Calendar of events: April 20 – May 19, 2023

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

Looking for volunteers
Thursday, April 20, 6 p.m.
People interested in learning about volunteer opportunities at Rokeby Museum may join a Zoom presentation led by staff and current volunteers. Discover ways you can help out and be involved. Register to receive the virtual link.

Seussical the Musical Jr.
Thursday & Friday, April 20 & 21, 6 p.m.
Students in grades 4-6 at Vergennes Union Elementary School present their heart-warming rendition of Seussical the Musical Jr., performed at the Vergennes Opera House. Tickets are free but must be reserved online in advance; doors open 5:30. Donations taken at the door. Tickets and more info.

Music by Reed Foehl
Friday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Grammy-nominated songwriter and musician Reed Foehl performs at the Shelburne Vineyard in a seated show, featuring his brand of folk Americana. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; advance tickets and more info.

Music of Rachmaninoff
Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Cellist Sophie Shao is joined by other chamber musicians in an all-Rachmaninoff program at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center to celebrate the composer’s 150th birthday. In-person and streaming tickets available. More info.

Solarize campaign kickoff
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Charlotte Energy Committee is celebrating Earth Day this year by kicking off their 2023 Solarize Campaign with Green Mountain Solar with a celebration at the Charlotte Library. Solarize Charlotte is a grassroots effort for neighbors to band together to make solar energy a priority. To achieve this, partnering solar companies offer discounted rates, depending on how many Charlotte residents and businesses decide to go solar. Green Mountain Solar will have representatives at the kickoff explaining the basics of solar, answering questions and scheduling property assessments with their team’s solar experts.

Teach others to fish
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife offers a free instructor training program to become certified Let’s Go Fishing instructors. If you desire to introduce the sport to others at clinics around the state, consider signing up for the training. Training takes place in Essex Junction More info.

Sheep at Shelburne Farms
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Stop by Shelburne Farms for this family-favorite event. Watch sheep shearing, learn about wool processing and make a woven bracelet. Meet some ewes and lambs. No need to register: $5 (cash/check only) per person at the door. Event and parking are at the Farm Barn. Only service dogs allowed at the Farm. Read more.

Every day is Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Family-friendly events happen in various local towns to celebrate our planet, our environments and our responsibilities to them both. On the Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, families gather for music, games, food, ice cream, information booths and hands-on activities centered around responsible care of the Earth. More info, or call 802-863-1648.

Saturday, April 22, 1-3 p.m.
This is the first movie to be directed by a Saudi Arabian woman. Wadjda is the story of an independent Saudi girl who wants to ride a bike. Presented at the Pierson Library in Shelburne, the film is appropriate for ages 8+.

Jazz at the Vineyard
Saturday, April 22, 6-8:30 p.m.
Bob Gagnon and his Jazz Trio offer up a free evening of originals and standard tunes in the jazz and blues repertoire. The trio has collaborated for over 30 years; tonight they appear at the Shelburne Vineyard with guitar, bass and saxophone. Read more.

Draft horse driving clinic
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
This is a hands-on clinic for adults wishing to learn from experienced teamsters. Organized by the Green Mountain Draft Horse Association and held at Shelburne Farms’ historic Breeding Barn, the two-day clinic is geared toward instruction for beginners, but experienced horse people can brush up on skills. More info and to register.

Saturday-Sunday, April 22-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The ECHO Leahy Center in Burlington kicks off a week-long celebration of Earth Day called Earth and Space-tacular. Each day, visitors learn about our planet, participate in science activities and have out-of-this-world fun. Event is free with admission or membership. Learn more.

Visual art film
Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington screens the film “Black is the Color,” which presents a history of African-American contributions to the world of visual art. In particular, it surveys the contributions to the art world by some long-uncelebrated black artists. Film is free and appropriate for all ages. More info.

The Absence of Light
Sunday, April 23, 12:30-2:15 p.m.
“Black Art: In the Absence of Light” is a documentary that shines a light on the contributions of some of today’s foremost African-American contemporary artists. Shown at Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library, the film is free and appropriate for all ages. More info.

Ashley Bryan film
Sunday, April 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The third film of this series at the Fletcher Free Library is called “I Know a Man.” Ashley Bryan is a poet and artist, born in Harlem, with a 95-year-old body containing the spirit of a child. Free film is appropriate for all ages. More info.

Photo courtesy of Shelburne Museum Lark E. Mason, appraiser of Asian arts on Antiques Roadshow, at Shelburne Museum this summer.
Photo courtesy of Shelburne Museum
Lark E. Mason, appraiser of Asian arts on Antiques Roadshow, at Shelburne Museum this summer.

Antiques Roadshow airs
Monday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Three episodes of this popular PBS show were filmed at Shelburne Museum last summer. The completed episodes are scheduled to be shown on local PBS stations on three Mondays: April 24, May 1 and 8. Shelburne Museum says that thousands of people showed up with their items to be appraised. More info.

Perennials that please
Tuesday, April 25, 1 p.m.
The Burlington Garden Club welcomes speaker Sylvia Jope to their meeting, which is free and open to the public. Jope will speak about the tried-and-true perennials that she tends every year and that never fail to thrive. Meeting is held at Faith United Methodist Church on Dorset Street in South Burlington.

The techniques of braising
Tuesday, April 25, 3-5 p.m.
Attend a how-to class at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne on proper braising techniques. Learn how to make dishes where the meat virtually falls apart, tender and full of flavor. More info and to sign up, or call 802-985-9200.

Free jazz recital
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
The University of Vermont music department presents a recital of its Jazz Vocal Ensemble as well as the Chromaticats. The program features some of the best-known songs of singer Anita O’Day and other jazz greats. Free event is at the Recital Hall, South Prospect Street in Burlington. More info.

Pasture science and soil health
Thursday, April 27, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Join Allen Williams for a pasture walk in Shelburne. He shares methods of pasture assessment, determining soil health and improving yields with practical and applied science. Event is outdoors; dress appropriately and bring what you need to be comfortable and protected for this field walk. More info and to register.

Wild about wildlife
Thursday, April 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Wildlife biologist and researcher Susan Morse speaks online about the need for wild habitat that our Vermont species require. Her focus is on the Champlain Valley. More info about her free presentation and to register.

World percussion sounds
Thursday, April 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
The University of Vermont (UVM) Percussion Ensemble performs a free recital of music from around the world. Event is held at the UVM Recital Hall, South Prospect Street in Burlington. More info on all the UVM Music Department recitals.

Express your creativity
Friday, April 28, 9 a.m.-noon
Author and pastoral psychotherapist Nancy Kilgore leads a mini-retreat called Writing with Spirit at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. Take time to slow down, quiet your mind, share and access your creative voice. More info and to register.

Wit and wine
Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Shelburne Vineyard presents an evening of comedy with four of Vermont’s top stand-up comedians. Show is for ages 21+. Doors open 7 p.m.; for more info and tickets for shows.

Grounds clean-up
Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.
Join others at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh for a hour or more of volunteer grounds clean-up, opening buildings and preparing for the season. Rokeby officially opens Saturday, May 13. Check in when you arrive and spend as long as you want. Drinks and snacks provided. Dress comfortably; bug spray, hats and sunscreen recommended. More info.

Emerge and connect
Saturday, April 29, 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Gather with a small group of women for a day of joyful connection. Tune into your body, mind and soul as spring unfolds with possibilities and discoveries. Some tickets remain for this special day at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. More info and registration.

Vernal pool residentsSaturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-noon
Vernal pool residents Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-noon

Vernal pool residents
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-noon
The Middlebury Area Land Trust invites families for some hands-on exploration of the inhabitants of a vernal pool near the Otter Creek Gorge in Middlebury. See what you find in the way of spring critters as the pool wakes up. Free event is great for all ages; dress for woods walking and bring whatever you need to be comfortable outside. Pre-registration is required. Details on this and future events.

Music and community
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Vermont Folklife Center presents a workshop for those interested in using digital media and community interviewing to create polished audio stories. The focus is on the role of music in our lives. Discover ways of connection with your subjects to promote social engagement and change at the Old North End Community Center in Burlington. More info and registration.

Fruitful foraging
Saturday, April 29, 1-5 p.m.
In this practical workshop, learn to recognize edible plants and responsibly forage for home use at North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. The walk covers about 1 mile; dress and bring with you anything you need to be comfortable outside. More info and to register.

Focus on the stars
Saturday, April 29, 6-8 p.m.
Families are invited to build a telescope at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston. Learn about telescope history and engineering, then head out for a stargazing adventure. No experience necessary. Class is led by Cheryl Owens of Art Adventure Box. Read more and register.

SpaghettiImage by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay
Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

Italian dinner at the farm
Saturday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Agricola Farm in Panton hosts memorable, multi-course, authentic Italian dinners made with their farm products. Tickets sell fast because it’s a special experience. More info and tickets for April 29 and May 13 dinners.

International Jazz Day
Saturday, April 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim performs at Middlebury College with his band, Ekaya. This weekend celebrates both International Jazz Day and South African Freedom Day. The artists play in the Mahaney Arts Center; more info and tickets are.

Pink Talking Fish
Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m.
Pink Talking Fish calls themselves a hybrid tribute fusion act. Their show at the Essex Experience in Essex Junction celebrates the musical phenomena that are Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish. Expect to be transported into the rich musical past with the lights and songs you love. More info and tickets.

Costumes encouraged
Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
All things sci-fi and fantasy will be at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Family-friendly event with activities, characters, workshops, vendors and lots more. More info.

Intervale nature day
Sunday, April 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Burlington’s Intervale comes alive with families and activities on this day organized by City Market. Learn about local climate initiatives, flora and fauna, foraging, conservation efforts and help plant some ferns to establish and reclaim habitat. Dogs welcome when on leash. Free event requires pre-registration.

Steel-string Americana
Sunday, April 30, 3-4:30 p.m.
Locally known blues guitarist Paul Asbell brings his variety of bluesy jazz and roots music to the First Congregational Church in Essex. More info and tickets are.

George Lakey
George Lakey

Activist and author in Charlotte
Sunday, April 30, 3-5 p.m.
Non-violent revolutionary George Lakey speaks at the Charlotte Library about his newest book, as well as his life devoted to various causes. George has been active in the anti-apartheid movement and actively opposed the Vietnam War. His stance is pro-labor, pro-LGBTQ and pro-climate justice. Lakey has led hundreds of trainings worldwide. This special event requires pre-registration.

Play with the orchestra
Sunday, April 30, 4-5:15 p.m.
A community play-along with members of the Vermont Youth Orchestra takes place at the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College in Colchester.  Event includes a rehearsal and program run-through. Please RSVP by Friday, April 21. More info and access to all music parts or call 802-655-5030.

Farm to Ballet tickets
Monday, May 1
Locals know that tickets for the popular Farm to Ballet productions go fast. The troupe performs at seven Vermont locations in July. Tickets for all shows, including one at Shelburne Farms, go on sale Monday, May 1. More info.

Chamber music ensembles
Monday, May 1, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
University of Vermont music department students are joined by community musicians in this program for strings and piano at Recital Hall on South Prospect Street in Burlington and is free. For more info and calendar of future events.

Grab-and-go meal
Wednesday, May 3 deadline to order
Age Well and St. Catherine’s of Siena Parish in Shelburne provide a to-go meal, ready to pick up between 11 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, May 9, for anyone aged 60 and older. To order a meal, please contact Kathleen, by Wednesday, May 3, by emailing (preferred) or calling 802-503-1107. Meal pick-up is in the parking lot at 72 Church St. in Shelburne.

Cookbook author shares passion
Thursday, May 4, 6-7:30 p.m.
Vermont transplant and chef Gesine Bullock-Prado speaks about her new cookbook “My Vermont Table” at the South Burlington Public Library on Market Street. Hear about the Vermont products she loves to use in her recipes. Learn more about this free event.

Tree planting event
Thursday & Friday, May 4 & 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Help plant small trees along the Lewis Creek in Hinesburg to improve habitat, prevent erosion and promote clean water. This Vermont Land Trust event is free, and you’ll receive much gratitude and satisfaction for your efforts. Suggested to bring: shovels, gloves, bug spray, water, sunscreen, hats, snacks and waterproof shoes. More info and to register.

Old cemetery spring meeting
Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m.
The Vermont Old Cemeteries Association will hold its spring meeting social and lunch with a social hour 9-10 a.m. with coffee, tea, water, cider, muffins, quick breads or coffee cake and lunch at noon with tossed salad, mac n cheese, chili, corn muffins, fruit bowl, cookies and assorted beverages at St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 South Maple Street, Vergennes. Make reservations by mailing a check for $15 payable to: St. Peter’s Church (cemetery). Mail to: Jeanne Jackson, 420 Jackson Road Panton, VT 05491-9734. Please let us know if you have any food allergies. The speaker will be Gary DeCarolis operator of the Burlington History Tours. He has written three books including “A View from the Balcony” and most recently his autobiography “My Way.”

Traditional music festival
Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7
Young Tradition Vermont, part of the Vermont Folklife Center, presents numerous concerts showcasing young musicians who play or dance to traditional music. Most events are at Contois Auditorium in downtown Burlington. Info and tickets.

Famous burger nights
Fridays beginning May 19
Friday burger nights 4-7 p.m at Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne sell out fast, so check the website to sign up. Six dinners are held during the summer with homegrown food and live music.

Vermont Quilt Festival classes
Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24
Registration open for numerous classes that take place during the festival at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction There is something for everyone who sews, quilts or wants to become more proficient. More info.