Calendar: Day to Day

June 1: West River Trail Run, 11.5 miles, starts South Londonderry, vermontvacation.com. 1: Artist Panel: Art and the Mystery of Life, Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester, 7p, vtica.org. 5-9: Slow Living Summit, conference focused on developing supportive communities, all day, slowlivingsummit.org. 6-9: Roots on the River Music Festival, Bellows Falls, rootsontheriver.com. 7: Brattleboro Gallery Walk, 5:30p, gallerywalk.org. 7: First Friday events in Bennington, betterbennington.com. 7-9: Strolling of the Heifers Weekend. 10a on June 8 Heifers stroll down Main Street in Brattleboro. Following the parade will be an all-day Slow Living Expo. Weekend features bicycle tours, street festival, farmer’s breakfast, more, strollingoftheheifers.com. 8-9: 27th Manchester Antique & Classic Car Show, fun for the whole family, Dorr Farm, 8a-3p daily, visitmanchestervt.com. 9: Tour de Heifer Cycling Tours, Southeastern Vermont, strollingoftheheifers.com. 9-10: Vermont Days, free admission to all state-owned historic sites and day-use sites in the state, historicsites.vermont.gov. 13-17: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall, Mount Snow’s Howe Farm, Route 100, visitvermont.com. 14: Jazz Series: Mo Jazz Redo, at Wilmington’s Mo Jazz Café, 8p, visitvermont.com. 14: Art and Symbols with Ami Ronnberg, VTica, Chester, 7p, vtica.org. 15: Pitchin’ for Families Bean Bag Tournament, West River Park, Brattleboro, fundraiser for Northeastern Family Institute, for more write LydiaMahan@nafi.com. 20-23: Wanderlust festival of yoga, music and more, all day, stratton.com. 21: Dairy Day, with celebrations at the Bellows Falls Farmers Market, all day, vermonttravelplanner.com. 21: Summer Solstice Street Fest, Main Street in Manchester, 6-9p, visitmanchestervt.com. 22: Bennington Community Natural Health and Food Show, 9a-5p, First Baptist Church, betterbennington.com. 22: Burlington Wine and Food Festival, Waterfront Park, burlingtonwineandfoodfestival.com. 22: Believer in Waitsfield Burlington Ensemble concert, Waitsfield, 7p, burlingtonensemble.com. 22-23: Music in the Meadow Race for the Cure Benefit, Motel in the Meadow, Chester, chestervermont.org. 22-23: Grafton Food Festival, Grafton Inn, graftonfoodfestival.com. 28-Oct. 20: “Red Grooms: What’s the Ruckus?” exhibit, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, brattleboromuseum.org. 29: Okemo Bicycle Hill Climb at Okemo Mountain Resort, all day, Ludlow, okemo.com. 28-July 1: Hills Alive!, world-class stage productions, concerts, play readings, and more, throughout Southern Vermont, visitmanchestervt.com. 29: North Hill, New Plants, New Voices, 18th annual summer symposium on new plants, ideas, and upcoming generation of gardeners, all day, Mount Snow, West Dover, northhillgarden.com. 29: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs class from Second Nature Herb Farm and Horticultural Services, 10a-noon, Wells, 802-645-9346. 29-30: Westminster Garden Tour, 10a-3p each day. Features gardens of Mary and Gordon Hayward, nationally known garden designer, writer, lecturer. Four other Westminster gardens on the tour, westminstercares.org. July All month: Midnight Madness in Bennington, betterbennington.com. TBA: High-bush blueberry picking, grass fed beef, pork, maple syrup, organic seedlings and vegetables for sale, Two Dog Farm, Danby, twodogfarmvt.com. 1,...

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Photo: Catamount Prowl

Following two successful and award-winning Moosefest Gala and Auction events, the Catamount Prowl aims to bring street art back to Bennington through October. Approximately 50 Fiberglas catamounts have been offered to area artists to decorate in imaginative ways. Hand it to the Bennington Chamber, they’ve found a formula that works. This is their third such art project: Moosefest 2005 raised $290,000; Palettefest 2006 brought in $100,000; and Moosefest 2009 thundered up $200,000. Says Lindy Lynch, chairwoman of the festival for the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce: “It does bring the tourists, and gets them walking Main Street.” These artistic catamounts will go up for bid at this year’s auction, planned for October 26. Large, wild cats, the catamounts, or cougars, are native to the Americas. Their connection to Bennington dates back to their adoption as the unofficial mascot of the Green Mountain Boys. The Bennington Museum (benningtonmuseum.org) reportedly is planning three months of exhibits in their lobby to explore the catamount’s history — and mythology — in...

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A group effort

Chester looks to promote itself as an ‘arts destination’   Arts- and culture-related organizations and businesses in Chester have strong allies in several of their neighbors who’ve banded together to promote the town as a top arts and culture draw. ArtUp!, a collaborative launched here in the fall of 2012, is working toward leveraging Chester’s strengths as a top arts destination, and giving Brattleboro and Burlington a run for their money among visitors making travel plans. ArtUp!’s founding members are Abby Raeder and Robert Sarly of the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts [Vtica.org], Jessie and Michael Alon of DaVallia Arts and Accents [thedavallia.com], and Katherine Henry and Harry Hudson of Atelier Annex [atelierannex.com]. According to Sarly, Chester has always been a vibrant community, and it’s unfortunate that travelers often see only a small portion of the town when traveling Route 103 through the historic Stone Village. “Just {1/4} mile off Route 103 lies Chester’s second historic district, the Village Green. If you’ve been to the Village Green, you know why Chester’s slogan is, ’The Vermont you’ve been hoping to find,’” Sarly said. ArtUp! notes that Vermont ranks in the top 10 for the number of visual artists per capita — boasting an estimated 750 contemporary artists — and Chester is home to more independent galleries than any of nearby 14 towns, including Manchester, Grafton, Bellows Falls, and Ludlow. “We don’t have to get these people (artists) here; they’re already here,” Sarly says. ArtUp!’s founders created a brochure to help residents and tourists more reliably find fine arts and crafts happenings in Chester. They also worked up an advertising budget and are sharing costs to attract visitors to town and Chester’s arts...

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Summertime is garden time
Jun22

Summertime is garden time

Summertime garden tours Cider Hill Art Gallery & Gardens June 14, July 15, ciderhillgardens.com Visit for the gardens and the art: 7 painters, all about peonys. Westminster Cares Annual Garden Tour June 29-30, 10-3p 802-722-3607, westminstercares.org. See 5 beautiful gardens. Prices are $15.00 and 2 for $25.00 (rain or shine). New Plants New Voices North Hill Annual Summer Symposium June 29, 8:30-4:30p Northhillgarden.com 18th annual summer symposium with this year’s theme about new plants, new ideas to engage a new and upcoming generation of gardeners. A visit to the garden at North Hill is included in enrollment. Tunes n’ Blooms North Forte Gardens July 20, 4-6 rain date July 21 802 464-5872, 464-8179 or 464-7230 Wander the spectacular Forte gardens in Wilmington, which features waterfalls, walkways and Vermont flora. Puppets in Paradise Sept. 7-8 10-4p Sandglasstheater.org Two afternoons of puppetry and performance in the enchanted setting of landscape architects Gordon and Mary Hayward’s gardens. Food and...

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Plowing Old Ground: Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers

Plowing Old Ground: Vermont’s Organic Farming Pioneers Photographs by John Nopper will be featured at The Works Bakery Café, on Main Street in Brattleboro, over June. The exhibit is part of “Plowing Old Ground: Vermont’s Organic Farming,” a work in development by agricultural writer Susan Harlow and farmer/photographer John Nopper. Their aim: preserve the story of the organic farmers who first came to Vermont in the 1960s. Over the past two years, Harlow has conducted about 40 hours of interviews, most of them around farm kitchen tables. Nopper came to Vermont as a teacher, worked for many years in the wood industry, and then built and managed a large-scale sheep operation on his farm in Putney. The photos are black and white and document the lives of six working farms and their farmers. “Vermont’s early organic farmers built an industry and a culture from scratch. Many of these farmers, now in their 60s, are asking themselves ‘What will happen to my farm?’ They’re getting ready to retire, but few of their children want to farm the land themselves,” Harlow...

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Rock-solid accolades
Jun22

Rock-solid accolades

Rock-solid accolades Stone house wins top honor from design site Terrigenous Landscape Architecture of Chester, owned by Scott Wunderle, is winner of the Best of Houzz Community Design award for 2013. The firm won for its design of a local outbuilding: a coop made from local stone and extruded glass rods. Wunderle says he undertook the work as a private challenge and was inspired by Chester’s Stone Village, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The project leverages historic lime mortar, found objects, and the skills of local craftspeople. Houzz is a Palo Alto, Calif.,-based online community founded in 2009, devoted to architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement. Its design award is based on images chosen as the most popular among the company’s millions of members. That global stamp of approval struck Wunderle as a “nice twist” for a modest project: “I work at many different scales and materials and I view this project as an extension of the unique Vermont landscape,” he...

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Photos: Plein Aire

Painting en plein air means painting outdoors while capturing the immediacy of the subject at hand under changing light and weather conditions. Over the course of the five-day Plein Air Vermont painting competition, 41 juried artists from as far away as Florida, Missouri, and Nova Scotia, Canada will find captivating scenes in the towns, villages, forests and fields in Manchester, Bennington, and everywhere between. The public is invited to seek out the artists as they create their visions of Vermont on paper and canvas. The paintings will go on exhibit at the Bennington Center for the Arts, beginning with an Opening Reception at 7pm Saturday, Sept 7th. The exhibit will continue on Sunday with the Grand Exhibit and Awards Presentation. Many of the paintings will remain on exhibit at the Bennington Center for the Arts through December...

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venues

Southern Vermont boasts world-class stage productions, concerts, play readings, and the lively arts. Select venues include: • Arkell Pavilion, Southern Vermont Arts Center, 930 Vermont Arts Center Dr., West Road, Manchester Village (svac.org, 802-362-1405). • Bennington Center for the Arts, 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington  (thebennington.org, 802-442-7158). • Concerts on the Green, Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne (shelburnemuseum.org, 802-985-3346). • Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset Playhouse, Manchester Center, 104 Cheney Rd., Dorset (dorsettheatrefestival.org, 802-867-2223). • Hunter Park, Riley Rink and Hunter Fairgrounds, 410 Hunter Park Rd., Manchester Center (hunterpark.org). • Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester Center (northshire.com, 800-437-3700). • Oldcastle Theatre Company,  331 Main St., Bennington (oldcastletheatre.org, 802-447-0564). • Riley Center for the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy,  57 Seminary Ave., Manchester Village (burrburton.org, 802-362-1775). • Stratton Mountain, Base Lodge, Stratton Mountain (stratton.com, 1-800-stratton; 787-2886). • United Church of Dorset, 143 Church St., Dorset (ucc.org). • Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, 703 Main St., Weston (westonplayhouse.org, 802-824-5288). • Weston Rod and Gun Club, 982 Route 100, Weston (802-824-9604). • Zion Episcopal Church,  5167 Main St., Manchester Center (zionchurchmanchester.org,...

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Calendar: Music and Theater

Music and Theater   Barnaby’s Presents 34 Meeting House Rd., Rockingham Hill Farm, Rockingham barnabyspresents.com, 802-376-8802 June 27-30: Rockinghill Music Festival 2013, see website for lineup. Bellows Falls Opera House 7 Centennial Square, Rockingham bfoperahouse.com, 802-463-3964 May 25-26: Circus Terrificus, styled on Cirque du Soleil, featuring aerial artists; scholarship fundraiser. Bennington Center for the Arts 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington thebennington.org, 802-442-7158 June 28: Classical pianist Katherine Chi, first female winner of Honens International Piano Competition, 8p. July 12: Contemporary Chamber music from Cordis, 8p. July 27: Vance Gilbert presents Gypsy swing, 8p. Aug 3: Graceful Harmonies from Pearl and the Band, 8p. Aug 17: Samite presents African rhythms and smooth vocals, 8p. Brattleboro Music Center 38 Walnut St., Brattleboro bmcvt.org, 802-257-4523 June 9: Student String Orchestras at the River Garden, Brattleboro. June 22: The Brattleboro Concert Choir presents Faure’s Requiem and Charpentier’s Te Deum at the Persons Auditorium at Marlboro College, 8p. July 13-14: Northern Roots Weekend, with intensive teaching workshops in traditional instruments. Also features pub- and ballad-style singing and informal jam sessions. The Dorset Players P.O. Box 521, Dorset dorsetplayers.org, 802-867-5111 May 23-26: Anyone Can Whistle, 2p (May 19, 26) and 7:30p. Grafton Inn 92 Main St., Grafton graftoninnvermont.com, 802-843-2231 All shows at the Phelps Barn, 8p, unless noted June 1: The Break Maids, original rock with a twist of folk punk.June 8: Hungrytown, original roots music. June 15: Jandee Lee Porter Band, country. June 22: Milkhouse Heaters, Americana.June 22-23: Grafton Food Festival, a food-lovers event celebrating local food and farms in Southern Vermont. Cooking demonstrations, farmers market tables, special dinners, 10a-4p each day. June 29: Vinnie DiBernardo, folk rock and pop. 5th Annual Grafton Music Festival Various location in Grafton graftonmusicfestival.com June 29-July 3: Live music over several days, local artisans displaying their wares, demonstrations, road race, and more. Included is the Vermont Symphony Orchestra & Fireworks July 3, Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils July 5, Starline Rhythm Boys, Compaq Big Band with Rebecca Holtz July 6. Latchis Theatre 50 Main St., Brattleboro latchis.com, 802-254-6300 Ongoing: See website. Manchester Music Festival Arkell Pavilion at Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, 7p. mmfvt.org, 802-362-1956 July 11-Aug 25: Panoramas: Eight concerts, eight musical vistas, with a pops concert featuring Audra McDonald. July 11: Gala Panorama with guest pianist Vassily Primakov. July 18: Beethoven and the Dawn of Romanticism. July 25: Jumpcut: Mozart to Morricone. Aug 1: Russian Blockbusters. Aug 8: English Landscape. Aug 15: DvoÅ™ák, Piazzolla, and a Bayan Bash. Aug 22: Rising Stars from the Metropolitan Opera. Aug 25: Manchester Pops Concert with Audra McDonald. Marlboro Music Festival 2585 South Rd., Marlboro marlboromusic.org, 800-343-0049 July 13-Aug 11:...

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Spotlight: Manchester Antique and Classic Car Show

Spotlight: Manchester Antique and Classic Car Show The premier annual antique and classic car show puts Manchester and the Mountains back in gear for the 27th year of the best antique and classic cars, food vendors, and flea market experience to be had. Thousands of spectators and hundreds of car collectors will turn out to enjoy this exciting array of vintage vehicles. It’s a family event offering activities for all ages: great food, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, tractor rides, and strolls on the show field. This year the featured marques are Ford and Land Rover. Tailgate competition — and judging for the best of the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70, and ’80s — take place on Sunday. Motor...

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Calendar: Farmers’ Markets

Farmers Markets Tuesdays • Rutland Downtown Farmers’ Market, Depot Park, 3-6p, 802-747-4403. • Bennington Walloomsac Farmers’ Market at the Bennington Station, 10a-1p, 802-442-8934. Wednesdays • Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market Wednesday Market, Gibson-Aiken Center, Main Street, Brattleboro, 10a-2p, brattleborofarmersmarket.com. • Woodstock Farmers’ Market, on the Green, 3-6p, woodstockvt.com. Thursdays • Poultney Farmers’ Market, Main Street, 9a-2p, 802-287-2460. • Townshend Farmers’ Market, at routes 30 and 35, 3:30-6:30p, 802-869-2141. • Manchester Farmers’ Market, Adams Park, Manchester, 3-6p, manchestermarket.org. • Castleton Village Farmers’ Market, next to Citizens Bank, Wells, 3:30-6p, 802-273-2241. • Royalton Farmers’ Market, South Royalton Town Green, 3-6:30p, 802-763-6630. Fridays • Bellows Falls Farmers’ Market, Waypoint Center, 4-7p, bffarmersmarket.com. • Brandon Farmers’ Market, Central Park, Brandon, 9a-2p, 802-247-8473. • Fairhaven Farmers’ Market, The Park, 3-7p, 802-265-4240. • Ludlow Farmers’ Market, 4-7p, Main Street, 802-734-3829. • Hartland Farmers’ Market, Hartland Town Library, 4-7p, 802 296-2032. Saturdays • Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market, Western Avenue (just west of Creamery Covered Bridge), Brattleboro, 9a-2p, brattleborofarmersmarket.org. • Arlington Country Market, at the Hamlets of Vermont on Rte. 7A north, Arlington, 10a-2p, arlingtoncountrymarket.com. • Norwich Farmers’ Market, Rte. 5 south in Norwich, 9a-1p, morwichfarmersmarket.org. • Bennington Walloomsac Farmers’ Market at the Bennington Station, 10a-1p, 802 442-8934. • Londonderry-West River Farmers’ Market, routes 11 and 100, 9a-1p, 802 824-4492. • Rutland Downtown Farmers’ Market, Depot Park, 9a-2p, 802 747-4403. • Wilmington Farmers’ Market, Main Street, Wilmington, 10a-3p, 802 464-9069. • Windsor Farmers’ Market, on Green St., Windsor, 1-4p, 802 674-6630. • Woodstock-Mt. Tom Farmers’ Market, Mt. Tom parking lot, 9:30a-12:30p, 802 457-1980. • Green Mountain Harmony Farm, Flea, Arts and Crafts Market, on Rte. 7 South in Mount Tabor, 9a-1p, greenmountainharmony.com. • Springfield Community Market, People’s United Bank, 10a-1p, springfieldcommunitymarket.com. Sundays • Jamaica Farmers’ Market, Main Street, Jamaica, 10a-2p, jamaicavt.com, 802 874-4151. • Arlington Country Market, at the Hamlets of Vermont on Rte. 7A North, Arlington, 10a-2p, arlingtoncountrymarket.com. • Chester Farmers’ Market, at routes 11 and 103, 11am-2pm, 802 875-2703. • Dorset Farmers’ Market at HN Williams Store, 10am-2pm, 802 558-8511. • Putney Farmers’ Market, across from Putney Co-Op, 11a-2p, putneyfarmersmarket.org. • Green Mountain Harmony Farm, Flea, Arts, and Crafts market, on Rte. 7 South in Mount Tabor, 10a-2p,...

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Spotlight: Plein Air Vermont 2013

Plein Air Vermont 2013 Vermont’s southwestern corner combines all of the Green Mountain State’s quintessential attractions: majestic mountains, rolling farmland, meandering waterways, and quaint town and village squares with buildings on the National Historic Register. Can you paint it? This fourth annual event, painting in the open, without aid of photography — “en plein air” — will provide selected artists with four days of plein air painting, an expanded geographic area, and exciting designated sites across the shires. The main competition offers 11 prizes totaling more than $6,000 in cash, merchandise, and purchase awards; a quick draw challenge offers nine prizes totaling $1,200 in cash and merchandise. Open to participating artists and the general public of all ages. See website for details. The schedule: Sept. 3: Artists’ arrival and reception. Sept. 4-6: Artists paint. Sept. 6: Charles Reid painting demo at SVAC. Sept. 7: Artists paint in designated areas; quick draw competition. Plein Air Vermont joins the Downtown Bennington First Friday Arts celebration with an exhibit of Plein Air paintings at the Bennington Arts Guild. Sept. 8: Grand exhibition, sale, and...

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