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The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, May 5 to 11


Published May 3, 2021 at 5:15 p.m.
Updated May 5, 2021 at 10:02 a.m.

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Garden Variety

Saturday 8

Cacti and veggies and rosemary, oh my! Folks looking to spruce up indoor and outdoor spaces find a wide variety of horticultural offerings at the Pride Center of VT's TransPlants Plant Sale. Shoppers browse houseplants, vegetable and herb starts, and seed packets as the Champlain Shoregasms and Ronnie Russell provide live tunes in the Pride Center's Burlington parking lot. Funds raised support the center's Transgender Program.

Tale of Two Countries

Sunday 9-Tuesday 11

The sixth annual Stowe Jewish Film Festival features four motion pictures illuminating the theme "A Virtual Tour of Modern-Day Israel." The fest commences with an online showing of the 2016 documentary Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew. This emotional movie follows Israeli Defense Forces commander Mekonen Abebe as he visits Ethiopia to explore his roots.

Taking Shape


Vermont artist Lian Brehm is a sculptor, but instead of shaping clay or stone, she transforms paper pulp into 3D organic forms. Brehm's work, along with that of artists Martha Elmes, Carolyn Guest and James Frase-White, is on display at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery as part of the exhibition "4 Visions: Paper as a Medium."

Step Up

Friday 7-Friday 14
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So you're not a runner. That doesn't have to stop you from participating in the Virtual Fun Run to benefit the McClure Miller Respite House, an inpatient hospice facility in Colchester. Individuals and teams can jog, bike, jump rope or do any activity that promotes health and wellness, then share their achievements on social media.

Trail Work

Friday 7
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A through-hiker is someone who has hiked a long-distance trail from end to end. Experienced Long Trail through-hikers share their hard-earned knowledge during the Long Trail End-to-Ender's Panel, hosted by the Green Mountain Club. Speakers in this online discussion and Q&A help hopeful hikers prepare with tips on food, equipment and planning.

Pull Your Weight

Sunday 9
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Looking for a special way to celebrate your family's matriarch this Mother's Day? Consider spending the holiday at the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, where moms get free admission for Draft Animal Day. Visitors at this working dairy farm marvel at the sheer strength as teamsters and their trained horses, steers and oxen demonstrate plowing techniques. Treat your loved one to Mexican fare from the Trail Break Taps + Tacos food truck and a refreshing beverage in the beer garden.

With Honors

Wednesday 12

Writer Paisley Rekdal has accolades to spare. The Utah poet laureate has received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and two Pushcart Prizes, among other honors. Fellow writers and lit lovers can listen in as the celebrated poet and essayist gives a virtual reading next Wednesday, hosted by Johnson's Vermont Studio Center.

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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