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LIFE IS GOLDEN. Hear Middlebury singer, author and celebrity François Clemmons read from his memoir, now out in paperback, from the stage at Robison Hall, at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Clemmons will be signing books afterwards signing in the lobby. Vaccinations and masks required. Photo courtesy of Mahaney Arts Center

WALKING TO FIGHT HUNGER. Congregational Church of Middlebury Pastor Andy Nagy-Benson gives the thumbs up during a past Addison County CROP Hunger Walk. The walk takes place Sunday, Oct. 3, beginning at noon on the Middlebury Town green. Anyone can sign up for the walk or sponsor a walker with a donation. Photo courtesy of Ellen McKay Jewett

Thursday, Sept. 16

Bristol Historical Society meeting in Bristol. Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Howden Hall 60 West St. Ted Lylis will be presenting a program on the Bristol Money Diggings. All are welcome.

 

Almendros album release concert in Middlebury. Thursday, Sept. 16, 6-8:30 p.m., Riverfront Park, Marble Works. Enjoy the debut performance of the Almendros, and their album “All Over the Place,” produced by The Grift’s Clint Bierman. The songs are a lively mix of styles, from rock and country-rock to reggae, ska and world music influences. THT and Neighbors Together present this free outdoor show. More info at townhalltheater.org.

 

Friday, Sept. 17

Atlatl workshop in Addison. Friday, Sept. 17, noon-5 p.m., Chimney Point State Historic Site, 8419 Route 17. Thunderbird Atlatl offers this workshop, where attendees will make an atlatl, fletch three darts, and receive coaching advice and much more. The fee is $70 and includes all materials; pre-registration is required. Call 802-759-2412.

“The Real Joan of Arc” in Middlebury. Friday, Sept. 17, 4-5 p.m., Unity Hall, Congregational Church of Middlebury, at 30 N. Pleasant St. The Opera Company of Middlebury hosts this conversation Professor Louisa Burnham, who is a specialist in medieval history. The talk will provide background to the Opera Company of Middlebury’s production of “The Maid of Orleans,” to be performed at Town Hall Theater Oct. 1, 3, 7, and 9.

The Travelling Middleburys and pizza in Goshen. Friday, Sept 17, 5-8 p.m., Blueberry Hill Inn, 1245 Goshen-Ripton Rd. Four long-time musicians from some of Addison County’s favorite bands come together to play a selection of old covers and new originals. Reservations for each pizza night will open the Monday prior to the event. $32 per person ($12 kids ages 5-10, kids 4 and under free). Includes pizza and inn-made lemonade or iced tea. More info at blueberryhillinn.com/pizza.

Fish Fry in Middlebury. Friday, Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. $12 per person.

 

Saturday, Sept. 18

Tour de Farms in Addison County. Saturday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m., meet at Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. Join in this popular community event that celebrates the bounty of the region’s harvest. Relax at the after party at VUHS with lu•lu ice cream, Switchel from The Yerbary, and music by Ted Wesley.

The 26th Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship in Addison. Saturday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Chimney Point State Historic Site, 31 Route 17. Participate in or watch this annual atlatl championship testing skills in accuracy and distance. The sport of using the atlatl to throw darts is based on an ancient hunting technique. Newcomers to experts welcome. Be prepared to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Pre-registration required. Competitors $10/visitors $5/children under 15, free. More info and registration at 802-759-2412.

Bingo in Vergennes. Saturday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 S. Maple St. Family friendly bingo. Doors open 5 p.m. with bingo starting at 6 p.m. Cash prizes, 50/50 raffle. Refreshments sold. Sponsored by St. Peter’s Cemetery Committee to benefit ongoing efforts for cemetery improvements.

“Forward to the Future: Virtual Freedom Fund Dinner.” Saturday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m., The annual Freedom Fund Dinner is the primary fundraiser for NAACP chapters. This year’s virtual event features a keynote speech from educator, author, and visionary philanthropist DiDi Delgado; music from The Horsemen and Shani; community awards; and some special guest appearances. Funds raised wil go towards serving Vermonters in Addison, Bennington and Rutland counties by providing education, advocacy, and support around issues of racial justice, equity, and discrimination. Tickets and sponsorship info at naacprutland.org/ffd.

“Tramp, Tramp, Tramp” silent film screening in Brandon. Saturday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, Conant Sq. Rediscover forgotten comedian Harry Langdon in riotous visual comedy about a cross-country foot race. Jeff Rapsis plays live music to accompany the film. Free, but donations are encouraged. Brandon Town Hall will follow all COVID-19 safety recommendations. Face coverings will be required, social distancing will be observed, and capacity limits will be observed. For more details on safety precautions, visit brandontownhall.com.

Chelsea Berry in Concert in Brandon. Saturday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Firm favorite Chelsea Berry is a singer-songwriter with the edge, power, and finesse of legends. Tickets $25. Pre-concert dinner available for $35. Reservations required for dinners and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB.More info at brandon-music.net, 802-247-4295 or - info@brandon-music.net.

 

Sunday, Sept. 19

Green Mountain Club hike in Lincoln. Sunday, Sept. 19, Mounts Abraham and Lincoln. Strenuous 7-mile hike on the Long Trail with an elevation gain of approximately 2,200 feet, some steep pitches, a few areas of flat hiking, but an extremely rocky ascent to the summit leading to phenomenal 360-degree views. Contact leader for details, Ellen Cronan, 908-595-2926. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

18th Annual TAM Trek in Middlebury. Sunday, Sept. 19, Wright Park, Seymour Street Ext. Help raise funds for the Trail Around Middlebury. More info at maltvt.org/tam-trek.

Tour de Farms in Addison and Chittenden counties. Saturday, Sept 18. Departing and returning from Vergennes Union High School. Choose between a 10- or 30-mile loop. More info at acornvt.org/tourdefarms.

Willow basket workshop in Addison. Sunday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Chimney Point State Historic Site, 8419 Route 17. Barry Keegan will teach participants how to make their own woven willow basket. You’ll use willow shoots and wands to weave and twine a round base, and sharpened spokes and twined willow shoots to form the basket walls. The final basket will be about 10 inches tall. $60 fee includes all materials. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 802-759-2412.

Champlain Valley Fiddlers in Middlebury. Sunday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Bring you fiddler or listen to people sing and play. Refreshments available. 50/50 raffle, door prize and open mic.

Autumn celebration in Ferrisburgh. Sunday, Sept. 19, noon-3 p.m., Rokeby Museum, 4334 Route 7.  Family-friendly, autumnal celebration on the Rokeby lawns with kids activities, including crafts, games, story time, and music. Children are invited to paint harvest murals and participate in leaf collecting crafts and games. Free apples from Champlain Orchards. All activities for the event are included with museum admission, masks required for unvaccinated participants.

Apple fest in Shoreham. Sunday, Sept. 19, noon-4 p.m., town green and gazebo. Head to Shoreham for a fun  rain or shine family event. Homemade lunch with apple deserts, =live music bySNake Mountain Bluegrass, Farmer’s Market, 50/50 raffle, Children’s activities and bounce house, pickle ball and tennis and an apple pie baking contest. Free. More info at plattlib.org, or call Cora Waag at 897-5160 or Molly Francis at 897-5354

Bridport Historical Society annual meeting in Bridport. Sunday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m., Bridport Community/Masonic Hall, 52 Crown Point Rd. Program begins at 1 p.m. with “Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth.” Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society will explore the story of the first Morgan horse, a mystery stallion named Figure. Annual Meeting begins at 2 p.m.

Meet the Singers in Middlebury. Sunday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Join the Opera Company of Middlebury for its annual Meet the Singers concert. Enjoy listening to the singers’ favorite arias or songs from musical theater. There will be no bar or food this year at the event. Everyone wishing to attend is asked to wear a mask and be vaccinated. Tickets $35, available at townhalltheater.org.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Write a poem workshop in Vergennes. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 3:30 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St.. Youth ages 8-12 can learn how to compose a poem about their favorite picture book.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Age Well grab-and-go meal pick up in Shoreham. Wednesday, Sept 22, 11 a.m.-noon, Halfway House, Rouet 22A. Honk once at back door, meals will be brought out. Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert. Call the restaurant to reserve at least 24-hours in advance. 802-897-5160. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride or pick-up and delivery may be provided. Call TVT at 388-2287 to inquire. TVT requires a 48-hour notice. 

Officer Clemmons: A Reading and Book Signing with Dr. François S. Clemmons in Middlebury. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center. Hear Middlebury singer, author, and celebrity François Clemmons read from his debut memoir, now out in paperback. Followed by a book signing in the lobby. Free. Streaming available. More info at middlebury.edu/events/event/officer-clemmons-reading-and-book-signing-dr-francois-s-clemmons. In-person attendees must be vaccinated and wear masks. Full details are posted middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Thursday, Sept. 23

“Radical Implications: Facing a Planetary Emergency,” in Middlebury. Thursday, Sept. 23, in-person and virtual, Middlebury College. The 2021 Clifford Symposium at Middlebury College will bring together a host of climate experts, as well as faculty and students, who will offer their perspectives on what roles we can take in the crisis that makes our planet increasingly turbulent. Events will include talks, panel discussions, a 350.org reunion, and other activities. Due to continued caution with COVID-19, only Middlebury College faculty, staff, and students may attend symposium events in person. All events — with noted exceptions — will be live-streamed and open to the general public. For more information and to register for an event, visit the Clifford Symposium web page at middlebury.edu/office/clifford-symposium/clifford-symposium-2021.

“A Man Called Ove” screening and discussion in Middlebury. Discussion Thursday, Sept. 23, 3-4:30 p.m., Lion’s Club Picnic Pavilion, Middlebury Rec Park, Mary Hogan Dr. Film can be viewed on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. Middlebury Classic Film Club’s fall 2021 series about what makes a good neighbor opens with this film about Ove, a 60-year-old man living in despair. He mourns the passing of his wife and seems bitterly alienated from the neighborhood he once helped to lead. All that changes with the intervention of a caring new neighbor and her family.

Swing Noire and Pizza in Goshen. Thursday, Sept. 23, 5-8 p.m., Blueberry Hill Inn, 1245 Goshen-Ripton Rd. Vermont’s premier Gypsy Jazz ensemble entertains while you enjoy wood-fired pizza. Reservations for each pizza night will open the Monday prior to the event. $32 per person ($12 kids ages 5-10, kids 4 and under free). Includes pizza and inn-made lemonade or iced tea. More info at blueberryhillinn.com/pizza.

Open House in Vergennes. Thursday, Sept. 23, 5-6:30 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, 20 Armory Ln. Come learn more about what the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes has to offer and how to volunteer or provide support. Enjoy a bite to eat, meet staff and tour the Club, and even play a little corn hole with members. RSVP at bgcvergennes.org.

“Outside Mullingar” in Middlebury. Thursday, Sept. 23 7;30 p.m., Swift House Inn tent, 25 Stewart Ln. Middlebury Acting Company continues its 2021 outdoor season with “Outside Mullingar,” a feisty romantic comedy about two Irish outsiders by John Patrick Shanley. Delicious picnic dinners from The Swift House will be available by calling 24 hours in advance: 802-388-9925. Tickets $30, at 802-382-9222 or go online to townhalltheater.org.

 

Friday, Sept 24

Green Mountain Club hike in Fayston. Friday, Sept. 24, Burnt Rock Mountain. Moderate to strenuous 4.9-mile hike via the Hedgehog Brook trail to the summit of Burnt Rock Mt., where there are expansive views from several spots along the summit. Extra socks are mandatory. A highlight is the view north toward Ira Allen, Ethan Allen, and Camels Hump mountains. Elevation gain of 2,132 feet. Contact leader for more information, Ken Corey, 860-921-7765, kac4964@gmail.com. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

“Radical Implications: Facing a Planetary Emergency,” in Middlebury. Friday, Sept. 24, in-person and virtual, Middlebury College. See Thursday, Sept. 23 listing.

“We Made It Home” celebration in Vergennes. Friday, Sept. 24, 4-6 p.m., Vergennes Community Apartments, 45 Armory Lane. The new Vergennes Community Apartments invites the community to an outdoor celebration to see what 365 days of safe, affordable, and stable housing has meant for the people who live and thrive there. Building tours, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza from Pizzeria Verita, music by Deb Brisson & The Hay Burners, raffles, door prizes, and more. To learn more, reserve your FREE tickets, or pre-purchase raffle tickets, go to bit.ly/3fLV1kk.

Food distribution in Bristol. Friday, Sept. 24, 5-6 p.m., St. Ambrose Church, 11 School St. Have A Heart food shelf will distribute food to those in need. Curb-side pick-up only. Unvaccinated people need to mask. Newcomers always welcome. No sign up — just show up. See you there.

Artist’s opening reception in Brandon. Friday, Sept. 24, 5-7 p.m., Compass Music and Arts Center, Park Village. Come to the opening of “FENCEPOSTS mark a path,” a new art exhibit by artist Laura King. The exhibit is a collection of over 100 artworks representing a journey of discovery and reflection during the pandemic winter 2021. The title refers to specific themes of personal strength King uncovered while completing a 120-day art challenge and illustrates how art can play an essential role during a challenging time. Runs through Nov. 5.

“Matilda” outdoor screening in Vergennes. Friday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St.

“Outside Mullingar” in Middlebury. Friday, Sept. 24, 7;30 p.m., Swift House Inn tent, 25 Stewart Ln. See Sept. 23 listing.

Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet in Middlebury. Friday, Sept 24, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Two dynamic chamber ensembles join forces for a special program entitled (im)migration: music of change, including a newly commissioned work by Jessie Montgomery. Free. Streaming available. In-person attendees must have COVID vaccination and wear masks. More info at middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Saturday, Sept. 25

“Radical Implications: Facing a Planetary Emergency,” in Middlebury. Saturday, Sept. 25, in-person and virtual, Middlebury College. See Thursday, Sept. 23 listing.

Harvest Festival in Bristol. Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Bristol town green. Craft fair, food vendors, silent auction, scavenger hunt, sidewalk sales, kids activities, live music and more. Full schedule at BristolHarvestFest.com. More info at 802-388-7951 or info@addisoncounty.com.

Used book sale in Vergennes. Saturday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-noon, Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Adult fiction, biographies, history, self-help, cookbooks, gardening and much more. There are also children’s books from baby board books to young adult. This is a great way to financially support the library and also to enjoy a good read.  

Microchipping and rabies clinic in Middlebury. Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to noon, Homeward Bound, 236 Boardman St. The clinics are open to both dogs and cats. Shelter staff asks that all dogs be on leash and cats be in carriers. Pre-register at 802-388-1100. First come, first serve. The rabies vaccine is $10 and the cost of microchipping, which includes the microchip implant and initial registration.

Ferrisburgh Days in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., sites around town. Celebrate Ferrisburgh’s history, culture, local talent, rural life and landscapes with activities, displays, arts and crafts, exhibitions, Farmers’ market, town forest hike, live music and free ice cream by Cookie Love for kids who visit at least four of the day’s events. For more info contact Gail Blasius, gblasius@aol.com and Ashley LaFlam, ferrisburghday@gmail.com.

Gardening for pollinators in Middlebury. Saturday, Sept. 25, 3 p.m., IlsleyPublic Library, 75 Main St. Join Master Gardener Intern and member of Middlebury Garden Club, Andrea Landsberg for a talk on gardening for pollinators. Andrea will continue her series on the importance of native bees. She will inspire you with detailed information about how to get serious about planning a perennial garden for next year to keep bees happy.

WomenSafe annual volunteer training in Middlebury. Saturday, Sept. 25. WomenSafe, is now accepting applications for its Annual Volunteer Training. Training will be a hybrid training with some in-person sessions and some virtual sessions due to COVID-19. Participants will acquire all the tools needed to provide direct service through WomenSafe’s 24-hour hotline and in-person, monitor supervised visits, stage prevention education and community outreach events, provide childcare or perform administrative tasks. Space is limited. More info call WomenSafe at 388-9180, email info@womensafe.net or visit the websitewomensafe.net.

Brandon Has Talent in Brandon. Saturday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Come see the multi-talented community members from Brandon and the surrounding areas. All tickets $5.

“Outside Mullingar” in Middlebury. Saturday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Swift House Inn tent, 25 Stewart Ln. See Sept. 23 listing.

Jamaican Hymn Sing in Shoreham. Sunday Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Shoreham Congregational Church, School St. The Jamaican apple pickers who help to harvest the local apple crops gather to worship through song in an uplifting evening.  Face masks are required, and a free will offering will be shared between the church and mission work in Jamaica. This year there will be no refreshments.

 

Sunday, Sept. 26

Ferrisburgh Day in Ferrisbugh. Sunday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. See Sept. 25 listing.

Rogers and Hazard Relief Society day of remembrance. Sunday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferrisburgh Historical Society, Route 7 and Little Chicago Rd. AS part of the Ferrisburgh Day activites, The Rogers and Hazard Relief Society was will be honoring fellow residents who passed away in 2020 and early 2021, when assembling was not possible due to pandemic restrictions. A memorial banner with the names of our neighbors will be displayed as well as a collection of obituaries. Families and friends are welcome to gather to share stories and enjoy refreshments. Moreinfo call Meg Langworthy at 802-877-3217.

Zig Zag Lit Mag Issue.11 release party in Vergennes. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2-4 p.m. the Bixby Library porch/backyard 258 Main St. Celebrate the new issue with readings by contributors. Masks required.

Opera Company of Middlebury’s Young Artists Recital in East Middlebury. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m., Waybury Inn, 452 Main St. Join OCM for a special afternoon with talented young artists directed by Dawn Pierce of Ithaca College. Outdoors, weather permitting. Appetizers and recital. Cash Bar. Tickets $15 plus applicable fees. More info at townhalltheater.org or ocmvermont.org. All attendees must be vaccinated and wear a mask.

“Outside Mullingar” in Middlebury. Sunday, Sept. 26,- 7:30 p.m., Swift House Inn tent, 25 Stewart Ln. See Sept. 23 listing.

Jamaican Hymn Sing in Shoreham. *CANCELED* Sunday, Sept. 26, Shoreham Congregational Church. Out of respect for the health of our guests from Jamaica, who work to earn money for their families back home, we have decided to again cancel the scheduled Hymn Sing. Normally this evening is a time of fellowship for the men who work in different orchards.  This year it is safer for them to avoid the close contact they would experience at such a large gathering. We wish all the Jamaican apple pickers good health as they work to produce a bountiful harvest in their respective orchards.

 

Monday, Sept. 27

“Learn How Hospice is Here for You” in Middlebury. Monday, Sept. 27, 2-3 p.m., Middlebury Rec Center, 154 Creek Rd. Join Deborah Welsey, RN, CEO of Addison County Home Health and Hospice for an informational discussion of hospice care. Topics will include: What is Hospice Care? How can I access it? What does it mean to “go on hospice”? What is the right time to transition to hospice care? Who pays for hospice care? Free. All are welcome. Light refreshments served. Contact Maureen Conrad to RSVP at 388-7259 of mconrad@achhh.org.

Addison County Right to Life in Bristol. Monday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Park St. of Bristol We invite others with a desire for saving lives to come.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Yoga for teens in Vergennes. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St.

 

Thursday, Sept. 30

Green Mountain Club hike in Mendon. Thursday, Sept. 30, Bald Mountain. RESCHEDULED FROM SEPT. 15. Moderate 3.3-mile loop hike that offers several viewpoints highlighted by a great view of the Coolidge Range, including Killington, Mendon, and Shrewsbury Peaks. Elevation gain: 849 feet. Contact leader for details, Ken Corey at 860-921-7765, kac4964@gmail.com. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

 

Friday, Oct. 1

Green Mountain Club in Middlebury. Friday, Oct. 1, Abbey Pond. This is a moderately difficult hike, about 4.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1,160 feet (1,000 feet in the first mile). Trail ends at Abbey Pond, a quiet wilderness pond with an unobstructed view across the pond of Robert Frost Mtn. Wear appropriate, layered clothing; bring water, food and hiking poles. For information, contact Ruth Penfield 860-214-4180. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Manufacturing Day factory tours in Middlebury. Friday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Maple Landmark, 1297 Exchange St. Manufacturing Day provides an opportunity for the public to learn about business and manufacturing here in the U.S. Maple Landmark will be holding tours of our 28,000 square-foot factory-store every hour, on the hour. Just drop in and say you’d like a tour. Free and open to the public. Large groups please call ahead at 802-388-0627.

 

Saturday, Oct. 2

Green Mountain Club hike in Keene Valley, N.Y. Saturday, Oct. 2, Snow Mountain. Snow Mountain offers splendid views of the surrounding peaks for this 4-mile hike and an elevation gain of 1,360 ft. It anchors one end of the Great Range while being a reasonable hike. We will start from Rt 73 outside of Keene Valley. The initial portion of the trail follows Deer Brook through a steeply walled gorge with multiple small waterfalls along the way. Meet at 9:30 a.m. on the Vermont side of the Crown Point Bridge with carpooling encouraged as allowed by pandemic conditions. For details contact trip leader Barry Francis at barryfrancis@gmavt.net. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison. Saturday, Oct. 2, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Route 17, west of Route 22A. Early risers can begin the day with a bird banding demonstration at 7 a.m. Two large tents at Dead Creek WMA headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m., featuring wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy carving, building bluebird boxes and a visit from Batwoman. The Visitor Center will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring displays about conservation and wildlife management in Vermont.

The Doughboys Dance Band in Brandon. Saturday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. The Doughboys will play their signature mix of highly danceable soul and rock music from the 1950’s to today. Come and dance the night away or just sit back, tap your feet or sing along. All tickets $5.

 

Sunday, Oct. 3

Green Mountain Club bike in Middlebury. Sunday, Oct. 3, Triangle Bike Loop. A 30-35 mile bike ride using the Addison County Regional Planning Commission guidance. Possible stops in Vergennes and Bristol. Moderate pace. Contact leader for details, Ellen Cronan, 908-595-2926. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Unveiling and Dedication of Vermont’s first known Black Sheriff and Chief of Police in Vergennes. Sunday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m., City Park (or Vergennes Opera House if inclement weather). Vermont’s first known elected Black Sheriff and Chief of Police, Sheriff Stephen Bates, will be honored with the unveiling and dedication of an historic marker in Vergennes City Park. Formerly enslaved in Virginia, Bates gained his freedom and served Union soldiers during the Civil War, coming to Vergennes with Frederick E. Woodbridge, a Vermont congressman, in 1866. Bates raised a family in Vergennes, and some of his descendants living in Massachusetts will be attending the dedication and unveiling. Bring a chair for sitting outside. Please consult current COVID guidelines for outdoor and indoor events.

Addison County CROP Hunger Walk in Middlebury. Sunday, Oct. 3, noon, Middlebury Town Green. This year’s CROP walk starts with registration at noon, followed by team photos and a talk by honorary chair Will Stevens of Golden Russet Farm. A two-mile walk through town follows; masks will be required. Anyone can sign up for the walk or sponsor a walker with a donation. Forming a team of walkers is encouraged. More info contact Ellen McKay Jewett at emckay@middlebury.edu or visit crophungerwalk.org/middleburyvt.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 6

“The Path to Climate Justice is Local” lecture in Middlebury. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Dana Auditorium, 356 College St. Puerto Rican climate justice leader Elizabeth Yeampierre has helped pass climate legislation at all levels, including New York’s progressive Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. In this talk she describes how intergenerational BIPOC activists are changing the landscape of national climate priorities by speaking up for themselves and their neighborhoods. Free. If you’d prefer to view via live stream go to vermonthumanities.org. Details on how will be posted closer to the date of the event.

 

Thursday, Oct. 7

Perennial Perspectives in Education panel and workshop in Middlebury. Thursday, Oct. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, 14 Old Chapel Rd. Part of Perennial Harvest Days events More  at new.perennials.org/harvestdays, or scan the QR Code. Free and open to the public. Current CDC and Vermont COVID restrictions apply.

 

Friday, Oct. 8

Green Mountain Club hike in Middlebury. Friday, Oct. 8, Trail Around Middlebury to Chipman Hill. This is an easy to moderate 3+ mile hike that meanders through Battell and Means Woods with an 800 feet ascent up Chipman Hill. Wear appropriate clothing for hiking and bring water, a snack and hiking poles, if used. For details contact trip leader David Andrews at vtrevda@yahoo.com or 802-388-4894. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Craft Fair in Brandon. Saturday, Oct. 9, Estabrook Park, 960 Grove St. Brandon’s annual craft fair will have more than 90 vendors and five food trucks. Bring friends and have a great time. Free admission and free parking. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Cocoon in Middlebury. Friday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, Cocoon is a special evening of true stories told live and without notes. This year’s edition, on the theme of “Rebuilding,” features six storytellers. Tickets: $15/10/8/5. Streaming available. In-person attendees must have COVID vaccination and wear masks. More info at middlebury.edu/arts.

Twangtown Paramours in Brandon. Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Americana music straight from Nashville. Tickets $25. Pre-concert dinner available for $35. Reservations required for dinners and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB.More info at brandon-music.net, 802-247-4295 or - info@brandon-music.net.

The Unknown Blues Band with special guests in Vergennes. Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. After a year “in the dark” VOH’s 2021-2022 season will open with an opera house favorite. Come hear this iconic Vermont blues band and dance to the music. Doors and cash bar hosted by Bar Antidote/Hired Hand open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30. Tickets $20. More into at vergennesoperahouse.org.

 

Saturday, Oct. 9

Bread Loaf trail crew work day. Saturday, Oct. 9. Rain date Sunday, Oct. 10. Email will be sent to the crew list as the date gets closer. If you are interested in joining contact David Morrissey, dfmorrissey117@gmail.com or Ellen Cronan, 908-595-2926. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Used book sale in Vergennes. Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-noon, Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Adult fiction, biographies, history, self-help, cookbooks, gardening and much more. There are also children’s books from baby board books to young adult. This is a great way to financially support the library and also to enjoy a good read.

Quilting in the Land of Milk and Honey quilt show in Middlebury. Saturday, Oct. 9, and Sunday, Oct. 10, Middlebury Rec Center, 154 Creek Rd. The Milk & Honey Quilters’ Guild invites quilters throughout the area to display their quilts in the guild’s sixth biennial show. Quilters of all skill levels, including youth, are welcome to enter. The show will also feature art quilts by Jeanette Van Bueren, 62 art quilts from a national traveling exhibit entitled OURstory Quilts: Human Rights Stories in Fabric, and Quilts of Valor made for veterans and active-duty service members. Also a basket raffle, a gift boutique, vendors, and a raffle quilt. Lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Doric String Quartet, Jonathan Biss, Piano in Middlebury. Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. A powerhouse evening with the luminary young British quartet playing Beethoven and Bartók, then teaming up with renowned pianist Jonathan Biss for Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A Major. Tickets: $25/20/10/5; Streaming-only tickets: $15/5. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 6:15 PM, Room 125. In-person attendees must have COVID vaccination and wear masks. More info at middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Sunday, Oct 10

Quilting in the Land of Milk and Honey quilt show in Middlebury. See Oct. 9 listing.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Green Mountain Club hike in Keene Valley, N.Y. Tuesday, Oct. 12, Giant Ridge. Strenuous hike, 6.1 miles round trip, 3,018 foot vertical gain, some scrambling up ledges. Spectacular views. Well-mannered dogs on leash welcome. For details contact trip leader Morris Earle at morrisearle@gmail.com or 802-734-0984. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

 

Thursday, Oct. 14

“Perennial Perspectives in Food Systems” panel and workshop in Middlebury. Thursday, Oct. 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, 14 Old Chapel Rd. Part of the New Perennials Project Perennial Harvest Days, a series of events throughout October that share, explore and deepen the work of New Perennials partners in food systems, education, health and wellbeing, creative arts, and faith and sacred practice traditions. More info at new.perennials.org/harvestdays. Free and open to the public. (Current CDC and Vermont Covid restrictions apply.)

 

Saturday, Oct. 16

Green Mountain Club hike in Salisbury. Saturday, Oct. 16, Rattlesnake Point. This is a 4-mile hike of moderate difficulty. A generally gentle hike but with several steep inclines to gain the cliff area. 1,160 ft. ascent. Views of Lake Dunmore, Silver Lake, Otter Creek watershed and the Adirondack Mountains. Limited to 10 participants. For more information and to register, contact leader Ruth Penfield at ruthpenfield@gmail.com or 802-388-5407. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

“Boris Godunov” live in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Oct 16, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Bass René Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, reprises his overwhelming portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia, kicking off the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD season. Tickets $24 adults/$10 student plus applicable fees. All attendees must be vaccinated and wear a mask. More info at townhalltheater.org or ocmvermont.org.

 

Sunday, Oct. 17

New Perennials Project on site with The Willowell Foundation in Monkton. Sunday, Oct. 17, TBD, Stoney Meadow Ln. and Bristol Rd. Part of the New Perennials Project Perennial Harvest Days, a series of events throughout October that share, explore and deepen the work of New Perennials partners in food systems, education, health and wellbeing, creative arts, and faith and sacred practice traditions. More info at new.perennials.org/harvestdays. Free and open to the public. (Current CDC and Vermont Covid restrictions apply.)

 

Monday, Oct. 18

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Brandon. Monday, Oct. 18, noon-5 p.m. American Legion Brandon Post 55, 550 Franklin St.

 

Thurday, Oct. 21

Green Mountain Club hike in Keene, N.Y. Thursday, Oct. 21, Noonmark Mountain. Strenuous, 5.6-mile round trip, 2,175 foot vertical gain, some scrambling over ledges. Beautiful views. Well-mannered dogs on leash welcome. For details contact trip leader Morris Earle at morrisearle@gmail.com or 802-734-0984. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

“Our Town” screening and discussion in Middlebury. Discussion, Thursday, Oct. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., via Zoom or Ilsley ,  depending on COVID conditions. Film can be viewed on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. Middlebury Classic Film Club’s fall 2021 series about what makes a good neighbor continues with this film about Grover’s Corners, N.H. While far from perfect, still it’s a place that we seem to long for. Maybe it’s the seeming simplicity of earlier days. The story of these neighbors is set in the early 20th century, but its message of community is timeless.

 

Friday, Oct. 22

“Perennial Lessons from the Pandemic - In Conversation with New Perennials Community Partners,” in Middlebury. Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, 14 Old Chapel Rd. Part of the New Perennials Project Perennial Harvest Days, a series of events throughout October that share, explore and deepen the work of New Perennials partners in food systems, education, health and wellbeing, creative arts, and faith and sacred practice traditions. More info at new.perennials.org/harvestdays. Free and open to the public. (Current CDC and Vermont COVID restrictions apply.)

New Perennials Project on site at The Knoll, Middlebury College’s Organic Garden in Cornwall. Friday, Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m. start, 152 Route 125. Tours, workshops, theatre, dance and meditation. Part of the New Perennials Project Perennial Harvest Days, a series of events throughout October that share, explore and deepen the work of New Perennials partners in food systems, education, health and wellbeing, creative arts, and faith and sacred practice traditions. More info at new.perennials.org/harvestdays. Free and open to the public. (Current CDC and Vermont COVID restrictions apply.)

 

Saturday, Oct. 23

Green Mountain Club overnight in Salisbury. Saturday, Oct. 23-Sunday, Oct. 24, Silver Lake Recreation Area. Easy overnight camping outing at the Silver Lake lean-tos. Contact leader for details, Jenn Mayhew, 513-403-4196. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

“Fire Shut Up In My Bones” live in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m. Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.” The first opera by a Black composer presented on the Met stage and featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. Tickets $24 adults/$10 student plus applicable fees. All attendees must be vaccinated and wear a mask. More info at townhalltheater.org or ocmvermont.org.

 

Friday, Oct. 29

Haunted jail tour in Middlebury. Friday, Oct. 29, beginning at 4 p.m., 35 Court St. Addison County Sheriff's Department and Addison County Community Support partnership will host haunted jail tours of the Middlebury Jail for Halloween. The Jail was built in 1864, and some believe its haunted, so hopefully the spirits will make it a scary memorable experience for everyone. 4-7 p.m. tours appropriate for younger kids. 7-10 p.m. tours appropriate for older kids and adults. Candy bags handed out and allergy bags available. Tours of small groups start every 5-10 minutes. Donations accepted for ACCS. To help or donate Halloween decorations for the project email peter.newton@vermont.gov.

Food distribution in Bristol. Friday, Oct. 29, 5-6 p.m., St. Ambrose Church, 11 School St. Have A Heart food shelf will distribute food to those in need. Curb-side pick-up only. Unvaccinated people need to mask. Newcomers always welcome. No sign up — just show up. See you there.

Scarefest double feature in Vergennes. Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Join in a weekend of Halloween thrills and chills with a scary movie double feature. Doors open 6:30 for “Micky Keatings’ Darling,” starring Sean Young, followed by Robert Mocklers’ “Like Me,” a chilling response to the age of social media. Talkback to follow.

Music from Copland House, Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano in Middlebury. Friday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. or live-streamed. The acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble and “America’s favorite mezzo” Susan Graham (Gramophone) perform works by Richard Danielpour and Rita Dove, Pierre Jalbert, and John Harbison. Tickets: $25/20/10/5. In-person attendees must have COVID vaccination and wear masks. More info at middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Saturday, Oct. 30

Haunted jail tour in Middlebury. Saturday, Oct. 29, beginning at 4 p.m., 35 Court St. See Oct. 29 entry.

Scarefest movie and dance party in Vergennes. Saturday, Oct. 30, doors open at 6:30, Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Get your costumes on and creeped out with “The Ranger,” starring Jeremy Holm, followed by a Halloween Dance Party. Tunes by DJ Fatty B! The Antidote will be slinging drinks. A special mystery guest will judge the Costume Contest and will give away $200 in prizes. Catch the whole weekend for $50.

 

Sunday, Oct. 31

Green Mountain Club hike in Leicester. Sunday, Oct. 31, Leicester Hollow and Chandler Ridge Loop. This moderate 9-mile hike can be wet as it ascends to Silver Lake and passes through the camping area. Return via the Chandler Ridge Trail, with views to the east and west. Total elevation change is roughly 1,300 feet. Contact leader for details, Jenn Mayhew, 513-403-4196. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Haunted jail tour in Middlebury. Friday, Oct. 29, beginning at 4 p.m., 35 Court St. See Oct. 29 entry.

Spooktacular in Middlebury. Sunday, Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m., TBD. Plans are in the works for this year’s Spooktacular. Look for more info in the coming weeks.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 3

“A Life in Art and Activism” in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Artist, legislator, and former director of the Flynn Center in Burlington, John R. Killacky draws on commentaries from his book “Because Art” to relate his experiences as a dancer in New York in the 1970s and ‘80s, the maelstrom of the Culture Wars of the 1990s, and his work advocating for artists with disabilities. Free. If you’d prefer to view via live stream go to vermonthumanities.org. Details on how will be posted closer to the date of the event.

 

Saturday, Nov. 6

Green Mountain Club hike in Fayston. Saturday, Nov. 6, Stark’s Nest, Mad River Glen. Strenuous, 5-mile round trip, 2,000 foot vertical gain. The Stark Mountain Trail (2.5 miles) trail follows a wide, well established “work road” up to the summit of General Stark Mountain. It meanders up the ski trails, past a large waterfall. Well-mannered dogs on leash welcome. For details contact trip leader Morris Earle at morrisearle@gmail.com or 802-734-0984. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Matthew Whitaker Quartet in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. or live-streamed. 20-year-old jazz keyboardist Matthew Whitaker is a once-in-a-generation musical talent. Since he opened for Stevie Wonder at the Apollo Theater at age 11, he has raked in honors and turned heads whenever he and his talented bandmates command the stage. Tickets: $25/20/10/5: Streaming-only tickets: $15/5. In-person attendees must have COVID vaccination and wear masks. More info at middlebury.edu/arts.

The Dissipated Eight in Brandon. Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Middlebury College’s famous a capella group returns for their 5th performance with great harmonies, and a unique touch of comedy. They sing a range of songs from modern day pop to traditional barbershop. All tickets $5.

Downtown Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen in Vergennes. Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Downtown Bob Stannard returns to the VOH stage for what will be his final performance as he retires from stage productions. Like a circus ringmaster, Bob creates an atmosphere of fun and surprises, and with the help of the wickedly talented Dangerous Bluesmen, delivers an unforgettable night of amazing Vermont-style blues. Doors and cash bar hosted by Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing, open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30. Tickets $20 in advance online or at the door if available.

 

Sunday, Nov. 7

No Strings Marionettes “The Snowmaiden” in Brandon. Sunday, Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Returning with another incredible performance of marionette magic, Barbara and Dan present a story that has been told in Russia for hundreds of years. Mythical figures, animals and humans populate this production. All tickets $5.

 

Thursday, Nov. 11

Schumann Quartett, Diana Fanning, Piano, in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. or live-streamed. Named BBC Music Magazine’s 2016 Best Newcomers of the Year, this German quartet makes its Middlebury debut playing working by Mendelssohn and Ravel. Then they’ll be joined by beloved Vermont pianist and Middlebury Affiliate Artist Diana Fanning in Schumann’s Quintet in E-flat Major. Tickets: $25/20/10/5: Streaming-only tickets: $15/5. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 6:30 p.m., MAC Room 125. In-person attendees must have COVID vaccination and wear masks. More info at middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Saturday, Nov. 13

Green Mountain Club hike in Monkton. Saturday, Nov. 13, Raven Ridge Natural Area. A pleasant 2-mile hike up to a ridge with valley views and interesting geological formations. Start at a boardwalk across a swamp, then up to the ridge, returning on a loop trail through the woods. Wear appropriate clothing; bring water, hiking poles if desired and, depending on weather, microspikes or snowshoes. Limited to 10 participants. For more information and to register, contact leader Ruth Penfield at ruthpenfield@gmail.com or 802-388-5407. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

 

Sunday, Nov. 14

Dinoman: Space in Brandon. Sunday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Through the solar system and beyond. Dinoman takes his audience in this fast-paced exploration of space. Dinoman uses dinosaurs, meteors, comets, liquid air, and a gold fish to give us a truly unique view of the heavens.

 

Thursday, Nov. 18

Kite Runner screening and discussion in Middlebury. Discussion on Thursday, Nov. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Zoom or Ilsley Library, depending on COVID conditions. View film on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. The third film in the Middlebury Classic Film club’s “What makes a good neighbor?” series, set in Kabul, is the story of two friends living in a turbulent neighborhood and world. Based on the 2003 novel.

 

Friday, Nov. 19

Food distribution in Bristol. Friday, Nov. 19, 5-6 p.m., St. Ambrose Church, 11 School St. Have A Heart food shelf will distribute food to those in need. Curb-side pick-up only. Unvaccinated people need to mask. Newcomers always welcome. No sign up — just show up. See you there.

 

Saturday. Nov. 20

Green Mountain Club hike in Starksboro. Saturday, Nov. 20, Mount Ellen via Jerusalem Trail. Hike the strenuous Jerusalem Trail and continue to Mt. Ellen. Hike is approximately 9 miles round trip. Elevation gain 2,000+ feet. Bring water, lunch and appropriate clothing and gear for the weather. Plan for cold as you gain elevation. Snowshoes may be required. Contact leader for details, Ellen Cronan, 908-595-2926. More at gmcbreadloaf.org.

 

Friday, Dec. 17

Food distribution in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 17, 5-6 p.m., St. Ambrose Church, 11 School St. Have A Heart food shelf will distribute food to those in need. Curb-side pick-up only. Unvaccinated people need to mask. Newcomers always welcome. No sign up — just show up. See you there.

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