The Shires of Vermont






 

Events

Ongoing:

May-Oct Farmers Markets in Bennington and Manchester The Walloomsac Farmer's Market will be located beside the Walloomsac River walk at the Bennington Station, on the corner of Depot and River Streets, in downtown Bennington, Vermont. Hours: Every Saturday May 7 - October 29, 10am - 1pm, and every Tuesday May 10 - October 25, 3:30 - 5:30pm
www.walloomsac.org

The Manchester Farmer's Market will be located at Adam's Park, next to the Chamber of Commerce on Rt. 7A, Manchester Center, 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. Hours: Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend
www.dorsetfarmersmarket.org


NOW through - Sept. 7 - Manchester
"Blue Star Museums Program" Free admission to the American Museum of Fly Fishing for active military personnel and their families. Phone 802-362-3300.
www.amff.com

NOW through - Sept. 25 - Manchester
"Tour Southern Vermont Sampler" This tour is one of the top rated activities on Trip Advisor and also Editors' Pick for Yankee Travel Magazine. If you only have a couple of days in the area, this tour will take you unique and interesting places, off the beaten path. Local guide will help you discover the beauty, nostalgia and charm of our country backroads while giving you lots of interesting information about Vermont. Phone 802-362-4997.
www.backroaddiscovery.com

NOW through - Sept. 25 - Manchester
"Revolutionary/Civil War In Bennington County" Vermont celebrates Visit over 35 sites between Bennington & Manchester, involved in the Battle of Bennington & Ethan Allen's capture of Fort Ticonderoga, for America's first victory. We also visit sites associated with the Civil War. You will view stunning mountain/valley vistas & quintessential villages while traveling in our comfortable 8 passenger tour vehicle. Visit website for detailed description of tour. Advance reservations needed. Phone 802 362-4997.
www.backroaddiscovery.com

July 3 - Nov. 1 - Bennington
"Inward Adorings of the Mind: Grassroots Arts from the Bennington Museum and Blasdel/Koch Collections Brings together an eclectic selection of objects--ranging from textiles, ceramics and weathervanes to drawings, paintings and sculpture--created by individuals with little or no formal training in art and working outside the framework of the traditional art market. Drawing on the Bennington Museums renowned collections of folk art, including the world's largest public collections of paintings by revered 20th-century folk artist "Grandma" Moses and Bennington Pottery, and the Blasdel/Koch collection of outsider art, including works by Jesse Howard, Mose Tolliver, and Joseph Yoakum, this exhibition will highlight thematic continuities amongst artworks created by everyday people\from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day.

July 9th - Aug. 20th - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival's 41st Summer Concert Series" 41st year of bringing the passion and beauty of classic music to out southern Vermont community. The Manchester Music Festival operates year-round and offers classical music performances and music education of the highest caliber. This year works such as Chopin and the French Connection, In Praise of Music, Led Zeppelin Tribute-Whole Lotta Fun 2, and those created by up and coming young artist will be performed.
www.mmfvt.org

July 19 - Sep. 6 - Bennington
"Pig Roast at The Vermont Country Store in Rockingham" Join us for a Pig Roast at Mildred's Dairy Bar in Rockingham! All natural pork provided by Ephraim Mountain Farm. If pork doesn't excite you, enjoy the barbeque chicken. Every Sunday from July 19 thru September 6th. 11-6pm. 1292 Rockingham Rd, Bellows Falls, Vt. 05101 802.362.5990.

Aug. 1 - Dec 20 - Bennington
"Small Works Show" Fine art - 11 x 14 and smaller - is available for immediate purchase in this gallery beginning in May. Artwork is representational but not limited to a theme. Figurative, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife and still-lifes by nationally recognized artists make up the show.
www.TheBennington.org

Aug. 1 - Dec. 20 - Bennington
"Impressions of New England" This annual exhibition will include over 60 scenes captured in paint and bronze. Seashores, rolling hills, foliage and New England wildlife will be just some of the subjects in this sales exhibit.
www.TheBennington.org

Aug. 8 - Dec. 20 - Bennington
"The Laumeister Fine Art Competition" Artists from around the country and the world are invited to submit work to be included in our sixth annual fine art competition, this year juried by Stuart Johnson, organizer of the Coeur d'Alene Art Auction. Monetary awards will be given and the representational artwork will be available at the Center through the fall.
www.TheBennington.org

Aug. 14 - Nov. 8 - Pownal
"People/Place: American Social Landscape Photography, 1950-1980 " In a collaborative effort Bennington Museum and Bennington College have selected photographs from the portfolios of Jonathan Brand, John Hubbard, Neil Rappaport, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander, to present a very special exhibition entitled People/Place: American Social Landscape Photography, 1950-1980. "Each of these photographers explores the human condition within the public sphere, the social landscape. Careful framing and split second timing are key aspects of their practice, and we have selected a wide range of their best work," states Jonathan Kline, Faculty Member at Bennington College and his students. Combining these photographs to create an exhibit of wordless literature is an effort made by the College and Museum to link themselves as one, share photographs from separate archives, and allow visitors to enjoy the exhibit as a community.

Aug. 20 - Manchester
"MMF Summer Series Concerts" A high note indeed! Audiences will hear a multitude of high notes sung by four outstanding singers led by Metropolitan Opera star, soprano Rachelle Durkin. She'll be joined by Carolyn Sproule, mezzo; Patrick O'Halloran, tenor; and Brandon Cedel, bass-baritone. Accompanied by Caren Levine, the singers will perform arias, duets and ensemble pieces from popular operas, including La Traviata, Don Pasquale, and Carmen.

Aug. 22 - Pownal
"Full Tilt Boogie National Tour Concert" The environmentally-friendly event will feature headlining performances by ZZ Top and Gary Clark Jr., as well as set from Buddy Guy, Blackberry Smoke, The Marshall Tucker Band, Trigger Hippy, The Wood Brothers, Albert Lee, Girls Guns & Glory and more. Tickets for the event are slated to go on sale on Wednesday, May 20 via Ticketmaster.

Aug. 23 - Chester
"Cookbook Author Sarah Leah Chase at The Free Range" Misty Valley Books and cookbook author Sarah Leah Chase at The Free Range restaurant on the Green in Chester for brunch featuring recipes from her new cookbook, The New England Open House Cookbook. Sarah will be there from 11 am to 1 pm to sign books and talk about her recipes. Misty Valley Books will give a 10% discount on the book to brunch patrons.

Aug 29 - Oct. 12 - Bennington
"1863 Jane Stickle Quilt" The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display at the Bennington Museum. Brought to the museum 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric; Quilters from around the country, and world, plan trips to the region during that time to see the 1863 quilt. The Jane Stickle quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border. The Jane Stickle Quilt can be viewed with regular museum admission.renowned and a perfect example of American folk art.
www.benningtonmuseum.org

Aug 16 - Bennington
"Battle Day Parade"

Aug. 30 - Dec. 20 - Bennington
"The Laumeister Fine Art Competition" Artists from around the country and the world are invited to submit work to be included in our sixth annual fine art competition, this year juried by Stuart Johnson, organizer of the Coeur d'Alene Art Auction. Monetary awards will be given and the representational artwork will be available

September - Manchester
"Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!" Free admission with Museum Day Live! ticket. Phone 802-362-3300. www.amff.com at the Center through the fall.
www.TheBennington.org

Sept. 5 - Sept. 6 - Bennington
"20th Annual Garlic And Herb Festival" Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from -you guessed it - garlic and herbs! Admission: $6 per person per day - or - get a 2 day pass for $10 Children 12 and under are $2.
www.lovegarlic.com

Sept. 19 - Wilmington
"7th Annual 1Lt Mark H. Dooley -5K- Race Of Remembrance" This annual event is a living tribute, honoring the sacrifice of 1LT Mark H. Dooley, a member of the Vermont Army National Guard, and an Officer with the Wilmington (VT) Police Department, who was killed in action while serving his country in Iraq on September 19, 2005. The event will be held on the 10 year anniversary of 1LT Dooley's sacrifice for our nation. We hope you will join us in remembering our fallen.
www.markdooley5k.com

Sept. 19 - Sept. 20 - Bennington
"22nd Annual Bennington Quiltfest" Offering one of the best quilt shows in the northeast. Show offers new quilts, demonstrations, queen size quilt raffle, challenge quilts, special exhibist, many vendors and mouthwatering fare from the Quiltfest Cafe. Our featured quilter and lecturer, Joan Ford of Humminbird Highway and author of Scrap Therapy and Scraps Plus One, will give one lecture at 1pm on each day of the show. You will also find our Consignment Boutique open with a large selection of items for sale.
www.benningtonquiltfest.com

Sept. 25 - Oct. 11 - Bennington
"The Lion in Winter" by James Goldman King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitaine. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule and it is likely to be torn apart by revolution. A gigantic Broadway hit that became an Oscar winning film, this is a not to be missed, brilliantly written play that is simultaneously suspenseful, highly dramatic, witty and gloriously funny.
www.oldcastletheatre.org

Sept. 26 - Peru
"The Peru Fair" The Peru Fair is an old fashioned country fair, bursting with attractions fit for all the family. Held each year in the beautiful town of Peru, Vermont, this fair has been rated among the top country fares in the state and is not to be missed! This year's Fair will open at 9:00 am. As usual, free bus service to and from the town is provided from Bromley Mountain's parking lot (about a five minute ride). Admission is $6, kids 6 and under are free, which is directed to The Peru Scholarship Fund.
www.perufair.org

Oct. 3 - Manchester
"TeEDx Battenkill" A day-long series of engaging, charismatic speakers whose talks expose new ideas that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to a broad, international audience. Each talk is limited to 18 minutes, assuring a wide range of speakers and topics.
www.tedxbattenkill.org

Oct. 2 - Oct. 4 - Manchester
"27th Annual Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival" Autumn in Vermont! The mountains around Manchester are awash with color and at The Practice Tee a small city has arisen, with tents full of fine art, contemporary craftwork, specialty foods, live music and more. The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is an annual tradition for many shoppers and a delightful new experience for others. This is the perfect time to take a weekend getaway experience Southern Vermont at peak foliage whilst sipping a hot cappuccino, shopping for handcrafted art and craftwork, and eating delicious food.
www.craftproducers.com

Oct. 9 - Oct. 11 - Weston
"32nd Annual Weston Craft Show" The Weston Craft Show is a juried exhibit of exceptional Vermont artisans, representing works in baskets, ceramics, folk art, glass, jewelry, lighting, paper, fiber, leather, mosaics, pastels, sculpture, wearable art, and wood.The Weston Craft Show is held at the Weston Playhouse which provides a manageable, pleasant shopping experience for those looking for something special. With a carefully juried array of exceptional arts and crafts in a distinctive setting, the Weston Craft Show offers discerning collectors high quality, diversity and beautiful displays. Adult admission is $8.
www.westoncraftshow.com

Oct. 10 - Oct. 11 - Somerset
"18th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest" The Weston Craft Show is a juried exhibit of exceptional Vermont artisans, representing works in baskets, ceramics, folk art, glass, jewelry, lighting, paper, fiber, leather, mosaics, pastels, sculpture, wearable art, and wood.The Weston Craft Show is held at the Weston Playhouse which provides a manageable, pleasant shopping experience for those looking for something special. With a carefully juried array of exceptional arts and crafts in a distinctive setting, the Weston Craft Show offers discerning collectors high quality, diversity and beautiful displays. Adult admission is $8.
www.westoncraftshow.com

Oct. 10 - Oct. 11 - Somerset
"42nd Annual Harvest Arts & Crafts Show at Mount Snow" Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the 42nd Annual Harvest Arts and Crafts Show featuring 50+ vendors including local artisans, specialty food makers and more. The event is conveniently located throughout the Main Base Lodge and base area. Did we mention that there is also FREE ADMISSION! Expect to see original works of art, handmade jewelry and furniture, sample homemade fudge and speak face to face with the purveyors. Then head outside and checkout our 18th Annual Oktoberfest- two great events and truly a weekend not to be missed!
www.mountsnow.com

Oct. 17 - Oct. 18 - Deerfield
"4th Annual Deerfield Vally Quilt & Craft Show" On display will be antique quilts, many made in the local area, as well as contemporary quilts and wall hangings. This year there will also be local crafts. The show is sponsored by the Historical Society of Wilmington. The show will be held in Historic Memorial Hall in downtown Wilmington, Vermont. The dates are Saturday October 17, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday October 18 from noon until 4 pm. For more information email sue@nortonhousequilting.com
www.nortonhousequilting.com

Oct. 24 - Bennington
"Fallapalooza!" It's like Mayfest, Midnight Madness, Octoberfest, and the Food festivals all wrapped up into one big celebration! Bring the kids to go Store-to Store Trick-or-Treating for gifts and games between 11am and 3pm.

Oct. 24 - Wardsboro
"13th Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival" An all-day, indoor-outdoor, family-oriented day to celebrate Wardsboro's Delicious Roots! An entire festival dedicated to one of Vermont's tastiest heirloom vegetables. Craft and farmers market booths, Turnip Shoppe featuring turnip gifts and apparel, Turnip Cafe serving turnip recipes from the Gilfeather Turnip Cookbook, live music, and the annual Turnip Contest with celebrity judge Tracey Medieros, noted cookbook author and TV Chef. For details and to enter turnips from your garden in the contest, call 802-896-3416 or visit us online. Free admission & free parking.
www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org

Oct. 30 - Nov. 8
"VT Restaurant Week" Is a special limited time menu event at participating fine-dining restaurants in Vermont’s Windham and Bennington Counties. Diners can enjoy a 3-course lunch or dinner at a reduced price compared to the regular menu selections. www.sovtrestaurantweek.com
www.facebook.com/SoVTRestaurantWeek

 
 
 
       
     
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