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.
The Landgrove Inn
August 3, 2015 – 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
As proof that nothing brings people together like good weather and chocolate, the annual “Chocolate Festival” for the benefit of Neighborhood Connections has grown to a scope that defies imagination. Join chocolate lovers from near and far in TheLandgrove Inn’s great meadow as they sample delicacies from 30 of the area’s best chefs and cheese makers, all with a chocolate theme. Besides being a chocoholics delight, it’s all for a good cause! For information on where you can purchase tickets call Neighborhood Connections at 802-824-4343. Tickets are $15 before the event and $20 at the door. Children are $10 and those kiddos under 6 are free.
August 4, 2015 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come to the Town Green and join us for the Concert Series with So Far on August 4th, 6-8pm. SoFar is a women’s vocal group that was founded in 2009 by a group of friends who wanted to sing together, just for fun. Since then, these Manchester moms have appeared at a wide variety of community fundraisers, from Empty Bowls to Live Green, still singing for fun — and to raise money for local nonprofits. SoFar is Susan Biggs, Jennifer Crepeau-Lalor, Kathleen James, Fran Marino, Julie Oliva and Mary Welford, backed by Don Martin on acoustic guitar. Thank you to our sponsor this year The Bank of Bennington for supporting the Concert Series!!
August 6, 2015 - August 9, 2015 – All Day
With no sales tax on clothing and fantastic bargains throughout Manchester Center and Manchester Village. The Sidewalk is the place to be! Sponsored by Manchester and the Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce. 802-362-6313.
American Museum of Fly Fishing
August 8, 2015 – 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
It’s that time of year again- Join us for our 8th annual Fly Fishing Festival! Brian Price of Vermont Fly Guys and Mike Rice of Mud Dog Flies (Marshfield, Mass.) will be on hand doing fly tying demonstrations. Learn how to tie flies, cast vintage rods at our casting pond, have your antique gear appraised, chat with representatives from the fly fishing industry, and enjoy barbecue food courtesy of Mulligan’s. There are plenty of activities for the kids as well with face painting and “clown flies” among other things. Michael Hackney of The Eclectic Angler will be on hand for a very special presentation printing fly reels from his 3-D printer! Author John D. Juriga will also be on hand signing copies of his book Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist to coincide with our Hines exhibition in our Leigh Perkins Gallery. Admission to the event and museum is FREE all day!
August 11, 2015 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come to the Town Green and join us for the Concert Series with John ORourke Legato Blues Band on August 11th, 6-8pm. Thank you to our sponsor this year The Bank of Bennington for supporting the Concert Series!! They will be playing blues by contemporary artists Bonamassa, Clapton, Gary Moore and others, along with instrumental covers of Eric Johnson and Jeff Beck.
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
ALL MULTI-DAY OPTIONS ALSO INCLUDE THE SATURDAY FONDO RIDES.
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
August 18, 2015 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come to the Town Green and join us for the last night of the Concert Series with Don’t Leave Band on August 18th, 6-8pm. Don’t Leave remains Southern Vermont’s most resilient and respected rock band, performing its ageless, unique blend of time honored rock and roll built around powerful vocals, contagious energy and the pure joy of making music together. They have been rocking the Northshire (and areas throughout the Northeast) for over 28 years with no end in sight. The band is anchored by Bill Muench (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Lee Romano (bass guitar and vocals) who together started Don’t Leave in 1985, and Dave Domenick (guitar) who’s been with Don’t Leave for 15 years. Mike Meaney (drums and vocals) and Greg Snedeker (piano, cello and vocals) round out this high energy ensemble who people say are “more fun than is absolutely necessary!” On any given night they might be joined on stage by other musicians who sit in regularly. Great guys, great music and great energy. Thank you to our sponsor this year The Bank of Bennington for supporting the Concert Series!!
Visit their website: http://www.vermont.com/business/dontleave/
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.
The Practice Tee
October 2, 2015 - October 4, 2015 – All Day
Autumn in Vermont! The mountains around Manchester are awash with color and at The Practice Tee a small city has arisen, with tents full of fine art, contemporary craftwork, specialty foods, live music and more. The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is an annual tradition for many shoppers and a delightful new experience for others. This is the perfect time to take a weekend getaway experience Southern Vermont at peak foliage whilst sipping a hot cappuccino, shopping for handcrafted art and craftwork, and eating delicious food. www.craftproducers.com
October 9, 2015 - October 11, 2015 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Weston Craft Show is a juried exhibit of exceptional Vermont artisans, representing works in baskets, ceramics, folk art, glass, jewelry, lighting, paper, fiber, leather, mosaics, pastels, sculpture, wearable art, and wood.
The Weston Craft Show is held at the Weston Playhouse which provides a manageable, pleasant shopping experience for those looking for something special. With a carefully juried array of exceptional arts and crafts in a distinctive setting, the Weston Craft Show offers discerning collectors high quality, diversity and beautiful displays.
Take the opportunity to visit one of the most prestigious exhibitions of contemporary crafts in Vermont. The show is produced by the Weston Craft Show Committee with all proceeds supporting the preservation of Weston’s historic museums. More than $500,000 has been raised over the years. Come join us and celebrate the art of fine Vermont craftsmanship at Vermont’s premier crafts show.
Adult admission is $8. More info at www.westoncraftshow.com
October 30, 2015 - November 8, 2015 – 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The SoVT Restaurant Week is a special limited time menu event at participating fine-dining restaurants in Vermont’s Windham and Bennington Counties. Diners can enjoy a 3-course lunch or dinner at a reduced price compared to the regular menu selections. www.sovtrestaurantweek.com https://www.facebook.com/SoVTRestaurantWeek