Events Calendar 2017

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All Ages

Barre Barbeque Festival And Maker Faire - Barre, VT

May 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017 Vermont Granite Museum, 7 Jones Brothers Way Barre, VT
Vermont artists, crafters, do-it-yourself people will demonstrate their skills and crafts. Vermont barbecue vendors will offer treats like ribs, brisket, and pork shoulder. Come see demos of grills and smokers, picnic tables, patio furniture and more. Live music by the Vermont Bluegrass Pioneers and Starline Rhythm Boys. Families can enjoy s’mores and play bocce ball.
Time: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Telephone: 802-477-2967

Car Shows

Hemmings Motor News Cruise-ins - Bennington, VT

May 11, 2017 - May 11, 2017 Hemmings Motor News International Headquarters, 216 Main St. Bennington, VT
An open car show with awards, music and free popcorn, plus the Hemmings museum display will be open. Winners will be featured in Hemmings Motor News. No registration required.
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 800-227-4373

Children & Families

Kids Pirate Festival - Vergennes, VT

Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 19, 2017 Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbour Road Vergennes, VT
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum campus will be taken over by the pirates of New England Brethren of Pirates, sailors, rogues, and mutineers from all distant shores for this family friendly swashbuckling good time! Listen and sing along with the sea chanty music of Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate. Come in costume and enjoy exciting pirate-themed activities, shows, sing-alongs, and crafts for the whole family.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $14; youth ages 3-17, $10
Telephone: 802-475-2022


Kathy Griffin - Rutland, VT

Apr 30, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017 Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street Rutland, VT
Kathy Griffin takes over the house with her pull-no-punches brand of comedy.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35, $55, $65, $75


Sheep Shearing & Herding With Border Collies - Woodstock, VT

May 6, 2017 - May 7, 2017 Billings Farm & Museum, Route 12 & River Road Woodstock, VT
This event showcases the spring shearing of the farm’s Southdown ewes, along with spinning and carding demonstrations showing the skills needed to turn fleece into yarn. Visitors can also watch a herdsman and his team of border collies herd sheep in the fields.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $14; over 62, $13; children age 5-15, $8; children age 3-4, $4
Telephone: 802-457-2355


Abenaki Heritage Weekend - Vergennes, VT

Jun 24, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbour Road Vergennes, VT
See and hear an Abenaki perspective on life in the Champlain Valley. Dancing, drumming, storytelling, craft and cooking demonstrations are presented by Vermont’s Abenaki Tribes. At the Native Arts Marketplace and exhibit come meet some of the artists in the exhibition "Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage" and other artists.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adult, $12; seniors, $11; youth age 6-17, $8
Telephone: 802-475-2022


Blacksmith Hammer-In - Vergennes, VT

May 13, 2017 - May 13, 2017 Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbour Road Vergennes, VT
Blacksmiths and metalworkers from Vermont and beyond gather at the Blacksmithing Arts Center to exchange information and compare work. Featured instructors help participants expand their skills.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $40
Telephone: 802-475-2022

Workshop: Branch to Spoon - Ferrisburgh, VT

Jun 3, 2017 - Jun 3, 2017 Rokeby Museum, 4334 US-7 Ferrisburgh, VT 05456
Come join us for a day of spoon carving at the Rokeby Museum. We will carve spoons from green wood using hand tools and traditional Swedish carving methods. Using straight and crooked knives, we will coax the spoon from the branch one slice at a time. Fee includes materials & a set of carving tools to keep. Presented by Shelburne Craft School.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $160
Telephone: 802-877-3406

Home & Studio Tours

Vermont Open Studio Weekend 2017 - All Towns, VT

May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017 art studios All Towns, VT
Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios close to their homes. These are exciting places to visit; you can see the process to produce the finished work of art. Buying or ordering work during open studio sale gives you the opportunity to speak to the artist directly. Email: vt1crafts@aol.com Guide and Maps
Time: All day
Admission: Free
Telephone: 802-223-3380

Mother's Day

Round Trip Train Excursion and Mother's Day Brunch - Burlington, VT

May 14, 2017 - May 14, 2017 Departs from Burlington station, 1 Main Street Burlington, VT
Enjoy breakfast with a view from Burlington to Middlebury to treat my mom. Start the morning with coffee, or a mimosa, on board a historic dining cars. On the way to Middlebury, your party can enjoy pastries and a main entre while you atch the spring landscapes pass by. This is a 3.5-hour round trip with no layover.
Time: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $60; kids age 7-12, $55


Glasstastic Exhibit - Brattleboro, VT

Mar 18, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017 Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, 10 Vernon Street Brattleboro, VT
Schoolchildren in a design program submitted drawings and descriptions of  imaginary creatures and Vermont artists worked to faithfully render the details of the imaginary creatures. The fanciful menagerie is on display in glass. Exhibit is on display through June 18.
Time: Open daily except Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; seniors, $6; students, $4; youth under age 18, free, and free to all on Thursdays, 2-5 p.m.


Danika & the Jeb - Brandon, VT

Apr 26, 2017 - May 26, 2017 Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Road Brandon, VT
Danika Holmes and Jeb Hart present a soulful combination of acoustic pop and blues that hits the heart with their blended talents. Check out their video. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. BYOB.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Show, $20; pre-concert dinner, $25.
Telephone: 802-247-4295

The Del Mccoury Band - Rutland, VT

May 6, 2017 - May 6, 2017 Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street Rutland, VT
Del McCoury bring true, hard-core bluegrass music into full flower.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $30, $40, $50

Pianist Annemieke McLane and Garden Tour - Brandon, VT

May 6, 2017 - May 6, 2017 Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Road Brandon, VT
Annemieke McLane will perform her new recital program, Garden Tour. The program will include works such as Rachmaninoff’s Daisies, Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude, the beloved Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy’s Nocturne, and more. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. E-mail info@brandon-music.net.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25.
Telephone: 802-247-4295

Science & Nature

BirdFEST! - Montpelier, VT

Apr 19, 2017 - May 19, 2017 North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street Montpelier, VT
Join this celebration of birds. Bring your family to see and take part in bird walks and workshops, live raptors, kids activities, bird banding demo, bird house building, and a photo contest.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: $15; free for kids!
Telephone: 802-229-6206


“Steel Magnolias” - Rutland, VT

Apr 27, 2017 - May 6, 2017 Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street Rutland, VT
A group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor lean on each other through life’s ups and downs.
Time: April 27-29 at 7:30 p.m.; April 30 at 2 p.m.; May 4-6 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: General Admission $20

“Working” - Middlebury, VT

Apr 27, 2017 - May 7, 2017 Town Hall Theatre, South Pleasant Street and Merchants Row Middlebury, VT
The average working American is the focus of this unique musical, based on Studs Terkel's interviews with American workers. The play, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, (“Wicked,” “Godspell,” “Pippin”), is presented in its newest update, with two songs by “Hamilton” superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Time: April 27 - 29, 8 p.m.; April 30, 2 p.m.; May 4 - 6, 8 p.m.; May 7, 2 p.m.
Admission: Thursdays, $15; Friday - Sunday, $23 or $18 for students