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Tiger LiliesSummer is definitely here and Vermont is still booming with activities and festivals. Anywhere you stay, you can enjoy music or historic narrations or military reenactments or food festivals!
So, as you plan the upcoming week-end, here are a few events we noticed:
Vermont Mozart Festival is in full swing with both adults and kids concerts this week-end;
25th anniversary week-end of Billings Farms, Woodstock – July 20 – with lots of activities planned. The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra will perform at 1 pm, and Robert Resnik & Friends at 3 pm. There will be free ice cream and cookies throughout the day. And Governor Jim Douglas will be there (2 pm)!
Mount Independence reenactment and encampment “Soldiers Atop the Mount” – it’s the major activity of the summer for the site;
7th Annual Killington Wine Festival – July 17-20
Vermont Brewers Festival – July 18-19 – Rumor is that the Brewers Festival in Quebec is better but…
30th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-green – July 13-19 – Vermont Public Radio (VPR) gave a nice preview last Saturday of some interesting musicians participating to the event, such as some celtic and some Quebec traditional music groups;
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, near Vergennes, has a fun small boat race on Sunday (3 miles rowing or paddling) attracting around 50 participants and a small crowd of roughly 200;
Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow – 2nd week-end of competition. Interestingly, the Northshire Digital Arts Center holds a digital photography contest for all attendees and participants of the horseshows. Check rules and prizes here.
David Maxwell – Bennington Center for the Arts – The concert will be recorded for a future album. The organizers say that critics and fans think David Maxwell is one of the finest blues pianists alive.
Marlboro Music – Marlboro College, Malboro – We don’t know the event, but the organizers are quoting the Time to have said that it is “the most exciting chamber music in the U.S.”
We’ll be posting more details in the next couple of days. Make sure to come back and visit us.
Also, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment on one of these events if you got a chance to attend!

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Vermont Summer Festival HorsehowThis article is a special contribution from Ariana Monti, Vermont rider & horse sports fan. Photography credit to David Mullinix.
Horseback riders have plenty of summertime activities in Vermont, including the returning Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow which kicks off another six-week run of top horse jumping competition at the Harold Beebe Farm off Rte 7 in East Dorset, VT this weekend. I spent a “Grand Prix Sunday” at the show a few summers ago, and had an amazing time watching horse and human competitors square off against one another for the top prizes.
Spectators are warmly welcomed at New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter/jumper horse show, so whether you’re a horse-show veteran or a first-time visitor, this show is a great weekend option.  The first five Sundays feature a $30,000 Grand Prix and it all concludes on Sunday, August 17, with the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix. On Sundays, entrance fees are $7 Adults/$5 Children and Wed-Sat are $5/$3 (proceeds donated to local schools).  Long-time fans of horse jumping competition may enjoy the quieter weekday competition schedule.
Personally, I also love the horse-related shopping on-site, with tack stores setting up temporary locations including Bevals, Oak Manor Saddlery, and Hadfield’s Saddlery; as well as saddle companies like Devoucoux, CWD, and County Saddlery. And, all that spectating and shopping might make you want a drink or bite to eat… all available from New England vendor David’s World Famous Catering. Of course, the Manchester Designer Outlets are also just down the road if you want to do some non-equine shopping or for more food options! I hope you’ll get a chance to enjoy it all!
Schedule for the Vermont Summer Festival Horsehow.

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Hubbardton reenactment
Sunday morning – July 6, 2008 – Battle of Hubbardton reenactment

Fourth of July’s week-end is hardly over that we are already thinking about next week-end! Summer is here and Vermont has so many events and activities to choose from! It seems particulary true for the upcoming week-end of July 12-13.
So, we thought we would share our initial thoughts with you, the few events which garbed our attention, and which we will write more about as the week progresses.
Vermont Mozart Festival – a renowned festival for musicians, will have its Grand Opening next Sunday night at Shelburne Farms. We’ll be there!
French Heritage Days, Vergennes – an event more popular every year, for the people like me who enjoy Quebec food and music, and a lot more! We’ll be there as well, on Saturday.
– the Mountain Bike Festival in Waterbury July 12 and 13 – for the more sportive among us!
– the Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow – the start of six weeks of top equestrian competition in the beautiful Green Mountains scenery;
– the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival – 25 hot air balloons will launch Friday at 6:30pm, Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 a.m.!
So… come back and visit us for more detailed information and all the relevant links. And don’t miss our upcoming story on the Best Maple Cremee in Vermont as well!

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