The Shires of Vermont



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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

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

The Craftsbury Farmer's Market will be located at the Craftsbury Common. Hours: Saturdays 10am -1pm.

Oct 8-Dec 11 - Manchester
"Harmonic Resonance: Return to the Mythic"
The Southern Vermont Arts Center presents Harmonic Resonance: Return to the Mythic in the Wilson Museum and Gallery featuring works of artists Terry Hauptman and Hugh Joudry. Hauptman's wall spanning Songline Scrolls radiate with imagination and pose questions about culture and tradition. Her love of the motif of intertwined spirals and knots, which is reflective of ancient Celtic art, is paired with curvilinear figures dancing throughout, giving the scrolls energy and vibrancy. Self-taught artist Joudry's totemic shape-shifting sculptures are made using traditional methods of carving – mallet and chisel for wood and stone. His sculptures are created from local wood and Vermont's unparalleled white marble. These two artists have known each other for decades and have been inspired by one another's work. Hugh feels that their pieces take us to a place of concentration and peaceful contemplation – she with her scroll and he with his sculpture.
The opening reception is on Saturday, October 8th from 4:00-6:00p.
SVAC is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00a-5:00p, Sunday12:00p-5:00p. Admission is free.
Call 802.362.1405

Nov 25-Dec 30 - Bennington
"The Festival Reimagining Grandma Moses"
In order to gear up for the summer 2017 exhibition Grandma Moses: American Modern, the Bennington Museum celebrates the work of this iconic folk artist and present The Festival Reimagining Grandma Moses. A major part of this year's seasonal celebration is the presentation of works by selected contemporary artists who have reimagined, reinterpreted, or responded to the work of Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses. Each piece on display in the changing galleries will be for sale by closed-bid auction through December 29.

Nov 26-Dec 31 - Manchester
"Manchester Merriment"
Celebrate the season with special events now through the New Year. For more information on specific events to go

Dec 2-11 - Dorset
"BAH HUMBUG!" performed by The Dorset Players
Come share the magic of this wonderful musical adaptation of everyone's favorite Christmas classic! Directed by Jennifer Repinski. Showtimes are December 2 & 9 at 7:30 pm - and December 3, 4, 10, 11 at 2:00 pm
Box Office: 802-867.5570

Dec 9 - Manchester
"Zero Gravity & Citizen Cider Tap Take Over" at Perfect Wife Tavern
With awesome beer and cider sponsors pouring drinks, handing out shwag and answering all of your brewing questions what else do you need? A completely fresh one-night-only menu designed to showcase the badass art of each, that’s what. And music – Dana Massive will be here providing music starting at 10:00 pm.

Dec 10 - Bennington
"The Festival, Reimagining Grandma Moses Family Day" at Bennington Museum
Bring the family and enjoy a wonderful day of children's shopping, Santa, crafts, bake sale and more. $3 admission for everyone. Watch the museum's website for details.

Dec 10 - Manchester Center
"Terra Madre/Slow Food Potluck at Manchester Community Library" Like food? Like friends? Come to the Manchester Community Library from 6 to 8 p.m. for a free community potluck meal to celebrate Terra Madre Day 2016. December 10 is Slow Food International’s anniversary, and since 2009 food communities around the world gather on this day to honor local eating, agricultural biodiversity and sustainable food production. This pop-up meal is open to all who care about food and community. The only requirement is to bring a dish to share (ideally made with local ingredients), along with your plate, cutlery, and a drinking vessel. The concept is a “no trace” potluck: bring food or drink, share with friends, leave nothing behind but memories. Terra Madre Day is Slow Food’s annual day to promote the diversity of food traditions and support good, clean, and fair food for all. Even more importantly, it’s also a chance to hang out with old friends and make new connections!
Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, contact Maria Reade at

Dec 10 - Wilmington
"5th Annual Bright Lights Craft Fair"
Featuring unique, hand-crafted items made by area artists and crafters. Some of the items you can expect to find include: hand-blown glass ornaments, wreaths, photography, jewelry, hand woven items, pottery trivets, wine trays, hand knitted hats and mittens, collectible teddy bears, soaps, woodwork, pressed flower art and much, much more.
After the craft fair, continue shopping throughout the day at participating downtown businesses to take advantage of specials offered to attendees of the craft fair. Proceeds from vendors’ booth fees will benefit historic Memorial Hall.
10am - 4pm at the Historic Memorial Hall.

Dec 10 - Weston
"Goodnight my Honey Bunnies book signing event"
The Vermont Country Store will welcome local author Sandy Wilbur and illustrator Kimberley Ray to our store to meet customers and sign copies of their children’s book, "Goodnight my Honey Bunnies." The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. This beautiful children's book is designed to delight and soothe babies and children up to age seven, as well as parents, teachers, and caretakers of all ages. A free, downloadable lullaby album is included with purchase.

Dec 11 - Burlington
"Vermont Youth Orchestra Association’s OrchestraChorusPalooza at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts"
The VYOA orchestras and chorus gather to perform this annual favorite. The program has something for everyone with works by Johann Sebastian Bach to the Beatles. This year’s senior soloist is Vermont Youth Orchestra percussionist Connor Zwonik (Colchester High School) performing Michael Colgrass’ Timpani Concerto. Other works include excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s exciting Capriccio Espagnol. Enjoy traditional choral song as the Vermont Youth Chorus performs Giovanni Battista Martini’s Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina before joining the combined orchestras to perform Leroy Andersen’s ever-popular Sleigh Ride and Irving Berlin’s classic White Christmas.
Tickets are available at or call 86-Flynn.
For more information about the VYOA, call 655-5030 or visit

Dec 11 - Weston
"Author/Photographer John Churchman Book Signing at The Vermont Country Store"
The Vermont Country Store will welcome local author, photographer, and farmer John Churchman to our store to meet customers and sign copies of his Sweet Pea & Friends children’s books "The SheepOver" and "Brave Little Fin". The event will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Dec 14 - Manchester Center
"An Evening of Holiday Music with Taconic Chamber Players at Manchester Community Library"
Manchester Community Library and Taconic Music present "An Evening of Holiday Music". The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception offering mulled cider, mulled wine, and sweet and savory hors d'oeuvres donated by area fine restaurants. Violinists Joana Genova and Deanna Baasch, violist Ariel Rudiakov and cellist Nathaniel Parke will play a varied program from Bach to Duke Ellington, starting at 6:30 p.m. Their performance will offer some pieces to warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye, others to make you snap your fingers and tap your feet.
This lovely evening is a holiday gift to the community; the pre-program reception and musical performance are free and open to all. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, call the Library at 802-362-2607.

Dec 14 - Manchester Center
"Classic Holiday Film at Manchester Community Library"
The Greatest Generation Film Series at Manchester Community Library will present a very merry "Christmas in Connecticut" at 2 p.m. Laughs, romance and holiday cheer: that's the recipe Barbara Stanwyck and a stellar company of Warner Brothers players follow in this amiable farce that was a huge hit with 1945 audiences and has become a perennial seasonal favorite. What happens when a food writer- who has lied about being the perfect housewife- has to throw the perfect family Christmas for her boss and a returning war hero?
The film screening is free and open to the public. Running time is 101 minutes. Light refreshments will be served. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, Vt. Info: 802-362-2607.

Dec 15 - Bennington
"Museum ABC's - Grandma Moses"
A gallery experience at the Bennington Museum for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers. Includes stories and hands-on art explorations. Theme: Grandma Moses: Paintings and Poetry. Museum ABC's is a collaboration between Bennington Free Library & the Bennington Museum.
Please contact the Library (442-9051) or the Bennington Museum (447-1571) for more information.,

Dec 17 - Bennington
"Oldcastle Theatre Holiday Variety Show
Oldcastle Theatre's third annual Holiday Variety Show, a nostalgic and fun excursion to a tuneful time of great songs, and humorous radio comedy will be presented Saturday December 17th at 7:30 p.m. The show has become a community tradition; a family friendly mix of music, comedy, and holiday cheer. A large cast of Oldcastle favorites and local performers will return the audience to a simpler time when radio and television variety programs were the rage and folks sat home clustered around the radio or TV and sang along. This year's program will feature two of radio's most popular comedies, "My Friend Irma" and "Easy Aces." The cast will include Christine Decker, Richard Howe, Peter Langstaff, Willy Jones, Jody Schade, Paul Romero, The Mount Anthony Union High School Chorus, singer-pianist Lynn Sweet, Eric Peterson and some surprises.
For reservations or information call Oldcastle Theatre at 802-447-0564 or visit the Oldcastle Theatre website at

Dec 17-18 - Dorset
"A Christmas Carol: Storytime with the Shakespeare on Main Street Group"
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Begin your holiday season with Shakespeare on Main Street’s as they present this timeless holiday classic in intimate Storytime style in Bennington, Brandon, Poultney and Dorset. Director Gary Meitrott adapts Readers Theater style to include costuming and movement by the actors, adding a dramatic element to the performance. The cast features Virginia Bones, Oisin Harrington, David Kiefner, Eric Korzun, and Jonathan White.
Saturday, Dec 17, 7:30pm
Sunday, Dec 18, 2pm
Dorset Playhouse
104 Cheney Road, Dorset
$15 Adults, $13 Members, $9 Youth 18 & Under. Advance Tickets available:

Dec 31 - Bennington
"Kids' Noon Year's Eve Party" at Bennington Museum
Kids can welcome in the New Year with music, party hats, sparkling grape juice, and the countdown to Noon. $3/member, $5/not-yet-members. Accompanying adults can party with us free of charge. (Does not include admission to the galleries.)

Dec 31 - Stratton
"New Years Eve Celebration"
Celebrate New Years Eve with Stratton from 7-10 pm. Enjoy fireworks, a torchlight parade, fun family activities and more! "Appetites from Around the World," music, a magician, a balloon sculptor, face painting, crafts and games!! Come to Stratton to ring in the New Year

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