The Shires of Vermont



Also feel free to check out the Vermont Arts Calendar.


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.

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.

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.

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

Oct 22 - Manchester
"Frankenstein" National Theatre Live
National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world presents Frankenstein, directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, and featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. 3:00 pm, Tickets are $18 adults, $12 seniors, $9 students. Tickets are available online at
Where: Burr and Burton Academy - Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester VT.
For more information call 802-867-0111 or visit

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 25 - Manchester Center
"Edgar Allan Poe: The Dark Side of American Literature" at the
Manchester Community Library
This Halloween season, enter the brilliant, macabre world of Edgar Allen Poe with lecturer Barry Deitz at 6:30 p.m. Deitz will present “Edgar Allan Poe: The Dark Side of American Literature. The program will look at the life and work of Poe, tracing his writing life and his place in the history of American writing. Deitz is back by popular demand, after offering a fascinating look at Charles Dickens and the Writing of a Christmas Carol last December. His breadth of knowledge and dynamic lecture style are not to be missed.
The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. Info: 802-362-2607.

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.

Oct 31 - Bennington
"The Haunting Of The Monument"
Come if you dare and walk the haunted steps inside the Monument. 4-8 pm.

Nov 5 - Manchester Center
"Bride to Be Wedding Flea" at the Manchester Community Library
Buy or sell gently used or never used wedding items from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Newlyweds, sell your leftover wedding items to help recoup some of the cost of your wedding. Brides to be can shop for wedding décor, linens, favors, candles, signage, dresses, etc. at great prices, all in one location. This is not a vendor show- it’s a way to reuse and recycle wedding and bridal shower items in a flea market format.
Table rentals will be $15 for one table or $20 for two tables. Email if you would like to reserve a table rental. Admission: $3 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Library.
For more information, contact Cindy at the Library: 802-362-2607.

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 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. 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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