The Shires of Vermont







 

Events

Also, feel free to check out:
the Vermont Arts Calendar
the Bennington Area Chamber Community Calendar
the Manchester Business Association Events Calendar

Ongoing:

May-Oct
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, Vermont. 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


Feb 4-May 21 - Bennington
"Holding the Line at the Bennington Museum"
Ceramic Sculptures by Stanley Rosen. By the late 1950s, Stanley Rosen was in the vanguard of American ceramics. He was one of a small cohort – among them Peter Voulkos, John Mason, and Ken Price – who revolutionized ceramics, making of it a freely inventive and richly expressive art form, liberated from the practical requirements of vessel making and the conventions of the craft tradition. For the last forty-plus years, however, Rosen has focused on his role as teacher (Bennington College, 1960–91) and maker, rarely exhibiting or publishing his work. This exhibition and the accompanying catalogue survey – for the first time – a unique, evocative body of abstract ceramic sculpture representing more than a half-century of artistic creation. Rosen's sculptures are primal and earthy, sometimes singing, often somber and mysterious. This exhibition and catalogue establish Rosen's place in the pantheon of 20th- and 21st-century American ceramics.
www.benningtonmuseum.org

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

April 27 - Manchester
"Wondrous Bugs with Alan Benoit at the Community Library"
Join Alan Benoit, local ecologist and owner of Sustainable Design at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library as he reveals his fascinating discoveries of the insect world. Through close observation, patience, and careful investigation he has uncovered a world filled with villains, allies, armies and heroes and captured them with extraordinary photographs. Alan will take us on a journey through his gardens and introduce us to the multitude of cast members he encountered there. Filled with amusing stories and enlightening slides, the free talk will be an entertaining one for the entire family! Recommended for age ten through adult. Free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. Info: 802-362-2607. mclvt.org

April 29 - North Bennington
"Basement Music Series - M'Balia with Thom Loubet"
Vermont Arts Exchange Basement Music Series at Pangaea Restaurant presents M'Balia. Fierce Jazz vocals grounded in Gospel. Philadelphia-based M'Balia is a singer who approaches jazz standards with a "fiercely individualistic style and a generous dollop of gospel grounding", and an “ace” songwriter with a caustic wit and piquant attitude born of lived experience. Tickets: Advance $20, at-the-door $25 only if advance tickets do not sell out. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.
vtartxchange.org

April 29 - Manchester
"Spring Fling Concert on The Green"
Join the Town of Manchester Vermont and the Manchester Designer Outlets for the Town’s first Annual Spring Fling Concert, featuring the Muddy Hollow Band. The concert will be held on The Town Green, Saturday April 29th from 1:00-3:00 pm under the newly built covered pavilion. For more information please contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at (802) 362-1439 or email parks@manchester-vt.gov.

May 2 - Dorset
"Art Seed Special Presentations"
At 6pm ART SEED will present Source Material: with Special Presentations by Artist Daniel Greenberg and Artist&Curator Janna Dyk at the Event Barn at Marble House Project. The artists will share invite us into the conceptual backing of their works by sharing the source materials of their research materials through lecture and performance. Source materials will provide an inside look at the scholarly texts, personal history, anecdotes from friends, and institutional systems of education that make up the foundation of the artists work. Following the event, our artists and staff will be heading over to Marble West Inn for a Wine Over Marble, small plates, wine pairings and artful conversation. Free and open to the public! marblehouseproject.org

May 2-6 - Manchester
"Taste of Mexico at The Barrows House"
Part of The Barrows House Travel Around the World Series. Get a taste of Mexico this week, just in time for Cinco de Mayo! barrowshouse.com

May 3 - Bennington
"A Bold Peace - showing at Oldcastle Theatre"
Oldcastle Theatre hosts an Independent film series. One of the world's greatest stories of nonviolence, Costa Rica's 68 Year Experiment In Peace. 'A Bold Peace' documents one of the most positive national experiments to ever come out of Latin America. Costa Rica's bold decision to abolish their military in 1948 has had profound social consequences in the 68 years since abolition. oldcastletheatre.org

May 3 - Manchester
"Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory"
The Vermont Humanities presents this discussion with Yale professor David Blight at the First Congregational Church of Manchester. The discussion will focus on America's collective memory of the Civil War and the perilous path of remembering and forgetting. vermonthumanities.org

May 5-6 - Manchester
"Booktopia 2017 at the Northshire Bookstore"
Celebrate a weekend full of authors, readers, games, food, drink, laughter, new and old friends and great conversations – what's not to love?!?! This special annual event will feature 8 different authors (TBD) presenting their new books in several different sessions and venues over the course of 2 days. On Friday night enjoy a lively evening with authors and attendees at The Celebration Barn at The Inn at Manchester. The event includes dinner, a spirited game of book trivia, fun prizes, the ever popular Yankee Book Swap, and a cash bar.
Saturday will again be full of interesting author sessions and plenty of Q&A. The day will end with the main event which includes all of our authors in one room for their final presentation, topping it all off with a group book signing. (Some authors and attendees have even been known to hit the local taverns after the event concludes. We won't tell if you won't!)
With the exception of our Friday evening dinner, all travel, lodging, and meal expenses are your own responsibility. The cost for Booktopia 2017 is $150.00 per person and includes a $50 gift card to Northshire Bookstore. Attendees will also receive additional discounts on our guest authors featured book as well as free shipping. Once registered, you will be on the list to receive event-specific updates as they become available. northshire.com

May 6 - Dorset
"Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen Benefit Concert"
Dorset Playhouse will host Bob Standard starting at 7pm. After the concert, Bob will be releasing his new CD, "Ain't Dead Yet" to raise funds for the Dorset Playhouse building repairs. Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception will follow. $30 admission. dorsetplayers.org

May 6 - Various Vermont Locations
"Green up Day"
Green Up Vermont's mission is to promote the stewardship of our state's natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day and raising public awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment. On Green up Day roadsides, natural and public spaces, and waterways throughout the entire state are the focus for the litter clean up. Everyone can participate! greenupvermont.org

May 7 - North Bennington
"Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race"
The Annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will be held at the Historic Park McCullough House in North Bennington, Vermont. Races get underway at 9:30AM with a 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run, with the gun going off at 10AM for a 3.8 mile and 10K race. The Zem-Benn has become a long standing tradition in southern Vermont, with events for all ages and abilities. Age group awards from 12 and under to 90 and over are presented in the 3.8 mile and 10K events for 1st to 3rd place finishers. Walkers are encouraged and awards are presented for the top 3 walkers in the 3.8 mile event.
Batten Kill Valley Runners website: www.bkvr.net

May 8 - Manchester
"Pleasure Biking Around the Northshire"
Join us at the Manchester Community library at 7pm for a special program from the Manchester 2020 Bike Task Force. The free presentation will include recommended "best rides", the upcoming special events calendar, bike/car share-the-road-safely tips, and anecdotes on cycling adventures in the region. Audience participation is encouraged, from relating personal cycling stories to a Q&A session that will guide the Task Force in planning their activities to meet local needs in the year ahead.
The Manchester 2020 Bike Task Force has recently expanded its promotional efforts by establishing the non-profit BikeManchesterVT entity to oversee its involvement in improving and promoting the cycling experience in the region. It is revamping its bikeManchesterVT.com web site this spring. The event is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave., in Manchester Center, Vt. Info: 802-362-2607.

May 9 - Manchester
"Bulgarian Folk Music at the Manchester Community Library"
Green Mountain Academy welcomes violinist Joana Genova to talk about Bulgarian folk music. Known for its unique asymmetrical rhythms, Bulgarian folk music has its roots in aural traditions that predate musical notation in Bulgaria and is heavily influenced by neighboring Greek, Romanian and Macedonian rhythms. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call our office or visit our website. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue, Manchester Center, 5:30 – 7 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at the door, 867-0111, www.greenmtnacademy.org, greenmountainacademy@gmail.com.

May 11 - Bennington
"Hemming's Cruise In"
The first of Hemming's Cruse In events, held at Hemming's Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington. 5:30 - 8pm come 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, Favorite Muscle Car, Coolest Street Rod, 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.

May 12-14 - Manchester
"Doggie Slumber Party on Mother's Day Weekend"
Come visit the Wilburton Inn and spend a weekend bonding with your 4-legged children. Join dog lovers from across the country with our canine slumber party. No dog fees for any breed. All dogs get a gift of treats from Wagatha's organic doggie biscuits. Enjoy a group doggie stroll in Manchester Village, VT. Enjoy bonding with other dog enthusiasts! wilburtoninn.com

May 13 - Bennington
"Music at the Museum: Songs of Peace from Vermont and around the World!"
Music at the Museum presents this wonderful concert performed by the Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble, directed by Nathaniel G. Lew. Included in their performance will be Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream, Hold On, Our Wish This Year is Peace, Ring Like a Bell, Down by the Riverside, and many more songs of peace. Join us at 2:00 pm in the Paresky Wing of the Bennington Museum. This concert is made possible by Alison Nowak and Robert Cane as part of the Music at the Museum series. Admission is free. benningtonmuseum.org

May 13 - Manchester
"Orvis Fly Fishing 101"
Learn fly-fishing 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. If you're looking for a great way to get the family together outside, our FF101 class is the perfect event to get started. Fly fishing is a sport the whole family can participate in. All ages are welcome to attend the event, but those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Bring the whole family and learn what this great sport is all about. Register early these classes fill up fast. 802-362-3750 orivis.com

May 13 - Bennington
"Bennnington Free Library's Annual Book Sale"
The Bennington Free Library's major fundraising event of the year. Enjoy huge selection and great deals, all from books and media given by donation from the dedicated public of the Bennington Area and many older titles from the Library's own collection. Some paperback books as low at $2 each! The day long event takes place at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street in Bennington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free Admission! All proceeds benefit library programs and services.
benningtonfreelibrary.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 14 - Manchester
"Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at The Perfect Wife"
Treat mom to our homemade Mother's Day Brunch Buffet complete with dishes such as Pork Vindaloo, Wild Sockeye Salmon, Huevos Rancheros, Omelets, French Toast and much more! Make reservations now, this event sells out every year. 802-362-2817 perfectwife.com

May 19-June 4 - Bennington
"Oldcastle Theatre Company Presents: Shipwrecked"
The 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 20 - Manchester
"Cork Dork Weekend at Northshire Bookstore"
Enjoy wine from Wines by George, cheese from Consider Bardwell Farm and a book presentation with author Bianca Bosker for her book Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live. Tickets are now available on-line. northshire.com

May 20 - Manchester
"Orvis Fly Fishing 101"
Learn fly fishing 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. Sixteen or younger must be accompanied by and adult. Register online. Classes fil up fast. orvis.com

May 20 - Rupert
"Meet the Lambs at Merck Forest!"
Baby lambs are soooo cute! Have your little lambs meet our little lambs. Games, snacks, baby animals and views that go on forever -- there's no better way to spend a late spring afternoon! Suggested $3 donation. merckforest.org

May 20 - Shaftsbury
"2017 Ordinary Heroes Day"
An annual celebration honoring a strong yet humble, ordinary yet extraordinary, civic-minded Shaftsbury resident.
Ruth Levin - 2014
Ken Coonradt - 2015
Brenda & George Keen - 2016
To be announced - 2017
Join us at the Governor Galusha's Homestead, 3871 VT-7A, along with the talented Shaftsbury Elementary School chorus, and congratulate Shaftsbury's 2017 Ordinary Hero recipient! All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

May 21 - Bennington to Manchester
"The Shires of Vermont Marathon"
The marathon joins the South and North Shires in Bennington County. The marathon is a point-to-point race from Bennington to Manchester Center, Vermont. The course follows mainly secondary roads through the villages of North Bennington, Shaftsbury, Arlington, Sunderland, and Manchester. Sections of the course will be closed to traffic. About eight miles consist of hard-packed dirt, with the remainder of the surface paved. bkvr.net

May 25 - Bennington
"Hemming's Cruise In"
Hemming's second Cruse In of the season, held at Hemming's Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington. 5:30 - 8pm come 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 GM, Favorite Ford, Favorite British, Best Paint, 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.

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

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 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 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 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

Jul 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 - Dorset
"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 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 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 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 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

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 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

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

 
 
 
       
     
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