Philo Ridge Farm. Photo by Luke Schmuecker.

The 6th annual Vermont Open Farm Week

Where: Participating farms from across the state. Locations, times, and activities vary. Complete details at Open Farm Week.

When: Monday, Aug. 10 – Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020

Cost: Cost will vary depending on activities offered, but many events are free!

Description: During Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high quality Vermont products to your plate. You’ll get to know your farmer better and get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont’s vibrant working agricultural landscape. Visit DigInVT for more details!

Contact: Vermont Fresh Network: Send an email or call (802) 434-2000.

Galavant: the Musical

About this event: Galavant: the Musical is an original version of the TV show Galavant, adapted, directed, and performed by local students.

Just when you thought the performing arts would have to be on hold for a while, local teens have created a COVID-19 guidelines compliant production. All singing has been pre-recorded (to avoid aerosol spreading), all actors will be wearing masks, the audience will be distanced, and the event is outdoors.

Join the cast for the comedic journey of Galavant, a fantastical knight. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” meets “The Princess Bride” in this spoof on both musical theatre and the classic knight-in-shining-armor hero’s tale. It is just the light-hearted evening out you have been craving.

You are encouraged to come as a household, bring low lawn chairs or a picnic blanket and a picnic dinner and drinks. Please plan on wearing a face mask when you arrive and keeping it on until you are seated in your household’s seating area. No charge, donations appreciated.

Where: The back field at 413 Carpenter Road, Charlotte.

Show Dates and Times
Friday, Jul. 31 at 5:30 p.m. (field opens at 5 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m. (field opens at 5 p.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. (field opens at 5 p.m.)

Tickets for Field Spots: For more information, including COVID health guidelines for this event, and to reserve a ticket for your household, go to EventBrite.

Chittenden County COVID-19 Recovery Virtual Forum

What: Chittenden County COVID-19 Recovery Virtual Forum

When: Thursday, Jul. 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Coronavirus and person wearing maskDetails: On Jul. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Local Solutions and Community Action Team established by Governor Phil Scott invites you to join a virtual COVID-19 recovery discussion to connect with others in Chittenden County to:

  • Share challenges and ideas for community response and recovery
  • Connect to others working to respond, recover, and build long-term resilience
  • Meet with a “visiting team” of state, federal, business, and non-profit leaders who will share recovery strategies from across the state and ideas for resources and support.

All are welcome! Coming together to discuss recovery strategies and build ongoing resilience is vital and your voice is critical.

Register now: Registration is required and can be completed at the Vermont Council on Rural Development. Once you are registered, you will receive instructions to join via computer, mobile device, or phone. If you have any questions or need registration assistance, please send an email, or call (802) 223-6091.

Hinesburg Drop-Off Center Opened Saturday, July 25

The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) is pleased to announce that the Hinesburg Drop-Off Center (DOC) re-opened on  Saturday, Jul. 25.

This next generation DOC boasts a more efficient layout, new compactors for trash and recycling that sit below a “tip wall” for safer and easier customer access, and a solar panel to help with the site’s electricity needs.

“We’re excited by all the improvements we were able to make on such a small footprint,” said Josh Tyler, CSWD Director of Operations, adding that the District expects to reduce truck travel and associated labor and impacts by approximately 50% just by replacing the old roll-off “boxes” with the new recycling compactor. That translates into less local truck traffic, less wear-and-tear on the roads, and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Hinesburg DOC Location: 907 Beecher Hill Rd. Hinesburg, VT 05461

Hours:  Saturdays 8:00  a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Safety Guidelines

  • We request that all customers wear masks and stay six feet apart.
  • Vehicles will be metered onto the site to promote safe distancing for customers and staff.

Materials Accepted, Limits, and Temporary Fees

  • No trailers or dumping mechanisms allowed at this location.
  • Household trash up to eight (45-gallon) barrels or bags; $5 (1-2) $10 (3-4), $20 (5-8).
  • Blue-bin recycling (brought in any container) included in trash fee; $2 without trash.
  • Food scraps (30 gallons max); included in trash fee; $1 per bucket (up to five gallons) without trash.
  • Leaf and plant trimmings (one pickup load per day); no fee.
  • Electronic waste up to seven items per day; a grocery bag of small miscellaneous electronics counts as one item; no fee.
  • Used engine oil–up to 15 gallons per day in containers of two gallons or less; no fee.
  • Oil filters –up to five per day from residents only; businesses must use the Environmental Depot; no fee.
  • Household batteries–one gallon per day; no fee.
  • Lead acid batteries–up to five per day; no fee.
  • Fluorescent bulbs –up to 10 straight, circline, U-shaped per day; compact fluorescent (spiral) bulbs no limit; no fee.
  • Mercury-containing thermometers and thermostats–up to five per day; no fee.
  • Propane tanks –20lb. tanks or smaller–up to five per day; no fee.
  • No appliances, scrap metal, tires, wood, bulky items such as furniture, mattresses, etc.

For more information: Visit the CSWD website.