By Mary Landon, Calendar Coordinator
Please send event listings, especially for Charlotte events, at least three weeks in advance.
Thursday, July 28, 5-7 p.m.
Introductory-level outdoor yoga at Shelburne Museum, which includes some meditation time within the display of vibrant quilts by Maria Shell. Bring a mat. Register here. Repeats Thursday, Aug. 18.
Theatre on the lawn
Friday, July 29, 2-4 p.m.
All are invited to a free production of The Music Man by the Very Merry Theatre Teen Group at the Charlotte Library lawn. Bring low lawn chairs or blankets.
Zach Nugent at Vineyard
Friday, July 29, 6-8 p.m.
Soulful and rootsy music with Zach and bandmates at Shelburne Vineyard. Bring chairs and blankets for picnicking; doors open at 5:15 p.m. Food truck by Pavlov’s Dogs. Buy tickets in advance or day of show.
Saturday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Jeff Nottonson leads workshops at Horsford Gardens and Nursery in the unique art of bonsai. Participants will work on a dwarf juniper. Registration includes plant and supplies. Bring pruning shears if you have them; also for sale on site. To register, email Jeff.
Arts and music fest
Saturday, July 30, noon-10 p.m.
The Cabot Village Common is the center of this annual event featuring craft vendors, art, live music, food trucks, exhibits and live theater. Rain or shine; bring blankets or chairs. Click for more info and tickets.
Saturday, July 30, 2-3:30 p.m.
Artist Harlan Mack co-creates a family-friendly gathering space at the Clemmons Family Farm. Participants join forces on an outdoor sculpture made with found objects. Event is free but requires pre-registration due to limited size. Click for more info.
Jazz in the Vineyard
Saturday, July 30, 7-9 p.m.
Honoring the great jazz composers and singers is the mission of The Blue Moon Band, performing at the Shelburne Vineyard. Enjoy favorites from the Great American Songbook while relaxing on a blanket or chair. Click for more info or to purchase tickets.
Gem and fossil show
Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Organized by the Burlington Gem and Mineral Club, this show features exhibits, dealers, jewelry, a silent auction and raffle and a fish pond for all ages at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.
Sunday, July 31, 8-11 a.m.
Swim (or kayak), bike and run to challenge your endurance at this event held at Bayside Park. Click for more info or to register.
VT Fresh Network
Sunday, July 31, 5-8 p.m.
The annual forum and dinner of the Vermont Fresh Network is held at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. Limited advance tickets are available to this celebration of local farmers, growers, chefs and the great food that results. Taste Vermont products and beverages at the grazing dinner. Music and silent auction. Please, no dogs. Rain or shine. Click for more info or to purchase tickets.
Vergennes band concert
Monday, Aug. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Vergennes City Band entertains from the bandstand in the park. Bring chairs or blankets and a late picnic dinner. Repeats Aug. 8.
Music on the farm
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m.
Red Hot Juba performs at Owl’s Head Blueberry Farm in Richmond. Come when doors open at 5 p.m. to pick and stay for the music. Minimum 2-quart purchase per adult. Bring food, beverages and blankets, but no dogs. Same set-up, with different music on Aug. 4, 9 and 11. Weather dependent. Click for more info.
Quartet at Charlotte Beach
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m.
Thanks to our Recreation Committee, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Quartet will present a classical program again this evening at the beach. Bring the family and a picnic (no dogs, please) starting at 5 p.m. Free with season or day parking pass; donations encouraged. Weather permitting; call 802-343-4350 for updates.
Focus on fungus
Thursday, Aug. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Learn about garden pests and diseases, blights, mildew and mold, all of which can be frustrating challenges. Red Wagon Plants presents horticulturalist Chad Donovan as he discusses these garden issues. Interactive, informal class is free but requires registration.
Free First Friday
Friday, Aug. 5, 5-7:30 p.m.
Energetic jazz fusion collective describes Brickdrop, the musical group at tonight’s Shelburne Museum family event. All ages will enjoy multiple food truck offerings, lawn games and a self-guided bird appreciation activity with Bridget Butler, the Bird Diva. Gates open at 5 p.m. for birding and games; music from 6-7:30 p.m.
Fiddling family fun
Friday, Aug. 5, 6-8:30 p.m.
The Gawler Family Band from Maine performs at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne. Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking or food from the Blank Page Cafe. The fiddling family plays rain or shine. Bring blankets or low chairs. Click for tickets and more info.
Friday, Aug. 5, 8 p.m.
Lunafest is a traveling film festival showcasing award-winning short films by and about women at the Essex Experience in Essex. All proceeds benefit Vermont Works for Women. Local vendors, food trucks, and live music begin at 5:30, screenings begin at 8. Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged. Rain date Friday, Aug. 19. Click for tickets and more info.
Wolfsgart auto show
Fri.-Sun., Aug 5-7, all day
Wolfsgart is an automobile and motorcycle show at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Jct. On display are classic and modern, German and European vehicles and bikes in a judged competition.
The Quarry Project
Performances Aug. 5-21
Imagine seeing a dance/theater performance that was specifically created to be performed at the Wells Lamson quarry, one of the oldest and deepest granite quarries in the country. The Quarry Project, in the works for six years, will be presented at multiple times in August, in Websterville, an area of Barre. Click for more info and tickets.
Morgan horse day
Saturday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge welcomes visitors for Vermont Day, when admission is free and the event is rain or shine. Featured are horse performance demonstrations, petting opportunities, exhibits and educational activities. Bring picnics and blankets to enjoy the lovely grounds. The farm is a National Historic Site and home to a working herd of more than 40 Morgan horses. Click for more info.
Point to Point
Saturday, Aug. 6, all day
This event for cyclists or runners raises funds for the Vermont Food Bank. Many different course lengths. Starting at 12:30 p.m., the community gathers at the State House lawn in Montpelier to welcome the racers while enjoying music, food trucks, games and the community. Click for more info.
Snow Farm benefit concert
Saturday, Aug. 6, 1-8:30 p.m.
To celebrate 25 years of making wine in Vermont, the folks at Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero welcome music lovers to a day full of bands and celebration of summer. Food trucks will be on hand, as well as wine and two local breweries. Donation requested at entry. Music begins around 2 p.m. Click for more info.
Saturday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m.
A free concert is coming up at Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven. The Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra performs popular and classical favorites. Bring seating and a picnic. Gates open at 6 p.m. Pre-register online.
Dragon boat festival
Sunday, Aug. 7, 8 a.m.-finish
Held at the Burlington waterfront on Lake Champlain, the festival features community teams paddling 20-person dragon boats to raise money to help support breast cancer survivors. Cheer on your friends, volunteer, or watch the paddles and the water spray fly. Click for more info.
Herb farm tour
Sunday, Aug. 7, 2 p.m.
Come to Farm Craft VT in Shelburne during Open Farm Week for a walking tour of their fields and production process. Learn about their products, taste their honey and learn about the seed to soap story. Repeats Saturday, Aug. 13.
Diamonds and denim
Sunday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m.
The Old Lantern venue on Greenbush Road hosts a special evening with the Charlotte Shelburne Hinesburg Rotary Club’s Casino Night. The event features favorite casino games, music, raffle prizes and food. It will benefit the Farm Share Fund of Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT). Tickets available here or at the door.
Vermont Open Farm Week
Sun., Aug. 7-Sun., Aug. 14
During the week, you can meet local farmers, hear their stories, learn about their animals and sample their products. Events are statewide; each farm a unique experience. Some of the participating local farms are Adam’s Berry Farm, Golden Apple Family Farm, Last Resort Farm, Philo Ridge Farm, Sweet Roots Farm, Farm Craft VT and Head Over Fields. Click for specific events and times.
Fair and Field Days
Tuesday-Saturday, Aug. 9-13
Addison County Fair and Field Days is an authentic Vermont fair in New Haven, featuring activities from 4H to demolition derby, from ox pulling to a poultry show, from cotton candy to a goat show. Fair food, games, rides and agricultural exhibits with something for everyone. Most days begin at 8:30 p.m. and go until late. Click for details.
Thursday, Aug. 11, 6-9 p.m.
The mission of the Vermont Huts Association is to make a master catalog of all backcountry accommodations and shelters in the state, while also linking them to the various trail networks all over the state. This project will benefit mountain recreational enthusiasts. This first fundraising event for the project takes place at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps barn in Richmond with dinner, drinks, dessert, dancing to live music and a silent auction. Click for more info and tickets.