Calendar of events

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New plays in Middlebury
Friday-Sunday, Aug. 11-13
Justin Aaron Halle’s script “Cowgirl” kicks off American Dreaming: A New Play Festival presented by the Middlebury Acting Company. On Saturday, Aug. 12, the festival also includes, “Until the Day Is Done” by Jared Michael Delaney at 2 p.m.; “Lessons” by Matthew Chong at 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. “StoryProv Time,” an audience-participation improv event with Andrew Ritter. Go to the tent at the Swift House Inn, Middlebury. $15 per play, $40 for all three; free for “StoryProv Time.” 

Annual Pie & Ice Cream Social
Sunday, Aug. 13, 1-4 p.m.
Rokeby Museum will hold its Annual Pie & Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 13. Join the museum for homemade pie, ice cream, live music from Bob Recupero and Young Tradition Vermont, raffle baskets and a chance to explore Rokeby’s historic home, grounds and exhibits. Bring your family and friends to this community favorite.

Banned Book Reading Tour
Sunday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m.
Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman is hosting another in the series of book readings from banned books at local bookstores and libraries around the state at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, at Bridgeside Books in Waterbury. These readings and discussions are in response to the seven states that have even passed laws imposing legal penalties, including prison time, on librarians who provide “sexually explicit” or “harmful” materials to young readers, all under the pretense that those terms apply to exposure to writings or history of the LGBTQ+ community or people of color. There will be another banned book reading at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Phoenix Books in Essex Junction. 

Learn to make land wildlife friendly
Wednesday, Aug 16, 5-6:30 p.m.
Mark Labar, a conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont, will lead a walk at the Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge. He will discuss efforts made by the park oversight committee to combat invasives and restore habitat health. Maggie Cittarella, chair of the Charlotte Conservation Commission, will be on hand to answer questions. Mark Dillenbeck, town tree warden, will also share information including his experiences dealing with invasives. For more information: Cathy Hunter 802-355-0439 or the website.

Photo by Deborah J. Benoit If space is an issue, tomato and pepper seedlings can be planted using vertical growing supports in an elevated garden, allowing room to include other crops such as basil and marigolds in a small-space garden.

Growing young gardeners
Thursday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-noon
Every Thursday, young people are invited to participate in a free gardening program at the Vermont Garden Park on Dorset Street in South Burlington. A program of the Burlington Garden Club, kids and their accompanying adults learn about different subjects related to gardening. It is not required to attend each week. Best for ages 4-10 with a grown-up (or two). Each session is free; snack time and a craft project is included. To read more and see what to bring, and scroll down a bit.

Sensory Friendly Friday
Friday, Aug. 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
On the third Friday of every month, through October, Shelburne Museum invites the community into the museum before regular opening hours to view special exhibitions in a light-and-sound-adjusted environment. Created in consultation with Inclusive Arts Vermont, this program for children, teens and adults alike is designed to offer a positive museum-going experience for visitors with varying sensory processing differences at the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. Free pre-registration is required by contacting 802-985-0924 or email.

Writing historic fiction
Sunday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m.
Local author Angela Moody provides insight into how one begins to write historic fiction at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum. This is ideal for anyone considering writing historic fiction or just wondering how one does this. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

For Thompson’s Point campers
Thursday, Aug. 24, 5 p.m.
Meet on the clubhouse porch with Scooter MacMillan and John Quinney from The Charlotte News to talk about topics of interest and stories you’d like to see in the newspaper. Light refreshments will be served. If you’d like to attend, let Gay Regan know with a call to 802-318-5617 or an email. Last minute drop-ins also welcome.

Tour de Farms Sunday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m.
Tour de Farms Sunday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m.

Vergennes Day
Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Head to the Vergennes City Park for the 41st annual Vergennes Day on Saturday, Aug. 26. With over 60 vendor booths in city park, there is fun for all ages. Come check out live music on the bandstand, pancake breakfast and bubble pit at the fire station, horse and wagon rides, Little City Road Race, Lions Club chicken barbecue, merchant sales and more.

Tour de Farms
Sunday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m.
Registration is open for the Tour de Farms, one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours, returning to Shoreham for its 15th year of celebrating local food. The revenue raised supports Addison County Relocalization Network’s new food hub that facilitates the distribution of locally produced foods. The day of tasting products finishes at 4:30 p.m. at the Shoreham Apple Fest. The tour features a 30-mile route, as well as a family-friendly 10-mile route. Riders start at Shoreham Green 42 miles south of Burlington, off Route 22A. The terrain includes rolling hills with a mix of paved and dirt roads, so a mountain bike or road bike with wide tires is recommended. Register.

Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival
Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bring the family to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival at Fort Ticonderoga for a day of autumn fun in the midst of the King’s Garden heirloom apple trees and the beautiful Adirondack landscape. Discover the importance of horses and other working animals throughout history during demonstrations. Meet farm animals, stroll through our farmers market featuring local food, beverages and crafts; participate in family fun activities; and tackle the 6-acre corn maze.