The Shires of Vermont






 

Events

Also feel free to check out the Vermont Arts Calendar.

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


Mar 26-Jun 15 - Bennington
"3D Digital: Here and Now" at the Bennington Museum
Bennington Makes - the World Takes! Who knew that the quintessential New England town of Bennington, VT was a hub of digital design and technology? Over the last fifteen years, there has been a profound transformation taking place in the way things are made, all across the world, and here in Bennington too. Artists, including Jon Isherwood, Willard Boepple, and Karolina Kawiaka have been exploiting the potential of new technologies to push material practice, while commercial design and manufacturing firms such Nahanco, Plasan NA, and Kaman Composites have been making products ranging from clothes hangers to cancer treatment beds all used quite literally around the world. Explore the unique works on view in 3D Digital: Here and Now, March 26 through June 15 at the Bennington Museum.
Learn more at The Bennington Museum

Apr 23-Jul 10 - Bennington
"Out of This World" Lush Abstract Landscapes by Sally Gil
Bennington Museum presents Out of This World, an exhibition of new and recent work by visual artist Sally Gil. This is the first exhibition of Gil's work in her native state of Vermont. The artist will create a site specific installation directly on the gallery walls; a further three large scale works and a number of smaller scale works will complete the show. The artist will host an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, April 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to speak with Gil and enjoy her work. It is free and open to the public.

May 4 - Brattleboro
"Psychologist and Author Considers Buddhism in Daily Life" at Brooks Memorial Library
Author and Jungian analyst Polly Young-Eisendrath will look at the Buddhist perspective on engaging with daily life in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro at 7:00 pm. Her talk, "What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

May 4 - Manchester
"West Point Professor Considers Sentimentality and War" at First Congregational Church
West Point English professor Elizabeth Samet will discuss how sentimental values can distort our perception of war in a talk at Manchester’s First Congregational Church at 7:00 pm. Her talk, "Sentimental Journeys: Literature and Long Wars," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

May 7-July 30 - Bennington
"It Is All a Mystery" at the Bennington Museum
Opening in Bennington Museum’s Works on Paper Gallery is 'it is all a mystery', Drawings by Marcy Hermansader, 1981-2015. At first this exhibition may appear to be a group show. But upon closer examination the viewer will see a selective retrospective, featuring four distinct bodies of work by the same artist dating from 1981 through 2015. Drawing on a deep well of intuitive, often deeply personal symbols and images, Hermansader's work is akin to sophisticated visual poetry.

May 8 - Northfield
"Mother's Day Brunch"
Bring Mom (or anyone you care about) to brunch on Mother's Day at The Woods Lodge, and enjoy a wonderful selection of tasty treats in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. thewoodsvt.com

May 8 - Hardwick
"Perennial Pleasures Tea Garden Cafe Mother's Day Tea"
Tea is a delightful and affordable way to entertain friends, and is a memorable way to celebrate events and gentle occasions such as engagement and graduation parties, bridal and baby showers, and retirement parties. May 8, Mother’s Day Sunday Tea: With a special set menu, by reservation only. Mothers will receive a complimentary little pot of spring flowers. perennialpleasures.net

May 8 - Burlington
"Mother's Day Brunch Cruise on Lake Champlain"
The Spirit of Ethan Allen invites you to a Brunch Cruise on Mother's Day, Sunday May 8th at Noon. Experience the smooth, tranquil waters of Lake Champlain with stunning views of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks while enjoying a lovely brunch with your Mother. soea.com

May 8 - Manchester Center
"Mother's Day Brunch at The Perfect Wife Restaurant"
Bountiful Buffet Brunch on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 10:30am to 2pm. $29 per adult, $12 per child. Call (802)362-2817 to make a reservation. See our website for full menu. perfectwife.com

May 8 - St. Albens
"Mother's Day Brunch at Jeff's Maine Seafood"
Celebrate Mom at Jeff's Maine Seafood restaurant in beautiful downtown St. Albans! Sunday, May 8 from 10am - 2pm. $21 per person. Call (802) 524-6135 for Reservations. Check out the full menu on Facebook or at jeffsmaineseafood.com.

May 14 - Bellows Falls
"Sam Baker Performance" at Popolo Restaurant
Sam Baker is traveling with fellow Texan Carrie Elkin who helps out with vocals and rays of sunlight and is often called a force of nature. This is Mr. Baker’s and Ms. Elkin’s second trip to Bellows Falls. In 2015 he offered a riveting performance at Roots on the River.
Available at popolomeanspeople.com and at Popolo Restaurant, tickets are $22 in advance and $26 day of show. Doors open at 8:00pm and the show starts at 8:30pm.

May 14 - Brattleboro
"Ben Williams Quartet" at the Vermont Jazz Center
Williams displays world-class bass playing, and an original approach to arranging and youthful vitality. He won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition on bass and a Grammy for work in Pat Metheny's Unity Band, and was voted top overall rising star in Downbeat's 2015 Critic's Poll. He uses wide ranging musical structures, references and instrumentation to great effect: from a heartfelt tribute to Nelson Mandela to lush string quartet, a spoken word tribute to Lee Morgan, an acoustic bass cover of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. Starts at 8pm.
Tickets $20-40 sliding scale, $15 students. Available on line, at door, In the Moment Records, Main St. Brattleboro VT, reserved by phone. Please call ahead to facilitate handicap access. vtjazz.org

May 14 - Manchester
"Bennington County Choral Society Spring Concert 'Cries of War, Hopes for Peace'"
At the First Congregational Church starting at 7:30pm. The concert explores the human cost of war and uplifts the universal desire for peace through emotionally gripping masterpieces of the 20th century: the "Dona Nobis Pacem" by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, the "Chichester Psalms" by Leonard Bernstein and "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber. Joining the choral society are soloists Jenna Rae and James Anderson, and a small group from the Bennington Children's Chorus performs the featured solo in "Chichester Psalms."
Concert tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, in advance from choristers or at the Bennington Bookshop. Student tickets, $10 with valid student ID, are available at the door. Concert venue is wheelchair accessible.

May 14 - Bennington
"Bennington County Choral Society Spring Concert 'Cries of War, Hopes for Peace'"
At the Bennington Center for the Arts starting at 3pm. The concert explores the human cost of war and uplifts the universal desire for peace through emotionally gripping masterpieces of the 20th century: the "Dona Nobis Pacem" by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, the "Chichester Psalms" by Leonard Bernstein and "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber. Joining the choral society are soloists Jenna Rae and James Anderson, and a small group from the Bennington Children's Chorus performs the featured solo in "Chichester Psalms."
Concert tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, in advance from choristers or at the Bennington Bookshop. Student tickets, $10 with valid student ID, are available at the door. Concert venue is wheelchair accessible.

May 19 - Burlington
"Raffi" at Flynn Centre for the Performing Arts
The music that shaped your childhood is back for you to share with a new generation! Sing along to your favorites like Baby Beluga, Down By The Bay, and Bananaphone, as well as songs from his new CD, Owl Singalong! Click HERE for tickets.

May 21 - Pownal
"Green Mountain Brewfest" at Green Mountain Race Track
Green Mountain Brewfest, coming to the historic Green Mountain Racetrack in Pownal, May 21st from 12-4pm. Featuring 30 Breweries and Unlimited Tastings from around New England, Food Trucks, Artisan Vendors, Music and More!

May 28 - Bennington
"Mayfest"
Join us on Main Street as we transform Downtown Bennington into a festival of arts, crafts, activities, food, & entertainment. For more information check out the Better Bennington Corporation.

June 3rd-5th - Brattleboro
"Strolling of the Heifers"
The Stroll is noted every year as a top ten time-honored event with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. It has also been selected as one of the top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association. For more information.

Jun 3-5 - Bellows Falls
"17th Annual Roots on the River Festival"
Dave Alvin, The Steel Wheels, Mary Gauthier and more! Lineup also includes: Della Mae, Roger Marin Band, Lula Wiles, Joe Crookston, The Young Novelists and The Defibulators. For more information: Vermont Festivals LLC

June 11-12 - Manchester
"30th Annual Manchester Antique & Classic Car Show"
The show will be on the Dorr Farm on Route 30, just north of Manchester Center-a spectacular setting surrounded by the Green Mountains. Thousands of spectators and hundreds of car collectors turn out each year to enjoy an exciting array of vintage vehicles. This great family event offers activities for all ages plus great food, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, tractor rides and strolls on the show field. For more information about this event please call 802-362-6313 or visit www.manchestercarshow.com. Show hours are Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 8am-3pm. Adults $10.00/Children Under 12 Free.

Aug 5-7 - Bennington
"Bennington Arts and Crafts Weekend"
Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival. The Festival is located at Camelot Village on Rt. 9 West. Here visitors to the area can enjoy an incredible variety of Fine Art and Craftwork for sale including jewelry, textiles, pottery, handmade wooden pieces, and so much more. For more information check out the Better Bennington Corporation.

Aug 6 - Bennington
"4 Corners North Homebrew Festival"
The same people who brought you the 2015 Craft of Beer Home Brew Challenge have done it again! This time as 4 Corners North but bigger and better. Are you are a home brewer? Want to find out what people think of your brew? Want to challenge yourself to make the best homebrew? Then join us for the Second Annual Homebrew Festival on August 6th from noon to 4pm. The 4 Corners North section of County St., Bennington, VT will be closed for this unique event. Enjoy a street fair atmosphere with a live band, food and other vendors, and of course the best home brewed beer in the area. This is a family friendly event and there will be homemade root beer available.
There is a $20 registration fee and is limited to the first 60 home brewers who register. Spaces are already filling up so register today.Voting is done by the public so brew to impress. Prizes awarded to the top 3 homebrewers. Admission to the street festival is free or $20 to sample and vote for your favorite beer.
For more information visit The Craft of Beer.

Aug 13-14 - Bennington
"11th Annual Rock, Rattle and Drum American Indian Pow Wow"
We are the ones we've been waiting for. Authentic American Indian dancing, drumming, arts, crafts, and demonstrations. With "Lord of the Strings" Arvel Bird, and Danza Azteca - The Aztec Dancers. At the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm, rain or shine. One day admission is $8, $5 for seniors and youths age 11-17, children under 10 for $1.
For more information: healingwinds.net

Sep 3-4 - Bennington
"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 more information visit Love Garlic.

Sep 24-25 - Woodstock
"The Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival"
Working farms and forests give Vermont its beautiful rural character and unique sense of place while serving as an important part of the economy for many communities throughout the state. This fall, one event celebrates those great aspects of Vermont. The Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival will be held on Saturday & Sunday at the Billings Farm & Museum. The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) will partner with Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park during their Forest Festival for a premier foliage weekend event! The farm and park are directly across the street from each other so visitors can park for free at Billings Farm and enjoy both events! They can visit with you, the artisan, and woodworking demonstrators who will be in the Visitor Center, barn, or on the farm lawn. Join the celebration of Vermont’s working landscape with your unique products that represent the best of Vermont. The VWMA is seeking producers of wood furniture, accessories & woodenware, cabinetry, flooring, carvings, turnings, and all other products made of wood to sell their product.

 
 
 
       
     
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