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.

Jan 14-Mar 5 - Brattleboro
"Change Your Mind: Carolyn Enz Hack" at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Encountering Carolyn Enz Hack's sculpture is a full-body experience. Upon entering the gallery you engage with a large shape hovering slightly over your head, consisting of layer upon layer of wire mesh. The eye follows the form as it sweeps back and down to its generative point, where it meets a pyramid of mesh suspended above a mirror. The simultaneous presence and absence of material in the mesh is heightened by the addition of paint, which sometimes coats the wire and other times clots the openings. Interspersed within the layers are tiny mirrors generating little bursts of light and movement. All combine to create a crystalline design.
January 14, Saturday, 11 a.m. – Opening Reception
January 28, Saturday, 1 p.m. – Curator Tour with Mara Williams
February 23, Thursday, 7 p.m. – Artist Talk: Carolyn Enz Hack

Jan 17 - Manchester
"Cookbook Discussion Group - Healthy Eating"
The "Cook by the Book" Discussion Group at the Manchester Community Library meets at 2 p.m. Cookbook enthusiasts discuss their favorite cookbooks and learn about new books and cooking trends. The group meets monthly and is led by Lily Van Haverbeke. Healthy cooking for the new year will be the topic.
Participation is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For additional information, contact Cindy Waters at or 802-362-2607.

Jan 19 - Bennington
"It Happened One Night" at Oldcastle Theatre
The Oldcastle Theatre is bringing classics back to main street! It Happened One Night featuring Clarke Gable, Claudette Colbert, directed by Frank Capra.

Jan 21 - Manchester
National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world presents No Man's Land, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in the glorious revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic. One summer's evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair becomes increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
3:00 pm, Tickets are $18 adults, $12 seniors, $9 students. Tickets are available online at, Burr and Burton Academy – Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester VT. For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit

Jan 26 - Bennington
"Bringing Up Baby" at Oldcastle Theatre
The Oldcastle Theatre is bringing classics back to main street! Bringing Up Baby featuring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, directed by Howard Hawks.

Jan 28 - Bennington
A day full of winter fun for the whole family.
Paran Plunge (Lake Paran)
Ice Sculpture Contest (North Bennington Train Depot)
Norshaft Lion's Chilifest (St. John the Baptist Church)
Indoor Winter Carnival (Village School)
Bonfire, Hayrides, children activities and hot chocolate!
Join the Fun. Volunteer! please contact the chamber at 802-447-3311, or email

Jan 28 - Brattleboro
"Northern Roots"
The Brattleboro Music Center presents the 10th annual Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival. This day-long celebration brings together local and regional musicians representing the best of various northern musical traditions. The festival draws on the richness of talent in the broader region, with players from throughout New England coming to perform, teach and participate in informal sessions. For a full schedule events go to For tickets and directions go to or call 802 257 4523.

Jan 28 - Chester
"Phoenix Books Misty Valley Presents 23th Anniversary Edition of New Voices"
Phoenix Books Misty Valley's annual New Voices event takes place at 2 pm, at the First Universalist Church in Chester's Stone Village. New Voices 2017 will present five promising debut authors to talk about their work. Seating is limited, tickets ($10) are available at the Bookstore.
Here's what the critics have said of New Voices 2017 books:
Kaitlyn Greenidge, We Love You, Charlie Freeman (introduced by Dr. Anne d'Avenas): "This visceral feat of storytelling heralds Kaitlyn Greenidge as an extraordinary new voice in American literature." - Tea Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife.
Dan Cluchey, The Life of the World to Come (introduced by Bill Dakin): "At once obsessively readable, philosophically probing, and verbally acrobatic, The Life of the World to Come announces Dan Cluchey as a fresh new voice in literature." - BookBrowse
Adelia Saunders, Indelible (introduced by Diana Lawrence): A great novel of serendipities, coincidences, and connections, both missed and made. At times dark, even disturbing, and at other times tender and sweet, it’s a beautiful and engrossing story of intertwined lives. - Anton Bogomazov
Rebecca Dinerstein, The Sunlit Night (introduced by Bill Reed): "Lyrical as a poem, psychologically rich as a thriller, funny, dark, warm, and as knowing of place as any travel book or memoir, Sunlit Night marks the appearance of a brave talent." - Jonathan Safran Foer
Tom McAllister, The Young Widower's Handbook (introduced by Ed Wilkins): "Funny, sad, and smart ... Part wacky road novel, part romantic comedy, McAlister's debut flies along yet reaches deep." - Stewart O'Nan, author of West of Sunset - and Misty Valley Books New Voice 1995.
For more information stop by Phoenix Books Misty Valley, call the Bookstore at 802 875-3400 or visit

Feb 9 - Manchester
"Bulgarian Folk Music at the Manchester Community Library"
Green Mountain Academy welcomes violinist Joana Genova to talk about Bulgarian folk music. Known for its unique asymmetrical rhythms, Bulgarian folk music has its roots in aural traditions that predate musical notation in Bulgaria. Heavily influenced by neighboring Greek, Romanian and Macedonian rhythms, Bulgaria's folk heritage is rich and varied. This talk will explore the history of folk music in Bulgaria and we'll listen to recordings as well as some examples played on the violin.
Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit our website

Feb 11 - Manchester
National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world presents Amadeus. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world --- and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealously, he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
3:00 pm, Tickets are $18 adults, $12 seniors, $9 students. Tickets are available online at, Burr and Burton Academy - Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester VT. For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit

Feb 18-19 - Brattleboro
"2017 Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition"
Come for two days of breathtaking, heart-stopping ski jumping! Held on an Olympic-size, 90-meter hill, the Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition offers spectators an opportunity to experience the Olympic sport of ski jumping up close in all its breathtaking, heart-stopping glory. 2017 event: February 18 & 19. We are a 501 C-3 organization made up of volunteers with a passion for winter sports.

Feb 25 - Manchester
"Fit To Be Tied and Iron Fly Tournament"
The best tiers from around New England gather at the American Museum of Fly Fishing to pass their craft on to others at our annual Fit to be Tied event. This event is family friendly and the AMFF staff will also have a craft table set up to teach children how to make clown flies. These big decorative flies made on coat hanger "hooks" serve as a fun teaching tool.
What is the Iron Fly? This fly tying sensation, currently sweeping the nation follows the format of the Food Channel's Iron Chef, where participants are given a mystery bag of ingredients to make some insanely creative flies. Get ready for fun twists and turns like tying a San Juan Worm blindfolded! This event is open to experienced tiers and novices alike who want to prove that their vise has the spice. Otter Creek Brewing Company has generously donated some of their classic Over Easy ale for those who are of age to enjoy. Winners of the Iron Fly tournament will take home plenty of bragging rights and prizes contributed by our friends at Mud Dog Flies, Scientific Anglers, and many others.
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