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27 Jun 2007
Vermont Quilt Festival June 29

Shown above is the Vermont Quilt Festival 2007 Raffle Quilt created by Jan S. McTaggart and Mary K. Ryan, and hand quilted by an Amish woman.

The Vermont Quilt Festival begins this Friday, June 29 at the Champlain Exposition Center in Essex Junction, as well as St Michael's College in nearby Colchester.

2006 Festival Best Landscape: Vermont Valley View by Pamela L. Druhen

Click this link to see photographs of all the Festival's 2006 Winners. The Festival not only includes displays of hundreds of quilts, but also classes, tours, gallery talks, silent auction, guest artists (including Vermont's Warren Kimble this year), guest speakers, vendors, consignment sales, appraisals, and receptions.

2006 Winner Best of Mixed Technique: Rosy Garden Patch by Judith Thompson
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27 Jun 2007
Free Movies at Ben & Jerry's Factory
For the past 29 summers, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory in Waterbury VT has shown free movies. The first one this year is Saturday July 7 with the showing of Wallace & Grommit. All movies are rated for family viewing. The series continues each Saturday through the end of August - you can see the summer movie schedule on the B&J web site. Click on the Event calendar to see the movie line up.

All shows are free and start at dusk. You should bring your own chair if desired. The facility is handicapped accessible. and Ben & Jerry's offers special assistance - just call Dana or Jerry at (802) 882-1240, extension 2300.

The Ben & Jerry's factory is on Route 100 about a mile north of Exit 10 off Interstate 89. You will see the Ben & Jerry's sign on the left.

Their factory tours are the number one tourist attraction in Vermont. June hours are 9:00 to 5:00 and starting in July the tours run from 9:00 to 8:00. I recommend going early in the day or late to avoid the large crowds. The tour buses usually start showing up around 10:00 am and keep coming until mid afternoon.

The tour lasts just half an hour but at times the wait to get in can be as long as an hour. It is a light-hearted and entertaining tour with free ice cream samples at the end.

The factory also has a Scoop shop with all their flavors in cone, dish, or sundae, plus a well stocked souvenir shop.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor

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26 Jun 2007
Free Stowe Music in the Meadow Concert at Trapp Lodge

The very popular Music in the Meadow series starts this Sunday, July 1 at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. The United States Air Force Liberty Pops band will be performing. The band must have many requests to perform on a July 4 holiday so Stowe is fortunate to get them.

The meadow at the Trapp Family Lodge is a very large field with a beautiful vista of the Green Mountains behind it. If there is a better looking outdoor concert area in this country, I haven't seen it.

This concert starts at 7:30 pm and admission is FREE, a great bargain compared to the usual $25 for adult tickets in this series.

I've found that it is best to arrive about an hour or more before the concert. Many people do so and some bring a picnic basket.

The other concerts in the series are the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, July 8; Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, July 15; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Sept 2.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor except the meadow concert photo above which is (c) Trapp Family Lodge.
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25 Jun 2007
July 4th Parades and Fireworks
Vermont has more July 4th parades and fireworks per capita than any state in the country.

No, I don't have any source to cite on that statistic, and I can't prove that Vermont is number one except by logic.

No one will ever research this statistic because no one besides me cares. So, I won't be proven wrong. If something can't be found to be incorrect, then it must be correct. Right?

Vermont is a great place to celebrate the nation's birthday. In addition to all the usual great reasons to be anyplace where it is scenic, quiet, safe, and fun, Vermont offers a unique opportunity to see several parades and fireworks. Many of the villages here have their own little parade and festivities culminating in a fireworks display. Moreover, VT ski areas are promoting their summer offerings and many offer a day-long event with music, food, and fireworks.

What is interesting is that even though Vermonters are a pretty relaxed group of folks, there is actually some planning and organization in effect. Many neighboring towns cooperate with each other and don't schedule conflicting July 4th events. As a result, there are events a few days before and after the actual July 4th date. This year, the 4th falls on Wednesday so many of the holiday events will be the weekend before - June 28 and 29 in other words.

The list of July 4th events is too long to spell out here but there will certainly be plenty of opportunities for you. Check with your lodging host to see what's available.

You will probably find these events are much more accessible than the big shows in major metropolitan areas where crowds are immense. I've found that Vermont events have a much more relaxing and entertaining atmosphere, and that the events are better than you might assume for such a small rural state.

And I can prove that too.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
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20 Jun 2007
Vermont History Expo June 23 and 24
This year's Vermont History Expo will be held June 23 and 24 at the Tunbridge World's Fairgrounds in Tunbridge VT.. Hundreds of volunteers work many months preparing for this event and their work produces outstanding results.

The state's 150 historical societies and 30 history museums will be represented. There will be exhibits and demonstrations of such things as traditional crafts, 19th century children's games, log cabin museum, antique tractors and farm equipment, blacksmithing, print shop, school, winer transportation, Revolutionary War encampment, Civil War encampment, Korean War encampment, eight meet-the-author book signings, realistic simulator that puts you at the controls of a train locomotive, rare heirloom animal breeds,

One of the most popular parts of the Expo is the Genealogical Center where you can get help researching your family history and ancestors.

There will be 20 some performances on stage plus a good selection of food vendors.

On Sunday, there will also be a live auction in the afternoon.

I attended the Expo a couple of years ago and was impressed with the scope and quality of this event.

For more information, see the Vermont History Expo website.

For information on Vermont historical societies, see the Vermont Historical Society website.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor
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19 Jun 2007
Burlington "Chew Chew" Food Festival June 22 - 24, 2007
The 22nd annual Burlington "Chew Chew" Food Festival June 22 - 24, will be held on the Lake Champlain waterfront in Burlington. The organizers do a good job of keeping this popular event fresh by requiring that vendors must serve one new food item each year. Prices are kept low and portions small so you can eat cheaply but in a wide range of food styles. Bon Appetit magazine called the festival one of the top four in the east.,

The web site has a full vendor and menu list plus a map and schedule.

Entry is $2 per person and the first 1000 children are admitted free. Nine food tokens cost $5. Most food samples cost three tokens.

Musical performances by top regional bands (including crowd favorite, Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys) and individual performers all three days are a big part of the festival.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
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