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September 22, 2014

Vermont State Calendar of Events: October Harvest, Heritage and Foliage Festivals Abound

The 39 Steps (Now to October 19, Montpelier): A Hitchcock masterpiece + a juicy spy novel + Monty Python + romance + old- timey stage-craft x a ridiculously talented cast of 4 The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for theater lovers! www.LostNationtheater.org

Richmond Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper (October 1, Richmond): The fare features chicken pie, mashed potatoes, winter squash, and cole slaw topped off with apple or pumpkin pie. Reservations are required. www.rccucc.org

A Century after World War I: Are We Sleepwalking Again? (October 1, Manchester): It’s been said that in 1914 Europe sleepwalked into a war no one wanted. Distinguished veteran diplomat George Jaeger considers whether current geopolitics might play out similarly. A Vermont Humanities Council event. www.vermonthumanities.org

KAG Meet the Artist Series with Susan Wacker-Donle (October 2, Killington): Vermont Photographer and Graphic Designer Susan Wacker-Donle presents her strategies and techniques for shooting moving water. Hosted by the Killington Arts Guild and the Birch Ridge Inn. www.birchridge.com

Chicken Pie Supper (October 2, Waterbury Center): Waterbury Center Community Church welcomes you to its annual Chicken Pie Supper. The menu includes: chicken pie, mashed potato, squash, cole slaw, pie & beverages. Church is on Route 100 by the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Take out is available. Reservations: 1-802-244-8955.

Vermont History Through Song (October 2, 12 & 26, St. Johnsbury, East Hardwick & Brookfield): Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs by Vermonters, found in the Vermont Historical Society’s collection of sheet music. A Vermont Humanities Council event. www.vermonthumanities.org

Brattleboro Literary Festival (October 2, Brattleboro): Over 50 authors, artists and illustrators, poets and book professionals converge on Brattleboro to create a series of memorable events featuring Pulitzer Prize winners Paul Muldoon and Joseph Ellis plus bestselling authors Andre Dubus III, Paula McLain, Emma Straub and more! Be sure to visit the Brattleboro Museum for its Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair. www.brattleboroliteraryfestival.org

Montshire Unleashed: An Evening for Adults (October 3, Norwich): The Montshire Museum is open after hours (6–9 p.m.) for adults of all ages! Pull up a stool at the Science Discovery Lab for some amazing activities or simply explore the Museum’s visiting and permanent exhibits on your own. Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn will be available. www.montshire.org/programs/detail/montshire-unleashed

Remembering the Songs (October 3, Randolph): In an intimate evening of film and music, Native American flute master Gary Stroutsos offers a tribute to the rich cultural heritage of song and story, and brings to life the music traditions from the Zuni, Navajo, and Salish communities. www.chandler-arts.org

The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival (October 3, Manchester): Under spacious Camelot tents, 150 artists and artisans display and sell wondrous creations. Craft demos, live music, a food court featuring local restaurants, and the Vermont Beer, Cheese and Sausage Tent make it a splendid way to spend a fall day in Vermont. www.craftproducers.com

"La Traviata" by Verdi, a Staged Concert Version (October 3, Middlebury): The Opera Company of Middlebury presents "La Traviata." Soprano Rochelle Bard makes her company debut as Violetta with tenor Jamie Flora, who returns to play Alfredo. Directed by Douglas Anderson, conducted by Emmanuel Plasson with the Opera Company of Middlebury Orchestra and the Middlebury College Choir under the direction of Jeff Buettner. www.ocmvermont.org

Vermont Celebrates American Craft Week (October 3, Montpelier): American Craft Week takes place statewide with participating activities and festivals including Fall Open Studio Weekend, with more than 120 sites participating. Other participants include the 36th Anniversary of the Putney Craft Tour, the Craft Producers art and craft festivals in Manchester and Stowe, Readsboro Glassworks Open Studio, among others. www.americancraftweek.com

Vermont Crafts Council Fall Open Studio Weekend (October 4-5, Statewide): Craftspeople and artists open their studios to the public for Open Studio Weekend. Where to begin? The Crafts Council has a map available at Vermont welcome centers and galleries. Some Open Studio travelers begin by choosing a section of the state they have always wanted to explore; others seek out a specific medium like pottery or furniture or watercolors. Some just follow the yellow signs along the roads that highlight designated open studio locations. http://www.vermontcrafts.com/

Ben's Mill Rubber Ducky Derby (October 4, Barnet): Ducks 'swim' at 11 a.m. There’s also mill demonstrations with machines and blacksmith shop tours, a food tent and 35 prizes donated by local merchants. www.bensmill.com

OctoberFeast, a Church Supper (October 4, Canaan): Everything that we all love about autumn in Vermont. Apples, pumpkins, squashes, and more food from the Harvest Buffet Table than can fit on a plate. Heart Healthy also! www.TheGraceCommunityChurch.org

RocktoberFest (October 4, Morrisville): The third annual free Rocktoberfest features Sarah Michelle Band and Chad Hollister. Plus, two shows by No Strings Marionette Company, pumpkin bowling, recycle minigolf, cornhole tournaments, chili cookoff, local brews tent, vendors, pet parade, street graffiti, 5K fun run and more. www.morristownvt.org

Oktoberfeast 3 (October 4, South Burlington): Magic Hat presents, Oktoberfeast 3, a benefit for the Vermont Foodbank featuring local food purveyors sampling and selling their wares, live music, an outdoor beer garden and more! www.magichat.net/artifactoryevents/

The Twangtown Paramours (October 4, Brandon): The music of the Twangtown Paramours has been called “Sophisticated Americana,” and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. This acoustic duo is known for their well-crafted and award-winning songs, top-notch lead singing, and fine harmonies. www.brandon-music.net

Pumpkin & Apple Celebration (October 4, Woodstock): Hands-on programs highlight these two essential fall crops, including apple tasting, cider pressing, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, making pumpkin & apple ice cream, cooking apple butter in the farmhouse, and wagon rides. www.billingsfarm.org

Champlain Mini Maker Faire (October 4, Shelburne): Part science fair, part country fair, and part something new, the Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering celebrating the Do-It-Yourself (DYI) mindset. It showcases makers who explore new forms and technologies featuring innovation and experimentation in science, engineering and art. www.champlainmakerfaire.com

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival (October 4, Tunbridge): The 26th annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival features over 70 vendors of yarn, fiber, fiber arts equipment and supplies, handcrafted fiber products, fencing and small livestock supplies, local food and music. www.vtsheepandwoolfest.org

Front Porches Half Marathon (October 4, Bellows Falls): Run 13.1 miles in scenic southern Vermont: River views, historic homes, two villages and a covered bridge. Food and fall festivities at the finish. www.vtfrontporchesshalf.com

Narratives of Manners & Style (October 5, Shelburne): Join Architectural Historian Anne Walker, co-author of New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross with Architect Peter Pennoyer, for a look at two of the early 1900s’ most important, but oft forgotten architects: Brothers John and Eliot Cross who most notably, designed J. Watson and Electra Havemeyer Webb’s Brick House in Shelburne, Vt. www.shelburnemuseum.org

Tuesday Tales of The Notch (October 7 & 14, Plymouth): Join site administrator Bill Jenney for a guided tour of Calvin Coolidge's Plymouth Notch. This leisurely walk through the village and surrounding fields offers unique insights into the man who became our nation's 30th President. http://historicsite.vermont.gov/directory/coolidge

Sandiwood Farm to Fork Sunset Dinner (October 7, Wolcott): Chef Sandi prepares a truly localvore farm-to-plate experience that promises to be an exceptionally unique event. Each dinner features an artistically created menu, passed and stationary appetizers, a tour, and multiple courses you are sure to savor. www.sandiwoodfarm.com

400 Miles Down the Connecticut River (October 7, Hardwick): New England's longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history and natural history. Michael Tougias, author of 14 books about New England, offers a presentation that takes the viewer down the entire length of the river. A Vermont Humanities Council event. www.jeudevinememoriallibrary.org

Vermont Beer: History of a Brewing Revolution (October 9, Burlington): Early Vermont brewers faced many obstacles in bringing their beer to the thirsty masses. Join Adam Krakowski and Kurt Staudter for a discussion of Vermont beer’s past and present. Kurt is the executive director of the Vermont Brewers Association, and Adam is a decorative and fine arts conservator based in Quechee. www.phoenixbooks.biz

Middlebury Arts Walk (October 10, Middlebury): Stores and businesses will remain open, becoming galleries displaying the work of dozens of area artists. Art will turn up in restaurants, on the town green, and in other exciting and unlikely places. Visit downtown Middlebury on the second Friday of every month. www.middleburyartswalk.com

The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival (October 10, Stowe): This festival showcases 150 artists and artisans, live music, craft demos, fabulous food, and the Vermont Craft Beer Cheese and Sausage Tent. Enjoy a day in paradise: Stowe, foliage, and this Arts Festival. www.craftproducers.com

Baked Beads 22nd Annual Columbus Day Weekend Tent Sale (October 10, Waitsfield): This Vermont-based company’s sale includes 75 off its collection of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, tights, novelty socks, hair accessories, hats, mittens, candles, slippers, pashminas, and of course – beads! www.bakedbeads.com

Ethan and Ira Challenge (October 11, Burlington): Legend has it that Ethan Allen and his brother Ira argued over who was the better woodsman, they settled the matter by having a race from Bennington to Burlington. Ethan, barreled straight through all natural obstacles. Ira, using his woodsmen skills used a more developed route. Come to learn some of the skills that Ethan and Ira would have needed. www.ethanallenhomestead.org

Harvest Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum (October 11, Woodstock): A traditional celebration of the harvest featuring a husking bee and farm harvest activities including cider pressing, shelling corn, putting food by, and threshing grain. Enjoy hot spiced cider and homemade doughnuts. www.billingsfarm.org

Quilting in the Land of Milk & Honey Biennial Quilt Show (October 11, Middlebury): Featured Artist: Anne Standish, Quilts of Valor. Keepsake Quilting Challenge Collection. Vendors, Basket Raffles, Bear Paw Quilt Raffle, Consignments. www.milkandhoneyquilters.com

Barn Sale & Blacksmithing/Forging Demo at Hubbardton Forge (October 11, Castleton): Watch as Vermont craftspeople work with red-hot steel, bending and shaping the metal into Hubbardton Forge’s distinctive lighting designs using traditional blacksmithing tools and techniques. In the Barn, buy hand-forged lighting and accessories. www.hubbardtonforge.com

Newfane Heritage Festival (October 11, Newfane): Ninety juried arts, crafts, and specialty products including many wonderful new exhibitors along with long-time favorites. The Newfane Church's famous homemade apple pies and apple crisp, outdoor food tent and indoor Church Deli, a super raffle, flea market tent, children’s activities and live music. www.newfaneheritagefestival.org

Pierson Library 50th Annual Book Sale (October 11, Shelburne): The Friends of the Pierson Library are hosting their 50th annual sale. All books plus audio books, DVDs, CDs, games, and puzzles are available at very low prices. In honor of the 50th sale, buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate at the Flying Pig Book Store. www.PiersonLibrary.org

Columbus Day Celebration (October 11, Stratton Mountain): Join us as we celebrate autumn and the changing season in the midst of stunning fall foliage. It’s our annual Chilifest Cookoff, North Face Race to the Summit and Harvestfest all in one weekend! www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2014/10/columbus-day-weekend.aspx

Mad Dash (October 12, Waitsfield): The Mad Dash is a classic Vermont foot race benefiting the Mad River Path Association's work to create a network of public pathways in the Mad River Valley. The event includes 5K and 10K running races and a free Kids Fun Run. Following the event, enjoy great food, music and fun for the whole family. www.madriverpath.com

Backcountry Cross Race (October 12, Victory): Not your average CX in the park. A cyclocross through the backwoods of Victory for cross bikes or mountain bikes – on a 10 km circuit, dominated by sections of singletrack, pasture and logging trails. Select from 20 or 40km options. One lap beginner and kids categories offered. www.circumburke.org

History Happens at Old Constitution House! (October 12, Windsor): The final occasion of the season, Carl Malikowski and friends demonstrate a variety of 18th century period activities: brewing, cooking, woodworking, and powder horn carving. http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/old_constitution

Hooked in the Mountains XVII (October 15 – 19, Essex Junction): One of the world's largest Rug Shows with over 500 hooked rugs and fiber art, nationally known vendors, guest speakers and demos. In addition, the onsite quilt show and an alpaca festival transform the Champlain Valley Expo into a Festival of Fiber! http://www.gmrhg.org/page-1525586

Paula Poundstone at Chandler Music Hall (October 17, Randolph): Appearing on stage armed only with a stool, a microphone, and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula Poundstone is famous for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. Paula is a regular on the comedy circuit and has appeared on HBO, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, and more. www.chandler-arts.org

Classic Films of the 1950s (October 17, Hinesburg): The 1950s were a fascinating time for Hollywood films. Several directors who began their careers in the silent era were in their prime and new stars such as Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn were making their mark. Films addressed vital issues of the time such as juvenile delinquency, conformity, and racial attitudes, however timidly, while the shadow of the Hollywood blacklist loomed. Rick Winston will show clips and discuss their significance. A Vermont Humanities Council event. www.vermonthumanities.org

Rocktoberfest (October 18, Vergennes): A great day to be with friends and family enjoying good food and good music at Basin Harbor Club. Savor Dakin Farm Bacon and a special Beer & Wine Tent with Heady Topper available. www.basinharbor.com/event/rocktoberfest2014/

Capital City Concerts presents "From Paris with Love" (October 18, Montpelier): The Paris Piano Trio has been the undisputed favorite ensemble of Capital City Concerts. After a six year hiatus, members of that group return to Montpelier to perform piano quartets of Fauré and Mozart. www.capitalcityconcerts.org

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart (October 18 & 26, Craftsbury & Topsham): Having grown up in Topsham, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a 40 year career performing on countless stages across the country. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. A Vermont Humanities Council event. www.vermonthumanities.org

Cabot Apple Pie Festival (October 18, Cabot): Adult and youth contests, cash & ribbons for best homemade pies. Raffles, craft show, silent auction. Pies and lunch are available. Pie contest entry deadline: 10:30 a.m. After judging, entered and donated pies are sold. www.cabothistory.com/apple-pie-festival

Trail Race at Smugglers' Notch (October 19, Jeffersonville): A 4k, 8k and Kids' Fun Run in and around our cross-country trail network for runners of all abilities! The Kids' Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m., the 4k and 8k at 10:00 a.m. www.raceplanner.com/register/Index/Smuggs-2014-Trail-Race-Series-October-19-2014?sid99b0ed71187b4e1ab7b3ecd595d

Inventive Vermonters: A Sampling of Farm Tools & Implements (19 October, Pawlet): Vermonters have always been inventive, especially when it comes to agricultural innovations. In this illustrated lecture, retired engineer Paul Wood presents a sampling of farm tools, implements, and artifacts invented or produced in Vermont and the often fascinating stories of the inventors themselves. A Vermont Humanities Council event. www.vermonthumanities.org

Vermont International Film Festival (October 24 - November 2, Burlington): VTIFF, in its 29th year, will hold its annual film festival on Burlington's historic Waterfront, at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington City Arts and ECHO Lake Aquarium. www.vtiff.org

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat (October 24-26, Woodstock): The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. http://pentanglearts.org/joseph-dreamcoat/

Murder Mystery Weekend (October 24, Montgomery Center): Whodunnit? You’ll have to attend to find out! Nine couples will join us and take on characters as we spend the weekend trying to sleuth out clues to a daring ‘homicide’ that takes place right within the confines of our beloved bed & breakfast! www.phineasswann.com/event/murder-mystery-weekend/

Woodstock Vermont Film Series (October 25, Woodstock): Fifteen films and documentaries from around the world have been selected for the big screen in the museum’s theater, with high definition digital projection and Dolby™ surround-sound. These diverse films reflect the museum’s founding philosophy of an appreciation for nature, beauty, and place as essential to culture, community, and personal wellbeing. www.billingsfarm.org

CircumBurke Mountain Bike & Trail Run Challenge (October 25, East Burke): An adventure around Burke Mountain, the 26 mile MTB circuit includes miles of rarely used singletrack and over 3000 feet of climbing and descending. Choose the two lap endurance MTB event for 52 memorable miles, or the Mountain Run and CircumBurke Lite 18 mile circuit. www.circumburke.org

Fallapalooza! (October 25, Bennington): Main Street is host to the last festival of the year with store-to-store trick-or-treating, craft vendors, live entertainment, farmers' market, food vendors, carriage rides and children's activities. www.betterbennington.com

15th annual Model Engineering Show (October 25, Windsor): Visit with New England’s finest model engineers and experience informative workshops and demonstrations. Show is held at the Windsor Recreational Center. www.americanprecision.org/2012-01-18-16-22-51/upcoming-events

Culinary Adventure: Root Vegetables (October 25, Perkinsville): Join cookbook author Andrea Chesman in The Hidden Kitchen, the Weatherfield Inn's on-site cooking classroom and learn to cook with root vegetables. Hands-on and demonstration. Lunch is included. www.weathersfieldinn.com

Brattleboro Film Festival (October 31, Brattleboro): The Third Annual Brattleboro Film Festival showcases the best current films from the US and around the world. Lively post film discussions, filmmaker talks, free workshops, a new showcase of recent work from talented young filmmakers and events for all ages pepper film selections that tend to reflect the eclectic and off-beat nature of Brattleboro itself. www.brattleborofilmfestival.org

Contact: Jen Butson, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing; jen.butson@state.vt.us; 802.522.7323

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: September 22, 2014 11:52:37