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March 14, 2013

Vermont Tourism Events Calendar: April, a Poem: Spring-time Snows, Gardening Shows and Concert Front Rows

– In April, Vermont transforms with a surge of landscape and cultural dynamicity. Yes, there’s even some mud! As flowers and farmers’ markets both begin to spring up in the valleys, there’s still snow to explore in the mountains. Vermont is bustling with a feast for the senses - as buds and birds return to the landscape. Here’s just a peek at some neat events. For the comprehensive listing, visit www.VermontVacation.com.

Sky Blue Boys

April 5, Randolph

The Sky Blue Boys revive the tradition of brother duets, the predominant format in country music in the ‘30s and ‘40s. They follow the example of old-time duos like The Blue Sky Boys, The Monroe Brothers and the Louvin Brothers. Chandler Upper Gallery, www.chandler-arts.org

Vermont History Museum Art Walk

April 5, Montpelier

Stop by the Vermont History Museum during First Friday Art Walk. View the award-winning exhibit "Freedom and Unity," a fascinating chronicle of Vermont's history. www.vermonthistory.org

The Glade-iator and Winter Brewers Festival

April 6, Mount Snow

The Glade-iator competition is a mogul skiing contest on the soft bumps of the Ripcord trail. Ski Vermont Specialty food day offers free tasty treats and the brewfest is all about beer and live music. www.mountsnow.com

Sophie Shao and Friends

April 6, Middlebury

Cellist Sophie Shao’s impromptu chamber ensembles are always brimming with passion and talent, but this configuration also includes cherished Middlebury favorites. Shao is joined by pianist Pei-Yao Wang and violist Roger Tapping. Mahaney Center for the Arts www.middlebury.edu/arts/news/2012-2013/apr2013

Support Women Artists Now, SWAN Day 2013

April 6, Newport

Women of the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative Center gather to showcase their work through demonstrations. This event is open to all women artists and also celebrates MAC‘s historic exhibit, "Women on the Move," running the entire month of April. www.memphremagogartscollaborative.com

Clay for Families

April 6, Woodstock

Participants will be guided through a special topic chosen specifically for the ceramic studio day. Everyone will make something to be kiln fired, glazed and picked up later. Please RSVP. Artistree Community Arts Center, www.artistreevt.org

Bud Light Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge

April 6 – 7, Killington

The competition heats as 200 amateur bumpers take to the slopes of Outer Limits trail to battle for top honors. The top 32 men and 16 women will return on Sunday to compete in a head-to-head competition. www.killington.com/winter/activities/calendar/1878873035

Southern Vermont Home and Garden Show

April 6 – 7, Ludlow

30 vendors will show and sell their wares. You’re welcome to participate in seminars on composting, pond displays, flower arranging, bee keeping and hydroponics. www.yourplaceinvermont.com

Minetti Quartett w. Andreas Klein

April 7, Burlington

Minetti Quartet has collected awards in Vienna, Florence, and Graz. The Minetti is joined by distinguished guest pianist Andreas Klein, who will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto. UVM Recital Hall, www.uvm.edu/laneseries/2011/07/minetti-quartett-with-pianist-andreas-klein/

Wit and Wisdom in the 19th Century

April 7, Wells River

What did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the Internet? Community members would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary “newspapers” full of keen verbal wit. Wells River Congregational Church, www.celebrate250.org

BMC Faculty Recital: Dolce Conforte: Sweet Comfort

April 7, Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Music Center presents duets of Bach, Britten, Faure, Dvorak, Mercadante and Tchaikovsky featuring Music School Faculty members Margery McCrum, soprano, Jennifer Carol Hansen, mezzo soprano, and Hugh Keelan, piano. Centre Congregational Church, www.bmcvt.org

Lyric Theatre Company presents Oliver! The Musical

April 11 – 14, Burlington

Food (glorious food) for thought! Lyric Theatre Company presents Oliver! Characters from Charles Dickens’ classic novel are brought to life in this lively production. Flynn MainStage, www.flynntix.org

Julie Fowlis

April 12, Burlington

Julie Fowlis has been a proud standard bearer for Gaelic music and culture over the course of a solo career which has spanned three highly-acclaimed studio albums. She’s truly one of the world’s most esteemed Gaelic vocalists. UVM Recital Hall, www.uvm.edu/laneseries

4th Annual Monte Carlo Casino and Texas Hold'em Tournament

April 13, Westfield

Friendly, Vegas-style tournament with Black Jack, Roulette, Craps and multiple Texas Hold'em tables. Doors open 7:00p.m. Come play, plus there are door prizes, 50/50 raffle and more. Degre Auction House, $5 Entry, BYOB - 21 plus, free munchies. www.jayvt.com

The Early 19th-Century Sheep Craze

April 14, Woodstock

Stephen Taylor, the former commissioner of New Hampshire's Department of Agriculture, will present a program on New England's early 19th century sheep craze. Woodstock History Center, www.woodstockhistorical.org

Spring Time Tincture Making

April 15, Montpelier

Learn how to make herbal tincture with local, abundant spring time plants. Learn the method of tincture making along with information about harvest and use of these plants. Participants will take home tinctures. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, www.vtherbcenter.org

Speaking of Aging: Jane Brody

April 16, Westminster

Westminster Cares 25th Anniversary Speaker Series presents Jane E. Brody, personal health columnist for The New York Times and writer on science and nutrition, to speak on aging. www.westminstercares.org

Chuck Brodsky in Concert

April 19, Bennington

Chuck Brodsky is a songwriter who pokes fun at political corruption, road rage and mischief as a kid. He sings about unsung heroes and forgotten but incredible people… Meetinghouse Cafe of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, www.uubennington.org

Johnson State College Open House and Extended Classroom Experiences

April 19, Johnson

Join JSC in hosting new and prospective students and share in the amazing projects that have engaged students during the course of the year. View displays of current studies in the sciences, math, art, education, humanities, wellness and more. Johnson State College, www.jsc.edu/events

BMC Chamber Music Series: Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio

April 19, Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Music Center presents Alon Goldstein, piano, Amit Peled, cello, and Alex Fiterstein, clarinet in a program of Beethoven, Bloch, Debussy, Liszt and Brahms. For tickets, call 802-257-4523. Centre Congregational Church, www.bmcvt.org

Pond Skimming at Killington

April 20 Killington

Competitors will be judged on skim, costume, splash and applause. Whether you skim or watch, make sure to catch this wacky event! www.killington.com/winter/activities/calendar/1878873037

Bennington Baroque

April 21, North Bennington

Bennington Baroque presents chamber music on period instruments. Performers include Mathieu Langlois, Kevin Bushee, Alice Robbins, and Sandra Mangsen. Works by Telemann, Marais and Rameau. Park-McCullough House, www.benningtonbaroque.com

Five Wild VT Medicinals: A Chinese Medicine Perspective

April 24 Montpelier

Discover some of the lesser known but medicinally important plants of Vermont. Grounded in the deep reaching diagnostic and treatment traditions of Chinese Medicine, learn about turkey tail, reishi, bloodroot, etc. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism www.vtherbcenter.org

Good People: A Play

April 24 - May 12, Burlington

Why does opportunity knock for some, but not others? A thought-provoking play about two teenage sweethearts who reconnect after 30 years, written by David Lindsay-Abaire. FlynnSpace, www.vtstage.org

Lila Downs

April 26, Burlington

Lila Downs is an extraordinary artist, known for her deep, expressive voice which was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Frida. Her music reflects a peripatetic life; she performs traditional Mexican folk songs, Cumbia, richly textured pop and more. Flynn Center, www.uvm.edu/laneseries/2011/06/lila-downs/

Blanche Moyse Chorale: Mass in B Minor

April 26-27, Bellows Falls

The Blanche Moyse Chorale presents J.S. Bach BWV 232 B Minor Mass with the Strathmere Festival Orchestra under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha conductor. Bellows Falls Opera House, www.bmcvt.org

The Vermont Maple Festival

April 26 - 28, St. Albans

Tap into all things maple at the 47th Vermont Maple Festival! Exhibits, sugarhouse tours, entertainment stage, shows (crafts, specialty foods, youth talent, antique, and fiddlers’) carnival, pancake breakfasts, sap run road race and cooking demos. www.VTMapleFestival.org

Borromeo String Quartet and Flutist Karen Kevra

April 27, Montpelier

Capital City Concerts presents the renowned Borromeo String Quartet and flutist Karen Kevra in string quartets of Beethoven and the world premiere of commission "Tayta's Journey" for string quartet and flute by Mohammed Fairouz. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, www.capitalcityconcerts.org

Paula Poundstone

April 27, Randolph

Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula Poundstone’s ability to create humor on the spot has become the stuff of legend. Little wonder people leave Paula’s shows complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter. Chandler Music Hall, www.paulapoundstone.com

Opening Day at Billings Farm and Museum

April 27, Woodstock

Visitors can try their hand at horse-drawn plowing. Horse-drawn wagon rides, free ice cream and hands-on farm programs. Billings Farm and Museum, www.billingsfarm.org

Wild and Woolly Weekend!

April 27 - 28, Proctorsville

Local fiber-related vendors sell and demo yarns, roving, hand-made fiber tools, spinning wheels, drop spindle and more. Fondle one-of-a-kind hand-dyed yarns and rovings for knit, crochet or weaving. Free demos and door prizes! Sign-up in advance for fun classes. Castle Hill Resort and Spa Vermont, www.sixlooseladies.com

Vermont Week at Vermont Studio Center

April 29 - May 6, Johnson

Vermont Week was created as a philanthropic program by the Vermont Studio Center in 1984 to support Vermont’s creative community. Visual artists and writers from throughout Vermont come together each spring for a week of intensive studio work and community. www.vermontstudiocenter.org/apply

Hundreds more events across Vermont are listed in the Travel Planner of www.VermontVacation.com; please note event organizers can post events to this listing as well. Images may be available. If your publication prefers more advance notice of events or has specific requests, please email jen.butson@state.vt.us.

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: March 14, 2013 15:24:16
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