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

Ongoing

May-October
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
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, Vermont. And October – May they will be located at J.K. Adams. Hours: All Sundays except for Easter Sunday 10am – 2pm
www.dorsetfarmersmarket.org

Outside the Area

The Craftsbury Farmer’s Market will be located at the Craftsbury Common.
Hours: Saturdays 10am -1pm.
craftsburyfarmersmarket.com

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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April 1-June 18 – Bennington
“Gatherum of Quiddities: Paintings by Pat Adam At the Bennington Museum”
Pat Adams has been creating rich, lovingly wrought abstract paintings for well over six decades. On view at the Bennington Museum from April 1 to June 18, 2017, Gatherum of Quiddities: Paintings by Pat Adams presents a selection of twenty-nine works surveying her entire career. Championed for decades by notable critics, collectors, and her New York gallerist Virginia Zabriskie, Adams has always been guided by an inner vision. Robert Wolterstorff, Director of the Bennington Museum, notes that Adams is an abstract painter, but also “intensely attuned to this world we live in. She creates rich, sensual, colorful, intensely felt, and jarringly material paintings.” With sumptuous colors and richly encrusted surfaces built up with stone dust, crushed eggshells, and mica, Adams seeks to bring from the “gatherum of quiddities”—that stew of unnamable visual and emotional qualities of the world—a visual situation intended to generate both intense engagement and quiet contemplation in the viewer. benningtonmuseum.org

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

May 19-June 4 – Bennington
“Oldcastle Theatre Company Presents: Shipwrecked”
Oldcastle Theatre’s 45th season opens May 19 with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies’ highly inventive “Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told By Himself).” The play brings audiences the thrilling story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th century England spellbound. Be prepared to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. “Shipwrecked!” examines how far we are willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. oldcastletheatre.org

May 19-28 – Dorset
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”
The Dorset Players present: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. A musical presented as a series of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships. The play’s tagline is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” SHOWTIMES: May 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 7:30 p.m.; 21 & 28 at 2:00 p.m. dorsetplayers.org

May 27 – Bennington
“Mayfest”
Celebrating 32 years, this event kicks off the summer season with over 125 crafters, ethnic food vendors, live entertainment, and lots of children’s activities. Woodworking, pottery, textiles, glass, jewelry, specialty foods and more are all featured at Mayfest. Along with all the great downtown shops, restaurants, and galleries you will find absolutely anything you’re looking for. Enjoying Mayfest is a great way to spend Memorial Day Weekend with your friends and family.
www.bennington.com

May 27 – Manchester
“Wild Edibles Walk and Talk”
Naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen will lead workshop participants on a tour through Hildene’s varied habitat and extensive grounds identifying edible plants, discussing the conditions that each plant needs to thrive, and demonstrating responsible and safe harvesting practices. Mr. Cohen will also focus on how to use and prepare wild plants to make “wild dishes”. Participants will have an opportunity to sample food and beverages made from wild plants. This workshop will emphasize the value of caring for the natural world and sustainable living and is in keeping with the missions of both Hildene and Transition Town. Mr. Cohen’s book, Wild Plants I Have Known … and Eaten, will be available for purchase and the author will be available to sign them. Registration is required as class size is limited. This program sold out the last two times Mr. Cohen was here. Beckwith Room in Hildene’s Welcome Center. Please RSVP by May 18, to Stephanie at stephanie@hildene.org or 802-367-7960.

May 27-28 – Various Vermont Locations
“Vermont Open Studio Tours”
Bright yellow signs will be posted to direct visitors to the studios of craftspeople and other artists in the Bennington/ Arlington area during the 2017 Spring Open Studio Weekend. Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process. The local self-guided tours feature the work of water color artist Tony Conner, custom furniture maker Ray Finan, traditional theorem artist Jean Darmer, ceramist Jessica Putnam-Phillips, and art quilt maker Martha Beauchamp. These individuals will open their studios to the public from 10-5 PM each day. The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites. It is also available on the VCC website vermontcrafts.com. or by calling 802-223-3380.

May 28 – Bennington
“Travels With A Masked Man at Oldcastle Theatre”
The play, written by actor John Hadden, is based on his book “Conversations with a Masked Man:My Father, the CIA, and Me. Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father, an ex-CIA chief who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Alternately horrifying, hilarious, and poignant, their verbal contest covers Cold War material from Vietnam to the Middle East and the Bomb, from abstract art to James Bond films—but the real conversation, the subtext, is about what they mean to each other. Show starts at 7:30. For reservations or information visit the Oldcastle website or call 802-447-0564. Tickets are just $25.00

May 30 – Dorset
“ART SEED – Alex Stephenson”
Marble House Project presents: The music of composer Alex Stephenson (b. 1990, Philadelphia, PA) has been performed by the Civitas Ensemble, members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, Plus Minus Ensemble, and the Guildhall and University of Chicago New Music Ensembles, among others, and has been featured by venues, festivals, and institutions across the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Centre de Musique Hindemith, High Concept Laboratories, Valparaiso University, and Banaras Hindu University. Alex has studied at the Eastman School of Music; the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he was a Fulbright scholar; and the University of Chicago. Suggested donation: $5. marblehouseproject.org

June 1 – Manchester
“Where Do We Go From Here with Jim Douglas”
Green Mountain Academy welcomes former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, who will provide commentary on current affairs, both in Montpelier and Washington, DC. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call the GMALL office at (802) 867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

June 1-30 – Manchester
“Celebration of Peonies”
Through the month of June the peonies are in bloom at Hildene and they welcome everyone to come and enjoy their gardens. Stop by the Hildene Welcome Center before heading up to take a tour of the gardens to learn more. hildene.org

June 2-3 – Manchester
“Community Library Pop-up Bookshop”
Manchester Community Library will be holding a Book Sale Friday 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free both days. Thousands of newly donated books in excellent condition will be available. In addition to a great selection of Fiction and Mystery, categories of note are Biography, History, Young Adult, and Children. Come and stock up for summer reading. MCL is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue, at the corner of Cemetery Avenue and Rt 7A/ Main Street, in Manchester Center, Vt. For information, call the Library at 802-362-2607. mclvt.org

June 2-4 – Brattleboro
“Strolling of the Heifers”
The heifers are coming! The Stroll is not just a parade — it’s a movement. We work year-round to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation at farm and food businesses, to connect people and organizations of many kinds around sustainable living and resilient communities, and to promote the value of local food systems, local thinking and Slow Living. Follow the event on Facebook.
www.strollingoftheheifers.com

June 3 – Bennington
“National Cancer Survivors Day 2017”
It’s the first ever combined Cancer Center Community Crusaders Day of Celebration and National Cancer Survivors Day at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. There will be an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. cupcake tasting, raffles and prize drawings, music, and kids’ activities like inflatable bounce houses and face painting continue throughout the day. You can also tour the Cancer Center’s newest addition, the linear accelerator, with Matthew Vernon, MD, radiation oncologist, each hour 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Finally, survivors who received treatment at SVRCC and their families are especially invited to a complimentary lunch buffet 12 – 2 p.m. Food will also be available for purchase. All funds raised by the Cancer Center Community Crusaders stay in the communities of Bennington and Windham counties in Vermont and nearby New York and Massachusetts. Patients need not receive treatment at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center to be eligible for funds. svhealthcare.org bennington.com event page

June 3 – South Londonderry
“West River Trail Run”
The 11 mile trail run starts at the South Londonderry Depot and ends at Jamaica State Park. This run is great for all skill levels of trail running enthusiasts. This run has a 3-leg relay option, walkers start time and a 5K Fun Run including the competitive, unoffical timed, 11 mile run for individual runners. www.thecollaborative.us/westrivertrailrun

June 6 – Dorset
“ART SEED: Beth Graczyk”
The Marble House Project presents a dance performance by Beth Graczyk. Beth Graczyk is a choreographer, a performer and a scientist. For the past 17 years, Graczyk has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Japan, Ecuador, France and India. Concurrently, she has contributed to 9 science publications in the field of cancer research, including a first author paper in Analytical Biochemistry. Graczyk co-directed the Seattle-based company Salt Horse (2008-2016) with Corrie Befort and Angelina Baldoz. In addition, Graczyk collaborates as a choreographer with Danish director Torben Ulrich and with composer/palliative care doctor Hope Wechkin. Suggested donation: $5. marblehouseproject.org

June 8 – Bennington
“Hemming’s Cruise In”
Hemming’s third Cruse In of the season! Come down to Hemming’s Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington, 5:30 – 8pm, and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming’s Motor News! Prizes for: Favorite Mopar, Favorite Truck, Best Engine Bay, Driveable Dream, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373

June 8-10 – Dorset
“The Tarnation of Russell Colvin with the Dorset Theatre Festival”
Based on Manchester’s very own unsolved murder case of 1812, local history comes alive in this one-man virtuosic tour-de-force. Oliver Wadsworth portrays a motley medley of characters, as they grapple with the slippery truth of the real life murder of Russell Colvin, an eccentric Vermonter whose ghost haunted the town of Manchester till the malefactors were brought to justice and sentenced to hang. This small-town murder mystery remains unsolved today. dorsettheatrefestival.org

June 9-11 – Bennington
“Fresh Hell at Oldcastle Theatre”
Fresh Hell: The Life and Loves of Dorothy Parker featuring actress Natalie Wilder as the famous Round Table wit, ‘New Yorker’ critic, poet, satirist, short story writer, screenwriter with two Oscar nominations, war correspondent, playwright, and wit. oldcastletheatre.org

June 9-11 – Bellows Falls
“18th Annual Roots on the River Festival”
Vermont Festivals is proud to present Roots on the River 2017. 3 days of world-class singer-songwriters in intimate venues. Always free parking, delicious vendor offerings for food and drink, Youth Tent, pet-friendly. Single event, full weekend and Deluxe Packages available. Tickets available now at vermontfestivalsllc.com. Bill Kirchen, Hayes Carll, Mary Gauthier and more! Lineup also includes: Suitcase Junket, Roger Marin Band, The Boxcar Lillies, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, and The Meadows Brothers.

June 10 – Manchester
“Orvis Fly Fishing 101”
Learn flyfishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started in this exciting pastime. 16 and under need to be accompanied by and adult. Register online. Classes fill up fast. orvis.com

June 10 – Brattleboro
“Eugene Uman Convergence Project at the Vermont Jazz Center”
After spending several years in Colombia, South America, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo with jazz harmonies. Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms. Uman continues to visit Latin America; his relationship to Colombia, its people, highly developed art and music will never be shaken. Still, his focus (and the repertoire of the Convergence Project) has morphed into a personalized amalgam of jazz-influenced styles. It continues to reference Colombian rhythms but has evolved to give a greater voice to Uman’s love of vocal jazz, bebop, rock, gospel and funk roots.
Each member of the Convergence Project brings their own highly developed personal approaches to Uman’s music, uplifting it with original lines, hard driving grooves, attention to dynamics, acute listening skills and a group commitment to giving the music shape and substance. Eugene Uman, piano, composition. Wanda Houston, voice. Jeff Galindo, Trombone. Joshua Bruneau, trumpet. Michael Zsoldos, saxophones. David Picchi, bass. Jon Fisher, drums.
Tickets $20-$40 Sliding Scale, $15 Students. Available online, at door, reserved by phone and In the Moment Records. Main St Brattleboro VT. Please call ahead for handicap access. Sponsored by the McKenzie Family Charitable Trust. www.vtjazz.org

June 13 – Dorset
“ART SEED: Lamas and Novin”
Marble House Project presents:
Salomé Lamas (1987, Lisbon) studied cinema in Lisbon (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema) and Prague (Filmová a Televizni Fakulta Akademie Múzick’VCHV Praze), visual arts MFA in Amsterdam (Sandberg Instituut, Gerrit Rietveld Academie) and is a Ph.D candidate in Contemporary Art Studies in Coimbra (Universidade de Coimbra).
Ooldouz Alaei Novin is a Tehran based visual artist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts is Photography from Art University of Tehran. She received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts in May 2016. She has created bodies of work in different areas of photography including documentary, s tudio photography and staged photography. Since moving to New York she has been exploring numerous possibilities of other forms of media. Her MFA thesis project is a multimedia installation about the Iranian diaspora.
Suggested donation: $5

marblehouseproject.org

June 20 – Dorset
“ART SEED: Rosskam, Crosher, & Lico”
Marble House Project presents:
Jules Rosskam (b.1979 Illinois) is an award-winning filmmaker, educator and interdisciplinary artist interested in liminal spaces: the space between male and female, between documentary and fiction, between moving image and still. His interdisciplinary practice investigates the means by which we construct individual and collective histories and identities.
Zoe Crosher is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She is primarily interested in the gaps between expectation and misremembering, perfectly suited to the historical conditions of photography, the documentary impulse and re-imagined narrative. Throughout her work she questions the notion of a singular history and single image of this imaginary, as well as the efficacy and problems of the archive, totality, and “truth.”
Joey Lico is an Independent Curator and Director of Programming at The Cultivist. Lico began her career at the New York Foundation for the Arts and later served at the Director level for Independent Curators International (ICI). At both ICI and NYFA she managed and expanded curatorial and development projects with both emerging and established artists across all disciplines of art.
Suggested donation: $5

marblehouseproject.org

June 20-Aug 12 – Manchester
“Farm Chores”
Children 12 and younger are invited to experience Hildene Farm and Goat Dairy in our Farm Chores program. Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00, a family with children ages 3 through 12 can register for “Farm Chores at the Dairy.” From feeding and grooming the goats to pitching their pens and cleaning their feeders to having fun exploring the hay mow, children experience an up-close and personal encounter with the farm, the friendly Nubian goats in residence and the farm staff who care for them. This program will be offered as weather permits. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. $20/Hildene member family, $30/non-member for families of four. Each additional person is $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register please call 802.379.0519 or email to farm@hildene.org.

June 21 – Rupert
“Solstice Hike at Merck Forest”
Starting at 7pm, Join our Education Director on a hike over hill and dale to celebrate the return of summer. Refreshments in the Visitor Center follow. $5 per person. merckforest.org

June 22 – Bennington
“Hemming’s Cruise In”
Hemming’s fourth Cruse In of the season! Come down to Hemming’s Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington, 5:30 – 8pm, and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming’s Motor News! Prizes for: Publisher’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, Coolest Street Rod, Favorite GM, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373

June 22-July 8 – Dorset
“Downstairs: a world premiere by Theresa Rebeck with the Dorset Theatre Festival”
Downstairs A world premiere by Theresa Rebeck Tyne and Tim Daly star in this thought-provoking family drama. Eileen’s brother Teddy has moved back home and is living in her basement. Her husband is less than thrilled about this. And Teddy is more than a little off his game. As brother and sister struggle to understand their present and past, questions of betrayal, disappointment, and madness rise and fall. Who is saving whom? dorsettheatrefestival.org

June 22-25 – Stratton
“Wanderlust”
Wanderlust Festivals are all-out celebrations of mindful living. Join a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musicians, speakers, chefs and attendees for a transformational experience at the world’s most beautiful mountain resorts. Explore new ideas, make new friends, discover new abilities, and dance your heart out. Adventure awaits. wanderlust.com

June 23-July 9 – Bennington
“Oldcastle Theatre Company Presents: Moonlight & Magnolias”
“Moonlight and Magnolias,” which the Chicago Sun Times called a ” hyperventilating slapstick comedy, an impassioned love song and a blazing critique of Hollywood,” tells the story of producer David O. Selznick shutting down production of his new epic “Gone with the Wind”. The screenplay, sadly, just doesn’t work. So the all-powerful movie mogul, while fending off the film’s stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law sends a car for screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of “The Wizard of Oz.” Summoning both to his office, he locks the door, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become a blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. The cast includes Nathan Stith, who last season directed Oldcastle’s production of “39 Steps” and Richard Howe, Oldcastle’s Associate Artistic Director. oldcastletheatre.org

June 24 – Manchester
“SVAC Opening Summer Concert: Cold Spring Harbor Band”
SVAC will present the Cold Spring Harbor Band at the Arkell Pavillion. Lead by Pat Farrell, vocalist/pianist, and six time Grammy contender, the band will perform a tribute to one of America’s greatest singer, songwriters, Billy Joel. Pat has performed at Carnegie Hall, Shea Stadium, pre-game of the Super Bowl and the World Series. It will be a night with all of your favorites, don’t miss it! svac.org

June 24 – Bennington
“RescueFest 2017”
Please join Bennington Rescue from 11am-2pm at 120 McKinley Street in Bennington for an afternoon filled with fun. Live musical performance by Beard and Glasses, kids’ games, food, silent auction and 50/50 raffle, and a dunking booth. Event is free, though donations are greatly appreciated. Fun for all ages. We hope to see you there! benningtonrescue.org

June 25 – Manchester
“Taconic Music Summer Festival: Opening Concert”
Joana Genova, violin; Ariel Rudiakov, viola, Caroline Stinson and Tom Landschoot, celli. Special guest Jon Klibonoff, piano. At the Riley Center for the Arts. Admission $25, students and children $10. taconicmusic.org

June 25 – Rupert
“Summer Stars Celebration at the Old Gray Barn”
Celebrate the summer stars and Dorset Theatre Festival’s 40th anniversary in one enchanted evening. Honoring Playwright Theresa Rebeck, with special guests Tim Daly, Judd Hirsch, Michael Cristofer, and more… Musical performances by Tony Award-winner Adam Guettel At The Old Gray Barn – 1582 VT Rte. 30 – N. Rupert, VT Be dazzled. Be inspired. Be ready to party! Tickets on sale soon! dorsettheatrefestival.org

July 1 – Manchester
“Summer Festival: NextGen Concert I”
Student ensembles participating in our Chamber Music Intensive program will perform complete works for string quartet and piano quintet. Join us at the Riley Center for the Arts at 4pm. Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door. Kids free. taconicmusic.org

July 1 – Ludlow
“Ludlow Arts and Craft Festival”
The fair will feature over 90 of New England’s finest artists and craftsmen exhibiting top quality wares such as pottery, primitives, glass, oil and watercolor paintings, carvings, scroll work, dried flowers, syrup, honey, jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, doll clothes, wood turnings, stained glass, fabulous foods and more. 11am – 4pm. 802-228-8770 fletcherfarm.org

July 1-Aug 19 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival”
Welcome to the Manchester Music Festival, now in our 43rd year of bringing the passion and beauty of classical music to our southwestern Vermont community. The Southern Vermont Arts Center will be hosting concerts and events throughout the festival. For a complete listing and links to purchase tickets go to www.mmfvt.org

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

July 2 – Manchester
“Taconic Summer Festival: Faculty Concert II”
Joana Genova and Austin Hartman, violins; Ariel Rudiakov, viola, Nathaniel Parke, cello and Molly Morkoski, piano. Special guests: Elizabeth Wright, piano and Todd Palmer, clarinet. Join us at the Riley Center for the Arts at 4pm. Admission $25, students and children $10. taconicmusic.org

July 4 – Bennington
“Hometown Fun and Fireworks”
An annual tradition, the Reading of the Declaration of Independence with local actor Willy Jones will take place at 1:00 PM at the Bennington Battle Monument. And don’t forget to watch the fireworks display at Willow Park on East Road, starting at 7pm.
www.bennington.com

July 4- Aug 13 – Manchester
“Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show”
Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show. Northern New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter and jumper show. Top riders throughout the United States and Canada compete for prizes and points toward national recognition. July/August. See our events page for specific dates. Located at the Beebe Farm, Route 7A, East Dorset, VT. vt-summerfestival.com

July 6- Aug 17 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival”
Professional musicians from New York City and beyond (even from abroad) gather each summer in Manchester, drawn by the opportunity not only to perform but also to teach and play with the Young Artists. MMF’s focus on superb music education and performance within this collegial atmosphere in the bucolic Green Mountains of Vermont remains one of the program’s strongest attractions. This years’ events will include: The Young Artists Concerts, An Orchestral Experience, Childrens’ Concert and Ice-cream Social, and A Night At The Opera.
mmfvt.org

July 8 – Bennington
“Bennington Bike Night”
Come and enjoy hundreds of bikes, vendors, auctions and more! This year taking place at the Vermont Veterans Home. For more information go to bimcvt.org

July 9 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert”
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country’s top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they’re right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

July 9 – Manchester
“Taconic Music Festival: Faculty Concert III”
Horszowski Trio: Jesse Mills, violin, Raman Ramakrishnan, cello and Rieko Aizawa, piano. Joana Genova, violin and Ariel Rudiakov, viola. Special guest: Carmit Zori, violin. Join us at the Riley Center for the Arts at 4pm. Admission $25, students and children $10. taconicmusic.org

July 10-14 – Bennington
“One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: It All Starts With The Sun”
What is photosynthesis? How do plants, animals, and humans use solar energy? Celebration of the sun with yoga sun salutations. Plant a seed and see what it needs to grow. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

July 13-29 – Dorset
“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig part of the Dorset Theatre Festival”
A fast-paced comic mystery! Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its latest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators untangle a dizzying web of clues and deceit. Does a wild hellhound really prowl the moors? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Silly accents and disguises abound as 5 actors portray over 40 characters in this family-friendly adventure. dorsettheatrefestival.org

July 13 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Schubert, Beethoven, Messiaen, Strauss, & Brahms”
Schubert: “Notturno” for Piano Trio, D. 897. Beethoven: Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2. Messiaen: “Appel Interstellaire” for Solo Horn. Strauss: Andante in F Major, for Horn & Piano, Op. Posth. Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. mmfvt.org

July 14 – Bennington
“Hemming’s Cruise In Celebrates National Collector Car Appreciation Day!”
Come down to Hemming’s Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington, 5:30 – 8pm, and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming’s Motor News! Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373

July 15 – Manchester
“Taconic Music Summer Festival: NextGen Concert II”
Student ensembles participating in our Chamber Music Intensive program will perform complete works for string quartet and piano quintet. Join us at the Riley Center for the Arts at 4pm. Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door. Kids free. taconicmusic.org

July 16 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert”
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country’s top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they’re right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

July 16 – Manchester
“Taconic Music Summer Festival: Faculty Concert IV”
Heather Braun-Bakken and Joana Genova, violins; Amadi Azikiwe and Ariel Rudiakov, violas, Sophie Shao, cello and Teddy Robie, piano. Special guest: Steven Moran, double bass. Featuring our Chamber Music Intensive program students. Join us at the Riley Center for the Arts at 4pm. Admission $25, students and children $10. taconicmusic.org

July 17-21 – Bennington
“One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: Bird Exploration”
Explore Vermont’s bird habitat. Build birdhouses. Learn about special bird adaptations. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

July 20 – Bennington
“Midnight Madness”
This downtown retail extravaganza is a terrific family event and community institution with incredible bargains all throughout downtown. The businesses of the Bennington four corners including downtown Main St., North St., and South St. are opened to all 7-12pm. Stop by Jay’s Art Shop & Frame Gallery, Village Chocolate Shop, Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington Bookshop, and many more. And don’t forget to head north and see the business of County St. such as Bennington Potters and the Tap House at Catamount Glass.
betterbennington.com

July 20 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Liebermann, Arensky, Sollima, & Dovrak”
Liebermann: Piano Quartet, Op. 114. Arensky: Cello Quartet in A minor, Op. 35. Sollima: “Arboreto Salvatico” for Two Cellos. Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 23. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. mmfvt.org

July 21-23 – Manchester
“SolarFest at SVAC”
SolarFest started with an innovative idea: Hold a festival that showcases the power and possibilities of solar energy. Since its inception in 1995, SolarFest promotes artistic excellence and community-building while providing both general and detailed information on a wide range of sustainable living topics. And the entire festival, including the ultra-professional sound and lights on our main stage, runs on renewable energy! We pioneered this concept: inviting a few thousand people to a festival in Vermont to show that SOLAR WORKS. solarfest.org

July 21-Aug 6 – Bennington
“Mauritas at Oldcastle Theatre”
Tingling suspense follows with Theresa Rebeck’s “Mauritius,” a tension filled exploration of the seemingly benign hobby of stamp collecting. Two sisters, following their mother’s death, discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. oldcastletheatre.org

July 22 – Manchester
“Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2017”
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world’s largest, most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer. The race series includes more than 140 events on four continents, with over one million participants coming together every year to take part in the fight against breast cancer. On this, the 25th anniversary, racers will gather at the Riley Rink at Hunter Park for a 10k run, either a 5k run or walk, and a kids obstacle course. For more information and to register a team go to southernnewengland.info-komen.org

July 23 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert”
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country’s top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they’re right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

July 24-28 – Bennington
“One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: Wild About Flowers”
Explore Vermont native and invasive flowers. What is a meadow? Create plant imprints and botanical journals. Wildflower mandala art. Plant wildflower seeds. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

July 25 – Dorset
“New Play Reading with Mona Mansour part of Dorset Theatre Festival”
The hottest ticket in town! All plays start out somewhere. The Dorset Theatre Festival is on the map as one of the premiere theatres in the national landscape where new plays come to life. Attending one of our new play readings, you get to experience up close how theatre is made. Mona Mansour’s play ‘Unseen’ premiered at The Gift Theater in Chicago in February 2017. The Vagrant trilogy was recently presented at New Dramatists in NYC after a workshop at the Vineyard Arts Project with the Public Theater. Mona is the recipient of the 2012 Whiting Award and 2014 Middle East America Playwright Award. dorsettheatrefestival.org

July 27 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Chausson, Franck, & Shubert”
Chausson: “Le Colibri” for Soprano & Piano, Op. 2 No. 7. Chausson: “Chanson Perpétuelle for Soprano, String Quartet, & Piano, Op. 37. Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor. Schubert: Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. mmfvt.org

July 28-30 – Manchester
“Green Mountain Fair”
Come to the Dorr field for Fair Fun. FREE ADMISSION! FREE PARKING! Enjoy local entertainment, rides, crafts, and food! Green Mountain Fair on Facebook

July 30 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert”
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country’s top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they’re right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

July 31-Aug 4 – Bennington
“One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: Wetland Wonders”
Be a wetland scientist and discover what this habitat is all about. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

Aug 3 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival: An Orchestral Experience”
Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major. Featuring Alexander Kobrin as piano soloist and led by Maestro Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. A very special thank you is extended to Susan Hunter and Doug Watson for their generous support of this evening.mmfvt.org

Aug 3-19 – Dorset
“‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’ by Matthew Lopez with Dorset Theatre Festival”
The Legend of Georgia McBride A music-filled comedy by Matthew Lopez. He’s young, he’s broke, his wife is having a baby. And now, Casey has lost his gig as an Elvis impersonator. When his club brings in a drag act led by Miss Tracy Mills, Casey is given the opportunity to trade one sequined outfit for another. A critic’s pick wherever it plays, this heart-warming, music-filled comedy celebrates finding your own voice and singing your own song. dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug 4-6 – Bennington
“Bennington Arts Weekend”
First Friday, galleries, entertainment (Downtown). Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival at Camelot Village (Route 9). 4 Corners North Homebrew Competition (County Street). More details to come, stay tuned! bennington.com

Aug 4-6 – Bennington
“the 39th Annual Southern Vermont Arts & Craft Festival”
Juried fine art and craft Exhibitors line outdoor paths and fill soaring white tents with expertly handcrafted creations. With nearly 200 Exhibitors, there is work in a wide variety of style and medium! Specialty foods and artisan spirits are in a separate section. Relax with wine, beer, and great food while listening to live music in the dining tent. Additional roaming entertainers delight children and adults alike! For the fifth year, the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is the jewel in the crown of the ever-expanding Bennington Arts Weekend. Experience a lively, arts-filled weekend in Vermont’s first town. There is so much to do, including shopping at the Arts Festival, galleries, exhibits, and delightful restaurants throughout picturesque, historic Bennington.
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Aug 5 – Bennington
“3rd Annual 4 Corners North Homebrew Festival”
A true celebration of home brewing! A street fair with unique food and home brewed beer sampling! Follow us on Facebook!
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Aug 6 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Children’s Concert & Ice Cream Social”
Join Manchester Music Festival for a special children’s concert presented by its summer young artist residents. School age children and their parents are welcome free of charge to come on a musical adventure followed by an ice cream social. Generously supported by The David Greenewalt Charitable Trust, Berkshire Bank Foundation, and The Alcyon Foundation. mmfvt.org

Aug 7-11 – Bennington
“One World Conservation Center Summer Camp: What’s Down Under?”
Explore the world of decomposers. Dig in the dirt and see what we find. Set up a compost bin for our snacks. Price includes all materials $150.00/week per child. oneworldconservationcenter.org

Aug 8 – Dorset
“New Play Reading with Lauren Yee part of the Dorset Theatre Festival”
All plays start out somewhere. The Dorset Theatre Festival is on the map as one of the premiere theatres in the national landscape where new plays come to life. Attending one of our new play readings, you get to experience up close how theatre is made. Lauren Yee’s play King of the Yees will premiere this season at The Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group, followed by a production at ACT Theatre. Other plays include Ching Chong Chinaman, The Hatmaker’s Wife, Hookman, In a Word, Samsara , and The Tiger Among Us. dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug 10 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Gilere, Renie, Rachmaninoff, Back, & Mandelssohn”
Glière: Ballade for Cello & Piano, Op. 4. Renié: Trio for Violin, Cello & Harp. Rachmaninoff: “Two Morceaux de Salon” for Violin & Piano, Op. 6. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor for Solo Harp, BWV 565, arranged by Kibbey. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66. Tickets to all Festival concerts can currently be purchased as part of a season-long subscription. mmfvt.org

Aug 10-13 – Manchester
“Manchester Sidewalk Sales”
It’s August in Manchester, and that means our famous shops are ready to overflow into the streets with the biggest discounts of the season. World-class designer outlets and unique, independent retailers pull out all the stops to make these four days extra special here in Vermont’s year-round shopping paradise. Whether bargain hunting is your favorite pastime or you’re just passing through on the way to a favorite vacation spot, we invite you to come join the festivities on the streets of Manchester and discover summer’s sweetest deals. manchesterdesigneroutlets.com

Aug 12-13 – Bennington
“12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow”
It’s Pow Wow time again! After eleven years of celebratory dance, song, and drumming, this year’s 11h Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities fun for the whole family! For two exiting days, Bennington, Vermont will be the center of Native American art and culture where American Indians will gather and share the richness, diversity and beauty of their Indigenous culture. The 12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington, VT. healingwinds.net

Aug 13 – Manchester
“Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert”
Join students from top conservatories around the world as they showcase their chamber music talents. These talented musicians come to Manchester each summer to study and learn directly from the country’s top professional artists. Their Sunday afternoon performances highlight the next generation of premier classical musicians and they’re right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. mmfvt.org

Aug 14-20 – Various Vermont Locations
“Vermont Open Farm Week”
Do you love local food and farms? Want to get to know your farmer better — and to get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont’s vibrant working agricultural landscape? Mark your calendar for Vermont Open Farm Week: August 14-20, 2017 taking place at farms across Vermont! During Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate. Find up-to-date lists of participating farms and search by location or product at DigInVT.com, your portal to Vermont’s agriculture and culinary experiences.

Aug 15 – Dorset
“New Play Reading with Paola Lazaro part of the Dorset Theatre Festival”
All plays start out somewhere. The Dorset Theatre Festival is on the map as one of the premiere theatres in the national landscape where new plays come to life. Attending one of our new play readings, you get to experience up close how theatre is made. Paola Lazaro is a playwright and actress from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is Atlantic Theater Company’s 2016/2017 Tow Playwright-in-Residence. Some of her plays include Tell Hector I Miss Him, Contigo and There’s Always the Hudson, which was selected as part of Labyrinth Theater Company’s Up Next Series. dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug 17 – Bennington
“Hemming’s Cruise In”
Come down to Hemming’s Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington, 5:30 – 8pm, and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming’s Motor News! Prizes for: Favorite Mopar, Favorite Truck, Best Engine Bay, Driveable Dream, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at www.hemmings.com or call 800-227-4373

Aug 18-Sept 3 – Bennington
“A Comedy of Tenors at Oldcastle Theatre”
From the Ken Ludwig the man who brought you “Lend Me a Tenor” Mr. Ludwig has now written a hilarious sequel, “A Comedy of Tenors” which includes a few of the characters from “Lend Me a Tenor.” Picture one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could go wrong? oldcastletheatre.org

Aug 24-Sep 2 – Dorset
“Ämerican Buffalo by David Mamet with Dorset Theatre Festival”
American Buffalo Regional revival of David Mamet’s American classic One of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet’s defining works, instantly acclaimed when it opened on Broadway. Starring Treat Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, Dorset Theatre Festival now takes a fresh look at a trio of misguided misfits who are a little out of luck and way out of their league as they plot the theft of a rare coin collection. American Buffalo crackles with explosive humor, frenetic energy, and surprising tenderness. dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug 25-27 – Manchester
“Manchester Food & Wine Classic”
The 1st Annual Manchester Food & Wine Classic. This inaugural event will be a premium wine experience in the region, attracting attendees to Manchester, Vermont and Stratton Mountain. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite at the Classic. There is something for everyone – from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences, there are tastes and temptations at every turn. Tickets are now available online. Please note this is a 21+ only event, and IDs will be checked at the gates.
manchesterfoodandwineclassic.com

Aug 26-27 – Ludlow
“Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Truck/Car Show”
Please join us for our Annual Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show on Saturday, August 26 from 10-3pm followed by a parade to Chester. On Sunday, August 27 the show is 10-3pm with People’s Choice Awards Ceremony at 2pm. Thanks to our Sponsor: Springfield Buick GMC. Okemo Valley Antique Classic Car and Truck Show on Facebook

Sept 2-3 – Bennington
“22nd Annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival”
Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone. For the kids there will be face painting, inflatable fun jumps and other great children’s activities. Take time to wander around the spacious lawns sampling garlic delicacies and enjoy the festivities. Relax at the Beer and Wine Garden under the tent listening to live music both days. In addition this year, there is a special smoking area near the beer tent. lovegarlic.com

Sep 9 – Manchester
“Maple Leaf Half Marathon for Make-a-Wish”
The Make-A-Wish Vermont Maple Leaf Half Marathon traverses truly gorgeous Vermont landscapes. Your run will take you from the downtown community to picturesque village settings to country roads past farm lands back to the finish. Adding to the beauty, Vermont will be in the early stages of fall foliage. Organization is excellent, and the course is scenic and enjoyable. There is something for everyone in this rural Vermont tour. It’s one of those “must do” New England races. manchestervtmapleleaf.com

Sep 16-17 – Bennington
“24th Annual Bennington Quiltfest”
New quilts on display, including Challenge Quilts from the Quite Valley Quilters members. Vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award competition! Demonstrations, quilt raffle, vendors. Come to the Quiltfest Café for Breakfast and Lunch, serving all Day! 2017 Featured Quilter: Michelle Renee Hiatt. benningtonquiltfest.com

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