Calendar of Events: August 25 – September 24

Please send event listings to us at least three weeks in advance.

Fall garden chores
Thursday, Aug. 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Meet with other gardeners in the display gardens at Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg. Discuss steps to put your garden to bed in the fall, while learning from a Master Gardener and horticulturalist. Free; pre-register.

Access CVU classes
Registration Thursday, Aug. 25
Find a wide selection of classes for many age groups taking place through December at Champlain Valley Union High School. Craft fair dates to prepare for: Oct. 15 and Nov. 26. Click for more info, or call 802-482-7194.

Mellow Yellow in the vineyard
Friday, Aug. 26, 6-8 p.m.
The music and spirit of the 60s and 70s comes alive with Mellow Yellow, a tribute band known for truly authentic costumes, renditions and video visuals. They play at Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven; bring picnics or get food from Creed’s Food Truck. Click for more info or to buy tickets.

Celebrate Vergennes
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 26-27
A program of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Vergennes Day is a time to enjoy Vermont’s littlest city. Friday, 7-10 p.m., hear The Hitmen at the downtown street dance. Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., enjoy running races, a pancake breakfast, music, craft vendors and exhibitors, food trucks, horse and wagon rides, a chicken barbecue and more. Click for complete schedule.

Sheepskin tanning
Friday, Aug. 26- Sun., Aug. 28, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
In this three-day workshop at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne, participants transform a sheepskin into a soft rug. Learn the physically intensive skills involved in the tanning process with teacher Coleen Butler. Leave with a completed sheepskin. For more info or to register, email.

Family bike ride
Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m.
The bike and pedestrian paths committee of Shelburne invites the public to a 10-mile bike loop on local roads and paths, including tar and gravel. Meet at the Parade Grounds on Church St. in Shelburne, rain or shine. Click for more info. The committee has put together a guidebook to Shelburne paths and trails.

Virtuoso showcase
Saturday, Aug. 27, noon-1 p.m.
Members of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival present a program of works chosen for all ages, highlighting the musical possibilities of their various instruments. Free concert at Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College in Colchester. Click for more info.

Under the hump
Saturday, Aug. 27, 3-10 p.m.
In support of Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Area in Huntington, bring your picnics, blankets and families to listen to a great line-up of musical performers. Tickets and donations at the door go directly toward supporting trail maintenance and improvements at the ski area. All activities require cash only: entry tickets, raffle and food vendors. There is no Wi-Fi or cell service at the location on Bert White Road. No dogs. Click for more info or to purchase tickets in advance.

Bright Star musical
Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 28, 3 p.m.
A Broadway-style concert of the bluegrass musical, Bright Star, will be presented at the Shelburne Town Hall. The cast brings to life the story written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, which is based on true events. Tickets are free and may be reserved. Donations to the Shelburne Food Shelf encouraged at the door.

Barn dance show
Saturday, Aug. 27, 7-10 p.m.
Vermont folksinger Rik Palieri hosts the Great Vermont Barn Dance Show at Isham Family Farm in Williston. In the style of radio shows of the 1940s, performers gather around a single microphone for songs, dancing and storytelling. Rik is joined by Jon Gailmor and other musical icons for this seated show. Click for more info or tickets.

Open-air circus
Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 27-28, 4-7 p.m.
Stars Above is an outdoor show, with a full cast of circus performers and musicians, about a day in the life of a traveling family troupe. Performed on a circular stage with original music, the circus comes to Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne and is appropriate for all ages. Click for more info and tickets.

Cycle 4 CMT
Sunday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cycle or walk for Cycle 4 CMT, a fundraising event to help find a cure for a progressive neurological disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth. The live event, with a choice of course lengths, begins at 8 a.m. at The Old Lantern Inn and Barn in Charlotte. The cycling may also be completed virtually before Sept. 30. To learn more, see a detailed schedule, or register.

Old Round Church concert
Sunday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m.
The Burlington-based chorus Social Band performs a cappella choral works in their summer concert at Richmond’s Old Round Church. The program is a mix of contemporary pieces, early music, shape-note tunes and folk tunes, along with occasional seasonal poetry. Suggested $18 donation at door. Audience required to wear masks. Click for more info.

Hunter education training
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Be trained as a volunteer hunter education instructor with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. Topics include techniques, teaching methods, safety, policies, rules and more. Class held in Waterbury. Click for more info or to register.

Ukeleles unite
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 6-8:30 p.m.
The ukulele shenanigan at Shelburne Vineyard is a monthly gathering for ukulele musicians to play together for fun and community. Participants pay a small fee to join; free for listeners. Tickets and song packet for players. Click for more info.

Blueberry lavender pie
Thursday, Sept. 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Gary Stuard, The Pie Guy, demos his recipe for blueberry lavender pie in this virtual class through City Market in Burlington. Gary, a Texan transplant to Vermont, learned to love baking from his mother and grandmother. Class is free; pre-register to hold a spot. Click for more info, or to register.

Music at the vineyard
Thursday, Sept. 1, 6-8:30 p.m.
Burlington-based singer-songwriter Joe Adler plays his mix of folk and blues at the Shelburne Vineyard. Picnics welcome, or enjoy food from The New Deal food cart, with selections for most diners. Free outside concert; bring blankets or chairs. No tickets required. Concert moves inside if raining. Click for more info.

Free First Friday Eve
Friday, Sept. 2, 5-7:30 p.m.
Shelburne Museum welcomes all ages to another evening of musical entertainment and local food truck offerings. From 5-6 p.m., meet sculptor David Stromeyer to learn about his newest addition to the Museum’s outdoor sculptures. Reggae-funk music with The Reflexions starts at 6. Visit museum collections buildings or enjoy lawn games. Bring blankets or chairs; no dogs. Click for more info.

Mad River Valley Craft Fair
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
The Mad River Valley Craft Fair takes place in Waitsfield. In addition to local artisans and producers, activities include live music, food and games. No pets. Click for more info.

Music in Richmond
Sunday, Sept. 4, 4 p.m.
The Black Feathers appear at the Richmond Congregational Church as part of the P.M. Sundays series of concerts by Valley Stage Productions. This duo from England sings and writes in the folk/Americana style. Tickets available for live show or streaming option. Click for tickets or more info, or email Don.

World of mythic creatures
Through Monday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Burlington’s ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain features stories, art and exhibits related to legendary giants, dragons, sea monsters, and unicorns. Click for more info.

Eclectica quartet
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:30- 9 p.m.
Vermont-based string quartet Eclectica plays in Richmond at the West Monitor Barn. Show is indoors; cash bar available. Click for more info or tickets or call 802-434-3969.

Friday, Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Kenyan singer-songwriter KeruBo, now based in Burlington, brings her blend of Afro jazz and African traditional music to Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven. She has sung on worldwide stages, and this evening is accompanied by a nine-piece band. Bring chairs or blankets and picnics; food available from Rollin’ Rooster. Doors open 5 p.m. Click for more info or tickets.

International boat show
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 9-10
Burlington’s waterfront hosts the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s International Show, with boats on display at the marinas. The park will have boat building demonstrations, food trucks, craft vendors and display tents. Click for complete schedule.

Charlotte running races
Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m.-noon
RaceVermont hosts its Covered Bridge 5K, 10K and half marathon, with all racers starting and ending at Shelburne Beach. Out-and-back routes on local paved and dirt roads with views and a covered bridge. Sign up here.

Kelly Brush ride
Saturday, Sept. 10, morning start times
There is still time to register for a fundraising ride in support of the Kelly Brush Foundation, which inspires people with spinal cord injuries to lead active lives. Cycling options from 10 to 100 miles in the Champlain Valley, leaving from Middlebury College start. Click for more info or to register.

Bee and Butterfly BioBlitz
Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-noon
Farm Craft VT hosts a bioblitz where participants record as many species as possible within a certain location and time frame. Free event is appropriate for naturalists, citizen scientists and all nature lovers. Data collected is important to global biodiversity organizations. Pre-registration is encouraged to receive preparatory information and a list of what to bring. Click for more info or to register.

Olmsted walk
Monday, Sept. 12, 4-6 p.m.
This walk at Shelburne Farms focuses on design concepts and landscape heritage of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., and his input into the design of the Webb farm landscape and National Historic Landmark. The 4-mile walk is led by two landscape architects, Patricia O’Donnell and Greg DeVries, of Charlotte’s Heritage Landscapes. For years, the firm has overseen projects that preserve the Farm’s historic landscape features. Free event requires registration.

Tunes in Richmond
Saturday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Limited tickets are available to see Americana/folk/traditional music duo Dirk Powell and Rainy Eyes. Songs from near and far are on the program in this concert made possible by Young Tradition Vermont. Held at the Richmond Free Library. Click for more info or tickets.

Trail Around Middlebury trek
Sunday, Sept. 18, various start times
The Trail Around Middlebury is a 19-mile footpath encircling the village. The trek event is a trail race and fun run with multiple lengths for all athletes, and raises money for the maintenance of the trail by the Middlebury Area Land Trust. Register now.

Write in the garden
Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-noon
Project Write Now leads a free writing workshop to unearth participants’ creative spirits at Horsford Gardens and Nursery in Charlotte. Bring your imagination; no writing experience necessary, and sharing is optional. Click to register.

Farther Afield:
Women’s outdoor skills
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27
This overnight event for women features classes on fishing, firearms handling and shooting, self defense and water safety. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife sponsors the event, with overnight accommodations at a Conservation Camp in Woodbury. Contact Ron LaFreniere to register or ask questions. Email or call him at 802-730-7660.

Vaccination clinic
Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
On the Statehouse lawn in Montpelier, this free clinic is geared toward preparing families and students for back-to-school. Open to all children aged 6 months or older, as well as adults, including first, second or booster shots. Available under the tent or in the convenience of your own vehicle. Registration helpful, but not required. Organized by All Brains Belong VT.

Music in the islands
Thursday, Sept. 1, 6-8 p.m.
Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero brings the Phil Abair Band with Keeghan Nolan to the stage. They are known to be an outstanding Vermont band specializing in all styles of dance music to keep the crowd moving. This concert is free and open to all; well-behaved dogs welcome if they are cleaned up after. Bring chairs or blankets, picnics, but no outside alcohol. Wine and beer available to purchase. No tickets needed for this event.

Sport of Kings day
Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee invites families for a day of falconry, archery, trebuchet, crown making, fairy hunts, and live music. Bring a picnic and blankets. Costumes encouraged. All activities included in a day pass. Click for a schedule or more info.

Words in the woods
Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.
Dominican-born poet and short story writer Keiselim Montas reads from his works at Lake Shaftsbury State Park in Shaftsbury. A program of Vermont Humanities and Vermont State Parks, this is a free live event. Pre-register.

Mountain running
Saturday, Sept. 24, 5:30 a.m. check-in
One day, five mountains, 26 miles, or choose a shorter challenge. This endurance running race, the Westmore Mountain Challenge, supports the Northwoods Stewardship Center. Route begins in East Charleston and includes mountains Moose, Hor, Pisgah, Haystack and Bald. Click for registration info.