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
Events in and around Manchester - for more, click here.
Call TPW Real Estate in Manchester Center for more information: 802.366.1430.
Aug 9 - Aug 25 - Dorset Theater presents Pride & Prejudice - 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).
Aug 12 - Dorset Theater presents A Life in the Theatre -- 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.
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.
Aug 29-Sept 1 - Dorset Theater presents Ann -- Written by award-winning actress and writer Holland Taylor, Ann is an inspiring and hilarious play that brings us face to face with the complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Performed by Emmy Award-winner Jayne Atkinson (“House of Cards,” "Madam Secretary”), Ann takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family.
Events at and around Bromley Mountain - for more, click here.
Call TPW Real Estate in Manchester Center for more information: 802.366.1430.
Bromley Mountain Adventure Park, Aerial Park, and Sun Mountain Flyer opened daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Opened on weekends only from Labor Day to Columbus Day.
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 are 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!
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.
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 farmlands 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.
Events at and around Okemo - for details, click here.
Call TPW at Okemo for more information: 802.228.9400.
Aug 24 - Jackson Gore Summer Music Series - Enjoy a fun summer evening with musical guests 2Adam12.
Aug 26 - Willie Dunn's Patio Music Series - Stop by Willie Dunn's at the Okemo Valley Golf Club on Sundays from 4 to 7 p.m. to enjoy a cocktail and dinner and listen to local artists perform on our beautiful patio overlooking hole number 18. While you are here, please be sure to say hello to the folks from Mary W Davis Realtor and Associates, who are pleased to present the Patio Music Series for our guests. Schedule:
- August 26: Jamie Ward
Aug 31 - Jackson Gore Summer Music Series - Enjoy a fun summer evening with musical guest The Grift.
Oct 6 - Fall Into Winter - Farewell to foliage and "willkommen" to winter! It’s time to start celebrating the transition of the seasons with live German music, hayrides, games, pumpkin painting, craft vendors, German food, German beer tasting tent, apple cider and hot chocolate. Plus, Okemo’s Adventure Zone will be open with activities for the entire family and the Snowsports Shop will be hosting it's annual Tent Sale. Authentic German attire is encouraged! The party starts at 11 a.m., rain or shine, at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn courtyard. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are welcome. Call (802) 228-1600.
Nov 23 - Trot It Off 5K - The Okemo Trot it Off 5k is a family and community-oriented event that takes place each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This 5K running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker eager to burn off the calories from that extra slice of Thanksgiving dessert. Preregistration is $25 per person or $30 per person the day of the event, and $10 for the Tots trots race. Proceeds go to support the Wendy Neal Scholarship Fund and Black River Good Neighbor Services. All participants will receive an event t-shirt. The Tots Trot, a kids’ fun race for children 12 and younger, will take place just before the 5K. Informal timing will be provided.
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 and offers 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.