Handel’s Messiah Concerts in Vermont – 2009 Season

December 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Music events

 Handel’s Messiah concert
Due to popular demand, we have gathered the list of Handel’s Messiah concerts in Vermont this December… just like last year! Let’s enjoy the music of Christmas!

The Vermont Philharmonic has two Handel’s Messiah concerts:
– In Montpelier – Friday December 4th, 2009 at 7:30 pm at the Saint Augustine Church – and in Barre – Sunday December 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm at the Barre Opera House – The Vermont Philharmonic performs the Messiah with conductor Lisa Jablow.
More information at: Vermont Philharmonic

Brattleboro – Saturday December 5th, 2009 at 1 pm 39th Annual Community Messiah Sing – Centre Congregational Church. Conductor Terry Larsen with soloists Christine Speidel, soprano, Lisa Woods, alto, Tim Levesque, tenor and Andrew Semegram, bass and organist Bill McKim. 250 to 300 singers will join in the choruses. It is a fund raising event for the homeless.
More information at: Friends of music at Guilford

Rutland – Sunday December 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm – The Grace Congregational Church will have its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.
More information at: (802) 775-4301.

Thursday December 17th, 2009 at 7:30pm, Community Church, Stowe and Friday December 18th, 2009 at 8pm, College Street Congregational Church, Burlington: Performance of the Vermont Mozart Festival orchestra with the Oriana Singers; conductor William Metcalfe
More information at: Vermont Mozart Festival http://www.vtmozart.org/

– Middlebury – Sunday December 20st, 2009 at 2 pm – Middlebury Congregational ChurchA sing-along led by Jeff Rehbach, conductor of the Middlebury College Community Chorus.
More information at: Middlebury College – Annual Messiah Sing

Stowe – Monday December 21nd, 2009 at 7:30 pm – 17th Annual Handel’s Messiah Community Sing – Stowe Community Church – It’s also a sing-along with the soloists and the 20-piece orchestra.
More information at: Go Stowe

 And finally,
Arlington – Sunday December 27th, 2009 at 3 pm 7th Annual Messiah Sing-along – St. James Episcopal Church
More information at: St. James Episcopal Church

Enjoy the music!

Celebrate Vermont Art during Open Studio Weekend

May 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Art events, Blog

laurence_coffin_open_studio_week-end_575Photo Courtesy: Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, watercolor from Laurence Coffin, displayed as part of the Vermont Watercolor Society Spring Show.

Vermont’s natural scenic beauty will be enhanced this weekend, as nearly 300 artists and craftspeople across the state open their studios to visitors. The 17th annual Open Studio Weekend, May 23-24, is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process.

Open Studio Weekend gives you access to the workshops of glass blowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers.

The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a free map booklet with directions to participating sites.
These maps make it easy to tour the state – and meet the people behind the artwork you may have admired in shops and galleries.

With hundreds of artists to exhibiting their work, it’s difficult to choose. Here are some ideas:

Southern Vermont:

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, in Plymouth Notch, opens for the 2009 season on Saturday, May 23, and will host several exceptional artisans as part of the Vermont Craft Council’s Open Studio Weekend.

Over the years, the President Coolidge Homestead has become an Open Studio “hub,” where Vermont artisans temporarily relocate their studios. This year, Irene Ames of Derby will demonstrate basket making in the Sweetser family tradition.

Also on site will be members of the local chapter of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration: Dolores Furnari of Brandon and Pat Lacy of East Wallingford will offer stenciling activities for children, and Mary Perry of Salisbury, New Hampshire will demonstrate reverse painting on glass.

More information on President Calvin Coolidge Homestead.

Central Vermont:

In Montpelier, The Artisans Hand Craft Gallery is a gallery showing sophisticated crafts, including prints, photographs, textiles, and some sculpture from a number of participating craftspeople.

One of the gallery’s best known artists is Lochlin Smith, whose bronze jewelry is popular throughout New England. Lochlin will be welcoming people to his studio in Montpelier.

Look, too, for Mary Stone’s clay whistles – hand-formed, musical clay sculptures – and fiber artist Karen Henderson’s weavings and fabric pieces. Yarn-maker Denise D’Abramo will hold an informal Natural Dye Workshop in her Plainfield workshop.

At the gallery, you can see who your favorite artists are, and get directions to visit their own studios nearby.

More information on its website: The Artisans Hand.

Northern Vermont:

Drive along the spine of the Green Mountains as you tour studios and galleries, beginning with the Emile Gruppe Gallery, in Jericho. This historic building hosts the Vermont Watercolor Society Spring Show, which includes local artists, as well as out-of-towners. More information on the exhibit: Vermont Watercolor Society Spring Show.

Pick up maps, directions and descriptions of area artists’ work at the gallery, and follow the festival’s yellow road signs onto roads with names like Brown’s Trace, Governor Peck, and Nashville.

Founded in the 1940s, the Shelburne Art Center (formerly known as the Shelburne Craft School) is a nonprofit institution offering dozens of art and crafts classes in a range of media, taught by some of Vermont’s most talented artists. More information on the Shelburne Art Center.

Finally, from the Shelburne Art Center, you can visit artists and artisans working on Lake Champlain – including oil painter Mary Ellen Manock’s Kingsland Terrace studio, and watercolorist Katharine Montstream’s Main St. studio. Both take in views of the water while making the most of Vermont’s largest city.

The 32-page Vermont Studio Tour Guide (with maps) is available at Vermont Information Centers, and at individual studios and galleries, or can be downloaded as a PDF at: Open Studio Week-End Guide.
More information and maps at: Vermont Studio Tour Guide.

Related article
: President Calvin Coolidge Homestead – Historic Site

Discover Vermont Chocolates

May 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Regional specialties

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Photo Credit: Paul Rogers.

Known for culinary delights such as maple syrup and specialty cheeses, Vermont also has its share of superb chocolate makers.

Lake Champlain Chocolates
The state’s largest chocolate producer, based in Burlington, started small. In 1983, restaurant owner Jim Lampman began making hand-rolled truffles for his staff and select patrons. Demand was so great he soon turned to chocolate full time.

The company now owns three shops and cafés in Vermont, and sells its wares – truffles; raspberry, orange and cherry creams; hazelnut pralines; peanut butter cups; and Chocolates of Vermont (Belgian chocolate combined with rich local ingredients) – in over 1,200 independent specialty stores across the country.

The selection is diverse and delicious, but don’t take our word for it. Watch their chocolates being made, and enjoy discounts on factory “seconds” – slightly imperfect chocolates – at their factory store in Burlington.

In winter, the cozy, sweet-smelling café is THE place to sample the company’s four varieties of hot chocolate. And don’t worry, there’s a comparable summer ritual: locals and visitors welcome warm weather with a scoop of their sublime chocolate ice cream.

Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe
Owner and chocolate maker Leigh Williams has been creating artisan chocolates and old fashioned sweets in Stowe for over fourteen years, with an increasing commitment to local ingredients and the environment.

Hand-rolled truffles incorporate all kinds of rich liquor: Boyden Valley Wines, Green Mountain Distillers Sunshine Vodka and Maple Liquor, Flag Hill Farm Pear and Apple Brandys, and Rock Art Vermonster Beer. Their popular chocolate cookies, covered with milk, dark and white chocolate, come from the Sweet Crunch Bake Shop in Hyde Park.

And Laughing Moon makes more than chocolate – they recently started to candy fresh organic orange slices in Honeygardens of Vermont honey.

Tom & Sally’s Handmade Chocolates
Tom and Sally (yes, those are their real names) arrived from Manhattan nearly 20 years ago to live their dream of making chocolate in beautiful southern Vermont. Their line of sweets includes hand-crafted Luxury Chocolates; chocolate bars wrapped with vintage art; and old time pleasures, peanut brittle and almond toffee.

Our favorites are the 100% Organic Skinny Bars – rich in flavor, low in fat. These single serving size dark chocolate bars, made from 100% organic dark Belgian chocolate, with cocoa contents ranging from 66 to 78%, are infused with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee, ginger root, peppermint leaves, and raspberry.

The yummy confections weigh in at 1.5 oz, and average about 200 calories a bar – which you can burn off in the one-hour guided factory tour in their Brattleboro headquarters.

Touring the state?
Visit these other Vermont chocolate makers, located a bit more off the beaten path:
Snowflake Chocolatiers, in Jericho
Daily Chocolate, in Vergennes
Vermont Chocolatiers, of Northfield
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, of Grand Isle
Nutty’s Steph’s Chocolate Factory, of Montpelier

And last but not least, discover these fine chocolate makers – and others – at the Chocolate Festival, the 3rd Annual Festival of Sweets, Nov. 21-22, 2009 at the Doubletree Hotel in Burlington.

Celebrate Spring at Adamant’s Blackfly Festival

May 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Celebrations

black_fly_festival_575This article is a special contribution from Montpelier’s local resident Karen Kane, owner of Paris by design and Montreal by design.

Forget about fiddleheads, peepers, or maple sugaring. Blackflies are the real harbinger of spring in central Vermont!

And excitement is building as the residents of Adamant, VT, a rural village near the state capital of Montpelier, prepare to host the 7th Annual Adamant Blackfly Festival on Sat. May 16th, 2009.

Adamant is a small, unincorporated village, situated on the town line between Calais to the north and east Montpelier to the south. There is no true boundary to define the village, and as such there is debate as to what constitutes residence. This is, however, purely theoretical as there is no legal, governmental or commercial status associated with residence.

The general wisdom is that “Adamant is a state of mind.”

The Blackfly Festival exemplifies an important aspect of the small community’s state of mind: creativity. Its inhabitants, many of whom are artists, are resourceful and fun-loving. The festival is the brainchild of Adamant resident Cindy Cook, whose family timed a trip to Ireland to avoid the small flying creatures, one year.

“They bite, draw blood and leave welts,” says Cook. “I can’t go outside the house without a head net when they’re out. Creating the festival was one way to keep us from going insane.”

With any luck, the guests of honor won’t be in attendance this year.

The Blackfly Festival has two purposes: to benefit the Adamant Co-op, which is the oldest food co-op in Vermont, and to have some serious fun. The event brings together the entire community – and visitors from across the country – to celebrate, in Cook’s words, “the bug we love to hate.”

The day’s events take place at the Adamant Co-op. The oldest food cooperative in Vermont was incorporated in 1935, when eleven families contributed five dollars a piece to provide working capital. Since then, the coop has functioned as a small, community-run general store and post office. It is a place where folks stop to get a few groceries, pick up their mail, and find out what’s new with their neighbors. The store is the heart and soul of Adamant.

There is a parade at 3pm featuring eclectic costumes, impromptu music, synchronized bug zappers, a local Ferrari, and farm equipment. Past parades have been described as “campy,” “a whole lot of fun,” and “the Macy’s Day Parade of the Insect World.”

The Blackfly Pie contest at 1pm is expected to draw out the competitive spirit in local bakers. Categories include Best Tasting, Best Appearance, and Most Creative. Judges include chefs from the nearby New England Culinary Institute, one of the finest cooking schools in the country.

The grill fires up at 11am. Music throughout the day will be provided by several bands, including Earthman Band, with local musician Pitz Quattrone playing the digeridoo. And there is much more to discover…

For more information, visit Adamant’s Blackfly Festival. And to see a video of the festival, click on this link.

The Montpelier Art Walk Kicks Off Spring!

March 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Art events, Blog

art_walk_575This article is a special contribution from local artist Mary Adamsian, exhibiting at the Lazy Pear Gallery.

Montpelier Art Walk takes place on Friday March 27th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm!
We hope you’ll join the creative community in celebrating some of the finest artists and craftspeople that New England has to offer. With fifteen art venues ranging from galleries, restaurants, stores and government buildings. This is an event not to be missed.
Expand your visual senses and share your opinions and ideas with others… Meet the artists that create the works you’ll experience…
This event does coincide with the Green Mountain Film Festival. Why not journey to the fun artistic locations around Montpelier between the assorted movie venues?
Art walk booklets, listing participating venues, the featured artists, and coupons to local restaurants can be picked up at all the participating locations around Montpelier.

The participating locations are:

On State Street:

  • Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery & Sculpture Gallery – 136 State Street
  • Vermont State House: Cafeteria (closed at 4:30)
  • Vermont Supreme Court Lobby (until 7pm) – 111 State Street
  • Governor’s Office, Pavilion (until 7pm) – 109 State Street
  • Positive Pie 2 – 22 State Street
  • Afterimage Photography – 26 State Street
  • Vermont Trading Company – 27 State Street
  • Capitol Grounds – 27 State Street
  • Phoenix Rising – 34 State Street
  • Salaam – 40 State Street
  • Restaurant Phoebe (4pm – 6pm) – 52 State Street

On Main Street:

  • The Lazy Pear Gallery – 154 Main Street
  • Kellogg – Hubbard Library (4 pm to 5:30pm) – 135 Main Street
  • Green Mountain Medicinals Herb Shop – 104 Main Street (2nd floor)
  • Art Resource Association: City Center – 89 Main Street
  • Artisans Hand Craft Gallery – 89 Main Street
  • La Brioche – 89 Main Street
  • Bear Pond Books – 77 Main Street
  • Montpelier City Hall Plaza – 39 Main Street
  • Rhapsody – 28 Main Street
  • The Drawing Board – 22 Main Street

On Langdon Street:

  • Langdon Street Cafe – 4 Langdon Street
  • Global Gifts – 7 Langdon Street
  • The Shoe Horn – 8 Langdon Street
  • Buch Spieler – 27 Langdon Street

Others:

  • The Cheshire Cat – 28 Elm Street
  • TW Wood Gallery – 36 College Street

Come and see!

For more information on the artists exhibiting: The Lazy Pear Gallery
Related article2009 Vermont Film Festivals – Line-ups

2009 Vermont Film Festivals – Line-ups

March 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Cultural events

green_mountain_film_festival_575This week is the Green Mountain Film Festival… But we are taking the opportunity to also bring you information on other film festivals or film series throughout the state of Vermont this year. After all, the ski season is almost over, and spring is not quite here yet. It’s the perfect time to go to the movies!

12th Annual Green Mountain Film Festival – March 20-29 – Montpelier
Hundreds of screenings. A very interesting selection of movies in several avenues.
See the complete list of movies with dates of the screenings, summaries, and links to reviews. Make sure to buy tickets early, some movies are already sold out.
Locations: Savoy Theater, City Hall Arts Center and Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Official website:  Green Mountain Film Festival

Reel Paddling Film Festival – April 4 – Colchester – 8pm
The Reel Paddling Film Festival is showing the best paddling films of the year from around the world.
Location: McCarthy Recital Hall – St. Michael’s College
More information at: Reel Paddling Film Festival – Vermont

Hirschfield International Film Series – Middlebury – April – May
The 2008-2009 Film Series still has some showings in April. You can see these films on Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm.
Upcoming showings:
April 4: The Band’s Visit (Israel, 2007, 87 minutes) – Winner 2008 Un Certain Regard – Jury Coup de Coeur, Cannes; Winner 2007 European Film Award; Winner 2007 Grand Prix at Warsaw International Film Festival. In English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
April 11: Zodiac (US, 2007, 158 minutes) – Nominated 2007 Golden Palm, Cannes.
April 18: City of Men (Brazil, 2007, 110 minutes) – Nominated for 2008 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
April 25: Syndromes and a Century (Thailand, 2006, 105 minutes) – 2007 Winner at the Asian Film Awards; Nominated 2006 Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival. In Thai with English subtitles.
May 2: Duchess of Langeais (France, 2007, 137 minutes) – Nominated 2007 Golden Berling Bear, Berlin International Film Festival.
Location: Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium on College Street
Cost: free
More information: Middlebury – Calendar of Events 2009

Central Asian Cinema Film Series – Asian Cultural Center of Vermont – West Brattleboro
A pretty amazing program of movies on Central Asia. Who would have thought that you could view so many movies about Central Asia in Vermont?
These are feature movies, subtitled in English, preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion.
It is a little difficult to identify the movies on the events page of the website, as 2007, 2008 and 2009 events are all mixed together on the page.
Here is the list of the upcoming showings.

white-mountains-kyrgyz-movie-75Saturday, March 28, 2009 – 5pm
The White Mountains, a film from Kyrgyzstan by Melis Ubukeev
(62 minutes, 1998, subtitles)

 

land-of-the-fathers-movie-75Saturday, April 4, 2009 – 5pm
The Land of the Fathers, a film from Kazakhstan by Shaken Aimanov
(85 minutes, 1966)

 

aksuat-movie-75Tuesday, April 7, 2009 – 6pm
Aksuat, a film from Kazakhstan by Serik Aprimov
(80 minutes, 1997)

 

little-angel-movie-75Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – 6pm
Little Angel, Make me Happy, a film from Turkmenistan
(88 minutes, 1993)

 

daughter-in-law-movie-75Saturday, May 9 – 5pm
Daughter-in-law, a film from Turkmenistan
(75 minutes, 1963)

 

kosh-ba-kosh-movie-75Tuesday, June 16, 2009 – 6pm
Kosh Ba Kosh, a film from Tajikistan
(1993, 98 minutes)

 

hasan-arbakesh-movie-75Tuesday June 30, 2009 – 5pm
Hasan – Arbakesh, a film from Tajikistan
(1965, 91 minutes)

 

the-orator-uzbek-movie-75Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 6pm
The Orator, a film from Uzbekistan
(90 minutes, 1998)

 

youarenotanorphan-movie-75Saturday, July 11, 2009 – 5pm
You are not an Orphan, a film from Uzbekistan
(75 minutes, 1963)

 

beshkempir-kyrgyz-movie-75Tuesday, August 11, 2009 – 6pm
Beshkempir, a film from Kyrgyzstan by Aktan Abdykalykov
(77 minutes, 1998, subtitles)

Location: 814 Western Avenue, West Brattleboro
More information  and story lines at: Asian Cultural Center of Vermont – Events

2nd Annual Vermont Samurai Kaiju Film Festival – October 23-25, 2009 – Brattleboro area theatres
A festival of Samurai and Kaiju films in Japanese. Kaiju, in Japanese, means ‘mysterious beast’ and refers to a film genre that started in the 50s. The Samurais are Japanese warriors. Schedule to be announced
More information at: Vermont Samurai Kaiju

Other film series or film festivals we missed – we’ll bring them to you next year… promised!

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – February 2009 – Burlington
The World Tour brings a selection of around 30 of the best outdoor life films from the Banff Film Festival.
More information at: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Stowe Mountain Film Series – December to March 2009 – Stowe
Stowe Mountain Resort brings you a number of films on skiing.
Main location: Spruce Base Camp, Stowe Mountain Resort
More information at: Vermont Ski Museum events

Women’s Film Festival – Brattleboro – March 13-22, 2009
An annual festival of documentaries and feature films made mainly by women, highlighting women’s lives around the world and telling women’s stories.
It was the 18th year of that festival. Proceeds go to the Women’s Crisis Center of Windham County.
Locations: Three downtown locations close to Brattleboro’s Amtrak station.
More information at: Women’s Film Festival

New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Torchlight Parades, etc.

December 28, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Celebrations, Lake Champlain - 400 years

New Year fireworksNote: This is a 2008 article which we will update in a few days.

Vermont is celebrating New Year’s Eve with First Night events, fireworks and torchlight parades throughout the state. We’ll gather here information on all towns and ski resorts’ celebrations.
First Night events happen throughout the US. They feature a number of artists in a number of venues. In Vermont, Burlington, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury have First Night’s celebrations planned for you. First Night Montpelier has even been voted a Top 10 Winter 2008-2009 Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

First Night Burlington – Downtown Burlington – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – Noon to midnight
The complete schedule of the indoor performances is at www.firstnightburlington.com. Outdoors, the annual parade will take place at 6 pm on Church Street. It is a special parade this year for the beginning of a year of celebrations for the 400-year anniversary of Lake Champlain, in commemoration of Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of the lake, to which he gave his name. The parade will be led by the Abenaki Community and will have the theme “400 years together – The Lake, the Land and the People”. Then, the official kick-off of the Quadricentennial Celebrations will take place in front of the City Hall at 7 pm. Fireworks will be 7:30 pm and midnight at Burlington Waterfront.
More information at: www.firstnightburlington.com
Live webcam on Church Street

First Night Montpelier – Montpelier – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – Noon to midnight
Like in Burlington, you can enjoy many artist performances, music, dance, theater, storytelling and magic, plus children’s activities, and more. From noon to 3 pm, you can cross-country ski at Morse Farm or ice skate at the Central Vermont Civic Center. There is a 5K race at 3 pm, and the performances are from 3 pm to 8 pm at various venues. Parade and fireworks are at 8 pm. Finally, starting at 9 pm, the Dance Party and Midnight Countdown is at the City Hall auditorium with The Chrome Cowboys.
For the full schedule, visit: First Night Montpelier

First Night St. Johnsbury – St. Johnsbury – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 4 pm to midnight
Around 50 performances at various venues, music, dance, magic, children’s activities and more. Outdoors, fireworks are at midnight at the Academy gym, and they will raise a lighted ball!
More information at: First Night St. Johnsbury

And there are more fireworks at your various ski resorts as well.

Bolton Valley – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 8:30 pm kick-off
There will be a torchlight parade followed by fireworks. New Year’s Eve fireworks will be against the backdrop of Bolton Valley. Both events can be best viewed from the base lodge.
See: New Year’s Eve fireworks

Jay Peak Resort – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 9 pm
New Year’s Eve fireworks will be shot off on The Interstate Trail, which is on the Tramside of the resort at 9pm.
More information at: Jay Peak Resort Events

Smugglers’ Notch – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 11:45 pm
Beginning at 11:45 pm, there will be a bonfire on the Village Green near the Gazebo and a fireworks display against the backdrop of Morse Mountain.
See: Smugglers’ Notch winter vacations

Stowe – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 7 pm
New Year’s Eve fireworks start at 7pm at Spruce Peak. The best place to view them is from the new Spruce Camp base lodge.
See: New Year’s Eve fireworks

Stratton Mountain Resort – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 8:45 pm
New Year’s Eve fireworks and torchlight parade are starting at 8:45 p.m. in the Main Base Area.
More information at: New Year’s Eve at Stratton

Sugarbush Resort – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 6:45 pm
There are also fireworks and a torchlight parade at Sugarbush for New Year’s Eve.
See: New Year’s Eve fireworks and torchlight parade

And finally,

There is fireworks and ice skating at midnight at the Hawk Mountain Resort in Plymouth, for New Year’s Eve.
See: Hawk Mountain Resort – Holiday Events 

Handel’s Messiah Concerts in Vermont

December 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Celebrations, Music events

Christmas concert

Note: This is the 2008 article. Check our 2009 article on Handel’s Messiah concerts.

Christmas is not quite Christmas without the joy of listening to Handel’s most famous creation, the Messiah, written in 1741 and still played every Christmas all around the world.
For the Vermont Philharmonic, it will be the 50th anniversary of performing the Messiah but there are several other groups playing this beautiful music throughout the state of Vermont this Christmas.
Montpelier – Friday December 5th, 2008 at 7:30 pm – Saint Augustine Church – and in Barre – Sunday December 7th, 2008 at 3:30 pm – Barre Opera HouseVermont Philharmonic performs the Messiah with guest conductor Brian Webb.
More information at: Vermont Philharmonic
Brattleboro – Saturday December 6th, 2008 at 1 pm – 38th Annual Community Messiah Sing – Centre Congregational Church. Conductor Patty Meyer, organist Bill McKim, and trumpeter Charlie Schneeweis will perform with 4 soloists and more than 300 singers will join in the choruses. It is a fund raising event for the homeless.
More information at: Friends of music at Guilford
Wells River – Saturday December 6th, 2008 at 7:30 pm – 61st Annual Christmas Concert – Congregational Church – Soloists, orchestra and chorus of the North Country Chorus, all under the direction of Alan Rowe will perform the Messiah.
More information at: North Country Chorus
Peacham – Sunday December 7th, 2008 at 3:00 pm – Congregational Church – The North Country Chorus will perform there.
More information at: North Country Chorus
Rutland – Sunday December 7th, 2008 at 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm – Grace Congregational Church – The annual performance of Handel’s Messiah will take place in the beautifully decorated sanctuary.
More information at: (802) 775-4301.
Burlington – Ira Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont – Tuesday December 9th, 2008 at 7:30 pm – It is the annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-along lead by David Neiweem with a chorus of students and enthusiasts. For the first time this year, they will be accompanied by the University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Hopkins. Free admission.
More information at: University of Vermont
– Middlebury – Sunday December 21st, 2008 at 2 pm – Middlebury Congregational ChurchA sing-along led by Jeff Rehbach, conductor of the Middlebury College Community Chorus.
More information at: Middlebury College – Annual Messiah Sing
Stowe – Monday December 22nd, 2008 at 7:30 pm – 17th Annual Handel’s Messiah Community Sing – Stowe Community Church – It’s also a sing-along with the soloists and the 20-piece orchestra.
More information at: Go Stowe
And finally,
Arlington – Sundary December 28th, 2008 at 3 pm – 6th Annual Messiah Sing-along – St. James Episcopal Church – See comment below the article for more information.
Also visit their website: St. James Episcopal Church

Enjoy the music!

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Vermont

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is about great food and family fun. For this festive time, we’ve tried to find some fun things to eat and to do in Vermont. Here are our top choices:
1- Forget all the hard work and try one of these restaurants… if you are in Southern Vermont. I am relying on this article of Suzanne Donahue, who is suggesting three local restaurants with nice food and wonderful settings: the Four Chimneys Restaurant in Bennington; Arlington Inn in Arlington and the Ye Olde Tavern in Manchester Center. Let us know what you think!
2- Discover the 19th century traditions of Thanksgiving at the Billings Farm and Museum. Enjoy a visit with costumed guides and watch their demonstration of the preparation of a traditional 19th century Thanksgiving meal in the 1890 Farm House.
3- Sunday November 30, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. Attend a Gospel Choir concert in Montpelier… in the spirit of the Holidays. “The gospel choir and band combines soul, jazz, original and traditional gospel music to produce an exuberant sound”, they promise us.
4- Saturday November 29, 11 am in Randolph. Be kids again… or bring your grand-children to a delightful marionette show. The show “The Hobbit” is the newest production of the No Strings Marionette Company. The reviews are great!
5- Indulge with chocolate turkeys (for something new): Lake Champlain Chocolates has them for you.
6- Personally I prefer cheese to chocolate! Why not make your Thanksgiving supper special and discover some of Vermont artisan cheeses for the occasion? See our recent article for a list of Vermont award-winning cheeses.
7- And if you are in Putney, take part in the 30th annual Putney Crafts Tour, which happens there every Thanksgiving Week-end. The Vermont Shepherd cheese company is just one of the 27 participating “artists”!
8- And last, but not least, get some special wine for this Thanksgiving celebration. It seems that this “poor girl gourmet” blogger knows her wine and she is recommending the Apple Maple Wine and Cassis Wine from Putney Mountain Winery for Thanksgiving. Why not try it?

And on this note, happy, happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Lots of “Pumpkin Fun” this Week-end!

October 17, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Gastronomy events

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!

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