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.

Ongoing

May-October
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
www.walloomsac.org

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
www.dorsetfarmersmarket.org

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 May 1 – Bennington
“Centers, Circles, Squares, Grids” at Bennington Museum
Works by Vincent Longo, 1958-1976.Vincent Longo is one of the last of a generation of printmakers who matured during the 1940s and 1950s and developed an abstract language for printmaking. He is best known for his abstract expressionist woodcuts of the 1950s and early 1960s, and for his “dark etchings” and gridded etchings and woodcuts of the 1960s.

Jan 17-Mar 26 – Brandon
“Winter as Prism or Prison” at the Compass Music and Art Center
People have conflicting emotions about winter. This juried exhibit presents different takes on the notion of winter as a beautiful prism of light, or a prison one can’t wait to escape.
Check out the Facebook link for more information.

Jan 21 – Feb 15 – Manchester
“The Art of Tom Atkins” at The Gallery at Equinox Village
The Gallery at Equinox Village will present an exhibit of art by Tom Atkins titled “Line. Color. Life.” from January 21 through February 15, 2016. The Exhibit Opening, scheduled for Thursday, January 21 at 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public and will feature light refreshments and music.
More information about Tom Atkins is available on his web site, www.quarryhouse.us, his art blog theartoftomatkins.wordpress.com,  or his Quarry House blog quarryhouse.wordpress.com.
The Gallery at Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple Street in Manchester Center.   Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  For more information, call Equinox Village at (802) 362-4061.

Feb 5-14 – North Hero
Great Ice
The 10th Annual GreatIce! event in North Hero Vermont will begin Friday, February 5th at 5:30p. Enjoy Free Public Skating, Bonfire, Sled Dog Rides, Kids Ice Fishing Derby, Over ‘n Back Trek to Knight Island, Ice Bike Racing, Pickup Hockey, Extreme Frisbee, Flapjack Breakfast, Drag Racing, Valentine’s Dinner and Dance, and More
Please visit their page at greaticevt.org/faces/events for up to date listing of events.

Feb 6-Apr 17 – Bennington
“Marble” at the Bennington Museum
An exhibition of works by Jen Morris. “Marble contributes to a dialogue that is more and more common. It speaks to gaining jobs with industrialization, losing jobs with deindustrialization, globalization of a market, permanent structural changes to a landscape, and the use of a limited resource. Marble in Vermont represents more than an industry,” states Morris.
On Feb 6 come meet the artist 2:30-4:30 pm. FREE.

Feb 11 – Bennington
“TED talks and pizza” at the Lightning Jar
TED, Pizza, and Beer is a free event that mixes social networking, TED Talk screenings, and open discussions afterward. The first will take place this Thursday at The Lightning Jar, with two leadership-focused screenings by Simon Sinek: “Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe” and “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.”
For more details, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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

A tasteful, and titillating night of Burlesque

Feb 13 – Manchester
“Fit to be Tyed” at The American Museum of Fly Fishing
From 12-4pm tiers Brian Price of Vermont Fly Guys, Mike Hulvey of Central Vermont Trout Unlimited, Kelly Bedford, Paul Sinicki, and
others as they show you the ways in vise mastery. This event is family friendly and
the AMFF staff will also have a craft table set up to teach young children how to
make clown flies. These big decorative flies made on coat hanger “hooks” serve as a
fun teaching tool. Whether you are a seasoned fly tier or have yet to string together
your first Woolly Worm, these classes will benefit all.
The generous staff at Green
Mountain Troutfitters has donated fly tying materials for the event.
For more information about the Museum and our public programs and eventsplease visit our website www.amff.com

Feb. 13 – Brattleboro
“Steve Davis Sextet: the Music of J.J. Johnson” at the Vermont Jazz Center
Featuring Harold Mabern and Scott Mullett. The Steve Davis Sextet highlights the music of trombonist and composer J. J. Johnson.  Featured are one of bebop’s foremost elder statesmen on piano, Harold Mabern, as well as the formidable tenor saxophonist, Scott Mullett.
Tickets- $20-40 general admission, $15 student (contact VJC about educational discounts); at door, In the Moment in Brattleboro, online, reserved by phone.
Please call ahead for handicap access. (802) 254-9088
gingervjc@gmail.com
www.vtjazz.org

Feb 18 – Londonderry
“Karaoke at Grizzly’s”
This is your chance to Karaoke with a live band and win “best voice of Stratton!” Starting at 8pm, become the lead singer of Cover Band.
Learn More about Stratton

Feb 18-Mar 14 – Manchester
“Spring Fling” by Rachel Barlow at The Gallery at Equinox Village
Rachel is an artist, cartoonist, and writer living in Sandgate, Vermont. Mostly self-taught as a sketch artist and illustrator, she recently discovered watercolors as a way to add color to her illustrations and cartoons, and now says she is “hopelessly addicted,” often painting until two or three in the morning. The Exhibit Opening, scheduled for Thursday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public and will feature light refreshments and music.
For more information call (802) 362-4061 or
e-mail haldrich@equinoxvillage.com

Feb 19 – Rockingham
“Vermont Peanut Butter Tasting” at the Vermont Country Store
Come to The Vermont Country Store and sample an assortment of Vermont Peanut Butter Company’s famous peanut butter. Vermont Peanut Butter is a locally made and crafted product that is free of harmful preservatives, hydrogenated oils, GMO’s, palm fruit oils, excess sugar and salt.
1-4 pm
Phone: (802)362.5950

Feb 20 – Weston
“Vermont Peanut Butter Tasting” at the Vermont Country Store
Come to The Vermont Country Store and sample an assortment of Vermont Peanut Butter Company’s famous peanut butter. Vermont Peanut Butter is a locally made and crafted product that is free of harmful preservatives, hydrogenated oils, GMO’s, palm fruit oils, excess sugar and salt.
1-4 pm
Phone: (802)362.5950

Feb 23 – Montpelier
“The State Of Marriage” showing at Montpelier’s Pavilion Auditorium
The Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) will host a special screening and discussion of the 2015 documentary film The State of Marriage at 6:30 pm at Montpelier’s Pavilion Auditorium on 109 State St. Held in conjunction with the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, the screening will be followed by a discussion panel including the film’s director Jeff Kaufman, State Representative Bill Lippert, marriage equality activist Sherry Corbin, David Moats of The Rutland Herald, and others. Moats won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for his editorials on the Civil Unions debate in Vermont.
For more information call : (802)262-2626,
e-mail info@vermonthumanities.org,
or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

Feb 24 – Bennington
“Relay For Life of Bennington County Kick-Off Expo” at the Vermont Veteran’s Home
Join the Relay For Life of Bennington County as they Kickoff the 2016 Relay season! This free event is open to the public and is an exciting Expo that explains what Relay For Life is and how you can help. There will be lots of informational booths, door prizes, treats, and kids activities. Survivors, caregivers, past Relay participants, those new to Relay and community members are encouraged to join in this celebration of life. The Kickoff is to be held between 6:30pm and 8:00pm. Our theme for 2016 is “Superhero” so come learn how you can become a cancer fighting superhero! For more information about our Kickoff or Relay event, go to www.relayforlife.org or contact Stephanie Taylor at 802-747-8261 or e-mail.

Feb 27 – Londonderry
“Turkuaz, Wild Adriatic and More” at Stratton
Three acts take the stage tonight, creating one epic lineup! Come dance to Wild Adriatic, DJ Joe Bell and Turkuaz. Starts at 9pm.
Learn More

Feb 27 – Weston
“Fondue Tasting” at The Vermont Country Store
Legend has it that fondue was created centuries ago in Switzerland by an inventive alpine herdsman. Bored with his nightly dinner, he heated wine and cheese together in a pot, then scooped out the delicious mixture with chunks of crusty bread. Come join us for a cheese fondue tasting where we will be demonstrating how to make a simple fondue for tasty snacks or elegant meals.
11-2pm
call 802.362.5950

Feb 27 – Rockingham
“Fondue Tasting” at The Vermont Country Store
Legend has it that fondue was created centuries ago in Switzerland by an inventive alpine herdsman. Bored with his nightly dinner, he heated wine and cheese together in a pot, then scooped out the delicious mixture with chunks of crusty bread. Come join us for a cheese fondue tasting where we will be demonstrating how to make a simple fondue for tasty snacks or elegant meals.
11-2pm
call 802.362.5950

Feb 27 – Manchester
“Fit to be Tyed” at the American Museum of Fly Fishing
From 2-6pm tiers Brian Price of Vermont Fly Guys, Mike Hulvey of Central Vermont Trout Unlimited, Kelly Bedford, Paul Sinicki, and
others as they show you the ways in vise mastery. This event is family friendly and
the AMFF staff will also have a craft table set up to teach young children how to
make clown flies. These big decorative flies made on coat hanger “hooks” serve as a
fun teaching tool. Whether you are a seasoned fly tier or have yet to string together
your first Woolly Worm, these classes will benefit all.
The generous staff at Green
Mountain Troutfitters has donated fly tying materials for the event.
For more information about the Museum and our public programs and eventsplease visit our website www.amff.com

Feb 27 – Manchester
“Iron Fly and Classic Tie”
From 6 p.m. until around 8 p.m. the
AMFF and Pig Farm Ink will host the Iron Fly and Classic Tie with FREE PIZZA and a
cash bar serving beer provided by Otter Creek Brewing. What is the Iron Fly you
may ask? Well, this fly tying sensation that is sweeping the nation follows the format
of the Food Channel’s Iron Chef, where participants are given a mystery bag of
ingredients to make some insanely creative flies. This is open to experienced tyers
and novices alike who want to prove that their vise has the spice. Immediately
following the Iron Fly will be our own tournament of sorts, with a historical twist.
For the Classic Tie contestants will examine three flies from the AMFF’s collection- a
Quill Gordon, Adams, and Royal Coachman and try to beat the original without
instructions. They will have to tie by what they see in front of them and the
contestant’s patterns will be judged by our panel to see who’s comes out the
cleanest and closest to the original masterpiece. Winners of the Iron Fly and
Historical Tie tournaments will take home plenty of bragging rights and prizes
contributed by our friends at The Fly Pack, Mud Dog Flies, Scientific Anglers, and
others. Please visit www.amff.com for more information.

Mar 10-13 – Londonderry
“Vermont Open”
A 2016 Top Ten Winter Event, the 4th Annual Vermont Open invites snowboarders of all ages to compete in Vermont’s only Open competition, including features such as a retro pipe, slopestyle and rail jam. Come vie for the title and prize money!
Learn More

Mar 11-13 – Londonderry
“Girl’s Time Out Snowboard Camp” at Stratton Mountain
The Girl’s Time Out Snowboard Camp is a women-only, two-day camp designed by Stratton’s female riders to make fearless riders of every woman. In two daily sessions, riders will get personalized instruction to improve everything from laying down turns to advanced technique to conquering new types of terrain. Riders of every ability are welcome, ages 18+.
Price: $379 per person (does not include lift tickets or rentals)

Mar. 12 – Brattleboro
“Fred Hersch Trio” at the Vermont Jazz Center
Hersch performs in his working trio, with bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson at 8pm.
Sponsored by a friend of the VJC Summer Workshop
Tickets $20-40 sliding scale, $15 students
At door, on-line, In the Moment Records, reserved by phone.
Please call ahead for handicap access. (802) 254-9088
gingervjc@gmail.com
www.vtjazz.org

Mar 13-15 – Londonderry
“Women on Snow Ski Camp” at Stratton
Our multi-day women’s camp is designed to increase your confidence in a supportive, fun environment with other like-minded women. Coached by elite guest coaches and Stratton’s top women instructors, you will experience the ultimate in personalized coaching, camaraderie, fitness, and fun. Whether you are just starting out, an intermediate looking for a big breakthrough, or an expert who is looking to expand their skills even further, this camp is for you. Sign up today and make a difference in your skiing this season. Space is limited. For all ability levels, ages 18+
Price: $379 – includes opening reception at First Run Ski Shop, two full days on-snow instruction, food card (breakfast/lunch), demos from First Run Ski Shop and access into Stratton’s Training & Fitness Center. Lift tickets are not included.

Mar 19 – Sheldon
“ShamRockin’ for a Cure VT” at Abbey Restaurant
The BEST party in Vermont that raises money to help forward the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and ultimately find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Come have A BLAST for a great cause!!!
4-9 pm.
Find us on Facebook

Mar. 26 – Brattleboro
“Michael Zsoldos and String Quartet, with pianist Miro Sprague” at the Vermont Jazz Center
Saxophonist Zsoldos performs his own transcriptions of string quartet arrangements from tenor sax giant Ben Webster’s lush 1950s recordings. Some of New England’s top string players and a rhythm section including pianist Miro Sprague are featured.
Co- sponsored by Norman Cohen in honor of Florence Gerstin, and by Doug Cox, Violin Maker.
Tickets- $20-40 general admission, $15 student (contact VJC about educational discounts); at door, In the Moment in Brattleboro, online, reserved by phone.
Please call ahead for handicap access.
802 254 9088
gingervjc@gmail.com
www.vtjazz.org

Mar 26 – Weston
“Sugar on Snow” at The Vermont Country Store
Come to The Vermont Country Stores and experience a time honored tradition of sweet maple syrup drizzled on snow…. When the two meet its Heaven on Earth. The combination of the sweet sticky maple with the cold crunchy snow are a true delight. Add the classic dill pickle and finish with a donut and the combination in your mouth is AMAZING! We are also doing maple syrup sampling – do you know the difference between Grade A Golden Delicate, Grade A Amber Rich and Grade A Dark Robust. Come and sample them for yourself and find out what grade of maple syrup you like the best.
11-3pm
call 802.362.5950

Mar 26 – Rockingham
“Sugar on Snow” at The Vermont Country Store
Come to The Vermont Country Stores and experience a time honored tradition of sweet maple syrup drizzled on snow…. When the two meet its Heaven on Earth. The combination of the sweet sticky maple with the cold crunchy snow are a true delight. Add the classic dill pickle and finish with a donut and the combination in your mouth is AMAZING! We are also doing maple syrup sampling – do you know the difference between Grade A Golden Delicate, Grade A Amber Rich and Grade A Dark Robust. Come and sample them for yourself and find out what grade of maple syrup you like the best.
11-3pm
call 802.362.5950

Apr 2 – Weston
“Sugar on Snow” at The Vermont Country Store
Come to The Vermont Country Stores and experience a time honored tradition of sweet maple syrup drizzled on snow…. When the two meet its Heaven on Earth. The combination of the sweet sticky maple with the cold crunchy snow are a true delight. Add the classic dill pickle and finish with a donut and the combination in your mouth is AMAZING! We are also doing maple syrup sampling – do you know the difference between Grade A Golden Delicate, Grade A Amber Rich and Grade A Dark Robust. Come and sample them for yourself and find out what grade of maple syrup you like the best.
11-3pm
call 802.362.5950

Apr 3 – Rockingham
“Sugar on Snow” at The Vermont Country Store
Come to The Vermont Country Stores and experience a time honored tradition of sweet maple syrup drizzled on snow…. When the two meet its Heaven on Earth. The combination of the sweet sticky maple with the cold crunchy snow are a true delight. Add the classic dill pickle and finish with a donut and the combination in your mouth is AMAZING! We are also doing maple syrup sampling – do you know the difference between Grade A Golden Delicate, Grade A Amber Rich and Grade A Dark Robust. Come and sample them for yourself and find out what grade of maple syrup you like the best.
11-3pm
call 802.362.5950

Apr 9-10 – Londonderry
“Spring Fling & Pond Skim”
Goggle tans and t-shirts are accessories of choice as we enjoy spring’s soft snow, longer days and sunshine with a weekend of celebration and the Annual Pond Skim! Pond Skim BBQ is from 11am-2pm in the Main Base area.
Pond Skim – Saturday, April 9 at Noon on Lower Suntanner (one run to each participant)
Register: April 9 from 9-11am. Location West Wing in Base Lodge – $20 Fee (includes t-shirt – lift ticket not included)
Open to the first 100 participants who register. Costumes encouraged; helmets mandatory. Awards
for best costume and crash.
Golden Watermelon Hunt – Sunday, April 10
A Stratton Spring Fling tradition. Be the first to find the Golden Watermelon on the hill and win a prize. Goes all day until the melon is found. Go to the Info Desk in the Base Lodge for your clue and once found, bring the Watermelon to Guest Services to receive your prize!
Learn More

Apr. 16 – Brattleboro
“Renee Rosnes Quartet” at the Vermont Jazz Center
Cited as “one of the finest pianists in jazz,” pianist Rosnes brings her quartet with vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash to the VJC.
Tickets- $20-40 general admission, $15 student (contact VJC about educational discounts); at door, In the Moment in Brattleboro, online, reserved by phone.
Please call ahead for handicap access.
802 254 9088
gingervjc@gmail.com
www.vtjazz.org

Apr. 16-17 – Essex Junction
“Made in Vermont Marketplace”
The Made in Vermont Marketplace showcases a great variety of Vermont made products. Why travel throughout the state when you can find Vermont made products all under one roof! Last year, there were over 4,300 attendees!

From furniture, wine, specialty foods, crafts, lighting and so much more, you will be amazed at what you can find in your own backyard!

June 3rd-5th – Brattleboro
“Strolling of the Heifers”
The Stroll is noted every year as a top ten time-honored event with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. It has also been selected as one of the top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association.