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February 15, 2013

Vermont Tourism Events Calendar: Presidents’ Week through March

Presidents’ Week ramps up with festivities in Vermont; enjoy a robust schedule of outdoor events, exhibit openings and nightlife. As the days warm up and sunshine lingers, March ushers in maple season with festivals and tastings all across the state. Here’s a sampler of the hundreds of events posted on VermontVacation.com:

Red Bull Frozen Rush

Mount Snow Resort, Feb. 15

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event with motorsports legend Ricky Johnson tearing up and down the Main Face of Mount Snow in his Pro4 off-road truck. www.mountsnow.com

Snowflake Festival

Lyndon & Burke, Feb. 16 - March 3

Two weeks of family wintertime excitement! Sleigh rides, ski races, torchlight parade, skating, snowmobile races, quilt show, chowder fest, spaghetti suppers, pancake breakfasts and more. www.lyndonvermont.com

Fire & Ice Week

Stratton, Feb. 16-24

Stratton Mountain Resort presents Fire & Ice Week, a festival celebrating winter at its peak with favorite winter activities, including snow tubing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, ice skating on the Mill Pond, dog-sled rides, snowmobile tours, yoga, exercise classes and more.

Exhibit: How People Make Things

Norwich, Feb. 16 - Spring

Learn the stories of how familiar objects are made in "How People Make Things" at the Montshire Museum of Science. Familiar childhood objects are linked to a process of manufacturing that combines people, ideas and technology. www.montshire.org

Torchlight Parade, Fireworks and Guided Snowshoe

Ludlow, Feb.17

Following a special kids’ torchlight parade, and a parade of Okemo Mountain Resort staff members skiing with lighted torches, a spectacular fireworks display will light up Okemo’s Clock Tower base area. A guided snowshoe tour provides participants with a rewarding perspective of the fireworks show. www.okemo.com

VINS Great Backyard Bird Count

Quechee, Feb. 17

Put your bird watching skills to work at VINS as we celebrate The Great Backyard Bird Count. Activities for all ages include bird counting, making bird feeders and bird crafts, interactive computer bird games. VINS Nature Center. www.vinsweb.org

Charly & Margaux

Johnson, Feb. 18

Charly & Margaux, Brooklyn-based, classically-trained string composers, bring a fresh perspective to contemporary music. They have developed a distinct sound combining elements of Baroque, East Asian folk, and blues. www.jsc.edu/events

Gallery Exhibit: Kathy Black

Johnson, Feb. 18 - March 9

Mythologies and Native American legends blend animals and humans into one - Hunters reborn as wild deer, Zeus a white bull. These stories call attention to the universe around us – and this is exactly what Kathy Black’s new work does, using newspaper clippings, weather patterns, maps, and views of the night sky. Artist talk: March 7. www.kathyblackstudio.com

Farmers' Night: Founding of the Vermont Historical Society

Montpelier, Feb. 20

Join this evening of history, music, and poetry in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Vermont Historical Society. www.vermonthistory.org

Corey Harris

Burlington, Feb. 22

Corey Harris is a powerful African-American blues singer and guitarist who honed his art form on the streets of New Orleans and studied African Linguistics in Cameroon. UVM Recital Hall. www.uvm.edu/laneseries/2011/08/corey-harris-blues/

Talich Quartet

Randolph, Feb. 22

The Talich Quartet has been evolving as part of a prestigious line of musicians for nearly fifty years, representing Czech music worldwide. This is their first visit to central Vermont. www.chandler-arts.org

VINS Owl Festival

Quechee, Feb. 23

How can owls fly without making a sound? Give a hoot about owls and unravel their mysterious lives through hands-on activities and exciting games. Meet some of VINS’ owl ambassadors up close and discover what it’s like to care for an owl in our rehabilitation clinic. www.vinsweb.org

Made in America: Voices of American Labor

Randolph, Feb. 23

Susie Smolen presents a one-woman show highlighting labor songs written between 1897 and 1983. The voices of textile mill workers, coal miners, railroad men, union organizers, women and children, factory and mill owners, operators and union busters are brought to life in a powerful blend of storytelling and music. www.chandler-arts.org

Vermont Ice Wine Festival

Jay, Feb. 23

Taste world-class ice wines and ice ciders produced in Vermont, accompanied by Vermont artisan cheeses and specialty foods. Meet the winemakers and enjoy the view from Jay Peak's spectacular new Hotel Jay and Conference Center while sampling, buying and learning. Stock up on your favorites of the hard-to-find, small batch Vermont products. www.vticewinefestival.com

Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe

East Burke, Feb. 23

Ski or snowshoe 1km to a fire and hot chocolate in a beautiful wooded clearing at Kingdom Trails Nordic Center. www.kingdomtrails.org

Montshire’s Annual Igloo Build

Norwich, Feb. 23

Learn to build a simple igloo from expert Dr. Bert Yankielun. After a demonstration of the structural secrets of building with snow, from making an initial snow angel to placing the final block on the dome, try your hand at building an igloo. www.montshire.org

The Abolitionists: Connecting to Local History

Ferrisburgh, Feb. 24

Vermont historians make local connections to Public Broadcasting’s The Abolitionists. Program includes excerpts from the American Experience series, panelists Jane Williamson, Rokeby Museum director, and Kevin Thornton, UVM professor, at the Rokeby Museum's new Underground Railroad Education Center. www.rokeby.org

Downton Abbey Dinner and Etiquette Talk

Hyde Park, Feb. 27

Enjoy a fine dinner and instruction on table settings, etiquette history, and how to manage everything from unfolding a napkin to holding your coffee cup. Gain a new appreciation for the downstairs staff by decanting through Mr. Carson's silver funnel or serving the sauce at the Governor's House. www.OneHundredMain.com/calendar2.cfm

Art Exhibit: Source Guild

Stowe, March, Month-Long

See exquisite, creative fine furniture made by 20 Vermont craftspeople. Explore the journey from tree to final piece, produced by the Source Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. www.helenday.com

Ben & Jerry's Winter Festival

Waterbury, March 2

Free outdoor fun-Games, snow sculptures, music, ice cream, of course and factory tours! Local artisans and food producers’ offerings will be onsite for sale and to sample as well. www.benjerry.com

Hope on the Slopes

Smugglers' Notch, March 2 and Bolton Valley Resort, March 9

These two Hope on the Slopes events provides avid skiers and snowboarders an opportunity to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/skiride/winter-events.php; www.boltonvalley.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/hope-on-the-slopes-468

An Evening with Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot – Nederlands Dance Theatre

St. Johnsbury, March 5

In “Shoot the Moon,” glimpse the love life of three couples. Revolving walls with striking black-and-white wallpaper create three separate rooms, each containing its own love story. Music by Philip Glass; Catamount Arts Center. www.catamountarts.org

Early Photographs of Native North Americans

St. Johnsbury, March 6

Richly illustrated with nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photos of Native peoples, this talk by UNH Vice Provost and Professor Lisa MacFarlene explores the stories behind the iconic images. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. www.stjathenaeum.org

Quilt Retreat Weekend at the Grafton Inn

Grafton, March 7 - 10

Enjoy the company of other quilters; stitch to your heart’s content. A dedicated room will be set-up as a workshop for round-the-clock stitching. The Inn will supply boards, tables, irons. Bring your own quilting tools. www.graftoninnvermont.com

Escher String Quartet

Middlebury, March 8

One of the BBC’s prestigious New Generation Artists, the Escher String Quartet, “Put simply … has all the qualities necessary to be the next Emerson or Juilliard Quartet: rare musical insight and a profound level of cohesion”—Denver Post. www.middlebury.edu/arts/news/2012-2013/mar2013

Patty Larkin at After Dark Music Series

Middlebury, March 8

Patty redefines the boundaries of folk-urbanpop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals. Acoustic Guitar hails her "soundscape experiments" while Rolling Stone praises her "evocative and subtle sonic shading." Town Hall Theater. www.afterdarkmusicseries.com

Solas: Karan Casey & John Doyle

Woodstock, March 9

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with two legends of Irish music! Karan Casey and John Doyle are founding members of Irish band Solas. Now deep into their solo careers, the two – one of Irish music’s most glorious voices and one of its mightiest instrumentalists – have reunited. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. www.pentanglearts.org

Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle

Killington, March 9

Open to all levels, this competition encourages exploration of Killington as you've never done before. Each team of two must cover a series of checkpoints, lifts, runs and hikes around the mountain, all while racing against the clock. www.killington.com/winter/activities/calendar/1878872854

Berry Basket Workshop

Woodstock, March 9

Join Debby Sleeper, experienced basket weaver, for this fun and interactive workshop and learn how to make a berry basket. Students will be guided through basic twining technique, as well as shaping and handle construction. Artistree Community Arts Center. www.artistreevt.org

Trapps to Bolton Backcountry Race and Tour

Bolton, March 10

Race or tour this beautiful and physically challenging 17km course on one of the most popular and scenic sections of the Catamount Trail. Note, it’s 30 percent groomed and 70 percent ungroomed. www.catamounttrail.org/news/5th-annual-trapps-to-bolton-backcountry-race-and-tour/

4000 Miles

Burlington, March 13 - 31

This play depicts young Leo showing up from a cross-country bike trip, at his grandmother’s, exhausted and looking for a place to stay for the night. The night turns into days – then weeks – as they argue, laugh, and find comfort in each other’s company. Discovering that despite the generational gap, they are not so different after all. FlynnSpace. www.vtstage.org

FestEVOL Concert Series with Yukon Kornelius & O.A.R.

Ludlow, March 16

Rock supergroup Yukon Kornelius – with members of Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies, Guster & other musical special guests - will play the East Coast in a special one-night performance. The concert, which also includes O.A.R., is part of the third annual FestEVOL concert series. www.okemo.com

Solas: Karan Casey & John Doyle

Burlington, March 17

The Lane Series and Flynn present a world-class traditional Irish band on St. Patrick’s Day called Solas. Since its birth in 1996, Solas has been proclaimed as one of the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic bands to emerge from the United States. www.uvm.edu/laneseries/press-room/press-releases

Capital City Concerts presents Debussy 1.5

Montpelier, March 17

In celebration of Debussy's 150th birthday, this program features NYC Ballet concertmaster Arturo Delmoni (violin/viola) and Vermont musicians performing a variety of works by Debussy. Karen Kevra-flute, Rebecca Kaufmann-harp, John Dunlop-cello, Paul Orgel-piano. www.capitalcityconcerts.org

Donal Fox

Burlington, March 22

Donal Fox's reinventions of classical melodies and themes are heard in his program "Mashups in Blue.” Critics like Gary Giddins say, "Donal Fox is a remarkable pianist who has positioned himself on the cutting edge of jazz by incorporating classical techniques and melodies.” UVM Recital Hall. www.uvm.edu/laneseries/2011/07/donal-fox-jazzclassical-piano

Nor'Beaster

Killington, March 22 - Apr. 7

This festival series of events includes concerts, big mountain, moguls, big air, halfpipe, rail jams, retail closeouts and a Taste of Killington. www.killington.com/winter/activities/calendar/1878872922

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

March 23-24

Visit Vermont sugarhouses and restaurants across the state and watch as maple syrup is being made. Return home with sweet memories and maple treats! http://vermontmaple.org/ai1ec_event/1642/?instance_id219

Lunenburg Annual Maple Festival

Lunenburg, March 23

Partake in this full day of family fun with tree tapping demonstrations, sugarhouse tours, a scavenger hunt, contests, door prizes, history exhibits, interactive displays and homemade treats. www.topofthecommon.org

Burlington Chamber Orchestra Concert

Colchester, March 23

Soovin and violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt will perform Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, Strauss's Sextet from Capriccio, two works by Grieg and a string orchestra arrangement of Sibelius' Valse Triste that Soovin is creating just for this occasion. Saint Michael's College. www.bcovt.org

Gala 54

Stowe, March 23

A glittering evening of disco glamour. Begin the evening with cocktails and a silent auction offering hundreds of unique items as well as work by local artists. Dinner, dancing and a special live auction will follow. Stowe Mountain Resort. http://bit.ly/Gala54

18th Annual Brewfest

Smugglers' Notch, March 30

Sample the finest in local & regional beers and wines, with music, munchies, and prizes. Smugglers' Notch Resort Meeting House. www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/skiride/winter-events.php

Billings Farm’s Baby Animal Day

Woodstock, March 30

Billings Farm and Museum hosts Baby Animal Day with farm’s calves, lambs, and chicks, plus ducklings and goslings; also horse-drawn wagon rides, heirloom garden and children’s activities. www.billingsfarm.org

Hundreds more events across Vermont are listed in the Travel Planner of www.VermontVacation.com; please note event organizers can post events to this listing as well. Images may be available. If your publication prefers more advance notice of events or has specific requests, please email jen.butson@state.vt.us.

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: February 15, 2013 08:26:07
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