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The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, May 11-17

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Estela Gonzalez - COURTESY OF CALEB KENNA
  • Courtesy of Caleb Kenna
  • Estela Gonzalez

The Turtle of Life

Friday 13
Middlebury College professor Estela González debuts her new novel, Arribada, at Middlebury's Little Seed Coffee Roasters. The story follows a pianist who, upon becoming involved in sea turtle conservation in her Mexican hometown, finds herself in danger due to both the web of secrets she uncovers and the deepening connection between herself and the Indigenous woman with whom she organizes. La Catrina 802 serves free snacks, and beer and coffee are available for purchase.

Sweet, Sweet History

Tuesday 17
The Essex Junction Syrup Plant - COURTESY OF CHITTENDEN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
  • Courtesy of Chittenden County Historical Society
  • The Essex Junction Syrup Plant
Ever wanted to know more about the maple industry's long history in the Green Mountain State? The Chittenden County Historical Society presents local historian Matthew M. Thomas' talk "The Essex Junction Syrup Plant: Weaving Together 75 Years of Vermont Maple Syrup." Attendees at Shelburne Sugarworks learn about one of the 20th century's most prolific syrup factories while slurping down creemees, sugar on snow and maple strawberry shortcakes.

Like No One's Watching

Friday 13 & Sunday 15
Dance Nation - COURTESY OF DONOVAN ANDREWS
  • Courtesy of Donovan Andrews
  • Dance Nation
Continuing its ongoing Cutting Edge Series, Middlebury Acting Company presents a staged reading of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated off-Broadway play Dance Nation. In this funny, furious piece, a crew of preteen dancers must fight to win the Tampa Bay Grand Prix — and to express themselves. The production shows at ArtsRiot in Burlington and the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury.

Mountaintop Munch

Sunday 15
Dayhike & Dine - © CHRISTIAN OUELLET | DREAMSTIME
  • © Christian Ouellet | Dreamstime
  • Dayhike & Dine
Bradford Parks and Recreation kicks off a new outdoor adventure series, Dayhike & Dine, for hikers and foodies alike. The debut outing features a moderate hike up Spruce Mountain, followed by a delectable cooldown at Plainfield's Positive Pie pizza shop. Meet at Bradford Park & Ride to carpool.

Bazaar Adventure

Sunday 15
Book Postcard & Ephemera Fair - COURTESY OF C. WILLIAM MATTOON
  • Courtesy of C. William Mattoon
  • Book Postcard & Ephemera Fair

Lovers of old book smell, rejoice: The Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association's annual Spring Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair is back. St. Albans City Hall fills with vintage volume vendors, period postcard purveyors, hand-me-down map merchants and antique art auctioneers, all toting classic Vermontiana for buying and browsing.

Toys' Night Out

Wednesday 18
Earth + Salt Pop-Up - COURTESY
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  • Earth + Salt Pop-Up
Earth + Salt, Burlington's new adult store, presents a pop-up at Monarch & the Milkweed for friends, lovers and everyone in between. The sultry soirée features a "tasting menu" of the shop's finest goods alongside new, complementary cocktails. Earth + Salt employees are on hand to answer any questions and field any purchases. Proof of vaccination required.

Triptych Messages

Ongoing
Tell Us a Story - COURTESY OF BRYAN MEMORIAL GALLERY
  • Courtesy of Bryan Memorial Gallery
  • Tell Us a Story
Jeffersonville's Bryan Memorial Gallery hosts "Tell Us a Story," a group show in which artists were invited to convey a single narrative in three pieces of work. The exhibit features landscapes, quilts, still lifes and abstract animals in every color of the rainbow from 32 artists.