Daily Events

May 2-Jul 13 - Bennington

"Bright Ideas Exhibition"

The Bennington Area Arts Council and the Lightning Jar have come together to celebrate the roles of arts and entrepreneurship in the creative economy. To kick off this partnership, the two organizations have collaborated on a shared art exhibition. 'Bright Ideas', a show exploring collaboration, innovation, and legacies will be on view at the Lighting Jar from May 2 through July 13, 2018. The show will feature artwork from local and regional artists that replied to the Art Council's recent Call for Art. There will be an opening reception Wednesday, May 2 from 5:30 to 8pm at the Lightning Jar at 194 North Street. Attendees are asked to use the Depot Street entrance. The reception will provide an opportunity to meet the artists and the Arts Council. Works featured in the show will be on sale until the show closes in July. benningtonareaartscouncil.org and lightningjarvt.com

 

May 12-Sep 16 - Bennington

"Thinking About Extinction and Other Droll Things: Recent Prints and Drawings by Edward Koren"

Bennington Museum presents recent works by illustrator Edward Karen, known for his works in The New Yorker. benningtonmuseum.org

 

May 21-Jun 30 - Manchester

"Celebration of Peonies at Hildene"

Thousands of fragrant flamboyant peony blooms, more than 20 varieties of peonies heirloom and new in the Lincoln family's formal garden. 9:30 to 4:30. Check in at Welcome Center. hildene.org

 

Jun 2-Sep 16 - Bennington

"CAMBIUM (Into the Woods): Works by Bill Botzow"

"I've come to think about the layer in a tree between the bark and the wood. It's called the cambium. It is very thin and it is most alive. Somehow its cells know to divide in one direction to make wood and in another direction to make bark. The cells also stretch sideways as the woody center gets bigger and in height as the tree grows taller. Its life supports other life. That's where the beetles live, eat, procreate and die leaving behind their amazing channels that rival exquisite drawings. My path to thinking about the cambium layer comes by noticing, by paying attention to the growing forms we see all around us. Attention, noticing, touching, gathering, ordering, responding has led to sculptures and drawings that I hope in some way honor that liveliest, hidden place where the creative grows." This exhibition consists of eight watercolor/mixed media works on paper, most of them featuring unspoiled landscape imagery, along with a large scale multi-panel featuring the bug trails the artist mentions in his statement. Also on view, a selection of Botzow's wood sculptures, created from natural branches gathered from nature and combined into wonderful sculpture forms. benningtonmuseum.org

 

Jun 14-30 - Weston

"'Anne of Green Gables' at Weston Playhouse"

The beloved novel set to music. Book and Lyrics by Gretchen Cryer. Music by Nancy Ford. Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday at 4pm, and Saturday June 16 at 1pm. Tickets: $20 adult, $10 children.

westonplayhouse.org

 

Jun 15-16 - Manchester

"Manchester Community Library Pop-up Bookshop"

Manchester Community Library will be holding a Pop-Up Bookshop Friday 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Come and stock up for summer reading at bargain prices. These are all newly donated books in a wide range of subjects. Adult hardcover are priced $2 each or 3 for $5 and softcover are $1 each or 3 for $2. Children's hardcovers are $1 and softcovers are 50 cents. So take advantage of these great prices and support the library in the process. After this event, ongoing book sale carts are at the library featuring primarily fiction, mystery, history, biography, home and children. In addition, a special monthly section features a non-fiction category. For more information, call 802-362-2607. MCL is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue, at the corner of Cemetery Ave. and Route 7A/Main Street. mclvt.org

 

Jun 15-24 - Bennington

"'The Almost True & Truly Remarkable Adventures of Israel Potter' at Oldcastle Theatre"

The captivating novel by Herman Mellvile has been transformed into a rollicking play by Joe Bravaco and Mary Rosler. Join young Israel as he goes from a small New England town to the American Revolution to motherland England and back again. Along the way he meets historical figures, falls in love, fights the British, becomes a spy, escapes imminent death a few times and sings a few songs. oldcastletheatre.com

 

Jun 21-Jul 11 - Manchester

"The Dames Exhibit at the Manchester Community Library"

The Dames, a collection of oral history recordings and photographic portraits featuring thirteen members of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Vermont. A reception and gallery talk will occur on Tuesday, June 26 from 4-7 p.m. Several of the women featured in the exhibit reside in the Northshire.

The Dames is a traveling exhibition produced by the Vermont Folklife Center. The exhibit, as well as the reception and gallery talk, are free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave, at the corner of Rt. 7A and Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, contact theLibrary at 802-362-2607. mclvt.org

 

Jun 21-24 - Londonderry

"Wanderlust"

Unplug from the Ordinary - yoga, mindfulness, classes, concerts, hikes, great food. wanderlust.com

 

Jun 21-Jul 7 - Weston

"'Our Town' at Weston Playhouse"

Bridging the common and the cosmic, a fresh look at a Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $49-60. westonplayhouse.org

 

Jun 21-Jul14 - Dorset

"'Cry It Out' at Dorset Theatre Festival"

Jessie can't find any Mom Friends in her new Long Island neighborhood until she and larger-than-life Lina start sneaking out for coffee between their duplexes during nap times. When a wealthy neighbor comes down from the hill overlooking their hangout, the sleep-deprived comedy of new parenthood shows a different side of itself.  An honestly absurd look at the dilemma of returning to work after childbirth and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. dorsettheatrefestival.org

 

Jun 22-Jul 15 - Manchester

"Taconic Music Summer Festival"

Taconic Music is known for their worldclass Chamber Music. The Summer Festival brings together classical music masters and students in order to showcase the best-of-thebest. Concerts and classes are open to anyone. To see a list of concerts and other events visit taconicmusic.org.

 

Jun 23 - Bennington

"SCAC Carnival for Care"

Join Second Chance Animal Center at their annual Carnival for Care located at Mount Anthony Union Middle School, admission is FREE! This is a family oriented event with over 25 vendors, food, games, prizes, a basket raffle, bake sale, and live music. There will be demo's and entertainment for ages of all kinds. For more information please call 802-375-2898 ext.312

 

Jun 23 - Manchester

"Summer Music Festival Opening Concert"

Beethoven, String Quartet in F Major, OP. 18, No. 1; Yi-Wen Jiang, Selections from China Song; Mendelssohn, String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. THE SHANGHAI QUARTET. taconicmusic.org

 

Jun 23 - Manchester

"stART Space Summer Show Opening Reception "

Carolina and Michael Ellenbogen's abstract art gallery, stART Space, will open its SUMMER SHOW 2018 with 18 artists. The opening reception is on Saturday, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. At 5:30 PM there will be a onetime performance artwork created by Eva Schmidt and Chilean artist Sebastian Escalona. IRL (In Real Life), is an exploration of relationship and time in the digital age. She will engage with a cast of electronic devices as a way to conjure a new language of movement and feeling. The Summer Show 2018 will run through Saturday, August 18. stART Space is located at 263 Depot Street, in the Manchester Shopping Center, next to Price Chopper. Please visit our website, startspace.art, or Facebook Page, Facebook.com/startspaces, for further information and hours.

 

Jun 23 - Rupert

"Guided Full Strawberry Moon Hike at Merck Forest"

Guided Full Strawberry Moon Hike. 6-8pm, $5/person. Join us on a staff-guided hike in the evening landscape. These hikes are typically of moderate difficulty and will take place only if weather conditions permit. Participants must be dressed appropriately for the weather with sturdy footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Call 802-394-7836 to reserve your spot. Visit the Website: merckforest.org

 

Jun 25 - Bennington

"The Great Race Comes to Bennington!"

The Great Race Vintage Car Rally: Every year the Great Race makes its way across the United States using a different route. The rally takes a week to complete. This year, the 120 vintage cars and their race teams will be stopping at Hemmings Motors News at 222 Main Street for their lunch break on June 25th as they make their way through town to Burlington, VT. The race will bring many followers, car clubs, spectators and visitors to the area. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come to Hemmings Motor News on that day to watch the cars, visit our store and be a part of the action and excitement. greatrace.com

 

Jun 25 - Weston

"Classic Cars and Maple Creemees at Vermont Country Store"

Take a Spin Down Memory Lane. From 5.30 -7.00 pm, head to Mildred's Dairy Bar at The Vermont Country Store in a classic car or truck and receive a maple creemee on us. It's a great way to show off your ride, meet other drivers and enjoy the best soft serve around. vermontcountrystore.com

 

Jun 26 - Dorset

"'Is Edward Snowden Single?' part of Pipeline Series for Dorset Theatre Festival"

A hot mess of a millennial becomes taken with the idea that Edward Snowden is madly in love with her, not just because she's gorgeous but because she is unspeakably brave. Two actresses play all twenty plus roles in this whirlwind tour through one shallow person's reluctantly deepening soul. dorsettheatrefestival.org

 

Jun 30 - Manchester

"Taconic Summer Music Festival Concert II"

ENSO STRING QUARTET. Playing music by Elgar, Turina, Harrison, and Beethoven. taconicmusic.org

 

Jun 30-Jul 1 - Manchester

"Manchester Designer Outlets Zen Fest"

Join MDO's Shop for the Environment Store Hop to receive your gift bag packed with Zen goodies and a chance to win thousands in MDO gift cards! A portion of proceeds to benefit the planet. Free concerts scheduled for both days! Workshops, demos, tastings, and classes. Yoga, guided meditation, drum circles and more. Lodging provided by Wilburton Inn, Manchester, VT. manchesterdesigneroutlets.com

 

Jun 30-Nov 4 - Bennington

"Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont"

Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont sheds light on an important, under-studied aspect of our state's history, focusing on the role of many government sponsored New Deal projects in fostering a culture of creativity and innovation in the Green Mountains, 1933-1943. The many artists, writers, and civil workers whose products were funded through the New Deal, helped document the state's history, record its conditions during the Depression and attendant recovery, and build the infrastructure that continues to benefit us today. The exhibition will feature paintings by Francis Colburn, Ronald Slayton among others, photographs, furniture from Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) cabins, archival documentation of New Deal projects such as letters, as well as transcriptions and audio recordings of Vermonters created by the Federal Writers Project. benningtonmuseum.org

 

Jul 3-Aug 12 - East Dorset

"Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show"

For six exciting weeks, the country's top equestrians compete across a challenging hunter/jumper course at East Dorset's Beebee Farm. As a spectator,  you'll be near the action with a chance to stroll the stalls for a behind-the-scenes look at these championship horses. Sweeping mountain views, awesome event staff, and fabulous food vendors! vt-summerfestival.com

 

Jul 4 - Bennington

"Fourth of July Celebrations at the Bennington Monument"

Battle Day 5K Road Race: Registration starts at 8AM, race begins at 9:30AM. 1/4 mile fun-run around Monument Circle for kids!

Battle Day Encampment: 10AM-4PM. Revolutionary Soldiers and Minutement reenactors will be camping on the grounds.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence: An annual tradition on the grounds of the Monument. A replica Declaration is available for all to sign!

 

Jul 5-28 - Weston

"'Fun Home' at Weston Playhouse"

The groundbreaking new music based on the book by Alison Bechdel. Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees as 2pm, and Sunday matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $47. westonplayhouse.org

 

Jul 7 - Manchester

"Taconic Summer Music Festival Concert III"

HORSZOWSKI TRIO. Playing music by Mozart, Ravel, and Vaughan Williams. taconicmusic.org

 

Jul 9-10 - Manchester

"Circus Smirkus Presents Vaudeville Big Top Tour"

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys! Circus Smirkus proudly presents "Vaudeville!" - a celebration of the grand American tradition of variety entertainment! You're in for a spectacular lineup of unforgettable acts, with amazing acrobats, mystifying magicians, jaunty jugglers, and wondrous wirewalkers. Awe, delight, and side-splitting laughter awaits! Get your tickets now for a dazzling tribute to the greatest form of family entertainment in history!

This year's Troupe is comprised of 30 hardworking and talented teenagers ages 10-18 who come from California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Canada. Event on Facebook

 

Jul 10 - Dorset

"'A New Play' part of Pipeline Series for Dorset Theatre Festival"

Diana is the new president of a prestigious liberal arts college, but she can barely get her pictures hung on the walls of her office before the school's hallowed history sits squarely in the way of her big plans. About where we've come from and figuring out where we even have to go, this never-before-seen new play by Melissa Ross confronts life and politics and feminism in academia under the hard fluorescent light of today. dorsettheatrefestival.org

 

Jul 12-Aug 4 - Weston

"'West Side Story' at Weston Playhouse"

The iconic American musical. Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $54-68. westonplayhouse.org

 

Jul 13-22 - Bennington

"'The Whipping Man' at Oldcastle Theatre"

Oldcastle veteran Matthew Lopez's extraordinary play about redemption and forgiveness, the lasting scars of slavery and the responsibility that comes with freedom. Set during the American Civil War, the New York Times calls the play, "vivid and emotionally potent, Haunting, striking and powerful." oldcastletheatre.com

 

Jul 19 - Bennington

"Midnight Madness"

A shopper's dream. The best deals of the year all night. betterbennington.org

 

Jul 19-Aug 4 - Dorset

"'Skeleton Crew' at Dorset Theatre Festival"

In Dominique Morisseau's third play in her Detroit trilogy, a makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city navigate the possibility of foreclosure. Power dynamics shift, and they are pushed to the limits of survival. When the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred, how far over the lines are they willing to step? dorsettheatrefestival.org

 

Jul 30 - Weston

"Classic Cars and Maple Creemees at Vermont Country Store"

Take a Spin Down Memory Lane. From 5.30 -7.00 pm, head to Mildred's Dairy Bar at The Vermont Country Store in a classic car or truck and receive a maple creemee on us. It's a great way to show off your ride, meet other drivers and enjoy the best soft serve around. vermontcountrystore.com

 

Jul 31 - Dorset

"'Invictus Mingus' part of Pipeline Series for Dorset Theatre Festival"

It's 1966. Tomorrow legendary Jazz Maestro Charles Mingus is to be evicted from his cluttered New York City apartment.  Tonight though he drinks wine, cuts up with his crew on the bass, talks love, Hitler, racism, and politics with a twenty-something Jewish documentary filmmaker. This while his five-year old bi-racial daughter plays in piles of treasure and junk absorbing it all. dorsettheatrefestival.org

 

Aug 1 - East Dorset

"East Dorset Trail History Hike"

9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Meeting at Dorset Town Office, 112 Mad Tom Rd. Part of the "It's All Yours" tour at the Green Mountain National Forest. www.fs.usda.gov

 

Aug 2-25 - Weston

"'A Doll's House Part 2' at Weston Playhouse"

Fresh from its Tony-winning Broadway run, the comic sequel to Isben's famed drama. Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $43. westonplayhouse.org

 

Aug 3-5 - Bennington

"Bennington Arts Weekend"

The crowning jewel of Bennington Arts Weekend is the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, a vibrant event that draws locals and visitors alike to the gateway of Vermont for dozens of juried artists, food, beer, and live entertainment. There are also tons of events and specials in Downtown Bennington, and the annual 4 Corners North Homebrew Festival/Competition on Saturday. bennington.com/baw

 

Aug 4 - Bennington

"4 Corners North Homebrew Festival"

Taste the best home brewed beer in the region at this street fair with live music! The street is open to everyone, and there's even a few family friendly vendors to visit, ticket holders will be able to taste unlimited samples (while supplies last) of each competitors brew. Rain or shine. 4cnhomebrewfest.com

 

Aug 9-12 - Manchester

"Sidewalk Sales"

It's August in Manchester, and that means our famous shops are ready to overflow into the streets with the biggest discounts of the season. World-class designer outlets and unique, independent retailers pull out all the stops to make these four days extra special here in Vermont's year-round shopping paradise. Whether bargain hunting is your favorite pastime or you're just passing through on the way to a favorite vacation spot, we invite you to come join the festivities on the streets of Manchester and discover summer's sweetest deals. manchesterdesigneroutlets.com

 

Aug 9-Sep 2 - Weston

"'Million Dollar Quartet' at Weston Playhouse"

Four rock & roll legends, one unforgettable jam session, and a Tony-nominated jukebox musical that will have you swingin' in your seat. Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $54-68. westonplayhouse.org

 

Aug 10-19 - Bennington

"'The Fourth Wall' at Oldcastle Theatre"

Oldcastle has produced nine of A.R. Gurney's plays, but none quite like this thoughtful comedy that includes five Cole Porter songs. Laugh, and enjoy witty tunes while contemplating what is real and what is theatrical artifice with a splendid cast. oldcastletheatre.com

 

Aug 16-19 - Manchester

"Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots"

A four-day music festival featuring a variety of bluegrass, roots and Americana music from both icons of the industry and innovative up-and-coming artists. Featuring a main stage, dance tent, camping, kids activities, local food trucks, Vermont craft beer and wine, and a magical Green Mountain setting! greenmountainbluegrass.com

 

Aug 9-25 - Dorset

"'Pride & Prejudice' at Dorset Theatre Festival"

The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from all sides to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth's intelligence and independence? When she meets the standoffish, tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy, they clash initially, but is there something deeper behind their animosity? Literature's greatest tale of manners, society and love has never felt so theatrical or spirited than it does in this effervescent adaptation of Jane Austen's classic romance from acclaimed writer and actress Kate Hamill (Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility). dorsettheatrefestival.org

 

Aug 12 - Bennington

"Battle Day Parade"

Main street will be closed down for all to enjoy the Bennington Battle Day Parade!

 

Aug 12 - Dorset

"'A Life in the Theatre' part of Pipeline Series for Dorset Theatre Festival"

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-The-Plow, takes us into the lives of two actors: John, young and rising into the first flush of his success; the other Robert, older, anxious, and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of the theatre. dorsettheatrefestival.org

 

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