Vermont Tourism Calendar of Events: November's Crafts, Cuisine and Theatre
The month of November is a time when Vermont’s downtowns and mountain villages host live theatre, indoor craft bazaars and community “chicken pie” suppers. It's also a time to explore the wilderness; peaceful day-hikes are ideal before those first few snowfalls' accumulation add up. Here’s a sampler of the 150 events on the VermontVacation.com Travel Planner this month:
Nov. 1, Middlebury
Canadian singer/songwriter, Garnet Rogers returns to the After Dark Music Series. Boston Globe reports "Garnet is a charismatic performer and singer - one of the major talents of our time."
An Edgar Allan Poe Halloween Spooktacular!
Nov. 1, Montpelier
City Hall is transformed into an eerily elegant chamber for Ghoulishly gleeful candlelit performance of the Master of Macabre, including costume contest, decadent desserts, libations and dancing to the swinging 21-piece LC Jazz Band. It’s Halloween for grown-ups!
Nov. 1, Peacham
Observe and discuss with amateur astronomers, adults and children. Technical equipment includes PlaneWave Instruments, 17 inch reflector, f/6.8, CDK, portable scopes, Dobsonian (Meade) 12, Celestron8, and an early model StellarVue refractor.
Grandma Moses: An American Primitive
Nov. 1 – 17, Bennington
Oldcastle presents the second production of Stephen L. Pouliot's hugely successful play that became an audience favorite on national tour. The beloved painter's work and life is at the core of this beautiful play. See her work at the Bennington Museum and then get to know her with this fascinating play.
Revolutionary War Tour
Nov. 1 – 30, Manchester Center
Bestselling author of “The Revolutionary War in Bennington County,” Dick Smith leads a tour with more than 25 points of interest including over 15 sites on the National Register involving Ethan Allen, the Green Mtn. Boys & the Battle of Bennington. You will also see two of the region’s covered bridges.
Capital City Concerts Schubert & Bartok
Nov. 2, Montpelier
An all-star line-up of New York City's most highly esteemed chamber musicians perform masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. They will also play Mozart's A major flute quartet with flutist Karen Kevra.
Outdoor Oil Painting Workshop
Nov. 2, Woodstock
Join this monthly painting group for beginning and continuing students. Through the study of plein aire, photographed landscapes and still life, we will explore seeing like a painter, composition, color and steps in building a painting under-painting, blocking in color and brushwork techniques.
“A Woman, Ain’t I?”
Nov. 2, Chester
Born a slave in New Paltz, New York, Isabella Baumfree walked away from slavery and in her travels evolved into Sojourner Truth: maid, laundress, evangelist, abolitionist, and suffragist. This program, presented by Kathryn Woods, tells Sojourner Truth's story in her own words.
November Wagon Ride Weekends
Nov. 2 – 24, Woodstock
Horse-drawn wagon rides along with visit to the dairy farm and farmhouse with programs and activities.
Growing Up in Newbury – Stories with Frank Bryan
Nov. 3, Newbury
Celebrated Vermont author and speaker Frank Bryan, Newbury High School class of '59, is a John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont.
Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project
Nov. 4, Milton
Dr. Jack Mayer tells the story of a holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto, and how three Kansas teenagers, sixty years later, helped to bring that hero’s forgotten story to the world.
Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do?
Nov. 6, Stowe
Although Anne Frank’s Diary is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world after the Bible, little attention has been paid to her neighbors—the people who lived alongside the Jewish population as persecution intensified. Mary Fillmore examines the choices they faced and the decisions they made. What can we learn from them as we face the humanitarian crises of our own time?
Musical Theater: Pippin
Nov. 6 – 9, Johnson
Pippin is the story of a young prince on a hilarious, and sometimes terrifying, journey to find meaning in his existence. Pippin is forced to choose between a simple, but happy existence full of love or the risk that comes with a single blaze of glory. Featuring a classic '70s rock score, its revival on Broadway has won several Tony Awards.
Nov. 8, Bennington
Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in 1973. Since then, they have traveled and toured extensively around the world. Magpie is well known for their performances of hard-hitting topical songs.
Poetry and Loss Writing Workshop
Nov. 8 – 9, Jeffersonville
In this small group, two-day workshop we’ll explore what various authors say about the healing force of the poetry of grief and loss, examine how poets express these emotions, and work through our own pieces. Included are four gourmet meals and a chance to read your work publically.
Firecracker Bye Bye
Nov. 8 – 16, Brattleboro
Lepore uses a chameleon-like ability to shape shift between his family members with the animated subtlety that has become his trademark. Lepore playfully prods the Italian-American obsessions of food, homemade sweaters and unfiltered discourses that border on the absurd.
“Major Valentine’s Swedes” – Paul Searls
Nov. 9, Barre
In 1890, Vermont's Commissioner of Agricultural and Manufacturing Interests launched a program to repopulate Vermont's 'abandoned' farms with farmers recruited from Scandinavia. The program brought a handful of Swedes to three towns in the state and had a remarkable legacy.
Meditation: Tools for Living
Nov. 9, Barnet
Learn mindfulness meditation, a simple technique for training the mind's alertness to bring flexibility and poise into daily life situations. Whether dealing with busyness, information overload, or other stressful situations, mindfulness allows us to appreciate the challenges of life and respond with confidence.
How the Guitar Conquered America
Nov. 13, Lower Waterford
The first guitar came to America 425 years ago as a small, unimpressive folk instrument. Now, more guitars are sold in America than all other musical instruments combined. How did this unlikely conquest take place? Tim Brookes explains this journey with demonstrations, displays, and slides; also speaking to the guitar’s importance in defining national, ethnic, and regional identity.
The Harp: The Healing Power of Sound
Nov. 19, Johnson
Join Linda Schneck, a harpist, composer, teacher, and certified music-thanatologist as she guides us through lecture, harp demonstration, and case studies, to define the role of the musician-clinician, the kinds of sound interventions that are currently being practiced in healthcare settings.
VBSR’s 21st Annual Fall Conference
Nov. 20, West Dover
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s Annual Fall Conference welcomes like-minded business leaders in southern Vermont for a chance to come together and exchange knowledge and ideas. Arrive a night early for an opening reception and dinner, and stay the following day to network with more Vermonters who support the triple bottom line approach to business.
Arming the Union: Vermont Gunmakers
Nov. 21, Dorset
During the Civil War, the Union army fielded more than two million men, most of them armed with newly-made, highly accurate rifles. In this illustrated lecture, historian and museum curator Carrie Brown explores the critical role that Windsor, Vermont, played in producing technology that won the war and changed American life and popular culture.
Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense
Nov. 21, St. Albans
By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Rick Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career.
Festival of Trees
Nov. 24 - Dec. 30, Bennington
Festival of Trees "Around the World" is an exhibit of 20 uniquely designed and decorated holiday trees. Items from the museum’s collection are added to produce a perfect blend of a current design with historical elements.
Candy Cane Making
Nov. 27 - Dec. 22, Stowe
Fun, family oriented demonstrations begin at 11am each Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between November 27th and December 22nd. Additional 2pm demos will take place on Saturdays. Register by calling (802)253-9591.
8th Annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K Race
Nov. 28, Stratton Mountain
Earn your turkey and stuffing this Thanksgiving! Bring your friends, family and a funny costume and jump start your Thanksgiving with a run through the resort. Race starts at 9 am under the Clocktower.
Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, Woodstock
Visit with costumed staff as they demonstrate the preparation of a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the 1890 Farm House. Engaging activities for every age and harvesting programs in the education room. Enjoy a homemade treat and a wagon ride.
Bellows Falls & Walpole Artisan Tour
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, Bellows Falls
Studio artists will be opening their studios and selling their wares on Thanksgiving weekend. Several 2- and 3-dimensional artists will have work for sale and demonstrating at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vt.
35th Annual Putney Craft Tour
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, Putney
Open Studios in Putney include art for sale and back roads touring. There’s demos, food producers, blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers and woodworkers.
Nov. 29 - Jan. 1, Manchester
Lighted tractor parade, tree lighting, wine tastings, inn tours, tree lightings, horse-drawn wagon rides and world-class shopping as Manchester & the Mountains celebrates the holiday season!
Nov. 30, Bennington
Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky team up for a performance of soulful, passionate, traditional Russian music. Featuring vocals and Russian percussion, their extensive repertoire draws from Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music and gypsy melodies.
Maple View Farm Alpacas Holiday Open House
Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, Brandon
Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio and Maple View Farm Alpacas hosts its annual holiday open house where guests are invited to learn about alpacas and their luxurious fiber. Visit the fiber mill and see demonstrations. Then browse the farm store for great holiday gifts.