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June 27, 2013

Vermont Tourism Calendar of Events: July Features Art and Food Fests, Sports Races & Antiquing

As summer days heat up, festivals and family getaways are ready to be enjoyed across the state. Here’s a sampler of 350 events posted on VermontVacation.com:

Hills Alive! Festival of the Arts (June 28- August 3, Southern Vermont): Five weeks to view 125 live music and theater performances by a dozen arts organizations. Performances on stage and under the stars are set from Bennington north to Manchester and east to Weston and Stratton. www.hillsalive.org

Cars ‘r Art (Now – July 14, East Hardwick: In the mood for something different? Take in this contemporary automotive sculpture exhibit. http://www.travelthekingdom.com/listing_detail.php?id573

July 4th Celebration Smuggs-Style (Jun. 30 - July 7, Smugglers' Notch): On July 4, celebrate with a parade and country fair in Jeffersonville followed by festivities on The Village Green at Smugglers' Notch. Plus, enjoy an evening celebration with the 40th Army Band Concert, an old-fashioned Firemen's Barbeque and fireworks. www.smuggs.com/pages/summer/specialOffers.php

Summer-Time Weekly Events at Billings Farm & Museum (July-Oct., Woodstock): Partake in special activities while visiting this historic educational farm. Time Travel Tuesdays operate from July 2 - Aug. 20. Wagon Ride Wednesdays run July 3 - Sep. 25 and Foodways Fridays are July 12 - Oct. 18. www.billingsfarm.org

Gettysburg: Mini Lecture Series (July 1 – 15, Woodstock): The Woodstock History Center will host a three-part mini lecture series on Gettysburg. Class lecturer/facilitator will be historian Charlie Wilson. (Participants do not need to attend all 3 sessions.) www.woodstockhistorical.org

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (July 3, 5, 10, 12 & 19, Burlington): The artist faculty of this annual summer conservatory offer a series of concerts, welcoming Eugenia Zukerman for a return engagement, the Arianna Quartet, new to the Festival faculty this summer, and guest harpist Rebecca Kauffman, in the company of our 130 gifted and committed emerging artists. www.gmcmf.org

Beauty and the Beast (July 4-7, Randolph): For the 15th straight year, the stage of Chandler Music Hall comes to life during the 4th of July weekend with the central Vermont youth production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The cast features students from 33 schools, and an elementary chorus numbering close to 50. www.chandler-arts.org

Stowe Old-Fashioned Fourth of July (July 4, Stowe): A combined celebration of our Nation’s Independence and the Town of Stowe’s 250th birthday will make this year’s town wide celebration bigger and better than ever! www.stowevibrancy.com

Killington Old-Fashioned Fourth of July (July 4, Killington): The Killington Fire Department hosts their annual Fourth of July picnic & fundraiser, featuring a parade of community groups and bands, a barbecue and potluck, pool party and contest and fireworks. www.discoverkillington.com

President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration (July 4, Plymouth): President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site celebrates the birth of the nation as well as its 30th president. At noon, a delegation of the Vermont National Guard leads a march to the Plymouth Notch Cemetery where a wreath from the White House will be placed at the President’s gravesite. The event will follow with family festivities, bluegrass music and a barbecue. www.calvin-coolidge.org

Yellow Barn Music Festival (July 5 – 20, Putney): Enjoy the summer concert series at this internationally known center for chamber music. www.yellowbarn.org

Independence Day Celebration (July 5-6, Brandon): Friday is a food fest and street dance at Central Park and Saturday’s celebration includes music, a parade and fireworks at dusk. www.brandon.org

The Americans Withdraw (July 5, Orwell): Mount Independence hosts a commemoration of the American withdrawal on July 5 and 6, 1777. Talk with soldiers preparing for the British and a possible withdrawal toward Hubbardton. After, enjoy music of Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife & Drum Corps. www.historicsites.vermont.gov/mountindependence

VT Morgan Horse Heritage Days Show (July 5 – 7, Tunbridge): Friday - Open dressage show. Friday night - Morgan in-hand conformation classes. Saturday - Jr. Amateur Morgan show, variety of classes. Sunday - Carriage competition, and the Justin Morgan Performance Competition and races (Morgans only). www.vtmorganhorse.com

1777 Constitution Day Celebration (July 6, Windsor): Join reenactors, artisans and costumed guides in this tribute to Vermont's first constitution, held where it all began - Windsor's Old Constitution House. The event culminates with "Vermont's Revolutionary Trek" - a symbolic relay from Hubbardton Battle field to Windsor. www.historicsites.vermont.gov/constitution

Wells River Walking Tour (July 6): The walking history tour of Wells River will start and finish in the heart of the village where there will be adequate parking behind the Wells River Savings Bank. The tour will take about 3 hours with presenters at each of the 9 tour stops. A summary of the tour, with photos, will be given to each history buff. www.celebrate250.org

Pond Hill Pro Rodeo (July 6 - Aug. 31, Castleton): Great Family Fun - set on top of one the most panoramic views in Central Vermont. See cowboys and cowgirls compete in classic rodeo events! www.pondhillranch.com

Spirits of Vermont (July 7, Danville): Tastings of Vermont wineries, distilleries, breweries and restaurants benefits Danville Pope Memorial Library. www.popememoriallibrary.org

35th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green (July 7 – 13): Family-friendly programs run from Noon-1 p.m. and evening musical performances from 7-10 p.m. Monday-Friday. A Street Dance with the Vermont Jazz Ensemble closes the Festival on Saturday evening. www.festivalonthegreen.org

Four Days of Dog Shows (July 11 – 14, Tunbridge): Woodstock Dog Club & Green Mountain Dog Club host an AKC Event with conformation classes, best in show, companion events, obedience and rally. Best puppy, best veteran, meet the breeds, dog show tours, ice cream social and barbecue with Cold Country Blue Grass Band! www.greenmountaindogclub.org

The Whipping Man by Mathew Lopez (July 11 – 20, Dorset): Tied by faith. Bound by secrets. Passover 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of the freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, they uncover a tangle of secrets that might cost each man his freedom. "Haunting, striking and powerful"- The New York Times. www.dorsettheatrefestival.org

River Road Summer Concert Series (July 11 - Aug. 15, Killington): Enjoy a free outdoor concert on Thursday evenings at the Sherburne Memorial Library. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics while enjoying a variety of free musical talent. www.discoverkillington.com

Old Time Band Concert and Ice Cream Social (July 12, Woodstock): Come listen to the tunes of Dick Ellis and the South Royalton Town Band while you enjoy ice cream made by the local Mountain Creamery. Back lawn of the Woodstock History Center. Please bring chairs or blankets. www.woodstockhistorical.org

Old Church Theater's "Heidi" (July 12 – 21, Bradford): Written especially for Old Church Theater, this is the 1880 classic about the orphan Heidi who brings hope into the lives of everyone around her, set in the Alps and in Frankfurt, Germany. www.oldchurchtheater.org

Exposed 2013 (July 12 - Oct. 19, Stowe): Exposed, an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, hosts sculptures, site-specific installations and participatory work from national and international artists throughout Stowe. www.helenday.com/exposed

Waterbury Arts Fest (July 12-13): Celebrate the arts, the hip town of Waterbury and its 250th anniversary. The festival includes a block party, Nimble Arts aerial acrobatics, and music by Josh Panda and the Hot Damned. More than 60 Vermont artists will display their affordable, unique, spirited art for festival-goers to admire, purchase and enjoy. waterburyartsfest.com

Marlboro Music Summer Concerts (July 13 – Aug. 11): Concert artists of varied ages and backgrounds perform at what New Yorker Magazine calls "the classical world's most coveted retreat." www.marlboromusic.org

Antiques and Uniques Festival (July 13, Craftsbury Common): Festival goers of all ages come from far and wide to enjoy shopping for antiques and crafts, sample food and drink, picnic outside of the barbeque tent and to listen to live music- it doesn’t get any more country-sweet than that! www.townofcraftsbury.com

French Heritage Day (July 13, Vergennes): Celebrate Franco-American music and food, step-dancing, reenactors, antique vehicles, exhibits, churn ice cream, carriage rides, a Waiter’s Race for pros & non-pros! Narrated English & French historical walking tour with “le Comte de Vergennes,” French Canadian Genealogical Society and visit St. Peter’s French built Catholic Church. www.frenchheritageday.com

Stepping Up, Guided Tours up Bennington Monument (July 13, Bennington): Once a year, the inside steps will be open to the public for guided tours. Learn the history as you walk the 417 unique steps to the top. www.historicvermont.org/sites

Vermont Summer Music Festival (July 14-21, Burlington, Colchester, Ferrrisburgh): The Vermont Summer Music Festival presents a handful of concerts in air-conditioned, intimate indoor settings. Enjoy major artists: New York Chamber Soloists, flutist Jennifer Grim, clarinetist Allen Blustine, and William Metcalfe conducting the Gilbert & Sullivan Players and his Oriana Singers. The festival also introduces the renowned New Orford String Quartet: an ensemble formed by the leaders of the Toronto and Montreal Symphonies. www.vermontsummermusicfestival.com

Star Light, Star Bright Star Night (July 17, Hubbardton): Experienced stargazers from the Green Mountain Alliance of Amateur Astronomers share their telescopes and knowledge of the moon and the stars. Bring blankets, flashlights and your own binoculars or telescopes, if you like. The marshmallows are on us. www.historicsites.vermont.gov/hubbardton

Killington Wine Festival (July 19 – 21, Killington): Three days of dinners, tastings and special events, showcasing 400 wines from around the world. A highlight is Saturday's Grand Tasting at Killington's K-1 base area. www.discoverkillington.com

2013 Warman Ride (July 20, Pittsfield): Cyclists race along six gaps, otherwise known as mountain passes, located in Vermont's Green Mountains just north of the Killington region and north to the Mad River Valley. Expect 132 miles of riding with 14,000 feet of climbing, sustained grades of 20 to 24 on Lincoln Gap, cramps and beautiful scenery. www.peakraceswarman.eventbrite.com

Irasburg United Church Fair (July 20): A classic fair with crafts, an auction, live music, baked goods, including strawberry shortcake, a chicken barbecue and fireworks at dusk. www.irasburgchurchfair.com

Yankee Brass Band (July 23, Newbury): The Yankee Brass Band includes 20-25 members who perform with period instruments and historically informed arrangements of music from the second half of the 19th century. www.yankeebrassband.org

Great Brandon Auction (July 23): The 25th annual auction offers quality goods, attic treasures and barn bargains. There’s art, gift certificates, antiques, furniture and lots of surprises. Bring cash or a good check. www.brandon.org

Shelburne Art and Craft Festival (July 26 – 28, Shelburne): 150 artists and artisans under Camelot tents, with specialty food exhibitors, wine and spirits tastings, craft demos by Shelburne Craft School, and A Taste of Shelburne with local restaurants on Sunday benefiting the Shelburne Craft School. Visit the Museum and make a full day of it! www.craftproducers.com

Bookstock (July 26- 28, Woodstock): The fifth annual Bookstock literary festival celebrates the written and spoken word for all ages and in all genres. Bookstock promotes authors mainly from Northern New England and supports regional publishers and cultural organizations that make our region a magnet for families and vacationers. http://bookstockvt.org/

10th Annual Onion River Century Ride (July 27, Montpelier): Riders can choose from three different loops – a 35 mile Dirt Road Climber Challenge loop, an 110k Metric Century, or the full 111 mile Century Ride. All rides begin at 8:30 am with a police escort and end with a barbeque. www.kellogghubbard.org

Sip and Stitch: Felting and Wine (July 27, Washington): Join Fresh Tracks Farm & Grand View Farm for wine tasting, yarn sampling, and felting! A mini workshop on making felted wine bags will run throughout the afternoon. Purchase your favorite skein of yarn and bottle of wine before heading home. www.grandviewfarmvt.net/fiber-classes-retreats.html

Biggest Loser RunWalk Killington (July 27 – 28): The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series travels the country challenging Americans to get fit and stay healthy. Everyone can participate and join past contestants of The Biggest Loser in a half marathon, 15K, 10K, 5K, kids race, Off-Road Challenge, obstacle run or trail runs. www.discoverkillington.com

Vermont State Parks Free Learn S'more About Camping Workshop (July 27, Charlotte): Learn about gear and how to set up your campsite, build a campfire and cooking techniques. Enjoy free take home resources and coupons to help you get started. This free clinic at Mount Philo State Park is offered by the experts at Eastern Mountain Sports and state park staff. www.vtstateparks.com/howto/htm/clinics.htm

Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series (July 27 - Aug. 24, Killington): Saturday afternoon free concert series returns with family-friendly outdoor concerts at Killington's Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars, plus outdoor activities and games & BBQ. www.discoverkillington.com

Citizens Band Concert (July 31, Highgate): Franklin County area Citizens Band under the direction of Kevin Loomis will hold a concert. If the weather is good, the concert will be outside. Picnicking prior to the concert on the church lawn is welcome. www.holytrinityswanton.org

More events across Vermont are listed in the Travel Planner of VermontVacation.com; please note event organizers can add events to this listing as well. If your publication prefers more advance notice of events or specific request, please email jen.butson@state.vt.us.

Contact: Jen Butson ,Communications Director, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing, jen.butson@state.vt.us, 802.522.7323, www.VermontVacation.com

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: June 27, 2013 09:53:38
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