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We have many fantastic major Events happening in our region. Be sure to also review our Daily Happenings Calendar to discover what is going just about any day of the week.

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    Earth Day Event at Eddie Bauer

    Eddie Bauer Outlet

    April 22, 2015 – 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

    To celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd,  Eddie Bauer is planting one tree with every purchase, plus take an additional 10% off your entire purchase.  Customers may add a $1 donation to their purchase for American Forests.  Each dollar donated, American Forests will plant one tree.


    Lunch with Locals

    Manchester Chamber of Commerce

    April 22, 2015 - May 21, 2015 – 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

    The Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Northshire Young Professionals are partnering to present a 7 week luncheon series called “Lunch with Locals”. The luncheon series will begin on Wednesday, April 8th. Lunch will be 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Chamber (39 Bonnet Street) each Wednesday through May 21st and will feature a different local leader each week. The format is informal and conversational. Reservations are a must as seating will be limited to 20 people. Lunch will be served courtesy of Sam’s Wood Fired Pizza.

    April 22 – Wilbur Rice

    RSVP to Kelsey 802-362-6313

    SoVT Restaurant Week

    Manchester Center

    April 24, 2015 - May 3, 2015 – All Day

    Check out our Facebook page for participating restaurants!


    2nd Annual Sheep Shearing Workshop

    Merck Forest and Farmland Center

    April 25, 2015 - April 26, 2015 – 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    The Vermont Sheep and Goat Breeders Association is once again holding a sheep shearing class at Merck Forest and Farmland Center.  Participants, beginners and intermediate, will learn hands-on how to shear sheep in this two-day workshop. Professional shearers will teach participants all aspects of shearing. Participants who wish to take the two-day course will be charged $250.00. There is a possibility for participants to come for only the Saturday session. Price to be determined for Saturday only.

    For more workshop information and to register, please contact Jim McRae: To see the full agenda for the sheep shearing workshop visit Merck Forest’s news and events page:

    Merck Forest and Farmland Center is an education non-profit that strives to teach, demonstrate, and sustain a working landscape. Offerings, such as the Sheep Shearing class, help connect our visitors with a working farm. For more information on our multi-faceted non-profit, visit our website or call the Visitor Center: 802.394.7836.

    Sheep Shearing Workshop at Merck Forest

    Merck Forest and Farmland Center

    April 25, 2015 - April 26, 2015 – 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Sheep Shearing Workshop at Merck Forest and Farmland Center

    Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2015, 8:30 am – 4 pm
    Cost $250.00/Saturday and Sunday
    Cost TBD for participants interested only in Saturday. Please, check back for updated information

    The Vermont Sheep and Goat Breeders Association is once again holding a sheep shearing class at MFFC.  Participants, beginners and intermediate, will learn hands-on how to shear sheep, all under the guidance of professional shearers. All aspects of shearing will be discussed during the two day course.

    For more workshop information and to register, please contact Jim McRae:

    To see the full agenda for the sheep shearing workshop visit:

    29th Annual Manchester Antique & Classic Car Show

    Dorr Field

    June 6, 2015 - June 7, 2015 – 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Welcome all car enthusiasts! The premier Antique and Classic Car Show in Manchester & the Mountains, Vermont celebrates 29 years of the best antique and classic cars, food vendors and flea market in the northeast! All balloting for classes must be turned in on Saturday! No ballots will be accepted on Sunday. Awards will be given to first and second place winners, special awards and first place in the “best of” categories. Please stay to pick up your award.  We have not raised our entry fees in five years and mailing awards is expensive! The Tailgate Competition will take place and be judged on Sunday as well as the judging for “Best of” the 40′s, 50′s, 60′s, 70′s and 80′s.

    Irene & Bing Hunter Memorial Golf Tournament

    The Golf Club at the Equinox

    June 13, 2015 – 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Long Trail School will be holding the Irene and Bing Hunter Memorial Golf Tournament which is open to all players. 8:30 shotgun start at The Golf Club at the Equinox.  Morning of golf, luncheon and prizes. This tournament assists Long Trail School in providing scholarships for area students and honors the Hunter spirit of philanthropy. To register, contact Kim Rizio at or 802-867-5717×147.

    Wanderlust Stratton

    Stratton Mountain

    June 18, 2015 - June 21, 2015 – All Day

    Wanderlust Festivals are all-out, ecstatic celebrations. We bring together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts, renowned speakers, exquisite chefs, and  thrilling performers, weaving together an experience that surprises and delights. Whether you’re exploring our multi-day mountaintop adventures or gathering for a daylong urban retreat, Wanderlust events are an opportunity to unplug from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary. These are yoga events that start on your mat and get under skin. It goes in your ears and comes dancing out your fingers and toes. Bring a friend or make a whole group of new ones. From early morning meditations to all-night chakra-spinning musical performances, come practice and party in the most awe-inspiring locations in the world. More info at

    Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show

    Harold Beebe Farm

    June 30, 2015 - August 9, 2015 – All Day

    Celebrating its 22nd year as Vermont’s premier hunter/jumper competition.  The Vermont Summer Festival is a six week show on the Beebe Farm in East Dorset. See Olympic equestrians participating in events for $750,000 in prizes.

    The Vermont Challenge

    Manchester Center

    August 13, 2015 - August 16, 2015 – All Day

    The 4th annual Vermont Challenge is a premier bicycle tour that offers both challenging routes for elite recreational cyclist plus tamer routes for all riders. The routes traverse Southern & Central Vermont over 2, 3 or 4 days including the signature Saturday 1-day Gran, Medio & Piccolo Fondo for all riders, presented by our title sponsor Stratton Mountain Resort on Saturday 8/15.

    The Gran Fondo is only mountain resort-top Gran Fondo finish east of the Continental Divide. On Saturday we’ve created The “Ride Up” Bike Festival that’s designed to show you how to take your riding to the next level with exhibitors focusing on: training advice & equipment, nutrition, hydration and more.

    Challenge Options: • The 4-day Grand Challenge: 8/13-16 • The 3-day Challenge: Any three day combination between 8/13-16 • The 2-day Challenge: Any two day combination between 8/13-16 • The 1-day Gran, Medio and Piccolo Fondo: 8/15


    Route Overview by Day • Thursday 8/13: Southern routes out of Manchester – 65, 45 or 30 miles • Friday 8/14: Routes to/from the Vermont Country Store plus BBQ! – 53, 35 or 25 miles • Saturday 8/15: Gran, Medio & Piccolo – 101, 68 or 26 miles respectively all departing and ending. “Ride-up” Bike Festival from 11-6 pm Stratton Base.    at Stratton Mountain or Bondville. Two Strava timed segments: KOM & Sprint • Sunday 8/16: Northern routes out of Manchester – 58, 40 or 24 miles

    Maple Leaf Half Marathon & Kotler 5k Run/Fun Walk

    Dana Thompson Memorial Rec Park

    September 12, 2015 – All Day

    Premier Manchester, Vermont Classic- “A Must-Do. The course traverses truly gorgeous Vermont landscapes, running from the downtown community to picturesque village settings to country roads past farm lands back to the finish. Adding to the beauty, Vermont will be in the early stages of fall foliage.

    The Maple Leaf Half Marathon and Kotler 5K will run on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in beautiful Manchester, Vermont, a vibrant region with much to offer. Organization is excellent, and the course is scenic and enjoyable. There is something for everyone in this rural Vermont tour. It’s one of those “must do” New England races. Manchester, Vermont is a year-round sports, recreation, foodie and shopping destination in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest.

    The races are presented by the Perfect Wife Restaurant, the Spiral Press Cafe, and by MVP Health Care. And it has now evolved into one of the top rated races in Vermont. The revised course is USATF-certified and a true gem of New England racing. It is challenging, which has always been part of the appeal—this is Vermont with mountain vistas. It has been lauded as one of the top half marathons in the country for scenic beauty, organization and allure.