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January 04, 2008

Vermont Quadricentennial Commission Accepting Event Applications

Applicants Encouraged to Submit Proposals by Feb. 15, 2008

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission is seeking event proposals for the 2009 celebration that will honor the anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s arrival to the lake in 1609.

Although applications will be considered throughout 2008, interested participants are encouraged to send their applications by Feb. 15 in order to be included in the first promotional flyer to accompany a Vermont delegation to France in May (commemorating when Samuel de Champlain left France for North America). The flyer will also be included in the Schooner Lois McClure as she heads north for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebration in July.

The Commission’s Commemoration and Events Committee is asking interested people to fill out a Quadricentennial event application online at The website includes an application form that describes the five themes the committee will look for in the events description. An event or program would explore, celebrate and/or commemorate one or any combination of the following themes:

The long and rich cultural heritage of Lake Champlain and the Champlain Basin of Vermont.

The natural history of Lake Champlain and the Champlain Basin of Vermont.

Environmental and other challenges currently confronting Lake Champlain

Samuel de Champlain’s 1609 exploration of our lake basin

Particular focus on one or more of the following: Franco-American, French-Canadian and Native American history and Culture in the region; and groups of people contributing to the contemporary cultural history of the Lake Champlain basin.

The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission consists of more than 20 individuals representing various communities, businesses and state agencies whose goal is to plan and promote activities that will encourage learning and exploration of the area’s history, culture, and landscape by both visitors and Vermonters.

The Quadricentennial celebration will officially begin Dec. 31, 2008 at First Night Burlington, and organizers are already making plans to include specific Quadricentennial themes into some of the New Year’s Eve performances.

While the year-long celebration will feature several unique, once-in-a-lifetime events, the commission has decided to involve existing events and market them as part of this yearlong celebration. The Commemoration and Events Committee is planning an all-out celebration in July 2009 with the cooperation of the City of Burlington as well as a few other “signature events” that will take place throughout the year. With the help of Vermonters, the Commission is hopeful for a spectacular 2009.

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Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: January 04, 2008 15:22:00