The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, September 10 to 16 | Magnificent 7 | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Arts + Life » Magnificent 7

The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, September 10 to 16


  • Courtesy of Allegra Boverman
  • Sport of Kings Day

1. Birds of Prey

Hear ye, hear ye! Visitors at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee are transported to centuries past as they learn about the 3,000-year-old practice of falconry during the annual Sport of Kings Day. Folks of all ages explore owl lore, meet a real falconer from New England Falconry and, of course, see feathered predators in flight. An enchanted scavenger hunt and a self-guided medicinal plant tour round out the action, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 12. Activities are outside, and costumes are encouraged!

2. Creative Solutions

  • Courtesy of Luke Awtry
  • South End Art Hop
Each September, supporters of Vermont's vibrant art scene anticipate the South End Art Hop, a weekend when thousands descend upon Burlington's South End Arts District to browse galleries, studios, shops and eateries. Presenting organization SEABA has modified the 28th annual Art Hop — running Friday, September 11, through Sunday, September 13 — for the coronavirus era with both virtual offerings and in-person, socially distanced hop-penings. For the full schedule and details, and to make required reservations for some of the live viewing, visit, or check out the guide in Seven Days' September 9 issue or online. Happy hopping!

3. Talent Showcase

From left: Performers Carlton Bell, Jadah Bearden and Gary Orlandus Fuqua Jr. - COURTESY OF JAG PRODUCTIONS
  • Courtesy of JAG Productions
  • From left: Performers Carlton Bell, Jadah Bearden and Gary Orlandus Fuqua Jr.
A week of Pride Vermont festivities got underway on Tuesday, September 8. Six days of pride-centered happenings — think trivia, athletics, drag and a Black Trans Lives Matter bike ride — lead up to the final events on Sunday, September 13. One such event is OUT HERE, a livestream open mic showcasing regional BIPOC LGBTQ musicians, actors and storytellers copresented by JAG Productions and Pride Center of Vermont. Preregister to watch this showcase meant to "respect, uplift and celebrate the hyper-marginalized voices in society." All proceeds benefit G.L.I.T.S., an organization that advocates for transgender sex workers.

4. Quarantine Creations

Illustration by Susanna Bowman - COURTESY OF CATAMOUNT ARTS
  • Courtesy of Catamount Arts
  • Illustration by Susanna Bowman
In April, St. Johnsbury's Catamount Arts invited Northeast Kingdom residents to start sketchbooks in which they would respond to prompts for a period of four weeks. This community-wide art project has yielded a virtual exhibition full of Vermonters' reflections from the early weeks of Gov. Phil Scott's Stay Home, Stay Safe order. On view at through January 1, "Kingdom COVID Chronicles" features notebooks filled with original drawings, cartoons, collages, quilting and more from kids and adults alike.

5. Ballot Initiative

  • ©
Race. Representation. Voter suppression. These hard-hitting issues thread through Race & U.S. Elections, a virtual film series presented by White River Indie Films. Live remote panel discussions on September 22 and October 6 augment four thought-provoking and contemporary documentaries. Political profiles John Lewis: Good Trouble and Time for Ilhan are available for streaming now through September 22. From September 22 through October 6, viewers can stream Slay the Dragon, a deep dive into a high-tech gerrymandering initiative, and Capturing the Flag, a real-time portrait of voter suppression. There's not charge to view the movies or discussions, but registration is required.

6. Bee Here Now

  • Courtesy of Catherine Brooks/Rokeby Museum
  • Ross Conrad
Beekeeping is not immune to the effects of economic, cultural and environmental changes. Coauthors Ross Conrad and Bill Mares outline the evolution of the occupation in their book The Land of Milk & Honey: A History of Beekeeping in Vermont. Conrad, a longtime beekeeper who operates Dancing Bee Gardens in Middlebury, discusses the 2020 book at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh on Sunday, September 13, at 3 p.m. Listeners will be seated outside the museum or indoors with masks and distancing required.

7. Into the Woods

  • © Cristiano Gala |
Have a long day of screen time in front of you? Cleanse your mental palate before working or learning remotely with a woodland stroll in search of autumn's migratory songbirds. Ornithology enthusiasts join staff members at Montpelier's North Branch Nature Center for Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks. Participants, in a small group, spread their wings while learning to identify feathered fliers. Masks and distancing are required for the walk at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, September 11.

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.

If you're planning or promoting an event in Vermont, please send details our way for a free online listing. Find our event submission form at