Labor Day Week-end – Things to do in Vermont

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Something for everyone, from fishing to outdoors sports, gastronomy, history, music and more!
9th Annual LCI Lake Champlain Bass Open – Sunday August 31 – Competitive bass fishing. You bring in your 6 best Champlain bass and there is $3,000 for the winner. The rumor is that it is one of the top 10 attended events in Vermont (dixit a fisherman).
More information at: Bass Open Tournament
5th Annual Plymouth Folk & Blues – Saturday August 30 and Sunday August 31 – 2 to 5 p.m. at the historic Plymouth Notch (President Calvin Coolidge Homestead). One of the Top 10 Fall Events, selected by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Once again, a musical event in this pleasant country place, with local and nationally known musicians. The concerts are free and there is a BBQ at noon on Sunday at the Wilder House restaurant. Too many musician names to mention but there are people like Craig Bickhardt, a hugely successful songwriter who has written songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Alison Krauss, and many others, Alastair Moock has won top honors at many of the country’s most prestigious contests and Nashville star Mare Wakefield, who has been called the sonic love child of Emmylou Harris and John Denver.
More information at: Plymouth Folk and Historic Vermont Sites
16th Annual Echo Lake Road Race: East Charleston – Saturday August 30 – 9 a.m. – You can choose your race: walk, run or bike, 5 or 10 miles on dirt roads around the lake.
More information at: Echo Lake Race
Presentation on Ethan Allen’s writing: South Woodstock – Saturday August 30 – 2 p.m. – For the history lovers, J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Vermont Historical Society discussed the prolific and passionate writer, Ethan Allen, leader of the Green Mountain Boys and hero of the battle of Ticonderoga. An historic person difficult to miss if you are interested in the American Revolution history of the region.
More information at: Vermont Humanities
13th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival: Bennington – Saturday August 30 and Sunday August 31 – 10-5 p.m. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce awarded this event as one of the Top 10 Summer Events in Vermont. We don’t always agree with their selection, but it is definitely a unique subject for a festival.
A number of restaurants offer a vast variety of garlic-inspired foods. Live music can also be enjoyed throughout the event.
More information at:

Hope you enjoy the long week-end! And as usual, we would love to hear from you: suggestions, questions, comments…

Summer Folk Concerts in Strafford

July 29, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Music events

Unitarian Universal church Strafford
The next two Wednesday night concerts seem to be made just for me, the Brittany “girl” who I am… This Wednesday (July 30), at the historic Unitarian Universalist Church in South Strafford, the concert is traditional music and folklore from the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and beyond, and next Wednesday (August 6) it’s sailors’ songs! Everything my childhood in Brittany was made of! It is actually pretty rare to hear Brittany songs on this side of the ocean, at celtic concerts. I am pretty excited!
And the location (we have not been there before) must be lovely. It is not in the famous Strafford meeting house on the top of the green, built in 1799, which actually was the original Universalist Church. However, as we know, the State later had forbidden ties between church and state, and the 1799 building became solely the meeting house and a new church – the one that welcomes this series of folk concerts – was built in South Strafford and dedicated in 1833.
Well, it holds the promise for an enjoyable evening… may be you’ll join us there!
Details on these 2008 Strafford Unitarian Universalist Church Summer Folk Concerts: Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm – $12.00/adult, children under 14 free
Directions: Coming from I-89 you get off at exit 2 and head north. That is a left hand turn if you have been going south on I-89 and a right turn if you have been heading north. You continue up 132 for 8 miles and come to a stop sign. The Universalist Church is directly in front of you. Parking is up by the Church or across the street in the Barrett Hall lot.
Complete schedule:
July 30 – WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY – Celtic Music with Bob DeMarco, Rachel Clark, Bob Smith and Steve Brittain. From the mountains of Vermont, Wind that Shakes the Barley presents a tantalizing mixture of traditional music and folklore from the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and beyond.
August 6 – DAVID COFFIN – Maritime Songs & History. Explore the life of a sailor, a whaler, a fisherman and hear the songs that illustrate the life they pursued at sea. Sing along on a shanty as we “hoist” the sails, “haul” on the lines, and stamp around the capstan.
Aug 13 – JESSE LEGÉ – Louisiana’s Cajun Music with Andy Stewart and Mary Jo Slattery Jesse Legé (vocals, Cajun accordion), Andy Stewart (fiddle) MJ Slattery (guitar, vocals). Louisiana’s renowned Cajun accordionist and vocalist Jesse Legé joins the locally-based Slattery & Stewart duo to serve up a rousing program of Cajun two-steps and waltzes.
August 20 – LUI COLLINS – folk singer/songwriter. Lui Collins’ music, poetry and inspiring spirit have spread into the hearts and homes of people of all ages. Lui will be joined by other local musicians celebrating our community of music and friends. Benefit concert.