The Shires of Vermont




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

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

NOW through - June 21 - Bennington
"Alcohol in Vermont: Creation to Consumption, Tolerance to Temperance" This exhibition examines the significant role of alcohol in Vermont's history. During Vermont's early history alcohol was consumed in quantities unimaginable today. Establishments like the Catamount Tavern and Walloomsac Inn were the center of community life and alcohol was required for any public work or gathering. Reformers in the 1800s fought the evils of addiction and abuse through popular literature, church trials, public shaming, social societies, and finally legislation. Some Vermonters resented anyone trying to regulate their private habits. How far could the state influence the public good without infringing on personal liberty? Politicians intensely debated the regulation of alcohol in some of the most notorious elections in state history. It wasn't until the craft beer movement in the 1990s that Vermonters again embraced alcoholic beverages. Highlights of this exhibit will include Ethan Allen's bartab, beautiful historic glassware for high class drinking, records and banners from local temperance societies, and a flask use by a local flapper.

NOW through - July 26 - Bennington
"What would Grandma do?" paintings by Linda Finch exploring the destruction caused by natural gas development in New York state.

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.

NOW through - Aug. 9 - Bennington
"Channeling Grandma: Fracking Paintings by Linda Finch" On view in Bennington Museum's Regional Artists Gallery from May 9 through July 26, is Channeling Moses: Fracking Paintings by Linda Finch. "The naive style of Grandma Moses is a perfect genre for storytelling. These paintings are a step by step journey that leads you through the gas pain process; some have secret messages within." states the artist.

NOW through - Aug. 9 - Bennington
"Dan Shapiro: "Living the Print" 1949-1969" Shapiro was a master printmaker during a highly innovative period in American printmaking. Born in 1920, Shapiro grew up in New York City and studied at the Cooper Union School of Art, graduating in 1941 with honors in painting and design. As a printmaker, however, he was self-taught, learning from books and through experiment.

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.

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.

NOW through - July 26 - Bennington
"The Salmagundi Club in Vermont" The Bennington is proud to announce that The Salmagundi Club, an institution in the art world in New York City, has invited members to take part in an exhibition this summer at the Center. All work will be representational and for sale and exhibiting artists are invited to be a part of the opening events on June 13th.

NOW through - August 13th - Bennington
"Chester Summer Concert Series" Chester's 2015 Summer Concert Series returns to the Academy Building lawn across from the Green in downtown Chester with five Thursday night concerts from 6:30-8:00 pm starting July 16, 2015. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and be prepared to sit back and listen to great music on a summer night right in downtown Chester. In case of inclement weather, concerts will move to MacLaomainn's Scottish Pub, 52 South Main Street, Chester.

June 5 - Bennington
"Disappearances, A Jay Craven Movie" First Fridays finds the museum open late – straight through the viewing of Disappearances, a film directed by Jay Craven and produced by Kingdom County Production Company. Based on the award-winning novel by Howard Frank Mosher, the film is the story of schemer and dreamer Quebec Bill Bonhomme. It is a spellbinding tale of high-stakes whiskey-smuggling, a family's mysterious past, and a young boy's rite of passage. Set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom in 1932, just months before the repeal of Prohibition, the film stars Kris Kristofferson, Charlie McDermott, Genevieve Bujold, Gary Farmer, William Sanderson, Lothaire Bluteau, Luis Guzman, Bill Raymond, Heather Rea, John Griesemer. $5 members, $7 non-members. Rated: PG13, parental guidance advised. Call to reserve a seat - 802-447-1571.

June 5 - 21 - Bennington
"Time Stands Still" by Donald Margulies Pulitzer Prize winner Margulies has written a searing, powerfully contemporary story of an heroic female journalist wounded covering the war in Iraq Can you be a dispassionate, uninvolved observer of horrific events, recording them for posterity and still keep a sense of right and wrong? That is just one of the intriguing questions presented in this smart, timely, stylish and compelling play.

June 6 - Aug. 2 - Bennington
"Art of the Animal Kingdom" One of the country's most prestigious wildlife exhibitions opens on June 6 and will run through late August. This year, to celebrate the show's 20th anniversary, many of the past Special Guest Artist will be sending work to be exhibited with work submitted by invited artists. Artists include Michael Coleman, Morten Solberg, Nancy Howe, Terry Isaac, Sandy Scott, Jan Martin McGuire and Rosetta. Over 85 pieces of fine wildlife art by many of the country's finest artists will be on view and for sale.

June 13 - Bennington
"Opening Reception for Art of the Animal Kingdom, The Small Works Show and The Salmagundi Club in Vermont" On Saturday, June 13 artists will be in attendance while the 2015 summer season is kicked-off at 10 am with demonstrations and presentations by esteemed wildlife artists Morten Solberg and John Pitcher and one of the finest plein air artists in the country, Don Demers. A reception with hors d'oeuvres and dessert will be open to the public starting at 6:30 pm and guests will have the chance to meet artists from around the country who come in for this event. The night ends with a concert by singer/entertainer Vance Gilbert. The schedule of events can be found at or by calling 802-442-7158.

June 27 - Manchester
"Opening of Bob Hines exhibition" At the American Museum of Fly Fishing. Hines was an artist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife and we are proud to showcase a vast collection of his amazing work. Phone 802-362-3300.

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.

July 10 - Bennington
"Summer Party" Join others to celebrate the opening of Inward Adorings of the Mind: Grassroots Art featuring visionary, folk and outsider art by Tolliver, Yoakum, Moses and others. Enjoy a captivating gallery talk with curator Jamie Franklin. Food and drink. Performance by the Woods Tea Co. entertaining audiences throughout the United States since 1981 with a blend of traditional and vintage musical styles, pleasing the ear and inspiring a smile. 4 to 8 pm. Price: $35/members; $45/not-yet-members. Children under 12 free. Reservations required. Call 802-447-1571.

July 10 - Aug. 2 - Bennington
"Cabaret" Book by Joe Masteroff" Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb - Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage to tantalize the crowd and leave their troubles outside. Dive in and experience the decadent world of pre-WWII Berlin nightlife, and come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history.

July 11 - Bennington
"2nd Annual BIMC Bike Night" The Bennington International Motorcycle Club presents the 2nd Annual BIMC Bennington Bike Night, Saturday, July 11th, 2014 from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. on School Street in Bennington. There will be a bike show, raffles, bikes for sale, vendors. food and music. The event is free and all bikes are welcome.

July 11 - Manchester
"Canvas 'N Cocktails" Join artist Samantha Aronson for a glass of wine (or two) at our new paint and sip event. Phone 802-362-3300.

July 15 - Bennington
"Grassroots Art" This presentation by Jamie Franklin, curator of the Bennington Museum, will tie in to the exhibition on view at the museum from July 3- November 1. The talk will begin with a brief history of how grassroots artists have come to be embraced by the mainstream art world and then focus on overarching themes explored in this art.

July 16 - Manchester
"In Praise of Music" the second of MMF's seven summer concerts, takes place on Thursday, July 16th at the Arkell Pavillion at Southern Vermont Arts Center. This concert features internationally known musicians Joana Genova and Austin Hartman, violins, Ariel Rudiakov, viola, Edward Arron, cello and Jeewon Park, piano. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and features works by Maurice Ravel, Lili Boulanger, Frank Bridge and Cesar Frank. Setting the mood at the beginning of each half of the concert with inspiring commentary about music and life will be four members of area clergy: Rabbis Michael Cohen and David Novak, and Reverends Gordon McClellan and John Mitchell.

July 16 - Bennington
"Midnight Madness" Downtown retail extravaganza is a terrific family event and community institution with music, fun, and special bargains all over downtown. For more information email us at or call the BBC office 802-442-5758.

July 18 - Manchester
"The Kids Fun Run" This year's Fun Run will feature an obstacle course dotted with challenges including hula hoop hopping, traffic cone weaving, balance beam walking, and hurdle jumping. The Kids Fun Run will encompass three heats (ages 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12), with ascending degrees of difficulty. The fun begins on the soccer field at 10:00 am. Registration is $15 per child; register online for the Kids Fun Run, the 5K walk or run, and the 10K run, if registering in person, all registrations must be completed prior to 8:30 am, race day, July 18.

July 19 - Manchester
"National Ice Cream Day!" One of a kind fly fishing activities and free ice cream. 1pm-4pm. Phone 802-362-3300.

July 31 - Aug. 2 - Bennington
"Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival" Bennington Arts Weekend is a community-wide series of art & cultural related events being held throughout Bennington & North Bennington that same weekend to encourage visitors and vendors at the festival to visit the Bennington area that weekend. take in many of the events, dine, shop, stay over, etc. We have several events being planned throughout the entire weekend which will take place at various locations and venues -- not at Camelot Village. Camelot Village is where the festival will be.

Aug. 1 - Bennington
"Craft of Beer Home Brew Competition & Festival" Home Brew Beer Tasting, Food Vendors, Local Store Specials, Brewing Demos, and Live Music! Located on County Street which will be closed for this festival event.Part of the Bennington Arts Weekend.

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.

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.

Aug. 7 - Bennington
"The Exciting World of Tattoos" Details still in the making, but join us at the museum from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and see some of the most detailed and exciting tattoos we could find. Talk with tattoo artists who create and execute body art as we celebrate this art form.

August 8 - Manchester
"8th Annual Fly Fishing Festival Festival" Goers can shop vendor booths, cast vintage rods and learn tips from experts, tie flies, and enjoy a very special seminar by Michael Hackney who will be demonstrating how to make 3-D printed fly reels. American Museum of Fly Fishing. Free admission! Phone 802-362-3300.

Aug. 8 - Aug. 9 - Bennington
"10th 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! The 10th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow is being held on the beautiful grounds of the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington. Please contact Healing Wind's Co-Directors Fidel Moreno, 832-777-8081 and Susan Jameson, l 413-443-2481 or email Susan for a list of ticket outlets.

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.

Aug 15 - Bennington
"People and Places" Photographs drawn from Bennington College and Bennington Museum Collections. Exhibition curated by Bennington College students.

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 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.

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. at the Center through the fall.

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.

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.

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.

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