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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

Feb 4-May 21 - Bennington
"Holding the Line at the Bennington Museum"
Ceramic Sculptures by Stanley Rosen. By the late 1950s, Stanley Rosen was in the vanguard of American ceramics. He was one of a small cohort—among them Peter Voulkos, John Mason, and Ken Price – who revolutionized ceramics, making of it a freely inventive and richly expressive art form, liberated from the practical requirements of vessel making and the conventions of the craft tradition. For the last forty-plus years, however, Rosen has focused on his role as teacher (Bennington College, 1960–91) and maker, rarely exhibiting or publishing his work. This exhibition and the accompanying catalogue survey—for the first time—a unique, evocative body of abstract ceramic sculpture representing more than a half-century of artistic creation. Rosen’s sculptures are primal and earthy, sometimes singing, often somber and mysterious. This exhibition and catalogue establish Rosen's place in the pantheon of 20th- and 21st-century American ceramics.

Feb 23 - Bennington
"M.A.S.H. at Oldcastle Theatre"
The Oldcastle Theatre film series continues with a presentation of M.A.S.H., the movie behind the 70's TV show. Starts at 7pm. "Set in 1951 in South Korea, the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is assigned two replacements: Captains "Hawkeye" Pierce and "Duke" Forrest, who arrive in a stolen Jeep." Tickets are $5.

Feb 24 - Bennington
"Matt Edwards & Buck2Fifty at Oldcastle Theatre"
Mardi Gras comes to Oldcastle! Join us as we bring New Orleans sounds to downtown Bennington. Matt and his group will have the audience up off their feet, and dancing in the aisle as he and his band got the place jumping with his New Orleans style Jazz. If you missed it last year, don't make the same mistake again. Tickets are just $25 for Adults $12 Students.

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.
For more information go to

Feb 25 - Manchester
"From the Ground Up: Farm, Food, Community at the Manchester Community Library"
In partnership with Northshire Grows and Someday Farm. Presenting "From the Ground Up: Farm, Food, Community," a biennial program focused on how agriculture and food enrich our community and region. Speakers include Philip Ackerman-Leist, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Green Mountain College; Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Network Program Director; Scout Proft and Maria Reade of Someday Farm; Jesse Pyles, Executive Director, Smokey House Center; and Liz Ruffa of Northshire Grows. Participants will have a chance to discuss actionable steps stemming from the presentations. Speakers will offer “Food Shed Updates” and organize a community asset mapping roundtable. Earth Sky Time Community Farm will cater a lunch made from locally sourced foods.
From the Ground Up is supported by NOFA-VT and the Vermont Community Foundation, Lyman Orton Fund. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $5 to cover lunch costs. Space is limited at this popular event, which was at capacity in 2015. Reserve your space at Check-in and coffee begins at 9:30 a.m. The program will run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information, call the Library at 802-362-2607.

Feb 26 - Bennington
"From Beethoven to Bennington (and Back Again!) at the Bennington Museum"
Starts at 2pm, kicking off the 2017 Music at the Museum concert series. A performance by cellist Maxine Neuman and friends. Included in the musical offering is Josef Bodin de Boismortier's, Duo in d, Op. 14, No. 3; Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonatina (Op. post.); Allen Shawn's Serenade (1990); Lionel Nowak's, Suite for Two Cellos (1980); and Beethoven's Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1. Sponsored by Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. All concerts are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Feb 26 - Bennington
"Benefit Spaghetti Dinner for Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless"
The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless welcomes you to the Bennington Elk's Lodge at 125 Washington Ave from 5-8pm for food, raffles, prizes, and take out. There will be plenty of spaghetti with garlic bread, salad, dessert and drinks. Tickets are $12 at the door, children under 12 are $5. $10 advanced tickets can be purchased at

March 1 - Manchester
"The Impressionists: Painters of Modern Life presentation at First Congregational Church"
Middlebury College professor Kirsten Hoving will discuss the thinking behind the Impressionist art movement at 7 pm. Her talk, "The Impressionists: Painters of Modern Life", is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802.362.2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or, or visit

March 1 - Brattleboro
"Jane Austen in Her Time Discussion at Brooks Memorial Library"
Jane Austen lived in exciting times, and yet until recently was considered "untouched by the political, intellectual, and artistic revolutions of her age." Drawing on Austen’s novels, Dartmouth visiting assistant professor Suzanne Brown shows how Austen was in fact a keen observer of her era's values who both shared and critiqued them. Part of First Wednesdays programing.

March 2 - Bennington
"Brewster McCloud showing at Oldcastle Theatre"
Oldcastle Theatre is bringing classic movies back to Main Street! Come see Bud Cort, Shelley Duvall, and Sally Kellerman in this surreal story about a boy who builds his own pair of wings. Winter special, $5 tickets.

March 4 - Manchester
"National Theatre Live: Saint Joan at Burr and Burton Academy"
National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world presents Bernard Shaw’s classic play, Saint Joan, which follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.
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

March 4 - Bennington
"Carleton Carpenter Book Tour Stop"
Oldcastle celebrates Carleton Carpenters’ new memoir. A Bennington native, Carleton Carpenter will return to his home town as part of his nationwide tour promoting his new memoir, "The Absolute Joy of Work" and will mark the occasion at 7:30pm with Oldcastle Theatre in a celebration of his more than 70 years in show business as a Broadway and film actor, singer with a ten million selling record, dancer, magician, songwriter, and novelist.
Tickets just $25 call the Box Office 802-447-0564 to reserve your seat today. This will sell out.
The Bennington BookShop will be on hand with copies of Carleton’s book for signing!

March 4-5 - Peru
"Telefest! at Bromley Mountain"
Come rip with some of the best tele skiers in the East at the 32nd Annual Kåre Andersen Telemark Festival! The Tele tradition is strong at Bromley, and we want to share it with you; this event is open to the entire family. Clinic options will include topics appropriate for all ages and levels - beginner to advanced, and the USTSA sanctioned race features both citizen and expert categories. We'll offer clinics and free-heel camaraderie on Saturday, and Sunday will feature the annual race and additional clinics in the afternoon. Sunday, March 5, also happens to be World Telemark Day - what an excellent coincidence. Join us to spread the free heel love!

March 4-5 - Brattleboro
"NECCA's 7th Annual Circus Spectacular"
The Circus Spectacular is a dazzling fundraising event hosted by the New England Center for Circus Arts. Starring guest artists from circuses around the world, this is a unique opportunity to see some of today's most renowned high flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers in Brattleboro on the Latchis Theater stage.All proceeds from this annual event support outreach programming by the New England Center for Circus Arts. The New England Center for Circus Arts offers free and discounted programming with many collaborators for at-risk youth, children with autism, adults with physical disabilities and cancer survivors. Approximately 1 in 6 NECCA students receive some form of tuition assistance to the many programs that range from physical literacy for youth to professional training for adults. Tickets are available online at

March 5 - Manchester Center
"Land of the Midnight Sun Illustrated Talk"
Discover some of the world’s most spectacular and untamed wilderness starting at 4 p.m., when Rafting Guide Steve Merrow shares his experiences in Iceland, the Land of the Midnight Sun. The illustrated talk is sponsored by Equinox Village and presented by Manchester Community Library. Merrow will introduce us to the Nordic island nation, defined by its wild and remote rivers, towering waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and massive glaciers. Originally from Shaftsbury, VT, Merrow has spent the last eight years guiding rivers in Alaska, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland, and Nepal. "I remain in awe and find inspiration in the places I guide and the people that join me." His passions lay in photography, water, and wild places. The program is free and open to the public. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple Street in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, contact Cindy Waters at the Library, 802-362-2607 or email

March 12 - Bennington
"St. Patricks Day Parade & Festivities"
Downtown Bennington's annual St. Patricks Day parade. Festivities start early with a Top-o-the-Morining Breakfast at JC's Tavern on Depot Street. Parade kicks off at 1pm! Then make your way back to JC's (parade headquarters) for a St. Patrick's Celebrations. For more information and to see the map of parade route check out

March 18 - Bennington
"Wings & Winter Homebrew Festival"
The Finest Chicken Wings and Home Brewed Beer in the Area! The Southern Vermont Wings and Winter Home Brew Festival is a celebration of Wings and Home Brewed Beer! Brought to you by the same folks that bring you the 4 Corners North Home Brew Festival this event is held from noon to 4pm and is a truely unique event. We are having the areas Top Restaurants submit their wings for a chance to be crowned the areas Best Wings! And if thats wasnt awesome enough.... We are inviting the Top Home Brewers in the area to showcase their Home Brewery! What does that mean you say? We are allowing the Home Brewers to bring several styles of beer and showcase their brewing prowess to include cider and wine! We will literally have nearly 100 styles of Beer, Cider and Wine to sample. Admission includes Beer, Cider and Wine samples as well as wing samples from several local restaurants! A $30 entrance ticket to the event will get each participant a commemorative glass, the chance to try every brew and sample each restaurant's wings, and the ability to vote for the winners of each through a voting process. For tickets you can buy online Tickets are very limited and are projected to sell out fast so if you're interested in joining us for wings and beer then get your tickets now.

March 18 - Brattleboro
"Sheila Jordan Trio at the Vermont Jazz Center"
8 pm NEA Jazz Master, vocalist Sheila Jordan, joins her long time musical partners, pianist Alan Broadbent, and bassist Harvie S. They celebrate their 2016 CD, 'Better than Anything', a recently discovered recording of their live performance from 1991.
Tickets $20-40 general, $15 students, available online, at door, reserved by phone & In the Moment Records, Brattleboro. Please contact ahead of time to facilitate handicap access.

March 23 - North Bennington
"Grow It! Workshop for Garden Leaders at The Village School" Join community and school garden leaders from your region to learn strategies, share stories, and swap ideas that will boost your garden programs. Our spring Grow It! workshop theme is “Growing Community.” Come and explore with us: How can your community-based garden strengthen community? What makes your garden more than just a space to grow food? Where are the opportunities for community collaboration in these common spaces? Workshops are held at six locations around the state. Find a workshop near you! Please pre-register. Professional development certificates available upon request. Grow It! workshops are presented by Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with local garden leaders. Registration is $35 per workshop. Group discounts available for three or more registrants. Sliding scale available upon request.
Please pre-register at:

March 25 - Peru
"Spring Fling at Bromley Mountain"
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! Registration for pond skimming and duct tape derby will begin at 9am in the base lodge. Stay tuned for the complete schedule of events.

March 25 - Weston
"'Sugaring' Book Reading at the Vermont Country Store"
The Vermont Country Store welcomes award-winning author Jessie Haas to read from her popular children’s book 'Sugaring' from 1-2.30 pm. Ms. Haas will also be available to autograph copies of her books for visitors after the reading. Also experience a time honored tradition of sweet maple syrup drizzled on snow.... When the two meet its Heaven on Earth. The combination of the sweet sticky maple with the cold crunchy snow are a true delight. Add the classic dill pickle and finish with a donut and the combination in your mouth is AMAZING! We are also doing maple syrup sampling - do you know the difference between Grade A Golden Delicate, Grade A Amber Rich and Grade A Dark Robust? Come and sample them for yourself and find out what grade of maple syrup you like the best.

March 25-26 - Various Vermont Locations
"Maple Open House Weekend 2017"
Maple Open House Weekend is a statewide event celebrating sugaring season. Sugar makers throughout Vermont will open the doors of their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience and enjoy this remarkable time of year when pure Vermont maple syrup is made. Activities include: Tours of sugarhouse and woods, Pancake breakfasts, Maple candy-making demonstrations, Sugar-on-snow, Sampling of maple syrup, Maple donuts, maple cotton candy, maple creemees and other maple goodies to try. The Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association has grown the event to include additional Vermont businesses who specialize in their own crafts and support Vermont sugar makers by highlighting uses for maple in their products and on their menus. We invite you to expand your “maple uses” repertoire by visiting our partnering Vermont breweries, distilleries and restaurants. Come and see for yourself why Maple is the Official Flavor of Vermont!

April 24 - Bennington
"FIRE AND ICE: Hot New Music from Norwegian Fjords and the Colorado Rockies"
FREE admission to the general public! Starting noon at the Everett Theatre at Southern Vermont College, catch a concert and a movie. This concert features three world premieres by Norwegian and American composers: Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen and Conrad Kehn, and a solo by Magnar Am. Bjorn Skjelbred will fly in from Oslo to host the concert. Colorado-based composer Conrad Kehn’s newly-created silent film will be shown accompanied by live music. Performers include Michael Gilbert Ronstadt (Cello), Eric Despard (Guitar) and Rocco Anthony Jerry (Accordion). This project was funded by Arts Council Norway, Norwegian Society of Composers, The Composers’ Remuneration Fund, American-Scandinavian Foundation - Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland Fund, The Troy Public Library, Music Norway and The Foreign Office. Watch the promotional video on YouTube and follow the event on Facebook.

May 7 - North Bennington
"Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race"
The Annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will be held at the Historic Park McCullough House in North Bennington, Vermont. Races get underway at 9:30AM with a 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run, with the gun going off at 10AM for a 3.8 mile and 10K race. The Zem-Benn has become a long standing tradition in southern Vermont, with events for all ages and abilities. Age group awards from 12 and under to 90 and over are presented in the 3.8 mile and 10K events for 1st to 3rd place finishers. Walkers are encouraged and awards are presented for the top 3 walkers in the 3.8 mile event.
Batten Kill Valley Runners website:

May 11 - Bennington
"Hemming's Cruise In"
The first of Hemming's Cruse In events, held at Hemming's Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington. 5:30 - 8pm come and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming's Motor News! Prizes for: Publisher's Choice, Editor's Choice, Favorite Muscle Car, Coolest Street Rod, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at or call 800-227-4373.

May 13 - Bennington
"Bennnington Free Library's Annual Book Sale"
The Bennington Free Library's major fundraising event of the year. Enjoy huge selection and great deals, all from books and media given by donation from the dedicated public of the Bennington Area and many older titles from the Library's own collection. Some paperback books as low at $2 each! The day long event takes place at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street in Bennington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free Admission! All proceeds benefit library programs and services.

May 25 - Bennington
"Hemming's Cruise In"
Hemming's second Cruse In of the season, held at Hemming's Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington. 5:30 - 8pm come and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming's Motor News! Prizes for: Favorite GM, Favorite Ford, Favorite British, Best Paint, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at or call 800-227-4373.

May 27 - Bennington
Downtown Bennington transforms into a festival of arts, crafts, activities, food, & entertainment. In 2017 there will be over 125 crafters and artisans from throughout New England featuring handmade crafts of wood, pottery, glass, metal, fabric, jewelry, and more. As always, School Street will be lined with ethnic treats including Indian, German, Thai, and American. You'll also find favorites such as fried dough, gourmet seafood, wood fired pizza, BBQ, blooming onions, ice cream, and more!

June 2-4 - Brattleboro "Strolling of the Heifers"
The heifers are coming! The Stroll is not just a parade – it's a movement. We work year-round to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation at farm and food businesses, to connect people and organizations of many kinds around sustainable living and resilient communities, and to promote the value of local food systems, local thinking and Slow Living. Follow the event on Facebook.

June 8 - Bennington
"Hemming's Cruise In"
Hemming's third Cruse In of the season! Come down to Hemming's Headquarters at 222 Main Street in Bennington, 5:30 - 8pm, and check out classic cars and meet the car enthusiasts who make them shine and hum. Awards and trophies will be given, and winners are featured in the Hemming's Motor News! Prizes for: Favorite Mopar, Favorite Truck, Best Engine Bay, Driveable Dream, and more. Please note that cruise ins can often be canceled due to weather, so please check in with them before hand at or call 800-227-4373

Jul 1-Aug 19 - Manchester
"Manchester Music Festival"
Welcome to the Manchester Music Festival, now in our 43rd year of bringing the passion and beauty of classical music to our southwestern Vermont community. The Southern Vermont Arts Center will be hosting concerts and events throughout the festival. For a complete listing and links to purchase tickets go to

July 4 - Bennington
"Hometown Fun and Fireworks"
An annual tradition, the Reading of the Declaration of Independence with local actor Willy Jones will take place at 1:00 PM at the Bennington Battle Monument. And don't forget to watch the fireworks display at Willow Park on East Road, starting at 7pm.

July 8 - Bennington
"Bennington Bike Night"
Come and enjoy hundreds of bikes, vendors, auctions and more! This year taking place at the Vermont Veterans Home. For more information go to

July 20 - Bennington
"Midnight Madness"
This downtown retail extravaganza is a terrific family event and community institution with incredible bargains all throughout downtown. The businesses of the Bennington four corners including downtown Main St., North St., and South St. are opened to all 7-12pm. Stop by Jay's Art Shop & Frame Gallery, Village Chocolate Shop, Gamer's Grotto, Bennington Bookshop, and many more. And don't forget to head north and see the business of County St. such as Bennington Potters and the Tap House at Catamount Glass.

Aug 25-27 - Manchester
"Manchester Food & Wine Classic"
The 1st Annual Manchester Food & Wine Classic. This inaugural event will be a premium wine experience in the region, attracting attendees to Manchester, Vermont and Stratton Mountain. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite at the Classic. There is something for everyone – from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences, there are tastes and temptations at every turn. Tickets are now available online. Please note this is a 21+ only event, and IDs will be checked at the gates.

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