‘Winter Brewfest’ offers indoor fun for Vermont brew lovers on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Burlington

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‘Come shake off the winter blues!’


Vermont’s largest winter brewers’ festival premieres on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Sheraton-Burlington, offering festival-goers samples from more than 75 varieties of Vermont craft beer, ciders, wine and spirits.


The state’s first major indoor winter brewers’ festival also offers music, food sampling, party games and more while featuring some of the finest brews in the world.


The event also includes food pairing workshops, party games including Giant Connect Four and Jenga, food sampling including That’s Different Chocolates, Potlicker Kitchen and many more.


The first session from 12-4 p.m. features live music by Renegade Groove, a four-piece funk rock band with a high-energy presence and an inclination for improvisation.


The second session from 6-10 p.m. kicks off with live music by The Grift. The independent Burlington-based band blends roots-rock and pop and jam, and its live shows are energetic and original, with band members swapping instruments and occasionally playing two at a time.


“This is a celebration of Vermont-made brews and ciders, as well as wine and spirits, and we have a terrific lineup for the event,” said Paul Apfelbaum, festival co-organizer. “We want to help people shake off the winter blues! We have something to satisfy everyone from the curious brew newbie to the connoisseur, as well as terrific local bands and other fun surprises.”


The 21-and-over event will be held on two floors at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. Tickets are $39, which includes 15 samples from a large selection of brews, wine and spirits, as well as free food samples offered by foodie exhibitors during the four-hour festival. There will also be food available for purchase.


To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.winterbrewfestvt.com

Follow the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/winterbrewfestvt/






Shakespeare Scenes

November 21, 2016  
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Vermont Shakespeare Festival, in partnership with Dedalus Wine, will be presenting a unique evening of Shakespeare scenes paired with wine tastings on Dec. 11 at ArtsRiot in Burlington.  What kind of wine would you drink while spending time with the Macbeths, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet (among others)? The cast includes numerous local actors from the Burlington theater community performing some of Shakespeare’s greatest hits. Ticket price includes wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres and the show.



Vermont Shakespeare Festival and Dedalus Wine present Vino and the Bard

Arts Riot- 400 Pine Street, Burlington

Tickets: $30 – Advance purchase at www.vermontshakespeare.org

Tickets available at the door are subject to availability.

Info (877) 874-1911.



November 18, 2016  
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(BURLINGTON, VT) Running December 7–11 at FlynnSpace, Vermont Stage’s 12th Annual holiday tradition is back and better than ever!  Conceived by Mark Nash and directed by Cristina Alicea, WINTER TALES features a collection of stories, poetry, and songs to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter.  Admission includes complimentary hot cider and ginger molasses cookies.

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24th Annual VT International Festival

November 8, 2016  
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The Vermont International Festival will be celebrating its 24th  year of showcasing arts, crafts, food, dance, and musical performances representing cultures from all over the world December 2-4, 2016 at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Route 15/Pearl Street  in Essex Junction, VT. There is unlimited, free parking and it is handicapped-accessible. CCTA provides public bus service to the Champlain Valley Exposition grounds.


This year we welcome several NEW crafters, including artisans from Peru, Uzbekistan and India. Fidel Palomino, coming to us from Ayacucho, Peru, will be bringing handmade, traditional, colorful retablos which “represent the cosmovision of Andes and Amazonian people”, depicting costumes and folklore from Peru. From Bukhara, Uzbekistan, Shukhrat Pulatov will bring to us beautiful handmade silk carpets and embroideries. His family business, started by his grandparents produces silk, double-sided carpets which are unique to Uzbekistan. Samat Maheshwari will be representing a group of 12 artisans based in western India. Through sales of their block prints, tie dye, embroidery, metal, bead and lacquer work, they hope to raise the standard of living for these indigenous artists. The Guatemala Art and Culture Connection features art from traditional Mayan villages in Guatemala. Original oil paintings depict traditional daily life, nature and images of Mayan history. Crafts include beadwork and weaving based on centuries old traditions. In addition to these, there will be over 50 other craft vendors and community groups from countries all over the world.


Friday, December 4th is Children’s Day, when busloads of children from all over Vermont experience firsthand the excitement of having a passport stamped by all of the countries represented at this celebration of the arts. The festival will be open to the public Friday evening 5-8 pm, Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 10-5. Tickets will be on sale at the door: $7 for adults; $5 for children 6-12 years old; $5 for seniors (65+); $20 family pass; children under 6 are FREE.  Admission is good for the entire weekend.


There will be two stages of entertainment featuring performers such as Spirit Wing, Maiz Sandoval, On the Border Morris, the St. Andrew’s Pipe Band, DsantosVT, Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, Lokum, A2VT, Grup Anwar, Mary Brust, Heather Morris Celtic Dancers, and too many others to mention.  Food vendors this year will have treats from Brazil, Uruguay, Turkey,  Philippines, Italy, Tibet, Poland, China, Austria, India and Democratic Republic of the Congo.


The Vermont International Festival has again been named one of the Top 10 winter events in Vermont by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The Vermont International Festival is a program of the Vermont Performing Arts League, which is located at North End Studios in Burlington. Visit the Facebook event page discussion where new vendors and performers are added daily. Don’t miss this 24th annual festival where we bring the world to Vermonters.


Arts News

September 15, 2016  
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Essex Community Players Announces Auditions, Production of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ 

Based on the Charles Schulz television special, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang search for the true meaning of Christmas. This production is slated to be a light, fun experience with a limited rehearsal calendar to avoid overtaxing an already busy holiday calendar.

Singing is limited to two songs performed ensemble. There is a dance number and an i Read more

Vermont Stage to Premier Four New Plays

September 15, 2016  
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'Blackberry Winter', a striking new play by playwright Steve Yockey, will be presented by Vermont STage in March. The play follows Vivienne Avery as she deals with her mother's slide into the grip of dementia (Photo by Lindsay Raymondjack)

‘Blackberry Winter’, a striking new play by playwright Steve Yockey, will be presented by Vermont STage in March. The play follows Vivienne Avery as she deals with her mother’s slide into the grip of dementia (Photo by Lindsay Raymondjack)

Vermont Stage announces its 23rd Season as Burlington’s premier professional theater company with a selection of new plays.

“Our 23rd Season is filled with four Vermont premieres of beautiful, contemporary plays. Each depicts the outset of a new endeavour: the opening of a sandwich shop, the purchase of a home, the adoption of a child and even the creation of an origin myth. There is so much humor and hope in these charming, thoughtful new plays. I’m looking forward to sharing these plays with our wonderful audience,” said Artistic Director Cristina Alicea about the 2016-2017 Season. Read more

$162K Awarded to 26 Vermont Artists and Arts Organizations

September 15, 2016  
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The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and the Concert Artists Fund, two component funds at the Vermont Community Foundation, announced that together they have awarded a total of $162,025 to 26 artists and arts organizations across the state.

The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund awarded grants totaling $50,849 primarily to support the commissioning, creation and presentation of new work or to assist Vermont artists wishing to take their work in different directions. Five awards were made to individual artists and 12 to arts organizations presenting the work of Vermont artists.  Read more

Small, Unusual Museums Yield Big Fun

August 18, 2016  
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By Victor Block

The U.S. capitol impresses those who see it with its stately presence and decorative detail. Its classical columns and imposing dome are known around the world. Some people who have come to see it have had to remind themselves that the structure before them is only 12 feet long and made of thousands of ordinary matchsticks. Read more

Quaker Furniture Exhibit at Rokeby

August 18, 2016  
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Quaker Stephen Foster Stevens of Monkton produced utilitarian furniture of expert workmanship from his shop for 14 years.

Quaker Stephen Foster Stevens of Monkton produced utilitarian furniture of expert workmanship from his shop for 14 years.

Quaker cabinetmaker Stephen Foster Stevens produced furniture from his Monkton, Vermont shop for 14 years. Several pieces made their way into the collection at Rokeby Museum and are now on exhibit, along with account books, diaries, documents, photographs and other personal items.

Born to Quaker parents and trained by another Friend, Stevens turned out ordinary and utilitarian furniture for his neighbors, many of whom were also Quakers. His work, however, showed great talent and expert workmanship, suggesting that he could have pursued a more lucrative career making fine furniture elsewhere.

Instead, Stevens’s life as a Friend influenced the pieces he produced. Quakers lived under the testimony of simplicity at this time and were expected to remain “plain” in their speech, clothing, furniture and deportment. 

“Quaker Made” presents an intimate look into the meaning of plainness for Friends.

Rokeby Museum is a National Historic Landmark designated for its exceptional underground railroad history. The museum and “Quaker Made” are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 30. The museum is located at 4334 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.www.rokeby.org.

Fairs & Festivals

August 18, 2016  
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Islands & Farms
In Good Taste:
Savor the Islands
Knight Point State Park Not going on  
Stowe-Smugglers Notch
Vermont Fly Fishing Show Stowe Sept. 9-11 flyrodshop.com
British Invasion Stowe Sept. 16-18 BritishInvasion.com
Stowe Oktoberfest Stowe Oct. 1-2 stoweoktoberfest.com
Northeast Kingdom
5th Annual Peacham Acoustic Music Festival Peacham Aug. 19-20 http://www.pamfest.com/
The Rescignos  Derby Line  Aug. 13 qnek.com
Champlain Valley
Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival Colchester Aug. 20-28 http://www.lccmf.org/
Champlain Valley Fair Essex Jct. Aug. 26-Sept. 4 http://www.champlainvalleyfair.org/
Central Vermont
Vermont Festival of the Arts Mad River Valley thru Sept. 4 http://www.vermontartfest.com/
Mid Vermont
Ciderstock Middlebury Aug. 20 http://www.woodchuck.com/ciderstock/
BBQ Bonanza Festival Vergennes Aug. 21 https://www.facebook.com/events/451524488375317/
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Middlebury Aug. 25-28 http://middfilmfest.org/
Vergennes Day Vergennes Aug. 27 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vergennes-day-2016-registration-22281152527
Southern Windsor County
Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car/Motorcycle Show Ludlow Aug. 27-28 Website?


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