Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See
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The geographic designation of the southwest corner of Vermont may be Bennington County, but in recent years residents and visitors have branded this beautiful region nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains as The Shires of Vermont. It has the unusual distinction of having two shire towns, historically referred to as "county seats." Anchored by Bennington (the South Shire) and Manchester (the North Shire), it is a collective of 15 quintessential Vermont towns and villages connected by a scenic ribbon of highway known as Historic Route 7A. Surrounded by mountains and enriched by the waters of the famous Battenkill River that runs through the valley, The Shires has historically been a popular year-round destination for those seeking the authentic Vermont experience. And it is within a 4-hour drive from New York City, Hartford, Boston, Northern New Jersey, and Canada.
Art, Theatre, Music, Lectures, Culture, History
American Museum of Fly Fishing
4104 Main Street, Manchester, VT 05254
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing was established in 1968 in Manchester by a group of passionate and enthusiastic anglers who believed that the history of angling was an important part of American culture and tradition. The Museum was created to serve as an institution to research, preserve, and interpret the treasures of angling history. Today The American Museum of Fly Fishing is a steward of the history, traditions, and practices of the sport of fly fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters.
Bennington Center for the Arts
44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT 05201
Open Wednesday-Monday 10am-5pm.
The Bennington Center for the Arts is a non-profit art center built by local philanthropist Bruce Laumeister and his wife, Elizabeth Small, to showcase their interests in Native American art, art of the animal kingdom, and covered bridges. The permanent collection features paintings and bronzes of and by Native Americans, along with Navajo rugs, pots, kachinas, and jewelry. Exceptional paintings from Art of the Animal Kingdom exhibitions are often on display. The Covered Bridge Museum offers visitors the opportunity to discover the history and legends of covered bridges through exhibits on engineering, construction, tools, and creators.
75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201
Open daily 10am-5 pm June through October; Open Thursday-Tuesday November through May. Closed for the month of January, and Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (closes at 1 pm on December 24 and 31), and July 4. Community Day Free Admission October 15!
The Bennington Museum is home to the largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the world, and a selection of her works is always on view. With the museum’s introduction of “Creative Collisions,” visitors discover works by Grandma Moses side-by-side with galleries of Military History and Contemporary Art, while Gilded Age Vermont can be found in close proximity to the ongoing Bennington Modernism exhibition. To learn about Art, History, and Innovation from the early days of Vermont to the present, please visit the Bennington Museum in the quintessential New England town of Bennington, Vermont. Beautiful walking trails, too!
Clark Art Institute
225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267
Galleries open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Campus open daily for hiking, picnicking, and exploring from dawn to dusk.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, one of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with research and academic programs, including a major art history library, is a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Set in a 140-acre campus of expansive lawns, meadows, water features, and walking trails, the Clark’s collection contains European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.
Dorset Historical Society Museum
Route 30 at Kent Hill Road, Dorset, VT 05251
Open Wednesday-Friday 10am-4 pm, Saturday 10am-2 pm, and by appointment.
Portions of the Dorset Historical Society’s collection are showcased in the museum's five main galleries in rotating exhibits focused on different themes. The collection is outstanding for the diversity of histories represented; for example, Republic of Vermont coins (1785-1788) made at the nearby Harmon Mint; artifacts representative of the town's long-running marble industry; stoneware produced at the local Fenton Potteries (1800-1830s); iron tools forged at 19th century foundries in East and North Dorset; works by the prominent Dorset stencil artist Jessica Bond; works by Dorset painters from the period when the town was a mecca for artists (1885-1950) through the present day; an extensive native fern collection; photographs, postcards, household utensils, decorative objects, farm tools, textiles, and clothing that belonged to Dorset families over many generations; pictures, memorabilia, and artifacts from the town's 12 school districts (1834-1950); and photographs, programs, playbills, and archival materials from The Dorset Playhouse and The Caravan Players. In addition, maps, manuscripts, books, family histories, and other archives make the museum a valuable resource for people doing genealogical work or other historical research.
The Dorset Players
104 Cheney Road, Dorset, VT 05251
The Dorset Players, the non-professional theatre group that owns the Dorset Playhouse, offers an active Fall-Winter-Spring season:
Blithe Spirit - October 7, 8, 14 & 15 at 7:30pm; October 9 & 16 at 2pm
Bah Humbug - December 2 & 9 at 7:30pm; December 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 2pm
Christmas Carol - December 17 at 7:30pm; December 18 at 2pm
Alice in Wonderland - January 21 at 3pm & 7pm
Bus Stop - March 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 7:30pm; March 5 & 12 at 2pm
14th Annual One Act Festival - March 31 & April 1 at 7:30pm; April 2 at 2pm
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change - May 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 7:30pm; May 21 & 28
(The Dorset Theatre Festival is a non-profit Equity Company that offers professional summer theatre at the Playhouse.)
Dorset Theatre Festival
104 Cheney Road, Dorset, VT 05251
From June to September, DTF mounts four Main Stage productions drawing from some of this country’s most talented playwrights, actors, and directors. Opening its doors to local thespians in 1929, the Dorset Theatre became host to the professional Equity Summer Festival in 1976. Today the Dorset Theatre Festival is a rich cultural resource and an integral part of the community.
1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, VT 05254
Open daily 9:30am-4:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24-26, and Easter Day.
Each year Hildene’s staff and volunteers welcome thousands of guests daily to the Lincoln home, grounds, and walking trails. His father was born in a log cabin and called from the humblest rank in life to preside over our nation during the most momentous period of its history. One generation later, Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, became Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. He built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. It is the Great American Story.
Manchester Community Library
138 Cemetery Avenue, Manchester Center, VT 05255
Open Monday & Wednesday 10am-6pm, Tuesday & Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm, Closed Sundays.
Besides books and other library resources in every imaginable format, the Manchester Community Library offers a jam-packed schedule of films, lectures, workshops, author talks, club meetings, yoga, social and/or educational gatherings, and other special activities and events for all ages. (All are welcome! Library membership is not required to visit or attend free programs.)
Manchester Music Festival
42 Dillingham Avenue, Manchester, VT 05254
The Manchester Music Festival, a non-profit corporation, operates year-round and offers classical music performances and music education of the highest caliber. Classical music concerts include seven summer concerts at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Manchester Chamber Orchestra’s Fall Tour, and Holiday Concerts around the Northshire. MMF also hosts renowned musicians and operates a full-scholarship summer chamber music program for pre-professional performers. For children, MMF operates the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy offering private lessons in violin, viola, and cello, and a youth ensemble for string players.
4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255
Open Sunday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm.
No visit to Southern Vermont is complete without an extended visit - or two or three - to the family-owned, independent Northshire Bookstore and its in-house café, Spiral Press. You won’t believe the quantity and quality of books, the huge children’s floor, the toys, games, gifts, clothing, jewelry, stationery - they even have a self-publishing program. They also host a very busy schedule of author events, public issues forums, reading groups, and community seminars and workshops. “The legacy of Northshire goes beyond just being an amazing bookstore and gathering place,” comments Shay Totten on the occasion of the store’s 40th anniversary in 2016. “It’s a living example of what an asset a thriving cultural institution can be to a community.”
Southern Vermont Arts Center
930 SVAC Drive, Manchester, VT 05254
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm.
The Southern Vermont Arts Center provides cultural, educational, and creative opportunities for all ages. Situated amid 100+ acres of pristine forest in the heart of the Green Mountains, SVAC offers diverse exhibitions featuring artwork, photography, and sculpture by our member artists plus more than 800 pieces of 19th and 20th century art, as well as the largest sculpture park in Vermont. With a busy schedule of dynamic classes, performances, and other events for all ages, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has something for everyone. The Boswell Botany Trail, the Sculpture Park, and the acres of woodlands welcome hikers, snow-shoers, and cross-country skiers from dawn to dusk.
Brattleboro Farmers’ Market - May-October: Saturdays 9am-2pm on Route 9 near the covered bridge, and Tuesdays 4-7pm on Flat Street in the Brattleboro Food Coop parking lot. November-March: Saturdays 10am-2pm at the River Garden, 157 Main Street.
Dorset Farmers’ Market (year-round) - Winter: Sundays 10am-2pm at JK Adams, 1430 Vt Route 30.
Manchester Farmers' Market - May-October: Thursdays 3pm-6pm located in Adams Park, Rt 7A in the heart of Manchester Center. (Adams Park is opposite Gringo Jacks) Ample street parking and parking is also available in the Zion Episcopal Church parking lot.
West River Farmers' Market, Londonderry - May-October: Saturdays 9am-1pm at the intersection of Routes 100 and 11 in the heart of Londonderry.
Rutland Farmers’ Market - May-October: Saturdays 9am-2pm and Wednesdays 3-6pm at Depot Park in downtown Rutland. November-April: Saturdays 10am-2pm and Wednesdays 3-6pm at 251 West Street, downtown Rutland.
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THE SHIRES OF VERMONT - for information, history of the region, events calendars, and more, click here!
Fish, kayak, swim, bike, hike, snowshoe, XC - Vermont State Parks
Fall/Winter events in and around Manchester - for more, click here.
Call TPW Real Estate in Manchester Center for more information: 802.366.1430.
Vermont Maple Open House Weekend - March 25, 2017 - March 26, 2017
Manchester Music Festival - Arkell Pavillion, Southern Vermont Arts Center - July 1, 2017 - August 19, 2017 – All Day - Bringing the passion and beauty of classical music to our southwestern Vermont community with a series of concerts throughout the summer season.
The Vermont Summer Festival - July 4, 2017 - August 13, 2017
Manchester Food & Wine Classic - Manchester, Vermont - August 25, 2017 - August 27, 2017 – All Day - The 1st Annual Manchester Food & Wine Classic– taking place August 25-27, 2017. This inaugural event will be the most popular premium wine experience in the region, attracting nearly 2,000 attendees to Manchester, Vermont and Stratton Mountain. Patrons are treated to Grand Tastings, Lifestyle Events and Educational Seminars over 3 days, featuring food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors and locally made products.
Independent Television Festival - Manchester, Vermont - October 11, 2017 - October 15, 2017 – All Day
Fall/Winter events at and around Bromley Mountain - for more, click here.
Call TPW Real Estate in Manchester Center for more information: 802.366.1430.
Feel like a Local Day - Mar 10th - Want to feel like a tried and true, dyed in the wool, genuine local? Wear your flannel to Bromley on Friday, March 10, and receive an all-day Adult lift ticket for just $40! Bring the kids and you can get a truly awesome deal when you combine this with our Family Friday discount! Locals know alllll the deals! Also make sure you join us for Vermont themed food and beer specials and après-ski entertainment, live in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm!
Mar 17th - Irish or not, we've got you covered this St. Patrick's Day. Grab your favorite green garb and join us for a deal so good you'll swear it's your lucky day. Wear green, ski for just $17... all day! (If everyone in the family can't come up with an article of green clothing, the Family Friday deal will apply today!) Get out on the mountain today for a chance to win a 2017/18 Full Season Pass! We heard a wee rumor that a tiny green guy is hiding his pot o'gold atop Bromley Mountain on 3/17 - with a little luck you'll find it, and make all your mountain dreams come true for next winter! (We will literally be hiding a pot of "gold" somewhere on the mountain between Runaround and Pushover. Find it, bring it to Guest Services, and the Season Pass is yours. We'll give hints on it's location throughout the day on Instagram.)
Live music with... surprise!
Mar 18th - While the band is yet to be determined, we're planning on our usual rocking après-ski entertainment, live in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm!
March 25th - Spring Fling - 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.
Bromley Mountain Adventure Park - Open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend
Fall/Winter events at and around Mount Snow - for more, click here.
Call TPW at Mount Snow for more information: 802.464.5749
March 18 - The C.O.M.P. - Carinthia Open Mega Plaza
March 25 - Bud Light Sink or Skim - Our annual Pond Skimming competition!
March 26 - Bud Light Duct Tape Derby - The Duct Tape Derby is one of the funniest and most unique competitions you'll ever witness (or be involved in)!
April 2 - Bud Light Glade-iator - The Glade-iator competition is a mogul skiing contest on the soft bumps of the legendary Ripcord
June 24 – 25 - Tough Mudder New England - Probably the toughest event on the planet, Tough Mudder returns to Mount Snow for the seventh straight year.
Fall/Winter events at and around Stratton Mountain - for more, click here.
Call TPW Real Estate at Stratton for more information: 802.297.9400.
Remember: Our office is located at the base of the Stratton Access Road - we are open 7 days a week - stop by to view our Vacation Home Center and visit with one of our licensed Realtors - we are available to assist you with all of your real estate needs.
Stratton events that may interest you:
Concerts & Live Music - Metropolis Funk All-Stars - Mar 10, 2017
Release and Renew - Mar 10, 2017
Burton Girl's Time Out Camp - Mar 10, 2017 — Mar 12, 2017
Women on Snow Camp - Mar 10, 2017 — Mar 12, 2017
Full Moon Snowshoe Tour - Mar 11, 2017
Concerts & Live Music - Burning Monk - Rage Against the Machine Tribute - Mar 11, 2017
Ski with Patrol - Mar 12, 2017
Taste of Vermont - Mar 18, 2017
Pairing dinner with Stowe Cider - Mar 24, 2017
Annual - On Mountain Festivals - Marchdi Gras Village Winterfest - Mar 25, 2017
Spring Fling and Annual Pond Skim - Mar 25, 2017 — Mar 26, 2017
Sample Vermont Specialty Foods - Mar 25, 2017
Stargazer Snowshoe Tour - Mar 25, 2017
Concerts & Live Music - Minus Zero - Apr 7, 2017 — Apr 8, 2017
Wanderlust Festival - Jun 22, 2017 — Jun 25, 2017
The Vermont Challenge - Aug 17, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Fall/Winter events at and around Okemo - for details, click here.
Call TPW at Okemo for more information: 802.228.9400.
Fri, Mar 17 - St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Scavenger Hunt & Apres Ski Party - Cut-out shamrocks will be hidden along Okemo’s trails. A St. Patrick’s Day Party will feature Guiness and musical guests Gypsy Reel in the Sitting Bull Bar & Restaurant. The party continues at The Killarney with more Celtic music and Guinness on draft.
Sat, Mar 18 - Spring Demo Day - Test next year's skis and snowboards at our annual event! This event is open to the public and features top brands of the latest gear from a variety of ski, snowboard and snowshoe companies.
Sun, Mar 19 - Cares & Shares Spring Food Drive - Donate a minimum of five nonperishable food items or $20 cash and ski or ride on March 19th for $39. All donations go to local food banks.
Sat, Mar 25 - 1980s Roaming Retro Jam - It’s time to break out those old acid-washed jeans, your brightest neon and smoothest on-snow moves. Okemo revisits the 1980s with a retro celebration and on-snow competition of rad skills. Registration is free for anyone dressed in a totally righteous way.
Sat, Apr 1 - Hops On The Snow - Come join us for our Hops On The Snow. This one-day beer festival, located in the Jackson Gore Courtyard, will feature new seasonal beers and cider. Starts at 11am.
Sat, Apr 8 - Slush Cup & Splash for Cash - Costume-clad competitors skim across an 80-foot long, man-made slush pond in the Jackson Gore Base Area, without falling in! Prizes will be awarded based on the overall impression of style, costume and craziest run, with additional prizes for best costume and best wipe out!
Sun, Apr 16 - Okemo Golden Egg Hunt and Junior Egg Hunt - Children of all ages, and the young at heart! Find the Okemo Marked Golden Egg hidden on an open trail in the Clock Tower Base Area (South Ridge) and win a pair of skis or a snowboard. For those kids too small to hit the slopes, hop on over to the Jackson Gore Courtyard for our Junior Easter Egg Hunt, for kids 6 years old and under.