Things to do in Vermont – August 22-24

Bottle Shock movie - posterWe are really sorry that we “stood you up” last week and did not publish the week-end events. We were redesigning the website to make it more practical for all readers… and we also launched it in French for our Quebec travelers. But we are back today with events for the upcoming week-end, from music, to sports, gastronomy and movies… sometimes even combined into the same event. So, here we go:

New this week!

Wine tasting and movie – A very unique event; when French and Californian wines compete. That’s the subject of this new award-winning movie “Bottle Shock” (based on a 1976 story) and the theme of the wine tasting. And… the producer Todd Harris will be there for a Q&A. Where? Merrill’s Roxy Theater, 222 College Street in Burlington. When? This Friday August 22, at 5 p.m. followed by the movie or at 8:45 p.m. followed by the movie. Sounds like fun. We’ll be there for sure!
More information: Merrill’s Roxy Theater (make sure to scroll down to see the information)

Vermont Festival of the Arts – Mad River Valley – August 1-31. Lots of exhibits and workshops in all art forms, from pottery to photography, watercolor, music, dance, cooking, theater and more during the whole month of August. We have not experienced any of the events yet, but everyone seems to be talking about this festival. Let us know what you think.
More information: Vermont Festival of the Arts

18th Annual Mad River Valley Century Ride – 50 or 100 miles. The biking event organized by the Hyde Away Inn & Restaurant looks like quite a well-organized and well-attended event (500 bikers). Friday night is the “carb-load” with lasagna and pasta buffet. Saturday morning: departure of the 2 races; rest stops along the way and a nice BBQ after the ride. The rides take you through the beautiful region, the quaint villages of Waitsfield and Warren, the State capital Montpelier and along the Dog, White and Mad rivers – nice scenery with great mountain backdrops indeed. We would love to have your feedback on the event if you attend.
More information: Mad River Valley Century Ride

Grace Coolidge Musicale #3 – Sunday, August 24 at 3:00 p.m. A 45-minute program “The Romance of the Violin” with piano and violin followed by afternoon tea at the site’s restaurant, The Wilder House. The organizers recommend making reservations as seating are limited. We enjoy the scenery at President Calvin Coolidge Homestead and the village of Plymouth Notch where President Coolidge was born and raised. So, this event is a nice excuse to enjoy the site. website:
More information: President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Related articles: President Calvin Coolidge House

La Boheme, Puccini – at the recently renovated Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury – Aug 22 at 8 p.m., and Aug 24 at 2 p.m. This popular opera will be the largest production of the Opera Company of Middlebury
More information: Town Hall Theater

And for continuing events:

Les Miserables musical is playing in Vermont… from July 31 to August 23 in Weston. We’ll try to go and check this production in the next few weeks and tell you what we thought. We are not expecting the kind of production you can see in New York or London, but we’ll see…
More information at: www.westonplayhouse.org
– And finally, if you really enjoy wine tasting and want to offer yourself a very special treat, there is a very special wine week-end cruise – one-and-half day (Saturday – Sunday) with an overnight – on the beautiful Moonlight Lady, hosted by Dellie Rex, senior Wine Instructor at New England Culinary Institute. The cost is $399 per person.
More information at: www.vtwinecruise.com

Also, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment on one of these events if you have a chance to attend!

Things to do in Vermont – August 1-3

Dragon Boat FestivalNew this week!
5th Annual Vermont Lakes Region Cycling Weekend – It’s both Saturday and Sunday and seems like a really nice event for cyclers. They are 13 rides to choose from, from rolling to hilly terrain, and from 19 to 65 miles in length – on paved, scenic, rural roads. The small groups of cyclists gather at Green Mountain College in Poultney. And for all the rides, they are given detailed maps and clues, and are accompanied by an experienced leader. And to make it even more attractive, some rides lead to interesting cultural or historic places, such as the Slate Valley Museum, Fort Ticonderoga (on the NY side) or Hubbardton Battlefield. Accommodations are available.
More information at: www.cyclingvermont.org
Related Post: Battle of Hubbardton Reenactment
3rd Annual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival – Sunday August 3, in Burlington, at the Waterfront Park, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm – The traditional Chinese Dragon Boats are competing! Teams of 20 paddlers (and a drummer) in 40-feet boats. Definitely a popular event, as the registration for participants is already full! And it’s a fund-raising event for Breast Cancer. We’ll be there!
More information at: Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
2008 Pipers’ Gathering, Killington – sounds like a very serious gathering of pipers with workshops and group instructions during the 2 days, but for the general public, those of you who like such music, it’s also the chance to listen to “some of the best pipers” in the world (say the organizers) in 2 concerts Saturday night August 2 and Sunday night August 3 at 7:30PM.
More information at: www.pipersgathering.org
• The President Calvin Coolidge Homestead is always a nice place for a relaxing time, when the weather is nice and they do have some additional attractions on Saturday August 2 (Plymouth Old Home Day, including a chicken BBQ) and Sunday August 3 (piano concerts at 3PM).
Related post: President Calvin Coolidge House 
• At Mount Independence Historic Site, a great place for some day hikes, it’s a “Hike into History” on Sunday August 3, at 2PM, where you can hike the Orange Trail and the Blue Trail and learn from Steve Zeoli what happened there in 1776 and 1777 during the American Revolution. You can also bring a picnic and/or hike the flat, easy Baldwin Trail (green trail) which just won the 2008 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards (quite a mouth full!), the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. And indeed, the signage on the trail is superb!
Related post: Day Hike: Mount Independence
Champlain Valley Folk Festival – August 1-3 – at the Kingsland Bay State Park – celebrating its 25 years – We suspect it is probably a casual event… in the State Park… but there are still an impressive number of artists appearing over the 3 days (35 on the program we saw!)… so if you enjoy folk music, I hope you enjoy it.
More information at: www.cvfest.org
Directions: Take Route 7 to Ferrisburgh. From the center of Ferrisburgh, take Little Chicago Road west toward the lake. Turn right on Hawkins Road and continue for 4 miles to the Festival Entrance.
• And finally, as surprising as it may be, Les Miserables musical is playing in Vermont… from July 31 to August 23 in Weston. We’ll try to go and check this production in the next few weeks and tell you what we thought. We are not expecting the kind of production you can see in New York or London, but we’ll see…
More information at: www.westonplayhouse.org

And for continuing events:
Vermont Mozart Festival. It’s your last chance to attend one of its outdoors concerts in a place with beautiful scenery: Friday night August 1, at Shelburne Farms, and Saturday August 2 and Sunday August 3 the 2 “finale” concerts at Shelburne Farms and Stowe. We are planning to attend one of them… and praying for sunny weather;
And don’t forget the concert for kids at Teddy Bear Company Factory, in Shelburne, on Sunday. See our Event Calendar for the complete schedule.
Related posts:
Grande Isle Magic… and Jazz
Vermont Mozart Festival: Schedule
Vermont Mozart Festival: Grand Opening
Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow – 4th week-end of competition at East Dorset; Photographers: remember you can participate to a digital photography contest (see previous posting);
Related post: Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow
– And more chamber music at Marlboro Music, Marlboro College – Friday August 1 and Saturday August 2 at 8:30PM and Sunday afternoon August 3 at 2:30PM – We were there last week-end and the concert was delightful. It is worth the drive there and you can find nice romantic inns to stay at, in the area. Time Magazine 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”.
More information at: Marlboro Music
Also, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment on one of these events if you have a chance to attend!