts, maple CREEMEES, Sidehill Farm Jam tastings and lots of other yummie products in the store for purchase! – We will not be boiling sap as it is off season – this is a tour/explanation of the sugaring process from start to finish! A great learning experience for all! sugarshackvt.com

Oct 2 – Bennington
“Archer Mayor at the Bennington Free Library”
Archer returns to Bennington Free Library to entertain and discuss Trace, the 28th installment in his popular detective Joe Gunther series. We are delighted to welcome back this New York Times best-selling author, and the reason he returns to Bennington each year? That’s no mystery: it’s you, his welcoming and curious fans who ensure the evening is never formulaic! The Bennington Bookshop, co-sponsor will provide books and treats. 7pm – 8pm, this event is free and open to the public. benningtonfreelibrary.org

Oct 4 – Manchester
“Presidential Biographer Discusses Hit ‘Hamilton’ Musical at First Congregational Church”
Presidential biographer Willard Sterne Randall will discuss how the life of Alexander Hamilton inspired a major Broadway musical in a talk at Manchester’s First Congregational Church at 7:00 pm. His talk, “Hamilton: The Man and the Musical,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library. The First Congregational Church of Manchester is located at 3624 Main St. (Rt. 7A) in Manchester, VT. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 . mclvt.org vermonthumanities.org

Oct 6-15 – Dorset
“Dorset Players presents Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
October 6-8 (Columbus Day Weekend) and Oct 13-15. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy play written by Christopher Durang. The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. dorsetplayers.org

Oct 7 – Bennington
“The Progression Ensemble at Southern Vermont College”
2 pm at the Everett Theater join us for a performance of music by Gene Pritsker, Eric Despard, Conrad Kehn, Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, and Yuji Takahashi. Progression Ensemble members: Guitarist Eric Despard and Accordionist Rocco Anthony Jerry will perform works by American, Norwegian and Japanese composers. Mr. Despard will give the world premiere of his newest work Meditation on Charlottesville. To commemorate the 16th anniversary of the beginning of the Afghan War (October 7, 2001), Mr. Jerry will perform Yuji Takahashi’s accordion duo. This is a musical setting of Diane di Prima’s poem on the Afghan war. Gene Pritsker’s new accordion solo Stressor and his Curves for accordion and samplestra will also be performed together with two multimedia works by Conrad Kehn. Mr. Despard will perform Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred’s guitar solo 5 Preludes. ericdespard.com

Oct 11-15 – Manchester
“ITV Fest (The Independent Television Festival)”
TVFest (the Independent Television Festival) is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents and fans responsible for discovering the best new television programs created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets. Throughout the year from New York to Los Angeles and places in between, our global network of creatives, executives and fans gather for seminars, screenings and retreats. It all culminates at the week-long festival in Manchester in October. ITVFest is an open public festival. It is not just for entertainment industry folks. If you enjoy film festivals, arts festivals and seeing the world’s best creative talent, then ITVFest is for you!itvfest.com

Oct 14 – Bennington
Presented by the Northshaft Lions group, come enjoy music, food, entertainment for kids and adults, and lots and lots of good beer. Held each year at Colgate Park, $5 admission. bennington.com/oktoberfest

Oct 14 – Brattleboro
“Tom Harrell Quartet at the Vermont Jazz Center”
8 pm. Tom Harrell is one of the most prolific trumpeters in jazz. His career spans more than 40 years and he has appeared on over 260 albums with artists such as Charles McPherson and Horace Silver. This VJC performance with his working quartet promotes their new recording, ‘Moving Pictures’. Tom Harrell, trumpet. Danny Grissett, piano . Ugonna Okegwo, bass. Joe Dyson, drums.
Tickets $20-$40 general, $15 students. Available online, at door, reserved by phone and In the Moment Records. Call ahead for handicap access. vtjazz.org

Oct 17 – Bennington
“Open Mic Poetry Night”
Join us at Everett Theatre at Southern Vermont College for an Open Mic Poetry Night. Attendees can read any of their favorite poems, but the focus will be Brown Girl Dreaming, the Vermont Reads 2017 selection. A reception will immediately follow the poetry. Southern Vermont College on Facebook

Oct 21 – Bennington
“Rock N’ Brews”
Get ready for a loud night of music and beer. Hosted at Southern Vermont College, three great New England bands will be gathered together: Anchor & Chain, Darling, and Stowaway. Check back in closer to the event date for more details: bennington.com/rocknbrews

Oct 22-Dec 11 – Bennington
“Oldcastle Theatre Presents Vocal Workshop”
Monday nights from 7-9 pm, join the Oldcastle Theatre for a Vocal Workshop taught by composer, conductor, singer Thomas Lawrence Toscano and featuring pianist Joan Forsythe of the Bennington College faculty. The workshop is open to singers at all levels interested in enhancing their abilities to perform their favorite work. The classes will culminate in a public performance on stage at Oldcastle December 11th.
The cost of the eight week workshop is $160.00. For additional information or to sign up for the class call Oldcastle at 802-447-0564. oldcastletheatre.org

Oct 28 – Bennington
Fallapalooza! is the event designed especially for children. With store-to-store trick-or-treating at over 35 business locations for kids in costume, there’s also train rides, a petting zoo, medieval combat exhibitions, pumpkin carving, henna tattoos, free balloons, prizes, and coupons, a giant public art project, and carnival games. Food trucks line the streets, but there’s also over 15 restaurants within walking distance. This is the ULTIMATE Family fun day in Bennington. betterbennington.com

Oct 30 – Bennington
“Not So Scary Halloween Stories at the Bennington Free Library”
Fun for the whole family! Bring a flashlight, and costumes are optional. Come listen to some Halloween themed stories that won’t keep you up all night. In the Childrens’ Room from 6:30 – 7:15 pm. benningtonfreelibrary.org

Nov 4 – Manchester
“Wilburton Inn Murder Mystery”
Get away with murder at the Wilburton Inn in Manchester, Vermont for our 5th annual interactive murder mystery weekend! Guests are invited to dress up and pack their inner Miss Marples and Sherlocks as they follow a cast of actors through the 1902 Wilburton “Clue” worthy mansion! Prizes are awarded for best sleuthing and most creative costume. Family Innkeeper and New York City playwright, Tajlei Levis uses the Wilburton’s rich history as inspiration for each year’s original mystery. Sunday morning join us for a Broadway Sing-Along lead by Brian Drutman (Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast album producer of Wicked, Honeymoon in Vegas and An American in Paris). wilburtoninn.com

Nov 17-Dec 28 – Manchester
“Backroad Merriment Tour”
Visit the sweeping mountain/valley vista, international woodworking workshop, the oldest marble quarry in US, rural VT villages, authentic maple sugar shack. Along the way learn about the local area history and sample vt products. backroaddiscovery.com

Dec 1-2 – Bennington
“Snowball Bazaar”
The Second Congregational Church in Bennington Vermont will hold its 69th Annual Snowball Bazaar Friday from 5:30 to 8 pm and Saturday from 9:30-3. Delight in beautiful handmade wreaths and centerpieces, an enormous tag sale, delicious homemade baked goods, silent auction, Hand made pet supplies, homemade desserts and luncheon. Second Congregational Church is located at 115 Hillside St. in Bennington, Vermont. Call (802) 442-2559 or visit www.bennscc.org for more information.

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