Mary Landon, Calendar Coordinator

Please email your event listings at least three weeks in advance.

Storytelling with Quilt-making and Poetry Workshop
Saturday, August 13, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Adults and families 5 & up. All materials (cool textiles, paper cards, scissors, glue, what have you) will be provided. All you have to bring is yourself and a face mask in case we need to move indoors. Learn more and register here.

Play and a picnic through Sunday, Aug. 21
Vermont Stage, northern Vermont’s source of contemporary theater, performs “Women in Jeopardy!,” a comedy about a suspicious boyfriend. Bring seating and picnics to Isham Family Farm in Williston. Many show options.

Photo and caption by Hank Kaestner

Photo by Hank Kaestner

Bird migration monitoring
Friday, Aug. 12, 7-9 a.m.
Learn about which birds are heading south and watch for migrating raptors. Listen for warblers passing through the area. The Audubon Center in Huntington hosts this free program for anyone interested in bird life. Click for more info.

Bug art and collections
Friday, Aug. 12, noon- 1 p.m.
Insect illustration is the topic of a webinar offered by The Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Featured speaker is collections manager at the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, which has an extensive collection of bug art, including pieces made by 19th century mosaicist John Hampson. Talk is free and requires pre-registration.

Music of Mali
Friday, Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m.
Daby Toure of Mali brings his spirited original music to the Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven, with roots in jazz and African rhythms. Grounds open at 5 p.m. for picnicking. Click for tickets or more info. Toure also performs at Shelburne Vineyard on Saturday, Aug, 13, 6-9 p.m.

Northeast storytellers
Friday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m.
Listen to tales about summertime from some of the best storytellers in the Northeast, as they gather at the Old Round Church in Richmond. Music by The Brevity Thing. Appropriate for ages 12 and older. Event is free, but donations to the Richmond Historical Society are welcome.

Hunting course
Saturday, Aug. 13, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Instructors and staff from Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department lead new adult hunters and families in a course focused on hunting waterfowl and game birds. Hunting guidance, processing techniques and cooking are included. Course location is Williston; click to register.

Tell me your story
Saturday, Aug. 13, 1-2:30 p.m.
Charlotte’s Clemmons Family Farm welcomes Vermont artist Christie Rawlins-Jackson for ancestral and personal stories about life in Ghana, West Africa. Participants create quilt collage cards or write poems, while sharing (optional) their own ancestral stories. For family members age 5 and older. To learn more, or register.

Image by Silvia Emilie from Pixabay

Pie and ice cream social
Sunday, Aug. 14, 1-4 p.m.
Stop by Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh for this anticipated event, featuring homemade pies, with or without ice cream. Listen to the bluegrass sounds of Interstate Express, enjoy some lawn games, enter a raffle. Limited tours available for the historic Robinson home. Admission to Rokeby buildings and exhibits is free today from 1-4; pie and ice cream sales support Rokeby programs. For more info, see the Rokeby website.

Creative writing workshop
Monday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Vine Lines is a workshop for all levels of writers, held in the tranquil spaces at Horsford Gardens and Nursery. Reveal your voice through self-discovery and personal narrative. For more info or to register, email the instructor Kelly.

Salsa canning
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 5-7 p.m.
Join owner Julie Rubaud of Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg for a make-and-take Tuesday class on fresh salsa. Learn methods, tools and recipes for delicious and shelf-stable products from your own garden bounty. Leave the class with salsa and canning enthusiasm. For more info, or to register.

Chorus at town beach
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m.
For the final musical offering of the summer season in Charlotte, the Green Mountain Chorus brings its unique sound to the beach. The group is celebrating 75 years as Vermont’s premiere barbershop-style chorus, featuring members from Vermont and Quebec. Their a cappella four-part harmonies are combined with some vaudeville, comedy and audience participation. Bring the family and a picnic (no dogs) starting at 5 p.m. Free with season or day parking pass; donations encouraged. Weather permitting: call 802-343-4350 for updates.

Charlotte farmers market
Thursday, Aug. 18, 4:30- 7:30 p.m.
The Charlotte Land Trust and Earthkeep Farmcommon host a special farmers market at Earthkeep Farmcommon in Charlotte. Various Charlotte-based farmers and producers participate in this special event, in addition to the usual Thursday evening vendors. The site is the former Nordic Farm on Route 7. Food and beverages available, plus views and outdoor seating. For more info, see earthkeepfarmcommon.com.

Music in the barn
Thursday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Popular folk duo Cricket Blue, plus Trio Arco, play at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond. Show is indoors; cash bar available. Doors open 7 p.m. Click for more info, or tickets.

Afro-Latino beats
Friday, Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m.
Burlington-based Mal Maiz and the Afro-Latino Orchestra bring a global dance party to the Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven. Food available from A Taste of Abyssinia food truck. Doors open at 5 p.m. Click for tickets and more info.

Shelburne Day
Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
This is an annual opportunity for members of Shelburne Business and Professional Association to meet the public, in conjunction with the Shelburne Farmer’s Market activities. Businesses set up tables and make connections with visitors. Click for more info. Come support the farmer’s market vendors and learn about Shelburne businesses that help make it a special town.

Making home remedies
Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Harvest herbs at Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg and learn about the many ways to preserve and use plant medicine. Led by herbalist Sophie Cassel, this workshop explores plant qualities, benefits and uses in salves, tinctures and other home uses. Leave with some plant preparations and resources. Click for more info or to register.

Watershed wildlife
Saturday, Aug. 20. 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Join a Vermont Institute of Natural Science environmental educator at the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes to talk about the water cycle in our geographical area. Meet some wildlife that depends on that water and how we can help keep our watershed clean. Free program. Click for more info.

Ivy + Bean
Saturday, Aug. 20, 3 p.m.
Lyric Theater Company presents Ivy + Bean: The Musical at the Shelburne Museum. The story, drawn from a popular book series, is perfect for family audiences. In this production, adult actors bring life to the second-grade friends and their adventures. Outdoor performance; blankets, lawn chairs and picnics encouraged. Food also available at the museum cafe. Show is free, but registration required.

Sunflower Sunday
Sunday, Aug. 21, noon- 4 p.m.
Visit Farm Craft Vermont in Shelburne for pick-your-own sunflowers, honey and tea tastings and lots of herbal products and walking among the crops. Free family event but please register.

Youth outdoor concert
Sunday, Aug. 21, 4 p.m.
The Vermont Youth Orchestra entertains with some pieces from their upcoming season, on the green by the pavilion in Bristol village. Free family event; bring your seating. Click for more info.

Piano virtuoso
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.
Esteemed pianist Diana Fanning performs Schubert, Chopin, Boulanger and more at a solo concert in the Isham Family Farm barn in Williston. Fanning has taught piano for over 40 years at Middlebury College. Seated show. Click for more info or tickets.

Film festival
Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 24-28
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival screens a variety of films, with feature films, shorts and documentaries, as well as special guests and gatherings. Click for more info, or to buy tickets.

Bach in church
Thursday, Aug. 25, noon
Cathedral Arts presents its popular annual event featuring works by Bach, Vivaldi and Florence Price, a pioneering African American composer. Part of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, this is a free event at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington. Click for more info.

Coming up:
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m.
In conjunction with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, a 22-piece VSO Chamber Orchestra accompanies the screening of seven documentary and animated films, all with Vermont ties. An Afternoon at the Movies is at the Mahaney Arts Center at Middlebury College. Click to learn more, or purchase tickets.

Lake Champlain race
Saturday, Aug. 27
A challenge for all human-powered vessels as they compete to be the fastest time in a three-mile triangular course. Race is at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes. Click to secure a space for this event.

Farther afield:
Bread and Puppet Theater
Fridays, Aug. 12, 19 and 26
The larger-than-life puppets of Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover present “The Theory of Our Needs,” a story about music and simple outdoor life as a way to avoid consumer culture. For info, call 802-525-3031.

Night at the museum
Friday, Aug. 19, 4-7 p.m.
The Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury is open with free admission this evening. The Vermont trio DaddyLongLegs performs traditional folk music starting at 5 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets.

Poetry en plein aire
Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.
As part of the Vermont Humanities Words in the Woods series, poet Carol Potter reads from her works at Wilgus State Park in Springfield. Free program for all ages; pre-registration required.

Historic engines on display
Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
At Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, members of the Vermont Gas and Steam Engine Association gather and display a variety of historic engines. Visitors learn how they work and what they were used for. Free event. Click for more info, or call 802-759-2412.

Blues in the vineyard
Thursday, Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m.
The Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero presents the Champlain Valley’s own Blues for Breakfast. Bring picnics and seating; beverages available to purchase (no outside alcohol permitted). Concert is free and a donation is encouraged at the door. Click for more info.


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