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.
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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
Spring events in and around Manchester - for more, click here.
Call TPW Real Estate in Manchester Center for more information: 802.366.1430.
May 26 - 27 - Manchester Memorial Soccer Classic - On May 26-27, 2018 the Town of Manchester Vermont will hold the first annual Manchester Memorial Day Classic Soccer Tournament.
June 1 - 4 - The Stay to Stay Weekend program is an initiative developed by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) in partnership with the Shires of Vermont aimed at out-of-state visitors interested in moving to Vermont. The 3-day weekends connect guests to employers, entrepreneurs, and potential neighbors in local communities, and begin to provide a road map for how visitors can relocate to Vermont. Guests will receive a warm welcome on Friday evening at a reception hosted by a local chamber or young professional’s networks, where they’ll meet others interested in moving to Vermont, as well as community leaders, businesses owners, young professionals, and state and local officials. Guests will spend the next two days exploring Vermont’s many attractions. On Monday, guests have the option to meet with employers that are hiring, take a driving/walking tour with a realtor, or visit an incubator/co-maker space to meet with entrepreneurs and professionals. Manchester is one of the locations for the pilot program, June 1-4, October 19-22. To sign up or learn more, please visit: www.vermontvacation.com/staytostay
July 9 - 10 - 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!
Aug 9-12 - Annual 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!
Aug 16 - 19 - Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival - 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.
Spring events at and around Bromley Mountain - for more, click here.
Call TPW Real Estate in Manchester Center for more information: 802.366.1430.
May 27 - Magic by Scott Jameson - See the show audiences are calling “Superb!”, “A blast!”, and “Heartwarming fun for the whole family.” Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson on May 27th & August 11 at 11:30am and 1:30pm (30 minute sets) for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities.
June 9 - Bart Center Golf Tournament - Join us at the Manchester Country Club Saturday, June 9 for a benefit golf tournament to support a great cause. Tee off begins at 1pm. All proceeds benefit the Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center. Their mission is to provide people with disabilities and their families the opportunity to enjoy outdoor sports with a special focus on snow sports.
June 15 - School's Out 2 for 1! - Grab a friend and come on over to Vermont's Summer Adventure for two-for-one Mountain Adventure passes! School's Out Day is an annual favorite. Head to our online store (be sure your date is for Friday, June 15, 2018!), select School's Out 2 for 1 MAP, and purchase your two-for-one all day Mountain Adventure Passes! Must purchase by midnight, June 14, or the offer disappears.
June 22 - Pink Friday - Got pink? Wear it to Bromley on "Pink Friday", June 22, and get a morning (10:30am - 1pm) Mountain Adventure Pass for just $15. 100% of the proceeds of these morning MAPs will be donated to this summer's 26th Annual Komen Vermont Race for the Cure (Saturday, July 21 at Riley Rink at Hunter Park in Manchester), hosted by Susan G. Komen New England. The funds raised at Pink Friday stay local to support breast cancer education, awareness, and grants to service organizations in Vermont and New Hampshire, as well as fund Susan G. Komen's national research program.
June 30 - Bruce Bowey & Magic Brushes - Bowey is an award winning family entertainer. Find him in the park 1-4pm. He geniusly combines magic, ventriloquism, balloon art and humor to provide you with an epic show. Magic Brushes is known for painting excellent master pieces on children's face, hand, or cheek.
July 7 - Gilbert - Enjoy rock n' roll music from a band out of Westchester, NY. Band plays on the Sun Deck (weather permitting) from 1-4pm.
July 14 - "Raptor Encounters" with the VT Institute of Natural Science - Live falcons, hawks and owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. Plus, they're really cool! show time: 2pm-3pm.
July 21 - Bruce Bowey & Magic Brushes - Bowey is an award winning family entertainer. Find him in the park 1-4pm. He geniusly combines magic, ventriloquism, balloon art and humor to provide you with an epic show. Magic Brushes is known for painting excellent master pieces on children's face, hand, or cheek.
July 28 - Jack Waldheim - Enjoy live music that ranges in style from funky old blues, to slam poetry, to acoustic rock and whatever else they be feeling. Band plays on the Sun Deck (weather permitting) from 1-4pm.
Aug 4 - Live Music by Saints & Liars - Join us for Vermont's own roadhouse string band on the Sun Deck 1-4pm!
Aug 25 - The Lustre Kings - Join us for a performance by Bromley favorites for all seasons... the Lustre Kings swinging good rock 'n' roll is sure to please. Band plays on the Sun Deck (weather permitting) from 1-4pm.
Sept 2 - Jack Waldheim - Enjoy live music that ranges in style from funky old blues, to slam poetry, to acoustic rock and whatever else they be feeling. Band plays on the Sun Deck (weather permitting) from 1-4pm.
Oct 7 - Auchmoody Wood Carving Creations - Join us as we watch Peter Auchmoody from 1-4pm carve logs into bears, hearts, and more!
Spring 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.
May 25 - June 3 - Green MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE CHALLENGE - Hidden deep among Vermont's mystical Green Mountains is a secret world filled with intriguing adventures, fantastic stories, and real cash fortunes to be found - all hiding in plain sight. Only those who begin the Adventure will know where to look.
June 2 - The full 11 mile trail run starts at the South Londonderry Depot and ends at Jamaica State Park. This run is great for trail running enthusiasts of all skill levels. In addition to the competitive, unofficial timed 11 mile run for individual runners, it has a 3-leg relay option, walkers’ start time and a 5K Fun Run.
June 21 - 21 - Wanderlust Festival - Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more - all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. We're talking about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars. Hiking on peaceful trails and getting your down dog on at the top of the mountain. Sipping cocktails poolside with your friends and then enjoying a tasty farm-to-table dinner with views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Whatever you do, the choice is all yours. Welcome to Wanderlust.
June 23 - The Wanderlust House Band - Featuring Eric Krasno, Jennifer Hartswick, James Casey, Erik Finland with Special Guest Marc Broussard - Under the musical direction of Eric Krasno, the Wanderlust House Band is a musical experience like no other. With a host of all-star band members and Special Guests, get ready to move and groove to both themed and original sets, partially curated by the musicians and partially curated by...YOU! Keep an eye out on social media for your chance to help choose the set list.
Location: The Greatest Place (tent in the main base area)
June 29 - July 2 - Mountain Friends & Freedom - Celebrate summer and Independence Day at Stratton Mountain’s Annual Mountain Friends and Freedom Festival. The whole family can enjoy fireworks, gondola rides, live music, barbecues, face painting and more at the party of the summer.
June 29 - Stratton Foundation Charity Golf Outing - In the spirit and passion we share for helping the children in Southern Vermont, the Stratton Foundation invites you to participate in a very special golf outing to benefit Moving Mountains, providing daily basic necessities to those most in need. To register over the phone or for assistance, please call Tammy at 802.297.2096 Registration Opens 11AM, Light Lunch Provided -1PM Shotgun, 5:30 PM Cocktails • BBQ • Awards
June 30 - Kids Fire Tower Hike - Let us guide your kids to Stratton's iconic Fire Tower! Starting with a gondola ride to the summit, we will bring all participants to and from the Fire Tower, which is an easy kid-friendly hike. Snacks at the summit will also be provided. The group will take the gondola back down to the base area for pick up. Please send participants with a water bottle and in sneakers appropriate for hiking. The hike is recommended for those 4-12 years old.
June 30 - July 14 - Health Yoga Life Yoga Teacher Training - Take yoga teacher training this summer at Stratton Mountain! Health Yoga Life is a yoga & wellness company with two award winning yoga studios in Boston and Cambridge, MA. Join them on their annual yoga teacher training intensive at Stratton Resort! Become a certified yoga teacher during this 2 week training. This is a Yoga Alliance Registered training.
June 30 - The Marshall Tucker Band - Kicking off the Stratton Mountain Music Summer Concert series with their definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country and gospel, The Marshall Tucker Band is the perfect way to usher in those summer sounds. With hit singles like "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take The Highway," The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums.
July 2 - Running of the Bears 5K Race - Join us for the Running of the Bears 5k, a fun run or walk race around the Stratton 5K route, on July 2, 2018. Open to all and includes cash prizes for overall male/female 1st, 2nd, 3rd runners.
July 2 - Beer vs. Wine Workshop Series - Put your taste buds to the test at this summer’s educational tasting workshop series. You’ll pair local Vermont cheese with three different beers and three different wines while learning and discussing the fare with Stratton’s culinary experts.
July 4 - Join us July 4th weekend for Stratton's firework display. Main base area on Sunday, July 1 at 9:15pm.
July 7 - Tour de Grace Bicycle Rally - Join us for the 13th Annual Tour de Grace Bicycle Rally on Saturday, July 7, 2018. The beautiful back roads course is 19 miles, mostly downhill, from Stratton Mountain Resort to Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend.
July 21 - Komen VT Race for the Cure - This annual 5K walk/run raises significant funds for the breast cancer movement. The Vermont Race for the Cure helps to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our community.
Aug 10 - 12 - North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships - The first North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships will be held August 10-12, 2018, at Stratton Mountain. The three-day event will consist of a 3k short course championship on Friday, August 10, followed by a 15k standard course championship on Saturday, August 11, and conclude on Sunday, August 12 with the Team Relay event.
Aug 16 - 19 - Vermont Challenge - The Vermont Challenge offers up to four glorious days of riding with cyclists from across the U.S. and Canada. You’ll ride through the picturesque countryside, cross covered bridges, and into historic villages of south and central Vermont. The Vermont Challenge fits a niche between the many one-day rides and those high-end, seven-day packaged tours. It’s the best of both rolled into one four-day challenge. Of course you can chose to ride less than all four days, but to truly experience the beauty of Vermont and this event, we strongly urge you to ride with us for two or more days.
Aug 18 - Gang of Thieves - Gang of Thieves are pioneering a new breed of American Rock n Roll, injecting funky riffs, catchy melodies, and electric violin into unforgettable high energy performances. From Opera Houses to Music Halls, and Colleges to Preschools, the Gang has captivated audiences of all ages from around the globe. The band just released their new EP “Totem”(December 8th), recorded with Grammy winning engineer Michael Rosen (Santana, Rancid, Less than Jake). featuring singles “Raise Your Head” and “The Way I Feel”.
Aug 18 - 19 - SolarFest - This two-day event features live music and arts, nationally recognized speakers, and leading experts, along with practical and wise counsel from local citizens on how to create conditions that will aid us as individuals and as communities. Come, learn, experience and have fun this summer at New England’s most entertaining source of energy education. If you want to learn how to cut electrical, heating & cooling, and transportation costs for home and business, and how to help mitigate the effects of climate change, SolarFest can help. It’s a weekend the entire family can enjoy!
Aug 24 - 26 - The Bondville Fair - The Bondville Fair is the oldest continuous fair in Vermont since 1797, which makes this the 221st year! The Winhall Industrial Society, a non-profit, all-volunteer group which is charged with the annual endeavor of conducting the Fair, delights visitors with events and activities from rides to quilting contest to tractor pulls.
Aug 30 - Sept 3 - Labor Day Tent Sale - Gear up for the upcoming season with amazing deals on outerwear, accessories, skis and snowboard gear at Stratton Mountain's annual Labor Day Tent Sale. Don't miss this sale!
Sept 1 - Summit Assault - ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME! Enjoy the last of the warm weather by participating in a run, jog, hike (or any combination of) your way from the base of the mountain to summit! Soak in the killer views, create some memories and take photos with your fellow mountaineers, then take a gondola ride down to the base. The climb up the Mountain begins at 9am and you'll want to do your personal best because the race is timed.
Sept 2 - Lole White Tour - Since 2012, the Lolë White Tour has united more than 65,000 yogis across the globe through spectacular wellness events in special venues. Following this success, Lolë is taking the Tour to its next level with a new series of community-powered local sessions: Lolë White Tour On The Road.
Sept 8 - Maple Leaf Half Marathon - The Maple Leaf Half Marathon traverses truly gorgeous Vermont landscapes. Your run will take you from the downtown community to picturesque village settings to country roads past farm lands back to the finish. Adding to the beauty, Vermont will be in the early stages of fall foliage.
Sept 29 - 30 - Antique Show - Join us for the Vermont Antiques Dealer's Association annual Antique Show at Stratton Mountain Resort September 29 - 30. Find your next antique treasure while enjoying the fall foliage in the scenic Green Mountains. The hours are Saturday, September 29th 8am-5pm; and Sunday September 30 11am-3pm.
Oct 11 - 14 - 29029 - Do you have what it takes to climb Everest? This fall the world's biggest challenge is coming to Stratton. We build a base camp village with bands, bonfires, luxury tipi tents, food and drink. You join a community of like-minded individuals while tackling an epic endurance hiking challenge. It is “Burning Man” meets “Ironman”. A new challenge. An inspiring community. A chance to invest in yourself. Run/walk/crawl up Stratton mountain. Take the gondola down. Repeat. 17 times. Until you climb 29029 feet…EVEREST. We bring the world’s hardest climb..to YOU.
March 8 - 10, 2019 - The VT Open - A celebration of the beginning of snowboarding and its progression, the 7th Annual Vermont Open is truly open. This event invites snowboarders of all ages to come together to ride, party, enjoy the snow and compete for a prize purse of over $20,000.
Spring events at and around Okemo - for details, click here.
Call TPW at Okemo for more information: 802.228.9400.
June 3 - Ladies' Golf Clinic - Every Sunday through July 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instructors cover a different topic each week. $20 per clinic or $150 for all nine sessions. Please call the Pro Shop at 802-228-1396 for information and advanced registration.
June 8 - Jackson Gore Summer Music Series - Enjoy a fun summer evening with musical guests Version 6.
June 9 - The VT Epic Cycling Weekend - The Vermont Epic consists of three races:
June 9, 2018 will be the 18th annual edition of the B2VT ride (formerly known as the B2B). In 2014 the course was altered to accommodate the new start and finish points but still contained most of the original B2B course (but was even more hilly!). The B2VT Ride will continue to be one of the most challenging single day rides in New England. By design, it is not for everyone. This ride is for cyclists who are physically and mentally tough, don’t whine, excel in the face of challenges, know the rules of the road and can ride 130+ miles to the finish safely and without their hands being held. While it is an epic ride, it is not for novice riders nor the faint of heart….
The VTMonster is a 70 mile, 9,000 vertical body pounding ride on dirt and gravel roads that will loosen your fillings and crush your legs and probably leave you wasted on the side of the road like a mamby pamby. Don’t even try this ride unless you are harder than a coffin nail. There are some asphalt roads sprinkled in so that your fillings can reset themselves. We suggest using your tongue to push them back in.
The VT 40: This short course recreational ride is a fantastic option for friends and family members who would like to take part in B2VT event festivities. The ride will start and finish conveniently at the Jackson Gore Inn – the same finish line for the B2VT ride. There is a 20 mile and 40 mile option so that any rider, regardless of experience can participate in B2VT weekend.
June 10 - Ladies' Golf Clinic - Every Sunday through July 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instructors cover a different topic each week. $20 per clinic or $150 for all nine sessions. Please call the Pro Shop at 802-228-1396 for information and advanced registration.
June 15 - Jackson Gore Summer Music Series - Enjoy a fun summer evening with musical guests Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers.
June 17 - Ladies' Golf Clinic - Every Sunday through July 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instructors cover a different topic each week. $20 per clinic or $150 for all nine sessions. Please call the Pro Shop at 802-228-1396 for information and advanced registration.
June 22 - Jackson Gore Summer Music Series - Enjoy a fun summer evening with musical guests Cold Chocolate.
June 24 - Ladies' Golf Clinic - Every Sunday through July 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instructors cover a different topic each week. $20 per clinic or $150 for all nine sessions. Please call the Pro Shop at 802-228-1396 for information and advanced registration.
June 29 - Jackson Gore Summer Music Series - Enjoy a fun summer evening with musical guests Copilot.
July 1 - Ladies' Golf Clinic - Every Sunday through July 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instructors cover a different topic each week. $20 per clinic or $150 for all nine sessions. Please call the Pro Shop at 802-228-1396 for information and advanced registration.
July 6 - Jackson Gore Summer Music Series - Enjoy a fun summer evening with musical guests Big Fez & The Surfmatics.
July 8 - Ladies' Golf Clinic - Every Sunday through July 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instructors cover a different topic each week. $20 per clinic or $150 for all nine sessions. Please call the Pro Shop at 802-228-1396 for information and advanced registration.
July 12 - 14 - Okemo's All Come Home Music Festival - Okemo’s All Come Home Music Festival is the must-attend party of the summer, featuring 3 days of music paying tribute to some of the biggest musical acts of our time, food, drink, vendors and family fun in the hills of Vermont.
July 15 - Ladies' Golf Clinic - Every Sunday through July 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instructors cover a different topic each week. $20 per clinic or $150 for all nine sessions. Please call the Pro Shop at 802-228-1396 for information and advanced registration.
July 20 - Jackson Gore Summer Music Series - Enjoy a fun summer evening with musical guests Deadgrass.
July 22 - Blueberry Fest - Join us in celebrating the delicious little blue fruit, as it comes into season in Vermont. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. in the Jackson Gore Courtyard. Bring an appetite, because there will be oodles of yummy blueberry treats, including blueberry pastries, blueberry pies, blueberry muffins and just plain blueberries!
MORE EVENTS COMING SOON!
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:
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.