Area events: March 24 – April 9, 2023

Please email us your event listings at least three weeks in advance.

Kids’ G-rated movie
Friday, March 24, 3-4:30 p.m.
The South Burlington Public Library on Market Street screens The Wizard of Oz, a classic appropriate for most ages. Info about this free film.

Crabapple pruning
Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Friends of the University of Vermont Hort Farm on Green Mountain Drive in South Burlington welcomes visitors and hosts a variety of educational classes. This program is outside, so dress appropriately and bring any pruning tools you may have. Info and registration.

Maple Run 5K
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.
Come to Rock Point School in Burlington for a scenic 5K. Participants may register onsite at 9:30 a.m. Prizes, snacks and sugarhouse tours included; sap boiling is weather-dependent. More info and registration.

Be a health hero
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Health Heroes showcase is geared toward ages 8-15; workshop topics include nutrition, healthy habits, self-advocacy and more. The event is presented by University of Vermont teen health advisors; parents and caregivers are also welcome to attend this free event at Waterman Building in Burlington. Registration is required. More info.

Meet the musicians
Saturday, March 25, 11 a.m.-noon
For the youngest musicians and concert-goers, a rug concert with the Vermont Youth Orchestra is an interactive hour of music, instrument introductions and musicians sharing about performing with the orchestra. Rug concerts are held at the Elley-Long Music Center on the St. Michael’s College campus. The event is free but please register.

Science Fair documentary
Saturday, March 25, 1-3 p.m.
The Pierson Library in Shelburne screens the film Science Fair, a documentary about teens competing in an international science and engineering fair. The movie has a four-star rating and has been called fascinating and compelling. The trailer may be seen on Youtube. Call the library to confirm free showing at 802-985-5124.

Hands-on pruning workshop
Saturday, March 25, 2-3:45 p.m.
Become familiar with the tools and techniques needed to properly prune ornamental shrubs and small trees, while shaping. This free, outdoor event takes place at the University of Vermont’s Hort Farm on Green Mountain Drive in South Burlington. The Hort Farm welcomes visitors and hosts a variety of educational classes and is known for its lilac and crabapple collections. Dress appropriately and bring hand tools if you have them. For more info and a full calendar and registration.

Champlain Philharmonic
Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
This local orchestra performs their spring concert, Nostalgia, at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Tickets and more info.

Maple Open House Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26
Sugarhouses all around the state plan to boil sap and serve up syrup samples and other goodies this weekend. Visitors to Shelburne Farms can see the sugaring process in action between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. No tickets needed. On Saturday at Shelburne Farms, between 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Adventure Dinner offers first-come, first-served maple-themed food for purchase at the Farm Barn. Foods include barbecue from the wood-fired stove and a mocktail bar. No reservations or tickets required. Patalin’s Sugarworks on Lime Kiln Road in Charlotte will be welcoming visitors, as will Palmer’s Sugarhouse in Shelburne. Audubon Vermont in Huntington holds a sugar-on-snow party both days from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Stop by your favorite local sugar shack to take part in the seasonal tradition. Statewide info.

Waffles on the griddle
Sunday, March 26, 7-11 a.m.
The Mt. Abraham High School softball team is putting on a waffle spread to raise funds for a spring training trip. Enjoy sausages, eggs, fruit, beverages, whipped cream and real maple syrup to go with those waffles. Enjoy the silent auction as well. Breakfast is at the American Legion Post #19 in Bristol. School number is 802-453-2333.

Bark and buds
Sunday, March 26, 10 a.m.-noon
Branches are the third tree part that helps with winter identification. Join Vermont Land Trust forestry staff for a tree ID walk at Centennial Woods in Burlington. Read more and register.

Pianist David Feurzeig will perform in Charlotte on Feb. 12 for the 24th concert in his Play Every Town tour, visiting all 252 towns in Vermont to combat climate change by demonstrating a way to perform that doesn’t require flying all over.
Pianist David Feurzeig performed in Charlotte on Feb. 12 for the 24th concert in his Play Every Town tour, visiting all 252 towns in Vermont to combat climate change by demonstrating a way to perform that doesn’t require flying all over.

Play Every Town Vermont
Sunday, March 26, 3 p.m.
Pianist David Feurzeig vowed to play a free concert in every one of Vermont’s 252 towns and cities. Enjoy his performance at the First Congregational Church in Essex Junction. He travels in his solar-charged electric vehicle, and this concert series speaks to the sustainability of local music and events, as opposed to those distant locations worldwide that require plane travel. More info.

Sunday afternoon folk
Sunday, March 26, 4-6 p.m.
The Toronto-based folk duo Basset performs at the Richmond Congregational Church as part of the Valley Stage concert series. More info or tickets.

Create a wildflower meadow
Tuesday, March 28, 1 p.m.
Mike Lizotte from American Meadows, known locally as the Seed Man, speaks at the Burlington Garden Club meeting at Faith Methodist Church on Dorset Street in South Burlington. He’ll discuss supplies and techniques for creating a mini-meadow, including preparation and ongoing care. Event is free.

Painting the modern woman
Wednesday, March 29, 11 a.m.
The Town Hall Theater in Middlebury presents a film about the life of American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. Tickets or more info about the next movie on Vermeer.

Black ash webinar
Wednesday, March 29, 12:30 p.m.
The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program presents a free webinar on preservation efforts on behalf of black ash trees in the state. The ash species is in particular jeopardy because of the emerald ash borer. Info or registration.

Crochet stitches and skills
Wednesdays, March 29-April 19, 6-8:30 p.m.
This four-week class covers everything participants need to get a solid foundation on all things crochet. Held on consecutive Wednesdays at the Shelburne Craft School; all materials included. Info or registration.

Managing beavers
Thursday, March 30, 10-11 a.m.
Many Vermont towns struggle with managing beavers. Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department staff present a free webinar, via Zoom, on ways that towns can better manage this keystone species to accommodate all species. Info or registration.

Drop-in studio time
Thursday, March 30, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Enjoy some relaxed time at Expressive Arts on Flynn Avenue in Burlington. Drop in and call up your creative spirit; most materials provided. All levels welcome and no experience necessary. See their calendar of ongoing group events and workshops.

State of our forests and birds
Thursday, March 30, 7-8 p.m.
Audubon Vermont presents a free, online webinar about the health of Vermont forests, which is inextricably tied to the health of our songbird species. Info or registration.

Mean Girls
Thursday, March 30-Saturday, April 1
The musical version of Mean Girls will be center stage at Mountain Abraham Union High School in Bristol. The show may be seen in person or live-streamed; tickets available in advance or at the door. More info.

Owls and timber doodles
Friday, March 31, 6:45-8 p.m.
Gather at the Shelburne Bay parking area (the one adjacent to the boat landing parking) with binoculars, flashlights and appropriate clothing. Audubon Vermont staff lead a free walk on the trails to prowl for owls and watch for woodcocks. Info or registration.

Cabin fever follies
Friday & Saturday, March 31 & April 1, 7:30 p.m.
The Waitsfield-based troupe, the Valley Players, have an evening of poetry, song, story-telling and music to banish these March and mud blues at the Valley Players Theater. Visit the website or call 802-583-1674.

Photo by Lopez Island Kitchen Gardens In the late 1800s, John Gilfeather of Wardsboro was the first to grow the Gilfeather turnip.
Photo by Lopez Island Kitchen Gardens
In the late 1800s, John Gilfeather of Wardsboro was the first to grow the Gilfeather turnip.

Garden symposium
Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fort Ticonderoga welcomes beginner and experienced gardeners and landscape artists to this event featuring speakers and garden experts in northern climates. Also via Zoom. Info and registration.

Craft fair
Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
U-32 High School on Gallison Hill Road in East Montpelier holds a craft fair with over 85 Vermont artists and handcrafters. Free admission, silent auction and raffle. More info.

Claire Black concert
Saturday, April 1, 7:30-9 p.m.
Vermont-based pianist Claire Black plays at the Charlotte Congregational Church. Concert is free but donations gladly accepted. Her program features rarely performed solo piano works. More info.

Spring market
Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A Vermont spring market is happening at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Featured are over 60 crafters and artisans presenting leather goods, woodware, spices, pet goods, spirits and more. Vendors are from across New England. Free parking. Learn more.

Auditions for Willy Wonka
Saturday-Tuesday, April 1-4
The Valley Players in Waitsfield bring Roald Dahl’s musical, Willy Wonka, to the stage in June and July. Young people ages 8-16 are needed for the cast, as well as adults. Show will be at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield. Complete schedule of audition times.

Costumed Nordic race
Sunday, April 2, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Costumes are not required, but are encouraged, at the Nordic Ski Cross competitive (and fun) races at Cochran’s in Richmond. Young people race at 11 a.m.; adults race at 12:30 p.m. Learn more and sign up.

Orchestra open house
Sunday, April 2, 2:30-5 p.m.
Come to the Elley-Long Music Center, on the campus of St. Michael’s College and see what the Vermont Youth Orchestra is all about. Learn about their lessons, small groups and the orchestra community. This free event takes place during rehearsals, with opportunities to sit in with the orchestra and meet students and instructors. More info.

Suicide awareness training
Wednesday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
A training will take place in person in Waterbury, focusing on the agricultural community. Register.

Kind Bud
Thursday, April 6, 6-8:30 p.m.
The musical artist known as Kind Bud performs at the Shelburne Vineyard in a free show. He is known for recording, or dubbing, his guitar during live play, layering his own sound and composition as he plays. More info.

Merlin bird app
Thursday, April 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Learn how to use the Merlin birding app. This free online presentation is by the Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, and presented by Green Mountain Audubon. Learn more and pre-register. At the same time, you can register for the April 13 online webinar about using the eBird app.

Student jazz ensemble
Thursday, April 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Listen to a free recital by the University of Vermont jazz ensemble at the university’s Recital Hall off South Prospect Street in Burlington. Read more.

Earth’s materials
Friday, April 7, 5-7 p.m.
The Jackson Gallery in Middlebury presents an opening for its newest group show, Perennial Perspectives in the Arts. Featured artists use a variety of media that rejoice in the earth, our roots and our relationships. A panel discussion is from 6-7 p.m. The gallery is downstairs from the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. More info.

Half marathon unplugged
Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m.
It’s not too late to register for RunVermont’s half marathon, beginning at Airport Park in Colchester and ending on Flynn Avenue in Burlington. The race may be run as a relay or a virtual option. More info or registration.

Age Well meal
Tuesday, April 11, 11 a.m.-noon pickup

(The phone number below has been corrected.)

Anyone aged 60 and older may sign up for an Age Well Grab and Go meal to be picked up 11 a.m.-noon at 72 Church Street in Shelburne. The $5 suggested donation may be dropped off when the meal is picked up. The meal is provided by Age Well and St. Catherine’s of Siena in Shelburne. Place your meal order no later than Wednesday, April 5. Email or call 802-503-1107. More info.

Local Holy Week services

Charlotte Congregational Church — 802-425-3176

  • Sunday, March 26, 5 p.m., Muddy Gras Variety Show
  • Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m., Palm Sunday service
  • Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday service
  • Thursday- Friday, April 6-7, 8 p.m.-3p.m., Easter vigil
  • Friday, April 7, 4 p.m., Good Friday service
  • Saturday, April 8, noon, community Easter egg hunt
  • Sunday, April 9, 5:45 a.m., Easter sunrise service
  • Sunday, April 9, 9 a.m. Easter worship (also live-streamed)
  • Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m., Easter worship

Lighthouse Baptist Church, Hinesburg — 802-482-2588

  • Sunday, April 2, 10:30 a.m., Palm Sunday service
  • Sunday, April 9, 10:30 a.m., Easter service

Hinesburg Community Alliance Church — 802-482-2132

  • Sunday, April 2, 10:30 a.m., Palm Sunday service
  • Friday, April 7, 6 p.m., Good Friday service
  • Sunday, April 9, 10:30 a.m., Easter Sunday service

United Church of Hinesburg — 802-482-3352

  • Sunday, April 9, 6:45 a.m., Easter sunrise service
  • Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m., Easter service

St. Catherine of Siena, Shelburne — 802-985-2373

  • Sunday April 2, 8:30 a.m., Mass
  • Sunday, April 2, 10:30 a.m., Mass
  • Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Easter vigil mass
  • Sunday, April 9, 10:30 a.m., Easter mass

Our Lady of Mountain Carmel, Charlotte — 802-425-3446

  • Sunday, April 9, 8 a.m. Easter mass
  • Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m., Easter mass

St. Jude Catholic Church, Hinesburg — 802-482-2290

  • Sunday, April 9, 9:30 a.m., Easter mass

Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne — 802-985-2269

  • Sunday, April 9, 9:30 a.m., Easter service (also live-streamed)

All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne — 802-985-3819

  • Sunday, April 9, 9 a.m., Morning Meditation Service
  • Sunday, April 9, 5 p.m., Music and Spirit service

Shelburne United Methodist Church — 802-985-3981

  • Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m., Community Easter egg hunt
  • Sunday, April 9, 6 a.m., sunrise service at Palmer’s Sugar House
  • Sunday, April 9, 8 a.m., Easter service
  • Sunday, April 9, 9:30 a.m., Easter service.