Vermont 2015 Memorial Day Weekend Festivals

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Vermont Open Studio Weekend this Memorial Day Weekend

With us staring down Memorial Day weekend at the end of this week, we were looking for some fun things to do and discovered a bunch of fun festivals in Vermont this coming Memorial Day weekend. To celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer, Vermont is offering up:

So kickoff the (hopeful) beginning of the warm weather season with some festival fun in Vermont this coming Memorial Day Weekend.

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Thanks for the Her Campus Shout Out

Many thanks to Shannon Foglia who mentioned us in her article The Ultimate New England Summer Bucket List. It’s an excellent list of things to do this summer and very wisely mentions going to a drive-in theater with a link to our post New England Drive-In Theaters.

Some things that we might add to her list:

  • Attend an agricultural fair – Shannon does mention fairs and festivals, but we would expand her list to include all of the wonderful agricultural, county and state fairs that happen in the summer into early fall
  • Attend a music festival – Again expanding on Shannon’s “Go to an outdoor concert” suggestion, we call your attention to all of the wonderful annual music festivals that fill the summer with great tunes…
  • Attend some summer theater – See New England Summer Theater
  • Go to the beach – With great beaches from Maine to Connecticut, there is something for everyone…
  • Visit an antique carousel – This might be interesting to pair with Shannon’s “Go on a unique date”. New England is home to the two oldest antique wooden carousels in the country and many other antique gems. See New England’s Antique Carousels and New England’s Antique Metal Carousels.

Thanks again Shannon. And have a great summer!

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Lake Compounce Buy One Get One Free Deal

Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT is starting off the season right with a buy one regular admission ticket and get the other ticket for free deal – or $40.99 for two tickets. The deal is only available online and the tickets are only good for May 9 (opening day for the 2015 season), 10, 16 and 17, 2015. Be sure to check out the new Dino Expedition when there.

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Northern Forest Canoe Trail Freshet Fest

Northern Forest Canoe Trail LogoTo celebrate the arrival of paddling season the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is hosting its first Freshet Fest on May 9, 2015. Freshet Fest events include:

  • A morning poling clinic, a great skill to learn for upstream travel
  • An afternoon social paddle on the LaPlatte River in Shelburne, VT
  • An NFCT Through Paddler panel discussion in the evening. Through paddlers are individuals who have paddled the entire 740 mile NFCT in one trip. Panelists will include Katina Daanen who wrote the book, The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Through Paddler’s Companion.
  • Also in the evening, a catered dinner and guest speaker Matt Hopkinson who will present “Upstream Challenge: 180 Miles by Canoe.”

Evening events will be held at the Boathouse in Burlington, VT.

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Vermont Restaurant Week 2015

If your travels will take you to the Green Mountain State over the next couple of weeks you may want to make note of Vermont Restaurant Week. Actually 10 days long, Vermont Restaurant Week kicks off this Friday, April 24, 2015, and lasts through May 3, 2015. For those 10 days restaurants all over Vermont will be offering prix-fixe dinners at three different price points – $20, $30 or $40 per person.

There are over 100 restaurants participating in Vermont Restaurant Week covering a wide spectrum of cuisines.

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Chameleon Up Close Works for Piano 4-Hands

As part of its new recital series “Chameleon Up Close”, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble will present works for piano 4-hands on April 19, 2015 at 4 PM at the Goethe-Institut on Beacon Street in Boston. The program features pianists Gloria Chien and Elizabeth Schumann who will perform:

  • Claude Debussy, Six épigraphes antiques, L. 131
  • Steven Stucky, Allegretto quasi Andantino (Schubert Dream)
  • Franz Schubert, Grand Rondo in A Major, Op. 107, D. 951
  • Igor Stravinsky, Le sacre du printemps for piano four-hands

“Chameleon Up Close” gives audiences the opportunity to experience Chameleon artists in a more intimate and informal setting.

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MASS MoCA and Jacob’s Pillow present KEIGWIN + COMPANY

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and Jacob’s Pillow Dance will present the New York City based contemporary dance ensemble KEIGWIN + COMPANY at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center this weekend – April 11, 2015 at 8 PM and April 12, 2015 at 3 PM.

KEIGWIN + COMPANY dancers will perform Waterfront, driven by selections from the film score of On the Waterfront, composed by Leonard Bernstein. The engagement will include Artistic Director Larry Keigwin’s return to the stage with a new solo work. This will be Keigwin’s first new solo in more than ten years.

This performance continues MASS MoCA’s tradition of engaging performances of diverse works.

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Slow Art Day at the Peabody Essex Museum

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A guest enjoys the view in Impressionists on the Water of Ludovic-Napoléon Lepic’s Boats on the Beach at Berck, about 1876. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Museum purchase, Grover A. Magnin Bequest Fund, 1987.5.© Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Photo by Robyn Gesek/PEM.

Time to slow down and appreciate art?

Well that is exactly the purpose of Slow Art Day at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, MA this coming  weekend on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10 AM to 2 PM. This is part of a global movement to help people to appreciate and love art. Take your time to explore the PEM galleries and then join other visitors in the PEM atrium at 1 PM for lunch and the opportunity to discuss what you saw.

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2015 New England Air Shows

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The Collings Foundation’s Consolidated B-24J Liberator at Worcester Airport

It looks like 2015 is shaping up to be one of the better years for air shows in quite a few for New England. Since the air show season gets started early in in mid-Spring, following are the air shows and air show related events and attractions to help you to plan ahead…

  • May 16 & 17, 2015 – The Great New England Air Show: The Great New England Air Show returns this year to the Westover Air Reserve Base in Westover, MA. Some highlights of the show include: the Blue Angels, the Canadian Snowbirds Jet team, Canadian Forces CF 18 Demo Team and the Geico Skytypers.
  • May 30 & 31, 2015 – Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show: The Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show will take up residence once again at the Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown, RI.
  • June 13, 2015 – Plainville Wings and Wheels:  The 4th annual fly-in and classic car show Plainville Wings and Wheels will take up residence at Robertson Airport in in Plainville, CT.
  • Labor Day Weekend, 2015 – Great State of Maine Air Show: The Great State of Maine Air Show is planned for Labor Day weekend this year. Watch their web site for more details.

As always, fans of all things aeronautic can also get their aircraft fix by visiting:

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Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival

Here is an event for music lovers to put on their spring calendars. Thursday through Saturday, April 16 to 18, 2015 The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH will host the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival in their historic theater and loft. The festival also coincides with Portsmouth’s restaurant week.

Some of the artists who will be performing at the festival include: Citizen Cope & William Fitzsimmons, The Juliana Hatfield Three, and Buffalo Tom. These are just some of the 23 singer songwriters who will be performing over the weekend.

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