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Samuel de Champlain - battle against Iroquois - Ticonderoga 1609
At 7pm tonight, October 24th, at the Vergennes Opera House, is the film premiere of “Champlain – the Lake Between” by filmmaker Caro Thompson. Samuel de Champlain seems to be quite a celebrity these days here in Vermont but also in Quebec and in New York State. 400 years ago, when he traveled these regions, he probably did not imagine he would be so popular centuries later… As Quebec celebrates the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec city by Samuel de Champlain and as New York and Vermont prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain by the French explorer next year, a lot is being written and discussed on this subject: conferences, movies and documentaries, books…
Tonight, Caro Thompson explores Samuel de Champlain’s legacy, the relationships between Natives and Europeans (the fur trade was essential to both the French and the Natives) and the history of the military forts (Lake Champlain was indeed a very strategic region at the time of New France). “The lake between” is the name native Americans had given to the lake… There will be a discussion with the filmmaker and reception. The documentary will also be broadcasted on Vermont Public Television, with a broadcast premiere on December 3, 2008, at 8pm.
More information at: Vergennes Opera House – Film premiere of “Champlain – The Lake Between”

In the past few weeks, there have been other events of interests, a recent conference in Vergennes on first contacts between Europeans and Natives, a presentation at Champlain College by the historian Willard Sterne Randall, TV programs on Quebec television, articles in Quebec newspapers and the New York Times… but if you missed them, you still have a chance to be part of this discovery experience.

Here are a few events to watch for:
– October 30 in Albany, Pulitzer prize winner David Hackett Fischer is presenting his new book: “Champlain’s Dream”. A superb book!
Details at: “Champlain’s Dream” – Book presentation
– July 2-5, 2009: Champlain College is organizing an international symposium called: “When the French were here”.
Details at: Champlain College – “When the French were here” – Conference
– And right here at Travel-Vermont.net, we are organizing a summer 2009 historic tour “When this land was called New France…” … 6 days of historic exploration of this beautiful region (Quebec, Vermont and New York State)… Samuel de Champlain’s explorations, the way French settlers lived here, the forts and military actions… in English or in French… In partnership with Ipswich Tours and History Traveler, the official travel organization of the History Channel, and one of the events of the Quadricentennial of Lake Champlain.
More details at:When this land was called New France“.

Related articles:
– Middlebury College’s professor Christopher Shaw has canoed the path taken by Samuel de Champlain this summer.
Read his September 26 article in the New York Times: Champlain’s Shores
– In the Boston Globe, March 9, 2008: “Champlain was here” … on the exploration of the coast of New England, all the way down to Cape Cod
– In the Times Argus, March 16, 2008: “A bold arrival, an obscure end for French in Vermont”
“Champlain names his lake”, a presentation by historian Willard Sterne Randall, from the Champlain College will air soon on Channel17 TownMeeting in streaming video. Check: Town Meeting Digital Television Conversion
– You can already see a presentation he did on Jacques Cartier and French explorers at: “Jacques Cartier and fool’s gold”
– The documentary “Facing Champlain, A Work in 3 Dimensions” by award-winning Quebec filmmaker Jean-François Pouliot can be seen at the Centre d’interprétation de Place-Royale in Quebec city
Details at: Centre d’interprétation de Place-Royale
– Map of Samuel de Champlain’s voyages
Lake Champlain… New France

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pumpkinsFoliage in Vermont is still beautiful in a lot of places, and if in some places, the leaves have fallen, you can see “golden lawns” and it’s still spectacular on a sunny week-end day. So, it seems it’s still a week-end to enjoy the outdoors. And, as Halloween is approaching, one fun thing to do is to take part in one of the few pumpkin events throughout the state.

3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival – Manchester – Saturday October 18 – This is a serious thing! The Festival is trying to reconquer its Guinness World’s Record for the place where the most carvers are working at the same time! So 2 pm is the time to be there. There is also the 1st Annual Harvest Dinner, at 6 pm at the Equinox Valley Nursery, with food from local chefs and music.
More information at: 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival

23rd Annual Pumpkin Festival – Townshend – Saturday October 18 – A day of fun with contests for best decorated pumpkin, best pumpkin pie, best scarecrow, best costume and of course pumpkin pies for sale, and more.
More information at: Townshend Vermont

9th Annual Cabot Apple Pie Festival – Cabot – Saturday October 18 – There will be apple pie contest (enter your pie by 10:30 am) and the group will participate to the state-wide Pumpkin Carving Guinness World’s Record at 2 pm as well. Also apple pies for sale, cider and apple tasting and more.
More information at: Cabot Historical Society

Pumpkin Carving Party – The Haunted Forest – Willington – Saturday October 18 – There is free snacks and a Power Tool Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Haunted Forest this week-end. And of course, you can always come back to one of the Haunted Forest’s performances on October 23-26 and 30-31. The Haunted Forest is listed as one of the Top 10 fall events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. It must be quite an experience, as mysterious guides lead the visitors through the Haunted Forest, lit by over 1,000 jack-o’lanterns – an event which “combines outdoor theater, special effects, the magic of the night forest, and the spirit of Halloween to delight audiences of all ages” they say.
More information at: The Haunted Forest

The Enchanted Forest – Hubbard Park, Montpelier – Saturday October 18 – 4 to 8 pm. The Friends of the Parks are promising theater, storytelling, candlelit trails, wagon rides for the kids and more. You can buy tickets in advance at the Montpelier City Hall.
More information at: (802) 223-9500

– And finally, if you are in the Northeast Kingdom, go and visit Ben’s Pumpkins in East Hardwick. He grows 12 varieties of pumpkins – for all tastes and purposes, pie pumpkins, carving pumpkins, giant pumpkins – on the 4 acres of his farm. On an usual year, it’s a total of 4,000 pumpkins he sells, even though this year’s harvest has been somewhat affected by the heavy rains. Where to find him? 824 Pumpkin Lane… of course!

Related article: Enjoy Vermont foliage… differently

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applesColumbus Day week-end is a week-end of apple festivals throughout Vermont – a lot to enjoy in these small or large events.

26th Annual Vermont Apple Festival – Springfield – Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12. A small local event with 50 crafters and an apple pie baking contest on Sunday. It was listed as one of the Top Ten Fall Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in 2007.
More information at: Springfield Apple Festival

The Fameuse Apple – Chimney Point Historic Site – Addison – Saturday October 11, 2PM. A presentation by the botanist Elizabeth Gilbert on the historic Fameuse apple, planted by the French settlers in the 18th century. Chimney Point is charming, with its view on the lake and the foliage… and we’ll be there!
More information on Chimney Point Historic Site

South Hero Applefest and Craft Show – South Hero – Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12. They say it’s Vermont’s largest apple festival. Don’t they all say that? No website though…

36th Annual Apples and Crafts Fair – Route 4 – Woodstock – Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12. Over 100 juried vendors. No website.

Heirloom Apple Day at The Apple Packing Barn – The Scott Farm, Dummerston – Sunday October 12 – The Scott Farm is a land trust USA property and they grow more than 70 varieties of the Heirlom apple from around the world. They open their packing barn every Columbus week-end for this event. There is free tasting of heirloom apples baked and squeezed and presentations of the apple history at 10 am, noon and 2 pm.
More information at: Scott Farm – apple tasting days

Dummerston Apple Pie Festival – Dummerston Congregational Church – Dummerston Center – Sunday October 12 – Also in Dummerston, this event has been taking place for more than 40 years… and it is one of the Top Ten Fall Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce this year. From 9 am until everything is sold out, you can buy a piece of pie or the whole pie. They make more than1500 apple pies! They also serve Vermont cheddar cheese, homemade ice cream, cider, coffee, donuts. No website.

Well, I hope you love apples!
The weather and foliage is definitely perfect this week-end to drive around. Enjoy!
Related articles:
Sunset on Historic Chimney Point
Vermont Scenic Drives – Route 17

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Winter season in VermontFoliage is absolutely beautiful right now… but ski lovers should already think “ski” because there are only a few days left to get a pre-season deal on ski season passes in most of Vermont ski resorts!
So, here at Travel-Vermont.net, we’d like to make your life really simple.

Below is the complete list of Vermont ski resorts, with link to their websites (season passes) and the deadline for the pre-season discounts. You can see where they are all located on this map of Vermont ski resorts.

Ascutney Mountain Resort – Deadline: October 13
Bear Creek – Private resort
Bolton Valley – Cut-off date was September 22 – oups, sorry
Bromley – Deadline: October 15
Burke Mountain – Deadline: No date
Jay Peak Resort – Deadline: October 13
Killington – Deadline: October 15
Mad River Glenn – Deadline: October 15
Magic Mountain – Cut-off date was September 30 – oups, sorry
Cochran’s Ski Area – Deadline: December 1
Middlebury College Snow Bowl – Deadline: End of October
Mount Snow – Deadline: October 13
Okemon Mountain – Deadline: October 13
Pico Mountain – Deadline: October 15
Smugglers’ Notch Resort – Deadline: By Halloween!
Stowe – Deadline: October 24
Stratton – Deadline: October 13
Sugarbush – Deadline: November 9 on college passes
Suicide Six at Woodstock Inn – Deadline: No date

Don’t hesitate to send us your comments and come back to read our articles and watch the ski reports!

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Antiques Shows - VermontOctober 4th and 5th is a big week-end for antiques fans in Vermont this year. If you are one of those, you will definitely be delighted to know that there are actually three antiques shows taking place this week-end:

– The Lake Champlain Antiques Show – Sheraton Exhibition Center, Burlington – Exit 14 – Saturday October 4th from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday October 5th from 10 am to 4 pm. It is said to be Lake Champlain region largest antique show.
More information at: Antiquing Vermont

– The Vermont Antique and Expo Sale – Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction – Saturday October 4th from 8:30 am to 5 pm and on Sunday October 5th from 8:30 am to 4 pm. It will showcase antiques dealers and also offer seminars on antique furniture and other subjects.
More information at: Champlain Valley Expo

31st Annual Antiques Show – Bromley Mountain Thrill Zone, Route 11, Peru – Saturday October 4th and Sunday October 5th from 10:30 am to 5 pm.
More information at: Bromley Mountain

Quite an opportunity to drive around, admire the foliage at its peak, and discover the antique hidden gem you have dreamt of!

And for the music lovers:
– the Made in Vermont Music Festival with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra – Chandler Music Hall, Randolph – Saturday October 4th, 7:30 pm– One of the last concerts of this festival, it will play music by Vivaldi, Grieg and Gerswhin – Conductor and soloist Jaime Laredo.
More information at: Chandler Arts

And for the hikers fond of history:
11th Annual Mount Zion Hike – Hubbardton Battlefield Historic Site – Sunday October 5th, from 2 pm to 5 pm.
What a wonderful way to admire the breathtaking fall mountain views! The Mount Zion hike is an easy to moderate climb, offering spectacular views of the Taconics, lower Green Mountain range, and Adirondacks, and is the only vantage point from which the entire battlefield can be seen. Historic site interpreter Carl Fuller will accompany the hike and discuss the famous July 7, 1777, Revolutionary War Battle of Hubbardton, the role Mount Zion played in the battle, and what you can see from the summit. Bring sturdy shoes and enjoy!
More information at: Hubbardton Battlefield Historic Site
Related post and photos: Battle of Hubbardton reenactment

You can also enjoy the usual… and unusual activities that Vermont has to offer for its wonderful foliage season. Read our previous article: Enjoy Vermont Foliage… Differently

Enjoy this wonderful week-end and don’t miss our next week-end article… there are exciting events taking place in Vermont on October 11-12 week-end.

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Vermont foliageFall has arrived and with the beautiful foliage season here in Vermont some of our newest articles have quickly become very popular. So, if you have missed one of these, make sure to check them out!

1- Samuel de Champlain’s Voyages
2- Enjoy Vermont Foliage… Differently
3- Lake Champlain… New France
4- Brewpubs of Vermont
5- Who Makes the Best Maple Creemee?

Thanks for reading us this month!