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29 Aug 2008
Vermont Fairs

The Vermont State Fair, the state's second largest fair, is getting started this weekend for a week long run while the Champlain County Fair, the state's largest fair, will be finishing Monday.

The state fair, now is its 163rd year, is in Rutland and the Champlain fair is in Essex Junction. Directions for both events are on their web sites.

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
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28 Aug 2008
Mad River Valley Crafts Fair

One of the exhibitors at the Craft Fair will be Baby's Breath Quilts, a Barre VT quilt maker.

The Mad River Craft Fair is being held this weekend at Kenyon's Field in Waitsfield VT. I've been to the fair several times and always enjoyed seeing the wide variety of great crafts and artwork on display. We've bought a few items over the years, most notably some great Alpaca sweaters for the grand kids. It's a fun event to attend with very good food, a wide variety of crafts and excellent live music (a swing band on Sunday!). I recommend it highly and can almost guarantee you will find something you just have to buy. It's that good.

If you have children in tow, don't hesitate to go. They have plenty of activities geared toward the younger set to keep them entertained. In the meantime, you can stroll and browse pottery, wood crafts, paintings, jewelery (lots of jewelery), unique clothing, baskets, toys, furniture, and much more produced by area artisans.

This show has been going on for 30 years and features more than 100 of the region's top crafts people and artists. The show is put on by the Valley Players, a long time Waitsfield theater group. It is open Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Three demonstrations are given each day. I think I will try to get to the 1:00 Saturday demonstration by Michelle Wildflower (great name!) who is listed as an "alchemist." I don't know what that is but I want to find out.

The event is a fund raiser for a local theater group called The Valley Players.

By the way, that group is presenting some unique ten minute plays with the Vermont Playwrights this same weekend.

$3 admission, under 12 free. See you there!

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
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8 Aug 2008
Feast of Fools in Burlington Aug 8 - 10

Burlington City Arts is presenting the Festival of Fools this weekend. It is described as a "curated festival of street theater" but it looks to me like a mix of goofy fun, slapstick, circus stunts, and silly music - some very funny entertainment in other words.

There is a Feast of Fools web page that describes the performers in detail and has links to each one's web site.

Looks like a lot of fun and worth checking out if you are in the area. And there is all the usual great things to see and do in Burlington such as Church Street Market Place, ECHO Aquarium and Museum, Waterfront Park (great place to watch the sunsets over the Adirondack mountains on the other side of Lake Champlain), Maritime Museum, cruise boats, ferry to NY, etc. Lots of good restaurants and pubs too. Plus people watching.

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
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7 Aug 2008
Stowe Antique and Classic Car Show Weekend

Stowe's annual antique and classic car show draws about 800 automobiles for display and a goodly number of other interesting vehicles driven by "spectators" who drive their own unique car just to see the show but not as participants. Just look around the parking lot when you arrive and you're bound to find some interesting cars that are "drivers," not official show cars.

One of the most well attended parts of the show is the Car Corral where cars are not part of the official judging but are there just to be sold. The Corral is at the back corner of the display field.

Also, this is a good parts collector show where you will find a fairly good number of professional and amateur parts sellers.

You can find the show on Route 100 a mile or so south of Stowe village. Take Exit 10 from Vermont Interstate 89 and go north. It's about a 10 or 15 minute drive from the highway.

The car show runs Friday through Sunday, August 8 - 10. It has been rainy here, so bring your umbrella and best mud shoes or boots. If your car is dirty, just wash the upper part because the lower part will get muddy.

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
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6 Aug 2008
National Dowsing Convention at Killington VT

The American Society of Dowsers is holding its annual convention at the Killington Grand Hotel from August 6 through the 14.

If you have ever been curious about dowsing, this is a good place to look into it. There are speakers, workshops, vendors, books and lots of folks to talk to about this ancient practice.

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
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11 Jun 2008
Vermont's Big Summer Kick-off Weekend

Vermont Free Family Days at State Parks and Historical Sites

Admission to all state owned parks and historical facilities is free. Here is the best source of information on this event and others throughout the summer.

Echo Aquarium and Science Center
Burlington, VT
Echo's Body Language exhibit is geared toward children but interesting for adults too. It covers the topic of how our bodies move and the complex but fascinating physics behind it. There are 17 interactive displays including dancing with your shadow and emailing the image to your family or friends. Continues through September 1.

Manchester Antique and Classic Car Show
Manchester, VT Friday - Sunday, June 13 - 15, 2008
Address: Dorr Farm, Route 30, Manchester, VT
A large show with some 800 old vehicles on display in one of Vermont's prettiest towns.

Ethan Allen Days
Friday - Sunday, June 13 - 15, 2008
Hildene Mansion 1005 Hildene Road Manchester, VT
A weekend of Revolutionary war displays, camps, battle re-enactments, displays, kid's tent, fife and drum corps - located in the area where Ethan Allen lived in during a very important time in Vermont's history.

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show
Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15
Old Stone House Museum , 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, VT

Hot Air Balloon Festival
Quechee, VT
Friday - Sunday, June 13 - 15
One of Vermont's top events. Also includes craft fair and food tents. Bring the camera to get some great shots.

Vermont Culinary Classic
Stowe, VT
June 13 - 22, 2008
A ten day celebration of culinary arts that includes cooking demonstrations and tastings.

Green Mountain Corvette Classic
Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15
The fifth year of this well attended car show which gets a large number of old and new Corvettes.

Kids' Pirate Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, VT
A popular event for families that encourages kids to participate in pirate-themed activities.

Green Mountain Brass Band Concert
Sunday, June 15, 2:00 pm
Waterbury Center State Park 177 Reservoir RD Waterbury Center, VT 05677 +1 802-244-1226

Carving Studio & Sculpture Center Gallery
Annual Members' Show
West Rutland, VT
Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15

Indoor Livestock Barn Days
Adams Farm, 15 Higley Hill Road, Wilmington, VT
Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15
A good event for families with young children. Hands-on activities such as goat milking, demonstrations, learning how farms work.

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
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