Connect with Your Family on Genealogy Day

July 24, 2017  
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A genealogy enthusiast is urging Vermonters to connect with their relatives on Aug. 9 with a free event, Ceal Moran’s Genealogy Day Get Together. Ceal Moran has hosted the traveling event since 2009, held in a different town each year. Read more

Fun! For Young and Young at Heart at the Champlain Valley Fair

July 24, 2017  
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The Champlain Valley Fair offers ten days of fun for all ages and interests, an annual tradition that earned the Fair a spot among Vermont’s ten best events. The fair opens Friday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. with half price admission and ride bracelets all day, and closes on Sunday, Sept. 3 at midnight.

Vermont’s largest annual agricultural and entertainment tradition brings together people from across Vermont, New England, Quebec and beyond. It is the place to see old and new friends, enjoy great local food and compete for satin blue ribbons and bragging rights for the best chili, handmade quilt or heaviest pumpkin in Vermont.

The “Ten Best Days of Summer” also describes the Fair’s Coca-Cola Grandstand entertainment, both the Budweiser Concert Series and the other shows coming to the grandstand. Advance tickets to the summer’s biggest concerts include gate admission the day of the show.

This year’s concerts, all at 7 p.m., include:

Aug. 25: I Love the 90s, the Party Continues! With TLC, C&C Music Factory and more

Aug. 27: Brantley Gilbert

Sept. 1: John Mellencamp with Special Guest Carlene Carter

September 3: Pentatonix

The Fair’s staff has not forgotten the thrill-seeking motor sports fans, bringing back the Burnett Scrap Metal Championship Figure 8 Race on Aug. 30, or the Demolition Derby, Aug. 3. The Seth Yacovone Band will be performing before the show and between the preliminary bouts and the finals. The Monster Truck Night of Fire and Destruction will be Aug. 27 — these daredevils will take your breath away as they soar through the air doing acrobatic tricks. Note, admission to the Fair is not included with motor sports advance tickets.

On Aug. 29, the Fair welcomes the ultimate Rolling Stones tribute band, Satisfaction, for a free show in the Coca-Cola Grandstand.

Executive Director Tim Shea notes, “We’ve worked extra hard this year to make sure the fair is affordable for families.

New this year, the Fair is offering free parking before 1 p.m. on weekdays, giving people a chance to come out early and save a few dollars, while enjoying the fair at a quieter time.

Senior Day

Senior Day at the fair is Tuesday, Aug. 29, and those 55 and older save $3 off the admission with ID.  “It’s a great day for grandparents to bring their families to the fair and celebrate the last day before school starts,” Shea said. In addition, there will be food vendors offering $3 specials during the midweek.

Friday, Sept. 1, is Military Appreciation Day, with free admission for past and present members of our military with a valid Military ID.

 “The Strates Shows Midway returns with over 40 rides and games. They are again offering their pay-one-price ride bracelets every day. The ride bracelet can be used to ride all of the rides, all day long. “

Another way to save is advance discount admission and pay-on-price ride tickets available at all Price Chopper grocery stores in Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York. Tickets will be available from the beginning of August through Thursday, Aug. 24 and fair guests can save up to 25 percent by purchasing them in advance.

For a complete daily schedule and information on concerts and free entertainment, or to sign up for a free e-newsletter, visit champlainvalleyfair.org.

Vermont State Parks: Top 5 Views

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Things to do, Travel


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ans of Vermont State Parks know and love the awesome scenery and fantastic views. You might try climbing one of the mountain summits, or a fire tower, or maybe you want to take a ride up the Mt. Ascutney auto road. Read more

25th Annual South End Art Hop

July 24, 2017  
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Friday evening - between Art Hop sitesBurlington’s South End will once again fill with all forms of art as the annual South End Art Hop returns for its 25th year Friday, Sept. 8 – Sunday, Sept. 10.  Read more

Spring/Early Summer Events

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

Get out and enjoy a variety of events this spring and early summer. Here is a sample of things going on around the state.

Vermont Maple Festival Read more

Québec comes to Vermont: Film Festival April 7-9th

April 4, 2017  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do

Bringing the world to Vermont through film

 

Global Roots Film Festival: Québec
Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9
Contois Auditorium, Downtown Burlington

Three days of screenings, guests and receptions celebrating the rich cinema of our neighbors to the North. Thank you to our reception sponsors: Penny Cluse Cafe (Fri. 6pm), Honey Road (Sat. & Sun. 6pm), Zero Gravity cash bar daily. 

A special thank you to the Québec Delegation, Boston, for helping VTIFF bring the visiting filmmakers, to Alliance française of the Lake Champlain region and to BCA for their continuing support.
Full program, passes and tickets available now – discounts for VTIFF Members.

 

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Directed by Pablo Larraín
Chile | Spanish/French w/ English subtitles | 2016 | 107 min
Followed by a talk and audience Q&A with Latin American Poetry professor and Neruda scholar Tina Escaja
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00pm at Champlain College Alumni Auditorium

This exclusive Burlington screening is a joint benefit for the Vermont International Film Festival and the 2017 Burlington Book Festival.

By donation. Recommended amount $20. Make your donation here HERE.
More information is available at 802-660-2600 or 802-658-3328.

 

GloryVTIFF Presents: Glory (Slava)
Sponsored by Main Street Landing 
Directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov
Bulgaria/Greece | Bulgarian w/ English subtitles | 2016 | 101 min
Thursday, April 27, 7:00pm at Main Street Landing Film House

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

Community Screenings

 

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Thursday, April 6, 7:00pm at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema

This is a Tugg event. 78 advance tickets need to be sold for it to take place.
Tickets can be purchased HERE
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Age Well JOINS MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAMS FROM

February 24, 2017  
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ACROSS THE COUNTRY in 15th ANNUAL March for Meals

Campaign will help fight senior isolation and hunger in Northwest Vermont

February 23, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) – Age Well announced today that it will be participating in the 15th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound seniors who rely on its vital safety net.

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the March for Meals in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need, which is widening due to increased demand, a rapidly aging population, declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like Age Well, will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s seniors all year long.

“March is a time for us all to rally around Meals on Wheels,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable seniors lies in the willingness and generosity of businesses, government and concerned individuals of all ages to contribute in their own way. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”

Age Well’s 2017 March for Meals provides an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to Sponsor-A-Route; whereas meals are provided to seniors for a selected period of time in exchange for exposure and promotion of their support. Several Sponsor-A-Route supporters have already pledged to contribute, including Phoenix Feeds and Nutrition, Vermont Relay, University of Vermont Medical Center, SCHIP Inc., and Main Street Landing.

“The services that we provide in Addison, Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin Counties are critical to meeting the needs of Vermont’s aging population,” said Sara Wool, Age Well’s Director of Communications. “Together, we can help seniors live independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors, visit www.agewellvt.org.

About Age Well

Age Well is a nonprofit organization that serves Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties and is the largest Meals on Wheels provider in Vermont. Our mission is to provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence. Since 1974, Age Well has delivered over 9 million meals, provided nutrition and care coordination services to over 50,000 people, and responded to over 250,000 calls through our senior helpline.

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

 

‘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/

 

 

 

 

 

Join Vermont State Parks for Free, Guided 2017 First Day Hikes

December 22, 2016  
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Montpelier—Start the New Year on the right foot and get outside for a “First Day Hike” in a Vermont State Park. Individuals and groups are invited to join one of several free, family-friendly hiking events taking place on January 1, 2017 throughout the state in beautiful parks and forests. Professional guides and outdoor educators will lead the way, sharing their knowledge and love of the Vermont outdoors.

 

The hikes having different starting times and anticipated durations. See below for a list of offered hikes and details. Pre-registration is not required; simply show up ready to enjoy the outdoors and the company of other participants. Dress for the weather and bring beverages and snacks. If there are several feet of snow on the ground, please consider bringing snowshoes. Dogs are welcome on leash unless otherwise noted.

 

Don’t need a guide? Take advantage of the breadth of opportunities to choose your own trek or ramble through Vermont State Parks and forests this winter. Find a park near you and discover a new place in its wintery state. Entry to State parks in the winter is free.

 

Ascutney State Park:

Guide: Scott Davison (The Woodstock Naturalist) Meet: 10:00 am at the ranger station

Hike: 1+ hour, easy terrain. NOTE: Not a summit hike.

 

Bomoseen State Park:

Guide: Caitlin Gates (Vermont State Park Interpreter) Meet: 1:00 pm at park entrance station.

Hike: 1+ hour, easy terrain

 

Button Bay State Park:

Guide: Ron Payne from Otter Creek Audubon Society Meet: 9:00 am at park entrance

Hike: 3 hours, easy terrain

 

Groton Nature Center, Big Deer State Park:

Guide: Dave Spencer (local expert) Meet: 1:00 pm at Groton State Forest Nature Center parking area on Boulder Beach Road, 1.6 miles from Route 232.

Hike: 1+ hour loop, easy terrain.


Hunger Mountain
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Guide: Caitlin Miller from the Green Mountain Club Meet: 9:00 am at Hunger Mountain Trailhead (Waterbury)

Hike: 3.5 miles, 5 hours, moderate to difficult terrain. Hike to the summit if weather permits.

 

Jamaica State Park:

Guide: Lowell Lake Park Ranger Scott Renker Meet: 10:00 am by the park office at the entrance

Hike: 1+ hour, 1-mile, easy terrain. Participants will have the option of a longer hike along the same trail.

 

Niquette Bay State Park:

Guide: Jessica Savage from Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation Meet: Noon at trailhead in Niquette Bay State Park.

Hike: 1.5 miles, 2 hours, moderate terrain.

 

Taconic Mountain Ramble State Park:

Guide: Alyssa Bennett, Bat Biologist Meet: Noon at the Hubbardton Battlefield parking lot on Monument Hill Road

Hike: 2-3 hours, easy to moderate terrain, followed by fresh baked cookies!

 

Underhill State Park:

Guide: John Connell, Greenmont Farms Meet: 1:00 pm at gate just below Underhill State Park on Mountain Road in Underhill Center.

Hike: 3 hours, easy to moderate terrain. Bring a snack and warm beverage to share!

 

For hike updates on December 31st and January 1st, please call (802) 249-1230. For more information on First Day Hikes and to view additional hike offerings as they are added, visit www.vtstateparks.com or check out Vermont State Parks on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Photo Caption: Hikers take to the woods outside the Groton Nature Center on the first day of 2016 as part of the annual “First Day Hike” tradition started by the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

 

Radio Brief: Vermonters are invited to jump start the new year by getting outside on the first day of 2017. Local experts will be offering free guided hikes on January 1 in beautiful State parks and forests across the state, offering an opportunity for families and individuals of all abilities to discover wintery woods and meadows. Hikes vary in length, and no registration is required. Participants should arrive dressed for the weather and bring beverages and snacks. For a list of First Day Hike locations and times, go to Vermont state parks dot com, or visit Facebook dot com slash V-T- state parks.

 

Age Well Seminar:  Eating on a Budget:  Healthy Meals that Won’t Break the Bank!

December 15, 2016  
Filed under Health & Wellness, Things to do

 

 

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Seminar time is 9:30am in the Amphitheatre.

 

Cooking on a budget? Don’t skimp on nutrition!  Join Age Well’s Nutrition Director, Chris Moldovan, a Registered Dietician with over 25 years of experience and currently the President-elect of the Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Affordable meals do not have to be boring and they don’t have to lack taste or variety.  Learn tips on how to plan your meals without sacrificing taste, while maximizing nutritional value.  In addition, find out more about Age Well’s Community Meals and Restaurant Ticket Program.

 

Age Well is a non-profit organization serving Northwestern Vermont and is the largest provider of Meals on Wheels, delivering over 250,000 meals annually.  Our mission is to provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence.  To learn more, visit:  agewellvt.org or call our Helpline.

 

 

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