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The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, July 30 to August 5


Published July 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

"Peter Kirkiles: At Scale" at Shelburne Museum - COURTESY OF SHELBURNE MUSEUM
  • Courtesy of Shelburne Museum
  • "Peter Kirkiles: At Scale" at Shelburne Museum

1. Shapes and Sizes

Visitors to Shelburne Museum shouldn't be surprised to see a replica antique clock or an oversize ruler adorning its grounds. Newly reopened with health department guidelines in place, the museum hosts the outdoor sculpture show "Peter Kirkiles: At Scale" on the southern half of its campus. The exhibition, on view through October 12, includes 14 sculptures of familiar objects rendered in unusual materials and sizes. Art appreciators can walk the grounds and enter select buildings with free admission through September 6. Reserve your ticket and review guidelines on the museum website.

2. A Rolling Stone

'The Music of Gordon Stone: A Retrospective Anthology' - COURTESY OF GORDON STONE
  • Courtesy of Gordon Stone
  • 'The Music of Gordon Stone: A Retrospective Anthology'
Vermont musician Gordon Stone, an accomplished banjo and pedal steel player and cofounder of Burlington progressive bluegrass group Pine Island, died on July 10. That was also the day he was scheduled to release his new record, The Music of Gordon Stone: A Retrospective Anthology. Fans, friends and loved ones gather virtually for a remembrance and rescheduled record release on Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m. Donations from "Touch & Go" Gordon Stone Memorial Service support Backline, a mental health and wellness resource hub for those in the music industry.

3. In Love and War

Looking for a fresh title to add to your summer reading list? Vermont author and award-winning journalist Stephen P. Kiernan unleashes his latest novel, Universe of Two, on August 4. Described by fellow author Jenna Blum as "The most tender, terrifying, relevant book you'll read this year," Universe of Two tells the story of a mathematician who leans on his wife as he grapples with the aftermath of his work on the Manhattan Project. Kiernan introduces the historical drama and love story with a virtual book launch on Monday, August 3, at 7 p.m., hosted by Phoenix Books.

4. Rural Recreation

Tractor Days at Billings Farm & Museum - COURTESY OF BILLINGS FARM & MUSEUM
  • Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum
  • Tractor Days at Billings Farm & Museum
What better way to honor and enjoy Vermont's agricultural heritage than three days of tractor-centric celebration? Two days of on-site revelry at Woodstock's Billings Farm & Museum boast tractor-drawn wagon rides, a tractor parade and a "slow race." Day three takes place online, with opportunities to learn more about antique farm vehicles. Visit to read more about the themes for each segment of Tractor Days, taking place Saturday, August 1, through Monday, August 3.

5. Green Mountain Goodies

Muffins and broccoli and berries, oh my! At the Richmond Farmers Market, locavores stock up on Vermont-grown fruits and veggies, as well as meats, cheeses, crafts and more. Last Resort Farm, Bee Happy Vermont and Good Companion Bakery are just a few of the area vendors offering up delicious and nutritious comestibles. Grab your reusable tote bag and head to Volunteers Green between 3 and 6:30 p.m. each Friday through October 16.

6. Show of Support

"Melding an old-school entertainment style with new technology, Arts Unite Windham! is a variety show spread across seven venues in real time," reads the Facebook event page for this performing arts collaboration. Produced by Next Stage Arts Project, the multivenue virtual event features short acts from participating organizations such as Sandglass Theater and the New England Center for Circus Arts, all held together by guest emcees. The entertainment extravaganza on Sunday, August 2, supports Brattleboro's Root Social Justice Center and the local NAACP chapter.

7. Butt Out

Contrary to popular belief, cigarette butts don't just disappear when tossed to the ground. Volunteers don masks and gloves to dispose of smokers' refuse as part of the Butt Litter Cleanup effort hosted by the Franklin Grand Isle Tobacco Prevention Coalition. Helping hands eliminate litter from St. Albans Town Industrial Park on Wednesday, August 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pitch in for all or part of the two-hour event.

This is just a small sampling of the state's in-person and virtual happenings transpiring in the coming days. Browse our art, calendar and music + nightlife listings for more.

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