Harris Hill Ski Jump from Pedr Seymour (SCi)

Outdoor sporting events, busy arts schedule highlight February in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. – A wide range of outdoor sporting events, musical performances and exhibits highlight a busy February events calendar in Vermont.

The exhilarating Harris Hill Ski Jumping weekend in Brattleboro, Northeast Kingdom Ice Fishing Derby, and Penguin Plunge in Burlington make their annual returns to Vermont’s frozen landscape next month. Other events of note include the opening of the new Butterflies exhibit at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington and the 14th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert at the historic Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro.

Below are some of the top scheduled events in Vermont for February, 2017:

Penguin Plunge
February 4 – Waterfront Park, Burlington
Hundreds of Brave souls will plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Champlain to help raise money for Vermont’s Special Olympics. The Penguin Plunge has become a highly-anticipated staple of winter in Vermont and is widely recognized as a fun team building exercise for hundreds of families, schools, and businesses.

14th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert
February 4 – Latchis Theater, Brattleboro
This popular annual concert returns to the historic Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro, with a lineup that includes the Middlebury Dissipated 8, Tufts Amalgamates, Tufts Beelzebubs, UMaine Renaissance, UVM Cat’s Meow, and the legendary Yale Whiffenpoofs.

Trick or Treat
Through February 5 – Northern Stage, White River Junction
This world premiere of a play by Jack Neary brilliantly skewers a family in crisis on Halloween. A distraught husband, a nosy neighbor, and a dark secret set the wheels in motion for a night of confrontation, mystery, and relentless suspense. This play is a roller-coaster ride starring NYPD Blue’s Gordon Clapp.

February 11 thru September 4 – ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington
Butterflies explores the wonder of one of Earth’s most beautiful and unique creatures. Be immersed in a pavilion of live butterflies, discover their fascinating life cycle, and learn what we can do to protect their place in the natural environment.

Smuggler’s Notch Snowshoe Festival
February 11 & 12 – Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Jeffersonville
Bring the whole family as Smugglers’ Notch Resort celebrates winter in Vermont with a weekend of snowshoeing, a snowshoe obstacle course, a scavenger hunt, games and more. This event is open to all levels and all ages, with free demos and trials as well as guided tours.

Fisk Trophy Race at Suicide Six
February 12 – Suicide Six Ski Area, South Pomfret
This year's Fisk Trophy slalom race is the 80th consecutive running of the event. The race has been in existence since 1937 and is the oldest alpine trophy race in North America.

Cloud Nine Nuptials
February 14 – Mount Snow, Dover
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Mount Snow in one of the most romantic ways possible: renew your vows or get married on the mountain at the top of Cloud Nine.

Harris Hill Ski Jumping
February 18 & 19 – Harris Hill, Brattleboro
Harris Hill provides thrills each year as jumpers from the United States and abroad compete in the annual Harris Hill Ski Jumping competition. Enjoy two fun-filled jumping days of music, tailgating, and a climb to the takeoff for an up-close look at the jumpers as they fly by.

USASA Skier / Boarder Cross
February 18 & 19 – Jay Peak Resort, Jay
Get ready for a day of bank turns, rollers, jumps and rubbing elbows on skis or snowboard during this action-packed Jay Peak Resort.

Memphremagog Ice Skating Festival
February 18 thru 20 – Newport
The Festival features 1, 5, 21, and 42 km races on a 1 km oval, plus a supported Adventure Skate on a cleared trail north up the lake as far as weather and ice conditions permit (Bring your passport, just in case.)

12th Annual Northeast Kingdom Ice Fishing Derby
February 23 thru 26 – All waters in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom
Family fun can be had for all in this event designed to promote the ice fishing and outdoor opportunities in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and generate business for sponsors during the derby. $50,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Morgenstern Piano Trio
February 22 – Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury
This young trio has been lauded by the Washington Post for “…a unanimity, polished technique, and musical imagination.” In their Vermont debut, the trio will play works by Tailleferre, Ravel, and Vermont native Pierre Jalbert.

From Far Away: Selected Works by Stephen Schaub
Through March 31 – Governor’s Gallery, Montpelier
These works feature scenes of unresolved narrative, a story which, left unfinished, resembles an emotional memory, or the illogic of a dream. Schaub’s artworks often turn the artistic gaze inward, enlarging small moments and focusing on a personal landscape.

Natalie Jeremijenko: A solo exhibition
Through April 8 – Helen Day Arts Center, Stowe
Natalie Jeremijenko is an international artist, engineer, and inventor with a specialty in environmental and urban issues. Her work in the galleries will be a blend of new initiatives and past work with a focus on activating the space through environmentally conscious projects.