Events & Festivals

There’s always something of interest going on in Manchester and its environs. When you stay at the Equinox you’re sure to find exciting diversions to suit every interest. If you are interested in any of these area events, we would be happy to make arrangements for you through our concierge at 800.362.4747.

Bird Walk

Saturday, April 26th, 8:00 am
Hildene Welcome Center
The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please call Randy Schmidt at (802) 362-2270 or email randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet at the Welcome Center Parking Lot, Free. Also 5/10, 5/24

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19th, 10:00 am
Dana Thompson Memorial Rec Park
Come and enjoy a fun filled morning with the Park and Rec crew as you search for over 2,000 eggs filled with candy. Children ages 10 and under bring your parents and see how many eggs you can find during this year's Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, call 802 362 1439.

Easter Day Brunch

Sunday, April 20th; 10am to 2pm
Colonnade Grand Ballroom -- Equinox Resort
Join us in our Colonnade dining room. Buffet brunch includes a full selection of traditional Easter dishes such as French toast and Eggs made to order. Our hot selection includes Prime Rib and Cedar Plank Scottish Salmon. More than 30 selections to choose from. Lastly, you’ll need to save room for our sumptuous dessert table. $65 for adults (13 years of age and older) $20 for children 12 and under. Plus Tax and gratuity. For reservations or additional information, call the concierge desk (802) 362 4700.

Scrap and Spa Weekend

April 25th to 27th
Equinox resort -- Manchester, VT
Spring in Vermont-- experience all the elegant charm and peace of this world renowned five star historic Starwood property in picturesque Manchester Village while scrapbooking to your heart’s content!

Shopping, fine dining, spa, pool, and resort amenities will make you feel like a QUEEN!

Exceptional value for this top rated hotel and dining experience! Plus a fantastic crop where you may WIN a FREE SCRAPBOOK WEEKEND!!

*2 nights lodging in the Equinox Resort & Spa
*Friday dinner
*Saturday breakfast
*Saturday hot luncheon
*Sunday breakfast buffet
*$20 coupon off Spa
*your own super-sized dedicated scrapbook space from Friday at 12pm through Sunday 2pm
*prizes, welcome kits,
*heated indoor pool and Spa facilties open to guests
*nearby outlet shopping in Manchester Village

For more information or register, please email lsurpitski@yahoo.com or call 978-356-3142.

Author Events

April 2014 -- 7:00 pm
Northshire Bookstore
Join noted authors as they discuss their works at local owned and operated Northshire Bookstore.

Learn Fly-Fishing Basics FREE

April19th, 26th, 27th; May 3rd, 10th
Orvis Flagship store, Manchester, VT
Fly Fishing 101. Over 15,000 students have learned the fly-fishing basics for free. Now it's your turn. Learn all the proper fundamentals for free at the Orvis Retail Store in Manchester. Class space is limited. RSVP to reserve you spot today. April 19, 26, 27; May 3, 10, 24, 25, 31; June 7, 14, 28

If you've already completed Fly Fishing 101, you're ready for the next step. Join us for a short outing on local water for a change to catch your first fish! A nominal fee for the outing may apply. Fly Fishing 201 dates: May 4th, June 8th and 29th, July 19th

2nd Annual Spring Craft Fair

Saturday, May 3rd, 10am - 4pm
Manchester Elementary Middle School, Manchester, VT
Vermont Reading Partners presents Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 from 10:00-4:00 at MEMSBurr & Burton Academy.

American made specialty crafts including pottery, quilts, jewelry, purses & totes, woodworking, knitting, frames, jams & cheese, photography, hair accessories, silk scarves, paintings, stained glass, maple syrup and MUCH MORE !! Free Admission, Raffles, Free Bookshare for Kids, Food Concessions, and Complimentary Gift for the first 50 Patrons.

Equinox Preserve Naturalist Hike

Saturday, April 26th -- 9:00 am
Equinox Preserve -- Entrance to spa
Join Rick LaDue, Forest and Trails Steward for the Equinox Preservation Trust, for a guided hike on the 914 acre Equinox Preserve. Hike to the Equinox Pond followed by an optional visit to Robin's Lookout, with a splendid view of the Valley of Vermont. Along the way we will explore the cultural history of the Preserve lands, the natural history of the rich northern hardwood forests and the geologic history of the mountain.

The hike features a 500 foot elevation gain. Dress warmly, in layers, and bring along a drink, camera, questions and your sense of adventure. We will meet at 9:00 am at the Entrance to the Equinox spa. Also, 3/8 and 3/22.

Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 11th, 10am to 3pm
Colonnade Grand Ballroom, Equinox Resort
Celebrate Mother's Day in our Colonnade Ballroom. Buffet Brunch includes a wide assortment of dishes ranging from traditional favorites like Eggs Benedict and made to order omlettes to jumbo Shrimp cocktail and Alaskan King Crab Legs. Chef's hot selection will feature Roasted Leg of lamb, Prime Rib and Cedar Plank Scottish Salmon. More than 40 delectable selections to choose from and you will want to save some room dessert, our pastry Chef and team are preparing a sumptuous dessert table that is sure to please any Mom's sweet tooth!. $59 for adults, $26 for children 12 and under. Plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or additional information, call the concierge desk (802) 362 4700.

4th Annual Shires of Vermont Marathon

Sunday, May 18th; 8:00 am
Bennington County
A new scenic point to point 26.2 mile course will connect the Shire towns of Bennington and Manchester. "New England's newest Marathon" is the only marathon held in southern Vermont -- don't miss this opportunity. Registration is now open. All finishers will receive a moisture wicking tee-shirt and a commemorative medallion.

Spring Open Studio Weekend 2014

May 24th and 25th
Throughout Southern Vermont
Celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the Vermont Crafts Council. Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. Wherever their locations, they are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. You see the swatches that have not been chosen for the quilt or the work that is experimental or not serious enough for the gallery. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.

The Open Studio Weekend was named one of the Top Ten Summer Events in a competition sponsored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in 1997.

7th Annual Triumph Bash Motorcycle Rally

May 30th to June 1st
Bennington
The Seventh Annual Bennington Triumph Bash is a grassroots, independent rally for Triumph motorcycle owners by Triumph motorcycle owners.

This event has been going on since 2008 because we figured it was time for us Triumph riders to have a rally just as riders of other marques have had for years. Discussions ensued on various online motorcycle forums, especially TriumphRAT.net, and the idea gained a lot of traction. The very first year, we were thrilled to have an extremely successful event with participants from across North America. People had such a great time that there was immediate buzz about doing it again the next year, and the same has happened each year since. What started out as a vague notion of a small get-together has turned into an annual rally drawing people from all over North America and even around the world. We’ve found that Triumph enthusiasts are a unique collection of amazing people, spanning the spectrum from traditional cruiser riders to twisty-devouring s

Tough Mudder

May 31st - June 1st
Stratton Mountain Resort
Built in a valley of the towering Green Mountains, Tough Mudder’s course is as unforgiving as a New England winter. Strip the course of obstacles, and a hike around Vermont’s harsh, mountainous terrain is a struggle in itself. Pepper that same terrain with obstacles that aggressively push boundaries of might and fright, and that “struggle” becomes a fight for your next headband.

Bromley's Sun Mountain Adventure Park

Starts Memorial Day weekend
Bromley Mountain Ski resort
Vermont's Spring Adventure will open for the Summer season with 22 rides & Attractions for every member of the family. Open starting Memorial Day weekend. You can also party on our Sun Deck with great food and drink specials weekly from 5 p.m. 'til close.

9th Annual Shotgun Classic

June 5th and 6th
Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds, Millbrook, NY
Our 9th Annual Shotgun Classic will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 5 & 6, 2014. This is a very unique opportunity; there is no other event like it across the country. With the unlimited shotgun shooting, lessons with guest instructors, 5 gourmet catered meals, cocktail party, scotch tasting, 2 cases of ammunition, and a chance to win a Caesar Guerini shotgun, this event is not to be missed!!! Remember--Novices are welcome and encouraged to attend.

With a sporting clays course that is consistently ranked among the very best in the nation, Orvis Fly Fishing and Wingshooting Schools, and a fully-catered lodge facility that includes ample meeting space, Orvis Sandanona is the benchmark for both corporate recreation and individual sporting pursuits. We are open 363 days a year.

28th Annual Manchester Car Show

June 7th and 8th, 2014
Dorr Farm, Manchester, VT
The 28th Annual Manchester Antique and Classic Car Show will be held at the Dorr Farm in Manchester Center, VT from June 7th to 8th. The car show is the "kick-off" to the summer season. This year elegance and sport will be celebrated through featured models Cadillac and Porsche.

Gates open at 8am
Children under 12 FREE
Adults $8 per day or $12 Weekend Pass
No pets allowed on the show field

Wanderlust Yoga Festival

June 19th to 22nd
Stratton Mountain Resort
YOGA. MUSIC. NATURE.
Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's best yoga teachers and best performers in rock & roll, all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. We’re talking about fun in the sun and dancing under the stars. Getting’ your down dog on at the top of the mountain and sipping poolside cocktails with your crew. Early morning meditations and all-night chakra spinning musical performances. Summertime in Stratton – green and pristine Vermont in all of its picturesque glory. A place to root down and rise up, to get centered on your yoga mat and get funky on the dancefloor – lux rooms, fresh healthy food, and good people. Yoga, music, nature, and a whole lot more. This is Wanderlust Vermont.

Please see our website for more information -- stratton.wanderlustfestival.com.

VSO concert and fireworks display

Wednesday, July 2nd
Hildene Meadowlands
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra proudly presents "Let's Dance". Bring a picnic, kick off your shoes, and join us for music from the world of dance - from waltzes to swing and polkas to salsa. Toe-tapping melodies by Strauss, Delibes, Borodin, and Gershwin will put you "in the mood" for dance hits from Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. The concert closes with the traditional 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks.

Gates open at 5:00 PM for picnicking
Concert begins at 7:30 PM

Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show

July 1st through August 10th
Harold Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows are a chance for equestrians to spend July and August where the summer is its most beautiful: Vermont's Green Mountains. Quaint New England towns of the Manchester & the Mountains area, noted for their charm, first class accommodations, world-class dining and excellent show facilities, host the fourteenth annual Vermont Summer Festival.

The Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset is the perfect site for the six weeks of competition. Its lovely peaceful view of the Green Mountains, just off scenic Route 7 North, offers a well equipped hunter/jumper facility. The show grounds boast FIVE all weather rings, including one of the largest Grand Prix fields in New England, as well as several all weather schooling and riding areas, permanent wash racks, paddocks and extended trails for casual enjoyment.

Annual 4th of July Celebration 2014

Friday, July 4th
Manchester, VT
The Town of Manchester is sponsoring and hosting the 2014 Independence Day Celebration at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park! Throughout the day the park will host live music, free swimming and pool games.

11:00 - 6:00pm: Free Swimming at the Pool for Everyone!
5:165 - 8:45pm: Food, Bands and Music
9:30pm: Fireworks!

Note: Schedule is subject to change

Dorset Theatre Festival -- "Red"

June 18th to July 6th
Dorset Playhouse, VT
"Red captures the dynamic relationship between an artist and his creations" -- New York Times

Six-Time Tony Award Winning play by Tom Logan about famed artist Mark Rothko, starring Tim Daly (Wings, Private Practice)

Under the watchful gaze of his seemingly naive young assistant, Red chronicles artist Mark Rothko as he struggles to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant.

Call for tickets 867-5777 from 10 am to 2 pm or visit online.

Vermont Summer Special Horse Show

July 1st to 6th
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Week 1 of 6 consecutive weeks of Horse show competition. The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows are a chance for equestrians to spend July and August where the summer is its most beautiful: Vermont's Green Mountains. Quaint New England towns of the Manchester & the Mountains area, noted for their charm, first class accommodations, world-class dining and excellent show facilities.

The Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset is the perfect site for the six weeks of competition. Its lovely peaceful view of the Green Mountains, just off scenic Route 7 North, offers a well equipped hunter/jumper facility. The show grounds boast FIVE all weather rings, including one of the largest Grand Prix fields in New England, as well as several all weather schooling and riding areas, permanent wash racks, paddocks and extended trails for casual enjoyment.

Neil Berg's 102 Years of Broadway

Saturday, July 12th, 7:30pm
Southern Vermont Art Center
Southern Vermont Arts Center has added the following performance. A popular revue of Broadway classics performed by original cast members. Call (802) 362-1405 for info.

Weston Playhouse -- "Analog & Vinyl"

June 26th to July 12th
Weston Playhouse, VT
Book, Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon

The world premiere of a pop rock musical

Set in a vintage record store, this new musical comedy by Broadway composer Paul Gordon follows struggling storeowner Harrison and his quirky co-worker, Rodeo Girl, when a mysterious customer makes them a devilish offer they can’t refuse.

Please call (802) 824 5288 for tickets and information or visit online.

Tour de Bondville Bicycle Rally

Saturday, July 12thth and Sunday, July 13th
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort
The Eighth Annual Tour de Bondville. A bike ride, golf outing and after event party benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Whether you choose the 50, 25 or 18 mile bike ride, or to spend the day on the links, join us for a day celebrating the best Vermont has to offer and to raise money for a good cause.

Please call 1 800-Stratton or feedback@stratton.com for additional information.

Manchester Summer Festival Horse Show

July 8th to 13th
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Week 2 of 6 consecutive weeks of Horse show competition. The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows are a chance for equestrians to spend July and August where the summer is its most beautiful: Vermont's Green Mountains. Quaint New England towns of the Manchester & the Mountains area, noted for their charm, first class accommodations, world-class dining and excellent show facilities.

The Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset is the perfect site for the six weeks of competition. Its lovely peaceful view of the Green Mountains, just off scenic Route 7 North, offers a well equipped hunter/jumper facility. The show grounds boast FIVE all weather rings, including one of the largest Grand Prix fields in New England, as well as several all weather schooling and riding areas, permanent wash racks, paddocks and extended trails for casual enjoyment.

Stratton's Under the Stars Concert Series

Summer Saturdays, starting July 5th
Stratton Mountain Base Lodge
Warm summer nights and live music go hand in hand making Stratton's Saturday Under the Stars the place to be starting on July 5th and continuing weekly through Labor Day. Held in the base area, this summer concert series is a fun, free event for the entire family with food and beverage for purchase on site. So pull up a chair, bring a blanket and get your groove on under the great weather.

Dorset Theatre Festival -- "Out of the City"

July 10th to July 19th
Dorset Playhouse, Dorset, VT
"a sweetly comic play...well-made and carefully observed character portraits about late-life identity" -- New York Times

World Premiere Play by Leslie Ayvazian

A fun and provocative summer comedy. Two couples take a weekend in the country to celebrate a 60th birthday. A small thing occurs and everything shifts, becoming horizontal!

For tickets or more information, please call (802) 867 2223

Manchester Classic Horse Show

July 15th to 20th
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Week 3 of 6 consecutive weeks of Horse show competition. The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows are a chance for equestrians to spend July and August where the summer is its most beautiful: Vermont's Green Mountains. Quaint New England towns of the Manchester & the Mountains area, noted for their charm, first class accommodations, world-class dining and excellent show facilities.

The Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset is the perfect site for the six weeks of competition. Its lovely peaceful view of the Green Mountains, just off scenic Route 7 North, offers a well equipped hunter/jumper facility. The show grounds boast FIVE all weather rings, including one of the largest Grand Prix fields in New England, as well as several all weather schooling and riding areas, permanent wash racks, paddocks and extended trails for casual enjoyment.

Weston Playhouse -- "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

July 17th to July 26th
Weston, VT -- Mainstage
by Christopher Durang

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play

This hilarious and timely comedy is set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where three middle-aged siblings grapple with their lives in the company of a soothsaying cleaning woman, a sexy boy toy, and a star-struck ingénue.

For tickets and more information, please call (802) 824 5288 or purchase online at westonplayhouse.org

Valley Classic Horse Show

July 22nd to 27th
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Week 4 of 6 consecutive weeks of Horse show competition. The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows are a chance for equestrians to spend July and August where the summer is its most beautiful: Vermont's Green Mountains. Quaint New England towns of the Manchester & the Mountains area, noted for their charm, first class accommodations, world-class dining and excellent show facilities.

The Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset is the perfect site for the six weeks of competition. Its lovely peaceful view of the Green Mountains, just off scenic Route 7 North, offers a well equipped hunter/jumper facility. The show grounds boast FIVE all weather rings, including one of the largest Grand Prix fields in New England, as well as several all weather schooling and riding areas, permanent wash racks, paddocks and extended trails for casual enjoyment.

Summer Sidewalk Streetfest

Friday, July 18th, 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Downtown Manchester Center
Live music, street performers, kids' activities and great food are on tap. Stores in the area will be open extended hours. As John O'Keefe, town manager, said "we want to bring residents and visitors downtown to experience the revitalized street. We worked diligently to make the area attractive and welcoming to all."

Main Street from Thai Basil to the Mountain Goat will be accessible for pedestrians only. Car parking will be available at the municipal lot behind the Rite Aid and at MEMS. The road will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. to allow vendors to set up. 2nd event on August 15th

For more information, please see attached link.

11th Annual Gear Up for Lyme

Saturday, August 2nd
Mount Equinox, Skyline Drive
This event is a 5.4 mile uphill bike race for experienced cyclists and benefits Lyme Disease Association and other local charities. For more information see website or call Andy Holzman (802) 442 7619

35th Annual Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival

August 1st to 3rd
Camelot Village, Route 9, Bennington, VT
This “Festival Marketplace” includes: pottery, glass, fiber, photography, leather, jewelry, metal, graphics, painting, prints, wood, furniture, and more. Dinnerware, vases, clothing, leather bags, blown glass, canvas garment bags, Windsor chairs, outdoor sculpture, rugs, raincoats, and much more!

Manchester & the Mountains Horse Show

July 29th to August 3rd
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Week 5 of 6 consecutive weeks of Horse show competition. The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows are a chance for equestrians to spend July and August where the summer is its most beautiful: Vermont's Green Mountains. Quaint New England towns of the Manchester & the Mountains area, noted for their charm, first class accommodations, world-class dining and excellent show facilities.

The Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset is the perfect site for the six weeks of competition. Its lovely peaceful view of the Green Mountains, just off scenic Route 7 North, offers a well equipped hunter/jumper facility. The show grounds boast FIVE all weather rings, including one of the largest Grand Prix fields in New England, as well as several all weather schooling and riding areas, permanent wash racks, paddocks and extended trails for casual enjoyment.

Dorset Theatre Festival -- "All in the Timing"

July 24th to August 9th
Dorset Playhouse, VT
"All in The Timing is by a master of fun. David Ives spins hilarity out of words." -- New York Times

20th anniversary revival.

This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of six short comedies byt Tony award winning playwright David Ives, form an evening of wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun! A hilarious sextet that uses brilliant language and wordplay to investigate for audiences of all ages the classic existentialist questions of life and the complications involved in romantic relationships.

Call for tickets 867-5777 from 10 am to 2 pm or visit online.

Vermont Summer Celebration Horse Show

August 5th to 10th
Beebe Farm, East Dorset, VT
Last Week of 6 consecutive weeks of Horse show competition. The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows are a chance for equestrians to spend July and August where the summer is its most beautiful: Vermont's Green Mountains. Quaint New England towns of the Manchester & the Mountains area, noted for their charm, first class accommodations, world-class dining and excellent show facilities.

The Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset is the perfect site for the six weeks of competition. Its lovely peaceful view of the Green Mountains, just off scenic Route 7 North, offers a well equipped hunter/jumper facility. The show grounds boast FIVE all weather rings, including one of the largest Grand Prix fields in New England, as well as several all weather schooling and riding areas, permanent wash racks, paddocks and extended trails for casual enjoyment.

The Vermont Challenge -- Bicycle Race

August 13th to 17th
Southern Vermont
The people of Vermont welcome you to tour Vermont's beautiful landscape, replete with rolling farmlands, bucolic villages, and quiet country roads. The Vermont Challenge will be a friendly experience drawing on the qualities of the people of Vermont. The Ride incorporates four major VT ski resorts and a signature town as our key hosts for meals and lodging.

We offer 3 ride choices from which to choose:
• The 4-day Grand Challenge
• The 3-day Weekend Challenge
• The 1-day Legendary "Gap" Century & Half Century

Weston Playhouse -- "A Chorus Line"

July 31st to August 23rd
Weston Playhouse, VT
Conceived by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Edward Kleban

The legendary Broadway musical

This blockbuster musical provides stirring glimpses into the lives of a group of dancers auditioning for spots in a Broadway chorus line. With its show-stopping songs, jaw-dropping dances, and heartfelt stories, this is the show for anyone who has ever dreamed about life in the theatre! Hits include “What I Did for Love” and “One.”

Please call (802) 824 5288 for tickets and information or visit online.

214th Annual Bondville Fair

August 22nd to 24th
Bondville, VT
The oldest, continuously running country fairs in Vermont located at the fairgrounds, across from the Stratton Access road. Live entertainment, tractor pulls, crafts, kid's rides and much more. Opens Friday afternoon & goes to Sunday at 5:00 pm. For more information(802) 297 2927.

Dorset Theatre Festival -- "The Mousetrap"

August 14th to August 30th
Dorset Playhouse, VT
"Blood, gore, black humor, circuitous chatter...the play is substantial and the characters not just cardboard cut-outs. It's woderfully structured - up there with A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- The Guardian

60th Anniversary Revival of the classic by the master of mystery, Agatha Christie.

The world's longest running play -- murder mystery at its best. A homicidal maniac terrorizes a group of snowbound guests to the refrain of "Three Blind Mice".

Call for tickets 867-5777 from 10 am to 2 pm or visit online.

19th Annual Garlic & Herb Festival

August 30th and 31st
Route 9, Camelot Village Bennington
19th Annual Southern Vermont GARLIC & HERB FESTIVAL; 10am -5pm. Vermont Stinks!! Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from over a 100 different vendors all made from -you guessed it-garlic and herbs! Celebrate Garlic -- food, games, crafts plus much more. Live music all day.

Route 9 west from the center of Bennington at Camelot Village. Adults $5, Children under 12 $1 -- No Pets.

Maple Leaf Half Marathon & 5K Walk/Run

Saturday, September 6th, 9:00 am
Manchester, Vermont
Half Marathon and 5K through lovely Manchester, Vermont during the peak foliage season. Special events, movies, dinners and activities are planned thoughout the two and half day event with the main race taking place on Saturday. Sponsored by The Perfect Wife restaurant and the Spiral Press Cafe. Registration and information is available the Manchester and the Mountains chanber of commerce at 802 362-6313 or online at www.manchestervtmapleleaf.com

Weston Playhouse -- "Uncle Vanya"

August 28th to September 6th
Weston, VT
by Anton Chekhov Adapted by Annie Baker

A fresh take on a modern classic

When an aging professor returns with his beautiful young wife to his family’s country estate, tempers flare and passions are ignited. Remaining true to the brilliance of Chekhov’s wistful comedy, award-winning playwright Annie Baker’s acclaimed new translation will be set in contemporary Vermont in this exciting new production of a timeless favorite.

Please call (802) 824 5288 for tickets and information or visit online.

Discover Dorset Days

September 6th and 7th
Dorset, VT
Discover Dorset Days presents the history and art of one of Vermont’s best communities. Open studios, artisans, local food, festivities including a scavenger hunt and a pie judging contest.

85th SVAC Summer MembersExhibition

July 26th through Spetember 7th
Southern Vermont Art Center
Annual members' exhibition and fine art sale.

Peter Miller: A Lifetime of Vermont People == companion show to book exhibition at Skinner Library

Summer Exhibitions at the Wilson Museum include Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults/ Kate Gridley; Portraits Through Time: Selections from the Collection Memorial Tribute: Abbe, Armstrong, McCabe and Webb

48th Annual Bennington Antique & Classic Car Show

September 12th to 14th
Willow Park, Bennington
This antique & classic car show returns to Willow Park, Bennington. Also craft festival, car corral, tractor pull events, food and entertainment.

22nd Annual Komen Vermont/ NewHampshire Race for the Cure

Saturday, September 20th
Hildene Meadows, Manchester, VT
Our Vision: A World without Breast Cancer. Join us for an inspiring walk or run in lovely Southern Vermont with all proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation. 10K, 5K walk/ run and kids run. For more information, please visit us online.

7th Annual Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival

September 19th to 21st
West Dover, VT -- 45 minutes from resort
Celebrate the unique local talents of Vermont wineries, cheesemakers, specialty food producers and artists. This event brings together all that makes "Vermont Made" synonymous with top quality, ingenuity and tradition by hosting the Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Soup contest, Exceptional Wine Pairing Dinners at local area restaurants, Cheese & Wine pairing, Chef Demos, a Localvore Culinary Competition and tastings from exhibitors. Adults $10, under 5 free

35th Annual Peru Fair

Saturday, September 27th
Peru, Vermont
“What is the Peru Fair?”, people ask. Those who know stop, smile and explain, “one of the nicest country fairs you will ever know.”

The Peru Fair began over 30 years ago as the “end of the world tag sale.” but what had evolved is not what a tag saler would ever dream of. Each year approximately 100 exhibitors converge on the tiny village of Peru, Vermont located off Route 11 to display and sell their arts, but most of all to be discovered by craft seekers of all types.

Early in the morning of the fair, booths, displays, and crafts are set up, smells of food begin to stretch across and before too long, the parade of whimsical characters officially opens the Fair and music and entertainment fill the air.

Highlights of the Fair include a pig roast, art demonstrations, church exhibits of yesteryear, music, dancing, and foods of all tastes.

22nd Annual Manchester Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

October 3rd to 5th
Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Manchester
Fall in Vermont is a stimulating time of year. As the green leaves mutate turning into brilliant red, yellow, orange, and gold, the days offer gentle daytime temperatures and the evenings are cool enough for a cheery fire in the fireplace. The long shadows cast by the October light in the late afternoon frames the resplendent leaves before dusk closes in.

Adding to the allure of Nature, the colossal Camelot tents set in the valley are a veritable cathedral of creativity. After all, winter is the season most of us spend prolonged periods indoors.

Fall Open Studio Weekend 2014 -- 22nd Year

October 4th and 5th; 10am - 5pm
throughout Southern Vermont
Celebrating the Premiere Fall Open Studio Weekend.

Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. Wherever their locations, they are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. You see the swatches that have not been chosen for the quilt or the work that is experimental or not serious enough for the gallery. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.

30th Annual Antiques in Vermont

Sunday, October 5th -- 10am to 4 pm
Riley Rink at Hunter Park; Manchester, VT
"A one-day wonder...80 exhibitors...fresh stock...it's a winning recipe", -- Maine Antique Digest

Early Admission: Sunday, Oct. 5th, 8am - 10am; $12
Show Hours: Sunday, Oct. 5th 10am - 4 pm; $8

For information, please contact Phyllis Carlson and Tim Stevenson at (802) 236-2342.