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The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, August 27 to September 2


  • Courtesy of Ty Gagliardone
  • Lucia 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. Preregister 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 for health guidelines and information on preordering your items.

5. Song and Dance

The drive-in at the Essex Experience - MARGOT HARRISON ©️ SEVEN DAYS
  • 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

"The Raft" by Patrick Dunfey - COURTESY OF WENDELL ANDERSON
  • 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
  • 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, calendar and music + nightlife listings for more.

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