Southern Vermont Events

Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See

Whether you're just visiting or looking to buy or sell real estate in Vermont, here is a sampling of local events in the Manchester, Stratton, Bromley, and Okemo areas and nearby towns.

If you have any questions about the area, or real estate needs, please contact us.

"The Shires of Vermont"

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.

EVENTS CALENDARS

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THE SHIRES OF VERMONT - for information, history of the region, events calendars, and more, click here!

Ski, Snowboard, Snowshoe, Fish, Hike, Bike, Kayak, Swim, XC - Vermont State Parks

 

STRATTON

Events at and around Stratton Mountain - for more, click here.
Call TPW Real Estate at Stratton for more information: 802.297.9405.

Remember: Our office is located at the base of the Stratton Access Road at 32 Vt Route 30 - 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.

January 17-20 - Martin Luther King Jr Weekend - Come enjoy the trails and events this holiday weekend! from a unique dining experience on our Snowcat Dinner to the Doggie and Me hikes, there is something for everyone. Grizzly's and Green Door Pub will be delivering tunes while the Nordic Center will be hosting sunrise snowshoe tours.

January 24 - Palm Bay International Wine Pairing Dinner - Enjoy a delicious dining experience as Stratton Mountain's culinary team presents a distinctive pairing dinner. Experience the height of culinary creativity in each of four courses, with farm fresh ingredients expertly paired with award-winning brands. You'll learn all the secrets to choosing ingredients and beverages that together will create a memorable menu.

January 24 - WinterWonderGrass Presents The Ghost of Paul Revere with Saints and Liars - $15 tickets in advance, $20 tickets at the door, event held at Grizzly's.

January 31 - Feb 2 - Rossignol's We Rise with Stratton Women's Camp - “It’s our goal to encourage all women, whatever their age, skill level, or background, to get outdoors and into the mountains. To feel the exhilaration of sliding on snow no matter the application. To create a positive and inspiring community where women across the globe can interact, offer advice and share ideas. A gathering place for women everywhere, and We Rise is our rallying call.”  Price is $420 for the entire weekend camp.  Includes opening reception the first night of the camp 4 - 6pm, two full days on-snow instruction, opportunities to test the latest award-winning equipment from Rossignol. Lift tickets and lodging are not included.

February 21 - An LGBTQ Ski Weekend - Take part in this inaugural LGBTQ winter weekend festival, Winter Summit. Stratton Mountain Resort has partnered with Get Out And Trek to host a fun and causal ski weekend celebrating the LGBTQ community and demonstrating the outdoors, southern Vermont, and Stratton are a place for all to enjoy the winter.  Ski, board, cross country and snowshoeing packages are available. Event registration includes access to a welcome reception, group dinners, aprés, and a private after-hours party as well as access to discounts, demos, giveaways and more from outdoor industry sponsors.  Register now to celebrate gay pride in the mountains.

March 13-15 - The Vermont Open - A celebration of the beginning of snowboarding and its progression, the 8th 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.

March 18-20 - Stratton's Women's Camp - This multi-day Women On snoW (WOW) Camps and Girls Time Out is designed to supercharge your skiing & snowboarding skills! Increase your confidence in a supportive, fun environment with other like-minded women. Coached by Stratton’s top women instructors, you will experience the ultimate in personalized coaching, camaraderie, fitness and fun. Whether you are just starting out, an intermediate looking for a big breakthrough, or an expert who is looking to expand their skills even further, this camp is for you.  Absolutely new to skiing & riding? No problem! This camp is for you too. This is a great opportunity to learn the sport in a comfortable environment with enough time to really learn and progress.

March 21-22 - 24 Hours of Stratton - Calling All Skiers and Snowboarders. Friends and Family. Colleagues. All Ages and Abilities Invited. Sign up as or start a team of up to 12 members and get ready to enjoy the non-stop fun that will energize your spirit and create memories to cherish for a lifetime!  The eighth Annual 24Hours of Stratton, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to ski or ride around the clock as Stratton lights its trails for a most magical weekend of the season. This family-friendly, ski and ride party puts the fun in fund-raising with live music, spectator events, fireworks, good food and great times.

April 10-12 - WinterWonderGrass - WonderGrass returns to Stratton in April 2020 once again as Sugar & Strings, following enthusiastic support from locals, artists, fans and the New England music community at large. Springtime in Vermont, sugar shacks, sugar snow and plenty of strings.  Music, brews, mountains is the foundation for the 2nd annual Sugar & Strings, featuring 10+ bands and a dozen local and regional craft breweries over two full days. Join us for beer and cider sampling, live music and family-friendly fun each daily.

October 2-4 OCR World Championships -  Since its inaugural event in 2014, the OCR World Championships has served as the premier independent world championships for the sport of Obstacle Course Racing. OCR is pleased to announce that the seventh annual independent OCR World Championship will be held at Stratton Mountain Resort! The three day event offers five different races to accommodate all types of athletes. The flagship 3K and 15K distance races are only open to qualified age-group and professional athletes. The 100 meter spring, team relay and charity open require no qualification and are open to anyone looking to experience a world class event.

BROMLEY

Events at and around Bromley Mountain - for more, click here
Call TPW Real Estate in Manchester Center for more information: 802.366.1430.

In the summer months, Bromley is home to 4 marvelous Adventures - The Mountain Adventure Park, The Aerial Adventure Park, The Sun Mountain Flyer and the Woods & Meadows Disc Golf course - creating the premier destination for families in Vermont for Summer Activities.  Your family will find an all day adventure for everyone!

January 8 - Innkeepers Race Series - Competition isn’t just for kids. Innkeeper’s Teams compete for fame and glory all season in the Wednesday Series. Race on Lord’s Prayer from 9:30am-11:30am with your team, and enjoy the rest of the mountain through 4pm. Must be on a registered team to race. How do you do that? Stop by the Wild Boar Tavern after the races for weekly leaderboard updates and great specials for all on Innkeeper’s days – a burger and a beer for just $11. Burger and beer special changes weekly, and you do not have to be on a team to partake!

January 11 - Mid-Winter Ramp Up Telemark Clinic - This event allows the Telemark skier to specifically be coached on their level of Telemark skiing to date. Movement analysis and personalized lesson plans are crafted to meet your needs; individually is our goal. We will help to discover visual cues and triggers for intrinsic and extrinsic feedback that you can apply as you improve during and after the clinic. The minimum current skill level for this event should be that you are happy to negotiate blue square terrain comfortably on your Telemark equipment. We will have group movement analysis discussions or solo discussions that identifying target areas and fixes. This is a great clinic to improve your skiing with lots of video and skiing - with the focus just on you!

January 11 - West End Blend - West End Blend is a high energy funk and soul powerhouse group. The group will be bringing good time grooves to Bromley Mountain. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

January 15 - Innkeepers Race Series - Competition isn’t just for kids. Innkeeper’s Teams compete for fame and glory all season in the Wednesday Series. Race on Lord’s Prayer from 9:30am-11:30am with your team, and enjoy the rest of the mountain through 4pm. Must be on a registered team to race. How do you do that? Stop by the Wild Boar Tavern after the races for weekly leaderboard updates and great specials for all on Innkeeper’s days – a burger and a beer for just $11. Burger and beer special changes weekly, and you do not have to be on a team to partake!

January 18 - Muddy Hollow - Muddy Hollow is a trio of musicians playing a variety of classic rock, blues, jam and countryfried rock 'n roll based in Southern Vermont. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

January 19 - Saints & Liars - Saints & Liars is a four piece Roadhouse String Band hailing from Vermont. Their raw speed and gruff howling resonates through the green mountains. Be prepared to dance and stomp. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

January 22 - Innkeepers Race Series - Competition isn’t just for kids. Innkeeper’s Teams compete for fame and glory all season in the Wednesday Series. Race on Lord’s Prayer from 9:30am-11:30am with your team, and enjoy the rest of the mountain through 4pm. Must be on a registered team to race. How do you do that? Stop by the Wild Boar Tavern after the races for weekly leaderboard updates and great specials for all on Innkeeper’s days – a burger and a beer for just $11. Burger and beer special changes weekly, and you do not have to be on a team to partake!

January 25 - Studio Two - Studio Two, a Beatles tribute band, continues its tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America. Studio Two is a headlining Beatles band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

January 25 - Fun Day in the Parks - Love skiing/riding park and interested in knowing what it feels likes to compete in a freestyle event? Experience the spotlight for yourself in a laid-back slopestyle event. Participants will compete in The Garden on Plaza (medium to large features) or Bonanza on Lower Thruway (small to medium features) with no pressure of winning or losing. The announcer will call each participant’s name and they’ll take their lap through the park (must have experience riding parks, this is not intended for first timers). Judges will watch each contestant and hand out an award for “Most Impressive” at the end of the day. Plus, all contestants will be automatically entered into our raffle. We have great prizes from Cabot, Potter Brothers, Pepsi, including a Mountain Dew Snowboard and Rockstar Energy!

January 29 - Innkeepers Race Series - Competition isn’t just for kids. Innkeeper’s Teams compete for fame and glory all season in the Wednesday Series. Race on Lord’s Prayer from 9:30am-11:30am with your team, and enjoy the rest of the mountain through 4pm. Must be on a registered team to race. How do you do that? Stop by the Wild Boar Tavern after the races for weekly leaderboard updates and great specials for all on Innkeeper’s days – a burger and a beer for just $11. Burger and beer special changes weekly, and you do not have to be on a team to partake!

February 1 - Intro to Trees & Bumps Telemark Clinic - This event will mix tree and bump skiing together - Vermont's Sun Mountain has a great variety of on and off-piste terrain perfect for this focus. We will use what natural and man-made conditions are present to have safe and fun skiing/coaching sessions. More advanced approaches will be explored for this event using a high degree of individualized coaching geared for the technical, tactical, psychological, and physical applications to help you advance into skiing bumps and trees.

February 1 - Scouts Weekend - Looking for a fun outing with your troops? Join us February 1 & 2 for a weekend full of camaraderie, skiing/snowboarding, learning and so much more! Scouts will have the opportunity to earn their Snowsports Merit Badge by learning how to anticipate, mitigate and respond to snowsports hazards.

February 1 - The Wheel - Unlock the door, buckle up, put the truck in gear, and enjoy the ride with the The Capital Region's most authentic Grateful Dead Tribute Band, "The Wheel". The band was founded in 2010 by Andy Morse. While looking to play to his roots of chasing the Grateful Dead, and current incarnations, Andy formed The Wheel. It's been said the medicine wheel is a "peaceful interaction among all living beings on Mother Earth - it represents harmony, balance and connections."  The Wheel likes to apply this concept to their live shows. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

February 5 - Innkeepers Race Series - Competition isn’t just for kids. Innkeeper’s Teams compete for fame and glory all season in the Wednesday Series. Race on Lord’s Prayer from 9:30am-11:30am with your team, and enjoy the rest of the mountain through 4pm. Must be on a registered team to race. How do you do that? Stop by the Wild Boar Tavern after the races for weekly leaderboard updates and great specials for all on Innkeeper’s days – a burger and a beer for just $11. Burger and beer special changes weekly, and you do not have to be on a team to partake!

February 7 - Mom's Day Off - Hey Mom! Join us for the 18th Annual Mom's Day Off Event... Simply show us a picture of your child(ren) at the ticket window, and ski or ride Bromley all day for a $25 donation to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center - a mouthful, but 100% of the proceeds are donated! Keep it local and have fun; this is a great way to get out on the slopes and support a great cause.

February 7 - Jack Waldheim - Enjoy live music that ranges in style from funky old blues, to slam poetry, to acoustic rock and everything else in between. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

February 8 - Lustre Kings - Beginning with 1995’s Mark Gamsjager Rocks & The Lustre Kings Roll, the Lustre Kings have staked a claim to a modern take on the reverb-driven sounds of early rock, leaning also on touchstones of country, blues and R&B. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

February 8 - Wounded Military Heroes Weekend - The Bart Center will host the 14th annual Wounded Military Heroes event. This weekend is dedicated to our service veterans who have been wounded in action. It gives them an opportunity to experience the sport of skiing or snowboarding with some of the best instructors in the business! Join them in the Base Lodge at 6pm on Saturday, February 8 for the reception, tickets are $75, reserve your spot and learn more at https://www.bartadaptive.org/wounded-military-heroes-weekend.html.

February 12 - Innkeepers Race Series - Competition isn’t just for kids. Innkeeper’s Teams compete for fame and glory all season in the Wednesday Series. Race on Lord’s Prayer from 9:30am-11:30am with your team, and enjoy the rest of the mountain through 4pm. Must be on a registered team to race. How do you do that? Stop by the Wild Boar Tavern after the races for weekly leaderboard updates and great specials for all on Innkeeper’s days – a burger and a beer for just $11. Burger and beer special changes weekly, and you do not have to be on a team to partake!

February 15 - February Festival & Fireworks - It's February Festival time! Join us for the yearly celebration, kicked off with the torchlight parade and fireworks around 7pm.

February 15 - Mike McMann - Live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

February 16 - Jack Waldheim - Enjoy live music that ranges in style from funky old blues, to slam poetry, to acoustic rock and everything else in between. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

February 16 - Troy Wunderle's Circus Workshop - Local Troy Wunderle is here to present his two hour circus workshop to Bromley kids and families.  Troy’s circus workshops are fun, creative and flexible. He aims to spread joy, create memories and inspire dreams through the circus arts! This fun event for all ages, will turn even you, into a circus performer. Come and join us for a great event from 4:30 – 6:30pm in the KidsRule room!

February 17 - Wyld Nightz - Wyld Nightz Band is a six-piece classic rock band based out of Brattleboro, Vermont. They are pleased to play everything from Rolling Stones to modern hits in order to promote a fun atmosphere at an event. Their band features the sounds of a honkin' sax as well as mesmerizing vocal talent. Other exciting sounds that can be heard include an occasional banjo, penny whistle or a trombone. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

February 17 -  Merck Forest & Farmland Maple Sugaring Event - This fun for all ages event, presented by Merck Forest staff members, will deliver programming focused on maple sugaring (based on their "Sap to Syrup" program), with a total of four stations that children will rotate through.  The stations will include: a maple traditions story telling with puppets, a memory game asking students to remember various maple sugaring tools, a hands-on “tree” tapping experience, and a maple syrup tasting station. All ages will enjoy this fun, creative and hands-on introduction into the history of maple sugaring in Vermont. This event will run from 4:30pm – 5:30pm in the KidsRule Room.

February 18 - Satellite Shine - Based in the Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts, Satellite Shine is an Acoustic Duo that re-arranges and performs classic covers that once dominated the airwaves by artists such as Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Peter Frampton, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Tom Petty and David Bowie.  The duo also performs popular songs of today by artists such as The Lumineers, The Plain White T's, John Mayer, Kid Rock, Train and more.  Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

February 18 - The Roadies - Enjoy the musical stylings from the blues to rock & roll live in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30pm-6:30pm

February 20 - Studio Two - Studio Two, a Beatles tribute band, continues its tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America. Studio Two is a headlining Beatles band that pays tribute to the early Beatles years, choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

February 21 - Annie in the Water - Annie in the Water’s music is a groovy combination of Rock, Reggae, Funk, Blues and Jamstyle written with a conscious dose of positive vibes, unique melodies and heart-felt lyrics rooted in real-life experiences. With the ability to fill an entire night with original music and also render well-known covers into a signature style, fans share extraordinary experiences that can’t be seen anywhere else. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

February 22 - Ski Vermont Specialty Food Day - Enjoy all the flavors of Vermont during the Ski Vermont 2020 Specialty Food Day Tour.  Did we mention It's FREE to attend? This year’s lineup will feature tasting and samples from Barr Hill, Mad River, Silo, Woodchuck, Kimball Brook Farm and Garuka Bars from 11am to 4pm!

February 22 - Telefest! - Come rip with some of the best tele skiers in the East at the 35th Annual Kare Andersen Telemark Festival! The Tele tradition is strong at Bromley, and we want to share it with you; this event is open to the entire family. Clinic options will include topics appropriate for all ages and levels - beginner to advanced, and the USTSA sanctioned race features both citizen and expert categories. We'll offer clinics and free-heel camaraderie on Saturday, and Sunday will feature the annual race and additional clinics in the afternoon.

February 22 - Leaf Jumpers - The sounds of classic rock meet modern adult alternative. Great songs sweet harmonies and solid musicianship, Leaf Jumpers are the real deal. The Leaf Jumpers band is returning to the scene after a 10 year absence and ready to bring high quality rock jams to fans old and new. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

February 22 - Ski to Stay: Welcome Reception - Ever wonder what it would be like to live in Vermont? We can help. Any families interested in learning more about the possibility of moving to Vermont to stay are invited to a special aprés food and drink event here at Bromley on February 22. In conjunction with the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, we’re hosting an apré get together; all registered guests will receive a drink ticket, redeemable at the bar, and some tasty snacks, while having the opportunity to connect with employers, realtors, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and potential neighbors all while enjoying a weekend away in the Green Mountains. Come sample Vermont to stay here full time!

February 26 - Innkeepers Race Series - Competition isn’t just for kids. Innkeeper’s Teams compete for fame and glory all season in the Wednesday Series. Race on Lord’s Prayer from 9:30am-11:30am with your team, and enjoy the rest of the mountain through 4pm. Must be on a registered team to race. How do you do that? Stop by the Wild Boar Tavern after the races for weekly leaderboard updates and great specials for all on Innkeeper’s days – a burger and a beer for just $11. Burger and beer special changes weekly, and you do not have to be on a team to partake!

February 29 - Muddy Hollow - Muddy Hollow is a trio of musicians playing a variety of classic rock, blues, jam and countryfried rock 'n roll based in Southern Vermont. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

March 4 - Innkeepers Race Series - Competition isn’t just for kids. Innkeeper’s Teams compete for fame and glory all season in the Wednesday Series. Race on Lord’s Prayer from 9:30am-11:30am with your team, and enjoy the rest of the mountain through 4pm. Must be on a registered team to race. How do you do that? Stop by the Wild Boar Tavern after the races for weekly leaderboard updates and great specials for all on Innkeeper’s days – a burger and a beer for just $11. Burger and beer special changes weekly, and you do not have to be on a team to partake!

March 7 - Mike McMann - Live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

March 7 - Learning Zone Challenge - Hey beginner skiers and riders! Interested in participating in our second annual obstacle course? Test your skills and maneuver your way through the fun obstacles in the learning zone from 2pm-3pm. Each participant will receive cocoa, a cookie and a Bromley sticker for participating. This event is open to all ages!

March 8 - Vertical Challenge - Join us for this free, fun race event for all ages and abilities - come out and watch or get in on the action yourself; this is your last chance to qualify for the national championships.

March 8 - Hale Mountain Pickers - The Hale Mountain Pickers are a mix of toe-tapping bluegrass, heartfelt gospel and country music rolled into one. Join us for live music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

March 14 - Season Passholder Appreciation Day - Calling all Full, Super Value and Midweek Season Passholders, we want to show you just how much you mean to Bromley! Please join us for an early start and more on Saturday, March 14th. Enjoy first tracks - lifts will spin at 7:30 for all Full, Supervalue & Midweek season passholders (weather permitting) to kick off the the third annual Season Passholder Appreciation Day! Take a break with complimentary cocoa or coffee and snacks from 8:30 – 10am in the Stratton Wing (the area on the 3rd floor with window views to the South) in the base lodge. Then, get back out there for a full day on the slopes - the Passholder Aprés party kicks off at 4pm, out of Long Trail base camp, on the 3rd floor of the lodge, with a finger food buffet, beverages, plus a meet and greet with mountain managers. Please note that refreshments are available on a first come, first serve basis!

March 14 - Rando Race - Bromley welcomes the NE Rando Race Series - a multiple-venue rando race (aka, ski mountaineering, uphill/downhill, “skimo”) - back to the Sun Mountain for their mid-March event. Rando – short for randonnée – ski racing hearkens back to skiing’s early years, when skiers challenged the mountain both up and down, without the help of chairlifts. Using climbing “skins” with alpine touring or telemark bindings (or even “split” snowboards), racers start at the base of the mountain, ascend it, then descend it, as fast as possible, over multiple laps, up to 6,000' cumulative vertical, in the truest test of the most complete skier overall.

March 15 - St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt & Festivities - Get out on the mountain today for a chance to win a 2019/20 Full Season Pass! We heard a wee rumor that a tiny green guy is hiding his pot o'gold atop Bromley Mountain on 3/15 - 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 Switchboard, and the Season Pass is yours. We'll give hints on its location throughout the day on Instagram.)

March 21 - DJ Joe Bell - DJ Joe Bell has extensive knowledge in genres such as hip hop, electronic, pop, etc. Be ready to dance and have a great time, as DJ Joe Bell spins music in the Wild Boar Tavern from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

March 21 - Spring Splash Featuring the Southern Vermont Penguin Plunge - This year, we are excited to announce that will be partnering with Special Olympics Vermont to host the Southern Vermont Penguin Plunge as the featured event of our Spring Splash day!  This fantastic fundraising event will have a starting plunge time of 1pm.  Don't miss your chance to watch or join in on the fun.

MANCHESTER AND DORSET

Events in and around Manchester - for more, click here.
Call TPW Real Estate in Manchester Center for more information: 802.366.1430.

January 10 - Amy Hempel - Sign to It - January 10, 6 pm, Northshire BookStore, Manchester Center, VT Legendary writer Amy Hempel, a master of the short story and one of the most celebrated and original voices in American short fiction, comes to Northshire to present Sing to It, an “exquisite collection” (The Wall Street Journal) and a “quiet masterpiece by a true American original” (NPR). Amy Hempel is a master of the short story.

January 11-15 - More than Meets the Eye: An Exhibition Series - This winter, the Southern Vermont Arts Center is proud to offer a suite of exhibitions addressing important and topical issues. The I Am More: Facing Stigma photography exhibition, created and sponsored by the Yellow Tulip Project, features black-and-white portraits of people who are dealing with mental health challenges personally or through the experiences of family or friends. The individuals–musicians, artists, nature lovers, parents, and more–are dedicated to challenging assumptions and stigma around mental illness and what mental illness “looks like.”

January 14 - Candlelight Dinner Series at Ye Old Tavern - Why not spend an evening, much like our 18th Century Guests did? We will turn the lights off, let the flicker of oil lamps, the roar of the fireplaces, New England Comfort Fare, Vintage Cocktails, the sounds of classical music and conversation set the mood for the evening. Our Candlelight Dinners happen the 2nd Tuesday of each month through March 2019. We look forward to having you dine with us. Reservations are suggested.

January 18 - Bird Walks - January 18, February 15, March 14, April 11, & May 9, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home The public is welcome to join a local birding group to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. 8am. 802-367-7960 or hildene.org

January 18 - Ticketed Author Luncheon at Bonnet & Main - January 18, 2 pm. Bonnet & Main, Manchester Center, VT. Join us for a ticketed luncheon at Bonnet and Main with cookbook author Anna Francese Gass. Heirloom Kitchen is a glorious cookbook and a celebration of the culinary traditions of immigrant women. Bonnet and Main will prepare two dishes from the book. Tickets include your meal and a copy of Heirloom Kitchen!

January 25 - The Tortoise Versus the Hare: The Greatest Race - The Tortoise Versus the Hare: the Greatest Race will be presented on January 25th at 2:00 p.m.
and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for youths and are available at dorsetplayers.org.

January 26 - Komen Snowshoe for the Cure Vermont - January 26, Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center, Grafton. Join Komen New England for a fun, family-friendly Snowshoe Walk (3K or 5K) for all ages and abilities. 9am. 802-362-2733 or komennewengland.org

February 8 - Full Moon Hikes - February 8 & March 14 Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Rupert Staff-guided hike/snowshoe (snow-cover- dependent) across the winter landscape. If the sky is clear, the trails will be moonlit—and the evening air cold—so dress warmly. The snow conditions will dictate whether this is a micro-spike or a snowshoe hike; bring them, snacks, water, and a headlamp. 4pm. 802-394-7836 or merckforest.org

February 11 & March 10 - Candlelight Dinner Series at Ye Old Tavern - Why not spend an evening, much like our 18th Century Guests did? We will turn the lights off, let the flicker of oil lamps, the roar of the fireplaces, New England Comfort Fare, Vintage Cocktails, the sounds of classical music and conversation set the mood for the evening. Our Candlelight Dinners happen the 2nd Tuesday of each month through March 2019. We look forward to having you dine with us. Reservations are suggested.

March 14 - Maple Madness for Children - March 14 Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Rupert Find out what sugaring and maple trees are all about. This is a sap-to-syrup program with games and storytelling, a tapping demonstration, a sap house tour, and finally, a tasting. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration required. 1pm. 802-394-7836 or merckforest.org

 

OKEMO

Events at and around Okemo - for details, click here. 
Call TPW at Okemo for more information: 802.228.9400.

All Saturdays through February 29 - Kids Night Out! - Movies, Pizza, Games, Ice Skating, Swimming & More!  Younger children will watch a fun movie and eat pizza while older kids can go swimming or ice skating. Book in advance to get the best price! 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm.  $60-$80 per child depending on age

March 14 - Sugar Days - When the maple sap starts running, Okemo taps into the sweet sounds of rock! Sugar Daze is an outdoor concert extravaganza in the Jackson Gore courtyard with a beer garden and delicious food.

April 4 - Slush Cup & Splash for Cash - Competitors try to ski across an 80-foot slush pond without falling in. Prizes awarded for the biggest splash, best costume, driest clothes, and more. Afterward, they try to grab a bag of cash dangled over the pond. Competitors register in advance online.

More events coming soon!

 

 

THE ARTS

Art, Theatre, Music, Lectures, Culture, History

  • American Museum of Fly Fishing
    4104 Main Street, Manchester, VT 05254
    802.362.3300
    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
    802.442.7158
    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.

  • Bennington Museum
    75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201
    802.447.1571
    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
    413.458.2303
    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
    802.867.0331
    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
    802.867.5570

    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
    802.867.2223

    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.

  • Hildene
    1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, VT 05254
    802.362.1788
    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
    802.362.2607
    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
    802.362.1956

    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.

  • Northshire Bookstore
    4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255
    802.362.2200
    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
    802.362.1405
    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.
     

FARMERS’ MARKETS

  • 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.