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.


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
the Vermont Arts Council Arts 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

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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Mar 21 – Manchester
“Guitar Jam Session”
The Manchester Community Library will be hosting a “Guitar Jam Session” starting at 6:30 p.m. All guitarists are invited to bring their instruments to the library and perform with other musicians. Please note that guitar jam meetings have changed date; to the 3rd Thursday of each month. So tune it up, dig out the old amplifier and bring your gear to the library for a night of fun at this free event. Or plan to come to listen to your neighbors. For more information, call Cindy Waters at the Manchester Community Library, at 362-2607 or email events@mclvt.org. mclvt.org

Mar 23 – Manchester
“Sculpture Tour & Symposium at the Museum of the Creative Process”
Join Museum Curator, Dr. Albert Levis for a fascinating talk about the integration of the arts and sciences. Explore a guided tour through one of the four exhibits of the Museum of the Creative Process and learn how creativity is the universal language of conflict resolution. museumofthecreativeprocess.com

Mar 23 – Manchester
“Explore Four Season Green Houses”
At Manchester Community Library explore the four-season greenhouse, a place where a person can escape to and enjoy the sun, warmth and plants, at 2 pm. Jonathan Hescock of Vermont Victory Greenhouses will dig into the challenges and solutions for creating a four-season greenhouse for the Northeast. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, Vt. For more info, call the Library at 802-362-2607 or email events@mclvt.org. mclvt.org

Mar 23 – Dorset
“Freddi Shehadi in Concert at Dorset Playhouse”
Emmy Award winning guitarist, Freddi Shehadi, will lead an all-star musical ensemble on Saturday at 7:30 at the Dorset Playhouse. Proceeds will benefit the Playhouse Building Fund. Repairs and maintenance, especially the roof, are greatly needed to insure the continued use of the Playhouse. This extraordinary ensemble will feature luminaries Bill Ware (Vibraphone, Piano, Percussion) Tom Major (Drums, Percussion) Matt Scott (Bass & Vocals). Surprise guests are expected! These musicians have played with iconic bands such as Steely Dan, Elvis Costello, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Boo Diddley, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry among others. Doors open at 7pm for pre-concert refreshments in the Café. Concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at Northshire Bookstore, online at DorsetPlayers.Org or by calling 802-867-5570.

Mar 23-24 – Vermont
“Vermont Maple Open House Weekend”
Maple Open House Weekend celebrates the first crop of the season as Vermont’s sugar makers will open the doors of their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience and enjoy this remarkable time of year when pure Vermont maple syrup is made. Whether it’s the sight of steam rising from the sugarhouse, the inviting aroma of boiling sap, or the sweetly divine flavor of syrup as enjoyed in traditional sugar-on-snow, visitors are treated to an experience for the senses!
See all the Sugarmakers and Sugarhouses in VT!
The Shires hosts many great maple folks.
Berdard’s Sugarhouse in Readsboro.
Ball Brook Sugarhouse in Pownal.
Dunn’s Leakee Bucket SugarShack in Bennington will be open for tours and tastings over the weekend.
The Mance Family Tree Farm in Shaftsbury will be open for tours and tastings over the weekend.
Glastenview Maple Farm in Shaftsbury will be open for tasting and tours over the weekend
Maple Hill Farm in Shaftsbury.
The Wing Farm in Shaftsbury will be open for tours and tastings over the weekend.
The Sugar Shack in Arlington will be hosting their annual event with silver dollar pancakes, giveaways, treats and more from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Maple Valley Maple Farm in West Rupert will have coffee, donuts, and waffle sticks available during their tours and tastings!
Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert will be holding their 9am Pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday!

Mar 30 – Manchester
“Sculpture Tour & Symposium at the Museum of the Creative Process”
Join Museum Curator, Dr. Albert Levis for a fascinating talk about the integration of the arts and sciences. Explore a guided tour through one of the four exhibits of the Museum of the Creative Process and learn how creativity is the universal language of conflict resolution. museumofthecreativeprocess.com

Mar 30 – Woodford
“Prospect Mountain Black Fly Citizens’ 5k Ski Race”
Celebrate spring and another great year at Prospect Mountain Ski Area. Race starts at 11am near the lodge. A suggested $10 donation for season pass holders, all others charged $20 for race entry and day pass. Participate in the race and then spend the rest of the day relaxing on the trails. There will be prizes! prospectmountain.com

Mar 30 – Bennington
“Basement Music Series: Bella’s Bartok”
Join the Vermont Art Exchange at the Masonic Hall in Bennington for the Winter Music Series. Tickets: Adults; advance $18, at-the-door $22. Students; $10 Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. From street-punk performers to an electric, brass-filled, accordion-based spectacle. vtartxchange.org

Mar 30 – Stratton
“Stratton Mountain Penguin Plunge”
Join us at Stratton Mountain for the annual Penguin Plunge on Saturday and help raise money for Special Olympics Vermont. Whether you brave the cold and jump into Stratton’s icy pond or come watch in support of others, we hope you will join us! Now in it’s twenty-fourth year, the Penguin Plunge event series raises nearly 40% of the operating budget for Special Olympics Vermont and supports sports training and competition, health screenings, and leadership opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, serving 1,310 athletes and 400 Unified partners in the state. For more information visit on the event and how to register visit penguinplunge.org. stratton.com

Mar 30 – Brattleboro
“Helen Sung at the Vermont Jazz Center”
Pianist/ composer Helen Sung performs her 2014 Chamber Music America New Works Grant project. It presents songs composed & arranged for eight musicians by Sung to poetry of California Poet Laureate & former NEA head, Dana Gioia. Helen Sung, piano, John Ellis, saxophones, Jason Palmer, trumpet, Samuel Torres, percussion, Carolyn Leonhart, vocals, drums and bass TBA. $20-40 general, $15 student- available online, at door, reserved by phone & In The Moment Records, Brattleboro. $1 extra per CC ticket. Please call ahead for handicap access. Sponsored by Ellis Music, Mark Anagnostopulos & Janet Zinter, Mary Ellen Copeland & Ed Anthes, Cohen & Rice law.vtjazz.org

Apr 3 – Manchester
“Author and Illustrator David Macaulay Discusses His Creative Process”
David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, will discuss current projects and challenges in his work in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester at 7:00 pm. His talk, “Life in the Studio,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.
The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries. “Life in the Studio” is underwritten by Anonymous. Manchester Community Library is sponsored by Mystic Cafe and Wine Bar, Spring & Harbor Boutique, and Union Underground. An exhibit of selected drawings and sketches from Macaulay’s books is on display, now through April 8, in the Upper Gallery of Manchester Community Library.
For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit vermonthumanities.org.

Apr 12-14 – Brattleboro
“3rd Annual Solo Piano Jazz Festival at the Vermont Jazz Center”
Our third annual solo jazz piano festival, in collaboration with the Brattleboro Music Center, celebrates the VJC’s 9′ Steinway concert grand piano, a gift from the Mckenzie Family Charitable Trust. This festival presents leading and upcoming musicians who devote their lives to mastering the instrument’s creative potential and stylistic legacies.’This year’s headliners include NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, George Cables, Kenny Werner and Julius Rodriguez. Concerts are at the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC) on Friday and Saturday nights. Masterclasses, regional artist concerts and panels are at the BMC on Friday and Saturday, Sunday activities are at the VJC.
vtjazz.org

Apr 13 – Bennington
“Basement Music Series: The Prescription with Side Effects Horn Section”
Join the Vermont Art Exchange at the Masonic Hall in Bennington for the Winter Music Series. Tickets: Adults; advance $18, at-the-door $22. Students; $10 Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. A dance frenzy, rock, soul, pop and funk dance party. vtartxchange.org

Apr 27 – Bennington
“Basement Music Series: Howard Fishman”
Join the Vermont Art Exchange at the Masonic Hall in Bennington for the Winter Music Series. Tickets: Adults; advance $18, at-the-door $22. Students; $10 Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. Steeped in country, soul, gospel, rock, blues…jazz, Gypsy swing, and American folk. vtartxchange.org

May 16 – Bennington
“Hemmings Cruise-In”
Hemmings Cruise-Ins are family friendly car gatherings open to all years, all makes and models. It’s a relaxed format and a chance to share your car with a wide variety of car people during the beautiful New England summer.
Trophies are awarded and winners will be featured in Hemmings Motor News! Cruise-ins often are cancelled when rain threatens, so it’s a good idea to check their website or call 800-227-4373 shortly beforehand to be sure the event is still on. hemmings.com

May 18 – Brattleboro
“Southern 5K Girls On The Run”
At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Sign up now online, GOTR participants and coaches do not need to register: gotrvt.org.

May 30 – Bennington
“Hemmings Cruise-In”
Hemmings Cruise-Ins are family friendly car gatherings open to all years, all makes and models. It’s a relaxed format and a chance to share your car with a wide variety of car people during the beautiful New England summer.
Trophies are awarded and winners will be featured in Hemmings Motor News! Cruise-ins often are cancelled when rain threatens, so it’s a good idea to check their website or call 800-227-4373 shortly beforehand to be sure the event is still on. hemmings.com

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