Calendar of Events – July 14 – 28

Please send event listings at least three weeks in advance. Weather cancellations and COVID guidelines are available on individual websites.

Book discussion
Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m.
Three editors of The Most Costly Journey discuss this anthology of comics depicting the oral histories of migrant farm workers. In-person event at 118 Elliot in Brattleboro, the panel discussion will also be live-streamed for free. Event is part of the Vermont Reads initiative of Vermont Humanities. Find the link to register.

Farm to Fork Fondo
Friday- Sunday, July 15-17
Try local products as you bicycle between stops in the stunning scenery of the Champlain Islands. Hosted by Snow Farm Vineyard, the fondo offers a variety of distance options on mostly flat routes with no sustained hill climbs. Click for a complete schedule, maps, tour stops and registration info.

Buckskin tanning
Friday, July 15- Sunday, July 17
During this hands-on three-day workshop, participants learn how to transform a deerskin into buckskin, the softest and most supple leather. Learn the physically demanding skills necessary to this traditional activity. Workshop held at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Click to learn more or register, email.

Chasing butterflies
Friday, July 15, noon- 1 p.m.
Professor Ellery Foutch of Middlebury College examines why so many artists have been captivated by the study and representation of natural history subjects, particularly butterflies and moths. Free talk at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury; limited seating. Click here for more info, or call 802-388-2117.

More kids theater

Friday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.
The Very Merry Theatre troupe again performs Annie Jr., this time at Staige Hill Farm, 121 Garen Road in Charlotte. Free and open to all.

Wood carving class
Saturday, July 16, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Rescheduled from June 18: All levels of wood carvers are invited to participate in this class at the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Expect to carve and paint a male Northern Shoveler (a colorful duck), with instruction, wood, and paint included in fee. David Tuttle of Green Mountain Woodcarvers leads the workshop. More info about what to bring and registration.

Origami for children
Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-noon
Families are welcome to drop by the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury for a morning of origami box making. Boxes will be strong enough to hold precious collections and meaningful bits and bobs. The event is presented by the Vermont Children’s Museum, a non-profit looking to open a children’s indoor play/education space in Middlebury. Free activity; no reservations needed. Click for more info, or call 802-388-2117.

Pride Hike
Saturday, July 16, 1-3 p.m.
Audubon Vermont is pleased to host a hike for all community members at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington. All ages welcome; youth under 18 accompanied by parent or guardian. No dogs. Bring binoculars, bug spray, water, and anything else that keeps you comfortable outdoors. Pre-register or email.

Recital in Shelburne
Saturday, July 16, 1:30 p.m.
Distinguished performer and teacher Dr. Sohyun Ahn presents a program of piano works by Chopin, Debussey, Mozart and Schumann. She is joined by her friend, Mrs. Eun Hee Park, organist and music director at Shelburne United Methodist Church. No reservations; $10 donation asked at the door of the newly air-conditioned church.

Potluck beach party
Saturday, July 16, 4 p.m.

This year’s Charlotte Town Beach Party is Saturday, July 16.
This year’s Charlotte Town Beach Party is Saturday, July 16.

Neighbors, friends and newcomers gather at the Charlotte Public Beach for a free dinner of local food products, beginning at 6 p.m. Bring a potluck dish to share, as well as plates, utensils and beverages. Live music with Mystic Party Band. A special local event to bring us together, with thanks to Fat Cow Farm, Misty Knoll, Stony Loam Farm, Adam’s Berry Farm, Backyard Bistro and Patterson Fuels. Rain date is July 17. Free parking after 4 p.m.

The Sweet Remains
Saturday, July 16, doors 5:30 p.m.
This folk-rock band of three singer-songwriters is known for three-part harmonies and melodic writing. They appear at the Essex Experience in Essex Junction with music beginning at 6:30. Show is outdoors in good weather. Click for more info, or to buy tickets.

Guitar on the farm
Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m.
The Isham Family Farm in Williston hosts soulful guitarist/singer Nick Cassarino for a solo outdoor show. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Cassarino’s music features jazz and gospel influences for a unique sound. Click for more info, or tickets.

Hidden history of Burlington
Sunday, July 17, 2-4 p.m.
Author and historian Glenn Fay discusses stories and photos from his book, Hidden History of Burlington, Vermont. Held at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum in Burlington, Fay’s talk is followed by questions and book signings. Free; donations appreciated. For more info, email or call 802-865-4556.

Kids baking camp
Mon.- Fri., July 18-22, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
This camp at the Richmond Community Kitchen is geared toward ages 6-9, and covers basic and intermediate baking techniques. Kids take a sweet tour around the world to create delicious treats. For more info, email or call 802-434-3445. Click for ticket sales.

Leather sewing workshop
Monday, July 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Learn the best methods, stitches, and simple patterns for sewing hides or leather pieces. Work on your own project or make a medicine pouch from the instructor’s pattern and local leather. More info at Bread and Butter Farm or send an email to register.

Rokeby storytime
Tuesday, July 19, 3:30 p.m.
Come to Rokeby for a free story time and sing-along outside on the lawn. Presented in partnership with the Bixby Library in Vergennes, the theme of the activities is freedom. On Tuesdays after 1 p.m., admission to Rokeby is “pay what you can.” Come early to explore the exhibits and trails. Click for more info or call 802-877-3406.

Blueberries and bluegrass
Tuesday, July 19, opens 5 p.m.
You will love picking blueberries as the musicians pick their strings at Owl’s Head Farm in Richmond. Berry picking begins at 5 p.m., with a 2-quart minimum purchase per adult. Music is from 6-8 p.m. Bring your own food and beverages to picnic, or enjoy empanadas from Paprika Catering and ice cream from The Udder Guys tricycle, both from Waterbury. Please, no dogs. Show is weather dependent. For updates, or more info, call 802-434-3387.

VSO quartet in Charlotte
Wednesday, July 20, opens at 5 p.m.
Charlotte’s Recreation Committee is pleased to welcome the Vermont Symphony Orchestra quartet for several performances at the beach park. Other dates are July 27 and August 3. Bring a picnic, chairs, blankets, and sit back to enjoy some fine classical music. Free with a day or season pass; donations encouraged. Please, no dogs at beach events. For more info, email.

Art reception
Wednesday, July 20, 5 p.m.
Burlington City Arts holds a reception celebrating its summer exhibitions. Free and open to all. More info at Burlington City Arts.

Music at the Farm Barn
Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.
The Tenderbellies, a Vermont-based acoustic quintet with a range of styles from bluegrass to blues, from Americana to jazz and rock and roll, performs at Shelburne Farms as part of its summer concert series. Final concert in the series is on Wednesday, July 27, featuring Dave Keller. Picnics, blankets, lawn chairs, and all are welcome. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and music begins at 6:30 p.m. at this free event. No dogs. If weather is questionable, call the Shelburne Recreation Department at 802-985-0551 for updates.

Action after 60
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m.
Keep Vermont Cool is pleased to offer a free online webinar with author and educator Bill McKibben. McKibben, the founder of Third Act, discusses his hopes to bring about change in the world, starting with those over age 60. All ages are welcome for the webinar, especially those who want to take climate action. More info and registration.

Bluegrass and barbecue
Friday, July 22, 6-9 p.m.
Shelburne Vineyard again hosts great music and a food truck for a summer evening on the lawn. Bring chairs and blankets; enjoy the music of Bloodroot Gap and food from Southern Smoke. Lake Champlain Chocolates will be on hand with ice cream. Click for menu, more info and tickets.

Choir of Christ’s College
Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
Christ’s College, in Cambridge, England, has had a chapel choir since 1505. They perform at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington, presenting a variety of music from both religious and secular traditions. Masks and proof of vaccination required. More info here. Tickets available here.

Children’s concert
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.-noon
This concert is a fundraiser for the Vermont Children’s Museum of Middlebury, as they seek to establish a permanent location. The museum will provide safe, imaginative space for children to learn, play, explore and connect. Jon Gailmor and Moose Jr. entertain, and there are games, art, snacks and other activities. Concert is at Addison County Fairgrounds in New Haven. Click for more info.

Brushes and blossoms
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Paint with watercolors, en plain air, learning techniques for vibrant florals from workshop leader, Annelein Beukenkamp. Bring your own supplies to Horsford Gardens and Nursery. To register or learn more, email Annelein or call her at 802-864-3840. She will contact you directly with a supplies list and class details.

Intro to monarch monitoring
Sunday, July 24, 1-4 p.m.
Join other community members to monitor monarch butterfly habitat at Farm Craft VT in Shelburne. Farm Craft VT participates in the Monarch Monitoring Blitz July 24-31. On July 24, the farm will introduce local individuals for their recording tasks. Participants return to the herb farm to continue monitoring through July 31, on their own schedules. Farm Craft VT, an herb farm of over five acres of milkweed where plants are monitored for eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies. Free; register here.

Wine and cheese pairing
Wednesday, July 27, 5:30-7 p.m.
City Market and Shelburne Vineyard partner to host a guided wine and cheese pairing for ages 21 and over. Learn how to discern flavors in wines and match them with complementary cheeses. Explore the world of growing grapes and making wine in Vermont. Register here.

Garden tour
Thursday, July 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Walk through the historic, terraced formal gardens at Shelburne Farms. Knowledgable gardeners and guides discuss plants, garden history, garden updates and some botany. Registration required. Event repeats Sept. 8 and 22. Click for more info.

Fish with a warden
Thursday, July 28, 6-8 p.m.
Join the local warden on a fishing expedition at Waterbury State Park. Ask questions and get fishing guidance at Little River Dam. Click to register.