Upcoming Events in Southern Vermont

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

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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


Farmers Markets in Bennington and Manchester
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
Hours: Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, 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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NOW Through – Dec 20 – Bennington
“The Laumeister Fine Art Competition”
Artists from around the country and the world are invited to submit work to be included in our sixth annual fine art competition, this year juried by Stuart Johnson, organizer of the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction. Monetary awards will be given and the representational artwork will be available.


NOW Through – Dec 20 – Bennington
“Small Works Show”
Fine art – 11 x 14 and smaller – is available for immediate purchase in this gallery beginning in May. Artwork is representational but not limited to a theme. Figurative, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife and still-lifes by nationally recognized artists make up the show.

NOW Through – Dec 20 – Bennington
“Impressions of New England”
This annual exhibition will include over 60 scenes captured in paint and bronze. Seashores, rolling hills, foliage and New England wildlife will be just some of the subjects in this sales exhibit.


Nov. 20 – 22 – Ludlow
“The Okemo Mountain School Ski and Snowboard Swap”
The Annual OMS Ski and Snowboard Swap is the best place to gear up for winter with new and used equipment for sale at great prices. You will find everything you need for the winter season- skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets, goggles, long underwear, jackets, mittens, hats, socks and more! All proceeds benefit the Okemo Mountain School in Ludlow, VT.
The swap takes place at the Clock Tower Base Lodge of Okemo Mountain on:
Friday, November 20th from 4-7 pm
Saturday, November 21st from 9 am- 5 pm
Sunday, November 22nd from 9 am-1 pm

Further questions, please contact Mariel Meringolo at mmeringolo@okemomountainschool.org or 802-228-1513.

Nov. 21 – Bennington
Matt Edwards & Buck2Fifty- Smooth New Orleans Style Jazz 
8pm at Oldcastle Theatre.

Nov. 27 – Dec. 29 – Bennington
“Festival Reimagined”
With the Festival now in its 20th year, Bennington Museum is remaking it in line with the spirit of creation and innovation that is now such an integral part of the museum. Taking the Festival in a new direction, it will feature an exhibition of works by accomplished artists in our region working in a wide variety of mediums. This exhibition will be on view November 27 through December 29, and all the art will be available for purchase in a closed bid auction. Of course, the festival will still host the Festival Gala on December 5 and Family Day on December 12. Visit to see the beautiful art in The Festival Reimagined exhibition and join us for the 20th anniversary celebrations.

Nov. 28 – Bennington
Movie Showing “One Heart, One Spirit”
The Bennington Center for the Arts presents a Vermont Movie Premiere “One Heart, One Spirit” Saturday Nov. 28 at 7pm. Film screening and discussion with Director, John Pritchard. The film is about a Native American elder, Kenneth Little Hawk, meeting the oldest surviving culture on the planet: the 40,000 year old Aboriginal people of the Yolngu nation in northern Australia. The movie also features Australian acting legend, Jack Thompson, who is the official ambassador for the Yolngu, and helps us understand this fascinating culture through his compelling narration.

Nov. 28 – Jan. 3 – Manchester
“Manchester Merriment”
A holiday celebration featuring tours of decorated inns, wine tastings at local restaurants, the Lighted Tractor Parade, and the Elf Express Train ride. Horsedrawn wagon rides and tree lightings round out the six-week celebration.
Some events charge admission.

Dec. 2 – Brattleboro
Middlebury Professor Discusses Vermont’s Architectural Gems
Part of First Wednesdays at Brattleboro’s Brooks Memorial Library:
A Free Lecture Presented by Vermont Humanities Council
Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres will illustrate and discuss the treasures of Vermont’s built environment in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on December 2 at 7:00 pm. His talk, “The Buildings of Vermont,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.
Andres’s talk will look beyond Vermont’s pastoral stereotypes to examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of its built landscape.
Andres has taught, primarily in the areas of architectural and urban history, at Middlebury since 1970. His research spans from the Italian Renaissance through 19th century America to postmodernism. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University and a PhD in architectural history from Princeton University. His doctoral dissertation on the Villa Medici in Rome was pursued while a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Dec. 2 – Manchester
Literary Critic Ilan Stavans Considers Don Quixote at 400
Part of First Wednesdays at Manchester’s First Congregational Church:
A Free Lecture Presented by Vermont Humanities Council
Celebrated literary critic and author Ilan Stavans will consider the impact of the masterful novel Don Quixote in a talk at Manchester’s First Congregational Church on December 2 at 7:00 pm. His talk, “Don Quixote of La Mancha: The Novel that Invented Modernity” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series and is free and open to the public.
2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the second part of Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote of La Mancha and 2016 the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’s death. To commemorate the occasion, Ilan Stavans, author of a new groundbreaking cultural history of the novel, will ponder Don Quixote’s impact on the way we conceive reality as a whole.
Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships, and other honors, including an Emmy nomination, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Jewish Book Award, the Latino Hall of Fame Award, Chile’s Presidential Medal, and several grants. His many books include Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language and Quixote: The Novel and the World.

Dec. 4 – Brattleboro
VJC Big Band and Guest Vibraphonist, Richard Greenblatt Pay Tribute to Terry Gibbs’ Dream Band
The Vermont Jazz Center’s 18 piece big band with vibraphonist Rich Greenblatt play the high-energy swinging arrangements of Terry Gibbs’ legendary Dream Band. Special guest Jill Connolly joins on vocals for this annual VJC Scholarship fundraiser concert.

$25-40 sliding scale, table reserved for $30-50′ with NO student price.
At door, on-line, In the Moment Records, reserved by phone.
Please call ahead for handicap access.

Dec. 5 -Weston
“Christmas in Weston”
Experience an Old Fashioned Christmas Festival: tours, horse drawn wagon rides, Santa, caroling and more. At the Vermont Country Store, the Museums, the Old Parish Church and other locations throughout Weston. 11am – 5pm.

Dec. 5 – Bennington
A Christmas Carol” presented by Shakespeare on Main Street
7:30pm at Oldcastle Theatre.
Director Gary Meitrott adapts Readers Theater to include costuming and  movement by the actors, adding a dramatic element to the performance. With simple, yet elegant, Victorian furniture and costuming, five actors bring all of the  characters to life using Dickens’ original words.

Dec. 5 – Bennington
“Festival Reimagined”
Taking the highlight of the museum’s holiday season in a new direction, the Festival Reimagined Gala and Silent Auction is joined this year with a closed bid auction of original exhibited fine art. Join us for an evening of music and conversation, delectable savory and
sweet foods, fine wine and signature drinks. Free Babysitting. $90/person; $75/person for reservations made and paid for before.

Dec. 5 – Manchester
Bennington County Choral Society presents “Music of the French Cathedrals”
Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vt.
Pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets: $15 at the door, or in advance from choristers or at the Bennington Bookshop. Student tickets: $10 at the door with valid student ID. The December 12 concert in Putney is not ticketed. All concert venues are wheelchair accessible. Information: bccsmusic.wordpress.com.

Dec. 6 – Rockingham
Vermont Author Jessie Haas Book Signing at The Vermont Country Store
The Vermont Country Store welcomes award-winning author Jessie Haas to read from her popular children’s book Sugaring in Rockingham, Vt. on Sunday, December 6th, from 1 to 3 p.m. and in Weston, Vt. on , from 1 to 2 p.m. Ms. Haas will also be available to autograph copies of her books for visitors after the reading.

Dec. 6 – Bennington
Bennington County Choral Society presents “Music of the French Cathedrals”
Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vt.
Pre-performance discussion at 2:15 p.m.

Tickets: $15 at the door, or in advance from choristers or at the Bennington Bookshop. Student tickets: $10 at the door with valid student ID. The December 12 concert in Putney is not ticketed. All concert venues are wheelchair accessible. Information: bccsmusic.wordpress.com.

Dec. 12 – Bennington
“Festival Reimagined Family Day”
Admission to the museum is only $3 for everyone. Children who bring an item for donation are admitted free (see website for details). Children’s Shopping Boutique, crafts, photos with Santa, bake sale, and so much more. Activities conclude at 4:00 p.m.

Dec. 12 – Putney
Bennington County Choral Society presents “Music of the French Cathedrals”
Calder Hall, Michael S. Currier Center at The Putney School, Putney, Vt.

Tickets: $15 at the door, or in advance from choristers or at the Bennington Bookshop. Student tickets: $10 at the door with valid student ID. The December 12 concert in Putney is not ticketed. All concert venues are wheelchair accessible. Information: bccsmusic.wordpress.com.

Dec. 15 – Bennington

“Museum ABCs – Where Are the Animals?”
Is open to all children ages 3 to 5 and their families and caregivers. This story hour includes stories on the month’s topic, visits to the galleries to observe and talk about a piece of art or object, plus an art or craft activity. The monthly program was developed and is offered in collaboration with the Bennington Free Library. Admission Free. 1:30 – 2:30pm. Registration is not required.

Dec. 19 – Bennington
WBTN/Oldcastle Theatre Present A Radio Holiday Extravaganza 
This is a live Holiday Radio Broadcast that features music, comedy and holiday cheer

Feb. 12 and 13 – Bennington
Gypsy Lane presented by the VAE
at Oldcastle Theatre

A tasteful, and titillating night of Burlesque