Pumpkin festivals

31st Townshend Pumpkin Festival Townshend, on the common townshenvermont.org Oct 17 • The Pumpkin Festival is a country fair with a craft show, plus Pumpkin Decorating contest, Halloween Costume Parade, best pumpkin pie contest, food vendors, FREE pony rides for kids during Vermont’s foliage season. pumpkin pie sale whole pie or bythepiece. Manchester Pumpkin Festival Equinox Valley Nursery, Manchester visitmanchestervt.com Oct 17 • This year’s festival includes the perennial favorites: Wagon Rides, Crazy Corn Maze, Bouncy House, Kid’s Crafts, Pumpkin Painting, Scarecrow Stuffing, Cider Donut Eating Contest and other fun-filled activities. Highlights of the day will include the Costume Parade and Contest at 1:00 and the Witches of the Northshire who will gather for a photo around the bubbling cauldron at 1:30. Come in costume to join the...

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Open studio tours, craft fairs, antiques shows

Chester Vermont Fall Festival on the Green Chester, on the green http://www.chesterfallfestival.org Sept 19-20, 10a-4p • At the peak of Vermont’s preeminent fall foliage, the charm and elegance of the Chester Village Green will come to life as it hosts the 40th Annual Fall Craft Festival. The Chester Annual Craft Fair is a celebration of Vermont’s gifted artisans, Chester’s unique history, Vermont’s matchless beauty and its timeless, rural traditions. Over 70 artisans, craftspeople and tantalizing food purveyors from across Vermont and New England, will grace the green with their stories, skills and exquisite wares. Annual Vermont Fine Furniture Woodworking & Forest Festival Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock http://www.Vermontwood.com Sept 26-27 • Exhibitors, demonstrations, and activities at both locations will offer visitors a unique opportunity to see a slice of Vermont’s farm and forest lifestyle, while shopping for fine handcrafted wood products. Vermont Crafts Council Celebrates American Craft Week Statewide Open Studio Tour http://www.vermontcrafts.com Oct 3-4 • Craftspeople and artists look forward to welcoming you to their studios for conversation, browsing, and sales. Studios are located throughout the state, in picturesque villages, along back roads and in vibrant town centers. Where to begin? The Crafts Council has a map available at Vermont welcome centers and galleries. Some Open Studio travelers begin by choosing a section of the state they have always wanted to visit; others seek out a specific medium like pottery or furniture or watercolors. Some just follow the yellow signs along the roads that highlight designated open studio locations. Takes place during American Craft Week (americancraftweek.com), Oct. 2–11. Weston Antiques Show Weston Playhouse, Weston http://www.westonantiquesshow.org Oct 2-4, 10a-5p; preview Oct 2, 7:30p • Featuring renowned dealers from across the U.S. with American and English furniture, accessories, Americana, folk art, silver, samplers, paintings, oriental rugs, jewelry and more. Manchester Fall Arts & Craft Fest Route 7A, Manchester http://www.craftproducers.com Oct 2-4 • Coming to the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American Craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. Craft show patrons demonstrate their love of these items by coming to the shows, meeting the artists, and buying handmade products. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!” Flying Canvas Studio Celebrates American Craft Week 201 Church Street, Westminster 802 463 9530, jeanettestaley@myfairpoint.net Oct 3-4, 10a–5p • Raffle for a floorcloth at a discounted price; paint a placemat, create a collage. See website for details. Brattleboro West Arts Open Studio West Brattleboro http://www.brattleboro-west-arts.com Oct 3-4 • BWA infuses the tours with its members, making the Brattleboro...

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Music & Theater
Sep01

Music & Theater

Actors Theatre Playhouse Main St, West Chesterfield, NH http://www.atplayhouse.org, 877 666-1855 Sept 10-Oct 3: The Seafarer. In Conor McPherson’s recent Broadway hit, it’s a dark and stormy Christmas Eve in Ireland and Sharky has returned home to look after his irascible, aging brother who’s recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. Oct 10 & 17: Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Nora and Delia Ephron’s concert staged production, based on the bestseller by Ilene Beckerman, is a collection of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory. It covers important subjects like mothers, prom dresses, and why we only wear black. Brattleboro Music Center 38 Walnut Street, Brattleboro http://www.bmcvt.org, 802 257-4523 Oct 3: Chamber Series: Sophie Shao and Friends, 7:30p. Oct 9 & 11: Blanche Moyse Chorale, St. John Passion, 7p. Nov 13 & 15: Windham Orchestra: Fall Fantastique, 7:30p. Jan 30: Northern Roots Festival. Dorset Theatre Playhouse PO Box 510, Dorset http://www.dorsettheatrefestival.org, 802 867-2223 Thru Sept 5: Hate Hamlet. A rising Hollywood star accepts the role of Hamlet at New York’s Shakespeare in the Park and his agent thinks he’s gone daft. Why trade a fluffy, big money TV role for dusty old Shakespeare? Leave it to the ghost of actor John Barrymore, the quintessential Hamlet of the 20th century, to give him his answer. Sept 9-12: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain’s classic novel of Missouri boyhood comes to the stage in a high-spirited theatrical romp. Mischievous Tom and his pal Huck witness a murder, then embark on a string of wild escapades. Friends of Music at Guilford 50th Anniversary Organ Barn Events (802) 254-3600, email office@fomag.org, http://www.fomag.org. Sept 5 & 6: Friends of Music at Guilford’s 50th Anniversary Season launch at the Guilford Organ Barn includes an Organ Concert in the Barn on Saturday night, and an Orchestra Concert on the lawn on Sunday afternoon. Saturday night’s recital in the Barn features Susan Summerfield, a professor of music and college organist at Saint Michael’s College, performing works by members of the Bach family, Couperin, Dandrieu, Milhaud, and Lou Harrison. This indoor event is rain or shine and admission free, with donations welcome. The Sunday lawn concert by the Festival Orchestra includes Don McLean’s “Fanfare for the 50th,” Mozart’s rarely heard Symphony #26 and a duet from his opera “Don Giovanni,” Gouvy’s Petite Suite Gauloise, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Nick Humez’s [Hew-MAY’s] reorchestrated suite of music from a 1978 Monteverdi Players production of “Alice.” Vocal soloists for the Mozart are soprano Julie Johnson Olsson and tenor James Anderson, and for the Humez...

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At the museums
Sep01

At the museums

Bennington Center for the Arts 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington 10a to 5p, Mon-Sun (Closed Mon) http://www.thebennington.org, 802 442-7158 Thru Dec 20: Impressions of New England. Annual exhibition including scenes of seashores, rolling hills, foliage and New England wildlife, all captured in paint and bronze, Thru Dec 20: Small Works Show, with figuratives, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, still lifes and more. Thru Dec 20: The Laumeister Fine Art Competition. Thru December: The Salmagundi Club in Vermont, featured for the first time at the Bennington Center for the Arts. Bennington Museum 75 Main St, Rte. 9, Bennington 10a to 5p (Closed Wed) http://www.benningtonmuseum.org, 802 477-1571 Thru Nov 1: Grassroots Art: Inward Adorings of the Mind Outsider, Visionary, and Folk Art by Yoakum, Tolliver, Moses, and Others. Grassroots Art brings together an eclectic selection of objects–ranging from textiles, ceramics and weathervanes to drawings, paintings and sculpture–created by individuals with little or no formal training in art and working outside the framework of the traditional art market. Thru Oct 18: 7 Collaborative Prints: Jennifer Koch and Gregg Blasdel. Our collaborations as printmakers began after participating in a print exhibition that matched various artists to work together as collaborators. During this event we discovered that we had a great energy working together. That was eleven years ago and we have continued to collaborate as printmakers as well as pursuing our individual studio work. Thru Nov 8: People/Places: American Social Landscape Photography, 1950-1980. In a collaborative effort Bennington Museum and Bennington College have selected photographs from the portfolios of Jonathan Brand, John Hubbard, Neil Rappaport, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander, to present a very special exhibition. Thru Oct 12: 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt. The 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt, created during the Civil War, is one of the Bennington Museum’s greatest treasures. It is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in a different pattern, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces, all surrounded by a unique scalloped border. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center 10 Vernon St, Brattleboro 11a to 5p (Closed Tues) http://www.brattleboromuseum.org, 802 257-0124 Thru Oct 25: Threaded Dances: Debra Bermingham. Mist emanating from a snow-covered meadow or obscuring a ridgeline view as it falls down to the river adds mystery to the fields and valleys we call home. Thru Oct 25: Expanded Forms: Rodrigo Nava. Rodrigo Nava begins his sculptural process by creating an enclosed space fashioned from welded steel. His forms are fairly straightforward: a cone attached to a half dome, two intersecting pills and more. Thru Oct 25: Jim Dine: People, Places, Things. This exhibit explores three themes that have preoccupied Jim Dine from his earliest art-making endeavors. From portraits and nudes; to...

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Fall Highlights
Sep01

Fall Highlights

Brattleboro Film Festival The Brattleboro Film Festival, a 10-day event that draws moviegoers from four New England states to the historic art-deco, newly renovated Latchis Theatre in downtown Brattleboro, kicks off on Oct. 30 with a slate of regional premieres that include the best in global independent feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and family fare. In a special salute to a new era in U.S. relations with Cuba, a country with a rich cinema relatively unknown in the U.S., this year’s festival features a series of offerings from Cuban cinema and Cuban speakers. A fundraising party with the theme “A Night in Havana,” featuring a Cuban band, mojitos, a raffle and giveaways, is planned for Saturday, Nov. 7. In addition to screening more than 25 films, the 2015 festival will feature visiting filmmakers and actors, filmmaking workshops and special events that bring the excitement and appeal of the international moviemaking industry to Brattleboro. The festival concludes Sunday, Nov. 8, with four audience-chosen “Best in Fest” films, with the top-voted favorite screening last and winning the coveted overall “Best in Fest” designation. An opening night reception at the Latchis Hotel on Friday, Oct. 30 is free to the public and features live entertainment and localvore refreshments, as well as previews of festival films. For the second year, BFF will screen a series of notable and award-winning films created and produced by local youth. And thanks to a grant from the Vermont-based John M. Bissell Foundation, the festival will continue its policy of screening films for young people in their schools and providing free tickets to all high-school and middle-school students. Free filmmaking workshops will continue, with veteran screenwriter Tim Metcalfe reprising his standing-room-only screenwriting series. Michel Moyse of the Center for Digital Art will offer a free electronic art workshop. The all-volunteer, non-profit festival is also sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, New Chapter, the Marlboro College Graduate Center, The Commons, Latchis Arts, C&S Wholesale Grocers, and other local businesses and individuals. 37th Putney Craft Tour, a Craft, Food and Stage Weekend Various locations around Putney http://www.putneycrafts.com Nov 27-29 (Thanksgiving Weekend) • A Top Ten Winter Event and a Vermont Arts Council official event, the 37th Putney Craft Tour is the oldest continuing craft open studio tour in North America. The Tour invites visitors to this craft rich area of Vermont to meet the 23 makers on this year’s tour including blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers – even artisan cheesemakers. Part of the fun is meandering through the beautiful Vermont countryside, following the map to find these prominent craftspeople and finding that special one of a kind item....

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Gallery openings
Sep01

Gallery openings

Ann Coleman Gallery 7 North Main St, Wilmington, 10a-5p daily http://www.artistanncoleman.com, 802 378-7090 Thru October: Ann Coleman’s watercolors inspired by nature and the outdoors of New England can be viewed at Quaigh Designs, 11 W Main St, Wilmington. Bennington Arts Guild 103 South St, Bennington http://www.benningtonartsguild.org , 802 442-7838 Sept 4 & Oct 2: Bennington “First Fridays.” Nov 22-31: Bennington Art Guild Holiday Show. Catherine Dianich Gallery 139 Main St, Brattleboro Open by appointment only http://www.catherinedianichgallery.com, 802 380-1607 Sept 4-6: Progressive Performance Festival. Produced by Vermont Performance Lab, this year’s festival presents three works by critically-acclaimed artists that touch on themes of social justice and cultural memory, and shift the way we relate to our hand-held devices. Chaffee Art Center 16 South Main St, Rutland http://www.chaffeeartcenter.org, 802 775-0356 Thru Oct 17: Love of Kinship. Annual all member exhibit. Sept 4-Oct 31: Love of Fantasy. In honor of the historic 1960s. Nov 6-Dec 18: An Exhibit of Passion. Whether its environmental issues, your significant other, parenthood, or exploration, we want to know what you are undoubtedly passionate about. Robert L. Crowell Art Gallery At Moore Free Library http://www.moorefreelibrary.wordpress.com, 802-365-7948 Oct 1 thru 29: Lauren Watrous – Painting From Life: Nature Abstractions, Landscape Journals, Nature Studies and Still Life . The works in this show, done between 2012 and 2015, will include drawings and paintings on paper and panel, in pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic and oil. Opening Reception Saturday, Oct 3 from 1 to 3pm. Nov 1 thru 30: Matthew Peake, Barbara Baker-Bury, Scott J. Morgan. Opening Reception Saturday, Nov 14 from 1 to 3p. Gallery 2 and Vermont Artisan Designs 106 Main St, Brattleboro 10a-7p Mon-Sat, 11a-4p Sun http://www.vtart.com, 802 257-7044 Ongoing: Daryl Storrs art and jewelry. Gallery at the VAULT 68 Main St, Springfield http://www.galleryvault.org, 802 885-7111 Thru Sept 16: Steampunk Show. Steampunk is a mix of Victorian fantasy and fun with some science fiction thrown in as well. It is retro/futuristic, gear/steam related. Gallery in the Woods 145 Main St, Brattleboro Open daily 11a-5:30p, 12-5p Sun http://www.galleryinthewoods.com, 802 257-4777 Thru Oct 31: Upcoming in September: Gallery in the Woods in Collaboration with Brattleboro Museum introduces the work of Terry Hauptman, Vermont poet-bard and artist. Hauptman paints mixed media scrolls and individual works all based on a spiral. Opening reception, Sept 4, 5:30-8:30p. (See also story about Hauptman this issue.) Gallery North Star 151 Townshend Road, Grafton 10a-5p daily (Tuesday by chance) http://www.gnsgrafton.com, 802 843-2465 Oct 4-Nov 1: Paul Stone Solo Show. Great Hall 100 River St, Springfield http://www.Facebook.com/GreatHallSpringfield, 802 885-3061 Opening Oct 3: Feathers and Fur: Portraits of Field, Forest and Farm, with nine award-winning artists. Opening reception...

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Festivals
Sep01

Festivals

Market Madness Street Fair Downtown Springfield http://www.springfieldonthemove.net Sept 5 • Maybe an old fashioned Street Fair is just what’s needed to celebrate and honor the close of a fabulous Vermont Summer. Low key, easy fun that doesn’t involve reservations, packing a bag, planes or trains. Come be a “local” for a day, we want to meet you. Local brew tent, BBQ, music all around and 40-50 vendors to answer all or most of what you’re looking for (and some that you didn’t realize you had to have) – ranging from farmer’s market staples, fresh and local meats, produce, baked goods, arts & crafts, jewelry, knitted and hand sewn items, together with fun sand art for the kids (young and old), photo booth, ice cream, nostalgic signs, t-shirts, cotton candy, fried dough …more. Antique tractors, classic cars, kid’s corner games, face painting, youth vendors, obstacle course and performer Troy Wunderle of Circus Smirkus fame. Puppets in the Green Mountains Brattleboro, various venues http://www.puppetsinthegreenmountains.com Sept 11-20 • A 10 day festival of puppetry and unusual theater that brings international artists and local community together through a variety of performances, workshops, dialogues and other special events. This year, the festival events all address the theme of immigration and “otherness.” Produced by Sandglass Theater, this will be the Ninth edition of the Puppets in the Green Mountains festival, having presented over 75 companies from 20 countries, over almost 20 years. Springfield Steampunk Festival Great Hall and The Hartness House http://www.Springfieldvtsteampunkfest.com Sept 11-13, opening ceremonies 7p at the Hartness House, 30 Orchard St. • A Vermont Arts Council official event, the first annual Springfield Steampunk Festival – a fantasy retro-futuristic weekend featuring famed performers, workshops, musicians, tea dueling, Stargazer’s Ball, Absinthe Tasting, Thereminist performance, Victorian era bike ride, trader’s bazaar, Steampunk fashion show, time machine photo booth, telescope observatory tour, talks and more. Presented by the Steampunk Society of Vermont and the Hartness House, the festival features musical groups including Venus Lens Cap, Rusty Belle, HUMANWINE, Ida Mae Specker & The Honest Mistakes, Suitcase Junket and Tritium Well. The Springfield Steampunk Festival is a perfect example of the creative economy at work. Springfield is recovering from the loss of manufacturing and the economic recession. The festival highlights Springfield’s rich history of industry and innovation as part of the Precision Valley. Tickets and full schedule at the website. Food, Farm and Photography The Bunker Farm, 857 Bunker Road, Dummerston, http://thebunkerfarm.com/ | 802 262-1222 to register Sept 12, 10:30a- 1p • Tour this family farm that is conserved with the Vermont Land Trust through their Farmland Access Program. Learn from the farmers about the meats, vegetables,...

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Columbus Day Weekend
Sep01

Columbus Day Weekend

Empty Bowls Landmark College, Putney http://www.brattleboroclayworks.com Oct 10, 5p and 6:30p • When Vermonters go hungry, their neighbors take action. That’s why for the eleventh year, volunteers are preparing for near sellout capacity at the Empty Bowls Dinner, an annual benefit for the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center. The Drop In Center is an essential resource for people in need in Brattleboro and the surrounding areas, who depend on it for food, shelter and other basic services. Empty Bowls serves as a major source of funds for the Center. Oktoberfest Mount Snow, West Dover http://www.mountsnow.com Oct 10 • Like most German-themed Oktoberfest events, the 18th Annual Mount Snow Oktoberfest will have plenty of beer, schnitzel and Oom-pah music; but throw in kids games, pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous “schnitzel toss” and you’ve got two days of fun for the whole family! Honora Winery Grape Stomp Honora Winery, Jacksonville http://www.honoragrapestomp.com Oct 10-11, noon to 5p • The Grape Stomp is old-fashioned fun for the entire family – gunny sack races, grape in a spoon race, and a 3 legged race. Winners will receive an award! Bring the kids and enjoy the harvest feeling. We will have local farmers selling product fresh from the farm, craft makers and local artisans with their treasures to sell, demonstrations, local food venders with bluegrass music. We will have live bluegrass music for you to enjoy along with some craft demonstrations. Newfane Heritage Festival Newfane, on the common http://www.newfaneheritagefestival.blogspot.com Oct 10-11, 10a-4p • On Columbus Day Weekend, tents blossom on the Newfane Common for the Heritage Festival. Amid the colorful Fall Foliage on the village streets and surrounding hillsides, talented artists and craftpeople display their creative efforts. Locals and tourists return year after year for this signature event in southeastern Vermont. Juried Arts, Crafts, & Specialty Products are sold in the 96 Exhibitor spaces. Each year there are wonderful new exhibitors along with long-time favorites. Heirloom Apple Tasting Day Scott Farm, Dummerston http://www.scottfarmvermont.com Oct 11, 10a, 12p, 2p • Each October during Columbus Day weekend we open our packing barn at Scott Farm for an heirloom apple tasting celebration. Our orchard manager, Ezekiel Goodband, will offer each and everyone a taste of a select group of apples while sharing apple lore– What was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple? Who was Mr. Greening and what was his claim to fame? ome visit us on Apple Tasting Day and buy mixed bags of heirloom apples or many of one kind for eating out of hand, sauce making, pie baking, or a Tarte Tatin. Stratton Columbus Day Weekend Stratton Resort http://www.stratton.com Oct 10, 11a •...

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