"Thinking About Extinction and Other Droll Things: Recent Prints and Drawings by Edward Koren"
Bennington Museum presents recent works by illustrator Edward Karen, known for his works in The New Yorker. benningtonmuseum.org
Jun 2-Sep 16 - Bennington
"CAMBIUM (Into the Woods): Works by Bill Botzow"
"I've come to think about the layer in a tree between the bark and the wood. It's called the cambium. It is very thin and it is most alive. Somehow its cells know to divide in one direction to make wood and in another direction to make bark. The cells also stretch sideways as the woody center gets bigger and in height as the tree grows taller. Its life supports other life. That's where the beetles live, eat, procreate and die leaving behind their amazing channels that rival exquisite drawings. My path to thinking about the cambium layer comes by noticing, by paying attention to the growing forms we see all around us. Attention, noticing, touching, gathering, ordering, responding has led to sculptures and drawings that I hope in some way honor that liveliest, hidden place where the creative grows." This exhibition consists of eight watercolor/mixed media works on paper, most of them featuring unspoiled landscape imagery, along with a large scale multi-panel featuring the bug trails the artist mentions in his statement. Also on view, a selection of Botzow's wood sculptures, created from natural branches gathered from nature and combined into wonderful sculpture forms. benningtonmuseum.org
Jun 25-Sep 9 - Bennington
"The New Yorker Cartoons exhibit at the Laumeister Art Center"
The Laumeister Art Center at Southern Vermont College presents an exhibition and sale of New Yorker Cartoons. Twenty participating cartoonists will be featured.
The Laumeister Art Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily - closed the Fourth of July. For more information, call 802-442-7158 or visit artcenter.svc.edu
Jun 30-Aug 15 - Arlington
"Famous Artists of Arlington Profiled at Canfield Gallery"
From roughly 1920 to 1960, Arlington was home to an influential community of artists whose work shaped our image of America. Led by Norman Rockwell, these artists produced hundreds of illustrations for major magazines like The Saturday Evening Post, ads for major corporations and influential public service campaigns.
A new historical exhibit at the Canfield Gallery chronicles these artists and their friendships as well as the the local residents who served as their models. In addition, reproductions of Norman Rockwell's famous paintings of the Four Freedoms will be on display. These paintings were the centerpiece of a national campaign to support the cost of World War II through the sale of War Bonds. The exhibit explains how the Arlington residents who modeled for the paintings helped raise the equivalent of more than a billion dollars by touring the country promoting the bonds.
The exhibit was curated by Don Trachte Jr., a Rockwell model and son of Don Trachte, one of the Arlington models who drew the famous Henry cartoon strip for more than 50 years. It runs from June 30th to August 15th, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 30th, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The gallery will also be open following a reunion of Rockwell models at Arlington Memorial High School on July 7th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont sheds light on an important, under-studied aspect of our state's history, focusing on the role of many government sponsored New Deal projects in fostering a culture of creativity and innovation in the Green Mountains, 1933-1943. The many artists, writers, and civil workers whose products were funded through the New Deal, helped document the state's history, record its conditions during the Depression and attendant recovery, and build the infrastructure that continues to benefit us today. The exhibition will feature paintings by Francis Colburn, Ronald Slayton among others, photographs, furniture from Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) cabins, archival documentation of New Deal projects such as letters, as well as transcriptions and audio recordings of Vermonters created by the Federal Writers Project. benningtonmuseum.org
Jul 3-Aug 12 - East Dorset
"Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show"
For six exciting weeks, the country's top equestrians compete across a challenging hunter/jumper course at East Dorset's Beebee Farm. As a spectator, you'll be near the action with a chance to stroll the stalls for a behind-the-scenes look at these championship horses. Sweeping mountain views, awesome event staff, and fabulous food vendors! vt-summerfestival.com
Jul 5-28 - Weston
"'Fun Home' at Weston Playhouse"
The groundbreaking new music based on the book by Alison Bechdel. Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees as 2pm, and Sunday matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $47. westonplayhouse.org
Jul 12-Aug 4 - Weston
"'West Side Story' at Weston Playhouse"
The iconic American musical. Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $54-68. westonplayhouse.org
Jul 13-22 - Bennington
"'The Whipping Man' at Oldcastle Theatre"
Oldcastle veteran Matthew Lopez's extraordinary play about redemption and forgiveness, the lasting scars of slavery and the responsibility that comes with freedom. Set during the American Civil War, the New York Times calls the play, "vivid and emotionally potent, Haunting, striking and powerful." oldcastletheatre.com
Jul 17 - Bennington
"Oldcastle Theatre Presents 'The Reading Series': Actors on a Train"
Oldcastle Theatre Company is presenting a series of readings of new plays. The series kicks off Tuesday with <em>Actors on a Train</em>, a play set in 1940 about a company of actors traveling via train from Mobile to Atlanta in a touring production of Life with Father, who suddenly find themselves helping an African American fleeing an angry mob. Sugarman has had plays produced by Oldcastle Theatre Company and Shakespeare & Company among others. The cast includes Brandan Rubin, Peter Langstaff, Anne Undeland, Drew Davidson, Sarah Solari and Mike Cutler. The reading will take place at the theatre 331 Main Street, Bennington. oldcastletheatre.org
In Dominique Morisseau's third play in her Detroit trilogy, a makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city navigate the possibility of foreclosure. Power dynamics shift, and they are pushed to the limits of survival. When the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred, how far over the lines are they willing to step? dorsettheatrefestival.org
Jul 20 - Manchester
"Manchester Street Fest"
Along Main Street from The Mountain Goat to Thai Basil, it's small town summer at it's best! Our favorite annual block party. From 6-9 pm rock out to live music, browse the pop-up booths, and sample eats from local food vendors. Bring your BFF, bring the family. Please leave furry family at home (no dogs allowed besides service dogs). Parking available in the municipal lot behind Rite Aid, and at Manchester Elementary School.
Jul 21 - Manchester
"Goons - Opening Party"
At Helmholz Fine Art, 7-9pm. Street artist Goons' colorful world of characters take over the gallery. His selection of new works will be a mix of rock and roll inspired art with past and contemporary memories. Each piece is like a song telling a story. From the funky and gritty to ballads and masterpieces. With big happy pieces the paintings will be sure to delight and surprise all who see them.
"Oldcastle Theatre Presents 'The Reading Series': Stripped"
Oldcastle Theatre Company is presenting a series of readings of new plays. Nathan Stith will direct <em>Stripped</em>, a play by his Trinity University colleague Rachel Joseph at the Bennington Free Library. Underneath the play's seeming realism is a dreamlike, not-of-this-world world. Two of the characters are analysts and the others are their patients. The cast includes Oldcastle regulars Meredith Meurs, Richard Howe and Christine Decker, and Gabriel Vaughan. oldcastletheatre.org
July 26 - Manchester
"20s and 30s Open Mic Coffeehouse at Manchester Community Library"
Young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to the Manchester Community Library on Thursday, at 7 p.m. for an open mic coffeehouse. Meet new friends and enjoy local entertainment at this relaxing midweek event. Interested in performing? Sign up in advance at bit.ly/2030openmic, or the night of. Sing, play, read, recite, or just listen. Coffee and entry are free.
Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. Info: 802-362-2607. mclvt.org
Jul 30 - Weston
"Classic Cars and Maple Creemees at Vermont Country Store"
Take a Spin Down Memory Lane. From 5.30 -7.00 pm, head to Mildred's Dairy Bar at The Vermont Country Store in a classic car or truck and receive a maple creemee on us. It's a great way to show off your ride, meet other drivers and enjoy the best soft serve around. vermontcountrystore.com
Jul 31 - Dorset
"'Invictus Mingus' part of Pipeline Series for Dorset Theatre Festival"
It's 1966. Tomorrow legendary Jazz Maestro Charles Mingus is to be evicted from his cluttered New York City apartment. Tonight though he drinks wine, cuts up with his crew on the bass, talks love, Hitler, racism, and politics with a twenty-something Jewish documentary filmmaker. This while his five-year old bi-racial daughter plays in piles of treasure and junk absorbing it all. dorsettheatrefestival.org
Aug 1 - East Dorset
"East Dorset Trail History Hike"
9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Meeting at Dorset Town Office, 112 Mad Tom Rd. Part of the "It's All Yours" tour at the Green Mountain National Forest. www.fs.usda.gov
Aug 2-25 - Weston
"'A Doll's House Part 2' at Weston Playhouse"
Fresh from its Tony-winning Broadway run, the comic sequel to Isben's famed drama. Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $43. westonplayhouse.org
Aug 3-5 - Bennington
"Bennington Arts Weekend"
The crowning jewel of Bennington Arts Weekend is the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, a vibrant event that draws locals and visitors alike to the gateway of Vermont for dozens of juried artists, food, beer, and live entertainment. There are also tons of events and specials in Downtown Bennington, and the annual 4 Corners North Homebrew Festival/Competition on Saturday. bennington.com/baw
Aug 4 - Bennington
"4 Corners North Homebrew Festival"
Taste the best home brewed beer in the region at this street fair with live music! The street is open to everyone, and there's even a few family friendly vendors to visit, ticket holders will be able to taste unlimited samples (while supplies last) of each competitors brew. Rain or shine. 4cnhomebrewfest.com
Aug 4 - Weston
"John Churchman Reading and Book Signing at the Vermont Country Store"
Vermont children's author and photographer John Churchman will be in our Weston store to meet our customers and sign copies of his new book, "Alpaca Lunch" from 1-3pm.
Aug 5 - Bennington
"Crash to Creativity: Gallery Talk at the Bennington Museum"
Dig deep into the impact Federally-sponsored projects had in Vermont, 1933-1943. Join Bennington Museum Curator Jamie Franklin for a gallery talk on Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont. (on view through November 4.) Reservations required by calling 802-447-1571 ext. 200.
$5/Bennington Museum Member, $10/Not-Yet-Member.
Fee includes admission to the Museum's summer exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont.
It's August in Manchester, and that means our famous shops are ready to overflow into the streets with the biggest discounts of the season. World-class designer outlets and unique, independent retailers pull out all the stops to make these four days extra special here in Vermont's year-round shopping paradise. Whether bargain hunting is your favorite pastime or you're just passing through on the way to a favorite vacation spot, we invite you to come join the festivities on the streets of Manchester and discover summer's sweetest deals. manchesterdesigneroutlets.com
Aug 9-Sep 2 - Weston
"'Million Dollar Quartet' at Weston Playhouse"
Four rock & roll legends, one unforgettable jam session, and a Tony-nominated jukebox musical that will have you swingin' in your seat. Curtain Times: Tuesday through Saturday 7:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $54-68. westonplayhouse.org
Aug 10-19 - Bennington
"'The Fourth Wall' at Oldcastle Theatre"
Oldcastle has produced nine of A.R. Gurney's plays, but none quite like this thoughtful comedy that includes five Cole Porter songs. Laugh, and enjoy witty tunes while contemplating what is real and what is theatrical artifice with a splendid cast. oldcastletheatre.com
Aug 11 - Rupert
"Perseid Meteor Shower Walk"
Join the folks at Merck Forest for a staff-guided hike in the evening landscape. These hikes are typically of moderate difficulty and will take place only if weather conditions permit. Participants must be dressed appropriately for the weather with sturdy footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; Fee: $5 per person.
The property is open free to the public daily, from dawn to dusk, year-round.
A four-day music festival featuring a variety of bluegrass, roots and Americana music from both icons of the industry and innovative up-and-coming artists. Featuring a main stage, dance tent, camping, kids activities, local food trucks, Vermont craft beer and wine, and a magical Green Mountain setting! greenmountainbluegrass.com
Aug 9 - Bennington
"Family Picnic Supper & Music"
Bring you family & a picnic supper to the Hadwen Pavilion at the Bennington Museum and enjoy an evening of music provided by your local ukulele group. You can also explore the George Aiken Wildflower Trail & listen to a little night music in the woodland wonderland. Hosted by the Bennington Free Library benningtonfreelibrary.org
Aug 9-25 - Dorset
"'Pride & Prejudice' at Dorset Theatre Festival"
The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from all sides to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth's intelligence and independence? When she meets the standoffish, tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy, they clash initially, but is there something deeper behind their animosity? Literature's greatest tale of manners, society and love has never felt so theatrical or spirited than it does in this effervescent adaptation of Jane Austen's classic romance from acclaimed writer and actress Kate Hamill (Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility). dorsettheatrefestival.org
Aug 12 - Dorset
"'A Life in the Theatre' part of Pipeline Series for Dorset Theatre Festival"
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-The-Plow, takes us into the lives of two actors: John, young and rising into the first flush of his success; the other Robert, older, anxious, and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of the theatre. dorsettheatrefestival.org
Aug 16-19 - Bennington
"Bennington Battle Day Parade and Activities"
Celebrate local and national history. The Celebration starts on Thursday, the official Battle Day, with free admission to all State Historic Sites. Enjoy community BBQ's, silent auctions, live music, and the Battle of the Pies all weekend long. It all leads up the the parade around downtown on Sunday! bennington.com/battleday
Aug 25 - Bennington
"Sun and Fun Festival"
All are are welcome to come enjoy this free celebration of the Nature and community! Meet a live owl and other Vermont wildlife at the Vermont Natural History Museum presentations. Kids activities include make your own solar fairy light, face painting, games, and more. We'll have live music by the Hale Mountain Pickers and the Throwbacks, as well as a delicious homemade luncheon. Over 20 local environmentally friendly groups will have displays, with break out sessions on back yard wind power, permaculture, beekeeping, composting, parachute yoga, and more. For more info: facebook.com/sunandfun, or call (802) 447-8982.
Aug 29-Sep 1 - Dorset
"'Ann' at Dorset Theatre Festival"
Written by award-winning actress and writer Holland Taylor, Ann is an inspiring and hilarious play that brings us face to face with the complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Performed by Emmy Award-winner Jayne Atkinson ("House of Cards," "Madam Secretary"), Ann takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family. dorsettheatrefestival.org
Aug 31-Sep 9 - Bennington
"'Proof' at Oldcastle Theatre"
David Auburn's play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony for Best Play. The play combines elements of mystery, romance, and surprise with old-fashioned storytelling. A compelling, smart and compassionate play. oldcastletheatre.com
Sep 1-2 - Bennington
"Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival"
Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from -you guessed it - garlic and herbs! Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. lovegarlic.com
Sep 8 - Manchester
"Maple Leaf Half Marathon"
A terrific excuse to race our country roads while supporting a fabulous cause! Run a stunning 13.1-mile loop through the hills and valleys of Manchester before returning to our Parks & Rec for food, drink, live music, and an awards ceremony. A top-notch, professional event, Maple Leaf is produced by partner charitable organizations, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Manchester Lions Club. manchestervtmapleleaf.com
Sep 22 - Peru
An old fashioned country fair. Fabulous pig roast, music and family entertainment, Vermont crafts, cloggers, antiques and art exhibits, demos, food and fun! perufair.org
Sep 27-Oct 20 - Weston
"'Two Trains Running' at Weston Playhouse"
An intimate portrait of extraordinary challenge and change. Curtain Times: Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday matinee at 2pm, and Sunday matinee at 3pm. Tickets: $43. westonplayhouse.org
Sep 28-30 - Manchester
"Fall Art & Craft Festival"
Quaint, historic Manchester has been hosting this Fall Art and Craft Festival for nearly thirty years! Juried artists and artisans shop their wares while musicians play and chefs craft excellent eats. Meet more than 100 talented makers while you shop for a one of a kind piece. Family friendly atmosphere, specialty foods and spirits tent, all around good vibe on a perfect foliage weekend. craftproducers.com
Oct 5-14 - Bennington
"'Long Day's Journey Into Night' at Oldcastle Theatre"
Considered by many to be the greatest play by America's greatest dramatist. Spanning one day in the life of a tumultuous family. Eugene O'Neil changed American drama forever and his play is a living testament to the power of theatre. oldcastletheatre.com
Oct 7 - Bennington
"Art & Architecture of the New Deal presentation at Bennington Museum"
Join Devin Colman, State Architectural Historian at the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation in Montpelier as he presents <em>Art & Architecture of the New Deal in Vermont</em>. His illustrated talk explores the New Deal art and building programs of the 1930s, with an emphasis on projects undertaken in Vermont. A graduate of Colby College, Colman earned his MS in Historic Preservation at the University of Vermont. This presentation is free and includes admission to the Museum's summer exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont. benningtonmuseum.org
Oct 10-14 - Manchester
The Independent Television Festival (ITVFest) called "the Sundance of independent television," welcomes thousands of attendees to the Green Mountains of Vermont for five days of screenings, lively panel discussions, and networking events with some of the television industry's best independent producers, content creators, and executives. The festival is lauded for both its intimacy and camaraderie as well as the 'can’t-find-anywhere-else' opportunities afforded to independent television creators.
Tickets can currently be purchased at itvfest.com and those interested in being a part of the event as volunteers are encouraged to send an email.
Oct 27 - Bennington
The event designed with children in mind! Pumpkin carving and painting, town trick-or-treating, face painting, and lots more will be going on throughout downtown Bennington. betterbennington.org