January- The Brookfield Ice Harvest Festival is held the end of January each year in Brookfield. This family event provides the opportunity to see how ice was harvested on Sunset Lake at the turn of the century. Activities include ice cutting and ice boom demonstrations, an ice-hauling contest, a chance to try hand-made snowshoes and view ice sculpting. Admission is free. 802-276-3959.
March – The Annual VT Maple Open House Weekend will be held March 22 & 23, 2014. Activities will include the opportunity to watch syrup being made (weather permitting) and possibly to sample syrup and other maple products at sugarhouses. Information about the producers, days they will be open, and directions can be found online at www.vermontmaple.org.
June – Imagine a sunny summer weekend at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds, with 4,000 people re-living important moments in Vermont history, watching history-based theater, parades or music performances and generally having fun while experiencing Vermont’s rich heritage. The biennial Vermont History Expo will be held June 21 & 22, 2014. At the Expo, a collection of 150+ local historical societies, museums, and heritage organizations meet to create a fresh picture of Vermont history with exhibits, music, family activities, music, food, presentations, performances, and more. Follow the Vermont Historical Society’s website, organizer of the event, at vermonthistory.org or call 802-479-8502.
July – The Fourth of July Parade and Street Fest in Randolph is held on July 4th rain or shine. This event is organized by the White River Valley Chamber of Commerce and is one of the largest Independence Day parades in Vermont. After the parade attendees head to the street festival in the town center for food from many different vendors, live entertainment, crafts, games and more. Contact information: 802-728-9027, firstname.lastname@example.org.
July/August – Late-July through early August, visitors can experience a unique event at the BigTown BigTent, a Summer Festival of Poetry, Music, and Performing Arts. 2014 will mark the sixth year of the Festival organized by Anni Mackay in the natural amphitheater located behind her BigTown Gallery on Main Street in Rochester. The event combines visual and performing arts with performances each evening. Admission varies. 802-767-9670, www.bigtowngallery.com.
August – The Annual Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival comes to Randolph in mid-August every year. The festival features a two-week series of concerts for mixed ensembles performed by world-class artists at Chandler Music Hall. 802-728-9878, tickets 802-728-6464, email@example.com, chandler-arts.org/festivals or http://www.centralvtchambermusicfest.org.
August – The Ninth Annual Last Mile Ride, hosted by Gifford Medical Center, 44 South Main St., Randolph, is scheduled for August 16, 2014. More than 180 motorcycle riders participate in this charity ride to support Gifford Medical Center’s end-of-life care program. 802-728-2726, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.giffordmed.org.
August – Farm Tour Saturday will be held August 30, 2014. Get an up close and personal tour from the farmers themselves by taking the farm tour loop and visiting multiple local farms on this day. This family friendly event is held rain or shine only once a year! Come see what Vermont is famous for. Farm Tours and loop maps are coordinated by the White River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Advance ticket reservations required. Contact information: 802-728-9027, email@example.com.
August – The 21st Annual New World Festival is scheduled for August 31, 2014 from noon to midnight. This all-day festival of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance featuring artists from New England, Canada and the British Isles is performed on five stages simultaneously in the historic Chandler Music Hall and in other all-weather facilities. This event is voted a “Top 10 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Location: Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. 802-728-9878, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://newworldfestival.com/nwf/.
September – A Vermont “Top 10 Fall Event” listing, the 143rd Tunbridge World’s Fair, September 11-14, 2014 is a blend of active livestock shows with beautiful farm animals, a good old fair-time midway, and a competitive harvest and crafts exhibition. As a family venue this couldn’t be better—for all ages and interests—tucked away in a charming valley. Location: Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Route 110, Tunbridge. 800-889-5555, email@example.com, http://www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com/.
October – Open Studio Weekend 2014 is scheduled for October 4 & 5, 2014. This event is organized by the Vermont Crafts Council. Many Vermont craftspeople work in studios that are exciting places to visit, reflecting the dynamic process used to produce finished works of art. To check on featured artists and studios in our region 802-223-3380, www.vermontcrafts.com or call the White River Craft Center at 802-728-8912.