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July 02, 2014

Vermont Tourism Events Calendar: 66 Reasons to Explore Vermont this July

With Vermont’s morning weather forecasted at a comfortable 66F and an abundance of featured July events (66), summer is in full swing across the Green Mountain State! Visit the VermontVacation.com Travel Planner for the complete roster of 300 July events, and Happy Independence Day!

Vermont Symphony Orchestra TD Bank Summer Festival Tour (July 2 – 6, Across 6 Vermont communities): The Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents "Let's Dance!" featuring music from the world of dance - from waltzes to swing and polkas to salsa. The 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks conclude the show. http://www.vso.org/

Yellow Barn's 45th Anniversary Season: Music School & Festival (Month-Long, Putney): Yellow Barn presents an international community of musicians in a five week series of extraordinary public performances. Each season's repertoire is unique, spanning a wide range of eras and genres, offering infinite insights into chamber music. www.yellowbarn.org

Exhibition of Jane Ashley Paintings (July 5, Grafton): Jane Ashley, noted Vermont landscape artist, will feature her latest works in oil and pastels in the Upper Gallery of Hunter Gallery of Fine Art for the month of July. www.hunterartworks.com

Country Auction for Cats (July 5, Newport): The country auction to help local animals is back by popular demand. Fun and unique items. www.FFFVT.com

Plymouth, Vermont in the Civil War (July 6, Plymouth): Howard Coffin, noted historian and author, presents a program about Vermont's role in the great conflict, with focus on Plymouth. A Vermont Humanities Council event. http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/coolidge

NER Vermont and Big Town Gallery Summer Reading (July 6, Rochester): This summer gathering celebrates live readings, creating a link between two of Vermont’s most lively reading series from one side of the Green Mountains to the other. The reading is followed by a catered reception in the garden. www.nereview.com/ner-vt-reading-series

Chris Bohjalian: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (July 7, Burlington): Bestselling author Chris Bohjalian will be interviewed on the library stage. Win Rock & Roll Book Tour t-shirts and the chance to have a character named after you in Chris's next novel. Jody Picoult says, "If you need any proof that fiction can scare us, move us, and break our hearts simultaneously - look no further." www.phoenixbooks.biz

Heritage Craft Week (July 7 – 12, Brownington): The Old Stone House Museum in Brownington is offering a full week of Early American Decorative Arts Classes taught by professional teachers. Come and spend a day or the entire week learning a new skill & bring home a beautiful completed project. www.oldstonehousemuseum.org

Stowe Free Library Annual Giant Book Sale (July 8 – 27, Stowe): Stowe Free Library Giant annual book sale with books sorted into over 25 categories. New this year are adult classics. The sale will have a separate display and sale area for kids, with books priced by the bagful. Most adult books are $1-2. www.stowelibrary.org

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (July 9, 11 & 18, Burlington): The festival’s 10th anniversary season features works from Slavic musicians, the British Isles and “Heavenly and Earthy.” Arrive early for pre-concert talks by festival pianist Juliana Osinchuk. www.gmcmf.org

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr.(July 10 – 12, Lyndonville): The audience will be transported to a French town, where Belle yearns for something more than her provincial life. When her father Maurice becomes lost in the woods, he seeks shelter in an old castle but is soon taken captive by the master of the house, a horrible Beast. Belle surrenders her freedom to save his life and, by taming the Beast, teaches him the meaning of love. www.vermontchildrenstheater.com

Four Days of Dog Shows (July 10 – 13, Tunbridge): Green Mountain Dog Club and Woodstock Dog Club sponsored Good Old Fashion Dog Shows, with obedience, conformation and rally. Best Puppy and Best Veteran competitions. Ice cream social, barbecue and live music. www.greenmountaindogclub.org

Blues in the Night (July 10 – 27, Montpelier): 26 tunes tell the sweet, sexy and sorrowful tales of three women with the lying, cheating, snake of a man who done them wrong. Music by Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen. www.lostnationtheater.org

Middlebury Art Walk (July 11, Middlebury): Stores and businesses become galleries displaying the work of dozens of area artists. Art will turn up in restaurants, on the town green, and in other exciting and unlikely places. Visit downtown Middlebury on the second Friday of every month. www.middleburyartswalk.com

Natural Dye Workshop (July 11, Washington): An introduction to using local plants as natural dye. Spend the morning gathering plants and flowers. Our dye baths will brew while we enjoy brownbag lunch on the porch. After, the magic begins as we dye sample skeins of yarn! www.grandviewfarmvt.net/VermontFiberRetreats.html

Foodways Friday at Billings Farm & Museum (July 11 - Oct. 17, Woodstock): Visit the 1890 Farm House kitchen and learn about seasonal produce from the heirloom garden and historic recipes every Friday during the summer and fall. Take home a different recipe every week! www.billingsfarm.org

Islands Bike Tour (July 12, South Hero): Join Vermont Farm Tours for the annual Islands Bike Tour. Choose a 10 or 25-mile loop with stops at farms, art studios, and vineyards. Return to Snow Farm for wine tasting, free massage, and live music. www.VermontFarmTours.com/biketour.html

Rockin' at the Dorset Quarry (July 12, Dorset): The Manchester Journal described the Don't Leave Band as "...one of southern Vermont's most resilient, revered and respected rock bands, performing an ageless, unique blend of time honored rock and roll built around powerful vocals and contagious energy.” www.dorsetvt.com

Bird Walk (July 12, Groton): Warblers, thrushes, vireos are some of the possible birds you may see. www.vtstateparks.com/htm/groton-nature.html

Zephyr Concert (July 12, Ferrisburgh): Zephyr is a four-piece Americana band, with a mix of guitar, bass, keyboards, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, djembe, harmonium. www.vtstateparks.com/htm/buttonbay.htm

Saturday Night Music (July 12 & 19, Townshend): The park ranger will lead a fun evening of music at Townshend State Park. Bring your own instrument and sit in, sing along, or just kick back and enjoy. www.vtstateparks.com/htm/townshend.htm

French Heritage Day (July 12, Vergennes): Franco-American music, French Canadian fiddling, learn French response songs, step-dancing, re-enactors, French food, antique vehicles & engines, traditional craft demonstrations, and much more. www.FrenchHeritageDay.com

Sixteenth Annual Bach Bash (July 12, Rochester): Rochester Chamber Music Society and professional and amateur musicians celebrate the music of Bach. www.rcmsvt.org

Return the Juice to your Writing Workshop (July 12, Orwell): Inertia, physical or mental, is no laughing matter to a writer. If you are stalled, trying to begin a piece of writing, stuck midway, this workshop led by author and poet Daniel Lusk may be the push you need. http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/mount_independence

Maple Jam performs at Brandon Music (July 12, Brandon): Maple Jam specializes in Grade A Fancy vocal arrangements of sweet love songs and swinging big band favorites. With their trademark rich blend of voices and smooth jazz harmonies, their repertoire ranges from classic jazz and swing to pop and ballads. www.brandon-music.net

2nd annual Grafton Food Festival (July 12 – 13, Grafton): The second annual Grafton Food Festival is a food-lovers event celebrating local food and farms in southern Vermont. Enjoy cooking demonstrations from top chefs and local food samples. On Sunday, enjoy a farmer’s market and breakfast featuring the festival’s food vendors. www.graftoninnvermont.com

35th Anniversary RAVE Car Show & Flea Market (July 12 – 13, Rutland): Auto related flea market, car corral, handcraft and new item vendors, food, music, kid's coloring contest, silent auction. To celebrate 35 years, this year is a Top 50 Show with several specialty awards! Saturday night, a dance at the Holiday Inn-benefits RRMC Bone Marrow Donor Program. www.ravecarclub.com

Wood-Fired Pizza Night at the Farm (July 12 - Aug. 9, Washington): Join the wood-fired pizza picnic at Grandview Farm, the second Saturday in July and August! Please contact us a week in advance to pre-order your pizza. www.grandviewfarmvt.net/fiber-classes-retreats.html

Early Vermont History Storytelling Afternoon (July 13, Burlington): Storytelling for children and adults alike! Vermont authors Nancy Means Wright and Lee Kemsley talk about their new historical novels set in early Vermont. In Wright's “Walking into the Wild,” for middle grades, siblings in 1782 look for their father, captured by the British. Kemsley's book, The Hunger Year, for older teens and adults, is about adventurous Magen and the effects of the year 1816, when it snowed every month. www.historicsites.vermont.gov/vt_history/archeology

Concert by Guitarist Peter Griggs (July 13, Highgate): Peter Griggs performs a program entitled "The Guitar in America." www.holytrinityswanton.org

"Full Duty" Exhibit Highlights Tour with Howard Coffin (July 13, Windsor): Explore the exhibit, “Full Duty: The Civil War Collection of Howard Coffin” as he shares how he found the objects and relates the stories and anecdotes of his years collecting them. This is final season of the exhibit and the closing opportunities to hear Coffin speak on Vermont's role in the Civil War. www.americanprecision.org

Midnight Madness (July 17, Bennington): All the stores downtown stay open until midnight and they offer the biggest sales of the year. Downtown is alive with music and the most festive crowds of the year as well! www.betterbennington.com

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart (July 17, Dorset): From Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing nationally on countless stages, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. A Vermont Humanities Council event. www.dorsetvthistory.org

One Regiment’s Story in the Civil War: The Ninth Vermont (July 17, East Corinth): From guarding Confederate prisoners incarcerated at Camp Douglas, Illinois, to the woods of coastal North Carolina and finally to the gates of Richmond, the 9th Vermont Regiment earned a reputation of being well-disciplined and steadfast under fire. Civil War historian Donald Wickman offers listeners their tales. A Vermont Humanities Council event. www.blakememorial.org

West Side Story (July 17 – 19 & July 25-26, Lyndonville): Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. www.vermontchildrenstheater.com

Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 17 – 20, Brattleboro): The festival offers a wide range of dance classes, workshops and lectures, performances, formal and informal concerts, free community events including outdoors performances and live music. From professionals to dance enthusiasts, from the belly dancer to the ballet dancer this is a great opportunity to take classes with world-renowned faculty and experience moving performances. www.southernvermontdancefestival.com.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (July 17 – 26, Weston): Weston Playhouse Theatre Company presents a hilarious comedy set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where three middle-aged siblings grapple with their lives in the company of a soothsaying cleaning woman, a sexy boy toy, and a star-struck ingénue. Winner: 2013 Tony for Best Play. www.westonplayhouse.org

Vermont Pride Theater Summer Festival (July 18-20 and 25-27, Randolph): Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler presents its 4th annual Summer Pride Festival of LGBT plays. The goal of the festival is to build bridges of understanding between LGBT Vermonters, their families and friends, and the wider community. http://www.chandler-arts.org/events.php?event298

HEALING: a dance/dream theater production (July 18 - 20 & July 25-27, Sharon): HEALING is a dance/”dream theater” production about how we heal mind, body and spirit set against the backdrop of the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Music is under the direction of Grammy winning Producer Jim Rooney. Bring a picnic and absorb the atmosphere of the Star Mountain Amphitheater. www.flockdance.org

The Goshen Gallop (July 19, Goshen): All ages can race through the rural roads of Goshen and trails of Blueberry Hill. Race entry fee includes BBQ meal, goodie bag and prizes. Spectators welcome - everyone can enjoy the entertainment and the meal can be purchased separately. Free T-Shirt to 1st 100 entries. www.facebook.com/events/514140911956639/

Do Good Fest (July 19, Montpelier): The National Life Group Do Good Fest is a daylong, family friendly music festival featuring five bands, children's activities, food vendors and displays by nonprofit organizations. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Patient Fund at Central Vermont Medical Center's National Life Cancer Center. www.DoGoodFest.com

4th Annual Jericho Plein Air Festival (July 19, Jericho): The festival is designed to bring both art creators and the public together. Approximately 75 New York and New England artists will participate in this year's festival. An exhibit of work created during the festival will be held at the gallery July 20 - August 10. www.emilegruppegallery.com

Irasburg United Church Fair (July 19, Irasburg): Come to the Church Fair for crafts, auction, music, baked goods, children's games, strawberry shortcake, chicken barbecue, parade and fireworks at dusk. www.irasburgchurchfair.com

Stars and Stripes Festival and Parade (July 19, Lyndonville): Huge hour long parade at 10 am. Over 40 crafters and vendors in the park. Music by the Crunchy Western Boys, vendors, crafts and more in the park all afternoon. Park Dance with the BelAirs. www.lyndonvermont.com

TRI-OBSTACLON™ (July 19, Benson): Non-traditional triathlon: Mountain bike single track & gravel roads, swim, mountain bike back to start & finish with a run on our 5K or 10K obstacle course at Shale Hill Adventure Farm. www.shalehilladventure.com

Discover Dorset Concert on the Green (July 19, Dorset): Barry Hyman and the Natural History jazz combo play experimental improvisational music, mostly acoustic, with influences from all over the globe and from every period in human history and evolution. www.dorsetvt.com/

The Windsor Chair: Its Craft & Trade (July 19, Windsor): Furniture maker George Ainley demonstrates the technique of creating the "Windsor" chair, a style developed in the 18th century and still popular today. http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/old_constitution

Hubbardton Town 250th Anniversary Day (July 19, Hubbardton): The Town of Hubbardton celebrates its 250th anniversary of the town charter with fireworks and activities for all ages. http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/hubbardton

Rock River Artists Open Studio Tour (July 19-20, South Newfane): The 22nd annual Rock River Artists' Studio Tour starts at the Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane, where the 17 participating artists present their group show. With map provided, visitors have the option to visit every artist's studio, all within short driving range of South Newfane. http://www.rockriverartists.com/

National Ice Cream Day at Billings Farm & Museum (July 20, Woodstock): Celebrate the great American dessert and help make and sample four flavors of ice cream. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides to enjoy as well. www.billingsfarm.org

Addison County Architecture in 1814 (July 20, Ferrisburgh): The Robinsons of Rokeby doubled the size of their home 200 years ago, adding a restrained Federal style addition. Art historian Glenn Andres will help us celebrate with an illustrated tour of neighboring buildings. www.rokeby.org

Moonlight in Vermont Astronomy Night (July 20, Hubbardton): On the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing, enjoy the waning moon and night sky with the Green Mountain Alliance of Amateur Astronomers. They bring telescopes and reveal the magic of moon and starlight. Bring binoculars, blankets and flashlights. We provide marshmallows. http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/hubbardton

Lyra Summer Music Workshops Concerts (July 21-30, Randolph): Guest artists and faculty of the Lyra Summer Workshop will perform classical music at a variety of locations. www.lyrasummermusic.com

October Mourning (July 23, Randolph): October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard." Ms. Newman, a well-known author, will be at the reading and will be signing books at the reception afterwards. Admission is by donation and all proceeds will benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation. www.chandler-arts.org/events.php?event298

Statues of Liberty: A Sesquicentennial Exhibit/Celebration (July 23 - Oct. 13, Strafford): This exhibit features photos and interpretive descriptions of the sculptures of notable figures from all of the 50 United States, including life-sized images of the statues of Abraham Lincoln, Ethan Allen, Daniel Webster and Rosa Parks. http://historicsites.vermont.gov

2014 Iron Adventure Run (July 24 – 26, Ludlow): Harley Davidson riders and other motorcycle enthusiasts travel to the Okemo Valley region for an exciting three-day event. From the array of colors, motorcycle models, lights and chrome, visitors will have an opportunity to experience some of the finest motorcycles on the road. www.ironadventurerun.com

Musical Comedy DAMN YANKEES (July 24 - Aug. 3, Hyde Park): Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, DAMN YANKEES is the show that proves "You Gotta Have Heart!" A baseball fan sells his soul to the devil to become a great player and lead his team over those “damn Yankees!” www.LCPlayers.com

Stoop Stories (July 24 - Aug. 3, Weston): In this riveting drama, Obie-winning actress and playwright Dael Orlandersmith takes us on a remarkable tour of New York City by embodying a gallery of intriguing characters – from the everyman to the extraordinary – all from a single uptown stoop. www.westonplayhouse.org

Bookstock (July 25, 26 and 27, Woodstock): In its sixth edition, Bookstock 2014 will outdo itself with a remarkable roster of poets, including three former U.S. Poet Laureates. Laureate Billy Collins will be a special guest, and fellow laureates Louise Gluck and Charles Simic are festival headliners. http://bookstockvt.org/

Vermont's Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival (July 25 - Aug. 3, Wilmington): Events include: Blueberry Jell-o Slip and Slide, Blueberry Splash Family Boat Parade, Blueberry River Float, Blueberry Parade and Craft Fair, Blueberry Block Party. There will also be blueberry specials and deals and the local shops and restaurants. www.vermontblueberry.com

Guided History Walk on Lake Champlain Bridge (July 27, Addison): Learn about what you're seeing while walking across the Lake Champlain Bridge. State historic site managers Thomas Hughes from Crown Point, NY and Elsa Gilbertson from Chimney Point lead a guided walk. Meet at the Crown Point Museum. http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/chimney_point

Point CounterPoint Faculty Concert (July 28, Middlebury): The faculty of Point CounterPoint chamber music camp and Diana Fanning will perform for the annual Constance Holden Memorial Concert. www.pointcp.com

2nd Annual Killington Chili Cook-Off (July 31, Killington): The Killington Chili Cook-Off returns for its second year. Last year’s event attracted hundreds of chili enthusiasts to the region. Stop by and enjoy chili from the best local restaurants and enjoy live entertainment by the Chad Hollister Band! www.discoverkillington.com/signature-events-in-killington-vermont/chili-cook-off

A Chorus Line (July 31 - Aug. 23, Weston): This legendary blockbuster musical provides stirring glimpses into the lives of a group of dancers auditioning for spots in a Broadway chorus line. With show-stopping songs, jaw-dropping dances, and heartfelt stories, it’s not to be missed! www.westonplayhouse.org

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

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
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