Things to do in Vermont – July 25-27

Marlboro Music FestivalThis posting is becoming a weekly tradition, I guess…
I hope you like it.
There seems to be a lot of music played these days in Vermont. Hey, it’s summer and concerts are mainly outdoors, it’s wonderful… except when we get pouring rain like last week-end… oups!
It reminds me that we want to give you some ideas of “summer concerts on the green” – stay tuned for this upcoming posting!
But for now, this week-end, what caught our attention:
Vermont Mozart Festival is still happening (the full schedule is on our Event Calendar page). There are more concerts to attend this week-end in one of the beautiful places the Festival chooses to play at: Friday night July 25, at the Barre Opera House (in-door) and outdoors on Saturday July 26 and Sunday July 27, concerts at Shelburne and at Stowe. We are planning to attend 2 of them… and praying for sunny weather;
Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow – 3nd week-end of competition at East Dorset; Photographers: remember you can participate to a digital photography contest (see last week’s posting);
11th Annual Green Mountain Antiques Show & Sale in Woodstock – We have not been there, but I am guessing that the event could be reasonably big, it’s in Woodstock afterall and it’s the 11th year they have it! For information, call 802-484-5942;
– The Green Mountain Chamber Festival is having concerts for the whole month of July. Friday night July 25 is a faculty concert “Immortal Beethoven” in Burlington. Should be nice!
– And more chamber music at Marlboro Music, Marlboro College – We are intrigued by this series of concerts, which seems to get great reviews. The Time says it’s “the most exciting chamber music in the U.S.”, the NY Times says “extraordinary rising stars and musical legends play side-by-side” – this week-end, Saturday night July 26 and Sunday afternoon July 27… we’ll try to go!
Harp concert, Heidi Soons, the principal harpist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra – Salisbury Congregational Church, Salisbury, this Friday July 25; For information, call 802-352-6671;
– The Vermont Arts Council has noted this special exhibit in Dorset, “It’s all about Marble: Dorset marble heritage” on the history of Dorset Quarries and its marble industry. Only Sunday afternoon July 27;
– and for something less serious, of course the Harpoon Brewery BBQ competition is Saturday July 26 and Sunday July 27 in Windsor. Well, we like the arts, but we also like fun, so we’ll be there Sunday evening!
– And last but not least, this Saturday July 26, for the sportive crowd (very fit crowd!), it’s the 5th Annual Onion River Century Ride – 100 kms or 110 miles biking ride.

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!

Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow – July-August

July 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Sports events

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.