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 December 21 - Bennington
"Portraying the Human Spirit" Works that depict the soul, whether it be through a formal portrait or simply through an elegant gesture, will be the focus of our newest juried show. The Bennington 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-442-7158.

Now through December 21 - Bennington
"Small Works Show" Fine art - 11 x 14 and smaller - is available for immediate purchase in this gallery. Artwork is representational but not limited to a theme. Figurative, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife and still-lifes by nationally recognized artists make up the show. The Bennington 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-442-7158.

Now through December 30 - Bennington
"Reflections - Festival of Trees" Holiday displays by local designers and artists, organizations, and students featuring rarely seen items from the museum's collection. The NEW Bennington Museum - Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.

Now through December 30 - Bennington
"Patsy Santo: A Growing Collection" Celebrates the recent gift to the museum of six of Santo's paintings (four of them on view) by Tom and Jennifer Fels, nearly doubling the size of the museum's collection of this important local artist's work. The NEW Bennington Museum - Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.

Now through December 31 - Bennington
"Newly Installed Grandma Moses Gallery" The Bennington Museum's re-designed and re-installed permanent gallery now features four additional masterworks on loan from Galerie St. Etienne in New York City, The Kallir Family Foundation, and a private collector in addition to those from the museum's collection. The NEW Bennington Museum - Get Into It! 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-447-1571.

Now through December 31 - Bennington
"Laumeister Fine Art Competition" Representational artwork selected by a guest juror will be on exhibit this fall. $7,000 in awards will be given. The Bennington 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Phone 802-442-7158.

Now through January 1 - Manchester
"Manchester Merriment" Tree lighting, holiday inn tours, wine tastings, horse and wagon rides, lighted tractor parade, music events and family activities.

December 20-21 - Manchester
"Elf Express Train Ride" This whimsical holiday train will take its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont. Passengers will be entertained with holiday melodies and dance routines by the elves of the theater and dance program of Burr and Burton Academy. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make a surprise visit to provide every child with a special gift. The Elf Express Train is a charity event sponsored by the Manchester Lions Club. (802) 362-1645.

December 20 - Dorset
"A Christmas Carol: Readers Style" "Come in, -- come in! and know me better, man!" says the Ghost of Christmas Past in Dickens' A Christmas Carol.  Come in and get to know Shakespeare on Main Street better as it present this timeless holiday classic in intimate Readers Theatre style in Manchester. 7:30pm Saturday, December 20 at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd, Dorset. Tickets at the door: Adults: $10.00, Youth $5.00, Children under 12 Free.

December 28 - Manchester
"Manchester Merriment: Children's Concert" 4-6pm. Family Holiday Concert at The Wilburton Inn with co-innkeeper Melissa Levis, who entertained 10,000 kids a year in New York City with her band, Moey's Music Party! Join the interactive family singalong. Instruments provided for all guests. Cookies, tea, and children's drinks & cash bar. $15 pp. Children under 2 free. Please call 802-362-2500 to RSVP.

December 31 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival's New Year's Eve Concert" Manchester Music Festival's New Year's Eve Concerts: December 31st, 2014 at the First Congregational Church. Family Concert at 4pm: Adults $13. Under 18 and students free. Evening Concert at 6pm: Adults $30. Under 18 and Students $13. Ring in the New Year with music from around the world followed by a celebration with bubbly, chocolates and more. Tickets available at The Northshire Bookstore, or by calling 802-362-1956.

January 9 - March 30 - Manchester
"Vermont Winter Sampler Tour" Find out what makes our area so special. Ride in the warmth of our 8 passenger tour van or 4 passenger SUV and see the pristine backroads of VT. Tour includes oldest U.S. marble quarry, great vistas, quintessential Vermont hamlet, unique VT woodworking and more.

January 10 - North Bennington
"Ellis Paul" Ellis Paul is a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. "Master songwriter and storyteller with captivating vocals... Literate, provocative, urbanely romantic." - The Boston Globe

January 23 - North Bennington
"Dustbowl Revival" A Venice, CA based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl brings together many styles of traditional American music. "Awarded Best Live Band In LA!" - LA Weekly, Best of 2013.

January 24-25 - Bromley Mountain
"Wounded Military Heroes Weekend" The Bart Center for special needs will host the tenth annual Wounded Military Heroes weekend. This weekend is dedicated to our service veterans who have been wounded in action. It gives them an opportunity to experience the sport of skiing or snowboarding with some of the best instructors in the business! Learn more, or how you can participate at

January 31 - North Bennington
"Winterfest & Penguin Plunge" Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics. Events on-going throughout the day including: 11am Penguin Plunge, 11:30am-2pm After Plunge Party at VAE $1 admission, Ice Sculpture Competition, Indoor Winter Carnival at Village School of North Bennington, 10am Children's Story and Activity-Park McCullough Library, Drink & Food Specials at Kevin's Sports Pub & Restaurant.

January 31 - North Bennington
"Chili Fest" The NorShaft Lions will be hosting a Chili Tasting Event on January 31st as part of the North Bennington Winter Festival. There will be over 20 varieties available including Vegetarian, White Chili, Chicken, Sausage, Chicken and Sweet Potato, Venison and more.

February 7 - Bromley Mountain
"Vermont Specialty Food Day at Bromley Mountain" Skiing and food go together like, well, skiing and food. Both are awesome. The Sugar House will be on site at Bromley with Vermont Specialty Foods samples including Maple Syrup on Snow, Cabot Cheese and more. YUM!

February 13-14 - Bennington
"Gypsy Layne" Berkshire based Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Company promises to deliver the real action, and it is all in the spirit of Lupercalia. Called the "sexy highpoint of classic burlesque entertainment" by Berkshire magazine, Gypsy Layne’s hallmark of bawdy humor, live music and more. Oldcastle Theatre - 331 Main Street, Bennington, VT.

February 28 - Stratton Mountain
"Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer" Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer 3k/5k Snowshoe invites snowshoers of all ages and abilities to be a part of the largest fundraising snowshoe series in North America. Proceeds to benefit VT/NH Susan G. Komen. Free snowshoe demos, fun for the entire family. Information and registration at Come down and join this annual Party in Pink!

March 14 - North Bennington
"Session Americana" Session Americana is a rock band in a teacup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. These talented musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other. "If they're playing anywhere within 100 miles of your home, you drive there and are grandly rewarded for your effort." - NPR

March 21 - Bennington
"St. Patrick's Day Parade" Irish Music Breakfast/Fund Raiser and St. Patrick's Day Parade. 9:30am "Kegs and Eggs" Fund Raiser at JC's Tavern- celebrity servers, Irish music, breakfast buffet, and more. 1pm Parade on Main Street - Grand Marshal, Bagpipers, Parade Colleen and her Court, Candy for Kids, Fire Trucks, Horses, Marching Bands, and More.

March 21 - Bromley Mountain
"Spring Fling at Bromley Mountain" A Bromley family's favorite sun-soaked (or just plain soaked) event is back for another year! Featuring pond skimming, a duct tape derby, live music, a BBQ and even some rides from our summer adventure park!

May 23 - Bennington
"Mayfest Juried Arts & Craft Festival" The 30th annual festival features handmade arts and crafts. Main Street closes down for the largest event of the year. Artists and Crafters from all over the northeast display unique and spectacular works.

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