Vermont’s and New York’s annual shared celebration of Lake Champlain takes on a heightened importance in this year of the quadricentennial of the arrival of Samuel de Champlain into Lake Champlain. The Festival of Nations hosted by the Chimney Point Historic Site in Addison, Vt., and Crown Point, N.Y., Historic Site this Friday through Sunday will feature a wide variety of events, including the 14th Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship at Chimney Point, named a Top Ten Vermont Fall Event for 2009 by the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce. For a complete schedule of events visit http://celebratechamplain.org.
The Sheldon Museum opened its doors 125th years ago this summer and now it is celebrating opening the front door again. The front porch entrance is now in use and the Museum Shop has moved to a new space in the old house on Park Street in downtown Middlebury. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the community is invited to celebrate the Sheldon's 125th Anniversary. At 1:25 p.m., we will enjoy 125th Anniversary cake and refreshments on the front porch.
The Vermont Adult Learning Student Advisory Board is planning a craft fair for Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Middlebury. They are looking for crafters who would like to reserve an 8-foot table space for the day for $25. Proceeds benefit the board. For more information contact Robin Karov at firstname.lastname@example.org or 388-4392.
Looking for good eats? The New Haven Congregational Church will host its annual chicken biscuit dinner this Sunday with seatings at noon and 1 p.m. The charge is $9 for adults, $4 for kids age 6-12, and free for those under 6. To reserve a spot at either seating or to reserve takeout, call 545-2422.
Ten students from two local high schools will participate in the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Green Room Program when the orchestra brings its “Made in Vermont Music Festival” Tour to the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College on Thursday, Sept. 24. The students, from Mount Abraham and Middlebury union high schools, will receive advance materials, including CDs, about the concert, and will attend at no cost, after having dinner at the McCullough Student Center with musician mentors. The goal is to make the concert-going experience less intimidating for young people.
Two local cheeses popped up in the finalists of the Best of Vermont competition at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex this month. In the one-year cheddar category second place went to the Cabot Creamery Cooperative and Blue Ledge Farm took third in the chevre category.
Congratulations to 14-year-old Declan O’Brien of Middlebury, who rode well in the Gravity East Downhill Mountain Biking course at Whiteface Mountain on Aug. 29 and placed third in his division.
Kim Moulton of Middlebury and Vermont Electric Power Company is one of the 25 members of the Snelling Center for Government’s 2010 Vermont Leadership Institute. VLI recruits Vermont’s best and brightest from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, creating lasting networks to benefit Vermont.