Calendar of Events – August 12 – September 22

August 12
Rokeby Museum pie and ice cream social.  Having a great day is as easy as pie at Rokeby Museum’s annual Pie & Ice Cream Social from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rokeby Museum’s corps of pie-baking volunteers has been perfecting the art of pie making for more than 30 years. Peach, apple, berry pies of every kind—and in every combination possible—await visitors who love the taste of summer. And you can justify topping your slice with ice cream from Vermont’s own Wilcox Dairy, or helping yourself to a second serving. All proceeds support the museum’s mission.

Abby’s Agenda, an electric bass, drums and vocal trio devoted to a lively range of jazz standards will provide music, and lawn games including croquet, badminton and horseshoes will be set up for all to enjoy. A scavenger hunt designed for young children takes them on a lively investigation of the museum’s farm buildings.

“All this and plenty of towering shade trees makes for a relaxing summer afternoon,” says board member and Ferrisburgh resident Marty Dewees. “It’s one of our favorite Rokeby events.” Admission to Pie Day music and games is free; pie and ice-cream is $6 per serving. Admission to museum exhibits and tours of the historic Robinson family home is $10/adult and $8/child. Rokeby Museum is a 90-acre historic site and National Historic Landmark designated for its exceptional Underground Railroad history. Rokeby was home to four generations of the Robinson family, from 1793 to 1961. The Museum is located on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

August 17
Trinity Episcopal Church, 5171 Shelburne Road in Shelburne, is hosting a Family Movie Night. The event is free.  There will be a simple dinner starting at 6:00 p.m., and the movie Hidden Figures will be shown starting around 6:30 p.m.  Come with your family and enjoy dinner, a great movie and all the popcorn you can eat.  Please RSVP at EventBrite so we have plenty of food..

August 18
Mount Philo Guided Hikes and Book Launch. Author Judy Chaves will be leading two guided history hikes up Mount Philo on Saturday, August 18, in celebration of the release of her guidebook, Secrets of Mount Philo: A guide to the history of Vermont’s first state park. At 3:00 p.m., there will be a reception at the park summit lodge, hosted by the Vermont Historical Society, with refreshments and time to chat, purchase the guidebook, and get it signed. (Please note that the number of participants is limited to 20 on each hike, so pre-registration is required. You can pre-register here for either the morning or afternoon hike).

August 21
Nature Journaling: Fun ways to keep records of seasonal changes on your property, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 164 Mitchell Drive, Vergennes. In the tradition of British garden journals, the journals of Henry David Thoreau, the Voyage of Discovery and other property record keepers, come enjoy a little time outdoors learning specific ways to record data on our own property that can help you in future land planning and management. What is important to document? What are some very simple methods using both writing and simple illustration? What will help you see how both subtle and obvious changes are happening to the nature of where you live? Join naturalist/artist/educator Clare Walker Leslie to explore the art and science of journaling. To register and get directions contact Lisa Sausville at (802) 877-2777 or via email. For more information on Clare visit Participants should bring a pencil, notebook, binoculars, water bottle, bug spray and a few field guides if you have them. There will be some on hand to share.

August 25
The 37th annual Vergennes Day at City Park in Vergennes from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., with a street dance the night before from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. featuring The Hitmen. Check out 60+ vendor booths in City Park, live music on the bandstand, pancake breakfast at the fire station, horse and wagon rides, Little City Road Race, Lions Club chicken BBQ and merchant sales throughout downtown.

September 9
Huntington Chicken BBQ. The outstanding meal features a slow-roasted half chicken, baked beans, dinner roll, homemade pie, beverage and a choice of seven salads made with local vegetables and fresh herbs. A variety of choices will suit the needs of all diets; a vegetarian option is also available. The BBQ will be held at Brewster-Pierce School from 11 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. or all are served. $12 Half Chicken Dinner; $9 Salads Dinner; $6.50 Child’s Chicken Dinner (children under 12) Tickets available at the door or reserve your meal by calling (802) 434-4583 or (802) 434-2690. Take-outs are available. Half chickens for the freezer will be available for $7; whole pies will be available for $15, beginning at 12:30. The proceeds benefit the Huntington Public Library. It is the library’s largest fundraiser, and the money is used to support the purchase of books, presentation of programs and other operating expenses. Contact: Heidi Racht, (802) 434-2690 or (802) 434-2032. 

September 22
The 20th annual Bristol Harvest Festival at the Bristol Town Green, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Co-hosted by the Addison County Chamber and the Bristol Recreation Department. Activities begin at 10:00 a.m. when the Town Green will come alive with 65+ crafters and vendors, demonstrations and live musical entertainment on the bandstand throughout the day.