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.

Also, feel free to check out:

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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Oct 7-Dec 30 – Bennington
“Photographs by Laura Gilpin and Her Circle at the Bennington Museum”
When Laura Gilpin passed away in 1979 most of her negatives, photographs, and letters went to the permanent archive at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Three portfolios of photographs however were kept by her family. The Bennington Museum is fortunate to have this opportunity to share with the public a selection from these portfolios which include photographs by Gilpin herself as well as photographs given to Gilpin over her long career by friends and mentors, including Clarence H. White and Gertrude Käsebier. This exhibition of remarkable photographs will be on view in the Works on Paper Gallery of Bennington Museum. Opening Reception on Oct 7th at 2:30pm, join curator Jamie Franklin and Bennington College instructor Jonathan Kline for an opening reception of this remarkable exhibition. This event is free and open to the public. benningtonmuseum.org

Oct 13-Nov 28 – Bennington
“Personal Geography Exhibit on display at Southern Vermont College”
Southern Vermont College is pleased to exhibit new works by Bennington visual artist Barbara Ackerman. The exhibit is available for viewing in Everett Mansion’s Burgdorff Gallery. The general public is invited to a reception for the artist Friday, October 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gallery. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends by arrangement with the Campus Safety Office. Inquiries about the exhibit may be addressed to Ackerman by e-mail at backerman@svc.edu.

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

Nov 18 – Manchester
“Bird Walk at Hildene”
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at (802) 362-2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 8:00am. This is a free event. hildene.org

Nov 18 – North Bennington
“The World Turn’d Upside Down: Music of the English Civil War”
Join us in the Carriage Barn at Park-McCullough House starting at 7:30pm for some Civil War ballads from both sides! Shortly after Election Day, we revisit a time of strangely familiar political unrest–the English Civil War and Interregnum. This tumultuous era (1640-1660) produced music that resonated deeply for both commoners and nobility throughout the British Isles. The royalist Cavaliers and Cromwell’s “roundheads” both produced songs that satirized the opposition and promoted their own views or glorified martial heroes. Charles I’s court contained many notable musicians, including viol player and composer William Lawes; he gave his life for the Royalist cause, but not before composing some of the most sublime and bizarre consort music of the 17th century. The program features music by Lawes, Jenkins, Tomkins and Locke, selections from The English Dancing Master, and our own settings. By donation; cash bar available.
Performance by Seven Times Salt, presented by Bennington Baroque. benningtonbaroque.com seventimessalt.com.

Nov 18 – Brattleboro
“Elio Villafranca’s Jass Syncopators”
Emerging Artist Series at the Vermont Jazz Center. Villafranca, a virtuoso on the piano, is a gifted musician who is able to deftly morph the compelling rhythms of his native Cuba by fusing them with the instrumentation, technique, and theory inherent in jazz and classical music. The concept of his group, The Jass Syncopators, is to re-imagine the effect of Cuban and African contributions on the evolution of jazz in New Orleans. Sponsored by L. Carlene Raper and Julian Gerstin. Call ahead for handicap access. Tickets $20-$40 general, $15 students. Available online, at door, reserved by phone and In the Moment Records.
YouTube Elio Villafrannca Jass Syncopators Live at Dizzy’s Sunday Stomp at Congo Square

Nov 19 – Manchester
“American Snapshots talk at Manchester Community Library”
We live in what writer John Rember calls, “the thin moment of the present.” When we take a snapshot, a photo, we are intuitively aware of our fleeting and ephemeral lives – and hope to preserve it in time and place. The snapshot is at once, both folk-art and poetry of the commonplace.
On Sunday, at 4 p.m., Peter Bosco MFA, will share from his vast snapshot collection of America in an illustrated talk at Manchester Community Library. In “The American Snapshot: Poetry of the Commonplace,” Bosco and the audience will explore the Golden Age of American snapshots, between the early 1900s through the 1960s. Be part photo-detective, archaeologist, and sociologist in this fun and lively discussion. Social, cultural and political overtones are revealed both by lens and the distancing of time. We will compare the earlier snapshot with our current iPhone/Snapchat culture.
The program is free and open to all. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. Info: 802-362-2607. mclvt.org

Nov 23 – Manchester
“Thanksgiving at Ye Olde Tavern”
Why not celebrate Thanksgiving at Vermont’s Oldest Tavern? We will be serving our renowned holiday menu. Reservations are suggested. (802) 362-0611. yeoldetavern.net

Nov 24-Dec 30 – Bennington
“The Annual Festival at the Bennington Museum”
“Time for the Holidays” celebrates the creativity of wide range of artists as they respond to the works of Nichols Goddard’s Musical Clock, c. 1810. Few American clocks of the early nineteenth century are more sophisticated, mechanically complex, or beautiful than this one. A set of ten bells and hammers play seven tunes. All this lends itself to wonderful interpretations. benningtonmuseum.org

Nov 24-Dec 31 – Manchester
“Manchester Merriment”
Six weeks of small town charm, snow-capped mountains, and the spirit of the season. Manchester Merriment kicks off Thanksgiving Weekend and continues through New Year’s Day. Highlights include tree lighting, tractor parade, historic inn tours, and Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home decked in her Victorian finery. Plus, festive and fun holiday markets, visit from Santa, and the Elf Express train ride for kids! Details to come. manchestervermont.com

Nov 25 – Manchester
“Manchester Tree Lighting”
Join the community on the Factory Point Town Green for the annual tree lighting! More details to come.

Nov 27 – Chester
“Cider Monday”
We’d like to invite you to join us in person at Phoenix Books to enjoy a free cup of delicious, hot apple cider! (While supplies last.) Cider Monday is a new tradition being started by lots of small businesses in New England, and it’s our way of thanking you for choosing to shop indie and support a strong local economy this holiday season. phone: (802)875-3400. phoenixbooks.biz

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.

Dec 1-10 – Dorset
“Dorset Players Holiday Show – The 12 Days of Christmas by Renee Calarco”
Performance dates are Fridays, December 1 & 8 at 7:30, Saturdays, 2 & 9 at 2pm, and Sundays, 3 & 10 at 2 pm at the Dorset Playhouse.
Based on the song of the same name, the young Partridge, Shirley is responsible for  gathering  all those mentioned in the song for the first official singing of The Song. Mixing a little tradition with a new approach to the song,  the audience is sure to enjoy the ride and the fun of the outcome.
Reserve tickets online at dorsetplayers.org or call 802-867-5570, Monday thru Friday 10 am -2pm to reserve your tickets.   Box Office Hours are Tuesday, November 28 thru Thursday November 30  from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm and 2 hours before all shows.
This show is sponsored by: Baierlein Landscaping, The Dorset Inn/Barrows House, New Morning Foods, Northshire Bookstore and The Bank of Bennington

Dec 1 – Brattleboro
“Vermont Jazz Center Big Band Concert”
Vermont Jazz Center Big Band with Kevin Mahogany and Dave Stryker at 8 pm. 16 piece big band with director Rob Freeberg, 
Kevin Mahogany, vocals and Dave Stryker, guitar. Revenue from this annual gala is the primary source of funding to assist VJC students.
Tickets WITH Table Seating: $30-$50 sliding scale; Tickets WITHOUT Table Seating: $25-$45 sliding scale. Available online, at door, reserved by phone and In the Moment Records. MC/Visa $1 fee/ticket. vtjazz.org

Dec 2 – Manchester
“Annual Lighted Tractor Parade”
Antique and modern tractors adorned in lights and holiday trimmings make their way through town, each uniquely decorated in the spirit of the season. Come and be a spectator!

Dec 2 – Dorset
“Dorset Historical Society Holiday Open House”
The Dorset Historical Society’s Holiday Open House will feature the culmination of DHS’s first-ever Festival of Trees, displaying the complete collection of small table-top trees decorated by various local businesses, craftspeople, and artists. Raffle tickets are available with proceeds going to the preservation of DHS’s collection of Hunt Gilbert photographs of Dorset; the final drawing of winning raffle tickets will take place during the Open House. dorsetvthistory.org

Dec 2 – Manchester
“Holiday Inn Tours”
Check out how the local inns decorate for the holidays with the annual Holiday Inn Tours! Walk through history and learn more about some of Southern Vermont’s most famous inns during this magical time of year. Inns throughout Manchester, Dorset, and Arlington will be open for visitors. Each location plays host in a unique way, making for a cozy and fun Saturday afternoon in the country.

Dec 2 – Jamaica
“Holiday Fest and Wreath Workshop”
Get in the holiday spirit with the first annual Holiday Fest and Wreath Workshop. The event takes place at the beautiful historic Jamaica Town Hall on from 4-6pm. The festival will include a myriad of activities and photo opportunities. Be crafty and create a holiday wreath at the workshop table, or purchase a decorated locally made artisan wreath. Sing carols and enjoy live music with the wonderful Merry Pranksters bluegrass band. The music heads outside across to the town green to light the Town Tree at 5:30 pm. Great raffle prizes have been donated by local businesses like a big fresh cut tree, restaurant gift certificate, food and fun holiday items. Sign up at the D&K store for the cookie swap with talented local bakers. Enjoy homemade refreshments, bring a new unwrapped toy to donate, make a fun project at the kids craft area and much, much more.
Jamaica Town Hall is located at 3735 VT Route 30 in the village of Jamaica. The event is free and hosted by The Jamaica Community Arts Council. There is a $23 fee for the wreaths. Larger wreaths are available. Have some holiday fun with friends and neighbors!

Dec 9 – Bennington
“Family Day at the Bennington Museum”
Bring the family and enjoy a wonderful day of children’s shopping, Santa, crafts, bake sale and more. $3 admission for everyone. All proceeds from the Festival benefit Education Programs at the Museum benningtonmuseum.org

Dec 9 – Manchester
“Holiday Inn Tours”
Check out how the local inns decorate for the holidays with the annual Holiday Inn Tours! Walk through history and learn more about some of Southern Vermont’s most famous inns during this magical time of year. Inns throughout Manchester, Dorset, and Arlington will be open for visitors. Each location plays host in a unique way, making for a cozy and fun Saturday afternoon in the country.

Dec 16 – Bennington
“Music at the Museum presents Holiday Music with the Taconic Chamber Players”
Music at the Museum is pleased to present an afternoon of holiday music with the Taconic Chamber Players. Sit back and get ready for the holidays as Joana Genova and Deanna Baasch on violins, Ariel Rudiakov on the viola, and Nathaniel Parke playing the cello perform a varied program from Bach to Duke Ellington.
This free concert is made possible by the generous support of Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. Admission to the Bennington Museum galleries is not included.

Dec 16-17 – Manchester
“Elf Express”
The magical, musical Elf Express is just what little ones dream of. On the hour long journey, singing and dancing elves tell the story of Christopher Pop-In-Kins while pint-sized passengers can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Plus, a visit from Mr and Mrs Claus! The whole experience takes place aboard vintage Green Mountain Flyers, with five departures from the r.k. Miles Depot Station each day. Make sure to check the FAQs which have all the important details; where to park, when to arrive, bathroom breaks, etc. manchesterlionselftrain.com/

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