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February 19, 2014

Vermont Tourism Calendar of Events: March Sports, Concerts and Maple

March in Vermont ushers in cultural events and outdoor celebrations of Vermont’s vibrant snowsports scene as well as springtime’s many maple festivities! Here’s a sampler of the 115 events in the VermontVacation.com Travel Planner:

Junior Youth Nationals, Cross Country Championships (March 1-8, Stowe): Trapp Family Lodge hosts a week of amazing racing. Stowe will be transformed into a mini-Olympic village for the week, hosting events such as a parade, awards ceremonies, banquets, and receptions. www.jn2014stowe.com

Dion Snowshoe U.S. Nationals Snowshoe Championships (March 1, Bennington): Hundreds of North America’s best snowshoe racers will compete in the 2014 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships. The historic village of Bennington will serve as the host community, while the racers compete at nearby Prospect Mountain. http://ussnowshoechampionships.com/

Vermont Vaudeville (March 1, Burlington): Vermont Vaudeville was founded by Vermonters who have spent years working with theater and circus programs such as Circus Smirkus and Bread and Puppet. The 2014 Tour is funded in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. www.vermontvaudeville.com

Chicha Libra (March 7, Plainfield): Chicha Libre plays a mixture of Latin rhythms, surf and psychedelic pop inspired by Peruvian music from Lima and the Amazon. The Brooklyn collective is made up of French, American, Venezuelan and Mexican musicians who mix up covers of Peruvian Chicha with original compositions in French, Spanish and English, re-interpretation of 70s pop classics. http://www.goddard.edu/news-events/events/chicha-libre

Vermont Symphony Orchestra (March 8, Burlington; March 9, Rutland; March 10, Bellows Falls): The Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents a concert including a Rossini opera overture, a miniature by Grieg, a virtuoso performance of a popular tuba concerto by Vaughan Williams featuring Takatsugu Hagiwara, and “Death and the Maiden,” Schubert’s beloved string quartet, arranged by Andy Stein of Prairie Home Companion fame. www.vso.org

Richard Thompson Solo Acoustic (March 9, Middlebury): Richard Thompson is considered one of the greatest guitarists in British folk rock and was named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of all time. He will perform with guest – and son – Teddy Thompson, an accomplished singer songwriter in his own right. www.afterdarkmusicseries.com

Molly Rowlee Benefit Rail Jam (March 8, Smugglers' Notch Resort): This special Rail Jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. Come have some fun and support a great cause! www.smuggs.com

6th Annual Vermont Chili Festival (March 8, Middlebury): A Top 10 Winter Events for the past five years, Vermont Chili Festival includes activities for all ages and award-winning chili! The streets will be overflowing with award winning chili from restaurants, caterers and amateurs. www.vtchilifest.com

Mardi Gras Jazz (March 9, Newport): The “Kingdom Dixie Jazz Band” is a group of local Northeast Kingdom musicians playing the songs once heard along the Mississippi River in the early 20th Century. The “Kingdom Dixie’s” feature a full rhythm section of tuba, guitar and drum set and horns include trumpet, clarinet, trombone and tenor sax. www.nowplayingnewport.com

Bolton to Trapps Back-Country Ski Tour (March 9, Stowe): Ski from Bolton to Trapp Family Lodge on a classic section of the Catamount Trail and help raise money for the Catamount Ski Cubs youth program! Celebrate with music, food and refreshments. www.catamounttrail.org

Extreme Skiing Challenge (March 9, Smugglers' Notch): Junior and adult freeskiers show their stuff on some of the most difficult terrain Smugglers' Notch has to offer! The course is planned for the Madonna headwall, an ungroomed steep with a double fall line descent filled with cliffs, bumps, trees, chutes and stumps. www.snscvt.com/?pageextremechallenge/extremechallenge.html

Jasper String Quartet (March 9, Randolph): The Jasper Quartet performance features music by Mozart Shostakovich and Beethoven, Middlebury College Music Professor Larry Hamberlin offers a talk at 6:45 p.m. www.chandler-arts.org

2014 US Ski-Orienteering Championships (March 14, Stowe): Ski-orienteering is a x-c ski race but instead of following a clearly marked route, racers find a series of checkpoints, choosing whatever route they think they can ski the fastest. The racer that finds all the checkpoints in the least time is the winner. www.us.orienteering.org/orienteers/ski/championships

Andrea Lilienthal Exhibition (March 15, Stowe): Andrea Lilienthal is a Brooklyn-based mixed media sculptor. Her use of materials derives from nature, then becomes transformed - long brightly painted branches propped against a wall, striped trees with their roots still intact, and pussy willow buds suspended in space resembling a swarm of bees. www.helenday.com/exhibitions/east-gallery-upcoming

Borromeo and Giovale Quartets play Mendelssohn Octet (March 16, Montpelier): Capital City Concerts presents "4 + 4" on, at 3:30p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. The Borromeo String Quartet, one of the most sought after string quartets in the world will join forces with the rising star Gioviale String Quartet in a performance which features the remarkable Mendelssohn Octet for strings. www.capitalcityconcerts.org

Third Thursday: Joseph Smith and Brigham Young (March 20, Montpelier): Join Joseph Mender, manager of The Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial historic site in Sharon, as he explores the birth and heritage of Joseph Smith, 19th century founder and leader of the Mormon Church. He will also speak about Brigham Young, who followed Joseph as leader of the church and became a pioneer of the western frontier. www.vermonthistory.org/calendar

Chris Smither (March 22, Middlebury): Chris Smither returns to the After Dark Music Series bringing blues, Americana and folk. Associated Press writes, "Smither is an American original - a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer/songwriters in the world." www.afterdarkmusicseries.com

Cantrip with the Annalivia Duo (March 22, Randolph): Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Jon Bews (fiddle), Dan Houghton (pipes) and Eric McDonald (guitar) take an audience on a cultural journey. Openers Liz Simmons and Flynn Cohen comprise the Annalivia Duo. www.chandler-arts.org

Relay for Life Nordicstyle (March 22, Stowe): Bring your snowshoes or skis for an all-night festive fundraiser! The American Cancer Society Relay For Life symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in a Relay For Life event is a way to take action and help finish the fight. www.trappfamily.com

Maple Open House Weekend (March 22-23, Statewide): Vermont sugar makers invite you to visit their farms and sugarhouses. Some sugar makers offer tours and horse-drawn wagon rides, and others welcome you with tastings of this year's crop, sugar-on-snow, and maple donuts. Because no two sugarhouses are the same, plan on visiting more than one! VermontMaple.org

Mini Mud Variety Show (March 29, Randolph): Now in its seventh year and returning to its original Mud Season timeframe, this performance celebrates young talent from across the region. Auditions take place in February. www.chandler-arts.org

Media Contact: Jen Butson, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing; jen.butson@state.vt.us; 802.522.7323

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: February 19, 2014 08:25:24
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