Courtesy of Ty Gagliardone
1. Moving Forward
Vermont dance artist and recent Bowdoin College graduate Lucia Gagliardone was to give her senior thesis performance, Surface Tension
, this spring. Like so many events, that showing was canceled. At last, the work reaches the stage at Sharon's Star Mountain Amphitheater
. Local dancers bring Gagliardone's original choreography to life at the outdoor venue at 3:30 and 6 p.m. on Friday, August 28, and Saturday, August 29. Partial proceeds benefit the BIPOC-led SUSU Healing Collective in Brattleboro.
2. The Bee's Knees
Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum
What's all the buzz about pollinators? For one, these insects and small animals transfer pollen from male to female plant parts, allowing the flora to proliferate and yield seeds and fruits. Plus, many of these pollen-delivering species — think butterflies and hummingbirds — are a sight to behold. Billings Farm & Museum
in Woodstock celebrates nature's essential workers with its Pollination Celebration
. From Friday, August 28, through Monday, August 31, visitors can engage in games and crafts, savor homemade honey ice cream, and navigate a half acre of rooms and hallways made of thousands of sunflowers. Programming continues online through September 4.
3. Cold Hard Facts
Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
History buffs, nonfiction fans and cold-weather enthusiasts find common ground in the first installment of Writers on the Red Bench, a new discussion series presented by the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum
in Stowe. Author and Hamilton College professor of American history Maurice Isserman
kicks off the series with a virtual illustrated talk on his 2019 page-turner The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America's Elite Alpine Warriors
to watch and listen on Thursday, August 27, at 7 p.m.
4. Green Mountain Eats
For many Vermonters, eating farm-fresh fare isn't just part of a culinary trend, it's a way of life. Chittenden County locavores snap up produce, meats, cheeses and maple products, as well as baked goods, distilled spirits and artisan crafts at the Richmond Farmers Market
. Held every Friday through October 16 on Volunteers Green
, the market is open to at-risk shoppers from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Others are welcome from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. See richmondfarmersmarketvt.org
for health guidelines and information on preordering your items.
5. Song and Dance
Margot Harrison ©️ Seven Days
The drive-in at the Essex Experience
Two music-driven movies shown on a drive-in screen have audience members at the Essex Experience
singing in their cars. Playing on Friday, August 28, School of Rock
follows a schlubby substitute teacher portrayed by Jack Black who transforms his class into a rock band versed in classic hits. On Saturday, August 29, Sandy and Danny dance across the screen in the 1978 retro musical Grease
. Both films begin at 8:30 p.m. with entry starting at 7 p.m. Hungry? Pick up popcorn from the Essex Cinemas lobby or order takeout from one of the nearby restaurants.
6. Opposites Attract
Courtesy of Wendell Anderson
"The Raft" by Patrick Dunfey
The paintings in the Bundy Modern
exhibit "Triad 2020: Art During COVID"
aren't your boilerplate still lifes or landscapes. The large-scale works by artists Patrick Dunfey, Pam Glick and Richard Jacobs explore concepts of order and disorder, chaos and structure, and work and play through fluid shapes and abstract images. Art lovers can reflect on dueling ideas while absorbing the paintings, on view by appointment at the Waitsfield gallery through October 18.
7. Singing and Strumming
Courtesy of Troy Millette
The coronavirus pandemic doesn't seem to have slowed Fairfax songster Troy Millette's roll. Known for his countrified rock songs about love, friendship and blazing new trails, the singer and guitar player has consistently served up livestream concerts, and he debuted a poppier sound with his single "I Miss You
" released in June. Millette and his band, the Fire Below, rock out behind the O'Brien Community Center
in Winooski on Wednesday, September 2, at 6 p.m. as part of the Winooski Wednesdays
free music series.
This is just a small sampling of the state's in-person and virtual happenings in the coming days. Browse our art
and music + nightlife
listings for more.
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