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.

June 24-Oct 23 - Brattleboro
"Up in Arms" at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Taking Stock of Guns. This exhibit delves into our relationship with guns and explores the influence they have on visual artists.

Jul 2-Nov 6 - Bennington
"Milton Avery's Vermont" at Bennington Museum
Bennington Museum presents its major 2016 exhibition Milton Avery’s Vermont, the first focused look at the work this great American modernist created based upon his summers spent in southern Vermont, 1935 through 1943. Encounters with the picturesque Green Mountains of south central Vermont proved to be a pivotal chapter in the development of the artist’s distinctive style. Noted for his simultaneous commitment to exploring the formal, abstract qualities of art (line, texture, composition and, especially color) and the creation of representational images drawn from his daily encounters with people and places, Avery's Vermont work vividly captures his family's summer activities and the artist's personal response to the Vermont landscape. The work that was inspired and to an extent created in Vermont, from pencil sketches executed en plein air, fresh watercolors based on these sketches and painted while in Vermont, and many major oil paintings drawn from these sources and typically completed during the winter months in his New York studio, is celebrated in Milton Avery’s Vermont.

July 16-Oct 2 - Bennington
"Something About Summer: Paintings by Mark Barry" at Bennington Museum
On view in the Regional Artists Gallery of Bennington Museum is a vibrant exhibition of recent paintings by artist Mark Barry, featuring images based on his everyday life spent with family and friends in Maryland and Vermont, both locations he calls home. Using rich color to portray movement and that particular instant in life, Barry draws inspiration from observations of the seemingly mundane, depicting his family in everyday situations - preparing meals, playing board games, celebrating, and relaxing. It is a genuine appreciation of life that comes through in Barry's work.
Meet the artist July 16 at 3pm!

Aug 6-Oct 30 - Bennington
"Duane Michals: Photographs from the Floating World" at Bennington Museum
A remarkable photography exhibition of works by Duane Michals, known by many as one of the great photographic innovators of the last century, widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text. This particular exhibition – Duane Michals: Photographs from the Floating World, features vibrant color photographs by this groundbreaking artist created in and around Cambridge, New York, during the last decade. The images reference art historical precedents, such as Japanese fan paintings and the late nineteenth-century French artists Bonnard and Vuillard, and depict emotion and universal themes like love, death, and immortality. Incorporated into his work is text which does not explain his photography, but gives voice to his ideas and thoughts about the pictures.

Sep 3-October 10 - Bennington
"1863 Jane Stickle Quilt" at Bennington Museum
The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display at the Bennington Museum from September 3 through October 10. Brought to the museum 60 years ago, the Jane Stickle Quilt is only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric. Quilters from around the country, and world, plan trips to the region during that time to see the 1863 quilt. The Jane Stickle Quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border. The craftsmanship of the quilt has been mentioned in numerous quilting books, and is the topic of Dear Jane, The Two Hundred Twenty-Five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt, by Brenda Papadakis. The Jane Stickle Quilt can be viewed with regular museum admission.

Sept 23-Nov 13 - Bennington
"American Women Artists 2016 Annual Member Show & National Juried
Exhibition" at the Bennington Center for the Arts
American Women Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional opportunities for women working in the visual fine arts in North America. Now in its third decade, American Women Artists demonstrates its commitment to its mission, promoting the work of women artists and celebrating their achievements, producing and presenting invitational and juried exhibits in nationally recognized fine art museums and galleries and providing high-quality educational programming, workshops, and scholarship opportunities.

Sept 30 - Manchester
"SubSlab at The Perfect Wife"
SubSlab are NY-based craft-rockers offering an eclectic fare of originals and covers that soothe and rock while they feed your brain and soul, SubSlab mines the American Rock 'n' Roll tradition creating little gems of upbeat tunes that will get you thinking and keep you moving. Come on in for some of Manchester's finest food and beverages, and as always, Manchester's best music.
Music starts at 9:30

Sept 30-Oct 1 - Weston
"52th Annual Weston Antiques Show"
Featuring renowned dealers from across the U.S. with American and English furniture, accessories, Americana, folk art, silver, samplers, paintings, oriental rugs, jewelry and more.

Sep 30-Oct 2 - Manchester
"Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival"
Formerly the Autumn Festival at Hildene, the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is now located at the Practice Tee off Route 7A in Manchester. 200 Fine art and craft Exhibitors, dining and beverages, specialty foods, live music, and more.
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Sept 30-Oct 2 - Stowe
"Stowe Oktoberfest"
The Town of Stowe’s event field will be transformed into a Bavarian village, under a traditional tent this year for this annual celebration of the harvest and fall foliage. From Oompah bands to authentic Bavarian foods and freshly brewed Vermont beers to traditional sing-a-longs and dancing, even a silent auction… there’s something for every “villager”… young and old. It’s a weekend full of music, dancing, and of course great beer. Oktoberfest is a great time for a good cause. Last year, Oktoberfest allowed Stowe Rotary to provide over $50,000.00 worth of support to over twenty local charities and scholarships in the greater Lamoille/Washington County region.

Oct 1 - Brattleboro
"Caili O'Doherty Quartet- VJC Emerging Artist Series"
Pianist Caili O'Doherty's 2015 release Padme won NPR's 10th Annual Jazz Critic's Poll for Best Debut Album. She garnered an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award and recognition for her work as a composer and pianist from Downbeat Magazine. She will be performing at the VJC with her working quartet including Caroline Davis (saxophone), Jared Henderson (bass) and Cory Cox (drums).Emerging Artist Series.
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.
For more information please call (802)254-9088 or visit

Oct 2 - Bennington
"Annual WALK FOR LIFE with the Care Net Pregnancy Resource Medical Clinic"
1 pm - 3:30 pm. The event will begin at the Lower Pavilion at Willow Park in Bennington and continue throughout the campus of Grace Christian School. We are very excited about this year's educational and interactive event which will allow participants to learn more about the many obstacles women and their families face and ways you can join our efforts as we meet women at their point of pregnancy decision and “walk” with them through life’s challenges ONE STEP AT A TIME.
Walkers are encouraged to raise donations through sponsorship. Individuals raising $100.00 or more will receive a free T-Shirt (while supplies last).
For further information, please call Care Net at 442-2002.

Oct. 2 - Rupert
"Hike-A-Thon and Basket Bonanza" at Merck Forest
Benefit for benign brain tumor awareness hosted by Be Brave. From 10am - 2pm including live music, scavenger hunt, and silent auction.
For more information

Oct 2 - Bennington
"Music at the Museum presents Jazz Songs from Milton Avery's Radio, 1935-1943"
Bennington Museum continues the celebration of Milton Avery’s Vermont with a wonderful concert featuring popular jazz favorites from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s. "Moonlight in Vermont – Jazz Songs from Milton Avery’s Radio, 1935-1943" are songs sung by Kerry Ryer-Parke. She is joined by Mowgli Gianniti on bass, Peter King on guitar, and Bruce Williamson on piano and saxophone. Sit back and let nostalgia set in as they present such favorites as Moonlight in Vermont, Autumn Leaves, Cheek to Cheek, Undecided, Just One of Those Things, and Over the Rainbow. This concert is part of the very popular “Music at the Museum” series sponsored by Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. All concerts are free. Join us in the Paresky Wing of the Bennington Museum on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. for an afternoon of delightful music.

Oct 5 - Manchester Center
"Bestselling Co-Authors Discuss Value of Chinese Philosophy at
Manchester First Congregational Church"
Harvard Professor of Chinese History Michael Puett and journalist Christine Gross-Loh will discuss the impact of Chinese philosophy in a talk at 7 pm. Their talk, “What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series, is hosted by Manchester Community Library, 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 email at, or visit

Oct 7-9 - Weston
"33rd Annual Weston Craft Show"
The Weston Craft Show is a juried exhibit of exceptional Vermont artisans, representing works in baskets, ceramics, folk art, glass, jewelry, lighting, paper, fiber, leather, mosaics, pastels, sculpture, wearable art, and wood.

Oct 8 -Bennington
"Norshaft Lions’ Oktoberfest"
Come and celebrate with live music featuring the Rymanowski Brothers, german food, beer tent, vendors, childrens’ activities, and wagonrides. All proceeds benefit the community.

Oct 8 - Jamaica
"the Stockwell Brothers Band and the Bondville Boys" at Jamaica's Historic Town Hall
Enjoy southern Vermont's local favorites. This is the last in a series of concerts that have entertained both audiences and bands with the amazing acoustics resonating from the classically high ceilings. The Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles with acoustic sound features banjo and three-part harmonies. The Bondville Boys have been playing together since 1990 with their hard-edged bluegrass that has matured over the years. Doors will be open at 6:30pm with music starting at 7:30pm. This is a family friendly event with tickets only $10 and proceeds to benefit the Jamaica Community Arts Council.
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Oct 8-9 - Somerset
"19th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest"
Like most German-themed Oktoberfest events, the 19th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest will have plenty of beer, schnitzel and Oom-pah music; but throw in kids games, pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous “schnitzel toss” and you’ve got two days of fun for the whole family! A Columbus Day Weekend tradition since 1997, the Mount Snow Oktoberfest is one of our signature festivals and was named a 2016 Top 10 Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The Kid’s Zone is where families will find festival games like the beanbag toss, a huge bouncy house, pumpkin painting and other kid-friendly activities. While the young ones are playing, the big kids can enjoy a large selection of beers from at least 25 different German and domestic breweries as well as authentic German fare served out of Der Markeplatz in the Main Base Lodge and the sausage roast outside of Cuzzins. Plus, try your hand at games like the keg toss, yodeling contest and stein holding as well as a horseshoe tournament.

Oct 8-9 - Somerset
"43rd Annual Harvest Arts & Crafts Show" at Mount Snow
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the 43rd Annual Harvest Arts and Crafts Show featuring 50+ vendors including local artisans, specialty food makers and more. The event is conveniently located throughout the Main Base Lodge and base area. Did we mention that there is also FREE ADMISSION! Expect to see original works of art, handmade jewelry and furniture, sample homemade fudge and speak face to face with the purveyors.

Oct 8-10 - Stratton
"Columbus Day Weekend and Brewfest"
It's the time of year when our beautiful Green Mountains transform into a symphony of fiery reds, vibrate orange and yellows. Enjoy fall colors and take in the beauty from southern Vermont's highest peak. Fill your Columbus Day Weekend with endless fun, games, live music, food and friends at Stratton. Stratton will be buzzing with plenty to do and see. Events include Brewfest, Heels to Paws 5K run, Dark Star Orchestra, and The North Face Race to the Summit. Join in on all the exciting activities we've planned this Columbus Day.

Oct 10 - Manchester
"Komen Vermont Ride for the Cure - Giddy-up - For the Cure!"
The 7th Annual Komen Vermont Ride for the Cure kicks off at the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock, Vermont. The Ride, a nine- or twelve-mile horseback trail ride through some of the most beautiful fall foliage imaginable, directly benefits Susan G. Komen VT-NH and the local families - thousands of women, men, and kids - fighting breast cancer.
The Ride is a Bring Your Own Horse event. Each participant pays a $25 registration fee and commits to raising a minimum of $250 (or $150 for Youth Riders, 12-17-years-old). Registration fees cover the event’s expenses and are counted toward the Rider’s minimum.
Get more information and register for the Ride at To see that awesome quilt and other raffle items, and to check out hundreds of past event photos, find the Ride on Face Book at Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure VT and follow along. For more information about Susan G. Komen, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

Oct. 15 - Manchester
"Pumpkin Carving Festival" at the Equinox Valley Nursery
Join us for our annual pumpkin carving festival. A day full of games, activities, local foods, and crafts. Oh! and of course carving as many pumpkins as possible!

Oct. 15 - Bennington
"Community Day: Celebrating Art" at the Bennington Museum
Free admission all day. Celebrate the work created by Milton Avery during his summers in southern Vermont – 1935-1943, At 3:00 p.m.join with artist Leslie Parke in the Regional Artists Gallery for an artist’s reception celebrating her exhibition Particle/Wave, Photographs by Leslie Parke. Art activities for young and young-at-heart, and more.

Oct 16 - Bennington
"The Hidden Norman Rockwell"
Presented by Don Trachte of the Bennington Historical Society at the Bennington Museum in the Ada Paresky Education Center. 2 pm start. Free and Open to the Public.

Oct. 22 - Manchester
"Calling All Witches!" at Orvis Green
Gather the most witches in one place at one time! Our goal this year is 250! Please dress as a witch and bring a non-perishable food item for the Community Food Cupboard and/or a charitable contribution. Cash or checks should be made out to Community Food Cupboard. A group photo will be taken at 12:15pm. Bring your friends, kids and lots of witches! Stay in costume and go to Gringo Jack’s for lunch and buy one lunch and get one free! Offer good Oct 22 only. Also in costume, enjoy 10% off your purchases including sale items at the Orvis Flagship Store. Offer good Oct 22 only.

Oct. 22 - Woodford
"Take A Bite Out of Homelessness"
Help us take a bite out of homelessness, from 5:3-10 pm at the 1768 Hubbell Homestead, with Special Guest, Jonathan Goldsmith. A full course diner, live music, silent and live auction! Keep up to date on the latest auction item listings on our Facebook page.
Tickets are only $25 each and available at the VT State Employee Credit Union at 194 North Street in Bennington, or online at, or call 802-440-2487.

Oct 24 - Bennington
"Not So Scary Halloween Stories" at the Bennington Free Library
Come listen to a selection of exciting children's books with the Halloween spirit. Fun for the whole family! Bring a flashlight. Costumes optional. 6:30pm – 7:15pm.

Oct. 29 - Bennington
It's like Mayfest, Midnight Madness, Octoberfest, and the Food festivals all wrapped up into one big celebration! Bring the kids to go Store-to Store Trick-or-Treating for gifts and games between 11am and 3pm.
For more information about Fallapalooza! call 802-442-5758.

Nov 20 - Bennington
"The Continental Storehouse in Centre Bennington"
Presented by Charles “Bob” Hoar of the Bennington Historical Society. At the Bennington Museum in the Ada Paresky Education Center. Starts at 2pm.

Nov 25-27 - Putney
"Putney Craft Tour"
For the third year running, the Putney Craft Tour has been voted as one of Vermont’s top ten winter events. Once each year, just in time for holiday gift giving, our local craftsmen open their studios for the public to come and explore, to experience first-hand the making of our work, to understand our creative process, to hear our stories, and to purchase our unique crafts directly from us. Located four hours from New York City, two hours from Boston, an hour and a half from Albany, NY, Putney, Vermont has been called the “Craft Capital of the World”. This small town in southeastern Vermont is home to one of the highest concentrations of award winning and internationally recognized craftsmen in the country. This year, we celebrate the 38th annual Putney Craft Tour. We invite you to spend Thanksgiving weekend at our Craft, Culinary, and Stage event, meandering our back roads,, purchasing one-of-a-kind crafts, eating fabulous food, drinking local wine, and taking in a performance at one of our local theaters. Don’t miss this stunning event!

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.

Dec. 3 - Weston
"Christmas in Weston"
Experience an Old Fashioned Christmas Festival: tours, horse drawn wagon rides, Santa, caroling and more. At the Vermont Country Store, the Museums, the Old Parish Church and other locations throughout Weston. 11 AM – 5 PM

Dec. 3 - Bennington
"The Festival, Reimagining Grandma Moses Gala and Silent Auction"
Join us for the highlight of the Bennington holiday season, an evening of music and conversation, festive cuisine, fine wine, delicious cocktails and, of course, the silent auction. Free babysitting on site. Gala Benefactor and Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 802-447-1571 ext. 202 for details and reservations.

Dec 3-4 - Manchester
"Our House for the Holidays?"
The Hildene Museum Store Welcomes Neighbors & New Friends. Dressed in holiday finery, the spirit of the season abounds in our 100 year old Carriage Barn! Apple cider, Vermont tastings & fresh cider doughnuts. The crisp fragrance of pine boughs & sounds of the season.

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 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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