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Manchester 7 Bennington 9

EVENT LISTINGS • REGIONAL MAP • TOWN MAPS

Photo courtesy of Town of Manchester

Guide to Shopping, Dining, Lodging, Attractions, Events, Outdoor Recreation & Local Lore

Hildene – From Rails to Trails Biking in The Shires – page 8

A Treat for Families! – page 3

and Bees to Boardwalk See story page 13.

Covered Bridge Guide story pg. 14

Art & Music at SVAC story pg. 13

Bennington Arts Weekend story pg. 17

Oil Painters of America story pg. 12

Towns - Town Maps

Bennington . . . . . . . . . .pg. 4 Downtown Bennington pg. 6 North Bennington . . . .pg. 7 Shaftsbury . . . . . . . . .pg. 15 Arlington . . . . . . . . . .pg. 15 Sunderland . . . . . . . . .pg. 15 Manchester . . . . . . . . .pg. 19

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Stories on the arts, parks, suggested itineraries, recreation map, town maps, calendar of events, local lore, shopping, interesting facts, craft fairs, museums, farmer’s markets, and as much good stuff as we can fit!

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Itineraries . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Event Listings . . . . . .pg. 9 Published by Spectrum Design www.thisisvermont.com Summer 2014 Our 31st year! For advertising information contact Jonah Spivak 802-447-1778 or email thisisvermont@gmail.com 262 North Street Bennington, VT 05201

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Spend the Weekend in The Shires!

Vermont’s southwest corner’s geographical designation may be Bennington County, but residents and visitors have branded this beautiful region nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains as The Shires of Vermont. It has the singular distinction of having two shire towns, Manchester and Bennington, historically referred to as county seats and includes 15 Vermont towns and villages. Surrounded by mountains and enriched by the waters of the famous Battenkill that runs through the valley, The Shires has historically been a popular four season destination for those seeking the authentic Vermont experience. It is within

a 4 hour drive from New York City, Hartford, Boston, Northern New Jersey and Canada and is just across the border from the neighboring Berkshires. The Shires boast a proud agricultural heritage and a robust entrepreneurial spirit. The region is set against the backdrop of Vermont’s famous pastoral landscape, complete with red covered bridges, barns and sugarhouses, corn rows, apple orchards and farmer’s markets in season. Its many scenic towns and villages are both vibrant and engaging. Quite simply they are quintessential Vermont. Those in pursuit of history will discover The Museums of The Shires, seven cultural heritage

sites that cover periods of American History from pre-Revolutionary War to present day. For outdoor enthusiasts recreational opportunities abound, from alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling to hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and golf. Some of the nation’s best professional theater can be found here as well as regional music festivals and wonderful fine art museums and galleries. And if shopping is one’s passion, there’s antiquing, exquisite handcrafts, specialty shops and fashion designer outlets aplenty. The people of The Shires invite you to visit their region soon. It is... So Vermont. So near!

May 24th - Bennington: Mayfest

This year there will be over 75 crafters and artisans from throughout New England featuring handmade crafts of wood, pottery, glass, metal, fabric, jewelry, and more. You’ll also find favorites such as fried dough, gourmet seafood, wood fired pizza, baked potatoes, ice cream, and more! Find out more at www.BetterBennington.com

June 7th & 8th - Manchester: 28th Annual Manchester Antique & Classic Car Show

Activities for the whole family, great food, music, giveaways! The cars will be out cruising downtown Manchester Saturday afternoon starting at 4 pm. Hours Sat & Sun 8am-3pm. Admission is $10 per person/children under 12 are free! For more info, visit www.VisitManchesterVT.com

June 27th – August 2nd - Southern Vermont: Hills Alive! A Festival of the Arts in Southern Vermont

World-class stage productions, concerts, play readings and the lively arts at venues throughout southern Vermont. Learn more online at www.HillsAlive.org

July 1st – August 10th - East Dorset: Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show

Celebrating its 21st year as Vermont’s premier hunter/jumper competition. Located at the Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

July 3rd – August 14th - Manchester: Manchester Music Festival Summer Concert Series

Thursday Evenings at Arkell Pavillion at the Southern VT Arts Center. Doors open at 7 PM, concerts begin at 7:30. All seats are reserved. Find out more at www.MMFVT.org

July 19 - Bennington: Midsummer Night Prowl Party & Auction

Join us for an evening under the stars with the Bennington Catamounts. Taste of Vermont, Catamount Auction, Desserts & Entertainment. Tickets are $50/person. Located at Colgate Park in Bennington, VT. More information online at www.CatamountProwl.com

August 1st – 3rd - Bennington: 36th Annual Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival

Handcrafted pottery, blown glass, one of a kind jewelry, colorful hand-woven scarves, striking photography, original drawings, paintings, sculpture, and other upscale collectibles will be showcased by 150 artists and artisans under beautiful, new Camelot tents at The 36th Annual Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival. Learn more at www.CraftProducers.com

August 7th – 10th - Manchester: Sidewalk Sales Best bargains of the summer at Manchester’s Famous Sidewalk Sales.

August 30 – 31st - Bennington: 19th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Fest

Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. Just 1.5 miles west of the four corners in Bennington at Camelot Village (junction VT Routes 7 & 9). For more information, visit www.Bennington.com

September 12th – 14th - Bennington: 48th Annual Bennington Car Show

Enjoy the great vehicles, browse the Flea Market, shop for autoparts, crafts, jewelry, collectibles and more. Come show off your vehicle at Willow Park in scenic Bennington, Vermont. We encourage you to experience the best of Vermont… world class attractions, dining and shopping. Please visit us at www.Bennington.com or call the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce (802) 447-3311 for travel information.

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The Shires Byway — A Treat for Families!

Kids practice fly fishing at the Orvis pond in Manchester.

Discover full size painted moose and catamounts throughout Bennington.

amilies with kids will have lots of fun on the Shires Byway. The Byway starts in Pownal, VT and passes through the towns of Bennington, Shaftsbury, Arlington, Sunderland and Manchester. Where to find specific information is indicated at the end of this article. Driving north from the Massachusetts border, notice the 15-acre solar power installation which can be viewed from the road. Continuing north on the Byway, the Apple Barn is an attraction which offers “pick your own” berries, apple tastings, hay rides, cider doughnuts, and souvenirs. In Bennington, there is an elevator ride up to the top of the tallest man-made structure in Vermont, the Bennington Battle Monument, with spectacular 360degree views of the area. The Covered Bridge Museum and the Bennington Museum are worthwhile stops which offer VT artifacts, art works and cultural displays. You can also drive through 3 real covered bridges in Bennington. Lake Paran has swimming, fishing and boating access. Special events in Bennington include; the Hometown Fun and Fireworks (July 4), the pro-am Bike race (July 5 & 6), Midnight Madness (July 17), Midsummer Night Prowl (July 19), Battle Day Festivities and Parade (August 15 & 17), and the Garlic and Herb Festival (August 30 & 31). The next town on the Shires Byway is Shaftsbury where you can take a trail ride at Kimberly Stables and then stop Lake Shaftsbury State park. The park offers canoe/kayak rentals and swimming and is a great spot for a family picnic. The town of Arlington has a recreation park open to the public and has a kid-friendly par 3 informal golf course. You may wish to take route 313 west for about 4 miles and swim under a covered bridge in the local swimming hole.

course goats. Hildene also has a fully preserved Pullman sleeper car, a mansion with Lincoln family memorabilia, stunning gardens and gorgeous views. Robert Todd Lincoln, the builder of the estate, was Abraham Lincoln’s only son that lived to maturity. In Manchester Villare there are several hiking trails at the Equinox Preserveration Trust with all levels of difficulty and length. The fun and bustling Northshire Bookstore is located in the center of town. Manchester Hot Glass has glass blowing demonstrations and offers an opportunity to make your own creations. The Dana Thompson Memorial Park has a first-rate skateboard park, playground, a swimming pool, leash free dog park etc. The Orvis flagship store has an indoor trout pond. As the Town of Manchester image of the juggler shows, there are Streets Festivals usually in July and August. Try the fun and casual Tuesday night concerts on the Town Green. Throughout the entire length of the Shires Byway, you can rent a bike and enjoy the many biking routes (for bike rentals & repairs see ad on page 19). There is fishing, tubing, and kayaking on the beautiful Batten Kill river which runs through Manchester, Sunderland and Arlington. Of course there is Vermont ice cream, scenic views and some unusual animal watching everywhere. Does something strike your fancy? You can obtain maps, directions, rental information, etc., about the above activities at several locations along the Shires Byway. (The Bennington State Welcome Center at the intersection of the Shires Byway and route 279; the Bennington Chamber of Commerce on route 7, www.bennington.com 802-447-2456 or The Manchester Chamber of Commerce at 39 Bonnet St. www.visitmanchestervt.com 802-362-6313. The various chambers can also let you know about many other events.

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Another big past-time in the area is renting a large inner tube and tubing down our river, the Battenkill. The Village Peddler in East Arlington offers chocolate treats and other local Vermont items. The Sugar Shack is located a couple of miles north of the center of Arlington on the Byway. It offers a display and film about the famous artist, Norman Rockwell who lived in Arlington. There is a state-ofthe-art maple syrup operation on premises. Samples of Vermont cheeses, jams, crackers & cider donuts are offered while you are browsing. Just a short distance to the north is the iconic round Cheese House where you will find loads of Vermont souvenirs, products, and of course a wide variety of cheese! Further north on the Byway in Sunderland is the entrance to the Equinox Skyline Drive. At the end of the 5 mile drive to the top of Mount Equinox (highest mountain in the Taconic Range) is a new welcome building offering spectacular views. Next stop is Manchester with its variety of attractions for kids. Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, is a magnificent 412-acre estate with an operating agricultural center. The center includes a goat-cheese making operation and of

Richard (Dick) Smith is a bestselling author on Vermont history and gives tours for Backroad Discovery Tours (see ad on center map.) Editors Note: See our event listings on page 9 and centerfold map for more recreational opportunities.

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Bennington ~ Incorporated 1749 • Population 15,473 ~

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Biking in The Shires Bennington County Bicycle Routes

Manchester – Arlington Tour - The ride begins at Adams Park, a small triangular park located at the intersection of routes 7A and 30 just north of downtown Manchester Center. -From Adams Park proceed east down Center Hill Road to a traffic light at Routes 11 and 30. Turn left at the light followed by an immediate right on Richville Road. Remain on Richville for about 3 ! miles. -Shortly after crossing the Battenkill River turn left (south) on River Road. Remain on River Road about 2 ! miles -At the Sunderland Highway Garage bear left on Sunderland Hill Road. Remain on Sunderland Hill Road for about 31/2 miles to East Arlington..

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Manchester – Arlington Tour

- Turn left at the Chippenhook Store onto Old Mill Road.

Length: 25 Miles

- After passing through E. Arlington Village and climbing a short hill, turn right onto South Rd.

Terrain: Relatively flat. The route parallels the Battenkill River for most of its length.

- Turn right onto Rt. 313. Remain on Rt.313 about 1 mile.

Traffic: Much of the route follows lightly traveled rural roads, but you may encounter significant traffic in Manchester Center and Manchester Village at the beginning and end of the ride.

- Turn right on Warm Brook Road. - Turn right on Ice Pond Road. - In East Arlington Village turn left on Old Mill Road and retrace your route up Sunderland Hill and River Roads.

Highlights and Points of Interest: Expect frequent views of the Green and Taconic Mountains. You will cross the Battenkill River and may see canoeists on this famous stream. The Chiselville covered bridge and historic Manchester Village are other highlights. Manchester Center, your starting and finishing point, has excellent restaurants and many name brand outlet stores.

- At the intersection of River and Richville Roads, continue straight on River Road to Route 7A in Manchester Village. - Bear right onto Rt. 7A and continue through Manchester to the Mark Skinner Library.

Starting Point - From Exit 4 on US Rt.7 take Vt. Rts. 11 and 30 west to the intersection with Rt. 7A in downtown Manchester Center. Turn right (north) on 7A and proceed to Adams Park, a small triangular park with a white information building.

- Bear left on West Road. - After about ! mile, turn right on Ways Lane to Rt. 7A - At Rt. 7A turn left and return to Adams Park

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Event Listings Now through December 31 - Bennington "Newly Installed Grandma Moses Gallery" The Bennington Museum’s re-designed and re-installed permanent gallery now features four additional masterworks on loan from Galerie St. Etienne in New York City, The Kallir Family Foundation, and a private collector in addition to those from the museum’s collection. Bennington Museum 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. 802-447-1571 www.benningtonmuseum.org

Now - May 25 - Bennington "Play: "Play Date"" It’s the parents who are naughty in this hilarious mix of winning and losing friendships, adultery, politics and scheming to get one up on their neighbors while in a the midst of their children’s play date. www.oldcastletheatre.org Now through Jun. 17 - Bennington "Three Vermont Impressionists" Features the work of George Loftus Noyes (1864 - 1954), Arthur Gibbes Burton (1883-1969), and Clifford Adams Bayard (1892-1965), all who painted southern Vermont landscapes. Bennington Museum 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. 802-447-1571 www.benningtonmuseum.org

Now - Sep. 27 - Manchester "Revolutionary War Tour" The tour route will go through covered bridges and historic villages and go by places where US Presidents stayed, etc. as we explore the heart of Green Mountain Boy country. Bring your camera. www.backroaddiscovery.com

Now - Sep. 27 - Manchester Center "Southern Vermont Sampler Tour" Explore the Shires of Vermont’s bestkept secrets with our local guide. There are several stops along the way. www.backroaddiscovery.com

May 24 - Downtown Bennington "Mayfest Arts & Crafts Festival" Mayfest is host to some of the finest jewelers, potters and art displays that can be seen anywhere in New England. www.betterbennington.com/mayfest2010

May 31 through Jun. 1 - Manchester "Tough Mudder" Built in a valley of the towering Green Mountains, Tough Mudder’s course is as unforgiving as a New England winter. Strip the course of obstacles, and a hike around Vermont’s harsh, mountainous terrain is a struggle in itself. Pepper that same terrain with obstacles that aggressively push boundaries of might and fright, and that “struggle” becomes a fight for your next headband. For more information: (800) STRATTON. www.stratton.com

May 31 - North Bennington "VAE Basement Music Series Concert: Heather Maloney" Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $10 for students. Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm. www.vtartxchange.org

Jun. 4 - Manchester “The Examined Life” Socrates famously proclaimed, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Philosophy and classics scholar Susanne Claxton explores what constitutes the examined life and how we, in the twenty-first century, may best pursue it. A First Wednesdays lecture. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. www.vermonthumanities.org

Jun. 6-22 - Bennington "Play: "DOUBT"" Hailed by critics and audiences as a brilliant, powerful drama about a nun who suspects a young priest of improper relations with a student; this winner of the Pulitzer and Tony Awards, the play is an eloquent and provocative investigation of truth and consequences. www.oldcastletheatre.org

Jun. 7 & 8 - Manchester "28th Annual Manchester Antique & Classic Car Show" The premier Antique and Classic Car Show in Manchester & the Mountains, Vermont celebrates 28 years of the best antique and classic cars, food vendors and flea market in the northeast! www.manchestercarshow.com

Jun. 7 - Manchester “The Cairo Shriner’s Super Bingo” Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Manchester Center, VT. Great Food, Door Prizes, Early Bird Specials, Clean Restrooms, and Handicap Accessible. www.rileyrink.com

Jun. 7 - Manchester "West River Run" The 2nd Annual West River Run is a beautiful, 11 mile, scenic run along the West River in Southern Vermont. Runners will enjoy great views as they make their way to the Jamaica State Park. For more information: (800) STRATTON. www.stratton.com Jun. 8 - Manchester “The Neolithic World of Stone: From Gobekli Tepe to Stonehenge” Art historian Bob Manning will examine two neolithic sites, Stonehenge, and Gobekli Tepe, which predates Stonehenge by 6,000 years. Sharing modern speculation as to their functions, Bob will focus on these “stone circles” as two distinctly different windows through which to view ancient humankind. Hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Manchester Center, Equinox Village, 49 Maple St, 4:00 pm. www.vermonthumanities.org Jun. 11 - Bennington “A High Price to Pay, A Heavy Burden to Bear: One Family’s Civil War Story” Bennington Senior Center, 124 Pleasant St, 1:00 pm. www.vermonthumanities.org

Jun. 15 - Manchester “Celebration of Peonies” Thousands of peony blooms, many of which are from the original 1907 plants, are the stars in Hildene’s famous gardens. Hildene-the Lincoln Family Home, Hildene Road, Manchester. www.visitmanchestervt.com

Jun. 18 - Jul. 6 - Dorset "Dorset Theatre Festival Presents "RED"" Under the watchful gaze of his seemingly naive young assistant, Red chronicles artist Mark Rothko as he struggles to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. Starring Tim Daly of “Private Practice”. www.dorsettheatrefestival.org

Jun. 19-22 - Stratton Mountain "Wanderlust Festival" Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more -- all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. stratton.wanderlustfestival.com

Jun. 27 - Aug. 2 - Manchester "Hills Alive! A Festival of the Arts in Southern Vermont" Enjoy world-class stage productions, concerts, art and photography exhibitions at the Dorset Theatre Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Southern Vermont Arts Center and Weston playhouse Theatre Company. www.hillsalive.org

Jul. 2 - Manchester “Vermont Symphony Orchestra” This concert will be held rain or shine at Hunter Park. www.vso.org

Jul. 4 - Bennington "Hometown 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks" Enjoy Independance Day with Bennington's Hometown 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks at Willow Park. www.bennington.com

Jul. 5 through Nov. 2 - Bennington "Alice Neel//Erastus Salisbury Field: Painting the People" Major exhibition of 2014 features the stunning work of two acknowledged masters of the portrait as art. Bennington Museum 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. 802447-1571 www.benningtonmuseum.org Jul. 3 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Concert: Generations Opening Night: Concerti And Commissions" Thursday, July 3th at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester. Tickets $48 www.mmfvt.org

Jul. 7 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Concert Series" Riley Center for the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester. Tickets $10. Children under 12 free. www.mmfvt.org Jul. 10-19 - Dorset "Play: "Out of the City"" A fun and provocative summer comedy. Two couples take a weekend in the country to celebrate a 60th birthday. A small thing occurs and everything shifts, becoming horizontal! www.dorsettheatrefestival.org Jul. 10 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Concert: Inner Fire / Outward Flame" Thursday, July 10th at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, SVAC. Tickets $38. www.mmfvt.org

While great effort has been made to ensure accuracy, it is best to call ahead to confirm dates and times for events.

Event listings are updated regularly on our website: www.thisisvermont.com

Jul. 11-27 - Bennington "Play: "4000 Miles"" Winner of the Obie Award for Best Play and a finalist for the Pulitzer, this warm-hearted play by one of our most acclaimed young playwrights, tells the story of a 21 year old, after the loss of a loved one seeks the solace of his feisty 91 year old grandmother. Critics called it “funny, moving, altogether wonderful” and a “well-observed gem.” www.oldcastletheatre.org Jul. 12 - Bennington "Bike Night" Bennington International Motorcycle Club presents a free event. 5-9pm School Street, Downtown Bennington. www.betterbennington.com Jul. 12 - Stratton Mountain "Tour de Grace" The Tour de Grace is a beautiful, 17.5 mile, scenic ride that’s fun for all ages. Riders will enjoy great views as they bike from Stratton Mountain to Grace Cottage Hospital. www.stratton.com

Jul. 14 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert Series" Monday, July 14th at 7PM at Riley Center for the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy. Tickets $10 Students & Children free. www.mmfvt.org Jul. 17 - Bennington "Midnight Madness" The most important night of the year to be on Main Street! Every shop is open and having the biggest sales of the year right up until midnight! www.betterbennington.com Jul. 17 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Concert: Vim, Vigor And A Touch Of The Modern" Thursday, July 7th at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester. Tickets $38 www.mmfvt.org

Jul. 19 - Bennington “Midsummer Night Prowl” party and auction for the Bennington Catamounts. At Colgate Park, Bennington, VT. www.catamountprowl.com

Jul. 21 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert Series" Monday, July 21ST at 7:30PM at Riley Center for the Arts, BBA. Tickets $10. Students & Children free. www.mmfvt.org

Jul. 24 - Aug. 9 - Dorset "Play: "All in the Timing"" This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of six short comedies byt Tony award winning playwright David Ives, form an evening of wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun! A hilarious sextet that uses brilliant language and wordplay to investigate for audiences of all ages the classic existentialist questions of life and the complications involved in romantic relationships. www.dorsettheatrefestival.org Jul. 24 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Concert: Spanish Poetry / German Romanticism" Thursday, July 24th at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, SVAC. Tickets $38. www.mmfvt.org

Jul. 28 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert Series" Monday, July 28th at 7:30PM at Riley Center for the Arts, BBA. Tickets $10. Students & Children free. www.mmfvt.org

Jul. 31 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Concert Series: Master And Commander-Ludwig Van Beethoven" Thursday, July 31st at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, SVAC. Tickets $48. www.mmfvt.org

Aug. 1-3 - Bennington “The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival” Handcrafted pottery, blown glass, one of a kind jewelry, colorful hand-woven scarves, striking photography, original drawings, paintings, sculpture, and other upscale collectibles will be showcased by 150 artists and artisans under beautiful, new Camelot tents at The 36th Annual Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival. Camelot Village, VT Route 9, Bennington, VT. www.craftproducers.com

Aug. 2 - Manchester “Mt Equinox Hillclimb for Lyme” Race it in under 40 minutes or just ride it in about an hour and a half with Amy and Robin. Join us for this worthy fund raiser. www.gearupforlyme.com

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Aug. 2 - Bennington "Norman Rockwell Arlington Models Reunion" Open to the public, this day of events includes a presentation by Jamie Franklin, curator at the Bennington Museum, opportunity to meet and talk with Rockwell models and hear their stories, preview of the in-production film “Our Neighbor Norman” and more. Free to residents of Bennington County with proof of residency. Regular admission for out-of-county visitors. Bennington Museum 75 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. 802-447-1571 www.benningtonmuseum.org

Aug. 4 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Young Artists Concert Series" Monday, August 4th at 7:30PM at Riley Center for the Arts, BBA. Tickets $10. Students & Children free. www.mmfvt.org Aug. 7 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Concert Series: Generations Of Melody" Thursday, August 7th at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, SVAC. Tickets $38. www.mmfvt.org

Aug. 8-10 - Manchester “Manchester's Famous Sidewalk Sales” Don't miss this one! It only happens once a year for 4 days only! FREE Shuttle Bus courtesy of the Manchester Chamber, Town of Manchester and Orvis. www.visitmanchestervt.com

Aug. 9 - Manchester “The Cairo Shriner’s Super Bingo” Riley Rink at Hunter Park, Manchester Center, VT. Great Food, Door Prizes, Early Bird Specials, Clean Restrooms, and Handicap Accessible. www.rileyrink.com Aug. 11 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Concert Series" Monday, August 11th at 7:30PM at Riley Center for the Arts, BBA. Tickets $10. Students & Children free. www.mmfvt.org

Aug. 13-17 - Stratton Mountain "The Vermont Challenge" The people of Vermont welcome you to tour Vermont’s beautiful landscape, replete with rolling farmlands, bucolic villages, and quiet country roads. The Vermont Challenge is a friendly experience drawing on the qualities of the people of Vermont. www.stratton.com Aug. 14-30 - Dorset "Play: "The Mousetrap"" The world's longest running play -- murder mystery at its best. A homicidal maniac terrorizes a group of snowbound guests to the refrain of "Three Blind Mice". www.dorsettheatrefestival.org

Aug. 14 - Manchester "Manchester Music Festival Concert Series: A Night At The Opera" Thursday, August 11th at 7:30PM at Arkell Pavilion, SVAC. Tickets $48. www.mmfvt.org

Aug. 15-31 - Bennington "Play: "My Fair Lady"" The most loverly love story the world has ever taken to heart in the greatest musical of all-time. Glorious songs, memorable characters and enchanting romance all in a miraculous, wise, witty and winning show that is not to be missed. www.oldcastletheatre.org Aug. 15-17 - Bennington "Battle Day Festivities and Parade" Bennington Battle Day is a state holiday in Vermont to honor of the Battle of Bennington, which took place during the Revolutionary War in north America in 1777. www.bennington.com

Aug. 30-31 - Bennington "19th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival" Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 2013 Fall Events! Admission: $5.00 FREE Parking! www.bennington.com

Sep. 12-14 - Bennington "48th Annual Bennington Car Show" Cars | Trucks | Motorcycles | Car Corral | Tractor Field | Vendors | Food | Music | More! Admission: Friday $5 (No cars, just vendors). Saturday and Sunday $8. www.bennington.com Sep. 13 & 14 - Bennington "19th Annual Bennington Quiltfest" New & Vintage Quilts, Demonstrations, Quilt Raffle, Door Prizes, Challenge Quilts, Vendors, Food Service. Admission $6, Children 12 and under free. www.benningtonquiltfest.com

Farmers’ Markets For wonderful local produce, baked goods, cheeses, and entertainment, visit your local farmers market.

Bennington - Walloomsac Farmers Market www.walloomsac.org Located at Depot Street in Bennington, adjacent to the Bennington Station Restaurant, and at the terminus of the pedestrian River Walk. The market is open on Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm, and on Tuesdays 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Manchester Farmers Market www.manchestermarket.org Located at Adams Park near the Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street. The market is open on Thursdays from 2 pm to 6 pm. Dorset Farmers Market www.dorsetfarmersmarket.com Located on the grounds of the HN Williams Store on Route 30, in Dorset. The market is open on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Earth, Sky, Time Farm www.earthskytime.com Look for this local organic farm’s produce at the Manchester and Dorset farmers markets… and watch for their farm stand located on Route 7A south of Manchester Village during the summer.

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August 16, 1777. This Revolutionary War battle was an American victory that led to the defeat of the British at Saratoga by reducing British forces, preventing the capture of needed supplies, and galvanizing the American forces. Located 10 miles west of it’s namesake Bennington, VT, in the town of Walloomsac.

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Oil Painters of America Exhibit & Art of the Animal Kingdom

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he Oil Painters of America (OPA) will hold its 23rd National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils at The Bennington Center for the Arts, June 7 – July 27, 2014. Artists, collectors and art enthusiasts will find an unparalleled collection of traditional oil paintings representative of the high quality of work being produced by professional oil painters today. An opening reception will be held for artists, collectors, the public and press on Saturday, June 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. OPA’s membership is comprised of 3,400 artists from across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Over the years, OPA’s National Exhibition has garnered a reputation for being one of the premier art shows in the country receiving just over 2,000 submissions each year for consideration. Of those, only two hundred artists are selected to be a part of this exhibition. Total awards for this year’s National Exhibition are expected “Romantic Moment in Newport Beach,” by Calvin Liang, OPAM. to exceed $75,000, including a $25,000 Gold Medal award. The public is invited to view these exceptional works of In addition, painting demonstrations and other educaart throughout the exhibition period. All pieces in the exhibition are for sale. Gallery will be open every day but Tuesday from tional events will take place throughout the opening weekend beginning Wednesday, June 4 through Sunday, June 8. The 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is requested.

public is welcome to attend these ticketed events but should register in advance. Demonstrations and lectures will be given by such distinguished artists and art professionals as Daniel Keys, Charles Movali, Zhiwei Tu, Kristen Thies and the editor of Southwest Art Kristen Koerth. To register online or to preview the paintings, visit our website at www.oilpaintersofamerica.com or call (815) 3565987. In addition to the OPA National Exhibition, others exhibitions and sales on view this summer include Art of the Animal Kingdom XIX with Special Guest Artist Rosetta, Impressions of New England, the Small Works Show, Portraying the Human Spirit and the sixth annual Laumeister Fine Art Competition, juried by Brian Blood. The Bennington Center for the Arts is a non-profit gallery located on Vermont Route 9 West(44 Gypsy Lane). For more information call (802) 442-7158 or go to the website at www.TheBennington.org.

Alice Neel/Erastus Salisbury Field: Painting the People

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n view July 5 through November 2 at the Bennington Museum is Alice Neel/Erastus Salisbury Field: Painting the People. Though separated by one hundred years, the stunning portraits created by the 19th-century itinerant painter Erastus Salisbury Field and the 20th-century master Alice Neel have a remarkable resonance with one another. “Examining the artists’ cultural, political and social milieus, as well as the subjects of their paintings and what painting meant to them personally, this exhibition reexamines the relationship between Modernism and its romantic notions of the “folk” in order to bring viewers to a more nuanced understanding of these great artists and their work.” states curator Jamie Franklin.

she painted a series of portraits that included artists, curators and gallery owners, among them Frank O’Hara and Andy Warhol. She continued to paint political personalities including black activists and supporters of the women’s movement. The 1970s found Neel creating portraits including a major series of nudes. While putting forth the female viewpoint, she dabbled with various degrees of eroticism in her paintings. Neel exhibited widely in America throughout the 1970s including a retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She lectured on her work, and became a role model for supporters of the feminist movement. Elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Neel received the highest formal recognition of artistic merit and Background national awards that included the International Women’s Year This exhibition draws from the museum’s own collection of Field Award in 1976, and the National Women’s Caucus for Art Award portraits, all sitters from Bennington County, while borrowing a for outstanding achievement in the visual arts in 1979. strong group of Neel’s portraits from various private lenders. Three of the museum’s portraits by Field that will be on view rank Erastus Salisbury Field (1805 – 1900) among the artist’s best work and include Luman Preston Norton, Erastus Salisbury Field showed an early talent for sketching c. 1840, Julius Norton, c. 1840, and Woman and Child, c. 1840. portraits. In 1824, he traveled to New York City to study with Also included will be one of Field’s most iconic images, the Samuel F. B. Morse, but his instruction was cut short when portrait of Sarah Elizabeth Ball, on loan from the Mount Holyoke Morse’s wife died in 1825. However, Field’s artistic pursuits College Art Museum. These masterworks are juxtaposed with the continued and he set out on a 60-plus year career as a work of one of the most acclaimed American artists of mid- professional artist. During the 1830s, the artist produced twentieth century, Alice Neel, whose works in the exhibition hundreds of portraits (often completed in one day). His most include a nude portrait of her estranged daughter, Isabetta (1934), notable work was created from approximately 1836 to 1840. While the vast majority of the museum’s exhibition centers along with Jenny Brand (1969), and Ginny and Elizabeth (1975). on portraits from Field’s more successful years, there is one major Alice Neel (1900 – 1984) aspect of his late career that is important to the dialogue: Neel was a pioneer among women artists and a painter of people, Historical Monument of the American Republic 1867-1888. More landscape and still life. She trained at the Philadelphia School of than 130 relief panels are set into ten painted towers and begin Design for Women, and went on to become a painter with a strong with images of Jamestown and Plymouth, and include events such social conscience and left-wing beliefs. It was in the 1930s while as the Declaration of Independence, and the Emancipation living in Greenwich Village, New York that she enrolled as a Proclamation, and concludes with locomotives traveling across member of the Works Progress Administration for which she painted iron truss bridges going to and from the Centennial Exposition in urban scenes. Portraits she painted embraced left wing writers, artists Philadelphia. Scenes of chaos, oppression, and violence are and trade unionists. In 1938 she moved to Spanish Harlem where she reflected by events such as the Jamestown Massacre of 1622, and painted the Puerto Rican community, acquaintances, and neighbors. the Civil War, depicting bloody battles, massacres of African Decades later, she made an effort to re-engage with the art world as Americans, and the assassination of President Lincoln.

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Second from left: Alice Neel (1900-1984) Jenny Brand, 1969 Oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 26 inches © Estate of Alice Neel Brand Family Collection

Left: Erastus Salisbury Field (1805-1900) Luman Preston Norton, c. 1840 Oil on canvas, 43 1/4 x 33 inches Bennington Museum Collection

Historical Monument lays the groundwork for understanding Field’s socially progressive politics, his staunch abolitionist views, along with his artistic ambitions and complex use of allegory/metaphor, and helps to debunk myths about itinerant portrait painters’ supposed lack of skill. Weaving the triumphs and tragedies of the developing country into this work represents the complexity of Field’s talent. In discussing the figural bas-relief panels depicted in Historical Monument, Field stated, “The rule of perspective is departed from in great measure, in order to show the illustrations more clearly…” This points out much of what is often cited as “beautifully wrong” with early American folk art (flattened space, skewed perspectives, anatomical distortion) was not due to the artist being “untrained,” “primitive,” or “naïve.” “Rather, these prototypical visual elements, so often associated with folk art, were often highly conscious aesthetic decisions based on a pictorial strategy that stressed legibility and a straight-forward, egalitarian presentation of facts.” states Franklin. In this one piece one gains insight into Field’s personal views, likely injected into his earlier portraits in more subtle ways, and his stylistic decisions. It is this understanding that allows the viewer to better understand Field’s earlier portraits in ways that likely resonated with Neel. Field’s embrace of the Jacksonian Democracy and its impact on his portraits can be true one hundred years later of Neel’s work. “The whole 20th century has been a struggle between communism and capitalism,” stated Neel. This reflects her similar understanding of the good and bad of the country and the constant conflict within. While Neel is distinctively different from Field when considering love of country, they are very similar when championing the underdog and the sophisticated use of allegory. Her own portraits set their subject before the viewer’s eyes in an almost confrontational manner appealing to them with a ‘take me or leave me.” About the Museum - New in 2014 are four newly installed masterworks by Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, new iconic paintings by Paul Feeley, Helen Frankenthaler and Jules Olitski, and an expansive wall drawing by Jarvis Rockwell, along with the 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt, August 30 through October 13. Visit the museum’s website www.benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571.

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Arts, Culture, and Local Lore in The Shires of Vermont

Enjoy Art, Music and Nature at the Southern VT Arts Center Manchester, Vermont

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he 2014 season is in full swing at the Arts Center, with spectacular exhibits in both Yester House and the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum. SVAC’s Permanent Collection, A Fresh Look is a treasure-house of important and rarely-seen paintings from the 19th and 20th century by local and European artists. The exhibition is on display in Wilson Museum through July 20. Admission is free for members; $6 for adults and $3 for students. Each Saturday at 11:00 there is a guided tour of the exhibition which offers unique insights and stories behind the works. Several exhibitions are currently in Yester House through June 8, including Sky, a group exhibition portraying the heavens above us, along with four solo exhibits: impressionist Vermont landscapes by Robert Sydorowich; Angela Arkway’s luminous pastels; expressive animal portraits by Caryn King; and “The Hive Project” by Jessica Yager, over 80 works depicting honeybees and raising awareness on their disappearance. “Curtains Without Borders” is a photographic display of Vermont painted theatre scenery from local halls and community venues which hosted the likes of travelling musicians and vaudeville acts. Opening June 14 in Yester House are solo exhibitions by seven artist members: Alan Nyiri, Barbara Pafume, Leslie Parke, Leslie Peck, Bonnie Rapaport, Cynthia Rosen and

as an elegant plein-air painter of Vermont’s natural beauty who was a pioneer in the reemergence of classical painting. Back by popular demand, our performing arts season includes a return of the dazzling 102 Years of Broadway, a revue of the greatest show tunes led by Neil Berg and his cast of Broadway stars. Tickets for this July 12 performance are on sale now through our website, www.svac.org. Get ready to be captivated by the virtuosic skills of the world’s best ragtime/boogie-woogie piano player, Bob Milne on August 23. Tickets are on sale now. Educational opportunities abound this summer at the Arts Center, offering adult workshops and art camps for kids. Check the calendar listings on our website for a complete schedule. Online registration is available. The 100-acre campus of the Arts Center is the area’s premier destination to enjoy not only art, but nature as well. Enjoy Harry Shokler, "Cagnes-sur-Mer", from SVAC's Permanent Collection a rambling walk through our Boswell Botany Trail, get a close-up look at our outdoor sculptures, hike the trails conElaine Witten. The annual Summer Members Exhibition necting to the Equinox Preserve, and picnic on our grounds. takes place July 26 – September 4, a juried show featuring original artwork by the most talented artists in the region. All Southern Vermont Arts Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 – 5 and Sunday from noon to 5. artwork in Yester House is available for purchase. A major retrospective of the beloved Vermont artist We are located off West Road in Manchester, one mile Brian Sweetland will fill the galleries of the Wilson Mu- from the Equinox Resort. Call (802) 362-1405 for seum, August 2 – October 26. Sweetland is remembered more information.

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he Hildene experience begins at the Welcome Center where guests get a glimpse of all that the Hildene mission: Values into Action encompasses. The carriage barn built in 1905 by presidential son, Robert Lincoln, is home to The Museum Store and interactive displays that include, telegraph, observation beehive, and a model Pullman train circling the perimeter at ceiling level. It is here that guests can access information on everything from Robert and Mary’s home and gardens to Hildene Farm and solar powered cheese-making facility, the Pullman car, Sunbeam, a new 600 foot floating boardwalk across Hildene’s wetland, and the 412 acre estate’s 12 miles of trails. A short video focuses on the history of the family in Manchester and another on the restoration of Sunbeam, highlighting Hildene’s past and present commitment to preservation, conservation and education. While walking is encouraged, transportation to the most sites is available and begins at the Welcome Center. Most guests begin their stay with a visit to Robert and Mary’s home where the focus is on bringing their story to life. Three generations of President Lincoln’s descendants called this home for 70 years. Robert Lincoln, was the only child of President Abraham Lincoln and wife, Mary Todd, to survive to adulthood. He built Hildene, his ancestral home in 1905, after a successful career as attorney and statesman and while he was president of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing company in the world at

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that time. When it comes to family, as is the case in the home of many a son, a remembrance of Dad is often found. Hildene is no exception. In this case that son is Robert Lincoln and the famous father is of course, President Lincoln. Abe’s iconic stovepipe hat is just one piece of the thought provoking exhibit: “The American Ideal: Abraham Lincoln and The Second Inaugural.” The exhibit is set within the context of Lincoln’s greatest speech. Delivered during the Civil War, it harkens back to the then radical beliefs of equality, justice and opportunity for all, first enunciated in the Declaration of Independence. The tour of the home traditionally concludes in the family’s formal garden surrounded by scenic vistas of the Taconic and Green Mountains. Jessie, President Lincoln’s granddaughter, designed the formal garden as a gift to her mother, Mary Harlan Lincoln in 1907. An American version of the European parterre, from late May through mid June the garden is filled with more than 1,000 peony blooms. Throughout the summer and into the fall the spectacular floral hues are provided by perennials. The Cutting and Kitchen Gardens, Butterfly Garden, Observation Garden and Soft Fruit Cage are located behind the Welcome Center, a favorite area for kids, as it was for Robert Lincoln’s grandchildren more than 100 years ago. Sunbeam, a 1903 Pullman palace car built during Robert’s tenure as president of the company, tells the story

The beautiful formal garden, designed by Lincoln’s granddaughter.

of Many Voices: those of the company, society, the Pullman porters and our voice as well. These voices are portrayed within the historical context of a timeline, between the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the Civil Rights Movement in 1963. This exhibit is a stop on Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail. The Rowland Agricultural Center at Hildene Farm is designed for public viewing of the cheese-making process from milking Hildene’s herd of Nubian goats through processing and packaging to the aging room. Powered by solar panels and heated with a wood burning furnace, the operation is a model for sustainable energy practices and small scale farming. This year the 56 acre meadow in the valley below the mansion which was the site for most of the Lincolns’ farming operations is being returned to agriculture, growing Hildene’s sustainable footprint. Guests will be able to visit the meadow by foot by going down the Maple Trail or, for an additional fee, by a wagon ride that departs from the Welcome Center every afternoon at 2:00. While there they will be able to experience the adjoining wetlands, traversing them on the new 600’ floating boardwalk. The Lincoln Family Home at Hildene is open daily year round from 9:30 am to 4:30 am. For more information visit www.hildene.org or like us on Facebook.

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The Paper Mill Village Covered Bridge was built in 1889 and carries Murphy Road, spanning the Walloomsac River. It was originally named for a 1790 paper mill that was one of Vermont’s first; in fact the paper used to draft Vermont’s constitution came from this mill. The mill has provided hydroelectric power for most of the 20th century. The original dam was built at an existing falls in 1784. The present 85’ concrete dam was built in 1889. The site has had hydroelectric power since at least 1907. The hydro electric works generated power for the mill from 1907 until around 1958.

The name Chiselville Bridge comes from a former chisel factory nearby, but the bridge was previously named High Bridge and the Roaring Branch Bridge. The Chiselville Bridge s p a n s t h e Ro a r i n g Branch Brook and was built by Daniel Oatman in 1870. At that time, the cost to build this bridge was $2,307.31 including the builder’s fee. The Chiselville Bridge survived the flood of 1927, which destroyed hundreds of Vermont covered bridges. It appears that the strategic placement of this bridge allowed the flooded Roaring Branch Brook to pass harmlessly underneath.

Route 67A .5 mile west of the Silk Road Bridge (watch for sign). Dimensions: 125.5 feet long. 14.25 feet wide. 8.67 feet high at truss. 11.17 feet high at center.

Just off Route 7A in Arlington. Turn right onto East Arlington Road 1.9 miles to bridge. Dimensions 117 feet long, 11.8 feet wide, 8.7 feet high at truss, 10.9 feet high at center.

For over 50 years, the site has languished until restauranteur/visionary William Scully took up the challenge to bring the hydro electric plant back online. Due to his efforts, the old mill is now one of the first hydro electric sites approved to be redeveloped in the state in over 30 years. Once work is completed, the facility will provide electricity to power over 100 homes. The public is invited to visit the site which features a small informational kiosk and parking area next to the covered bridge. From there, you can access a short walking trail with views of the bridge, and a canoe access.

West Arlington Bridge This bridge spans the Battenkill River which is well known by canoeists, kayakers and fly fisherman. The Battenkill is also famous for some great swimming holes. In addition, inner tube rides along the Battenkill are popular during the summer months. The West Arlington Bridge is one of Vermont’s best loved and most photographed covered bridges. The picturesque setting includes views of a local church steeple and the former home of artist Norman Rockwell. Rockwell’s home is now known as the Inn on Covered Bridge Green and operates as a Bed & Breakfast Inn.

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Silk Road Bridge This bridge spans the Wallomsac River and was built about 1840 probably by Benjamin Sears. The original name for this bridge was the Locust Grove Bridge. Located just across from the entrance to Bennington College on Route 67A. Dimensions: 88 feet long, 14.25 feet wide, 10 feet high at truss, 11.9 feet high at center.

Henry Bridge This bridge received its name from Elnathan Henry who bought the land from James Breckenridge and constructed the Henry House in 1769. The Henry House operates today as a Bed and Breakfast Inn and is located directly across from the bridge. The Henry Bridge spans the Wallomsac River. The original bridge was constructed in 1840. In 1989 a complete restructuring was done by Blow and Cote, Inc. The site has off street parking and picnic areas. This is also near the site of the Breakenridge Farm Standoff, the first armed resistance to NY claims to VT lands, and start of the Green Mountain Boys. Located just off Route 67A- turn left on Murphy Road (watch for signs). Dimensions: 117 feet long, 11.8 feet wide, 8.7 feet high at center.

Covered Bridge Facts You may pass through All Five Bennington County Covered Bridges in a standard size automobile – one lane only. Bridges were covered to keep the wood dry and thereby avoid rot. This became the trend in 1805 when a bridge designed by Timothy Palmer proved most durable. Most covered bridges are painted red because iron ochre was an inexpensive pigment. The most common type of covered bridge is Town Lattice. All Bennington County Bridges are of this type.

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All Around The Shires

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aving grown up in The Shires, I’ve come to appreciate just how much our region has to offer. It was not always so. Like many kids growing up, I could not wait to move away from my home town and explore the world. So I traveled around the country and around the world, and in so doing made a surprising discovery… that the place I most loved was right back where I had started. Many agree and our region has long been a destination for travelers to Vermont. Famous for it’s foliage, but not just that, I hope these suggestions will give you some ideas on how you can create your own memories of a lifetime in The Shires.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES Each of these suggestions represent a full day of activity. For a more relaxed pace, split over two days and include a night’s stay at a local motel or bed and breakfast. To include a show, do a half tour and then an early dinner to leave time to see a play at Oldcastle Theater or the Dorset Theater. Arts & Culture Tour #1

• Visit Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester • Drive Route 7A (The Shires Byway) to Bennington • Lunch on Main Street and walk the downtown. • Visit “The Bennington” Center for The Arts • See a play at Oldcastle Theater • Dinner at Pangaea in North Bennington

Arts & Culture Tour #2

• Breakfast at the Rooster Cafe in Manchester • Visit the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester • Lunch on Main Street in Manchester and walk the downtown area • Drive Route 7A (The Shires Byway) to Bennington • Visit the Bennington Museum • Dinner at the Bennington Station Restaurant

Historic Figures: Lincoln, Rockwell, Frost

• Breakfast in Manchester at Up for Breakfast on Main Street • Visit Hildene - the Lincoln Family Home • Drive Route 7A (The Shires Byway) • Stop at the Battenkill Gallery in Arlington to see the Norman Rockwell Exhibit • Stop at Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury • Visit the Old First Church just down from the monument to visit Robert Frost's grave. • Dinner in Bennington at Lil' Britain (authentic British Fish & Chips at it’s best!)

History Tour

• Breakfast at the famous Blue Benn Diner in Bennington located on North Street (route 7) • Visit the Bennington Museum - Military Gallery and Regional History • Visit the Bennington Battle Monument • Take a walking tour of Downtown Bennington (available at Downtown Welcome ctr., see pg. 6) • Lunch in Bennington at the Madison Brew Pub on Main Street • Drive Route 7A (The Shires Byway) to Manchester • Visit Museum of American Fly Fishing • Shop historic Main Street in Manchester • Dinner in Manchester at Ye Olde Tavern on the northern end of Main Street

Nature Enthusiast (mellow)

• For the Northshire: Fill a lunch basket at Al Ducci's in Manchester and walk the trails at the Equinox Preserve and eat lunch at Equinox Pond. • For the Southshire: fill a lunch basket at Powers Market in North Bennington and walk the trails in the Mile-Around Woods by the Historic Park McCullough Mansion in North Bennington, or at Woodford State Park, on Route 9 east of Bennington.

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Glass is HOT In Manchester!

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un may not be a word you equate with glass, but at Manchester Hot Glass Art Studio & Gallery, fun should be somewhere in their name. From the brightly colored building and yarn bombed tree in the front yard, to the brilliant colored handblown glass and giant graffiti mural in the glassblowing studio, your eyes won't know where to start! When you visit, you know instantly this place is all about experiencing fine art and craft in a safe, fun, handson way. You can take one of three types of classes in glassblowing; paperweight making, blowing a glass object, and the popular Glassblowing 101. They have also expanded A great family activity, kids and adults can work with molten their class offerings into other fine crafts like jewelry, tieglass under the careful eye of glassblower Andrew Weill during a dye and silk dyeing. glass making class. See ad on page 18. Book ahead, they can get busy! Owners Andrew & Trish Weill are both experienced fine artists and teachers in their respective fields, and offer additional services like cus- by a friend of the Weill's. Manchester Hot Glass is located tom orders, repairs, bridal registries, group classes and more. on 79 Elm Street in Manchester Center, Vermont, and is Everything in the studio is made on premises, or handmade open year-round. Call for reservations, 802-362-2227.

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uring Bennington Arts Weekend (August 1-3), models who posed for Norman Rockwell while he lived in Arlington, Vermont (1939-1953) will gather at the Bennington Museum for their annual reunion. Taking place on Saturday, August 2, this event is free to all Bennington County residents and open to the general public with regular admission. The reunion brings together many of the over 60 models who posed for Rockwell during the Arlington years. The day includes an introduction by Jamie Franklin, curator at the Bennington Museum, sessions with models who will share their experiences, and a presentation by Matthew Miele, Founder/President of Quixotic Endeavors Film Company who talks about his upcoming film entitled “Our Neighbor, Norman,” based on the book, The Unknown Rockwell, by Buddy Edgerton and Nan O’Brien. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Rockwell’s move to Arlington, VT where he made his home until his move to Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1953. By 1939, Rockwell was an accomplished artist and illustrator, acknowledged as one of Americas most recognized illustrators for the Saturday Evening Post. However, it was his time in Arlington that was his most prolific. According to Rockwell, one reason he liked Arlington was that it “swarms with American types. I’m very comfortable with the local people.” While in Arlington, Rockwell painted some of his most famous Saturday Evening Post covers including The Marble Shooter, The Babysitter, The Four Freedoms, Coming and Going, Shuffleton’s Barber Shop, The Gossip, Saying

James Buddy Edgerton Modeling for Growth of a Leader, 1966

James Edgerton, age 9, Son of James Buddy Edgerton, Modeling for Growth of a Leader, 1966.

Grace, and “the Four Freedoms.” His last painting in Arlington was Breaking Home Ties. (Completed in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.) Some of the models expected to attend this year’s reunion include Ruth McLenithan Skellie, Marble Shooter; Melinda Pelham and Lucille Towne Holton, The Babysitter; Mary Doyle Keefe, Rosie the Riveter; Mary Whalen Leonard, A Day in the Life of a Girl; Chuck Marsh, A Day in the Life of a Boy; Ann Brush Mason, Family Doctor; Clarence Decker, Going and Coming; Donald Hubert, Saying Grace; and Buddy Edgerton, Growth of a Leader. Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street, Bennington. VT. Visit the www.benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information. Photos Courtesy of Buddy Edgerton.

State Parks in The Shires

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ermont State Parks offer a place to camp, play, relax, and explore! There are 52 state parks across the state, three of which are in The Shires, all offering a range of unique opportunities, such as great hiking, swimming, boat rentals, concession, vistas, wildlife viewing, and prime camp sites. Vermont State Parks’ website www.vtstateparks.com lists each park and the activities and amenities they offer as well as information on reservations, and lots photos of the parks and the people who enjoy them each year. Woodford State Park (in Woodford, VT) is the highest elevation campground in the state at 2400’ above sea level. With easy trails, an open lake, and a bog to explore, it’s great for all ages. Woodford has boat rentals (canoe, kayak, and rowboats) 103 campsites, and is also a popular fishing location. If you stay overnight, be prepared to be awakened by an outstanding chorus of birds which serenade visitors, especially in the spring.

Lake Shaftsbury State Park (in Shaftsbury, VT) offers visitors a great beach and picnic areas, easy hikes around the lake, and a rental cottage. Row boats, pedal boats, kayaks, and canoes are all available for rent as well as a pic- Kayaking in The Shires of Vermont. Photo by Lee Krohn. nic shelter for large group gatherings. For those that need to refuel, a concession stand located in the park offers yummy Day entry into the parks is $3/per person if you’re 14 or older, $2 for kids under 3-14 yrs. old and free for kids 3 yrs. snacks at reasonable prices. old and younger. When you pay for entry into one park, you Emerald Lake State Park (in East Dorset, VT) includes a can get into all other for free that same day, so you can visit small clear, clean, and cold lake where visitors can rent a multiple parks if you’d like. For more information or to make a reservation call our kayak, canoe, pedal boat or rowboat. A concession stand, lakeside picnic tables, and a picnic pavilion for large groups reservation center, 888-409-7579, Monday – Friday 9am – are also available. 104 campsites are scattered on the heavily 4pm, visit www.vtstateparks.com, or send an email to parks@state.vt.us. wooded ridge above the lake.

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Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival Back Again in Bennington!

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fter a rousing success in 2013, the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is returning to Camelot Village in Bennington August 1, 2, & 3. 150 artists and artisans will display and sell their own handcrafted creations. The exhibitors will be housed in Camelot tents. In addition to the arts and crafts, there will be a Kids Zone, a food court, music, comic juggling, and Vermont Craft Beers. Bennington was without a major craft show since the American Crafts Council departed Mount Anthony High School in 1972. In 2013 Craftproducers brought its famous Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival to Bennington. This event had been held at Hildene in Manchester for nearly 30 years. When Hildene announced that its Meadows would be converted into agricultural pasture land, Craftproducers was left without a venue for its summer show as well as the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. As Necessity is often the Mother of Invention, Craftproducers listened to the overtures of the Bennington community and decided to move the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival there. Craftproducers Fall Manchester event was successfully moved to

The Practice Tee at Riley Rink in 2013. Now in its second year in Bennington, word has gotten out among the artists and artisans. ‘Bennington is back!” Seemingly, memories of the former craft show in Bennington were vividly alive. After 30 years the craft community still remembered the original craft market. The public came out in droves and avidly bought an abundance of craftworks. With such stellar sales, the grapevine spread the news. This year applications came in at a much higher rate so there will be more exhibitors and the quality of craftwork will be improved. The show is hosted at Camelot Village, home of the Southern Vermont Garlic Festival. Camelot Village is worth a visit on its own. It is a sprawling multi-leveled barn full of antiques, collectibles, and furniture. The Festival is located on their lawns and pathways. There is a lovely food court under the shade of tall maple trees where picnic tables are available too. A dining tent with tables and chairs provides shelter for eating lunch and listening to the live music. There is a different musical act daily: Saints and

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Liars on Friday, Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen on Saturday, and The Bondville Boys on Sunday. Comic juggler Jason Pipitone will provide the laughs with daily intermittent shows. What’s a Festival without great food? This one will deliver delicious choices: wood over pizza, falafel, chicken wraps, vegetarian curry, steak sandwiches, Chinese dumplings, sesame noodles, Greek salad, sausage, pepper, and onion sandwiches, French fries, espresso and lattes, lemonade, ice cream, hamburgers and hot dogs, and kettle corn. The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be held August 1, 2, and 3 at Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, on route 9, a little over a mile west of the Intersection of routes 7 and 9 in downtown Bennington. The Festival is open 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Adult admission is $8 and children are free. Rain or shine- under tents. No dogs, please. For more information, visit www.craftproducers.com.

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ugust kicks-off with a weekend full of arts, crafts, music, and great food all set in Bennington, VT. August 1-3 brings together Bennington Arts Weekend and Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival. The Festival is located at Camelot Village on Rt. 9 West. Here visitors to the area can enjoy an incredible variety of Fine Art and Craftwork for sale including jewelry, textiles, pottery, handmade wooden pieces, and so much more. The specialty food tent features treats to take home like jams, chocolates, sauces, baked goods and more. Enjoy live music, including Contra Dancing on Saturday afternoon, Vermont craft beer on tap, and food vendors offering local farm-to-table fare. Have the kids stop by the Vermont Arts Exchange Bus to enjoy a hands-on art experience. And be sure to stop by the Bennington Arts Weekend Tent to find out about all the great activities taking place throughout town. All this in the beautiful atmosphere that only Southern Vermont can offer. While the Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival is taking place at Camelot Village, the town of Bennington is alive and bustling with activities like live music and plein air on the streets –Bennington Arts Weekend Plein Air Paint Out! Throughout the day on Friday, more than a dozen plein air artists will have set up their outdoor easels to paint the best of Downtown Bennington and Old Bennington. Walk around and watch them work fast and skillfully. At 5:00 p.m. their fresh framed paintings will be on exhibit at a central downtown location, judged, and awarded prizes. Buy one directly from the artist—or on Saturday and Sunday at a special tent exhibit and sale at the Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival in Camelot Village.

See artists at work on Friday August 1, Downtown Bennington, during the Bennington Arts Weekend Plein Air Paint Out!

Folks gather outside the Town Office in Downtown Bennington for a free concert as part of Bennington Arts Weekend.

First Friday Gallery Tour & Art Walk, August 1, finds downtown open late with most cultural venues and shops open to 8:00 p.m. Visitors can enjoy one or more of these downtown events: open rehearsal and guided tour of the Oldcastle Theatre Company located on Main Street, book signing at the Bennington Bookshop, sidewalk chalk project, Funtastic Fridays at the Village Chocolate Shoppe, the Summer Music Series with the Mo Rancourt Sextet at the Town Office Steps, dinner specials, in-store sales promotions, and much more. While downtown, be sure to visit any of the many great restaurants ranging from fine farm-to-table dining to sidewalk cafes. Bennington offers a blend of old and new, including museums, attractions, art and antique galleries, covered bridges, historic walking tours, specialty stores and boutiques and lodgings to suit any taste, from quaint inns and B & B’s to national chain hotels. Bennington Museum’s major exhibition of 2014, Alice Neel/Erastus Salisbury Field: Painting the People, features the stunning work of two acknowledged masters of the portrait as art. Though separated by one hundred years, the portraits created by the 19th-century itinerant painter Erastus Salisbury Field and the 20th-century master Alice Neel have a remarkable resonance with one another. The museum will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1 in conjunction with First Friday. On Saturday, August 2, models who posed for Norman Rockwell while he lived in Arlington, Vermont

(1939-1953) will gather at the Bennington Museum for their annual reunion. Free to all Bennington County residents, this event is open to the general public with regular admission. The day begins at 10:30 with an introduction. There are morning and afternoon sessions scheduled when models share their experiences. At 2:00 p.m. Matthew Miele, Founder/President of Quixotic Endeavors Film Company will talk about his upcoming film entitled “Our Neighbor, Norman.” The movie is based on the book, The Unknown Rockwell written by Buddy Edgerton and Nan O’Brien. The film is currently in development and is scheduled to be released in May 2016. Home to the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings, the museum also features mid-Century modern at the source in Bennington Modernism with works by Frankenthaler, Feeley, Olitski and others who lived and worked in Bennington in the 50s, 60s and early 70s. For 2014 The Bennington Center for the Arts will feature Oil Painters of America with more than 260 award-winning paintings from over 200 of the best oil painters in the country. Also, the finest painters and sculptors of wildlife will, for the 19th year, be featured in the Art of the Animal Kingdom sale exhibit. Other annual events taking place are Impressions of New England and the Laumeister Fine Art Competition, as well as the popular Small Works sale with smaller paintings at smaller prices by many of the Center’s leading artists. The center houses the only Museum of the Covered Bridge in the world. It details every aspect of Vermont’s most popular attraction. The Bennington Center for the Arts is a non-profit museum and a series of art galleries exhibiting one of the best displays of Native American Arts in the country as well as an outstanding collection of the top painters and sculpture artists in North America. Another important collection is the works of the late Eric Sloane, renowned as the preserver of Americana, in addition to the largest collection of the unbelievably realistic bird carvings of world champion carver Floyd Scholz. The Center also holds major sales exhibits of the leading representational artists. Bennington is the perfect destination for a day away or longer. Be sure to visit for the Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival and Bennington Arts Weekend. For more information, go to www.betterbennington.com or call the Better Bennington Corporation (BBC) at 802.442-5758.

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